Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Skin Repair Serum - Review



Hey guys - welcome back!
Today I'm back with another review, and unfortunately...I hate when I'm sent a product to try out and I have to leave a less than glowing review for it. It makes me feel like...I'm not grateful for it. I am but hey...if a product doesn't work, ya'll should know!
So I had high hopes for this little guy - Azure Naturals 22% Professional Strength Vitamin C E Ferulic Milk Serum.  I mean it boasts to be professional strength in a higher dosage than you can usually find in stores (highest I'd seen before this was 20%) - lets get into its claims:

Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. Applying Vitamin C to the skin is up to 20 times more effective than taking it orally - Dr. Oz. One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin's levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production. Vitamin C helps boost collagen, which will bring elasticity to your skin and can prevent sagging in as little as 2 weeks - Dr. Oz
When it comes to treating age spots, you don't need chemical peels and lasers - Vitamin C can have almost the same results! Age spots are essentially sun damage, and Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. Using Vitamin C Serum is safer, cheaper, and easier than a facelift or chemical peel - Dr. Oz
The length of time from when you start using Vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. Your skin will start to feel smoother and more supple within a few days. Most people will start to see improvements in coloration as soon as 2-4 weeks, it may take others 6-8 weeks to see a significant difference. After around 6 months, you'll reach the maximum benefits.



Gotcha.  Well...the company sent this to me via Amazon, but I go through a third party company to actually get approved for these reviews, and they have a strict deadline of 14 days from the time you are approved to get a review up without getting marks on your "blogger record" as it were. Sadly this includes shipping time, response time, etc. So giving this a full shot at 14 days up to 6 months isn't something I can do, initially.  I WILL circle back to this post at the time I finish this product to update.



Now, before I got this, I had been using a similar serum from Ole Henricksen. I noticed almost immediate results with that product, this one...I felt honestly like it wasn't even a factor.  It did nothing, good or bad.  It did smell good though.



I use this as follows:
I wash my face at night with a clarisonic, followed by my ACV toner.  I then apply this, using a pump per section of my face (approx three pumps to cover my face), follow with an eye cream, let this soak in for about 15-20 minutes and follow with my glycolic night cream.  I only use this once a day as I have a glycolic serum I use in the daytime.





The product is housed in an amber plastic bottle with a nice pump applicator.



I do love the consistency of this serum, its easy to apply and soaks in quickly.



Day One, here we go!



Obviously nothing immediate, product definitely feels hydrating after application.



Aside from the different lighting (this was at night whereas my first application was in the daytime, sorry!) - The only noticeable differences to me are a few troubles areas I had at first that are gone now, but I chalk that up to the ten day time difference.  Texture and feel of my skin seem really about the same. Not worse, at least it didn't have any adverse reactions.  Maybe I see slightly less redness in tone, nut as far as my trouble t-zone areas, like pores, all seem about the same really.
All in all I think its ok...it needs more time for a true evaluation...I will do an update once the product is finished up.

If you are interested in checking this product out - you can find it here!
A 1 oz bottle will set you back about $19 - 2 oz is just under $29.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

SwissVita 3-D Eye Lift Cream Review





Hey all!
First off - IM BACK!
But not actually as you would expect.
I have begun a new blog - Darkside Teaparty - there I will be lifestyle blogging. If you are interested in following me, you should!  I will be posting a few current entries here in the meantime!

I'm here today with a product I was sent to review from the brand SwissVita.



Upon my research, I believe SwissVita is an overseas company that sells its products on Amazon.
They seem to have several options in their skincare line, I found quite a few different serums as well as a multi-purpose cream in their Amazon Store.


This product retails for $29.99 USD and I believe it is available to ship with Amazon Prime.

Now lets talk about the claims of this product and the packaging.

Packaging - comes in an aluminum tube, which I liked. Sometimes plastics affect the effectiveness of a product, so I respect the choice here to package this in aluminum. It reminds me of a tube of superglue.  When I first opened it, as you will see in the pictures below, the long pointed applicator section of the tube came off, I believe it just wasn't screwed on properly in the factory so I screwed it on and all was well.

Claims
-Visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles.
-Brightens around eyes and diminished puffiness.
-Improves skins firmness and elasticity
-Nourish and heal discolored skin, fine lines and wrinkles.
-Paraben Free

Here is my eye the day I received the product, before and after initial application. As it is still a bit tacky after application, I feel the wrinkles I have and fine lines are more noticeable, but this diminishes when the product dries down.


After almost two weeks of use this is my eye area after application on the 10th day of use.
My fine lines DO seem a bit less visible, which surprised me because the product really didnt seem very effective on a day to day level. But the picture here shows me it actually was working.


Product box instructions and claims.





Ingredient list


Bottom of box with expiration date, which I definitely appreciate as someone who always seems to keep products well past when they are still of use to me.


Tube of product.










Now lets talk about the consistency of this product^^
It has a thin serum/gel type of fluidity.
Odd for what is touted as a "cream"
I HATED the way this felt after application...it was tacky on my eye and stayed that way for hours if I didn't apply makeup over it. But days I DID apply makeup over it, it seemed fine under makeup.
The results do speak for themselves though, I thought for sure it was just like any other eye cream I have used in the past that really gave no benefits, but I definiely do see a difference in my fine lines.
Not so much in puffiness or color as of YET...I will update this after about a month of use and let you know if I saw any changes in those areas.


SwissVita Eye Cream is available for purchase HERE.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Neon Easter Eggs with Born Pretty Store Nail Art Supplies

It's still summer, right?
I think summer has lasted 6 months already and its not even half over yet. The only good I ever find in summer is polish. Bright, fun, NEON. Today I've got some fun nail art enhancements that are neon...because neon isn't just for polish and old Madonna outfits from the 80s (guilty)!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Glitter Daze is Relaunching with TWO Full and Gorgeous Collections

If you've been around the indie polish block like some of us have, chances are you might remember a little brand called Glitter Daze.
Glitter Daze went under the radar earlier this year in an effort to relaunch and rebrand themselves, and today I can show you the brand new line of polishes they are launching this weekend!
It was a very big honor for me to be asked by them to swatch their new line and new brand, I hope you enjoy what they have in store for you!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

China Glaze - Off Shore Half Collection Review & Swatches

Hi peeps!!
It's summer - its that time to kick off your sneakers and paint your toes something bright and fun.
The newest China Glaze offering - Off Shore, is all about bright summer fun.
They have graciously sent me half of this fabulous collection to share with you, so let's see what you think!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Luxe Lacquers - The July Box Reviewed

Hi friends and readers!
Today I have for you the new July box offering from Luxe Lacquers.
Luxe is a new brand that I showed you last month that features luxury polishes at a nice, affordable price every month via subscription service.
This months box is jam packed with gorgeous summery shades in many different finishes - I call this box a must have!

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