Thursday, September 23, 2021

Tiffany Rose Gold EDP


New from Tiffany & Co. is Rose Gold EDP.

It's sparkly, fruity and light  . You get blackcurrant right off , it reminds me a bit of a bubbly sweet rosé like the old Asti Spumantes I drank as a young adult. Then you have musk and woods start coming in with a soft , non powdery dry rose . This could be the iris note but I really don't smell much iris to be honest. Musk and ambrette  are the drydown and it's very musky , light musks nothing heavy .

Overall this isn't anything unique , it's the Tiffany association that people will go for and I have no problem with that.  It's pretty , light and easy to wear if not unlike something else you've sniffed. I can think of many people I know who'd be thrilled with it for a gift.
My favorite Tiffany remains the unfortunately named &Love For Her,  cool cologne like citrus floral.

Something else fun is if you buy Rose Gold from Tiffany's you can have the bottle engraved.

Tiffany Rose Gold is $ 108  for 1.7 oz 

Maybelline The Colossal Long Wear Mascara


Maybelline generally new rocks the mascara game and their newest is The Colossal long wear. I  have the waterproof version because my eyes often laugh at "long wear ". I need super durable mascara. The Colossal has a large wide spoolie (mega on the packaging) and the formula is thick but not overly wet or gloppy. I like that. It adds volume and length with 1 coat but 2 gives much more of both and it is buildable without looking spidery. I've done 3 coats with no problem. It is definitely long wear, going all day with no smudge ,runs etc. The claim is 36 hr wear but I don't know about that. I haven't tried keeping it in that long , wash your face every night peeps.

By late night it's worn off some ,still there but not as "new" looking. It removes easily with cold cream but doesn't wash off . It really holds onto lashes. Again though non waterproof might be different.

Solid winner for me and I've given one to The Mom and she really likes it too. If you need long wear with a big lash look The Colossal has got it.

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.