March 28, 2013

Clinique High Impact Mascara

You know how I review mascaras and always tell you that nothing is as good as YSL Faux-Cils? Well, hang on, the story might be different this time.

In December, I received a mini of this Clinique mascara in my beauty box subscription. That's the only way I would ever have tried it, because I never really looked at Clinique mascaras at all. My Faux Cils was on its last leg and I decided to give this one a try immediately.

I was actually very positively surprised! I like big fat brushes with bristles (hate the rubber/plastic wands) and this one is one of that kind, but it's not so huge that it would scare you or be too big for small eyes.

This is definitely a high impact mascara, in the sense that it does lenghten, volumize without clumping, and definitely make your lashes look more dramatic. The formula is neither too thick nor too wet, and you don't need a million coat for it to be effective. The color is a really black black.

So, does it compare with YSL Faux-Cils? I do think it is a good competitor. I noticed 2 major differences:
- YSL Faux-Cils resists better to watery eyes, while the Clinique will definitely smudge, which is its major inconvenient. If you don't weep a lot or don't have watery eyes, that won't bother you.
- Clinique High Impact is 20€, while YSL Faux Cils is now 27€. If you go through 4 tubes a year (one every 3 months), you save 28€... which pays for an extra tube of mascara!

And so I have actually bought a full size tube of High Impact, for real guys! I still have a back-up of Faux Cils in a drawer, in case of special occasion that really requires the most intense oomph on the market, but High Impact is very very nice and perfect for daily use.
I absolutely recommend it!

March 26, 2013

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

I've never been attracted by the Kiehl's brand that much, I don't know why, maybe because all the packaging look the same and it's overwhelming and I didn't know where to start.
At the end of last year, I got two deluxe samples in one of my Deauty beuaty boxes and thought that would be lovely to finally try the brand. The first sample was for the Ultra Facial Cleanser which I used once, hated (because of the smell, for the most part) and that was it: I thought I'd really never like the brand and put both samples in a cupboard to give away.

Fast forward to two weeks ago, for some reason I decided to give the other product, the Ultra Facial Cream, at least a sniff and maybe a trial. Absolute surprise: I loved it. So now I'm telling you everything about it.

What the brand says:
  • Up to 24 Hour, light-textured hydrator
  • Reduces moisture loss
  • Helps water replenishment
  • Inspired by our original, Ultra Facial Moisturizer
Inspired by our beloved Ultra Facial Moisturiser, this light-textured, 24-hour hydrator helps to retain moisture within the skin, leaving skin feeling comfortable and well-balanced.

My experience with the product:

As the snow was doing a come-back after what we all thought was Spring, my skin freaked out again and I was out of any product that I felt would moisturizing enough and would be wearable during the day (e.g. not a mask).
When I decided to try this sample, several things let me think that it could be exactly what I needed:
- the first ingredients on the list are water and glycerin, which are great for moisture
- there are also several vegetal oils in the mix
- there is no alcohol of the bad kind in the formulation
- it doesn't smell of strong perfume, in fact it hardly smells of anything

The texture is like a hybrid between a thick cream and a gel, it feels really nourishing but it does penetrate the skin easily and absorbs very fast. Despite the fact that it contains oil, this cream is not feeling greasy at all. It leaves the skin feeling refreshes, plumped and moisturized.

My overall conclusion:

I am in love with this cream and would absolutely purchase a full size jar. It reminds me a lot of my beloved Louis Widmer Switzerland Emulsion Hydro Active but in a richer, more Winter suited form.
If your skin is dehydrated and sensitive/irritated, this is definitely a product you should try!

Ingredients list for the science nerds:
Aqua, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Squalane, Bis-PEG-18 Methylether Dimethyl Silane, Sucrose Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-8 Stearate, Urea, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Persea Gratissima Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Oryza Sativa Bran Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Imperata Cylindrica, Stearic Acid, Methylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, PEG-8, Glycine Soja Oil, Tocopherol, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Myristyl Alcohol, Collagen, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine ,Chitosan, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate.

March 24, 2013

L'oreal Professional Mythic Oil Shampoo

The Mythic Oil range has been quite hyped since it was launched last year, so I was quite curious to try this when I got a full size bottle (worth about 15€) in the February Deauty box (our local beauty box).

What the brand says:
Works to balance hair’s natural oil levels by gently cleansing and reducing oil at the root. Hair is left feeling clean, soft, supple and brilliantly shiny.
Paraben-Free Formula
Ingredients include:
  • ArganOil: used for centuries by Moroccan women, ArganOil is rich in Vitamin E and Omega 3 oils. It easily absorbs into the hair to deeply nourish and provide control.
  • Cotton Seed Oil: naturally light in weight this oil adds nourishment and extreme softness to the hair with a weightless finish.
This lightweight formula allows for everyday use.

My experience with the product.
Unfortunately, I can only say this is quite overhyped. It's not terrible, but it's definitely nothing exceptional.

The texture is clear and it has almost no smell, which is good if you don't like strong scents. I would have thought the oils in it would have smelled of something, though. So far, so good.

On the other hand, this is not SLS free and this is full of silicones, which means your hair will look shiny and soft, not necessarily from the Argan oil, but from the silicones, which will build up on your hair.

I actually wash my hair about 6 times a week (don't tell me that it's bad, I've been doing it for 20 years and I'm not bald yet), and this is marketed as a gentle formula for daily use. I actually found that it dried up my scalp quite a lot after 4 or 5 uses so this is definitely not something I'd recommend using daily. It's also a bit of a paradox that this product would claim to reduce the oils (which it does, I suppose) and  to be good for daily use at the same time so I guess we know which one is true now.

My conclusion.
I would definitely not spend 15€ on that shampoo that doesn't do anything exceptional at all, is full of chemical stuff, and can't be used daily without drying out my scalp. I know of some drugstore shampoos that are way better than this one.
Sorry L'Oreal, for me this is a fail.

March 18, 2013

FOTD - Rimmel Apocalips in Apocaliptic

Now that is another product that would have been in my February favorites: those Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers are absolutely brilliant. This fuchsia color is called Apocaliptic, and it's that opaque with just one light coat.
It will stay on for hours and will fade evenly into a stain that won't budge until you use an industrial strength makeup remover to get rid of it - which is just fantastic when you don't have the time to reapply through the day or evening.

I don't have any other shade at the moment, but I have swatched several of them in store, and they are all insanely pigmented. I think there's a shade from everyone: red, fuchsia, coral, purple but also more nude colors.

Rest of the face:
Dior Skin Nude Compact Gelée foundation in #20
Kevin Aucoin Liquifuschia cream blush
Mac Brule and Cork eyeshadow
Majolica Majorca liquid liner in blue

Quick and easy!

Have you tried the Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers?

March 10, 2013

Sunday "Share the Love"

I haven't done one of these in ages, but there are a few videos and blogs I've been following lately that I really wanted to tell you about!

Sharon Farrell
An Irish makeup artist living in Australia, I love her accent, and she works with Mac products a lot, which is good because I still own a lot of Mac even though I branched out these past 2 years. I think she used to work for Mac actually.
I will post next week my recreation of one of her looks, but I found this contouring video very interesting and thought I'd share.

Karima from Shameless Fripperies
Another Australian based blogger with a lovely accent, Karima does fantastic makeup and the quality of her videos is just exquisite. You can also find her blog here.
Here's a gorgeous smokey eye tutorial using Burberry shadows.

Jenny from My Funny Valentine
Three is a charm, so that's a third Australian for today :)
I've known Jenny and her blog for years through the Lisptick Bandits coalition, but she is now doing videos as well and I hope she gets encouragements so she wants to do more!
(Bonus: I love the music in this one!)

Also, I wanted to share this Pixiwoo Foundation Masterclass that was broadcasted on the Daily Mix channel.
I love watching the new premium channels like Daily Mix TV and Body Talk Daily, and the Pixiwoo sisters have shows in both of them, so do check them out for something different.

Hope you are all enjoying a lovely Sunday!

March 6, 2013

Orofluido Hair Oil

Let's face it: I failed at bringing you my February favorites. And that's mostly because all the products I wanted to put in them were products I had not reviewed yet due to ... being late. And what was the point of telling you I loved a product but I'd tell you about it later, really?

So we are going to do it another way: I'm going to review those products now and list them in a series called "this would have been in my February favorites". Ok? Ok.

First product in this series: Orofluido Hair Oil. This very luxurious hair oil was a late Christmas gift from a dear friend, and I'm very much afraid she got me hooked on this.

What the brand says:
Orofluido is a beauty ritual for all hair types. Featuring an exquisite blend of natural oils, Argan Oil, Linseed Oil and Cyperus Oil, the Orofluido range will transform your hair giving it a silky, shiny and sensual look. The results are truly astonishing, in fact you will have to try it to believe it!
Try the 
Orofluido Hair Oil – a beauty elixir for the hair, which not only smells divine, but also leaves hair glossy, healthy and deeply nourished.

My experience with the product:

First of all, this smells absolutely delicious - exactly the kind of perfume I like: it starts with honey and then gets deeper and spicy. I couldn't use a product if I didn't like it's smell and it were going to linger on me all day, but I can't get enough of this one!

You can use this oil in 3 ways: as a mask that you apply on dry hair before you wash it, in small quantity on wet her before you dry it, or in even smaller quantity on the ends once your hair is dry.
I have tried the product in every possible way and every one works really well, but the key is really the quantity. The bottle doesn't come with a pump, which can be a bit of a problem, but on the other hand you aren't faced with a pump that delivers too much.

If you use on your dry hair as a mask, you'll need to be generous. I did this and left it on for 20 mins (I don't have the patience for hours of waiting or for going to bed with oily hair). It actually didn't feel too bad or greasy at all. Rinsing it out required two good shampooings with a shampoo that is not SLS free, and then my hair was really soft, the ends (that are badly split, as usual) looked healthier and it smelled devine.

If you use on wet hair, make sure you really use a small quantity that you work into your hands before spreading through the hair. I actually find this works better if my hair is 50% dry than if it's completely wet. I once made the mistake to use too much of it and and on wet hair, and then I could feel unclean patches once the hair was dry.

On dry hair, it's nice as a finishing product, but you really really must use just a little bit on the tips of your fingers.

My overall conclusion about the product:
I love it. I use it almost daily. I am actually worried to see the level go down in the bottle.

You can buy a 100ml bottle for about 23€ and it's available worldwide from Beauty Bay.
In the US you can get if from Ulta for about 29.99$