Review: Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm

When I noticed that my undereye area was becoming more dry, I knew I needed to bring out the big guns. The skin around our eyes is the thinnest and most delicate, which is recommend that women invest a little more when it comes to eye creams—it’s really the secret to looking young.

I've been using the Algenist Complete Renewal Balm, $50.

I’ve been using the Algenist Complete Renewal Balm, $65 at Sephora. Locally,it’s available at Rustan’s Department Stores (will update this post with the price once I find it).

What I like about this balm is that it suits all skin types and it targets all my concerns: fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. Most eye creams I encounter only really focus on one concern, so I like that this is a beauty multi-tasker.

Here's what it looks like inside. When you dip into the pot, it feels pretty dense and cushy—not light or watery.

Here’s a peek at what it looks like inside. When you dip into the pot, it feels pretty dense and cushy—not light or watery.

I do wish that this came with a spatula, or better yet, was packaged in a pump to prolong its shelf life and prevent germs from contaminating the pot. I’m also not that big a fan of the scent (sometimes it smells kinda funky or sour after I pat it on and I can’t figure out why TBH). But despite these setbacks, I still use it! Why? Because it works!

More deets about ingredients that make this eye balm fantastic and swatches (you’ve got to see the sheen) after the jump! Continue reading

My Murad Youth Cam Experience

The last time I tried a high-tech skin analyzer was back in 2006 or 2007. It was the scariest thing ever and I vowed not to do it again…until now.

For some reason, I felt brave enough to try the Murad Youth Cam. It was going to check my pore score!

For some reason, I felt brave enough to try the Murad Youth Cam. It was going to check my pore score! P.S. Posted these on Snapchat! Follow me @beautyandsparkl to see what I’m up to each day :p

I was asked what my primary skin concerns were (I said sun damage, discoloration and wrinkles) and the machine scanned my face based on that.

The procedure's quick and painless, but it's kinda stressful because all your skin sins will finally be revealed!

The procedure’s quick and painless, but it’s kinda stressful because all your skin sins will finally be revealed!

I was so nervous and started to panic when I saw the results. I take really good care of my skin (duh!), so getting bad test scores would mean that I’m a failure in the beauty department. And that I would have to take more drastic measures to get my skin back on track. Yikes!

Curious to see my results? Check them out after the jump! Continue reading

Don’t Go To Bed Without Doing This!

No matter how tired I am, there are two things I do before bed: cleanse my face and put on my eye cream. I was in love with the Elizabeth Arden Prevage Eye Serum for years, but now, I have a new favorite.

It's the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. It's earned a prime spot on my dresser, so I never forget to pat it on.

It’s the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. It’s earned a prime spot on my dresser, so I never forget to pat it on.

Compared to the expensive eye creams in the market, this one is pretty affordable at $65. The great thing about it is that it delivers, too. I won’t think twice about buying this again when I run out. After using it before bed for about three weeks, I noticed that the lines around my peepers weren’t as deep in photos. It’s light, intensely hydrating, and is easily absorbed by my skin. It doesn’t do much for dark circles, but it does help (slightly) with puffiness. If crow’s feet is your main issue, then be diligent, sleep earlier, and use this. You won’t be disappointed! Do you use eye cream once or twice a day? The Estée website says you can use this in the a.m. also, so I’m wondering if I should! ♥ Beauty Directory Estée Lauder Available at Rustan’s Department Stores. Click here to visit their international site.

Sad Beauty News

Say it isn’t so…

Que horror!

Que horror!

I saw this while I was researching about anti-aging tricks online and wish I could un-see it! Haha! I have a feeling this has more to do with processed sugar and that dark chocolate might actually be okay—but where’s the fun in that?? Boo! Until I verify this little factoid with my derma contacts, I’m gonna have to think twice before ordering dessert and will just drink more water whenever I crave for something sweet. Sigh.

Do you think this beauty tidbit is true? And would you stop having chocolate if ever? Leave a comment and let me know! ♥

Tried & Tested: Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion

I got a surprise from Rustan’s!

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Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion, P3,550.

What It Does: It’s an anti-aging treatment that you use with before your moisturizer. It’s clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles, plumps up dehydrated skin, and it’s fast acting for those who want to see results ASAP (it claims to reduce lines in just two hours).

The Key Ingredients: Collagen Support Complex helps the skin absorb and retain water while supporting natural collagen and elastin in your skin, Winged Kelp aims to boost hydration and suppleness, and Cellular Hydrolock to naturally increase cellular water level and relieve dry, irritated skin

Take a look at this image from Murad.  It also claims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in just two hours. I want to time it next time and excited to try it on my undereye area.

Take a look at this image from Murad—looks promising!

Do you think it worked on me? Click on the link to find out! Continue reading

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