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Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum

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This powerful anti-wrinkle serum is proven to significantly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles with exceptional speed.

Supercharge the look of your skin.
Fast. Effective. With innovative CPR-75 Technology.

Instantly, Skin feels smooth, looks fresher, younger. 78% of women said it immediately smoothed the look of their lines and wrinkles.

Dramatic. Advanced.
CPR-75 Technology-helps Correct, Prevent and Reduce the look of serious lines and wrinkles.

Groundbreaking CPR-75 Technology addresses the look of lines and wrinkles due to its powerful composition of:

Artemia Extract: a zooplankton that is obtained via marine biotechnology and helps recharge skin’s natural energy.
Advanced Restructuring Protein: an advanced protein extracted from Whey that helps skin maximize its natural production of collagen and fibronectin.
Chlorella Vulgaris Extract: an extract of micro-algae that helps recharge skin’s natural cellular energy and supports optimal production of structural proteins.

NEW Perfectionist [CP+R] also includes:

Flexible Elastomer Technology: a technology that acts almost like a ‘ liquid bandage ’ to instantly fill-in and virtually “ immobilize ” the look of wrinkles. This technology helps reduce the depth and appearance of wrinkles by minimizing the stress and strain of daily movement.
Light Diffusion Optics: formulated for a broad range of skintones, these optics immediately diffuse and scatter light, blurring the look of lines and wrinkles. They also help neutralize sallowness, dark spots and discolorations, so that skin looks brighter, clearer and younger.
Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides: a blend of peptides, proteins and amino acids, which in vitro testing shows, rapidly begins to amplify skin’s collagen and elastin production.

These powerful technologies and ingredients work synergistically to supercharge skin for a less lined, youthful look and help fight the future appearance of lines and wrinkles.

CP+R helps create a virtual “force field” against lines and wrinkles by supercharging your skin’s natural collagen-building power. It supports skin’s natural production of critical support proteins – Collagen, Laminin and Fibronectin – that give it the structure and strength to help fight the look of lines and wrinkles.

Day 1
• Instantly, the look of lines and wrinkles is reduced by 37%. Skin feels smooth, looks brighter, fresher and more plumped.
• In just 2 hours, Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides™ kick-start natural collagen production, beginning the repair of the look of wrinkles from within, for younger looking skin.
Week 1
• CPR-75 Technology reinforces skin’s natural support structure and boosts collagen by an unprecedented 257% and fibronectin by 133% – establishing a new Estée Lauder scientific benchmark. Prominent wrinkles begin to look lifted away, a new level of skin perfection emerges and skin’s density is significantly improved with a younger, firmer and more lifted look.
Month 1
• In clinical testing, 96% of women showed a reduction in the look of lines and wrinkles. Skin reaches its full potential, reclaiming a firmer, re-densified look with new found suppleness and youthful buoyancy. Skin’s natural support structure is also fortified to help fight the look of future lines and wrinkles.

This is my favorite serum of the year. It primes & perfects my complexion like magic; Unlike its predecessor, CP+R doesn’t roll & peel when you apply liquid foundation following it. I find it actually helps to keep my skin matt. My complexion appears smoother, refined & revitalized.

Its benefits are more than skin deep, as I would like to testify. My fine lines are actually less noticeable & my skin feels plumper & firmer after 4 weeks of consecutive use. ( Yes, a huge commitment for a beauty junkie like myself, but when it works wonder, you simply can’t help! )

CP+R does to your skin what CPR does to cardiac arrest casualty. R for resuscitation, and dare I say resurrection?

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Guerlain Super Aqua Serum Intense Hydration Wrinkle Plumper

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According to Guerlain researchers, an increasing shortage of water and its distribution in the skin are among the main causes of dehydration and wrinkle formation.

Today water is a precious resource – a “ blue gold ” – that is essential to life. However, when polluted, water becomes toxic for humankind, and for the skin. The water that circulates in the skin gets naturally polluted, causing dehydration and wrinkles.

Water is the central element to life on earth. It is also the element vital to the functioning of the human body. It is essential at the heart of the skin, the external envelope that protects and regulates the many exchanges with our environment.

Water plays a role at different levels in the skin:

• In the stratum corneum, it protects the skin’s barrier structure against external agents by ensuring the organisation of the lipids in the intercellular cement and the plasticity of the corneocytes.
• In the epidermis, it promotes cell vitality, by playing a key part in their renewal and differentiation.
• In the dermis, it helps to maintain tissue firmness and elasticity by bathing the fibroblasts and collagen fibres in an optimal environment for their activity.

An increasing shortage of water and its distribution in the skin are among the main causes of dehydration and wrinkle formation. But they are not alone. The purer the water in the environment in which the different biological processes operate, the better the exchanges and cellular activities, especially the capacities for biosynthesis that govern the skin’s youthfulness. To ensure optimal hydration and postpone the appearance of wrinkles, the quality of the water present in the skin is as important as its quantity.

GUERLAIN REVELATION : THE WATER IN THE SKIN IS POLLUTED NATURALLY, EVERY DAY

Clusterin: a natural anti-pollution mechanism…

All cellular activity is a source of natural micro-fragments produced during cell deterioration or apoptosis. In the skin, the cell has biological means to eliminate these residues that accumulate in the water-rich intercellular spaces. Among them, Guerlain Research has brought to light a glycoprotein responsible for water purification: clusterin. This glycoprotein is able to capture cell debris present in the water in the skin so that these fragments are transported into the cells where they are neutralised.

When, due to age, stress or fatigue, the natural purification mechanisms are overwhelmed, cellular micro-fragments accumulate, particularly in the water in the skin. Just as polluted water can become toxic for humankind, the water in the skin becomes harmful to the proper functioning of the cells. The purification mechanisms themselves malfunction. The process accelerates. A vicious circle is set in motion.

WHEN IT IS POLLUTED, CELLULAR WATER ENCOURAGES DEHYDRATION AND WRINKLES

Guerlain  has created Aqua Complex: it purifies cellular water* to revive the flow of hydration, restore youthfulness and replenish the skin with pure, dynamic water. The new Aqua Complex acts as a doubly protective shield. It reinforces the skin’s internal barrier, increasing its reserves of moisture and increasing cellular resistance to time and external factors.By relaunch the natural depollution mechanisms and purify cellular water, Guerlain has developed a new technology with cutting-edge active ingredients: Aqua Complex; It takes anti-wrinkle hydration to a new dimension.

Guerlain has enriched the SUPER AQUA SERUM formula with a new combination of active ingredients, Aquacomplex, to:

Enhance and relaunch the skin purification mechanisms
By stimulating clusterin* synthesis, Aquacomplex allows the skin to be irrigated with pure and essential water once again. The test results show that after 24 hours we already observe that the expression of clusterin has increased 2.75 times. “Cleansed” of the debris that pollutes it, cellular water is regenerated.

Help to increase the skin’s water reserves
By boosting the level of hyaluronic acid receptors by 20%*, Aquacomplex increases the binding of hyaluronic acid at the heart of the tissue and helps to reinflate the hydric mattress, which ensures the skin’s plumpness.

Help to preserve the impermeability of the skin
By stimulating the synthesis of occludins, the proteins that make up the impermeable junctions in the corneo-epidermal junction (CEJ), by 73%*, Aquacomplex helps to ensure the cohesion of the epidermal barrier.
Gradually rid of the waste that pollutes it*, the water that constantly replenishes the tissue is pure and essential, offering the cells the vitality they need to function optimally.

Imbued with water as pure as morning dew, skin is deeply hydrated and more resistant to the signs of aging. Wrinkles and fine lines are visibly filled in. Skin is left smooth, fresh, radiant and re-plumped.

SERUM EFFICACY TESTS

• 30 hours of intense hydration: +72%
Instrumental test performed on 10 volunteers

• An instant smoothing effect on wrinkles: -27%
Instrumental test performed on 15 volunteers

• Proven moisturising efficacy, even 5 days after stopping the treatment
Instrumental test performed on 19 volunteers, results after 21 days’ twice-daily use.

Clinical assessment performed on 32 women, results after 4 weeks’ twice-daily application.

• 97% of women who tried it were satisfied.

Immediately
– they recover soft, supple skin that no longer feels tight: 92%
– their face is smoothed: 75%

After 1 month’s use of the serum:
– the skin is intensely plumped up: 88%
– the skin is more supple and comfortable: 97%
– the skin is smoother: 94%
– the skin is luminous and radiant: 94%

I totally adore the packaging of this reformulated hydrating serum; absolutely gorgeous & ultimately elegant! The pump dispenser is extremely user friendly & guaranteed to dispense the amount required precisely, hygienically & preserve its active ingredients till application.

The texture of this new Super Aqua serum is less oily than its predecessor, yet feels velvety & enveloping enough for the ultimate skin pampering. Despite its Aqua Serum nomenclature, this is actually a fine lotion. It smoothes & retextures my skin upon application. And in case you wonder, this subtly fragranced serum does make you feel like a spoilt diva. Its lovely scent is phenomenal, yet non-sensitizing ( my complexion ).

Super Aqua Serum Intense Hydration Wrinkle Plumper leaves my skin refreshed, energized & rehydrated. I use this as a booster serum + moisturizer at night. My skin felt pampered & nourished enough with this serum alone sans night cream. I regard this as a luxurious

The only complaint is it doesn’t plump wrinkles ( it does smoothes fine dry lines though).

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum

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Pardon for my recent absence since I was busy moving, decorating & gardening.

Now, during those stressful periods, my skin was kept under control by a few products that truly deliver results, some old & trusted favorites & some new found hotties……

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum is an advance serum designed to pull essential moisture deep into the skin and lock it there. It is formulated to create a gorgeous, dewy complexion that’s silky soft and satiny smooth. This serum promises to turn back time with a powerful combination of age defense ingredients, such as:

HSC Complex to deliver intense hydration, while counteracting environmental stressors.
An intense form of Vitamin A  to promote healthy looking skin.
Lipids to help improve elasticity.
Wheat Germ for firmness.

Ingredients : Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone, Ethylhexy Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Glycolipids, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl, Cocoate, Sodium Ascorbate, Water (Aqua), Tocopherol, Retinol, Caprylyl Glycol.

This extremely versatile facial serum managed to keep my skin smoothed, soothed & hydrated when I was less devoted to my skincare regime. Now I understand why Paula B, yes, the analytical, critical Queen Begoun gave this product an excellent rating; Here’s an abstract from beautypedia about this product:

” It has a beautifully smooth, silicone-based texture that makes skin feel like silk, and it provides potent cell-communicating ingredients and antioxidants, including retinol, all in stable packaging. Quench Hydrating Serum is fragrance and preservative-free ( preservatives are not required because the product is non-aqueous ) and assuredly one of Somerville’s better formulations. Now this would be money well spent ! “

And yes, I love this quenching serum & due to its silky texture. It makes a great moisturizing primer. A skin saver for dehydrated, parched, reactive & aging skin. Shame it hasn’t got any SPF, otherwise it could simply be the one & only skincare product you need in daytime prior to makeup application.

A star product from Kate Somerville, IMO, for a glowing, petal fresh & dewy moist complexion.

La Mer The Whitening Essence Intense

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The 1st post for VimS’s new feature – Treatment Thursday. I will post the reviews of treatment products worth featuring in great details here on a Thursday.

A unique product featuring La Mer legendary Miracle Broth ™, capturing the essence of the unique Smoothing Ferment ™, powerful Triple Whitening Trio ™ and the innovative Youth Ferment ™ – specially formulated for Asian skin to help lift away all veils of discoloration, infuse skin with hydration and visibly firm & define contour.

It’s an all-in-one whitening, moisturizing and anti-ageing product. This powerhouse serum corrects and unifies uneven skin tone from its innermost layers to create a luminous skin & unprecedented radiant glow. It also helps to lighten pigmentation and minimize pores for a smooth, flawless complexion.

La Mer harnessed the healing and transformative powers of the deep sea to create a lightweight and easy-to-apply formula that does more than the generic skin whitening – “ Our scientists have discovered that we cannot achieve the spotless luminosity of youthful-looking skin by targeting pigmentation alone, ”  “ We must also address the multiple veils of discoloration, dryness, and skin sagging as well. “

This pioneering trident approach to skin whitening leads to the combination of La Mer’s legendary Miracle Broth with the exclusive Smoothing Ferment, the ultra-potent Whitening Trio, and the innovative Youth Ferment into a miracle product.

Skin discoloration has 3 components – Gray spots due to rough and dull skin as well as enlarged pores; Inflammation and skin sensitivity due to environmental irritants bring about redness; Brown spots caused by aging and melasma. Each of these discolorations is targeted by the powerful healing components of The Whitening Essence Intense.

The Smoothing Ferment, charged in part by an active brown algae called Laminaria Saccharina, speeds up the skin’s natural exfoliation process to help lift off that gray dullness that lends a tired and rough outlook to the face; Skin is left looking clearer & more refined, with less visible pores.

To combat redness, the healing properties of the seaborne elixir Miracle Broth is further enhanced by the anti-oxidant properties of lime tea extract, which soothes the skin from irritants and protects it from future signs of irritation.

For those stubborn brown spots, the Whitening Trio formula helps dissolve dense melanin clusters. This trio formula, a combination of the White Nutrient Ferment, Concentrated Vibra White Ferment & Concentrated White Algae Ferment, works in synergy with the Miracle Broth to inhibit the excess production of melanin and to intercept the skin’s multiple melanin pathways, preventing future discoloration.

Once discoloration has been lifted to reveal the purer, brighter skin underneath, The Whitening Essence Intense then works to hydrate the skin, once again with La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth.

Dryness in the skin is alleviated by hyaluronic acid. The Whitening Essence Intense also firms the complexion up with the potent powers of the Youth Ferment & Miracle Broth. These ferments boost collagen production of the skin, thus facial contours appear firmer and more defined.

Light-catching optics in the serum also create an illuminating white halo effect on the skin, achieving the ” white diamond skin ” effect.

Tempted? You should be.

Let me tell you how I got hooked onto this wonderful product. I was trying this out in duty free before my painstaking long haul flight ( yeah, almost 24 hours ) ……

I was totally amazed by the refreshing texture &  hydrating properties of Whitening Essence Intense. My skin felt so nourished & revitalized upon application, and the surprise continues. This serum was absorbed immediately, leaving a smoothed, refined & semi-matt yet luminous finish behind. It was love at first sight, but the almost £200 price tag had me hesitating.

Fast forward 24 hours – with a transit, a shower & a re-application ( Blanc de La Mer range is widely available in Asian’s Duty Free ), my complexion remains soothed, plumped & radiant, despite the jet lag & hostile cabin’s environment! I am totally a believer by then. Nothing had ever made my complexion that well behaved before.

I mean, this serum delivers an instant porcelain fine skin that is radiance infused! It’s as great as indulging your complexion with the legendary SKII cloth mask, without the hassle of dribbling & sticky residue to be massaged in.

Since I bought this, I had been using this underneath La Mer Oil Controlling lotion for almost 3 weeks, on a daily basis – This is actually very significant for a product whore like myself; It is really that great that I can’t be bothered with the rest……

Yes, La Mer Whitening Essence Intense is my HG serum & I am addicted to it.

Don’t worry, I wouldn’t stop testing out other products for the blog’s sake, but I seriously doubt that I will find a better product than this.

Photo of  WEI’s texture & consistency courtesy of beyondjealous.wordpress.com

Rodial Skin Bleach Serum

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Skin Bleach Serum is marketed as a concentrated treatment to lighten skin tone, refine pore size and minimise the appearance of wrinkles. It contains a powerful combination of skin lightening actives.

This intense formula corrects and evens out hyper-pigmentation and sun damage for a brighter and more youthful looking complexion.

Brightens and increases radiance

Illuminates skin

Refines pore

Encourages cell renewal for smoother and softer skin

Reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and imperfections ( pigmented cells, blemishes )

Here are some of the active key ingredients:

Chromabright – Inhibits pigmentation forming by 43% (*inhibits Tyronsinase activity the key enzyme in the formation of melanin. Corrects hyper pigmentation, age spots and sun damage. Photo-protective effect against UV-induced skin damage.

Liquorice Extract – Brightens, lightens and increases radiance and illuminates the skin.

Protease & Subtilisin – Quickly eliminates strongly pigmented cells and refines pore size, encourages cell renewal and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Rodial’s Skin Bleach Serum rocks ( And you would have to give credits to Rodial to have the gut & cheek to name it BLEACH! ).

It has a pleasant ( but not that subtle ) scent & an amazing texture; Ultra-lite and goes on smoothly, absorbed instantly & leaves a semi-velvet finish. It’s totally non greasy / sticky / tacky. Despite its advance formulation, this serious skin brightener is rather gentle on the skin ( at least on mine ).

My skin does appear more refined & brighter with this serum. I have not noticed any improvement in terms of fine lines & wrinkles banishing. It’s not a moisturizer but it doesn’t dry out / irritates your skin as with other skin lightening products. It’s not an illuminator, so you don’t have to worry about the glitter ball scenario.

I managed not to tan even a shade darker while I was on holiday under the Tropical sun recently, merely by using of Skin Bleach Serum daily.

Ingredients : Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasilioxane,Glycerin, Methyl Trimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat, Dimethiconol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Niacinamide, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol Polyacrylamide, Sodium Polyacrylate, Zinc Gluconate,C13-14 Isoparaffin, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Trideceth-6, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hyaluronate, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol Palmitate, Laureth-7, Ethylhexylglycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parki (Shea Butter), Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, Glycyrrhiza Glabral(Licorice)  Root Extract, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Protease, Subtilisin, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Farnesol

Shopping Spree ( 20 )

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Rodial Skin Bleach – gorgeous texture & fragrance ( as I am testing the whole range at the moment )

A detail review about effectiveness & efficacy will follows soon……

Lancome Visionnaire

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Lancome’s newest beauty weapon against wrinkles, pigmentation, enlarged pores & unevenness – Visionnaire (LR 2412)

12 years of research, 17 patents, 1 unique multi-tasking molecule – LR2412

The first skincare formulation created to ” fundamentally recreate truly beautiful skin “; A new molecule that is able to  ” self-propel ” itself through the layers of the epidermis to set off a series of tissular micro-transformations.

So, ultra absorbent lotions & potions are so last season ! With Lancome’s LR 2412, active ingredients are now actively diffusing into your skin.

Tempted ?