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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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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

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

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

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