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Son And Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow – Review and Swatches

The Story

Truth be told, I’ve never really been into Korean beauty/skincare all that much. I just do what I can to make sure my dry skin keeps looking healthy and moisturized, as best I can.

However, I’d been eyeing the Son And Park Beauty Filter Cream Glow for ages on Sephora, and when I finally decided to spend $32 on it, of course, of course it promptly went out of stock.

So, then, last weekend, I was prowling around my local Sephora, looking for stuff to blow money on, when I came across a few boxes of this cream placed snugly inside the K-Beauty section.

Naturally, I picked one up without another thought, purchased it, and brought it home. And man, am I glad I did.

Says Sephora:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A lightweight, quick-absorbing cream that provides coverage, brightens the skin tone, and primes skin for makeup application.

Solutions for:
– Uneven skin tone
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Dryness

If you want to know more…
Introducing the secret to glowing, picture-perfect skin. Son & Park, the K-beauty brand that brought you the cult classic Beauty Water, has created a lightweight base cream that’s packed with flower extracts you’ll love, including lily, rose, and jasmine. This whipped cream contains pearl to illuminate the complexion and rosa damascena flower to help control sebum production. After using the filter cream, your skin will look brighter, smoother, and more even, as if you actually put a real life filter on it.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is free of artificial fragrance, petrolatum, benzyl alcohol, chlorphenesin, BHT, TEA, mineral oil, and talc.

You get 40g for $32.

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My Winter Skincare Routine for my very dry skin – it works!

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I have incredibly dry skin, and Cleveland winters do nothing to help that. Back in Pakistan, my skin was probably best described as combination skin; it even got a bit oily in the summers.

Here in the USA, however, it is usually drier than the Sahara, and painfully parched in the colder months.

So, to make sure I don’t get any lines, wrinkles, dry patches, cracked lips, pimples, and a myriad of other skin problems in the winter, I have devised this skincare routine to keep my skin looking healthy and hydrated. I have mentioned which products I use mainly at night.

Side note: I guess this goes without saying, but please drink water no matter what skin type you have. It does a ton of sh!t for your skin and body besides quenching your thirst. Thank you. PSA over.

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josie maran argan infinity creamy oil review

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil Review


The Story

My skin is crazy dry, and the freezing cold winters in Cleveland are NO HELP AT ALL. So, I was on the search for a product that could give my skin the moisture it was begging for, and after reading multiple good reviews of the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil, I popped in at my local Sephora and bought this not-so-little guy.

Says Sephora about the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil:

What it is:
An innovative, 99 percent natural creamy oil with an infinite number of uses such as hydrating skin, conditioning lips, and illuminating complexion.

What it is formulated to do:
One creamy oil, infinite possibilities. This makeup artist must-have delivers all the moisturizing benefits of argan oil in a portable, non-greasy, creamy oil form. The innovative formula starts as a cream and melts into an oil, making your complexion more luminous while tightening facial contours and preventing inflammation. Use it to hydrate and gently soothe under-eyes, smooth flyaways, keep eyebrows in place, and condition lips. Mix it with powder blush or eyeshadow to instantly transform it into a cream.

Suggested Usage:
Use Argan Infinity Cream to:
-Deeply moisturize dry areas of the face.
-Soothe irritated skin caused by rosacea, wind, or sunburn.
-Soften elbows, heels, and other rough patches.
-Keep stray eyebrows in place.
-Smooth flyaways.
-Moisturize at night.
-Prevent razor burn and irritation.
-Prevent skin dehydration during airline travel.
-Apply as a lip conditioner before lipstick.
-Apply over lip stain for a silky finish.
-Lightly dab on eyelids before applying eyeshadow.
-Apply before or after using cheek stain to improve blendability.
-Transform powder eyeshadow or pigment into a cream by mixing with Infinity Cream.
-Mix with a powder luminizer to create a light, shimmery lip balm.
-Use as a subtle face highlighter to illuminate cheekbones, lips, and brow bones.
-Mix with a powder blush to create a silky cream blush or colored lip balm.
-Hydrate and plump dry, swollen under-eyes.
-Apply to fingertips and toes to hydrate and soften cuticles.
-Quench skin post-sunburn.


-100% Pure Argan Oil: Nourishes and hydrates skin.

Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit**, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate**, Beeswax**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)**, Glyceryl Dibehenate**, Tribehenin**, Glyceryl Behenate**, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil**, Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil**, Abyssinian Oil (Crambe Abyssinica) Seed Oil**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract**, Soybean Glycerides**, Linoleic Acid**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil** Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter**, Aleurites Moluccana Seed (Kukui Nut) Oil**, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil**.

*Organic. **Natural.

You get a whopping 65ml/2.2oz for $28.

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Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil - Review and Swatches

Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil – Review and Swatches


Says Sephora about the ~ holographic ~ Josie Maran Argan Moonstone Drops Makeup Priming and Highlighting Oil:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A makeup priming, holographic highlighting treatment oil powered by Josie’s quick-absorbing 100% Pure Argan Oil Light and pore-smoothing priming pearls for boosted elasticity, glowy radiance, and makeup-ready skin.

Solutions for:
– Dullness and uneven texture
– Dryness

If you want to know more…
Get a holographic moonlit glow with Josie’s weightless moonstone potion that highlights, primes, hydrates, and smooths. Argan-powered essential nutrients nourish and treat the skin while multicolored coated priming pearls illuminate and awaken your complexion. Easily transform any look with these iridescent drops: mix with your foundation for a perfectly dewy look, add a few to your lips for a glowing pout, or bring extra light to cheekbones with one single drop. The 100% Pure Argan Oil Light nourishes and hydrates while PhytoVie Defense®, a plant-based antioxidant, helps fight against skin-aging free radical damage and extends makeup wear. Lemongrass lavender essential oils enhance your mood and calm redness. Skin is left juicy, glowing, protected, and smooth. Let’s glow to the moon.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

You get a nice 50 ml bottle for a not-so-nice $48.

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Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream review and swatches

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream Review

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream review and swatches

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream Review

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream Review



Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream, oh, how I love you.

How I long to slather your creaminess all over my face, how I desire to bathe in your luxuriousness, how I yearn to be enveloped by your ethereal scent.


Story time!

When I used to watch Sex And The City a few years back, I was so intrigued with the lifestyle of Charlotte York-Goldenblatt. Charlotte was beautiful, she dressed well, she had the kind of job which was portrayed as interesting and sophisticated (art dealer), she lived in a Park Avenue apartment, she married a man who truly loved her, and eventually, she settled into a life of domestic bliss with her adorable family.

Charlotte was sophisticated. She was posh. She was bougie.

(Of course, above all, she was a compassionate, kind person who tried her best to be there for friends and family. But this post is not about that. It’s about her bougie-ness.)

Anyhow, when I apply the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream, Charlotte York-Goldenblatt is who I am reminded of.

This is the eye cream I imagine she pats onto her under-eye every night, as she sits comfortably on a plush ottoman in the dimly-lit, Cleanscented boudoir of her Park Avenue apartment.

The the texture, the packaging, the scent of this cream all scream luxury, sophistication, refinement, elegance. They all scream Charlotte York-Goldenblatt.

~takes a long, deep breath~

~Inhale. Exhale.~

Well. Ok, then!

Now that I’m done proclaiming my love for Charlotte, and comparing her to this cream, let’s go over the basics of this eye cream.

The 411

(Sidenote: do people still use that phrase? “The 411”? Am I getting old?)

This eye cream is available in Sephora and Ulta, and it retails for a whopping $57 for 15 ml.

I, too, was initially blown away by the price-to-quantity ratio, but for me, this product is well worth the investment.

You need only the tiniest dot of product to provide your under-eye with a silky, rich burst of hydration that will last all day. Seriously. This cream is so rich, and so potent, and so powerfully hydrating, that I cannot wear it under my makeup in the daytime. It is too emollient for that, and I feel it does not fully absorb under makeup.

Despite that flaw, I use it as a night cream and boy, do I love using it that way.

Each night, I treat myself to a tiny little amount of this eye cream (like 1/4 of a pea-size is more than enough to cover my entire orbital bone), and each morning I wake up to a plump-looking under-eye area.

I am not really old, still in my early twenties, so most people would argue that I don’t really need such intensive eye care. However, I have very dry skin, especially around my eyes and lips, and this more than takes care of that.

The key is to start with a very small amount, because too much will leave you with a greasy, clogged face.

This cream does have mineral oil as an ingredient, and I usually break out because of mineral oil, but I have yet to experience any breakouts or milia with this cream. I have been using it for nearly two months now.

Like I mentioned, it is also scented. The scent is not over-powering at all; it is in fact a delicate, sophisticated scent that lingers for a minute or two after application, and then fades away. Scented products usually bother my skin, but this one does not.

TLDR; This is a wonderfully rich and moisturising eye cream which takes away any dry patches or lines that are showing on my face, and provides 24-hour hydration despite being applied only once a day (before bed). A little goes a very long way; I’ve had my jar for two months now, and it has barely a dent in it.

Needless to say, I love this cream and I will definitely repurchase it when I run out. I will also update this post with new thoughts once I have finished my current jar.

With Shiseido’s Benefiance eye cream, they have a chance at it.

Laniege Water Bank Moisture Cream


I received the Allure Best Of Beauty Award winning Laniege Water Bank Moisture Cream for free via Influenster, for review purposes.

The opinions shared in this post are my own.

This cream is available for $35 on Sephora, where the description is as follows:

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A richly-texturized moisturizing cream that strengthens and retains moisture all day.

Solutions for:
– Dryness
– Uneven skintone
– Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
Water Bank Moisture Cream is formulated with LANEIGE’s patented Hydro Ionized Mineral Water—fusing essential minerals zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and sodium—to help replenish and retain ideal hydration levels, preventing future moisture loss. Olive squalane strengthens skin’s natural barrier, for intense nourishment, and the cream is richly texturized for instant absorption. It relieves dryness and leaves skin hydrated and glowing.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This product is dermatologist tested. LANEIGE does not test ingredients or products on animals.

You get 50 ml for $35, which I think is a good price.

The yays

  • This cream is for normal to dry skin, and I think it is perfect for my dry/sensitive skin in the summer months. It delivers a burst of hydration that sinks into the skin quickly and leaves it feeling soft and moisturized, and looking plump and healthy.
  • The product comes with a spatula that helps scoop it out, and a small amount is needed to cover the whole face.
  • It sinks into my skin very quickly and I can move on with my skin care routine and apply other products (such as eye cream) over it with ease.
  • My skin remains hydrated and makeup goes on smoothly over this cream, and stays so until I wash it off. This is probably what I like best about this cream.
  • Often I wake up with dry skin around my mouth, but this cream has helped combat that.
  • The jar is quite luxurious, heavy and made of glass, and the spatula is a nice addition.
  • 50 ml for $35 is a good price.

The mehs

  • It has a scent to it that reminds me of creams grown-ups would use when I was younger. Thus I can best describe the scent as “grown-uppy”; kind of clean yet sophisticated. The scent does not bother me too much, which is strange given that fragrance usually breaks me out. However if fragrance is not something your skin can handle, I suggest skipping this one.
  • This might be difficult for combination or oily skin to absorb.

Neither here, nor there

  • I had a pimple the next day, after the first time I used this. However I kept testing it with and without a combination of products, and now I believe the pimple was due to something else; however I am still in the testing phase and will update this review if I have any new information.

Do I recommend this?

Laniege is my first foray into Korean skincare. This moisturizer is a very nice cream, but I am not wowed by it, despite my list of Yays being the longer one. I would recommend this to anyone with dry skin, who wants a light but hydrating and easily absorbed summer moisturizer, and is not sensitive to fragrance. Personally, I’m not sure of a repurchase, though I do like how it keeps my makeup looking smooth throughout the day.




I received this product complimentary for testing purposes. The opinions in this post are my own. 

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Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Review

Says Farsali:

DETAILS: Ideal for all skin types. Nut free product. USAGE: Ideal for daytime use.

SCENT: Pleasant uplifting citrus aroma.

First Impressions

  • Packaging: Sturdy, strong, understated yet beautiful. You have a 15 ml or 30 ml option with this one.
  • Dropper cap: Works well at dispensing product but since it is an oil based product, the serum tends to slide off the tip when you take out the dropper.
  • Smell: This has a strange scent to it. It’s not a sweet one. And it lingers until I put my makeup over this. It is supposed to be a pleasant uplifting citrus aroma but I do not really find it to be pleasant.



This has many uses according to the Farsali website. The website says it can be used as

  1. A daily moisturiser
  2. For hydrating lips
  3. To be mixed with foundation
  4. To revive dried cream products

Let me tell you how it went for me when I used it in each of the above listed ways.

As a daily moisturiser

In all honesty, my dry-sensitive skin does not take kindly to oil based products, at least at first. The first two times I used this, I seriously feel that the acne my face began sprouting a day later was due to this.

I kept using it gradually and I feel like my face has gotten used to it, kind of.

Despite my skin being dry, I do not feel like this requires any other skin care products to be used in addition to it; a toner only perhaps under it. It is very very hydrating and smooth and slippery; I would say it’s best to massage this into the skin and then let it sink in over the next ten minutes or so.

When applied initially, it appears very dewy/shiny/oily and if you have oily skin to begin with, I don’t know if I would recommend this.

Under my makeup, it makes my skin look very healthy and glowy, but even with my dry skin I need powder on top to make sure I don’t look like an oil bomb exploded on my face after an hour or so.

Personally I would not recommend a dewy foundation over this, unless your skin is Sahara-levels dry. Use a natural finish foundation, at best.

For hydrating lips

If you’re on Instagram, as I am , you will have seen most people use the Rose Gold Elixir for this purpose. I think it is very good used in this way and provides a great base for liquid lipsticks. Two thumbs up.

Mix with foundation

Farsali care itself recommends matte foundations for use here, and I followed those instructions. 1-3 drops are recommended and I used 2 with a matte foundation. This achieves a natural, satin finish which I quite liked but I don’t often use it in this way because, like I said, my skin doesn’t take kindly to oil based serums.

Revive dried cream products

THIS. Omg. Eyeliners and paint pots that have dried up on me, I’m coming for you armed with Farsali Care Rose Gold Elixir. Honestly, I put like 2 drops of this into a near-dried-up cream eyelid primer, like a month ago, and since then it has been going strong and applying smoothly. I would keep this serum and recommend it for this purpose alone.

Final verdict

Farsali Rose Gold Elixir suits me as a lip primer and for keeping cream products smooth and, well, creamy. If your skin is not sensitive to oil-based products, I think this would be a great all purpose product for achieving skin that is healthy looking all over. This has many interesting ingredients like 24k gold flakes, rosehip seed oil, and vitamins A and C, among others which work to achieve and maintain healthy skin with prolonged use.

While it hasn’t been the best for use on my face, I like that it is a multipurpose product. Personally I am more interested in trying the Unicorn Tears/Unicorn Essence from Farsali which is oil free.

For my face, I think I’ll stick to Glossier serums.



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