{Review & Giveaway} Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum

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When I speak to my non-beauty blogging friends around my age (late twenties / early thirties) about skincare, they always look at me as if I am crazy for using anti-aging skincare products.  They think I am “too young” – like hello?  I’ve been using anti-aging products since my early twenties!  How else can I get away with looking like I’m younger than my actual age?!!  Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum is one the newest anti-aging power packed serums to hit the beauty market.  I was given the privilege to trial this for review and better still, there’s one to giveaway to one lucky Aussie reader (more on that later).


Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin Youthful Radiance Generator – did it reactivate my youth?

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Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin Youthful Radiance Generator was a recent addition in the Shu skincare range and I was blessed to receive one for review.  It looked very promising because :-

1.  I love Shu Uemura and it could possibly be my favourite beauty brand in the world and I have yet to find a product I totally dislike.

2.  It is Made in Japan.  (Not being intentionally prejudiced and all to my ancestors, but skincare products “Made in China” don’t really inspire me to slather it on my face.  Don’t look at me like that! 😛 )

3.  It’s expensive at RRP $110AUD for 30ml bottle.  (I know, I know!  Just because it’s expensive, doesn’t mean it’s miraculous…but just indulge me!)

4.  Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin range (there is a UV Base Mousse as well) was formulated with a special molecule (it’s too science-y for this blog so we shall not go there!) to reactivate skin’s youth – and we all know that this 30-something old hag (i.e. ME!) needs it BADLY!

Thus with claims that it would take “7 days to porcelain-fine, petal-soft, translucent glowing skin”, I diligently slathered Shu Uemura Tsuya Skin Youthful Radiance Generator all over my face for 4 weeks.  Did my skin love it?  Did it reactivate my youth?  Did it make me look 10 years younger?



Loyal readers of The Best Beauty Blog will know that I already reviewed BIOEFFECT EGF Serum months ago, but I thought it would be good to update everyone on how I feel about it now that I have nearly finished using my 15ml bottle.  Think of this as Review Of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum The Sequel.  I won’t go into depth about the background info because you can read all about it in my initial review.  I have been using BIOEFFECT EGF Serum on and off and when I use it, I will use it for at least 5 days before changing to something else.

Here are my updated findings on BIOEFFECT EGF Serum :-

1.  My left nasolabial line is rather prominent but BIOEFFECT plumped it up and it really disappeared.  Honestly!  But I have noticed that the line returns 1-2 days after I stop using BIOEFFECT.  I guess it’s one of those products which you have to use continuously because once you stop, your skin will revert back to pre-serum usage.  In other words, the plumping effects from this serum does not last forever.  Did you hear that *ouch*?  That’s the sound of my bank balance!

2.  Last time I mentioned that I noticed a reduction in pore size with BIOEFFECT.  I didn’t notice any enlargement after I stopped using it…but then again, I was more obsessed with the nasolabial lines so I may not have been paying enough attention.

3.  There are no noticeable changes with skin pigmentation.  So sad!!!

4.  It takes 3 days for my skin to start glowing and feel very soft and supple when I use BIOEFFECT again.

5.  Previously, I loved the idea of the glass dispenser…but then I realised how dangerous it was…because I spilt the bottle TWICE on my bedside table!!!  Yes, I did!  But thank God for the sucky action of the dispenser which sucked it all up again…but it also sucked up bedside table dust.  EW!!!

6.  I use 4 drops easily.  I have no idea how people can survive with 2 drops.  It simply cannot be distributed around the entire face and neck with 2 drops alone.  I suspect the fingertips on my left hand will look younger than the fingertips on my right hand!

7.  Not trying to scare anyone…but I read that EGF (a vital ingredient in BIOEFFECT) inhibits hair growth.  Yes, it will get rid of my ‘tache…but at the same time, I have to be careful about using it round my eyelashes and eyebrows and hairline!

8.  It is still important to exfoliate because I still experienced flaky skin with this serum.

9.  A 15ml bottle of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum will last me around 12-15 weeks when 4 drops are used every night.

10.  Before splashing out an expensive bottle of this potent elixir, be sure to sample this yourself.  Just because it works on many people, it doesn’t mean it will work for your skin!  One of my girl-friends got married a few weeks ago and she used BIOEFFECT EGF Serum but it broke her out…and I felt SO SO bad!!!!

Have you used this yet??  Feel free to share your experience in the comment section.  Thanks!

Getting Cuddly With The Seruderm Bear

My first boyfriend was a Welsh Chinese guy and he was one year younger than me and back in those days, amongst my girl-friends, it was like, “Oh MY GASH!!  He’s younger than you!!  EWWW!!!”  After that short-lived relationship, I dated an older guy followed by an even older guy…and afterwards, at the tender age of 21, I decided that I would never date oldies – not even one day older than me!  And to attract younger guys, I knew I had to be skin-savvy to preserve my youthful looks and that, my dear friends, is how I started my life-long friendship with serums, which are usually packed full of nutritious goodness to enhance moisturiser.

So, I want you to imagine you are me for a second, and you receive an email which goes something like this :-

Dear Ling, would you like to try our product – Seruderm, an anti-ageing beauty serum with proven anti-wrinkle action – and consider it for review on your blog?

What would your answer be?  YES!  Exactly!  Correct!  Thank you!  Congratulations, you are one step closer to becoming Ling!  And then, if you are me, you will squeal with delight when you open the package because of the cute cuddly Seruderm bear!!  And then, you will neglect the product itself, but cuddle the bear every night to sleep…

Distractions aside, I did get round to trialling Seruderm and finally, after the long introduction, here is my review…

My Experience With Seruderm

10 out of 10 for the super awesome packaging.  Seruderm is encased in a sleek, shiny, silver container with a head which twists and then locks, to reveal the pump.  It means that there’s no need for a cap, which I usually forget to put back on anyway.  It was so cool that I showed my Husband and he said, “Cool!” too.

I loved everything about this twist-lock-pump mechanism for a serum…until this morning!  I pressed the pump and nothing came out.  Surely, I couldn’t have finished the serum already after 2.5 weeks of usage…so I pressed again…still nada.  And then I picked it up, peered into the nozzle and pressed the pump again – only to have serum shooting out at high speed and splat into my right eye!!!  Instead of behaving like a normal person and trying to wash it out immediately, I tried to open my eye to see if I could see the serum in my eyeball…yeah, don’t ask!  It stung.  I won’t lie.  It stung real bad!  So you would think I would wash it out…but no!  I picked up the bottle and tried to read the instructions with my left eye.

“Avoid contact with eyes.  If contact with eyes occurs, rinse thoroughly with water…”

Oh, I see (pun intended)!!!  And only then, I washed my eye.  My poor right eyeball didn’t talk to me for a couple of hours!!

Anyway, apart from that minor mishap, Seruderm definitely integrated well into my skincare regime.  It’s a clear, scentless serum which absorbs very well and leaves no traces after 1-2 minutes.  My skin feels more hydrated, but at the same time, I have still been getting flaky skin around my nose and forehead – but maybe that’s due to the weird weather changes in Melbourne.  It’s possibly too soon to comment on the effect it has on my fine lines.  I have been massaging the serum specifically onto my nasolabial lines.

Overall, my skin has been happy with Seruderm as it is gentle and nourishing with no breakouts.  I’m going to use it for a couple more weeks and if I notice any improvements in fine lines, I will let you all know.  As for the Seruderm bear – I LOVE IT!!!!

Extra Info

RRP $149 for 30ml
Only available in selected stockists

Have you tried Seruderm before?  Which serums do you use? 

Made From Earth Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum Has The Boom Boom Pow!

When you get to my age, you will either embrace wrinkles and age gracefully or be like me – hunt for the magic elixir to retain your youth.  Being a beauty blogger means that beauty brands will occasionally send me a number of products to review and sometimes, there are a few products in the same category so I get to pick and choose which brand to trial first.  Call me superficial but I choose the ones with the fancy packaging because they catch my attention.  Unfortunately, for Made From Earth Vitamin Enhanced Face Firming Serum, it didn’t appeal to my visual senses so it sat there feeling unloved for weeks, even months…  And when I did finally get round to it – Boom Boom Pow!!  Read on to find out why…

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Last month, three of my Scottish friends came to visit me in Australia and they brought along some presents my Mum gave them to pass to me.  I was handed 2 boxes of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum and I didn’t think much of it till I phoned my Mum to thank her.  She said, “Have you started using the BIOEFFECT EGF Serum yet?  Use it now!  It’s AMAZING!!!  Remember the patch of dry skin around my eyelids?  I started using this serum and it’s totally cleared it up…”  I was like, “Yeah, chill out Mum.  I have plenty of skincare goodies still to use…”  She said, “No, you have to believe me!  It’s REALLY GOOD!  And it costs £125 per bottle!”  I was like, “WTF??”  (Okay, I didn’t actually say that because a) I don’t cuss and b) Mum wouldn’t understand the acronym)  Yes, dear friends, my Mum spent £250 on 2 x 15ml bottles of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum for little old me.

A quick Google search revealed that BIOEFFECT EGF Serum, a product from Iceland, had been launched in Europe a few months ago and a lot of British beauty bloggers were singing praises for this miracle serum.  Incidentally, this review coincides with the launch of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum in Australia today.  Yes, Aussie readers, you can go and buy this product today at their website (and eventually, David Jones) – it’ll cost you $180 AUD.  Is it worth it?  Well, read on for my detailed review…(it’s a long one today)….


BIOEFFECT EGF Serum is a next-generation anti-ageing serum that improves the appearance and health of your skin by encouraging the skin to repair its own cells. Its key ingredient is Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), a substance which occurs naturally in human skin and which has the ability to speed up the rate of cell turnover within the skin.

Cellular activators are proteins that are vital for the maintenance and repair of skin cells. With age the level of these cellular activators within our skin decreases. Our skin renews itself less frequently, and begins to look less radiant and more wrinkled. Regular, once or twice daily use of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum reverses this process and gives visible dramatic improvements within weeks.

Product Ingredients

Glycerine, Aqua, Calcium chloride, Sodium hyaluronate, Tromethamine, Hordeum vulgare seed extract, Alcohol (less than 0.9%), Sodium chloride, EGF (Transgenic barley sh-oligopeptide-1)

Directions For Use

Apply 2-4 drops evenly to face, around eyes and on neck every night on clean skin.  The serum works best while the skin is resting.

How I Use It

Because this serum is so expensive and there’s only 15 ml of it, applying it was like a precise military operation!!!  You cannot just slather it on all over your face!  I found that putting the droplets of serum onto my palm too difficult to distribute around the face and also, I was concerned that my palm was receiving more of this serum than my face was…so I came up with my own precise method of application, which I shall share with you :-

Every night before heading to bed, I’d bring out the bottle and use 4 drops in total of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum and apply them in the following manner :-

  • 1 drop on the forehead including temples and eyelids
  • 1 drop on the right cheek, right half of the nose, right half of the chin and right undereye area
  • 1 drop on the left cheek, left half of the nose, left half of the chin and left undereye area
  • 1 drop on under my chin, on my neck and decolletage

I would recommend that you dispense one drop at a time onto a fingertip and quickly distribute the serum around the area you are working on with your fingertips.  If you’re too slow, the serum will start absorbing – because remember, it’s only a small drop…and every drop costs!

My Opinions

Let me sum up my feelings for BIOEFFECT EGF Serum in one sentence : It’s potent, miracle shizz in a glass bottle!!!

BIOEFFECT EGF Serum is definitely the most expensive skincare product I have ever used – if you consider it per ml.  There is no fancy schmancy packaging – just a plain green white striped cardboard box (which got a bit battered from its journey from UK to Oz) and a plain glass dropper bottle.  It does not scream luxe, but I kinda like that – because I was more interested in whether the product would deliver for being so costly.

At first, I felt strange about not having my usual evening skincare routine which consists of layering different types of products onto my face, but then I loved it.  I didn’t have to cleanse+tone+serum+face moisturiser+eye cream+body lotion (for neck).  I just had to cleanse+BIOEFFECT EGF Serum.  Pure and simple!

BIOEFFECT EGF Serum is an unscented, clear serum with fast absorption.  For the first couple of days, I didn’t notice any changes in my skin tone or complexion.  My skin did feel surprisingly moisturised from just a few drops of serum.  But then after the third day, BAM!

I have no idea how or why but when I wake up in the mornings, I look brand new!  Even my Husband, who would not notice if I grew a third nipple (okay, he would definitely notice that)  eye, caught me off guard and suddenly said to me, “Your skin is glowing.”  When I asked him to elaborate, he shrivelled away but then added, “It reminds me of when I first met you…”  (Yes, ahem, I have somehow let myself go since marriage…)  I can confirm that my Husband thinks this miracle product has reversed my age.

As for me, I have noticed that my skin tone has evened out.  I have a brighter, more radiant complexion.  I look more fresh.  And get this, my pores appear smaller!!!  (I have never ever found a product that has successfully minimised the appearance of my pores.  You can read through all my skincare reviews but none of them have ever made me write that statement!)

It is still too early to tell whether it has any effects on the fine lines on my face – “Yes, I’m talking about you, nasolabial lines!”

I have used this serum for over 2 weeks, but I will update again later if I notice any more changes.  Initially, I was worried that I’d use up 15ml of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum in no time, but because I only use 4 drops per night, it will last longer than I expected.

:  Potency of product, simplified evening skincare routine, minimised the appearance of my pores, made my skin “glow”, skin feels soft, supple and nourished

Dislikes :  Cost per ml

Is It Worth It?

BIOEFFECT EGF Serum is highly effective at rejuvenating my skin, but it’s expensive.  However, I can justify repurchasing this because I know my skin loves it and it has annihilated the need for all the other layering skincare products I use at night.  In my case, it is worth it!

***I have another post with updated findings of BIOEFFECT EGF Serum!***

I would like to end this post by thanking my Mum for her generosity.  She’s the best!!!  <3

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