Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kérastase Densifique Haircare Collection

Kerastase's new launch, the Densifique haircare collection features three new products, and one salon exclusive treatment, that help transform limp, lifeless locks by adding moisture and natural volume.  I've been trying out the collection for a while now and here are my thoughts on the Shampoo, Masque and the Mousse! *Press Samples

Densifique Bain Densité,($39; is a rich, creamy shampoo formulated with Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid, that cleanses without stripping. Its a sulfate-based cleanser and a very concentrated one, so you need just a little bit every time. It lathers really well and washes off easily without any sort of a residue behind, so I absolutely love it. The Shampoo is my favorite from the collection. This alone leaves my hair soft, detangled and less frizzy than normal.

Masque Densité  ($62.50; is a gel-cream mask with a beautiful texture that combines Gluco-Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid to leave hair moisturized and super smooth. Its quite a rich mask that has a bit of slip to the texture and leaves hair super smooth. I use it about once or twice a week, as I feel like it can be a little too much when used everyday, especially since the Shampoo itself is quite rich. The masque is pricey, but a little bit does a very long way, so the small-ish jar should last a while. Kerastase recommends massaging it from roots to ends, but I only use it on the lower half of my hair and avoid the roots as my hair gets a bit too greasy pretty soon.

Densimorphose  Mousse ($42; is a root-lifting, volume enhancing mousse that helps pump up volume instantly without the heavy feel. I don't use too many mousse-like products for my hair on a regular basis, I do prefer lightweight serums, but this one is quite light and easy to work with. I needed less than half a squirt and it gave me a subtle root lift and good volume without any crunchiness or frizziness.

Overall, while I haven't seen any new hair growth as claimed, I do love the line for the way it adds a natural looking shine and bounce to my hair. It adds volume by keeping the frizziness out and leaves hair easy to manage even without much styling. My favorite product is the Shampoo - if you have moderately fine hair, the shampoo alone will take care of adding volume, moisturizing and leaving hair generally very manageable. Its nice to have a clarifying shampoo handy since the richer texture of these products can lead to a bit of build up overtime. The Densifique range is pretty strongly scented, but I do like the scent so it doesn't bother me much. If you don't like too much fragrance in your haircare, that's one to make note of. That apart, its a luxurious range to try, especially if you are looking to add a bit of bounce and natural shine to your hair. The shampoo especially is great if you do a lot of heat styling on a regular basis.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

L'Occitane Roses et Reines

L'Occitane's Roses et Reines is a new collection that features fragrance, bath and body products in the most amazing, feminine and comforting scent of roses. I love rose based scents just about any time of the year. I could wear them anywhere, anytime and is also one of my top choices for a transitional scent while moving from summer to fall.  *Press Samples

Two fabulous products I tried from the collection are the Eau De Toilette ($50; and the Hand and Nail Cream ($12 for travel size; The EDT blends notes from four variety of roses (from Bulgaria, Turkey, Grasse and Morocco) along with bergamot, blackcurrant, white cedar and citrus. The opening is beautifully floral with just a touch of citrus. It all dries down to a powdery, soft rose scent with hints of musk that lingers around for hours together. Roses et Reines is a very feminine scent that is both elegant and fresh. If you are into florals, or like me, love anything roses, its well worth checking out. The scent is also quite similar to Rose des Champs, also by L'Occitane that was a limited edition release a couple of years ago.

The Hand and Nail Cream that comes in a full and travel size is a light, quick absorbing cream that is great for the daytime. Its not as rich as L'Occitane's classic Shea Butter cream, but manages to moisturize hands and cuticles without leaving a greasy film behind, so its better suited for when the weather isn't too dry. The scent is quite strong though, but its a scent I love so that doesn't bother me. Overall, I can't rave enough about Roses et Reines and want to check out the Shower Gel once the collection launches in store tomorrow (July 30th)!

What are your thoughts on Roses et Reines by L'Occitane?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Nubile

Tom Ford's Lip Color in Shine in Nubile ($50;, is a sheer, rosy brown, a fabulous nude that I love to pair with a stronger/smokey eye. The Lip Shine range features sheer, balmy, moderately pigmented lipsticks with a slight glossy finish, which seemed like something I'd reach out to a lot more than a fully pigmented lipstick.

Nubile looks and swatches like a gorgeous rosy brown, but goes on much lighter on my pigmented lips. The texture is smooth, creamy and feels comfortable & hydrating on the lips. It can melt a bit in the summer though, so I wouldn't leave it any place warm. The packaging is beautifully classy and very sleek. Compared to some other sheer-ish lipsticks formulas, like the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines and the YSL Rouge Volupte Shines or the YSL Sheer Candy Balms, this one feels a little more heavy and slick. Its also a little more glossy compared to the Burberry Lip Mists, but on the lips, YSL's versions look equally glossy. Nubile does have a little bit of very finely scattered shimmer, but nothing gritty and most importantly, nothing is left behind once the color fades.

Like most sheer lipsticks, I get about 2-3 hours of wear time and my lips don't feel dry after. As to whether it is worth the $50, depends on how much use you'd get out of the color. As for me, I would rather wear a nude or a sheer pink much more than I would wear a Red, so Nubile is something I would get a lot of use out of. The color borders on washing me out just a tad, so I much prefer pairing it with a smokey eye or at least with quite a bit of kohl smudged along the lash and waterline. The Lip Shines also have a slight vanilla scent which I quite like. Color wise, Nubile is a tad similar to YSL's Rouge Volupte Shine in Nude in Private when swatched, but they look very different on my lips - YSL's is a little more wearable on me. Formula wise though, I prefer Tom Ford's version a little more.

What do you think of Tom Ford's Lip Color Shine in Nubile?