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Givenchy Le Rouge 102 Beige Plume – Swatches, Photos and Review

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May I start off with the fact that Givenchy has been bringing their A-game when it comes to launching new makeup products. Foundation, primers, eyeshadows, blushes, lipsticks and nailpolishes (let’s not forget the scary looking ball mascara) are all topnotch. There is no doubt that Givenchy has quality comparable to Chanel, Dior and all of the other higher-end brands (that are more often coming out with collections that really.. are not impressing me that much lately). I have no doubt that I’ll sometime in the near future purchase another of Givenchy’s beauty products (nailpolish on the list). I am rarely faithful to one brand.

I used to have a phobia regarding nude lipsticks (just have that in the back of your mind when you read this review)

Givenchy Beige Plume (102) is a medium to light toned nude color. To me it is beige but not all the way, I find it very peachy (with a pinch of coral as you can see on my swatches) but still with that light beige going through it. This color will show up differently on everyone, depending on your skin-tone and coloring. To be completely honest with you, you will have to try it on to tell if it’s going to work for you or not. I am, as an example, very pale but warmer colors tend to work for my slightly yellow undertone better, therefor the beige-ness doesn’t overpower (on me). Try it and if it suits you, you are the lucky winner.

Formula is like nothing I’ve tried before, but then again I’m not a beauty-guru.

It smooths over imperfections making lips look lusciously healthy and plump. I always have the problem of dry and creepy lips even if I exfoliate and layer lip butters over and over again, but this creamy lipstick does the trick for me. Even though it’s a matte (with a velvet finish) it never feels or wears like a true matte lipstick. It’s “the new matte”, the matte that appeals to a larger crowd (that crowd being me). Because of this in fact, it does have a “con”, and that is that it is not as long-lasting as perhaps your traditional matte, but it isn’t tricky to work with which weighs up that con. I did the right thing by choosing a nude that was going to be easy to re-apply during the day (without feathering). Consistency is very light and smooth, creamy but without the irritating felling of it slipping around like a hot mess. But fades quickly, unfortunately, it does. No doubt about it.

Packaging is luxurious, hefty and looks expensive. I expected this lipstick to cost me 32GBP (51USD, 38EUR), but it was a lot cheaper on tax-free/duty-free, around 1/3 the price less. I was very happy about my purchase that day if you can’t guess that already.

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Review: The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Face Cream

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Brand: The Organic Pharmacy is a brand that focuses on bringing high quality, natural and organic ingredients into your skincare regimen. The brand has an A-list following, and there’s no doubt why. The Organic Pharmacy as a whole outcompetes some of the other established natural and organic brands on the market. Price-points are quite high but I would put the quality of their products in the same range as the luxurious Tata Harper. See it as an investment for your skin. What caught my attention the most about TOP (let’s just shorten it that) is that it is an organic brand, but nearly as effective as what we call cosmeceuticals. E.g. it has really good products for oily, acne and problem skin. Something I think is otherwise very hard to find amongst the organic brands.

Product information: Except for this moisturizer, I also tried an oil and a “toner” by the brand, but generally I felt like this was the star-product out of the three. The website describes it as a light non-greasy moisturizer that normalizes oil production and reduces flaky areas. It is also supposed to minimize blemishes because of the antiseptic ingredient manuka.

Fragrance: The cream has a very medicinal scent, but to me it smells antiseptic in a very herbal way. Nothing that bothers me, actually on the contrary. When you have oily, congested and acne-prone skin that is exactly what you’d want to put on your face (not a rosy-sweet perfumed creme).

Ingredients: The main ingredients are Aloe, Rose Hip, Tea Tree, St Johns Wort, Honey, Jojoba, Manuka and Marigold. You can find the whole ingredients-list HERE. 

What I absolutely love about the site is that they have a “Ingredient Glossary”, basically you just click on one of the ingredients and you get a description of it. As an example, I used to ban every product that contained alcohol. But because of the site I got more educated about it and found out they are using organic rye alcohol in very small quantities, and therefor it does not irritate or dry out the skin. PUH! And please do check out the complete ingredient list, because it is truly amazing.

Review & Results: When I ordered this cream, my skin had suffered some major breakouts and allergic reactions. I had long loved and used products by Dermalogica, Clarins, MD Formulations, Murad etc.. very active skincare in other words. In the beginning glycolic acids and salicylic acids had only benefited my congested and scarred teenage face, but after a while it started working against me. Blackheads were increasing in size and amount. Whiteheads were looking like cysts on my jaw, cheeks and forehead. After becoming more aware of what I was putting in my body, I started to also look at what exactly I was putting ON it. So there my journey began, in spring right before summer (I must mention that it was before my graduation, so the time when you want to look as good as possible). Remember that for your skin to get used to new skincare it needs at least a few months, now imagine going from using AHA’s, BHA’s and brands only using chemical ingredients, to only using all natural and organic. My skin was in shock. It was all a struggle, but now when I look at my skin, I think it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my beauty-life since going blonde. Even better than that.

This cream has balanced out my skin big time. My oily T-zone and extremely dry patches are all gone. I’d say the state of my skin is normal to sensitive (and acne prone a few days a month, one of the many perks of being a woman). The huge blackheads I thought were genetical are gone, I have pores on my nose yes, but they’re not the size of nose piercings anymore. I am also happy to say that this cream was very soothing and calming on my red and irritated skin. Also I had never experienced such a light cream being so moisturizing but without the greasiness. I found myself not using any primers and just using this as a makeup base, but then I used a foundation with SPF since this has none. It doesn’t roll up on your skin, but a sign that you have used too much is that it goes all “white” on your face when you rub it in. Because of it’s gel to cream texture it is easy to use too much.

One complain I have is the jar, which is quite unhygienic considering it’s an all natural brand without parabens and other preservatives. Even for a brand using those types of ingredients I feel it quite off-putting. Good thing you get a spatula, but I would still prefer a glass bottle with a pump.

Size: When I ordered this product I knew it was 50 ml (1.7 fl oz), but when it arrived I was still quite shocked at how small the jar was. I started questioning if just a regular moisturizer was worth the money I had spent. Oh how I was mistaking.

I love this cream so much that I am going to repurchase it.  That has only happened with one product before, so it means a lot.

For what skintype is this cream then? 

Because of it’s antiseptic qualities and light-weight texture I’d say oily and acne prone skins, but because it has the amazing “power” (can you tell how much I’m in love with this cream yet?) of normalizing skin and putting back moisture even to the driest areas.. I’d say normal to dry skintypes. BUT it would definitely be the most beneficial to the skintypes mentioned above.

If you are seeking a moisturizer with the added bonus of an SPF, this is not for you. The makeup I use has fairly high SPF in itself and I do reapply it during the day so I have my protection all set. An added cream with SPF on top of this would not hurt though.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush – Swatches Joyful, Sun Touched & Lovely

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According to Kjaerweis.com:

Always to the left is Joyful – “‘Joyful’ is a deep, reddish coral, that is a beautiful compliment to tan skin.” – Kirsten Kjaer Weis

Joyful is our silky Cream Blush that is great for summer. It glides on easily, and works well on pale to dark skin tones. It adds a summery glow to tan skin and a sunny, warm radiance to pale skin. Joyful melts beautifully onto the apple of the cheek, with a subtle vanilla scent, and the smooth, creaminess of Shea Butter. This color is a deep, red variation of a coral that gives your complexion gorgeous warmth, and an exquisite glow.”

Sun Touched is in the middle – “‘Sun Touched’ gives a gorgeous glow. This coral tone flatters any eye color, for a youthful look, kissed by the sun.” -Kirsten Kjaer Weis

Sun Touched Cream Blush enlivens the skin, adding a warm, vibrant glow to the face. This shade of Cream Blush is great for Olive skin tones and works well on Pale to Medium-Dark skin tones as well. The rich coral pigmentation in Sun Touched brightens the eyes, and gives a youthful sun kissed look. KW Cream Blushes melt with the warmth of the fingers, and blend beautifully on the apple of the cheek.”

To the right you have Lovely – “‘Lovely’ gives a pretty, flushed look that is long-lasting. I apply it to the apple of the cheek, and it melts with the warmth of the fingers.” -Kirsten Kjaer Weis

Lovely is a beautiful pink tone. Its rich color pigment has a long-lasting effect that gives a pretty flushed-cheek look. This shade is incredible for Pale all the way to the Darkest skin tones. The creamy consistency of this Cream Blush blends beautifully on the apple of the cheek, and goes on smoothly with the warmth of the fingers. Our Cream Blushes are enhanced with a beautiful Vanilla scent, that is subtle, and all organic ingredients, which lends to their creamy, easily blendable consistency.”

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These cream blushes are my all time favorite cream products. Moisturizing but never sticky or too heavy. I like to apply these either with a brush like the Becca Cream Blush/Bronzer brush or if I want more pigment to stay on I just use my fingers. These are high quality products and definitely worth checking out.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blushers / Proving that natural can also be luxurious, eco-friendly and beautiful.

I’ve been quite obsessed with Kjaer Weis for about two months now, so I thought it was time for a review. 

Official info: Kjaer Weis is a forward-thinking cosmetics brand created by Danish-born makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis.

The brand is very aware of beauty and health, creating the highest quality products based on natural, organic and safe ingredients. Equally important is the outside and great importance is therefore the product’s design.
Kjaer Weis fills a gap in the market with their products clean content and well-designed, luxurious and modern packaging.
The inside is a beautiful and refillable metal box designed by Marc Atlan (he’s worked for Tom Ford, Helmut Lang, Dior, Rei Kawakubo etc).

“The visual and aesthetic parts of daily life are Vitaly important to me. Conciously or uncounsciosly Design Affects us all.”

Peronal: Let me start by saying I’m a sucker for trendy and minimal packaging. I love the newest technology in makeup therefor I almost never buy “old classic formulas” in foundations, blushers etc. I always try to buy newly launched makeup which I know will be amped up and have modern texture, feel, look etc. That doesn’t mean I don’t love my Touche Éclat… but you get the idea.

Three months ago something clicked in my head and I started researching natural and organic makeup, especially the benefits of going “au naturel”. After thinking it through thoroughly I decided there was time for a change in my makeup stash. Often I wouldn’t use my blushes or lipsticks because they’d gross me out when I thought about all the chemicals and the fact that they might clog pores etc. My long list of “to-buy” products shrank from two pages long to half a page. Expensive body butters which mostly contained glycerin and parabens (with chemical scents) were replaced with organic jojoba oil, body scrubs with grains that had that “something extra” were suddenly beaten by a home made lemon sugar scrub. An expensive facial wash was replaced by an organic one for sensitive skin.. and so on.. By this I hope to not only save my skin from future irritations and problems, but also my bankaccount from always becoming empty at the end of the month because of my shopping behavior. I tell you now, no exclusive body lotion for 100€ will be better than pure organic oil for your skin. Whether it be grape seed oil, jojoba, olive, shea, macadami.. The list goes on. Most importantly is that it fits the needs of your skin.

I’ll stop torturing you and move right to the review. 

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As you can see, the product comes with a beautiful box and has gorgeous packaging. Heavy, minimalistic and expensive (haha) – just the way I like it! Best part? The product itself!

I have the colours:

Blossoming which is a rosy tone that gives a ‘fresh face’ appearance, with a healthy glow

Desired Glow which gives the illusion of just returning from holiday, with the look of a subtle tan

These cream blushes are high quality for real.

They last all day with some fading after 8 hours of wear (depending on your skin-type) and are easy to use. They have a texture which reminds me of something waxy mixed with vaseline, this sounds horrendous but I promise you it’s not. It’s not pasty-looking like some cream blushers, and not shiny like others.

I start of with Desired Glow to give my skin a radiance boost and then pop some Blossoming slightly on and above the apples of my cheeks. I am sometimes extra naughty and mix in Blossoming with my under-eye concealer, because it cancels out any blue tones but remains the sensitive eye-area moisturized and well protected. I apply the product with my Becca Creme Blush/Bronzer brush.

These are sheer to medium and I see they would suit fairer skin tones the best. The richer shades would probably even work for medium skin tones out there but giving more of a natural look. They are buildable, but it’s not their main purpose in my opinion, if you want pigmented go for Mac or any other brand. But here the focus is on feel, texture, the glow and how the product makes you feel when using it. For me that is priceless and I am ready to bang out the extra bucks for that special moment I share with my favorite products. They’ve never failed me and always improved how my skin has looked, even when it’s been flaking or having severe irritation. After I switched from my Smashbox blushes to Kjaer Weis, not only does my makeup look better, but my actual skin does. One of many benefits of going au naturel. 

How do you know the product will fit you? I would say fair to medium skintones, and on the slightly drier side. Though, I would say any skin type could actually wear it but I think it’s a matter of where you put it. Even with my winter-dry skin if I’d put the Desired Glow on my t-zone I’d definitely shine like a disco-ball. Just be smart with where you put it and you should be fine. No breakouts for acne-prone skin either. A great plus for those with dry skin who hate mineral makeup and it’s powdery texture. If you don’t care for the price I suggest only buying a refill and trying it out.

My opinion? Totally worth it. OFFICIAL WEBSITE HERE! 

DKNY Cashmere Mist Deodorant Antiperspirant Review

I just ran out of my dkny cashmere mist deodorant! 

Ladies we have a winner over here. If you haven’t tried it, don’t hesitate because of the price. 

Only cons are that it might leave you with white patches on your black clothes if you use too much of it, and the smell might not be your cup of tea.

But for now I’m trying out the Biotherm one… We’ll see how long I can live without my beloved cashmere mist.

 

Dior Hydra Life Creme Sorbet Yeux Pro-Jeunesse Review

 

I really like this eye cream. The scent is very fresh but subtle.

The consistency is a thick gel texture that takes a while to sink into your skin. If applied thicker it does get quite sticky.

What do I think of the product?

I’ve tried different eye creams but always returned to this one. I guess it has to do with the sophisticated jar, the luxurious scent and the rich texture. When I use it I feel like I’m pampering my skin.

Putting the shallow parts aside, I did feel and see a difference when using this continuously. My otherwise very dry under eye skin suddenly felt plump (no under eye bags!) and rejuvenated. I would recommend this to anyone with normal/slightly dry to oily skin. If you have severe dryness with flaking I would suggest going for something a bit richer and emollient in texture. This combined with my Ole Henriksen Truth Eye Peel was the perfect combination. My skin is brightened, fresh and looks “younger”. I used to have milia near the inner corners of my eyes, those are practically gone by now (this I think has to do more with using the Eye Peel).

4/5

Miracle Products

Two different product brands but the same effect. They do their jobs perfectly. 

  • exfoliating (through lactic acid and glycolic acid)
  • boosts collagen= anti-aging (the GOOD way without those heavy expensive creams)
  • reversing signs of photoaging
  • improving skin texture -smooth, softer skin
  • unclogging
  • daily renewal
  • deeply moisturizing
  • non-comedogenic