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 








Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Chanel Le Lion de Chanel & Ombre Premiere Shadows - Holiday 2018



Chanel's Collection Libre for holiday this year comes in with a roar.  The new eyeshadows and highlighter are all embossed with a regal lion head .

Two of the new Ombre Premiere shadows are Cuivre Lame and Noir Lame. I've never met  a copper shadow I didn't like so this goes straight into the rotation. I am more uneasy with black , but decided to give Noir Lame a try and was pleasantly surprised at how wearable it is. It blends easily and well into a more dark charcoal look . I used all over my lid and didn't feel like it was too much on my pale self .  Of course  it's great as a liner or crease shade too.


Le Lion de Chanel is a star product of  holiday . A shimmering gold highlighter that's very creamy and soft. Yes it's similar to many highlighters there , but it's also Chanel . If you're a collector  you'll want this. It's hard not to admire the pretty here.



Chanel Le Lion de Chanel is $ 70
Chanel Ombre Premiere Eyeshadow is $ 30 and comes in 4 shades .




Sunday, November 18, 2018

Arbonne Moisturizing Lip Balm Trio



I love lip balms, all kinds , and  you probably do too.  With gift giving season here along with cold weather, I'm ready to load up on them.

New from Arbonne is this cute trio of  balms . Each balm comes in an individual box inside the larger box and is festively decorated with a holiday symbol that's also in gold on the tube . With this, they can be given as a set or individually.

Vanilla has a light peachy shimmer tint and that makes it my favorite .  Rose has a barely there rosy tint, and Peppermint has light shimmer with no color.  They are well fragranced with true to their name scents.


These are very moisturizing with castor seed oil , shea butter sunflower , olive fruit and jojoba oils and the moisture lasts on lips.

This was my first time using anything from Arbonne .   I see they are a brand that is usually bought through reps/consultants which may not be everyone's cup of tea, so you can also buy online directly .

Arbonne Moisturzing Lip Balm Trio is $ 35 at Arbonne 






Sunday, November 11, 2018

Rituals- The Ritual Of Ayuerveda Balancing Treat Gift Set



I love a good bath and body gift set at the Holidays. They are among my favorite gifts to give ( and get ).

Rituals has self care down inspired by Eastern traditions and their holiday sets are beautifully packaged  , ready to gift as is. No wrapping required.

The Ritual of Ayurveda set includes smaller but not mini shower foam, shower oil, body cream and dry oil. All musts for winter dry skin . The fragrance is a nice soft one  with Indian Rose, Sweet Almond Oil and a hint of spice. The dry oil has the least fragrance with the body cream having the most.

The box has a golden medallion  on the front and this 'ritual" comes in a red one wrapped with a pink ribbon and gift tag attached. Other varieties come in different colored boxes.

Rituals has many sets available across price points and fragrances.


Rituals- The Ritual Of Ayurveda Balancing Treat  Gift Set is $ 29.50 at Rituals online and in stores.




Tuesday, November 6, 2018

L'Oreal Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Balm & Honey Eye Gel



L'Oreal went to the hive for the newest skincare .

Age Perfect All Over Balm & Honey Eye Gel both use the ingredient to add some moisture along with calcium and antioxidants to help soothe and soften skin.



All Over Balm reminds me some of their Golden Balm line from years ago. There was a fab eye cream that sadly was dc'd.  This new balm is meant to be used anywhere you need some heavy duty moisture. Elbows, face , hands/knuckles, etc. It's thick , hydrating with shea butter, beeswax , apricot kernal and sunflower seed oils.  The fragrance is lightly floral with a little honey. I really like this and will be using it a lot now that cooler weather is coming. I also love that it's easily found at any drugstore . ( $ 24.99)


Honey Eye Gel has a neat triple rollerball to smooth over eyes . The gel is thin and adds light moisture with a slight firming/tightening feel. That makes it  a nice pick for day but the cooling feel of the rollerballs is welcome after a long day. This does have alcohol denat. in the ingredients ,I wish it didn't but I still like it overall. Coconut and jojoba seed oil along with glycerin add the moisturizing. ( $ 24.99)


Also part of the line is Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Nourishing Moisturizer which has a new look and the addition of honey . It's a nice thick, super creamy , highly moisturizing rich cream for day or night.












Sunday, November 4, 2018

Dove X Dunkin Ultimate Life Hack Contest


Dove & Dunkin want to help you get the morning started on the right note.

Let's face it, for most of us coffee  or tea gets us going and helps keep us on the move. At my office , a client brings a Dunkin Donuts care package twice a month including donuts .  When it's early and we've rushed in, it's a nice thing we really appreciate even if our waistlines don't.

And Dove Dry Shampoo ? A staple along with their body wash and deo.

So the two  have partnered for a contest that wants to know what your ultimate life hack is in  the #DoveXDunkin Ultimate Life Hack Sweepstakes. You could win a year's supply of dry shampoo & coffee or gift cards.

Per Dove here's all you need to do and it's pretty easy :

Now through Nov. 8th Contestants just need to snap a photo and share how they run on coffee and dry shampoo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #DoveXDunkin and #DxDSweepstakes 




·         For official rules and regulations, visit DovexDunkin.com

o   NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Dove Hair & Dunkin’ Donuts Ultimate Life Hack Giveaway is sponsored by Conopco, Inc., d/b/a Unilever. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 &  older. Begins 9:00 a.m. ET on 9/27/18 &  ends 11:59 p.m. ET on 11/8/18. For official rules, visit DovexDunkin.com.




Sunday, October 28, 2018

Pond's New Rejuveness & Clarant B3 Daily SPF 30 Moisturizers


Pond's has two new day creams joining their line and ready to take us into Fall when skin needs more moisture along with continued sun protection.

Both have SPF 30 coming from both chemical & physical sunscreens. 7% octinoxate & 6% zinc oxide and are oil free.


Rejuveness Anti Wrinkle formula contains a small amount of alpha hydroxy acid in the form of lactic acid ( it's the last ingredient) to aid in smoothing and refining skin . This cream is lightweight , sinks in fast and  is non greasy but  nicely moisturizing and after two uses I did feel  a bit smoother. It was subtle but there. It feels soft on skin and has very little fragrance.



Clarant B3 Even Skin Tone formula is slightly thicker then Rejuveness but still isn't heavy on. It's adds medium hydration to skin with a soft touch feel and a fresh fragrance. Niacinamide provides the B vitamin meant to help brighten .

These are both a solid choice for a basic day moisturizer  especially for combo and normal skins and come at a great price point .  Each tube is 1.7 oz which also makes it easily portable in your bag or overnighter.

Pond's Rejuveness & Clarant B3 Daily Moisturizers With Sunscreen are $ 9.99 at drugstores .



Monday, October 22, 2018

Chanel La Creme Main - Texture Riche



I don't think anyone didn't love last year's  La Creme Main hand cream from Chanel.

From the egg shaped , almost ergonomic container to the luxurious but light  cream within, it was a hit.  Now with cold temps upon us again ,we get a new more rich version- Texture Riche.

Texture Riche is more creamy and hydrating with May rose wax, glycerin and shea butter but it's still light feeling, comfortable and non greasy.  Licorice and iris extracts are there for brightening properties and this helps nourish nails too.

There is a soft, pleasant, clean fragrance that doesn't linger.


Holiday season is coming and this is truly a perfect stocking stuffer or just a nice self care treat to yourself.


Chanel La Creme Main - Texture Riche is $ 50 at Chanel.com  and wherever the brand is sold.







Thursday, October 18, 2018

Narciso Rouge



The first thing you notice about new Narciso Rouge is that lacquer red bottle. It's striking and beautiful.

The fragrance continues in the same vein as the previous versions , focusing on musks but adds  bulgarian rose.  Rouge is a cozy woods/musk scent that also has iris, amber, tonka , vetiver and cedar. The rose is there but not strong,  and it fades quite a bit by the drydown but it does add a  floral and powdery touch to the woods along with the iris. 


Overall this is very soft  and wears close to skin but has presence and is one of those perfumes that really comes alive when the temperatures drop and it mingles into your favorite sweater.



Narciso Rouge is $ 97 for 1.6 oz and $ 115 for 3.0 oz at Bloomingdales





Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Jergens Flawless Effects & Skin Illuminating Body Lotion




All year is lotion time but lets face it, when the weather turns cooler we need/wamt more .

Jergen's newest not only moisturize but highlight and brighten skin.  With Fall here and Winter  not far off, we need that. Plus they come in a new bottle that has a bit of a retro/vintage look & graphics.


Flawless Effects is said to even skin tone in 5 days of use. To put it to the test I used it on one arm to see what difference there might be.  And there was one. That side did look just a bit more even and perfected.  Subtle be definitely there. It's a great one to help get Summer tanned/parched skin back into shape. It's also nicely moisturizing ( glycerin , mango & cocoa butters are in there) , not heavy but not light either. My skin felt moisturized for hours after applying.  The scent is light and references the cocoa butter.  It blends into skin  after awhile, so it will pair with fragrance.

Skin Illuminating - Has just a slight hint of iridescence thanks to  to give skin some shimmer thanks to mica and pearl  powder , It's barely noticeable , you won't end up a glitter bomb, just highlighted. This is great for day when skin starts to have a pallor after Summer bronzing has worn off but we still want a little "look"  and to accent decolletage and legs for evenings out. This has shea butter  and adds light/medium moisture with a light, clean scent.   Holiday season is coming,  grab this and get the look makeup artists use on celeb clients for red carpets etc.

Both of these are currently exclusive to Amazon and sell for $ 11.99 each.






Sunday, October 14, 2018

Commodity Best Of Book Gift Set


Commodity fragrance have launched this year's  Holiday gift set. Last year they featured a trio of their scents , this year it's all about Book.

Best of Book has all you need to get wrapped up in this cozy, and yes, book-ish fragrance.  You get a 1.4 oz scented votive, .33 oz EDP spray and in something new from the brand, a 2.5 oz body lotion.

The set comes in a gift box with a slipcase outer sleeve, making it giving ready.

Book, if you're not familiar is dry, dusky and green/ herbal with notes of  bergamot, cypress , eucalyptus , cedar and sandalwood . It really does remind of walking into a used bookstore loaded with old volumes  and as a fanatic reader, I love that smell.  This wears lightly, stronger in the candle. 

The  Best Of Book set is well priced too , at $ 35 and is LE at Commodity ,  and Sephora .





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Monday, October 8, 2018

Shiseido Modern Matte, Visionary Gel & Lacquer Ink Lipcolors


Shiseido has always had some of the best lippies , in my opinion. I have several that have been go- tos for  a long time ,  ones that work every day .



Now the brand has upped the ante with a relaunch new formulas and repackaging.

There are three new lipcolor types - matte , satin,  shine and all are that good.

Semi nude, Peep Show, Flame, Velvet Rope, J Pop, Cyber Beige , Mirror Mauve

Modern Matte  Powder Lipstick is a creamy, non dry matte that is comfy and flexible on lips. It has full pigment with long wear that leaves a light stain after  after a few hours on me with drinking, light nibbling . The case is a heavy and solid with a strong magnetic cap . ( $26)


Visionary Gel Lipstick -   This has a truly weightless feel with a cooling sensation on application.  This gel based formula feels great on lips and has  a satin finish with a little sheen.  It's very creamy/moisturzing with medium pigment. The formula means it's not  very long wear but I still get a couple hours from it. The bullet here is very soft, so you need to not press to hard with it, or turn it out far from the slim case.  Also each stick is packaged inside a silver foil wrapper in the box. Superfluous ? Yes. Cool ? Also yes. ( $ 26)


Lacquer  Ink Lipshine - This is the updated version of the older Lacquer Rouge, which I loved. This gives big, bold pigment in one swipe, feels light and hydrating on lips with a decent shine  that's just below a gloss . This is a lippie that  has presence and makes for a fab look.($26)


All are available now at Shiseido and currently  they are having Friends & Family sale,  grab the code at their site . Shipping at $ 25.