Saturday, July 13, 2013

Almost An Heirloom

Filters are incomparable to genuine '70s sepia tone!


A few weeks after spending the Christmas bonus on a very famous little brown bottle, my Dad came in one morning and saw it on my dresser and commented that it brought back memories of his mother asking him to buy that same product back from the US while on his celebratory graduation trip. This story about my grandmother excited me and had me quite pleased with myself because if my grandmother used this serum I consider it affirmation of a good decision, because my grandmother Dolly was so beautiful. Last week Dad pulled out old family albums and we were treated to the fashion of the 60's and 70's, my grand-uncles as spiffy young men and my grandmother, who looked stunning. So if I can use something that she used, it makes me a very happy granddaughter indeed.



I purchased Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex when I wanted to invest in quality skincare in anticipation of a holiday to -30° Northern China, plunging into the deep end of serum business with a $105 splash. I bought the Christmas set which included the 30mL bottle of ANR, a 5mL sample of ANR Eye and a 15mL jar of a moisturiser which I gave to my mum. Now that there's about 20% left of the bottle it's due in for a post.





Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair is a good serum. Nothing life-changing but it's one that I turn to when my skin is breaking out or reacting badly to a new product. It gives the skin a push in the right direction when it needs to recover and repair. The serum itself is thicker than water, caramel-coloured and smells slightly sour. It sinks in slowly and leaves the skin with layer of moisture, feeling a little tacky. It doesn't clear up blemishes overnight or make skin looking glowing the next morning but it boosts the moisturiser you layer it with and it's a good place to start if you don't know what serums are about but it's not a necessity. When I finish this bottle I wouldn't repurchase. It's too expensive for what it is. I've got the Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening and Tone-Correcting serum and Indeed Labs Hydraluron on the go at the moment and they are both excellent serums which perform just as well in their own ways, and cost far less than this cult product. Estée Lauder counters are fairly generous with their samples so it's worth getting a sample to test it out before shelling out a small fortune for a small product.

6 comments:

  1. wow it is indeed like a heirloom! your grandma was so pretty..
    I haven't tried any estee lauder skin care line but I have heard a lot of good things about them!!

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    1. It's a pretty good repairing serum! Hehe she was :)

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  2. Your grandma was one elegant lady! Looking back at black and white photos is certainly like taking a glimpse into a bygone era. Really fascinating and nostalgic I'm sure :)

    I still have my small bottle of this that I bought from Cosmo Cosmetics. I kind of forget that I have it. I think I should just use mine up and throw it out. I much prefer face oils these days - I've reverted temporarily back to the Divine Oil which I find works well mixed in with moisturiser for the night time (though I know you're not so keen on it! :p).

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    1. I had to scan these in and I'm so happy they managed to translate to pixels nicely! The photos from the 60s and 70s really give you a glimpse into life back then and it's so interesting to see photos of relatives living in that iconic cultural age! The small bottle you have must be a deluxe sample! I always forget I have ANR too- I have to remember to put it somewhere I can see it. If I used it everyday I would have finished it months ago!

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  3. What a beautiful story about your grandmother :) I think it speaks so highly of generations. I will have to try this! ^_^

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    1. I think Estee Lauder celebrated ANR's 75th bday last year? An anniversary of some sort. :)

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