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

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Clinique GWP at the Bay

September 20, 2012 § 3 Comments

Hi lovelies,

Today I want to share Clinique Gift with Purchase promotion at the bay with you. I found this promotion online and thought it is a really nice gift set. You can find details on The Bay Beauty page.

Clinique Gift With Purchase The Bay

The gift set includes some of their newer and popular products like mini size Chubby Stick and sample of All About Eyes Serum. You get to choose the Chubby Stick and Eye Shadow/Blush palette from 2 different shades. The pink variation comes with Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon, Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Strawberry Fudge, and Blushing Blush in Cupid. The nude variation comes with Chubby Stick in Mega Melon, but I’m not sure about the names of the Eye Shadow Duo and Blush because I chose the pink variation. (It’s not written in the pamphlet nor on the website…) Both variation comes with colours that are actually useful and pretty. I had hard time deciding because I wanted to try both Chubby Sticks. I chose pink variation in the end because I have more nude colours than pink shade in my make-up collection.

Clinique All About Eyes

All you need to do is purchase more than CA$28.50 (before tax) at Clinique and you automatically receive this fabulous gift set! Your purchase can be make-up or skincare product. I purchased All About Eyes, which I reviewed on this post, for CA$37.00 + tax because mine is running out soon. I would be buying the eye cream anyways when it runs out, so I figured why not buy it when I get a gift set. I’m pretty sure you can find something that’s CA$28.50-$35.00 easily at Clinique. (Even Better Makeup SPF 15 for CA$33,  All About Eyes Serum for CA$34 etc.)

Skincare Routine September 2012

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

As soon as I got pregnant, my skin started acting really bad. The unstable hormone was causing me to have bad break-outs and some freckles became darker. When I went into 2nd trimester, it started to be a little better but the break-outs had left me with tons of acne scars (hyper-pigmentation) and I still have 1-2 acne at all time, but I always had acne-prone skin so it is not a big concern right now. As far as skincare routine goes, I do like what I have now and I think it’s working well with my skin. So I decided to share it with you guys 🙂

Morning Skincare Routine

morning skincare rourine

Cleanse: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

This cleanser has been my HG cleanser for about 2 years now. It is highly talked about cleanser and I admit I was sceptical when I first tried it. It is also quite pricey for a cleanser. But as soon as I started using it, it became my all time favourite and I cannot live without it. It cleanses foundation, primer, and sunscreen off beautifully and leave my skin super soft and smooth. The cleansing power is amazing but it won’t dry my skin out. It won’t wash off water-proof eye make-up but I use make-up remover anyway so it does not concern me. I’ve purchased the medium size bottle once and big bottle twice already and will be buying this again. (Visit Official Website)

Tone: Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion (The blue bottle)

I purchased this in Japan last spring and started using it in April. I still have about 25-30% left. Considering I use 3-4 pumps every morning and night, I am amazed that it lasted me 6 month. It was a little expensive for a toner (about CA$125) but it is a extra large  bottle and it did last me very long so I think it was worth the money. It has always been one of my favourite toner. It has skin brightening effect and also hydrating properties. It leaves my skin fresh and supple, but it’s not sticky nor thick. It won’t make your skin dramatically whiter/brighter but it aids in preventing skin from developing hyper-pigmentation. (Visit Official Website – Japanese Only)

Replenish: Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

I have purchased Origins products numerous times, and I have to admit, I was always somewhat disappointed. Origins has great variety of lines, uses natural ingredients, and has great irresistible scent (which is why I keep wanting to try them). But the products just never did anything to my skin. Unfortunately, this Mega-Bright Serum is no exception. It has great citrus scent that I really REALLY like. The texture of the serum is light and it absorbs quickly. Other than that, it didn’t do much. I’ve been using this for over a month now and my hyper-pigmentation hasn’t improved. I had less break-outs when I was using Clinique’s Turnaround Concentrate. Also, I don’t understand why this skin serum has iridescent shimmer in it. (Visit Official Website)

Moisturise: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15

I got this product in one of my Glossybox and have been using it as my morning moisturizer for bout 3 month. It is a really light moisturizer that blends into your skin very easily and absorbs quickly. The finish is radiant (thus Positively Radiant) but not oily. It has a little bit of shimmer in it, which I’m not a huge fan of, but you can’t really see it once you put it on your face. Foundation applies nicely after this moisturizer and it’s nice that it has SPF 15. It’s working great for me so far but it’s not something I will rave about. I will be hunting for better morning moisturizer once this runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Lips: eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

This lip balm was talked about a lot online but I wasn’t interested in the beginning because the lip balm I was using at the time was fine (I was using Vaseline one). But when I had to buy a new lip balm, I found this in store and discovered that it’s 100% natural and 95% organic, I decided to give it a try. It is pretty expensive in Canada ($3.99), but it’s not the most expensive lip balm I’ve ever purchased. After using it for about 2month, I actually really like this lip balm. It is not too rich or sticky so it works pretty well under lipsticks. My lips are not too dry so it is moisturizing enough for daily use. it smells great and even tastes good 😀 I will definitely buy another one when it runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Evening Skincare Routine

night skincare routine

Remove Make-up: Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

This Oil Cleanser is from Japan but I purchased this in Taiwan last spring and has been using this to remove more stubborn make-up. I usually use 1 pump for eye area only, and 2 pumps if I want to cleanse whole face. it removes all my make-up like magic; even the most stubborn mascaras from Fasio and Majorica Majorca. Together with Philosophy Purity Made Simple, I never had trace of make-up on my cotton pad when I use toner after cleansing. It is pretty affordable (I think it was about CA$7-8) in Taiwan, but it will be way more in Vancouver. So; even though I really like this, I will most likely be buying something else when it runs out. (Visit Official Website – Japanese Onlly)

Cleanse: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

See morning routine for review.

Tone: Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion

See morning routine for review.

Replenish: Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

See morning routine for review.

Moisturise: Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream

I got this as part of Sephora’s VIB program gift. The full size product is 2 fl oz and this mini size contains 0.5 fl oz. I’ve been using this for about 3 weeks now and there is still about 20% left. I’ve been really enjoying this cream because it really makes my skin feel smooth and supple. I have to say this cream is aimed towards more of dry skin or mature skin, but it’s been working fantastic on my oily combination skin. When I wake up in the morning, my skin does seem a little oily, but it feels soft after I wash my face. it is bit pricey at CA$106 but I think it’s reasonable considering how long this jar is lasting me. (Visit Sephora Product Page) *Read the updated full review here.

Eyes: Clinique All About Eyes

I purchase this at Duty Free Store in Taipei Airport last spring. I’ve been using this for 6 month now and it has about 15% left in the jar. I really like this eye cream because it’s just the right consistency for me. It’s not too light nor too rich. I haven’t used any eye cream that made me feel like it’s magic to be honest, but this one sure does the job. My eye area is not dry when I use this and It is easily absorbed.The price is quite reasonable at CA$30 for 0.5 fl oz. I might buy this again when it runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Lips: eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

See morning routine for review.

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