Thursday, March 26, 2015

DIOR Rouge Dior Brilliant in Victoire 808

Dior’s new Rouge Dior Brilliant Lipshine & Care ($35; is a new launch that comes in 14 very wearable shades that wear like a lip balm-gloss with the nourishing properties of a lip oil. Rouge Brilliant is a slightly thicker gloss, not as dense as the Fluid Sticks, but not as light and smooth as the Addict Glosses. 

DIOR Rouge Dior Brilliant in Victoire 808 Review, Photos & Swatches

I picked up Victoire, a bright peachy orange with a hint of shimmer. Victoire looks super bright in the tube, but sheers out to a warm peachy orange on my lips. The texture is moderately sticky and not too heavy. It is a good summer gloss that has enough pigment to be worn alone and looks fabulous layered over corals, nudes and peaches. There’s a light floral scent that doesn’t bother me much and like any other gloss, the lasting power is about 2-3 hours. The applicator is interesting and helps with less wastage of product, but the application could be a little tricky initially. As of now, I do not see any other unique, must have shades in the range, but the formula is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the lightweight, moisturizing formula that Dior lip products generally have.

Dior Rouge Brilliant in Victoire 808 Review, Photos, Swatches
Dior Rouge Brilliant in Victoire 808 Applicator
Dior Rouge Brilliant in Victoire 808
Dior Rouge Brilliant in Victoire 808 Swatch

Have you tried any of the Rouge Dior Brilliant Glosses yet?

Jimmy Choo Exotic Eau de Toilette | Spring 2015 Limited Edition

Jimmy Choo’s Exotic ($90 for 3.3 fl oz; is a vibrantly packaged, spring/summer version of the classic Jimmy Choo fragrance. Exotic is definitely more of a fall/winter scent and if you’ve tried the classic Jimmy Choo EDP, you’ll know what I mean. The notes include Blackcurrent Sorbet, Pink Grapefruit, Passion Flower, Tiger Orchid, Raspberry and Patchouli.

Jimmy Choo Exotic Eau de Toilette

Exotic is quite heavy on the Patchouli, and a great pick for cooler evenings. The bottle is very similar to the original Jimmy Choo, this time in green, with a summery vibe. The dry down brings out the Patchouli and a little bit of the smokiness tempered with a hint of sweetness from the Raspberry. Although an Eau de Toilette, it still is a really strong scent that lingers on for hours together and doesn’t fade much at all after the dry down. I would reach out for it more when the weather isn’t too warm and when I want a bolder, stronger perfume that I don’t have to worry about having to fade away mid day! Exotic is now available as a limited-edition fragrance at Nordstrom and Macy's. 

Jimmy Choo Exotic Eau de Toilette | Spring 2015 Limited Edition

Have you tried Exotic by Jimmy Choo?

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Own Beauty Renew Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Own Beauty is a skincare brand that features quality skincare with natural ingredients at great prices. I’ve tried a couple of their products in the past and have been pleased with the ones I’ve tried so far. The new Renew line is a range targeted at dull skin and the Exfoliating Facial Scrub ($10; Target Stores and Whole Foods Stores) is the first step of the Renew regime that features Gingiko Extract, White Tea and Amla. 

I don’t use very many physical scrubs that regularly, but I found this one to be very gentle, polishing and deep cleansing without stripping skin. The texture is a bit odd initially and a tad difficult to spread, but gets better when you add a little bit of water and massage it in. The exfoliating beads aren’t too big or scratchy, so I found it quite gentle on my sensitive/dry skin. It washes off clean and leaves skin super glowy and extremely soft. There's a mild, medicinal scent to the product that dissipates once washed off.  I did not see much of a difference with blackheads or whiteheads, but it sure does get rid of dullness, flakiness and any sort of oily residue, while polishing skin. Overall, if you don’t mind physical scrubs, do give this very affordable one by Own a try - it is more like an exfoliating face wash that is very refreshing to use once you’ve gotten all your makeup off. 

Own Beauty Renew Exfoliating Facial Scrub Ingredients

Own Beauty Renew Exfoliating Facial Scrub Review, Photos

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