Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lumene quick review

Not going to go into a full in depth of this line. I tried the following

Vitamin C + Age Defying Radiant Beauty Drops: Arctic cloudberry seed oil strengthens and protects the skin from external and internal stress factors. Arctic lingonberry seed oil protects and nourishes skin. Vitamin C together with lingonberry seed oil provides long-lasting protection and brightens

Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Day Cream: Natural radiance & detox for brighter skin Rich and soft cream gives your skin instant radiance, moisture and energy. Arctic cloudberry seed oil, which is bursting with natural antioxidants, fortifies the skin and protects it from both external and internal stress factors. 

Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Day Cream SPF 15: Natural radiance & detox for brighter skin! Fresh cream gives your skin radiance while protecting it against the harmful effects of the sun. Optimal UVA protection. 

Sensitive Touch Cleansing Wipes: Gentle formula contains 100% organic soothing arctic linen seed extract to calm the skin. Sensitive formula doesn't leave a greasy residue and doesn't sting on your eyes. Leaves your skin pleasantly fresh.


The day cream with no SPF I liked. Not a fan of any cream with SPF because of their consistency and anything SPF 30 and under is useless in my opinion. 

 I did not like the Beauty Drops. It felt very strange on the skin. It has a a dry oil feel to it and my lotion did not go well on top of the drops. It makes my face look kind of weird too, almost has a strange sheen to the skin. Not a fan. 

There you go. If you've tried the products, let me know how you like it in the comment section, or join the conversation on Facebook!



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

C E Ferulic from SkinCeuticals

So apparently SkinCeuticals' C E Ferulic is the hottest thing in the skincare world at the moment. I have no idea why it became so popular out of nowhere when the brand has been around forever.

I just got this and I will give it a try and see how I like it. Keep checking back for reviews!

Update!! Review here:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Making Of Crème De La Mer

People always ask me what makes La Mer special and that they don't actually have a special process on making of the cream. Well, here is the article to show you all how it's made! The article was originally published by Refinery29, the link to their website is at the end. 

Photographed by Jer Crowle/Courtesy of La Mer
 Photographed by Jer Crowle/Courtesy of La Mer
The area in British Columbia where this kelp comes from — off the coast of Vancouver Island — is very remote, accessible only by air or sea.

Photographed by Jer Crowle/Courtesy of La Mer

Andy Bevacqua, chief scientist for La Mer's Max Huber Research labs, is the man responsible for unlocking the great scientists' notes for recreating the top-secret formula. Huber, who created the Creme almost a half a century ago as a remedy for his severely burned skin, left the formula to his children when he died, but none of them were able to precisely replicate the process.

Bevacqua, a scientist for Estée Lauder, which purchased the brand back in 1995, set to work deciphering the code. It took him years, but he finally mastered the tricky process, which involves combining sea kelp, vitamins and minerals, citrus oil, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa, and sunflower in a biofermentation process.

Simple enough, right? Not so much: Huber also would blast his so-called Miracle Broth with sound waves, a branch of science called sonochemistry, in which certain wavelengths of sound can actually affect or even cause chemical reactions. This integral step was the magic key that made everything click together to create the Miracle Broth.

Photographed by Jer Crowle/Courtesy of La Mer
This is what $8,000 of Miracle Broth looks like.

Photographed by Jer Crowle/Courtesy of La Mer
 The land is owned by Canada's First Nations People, who harvest and then sell the kelp to the company. The kelp grows on long stems that reach to the ocean floor. The two-man team takes their boat out and hand cuts the kelp off, leaving the stalks intact so that they stay alive and can continue to produce more kelp leaves.

While it would be easier and more cost-efficient to just drag up the kelp stalks and remove the leaves that way, this would cause the kelp not to grow back and basically destroy an entire eco-system — myriad sea creature depend on this plant for survival.

This eco-friendly method of hand-harvesting, along with the complex biofermentation process, and the hand-packaging of the product, are just a few of the reasons Creme de La Mer carries that hefty price tag.

Photographed by Jer Crowle/Courtesy of La Mer 
So what's so special about this seaweed? According to Bevacqua, you need to think of your skin like a battery: It has positively- and negatively-charged ions, which get depleted over time. The negative ions gravitate toward the surface, while the positive ones remain deeper in the skin. The movement of these ions creates a type of electrical energy, which the skin needs to perform its daily reparative and protective functions.

As we age, get stressed out, or damage our skin, the ions lose their charge and the energy becomes stagnant, meaning our skin can't optimally function. The kelp-based Miracle Broth acts as a charging station, re-establishing the correct circuits so that these positive and negative ions continue to flow where they are meant to, helping the skin to better perform its duties of hydrating and healing.

The kelp we got the chance to handle had been harvested a few days earlier and as such, the nutrients had started to leach out, creating a slimy residue that Bevacqua lovingly referred to as kelp snot. Our senior beauty editor daringly rubbed a bit of this slick stuff on the back of her hands and immediately noticed a difference in her skin. The residue sunk into the skin on the back of her hand instantly and made it look brighter and feel baby-soft to the touch. She tried to convince Bevacqua to let her have a few stalks to wrap herself up in, mummy-style, but he sadly quashed her DIY spa dreams, on the spot.

Article was taken from written by

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

30th anniversary of Clé de Peau Beauté's iconic hero product, La Creme

Catch them all like Pokeballs! For $2250, you can buy the same cle de peau la creme in 3 different color jars!!! Trust is Blue, Radiance is Yellow, Excitement is Pink. Seriously, who is going to buy into this marketing push for $750 each??

But in case you're interested, you can get it at Saks and Neiman Marcus. 

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Clé de Peau Beauté's iconic hero product, La Creme, with limited edition in three colors. Inspired by the radiance of rare colored diamonds to express Clé de Peau Beauté's "Radiance of Joy."

Friday, September 7, 2012

Natura Bisse Diamond White

Been trying out Natura Bisse's Diamond White Serum... so far not a fan, it smells like melted silicone, but will test it out till i can write a full review. 

Keep checking back! 

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Complete La Mer Serum Rundown Review- Regenerating, Radiant, and Intensifier

The Regenerating Serum: 
Fortified with a high concentration of The Miracle Broth™, The Regenerating Ferment™ and The Marine Peptide Ferment, this active yet comforting skincare powerhouse helps complement skin's natural production of “youth proteins,” collagen and elastin. You will see a difference in a day as skin is rejuvenated on contact. Over time, the appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores is diminished as a firmer, more lifted, beautifully ageless look is revealed.

This is my absolute favorite serum of all time. The difference is overnight. It also cleared my breakouts as well. This is one of the few products where I can see the difference in my face and I've recommended it to everyone and everyone had great results from it. It reduce the lines on your face and clear any imperfection.. It was very hard for me to find a serum that was both anti-aging and soothing to the skin so I don't breakout. After the first week of using this, my face was completely clear and dewy.

This is by far the best serum from La Mer. The texture is very milky and sinks into your skin right away. It's great for both day and night and it kind of creates a soft canvas for your lotion/cream. I've noticed when using this serum during the day, I don't get as shiny as if I were to use another serum. This is one product I will always recommend to anyone that is looking for something anti-aging where you can see the results.

So worth the money!

Regenerating Serum is $260

The Radiant Serum:
This ultralight gel serum boosts skin's ability to reflect light.

The Radiant Serum illuminates the complexion immediately on contact, awakening a brilliant new clarity. Targeted skin tone correctors dissolve the look of discoloration. Water borne anti-oxidants help skin remain looking more even and bright into the future.

La Mer's Radiant Waters smooth away dull surface cells that obscure light. Pores are purified and refined. Exclusive marine extracts firm and plump skin's appearance, breathing life into the complexion.

I've tried this serum many times. I like it, but I don't love it. The texture is kind of sticky and and it dries on your skin leaving a strange texture for your lotion/cream to go on. The main reason for my ambivalent feeling about this serum is the fact that I didn't notice any results from it. Originally, I thought I would like this more than the Regenerating Serum because this one is supposed to purify the pores and refine the skin and get rid of discoloration, but it didn't do any of that. Actually, the regenerating serum gets rid of breakouts more than this and does a better job at evening out the skin tone.

I really don't see a reason buying this over the Regenerating since they are the same price. I can see people using this for the day and the regenerating at night, otherwise, just use the regenerating.

Verdict: Try it
The Radiant Serum is $260

The Lifting Intensifier:
This targeted treatment utilizes a mesh-like matrix containing Blue Algae Lift Ferment™ and other key ingredients to help skin promote its natural collagen and elastin network where support is needed most. It instantly tightens skin's surface and works over time to "train" skin to sustain a smooth, resilient, more lifted appearance.

First off, I want you to know I don't have a lot of visible wrinkles that needs to be fixed other than expression lines, so I can't give you a feedback on if it actually lifts the skin. However, a friend of mine tried it and said she really likes it, but still prefers the Regenerating Serum.

The Lifting Intensifier used to be sold as a duo along with the Lifting Serum, but I guess with all the new serums that are obviously doing better, they got rid of the Lifting Serum and just kept this one. I don't really like the texture of this serum. It is very sticky and it leaves a sticky film on the skin and for some reason, I feel like my skin cannot breath under this serum. I also noticed I am more prone to breakout when I'm on this serum. So this is not exactly my favorite one.

As for lifting, I don't really feel it personally. I am not sure I will come back to this and invest the money when Regenerating Serum is far superior. Also, this is more of a targeted treatment than for the entire face....though I used it for my entire face!

Verdict: Try it...maybe. 
The Lifting Intensifier is $155

La Mer also came out with a Brightening Serum, which I've used and will write a review soon (don't buy it, it's not that good).

The La Mer Concentrate is amazing for scars. Way better than ScarsGuard and Merderma. It's great for the face, too, but for $400, i think you should just save that for scars.