Since I haven’t been blogging for a very long time now, nor am I a big league blogger by any means, you can imagine my surprise when a company sent me some goodies! This was more of a trade, since I sent the company some media from a previous review of mine. Needless to say, I was very excited to receive the C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, and the C.E.O. C + E Antioxidant Protect and Repair Moisturizer from Sunday Riley. I have had them for about a month now, and have been using them daily so am finally ready to share my thoughts on them.
The C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum claims to be a highly-potent, fast-absorbing serum infused with 15 percent THD ascorbate (vitamin C) to fight the look of dullness, dark spots, and discolorations, while instantly increasing brightness, radiance, and luminosity. It retails for $85, and you get 1 oz of product. The price is steep, but is in line with other products from Sunday Riley, and other high end skincare treatments. This serum claims to help with uneven skin tone, dullness and uneven texture, and pores. All three of which are issues for me, especially skin tone now that I am pregnant! Since I am pregnant, I was also happy to see that this serum is formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. I have been using this serum almost nightly now since I have received it- continue reading to see my thoughts on it.
The timing on receiving this serum couldn’t have been better- I was trying to figure out what to use as a night time skin treatment since retinoids and other harsh treatments were out while I am pregnant, but my skin was starting to get a little blotchy and pigmented in certain areas. Vitamin C in skincare products is considered safe for use while pregnant and breastfeeding, so thankfully I could jump right into testing this serum out. I have been worried about developing melasma while pregnant since my mother did. She developed the full ‘pregnancy mask,’ but thankfully so far mine has only been contained to small areas of pigmentation on my cheeks. Melasma is very common during pregnancy due to the hormones your body is releasing- you can read more about it here. I have been using this serum since developing my pigmentation issues, and it really seems to be helping with the appearance of it. I am not sure if it is helping to prevent new areas from developing, but it has definitely helped to reduce the appearance of existing ones, and brighten and even my overall skin tone. I think the pigmentation I have developed has been minimized thanks to this serum, and I will continue to use it throughout my pregnancy. The consistency of this serum is quite thin, but it spreads very well and absorbs into the skin quickly. It does have a fragrance, which I usually don’t care for, but this has nice pleasant orange smell, and doesn’t irritate my skin at all. While I don’t think that this does much for pores or texture, I do think it helps greatly with skin tone and dullness. Overall, I love this serum, and will continue to use it to help even and brighten my skin tone.
The second item I was sent is the C.E.O. C + E Antioxidant Protect and Repair Moisturizer. This claims to be a hydrating moisturizer that infuses skin with high-potency, advanced vitamin C (THD ascorbate) to fight the first visible signs of aging while providing powerful antioxidant support. It claims to be a solution for fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dryness. Like the serum, it is also formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. It retails for $65, and you get 1.7 ounces of product. Continue reading below to see my thoughts on this moisturizer.
Since I love the serum from the C.E.O. line so much, I really thought I would love the moisturizer just as much, but unfortunately I don’t. I do not think this is a bad moisturizer by any means, I think it just isn’t quite right for my skin type. I have combination to oily skin, and am generally more concerned about pores and texture. I think if your skin were more on the dry side, and wrinkles were your main concern, you would really like this lotion. Like the serum, this moisturizer is infused with Vitamin C, and has a pleasant orange scent. This moisturizer has quite a thick texture though, and is a much richer moisturizer than I am used to, or prefer. Even though my skin is on the oily side, I will say I never once felt greasy using this, nor did it ever break me out, so that is pretty remarkable in my opinion for such a rich moisturizer. I have used another moisturizer from Sunday Riley in the past, the Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, and much prefer that for my skin type and concerns.
Once again, thank you to Sunday Riley for sending me these products! While some products may not have been right for me, remember that everyone has different skin types, concerns, and needs.