Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Infusion

I don’t quite know how it’s happened, but I turn 30 this year (gulp)… sadly, almost 30 years on this earth has left me noticing fine lines & bags under my eyes, and it’s getting worse. Everyone I know that has tried the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair range has raved about it, so I thought I’d give the Eye Serum Infusion a go at tackling my problem.

It comes in a 15ml tube with a pump applicator – one squirt gives you enough product for both eyes – it really is a tiny amount but a little goes a long way – one bottle will definitely last me a while.

The first thing I notice about the Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum is how hydrating it is. I like to do a little experiment with myself when I apply it in the mornings – I push my cheek upwards to look at my wrinkles, then apply the serum and do the same again – the difference is amazing. It contains Hyaluronic acid which locks in moisture and I definitely see the results of that most prominently. 
It also contains technology to reduce the signs of damage due to pollution, as well as Exclusive Chronolux Technology which helps your skins natural renewal process to improve the look of the skin around the eye. Anti-oxidants which neutralise the free radicals found in the environment before they can cause future damage are also included – so a product which both repairs and protects.
The serum itself is applied morning and night, alone or under eye cream. I’ve been using it for 3 weeks without an eye cream but already noticing results – as well as my eye area feeling much more hydrated, my puffy bags have reduced, and the fine lines and darker areas are less noticeable.

It is very comfortable to wear – it’s lightweight, seems to sink in to the skin immediately and leaves the skin under my eyes feeling soft. I don’t like using heavy products around my eye as I am aware of how delicate and thin the skin is – this serum seems to have the perfect consistency for me, which is almost water-like.

I will continue to use it and can’t wait for it to keep improving my eye area – 20 year old skin, here I come!

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Infusion costs £45 for 15ml from Selfridges.

January Empties

I’ve been saving up my empty containers to show you what I’ve used up, and my thoughts on the products. It’s more like November, December and January empties – but this is it….

one – Origins Modern Friction  – This is a facial exfoliater which I have had for a while and only used about half of. It is very lemony smelling, which I love – but that combined with the rough bits which exfoliate your skin, going in your eyes as you rinse it off = nightmare. It didn’t do anything amazing for my skin, didn’t slough off enough dead cells for my liking, and where I’ve left it for a while, it’s gone all sticky and gloopy. I won’t be repurchasing!

two – Moroccanoil Treatment – I have since repurchased this as this is a product I never want to be with out. It does an amazing job at taming hair, smoothing it down and making it feel a lot more healthy. The smell is fabulous – I just love it. Whether you have straight or curly hair, this is just a wonder product – there’s also a ‘light’ version for those with thinner hair.

three – Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-up Remover – I only bought this as a cheap stop-gap but I’ve already bought another, I was impressed. It’s very gentle yet effective, even getting stubborn eye make up off. So cheap, so gentle – it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. Win!

four – Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation -Yes, this was also on my last ’empties’ post that I did – well that’s because I just keep rebuying and rebuying! Defintely the best foundation for my skin that I have found. It’s still not 100% perfect, but it’s my favourite for now.

five – Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation – As a product, I adore this compact foundation. I use it as a blotting powder to get rid of any shine on a night out, but it also has some covering properties – some of my friends use this alone as a foundation. The only issue I have is that it smashes in my bag. I don’t really know a way round it, seeing as I want to carry it around with me for those shiny moments?!

six – Laura Mercier Translucent Powder – A great powder which has no colour and doesn’t look cakey when it’s applied. Does a good job at setting foundation – I’d use it again but not in a hurry to go and rebuy it.

seven – MAC Stereo Rose MSF – This was sold as part of the ‘In The Groove’ collection and was limited edition. I was absolutely gutted as it’s one of my favourite products EVER. Luckily someone on Twitter sold me theirs – thank you thank you thank you! It is the most gorgeous coral shade with a hint of frosty highlight on it – mmmm gorgeous!

eight – MAC All That Glitters eyeshadow – I love this pale gold shadow from MAC – it’s frosty without the shimmer which I find hard to find in gold shadows. I tend to wear this most days as a base for my eyeshadow. I will definitely be repurchasing as soon as I can.

nine – MAC Sable eyeshadow – This is another of my favourite MAC shadows that I wear most days. This works really well as a colour to define your eyes – in the outer third (I love teaming this with All That Glitters, and then Mulch in the crease), but also works just as nicely over the whole lid. It’s a velvet browny coppery colour. I rebought immediately. Can’t do without it!

ten – Rimmel Flash Eyeliner – This is the first pen eyeliner I’d used and I loved it – it has a thin, pointed tip which makes getting to the inner corner of your eye easy, and wider for the wider part of your lid. It glides on without being ‘wet’ and doesn’t drag your eye as you draw.

So there you have it – although I just realised I’ve missed one off! I think I’ll have to start doing this monthly?!

I’d had a request to do more videos, so I’ve also done this as a video – if you’d like to watch, click below…

Hope you enjoyed! x

The Foundation Quest Continues

Following on from my disastrous results with Guerlain’s Extreme foundation (see earlier post), I attempted to take it back. I had bought it in John Lewis in Watford and tried taking it back at Bluewater. Becky at the counter was really lovely and friendly and explained that without a receipt (arghhhh – where is it?!) she couldn’t take it back, as per John Lewis’ policy – but I could take it back to Watford and get a refund. Great, totally not my way at all! She went on to say she’d have recommended the Lingerie De Peau to me, which is ironically what I’d gone to get in the first place! She gave me enough samples to last me 6 days and matched my skin shade as a 03, just by looking at me, and seemed shocked to see that I had previously been matched as an 02. She said that she’d ring me to book me in to get to the bottom of it and maybe need to tweak my skin care.

I tried the Lingerie De Peau today and 03 is most definitely too dark for me. I felt like the biggest fat-face without any definition and like I had freaking obvious different colour foundation on. Becky had recommended to apply it using my fingers, which I did – it felt nice on the skin, smelt good and had a slight sheen. Due to the bad colour match I felt so uncomfortable, and after 3 hours the foundation had gone completely streaky and disgusting – so that’s that one off the list!

I had been recommended YSL’s Teint Resist, which claims to be oil free, long lasting and transfer resistant. The YSL counter was next to Guerlain in John Lewis, so I had to go to House of Fraser so Becky wouldn’t see! The sale assistant was really chatty and ‘normal’ – she sat me down and colour matched me as a 4, and sent me on my way with a little pot with a few days worth in it.

The finish is semi-matte which translates beautifully as there is a slight sheen without looking shiny. The smell of it is really fresh and clean and it feels great to put on. I was also recommended to use my fingers with this one…..

I felt like this one looked fab – I felt good secretly thinking ‘this is the one, this is it!’

Spoke to soon – 3.5 hours later I looked like this….

which, ok, doesn’t look tooooooooo bad, but how about if I was outside, or in more light, or a different angle?

Slick!

I decided to try it again yesterday, and this time I buffed it in using a kabuki brush once I’d applied it, and then reapplied over the areas that seemed to need it. I used the kabuki whenever I felt I needed a bit of a de-shine and I was impressed. I forgot to take a pic of the end of the day, it definitely lasted longer, and wore in a nicer way. Here it was after I’d initially applied it:

The other foundation I got a sample of was Estee Lauder’s Double Wear. I used to use this regularly but stopped as I remember it seemed so mask-like. I think now that it might have been a case of a bad colour-match and me being a bit heavy handed with my application as the results I’ve had this time haven’t been like that at all.

I was colour matched using a swatch chart like you’d get in a paint shop! The sales assistant matched me as Sand which seems to be a good match. She recommended using a foundation brush, and seeing as I already had the Estee Lauder foundation brush, used that when I applied it. With ‘mask’ in the back of my mind I applied it little by little and built it up – this was the finished result:

It is definitely the most matte of the 3 foundations I’ve sampled this weekend, and my skin did feel tight. I could see that the dry areas of my face were more noticeable so extra exfoliation would be required.

Sunday was a sunny day and I had a job which was outside, with the sun on me, and this foundation held up, I was so impressed! Yes, I had a sheen after about 5 hours but it was a sheen rather than me being shiny – and the foundation was still there! You can see my pores on my forehead (where the Hell have they come from and how can I get rid of them?!), but I think that’s the case with any foundations sadly. I took this shot in my car after my shoot – this was after 5.5 hours of working, being in the sun, running around…..

I feel bad because whenever anyone has said to me they’d like to try Double Wear I’ve warned them off saying that it’s too thick and mask-like and don’t do it! I take back everything I’ve said!

It is the most obvious of the 3 foundations, but it does its job and that’s just what I’m looking for. I will definitely be purchasing Double Wear asap, and if I manage to get a refund on the Guerlain (I’m going to try calling the head office and seeing if I can send it back, or if not will have to trek over to Watford again) will also get the Teint Resist for days that I’m feeling a little more confident skin-wise.

I don’t know if anyone else can relate, but since this whole foundation fiasco has started my self confidence has sunk – I have felt so ugly, like I can’t do my make up, like everyone is looking at me, that I have terrible skin….. but now I feel like I have a solution, that there’s light at the end of the tunnel 🙂