Sephora Spring Series: Eyes, Lips and Sun Care

This is probably my most favourite topic only because I know for a fact that it wasn’t something top of mind or on my radar when I was just getting into my own beauty routine. Even with my friends and family, I feel like this is the area that is most forgotten or should I say, neglected. Now, I cannot make a generalization for everyone, but I can make a fair observation based on the conversations I have had within my personal network. That is, it’s much easier to focus on the skin on our face and body and pay close attention to how we apply/remove makeup on our face, we are not the same with how we treat our lips. I have been totally guilty of this, especially when I’ve got a stubborn lip tint or stain that just DOES NOT budge. Our lips are just as important as the rest of our face and, yes it is still considered skin! Bringing it back to the overall topic of eyes, lips and sun care I think this is a great topic to open for discussion because it’s one of those things that are so important and often forgotten. The skin in those areas tend to be thinner and more fragile. Hopefully some of the topics and care tips I share below will prove to be helpful with your own routine!

 

AMOREPACIFIC (AP) MOISTURE BOUND Lip Treatment – This luxurious lip balm/treatment comes at a pretty price of $42 for 10g which, in comparison, to some other cheaper lip balm alternatives is significantly higher. I’m talking about Burt’s Bees, Blistex, Vaseline, etc. Now, the differentiating factor between the other popular options is of course the formula. This lip treatment includes a variety of botanical ingredients such as Apricot Seed Oil and Peach Kernel Oil. The texture is slightly sticky and, in my opinion, almost feels like a lip gloss as it leaves a shine when applied on bare lips. The applicator is a silicone tip which is nice to massage your lips when you have applied a thin even layer. Other than that, I’m not so sure I’ve seen drastic results or feel that it is worth the price SO I will most likely be looking into other effective and affordable alternatives. In my humble opinion, I think lip care comes with taking care of it through gentle application/removal, regular moisturizing and exfoliating as needed.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – I have raved about this product in my earlier posts and have shared this with ALL my friends and family and I have consistently received positive feedback. This product is a must when it comes to my personal lip care routine simply because it just pulls everything together! We both use this every night before bed and we wake up the next morning with baby soft lips. This product contains a berry mix complex (literally all the “-berries”) and has a unique butter-like, glossy texture. A little goes a long way, just make sure you have an even layer on the lips. The sleeping mask seems to form a moisture layer on your lips so I highly recommend completing your regular lip care before applying this mask. Personally, I will exfoliate and follow up with my regular lip balm in advance of applying this mask. Once the balm has been absorbed on my lips, I will go in with the sleeping mask and jump right into bed. On the days that I have traveled or forgot to use the sleeping mask, there is a clear difference in how my lips feel the next morning. HIGHLY recommend!

AMOREPACIFIC (AP) Intensive Vitalizing Eye Essence – Yes, it is for your eyes and is not a needle or some sort of writing instrument! Can we just pause and talk about the packaging first? It looks like a pen and pretty much functions like a pen in a sense that you need to press down on the end to dispense product from the roller ball. First you need to twist to unlock before you will be able to press down on the trigger. Aside from the fun and interesting package, this product offers quite a unique experience for your eyecare routine. Similar to any metal roller ball applicator, it feels slightly cold to touch which makes for a soothing feeling when applied to the eye area. It only comes with 15 mL of product, but you only need maybe ½-1 full pump for both eyes so it lasted 3 months for me with regular nightly use. This is an essence for the eyes which means it should be applied before your eye cream. It was a little pricey for me in my opinion especially when you factor in eye cream which pretty much doubles the cost just for your eyecare. Don’t misunderstand, I think it’s certainly important to invest in a good routine for the eye area because it’s so delicate but I am interested in trying other similar products. Before this product, I had never tried an eye essence however I really enjoy how it compliments the eye cream. I will certainly be in the market for a similar product!

 

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate – Fresh products have always had a special place in my vanity simply because when I was first getting into skincare, I used a lot of their products. My personal long-time favourite was the Rose Floral Toner. I have since branched off into other brands and other product types over the years, but was always curious about this particular eye cream. When I was first getting into eyecare, this product seemed quite pricey but now as the products I have tested are on such a wide spectrum in terms of the price range, I decided to give this one a shot. It is a denser cream formula so if you prefer gel-like consistency, this may not be the product for you. As I prefer to use heavier products in my nighttime routine, I tend to use this product at night. It feels quite luxurious in a sense that although it is a little dense, it doesn’t leave your skin feeling oily or greasy. It absorbs fairly quickly if you pat gently around the area once you have applied a thin, even layer.

 

Laneige Eye Sleeping Mask – If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll notice I referenced this product in my Seoul Haul Part II: Skincare and if not then you should definitely check it out! I’ll prevent myself from sounding like a broken record here and just say that this is a nice addition to my eyecare regime. If you’ve tried the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask, then I’m sure you can agree that it gives your skin a nice boost in the morning. Very similar effect with this product in terms of the light and watery texture. It applies very wet but luckily it dries fairly quickly. More importantly, I am EXCITED to say that this product now retails in Sephora stores in Canada so you don’t have to be stingy with this product if you’ve stocked up from overseas!

 

Lancôme BIENFAIT UV SPF 50+ Super Fluid Facial Sunscreen – So we all know that protection against the sun is super important for the overall wellbeing of your skin, but also to prevent sun damage which can cause premature skin aging. I think we can all agree that there are some sunscreens out there that are just super tacky/sticky and just outright uncomfortable. It’s not really encouraging when you’re trying to protect your skin against the sun with greasy sunscreen. If you can relate then I am happy to share my experience with this product. It’s lightweight, dries quickly and doesn’t leave your skin feeling like there’s a thick layer of cream on your face. What I love about this formula is that there is high SPF coverage, it’s oil-free and it REALLY is super fluid! HIGHLY recommend and I will definitely be repurchasing!

 

Last post on Masking, coming up!

 

 

 

 

One of six in the Sephora Spring Series, check out my honest thoughts on products ranging from cleansing & toning, moisturizing, exfoliants, treatment & toners, eye and sun care, and face masks!  Read the original post HERE and follow me on the rest of this series!

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