Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Clear Pact- 02 Beige

Hello folks!

How many times do you fall for cute packaging especially makeup products? I fall for it all the time and K beauty products always tug at my inner cute packaging addict self. The Tony Moly Panda’s Dream compact is shaped like a cute panda and as a lover of Pandas I just had to get this. This is supposed to be a mattifying powder and that is something a dry skinned gal like me rarely needs..but the Panda was too cute to resist and so I got it πŸ˜€

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Clear Pact

I don’t use this as an all over setting powder..I use it under my eyes to set concealer and it works brilliantly for that purpose.It does not settle into fine lines, andΒ  it makes the under eyes look air brushed! It is a nice finely milled powder and the shade I have is 02 which is the yellow and the darker option they have. 01Β  is more pink toned.

Panda’s Dream clear compact in 02 Beige

I have used it this so much that it no longer has the cute panda imprint on the powder. The pic above was taken almost a year ago ..that is how long I’ve been wanting to blog about this powder!!!

Again, since I have dry skin I find that the powder holds up well throughout the day and my under eyes look fab! This powder has good reviews in the Asian Beauty circles so I am guessing this works well as an oil control powder for oily skin folks.

Overall, I love using this as an under eye setting powder. The adorable packaging is an added bonus! What is your favorite under eye setting powder?

 

Le Petit Olivier Cleansing Foam

Hello!

I love exploring the skincare aisle at T.J Maxx. I always find interesting brands that are not found in the drugstore or Sephora. It has almost become a hobby to wander aimlessly in the beauty section there :D. One such awesome find several months ago was the Le Petit Olivier Cleansing Foam. I was in the market for a new cleanser and this one was advertised to be soap free and formulated for dry sensitive skin types…so of course it came back home with me.

Le Petit Olivier Cleansing Foam

This turned out to be perfect for my dry and sensitive skin. I experience zero irritation, no redness just clean skin without that super stripped feel. It was gentle enough to use twice a day when needed since it never left my skin screaming for a moisturizer immediately!

It claims to remove makeup, which I am not so sure about since I use this as my second cleanse when I wear makeup and, on days when I wear zero makeup. The only negative of this product is the scent, but it is not over powering which makes this use able. I wish they had left the fragrance out…then this would have been even better for sensitive skin!

I really like that the ingredient list is short and sweet. Here is the Ingredient Deck:

INGREDIENTS : AQUA (WATER) ; GLYCERIN ; PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL ; SODIUM COCOYL GLUTAMATE ; COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE ; PROPANEDIOL ; SODIUM COCOAMPHOACETATE ; OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL ; ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER ; GLUCONOLACTONE ; CALCIUM GLUCONATE ; PROPYLENE GLYCOL ; PARFUM (FRAGRANCE) ; SODIUM BENZOATE ; CITRIC ACID ; SODIUM HYDROXIDE.

Glycerin is a well known moisturizing agent and I love that it is the second ingredient here right after water. PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil is an emollient which helps condition the skin and keep it nice and soft. Sodium Cocyl Glutamate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Sodium Cocoamphoacetate are all foaming agents responsible for giving that nice lather you get without the harshness associated with SLS. Glucanolactone is also another good ingredient in my book. It is a gentle exfoliant which works similarly to glycolic acid.

Overall, I really like this cleanser and would happily repurchase. I am now really interested in exploring other products from this brand too!

Have you tried Le Petit Olivier products?

Until next time, ciao!!

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜› 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!

 

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜€ 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!!

Jeanne En Provence Brand Review : Soaps, shower oils and hand creams

Hello folks!!

Merry Christmas! I was unable to post this earlier on, since I was under the weather the week before Christmas. Then came the weekend where we got super busy prepping and hosting a huge lunch for our friends. After all the Christmas madness here I am back to blogging πŸ˜€ Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I am now looking forward to the next round of parties and luncheons coming up this weekend πŸ˜‰

Jeanne En Provence is a family owned business that has been around since 1978 and their products are from you guessed it..the Provence area in France πŸ™‚ They work with the local farmers there and most of their products are made in the region. I was curious about the brand since they are reasonably priced and they had a good range of scents to try out too.

I was most excited to try out their bar soaps because I have been a soap junkie since I was 4 years old. My grandmother used to get gifts from her acquaintances when they returned from trips abroad, and many a times it was fancy soap. She would keep them aside for me since I was, according to her, the only 4 year old who appreciated the smell of fine soap. Jeanne En Provence very kindly send me their soap gift set which has 4 different soaps and also the soap in the scent Peony.

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Jeanne En Provence Soaps

The soaps in the giftΒ  set come in 4 scents: Fleur d’Oranger, Verveine, Rose and Lavender. I think my favorite scents are Verviene and Rose. I really liked the Peony scented Soap too which is sold separately. I might try the other products in the Peony range since I am into floral scents and the soap smells divine. All the soaps have a pleasant smell which is not overpowering. They give a nice creamy lather too. Overall, I think these soaps are great for the price and are comparable to artisan french soaps which I have tried in the past.

I was also sent 2 products from their Divine Olive collection, namely, the Divine Olive Multipurpose dry oil and also the Divine Olive shower oil. The scent of these products don’t immediately strike me as Olive probably since I have never really smelt fresh Olive leaves or fresh olive flowers. There is a slight floral smell mixed in with a bit of cut grass smell I think. I don’t think I can describe the scent..you jut have to smell it for yourself πŸ™‚

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The Multipurpose dry oil and Shower oil from the Jeanne En Provence Divine Olive collection

I like the multi purpose dry oil as a post shower moisturizer for my skin. It sinks in and doesn’t leave a greasy after feel. This is a multi purpose oil which can be used on the face and hair as well. I am usually very careful about what I put on my face since my facial skin is super sensitive. I might try this out on my hair sometime! Have you tried the Jeanne En Provence multipurpose oil on your face or hair?

The shower oil is not what I expected. I thought it would be more like the almond shower oil from L’occitaine or the shower oils from Rituals. Those shower oils are very thin in consistency. This one however is thick like a shower gel. In addition to Olive oil, this also contains another interesting ingredient called Soapwort which is used in the French country side to wash skin and hair due to its gentle cleansing properties. I found the shower oil to be a very gentle version of a traditional shower gel. It leaves a nice scent on your skin and does not strip your skin off of moisture. I think its perfect for the winter months!

Jeanne En Provence also sent me 2 of their hand creams. They leave a nice velvet layer on your hands. They are perfect to use just before you stuff your hands in winter gloves and dash out the door for some outdoor fun in the winter.

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Jeanne En Provence Handcreams

Again scent wise if you are a lover of floral scents the Rose and the Jasmine hand creams will smell like heaven to you. I am usually not a fan of Jasmine scents since I find the scent too over powering. This hand cream however is lightly scented and is more crisp and clean smelling than most Jasmine heavy scents I have tried in the past.

Overall, I am really impressed with the brand and I think more people should be talking about Jeanne En Provence! Have you tried anything from the brand? If not, why not treat yourself to something from the brand to ring in the new year πŸ˜€ They currently have a sale on their gift boxes!! (HERE)

Until next time, ciao!!!

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide :Body Butters and Castor oil sets from Kreyol Essence

Hello folks!

How about some ethically sourced beauty products from Haiti for the loved ones on your gift list this year? Sounds good huh..let me introduce you to Kreyol Essence. I love the story behind the brand and also how the brand is focused on creating jobs for the locals in Haiti, especially women! Their star product is Black Castor oil from Haiti which is great for your hair and skin.

I love products developed on long standing ancient wisdom from different cultures because there is usually an ounce of truth in grandma’s beauty secrets ( unless it has been proven dangerous by modern science). I was thus quite excited to try out Kreyol Essence products since I have heard about castor oil being great for your hair and eyebrows but never knew that it was a great moisturizer for your skin too! Check out their website (HERE) to learn more about the brand, castor oil and how they are a social impact driven company.

I got a chance to try out their body butters, available in 4 scents; Lavender Hibiscus, Haitian Vetiver, Cafe au lait and Mango, Papaya Coconut Rhum Punch.

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Kreyol Essence Body Butters

I can attest to the fact that Cafe au lait and Mango, Papaya Coconut Rhum punch smell delicious enough to eat! (Do not eat!! :D) Lavender Hibiscus and Haitian Vetiver have very soothing and calming scents..perfect to slather on to your skin after a late night shower to lull you into dreamland.

The body butters are triple whipped and look so dreamy in the tub (again makes me want to eat them πŸ˜€ ).

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Triple whipped and luxurious!

All of these body butters are infused with Haitian Castor seed oil and enriched with a whopping 30% of shea butter. They do not contain any parabens, mineral oil or petroleum products. I really like the ingredient list of these body butters. Take a look!

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Ingredient list of the Cafe Au Lait body butter

I think these body butters make fantastic gifts..they are available in different sizes so you can always pick up a few of the smaller sizes as stocking stuffers!

When Kreyol Essence sent me these body butters they also sent along 3 vials of their scented Haitian Black Castor oils. These can be used on the hair, scalp or as a post shower body oil. I plan to test them out as body oil since they smell amazing! They sent me the chocolate, Rosemary Mint and Lavender Hibiscus. I can smell them without opening the seal completely. I didn’t open them up completely since I didn’t want these to go rancid… I am currently going through my stash of body oil you see πŸ™‚

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Haitian Scented Castor oils

Kreyol Essence has a ton of gift options and gift boxes on their website currently. Some of the gift boxes are marked down so check them out!!

Overall, I am very impressed with the body butters and look forward to trying some of the other products on their website. Have you tried anything from Kreyol Essence? Let me know!

Until next time, ciao!!!

*PR Sample. Opinions expressed here are my own. (no affiliate links)

2018 Holiday Gift guide: Body Oils from Elizabeth W

Hello Folks!

As promised a while back, here I am with a gift guide series featuring small brands that have amazing products which would make unique gifts for loved ones. Today the brand I am excited to talk about is Elizabeth W, a unique small batch apothecary based in San Francisco.

When I was looking around for interesting brands to feature in this series, Elizabeth W caught my eye for their elegant and simple packaging.Β  I am a big fan of aesthetically packaged products, even if it is just a bar of soap πŸ˜€ There is nothing more delightful than gifting (and of course receiving ) beautifully packaged products!

Elizabeth W started off as a perfumery and now they have incorporated their fragrances into a range of bath and body products, candles, room diffusers, beautiful silk sachets, sleep masks and more. Their website (HERE) is an absolute delight to explore!

I decided to feature their body oils in their 3 signature fragrances : Magnolia, Vetiver and Te for this series. As I mentioned before, they come in simple yet sophisticated packaging as you can see for yourself πŸ™‚

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Body Oils from Elizabeth W

Moving on from the packaging, lets talk about the body oils. These oils can be used on damp skin just before towel drying or they can be added to your bath water for a luxury bath. I mainly used the oil on my damp skin and loved it! My skin is super dry and the oil left my skin feeling soft and supple. The oils are winter must haves according to me!

The Magnolia fragrance is described on their website as follows: White magnolia petals deepened with saffron and sandalwood mingle with Riviera mimosa and gardenia. I could definitely get a whiff of the sandalwood when I used Magnolia and I think it is a very warm comforting fragrance. It somehow reminds me of my childhood and carefreeΒ  simpler times and thus is my favorite one πŸ™‚

Vetiver is described on their website as follows: An original creation of heavy vetiver, balanced with light citrus tones and green tints of bergamot from the peels of nearly ripe fruit. I loved this scent too and I think it is a unisex scent. If you like strong woody scents, this is for you!

Te is described as follows: Gracious, spirited, elegant. An enticing marriage of oriental black teas, juicy fresh Amalfi lemons, and the sweetness of almond honey. I find Te to be a crisp fresh scent which means I’ll be reaching for this in the spring summer time.

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Elizabeth W body oils are housed in pretty glass dropper bottles

I love how distinct and unique each of these body oils are! There is something for everyone. They do have the body oils in other fragrances too so if you get a chance to visit their store in San Francisco do go smell them all πŸ˜€

The ingredient list is also simple and elegant, very much reflective of the brand as a whole.

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Ingredient List

Overall, I am loving the body oils and would love to explore their other products. I think the 3 signature fragrances from Elizabeth W are unique and interesting in their own way. A DIY gift bundle such as this is a great gift for any one who loves trying out different scented bath and body products. So, if you have someone on your holiday list who loves perfumes and scented products, check out Elizabeth W.

Until next time, ciao!!!

*PR Sample. Opinions expressed here are my own. (no affiliate links)