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By Terry Seve de Rose Ultra-Glow Double Serum +

July has been a seriously hot and humid. Like disgustingly hot during the night too. Generally when it comes to the summer heat, I opt not wearing any makeup. I mean what’s the point? Foundation will slide off within minutes…right?

Until now…

So over a month ago, I had David do my makeup and he usually uses By Terry Seve de Rose as my foundation primer/moisturizer. I always wanted to buy it, but of course…I told myself “I’ll eventually get it”. I didn’t see a need since I generally use Shu Uemura Stage Performer as my primer. Granted it’s an awesome primer, it’s too heavy for the summer heat and humidity.
So he used Seve de Rose underneath Ellis Faas foundation (will review later). Ellis Faas foundation is a medium coverage, satin finish. It was a night where it was over 100 degrees at 11 pm. I realized that it would be my primer for the heat…why do you ask?

Texture: It’s definitely a serum in terms of formula, gel like in consistency. It’s very light weight and it absorbs pretty quickly. It has the signature By Terry fragrance, sooo delish ! The smell does linger on your face, which I don’t mind because it’s so lush. I like to use like 2-3 pumps for my face. You can probably use 2, but i like a bit more because it’s addicting.

Effect: As the title states, it is a glow serum, and it definitely does that. I can use this alone, or under foundation for an awesome glow. None of that ugly microsparkle that makes it seem like you’re luminous. Just awesome “hi, I had 12 hours of sleep and I’m well rested” glow. What makes me excited about this serum is that my medium coverage foundation stayed on my face (first applied at 7pm). It stayed on my face when it was 103 degrees at 11 pm, and it stayed on when it was 85 degrees at like 3 am with like 90% humidity. How awesome is that? Yea…I thought so too.
When I worked during the day, I reached for this stuff because I looked like crap. Tired, sallow skin…yet coworkers were like “wow how did you adjust to working during the day and not be tired”? I actually was tired, but they didn’t need to know that. The wonders of By Terry. *sigh*. Long story short, Seve de Rose is what like MAC strobe cream wishes it was…except Seve de Rose is liquid crack, laced with some gelato on top.
Now on the box it’s supposed to detoxify your skin…I can’t speak for that because as of late my face is going through some detox. Reason being I’ve been using Natura Bisse, so the detoxifying isn’t really from the By Terry serum (in my opinion).

Price and size: $90, 30 mL or 1.02 oz.

Worth the purchase?: If you’re someone who is always looking tired, I think it’s something to look into. If you’re combo-oily skin and need a good primer and (or) light moisturizer, this is great stuff. mmm.I just consider this my liquid crack.
Onto the photos 😀
see i’ve been using it often ;D
ingredient list (back of the box)


right side of my hand has Seve de Rose applied.
bottom part of my hand has Seve de Rose


Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant-Glow +

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An area I normally don’t explore too much when it comes to makeup are face/foundation primers. One of the reasons is probably because my first experience with a foundation primer, my skin burned (thank you, Bobbi Brown Face Base). Then when I had purchased Water Canvas foundation, I bought the accompanying primer. I’ve used the primer quite a lot since it did its job. I mean, it made my foundation last longer but I wasn’t wowed by it. But given my inexperience with primers, I didn’t know what to really expect from one. 
So a while back I bought Stage Performer and I liked it, but I didn’t use it for that long because my mom stole mine >:(. It’s funny because my mom tends to steal my most expensive or hard to find stuff. 
Moving along…a bit about Stage Performer and its overall purpose (courtesy of the Shu Uemura website):

stage-inspired multi-functional beauty cream to enhance makeup finish and deliver a natural glow. contains Ginkgo Leaf extract to fight oxidation. instantly, skin appears more luminous, translucent and smooth. provides 24-hour lasting moisture.

 To see a video, check it out here.

Texture and Formula: It definitely feels like a cream…it’s not a gel cream, if that’s what you’re wondering. I like this cream because isn’t sticky or heavy for my combination skin. The cream itself is white, but when you look at it up close it has like little grey specs in it. So don’t think your Stage Performer is rancid when you squeeze some out. The formula isn’t heavy on your face at all, which is pretty cool because when I first dispensed it, I didn’t think it would go well with my skintype. I can say dry skin types will love this stuff since it gives your skin moisture. 
What does it really do for me: I can wear Stage Performer as a nice cream by itself and it gives my face a nice radiance. So for those of you who have skin that needs a little extra pep in its step, this is really something to consider. Under foundation, especially my non-luminous ones, it gives it a tiny bit of luminosity that doesn’t look over the top. As for longevity, it does make my foundation last longer, but the main premise of this product is for the luminosity and moisture. 
I’m sure there are some people who are asking, how does this compare to MACs strobe cream/liquid? they both have the same premise of working underneath your foundation to give your face a nice glow, but Strobe Cream is definitely something that can be a little too over the top. Over the top in the sense of the “shine” where sometimes it doesn’t look natural. I love Strobe Cream when I’m wearing a heavier foundation when I go out at night, but it’s not something I personally would use for the daytime. Plus Stage Performer is a moisturizer, whereas Strobe Cream is just an illuminator.
The biggest thing about this is how it makes my face look in photos. It totally makes your skin look soft and radiant, even under heavy flash. I love the look and effect it gives, so delish. There’s nothing better than to have a primer that just makes your face look so lush ❤

Price and Size: $50, 1.6 oz

Is it worth the $: I think it’s something to consider moreso for the fall/winter when our skin gets a bit drier and need a nice cream/primer in one. I actually even like it for now, even though it’s the summer because it’s not that heavy of a cream, but it’s definitely moisturizing. For those of you who like a soft natural radiance but don’t have the time to apply highlighters, just putting this in your bag and applying it on the go is definitely a time saver. For those of you who own a foundation that just makes your face look blah, this will definitely give the foundation some radiance and not make your face look flat.

Ingredients list.

 A bit of Stage Performer on my hand

The bottom of my hand has Stage Performer, the top doesn’t. 

Bottom/left has Stage Performer
Top/right has nothing on.


Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner +

I try to keep this blog about makeup, but of course I will write about a few skincare products that I use very often. I’ve been really liking Trilogy’s Hydrating Mist Toner 🙂 
Trilogy is known for their rosehip oil (which is a staple in my skincare actually). This stuff smells amazing and it’s the best stuff that has come across my face. Ok, but this review is about their Hydrating Mist Toner (sorry for digressing). They’re all about simple, organic and natural ingredients. I know it sounds so cliche, but as I’ve stated before: my skin does not react well to fruit ingredients in skincare. The few items that my skin won’t react to, it generally doesn’t sit well on my face either. Until I found Trilogy skincare.
Their products are made in New Zeland and for those of you who are wondering: the ingredients are GMO free, they are against animal testing and are recyclable bottles. 
Package: All of their products come in a dark glass bottle. The spray nozzle is awesome because it shoots a very fine spray. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been rained on and when it lands on your skin, you don’t see large drops on your face. It’s 3.3 oz. 
Smell: it smells like roses and lavender. Big surprise eh? 
Ingredients:  Rosa Centrifolia (Rose Flower) Water, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Flower) Wate, Lavendula Officinalis (Lavender) Water, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, *Components of Natural Essential Oils
Why I think it’s great: I’ve tried a few face mists, and most of them leave a funny feeling on my face. This once settled into my skin, it feels so soft. When my skin starts to feel hot, I spritz some of this on, and the feeling goes away. Generally when my face feels hot, it’s usually from the weather and I start to break out in random red spots. This stuff totally calms my face. I use this even when after I apply my makeup and it just feels so great against your skin. 
Price and where it’s sold: $28 and it’s sold primarily online. I’m lucky that I live near one of the four stockists in the USA, so I get mine from a local spa.
I use their Replenishing Night Cream for daytime during the winter. Whoever made this cream should receive an award because it’s one of the very few creams that actually absorbs into my skin. As I stated before, I use their Rosehip oil (year round).

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Bioderma Crealine H2O

So I just finished using my regular makeup remover: Trilogy Cream Cleanser. I like the idea of a cream cleanser because it’s not as drying on your skin, but overall this particular cream cleanser slightly burned my skin. Why? I know I’m just overall sensitive to most skincare that has a lot of fruit ingredients. I’ll review this at a later date, but it is great if you aren’t sensitive to those kinds of ingredients.

So I’ve seen in various places about this particular cleanser/makeup remover and how awesome it is. I went to a boutique pharmacy in Chelsea, NYC called New London Pharmacy and purchased the larger bottle. This location also sells other French brands Embryolisse, Nuxe, among other niche skincare brands.

The formula: definitely the consistency of water. No smell, or at least none that I can detect.

How to use: apply some on a cotton ball and just glide across sections of your face. It’s not emulsifying, nor does it leave your skin feeling tight or dry. It’s literally the same feeling as if you have water in that cotton ball. Simple enough. There’s really no need to clean your face with a separate cleanser, at least for me. My skin really feels clean with  just this product alone.

What makes this item so great? You can remove heavy duty makeup, including waterproof stuff with 1-2 swipes. Most makeup removers require the extra step of washing your face afterwards. I’m a person who is always on the go and saving myself an extra step is a big plus. Another thing is that my face doesn’t turn red with this product. Nor does this make my eyes sting/burn woo woo woo !! 🙂 It’s truly a magical product. This stuff removes just overall gunk on your face. I want to use this as my new overall skin cleanser/toner. I truly ❤ this item.

When I purchased this item, the checkout clerk asked me: Are you a makeup artist? I replied “no, but why do you ask”? He basically stated that not many people know about the product and the few people that do purchase it are makeup artists.

Downside: limited supply in this location. I think it’s the only place in NYC that sells it, and they sell out very quickly. I’m lucky I grabbed a bottle because it will last me a while. Overall this item is hard to find since it’s from France.

Price: $48 at New London Pharmacy for 500 mL. I know it’s sold a bit less elsewhere, but at least I know this now, plus there’s nothing better than instant gratification :). I’m not one to order items online because I’m never home to pick it up.

Ingredients: water (aqua), peg-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, mannitol, xylitol, rhamnose, fructooligosaccharides, propylene glycol, disodium edta, cetrimonium bromide.

What I’ve tried in the past for reference:

Shu Uemura cleansing oil: green, pink and white.
Ponds Cold cream: This is a good method if you have super dry skin, but it’s a bit time consuming because you’re removing cream off your face.
Lancome Bi-facil: which was my HG mu remover for a while, but again I have to wash my face after. 
YSL makeup remover: overpriced and it I just wasn’t that impressed.
Trilogy cream cleanser: love this if I wasn’t allergic to either the carrot or grapefruit extract. It really leaves your face clean.
MAC makeup wipes: burned my eyelids and made them raw. Talk about a serious chemical burn.

all of these are great, but Bioderma has taken center stage, front and center. ❤


Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge +

Hi All!

I seriously apologize for not blogging in the past few months. I’ve been sent to and from different places due to work, as well as being sick. Anyway, I really had no idea how much work it takes to have and maintain a blog. My work schedule is taking a drastic change too, but it’s to your benefit since I’ll have more time to blog.

OK, so back to the original intent of this post: Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge.

straight from the Bergdorf Goodman website:

Offering sheer, lightweight coverage, Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe provides a sheer wash of flawless, luminous finish. The formula feels like second skin with a gossamer-like texture. Light-diffusing pigments help fade away lines and instantly impart a renewed radiance and healthy appearance to skin. With SPF 20, Peau Vierge helps guard against the damaging effects of the sun.

• Contains anti-aging powerhouse Retinol, known for its ability to smooth and plump wrinkles from deep below the skin’s surface, stimulating collagen cell rejuvenation and bringing elasticity back to skin. 
• Retinol is delivered through a patented and proprietary delivery technology called Syntoc Actif, which encapsulates the Retinol and allows it to safely and effectively penetrate the skin. 
• Traditional over-the-counter products have very poor penetration—less than 2% of active ingredients are actually absorbed. In comparison, with Syntoc Actif, 20 times more Retinoic Acid is absorbed into the deeper skin layers, making it the most effective cosmetic Retinoid treatment on the market. 
• Talc, Fragrance, and Dye-Free.

The Syntoc Actif delivery technology is highly compatible with the skin and easy to metabolize. As a result, it delivers actives more efficiently and effectively, allowing the active ingredients to penetrate deepest layer of the skin where all the action is and deliver Retinol where it is most effective. 

Formula: it’s liquid, it’s definitely a little shimmery, but the liquid in terms of consistency is very moisturizing, oddly enough. when it’s first applied, it’s VERY sparkly on your face. I had tried it a few times at the counter at first and I was turned off by the shimmer factor. Then again, this is coming from someone who thinks anything with shimmer is the enemy. I tried it on, and after 10 minutes, the shimmer wasn’t as shimmery once settled into the skin. It’s definitely a luminous finish, which is something I’m not personally used to.

Another aspect to this tinted moisturizer/treatment is that there are only two shades. Light to Medium (for cool skintones), and Medium to Dark, which is what I have. The medium to dark looks DARK, like MAC NC37 dark. The foundation is self adjusting to your skin. I’m NC25/30 and the color straight from the bottle I told myself “I’ll look dirty”, but when applied, it actually did adjust itself to my skintone.

This is what it looks like against my NC25 part of my skin. See what I mean when I saw this and thought to myself, “this isn’t going to be a good look on me” ha ha. The color is just a smidge darker in person.

Towards the left see how it’s shimmery? Thats the foundation semi blended in in order to see how shimmery it is. Just one more swipe with my finger it would be the exact same shade as the inner part of my arm, which is pretty pale.

The price: It’s $125. Yes it’s expensive, and even I had a hard time justifying the purchase. What made me realize the price isn’t “so high” is By Terry has a foundation that’s $140 and it doesn’t have any skincare benefits.

How it looks:

I was wearing the foundation when I wore Tom Fords Smoke Red. My chin is very red and blotchy normally, but this stuff totally covered it. I normally wear medium coverage foundation because the redness on my face is so hard to cover. 

How to apply: I use 1 to 2 pumps to cover my face and my neck, plus dabbing a little extra on the super red areas on my face. I use my fingers, but I would like to use a synthetic foundation brush because it seems like I wouldn’t use up as much product. 
SPF factor: for all of you out there asking what’s used in terms of SPF, it’s 5% Titanium Dioxide, 5% Zinc Oxide.
In terms of what it claims in terms of improving your skin within 7 days: I did have two small pimples forming when I had first purchased it, and using this stuff, they disappeared. My pores shrank a bit, my skin wasn’t as blotchy. I don’t expect miracles when wearing it, but this stuff did make some difference in my skin. Due to being sick and traveling (and not having it with me) my skin sucks as usual, but I have been wearing it again consistently for the past week and my skin is slowly improving. I’ll have to give you an update after 3 months or so with consistent use as to how my skin looks/feels. 

Worth the purchase: yes. I’ve tried Retin-A and it wrecked my skin and it didn’t improve it at all. I love this stuff because it gives you SPF as well. It’s nice to know that I’m wearing  a foundation actually has great skincare benefits and improving my skin. I would recommend getting a sample before purchasing it, only because of the $. 


NIA24 Skincare

So this is my review on my current skincare regime for the past 3 months or so.
I purchased this on the recommendation of my Space NK MA. At first I was skeptical because of its claims. What I can say as of recent is now that I’m working during the day, my skin has broken out in serious heat rashes. Working nights for 2 years and BAM! all of a sudden working during the day, my skin broke out like crazy, and my skin was itching.
I do have is redness, acne scarring and large pores (on the sides of my face and T-zone). I don’t like my skin for the most part because I’m in my mid twenties and I get pimples. Granted it’s not all over my face, but it’s enough where it does bother me.
So a bit about NIA24: it’s a skincare line that’s sold usually in dermatologist’s offices. The active ingredient is Niacin, specifically a patented Niacin molecule called Pro-Niacin(TM), that helps  build your skin barrier from the inside-out.
Ok so back to my review: I purchased all of these items listed with their respective ingredients:
Gentle Cleansing Cream: Water, Octyldodecanol, Propylene, Glycol Dipelagonate, Butylene Glycol, Polybutene, Stearic Acid, Cetyle Alcohol, Diisostearyl Malate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Polysorbate 40, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glycerin, Myristyl Nicotinate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Trehalose, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Isopropl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Acetyl Hexamethyl Tetralin, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Extract, Dimethicone, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Sodium PCA, Urea, Polquaternium-51, 1,5,5,9-Tetramethyl-13-Oxatricyclotridecane, Maltol, Phenoxyethanol, Methlyparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide (C177891) 
Physical Cleansing Scrub: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Polyethylene, Clyceryl Stearate, PEG-2 Cocamide, Jojoba Esters, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Coconut Acid, Triethanolamine, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-39, Myristyl Nicotinate, helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernal Extract, Glycerin, Rosa Canina Flower Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Disodium EDTA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Pentadecalactone, Methyldihyrdojasmonate, Dodecahydro 3a, 6, 6, 9a-tetramethylnaphtho(2,1-b)furan, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Extract, Maltol, Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Skin Strengthening Complex: Water, Myristyl Nicotinate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cyclomethicone, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Ranunculus Ficaria Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Ceramide 2, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Phospholipids, Ceramide 3, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Tribehenin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 60, Laureth-7, Maltol, 1,5,5,9-Tetramethyl-13-Oxatricyclotridecane, PEG-8, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Polyacrylamide, Oxacyclohexadecen-2-one, BHT, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate. 
I did get free samples of their Intensive Recovery Complex (at Space NK), but it pilled off my face, so I got the Skin Strengthening Complex instead. I did use the Rapid Exfoliating Serum too, but I don’t think it did that much for me personally.
So I used the cleanser and moisturizer 2x a day, with the physical scrub 1-2x a week. I also used sunscreen because that’s the KEY to this skincare regimen. What’s the point of using this stuff if you’re not going to protect your new skin cells? Yea, that’s basically one of the things you have to be aware of. This system won’t work unless you wear sunscreen.
Can I just mention, even though I don’t know what most of those ingredients say, but this stuff seriously has made my face so much better ! The skin rashes are gone, my face doesn’t break out unless it’s the one-three SMALL occasional hormonal pimples (you know, that time of the month). The breakout in pimple/acne reduction has seriously gone down, which is the biggest improvement.
My face isn’t as red or as irritated anymore. Granted this stuff is geared towards sun damage, but my skin just looks a LOT happier. Some smoothness improvement, some reduction in redness, and I used to get very nasty breakouts on my chin and neck and I haven’t gotten any since using this line. Some of the acne scarring is still lingering, but I know that will take a long time to go away.
I don’t expect miracles when it comes to skincare, but this stuff honestly does what it says and a bit more. I’m overall impressed with the line and the results. The one disclaimer I will state is with the Skin Strengthening Complex, your face will feel warm and be flushed (3 degrees warmer kind of feeling) when you use it and the flushing goes down within 5-10 minutes. To be fair, they’re known side effects because it’s the Pro-Niacin doing its job. 🙂 NIA24 has truly blown me away.


Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Cleanser +

So with my purchase at Bergdorf Goodman, on a whim I decided to purchase their cleanser. Why you ask?  The pretty packaging. I love sleek, simple design packaging. Anyway, I was given a bit of background on this product. The founder of this company basically saw the good/benefits of Argan Oil and has a skincare line based around it. A percentage of the proceeds goes to maintaining sustainable development to the Berber women in Morocco (who grow the product).

More information can be seen at:

So I purchased the facial cleanser, which sells for $46 (plus tax) at Bergdorf Goodman. I wanted to give it a month or so before I reviewed it, but after what happened last night and this morning. I put some on my damp face, lightly rubbed it into my skin. The smell is wonderful (a citrus smell). It’s a creamy, with a very slight exfoliating consistency. My face had a slight brightening effect and I thought to myself, “this is kinda cool”. Went to bed, woke up the next morning.

I went to shower and washed my face with the same cleanser…and my face got nasty red splotches all over my face. I freaked out a bit when I saw it, because nothing else in my skincare routine has changed. I also noticed my left hand, which had the product as well had some red splotching, and I then realized “it’s the cleanser”. I’ve been known to react to nautral/organic skincare products (like Boscia, Claudie, LUSH, etc).

The ingredients are: water, organic orange floral water, decyl glucoside, organic argan oil, oat amino acids, organic honey, cocoglucoside, glyceyl oleate, organic willow bark extract, organic papaya extract, sodium pca, panthenol, levulinic acid, xantham gum, carrageenan, acacia Senegal gum, cellulose gum, lactic acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citric acid, essential neroli oil.

I’m a bit sad over this because I’ve come to the realization that my face just can’t do organic/natural skincare. So if you’re into organic skincare, this is definitely a nice option for you. 

But until then, back to NIA24 cream cleanser I go. 

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