Friday, May 25, 2018

Cargo Swimmables™ Longwear Foundation

Foundation , like a lot of makeup in the Summer can melt off me pretty quick. My skin is oily and I perspire so makeup that'a longwear is a must.

Carrgo's Swimmables line has been making longwear products that work for awhile  and now there is a foundation just in time.

The coverage is medium and buildable with a semi matte finish. More matte than not but not overly dry, not tight or heavy .   I do use a primer or BB under  it for a little extra grip and a little moisture. In the AM right now as it's warm , I don't often use an actual moisturizer . It feels light on skin and breathable.

 As advertised this holds up well all day even in the humidity which like this past weekend can be off the charts here. I needed a midday touch up at the T Zone which is normal and had a little breakup on my nose which is also normal.

Cargo Swimmables Foundation is $ 34 at,, select Kohl's  Stores and

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest

Have an Italian Summer Fling with Dolce & Gabbana's new Light Blue Italian Zest.

This zippy fragrance  reminds of limoncello. It's  light ( an EDT) musky and of course very citrus. It's all lemon at the beginning with some barely there jasmine and bluebell working in .  As it begins to drydown amber, cedar and musk  give a little hint of  sun warmed skin .

This isn't a sweet scent, the citrus is tart , the florals pale and even though there is a companion men's version, this can easily be unisex. It wears close to the skin , and doesn't last super long , which is expected. EDTs and citrus are both hard to keep going for hours on end but it lasted several hours on me.

It's been ages since I smelled the original, but from what I've read this is very similar but with lots of lemon, if you're wondering.

Light Blue Italian Zest is a  nice Summer scent that will stand up to warm weather and make you think of fun in the sun .

Dolce &Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest  is   3.3 oz  for $ 100 and 1.6 oz  for $73 at Macys.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Chanel Paris- Biarritz EDT - Les Eaux de Chanel

Les Eaux de Chanel is a new trio of EDTs meant to evoke a Summer journey to places Coco Chanel loved , locales of sun and beauty like Venice, Deauville and my pick - Biarritz.

Paris- Biarritz  is an ode to the seaside town of the French Riviera and it's fresh, sparkling, bright and loaded with bursts of citrus making it right up my fragrant alley. Parfumeur Olivier Polge says he" wanted to create a sensation on the skin as if each ingredient were soaked with water".

Paris- Biarritz  begins with bold citrus of grapefruit and mandarin that softens and then the airy, soft white floral lily of the valley floats within the citrus. I get a little neroli here as well.  Vetiver adds a  dry and green note while white musk is there just enough to be grounding . There is no sweetness here, more tart and fresh.  Well into the drydown it gets a little more floral and a touch soapy.

This isn't a complicated scent yet it's not boring or minimal and is much in the style of old school colognes. Perfect for the coming Summer season and light enough to be sprayed with a bit of abandon.  It's easy to wear and unisex.

Speaking of spraying - the press release says the sprayer here is a bit different and " diffuses micro droplets of fragrance for a longer time than a traditional spray "

The bottle is different too from what we usually see from Chanel.  It has a great hand feel, like a flask with rounded edges and lightweight glass to make it more portable.

Chanel Eaux De Chanel are $ 130 for 4.2 oz EDT and available at and Chanel Boutiques in June .

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Peter Thomas Roth Potent C Power Serum


I have always had great luck and love Peter Thomas Roth's  Vitamin C products. The Camu Camu  Sleeping Mask, the Power C Moisturizer . They have been Winter staples to get my skin into better shape and battle back whatever I did in Summer.

Now there is the  new Potent C Power Serum with 20 %  C-THD ascorbate (said to be 50% more powerful than traditional Vitamin C ) ,  3% E antioxidant and 2% ferulic acid.   What strikes me first about the serum is it's one of the most moisturizing serums I've used. Serums are often, but not always, lighter and less hydrating. One reason I like them so much. Potent C  packs hydration.  I was worried it might  be too much for my skin, but it hasn't been at all. I will say  don't need any other moisturizer with  it though. If you have drier skin, you may feel you need one.

The serum itself is semi light , lotion like almost. It works in well,  but  needs a little time  and there is a bit of a tacky feeling for a half hour or so while it totally sinks in.

With 2 weeks of use , I've seen a little  brightening (  and that can take time)  but my skin texture has definitely gotten better , it's smoother, plumper, well moisturized and a bit firmer.  This is very much a do it all product in that if you have oily to normal skin , you can get all your moisture from this as well as anti -aging properties in one bottle.

The bottle is opaque and thick walled so it will keep the serum protected from light which is important.

You can't go wrong with PTR and this is another winner.

Peter Thomas Roth Potent C Power Serum is $ 95 for 1 oz bottle .