Review: Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution with the Clarisonic Aria and Radiance brush

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review

After months of testing, I am here today to talk about the Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution (C$265), which is designed to specifically target hyperpigmentation and prevent the appearance of future dark spots. The system that I was testing included the Brightening Solution Brightening Activator Serum, Brightening Solution Skin Illuminating Cleanser and the Brightening Solution Skin Renewing Peel Wash, along with the Radiance brush head for the Aria cleansing brush.

My skin is rather dry and sensitive. While hyperpigmentation is somewhat present on my face during the summer it is not a huge concern for me, as the spots typically disappear in the wintertime on their own accord. I was most hoping to see improvement to my blackheads and pore size around the nose area, and if the hyperpigmentation was lessened in the process, I would have considered that a bonus.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review

My first impression of the system is that the packaging looked very sleek. The aria cleansing brush has a very ergonomic feel to it, coupled with a nice weight, and a fancy contact-free charging stand. I am quite snobby about keeping my countertops as free of clutter and products as possible, but I was happy to add the aria system because of its great aesthetic appeal.

However, short of being a nice display item, I was rather disappointed with the system as a whole. The Aria system boasts that with regular use 37% of testers felt improvement in their skin’s texture after just one week. And after 12 weeks, a reported 86% of testers saw a difference in their skin’s radiance. I have been using this system for close to three months now, and my results are less positive.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review
I was initially impressed by how soft the Radiance brush felt to the touch, as I was worried about it being too rough for my sensitive skin. The system is meant to be used twice a day on the medium speed in the mornings, and on the high speed at night. I immediately found this regimen to be far too rigorous and painful for my skin – the brush head suddenly didn’t feel so soft when I was using it so frequently! My skin was left feeling very tender after each use, so I eventually tapered the frequency down from twice a day to once a day, and then only to three times a week total. Perhaps this lack of adherence to the instructions was a contributing factor to my lack of results, but I had to listen to my skin which simply felt raw after each use.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review

Also, if you are a self-tanning junkie like myself, be aware that the brush will scrub off any tanner that you may have on the surface of your skin. If you are using a developing tanning product that “stains” your skin, this brush exfoliates deeply enough to remove any trace of the tanner. So for the purpose of this review, I’ve had to tailor my make-up routine to match my significantly whiter face to my bronzed neck and body. You might want to stock up on a foundation that is a few shades darker than your natural color if you are embarking on using the Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review

In addition, as mentioned by some other bloggers, I found the buttons for the speed adjusting to be extremely stiff. I never quite got accustomed to how hard I had to press to get the brush to change speeds and it became a hassle when being used wet in the shower.

I alternated between using the system at night and first thing in the morning so that I would give the two cleansers provided equal use for testing. I followed up with the Brightening Solution Brightening Activator Serum after each use, prior to moisturising.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review

Brightening Solution Skin Illuminating Cleanser

I liked this product quite a bit. This cleanser has a milky consistency and it spreads over the face gently and easily. I also found that this cleanser helped combat some of the tightness and dryness I felt after using the brush, and it didn’t leave my skin stripped entirely of its natural oils first thing in the morning. This cleanser is probably not strong enough to remove makeup residue, but since it’s meant to be used first thing in the morning, you presumably wouldn’t be wearing any makeup anyway (unless you sleep in your makeup, in which case, shame on you!).

I would probably repurchase this cleanser. Priced at $30, it’s a good value!

Brightening Solution Skin Renewing Peel Wash

This cleanser is meant to be used with the aria system at night, and it is a thicker, transparent gel cleanser. This product foams and spreads easily when combined with water and it does an average job of cleansing. I felt like I had to wash my face with something else prior to using this product as it was best at just ensuring the last bits of my make-up were gone. Most of the time I used a liquid make-up remover on my eyes and skin before using this cleanser to get the remaining residue off.

However, my skin felt dry after using this product when coupled with the aria brush head, and I cannot see myself repurchasing this product in the future.

Brightening Solution Brightening Activator Serum

The serum was probably my least favorite product of the bunch. It is meant to be used each time after cleansing and before applying moisturiser. The texture was light and it spread on my skin nicely. It promises to reduce the appearance of age spots as well as illuminate and soften the skin, however I have found virtually no difference in my skin texture after using this product versus using my regular moisturiser on its own, so for the hefty price of $75 I would recommend skipping this product.

The final verdict:

Sometime in the middle of my testing period I went on vacation and due to being out and about in the sun, I have returned with a face full of freckles. So comparatively speaking, I have more “sun spots” on my face now than I did before using the Aria system, so I cannot truly comment on whether any hyperpigmentation was reduced, because even minor UV exposure provided too many freckles for me to keep track of. I saw a slight reduction in the number of blackheads around my nose and cheek area, but overall my skin was left feeling raw and tender after each exfoliation session, and the suggested regimen was so rough on my face I felt like I would have eventually seen damage from over-exfoliation if I stuck to the instructions.

Combined with the rather mediocre cleansers and serum provided, I would advise against spending the 265$ on this system. Perhaps the system would be better suited for someone older, and with less sensitive skin. Additionally, I feel like I could have gotten a better sense of the results had I tested the system in the winter when I have virtually no freckles, as my recent vacation-induced UV exposure greatly obscured the intended results.

Although to be truthful, even if the Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution did exactly as it promised and both reduced the appearance of hyperpigmentation along with illuminating my skin, the continued discomfort I felt after using the brush head would not have been worth the results.

On the flip side, I have been using it once a week in place of my usual exfoliator just to scrub off any dead skin. It’s worked wonderfully as a physical exfoliator on a once-weekly level and not the twice a day regime that’s recommended. My skin is left feeling smooth and soft, and it also helps any products penetrate better to maximize efficacy. Although I don’t recommend using it for its intended purpose, I still found a good use for it and I will continue to use the Clarisonic as an exfoliator.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review
Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review
Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review
Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review
Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review
Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution review

This review was written by Liza

Menchies My Way + WIN a summer VIP pass at Menchies! #MenchiesMyWay

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I’m ashamed to say that I’m not the biggest dessert person in the world. I find most desserts to be too sweet, but I’m happy to say that I’ve found a delicious and relatively healthy alternative to traditional desserts. Menchie’s, a Los Angeles-based chain, is expanding lots in Vancouver and they’ve recently introduced a new Oreo flavour that is super yummy and a great creamy alternative to my favourite Oreo ice cream.

Some fun facts about Menchie’s:

  • In the summer of 2015, Menchie’s will have 116 locations across Canada, and are planning to have another nine by the end of the year
  • The new Oreo cookie flavour is now one of over 150 flavours (!!!) available at Menchie’s (it’s definitely one of my faves)
  • Menchie’s is the largest growing frozen yogurt franchise in Canada

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As a newly minted Menchie’s Ambassador, I visited the Menchie’s location at South Surrey Morgan Crossing with the boyfriend to create our own frozen yogurt desserts. My creation (on the right) comprised of the Oreo yogurt, cheesecake bits, fresh kiwi fruit, and mango flavour burst ball thingies, all inside a yummy waffle bowl; I call mine the Kiwi Explosion. The boyfriend’s was mango yogurt with sour peaches and mango bursting balls. Both were super delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day.

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As a Menchie’s Ambassador, I’m giving my readers an opportunity to win your own VIP pass to Menchie’s for the summer.

  • Follow Menchies on Twitter or Instagram and@MaddyLovesBlog on Instagram and Twitter
  • Tweet/share an image of your Menchie’s creation using the hashtag #MenchiesMyWay, include the name of your creation, and tag both myself and Menchies

I will choose a winner based on creativity for Menchie’s creation and name. The winner will receive a Menchie’s Summer VIP Pass that will give you 7 complimentary visits (up to $8 each) to your local Menchie’s in Canada.

Contest ends August 31, 2015, and you have to be resident of Canada in order to win. The Menchie’s Summer VIP Pass expires on October 31, 2015.

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Fast and (relatively) painless Brazilly wax from The Ten Spot!

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Beloved Toronto beauty bar The Ten Spot recently opened up its first shop in Vancouver in the trendy neighbourhood of Yaletown. I was invited in to experience their signature Brazilly wax, which is taking everything off down there (or can leave a landing strip if you’re not as adventurous).

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I love the atmosphere of The Ten Spot – it’s super lively and feels very social, and a great environment for days out with the sister or a girls night out with the BFFs. Unlike spas, The Ten Spot plays more upbeat, happy music so that you can enjoy your service and leave in a good mood. The decor is modern, minimalist, and functional. There are several pedicure and manicure stations all in the front room, which is great if you want to go with a big of girlfriends. There’s enough space to mingle and chill out while you wait for each other to get services. In the back, there are two open facial areas for getting Dermalogica facials. I really like this open concept type of design, but I especially appreciate that the facial area is in the back because I’ve been to places where the facial area is in the front and it can make people feel self conscious.

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The Ten Spot Yaletown also features three wax rooms, each equipped with a TV and Netflix so that you can be entertained while you get your wax done, not that you really need it because I spent most of the time chatting with my esthetician, Samantha. She has over 7 years of experience waxing and was super good at helping me ease my way into my first Brazilian wax. The entire experience was smooth (ha ha!) and relatively painless. The Ten Spot uses lavender wax as its “regular” wax, which contains lavender oils for soothing irritation. For the more sensitive areas, hard wax is used because it sticks to hairs rather than to the skin around it so that it’s less painful. For your Brazilly at The Ten Spot, you can choose to take it all off, or another “style,” such as a landing strip, if you’re not ready to go hairless.

waxing room

The absolutely best part of my wax was the post-wax experience. Normally my skin gets itchy and irritated in the areas that’s been waxed – every single time I’ve had a bikini wax, this has been the case – but to my pleasant surprise, I have felt zero discomfort or irritation after the Brazilly at The Ten Spot. I purchased a bikini-area exfoliator “wand” to help keep ingrowns at bay, and so far I’ve been using it a lot on my underarm area and its also worked great.

I can’t rave about this place enough, the entire experience was great from start to finish. I didn’t feel pressured into buying anything, and the reception and esthetician was knowledgeable and made me feel welcome before and during my wax. Located conveniently near the Yaletown-Roundhouse skytrain station, I’d definitely come back to bb in the future.

The Ten Spot – Yaletown
1006 Mainland Street
(778) 379-5959
yaletown@the10spot.com

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Thank you Patricia at The Ten Spot for the photos.

Win a Festival Survival Kit featuring Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine and Polysporin (valued at $200+)!

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Summer is a popular time for people to attend music festivals or go on road trips with friends. Today I’m giving away a Festival Survival Kit featuring products from Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine and Polysporin valued at over $200. If you’re attending Squamish Valley Music Festival next month, you’ll definitely need this kit. It comes with everything you need to look and feel fresh, to make the most out of your festival experience. This kit seems perfect to bring on longer hikes, camping trips, or road trips as well as it has everything you need for those minor emergencies.

This contest was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Inc.

These festival survival products will include some useful lifesavers such as:

  • Aveeno Sun Protect & Hydrate SPF 30 as sunscreen to protect your skin when you’re out in the sun and heat all day.
  • Aveeno Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector to treat any dark spots caused by sun damage.
  • Band-Aid Waterproof Tough-Strips, for those minor scratches and bruises.
  • Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets to keep your skin looking fresh all day.
  • Clean & Clear Night Relaxing All-in-One Cleansing Wipes to take it all off at the end of the day.
  • Polysporin Assorted Blister Pads, Cracked Heel Cream, and Pain and Itch Relief to help with any foot pain or pesky mosquito bites.

My absolute must-haves from this list are the Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets and the Listerine Pocket Paks, both of which are designed to keep you feeling and looking fresh. I’ve been using both products for years and I’ve never looked to other alternatives that work as effectively as the Clean & Clear and Listerine.

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Win these products:

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You can enter the giveaway by:

  • Following me on Twitter
  • Tweeting on Twitter < WIN a Festival Survival Kit from Aveeno, Clean & Clear, MORE (valued $200+) via @maddylovesblog! Deets http://wp.me/pXD4Z-1Z5 #ad #contest >
  • Liking my Facebook Page
  • Commenting on this blog post about which of the products listed above you want to try the most

Rules:

  • Contest open to Canadians only
  • Ends Tuesday, August 4 at 9PM PST/12 midnight EST

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Memory keepsakes with SOUFEEL bracelet and charms

SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review

Since last year, I’ve been collecting charms from my various travels on a Pandora charm bracelet. As most Pandora-wearers know, their charms are extremely expensive, starting upwards of $50 each, and you can easily fill up each bracelet with 15 or more charms. I was recently introduced to SOUFEEL, a company that also does charm bracelets at more affordable prices. The silver charms at SOUFEEL are all made of 925 sterling silver (the same with the Pandora charms).

SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review

I selected three charms to go with my bracelet: the Red Travel Suitcase, the Vintage Camera, and the Panda Love Bamboo, all made of sterling silver with some coloured lacquer accents. All of these charms represent something about myself that represents me as a person. The suitcase is to represent my love for travelling, the camera for photography, and the panda because I’m obsessed with pandas (who isn’t?!). The quality of these charms are excellent and are similar to, or even superior to the Pandora charms that I own. They feel weighty and substantial when held in my hands.

SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review
SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review
SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review

Instead of the usual silver snake chain bracelet, I decided to go for something more unconventional – the leather braided bracelet made of real leather with the sterling silver clasp. The leather bracelet is more lightweight and also pairs well with outfits all year round.

SOUFEEL charms are designed to fit with Pandora and Chamilia bracelets as well, so you can get a wide variety of charms to select from to create your perfect memory keepsake. I actually love the look of the SOUFEEL charms more compared to the Pandora equivalents, for example the Pandora panda charm is really… fugly, whereas the SOUFEEL one is just super adorable.

SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review

SOUFEEL is offering 5% off to Maddy Loves readers with the code 5Sheila, in addition to free gifts with purchase – you can get a free pair of earrings with a $49 purchase, a free charm with $79 purchase, and a free sterling silver bracelet with $99 purchase. SOUFEEL also offers free shipping for orders over $50, in addition to a 365-day return policy and guarantee to ensure that you’re 100% satisfied with your purchase.

I also love that SOUFEEL bracelets come packaged in a beautiful, gift-ready box and gift bag. It makes gift giving super easy and worry-free, great for those who often get headaches about what to buy for gifts.

SOUFEEL bracelet and charms review

Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column Vol.12: ​​Do you regularly toss expired makeup?

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Do you regularly toss expired makeup?

BISC Vol.12 Authors

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up
I don’t. The only product that I more or less respect the expiry date of is mascara, but that’s it. Apart from that I just trust my senses. If something starts to smell funny, starts to look different or changes in texture I’ll toss it out. NO MERCY! 😉

MATROMAO | Philippines | FoodWorldMe
No, I hang on to them forever! Just kidding, but I do keep them for longer than the suggested toss-by date. That is, except for mascaras and cream-type makeup that tend to change in consistency, scent, and quality much faster than other makeup mediums. (In this tropical, bacteria-friendly heat, three months brings about congealing and cracking!) Powders survive the longest in my stash, while lipsticks are constantly moved by my using them up or giving them away. Most of the time, I’ll play by ear. If it starts to smell and feel funky, then to the trash it goes.

SHEILA | Canada | Maddy Loves
Sadly, I don’t. I’m really terrible at keeping track of when makeup expires, and 99.9% of the time, I just go by the product’s texture/scent when deciding whether to keep or throw.

SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog
I routinely throw out mascaras and liquid eyeliners, but not really anything else! I am more careful with my eyes, especially when it comes to products that cannot be cleaned/sanitized. For other types of liquids/creams, I’d only throw out when they don’t look/smell right anymore (separating, drying out, and so on). Most powder products seem like they can be kept for quite some time, so I haven’t really had to get rid of a lot of those.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
I do, but only with liquid eyeliners and mascaras. Everything else I keep until I notice a change in texture and/or scent. I try to be proactive about keeping my makeup clean where I can. For example, I make sure my hands and vanity are clean before I start putting on makeup. I rarely ever share my makeup with anyone. I dab cream and liquid products on the back of my hand and apply with a separate applicator to prevent possible contamination. I also keep my makeup only in a dry area away from sunlight and humidity.

Self-tanning adventures part 2 featuring Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist and FakeBake Bronze on the Glow

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I’m back with more self-tanning product reviews. You can read all about my story with self tanners, as well as reviews of three other self-tanners here.

In terms of bronzing and self-tanning, I’ve done it all. From the gradually-developing spray-tans in an automated booth, to the somewhat awkward experience of being bronzed with an airbrush while standing in my undies before a technician – I’m a self-tanning veteran. For your quick reference, I have rated the following products on their ease of use, as well as the intensity of the tan after a single application from 0 to 5. 0 is equal to no noticeable change in color after a single use, and 5 is equivalent to the darkest result achievable without looking like a reject-extra from the Jersey Shore. For those more experienced with self-tanning, I would compare a result of 5 to a salon spray-tan where you achieve the final level of intensity after a single visit.

Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner review

Next up is the Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner. Unlike the first two products, this product is a gel formula that promises to deliver results in two hours. It is applied with your hands all over the body like a moisturizer and it promises to be quick-drying and moisturizing.

I’m not even sure where to begin with this product because it is so appallingly terrible. Firstly, it reeks. The initial scent is reminiscent of sunscreen and is rather pleasant, but after oxidizing on the skin it smells very strongly of coppery-chemical self-tanner, which does not dissipate until being rinsed off.

My biggest problem with this product is that it is sticky and not quick-drying in the least. I applied this product all over my body a few hours before going to bed, and I was waking-up in the middle of the night because I was so, so sticky from the application that my bedsheets kept getting glued to my body. It never really seemed to get better, either. I had to rinse it off the next morning to get rid of the stickiness and smell.

Initially, I spent as long as I could not getting dressed after the shower, trying to wait for the product to dry, but it never did. I really hope that if you chose to use this that you stick to wearing black clothes for the next several days. Even after a second shower, I noticed that it left orange streaks on my bathroom towel.

The one somewhat redeeming quality is that this tanner made me very dark after a single application, and that even though I had clothing and bedsheets literally glued to my body for most of the first night, the application was still somehow even. However, this product is so torturous to wear and apply that I will never use it again. It’s thick, smelly, disgusting formula is not at all off-set by its somewhat decent results.

Ease of Use: 0/5

Color Intensity after One Application: 4/5

Repurchase? Never.

Ingredients:

Arbonne Liquid Sunshine Tinted Self-Tanner ingredients

Next, I have the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist from the Body Shop. Unlike the gradually-developing self-tanners mentioned above, this product is meant to wash off and it does not stain/color your skin in the long term. This product is great for giving you a bronzed look if you don’t want to wait overnight for a self-tanner to develop.

Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist review

Generally, I stay away from tinted, wash-off tanners because I like to have a somewhat more lasting color. However, I am very impressed with this product. Not only does it smell absolutely divine (like honey!) but it is extremely easy to spread around streak-free. It gives you a nice, deep chocolate color without any orange undertones. If you already have a nice bronzed base, spritzing a little bit of the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist will darken your color and give you a nice boost for a night-out.

This product stays put until your next shower, and after drying (in under a minute) I have not found it to stain my clothes or smear with wear. Also, it comes with a non-aerosol dispenser which is eco-friendly! Jus rub it in with your hands after spraying on the skin and you are ready to go!

Ease of Use: 5/5

Color Intensity after one Application: 3/5

Repurchase? Possibly.

FakeBake Bronze on the Glow review

Lastly, I have the FakeBake Bronze on the Glow instant wash-off tan. This product is similar to the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist in that it is a tanner that is supposed to wash off, and it doesn’t color or stain your skin like a developing self-tanner. This product is dispersed through an aerosol nozzle and it comes out slightly shimmery and beige. I have also received a foam mitt to help with the application of this product.

Personally, I don’t love this product. I think that the shimmer is a little heavy, and I would prefer a more matte finish. Additionally, it doesn’t dry as fast as the Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist and unless you really work on the application with the foam mitt, it is prone to coming out a little streaky and uneven.

On the bright side, it dries extremely fast (in seconds) and smells of lovely vanilla/cocoa undertones. As mentioned earlier, I am partial against wash-off tanners so I cannot see myself using this product frequently because it isn’t anything revolutionary, but it is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of temporary bronzing.

Ease of Use: 3/5

Color Intensity after one Application: 2.5/5

Repurchase? Probably not.

FakeBake Bronze on the Glow ingredients

That’s it for my summer self-tanner reviews. Have you seen anything here or in my earlier post that piques your interest? Do you rely mostly on self tanners or do you go out into the sun for a tan?

This post was written by Liza

 

Review: Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate

Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate review

Following the success of Shiseido Ultimune, Shiseido Ultimune Eye is the next-generation eye pre-serum, also touted to heighten the benefits of any serums and products used after it. I was very lucky to attend the Shiseido VIP dinner with Dave Lackie a few weeks ago, and received a sneak peek of this new eye product. Ultimune Eye is a lighter version of the original Ultimune, to be used exclusively around the delicate eye area. As with the original Ultimune, it is also aimed at improving the skin’s immunity by targeting the Langerhans cells in your skin. Also as with my original Ultimine review, I won’t focus too much on the claims of the product, and will test it for efficacy in improving my skin quality.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Shiseido.com): Like your body, your skin has an immune system that functions less efficiently with time, environmental exposure, and stress. Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate uniquely strengthens the delicate skin around the eye area and helps protect against environmental stressors that can lead to wrinkles, dark circles and other signs of aging. This highly concentrated serum creates a deeply hydrating, dewy veil that helps protect against impurities and oxidation. It can also be used with other eye care products to enhance benefits and address concerns more effectively.

  • Shiseido’s exclusive Ultimune Complex™* is formulated with Bulgarian Rose Water, Aqua In Pool and Yeast to help protect, strengthen, and maintain healthy looking skin.
  • New ImuMoisture Extract™ helps enhance the effects of Ultimune Complex™ to uniquely strengthen the delicate skin around the eye area.
  • Formulated with a unique botanical power blend of Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Shiso and Thyme.

Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate review

Price: $65 for 15mL

Texture/Scent: Light gel-like fluid, scented with rose and lotus

How to use: The Shiseido Ultimune Eye is a “pre-serum,” as in you use it after your cleanser, toner and before your serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. I find that half a pump is good enough for both eye areas.

Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate review
Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate review

The good: Ultimune Eye absorbs quicky and I felt that it made my skin feel more hydrated. It is very light in texture, and was a pleasure to apply on the eye area. It absorbs quickly after patting it around the eye area, and creates a good canvas for eye cream to glide over. I find that you can use less eye cream after using this, which can help you save money in the long run (I’m currently using a La Prairie Eye Cream). It also smells amazing – so soothing when used before bed. The packaging is very sleek looking, but not as nice as the bottle for Ultimune; Ultimune was packaged in a beautiful glass bottle, whereas Ultimune Eye is in a lightweight plastic bottle. It feels super light, in that I don’t know if it’s empty or full.

  • Hydrating
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Smells great
  • Sleek bottle design

The bad: In terms of efficacy, similarly to the original Ultimune, I didn’t notice any improvement in my eye area that wasn’t already provided by my existing eye cream. Again I didn’t test this out with a Shiseido eye cream so it might be more effective if you use them together, but my impression was that Ultimune and Ultimune Eye would just slot right into an existing skincare regime to boost the efficacy of the existing regime. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Also you only needed a tiny bit for both eyes, but the pump packaging would dispense way too much than required. I only needed 1/4 to 1/3 of a pump for both my eyes, and had to be extra careful not to press the pump too hard to minimize waste.

  • Didn’t notice any benefits to the eye area
  • Packaging not good for dispensing the right amount.

Overall: As with my conclusion to my Ultimune review, the Ultimune Eye is a nice to have, but not must have. I can’t speak for its efficacy when used with other Shiseido products, but when built into my existing regime, it didn’t provide any additional boosting benefits.

Product: 12/20
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 3/5
Overall: 19/30 | C
Repurchase? No

Ingredients:

Shiseido Ultimune Eye ingredients
Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate review

Soft, romantic birthday look featuring Charlotte Tilbury & Shu Uemura (with some mini reviews)

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

My birthday was this weekend! To celebrate, the boyfriend took me to one of my favourite restaurants in Vancouver to celebrate. I put together a soft romantic look for the occasion, featuring products from Charlotte Tilbury and Shu Uemura.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

On face:

  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream to prep
  • Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer to smooth
  • Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in 2 to cover
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

On eyes:

  • Shu Uemura Shu:Palette in ME Medium Brown 856 on inner corners and 1/3 of eyelid, M Soft Brown 851 on rest of eyelid, M Dark Brown 895 to smoke out the look on the upper and outer lower lashline
  • Paul & Joe Liquid Eye Liner to line the upper lash line
  • Anna Sui Mascara Primer & Top Coat, with one coat Length & Separation Mascara and topped with one coat of Curl & Volume Mascara
  • False lashes from Daiso
  • Burberry Effortless Eyebrow Definer in Ash Brown No. 03

On cheeks:

On lips:

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Some mini reviews

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream is seriously amazing, especially when used with Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Primer and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. Magic Cream is very thick and great for dehydrated or dry skin (like mine); it just melts into the skin, and if you give it a minute to soak in, it will give you a plump, smooth canvas to apply makeup on top of. Wonderglow primer works very well with Magic Cream because it is silky in texture, blends in very well, and leaves skin looking glowy and healthy.

Light Wonder foundation in #2 is a good match for my NC25 skintone. Coverage is light to medium, and it’s extremely buildable without ever looking cakey or feeling heavy. It doesn’t really do a good job at covering imperfections or spots, you’d definitely need a separate concealer for that, and it’s just okay in covering redness (I built it up around my cheek area where I’m the most red). The texture of Light Wonder is where the magic lies, so if you have relatively good skin (not much redness or spots), then this foundation would be good for you. Compared to other foundations I’ve used, this one is more like a BB cream than a true foundation, but the light, watery texture is just really great for those hot summer months.

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Bitch Perfect is the perfect pink nude for my skintone. It works amazingly with Pillowtalk lip liner in that they just complement each other so well. Texture, again, is very creamy with great coverage in just one swipe. I absolutely love Charlotte’s lipstick formulas, and I can’t wait for her Matte Revolution lipsticks to make their way across the pond.

What do you think of this look?

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Wonderglow and Light Wonder foundation

Review + swatches + look: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in NEW shades Sideline, Tonic, Backfire, Riff & Beware

Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadow review

For summer 2015, Urban Decay has released several new Eyeshadow colours. I have five to share with you today. The textures of these are just amazingly soft, smooth, and applying like silk. I found that Urban Decay’s eyeshadows in their main line generally perform much better than their palettes (for example their Naked On the Run or the Vice 3 palette), which are more disappointing than stellar. Whereas I’ve been more than happy with the quality and colour payoff in in the main line. All of these swatched beautifully in just one swipe, with the exception of Sideline which was sheerer.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow sideline review

Sideline is a semi-sheer metallic, duochrome copper peach. This is the sheerest of all the summer shades I tried, it’s definitely a beautiful shade to wear as a highlight, or to pat on top of other shades to make the colours pop or create that duochrome effect. On me, this shade faded the fastest, lasting around 5-6 hours before fading significantly.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Tonic review

Tonic is a semi-opaque metallic, duochrome purple. My favourite colour of the five shown here, Tonic is a beautiful purple that just makes my brown eyes pop. It blends seamlessly with the other shadows, or can be worn on top of Backfire for a pop of duochrome. On the lids, it lasts the full eight hours and then some, creating a beautiful pop of colour in the middle of the lid, or to act as a wash of colour for a colourful eye look.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Backfire review

Backfire is an opaque shimmery, eggplant purple. This swatched super smoothly in just one swipe, and lasted more than eight hours on my lids. It is extremely pigmented, in that just one dip of the brush will create rich, intense colour. I love wearing this underneath, or to accent the Tonic shade; together they create a beautiful pop of purple on the lids, accentuating my brown eyes.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Riff review

Riff is a satin orange brown. It is super pigmented and swatches smoothly. I definitely prefer the finish of Riff as it is a satin, thus more subdued than the shimmery metallics, but still has dimension compared to the mattes.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Beware review

Beware is a warm matte brown. Even though it’s a matte shadow, the texture is so smooth, nearly creamy. Brunettes can wear this shade as an eyebrow powder, as it’s super long lasting and very pigmented.

Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadow review

The stars of the new Eyeshadows are definitely the duochrome shades Sideline and Tonic, with Backfire being favourite of mine as well. The textures of these Eyeshadows are just superb, and you can also mix and match your favourite shades to create your own palette. Overall, much love!

You can purchase Urban Decay Eyeshadows at Sephora and the Urban Decay website.

The swatches

From left to right: Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sideline, Tonic, Backfire, Riff & Beware

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sideline, Tonic, Backfire, Riff and Beware swatches
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sideline, Tonic, Backfire, Riff and Beware swatches
Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadow swatches
Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadow swatches

The look

On eyes: wearing Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sideline in the inner corner and 1/3 of the eye, as well as the inner 1/3 of the lower lashline, Tonic on the outer 2/3 of the eyelid and lower lashline, and Backfire to accent on the upper lashline and crease area.

Urban Decay summer 2015 eyeshadow review
Urban Decay summer 2015 eyeshadow review
Urban Decay summer 2015 eyeshadow review Urban Decay summer 2015 eyeshadow review

Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadow review
Urban Decay Summer 2015 Eyeshadow review