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Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector

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Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Aging Moisturizer Skin Corrector - packaging
Eeee I won!!

I received the Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Age Skin Corrector from a giveaway that a few beauty bloggers were having (namely, both Beautezine and The Burgundy Book). Since I was lucky to win two, I kept one (pictured) and gifted one to my sister. This was immediately put to the test as I was going out that same night and I was working all weekend.

There are two transformations to this product: instant and over time. The instant transformation is even, luminous skin with reduced fine lines. The over time transformation is supposed to reduce wrinkles, firm up skin, and help you be visibly younger looking.

This was released on Feb 11 so I felt extra special to try this out before it even hit shelves! [Note: I received this in the mail several days before it was released in stores and had begun drafting this post the same day. In true procrastination fashion, the post wasn’t completely finished and posted until now…]

 

The Packaging

Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Aging Moisturizer Skin Corrector - tube
Free-standing tube

The tube is made of a pliable plastic, which allows it to retain its shape after you squeeze it. It’s not too tall and fits easily in your hand.

 

Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Aging Moisturizer Skin Corrector - nozzle
Nozzle

The nozzle itself has a flip cap, which opens to reveal an opening. It’s not too small, so a little squeeze will get you a good pea size amount. If for whatever reason the product dries up in the opening, the cap does screw off the tube, so you can clean the cap separately.

 

The Product

Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer Anti-Aging Moisturizer Skin Corrector - swatches
Swatches from L-R: out of tube, lightly rubbed in, completely rubbed in 

You can see from the swatches above that the product comes out white in colour. On closer inspection, there are tiny little white beads in there. In the middle swatch, lightly rubbing causes these beads to burst, and I believe this is where the activation occurs as it’s starting to change to a beige colour. On the far right swatch, you can see all of the colour has been activated. It’s colour is a little darker than my skin tone, but once spread out, it’s very sheer.

There is a smell to it that I can’t figure out. It’s not an overly strong chemical smell, but there is some sort of smell that may bother those with sensitive noses.

How did I like it? Not very much unfortunately. I don’t know if I’m just not applying it correctly, but I feel it dries a little too quickly for my liking. The first time I used it, I used a pea sized amount and found that it started to dry and flake off onto my fingers. At first, I thought I wasn’t using enough product, so the second time I used it, I used 2 pea sized amounts, but that was too much for my face and made for an uneven application. On my third attempt, I used 1.5 pea sized amount, and still thought the coverage was still looking spotty. I continued to try to even it out, but the product started to dry and it flaked off onto my fingers. Am I the only person experiencing this?

I tried a fourth time, this time while wearing contacts. I found that if I worked fast to even out the coverage, it dries evenly without the flaking. However, if I took my time, it would start drying and thus start flaking off while I was still rubbing it in.

 

The Verdict

I really wanted to love this, I really did. However I have come to the conclusion that I can really only use this product when I’m also wearing my contacts. With my extremely poor eyesight, it’s difficult to tell if I applied it evenly or not without stopping the application to get close enough to the mirror to see. Thus it dries more and starts to flake if I’m trying to even out any particular area. Otherwise, if I’m wearing contacts, I can see clearly while I’m applying it so it is much quicker from start to finish, thus not drying before I finish.

So if I’m wearing contacts, it’s a wonderful product. It provides sheer coverage but just enough to cover some redness and even out the skin tone. If I’m using it without glasses, it’s not fool-proof. So those who wear glasses with poor eyesight, be wary.

 

Where to Buy – approx $22.99 

  • Most drug stores
  • Wal-Mart

Written by Jessica

April 27th, 2014 at 10:05 am

Posted in Beauty,face

Sushi-Ya Japan

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It was time to find a new sushi place in our new neighbourhood. There wasn’t much in our old neighbourhood but downtown was never that far away. With our new place, there seems to be a much smaller selection of food, so now we actively have to search for it. So when we stumbled upon this place, we figured why not? It had been a while since we had any sushi and we knew we wouldn’t know how it was until we tried it. So we set foot into Sushi-Ya Japan.

A word of caution, there isn’t all that much parking! They share a building with an asian fusion restaurant next door so parking is very tiny. There’s about 4 or 5 parking spots in front, and then the rest of the spaces are in the back. When you come, be careful when parking! With the amount of snow right now, the lanes and spots are small so park carefully.

 

The Atmosphere

When we walked in, we were greeted by one of the waitresses, as well as friendly greetings from the chefs behind the sushi counter. The place is small and cozy, with only one other booth seated with patrons. We were guided to a brightly lit table and sat down.

Sushi-Ya Japan - table setting
Table dividers

How cute are these table dividers? Enough for privacy but just a small amount of visibility at the top to spy on the sushi bar to see how food is coming along.

Sushi-Ya Japan - lights
Ceiling lamps

The ceiling lamps are a neat decor idea – upside down parasols! I wish I could read what was written on the parasol. Maybe a poem? Or some wise words of wisdom?

 

Sushi-Ya Japan - place setting
Table setting

For the table setting, you have a printed place mat and a folded chopstick holder. I’m a little perplexed how they are marketing themselves as fine Japanese food when their chopsticks are the wooden disposable ones (at least they’re the higher quality wood ones, not the flimsy squarish wood ones that splinter everywhere), and their plates are made of sturdy plastic.

I also noticed that the waitresses and sushi chefs were speaking Korean with each other. Also, when you look at the menu, there are distinct Korean dishes on there such as jap chae and galbi. Therefore, I think it is safe to assume that the establishment is owned by Koreans.

 

The Food

Sushi-Ya Japan - miso soup
Miso soup – included with main

We were first served our miso soup in these little plastic bowls with a lid on it. One thing I really liked about the miso soup was that it was piping hot. As in hot enough to the point that I burnt my tongue. How many times have I gone to a sushi place and served miso soup was was hotter than lukewarm but cool enough to drink immediately? I really liked that I had to wait and sip at it as it cooled down a little bit. It wasn’t overly salty and had just the right amount of miso in it. I only wish it had more tofu and seaweed in it. My bowl only contained two tiny tofu cubes (they were smaller than my pinky fingernail) and only 3 or 4 small pieces of seaweed.

 

Sushi-Ya Japan - salad
Salad – included with main

The salad that came next was fresh, cool and crisp. Only the cucumber was lukewarm, but it did have a fresh crunch to it. The dressing was a ginger sesame and wasn’t overly watery either. I really enjoyed the dressing as it had that sweet and savoury element to it, but nicely in the middle.

 

Sushi-Ya Japan - Sushi-Ya Roll
Sushi-Ya roll 8 pcs – $14

We ordered an 8pc Sushi-Ya roll to start. It’s basically a roll with tempura shrimp in the middle, topped with assorted fish (I believe ours had slices of salmon, tuna, red snapper, and avocado on it), drizzled with mayo and spicy mayo, and topped with finely chopped tomatoes. There’s a lot of flavours going on with this roll and I felt that soy sauce was completely unnecessary. It was good, but for me personally, not what I would consider a “real” roll. This would probably cater more towards the North American palette, but for me, I prefer the plain and simple salmon roll or tuna roll.

 

Sushi-Ya Japan - Chirashi
Chirashi – $18

For my main, I got chirashi. This tends to be my default dish to try when going to new sushi places. This was beautifully plated in a wide porcelain bowl, with rice on the bottom and finely sliced sashimi on top. I believe my bowl had 3 slices of salmon, 2 slices of tuna, 1 slice of red snapper, 1 slice of fatty tuna, and 1 slice of white tuna. There were also 2 pieces of imitation crab meat, 2 pieces of sweet egg roll, and one slice of surf clam. On top of the all this was a pinch of finely shredded seaweed, two generous scoops of beautiful red and orange fish roe, then sprinkled lightly with sesame seeds and finely chopped green onions. The fish was fresh, although sliced fairly thin. I would have liked it if they were sliced thicker for a bigger helping. Underneath, I expected plain sushi rice, but what I found was furikake (rice seasoning) sprinkled on the rice, as well as a mix of diced carrots and pickled daikon as well. This is the first time I’ve had chirashi seasoned like so, and I’m not sure if it’s unique to this restaurant or not. It does help those who don’t like eating their rice plain and is a neat idea, but I would rather not have the seasoning at all. The furikake has a strong flavour by itself so it completely flavours the rice. It makes it hard to enjoy some sushi rice with sashimi without tasting furikake.

 

Sushi-Ya Japan - Katsu don
Katsu Donburi – $15

Mr. Pixelbunny went for his default, katsu donburi. The pork cutlet was lightly breaded and fried to have a crispy outside, but warm and tender inside. What I mistakenly thought was rice noodles as a topping as actually very finely sliced green onions. Oops! This was very flavourful and tasty, and one that I wouldn’t mind ordering next time. The only different thing was the rice they used – it was a red/purple rice! This is something I commonly eat at Korean restaurants. I thought it interesting that they used that kind of rice with their katsu donburi over regular short grain rice.

 

Sushi-Ya Japan - mini house noodle soup
House Noodle Soup – complimentary

We ended up still hungry and was perusing the menu for something else to eat when our waitress brought this out to us – house noodle soup. It’s served in a tiny bowl and contains one small bite sized swirl of somen, with some type of broth (I’m reminded of soba soup base but not that strong), with tempura bits, seaweed strips and green onions as garnish. It’s warm and a nice in between dish to set us up for whatever we ordered next. Thank you for the bite!

 

Sushi-Ya Japan - tuna roll
Tuna roll – $6

We decided that we’d go back to the basics, and ordered a tuna roll. What came were 6 pieces with a very large tuna centre, and a medium amount of rice surrounding it. I’m glad that the tuna chunk was fairly large as it made it worth it, although I wish they could have cut back on some for the rice.

 

Sushi-Ya Japan - green tea and red bean ice cream
Green Tea and Red Bean ice cream – complimentary

In the end, our waitress asked if we wanted to have some ice cream on the house. So of course, I got red bean and he got green tea. There’s nothing overly special about them, just regular ice cream. The only thing worth commenting is that I’m glad it’s not freezer burnt!

 

The Verdict

Overall, a pretty decent place considering the Korean influence. We’re pretty glad to find a sushi place we can easily get to and would gladly return to eat more. If you’re in the area, try them out!

 

The Place

Sushi-Ya Japan
621 Dixon Rd,
Etobicoke, ON
416-249-9666

Written by Jessica

April 22nd, 2014 at 10:14 am

Posted in Food,Restaurant

The Q

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Over the weekend, the Mr and I decided to go hunt down somewhere we could go for brunch. We had done Milestone’s a couple of times, and wanted to try something new. The Q was something Mr. Pixelbunny had passed by multiple times but had never gone in to try. So we figured, why not?

 

The Atmosphere

It’s hard to miss The Q, with it’s yellow roof. It’s got a fairly large space with a large parking lot surrounding the building. The interior is spacious, with lots of booths and tables. The inside reminds me of family restaurants, like The Olive Garden. We had arrived pretty late for brunch (1:30pm!) and the place was still full of people.

 

The Food

The Q - Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict – $11.95

I ordered the eggs benedict. It comes with a small bowl of baked beans, home fries, and a skewer of fresh fruit. The menu states that it should come with cretons, but I wonder if they ran out and that’s why I received fruit instead. I ordered my eggs soft, and they were perfect without that sour vinegar taste. I like that the meat used is thick cut peameal bacon instead of regular ham. The hollandaise sauce is thicker, and not too runny either. The eggs benny were quite good. The only downfall are the baked beans (which were a bit tasteless) and the home fries (wish they were fresh cut potatoes instead of from frozen). I didn’t finish either of them.

 

The Q - Old Fashioned Breakfast
Old Fashioned Breakfast – $13.50

Mr. Pixelbunny ordered the old fashioned breakfast. You get two eggs any style, a slice of ham, 1 sausage, 2 slices of bacon, 1 pancake, home fries, baked beans, and 2 slices of toast. The menu also states that he’s supposed to get cretons as well, but that was no where to be found. I had a bite of everything (as usual), and the only thing I didn’t like aside from the baked beans, was the pancake. It had a very heavy flour taste to it, almost like it wasn’t cooked all the way. The rest of it was ok.

 

The Verdict

The Q is so-so for the brunch menu, but for the quality of food I feel it’s a bit over priced. They also serve rotisserie chicken and ribs, of which the reviews I am reading say they are quite good. I’d definitely be back to try those, but won’t be back for brunch.

 

The Place

The Q
1633 The Queensway
Etobicoke, ON
416-251-3129

Written by Jessica

April 19th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Posted in Food,Restaurant

San Francisco: Commonwealth

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One of my most memorable meals from my San Francisco trip was to Commonwealth. It is described as a “progressive American restaurant” on their website and was highly recommended by my best friend T and her boyfriend S. Since reservations are very strongly recommended in advance, S made reservations several weeks before hand. We were slated for dinner at 8pm on a wednesday.

We arrived for 8pm to find that our table was not ready, the place was pretty packed, and that two tables for 2 were sitting empty on opposite sides of the room. We assumed that if those two tables were side by side, we would have gotten to sit down. So, we ordered some drinks while we waited and chatted about our day. Several times during our wait, the hostess apologized and assured us that as soon as tables clear, we would be seated.

Eventually, two chairs opened up at the bars and T and I went to sit down so we wouldn’t have to stand much longer. Shortly after, we saw a table of 4 get up to leave. We became pretty excited that we’d finally be seated, but alas, it was not to be. The hostess came and very quietly apologized to us that the table was in fact, going to another party of 4, who were waiting since 7pm for their reserved table. We didn’t know how much longer we’d have to wait to be seated for dinner (it was already 9pm at this time) so we decided to leave. The hostess apologized profusely again and gave us her business card.

After we made our way home, we pondered what to do about our dinner fiasco. We were only going to be in San Francisco for another two days and this was one of the highlights we were looking forward to. So we decided we’d try to go back to experience dinner. S gave them a call, told them about our long wait that night, and asked if it were at all possible to squeeze us in an opening the next time. Luckily, they said they could accommodate us for 9pm the next night. It was our last chance to try them so we took it.

What follows in this post is a very picture heavy, detailed look into my specific dining experience. Your dining experience may not be the same. Just to warn you ahead of time.

 

The Atmosphere

The restaurant itself is quite small, just one small room with an open kitchen at the back. Tables are close together and are of an more intimate setting. There isn’t a whole lot of room to move around so once you’re comfortably seated, it’ll take some shuffling to get out.

 

Commonwealth - hanging lights
Spherical edison bulbs!

This isn’t a super interesting picture, but I just like the fact that the place is lit with hanging, spherical edison bulbs! It gave off really soft lighting that wasn’t too bright and not too dim.

 

The Food

While you’re selecting from your menu, you’re presented with a basket of house made potato chips and a malt vinegar foam. I didn’t have time to take a picture of this since we were so hungry, but the malt vinegar foam was so interesting! It reminds me of molecular gastronomy, in which foods that we all know and love are transformed on a molecular level into something different. Hence, the foam is all sorts of mini bubbles, but the taste is that of malt vinegar. So neat!

While we’re poring over our menus, our hostess (who was all sorts of amazing that night), offered to pour us some sparkling wine. We thanked her and enjoyed some very refreshing bubbly.

 

Commonwealth - Chef's Tasting Menu
Chef’s Tasting Menu on June 6, 2013

After spending time debating what to get, we opted for the Chef’s Tasting Menu as well as two extra appetizers from the À la Carte menu to share. Mr. Pixelbunny and S chose to have wine pairings with their tasting menus while T and I decided not to.

 

Commonwealth - Cured Mackeral
Cured Mackeral

Our first shared appetizer was the cured mackerel, which was served with a fresh and salted plum, a small coriander flowerette, and puffed black rice. It was very nice of them to divide this appetizer onto four separate plates for us. The mackerel was thinly sliced, with a slight smoky flavour. The plum had sweet and salty tastes, and the puffed black rice was really neat. It was crispy and crunchy, like Rice Krispies, except a magnitude better. The boys were poured a tasting of white wine.

** I will say right now that I don’t remember all of the wines that were poured throughout our meal. All I remember is that each wine that was poured was a perfect match for what we were eating, and the amount poured was enough for all four of us to have a good taste out of two glasses. **

 

Commonwealth - Amuse Bouche
Amuse Bouche

Next up, an amuse bouche, which was served in a tiny espresso cup. No wine pairing with this one.

 

Commonwealth - Oysters
Oysters

Next was another shared appetizer of oysters poached in their shell, served with a very thin, rolled up cucumber slice, coastal succulents, sorrel, and rhubarb ice. Like the cured mackerel, this dish was also divided into four separate plates for us. The oysters were small,but meaty enough for a tasting. I thought it was rather neat to poach the oyster in its own shell, retaining the briny flavour of the ocean. White wine was also poured with this course.

 

Commonwealth - Smoked Avocado
Smoked avocado

The first item on our Chef’s Tasting Menu, the smoked avocado was served. Ripe, thick chunks of smokey avocado served with trout roe, black molé, in a bean and lime broth. Light tasting and refreshing with a slight heartiness from the beans and a little burst of flavour from the trout roe. White wine was poured with this dish.

** It was at this point we realized that even though this was the first item from the Chef’s Tasting Menu, all the other plates that came before this were also poured with a matching wine. Since the wine pairings are supposed to be only with the tasting menu, we came to the realization that we were being poured extra wine pairings! **

 

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Scallop Ceviche

Our next dish was a scallop ceviche, served with a carrot-soy panna cotta, a small chunk of daikon radish, and an onion ring. Those green drops are a mint emulsion. The scallops were amazing and so fresh. Another white wine was paired with this dish.

 

Commonwealth - Asparagus and eggs
Asparagus and Eggs

The second course of our tasting menu, the asparagus and eggs is a generous piece of sea urchin, egg mousse (the yellow dollops you see in the picture), herring roe, and a seaweed brioche. The sea urchin was super fresh, cold and creamy in texture. The seaweed brioche was a crunchy delight, that had a more savoury taste. I liked how this was plated on a rounded flat dish; something you would usually see sushi being served in. White wine was paired with this dish.

 

Commonwealth - Green Strawberries
Green Strawberries

Our next course was the green strawberries, a salad consisting of green strawberries (of course), fennel leaves, goat cheese, black radishes and the most interesting part of this dish, bee and fennel pollens. The strawberries were sweet and not at all tart as I was expecting, and the goat cheese paired well with everything on the plate. The bee and fennel pollens were little round shapes of crunchiness, that, when tasted, taste like pollen. It’s hard to describe without using the word itself, but it’s one of those things you need to try and experience for yourself. This dish was paired with a beautiful rosé wine.

 

Commonwealth - Squid and Pork Belly
Squid and Pork Belly

Not on the tasting menu, we were next presented with the squid and pork belly from the à la carte menu. The squid is lightly grilled, easy to bite through and not chewy at all. The pork belly was melt in your mouth. It is also served with a small piece of soft boiled egg, hay smoked potatoes (you can definitely smell and taste the hay in there), pickled onions (not too sour) and garnished with parsley, chives and a flower petal. White wine was paired with this dish.

 

Commonwealth - Wagyu Beef
Wagyu Beef

Our next dish was wagyu beef, super tender thick slices of wagyu beef, served with snap peas, broccoli rage, spring onions and horseradish. I personally like my beef without horseradish but when you put the two together, it offers a whole other level of flavour. The jus from the beef encircles the plate and is full of savoury flavour. This dish was served to Mr. Pixelbunny, S, and myself. Red wine was paired with this dish.

 

Commonwealth - Monkfish
Monkfish

Because T doesn’t eat red meat, the kitchen staff were super accommodating and offered her this dish of monkfish instead. I did not try this, however her facial expression was all I needed to know that it was amazing.

 

Commonwealth - Celery Sorbet
Celery Sorbet

The second last item on the tasting menu was the celery sorbet, a very light and refreshing sorbet that honestly did taste like celery! Who would have thought celery would be a good flavour for dessert? I certainly didn’t. No wine was served with this one as per the menu.

 

Commonwealth - Strawberries, sorrel ice cream and pistachios
Strawberries, sorrel ice cream and pistachios

Next up was another extra. Sorrel ice cream served with strawberries, pistachios and a buckwheat cake. It was neat biting into the cake because the flavour instantly reminded me of the buckwheat tea you get to drink in Japanese and Korean restaurants. Now I was tasting it in cake form! I thought the ice cream tasted like celery but my dining partners said they definitely tasted sorrel. Neat!

 

Commonwealth - Peanut Butter Semifreddo
Peanut Butter Semifreddo

Finally, the last of the tasting menu, the peanut butter semifreddo. We were told to eat this one quickly lest it starts to melt. It is basically Chef Jason Fox’s interpretation of a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup. And boy, did it taste like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup! There’s salted caramel brushed onto the plate to go with the semifreddo, and the white powdered clumps in the corner of the plate? That, my friends, is powdered popcorn. This plate is genius. A lovely port was served with this dish.

 

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Dark chocolate truffles and 

With the bill came a black slate of complimentary dessert bites, consisting of coffee chocolate truffle cubes and maple candy. What we saw on the bill was even more incredible. We were not charged for the extra appetizers we ordered on top of the tasting menu, nor were we charged for the extra dishes they brought out. Even more impressive was all of the extra wine pairings weren’t charged either. We were only charged for 4 Chef’s Tasting Menus and 2 wine pairings. Incredible. Our hostess went way above and beyond to make sure we had a memorable dining experience and we certainly did.

Thank you, Commonwealth, for making this meal in San Francisco my absolute favourite. From the moment we stepped in the door to when we left 3 hours later, you took care of us to the utmost detail and for that, we are all so appreciative of the experience. I hope to come back the next time I’m in town!

 

The Verdict

One of the most amazing meals I’ve ever had and experienced. Their attention to detail is supreme, from presentation, the flavours, all the way down to what kind of dish to plate it on. You will not be disappointed when you come here. Make your reservations early and be prepared to have your mind blown away!

 

The Place

Commonwealth
2224 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
415-355-1500

Written by Jessica

April 16th, 2014 at 11:12 am

Posted in Food,Restaurant

Laneige Water Bank Essence

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Laneige Water Bank Essence - packaging
Laneige Water Bank Essence

The Water Bank Essence is like a serum – it’s to be used after toner but before your moisturizer. The one I have is part of the 2013 Waterful Sharing Campaign that I explained here.

The Packaging

Laneige Water Bank Essence - nozzle
Nozzle and lid 

The essence is packaged in a beautiful pump bottle with clear lid. For my skin type, one pump is enough for a light application during the day. Two pumps is great for deep moisturizing at night. There is 60ml in this bottle.

 

The Product

The essence is opaque white in colour, and has a watery gel-like consistency. It absorbs into the skin really easily and has a very pleasant, light fragrance to it. There is no sticky or greasy feeling after application.

 

The Verdict

Love it. I love the whole line. Even though you could one product and use it on its own, I do believe it is more effective to have several from the same line so that you really get all the benefits from the line. I currently use the essence, eye gel cream, and gel cream from the Water Bank line, and my skin is soft and hydrated without any signs of dryness. I highly recommend this to all of you, especially now that it’s now easier to obtain in North America!

 

Where to Buy – $45 CAD

Written by Jessica

April 14th, 2014 at 9:15 am

Posted in Beauty,face,skincare

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel Cream

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Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel Cream - packaging
Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel Cream

Today I’ll be telling you about Laneige’s Eye Gel Cream from their Water Bank line. From the hydration line, this claims to soothe tired eyes and provide 24hr of moisture relief.

 

The Packaging

From the above picture, it comes in a glossy box, a small pot containing 25ml of product, and small white paddle for scooping product out.

 

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel Cream - inner lid
Inner lid and seal

Like with the Water Bank Gel Cream, after you unscrew the lid, there is an inner lid and seal to ensure no tampering has occurred with the product.

 

The Product

Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel Cream - product
Gel cream 

The consistency of the eye gel cream is thicker than that of the Water Bank Gel Cream, but still has a cooling, soothing element. A little bit goes a long way, and this 25ml pot will last you a very long time. It has been 3 months and I am almost halfway through. I like to use it under the eyes in the morning, and then under the eyes again as well as on the eyelids at night before bed. I have not had any issues with dry skin around the eyes ever since using this product.

There is a fragrance to the eye gel cream that is very similar to that of the Water Bank Gel Cream, but not as strong. I like the fragrance so it doesn’t bother me.

 

The Verdict

Given how long this pot is lasting me, I definitely recommend it. I’ll admit, sometimes I will dab a little bit under my nose on the days when my nose is runny, for that extra bit of hydration to keep it from drying out and cracking. It works quite well!

 

Where to Buy – $39 CAD

Written by Jessica

April 13th, 2014 at 10:13 am

Posted in Beauty,eyes,skincare

March 2014 Empties

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March 2014 Empties
More empties!

Shiseido Facial Cotton

It’s true what they say, that once you try this, you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it in the first place. These facial cottons are supremely soft and feel heavenly. I have heard of some people cutting them in half to get more use out of them. I didn’t do that, and 165 sheets lasted me nearly 3 months (one in the morning, one at night). Definitely a repurchase.

Neutrogena All-in-One Removing Cleansing Wipes

These are my all time favourite makeup remover wipes. Not only do they take off your makeup, but they take off eye makeup and mascara as well! I do have a little bit of residue leftover when it comes to waterproof mascara and eyeliner, but for everything else, it works really well. I was pleasantly surprised to see them available at my local Costco when I was there a couple weeks ago. It’s definitely a great buy if you or someone you know has a membership. It’s a large box that contains 3 large packs plus 2 travel size packs. I’m definitely repurchasing these.

Barefoot Venus Shea Butter Hand Cream in Lychee Luxe

A hand lotion that is rich and feels so velvety soft. If it isn’t for the fact that it’s difficult to find in Canada, let alone online, I would probably repurchase this. The fragrance is strong, but I like it so it doesn’t bother me.

Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2

This used to be my holy grail toner until I decided to try some other brands out there. It still gives that squeaky clean feeling and preps my skin nicely for serums and moisturizers. Those with dry, cracked skin steer clear of this particular formula – it will sting!

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel and Night Cream

Finished off the rest of my Jurlique samples. I do like it, but I don’t find it that much different from other skin care that I’ve been using. Probably will not purchase this again.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP

This stuff is honestly amazing for my hands. I can honestly say it replenishes the skin’s moisture and restores cracks the quickest out of all hand creams I’ve tried. It is pricey, but for my hands and the abuse it goes through at work, it just might be worth it.

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion+

This is one of the samples I received in a past Sephora order. I can understand why there’s such a huge cult following for this sunscreen. It’s extremely liquidy, but when you apply it to the face, it dries to an almost powder-like matte finish! What sunscreen does that? There was only enough in the package for one full face and neck application which made me a little sad. The price for this is pretty steep ($49 for 50ml!!)

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Written by Jessica

April 11th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Posted in Beauty,empties,face,hands