Friday, November 21, 2014

Laura Mercier La Petite Pâtisserie Soufflè Body Crème Collection | Laura Mercier Holiday 2014 Limited Edition


Laura Mercier’s La Petite Pâtisserie Soufflè Body Crème Collection ($59; lauramercier.com) is new for the holidays and comes with six of Laura Mercier's deliciously scened Soufflé Body Creams in mini sizes. Its a gorgeous gift for someone who loves luxurious bath and body products.

Laura Mercier 'La Petite Patisserie' Soufflé Body Crème Collection
Laura Mercier 'La Petite Patisserie' Soufflé Body Crème Collection




I absolutely love each and every scent in here. They are the perfect consistency for a slightly thicker body cream, feel smooth, absorb easily and the scent lingers around for hours. Ambre Vanille is one of my favorite scents from the Laura Mercier bath and body line and the body butter version of it is just the most sweet, cozy and creamiest scent for fall and winter. Fresh Fig is another favorite too, its more of a softer, sweeter scent, Creme de Pistache and Creme Brûlée are true to how they should smell like, utterly delicious.  Tarte au Citron is very fresh, not too tart, but much softer and sweeter than most lemon fragrances I’ve tried, while Almond Coconut Milk is warm and nutty. All of them come packaged in small-ish plastic jars which are perfect to travel with. They also layer fabulously under the respective EDT’s and last all day. I find the formula to be moisturizing for Soufflé Creams, but may need to be reapplied towards the end of the day if you have uber dry skin in the winter. Overall, its a super luxurious, amazing pick for the holidays from Laura Mercier, perfect for anyone who loves deliciously scented body care. The soufflés truly have a soft, whipped texture and don’t feel one bit dry or greasy, so its great to be used year round.

 
Laura Mercier 'La Petite Patisserie' Soufflé Body Creme review, Photos
Laura Mercier’s La Petite Pâtisserie Soufflè Body Crème Collection



Have you tried any of the Laura Mercier bath, body and fragrances? What are your favorites?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kérastase Carré Lissant | Limited Edition Anti-Frizz Hair Touch Up Sheets

Carré Lissant by Kerastase ($28; Available at Kérastase Consultant Salons), is a new, Limited-Edition, purse friendly hair product that helps combat frizz, add shine and eliminate static flyways. Its a really nice concept, very quick and easy to use that comes as a pack of 50 hair touch up sheets packaged beautifully to fit into a small handbag.


Kerastase carre lissant limited editon review, photos








The sheets, quite like dryer sheets, but thinner, are to be smoothed onto dry hair anytime there’s a lot of frizz and static going on. I have medium-fine hair that can get frizzy super easily even with a good amount of product and styling, so these are a great way to touch up without much effort or need for heat styling. The sheet sort of finely coats the hair surface lending it a satin matte sheen and takes care of most of the frizziness. There’s a very light, lavender oil scent that isn’t bothersome and most importantly doesn’t linger on. Unlike many styling gels/serums and creams, this one leaves no greasy residue or film that needs to be washed off, but it does a great job of keeping hair tamed and well behaved with a bit of added shine and bounce. If you find manageability to be an issue and if styling products wear off mid day, try Carré Lissant, its easy to use and can be tossed into your bag and needs absolutely no washing or styling. I can’t speak for extremely thicker hair types, as mine isn’t, but if you have medium/fine hair, one sheet definitely takes care of flyways on dry hair. I wouldn’t recommend more than a sheet though, since it can weight hair down a bit and make it look sort of limp, but if used the right way and kept away from the roots, it absolutely does what it says.

Kerastase carre lissant limited editon review, photos
Kerastase carre lissant limited editon
Kerastase carre lissant limited editon anti frizz hair touch up sheets
Kerastase carre lissant Ingredients
Kerastase carre lissant review, photos


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Vincent Longo Meta Gloss Lip Gloss in Rialto

Vincent Longo’s Metagloss Lip Gloss ($24; shop.nordstrom.com) is a new line of high shimmer and shine gloss that the brand recently launched. Metagloss comes in three shades and I have a gorgeous, sparkling nude copper, Rialto, swatched here.

Vincent Longo Metagloss Lip Gloss in Rialto Review, Photos & Swatches


Rialto is quite shimmery, a tad metallic too and borders on being semi-opaque. The color is very rich, beautiful on its own and great to layer on top of creme lipsticks. The shimmer doesn’t feel chunky and there’s enough color in the gloss to make it look not just like a layer of glitter on the lips. Rialto is a nude copper with hints of pink and a slight duo chrome quality that is a wash of a nude and shimmer on my lips. The gloss feels smooth, goes on evenly and doesn’t feel sticky or heavy for something with a slightly thicker consistency. Like all glosses though, this one too starts to wear off in about 2-3 hours, leaving behind some shimmer, which definitely needs to be touched up. It does’t dry lips out or provide any extra dose of moisture and is a really nice one to try if shimmery glosses are something you like. I also like that it doesn’t have any sort of scent/flavor which is a huge plus. 

Vincent Longo Metagloss Lip Gloss in Rialto Review, Photos & Swatches
Vincent Longo Metagloss Lip Gloss in Rialto Swatch



Have you tried any of the Vincent Longo Metagloss Lip Glosses?

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Narciso Rodriguez Limited Edition ‘For Her’ Atomizer | Narciso Rodriguez Holiday 2014 Limited Edition

This Holiday Season, Narciso Rodriguez For Her comes in a gorgeous limited edition bottle in a new design, with an atomizer bulb. Both the Eau de Parfum and the Eau de Toilette come in these limited edition atomizers!


I absolutely love the packaging - the bottles in black and pink are gorgeous as it is, but look a lot more fancy now. The Eau de Toilette has notes of musk, a delicate mix of floral osmanthus notes, soft amber and patchouli, while the EDP is a mix of Musk, Rose, Peach Pulp and Soft Amber. I found the EDP to be surprisingly a tad more softer and less stronger than the EDT. The EDP is a lot more floral, feminine, sophisticated and creamy. The EDT is a little more of a clean scent, a bit more fresher, stronger and a bit heavy on the patchouli. Both fragrances are musk heavy and definitely more of grown up scents, but in a sophisticated way. The atomizer spritzes them both only as a sheer veil which makes them both much lighter than they actually are, but the wear time was still good. I also think these are definitely fall/winter fragrances and the EDP especially is a must have if sheer musks blended with soft florals are something you prefer to wear in the colder months. If you like something a bit more stronger, cleaner, the EDT is one to look into. Not to mention the fabulous, limited edition bottles that would look pretty as part of any perfume collection!

Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum with Atomizer Limited Edition
Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum with Atomizer
Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Parfum with Atomizer
Narciso Rodriguez Limited Edition ‘For Her’ Atomizer Eau de Parfum


                               Narciso Rodriguez Limited Edition ‘For Her’ Atomizer Eau de Toilette


Price : Narciso Rodriguez ‘for her’ Eau de Toilette with Atomizer retails for $96.00 USD and the Eau de Parfum retails for $112.00 USD for 2.5 oz bottles.


Available at Fine retail stores nationwide including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom


Have you tried Narciso Rodriguez For Her?


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Friday, November 14, 2014

L'Occitane The Secret To Beautiful Hands Kit | L'Occitane Holiday Gifting 2014 Limited Edition

L’occitane’s The Secret To Beautiful Hands ($60; usa.loccitane.com) holiday kit which is limited edition, features some of the brand’s beast selling Shea Butter infused hand care.

L'Occitane The Secret To Beautiful hands Holiday 2013 limited edition gift set



The kit contains full sizes of the Shea Butter Hand Cream (with 20% Shea Butter), the Shea One Minute Hand Scrub (15% Shea Oil) and the Shea Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil. The L’Occitane Website also lists a Magic Key Press Tub as part of the kit, but mine din’t come with one, so I'm not sure if its a typo. Everything comes packaged in a gorgeous, reusable gift box. Except for the Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Oil, I’ve tried everything else before. The hand scrub (full review here), which is a two phase scrub, when combined with the super moisturizing hand cream keeps hands looking extremely well maintained and neat. The Cuticle Oil with 30% Shea Oil, is nice as well, it does take a bit of time to absorb, but once it does, it seals in the moisture. I would have preferred it to be a tad more balmy since it needs to be reapplied in a few hours. Applying hand cream on top sorts that out though. Overall, its an amazing kit and a beautiful gift for anyone who loves hand care and a little bit of pampering at home!

L'Occitane The Secret To Beautiful hands Shea Butter Hand Cream
L'Occitane The Secret To Beautiful hands Shea Hand & Cuticle Nourishing Oil
L'Occitane The Secret To Beautiful hands 15% Shea Oil One Minute Hand Scrub
L'Occitane The Secret To Beautiful hands 15% Shea Oil One Minute Hand Scrub, Shea Cuticle Oil, Shea Hand Cream Review, Photos



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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sheer Plum Lipsticks | Top 3 Most Loved

I’m all about sheer, easy to wear lipsticks and anything with mauve or plum undertones are among the more flattering colors on my pigmented lips. These are my Top 3 sheer plummy lipsticks I’ve reached out to again and again - they are all quite similar, color and undertone wise, but I absolutely love them all.

Top 3 sheer plum lipsticks mac capricious, chanel confident rouge coco shine, nars damage lipstick


Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Confident ($35; chanel.com), one of four lipsticks that was released as part of the fall collection. Confident is a true sheer that requires quite a few swipes to show up, but its the perfect swipe and go kinda color - very glossy and balmy.

NARS Damage ($26; sephora.com), another lipstick I’ve had and loved for about a year now. I’ve worn Damage a lot and absolutely love the mix of plum and pink in there. Its a gorgeous color for most medium/dark skin tones!


MAC Lustre Lipstick in Capricious ($16; maccosmetics.com), another very beautiful, sheer plum rose, probably the most pigmented of the three. MAC has a color for every skin tone and while not the most unique color out there, it still is one that I would absolutely recommend for a lovely wash of color with a hint of shine from the very fine shimmer in there.

Top 3 sheer plum lipsticks mac capricious, chanel confident rouge coco shine, nars damage lipstick swatches

What are your favorite sheer plum lipsticks?

L'Oréal Paris Sparkling Soirée Nail Collection

L’Oreal’s new holiday collection features a few nail polishes, part of a limited edition collection called Sparkling Soiree Nail Collection. There are six nail polishes, four cremes and four glitters to layer on top and I have four of eight polishes swatched here.

L'Oreal Holiday Soiree Nail Polish Collection


Almost Midnight, the only creme I tried, is a gorgeous blackened plum creme with an amazing formula and consistency - opaque in two thin coats and super fast to dry. Its a beautiful color for fall and winter. The glitters are good to layer on and they pack quite a bit of chunky glitter in just one coat. I found them a bit glitzy for my liking though, since I prefer cremes and subtle shimmers over full on glitter, but if glitter polishes are your thing, these are worth looking into. Almost Midnight on the other hand is something I’d get a lot of use out of! The glitters are,  24 Carat (gold flakes), Pink Party Dress (chunky red and pink) and Snow Globe (multi colored glitters suspended in a fine shimmery silver base).

L'Oreal Holiday Soiree Nail Polish Collection
L'Oreal Holiday Soiree Nail Polish Collection 24 Carat, Almost Midnight, Snow Globe, Pink Party Dress
L'Oreal Holiday Soiree Nail Polish Collection 24 Carat, Almost Midnight, Snow Globe, Pink Party Dress Swatches
L'Oreal Holiday Soiree Nail Polish Collection 24 Carat, Almost Midnight, Snow Globe, Pink Party Dress Review, Photos & Swatches


Price: $5.99 each. Available at select retailers nationwide until supplies last.


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