Yves Rocher Secrets D’Essences Neroli

Neroli

The bitter orange tree is what you would call the “eierlegende Wollmilchsau” in German. It’s one tree that produces many different things for perfumery: neroli, orange blossom, petitgrain and orange oil.

Yves Rocher Neroli includes many of these notes: orange blossom, neroli, petitgrain and then some bergamot. There’s nothing in this scent that doesn’t come from some sort of citrus tree.

Okay, that’s a very technical description. Orange blossom/neroli also happens to be my favorite flower scent. Hot or cold, orange blossom is always in season. :)

Secrets D’Essences Neroli starts with a tart, zesty smell. The blossoms come out later, 15-30 minutes in. But it never really gets sweet. It always stays a little zesty, a little greenish. After that I don’t detect a lot of change anymore. Sillage is low; I think it stays close to the body. Longevity could be better, but I get five hours out of it. It’s just that sometimes the perfume is so soft you don’t notice it, but then you move and there it is.*

In a nutshell: for the Neroli lover aka me. :D

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*if you want this scent, but amped up to eleven, you’re looking for Tom Ford Neroli Portofino. ;)

Chanel Summer Eye Look

Chanel Summer Look

I did a little and uncomplicated look inspired by Chanel’s summer look.

  • Brows: MAC Lingering
  • Primer: Urban Decay Sin
  • Lid: Chanel Caroube, softly blended into the shimmery primer
  • Liner: Chanel Orchidee, lined lower waterline and around the eye
  • Mascara: YSL Effet Faux Cils Waterproof Signature Violet (turns out to be exactly the same color as Orchidee, so liner and lashes are blending together)

And that’s it, a simple and fast. :)

Chanel Orchidee Look

The color is a little washed out in the pics, the purple comes out stronger irl. :)

MAC Dazzleshadow Boom Boom Room

Dazzleshadows? A whole Collection of sparkles only? Who needs that? Certainly not me, pffft.

Well, then the swatch pics started showing up and Boom Boom Room is such an interesting combination… and so I was at the MAC counter, swatching and swatching…

Dazzleshadow Boom Boom Room

There are many pretty shadows in this Collection, but this one is the craziest. It’s a rusty red with duochrome sparkle in turquoise. I found the sparkle very hard to photograph. The color looks completely different depending on light angle.

Dazzle BBR swatch

Swatch. I tried to show both colors in one pic. On the left side you see the light turquoise, on the right the ruddy color. It looks amazing on the eye, like you did a lot more than just apply a single shadow.

I got pretty much no fallout. Application is best with a flat, stiff brush. A primer is necessary; at least for me, it creases otherwise.

Now I want more than one. :( And here I thought I could skip this sparkly LE.

Dazzleshadows are limited, but seem to be available easily right now.

Current Skin Care Routine

Over the last year I have rehauled my skin care routine. I was going to say “simplified”, but looking at the amount of products in my picture, maybe not. XD I have decided to go as gentle as possible, no harsh washing gels, less alcohol and irritating fragrance, more chemical peeling.

Skin 1

Cleansing

This means I cut out all the mechanical peelings and washing gels. Even the supposedly gentle one I used still irritated my skin (you can tell by how right after washing the skin will be tight and dry and about half an hour to an hour later the skin is oilier than before washing). So that left my cleansing milk Toleriane from La Roche Posay (I use this on makeup free skin only, even if it says it can remove makeup, it’s not very good at it); the Micellar Cleanser from Garnier; and for waterproof makeup the dual phase Camomille cleanser from the Body Shop. That one is okay, but I think when it’s used up I’ll go for another brand.

Skin 2

Moisture

Next step after cleansing is to add moisture back. I do not use any toner at the moment. I ran out (years ago, in fact) and realized I didn’t miss it. So I go right to moisture. You probably heard of Korean skin care by now, and how they layer like half a million products over each other. When I read about that I was like ‘that’s too much work’ but these days I do often use quite a few layers as well. In the midle of the pic you see MAC Fix+. You often see it mentioned that people spray this on after makeup, and the description on the bottle says it can be used before and after makeup. A look at the ingredients list tells me it’s made of water and some antioxidants – and nothing else. So while you can apply as last layer, the water will simply evaporate and might leave you drier than before. But when used as first layer and then locked in with heavier products, the moisture stays on the skin and the antioxidants can do their work. So when I use Fix+, I do it immediately on clean skin.

Then I start layering eye cream and lip balm (not pictured). My current eye cream is a cheap one from Balea, it has no bad ingredients (as far as I could tell) and a few antioxidants.

The moisturizer is Clinique Moisture Surge. It’s a light gel that, well it does exactly what the name promises. I will always use this when my skin is visibly dry, but at the moment I don’t use it every day. I use different serums (not pictured) and often don’t put anything on top of those. If I wanted to use both a serum and Moisture Surge I will layer the thicker texture over the lighter one.

Skin 4

Sun Care

The morning routine usually goes like this: cleansing, Fix+ and Sun care on top. When I wear makeup it’s usually MAC CC Cream with SPF 30. It’s the best option if I want to put something on top. My other options are a mattifying sun cream (not pictured) which leaves my skin super dry if I use it more than two days in a row and the two bottles on here: La Roche Posay Rosaliac UV Legere, a great cream with lots of Niacinamide (a form of Vitamin B3 and one of the best skin care ingredients ever) and SPF 15. The cream is slightly green tinted, but applied I don’t really see any difference. However, this one isn’t really good for wearing underneath makeup, as it has a greasy finish. No amount of powder helps here. So sadly despite this being really good for my skin I only wear it when I go makeup-less.

And the last bottle is my all over sun care: Louis Widmer 50+ Extra Sun Fluid. I wanted one without any alcohol or fragrance and there were not too many offerings. This one can be used for the body and face, however when I wear it with makeup I get a similarly shiny finish as with the Rosaliac.

Skin 3

Extras

These are the extra helpers. I don’t use them daily. The small grey bottle is the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Mask. This is a colorless mask that you can either take off again or wear over night. It gives the skin extra moisture. As this is a smaller size I don’t have a list of the ingredients but I hope they’re not too bad. I use this only when my skin is flaky and often only on the dry parts of my face.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+: Chemical Peeling with Salicylic Acid and Capryloyl Salicylic Acid. I have found that for me it works best used every other day. It makes pores appear smaller (by getting the gunk out) and helps with spots.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast: For any kind of emergency, be it extremely dry and reddenend skin or huge spots or whatever else might happen.

And last is Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions mask, a white clay mask with Salicylic Acid. I use this whenever I feel like it, not too often.

So far the regime works out very well for me. In the future I want to be even more diligent about suncscreen and I’d like to add retinol at some point.

Do you have any tips? What are your go-to ingredients?

Kiko Essential Bronzer & Beam of Light

July is the time of summer sales and I have fallen victim to a few 50% off deals. At Kiko I bought a bronzer from the Modern Tribes Collection and a highlighter from the On The Go Collection.

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The Essential Bronzer is huge (20 g) and comes in an equally huge packaging made from wood. The two pieces are held together by small magnets. This is a bronzer for using at home, certainly not for travels.

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The bronzer itself looks a bit like Pluto, doesn’t it? My color is 200 Warm Melange, the lighter of the two colors in this Collection. The bronzer is very soft; a light hand is needed when picking up the powder.

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The highlighter Beam of Light in the color 01 (again, the lighter of the two available) is much smaller (1,5 g); it comes from a Collection of minis.

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Both products are baked. The highlighter is not quite as soft as the bronzer, but it still gives plenty of powder at a light touch.

Kiko Swatches

Swatches.

The bronzer isn’t too orange for me, although I need to apply it gently to get it even. But a light application of this gives me the most beautiful glow. I find it easier to apply than my Body Shop bronzer, which is more tightly packed and needs a firmer hand. The Kiko bronzer includes a slight shimmer, but I don’t really see it on the skin.

The highlighter is a shimmery champagne color. It is similar to my MAC Lightscapade, but that one is whiter and the shimmer finer and more multi-colored. Beam of Light looks best applied with my new favorite method: using a tight blush brush to apply on top of the cheek bones and temples.

I can recommend both of these. They are LE from different collections. While the minis collection is new and should therefore still be available, I can’t promise the same for the bronzer which comes from a collection that has been out for a few months by now. Should you find it on a sale, do take a look!

Did you pick up anything at the latest sales?

Essie Chillato

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I didn’t mean to buy anything from Essie‘s summer collection ‘Peach Side Babe’. But then Chillato is such a unique color, a very pale lime green, or is it a greeny yellow?* The color has a lot of white in, which is always a hint for a difficult formula. I expected it and it wasn’t as bad as I thought. In this pic I am wearing two coats. The polish is very liquid, so three thin coats would have been more even than two thick ones.

But isn’t the color absolutely amazing? :D I was too lazy to put on top coat and still didn’t get tip wear until day four.

*and while I was at it I also picked up Peach Side Babe…

MAC Pink Pigeon

Hello everybody! I am back from my short hiatus and back to regular posts. :D

I heard rumours that MAC lipsticks were going to get more expensive here in Austria again, so I stocked up and there will be a few more lipstick reviews upcoming.

Pink Pigeon

This one here is a vibrant pink with a matte finish, Pink Pigeon. I love bright pinks and I love mattes so it was on my wish list for a while.

Of course, I have more than one matte pink so here come the comparison swatches:

Pink Pigeon Comparisons

Right on top the more blueish Candy Yum Yum, in the middle Pink Pigeon and bottom is Silly. Pink Pigeon is darker than the other two and straight up magenta.

There are several liners that can be used with it. Chick Trick is almost the same color as Pink Pigeon, but a little more yellow. The Candy Yum Yum liner might also work, but would pull the whole thing more blue. The absolutely perfect liner for Pink Pigeon is the Chromagraphic Pencil in Process Magenta. If you ever found yourself thinking, man, a lipstick in Process Magenta is what I need, Pink Pigeon is your lipstick!

I don’t have a comparison swatch to VG Miley I, but that one is Amplified finish and more yellow.

Wear time is very good. In my experience shades of magenta are the longest lasting lipsticks of all. Since it’s matte it mostly surives a meal too (especially when worn with liner) and later wears down to a stain. To keep the lips from getting too dry a primer is useful.

Pink Pigeon can be found in the regular lineup of MAC lipsticks.

New Trend: Strobing

(note: I’m taking a few days off; it’s too hot to blog. love you guys)

The trend

You probably saw it already: the new trend is called ‘strobing’. Unsurprisingly, it basically means ‘a whole lot of highlighting’. I think it’s the perfect trend for summer, for a lady doesn’t sweat, she glows! ;)

Nikkie has a great tutorial for it. I love her; she’s so funny.

Basically, you’ve got two options to go about it: either you start with a mostly matte base, powder down and then use powder highlighter, or you go for the full glow with a luminous base and cream or liquid highlighters.

the products

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Here are some base products that I use for a subtle glow:

Dior BB Creme, not overly shiny, but certainly not matte and a perfect base for me. Attention fellow Austrians: the lightest color 01 is being phased out! I stocked up on it. :( The other colors are staying.

Then I’ve got my usual concealer: Clinique airbrush. This is an undereye concealer with a bit of highlighting properties. Undereyes only, we don’t want our spots highlighted! For blemishes I used my normal, non highlighting concealer (not pictured).

In the middle of the pic I put what should have chronologically come first: two primers. Both are only subtle illuminating primers, not full on glow. First there’s the MAC CC Cream in Illuminate. Illuminate is a light purple color and the only MAC CC cream light enough for me. It is less shimmery than my previous primer from MAC (Fortified Skin Enhancer), but it has a bit of shimmer. Second primer is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. This is what I use if I want a perfect finish. Somehow Beauty Flash Balm makes all layers go together in perfection. It has a bit of peachy shimmer, but also not too visible. If you want more shimmer in the primer, there are many options out there, from Clarins to pretty much every brand. Personally I think a primer is necessary for a look with a strong highlight, because the primer makes the skin more even. I never had a problem with highlighters enhancing my pores if I wore a good primer.

And last I packed a body glow product onto the pic: Soap & Glory Glow Lotion. I think if we’re going overboard with the face glow we might as well have a matching body. Any shimmery body product will do.

Strobing

And now on to the actual highlighters:

For a more champagney glow I’ve got Benefit Watt’s up, an easy to use cream highlighter. For a pink highlight, the liquid high beam, also by Benefit. For a light golden glow I have my alverde Schimmerfluid Meeresglanz. This was sadly a limited item, but there are many good options at the drugstore these days.

And for powder highlighter I’ve got the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade. Not pictured, but Kiko has released some great new powder highlighters: beam of light (review upcoming).

And if you don’t have a powder highlighter, there’s no need to rush out and buy one (unless you want to) because in reality a light shimmery eyeshadow will the do the trick just as well. Here I’ve got my Extra Dimension Shadow in A Natural Flirt, simply because it was on top of the makeup drawer. You only need to make sure it is not too shimmery and blends well. :)

the application

With liquid highlighters (and the creamy stick of Watt’s up) I still use my fingers for application; I simply use more than I would use for a subtle look. The biggest change for me was in appliction of powder products: I used apply them with a fan brush, but it never quite looked like I wanted. Not enough, not well blended etc. For strobing I started to use a blush brush instead and finally it looks the way I want it to look! I’ll stick with the blush brush. (actually I’m using the Bobbi Brown Face Blender. That thing blends everything like a charm.) For smaller parts (inner corner, top of lip etc) I’ll use either fingers or a small eye blending brush.

So that’s it, have fun with your highlight and ditch the contour. :D Let’s all be faeries, wheee!

All Used Up June 2015

Hello and welcome to my newest empties post. There are only a few items this month.

Rodial Glam Balm

First I used up the Rodial glam balm lip with SPF 15. This is a rose scented balm. I don’t like rose very much but I grew used to it. The balm itself is extremely good, very nourishing. I was all ready to complain about the amount of product in this review, because the full size only contains 7,5 ml in a tube that could easily hold 15 ml. BUT then this single tube lasted very long; I have used this almost everyday twice since last July. So I am left with no negative points except maybe the price (about 20 € I think – mine came in a beauty box so I don’t know for sure). Recommendation.

Lancome Advanced Genifique

Then I used up a full size of Lancome‘s Advanced Genifique serum. I already reviewed the samples here. After that I bought the full size of 50 ml. Only when I had the full size I noticed the ingredients list included alcohol. Damn, I really want to minimize alcohol in my skin care. But apart from that, it is so good. For now, I’ll use the samples that have collected in my drawer again and see if I find anything else I like. But I may buy Advanced Genifique again some time (if I get a good discount because wow this is expensive!).

I also like the packaging a lot, with the dropper and the fact that it’s black on top and becomes clear in the bottom. This is useful because you won’t run out unexpectedly. Also I felt like some evil fairy tale queen using this (and the results are quite magical, too). ;)

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Last two items: My sample of Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Cologne ran out. Sobsob. Review is here. I had this in my bag and used it on hot days.

And the other is Douglas XSmall Velvety Body Lotion. Douglas has this skin care range called XSXL. You can guess the sizes. ;) The small ones are very useful travel sizes. This one is a very regular body lotion, I can’t say much about it, except the scent could be less strong.

Ingredients

Ingredient list of Body Lotion.

And that’s it, my empties of the last month! :D

Essie Mademoiselle

Essie Mademoiselle

Mademoiselle by Essie is one of their many sheer pinks. In this pic I wear only one coat, no top. It gives a milky sheen to the nails, no real color, but a sort of elegance. It was easy to apply and levelled nicely, no streaks or anything. The color can be intensified a little by adding more coats, but it’s always sheer.

After three days it was starting to chip at the tips. Chipping is so terrible with this sort of color because it looks like the nail is damaged. Brr. All in all, it’s a good polish if “invisible elegance” is the point.

I have the salon version, but I think the regular version is the same (with a thicker brush).

This nail polish was given to me free of charge by a professional nail salon.