Sunday, September 28, 2014

L'Occitane Bonne Mere Shower Gels | Honey, Rosemary & Peach

The Bonne Mere Shower Gels ($14; loccitaneusa.com) are among many fabulous bodycare launches that were released as part of L'occitane's fall lineup, earlier this month. The shower gels come in five scents of Olive, Peach, Rosemary, Lemon and Honey!




I tried out Honey (au Miel), Rosemary (au Romarin) and Peach (a la Peche), all of which I absolutely love. The shower gels smell very real, light and true to the description. Honey is a warm, sweet scent, which I found to be the strongest of the three, Rosemary is crisp and earthy, while Peach is juicy and fresh. The packaging is quite practical and the shower gels stack one on top of the other. They are sulfate-based cleansers and do the job effectively without leaving a slippery residue behind. While the scents don't linger around for the longest, I find them perfect for a shower gel and non intrusive with my perfume. Overall, they are really lovely, very gentle on the skin and the scents are something you just can't go wrong with!





Have you checked out L'Occitane's Bonne Mere Shower Gels yet?

*Press Samples

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Kerastase Discipline Haircare Collection

The Discipline collection by Kerastase, is a new haircare range that targets frizziness, adding a lot of movement and smoothness back to hair. The line features two shampoos, one sulfate based and the other sulfate-free, which is great for colored hair too, a lightweight conditioner, a rich textured hair mask and an anti-frizz protection spray. The folks at Kerastase sent me the range to try out, which I've been using for the past month or so, so here are my quick thoughts. *Press Samples



Bain Fluidealiste & Bain Fluidealiste Sulfate-Free ($39 each; kerastase-usa.com) - Two concentrated, moisturizing shampoos targeted at normal to thick hair that controls frizz and leaves hair super manageable. Both shampoos have a beautiful rich texture that cleanses and washes off easily. The sulfate-free version is a tad more moisturizing and doesn't even need a conditioner to follow up with, in my opinion. The sulfate-based option is nice too, but leaves hair just a tad tangled, so I would recommend a conditioner afterwards. My hair falls between the fine and normal category, and can get crazy frizzy with humidity and I like them both, but when I don't want to go through the extra step of conditioning, I would reach for the sulfate-free version. Both shampoos don't leave much of a residue overtime, but I would still recommend a good clarifying shampoo once a week.



Bain Fluidealiste Sulfate-Free Ingredients


Fondant Fluidealiste ($42; kerastase-usa.com) is a lightweight conditioner that is a great follow up to the Shampoo.It doesn't have much of a slip initially, but manages to leave hair feeling soft and silky. Going by how moisturizing the shampoos themselves are, the conditioner can be skipped most times, but if your hair is super thick and easily tangles, its a good one to try.




Maskeratine ($62.50; kerastase-usa.com), is a rich creamy mask, a very concentrated one that is amazing at keeping hair feeling super soft, bouncy and gorgeously shiny. A little goes a long way with this one - its got a lot of slip, manages to leave hair feeling smooth within seconds and washes off residue-free.




Spray Fluidissime ($42; kerastase-usa.com) is a primer and anti-frizz protection spray that is to be used as the final step, before blow-drying or air-drying. Its quite a watery, light textured spray that controls frizz to an extent. It doesn't weigh hair down, but I prefer using it in conjunction with a blow dryer for a smooth finish. If you have very thick hair though, you might end up using more than usual.



All products in the Discipline line smell incredible, yet strong. Its sort of a heady floral scent that reminds me of Cartier's Baiser Vole Fragrance. Its a nice range for frizz control, no matter what your hair type is. My hair isn't too thick, yet the products work for me without weighing down my hair too much. My favorites from the range are the Sulfate-free shampoo, Mask and the Spray Fluidssime. The packaging, just like everything else from Kerastase is beautiful as well!

Have you tried anything from the Kerastase Discipline Haircare range? 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Gel Body Scrub

Laura Mercier's Verbena Infusion range recently added a couple of new products, the Gel Body Scrub ($40; lauramercier.com) being one of the most luxurious products that layers well with the Eau de Toilette. Verbena Infusion is a zesty mix of Verbena, Spearmint, Amber and Plum, a very summery scent, but perfect for a lazy morning just about any time of the year.





The gel body scrub has a unique texture, almost quite a thick gel base in which the scrubby particles are blended into. It feels amazing against the skin - there is the right amount of grittiness, not too scratchy, yet exfoliates and softens quite well and there's a slight cooling sensation after washing off. I just buff some onto damp skin, leave it on for a few seconds and wash it off. It is quite easy to wash off, there's no film or greasy residue left behind, but it doesn't feel super drying either. A light lotion afterwards should keep skin feeling soft, longer. The scent although quite strong, is really amazing, very refreshing and lingers on for a few hours. Overall, a tad on the pricier side, but quite a luxurious body scrub that would make for a great once a week treat. The Verbena Infusion range also has a gel body cream, dry oil and an EDT!




What are your thoughts on the Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion bath & body care?

*Press Sample