Sunday, April 25, 2021

Alpyn Beauty

While I've visited the Southwest many times I've never been to the West , but Wyoming has always been high on the list of beautiful places to see. Alpyn Beauty is based in Jackson Hole, uses the plants of the area in their skincare and is inpired by the Alpenglow  there that bathes everything in a warm pink light at Sunset.   If skincare can bring a little of that to me, I'm in.  I can visualize sitting in a field  of wildflowers, the snow capped Tetons in the distance and maybe  a moose or elk grazing across the meadow. Ok, that might be over the top but it's my story and I'm sticking to it. 

The Line Filling Eye Balm is my  top pick, but then again I am all about the eye creams. This is lightweight with  medium moisture that also smoothes and fills a little. That makes it perfect for under makeup and day wear. 

I also  really like the Creamy Bubbling Cleanser.  I also love a good cleanser and while it's something you don't really need to spend a lot on, I'm all for a more luxe one. Self care right there. This gets the makeup off, isn't drying and has a light herbal scent leaving skin feeling soft after rinsing. 

The Calming Midnight Mask is one I'm still playing with. It's got a lot of hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid , sweet almond and sunflower oils, shea and mango butter, but it's lightweight.  It also has bakuchiol( my first product with this )  and melatonin.  For drier skin it might not be enough but as we move into warmer weather I think this will be great for my combo skin. It sinks in fast, leaves no sticky feeling and smells good .  Alpyn's  site does rec  using this over a moisturizer which  I am not doing so if you are drier , that would be the way to go. 

Alpyn Beauty Calming Midnight Mask is $ 68
Alpyn Beauty Line Filling Eye Balm is $ 62
Alpyn Beauty Creamy Bubbling Cleanser is $ 36 

L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Facial Drops


It's sunny season almost and that means self tanner season for those of us who like to be bronzed. And I do, I love being tan but I'm not about to bake myself in the sun, first we all know that's not good for you and I'm not a big fan of the heat, so faux it is. I've been a fan of L'Oreal's Sublime Bronze line  having used many iterations of it over the years . This year brings face tanning drops you add to your fav moisturizer.

The directions say add 5 or more drops to a pea size spot of moisturizer , mix, then apply to face. The tanning serum is  pretty moisturizing itself with hylauronic acid and a lot of slip . I've been blending it with my day cream but I think it could be used alone to be honest. Last night I used mostly drops with a little night cream  and it worked fine. I'm getting good results with this, the first use I had a light just barely noticeable tanned look, the second a day later more bronzed  but not dark or overdone or orangey. ( for reference , I have fair skin) .

On application you have a hint of tint and then it takes 6-8 hours to fully develop. The color is lasting too . With washing my face twice a day I wondered how it would hold up, but the 2 applications  Saturday and Sunday still had some color  through Wednesday when I did another round.  With the drops you can add more or less  for the color you want and how often.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Lancome Juicy Tubes Are Back

Did you know that Juicy Tubes made a welcome comeback this Summer? I've only just gotten around to getting some and I hadn't realized how much I had missed them.

Like many of us, they were a staple of mine back in the early 2000s. One year my bestie gave me the 7 Days of Juicy Tubes gift for Christmas. I loved it , with one fruit flavor for every day.  I think the blueberry and lemon were my favs.  

Now they're back and while wearing lipcolor has gotten harder I'm rocking mine when I walk the dog.  There are new shades as well as some old favorites and the formula remains the same. There's still loads of moisture, non tacky shine and varying levels of tint.  Hello Cherry is bright jelly with a good pop of sheer color, Fig Hit  is creamy muted nude, Marshmallow Electro is a shimmering sheer pink while Pure is simply clear.  There are 20  colors in all along with cute gift sets for holiday. With cool temps here these are  balm like but with more oomph. Just what we need. 

Available at Lancome online and Lancome counters for $ 25. 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Coco Mademoiselle L'Eau Privee


The newest in the Chanel Coco Mademoiselle lineup is L'Eau Privee . Meant as a nighttime scent , not a night out but snuggled on the couch or comfy in bed night in. 

L'Eau Privee is  whisper soft and light bordering on a skinscent. The Coco Mad DNA  is here but toned down . It's rose , barely there jasmine, peach and a healthy dose of musks. I've read a few reviews that said they got no patchouli and while that note is very de -emphasized here I do catch a little in there.  This is wispy and low key but quite pretty in it's own right as is the pink juice and frosted glass bottle that echoes the softness of the fragrance. 

Do we need a special frag for nights in ? I don't know. Probably not, but pretty things? Those we can always use. L'Eau Privee can certainly be worn in the day working almost as a body spray , a very luxurious one. Staying power on me has been decent but it's not super long, a few hours, with more sillage than I expected. Nothing close to the full blown kapow of the EDP , but you will get whiffs of it for awhile.

So fellow Chanel lovers, is this a oui or non for you?

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle L'Eau Privee is $ 125 for 3.4 oz  and $ 95 for 1.7 oz at Chanel