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Friday, February 26, 2016

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Serum, Sheet Masks & Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack!


I am through the roof with excitement right now! I have heard of Innisfree before from other girls in the online beauty communities that I hang out in, but I haven't had the chance to try their products until now. If you haven't already checked out their website to see all of their products, you should stop by Innisfree World. They have air cushions, moisturizers, sleeping packs, sunscreen and more of course!



So let's check out these products, shall we?




We'll start with The Green Tea Seed Serum which you can find on the Innisfree World website. What it says on the box: "This nourishing moisture serum is formulated with freshly squeezed Jeju green tea and green tea seeds to create a dewy and clear skin from deep within."  This product is fresh, and lasts 3 months, which is nice. At this rate, I would estimate that this bottle could last up to about 2 and a half months which means that you shouldn't have it long enough to expire if you are using it AM and PM. This serum retails for $26.00 USD for 80ml of product. Whether you are new to skin care, or you use products regularly, I would recommend this serum to anyone needing moisture all year round. It's lightweight enough for someone who needs just a little bit of hydration, yet effective enough for those of us needing a medium strength moisturizer or more.




This smells EXACTLY like green tea--this moisturizer smells AMAZING! I was researching this product before trying it and everyone else hyped up the smell--they were so right, this stuff smells heavenly! This serum feels nice on the skin. It applies evenly and absorbs very well. When it dries it doesn't really feel sticky yet it ever so slightly has a tad bit of tackiness for an hour or two, yet I do not wake up stuck to my pillow (that would be gross!) so I think it absorbs more thoroughly throughout the night.





Because this serum is a lightweight one, I apply it right after I wash my face. I wait 2 minutes before I continue with my regimen. I've been using this with a sleeping pack by Innisfree as well, and I'll review it down below. I have been using this both in the AM and PM.


What it does for me:

      Okay, so it's no secret that I have crazy dry patches on my face--under my bottom lip, and on my nose. I have actually noticed the dry patches seem to look less flaky and crazy, the green tea serum has helped soothe the redness that comes along with having continuous dry skin in these areas. Green tea is also full of antioxidants which help fight against free radicals. I could see this being great for all age groups. For those of you who are beginning a skin care regimen, the best thing you can do to prevent the signs of aging is MOISTURIZE! I totally wish someone would have told me this years ago, but I had to learn from the internet. If you have mature skin, again...you gotta use a good moisturizer to protect your skin as well as trap in what moisture you do have. As we age, we lose moisture so hydration is KEY. If you have irritated skin, I would recommend this because the main ingredient is known to calm the epidermis and scalp. When I wake up and wash my face--it feels soft and plump. I don't have major redness, but what little I do have has been minimized enough to know that this stuff made a difference for me. I'm going to purchase another bottle to use on my hands as well, because when I apply it to the skin on my face, it looks instantly softer and smoother, kinda like a "soft focus" effect which makes my pores look less noticeable as well. I do not have large pores, but I can still see a difference.



If you are interested in trying this serum, wait until March. They are giving various free gifts away with your serum purchase, and I'm excited to see which products they will be featuring for their promotion! So I hope one of you will tell me what you get as an extra if you place an order!



Next up is the Whitening Pore Sleeping Pack which you can find on the Innisfree World website. When I first opened the sleeping pack, I noticed that there were little white flecks mixed in with the substance. I have never seen a sleeping pack like that before, so it immediately caught my interest. What it says on the box: "The brightening sleeping mask that takes care of your skin tone, dark spots and skin texture for transparency and brightness." This sleeping pack retails for $26.00 USD, and you get 100ml of product.
With a sleeping pack, you apply it as the last step to your night time regimen and sleep with it on. You wash it off in the morning and they are supposed to trap moisture in your skin leaving your skin soft, supple and plump the next day. This product does just that! They actually use squuezed tangerine peels for this--and I think that's pretty neat.




This sleeping pack is a gel like consistency, and although it looks rather thick, it's really not. I apply a dime size amount, and the little white flakies in it literally disappear as I smooth it into my skin. I assume that they are pieces of tangerine peel. This has a light citrus scent--which smells pretty delicious as well! Over time, the tangerine in this product will lighten freckles, age spots, and lighten skin. There are plenty of old recipes for skin whitening on the internet and citrus plays a huge and safe part in many of them. This stuff absorbs pretty quickly and feels cool and hydrating on my skin. It's like a breath of fresh air for tired lungs, lol!








What it does for me:

It helps keep my flaky dry patches at bay. Flaky skin is gross, so this is a HUGE blessing for me right now! My dry skin feels more hydrated and moisturized which helps my makeup go on much smoother even without a primer, it's lightened my freckles a small amount (It's noticeable by me, but my boyfriend hasn't noticed, lol) and my skin looks a bit lighter and has a more refreshed youthful appearance with less than a month's use--that's pretty awesome!  My dry skin is so much less noticeable--hip hip hooray! And oh my goodness, my skin feels so freaking amazing the next morning! This sleeping pack has a high amount of vitamins and flavonoids.

I'm also trying sheet masks for the first time EVER!

The three I have are: Vita C, BHA and Hyaluronic Acid. I tried the Vitamin C mask in my video above as well, so it's worth watching if you are new to sheet masks.

             (This is what ladies do when their husbands/boyfriends leave the house! ha ha ha!)


I cannot recommend these products ENOUGH. I want to try EVERYTHING they offer now...lol. I think I have an obsession with Innisfree!








DISCLAIMER:

Some products reviewed or used on my blog may have been given to me free of charge for review purposes only. This does not influence my opinion whatsoever. Sharing my skin care and beauty experiences is a hobby of mine, and I am very passionate about being honest. I work hard for my money and I’m sure that you do too…I would never risk my integrity by lying to make money or push products that I do not enjoy/would not pay for myself.  

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Kinda Long & Chatty--Elf Nude Rose Gold Full Face Makeup Tutorial for Spring 2016







Hey Gawjuss! I just got my Elf order in and I am DIGGING the colors in this palette, so I decided to make a chatty makeup tutorial which is kinda long, so grab a cup of coffee and some snacks--we're gonna talk MAKEUP!

PRODUCTS USED:

Elf Moisturizing Foundations in Ivory and Natural
Elf SPF Face Primer
Elf Eyelid Primer
Elf Contour Palette
Elf HD Powder
Elf Lock on Liner and Brow Cream
Elf Illuminating Palette
Elf Cream Blush Palette
Elf Undereye Hydrating Primer
Elf Lip Exfoliator
Elf Baked Hiighlight in Blush Gems
Elf Mineral Infused Mascara
Elf Mineral Eyeliner in Black
Elf Makeup Mist & Set
Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Solow
Elf HD Lifting Concealers in Brightening and Fair