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Introducing Olay!

I remember Olay from my early years. I remember using the sensitive SPF 15 moisturizer and really liked it. Then some of their products I tried afterwards dried me out and I stopped looking at Olay for years.

Well, I’m back to just not look but incorporate some of their products in my current skincare routine. And I’m excited! Very much so! Take a look!

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There is no introduction needed for Olay as they are a popular drugstore brand. One of their most popular line is the Regenerist (anti-aging) line though I have not been tempted to try until a few weeks ago. What brought my attention back to them was their Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting products, which include a cleanser, facial oil, treatment, and cream with niacinamide being the key ingredient. In my excitement to give the cream and treatment a try, I also bought the Regenerist Serum (fragrance free) version.

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Olay Regenerist Serum (fragrance free) ingredients list

I’ve been using the serum for about 2 weeks and like it enough that I may repurchase. There’s no fragrance so I’m happy and it’s not breaking me out more than I usually do. The texture is light but not liquidy and I use a pump and 1/2 each time. I am hoping to reap the anti-aging benefits of course and love that it includes niacinamide too.

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Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting cream ingredients list

 The Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting cream was incorporated to hopefully fade my melasma / hyperpigmentation. I started this a few days after the serum. I love the light cream and the smell (which I find lovely!). It’s not thick and doesn’t provide enough moisturizer if you’re more on the dry side. I don’t mind however. I actually prefer it that way and would rather use an oil for extra hydration than to be using a thick moisturizer. For some reason, the first 2 times I applied it, the product balled up. I’m not sure why. All the times afterward, I have not had it happen again which is quite weird but I’m happy. I do love applying it! LOL

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 Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Treatment ingredients list

I have not use the Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Treatment as that is my replacement for the Sulwhasoo Snowise Ex Brightening Spot Serum. I have a few more samples of that to finish up and will move the Olay in. I decided on this as niacinamide is the 2nd ingredient for both products. Close enough right?

As of now, I will most likely repurchase the serum and cream unless I feel they’re not doing enough to justify the cost. I will update after I use these up to see if there’s any improvement to the “tone perfecting” claim. That will most likely be the deciding factor on repurchasing.

 

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Hot Buy: The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (Kindle)

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I love love Amy Tan – simply love her and I have read most of her novels. I had my eyes on The Valley of Amazement for a while and have it on my list from the local library. I was number 12. Yep.

As I was looking at the hold, I clicked on the BUY button and clicked through to Amazon. Low and behold it was listed for $1.99 for the Kindle version. That is an awesome price when it’s listed normally at $16.99. I went ahead and bought it.

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Here’s the weird thing – my receipt is showing a zero total. I have no idea what the PROMOTION is since I know I have no credit in my account. $1.99 is a great deal but free is always better. :)

Let me know if you’re able to duplicate the deal.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Plus stocking up on a few favorites

This week just flew by at blazing speed! I hope your week was fabulous. Now I want to wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day, whether with your love one or just to yourself. :wave May your day be extra special!

I want to share this with you:

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And I want to show two of my favorite skin care products that I stocked up on in the last week – the La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution and The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil. These are both in my current skincare regimen. The LRP retails for $19.99 each but I bought them from Ebay for $28 for four. The Face Shop retails for $13 each but I bought them from a 3rd party seller on Amazon for $19.33 for two. My wallet is always happy when I find great deals to be had on the things I need to buy. :D

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La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution, 6.76 fl oz

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La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution, 6.76 fl oz

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The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil, 150ml

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The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil, 150ml

And on that note, I bid you an awesome weekend! :D

 

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NYX Concealers & Simply Lip creams + quick review

I bought a few NYX things! :D I like to splurge on some things and there are some things that I don’t need to splurge on but will do the job just fine.

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Mini NYX haul from Ulta

Yesterday I walked in to Ulta and picked up the NYX Dark Circle Concealer in Light and the Concealer Stick in Fair (I would have choose Light too but the only Light there has been swatched. >:< ), the Simply Nude Lip cream in Disrobed,  and the Simply Pink Lip cream in First Base.

Read on for swatches and quick first impressions. :heart

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NYX Dark Circle Concealer in Light

I have major dark eye circles but I’m so intimidated by concealers because I can’t seem to apply them correctly. So I almost always never use them. I know, bad me! This concealer is for dark eye circles and at only $5.99 I said why not? This concealer is a thick but creamy texture paste housed in a super cute see through jar. I love the solid black lid too. The shade Light is very peachy looking in the jar but it is supposed to cancel out the dark circles so I’m all for it. I tested it by applying with my ring finger and I have to say it blends pretty well! When I first dabbed it on, it look kind of orange against my skin but blended smoothly out so I can’t even tell. Yeah! I then use a concealer brush to blend it away more. Not sure if I’m suppose to do that but this one will do.

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NYX Incredible Waterproof Concealer Stick in Fair

NYX calls this the Incredible Waterproof Concealer and I got it in the shade Fair. I won’t be testing out the waterproof theory but I thought to myself a stick would be a piece of cake to apply. This concealer retails for $4.99 so again, you’re not paying an arm and a leg for it. As long as it conceals, I’m good. Again, I don’t usually do any concealing, under eyes or anywhere use on my face. When I apply foundation, whatever (dark spots, acne, scars, etc) peek through, peek through. I tried this under eyes too and it’s a big drying, not as creamy or easy to blend as the dark circle concealer. If you wait longer to blend after applying, I think it will settle so you do need to work fast. I find a concealer brush works best for this. The shade isn’t too far so I think I can still make this work.

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NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream in Disrobed

Next up is the Simply Nude lip cream in Disrobed. They look so pretty, are shrinkwrapped and it helped that Ulta have testers! Yeah for all those! I picked this one hoping it won’t wash me out like crazy. I see a touch of Coral in the swatch and that keeps me from looking like I’m sick. One swipe is pretty sheer but the formula is very creamy and applies evenly. You can layer it on multiple times if so desired. I love how easy it is to apply and this one doesn’t wash me out. Score!

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NYX Simply Pink Lip Cream in First Base

 The next color is First Base from the Simply Pink group of colors. I saw online that they have a Simply Red and Simply Vamp groups too but I didn’t see them. I’m looking forward to picking a great Simply Red lip cream. Back to First Base, this is in the Pinks category but it is actually more purplish than pink to me and that is why I picked it. A little something different right? I wore this today and it actually lasts about 4 hours until I ate. You can still see traces of it on my lips though. It can also settle into lip lines like mine but I still like them. These are $6.49 each and it was buy one get one half off so it’s a great price to try these cute lip creams.

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NYX Simply Nude Lip Cream in Disrobed and Simply Pink Lip Cream in First Base