Sunday, August 18, 2019

Chanel Paris- Riviera EDT - Les Eaux

One of my favorite fragrance launches last year were the Les Eaux from Chanel. Paris- Biarritz became a staple in my perfume wardrobe and still is. Especially in Summer.

So I was quite excited to hear there was a new addition coming . Paris - Riviera  joins the previous trio and it, too, is a beauty.

It blooms with lots of orange blossom  and jasmine after a citrusy start of orange peel  and petitgrain. The orange blossom is  warm and effervescent. Chanel has their own source for this flower with Olivier Polge stating " For years, we have worked with a cooperative in Vallauris that distills orange blossoms grown in the region’s private gardens ” . “The owners of bitter orange groves bring the petals picked from their trees to this cooperative to be processed on location. The local climate yields an extremely pure essence. ”  Sounds delicious , right ?

As it dries down there is sun warmed skin musk along a touch of sandalwood  and there's a solar fragrance feeling. 

Like the other Les Eaux this is fairly light but it has plenty of sillage at the beginning. It's an easy scent for reapplying, and I say sprtiz with abandon. It's  a sunny , chic and pretty sundress of a scent. 

Chanel Paris- Riviera  EDT is $ 130 and will be available for one year  at and Nordstrom. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral Rich Eye Cream

I love a good eye cream, I've said that many times. My eye area gets dry and I'm all about keeping it taken care of.  I' also a big fab of Peter Thomas Roth skincare so we've got a winner here in his new  Hungarian Thermal Water Eye Cream.

This rich cream feels luxe and soothing on the eyes , adds plenty of moisture and smoothes the area out a little  but isn't heavy or overly greasy. It's whipped feeling cream that blends in well.   I use it mainly at  night but The Mom has swiped the jar and she uses it am and pm and finds it works nicely under makeup too.  She appreciate a good eye cream too. 

 Ingredients include caffeine, ceramides, micro algae , sea buckthorn berry and  arnica flower extracts, sunflower, linseed and evening primrose oils. 

PTR has done it again , this is worthy addition to your skincare routine. 

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water  Mineral Rich Eye Cream is $ 46 at Peter Thomas and Macys. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Phytomer Algodefense SPF 20 Multi Protective Cream

Phytomer is a French brand based in Brittany that creates marine based skincare. It's a brand I've heard of for a long time but only recently finally tried. 

Their new Algodefense is an easy to wear day cream that provides sunscreen and moisture . This has light SPF of 20 ( chemical sunscreens) and moisturizer in one. 

The cream is very soft, luxe feeling and soothing on skin with an immediate feel of hydration. It smoothes and plumps some too.   But it's not heavy so it works nicely even in Summer and layers under makeup.  I'm combo skin so I generally use a more matte foundation but I also have  normal skin on the non T Zone areas so matte can look cakey if I don't add some moisturizer there.  This has been doing a nice job the past couple weeks and I've been tapping some onto my hands as well.  No wasting that little extra bit of product that squeezes out sometimes. And I'm not going to lie, it feels very French chic and I like that too.

Ingredients include  glycerin ,olive oil esters ,  Criste Marine ( Samphire) oil , from a seaside growing plant ,  blue micro algae , brown and red algae , and sunflower seed oil.  They use a proprietary ingredient blend called "City Safe" that is marine sugars along with the algae for antioxidant/anti pollution protection.  

Phytomer Algodefense SPF 20 Multi Protective Cream is $ 110 at Phytomer online and in spas worldwide where the brand is sold. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Little Book of Self Care for the Signs of the Zodiac

Self care , it's a catchphrase at the moment, but really it's also a good thing. We all need to take a little down time to regroup, decompress or just plain relax.

Astrologer Constance Stellas has written a little book tailored to  each of the signs of the zodiac .  The beginning has a bit about the particular sign in the book, then goes on to detail a new way to step outside your box, wind down, renew  or do something fun new on each page.  None of these will be new to you most likely, I think most of us have a good idea how to self care we simply don't do it often enough. But the book is cute and it's nice to have them all in one place, a quick reminder guide.

More than anything the  book makes a fun "extra" gift. Coming at 6 1/2 inches by 4/12 inches it easily tucks into each bridesmaid's gift bag or Attach a spa or salon gift card to it for a friend or family. You get the idea.

I , do, however, have one bone to pick here, and that's the use of "his/him" when the book mentions a Sagittarius ( see page 119 ). I feel confident that this book is far more geared towards women than men and it should be "she/hers" , am I right? Otherwise it's a fun little read.

The Little Book of Self Care- Simple Ways to Refresh and Restore - According to the Stars is $12.99 at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and  is published by Adams Media/ Simon & Schuster.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra Fine Mist

The heat is really on ( it's 113F heat index here today) and a light misting of something that feels and smells good is perfect this time of  year. And what says Summer more than watermelon?

New from Glow Recipe is Watermelon Glow Mist.  This bi phase mist has actual teeny pieces of watermelon ( the ingredients list is as having 84% of the fruit ) along with hyaluronic acid and rice germ oil . It adds a very light boost of moisture and is a fine misting spray that sets makeup or gives a boost but won't leave you wet or dewy looking.

It does smells fabulous , like real watermelon, but not strong and the scent doesn't linger too long. It's also got shimmering particles in there. The shimmer is barely there , adds a bit of that glow in the name but no glitter fest.

I've been carrying it in my bag since it arrived so I can use it daily. I also often give a few quick spritzes on my way out the door in the AM.  Shake well and off you go.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Mist is $ 28 at Sephora  and Glow

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Guerlain Terracotta Touch Loose Powder To Go

Terracotta Touch Loose Powder To Go is part of this year's Terracotta collection and this  finely milled bronzing powder is the bomb. 

I am iffy with bronzers even though I love that glowing tanned look and this has been perfection on. It's lightweight, matte but does have a sheen. It's not full on shimmer so it doesn't settle into or accentuate lines. I have Medium and the shade isn't very dark so you don't look muddy or super tan.  More a golden beige that definitely adds some color on my pale self, enough for that aforementioned glowing look but not enough to look fake, too deep or overdone . I look brightened , boosted. Tan works for me , tanning obvs not so much. This is the next best thing.  According to the brand it has " A unique combination of corrective mattifying beads and radiance-revealing flakes ". 

The container has  a sponge atop the powder jar to apply with after you shake the powder into it, and you can dab and blend with that but a brush also works well and is what I mainly use .

Check out my Insta post too 

Guerlain Terracotta Touch comes in Medium and Deep and is $ 56  

Sunday, July 14, 2019

IT CosmeticsYour Skin But Better Primer Oil Free

There's a new primer in town from IT Cosmetics . 

Your Skin But Better Primer is oil free & helps makeup stay put with what the brand calls " All Day Grip Technology " . With my makeup melt issues that sounded good . 

The first thing I noticed is that it's a clear primer. Most primers I've used are milky or tinted. It's a totally clear and a thin formula that layers on skin easily with a barely there feel. Not silicone-y, or greasy. It sinks in fast & adds a small amount of moisture. For me with my oilier skin in Summer it was just right in the moisture department , enough but nothing heavy. It also smooths out skin nicely and does fill pores a little . Skin looks more prepped and ready for makeup.  

Overall I find this to be a nice base layer and my makeup has held up well using this so far. It's not a huge difference (again I have big makeup melt issues, I can wear off almost anything) but there is a  difference. Midday everything still looks in place and by evening makeup was faded a little but not that much.   

I really like that's it's so light you don't even notice it yet it works.  

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better  Primer Oil Free is $ 39 . 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Lime Crime Sunkissed Face Palette

Looking for a perfect Summer glow palette ?  Lime Crime has got you.

This is my first time trying the brand although I've admired it from afar for awhile.  And let me tell you, this palette is a beauty.  There are six shades in shimmer and matte to give you the best Summer glow. It's also wake up makeup. Or perk up after a loong day.

Don't be scared by the brights either. I admit I was at first. I loved the orange shade in the lower left but thought can I wear it ?  Yes. It is bright but the powder is fine and easily blended. Just use  a light hand and quick dusting across it if you're pale like me. On darker skins it should look amazing. The Yellow Gold is a little much for me but again it's not as bold on as it looks in the palette.

The Shimmers  are silky feeling and that makes them wear nicely and settle into lines etc too much. A  dusting of one of the lighter shades all over my face is such an instant brightener.  Sun Daze, upper right, is just enough of a non bronze  warmed up color boost , while Bask is the perfect not too deep all over bronzer.  Then I use Sizzle and Malibu as  blush.  In all of the shades  pigments are rich so you don't need a  lot on your brush and they all blend together nicely, so I often dip my brush in one then into another to mix.

This is sized well for packing. Not small but not huge. 6 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches.

Lime Crime Sunkissed Palette is $44 at Lime Crime,  Ulta  , Nordstrom.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Mamonde Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream

A lighter weight cream feels so much better in Summer than something heavy. I usually put the winter skincare aside once it gets hot for something a little more fresh and light.

Mamonde's  Floral Eye Gel Cream fits the bill as it's light with an almost water burst feel.  Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid provide the  moisture and it also has the flower essence of Narcissus.  It's  very refreshing on the eye area and adds light hydration . It takes a little time to sink in but not too long and works well under makeup.   That makes it a great daytime cream but the refreshing feel is nice after  along hot day so it's good for nightime too. 

So while this may not be the best pick when it's 20 degrees outside ,when it's  85 degrees it's  spot on adding some firming as well.

This was my first time using anything from this K Beauty brand  and I'm looking forward to trying more.  It's worth noting, too, that it's certified Vegan. 
You can find the line at Ulta and Mamonde's website for $ 32 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Water Mousse

My pale self is a big fan of self tanning , I love that "healthy glow " but it's not so healthy unless it's faux so I gave L'Oreal's newest , Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Water Mousse a try. 

I've generally had good luck with l'Oreal's self tanners, their Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Milk is a favorite and one I would and probably will buy again.

This new mousse  gives a light natural looking bronzed tan on first application after about 5 hours. It's  very lightweight, blends easily without streaking and dries pretty fast. It is tacky/sticky for a couple hours but not that bad and you can get dressed within 10 minutes I'd say. 

 It doesn't have that self tanner odor but does have a fairly strong floral/coconut scent. It's more than I'd like but it's not something I mind too much. 

The one application was a nice boost of color and I was noticeably darker but not a lot darker.  I'll need one more to get to a more deeper shade since this is my first tanning sesh of the season .  

Overall I like the ease of use with this and have always done well with the Sublime Bronze line. Do you use self tanners ? What's your favorite? .

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Water Mousse  is approx. 11.99 depending on retailer including Amazon .

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Guerlain Flora Cherrysia Aqua Allegoria

Just in time for Summer spritzing comes new Aqua Allegoria fragrances from Guerlain. 

If you're not familiar AAs are usually light and can applied with more abandon than something heavier as well as re-upped later in the day or evening as they last around 3-5 hours.  This makes them very nice for the warm days and nights of Summer.

Flora Cherrysia is one of the new Aqua Allegorias.  It's  breezy and pretty with cherry Blossom , bergamot and watermelon leading things off alongside  soft, sweet violet and a not too sweet pear .This never veers into fruity territory but is more floral before the musk filled drydown . 

Musk with barely there violet and equally light rose is where the scent then stays. It's a shame as the beginning is really nice and I was digging the watermelon and violet. Who knew that mix would smell so nice? 

That said, it's still a nice seasonal choice that won't overpower and will work well in the heat. 

Guerlain Flora Cherrysia is $ 105 for 4,2 oz EDT at Neimans, Saks, Lord & Taylor . 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Chanel Bronze et Lumiere Duo- Cruise 2019/2020

Cruise collections are usually end of year -ish but Chanel is giving us this gorg Cruise collection now, in time for Summer and that's a perfect time for it.

Part of the collection are two new Bronze et Lumiere/ Bronzer and Highlighter Duos in Clair ( light) and Medium. Each has a matte bronzing shade and shimmering highlight.

Clair is a light toned mix of peach and golden beige. It's very wearable  as it gives just  a hint of color to those of us who are paler. The matte peach warms skin up beautifully without looking like you've done much. It's subtle . The highlight shade is also soft with a warmed up bit of color and shimmer. The shimmer isn't heavy but it's not barely there either. The powder is finely milled and glides over skin.

Medium has a deeper, almost brown tone for the bronzer, great for contour or deeper skintones . The highlight side is gold and quite pretty for a bit of sunkissed glam.

The compacts have the double C embossed in them and come with a half moon brush.

Chanel Bronze et Lumiere Duos are $ 70 each at and wherever the brand is sold.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Guerlain Terracotta Contour & Glow Palette

Guerlain's Summer launches are ones I look forward to . Their Terracotta line is always stunning  and this year is no exception.

The Terracotta Contour and Glow Palette has three, well actually, four colors to get your Summer look on lock.

There is a deeper contouring shade , a medium bronzing tan shade ( both matte) and a blush/highlighter duo in a coral pink and pearl ( both iridescent) .

All are finely milled , lightweight feeling and offer light bronzing.  When you dust your brush across these and onto skin you won't get a dark brown streak  , but a wash of color that can be built up. They have warmth to them especially the middle bronzer shade.

The blush /highlighter is sheer and the coral shade just makes it as blush on my pale skin . Anyone darker would probably use it as a highlighter shade as well. It's beautiful though and gives a sunny boost of color.

I need to talk the packaging here too, the case is vintage metal chic looking with an art deco inspired sunburst design . Very treat yourself worthy .

I'm having trouble sourcing availability for this , Nordstrom and Bergdorf's has the other Terracotta launches but not this, it listed on Guerlain International page so best to look there to see if  it's near you.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sun

Last year Dolce & Gabbana gave us Light Blue Italian Zest , this year we get Sun.

The new  Sun EDT  is a citrus, musky vanilla with a sun warmed skin vibe. It's light but not into skinscent territory  and yes, feels very Summer-y. It starts with lemon and there is a green apple note listed but I get just a bit of that and it's gone. Coconut water is listed as note but I get very little of that also, it's not really coconut scented at all to my nose but a more green and creamy tropical feel. The ozonic accord is there , it's refreshing and not overly aquatic but more beachy salt water. Frangipani brings in the middle with the citrus still there and then quickly amber, vanilla and white musk come in. Those  drydown notes along with lemon are the full drydown and what the scent stays at . 

It is different from last year's Italian Zest which was more full on lemon and limoncello smelling. I have both on my arm right now and Sun is about vanilla and musks . Someone in Insta asked me if it was suntan lotion like, and the answer is no.  As I said earlier, it's more musky , sun warmed skin on the beach. A snuggle up and in on Summer nights scent ,too. 

Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue Sun is available now and is $ 102 for 3.3 oz EDT and $ 80 for 1.6 oz EDT

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Gucci Bloom Hair Mist

Love Gucci Bloom ? It's hard to resist that  beautiful tuberose note and now you can have it in a hair mist.

I think the first time I used a hair mist was the mid '90s when L'Oreal had one in a glass bottle. I'm sure I grabbed it because it was unique and something new. It didn't smell that good as I recall. 

Let's face it hair mist isn't something that you really need , but it certainly is nice and has that luxe self -care glam feel. And we're seeing a lot them hit the market right now.

So it is with  new Gucci Bloom Hair Mist. The mist smells fabulous , very like the perfume and comes in a small 1 oz frosted glass bottle. It's a bit vintage looking and pretty hefty feeling.  At first spritz the scent is pretty strong but it settles down  fairly quickly . I do get whiffs of it  for several hours though, so it lasts.  Hair tends to grab scent well.

It's a wonderful way to freshen up your strands after all day or to just mist your locks as you breeze out the door for the day , hair swishing as you go.

Gucci Bloom Hair Mist is $ 49