Biologique Recherche – Haul [365 to 40]

I’ve had an interest in this brand for quite awhile now and finally decided to take the plunge and treat myself for my birthday. Who doesn’t love French skincare? I know I do. Biologique Recherche is a spa-grade French skincare line that specializes in high-end personalized care with products that focus on the epidermis to create the ideal surface for youthful, radiant skin. These products have high concentrations of botanical, marine and biological extracts. There are no artificial fragrances so as to preserve the formulaic integrity to minimize or avoid allergic reactions. One key feature of this skincare line is that the original structure of the active ingredients is preserved and most are cold formulations made to be used with cold water.

Lotion P50V is a gentle, balancing, vitamin-rich exfoliator that tones and lightens the skin. It is phenol-free and is recommended for less toned and/or devitalized skin.
How to use: In the first week it is advised to saturate moistened cotton pads (moisten with water) with Lotion P50V and apply to the face, neck, and cleavage. After the first week saturate dry cotton pads with the lotion and apply. The lotion can be applied to the eye area once or twice a week. I got the smallest size (1.7 oz) for $28. The goal of this lotion is to gently exfoliate and balance the epidermis.

I have used up all the samples to date and enjoyed them. I did not have any reactions to any of the products.
Lait VIP O2 – This is referred to as the “antipollution” cleanser eliminates impurities, calms the epidermis, brightens and unifies the complexion. It is ideal for people exposed to harsh, dry climates, pollution and is recommended for frequent travelers, stressed, devitalized skin. I was never one for milk cleansers but I did enjoy this one. It is thicker than the usual milk cleanser which has a watery consistency. I have this on my wishlist to get. The smallest size ($1.7 oz) retails for $22.

Crème Dermopurifiante – This purifying cream brightens and mattifies the skin, leaving it glowing and refreshed. It reduces redness caused by acne and regulates sebum secretion. The full size of this cream retails for $94.

Masque Vivant – For seborrheic (eczema), dull, and/or poorly toned skin. It is not recommended for sensitive skin. It claims to brighten, tone and refresh the complexion. Despite the yeasty smell, I enjoyed using this mask and am thinking of getting the full size. Full size retails for $70.

Crème Contour Yeux et Lèvres Biofixine – This is an anti-wrinkle cream created to treat the skin of the eye and lip. It is ideal for skin affected by the signs of aging. This was okay but I am not pressed to add it to my wishlist. The full size of this cream retails for $203.

 

I purchased the lotion from Toska European Spa. The links above are not affiliated.

Current Makeup Wishlist – Chanel ROUGE COCO GLOSS

My current makeup wishlist is not very extensive. I only have one brand (Chanel) and one product type (Rouge Coco Gloss) that I really want and am very interested in. The new reformulated, non-sticky, ultra-light formula will leave the lips visibly smooth and plump. The new glosses also boast an new innovative, dual-sided applicator to ensure optimal and even coverage and high precision. The are currently 24 shades to choose from. I have my eye on two in particular: 

#119 BOURGEOISIE

#722 NOCE MOSCATA

The new glossimers are enriched with Coconut Oil, Peptides and Vitamin E, and a Hydraboost Complex (exclusive to Chanel). This new formula claims to offer hours of comfort and moisture. I’ve seen reviews where people say the new glosses are a vast improvement over the old formula.

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Clarins Multi-Blush in Rose [Review]

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Clarins Multi-Blush in Rose (no. 05). This is a natural, long-lasting blush for lips and cheek. It glides on with the ease of a cream that then transforms into a powder with the heat of one’s skin. Not sure how this powdery feature will work on the lips.
It moisturizes the skin with a blend of rose, mimosa and sunflower waxes. Also, has a ‘Light Optimizing’ complex that adds radiance. The blush is not quite the best as a blush for my skin tone but could be used with a light hand as a pink highlighter. 

PRSampleDisclaimer: I received this product at a Clarins Spring 2016 press event at Bloomingdale’s. This does not influence my opinion and this review is based on my experience with the product. 

Le Metier De Beaute Blushes – review & swatches

Early last December I got an email about a beauty clearance sale at Saks Fifth Ave (online). While browsing I saw that LMDB had 1 blush, a few shadows and lipsticks was on sale for 50%. I found out later through blog browsing that they plan to relaunch these products sometime in 2014. I also went to my go to swatch sources to see how these looked on darker skin tones. I actually got 1 blush (Rumor) and 1 eyeshadow (Tuscan Sunset). Each retails for $30 ($15 each with the sale). The blushes and shadows are the same price, weight, and size.                
L to R: Rumor and Tuscan Sunset
Rumor is at best a deep burnt burgundy blush which comes off as a much deeper version of NYX Desert Rose, while Tuscan Sunset is very close to rose gold. The latter is very similar to Sleek MakeUPs Rosegold and MACs Stereorose (with less gold shimmer). Both the blush and shadow/blush are soft and very finely milled but is not powdery.

 

L to R: Rumor and Tuscan Sunset

Creamy Taupe Comparisons

Note: Images lost due to a Google bug will retake and repost swatches.
Looking through my stash I wondered how similar these three taupe shadows were to each other. These are the three taupe in pot shadows that I use on a regular basis.
                            Maybelline Bad to the Bronze, MUFE Aqua Cream #15, and Loreal Bronzed Taupe
In this shot they all look more or less the same

In these two latter pics the MUFE #15 has a bit more of a gold finish to it and the Bad to the Bronze a bit more frostier (I think).

Review & Dupe: Lancome’s Pose Color Design Eyeshadow

I recently ventured to the mall with my sister where we stopped by the Lancome counter being a fan of their Hypnose Drama mascara I decided to try their eyeshadows as well and one thing led to another and now I the proud owner of three. This despite the fact that I prefer palettes to singles. I really like the shadows in the Color Design series. Color Design shadows boasts Lancôme’s Micro-aired technology that promises effortless application and smooth-gliding color that’s beautifully bendable. They are long-lasting, pigment-packed and the color stays true for daylong wear. (Lancome.com)

I’ll be posting about all three eventually but for now here is the lovely Pose.

Pose is an intense golden – copper with a metallic finish and retails for $18.00 for 0.042 oz.

                            

I love gold/copper shadows so when I swatched it, I instantly had a dupe from the WetnWild Golden Goddess palette (Holiday Collection 2010).

It is most similar to the last shadow in the first column.
From L to R: Pose, shadow #2 first column, #3 first column (dupe) and #2 second column. They are very similar with the only difference being Pose is more gold while the dupe is more coppery.
See you in the next post 🙂

Age of the Nudes & Neutrals

How many nude/neutral eyeshadow palettes 
do we/I really need?
All the neutral/nude palettes I have (I may have missed a few) and this does not include any single shadows.

 The original NAKED palette

NYX Nude on Nude palette 

NYX Bohemian Rhapsody and Champagne & Caviar palettes (Runway Collection)

Top to bottom: Stila Garden Bliss & AVON Neutral Tones palettes

L’Oreal Landscape and The Body Shop Chocolate shimmer cube palettes

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone (1st column), Golden Goddess, I <3 Matte (2nd column), Vanity and Walking on Eggshells palettes.

Coastal Scents 88 Warm and 28 Neutral palettes.
Now I know I don’t need anymore nudes or neutrals but everyday there is a new one tempting me, luring me to buy it. I’m pretty sure amongst the individual 221 pans here I can dupe the NAKED 2, all the Balm neutral palettes, the newest ones from Bobbi Brown, Lorac, Dior, Lancome, Guerlain and every other brand. God forbid a NAKED 3 should come out.
Would you agree? or do you think you could never have enough nudes?

Haul and Review: L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows

I found these at Target on the last day of 2011 for 3.5 g for $6.99 (cheaper than the drug store). It’s best to purchase these by combining the many $1 off L’Oreal coupons available weekly online or in the Sunday paper. These Infallible shadows are the drugstore versions (NOT dupes) of the higher end Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill (4g for $32). Both brands are under the flagship store L’Oreal and the concept, packaging, technology are the same. They are highly compressed pigments and each jar comes with a little stopper which helps to keep the shadow intact (it’s advised not to throw them away).
The GAETK shades are unique in that they are hybrids of usually 2 colors, that when blended gives you a new shade (see comparison at the end). I think both are worth it.
L to R: Golden Sage ( a golden olive) and Amber Rush (copper/light penny shade)

                        Perpetual Purple (a nice purple shade with blue and purple shimmer)

 Midnight Blue– a gorgeous sapphire blue, however it needs a little work as one swatch shows it’s not as pigmented as the others. The swatch on the left is four swatches, so you’d have to build it up on the lids.

Sultry Smoke – an industrial grey that I actually like, I think it’s the only one that is not shimmery. It has more of a matte/satin finish and the color reminds me of that oil paint used to paint to floors of schools, factories etc.
 A little extra comparison:
L to R: L’Oreal Golden Sage & Amber Rush and GAETK #15 Copper Impress
See you in the next post 🙂

P.S. I have two more coming that I just ordered from Ulta. I need to stop!!!!

Review: Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #15

GAETK #15 is not always available on department stores websites. It seems to be a mix of #14 a gold/copper and #13 the black. This shade is described/called Copper Impress, a mix of black, copper and grey. It is gorgeous in it’s little pot.

A very light swatch (I’m not wasting my $32 for 0.14 oz) on heavy swatching sorry). It comes off as a very soft burnt/tarnished gold, it’s smooth and easy to blend. 
Armani has a line of these permanent pressed shadows that appear as a mix of two distinct colors in the pot, but when applied blend to create a similar but different shade. In a future post I will review GAETK little drugstore siblings.