Sunday, September 24, 2017

New YouTube Video - Life Update 2017

Hey everyone, it's been a long time since I've done a video, so here is an update. There comes time in all of our lives when you lack motivation for one reason or another, and here I came to explain to you what has been going on and why I have been away from YouTube lately. I mainly did this video to reinvigorate myself to film again. I felt if I filmed myself unedited and honest it would be like a sense of therapy for myself. So here I talk about: millennial problems, finances, starting over at 30, career and life struggles. Thank you for watching.Please subscribe to my blog @ iamgarybrink.comFollow me on Instagram at: iamgarybrinkE-mail me:


Friday, September 22, 2017

My Favorite Luxury Moisture Cream - Battle of the Creams

Battle of the Creams: The Search For The Best

So it's been a few months since testing a few luxury creams out for a spin and I'm here to give you my honest verdict on the products.  Between Dior Prestige, La Mer Soft Cream, Lancer Nourish, Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Cream, and Givenchy
L'Intemporiel Global Youth Sumptuous.

And the winner to no surprise is: Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv.

And I know what you're going to say, you're biased because you work there.  And No, because to be honest I used to think luxury creams were a waste of money and that one couldn't see that much of a difference between them and the lower level creams in each brand.  And I was proven wrong in two ways, one: you most definitely see a difference (not just on your bank account, but the skin responds so well), and two: Re-Nutriv is so far advanced in the realm of treatment moisturizers and they seem to account for all areas of the sensorial experience.  

Before I tell you why I love the cream, let me break down why I found the others to not become my new favorites.  Firstly a little about my skin and concerns.  I am 30 years old, male, and have normal to combination skin (dry cheeks, oilier forehead and redness prone).  I do not have a tendency to breakout or be reactive to skincare products.

1) La Mer Soft Cream
  • WHAT I LOVED: Lovely luxurious texture and scent.  Works well to moisturize the surface of the skin and overall keeps skin calm.  WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It made my skin feel shiny and slightly clogged up.  5 hours in, I was still shiny, and the type of shine where you can see your reflection, not just glow.  I have tried their matte products, but I mean if it's for moisture, why bother matte, don't we want the GLOW! I know I do.  But the soft cream shine was out of control on my skin.  Beyond that it was a solid cream, I did find on shaving days, it slightly burned over my freshly razored skin, and I feel like my skin seemed more red than usual with this, but that could just be all the shine.
    • I would use this again, but more of a night only.
2) Dior Prestige
  • WHAT I LOVED: Nice rich texture and lovely rose smell. Makes skin smooth to the touch. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It feels heavy but within 3 hours, I need a spritz of rose water or something to keep my skin moisturized.   My skin felt smooth, but I feel like you can achieve that with silicones, because it was soft, but felt dehydrated.  I definitely feel like this cream was designed to be used as a system, but even with all of my layers, this just wasn't enough moisturizing enough. Goes to show you that just because it's thick, doesn't mean it's going to give long term moisture.  If this were a gel cream, this may make more of a difference. Dior please add a gel cream, that penetrates better and gives more comfort instantly and long-term.  
3) Givenchy
  • WHAT I LOVED: Giving this away.  WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: I just really did not get on with this cream, it left my skin sticky and red.   I hate the texture.  Loved the sound of it.  Givenchy recently launched a newer version with a rosey coloring and called it a youth cream, that one is far superior to this one.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
4) Lancer Nourish
  • WHAT I LOVED: Everything, the texture smell and results.  WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: This cream doesn't have all the bells and whistles and just doesn't have enough bang for the buck.  But this was my second favorite and will definitely stay in rotation with my creams.  It's in my top 10 for sure.
5) Re-Nutriv
  • WHAT I LOVED: The smell, the technology, the results, the longterm moisture.  This is a cream that you can apply once a day and then for three days your skin feels great.  I love everything about this cream, I just wish I had enough money to always have it on hand, but one day.  WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:  No travel sizes, and that the jar is gold.  I liked the older silver color jar for Ultimate Lift, but that's aesthetic, that's just me.  Yet it's growing on me.

Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Cream

Who is it good for?

Anyone with a normal to dry skin who loves luxurious textures and a good solid proper moisture cream. 

Age Range?

40+ (only because of price, but anyone can use this, if you're breakout prone, you should be good, but use caution it does have shea butter and doesn't claim non-comedogenic, plus the texture is rich)

What makes it special?

The most advanced Re-Nutriv science is found here and it features extracts from two plants that survive and thrive in the world's harshest climates.  This is paired with the patented Ionic water, which creates a highly bio-available water that mimics nature's dew in it's purest form, infused with Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium & Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Technology.  The processing and science here are pretty amazing.  

Estee Lauder thought of it all with this cream from how it smells, to how it feels, how it instantly makes your skin look, and sustained longterm moisture + repair.  You can tell this was a true labor of love.

When do I use it?

Nightly or when my skin needs a boost, but I love this texture, I alternate it in as often as I can.  It's a true luxury for me. 


Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau; Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter); Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride; Methyl Trimethicone; Di-C12-15 Alkyl Fumarate; Dimethicone; Butylene Glycol; Steareth-2; Stearyl Alcohol; Glyceryl Stearate; Pentylene Glycol; Glycerin; Steareth-21; Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Sterols; Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract; Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract; Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract; Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract; Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract; Ergothioneine; Artemia Extract; Saccharomyces Lysate Extract; Fuscoporia Obliqua Extract; Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract; Swertia Chirata Extract; Laminaria Digitata Extract; Cordyceps Sinensis Extract; Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein; Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein; Cholesterol; Caffeine; Linoleic Acid; Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract; Whey Protein\Lactis Protein\Proteine Du Petit-Lait; Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D'Orge; Pearl Powder; Bioflavonoids; Acetyl Hexapeptide-8; Propylene Glycol Dicaprate; Algae Extract; Sodium Hyaluronate; Trehalose; Acetyl Glucosamine; Gold; Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake; Decarboxy Carnosine Hcl; Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure; Polysilicone-11; Isohexadecane; Tocopheryl Acetate; Sodium Hydroxide; Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer; Carbomer; Polysorbate 80; Sodium Dehydroacetate; Lecithin; Polymethylsilsesquioxane; Citric Acid; Sodium Benzoate; Cellulose; Fragrance (Parfum); Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate; Disodium Edta; Bht; Phenoxyethanol; Yellow 5 (Ci 19140); Red 33 (Ci 17200) <ILN42583>Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.


In the US as of September 22, 2017: $305 USD

*Neiman Marcus is currently offering a gift set with this cream and travel essentials for the cost of just the cream ($305 -- a $450 value!) E-mail me or reach out to me via my instagram for more information.  


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Midweek Pick Me Ups

H u m p  d a y  f a v s

Hey guys! Hope you're having an awesome week.  Since it's Hump day, I wanted to celebrate by sharing my favorite mid week pick me ups to keep you glowing.  So without further adieu, here we go:

Skin Treats

  • Advanced Night Repair Power Foil Mask by Estee Lauder 
    • This mask is my abosolute favorite when skin is feeling less than glowy and you just need an instant pick me up.  The mask leaves my skin feeling plump and ready to receive any treatments I am going to put it through.  This mask is especially good if you overdid it with your vitamin C and retinol treatments and need a quick dose of anti-irritation and moisture barrier repairing.  
  • Dr. Lancer: Advanced C Radiance Cream - Vitamin C Collagen - Cofactor 10x
    • One of my new favorite additions to my skincare regimen.  Use this as a treatment so in the serum stage of application.  It contains 10% vitamin C, which helps with resurfacing, collagen boosting, and skin tone brightening/evening.  This product is also water free, so the Vitamin C stays stable, comes in pump application (yay) and contains retinol.  So this is a great, and fairly inexpensive treatment to repair the look of skin.
  • Dr. Lancer Polish
    • Need a good exfoliation. This is a very good physical exfoliant, use prior to cleansing to clear away dull skin, and be gentle.  When used properly, this exfoliator leaves skin glowing and soft, without a dry, tight feel.
  • Estee Lauder Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Serum
    • Hydration. Lift. Great concoction of reparative oils.  Amazing serum when your skin is lackluster and you want serum that has all the juice and no fluff.
Dr. Lancer

Fragrance Pick Of The Month

The World of AERIN

Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle.  My favorite summer fragrance.  I pair this with Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess and I can't tell you how many compliments I receive daily.  My personal favorite.  I go through this like it's water.  Luckily it comes in a large 100ml size, if you love this, go large.  You have been warned.  

Favorite MidWeek Leisure Activities

  • Crossfit/Exercise
    • Get the blood pumping and the lift gains up.  Do something to move your body and keep you alive and fresh.  Let's finish the week strong.
  • Disneyland
    • When it doubt, head to your favorite theme park or attraction.  Disney always lifts my spirits and keeps me engaged.  I love it to the point of obsession.
  • Dip in the pool
    • So-Cal it's been so hot, so cool off with a refreshing swim, or if you don't want your hair wet, just dip your feet in.  Come on guys, the waters warm and ready.  Splish. Splash.

That's it for now.  Enjoy your week and let me know your favorite midweek pick me ups below in the comments.  Thanks again for following and know that none of this would be possible without you and your support, I truly appreciate you.



Tuesday, September 05, 2017

My Rock Chick Makeup Tutorial

New Look is Up.
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Today, I Introduce you to the rock chick look featuring some of my favorite luxury products.  Please follow me on Instagram at iamgarybrink for a list of the products, and watch the video above to see how I applied them.  Thank you all.




Saturday, September 02, 2017

Gabrielle by CHANEL - My Newest Fragrance Obsession




 was created around four
points of light from four white flowers: Orange Blossom,
Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine and Grasse Tuberose.
Olivier Polge crafted the perfect white flower.
The only flower that could embody the unrestrained
femininity of Gabrielle Chanel herself.


This fragrance is truly beautiful and captures the essence of a rebel heart perfectly.  I feel that Chanel did an amazing job with this scent and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something fresh, sensual, but also a bit reserved.

Does it last?

Yes and No.  I prefer fragrances that fade as the day progresses, my theory being, I like to wear multiple scents for various occasions.  For example, my date night fragrance will be different then my work fragrance, and so would my in the heat scent (especially in LA with the 111 degree heat).  So for me, I like wearing maybe 2-3 different scents and I don't want to have to shower in between all of these "wardrobe" changes.  

Like a fashion show with many different looks, I too prefer options and change throughout the day.  

With that said, this fragrance lasts on skin for about 4 hours at it's most potent and then 5-6 at clean skin finish scent.  I still smell better with this, than without.

What occasion would you wear this for?

On days you want compliments, and possibly a date night.  It all depends on who you are trying to impress that day.  For me, this is the days that I am impressing myself.   

Do you layer?

Yes indeed.  Today I wore it alone, yet it smells amazing and unique with anything light or citrus.  So my personal favorite layering is as follows:

1) 4 sprays of Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Skin Scent
2) 2 Sprays of AERIN MEDITERRANEAN Honeysuckle
3) 2 sprays of Gabrielle Chanel 

^^ I know this seems overkill, but all these scents are light and do not compete with one another.

Worth the price?

Priced in the US at $135 for the largest size in an Eau de Parfum.  I say this is a go.  And it's affordable and beautiful.  

You're a dude! Isn't this a scent for Females?

I wear whatever I want and this smells amazing on me.  More men have asked what cologne I'm wearing overtime I wear this and woman always say I smell great.  So I mean if it works.  Get your sexy on.  Gone are the days of Gender Separation in the fragrance world.  

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