Thursday, January 31, 2013

Marcelle Pressed Powder in Translucent Medium / Review

Such a pleasant surprise!

Not long ago I bought a Marcelle Velvety Powder Blush in Dust thinking it was more pink than my favorite every day color, Bourjois' Fard Pastel Joues in Rose Ambrée. As it turned out both are quite similar and so I decided to exchange it for loose powder.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

After the great success of their Chubby Sticks for lips, Clinique follows up with 12 shades of Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes which have in fact been out for a while now.


Estée Lauder Vérité Special Eye Care / Review

I was having an allergic reaction and extreme dryness due to another eye product when I purchased Estée Lauder Vérité Special Eye Care, a bland and very basic gel-creme moisturizer. The price? $54.00!

What it does, instantly comforts and hydrates the gentle skin around the eyes just as stated on Estée Lauder's website. Well it is a gentle formula with no fragrance. Light, it penetrates quickly so you can use it in the morning under makeup with no issue.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Spotlight: The Kit, Beauty & Fashion Magazine

How did I miss this??? The Kit Beauty & Fashion

You can subscribe online for FREE! I downloaded it for my iPad and with the app from the App Store it's possible to go back as far as Fall 2010.


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I browsed through the current issue and so far I'm liking is a lot. 




For a subscription, click here. Do it, it's FREE and you may like it as well! 
Definitely a great find! :)

Lancôme's Olympia Le-Tan's Rouge in Love Minaudière

Before we get to see what Alber Elbaz comes up with for Lancôme, the French giant is releasing a stunning minaudière designed by Olympia Le-Tan. For a mere $1800.00 CAD, the beautiful collectible can be yours but you must act fast since only 100 where produced, numbered and signed by the artist and apparently Emma Watson, the face for Lancôme's In Love collection, got no1.

According to Flare magazine's February issue, only 3 of these hand made embroidered book-clutches will come to Canada, available at select Holt Renfrew stores this month and online at lancome.com in February, just in time for Valentine's Day.


Olympia Le Tan clutch


I am not a fan of Lancôme's In Love collection but I do like the lipsticks presentation and find the nail polishes quite stunning. In the minaudière there are 6 of each, selected by Le-Tan herself with among them her favorite lipstick color, Rouge Valentine.

Olympia Le-Tan is a self taught designer who combines her love of embroidery to that of books resulting in one of a kind bags and minaudières, hand made in France and released in limited editions. These are distributed in over 30 select shops around the world and in Canada, one is listed, Secret Location in Vancouver BC.

Her creations have been enjoyed by the likes of Natalie Portman, Tilta Swinton and Michelle Williams and so to say that Lancôme is celebrating the one year anniversary of In Love lipsticks in style, well that would be an understatement. 


Olympia Le-Tan Spring/Summer 2013 Collection


Picture of In Love minaudière, Olympia Le-Tan via Vogue
Olympia Le-Tan collection via Olivia Palermo
Olympia Le-Tan website

Monday, January 28, 2013

MAC Archies Girl's Collection, Spring 2013

Update: Now available online through MAC website here.


With a $90.00 purchase you get an Archie's girl pin, no code necessary.
Free standard shipping with $65.00 purchase or more.


A blast from the past!!! This I am really truly excited about!

Glowing up I read so many of these...


Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica cover from 1951, My Comic Shop


... But the one thing I never understood was why they where both so fixed on Archie? Let's be honest, he's not that handsome, is he? I used to love Betty, the perfect blond but would always feel sorry for Veronica, the spoiled little rich girl. Could be because she was the dark haired one and I identified with her more.

Each girl has her own color collection composed of lipsticks, lip glosses, eye shadows, pigments, pencils mascaras, powders and nail lacquers.

I find the colors chosen for each character are quite representative or their respective personalities. While Betty has the girl next door style, Veronica's is more "vampish". Betty's lean towards soft and neutral shades. Veronica, well like her, they are more noticeable, more dramatic.


MAC Archies Girls Spring 2013 Makeup Collection

Betty Caramel Sunday Eyeshadow palette and Cream Soda Blush
Veronica Spoiled Eyeshadow palette and Prom Princess Blush


MAC Archies Girls Spring 2013 Makeup Collection

Betty Pigments in Lucky in Love & Cheers My Dear
Veronica Pigments in Blackened Teal & Blackened Pink 
Betty Pearl Glide Intense Eyeliner in Black Swan & Lord It Up
Veronica Pearl Glide Intense Eyeliner in Designer Purple & Petrol Blue


MAC Archies Girls Spring 2013 Makeup Collection

Pearlmatte Face Powder in Flatter Me for Betty and Veronica's Blush for Veronica


MAC Archies Girls Spring 2013 Makeup Collection

Betty's Lipsticks: Oh, Oh, Oh, Betty Bright & Girl Next Door
Veronica's Lipsticks: Boyfriend Stealer, Daddy's Little Girl & Ronnie Red


MAC Archies Girls Spring 2013 Makeup Collection

MAC Archie's Girls Lip Glass
Betty: Kiss & Don't Tell, Summer Sweetheart & Stay Sweet
Veronica: Feelin' So Good, Mall Madness & Strawberry Malt

They also each have their own nail lacquers as well as mascaras. To complete the collection they share accessories like a coin purse, tote, a mirror as well as a makeup bag. The item I find most exciting, the Brush Set! White with little red hearts, I love it!


MAC Archies Girls Spring 2013 Makeup Collection


This collection is fun and in my opinion, truly captures the essence of the comic books. Again I'll be looking at the Brush Set more closely as well as at a few items from Veronica's colors.



MAC Archie's Girls Collection will be available online on MAC's website starting January 31st. There is a February 7th launch date for stores and counters but I'm not sure this includes Canada. International availability will be in March.

Pictures, MAC Cosmetics via chicprofile.combecomegorgeous.com & makeupandbeautyblog.com


Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat / Review

My favorite nail polish these days is Essie's Recessionista from their Fall 2012 Stylenomics Collection. It's a deep burgundy red with plum undertones which I find goes with just about everything. Although it has good staying power it does loose some of it's shine after 2 days or so.

I already had Sally Hansen Mega Shine and having worn it on it's own for a more finished look I figured I might as well give it a try and see how it performs as what it was meant for, a top coat.

Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat

From the website:
Dries in just 60 seconds! Advanced formula dries your manicure from top to bottom in just 60 seconds - no more smudges! Fuses and seals all your manicure layers into one powerful protective shield that resists chipping, cracking, peeling and damaging moisture. Micro-diamonds add mirror shine and strenght.
I must admit that I haven't put it to the 60 seconds test since I usually make sure I won't have to use my hands a good 30 minutes, just to be on the safe side. It does give a nice shiny finish but the chipping, I'm not convinced. Oddly enough, when I wear 2 coats of Recessionista without Mega Shine, after a few days I only see a some tip wear but nothing dramatic. When I do apply 1 coat  with Mega Shine, well, the nail polish does chip a little. Nothing dramatic but just enough to notice the difference.

Essie Recessionista is a good formula that lasts an average of 6 days on me on it's own. With Sally Hansen Mega Shine, it can get a few chips but it remains shiny longer. It also works well with Essie Burgundy and Rimmel Burgundy Flirt, the other 2 shades I've been wearing these past few months.

Do I recommend Sally Hansen Mega Shine? Yes & No

Yes because it's so inexpensive, under $10.00 and does an honest job and no because I find it annoying that it picks up color when I apply it. I'm always afraid it will ruin my manicure. In other words, I think if you're used to wear light shades it's fine, on dark ones well, you have to work fast. At least it's much better than Essie's no chips ahead chip free top coat, reviewed here.


Reviews:

Makeup Alley: 3.3 / 5 lippies for 196 reviews
Beauté-test: there are only 2 reviews, giving it 4.5 stars out of 5.


Screen capture from Sally Hansen website

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Notable Reads of the Week, Vol. 8

Does the Moon affect your beauty sleep?

Last night I didn't sleep well and this morning when I got up at 6:00 a.m., I went to the kitchen and staring at me through the window was the Moon, descending slowly, making it's exit before the rising of the Sun.

Another bad night because of the full Moon? My dark circles would like to think so.

Many people do believe the Earth's satellite has incidences not only on our sleeping patterns but on our moods as well and from what I've observed through the years I would say, women do so more than men. Up until 15 years ago I never gave the Moon a second thought whenever I had bad night or was feeling wacky but looking back on it now, I think I started to blame the Moon because of stories told by friends and co-workers.


Moon Phases  Astronomy Print to Frame
1878 Astronomy plate. Similar pictures & prints, here.


Countless myths and legends are associated to the Moon. Horror stories, love stories have been written, many of them transposed to the big screen leaving us with the idea that the Moon can affect human behaviour in some ways. After all, lunacy, lunatic, words derived from the Latin name of the Moon, Luna, show us that historically the Moon has influenced men.

If you are among those who believe the Moon can influence people in any way, you may want to read this article:

Moon Myths: The Truth About Lunar Effects On You
By Robert Roy Britt for Live Science

What do you think?


What caught my attention this week...

Nail Polish Sales Hit $768 million in 2012
By Huff Post Style Canada. Talk about an explosion. Nail art has never been so popular. What was regarded as tacky not so long ago has now gone mainstream.

Avon tipped to disappear in 2013...
By Michelle Yeomans for Cosmetics design USA. Is the giant really going down? No points of sale and huge product turnover make it hard to build customer fidelity. Through the years they have had novel products but if they don't become top sellers from the get go they are discontinued so it's no wonder so many women give up.

7 Things Nobody Ever Tells You About Aging
By Valerie Monroe for O The Oprah Magazine. Facial hair, ears and nose growing? Interesting read.

Weight Loss in a Bottle?
By Natalie Stevens for Women's Life & Health. Can 2 supplements really make a difference? Apparently yes... Really? *

DIY Homemade Jewelry Cleaner (No Scrubbing!)
By Pretty Gossip. Vinegar, baking soda and salt are among the few items you'll need to clean your jewelry without any strong chemicals.


For your viewing enjoyment...


Les chats Ninjas! (Ninja Cats!)

Have a great week everyone!

*Update: As some may notice one of the links I posted was in fact an advertisement. I'm truly sorry about this. I wasn't sure so thank you Vanessa for pointing it out.

Hopefully my Intense Debate problems will be settled soon and I will finally be able to respond to comments.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

M.A.C. Rebel Romance

Revel in the spirit of red this Valentine's Day with M·A·C's 
online-exclusive selection of shades, for every love-obsessed, 
passionate rebel. SHOP NOW

Revel in the spirit of red this Valentine's Day with M.A.C.'s online-exclusive selection of shades. for every love-obsessed, passionate rebel.    M.A.C. website

Valentine's Day is coming soon! Need a few new shades to get in the mood? M.A.C. has thought of that. Here are their suggestions...


For lips...



MAC Red, Rebel and Diva

For nails...



Russian Red, Dark Angel and Vintage Vamp

I must say that I'm really liking the combination of MAC Red and Vintage Vamp. In this spotlight, M.A.C. is also promoting their Waterproof Powerpoint Eye Pencil as well as their Haute & Naughty Lash Two in One mascara. It lets you choose between natural or full of drama lashes.

So, kissable lips, temptress nails and beautifull long lashes! Perfect for your Valentine!

Lipsticks are $18.00, Nail Lacquers $19.00, Powerpoint Eye Pencil $18.00 and Naughty Lash mascara $23.50. Available online here.


Screen captures from M.A.C. website.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Dry Winter Skin / Head to Toe Care

During the past few weeks I've compiled a list of tips and products to help you keep good skin this Winter. Contrary to last year, this time around in the North East, we've been hit with frigid temperatures and depending how you protect yourself from them when you go out and/or the way your living spaces are heated, you may be in need of some extra help.

These have already been posted but I thought it would be a good idea to have them all in one place.


Hiver (Winter), Alfons Mucha (1860-1939)


In these entries you will notice some repeats. This means that you don't need an arsenal of product. A few basics and you'll be set. You may even have some of them on hand and this translates into less spending. Always a good thing. :)

It's Cold! Emergency Skin Care.

Dry Hands!

Dry Winter Skin? Start With A Gentle Cleanser.

Winter Dryness Help / Body Skin 

Give Your Feet Some Love!


If you want to know more about Alfons Maria Mucha, one of the great Art Nouveau artists, click here.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dry Hands!


What's with our hands in Winter? Dry skin, cuticles cracking... Not a nice look. If you're like me, the second thing I notice when meeting someone after their face, their smile is, their hands. I'm not obsessed, far from it but in the case of women, I tend to look at their nails, especially if they wear nail polish. I like it when I see colors I wouldn't dare wear myself. So yes I notice hands. Also let's not forget, dry hands do look older and we don't want that.


Here is what I do, my tips...

Start with a gentle, non stripping soap, especially in the kitchen. The ones I like...

Savon de Marseille
I don't use anti-bacterial soaps nor do I go for liquid soaps in Winter. Like most everybody I have used them but most of them where being too harsh after a while. Savon de Marseille has several options, the basic olive oil is quite nice to have and has barely any fragrance to it. You can find it in health food stores as well as some drugstores.

For the bathroom I alternate between the following...

Dove Beauty Bar
Scented or not, gentle and almost creamy. I had stepped away from this for years until I rediscovered it last Summer. Non stripping and so inexpensive. Review here.

Avène Cold Cream bar
I received one as a gift with purchase and fell in love with it. Feels very creamy and is extra gentle on skin.


Keep them moisturized...

For moisture, I keep a bottle of almond oil in the kitchen next to the sink. A few drops on the back of my hands is all it takes to keep them moisturized when I'm at home cooking or doing chores. If my hands get wet they don't get slimy like they would with a hand cream and my food doesn't taste weird. Any oil will do for this. If like me you alternate between evoo and canola oil for cooking and don't want an extra bottle on your counter, they will do nicely. Simply use what you have.

Hand creams I like, Caudalie for daytime. This one penetrates quickly without leaving a greasy feel and the fragrance is not overwhelming. For night, Avène Cold Cream and if on any particular night my hands are extra dry, I layer it over a few drops of argan oil. For cuticles, unrefined shea butter or Dior Crème Abricot are favorites of mine.

And no, it's not necessary to spend a fortune on hand creams. You could go for Nivea, Neutrogena, Vaseline or any other drugstore brand of your choice and simply layer over a few drops of oil as mentioned.


The power of gloves...

Rubber gloves to protect your hands when doing the dishes.
Cotton gloves when you want really help to keep the moisture in at night.
Warm gloves when you go outside. Protecting them from the cold is a must.

Gloves are also to be considered to help prevent the proliferation of germs like cold, flu and any other nasty bugs out there. Wearing them reminds us not to touch our face.


A bit of history...

Apparently this brand was quite popular. I was looking for an old image to feature here and I stumbled on this one by accident. Apparently well know, I had never seen it before. Want to know more about it? Click here.


Pacquins Ladies Hand Cream (1942)


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Makeup For Ever, Christina Ricci & the Makeup Bag Remix Tour

It seems like this year almost every cosmetic company is in collaboration with someone. The latest, Makeup For Ever and Christina Ricci. It seems the actrice has designed a makeup bag for the upcoming Makeup Bag Remix Tour, planned by the French brand.

Such a great idea!

This tour is meant to help educate and show beginners how to do their makeup with what is already in their own makeup bags. Brilliant! I'm sure many will end up buying a few new items but the idea of educating young women makes this initiative a very positive one.


Christina Ricci's design 

Picture and information from Glam
For more information about Makeup For Ever' Makeup Bag Remix Tour see their facebook page

Inès de La Fressange or Julianna Margulies?

OeDansLo, a French blog I stumbled upon this morning posted a rather interesting and very well written article about L'Oréal's new Revitalift TR 10 BB Cream. It got me thinking about...

Who do you identify with the most?

L'Oréal Paris has pretty much always been known for their celebrity spokespersons. Top models, like Claudia Schiffer and actresses like Cybill Shepherd have praised the qualities of the French giant's products for a while now. Does it make us identify with the brand? In all honesty, I don't think so. Still they are careful in their choices and have a famous face for every market. Case and point, Inès de La Fressange for the French market and Julianna Margulies for the UK and North American markets.

Noticeable differences between the two television commercials...

In her spot for the French market, de La Fressange looks almost perfect. Quite a feat for the 55 years old ex muse of Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld. Almost all her flaws have been erased, except for a few wrinkles at the corners of her eyes. She looks perfect! Too perfect in fact. A sign that the product really works? I think not. Will the commercial encourage French women to purchase the cream? Possible, especially since so many would like to identify with her. She is after all a perfect "Parisienne"!



Inès de La Fressange for L'Oréal


In the commercial starring Julianna Margulies, aimed at the English speaking market, we see the actress in a more natural light. We see some flaws. Is that what they are? No. We see a beautiful 46 years old woman who, we would be inclined to think, took good care of her skin. There may have been some touch ups here and there but still, the star of The Good Wife looks much more natural.



Julianna Margulies for L'Oréal



Why the differences? Is it that French women put more belief in "the power" of creams than the rest of us? Are we facing more unrealistic claims? L'Oréal has been known for this. It was not so long ago that one of their ads for Lancôme featuring a Julia Roberts supposedly enjoying the effects of Teint Miracle, was banned due to outrageous airbrushing done by Interpublic Group of Cos.' Gotham based in New York.




 U.K. Bans LOreal Ads Of Overly Airbrushed Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts


They want stars but apparently even they are not good enough. They want us to believe that we can look 30 even if we are 45 by simply using a cream or a foundation. What is so wrong with Julia Robert's face that they have to erase everything that contributes to her beauty and personality? To make her appear more appealing? She became famous because she was/is so expressive so why no laugh lines?

Was this ban the reason for the turnaround and the more natural looking Margulies? Could be but if it is, why a perfect looking de La Fressange?

A few wrinkles? Well guess what, sooner or later we will all have them. Why not show us more images reflecting reality?

"Allons-nous vers un peu plus de réalisme peu à peu ? Zéro défaut n’existe pas ! Même pour les plus belles d’entre nous  – personne n’est épargné par l’apparition des rides ou l’existence de quelques imperfections … On peut les réduire, les dissimuler, mais pas les supprimer à moins de passer par des soins « esthétiques ». Aussi, en laisser visibles quelqu’unes rend plus humaines les égéries, actrices, supermodels et plus attachantes, plus proches de nous – Le rêve n’est pas effacé ; il demeure bel et bien – et nous déculpabilise. C’est un point essentiel."          OeDansLo
Are we going towards more realism? Zero flaws doesn't exist! Even among the most beautiful - no one escapes the apparition of wrinkles or the existence of a few imperfections ... We can reduce, hide but not eliminate them unless we for more intrusive measures. Also, leaving a few imperfections makes these beauty ambassadors more human, more endearing and closer to us - The dream is not erased; it remains and  makes us stop feeling guilty. It's an essential point.

To read OeDansLo's complete article, click here.

Monday, January 21, 2013

It's Cold! Emergency Skin Care.

Love Canada in Winter... Not!!!

These days we're in a cold spell and what this means is that a few adjustments have to be made so that your skin won't end up paying the price.

Emergency care if you are taken by surprise

This happened to me two years ago. For some reason my facial skin got super extra dry. This was quite a surprise to me since I've always had combination skin that was more on the oily than dry side. I think what happened was a combination of stress and extreme cold. Our home heating system wasn't working properly and we ended up spending a few days at 19 degrees Celsius in the house. Not too comfy!

At night...

Get a milk cleanser or even unscented baby oil to remove your makeup. These will be less drying and you can simply finish off with a damp washcloth.

Kick it up a notch with your facial moisturizer. For this you don't need to go out and buy a super expensive cream. You can simply boost the one you already have with a few drops of oil. Again, baby oil can be used as well as argan, almond or even extra virgin olive oil. Any you have available. Just be careful if you are clog prone not to use too much.

On extra cold nights, petroleum jelly or Aquaphor can be used on damp skin. Yes, on your face.

In the morning...

On those frigid mornings you could consider using your night cream under your sunscreen for better protection against the cold. I personally find that foundation on those days doesn't work so well so I usually skip. By doing so, it gives you the possibility to use a barrier cream or something like Elizabeth Arden's Height Hour Cream before you go out. Note that petroleum jelly and Aquaphor can also do the job. You can wait to get to work before applying your powder and blush and it won't look too bad if you have to use one of these options again when you return home. If you were to wear foundation, well, it would be a mess.

The importance of a good sunscreen...

Ever noticed how sunny it is on those extra cold days? Unless your head is completely covered, you need to apply a good sunscreen. The reflection of UV rays on surfaces but especially on snow can play tricks on you so it's really important. Look into Bioderma, Avène, La Roche Posay, Ombrelle or Shiseido if you have oily skin. These all offer brilliant protection.

To help keep the moisture in...

You may want to consider something with hyaluronic acid which would help retain moisture. Two products to consider, the first Dormer 211 Hand & Face cream available in drugstores for about $13.00. The other, Hydraluron available at Shoppers Drug Mart for around $30.00. You can read about it on Daly Beauty here.

Finally to help avoid dry skin at home, a warm mist humidifier in your bedroom at night may make a big difference. They range from $30.00 to $60.00 and can be found in drugstores.

Finally...

These are the kind of days and nights where it feels good to warm up your hands holding a nice cup of hot chocolate.


Double Hot #Chocolate
Recipe for Double Hot Chocolate, here.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Notable Reads of the Week, vol. 7

Trying to improve... What in the world was I thinking?

Wanting to make my site as user friendly as possible, wanting to share, I put my foot right in it!

Now this got the best of me this week. I wanted to improve my comments section by installing Intense Debate Notification so that other bloggers could leave links to their latest posts. I love the idea of sharing and I know that this here blog is not visited by bloggers alone. Some of you prefer not to leave comments and I totally respect that, I don't always leave them myself. Still I know that sometimes reading one blog leads to another and another and so on. There is such a wealth of great beauty information out there and I'm humbled by the fact that some outstanding ladies visit and leave comments. By having access to their latest entries it enables everyone to get great info.

I installed Intense Debate the night before my blog anniversary this week.

The problem now it that sometimes I can reply to comments and sometimes I cant. What the heck???

I can't reply on my own blog???

I received several lovely congratulatory comments about my anniversary and wanted to respond to all but apparently there's something wrong.

I am not a happy blogger!

This morning I tried to remove it as per the instructions on the Intense Debate website, but by doing so I ended up removing the entire comments section. Brilliant! I had to reinstate the version with Intense Debate.

Argh!!!

So for now I'm stuck! I will try to make the time to figure it out. If only I had known about DISQUS which was mentioned to me by Olivia from The Unknown Beauty Blog I might have had less problems. Little note, go have a look at her header, it's something else, those eyes...

Please continue to leave comments for I enjoy them and more than appreciate your feedback. I will try to figure this out this week and hopefully I will be able to save all of them. This is just so sad for me. Why oh why did I do this? Sometimes it is clearly better to leave things as they are.


What caught my attention this week...

MAC Archie's Girls
By British Beauty Blogger. Now this is exciting! This new collection by M.A.C. is fun and brings back so many memories. My favorite was Betty by the way. Even if you're not a M.A.C. enthusiast, do pay Jane a visit at least to see her header. She's been transformed into an Archie's Girl herself. I must admit that I'm quite envious.

Givenchy Le Rouge Complete Line-Up Swatches
Quick Look at Givenchy Le Vernis & Écrin Privé Quad Swatches
By Mostly Sunny. Not only are the presentation of both the lipstick and the nail polishes stunning but so are the colors. The Quad, simply stunning!

Reviews & Swatches: Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipsticks
By The London Beauty Review. A new line of lipstick from this French line. I don't know if they are available in Canada at the moment but I know that I will definitely try at least one.

Not My Grandma's Perfume: Balenciaga's Florabotanica
By Lipstick Rules. A nice and honest review of the new fragrance. Now I really want to try it, plus the presentation is stunning.

Now in Canada!! No Bleeding Lips Secret Liner
By Mom's Makeup Stash, a very interesting product that could come in handy especially for those new bright colored lipsticks.


About memories...

Christian Dior - Eau Sauvage (Vintage Perfume)
By The Non Blond. The fragrance my husband used to wear when we first met. It may well have contributed in the attraction since I've always enjoyed citrus. Well, that alone didn't seal the deal of course. I love seeing these old ads.

My Back Pages: Perfume in Beverly Clearly "Fifteen"
By Tinsel Creation. A look back at the Fifties and the images they projected and for some still do, in our minds. I didn't live them, I wasn't even born but I did get a glimpse through television. In this post, Jessica remembers a book.


Life lessons...

Isn't it Dee-Lightful: What Would You Do?
By Slice, written by Dee Brun, the Cocktail Deeva, the link to this article was tweeted by Jane Daly from Daly Beauty. Years ago I lived a similar situation in a drugstore and I ended up having an argument with the cashier... She didn't want me to pay the difference on an elderly lady's bill. If I remember correctly the amount was a few dollars. The lady was so uncomfortable and yet I could sens so grateful.

What business was it of the cashier to try to prevent me from helping out. It was almost as if she wanted to humiliate the older lady. I returned to the drugstore later that day (it was at walking distance to my house) to see the manager. I told him about the unpleasant incident. Was he really not happy about the behaviour of his employee, I don't know. Not long after, the young woman was no longer working there. I can only hope that she didn't lose her job but realized that she wasn't cut out to this type of work.

I have done it a few other times since, paying it forward, a few pennies, dollars or simply helping someone crossing the street. Think about it, it truly makes one feel good!


Words to live by...


Coffeeology


I think I'll have a second cup, after all, it's Sunday!


Image from: The Stencilsmith

Friday, January 18, 2013

New NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder

Now this looks lovely!

As I've mentioned before, I rarely wear foundation. It seems I can't be bothered with it on a day to day basis but I always wear powder and I think I'm slowly developing an obsession to it. It's hard to find the perfect one, the one that will have just the right amount of shimmer to give a natural look. This new NARS just might do the trick.


From the website:

Product Story
Enhances the look of foundation without a trace of color and prolongs makeup wear. This invisible silky powder is infused with Photochromic Technology to diffuse light and adjust to new sources of light throughout the day. Fine lines, wrinkles and pores optically fade as skin is visibly smoothed. Soft, silky and luxurious to the touch, this weightless formula applies evenly and blends effortlessly. Ideal for touch-ups, it helps regulate shine and seamlessly sets foundation.Paraben-free. Fragrance-free. Non-Comedogenic.

Artist Tips
"Apply the Light Reflecting Setting Powder Loose with the Kabuki Botan Brush all over the face before picking up a bit on the Small Dome Brush #12 to set concealer on the inner corner of the eye and on the lashline. Use the Loose Powder Brush #1 to buff the skin for a lasting and polished finish."--Jane Richardson, International Makeup Stylist

Now I will have to make a special stop to sample this one. It's $39.00 but if it does give the finish it promises than I would say it's worth it.


Screen capture: NARS website


Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer / Review

Rimmel London continues to surprise me. I purchased this concealer more for curiosity than need and on sale at $5.49 it was a steel.

It's a long tube with a brush at the end. When you squeeze it the product comes out through the brush tip that you can use for application. This reminds me of a Lancôme lipstick from years ago as well as an eye illuminator Avon used to make. I had to check with Tracy from Beauty Reflections on that one since I don't think all their products are on their website. She had never heard of it. This was about 3 years ago if I remember correctly.


Match Perfection is more a concealer than an illuminator although the light shade, Fair-Light the one I purchased, does give that effect on me without any shimmer. It spreads easily but you have to work quickly since it dries fast into a powdery finish. The great plus is that it's buildable without looking cakey and it doesn't set into fine lines This shade is perfect for me but I find that if I were to use it every day it could end up being slightly drying.

The only thing I didn't like about this product is the tube. It's huge for the quantity of product inside, 7 ml. I'd say it's about one fourth so you have to press it like crazy. Rimmel should definitely consider making it smaller.

Would I recommend this concealer? Yes!

For the price you can't miss. I think it would be great to hide blemishes since it's very light but at the same time gives good coverage. You could even consider having two colors for a perfect match.


Reviews:

MakeupAlley: 4.1 / 5 lippies for 179 reviews
Beauté-test: 3.2 / 5 stars for 17 reviews

Screen capture from Rimmel London website

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Drew Barrymore's Flower Cosmetics

What has Drew Barrymore been up to? Having a baby and developing her own line of cosmetics of course! In fact, she was on the cover of the January issue of Allure magazine wearing colors from her new brand.

Pretty, fresh and very feminine it's now available at Walmart in the US.




What's in a name?

From what I've read some think Flower as a name isn't all that. I must admit I love it and find it's a brilliant one!

It opens the door to so many name possibilities, not only flowers themselves but gardens, bouquets and quotes. Did you know that in Victorian time a man had to be careful about which flowers to send to a lady? This was not only due to the limited selection of flowers but also to the fact that people communicated more with symbols and gestures. Unless it was clearly known that a chosen flower was the lady's favorite, the wrong message could easily be sent. They all had a specific meaning for example, lilac was for first love, gardenia meant joy and hibiscus meant delicate beauty. The type of flower had a meaning and so did the color in fact they still do we just have forgotten about them. For example we all know that red roses mean passion but did you know that pink means friendship and white is for purity. The same goes for tulips, purple for royalty and yellow for hopelessly in love...

Flower. It's definitely a smart name!

In this new line of makeup we can already notice a nice name play...


Some of Flower's offerings, BB Creams, Lipsticks that look like little flower vases, 
Eye Shadow Quad in Face the Grey, Blush Bronzer Duo in Sunkissed & Single

...and they are fun, like So Gladiola High Shine Lipstick and Morning Glory Velvet Lipstick; Blue Lagoon Eyeshadow Quad or Wild Geranium Crème eye shadow.

Hopefully they will get to Canada, fast! I would love to try Win Some Rouge Some Crème Blush in Pure Petunia, the color Drew wore for her Allure cover. It looks like such a "happy" color, as does So Gladiola Lipstick.

Rouge Some Crème Blush in Pure Petunia

It's not everyday that a new cosmetic line is launched and this one has such a pretty presentation. Knowing that Drew Barrymore wanted good formulas to be readily available to everyone is what makes it so appealing.

Let's hope it crosses the border soon! I would love to get some Flower if not for Valentine's Day, Easter maybe?


Picture of Drew Barrymore, Flower
Screen capture of Crème Blush, Walmart
To learn more about the meaning of flowers, see About Flowers

Carmex Lip Ointment / Review

I had never tried this lip balm. In fact I've only started to see it in drugstores recently. It may have been available for quite some time now but let's just say that I hadn't been paying much attention since I have figured out my winning combination last year. Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm for night and Caudalie Lip Conditioner for daytime are absolute favorites of mine. More information about them here.

For reviews sake I've been trying out different ones, some less expensive options. Here I've decided to compare Carmex Lip Ointment to La Roche Posay Cerralip.

I purchased the basic no flavor ointment in the tube on which you can read "for dry chapped lips and cold sores". When you unscrew the cap you're left with a round top with a little hole in the middle. Press and the balm comes out. The texture, feel on my lips is quite similar to La Roche Posay's Cerralip with a few differences. First unlike LRP's which has no taste at all, Carmex's has a chemical one. Faint but not very pleasant. Fortunately, after 4 or 5 minutes it disappears. Second, and this is quite surprising, it's more soothing and more moisturizing than the more expensive La Roche Posay. Carmex is $2.99!!!

This is the moisturizing lip balm, I have the lip ointment.
The tubes are almost identical.

Although I did find it more moisturizing than the other mentioned, I really didn't care for the taste. I may eventually try another with flavor but for now I'm good.

One last note, it does contain some salicylic acid which is a good ingredient to help with exfoliation. It would be advised to use another lip balm with SPF.

Reviews: 

MakeupAlley: The reviews are I believe all mixed up. They range from 3.0 to 4.5 lippies on a base of 5.
Beauté-test: 4 / 5 stars for 97 reviews.

Ingredients (note these are not in order of concentration):
Petrolatum, lanolin, beeswax, cetyl esters, mineral oil, cocoa butter, fragrance, camphor, menthol, salicylic acid and vanillin, phenol, paraffin liquidum


Screen capture from Top Para

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

One Year Already!

Time flies! I know it's not the most original of sayings but it is so true! 

One year ago today I posted my first "article", an introduction to what I was planning to do with this new platform. In a way it was meant as a big *note to self* to be shared with all of you. To see that it's being appreciated now by so many is more than rewarding. It's actually quite humbling for I'm still such a newbie.

I know I wrote recently that I jumped into this with one eye open and one closed but in reality they where both shut tightly. There are so many things I didn't know when I started and still don't but I believe that I've come a long way. Yesterday I spent time reading some of my first entries and I do think I've improved quite a bit. I didn't make any corrections and leaving them as is, they serve me as a reminder of my first steps. My biggest handicap, if I can call it that for I am quite proud of it, is being French speaking. Even if I spent most of my working career with mainly English speaking people, I honestly didn't know if I could pull it off.

Writing and speaking are of course two different things. Spoken words come easily and getting your point across is rather simple, especially when you have the person you're communicating with in front of you. Writing can sometimes be daunting, more so when one has to translate everything but I enjoy it a lot. It's fun to be able to transmit information about subjects I personally love!

One year! 

In all honesty it's true that today marks the beginning but I really got into it on a regular basis in July with, Memories, a Bit of history & sunscreen which remains to this day the most popular entry, even with all it's little writing flaws. I probably spent two weeks working on it, feeling nervous, anxious and loosing sleep. I remember thinking, will anybody actually care about this? Will anybody actually read it? Well it seems many of you have and knowing this makes me feel very proud.

Yesterday I got one more accolade that made me feel even more proud about myself. My friend Laura finally took the time to read a few articles. She wrote back to me telling me it was excellent in capital letters!!! For a moment there I couldn't move. I felt like dancing! I actually did a few steps in my living room!

What will year two be like?

I have no idea! I am going through some major personal changes at the moment and may eventually have to post a little less. Stepping away? Not an option! I love this too much, in fact I do believe I'm suffering from a major blogging addiction. Knowing that I can reach people with subjects that I fancy, is addictive. Learning new things every day, is addictive. Getting to know new people, other bloggers even if it's only in a virtual word, is addictive.

Recently someone asked me "What do you do?" My answer: I'm a Beauty Blogger!

Tonight to celebrate this new realisation I'll be enjoying a nice Vermouth on ice!

Marcello Dudovich, Martini & Rossi

Finally...

A thank you note...

To all of you who stop and take the time to read my words and sometimes leave comments, thank you!

To all of you gorgeous Beauty Bloggers, thank you for sharing your knowledge and for being so good that I have to get better every day!

To Leanne for pushing me to do this, to Nicole pour ces premiers trucs d'écriture que je n'ai jamais oubliés and to Laura, well, you know why! xoxoxoxo...
                                                                     

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NARS Spring 2013 Color Collection Now Online

Unless you where living inder a rock you knew this was comming! It's now available online. As you can see you can get the entire look or $247.00.

Notice the beautiful Stella Tennant rocking the look!




I'm not sure I would go for Persia eye shadow but the Mad Mad World duo looks pretty good. The blush, Seduction is all the rave at the moment in "BlogWorld". Many bloggers have reviewed it, swatched it and it's a hit! I'm eying it along with the Dressed to Kill lipstick. The great thing is that they will be part of the regular collection.

Seduction Blush
NARS Blush in Seduction


You can see the items more closely here on NARS' website.

Crabtree & Evelyn Launches a New Nail Polish Collection

I just read on Beauty Blitz that Crabtree & Evelyn will be launching a new line of nail polishes later this month. Click here for their article. They will sell for $6.00 USD, a pretty amazing price if the formula is good. The colors are gorgeous and the look of the bottles sleek and modern.


C & E new nail polish collection
Picture from Beauty Blitz


The collection will be available online this month. We can only hope that it will be in Canadian Crabtree & Evelyn shops soon, at least in time for Spring! 

Don't they look gorgeous?



Monday, January 14, 2013

Lancôme's New Collaboration

It was announced today that Lancôme would be working along side Alber Elbaz the creative director of Lanvin, for a new makeup collection. I can only hope that he will take inspiration into his Morrocan roots. Such beautiful and dreamy possibilities.


Lanvin SS 2013 PFW 14
Lanvin S/S 2013, picture All Things Fab and Fly


I haven't seen Lancôme's in Love Spring collection yet but clearly it was geared towards a younger crowd. Very pretty but not sophisticated enough to appeal to as broad an audience as Lancôme can reach normally.


Lancome Spring 2013 In Love Makeup Collection Lancome Spring 2013 In Love Makeup Collection   New Info & Photos


Although stunning, with an all grown up Emma Watson, the colors but especially the look of the compacts aren't calling out to me the way their regular collection does, especially when you consider the prices they go for. Lipsticks at $30.00! Doesn't look fancy enough for my taste.

Until we get to see this new collection, here is a promotional video. I wonder if the colors shown are indicative of what will be...


Released today on youtube



Winter Dryness Help / Body Skin

In my area we can't really complain about the Winter we're having so far. We did have a major snow storm but in all honesty we haven't had that many super cold days. One more month and we should be in the clear, hopefully.

There is still time to get days where it can feel like Siberia outside while inside it's more like the Tropics! We do tend to overheat our living spaces in Winter but there are still days when you feel you can't get warm unless you wear a fleece footed Onesie to stay warm. I personally can't stand those. I find they are more suitable for babies and so I prefer vests and shawls*. Yes shawls like the ones our grand mothers used to crochet. Leggings help too. I do wear them... Under my jeans!


Argh!!!

These conditions can be brutal on our skin. There are days, especially the ones at -70 C (I know I might be exaggerating a little here but it can sure feel like it), when my skin looks like it's going to crack because it's so dry. Body skin is fine. I can go for days using only oil at the end of my shower to moisturize. It's the more exposed bits that are problematic. My face of course is a little dryer and maybe even a little sensitive but my hands, arms and feet are the bits that suffer most. Yes feet! I wear flip flops indoors 355 days a year. The remaining 10 days are the ones when I have to wear socks because it's too cold in the house. It can get to the point where my socks will "screech" when I put them on so forget about putting on a pair of Dim® extra sheer stockings they wouldn't get past my toes. You can read more about feet care here.

What's a girl to do to have soft comfortable skin in Winter? Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

*slaps head* Of course! Why didn't we think of that???

As you may have read in a recent entry, it's a good idea to start with a gentle cleanser. For me it's the same principle as on my face. If my face feels a little dryer than usual I will not be using a gel cleanser, I'll go for a more creamy option like a milk cleanser. Read more about gentle body cleansers here.


Body moisturizers I like...

Oils
One trick I've mentioned before is using an oil at the end of my shower. On wet skin, I apply it all over and then pat dry with a towel. This helps seal in moisture and leaves a silky feel. Doing this you may not even have to use a body moisturizer after, especially if you do this in the morning. I keep a big bottle of unscented baby oil in the shower but any oil of you choice will do. The other two I like using a lot as well are almond and coconut oil.

Avène Cold Creme
A favorite of mine. This body lotion gives deep moisture and sinks in fast without any greasy feel. I use it every night on arms, legs and feet. Review here.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps
This I haven't reviewed yet. I must admit that I didn't want to like it but as it turns out, I love it! The lotion not the jar which goes by the name of Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter. This from what I've read balls up on the skin. Not something I particularly like. Creme de Corps is thick and rich, penetrates well and leaves a nice sensation on skin. It is the most expensive on my list. If you want to try it Kiehl's sells a small size for $12.00 which can be refilled for travel.

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Butter
No fragrance, thick and yet penetrates quickly for deep moisture. Review here.

CeraVe
Although I don't find it as moisturizing as many do, it's still a good one to have. I find it has a cool soothing effect upon application. It can easily be boosted with a few drops of oil like argan, almond, olive or any you might like. Review here.

La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm AP
This is serious stuff. Super extra thick, you don't need much. I don't have this one but have received several samples of it last August (I think). I've used it in the morning on my legs and by evening I could still feel the balm on my skin so this would be great option for nigh time use. Also fragrance free.

Nivea Body Lotion (Navy blue bottle)
Also a favorite, I like it more for morning due to the fragrance. Super affordable it's also great to have when you want to get more mileage out of your more expensive lotions. Review here.

The Body Shop
Has several excellent options, great body lotions and extra comfy body butters. All you have to do is choose the fragrance you like. I have a weakness for Coco butter myself.

Yves Rocher
Here is a brand that I haven't visited in a very long time, ever since my daughter was a baby in fact. Recently I've been reading excellent reviews of some of their offerings, especially the Repair Lotion Extra Dry Skin with shea butter. What's great is that in these boutiques there are always specials and promotions so it can be worth a stop. I know I'll try to make one soon.


Finally...

These are of course just my own suggestions. There are so many favorites out there and if you have already found yours, keep using it. Still I know it's fun to try new stuff since it would seem that even with our favorites we can get bored.

*If like me you wear shawls, please take it off for cooking. I wouldn't want any of you to go up in flames!

Image from the Toronto Public Library website

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Notable Reads of the Week vol. 6

What I discovered this week...

This is in a way a "note to self" so I won't forget.

When something gets lost you have to go look for it yourself!

Now of course I've know that all along but this week I almost hit a wall. The hospital wall!

For the past few months my husband has been sick (we are more than hopeful for a good outcome) and right from the start I've had to to hit the pavement to get the care he needs, the doctors appointments. We had been left with a bunch of little green notes saying this clinic will get in touch, this doctor's office will call you to schedule an appointment... Yeah right! I've had to go myself to the different hospital clinics to get these needed appointments. Had we waited, I feel we would still be waiting. He is now getting the care he needs, the follow up he needs.

This week I was blown away by the fact that the hospital lost his medical file. What??? How can this be?

Wednesday I spent 3 hours at the hospital going from one department to the other in search of the elusive file. I got the run around, ended up in the basement. For a moment there I was afraid I would end up in front of the hospital morgue! I'm sure I went places most employees have never been to.

In the end, I went back to the department where I had started my quest, where I had last seen the file. Sat in front of a lady and nicely said "I am not leaving until I see and touch my husband's medical file, not until it is forwarded to the doctor who needs it to fill out super important papers!"

Low and behold, I don't know what kind of game they played behind my back but 30 minutes later, I had the file!!!

So, when you want something, really really want something, put on your nice imaginary kid gloves, the ones that go up to your elbow and go after it! Now don't forget, make sure they fit nicely on your hands so that people can imagine your pointy nails underneath!


What cought my attention this week...

Timeline of a Tan
By Women's Health, see why it's important to wear a good stable sunscreen or at least avoid the sun as much as possible.

A Close Look at My Small Collection of Highlighters
By The Unknown Beauty Blog. This one really made me smile. I counted 18 highlighters! Now that's what I call a collection! Like I commented, I used to like Blanc de Chanel but these days I'm more into bronzers.

MakeupMedic Cracked Compact Fix-It Kit
By Moxie Reviews. Great idea, it seems to be a great product.

Cult Beauty
By b-insider about products who enjoy a cult like following. Guerlain's Terracotta, Elizabeth Arden's Height Hour Cream have been favorites of mine for years and last year Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey joined the bunch. See the articles to learn more about the 10 staples listed.

New 12/01/2013
By the Notice, a list of what we can look forward to in makeup and skin care. Beautifully presented, I've mentioned Rae's beautiful blog in my Marcelle lipstick review. One of my favorites to visit, do have a look, you will not be disappointed.

Beauty Goals, Targets & Objectives: a Timeline
By Strawberry Blond. Looking good at any age, adjusting and experimenting is the key. Great article!

DIY Homemade Lip Scrub: Remedy for Dry Chapped Lips
By Pretty Gossip. I believe this blog will be a regular stop for me. Lots of nice DIY recipes. The lip scrub mentioned here is very simple to make if you don't like to use plain sugar and oil to exfoliate your lips.

6 Tips For Washing Your Hair
By Beautiful With Brains, pretty basic but do you really know how?


Non beauty related...

January is the loneliest month: Phone stopped ringing? Party invites dried up? Liz Jones knows how it feels - and wonders why today's friendships crumble so quickly
By Liz Jones. This article was tweeted by British Beauty Blog. It brought lots of reactions, just have a look at the number of comments and what they say.


The following was posted by a member on MakeupAlley's Pet Board.

TOP 10 DOG PEEVES ABOUT HUMANS..This one made me laugh +

1. Blaming your smells on me... not funny... not funny at all!
2. Yelling at me for barking ... I'M A FRIGGIN' DOG!
3. Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway?
4. Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose ... stop it!
5. Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you're not home.
6. The slight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! Whoooo Hoooooooo -- what a proud moment for the top of the food chain. YOU!
7. Taking me to the vet for the "big snip", then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back!
8. Getting upset when I sniff at your guests. Sorry, but I haven't quite mastered that handshake thing yet.
9. Dog sweaters. Hello? Haven't you noticed the fur?
10. How you act disgusted when I lick myself. Look, we both know the truth, you're just jealous.

Thank you L for posting these! They made me laugh too!


Finally...

We have been enjoying Spring like weather, Yay! Today was raining so much it probably would have translated into 30 cm had it been snow. I know it's too early but I am starting to dream about these...

Crocus flowers blooming through the melting snow
From 123rf

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Brand Availability Frustration!

I know that we are relatively lucky here to have access to so many outstanding brands. You would think with department stores, drugstores, Sephora, beauty salons and other beauty supply stores that we would be pretty much covered. In a way we are but we are still missing out on a lot of great brands and some of the ones we have access to aren't complete.

Give Your Feet Some Love!

For the longest time I've overlooked foot care in Winter. My feet where almost always covered so why bother? For the past several years I've been wearing flip flops in the house so I've had to make a few changes. Yes, in Winter! Unless it's a very cold day, I just can't stand wearing anything else This means that they are exposed and even if I don't always wear nail polish I don't want them to look neglected. There's also the fact that I don't like "hearing" them when I have to put on socks in the morning. To avoid this, here's what I do...


Friday, January 11, 2013

Herbacin Kamille Lip Balm / Review

Like me you've probably seen the hand cream from this brand but not the lip balm since I do believe this is new. I purchased it the other day out of curiosity.

The texture reminds of Caudalie's lip balm which is one of my favorites for daytime. It has a light vanilla scent upon application but this fades after a minute or so. Although I sometimes use Caudalie under my lipstick, this one I found a little too greasy to use in the same way. It does an honest job at moisturizing my lips, in fact I'm inclined to compare it to RoC's lip balm only Herbacin is much less expensive.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Jezebel / Review

As you will see, I've taken full advantage of this first Marcelle purchase. Sorry, I just couldn't resist...

Remember Colette Valois the French airline stewardess from the short lived ABC television series Pan Am? I was so disappointed when it was taken off the air but at the same time not surprised. If a show doesn't break records in it's first weeks, this network gives up. This was a smart program that didn't include murders and police chases so I guess this was part of it's downfall.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dry Winter Skin? Start With A Gentle Cleanser.

Winter can be brutal and we all know that moisturizing is the key to soft skin but sometimes it seems we have to constantly reapply to get the results we want. Have you thought about the cleanser you use in the shower? Believe me, in Winter, your watermelon shower gel or you're husband's Irish Spring just won't do. If you don't want your skin to feel like itchy sand paper you may want to start with a gentler body cleanser.


Here are a few suggestion you may want to consider. These options are gentle, non stripping and will definitely help make your moisturizer of choice more effective.


Body cleansers I like...

Dove Beauty Bar 
Review here.

Avène Cold Cream Ultra Rich Cleansing Bar 
More expensive than the Dove Beauty Bar this cleansing bar is amazingly rich and non stripping. Had it not been for the fact that I received one as a gift I probably would have overlooked it. Using this was the reason I gave Dove a try after so many years or using shower gels. As with Dove, if you don't have any particular skin issue, you can use it on your face as well. This is a great option for travel since it's in solid form. I think it sells for about $12.00.

Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash
Creamy, with or without fragrance and not drying. Very affordable and at under $10.00 it's worth a try.

The Body Shop Creamy Cleansers
They have several options my favorites, Cocoa butter and Coconut. I love the smell of both. A little trick if you purchase one, unscrew to top completely to get the product out. It's much easier than trying to press the cleanser out through the tiny hole in the cap. Review of Cocoa Butter cleanser and moisturizer here.

A-Derma Sensifluid Extra-Rich Foaming Gel
This is a beautiful skin care line for anyone with sensitive skin. Not well known but available in drugstores. I'm now wondering why I haven't reviewed this before. It's a lovely soap-free formula good for anyone intolerant to soap. It does have a light scent if fragrance is an issue.

These are the ones I've tried and liked the most but of course if you have a brand of choice, a product that you're already using with good results, keep using. I know they can be quite tempting but try to avoid over fragranced cleansers. I find them to be harsh in general. Once or twice a week is fine but for everyday they tend to be drying after a while for me anyway.

Picture credit: All Along the Injured Coast

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Finally, Le Rouge Givenchy!

All I can say is, beautiful!


I first heard about this new launch a little while back and was blown away by the tube, an object of beauty! I can only hope the formula will be as beautiful as the presentation.


Picture, Makeup4all
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