Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Sunday Post, Vol. 24...

Going on an almost no-buy!

Oh my, this is such a boring statement but hey, I gotta do what I gotta do! I'm not such a big spender in the first place but I do purchase a little more than the average woman when it comes to beauty items. This past month I've toned it down quite a bit and it's showing, yay!

Yesterday I did my last bit of clothes chopping, found an nice pair or sandals and so now I'm good for summer. I finally have my basic wardrobe which means more money in the bank for a while... Ok maybe not all of it since it's summer and I want to treat my girl but let's just say that big beauty items are off my list for now... except for one... maybe... After all I did say, almost!  :)

One more note...

So sorry I haven't caught up on comments for over a week! Please do not stop it's just that I haven't had much time.

This week's makeup love...




I'm truly enjoying theBalm eye shadows (review coming soon), they are highly pigmented, go on smooth and have good lasting power. The Meet Matt(e) palette combined with my Clinique palette which has more satiny shades work so well together that I haven't considered any of the new limited edition palettes that are available at the moment.

My bronzers of the week...




Since it's summer and I have *cough* a few bronzers I figured, why not? Believe me, I do use them all, not at the same time of course! This week it was The Body Shop Honey bronzer in 02, Guerlain Terracotta in 01 aaaaand my last year's favorite, Diorskin Nude Tan in Coral Glow! That baby is being treasured and used only a few times a week. I want it to last and last and last...

Nails...




For the past two weeks it's been Dior Mirage on toes and Chanel Pink Tonic on fingers but I've been considering getting Chanel Sweet Lilac more and more... I mean I could since it's not a big beauty buy, right? Tonight I might go back to Dior Wonderland on fingers, I haven't decided yet. :)

Fragrance...




A rediscovery! This week I've been enjoying The Body Shop's Oceanus which I purchased two years ago. Sadly it appears to have been discontinued. It's a fresh summery fragrance with good staying power over which I can use a little Diptyque Do Sun during the day. I mean look at it, just the color is refreshing!

Icaria's Food Blog...

I posted two new recipes! My perfect pizza dough and a the basics for a delicious Frittata. I hadn't posted anything new since last august, in fact these were my ninth and tenth posts. Catherine asked me recently how to prepare the frittata so knowing where to find the how too maybe she'll get inspired and start cooking! You can have a look at them, here. :)

For your viewing enjoyment...

First up an article from Vogue's international editor Suzy Menkes, Pucci dresses up Florence's Baptistery. Now that I would love to see in person!




Since I mentioned my bronzers I thought it would be fun to see this entry by Guerlain. I personally don't use Joli Teint but my Terracotta, I use practically every single day! If you don't know how to apply bronzer this is an excellent tutorial.




Have a great week everyone, hope you can stay cool! Hélène xoxo



Friday, June 27, 2014

L'Oréal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution...

I guess by now y'all know how much I like (loooove) micellar water! I use one every day, at night to remove makeup and in the morning to refresh and remove the bit of oil that accumulates at the surface on my skin during the night. I use a lot of it and so it can get expensive. I'm glad to say, I've found another great wallet friendly option...

L'Oréal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution...

Recently the French brand has launched several new products including this one. I must admit I was hesitant in trying it since L'Oréal usually puts a lot of fragrance in their skincare and although I'm not sensitive to it I'm not much of a fan of synthetic flowery smells. Why did it surprise me? Well...

It has no fragrance!!! We were off to a good start!




How does it perform? Beautifully!

Works like a charm! It truly is "Soft" like the name says and if you drench you cotton pad enough, it cleanses extremely well without drying my skin. I've used it as my sole cleanser and as a follow up to a gel and it really is effective.

Would I recommend L'Oréal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution? Yes!*

So, I did say it had no fragrance but it does have a very faint somewhat chemical scent to it. Again it's very faint and for some reason I don't always smell it. Still, if you're sensitive to fragrance I doubt this would be much of an issue because again, it's barely there.

Effective, although I must admit I haven't used in on my eyes because these days I've been using waterproof mascara but given the way it removes my Dior BB I have no doubt it would do a good job on regular eye makeup.

The price!!! I purchased mine on special at $7.99, regularly priced at $12.99 (I think!) which means it's the same price as my recent HG from Klorane reviewed, here. This is really another great cheap thrill!

I still prefer Klorane over L'Oréal due to the light herbal scent but I can definitely see myself alternating between the two since they are readily available everywhere and there's always one or the other on special.

Ingredients (from Beauté-test):
Aqua/water, hexylène glycol, glycerin, poloxamer 184, disodium cocoamphodiacetatedisodium edta, polyaminopropyl biguanide (F.I.L B54894/1)

*As with any skin care, if you have sensitive/allergic, acne/clog prone skin, make sure to patch test first.

You can read about the other micellar waters I've tried so far, here.


Have you tried different micellar waters or do you tend to stick to the same, that's if you use one to begin with of course? 



Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Sunday Post, Vol. 23...

Trying to keep up!

I have two jobs! One that pays the rent and one that doesn't and honestly I wouldn't have it any other way, I just need to stay busy!

A few weeks back, I can't remember what the conversation was about but I was talking with a co-worker (at my job that pays) and mentioned I had no time for whatever we were talking about. My colleague was surprised, I guess he thought that when I wasn't at work I spend my time either out shopping or at home eating bonbons!

Sooo not so!

People's reaction when I say I have a blog goes from Ooo that's so cool to... blank stares!!!

When I say it's a beauty blog (that doesn't pay)... well... let's just say that sometimes I get the feeling of being viewed as a totally empty bobble head!

Blank stares people, blank stares!

Do I care? Nope!

I do it for the "Ooo that's so cool!!! I do it for the readers who stop by to read my Sunday Post and the reviews in between, I do it because I love it! Period!

I think I've already mentioned that not long ago my daughter told me she was proud of me! *blushes* She told me she admired my work ethic and my commitment to this baby! I do it for her! Ok well I do it for her so that she knows what it is to dedicate oneself to a project.

Then three weeks ago I saw my friend who's been living in Australia for ages... Such a great afternoon but I'll talk about that later, for now I'll just mention the sense of pride I felt when first she said my English was impeccable (for those of you who still don't know I'm a French Canadian from Montréal) and then the surprise and joy in her eyes when she saw the way my site really looked like! You see she subscribed to the newsletter and so had never seen the actual look of Icaria's.

I was floating on air! The best afternoon ever! Woot! I do it for her too!

As much as some of us beauty bloggers can second guess ourselves here and there, we do it mainly because we love it. Whether it's done in the closet or way out there, the fact that we know people read us is what keeps us going. I never thought I would be read and that humbles me and it's probably the main reason why it takes me at least thirty minutes to press "Publish" once a post is done. I rarely look at my stats these days, not for a lack of interest but mainly because I kind of know. I king of know which post will be popular and it usually is not the one I took the longest time to write and that's ok since some of those are sweet indulgences for me. I don't look at my stats because I'm not in a competition and I don't want the stress.

With summer finally here my posting schedule will likely be a little irregular as it has been for a month or so now and I know it'll be the same for several beauty bloggers. Some breaks are needed, stuff has to be done and summer has to be enjoyed. Hey this past winter was a killer!!!

As mentioned a few weeks back, I've been enjoying Instagram a lot and will continue to retweet my #bbloggers buddies on Twitter (I do that a lot!) so do follow me if you are on either or both. Even if I slow down a little I'm still going to be on the web as much as possible. Oh and The Sunday Post will be up every week so no worries, I know it's a favorite and I thank you all for this!

Oh by the way, my banner looks horrible on Twitter at the moment. They've modified the settings and I can't get it to fit anymore. I'll try to correct... eventually!


This week's makeup love...




Some same old, same old. Using my Clinique palette, I've been alternating between the fourth and fifth shade from the bottom as a base on my lids and still use Diorshow Mono in Velvet for definition. NARS Laguna bronzer is definitely "Da Bomb" I just love the satiny finish and combined with Deep Throat blush it's really flattering, more so on my than with Orgasm which I've barely touched since getting this small size. I do a little contouring with Guerlain Terracotta and use The Body Shop's Honey Bronzer mainly on my neck but also some days as an all over powder. I purchased a new L'Oréal Voluminous waterproof mascara to see how it would perform on warmer days. I'll be writing a new review soon.

Thinking about bronzers... Do I really need another?




Erm... I'm not sure! To be continued... below...

New additions...



Taking advantage of some blog sales, I recently purchased from Jessica of Getting Cheeky (she's taking a long break so you can follow her on Twitter, here) the TheBalm Meet Matt(e) and the fabulous Guerlain Terra Inca Sublime Radiant Powder, last year's summer star. From Liz of Beauty Reductionista, Guerlain Météorites Compact UV Shiels Pressed Powder.

What I have my eyes on...

A bronzer of course! The new Guerlain Terra Tropica Sun Light Duo Bronzing Powder. For some reason I think it may be similar to my beloved Crazy Terracotta from last Christmas so it's definitely a possible purchase. I was a little disappointed by the fact that the Célébration compact was so matte. Terra Tropica has more shimmer and could be a nice option for me.



What can I say, I'm a bronzer addict with no intentions of geting into rehab and this one seems to be calling my name, loudly! I think I need a fix! :)


For your viewing enjoyment...

There's a Dior exhibition going on in Shanghai at the moment and it appears to be a lovely one. My bloguerette friend Sunny of Mostly Sunny (who by the way celebrated her wedding yesterday!) was there this week. I do hope she got to see this!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7Ijqa0VTM0


After its journey from Paris to Chengdu, it's taken a month before Le Petit Théâtre Dior  has been able to unveil its sixty miniature dresses presented inside twelve gray sets. Right now is the time for final adjustments: a technician makes sure that the background music for the Grand Bal Dior  installation is perfectly synchronized with the waltz in three-quarter time of the sumptuous miniature Schuman  dress and the ten others that surround it. Further along, the pastel dress from the fall-winter 2012-2013 haute couture collection by Raf Simons for Dior is carefully displayed inside a giant lipstick tube. Our attention is then drawn to the room dedicated to J’adore  which captures all the magic and opulence of the Galerie des Glaces  in Versailles with walls that look like they're covered in gold leaf and, on the ceiling, a striking chandelier composed of mini perfume bottles. Next to it, another animation arouses our curiosity; a bed of digital flowers evokes a classic French garden in which, like magnificent bouquets, two bottles of Diorissimo  are flowering. The Miss Dior  dress designed by Christian Dior in 1949 blooms in the middle of its flower, like a lovely bud, appearing and then disappearing among the petals. This meticulous and precise work across these twelve installations in twelves different shades of gray – the couturier's favorite color – allows the viewer to discover the essence of the Dior spirit distilled in sixty delicately-proportioned dresses. 
                                                                                                                                                                 From Dior Magazine 


Here, see the attention to details in the making of the Miss Dior Dress...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mihmTwi-rg

Positively stunning!


Congratulations Sunny! I hope you had a lovely time!

Have a great week everyone! Hélène xoxo



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

It's Catherine's Birthday!!!

My baby turns 15 today!





Last night I told Catherine that 15 years ago I wasn't feeling so good! Heck I was in the middle of labor and was scared not knowing what to expect. I mean of course I was expecting her but ya know... We got to the hospital at about 2:00 am, yup the classic middle of the night hospital trip! Six hours later or so, no drugs, no nothin', I ended up not having to push because she did the work and came out almost like a cannonball. In fact, as she was starting to make her appearance, André and I were alone in the room! He left in panic to get the doctor who thought she wouldn't be born for at least another two hours...

That girl wanted to make her entrance into the world memorable and she did!

As much as she was a daddy's girl this past year she's become a mommy's girl. I don't know what life has in store for her but for now she's the best there is. She's grounded, smart and thankfully not as impulsive as I was. Oh and she's beautiful too!

It breaks my heart that her father is no longer with us to see her become a beautiful woman but I have to tell myself there was a reason for it. Make her stronger to face life? I sure hope so. I know he left a big part of himself in her so at least there's that.

This year one of her gifts is in a way a wink to my dad the sailor whom she's never met. For a while now she's been loving anchors! I don't think there's any particular reason for that but she's been liking everything that's got some sort of Navy/sailing reference and so I got her a bracelet with an little anchor as a charm.

It made her happy and wearing it she mentioned my dad. That made me happy.




Happy birthday Sweetness! Love you forever!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo......................................................


Image source, here.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream...

Recently I fell in love with Dior Hydra Life BB Crème (reviewed, here) but on hot days it's a little heavy and so I'm not looking for an affordable tinted moisturizer with SPF, BB cream or whatever the denomination cream for summer I decided to give this one a try when it was 50% off. At $10.00 instead of $20.00, why not?

The Body Shop All-In-One BB cream...

A cream that transforms from white to beige with the warmth of the skin, I chose the color 01 the second lightest shade, noted as suitable for light skin tones.




The Body Shop website description:

Our new All-In-One BB cream transforms from a white cream to suit your skin tone. Pigment-filled capsules burst when applied to the skin, releasing the colour inside. Just blend for a perfect match and an even, undetectable finish. It’s make-up and skincare in one.
  • Adapts to your skin tone
  • Light to medium coverage
  • Even finish
  • 24-hour hydration
  • Non-clogging
Texture and coverage...

First off I wouldn't call this a BB cream but more a tinted moisturizer since it doesn't have that cake frosting texture these base products usually have. It's sheer, too sheer in fact and applies streaky! This means I have to even it out with a sponge and, well, I end up with almost no coverage once I'm done!

Too oily for my combination skin there's no way I could go for a second layer especially since it oxidizes a little, something that hasn't happened to me in years! Even using a ton of powder, after about an hour of wear my skin still feels sticky and I can see my skin is more orange and that's a no no for me. After two hours or so I'm left with no color whatsoever! It doesn't stay on my skin and I'm not even that oily!!!

Too sheer, feels oily, oxidizes, disappears...

Would I recommend The Body Shop All-In-One BB cream? Sadly I don't think I can.

The nail in the coffin for me is the no SPF!

Truly when I purchased it I didn't notice the lack of sun protection and even at half price I would have skipped. I guess I was too busy looking at the Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder, reason why I went to The Body Shop in the first place and boy am I glad I like that one reviewed, here.

I guess The Body Shop All-In-One BB cream could probably be fine over a sunscreen on someone with dry skin but for me it wouldn't work plus, I want a one step product for everyday. The reviews are mixed about this product but many do like it so if you think this could be an option for you do try to get a sample first.

Me, I'm looking for a one step option to moisturize, color and protect. The Body Shop All-In-One BB cream isn't for me. For now, even if it does feel a little heavy on warmer days, Dior remains my go to.

Reviews:

Makeup Alley: 3.2 / 5 lippies for 45 reviews.
Beauté-test: 3.2 / 5 stars for 44 reviews.


Do you have a one-step-go-to product for mornings when you want to be quick about it, which is it?



Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Father's Day Post...

My dad was responsible for me being interested in so many things, especially history as I've stated in a review last year, here. A man with many flaws his biggest quality was being a hard worker and I truly thought I was way too young when I lost him at 25...

I was his pride and joy!


Me and my dad.


Too young? That's until Catherine lost her dad, three months before her 14th birthday...

She was his pride and joy!


Catherine and her dad.


It's great that there is a special day for fathers but do grab every chances you get to let them know how you feel.





Have a great week everyone! Hélène xoxo



Saturday, June 14, 2014

L'Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara...

To find a mascara that will hold the curl all day... Is it too much to ask for, is it an impossible concept?

Wait till I do a round up post of all the ones I've tried in the past twelve months or so... Crazy, just crazy!

Since so far I just can't seem to be pleased with any of the ones I use in rotation except for Dior Iconic reviewed, here, I figured the next step would be going for a waterproof formula. This is something I wanted to avoid because they usually are such a pain to remove. I know, I know one simply has to use a bi-phase eye makeup remover but I always end up with "clouds" in my eyes which equals in irritation. 

Anyways, I guess a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

L'Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof...


This picture I posted on Instagram last week.


On special at less than $8.00 when I purchased it last week, it was a bit of an impulse buy. For some reason I thought it would be if not improved at least similar to the original Voluminous Waterproof which I've repurchased several times over the years but with a new packaging. 




Not quite! Actually I should say, not even close!

The brush is made of plastic and is a little reminiscent of Benefit They're Real! but maybe a little less scary, less spiky looking and the wand is slightly more solid than L'Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess reviewed, here. I must admit that I prefer this brush to Excess, it's shorter and easier to work with. I believe the main problem with this waterproof version is the container's opening. Tight, it doesn't leave enough product on the brush. It separates lashes beautifully but leaves barely any color on then and this translates into no volume, no volume at all!

Remember, it's called Voluminous! On the package it also said "Multiplied Maximized Volume"


Top, Voluminous Million LashesWaterproof 
Bottom, Voluminous Million Lashes Excess


As mentioned, I've used the original Voluminous waterproof in the past and was always pleased with it except for the fact that it truly was a pain to remove but this one sadly, is not really an improved version. Separation and some length, yes but volume, forget it unless you're prepare to spend at least ten minutes applying coats after coats of it.

I tried it as a "base" to separate my lashes thinking that as a first coat it might help hold the curl better but not so. At the end of the day it didn't make any difference and was as anticipated, hard to remove. 

Would I recommend L'Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes Waterproof? Sadly, no.

Unless you have gorgeous long and full lashes that only need a little definition to begin with, this one won't do much for you unless you're prepared to apply five coats or more! It does receive some rave reviews but for me it just didn't work.

Reviews:

Makeup Alley: 4 / 5 lippies for 140 reviews.
Beauté-test: 3.1 / 5 stars for 90 reviews.


I guess should have stuck to the original L'Oréal Voluminous Waterproof formula! :(


Have you ever been disappointed by "improved" versions of old favorites?



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Tonka Impériale...

My first! My very first Guerlain lipstick!

In my 20s Guerlain's makeup wasn't that attractive to me and I admit, I was a little puzzled by the Terracotta like, why would anyone use a powder to fake a tan?

Erm, I guess I was a little clueless! To think that now I just can't live without bronzer!

As for lipstick, it's always been Dior and Chanel with a little Lancôme and some Estée Lauder. For about ten years now I've strayed but I'm slowly getting my lipstick mojo back! Got a few Dior, a Givenchy, lusting over a Chanel but my most recent purchase is a Guerlain...

Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Tonka Impériale...




This may not have been the best choice for my first Rouge Automatique because in all honesty the color is a little frosty for my taste but I must say that I'm enjoying the formula a lot and it's the perfect no-mirror-required lipstick! On the sheer side it still leaves enough color to bring life to my lips but if you have a dark pout to begin with you may want to skip that one because all you'll probably get is the shimmer. Mine are medium tinted and so Tonka Impériale gives them just enough kick to look more "polished".




The bullet is a beautiful shimmery bronze reminiscent of some special editions Terracotta releases and what I like about it is on my lips it does pull a little plum which is what I was hoping would happen with La Laque Couleur in Tonka Impériale... *sniff* :(  I reviewed it, here.

About the name, what are tonka beans you ask?

Tonka beans are the seeds of Dipteryx odorata, a tree native to northern South America. The inch-long, black, wrinkly seed has a hard shell, but when grated on a Microplane, it smells sweetly like vanilla, for which it's sometimes used as a substitute, and almonds. (Tonkas also lend that sweet smell to perfume and pipe tobacco.) Though popular in other countries, in the United States tonka beans cannot be used in food, because they contain coumarin, an anticoagulant that can be toxic in large doses.


Image and text from The Perfect Pantry.


Now I definitely have to make a special stop and sample this...




Here is Guerlain's description...

Tonka Impériale is well-named indeed: a subtle blend of balmy scents, rich in contrasting facets, with accents of honey, gingerbread, almond and tobacco. An astonishing construction that blows hot and cold between the uplifting top notes and the sweet, pervasive fullness of tonka bean. Alluring and surprising, this cult ingredient gives the fragrance a rare and memorable personality. 

I do think this would be lovely in winter when one wants to feel all comfy and warm! Oh and by the way it's one of  Sara's from Color me Loud favorites! Have a look at what she had to say about Tonka Impériale in both it's lipstick and nail polish form, here.

Bottom line...

Although I do like the formula a lot, Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Tonka Impérial is not what I would call a must have. The color is a little old school like "been there done that" with it's frosty finish but I think that if you enjoy getting a bit of a tan in the summer this would be an easy no fuss lipstick to own. As mentioned there's a Chanel lipstick that's been calling my name recently but I know that I'll be getting more Guerlain, I just know because it's that nice to wear!

Have you tried Guerlain's Rouge Automatique formula? Which color is your favorite? 



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder...

Is it just me or is The Body Shop's makeup often overlooked? I'm one of those who doesn't know much about it and so recently after reading a post by Monika of Rocaille Writes, I really wanted to try their bronzer. Imagine that, a bronzer, MEEE? :D

Right after I finished reading I went to their website to see all their makeup was a 50% off and so the next day I went to a store. The deal was only online!

I turned away!

One frustrating detail about The Body Shop is their website specials rarely translate to their stores and I never buy online so I decided to forget about it. This week I stopped by a store and boom! The 50% on makeup was on!

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder...

It comes in four neutral matte colors and I must admit, I'm pretty impressed by the texture of 02 the one I chose but I wouldn't really qualify it as a bronzer unless one has very fair skin. For a natural sun kissed glow, 03 and 04 would definitely be more appropriate especially on darker skin tones.




So, 01 and 02 are in my opinion a little pale to be called bronzers but perfect to give a light natural and even satiny glow to the face and for those who don't take any sun in summer or don't like bronzers in general, these would be perfect. This may sound surprising but if you've been salivating over either one of the two lightest shades of Chanel Les Beiges compacts but don't want to make your wallet angry, these are almost dupes once on skin, really they are! The big difference is they will give a somewhat more opaque coverage, almost between a finishing powder and a powder foundation.




The texture? Extremely soft, almost creamy with hardly any fall out and at first I thought it was a bit hard and wondered if I was picking up any powder with my soft no name blush brush but I was. Impressed is what I was! Such a beautiful finish!

I've used it as a base over my BB cream and as a finishing powder and it gives just enough of a color boost to give me an all over lite glow.

Would I recommend The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powders? Yes!

A pretty "powder-not-powdery-finish", it's soft and like I said, satiny and since the two lighter shades have no orange undertones I do believe they're suitable for pretty much any carnation. I like 02 on my neck to make it look less pale without enhancing the fact that it's starting to go down if you know what I mean. A regular bronzer is too harsh and Chanel Les Beiges in N°10 (almost identical although a smidgen more pink to Honey Bronze in 01) too light to make much of a difference on that area at this time of year.

The two lighter shades of Honey Bronze 01 and 02, would work well as finishing powders on medium skin tones and give a nice healthy color on the fair and very fair who'd rather not tan or are maybe a little intimidated by a more traditional bronzer.

Oh I almost forgot to mention the fact that it controls oil pretty nicely. Using it as a finishing powder in the morning I don't have to reapply for at least three hours and these days it's pretty good if you ask me. Now of course that's if the temperature doesn't come into play. If it's hot and humid, forget about it, nothing will stay on my skin!

The compact, although not as sturdy as Chanel is rather nice and I wouldn't mind taking it out in public for touch ups if it came with an applicator. For some reason there are two different compacts, one which is plain and the other, the one I purchased with a nice reflection of hexagonal honeycomb for which bees are so famous.




Regular price, $20.00, got it for $10.00!!! Now that's a sweet deal for a whopping 11g. By the way, Chanel Les Beiges in N°10 is $60.00 for 12 g. Talk about a nice cheap thrill! Oh and yes, I would recommend even at $20.00!

If I didn't already have so many bronzers I would have purchased all four, really I would have!

Do have a look at Monika's entry where she compares The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder to others she's tried, here.

As a little perk I also got the Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Gloss which comes in the cutest container in the shape of a bee hive!




Have you tried any of The Body Shop's makeup? Anything else I should look into?



Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Sunday Post, Vol. 22...

I went to a bank yesterday...

After having lost my bank card on Friday I had no other choice than to stop by a branch to withdraw money. I called ahead of time to inquire about opening a new account to get a card faster to avoid having to carry a lot of cash but apparently these days you must make an appointment to do that and their book was full!!! I still went to the branch and ended up waiting 45 minutes!!! There were two bank clerks and about fifteen people waiting. Taking a number and having to sit and wait felt as if I was at the DMV!!!

Let's just say I'll make sure not to ever lose my bank card again!


This week's makeup love...

Let's make it different and go for what I keep in my purse these days...




Diptyque Do Son, Chanel Les Beiges N°10, Shiseido Sun Protection Compact, Clarins Éclat Minute in 05 Candy Shimmer, NARS Tolède and Rikugien, Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Tonka Impériale, Rouge Dior in Charnelle. Now there's also a small beat up sample size bottle of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (oh how I wish Nuxe made a nice small size like Caudalie) and some Hello Kitty Band-Aids. :)

Nails...

Dior #575 Wonderland on my fingers (received many compliments) and Dior #338 Mirage on my toes!




New additions...




I stopped by The Body Shop to take advantage of their 50% off makeup special and purchased their BB Cream, a Honey Bronzer in 02 and a cute lip balm. Also, before they ran out, I just had to go to Chanel for Le Vernis in #619 Pink Tonic! Oh and notice I found my old pair of Gianfranco Ferré sunglasses! Woot!

What I have my eyes on...




Chanel Joues Contraste in Sakura! Yup it's back on my list! I tried it this week and it's the prettiest soft pink with gentle shimmer ever!!! A small size Caudalie Huile Divine to keep in my purse or maybe two, since the one I have at work is almost empty. Then there's a little somethin' somethin' from Guerlain that will make it's appearance on the 15th that I just may "have" to get...

For your viewing enjoyment...

Even if you're not a perfumista you may still appreciate J'Adore Le Parfum Le Film. The flowers, the flacon and the jewels as the finishing touch! I have used many samples of this Dior fragrance in it's eau de parfum version but this presentation makes me want the perfume! Narrated by Charlize Theron, the images are truly beautiful!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaL_S7Yi6ic


Have a great week everyone! Hélène xoxo



Friday, June 6, 2014

Crazy, just crazy...

I'm so sorry but this week has been the craziest so far...

What does this mean? Well I'll be jumping from one Sunday Post to another Sunday Post! Well almost since I did post a review of Diorshow mascara.

I got plenty of products to review, several drafts written and pictures taken but my head is so full of stuff I just can't seem to be able to finalise anything.

This week on Tuesday I finished work and the metro was out! Got home at 9:00 pm! The next morning I got to work at 9:30! Two hours after leaving home because... the metro was out AGAIN!!! This just killed me and killed my week...

...To make matters worst... Today I lost my DEBIT CARD!!! This is how I pay for everything!!! I had to cancel it and since I only have $30.00 on me, tomorrow I'll have to stop by a branch of my bank and open another account in order to get a card faster than the one they're sending in the mail. This is the solution I had to come up with myself since the customer service person I spoke to on the phone couldn't come up with anything aaaaannnndddd she so hung up on ME!!!

I mean I was asking her for solutions and since she couldn't come up with any she hung up on me. I was floored!

By the way I realised I had lost my card as I was about to pay for a nice pair of SHOES!!!

I mean come on, could this week be any worst!!!




So please don't go anywhere... regular programing will resume shortly...

*Takes a deep breath*



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dior Diorshow Mascara...

On my quest to find the perfect non waterproof mascara for my lashes I've stumbled upon a few that I would consider repurchasing even though they're not quite what I would qualify as HG.

The most notables until now...

Dior Iconic, so far is The One! Sadly the brush is a pain with it's tight bristles. I get about six weeks of use out of it, after that due to the fact the formula thickens a little, the brush becomes hard to work with.

Estée Lauder Sumptuous, an excellent formula combined with a good brush, this one is at the top of my list. Goes on smoothly, keeps the curl and doesn't flake. 

Benefit They're Real!, superior to Estée Lauder (in summer) but the brush now annoys me a little and the formula crumbles under cold Canadian temperatures.

Clinique High Impact, good formula, easy to work with brush, this one almost made it but for some reason on some days it doesn't hold the curl. 

The latest contender?

Let's think for a minute that maybe, just maybe all the Dior mascaras have the same formula but in different containers with different brushes... Yes there are companies out there that do this! Notice how some can launch up to three "new" mascaras a year?

Dior Diorshow Mascara...




As mentioned Diorshow Iconic has an amazing formula so could it be possible that it and Diorshow share the same mysterious recipe but with different brushes?

Sadly no!

Diorshow I was told was developed for last minute back stage "oomphing" up lashes and that, it does beautifully. It thickens and lengthens in two coats, dries fast and will definitely achieve great results on someone who already has lots of naturally curly lashes. Yes ladies, they are out there those who need neither mascara nor a lash curler... don't you hate them? 

Nah just kidding! :)

The brush of Diorshow, although huge, works nicely with the formula and unlike Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara, the product gets evenly distributed on the brush when you take it out of the container. On the picture below you can see there is less mascara on the tip of the Diorshow brush (top).




How does it perform? Read on...

It gives me long thick lashes with no clumps, resists the heat of my lash curler (remember I heat mine with a hair dryer otherwise I get no curl) but for some reason on some days the curl can last up to nine hours while on others I'll get barely two! This puzzles me since I always do the same thing and no, this doesn't happen on hot humid days so I have no smart explanation for this.

On me, it flakes!!! Weird again since this doesn't happen every day just like the curl doesn't hold the same from one day to the next... 

Is my Diorshow Mascara possessed?

Well probably not but it sure is a little cray cray, unstable I mean. Friday it did great and lasted an entire work day but Saturday it did poorly! Same weather except maybe I was outside a little more. When it flakes it doesn't do so in a discrete fashion but instead with big specs so I sometimes end up with black spots on my cheeks!!! Oh and it smudges a little! Now this is something I didn't expect. It does so very lightly in the outer corners of my eyes. I know it's Diorshow because these days I pretty much always wear the same eye makeup but with different mascaras and this happens only with this Dior offering.




The reviews...

After having written the above paragraph I decided to go have a look at some of the reviews on MakeupAlley, just the first two pages because there are 3026 in all... One confirmed something I was puzzled by, thinking it was a problem with mine only but apparently it's happened to others. After a while the wand doesn't screw back on properly and I get the feeling that if I force it it'll break and so it's the weirdest thing which has never happened to me and quite unimpressive coming from a luxury brand.

Makeup Alley: 3.5 / 5 lippies for 3026 reviews.
Beauté-test: 4 / 5 stars for 903 reviews.

Do I recommend Diorshow Mascara? Not really.

In the reviews there are many who swear by this mascara but I can't. Sadly I found it too unstable which is a description I never thought I would give a mascara. Some days are good while others not so much. Great dramatic look that can last and entire day or only a few hours, flakes here and there and a bit of smudging...

The fact that the brush is huge makes it unsuitable for short lashes.

I took my sweet time before writing this review because I wanted to make sure, sure I wasn't imagining things. I wore Diorshow on it's own as well as over other mascaras, namely Iconic, Benefit, Clinique and MUFE for that bit of extra oomph effect. It did that well but the flaking and smudging also happened in those instances. In other words, I really did put it to the test this past month and although it's working a little better now due to the fact it's dried up a little, it's not a formula I'll repurchase. 

If you've never tried a Dior mascara, best steer clear of this one which is $31.00 and either go for Diorshow Iconic or Diorshow Overcurl which is pretty much the brand's best seller and gets the most love from my bloguerette friends.

Now you do know there's a new one coming out don't you?




This little beauty is now available through Sephora's website though I haven't seen it in the store yet and goes for $32.00. The brush does remind me of Benefit's but from other pictures I've seen, appears to be a little thinner which I think will make it easy of use on most eye shape as well as on shorter lashes. I sincerely hope it's as good as it looks!

Do you use different mascaras in rotation or do you always go for the same one?



Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Sunday Post, Vol. 21...

I'm out of breath!

Crazy schedule, hard time sleeping, not much time for anything... I can't wait for mid-august! That's when things should get back to normal and so again, I just can't wait!

Getting tired of Twitter and hooked more and more by Instagram...

As much as Twitter has been a miracle worker for this here little blog in helping to increase the number of visitors, I'm finding myself a little irritated by it these days. First off, they make changes that you have no say about. A few months back they added a kind of "picture feed" meaning you can automatically see tweeted pictures. Now that's annoying! If I want to see a pic I click on it, period. I find this feature a pain when I scroll tweets on my phone. No want it, no need it! Then recently they came out with the "new Twitter", with new "home page". A total fiasco for me since I can't make my banner fit anymore! It's just horrible, a complete eyesore and at the moment I have no time to figure out what to do about it. Oh and if you're on Twitter yourself, noticed how the notifications keep repeating when you click on your @? Four times people, four times!!! I'm not gonna let go of Twitter but...

A picture is worth a thousand words...

Ok so maybe not the picture of a bowl of Spanish rice but pictures are fun! As much as I like to talk beauty and read posts written by my bloguerette friends I just love to get a look at their other interests/passion/dailylives moments... Just for your information there are a few #crazycatlady who post pics of their babies and who doesn't love cats? That's what Instagram is. Nothing serious, just plain fun with no limit in the number of letters you can use when leaving comments! Yup, that's a big plus!

So if you're not already on it, get with the program and follow me, here!

This week's makeup love...




I've been loooving NARS Laguna bronzer! The finish is amazing, the color perfect and it lasts all day. The shade is very similar on my skin although less orange in the pan, to my beloved Guerlain Terracotta 01 (which I use on my neck area) but with a faint micro shimmer which I find a plus in summer. Since I have combination skin, using a matte bronzer isn't an option, it has to "match" my t-zone. I do blot and reapply powder during the day but my skin simply cannot look the same as it does in winter when it's more normal. This is the reason why I passed on Terracotta Célébration... Erm I may change my mind tough...

Also from NARS, Friday I got a small size of their blush in Deep Throat and it's love!!! A beautiful light coral with faint micro shimmer that gives the skin a nice satiny finish without glitter. I have worn Orgasm a few times this week and it's definitely growing on me but Deep Throat is Da Bomb! Really it is! I'm not a blush fiend but the regular size will most likely follow me home at one point.

What I have my eyes on...

Still dreaming of Rose de Chloé! I've been wearing it this week (from a sample) and this is my rose garden in a bottle! I want it, I really want it! There are also two Chanel Le Vernis I'm considering and a Les Beiges compact but I'm still a little undecided.




Now it's almost crunch time to figure out what to get Catherine for her birthday! I have a few thoughts but haven't decided yet. If any of you have any ideas I would so appreciate you letting me know. She's not into beauty stuff at all (*sigh*), loves a few video games (she's got an Xbox, a Wii and a Nintendo 3DS), plays guitar and just started jogging.

For your viewing enjoyment...

Ok I just had to! It's from Dior again! I mean they have the most amazing videos and this one, well, is for their new nail polish formula. I now have Mirage and Aventure and want that iPad case at the end!!! I'm not sure but I may have already presented this one to you (sorry if I'm being redundant) but hey, I love it!


http://icarias.blogspot.ca/2014/03/searching-for-perfect-rose.html#.U4qWvNJ5O8A


Have a great week everyone! Hélène xoxo



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