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7/31/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Blue moon tonight, anyone going to look up? Then the long weekend, and August, my birthday month, lots of things to look forward to :)

Shoppers:

*** Saturday: 18,500 points with $75 purchase
*** Saturday & Sunday:
- Neutrogena skin, acne, hair care: 30% off (rest of the week: 20% off)
- Herbal Essences hair care: CAD2.49 (limit 4, after limit/ rest of the week: CAD2.99)
- Shoppers Photo: 9 cent 4x6 prints.

*** All week:
- Aveeno, Neutrogena, Olay, Ombrelle, Hawaiian Tropic sun care: 25% off
- L'Oreal, Aveeno facial moisturizer: CAD21.99
- Vichy Normaderm, Homme skin care: 25% off
- Bioderma Sebium, Sensibio micelle solution: 20% off
- Infusium hair care, Tresemme hair styling: CAD5.99
- John Frieda, Gosh hair care: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Ever hair care: CAD8.99
- Marc Anthony hair care: CAD9.99
- Klorane hair care: CAD10.99
- Revlon blush, lip: CAD9.99
- CoverGirl The Super Sizer mascara: CAD6.99; Jumbo gloss balm cream: CAD7.99; Bombshell mascara, mascara, Outlast lip, Smoothers makeup: CAD9.99
- Maybelline Color Elixir, SuperStay lip, Instant Pore Eraser, BB cream, Lash Stilleto/ Define-a-Lash/ Illegal Length/ Big Eyes mascara, Brow Define & Fill duo: CAD9.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche Reds lip: CAD9.99
- Annabelle eyeliner, brow products: CAD7.99
- Physicians Formula: 40% off
- Rimmel: 25% off
- Almay eye: CAD9.99
- The Color Institute One Direction colour kit: from CAD8.99
- L'Oreal Colour Riche nail polish: CAD5.99
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish: CAD9.99; duo kit: CAD16.99.

Essence has joined the gel without lamp nail polish trend. The picture looks quite promising.

Until August 14, purchase 3 bottles and get a free bag.

*** x20 Optimum offers:
- Quo cosmetic, implements
- Gosh cosmetic, nail polish
- Garnier facial moisturizer
- Strivectin, No7, Eucerin skin care
- Live Clean skin/ hair care
- Ogx, Fekkai, Nexxus hair care.

Lawtons:
- L'Oreal Age Perfect skin care: 30% off
- L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick/ Le Gloss/ eyeshadow quad, Voluminous Miss Manga mascara, eye/ brow liner: CAD7.99 (bonus miles)
- Maybelline Volume Express mascara: 25% off
- LA Colors/ LA Girl: 20% off
- Layla nail polish: BOGO
- Maybelline Color Show nail polish: 2/CAD6
- Red Carpet Manicure: 25% off
- Revlon nail polish, treatment: 20% off (bonus miles)
- Tweezerman implements: 40% off.

Walmart: Maybelline Color Blur lip: CAD9.96.

Superstore: Free tax on Saturday (NS).

Sephora: "Beauty after Hours" VIB Rouge closed-door shopping event is Wednesday, August 5, 7-9pm (or "Beauty before Brunch" for the US on Sunday, August 2, 9-11am), with RSVP.

Beauty Insider appreciation is on all week - August 3-9 both in store and online if you can't make it to the event above. x2 the points for BIs, x3 for VIBs and x4 for Rouges.

Also check out their Holiday sneak peek this year. Excited?

The Bay: Extra 15% off on almost anything online and in store with a Hudson's Bay credit card/ MasterCard until Monday. Exclusions apply.
- $10 off $75 cosmetics/ fragrance purchase online (excluding Hermes), no code needed
- Michael Kors makeup/ nail polish (selected): BOGO online
- Free YSL Glossy Stain (values $36) with purchase of select YSL lip products online.

Skindinavia: 20% off + 2 free travel size sprays and free shipping with every US/ CAN order (or $40+ international orders) until Sunday with code "20OFF".

Sears: Extra 40% off men's, women's and kids' clearance fashion with Sears credit card (30% for other tenders) until Monday.

H&M: Ladies top from $5, dresses from $7, etc. this weekend only.

7/30/2015

NOTD: Barry M Key Lime

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Besides the Royal Textured Glitter nail paints, I also grabbed a shade from Barry M Gelly Hi Shine line on FTB Beauty (reg. $7.99, on sale $4.99). The name is intriguing, isn't it?

This is Key Lime, released in Barry M Summer 2013 collection, 2 coats. Claims to have a chip resistant formula with strong pigmentation and glossy gel-like finish without the need of a top coat, it has quite a bit to prove.

Pigmentation and application are good, it would only take a thick coat or two thinner coats to even out.

Can't say the same with wear, as Key Lime does not last any longer than other nail polish I wore, 2 days on average. Might be just me though, as I have heard of its great wear time with other bloggers.

The shine in nail polish is not important to me, as I use a top coat most of the time anyway to help with drying time.

All in all, I like that Key Lime is a green on the lighter side, with smooth application. It would be a great polish if it last longer on me.

The sun is finally back, and it's the long weekend ahead. I can't wait!

7/29/2015

Bioderma Sebium Cicabio Atoderm

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I didn't know it was going to be Lipstick Day today so I have no colours to show you :) More Bioderma lines instead.

From the Sebium line (for oily blemished skin - this is me!, green accent packaging), Bioderma has a Pore refiner.

Formulated with:
- Fluidactiv complex: regulates sebum quality, which keeps pores from being clogged and limits the formulation of blemishes
- Agaric acid: tightens pores and refines skin texture
- Anti-oxidants: preserve the skin's natural radiance.

The product has a lotion-like texture but with a powdery effect (i.e. it dries quite matte) hence it works great as a makeup base.

Appreciate the seal at the top of the tube, don't we?

The brand suggests to apply the Pore refiner once or twice a day all over the face or locally on the T zone, forehead, nose, chin. I went with the latter, as that is where my problematic areas are.

On me, the product is more of a mattifying primer (and I have been using it for this purpose) than a pore refiner as it only blurs out the pores a tiny bit, not being able to hide them. There is a light scent to it, if you wonder.

Ingredients: Water, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom) Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Salicylic Acid, Dodecyl Gallate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, etc.

The product is paraben free, comes in a 30ml tube.

The Cicabio line (for irritated, damaged skin, purple accent packaging) is also worth taking a look.

The Creme soothing repairing cream has a "dressing effect" (combined with hyaluronic acid) that forms a breathable film for skin comfort, with:
- Resveratrol, copper and centella asiatica: promote epidermal restoration
- Zinc: prevents bacterial proliferation
- Antalgicine: relieves feelings of discomfort and reduces the urge to scratch.

It is meant for cuts, scratch, mosquito bites, burn and other minor skin damage (superficial peeling, non-abrasive laser following dermatological treatments on medical advice, outbreaks of dryness, redness, overheating, squamous zones, etc.). Impressed?

Instructions: Apply twice daily on the damaged area until the skin is repaired.

Now during the testing period, I only had my blemishes to use the product on and it calmed them down. I know that nothing will completely heal them but would appreciate anything that makes them less irritated and painful. I will continue using it this way to maintain the effect.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Fructooligosaccharides, Zinc Oxide, Octyldodecanol, Butylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, etc.

This product is fragrance/ paraben free, 40ml, $15.95.

Here are the Sebium Pore refiner (left) and Cicabio Creme soothing repairing cream (right).

The textures are quite similar - like lotions, with Sebium Pore refiner is white while Cicabio Creme is more beige/ off white (which is the natural colour of the ingredients, no colouring agents added).

Both go on light and smooth, and leave no trace of colour nor texture after being absorbed in.

Lastly, the Atoderm line (for very dry to atopic sensitive skin, sky blue accent packaging) has a Levres (Lips) moisturizing stick.

I am very keen on applying a lip balm through the day and before bed, cause my lips need it. This moisturizing stick, with shea butter, works decent in sooth dehydrated lips but does need a head start. I mean the lips do not feel hydrated right away when the balm first goes on, but give it a few minutes and you are good for a few hours :)

I don't really detect a scent with it, and as it looks, it goes on clear.

Ingredients: Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Paraffin, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microristallina), Synthetic Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lauryl Pca, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Tocopherol, Lecithin, Arachidyl Propionate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, etc.

The product is allergen/ paraben free, comes in a 4g stick.

7/28/2015

Bioderma Photoderm

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Did you know Bioderma has a Photoderm sun care line with the orange accent packaging? I didn't, until I received some products to try. Another thing I didn't know: there is sunscreen lotion spray :)

This is Photoderm SPF40 lotion spray, with high protection UVA-UVB and Cellular Bioprotection to combat premature cutaneous aging. I am all for that!

The instruction indicates not spraying directly on the face but spraying on the hands then applying to the face, so that was how I have been using this lotion spray.

Not a surprise but I am enjoying this texture, still a lotion but more airy and lighter. The scent is still a sunscreen smell but quite a bit lighter too. It does appear white when it goes on the skin but disappear once rubbed in. I have no complains about what and how the product performs.

Medicinal ingredients: Octocrylene 8%, Bisoctrizole 6%, Avobenzone: 4.5%.
Ingredients: Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Alcohol Denat., Hydroxypropyl Dimethicone Behenate, Decyl Glucoside, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C20-22 Alcohols, Ttocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, etc.

The lotion spray is paraben free, waterproof, in a 200ml bottle, retails $29.95.

Not that we have had crazy hot summer days this year so far to test an after-sun product, but I tried my best.

This is the Refreshing after-sun milk for face & body (sensitive skin) in the line, also with Cellular Bioprotection and enriched with emollient and soothing agents:
- Allantoin and Ginkgo Biloba: soothe feelings of overheating
- Glycerine and Shea un-saponifiables: rehydrate and prevent dryness caused by sun exposure.

With the suggested use of once a day during periods of sun exposure and over the following days on clean dried skin, I find the product moisturizing and feel nice on the skin with a light scent. It also claims to prolongs the tan but I can't confirm that. You will see why below.

Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Glycerin, Sorbitan Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Ectoin, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, etc.

The after-sun milk is also paraben free, 200ml tube, $23.95.

This is the texture of the lotion spray when it comes out the bottle (left) and the after-sun milk.

Like I said, the lotion spray has a light lotion texture, but the milk does not feel like milky but also like a lotion :) No problem though, as they do what they say they mainly do.

I like that they are both moisturizing, non oily and leave no white traces. Good companion for summer, as long as we have it.

Now onto something I do not use that often, a tanning product, considering my skin tone. 

Bioderma has an Autobronzant moisturizing self tanning spray (sensitive skin) that is supposed to dry instantly, moisturize and leave an even (gradual) tan.

Instruction: To get a tan - once a day for 3 days, then once every 2 days, or to maintain a tan - once a week.

Gradual tan is for sure, as it comes out of the bottle bubbly clear (left below) then the bubbles disappear (right). Plus with my olive skin, the tan would not show much of an effect. So this is not much of a review, as I am not its targeted user, so keep it in your horizon to check out yourself if you need a tanning product.

Ingredients: Water, Dimethyl Ether, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Dihydroxyacetone, Trideceth-9 Pgamodimethicone, Ectoin, Mannitol, Xylitol, Rhamnose, Fructooligosaccharides, Trideceth-12, Sodium Metabisulfite, Lactic Acid, Fragrance.

The spray does have a scent, paraben free, 150ml.

7/27/2015

Bite Beauty Maple lipsticks

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Bite Beauty has recently release 2 LE 5-piece collections of matte creme lipsticks (0.15oz/ 4.35g each).

The Frozen Berries collection (inspired by the depth and luster of flash frozen wild berries) is exclusive to the US, $24 each.

This feels like a winter collection, both the theme and the colours. No note of a scent on Sephora site. I do want a shade or two, but will have to resort to a US friend for those.

Canada gets the Maple collection (inspired by the changing colours of the Canadian maple), maple scented, CAD28 each. The shades have more of a summer/ fall feel.

I certainly cannot miss out on this collection, and decided on two shades - Warmed Maple and Braised Maple.

To be infused with organic fruit butters and enriched with a mix of pigments, powders and Japanese silica, the Maple matte cremes stay quite true to the claims - pigmented, creamy, non drying and long wearing.

I find Braised Maple, a darker red, is slightly more pigmented, almost takes only one swipe for full coverage, while Warmed Maple, a bright orange, needs more layering. But the end result is equally awesome (see below).

They glide on so smooth, and that maple scent makes me think of pancakes and bacon all the time. It is more noticeable on application than during wear, which helps :)

The matte creme finish is not completely matte as the swatches show a bit of a sheen even in natural lighting (left) and stronger shine under flash (right).

Among the other 3 shades, Candied Maple seems to be similar to Maybelline Siren in Scarlet, and Mulled Maple looks uneven in swatches I have seen, so Sugared Maple is the only one left that I want. Have you caved?

7/24/2015

Weekly flyer deals

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Let me show you how our Argyle Street got "argyled" (a fun pedestrian-only street project). It's Pride week here too, so downtown is going to be busy.

Now we can talk about some nail polish news :)

@EssieCanada launched the #essiebringback campaign until August 3 for Canadians to suggest a past shade to return. Then we can vote among top 12 and see the winner shade in store next year!

My tweet: #essiebringback Starry Starry Night (because it is the most coveted Essie colour ever in history). Beauty Geek has details on how to do the same for instagram and FB too.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel line will have a bright glittery shade (probably the very first one with chunky glitters in various sizes) called Miss Wanderlust, as part of the Boho Chic collection out this month.

And sounds like the Miracle Gel top coat is reformulated for the better.

Color Club is going to release 7 new Halo Hues shades, based on sneak peeks at Cosmoprof from a few nail blogs I frequent. Never have enough holos!

Shoppers:

*** Saturday & Sunday: x20 points when you spend $75 or more on cosmetics, select skin care, fragrances, jewelry, hair colour, bath foam & gel, nail care, hosiery

*** All week:
- L'Oreal skin/ Sublime Sun care, Ombrelle: 30% off
- Garnier, Olay facial cleanser: CAD7.99
- Garnier facial moisturizer: CAD14.99
- Vichy Purete Thermale skin care: CAD12.99
- Jergens BB body, Natural Glow skin care: CAD9.99
- Bioderma Photoderm sun care: 30% off
- Neostrata, Cliniderm skin care: 25% off
- Reversa skin care: 20% off
- Marcelle BB, CC, DD cream: 15% off
- Olay Total Effects, Neutrogena Healthy Skin facial moisturizer: CAD19.99
- L'Oreal Hair Expertise, Marc Anthony hair care: CAD6.99
- Biore, Clean & Clear acne care: CAD7.99
- L'Oreal Double Extend mascara, Colour Riche eyeshadow, True Match makeup: 25% off
- Maybelline Color Sensational lip, Volume Express mascara, Fit Me makeup: CAD5.99
- Revlon lip, classic nail polish: CAD4.99; ColorStay eyeliner, ColorBurst lip, mascara: CAD8.99
- CoverGirl the Supersizer mascara, Clean/ Ready Set Gorgeous makeup: CAD7.99; Full Lash Bloom/ Lash Blast mascara: CAD8.99
- Rimmel Extra Wow Lash mascara, Lasting Finish lip: CAD3.99; eye, makeup: CAD6.99
- Almay eye makeup remover: CAD4.99
- Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy nail polish: CAD6.99
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: CAD2.99; Insta-Dri, Diamond Strength: 2/CAD8 or CAD4.99 each; Complete Salon Manicure: CAD6.99
- Essie, Quo by Orly: CAD7.99
- Misslyn nail polish: CAD8.99.

Lawtons:
- Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill/ Nantucket Briar collections: 25% off (bonus Airmiles)
- L'Oreal Sublime cleansing products: CAD7.99
- Maybelline eyeshadow, eyeliner (excluding Color Show eyeliners), mascara: 30% off.

Walmart:
- Olay Regenerist day & night kit: CAD44.97
- Live Clean hair care: CAD4.96
- Revlon Ultra HD lipstick, lip lacquer: CAD6.96
- L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Rock, Lineur Intense liquid eyeliner: CAD8.96
- CoverGirl Lash Last value pack, Outlast Luminous foundation: CAD12.97
- Maybelline Baby Lips gloss: CAD4.96
- Revlon classic nail polish twin pack: CAD6.96.

Sally: extra 50% off red tag clearance nail polish until Sunday.

Bath & Body Works: $10 off $30 coupon on FB, good until Sunday.

Nordstrom: Free standard shipping with $25 Canadian orders or free express shipping with $100+ to take advantage of the Anniversary sale until August 2.

The Bay:
- Extra 15% off women's fashion, handbags, sleepwear, lingerie, fashion jewelry, accessories, watches and men's footwear, bed bath, tableware
- Extra 10% off women's footwear, furniture, appliances, cookware, bakeware and kitchen gadgets
with coupon in store or code "SUMMER" online until Monday.

Sears: Extra 40% off men's, women's and kids' clearance fashion with Sears credit card (30% for other tenders) until Saturday.

Free Estee Lauder 5-day trial size of New Dimension Shape + Fill expert serum until Sunday, no purchase necessary. And free deluxe trial size of Advanced Night Repair with any New Dimension purchase until July 31.

Makeup Revolution: Free gift (values £25) with £30 order until 10am BST Monday.

Freedom Makeup: Free gift (values £15) with £15 order until 10am BST Monday.

7/23/2015

NOTD: Barry M Royal Textured Glitter

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

I finally bought 4 shades from Barry M Royal Textured Glitter nail paint collection (Fall/ Winter 2013), reg. $7.99, on sale $4.99 each on FTB Beauty.

I find the textures not overly gritty, easy to wear. The glitters sure make things pretty but note that they might linger on your cuticles on removal.

First shade is Lady, like sparkling snow, 2 coats on middle and pinky fingers. For accents, I did one coat each on top of Soft Coral from Yves Rocher's Summer 2015 nail polish collection on index and Finger Paints Hula Aruba! on the ring finger.

Next is Duchess, described as a nude texture with silver chunkier glitters, 2 coats, very sparkly. The accent nail has Majesty (bottle shot in the pic on the right), a light gold with darker gold glitters, as base.

Lastly, Princess, a pink with silver and gold glitters, 2 coats on the index finger, which looks like a light peach.

On the other 3 nails, I used Yves Rocher Perfect Light Pink underneath for a more opaque base. I think I prefer Princess on its own :)

My favorite is surprisingly Princess, a pink I can get along with, and Lady is the IT shade for winter or a great topper for any nail polish. Duchess and Majesty are neutral enough for work, if you can get away with glitters. I like all of them :)

7/22/2015

Barry M Intense eyeliner pens

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

It has been a while since I bought any Barry M products, as they are quite out of reach around here.

Happened to come across FTB Beauty sale on certain products from the brand, I grabbed a few eyeliner pens. They seem to be called "Intense eyeliner pens" on the web but the packaging simply says "eyeliner pens", please note.

From top - bottom: 2 Aqua Green, 4 Royal Blue, 5 Kingfisher Blue and 3 Dark Emerald, reg. $7.99, on sale for $3.99 each.

These eyeliners has got lots of raves on blogs but are no longer shown on Barry M website, I assume they are discontinued. Thought I should swatch them if you want to catch a few before they are gone.

Shade names are printed on the bar code stickers which peel off with the safety wrap, and only shade numbers printed on the products. I'll include both for your easy reference.

The colours inside coordinate quite well with the packaging, and the retractable format certainly makes things easier.

I am glad to confirm the waterproof/ smudge proof and long wearing claim on these liners. The swatches, once set, took some rubbing with makeup remover to come off. On the eyes, they last all the way till the end of the day!

The texture, however, varies among shades. 2 Aqua Green (far left) and 3 Dark Emerald (far right) go on smoothly with good colour intensity. On the lightly patchy side when swatched are 4 Royal Blue (I wish it were darker, as per the name) and 5 Kingfisher Blue (harder to build up).

However, they all go on the eyes quite well, not as soft as gel eyeliner pencils I have tried but not scratchy either.

I would recommend these eyeliners for the wear. You don't need all 4 blue liners but maybe one or two :)

Also check out Barry M Royal Textured Glitter nail polish I got in the same haul.

7/21/2015

EcoTools Eye Perfecting brush

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

Following the launch of the Skin Perfecting brush last year, EcoTools now comes out with the 2015 Complexion collection, a skin care - makeup hybrid brush line with specifically designed cuts and colourful ferrules.

I was sent the Eye Perfecting brush for review. The bamboo handle and gradient white to beige (cruelty-free) dense bristles are different enough, and then that pop of teal colour decoration and the leaf design. A+ for the look!

And more points for how it works. The cut and rounded tip bristles are meant to mimic the shape of your finger for easy application under and around the eyes without tugging the skin or transferring oil from the hands.

As gimmicky as that sounds, the Eye Perfecting brush does work for the purpose it is intended for.

Certainly, the bristles are not as soft as my hand but soft enough to distribute and blending a bunch of products I use around the eyes and nose (primer, eye cream/ moisturizer, concealer) as long as I use very little pressure.

It can be used for the face as well but does take more time, due to the small size of the brush head. Sure is handy for tinted products you do not want to use your finger for.

Another claim of the brush helping reduce the appearance of fine lines or dark circles? I can't say that I notice any changes but I did not expect any really.

EcoTools Eye Perfecting brush is available at select Rexall, Pharma Plus, Lawtons and independent stores, $9.99.

7/20/2015

Reversa skin care

Posted by Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty

My first experience with Reversa skin care, and an interesting one at that!

I have seen the brand at Shoppers but never taken the plunge to try any particular product. Count me excited when my beloved PR maven introduced me to Reversa and a few products catered to my current skin concerns.

Let's getting our feet wet together, shall we? I have a "toner" and lotions for face and eyes, with beautiful flower patterns and bright colours on the packaging.

First is the 8% glycolic acid solution for oily and acne-prone skin. It means to help dissolve and eliminate excess oils and clear pores, great for teens or adults still struggling with acne breakouts (i.e. me!).

The formula:
- Glycolic acid: an exfoliator to promote skin cell renewal
- Arigine (an amino acid) and Allantoin (skin protectant): reduce the stinging sensation sometimes experienced by people with sensitive skin using glycolic acid for the first time.

Yes, it will sting a bit, depending on your tolerance. And with glycolic acid (and alcohol to maximize its antibacterial action) in the formula, it is best to avoid applying the solution on top of open pimples.

The flip top is easy enough to get the light clear liquid on to a cotton pad or a Qtip (for precise application).

The brand suggests to apply the solution to affected area (morning and night), following by sun protection of at least SPF15.

I use it as a toner since my breakout has been quite bad and it works very well for that, but I use up half of the bottle only after a few weeks :) My skin calms down quite a bit, less irritated, less oily but not drying either.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Arginine, Ammonium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-10, Polysorbate 20, Allantoin, Chlorhexidine Digluconate.

The solution is paraben/ fragrance/ mineral oil free, 120ml, $37.

Next step, a Multi-tasking care for the face.

The formula has Teprenone (Renovage), an active ingredient that helps delay the appearance of marks of time on the skin and reduces the marks already present (i.e. also me!).

The product claims to act simultaneously on all signs of aging (lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, large pores, lack of hydration and firmness, etc.) to visibly reduce their appearance.

Apply morning and night on the face, eye contour, neck and decollete - alone or under makeup.

On me, with about a month use, the product sure helps with hydration and fine lines at the corners of my mouth but not my pores, not by itself at least. I expect to see more effects with time and will continue using it.

Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Steareth-2, Tocopherol, Teprenone, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide.

Multi-tasking care is paraben/ fragrance/ oil/ volatile silicone/ mineral oil free, 40ml bottle with airless pump, $53.

Lastly, the Eye care for puffiness and dark circles.

With 3 active ingredients:
- Ash tree bark extract (with high level of esculin and fraxin): decrease the permeability of blood capillaries and fight against the degradation of haemoglobin (cause of the grey/ yellow color of dark circles)
-  Organic silicon (found in collagen and elastin): provides strength, flexibility and resilience to connective tissues
- Vitamin B3: helps restore a normal blood flow in capillaries via its vasculoprotective action.

Additionally, vegetable squalane (save the sharks!) and glycerin also make skin smooth and soft, while protecting against dehydration.

The thin tube with airless pump that manages to discharge a tiny amount for each undereye area is much preferable than a tub that you have to dig your finger in.

The verdict: I think it does what it says it does. I had some doubt with the thin texture it has (see below) but it somehow works its magic below the surface. I need less concealer in the morning, sometimes just foundation will do. Craziness!

Ingredients: Water, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Isostearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol Cocoate, Ethylcellulose, Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Squalane, Niacinamide, Xanthan Gum, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Silanetriol, Potassium Citrate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzonic Acid, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide.

The Eye care is paraben/ fragrance/ oil free, 15ml, $36.

A quick texture comparison shot with Multi-tasking care (left, more creamy) and eye care (right, more translucent and runny), both are light and absorb quickly.

All in all, the Reversa products I tried work for me, some more than the other, at the moment. My favorite for acne skin is the glycolic solution. Once you can get pass the sensation, it is love :)

I do realize the higher price tag, but the brand does go on sale at Shoppers often. Maybe grab a sample next time you are near the isle?