Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

I’ve always loved fashion, makeup and girlie things. It’s been tough at times, having been introduced to the ugly side of puberty at the tender age of ten when I discovered my first blackhead. I have always had challenging skin of the very oily variety and spent a lot of time treating acne with pharmaceuticals, and trying to mask a bad complexion with makeup.

But in recent years, with the advent of the fourth decade – ugh- of my life, it has finally hit me. Welcome, ‘mature’ skin. I can no longer rely on the over abundance of slick to carry me into this next decade. My pores are more prominent, and ‘freckles’ ( NOT age spots let’s be clear) are sprinkling here and there. Droop, sag and dry patches...sounds lovely, I know. My skin only looks tight if I’m sporting the Ben Stiller “Zoolander” pose.

Until I turned 40, I didn’t use moisturiser regularly. And heaven knows I’ve forgotten sunscreen for me even after they kids have been sprayed into human blobs of the stuff. Can you say environmental damage? I need help.

Enter BlogHer and Estée Lauder, and the timely opportunity to try the new Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex.

(retail price: $47.50 USD)

The Estée Lauder team of scientists have come up with this revolutionary night serum to help repair the skin’s appearance from past damage, and protect it for the future; a sort of “insurance” for younger, healthier looking skin. The synchronized repair comes from the development of Chronolux™ Technology that supports the natural synchronization of skin’s repair processes so skin repairs itself at the right time.

I was excited to try it, as “repair” is an appealing concept for me nowadays.

The Advanced Night Repair serum comes in a lovely dark brown bottle, reminiscent of those found in old apothecaries. And with an easy to use dropper that squeezes out just the right amount of product, there’s really not much thinking required. I like that.

After cleansing my face per usual in the evening, I squeeze one drop at a time, spreading it across my face and neck. It takes me about four to five drops to do the whole area. The serum has an egg yolk consistency, but it doesn’t feel messy as it is absorbed very easily into the skin. While there’s no fragrance, you get a hint of something gently clinical. Then I apply my regular moisturiser for the night, and I’m all set. Under twenty seconds, my friends. It’s very easy to make this part of a nightly ritual.

I’ve used Advanced Night Repair for about two weeks now. I’ll admit that any changes are not yet overtly noticeable. This isn’t to say that it won’t continue to improve. But when I wake up, my skin does feel a little more refreshed, moisturised and my face is not as tired-looking. My makeup seems to go on easier as well, so my skintone may indeed be evening up.

The serum is non-acnegenic and the best part: the repair action happens at night, while you’re asleep. Talk about multi-tasking at its finest!

I’ve always been a bit of a skeptic where skincare is concerned, likely because of my experiences with so many different treatments. But I also know that when something feels good on my skin, and I wake up to a more supple, happy visage, well, who cares how it works?

Do you switch things up with your evening skincare regimen? Would this be something you might use to fight the good fight?

For more information on Advanced Night Repair check out the official site.

And be sure to read what other reviewers in the round-up had to say as well.

[In the USA, Estée Lauder invites you to AMERICA'S NIGHT TO REPAIR. On Thursday, July 23, 5-9PM, visit any Estée Lauder Counter and get a free 10-day supply of New Advanced Night Repair, no purchase necessary (while supplies last). ]

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Little Piece of Happy - Trident campaign

So have any of you caught those cute little Trident commercials on the TV lately?

Here are a couple of my favourites...

I'd sure be happy too if a little piece of Trident would be able to take me to the moon.

I guess that's what it's all about though, isn't it? Remembering that there are little moments of happy even in these tough times.

A clever campaign that likens back to good old fashioned values. You can get more about a little piece of happy at this site.

Very cute. I think I'll just have to pick up a little piece of happy for myself.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Maybelline! New York Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara

I’ll admit it. I married my husband because of his long, curly, luscious lashes. If I couldn’t have them, well at least one day my kids might. I’m mostly kidding, but as destiny would have it, I’m the only one in the household without a decent pair of eyelashes.

So you’ve got this woman who’s been blessed with spindly eyelashes resembling stubby spider legs that have been flat-ironed … and she’s given the opportunity to try out a new mascara. Can you say jump, and how high?

I had the pleasure of trying out this new product through We’re talking about the Maybelline: New York Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara. Yes, VIBRATING!

I don’t wear mascara on a daily basis, usually keeping it for special occasions. This stems from my contact lens wearing days, when I found most mascaras irritating. But now that I wear my glasses most of the time, and I’ve been told that my eyes are my best feature, it’s probably should wear mascara for more definition. I’ve tried several in the past; and heck, I even own a battery operated eye-lash curling iron.

Back to this ingenious product. There’s a little tab where you hold the wand that once depressed, sends the wand vibrating. Putting it at the base of my lashes, and not moving it along too quickly to the tips, I did notice it clumped a bit. Likely because I was moving it too slowly. So I picked up the pace a bit, and was pleasantly surprised at how it lengthened and did make the lashes thicker, curling them at the end a bit as well.

The trick is not to apply too many coats, as the vibrating action surrounds your whole lash. But also don’t go too slowly as this causes clumps. The instructions on the packaging are quite good. It is really quite simple to use, and I especially noticed the difference on my lower lashes, where I find it most difficult to apply to begin with. They were easily handled by this product. And although it wasn't waterproof, it was quite long-lasting. For that reason, it took a little more makeup remover to take off at the end of the day.

So overall I did like this mascara. The vibrating wand may seem a bit gimmicky, but it does appear to work on building up the lash. I would likely buy it again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others to try.