Thursday, April 16, 2015

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum: review of a cruelty-free, affordable anti-aging treatment

PR Sample


Photo of OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Skincare, cruelty-free, vegan, made in USA anti-aging product

With time and experience, I've come to realize that the best skincare products are often the most simple, as long as they contain the right ingredients, the ones that provide proven results. This is exactly what OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum is about: a short list of ingredients, limited to a handful of substances for which anti-aging efficacy has been demonstrated, without fillers or vodoo-like incantations needed to make it work. 


Photo of OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Skincare, cruelty-free, vegan, made in USA anti-aging product

The serum contains 20% vitamin C, a fairly high concentration of this potent anti-oxidant which is known to encourage collagen production, diminish dark spots and improve skin texure. One powerful ingredient is great but often not enough to provide visible results, and OZ Naturals added a mix of other anti-oxidants and moisturizing substances that will work in synergy with the vitamin C. These supporting actors include hyaluronic acid, a powerful moisturizer, a blend of amino acids, that help nourish and repair skin cells, and a bunch of other anti-oxidants (vitamin E, ferulic acid...). Here's the full list of ingredients: OrganicHerbal Infusion, Organic Aloe, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), MSM, botanical hyaluronic acid, Witch Hazel, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Carbomer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Relaxation: I tried float therapy



Floatation and sensory deprivation therapy review. Floatation tank with light and music.


Also called floatation therapy, this relaxation technique born in the 1950s has gained popularity in the past decade and float spas have started to flourish in big cities. 

At first I wasn't tempted at all. I saw pictures of floatation tanks that looked like industrial dryers, and the idea of being stuck in the darkness of a metal box half-filled with water was less than appealing to my slightly claustrophobic self. Then one day I saw photos of what looked like futuristic white pods, with rounded shapes and and a light inside, and I thought that I could manage that. I was still a bit apprehensive, but it looked a lot less scary. 

If you search the internet for the benefits of floatation therapy, you'll find that it cures basically everything... The truth is that it reduces stress levels, both physical and psychological stress, and it just makes you feel better. The idea behind it is that sensory deprivation, the isolation from external stimulation, allows your mind to get into a meditative state. Additionally, the water's very high salt level makes it very buoyant so you can float without any effort at all, which allows your muscles to relax. 

The experience was unlike anything else I've lived before. The floating pod I was in had a light inside and an underwater speaker playing new age music, both could be switched off. I wasn't sure if I could close the door (that you can also open/close from the inside) and stay in the dark without freaking out. I tried closing the door, and although my space was reduced, I felt fine. After a minute or two, I started to find the music annoying, so I turned it off, and decided to try and turn off the light too. Not scary at all. The fact that I was in lukewarm water was somehow reassuring. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

L'Occitane collector hand cream tin: bright colors and sweet scents



L'Occitane Collector Hand Cream Tin #loveloccitane Vanilla Rose French Beauty Brand

L'Occitane gave out this cute #loveloccitane collector tin containing two hand creams as a gift to celebrate spring. If you missed out or didn't receive the email, don't worry, you can now buy it for $3 online! UPDATE: L'Occitane confirmed that this offer is also available in stores.


L'Occitane Collector Hand Cream Tin #loveloccitane Vanilla Rose French Beauty Brand

Friday, April 10, 2015

Minty pastel eyes with Lancôme Color Design Infinité Enduring Vert



Lancôme Color Design Infinité 24H loose eyeshadow in shade Enduring Vert, mint green, general view


Is there a better time than spring to wear a minty color on your eyes? For seasonal looks, I dug out a pastel green eyeshadow that I hadn't been using for a while from my stash, Lancôme Color Design Infinité 24H in Enduring Vert

These little pots of loose eyeshadows have been around for a while and come in a variety of colors (19 shades available on Lancôme's website). Let me make the description as simple as possible: have you ever used a L'Oreal Infaillible eyeshadow? If yes, well, it's basically the same product. 

If not, this is a loose eyeshadow - but don't let that scare you away, as they're totally mess-free. The packaging includes a little black flat top under the lid that keeps the pigment pressed down in the pot, and it never flies around when I swirl my eyeshadow brush on the surface. The pot is a lot cuter than its L'Oreal counterpart if you ask me, with its rounded shape and Lancôme's rose on the black lid. 


Lancôme Color Design Infinité 24H loose eyeshadow in shade Enduring Vert. View of the pot.

The brand describes their Color Design Infinite 24H as long wearing, high intensity shadows with buildable coverage. I don't think this is an accurate despcription of Enduring Vert, which is more of a sheer, very shimmery light mint, that cannot be built to full opacity. You can always create the illusion of full coverage by layering it on top of a black base, and that will also intensify the color and the pearl effect. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick from MAC Is Beauty Collection: a bright coral for summer


MAC Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick MAC Is Beauty Collection. Coral lipstick. View of the tube.

The very large MAC Is Beauty Spring collection was released in stores just a few days ago. If you were eager to buy anything online like I was, you probably noticed that the launch date was postponed from March 26th to March 30th. I have no idea why, but if you do, I'd love to know! 


MAC Make Me Gorgeous Lipstick MAC Is Beauty Collection. Coral lipstick. View of the tube.

Among the 12 limited edition lipsticks launched with this collection is Make Me Gorgeous, that MAC describes as an intense coral pink. For me, it's a hot coral with strong pink undertones, very bright but not quite neon (it's close though, which made it a difficult to capture on camera), with an Amplified finish (creamy texture with a satiny, subtly shiny finish). 

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