Wednesday, August 31, 2011

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra

I think I'm becoming quite a fan of the La Roche Posay line - I raved about their Lipikar Baume AP before and now their Toleriane Ultra moisturizer has become one of the few products that I use every single day.

I have to say I was never very interested in the pharmacy skincare brands, such as Vichy, La Roche Posay, Eucerin... Their main selling point seems to be based on the "magical" benefits of the mineral/thermal water and that has never really appealed to me.
And of course, there is also the ThisRangeIsSoldOnlyAtPharmaciesSoItMustBeFreakingAwesome approach which I'm not a fan of either. But I think that the no-frills formulation of some of the La Roche Posay products actually works really well with my skin.

Toleriane Ultra is the newest moisturizer from the La Roche Posay Toleriane line which consists of products that are aimed at soothing the hyper-sensitized and intolerant skin and help with redness and itchiness. I have tried the Toleriane Fluide and Toleriane Riche before but they were not moisturizing enough/too heavy on my skin. Toleriane Ultra is the happy medium for me - it's a light cream that moisturizes well but doesn't leave a greasy feeling on my face (I should add that I use it only on my cheeks and under my eyes because my T-zone gets very oily).

Toleriane Ultra (the whole Toleriane line in general, actually) is not about the latest state of the art ingredients, rather it's more about the ingredients that it doesn't contain: no preservatives, no parabens, no fragrance, no alcohol, no colorants, no lanolin. La Roche Posay claim that it contains a unique combination of Neurosensine but there's no additional info on this supposedly unique combo. I think this product would be a great choice for anyone with sensitive skin and it would be a good "emergency" option for people who generally have non-problematic skin but would just like to have a gentle product on standby for when their skin gets irritated.  Just before I started using the Toleriane Ultra I got this itchy, red, peeling rash just on the top of my cheekbones and it disappeared within days after using this moisturizer (usually I would have to use a prescription product to get rid of the rash).

Ingredients of LRP Toleriane Ultra
Now, just a few words on the packaging: it comes in a 40 ml heavy plastic bottle with a pump - La Roche Posay call it new generation hermetic packaging. And it is interesting because the product is not pumped from the bottom up, but from one side - I think there's actually a thin plastic bag inside the actual bottle to keep it just on one side (hopefully you can see what I mean in this photo).

I bought my bottle of Toleriane Ultra from a local pharmacy for 19,00€ and I plan on repurchasing once I finish this one.

Do you have any emergency products that help your skin when it's not at its best?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Makeup Mavens: Part Eleven


The Makeup Mavens present makeup you may have missed.  This week we got a closer look at some of the fall collections by Chanel, Armani, and Le Metier de Beaute!  Other Maven's continue to show their love for designer cosmetics with Rouge Bunny Rouge, Chanel and By Terry!  

Lipstick Luvvies shows us the Chanel Fall Nail Colors along with some great dupes.

Interested in Armani's new Fall Collection? Lovesong for my Lipgloss has swatches of the entire lineup! 

Mookie on the Bench has expanded her brush collection with some new eyeliner brushes from Rouge Bunny Rouge

Product Doctor is loving her lips dressed in Le Metier de Beaute's Lip Kaleidoscope in Empress.

Raseberry Rouge looks gorgeous in the strawberry red that is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo. 

The Black Panties' review of the By Terry Seve de Rose Ultra Glow Double Serum was so tempting you'll be running out for your own liquid crack with gelato on top!  

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeliner brushes 008 and 013

Makeup brushes are for most people not the most exciting makeup item - I know I often get tempted by various often limited edition metallic, shimmery, pots and pans and forget about  these essential tools. But after being very impressed with Rouge Bunny Rouge blushes, eye shadows and lipsticks I wanted to try their brushes next. I decided to start with the two eyeliner brushes, 008 and 013.

The RBR Eyeliner brush 008 (19 GBP at Zuneta) is quite an unusual conical shaped nylon brush - it has a very fine tip which makes it easy to create a thin line. The brush feels very soft against the skin but at the same time  it's very firm and compact and makes for a foolproof application. I love this brush - it's fantastic for applying gel liners to the lashline, tightlining and softly smudging and smoking out a pencil or an eyeshadow. A very versatile tool and it has quickly become one of my favourite brushes.

The RBR Eyeliner brush 013 (13 GBP at Zuneta) on the other hand is a standard long and slim eyeliner brush. The bristles are made of sable hair and are very soft. I've noticed that it lost some of its pointy shape after washing which is probably due to the fact that it's made of natural hair (in contrast, the 008 brush kept its shape perfectly). While it's a great brush for creating very thin lines I find myself reaching for the 008 more often. It's just a matter of preference I guess - I always liked the angled brushes more than the thin brushes and I feel that I have much better control with the 008 and it allows me to get really close to the lashes.

All in all they are both very good quality brushes and which one you choose depends simply on whether you prefer smaller, firmer eyeliner brushes or fine and long eyeliner brushes.

What are your favourite eye liner brushes? Have you tried any of the Rouge Bunny Rouge brushes? I have my eye on the Face Contour and Blusher Brush next and I better start saving now (or put them on my birthday wishlist :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in It Blue My Mind

Catrice nail polishes are some of my favourites - the consistency is usually great, they are easy to apply, tthe brush is nice, a little shorter than average and flat and there are many colours to choose from: from your regular reds, pinks, pastels to the more trendy and unusual colours. And the best part is that a bottle only costs 2.49€.

It Blue My Mind is a beautiful shimmery deep royal blue colour - I love that it's not too dark like for example the famous Chanel Blue Satin which almost looks black in certain lights. I think that the limited edition nail polish by Lancome called Indigo Paris from a few years back would be the closest to this Catrice colour. The finish is lovely, very glossy and opaque in two coats. There is however one downside - this particular colour was discontinued, at least I can't see it on the Catrice website anymore.  

I have used a top coat by Essence in these photos which was a mistake because it made all these annoying little bubbles on the nails. So I'm now looking for a good top coat -  any recommendations? And I have tried the Seche Vite before and hated it because it literally peeled off my nail polish in a matter of hours.

Do you like blue nail polishes? It Blue My Mind is a definite winner for me and I love wearing it all year round. With some of the Fall makeup collections, especially Dior's Blue Tie and Chanel's Les Jeans de Chanel it seems like blue will be on many people's tips this season. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Makeup Mavens: Part Ten

Makeup Mavens present makeup you may have missed. This week we've got you covered - from your base, eyes, lips to your nails and with a little bit of luck you may even win a giftcard to spend on beauty products in a well-known online boutique.

The highly anticipated complete Tom Ford makeup line will be coming to the counters this Fall and Jennifer teases us with photos of last year's limited edition nail polish in Black Orchid. Will you be able to resist?
Christina of Lovesong For My Lipgloss is hosting her first ever giveaway. And the prize? A Giftcard to so you better run and make sure you enter before 15 September.

Mookie On The Bench falls in love with a gorgeous plum-green duchrome cream eyeshadow by Shiseido. Fans of MAC Club, rights this way.

Product Doctor shares with us a beautiful lipstick from Burberry's new collection. Moisturizing formula? Check! Beautiful packaging? Check! A great choice for all you nude lipstick lovers.

Liz Earle is bringing out a new range of colour cosmetics and Nat tested the Sheer Skin Tint, a lovely tinted moisturizer that will be perfect for those great-skin days.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Shiseido Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow in Spring Plum

I just want to get right to the point and say that the Shisedo Hydro-Powder eye shadow in the colour Spring Plum is simply stunning. As I mentioned  in my previous review of the Shiseido eye shadow in the colour Tiger Eye, Spring Plum was the other colour from their range that interested me and I have it now and it's one of the most beautiful colours in my makeup bag(s).

Spring Plum (H4) is a gorgeous soft rosy plum infused with green shimmer. This somewhat odd combination of the base colour and the shimmer is what makes it so gorgeous in my opinion - if you apply a small amount of the eyeshadow (for example, in the inner corners) the green will be much more obvious and if you apply it over a black base it will actually look more like a grey/green colour. 

For this EOTD I applied the Bourjois Smokey Effect eye liner in Ultra Black heavily on the upper lashline and smudged it with a pencil brush towards the crease. Then I applied the Shiseido Spring Plum all over the eyelid, using my fingers and the MAC 217 brush. On the lower lashline I used the Chanel le Crayon Yeux in Berry and I finished everything off with the Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara in black. 

As mentioned in my previous review of the Tiger Eye, the Hydro-Powder shadows are very smooth and extremely easy to apply and blend (at least these two that I have). They are not particularly long-lasting and I need to use a primer to make them last throughout the day (although to be fair I use a primer with all my shadows because my eyelids are just so oily).

The Hydro-Powder Eye Shadows are unfortunately being discontinued but that means that they are currently being sold for 7.99€ (originally they were around 25€) which is a great deal. Shiseido are coming out with a new range of cream eye shadows which look beautiful as well but I think that Spring Plum is  a very unique colour so if you still see it available at your stores I would urge you to at least swatch it. You won't be sorry.

In this last photo I wanted to compare Spring Plum to another favourite of mine, Club by MAC - as you can see they are most certainly not dupes, Club is quite darker and without the plummy undertone but they have a similar base and the green duchrome is gorgeous. I highly recommend both!

L-R: Shiseido Spring Plum, Shiseido Spring Plum on top of a black pencil, MAC Club, MAC Club on top of a black pencil

Monday, August 15, 2011

Makeup Mavens: Part Nine

Makeup Mavens show you makeup you might have missed.  This week, the mavens were almost all about the lipstick, with several of us showing you our favorites.

Christina of Lovesong for My Lipgloss brings you her favorite lipstick formula, Chantecaille Lip Chic, in two of her favorite colors. 

Klara of Mookie on the Bench has found a favorite in Chanel Rouge Coco in Cambon, her perfect red.

Natalie of Rasperry Rouge has also found a love in the Chanel Rouge Coco line.  This week she brings us the summery La Pausa.

Jennifer of Lipstick Luvvies shows us the next best thing in lipstick formulas, the By Terry Rouge Terry-bly lipstick.  

Product Doctor Beauty Blog has found a hole in your staple makeup bag, Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Midnight Brown.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Summer Skin Savers

One of the skincare essentials for every summer are definitely SPF products - I usually use a separate one for the face and the body and this year these are the ones that made it into my vacation suitcase:

Ultrasun High SPF 50 reflex  is the newest sunscreen from the Swiss suncare range Ultrasun, aimed specifically at children and people with sensitive skin. It contains only mineral filters, a mixture of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, is fragrance-free, mineral oil free, preservative free and alcohol free and claims to be water-resistant. Because there are no chemical filters it's great for kids and people with sensitive skin but consequently, the high amount of mineral filters means that the texture of this cream is very thick, almost like a paste and I really had to rub it in my skin well and even after that my skin looked a bit paler although there was no obvious white cast. I was however impressed that despite the texture, once the product sinks in there is no tackiness and I was left with very soft skin and most importantly, no irritation at all.

Would I recommend it? Yes, if you're looking for a high SPF product with mineral filters but be prepared for the hard-to-blend texture and a slightly lighter look of your skin. (cca. 28€ for 100 ml, in Slovenia Ultrasun products are sold at the department store NAMA).

Ingredients of the Ultrasun

Garnier Ambre Solaire kids SPF 30:  Now, because of the hard-to-blend consistency I didn't use the Ultrasun SPF 50 all over my body, just on my calves and my arms where my skin is most sensitive and everywhere else I used this Garnier sunscreen. It includes both mineral (titanium dioxide) and chemical (Mexoryl) filters. The consistency of this hydrating milk is very runny (probably also due to the alcohol denat in the ingredients), it's easy to blend into the skin and feels pleasant and non-greasy. It does have a very subtle apricot scent, typical for Ambre Solaire products.

Would I recommend it? Yes. I think it's a very nice affordable product (cca.10€ for 200 ml) that does the job really well.

Ingredients of the Ambre Solaire

Becca SPF 30 Mineral Primer I have received this primer months ago as a giveaway prize from Becca on twitter and even though it's supposed to be used as a primer for foundation (it's all in the name) I just used it by itself. The consistency of this primer is quite thick (again, mineral filters), almost like a paste but it doesn't leave a white cast on the face. The SPF is in the form of zinc oxide, it is oil free, has some anti-oxidants and everything about it just sounds perfect. Except for one important detail: it made me breakout like crazy. Seriously, half an hour after applying it I could see new blemishes pop up and even though my skin is very much prone to spots it's usually not that bad.

Would I recommend it? Only if you're not prone to breakouts and even then I would suggest to get a sample of this product. Also, I don't think this would be the best product for dry skin. (price: 45€ for 50 ml).

Ingredients (from Becca website):
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 17% w/w (Purpose: Sunscreen)
Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (Water - purified), Cyclomethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Distearate, Ceteareth-20 (Cetomacrogol 1000), PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben (Methyl Hydroxybenzoate), Tocopheryl acetate (D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate), Parfum (Fragrance), Carbomer (Carbomer 940), Camellia Sinensis Extract (Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract), Oenothera Biennis Oil (Evening Primrose Oil), Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylparaben (Propyl Hydroxybenzoate), Ubiquinone 10 (Ubidecarenone)

Aveda Lip Saver SPF 15:  I was really impressed by this product, it is quite a waxy lip balm and you only need to apply very little. Even though the filters are chemical it felt great on my lips - very hydrating and it really made them look and feel soft and smooth. It also has a very nice spicy, cinnamon scent which I love.  (9.40 GBP for 4.25g, I bought mine from Lookfantastic)

Would I recommend it? Yes, it's a great product to protect your lips.  (9.40 GBP for 4.25g, I bought mine from Lookfantastic)

Ingredients (as listed on Active: Octinoxate (7%), Avobenzone (2%), Other: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Jojoba Esters, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Beeswax (Cera Alba) Cetyl Ricinoleate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Flavor, Tocopheryl Acetate

Those were my choices this year - what SPF products did you use/are you using? As you can see I still haven't found the perfect sunscreen for my face so the search continues.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Postcards from Mali Lošinj

I am back from my short and sweet holiday in Croatia. We went to Mali Lošinj this year, which is one of the  northern islands of Croatia. It's a perfect place for an easy and relaxing vacation and apparently the  mild climate is very beneficial for people who suffer from asthma or similar diseases.
The view from the appartment

Fish for dinner, yum!

Lovely little streets of Mali Lošinj

The next post will be about the sunscreen products that I took with me and just an overview of how they performed (hint: no sunburn and I got barely any colour). 

I hope you're all well and safe.


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