Saturday, April 16, 2011

Overall Review of DermaSilk Products

Now that I have reviewed all 5 of the DermaSilk products I have been testing out for the past month, I wanted to talk about how I incorporated these products into my everyday skincare routine, and some of my final thoughts on them.

Night Routine:
  1. toner
  2. Gold Collagen Serum
  3. Miracle Cream
  4. 90 Second Eye Lift
  5. Double Chin Firming Serum 
Morning Routine:
  1. toner
  2. 5-Minute Face Lift
  3. Miracle Cream
  4. eye cream
  5. sunscreen
In between I will add other products that I own, such as anti-acne serum, more nourishing eye serum/creams, sunscreen, when I see needed.

I am happy that none of the DermaSilk products have caused any break-outs on my acne prone skin.

My favorite out of all were probably the 2 serums, they are light weight, easy to absorb, and make my skin feel refreshed. The Miracle Cream is also pretty good, but it's not a must try. But make sure you include a moisturizer into your routine if you don't use Miracle Cream, since the serums alone are not moisturizing enough.

I really liked the clear pump bottles that most of the products come in. It uses vacuum suction with a base that moves up to push products out and I can clearly see how much products I have left.

Maybe I am still a little young to see any visible firming effects on my skin upon using DermaSilk products, but I can feel the tightening effect right away (although not lasting). I cannot speak for how well these products do for sagging skin and deep wrinkles. But if anyone who do have to combat these skin issues, hopefully these products I've reviewed will help you out! To me, I see DermaSilk products as a great line of products to help me prevent aging and sagging skin, prevention is just as important.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Review: DermaSilk 5-Minute Face Lift

Could this be the face lift in a bottle? DermaSilk 5-minute Face Lift "immediately lifts, tightens, and firms aged skin. it creates the appearance of tighter eyebrows, fuller shapelier lips and an overall more youthful lifted appearance".

The lifting effect is suppose to last up to 8 hours. So it is recommended to use this every morning and night. I have started off using this every morning since I had the Collagen Gold serum to use at night, and I figured since it says a result of 8 hours, I should use it during the day when I need to go out and look my best :)

This is the biggest container of all the DermaSilk products I have tried, at 1 fl. oz. I use about 2 pumps each time. The consistency is that of a thick gel. It is very easy to absorb. I usually use a light padding motion to distribute this product all over my face and neck.

It also has a slight fishy smell. Upon application it does feel slightly sticky, but once completely dried, my skin felt soft and smooth, and best of all, matte. So this is a perfect product to go under makeup, as it provides a good base.

Overall, I feel like this is a great serum and offers skin an extra layer of protection. As far as lifting effect, I do feel some tightening but there is no visible changes for me. But also keep in mind that I am in my mid-twenties and this product is more targeted toward aged skin.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, I received the DermaSilk 5-Minute Face Lift to test and review for free. I did not get paid for this post, nor am I affiliated with the company. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Review: DermaSilk Double Chin

This was another DermaSilk product that really caught my attention. I've always been curious to try chin firming products because I read that with adequate massage motions, it will help to tighten the chin area and make the face appear smaller, thus slimmer face. DermaSilk Double Chin Firming Facial Contouring Serum claims to be "a dual action forming formula that firms sagging skin and reduces the appearance of fat under the chin and neck".

Turns out this was probably my least favorite product out of all the DermaSilk ones I have been trying. Perhaps I didn't have much of a double chin to start off with, so I really didn't see any effect it had. While it does have a firming feel upon application, it also felt very sticky, and made my skin itch a few times. I also tried this on hubby a few times, he says it felt like glue on his chin, I guess because of the tightening and the sticky feeling at the same time.

Whenever I remember, I use this as the last step of my night routine. Like the eye serum, make sure to not use too much otherwise it flakes off as well. And don't use a rubbing motion. I take 1 pump, and pat it in. I wish I could use more of a massage motion to give my chin/neck area a light massage while at it, but the flaking becomes cumbersome.

It has that of a viscous gel consistency and is very sticky. It has a little fishy smell but not as bad as the Miracle Cream.

Overall, I think this product will be better suited for perhaps someone older with more visible sagging skin, as I did not notice too much result on me. But the obvious firming feeling tells me that someone who is looking for tighter skin will appreciate it even more.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, I received the DermaSilk Double Chin Firming  to test and review for free. I did not get paid for this post, nor am I affiliated with the company. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: DermaSilk Miracle Cream

DermaSilk Miracle Cream Skin Rejuvenating Cream is a nice light weight moisturizer that I have enjoyed using both day and night. 

It claims to "repair cellular damage, repair skin's natural moisture barrier, and significantly reduce pore size. Skin becomes brighter, tighter, and more radiant".

It also claims to help protect skin from harmful UVB rays, however I do not see anywhere mentioning that it has any SPF protection, so it is still important to use a sunscreen during the day time routine if you use this miracle cream.

I also don't think I saw any changes in my pore size. But as a moisturizer it does the job well. This is the most moisturizing product of all the DermaSilk products I have tried so far. Once applied, it leaves a slight glow on my skin, but not oil-slick oily. I also did not experience any break-outs from using this product.

It does have a very unpleasant fishy smell upon dispensing. But the scent dissipates fairly quickly so it doesn't bother me too much.

It pumps out as a white cream. I used about 2 to 3 pumps during the night routine and a little less for mornings, enough to cover my whole face and neck. I used up this one first of all the DermaSilk products, because it's the only one that I use both day and night, the other ones were either day or night only. Plus it comes in a pretty small bottle of 0.5 fl. oz.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, I received the DermaSilk Miracle Cream to test and review for free. I did not get paid for this post, nor am I affiliated with the company. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review: DermaSilk 90 Second Eye Lift

Today's DermaSilk review is on the 90 Second Eye Lift Instant Tightening Serum. This was the product that first caught my attention when I checked out DermaSilk's product page. I am always looking for a good eye cream/serum that will help depuff my undereyes, erase appearance of fine lines, and diminishes dark circles. Could this be the one?!

This eye serum claims to "significantly tighten the loose skin around the delicate eye area while reducing under eye puffiness as well as lightening dark circles."

It comes in a thin marker sized pump bottle. Compared to the other DermaSilk products, this one's pump is a little bit harder to control and have a precise amount dispensed each time, especially since you don't need too much eye serum each use. The first time I pumped, a huge glob of products came out. Despite the warning on the back of the box that says "Overapplication may result in the appearance of a white residue. If this occurs gently pat the area with a damp cloth". I didn't want it to go to waste! Turned out it was a bad mistake, the dried up excess serum fell into little eraser dust like flakes around my eyes and I looked like my my skin were shedding. I had to wash off the whole thing and reapply.

I at first wanted to use this product in the mornings, but found out it was not compatible with my eye makeup at all! It got all flaky when I put on my eye primer and then the eye shadow. So now I switched to using it every night and it has worked okay, provided that I make sure I don't over apply like the first time.

It has a clear watery consistency that is not oily at all and has no scent. Upon patting in around the eye area, it felt sticky at first, and then once completely dried, I can feel the tightening effect dramatically. My eyelid actually felt funny because it felt like it got glued and lifted. 

Besides the dramatic lifting and depuffing effect, I haven't seen any improvements to my dark circles. It might have helped with the fine lines around my eyes but I also didn't see too much dramatic difference.

Even though it provided a very nice depuffing effect to my eyes, I probably would not consider repurchasing this again, due to its hassle during application. Make sure you use gentle patting motion and do not rub to prevent the product from flaking off. Also, I've noticed that it has a little bit of a burning/tingling sensation around my eye area upon application, and I didn't enjoy that experience too much. Overall a nice product but needs some improvements to make it more user friendly. I would really like to use this in the mornings especially since that is when my eyes are the puffiest, but an eye serum that I cannot apply makeup over is so inconvenient.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, I received the DermaSilk 90 Second Eye Lift to test and review for free. I did not get paid for this post, nor am I affiliated with the company. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Review: DermaSilk Collagen Gold

This week, I will post a series of reviews for DermaSilk products. I have been sent these products to test out and review. DermaSilk line are claimed to contain "clinically proven ingredients to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and premature aging". I was sent a total of 5 products that I have incorporated into my day and night skin care routine for the past month and after having used them for a while (even finished with two of the products), I feel that I am ready for a proper review.

Today's focus will be on the DermaSilk Collagen Gold Revitalizing Facial Serum.  This serum claims to "restore and maintain levels of collagen in the skin, promote collage synthesis and control the breakdown of collagen fibers while plumping and smoothing the skin for a more youthful appearance".

The bottle comes in a 0.5 fl. oz. size. The pump is easy and convenient to use. I used this as my night serum, after toner and before moisturizer.  I used about 2 pumps worth of products each time, and used a light tapping motion to apply this all over my face and neck.

The product has a gel consistency with a very faint floral scent that goes almost non-detectable.  Upon applying onto the skin, it feels very cooling and refreshing. It absorbs very easily and dries matte. I liked that it didn't make my skin feel heavy and oily after using this.

Once patted into the skin, there is a slight sticky feel to it, I am guessing this is the collagen component. But it is not bothersome at all, and I'd just go on to the next step of my skincare. This serum makes my skin feel lightly moisturized, soft, and I can feel a slight tightening effect.

Did it have a lasting improvements on my skin? It's hard to tell but my answer leans towards no. It makes my skin soft and tightened for the night but I didn't notice it improve (or deteriorate) the condition of my skin overtime. This is a nice to have product to add an extra layer of protection for my skin.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, I received the DermaSilk Collagen Gold to test and review for free. I did not get paid for this post, nor am I affiliated with the company. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Nail Polishes of the Month -- March 2011

All polishes are applied with 2 coats unless otherwise indicated. Left is taken with either natural light or room light, right is taken with flash.

Orly -- Sapphire Silk

LaRosa Crackle Shatter -- Sea Weed (on top of Orly Sapphire Silk)

OPI -- Japanese Rose Garden

Revlon Scented Parfume -- Sublime Strawberry

Revlon Scented Parfume -- Pretty in Papaya

Base color: Essie -- Pink Parka
Glitter coat: Wet n Wild Fast Dry -- Party of Five Glitters

Essie -- Au Natural

Hello Kitty x Sephora -- Pink Sprinkles

China Glaze -- Below Deck (1 coat)

China Glaze -- Naked 

Orly -- Gilded Coral

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Finished Products in March

New month again! Today I will share my thoughts on the products I've finished in March:

✔ Paul & Joe Finishing Powder 002 --This Paul & Joe powder came out during their 2010 summer collection. It is my holy grail setting powder because it does an excellent job smoothing out my face and controlling oil, even during warm days. I think the packaging is very cute! Despite the cardboard box, it is sturdy and held up well through my daily uses for the past several months. I already purchased a backup of this.

✔Smith's Rosebud Salve  -- Dun dun dun dunnnn! This was the product I am most excited about finishing last month because it's been such a long time since I've used it. It is a pretty big jar considering I only used it as a lip balm every night at bedtime. I think I am getting the squeeze tube version next, it'd be so much easier to apply and travel with, and mess free too! I love Smith's Rosebud Salve, it keeps my lips moisturized all day long. The fact that it's a multi-purpose cream also makes it a great product to take along so you can apply to dry cuticles, elbows, heels etc if needed.

✔ ELF Zip Zapper -- My 3rd one already. So inexpensive, yet effective at making the spots go away. It also doesn't irritate or dry out my skin, so I often roll out a generous amount on my finger tips and dab all over the face for break-out prevention. Need to go to Target and grab more!

✔ Clinique Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer --  This face moisturizer is a little bit on the heavy side for me but perfect for hubby's dry skin, I appreciated the higher SPF (of 25) in this moisturizer.

✔ Celeteque Facial Wash -- This face wash was a gift from the lovely Georgina. Hubby and I both enjoyed this face wash a lot. It is gentle, non-irritating, and foams up nicely. I loved the clear squeeze tube that allowed me to squeeze out all the products to the last bit!

✔ Clarins SPF 30 Sunscreen Wrinkle Control Eye High Protection -- An eye cream packed with SPF is a must in my morning skincare routine. I loved the Clarins one. It's easy to blend out, does not leave my eye area with a white film, and is well worth the price because one little tube lasts me a very long time as you only need a little squeeze each time. I will repurchase for sure.

✔ SPAresource Melon Body Butter -- I can't get over how good this smelled! I am a big fan of melon scents and this body butter not only smells great, but works very well too. Want to read my review?

✔ LUSH Snow Fairy -- I lost count how many bottles of this lovely shower gel I have finished already. It is my all time favorite scents from LUSH and I will continue to purchase and love it :)

✔ Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Therapy -- I went through a Crabtree & Evelyn hand cream phase a couple years back and while digging through my stash I found this one left unused. La Source is a wonderful scent described as " A crisp, clean scent reminiscent of fresh sea air". I love everything about the hand cream except for the packaging. The tube is made out of metal and it becomes extremely hard to squeeze towards the end. I purchased the Tube Key from their website this past winter and it is a nice little accessory that really helps getting the product out easier, but towards the end where the key can't turn anymore, another helpful hand, such as hubby's, was still needed.

 ✔ The Body Shop Wise Woman Eye Cream --The pump was very easy to control how much product I wanted to pump out each time. The eye cream is rich and perfect for night time use. It moisturizes very well without any tingly or burning sensation.

✔ Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat -- Despite how much I disliked sometimes Seche Vite made my nail polish peel off in big sheets a day or two after my manicure, it is still an essential in my life. For someone who loves changing nail polish but hates the waiting time for it to dry, Seche Vite was a life saver. I normally apply this top coat when my polish is still slightly wet, about a minute later, my manicure would be all dried to the touch. If you are someone who's always on the go, you NEED this! Keep in mind that Seche Vite tend to get really gloppy by the time you've used up half of the bottle, so you will have to purchase a nail polish thinner and add a few drops in there to thin it out, and you will need to continue doing this until you use up the whole bottle. But other than that, it works great and dries nail fast! Now only if I can figure out how to make it not peel so easily (even when I wrap the tip, although sometimes when my nails are too short I can't wrap the tip easily).

✔ DermaSilk Miracle Cream --I really liked this face cream. It is light in texture and non-greasy yet does a good job moisturizing the skin. This product was sent to me by DermaSilk for review, and please be on the look out for a detailed review soon!

✔ Kuan Yuan Liang Cucumber Water  -- This toner is soothing, non-irritating, and is a refreshing treat especially for warm weathers. It is alcohol free and fragrance free. If you are someone who likes to do DIY masks at home, this would be a good toner to use.

✔ Organix Rejuvenating Cherry Blossom Ginseng Conditioner -- This smells really nice and is just your typical conditioner such that it keeps my hair smooth and rinses out very easily. But there is nothing too special about it.

✔ Organix Rejuvenating Cherry Blossom Ginseng Shampoo -- Once again, leaves my hair smelling nice, does a good job cleaning but not as much volume as I'd like. A pretty typical shampoo for me.

✔ Jurlique Intense Recovery Mask -- This was another product that I have used before and kept in the bottom of my storage, so I was desperately trying to finish. I started using a large amount of it on my body too so I could finish up fast. This mask is soothing, but I didn't find anything too magical about it. It has a strong herbal scent.

✔ DermaSilk Collagen Gold Serum -- This serum was light weight, very soothing, and very easy to pat in. I loved it. This was sent to me for review, so be on the look out for a detailed review soon!

✔ Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea Foaming Shower Mousse --Very interesting concept for a shower product. It pumps out in a mousse like consistency so there is no need to foam it up any further. However for someone who's used to having a shower puff to help foam up shower gels, this was a little bit weird for me. So I still ended up pumping a whole lot of products onto my shower puff so I could exfoliate in the process as well. Sweet Pea is my favorite Bath and Body Works scent so I really enjoyed it. While the packaging is unique, I do have complaints about it. It seemed to pump out products in a mousse foam quite nicely at first, but as you get towards the bottom of the bottle, it no longer pumps even though I shook the bottle and there were still products inside. So I ended up having to press the pump with the bottle upside down so the remaining gel would flow out and I could use up the whole bottle.

✔ Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 -- I used this every morning. The SPF is enough if I am just staying indoors most of the day. It is a good product that keeps my T-zone oil free for a few oils, and yet it's not extremely dry that it becomes hard to blend out.

These 3 Korres products are little bottles that came in one set that I was able to use up very quickly, since it's my first time trying them, I will briefly talk about them as well.
✔ Korres Aloe & Soapwort Little Shampoo (For Frequent Use) -- While I have used many tubes of the Korres body butter (HG!), this was my first time trying their hair products. The shampoo is gentle and foams up quite nicely. Other than that, nothing too special that I've noticed about my hair after using this.
✔ Korres Achillea Little Conditioner (For All Hair Types) -- This conditioner was a big disappointment. The consistency is just way too thin, and it did not condition my hair at all. As a result my hair came out of the shower all tangled and I needed to apply extra conditioner to smooth it out afterwards. 
✔ Korres Guava Little Showergel-- Love this one. The scent is so yummy, and the showergel creates a ton of foam.