Monday, 23 March 2015

Spring-y

Happy Spring! Nice to see the sweet colours popping up for it again:
Ohhh, look at these pressed textures! 

Well, I have been a lazy blogger but somehow I have not stopped buying cute thingies. 

Zeee connoisseurs will recognize Clé de Peau's very expensive label. Hence my only justification has been that I've been a cheapskate on the front of not buying the box:


I still have a case from another quad. That justified buying this Spring 2015 selection of colours. Also, a recent sale from bonboncosmetics.

I'm not the greatest fan of pale blue eyeshadows, but the one on the left really works well in this composition.

As for the other colours: how to resist a good warm purple, a perfect warm creme brulee and that gorgeous buttery cream with a touch of peach?

Yes, still lazy so I have no real review [yet]. But spring has sprung and my eyes are flaunting it.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Last Month's Empties

Did you even notice that the word 'February' seems quite weird after typing it in different fonts? 


Anyway, here's my selection of the products I've used up during that month with 28 days (mostly):

1. Hada Labo Retinol Lifting and Firming Lotion: I have a rule when it comes to skincare: if it does not work on the face, try it on the body. This Vitamin A was slightly too potent on my face, but how effective it has been on my hands & cleavage. 
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2. Taaj Himalaya Micellar water: a lovely piece from my fave French webshop. It removes light makeup, but heavy makeup needs something extra.
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3. Aphogee 2 Step Protein system: One tag: #hairdressersmessup. Answer: Aphogee is one of the most potent reconstructors out there, but it needs some work and a strong (or weak) nose.
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4. Lush Marilyn: A fresh pre-shampoo mask that perks up a moody blonde hue: a regular in my stash.
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5. Phyto Phytodensium anti-ageing tonic for hair. It smelled like berries on speed and I did not think it helped that much.
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Much better is their:
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6. Phyto Phytocyane against hairloss: Oh, how vintage are these glass vials you have to break the top off, perhaps slightly dangerous. But they are scentless and I think my scalp really digs them. 
1. Kanebo Kate Lash Maximizer in Black: another staple...like a friendly superglue for lashes.
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2. Life Extension Skin Restoring Phytoceramides
I think it really helped to calm my flare-ups.
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3. De Tuinen St. Johnsworth Oil:
I liked this one as a body-moisturizer. 
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4. YSL Gloss Volupte Lipgloss in 204 Corail Trapeze
A sweet peachy pink with a fab gloss & luxe factor. I wish they did not smell like tween lipgloss.
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5. Darphin Accents d'Aromes
I wondered why it smelled unisex but it's actually a fresh men's perfum

1. Omorovzica Illuminating Moisturizer: Quite gentle when skin is acting up. As for the illuminating properties: subtle enough for some radiance without becoming a glitterball.
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2. Arcona Chamomile Balm: LIFESAVER! I absolutely adored this one when my skin was worst. So soothing by the perfect hybrid between balm & fluid. I found it better than May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon.
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3. Nourish Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum:
A gentle and effective serum, even/especially with flare ups.
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4. La Mer Foundation in no 2:
The saleslady matched me up too dark, but I used it as a (fake) tan foundation. It has high coverage but smells so chemical IMO. I will not repurchase.
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5. Murad Oil Free Sunblock SPF 15 Sheer tint:
I had this one a while: you can notice that because nobody would call a SPF 15 a sunblock these days. I have used it sporadically and thought it was quite ok when I started it.
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6. Tatcha Indigo Soothing Reneval Treatment:
I was severely in love first because it cleared up my lightly dry spots. When my skin really gotten bizarre I found it soothing, but not supercuring anymore. I'd still repurchase.

Random act of Sampling:


Clockwise:
The Rodial STEMCELL Superfood Glam Lipbalm has quite the impressive name and was actually really good.
Hourglass Illusion Foundation in Ivory was a shade too light, but the texture is quite nice.
Tata Harper Regenerative Moisturizer is one of those freebies I always request at Naturisimo. It works like a dream on citytrips.
I kind of like the Absolution samples from Naturisimo as well. The Serum Anti-Soif really packs the skin with a good dose of friendy moisture.
I tried the Clarins BB but I have strayed too far from the chemical high-end brands to like it anymore. Too-Much-Fragance.
On the organic front, I did not like Gressa Foundation Serum either. The shade was too light, but even in a darker colour (4 comes in a weird orangy hue) it is way too watery.
Weleda Calendula Baby shampoo & body wash is that nice neutral multitasker. 
I tried both the Algenist Concentrated Reconstructing Serum as the Regenerative Anti-ageing Moisturizer. It's like, but not love.
I like a lot of Davines Haircare products. The Love line comes in both straight hair as curly and I tried the curl version (having pokerstraight hair). It's still very moisturizing and I did not get instant curls ;)
The John Masters Organics Scalp Spearmint & Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo is so fresh indeed. However, it is quite pricy and I think Giovanni Triple Treat shampoo does something similar for a better price.
The Earthen Insta-peel is the most funny experience. The subtance becomes an eraser! As the one on the end of a pencil!! The gummy effect does give a good peel when removing it off the skin.
Hair like Jennifer Aniston? Not sure but Living Proof Prime Style Extender does feel gentle on hair. Still, I'm not a fan of overlayering hairproducts: how much does one need, right?

Pjew, I'm out of words right now...

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Hair-mail

I feel kinda 'America's Next Top Model' by announcing in that skinny-perky way: "Tyra Mail". A slight alteration on this theme is that it's "hair-mail".


"Hello Hair" is a handy, portable treatment based on coconut-oils. The difference is in the fact it is creamy instead of solid and a slightly lighter consistency. 


I feel it rinses out easier: pure coconut oil needs several sessions to really be clean whereas this one is clean in one wash. I still think it penetrates as effectively as pure coconut oil. Moreover, it smells nice (either neutral or a scent of your choice) instead of cooking. I cook a lot in coconut oil so I often feel like a hot dish when going for the pure version treatment.


I also love the portable size. This is the perfect treatment to carry around during beachy holidays. I can see myself carrying around on the beach to protect my hair before swimming. Or in the evening as a potent treatment.

The only con will be a higher price compared to pure coconut oil, but the Aussie $ is favorable right now. Or perhaps the wait, but actually I just love the idea of old-fashion mail from Down Under country. Especially in perky turquoise envelopes. 

I bought it from HelloHair.com.au and it has a lot more than just coconut oil with added Almond, Argan, Castor oils and more. And sometimes a lot of effective oils is what a dry mop of hair needs.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Pots & a Pan

Spring is in the air, so what's cooking?


 Let me show you my new pots. And my domestic virtue is still slightly underscored by my love for makeup, but I still have a cute pan thrown in it as well. I mean, beauty and health also comes from the inside, right?

  •  Top: Gressa blush/lipstick Radiant: I've gotten on the organic Gressa bandwagen and got both this blush/lipstick as the foundation.
  • Right: RMS Illusive blush: I'm trying to get as organic as possible lately and I did not have a colour like this yet in the organic range.
  • Bottom: NARS eye Paint in Ubangi: I know, not organic but still pretty & pot-like to feature.
  • Left: Tata Harper Volumizing lip & Cheek tint in Very Sweet: Oh my, this is the perfect organic hybrid between liptint and cheektint. It has a highlighting quality without compromising on colour.
  • Left Top: RMS lipgloss in Bloom: a GPW from cultbeauty and a sister of Tata Harper very sweet. This one is a true lipgloss instead of a hybrid.
  • Middle: Stella-Marie-Maris Pure Shea Butter: I got this one for my flare-up skin as it is the most neutral of butters. It takes some work to get it working for you, though.

As for swatches [unblended], I'll spare you the NARS as it has been featured a-plenty. Let's go for my latest organic ones:
  1. Gressa Radiant is one of the most pigmented and poppiest colours in my organic section. It is almost too pigmented for my liking. On young-n-pretty skins it would look like this (See Brittany). I'm slightly hindered by some earthy note of fragance: it's not my favourite scent.
  2. RMS Illusive: I needed a perfect Mauve-nudish blush in my collection and RMS Illusive seemed to be qualified. I think it's slightly muddier in real life. I was hoping for the cream version of Surratt La Vie en Rose. It still translates as a neutral-slightly cooler blush on my skin but I think the formula is sorta hard during colder weather.
  3. RMS Bloom: I've been most delighted by this GWP. It's a true lipgloss compared with Tata Harper's clingier formula, but you could still use it as a short-term cheekgloss.
  4. Tata Harper Lip & Cheek Volumizer in Very Sweet: Tata Harper makes brilliant organic products and seeing her doing makeup makes my heart sing for joy. I think this balm bring out a volumizing quality on cheeks (& lips) without feeling heavy. Very Sweet has been a gorgeous peachy highlighter-esque colour and I hope she'll make more of them. Hint: in dusky rose?
I have not added any blended swatches yet. I will do and compare them later: for this post I just wanted to show you the difference in texture.

I've said this a couple of times, but *organic* is not some kind of magic word. As for my latest pots, there is a new love that could replace anything chemical [Tata Harper] and there is the one that probably is more difficult than I'd expected from the raves [Gressa]. In any case, beauty reviews are highly subjective and based on so many things: weather, hormones, age, fragance memory and I could go on.

Basically, just my 2 cents or that bit of herb in the cooking...

Friday, 20 February 2015

Same Canvas - New Brushes

't was the time for some investment-beauty!

And so this fairytale does not imply a fairy-godmother, but it does apply a new couple of [semi]-magic wands that my slightly ageing canvas will be delighted about.

* RMCA KO-5 part series palette*

A while ago I discussed a flare up of my skin. I had to take the ease of to baring flesh [think: the gym etc] and buy some high-quality cover for my body. My body is slightly more tan than my face so the variety of the 5 shades are wonderful to match up the different rates of pigmentation. And, ofcourse, it's totally suitable for face as well.

* Rae Morris Square Kabuki no 4*

Let's blame brush-enabler sweetmakeuptemptations for this one [this particular article] and another blog who gave thumbs up for a really good exchange rate on the Aussie dollar. First I struggled to use it properly until I read of using it as a finisher to buff away earlier work done to rapidly [see here, mentioned for the Radiance 7 brush but this one is capable too].

* Surratt Smokey Eye Small*

I was looking for the perfect blending brush for my eyeshadows when I stumbled upon Wondergondigo review [here]. I could not rave more about the softness and efficiency of this brush. Moreover, I found an even better use for this baby: blending in undereye concealer:

The video:

Vincent Oquendo uses YSL Touche Eclat but I've never been a fan of it. I do my version with Charlotte Tilbury the Retoucher and like the effect on blending in concealer for blemishes as well.

* Rae Morris  Brush 2: Mini-Kabuki *

This functions predominantly as my nose-shaper brush. Other uses:

 

Morris also uses it for body-contouring like shaping a six-pack: ofcourse, this one will probably work better when the abs are flat already. Cool idea, btw.

*Chikuhodo Z Series Z-4 Cheek/Highlight*

I'll spare you my measly brush-description skills in order to leave it to the pros of hugely fanatics. But it's pure brush-gasm! My beautiful powder blushers have been waiting for the one and now they have to share him? Scandalous! I have to bring more of these in their lives so the fairytale perfect ending will continue.

Monday, 2 February 2015

January Used Ups

So we've made it through 1st month of 2015. I guess it's not the easiest month, unless you're in midst of summer at the southern hemisphere. 

 Used ups:
 
  • IS Clinical is a brand that is quite well-known. I was glad to use the Instant Smoothing Gel in the midst of flare-ups. It's incredibly neutral and well-moisturizing and my skin tolerated it well. It has some positive ingredients like copper tripeptide & others but it also has some dimeticones (see here). Repurchase it big? Maybe.
  • Kimberly Sawyer Restore anti-ageing cream was too much essential oils for my skin.
  •  Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydrating Serum also felt like a neutral bliss on my skin. I think I'll get the travel size.
  • I rarely finish a lipglos but Jill Stuart Lipgloss in 12 Sensual Veil ticked all the retro-girly boxes. Also, it's milky peach enough to wear it on its on and a fab glossifier over lipsticks.
  • Nexxus Kerafixx is a wonderful treat to dryer, damaged hairs. Funnily, I've started to notice my hair is not that dry or damaged lately so I can venture on lighter treatments.
  • Makeupalley had a fab rating for Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol brightening solution and it has been a wonderful duo-product to brighten skin. I finished it before the grande flare-up and it has been a wonderful treatment for a couple of months.
  • I'm not exfoliating anymore but I'm still liking Cane + Austin Retexturizing treatments (review here). These are the travel-size, single packed version that are a bliss while travelling.
  • Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant mascara made it into my Best of '14 list. I've cleaned the brush to use with the organic W3LL People Expressionist Mascara. Honestly, the organics cannot hold my curl but I had to make the switch for my Clean & Calm routine.
  • Ren Glycoactic Masque is another favourite exfoliator. However, if your skin is overreactive, step away from all exfoliators.
  • Dr. Organic Royal Jelly Shampoo is way too overfraganced imo. I used it to clean my brushes and wash my gentle clothes like cashmere.
  • [almost invisible label] Coastal Scents Essential Oil in Peppermint is a good quality oil that I mix with a base like advocado oil for scalp treatments. 
  • Lea Journo has been brilliant into packing its conditioners in sachets: travelfriendly, and a good smoothing conditioner that only needs a tiny bit for a good effect.
  • I've discussed the blissful neutrality of Avène Cicalfate in my last post. It's a repurchase.
  • [almost invisible label, part II] I've ordered Leahlani Aloe Day cream together with the hyped Mermaid mask. It's supposed to  "to gently balance hormonal skin flare ups" but it did not helped my flare-up skin. I was not a fan of the baby-powerish fragance either.
  • So one thing that does help is my Tatcha Indigo treatment. I've already reordered.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

January Clean & Calm

My apologies for the lack of updates. My skin gotten in some kind of January strike which made me question every calming solution I had in my skin-robe. Right now I am still struggling for a bit of skin-peace but I found myself going for a cleaner regime.

I'm trying out this pure water from AS.AP in the calming distilation of lavender, and my skin seems to tolerate it. I have to use it a couple of days to see a positive effect but I'm already glad with the neutral (not making things worse) effect.

However, I'm not completely convinced by everything organic 'miracle' and sometimes the addition of essential oils are not the best match. So I'm still reaching for some calming solutions from French Pharmacies:

 Homeoplasmine is actually a whole bunch of vaseline with a hint of calendula & some other ingredients. Like anything homeopathic the key in into quantity and not quality of the healing aspect (calendula). Avène Cicalfate is another cleam suited for post-operation (dermatologic) skin and it is as innoffensive as anything.

So this explains my lack of posts for the time being. I have not been feeling the makeup-vibe for a while (except concealing) because I felt like eliminating everything that could give me a reaction. But I miss the fun of makeup so I hope to be actively blogging about it soon :-)