Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Lust Have It June 2012

Finally my Lust have it pack arrived today in the mail.
The box was very plain and light and got delivered straight into my lettebox.

 1+2. Lon Vitalite 24K Active Gold face mask and eye mask. RRP $59 and $45 for the pack of 5.
This mask sounds very luxurious. It supposed to promote micro-circulation, repair sun damage etc. etc. you get the picture :) I just need a "me" day when I can indulge in manicures and pedicures and masks for my hair, face, eyes and body.
 3. Batiste Dry Shampoo. Very cute and handy but it was done before many many times. I don't consider it as "luxury" sample as you can pick up FS for under $10.
 4. Bloom Glitter Eye Liner - RRP $14.95
IMO the only full sized product in this box. It is very cute but quite impractical, I can see myself reaching for it once in a blue moon.
 5. Roberto Cavalli EDP
Very very heavy scent, even for winter. It is not that bad but unfortunately it gives me headache.
 6. Marc Jacobs Lola EDP
Yep, another EDP sample. This one is not as heavy but very floral. Still not my cup of tea. Apparently they were also giving out Daisy and Daisy Eau So Fresh. I wish I got one of those instead. I've been wanting to try them for ages.

Overall I feel like LHI is heading in the same direction as other similar companies. I wasn't particularly excited about any products in this box. I still have lots of other samples to try so I will be unsubscribing for now.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

L'Oreal L'Or Electric nail polishes - 807 Majestic Green & 811 Magic Croisette

As promised in earlier post I would like to present you two nail polishes from L'Or Electric Collection that I've purchased recently.

 without flash...

I paid around $7 for each nail polish. I've read somewhere that Target had L'Oreal on sale recently but I've missed out...oh well...

Majestic Green was the first colour that I've noticed. I haven't quite seen a nail polish like this one before so I had to have it! It is a gorgeous shade of metallic yellow-green that will surely stand out.

Magic Croisette looks like another shimmery teal on L'Oreal web site however it is a bit different in reality. I would describe it as deep teal with green micro-glitter. It is quite different from a lot of other shimmery teal nail polishes as micro-glitter doesn't dominate the colour, it is very subtle and just gives it an extra dimension.

without flash...

with flash...

and finally on my nails...sorry for imperfect application and finger prints from hand cream :)

These nail polishes come with wide brush that makes them very easy to apply. They have thin concistency but are quite pigmented, so two coats did the job for me. They dried very quickly too. However they also chipped quickly, especially Magic Croisette so good top coat is a must if you want colour to last more that one day.
I wasn't particularly interested in Mystic Blue nail polish as it was done before by others many many times.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

L'Oreal L'Or Electric Collection (Cannes 2012)

I was in Target couple of days ago and L'Oreal promotional stand with this picture caught my eye
L'Or Electric is a Limited Edition Cannes 2012 collection. It features very bright, duo chrome, neon and eye catching colours. I love this collection because it is so different!

It had four lipsticks

406 - Neonic Orange
As seen on Claudia! It is the brightest orange lipstick I have ever seen. When I swatched it on my hand  it looked like I've applied a highlighter on it. When layered it looks stunning. 
402 - Electric Fucshia
Gorgeous deep bright pink with blue shimmer. 
407 - Metallic Coral
I haven't seen a shade like this before. It is a very bright red coral duochrome.
408 - L'Or Electric
Last but not least is this beautiful cool shade. At first I didn't think much of it but when I swatched it on my hand it looked beautiful - sheer golden shimmer in cool lilac/taupe base.
It also had three Infallible eye shadows 
 37 - Metallic Lilac
 39 - Magnetic Coral
 40 - Cosmic Black
and three nail polishes

 807 - Majestic Green
 809 - Mystic Blue
811- Magic Croisette
More from L'Or Electric Collection:

I must admit that I want the whole collection, however I could only afford two nail polishes. Stay tuned for swatches and review!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Project 10 Pan...part 2

You can view part one here.

6. Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
My overall impression - very standard mascara, comes with very average brush. Overall not bad but not outstanding either. It was somewhat dry and wasn't as black as I like my mascaras to be. It run out pretty quickly too. On my lashes it looked OK and lasted all day. I can't complain because it was a freebie from a magazine.
Would I buy it again? - No, there are better mascaras in the similar price range out there.

7. St. Ives Green Tea Cleanser
My overall impression - lower end face cleanser that supposed to control breakouts as it contains 2% Salicylic Acid. It had very soapy scent and feel to it. It wasn't great at removing make-up and I wouldn't use it on eyes anyway. I had to use it after make-up remover. Clinique Anti-Blemish line works better for me.
Would I buy it again? - No, I didn't enjoy using it and other products work better for me.
8. The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel
My overall impression - yum! It smells so delicious...mmm...Like a lot of TBS products it has very nice scent, however it feels just like another shower gel.
Would I buy it again? - Yes, I would like to try other scents too. I think it is more suitable for summer though as I prefer creamier body washes in winter.
9. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair (trial size)
My overall impression - it smells a bit weird, feels weird and looks weird but supposed to be very good for my skin. I don't think it is as good as manufacturers claim it is. I haven't noticed any major improvements anyway.
Would I buy it again? - No, I don't think it works well for me. However it is quite often included in GWP so if I get one for free I'll use it. It doesn't break me out anyway :)
10. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream (small tube)
My overall impression - OMG, it feels so nice on my skin. It was recommended by several people on Vogue forum and they were right this hand cream is excellent. Probably one of the best one I've ever used! It makes your hands feel very moisturised but doesn't feel greasy or heavy. It has very light and pleasant scent and it is easy to squeeze out from the tube.
Would I buy it again? - Yes! Yes! Yes! Once I finish all other hand creams in my stash (I do use them a lot).

OPI Number One Nemesis vs Chanel Graphite

Chanel nail polishes been hit and miss for me. However I fell in love with Graphite straight away. I love how it looks against my skintone, how well it applies and gorgeous multidimensional shimmer. So when OPI released something similar I couldn't wait to try it.
I've alternated Chanel and OPI (2 coats).

When my nail polish was wet the colour was almost identical. However when it dried I've noticed that Chanel Graphite tends to catch light more. The glitter particles also appear to be larger so it sparkles more.
Chanel is also tends to be more opaque.

OPI Number one nemesis is still a good dupe, however it is not as multidimensional as Chanel.
You can see larger glitter particles in bottle too.

So overall Chanel wins. However if you don't want to pay more than $20 for a nail polish or can't find Graphite go for OPI Number One Nemesis. The difference is so subtle that no one will be able to tell whether you are wearing Chanel or OPI :)

Both nail polishes performed well in terms of wear, colour opacity and drying time.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Project 10 Pan...part 1

I've been trying to resist purchasing new make-up and skincare products very very hard. I think I've been doing quite well considering how bad I use to be. I find that Project 10 Pan really helps. So recently I've used up 10 items without buying any more. I'll start with 5...
1. Softlips Vanilla Lip Balm.
My overall impression - very nice lightly scented lip balm with SPF 20. Comes in very handy small tube. Perfect for summer as it doesn't feel heavy or sticky on your lips.
Would I buy it again? - Yes, I like this product. It works for me!

2. L'Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner, 75 ml each.
My overall impression - I got these cute small bottles as a part of gift pack. I normally buy salon-brand hair products but decided to give these a go. I was very surprised. My hair was very soft, shiny and manageable after them. They are definitely better than some "professional" hair products. I enjoyed the scent too - very "herbal" but light.
Would I buy it again? - Yes, definitely.
3. Clinique Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer, FS 30 ml
My overall impression - I got this product instead of Estee Lauder Idealist because Clinique had GWP. It felt nice on my skin, didn't break me out and absorbed instantly. However I've been using moisturiser by itself recently and haven't noticed any major changes. Therefore I've realised that it wasn't really helping my skin either.
Would I buy it again? - Not sure.
4. YSL Matt Touch Foundation, FS 30 ml
My overall impression - I got it on sale thinking it is going to be like other matte finish foundations such as Estee Lauder Ideal Matte or Guerlain Divinora Oil-free foundation. It did mattify well however unlike my other foundation it had very light coverage. If you want your skin to look very natural but have matte finish, this foundation is perfect. For me it was lacking coverage. I had to use mineral powder to build-up coverage and set it (yes, it wasn't very long-lasting). I'm glad I finished this foundation before winter.
Would I buy it again? - No.
5. Body America Southern Belle Body Butter, FS 100ml
My overall impression - I was away somewhere and forgot my body moisturiser. My skin was really really dry so I wanted something rich. I found this range at Terry White Chemist. I really liked the packaging of this body butter - it came in handy pump bottle, perfect for travelling and you don't have to stick your fingers into the cream. It smelled gorgeous (peach and mango) and felt very very good on my skin. It was very rich but not greasy. The smell was quite strong but it was OK with me because I intended to use it only on very dry areas such as knees, elbows, hands and feet. It had natural and organic ingredients in it too!
Would I buy it again? - Yes, this is one of the best body butters I've used. Pump bottle makes it a winner!