Kerastase Nectar Thermique Iris Royale, Polishing Nourishing Milk………..I Won It!

•September 17, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Recently, i entered a competition hosted by Kérastase on Facebook. The prize was a Nectar Thermique Polishing Milk of your choice and me; who never wins anything! Only went and won.

Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique

Kérastase have re-packaged this and are now giving 25ml more product for the same price as the original.

The Polishing Milk.

This is a thick silky cream which you apply to your hair just before blow drying. It not only softens the hair, it also heat protects it too.

A  walnut sized amount is all that is required and it doesn’t make my fine hair lanky or greasy in feel.

My Thoughts.

When i first started using this, i just applied it to the ends of my hair. I hadn’t used a product like this before and i wasn’t sure if it was going to weigh my fine, dry hair down. I need not have worried. It is very weightless, in fact.

I noticed that the ends of my hair were incredibly smooth and the cuticle was also smoothed out, making my hair look more sleek; however, the parts i hadn’t applied it to were still quite rough in texture; so now, i apply it all over my hair and just leave the first one inch near my roots out. I tend to get greasy roots.

I have been using this continuously for the past 3 weeks now and i’ve still not even used a quarter of the tube yet. I also currently use the Resistance version for brittle and damaged hair, which i bought myself, but i now prefer the Nutritive version as it makes my hair even softer.

It is a beautiful, floral scented cream and i’m so glad i have been a winner of this because i will be purchasing this along with all the other Kérastase products i also currently use. (Review to come).

Kerastase Nectar Thermique Iris Royal

The Thermique range is available in the Resistance and Discipline range as well as Nutritive.

Have you ever used these heat protection smoothing creams on your hair? What are your thoughts?

Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick, 368 Baby Rose…………..Fall 2014

•September 14, 2014 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Since the recent release of Guerlain’s new formula Kiss Kiss lipsticks for Autumn 2014, i have been dying to try them out.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick 368 Baby Rose

I am a huge fan of lipstick and it is a necessary part of any makeup routine, unless you have amazing lips like Angelina Jolie of course and no i don’t sadly!

The Lipstick.

The new formula is now enriched with hyaluronic acid spheres to aid with lip plumping and retaining moisture; commiphora myrrha oil and mango butter to keep lips smooth and hydrated.

It comes in 25 shades and my counter held 9 of them of which; Baby Rose was one.

Gone is the gold packaging to be replaced with a more dramatic, modern black packaging instead.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick Baby Rose Close Up

My Thoughts.

I tried out the lipstick in store on the back of my hand. It came out as a nudish pink with golden shimmer. I was smitten instantly. It is quite sheer on the lips and feels very moisturising. I don’t mind this type of lipstick for everyday wear and especially when i’m in work. Reason being is that they don’t dry my lips out. I do prefer a more intense opaque lipstick for evening wear though.

This sheer style of lipstick will not last all day; however, because it leaves lips feeling moisturized it’s going to be great in the winter when my lips become dry and flaky.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick Baby Rose Swatched on Lips

I also noticed that the golden shimmer is a tad gritty on my lips too. Not a bad thing for me because i don’t have sensitive lips; however, if you do, avoid this shade or any with shimmer in. The fragrance on this lipstick is a very mild floral scent, you have to get very close up to notice it.

Comparisons.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick with comparison no flash

This shade is by no means unique and could probably be duped quite easily. I have compared it with some other pink lipsticks above no flash, below with flash. Chanel Seduisante from the Rouge Allure Intense range came up the closest match along with the disc. Chanel Rouge Allure Enivrée.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss with comparisons with flash (1)

 

Overall Verdict.

A very nice moisturizing lipstick along the lines of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Dior Addict lipsticks. It gives a fair amount of colour which is ideal for a nude look, smokey eye or day time wear at work. This one did come up the most sheer out of the 9 shades on offer and the other shades were much stronger in shade and opaqueness; however, i was looking more for a nudish pink that i can wear with stronger eye makeup and for work. I absolutely love the black packaging too.Guerlain Kiss Kiss 368 Baby Rose

Have you tried out these lipsticks yet? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows………………..Desdemona.

•September 9, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have been back to NARS once again. Yes! I am in love with the new dual intensity eyeshadows, having bought Cassiopeia here.

I did say i wanted at least four. The next two being Dionne and Callisto. We’ll see though.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona

Desdemona

This shade is a beautiful duo chrome deep maroon/egg plant shade with brown undertones. In fact, it reminds me a lot of  the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Ebloui without the glitter. I did think it was going to be like Diapason; however, that leans more towards a purple shade. ( See swatches below).

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona close up without flash

The shade itself is very unique and is going to suit blue, dark brown and green eyes for sure.

It is very pigmented and leans a touch more warmer on my skin than the deep shade seen in the pan.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona Close Up

I was a touch dubious about it at first as i just thought it was a bit too much especially for the day time; however, i paired it with two lovely Chanel single eyeshadows,  Berry and Nomade both muted pinks and it really works.

It does apply quite matte to the eye with no shimmer at all; however, applied with a damp brush brings out a more purple metallic tone.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona swatched wet and dry

Once again, the packaging is very nice. A magnetic closing on the eyeshadow is very reminiscent of Burberry packaging but with the classic black NARS velvet finish instead.

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona In Direct Sunlight

Overall Verdict.

It wears really well and for a long time with my NARS smudge proof primer underneath. Turns into a coppery,brownish red on my skin, which is quite on trend at the moment. Has no sparkle and i will probably use this one for a crease colour or on my outer V. It does shimmer more when applied wet.

NARS Dual Intensity Desdemona Swatched on Finger

This colour is not going to suit everybody and finding other colours to work with it, may also be a challenge if you have a limited eyeshadow collection. In that sense then it isn’t very universal but it is incredibly unique and that was the initial attraction for me.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona with comparison swatches

They do work out expensive at £21.00 for 1.5 gm of product; however, Desdemona is very pigmented and especially when applied with a damp brush, so it is worth it and will probably last you quite some time.  NARS DesdemonaNARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona Swatched wet(1)

Picture far right is with Desdemona applied dry; near picture has been applied wet and has more impact.                                                              

What are your thoughts on these eyeshadows? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

 

The Tuesday Tester………………….Dior Star Studio Makeup. Spectacular Brightening Weightless Perfection.

•September 2, 2014 • 10 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Phew! What a long winded title for a foundation! I thought i was writing a mini novel for a moment there.

Currently, there are a few makeup companies releasing their latest and greatest foundations. YSL have just released Fusion Ink Foundation, reviewed here and Chanel have brought out the Aqualumiere powder foundation, (having tried it in store, sadly it’s not suitable for my problem skin, far too sheer; although very illuminating).

Diorskin Star Foudation sample B20

Dior are now about to release the Star foundation. Having already read plenty of reviews touting it as a very beautiful foundation which looks great in natural and artificial/fluorescent lighting, i had to get hold of a sample for myself.

Why is it called Star Foundation?

Below is the official marketing speil about the product. I’m not too sure if i buy into all of that really. I would also have to wear it longer than a few days to see if there are any improvements and reduced redness in my skin. If there is then it can only be an added bonus really. If not, then it’s pretty much like any other foundation with regards to improving the skin.

Diorskin Star Technology:

The Diorskin Star Light Pulsion Complex contains Hollow Silica Beads, a new generation of silica beads that capture and diffuse light and recreate the luminous glow achieved with perfect lighting. Upon application, skin imperfections are smoothed and softened while Corrective Color Filters selectively capture and reflect light waves, reconfiguring them to create a glow from deep within while Light Equalizers fight dullness and color deviations. In addition, the skincare actives of Diorskin Star work on three different levels via three light-trapping extracts: Immortelle Extract, Paquerette Extract and Licorice Extract. First, any irregularities on surface of the skin are smoothed out with Immortelle Extract, which works to reduce shadow zones. Next, Paquerette Extract regulates the production and accumulation of melanin and reduces pigment spots. Finally, Licorice Extract reduces redness by limiting the reactivity of the hemoglobin in the skin. This potent cocktail of active ingredients act at the source of the brightness and radiance of the skin, ultimately creating a more unified and radiant complexion after continuous use.

Initial Thoughts.

I was in Debenhams last week and they have it on early release so i managed to get a 7 day sample of it in 020, the shade i usually use in Dior Forever Fusionwear Makeup. One thing i did notice when i was trying it on the back of my hand in store was, that it has a beautiful light silky feel to it and it blended out very easily. It was also a bit more viscose in texture compared with YSL Fusion Ink foundation, which is quite runny.

It applies and blends out really nicely with a foundation brush and the colour is a perfect match for my skin tone. It does leave the skin with a lovely luminosity to it; however it remained tacky on my cheeks the whole day.

Diorskin Star Foundation shade card

Whats so great about it.

Lovely colour match for my pale skin tone.

Very natural looking in both daylight and artificial light.

A light luminous look to the skin.

Didn’t settle into any lines on my face.

Would be a fantastic foundation for people who have dry skin.

Star concealer is also available to buy and a beauty blender.

15 shades available in the UK.

Wore quite well for 8 hours.

No oxidation.

SPF 30.

Skin care ingredients added to the foundation which helps improve skin over the long term.

Gorgeous classic packaging.

 

Whats not so great about it.

It doesn’t dry down and leaves skin feeling tacky, not ideal if you have oily skin. I will need a finishing powder for this foundation.

It did feel like i was wearing foundation. It wasn’t too heavy though.

I will need concealer because it did not cover the bags under my eyes or any heavier blemishes on my skin very well. Even though it has medium coverage.

Quite a bit of oil show through after 7 hours wear on a warm day.

Dior Star Studio Foundation(1)Dior Star Studio Foundation Blended Out

Overall verdict.

Comparing the Star foundation to Dior Nude foundation and Forever Fusion Wear, this is absolutely wonderful. I do like the Forever Fusion wear because it does cover problem skin although it is a heavy foundation. Dior Nude Foundation just sat in every single line on my face, not a chance ever i was buying that one.

Dior Star Studio YSL Fusion Ink and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Makeup Swatches

Comparing it to YSL Fusion Ink, Star was a better colour match for my skin but YSL FI just gave my skin a beautiful flawless finish in comparison. It dried down to a silky soft finish as well. Note that the swatches above show that Dior Star is still drying while the other two already have.

I also compared it with Chanel Aqualumiere liquid foundation and Dior Star did cover my blemishes a little more.

I am going to buy the Dior Star foundation because my skin gets a whole lot drier in the winter months and i believe this foundation is ideal for drier skin; however, i am going to buy YSL Fusion Ink foundation as well  because it will be great for the rest of the year on my combination/oily skin.

It still is one of the best foundations Dior have ever produced so far and that means even better foundations can only be created in the future.

What are your thoughts on the Dior Star Foundation? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss. Fall 2014…………….One Click to Fabulous Lips.

•August 31, 2014 • 11 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I’m so excited about writing this preview post. One of my great loves is lipstick. I can’t get enough of them. They are the largest part of my makeup collection and take up one whole draw of my Alex unit and why not!

Chanel-Allure-Rouge-Gloss-Fall-2014

I have been eagerly anticipating the release of these beautiful newly packaged, newly formulated new shades of Chanel Lip gloss. They now come with the click top opening made famous by Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks.

Chanel-Allure-Rouge-Gloss-Line-Fall-2014

They combine the rich pigment of a lipstick with a gloss finish.

There are also 3 nail polishes, 633 Intention; Pink/tan, 635 Expression; pink/red and 639 Exception; Mauve shade. There are also Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks to be added to this new collection too.

Chanel Rouge Allure Click

The 9 new shades are as follows:

  • Affriolant
  • Sensible
  • Extase
  • Suprême
  • Exotique
  • Distinction
  • Pirate
  • Séduction
    • Audace (LE)

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipgloss Click

On general release in the UK and Europe 1st October 2014.

Chanel Images of Rouge Allure Gloss Click

Hope you liked this post and i will see you all soon. ;-)

August Favourites………..Cosmic Cosmetics!

•August 30, 2014 • 6 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Summer is coming to an end already. Nooo! I have been wearing some new products for the past two months. A lot of them from the Chanel summer Reflets D’Ete collection.

August Favourties

Ideal for the summer time, with lots of copper and bronze colours. Here are my favourites for the month of August.

1. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Single Eyeshadow, 97 New Moon.

An absolutely beautiful coppery brown shade which works with almost every shade i own. A few bloggers made negative comments about the shimmer but Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows are famous for their multi faceted shimmer and this one is just gorgeous and pigmented. It does have a touch of fall out but not a deal breaker and i now store my Illusion D’Ombres upside down to keep them soft.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre 97 New MoonChanel 97 New Moon with FlashChanel New Moon Swatch

2. Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Wearing Eye Liner, 911 Ambre Doré.

Another coppery brown finish. I like wearing this one under my lower eye as it doesn’t really suit me around the top lid and is a little dark for the waterline.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 911 Ambre DoreChanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 911 Ambre Dore Close Up

I’ve noticed that Chanel have softened this pencil off quite a bit to aid application, making it smoother to apply.  It does take a bit longer to dry down but does not affect the performance at all and it still stays put all day without smudging. Below left to right is Ambre D’Ore swatch and comparisons to similar colours.

Chanel and Dior Stylo Yeux Swatches

3. Diorific Perfumed Illuminating Powder Compact, 001. (Golden Winter Holiday 2013).

I love this powder. It does have some glitter to it but it’s super fine. Although this is said to be perfumed, it’s barely noticeable and no more perfumed than most powder compacts out there. The compact itself is collectable too. Gorgeous!

Dior Powder Compact 001 RoseDiorific Golden Winter Illuminating Face Powder Swatch

4. MAC Kohl Powder Eye Pencil. Raven.

Still one of my favourite eye pencils. I love it because it gives a rich brown coppery red colour to the eye and is very unique, has great staying power as well. Goes with all the coppery bronze makeup that has been popular this summer too.

MAC Raven pencilMac Eyepencil Swatch Raven

5. Dior Fusion Mono Long wearing single Eyeshadow, 661 Météore.

This is Dior’s version of Illusion D’Ombre and i just love this shade in particular. It’s the perfect shade of golden copper and works well with blue eyes and i’ve been wearing it coupled with Chanel New Moon, mentioned above.

I have never had a problem with this one drying out either. It also stays put all day. I only wish they did more shades in this like Illusion D’Ombre. Dior have opted for more neutral colours with this formula.

Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow MeteoreDior Fusion Mono Meteore Close UpDior Fusion Mono Meteore Swatch

6. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water.

I have already reviewed it in full here. What a fabulous bargain. Gets rid of all traces of makeup in a jiffy and leaves skin feeling nice and fresh. I don’t use this to remove eye makeup because i have super sensitive eyes and i love Lancôme Bi-facil, but it’s said to be good for that also.

7. Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion.

Great for when i’ve been aqua running. This is a nicely fragranced spray on lotion that is easy to use and dries down within a minute. No greasy after feel; however, my skin still feels lovely and soft. Also available with a bronzed shimmer finish and both are Paraben free. I love this one in particular and its very economical at £5.00/ 200gm or 7oz. Fab!

There you have it. Yet another month has sped by. What are your favourites for August?

Have fun and i will see you all soon. ;-)

The Tuesday Tester…………..YSL Fusion Ink Foundation.

•August 26, 2014 • 12 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Recently, YSL had a huge sample campaign for their new ground breaking foundation, Fusion Ink. Marketed as the ‘Game-Changer in the beauty Industry’. This is some claim!

YSL BR20 and 30 ink fusion foundation samples

I have to say, i have had a love and hate relationship with some YSL products. I don’t find them always consistent in standard and the mascara’s, in particular are a disgrace. On this occasion though, they have really come up with a very nice product.

Initial Thoughts

I managed to get my hands on BR20 (Cool Ivory) and BR30 (Cool Almond). BR 20 is a bit too pale for my skin at the moment because i still have a touch of summer colour on my face. It will be great in the winter though. BR30 is a lovely beige shade and ideal for my skin tone now.

YSL Ink Fusion Foundation Samples

The foundation is quite runny and thinner than most out there and there is a slightly oily feel to it, (not in a bad way though). It gives the impression that it would give a very light coverage but don’t be fooled, it covers to a medium finish. There is also a very mild fragrance to it which disappears on contact with the skin.

YSL BR20 and BR30 fusion ink foundation samples

Three to four dabs on the skin was all that was needed for my whole face. Blending took some doing with a foundation brush. This is because the oiliness within the foundation left brush marks on the face and buffing was required to create a smooth finish. Finishing  powder wasn’t needed.

YSL Br20 and BR 30 samples Fusion Foundation Blended OUt

What’s so great about it?

A very small amount of product goes a long way. The foundation is designed to be dabbed and blended out only were it’s needed. It gives a good medium to heavy coverage without masking the skin completely or caking of any sort.

Covers blemishes and redness very easily.

Very natural looking on the skin and is available in many shades.

Dries down fairly quickly to a matte finish with illumination.

Does not settle into fine lines.

A setting powder wasn’t needed and no concealer if you don’t have blemished skin.

Has SPF18.

YSL Fusion Ink FoundationYSL Fusion Ink Shade Chart

Whats not so great about it?

I found it very difficult to blend out with a foundation brush. A beauty blender is the best option.

It did oxidize slightly after 6 hours on my skin.

It did not feel weightless on my skin as it claims.

If you’re looking for a 24 hour foundation, this is not going to be the one if you have slightly oily skin.

Redness and slight oil show through after 8 hours wear.

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation on right hand side of faceAugust 26th 2014

Picture on left shows the foundation on the right hand side of face only and picture on right is the finished look.  Note that pores and blemishes are less visible with foundation. 

Overall Verdict.

This foundation reminds me of Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet foundation. It has the same type of coverage and dries down in exactly the same way.

I do; however, love that only a small amount of foundation is required and that means a lot of money saved over the long term. It also covered my blemishes, pores and redness with ease with little to no concealer required.

I personally still prefer lighter dewy foundations such as, YSL Touche Éclat and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua because they do not make me feel like i am wearing any foundation at all, although i do need plenty of concealer handy to cover blemishes with them.

The only real problem i did have with this one is that i did still feel like i had foundation on my skin which always happens to me with medium coverage foundations.

Game- Changer! Not just yet! A very good high end foundation to add to the mix of great foundations out there! Yes.

It ultimately depends on which beauty counter you prefer to visit, as to which foundation you may end up wearing. I think you know my preferred choice but i may leap in and buy a bottle of this anyway. I am still very impressed.

The hunt for the’ Holy Grail’ foundation is still very much on.

Have you tried this foundation out yet? What are your thoughts? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

 
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