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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

Christmas Gift Guide #4 – Cult products.

Hello everyone.

This is ‘Christmas Gift Guide‘ number 4, and today I’m focusing on beauty and makeup classics. Some products are considered cult products in the beauty world and though most of us know about them, I thought including them in one of the guides would be helpful to some of you.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat.

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Well, we’ve all heard about this product and how it is “the UK’s No.1 Luxury Face Make-up Product” so if you know someone who doesn’t already own it, maybe that would be a superb Christmas present!

There are several gift sets available but I think the best one is the one pictured above. It includes the Touche Éclat in 1 and the Top Secrets Eye Wake-up Roll On; the set is worth £51 but can be bought on offer here for £37.85. Now the set will only be suitable for rather pale skins and if the person you’re buying for needs another colour, then you’ll need to buy the Touche Éclat by itself, here for £25.

Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara for a False Lash Effect.

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This is another classic from YSL, and Christmas is a particularly good time to purchase this as it comes in gift sets. The one I’ve chosen is the cheapest set and costs £19.55 here, it contains the Luxurious Mascara for a False Lash Effect in High Intensity Black,  a Top Secrets Eye Makeup Remover (sample) and a Forever Youth Liberator Eye Cream (sample). 

Another tip if you’re planning on buying any YSL products for Christmas is to actually go at a counter, I’ve seen they offer lovely gift boxes which come in different sizes, they are very nice options to gift wrapping.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.

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Again, we’ve all heard about this cult product and I personally think the Original Eight Hour Skin Protectant is an amazing product, just a shame about the scent. You could just buy this cream, around £15 for two tubes but if you are buying for someone else, it’s always nicer to go for a set: the one above is quite nice. You pay £34 for a set worth £67 and get other products from the line. Available here.

Estée Lauder Advance Night Repair Serum Set.

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This is another best selling skincare product and again, Christmas is the perfect time to either buy a back-up or gift this cult product to someone you know. This set isn’t particularly exciting, as it basically contains two sizes of the same product (50ml and 7ml) but the small bottle can come in handy when traveling plus the . £58, or currently on offer here.

Lancôme Hypnôse Custom-Wear Volume Mascara Gift Set.

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 I’m aware that I’ve already included a mascara in this article but, well, this one is also a cult product and it comes in a great value gift set. Worth £40.50, this set is sold at £21 and includes the infamous Lancôme Hypnôse Custom-Wear Volume Mascara, a Bi-Facil (eye makeup remover)and a Le Crayon Khôl. Available here.

I hope this guide was helpful to some of you. Please let me know what are your favourite cult products.

Juliette

Christmas Gift Guide #3 – Fragrances for her.

Hello everyone.

This is my third ‘Christmas Gift Guide‘ and I thought I’ll focus on fragrances for women in this guide. Just to give you a heads up, I am quite picky and particular about fragrances, so… What can I recommend fragrance wise?

Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto, Gift Set.

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This is the latest YSL female fragrance and I have to say I am quite impressed. Tried it out a a counter and I couldn’t stop smelling my hand. It started quite sweet, actually a little too sweet for my taste but then turned into a warmer, grown up fragrance and I would actually love to get myself a bottle.

Whilst the fragrance is available to purchase in three different size bottles, the gift set is actually very nice. I don’t care much for the metallic pouch you get in it but the the 10ml travel spray is a nice bonus added to the 50ml (middle size) eau de parfum bottle, one bottle on the dressing table or in the bathroom and another in your hand bag, perfection. The set retails for £60 but Debenhams has it discounted at the moment, as low as £51.

L’Artisan Parfumeur Mure et Musc – Eau de Toilette.

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I’ve written a short article about this fragrance, but in short, it’s a classic, it smells of blackberry and musk and it is a great scent for autumn and winter. £78/100ml here.

Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules.

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I have never smelt this fragrance but I have read and heard about it so much that I just can’t wait to get my hands on a bottle and try it myself. The fragrance apparently smells different on everyone and I’ve only read raves about it. I think this is a perfect present as it is still a relatively unknown product and it basically fits everyone. £64/100ml, here.

DIOR Dolce Vita – Eau de Toilette.

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This is my favourite fragrance of all time. I rather like the fact that it’s not a very popular fragrance as I like being the only one wearing it but this sadly means it never comes in a gift set. From £38, here.

There you have it, my fragrance recommendations for Christmas 2012. Have you tried any of these fragrances?

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

 

Same cream different packaging?

Hello everyone.

I promised a product comparison in my ‘September Favourites‘ and I thought I’d write it today. I am sorry if this article seems a bit pointless but I suppose it is aimed to people who use the original version of the product and are worried about getting the new one.

I’ve been using Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme for years and when I needed a new pot, I saw the brand had a new version of the product and so I bought the DayWear Oil Free Creme. I was a little worried it wouldn’t perform as well as the previous one but I have to say I love both of them.

The noticeable difference is the packaging, the new tub (left on the photograph) is bigger, heavier, bulkier than the original version (right on the photograph). You probably won’t be able to tell from this picture but the newer version has a greener colour than the old one. I can’t say that I prefer  one packaging to the other, they are both nice.

Now for the actual creams, I can’t tell any difference in texture or fragrance. They both are thick and has a very fresh cucumber fragrance, I love that smell and I am absolutely delighted they haven’t changed it. They both have the same colour too, very pale green.

I use both moisturizers (not together) in the morning on top of my serum, then let them sink in before applying my foundation. Both of the creams apply the same way really, they are non greasy.

The new version I have is oil-free (suitable for all skin types) whilst the old one I used to buy was for dry skin. I did notice my YSL Teint Touche Éclat foundation was getting shiny during the day but not so much now that I only use the new version of the moisturizer, and a bit less of it as well.

Another good thing is that the new Oil-Free Creme has a SPF 25, whilst the previous one has a SPF 15. There is another new version too actually, the  DayWear Moisturizer which has a SPF 15 and is designed for normal/combination skins.

It might feel a bit like an odd statement but I cant actually tell if there is any differences between both creams apart from the packaging and what’s written on it. I suppose it is good news for anyone like me who liked the old one as the new one performs just as well.

Now I do love both of them but I can’t only say good things about this moisturizer. I’d kind of wondering if they haven’t just changed the packaging and started charging more money for an ‘improved‘ version… I used to buy this product for as low as £30 a while again, it now retails for £39! If it is really the same product, only repackaged then this is very cheeky…

Juliette

September Favourites.

Hello everyone.

It’s that time of the month again! I can’t believe how quickly September flew by, October already, Christmas is just around the corner.

So… What have I been loving this month?

I’ve been using the Estée Lauder DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme for years and it’s never let me down. The brand has a new DayWear moisturizer (which replaced the one I was using), and so I bought it when I almost ran out last August. I am glad to report that I love the new version, at least as much as the previous one, I was worried it would be too different from the one I’ve used for ever. I’ll write a short article about them.

Whilst I’m talking about moisturizers, I’ve been loving using the La Roche-Posay Lipikar Lait body moisturizer. I just apply it in the morning after the shower and let it dry for a couple of minutes before getting dressed. It is lovely on the skin and reply helps with dry patches I may have. I will be moving to the body balm version of this product (which is a lot richer) when winter comes as it is very moisturizing. I bought mine in a Parisian parapharmacie but you can get yours here.

I still absolutely adore my YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, even more so now that I have the colour BD40 that I mix with BD50 to get the perfect colour match. I wore this foundation a little longer than thirteen hours and didn’t need to touch up and it did still look very good when I took it off, very impressive. I actually wrote an article on this product.

I have been loving using my Sigma F60 brush to apply the YSL foundation. It’s just a classic foundation brush really, it does the job it’s suppose to do and I get the right amount of coverage when I use it.

If I need to hide some dark spots or blemishes with concealer, I use my Detailer Brush which came in the Real Techniques Core Collection kit by Samantha Chapman. It’s quite small so it ideal for precision work. Real Techniques brushes are available at Boots.

I am gone contouring and bronzer mad this past summer and I just can’t get enough of the Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel Makeup Base. I absolutely love it, it works so well with my skin tone. I use it every single day, to the point that I skip blush now.

I have very long and full lashes so I don’t tend to too much mascara as it makes my eyes look very dramatic and I’m more into subtle makeup. If I wear mascara, I prefer brown and one I have been loving is the Benefit BADgal brown mascara. It just gives more definition to my lashes and that is all I need really.

I don’t really worry about blemishes anymore, and if I get any I just apply a bit of the Avène Cleanance K Cream-Gel on the spot before bed and it would be gone the next morning (two nights for more persistent blemishes). I have recommended this product to a couple of friends and family members, every single one of them came back to me saying how impressed they were with the product. Just be aware that it might sting a bit. It’s available at Boots.

I’ve also been enjoying my weekly application of GlamGlow Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask, it is a very pricey mask but I can safely say that I will repurchase it when I run out of it, not that I can see this happening any time soon. Read my review here fore more details.

I made a series of articles titled ‘Autumn Nails‘ and whilst I liked most of the polishes I absolutely loved wearing O.P.I. Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! nail polish. I love this dark olive polish, plus it has an amazing formula. I’ve reviewed it here.

What have you been loving this September?

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

A Match Made in Heaven?

Hello everyone.

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have read a tweet I posted earlier today, about how I went to a Boots store to try the new No7 Foundation Match Made Service. I mentioned how excited I was about this new service in a previous post titled ‘No more excuses‘ and so now I have tried it I’d like to let you know what I thought.

Before talking about the service I think it’s best if I actually tell you a little bit about my skin tone and what sort of shade of foundation I wear.

My face is darker than my body, I think it’s just genetics. I’d say I’m of a light-medium complexion all over my body (very pale on the chest) and a medium complexion on my face. While other people don’t find the difference of tones shocking, I can see it and it bothers me very much so I’ve tried a few tricks to remedy to this situation.

Some people think you should always match your foundation to your face, well I’m inclined to disagree and I believe your face should match the rest of your body. the all point of wearing foundation is to even out skin tone, you wouldn’t wear foundation on your entire body so it will go with your face… Or would you? I am pretty sure many makeup artists would agree with me and every time I get a make over at a M.A.C. or just ask for a face product, I am matched to a light colour, sometimes as light as a NC20. Of course I avoid foundation shades that are clearly too light for me (anything under NC20) and I now only go as high a coverage as medium coverage, I do not want to look like a ghost. So I’d say I generally have foundation shades similar to NC25 and some more like NC30 if I am tanned. I have talked how picky I was with the shades I wear and I am aware this may have irritated a few beauty ladies at my local department store.

So pick me went to a small Boots store yesterday to see what colour I was in their new range of foundations. The sales assistant took makeup off both my jawlines and put the matching device on both of them, it came out as a Deeply Honey. Now, from seeing the foundation, I knew it was too dark, and it was too dark for my face and that’s not in comparison wit my body, it was just too dark. I didn’t say anything as I still wanted to see how the foundation would look like on my face. I wanted to try the No7 Essentially Natural Foundation and so the lady applied it on one cheek and blended it well. This is a lightweight foundation and blended very well. I applied some on my other cheek, took a mirror outside with me and it looked spectacular!

Because I’m curious and because I wanted to shut everyone who told me my face and body were the same colour up, I asked if we could try the device on my chest, I was matched a Warm Sand in the No7 Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation, this is a huge difference.

I stayed with the previous reading because it didn’t look as dark blended into my skin as it did when it came out of the tube. Two hours later, I wasn’t so convinced with the shade anymore so decided to go back the next day just in case.

And so I went to a bigger Boots store today (just because the colour range they stock is wider and I wanted to have a look at some Essie nail polishes), this time with a sample of what I believe is my most perfect match, YSL Teint Touche Éclat, BD40 and BD50 mixed together. I explained what my situation was and the lady was very helpful, when we reapplied the same colour and foundation I tried the previous day, we both could see it was too dark, we tried the shade Warm Beige as it also has yellow undertone and is lighter, we were not convinced. And so we decided to do another reading on my cheeks, today I was a Warm Sand… Now, this shade is much lighter than Deeply Honey and it is the same as the one found for my chest. It would have been pretty amazing but it doesn’t exist in the  No7 Essentially Natural Foundation and the foundation in which it exists has a matte finish, which I steer clear of.

Not one to give up, I took everything off half of my face and put on that Warm Beige all over my clean skin, it looked very good and it blended alright with my chess, I took a gamble and bought it. When I got home a few hours back, I applied it all over my face ad looked in a natural light, I think it’s the right choice, and I’ll have a review for you soon.

So what do I think of the service? How accurate is it?

Both the No7 ladies yesterday and today were very good and knowledgeable. Considering it was a new service, they knew everything about it and managed to answer all my questions and the first one recommended the right foundation in the range to me. I went in half an hour before closing yesterday and the lady spent most of the end of her shift helping me. Today I was helped for probably thirty minutes and the sales assistant knew from the beginning I was only exchanging a shade for another. In this aspect this is such a high-end service, I am very impressed.

If you are in a hurry or don’t want to buy anything on the day, you’re given a leaflet with more information. In it, you will be able to complete a skin assessment that will help you find which foundation of the range would suits you best. I completed it out of curiosity and  the lady did indeed recommend the right foundation.

Now I did get two different readings on my face in less than twenty four hours, should I think the match making device isn’t accurate? I’d say no. I have some scaring from my jawlines making my skin tone pretty uneven on these specific areas of my face. Maybe yesterday’s reading came from a darker patch of my face? If you have the same problem maybe consider asking the ladies if it would be a good idea to take the reading on a very even part of your face.

I must touch on something that I was disappointed with though. I went in thinking every single one of the new foundations would have all the new shades and it turns out that they don’t. When I was match to Warm Sand today, I was looking forward to try it but the only foundation it is in is No7 Stay Perfect Liquid Foundation which has a matte finish and a heftier coverage than what I am after. Maybe the range isn’t complete yet and more colours will be added later on?

The service itself seems to be very popular, many ladies came in to get themselves matched while I was there.

Though there were few hiccups and it wasn’t as straight forward as I hoped it would be I think this is a fantastic service. This is a genius idea the No7 team has been working on for years and it is absolutely amazing to see a high street brand offer such a service for free. I can’t begin to imagine how much work they’ve put into it.

This week, I went to Boots and got a high end service, twice. Thank you. I think you should go too.

Juliette

The perfect canvas?

Hello everyone.

Today, I think I’ll write about foundation. This article starts with a lot of babbling, feel free to skip the few first paragraphs or not; either way, I apologize that this might take a while.

I, like many others, have been on a quest to find the perfect foundation to create a perfect canvas for my makeup to stick onto. All of us bought foundations on a whim, the lady at the beauty counter applied it perfectly, the finish looked perfect, it concealed all our little troubles and the lights in the department store tricked you into thinking it was a perfect colour match. Fast forward a few hours /days and you realize that the finish isn’t that great, the colour doesn’t match and the foundation doesn’t hold very well on the skin. Think about it, how many times has this happened to you? I count three… And that’s only how many I’m happy to admit right now.

And so over the years, I’ve learnt that most beauty brands will give free samples. Getting samples allows you to try the products for a few days and see how you get on with them. You should never give your money to those who don’t, we are talking high end products here, they should offer an excellent service as well.

When Yves Saint Laurent launched its new foundation, there was a 7-day trial sample scheme to allow customers to try their new product and I couldn’t be more pleased, YSL was giving free samples of the Teint Touche Éclat, and advertising it too. I had to try it, I went to my local YSL counter, nobody was there to colour match me (this was on a weekday). So I went to another counter, no YSL lady either. Same situation at the third place but a lovely man from another brand helped me find a match. I was apparently a BD50, I took my sample home.I was so happy with the product that I went back and bought a full bottle the next day, I even bought a new Touche Éclat.

My old demons came back to haunt me a few days later when I was wearing a shirt with a lower neckline than I would usually go for; I started having second thoughts about the colour match. While I clearly did it again and bought something that could potentially be the wrong colour, I hadn’t open the bottle yet (I was still using the free sample) and I still had the receipt! I just went back to the counter and asked for a lighter shade. Below BD50 is BD40… There is a huge colour difference between the two though. So much so that the BD40 just created a ghostly mask on my face. I went back and picked up several samples and nothing matched me very well, until I started using some self tan, that’s when my friend BD50 was a very good match! So I never returned the bottle and started using it while I had a tan.

I’m sorry if some of you find all this story useless but I felt like it should be included in the post. I’ve been trying to decide wether to keep the BD50 for 30 days (which is how long I had to return it with receipt), when I did keep it I used it for another 3 weeks thinking thinking maybe I should get another colour to mix it with. I mean, as I explained in my Late-August/not-quite-September-yet purchases article, I still felt the foundation ‘might be a tad too dark for my complexion’ (without self tanning). When I got a chance, I bought a BD40 as well.

Most high end foundations come with a price tag of £30 and up. Le Teint Touche Éclat‘s RRP is £28. Not only is it ‘cheap‘, it comes in a gorgeous glass bottle with a signature YSL gold lid. And like this wasn’t enough, it also comes with a pump! I personally am not too fond of dipping my fingers in foundation bottles or of pouring the product out. The pump is a hygienic dispensing system and it also helps me when measure how much of each shade I need.

The foundation comes in a wide range of colours, twenty-two in total. The full range of colour is exclusive to Selfridges, all other counters and department stores only stock sixteen. The shades are divided in three groups, BR or Beige Rosé (pink undertone), B or Beige (neutral undertone) and BD or Beige Doré (golden undertone). Pale and Dark skin tones should have a match. If you were courageous enough, you would have read the few paragraphs about finding the correct shade above and you know that I wasn’t totally happy with the colour, I am now very picky. As a reference I’m usually a NC25 and go up to a NC30 when I self tan, I mix equal amount of BD40 and BD50, it’s the perfect match, you read it right, perfect match.

Now onto the actual product! It is a liquid foundation, I’d say quite a rich consistency and it feels quite silky. I have used a Sigma F60 then a Beauty Blender and the Beauty Blender on its own to apply the foundation, both applications worked very well. I now use it with my Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush and it’s brilliant.

I’m aware that some people might not like using fragranced foundations but I personally adore the smell, I have been trying to figure it out what it remind me of, and I just can’t put my finger on it. I’m certain it’s something to do with one of my childhood memories. I have been sat here writing this article, sniffing the smell it left on the back of my hand (where I applied it).

I’d say the foundation has a radiant dewy finish. It gives light to medium coverage and this is exactly what I’m after. So it’s perfect right after the application but how does it wear throughout the day? Well… I was running errands in the city one afternoon and decided to go to Debenhams to try the Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel Makeup Base. When the lady handed me a mirror to see how it looked on my face I was horrified… I was shining (from the foundation and not the bronzer, that looked amazing, I bought it straight away) and the foundation had oxidized a lot (and I was wearing BD50 only back then…). My skin is dry to normal, I never use setting powders (don’t really like then, never needed them), I never needed blotting sheets… I never looked so shiny in my entire life.

So what was it? The heat? My natural oils? The only factor I could try to adjust was my moisturizer. And so, the next day, I applied less moisturizer than usual. Well, that was it, I had a radiant dewy finish but no shine or oxidization occurred during the day. I have been wearing Le Teint Touche Éclat for up to 12 hours on some occasions and I’ve just used a couple of spritzes of Caudalie Eau de Beauté when I felt like I needed to refresh my makeup.

Now that I have the correct shade and that I know how to work with it, I am extremely happy with this foundation. I personally cannot fault it, it is my favourite. I wouldn’t say it is perfect, but it is the most perfect one so far.

I would highly recommend this product but I must warn some of you that it might not be your most perfect foundation. If you have an oily skin, try powdering it? For those of you who love full coverage, I fear it might not look as good as it does with a lighter coverage. And, going back to a point I’ve made earlier, this product is fragranced, some of you might not like it.

Le Teint Touche Eclat is in the summer sales here for another few days.

Have you tried Le teint Touche Éclat? What do you think of this foundation? Are you picky when it comes to colour matching too?

Juliette