L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam

Hello! It’s been a while since I last talked skincare on the blog. I generally have a very simple skincare routine which is mostly cleanse and hydrate and hydrate some more! I am a big fan of bath and body products from L’occitane. Their stuff just smells amazing and bath time is always indulgent when you include any of their products. I recently tried experimenting more with their skincare stuff and I am not fully convinced. I did try their shea comfort cream which was so so for me (reviewed HERE). The Immortelle precious cleansing foam is from their anti aging line of products and again it didn’t wow me but neither did it disappoint me. I would still rate this better than the Shea comfort cream I tried.

L’occitane Immortelle Cleansing foam

Since this is from their anti ageing line I kind of figured it will be gentle enough for my dry skin, and looking at the ingredients I did not find any surfactants that can be too harsh on the skin. Here is a look at the ingredient list:

AQUA/WATER – GLYCERIN – DISODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE – DISODIUM LAURETH SULFOSUCCINATE – DECYL GLUCOSIDE – PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES – COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE – HELICHRYSUM ITALICUM EXTRACT – ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER EXTRACT – GENTIANA LUTEA ROOT EXTRACT – RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT – FRAGARIA CHILOENSIS (STRAWBERRY) FRUIT JUICE – CITRUS UNSHIU PEEL EXTRACT – CARUM PETROSELINUM (PARSLEY) EXTRACT – CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT -SODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE – CITRIC ACID – SODIUM BENZOATE – PARFUM/FRAGRANCE – BUTYLENE GLYCOL – LEVULINIC ACID – PPG-26-BUTETH-26 – SODIUM LEVULINATE – PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL – ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN – POTASSIUM SORBATE – PHENOXYETHANOL – TOCOPHEROL – HEXYL CINNAMAL.

I generally have dry sensitive skin and the ingredients in general look great to me, unless you are sensitive to any of the plant extracts in the formula. I actually started using this immediately after I had my baby boy and if you’ve been through a pregnancy you’d know that your skin goes a bit crazy after birth 🙂 My skin was a bit of a mess and this cleanser did not aggravate anything but at the same time didn’t improve the situation much either. I also gave it a whirl almost a year later when my skin was a bit better after the crazy hormones. Again, it didn’t wow me in any way at the same time it didn’t do any damage either. Overall, I think it is a pretty decent cleanser for dry sensitive mature skin. I guess you really need to try it to see if it really improves your skin in any way. If you are looking to maintain the status quo of your skin then this works great 😀

Another reason I wasn’t so wowed by this is the price tag. It costs 30USD and for that money I would like to see my skin getting smoother or softer or some magic of that sort 😛 Infact, the cleanser I am using now which is a french drugstore one, works really well and costs less than half the price of this one. The inside scoop on that is coming soon..so stay tuned!

 

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Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow foundation

Hello! I was not really looking to buy a foundation but decided to try out the Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow foundation on a whim. That is how most makeup shopping happens right 😉 I really enjoy trying out stuff from Physicians Formula and they are one of my favorite drug store brands. I have enjoyed the spotless youthful wear foundation (reviewed HERE) in the past. This is described on their website as a weightless foundation that gives your skin an illuminating veil of radiance. I am not sure if they are phasing this out since they now have the Healthy foundation. I hope not, since I really like this foundation!

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation

I do not enjoy heavy coverage matte foundations in general and if you are like me, you’ll love this one! It is sheer and build able and helps even out your skin without covering it completely. It is pretty much non detectable and I use barely a pump for my whole face. Oh I forgot to mention that this beautiful rose gold bottle has a pump 😀 Physicians Formula never disappoints when it comes to packaging.

I have been using this foundation happily this summer and found that this foundation holds up till the end of the day. I do have dry skin and I think its perfect for my skin type. I am not sure how this would work for people with oilier skin.

They do have only 3 shades unfortunately but if you are able to find your shade. I’d say try it out!

What are your favorite products from Physicians Formula?

Until next time, ciao!!

PUR Midnight Masquerade Face Palette

Hello! These days I find myself drawn to the makeup aisles at T.J Maxx. They seem to have a lot more makeup from well known brands these days. I have found everything from Becca, Estee Lauder, Kevin Aucoin to K beauty stuff there. I recently found the PUR Cosmetics midnight masquerade palette at T.J Maxx and decided to give it a whirl since I have not tried anything from the brand till now.

PUR Midnight Masquerade palette

The palette comes with 4 face products on one side and 6 eyeshadows and a tiny strip mirror on the other side. Overall it is quite compact and I like the layout. This palette smells like delicious buttercream frosting by the way! It is quite mild but it makes me hungry every time I open it.

The face products

The face products consist of 2 blushes, a bronzer and a highlighter. I like the lace patterns on these although they will eventually fade away with use. I feel these work best if you have a deeper skin tone. On my medium skintone I can just about carry off these products. I have to use a fluffy blush brush and be extremely careful since these are quite pigmented. The bronzer is shimmery and I might mostly use this as eyeshadow since its too bronzy on my skin. The highlighter gives a really nice subtle glow to the cheeks and I love it. It is almost my skintone so it meshes well to give a natural glow.

Brush Swatches of the face products

The set of eyeshadows on the other side of the palette are equally impressive. They are very pigmented and I love all the shades included. My favorite is the shade Mash Off which is a lovely green gold.

The eyeshadows

The swatches below are with a brush and a single swipe. Quite impressive I think!

Brush swatches of the eyeshadows

Overall, I really like this palette. The palette is made in China which I didn’t actually expect and noticed only after purchase. However, so far I do not have any skin reactions or issues with the palette so all is good in that department. The price tag I got this for at T.J Maxx makes this an amazing steal since the products perform so well. If you do find it at your local T.J Maxx give it a shot especially if the colors appeal to you!

Until next time,ciao!!!

Too Faced Tickled Peach Mini Palette

Hello! It’s been a while since I last set foot into blogging territory and social media in general! After a nice long break I am back to talk about one of my favorite recent purchases. I absolutely love the Too Faced Tickled Peach palette. I took it with me on vacation and it was a powerhouse palette 🙂

Too Faced Tickled Peach Mini Palette

As with everything in the Too Faced Peach collection, this palette also has that heavenly scent. I actually found it quite over powering the first time I opened the palette but the intensity has considerably subsided with time. The color scheme in this palette is totally up my alley. I am always drawn to plummy warm toned palettes and this one has the perfect shades!

The shades are gorgeous!!

As you can see, it is a pretty well rounded palette. It has the nice matte brown transition shade, a deeper matte brown for your outer V and a nice matte brow bone shade. The metallic/ shimmer shades are all gorgeous. This perfect mix of shades makes it an awesome travel palette. There are so many variations you can come up with this palette so you won’t get bored if you take this along with you on vacation! The sleekness and the nice big mirror is a bonus.

Now, the best part! Each and every shade in this palette performs beautifully. The shadows are smooth and silky and last all day. This palette is totally worth the 26$ price tag! The swatches below are without a primer and using a brush. Look at all those beautiful shades 😀

Swatches of the Too Faced Tickled Peach Palette

Overall, this is a lovely palette to have in your makeup collection especially if you are drawn these kind of shades. I just wish Too Faced would tone down the scent of stuff in their peach line..although it smells nice after a point it can be a bit over powering!

Until next time,ciao!!

 

42 Dubonnet : Brand Review

Hello folks!

Last week, I had posted an interview with the mother daughter duo behind the brand 42 Dubonnet. If you did not get a chance to read it,you can catch up HERE. The brand brings you the mystery and allure from the 1920’s in the form of petite makeup products which you can easily slip into your purse 🙂  The packaging is inspired by the art deco style from the 1920’s and look stunning. It is no wonder they have won a couple of awards for their unique packaging!!

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42 Dubonnet packaging 🙂

I am a sucker for packaging and it is a double win in my book when the products perform well too! 42 Dubonnet very kindly sent me 4 of their products to try and I really loved using them. I got a chance to try their Fringe Mascara, Sultry eye gel liner, Lip gloss in the shade La La Lola and the kissable lipstick in Dubonnet.

Let’s start with their eye products. I absolutely loved their mascara! If you are looking for nice fluttery lashes then this one is for you 🙂 The mascara comes with a natural bristle brush and I did not notice any clumping or spidery -ness. I usually go over my lashes 3 times and sometimes even 4 and there was no clumping even then. So yay! It stays put all day- no smudging, no flaking. It holds a curl and my lashes look thick and fluttery, in other words this mascara is perfect!

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42 Dubonnet Sultry eyes gel liner and Fringe mascara

I am not a pot gel liner person (always liked felt/brush pens ) so this was the first time in years I am trying a pot gel liner. Guess what..I really like it! It is a nice jet black color and stays put all day. Again like the mascara, there was no smudging at the end of the day and the black was as intense as it was when freshly applied, even after 8 hours of wear.

The lip products were both love at first sight for me or rather love at first wear! The kissable lipstick in the shade Dubonnet is a beautiful warm red and the formula is incredibly smooth and creamy although it is matte. It feels light weight on the lips and is very pigmented. Overall, I love the shade, the texture and it does not dry my lips so I might pick up some of the other shades they offer 🙂

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42 Dubonnet Irresistible Kissable Lipstick in Dubonnet and the lip gloss in La La Lola

The lip gloss in La La Lola ( love the name) is a beautiful deep purple shade with fine golden shimmers. This looks stunning on the lips on its own and feels very comfy. I did not find it to be too sticky and actually enjoyed pairing it with the lipstick ..it gave the lipstick a different depth of color! Unlike most lip glosses, this one comes with a brush instead of the doe foot applicator. I feel like you get a better controlled application with the brush.

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Swatches of the lipgloss La La Lola (top) and the lipstick in Dubonnet (bottom)

I love that the products are all made in the USA and cruelty free. Overall, the brand has some beautiful high quality products and if you would like to see what else they offer do check their website. My favorite out of these 4 products would be the mascara and the lipstick 🙂 I am looking forward to the new lipstick shades they plan to release soon and would love to try their eyeshadows too 🙂

Have you tried 42 Dubonnet products? If so, what are your favorites?

Hope you’ll are having a great week!

Until next time,ciao!!

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An Interview with Lauren and Ann, founders of 42 Dubonnet

Hello folks!

If you are a big history nerd, vintage art and decor lover, and you love makeup, I am sure you will be as excited as I was to discover 42 Dubonnet. A makeup brand that brings you the mystery and allure of the 1920s, 42 Dubonnet does not disappoint with their beautiful 1920’s inspired packaging and petite sized products you can slip into your purse. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ann and Lauren, the mother daughter duo who founded the brand and today I’d like to share with you their entrepreneurial  journey and the story of the brand!

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Lauren and Ann , founders of 42 Dubonnet

I love the aesthetics of 42 Dubonnet which is inspired by the 1920’s! What about this era appealed to you, that you went about creating an entire line inspired by this period.

Ann: I was visiting Lauren in Miami Beach for the first time. We were sipping on cocktails at Lauren’s favorite speakeasy-inspired bar and we started talking about the feelings of glamour and freedom of Miami Beach. We both loved the Art Deco colors and love the beautiful and distinctive Art Deco style. Lauren started reminiscing about her grandma’s Art Deco vintage compacts and lipsticks and the seed of 42 Dubonnet was planted.

Who would you describe as your fashion/ style role model from the 1920’s?

Lauren: There are so many role models for me from Greta Garbo, to Amelia Earhart, to the women who fought for women’s right to vote in 1920. The 1920’s symbolizes the rise of female empowerment. While I was a costume design major at the University of Texas, I used to spend hours flipping through Vogue magazines from the 1920’s and 1930’s. From the ultra-glam flapper girls to the first waves of cool androgyny, 1920’s fashion was all about liberation, trying new things and having a whole lot of fun in the process. In the 1920’s women’s style loosened up, corsets came off and skirts got shorter. We can thank Coco Chanel for this. She led the concept of casual chic in the 1920’s and is responsible for the little black dress, skirt suit, costume jewelry, and best of all, pants! Thanks to Coco Chanel, pants for women were in for the very first time! Greta Garbo was one of my favorite icons from the 1920’s. She projected a magnetism and mystique. I also love King Kong’s beautiful Fay Wray and designers like Paul Poiret.

If I were to step back into the 1920’s for a Great Gatsby style party, which of your products would you recommend I take with me 🙂

Ann: Definitely our Dubonnet lipstick for those show-stopping classic red lips which defined beauty in that era. And also our Smoky Eyes mini compact to create a decadent smoky eye which was another beauty favorite back then. Pair it with our Sultry Eyes Gel Liner and Fringe Mascara Noir. And of course, you’ll want to use your lipstick as blush for the apples of your cheeks.

Do you see any vintage beauty trends making a comeback in the near future?

Ann: Because of the dramatic flair and luxe living, I think the 1920’s will always find ways to inspire and a lot of the beauty trends from then are still here today although maybe modified a bit…like the smoky eye look and that classic red lipstick.

What is it like working as a mother daughter team?

Lauren: Growing up, I had no idea my mom would be my business partner. Although we were close, I’m very creative and she’s more analytical. While you might think these personality differences would cause conflict in our business relationship, what’s great is that our skill sets actually complement each other. We learned to trust in each other’s strengths and it gave us a whole new appreciation for each other. For example, when we’ve had a less desirable outcome from one of our campaigns we use our unique skills sets to bond over solving problems and changing this setback into a success. These experiences have only made our bond stronger.

Ann: Well said!

What are some of the highs and lows you’ve experienced as beauty entrepreneurs?

Ann: For the highs, working with so many talented MUAs on IG is a big one and of course winning 2 packaging awards is huge. But the biggest accomplishment is having our customers love our products.

For the lows, not having our initial hot stamping turn out like we expected was a setback, but we used our unique skills sets to bond over solving problems and changing this setback into a success so our packaging got even better after that. Even though it cost us more money, we were rewarded with a 2019 Package Design Award in the HOW International Design Awards & GD USA 2018 American Package Design Awards.

Any tips for someone looking to start a beauty brand of their own?

Lauren: Research your niche and see where you fit in, find good partners (good business partners, manufacturers, vendors, etc) start your social media campaigns with anticipation well before you launch, and most importantly, be patient.

What is next for 42 Dubonnet?

Ann: We’d like to continue expanding our lipstick selection. We have 7 colors now (we started with 3) and we’d like to expand that to 10 by the end of the year.

Lauren: We also would like to expand our brand reach and awareness.

Do check out their website https://www.42dubonnet.com/ to learn more about the brand and explore their lovely products. Stay tuned for a post showcasing some of 42 Dubonnet’s beautifully packaged products coming up next!

Until next time,ciao!

 

Sabreen Cosmetics Liquid Matte Enhancers

Hello folks!

Sabreen Cosmetics is a cruelty free and vegan brand started by three sisters to honor their aunt who lost her battle with cancer. Read more about their brand story in the interview I posted a few days back! Today I’d like to share with you 2 shades from their liquid matte enhancer lipstick line.

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Sabreen Cosmetics Liquid Matte Enhancers in Najiyyah (top) and Laila (bottom)

I love the packaging of these! The black box with flowers and gold detailing is a nice touch 🙂 The actual tube also looks pretty with the pink and gold top.

They offer 12 shades on their website, all of them look intense, pigmentation wise and they are some unique colors. The 2 shades they kindly sent me are Najiyyah and Laila. Both these shades are totally out of my usual comfort zone but it was so much fun testing these out! The shade Najiyyah is a dark red brown which looks awesome for a night out and is my favorite out of the two. Laila is bright neon pink on my lips and I think I might wear this on its own in the summer! I also enjoyed mixing the 2 shades.

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Laila and Najiyyah swatched

From the swatches above you can see they mean business when it comes to pigmentation! On the lips, a single swipe is all you need for rich color. They dry down to a perfect matte budge proof layer within a minute after application.

I have dry lips and these don’t flake off or make my lips look like a dried prune 😀 I use a lip balm prior to using any lip product and this does not alter the formula of these guys. I am also impressed with the longevity of the matte enhancers. They stayed on quite well even after a meal..no weird flaking or bleeding.

Overall, these are quite comfortable to use and the pigmentation is amazing! Check out their website to see their other shade offerings!

Until next time,ciao!!

 

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