Jun 30, 2012

Chanel Joues Contraste: Rose Initiale

Chanel Joues Contrate Blush Rose Initiale (available here) - $43  Part of the Les Essentiels de Chanel makeup collection for Fall 2012.

Unique powder blusher offers buildable coverage, from natural to dramatic, and imparts a flattering radiance to cheeks. Remarkably silky texture ensures easy application of seamless colour. Applied high on the cheekbone, or near the eyes, it instantly 'lifts' and softens the face for a more youthful look.

Les Essentiels de Chanel Fall Makeup 2012 Joues Contrate Blush Rose Initiale Beauty Blog Swatches Reviews Ingredients FOTD Looks
Les Essentiels de Chanel Fall Makeup 2012 Joues Contrate Blush Rose Initiale Beauty Blog Swatches Reviews Ingredients FOTD Looks
Les Essentiels de Chanel Fall Makeup 2012 Joues Contrate Blush Rose Initiale Beauty Blog Swatches Reviews Ingredients FOTD Looks

Chanel's newest Joues Contrate - Rose Initiale - is a light shade of pink.  In the pan, it looks mostly pink, though on my skin I detect maybe a tiny hint of peach to it (which might be because of the fine shimmer that gives a glow to the skin).  Like most of the Chanel powder products, this too is perfumed, not something that bothers me overly but might be an issue for anyone with a sensitive nose.  Texture-wise, this is a powder version and not a baked version that I have always got back in India - and I think I prefer these to the baked versions.

Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Initiale - Swatches/Makeup

Les Essentiels de Chanel Fall Makeup 2012 Joues Contrate Blush Rose Initiale Beauty Blog Swatches Reviews Ingredients FOTD Looks
Les Essentiels de Chanel Fall Makeup 2012 Joues Contrate Blush Rose Initiale Beauty Blog Swatches Reviews Ingredients FOTD Looks

The quality, as always, is amazing with the powder just melting into the skin.  On my darker skin, I just get a hint of pink and a bit of warmth.  Ideally, I would recommend this as the perfect blush for skin tones at least a tiny bit lighter than I am - it would show up better, in my opinion :)

Chanel Joues Contrate Rose Initiale - Ingredients

Les Essentiels de Chanel Fall Makeup 2012 Joues Contrate Blush Rose Initiale Beauty Blog Swatches Reviews Ingredients FOTD Looks

Chanel Le Vernis Suspicious

Chanel Le Vernis Suspicious (available here) - $26


Part of the Les Essentiels de Chanel makeup collection for fall 2012 that got a really early release some time last week, Suspicious is a deep raspberry reddish pink that is the perfect bright color to give that pop for a dull, dreary autumn day but works just as well as the perfect bright summer manicure.  A creamy polish, this goes on opaque and nonstreaky with just one coat, but a second coat helps give it a more polished look (at least with my clumsy oaf application!).  I suppose this isn't the most unique shade out there, but I really love how it manages to work with my skin tones and actually is a pinkish red that I see myself using a lot.

Les Essentiels de Chanel Le Vernis Suspicious Nail Polish Makeup Collection Fall 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches NOTD Review
Les Essentiels de Chanel Le Vernis Suspicious Nail Polish Makeup Collection Fall 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches NOTD Review
Les Essentiels de Chanel Le Vernis Suspicious Nail Polish Makeup Collection Fall 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches NOTD Review
Chanel Le Vernis Suspicious on my nails:  The colour leans more towards pink in some lights and picks up more red other times, but either way I love the shade :D

For comparisons with similar shades from the Chanel line up, check Sabrina's post on The Beauty Look Book.

Jun 29, 2012

Caprice and Troublant: Rouge Allure Extraits de Gloss for Fall 2012

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss Pure Shine Intense Colour Long Wear Lip Gloss Troubland and Caprice (available here) - $26

A next generation lipgloss with colour so rich and shine so intense, it could only be inspired by the iconic lipstick, Rouge Allure.  Bold colour combines with the smoothest, silkiest gel texture for luxurious wear and deeply dramatic effect. Lips feel comfortable – never sticky or tacky – and look luminous, full and sensuous for hours. The double-sided, flocked applicator is beveled to deliver ultra-precise definition.

Les Essentiels Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Caprice Troublant Fall Makeup Collection 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches

Chanel has released two new glossimers with Les Essentiels de Chanel collection for fall 2012 - Troublant and Caprice.   The Rougle Allure Extrait de Gloss formula is something of a hybrid between a gloss and a lipstick, the smooth moisturizing texture of a gloss and the pigmentation of a lipstick.  Troublant is a mauve-plum shade while Caprice is a pale milky pink with a hint of coral to it.

Les Essentiels Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Caprice Troublant Fall Makeup Collection 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches
Les Essentiels Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Caprice Troublant Fall Makeup Collection 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss - Caprice and Troublant - Swatches
Les Essentiels Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Caprice Troublant Fall Makeup Collection 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches

Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss - Caprice and Troublant - FOTD

Chanel Rouge Extrait de Gloss in Caprice and Troublant - My Take:  True to the formula, Caprice and Toublant are like thick lipglosses, but I found them on the sheer side - as sheer as any other regular lipgloss, only just a lot thicker.  Caprice is a milky pink with just a hint of coral.  A very sheer milky shade, it doesn't do anything for my very pigmented lips when used on its own.  Topped over a darker lipstick/lipliner, it would work great paired with a darker, smokey eye.  Trouble - described as a dark plum - sheers down to an almost my-lip-but-glossier shade for me.  Again, this would work better with a lipliner to layer over.  Both the glossimers are nondrying but I am not too sure about the longlasting claim - about 2 to 3 hours is the maximum wear I get, and of course, they don't last through a meal.  Overall, the quality and packaging is awesome, its Chanel, but I would think they are colours that you can easily find less expensive dupes for.

Les Essentiels de Chanel Fall 2012 Makeup Collection

Les Essentiels de Chanel for Fall 2012 (available here) - A chic makeup collection inspired by Coco Chanel's iconic essentials.

Pretty early in the year for a fall collection one would think, but makeup companies obviously think differently.  A lot of fall collections are turning up at counters, and the first one I picked up was the one from Chanel - Les Essentiels de Chanel.  Featuring traditional fall makeup trends of plum lipsticks, dark nail polishes, and metallic shimmers in the eyeshadows, this collection would seem just great for fall, but Chanel has also thrown in some beige and brights so it doesn't look too out of place around this time of year.  I picked up a couple of pieces, and here are some swatches.  Reviews to come in a bit.

Les Essentiels de Chanel Makeup Collection Fall 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches

Chanel Le Vernis - Vertigo, Suspicious, Frenzy

Les Essentiels de Chanel Makeup Collection Fall 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches Nail Polish Frenzy Suspicious Vertigo
Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo - Review/NOTD HERE
Chanel Le Vernis Suspicious - Review/NOTD HERE
Chanel Le Vernis Frenzy - Review/NOTD HERE 

Chanel Joues Contraste - Rose Initiale

Les Essentiels de Chanel Makeup Collection Fall 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches Rose Initiale Joues Contraste Blush
Chanel Joues Contraste Rose Initiale Reviews/FOTD HERE.

Chanel Rouge Allure de Extrait Gloss - Caprice, Troublant

Les Essentiels de Chanel Makeup Collection Fall 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches Rouge Extrait de Gloss Troublant Caprice
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss Caprice and Troublant Reviews/Swatches/FOTD HERE

Chanel Style Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner - Noir Intense

Les Essentiels de Chanel Makeup Collection Fall 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches Stylo Yeux Longlasting Eyeliner Noir Intense
Chanel Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense - Review HERE

Chanel rouge coco hydrating creme lip color - Charactere

Les Essentiels de Chanel Makeup Collection Fall 2012 Beauty Blog Swatches Charactere Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick Charactere - Review/Swatches/FOTD HERE

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer - Sweet Beige (297)


The collection includes a couple of other products too, but I didn't think they would work for my skin tone so didn't pick those up.  So far, my favorites have been the nail polishes (no surprises there), and I also liked the black eyeliner pencil.  I was looking forward to a couple of eyeshadow singles, but Chanel hasn't released them as yet.  Reviews and detailed posts over the next week :)

Jun 28, 2012

Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo (Les Essentiels de Chanel Fall 2012)

Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo (available here) - $26

It's not yet July, and summer is just starting here, but in the world of makeup it's already autumn!  While I was waiting for the Bombay Express collection from Chanel (which is currently available online), pieces from the fall 2012 collection - Les Essentiels de Chanel - were already available at Nordstrom.  Thanks to their fabulous (and free) shipping service, I got a few of the products.  My favorite is the Chanel nail polish - Vertigo.


Chanel Makeup Fall 2012 Les Essentiels de le vernis nail polish lacquer color notd swatches beauty blog reviews vertigo
Chanel Makeup Fall 2012 Les Essentiels de le vernis nail polish lacquer color notd swatches beauty blog reviews vertigo

Vertigo is a dark reddish-brownish grey - so dark it's almost black.  There is a fine shimmer scattered throughout the polish, but had I not read about this in other blogs I would have never known.  The polish looks a dull, dark grey in the bottle, and I was a bit disappointed when I saw it.  On my nails, it goes on a creamy, dark grey with undertones of maroon and brown.  There is no sparkle or shimmer visible (very typical of so many Chanel polishes), but it does give a depth and complexity to the color and makes it just so beautiful.

Chanel Makeup Fall 2012 Les Essentiels de le vernis nail polish lacquer color notd swatches beauty blog reviews vertigo
Two coats of Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo on my nails.
Chanel Le Vernis Vertigo is a fabulous, creamy dark color that is perfect for fall but would not look out of place any time of the year.  Unlike so many other darker colours, this makes my hands look healthier and brighter.  The formula is amazing, and if you are good with your application, you could get away with a single coat.  I don't own Paradoxal or Black Satin - the two colors that this might look similar to - so I cannot do side by side photos right now, but in my opinion, Paradoxal has just too much purple in it while Black Satin is, well, just black.   I would check this post by Sabrina from The Beauty Look Book to get an idea about comparisons with other/similar colors.

MORE CHANEL NAIL POLISHES:
Chanel Le Vernis Rose Cache
Chanel Le Vernis Beige 
Chanel Le Vernis - Island 
Chanel Le Vernis - Attraction (545)
Chanel Le Vernis - Frisson (543)
Chanel Le Vernis - June
Chanel Le Vernis - Paritculiere

More Chanel Reviews HERE.

Jun 27, 2012

Sampler Yay or Nay: Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum

Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum (available here) - $25

This weightless, highly concentrated multitasking serum is fortified with pure Ojon™ oil, nature's hair-repairing golden elixir, plus exotic Rouge Oleifera that penetrates the hair shaft to help strengthen weak hair, fix split ends and flyaways, and tame frizz. Without leaving any oily residue.  This serum helps restore brilliant shine and softness to dull, damaged hair while adding suppleness and manageability. A must-have for your daily routine, it absorbs instantly, speeding up heat styling to prevent future damage.

Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Haircare Oil Serum Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

Sephora had samples of the Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum some time back, and I wasn't too enthusiastic about it, but it was free and I was sort of tired of collecting perfume vials so I ended up picking this up.  The samples were just collecting dust until one morning when my hair was at its frizzy best, and I decided to give this a try.  And...wow...meet my new best friend :D

Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Haircare Oil Serum Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use
Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Haircare Oil Serum Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

Being a South Indian, oil is an integral part of my haircare.  A warm oil massage before washing my hair is the best treatment for my frizz-prone hair.  I am not too fond of hair serums, though - I hate the residue left behind by some, and with others, I don't notice any difference with others.  The Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum promises to tame the frizz without a greasy (or other) residue.

Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Haircare Oil Serum Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use
How to Use the Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum
 I have tried the Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum on both damp as well as dry hair.  For my shoulder-length hair, I use about 2 to 3 drops of the serum - which is like a really light oil without any particular smell to it - and scrunch it into the ends of the hair.  For dry hair, I use a drop or two and just pat it onto my hair.  Either way, what I am left with is well-behaved, quiet, settled hair without a trace of any oil or residue.  My hair looks and feels healthier, shinier, but nobody would know I applied anything to it.  The best hair serum I have tried - EVER.  I bought a bottle of Josie Maran's Argan before I got around to trying these sample vials, and that is the only reason why I am not ordering a full size bottle of this right away!

Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Haircare Oil Serum Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use
Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum - Ingredients
Filled with nourishing, light, natural oils, the Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum is a must-have for anyone looking for a frizz-control option that would also improve hair health in the long-term and not just provide a temporary fix.  Plus, a little goes a long way this product - my little sample vials look like they are going to be around a long while :D

Sampler Yay or Nay?  This one gets a big YAY!

The "Sampler Yay or Nay" series features products that are GWPs from stores like Sephora and not provided by any company free of charge for the purpose of a review.  The packaging of these products might vary from the full-size product, though the products themselves are the same.

Carol's Daughter Olive Oil Infusion
Love Your Hair?  Show it You Care!
Coconut Oil:  Health and Hair Benefits
Sampler Yay or Nay:  Clinique Moisture Surge

Jun 22, 2012

The Body Shop Jumbo Shea Body Scrub

The Body Shop Jumbo Shea Body Scrub (available here) - $20

Reveal softer, glowing skin with exfoliating salt grains and organic sugar in a moisturizing, oil-based scrub that has a fresh, classic scent.  Community Trade shea butter has antioxidant vitamins A and E to help protect and nourish skin.  Community Trade organic soy oil is very rich in essential fatty acids that help to repair skin’s moisture barrier, so skin is smooth and supple.  Community Trade organic sugar and salt grains gently exfoliate skin.

The Bodyshop Jumbo Shea Butter Body Scrub TBS Organic Natural Dry Skincare Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use
The Bodyshop Jumbo Shea Butter Body Scrub TBS Organic Natural Dry Skincare Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

The Body Shop makes some of favorite body butters, and while I love the fresh, fruity scrubs that they make, I am always looking for ideas to cut down on the work involved - you know, scrubbing, moisturizing, it's all too tiring :P  Anyway, I found an easy solution in the Body Shop Shea Butter Body Scrub - a great-smelling scrub that combines the gentle exfoliating power of salt and sugar with the superbly moisturizing shea butter.

The Bodyshop Jumbo Shea Butter Body Scrub TBS Organic Natural Dry Skincare Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use
The Bodyshop Jumbo Shea Butter Body Scrub TBS Organic Natural Dry Skincare Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use

The Body Shop Shea Butter Body scrub is a creamy, yummy scrub that's rich in oils and so perhaps best suited for the dry-skinned girls.  It's also a very gentle scrub - the salt granules are very fine and the sugar granules are just too big to be too harsh - perfect for sensitive skins.  To use, scoop a generous amount of the scrub and apply to damp skin.  The shea butter and soybean/sunflower/castor oil base makes this a perfect scrub to massage into the skin - would be ideal if someone else did it for you, but for the not-so-lucky-normals like me, we just have to do it ourselves :D  Wash off with warm water and towel dry for perfectly moisturized skin!  I say "perfectly moisturized," but that's because I have very dry skin and I prefer light oils rather than lotions for my skin.  Normal skins might find this a little on the oilier side, but it does get absorbed after a bit.  The fabulous scent stays on the skin for a quite a while.

The Bodyshop Jumbo Shea Butter Body Scrub TBS Organic Natural Dry Skincare Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use
The Bodyshop Jumbo Shea Butter Body Scrub TBS Organic Natural Dry Skincare Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients How to Use
The Body Shop Jumbo Shea Butter Body Scrub - Ingredients
Overall, I find this a great product, especially for a dry/sensitive-skinned person looking to streamline the daily skincare routine.  I do find it a trifle oily, not something I am complaining about for my skin, but it does tend to leave the bath tub slippery (I just wash off the surface with soapy water, but it's something to keep in mind if you are prone to slipping).

Angel by Thierry Mugler Eau de Parfum Review

Angel Eau de Parfum by Thierry Mugler (available here)

By imagining Angel, Thierry Mugler gave form to his childhood memories.  He wanted "to make a perfume that would have common resonnance for everyone, something close to tenderness, to childhood," something so sensuous "that you almost feel like eating up the person you love," taking a bite out of the wearer.  Between brutality and sweetness, the first notes of the fragrance are steeped in patchouli, followed by the delectable, sweeter notes of praline, caramel, and vanilla.  Angel is charming, bewitching, disconcerting...(info here)


Angel Thierry Mugler Eau de Parfum Designer Perfumes Fragrances for Women EDP Blog Reviews

Angel by Thierry Mugler - Fragrance Notes

Notes:  Bergamot, Hedione, Helional, Honey, Dewberry, Red Berries, Vanilla, Caramel, Patchouli, Chocolate, Coumarin.
Style:  Pure. Soft. Innocent

As much as the fragrance, the packaging of Angel is quite distinct - a bluish-tinted glass star, a technically challenging design that took nearly 2 years to perfect.

With it's peculiar star-shaped bottle and the many passionate reviews about this "dirty perfume," Angel has been on my must-try list for quite some time now.   Soon as I got my bottle of Angel, I took a deep whiff straight off the bottle, and I HATED it.  Not surprising really, considering that is what most reviews warn you not to do, but I didn't really think it was all true!  What is also true, though, is this is a fragrance that grows on you.

Angel Thierry Mugler Eau de Parfum Designer Perfumes Fragrances for Women EDP Blog Reviews
"The perfume is also the bottle, and we chose the star, which is my favorite symbol." - Thierry Mugler

I would describe Angel as a heady, cloyingly sweet perfume, with a massive overdose of patchouli.  While the smell never really changes on my skin, I love the fragrance in the air around me.  A tiny drop on my wrists is enough to give me a whiff all through the day, and I love how the fragrance drifts up into the air as it gets warmer (of if I have my hands under warm water).   Sensual and dark, this is a fragrance I like smelling on myself - at home.  Much as I seem to like it, I doubt if I would ever wear it out; it's really not what I like smelling like to a stranger.

If you like strong fragrances and/or are a tolerant Lushie, you would be quite accepting and firmly on the "Love Angel" team.  Moderation and avoiding crowded, cramped spaces would be good, though, with this fragrance :D

Thierry Mugler Angel Eau de Parfum Ingredients

Angel Thierry Mugler Eau de Parfum Ingredients Designer Perfumes Fragrances for Women EDP Blog Reviews

MORE PERFUME REVIEWS HERE.

Jun 16, 2012

pureDKNY Verbana

pureDKNY Verbana (available here)

Look good.  Feel good.  Do good.  This pure scent adds a fresh drop of verbena to a world that needs a moment of calm.  More than a fragrance, it embraces a way of being that takes time out for the simple things, the things closest to the heart: love, joy, comfort, relationships, and community.  This fragrance's verbena calls to mind sparkling citrus and crisp green basil -- a naturally derived ingredient sourced from Africa. The scent's overall character is fresh and bright. A light mix of floral notes, including honeysuckle, peony, jasmine petals, is balanced with a finish of white amber, sea moss, and vetiver.  The bottle, organic in shape and inspired by a drop of water, appears to be formed by nature. The materials include 100% recyclable glass and a cap of high-purity aluminum. Its compostable box is made of sustainably harvested paper manufactured in a mill that uses 100% renewable energy.

pureDKNY Verbena Fragrance Perfume Designer Women Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients
pureDKNY Verbena - Fragrance Notes

Notes:  Verbena, Honeysuckle, Peony, Jasmine Petals, White Amber, Sea Moss, and Vetiver.
Style:  Fresh. Bright. Sophisticated.

Fragrance descriptions, names, bottle designs, packaging - companies spend a lot of time and money on all this (sometimes, imo, more than they do on what they spend on the actual fragrance), yet most times it all just doesn't make sense to me.  I just don't get the connection between the fragrance I smell and all the fantasy built around it.  The pureDKNY Verbena is one of those rare fragrances where it all fits in.  From the drop-shaped minimalistic design of the bottle to the clean fresh fragrance, there isn't a single discordant note in this perfume.  I would describe this as a fresh, mildly citrusy floral and a very light and clean smell.  A subtle scent, this is perfect for the spring/summer days, but also for any time you want to smell good without being too overbearing or obvious.   It doesn't last too long on me, though, or at least I could not smell it after a while.  Layering the spray over the body butter would probably solve that issue.

pureDKNY Verbena - Ingredients

pureDKNY Verbena Fragrance Perfume Designer Women Beauty Blog Reviews Ingredients
pureDKNY Verbena - Ingredients
I typed out the ingredients from the box, so there could be some typos in there :P
ALSO READ:
The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum
DKNY Be Delicious Eau de Parfum Spray 
More perfumes HERE.

Jun 15, 2012

5 Steps to The Perfect Shave

They say "spring cleaning," but at least as far as my hands and legs are concerned, the real cleaning starts only by summer when it's time to get out the shorter clothes. Without the cardigans and the boots to hide them under, it's the time when my hands and legs need to look smooth and bald :P  Among all the hair-removal options out there, I find shaving the easiest/cheapest method - and since I haven't yet mastered the art of planning ahead of time, it's the one I resort to most often, at the last minute.  Lazy or not, you cannot beat the convenience of a razor, and here's my easy checklist to get that perfect shave!

Shaving Easy Inexpensive Pain-free Hair Removal Steps How To

1.  A warm water shower/bath before shaving helps soften the hair and helps get a closer shave.

2.  A gentle scrub helps take any dead skin buildup and helps with a smoother shave.  Since I have sensitive skin that's always looking for excuses to get all blotchy, I do a gentle scrub a day before or just use a loofah so my skin isn't all irritated before I shave.

3.  Use a creamy soap or a foamy shave cream to get a smoother shave.  Hair conditioner works just great too (I love Lush's Retread), and I find it more moisturizing!  Or try one of those razors with big chunks of soap attached to the head - like the one in the photo (Venus Proskin).

4.  Shave in the direction opposite to the hair growth.  Use a light touch while shaving and use new blades - using older/dull ones with more pressure tends to cause nicks and cuts rather than a smoother shave.

5.  Once you are done, slather on a rich creamy moisturizer to soothe the skin and to prevent it from flaking.

That's it - easy, convenient, and perfect for any lazy girl (or guy) out there.  Enjoy your summer and don't forget the sunscreen!

Also Read:  Veet Easy Wax Electrical Roll-On

Jun 13, 2012

Bodyshop Love ETC... Eau de Parfum Purse Spray


If you love being enveloped in a captivating fragrance which inspires you, you will love this fragrance with its sensuous union of iconic feminine jasmine, with indulgent notes of vanilla, sandalwood and musk cream. Especially created by The Body Shop with one of the world's finest "noses", Dominique Ropion , even the name chosen signifies love in all its forms. You don't have to change the world wearing this fragrance, but you will love that this is the first Eau de Parfum to feature an alcohol perfume base created from an ingredient which is fairly-traded and organic.

TBS Love ETC... Eau de Parfum Purse Spray EDP Fragrance Perfume for Women Reviews Ingredients Blog

TBS Love ETC... Eau de Parfum Fragrance Notes

Top notes: pear, neroli, bergamot
Middle notes: jasmine, heliotrope, lily of the valley
Base notes: vanilla, sandalwood, musk cream

TBS Love ETC... Eau de Parfum Purse Spray EDP Fragrance Perfume for Women Reviews Ingredients Blog
TBS Love ETC... Eau de Parfum Purse Spray EDP Fragrance Perfume for Women Reviews Ingredients Blog

I had already tried and quite like the TBS Love ETC... Body Butter, and so when I saw the Love ETC... Eau de Parfum available in a convenient purse spray version on the TBS site, I just had to buy it.  I picked it up for less than $5, and combined with a free shipping offer it was the best bargain buy :D

The Body Shop Love ETC... perfume range is the perfect scent for those who like their fragrances with a dash of vanilla mingled with a musky woody note.  The top notes of neroli, bergamot, and pear give it a slightly spicy/fruity opening note.  What I love most about this perfume is the way all the notes blend together seamlessly, though vanilla is what I breathe in the most.  There is a warmth to the perfume as it dries down, with the vanilla mixing with the musky creamy notes and giving this a more rounded (not sickly) sweetness.  Inexpensive and long-lasting (especially when I layer this over the yummy body butter), this is a perfect scent for the vanilla-loving girl.

TBS Love ETC... Eau de Parfum Purse Spray EDP Fragrance Perfume for Women Reviews Ingredients Blog
TBS Love ETC... Eau de Parfum Ingredients
More Perfumes:
Flora by Gucci Eau de Toilette 
Burberry The Beat Eau De Parfum
Avon Step Into Sexy Eau De Parfum Spray
The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Eau De Parfum
Bodyshop Cassis Rose EDT
Chanel No. 5 (EDT)
Chloe Eau de Parfum
DKNY Be Delicious Eau de Parfum Spray
Kate Moss Fragrance EDT Spray
Lush Gorilla Perfumes
Pacifica Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-On
Thann Solid Perfume - Passion (Review)
Complete List of Perfume Reviews, check here.

Jun 11, 2012

On my Nails Today: Chanel Le Vernis Particuliere

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Polish in Particuliere (available here) -$26


They were mixing colors in the lab and I said,
"Stop!," Philips recalls. I took a look at the shade and thought, "This is kind of particular. It's not gray and it's not beige, it's kind of weird." He brought the shade to the women he works with, and they couldn't wait to put it on. "I know when I like a color, but that doesn't mean it makes a good nail polish," said the Belgian-born Philips, who can be credited with helping to legitimize funky nail polish colors and making them acceptable for all women to wear, no matter their age or occupation.


- Chanel Makeup Guru Peter Philips (read full article
here).


Chanel Makeup Le Vernis Particuliere Nail Polish Color Lacquer Beauty Blog Reviews

There is just something about Chanel nail polishes.  They get more than their fair share of attention and are definitely some of the most sought after.  Particuliere is one of those colors from Chanel that gets outrageous (-ly high) bids on Ebay.  A taupe-grey shade, I never did (and honestly, still don't) get what's so unique about this shade.  It's a beautiful shade, but I don't get what's special - maybe all the raves just got me all tired :D

Chanel Makeup Le Vernis Particuliere Nail Polish Color Lacquer Beauty Blog Reviews
Chanel Makeup Le Vernis Particuliere Nail Polish Color Lacquer Beauty Blog Reviews
Chanel Makeup Le Vernis Particuliere Nail Polish Color Lacquer Beauty Blog Reviews

Chanel Le Vernis Particuliere - On my Nails

A creamy, dark shade, Particuliere goes on nonstreaky and is fabulously easy to apply. The shade is dark enough to be used as a single coat, but I do feel the richness of the color comes out better with a second coat. I get about a week's wear with most Chanel polishes, and this is no exception. My hands aren't the most pampered, though, so I do end up ruining some of the polish at the nail tips by mid-week :P

Chanel Makeup Le Vernis Particuliere Nail Polish Color Lacquer Beauty Blog Reviews

Chanel Particuliere brings the best of neutral beige to a dark nail polish.  A simple, classy color, that you just cannot go wrong with!

So, what about you..what's on your nails this week?

More To Read:
Revlon Colorstay Longwear - Sorbet
Chanel Le Vernis Rose Cache
Chanel Le Vernis Beige
Chanel Le Vernis - Island 
Chanel Le Vernis - Attraction (545)
Chanel Le Vernis - Frisson (543)
China Glaze Nail Polish:  Champagne Bubbles
China Glaze Nail Polish:  Glittering Garland

China Glaze Nail Polish:  Winter Berry
Sephora by OPI:  Just A Little Dangerous 

Jun 8, 2012

Urban Decay Primer Potion Sin

Urban Decay Primer Potion (available here) - $20 to $30

A shimmering champagne eye shadow primer, this triple-duty product also works as a highlighter or eye shadow. The bestselling champagne shade is soft, versatile, and provides the ultimate eye prep for creaseless, more vibrant shadow and all-day wear.  The most legendary primer in the beauty industry, the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion is coveted by makeup artists and makeup junkies alike because it guarantees more vibrant eyeshadow that lasts for 24 hours and never creases!  Once you experience its powers plus how smoothly it glides on, you’ll never want to live without it.

Urban Decay Primer Potion Sin UDDP Eyeshadow Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients

I have wanted to try the much raved-about Urban Decay primer potions for ages, and now that I can, I picked up all 4 versions of this genie-in-a-bottle product.  I love the UDDP Original, and the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin is just as good!

Available in easy-to-use squeeze tube packaging, I have the older bottle packaging that comes with a flocked applicator.  I know from reading through rants on this, at some point in time getting product out would be a pain, but right now I have no such issues.

Urban Decay Primer Potion Sin UDDP Eyeshadow Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients

Sin is a shimmery champagne color, and you only need the tiniest amount to cover the eyelid (even my saucer-huge eyelids!).  It feels creamy and glides on easily on the skin, drying to a champagne sheen in a minute or so.  In my swatches, I have used a generous amount for a heavy swatch - you really don't need that much for actual use.

Urban Decay Primer Potion Sin UDDP Eyeshadow Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients
Urban Decay Primer Potion Sin UDDP Eyeshadow Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients

Compared to Original version, I find the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin has a drier finish.  Might be just my experience, but I feel if you have oily lids, this might seem easier to apply than the original version.  Because of the shimmery champagne finish, this would also work great as a shadow/highlighter when used on it's own.

In terms of performance, this is just superb!  It grabs on to the eyeshadow, brings out the vibrancy in the shade, and helps the shadow stay on the whole day without any creasing or fading.  I have swatched a matte black eye shadow, both with and without the primer, and the difference is quite obvious.

Urban Decay Primer Potion Sin UDDP Eyeshadow Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin:  Matte black eyeshadow swatch test.
Left:  Swatch without primer.  Right:  Swatch over primer.
Urban Decay Primer Potion Sin UDDP Eyeshadow Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients
I remember reading in a makeup book some time back that the UD primer helps the shadow stay on through a shower!  I didn't see any claims of it being waterproof listed anywhere, but I did try holding my hand under running water and wiping off the shadow with a towel.  The swatch over the primer help up pretty well, didn't it?
Overall, this (and the other primer potions from Urban Decay) is just awesome - does a great job of helping the eyeshadows pop and stay on longer.  If you are looking for a primer that would also double as a highlighter, do give this a try :)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin - Ingredients

Urban Decay Primer Potion Sin UDDP Eyeshadow Makeup Reviews Beauty Blog Swatches Ingredients


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