My favorite high-end beauty productsΒ 

I’m all for more affordable options if I can get the same results but there are some pricier products that I really enjoy and haven’t been able to find exact dupes for. Today I wanted to share a few of them. 

First up is the Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream. It’s one of the most nourishing creams I’ve tried that instantly reduces any dry lines under the eyes. Despite being so creamy and rich, it doesn’t feel greasy at all, gets absorbed into the skin instantly and wears beautifully under makeup or on its own.

It costs $90+ in the US but it’s a lot cheaper in Europe. The only thing I don’t like is its pump. It’s a ‘moody’ pump especially after you use up maybe half of the bottle. Sometimes it’s hard to control how much products the pump pushes out. I tried twisting the cap but I can’t really open it up. While I appreciate the more high-end glass pump bottle packaging, I’d rather have a simple tube so it’s less of a hassle to use. The 15 ml bottle lasts me about 3-4 months.


Next up is a luxury product from Japan: the Elegance makeup setting powder . It was by no means an impulse purchase. I thought about it for quite a while before biting the billet. At $100+, this is the most expensive powder product I’ve ever purchased and I was not sure whether it’s worth it. However after using it for a few times I begin to understand why it’s a cult favorite. I like the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder but when comparing the two, the Elegance powder is probably 4 times more finely milled and 3 times more effective at oil control, and the blurring effect is also much more prominent.

The packaging is A+ too. But it’s indeed a luxury splurge so I will have to see how long this compact lasts before deciding whether I will repurchase. 

The last product is the instant long wear makeup remover from Bobbi Brown. I’ve tried the cleansing oil from the same line and I didn’t like it so I didn’t have high expectation for this product. However it definitely beat my expectations. It’s one of the most effective makeup remover for eyes I’ve tried. It can take off heavy eye makeup including waterproof eyeliners and mascaras. And it doesn’t irritate my eyes or leave an any annoying residue after my double cleansing routine. It’s simply a pleasure to use. And I’ve since purchased the full size version. 


That’s all for today. What are some of your favorite beauty products at the moment? Please share in comments πŸ™‚

Find me on Instagram if you are interested in individual product reviews: Skincarejunkie_03 

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April 2017 favorites & emptiesΒ 

Today I wanted to share some of my recent empties and favorites including some of my all-time favorites.

First up is the NUXE lip balm in a jar. This is the most nourishing lip balm I’ve ever used. I started using it when multiple lip balms did not work on my traumatized severely chapped lips from wearing a raved up NYX lingerie liquid lipstick (that’s a horrible liquid lipstick for my lips and I probably will stay away from NYX for a while). It’s significantly better than the hyped up Glossier dotcom lipbalm (another regret) as it provides hours of hydration and wears well under liquid lipsticks or lip pencils.

  • Repurchase? πŸ‘


Next up is a hyped up dry shampoo that actually lives up to my expectation. It’s the Livingproof perfect day dry shampoo. This is the best dry shampoo I’ve used (I’ve tried at least 9-10 dry shampoos). The scent is not overwhelming. It makes my roots feeling clean for at least 8 hours. The white cast disappears quite quickly as you comb through your hair after you spray it. It’s just such a pleasure to use! When I’m feeling extra fancy, I will pair it with the R+Co volume spray and Caudalie hair oil. I love it so much that I’ve started exploring other Livingproof hair products. I now understand why it’s most popular hair brand in the East Coast now.

Repurchase? πŸ‘πŸΌ



Next up is the Burt’s Bee body lotion. I don’t like it. It takes a lot of effort to sink into the skin and with its moderate hydration results, it’s not worth the effort or time. The scent is also nothing impressive, more artificial than natural despite its claim on using mostly natural ingredients.

Repurchase? No


A $2 brow pencil from ELF and it is great! I don’t even remember when and where I picked it up but I’m so glad I did. It’s extremely easy to work with as it’s pigmented, soft and smooth. The packaging is not great as it tends to fall apart gradually but it’s okay as the pencil doesn’t last more than 3 months for me. The only downside you need to be aware of is that the color might not be as long lasting so I usually pair it with a clear brow gel and then I have great natural looking brows for an entire day!

Repurchase? πŸ‘


Lastly, here are a few empties that I’ve used up more than once, which are among my staples. I usually rotate them through my routine instead of using these consistently so I can still find room to try new products. If you are interested to see reviews of individual products, follow me on Instagram where I post reviews on a regular basis: skincarejunkie_03