Clinique – Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Review

October 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relef

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Light, comfortable cream/gel plumps skin with hydration for a full 24 hours. Fine lines, flakiness and tightness are washed away. In their place—a sense of supple, firm, vibrant well-being, even through shifts in humidity. One ‘drink’ and skin looks and feels happier, healthier. Oil-free.

I first purchased Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief in April and it lasted me for about 3 month. I really liked it so I bought this 2nd jar at Sephora when it run out, but I did not start using it right a way because I wanted to try the sample jar of ALGENIST Overnight Restorative Cream. After I decided not to use the ALGENIST cream any more, I pulled this moisturizer out of my skincare stash and I have to say, I still love this moisturizer.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relef Inside

As you can see above, it is a light salmon pink coloured gel moisturizer. One might expect it to be light because it it a gel moisturizer but it feels rather heavy when first applied to the face. The gel is pretty firm instead of being watery. It leaves a slightly sticky layer of gel on my face for about 3-5 minutes, but it quickly gets absorbed to my skin and my face feels really smooth and shine-less afterwards. It feels so smooth that I think powder/mineral foundation will apply nicely on top of this moisturizer; however, I do not recommend this moisturizer for morning because it takes some time to settle. When it’s not dry, it is quite sticky so it will definitely interfere with any liquid or powder foundation.

Although I have oily combination skin, I need a good moisturizer that keeps moisture locked in my skin, otherwise my skin just produce more oil. This oil-free moisturizer does just that and my skin feels nice and supple without extra oiliness. I also notice my pores appears smaller after I use this. Although it is called “Extended Thirst Relief” and it says it’s for all skin type, I do not recommend this for dry or mature skin because it doesn’t feel like it will be enough especially in winter time.

It is CA$44 for 1.7 oz and CA$59 for 2.5 oz. The one I have is the smaller 1.7 oz jar and it last me about 3 month when I use it every night. Considering how much I like this moisturizer, I might purchase the bigger jar next time.

Pros:

  • Oil-free, skin does not feel oily after
  • Enough moisture for oily to normal skin
  • Easily accessible (Any department stores, Sephora, online etc.)
  • Affordable in my opinion (CA$44/3 month = CA$0.48/day)

Cons:

  • Feels sticky right after applying
  • Takes some time to absorb

My Final Rating: 4.5/5

Algenist – Ovenight Restorative Cream Review

September 26, 2012 § 3 Comments

Algenist Ovenight Restorative Cream

I wrote about this night cream in my recent skincare routine post and I kind of praised about it. I still think this is a great night cream but there are few things that came up that I want to talk about, so I decided to make a individual post about this cream.

Here is what this cream claims to do on their Sephora website (Visit product page on Sephora.com) :

What it is formulated to do:
The regenerative power of alguronic acid promotes cell renewal to improve skin structure during the night. Peptides nourish the skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Firmness and elasticity are restored. Skin is left renewed, smoother and more radiant in the morning.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Dyes, Petrochemicals, Phthalates, Triclosan

Here is how the cream looks like on my hand:

Algenist Ovenight Restorative Cream on Hand

Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream is a thick cream that has slightly moussey texture to it. It has light medicine-like scent to it, which I don’t mind but may not be a preferred smell by some people. When applied to skin, it blends into the skin and absorbs easily. Although it does leave a slightly greasy feeling to the skin, the stickiness goes away quickly and the skin feels smooth and supple. For the most part, I agree this product made my face look smooth and radiant in the morning, but I do notice that my T-zone feels a bit oily when I wake up. I have oily/combination skin so I am not surprised by my oily T-zone after using a thick night cream like this.

I’ve been using this cream for a little bit over 1 month now and been loving this cream until recently I found tons of white heads developing under my lower lip. At first I thought it might be the hormone, but when I think about it, I also get more white heads around my nose after I started using this cream. So I went to the website and read the ingredient list only to find out that this cream contains tons of comedogenic ingredients like Isopropyl Isostearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, and Algae Extract. “Comedogenic” means it can cause your skin to produce excess oil which can lead to acne. These ingredients may be completely harmless to people with normal or dry skin because oil will protect your skin from losing moisture, but it is not suitable for people with oily skin or acne prone skin.

I have not gotten any bad break out from this cream. I did get occasional acne but I get them no matter what I use. The only big difference I noticed was the increased development of little bumpy white heads. Since this product was part of my Sephora VIB gift set so I didn’t pay for it, and I already purchased my next moisturizer, I will stop using this product now and maybe use it on my legs or something to use it up. I still think this is an amazing moisturizer for people with dry skin because my skin around cheeks (which is my dry area) has definitely gotten smoother after using this cream.

Pros:

  • Very moisturizing
  • Skin appears more smooth and radiant
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Formulated without harsh chemicals

Cons:

  • Not suitable for all skin types
  • Expensive ($106 for full size)
  • Can cause acne if you have oily or acne prone skin

My Final Rating: 3/5

Cheap Drug Store Skincare!

September 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

I recently visited Walmart and Target in Bellingham, WA again. I went there mainly looking for baby stuff. But I came across these 2 items. Sorry for low quality photo 😦

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Left: Simple Soothing Facial Toner

Right: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

I bought these 2 items mainly because of their price.

The regular price for Simple Soothing Facial Toner is US$6.99 but Target had instant saving coupon (US$3.99 off) attached to it. So it came to only US$3.00! I’ve been seeing this “Simple” brand in Canada for a while and I was always intrigued. I never actually reached out to it nor did research on it, but the bottle says it’s good for sensitive skin and doesn’t contain harsh chemicals nor alcohol (which is not entirely true because it contains witch hazel and witch hazel contains alcohol). Besides, it is only $3.00 so I wouldn’t be too sad if it doesn’t work out. I tried their light moisturizer on my hand and it felt really nice too. So I will be testing this out and will let you guys know in the future.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is actually for my hubby. He’s been looking for a cheap moisturizer that just moisturise his dry skin. Nothing more. We first found this in Walmart for US$12.97, which we though was an OK price because last moisturizer he was using came with less product for the same price. So we bought it after reading some online reviews saying it’s an great moisturizer for dry skin. Then we went to Target and found the exact same lotion for US$6.48. We were like “what the heck, walmart?” so we bought it at Target and went to return the one we bought at Walmart. Target official website doesn’t have the price for this item and it says “Price vary by store”, so maybe it’s not that cheap in other Target stores. I still think it’s worth it to check them out if you like this moisturizer, because it’s like 50% off from Walmart’s price.

I thought these are great deal so though I’d share with you guys. Have a nice day, lovelies 🙂

 

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