Month: November 2012

Holiday Haul & Thoughts on the Collections

So the Christmas collections are all here finally and while I may have been busy I have made time to do some shopping. Here are my selections:
Top row, left to right: 
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill 4 Color Shadow Palette in #1 Maestro, Dior Diorific lipstick in #037 Diorling, YSL Boréal Palette Polar Light
Bottom row, left to right:
shu uemura karl for shu smoky velvet palette, Bourjois BB Cream 8 in 1 foundation, Chanel polish in 637 Malice
They are all limited edition items, apart from the Bourjois foundation. Detailed reviews will come soon, and Maestro palette will be the first since I got it a few weeks ago and have had the time to use it. (more…)

October Favourites

Bit late on the favourites post, but better than never right?

October was a slow month makeup-wise for me. I wasn’t tempted by the Fall collections so I’m afraid there won’t be any new colour products here. Instead I have decided to highlight some of the standbys that I like that I have been reaching for more. Paris has been wet, grey and cold for about a month now, it’s about to rain as I type. Apologies for the lighting in the photos.


Beauty Counters Hit and Run

Beauty Counters Hit and Run

Not all the holiday collections have been released here in France. Notably missing is Chanel’s, although the four new Joues Contraste are pretty exciting. They are now on Sephora France website and are permanent!

Nails – I swatched a couple of nail polishes at Sephora. I actually wanted to check Chanel’s Malice but well it’s not out yet. So I did the black shimmery one from Dior’s Grand Bal collection, called Diva. The shimmers are fine, sophisticated and evenly distributed. The polish was also easy to apply. But I didn’t find Diva glossy or shiny enough for my liking. I applied two coats and unfortunately it looked rather flat despite the shimmers.

The other one was Black Iris from Estee Lauder and I was far more impressed with this than Diva. I found this even easier to apply than Dior’s and it comes with a beautiful glossy finish. With two coats, the colour is a deep, and very dark violet. The man commented it’s just a black to him. You can see the purple under the right kind of light but I have to agree it looks almost black.

I’m now lemming OPI’s shade Skyfall, a beautiful cream maroon.

Coffrets – Saw a few of these and was reminded that Christmas is just around the corner. Nuxe and Caudalie has put together some very nice coffrets, and for those who’ve always wanted to try their products these are a bargain. I didn’t take any photos at the store but I found photos of them online:

The Nuxe set has the Huile Prodigieuse (full sized, 100ml), a small candle of the same scent, a sample bottle of their shimmery version of the oil and a 40ml tube of the Creme Prodigieuse. I found these for just under 25 euros on the internet but they tend to cost more at the stores. The second set is Caudalie’s interpretation of a dry oil, the Huile Divine and you get a 50ml bottle of that, plus a candle and a body scrub. This could be had for 20 euros.
I have blogged about both of these oils before and like them both. Both brands have come out with many different coffrets, these are just two that I think will be of most interest. I actually picked up a shower gel and perfume set for around 20 euros, and will do a separate post on that later.

Burberry – I’m still looking for the eyeshadow quads, they don’t seem to be available yet. The brand is only available in the big Galeries Lafayettes near Opera and it’s a trip I don’t enjoy making because not only is the shop always packed with people the commute to get there on road is equally plagued with bumper to bumper traffic most of the time. I asked the lady at the counter if she knew anything about them and wasn’t surprised that the answer was no.

In other related news, I took advantage of a 20% discount on Sephora’s website and ordered the Armani Eyes to Kill quad in Maestro. Before you think that’s a big discount, the quads are priced at 63 euros here and the discount just meant I saved on the sales tax, and it is still more expensive than the RRP elsewhere in the world and is nothing like the deals fellow beauty lovers in the US could enjoy. The only time I shop at Sephora is when I have a 20% discount code either online or at the shop, and if it’s for the latter I will head to the one on Champs Elysees because they have all the brands, including MAC! But I fear they will pull out of Sephora once their own flagship opens on the Champs (the construction panel outside said Christmas 2012 – but we all know renovations/constructions are never on time here, so there’s hope still).

Anyway I had wanted to compare Maestro with Burberry’s grey quad before making the purchase but I was too impatient. It’s on my way to me now and I will report once I have my paws on it 🙂

L’Oreal Shine Caresse – Juliet

picture from L’Oreal’s website

My Juliet turned up the other day, I thought I had lost it but it was actually placed inside my knitting kit – who knew. Anyway I’m glad to have found it and can finally do a post on this as I have wanted to for so long!

The Shine Caresse from L’Oreal are dupes of the YSL Glossy Stains. And they are pretty darn good for a dupe. They both share a similar fruity, floral scent and leave a stain on the lips as the product wears off. Shine Caresse comes in 8 colours, I got Juliet (#300) but I was equally tempted by Lolita (#101), which is a rose. They are around 14-15 euros each, not that cheap for a drugstore product but then again most of the drugstore stuff here are kind of pricey compared to the US. Mascaras are around 12-14 euros IIRC??

I wanted to compare the two but the only Glossy Stain I have from YSL is #9, which is a warm red whereas Juliet is cool. Nonetheless I hope this will give you an idea of the similarities/differences between the two products. For a better comparison, check out the French blog Kleo Beaute. She really nailed the colour comparison.

Here are my pictures:

Both contain the same amount of product, 6ml. The YSL is more heavy than the L’Oreal and you can see how much of product you have left in the tube with the transparent viewer. 

October Empties

I’m disappointed that I didn’t have many empties for October, and as is the usual case with me, they are all body or face products. Here they are anyway:

Glysomed Handcreme (50ml)
I have been a fan of their hand cream for a while when I first tried it many years back but it wasn’t widely available outside of Canada then. I spotted these in Hong Kong when I was there during the summer and picked a couple of them up. They make a scented and unscented version of these. I’ve only ever tried the scented ones but when I used this again after a break of maybe 2 years I thought it was perhaps too strongly perfumed. I was using hand creams that were either unscented or only just mildly so in between so it was a little of a shock. But I guess it was just a matter of getting used to it as it didn’t bother me again after the first couple of times.
Made in Germany, it ‘contains a unique blend of Glycerine-Silicone and Camomile’, and they suggest using it on areas like elbows and feet as well.
The formula is still one of the best for dry, rough hands. It can be a little greasy upon application but it does absorb well and leaves you with wonderful soft and protected hands afterwards.

Repurchase? Yes, but perhaps the unscented version (which I’m using at the moment)

La Roche-Posay Physiological Shower Gel (750ml)
This is a soap and paraben free shower gel. It has a mild smell, like a dish washing detergent actually. That sounds bad but it’s not offensive and doesn’t get in the way of anything. It is very gentle and does its job well. It does contain SLS though for those who are concerned. This is no-frills shower gel that is cheap (7.50 euros IIRC) and lasted a long time.

Repurchase? Certainly wouldn’t mind it given the price and quality, but I do prefer a scented product in the shower.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane (40ml)
Another month and another LRP Toleriane. I have talked about this before so I won’t go into it again. This is my last tube of Toleriane stocked up and I’m going to finish my stockpiled Oilatum and Embryolisse before going back to this again. I wish they sell larger tubes of this instead of the small 40ml size.

Repurchase? Yes.