September 18, 2014

Christian Louboutin Nail Colour: Nude + Noir + Pop

 
left to right: Lady Twist (Prussian Blue), Just Nothing (Sand Beige) and Lova (although from the pop collection and appears bright it shows up very dark on the nails even with one coat)

 So I went off the deep end throwing caution to the wind and purchased three bottles of the new Christian Dior Nail Colour, one from each collection: The Nudes, Noir and Pop. The only reason I was able to buy these lust worthy treats was by using one of  my birthday gift cards. And I'm already having a case of buyers remorse. Lova (purple) has already been returned to the store due to it's hideous color and am feeling quite embarrassed for myself for having kept the other two. I'll chalk it up to one of those self indulgent crazy beauty junkie buys. I'm not looking to burst anyone's bubble but it's just nail polish and nothing more. While the bottle is extravagantly gorgeous paying tribute to the iconic Louboutin shoe heel, this will not make your nails look any better than the polish you find at your local drugstore. If you can afford to splurge on a loubies it will look quite lovely sitting on your vanity table. For everyone else, try not to follow in my frivolous footsteps and save your money for something you'll really need. Buying this nail colour on a mere whim is a psychological flight of fancy. Girls see pretty things, girl wants pretty things. It's sad... I know.

A long-wearing, nail lacquer that imparts luxe, glossy color in just one coat. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour provides nails with the superior shine effect of actual lacquer. This chip-resistant polish leaves nails with high-gloss color in just one coat, and two coats creates the layered effect of traditional nail lacquer. Inspired by calligraphy and paint brushes, the design of the sculpted, tall cap allows for an artistic experience with every swipe. The customized, triangle-blush picks up just the right amount of product, applying the highly-pigmented nail color with flawless coverage. This bottle itself is a beautiful art object that is meant to be enjoyed as much as the color, and it invites women to enjoy a luxurious application experience. Inspired by the iconic sole of every Christian Louboutin shoe, it is more than just a traditional nail product. 

 Formula: the polish goes on smoothly and surprisingly dries rather quickly. I found that it was slightly more fluid than most nail polish that seem heavy but it doesn't clump or leave air bubbles on the nail. Other than that there's nothing extra special about the polish itself. I want to note here that the colors are darker than they appear in the bottle and from the brand product images. 

Colors: Lova is described as a bright purple but it's disgustingly darker on the nails, even with one coat and even darker than you see from my swatch photo. I sent this back for a refund. Being from the bright pop collection, Lova should have been more of a lovely violet. This upset me because it's the one shade I wanted to love out of all of them. Lady Twist (noir collection) is described as a Prussian blue shade. Honestly it appears more on the teal side but it does have a bluish hue when applied on the nails. On my swatch it appears pretty true to shade with the exception you do see more of a blue tint. I think I'll be using this color often during the winter months. Finally we have Just Nothing (nude collection), a sand beige tone and true to shade. It's lighter than what you see in the swatch because it's more opaque and the cotton swab makes it appear darker and dull. It's a really pretty natural color. I want to mention that a few of the tops were smashed and the shipping department sent them out anyway. If a client pays fifty dollars for a product they should have the sense to make sure it's not defective before sending them to customers. Also the darker cap tops feel like thrifty plastic material where as the silver top for the nude collection is actual hardware and of better quality. The design team should have created all of the caps in silver hardware because they look better and are well constructed. The black caps are just flimsy and smash easily. The only real fabulous part is the diamond cut glass bottle. At least I'll be able to recycle the jar and refill with my polish of choice when the product is emptied because the opening is large enough. I'm definitely not going to chuck these babies in the trash. The real disgust I feel with myself is that the product isn't cruelty free or at least I don't think so because it's not labeled as such. I'm kicking myself for buying them. I hope I learn my lesson and make better choices in the future. There you have it. Opinions? Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Availability: Sephora, Christian Louboutin Nail Polish $50 

September 17, 2014

FRESH SUGAR LIP SHINE, TREATMENTS + POLISH

This amazing five piece Fresh Sugar Lip Collection was my Sephora VIB Rouge member bonus gift I received over the summer break. You might have seen images over on my instagram account and today I thought I would finally do a mini-review for the kit. Items contained in the set are: Sugar Polish, Sugar Shine Lip Treatment Gloss, Advanced Lip Therapy Balm and Rose Lip Treatment balm.

Lip Polish: This unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes. It nourishes the lips with the oils of meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed while shea butter provides long-lasting moisture. I found this lip polish gentle and exfoliating. It's perfect to use when you need a smooth base before applying lipstick, especially if the lipstick formula is matte.

Rose Treatment: Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 blends reparative oils and waxes with real sugar, a natural humectant, for delectable and dependable moisture. Sweet and tart black currant oil, rich in plumping essential fatty acids, cushions the lips while antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E provide protection from wrinkle-causing free radicals. It provides essential, year-round protection from damaging UV rays. I have already reviewed this in depth in the past and it's one of my favorite Fresh Sugar lip products. It makes my lips smooth and moisturized with a fabulous natural tint. I love the flavor along with the glossy look it creates.

Advanced Lip Therapy: This product corrects and hydrates the lips. It is scientifically proven to repair the lips, significantly boosting moisture, enhancing volume, and improving the definition of the lip area. It is fortified with a high concentration of ultra-nourishing, age-delaying ingredients, including Hyaluronic Spheres, that penetrate the skin to fill in wrinkles and plump the lips, and sea fennel extract, to help smooth fine lines and define the lip area. This is really amazing on dry parched lips. It feels soothing and moisturizing. I plan on using this up when the weather starts to turn cold. Cold air is brutal on my sensitive lips.

 Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment works to promote suppleness and improve the definition of the lip area while preserving moisture for up to six hours. The high-shine treatment enhances the natural color of the lips while offering essential nourishment. It can be worn alone or on top of your favorite Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment for smooth, youthful-looking lips. This treatment is not only moisturizing but is a great top coat for your lip stain products. It's non-sticky formula wears for a long time and helps define your pout. All of the products are worth the money, cruelty free and actually do heal the lips while adding  a pop of color.

Availability: Sephora, Fresh Sugar Lip Collection, under $25 each

September 11, 2014

Benefit Cosmetics Bathina Silky & Seductive Body Oil


Up for review today is Benefit Cosmetics Bathina Silky & Seductive Body Oil Mist. It's one of those wish list beauty items that I have wanted for the longest time now but unfortunately it failed to deliver. If only the the rep on the site where I purchased Bathina from was  more accurate in describing the scent in her video, then I wouldn't have bothered purchasing the oil at all. She described it as a lush creamy gardenia when its actually a light floral rose. No creamy, no gardenia. You would think a seasoned beauty professional would know the scent difference between the two flowers. Surprisingly I decided to keep the bottle since it was twenty dollars less than the original price with a birthday offer and body oil is always nice to apply on your skin right after the shower. Another product to add to my wish I didn't buy list.

Give your skin a seductive sheen and a hint of tempting fragrance that’s impossible to resist. This super-fine oil mist absorbs instantly for immediate hydration. It includes sweet almond, olive, and avocado oils to leave skin feeling soft and moisturized. It also includes vitamin E, which is known to keep skin firm.

Formula: Bathina is a lightly floral scented dry body oil with a prevalent rose nose. It's not a nauseating floral but I find it too crisp for my preference. The scent does not linger long evaporating after half an hour even though it's an oil product and should have more staying power. As a dry oil it absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves no greasy residue behind but your skin is left with a matte feeling making it not as moisturizing as I would have liked. It's also a very small glass bottle that feels less than full when you shake it and the spray cap is non-removable. This is frustrating because the bottle is gorgeously crafted of a heavy glass material with a beautiful vintage pin up girl print. You'll just have to chuck it when it's emptied and it will run out soon enough. I'm going to try to play around with the cap and loosen it in the hopes of saving the bottle. The bottle comes with this gorgeous carton box that's also too pretty to throw out. In my honest opinion Bathina has a high cost, little product and a scent that can be improved upon. If you ask me it's more dry and flat than the silky and seductive description. Stay Beautiful! XOXO

Availability: Benefit, Sephora, Bathina Oil Mist $34 2.5 oz 
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