Sunday, December 9, 2018

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Bi Phase Spray Oil



I do love a good spray oil for my hair and Kerastase's new Elixir Ultime is just that. This is a new updated spray version of the old formula ( which is still available) but this is my first time trying either one.

The new oil is bi phase ( shake before use to mix) with argan , camellia, corn germ and sunflower seed oils and myrrh extract. It's lightweight, doesn't weigh hair down and adds light to medium moisture while smoothing and de-frizzing. It's perfect for my hair's drier ends after I blow dry.  I have normal to oily hair otherwise so I only use it on ends and some mid lengths .


If you have very dry hair, I'm not sure this would be enough to really super hydrate your locks, but it will add a nice boost of moisture that's especially good for daytime when you don't want hair to look greasy or weighed down.

Elixir Ultime Bi Phase can be used on damp or dry hair and also as a pre -cleanse treatment and has a pleasant, light fresh floral fragrance . I need to mention the bottle too, since packaging matters. It's heavy glass , which I like , and it has a very sparkly gold background. Luxe all around.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime is $ 50 at Kerastase USA or salons where the brand is sold.






Wednesday, December 5, 2018

It Cosmetics Brush Believer Super Squad Gift Set


Every year It Cosmetics does great gift sets  and this year is no exception.

I especially love the brush sets , because,well you have tried their brushes right ? So, so soft.   I have to run my hands over the display every time I go to Ulta.


The Brush Believer Super Squad set is exclusive to  Ulta  and comes with 5 full size  Heavenly Luxe  brushes and a folding vanity  tray.

In a neat feature both the brushes and  tray are magnetic so you can stand the   tray  on one side and  place the brushes there. It makes for a nice look.
I'm   not sure that I'd call the folding piece a tray but it  can be laid flat and has a zip pocket in the middle also .  It folds up pretty thin so it'll  store away  or travel  easily .



It  Cosmetics  Brush Believer Super Squad  is  regularly $68 at Ulta but is currently on sale for $47.60




Sunday, December 2, 2018

Chanel Biarritz Body Lotion & Shower Gel



I’ve professed my love for Chanel’s Paris- Biarritz many times, here and on social media. I can’t get enough of the fragrance and  all Summer wore it almost every day ( a rarity for me as I have so many frags and I like to change it up).

When I saw there was a coordinating body lotion and shower gel, I knew I had to have them and they don’t disappoint .

The lotion is creamy and pretty moisturizing for a  fragranced one. Often they are more scent oriented and less about moisture. It’s not heavy  moisture mind you, but a decent amount especially for day wear. The fragrance notes are a bit more diffused  in the lotion, it doesn’t smell exactly the perfume but it’s very noticeable  while not being too much and lingers for awhile.

The Shower gel is truer to the perfume and is a simply wonderful, luxe way to start or end the day.

A neat thing to note , is the bottles and how they open. Chanel even includes a little instruction paper. You twist the cap and the top slides open to reveal the opening where the product  comes out.

All three of the Les Eaux De Chanel fragrances have a matching lotion and shower gel, so if Biarritz is not your fav, one of the others may be.

Chanel Les Eaux Body Lotion and Shower Gels ( for hair also acc. to the packaging) are $ 50 each at Chanel.




Sunday, November 25, 2018

Jane Iredale Let's Party Eyeshadow Palette




Jane Iredale gets the party season started with the new eye  Let’s Party eye palette.

With four deeply pigmented, vibrant colors and one champagne highlight shade these are not just party time perfect but also Winter time perfect to pop against the layers and neutral coats we bundle in this time of year.

It’s been awhile since I tried the line, although it has a special place in my heart as  Iredale was the first backstage I ever went to and I loved it.  Let’s Party has been the perfect way back to the brand. 




And while personally I’m not a blue eyeshadow fan I can’t deny the boldness and fun of the shade included here, if you wear blue well, this is  a beauty and will makes your eyes really pop.

The green applies a little more muted than it looks in the pan , the rest are color true . The shadows are smooth , creamy and blend well with minimal fallout and wear long.

I have to mention the shiny gold compact ,too. It’s shiny for magpies like myself and  easily fits in a small purse/evening bag or even a pocket .


The box is also done in festive gold , so a ribbon might be all you need to make it gift giving ready.  

Jane Iredale’s Let’s Party Eye Palette is $59 at janeiredale.com