Sunday, October 13, 2019

Milk Makeup MVP Gift Set

Holiday gift sets are coming fast.  New from Milk Makeup is the MVPs Set. 

In the set, housed in a clear zip top bag, you get 7 minis of their top products.
-Kush Mascara
-Hydro Grip Primer
-Cooling Water
-Watermelon Brightening Serum
-Glow Oil Lip & Cheek in Glimmer 

-Highligher in Blitzed 
- Bronzer in Baked

 These are nicely sized, great for travel or purse stashing as well as trying them if they're new to you.  For me, this is the first time I'd tried many of these products and I'm really loving several of them. The Cooling Water Stick under my eyes ( feels lovely)  and the Glow Oil as a lip balm/stain especially. This set definitely seems like one where everything in it should be something your giftee or you will use.

Milk Makeup MVP Set is $ 45 wherever the brand is sold incl.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Higher Education Spring Break SPF 30

While Summer may be officially over, it's still hot out there.  And the sun is still shining so we need to keep that SPF on every day.

 I've had this newish one from a new to me brand called Higher Education Skincare in my stash for some time  and have used it over the last couple months under makeup . Sometimes over a separate moisturizer ,sometimes not. It's a nice pick for combo/oilier skins as it's a lightweight, sheer, almost matte finish that adds light moisture (aloe vera, glycerin, squalene, vitamin e ) . So it acts as a little bit of skincare too. Green tea and grapeseed extracts turn up at the end of the ingredient list for a small antioxidant boost. 

Also even there's 4.00% zinc oxide , there's no white cast. The broad spectrum SPF 30 is rounded out with Octinoxate 6.90 % and Octisalate 3.00% . 

Higher Education , if you're not familiar is a newer brand that has a dermatologist on board in  Dr. Susan Cox of California to vet formulas . They also donate 3% of  net profits to WE School , division of .

The fragrance is minimal , a little bit of a cocoa butter scent and the brand is cruelty free.

Higher Education Spring Break SPF 30 is $ 25 for a 2.5 oz tube

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick

I do love a stick foundation and am glad more brands are coming out with them. New is Milk Makeup's  Flex Foundation Stick. 

The Flex Stick has medium , buildable semi- matte coverage.  It's not heavy or cakey but with a more natural finish once it sets and warms up. It covers nicely and blends out well but definitely benefits from prepping skin as I did find it a bit dry and matte on application ( I have combo skin ,oily  T Zone for reference). 
Once on, as skin warmed up the finish became more natural . 

I had light oil breakthrough on the nose within a couple hours and needed a powder touch up in about 6 hours and there was some wear off in the oily areas.  It is a very comfy, light feeling formula that works really well as a portable touch up stick. With its smooth creamy formula it goes over the day's makeup easily. 

For combo skin like  mine and normal it's a nice segue into fall weather makeup. If you're drier you'll need good moisture underneath first but that's most likely what you're doing anyway.

Ingredients include marshmallow root powder to help with comfort on face and keep makeup from caking or creasing, chamomile for soothing and redness reducing.  And it is not oil free having sunflower seed and lavender oils but it's very non greasy. 

There are 36 shades . I have two at the lighter end of the colors and the palest is very light.

Milk Flex Foundation Stick is $ 36 at Sephora.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Gucci Memoire D' Une Odeur

Gucci has gone in a very different direction with their new Memoire D' Une Odeur . I'm not sure what I think of it.

I am not crazy about the name , but I do love the bottle.
The fragrance opens sharp with bitter almond note and then a soft jasmine. The jasmine is not warm or lush, more airy.  Chamomile features prominently as does musk and there is also a mineral feel to the scent.  By the drydown cedarwood comes in with the mineral and herbs lingering . 

 I'm not a fan of chamomile or too much musk  so that colors my impression. To me it's very old fashioned or maybe just old smelling with a camphor and astringent tone.  It wears very soft and light, almost a skinscent and changes a lot from the opening to drydown and that's a good thing. 

I have to give it to them for creating a scent that doesn't smell like everything or anything else out there. I think us mega perfume fans often lament lack of originality , and this is different.   They were willing to do different. It's gotten people talking from what I've read and that's a good thing.   I like that people are conversing about perfumes.  And I've heard over on Insta from fans who like and ones who do not.  Where do you fall ? 

Gucci Memoire D' Une Odeur is $ 95 at Sephora for 2 oz EDP or $ 34 for .25 rollerball.

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.