Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop

The Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes ($21; sephora.com) have been on my list to try out forever, but none of the older colors appealed to me so much. They did recently come out with a newer range, which sure was much more interesting and the formula seemed less chalky/powdery too.

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos, Swatches


Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos & Swatches
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos, Swatches


I picked up Heather Pop , a dusty pink with just a hint of shimmer. The shimmer is very subtle and translates to a soft glow on the cheeks. I found the color payoff to be decent, and good enough to show up on my skin tone when used with a dense blush brush like the Hakuhodo 210 Blush Brush or the Tom Ford Cheek Brush, two of which I like to use with this kind of formula. There’s no major fallout or patchiness and the texture blends beautifully and looks very natural on the skin.  I love the design on these blushes & the packaging is alright - quite practical & sturdy, and not too cheap for the price. Heather Pop wore a good 6 hours on my cheeks and stayed looking quite luminous and fresh without fading much. Overall, I really love the formula, it works perfectly with the right brush and is sheer in a good way so you can build up the color without going too overboard!

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos & Swatches
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos & Swatches
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Review, Photos & Swatches
Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in Heather Pop Swatch

Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo & Intensive Hair Mask

Topganic is a natural haircare line new to me, with an affordable range of haircare products that are free of parabens, the shampoo is free of SLES & SLS (though not completely sulfate free) and perfect for sensitive scalp and over processed hair. I tried out the Shampoo and the Intensive Repair Mask from the Brazlian Nut Oil range and absolutely loved them both.

Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo & Intensive Hair Mask



The Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo ($12; topganic.com) is a slightly thick textured, concentrated one that you only need a little bit of each time. It lathers well, cleanses thoroughly and leaves hair super soft. I did not need to follow up with a conditioner since the shampoo itself is quite detangling and I also ended up using much less styling product later on. The Intensive Hair Mask ($12; topganic.com) is very thick, hydrating and adds a lot of bounce. I wouldn’t combine it with the shampoo though since it can weigh hair down a little, but it works great after a clarifying shampoo when hair feels a tad stripped. Both products do have a slightly strong scent that lingers for a while though, so that’s one to keep in mind if you don’t like very scented haircare products. That apart, they’re both amazing for the price and do the job really well, especially on dry/frizz prone hair.

Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo & Intensive Hair Mask
Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo & Intensive Hair Mask
Topganic Brazilian Nut Oil Shampoo & Intensive Hair Mask



*Press Samples 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Oscar de la Renta Extraordinary and Flor Eau de Parfum

Extraordinary and Flor, are both great spring/summer fragrances by Oscar de la Renta. Both very fresh, light florals, very feminine, delicate and perfect for this time of the year, from early spring.

Oscar de la Renta Extraordinary and Flor Eau de Parfum


Extraordinary Eau de Parfum ($92; macys.com) includes notes of Neroli, Passion Fruit, Dewy Cherry Blossom, Rose, Peony, Vanilla Orchid and Amber Resin. It starts off very floral and dries down to something more creamy, but the scent is floral for the most part with the rose, peony and a little bit of the passion fruit being the most prominent ones. I like the touch of musk that keeps it quite interesting. Lasting power is decent, about 6-7 hours on a hot day. Flor Eau de Parfum ($78; macys.com) on the other hand is a fruity floral, with notes of Lychee, Pink Jasmine, Mango, Neroili, Peony, Tonka Bean and Creamy Musk. Unlike Extraordinary, this one is a straight up floral with a sweet touch. Even through the dry down it does smell more sweet with very less of the musk. The lasting power is a tad less than Extraordinary, but the fragrance itself is very light, airy and perfect for hot summers if you like fruity florals that leans a little towards the sweeter side. Of the two, I like Extraordinary just the little more, the bottle design is nicer and the fragrance is a touch more of a grown up scent, in a really nice way. 

Oscar de la Renta Extraordinary and Flor Eau de Parfum
Oscar de la Renta Extraordinary and Flor Eau de Parfum
Oscar de la Renta Extraordinary and Flor Eau de Parfum
Oscar de la Renta Extraordinary and Flor Eau de Parfum



*Press Samples