Sephora sends me some of their latest products from their exclusive brands, pretty much monthly. I usually post these amazing boxes on instagram but I have lately wanted to blog about them because they’re for sure an amazing opportunity for you and I to discover new or cool things! This month is all about Skincare in their Skin Rescue box. I can’t wait to show you what’s inside. Plus, there’s an exciting giveaway for the famous Foreo Luna cleansing device at the end of this post so stay tuned.
Let’s see what’s in here! I got really excited this month because I finally get to try some Kate Somerville skincare products. I’ve seen them in a few youtube favourites videos and on the counter for being really effective. We also have some goodies from Peter Thomas Roth, Caudalie, and Algenist. For this post, I want to show you the products that I’m most excited to try.
First up – Kate Somerville. For a brief introduction, here is some information about Kate Somerville from their website. She’s basically a skin expert and dermatologist in the USA who created this line of products.
The creator and director of a renowned medi-skin Clinic in Los Angeles, Kate Somerville has devoted her life to creating flawless faces. Her solutions-based strategy has made her one of the most trusted names in skincare today.
In fact, she is personally responsible for the glowing complexions of hundreds of leading ladies, whose livelihoods depend on their looks. When it comes to a clear complexion and a gorgeous glow, stars like Jessica Alba, Paris Hilton, Sandra Oh, and Debra Messing depend on Kate Somerville.
By partnering early on with top dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons, Kate pioneered the integration of skincare and medicine, paving the way for the field of paramedical esthetics and laying the foundation for the bourgeoning medi-spa industry. It was after she developed the Skin Health Pyramid™, however, that Kate truly solidified her standing as an industry leader.
– See more at: http://www.katesomerville.com/meetkate/the-story/#sthash.et4Ti7HT.dpuf
From the range, I have today the Kate Somerville EradiKate Mask (SGD $85) which tackles blemishes without drying skin out. It has a soothing formula that gently exfoliates dead skin cells and Colloidol Sulfur unclogs pores and reduces acne blemishes. I also have now the Kate Somerville D-Scar that erases acne scars. Both of these are super useful to me as my skin has on and off breakouts that are really annoying. Some days it can be perfect and others are just a headache. I want to try these to see if they work!
I’ve never seen a mask like the EradiKate mask before to be honest. It pumps out as a pink liquid mousse that smells like a mix of skin clinic and sulfur. I thought you had to manually foam it up until I read the directions.
When you apply and spread it on the face, it immediately foams up into this white foam as you can see. You need to leave it on for ten minutes. It does have a slight tingling sensation because you can feel the foam foaming up but nothing too intrusive. It’s quite gentle actually. After ten minutes, I washed it off and my face felt cleaner. I think I need to use it more to see any real results though.
Next up that I found really cool is the Peter Thomas Roth Eye-Cubes. Thankfully, I don’t really get heavy under-eye circles or puffiness under the eyes. I just get all around puffy if I do get water retention. I have though heard of that ice cube trick to apply it underneath the eyes to decrease puffiness. I think this might be a product that plays around with this idea. I found it pretty cool because I haven’t seen anything like it.
When you open the package, it looks like mouthwash in little capsules. There’s also a little zip lock bag containing little mesh bags for you to put your ice cubes in when they’ve frozen. The directions tell you to freeze the capsules first.
So that’s exactly what I did. Ta-Da! I popped the whole package into the freezer. Be sure to leave them in the freezer bottom side down as normal and not tilting as the liquid will tilt and freeze that way.
Next, I popped them out of their plastic packaging and slipped them into the bags. You have to do this fast. I actually thought it was going to be more gel like since the photo on the packaging looks more like a gel but this is for sure just an ice cube. The liquid is slightly silkier like a watery shower gel.
After you’re done, just press and massage under the eye. You apparently only need one ice cube for two eyes each time so you get quite a lot in the package. One thing to note is that they melt very fast. It smells great – like a green melon ice cream – often I’m wondering if it’s sweet because it smells that way. I feel like I’m melting a popsicle underneath my eyes. It’s more of a mess than expected so I would suggest doing this at home and having tissue nearby. I did however feel a tightening sensation under the eyes which was nice and I reckon if I did have puffy eyes today, it would have worked.
Another cool find in the box was this – the Sephora Ultimate Warming Cleanser (SGD $19). It has a honey-like texture that becomes warm in contact with the skin and it helps to wash away impurities, makeup and sebum. There is also Maple sap extract that keeps the skin hydrated and comfortable and not tight and dry. I haven’t tried this yet but I will probably in the next few weeks or so.
The thing I’m most excited about? My very own Foreo Luna device for sensitive/normal skin (SGD $299)! You’ve probably seen this cleansing device next to the Clarisonic at Sephora and you’re probably wondering what it is. Yes, it’s a new cleansing skincare gadget and many have claimed it to be even better than the Clarisonic. I have the Clarisonic and I have kind of stopped using it. I don’t like how I have to frequently replace the brush heads and I find it not as hygienic. But this doesn’t use brushes, it uses silicone and you don’t need to buy replacements. It also operates on a vibrating cleansing method that deeply and gently cleanses with T-Sonic technology, delivering about 8,000 pulsations per minute.
I’ve been watching a lot of videos on the Luna and a lot of people are saying it’s better than the Clarisonic, especially for people with sensitive skin like me. Like the Clarisonic, you can charge it up. It has an on/off button and a plus and minutes to increase and decrease the speed. The front of the Luna has a rubbery bristled side for deeper cleansing. It’s soft and not hard so you aren’t going to damage your skin or brush or scratch it like I felt I was doing with the Clarisonic at times.
The back of the Luna is apparenty for anti-ageing which leaves the skin feeling firmer and more elastic. Simply apply your normal skin cleanser on your face, wet the Luna, turn it on, and use it for a minute massaging your face. Then you can turn it off and rinse. Some other Youtubers use it in the shower and most of them absolutely love it and say it’s better than the Clarisonic. I’m really excited to try it for a while and do a video review after a few months to see if it does work! I did try it once and I found it made my skin clean (but a little tight) and very soft. It’s hard to think that it can because it has such rubbery “bristles”. Nonetheless, after all the reviews I’ve been watching, I can’t wait to see results.
Foreo Luna Giveaway!
The best thing about this? I want you to try it with me! Here’s my Foreo Luna Giveaway! If you want to win your very own Foreo Luna (worth $299), simply comment in the comments section below with a blog or video request that you’d like me to do that you’d think everyone might want to see too. It can be a make-up tutorial, review, a bunch of beauty tips, or a how-to post or video – or even a personal question tag! This giveaway ends on March 8th, 12AM Singapore Time and I will pick the winner. This giveaway is only open to Singapore residents as you have to collect it from a Sephora store! Good luck!
You’ll also want to know that from 23 Feb to 18 Mar, Sephora shoppers can bring home a special Skin Care Survival Pack with a minimum purchase of $80 (or $60 for Sephora White Card Members), as long as the purchase includes a skin care product. Sephora Black Card members who spend $120 and above not only receive the Skin Care Survival Pack but also a complimentary pack of Sephora bedroom slippers!
Hope you liked this post! Thank you Sephora for sending these over and allowing me to try these amazing products.