Saturday, 4 April 2015

Bucket-list filled: Josh Rosebrook, Olivine Salt & Love + Rose & Love

Who doesn't have a bucketlist? 

Well, I have a bucket, I had a small wishlist, and now my bucket is filled!

I needed some love in my life, and roses often are connected to love:

♥ ♥ ♥
Ok, I actually picked this Rose-based facial mist on its delightfully potent ingredient list:

did you see its 1st ingredient? Unconditional Love!

With summer in my mind, I already started a fantasy trip with beachmist Love & Salt... Wouldn't we all not mind some summer lovin'?


The ingredients are quite simple. But for recreating a true beach look: why add stuff the beach would never do in real life?


Both the Oviline Salt & Love as the Rose & Love come in real glass bottles. 

Then there is 'happily married' pair Josh Rosewood Deep Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner


 They work well apart, but they complete each other together.

I'm still in the long-term testing phase, but I already love Love & Roses: it feels pure and smells like the real deal.
The Salt & Love is quite nice, but I feel it could be replicated easily with some himalayan salt and coconut oil: there's a-plenty DIY-es on pinterest around. I like that you can reuse the glass bottle again for other liquids.

The Josh Rosebrook Deep Nourishing shampoo is rather sudsy when you've gotten used to the often less sudsy organic variety. I actually do not feel a strong need to condition afterwards so I'd say it's quite nourishing. It really reminds me of Living Proof smoothing shampoo in therms of feel & scent. It smells like Rooibos tea with some fruits.
The Deep Nourishing conditoner is the perfect follow-up for the areas that still needs a bit of extra softness. Thin, but an effective mid-level moisturizer.

All of these are travel sizes that I bought on abeautifulworld.com.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Burberry wet & dry silk in Nude and Shell, It's like 'the Litte Mermaid' ta(i)le

I have been feeling like a topsy-turvy 'My little Mermaid' since playing with my new Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadows


So yeh, this is not going to be a full-on review, you probably seen a couple of those, but something about playing with water & eyeshadows. 

In the first place,  what's in a name? Well, an eyeshadow that's not afraid to get wet. The makeup aficionados already know that most eyeshadows can perform well with a bit of moisture, preferably a suitable liquid like Mac Mixing Media, or it's dupes.

But just like the Little mermaid who went dry, there will be consequences? Or not?

The aesthetics:


Ok, so I've been applying a moist brush directly on the pan on this colour: Nude.

Again:

DO.NOT.DO if you like your pan pretty and with the Bur-checks for a while.

Hence, I left Shell untarnished for a while:

 Sibling comparing:



Because I decided I added the water after I got the powder out of the pan (onto the brush).

Tut Tut, after this aesthetics talk, what is the result between the dry vs the wet application:

 In general, both change colour. Nude gets more intense and slightly more golden green, even a hint of red in specific light. Shell actually waters down a bit, pun intended.

This pic has a better focus on Nude:

What a surprise! I actually prefer Nude in the wet/foiled version, so I do not regret denting it. As for my 'unwatered' pan of Shell, I actually prefer that one dry.
Perhaps because Shell functions as a highlighter and for daytime I steer away from an overly metallic glow on the browbone: that's so disco 70s!

 Overall, I really like both colours a lot! They stay on full-spectrum for a good 6 hours without primer [I haven't worn with primer yet]. I really like the versatility of applying them either wet or dry. Also the fact they change by water.

That means this is the Disney version of 'The little Mermaid' with the happy forever after...

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.