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Blog Sale #1 – Face Products.

Hello everyone.

I was recently going through my beauty drawers and found some products I’ve forgotten about or not used in a long time. And since I don’t think I’d use them I thought I’d put them up for sale at a discounted price. I’ve added a couple of products I recently acquired.

Terms and Conditions :

– First come first served basis.

– Items are sold as seen.

– UK buyers only.

– Paypal only.

– If you would like to buy an item, please comment on this post, stating its name, giving me your Paypal address and confirming that you live in the UK.

– Invoice is to be paid within 12 hours.

– P&P is £2.50 per item, add 50p for each additional item.

– I am not responsible for damage in transit.

– Every sale is final, no return/refund.

Additional information:

If you wish to ask me a question about this blog sale or one of the products, please email me at juliettesdressingtable@hotmail.co.uk I won’t however accept any purchase request made via email, all requests have to be made via comments here.

Products for sale:

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Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Tinted Balm in SB02 – Used twice for review, 95% of the product left – £30.

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Left to right:

N7 Essentially Natural Foundation in Deeply Beige – Used twice, about 90% left – £4.

N7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream for Normal/Dry Skin in Medium – Used twice, about 90% left – £6.

Dr Jart+ Platinum Beauty Balm Cream SPF30 – Used three times for review, about 90% left – £15.

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Yonka Pamplemousse, Protective and Vitalizing Cream for Normal to Dry skin – Only opened and smelled it – £20.

Happy shopping!

Juliette

2012 Favourites.

Hello everyone.

The year 2012 has gone and we 2013 has just began so I thought I’d write a few posts about what products I’ve been loving this year. Many of the products I’ll mention in this article have never been featured in my blog as I only started writing it a few months ago, but trust me, they are my favourite products of 2012 and I would recommend any of them!

I wasn’t sure how to select my yearly favourites, I saw some bloggers select a product by category (say best bronzer or best cleanser), other just mentioned products released/discovered in 2012 that really impressed them. I thought I’d just a basket and and raid my bathroom, makeup bag and any places where I keep my beauty supplies. Turns out, I do have quite a lot of favourites, so I’ll still try to write them up in categories.

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Makeup

Primer – Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre.

This is kind of a hybrid, daily moisturizer crossed with primer, extremely popular with makeup artists. I’m originally a Parisian and so I’ve seen this product on the shelves of my local pharmacy, only picked it up earlier in 2012 when I visited my family… I didn’t need much encouragement to get it m, Lisa Eldridge recommended it. I didn’t get on with it at first, applying the right amount of product isn’t easy with this one, apply too much, the skin will feel greasy, apply too little, the skin feels dry. Now… Apply the right amount and you are good to go! The product leaves the skin soothed and hydrated, ready for foundation.

Foundation – YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat

This foundation was featured in many of my Monthly Favourites and I have an in depth review of it here. I loved it during the summer and I just can’t go without in the winter. It’s a light to medium coverage foundation so I wear it on good and not-so-good skin days. It is perfect for dry skin and its dewy finish helps to give dimension to the face.

Concealer – M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Concealer.

This is a highly pigmented concealer, perfect to cover scaring, pigmentation and blemishes. I find it stays very well on dry skin and it is actually quite moisturizing. I fear this has been discontinued though, so best hunt it down before it disappears, I sure am getting a backup.

Under-eye concealer – M.A.C. Mineralize Concealer.

It doesn’t matter which under-eye concealer I use, it will crease as I have lines (not wrinkles) under my eyes; I just always end-up wiping the product off so I don’t have anything sitting in the lines. Whilst M.A.C. Mineralize Concealer still sits in the lines, it just isn’t as had as anything else I’ve tried. It is also very good at covering dark circles.

Bronzer – Soleil Tan de CHANEL Bronze Universel Bronzing Makeup Base.

I’ve tried a couple of bronzers before this one, all of them were powders, all of them looked like dirt on my face and quite honestly I almost gave up on trying to find a suitable bronzer for me. But you’ve guessed it! I have found the perfect bronzer in the Soleil Tan de CHANEL bronzer. It’s kind of a whipped mousse/cream product, the colour works for both contouring and bronzing. I just don’t go one day without it.

Blush – M.A.C. Powder Brush in Easy Manner.

This is a very pale pink blush with a satin finish. But the reason it is my favourite is because it is a the perfect pale pink colour in my opinion and it can be applied very lightly or more heavily. It was one of three blushes released in the M.A.C. Glamour Daze collection for holidays 2012 so I don’t think it’ll be harder to get your hands on one now (Debenhams has a few online).

Highlighter – Soleil Tan de CHANEL Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed.

Never ever used any highlighter before 2012 (unless you consider the YSL Touche Éclat is one) and out of the couple I’ve tried, this is definitely my favourite. I’ve got a review and swatches here.

Eyebrow pencil – M.A.C. Eye Brows in Spiked.

Well this year, I’ve had a bad experience at the beauty salon; my usual beautician was on holiday and the lady I was book with for a threading messed up my eyebrows. I was actually so upset that I didn’t have to pay for the treatment. I did however rush to M.A.C. on the way home to pick up something to correct the mess until the hairs grow back in. This is when I picked up this retractable eyebrow pencil. Spiked is a great colour for brunettes, I’d say it’s best used sparingly in small strokes for a natural . The pencil doesn’t stays in place all day.

Eye Liner – M.A.C. Fluidline in Dipdown.

I have been loving wearing a subtle line of eye liner on my eyes, I used to wear black but now much prefer a dark brown one. The M.A.C. Fluidline has a great longevity and doesn’t smudge. I also like the packaging. Only thing to bear in mind, and that’s something that I’ve read from online reviews, make sure to screw the lid back on very tightly so the product doesn’t dry out. I’ve had mine for most of 2012 and never had a problem with it.

Mascara – Benefit BADgal Brown.

Again, I haven’t used much black products on my eyes this year. I picked this one up because I did like the Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara in black. The brown one I bought however isn’t the same mascara as the one I originally had. It is very good nevertheless, and it’s been my go to mascara. As a side note, Benefit seem to have good quality mascaras, I did get a sample of the They’re Real! mascara in the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar, and it is pretty good too.

Lipstick – CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet in 41 L’Exquise.

I’ve mentioned it many a time, I rarely wear anything but lip balm on my lips. I do however like to wear a bit of colour when Autumn comes. This year’s berry and plum colours have really made me quite excited to try to wear something on my lips. First lipstick I bought, it was a winner! The packaging of the CHANEL lipsticks is amazing, especially this one, you need to push down the top so the lipstick is released. L’Exquise is a browny/plummy colour, I wear it in a sheer layer or pack on the colour for a more vampy lip.

Lip Balm – Vaseline.

Yes, pure petroleum jelly. It’s cheap and effective and it doesn’t smell of anything. It isn’t a very glamorous product to whip out of your back when you’re in public but it does the job. I use it throughout the day and always remember to put on a thick layer on the lips before bedtime. It’s also very useful when you have a cold and an irritated nose.

Makeup Tools

Foundation Brush – Sigma Foundation F60.

This is a classic foundation brush and I find that it’s what works best when I want to apply a sheer layer of liquid foundation, face mask or moisturizer.

Bronzer Brush – Real Techniques Contour Brush.

I’ve seen many people use a powder brush or a blush brush for contouring. Whilst I admired their confidence, I just know I’ll be going a terrible job at contouring my face with a big brush, and this is why this small contour brush is ideal for me. The brush isn’t available as a standalone brush and has to be bought in the Core Collection.

Sponge – Beauty Blender.

This is a fantastic sponge for applying foundation for an even and natural finish. I also blend under-eye concealer with the Beauty Blender. And I also use it as an eraser, to blend the edges of a harsh bronzer line or soften the colour of a too heavily applied blush.

Skincare

Makeup Remover – Bioderma Crealine TS H2O.

This is the makeup remover every blogger is talking about, I’ve known it for year and just rediscovered it in 2012. The one I currently use is the TS version, for very dry skin. The down side to this product is that it is very hard to find somewhere to buy this product. I get mine from back home, every time I go back to France.

Cleanser – Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Splash Away Foaming Cleanser.

I’ve been loving it for years and still haven’t used anything better in 2012. I mentioned it, along with other products in the skincare category, in this article. I loved using this cleanser with water and my hands, loved it even more since I own a Clarisonic Mia.

Toner – Caudalie Beauty Elixir.

This is a very nice product to use. A few spritzes on the face, whenever you feel like it really. I enjoyed using it a lot during the summer. I’ve got a review here.

Electrical – Clarisonic Mia.

I now have it for over a year and it truly is fantastic. I no longer worry about leaving any makeup or dirt on my skin, it leaves the skin feeling so clean and exfoliated.

Facial Mask – GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask.

In short, smells divine, leaves the skin feeling amazing, the exfoliating beads don’t irritate my skin. In long, head over to this article, for a complete review.

Treatment – Avene Cleanance K Cream-Gel.

I call it the ‘Miracle Blemish Zapper‘, I’ve written an article about it here.

EDIT 06/01/13 – Shower Oil – L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil.

Sorry guys, I’ve just realised I’ve forgotten to include this product in my 2012 Favourites. This is my favourite shower oil ever. I love anything that smells like almond, I love marzipan and this is a lovely non greasy shower oil. I generally buy a bigger size of the bottle with a pump on Boxing Day every year and it lasts for months.

Nail Care

Nail File – Leighton Denny Crystal Nail File.

I’ve talked about this nail file a few times now. It’s something I’ve never tried before and I don’t think I could go back to exclusively using a standard nail file. Read my review here.

Nail Polish – Essie Skirting The Issue.

I’ve been loving Essie nail polishes this year, especially the polishes available at Boots and Superdrug, they have a wide brush. My favourite colour was Skirting The Issue. This oxblood red came out as part of the Essie Autumn 2012 collection. It’s the sort of colour I like to wear all year around on my toes and during autumn and winter on my fingernails.

Top Coat – Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

I tried a couple of Sally Hansen top coats, and I was very disappointed, all of them cracked and chipped within a day. Well Seche Vite is very different. Not only does this top coat helps speed up the drying process, it also protect the polish from chipping, which is very handy for me, as I wash my hands regularly throughout the day.

Nail Polish Remover – Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover.

It’s just a very handy product, I’ve had it for months now and still can’t see that it’s about to run out; it lasts forever and is very helpful if you mess up one nail.

Fragrance.

DIOR Dolce Vita.

This is my go to fragrance, and it has been for years. I always get compliments about it when I wear it (which is pretty much every day). The only fear I have is that it might get discontinued one day, this is a less popular DIOR fragrance.

Haircare.

Leave-in Treatment – Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique.

This is a fantastic leave-in treatment for brittle, damaged hair. It protects the hair against heat and styling tools in general.

Hair Oil – Moroccanoil.

Well of course this would be my favourite hair oil. It is pricey, but nothing compares to it in my opinion, I just use it every single day. Read my review here.

Miscellaneous

Braun Silk-Epil 7 Dual Epilator 7891 Wet & Dry.

I have absolutely no idea as to how I’ve managed to live without this piece of technology. I use it everywhere I want to but on the face, it is fantastic to use in the shower and is so practical as it is cordless.

Well, this is it; my 2012 Favourites. Thank you very much (and congratulations) if you’ve managed to read the entire article. Please let me know what your favourite products of 2012 are.

Juliette

Advent Calendar – Day 1 to 12.

Hello everyone.

You may wonder what the title of this article means, let me explain. Back in October, I was thinking of getting a beauty Advent calendar this year as they were some good offers available. I missed out on the Ciate Advent Calendar, now thinking about it, I really don’t need twenty four new nail polishes. Also missed out on the Selfridges one… I looked at  the Liz Earle one, but then thought I’d rather not as the only product I really want to try is the Cleanse & Polish. I just decided to stick with a good old chocolate Advent calendar in the end… Until I saw all the UK YouTubers open theirs on Vlogmas…

The YOU Advent Beauty Calendar caught my attention and I had to track one down, funnily enough, whilst it was already days into December, it is still in stock, and I was pleased to see how affordable it was compared to other beauty Advent calendars I looked at. It costs £59.95 plus £2.95 P&P (though I didn’t pay any delivery charges for some reason) and is actually worth over £210.

I’ve received it today and I am so impressed. The calendar is quite big and heavy, it has an enormous fuchsia bow at the front and when you open it, you see all the windows, some small some big, all very exciting.

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Because I’ve obviously opened twelve windows today, I won’t be writing an article for each product but I will list them in this post and tell you what are my first impressions. I may write individual reviews for some of the products, when I’ve actually tried and tested them.

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Day 1 – Mavala Nail Color in 385 Rouge Rubis.

I have never heard of this brand. The nail  polish came in a very sweet winged packaging, it can actually be hung on the Christmas tree as a decoration. It’s quite a small bottle (5ml) and the colour is festive red with a lot of tiny red sparkles, it applied quite well but doesn’t have a smooth finish. It is a nice colour for the Christmas season I suppose, but nothing I would personally buy or wear it as I generally stick to more conservative colours.

Day 2 –  The Vintage Cosmetic Company Eyelash Curler.

I was thinking of getting a new eyelash curler as my Number 7 one is on its last leg. I had my eyes on the Shu Uemura one as it gets rave reviews and I like the look of the Karl Lagerfeld Mon Shu one. I’m quite pleased to get to try the The Vintage Cosmetic Company one as I never owned anything from that company but my first impressions are not to good if I’m honest. The product seems a little flimsy and I think the pad has to be readjusted as it seems to have come out of the ridge, the good thing is though it comes with two replacement pads. I’ll still try it, who knows, it might be an amazing product?

Day 3 – Benefit They’re Real! mascara.

I love love love my Benefit mascaras, I own both the black and the brown BADgal ones and I’m pretty chuffed to get this one to try out. Really looking forward to trying it and see if it’s as good as the ones I have.

Day 4 – L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream.

If you read my blog for a little while, you know I loved this product when I first tried it as a sample and loved it even more when I got an even bigger sample of it just before I was going to buy the full size product. Well this is pretty much the third sample in as many months and it doesn’t look like I’ll ever have to buy it full size. Good good good.

Day 5 – Richard Ward Couture Hair Volumiser Root Booster.

Never heard of the brand but I recently changed my entire hair care products (article to follow soon) and was thinking of adding a volumising product so yes, very good timing there and it does smell very nice.

Day 6 – Espa Super Active Lift & Firm Intensive Eye Serum and Moisturizer.

These two samples come in a nice box that slides open like a matchbox. I think these products are targeted at maturing skin, I’m not quite there yet so might give it to someone who could benefit from it. Bt again, I do like trying out samples so I might end up using it…

Day 7 – Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation.

No Foundation Foundation‘, I like the sound of that. So… the colour looks good, I like the texture on the back of my hand, but it smells like smoked salmon, you read that right, ‘it smells like smoked salmon’. I am aware of the enormity of what I just stated but I asked my partner to smell it and he does agree with me… I will still try it out as it does look very promising but I really hope the ‘scent‘ doesn’t linger too long on my skin.

Day 8 – Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser for Face and Eyes.

I wanted to try this cleanser out so I was excited to see it behind the window number 8. I am not too keen on the scent if I’m honest, but this shouldn’t matter too much, I will obviously rinse it off anyway.

Day 9 – BioEffect EGF Serum.

This serum comes in such a cute tiny glass bottle with a little pipette, this only won me over (weird I know…). I mentioned in earlier articles that I was going to change my entire skincare routine as soon as I finish the products I’m currently using, I’m glad to have a serum to try out.

Day 10 – Dermalogica Starter Kit.

So many skincare products to try! This one is a full system, cleansing gel, daily microfoliant, smoothing cream and eye cream. The samples are not too big and i think i only have enough for a couple of days but hopefully this would be enough to help me make up my mind. The spa I go to uses Dermalogica and I never had a bad reaction to these products so it should go fairly smoothly.

Day 11 – Jo Hansford Intensive Masque.

Very citrusy hair mask for coloured hair. I will definitely try it out even if my hair isn’t coloured.

Day 12 – balance Me Radiance Face Oil.

I’ve got pretty dry skin and it’s just gotten worth with the sudden drop in temperature so I hope this will help as a targeted treatment. I’ll let you know if it’s anything worth writing about.

And there you have it, twelve first days of the YOU Advent Beauty Calendar! I am pleased with most products and I am really looking forward to opening the twelve remaining windows. I will post a daily article with my first impressions so check my blog daily (or maybe subscribe via email?) to see what I get next.

If you want your own YOU Advent Beauty Calendar, it s still available here. I’ve personally decided to try to avoid looking at what’s in the calendar but if you want to see before buying to avoid disappointment, the full content is shown on the website.

Juliette

November Favourites.

Hello everyone.

Terribly sorry to be late with my monthly favourites this month… I was actually wondering if I’d post any for November 2012 as I’ve not been using anything new worth mentioning if I’m honest. I’ve spent most of November working at home on my university projects, sat at a desk wearing very little makeup in some comfortable clothe and slippers…

I still wanted to write a little something about products I use daily and what brushes I use to apply them. So, here we go, this is what I’ve been wearing in November.

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YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat in BD40 – £28, available here. This is still my favourite foundation, even more so now that the weather is gone super cold and my skin a lot drier. Have a read of my review here.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush – available at here as part of the Real Techniques Core Collection, four brushes for £21.99. I used to apply my YSL foundation with a standard Sigma F60 brush but I find I much prefer the finish I get when I use this buffing brush.

M.A.C. Studio Sculpt Concealer – £14.50. I’m not sure why I can’t find it on the M.A.C. website anymore but it is still available at my local store. I would never use this under my eyes but it does a great job at concealing blemishes or dark spots anywhere else on the face. I use the shade NC30.

Sigma F70 Concealer Brush – $10 here, worldwide delivery available. This is a standard concealer brush, I use it with the concealer I just mentioned and it’s very good for applying thick but even layer of product on blemishes.

CHANEL Soleil Tan de CHANEL Bronze Universal Bronzing Makeup Base – £30, available here. This is my favourite bronzer and I use it for both contouring or just bronzing. If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you already know this product always makes it in my monthly favourites…

Real Techniques Contour Brush – available at here as part of the Real Techniques Core Collection, four brushes for £21.99. Perfect size for subtly contouring the face using the CHANEL bronzer mentioned above, again, this brush has made it on previous monthly favourites articles.

And there you have it! These are the product I’ve been using every single day in November. What do you think?

Juliette

October Favourites.

Hello everyone.

It’s that time of the month again, the monthly favourites article is here. Before I tell you about my favourites I’d just want to say it’s November already… Where has this year gone?

Right, here are my ‘October Favourites‘! Some of you will recognize old favourites…

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat foundation. Still my favourite foundation, even more so now that it’s getting colder. I’ve got a review here if you want to know more.

M.A.C. Eye Brows in Brunette. Brunette is a new eyebrow colour, it came out with the Carine Roitfeld for M.A.C. Collection in October. I like using it on days where I try to fill my eyebrows in without having them quite as dark as they are when I use the colour Spiked. You can still buy Brunette now but for those who were wondering, it will be added to the permanent line in January 2013.

M.A.C. Desert eyeshadow. I have never been one to wear eyeshadow, but I have been wearing the Desert eyeshadow from the M.A.C. Carine Roitfeld Collection, Desert Camouflage Full Face Kit. Desert is a shimmering warm taupe colour with a Satin finish, this is the sort of colour I like. See swatches here.

Benefit BADgal Brown Mascara. This one was in my last monthly favourites, it’s just a simple brown mascara, it helps define and hold my lashes without making them too dramatic. I probably use it everyday.

Soleil Tan de CHANEL Bronze Universel Bronzing Makeup Base. Yes, again. It’s there every month since I bought it. I love it for contouring and bronzing, I don’t think I’m interested in finding something to replace it. It’s just amazing.

SOLEIL TAN DE CHANEL Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed. A new favourite of my, very nice applied to the cheekbones, it’s a subtle highlighting product and I don’t go a day without using it. I’ve wrote a review, have a read here.

CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE VELVET Luminous Matte Lipcolour in L’exquise. A nice dark plum colour, perfect for this season. I wear a sheer layer of it in the day and layer it up in the evening for a more dramatic look.

Essie Skirting the Issue. I love Essie polishes, especially the drugstore ones, I think they have very nice brushes. Skirting the Issue is part of the Essie Stylenomics Collection for Fall 2012. It’s a very dark blood red, very suitable for this season and goes very well with a multitude of outfits. The only downside is that it is very hard to get an even finish because this isn’t an opaque colour.

And that’s all of them. Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my ‘October Favourites‘.

What have you been loving in October?

Juliette

 

Wish List #2 – Foundations and Tinted Moisturizers.

Hello everyone.

I’ve been thinking of foundations and tinted moisturizers I’d like to try and since I don’t have much to write about now, I thought I’d make a wish list.

M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation. This foundation is one of M.A.C. Cosmetics’ bestseller and it seems to be a must-have. It has a sheer coverage but can be layered up to a full coverage apparently. I actually went and got a sample of this product. I was matched to the colour C3 but I suspect I’m a C2 instead.

DIOR DiorSkin Nude Natural Glow Radiant Foundation. This is the new DIOR foundation. I’ve already picked up a sample of this one as it has a dewy finish and again I read some good reviews. I picked up the colour 31 and it seems to be a good match, I’ll see how I get on.

Chantecaille Just SKin Tinted Moisturizer. I love ViviannaDoesMakeup YouTube channel and her blog and she raves about this product so much I need it! I decided that I will pick one up the next time I go to London, I don’t want to order it online and risk getting the wrong shade.

Ellis Faas SKin Veil. I don’t know if it’s the packaging but I am actually very curious to try this foundation and other products of the range. It seems a little ridiculous though… Have you tried it?

Maybe you can tell me which ones are actually worth buying?

Juliette

Concealer and foundation, together.

Hello everyone.

This is just a short post for those interested in seeing comparative swatches of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum and Concealer.

Both products are the same shade (53). Whilst I’d say the concealer is slightly lighter than the foundation, the biggest difference is the consistency. The concealer is very thick in consistency whilst the foundation is more liquid.

That’s it really, just a quick post with a couple of photographs. Have a read of the individual reviews (foundation and concealer).

Juliette

Bourjois foundation, check! Bourjois concealer?

Hello everyone.

After enjoying using the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation  so much (do read my review here), I had to try the matching concealer and so I picked up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer. So today, I’ve got a review and some swatches.

Just like for the foundation, I wasn’t particularly impressed with the packaging, the concealer comes in a transparent plastic tube. I do however appreciate that it is small and light so it’s quite handy to take in your makeup bag and/or on holiday.

A very positive point I find with this product is that if you did find the right colour foundation for your skin tone then you just need to get the same number shade in the concealer. For reference, I use the shade 53 which is perfect for light-medium skin tones with a very yellow undertone.

The concealer is very thick and quite dense. It smells just like the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation, very floral.

This is a picture of the concealer blended on m wrist. You can see how very yellow it is (which is perfect for my skin tone) and has some serious coverage power, it is pretty impossible to see my usually very visible green veins.

I love this concealer just as much as the foundation and just like I was with the foundation, I am very impressed. It covers marks and blemishes very well and lasts all day. I was worried the very thick consistency meant the concealer would ‘cake up’ in some places, in fact I usually have to wipe my under eye areas quite often during the day as pretty much any concealer just sits in fine lines (not wrinkles, fine lines) and it didn’t happen as much with this concealer.

If you are on the market for a new concealer and fit in the Bourjois shades range, I would highly recommend this one as it is inexpensive and does perform very well.

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer retails for £7.49, I got mine at Boots in store but it is also available online.

Juliette

One shade fits all?

Hello everyone.

I’m sure no one here needs an introduction to what BB creams are, they are now makeup bag essentials in Europe. Well, I went out and bought one the other day, I bought it because it’s by Dr Jart+ and it is an Asian BB cream which can be purchased at Boots. Keep reading if you’re curious to find out what I thought about the Dr Jart+ Platinum Beauty Balm Cream SPF30.

Four versions of the Dr Jart+ are available, Water Fuse (forthose aged 20-35) which controls sebum production, Regenerating (for those aged 20-35s) it provides a good coverage for redness and spots and is perfect for problem and sensitive skins, Platinum has a high coverage and is very moisturizing (suitable for those over 30)and Premium (for those over 30) has a SPF40, is packed with antioxidants and has a low coverage.

When I went to buy this BB cream, there was no sample at the Boots store and none of the information I’ve given above about age ranges was available so I went for Platinum based on the informations on the box. I read SPF30 and antioxidants and knew not to go for the Premium one as I knew it was for more mature skins. Looking back, I would have done a bit more research and would have picked up the Regenerating one. But my choice is also suitable for me, although I’m not in my 30s yet.

The BB cream comes in a tube which contains 50ml of product. I’m not fussed about the packaging, it’s not fantastic but then most tinted moisturizers and BB creams come in this form, nothing new or revolutionary there.

The product only comes in one shade and it’s very pale, very grey and quite scary, it looks a lot darker on the following picture than it actually is in real life.

The consistency is very thick quite heavy before it is totally blended, it reminds me of products like the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer or the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer.

For reference, I am a M.A.C. NC25-NC30 (which I consider as a light to medium skin tone) and this applied so pale and grey on my skin, I started wondering why I even thought it was a good idea to buy it. I am glad to report that after a few minutes, it does oxidize and get a little darker, but I am sad to say that it still was too light for me.The product was opened and non returnable so I thought I might as well try it out and try to work with it. Because it is very pale I could see streaks as I was applying the cream on my face. I have to say it does feel really heavy on the skin and that’s not what I was expecting from a BB cream. I used my CHANEL Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base to warm my face up so it would be wearable outside without me looking like a ghost.

Here is a picture of the BB cream completely blended on my wrist, it has a very good coverage, it’s covered my veins very well and has a dewy finish.

It wears okay during the day but as I mentioned earlier I felt it was too rich and felt very heavy on the skin. I have very dry skin and I didn’t feel this BB cream was very moisturizing, I felt like it was just sitting on the skin really.

I also developed an eye infection the day after my first wear, forcing me to wear glasses rather than contact lenses for a few days, this could have been an allergy or just a coincidence. Either way, this BB cream didn’t work for me and it’s a shame because it didn’t come cheap. Though they are sold in Boots, the Dr Jart+ BB Creams cost between £18 and £24.

Now I don’t want to prevent anyone from trying this product, these BB creams do get very good reviews in the blogosphere so I suppose I just didn’t really get along with this specific one so I shall be giving mine to one of my friends.

You can pick all four Dr Jart+ BB creams at Boots, in store and online.

Juliette

High-end foundation at the High Street price?

Hello everyone.

I’m writing a review today, a review on a Bourjois foundation, it’s a little unusual for me as I don’t tend to buy high street products. In fact, I’ve always used high-end cosmetics and never really thought of buying drugstore products instead (especially not foundation) until a few friends of mine suggested that I  review some drugstore products as many many women use those. After researching what ‘cheaper‘ product was worth trying, I picked up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum because Nicola of Pixiwoo uses it in many of her makeup tutorials.

The product comes in a plastic bottle and has a red transparent lid. I wasn’t impressed with the packaging but the dispensing pump did make up for the poor presentation, it’s always nicer than having to pour the product out.

This foundation only comes in five shades : 51, 52, 53, 54, 55 and 56. It’s a shame there isn’t a wider range of colour but if that wasn’t enough, all these shades have a yellow undertone so I can’t see it work for ladies with pink undertone. I tend to go for shades that have very yellow undertone so I didn’t have issue with this, I just needed to get the right shade. Finding the right shade of foundation in a drugstore can be a nightmare; most samples have been there for ages and the colours have oxidized, the lighting is terrible forcing you to go outside to see the true colour, not a good experience… I stared at the shades for ages and originally bought 55 only to exchange it for a 53 the next day. I suppose I should have read the reviews where it’s explained that the shade 53 suits NC25-NC30 skin tones… I’m glad I went for 53 in the end, it goes on a bit too light but changes into a pretty good match for me as it oxidizes.

The foundation itself has a nice consistency, you can see that the foundation isn’t runny on the photograph below, it’s actually quite thick without being sticky.

I use a Sigma F60 or a Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush to apply it and it blends very well with both. This foundation can be used as a very sheer layer but it is build-able and you can get a very nice medium coverage. I suppose a full coverage is achievable but I don’t think it’ll look as good. The finish is very natural, a little dewy at the beginning then goes into a more semi-matte finish, it suits my dry skin very well.

When it comes to staying power, it did pretty well, I think I’ve worn it for up to eight hours and it didn’t look bad at all. I’m not sure how it would work on oily skin though I’ve got a feeling it might not stay as long.

See the foundation totally blended into the skin below. It is hardly noticeable and has a good coverage, the veins on my wrist have almost disappeared.

One last thing to note is that this foundation has a very heavy floral fragrance to it, it is so heavy, I would wonder what was the scent I could smell as I was walking down the street on the first and second day. If you don’t like your foundation to have any fragrance then this isn’t one for you.

Overall I really like this foundation, I’ve worn it for several days in a row, it hasn’t broken my skin out or irritated it. I actually still use it a couple of times a week and will definitely repurchase when/if I run out of it.

If you need more convincing, maybe you’d like to know that Bourjois and CHANEL are actually the same company, so this Bourjois foundation could very well be a high-end product sold at a high street price tag… This product has been compared to the famous CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua foundation after all!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is available at Boots and Superdrug for £10.99.

Let me know what you think of this foundation. And maybe you could recommend more drugstore products?

Juliette