It says illuminare and brightening so the 13 year old in me assumed sparkles. I guess she also got a little excited about it. But then the more practical 26 year old in me went - no way do I need that. Sparkly hands which then rub sparkles off on my face making me look like the glittery 13 year old who began this whole thing in the first place.

Smooth & Soft - Naturally !

But curiosity kicked in and I checked the ingredient list - lots of natural extracts like olive oil, licorice, grape seed (great moisturizer), lemon ( natural brightener) , licorice (helps with discoloration) and a bunch of other scientific names of plants. Apart from this I also saw collagen known to keep skin younger, firmer and healthy looking. I couldn't miss out on all this goodness, so I decided to try it at night and pulled the bottle out. Two squirts later - I had super soft hands which guzzled the serum in ten seconds and no sign of sparkles. I tried it on the next day and no sparkles in day time either ! Thank you, 13 year old.

The product gives me sparkle free, soft hands into which the serum sinks almost immediately. No greasy or slippery feeling either. Something else I noticed was that it gave my hands a smoother look - almost like what a face primer does but without the powdery feeling. That being said, I wish it didn't come in a glass bottle. I have a hard time carrying any glass container around. Its too delicate for me. Also, I am still looking for that radiant glow it promises.

This Illuminare serum was especially created to help with minimizing dark spots and uneven skin tones on hands. Though I am a little young for dark spots I am rather happy I tried this for its non greasy moisturizing and smoothing properties ! I know my mom will like this one !

Borghese products can be found at Ulta, CVS, Walgreens.

Have you ever mistaken a product based on its name alone ? Tell me I'm not alone y'all .

Indian Girl

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An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ August 7, 2010 at 12:32 AM

Dear Anon,

I didn't publish your comment because I am not a fan of negativity. I go far and out to avoid any drama.

Sorry you don't like my humor anymore but have you stopped by to say a kind word in the past ? You must know I am human on this end not a robot who can be humorous no matter what is going on in their life. Its is very hard to write when you are having a very bad day, when a family member is sick or when other hard things are going on in my life for an extended period.

My blog will forever be a reflection of what's going on with me. Sorry its not always sunshine around here. I wish it were :)

Either ways thanks for stopping by and telling me what you did. I bet it feels great to get it off your chest ! In the future I will remember that people come here to unwind so matter what's going on with me - I better make it good. Next time just don't be so harsh with your words. They hurt. A lot.

SG said... @ August 7, 2010 at 12:49 AM

Hey IG,
Don't know what this was about but just letting you know that you are awesome and are loved by your readers. And I have hopped around a lot of beauty/fashion blogs and trust me you are one of the nicest bloggers out there. I don't think I have ever read an unkind word from you. So, ignore people that are probably unhappy about something and taking it out on you.
In other news, I was absolutely determined to get the Sally Hansen Sunbeam lipstick after I saw your swatch and I couldn't find it at my CVS, boohoo :'( There are others and I am gonna track it down! I did pick up rimmel airy fairy while I was there - pretty pretty shade! I even decided to try some EOB brushes. So far I haven't gone wrong with your recommendations. Keep up the good work, girlfriend :-)


An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ August 7, 2010 at 12:59 AM

Dear Sg - Thank you - I needed that kinda reassurance and love. Been an emotional wreck today.
Gosh I don't know why Sunbeam is so hard to find ! I wrote to Sally Hansen and they said its not discontinued or anything. But SG many girls wrote to me saying they cant find it. I did see it at my CVS a month or so back so I'm hoping it will get restocked everywhere else too !

SG said... @ August 7, 2010 at 11:32 AM

No thanks needed girl, your blog cheers me up everyday!

Anonymous said... @ August 8, 2010 at 2:09 AM

I love you, Indian Girl! (like, in a sister way). Your humor is awesome, and you really are the nicest blogger I ever met! I feel bad for whatever you're going through, I hope it'll be ok! This blog post was not bad at all for someone going through a rough time.


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