Monday, January 30, 2012

Testing out new Foundations: Bourjois Flower Perfection and Chanel Perfection Lumière

Bourjois and Chanel recently released their new foundations: Flower Perfection and Perfection Lumière. Besides the similarity of the quite ambitious names these foundations also perform quite similarly on my skin and after trying out generous samples of these foundations I can say that for me and my skin type they are not really close to perfection at all.

Let's start with the Bourjois Flower Perfection foundation which is described by Bourjois as a "Youth extension foundation, providing a smooth and beautified complexion for 16 hours. It has an SPF of 15 (I think this is the only Bourjois foundation with an SPF), it's  non comedogenic and non occlusive (I though non comedogenic and non occlusive were very similar terms?) and according to the Bourjois French website it is supposed to minimize the appearance of pores without the "mask" effect on the skin.

Well, I do not like it at all.
The texture of this foundation is very nice and it's easy to apply but the problem is that it accentuates dryness (and my skin isn't even terribly dry to begin with) and clings to any flakies on my skin like crazy. The coverage is medium-full and the finish matte. The foundation however wears off quite quickly, especially on my nose where my skin is oily, and it makes my skin look dull and it also oxidized on me slightly. Also, I've noticed that after wearing this foundation consecutively for a few days my skin felt very itchy. The foundation is perfumed and contains alcohol as well so if you have sensitive skin you might have to be careful with this one and in any case I'd suggest getting a sample of this first (luckily our Bourjois counter had a lot of samples, in the colour 53 Beige Klara clair).

Next up is the Chanel Perfection Lumière foundation which supposedly replaced the Mat Lumière and Pro Lumière foundations (although my SA said that it's replacing the Teint Innocence so I'm not really sure). Chanel sure likes to discontinue some of their most popular products. Rouge Allure Laques, anyone? The texture and the overall finish of this foundation is actually quite similar to Bourjois' Flower Perfection and it has an SPF of 10: the finish is also matte and the coverage medium-full but the effect on my skin is actually nicer than with the Bourjois, it somehow looks more natural and not as fully matte but unfortunately, it still accentuates any dryness (for reference, I have oily skin on my T-zone and normal/dry skin on my cheeks) so I think this one would be best suited for oily/very-oily skin types. One big negative for me is the scent of this foundation: it's very strong, funnily enough it reminds me of the peachy floral scent of Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation multiplied by 10. I haven't tried the Pro Lumière foundation before but based on reviews I imagine it's completely different from the Perfection Lumière which has a soft matte finish, good coverage, no illuminating particles and is not very friendly to dry skin. People who liked Mat Lumière might find the Perfection Lumière to be a good substitute although in my opinion Mat Lumière is/was better because it isn't as drying and is unscented.

Ingredients (source: Beautypedia): Active: Titanium Dioxide 3.1%; Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Trimethicone, PEG-1O Dimethicone, Alcohol, Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate/Dimethiconol Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Algin, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Parfum (Fragrance), Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isoceteth-10, Zinc Sulfate, Hydrated Silica, Denatonium Benzoate

Now for the colours of the foundations: in Bourjois Flower Perfection I tried No. 53 Beige clair which is the third lightest colour from the range and in Chanel Perfection Lumière I tried No. 30 Beige which in Slovenia is the lightest(!) shade offered. And it looks orange (on my skin it actually looks much more natural, not orange at all, so I don't know how Chanel pulled that one off).

Bourjois Flower Perfection in No. 53 Beige clair, Chanel Perfection Lumière in No. 30 Beige

As a comparison, below are these two foundations in the middle compared to Bourjois Flower Perfection in 54 on the far left and NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fee on the far right.

Sorry, Bourjois and Chanel but for me, there's no perfection here. I really think these two would work best on oily skin types or maybe combination types and I would definitely recommend getting a sample first. 

Let me know if you've tried these new foundations and whether they worked better for you! I'm currently using NARS Sheer Glow which I like a lot but I'm also very much excited about the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation which sounds perfect!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Edward Bess palette in Berry Chic

As you may remember, I wrote a short post back in November about Mr. Edward Bess releasing two new cheek/eye/lip palettes, the more neutral one called Back to Basics and the berry coloured one called Berry Chic. I was immediately drawn to the Berry Chic palette - I always liked plums and purples but this season I've been loving these deeper tones even more. But apparently I was not the only one trying to get my hands on one of these palettes because they sold out so quickly at Zuneta that I had to wait for them to re-stock.

So here it is!

The palette comes in a sleek shiny black packaging and inside there are your cheek, lip and eye colours, the dual-ended brush and a nice big mirror.

Photo taken in daylight

From left we have the Cheek and Lip Colour (2 grams) in a beautiful creamy warm plum colour. I really like the consistency of this product - it's very smooth and light, not as thick and waxy as the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges so it's much easier to work with. Also, I find that this is one of the rare cheek/lip products actually works well on both lips and cheeks - for comparison Stila's Convertible Colors (which I really like, by the way) are much creamier and they just look chalky and kind of pastely on the lips whereas the Edward Bess Cheek and Lip Colour adds just a little bit of colour to the lips.
Next to the Cheek and Lip Colour is the warm toned pink Highlighter (2 grams). The texture of this highlighter was very weird: somewhere between a cream and a powder although not a cream-to-powder finish. The colour is very nice, it's not as metallic or "white" as NARS' Copacabana liquid highligter or Benefit' High Beam but I would have preferred if the shimmer was a little bit less noticable because if I'm not careful I can apply too much and look like a fairy (no offense to all the fairies out there).

Next up we have the Eyeshadows (3,5 grams): a light cream colour with micro shimmers, a medium shimmery pink with a lilac undertone, a deep slightly shimmery plummy brown and a sparkly dark purple with a blue sheen. The texture of these completely surprised me: they are one of the creamiest eyeshadows I've ever tried and they apply really beautifully, there's no chalkiness here at all. Probably my least favourite is the pink one because it doesn't show up as well on me but the other three are simply wonderful and the lightest colour is a perfect subtle eye highlight colour for me.

And lastly, there are two Lipglosses (2,5g): a sheer shimmery medium pink and a red-ish my-lips-but-better shade. This one is actually funny because the colour looks purple in the pan but once you scratch the surface of this colour there's a completely different colour underneath. The texture of these glosses is ok: they feel very thick and sticky at first but after a few minutes they sort of melt into my lips and become much more comfortable. I wish though that instead of the lipglosses there were more pigmented lipsticks in this palette but that's just me as I'm not a huge fan of glosses in general.

Photo taken with flash (the colours are warmer in real life)

Lastly, the dual-ended brush: on one side there's a nice synthetic lip brush and on the other side there's a fluffy blending brush which I find too scratchy and would probably use only if I really didn't have any other brushes with me.

And now for the swatches - the photos were taken with flash so that you can see the shimmer in the colours better:

Cheek/Lip Colour, Highlighter, Lipglosses


I think the colours in this palette work really well together, they are neither too cool nor too warm and you can either use the more neutral tones (cream and brown eyeshadow) on the eyes or add some more colour with the purple. One word of caution: the lip and cheek products have a very strong scent, to me they smell of berries which is quite fitting for this palette and I really like it (but I also like the smell of the Estee Lauder lipsticks which might be one of the most disliked scents in makeup).

Have you tried the new Edward Bess palettes? This palette is the first Edward Bess product I've tried and I would love to try some more eyeshadows, a Cheek and Lip Colour and perhaps a Lipstick from his line now that I know that the scent doesn't bother me. Please let me know if you have any Edward Bess favourites (and I'm not talking about his hair)!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Orly nail polish in Fowl Play

Fowl Play nail polish was part of Orly's Fall/Winter collection called Birds of a Feather and it's a beautiful deep purple base with lots of blue and pink/copper shimmer and with green-orange flakies (these are called flakies, right? I'm afraid my nail polish terminology might not be the best).

The green of the flakies is unfortunately only visible in the bottle, on the nail I can only see the orange colour of the flakies, but it's still a very beautiful colour:

The application was ok: because the base colour is quite translucent, the best way to apply it in my opinion is to do one thin layer and then one thick layer. The one problem I had with this polish was that it took a very long time to dry completely which resulted in having the polish completely smooshed and chipped on two nails after about one hour since I painted them. I hope this is not a general issue with Orly polishes as I already have another mini in the shade Rage waiting for me.

I bought this Orly nail polish from the Slovenian online store ZaPikoNaI (great customer service, by the way) and this mini bottle (5.3 mls) cost me 5€. I know that with getting the mini sizes you're actually paying much more when you look at the price/quantity ratio but I rarely, not very often, ok, never finish a full bottle so it doesn't bother me too much.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief - Why I love a good Toner

Clinique has some really wonderful products in their range - their Cream Shaper eyeliners are great, the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel is one of the few skincare items that I have now used for years and the High Impact mascara never disapoints and even if I try other mascaras (psst, there are two new ones waiting for me at home) I always repurchase the High Impact. However, even though there are some true gems in their line when they don't get it right, they really  don't get it right: their cleansing soaps that "shrunk" and drided out my skin, the "wonder" that is the Anti-Blemish Solution Clarifying Lotion and most of their SAs that I had contact with were very pushy which doesn't help either. 

Luckily, I now found another Clinique product that I absolutely love. Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief is a very basic toner that contains some hydrating and antioxidant ingredients and no perfume, plant oils, essential oils or alcohol. This may sound kind of boring and nothing special but here's a challenge for you: find me another toner that doesn't contain any of these ingredients. It feels lovely on my sensitive skin and even though I never really believed that toners would be an essential part of my skincare regime I now use this spray every night and it has really helped with my skin, which is getting drier now that the days are getting so much colder. 

This toner for me works equally well in the Winter and in the warmer months - every winter I usually changed my skincare products and added a new heavier cream or lotion so that my skin would get more moisture but I find that adding the toner as the second step works much better for me as it gives me the moisture that I need but without the greasiness/oiliness of most products aimed at drier skin types and it has helped with minimizing those pesky flakies of dry skin as well. It's also lovely to use in the warmer months because it feels so refreshing and light on the skin.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Caffeine, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Sorbitol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

I also like the packaging of this product: it's a very basic spray bottle so you don't need to use a cotton pad to apply it but you can just spritz it all over your face (and you can scare your boyfriend by randomly spraying it in his face).

One thing that I really don't like about it is the price: 30-ish euros for a 125 ml bottle in Slovenia and 21 dollars for the same thing in the US. Not fair, Clinique, not fair!

Do you use a toner or do you think it's not a necessary item in your skincare routine?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Honoré des Pres Vamp à NY

Nope, there's no coffee in this little cup, but something much better - perfume! (however, I might change my opinion on what's better if you ask me on a Monday morning).

For a change this perfume was not for me but for my mum - it was on her Christmas wish list and well, Santa sure listened! This is now the second  perfume that she currently has, the first being L'Artisan's La Chasse aux Papillons (interestingly enough, both are based around the note of Tuberose). I actually won little samples of Vamp à NY last year in giveaways hosted by two wonderful bloggers Denyse of Grain de musc and Birgit of Olfactoria's Travels and while I quite liked the scent my mom loved it. And as a bonus, it didn't irritate her skin like most perfumes do - apparently, Honoré des Pres perfumes don't contain any elements that aggress the skin, so perhaps that's why (they're also 100% natural and have the EcoCert Certificate).

Head Notes: Tuberose and Rum
Heart Notes: Bourbon Vanilla
Base Notes: Benjoin, Perou Balm and Tolu Balm

So, what does this Vamp smell like? To my nose, it smells very boozy (hello, Rum!) and the sweet Tuberose is definitely in the center of this perfume. It actually reminds me of another tuberose-based scent, Péché Cardinal by Parfums MDCI and Péché Cardinal is actually the only perfume that my sister has and she absolutely adores it (at this point I have to stress that I gave her the little sample bottle of Péché Cardinal, am I a good sister or what?). And if you remember my post on my favourite Spring perfumes, I mentioned Frederic Malle Carnal Flower which for me is one of the most beautiful potent floral perfumes, and surprise, surprise, Carnal Flower is all about tuberose as well. Now I don't know anything about the more scientific side of perfumes and scent in general but I find it really interesting that all three of us love tuberose so much.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dior Addict lipstick in Singuliere (465)


Happy 2012! Hope you're all having a good start to the year. My New Year's Eve didn't go quite as planned - I got sick in the last days of 2011 so I spent the begining of the year coughing in bed. Not all was bad though, I had cookies and tea (ok, and an inhaler) by my side all the time (and yes, my boyfriend took excellent care of me, brownie points for him).

I've been enjoying reading so many great posts from other bloggers about their favourites of 2011 - I won't do a favourites post because there have been just so many products and random things that I've enjoyed in this past year, it would all just turn into the longest blog post ever. So instead, you can expect to see separate reviews of some of my favourites in the upcoming weeks/months.

First, let's start with the one lipstick that I actually finished last year. Yup, if you remember I bought this lipstick in a sale back in June and I've now been scraping the last bits that are left in the tube.


The lipstick is from the Dior's new-ish Addict line in the shade Singuliere (465), described as a sheer bubblegum pink and that's exactly what it is. The Addict lipsticks were launched last year and are Dior's version of the popular sheer, balm-like lipsticks. There are really a lot of colours in the range (honestly, probably too many, feels quite overwhelming) and you can check out the swatches of the whole line at KarlaSugar. I'm warning you, looking at her post is dangerous because you'll probably want at least five colours.

Singuliere is one of the sheerest colours from the line and on my lips it doesn't really show up, it just makes my natural lip colour a bit pinker and shinier (probably part of the reason why I've been using it non-stop during the summer). Therefore, no lip swatches this time, just a small hand swatch.

The texture of the Addict lipsticks is lovely and I much prefer it to the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines (which I gave away to my mum) - it's a bit more gel-like and it actually moisturizes my lips unlike the Rouge Coco Shines which felt uncomfortable on my lips. Next time I might get one of the slightly more pigmented shades, although they might have to wait until spring or summer because right now I love using my classic, more pigmented lipsticks. A post on one of my favourites in this category will be up soon (and I promise it's a good one because my boyfriend almost always comments when I wear it).

(Just thought I'd add some more brackets because obviously there weren't enough brackets in this post). () () ()


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