Skincare Review: SVR Laboratoire Ampoule Hydra, Ampoule Anti-Ox, and Ampoule Lift

At my age, hydration, plumping, and radiance are important. That’s why I enjoyed trying out these new ampoules from SVR Laboratoire. As someone with oily and aging skin, I enjoyed their texture. For an ampoule, they all felt lightweight and gentle on the skin. I also liked how they all felt nourishing.

The Ampoule Hydra uses vitamin b3 and a combination of 3 hyaluronic acids to soothe, strengthen, and plump skin.

It has a gel texture but it feels thicker than most hyaluronic acid serums. I didn’t mind, though, as it dries matte quickly. It feels hydrating and plumping on the skin. I have been using this every day and I can’t get enough. My skin just loves its hyaluronic acid formulation.

For radiant and toned skin, the Ampoule Anti-Ox uses 20% optimized vitamin c.

It has a watery and runny texture but applies a bit oily on the skin. It also sits on top of the skin so I prefer a more oily-skin friendly vitamin c to be used in the morning. Those with dry skin might enjoy this better.

A new favorite, the Ampoule Lift promises to improve texture, diminish signs of wrinkles, and leave the skin smooth and even using retinol.

This has helped with my fine lines and it doesn’t sting at all. Its thin and milky consistency goes well with my skin. It applies thinly and feels light on the skin. Compared to the retinol products I have in my stash, this has the thinnest and lightest consistency. After a couple of months of use, this left my skin plump and smooth.

The SVR Laboratoire Ampoule Hydra, Ampoule Anti-Ox, and Ampoule Lift were provided by @svrlaboratoire and @wizardpublicity. Available at labo-svr.com

Cult Favorite: Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Blush

You guys know how much I prefer cream blushes but I have a few powder blush exceptions. I have the shade Sunset of the Kevyn Aucoin Neo-Blush and since I’ve been trying out other blush shades, I wanted to try this bright coral shade on my cheeks. Yes, this is in powder form but it applies seamlessly even when I use cream highlighters underneath. It doesn’t highlight my pores and it applies like butter on the skin. The shade is perfect for summer and it suits my medium-toned skin. I love that I feel like I’m getting a variety of shades in one compact, I can either go deeper using the rightmost end more or lighter by using the other end of the compact.

This product was provided by @kevynaucoin.

Makeup Review: Tarte Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask

Selfcare wise, I’ve been enjoying having the time to focus on applying and reapplying lip balms. I’m okay with the application part, it’s the reapplying that I used to have a hard time reminding myself. My lips are not that dry, to begin with so forgetting is easy. Not saying it should stay that way. It’s just so easy to forget.

Now that I’m working from home, I have the luxury of reminding myself. While working, I’ve been using the Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask from Tarte Cosmetics. These lip masks promise to hydrate and smooth the lips while offering a sheer tint. It uses squalane, hyaluronic acid, marine plant extracts, and a blend of avocado, jojoba argan oils.

I haven’t been wearing makeup everyday especially if I don’t have online meetings to attend to. If I do I just put brow makeup and one of the Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Masks to add a bit of color and shine to make me look alive and not all nap-ready. They have the shades Strawberry (sheer pink), Grapefruit (sheer coral), and Toasted Coconut (sheer nude), which applies really sheer. I like Strawberry as the pink tint works for my lips.

These Lip Masks are pretty hydrating and moisturizing. I like about these lip masks because they apply thinly on the lips and it actually feels lightweight. It’s how I prefer my lip products because I do not like feeling something sitting on top of my lips while I work. It makes me want to eat, I don’t know why. I also like that even though they look slightly glossy, they don’t feel sticky. They claim to work both day and night but I usually use these in the morning as I prefer something much thicker at night. They also keep me from wetting my lips constantly, which prevents them from drying.

The Tarte Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask were provided by @tarte. Available at tartecosmetics.com

Skincare Review: Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Serum

My skin has been in a good place lately.

It’s the reason why I’ve been really focusing on keeping it healthy. I have been using the Omega+ Complex Serum from Paula’s Choice, which contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 oil and ceramides to replenish dull, dehydrated skin, improve skin health, and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

I have tried the Omega+ Complex Moisturizer and I like the lightweight but creamy consistency of this one. This has a cooling sensation and satin finish that leaves my skin dewy. Despite the lighter consistency, I use this at night or when I’m doing applying makeup in the morning. I just like products with a more matte finish before applying makeup, similar to their Power Berry Serum. At night, this is always my last serum, which I apply before moisturizing, and this keeps my skin hydrated and plump. I like that this also doesn’t feel clogging on the skin, which is important for someone with oily skin who’s looking for a replenishing and hydrating product.

The Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Serum was provided by @paulaschoice. Available at paulaschoice.com

Cult Favorite: Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion

I remember buying my first Perfecting Cushion from Sulwhasoo 4 years ago while I was in the Incheon airport waiting for my flight back home. It’s what I bring to work because it’s compact and it’s liquid, which I prefer overpower foundation when it comes to retouching. So, naturally, seeing the Limited Edition Spring Cushion Compact with its beautiful embroidery is really just an added bonus. I mean, look at how pretty and old school it is. I also love the fact that the embroidery has a cushion underneath as well.

This product was provided by @octoly and @sulwhasoo.