Friday, May 26, 2017

Brand New Beauty Under $50

Some brand new beauty finds under $50 for skin, body and haircare.

New Beauty Finds Under $50


Living Proof Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler ($24; sephora.com) , as the name suggests, is to be applied in the shower, after shampoo & conditioner and lightly rinsed to create a nice air-dried style. Its easy to use and isn’t much of a hassle in the shower. It also is quite lightweight. Its quite an innovative product and does the job well, but my fine and frizzy hair needed a little something extra, like a light serum/oil afterwards especially for those tiny flyways. I’d still use this when I want to air dry since it adds a lot of softness to my hair. It also is silicone free.
  
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler

The Age Prevention Superfood Mask ($44; sephora.com) is a new cream mask from Youth To The People. Its great for all skin types and is gentle, moisturizing and very calming. I use it about a couple of times a week, leave on for 15 mins or so and wash off. It doesn’t dry completely like clay masks, but it does manage to cleanse, mildly exfoliate and leaves skin feeling soft and balanced. Its a good one to use if your skin is feeling particularly dull, dry and in need of a gentle cleanse with a moisture boost.

Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Mask
Youth To The People Age Prevention Superfood Mask


beautyblender summer.fling ($49;sephora.com) is a great value that comes with three full size beauty blenders in fabulous summery colors. I like to use these for concealers, thicker foundations and sometimes cream blush - anywhere I only need sheer application. summer.fling is a nice value if you use your beautyblender often and can’t just have one.

beautyblender summer.fling
beautyblender summer.fling
beautyblender summer.fling




Pangea Organics Body Lotions ($26; pangeaorganics.com) are a new launch from the brand and they come in three beautiful scents. These are quite thick for body lotions and do take a while to sink in, but they keep skin hydrated really well without any stickiness or greasiness. The scents are very fresh and uplifting, Indian Lemongrass with Rosemary being a great, fresh scent for summer.
Pangea Organics Body Lotions


The Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash In Collaboration with McQueens ($48; dermstore.com) and the Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Energizing Hand Wash ($23; renskincare.com; available June 2017) two new launches from REN Skincare. The Moroccan Rose Otto McQueens Edition is a fabulous value that comes packaged beautifully and the body wash itself is a relaxing shower treat. Its foaming, yet non stripping and smells fantastic. The Atlantic Kelp & Magnesium Energizing Hand Wash is a gentle hand wash with a nice earthy scent. A little goes a really long way with this one and it cleanses without leaving my hands feeling dry or screaming for lotion afterwards.

REN Rose Otto Body Wash McQueens, Atlantic Kelp And Magnesium Energising Hand Wash

The 24k Gold & Manuka Honey Body ($39.99; manukadoctor.comand Hand Oil ($29.99; manukadoctor.com) are two luxurious oils from Manuka Doctor. Both these are lightweight oils with a teeny bit of shimmer in them. They are very moisturizing and add a nice sheen without being over the top. While I wouldn’t call them dry oils, they definitely don’t feel sticky or greasy after they sink in. The packaging is really nice too.

Manuka Doctor 24k Gold & Manuka Honey Body and Hand Oil



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Monday, May 22, 2017

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa



The Ombre Premiere Longwear Powder ($30; chanel.com) and Cream Eyeshadows ($36; chanel.com) are both new from Chanel. They are longwear, creamy shadows in powder and cream textures. Talpa is a powder, a very gorgeous grey taupe with a subtle metallic finish. It reminds of MAC’s Satin Taupe, only lighter and more greyed. Pourpre Profond is a reddish brown with lots of fine shimmer in a creamy base. I found Talpa’s formula to be a tad more pigmented than Pourpre Profond. Talpa also had a little bit of fall out when compared to Pourpre Profond, which is a true cream, but dries to a powdery, yet satin finish. The sparkle/shimmer doesn't really show up, but the finish has a nice sheen to it. While I cannot say these are the most pigmented eyeshadows I’ve tried, the pigmentation is good enough to show up true to how it looks in the pan. Pourpre Profond did sheer out quite a bit after blending, but it was also easy to layer on. I expected the texture of the creams to be similar to the Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Colors, but it felt a little more stiff, yet easy to work with. Both these shadows come along with small applicators and I prefer the one that comes with the cream formula since it is an actual flat shader brush that can be used in a pinch to apply color. The new packaging with the gold Chanel logo is really nice and I much prefer this over the old one. Overall, nice shadows, very soft textures with little fallout from the powder, but I’d personally check out the shades at a counter before buying more.

Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Chanel Ombre Premiere Longwear Cream and Powder Eyeshadows in Pourpre Profond and Talpa
Wearing the Chanel Ombre Premiere Cream Eyeshadow in Pourpre Profond







Friday, May 19, 2017

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure Eau de Toilette


Issey Miyake L’Eau d’ Issey Pure Eau de Toilette


L’Eau d’ Issey Pure Eau de Toilette ($100 for 3.4oz; Macys.com) is Issey Miyake’s newest scent, an EDT version of the very floral aquatic L’Eau d’Issey Pure Eau de Parfum. This floral aquatic composition is brightened by citrus notes that give it a crisp, fresh, zesty feel, perfectly suited for the warmer months ahead. The notes include Sea Notes, Neroli, Mandarin, Jasmine, Lily, Damask Rose, Cashmere Wood and Ambergris to name a few. Its a lighter, softer floral than the EDP, much less heady at the opening, yet very fresh and zesty from the Mandarin. I get a lot of the Lily throughout - from opening to dry down with a touch of muskiness mixed in with the citruses. I could also detect a hint of earthiness to the scent, very subtle, but definitely comes through once the perfume settles onto the skin. Its a very feminine, pure and crisp scent that I’d wear anytime of the year and perfect for the Spring and Summer. While this does feel a little more grown up than the EDP, it also is something that would appeal to a lot of the younger audience, because of the overall very feminine, fresh floral feel it has. 

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’ Issey Pure Eau de Toilette
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’ Issey Pure Eau de Toilette



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