Kerstin Florian Skincare Review and Swatches

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Have you heard of Kerstin Florian skincare? I knew NOTHING about the brand, until I collaborated with Skinstore last year. Skinstore asked me to post about women & everyday confidence and they also sent me some products. Well Kerstin Florian skincare is very HIGH END (luxury skincare company) that can be found in professional spas. Their products can be found at Nordstrom, Skinstore, SkincareRx, just to name a few! I've had a chance to try their products, and below are my thoughts.

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  Kerstin Florian Skincare is Sweet


Kerstin Florian Clarifying Exfoliating Scrub ($50)

I love this exfoliating scrub! It has jojoba seeds (buff away dead skin cells), lactic acid (cell turnover & surface debris), sweet almond oil (nourish skin), chamomile  extract (calm inflammation), geranium (clarity & balance). This scrub is creamy and has just the right amount of exfoliants to get the job. I dislike harsh scrubs and this did not irritate my dry/sensitive skin. My skin felt both clean and soft after using this product. The only thing I didn't particularly care for was the scent. It's floral. I'm not a big fan of scented skincare products. But that didn't stop it's effectiveness.

Kerstin Florian Complete Daily Cleanser ($50)

This cleanser was cool. It was opal. Very creamy. It did have a medicine scent. It cleansed my face well and removed everything. It has witch hazel (antiseptic, reduce pore size properties), chamomile (calming properties), algae & aloe vera (calm, hydrate & balance skin), tocopheryl acetate (protection from free radicals - antioxidant vitamin e). I think this cleanser would be better suited for normal, combination and oily skin types. I was looking at their website and their Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk would be better suited for Sensitive & Dry Skin. But while using this, I DID NOT experience any redness, dry patches or negative effects. I just had to follow up with a moisturizer.

Kerstin Florian Refining Toner ($45)

This toner is very refreshing! There's an opening at the top where you have to shake the product out. I wish it was more of a spray. This has a light floral scent. The job of this toner is to lift away impurities, excess oil and dulling cells with hydroxy acids. It has salicylic acid, phytic acid, witch hazel, oleanic acid, olive leaf extract boerhavia diffusa root extract and niacinamide. I think this would be better for Normal & Combination Skin Types. They have a Clarifying Oil Control Toner for Oily Skin Types and a Rejuvenating Thermal Tonic which I think would be great for Dry Skin Types like myself. I didn't have any problems while using this particular toner! It was refreshing to my skin.

Kerstin Florian Neroli Water ($35)

It definitely delivers on what it claims! REFRESH, OXYGENATE and HYDRATE! This sprays as a MIST! So I love that :) It dries down nicely and your skin feels everything above. The ingredients for this is Bitter Orange Flower Water. It has a distinct floral scent. That's the only thing I don't care for. But it's effectiveness is fab.

Kerstin Florian BerryPlus Repair Serum ($84)

I love this serum because it's NOT STICKY, lightweight, sinks into the skin and leaves it feeling refreshed & soft. The ingredients for this serum are raspberry cell culture (antioxidant, anti-flammatory, cell regeneration), larch extract (attracts & binds moisture to the skin), and goji, camu camu & australian wild berry extracts (supports the skin cellular matrix & protection from free radicals and sun damage). This is an excellent serum for the skin. You immediately see & feel the difference in your skin after using this. The scent for this reminded me of wild berries.

Kerstin Florian Liposome Day Creme ($55)

MOISTURIZER! This moisturizer would work really good for Normal, Combination and Oily skin types. It's creamy, white and lightweight! But it didn't provide enough moisture for me. I have dry/sensitive skin, so I think the Kerstin Florian Rejuvenating 24 hour moisture creme would be more beneficial to my skin. The ingredients for this moisturizer is Vitamin E (moisture, protectant), Horse Chestnut Seed Extract (soothe inflammation, strengthen capillary walls, help skin tone & texture), Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Panax Ginseng, Sweet Broom & Elderberry Extracts (offer superior anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to improve skin function and appearance). This creme has a woody scent.

Final Thoughts: Kerstin Florian is an EXCELLENT skincare line. None of the products affected me negatively. My skin looked great. It's just a matter of using the right products for your skin type (they do offer try me kits). The turn-off for me, was the fragrant scent in some of their products. I wish those were left out. I'm not sure if the fragrances are natural because of the ingredients (if so maybe there is nothing they can do about it). My skin stayed clear the entire time while using these products. I had one break out before I started using this skincare line and none of these products got rid of it. But I did notice they do have blemish & acne products. So that would probably solve that! Hope this review helps :)

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer Review and Swatches

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The last concealer in my makeup stash to review, is Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer. MANY people have gotten GREAT RESULTS using this concealer! Many have also said, this was a great dupe for Tarte's Shape Tape Concealer. I had to give it a try! Well, unfortunately my results didn't turn out the same. WHY ME? On Maybelline's website, this concealer is offered in six (6) shades. I always go with medium (130). The packaging is ok (on Maybelline's website I read a number of reviews complaining about faulty packaging, with the twist top; I didn't have a problem with mine, but I can see where this could be a problem)! The packaging is sleek. You twist the top (the clicking becomes a bit annoying), so product can be released. The sponge applicator is soft and applies the concealer well. The concealer is creamy and feels great to the skin. The first problem I noticed, was coverage. This did not do a good job concealing under my eyes, chin or cheeks. Medium seemed really COOL toned on me, which made me look DEAD/ASHY. I had a flashback to when I tried a Rimmel Foundation in 2015 (my older readers may remember that one). Michael Jackson Zombie Thriller much! LOL I also noticed a lot of reviews on their website mentioning that it is not dark skin friendly. From my experience, I have to agree. I plan on trying more concealers, but right now my faves are Tarte Shape Tape & Too Faced Born This Way Concealer. I really need good coverage and both offer some hydration to the skin. I've heard good things about Maybelline's FIT ME line. Maybe that would be a better match? Anyone try? Does anyone know if it's compatible with dry skin?

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer is Bittersweet 

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Review and Swatches

Monday, July 17, 2017

Recently, Benefit Cosmetics changed the PACKAGING (not formula or shade selection) for ALL of their concealers. My pictures are of the OLD PACKAGING. I also included pictures of the NEW PACKAGING, along with their descriptions below. In 2012, I gave Benefit's Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer a SWEET rating. I felt it concealed problem areas very well. It still does, as you can see from my picture below. It's now 2017 ... I know a lot more about makeup and I'm downgrading it to Bittersweet. There are two major reasons! One, this concealer is only offered in three (3) shades: light, light/medium and medium. If that is not limited, I don't know what is! This is 2017 Benefit Cosmetics! When are you going to start expanding your shade selection to include people of color? You took time to change your packaging, but didn't take time to expand your shade selection? That would've been THE BEST time to make changes. Secondly, back in 2014 I tried their Big Easy Foundation. I swatched the darker shades and it pulled ORANGE on my skin when I went outside (in the outside light)! I've never tried their Hello Flawless Foundation, which is offered in ten (10) shades. But now after re-trying my Benefit Boing Concealer, IT PULLS ORANGE! I made a gif of it on my hand and if you look on the left ... as my hand turns, it's orange. If you're fair or light, their foundations/concealers shouldn't be a problem. But medium skin tones on up, should swatch and GO OUTSIDE to make sure it doesn't look orange on you. I just feel Benefit needs to do more testing on people of color. They can be so hit or miss.

supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff) 
  Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer is Bittersweet