Saturday, January 24, 2015

L'Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection | Cleansing Milk, Cleansing Oil and Light Comforting Cream

L’Occitane just launched a new Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection with a few revamped favorites and two new products. I tried out a few products from the line, the Shea Butter Comfort Cleansing Milk, Shea Butter Cleansing Oil and the Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream. The products are perfect for this time of the year and quite gentle for dry/sensitive skin types.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection | Cleansing Milk, Cleansing Oil and Light Comforting Cream



Shea Butter Cleansing Milk ($22; usa.loccitane.com) - Its a rich cleansing milk with a soothing, comforting scent, similar to but less stronger than the hand cream. I need about 1-2 pumps for my face and neck. I just massage it in for a while and use a warm washcloth to get everything off. The formula is gentle enough to use on my skin, yet manages to take everything off without stripping. It even effortlessly took of waterproof eye makeup and left skin super soft!

L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Milk
L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Milk


Shea Butter Cleansing Oil ($22; usa.loccitane.com) - A lightweight silky cleansing oil that I use pretty much the same way as the Cleansing Milk. It melts away all my makeup and gunk and leaves skin very glowy and supple. I use a washcloth to remove the oil and then follow up with lots of cold water to finish. There is no greasy residue and it gets stubborn makeup off easily. The scent is quite strong though, but since I wash it off, I have no problem with that. Its one of the nicest cleansing oils I’ve used in a while! Both the Cleansing Oil and the Cleansing Milk feel luxurious and get the job done quickly.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil
L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil
L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Milk Review, Photos
L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Milk Ingredients


Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream ($28; usa.loccitane.com) - Its a lighter formula of L’Occitane’s best selling Shea Face Cream. The formula has 5% Shea Butter for a light feel and absorbs instantly. I love the scent, the texture is almost like a whipped cream, soft and airy. I’ve used this for day and night, alone and over serums and absolutely love it. I have pretty dry skin and this quenches without the need for reapplying for a good 7-8 hours. It is meant for normal to combination skin, but I can say that most people with dry skin will like it quite a lot, especially when used as a follow up to the Cleansing Milk and or the Cleansing Oil!

L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream
L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream
L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream Review, Photos
L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream Review, Photos


L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream Ingredients
L'Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection | Cleansing Milk, Cleansing Oil and Light Comforting Cream Review, Photos
Overall, I love all three of the products I’ve tried out from the Shea Butter Comforting Collection. I’ll absolutely repurchase them once I finish!

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Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos

The Spa Sonic Pro ($74.99; drugstore.com) is a skincare cleansing system that comes with 5 attachments to cleanse the face and body. It is a 2 speed system that is battery operated, waterproof and very ideal for use in the shower as well. The kit includes a Face and Body Polisher, a Facial Cleansing Brush, a Large Body Brush, a Pore Minimizing Brush, a Facial Buffer and a Pumice Stone.

Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos
Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos
Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos


I’ve never used too many cleansing tools as part of my skincare. I’ve always loved using the good old washcloth with a good cleanser and that has been my preferred way of cleansing. The Spa Sonic Pro is quite nice for no makeup days, or on days I want a little something extra for my face. Its not something I’d use daily, although you could, I don’t see why not, but I peter using it maybe 2-3 times a week or so.

Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos
Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos


The Large Body Brush is good with gentle body washes. It has the right amount of friction that is neither too strong nor too gentle. It feels nice, exfoliates quite well and doesn’t leave skin feeling too dry. The Pumice attachment isn’t the best for strong calluses, but good if you just want to just exfoliate. It won’t get rid of dry skin, but will help you get a good scrub.

Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos


As for the facial attachments, my favorite is the basic Facial Cleansing Brush. It is soft, cleanses well and isn’t very uncomfortable. I can’t compare it to the Clarisonic, since I haven’t used used one at all, but I found this to be nice for my sensitive skin. I would recommend using it with a really mild cleanser though and preferably on skin with minimal to no makeup. Its a skin cleansing device, so it works better to cleanse the skin, rather than to remove makeup. The Pore Minimizer Brush is great for the sides of the nose and chin. I found that it took care of the dry skin around my nose and left my t-zone quite polished. I din’t see much of an effect with my blackheads, but it is a good exfoliating attachment. The Facial Buffer/Sponge is one that gives your face a massage and helps applying lighter products and lotions to your face. I quite like my fingers for product application, so I might not use this that often for that purpose. It is super soft though, so great for a gentle massage to boost circulation.

Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos
Pore Minimizer Brush
Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos
Facial Sponge

Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos
Facial Cleansing Brush 
Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos
Spa Sonic Pro Skincare Cleansing System Review, Photos



Overall, the cleansing brushes are really nice, both the face and body. The Pore Minimizer is great for exfoliation, even on sensitive skin. I do wish the pumice was replaced by a stronger tool that would actually help with calluses. For the price point though, its a basic, good cleansing device for no makeup days or just to cleanse your pores before using a face mask or a face serum.  The Spa Sonic Pro also comes with a nice little pouch to store it in. Washing and cleaning the device is super easy as well.

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Milani Matte Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose and Coral Cove

Milani’s new launch this Spring, the Matte Rose Powder Blush comes in four shades. The rose pattern embossed blushes have no shimmer or glitter and come with great color payoff.


I have two of four shades here, Coral Cove, a super bright matte coral and Romantic Rose, a matte, dusty rose. Both colors are gorgeous, Romantic Rose, especially is a beautiful neutral toned color that is perfect for most medium/dark skin tones. The color payoff on these were great. I found the texture to be a bit powdery, with quite a bit of fallout. It is quite soft, but almost too soft that the pattern stars to crumble when I swirl my brush around. I found no issues with blendability and the color wasn’t patchy, even the very bright Coral Cove. I love matte blushes and Milani did a great job with the very flattering colors too. They are moderately long wearing, easy to go overboard because of the pigmentation, so be sure to use a less dense brush, using only the lightest touch.


Milani Matte Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose, Coral Cove
Milani Matte Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose, Coral Cove
Milani Matte Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose, Coral Cove

L-R : Milani Matte Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose, Coral Cove














What are your thoughts on the Milani Matte Rose Powder Blush?

*Press Sample

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Dior Vernis Lady #294 | Dior Kingdom Of Colors Spring 2015 Makeup Collection

Dior Vernis #294 Lady ($27; dior.com) is one of three gorgeous limited edition shades released as part of Dior’s Spring 2015 Kingdom Of Colors Collection. Lady is a sophisticated nude pink with a hint of mauve. 

Dior Vernis Lady #294 Dior Kingdom of Colors Spring 2015 Collection





The formula is fantastic, there’s no shimmer and the creme finish is absolutely easy to work with. While I do think the formula and brush are nice, Lady can be a tad more of a high maintenance shade. It requires a good base, no ridges on the nail surface and neat cuticles. Its a beautiful color with a good balance of pink and beige that would flatter most skin tones. Overall, a fabulous nude nail polish, very chic, opaque in two coats and a year round color that you just can’t go wrong with!

Dior Vernis Lady #294 Dior Kingdom of Colors Spring 2015 Collection
Dior Vernis Lady #294 
Dior Vernis Lady #294 Dior Kingdom of Colors Spring 2015 Collection Review, Photos & Swatches
Dior Vernis Lady #294 
Dior Vernis Lady #294 Dior Kingdom of Colors Spring 2015 Collection Review, Photos & Swatches
Dior Vernis Lady #294 
Dior Vernis Lady #294 Swatch


What are your thoughts on Dior’s Lady?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance ($48; us.burberry.com) is one of my favorite liquid/cream bases that I also use as a subtle highlighter. It is one of my must-have complexion/base products from Burberry that I would recommend if you like dewy, natural looking bases.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance



Fresh Glow, unlike other products from Burberry, is fragrance-free and comes in a convenient pump packaging in a classy looking typical Burberry bottle. Nude Radiance is a slightly cool toned base with super finely milled shimmer that is almost invisible on the skin. The shimmer can be seen under very bright lights though, but there’s absolutely no disco ball effect and it just  makes skin look more luminous and fresh. I love it by itself as a base or mixed in with foundations that look a bit flat. It adds a natural looking dewy glow that looks just like well hydrated skin. I also like it as a highlighter, but the end result is extremely subtle and barely there. As a primer, I don’t find it to extend the wear of my makeup, but if you have dry skin and want to add a little bit of a glow without the greasy, shimmery effect, Fresh Glow is absolutely one to look into!

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance Swatch
Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance Swatch
Wearing Fresh Glow mixed in with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation #6 and also as a highlight

Balenciaga Paris B.Balenciaga Eau de Parfum

B. Balenciaga ($25 - $145; sephora.com) is Balenciaga’s newest perfume launch, described as a green woody fragrance with notes of Lily of the Valley, Violet Leaf, Iris Root, Cedarwood, and Cashmeran Wood. To me, B. Balenciaga is a woody floral, very green and fresh, feminine, quite sophisticated with an unusual dry down.
Balenciaga Paris B.Balenciaga Eau de Parfum Review

B. Balenciaga opens up with fresh floral notes, a tad heady and a little too green and clean for my liking, a couple of which I can detect are the the lily and violet. I get quite a bit of the musk as it dries down, but the scent tends to get a bit synthetic smelling on me as it wears down. I think its quite a unique fragrance though, I liked it so much better on a strip of paper than on me. The dry down felt more creamy and less sharp than it did on the skin. The full size bottle is beautiful, very simple, but very nice and the fragrance is nice for fall through spring. Just be sure to try it on yourself( as opposed to one of those perfume tester strips) before splurging on a full size though.

*Press Sample

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Burberry Beauty Aqua Green Nail Polish No.418 | Burberry Beauty The Birds And The Bees Spring 2015 Makeup Collection

Burberry Aqua Green No.418 Nail Polish ($22; us.burberry.com), is one of five new nail polishes released as part of Burberry’s Spring 2015, The Birds and the Bees Makeup Collection. Aqua Green is a gorgeous mid tone green with a bit of blue mixed in that makes for a beautiful spring/summer shade.



I had expected the color to lean a little more Turquoise, at least from the promo images, but it sure is more green, less blue, but a flattering green on me. Its not too bright or very pastel-y so the color would work against most skin tones. I found the formula to be great, super easy to work with and fast drying. The brush was as usual tricky, picking up too much polish, I still prefer Dior’s curved brushes for that perfect application especially near the cuticles, but the formula here was quite forgiving, so the polish applied really well. Aqua Green was one color that I most wanted from the Spring collection and I wasn’t too disappointed. I might check out Hydrangea Pink (the pale pink) after seeing more swatches, although I have a feeling it might be similar to Rose Pink from last spring. While I don’t wear greens and blues very often, Aqua Green is a beautiful color to switch up once in a while, especially for Spring and Summer. It also makes for a beautiful pedicure shade.

Burberry Beauty Aqua Green Nail Polish No.418
Burberry Beauty Nail Polish in Aqua Green No.418 Review, Photos & Swatches
Burberry Beauty Aqua Green Nail Polish No.418
Burberry Beauty Nail Polish in Aqua Green No.418 Ingredients
Burberry Beauty Aqua Green Nail Polish No.418 Ingredients

What are your thoughts on Burberry’s Aqua Green Nail Polish?