Friday, December 8, 2017

Boost Radiance and Banish Dark-Spots with Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

PRICE: $79.00, 1 oz.  
CATEGORY: Skincare products
TYPE: Serum

*My Rating: 8/10
Sephora: 5/6

“This high-potency serum has remarkable brighten and lightening benefits”

The Claim:
A highly concentrated anti-dark spot serum helps boost radiance for brighter-looking skin, and promotes even skin tone. Oil-free. Ideal for all skin types. Non-comedogenic.

This non-greasy serum delivers moisurization to smooth skin’s texture
Skin lightening benefits
  A dull complexion becomes bright and radiant

QUICK TAKE              
Key Ingredient(s): Viniferine
Texture: Lightweight                        
Consistency: Serum
Coverage: Spreadable                            
Complexion: Radiant
Finish: Satin feel                               
Results: Radiant Glow                                
Best Usage: Daily, AM and PM
Best For: All skin types                              
Tested on Animals: Yes
Packaging: Clear bottle with dropper                           
Verdict: Yes, I recommend it!


Key Ingredient(s):
  • Viniferine - Targets dark spots to improve the look of your complexion.
Other Ingredients:
  • Tocopherol Acetate - an effective antioxidant. It neutralizes free radicals and replenished skin’s lipids to maintain hydration.
  • Squalene - Moisturizing with a high resistance to oxidation, excellent skin-penetrating qualities, reduces fine lines, medium spreading qualities, non-irritating.
  • Niacinamide - suppresses melanin from reaching the surface of the skin and protects the skin from further UV damage.
  • Glycerin - is a humectant and exptremely hydroscopic, meaning it attracts water from the environment and the lower layers of the skin (dermis), which increases the amount of water in the surface layers fo the skin.
  • Allantoin - anti-inflammatory and protectant. It increases water in skin to smooth the skin, promotes cell renewal, and heals various wounds.

Texture: This amazing serum left my skin feeling incredibly smooth to the touch and well hydrated.
Coverage: It absorbs amlonst immeditely and does not sit on top of skin, as thicker serums do. This serum penetrates deeply because of how weightless and spreadable the formulation is.
Complexion: Luminous - Afrer using this product my dull lifeless skin transformed into a glowing complexion. Over time my skin tone became more even and brighter with diminnished discoloration. The even tone of one’s complexion is a major sign of aging!
Wear: It keeps my skin hydrated without being too greasy. This is especially important while you sleep to promote the cell renewal process so wake up refreshed.
Results: Radiant glow - The formula is outstanding for smoother, brighter-looking skin. Long-Term results take time. So, it may be a month before you notice a significant difference in reduction of dark spots.
Best Usage: AM & PM - Apply daily to cleansed skin on face, neck, and chest for younger, healthier looking skin. Follow with your daily moisturizer and SPF.
Best For: All skin types - This serum is especially suitable for dry dull, afing skin that has lots of hyperpigmentation from years of sun damage. It’s nice that it’s oil-free and non-irritating, making it great for all skin types.
Packaging: Clear Bottle with Dropper - This packaging is not ideal when a product contains ingredients that break down in light and air. I recommed storing the bottle in a dark drawer to protect it’s potency. Also, be quick when opening and closing the bottle to minimize exposure to air.

PInkyPrIss Review: I have combination skin with significant hyperpigmentation on my cheeks. The high potency of the brightening ingredients have given me amazing results. No more hydroquinone for me! This radiant serum is incredibly effective and I definintely recommend it.

Viniferine is a powerful ingredient from the grape vine sap that is clinically proven to be 62x’s more effective than vitamin C!

Total Beauty’s 2017; Readers’ Choice Award winner for Dark Spot Corrector

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 15

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 15

PRICE: $12.99 (2.5oz.)  
CATEGORY: Skin Care Products
TYPE: BB Cream

*My Rating: 5/10
TotalBeauty: 6.7/10
Allure: 3/5

“Includes Vitamin C as a skin brightener to even out discoloration.“

The Claim:
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream immediately and effectively fulfills your skincare expectations with just one multi-benefit product that combines intense moisturizing skincare + immediate skin perfecting coverage for skin that looks naturally more even, radiant and smooth.

  • Broad spectrum sunscreen protection
  • Contains the most powerful moisturizer known so far
  • Skin lightening benefits
  • Provides good antioxidant protection against the environment
        QUICK TAKE
        SPF: 15
        Shades: Two
        Fragrant Scent: Strong citrus                 
        Key Ingredient(s): Vitamin C (emollient rich)
        Texture: Lightweight                        
        Consistency: Thin Cream
        Coverage: Light to Medium                           
        Complexion: Radiant
        Finish: Satin-like                               
        Results: Dewey Glow (greasy)
        Wear: 4-6 Hours                                   
        Best Usage: Daily, AM and PM
        Best For: Normal to Dry Skin                              
        Tested on Animals: Yes
        Jar Packaging: No                           
        Verdict: I do not recommend it

        Key Ingredient(s): Vitamin C - Formula-wise, this is among the least impressive of the numerous BB creams the cosmetic industry offers. It does not contain enough good-for-your-skin beneficial extras.
        • Hyaluronic Acid - (in its salt form, sodium hyaluonate) Can boost skin's moisture content and help prevent moisture loss. It is the most powerful moisturizer and humectant known so far. Provides smoothness and softening to the skin. Can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
        • Glycerin (moisturizes) - is a humectant and extremely hygroscopic, meaning it readily absorbs water from other sources. So, in part, glycerin works because of its ability to attract water from the environment and from the lower layers of skin (dermis) increasing the amount of water in the surface layers of skin.
        • Vitamin C (antioxidant) Ascorbyl Glucoside- In general, vitamin C is a collagen boosting antioxidant vital for glowing skin. It is anti-inflammatory, controls oil, hydrates, lightens discoloration, wards off free-radicals, produces healthy collagen and healthy collagen equals plumper skin. There is more information on this ingredient at the end of my blog.
            Other Ingredients: Other than the ingredients mentioned above, this product contains mostly emollients, polymers, and thickeners. There are also several fragrant ingredients and over-drying alcohol substances that are not good the skin.

            Shades: Two (Light/Medium & Medium/Deep) - Both of which are on the peachy side. Since, this is not as sheer as a tinted moisturizer, the peachy tint can look more obvious.
            Fragrant Scent: Strong citrus - Contains numerous fragrance ingredients known to cause irritation and has a potentially problematic amount of skin-damaging alcohol.
            Texture: Lightweight thin cream - Feels more like a rich lotion when applied.
            Coverage: Light to Medium - Spreads very easily for effortless blending. A little goes a long way.
            Finish: Satin-like - It sets to a satin finish that feels slightly moist, making this a perfect option for dryer skin types.
            Results: Dewy glow - Leaves skin with a radiant sheen that can look somewhat greasy

            PInkyPrIss Review: Aren't BB creams are supposed to contain several beneficial ingredients? I went through and researched each ingredient and basically there are just three notable ingredients, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, and Vitamin C. - I wouldn't call that enough good-for-your-skin ingredients to call this product a BB Cream. I agree with users, that this is more like a tinted moisturizer with and SPF. Even calls it a “tinted facial moisturizer” in their product review. This is perfectly fine product to use, but when I recommend a product I want it to be exceptional.


            Ascorbyl glucoside is a form of vitamin C combined with glucose. The FutureDerm Blog notes, because it gets broken down into L-ascorbic acid, it has the same functions as L-ascorbic acid: exhibiting high antioxidant activity, acting as a coenzyme for enzymes involved in collagen synthesis (namely prolyl and lysyl hydroxylase), and inhibiting the synthesis of melanin. You can learn more about this ingredient in FutureDerm's excellent blog post here.

            Allure - Best of Beauty 2012; Readers' Choice Breakthrough 2013
            New Beauty Magazine 2014 Award Winner

            Thursday, June 12, 2014

            The Difference Between Olay Regenerating Serum Vs. Micro-Sculpting Serum

            What’s the difference between the Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum and Olay’s Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum?

            The textures are different and they have different finishes
            -Regenerating serum has a silky texture, with a powder finish.
            -Micro-Sculpting serum has a thicker-velvety texture, with a shiny finish.

            They have different ingredients with different consistency’s:
            -Regenerating serum has a silicone-based consistency with water being the first ingredient, and it is not paraben free.
            -Micro-Sculpting serum has a water-and-silicone-base, with water being the second ingredient; it’s also paraben free. This serum contains the humectant, Hyaluronic Acid (in its salt form), which is the most powerful moisturizer known so far. It provides a smoothness and softening to the skin and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It also contains the mineral, mica, that gives your skin the instant glow the regenerating serum does not provide.

   notes the following differences between their ingredients:
            As for ingredients, the Micro-Sculpting Serum has additional cell communicating ingredients to tell the skin how to behave in a younger fashion: Niacinamide (4th of 30), Palmitoyl Pentapeptide­4 (9th), and Carnosine (13th).
            The Daily Regenerating Serum has both Niacinamide and Palmitoyl Pentapeptide­3 (the former INCI name for Palmitoyl Pentapeptide­4, a.k.a.Matrixyl, a collagen stimulating peptide), but in lower concentrations (5th and 11th of 26).

            Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Serum promotes the use of peptides in high concentrations. In reality it does not contain high enough amounts or concentrates to actually induce collagen production. A majority of the serum’s ingredients are actually thickeners, plastics, and fillers.
            In conclusion, the Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Serum has a lot of potential to work, especially when including two peptides in its formula. However these peptides are too low on the list to actually reduce wrinkles.

            Paula Begoun says,
            The formula contains enough niacinamide to effectively "increase the skin's ceramide and fatty acid content as well as have anti­inflammatory action and work to reduce hyper­pigmentation."

            Finally, their costs are different. The Micro-Sculpting serum runs about $30 and the Regenerating serum is usually less than $25. Typically, i’ts a third of the price.

            For two serums that seem so similar at first glance, they sure are different.