Laniege: Bright Renew Serum and Bright Renew Emulsion

I’m always researching skincare products to try to find the best I can in terms of ingredients, effectiveness and value. Whether it be outstanding drugstore skincare, like the Olay Regenerist and ProX range or the Laniege Bright Renew range from Sephora that I’ll be reviewing here, I always try to test out the products for at least a few months to see how they work for me.

Remember – what might work for me, may not work for you; and vice-versa!  But I’m hoping my reviews give all of you, at the very least, some glimpse of what is out there and products that you might’ve been curious about!

So, after using up the majority of my Olay products, I was ready to re-stock and try something new. After doing some reading on the Laniege Bright Renew range, I decided to start with the Laniege Bright Renew Emulsion and Bright Renew Serum:

Laniege is a Korean brand. Korean skincare has been gaining popularity in the last few years here in the western world and if you keep on top of trends, you’ll know that Korean skincare is serious business!

What attracted me to Laniege was the description of these products and what they claim to deliver – things that I specifically always look for in my skincare, for my needs. Let’s start with the emulsion:

As per the Sephora website:

What it is:
A radiance-restoring lotion to brighten a dull, uneven complexion. 

What it is formulated to do:
Formulated with LANEIGE’s exclusive, patented Melacrusher™ technology—a potent combination of antioxidant-rich truffle yeast extract and revitalizing green tea extract—this brightening innovator visibly reduces yellowing resulting from overactive melanin production. Dark spots, unevenness, and discoloration fade away as luminosity and transparency are restored.

First off, this is a super, light-weight lotion that would be awesome for normal, combo, and oily skintypes; dry skintypes might find this not moisturizing enough. I use this straight after using the LBR Serum and I find they work beautifully together – giving me the right amount of hydration. This lotion does not contain SPF, so when I do use this I make sure to top up with some face SPF or use makeup with SPF.

As far as its claims to reduce dark spots, unevenness, and discolouration – I can’t say for certain that this has happened for me, but I also do know that results can take a long time.  What I am sure of is that I like the formula, skin has a nice glow after using, keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day and overall my skin has been looking more luminous.

The LBR Serum is what I use underneath the LBR Emulsion. As per the Sephora website:

What it is:
A high-performance, intensive serum to visibly brighten and restore skin clarity. 

What it is formulated to do:
Active brightening complex Melacrusher™ gently eliminates and blocks pigmentation while retexturizing and reviving skin’s perfect tone. Luminosity is restored and skin appears radiant and youthful.

You can see from the description, the serum is formulated very similarly to the lotion. Because of this, sometimes I think that it might be ‘overkill’ to use both products that essentially do the same thing or contain the same ingredients. But then again, that’s how most skincare ranges are designed.

This serum is probably the most lightweight serum I’ve tried in my life – the consistency is like milk. The packaging is a pipette and a few drops into the palm of my hand, I have enough to cover my entire face. At first application, I thought the consistency would be too thin to actually make my skin feel hydrated – but I was wrong!  Once this is fully absorbed into my skin, it feels amazingly hydrated.

After using both these products consistently for about 4 months now – I’ve actually just finished up the serum.  I do like them both. I really don’t see any noticable difference in my skin, in terms of texture, condition, or radiance.  Would I repurchase?  No.

The serum is $59 Cdn for 40 ml and emulsion is $39 Cdn for 100 ml., both at Sephora.

Have you tried these products?  Like or dislike?  Have you tried any other Laniege products?

Thanks for reading!


Rosehip Seed Oil: the answer to awesome skin.

I thought I’d sit down and write about something that is probably my most valued, important and must-have product in all of my skincare – Rosehip seed oil.

Always on the search for the ‘best’ skincare, I kept coming across the benefits of rosehip oil for the skin. I liked everything I was reading about it – seemed to be quite the miracle product that pretty much all people can use.  Now, I have tried rosehip seed oil before with the Ole Henriksen oil, which really did improve my skin – which I would’ve expected for a $60 product.  But with more research, I realized that I could get myself a good quality rosehip seed oil product for about a sixth of that price.  With many, many options out there, I settled on this one ($12):

Pure rosehip seed oil is derived from the rosehip fruit which is found in Chile.  Rosehip oil is super rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids and antioxidants – including Vitamin C and A. Look for cold-pressed rosehip seed oil as in this form, the oil’s nutrient content is preserved. It has a bit of a nutty/fishy scent, but this is normal if you’re getting a good quality oil.  The colour should be a dark orange – amber shade.

Rosehip seed oil helps to reduce the appearance of scars and can correct UV sun damage on your skin (i.e. hyperpigmentation). It’s great for hydrating dry skin and can treat fine lines and wrinkles.

I have scalp psoriasis/eczema and using rosehip seed oil has helped to keep those patches moisturized and has even helped to lessen the irritation and discomfort. I actually have an all-natural oil recipe I’ll share with you in a future post that has helped my condition (might help some of you as well!)

Rosehip seed oil is a dry oil, meaning it is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. If you’ve ever used pure jojoba oil, it’s texture and consistency is pretty much the same (I use 100% pure jojoba oil all over my body right after the shower while my skin is still damp – awesome moisturizer!).

I use rosehip seed oil as part of my nightly skincare routine. Although it’s a dry oil, I can still find this a bit too much for my face during the day. And anyway, I find night time is the best time to reap the full benefits of this, along with the rest of my products.

Typically, I’ll cleanse my face, tone and then apply a vitamin C serum. Once that sinks in for about a minute, I’ll take 3-4 drops of the rosehip seed oil into my palms, rub my hand together, and then gently pat my hands onto my entire face and neck. Once I’ve patted in for a good 30 seconds or so, I’ll then gently massage the oil into my face and neck to ensure it gets really absorbed into my skin.

I try to use the rosehip seed oil at least 3 times per week as part of my night time skincare routine. I wake up to plump, hydrated and brighter skin. Since using rosehip seed oil, on and off, for almost a year now I’ve noticed the texture of my skin improve and my skin become more even toned.  I have combination skin and this has actually helped to lessen the production of oil in my oily parts.

As I age, I’m almost positive that rosehip seed oil is going to be the one staple product I will never be without. It hits the bullseye when it comes to an all-in-one anti-aging product!

Have you tried rosehip seed oil? Like or dislike?

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream SPF 15

If you’re looking for a super comfortable, lightweight moisturizer with SPF protection this Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream SPF 15 might just be perfect for you.

The Pro-X Olay SPF 30 moisturizer that I recently reviewed is still my current fave for daytime facial moisturizers with SPF, but I was intrigued with the concept of a gel-cream formula with SPF that Neutrogena had to offer.  SPF is one of those things that’s hard to get right in a facial moisturizer – most leave a heavy white cast and/or makes you look greasy – you know, that typical ‘sun-screeny’ feeling. The Olay one doesn’t do that and neither does this Neutrogena one – whew!


Now, if any of you have been following me for a while now, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of hyaluronic acid – this ingredient is amazing at keeping my skin hydrated, plump and moisturized.  So the idea of having a really lightweight moisturizer with really good hydration AND SPF sounded like a good deal to me!

If you’ve got oily/combo skin, you will love this moisturizer – I used this on hot, humid days and it was perfect to keep my face from feeling like I have too much on.  If you’ve got dry/normal skin, I think you’ll still enjoy the formula, but it might not be enough hydration for you if you’re really dry (especially come the winter months).

It doesn’t really have a scent to it, maybe a light fresh-like scent but nothing too strong.   I sinks in quickly into the skin and instantly provides hydration and leaves my skin plump and happy.

There are other moisturizers and an eye cream in this Neutrogena range and I wouldn’t be surprised if those product eventually make their way on to my vanity!

Have you tried this?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!!