PRODUCT REVIEW: ESTEE LAUDER ADVANCE NIGHT REPAIR AMPOULES

Turing another year older is a hard thing for many. I turned 31 this week, now securely in my 30’s age bracket, my skincare ritual needed some updating. Luckily for me this year Estee Lauder has launched many additions the Advance Night Repair range.

I have been using the serum on and off for the past ten years, and I still remember being given my first sample of the little brown bottle when I was about 16. It was part of a Christmas gift, and equaled instant love.

Over the years I have tried the eyecream’s both the gel and the serum, and I can safely say that this is one of my favourite skin care ranges. When I heard about the launch of the Intensive Recovery Ampoules I knew it was a must have. I also have the new night cleansing lotion from the range which I hope to review soon.

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Revolutionize how you repair at night. Help your skin recover the healthy, luminous look of youth.

Micro ampoules. Mega impact.
This powerful recovery concentrate calms and rapidly renews the look of over-stressed skin, helping to strengthen its resistance against future assaults.
Treatment oil includes ChronoluxAI technology to help reduce visible irritation and synchronize the look of skin.” – Estee Lauder

FORMULA

When opening a capsule, a lightweight oil is released. Gliding over the skin the treatment oil replenishes the outer layer of the skin. But what’s going on underneath?

To understand how it works we need to understand a little about how skin ages. As we age our cells start to produce less collagen, which we need to keep our skin supple. The antioxidant’s applied on the skins surface helps to prevent free radical damage, thus repair damage done by environmental aggressors.

Environmental factors such as the sun’s ultraviolet rays, pollution and smoking, which can trigger free radicals or unstable molecules that prematurely damage DNA (genetic material) in cells.” – Scientific American.

We also have a circadian cycle which co-ordinates the repair of our damaged cells while we sleep. Aka BeautySleepAs we age the genes that affect the circadian cycle get out of sync, slowing cellular repair. This is where the Chronolux technology comes into play. Chronolux technology is an amino acid sequence that helps to maintain a healthy cell repair schedule. It’s basically our skins personal assistant reminding the cells to repair at night.

Antioxidants & Chronolux Technology is already included in other Estee Lauder ranges so what makes the ampoules different?

With the new Intensive Recovery Ampoules Estee Lauder infused the current Chronolux with AI Technology, becoming a dual action, Anti-Irritation + Synchronization technology. This helps skin address all phases of irritation. Skin becomes stronger and is more resilient to future aggressors.

APPLICATION

Apply PM after your repair serum, before your moisturizer. Twist capsule open, dispense into palm and massage lightly over skin using fingertips. Use it especially when skin feels stressed from environmental damage, lack of sleep, travel, even changes of season or weather.”  – Estee Lauder

It can be applied alone, or ontop of the serum. I finished my serum and I am using it solo. I would love to see how they feel together. When opening a capsule you need to be a bit gentle, it’s very easy to accidentally apply to much pressure while twisting and shoot the oil all over the place.  

While being an oil I don’t feel this greasy or sticky. It glides onto my skin and feels comfortable, hydrated, and balanced. After using it for a few nights I am seeing a difference in my skin. I am feeling it a lot more supple. 

THE PRICE

There are 60 capsules in a jar, and in Malta retails for 75 euro. Each ampoule therefore costs 1.25 which is less than the cost of a coffee. So it’s definitely something that I want to keep in my routine. I love the glass jar the packaging is gorgeous. Although I hope in the future that Estee Lauder would consider refill packs. At least there is the option to recycle the packaging. 

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I feel like I am really giving my skin what it needs when I use this product. I wake up and feel my skin soft & hydrated. It’s almost a shame to have to cleanse my skin in the morning. I plan on buying my usual Advance night repair serum and using them together as a booster on the weekends, and when I feel my skin stressed. Although saying that I am an Advanced Night Repair addict. So don’t be surprised when I tell you I am using them both daily.

Love Steph x

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PRODUCT REVIEW: DERMALOGICA DAILY SUPERFOLIANT

This is Dermalogica’s latest product, it’s been making waves abroad and I can’t wait to tell you why. I have been waiting for this product launch for months. A highly-active powder resurfacer that delivers your smoothest skin and helps fight skin aging caused by pollution.

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I think this is a game changer. I used the trial size product for the first time last night and I fell in love. I honestly don’t know how to live my life without this product and already ordered my full size. I have never felt my skin so clean and smooth. 

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FORMULA

Skin Resurfacing.
Lactic Acid: re textures the skin, stimulates skin turnover and cellular regeneration. Increases hydration. Malic Acid: Helps remove dead skin cells, reduces the appearance of aging, promotes the production of collagen. Papain: Improves the skins luminosity, making the skin softer and smoother. Lipase: Breaks down sebum, makes it possible to remove the build up of pollution without harming the skins protective barrier. Subtiliain: An enzyme that eats away at dead skin cells.

Anti Pollution Technology.
Activated Binchotan Charcoal: resurfaces the skin, draws out impurities & excess sebum and pollution from the skin. Tara Fruit & Red Algae Extract: Together they form a film over the skin preventing pollution from entering the skin, and preserving the skins barrier function. 

Anti Aging Ingredients.
Niacinaminde: Active vitamin B3 and an antoxidant. Reduces the production of sebum, and prevents pollution induced signs of aging. Rice Bran Extract: Antioxident rich, prevents skin ageing inflammation and improves collagen.

APPLICATION

After cleansing, dispense about a half-teaspoon into very wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together. Apply to face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Massage gently for one minute, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use daily. For more sensitive skin, apply on alternate days until skin acclimates.” – Dermalogica

While I was massaging it over my skin I could instantly feel it working, my skin was becoming smoother under my fingertips. I felt my skin my subtle and while it was clean it was comfortable. The texture of the powder when mixed with water becomes quite creamy. I found it a little hard to control how much I poured. So you need to be careful not to waste powder by spilling to much. 

THE PRICE

The retail price is 61 euro so its quite expensive but there is 57 grams, so it should last quite a long time since you need just half a teaspoon. Considering the types of enzymes and technology used I can understand the price tag. Remember that this isn’t just a scrub, it is an anti pollution and anti aging product.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I am so impressed with this product, much more than I ever expected to be. My skin can tolerate quite active chemical exfoliation but I like using a physiological scrub every so often too, so I don’t think I will stop using my other exfoliation products.

I can’t wait to start using this as part of my routine. It has been almost 24 hours and my skin is still feeling super smooth and comfortable. My pores look cleaner, my skin feels firmer more supple. I am even more excited to start using this on my clients. I just know that this will be a sensational product with high delivering results. 

Love Steph x

 

PRODUCT REVIEW: STEFANIA D’ALESSANDRO HIGH DEFINITION & VOLUME MASCARA

I find buying mascara is the eternal dilemma. I’m always looking for the next best thing… higher lengths, intense volume, more curl. Each time a new mascara is launched it peaks my curiosity and I am always willing to try the latest trend. 

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I have never used this brand before, yet it comes highly recommended by the staff at Melita Pharmacy in St Julians. I think this is the first time 4 different members of staff all told me to go for the same product. 

FORMULA

The aim of this product is high definition and volume. The colour is highly pigmented so its seriously black. I tried to take a before and after photo of my eye lashes but without mascara the camera couldn’t actually focus on my naked lashes. 

The wand is plastic and has separate bristles in order to lift and coat the lash with product without weighing it down and making it clumpy. The wand is also quite thin, which I like as some times the bigger the brush the more messy it is. The texture also isn’t very gloopy which is important.

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APPLICATION

The photo shows a couple of coats of the mascara. It coats well without being to clumpy. I did apply in a rush so I didn’t clean up where it hit the skin on my lash line. I felt like my lashes had been elongated, it didn’t help with the curl at all. The volume is decent. 

I think for me the big plus for this mascara is that it is incredibly long lasting. At no point did it flake or smudge. I find that unless I buy waterproof formulas they tend to melt under my eyes by the middle of the day. This really stayed in place.

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THE PRICE

The High Definition and Volume Mascara is well priced at 18 euros. There are definitely cheaper mascaras in the market, but then you will be compromising on the quality. The black is a nice rich black and the fact that it doesn’t budge all day, yet it isn’t a waterproof mascara is a big deal for me. I don’t want to do any damage to my lashes trying to remove at the end of each day.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I have used this mascara for the last few days, I think the more I wear it the more I like it. Will I repurchase? Perhaps. Do I love it? I think its still to early to tell. For the moment I am happy with my purchase, and I don’t regret it. 

Whats your favourite mascara? Leave me a comment. 
Love Steph x

PRODUCT REVIEW: ESTEE LAUDER CLEAR DIFFERENCE PURIFYING EXFOLIATION MASK.

Be confident. The difference is clear. This intense treatment mask draws out impurities and removes excess oil and shine with a soft clay formula. Refines and refreshes as it frees skin of flakiness and roughness with gentle exfoliators. Deep clean treatment helps clear and prevent clogged pores to minimize future breakouts.” – Estee Lauder

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I have been using this product since it was launched last year, and I repurchased it recently. I don’t use it all the time, perhaps once every couple of weeks.

I find that I get very congested little pores on the tip/underside of my nose. And all the other products that I have tried just doesn’t work as well as this. So some times I use it just there as a spot treatment.

FORMULA

See the significant change in how your skin looks and feels with our Triple Action Clarity Technology. With the proven power of salicylic acid, it helps stop the breakout cycle, free skin of flakiness, control oil and refine the look of pores.” – Estee Lauder

When you open the jar, the texture is like a whipped cream. At first touch its creamy and dense yet it still feels very lightweight. I am a huge Salicyic fan, its just a wonderful wonderful ingredient to de-grease and eat away at all the dirt and grime that sits on our skin and in our pores. The Kaolin clay is a fantastic purifying ingredient and their is micro fine scrub to buff the skin. I find my makeup goes on so much better when I use this exfoliating mask regularly.

APPLICATION / SWATCH

As you can see the pale aqua mask goes on smoothly and has these little spheres of microdermabrasic scrub. After about 5/10 minutes I wet my hands and gently glide over my skin. I then remove the excess with a flannel. and voila my skins nice and smooth. What I like about it is although its a clay mask I don’t feel my skin tight or stretched. The product has a beautiful richness to the texture and it doesn’t dry hard, leaving my skin feeling supple and clean.

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THE PRICE

The Clear Difference Purifying Exfoliation Mask retails for approx 38 euro in Malta. I find a little goes a long way and that it takes me quite a long time to use it all up. I think some one who has a more oily skin would prob use it a bit more, and more frequently since some times I use it just as a spot treatment. For me I think its justified.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I think this is an item that I will just keep repurchasing. I really love how my skin feels clean after, and even though I follow a really good skincare routine and have regular facials it is the only product that works. I have tried quite a few different exfoliators and even use the Dermalogica AgeSmart lactic acid cleanser. This for me is a must have item in my skincare arsenal. I like to follow it with Clinique’s over night mask from the Moisture Surge range.

Hope you enjoyed reading this review, got any must have masks? Share them with me in the comments.
Love Steph x

MANI #46 WISH UPON A STARBOARD

Stepping into spring sees the return of brighter colours, and nothing is more perfect than this pretty tomato creme from the Gelish “A Very Nauti-cal Girl” collection. 

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My client wanted something that was classic and fun, since she wears reds frequently we chose this shade as it has an orange undertone. 

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I am so looking forward to seeing my clients transition into bright bolder colours.
Love Steph x