Archive for category skincare
|see i’ve been using it often ;D|
|right side of my hand has Seve de Rose applied.|
|bottom part of my hand has Seve de Rose|
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.
A bit of Stage Performer on my hand
The bottom of my hand has Stage Performer, the top doesn’t.
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. ❤
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:
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: http://www.kahina-givingbeauty.com
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.