CLINIQUE REPAIRWARE INTENSIVE EYE CREAM

A friend of mine recently gave me Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream, and I must say that I am impressed!  I have the Clinique All About Eyes, and while I do like it, it really did nothing for me.  I would still wake up with fine lines under my eyes.  This Intensive Eye Cream is thicker and actually seems to working.  It’s very hydrating, and when I wake up in the morning. the lines are not as prominent.  It is about $10 more expensive than the All About Eyes, coming out to $40 – but I would say it’s definitely worth it for anyone that wants to combat early signs of aging.

I would recommend this product, especially since $40 is not bad for an eye cream that works!

Have you tried this?  What is your favorite eye cream?

Battle of the luxury face oils: Rodin olio lusso vs. Sunday Riley Juno

As many of you know, I have a slight obsession with face oils.  I think they are amazing and total necessary luxuries for your face.  After reading a lot of reviews on Into the Gloss, I went out and bought Rodin olio lusso face oil.

Rodin smells amazing and feels really luxurious.  It goes on smoothly and has not caused me to breakout.  I love rubbing it into my skin, and afterwards my skin does have a nice glow.  It got me through the dry horrible winter months in New York.  My two complaints about the Rodin oil are: 1) it does sit on top of my face a little instead of absorbing in, and 2) it is not moisturizing enough on its own, so I recommend mixing it with a moisturizer.

Recently, after become obsessed with Sunday Riley products, I went to Barney’s and got a generous sample of the Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid Serum.  At Barney’s, they told me that this face oil is the most popular product from her line.  The oil doesn’t have the same strong floral fragrance as Rodin – it actually smells a little like Argan oil.  It is super moisturizing and absorbs into my skin without any shine.  I like it as well because it feels more moisturizing then the Rodin.  I use it as a base with the Sunday Riley Good Genes product (reviewed here).  I like Juno, and it has ingredients that are high in Omegas and natural retinol.

On a head to head competition, I like the Rodin more. It smells fantastic – I find the scent lingers on my skin for about 5-10 minutes after I put it on – and it just feels very luxurious.  I feel that the Rodin gives my face more of an immediate glow than Sunday Riley Juno.  Both are great oils though – I would recommend Rodin to those who like products that smell nice and feel extremely luxurious.  I would recommend Sunday Riley Juno to those who don’t really care about scents and want a thicker, more moisturizing oil.  Rodin is $150 and Sunday Riley Juno is $125, and both are 1 fl oz/30 ml.

Ingredient lists as follows:

Rodin:  Jasmine Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Seed oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Arnica Montana Flower extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Orange Flower Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool.

Sunday Riley Juno: Acai seed oil, Argan oil, Black Cumin seed oil, Blackberry seed oil, Blueberry seed oil, Broccoli seed oil, Carrot seed oil, Chardonnay Grape seed oil, Cranberry seed oil, Marula oil, Meadowfoam seed oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Red Raspberry seed oil

Have you tried either of these products?  Do you use face oils?

For your beautybaggs: BB Creams

BB Creams have been on a huge rise in the U.S.  ”BB” stands for Blemish or Beauty Balm (sometimes other “B” words stand in but all indicate the same meaning), and this product was first created in the 1950′s in Germany to heal and cover post-facial procedure skin.  It has been hugely popular in Asia, where women are all about skincare – so BB Creams typically have SPF, skin brightening properties, and other skin benefits in addition to providing a flawless base.

According to WWD:

BB creams are designed to heal problematic skin and create a smooth canvas for makeup. They can be applied directly or blended into foundation. “BB creams aren’t marketed as either makeup or skin care; instead they’re about enhancing a woman’s natural beauty,” says NPD’s Karen Grant, who says the growing popularity here is an “evolution of the brightening craze.”

BB Creams don’t tend to have a huge color selection – it’s made to brighten the skin, so typically there is 1-2 shades and it was general made to suit light to medium skin tones.  See below for displays at personal care stores in Taiwan (you’ll see that Maybelline has two versions of BB Cream available in Asia – one regular cream in the tube and one foam, both in aqua packaging)

Here in the U.S., more established brands have been putting out BB Creams targeted to the wider range of skin tones that American women have.  Smashbox has been promoting their range on Sephora, and the Asian brands Dr. Jart and Boscia have had BB Creams out there as well.

As for the texture, it really varies.  Some are thick and provide very heavy coverage, while some are lighter and feel just like a tinted moisturizer.  Maybelline has a foam version that my cousin actually uses (she says it’s just ok).  There has been some controversy in Asia recently that says BB Creams have been the culprit behind clogged pores, and there are actually facial cleansers that are just for removing BB Creams.

I’ve tried a BB Cream from MAC before – it was WAY too light even for my NC25 skin, but bear in mind the original intent of BB Creams was to brighten and lighten scars and redness, and when I was in Asia, I noticed that some girls purposely wear a lighter shade to “give their skin more radiance”.  I recently purchased one from Etude House, a Korean brand, while I was in Asia and that color shade suits me really well and actually gives me a tanned glow.

I wanted to get more when I was in Asia (namely #02 Natural by Laneige), but I restrained myself as I have way too many foundations and tinted moisturizers to get through already.  I use BB Creams just as I would my Chantecaille Just Skin and my tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer.  I make sure I have SPF underneath and still use concealer where I need it.

Click here to read more about it, and check out Youtube videos from Jen and Bubz for explanations and swatches of a lot of different BB Creams.

Will you try BB Creams?  Have you tried them before?  Share with us your favorites!