MAC Metallic: Silver Spoon

MAC Metallic: Silver Spoon

The MAC LE for the month of August is called Metallic Lips. In America this is already the second LE with such lipsticks, over here it’s the first one. I was 100% sure I didn’t need anything from it. Then I swatched them. Ahhh, pretty shimmer.

So far I purchased only one, Silver Spoon. This collection seems to sell out much faster than the previous ones, so I apologize if my review comes too late. To my knowledge all the lipsticks are limited edition, at least for now. It is expected some might come back sooner or later. Also included in this collection are shimmery pigments. Those are always available at the Pro stores.

Just so you know, none of the lipsticks in this new metallic finish are opaque. This is especially noticable in the darker colors, which turn out uneven. So I was mostly interested in the lighter colors. I don’t see that much difference between metallic and lustre. They feel similar and are both see through. Also, the metallic finish always has visible sparkle, it’s not a smooth foiled optic.

Swatch of Silver Spoon. It is a greyish silver with pink/red sparkle. That was hard to photograph but is visible on the lips. Very pretty. While not opaque, there is still color payoff. The lips look silver. It’s a great wintery, fairy look. Goes well with duochrome highlighter.

Lasting power was actually pretty good; I got five hours out of it. It wears off evenly. It even survives a small meal (reduced, but still there).

Sooo, here I thought I was gonna skip this LE and now I want even more lipsticks. The white or the lighter pink colors call me.

Verdict: If you want intense color do yourself a favor and skip this LE. If you want pretty sparkles, go for it. Finish is shimmery and sparkly, not foiled!

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls

This super gorgeous off-white aka very, very light grey is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, two coats, no top coat. Quality is great, lasted about five days with next to no chipping. This is from a Collection they did for for the first Amazing Spiderman movie (the Webb ones). I can’t believe that by the time I got to post it, yet another Spider-Man movie series exists!!! Good news is my bottle is now several years old and still as good as new.

Penhaligon’s Portraits Clandestine Clara

Penhaligon’s Portraits Clandestine Clara

How to make Penhaligon’s Portraits – Clandestine Clara: take Guerlain’s Shalimar, but remove all the flowers and citrus and add in a good dose of cinammon and patchouli instead. Done. Clandestine Clara basically skips all the opening nonsense and goes right to the heavy base instead. It’s boozy, ambery vanilla. Very yummy. Nothing screechy to distract from the base.

Clandestine Clara was released this year, 2017. The nose is Sophie Labbé.

Now, because the Portraits perfume line is brand new and kinda funny here’s the story stuff they made up for it: every portrait perfume presents a fictional person. Our patriarch is Lord George, his wife is Lady Blanche (Harry Potter fans think Narcissa Malfoy). Their marriage is not the best, in fact, she wants to poison him. Their daughter is the Duchess Rose, who married the Duke to get out of the house and live a better life. Somehow she missed a spot check and didn’t realize before the marriage the Duke is GAY, GAY, GAY. So she’s got to get her fun elsewhere. She probably inherited that from her father. Clara is Lord Gerge’s lover, his dirty little secret. Or not so secret, I mean the Lady does want to kill him, there’s gotta be a reason for that. George and Clara have a son, Radcliffe. He’s a total womanizer, too.

There are more perfumes by now, but that’ the basic set up. It’s a little wink-wink-nudge-nudge story of a patriachal aristocratic family that’s all about keeping up appearances (and failing).

The bottles are unusual for Penhaligon’s as they don’t have the ribbon, they have huge golden animal heads instead. I like Lord George’s the best, it’s a stag. So it’s all cute and pretty and good smelling, but the price point is € 225, which is a bit more than I’d be willing to spend on a cute perfume currently. I mean Clandestine Clara smells really good, but for that price I could get myself several bottles of Shalimar…

All Used Up July 2017

All Used Up July 2017

another list of empties, here we go.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Classic: I super hate the smell, like toilet cleaner or something. But quality good. Will buy other scents now.

Two Clinique items, first the airbrush concealer which I already repurchased. Then the mild clarifying lotion, which I would have repurchased, but they changed the formula. It now contains witch hazel. My face does not like witch hazel, so I had to go through the hassle of finding a different product. Boo, Clinique. Don’t fix things that ain’t broken!

Funnily enough my last toner was by Clinique too, then I decided these things were useless and went years without one. Then I realized toners never worked because they had way too much alcohol content. I found Clinique’s mild clarifying lotion which didn’t have any alcohol, but salicylic acid and was nicely acidic. It worked wonders. Of course they had to change it.

Balea Anti-Falten Augencreme Q 10: So far I liked every Balea eyecream I used. Might repurchase at later date.

List of ingredients for eye cream.

And last, two items from Rituals. The Ritual of Dao handcream smells great. Dao is my preferred scent of theirs. However, that’s as good as it gets. As a handcream it feels thick and doesn’t sink in properly. But it doesn’t give the skin any moisture. Will not repurchase or try any other of their lines. Especially since this is only 75ml for about € 11? Nope. Might get a Dao linen spray instead. I also have the room scenter sticks.

And the second item is a sample of their sensitive skin lotion. This is a regular face cream with lots of aloe vera. I used it at night and it was in fact the best skin care item of Rituals I tried. It gave a good amount of moisture and the skin looked fresh the next day. I will not buy a full size, because firstly I have lots of stuff to use up and then I also prefer for my face cream to pack some power in addition to just moisture (like AHA, BHA, …).

List of ingredients for Rituals face cream.

Those were my empties of the last month. I think it’s a pretty good amount for a summer month. I don’t know if there will be empties in August, if not I’ll sort through my old makeup and see what needs to be chucked.

OPI I just can’t Cope-Acabana

OPI I just can’t Cope-Acabana

Showing two coats and no top coat of OPI I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana. I think this is from last year’s summer Collection? Quality is great, two coats are opaque and it is easy to apply. Yellow shades used to be hard to get right, but this one has no problems at all. It lasted almost chip-free for five days.

While I was busy worrying about a reduction in the line of Essie polishes (turned out to be totally unfounded) OPI has been silently moving out of the Austrian market! I snagged up a good portion of them on sales for a very good price, so expect to see some more older OPI on this blog. But then it’s gonna be over. I’m sad because I love their polishes. On the other hand, they were sold at € 16, which is way too expensive. I never bought them at full price and I doubt most others did. So I understand why it didn’t work out, but I think they should have had lower prices. Butter London failed for pretty much the same reason.

Tom Ford Black Orchid EdP

Tom Ford Black Orchid EdP

Well here goes nothing: This is my bottle of Tom Ford Black Orchid EdP. You probably heard of this perfume before. It was released in 2006, more than ten years ago. Omg, what! Time flies. In 2015 they released the matching EdT (same bottle but all black). At this point I’d like to thank the SA, who, when I said I wanted to buy the EdT told me: “You’ll want the EdP, trust me.” She was right. The EdT only lasted half the amount of time that the EdP did.

Black Orchid EdP is a room-filing sillage monster and lasts ten hours on me. Luckily most of coworkers seem to be anosmic to any and all perfumes.

I think Black Orchid is the kind of perfume you can only hate or love. It’s a cacophony of notes. I can barely tell any specific note apart from the rest. It is too much at once. And that was also what led me to love it. You can find lots of easy sweet perfumes that don’t overwhelm you. But one that is “ride or die” yet still smells amazing? Yes, please.

I won’t even bother putting down any notes for it. It’s in the broad strokes of an “oriental flower” in the same way that a puddle and the ocean are both bodies of water. There’s some fruit in it, some flower, a lot of base notes. When the massive opening mellows down, you get some lovely pralines with sandalwood and patch.

Very much worth testing, even if you may end up hating it. At least let the opening run its course until you reach the base before you make up your mind.

Perfumer is David Apel.

Guerlain La Laque Coleur: A la Parisienne

Guerlain La Laque Coleur: A la Parisienne

This would be a case for #ThrowbackThursday but I don’t post on Thursdays, so you get it today. XD

This is one of Guerlain’s old nail polishes. The whole line has been replaced by their new nail polishes in the LPRN design (spade bottle). I don’t know if the color made it to the new line. This is a single coat of 263 A la Parisienne. It’s a lovely melon pink/coral. A second coat makes the color more solid.

This is my only Guerlain polish, but this one here has a good quality. Just the right thickness, quick to try, lasts well. I don’t know why they felt the need to change it, but maybe the new design has the same formula anyway.

MAC Chromat: #Shockvalue and #Chromatbabe

MAC Chromat: #Shockvalue and #Chromatbabe

And today in: “Did she fall for special packaging again?” I present you: MAC Chromat. This is MAC’s current LE. It’s a designer collab again. I’d never heard of Chromat before, but I checked them out for this post and their swim wear looks great.

The LE has see through plastic packaging instead of black carton. The blue line design is repeated on the products. If you look closely, it’s not just random lines. I think it forms a female figure/corset.

I bought the eyeshadow x 6 palette (#Chromatbabe Super Pack) and the blue lipstick (#Shockvalue).

The lipstick comes in amplified finish, meaning it’s high color but not matte. Here I swatched #Shockvalue first, followed by Dreampot. While #Shockvalue is LE, I think Dreampot is permanent. (At least it has been in stores since it was released.) On the side I added a swatch of Hi Def Cyan. The color is not identical to #Shockvalue, but close enough that you can use it as lip liner/base if you want to.

Now, #Shockvalue applies very well and did not migrate once it was on. However, it is not a matte lipstick and does not have the lasting power of one. It survives several hours without eating or drinking, but if you do take a sip it will wear off on the inside. After a meal there’s nothing left on the inside. The outer parts survived for me, but I didn’t eat anything super greasy.

Lipswatch! Honestly, this is my new favorite blue lipstick, the clolor just works soooo well!

On to the eye shadow: I swatched them top-bottom, repeat. First row is more matte, second row more shimmery. The colors are in order of my swatches: Sabina Sangre (Satin), Structrued Satin (Satin), Triennial Wave (Satin), Duabandita (Veluxe Pearl), Mindfiles (Frost) and Blue Black (Veluxe Pearl).

So there are no true mattes among the shadows, which I like because mattes can be difficult. You can see a little bit of shimmer in the blue and the orange swatch, but on the lid they look matte. All of the colors are soft and pigmented. It’s a good idea to apply them before the rest of the makeup, just in case you get a lot of drop down, but for me they behaved. Most of the drop down was blue shimmer and that’s the sort of stuff that migrates later on as well.

The first color is Sabina Sangre, a juicy orange. I own a few orange shadows but nothing quite like this shade. It is pigmented and was easy to pat into place.

Structured Satin is black. I like using it as eyeliner. It goes on dark and stays like that. You can blend it out as an eyeshadow as well, though.

Triennial Wave also offers good pigmentation. As with all strong colors I pat it on instead of wiping around with the brush. The color needs no base to shine (I did all my testing without base or primer) but if you wanted to really pop it you could use Hi Def Cyan underneath.

Duabandita is a brown with teal shimmer. Mac has a loose pigment like that, too, but I don’t own it. It’s a very beautiful color and looks different from every angle. It went on like a dream and stayed there, too (usually I get a lot creasing when not wearing primer).

Mindfiles is a gunmetal grey. It actually applies pretty dark. The shimmer makes it look lighter in the pan. This one needs a bit of blending or a light hand when picking the color up with the brush.

I was pleasantly surpised by Blue Black, as the blue aspect really comes out. I have a similar eyeshadow that loses a lot of the blue shimmer when applied and ends up looking mostly black. Blue Black is still a black with blue shimmer but you can still see some of the blue on the lid.

This is one of my testing looks. I wear no other makeup and I didn’t intend to photograph it, but since I did snap a pic I might as well show it. On the lid I wear only Duabandita, you can see both the brown and the teal side of it. In the crease there’s a mix of Mindfiles and Blue Black. The other three (Sabina Sangre, Structured Satin, Triennial Wave) are used as liners. Now for a real look I would probably not use all six at once and I might want to add in a normal transition shade but I think the colors actually work together as well. There’s quite a number of possible combinations with #Chromatbabe.

So, for those who like a little more unusual color in their makeup I can recommend both items. As of now they should still be available as well.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh

L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh

Boah, people say. What is that stink?

Firstly, that’s L’Artisan Parfumeur Al Oudh, and secondly it smells awesome, I say.

No, okay Oud is an acquired taste, maybe, and Al Oudh doesn’t pull it’s punches. Those in the niche perfume fandom, on the other hand, are already all over the oud hype. Yawn, how boring, they say. As usual, it’s a thing of perspective.

Al Oudh was released in 2009, eight years ago, sorta at the start of the oud trend in niche perfumery. Perfumer is Bertrand Douchafour.

This time the notes list on the packaging is in french only so I don’t understand much. Oudh, boise, epice, cuire, it says.

So my nose gets oud and leather and also a healthy dose of dates. Spices, maybe and I’m really not sure of the rest. I think it’s a mixture of a lot of things but I can’t pick them out.

Overall Al Oudh is pretty strong and just weird for the non-oud initiated. But I’ve worn it to work and nobody complained, so (they might not have realized it was perfume). The strong phase goes on for about four to five hours. The dry down is much gentler, more sandalwood, maybe or some other woods.

Personally I really like it for when I feel like oud. I have not felt the need to own any other oud (because lets face it, they’re not different enough). Also had I smelled this one before I smelled Guerlain Santal Royal I would have been a lot less forgiving for Santal Royal. Al Oudh is coherent. Santal Royal is a mess compared to it.

As usual I have the old bottle but I think the juices are unchanged.

MAC Feels so Grand

MAC Feels so Grand

I finally dared to check out some liquid lipsticks. This is MAC Feels So Grand.

This is the swatch mostly dried down. One swipe. The amount of color you can get from such a liquid lippie is insane. The finish is very matte. In fact MAC calls these the retro matte liquid lip color. This is the mattest stuff I own. It emphasizes you know not the lines, as it doesn’t pool in them or anything, but the lips look super not smooth. Afterwards the lips feel dry but it’s not too bad.

Color comparisons with regular lipsticks. The liquid one is just so much deeper. Colorwise it seems to be in between Mrs Mia Wallace and Viva Glam I.

I like that the applicator it is really precise. You can get good, crisp lines. Once on and dried (it takes a minute to be dry) it just will not come off again. You need oil remover to get it off. Also when you get it on glasses or stuff like tooth brushes, you need to clean those by hand because the lipstick will cling forever. Funnily enough even though it stays on the lips it still rubs off everywhere!

I had a long meal and the lipstick did wear off on the inside, but only there and I think that only a beauty blogger would notice that. I wasn’t left with a two toned mouth or something. So wow, this really works. To be honest I still prefer regular lipstick bcause you can reapply more easily – reapplying on top of liquid lipstick can get weird and flakey. Secondly the liquid calls for a sharp outline which emphasizes how my mouth is not symmetrical at all. But those are personal points. The lipstick is still totally worth it.

Revlon Fire & Ice

Revlon Fire & Ice

Let’s have a red lipstick week. Starting with a classic.

Revlon has recently reentered the market here. The brand can now be found in every drugstore. I picked up only this one item here, the Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme in 720 Fire & Ice. What I like about the Revlon offerings is that they are encased in plastic, meaning you get untouched items, huzzah. However, the products left me quite cold; there was no must have among them. Fire & Ice is a red lipstick that has been around forever so that’s what I chose to try out.

It’s not just red. It’s intense. The finish is creamy and it really doesn’t last very long (2 hrs max). I took to using a lip liner all over the mouth and adding the lipstick on top. This makes touch ups easier. The lip liner I use is by Kiko. 

Color comparison. The color was so unusual I didn’t know at first what to grab. I thnk it’s a mix of Kiko True Red and MAC Lady Danger. Fire & Ice is very intense, basically neon. It has yellow undertone.

Lip swatch taken with my phone. It doesn’t really do the color justice, sorry.

Basically despite the fact that Revlon hasn’t been in the market here the last couple years, I know this color. I’ve seen many an older lady wearing it. When I put it on it was the first time ever I recognized a red lipstick as having seen it on others before. Weird and cool at the same time.

If you want this particular color then go for it. I don’t really recommend it though because the lasting power is terrible and Revlon isn’t that cheap either.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Nuit de Tubereuse

L’Artisan Parfumeur Nuit de Tubereuse

So my perfume review process works something like this: I’ll wear a new perfume on and off when I feel like it and when I think I’m ready to review it I’ll be wearing it everyday until the review is done.

I was ready to review Nuit de Tubereuse EdP (L’Artisan Parfumeur) weeks ago. I’ve been wearing it everyday for three weeks. XD Mostly because of my heatwave induced blogging pause but also because I like it so much.

As always, I have the old bottle design. The liquid is light grey, the sticker and outer packaging are pink.

Weren’t you a Tuberose phobic, you might ask. Yes, I was. And still many a famous tuberose is too heavy for me. I didn’t even dare test Nuit de Tubereuse until I read a review which critisized it for not being a tuberose perfume. Oh, I thought? Why is it called Nuit de Tubereuse, then? Looks like this was created under a different working title, but then they had to change the name in a hurry for legal reasons (I assume the working title was used by a diff brand). So, hey, worth a sniff for the tuberose phobic.

First impression is very green but in a flowery way, not a herbal or foresty way. Then flowers, lovely flowers. And yes, here comes the dreaded tuberose; why were people complaining for a lack of tuberose? There’s plenty, at least enough to be smelling it through the whole time it lasts (about six hours). But – it’s not cloying or oppressing. I like this tuberose, which pairs an intense flower with light greenery.

The official note list printed on the packaging reads: pink pepper, tuberose, green mango, woods.

Now, that’s a pretty short list and I bet my collection there’s more flowers in it. Surely some orange blossom + rose, not sure about jasmin or ylang ylang. I have no real clue what green mango smells like, only that it’s also a note in Timbuktu, which smells nothing like Nuit de Tubereuse. XD There are probably some types of amber and musk (what perfume doesn’t contain musk?) in the dry down. I don’t think it smells particularly woody at all.

But it smells good, so good. It smells like the first rain after a heat wave – or is that just because we are having rain right now, haha. But I bought this bottle almost a year ago (time flies) and it works all year round. I am now officially no tuberosophobic anymore. 😉

Nuit de Tubereuse was released in 2010, perfumer is Bertrand Douchafour.

Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer White

Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer White

Y’all probably know the problem of a foundation that is great, but not exactly the right color. When I want to make a foundation darker I simply mix in liquid bronzer without any shimmer. Those can usually be found in some summer collection or other and brands like Lancaster offer a liquid bronzer all year round. Making a foundation lighter can be harder. You could try to mix with liquid highlighter, but that either makes the foundation sheerer or too highlighty.

Some brands offer lightening drops – which are usually not light enough for me. Enter this product here: Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer White. Illamasqua says these mixers (there are four: you can lighten, darken, make warmer or cooler tone) are to go with their Skin Base Foundation. I don’t have that one, but it has worked with every foundation I tried it with.

Now I know it says “white” but it’s not. It’s one of those wedding dress colors, you know. It’s got a yellow undertone which works well with my skin that also has a yellow undertone. I can’t say if it would make a difference if you’re more pink based.

Shown in the pic above is a single swipe, so it’s pretty pigmented. Apart from the obvious mixing use, this can also be put to use for special makeup, like for Halloween. One blended layer is too sheer to make the whole face white, but (like in the swatch above at the edge) can be used as a base depending on the look you’re going for (vampire for example). A second layer makes the face white (well, off-white) and personally I went over it a third time, patting the product in for concealing. This makes the coverage opaque and works well for a skull look, for example. It wears just like regular foundation, although I recommend using powder and setting spray on top. The finish is matte and even though it dries down it rubs off onto your fingers if you touch it.

So that’s for using it on it’s own, on to the mixing:

Illamasqua Skin Base Mixer with Essence Camouflage makeup.

And mixed together. This is almost 50:50, maybe a bit more white. The color matches my underarm pretty well. I hope you can see the edges. Since the White has good coverage on it’s own the coverage of the camouflage makeup (medium to full coverage) does not suffer. Mixing it with a sheer foundation gets too white for my taste, best use is with medium or full coverage products.

(Funny story, at the point of testing this I owned exactly zero foundations that were too dark for me – so to see the effects I had to go lighter than my usual shade and it annoyed me to no end.)

While the Mixer alone has a satiny matte finish I didn’t find that it changed the finish of my foundation. It really only did what was promised – change the color.

In a nutshell: I like.

MAC Steve J & Yoni P haul

MAC Steve J & Yoni P haul

Steve J & Yoni P is a current collection by MAC with a sort of limited distribution so I apologize if you can’t get it where you are or if it’s already sold out. I bought mine a month after the collection came out and they still had everything left so at least this isn’t one of those annoying collections that sell out at the first hour.

This is the design of the cardborad packaging. I think the lipsticks have only the lip on them and not the eye but I was being a Good Girl and did not buy lipstick even though I really wanted to. This collection includes one permanent lipstick in special packaging, Candy Yum Yum. You can see swatches of Candy Yum Yum in this post.

And this is what the products look like. I bought the eye gloss, Pearl Varnish, the eyeshadow duo Touch me Baby, and the blush Sugar or Syrup.

And this is what they look like opened. Yeah, that gloss is blinding. XD

Swatch time! Right on top is the powder blush Sugar or Syrup, a pinky peach in MAC’s regular powder blush formula. This is actually one of my fav blush formulas, I don’t even know why I bother with other blushes… However that depends on the color also. The other powder blush in this collection gave of zero color upon swatching it in store. This one here works just fine. It gives of more or less color depending on how heavy handed you apply.

Next, the eyshadow duo: The colors included are Soba (satin, light brown) and Keep on Twinkling (Lustre, light pink with sparkle). I didn’t expect to love this so much. Lustre is MAC for ‘shimmer but not much color’ so I was glad to see that while Keep On Twinkling does not give off that much color, the pink is actually visible. Keep on Twinkling is new (but dupable), and Soba is permanent, so you can easily recreate this duo for yourself. Soba is so good and if it weren’t for this duo I would have not noticed that – I thought it would be too yellow for me but it works. Both apply easily and last all day (with primer), and a solid five hours without primer.

Last, the eye gloss: This is a goopy thing with high shimmer. The color is Pearl Varnish, which I think is a reissue. The base is sheer white and it has lots of multi-colored shimmer.

The difference between these eye glosses and the lip glosses which come in the same pot is that the eye gloss is goopier and thicker. The usability of such a gloss is highly situational. Like, this is not for everyday use. It settles into the crease in minutes and destroys all makeup underneath even when worn with primer. You would use this for photoshoots or when the goopy creasing effect is actually wanted. So this is more of a blogger/MUA thing. The shimmer on this one here is sooo pretty, though (and I think you could also use it as a lip gloss although a lip gloss lover will surely already own a colorless base with lots of shimmer).

Out of these three I love the eye shadow duo the most, I wore it every day for two weeks. It’s so easy to use and pretty, although as mentioned, also dupable.

This is a very minimal eye looks with the eyshadow duo lightly applied (you can get more color out but this was just to test the gloss), the pink color on the lid and Soba above the crease and then the Pearl Varnish patted on the middle of the eyelid and in the inner corner. I do think it gives a lovely wet effect. The only place it lasted was the inner corner though.

Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her! This Is Him!

Zadig & Voltaire This Is Her! This Is Him!

Zadig & Voltaire isn’t a new brand but you haven’t heard too much of them until 2016 when they released two new mainstream perfumes with lots of fanfare: This is her! and This is him!

This is her! smells like fabric softener, lots of jasmine and cheap sandalwood. Typical “female” mainstream offer, you can find these a dime a dozen, but if you like that sort of smell it’s totally okay and not offensive on the nose.

This is him! on the other hand is much better! Now, the reason for that is not that it’s technically or objectively better than This is her!; it’s because the average mainstream “male” fragrance is so cheap and nasty. And This is him! is not cheap and nasty and therefore already a winner (in a very weak category). This is him! smells of pepper and incense – very lovely incense and not too much (this is after all not a niche offering). Only a touch of sandalwood ties it to This is her! and a bit of vanilla, too. The drydown is powdery and soft in a not too sweet way.

So I very much recommend the male fragrance, the female is take it or leave it.

All Used Up May & June 2017

All Used Up May & June 2017

I had empties in may but I kept forgetting to post them long enough that it’s now a combined post.

essence all about matt! oil control paper: These paper things are a must @ work when the weather is hot. I liked the paper but the packaging was a bit annoying so I repurchased the Catrice ones instead.

Batiste dry shampoo sweetie: The packaging is so cute with the little russian dolls. The smell confused me a bit because it smelled like pineapple to me and that didn’t really go with the look. Apparently it’s supposed to be raspberry, not pineapple. Okay. The scent lasted only ten minutes which is good because it would be annyoing to smell all day. The spray itself works well and fluffs my hair up nicely. Will repurchase but probably in a different scent.

Garnier Micellar Water: still a fav cleanser of mine, not too expensive and just works. I thought about getting the Bioderma one instead but it’s more expensive so I got another bottle of Garnier by now.

Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure Body Lotion: I’ve already reviewed the perfume here. The body lotion smells nice, but is not a very good lotion overall. Does not give enough moisture and leaves me sticky at the same time. Would not buy in full size.

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir body lotion: Oh yes I can see why this scent is popular. It’s fruity but also deep and resinous and the scent lingers for SO LONG on skin! This was also a much better lotion than the Issey one. Would still not purchase a full size of the body lotion but would certainly not say no to the perfume! Was that too many negatives in one sentence?

Dior Lip Glow: This was a LE coral version. I’m not sure if it’s still sold. Colorwise it ends up pink anyway so if I repurchased one it’d be the regular pink one. However, I like the Givenchy ones a tad better even if this was a good balm and pretty color.

Bioderma Sebium Global: This is a serum with a high amount of citric acid and some salicylic acid and zinc, so basically an all around product for when you’ve got acne. So far I always concentrated on BHA alone but I found it’s the combination of both AHA and BHA (plus niacinamide, more on that later) that really works. I guess the pores aren’t just clogged from sebum (BHA helps) but also dead skin cells (AHA helps) so from now on I’ll always use both.

List of ingredients for Bioderma Sebium Global. I went back to repurchase it – only to be told “we are not carrying Bioderma anymore, sorry”. WHA! So I got some Dermasence poduct instead. I could’ve bought the Bioderma at another place – but the one I usually shop at gives the best discount so for now no more Bioderma for me.

Olaz Total Effects Serum: Gel cream with lots of niacinamide. You can always count on Olaz/Olay to bring the niacinamide and I have found that this ingredient (in combination with the acids mentioned above) gives the best results for my skin. I bought this one here at TK Maxx. When I went to check the item at the drugstore I found that the name was similar but packaging and ingredients differed. Later I bought another one at TK Maxx, but it was again different from the others. So either they keep reformulating them or idk.

List of ingredients for Olaz Total Effects Serum.

The cream comes out gel-like but feels a tad oily on the skin, but that doesn’t last. I liked the results very much – I hope the new one can compare. The version I found at the drugstore contained lots of alcohol so I would not purchase that one. The ones without alcohol I’ll take.

I used this one at night after the Bioderma one. My new bottle has SPF 15 so I’m not yet sure if I’ll use it as a day cream or keep using it at night…

And the very last item, used up on the last day of June and therefore barely squeezing into the post: Colab Dry Shampoo Paradise. This is my first ever Colab dry shampoo. And it really does leave no visible residue. unlike every other dry shampoo I had before! It does leave the hair feeling a bit sticky, though. Sadly it did not work quite as well as Batiste when it came to making my hair fluffy and keeping it there.

However, guys, the scent is godly! (And I do mean godly, it smells like Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche!) The scent is great but intense so it can battle with your perfume if you wear one. Also, the scent just lasts and lasts all day! Not sure if dry shampoo or hair perfume, really. You can tell Ruth Crilly loves a good scent, they did not skimp on the budget in this point. So on the one hand, Batiste works a bit better for me. On the other hand compared to Colab Batiste smells just so cheap. It’s a toss up, I’ll be repurchasing both brands.

Big recommendation for the smell!!!

And that was my empties for the last two months. I super miss the two face creams already in fact I am having a bad break out right now, boohoo.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Alpha

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Alpha

After several Comfort Mattes, this is my first Mega Matte of the Urban Decay Vice lipstick range. The color is simply called Alpha. It’s a bright pink.

Swatch. This color is so beautiful and intense: I think it will suit just about everybody. Strong pinks always make me so happy. XD

Color comparison! I have a whole lot of fuchsias and in general more blue leaning pinks than yellow leaning pinks. Alpha leans yellow and is darker than most of my lipsticks. The four lowest lipsticks have a matte finish, the two underneath Alpha have a cream finish (Givenchy and Estee Lauder). Alpha is supposed to be “mega matte” but honestly I found it to be satin/matte. It’s certainly not as flat as mattes from MAC.

Sadly the not as matte as expected finish also affects longevity. The lipsticks survives mayyybe four hours without eating. I did not see much of a difference between UDs comfort matte and mega matte finish in look and wear time. The mega matte lasts a smidgen better and is more drying compared to comfort matte. It is less drying than a regular MAC lipstick.

To help it stay better I’d recommend a lip liner, like for example Kiko’s Smart Lip Pencil in 709.

 

L’Artisan Parfumeur Fou d’Absinthe

L’Artisan Parfumeur Fou d’Absinthe

We are currently going through an unusual heatwave over here. My ususal go-to scent when it’s hot is a citrus cologne. But there’s only so much citrus cologne you can wear until you get bored. So I pulled out my little bottle of L’Artisan Parfumeur Fou d’Absinthe EdP. Funny thing about their bottles (at least the old bottles – I still don’t own one of their new design) is that the golden cap is always the same size, no matter if the bottle is 100ml, 50ml or 30ml.

Alright so usually Fou d’Absinthe is a cool smelling green; a scent more typical ‘manly’ than ‘womanly’. Right now in the heat it is suddenly a lot more powdery, but still in a cooling way. I feel like now it is more spice than pine and it’s the other way round when the temperatures are cool. I found it okay to good before, now I like it much better.

In a nutshell: worth a revisit as seasons change.

The official notes as listed on the cardboard packaging are: wormwood, spices, patchouli, pine needles.

A note on the patch: I don’t find it to be a strong patch note, although right now it does give off a cool earthy vibe so I guess it’s got more noticable patch than your average mainstream perfume. (Funfact: I have a coworker who really dislikes patch and can sniff it out in even the fruitiest perfumes where I don’t notice a thing. He’d hate Fou d’Absinthe.)

Does it smell of absinth aka the drink? Only if you sniff straight from the bottle. 😉

Fou d’Absinthe was released in 2006 and is still available. Nose is Olivia Giacobetti.