Monday, August 31, 2015

What I Want These Days: Fall Makeup Wish List

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As of today and for about a week, the blog is in vacation mode! When this post goes live, I'll be on my way to Kaua'i where I'll be camping, hiking and snorkeling for about a week. Therefore, you'll be reading "lighter", shorter posts for a little while, and comments might not be approved or replied to for a week or so (if you've commented before, your comments will generally be approved automatically). 

Today, I want to show you what's been on my makeup radar for fall. Fall in San Diego often doesn't start until Halloween, so I usually keep wearing my summer makeup faves late into October. I'm excited by the fall collections, but to be honest I have no desire to wear them right now in this heat (writing this with a sweaty face)! Not mentioned here is Lancôme fall collection, not that I'm not interested, but I haven't had a chance to swatch the products myself yet, neither have I seen swatches online. I might add some of their new releases to my wish list once I've seen more about them. Oh and there's also ColourPop, but there are so many things I want from them that I'll need to do one specific post!

Here are a few of the new makeup products that have caught my eye and that I'm considering purchasing:

Nars Fall 2015

Oaxaca Velvet Shadow Stick: a light taupe pearl. I fell in love with this color as soon as I saw the first swatches, but I'm torn... as pretty as it is, Christine at Temptalia gave it an F for being dry, not very pigmented and hard to blend. I quickly swatched it at a counter and it seemed OK to me, so I might see for myself by ordering from a retailer with a good return policy.

Pasiphae Dual Intensity Eyeshadow: a duochrome warm brown with green pearl. So pretty!

Friday, August 28, 2015

#FrenchFriday: testing YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer

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Touche Eclat Blur Primer review, photos, swatches

Happy Friday everyone! For this week's French beauty post, I have tested Yves Saint Laurent's newest primer that the brand launched a few weeks ago, Touche Eclat Blur Primer. YSL is developing their Touche Eclat franchise, named after the cult illuminating pen. After the foundation, the range is now being widened to include the Blur Perfector (a pore minimizing, smoothing balm-to-powder to use on top of makeup) and the Blur Primer I'll show you today. 

I'm testing it from a sample - not a deluxe sample but one that was made for me at a store in a tiny plastic jar, so I won't be able to comment on the packaging for you. It looks similar to the glass pump bottle of the Touche Eclat Foundation, which performs perfectly well. 

Here's what YSL has to say about this new primer: 
"Touche Elcat Blur Primer preps skin for foundation application, creating an improved, refined appearance: pores seem to be minimized, skin texture feels smoother, and skintone is more even. It’s enriched with four nourishing oils—corn oil, apricot kernel oil, passiflora oil, and rice bran oil—to leave skin feeling incredibly soft without a greasy residue. Packed with blur technology, this universal primer provides a subtle, golden shimmer for ultimate luminosity". 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sunscreen for medium to dark skintones: OZ Naturals Age Defying Solar Shield SPF30 review

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OZ Naturals Age Defying Solar Shield SPF30 review

If you have medium to dark skintone and sunscreens often leave you with a ghostly white cast, you might want to give OZ Naturals Age Defying Solar Shield SPF30 a try! 

The cruelty-free brand I've reviewed a few times launched this new tinted moisturizing sunscreen this summer. It contains a mix of mineral sunscreen (zinc oxide) and chemical sunscreen (octinoxate) and offers broad spectrum protection against UVAs and UVBs. 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Throwaways: the big fail edition

Sometimes, cosmetics products disappoint. This is a reality every beauty enthusiast has to face, and we are prepared to be occasionally underwhelmed by a product. At times though, a product can be nothing like what the manufacturer claims, or even the complete opposite. When it happens my beautysta blood boils and I'll lose all trust in the brand that put such a misleading product on the market. Today I want to share the last 3 most epic fails I've had to deal with in the past few months. 

Clearista by Skincentials 

I was lured into getting a free sample of this supposedly revolutionary product online, so at least I didn't lose any money on this one. According to the brand, the Clearista Retexturizing Gel "reduces the appearance of a wide range of raised and/or pigmented skin imperfections, including rough skin bumps, rough or dry patches and discoloration". Sounds good doesn't it? 

Friday, August 21, 2015

#FrenchFriday : Lancome Grandiose, the black swan mascara

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Lancome Grandiose mascara review, photos, swatches

Happy Friday folks! I hope the weekend will be relaxing and fun for you. Today for our weekly French beauty fix, we'll talk about Lancôme's unusually shaped mascara, Grandiôse

French beauty brands apparently like to innovate with mascara packaging: long before Grandiôse, Lancôme invented the vibrating mascara, and Givenchy is famous for its virus-shaped mascara brush. The word "grandiose" means grand, magnificent, and the accent circonflexe, that little hat on the O, is a poetic addition by the brand, like a seal of its Lancômeness... 

Lancome Grandiose mascara: the tube

Grandiôse comes in a stunning tube: the shiny black bottom half, where the reservoir is, has an oblong shape that widens near the middle, while the top becomes transparent to reveal a black rose. This rose isn't just a print, it's a 3-D rose embedded in the transparent plastic of the cap. When you open the tube, the wand appears to be the continuation of the rose stem. Incredibly elegant details here, who knew mascara tubes could look so fancy! 

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