Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Secret Outlast Extend

With the temperatures hitting the high '90s and beyond across most of the country this Summer, Secret's new-ish deo has been a daily go to.

Outlast Extend is said to give you continuous 48-hour odor protection and while I haven't tried going 48 hours , it sure works over the course of a full day and evening. Better than I expected,  keeping me and my clothes smelling fresh and I hate to admit but I can sweat.  I really didn't think it would work anywhere near as well as their Clinical but it has.  

It comes in  Invisible Solid ( what I have )  and Clear Gel. Both dry fast and need just one to two swipes for full protection.  There are six scents including  new Clean Lavender.  

Secret Outlast Extend is sugg. retail  $4.29

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bottega Venta Parco Palladiano I

There's a new luxury fragrance line out from Bottega Veneta called Parco Palladiano.  There are six  fragrances each done by a top perfumer and inspired by the Palladian gardens of Veneto, Italy. 

Parco Palladiano I is a bright floral citrus with rich cedar notes created by Michael Almairac . Magnolia and lemon are the main front ingredients and the fragrance uses the scent of the bark and leaves as well as the flowers.  The cedar and cypress then come along. It's a very  refreshing, somewhat masculine fragrance that is lovely for the warm weather that we are having now but will also work well in the cooler temps.  It has a crispness but also a light warmth . I've been wearing it almost every day this month .  

Each bottle in the collection is a hefty,elegant embossed glass that feels good in the hand.

Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano fragrances are $ 295 for 3.4 oz EDP and are available at Bergdorf Goodman and Bottega Veneta boutiques /online

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Beauty 360 @CVS Facial Cleansing Brushes & Sponges

Sonic cleansers are very much the "in" thing and get a lot of press and raves. I like them and use them but I haven't had the miraculous results that many others said they have . For me I seem to often get almost as good or as good results with a good scrub/exfoliator and the right cleanser.

If you want a really good cleansing experience without the investment in a sonic cleanser, Beauty 360 @CVS has a huge selection of new sponges, scrubbers and brushes to help get you there all under $5. 

The Natural Facial Cleansing Sea Sponges are probably my favorite as they scrub and exfoliate really well but are not too rough. They also pick up cleanser really well. These come two to a pack need to be wet before use and dry pretty quickly after use. For those who can't do the really rough exfoliating anymore  , these are great.

The Deep Pore Cleansing Facial Brush   is really nice as well. It's extremely soft , so soft that you wonder if it will really work, but that also means it isn't harsh on your face. It feels a bit like a luxury treat for your face as you swish it around. It does a light exfoliate and  feels soft on skin. 

Also part of the line are Gentle Facial Scrubbers or scrublets as I call them.  You may have seen these before when they came with L'Oreal Go cleansers. I still have one of the ones I had in my cleanser as I always really liked it and felt that it did a good job of getting pores clean. Now you can buy these two to a pack . Being made of silicone they are easily cleaned , last long and possibly do some of the best cleansing of the line.

There is also a Konjac sponge assortment. I have the Pure which is called deeply exfoliating and I felt it cleansed pretty well but not as much makeup was removed as I'd like. (And I do not remove my make up before cleansing, so your results may vary). Besides that it worked well with a not too harsh but not soft scrubbing feel.

Facial Cleansing Sponges come two to a pack and felt like a  facial buffer.  I wanted to like them as they smelled like a pina colada with natural coconut fiber and vitamin E but were extremely rough on on my skin.  If you want a deep exfoliate  these will do that. 

Beauty 360 scrub brushes, sponges and cleansers are available at CVS and are priced $ 3.99 - $ 4.99 each . 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MAC It's A Strike & Kingpin Cremesheen Glass

MAC It's a Strike is their collection to kick off Fall.

Two of the new Cremesheen lipglass are Kingpin and It's a Strike.  Kingpin is a very deep chocolate brown with no shimmer. It will work well for the fall '90s throwback and semi goth look that is trending but on me was definitely not flattering. On darker skintones it should be really nice.

It's A Strike is a pretty medium pink mauve that looks lighter on the lips then it does in the tube. This is a flattering easy to wear  light pop of color shade. It will go well with all the tweeds, greys and beiges that tend to be Autumn's palette. 

Also new is matte eyeshadow in Gutter Gal , a pale putty grey matte ( it leans more grey than the pic shows).  This one is a basic neutral that is also a great complement to It's a Strike gloss.

MAC It's A Strike will be available  in-store and online  August 18 through October 13, 2016