A quick haul post and first thoughts on the products…

by Jess on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 · 24 comments

Hello! I feel like I haven’t shared a haul post for quite a while, and since the weather over here is foggy and dull most of the time making it a harder task to take proper photographs, I thought I would just do a quick show and review. Here are a few products that I picked up recently.


Guerlain Abeille Royale Up-Lifting Eye Care

I have been using this eye cream for about two three weeks now. I love the cream consistency that is not overly rich, but just rich enough to leave my dry and delicate eye area feeling well moisturized. It applies smoothly and absorbs nicely. I feel that it has a nice de-puffing effect, as I noticed I wake up with more rested-looking eyes in the morning.


Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse

Makeup removal and cleansing is the first step in order to get clear and healthy skin. Residues of makeup, oil and dirt will clog up the pores and cause zits.

I got this Cleanser after reading Reika’s awesome review, since the description of her skin condition exactly could be that of mine. My skin is pretty unbalanced lately due to intense stress and lack of sleep. It is very dehydrated and sensitive, but at the same time annoyingly breaking out.

I have been using the Extra Balm Rinse every night for more than a week now, and I’m very enjoying it. The consistency feels like a somewhat waxy gel-balm that needs some effort to spread. But once you start massaging it onto your skin, the resulting warmth will make it a lot smoother and easier to work with.

After using this balm, I’ll reach for my beloved and trusted Kanebo Sensai Silky Purifying Creamy Soap to get rid of all residues. I have noticed that my skin has become clearer and more calmed since I started using, so I definitely will re-purchase.

If I had to criticize something about this product, then it would probably be the heavy glass jar the balm comes in. It looks lovely in the bath for sure, but it is such a ‘diffcult-to travel-with-product’.


Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mascara Feline Blacks Waterproof

I have just used this mascara once since I got it. I would like to try it out a few times more before making my statement.


Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation ~ 3

This has become my favorite liquid foundation besides the Chanel Vitalumière Aqua (which I have yet to review)! All I can say about the Designer Lift Foundation is: PERFECTION! Perfect color match – beautifully brightens up the complexion and evens out the redness, perfect consistency – spreads and blends effortlessly, perfect lightweight feel, perfect finish – smooth and dewy.


Origins Zero Oil Pore purifying Toner with Saw Palmetto and Mint

This is my second bottle already. I have used this toner some time back when my skin was prone to break outs. It contains salicylic acid, which is a common ingredient in skincare products to prevent or fight acne. It’s alcohol-free though. I like this toner as it is not harsh and too drying for my dehydrated and sensitive skin.


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex

This is probably one of the best known serums on the market I think. Nevertheless, I have never felt the urge to try it out even though I  heard and read a lot of raves. Honestly, I have been quite skeptical about this product. I don’t exactly know why actually…. Perhaps because of the bad experience I had to encounter with Estee Lauder skincare products quite a few years back.

The reason why I finally decided to try this serum has to be my cousin. She has been suffering from severe acne scars and pigmentation. And then after a month since she started to use this serum, her skin has significantly improved. The acne scars and pigmentation were so much less visible, and we also noticed an overall brighter and smoother skin.

I have been using it for more than a week now, and so far I’m really liking it too. I will report back in depth at a later time!


I hope the quick reviews were helpful. Thank you for reading!

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Rainy Days & Lattes December 14, 2011 at 07:43

I love your mini reviews =) I really have to invest in the Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse… it sounds like a fantastic product. My skin’s been sensitive lately and I can’t explain it except maybe to use better makeup removers?

The Estee Lauder one is good. I’ve read amazing reviews on that night repair and seen lots of before/after pics :)
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Jess December 14, 2011 at 16:07

Hi Rainy Days & Lattes! I’m glad that you enjoy my mini reviews! Yes, the Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse is a really good product! I feel that when my makeup is removed thoroughly, my skin gets less irritated.


Jamilla December 14, 2011 at 08:48

Glad you finally got your Suqqu! I love the Lash Queen and the Armani Designer Lift Foundation – but I bought shade 6 in anticipation of my trip to Hawaii!
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Jess December 14, 2011 at 16:09

Hi Jamilla! Yes, finally received all of my SUQQU stuff! Thank you! Will be posting about them soon!


Jennifer Huang December 14, 2011 at 13:38

Oh, love the haul! i hope to see reviews soon when you’ve tried them out ^^
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Jess December 14, 2011 at 16:10

Hi Jennifer! Thank you for stopping by! I will do a proper review on the products as soon as I have tried out.


Lily December 14, 2011 at 16:04

I absolutely love Estee Lauder’s ANR and Bobbi Brown’s Extra Balm Rinse! Sounds like we have similar skin condition at the moment, dehydrated but with some breakouts. My dermatologist explained in layman terms that my skin is oily underneath and because the surface is dehydrated, pores get blocked – hence, breakouts. Or something like that. LOL!
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Jess December 14, 2011 at 16:23

Hi Lily! Yes, seems like many girls are dealing with this skin condition these days. The cold weather outside and dry and heated rooms inside are also quite a factor that causes the imbalance.

I’m glad to hear that you are loving both the Estee Lauder ANR and the Bobbi Brown Extra Balm Rinse too! :)


Kat December 14, 2011 at 20:17

I love reading reviews of products that I haven’t tried. It helps me to discover new products that I may not have heard of or start lemming for something that sounds good. Thank you for the mini reviews.
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Jess December 14, 2011 at 23:50

Hi Kat! I’m really glad to hear that my mini reviews are helpful. Yes, by looking through other peoples’ haul and review posts, I discovered quite a few products which I wouldn’t have considered much.


Madness December 15, 2011 at 01:17

Hi Jess! I answered has your so kind comment on my blog! I really look forward to reading your review on Armani Designer, 3 can will be my match! Love your blog..

Bisous bisous,

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Jess December 16, 2011 at 00:19

Hi Madness! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I love your photography of the products!


Jacqueline December 15, 2011 at 03:48

Hi Jess, I would love to know more about the GA Designer Lift foundation, I have been contemplating getting it. Your description makes me lem it more.
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Jess December 15, 2011 at 03:54

Hi Jacqueline! I do my best to do a in depth review on it as soon as time allows. It’s a very good foundation for getting a luminous and dewy finish!


Tiffany December 15, 2011 at 08:35

Thank you for this post. I always enjoy reading other reviews of different skin care products…though it makes me want to try everything! heh. The BB Extra Balm Rinse sounds pretty interesting though. I feel like I never do enough work to get off al the residue of make-up/whatnots at night. ><


Jess December 15, 2011 at 15:26

Hi Tiffany! Yes, thorough removal of all residues of makeup and other buildups during the day is so important for a beautiful and healthy skin!


Penelope December 15, 2011 at 12:05

Thanks for the reviews. They all sound so good! I especially like the sound of the Giorgio Armani Foundation. I’ve not tried thr advanced night repair before either, but have heard so many good things about it.
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Jess December 15, 2011 at 15:27

Hi Penelope! You will love the Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation! ;)


Nani December 15, 2011 at 23:53

Well hello there, gorgeous ; D It’s been a while really. I’m not sure if it’s because you rarely update, or if Blogger dash is just messin’ with me. -__-” super frustrating, indeed. Your pictures always look pro, so you shouldn’t really worry! : D I want a new, SUPERB quali cam so bad tho!
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Jess December 16, 2011 at 00:23

Hi Nani! Yes, it’s been a while indeed! I haven’t been able to update on a regular basis these days, since work has become overly busy. Sigh…

Anyways, I’m glad you love my pictures! This actually means a lot to me, as I always try to take the ‘best’ captures that I’m able to. A DSLR really has a big impact on the quality of the photos. How about putting a DSLR to your Christmas wishlist? ;)


Rei December 16, 2011 at 13:23

Hi Jess I am sure you know that I love every single product featured in the post right! :) Look forward to your thoughts on the EL ANR, I used it years back and it didn’t do much to my skin, I hope the reformulated one works!


Jess December 17, 2011 at 01:46

Hi Rei! And you know that a lot of products that I purchased lately are inspired by you, right? I will do a more detailed review on the Estee Lauder ANR! I remember I had a sample of the old formulation few years back, and I wasn’t really liking it neither. But with this new formulated ANR I’m quite happy with so far!

But the La Mer Concentrate is still in my head! :p


Megan December 18, 2011 at 02:43

Thank for the great review Jess.
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worshipblues December 20, 2011 at 16:45

I love that mascara soooooooo much x
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