Thursday, 27 February 2014

LOVE LULA FEBRUARY BOX



MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sensitive Facial Pack: In this pack came the Pure Harmony Cleanser, Pure Harmony Mask, Pure Harmony Serum, and Pure Harmony Cream. Considering it was a range designed for sensitive skin, it didn’t feel particularly gentle. The mask is meant to be kept on for 20 minutes but I had to take it off because it stung and made my eyes water a lot (a problem I don’t think I’ve ever experienced before). As for the Cleanser, Serum and Cream, I thought they were OK but didn’t feel particularly gentle or do much. I actually think my skin looked more inflamed after using this line!
Would I buy? Nope.

Price & Ingredients:

Cleanser - £10.50
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behenyl Alcohol, Squalane, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Cactus) Stem Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Dicaprylyl Ether, Sucrose Stearate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Phytic Acid, Potassium Sorbate

Mask - £21.50
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Bisabolol (L-alpha), Sodium PCA, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Cactus) Stem Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Amino Esters-1, Panthenol (D), Pearl Powder, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Mica, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Phytic Acid, Potassium Sorbate

Serum - £33.00
Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Squalane, Phenyl t-Butylnitrone (Spin Trap), Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract, Tambourissa Trichophylla Bark Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Totarol, Rosmarinyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Caffeyl Glucoside, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Folic Acid, Kinetin, Lactic Acid (L), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Alcohol Denat., Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Phytic Acid, Potassium Sorbate

Cream - £23
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Alcohol Denat., Squalane, Sorbitan Olivate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil, Gluconolactone, Gardenia Jasminoides Callus Culture, Asiaticoside, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Teprenone, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Glucosamine HCl, Phytic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate

GlamGlow YouthMud Tingle Exfoliate Treatment: I really felt like I was getting down to the elements here. I sort of had fun smearing the muddy mask all over my face and was a little surprised at the pieces of foliage that also came out of the tube (I presume they were tea leaves). It goes on wet, becoming tighter and tighter, tingling as it dries into a lighter sheet of mud (which is then scrubbed off with water). I enjoyed the process, feeling like I was getting beautified over the 10 minutes I kept it on, however I can’t say that my skin benefitted particularly from it.
Would I buy? I don’t think so

Price: £40
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite (Volcanic Minerals), Kaolin (French Sea Clay), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Purified Clay), Polyethylene, Pumice (Micro Volcanic Rock), Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea Leaf), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (Chamomile), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract (Marigold), Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Hedara Helix Extract (Ivy), Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract (Comfrey Herb), Lavandula Hybrida Oil (Lavender), Glycerin (Vegetable), Parfum, [Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool], Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

EOS Lip Balm Strawberry Sorbet: I’ve come across these several times online but have never been tempted. I found this however, to be great! Delicious smell, not much of a taste and really conditioning. Lovely. Plus the shapes quite fun.
Would I buy? Absolutely.

Price: £4.99
Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire D'abeille)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Natural Flavour (Aroma), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract*, Limonene**, Linalool**.

Dr Bronner’s Castille Soap Rose: I already have the lavender and mint Dr Bronner Soaps and this one doesn’t disappoint. For me it doesn’t top the ones I already have (mint is a fairly firm favourite) but it’s real good and was pleased to get it in my Love Lula Box.
Would I buy? I have done and will continue to!

Price: £2.00 (for the little one)
Ingredients: Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Natural Rose Fragrance, Organic fairDeal Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol




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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

KORRES FIG BODY MILK

I’m not necessarily a massive fan of Korres just because previous products I’ve tried I’ve found a bit… meh! But this I got for Christmas and actually really like...


More of a cream than a milk, it’s easy to apply, absorbs well and really leaves my skin with a lasting softness. Apparently it contains “energy boosting agents” and plenty of vitamins, which while I can’t say I've definitely experienced, sounds good to me. It smells like sweet soapy figs but in a really really good way! I like the old school packaging and  also think it’s very good value for money (considering the excessive price of some natural beauty products). I’d definitely consider buying it again and I’m also keen to try some of the other scents/flavours which sound amazing!

Price: £10
Ingredients: Aqua (Water/Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Decyl Cocoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Parfum (Fragrance), Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Distarch Phosphate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, Magnesium PCA, Manganese PCA, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodium Gluceptate, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

BRONZER: CHANEL LES BEIGES VS. NUXE POUDRE ECLAT PRODIGIEUX


























Nuxe Poudre Eclat Prodigieux: I usually use to contour. When used as a bronzer, it provides a really natural, even glow without being iridescent or sparkly... This I salute. It’s on the browner, redder side in colour which I like as I find it looks more natural than the more orangey bronzers. It smells amazing (as all Nuxe products do) however the ingredients aren’t quite as natural as I’d like. 

As a result, I sort of wish I’d gone for the Caudalie Mineral Bronzing Powder I’d been considering (as the ingredients is purer). However, I have to say I've been impressed with the Nuxe Bronzer and despite the paraben content, I do like the product.

 
Price: £25
Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Ci 77891/titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ci 77492/iron Oxides, Ci 77491/iron Oxides, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Nylon-12, Bisabolol, Glycerin, Ci 77499/iron Oxides, Phenoxyethanol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Parfum/fragrance, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Isododecane, Ethylene/va Copolymer, Methylparaben, Palmitoyl Myristyl Serinate, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool [n1007/b].


Chanel Les Beiges: Oh my gosh does Chanel know how to do packaging! I basically bought this because it was so unbelievably beautiful and chic. However, I haven’t particularly enjoyed this product, primarily because I can feel it on my sensitive skin despite it being advertised as “lightweight” and “gentle”. 

I also feel that Les Beiges is having a bit of an identity crisis. I have personally used it as a bronzer but found the colour a little too orangey yellow. The lady at the counter suggested it could also be used as a very light foundation, but for me it provides little if any coverage. The half moon brush it comes with is ok, good for touch ups but very little else. 

It smells good and looks amazing, and just holding it makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn, but it’s incredibly expensive and just doesn’t quite perform for me. From the ingredients, it also looks as though it contains things such as aluminium, ingredients you don’t want your skin to be absorbing.


 
Price: £38
Ingredients: Talc, Nylon, Titanium Dioxide (Nano), Ethylhexl Methoxycinnamate, Boron Nitride, Polyethylene, Silica, Stearic Acid, Aluminium Dimyristate, Alumina, Potassium Sorbate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Myristate, Tin Oxide, Gossypium Arboreum (Cotton) Leaf Cell Extract, Rosa Alba Leaf Cell Extract, BHT, Citric Acid (May Contain Ultramarines, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Mica)






















I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Les Beiges or Nuxe’s Poudre Eclat Prodigieux and how you’ve got on with it… 

Personally I can’t fault Chanel’s packaging, but for me that’s all Les Beiges is… Something beautifully presented. I can’t say I've experienced any particular benefits from the product itself. With regards to the Nuxe Bronzer, I love how it performs; I just wish it didn’t contain parabens…

If anyone's tried the Caudalie Mineral Bronzing Powder I mentioned, I'd also love to hear some what it's like!

xxx



Monday, 24 February 2014

DEEP PINK LIP


I absolutely love this Hot Rose Sinner lipstick by Lipstick Queen. I like to think of it as a slightly more sophisticated pink. It’s highly pigmented with no shimmer but a very very slight gloss. Unfortunately, it’s not in any way organic or natural so if anyone knows of a similar colour comprised of natural ingredients I’d love to hear about it! The rest of the makeup however is completely natural and I think would probably go with any lip colour, so have a go experimenting and let me know how you get on!

 

























In order of application….

Vapour’s Atmosphere Foft Focus Foundation s115: Having prepped my skin with Dr Alkaitis Nourishing treatment oil I applied quite a bit of Vapour’s foundation with my fingers, finishing by gently tapping my face.

Vapour’s Illusionist Concealer 010: I applied this under my eyes and anywhere else that needed concealing.

Dr Hauschka Compact Powder: I set my foundation and concealer by patting this powder over my face with the puff thing that comes with it. (I’m not sure if it’s called a puff, whatever comes inside the packaging).

Lipstick Queen Hot Rose Sinner: I did my lips next so that I could gauge how strong I wanted my eye. I applied the lipstick straight from the bullet, blotted it with tissue, applied Dark Pink Barry M Lip Liner around and onto the lips, then reapplied the Lipstick straight from the bullet.

Kjaer Weiss Eyeshadow Cloud Nine: I’m not sure this step is actually necessary because I then covered this eyeshadow with different colours but I applied this over my lid and up to my brow, onto the inner corners of my eyes and a little under the inner half of my lower lashes.
 
Neal’s Yard Black Eyeliner: I applied this right into the roots of my upper lashes.

RMS Eyeshadow Solar: I applied this over my lid, into the inner corners of my eye and quite liberally under and onto my lower lash line. I also used a little with the Living Luminizer over my cheek bones to add a little golden glow.

RMS Eyeshadow Seduce: I used just a little of this on the outer third of my lid and outer third of my lower lashline.

Kjaer Weiss Mascara: Having curled my lashes I applied A LOT of this <3.
 
Dr Hauschka Eyeshadow Palette 01: I used this for my brows, but if you want a slightly stronger eye with the lip, I’ve found these colours are perfect for gently enhancing the eyes with this shade of pink.

RMS Lip2Cheek Smile: I smiled to find the apples of my cheeks then patted it on with my fingers.

Nuxe Bronzing Powder: I used to very gently contour, sweeping it under my cheeks, jawline and over my temples.

RMS Living Luminizer: Served as my highlighter and was patted on to cheekbones, brow bones, cupids brow and down my nose.

 

























I also decided to change up my hair (I’m very indecisive when I get ready) so took a French Braid over my hair line from left ear to right, sweeping it back into a ponytail/bun, very slightly tugging out the tightly plaited braid to make it look a little less polished.

xxx