Surprising Beauty Products

My time is extremely limited these days–life throws us under the bus sometimes when it comes to timing. Yes it’s a very happy time but there are also a lot of other things going on that are not so happy. I’m trying to stay afloat, so unfortunately my post frequency is suffering–but I hope you’ll appreciate that I’m trying to balance. 🙂

I so very much wanted to share this with you in a beauty video, but I have this unfortunately-located blemish that looks like a cold sore (it’s not, I swear!) and it has me feeling really self-conscious as of late, so I’m opting for a good old standard post this time around.

Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair $52-$80

I am absolutely, head over heels in love with a new-to-me beauty product. After I heard a recommendation online for it, I had to investigate. Estēe Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair serum is more of what someone would think to be an anti-aging, anti-oxidant, protective serum. But it repairs damage wonderfully. And what’s even more amazing (and why I purchased it) is it is nothing short of a miracle worker when it comes to healing acne. I’m talking huge, weeping, inflamed, red, open acne blemishes.

I swear to you, on my own life, that I put this on my face and overnight the redness in my healing blemishes was completely gone. It had transformed from angry and red to just a pale pink. And my skin looked healthier in those areas. I had a couple of stubborn spots on my chin for at least two weeks that refused to heal up and with one night of this stuff and it was almost gone. I’m a complete convert for life.

I also did a fair amount of investigation into the technology behind it, and it looks like it helps your DNA Polymerases (enzymes) repair damaged DNA that happens from free radicals (which cause the oxidation behind the word anti-oxidant). Pretty neat stuff from a biological perspective. Coming from a complete serum-skeptic: I’m sold. For life.


Avon Infinite Moment for Him $20

Another thing I’ve been loving is a bit more indirect. Since I’m one of Avon’s select handful of brand ambassadors for 2012 (yay!), I got to treat HB to one of their men’s fragrances, Infinite Moment for Him. And it smells so delicious! It smells like a mix between Aqua di Gio and John Varvatos Vintage colognes combined.

Obviously I don’t wear it myself, but I love when he does and I was so pleasantly surprised that an affordable fragrance could smell so deliciously expensive and layered. Again, another misconception turned on its head for me this month!

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain $32

The last thing I’ll talk about caught me unpleasantly by surprise. There has been a lot of hype about the release of Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain, and I must say it is an innovative product. It attempts to be the first lipstick-stain-lip gloss hybrid. And it is, but for me, it’s all wrong.

It has a funny texture that unfortunately does still feel like one of those long-wearing 12-hour lip stains from the drugstore. It has a weird scent. It feels sticky and like it sits on your lips. Wouldn’t recommend shelling out the $35 bucks a pop it costs to experience this product.

Disclaimer: I am a brand ambassador for Avon and am thusly compensated. All opinions are my own and I would never endorse a product I didn’t actually use and love.

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  1. 03.21.2012 / 12:01 am

    Surprising Beauty Products: My time is extremely limited these days–life throws us under the bus sometimes when …

  2. 03.21.2012 / 12:39 am

    Love reading all about your favorite products (recently bought the two MAC products for dewy/glowy skin and loved it)! Definitely want to try the men’s fragrance for my BF. Thanks for posting during your busy schedule!

  3. 03.21.2012 / 7:19 am

    I have been hearing alot about the Lauder product and it’s been on my list to pick up but after this review I think I’ll be picking some up tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

  4. 03.21.2012 / 7:26 am

    I actually hate that smell that all YSL lip products have, I don’t wear a lot of my lipsticks because of it. Thank you for your honesty about the lip stain, I have been receiving so many promotional materials about their relaunched cosmetics line and I am still not sure if the $$$$ really is worth it.

  5. Jesse
    03.21.2012 / 8:58 am

    It stinks that the YSL gloss is not as good as a product as it could be. That would be a really cool product if it smelled better and had a better texture. Thanks for the info!

  6. 03.21.2012 / 9:00 am

    haha . . . in my last comment I forgot to mention my website, sorry 🙂

  7. 03.21.2012 / 10:37 am

    Hi! Just curious, as a doctor, what do you make of all these different night serums, moisturizers, balancing toners, age-defying wrinkle removers and pore minimizers? Do they really work? What would you recommend really spending on? I’m a beauty junkie but I’m a bit of a skeptic too so I tend to stick with cleanser-toner-moisturizer and sunblock. I’m getting old though so I wonder if I should invest in eye serums and age defying stuff. What’s your take?

    • 03.21.2012 / 10:30 pm

      As I said above, I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to beauty products, especially anti-aging. But if it has an acid or retinol in it, I generally gravitate toward those, because I know the science behind them works.

      • 03.22.2012 / 3:03 am

        Thanks!! Will keep that in mind 🙂

  8. 03.21.2012 / 11:40 am

    Love it when you share product discoveries/reviews with us – definitely going to try that serum!!

    • 03.21.2012 / 10:30 pm

      It’s amazing, I never would have believed it if I didn’t try it out myself!

  9. 03.21.2012 / 3:12 pm

    Love these beauty product review posts! I have used Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair and also love it! I appreciate the review on the YSL’s glossy stain– it is something I would have wanted to try, but this is why I appreciate reviews SO much! Now I know to just stick with their lipsticks! 🙂

  10. 03.21.2012 / 5:10 pm

    I’ve always wondered about that Estee Lauder serum – now I’ll definitely have to give it a try! Right now I’m using Murad’s Complete Reform with Glyco Firming Complex, which I bought a full bottle of after trying a deluxe free sample, I loved it that much. I’m not 100% sure of the anti-aging properties because, like you, I’m young enough to not have much in the way of wrinkles or whatnot yet, but it does an amazing job of helping get rid of and heal acne too – interesting that a lot of the good anti-ager serums turn out to be good for acne too (this one, retinol, your Estee Lauder serum).

  11. 03.21.2012 / 9:18 pm

    Aqua Di Gio – the scent that made me fall for my husband. I might have to pick up Infinite for Him. My husband ran out of Aqua Di Gio and decided to use Eternity for Men by Calvin Klein – not really a favorite of mine.

  12. 03.21.2012 / 10:52 pm

    I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect anti aging product that wouldn’t make my acne worse, and to think that this product might actually help is very exciting ! Thanks for the review, I can’t wait to get to the store tomorrow !

  13. Andi
    03.22.2012 / 1:14 am

    Would the serum also help to shrink pores as well as even skin tone?

  14. 03.22.2012 / 3:02 am

    I just came across your blog and I am absolutely in love with it! Congrats on getting matched to your first choice! You truly deserve it!!
    I’ve heard a lot about the YSL stains and I want to try it out of the curiosity. But if I’m disappointed, I’m out $34! haha

  15. 03.22.2012 / 3:23 am

    you definitely have me interesting the estee lauder! sounds like a great product!

  16. 03.22.2012 / 3:01 pm

    Seems like a really good product. I´ll try to look for it in the market. Thanks for the review. 🙂

  17. 03.22.2012 / 3:12 pm

    Hey! I really appreciate the info on the Advanced Night serum — my mom has it and I never really even blinked an eye at it because I never really get into skin stuff from makeup lines — is that weird? I am always a Dr Brandt/Dr Perricone kind of girl (as if because they concentrate on skin care that they are best? I dunno). I am definitely going to try this tho — currently I use Proactiv to “dry out” blemishes overnight (the repairing lotion) but sometimes I worry that its also drying out my skin in general, and that always concerns me — I mean drying means aging, rt?

  18. 03.22.2012 / 6:41 pm

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  19. 03.23.2012 / 2:10 am

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  20. NeenaJ
    03.23.2012 / 2:53 pm

    I couldn’t agree more about the YSL lip stains. The colors were gorgeous, but my lips felt gummy and dry all day (albeit, the color was still going strong).
    p.s. congrats on your residency!

  21. 03.23.2012 / 3:00 pm

    i disagree about the YSL glossy stain COMPLETELY. I think it’s amazing! My boyfriend and I both LOVE the smell and he loves that it stays on my lips and not on his! I have the #16 which is a perfectly bold purple for spring and the #7 which is more coral and good for everyday. I’m sorry you didn’t love it but it’s completely changed how I feel about lip products! If you’re looking for a gloss/stain/lipstick hybrid though, check out the NARS velvet gloss pencils. It’s a lip gloss in a pencil form with a really nice texture.

  22. 03.24.2012 / 9:37 am

    I’ve been intrigued by the Estēe Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair since a long time ago, but when I got an immediate negative reaction the moment the tester landed on my skin I swore to stay away! These were itchy, red spots that suddenly emerged! Scary!

    • 03.24.2012 / 4:03 pm

      Oh no, how unfortunate. Everyone’s skin is different so it is important to test out products first especially if your skin is prone to sensitivity. I didn’t have any negative reactions to the product (in fact, quite the opposite!) fortunately. xo

  23. 03.25.2012 / 6:52 am

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  24. 03.26.2012 / 5:10 pm

    These products are out of my typical beauty product budget, but the Estēe Lauder Advanced Night Repair sounds impressive! I, too, have always been pretty skeptical when it comes to products that promise to repair blemishes overnight, but the technology behind it sounds pretty amazing.

  25. 03.30.2012 / 8:40 pm

    I have been wanting to try the Estēe Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair for a while now, I’ve seen it suggested on a lot of magazine sites. After reading this I think I’ll finally give it a try, I’m convinced. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Sharon
    04.06.2012 / 6:21 pm

    Sorry you didn’t like the YSL Lip Stain – I actually just ordered a backup of #15, which is a pretty pink. Perhaps you put too much on – I find it better when I spread just a little on both upper and lower lips. Maybe you could try it again…and I’m wearing it right no – the smell, if there is one, goes away pretty quickly!

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