Friday, May 22, 2015

French Friday: Le Couvent des Minimes Verbena & Lemon line, a fresh citrusy scent for summer

I've talked about Le Couvent des Minimes several times before. The brand is part of the L'Occitane group and offers similar beauty products inspired by the Provence region of France, only with a less diverse range. Some of their products have recently been on clearance at a few retailers while new lines started popping up, so the brand might be having a makeover this year. 

Today, for the second post in our French Friday series, I want to show you 2 products in one of my favorite scents by the brand, Verbena & Lemon. The line includes a soap, a body lotion, a body splash (mist), and the shower gel and body sorbet that I have. The scent is divine and I really love to use this line in the summer. It's a fresh, citrusy fragrance, a little tart and not sweet at all, and it's reminiscent of the brand's Eau des Minimes cologne. If you like L'Occitane's Verbena scented line then you're also going to love this, they're very similar. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Adovia Purifying Mud Mask for a Dead Sea spa treatment

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Adovia Purifying Dead Sea Mud Mask

I think I already mentioned here that I got introduced to skincare containing Dead Sea minerals on a trip to Jordan. Petra was absolutely amazing, but boy Jordan is HOT in July... Anyways, I enjoyed using some local brands of Dead Sea mud products at that time and kept mud masks as regulars in my beauty routine. I was offered to test Adovia Purifying Mud Mask by the brand a few weeks ago, here are my thoughts about the product! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Rimmel London Scandaleyes: the Mascara by Kate Moss

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Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate Moss brush

British brand Rimmel London has been working with Kate Moss for a while, offering her signature Lasting Finish Lipstick. For Spring 2015, the brand is launching "the first mascara created by" the supermodel, the Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate Moss

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate Moss

Rimmel describes this new mascara as providing volume and lift with a clump-free formula and a broken-heart shaped brush. I received this mascara in my recent Bella VoxBox sent by Influenster, and I was very excited to test it. Does it live up to the brand's claims?

Friday, May 15, 2015

French Friday: Dior 5 Couleurs Cuir Cannage Eyeshadow Palette

Dior 5 Couleurs Cuir Cannage Eyeshadow Palette #796

Today we're starting a new exciting post series, called French Friday. Every Friday, I'll be sharing my thoughts about a product by a French brand, big and famous or small and underrated, so you can discover the variety and diversity of beauty products made in France. I'm inaugurating this new series with a review of an eyeshadow palette by one of my favorite French makeup brands, Dior

Dior 5 Couleurs Cuir Cannage Eyeshadow Palette #796

Dior is probably the brand I've owned the most products from in my makeup life, lipsticks, mascaras, glosses, foundations, eyeshadows, I've tried pretty much everything (except blushes, for no particular reason!). When Dior revamped their 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palettes last fall (2014), I decided to check them out and ended up purchasing Cuir Cannage (#796). The warm neutrals seduced me, and I liked that the shades were deeper than most nude palettes

Dior 5 Couleurs Cuir Cannage Eyeshadow Palette #796

Cuir Cannage contains: 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Klorane now available at Sephora

Sephora fanatics, a new French beauty brand is coming your way! Klorane is not a new brand of course, it was founded in the South of France in 1966, and the products have been available at for a while, but it is now making its début at the most popular beauty retailer. 

At this time, Sephora only carries the hair care products, so if you're looking for the Cornflower line of makeup removers, you'll still have to order from Dermstore. Most products also seem to be online only, at least for now. 

The 3 most popular Klorane hair products in France are: 

- the oat milk shampoo, gentle and softening. 
- the tinted dry shampoo, no more white residue in brown or black hair! This one is available at select physical stores.
- the entire Chamomile line for blond hair, to intensify highlights on natural or color-treated hair.

One of my personal favorites is the shampoo with quinine and B vitamins to strengthen hair. I'm also tempted to try one their masks and leave-in treatments. Do you plan on trying out the brand now that it's on Sephora's website? What product are you considering?

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