Tom Ford Clutch-Size Lip Balm ($36; sephora.com) is new, limited edition and part of the Summer Soleil’17 Collection. Its almost the size of TF’s Lips and Boys lipstick and a sheer, glossy balm for summer. I love the packaging and the sheerness of it. Cruising is a cool toned pink, very subtle color on my pigmented lips, but quite a nice color compared to how it looks on the tube. Its a wearable hot pink that goes on smooth and glossy. The texture is lovely, very balmy and not waxy or heavy. Like most sheer lipsticks, I get about a couple of hours of wear from this one after which most of the color and gloss is gone with a faint hint of pink left behind. While not the most moisturizing balm out there, it does feel nice and comfortable. If you are looking for a fancy lip balm, with great packaging and love sheer lip colors, this one is for you. Overall, not a must have, but nice to have.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Some brand new beauty finds under $50 for skin, body and haircare.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 24k Gold & Manuka Honey Body ($39.99; manukadoctor.com) and 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.
Monday, May 22, 2017
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.
|Wearing the Chanel Ombre Premiere Cream Eyeshadow in Pourpre Profond|