Philosophy Full of Promise Treatment Duo

Philosophy Full of Promise Treatment DuoI have tried Philosophy’s Full of Promise Treatment Duo in its separate parts, not in tandem, as recommended. I can this way describe what each one does on its own. Using both sera in a day will likely speed up the process of skin rejuvenation.

Volumizing Nights serum has an interesting texture: it seemed oily, yet applied on the skin dry, almost like a film. It felt weightless. It’s effect was similar to Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum, but without the glow induced by the latter and with less smoothing of the skin.

Uplifting Days serum has a more traditional serum texture. Other than that, I did not notice any difference with Uplifting Days compared to the use of Volumizing Nights. On my skin, they worked very similarly.

Although Philosophy’s sera duo is good, Murad’s Advanced Active Radiance Serum is better overall. For the same price and volume, Murad’s product is the clear winner.

Sephora.ca:
– 0.5oz (15ml) Uplifting Days, 0.5oz Volumizing Nights for C$89.00

Sephora labelled Uplifting Days serum as “Morning Treatment Cream” and Volumizing Nights serum as “Night Treatment Cream”. Please keep in mind that these are not creams, but sera – they require moisturizer on top, especially for dry skin.

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Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

Dior Miss Dior Eau de ParfumThe first time I smelled Miss Dior EdP in its bottle, I was not impressed. It seemed too sweet and musky. Definitely unoriginal. Even after applying it to my skin, it seemed to be uninteresting. This test was during the winter. Once spring came, I gave it another try… The sullen winter mood craving for something dramatic or the dryness of the winter air must have prevented me from appreciating Miss Dior’s spring/autumn spirit. It is beautiful and it dances with the skin’s chemistry.

Miss Dior is a sweet perfume. Not candy sweet, however, but citrus sweet. It opens with Italian mandarin orange, followed by the classic jasmine and rose pairing. These three main notes make Miss Dior very likeable, but the magic comes from it being centred around patchouli. Patchouli can behave very differently, but in most cases it adds a warm and woody character and depth. Depending on what kind of soap and lotion are used, Miss Dior will gravitate to a specific quality. I wore this perfume atop Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion after washing with L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap in Lavender, and was delighted to find a smoky quality in the drydown. Here, patchouli and the fragrance’s warm spicy qualities were accentuated. This combination made Miss Dior a definite autumn fragrance. When I tried using the same soap in Verbena, the perfume became brighter, bubbly, and definitely more suitable for late spring. The citrus aspect was brought forth. I imagine that an unscented or musky soap and/or lotion may highlight it’s white floral or even rose (which is very faint) aspects, but this is merely a guess. Its lasting power is 10 hours and it has a moderate sillage  – within arm’s length, approximately.

Miss Dior is at the same time a highly likeable, yet chameleonic perfume. Personally, I love it and enjoy wearing it. It is also perfect for any occasion.

Sephora.ca:
– 1oz (30ml) spray for C$70.00
– 1.7oz (50ml) spray for C$94.00
– 3.4oz (100ml) spray for C$125.00

Escentual.com:
– 50ml spray for £56.10
– 100ml spray for £79.05

Update: L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap – Verbena

L'Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap - VerbenaThe smell of lemon is associated with clean. Lavender has that property also to some extent, but with the way L’Occitane Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap cleans, Verbena makes my skin feel sterilized. This is the same gentle, well-cleaning soap that I’ve been raving about, its core formula is unchanged. For simplicity’s sake, I will summarize the different scents below.

Milk: shea butter, musky scent; unisex (leaning a bit towards feminine); doesn’t change the scent of women’s fragrance in my experience.

Lavender: a light, lavender scent; masculine; accentuates the smoky quality within some women’s perfumes.

Verbena: lemon scent, for a superior feeling of clean; especially great for hot days; feminine; accentuates citrus and lighter notes in women’s fragrances.

My personal preference is for Milk – it makes me feel at home in my skin. Verbena will be indispensable should the summer be very hot.

Available at:
Sephora.ca
Escentual.com
–  L’Occitane.com

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain – Rebel Nudes

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain - Rebel NudesAfter the positive experience with Lancome Gloss in Love, I was excited to try another designer lip product. Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain – Rebel Nudes are said to have the shine of a gloss, the colour intensity of lipstick, and the hold of a stain. This promise was kept!

The Rouge a Levres feels natural on the lips. I prefer to deposit some product first with the wand, and then spread the gloss using my fingertip. This gives a natural, stained look. Using the wand on its own gives a garish burst of colour and it does not spread product as well and as easily as using fingers does. For a high wattage look, I suggest using the finger to cover lips evenly, and then applying more colour with the wand for shine and intensity. The Glossy Stain also provides some hydration, so lips feel comfortable. The colour and moisturized feel are both more resistant to removal by food and drink when compared to other lip products, such as TokyoMilk Dark Femme Fatale Collection Lip Elixir and Buxom Full-On Lip Stick.

In terms of colours, I tried 103 Pink Taboo, a bright, watermelon pink with a raspberry scent. It will likely be flattering on most skin tones, especially used as a stain. Used in greater quantities as a gloss, it is more suitable to warm-skinned ladies.

The texture, longevity, and colour of Rebel Nudes, as tested with 103 Pink Taboo, proved impressive. Non-sticky, moisturized, and natural feeling lips bring out a smile. Highly recommended.

Sephora.ca:
– 0.20oz (5.9g) for C$38.00

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum

Murad Advanced Active Radiance SerumSometimes, all that serums do is pretend to do something. Perhaps I just do not notice the changes, despite being an observant person, or it takes more time for the product to work. However, I believe that, if a product is working, there should be at least minimal signs a week after use.

I started using Murad’s Advanced Active Radiance Serum with lukewarm expectations as to its efficacy. I am glad that I was wrong. It makes the skin clearer, brighter, and even smoother (which was not advertised). Upon application, I felt a tingling sensation for a few seconds without any irritation. I started noticing a difference after 3 days of use (applied once per day). My skin looks healthier, almost glowing. I cannot determine how well it protects from the elements, but it certainly aids a dull complexion. This serum does not hydrate, so do make sure to apply moisturizer after giving a few minutes for the serum to absorb.

Murad’s Radiance Serum works. If you have dull skin, it may help.

Sephora.ca:
– 1oz (30ml) for C$89.00