February 24, 2014

Chanel Cream Blushers in Chamade and Intonation


Look at these beauties, that Chanel has released for Spring!
Last year, when the cream blushers were launched, I decided to pass on them as I was very happy with the Bourjois ones and thought they would be pretty similar in texture and finish.
Not untrue at all, in fact. But what I know now is that the Chanel blushers are a hundred times more pigmented than the Bourjois ones.
And also, those beautiful colors had to be mine!

Chamade is very red in the pan, and is described by the brand as a "deep pink". If you are pale like me, be really cautious with this one because you it really is pigmented. Which means that much darker skintones will be able to wear it too.
On me I would say that it is indeed a deep pink, with perhaps a hint of fresh berry, and I have to apply the tiniest amount with my finger, then blend with a buffing brush.


Apologies for the bad pic taken in late afternoon gloomy light, but the blush color shows true to self here! Lipstick is MakeupGeek Delightful.

Intonation is described as a "warm rose" but I would definitely say that it's a coral. It looks a tad bit orangey in the pan, but it's really corally on my cheeks, and it pairs perfectly with my coral lipsticks!


Intonation is Limited Edition, while Chamade is permanent, so if you want to pick just one, I would definitely go for Intonation, which is also a little bit easier to work with on paler skintones, in my opinion.

The texture of these Chanel blushes is very unlike any other cream blush I tried, excepted as I said, the Bourjois ones, perhaps. They're definitely cream but they do feel like powder. They're not glowy, they don't feel sticky but they do last much longer than powder and feel like you're not wearing anything.

Chanel Cream Blushers are €31/ USD 38 which is not cheap considering you get a small amount (2.5g, in comparison a Bobbi Brown pot rouge is 3.5g) but I think these are beautiful products that deserve the hype.

February 17, 2014

Caudalie Vinexpert Radiance Fluid SPF15



Right before Christmas I got a little pampering session with a Caudalie consultant, and I got to try this produc. Now anything called "radiant" has my name written all over it, so I just had to get it.
Now it's time to tell you how I feel about this product.

What the brand says.
The all-day radiance enhancer!
This ultra-light SPF15 oil-free sheer pink fluid hydrates, illuminates, protects while combatting wrinkles and lack of firmness in a single step. Skin is visibly younger, firm and smooth, and wrinkles are filled from the inside. Instant healthy glow effect.
Apply in the morning to face and neck. Avoid eye contour area
My experience with the product.

The product is a light cream (not really a fluid in the sense it's not runny or very liquid) with a light pink color. The pump is great and delivers just what you need for the whole face. It has a slightly floral smell but nothing that will linger on for too long.
On the radiance front, you won't be disappointed: it does give a glow to the whole face, and you can definitely see that there are some light reflecting ingredients in there!
On the moisturizing front, this is marketed as being for all skin types, but I sadly don't think it's the case. I've been using it on top of my Nuxe Creme Fraiche serum (targeted for hydration) but the combo hasn't been moisturizing enough for me. I would definitely not recommend this product to anyone with dry or dehydrated skin -  the cream version would probably be more suitable for that. But I had opted for the fluid because I don't like a heavy moisturizer under makeup. 
Other than that, it's a nice little product - bit scented, bit of a long list of ingredients too, which does kill the 'natural' vibe that goes around Caudalie for me. I don't know if I'll repurchase it, but I'll be using it up in Summer when I need less moisture and like to embrace radiance enhancing products.

Ingredient list for the science nerds:
INGREDIENTS : AQUA (WATER), OCTOCRYLENE, GLYCERIN*, HEPTYL UNDECYLENATE*, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE (OCTISALATE), DIMETHICONE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE (OCTINOXATE), ISOAMYL LAURATE*, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE (AVOBENZONE), SQUALANE*, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE*, SILICA, PANTHENOL, CETEARETH-20*, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), POLYGLYCERYL-3 STEARATE*, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN*, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE*, BISABOLOL*, PARFUM(FRAGRANCE), PROPYL GRAPEVINE SHOOT EXTRACT OLIVATE*, POLYACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER-6, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, MALTODEXTRIN*, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, PALMITOYL GRAPEVINE SHOOT EXTRACT*, POTASSIUM SORBATE, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, CASSIA ANGUSTIFOLIA SEED POLYSACCHARIDE*, SODIUM BENZOATE, PISUM SATIVUM (PEA) EXTRACT*, CYCLODEXTRIN*, CITRIC ACID*, HYALURONIC ACID, CI 77019 (MICA), SODIUM PHYTATE*, SODIUM CARBOXYMETHYL BETAGLUCAN, CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE, CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT*, BHT, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, TOCOPHEROL*, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, GERANIOL, CITRAL,BENZYLBENZOATE. (006/230) * Plant Origin
Caudalie Vinexpert Radiance Fluid, 40ml, £39 - €32

February 11, 2014

The new Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream.

Yet another CC cream launched on the market, this time in the drugstore, and we all know that I generally dislike them.
But when it's Lisa Eldridge who uses it and it looks so good, I just can't resist and so I needed to try it.




So I went to the drugstore and purchased this in the lightest shade, #31, for €9.50.


What the brand says.
A new generation of base products! It combines :
The color correcting properties of a foundation :
Thanks to the 3 corrective pigments that blur imperfections 3 pigments correction couleurs qui gomment les imperfections
. Apricot > Anti-tiredness
. Green > Anti-redness
. White > Anti-hyper pigmentation

+ The skincare properties of a moisturizer :
24H Hydration
SPF 15

Result : a luminous and smooth skin in one step

My experience with the product.
I was very surprised, having experience so many thick and hard to blend BB/CC creams, to find out that this one was quite the opposite: it's very liquid and so easy to spread and blend.
Another positive surprise was to see that the color matched me perfectly, because usually, the palest colors in bases have the wrong undertone for me. This one is just neutral/yellow and pale enough for me.
And the third positive surprise, coming from a Bourjois product: no smell. Or hardly any, at least I didn't notice anything.

Now in terms of wear, this will give you a sheer coverage with a satin finish. Your skin will look smooth, like blurred, but not flat at all. It's also not too luminous, and I didn't feel the need to powder at all after applying, the glow was just lovely. However, even with pretty good skin (I had a really good skin day when I took that picture), you won't cover everything with this product. Concealer under the eyes and around the nose still necessary for me. 
I am pretty happy with the final result and how this looks on my face.


I do have to say that this isn't the most long lasting base I've tried, though. After a few hours of wear, I did feel the need to add a bit of powder on the T-zone as the product was starting to move around a bit. But in all honesty, Nars Radiant Moisturiser does the same on me and it costs three times the price.

The final verdict.
Great product, especially for the price. If you're not super oily and are looking for a sheer base that gives you a healthy look, definitely go for it! There are 4 shades available, and a matching concealer that I haven't tried.

This is already available in Belgium, France and UK, as well as on ASOS for international customers.

February 6, 2014

Not your usual Valentine perfume gift!

Valentine's Day is definitely one of those few yearly occasions where lots of perfumes are gifted, they are like the obvious gift for this kind of occasion.
However, if you are anything like me and you're bored to death by the mainstream perfumes,  you might rather enjoy niche perfumes of high quality or even... a more personal creation!

French labo Parfums137 has come up with a lovely concept for those like me who like to mix and match their own scents. They carry a range of 7 eau de toilettes with distinct notes, and you can mix them to suit your taste and mood.

What is very interesting with this concept, is that not only can you buy whatever EDT you like to combine them, you can also get a pre-made box with a more limited selection and a little guide on how to mix them together.




I was lucky to receive a little sample box (worth 10€) that contained the samples of two "collections" as they call them : Nara 1869 and Hollywood Stromboli 1950.



Hollwood Stromboli 1950 is a "journey from Hollywood to Sicily". The EDT in this kit are Spearmint, Immortelle and Myrte. They are all already complex EDT with different notes that are detailed on the little card, as well as different ways to combine them. You can go from very citrusy to more musky or spicy depending on how you wear this one.



Nara 1869 is inspired by a long trip to Japan. The EDT here are Bigarade, Osmanthus and Olibanum. Again, you can go very green or more spicy/woodsy depending on how you mix them.

If you start with a sample kit, you can then decide what EDT you like the best and order them individually or in sets. The sets presented here are 55€ for 3x15ml.
Good to know: there are kits more geared to men, like the Blake and Mortimer one (but you know I don't believe in gender classified scents and wear whatever I like).

I personally think this is a wonderful gift for anyone loving perfume and enjoying a little creative play with scents. The concept is very original and the fragrances are exquisite quality.

All products can be ordered from http://www.parfums137.com/, and Parfums137 ships internationally.