Monday, April 18, 2016

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum) Review!

Hi lovelies,

I have an interesting new product to share with you today, which I was sent as an Expert Panel trial. The Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl is a rather unique serum which caught my attention immediately. It consists of pale yellow, concentrated Q10 pearls suspended in a clear gel made of Hyaluronic Acid and Creatine.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum).

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum).

Keep reading after the jump!

In case you're wondering, our skin naturally contains the Q10 Coenzyme, which helps drive energy production and protects from free radicals. This enzyme is responsible for fulfilling vital functions like skin repair, protection, regeneration and renewal. Unfortunately, levels of this Coenzyme decrease with age, which is why skin begins to be prone to fine lines and wrinkles. The Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearls aim at replenishing the skin's Q10 levels. Hyaluronic Acid also occurs naturally in skin, and is known to increase the cells capacity to bind water, holding up to 1000 times its weight in moisture. Creatine is also an energy booster in skin, released where necessary to aid in cell functions. Encasing the Q10 pearls in this gel allows the product to deliver the highest concentration within the Nivea range.

It works in quite an interesting way; the pearls break in the head of the dispenser head to combine with the hydrogel each time the pump is depressed. The resulting mixture is pale yellow, and has quite a whipped, fluffy texture, as shown in the photo below. It applies really beautifully, sinking quickly into the skin without leaving any greasy residue. This is quite an interesting texture for a skin serum. I like to use this by applying 1/1-2 pumps of this after cleansing, and letting my skin settle for a minute before following with a healthy dollop of moisturiser.

I've been using this twice daily for a week now, but I believe it takes two weeks to see a real difference. Unfortunately, we were only given a week to try this, so stay tuned, I'll pop back to update this post in about 3 weeks (because I like to trial skincare for at least a month). I will say that while I don't really notice a huge difference in fine lines, I do think that my makeup sits a bit better since my skin is more hydrated, and my skin also looks a bit less tired after a long day with regular use of this serum.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Pearl (Serum).

In case anyone is wondering about the scent of this, it has a faint, flowery scent which is a tad powdery. I find it pleasant but it's something worth mentioning. Overall, I quite like this and I'm excited to keep using this and seeing if it makes a difference!

This product is available in all standard Nivea stockists and retails for $29.99, which I think is quite reasonable for 40 ml. What do you think of this, lovelies? Are you keen to give it a go?

Much love,

Note: This product was kindly provided for editorial consideration. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

Monday, April 4, 2016

M.A.C Zac Posen Collection (Eye Z You Palette, Lipsticks and Fluidline Pen) Review + Swatches!

Hi lovelies,

I do apologise for the delay in writing this post; it was meant to come out two weeks ago but I unfortunately caught quite a bad cold, so everything took a bit of a backseat while I took up residence on the couch and tried to recover. Luckily there's plenty of stock left online and in stores, so you can still pick up anything you see here if it takes your fancy!

The M.A.C Zac Posen collection is one that caught my attention immediately, simply because I love the fashion that designer Zac Posen comes up with. The cover image that accompanies this collection is stunning, with an elegant, classy feel given a modern twist with a bright pop of colour on the lips. When you combine fashion from one of my favourite designers and the words 'limited edition'...let's just say it's no surprise that this one reeled me in, hook, line and sinker. Throw in some burnt orange and bright pink lipsticks, a sleek pen liner and a beautiful eyeshadow palette with plenty of pinky purples, and I was jumping for joy when these landed on my desk. Let's take a look at some of the items in this collection, shall we?

M.A.C Zac Posen Collection.
The packaging is simple, sleek yet elegant, with the name emblazoned in gold on a matte, dark greenish grey background. The lipsticks and eyeshadow palette have sharp, square lines, which lend quite a classic feel (and made this beauty blogger's day, as it was so much easier to photograph). The products also have a bit of weight to it, which gives it a luxe feel.

I was kindly sent the Eye Z You Palette, lipstick in Darling Clementine (burnt orange) and fluidline pen, and also purchased the lipstick in Dangerously Red (bright berry red) because I couldn't resist it! In addition to these, the collection also has a Zoom Lash mascara, sheer nude lipstick in a lustre finish called Sheer Madness, Prep and Prime Powder, Haute Contour kit and two makeup brushes.

Both Darling Clementine and Dangerously Red are mattes, which I think will look lovely when topped with Sheer Madness for a little extra moisture.

Keep reading after the jump!
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