May 30, 2011

Things to do in London (makeup wise and else).





So I'm back from a long-weekend spent in London with my makeup-addicted BFF's. It was fun, it was exhausting and we're now totally broke: in other words, it was a blast.


More detailed information on the makeup shopping will follow in the coming days when we are done sending each other pictures and editing them, but I thought I'd start by sharing a few things we liked.






Save your feet, use the Underground. There are stations everywhere and the one-day ticket is cheaper than 2 single tickets, so that's a no brainer. We got these and used the Tube as much as we could, let me tell you there was plenty of walking to be done anyway!
Also, the Tube stands quite deep in the ground, the stairs are just not an option (we climbed up the 193 stairs at Covent Garden station, that really wasn't the best idea), grab the elevators or escalators when you can!


These hands do not belong to the same girl.


Get a Shellac manicure, but do look at prices first! We had ours done in a little stand in a mall and paid £25 for color only or £35 for full manicure+color. Some fancy places were offering the same service for 55£ or more so definitely look before you make a decision. I'll report on how it works and how long it lasts :)




Eat noodles at Wagamama. We went to the Covent Garden and enjoyed fantastic noodle soups. It's great because you can sit, get served but at the same time it's not like an actual restaurant and you can move, there's kids walking around and quite a bit of noise - I loved the atmosphere and the food.




Go to Selfridges and get a makeover. My friends and I had our makeup done at the Illamasqua counter - which I will explain in detail in a single post.
I really liked Selfridges because there are a lot of brands available there and all the sales associate we dealt with were really friendly. If you don't have much time to shop for makeup, this is a good place for one-stop-shopping.




We love Pret! Prêt à Manger is everywhere (literally, there's one like every 100 feet), the food is good, quite healthy and not too expensive. We had breakfast and a small meal there several times, as we could enjoy salads, fresh fruit and nice sandwiches for about 5-7£/person/meal, that's pretty cheap for London.


Visit Westminster. It's beautiful and it's a place you need to see at least once in your life if you're in London.


Coming soon: detailed haul and Illamasqua makeovers!

May 27, 2011

Review: Edward Bess Night Romance Lipstick

Picture from Modestybrown's blog


Edward Bess is a former model who made a career move to the cosmetics industry and launched his eponymous makeup line. 
This luxurious line focuses on high quality textures, timeless and universally flattering neutral shades and sleek black packaging. It is available on Zuneta


A friend of mine had gotten one of these lipsticks and loved it so much that I had to try one of them (any excuse will do). I chose Night Romance, which is a blue-based raspberry pink. But for some reason (understand: because I have half a million lipsticks), I kind of forgot about it after I got it and tried it once. Then it reappeared a couple of weeks ago, and since then I have been wearing it non stop.


This lipstick has a slight fig smell that I do enjoy, however it doesn't last very long so I guess it won't bother the sensitive noses.
The formula is very smooth, not as much as the YSL Rouge Voluptés if you know them (these are almost too smooth), but just perfectly smooth and easy to apply. It's not drying at all and keeps my lips moisturized. The pigmentation is very good and if you don't eat or drink, this lipstick will easily last for hours.


I would say that Night Romance can look a tad bit bright if your lips aren't very pigmented and/or if you are very pale. Personally, I don't mind wearing bright or dark berry colors so it's perfectly fine for me; but anyway it's very wearable and I don't think it would be too much on anyone.
For day time, it's a very polished shade that works great with my business wardrobe. For night time it goes great with a smokey eye. I'm telling you: this lipstick is a winner.


You know my passion for fuchsia and orange lipsticks, this kind of shade isn't available in the Edward Bess range. But they have a couple of reds that are on my wishlist, and it's going to be my brand of choice next to Guerlain for the easy-to-wear feminine shades. 
The only downside is the high price, but at least you get the quality you are paying for.


Edward Bess Ultra Stick Lipstick - £24 -$32


May 25, 2011

Currently liking

No, these aren't beauty items stricto sensu, or maybe they are but they aren't cosmetics. I thought I would tell you about them anyway.

My first designer bag.
I've been planning on getting a designer bag for a while, actually that was a goal for this year. I had my eyes on a Louis Vuitton but I'm still unsure because 1/ they're expensive (duh!) and 2/there are so many fakes around that it makes the real ones almost look less valuable.
I did look at Delvaux bags - they've been around for over a century, actually one of my great-aunts was the proud owner of a few of them. Bummer, the model I like is over 3.000€. That's like the price of 3 mid-size LV's. Not a commitment I'm ready to make yet- maybe I'll get one of the smaller and 'cheaper' ones later.
I didn't find anything I really liked at Balenciaga or Miu-Miu, mostly because I want something that won't look dated in a couple of years, considering the price. Marc Jacobs is too expensive, Kenzo is too niche.

I found happiness in a more reasonably priced brand called Nathan-Baume


It's still not cheap, since it's leather and a fancy brand, but it was an ok budget for a designer bag that looks classic and is practical enough for everyday use at work. It can also be worn on the shoulder.
So I'm quite excited about this purchase.

Bollywood workouts. 




A few weeks ago I reached the point where I was tired of feeling like a big bag of potato chips. I'd love to lose 6 damn pounds but let's be honest, what I need the most is toning. So I have braced myself and have started exercising again.
Now exercise and me, we're not really friends. I knew that for me to stick with a routine, it would need to be fun (preferably with nice music) and doable at home (I know I'll NEVER go to the gym even if I pay a million bucks fees). That's how I got this Bollywood dance workout.
I haven't set unrealistic goals for myself. I do this (or part of this, since there are sections) once in the week-end and during week-days, I do Pilates workouts for either abs, core or legs (you can found tons of them on YouTube, I like the ones from Sparkpeople)

I still find it hard to kick myself and go do a workout, even a short one, when I'm tired from my day at work or when I'm having a million things to do on week-ends. But I am kind of getting addicted to the after feeling. I love how my spine and abs feel warm after the Bollywood workout, and I love how my abs feel tight the day after I've done Pilates.
I mostly love that I look different already: stengthening the abs does make a difference in the posture you hold!
Heaven must have frozen: I even did the Bollywood workout TWICE last week-end, I'm thinking of getting more DVD's from the same instructor! (available on Amazon)

A city-trip to come.


Visiting the makeup Mecca with 2 BFF's, that's going to be a blast!


What are you liking right now?

May 23, 2011

Karl told me I'm not a model*

* I have a t-shirt that says that
** not that I think I'm a model anyway!!








I told you a while ago I had taken part in a group discussion about Biotherm products for a magazine.
Well, the magazine has just been issued, and I have received a few pics from the shoot!




I'm taking the job very seriously

...but it was fun nevertheless
The broccoli decor is because of the active ingredient in the product, in case you wondered
See? we had good laughs as well!

Makeup breakdown is in my previous post.

May 22, 2011

FOTD: Fill my eyes, O Lithium Sunset*

*song by Sting, 1996 if I remember correctly


Had a play with Mac Melon pigment to celebrate the sunny week-end.



And I ended up adding a ton of other colors to the mix!


By the way, Melon makes a great cheek highlighter, I hope you can see it a bit here.





FACE:
Mac Strobe Cream
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B10
Bobbi Brown creamy concealer kit in warm ivory
Nars Orgasm Multiple
Mac Melon pigment
Shiseio brow pencil in ash blonde


EYES:
Nars smudgeproof eyeshadow base
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
Mac Melon pigment
Shu Uemura ME Red 160 (very similar to Mac Cranberry)
Mac Sketch mixed with a bit of Mac Shadowy Lady
Mac Beauty Marked
Mac Prunella khol (to tightline)
YSL Faux Cils mascara in black


LIPS:
Edward Bess Night Romance lipstick


How do you use your pigments?

May 20, 2011

Book Review: The History of Compacts and Cosmetics: Beauty From Victorian Times to the Present Day

I've looked at makeup in many ways: creative outlet, self-expression tool, social object... but I had never looked at it as a reflect of History.
That's until I saw this fantastic video filmed by Lisa Eldridge with historian Madeleine Marsh.


(This video is part of a series so make sure you watch them all at Lisa Eldridge's if you haven't yet)

After I saw this, I had to have this book.


The book actually starts in Ancient Times, when men wore makeup as well as women (I had forgotten about that: ancient Egypt, anyone?)
But of course there's more information available since the Victorian Era, so there's more to read starting from there.

Madeleine Marsh not only takes us through the History of Makeup, telling us what was available or invented when, but she mostly takes us throught the History of Women, and with that, through the History as such.
I never thought of makeup products as a reflection of their contemporary issues and mindsets on top of a  reflection of fashion trends and available technology, and not doing that I was missing a lot of things.

I didn't realize that the flappers makeup and short hair of the 20's and 30's was a strong reaction to the no-makeup-big-hair law that had ruled during the Victorian Era. I didn't know that cosmetic companies had stopped producing women's makeup during WW2 to transform the rare raw material still available in camouflage paint for the soldiers instead. And at the same time, that putting on a face of makeup was a citizen duty for all women in order to support the Nation through hard times.

I didn't know how much the cosmetics industry built itself on women's insecurities - and at times, with very negative and judgemental messages.

This book is fascinating, not only because you will learn so much and probably see makeup in a different way after you have ready it, but also because there are tons of pictures of vintage products and ads, that are really a delight for the eyes - they will make you cringe at times, though, because our mentalities have changed a lot through the past decades and some of these messages would be judged unacceptable today.

Anybody thinking that makeup is a shallow thing needs to reed this book.
Anybody who loves makeup will want to read it anyway :)

May 19, 2011

FOTD with Guerlain Ombre fusion + mini review.


With the Terra Inca Summer 2001 collection, Guerlain released 3 limited edition cream eyeshadows called Ombre Fusion. These are water-resistant metallic colors that come in a tube with a doe foot applicator.
Since I love cream eyeshadows (in case you didn't notice) (but then what kind of makeup item don't I love?), I decided to get one to try it.



The 3 colors available - glamorously named # 1, 2 and 3, are a light pink, a kaki bronze and a coppery taupe. Since I never wear pink, I wanted to chose between # 2 and #3. Even though the coppery taupe was gorgeous, it reminded me too much of some other products I own and I chose #2.
(Someone whispers in my hear that they have a prettier name too, #2 would be Havana, the 2 others would be Bahia and Maya.)


I am wearing it on those pictures, blended with a 217 brush over a tad bit of Bobbi Brown Galaxy cream eyeshadows, and with a Prestige Total Intensity pencil liner in olive.



This product is quite creamy, and much easier to blend than the Chanel Ombre d'Eau for example. But I must also say that they set very quickly, so you have to work fast. If you try to blend more when it's set, it tends to flake a bit.
I find that the pigmentation is quite good. It can be sheered a bit if you blend the product, but if you concentrate the product, it's pretty pigtemented. It has a tiny bit of gold sparkles running through it but nothing out of the top, really. You can see a good swatch here over at Delicate Hummingbird.
I wouldn't say this cream shadow has a molten metal vibe like, say, Illamasqua Liquid Metals would have, but the sparkles do give it some nice dimension.
Also, unlike the Chanel Ombre d'Eau, Guerlain Havana didn't sting or irritate my eyes at all.



Oh, and this looks work with my glasses, too :-)


FYI, foundation is Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B10, and lipstick is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Rebelle (love the color, hate the smell and the texture). Blush is a mix of Mac Soften The Mood (back of the cheeks) and Mac Warm Soul.

Do I recommend them? Well if you don't have any similar color and like cream eyeshadows, they're definitely a nice splurge. They're a no-brainer in terms of usability, they're pigmented and they last well (over a primer, for me, as per usual)

Guerlain Ombres Fusion are limited editions and retail for USD 35 - € 29.

May 18, 2011

Review: Becca Resurfacing Primer


You know I am obsessed  with hiding pores and you know I love Becca. Well, put two and two together and you’ll know why I decided to try their Resurfacing Primer.
This claims that it will help hiding pores and fine lines and mattify the skin, providing a smooth base for your makeup.

Actually when I ordered it, my attention wasn’t drawn to the mattifying aspect at all; I only noticed when I got the product home that it claimed to that. I kind of understand you would associate pores with oily skin (even though that’s not 100% accurate) but fine lines are more of a burden of dryer skins, and so I don’t really get why the same product should be refining and mattifying. 

Where the silk hydrating primer is so liquid that it keeps blobbing out of the tube every time I use it (Becca, please hear me and put a pump on that damn tube!), this one is a thick creamy texture and I was quite surprised by that difference even though it makes sense since you want it to fill holes, if I may say so. It comes in the same 50ml tube as all the other Becca primers, has a white-ish color and doesn’t really smell of anything. Totally non-offensive product. It’s also quite easy to apply and blend, but I’d recommend using your hands to spread it easily.

Ingredient list for the geeks:
Aqua (Water), Hydrogenated Didecene, Glycerin, PVP, Ricinus Communis Oil (Ricinus Communis [Castor] Seed Oil), Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis [Jojoba] Seed Oil), Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Propylene Glycol Isostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Squalane, Glyceryl Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Oleth-25, Ceteth-25, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Triethanolamine, Tropolone and may contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491).


But unfortunately, I must say this is the first Becca product that I don’t really like. Not that it’s really bad, but I don’t think it work for me. Here’s what I think:
  • Hide fine lines: I don't really have any, so I couldn't tell
  • Hide pores: hmm, not sure, actually, and that was my main reason for buying the product so that’s where most of my disappointment comes from. I can’t say it did nothing, but I really can’t say it did much at all. I think the siliconey products provided by Clinique or Clarins do a better job at visibly evening out the skin texture.
  • Provides a smooth base for makeup: this is true. It leaves your skin smooth and soft and makes base application quite easy.
  • Mattifying: again, here, I’m not sure. It’s not super moisturizing like the Hydrating primer is, of course, but I kind of felt it made me look a bit greasy by the end of the day. But I have to say that I did notice differences depending on what foundation I was using on top. I find that while the result was very pretty with DIorskin Nude, it wasn’t as nice with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. How weird is it, that it toned down the dewiness of the most luminous of both foundations and made the less dewy one look greasy, I don’t know. I am thinking it has to do with the oils contained in the product.
  • Makes your makeup last longer: well this is true, I have had horribly long days while I was testing this and my makeup did stay on for a really long time. But again, I found that it worked not so well with some foundations as with others.
My overall impression: a miss for me. Maybe this product is trying to do too many things at the same time, I don’t know, but any way for me it failed doing what I really expected, which was making my problem areas look smoother. Again, I don’t think it is a bad product at all, but it’s one that doesn’t work for me and didn’t meet my expectations.

For that price (£32 - € 42 -USD 40) I could definitely have bought a product that was meant to hide pores only, but that would have done the job better, and would probably have been cheaper too. 

Becca has another product called Line and Pore corrector, which comes in a smaller tube (for about the same price) - did anyone try it? 

May 15, 2011

Becca Halcyon Days Palette + FOTD's



You know how much of a Becca addict I have been recently. So I was obviously impatiently expecting the Summer collection and was thrilled to discover it on Zuneta a couple of weeks ago.


The theme for this collection is Halcyon days, it definitely has a "Hippie spending Summer days outside at music festivals" vibe, but I was more interested by the collection itself than by the theme, I must say. The promotional picture is beautiful, though.


Although the collection is very large and offers blushes, lip products, eye pencils, bronzer... and even nailpolishes (you can see it all here at Temptalia), the one thing that really caught my eye was the Halcyon Days palette.










It contains:
  • Mai Tai Lipgloss (Sheer peachy nude)
  • Bougainvillea Lip & Cheek Creme (Coral)
  • Faille Eyeshadow (Golden peach - shimmer)
  • Muslin Eyeshadow (Creamy opal - semi matte)
  • Chamois Eyeshadow (Light bronze- semi matte)
Now I haven't changed my mind about not liking when a palette has a mix of powder and cream products, I must be a bit OCD about that and always fear they're going to make a goopy mess. But the eyeshadows in this palette can't be bought as singles, and I thought what the heck - I'll just be careful when using the palette.


I have used the palette the way it was suggested in this new video by a Becca makeup artist:





The first look is a daytime, work appropriate look.




This is my "it's early on a Friday morning, I'm tired, I have a billion meetings today and I don't know yet that I'll spend hours stuck in traffic and will come home very late" face. 
You can create a very soft look with this palette, but even if the eyeshadow colors are rather light, I was amazed at how pigmented they are (well, all Becca shadows I've tried were very pigmented, so I shouldn't be surprised). They're also extremely soft, easy to apply and to blend.  Adding the shimmery one on the lid by patting it with my finger was really easy and effective, this gives a really pretty effect.

On Saturday, I tried the smokier version by adding black pencil on the upper lid and brown pencil + Chamois eyeshadow under the lower lashline.





Excuse the workout outfit and hair, I actually did work out right before doing this makeup.
All in all, this is a very pretty palette and the products in it are of great quality. The brush that comes with it is of good quality, so much better than the crappy sponge applicators we often get.


The only 2 things I would have liked to be different are:
- the lipgloss is extremely transparent, as you can see it on the 2 last pictures, it hardly shows up - I would have wished for more pigmentation
- I would have liked a darker brown eyeshadow in the palette, Chamois is a very pretty color but even on my fair skin it's not dark enough to give a lot of depth or create a very smokey eye. I like this color and will use it, but I will add a darker brown like Mac Expresso to the mix.


Becca Halcyon Days palette - £55 - UDS 65 on Beccacosmetics

May 11, 2011

FOTD - Guerlain Terre Indigo eyeshadow palette (Summer 2011)

I said I wouldn't, because I thought it would be too pretty to use, but I caved and got it.


The Guerlain Terre Indigo palette.

You might also remember me saying that I didn't like Guerlain eyeshadows that much. They're pretty, the packaging is luxurious, the products look gorgeous, but they don't offer much pigmentation. I guess they are designed for classy ladies who are afraid of putting too much on, and that's fine by me, but for that price I rather get something more pigmented even if the packaging doesn't look as pretty.
So I was quite surprised when I got to swatch a brand new tester of this one at the department store: the colors are quite pigmented, particularly the vivid ones, orange and blue. But the consistency is still very soft and blending the shadows isn't hard.

The gold parts are unfortunately an overspray. Too bad, as they mix beautifully with the colors when you apply them together, but once you've swiped your brush over the gold, it's gone. Oh well, the colors are pretty anyway.

With this compact you get a little explanation folder with 3 suggestions for combos to create with this palette. I am wearing one of them today. After several days of very important meetings, formal business dressing and toned down makeup, I thought I deserved a little color and fun!


 For this look you use the orange in the inner half of the lid and quite up into the whole crease. You then add the light brown on the outer half of the lid (this one is a bit less pigmented, I'm afraid). The dark brown is used to line the upper lashline and the blue is placed in a defined way on the outer V.



I am not completely satisfied but I did this in a rush very early in the morning, and I stupidly and stubbornly tried to blend the blue with a 272 brush (which is an angled patting brush) thinking it was a 217 (fluffy dome-shaped blending brush). Stupid me.
But well, I thought I'd show you anyway and I'll do a better blending job next time when I'm fully awake and not so late :-)


Guerlain Terre Indigo -Limited Edition eyeshadow. 58USD - 51€

May 9, 2011

The Secret of the Universe

We are going to talk about undereye concealing today,  because I heard a friend cry for help on the subject matter. (And, seriously, is there a better time than a Monday morning to talk about dark circles??) Most of you won't understand why this title right yet, but stay with me, that will soon become clearer.


I have struggled with dark circles and concealing them for a long time. About 2 years ago I found the perfect product and the perfect technique that work for me. I'm not saying by any means that I'm a specialist on that topic, but I just want to share my little knowledge and maybe it can be of some help for someone.


There are a couple of sad realities you need to accept when it comes to concealing dark circles:


1. You can never hide them completely.
2. Scratch that, actually you can. Well, you could - but it would take a ton of industrial strength products and you'd end up looking 10 years older because of the cakey pile of makeup under your eyes. I don't know about you, but that's not something I want to consider.
So, we must deal with it: we can't never hide them completely. It's photoshop that takes care of the issue for magazine pictures, don't let that fool you.


But there's one piece of good news as well: lots of women, me included, see their dark circles as much worse then they are in reality. I'd say 75% of us don't need much work to look fresh and awake, even though we might be convinced of the opposite.


So for most of us, me included, one product will be enough, and that's regular concealer. My absolute favorite: the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer kit.




I haven't found anything that gives better result, on the condition that you get color matched correctly, of course. In this kit you will find 2 products: the concealer, and the Pale Yellow Powder. I find that this powder has her part to play in the story, the result isn't as good if you use the concealer alone. This powder brightens the face and sets the creamy concealer, and it doesn't set into fine lines. It used to come in a lose form under the concealer part, now it comes pressed next to it - it's less messy.
I have used other products, I like some as well (like the Estee Lauder one) but I truly think Bobbi Brown has the best concealer out there, also because there's a wide range of shades available.


Next to getting the right product, using the right application technique is key. A lot of makeup artists apply concealer prior to foundation. I don't (and some professionals don't, either). I find that foundation already hides a bit of my dark circles and that I need less concealer. Also, if you use concealer first, you might move it around when applying the foundation on top and lose some of the effect.
Most concealer brushes are synthetic and flat, but I don't like them. I use either my fingers in a patting motion (again, stretching it would lower the pigment concentration and lose some of the effect) or an eyeshadow blending brush like the Mac 224 (or rather its synthetic version by Illamasqua).


Placing the product the right way is very important, bad placement could actually be counterproductive. I have found that I get the best results with the technique shown in this video, that I was pointed to by someone on a makeup forum (whoever she is, she deserves my eternal gratitude!). We're referring to that as "the triangle technique".





I don't use 2 shades like the lady does in the video, it's too time consuming on a daily basis and I have a life to live. For me, one shade applied in this triangular shape does wonders already.
(FYI, the Laura Mercier concealers that she uses are excellent as well, I just prefer the Bobbi Brown because they have more shades available and there's the powder that comes with it. I can make the Laura Mercier one work for me in Summer but not in Winter, while BB has shades that are light enough for me all year long).


That's about it for my personal situation.


Now... if you are part of the group that really has extremely bad dark circles, there's an extra step that will help you. If your skin is really pink, you will probably see blue veins in the inner corner of the eye and blueish dark circles under the eye area. If your skin is more yellow or olive toned, the dark circles will appear more greenish or brownish. You will need to cancel out these tones with a corrector. Doing this, corrector will make the treated area look kind of ashy, which is why you can't stop right after this step. You're going to need to put concealer on top to restore a normal skin color.






What corrector to pick, and in what color? This can be seriously tricky, and I would advise again to get color matched at a Bobbi Brown counter. Seriously, the Bobbi Brown correctors are famous for the difference they make in hiding extremely dark undereye circles, so I'd recommend that product above anything else.


You can see those 2 steps explained by Bobbi Brown herself in this video. (Sorry it can't be embedded here).


See where the title of this post comes from now? As Bobbi Brown says, concealing undereye dark circles is making a huge difference in how we look, giving us a fresh, young and awake face; so it's the Secret of the Universe.


Hope this helps!

May 5, 2011

Old goodies, nice goodies - FOTD's

I went through my stash these past days and gave myself the mission to use products I hadn't looked at in a long while.

First look is a bronze - peachy - orange one (yes, I have a thing for orange, but you knew that already)



FACE:
Mac Face & Body C1
BB Concealer in Warm Ivory
Diorskin Nude Freshglow powder foundation on the t-zone
Chanel Bronze Universel cream bronzer
Nars Taj Mahal blush
Illamasqua Thunder brow powder


EYES:
Mac Indianwood paintpot as a base
Mac Romp
Mac Bronze
Mac All That Glitters (crease)
Mac Brule (browbone)
Mac Honey Lust (inner corner)
Mac Embrak (outer corner)
Guerlain Terracotta Lose Khol in brown
YSL Faux-Cils Mascara

LIPS:
I kind of thought the intense eyes were calling for a discrete lips, but then I couldn't, I feel like having color on eyes and inexistant lips washes me out, so I used Gyvenchy Candide Tangerine lipstick.


This other looks features some of my old favorite combos: Mac All That Glitters and Contrast on the eyes. On the face: Nars Sheer Glow foundation in Santa Fe and Mac Bite of An Apple blush.


Have you been using some old forgotten favorites again recently?

May 4, 2011

Review: St Tropez Bronzing Mousse



Let's talk serious stuff now: St Tropez is one of the leading brands in fake-tanning. So excellent results are legitimately expected.
What the brand says:
This super-lightweight, easy-to-apply, velvety mousse delivers the ultra-even all-over tan you’ve always wanted. Infused with conditioning aloe vera and long-lasting colour, you’ll have a perfectly natural looking, streak-free tan that dries in an instant. Our innovative Aromaguard™ fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70% and instead gives a beautiful subtle, yet refreshing fragrance.

My opinion on it:

The product has a greyish browny color that makes application easy - with other mousses, I found it hard to see what I was doing since it was disappearing the moment it was touching my skin. So that's a good point.
Another good point is that this dries within a few minutes, so no need to walk around the house in your panties for half an hour for it to absorb into the skin. If you had to, you could probably put this on in the morning, as the color guide will already give you some color, and then the fake tan will develop within a few hours.

The result is very natural, olive toned and not orange at all. You can build up a more intense tan by using the product several days in a row but on me, one or two layers already make a huge difference since I am so pale.

However, this does smell like fake tan. Not hugely, but enough for me to prefer putting it on at night - there's no real residual smell the next morning so I won't feel self-conscious about people noticing the dreaded biscuit smell.

The price is high - USD 30, £31 (wrong conversion factor strikes again) but with 250ml you should be set for quite some time. The product can be used on both body and face (make sure you protect the hairline and brows with some moisturizer to make sure you don't end up with too much product there) so that saves you from the need to get another product, and I find mousse textures to be easy to apply on the face as you just need the tiniest amount and a little blending.

All in all an excellent product if you're not put off by the high price mark.