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French Pharmacies – Rêve de Miel.

Hello everyone.

I have another review for you today, another highly raved about French product, the NUXE Rêve de Miel Lip Balm. Again, I am originally a Parisian and so I know a little bit about Parapharmacies’ products, I use a fair amount of them.

I was always sticking to using basic Vaseline on my lips though, as they are extremely dry and chapped. Funnily enough, it’s not until earlier this year that I heard about this product on one of Lisa Eldridge‘s videos, before anyone else mentioned it. I decided to grab it when I next went back home to Paris.

After using it for a little while months ago, I just forgotten about it, I actually kind of didn’t like it, and couldn’t really see any improvement in my lips at all. I found it abandoned in a makeup bag last month and thought I’d give it another try.

The lip balm comes in a small frosted glass tub with a white plastic lid. It is very heavy for its tiny size. The lip balm itself is yellow and very thick, so thick that it’s not the easiest thing to smooth over your lips. It also feels a little grainy, just like set honey actually. I heard someone say it was exfoliating your lips as you’re applying it, I’d say I agree with this, to some extent.

Rêve de Miel leaves a matte layer on the lip, I find it is a nice change from most other lip balms or the glossiness I get from the Vaseline. It works very well as a base to my Laura Mercier Lip Stain Lip Shine

The product is marketed ‘for dry or chapped lips‘, which I have. And the product works for that, if I apply it regularly, I find it last a fair amount of time on the lips so it’s not too often. Whilst it does work, I find myself reaching for plain Vaseline on my worst days as the NUXE lip balm doesn’t cut it for me when my lips are extremely dry. Some days it did just sit and flake on my lips…

Another thing I should mention is the smell, I don’t think it smell like honey, it’s more citrusy really, I’m not a huge fan of it but I don’t mind it either. If I had to pick I would have preferred it if it smelled like the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse, like some monoi oil. Maybe this would have made it a summer only lip balm though.

If you are curious to try the NUXE Rêve de Miel Lip Balm they are available here. Though I haven’t tried this one, there is a tube version, more convenient and more practical to take in an on-the-go makeup bag.

If you have tried this product, please let me know how you got on with it.

Juliette

Cleaning your makeup brushes.

Hello everyone.

I’ve got a quick tip for you today. I had to clean my makeup brushes yesterday, and I thought I’d write a little something about the different ways of cleaning them.

I’ll just start by saying that you should aim at spot cleaning your brushes quite frequently, and deep clean them regularly as this is the best way to avoid breakouts.

They are many options available to you, let’s start with specialized cleaning solutions. Many cosmetic brands (Laura Mercier, Bare Minerals, Bobbi Brown, etc.) have brush cleansers on the market. I’ve personally tried two, Estée Lauder Makeup Brush Cleaner and M.A.C. Brush Cleanser. They are pretty much the same if you ask me. I’ve used them primarily for spot cleaning, as they dry really fast. Just put the cleanser on a kitchen paper and swirl the brushes on it, let them dry before using them again.

Other products I use for spot cleaning are plain old makeup removal wipes. I use a wipe a day in the morning to clean the foundation I mix on my hand when I’ve finished my makeup. I usually clean my eyeliner brush on it daily to avoid the liner drying on the brush. I’m not fussed about which brand of wipes as I don’t use them on my face, I currently use some St Ives wipes.

When it comes to deeper cleaning I use baby shampoo. Again, I’m not fussed about the brand, I just use a basic baby shampoo in warm water, deep the brushes in them then clean them individually in the sink paying special attention to foundation and concealer brushes. I then rinse them and let them dry on either some kitchen paper or a clean bathroom towel. I leave them overnight.

I’ve also read that basic olive oil was quite effective in cleaning the brushes without drying the bristles, I personally haven’t tried this but let me know if you have and how you got on.

Juliette

Colour for the lips, colour for the cheeks?

Hello everyone.

Today’s article is a quick review of the Laura Mercier Lip Stain Lip Shine in Mulberry. I have dry chapped lips and I find most lipsticks make my lips look terrible and so I generally stuck to using lip balms and plain old Vaseline. That said, I love a bit of colour and so I have a few lipsticks and bought a pot of Laura Mercier Lip Stain Lip Shine a few months ago.

The product comes in a glass pot with a plastic lid. Because it is in a pot, I find myself having to dip my finger in to get some product, if you can see on the first picture, my nail has made a few dents in the product. Can’t say I like it but then I don’t always think of using a cotton bud or a brush…

The consistency is pretty close to that of a standard lipstick and it gets more creamy as you warm it up on the finger (see picture below). This is a very pigmented product and I haven’t noticed any smell or taste to it.

I usually start by applying Vaseline (or a lip balm) on my lips then the Lip Stain Lip Shine, it can go on quite sheer or as a thicker layer, depending on how you want it.

Now the product is a lip stain but I have to say it feels no different to a lipstick and I never found it left a stain as it wears off (this could be because of the balm or Vaseline I apply on my lips first). As I mentioned earlier, my lips are often chapped and colour can just make them look worse and this is no exception, though I really like the shade Mulberry and I think it looks very good on me, if my lips are not in great shape then it just looks odd. This is a shame and it really makes me sad.

To remedy to this problem I decided to find another use for the product. Many products are advertised as stains for lips and cheeks so I started to use this as a cream blush. Like on my lips, I can apply a sheer layer for a subtle look or go for more colour and apply it more heavily. It doesn’t move during the day and it looks fantastic blended on the apples of my cheeks.

Although it’s only on rare occasions, I still love wearing this product over a lip balm on days where I feel my lips are not as dry as usual.

Get one of the Laura Mercier Lip Stain Lip Shine at your nearest counter or here.

Juliette

How much is your face worth?

Hello everyone.

Right, this is going to be my first ‘tag’ post. I was catching up on some unread posts on TheSundayGirl.com and I found this post. I think it so a brilliant idea. So, my turn.

This is a list of products I would use for a daily use for a full face makeup, it includes skincare products too, anything that goes on my skin.

1. I start with a serum, I wear either one of these two, with a preference for the first one:

Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher. £54

Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. £64

2. Origin GinZing Refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff. £21

3. Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme SPF 15. £39

4. YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat. £28 (£56 as I use two shades mixed together)

5. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. £26

6. M.A.C. Mineralize Concealer. £16

7. M.A.C. Eye Brows. £12.50

8. M.A.C. Paint Pot. £14.50

9. M.A.C. Fluidline. £14.00

10. Benefit BADgal Brown Mascara. £16.50

11. Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel. £30

12. Estée Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush. Discontinued now but I think it was replaced by the Estée Lauder Pure Colour Blush, priced at £24.

So the grand total is £299.50 (when I wear Estée Lauder Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher), £309.50 (when I use Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator). I’m actually not surprised, I’m not sure how to feel about this really… Please don’t judge.

It is suggested to calculate the daily cost of your face but quite frankly, I don’t think it would be very accurate, some of these products last me three months, others a year.

So, how much is your face worth? Please do this ‘tag‘ yourself and let me know on Twitter or comment here.

Juliette

Do you dare to go sheer?

Hello everyone.

Until recently, I haven’t felt comfortable enough with the way my skin looks to wear light coverage foundation let alone try a tinted moisturizer! I was always an Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation kind of girl. I have since learnt that I didn’t need much coverage and that a bit of concealer would do the trick, and so I have been experimenting with new products to even out my skin tone without putting a full mask on.

I started with lighter coverage foundations then obviously tried a couple of BB creams, and I’m finally at the tinted moisturizer stage. Today’s article is a review of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer spf 20 – Illuminating which is the sheerest product I have ever used. The illuminating version is a variation of the infamous tinted moisturizer the brand is known for (well that and the fact that they pioneered the foundation primer).

Now, I have never tried any other Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but I know I like a dewy finish as I find matte finishes make my face look pale and flat. I went to my local department store and asked to try the illuminating tinted moisturizer rather than the classic one. The sale assistant agreed that is was an excellent choice as I was telling her how much I loved the new YSL foundation.

The tinted moisturizer comes in a 50ml tube, it has a SPF of 20 and is available in five shades : Bare Radiance, Natural Radiance, Warm Radiance, Golden Radiance and Bronze Radiance. We tried Warm Radiance, which was too red. Golden Radiance looked good but Natural Radiance looked perfect on me. Honestly, I could have gotten either of them, they are so sheer.

So what does it look like? It is scented? How does it feel? The product comes out a bit darker than it will apply so don’t worry about the way it looks do try it on and see what it looks like in natural light. It is quite hard to explain how the product look but I suppose i could say there are glowing particles in it. Some may say shimmer but it really isn’t shimmery at all I’d say it’s a pearlescent moisturizer and it feel really silky. The product isn’t really scented, in fact I can barely smell anything when I apply it. When you blend it to the skin there is hardly any coverage at all, I’d say it just improves the appearence of the skin by making it look more healthy. The tube suggests that you layer for additional coverage, and so I did try, but I didn’t like it. It just didn’t look right, I don’t think this product should be layered on.

Now that I’ve used it for a little while I’d say the best application is with fingers or a classic foundation brush, I use a Sigma F60 for example and I then apply some concealer where I need it. I do not wear anything under it now as I found that the usual products I put under my foundations make the tinted moisturizer slide off my face. When I had the demo at the counter, the lady did put a prier first, the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance, this made my face look absolutely amazing helped keep the tinted moisturizer on and I’m thinking of going back to buy that primer too.

While there is an oil-free version of Laura Mercier tinted moisturized, this one contains oil and so it probably isn’t for oily skin and I would use with caution on combination skin. I don’t powder but maybe this would help.

I’ve read some reviews suggesting this might be more of a summer product, I tend to agree with this but I’m not against wearing it for a bit longer this year and maybe try it during winter. I can always use it as a very light highlighter during the cold months.

So what do I actually think? Well… I have a love/hate relationship with this product, while some days I love it and I think it’s the best product ever on my skin, other days I put it on and take it off straight away to replace it with something with more coverage like my YSL Teint Touche Éclat. As I said above, this product only improves the appearance of your skin, making it look healthier. I wouldn’t recommend it to those of you who need a medium or higher coverage or if you need to cover quite a few problem areas.

I think it is a bit too daring for me right now but I am still working towards using sheerer products on a daily basis as I know my skin is in very good condition, I just need to get used to it.

If you dare to go sheer then you should really try one of the infamous Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizers. Get the illuminating one here.

What do you think of tinted moisturizers? Which on is your favourite one?

Juliette