Dec 042016

Marini Luminate Eye Gel  is designed to provide radiant and luminous looking skin around the eye area.  Also, its task is to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, red and blue discoloration and to improve hydration.

Key ingredients: Chromabright, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Retinol, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, N-hydroxy-succinimide, Chrysin, Ceramide-2 and Tocopherol (vitamin E).

Since this product contains Retinol (Vitamin A), it is best to be used during the colder days of the year. Also, a broad spectrum sunscreen is recommended while using this product. Use in pregnancy and while breastfeeding is not recommended.

I have been using it lately and I noticed some improvements. The skin is smoother and a bit brighter. I love its lightweight, gel texture and I haven’t experienced any irritation.

So, this is another Jan Marini product that I liked. I have already reviewed some of their products. You can find the reviews here.

Jan Marini - Marini Luminate Eye Gel


Price (15 ml): £79


Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethiconol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chrysin, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Ceramide 2, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Steareth-20, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Biotin, Sodium Citrate, Polysorbate 20, Propyl Gallate, Dimethylcyclosiloxane, Potassium Sorbate, BHA, BHT, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Phenoxyethanol

Jan Marini - Marini Luminate Eye Gel


Have you ever tried any Jan Marini product? Do you use eye products that contain Retinol?  




Feb 112015

Today I bring you one atypical review that includes a short story about free radicals and antioxidants plus one experiment. :)

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15]


Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum

It is created to correct existing wrinkles and to prevent the formation of new ones. It is 100% antioxidant, and contains the following active ingredients: concentrated polyphenols, stabilized vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.

It comes in a glass bottle with a pipette. Its lightweight texture absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a trace on the surface, which I really liked. It is usually recommended to use the serum alone or with a cream, but here it’s indicated that it is necessary to apply it under a cream. I agree with that, because it’s not moisturizing enough, especially for this time of the year. It is recommended to apply it in the morning and the evening to face and neck. As for the results, I noticed that my skin looks fresher and radiant.

Net weight: 30 ml | 1 fl.oz.
Price: £35.00 | $62.00


Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream

It has a lightweight, gel texture. It is designed for removing dark circles and wrinkles. It contains the following active ingredients: stabilized vitamin C, polyphenols and Matrixyl 3000. It is recommended to apply it every morning and evening to the area around eyes and lips. As soon as the cream is applied, the skin becomes very smooth. I’ve noticed filling effect of wrinkles, especially around the lips.

Therefore, the current results were visible in terms of smoothing the skin. When it comes to dark circles, I didn’t notice any changes.

Net weight: 15 ml | 0.5 fl.oz.
Price: £26.00 | $49.00


Both products do not contain: parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate, animal ingredients…

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum & Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum & Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream


I had been testing them for a month and I got some minor positive results. However, these products are primarily designed to reduce wrinkles, so it is really difficult to make the final conclusion on such type of products. Generally, if these kind of products are good quality products, they usually improve the overall appearance of the skin, but wrinkles are never removed, and we cannot know will the use of certain product prevent the creation of new. The real question is what happens at the micro level of the skin when we use creams and serums.

It is stated that this serum is 100% antioxidant, so I focused on testing the accuracy of this important information. You’ve probably heard that antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. Free radicals affect the formation of wrinkles and allegedly they cause 4 out of 5 wrinkles.

For a better understanding of the story, let’s return for a moment to school…

Free radicals are unstable, positively charged molecules that are searching for negatively charged particles, electrons, in order to get neutralized. The problem is that these molecules are stealing electrons from the stable molecules making them unstable, which means – making them free radicals. Then they go in search of an electron, to get stabilized, and so the series continues. It can be prevented by the intervention of antioxidants. The antioxidants are electron-donor molecules. They neutralize free radicals by giving them their electron.

Free radicals negatively affect the proteins of the skin. Also, when (by oxidation) free radicals take electrons of other molecules, the surface of a slice of an apple turns brown.

So, to neutralize them, we need antioxidants. I cannot know will this serum prevent the formation of wrinkles on my skin, but I can do a little experiment and apply it on a slice of an apple to see what will happen. I saw the photo of such experiment on Caudalie official website, so I decided to test this claim, not just to blindly believe in the photo.

I had applied the serum just on the right slice of apple, and then left both slices to settle in the air. The left side immediately started to brown, while the right side was more resistant. This picture was captured after 2 hours of exposure to the air. After more hours, both sides got brown, but right slice was always a bit fresher. Thus, the result showed the positive effect of the serum! Of course, the experiment was not made in laboratory settings and it is certain that various factors could influence the result, but the antioxidants from the serum still managed to demonstrate their effectiveness. This certainly gives confidence in the use of this serum. Now we can expect that the regular use of such product really can slow the aging process of the skin.

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum


PR samples

Have you tried this line? Do you use a Caudalie products?



Mar 192013

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes is designed to eliminate fatigue, aging and stress in around the eye area. The other task of this anti-aging serum is to strengthen eyelashes. It is suitable for sensitive eyes.

It is primarily designed for women between 40 and 50 years when the wrinkles are deep, and when it comes to loss of skin firmness. However, it is never too early to begin fighting the signs of aging, so you can start to use it earlier. Vichy states that you can start from age of 30 or 35, when the papillary layer of the skin begins to weaken and when it is necessary to protect and re-activate it.

Vichy claims that Liftactiv’s innovative formula guarantees immediate effect of lifting and that the first results are visible after 10 minutes. Significant improvement of skin will show within a month. It’s been over a month since I use this serum, so it’s the right time for the review.

The serum is light and absorbs quickly. The improvement becomes visible very quickly in the way that the eye area becomes refreshed. Of course, it should be noted that this improvement is minimal, but still noticeable. The formula contains 10% concentration of rhamnose. This herbal sugar is a powerful anti-aging ingredient and operates in combination with fine micro-pearls which illuminate eyes. The key lies in proper application, which leads to a slight tightening of the skin. Fortunately, I still have no problem with loose skin, so there’s nothing to be lift. I gave the serum to a person in 40-ies that has that kind of skin. I wanted to discover whether serum really works after just 10 minutes. According to her, there is a slight tightening sensation of the skin immediately after applying the serum, which results with wider open eyes. The only question is whether this effect is short or long-lived.

The serum is great as a makeup base as it is slightly sticky; therefore mascara, eyeshadow and liner have a better staying power. The purpose of this serum is to strengthen lashes, too. For now, I have not noticed any changes in this area.

All in all, I am very satisfied with this serum. I was immediately satisfied with light texture and quick absorbing formula and then, of course, with slight refreshment of around the eye area. However, I recommend it to women with loose skin, while to the rest of us it can serve as prevention.

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes



Getting back to the proper application – watch the video and see how to apply it:


Net weight: 15 ml | 0.5 fl. oz.

Price: approx. 27.00 | approx. $40.00


PR sample

What Vichy products do you recommend? What are your favorite eye care products?



Mar 092013

Veljača 2013. – Najdraži Proizvodi


Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes

I have been using this serum for a month now and I love it. It is designed to eliminate signs of fatigue, aging and stress, and to strengthen the lashes as well. I haven’t noticed any changes when it comes to the eyelashes, but I noticed that the serum refreshes the around the eye area. Review is coming up soon.


L’Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Cellular Mask

This mask is designed for very damaged hair. Mine isn’t, but lightened hair always needs more care. Therefore, the whole Absolut Repair Cellular line looks very appealing to me. The mask is really great. After use, the hair is soft and shiny. Detailed review will follow soon.


Nivea Long Repair Treatment

This is a one-minute treatment for hair and definitely one of the best drugstore products I’ve tried. It is designed for the care of long hair. It regenerates the hair and makes it smooth and shiny.


Dior Addict Lipstick #972 Rose Shocking

Rose Shocking is a wonderful daytime color, and combined with a layer of lip pencil becomes perfect for the night.


Seche Vite

This is the world’s most famous dry fast top coat and it’s one of those products that I adore. It speeds up nail polish drying time, but also provides a beautiful glow to the nails.


What were your February favs?



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