Sunday, November 1, 2015

Laneige Water Bank Serum Review - New Winter Must Have!

*pokes head out from rock* Well hey there....

I know I have been MIA from this blog for many months. I am afraid I lost a bit of motivation and creative juices to continue posting reviews. Not to say that I have stopped with my skincare or makeup purchases, I have continued to explore and try new products. 
But good news, I graduated University in April and moved out to start working in May right after. I have been settling into my job quite well and I have begun writing up posts once again. I am hoping to release new content for this blog. 

For my new post, I am so happy and lucky to have been chosen by Influenster* to review the Laneige Water Bank Serum! 

The serum is not new, but it is newly launched as Sephora! So for all you Laneige enthusiasts in Canada, no need to order online from overseas sellers anymore. Laneige skincare (along with their famed BB cushion) are now available in Sephora stores! Unfortunately, their makeup range has yet to be released. So for the time being, I can only lust after their lipsticks from afar. 

I have been eyeing this product for years and have been lusting to try it, but since my attention span is rather fleeting, I always get caught up in another product. 

But let us take a further look into this serum...

Taken from the Sephora website:
"Formulated with exclusive biogen technology, hydro ionized mineral water delivers six moisture-maximizing minerals—zinc, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, and sodium—deep within where toned, re-texturized skin begins. The luxurious formula delivers 24-hour hydration, protection, and revitalization for skin that looks supple and silky."
That is a lot of nutrients the serum supposedly provides. 

The packaging is on point! I absolutely love it. It is in a glass bottle which makes it feel very luxurious. Not to mention, the bottle is blue. And I love the colour blue! 
But honestly, the pump is amazing and it does not get stuck. I also like that it has a cap to prevent the serum in the nozzle from drying up. It might just be me, but it feels more sanitary this way. 
The only downside is since the bottle is glass, if you were to drop it... goodbye serum. 

The serum has a light and refreshing floral scent. Definitely not as strong as their Water Sleeping Mask. This is one thing I like about Korean/Japanese skincare. Their scents are very much so pleasing to the nose. I have used other brands that just smell of chemicals- that in the end turn me off of the product. 

When I first used this serum it surprised me how... milky and thin it looked and felt. The product felt so thin (well after all, the serum is called "Water bank" Derp), I questioned how hydrating it would really be. But after a few days use, any doubt I had for this serum I threw it out the door. I LOVE this product! 
I noticed almost immediately how hydrating it was. Since it has been a lot colder, I have increased the heat at home. Because of that, my skin tends to become really dry very easily. 

The great thing, is that the serum is so light but it is so hydrating. Not 24 hours as it advertises, but it does a pretty good job. There have been days where after application, I end up forgetting to put on my day moisturizer because my face just feels so plump and hydrated. 

Currently, I have incorporated this serum into my night time routine and I actually mix a couple drops of an anti-wrinkle serum with this. 

Overall thoughts
I really really like the Laneige Water Bank Serum.  My face does not feel dry at all which is incredibly important during the colder months. Once I do finish this serum up, I will definitely repurchase and implement this into my winter skincare routine. 

If you are curious in trying this out, go to your local Sephora or check it out online! It is available for $46 CAD. It is a bit on the pricey side, but I think it is worth it because the bottle is 60ml. I have been using this product every night and I still have a lot left. You will definitely get your money's worth from this bottle. 

What are your thoughts? Have you tried this serum before? What are some of your favourite Laneige products?

*I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Jan - March Empties + short reviews: The Body Shop, Hair Mask, Perfume, etc.

Hey there everyone!

I've been a little busy these past couple months, so I apologize for the lack of posts. 

Today I'm back with another empties post! 
This winter has been the coldest to be recorded in the past... 10 years? And I believe it. I've been wearing leggings/stockings under my jeans and some days I feel like doubling up the leggings. IT'S FAR TOO COLD OUTSIDE. 

Anyway, because it's been so cold out, I've been looking for more hydrating products. First winter where I've had dry patches of skin all over my face. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

KOSE- Softymo Speedy Cleansing Foam

Hello everyone! 

How are your New Years Resolutions coming along? I didn't really make any, since I knew I would break them almost immediately. I did tell myself I would try waking up and going to sleep earlier. I have failed. But I am keeping up with writing down everything I need to do for the day or the next day. It helps me stay organized. 

Anyway, I'm reviewing a cleanser today. I haven't found one that I've liked enough to stick with. But so far with this one, I like it enough that I may repurchase after it's finished. 
I usually use a gentle cleanser for the morning and a gentle exfoliating facial cleanser for the evening. 

I really enjoy using Japanese skincare products. Kose is quite popular in Japan and Softymo is quite affordable. 
Back in High School I used their oil based cleanser, which I didn't like at the time, but I am looking to repurchase in the future. 

Let's take a closer look!

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Face Shop - Chia Seed Watery Eye & Spot Essence Review

Hello 2015! Hope you had a wonderful New Years. I didn't do anything too exciting. It was far too cold to celebrate outside so I stayed in instead. No regrets! The older I get, the more I just want to stay indoors and just be in my PJs. Anyone else feel the same?

Anyway, last year when I was getting into skincare my under eyes were neglected. I'm a little self conscious of my dark circles, so I wanted to find something to help with them.

I did a bit of research and behold, The Face Shop Chia Seed Watery Eye & Spot essence!

The Face Shop Chia Seed line is very popular and is known for its hydration. When I first started reading up on what products to try my friend recommended their Chia Seed line. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fall/Winter Empties + short reviews. L'Occitane, Missha and The Body Shop

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! I can't believe it's already going to be 2015 soon! Time sure flies!

I'm surprised with how much I managed to use up these past couple of months. I also can't believe I managed to keep all the containers for so long.

These posts will be few and far between, but let's take a look at what I managed to use up from the past couple months!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Etude House: Goodbye Pore Ever: Pore Primer Essence Review

I've actually had this particular product for a while now. I just never got to reviewing it till now unfortunately. 
I really like Etude House. I only have one lipstick of theirs, so majority of the products I've tried are skincare items. 

So when I began caring for my skin around last year, one of the biggest things I didn't like about my face was my pores. Granted, they're not as big as others, but enough that I get a really oily face. 
A friend of my recommended I check out their pore cleansing line to help combat my pores. 

As you know, I have tried their pore toner and I love it! But you can check out the other products they have here.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Simple Holiday Nails

Well hey there everyone! I'm back! I had a crazy semester. Probably the busiest one I've ever had! But I finished my last final of the year on Tuesday, so I'm back to my regular scheduled blog postings.

When I finished my finals, the first thing I did was paint my nails. I worked my butt off all semester, time to paint my nails and relax! But also, once January rolls around, I'll once again be too busy to paint them. Have to enjoy them while I can!

I'm not an expert nail artist by any means. I'm still in the process of trying to stead my left hand when I paint my right hand. But baby steps right?

As you can see, it's very very simple. And honestly, you don't even need to wear it just for Christmas.