Friday, July 1, 2016

#FrenchFriday : Guerlain My Terracotta Summer 2016 (Review)

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 Review, photos, swatches of Guerlain My Terracotta Summer 2016 bronzer

Happy #FrenchFriday and welcome to your weekly French beauty rendez-vous! This week we'll talk about THE cult French summer makeup product, the iconic Guerlain Terracotta. Nothing evokes a hot August afternoon spent strolling on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice like Guerlain's best-selling bronzing powder. If you want a sunkissed cheek, but with an elegant, high-end twist, this is just what you need.

The origins of Terracotta by Guerlain

Terracotta means "baked earth" and the word is used to describe a type of clay-based ceramic, and by extension a burnt orange or reddish brown color. It's a red earth found in the Moroccan desert that inspired the creation of Guerlain's Terracotta bronzer in 1984 by Dominique Szabo, then Creative Director for makeup for the brand. What was revolutionary at the time was the natural, sheer effect, so different from the heavy brown blushes and orange-based foundations used in the early 80s. The Terracotta's success grew in the 90s, when people started realizing the dangers of excess exposure to the sun and UV tanning beds, but didn't want to give up the bronzed look. "No sun, no problem" was then the main selling point.

The Terracotta is still Guerlain's best-seller, with one compact sold worldwide every 20 seconds, and it now comes in many different variations, together with a whole collection of complementing products launched every summer - such as the bronzing water Eau Hâlée this year. For a few years now Guerlain has started releasing one of their permanent shades of Terracotta in a limited edition version just before summer, and this is what I'm going to show you today: My Terracotta Limited Edition 2016, featuring shade 02 Natural Blondes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

My experience with hair loss & RevivHair Stimulating Serum Review + Promo Code (Sponsored)

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RevivHair Stimulating Serum Review

Hair loss is the nightmare of any woman. A bald head is more or less accepted as normal for men, but for women it stills triggers fear and rejection, showing how we unconsciously consider lush hair as an integral part of femininity. Today I want to talk to you about hair growth cycle, causes for hair loss, when it's normal and when you should start worrying, and review RevivHair Stimulating Serum by Reviv Serums. Keep in mind that I'm not a medical professional and that you should talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

This problem is something I have, unfortunately, an intimate knowledge of: in my early 20s I suffered from a sudden, prolonged and severe hair loss. Telling you I was freaking out doesn't even start to describe the state I was in. I was plagued by anxiety, very distressed, and also completely obsessed with that hair loss (I read everything I could find about hair growth and loss, that's why I know so much about it now!). I was finding handfuls of hair everywhere: on my pillow, on the collar and shoulders of my coat, on my office chair at work, on the floor... just everywhere. In a desperate attempt to feel in control I would count the number of individual hairs I was losing on my hair brush and in the shower, every day - yes I'm serious, and yes it took a good chunk of my time... I still remember the average count: I was losing 350 hairs per day or more, which is bad, very bad. I felt like the thinning was becoming very visible, although people around me were saying they couldn't tell, and the issue had a catastrophic impact on my self-esteem.

I first went to my primary care physician, but she only suggested I take classic biotin supplements and they didn't have any effect. Eventually I went to see a dermatologist that specialized in hair loss. He prescribed an arm-long list of blood tests, and he also pulled out a strand of hair on three different areas of my head for analysis. The verdict came back after a few days: my hair loss was of the type tellogen effluvium, and caused by a severe iron deficiency. The dermatologist had me take iron supplements and vitamin E for a year, and it took about 6 months for the excessive hair loss to stop.

That episode of my life was a real trauma, and I've lived in fear of losing my hair again ever since. For that reason I've always been looking for products that can support healthy hair, and that's why I decided to test RevivHair Stimulating Serum. Because hair loss in men and women can be quite different, I also convinced my husband, the now world-famous Dr C, PhD, Beaumiroir's in-house scientist, to try the serum too! He suffers from classic male hair loss concentrated on the front and crown of the head, and I thought it would be interesting to see how the serum would work for him. But first, let's talk about hair, why we lose it and how.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer skincare: my wishlist

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Skincare products I want this summer: weightless moisturizers, oil-free sunscreens and refreshing face mists!

After months of gray weather, the dreaded May Gray and June Gloom, the summer heat has finally started in San Diego and it should be here to stay until about October. With warmer temperatures and the sun more intense than ever, I don't feel like putting anything on my face but refreshing gels and water-infused serums! I suffer from a "sweaty-face syndrome", meaning that my face is usually the first part of my body to sweat when I get too hot... So I can't stand anything heavy, greasy or too creamy and I try to go completely oil-free with my skincare regimen during the summer. Here are the products I'm considering buying to go through the hot season with fresh, clear skin:

Friday, June 24, 2016

#FrenchFriday : Summer on the French Riviera Giveaway!

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Summer giveaway! Win a set of French beauty products that will turn your summer into a French Riviera vacation!

Now that summer has officially started it's time for a hot giveaway! This season I'm giving you a chance to turn into a belle sunbathing on the golden beaches of the French Riviera, all that while staying at home, with 3 summer staples by French beauty brands.

Summer on the French Riviera Giveaway

Summer giveaway! Win a set of French beauty products that will turn your summer into a French Riviera vacation!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bite Lip Lab: Creating My Own Shade Of Lipstick!

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My experience at the Bite Lip Lab: creating my unique shade of lipstick!

The first thing I did when the dates of my recent trip to New York were confirmed was to book an appointment at the Bite Beauty Lip Lab. To be honest I don't remember where I first heard about this place - I think I've known about it for a couple years - but I always kept it in mind for my planned NYC vacation.

I had been wanting to go to New York since I moved to the US 4 years ago, but something always got in the way until this June! And there's the fact that NYC isn't actually much closer to San Diego than it is to Paris... call me a dummy but I didn't realize how big America was until I first drove from home to San Francisco! Short trip on the map, but not so short when you have to drive for hours and hours through California's Central Valley...

Anyways, I'm sure you've heard of Bite Beauty, a brand sold at Sephora that specializes in lip products made from food grade ingredients. The Bite Lip Lab is a place where you can create your own unique shade of lipstick, which is then hand-crafted on the spot so you can go home with your customized tube. The only Lip Lab in the USA is situated in SoHo, a trendy neighborhood of Manhattan, so it's the perfect stop during a day visiting the area. Walk-ins are possible but it's better to book your appointment online, which is what I did. I reserved my spot about a month in advance, and while week days were still wide open, weekends where already filling up.

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