Tuesday, April 30, 2013

CHANEL: Beige Petale - nail polish swatch

Ahhh Finally!!! Finally the hot mess that were my splitting nails is over... My nails have always been a source of frustration for me. I have a little nail polish collection, 296 a the time this post is going up, and have not worn any in almost a year.

I will do a separate post on what I think finally put my nails to rights... or maybe a video... or both; but today is a nail polish swatch day. I chose Chanel's Beige Petale, because of it's delicate color. Since I have not worn nail paint in quite some time, I'm out of practice, and this color looked forgiving if I strayed out of bounds :)

What I used in order of application:
Butter London Horse Power Nail Fertilizer - 1 coat, base
Chanel Beige Petale - 2 coats, color
Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow - 1 coat, accent on my ring finger
Sche Vite - 1 coat, top coat
Zoay Hurry Up - a drop on each nail, drying drops
 A close up of the color... although I do realize that if you're even remotely a fan of nail polish you have seen it and know about it... and I'm not showing you anything new :)
 Beige Petale is what I would classify as a bridal color. It very light and sheer. With two coats you can easily see my nail line.
 But I do love it. Firstly because it's such a delicate shade. Mistakes hard to spot. An every occasion appropriate kind of color; if you can even call this a color :)
 The consistency of this polish was also quite wonderful.  It applied easily, spread evenly, and did not bubble.
Now I just hope I did not celebrate too soon, and once I take this off, my nails will stay in one layer... I want to put the whole splitting mess behind me. Keeping my fingers crossed :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Caudalie Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel

Whenever I find myself at Sephora I tend to pause and sample this line. They do make some very tempting stuff. Also this is the exclusive line used at the Miraj Hammam Spa at the Shangri-La hotel in Toronto.  One of the most expensive if not the most expensive spas in TO... I haven't been, at this time I don't wish to spend that kind of change.

Back to the shower gel; one of the most affordable items at $12 CAD for 200ml tube. A biodegradable plant-based formula for sensitive and delicate skin. It is non-irritating and soap free and suitable for everyone.

This stuff has a soft, light type of lather that disperses quickly. I do like the formulation, and the feel of this shower gel. It rinses clean without any residue left on my skin.

However I am not a fan of the scent. Description on the back: "white rose, pink pepper and watermelon evokes the precious grape blossom".  Now I have never had the pleasure of smelling a grape blossom in person, but if this is it, it does not appeal to my olfactory senses. The scent is light and does not linger once the suds are rinsed off, so that's a plus.

What it smells like? Ok, you won't be able to relate to this, and I don't know why this is what I smell when I pour this out on my hand... but brain and memory is so freaking freaky.... I grew up in a tiny village... We had a small family farm, big enough to grow fruits and veggies for ourselves, and the chickens we had. So, to have our own chickens, my parents bought baby chicks. A number that was divisible by three, because at the time I had two sisters, and we are relatively close in age.... we'd divvy up the baby chicks and play house.... uhhh see what I mean, you can't relate... no barbie for me... it was baby chicks. While they were tiny, and had fluff instead of feathers they lived in a special enclosure under a special light to keep them warm and healthy. That's where my sisters and I would spend a lot of our time, feeding and arguing over which chick belonged to whom... because really they all looked alike... yellow, fluffy, and irresistible. And that's what this shower gel smells like to me... that scent that was in that place while the baby chicks were maturing... it's an incredibly happy scent, but is sooooo not something I want to shower with :) 

When you find yourself in Sephora go and smell this stuff, and call me crazy... because I know you'll probably pick up on the rose and watermelon... but for me it's just not there...

So to end this nutty ramble, while  I'm not in love with this particular product, Caudalie is against animal testing, which I love, so I'll keep sampling from this range.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bobbi Brown Lip Balm

 It's lip series on my blog this week :)

I was drawn to this for two reasons: pretty packaging, and that gorgeous pale pink.

Seriously in my personal opinion those are the best features of this balm. I really love the tin, which can double as a mirror in a pinch. But packaging alone isn't worth a purchase, and neither is color.

Maybe if I have never tried my Givenchy obsession, I might like this... but there is no point in dwelling on 'maybes' because I have, and sorry Bobbi but your lip balm is sub-par when compared. I find it thick and waxy.... and well... not worth the price.  Also while it doesn't have any discernible scent (to my nose)... it does have a slight cosmetic taste. Yes cosmetic, not fruity not vanilla... but as if you sprayed the mildest perfume in your mouth... it's not offensive or gag inducing because I stress it is very very faint... but it's there.

It's something I have to use up... and while I do remind myself why I want to be a savvy shopper not an impulsive one... although if not for the impulse I would have never found Givenchy.... le sigh...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm in Peach Glow and Rosy Glow

It's mission impossible to find Peach Glow... well it was for me until I found myself in Vegas. Then after I gambled away $2... lady luck smiled on me and I found one (just one) Peach Glow at one of the 3 Sephoras on the Strip.

I absolutely adore this product; and while spending $31 USD ($34 CAD) on this tiny pot makes my right eye twitch... I do it, because I'm addicted to it. I love a lot of pretty things, but I don't usually obsess over anything the way I find myself obsessing over this stuff. 

Throughout the day I use other lip products that I own and really like and love... but my fingers twitch wanting to reach for this and only this.

So Peach Glow is really deceiving in the pot. It's bright loud orange... there's nothing peachy about it.
I have already reviewed Rosy Glow here... and I was only going to swatch Peach Glow... but then realized that doesn't make much sense. I personally would want to see both side by side... and so that is what I'm presenting below.

Both are irresistibly gorgeous in the pots... one intimidatingly bright :)
Givenchy claims that these balms react with your skin chemistry for a perfectly personalized shade of rosy or peach. So this is what they look like on my arm.
These balms appear light  in these pictures, but trust me the more you layer and reapply the more the color intensifies, and either you'll have a bright pink pout at the end of the day or a lovely peach one :)
I love these... and I know I will repurchase... they're pricey... but if your budget allows it, and you are in the mood for a little expensive treat... well then... :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Memento and Clear

My sister and I had a makeover at Sephora a few weeks back. This lip product was used on me, and I liked it so much I decided to acquire it.  Every single time I happened to be at Sephora I would always swatch a few of the shades from this range, but could never decide on one. Plus they never had any of the clear (transparent yellow) in stock, and the instructions inside state to use it first to prep your pucker. So I always ended up walking away empty handed.
On that special makeover day as luck would have it, there was one last clear Lip Tar on the shelves... a sure sign I was supposed to buy it :)  Each lip tar comes in it's own individual ziplock pouch with a lip brush.
As I already mentioned instructions for application are included as well.
I absolutely love that this product is vegan... love, love, love. I is also incredibly pigmented. You need a tiny dab for extreme payoff; and that equals value for your buck. A single tube will last for months and months...

Below a tiny dot of Memento...
Dot smoothed out with a brush...
And some on my lips. Now this doesn't really photograph well, it looks better with a little distance than up close. But I had a visitor on my face that day and didn't feel like sharing it.  Regardless, I must say I have strong feelings for Memento; it's a very lovely shade. My sister describes it as "Stepford Wives", I'm partial to "Real Housewives of Miami" (new season starts on April 16th up here, can't wait for those crazy bitches)  :)
Memento is described as neutral pink-plum and with flash it does photograph a touch lighter than it actually is.  It has great wear time and feels quite comfortable, not sticky, gloppy, or heavy. 

I'm looking forward to trying a few more shades of Lip Tar from OCC.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Tropical-Riche Conditioner with Kukui Nut Oil

A few months ago (November) I was looking for a new conditioner, and chose this from Bumble and Bumble to try. I couldn't resist the scent... a delicious, delicious sweet coconut. Tropics, sunshine, and surf in a bottle :)
It's thick and creamy, and I only need a tiny bit to work through my short tresses.
I'm 5 months into my 8oz bottle and still have plenty left. This paraben free conditioner was lovely through our winter months; during which moisture just seeps out of your hair, and you battle frizz and flyaways. I wash my hair daily, which can exaggerate all of the above.  I believe BB is the reason I didn't have to worry about any of that this past season.

Eventhough it is thick, it did not weight down my hair. I felt my short do, was always relatively shiny (maybe it's all the grays I have that add that sparkle :)), smooth, and soft.  Definitely no frizz.

Bottom line: I really like this conditioner, and put in in my pile of tried, tested, and loved :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

CHANEL Quadra Eye Shadow in Harmonie du Soir

This was a 2012 Holiday palette released by CHANEL. So some time has passed since it was on the shelves... and by now it's most likely all gone as it was limited edition. I did not buy it, I received it as a birthday gift from a very generous sister. 
 So these were winter shades from Chanel, but I find them perfect for this sometimes warm, sometimes freezing Canadian spring. I have been wearing a combination of these colors a lot lately, and decided to share my swatches very late in the game :)
 
 Below: daylight - shade
Then: daylight - direct sunlight
 Then: artificial - with flash
Thank you J :)