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Review: Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology


I have been wanting to try Alastin products for a long time after seeing it at the dermatologist’s office. I started using the Alastin Skin Nectar four weeks ago and have seen amazing results! The TriHex peptide technology stimulates the skin to form collagen and elastin to tighten the skin.  The texture of my skin is much softer and smoother. It is recommended to use before and after cosmetic procedures like laser treatments or microneedling to help with healing and enhance results, but it can also be used on its own. I love the silky feel when applied. After four weeks, I can say the results are fantastic! If you’re thinking about getting a procedure, this will definitely get your skin in its best shape beforehand. I would not say it is a serum because the consistency is much like a smashbox primer. The ingredients, of course, are very different. The fact that it is able to stimulate elastin production, makes this product very rare (not many products claim this) and may warrant the expensive price tag. I don’t do any cosmetic procedures but I do use Retin-A which constantly means my skin needs to heal itself. I will definitely be investing in this product in the future.

What the website says:

“This proprietary formulation is designed to support the skin, before, during and after cosmetic procedures. This product works with the skin’s natural regeneration process and assists in improving the skin’s appearance. It can be applied immediately post-procedure for faster recovery and healthier looking skin.

Enhances healthy skin by helping to clear damage and debris in the extracellular matrix
Helps support the skin’s natural ability to produce new, healthy elastin and collagen
High antioxidant activity is designed to calm the skin and reduce the appearance of redness.”

$195 Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar

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REVIEW: Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Brightening Mask


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The reason the mask comes in two parts is because apparently each side is designed to target specific areas of the face with different active ingredients. It is supposed to even out your skin tone and brighten IMMEDIATELY. I wouldn’t quite say it does this immediately, but I definitely saw results after using them every week for three weeks. I found that at $120 for 6 masks, sticking to it religiously would be the only way it is worth it to invest in these.  I have used all 6 masks and my skin does seem more even and my melasma has lightened. Melasma is a hormonal skin condition which causes some darkened patches on the face and is exacerbated by sunlight and even heat. It’s an annoying skin condition to have that never goes away, but it’s manageable with products like this and sunscreen. The main two ingredients to deliver these brightening results are Tranexamic acid and Vitamin C. My skin looks hydrated and glowing immediately afterwards. I recommend leaving it on for 20 minutes. Another added bonus, is my pores also appear smaller! If you are over 30, then these masks are great to have since we could all use a little evening out and brightening over the years.
FINAL THOUGHT:  Since Tranexamic acid inhibits Melanin production, this mask is great for people with melasma like me!

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Price: $160.00

Review: The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection from Rimmel London

IMG_5516All three of these are gorgeous shades are perfect for summer! These lipsticks are a velvety matte with great pigmentation. They last all day and look amazing on the lips at drugstore prices so you really can’t go wrong.

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Shade 120 is a gorgeous bright orangey pink in the lips. It is an almost neon shade but still wearable to work. I have been going for this shade a lot for nights out. It is really quite nice and brightens up any outfit. I’m sure it will be my go-to shade on hot summer days at the beach as well!

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Shade 810 is a deep red that looks beautiful on the lips. I wasn’t sure if it would be too dark on me but I actually really like it. It’s has some plum undertones which makes it much more wearable on my skin tone.



Shade 610 is probably the most neutral of all three shades. It’s a dark pink and enhances the the natural color of my lips which is perfect for  a more polished minimal makeup look. I love it! It would also be a perfect shade to wear with smokey eye looks!

All in all, The Only 1 Rimmel Matte Lipstick collection has some beautiful shades that last all day. I will be wearing these all summer for sure! A++


REVIEW: Sunday Riley The Influencer Foundation

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When I received this at the product launch of Sunday’s Riley’s The Influencer Foundation, I felt like a kid in a candy store! They literally had a vending machine distributing tubes of The Influencer Foundation! Finding the right foundation that solves all your skincare problems and provides the perfect coverage for your skin tone and type can be quite the challenge. However, it might just be possible with Sunday Riley’s brand new The Influencer Foundation. They have 20 different shades so you can be sure you’ll find your skin tone match. My shade is #150. It has more of a matte finish than dewy which ends up looking quite natural and works on my combination skin. It didn’t dry me out, but it also didn’t look like I slathered baby oil all over my face.

The Influencer Foundation touts anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Canadian willowherb, oat, chamomile, ginkgo biloba, green tea, and northern truffle extracts, which I love. Anything that reduces inflammation is right up my alley since I have melasma. It is very gentle on the skin and buildable depending how much coverage you want. It will always feel weightless. For those of you with sensitive skin, it is fragrance and paraben free.

Not blended shade #150

Semi-blended shade #150

Fully blended shade #150

The brand recommended using Sunday Riley Good Genes as a primer underneath, which was a great idea! Your makeup and skincare routines should really go hand in hand! I found it easy to blend with just my fingers and went over it under my eyes with a beauty blender for a satin natural look. The Influencer Foundation has such an extensive shade selection that will make everyone’s skin look beautiful and feel like an “Influencer”!

You can shop Sunday Riley The Influencer Foundation at Sephora for $42.

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REVIEW: I DEW CARE Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond 💎 Peel-off Mask

One look in my refrigerator(where I keep more beauty products than food), you will find I have a K beauty(Korean beauty) obsession. I specifically have a Korean mask obsession. When I tried I DEW CARE’s “Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond Peel-off Mask”, I was confused by the fact that it has a different name on the box than it it does on the back of the jar. The back of the jar calls it the “Magic Chrome Mask Disco Kitten”. I will just call it Disco Kitten for all Illuminating Disco masking purposes. When I put on Disco Kitten for the first time, my skin was very dry and needed a good exfoliation. Peel-off masks are usually a good quick fix for this since it actually takes off a lot of the dead skin cells just from the process of peeling it off. However, this mask also seemed to immediately moisturize and brighten my skin after. My cheeks were so soft and smooth! I definitely will use this whenever I need a pick me up after a night out or when my skin is dry as a bone like it was today. The formula is very thick and gooey. It’s easiest to apply with a silicone mask brush or flat Foundation brush so you don’t get goo everywhere. It is gentle on the skin, and it’s a lot less painful peeling this mask off than other peel off masks I have tried. Some of the harsher Korean peel off masks dry on your face like Saran Wrap, and you can rip out your hairline and some of your eyebrows too while taking it off. I recommend not applying it anywhere near your hairline or eye brows just to be safe.

When it dries on your face, it becomes an iridescent pearlized white color which is really cool looking!  I don’t think it really does anything for your face to look like a pearl but it’s fun nonetheless. Teen girls would probably appreciate looking like a real life sparkling jewel. If you’re looking for a fun skincare gift for a young girl, this mask might be perfect for them or for yourself if you want teenage radiant skin!

If you have sensitive skin, always do a test patch somewhere first. This is a very gentle and super hydrating mask that will leave your skin brighter and as soft as a baby’s bottom. My pores are still thanking me, and I will definitely be adding this mask to my ever growing K beauty collection.

You can shop I Dew Care’s Disco Kitten mask at Ulta for $23.


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