Saturday, August 16, 2014

David Jones Delux Tote Spring '14

Its that time of the year when David Jones releases their semi-annual Delux Sampler Tote along with Beauty Book loaded with lots of specials. I am a sucker for these totes and I get them almost every time it comes out. I found lots of good products through sampling the content and it gives me a good supply of travel and gym-bag friendly skincare.

I was particularly impressed by Spring '14 edition. I can see myself using 85% of its content. I am particularly looking forward to Pear and Lime candle and Laura Mercier Primer. I also adore the Sydney themed canvas tote which probably will become my new compact gym bag.

In my tote I got:

1. KORA Organics Sample pack with body lotion, body wash and day and night cream. So far I tried only face mask from Ms Kerr range and really liked it so I am very keen to try other products. I am taking all my sachets of body washes, creams, shampoos etc. to my upcoming US trip as they take little or no space compared to mini bottles.

2. Crabtree & Evelyn Verbena and Lavender hand cream 25 g. Their hand creams are not as moisturising as L'Occitane ones but I still enjoy using them. I like how packaging got upgraded from metal tubes which can leak in your handbag to plastic ones. This hand cream smells very good - green, fresh and spring-like.

3. Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 cleanser 30 ml. I assume it suppose to replace cleanser, toner and moisturiser? Ken to try it though, particularly on the days when I feel like going to bed asap.

4. People for Plants Cleanser & Make-up remover 30 ml. Supposed to be all natural and organic etc. etc. but it can't be used to remove eye make-up...a bit of a letdown as I prefer all-in-one make-up removers.

5. Molton Brown Orange & Bergamot body wash 30 ml. Another gorgeously scented product from Molton Brown, I like receiving their samples however I hesitate to pay their RRP for full-sized products.

6 + 7. David Jones  Vitamin E day and night cream... My skin is very picky when it comes to skincare and these have mineral oil listed as second ingredients so I won't even bother with them.

8. Blinc  mascara. Supposed to form tubes around lashes and give them length and volume without smudging etc. Comes in very tiny 0.7 g tube.

9. Laura Mercier foundation primer 14.7 ml. This feels like a cream primer as opposed to silicone-based mattifying primer. I applied a bit in the back of my hand and it absorbed easy and made my skin smooth and like! I should get quite a lot of use from this small tube.

10. Kosmea  radiance 24/7 youth boost oil 3 g. Keen to try it but it seems to be a combination of various oils, hopefully this product will sink into my skin quickly.

11.  O.P.I mini tinted top coat. I haven't seen this product before so I was very keen to try it. It is basically a purple-tones very sheep jelly top coat that adds purple tone to your existing polish and makes the very very shiny. I am keen to add it to my grey, beige, pink and blue polishes.

12. Cicra Home Pear & Lime candle 60 g.  Supposed to represent smells fresh and fruity. I am in love with the scent. I find that citrus-scented home products neutralize odours the best plus the create an illusion of a cleaner house ;)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lancome Teint Miracle Foundation review

Not that long ago Strawberrynet had Lancome Teint Miracle foundation on sale for just $30 (usually they  plus they had my shade (for ref. MAC NC25, Chanel 02, medium fair) so I decided to blind buy it. It promised bare skin perfection and illuminating effect.

 It comes in my favorite type of bottle - a pump bottle. As you can see straight away it has some super fine shimmer to it.
Texture is quite liquid (apparently it has a high concentration of water) and very easy to blend. It gives moderate coverage that can be increased if desired. It provides natural sheer glowy finish.
The shade as you can see is quite yellow-based and not suitable for a very fair skin (it supposed to be one of the lightest) but I prefer my foundations to be more yellow than pink as it gives my complexion a nice glow.
It feels very light on skin and glides easily, you can quickly apply it with hands and set it with a bit of powder for a fast out-in-5 minutes make-up. It has very pleasant scent, like flowers and peaches and I am a huge fan of it. It claims to stay on the skin for 12 hours but I wouldn't call it long lasting...certainly wouldn't last the whole work day on me. I prefer to use it on the weekend or if I have to re-do my make-up at night.