October 30, 2012

Wedding party FOTD

One of my very good friends was getting married this week-end.
I must say that finding an outfit that would work for a late October wedding and all its weather uncertainties was quite a challenge, but I managed, and then built my makeup look around it : since I was wearing a black and pearl gray outfit with a quite busy pattern, this was calling for a simple makeup with a red lip.
However, you know me, I have to add a special touch, and I picked Paperself eyelashes for that purpose.

Here's what I was wearing, and you can see the amount of products was rather minimalist

Wedding party makeup
To make sure the base would last all night, I wore Rouge Bunny Rouge matte primer underneath, and this did a great job at keeping my foundation on for over 12 hours.
The choice of the Shiseido lip lacquer was dictated by the fact that I knew I would be eating and drinking, and a lip lacquer does fade nicely and leaves a bit of a stain. So it never looked awful and it was easy to touch up after dinner.

The Paperself lashes were the small Peacock ones, which you apply at the outer corners. Although they're very delicate and the stem is extremely fine, they weren't too difficult to put on and they stayed perfectly put until I removed them. I was really impressed, and a bit sad when I took them off as you can't really use them again - you do get two pairs in the box, though.
I used Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in Mirifique (shimmery black) as a liner underneath, as it's so easy to apply and gives a soft look.

It was very nice to wear something a little bit different for a very special occasion!

What's your special occasion makeup? Have you ever used Paperself lashes?

October 23, 2012

La Roche Posay Hydreane BB cream

Quite a while ago, blog posts popped here and there about La Roche Posay having a BB cream that was only available in Asia. That one was called Uvidea XL and had an SPF of 50.
I thought the BB cream recently released on the Western market was the same, but no: what we have here is called Hydreane (which was formerly the name of their tinted moisturizer) and has an SPF of 20 only.
Yet, I had to try it - it seems like I'll never give up on fiding a BB cream that works for me even though my experiences till now have never been great.

What the brand says about the product :

The 1st BB cream with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, formulated for sensitive skin.
Unifying-moisturizing care for sensitive skin.
Protective SPF 20. Anti-dull effect.
In only one step, it moisturizes, soothes and protects the skin. The BB mineral pigments melt in the skin for an immediately unified, evened and fresh-faced complexion. Its smooth and non-greasy texture softens and supples the skin. Tested under dermatological control. Paraben-free. Non comedogenic. Hypoallergenic. Nickel-controlled*. Available in 2 shades.
(*formulated to contain only the minimum quantity of nickel).

My experience with it:

Dear La Roche Posay, you  made a lovely BB cream for sensitive skin, WHY THE HELL DID YOU HAVE TO ADD THAT AWFUL FRUITY FRAGRANCE TO IT?

This is pretty much the whole story as far as I am concerned.
I put the product on, the Light color was looking quite nice on me (NC15), and the texture was feeling quite moisturizing, unlike most of the BB creams I had tried in the past.

But that awful fruity smell just wouldn't go away, and after 15 mins of smelling it and feeling a migraine starting, I had to remove everything and admit defeat: I'll never be able to wear this.

If you're not smell-sensitive, though, this is a nice product. As I said, it's not dry and thick like lots of BB creams. You can chose between two colors and the light one is really light and not orange. It blends easily onto the skin and does even out the texture by covering mid reness.
I read in lot of reviews that this was setting matte and I didn't find it to be true on me. Had I worn this all day, I would have had to powder the t-zone at least, maybe even the whole face as the slightly sticky feel of the product was still there after 10 mins (you wouldn't apply blusher directly on that without it going patchy). I would consider this luminous, the same way Nars Radiant TM is.

Bottom line
A nice moisturizing BB cream, with a bit more coverage and hydration than a standard TM, but not for those with a sensitive nose.

Ingredients list for the science nerds:


October 18, 2012

This Works Perfect Skin Super Moisture

You might remember how much in love I was with This Works Perfect Skin Miracle during Summer and how sad I was that the product is tinted and too dark for me now that Summer is over.
Well, I e-mailed This Works and told them about my sad. I also told them that I needed something that would be a good makeup base and wouldn't make me oily through the day, and that, ideally, I'd love a non tinted version of Miracle.

The quickly replied that no, nothing in their range was similar to Miracle, but that they had checked with their product specialist and that, according to my requirements, they thought Super Moisture would fit the bill.
I was impressed with their kindness and how fast they handled my request, and then I ordered what they had recommended: Perfect Skin Super Moisture.

What the brand says:
Rich antioxidant cream that acts as a serum and a moisturiser in one.
This Works perfect skin super moisture combines the vitamin-packed, protective power of a serum with lasting hydration, for a one-step solution to hydrate, boost radiance and protect the skin from environmental stresses.
The potent concentration of Vitamin C, UK sourced Blackcurrant Seed Oils, Walnut, Evening Primrose Oil, Shea Butter and sugar based active penetrates deep into the skin to create an effective skin barrier, preventing loss of moisture and increasing flexibility and suppleness.
This Works Perfect Skin Super Moisture hydrates and revitalises dull looking skin, helps diminish fine lines and corrects uneven skin tone, to leave skin instantly revitalised, supple and smooth.

My experience with the product:

The packaging is exactly the same than for Miracle: a tube with a very nice pump, with which you can control how much you pour out, however one pump is perfect for the whole face.
Since this moisturizer doesn't contain SPF, it can be used day and night, and it would also work well if you're going to be photographed.
The texture is very balmy and comfortable, definitely nice if your skin is feeling tight, however this is not sticky at all. You actually have to rub it in quite fast as it will set quickly. Your skin texture definitely looks better and you have a perfect canvas to apply makeup on top.
There is a slight scent to it that I cannot really describe; it's a bit herbal but I'm not too sure. It really doesn't stay on very long anyway.

Right now, this is almost perfect for me: during the day, my forehead tends to get a bit oily (yet it feels tight) and I would prefer something lighter to avoid oiliness BUT this is perfect for the rest of my face, and it has soothed little dry patches that were starting to appear on my cheeks over the course of a week-end. I guess you can't beat the shea butter in it at that game!

All in all, a very nice moisturizer for daily use (or nightly use, but then I add a serum underneath) if you are normal/slightly combination to dry. I'm not sure this would work well for oily skins, though.

This Works Perfect Skin Super Moisture, 30ml, £22.50

Ingredient list for the science nerds:
Aqua, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Oenothera Biennis Oil, Oenothera Biennis Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Xylitylglucosides, Stearic Acid, Ribes Nigrum Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Anyhydroxylitol, Lauroyl Lysine, Xylitol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Limonene, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Geraniol, Juglans Regia Seed Extract, Citronellol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hyaluronic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Citral. 

October 16, 2012

Recent Empties

You dont see many empties on this blog. I feel like I hardly ever finish anything, or then it's always the same stuff, and when I do, I forget to collect the empties until I have enough of them to show you.
But lately I incidentally used up several things at the time, so that's a good occasion!

Here we have:

Bioderma micellar lotion : Nope, this one isn't empty, it's full actually. That's because someone who obviously doesn't understand the value of an empty packaging threw away the empty bottle.
I have been using this for 6 years and go through a bottle every 2 months, so not much to say here...

Phyto Phytojoba shampoo for dry hair : it's moisturizing and it smells delish, in short, I loved it. The one thing I hated though is that there is no pump on this bottle and you tend to pour out way more than what you need. At 16€ a bottle, it's an expensive issue. Not sure whether I'll repurchase because of that.

Ren eye gel : I have already repurchased this in its new container that doesn't pour too much product and I'm still in love with the product. It took me about 6-7 months to use up this one.

Taaj Micellar Lotion : at first I didn't like its smell, but in the end I came to enjoy it and I find this left my skin plump and hydrated so I think I will repurchase during my next skincare shopping trip to France.

Not shown in the pic because I forgot : Givenchy Noir Couture mascara : it was a nice good product, but I have returned to YSL Faux Cils now and I do like it more because it separates the lashes better and makes you look like you have a million of them, which Noir Couture didn't do with its weird wobbly brush.

Nars Eyeshadow Primer : damn, forgot it, post edited now! I have used this since it was released and each tube has lasted me about 8-9 months, I can't remember if this is the 3rd or 4th that I used up but I LOVE this product and am obviously on a new tube already. I love that it keeps my eyeshadows on for 12+ hours (no matter the brand) and that it doesn't make it harder for me to blend shadows the way I want. Best eyeprimer in my opinion.

That's it for small empties lot. Anyone used up things recently?

October 11, 2012

Etat Pur: Active Ingredients and Biomimetic Skincare

Etat Pur is a French online company that was laucnhed a couple of year ago, introducing a brand new concept in skincare. Their creator, Jean-Noël Thorel, is actually the pharmacist behind the creation of Bioderma and Esthederm - brands that I don't need to introduce to you anymore. So that's definitely an encouraging sign when it comes to the quality of Etat Pur's proposition.

The particularity of this line is that it's segmented in two parts: pure Actives (A) and Biomimetic skincare (B)
According to your skin needs, you will pick and combine products from both ranges.

I haven't tried anything from the B range, which is actually a more traditional skincare range for the face and body, offering no less than 40 products though. That's where you would look for your cleanser, toner, masks, moisturizer etc...

What I have used, though, are the pure Actives. These are in fact the well-known ingredients that make skincare efficient, but presented in a pure form and a high concentration. You are supposed to use those where and when needed, on top of your usual skincare routine.
For example, you can use pure salicilic acid in different concentrations if you suffer from blackheads or blemishes. You could use PP vitamin on very damaged skin. You could use Citric Acid and AHA on dull skin... The Etat Pur website will guide you and help you make a full diagnostic of your skin condition so you know what products to use in both the A and B ranges.
The products are very efficient, easy to use and - cherry on the cake - priced in a very accessible way!

I am currently using their Hyaluronic Acid in lieu of daily moisturizer. The little bottles are very easy to use, they are conceive to deliver one drop at once under pressure of their bottom part, so there's no waste going on at all and there is no hygiene issue.

I find it really interesting to be able to pick pure actives, I think it's something that was really missing on the market for anyone who has a bit of knowledge of skincare and wants to go one step further than the pre-made recipes of existing cosmetic ranges. We are all different and the ability to custom mix and match according to your needs can really benefit us, providing we do our research before using random actives, of course!

Until recently Etat Pur was available in France only, but they have now opened e-stores in other European countries like the UK, Germany and most of Western Europe. If they are available where you live, I definitely recommend checking them. Maybe there's something great in there to boost up your skin routine a little.

Visit Etat Pur.

October 9, 2012

Haus Of Gloi - vegan body and bath products

I have no idea why I didn't talk any sooner about Haus of Gloi because I've been using their products for about a year. I think it was my friend Kate aka the Driveller who recommended them at some point because I was complaining about my temperamental über dry skin during the course of last Winter.

Haus of Gloi is a small indie business owned and run by two vegans who have a passion for bath and body products. They pay a lot of attention to the quality of their products, which are made in small batches so you always get them as fresh as possible. All products are, of course, 100% vegan (honey frangranced ones are made with synthetic fragrance, no bees involved).
Haus of Gloi makes soaps, scrubs, lipbalms, perfume oils but also pumpkin butters, which are the ones I've tried and love. Here's how they describe them:
"Our Pumpkin Butter formula is divine intervention for the skin. Made with shea butter and unrefined pumpkin seed oil this moisturizer is rich without being too greasy."
And let me tell you, if you are dry skinned and/or are a fan of body butters in general, you are going to ove these! 

The Pumpkin Butters are very nourishing but they penetrate the skin quite fast and they don't leave a sticky residue at all. I have no issue spreading this all over my legs right before going to bed, I never feel greasy or sticky after applying.
These butters come in a very large variety of scents, inspired by the nature or the season or whatever was in the creator's mind. All their names inspire me nothing but deliciousness : Honeysuckle Lemon Curd, Litchy Milk Tea, Moodong (a mix of coconut, dry sandalwood essence, heated with nutmeg and clove) and many many others.
If fragranced products aren't your thing, there's one completely unscented version called Aether that will be perfect for you.

What I liked these the most for, though, since I'm eternally lazy with body moisturizers, is to use them as hand creams. Lavender Sugar is my favorite for this purpose as it's very calming to use at night and the smell isn't too strong or overpowering at all.

You can buy either 2 oZ samples for $4.50 or 6 oZ full jars for $10. I think the small jars are a great format to keep in your bag, to travel with, or to use as a hand cream. And of course, Haus of Gloi ships internationally.

October 3, 2012

Team Coromandel FOTD

Chanel just relaunched their Rouge Allure range (my favorite kind of Chanel lipsticks: no rose smell and not a drying formula) and have made a few gorgeous additions to the range, among which a few fantastic reds. Those come with matching nailpolishes for a stunning effect.

While Pirate is an iconic color that I was prepared to adopt and love, it turned out that this one pulled more raspberry on me, which wasn't what I was after. So instead I chose the beautiful Coromandel (named after the perfume, I suppose).

Coromandel is a gorgeous deep red with a slight bit of orange in it. I think that's what will make it wearable all year long: orange based reds are brightening in the Winter but also look gorgeous in the Summer.
The finish is satin, and the Rouge Allure formula is generally very comfortable to wear.

Here's my face of the day wearing it:

Yes, I am aware I did go overboard on the glow, I don't care!

Other products used:
Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Finland
Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer #2
Becca Loose Powder in Sesame
To contour: Illamasqua Skin Base in AU
To highlight: Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora
Blush: Illamasqua Naked Rose
Eyeshadows are Inglot Pearl 402 and another Pearl (sorry, number unknown) in the other corner
YSL Faux Cils Mascara

Have you tried the new Rouge Allures? What shades are you loving?

October 1, 2012

September favorites

If it weren't for the posts popping into my subscriptions this morning, I wouldn't have realized it was already time for another favorites post. Where did September go?? I have no idea!

REN Mayblossom T-Zone Control cleansing gel.

This wasn't love at first sight and I was sceptical at first but I am now really liking this cleanser, which leaves my skin soft and clean.

Alpha H Liquid Gold

This glycolic acid lotion absolutely deserves all the hype that surrounds it, I use it 3 times a week and it does wonders for my skin texture.

Illamasqua Empower and Complement eyeshadow palettes.

I have been living in those two all month! Gorgeous colors, creamy texture, great cream bases included, they are absolutely perfect for this season, or for a night out at any time of the year.

YSL Faux-Cils mascara.

After the Gyvenchy hiatus, we are reunited and now I remember why I love it's so much: it's not that it gives me lengths and volume but it's also the fact that it catches every single lash and makes me look like I have a million of them.

Sunny Autumn days and walks.

There's nothing better in this season than a sunny week-end day where you can go out for a walk and enjoy the nature. And luckily, most September Saturdays were exactly like that :)

Fringe is back, people!

And it's the last season, so you'd better enjoy those 13 episodes. I will surely do!