Monday, 20 October 2014

SÉROZINC for everyone

I've been reading a lot about La Roche Posay Serozinc: how good it works, but mostly how hard-to-get it is...

I'll probably rejoice the ones that haven't got it yet (but want) and dissapoint the ones that got it by all kind of difficult ways: It's relatively easy to get by (here).

This used to be a complicated, French only site: Nowadays they are fully in English with various ways of payment, shipping & other uncomplicated webshop-la-la-la thingies.

Ofcourse, I added something more. The Phytokeratine travel set has been a mere €4.50 for a 50 ml shampoo &  mask. And here is that Lierac Bodyslim stuff again: I'm gonna try the nightime version.

DHL shipping is €10 for my region & it took only 2 days. It might be a lot but most of their products are slightly cheaper: eg. The Serozinc is €4.94 whereas on Dutch sites it's like 9. 

Ps: not promoting or affiliated with anything, just ask my creditcard company ; )

Friday, 17 October 2014

Clay-time: Rhassoul

Today I'm gonna share some about Clay & beauty. You might have read some things about clays before, so consider this your 2 cents that completes the other 98 cents :)

There are a lot of varieties that can basically be defined in colour. Every one has different properties, but most share the one that they are good as detoxifier by absorbing the baddies our of your system; either your skin, scalp, or some even digest it. Personally, I only put it on my skin & scalp.

Two varieties that I have used lately:
'White' Rhassoul Clay from Kae: 
I bought a cosmetic-market targeted version from Kae because of the amazing reviews. The white brown version of Rhassoul is the polished one. A purer version is often red, as seen in the next one.

Argiletz Red Clay Ultra Ventilated

Argiletz is a French Brand that comes in a 200 gr package within a nice pricerange:

& clear Instructions:
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sorry for the smudgy
Rhassoul clay:
Rhassoul or Ghassoul is a Morrocan  clay. Most people in beauty have positive connotations hearing Morrocco: Argan oil & the brand Moroccan Oil. Clays are also being used in various beauty-rituals. 
  • claymask for face and body: it's both a gentle and effective cleanser for withdrawing impurities
  • It has a rejuvenating effect as the high content (58%) of Silica stimulates collagen production
  • bathing: the gentle detoxifying effect & the addition of various minerals are suitable and perhaps even healing for eczematic skin (I personally have not seen any shocking healing)
  • Scalpmask: I have done this and I have some reserves on this one too. 

I'm always on the lookout for real pore-cleansing masks. I seem to have the unlucky combination of open pores (larger) but they refuse to let go of their gunk easily. My facialist thinks I do a good cleaning them: I guess regular claymasks work.

I liked both Kae as Argiletz. I've been doing French green masks before: the Rhassoul variety is much gentlier for sensitive skins. It draws out some impurities, enough to see a difference. I do not feel the need to follow up with a moisturizing product afterwards.
 So the scalpmask?
Not the most succesful way of doing clay for me:
  • I felt my hair looked redder afterwards: Note, lightened/bleached hair is often porous & changes colour in swimmingpools -> green. So why wouldn't it attract red pigments from clays?
  • My hair felt greasy afterwards: Rhassoul has moisturizing properties that make it a gorgeous treatment by people with curly to very curly hair.. I had to wash it a couple of times to get the greasy feeling out
  • It calmed down my flakey scalp. Unfortunately, that was counteracted again by the overzealous hairwashing afterwards.
I think this mask is bliss for people with curly or middle-African hair. It was not that succesful for my type of hair, which is a shame because it felt nice and relaxing during scalpmasking.

Various blogs & people have been embracing the natural & organic lifestyle lately. Like any product, it's a trial & error field. Sensitive & allergic skins might think they're better of with organic, but the added essential oils might not always be the best choice for them.
Clays are a more neutral option, unless you add something extra to them, like honey, oil or essential oils. 
Nevertheless, what works for one skintype or hairtype might not work for you. Thus, test-patches are probably the best way to know what your skin will do. And personally I would not do put anything with either natural & artificial colour (unless desired) on lightened hair.

If this has been your first 2 cents on clay and/or you want to add more 2 cents:

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

I still have Nothing: soon I don't...

If you finished your Nothing, will you finally be something?

Or perhaps to discuss the purpose of the state of Nirvana, that the ultimate state is being nothing again? Or that ultimate Yoga goal?

Nice philosophical question but I'm just about the material stuff on this blog. Hehehe, I'm almost about to finish up 'L'Air de Rien' or 'scent of Nothing': a gorgeously composed fragance by Jane Birkin for Miller Harris.

Smelling of nothing has never been so dominantly present. I absolutely love this fragance for autumn, but the mixture is quite strong. Jane Birkin mixed up a fragance that reminded her after a night out: think cigarretes, leather, and a bit of dance sweating. My nights out were probably not as sexy as hers, but I do think it smells like you can after a good (or bad as in being) night out. 

It's the kind of perfume I can only wear for one day. If I smell it on my clothes the next day, I feel nausious or overwhelmed. Still, I managed finishing a full bottle after 4 years and that says something. I consider it to me my most unique fragance and it feels so warming wearing it during autumn, but maximum 2 times a week, with interval days...

I have been decanting it to friends: it draws both a male & female crowd  without calling itself unisex. Perhaps that's why it's 'l'air de Rien', it's neither male nor female, it's just present: 

like nothingness is as present as it denies it is...

Monday, 13 October 2014

Becca Beachtint Raspberry/Opal in Vine

Sometimes moving images say more than the still ones.

So I would like to Vine-review Becca Beachtint in Raspberry/Opal I gotten in July (here). It started out as a cushiony dream but I have some reserves I will share later. Let's Vine first:


  • love the colour-payoff: cannot get enough ofa  berry-ish glowy cheek
  • blends easily on my skin 
  • Fits my Adesign Pointed Foundation brush like a dream
  • dents easily: I've only used it about 10 times to get this dent!
  • Not really fingerproof: this one needs a proper brush for applying

I'm slightly dissapointed to have this effect when I only had it for 3 months. The result is pretty but the Cons make it a blush I do not reach easily for it. Also, It looks I only have 50% left after only 10 uses, which makes it quite pricy per use.
unlike the bird, the early pan doesn't get the worm

I really love Becca as a brand. I prefer their matte eyeshadows over Rouge Bunny Rouge's, I love their illuminators and they have some awesome blushers. This formula is neither fish nor fowl.
It also dissapears faster than my other blushes.

Conclusion: Love at first sight can be deceptive if the substance looked more than it eventually is

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Overcoming Cosmetic Snobbery

"I don't do Clinique"

 I heard myself saying these words to a flawless but clueless salesassistant a while ago. I realised my cosmetic snobbery had gone to an extent that I'd say I didn't do Clinique anymore. 

In my defence: I used their infamous 3-step system during teenage acne with poor results. I've found their soap too aggressive and the tonic stingy. I had better luck going to the French pharmacie for Payot or La Roche Posay.

But I'm not a bitter hag & years passed and I was willing to try again: 

Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector
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I'm not a fan of the 'even better' title. It makes me wary and gives me the feeling if I switch products I will get acne again. Or in this case, crepey eyelids. Like messing up something that's already good. 

In my case, I was right about the eyecream. I've been loving my previous travelsize of Algenist eyebalm. It gave me such confidence my eyes were "good by itself" that Clinique would do as follow up.
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Ohoh, big mistake and such difference. I've used it for 2 days and I woke up like a crepey mess with some new dark circles. WORSE, uneven eyes (one smaller than the other). I should have looked at the reviews on Makeupalley before:

In this case, my previous one was Even Best:
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My second venture went a bit Better!
Clinique Even Better Sunscreen Dark Spot Defense SPF 45
I've gotten curious reading about it from Amodelrecommends. Wowza, I've discussed her years ago when she was known as 'just a model' but now she's become 'Ruth Crilley' with her own haircare range-> from a 'just one of the many' to a proper celeb with her own name.

I've tried a good bunch of sunscreens: Asian, organic, drugstore, French. I have to say I like this one. It has a light-medium base which might not be a good match to 80% of the people: I don't get why Clinique does that as it targets for a widely coloured American public. However, it's an ok match to me.  It gives a good protection but I've only used it twice in middle-range North-European summer; I cannot say how it would perform in tropical climates.

If it is really so much better than the ones I've tried before? I should do a test on that. But it's getting winter over here so I'd opt for that for the next year.

In general, I liked one of the two new items I gotten from Clinique. I'm still going to be a snob if when it comes to buying fullsize from their skincare range but I won't refuse samples. Just not that 3-step system anymore.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Pencil-Perfect with Marc Jacobs Sky-liner

It's a bit early for Xmas giftsets.

 Then again, it isn't that early yet. So I have been so nice to do some research into makeupsets and get the Marc Jacobs Sky-liner set; purely for the aforementioned altruistic purpose, ofcourse.

Like last time with the Dreamer palette, I had a back-to-school feeling when opening the box:

 It would be a sandwich-box for one-slice-only people, but as far as I understood bread is sooo non-fashionable?

This lunchbox is more of a feast for the eyes:
It contains 7 pencils in mini sizes: five are from their permanent line and the hottest two are limited editions to this set. Ohhh...

And with names:

Time for swatches; at 1st sight:

  •  [O]vert is that dark-khaki colour that looks either dark-brown or -grey from a distance. Up close it looks like a moody green that will make hazel eyes appear more green. Also, a soft colour for natural redheads & blondes. It has less sparkle than the others but is still lustruous
  • Brown[out] is a vivid & sparkly darker brown with a mix of warm & neutral tones. 
  • Sunset [LE] is a brick orangy colour that will make blue or green eyes appear either brighter or perhaps a bit rabbity (depends on your natural lightness & whether you tightline). It will bring out a soft glow in brown to darker eyes. It has a metallic formula
  •  Midnight in Paris [LE] is a navy colour with a lightblue sparkly overlay.
  • [Th]ink is a deep blue-based purple with a soft metallic glow (slightly pink-purple). Absolutely gorgeous!
  • [Plum]age is a purple with a red base with a fleck-like pink metallic overlay.
As for Blaquer: it's just as matte & velvety as the 1st photo so I will not show different angles of it.

I really love the quality of the pencils, but this is a personal preference. It's a softer formula which makes it easier to blend and apply to more mature eyelids. It stays on me for about 8 hours before I get some wear. It does not flake or merges on my cheeks.

Also, the easy twist-up shape is wonderful for people who don't like to sharpen like every day:
Hence, travel-friendly.

Generally, I really adore my new pencils and I have some brilliant new colours I did not have in my collection. They remind me of Pixi Endless Silky Eyepencils, in both quality as colours. The sizes are quite big for mini-sizes, but small enough to tote around. The glossy overlay over the pencil protects it from denting, hence I have a feel they will stay pretty for longer. It will make a perfect gift for any girl or even an edgy boy-mate: IMO, even the most makeup-shy women seem to wear a bit of pencil every now and then.

CONCLUSION: The sky is not the limit with these adorably beautiful and functional eyeliners.

Available at Sephora for $45.00

Monday, 6 October 2014

A Wakeup-call from Team Boys with Skeen Intensive Reviving Gel

Girls, we have all the good stuff, right? 

Ehm, lately I've been borrowing a little something from Team Boys. At least, it's from Equipe l' Homme or the French range that focuses on men's skincare: Skeen+

Skeen+ Gel Intense Defatiant Correcteur is a gel-like product with a nice boost of caffeine and a sprinkle of vitamine c (0.1%). It feels like someone's been lifting up your face when you wake up either rather crinkly or somewhat puffy. It's like a real strong expresso for your skin.

Targeted for men's less sensitive skins, it might be a dose too much for lots of women. I love it around my eyes when they feel slightly puffy, and over my whole face when I need a bit of tightening.

The texture is of a milky gel: it hydrates but dryer skins would like to layer up afterwards. Also, I think it is best to use this one after the serum and before your normal daycream. The fragance reminds me of a diluted Tigerbalm.

I would not recommend this for people with Rosacea, sensitive skin or people prone to allergies. I can tolerate this one quite well even though I have sensitive skin. Or it might be wise to thin down the formula with another neutral moisturizer to build up tolerance.

Ps: did you know the French called the brand 'Skeen' because that's the way they would pronounce 'skin' in French? I was already like "I'm so skeen on you" (-keen on you).