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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Skincare/Haircare/Makeup :: Nuxe, Huile Prodigieuse OR


Huile Prodigieuse by NUXE is one of those products that are not essential but I just have to have them.

Claims:
Huile Prodigieuse is a dry oil with a unique superactivated formula combining 30% Precious Plant Oils and Vitamin E to nourish, repair and soften face, body and hair in a single gesture. (...) Face and body are soft and velvety. Hair is supple, glossy and full of volume. (...) A unique cocktail of 6 Precious Plant Oils (Borage, St Johnswort, Sweet Almond, Camellia, Hazelnut, Macadamia) with a subtlefragrance for a velvety skin, silky hair and an improved overall aspect of stretch marks. (...) This oil is suitable for all skin and hair types regardless of age. (source: nuxe.com)
It's sold in a sleek glass bottle. Unfortunately the new bottle I bought looks awful because all the inscriptions just come off (left in the photo). The older one was also easier to use - you could just pour the oil, now you have to shake the whole bottle to get it out.

Huile Prodigieuse OR smells divine for me. Sometimes I use it just to smell it. I read many reviews and was really surprised to find that not everyone likes it.

You have to shake well the oil to mix oil and shimmer. In the bottle it looks quite dark and shimmery but when applied to the skin it just gives a nice glow.

It's truly multi-purpose product. It might be used as a higlighter on arms and collarbones. You can mix it with your regular body lotion to make it shimmery. You can mix it with your foundation or use it on your hair to make it soft and shimmery. It works great. I don't know about stretch marks, I didn't try it as a stretch mark remedy.

It didn't do any damage to my skin and hair - no irritation or drying. I love it!

Ok, it's not a cheap product. But on the other hand a 50 ml bottle lasts me for over a year.





Source: osmoza.net




Ingredients: HUILES DE BOURRACHE 1%, AMANDES DOUCES 5%, MILLEPERTUIS 7% ET CAMÉLIA 2%, VITAMINE E 1%, CYLOMETHICONE, OCTYLDODECANOL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, ISODECYL NEOPENTANOATE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, HYPERICUM PERFORATUM (HYPERICUM PERFORATUM EXTRACT), PRUNUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND OIL), ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE (OCTINOXATE), CAMELIA OLEIFERA(CAMELLIA OLEIFERA EXTRACT), BORAGO OFFICINALIS (BORAGE SEED OIL), BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), TOCOPHEROL.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Makeup :: Rimmel, Sexy Curves Full Figure Mascara


I used up Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara and decided not to repurchase because of the brush. It was stiff and I really didn't like it even though mascara itself was great. Some time ago new version of Sexy Curves was launched called Sexy Curves Full Figure. It has a different brush so I bought it. The classic version had silicone brush with scarce bristles. The wand was very flexible which I didn't like either. I got rid of the packaging so I can't show you that brush but you'll find good photo here. The Full Figure brush is big and dense, not silicone. It distrubutes mascara evenly, separates the lashes and giving them a nice shape. The mascara is really black, it lasts all day, doesn't flake and doesn't give spider-like lashes effect. It dries out pretty quickly on lashes which I really like because there's no risk of smudging. Overall great product. I hope it'll be permanent in Rimmel range.



Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Skincare :: Sephora, Gentle Exfoliator Cleansing Cream

I love cleansing my face and removing makeup even more than applying makeup. I'm trying out new cleansing products all the time - oils, micellar water, makeup removers. I'm always attracted to all the products that promise deep cleansing, exfoliation etc. Some time ago I bought Sephora Gentle Exfoliator Cleansing Cream and now it's time to tell you if I like it or not.


Claims:
Dermatologically tested, suits even sensitive skin. Formulated without parabens or soap. Removes make-up and gives your skin a gentle micro-exfoliation - without beads - thanks to cranberry extract, and AHA. Contains HydroSenn+, a softening ingredient for absolute comfort. The skin's texture is refined day after day' giving you clear and velvety skin... just like a baby's!

The pot is quite similar to Smart Dual Action Exfoliator but a tiny bit smaller. The cream itself is white and thick but gel-like at the same time. It's gently scented. It's supposed to be rubbed on dry skin, avoiding eye area, and rinsed with warm water. First I remove my eye makeup with micellar water and then gently wipe my face but not thoroughly. Next I rub Cleansing Cream on dry and pre-cleansed skin and leave it for about 30 seconds. Then I rinse it with warm water. My skin is clean and polished and feels really soft.

It's quite pricey but you need a tiny amount to properly cleanse your face.



IngredientsAQUA, GLYCERIN, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, STEARIC ACID, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, PALMITIC ACID, PHENOXYETHANOL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER), HYDROGENATED POLYDECENE, VACCINIUM MACROCARPON (CRANBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, PARFUM, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SORBIC ACID, CASSIA ANGUSTIFOLIA SEED EXTRACT, TOCOPHEROL, TROPOLONE, MORINGA PTERYGOSPERMA SEED EXTRACT, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CITRIC ACID, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Skincare :: Sephora, Smart Dual Action Exfoliator


Some time ago The Body Shop launched their Duo Body Butter with two textures of body butter. You can find A similar idea in Smart Dual Action Exfoliator by Sephora.


Claims:

This smart exfoliator effectively cleanses and lifts away dead skin cells with two targeted products. The white gel gently scrubs and exfoliates the face; the special green cream, for the T-Zone, exfoliates while providing a deep cleansing effect to the forehead, nose, and chin. Ideal for combination skin, this product leaves the face with a glowing radiance without feeling tight.


The pot is really pretty and elegant. When you open the lid there's a plastic overlay which sometimes is hard to remove. The pot is split into two parts. One of them contains white exfoliating gel and the other green cream for the T-zone. Both have the same nice and delicate scent. The gel is very light and soft and acts more like an enzymatic peel even though it has some very fine grains in it. The green cream is thicker with bigger exfoliating particles.


HOW TO USE

1 to 2 times per week, apply gentle gel scrub (white) using circular motions on the face, avoid eye area. Apply deep cleansing cream (green) to the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) using gentle massaging gestures on top of gel. Rinse with warm  water.

I wish there was some more information - that your face should be cleansed beforehand, should you leave it on your skin and for how long. Apart from English and French version of the instruction there's nothing about massaging gestures and circular motions.

I apply the white gel all over my face avoiding eye area of course. Then I put the green cream over my T-zone, leave it for about 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

My skin looks brighter and feels smoother. Pores are less visible. The results are not as dramatic as after The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabarasion but still visible.


SKIN TYPE

As the producer says it's ideal for combination skin. More delicate areas like cheeks are gently exfoliated whereas T-zone gets a deeper cleansing treatment. I would also recommend Smart Dual Action Exfoliator to people with normal skin. For oily skin though it might be too gentle and inffective.


PRICE

It's a bit pricey (24$ for 4.2 oz) at sephora.com.








INGREDIENTS


1: (WATER), PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL), GLYCOL STEARATE, POLYETHYLENE, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, STEARIC ACID, PALMITIC ACID, GLYCERYL STEARATE, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), TALC, PEG-100 STEARATE, PARAFFIN, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CETYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, CARBOMER, TETRASODIUM EDTA, D-LIMONENE, LINALOOL, BHT, CASSIA ANGUSTIFOLIA SEED POLYSACCHARIDE, CI 61570 (GREEN 5), PHENOXYETHANOL, CI 77289 (CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN), ALUMINA, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE).

2: AQUA (WATER), BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DI-C12-13 ALKYL MALATE, GLYCERIN, NYLON-11, TAPIOCA STARCH, C14-22 ALCOHOLS, CETEARETH-20, C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), DIMETHICONE, CETYL ALCOHOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, POLYETHYLENE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, ZINC GLUCONATE, XANTHAN GUM, PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT, CASSIA ANGUSTIFOLIA SEED POLYSACCHARIDE, CI 77289 (CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN), HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, ALUMINA.

Skincare :: The Body Shop makes your life easier - Smooth & Renew Facial Loofah Pads


I love face masks, expecially all types of clay. The only thing I don't like about them is how much time and water is wasted when it comes to rinsing it off. Some time ago I bought The Body Shop Smooth & Renew Facial Loofah Pads. These are really rough when dry but get softer when wet. Loofah pads are supposed to be used to exfoliate your skin but are way too rough. However these are excellent to take off any kind of clay-based masks. I wet it in warm water to soften and gently massage my skin with circular motions. The mask starts melting and is easy to rinse off.


Wet pad on the left


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Makeup :: Essence, You Rock LE


Essence, You Rock LE, Rock Chick's Palette

I bought this palette even though I had read some opinions that pigmentation is poor. Indeed, these are not crazy pigmented but pigmented enough for me. I've been using this palette for a week and I really like it. These eyeshadows are soft, creamy and easy to blend. They last really long and if applied over an eyeshadow base all day long. Black eye pencil in this palette is very good - soft, precise and long-lasting. The packaging is cute (it's too similar to Urban Decay palettes though) and I love the big mirror.





Essence, You Rock LE, Eyeshadow Base

The best product from this LE is the eyeshadow base. It's a small tube (2,1 ml) with a nice sponge applicator. The base itself is a beige cream with some gold shimmer. I don't think it makes colours brighter or bolder but it realy makes them last all day long. I tried it with many brands of eyeshadows and it's just perfect.




Essence, You Rock LE, Nail Polish, 03 Kings of Mint

Today I used a nail polish from You Rock LE - 03 Kings of Mint - and I love it. It applies evenly, two coats give excellent coverage. I can't wait three others I own 01 Cut Off the Beige, 04 Let Me Pink i 05 Speed of Light Blue.



Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fragrance :: Chopard, Madness EDP


One od the scents that always remind me of summer is launched in 2001 Madness by Chopard. I bought it few years ago in the middle of dark snowy winter after reading some reviews but not knowning the scent. When I sprayed it on my wrist for the first time as if by magic winter changed into a summer garden, full of intoxicating smells and mystery.

I don't think it's similar to any of the scents I know. Well, maybe it resambles a bit Delices by another jewellery brand Cartier (it turns out both scents vere created by the same person - Christine Nagel). It's a unique blend of contradictions. It's floral, optymistic and vibrant and on the other hand it's mysterious, powdery, dark and sexy. Two totally different faces. Pure madness. Or maybe bipolar disorder?

The bottle is pretty but in my opinion doesn't match the fragrance. I guess something with a softer, more organic line would be more appropriate. I love the colour though - I can't associate any other colour with this scent but deep red - sexy, mysterious and dynamic.

Top notes: Pink Lychee, Kumquat, Pink Pepper
Heart notes: Flamboyant, Rose, Hibiscus
Base notes: Palissander, Pao Rosa Wood, Cotton Flower




Source: mes-parfums.com



Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hair care :: Yves Rocher, 1-Minute Radiance Mask


I use hair conditioner every day and once or twice a week I use a hair mask. Unfortunately I can't use products containing silicones (make my scalp ichy and cause dermatitis) so I'm always on a hunt for something silicone-free. Recently I bought 1-Minute Radiance Mask from Yves Rocher.

Claims:
Yves Rocher's Laboratories chose marigold for its softening properties and passionflower for its protective powers. Use this fresh, melting formula to give your hair a different feeling to the touch, without extra heaviness: it will be ultra-luminous and shining with beauty.
Tested under dermatological supervision. Botanical-based ingredients: marigold and passionflower extracts from organically grown ingredients. Paraben free. Bottle contains recycled plastic to decrease plastic use.

It has a nice colour and quite thin formula which is good because enables to distribute the product evenly but on the other hand you have to be very careful not to spill it. It has a nice citrus smell to it. Sadly it doesn't stay on my hair.

I was awfully disappointed after the first use of this mask. I put a quite a lot on my hair but the product started dripping. Being absolutely sure that the mask would last me only for three applications I coursed Yves Rocher. My hair looked bad - heavy, flat, no volume at all. But I decided to try again and this time I used only a tiny amount. My hair looked fabulous - soft, voluminous, shiny but in a different way than after using silicone masks. It's more like shine from withing and not from a substance on the surface.

The jar is really pretty and it's nice it was made of recycled plastic. For me it's to shallow which - given the consistency of the mask - makes it easy to spill.

+
  • hair is soft, voluminuous and shiny
  • doesn't make hair heavy
  • nice scent
  • no silicones or parabens
  • environment friendly packaging
  • good price

-
  • too thin and watery
  • shallow jar
  • hard to use in the shower





Funny thing: it's the first 1-minute mask in the world that you're supposed to leave in for two minutes :-D.



Ingredients: AQUA, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, HYDROXYPROPYL STARCH PHOSPHATE, STEARAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, POLYQUATERNIUM-37, PARFUM, BENZOIC ACID, GLYCERIN, ASPARTIC ACID, ALCOHOL, PASSIFLORA INCARNATA FLOWER EXTRACT, LIMONENE, SALICYLIC ACID, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, METHYLPROPANEDIOL, CITRAL, CI 14700 (RED 4), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5)



Saturday, June 11, 2011

Skincare :: The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion


The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion is one of those products I repurchase over and over again. The whole range consisting of eight products is designed for dull skin but in my opinion it's good for every skin.

It contains Community Trade shea butter, vitamin C and Amazonian camu camu berry extract known to be one of the richest natural resources of vitamin C. It's nicely scentented (much more pleasant than the previous version).

The abrasive particles are small but very effective. I apply a small amount of product on wet skin and massage until I can kind of feel the particles disappear and then rinse with lukewarm water. It makes my skin very smooth. The pores are smaller and my skin looks fresh and radiant. A face cream or a serum soaks in instantly. I use it in the evening and the next day I look like I had some vacation. It is supposed to be used not more than twice a week and I think once a week is enough. I agree that it's not suitable for sensitive skin.

As I mentioned I used also the previous version (called Micro Refiner) and I really liked it. The new one is much better though. Not only the packaging has changed but also the formula. It's more gentle yet effective, doesn't get thick and has a better scent to it.

It's quite pricey but if you use it once a week it will last you for months.



+
  • makes my skin smooth, fresh and radiant
  • pores are less visible
  • it makes my moisturizer or serum soak instantly
  • a little goes a long way

-
  • none

Ingredients: AQUA, SOLUM DIATOMEAE, GLYCERIN, ALUMINUM SILICATE, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS OIL, DIMETHICONE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PEG-100 STEARATE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, POLYSORBATE 60, SODIUM BENZOATE, MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, XANTHAN GUM, PARFUM, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA , LINALOOL, LIMONENE, MYRCIARIA DUBIA FRUIT EXTRACT, CITRAL


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Makeup :: QVS Brushes


I have three new makeup brushes in my collection: QVS 'Cover Up' brush, Eyeshadow brush and Make-up smudger.

The packagings are reusable - you just cut along dotted line to create a handy storage pouch. All the brushes in the range have synthetic bristles.

'Cover-up' brush has soft nylon bristles. The smaller tip is good for concealer application. I was surprised with the other one - flat, quite dense and wide. It's great for blending concealer.

Make-up smudger is good for smudging eye pencils and powders but I use it mostly to apply highlight colour in the inner corner of my eyes. I guess it would also be good for concealer blending.





The one I like the most is the slented eyeshadow brush. I bought it because I was intrigued - it's much wider than my other angled brushes (check out the photo below). I use it to fill in any gaps between my eyelashes and drawing lines.

All the brushes are easy to wash and dry quick. They have short handles (about 13 cm), so they're great for a travel kit or to carry in a purse.

Makeup :: Bourjois, Bio Détox Organic Perfecting Powder


This powder has Ecocert, all the ingredients are of natural origin, fifteen percent of them are obtained from organic farming. The company claims that the powder mattifies and detoxifies the skin. 

I love the packaging. There'a a huge mirror inside. It is exactly the width of the entire package, which is really big. It rotates in all directions which is very useful. The packaging itself is beautiful. It's made of pearl white plastic, closes with a magnet. It kind of reminds me of Apple products :-). The sponge that comes with the powder is rather useless, at least for me as I prefer using a powder brush to apply it. 

I bought the lightest shade - 51 Light Vanilla, which would be too dark for me in the winter I'm afraid. It;s a shame there isn't a translucent version.

Powder has a smooth, silky formula. It mattifies the skin quite heavily do better apply it light-handed. However the matte finish doesn't last long (definitely not 8 hours as Bourjois claims) even though my skin isn't oily. In fact, I don't mind it, because I don't like overmatte skin. As most of the powders it accentuates every dry patch on the skin.

Does it have any skincare benefits as the company claims? I really can't say.


Ingredients: TALC, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH, OCTYLDODECTYL STEAROYL STEARATE, KAOLIN, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, SILICA, ZINC OXIDE, SODIUM LEVULINATE, p-ANISIC ACID, PARFUM, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, LINUM USITATISSIMUM (LINSEED) SEED EXTRACT, MALTODEXTRIN, MORINGA PTERYGOSPERMA SEED EXTRACT, ZEA MAYS (CORN) GERM OIL. [+/- (MAY CONTAIN): 77007 (ULTRAMARINES), CI 77019 (MICA) CI 77163 (BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 75810 (CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX)] 108MT003-1




 



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Haul :: Limited edition Catrice and Essence madness

I wouldn't be myself if I didn't buy at least one item from new Catrice and Essence limited editions... And next LE are coming: beautyful Papagena from Catrice (gorgeous colours!!!) and cute Ballerina Backstage from Essence... I can't wait!

Essence, You Rock! LE
Catrice, Wonderland LE


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Makeup :: Watermelon lips - Sensique & Celia lipsticks


I have an appetite for some watermelon, or in fact the colour of watermelon. I found it in two lipsticks by two Polish brands: Sensique, Volume & Shine in 313 i Celia, 2w1 in 509. Sensique lipstick gives a creme shiny finish, Celia has some sparkles and looks almost like a highly pigmented lipgloss. Both have a divine scent and look gorgeous :-).


Sensique, Volume & Shine, 313



Źródło | Source: flickr.com/photos/persocom


Friday, June 3, 2011

Nails :: Q by Colour Alike, # 102 [NOTD]


A few days ago I received a nail polish from a Polish brand Barbra Cosmetics from their Q by Colour Alike range. Shade 102 is a gorgeous deep coral (more orange than pink) with tiny golden shimmer in it. A beautiful nail polish for summer.

It's my first Colour Alike nail polish and I'm really surprised by the quality of it. It has a great formula, coverage is good even with one coat, it dries quick and the brush is easy to use. It lasted on my nails for three days with absolutely no chipping.

Colour Alike nail polishes are available in Barba on-line shop (Polish only :-/ ).





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