Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foamimage

Price: HKD290
Volume: 100ml

Continuing with my new Cleansing Balm from DFS, I also bought this Cleansing Cream purely out of curiosity. Packaged in a soft plastic squeeze tube with screw top, this product is travel-friendly and perfect for most seasons 🙂 As a lightweight, mildly-foaming cleansing cream, I found that this cleanser gently but effectively cleaned my face without leaving it dry and parched 😀 It has a very natural and light, lavender and chamomile scent to it that gives the cleansing process a more therapeutic feel to it <3  

However, I would like to note here that although this is hydrating enough for me to use most seasons, I would realistically use this more often in the morning during the colder/drier months because I normally wear a full mug of makeup, and I find that the Cleansing Balm would be a better bet to remove it all, as opposed to the Cleansing Foam, which I feel is built for light- or no-makeup mugs 🙂 During the hotter/muggier months here in Hong Kong, I prefer to reach for a gel-based cleanser, of which my current fave is my La Mer Cleansing Gel <3

All in all, an excellent find from DFS <3

Estée Lauder ‘Enlighten’ Even Skintone Correcting Cream Review

Estée Lauder ‘Enlighten’ Even Skintone Correcting Creamimage

Price: CAD60
Volume: 50ml

As a complement to the Estée Lauder ‘Enlighten’ serum, I picked this cream up while I was back in Vancouver during Chinese New Year and I gave it a full run with the serum during February. I feel like I’m ready to talk about its function and effectiveness 🙂

In terms of packaging, it is still a bulky jar sans spatula with the iconic gold screw-on lid and so there’s nothing surprising there. With a slight fragrance that dissipates quickly after application, its texture is lightweight and hydrating enough for normal skintypes; however, for my combination-dry skin, this was better suited for daytime purposes as it hydrated my skin just a touch enough before I put on my makeup; as such, for my purposes, I would prefer the Global Anti-aging cream moreso than this one as it’s a little more moisturizing than this one.

In terms of its effectiveness, I feel like the cream is a nice touch for the line and for those who might’ve wanted to try out this serum and they just so happened to be out of face cream at the time. Most of the skintone correcting effects comes from the serum and I noticed that the face cream had a slight correcting effect overall but it wasn’t enough to persuade me to repurchase it with the serum.

All in all, I feel that if one were to invest in a skincare product from this line, I would mainly go for the serum. The cream is a nice touch to round off the skincare line and its texture and moisturization levels might sit very well with some, but I don’t think that it’s a must-have as most of the active ingredients are really in the serum; I did a bit of a mix and match with the Estée Lauder Global Anti-aging face cream and it worked just fine with the Enlighten serum. 🙂

Estée Lauder ‘Enlighten’ Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum Review

Estée Lauder ‘Enlighten’ Dark Spot Correcting Night Serumimage

Price: CAD105 | HKD766.90
Volume: 50ml

As part of my Sephora haul, I started using this serum at the beginning of January until now and I have nothing but praises on a correcting serum from one of my favorite skin care lines that:

  1. didn’t sear my sensitive skin and leave it all red/bumpy/flaky;
  2. wasn’t all about whitening/bleaching my already pale and sensitive skin;
  3. was lightly scented with white flower but luckily, it didn’t cause any adverse irritations or reactions :);
  4. actually did something about this god forsaken acne scar the size of a dime that took residence upon my cheek for about six months.

The dark scarring from this pimple was damn near impossible to cover with concealer. 🙁 Trust me, my acne scar(s) needed some serious help as whitening-only products generally irritate my skin and I have yet to find a serum that includes extra skin benefits such as added antioxidants and vitamins to help scarring fade away…as opposed to bleaching the CRAP out of it. Le sigh.

Anyways, onto the line itself: available in countries outside of Hong Kong — woe is me 🙁 — the Enlighten line also includes an EE Skintone Corrector Cream as well as an Even Skintone Correcting Creme; however, since I’ve never used this line before and I’m a complete serum junkie, I decided to just try out the star product with the most concentrated ingredients before I moved onto any of their other items <3

The exfoliating aspect really did a number on my acne scars — in particular that dime-sized one on my cheek — as I saw results just after two weeks; this might be TMI but I could literally see small flecks of skin from the scar peeling off a little bit every day after I removed my makeup in the evening and in the morning after I wash my face. I would say that by now, a good 60-70% of the bruise-y dark scarring has faded and my skin overall is definitely more even-toned. I can’t say if it’s done much for my freckles as they’ve been on my cheeks forever and it’ll probably take a little longer for the serum to work its magic, but for acne scarring it absolutely has done miracles for me. <3

Recommended to be used both day and night, I layer it with my current arsenal of facial serums — ANR II and the New Dimension Lift + Shape — for added hydration and support; I’ll note here that I personally would never say no to extra hydration for my sensitive, combination-dry skin, especially with using a product that is supposed to help lighten and resurface your skin, however, this serum is hydrating enough on its own; as such, ladies who don’t have much of a problem in the hydration department can bear this in mind and possibly hold off on loading up with their other serums.

In addition, what I like about this serum is that it’s something that you can either integrate and use as a regular (complementary) serum for a particular treatment purpose, or you can just use one bottle, see the results and then stop using it; the fact that it’s not whitening product where you’d need to consistently use it to see results, but instead it’s a dark spot corrector makes it a product flexible enough for one to use it on an as-needed basis or consistently as such for more persistence dark spots based on environmental or hereditary factors.

Final note here would be that if you choose to use this kind of serum, please please PLEASE don’t forget to use sunscreen, rain or shine! <3

All in all, this is definitely a must-have and re-purchase item in my arsenal of serums <3

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair II Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask Review

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair II Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Mask

Prices:
HKD 610 (DFS) | HKD 680 (RRP) (4 sheets)
HKD 920 (DFS) | HKD 1190 (RRP) (8 Sheets)

Ladies, I’ve tried this new baby on the block and I am absolutely in LOVE with it.

Having first come out on January 1st, 2016 in Asia (February 1st, 2016 for the rest of the world), this is the newest addition to the powerhouse’s line. Touted as having about half a bottle of the iconic ANR II Face Serum, this mask is futuristic in its dual-matrix technology foil-and-cotton hybrid of a sheet mask, where the inner matrix (cotton-side) is infused with the ANR II Face Serum and the outer matrix (foil-side) that is said to offer up to 25 times the penetration for an intense glow and hydration boost to the skin.

Now, enough with the science-y side. How did it actually perform?

Upon opening the packet, I saw that the mask is separated into two halves, which makes practical sense as since its got a foil layer, I noticed that the mask isn’t as good as regular cotton masks in molding to one’s facial contours; but, nonetheless, I soldiered on and applied both halves to my face and proceeded to lie down in bed and relax for 10 minutes — as dictated in the instructions — to allow all of that serum-y goodness to soak in. I looked like Ironman LOL 😀

This is me-time at its finest <3

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During the face mask session, I noticed that there is a very, very slight heated tingle on my face from the mask, of which I had already experienced more clearly when I was able to try a sample of it on my hand when I was at the Estée Lauder counter deciding whether I should jump in and buy the mask — of which I did but at a local DFS as it is actually cheaper, as noted above 🙂 I will note here that the tinglyness is not something that made my skin feel uncomfortable, nor was it a stinging kind of reaction. Upon taking off the mask and massaging in the serum (note: don’t forget the serum that’s still inside the packet — squeeze all that ju-ju out and massage that on your face and neck, ladies!), I noticed that my face felt slightly warm from that heated tinglyness, but it was a comfortable feeling — as opposed to the usual cold, hydrated sensation that one would feel with a regular cotton mask — before applying my Micro Essence, ANR II Face Serum and the rest of my skincare routine.

I proceeded to go to bed, and I work up with hydrated, radiant and supple skin the next morning <3 My makeup went on much more smoothly than usual and I had a beautiful glow without my blush and highlighter 🙂

Although this is pricier than usual cotton face masks, this is recommended as a once-a-week treatment, and for the effect and glow it delivered, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m adding this to my routine <3

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Eye Balm Review

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Eye Balmimage

Price: HKD516.82/CAD58 (Travel Set Price) | HKD395/CAD72 (Individual)
Volume: 15ml

Continuing with my Sephora haul, I’ve given this new eye balm a good run for the past three weeks or so, in combination with my ANR II Eye Serum as well as on its own. I first wanted to try out the Eye Balm because I have dry-ass eyes and my concealer would crease and settle into the fine lines that I probably created from rubbing my eyes during allergy season 🙁 So when I popped to a regular Estée Lauder counter, I noticed that their staple line, the Advanced Night Repair, is now placed together with the Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-aging line.

In combination with what I’d noted earlier about having to really up the ante with anti-aging for preventative purposes, what makes this anti-aging line different — for me in this case — is that any potential scent that it has quickly dissipates and its products are highly moisturizing and rich for my combination-dry skin; it does not, however, end up making my skin greasy like what many uber-rich creams do. This eye balm does not disappoint either as I’ve used this product without getting any irritations, bumps or milia whether using it on its own or with the ANR II Eye Serum.

Personally, I love layering my eye products so I found that I much more preferred the creaminess and hydration that I got from using the ANR II Eye Serum and this Eye Balm; my undereye concealer has gone on smoothly over this Eye Balm, much like how the ANR II Eye Cream worked out as well so that’s a double-win for me; I will note here that it’s working well for me during the winter, but I can see how this might be a tad bit too heavy during the warmer/more humid months here in Hong Kong, and I would probably switch it out for the ANR II Eye Cream instead.

All in all, I’m loving this new Eye balm; ladies with dry, sensitive peepers who are on the hunt for great preventative anti-aging products, try this out! <3

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-aging Mask Boost Review

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-aging Mask Boostimage

Price: HKD 610 (DFS)
Volume: 75ml

As much as I’d prefer not to think about it, anti-aging products have been on the horizon for me, whether I like it or not, and I have been slowly including prevention-based products in my skincare routine. One of my favourite activities to do in my down time is to put on a face mask, day or night, and either relax in bed and Netflix or listen to music in the evenings or re-energize myself with a good cup of coffee and be on my laptop blogging or internet-window-binge shop <3

One of my recent forays and discoveries would be Estée Lauder’s Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging line, which albeit has been a longstanding staple in the North American market but has only recently made its way to Asia; I decided to try out its face mask as I’m almost at the end of the tube for my Origins Overnight Face Mask and I wanted to try something new. Marketed as a multi-action mask with IntuiGen Technology and anti-fatigue complex, the mask promises to bring out a more well-rested, hydrated and radiant complexion and reduce the look of multiple signs of aging. Formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates, the face mask is super nourishing and amazing to use when your skin is look a tad dull or when you need a pick-me-up after a long week or flight.

Avoiding the eye area, I applied the face mask generously over my freshly cleaned and exfoliated face and neck. I noticed that it does have a slight fragrance that quickly dissipates after application; as a general rule, I’m worried about floral scents and even though I’ve had issues with Estée Lauder’s Resilience Lift and Time Zone lines due to the fragrance and potency of the anti-aging ingredients, I noticed that with the Global Anti-aging line I haven’t had any issues. For me, this could be a reason how this line is paired with the Advanced Night Repair series and I’ve been able to safely use their products with my skin’s conditions consistently improving thereafter. After approximately five minutes, I gently tissued it off before following up with my usual serums and potions in my skincare routine 🙂 When I woke up the next morning, my skin was dewy, bouncy and hydrated; I noticed that with some masks my face can look a tad greasy the next morning but with this one, I just felt that skin looked…healthy. Glowy. Bright.

Sweet Jesus. Are my eyes deceiving me or does my skin actually look bouncy and happy?!

I will note here that this would be an awesome mask to pop on before putting on makeup for special days or events where you’d like your skin to look better than usual as I decided to try this out in the morning a couple days later just before putting on my makeup; I noticed that not only did my makeup sit all right throughout my work day, it was dewy without looking greasy or like I had topped up my regular moisturizer with a facial oil that didn’t quite sink in. Bearing in mind that the suggested usage is three times per week, it is easy incorporate this mask with any of your favourite masks during the week and I noticed that although this is a highly hydrating mask, I had no issues with skin irritations or breakouts as of the time I started using this mask till now.

All in all, you can bet your bottom dollar that this is on my repurchase list once I run out <3

Vancouver Haul (Part 2): Sephora & YVR DFS

Vancouver Haul (Part 2)

Just a quick update on my haul <3

Sephoraimage

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YVR Airport Duty Free

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With the HKD/ CAD rate hovering around 5.5-5.6 during that period of time and I used a credit card that didn’t charge any foreign exchange fees on non-HKD purchases, on the New Dimension serum alone I saved around HKD330 because it’s normally marked at HKD1220 for the 50ml alone at the local DFS and Estée Lauder counters.

Trust me, this was rather exciting. I joined all the other girls hovering around the Estée Lauder counter and I just swooped in to get what I’ve wanted to try out for a while now…and totally, totally mentally justifying my splurge purchase that all of the products would last me 6+ months and that really, I was just being savvy in stocking up on my staple skincare items.

I really tried hard to convince myself, people. 😀

Even the Duty Free cashier was curious as to why most of the Asia-bound passengers were stocking up like crazy on the Estée Lauder products; I explained that combined with the exchange rate and using a transaction fee-free card, we were making quite the killing.

Reviews to follow later <3

 

Estée Lauder ANR II Eye Cream Review

Estée Lauder ANR II Eye Cream Reviewimage

Price: HKD378 (Sasa) | HKD480 (RRP)
Volume: 15ml

Where do I begin with my recent discovery with the ANR II Eye Cream (Gel-Cream)…

As you all probably know by now, I love the ANR II Face and Eye Serum and I never gave the eye cream much thought as I thought it wasn’t going to be hydrating enough for my dry-ass eyes.

Fast forward to my recent Estée Lauder haul, and I got a small sample of the eye cream; once I put it on, I was hooked. I had to get the gel-cream and pair that with the eye serum; it has made my undereye concealer stays put well and my dry lines smoothed out and softened.

I have to note here that officially, the ANR II Eye Serum and the ANR II Eye Cream are not meant to be layered; they are alternative textures for people who have different preferences. However, I have noticed that if I were to use the Eye Cream on its own, it is not hydrating or moisturizing enough for my eyes; however, when I layer it on top of the Eye Serum, I feel like I’ve sealed in the moisture and prepped it well for my undereye concealer. In addition, both the ANR II Eye Serum and Eye Cream are silicone-based, which provides that bit of slip and smoothness; if you’re allergic to silicones you’ll have to be careful here.

In addition, both the Eye Serum and the Eye Cream have a soothing feel on the skin but the serum has less ingredients and also no caffeine to drain water from the skin; if you have puffy eyes and bags and you’re not overly concerned with dry skin or fine lines, you might want to go for the gel-creme instead of the serum.

All in all, I personally prefer layering the Eye Serum and the Eye Cream because I like how I’m able to seal in the moisture with two products from a line that I know I would not be allergic to, as well as the flexibility of using a product that leaves no residue where I can layer another rich eye cream (i.e. the Estée Lauder Global Anti-Aging Eye Balm that I’ve been eyeing for a while now <3) over it for even more moisturization.

Estée Lauder New Dimension Lift + Shape Serum Review

Estée Lauder New Dimension Lift + Shape Serum

Price: HKD1220 (RRP)
Volume: 50ml

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A brand new bottle of the 30ml beauty <3

Continuing with my Estée Lauder haul, the New Dimension Lift + Shape Serum is the product that I had the most interest in trying out; this lightly-scented formula has a gel-like consistency and is easy to smooth onto my face, focusing on my cheeks and nasolabial area.

The serum promises more defined-looking facial contours as well as lifted cheeks and jawline in just two weeks. Now, although I’ve only had sample packets to base my judgement and decision on getting a full bottle, I felt that aside from being an instant surge of moisture and radiance, the serum made my combination-dry skin smoother, firmer, bouncier, and moisturized. I especially appreciate it even more as the weather is much colder and it adds a bit of radiance to my otherwise dull-looking skin that needs a bit of a pick-me-up since I’m healing from a bad cold and work stress.

At this point, I don’t have enough of the serum packets to verify whether it helps with defining facial contours and jawline, but I would recommend Estée Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum to anyone who wants to see an improvement in firmness, radiance, and volume.

Drier/dehydrated skin will appreciate this serum even more during the day when you use it under your makeup as I noticed that my skin was definitely less dehydrated around the afternoon as I sit underneath an air conditioner and it parches my skin all the way out. 🙁 As such, the packets have convinced me enough to get the full bottle and add this to my morning and evening routine after the ANRII to further enhance my skin regime <3

Editor’s update: I scored a 30ml of the serum on sale at Sasa for HKD660 (HKD880 RRP)! <3

Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Night Face and Neck Cream Review

Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Night Face and Neck Cream2015-12-19 23.20.26

Volume: 5ml

Continuing with my Estée Lauder haul, I was excited to try this face and neck cream from the handful of samples that I got; I had had high hopes for this 🙁 Upon scooping it out and massaging it onto my face and neck, I noticed a strong floral scent, something that I really did not like or find particularly pleasing. The cream’s texture was smooth and easy to massage onto my face and neck. However, what happened afterwards was much like when I tried out Estée Lauder’s Time Zone cream: I had a terrible reaction and developed a large rash on my neck and small clusters of pimples broke out on my t-zone 🙁

It’s unclear as to whether my skin reacted to the fragrance in the cream or whether my skin simply couldn’t handle the kind of anti-wrinkling/lifting effects that the cream was supposed to deliver, but needless to say, I won’t be purchasing the full-size of this product 🙁

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