Friday, May 29, 2015

L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Essence and Perfecting Mist

L’Occitane’s Peony line has reintroduced some new skincare that aims at perfecting and hydrating uneven skin tone and comes in gorgeous packaging.

L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Essence and Perfecting Mist


The Peony Perfecting Essence ($48; usa.loccitane.com) is a serum/primer in one that can be worn alone, under moisturizer or as a makeup primer with skin benefits. I absolutely love it as a primer, since it makes skin super soft, velvety smooth and quite matte. The scent is fabulous and I only need a couple of pumps for my face and neck. It sinks in instantly and leaves a soft finish with a little bit of a glow. I do find that my skin looks fresher and my pores look smaller after application and makeup goes on easier!

L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Essence and Perfecting Mist


The Peony Perfecting Mist ($24; usa.loccitane.com) is mid-day skin refresher that feels light and perks up tired skin. It is lightly scented and I’ve been using it quite a lot and not even 1/4th of my way through the bottle yet. I pop it into the fridge for extra zing and it feels amazing! I haven’t tried it as a mist to fix makeup, but it does not rub makeup off when used over it and when used on bare skin, instantly refreshes and hydrates.

L'Occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Essence and Perfecting Mist


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Distillery General Sea Salt by Royal Apothic

Distillery General by Royal Apothic is a line fearing artisanal fragrances made in small batches, by hand capturing often forgotten unusual scents, available at Anthropologie. Their newest addition is the Distillery General Sea Salt ($25; anthropologie.com; royalapothic.com), featuring notes of Italian Bergamot, Ocean Salt, Peach, Melon, Mandarin, Freesia, Tea Roses & Waterlilies in a white Musk and Amber base.

Distillery General Sea Salt by Royal Apothic



The fragrance is quite unique, has decent longevity and is very fresh. It is a floral aquatic that opens up with a burst of green and fresh notes, with a little bit of tartness mixed in. The fragrance is quite strong initially but wears down in a few minutes. I don’t get too much of the musk or amber, its mostly the floral notes, the ocean salt and lilies that stand out to me. On a very warm day, the fragrance can turn slightly more tart and unusual though. The packaging is really nice and the fragrance is a nice pick for a slightly warm spring/summer day!

Distillery General Sea Salt by Royal Apothic
Distillery General Sea Salt by Royal Apothic


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Colors in GR125 and BR727

Shiseido has launched four new Shimmering Cream Eye Colors ($25; sephora.com), as part of their Spring/Summer’15 lineup, two of which I have here. These cream shadows are smooth, easy to apply with fingers or a flat brush and blend beautifully. 

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in GR125 and BR727 Review, Photos, Swatches
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in GR125 and BR727 Review, Photos, Swatches
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in GR125 and BR727 Review, Photos, Swatches


BR 727 is a stunning complex grey taupe with the slightest hint of green. The color is sheer in one swipe, but can be built up to a nice intensity. GR 125 is a shimmery olive with a touch of grey and looks best as a sheer wash on the lid. Both colors are gorgeous and wear better over a primer, but they also make for nice bases underneath powder shadows. I love Shiseido’s sleek packaging and both these colors are very beautiful on their own,  look fabulous just paired with some liner and mascara for a quick and easy look! If you have very oily lids, just be sure to use them over a good primer for crease-free wear and minimal fading.

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in GR125 and BR727 Review, Photos, Swatches
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in GR125 and BR727
Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in GR125 and BR727 Swatches



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