Friday, April 15, 2011

Review: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate & Eye Concentrate

I finally finished up the Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate and now am in search of a new serum. It wasn't bad, but I don't know if I'll repurchase it.
Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate & Eye Concentrate

I originally bought it back in October as part of a gift set for $88 but retails for $137 (haul post here).
See how little I can pump out from the dispenser??
The clear Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate serum

Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate Facts
  • Packaging - Nice sleek glass bottle with pump/drop dispenser so you never have to touch what's inside.
  • Size - 1.7 oz is the biggest size available. Sephora has it available in various sizes.
  • Price - retails for $98 for the 1.7 oz.
  • Specifications - Evens skin tone, brings radiance to skin, boosts gene activity to make your skin look more youthful (from Lancome's website). See a difference within 7 days.
  • Directions - Use daily in the morning and at night
  • Ingredients - Need to add later
Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate Review
  • Scent - Lightly fragrance, not obtrusive at all
  • Serum Essence - Clear serum that makes you think it's one of those really high tech products. Very easily spreadable so that I can smooth it all over my face and neck. 
  • How I Use It - I normally use it only during the night time because I have another product that I use during the day. I take a few drops and it is enough for me to spread all over my face and neck.
  • Overall Experience - I tried some of their sample packets and loved them. I love how it brightens my skin tone immediately. But for some reason the full size product was disappointing. First off, the pump didn't work. I'm not sure if my bottle was defective, but every time I try to pump the serum out, I would only get 1-2 drops maximum. So in order to get enough product in my palm, I had to repeat it multiple times. After using the concentrate for 3 months, I feel like nothing really happened to my skin. The first few days had a nice effect, but it didn't seem like it lasted. I don't really have that much of a problem with fine lines and wrinkles to speak for its anti-aging aspects. 
It was an overall nice experience, I wonder if it's because I didn't use enough? A quick tip, if you can get your hands on their 7 day deluxe sample, there is at least 25% worth of the full size product in there. =) Well worth it if you want to try. I've also started using the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, I'll see how it compares.

As part of the gift set, I also got the Génifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate. This I definitely would not repurchase.
Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Eye Concentrate
Very lightweight (excuse my dry hands)

Lancôme Génifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate Facts
  • Packaging - Nice sleek glass bottle with twist cap.
  • Size - 0.5 oz
  • Price - retails for $59
  • Specifications - Also suppose to brighten the eye area in less than 7 days diminishing dark circles and fine lines
  • Directions - Use daily in the morning and at night
  • Ingredients - Need to add later

Lancôme Génifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate Review
  • Scent - Lightly fragrance also kind of pleasant
  • Cream Essence -This is a very lightweight almost souffle-like cream. It's not heavy on the eyes
  • How I Use It - Because this is so light weight, I only use it during the daytime after my Shiseido White Lucent Eye Treatment to keep my eyes moisturize. Normally just dabbing it with my ring finger and patting it into my eyes.
  • Overall Experience - I don't think this eye cream really does anything for me. If I leave it on my eyes longer without spreading it out, it starts irritating the skin under my eye. At one point my under eyes were red and "rashy". I like that it's very lightweight and provides a bit more moisture than my Shiseido Eye Treatment but I don't see much effect on my crazy dark circles. =(
The eye cream lasted a long longer than the serum, I've used it for almost 6 months! But also only once a day. Coming up next would be my reviews on the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair for both face and eye.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Express, Abercrombie, Hollister Haul Apr 2011

Must be all this work stressing me out, I've turned into a MAJOR shopaholic recently. Splurging left and right. It doesn't help when all these stores are having their Spring clearance sales already! Here's some things I picked up from Express, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister.

None of these online stores have free shipping, but they are having a really nice clearance sale right now. Express has an additional 20% off clearance items with code 1244 expires Apr 10, 2011. Mostly picked up work attire. As long as I can return, I'm not 100% spending all this much! Haha =D Order
Abercrombie had a really nice sale recently - 30% off your entire purchase! You should "Like" them on Facebook to get the most up to date discounts that they DON'T advertise in their mailing list. I bought a few items last time, but most of them didn't fit me. =(  It seems like their sizing changed also. So I had to put in an exchange order, which wasn't so bad, because their clearance sale was 50% off! Lol... hauled again... They have a nice SpeedExchange service that offers you free shipping if you are planning to return or exchange items with them. Technically you are just placing another order and they are offering you free shipping, doesn't really matter if you do return anything to them. I actually picked out a lot more clothes in the second order, but they were sold out before I could check out! Crazy... >.< 1st order 2nd order (exchange)

I bought different sizes and colors of the Andrea off shoulder top. I thought at first that Medium would be just right for me since I normally wear Medium at A&F, but it turns out to be soooo huge on me. Repurchased in XS. Hopefully it works out. Not sure how much I like the green though, it's like a bright lime green, might be nice change for summer time. We'll see.

Hollister had the exact same promotion (50% off clearance items) as Abercrombie (it's still going on now). So I decided to check it out, only to pick out a bunch of stuff from there as well. Their styles are so similar to Abercrombie but are usually cheaper! Bought a whole bunch of button-down shirts. Order

Beyond the Rack is one of those one day deal sites that offer steep discount on designer clothing and other items. They offer a lot of promotional credit as well. Recently they offered all their members a $25 credit. So I got myself these 2 pieces from a brand I don't know. Their shipping rate is always $9.95 for every order. Here's a ruffle front dress and a cowl neck top with ruffle details on the side. They look cute but it seems like their shipping is taking forever! I bought these on March 25 and they're still not here. Sigh..
Ruffle Front Dress $19.95
Cowl Neck Top $19.95

Well that's it for my clothing haul of the BEGINNING of April.. For some reason, I think they'll be more to come. And this is only my clothing haul, wait till you see my beauty hauls. >.<  I have a problem.
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