Thursday, February 28, 2019

Nivea Creme City Tins

Nivea's blue tins are a beauty product that can truly be called iconic.   This season they're getting a very cute update.

For a limited time, there are 4 different US cities represented on the lids- Miami, Chicago, New York and San Francisco .

Each is cute and I haven't been able to pick a fav yet but I'm leaning towards Chicago because it's not a city that gets featured a lot on products  , so it's a bit more unusual.

The super moisturizing Nivea Creme is the same inside making these the perfect purse/ bag or travel companion. Bonus points if you take yours to the city featured on the lid.

Nivea City Creme Tins are .99 cents and LE .

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Guerlain Meteorites Compact Spring 2019

Do you love Meteorites ? Not the ones in the sky, although those are pretty awesome too, but the multi colored powders from Guerlain.

They've got a new compact for Spring called Meteorites Compact - Colour Correcting , Blotting and Lighting Powder.

It comes in 3 depth of shades , I've got the lightest  in color combo 2 Clair /Light . There are  4 separate shades to be swirled together  or used alone . As one they offer brightening ( they  work great when your foundation looks a bit darker than you'd like, acting as a slight lightener) , setting, finishing , perfecting and blotting. While the green will also cancel redness.

The 2 other shade combos look good too. I wouldn't mind a wardrobe of Meteorites. One for brightening, finishing, one for blush , one for bronzing.

If you're familiar with Guerlain you know the features, if you're not, these are finely milled powders. They don't sit on skin but blend right in with no heaviness. They do add instant brightness and perfecting. Subtle but definitely there . There's a reason these are a perennial favorite , they're beautiful to look at and work well.

This season's compact on the outside is all silver with an engraved looking swirl motif and the Guerlain name.  Pretty elegant to whip out of your bag for a midday touch up.

Guerlain Meteorites Compact is $ 62

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation

New from  Chanel is Ultra Le Teint - Ultrawear All Day Comfort  Flawless Foundation . The old saying it's  all in a name and in this case, that's the truth. The box copy doesn't lie. 

Ultra Le Teint is one fab foundation, no surprise  really, since Chanel's always are.  An update to older formulas , this is a luminous, soft focus matte.  Coverage is medium to full and easily buildable . It blends and sets well for a more natural looking foundation but one that also perfects.  According to Chanel the formula uses Luminous Perfection soft-focus powder for correcting and illuminating but this has no shimmer, shine or pearlescence. Just you , more flawless.

The foundation does feel weightless on as well. Not heavy, cakey or tight and stays that way . Makeup tends to wear off on me faster than I'd like so I'm glad that lives up to the longwear claim. When I  got home in the early evening it still looked really good.  I barely even needed a T Zone touch up midday and I really loved that. 

There have been similar foundations from Chanel in the past  and I have the older Le Teint Ultra Tenue . The difference? I find the newer one less dry, even more comfy on skin than the previous version which I did like very much.  I use light moisture underneath and I'm good to go. As with most things Chanel it's C'est Magnifique.

Chanel  Ultra Le Teint Foundation is $ 60 and comes in 30 shades. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Chanel Les 9 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette -Quintessance

For Spring Chanel has upped the ante on their well loved eye quads. This time we get a nine shade palette.

I can't recall a large eye palette from them before, I could just not remember but I do have a large back collection of older makeup to check .

Edition No 2 Quintessance 's shades  are mostly all easy to wear and you've got plenty of color combos right in one palette with both shimmer and matte formulas.  I am loving the sparkling metallic green in the bottom center pan. It's  a muted olive with flashes of silvery taupe. Hard to describe but very pretty. 

The deep chocolate matte brown and two lighter highlight shades will get a lot of use from me as well as the light tan matte in the upper right corner. It's an everyday shade.  I don't personally wear blue a lot and dark green while I love it, again I don't wear a lot . I like having them both here though, it's make for a well rounded palette and when I do want to wear green I don't have to dig through individual pans to find one.

Chanel  9 Ombres Eyeshadow Palette -Quintessance is $ 70 and available now.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Olfactory NYC Custom Fragrance

I recently was offered the chance to create my own fragrance from  Olfactory NYC. 

Olfactory NYC is a new concept brand that allows you to have a semi custom scent blended for you by picking from one of their numerous core fragrances and adding an accord scent . All of their base or core fragrances have been created by top perfumers including Frank Voelkl and Honorine Blanc , the nose behind my choice- Taylor.

Taylor is comprised of two jasmines - sambac and absolute. I added the smoky mate tea and lemon accord. The result is a soft, airy jasmine with bright not sharp lemon and wafts of the tea note here and there for depth. It's very sunny and lifting but light , wearing close to the skin.  That just allows for more liberal spritzing . It's very Spring in a bottle. 

I admit I played it safe with my blend but I couldn't resist a creamy jasmine, lemon and tea mix and it is lovely if not overly unique . There were many other combos that appealed to me and it took me awhile to make my choices . 

Olfactory NYC has a NYC studio you can hit up in person or do as I did and go online. It's a pretty straightforward ,fun process. A discovery Tinkerers Box   or Explorer Box is also available , you can play with blends then order your creation.  

A custom scent is $ 75 for a 1.7 oz bottle and the Tinkerers or Explorer Boxes are $18 and include a discount code. 

Create or learn more at


Sunday, February 3, 2019

L'Oreal Signature Lasting Matte Lipsticks

I'm not the biggest matte lipstick fan, I've said that many times. They're just too dry and flat . I wear them sometimes but always topped with a balm or gloss. I love the richer pigments but not the feel.

L'Oreal's newest Signature matte is a different (lip) story.  These are really comfy on lips. They feel barely there and not dry.  I don't even need a balm topper. I'd call them a liquid lipstick/stain hybrid.

These have good pigment but I do need two coats for full coverage. First application gave medium pigment, 2nd was full coverage/pigment. It's not as heavy/bold color as most liquid mattes I've tried and is more buildable. I like that.

The wand is a bent doe foot that applies the color easily. It's thin but not runny . Wear time is long and once it begins to fade you have a stain left behind.

Props too , for the nice, rather luxe looking packaging. The tube has a weighted, higher end feel.

Colors shown are I Rule ( rosey pink), I Am Worth It ( red) and I Explore ( medium nude brown) an everday fav. for me.