Sunday, March 30, 2014

February and March 2014 Empties

Ah, another round of empties from the last two months. It seems that there are less products in this post than usual but I suppose it's because I have a few things on their last legs and they'll be in my April and May empties. Let's get right into it!

I finished a sample of Origins' Mega-Bright Skin Illuminating Cleanser but wasn't impressed. The scent was not particularly enticing and there wasn't anything special about the product. I much prefer the Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser. I used up a sample of the Ahava Essential Dry Moisturizer which is meant for the face but I used it as a body and hand lotion before bed. There's nothing noteworthy about it and I've never been particularly attracted to the brand so I'm glad this product is in the recycle bin. I went through a mini tub of Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner which I've had the full size one of before. The scent is nice but the product isn't hydrating enough for my super dry skin. I received a box of DHC Make Off Sheet Makeup Remover Wipes a few Christmases ago and just got around to finishing them. I usually dislike makeup remover wipes and these were particularly bad. They were dry and the cotton sheets were quite small so you needed at least two wipes to remove face makeup. I used up most of them to wipe off swatches. 

The Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask* lasted me ages and it's one of my favorite moisturizing masks. It soothes and heals my skin overnight which is great especially after a bout of bad breakouts. I would definitely consider purchasing it again. The Holika Holika 3 Seconds Starter Vita Complex was something I bought only because it was buy one get one (my Mom has another version in the pink packaging). The artificial orange scent was offputting and it did nothing for my skin. I used it like a toner but really did not find it had an effect on my skin. The Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser came with the "It Kit" gift set they released last year. This exfoliator had small scratchy beads that felt a bit harsh and the cleanser didn't feel like a high end product. I assume this is like the overpriced version of St. Ive's Apricot Scrub.

Since I dyed my hair, I wanted to try a more moisturizing shampoo to combat dryness and breakage. I chose Lush's Blousey Shampoo because it's the thickest shampoo they offer featuring moisturizing ingredients such as bananas. Unfortunately the scent is a bit strange and the shampoo wasn't moisturizing enough for my locks. It's also quite pricey and not worth a repurchase. Another can of Klorane Dry Shampoo beats the dust as I can go through this fairly quickly if I'm not being mindful about how much I use. I really enjoy this dry shampoo but am trying to transition into powder dry shampoos since aerosol cans are not environmentally friendly. I finished samples of the Aveda Invati Shampoo and Conditioner which I didn't quite enjoy due to the strange scent. The Ojon Color Sustain Pro Conditioning Treatment actually seemed to make my dyed hair more brown and vibrant but the scent was horrible and lingered for two days after I used it. I couldn't stand the chemical smell of my hair after using it so I would definitely not try it again.

I finally used up a one ounce sample of the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. I liked that it wasn't silicone based and it glided onto the skin nicely but it didn't have a major effect on prolonging my makeup or making it appear smoother. The Covergirl Lashblast Waterproof Mascara was a disappointment because it was very difficult to remove, more so than my favorite Maybelline waterproof mascaras. It didn't curl or lengthen my lashes as much as my beloved Maybelline ones either. The Rimmel Accelerator Endless Lash Mascara was an Influenster free product but a bust because it didn't do much for my lashes. I never reach for this sample of the Dior Lipstick in 738 so I'm passing it along to my mom. Lastly is the tiny tube of Origins Pink Your Cheeks Tint in Raspberry seems to have gone bad because it now squirts out a clear gel.... Into the bin it goes.... 

That's it for my empties! Lots of disappointments and meh products but a couple of standout products that I really enjoyed while they lasted. What have you used up recently? Any repurchases coming up?

* This product was provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Influenster Uni VoxBox 2014: First Impressions

As part of the Influenster community, I occasionally get sent some free products to test out and possibly review. A handful of the last few products I received weren't very interesting so I didn't bother to blog about them. But the latest Uni VoxBox definitely has a few products that I was excited to receive and try out!

Of course, being a makeup junkie, the two cosmetics products were most intriguing. One of the products is Rimmel's Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation which I got in shade 103 True Ivory. The shade is a little dark for me at the moment but that's perfect since I'll be able to test it out more towards the summer when I'm a bit tanner and oilier. I'm not a big fan of NYC makeup because I'd like to think I'm past the $1.99 lipstick stage (call me a makeup snob if you want, but I'm just being honest) but the shockingly bold pink color is nothing like anything else in my collection. The NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Forever Fuchsia is a blue toned hot pink that will be super fun to play with when it finally warms up in New York.

I'll be testing out the Red Rose Real Tea Premium Water Enhancer with my boyfriend this weekend since he likes iced teas. I'm generally not one to drink flavored water because I actually really enjoy drinking plain water as it's refreshing already. I'm not a fan of press on nails so the Broadway Nails imPRESS Manicure will get passed onto a younger cousin. The Playtex Sport Fresh Balance Tampons will come in handy sooner or later and let me point out that I am impressed with such a generous full sized box. Lastly, there was a Pilot Acroball PureWhite Pen included in the box as well but it slipped out of the group picture. It's not the most exciting product but definitely something I can use everyday.

After falling out of love with Influenster for a few months, my interest has piqued again. While you're bound to get a lot of drugstore products and mass marketed brands, it's a free box and still worth signing up for. I often give products I won't use to friends so they can possibly enjoy something I don't (like a big pack of Sour Patch candies in the last box). Do you have an Influenster account? What product would you want to try from the Uni VoxBox?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Holika Holika Heart Full Glossy Lipstick in Honey Beige: Epitome of Cute Cosmetics

You have to give credit to Asian beauty brands for coming out with the most adorable packaging and ideas. Just look at this lipstick! I was drawn to the Heart Full lipsticks the moment I laid eyes on them on various Asian beauty blogs because the heart shaped bullet was too cute to handle. I succumbed to my girly whims when all lippies were 1+1 (international equivalent of BOGO) when I visited a Holika Holika shop in South Korea. I chose an everyday wearable color, Honey Beige, in the Glossy formula and am more than impressed!

There are two different formulas for the Heart Full lipsticks, Glossy and Silky. The Glossy formula has bit of shine and slip to it whereas the Silky lipsticks are matte. Each lipstick is packaged in a small chrome tube which is about fourth fifths the height of a Mac lipstick. The actual lipstick bullet seems to be about regular size though. The lipstick has the most amazing scent which reminds me of some kind of Asian candy I can't quite put my finger on. I really love the scent and it's definitely one of my favorite things about this lipstick.

The retail price of the Heart Full lipsticks is ₩8,000 which is less than $8 but with the 1+1 offer, each lipstick costed me less than $4 (and tax is already included in retail prices)! Korean beauty products are ridiculously cheap considering the high quality and attention to detail that goes into product development.

The Heart Full Glossy lipsticks are more sheer than their Silky counterparts. On the left swatch is one swipe and the right swatch is three layered swatches so you can build the color up to your liking. Honey Beige is a peachy nude on my skin and has a nice warmth to the lipstick so it will not create a zombie nude lip. 

On my lips, Honey Beige looks more pink because my natural lip color peeks through a bit. I really like how this shade looks once applied and think it will make a lovely everyday shade for spring. It's a true peach that is neither dull nor too vibrant and obtrusive. The finish is not supremely glossy but the texture is smooth and creamy. While I wouldn't say this lipstick is moisturizing, it does not dry out my lips and feels very comfortable, especially when layered over lip balm and under gloss. 

I'm glad that the scent, price, shade and formula of the Holika Holika Heart Full Glossy Lipstick in Honey Beige was up my alley. It would have been a shame if such an adorably shaped lipstick was not a beaute in application. While online sites will mark up the price of these gems, I think even $10 would be worth it for such a unique and well-rounded lipstick. I wish I had picked up more of these when I was in Korea because there are a multitude of shades to choose from. Will you be indulging in one of these? Are you a fan of the heart shaped lipstick bullet or is it too cutesy for your liking?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Underrated Beauty Favorites feat. ArtDeco, The Body Shop, Too Faced, Becca & Coastal Scents

I'm the worst when it comes to picking favorites to show on the blog because I rotate my products quite often and a majority of the times I really enjoy the products I buy and use since I usually do intense research ahead of time. A few weeks ago I rummaged through the depths of my makeup collection to use some products that have been collecting dust and rediscovered how much I enjoy them. Not many people rave about these products so I thought I'd give them a shout out.

Most cleansing creams seem to be high end and when you're at the drugstore, makeup wipes are the answer to makeup removal. But The Body Shop's Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter will change your mind about the cost of proper skincare. This is a solid butter at room temperature that melts into a cleansing oil once your rub the product in your hands. I use this like I would a cleansing oil and think it's fantastic. The tub only costs $15 retail and The Body Shop always does BOGO or 40% sales so you're bound to find it for under $10. The thin tin and solid form make it a perfect travel product as well and I brought this as my makeup remover of choice when I was in Korea.

BB Creams have mostly taken over my base makeup drawer but I still have some love left for the Too Faced Amazing Face Foundation*. This oil free foundation gives very light coverage but it looks very natural and is a breeze to apply and blend. I tend to use this on my good skin days as it does not do much in the way of disguising dark spots or breakouts but it's enough for general redness. I'm surprised not many people talk about this foundation since Too Faced is often highly raved about and the packaging of this foundation is one of the prettiest I have laid eyes on. It's quite similar to packaging you would find in Asia, no?

To apply foundation, I've been loving the Coastal Scents Small Synthetic Buffer Brush which is only a mere $4.95. This densely packed brush is super soft and it buffs your base makeup on effortlessly. I have been using it with liquid foundations and BB Creams but am curious as to how it will perform with mineral foundation. I have a feeling it will work magic with powder foundation as well and am excited to try that out.

A rarely touched gem in my palette collection is my customized Art Deco Beauty Box. I blogged a whole review of this last July but never talked about it on my Youtube channel nor really pick it up after blogging about it. I really love all the shades I chose in this palette and have been getting more use out of the plummy pink blush this season as well. The shimmery shadows are so unique and the texture of all the powders is divinely smooth and almost creamy. Art Deco is available on Beauty Bay which ships free internationally for the U.S. folks!

Lastly is the product that inspired this favorites post, the Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Hotel California*. I have only seen a handful of bloggers review this line of glosses which is a shame since it is a phenomenal product that deserves more recognition! I recently reviewed the gloss and swatched it so check out that post for more details. 

Watch the video below to see the foundation on my skin as well as swatches of the shadows and lipgloss!

Have you tried any of these products before? What are some products that you love but don't get much hype on the blog and Youtube communities?

* I received these products from when they were a sponsor of my blog. I chose the products myself and was not obligated to review them. All opinions are my own.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color: 23 Shades of the Rainbow

Cream shadows are a product that I recommend for every makeup beginner. Not only are they usually great on their own as an all over wash of color but they can enhance powder shadows tenfold and create very complex shades. Shiseido came out with eight new shades of the Shimmering Cream Eye Color* lineup for their spring 2014 collection. I have four of them to share with you today.

Each plastic pot contains 6 grams of product (.21 ounces) and costs $25. I have BE217 (Yuba), BL722 (Nightfall), YE216 (Lemoncello) and BL620 (Esmaralda). I like the simple, lightweight packaging and think the price point is standard for a high end cream shadow. The clear packaging makes it easy to see which color you're reaching for if you have a few of these.

All of the shades I have are shimmery but not glittery. All the creams are ultra smooth and very light in texture. When rubbing your finger into the product, the cream glides onto your fingertips and feels very silky. This is the most lightweight cream shadow I have felt that does not verge into the mousse category. These claim to last all day without creasing which I can say is the case. However, I almost always use a clear eyeshadow base before any eyeshadow so I can't really say how great these are on their own.

Above are swatches that show the colors appear true to pan on the skin. I believe these might have been double layer swatches since the colors can be quite sheer in with just one swipe. I like using Yuba on it's own as an easy one-and-done look. Lemoncello looks pretty awful on my skintone so I ended up passing it on to a friend. I imagine it would look great under greens and golds. The two blues are gorgeous for summer as bases for powder eyeshadows.

Here I used Nightfall as a liner and set it with a matching navy powder eyeshadow. The cream stayed on for several hours and did not fade. It's not as budge-proof as a gel liner but it's not meant to be used as one so I can't fault it. 

If you find some cream shadows too drying or pigmented, check out the Shiseido cream shadows. They are the smoothest ones I've tried to date and the neutral shades give a pretty wash of shimmer and color without being too over the top. With so many shades to choose from, you're bound to like at least one!

*These products were provided by PR. I was not obligated to review these and all opinions are my own.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Silk Whitia Anti-Oxidation Whitening Mask: Need Not Want

Out of the many sheet masks that I've tried, only a handful leave me impressed enough to want to repurchase another pack. While the Silk Whitia Whitening Essence Masks were of good quality, they just didn't wow me. The Silk Whitia Anti-Oxidation Whitening Masks are an entirely different story though. These have the same soft and luxurious cotton mask but the serum of the anti-oxidation mask actually produces visibly brighter skin after use!

At $18 for a box of five masks, Silk Whitia is one of the more expensive Asian sheet masks. Sasa frequently has these for buy one get one so getting 10 masks for $1.80 each is not bad. The ingredients list is printed very clearly on the packaging and there are only 10 ingredients which is way fewer than what you would find in a typical sheet mask. 

While I'm not exactly sure how much serum is in each packet, it's a good amount to last one masking with enough leftover product to apply on my face the next night as a thick serum. So it's kind of like getting two applications in one packet. Something interesting I noticed with the Silk Whitia Anti-Oxidation Whitening Mask is that when it dries, it leaves an even layer of hardened serum on your skin which makes it hard to move your face. I go to sleep with this stiff feeling and when I wake up the next morning, I wash my face and the mask rehydrates and feels moisturizing and refreshing on my skin. In this way, I believe the mask doesn't only sink into the skin but helps protect it for the time it is on. The result: softer, brighter skin. I think this mask also helps with fading dark spots like sun spots and acne scars with continued use.

I need to repurchase a box (or two) of these masks because I just finished up my last one. I can see this mask being a weekly staple in my skincare routine which I can't say for most sheet masks. Have you tried Silk Whitia? What was the most impressive sheet mask you have tried? 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Battle of the BB Cushions: Laneige VS. Etude House

I've been meaning to do this battle of the BB Cushions for weeks now and finally got around to filming, editing, photographing, editing (again), and writing this post! BB Cushions are one of the hottest beauty innovations coming from Korea and I luckily have two to compare and review for you. I purchased the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion in Korea and received the Laneige BB Cushion as a gift when I returned from that trip. It was meant to be!

I wanted to compare and review both the Laneige and Etude House BB Cushions because they are quite similar. This is not surprising given that both brands are owned by Korean cosmetics giant, Amore Pacific. Laneige is marketed towards women in their mid 20s and older while Etude House is more suited for a younger target market. Both the compacts are the same size as are the refills that pop out. The air cushion puffs that are included are exactly the same and even the scent of the product is the same floral scent. Both formulas include SPF 50 PA+++ which is high sun protection. 

The differences start at the price, shade range and availability. The Laneige BB Cushion retails for about $35 and will be sold at Target stores in the states. Yes, Target! I just checked the Target website and the BB Cushion is unavailable at the moment but you should be able to get your hands on it in a few weeks. Along with the compact, you get two cushions (one in the packaging and one refill). Each refill is .5 ounces so you get 1 fluid ounce in total. The Laneige BB Cushion I have is the Korean make so I am not sure if it is exactly the same packaging as the U.S. version. The Laneige BB Cushion comes in four shades and I have #21 Natural Beige, the second darkest shade. 

The Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion retails for W18,000 but they were having 30% off the entire store when I bought mine so I paid about W13,000 (~$12). Refills cost W8,000 usually and there is no refill that comes with the BB Cushion like with Laneige. There are only three shades available and I have W24 Honey Beige which is the darkest shade. Interestingly, W24 is lighter than #21 so Laneige wins in terms of shade range. 

Here you can see the Laneige BB Cushion compact is sleek and sophisticated. A thin sheet of hard plastic over the top of the compact gives it a shiny look but fingerprints are not a problem. The refill is packaged in a airtight plastic sleeve. The Laneige BB Cushion gives a more luminous, glowy finish compared to the Etude House version. The liquid turns into almost a powdery finish for both products. I love the sponge applicator that comes with the compacts. It is very soft but dense and picks up the smallest amount of product and distributes it evenly. I have tried applying the BB Cushion with a flat top foundation brush and did not like the application. I highly recommend using the sponge that comes with these BB Cushions. A downside is that it is very difficult to clean the sponges.

The Etude House packaging is more princess-like and the compact has more of a satin finish. The cardboard box that houses the product has English on it complete with an ingredients list which is a huge plus. The Etude House BB Cushion gives a more matte finish but still looks natural. The darkest shade is already very light though and I can only use this during this time of year right before spring starts when my skin is at its lightest. The oil control is a tiny bit better with the Etude House BB Cushion but for my oily combination skin, setting it with powder is necessary. Both BB Cushions do not oxidize much on the face and last about 10 hours on the skin with blotting throughout the day. I would recommend using a primer before applying these BB Cushions as it helps the product apply better over the skin and extends the wear time a bit.

The Laneige BB Cream is on the left and Etude House is on the right. You can see the Laneige one has stronger yellow undertones which suit my skin much better and is noticeably darker. The Etude House one still suits my skin tone but it requires a bit more blending. Although the BB Cushions branched out of the BB Cream realm, the formulas are quite different and should be categorized separately. I think ease of use is what makes BB Cushions a winner in my book. They are much easier to apply since you only need the sponge which is included in every compact and you can layer the product several times without it caking.

This is an unedited photo of how my skin looks after applying the Laneige BB Cushion. I totally forgot to do a before picture but you can get an idea of where my acne scars are. I did not apply the BB Cushion under my eyes in this photo but you can certainly do that. On days I am pressed for time, I apply a bit of the product under my eyes and blend it with a sponge. It's not the most moisturizing formula for under the eyes but it can work.

Watch the video below to see a demo on how I apply the BB Cushion and to get a better look at the cushion function!


What do you think about BB Cushions? Would you try this out? Personally I love both of these and can't wait to try some more from different brands!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Hotel California: The Overlooked Lipgloss

I don't believe I've ever heard a Youtuber or prominent blogger mention the Becca Ultimate Colour Glosses and I don't know why. These are fantastic! At least the shade Hotel California, a true bright red, is. I chose this product from when they used to sponsor me so I technically received this for free but I definitely would invest in more of these shades. This poor gloss has been sitting in the depths of my makeup collection for almost a year now and I've only just remembered how awesome it is.

The Becca Ultimate Colour Glosses retail for $24 and you can purchase them easily from Sephora. There are 10 shades to choose from including a few bright and beautiful peaches to a vampy burgundy. From what I have seen, all of the shades appear to be cream finishes. Thumbs up on the color selection! The packaging is a simple round tube with a matte, rubberized top and metal bit at the top. I like the sleek look of the tube and it's unique to the brand. A minor issue is that the lettering on the tube "BECCA Ultimate Colour Gloss" tends to rub off when tossed around in my handbag though. The doefoot applicator is nothing special and applies the gloss well enough.

The ingredients list is printed on the side of the cardboard box that houses the gloss which those who are sensitive to certain things will appreciate. Becca describes the formula as "a weightless yet highly pigmented gloss that imparts ultimate bold color and intense shine". Vitamin E and oils are supposed to moisturize the lips and there are no parabens in the gloss. This lipgloss smells quite strongly of candy corn. It took me awhile to pinpoint what the sweet scent was but once I figured it out, I was hooked. It smells quite nice to me but I can imagine others having a problem with it.

One coat of gloss is all you need to get bright pigmented lips. The finish is indeed glossy and vinyl-esque. The gloss is mostly non-sticky but when the gloss starts to fade, there is a bit of tackiness. Still, the wear was comfortable throughout and my lips never felt dry. Even though Becca makes no claims about staining, I noticed that even after the glossiness faded with two or three hours of wear and after meals, my lips still had a noticeable red tint to them. Being someone who is quite lazy about reapplying makeup, I love a lip product that stains and this is an added bonus to an already impressive lipgloss.

Hotel California is a beautiful classic red color that is gorgeous if you're going for a glamorous look. I have my eyes on Palm Breeze and Hummingbird, two more muted shades of the Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss. I'm amazed this product hasn't been talked about a lot considering everyone was raving about the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector awhile back. Rediscovering this gloss has inspired me to do a favorite post on some underrated products that I think deserve some attention. Be sure to look out for that post in the next couple of weeks!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Soap & Glory Kick A** Concealer: Average at Best

Well, well, well.... Another product that I bought ages ago and haven't reviewed yet, much less mentioned it in any other post. To be honest, that's mostly because the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer (excuse the profanity) is nothing to rave about. While the idea of having multiple base necessities in a tiny compact is genius, the execution of it is lacking.  

I have the shade light which is pretty light and there is only one other shade in medium so darker ladies and lads are out of luck. I probably should have went with the medium shade because light only works on me in the winter and I still have to blend quite vigorously. For a drugstore concealer, this retails for £10 (~$16) so it's not exactly cheap. However, it does come with three different products. 

The small compact opens up into two layers. On the bottom layer, we have two potted concealers. The one on the left side is a pink, salmon tone meant for under the eyes and the other is more of a beige, yellow tone meant for spot concealing. There is also a little mirror which could be of use if you do your makeup on the go. 

The top compartment reveals a setting powder and a coarse poof. The powder is almost white and I suppose it's meant to be translucent but it definitely shows up if you use more than a tiny bit. The poof is rough and not suitable for applying the powder at all. You definitely need a little fluffy brush to apply this setting powder for it to look natural.

Here are the swatches of the three products. I found the concealers to be less creamy that I prefer, especially the salmon toned undereye concealer. I have to warm up the product on my fingers before applying or else it sinks into fine lines and creases instantly. The coverage of both concealers is nothing impressive either and it's not easy to build up the yellow toned concealer without it looking cakey. The powder is smooth but you really need to have a light hand with it or else you'll end up with a much too drastic white undereye.

I wish I loved the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer but it just didn't wow me. The formulas didn't impress by any means and the available shades will only suit a narrow percentage of people. I liked the idea of having three products in one but think I'll have to look into Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown for better concealer kits.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Winter 2014 Skincare Additions: IOPE, Shiseido and Clarins

The harsh winter we've been having in the Northeast is no match for this trio of effective skincare treats. My skin is normally oily combination and seriously prone to spots but since I've been on this day and night three-step regimen, my skin has healed considerably and already looks more radiant.

After misting my skin with an Innisfree toner and patting the excess moisture off with a cotton pad, I pour a quarter size amount of the IOPE Bio Essence in my palm. I pat my palms together and press the water onto my face. The essence is just like water; it has no scent or coloring. It literally could just be water and I would have no idea.... But this stuff works. I have only been using this for the past week and a half but I already see and feel a difference in my skin, especially in the inner cheek area where enlarged pores are my biggest enemy. The Bio Essence is good for improving the texture of the skin and smoothing it. I can't wait to see if the results will improve months after using this.

While the Bio Essence is still sinking in, I squirt two pumps of the Shiseido White Lucent Total Brightening Serum* into my palm and again, pat it into my skin. I have already written about this serum in my recent "How I Treat and Prevent Acne" post. This serum is great for improving the tone of my skin and fading acne spots. Having used this for about a month and a half, my complexion is more even and spots fade more quickly.

To lock in all all the beneficial ingredients in the essence and serum and to add moisture to my parched skin, I use a pea sized amount of the Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream. I warm the cream up between my palms and once again, press the moisturizer into my skin. This prevents me from applying too much since this moisturizer is meant for dry skin types and is a bit too much for my oily skin if I heap it on. My boyfriend's mother gifted this to me and while I have been enjoying it, I wouldn't repurchase it since the scent can be a bit strong (pleasant, but just a tad too in your face) and it's a bit heavy for my liking. In the future, I want to go back to using my HG moisturizer, La Roche Posay's Toleriane. I don't know why I ever stopped using that but I really want to get back to that. On a side note, my skincare favorites pretty much all come from East Asia or France nowadays.

To see how the serum and cream look and to find out more about price points, watch my detailed video below.

What has been the most effective skincare product you've tried? Anything you would repurchase over and over again?