FRESH Black Tea Age Delay Firming Serum

I love discovering new favorites when it comes to beauty products but it’s even more exciting when I discover skincare products that really work. For the past month, I’ve been testing out the new Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum and I’m so impressed with the results.

Those of you who read my Skincare Power Trio post already know I’ve been using the Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate cream for many years and swear by it, so now that I tried the serum too, I’m even more convinced that Fresh is really onto something with their black tea line of skincare.

Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Firming Serum

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum + Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate

I have combination skin; oily T-zone and normal everywhere else. I can’t use heavy or overly moisturizing creams as they always break me out, so I prefer serums which are not only lighter in consistency but they’re highly concentrated and absorb better into the skin delivering faster and more effective results.

I started off with a sample pot of this firming serum from Sephora – just to test out how my skin would take to it; and by day 4, I literally ran back to the store to get the full size. That’s how amazing my skin looked and felt.

Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Firming SerumFresh Black Tea Age Delay Firming Serum is clear and very light in consistency. It spreads evenly across the skin leaving a beautiful sheen; absorbs really fast and dries without leaving any oily or sticky residue behind which is extremely important for me. The scent is also very mild, I can only pick up on a blend of tea and honeysuckle.

Described by Fresh as: a treatment serum that smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while providing a firmer, luminous look.

Contains a complex of black tea ferment, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, and lychee seed extract – proven to inhibit damaging free radicals and helps to improve skin elasticity.

Peptides help firm the skin, defy the visible signs of gravity, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Honeysuckle leaf extract helps firm and soothe the skin.

 

I can definitely confirm the firming, smoothing and brightening effects of this serum. I use 2-3 drops of the serum nightly and I pretty much noticed a general tightening and luminosity after the first use. Although you can use this serum as a day and night treatment, I prefer to stick to my SPF moisturizer during daytime and use concentrated serums like these at night when the skin replenishes itself and can do with a helping hand.

Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Firming Serum

Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Firming Serum

The Black Tea Age Delay Firming Serum comes in a dark brown glass bottle and has an interesting “flexible” nozzle. Usually serums will have a dropper. With this particular serum, you hold the bottle upside down, bend the plastic nozzle which disperses the product drop by drop. It’s an interesting design but makes sense as there’s no air going into the bottle which keeps the product as pure and fresh as possible.

This serum is suitable for all skin types, however the Fresh Black Tea line features a full range of products including cleansers, masks and more moisturising creams – if you want the additional hydration.

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Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Line

Fresh, as a brand in general is a strong contender in skincare and whether through my own personal experience or the hype I see surrounding all their products, I highly recommend them if you’re after new skincare products or have specific skincare needs to cater to.

Black Tea Age Delay Firming Serum retails at $75 for 1.0oz bottle as pictured; or $98 for 1.6oz. Check out the Fresh Skincare products including the Black Tea range HERE

What’s your go-to skincare product or brand?

NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

NARS Cosmetics just launched Under Cover, their Summer 2016 Color Collection; and it’s absolutely adorable to say the least!

Continuing on with their amazing packaging designs, this collection is dressed with chic illustrations by contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias and feature NARS’s cult favorite formulas…

Nars Undercover Summer 2016 Color Collection

NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Color Collection

This year there’s a lot of bright turquoise, teals, greens as well as shimmering tones of rich blue colors on the eyes. Terracotta bronze and peachy/russet hues on the cheeks; and bright corals, orange and reds on the lips. So if you’re a fan of these shades, there will be plenty of options to choose from both from drugstore and mid to high end brands.

NARS is definitely leading the trend with Under Cover Collection – with a few neutral options in there which is always a bonus.

NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection   NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection

NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Color Collection; Pic credit: NARS

Under Cover Collection consists of 4 x Dual Intensity eyeshadows, 2 x Dual Intensity blushes and 4 x Lip Covers which is an opaque liquid lipstick formula.

I personally love NARS’s Dual Intensity formula. They’re amazing quality, blend really well and they’re long wearing. I have a makeup tutorial using NARS Dual Intensity eyeshadows HERE if you need some ideas to apply to this collection :)

NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection

NARS Undercover Collection – Dual Intensity Eyeshadows

 

NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection

NARS Undercover Collection – Dual Intensity Blush

 

NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 Collection

NARS Undercover Collection – Lip Cover Liquid Lipstick

The dual intensity eyeshadows and blushes are a dry/wet formula so you can make them as sheer or intense as you wish. The lipsticks are an opaque liquid formula – but they’re not long wearing like the liquid matte lipsticks. These are definitely moisturizing which is perfect for summer months.

NARS Under Cover Collection is exclusive to NARS boutique stores or can be purchased on their website HERE. Lipsticks are $28 each, eyeshadows are $29 each, Blushes are $45 each.

What’s your favorite item from this collection?

Your Artis Brush Questions Answered

Hello beauties!! I covered Artis makeup brushes in detail on previous posts, and with the hype continuing to surround them, they’re still one of the most asked about items on my site.

Today, I thought I’d answer some of your frequently asked questions and also introduce you to the Fluenta Collection, which takes these already luxurious brushes to a whole other level.

Artis Fluenta Collection

Artis Fluenta Collection – Full set comes in black velvet box

Before we get started, here are the links to my previous posts: Artis Brushes Introduction and Elite Smoke Collection which cover everything from background info, quality and performance, different size and styles, where and how to use each brush, as well as size comparisons.

YOUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are the cheaper alternatives same as Artis brushes?

NO they’re not. This is one topic I want to clarify in detail as I’ve been seeing so many different “dupes” pop up all over social media. The problem is: people buy the dupes expecting the Artis performance they’ve been hearing about; of course it all goes belly up because it’s like comparing apples and oranges; and unfairly, they end up putting the Artis brushes in the same “fail” basket which couldn’t be further from the truth.

Artis Cosmefibre bristlesWhilst imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery – and clearly Artis have a great product that everyone else wants in on the success; when it comes to performance, they can’t even be compared. And there’s a good reason for that:

More so than the unique design, what makes Artis brushes different are their bristles. Artis brushes are made from Cosmefibre (in the US), which in fact is exclusive to Artis. These bristles are designed and packed in such a way to practically mimic airbrushing so whatever product you apply with them is at its utmost performance. This is where most of the dupes fail and lets be honest, what’s the point of having a unique looking makeup brush if it doesn’t perform?

Another important function of these bristles is that they don’t soak up any product so you not only use less product, but cleaning them is an absolute breeze.

I understand Artis brushes can be expensive but when it comes to makeup application, performance is key and Artis delivers performance. I would highly recommend in investing in a few key pieces to begin with and enjoy the guaranteed results, rather than wasting money on countless dupes in the hope of finding one that works as well as the real thing.

 

OVAL 7 or OVAL 8 for foundation?

Artis Oval 8 ad Oval 7 brushesPossibly the most asked about Artis question. Oval 7 was a later addition to the Artis line. Slightly smaller than the Oval 8, if I personally had to choose one, Oval 7 would be my preference.

Oval 8 is amazing for base products such as foundation and powder. It provides a very quick and effortless coverage so it’s convenient.

Oval 7 does all of the above but being smaller, it can also be used to apply bronzer, blush, contour and highlight with better precision.

Both brushes are amazing for foundation, but depending on your makeup routine and needs, Oval 7 is a bit more versatile.

 
 

What are the key brushes I should consider buying?

Artis Must Have EssentialsArtis has some amazing sets which are great value for money, so whether you consider one of those sets or prefer individual brushes, following three are my personal must-haves:

Oval 7 for primer, foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, contour, highlight

Oval 4 for concealer, contour, eyeshadow

Linear 1 for eyeliner, contour and brows

*Because Artis brushes are so easy to clean in between products, same brush can be used for many different functions within the same application so you don’t even need multiples of these favorites.

 

 

Can I purchase Artis brushes in my country? 

Yes. As with all international shipping, restrictions and limitations may apply, however SpaceNK and Net-A-Porter both stock Artis brushes and ship international. Check both stores to see availability and terms and conditions for your location.

THE FLUENTA COLLECTION

I must admit, when I first discovered Artis brushes, I was particularly drawn to the Fluenta Collection. With black and silver handles, the elegant curve of the brush heads, they almost looked like art pieces. Upon their first release, they were only sold at Neimann Marcus so availability was a bit limited. Now, the Fluenta line is available on the Artis website and now that I have a set of my own, they look even better in person!

Fluenta Series feature the exact same brush size/styles as the other collections. The only difference is the color and style of the handle – which has a prominent curve towards the head of the brush; so it’s really a matter of personal preference rather than difference in variety/functionality. I haven’t experienced any difference by way of performance.

Artis Fluenta Collection

Artis Fluenta Collection – Comparison of Artis Oval 6 brush in Smoke Collection to Oval 6 Fluenta Collection 

I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with Artis – both in terms of product quality/performance and the Artis team as a whole. I’m happy to see the range rapidly growing and reaching the hype and success it truly deserves. Along with the Elite Mirror, Elite Smoke and Fluenta Collections, Artis recently launched the Elite Gold Collection which looks soooo beautiful!!

I think my life will be complete if a blushing rose-gold collection is launched so I shall patiently wait and hope the Artis design team make my wishes come true :)

Have you purchased any of the Artis brushes? Which color/style is your favorite?

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