April 30, 2011

April Favorites

April looked a lot like Summer around here. All kind of wild flowers appeared in the garden in the course of 2 days, and the neighbor's cats have been wandering around and sunbathing on the patio. That obviously called for some changes in makeup.

The Oil Cleansing Method +  Shu Uemura pink cleansing oil.
It's been almost a month since I started using the oil cleansing method, and I am very happy with the results. I haven't gotten rid of all the blackheads on my t-zone yet but my skin is much clearer and since the initial purging phase that lasted a week, I haven't had any blemish or even random white head on my face. My skintype is also closer to normal than it's ever been. 
I currently use a blend of Almond oil and Castor oil twice a week, and on the other days I use either almond oil or this Shu oil. What's great with the Shu oil is that it's emulsifying and easy to rinse off without using the very hot water, so it's not drying at all for my skin. 

Becca Luminous Skin Color.
I have been wearing this in every possible way: on its own with a bit of concealer, in combination with a cream or stick foundation, with or without powder... I just love it, it's glowy and it evens out my skin perfectly. Definitely a keeper.

Becca Silk Hydrating Primer.
I got this one last Winter so I'd get a bit of hydration under my makeup as my skin was very dry. Then in my project to wear the full Becca Skin Perfecting System, I went back to it and now I wonder: how did I never realize before how much a primer helps in keeping your makeup perfect all day???
The only thing I don't like about this one is that it comes in a tube, and the formula is very liquidy, which regularly causes blobs of unwanted products to splurt out of the tube. A pump would be better, other than that, the products works great.

Diorskin Nude Freshglow Powder.
I was reminded of this product after seeing a recent Makeup Geek video. This is a mineral foundation but Marlena uses it as a powder as it gives a flawless finish and never looks powdery. I have been using this on my t-zone, applying with my Illamasqua Blush Brush (which is soft but with a flat top), on top of the Becca Luminous Skin Color.
It is indeed not matte, even a bit glowy, and doesn't look powdery at all.

Guerlain Serie Noire Blush G.
Yes, this one again. What can I say? I love the peachy glow it gives.

And of course, THE event of April was...

I know, I know, people were either very excited by the British Royal Wedding or totally bored by the mammuth media coverage. I'm not British, I don't live in the UK, but I like the idea of putting attention to a positive and romantic event for once - there's enough bad stuff going on in this world, why not enjoy a happy event?
I was of course looking forward to seeing the wedding dress Princess Kate was going to wear, but also her makeup, as she had declared she would be doing it herself.

Makeup forums have been buzzing with comments on that makeup since yesterday. My opinion is that I admire Princess Kate for wanting to be herself and keep her usual style on her big day. You may or may not like her makeup, the black eyeliner causes a lot of controversy among makeup addicts; but I think makeup is something you do for pleasure and for yourself, and if the new Princess loves her liner, well she did great in wearing it proudly for her wedding. I personally think she looked fantastic.

The YouTube beauty community is probably going to generate a million Kate makeup tutorials, but I wanted to share 2 that I really liked, and that achieve similar results with very different techniques - which I find interesting.

First one is by Katie Hugues, whom I have already featured on this blog. (She is now doing videos with her friend Sophie, who is also a professional makeup artist, you ladies should really check them out).

The second one is by the lovely Gemma aka Gemsmaquillage.

What were your favorites this month?

April 29, 2011

This and that

I spent the last few days travelling in Germany, hence the lack of post. No, I didn't bring back any Germany-only makeup - shock horror, I know.
What I did manage to do, was leaving with the smallest possible makeup bag ever. Judge for yourself:

  • Chanel Vitalumière Aqua in B10
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Light
  • Givenchy Les Frangipaniers bronzer
  • Guerlain Serie Noire Le Blush G 
  • Mac MSFN in Medium Light
  • Shiseido eyebrow pencil in Ash Blonde
  • mini UDPP
  • New Cid quad in Mocha
  • UD 24/7 in Bourbon
  • Hourglas Superficial Lash mascara
  • 2 lipsticks: Dior Addict in IT Pink and Guerlain Rouge G Serie Noire in Orange Euphorique
  • 2 brushes; Mac 239 and 217. For the face I used the brushes coming in the compacts.
I forgot to take a picture of the makeup bag before I unpacked it.
I did, however, took a picture of my manicure of these past days!

Essie Clambake and some Rimmel 60 seconds lagoon blue
I came back home to find that a couple of makeup related books I had ordered had arrived while I was away. Which means I'll be reviewing them for you soon!

Hope you all had a good week!

April 27, 2011

Review: Origins Vitazing SPF15 Energy-Boosting moisturizer

This product has been raved about all over the web for quite a while now, and I've been very intrigued by the whole Origins brand, even more so because I can't get it at all where I live.
That was until a good friend of mine ordered this product from the US and offered to get one for me - I couldn't say no. Even though you have heard me say a million times that tinted moisturizer isn't working for me and I am giving up on them altogether.

What the brand says:

This multi-tasking moisturizer handles the vital jobs of hydrating, energizing and protecting to maintain skin's momentum all day. Gives skin the refreshing zing of antioxidant-rich Mangosteen. And adds a healthy hit of radiance that mimics the glow you get from a week's vacation. All in 10 seconds max.  Slip it on first thing tomorrow - you'll look like you eat right, sleep tight & don't have a worry in sight. Best for all skin types.

My experience with it:

The tube contains a white, quite fluid moisturizer. It doesn't look like it, but after a couple of minutes, the product releases some kind of tint to the skin, making it look a bit warmer (which, when you're as pale as me, almost means "tanned").

Let's be honest, the first time I used it, I didn't really like it. I thought it made me look greasy and felt oily, I was very disappointed.

But I decided to give it one more chance before giving up on it for ever, and this time tried applying a very small quantity. Well, that made a hell of a difference!
Now that my skin is on the normal/drier side, but also much clearer thanks to the Oil Cleansing Method, VitaZing works perfectly for me. It moisturizes without being too much (excepted if I apply a ton, you got that by now), it does even out my skin tone and makes me look good. So this is now my "no-makeup day" product of choice, that I wear on its own.
You could also wear this under makeup, instead of another moisturizer, so you'd give your face a bit of a tan before applying makeup.

The one thing I'm unsure about:
The smell. I read very opposite things about that smell, some people hate it and some people love it. But what worries me if that the smell they all described is nothing like the one my product has, and I'm kind of wondering if I didn't get a bad batch. Other than that the product is fine and perfectly usable so I don't worry too much and keep on using the product.
Edit: My product smells like it's supposed to do, I checked it at an Origins counter in UK.

All in all a very good tinted moisturizer for people with clear skin or who want to use this under foundation. I don't think it has done anything to my skin in terms of treatment, but I'm not using this on a daily basis, and I just like how this makes me look so that's ok with me.
I'm not sure it would be moisturizing enough on really dry skin, though.

I'm being brave here and showing you the product apply and nothing else on my face! (I obviously need undereye concealer!)

Origin Vitazing - 50ml/1.7 oz - USD 35. Unfortunately not available in continental Europe as far as I know - custom purchases are the way to go.

April 25, 2011

Latest addition to my bronzer collection: Dior Nude Glow Aurora

You know how much I like these hybrids between soft focus face powders and bronzers, so with the appearance of the newly released Dior Summer collection at my local counter, this product immediately caught my attention!

The Nude Healthy Glow powder comes in 2 shades, Aurora and Sunset, Aurora being the lightest one. It's a lovely mix of a light, not reddish at all, bronzer and a peach powder. There is some shimmer running through the powder but it isn't really noticeable on the skin. You can really use it all over the face without looking orange or shimmery, and you can concentrate it on the cheeks to get a lovely sunkissed effect - you don't even need to add blush.

I've been wearing it these past days and really liking the effect: it does give a natural healthy glow, it's easy to apply, it doesn't have a smell and it lasts very well on the skin. I'm not surprised since I do like the Dior Nude makeup range a lot for its quality and longevity.

Here I am wearing a bit of Guerlain Serie Noire Blush G on top, as well as some Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl, which is what gives the glow to my face. The Dior powder on its own wouldn't make me that glowy.

This is a very nice product. I don't know yet if I like it as much as my Givenchy Frangipaniers from last year but the color is different, more peachy and less bronzey, and it's a very nice addition to my collection.
At USD46 - €47 (bad conversion factor strikes again), this isn't a cheap product at all, though. I would say it's worth it for people who are very pale and scared of regular bronzers. If you feel you can get along with regular bronzer, I don't think this is unmissable.

Are you getting any new bronzer for Spring?

April 23, 2011

Mariella at Musing On Beauty tries the whole Becca Skin Perfecting Makeup System and reviews all the products for you.

Spiced Beauty is on a crusade to end discolouration, scars and stretch marks with Palmers: Skin Therapy Oil!

Kelly from Gouldylox learns that a nude by any other name is not the same. Or at least this nude looks different on everyone. Any by different, she means gorgeous.

Do you hate messy mascaras as much as Tracy at Beauty Reflections does? Then you should try LashControl Mascara and say goodbye to gloopy mascaras!

Miss Beauty Nerd is a sucker for cute and is hopelessly giddy over Anna Sui's Doll Face lipstick collection.

Nicole from Lipstick and Luxury shares how to get a perfect pout from the NEW Beauty for Real lip glosses!

Kimberly from KimmieKarmaLove has a camera dump and struggles finding the perfect lippie.

Vonnie of Socialite Dreams goes blonde! Check out her Marilyn Monroe inspired hair and makeup look.

Have relaxed hair? See how WEN Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner worked for Kim Porter.

Wedding season is upon us! So if you are getting married then have a read of Makeup Savvy's Wedding Makeup Series for tips on how to look picture perfect for the big day.

Beauty's Bad Habit reviews and swatches uber geek chic indie make-up brand, Shiro Cosmetics.

Check out swatches and a review of Morgana Cryptoria's new Shifty Eyed Eyeshadow Collection at the Pretty Exclusive.

Jellyminx shows you how to recreate the look worn by Megan Fox in the Armani Code ad in this simple tutorial.

With the long awaited sunshine finally arriving, Hellcandy gives a sneak peek at Estee Lauder's new Bronze Goddess Collection for S/S 2011!


Beauty Crazed is giving away more makeup then any sane person could possibly want - but who said you were sane? So go enter already!

Beauty Info Zone is celebrating their year anniversary with contests galore. Visit to see the latest MAC giveaway!

April 22, 2011

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Eyeshadow - Silk Aether -Chiffon Ringlet

Isn't that name a mouthful, for a product that looks so tiny!

Consdering how much I love the Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows, I had to try one of their new Silk Aether cream ones. I picked Chiffon Ringlet described as a semi-sheer satin mauvish chocolate with copper reflection.  Ah, anything claiming to be copper is appealing to me.  Here's how it looks:

I'm not sure it's really mauvish, or even really coppery, but it's indeed a very pretty warm chocolate.
As a comparison, you can see it here swatched near Becca Eye Tint in Pewter, which is much cooler and darker.

Despite the dark color (the rest of the range is mostly lighter), this color is very wearable because you can use a tiny bit and blend it easily with your finger to get a sheer wash. But it can be built to a more intense color by layering more.

I find the formula very nice, less greasy in texture than my Becca Pewter, really creamy and easy to apply thanks to the doe foot applicator. Using your fingers to pat or blend the product is working really well. You can also use this as a liner and/or smudge with a pencil brush. The finish is definitely satin, not shimmery or glittery.

I always wear a primer under eyeshadows, cream or powder, and this one lasted perfectly for 10+ hours on top of it. It's also a very pretty base for a smoky look.

Available from Zuneta - £26 (there are five shades in total). A very nice product for RBR lovers and cream eyeshadow addicts.

April 20, 2011

Review: Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon

What it is:
A tinted cream product that is water resistant - hence suitable for the beach - and can be used on cheeks and lips.

What the brand says:
  • 2-in-1 crème stain for cheeks and lips
  • Deliciously scented
  • Oil Free, Streak Free, and Water-proof
  • Contains anti-oxidant vitamin E
  • Preservative and paraben-free

My experience with the product:
Beach Tints come in 6 different shades, the one I have is Watermelon.

Although the smell is supposed to go with the name, I find this smells more of strawberries but anyway, it's a very pleasant smell that isn't overpowering and doesn't linger for too long.
I do use this on the cheeks a lot. I find it's a very pretty 'glow from within' color that really lasts all day. You could layer a powder blush over it but for me this works well on its own. The color is quite transparent and isn't sparkly at all.
You only need the tiniest amount, and I really mean tiny, like the end of a needle - the amount you see on the picture would actually be too much for both cheeks. If you don't use too much, blending on the skin with fingers is really easy.

I haven't worn this product much on the lips: I have über dry lips and wearing anything that isn't creamy and moistirizing is always tricky for me. However this gives a nice stain if your lips are in top condition.
Do I recommend it?
Becca Beach Tints are sold in 7ml tubes and cost USD25 - €25 (conversion factor syndrome strikes again) - £20
I think if you live in hot weather or want a nice product that will stay put for your holidays, getting one of these is really worth it as it ensures a long-lasting and easy to apply fresh and sexy look. The price is high but the tube will last you a long time, and it's not like you need to get the whole collection (unless you want to).

April 19, 2011

Today, you'll find me there...

Once upon a time, Marty was Not the Marrying Kind, but then she met her Mr Right and got married, so she started blogging about her wedding planning.
She got married a year ago but still blogs about the married life, and all things weddings, including beautiful photographies that I love seeing. I just love her blog, it's one of the few non-beauty-related blogs that I follow.

I was very honored and excited when she asked me if I could write about wedding makeup for her blog because she thought that I know more about makeup than 90% of the people she knows.

So I obliged and wrote a mammuth post on do's and don'ts for wedding makeup, with a few tips here and there that will be helpful for anybody, especially if you're going to be photographed. So please hop over there and let me know what you think!

April 18, 2011

Review: Becca Luminous Skin Color, Foundation Stick and Fine Lose Powder

So since I showed you my Becca face this week-end, I thought it would be nice to go on and review the whole 3 steps used to achieve a perfect base with Becca products. That's what Becca calls the Skin Perfecting Makeup System.

In Katie Hugues' video, she uses the products in a slightly different way than the "official" one, so here I'll be adding videos made for Zuneta by a Becca makeup artist, so you can explore different ways of using the products and find what works best for you.

First step: Prepare with the Luminous Skin Color.

You would add this one right after your primer, to even out your skintone and give your face a lovely glow - remember the Becca face is all about a dewy fresh skin.

The product comes in 15 different shades, including pink toned, yellow toned and neutral toned ones, up to the very dark side of the skin color spectrum.
Since the product is very light and transparent, you can get away with a color that is a tad bit too dark for you, in my opinion.
The one I chose, since I had to buy online, is Nude, the best-selling color for fair-medium complexion. It is indeed a tad bit dark for me but since I plan on using this in the Summer when I'm fake-tanned, this will be perfect and honestly, it does blend quite well already.

The product comes in a sleek light plastic bottle with an airless pump, which is very nice. I use 1-1.5 pump for the whole face when applying with a Mac 190 foundation brush.
It has an SPF of 25, which is always a bonus in my book, and it smells very nice - kind of a vanilla scent- but not to the point that it will bother you once it's applied.

This is an extremely lightweight product, actually I'm not surprised Becca includes it in the "priming" step. Unless you're a 16 years old model with perfect skin, you won't be able to get along with wearing this only as it doesn't hide anything at all. But it does give a lovely radiance to the skin, and it evens it out nicely excepted for discolorated or hyperpigmented areas. And it does last extremely well on the skin.

Second step: Stick foundation SPF 30 and concealing.

This is where you are going to perfect your skin with products that have more coverage. Since I don't own the Becca concealer, I use the foundation stick alone.

The foundation stick comes in over 30 shades, so everyone can find their happiness. It's very practical to take along and use in a hurry because you can apply with your fingers. I personally think that it's easier to apply it with my foundation brush, particularly if it's already wet from the primer and/or the liquid skin color product. With my hands I found it a bit thick and waxy. However, the coverage is gives is not at all cakey or pan-stick like - it's kind of medium coverage but buildable and I found that, applying with a brush, it was easy to build up without it looking like I had a ton of stuff on my face. Also I didn't need much so I don't think this stick will be used up in no time, like it does happen with some cream products.
The SPF 30 is obviously nice, and like all other products, this is very long-lasting.

Color wise, I got Praline for the stick, which is a pale neutral shade. This is actually the right color for my Winter skin and in the Summer I could probably get along better with Banana, which is a fair-medium neutral shade. However since I use this mainly in the centre of the face and in combination with Nude, which is a bit darker, the final result is really nice and Praline still works for me. (These are the joys of ordering online, as I said...)

I actually swatched these two products for you on my absolutely not-fake-tanned-yet arm:

You see that on my natural skin, Praline is a perfect match while Nude is a bit too dark.

Third step: Set with Fine Powder.
The finishing powders come in both lose and pressed forms and I got the lose one. Both come with a puff but I like to apply with a brush.

I am actually extremely impressed with this powder for two reasons: it does really take away the shine from the previous products in the areas that don't need to glow (I used more on the nose and forehead for obvious reasons) and it does really last all day, unlike most powders.
There aren't as many colors available as for the foundations but there are, again, yellow, pink and neutral undertones including in the transluscent product.
The one I got is Sesame, a neutral tone, which you see in the video (and, interestingly, it's not too dark for me even though the model is way more tanned than I am).

I find the lose powder compact very practical, it's hard enough to open that it wouldn't cause an accident in my makeup bag, and the lid is perfect to swirl your brush in the powder.

Pricing and availability.
Wherever you live, you can order Becca products from Zuneta or from Becca
The products are not cheap, but you do pay for a great quality:
Luminous Skin Color, 50ml, USD42 - £33
Stick Foundation, 8.7g, USD44 - £35
Fine Lose Powder, 15g, USD34 - £26  (the pressed powder contains 10g and costs USD32, £45)

For online orders, this might help you finding your match:

My overall impression.
I absolutely love the brand for the quality and the fact that the products keep their promises in terms of result and longevity, which is particularly important in the Summer. I also think that the wide variety of shades available is a huge bonus.

The whole routine takes a bit more time than just applying liquid foundation with fingers, though, and I am not sure it would perform well enough on someone who just has bad skin. If you're average and need to hide some discoloration and a few zits, that will work, but overall the result does stay quite transparent and glowy, very far from a mask effect. But you can always use some extra concealer, I suppose.

The price tag is quite high, particularly if you want to get at least the luminous skin color and the stick foundation to use together. They are priced around the Chanel level if I consider my local prices. I didn't get all those products at once but over the course of several months.
However I'm absolutely thrilled by the quality, as I said, so I do believe it's worth the price it if this is the kind of face you want to achieve with the benefit of SPF and all-day longevity.

Stay tuned for more Becca reviews and swatches!

April 17, 2011

And the winners are...

Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway!

The winner for the 6 Catrice e/s and the Bourjois powder is ANSA.

The winner for the 2 eyeshadows and the blush from Catrice is ANASH.

Congratulations ladies! Please drop me an e-mail with your postal address to: musingonbeauty @ gmail dot com and I'll be sending your prizes next week!

April 16, 2011

The Becca face - and a little shout out.

Over the past month, I've been getting a few Becca products, some of them I told you about here among other posts.

One of the products I got and found a bit hard to use is the Foundation Stick. A lot of people rave about it but it does require a certain technique and I obviously didn't master the way to apply it correctly, which is why I cried for help on a makeup forum. I was advised to watch this video:

This made me double happy because

  1. this video is really helpful and shows how to work with a lot of Becca products
  2. I didn't know Katie Hughes but she is a fantastic makeup artist, I've been watching all of her vids since I found this one and really enjoyed them - you need to check her channel out if you haven't yet!

So I decided to dig up (almost all of) my collection of Becca products and do a full Becca face!

I used:
Hydrating Silk Primer
Stick Foundation in Praline
Luminous Skin Color in Nude
Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in #1 (I don't own a Becca concealer)
Fine Lose Finishing Powder in Sesame
Beach Tint in Watermelon as a blush
Eye Tint in Pewter as a base on the eye
Enigma palette (all 3 colors)
Line and Illuminate Pencil in Belize
The Ultimate Mascara in black

On the lips, I could have used Watermelon as well but I wanted to try my new Revlon Lip Taint in Frenzy :) My lips arent' in great condition, though, so the result isn't as even as it should - oh well...

And here's the result!

I'll be reviewing some of the products in the coming weeks.
Have you tried Becca? How do you like their products?

EDIT: Trying it again with a polished work-day look!

April 15, 2011

10 days into using OCM (Oil Cleansing Method)

Lately my skin hasn't been that great. Since I hadn't changed anything to my routine I didn't know where the problem came from but my face looked dull, my pores congested and my blackheads were worse than ever.
Ah, blackheads, that's the one thing I'm self-conscious about when it comes to my skin. And I was feeling that over the past months, they were worse then they had ever been (and I've had them since my teenage years so that's quite a long while!)

So I did some research on the web, and I must admit I would have bought into anybody offering a solution that would have remove 4 mm of top layer from my face skin if that could help!
That's how I came across the oil cleansing method. And you know what? I already knew about it! I had researched it in the past, I even had told friends about it, and then I had gotten distracted by something else and had never really tried.
So it was time for me to give it a serious try!

If you're not familiar with OCM, you will find a lot of useful information here. It's based on two principles:
- oil is what removes oil the best, so the oilies from your skin will be removed by oil
- a lot of products strip our face from its natural oils, causing our skin to react by overproducing oil again, creating a vicious circle; cleansing with oil should avoid that
So you remove your makeup and cleanse at the same time with your oil or oil blend, then use a moslin cloth to remove it and that's it.

That was 10 days ago, and here is how I feel about it.

THE CONS (yes, I'm starting with the cons, now).
- it takes a bit more time to remove your makeup this way, especially if you alternate massaging oil and steaming your face a couple of time like it's recommended
- finding the best oil to use is a matter of trial and error: I have used Castor a couple of times and it dries out my skin, yet it's excellent to clean pores - so you need to try different recipes, mixes and quantities and it can take some time to figure out what works best
- there might be some purging going on, I've had quite a lot of white heads these past 10 days. They could come from using a too rich oil but since they're all on the areas that were congested, I do believe it's just purging.
- I'm a bit confused about what skincare to use so I won't strip my skin again, which would be counter-productive. On the other hand, not using any moisturizer didn't work as I got dehydration fine lines on the cheeks!
- All in all, it requires time and research and experiments
- It's not an overnight miracle solution

But... here comes the one big PRO:
- It works.
My skin is clearer than it's been in a very long time, I'd say in years. It's not completely clear but the blackheads are greatly reduced and less visible, and my pores look smaller (not that they could ever shrink back but if they're not clogged, they look smaller).
The past year I've been using MUFE Full Cover concealer around my nose to hide these nasty blackheads, and these past days I haven't used anything else than the same foundation I use all over my face. You can't see the pores and blackheads through foundation anymore.

No need to say that I'm really thrilled and will be continuing to use this method, even though I still have some trial and error to go through and even though it's time consuming. I also don't know if my skin will ever be completely clear but since I feel so much better about how it looks now, that's totally worth doing.

For your information, I currently use Almond Oil, alone or mixed with 20% Castor oil.

Have you tried this method? Have you liked the results?

April 12, 2011

FOTD: Call me Erika

Today I'm wearing a look I did very quickly with my Lancome Erika F eyeshadow.

I was kind of uninspired, and not well awake after a too-short night (and seeing the pictures, I'm very much afraid that it does show... oh well) and since I was wearing a kaki top and jacket, I thought Erika F would look good.

I think it's great when an eyeshadow offers enough sophistication and complexity in itself, this way you can use it in an uncomplicated manner and let it do the work for you.

I actually used Mac Dirty greasepaing on the lashline and smudged on the outer corner, then just applied Erika F on top. Too bad the picture doesn't show the glitter particles nor the complexity of the color.
Excuse my poor photographing skills and material.

I am wearing:
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua foundation in B10
MUFE Full Cover concealer #5 and Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in #1
Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer in #52
Rouge Bunny Rouge Starina blush
Illamasqua brow powder in Thunder
Mac Dirty Greasepaint
Lancôme Erika F e/s
Mac Brule e/s to blend the edges
YSL Faux-Cils mascara in black
Nars Niagara lipstick

While I'm at it, let me show you my nails:

OPI Jade is the New Black and a Catrice mint green.

If you want to make a chance to win Erika F, the lovely Jen at My Funny Valentine is offering it in a give away, so feel free to join! 

April 11, 2011

Review: Kibio Eye Makeup Remover

I told you recently I was on the hunt for a new eye makeup remover (thanks again LRP for discontinuing my Holy Grail).

I found this one by Kibio in a pharmacy and thought it looked like something I migth like.

About the brand.
Kibio is a French brand sold in parapharmacies and pharmacies. The name comes from "Ki" which means "Vital Energy" in Japanese (if you're into Feng Shui you must know the word) and Bio which means organic.
The offer a full range of skincare products made of natural ingredients and organic ingredients.

About this product.
This eye makeup remover has a jelly texture and contains Rose Water and Cornflower Water to soothe the skin, and Aloe Vera for its calming properties.
The product comes in a 50 ml airless bottle with a pump, which is made of a ligth plastic.

What I like.
Unless some other so-called lotions I tried, this is a real jelly texture that will not run all over your cotton bud, which is nice.
The product is indeed very gentle and doesn't sting my eyes at all.
It removes most of my makeup effectively (I mean non-waterproof makeup though).
The packaging is very hygienic, which is important for somehting that goes onto your eyes.

What I don't like.
Although the pump is very practical, it doesn't deliver much product and I find I need 3-4 pumps for each eye.
Unfortunately it's not the most effective product I've tried, as it doesn't always get all the mascara off my lashes. The residue is really small but I notice my lashes sometimes stay a bit darker than they are in reality.

Also I do have a bit of a problem with the Organic claim. The product is certified and wears the official Organic logos on the packaging. However, when browsing the website for more information, I read that this is made of 94.2% organic products and 99.5% natural products.
I guess if the company announces this is an organic product, it's because the law allows them to do so, but still, 94.2% isn't fully organic.
Now I'm not addicted to organic products and this wasn't my criteria when picking the product, but still, I find this claim a bit misleading and that's what bothering me.

Availability and pricing.
From what I've seen on the web, this is available in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Canada and online. I might miss some countries though.
The price level is 14€ for a 50ml bottle which isn't cheap at all for a pharmacy brand, but I guess it's the organic factor that makes the price go higher. I'm not sure how long this quantity will last with daily use but probably not longer than 6-8 weeks, so that places the price mark quite high for me.
Would I repurchase?
Unless I don't find anything that performs better, no - I am using this up but I'll keep looking for something that works better for me. I'd only keep buying this one if I couldn't find anything else that doesn't irritate my eyes, but I highly doubt it would be the case.

April 10, 2011

Thank you, and a giveaway! (closed)

A couple of weeks ago, I reached 250 subscribers on this blog. I started playing with the idea of doing something to thank you guys and before I knew, there were 261 of you on here.

I really want to thank you all for reading my ramblings, leaving comments and asking questions. Writing this blog is a lot of fun for me, but knowing that actual people are reading and enjoying it makes it so much more exciting.

So we're going to have a little thank you giveaway. I decided to go for products that are talked about quite a lot these days on beauty blogs and forums, but that aren't easily accessible to everyone even though they are drugstore: Catrice and Bourjois products.
Catrice is a really affordable German brand that recently came up with a large selection of eyeshadows in a very nice packaging that looks like Shu Uemura.
Bourjois is a French brand that has been on the market for a long time, and they are actually the mother company of Chanel (you would expect the opposite, but no.)

Someone is going to win 6 Catrice eyeshadows and one of the Bourjois Mineral Pressed Powders that Nic from Pixiwoo has been using as a blush in a lot of recent videos.

Then someone else is going to win 2 eyeshadows and a blush, all by Catrice.

Obviously, everything is brand new and sealed (hence the glare on a lot of product coming from the plastic seals)

The rules are as follow:
  1. To enter, you need to leave a comment telling me what kind of posts you prefer on this blog, or what kind of posts you haven't seen yet but would like to see me doing.
  2. Giveaway is open internationally and to everyone. If you're not 18, you must have your parents or tutors permission to enter.
  3. You don't need to be subscribed to this blog through google to enter, however I would appreciate if you were and I am going to give away the largest prize to someone who is. If you're not subscribed and don't want to be, you're still making a chance to winning the second prize.
  4. Giveaway ends on Friday April 15th at midnight GMT.

For information purposes, I got a few more eyeshadows so I could swatch them to show you guys how they look when applied, this way you have a better idea of the pigmentation.

The first 2 are among the ones I am giving away and I was really impressed by the complexity of the colors, particularly the first one that made me think of Mac Vex (the picture doesn't do it justice).

So I hope you all enjoy this and stick with me and my blog. Good luck everyone!