Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl

7 Mar

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl

Dior has done it again! The Diorshow Iconic Overcurl is a stunner. Smudge-proof, endless curl that holds all day. Full thick voluminous lashes. Superior length without any spideriness. And all in one stroke.

This brand new genius mascara actually strengthens your lashes to prevent breakage, while promoting lash growth. Any negatives? I only found one. Unlike my first love, the original  Diorshow Iconic, you can’t keep building up the coats. The 1st coat of Overcurl is a dream, the 2nd coat is deliciously extreme, but past that,  additional coats begin to get clumpy. Luckily, I can’t imagine why you’d ever need more than two coats with this superpower!

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From the site:

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara embodies a host of key technologies. Its K-Polymer Formula combines lifting, coating, and fixing polymers for instantly dramatic curves and long-lasting wear. Its waxes and oils offer a volumizing complex that boosts adherence, coverage, and smoothing for a dramatic lift. A lipid complex of abyssinv oil and pseudo-ceramid strengthens lashes to prevent breakage, while plant nectar boosts the development of keratin, reinforcing lashes. Skinsoy supports natural cellular regeneration for maximum lash growth and vitality.

Research results:

An instrumental study that used before-and-after photos to measure lashes upon makeup application found the following increases:
– +53% in volume
– +111% in curl

In clinical studies on 31 subjects observing naked lashes after four weeks of daily application found the following increases:
– +31% in volume
– +33% in curl

Available for $28.50, exclusively at:

Sephora

Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner

4 Mar

 

Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toner 5 fl oz

What’s the point of a toner? I never really saw the value in it. One more step to a beauty routine? But if there ever was a toner to love, this one is unbeatable.

A toner not only rebalances your skin’s ph after cleansing, it also gives you one final opportunity to wipe off any leftover traces of makeup and grime. When I saw this at Target, I was seduced by the Britishness, the cute bottle and the cheap price. I was sure I’d regret the impulse buy, but much to my surprise, that was not the case.

After I applied Boots Botanics Rosewater with a cotton pad, the organic damask rosewater seemed to brighten, and soften my skin. In fact, it felt hydrating without any stickiness or residue. The next day, my skin was definitely improved. Resilient and with a healthier glow. But my favorite part? The light fresh scent makes me feel like I’m escaping into a Jane Austen novel.

Available for $8.39 at:

Boots 

Target

Purederm’s Make-Up Cleansing Tissues

26 Feb

Purederm Cleansing Tissue

While a nice deep facial cleansing to wash alway all the makeup and debris of the day is the most effective, a pre-moistened cleansing cloth is a godsend in a pinch.

I’ll admit it! I’m lazy! And there are some nights where the thought of going through my preferred cleansing routine seems like a form of torture. But luckily, cleansing cloths can come to my skin’s rescue! No water, no rinsing needed.

Purederm Cleansing TissuesPurederm’s Make-Up Cleansing Tissues from Korea are unbelievably effective, non-drying, and unbelievably cheap. All makeup is wiped away in a few swipes. Mascara might require more tugging than a swipe, but off it comes in the end, with zero stinging. Skin feels super clean for a wipe, and I can breathe easy that I won’t be met with clogged pores or a pimple explosion in the morning.

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So where do you find them? Sadly, not at your local drugstore. But they are available at beauty supply stores and online, in a variety of delicious scents, thanks to the specific extract each type includes. Aloe, cucumber, rose, green tea, and lavender. They feel soft on the skin and they won’t shred when you put them to work. And their resealable packaging lasts longer than many other brands, keeping them perfectly moistened. No parched tissue here that require extra friction to get your eyeliner off.  You’ll be catching zzzs in no time.

Available for $2.80 for a pack of 30 tissues

Naimie’s

Space NK’s Beauty Gift Bag Event

20 Feb

Space NK Gift Bag

SpaceNK’s Beauty Gift Bag is the only gift bag besides Barneys’ that I think is worth the splurge. I’ve discovered some of my fave must-haves in this bag of tricks, including Radical Skincare’s amazing Age Defying Exfoliating Pads.

This gem is filled to the brim with amazing high end, well-curated products. Some are even full size! The gift bag itself is worth $325. Granted you must $250 to qualify. But if  you buy makeup and skincare, this would be the time to splurge on all your  faves!

The event is on now while supplies last. Order online, visit your local Space NK store, or their Bloomingdale’s in-store boutique.

The image above is what’s really in the bag:)

Space NK

BY TERRY Baume de Rose

18 Feb

By Terry Baume de Rose

Who wants to spend $59 on a lip balm? Certainly, not I. So how did it happen? Well, it all began when I was leaving my beloved Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Event and I passed the By Terry counter. I was almost out the door when I thought to myself, I keep reading and hearing endlessly about this balm, let me just try a swipe so I can stop wondering. And that was the beginning of the end.

The BY TERRY Baume De Rose is much to my dismay, GLORIOUS!  One application lasts for hours on end, eliminating the need to reapply endlessly. Lips are truly hydrated, not just coated. And the SPF 15 filled pale pink sheen pluses your natural lip color. It’s plumping, creating the illusion of fuller lips, and it makes a great base for keeping lipstick in place. Suprisingly, it also doubles as a cuticle cream. But let’s face it! There’s no way I’m going to waste it on my hands unless I scooped too much on my lips.

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The only thing I’m not a fan of is dipping my finger in to apply it. There is a lip gloss version of it but it does contain less product.  Beside, I wouldn’t want to give up pulling out this gorgeous jar  to apply it. The whole experience of using this somehow feels sensorially fulfilling. The heaviness of the jar, the heavenly rose scent, the substantial consistency, and the resulting baby soft lips. Now if your not a fan of roses, you might be a little less impressed but otherwise, this lip balm is sadly a delightfully luxurious experience. No wonder, it’s a cult classic!

From the By Terry site:

- A lipo-regenerating complex made up of Rose Flower Essential Wax with softening and astringent properties, Pastel Oil to boost cell renewal, and Shea Butter with healing and soothing benefits, supplies strength, nutrition and comfort.- The Hydroskin complex, a combination of filling spheres and active ingredients of lipid origin, provides optimal hydration.- Biotechnological ceramides deliver youthfulness and density thanks to their restructuring and firming action and their smoothing effect.

- Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and Sun Protection Factor 15 protect the lips against the harmful effects of light and help to fight against aging.

Available for $59 at:

Barneys NY

T. LeClerc – Loose Powder in Orchidee

14 Feb

T. LeClerc Loose Powder Orchidee

Winter sallowness got you down? Does your skin need a pick me up in general? This excessively finely milled loose powder, brightens the skin beautifully, while seemingly erasing flaws. The pale pink shade might look scary in the tin, but it’s a super power at neutralizing yellows and wiping out exhaustion. Say good-bye to pores and hello to well-rested glowing skin!

The French makeup line, T. LeClerc was born in 1881 and in this competitive modern day market, it continues to thrive thanks to its superior products. Orchidee is one my most beloved. First, I  sweep this very lightly over my face with a fan brush. Then I apply an extra layer over my cheeks for the most natural flush. It makes a gorgeous blush. Then I love to add some around the outer edges of my face for glow and definition. Finally, I gently buff it for a second with my beauty blender sponge (but any sponge will do). Another great multi-tasker, Orchidee also works as an subtle eye brightener, counteracting those dark circles.

T. LeClerc Orchidee

Besides being in love with the quality, texture and tone of this powder, I’m obsessed with the packaging. The gorgeous classic tin is oh-so-deliciously French and the fine net lets you get just the right amount of powder on your brush. And the best part, the rice powder base makes this a friend to the most sensitive of skins.

Available fro $50 at:

Barneys NY

It’s Back – Barney’s Love Yourself Beauty Event – February 13-16, 2013

11 Feb

ALERT!  Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Event is back, just in time for a Valentine’s Day treat! February 13-16, 2013!

For those who missed our post months ago, twice a year, Barney has the best beauty gift bag with a $200 purchase. A makeup bag filled with tons of  generous makeup and skincare samples, including a bunch of full size products.

See you there!!

P.S. You can also order online or over the phone with free shipping, if getting to a Barneys is cumbersome.

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