Review: Erborian Glow Crème

One of my favourite beauty trends from the last few years is, in a word, glow.

Go to any makeup store and there’s probably a display about shimmering blushes, radiant highlighters, and natural-looking light coverage foundations promising a “natural glow.”

Finding that right shine is a big task for many makeup lovers aiming to straddle looking radiant and looking sweaty. A good glow is a game changer. Finding that perfect highlighter can transform you from a regular human being to an ethereal, mystical creature. That’s a tall order for makeup, but tell me there hasn’t been days where you’re wearing a bomb highlight and every time you catch your reflection you think, Damn. 

So finding a fantastic highlighter is one thing, but what about an all-over glow? Hourglass has their Ambient Lighting powders, made to be worn on top of foundation on the whole complexion. The Burberry Fresh Glow foundation promises a dewy, straight from the gym look. There are even primers that promise an overall highlighting effect underneath foundation. L’Oréal has theirs with the Magic Lumi primer, and now Erborian has their own with their brand new Glow Crème.

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Erborian, launched in 2007, is a skincare brand created by Korean scientist Hojung Lee and French beauty expert Katalin Berenyi. Since the launch, it has developed a loyal following for its cult-favourite products such as the Pink Perfect Crème. It’s easy to see why — think of the most notable beauty and skincare countries, and you’ll probably think of Korea and France. A brand that combines the two? Consider me interested.

Erborian develops all of its products in Seoul and says that they are inspired by Korean traditions. I’ve tried a few other Korean skincare brands in the past and I will say, man, do they know their skincare.

Now, Erborian has joined the glow club with the Glow Crème. They describe the product as a multi-benefit cream that has an illuminating effect and blurs imperfections on the skin.

When I was reading up on the product, I did immediately think of the Magic Lumi primer, which promises a lot of the same things, except it is recommended to be worn with foundation, or even in select spots to highlight. However, if you do try the products side by side, you immediately see a difference in the formula. The Magic Lumi primer is much thinner in consistency and wears more as a liquid highlighter than an actual primer or face cream.

I was curious, then, to try out the Glow Crème both on its own and under foundation. Without foundation, I do have spots of redness in my complexion, as well as freckles and a few acne scars. The Glow Crème definitely doesn’t replace foundation, or even BB cream, but it did even out my skin tone, and does it ever make you glow.

I usually wear lighter foundations, so my face never really looks matte. For me, using the cream resulted in healthier-looking skin, like I had actually had some sun in the past few days instead of being stuck inside because of the never-ending rain. It created a gorgeous glow, even without a highlighter or shimmery finishing powder.

Is it worth the $42 price tag? Maybe. It does make your skin ridiculously soft and fresh-looking. However, it also depends on your skincare needs. While the Magic Lumi primer has a similar effect underneath foundation, the Glow Crème wears like a moisturizer. It makes your skin very soft but doesn’t feel heavy or slick. For oily skins it would be a better choice than the drugstore alternative, as other glow primers have made me breakout in the past whereas I’ve yet to have problems with the Glow Crème.

If you are looking for a little extra glow in your life, especially with summer around the corner, this is definitely one to check out.

In Canada, Erborian is available through Sephora. Find out more about the brand here. Continue following our beauty & lifestyle coverage on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

THE BODY SHOP: DROPS OF LIGHT PRODUCT REVIEW

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Acne and, once in a while, blemishes can be such a pain! In most cases, you would seek help and treatment from a dermatologist to rid your skin of any blemish, and get it super clear. But sometimes the after math of acne can be a pain as well, and I am talking about dark spots. Dark spots can be caused by constantly picking and irritating a blemish, and while on any type of acne medication, it is highly recommended to apply sunscreen with a high SPF. If that is not done, you may also suffer from hyper-pigmentation. To revive your skin and get rid of marks and hyperpigmentation, it can get quite pricey. But have no fear, because The Body Shop is here once again, to save your day, and fulfill your needs.

The Body Shop recently came out with their new line, Drops of Light. The line is accumulated with four different products: the Pure Clarifying Foam Wash, the Pure Translucency Essence Lotion, the Pure Healthy Brightening Serum and the Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream.

What makes this line unique is that it is geared towards all skin types, so even if you have the most sensitive skin, you can give it a go, and it doesn’t use any brightening agents that will damage your skin in the future. It is infused with natural ingredients such as North Atlantic red algae, which is an extract that helps brighten the skin to make it have a healthier glow. It also uses Vitamin C, which is a very popular ingredient that is used to help get rid of both dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

If you don’t feel like purchasing the entire set, the two products that I recommend the most are the Pure Translucency Essence Lotion and the Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream.

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The Body Shop: Drops of Light Pure Translucency Essence Lotion

Once you are finished cleansing your skin, you have to apply the Pure Translucency Essence Lotion. This lotion is basically the same as applying a toner. It is made as a gel-to-water texture to activate that well needed hydration. It dries very fast, and leaves your skin feeling very light with its divine scent.

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The Body Shop: Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream

After applying your essence lotion, you need to use the Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream. The texture of the cream feels thick and heavy, but once it is rubbed into the skin, it feels light as a feather. It is proven to significantly reduce the number of dark spots, pigmentation, and unevenness. In just four short weeks, your skin will appear plumper, more vibrant, and even toned.

All products are not yet available in store, but they can be purchased online at: http://thebodyshop.ca

SHOP ALL WEEKEND: FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSH

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Photo Credit: Raccine

Many beauty gurus and experts constantly rave over the skin cleaning device, Clarisonic. This electronic brush is known for giving your skin a nice deep clean. But with the price at almost $200, that can be quite expensive for some of us.

As a beauty writer and – more importantly – a woman who really cares about her skin, I’ve been doing some research on this and I think I’ve found the ideal alternative.

Racinne is a skin care beauty line that was founded by Edwin Tseng. The Korean brand offers many different products that range from anti-aging, to brightening skin care series. They believe that we should celebrate and enhance the best version of our skin and encourage us to find products that help us rejuvenate both our skin and confidence, instead of gravitating towards plastic surgery.

Amongst their wide array of products, there is the Holy Grail for beauty gurus, the Racinne Electric Cleansing Face Brush that is presented in a very simple set format and comes with four different applicators.

The Facial Cleansing Brush gets right into your skin and removes any dirt, and impurities. Also, if you need to take off any makeup, this brush is absolutely perfect as it exfoliates your skin, leaving your face fresh and smooth.

The Facial Sponge, is a soft sponge that massages your skin, giving it a smooth surface to prepare the skin before applying any moisturizers or serums.

The Pumice Stone applicator is definitely needed for these winter months and is used on the feet, knees, and elbows. It removes the dry, dead layers of skin, to reveal smooth skin underneath.

And last, but not least the Body Brush. This brush applicator is a larger version of the face brush. Just lather up with your favourite soap or body wash, and use it all over your body. It’ll have your skin feeling squeaky clean.

Not only does this set come with the four brush heads, but it is also set at the fantastic price of $69.99.

You can’t go wrong with a brush set like this, that’ll have your skin glowing all the way down to your toes!

Where To Buy: https://www.racinne.ca/