Wednesday, July 16, 2014

French beauty sampler GWP on beautyhabit.com



This gift with purchase offer by beautyhabit.com was launched on Monday July 14th to celebrate "Bastille Day", the French national holiday commemorating the beginning of the revolution in 1789. 
The code is valid until July 28th and the samples look pretty exciting with a wide selection of great brands. If you don't know beautyhabit.com, it's an amazing source of niche and foreign brands, and one of the best place to buy French cosmetics in the US. I've always been very pleased by the service they provide. 

I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post does not contain affiliate links.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Nuxe: best-sellers


Nuxe, a very popular French cosmetics brand found in pharmacies, is now sold at walgreens.com . It was already availabe in the US through different websites (nuxe.com, beauty.com, dermstore.com...) but now that it can be purchased from a major drugstore, I though it was a good time to tell you about the brand's best-sellers. 

Nuxe was born in Paris in the 1990s from a woman entrepreneur, who thought nature could provide the best ingredients in beauty products. Nuxe products contain a lot of plant extracts and natural substances, although they are not marketed as "natural" or organic (in fact Nuxe has a sub-brand specialized in organic cosmetics called Bio Beauté by Nuxe, which is not available in the US as far as I know). 

Here's an overview of the 3 most loved items by the brand: 

Huile Prodigieuse 



I will review this one soon! This is a multi-tasking dry oil that can be used on skin and hair. It is Nuxe's star product and it has gained cult status in France. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

OPI Where did Suzi's Man-Go?

Where did Suzi's Man-Go is a peachy orange nail polish part of OPI Brazil summer collection. It looks like a soft, light peach in its bottle, however it became a lot brighter and darker once applied. On my nails it looks like a bright ripe apricot shade rather than a peach. 


The texture is thin and I needed 3 thick coats for an opaque streak-free finish. As usual I topped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dry for a fully glossy finish and faster drying time. The polish looked fresh on my nails for 3 days before it started chipping, which is pretty good for me (nothing seems to last on my nails). 

Monday, May 5, 2014

A selection of French products to buy with drugstore.com 20% off International Beauty


If you have received the 20% off international beauty offer by e-mail from drugstore.com but are not sure what to use it for, here's a quick selection of French beauty products you should try! 

Avene Thermal Spring Water: rich in silica, this water is great for sensitive, irritated and damaged skins. I have used it a lot throughout the years and I always come back to it for its calming, soothing effect. $18. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lierac Gentle Cleanser Micellar Cleansing Water

I already told you about micellar cleansing waters a while ago when I reviewed Le Couvent des Minimes's rose infused micellar water. Micellar waters are soap-free, generally alcohol-free multi-tasking lotions that remove light makeup, cleanse the skin and tone it. They're a great way to cleanse dry, sensitive skin without using water and soap or face wash. They're also fast and easy to use on the go (after workout, in the morning, on vacation...). 

Lierac is a French technical skincare brand created in 1975 that belongs to Ales group, which also owns Phyto (high-end hair care) and Caron (niche luxury perfume and the legendary Caron face powder). 


Lierac Micellar Cleansing Water comes in a tall transparent pink bottle with a pump - the packaging is not particularly beautiful or exciting, but it serves its purpose. The pump, however, is a little too powerful for a liquid product and it tends to spit out the lotion way too far. My advice: make sure your cotton pad is right in front (rather than under) the pump before you press it. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Browsing new Spring makeup products: hits and misses




The other day I went on an exploratory trip to my local Sephora store to discover some of the new products that popped out this season, and see if they're really as good as they look in the promo pictures. I came out feeling let down by a few products but with a new gloss crush. Here are my thoughts on some of the new spring launches. 

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Shadow, $23: let me start by saying that I LOVE cream shadows, for their ease of use and comfort of wear. I also really like Givenchy's style, and I think they've done some really great new products lately, most notably Le Rouge lipstick. Needless to say, I was very excited by this new cream shadow, and in fact I almost ordered a couple shades online before even seeing them in person. I'm so glad I didn't... 
Although the texture feels soft to the touch, I noticed when swatching that it was hard to get an even coverage, and, the worst for me, the shadow made my skin look dry by emphasizing every little line. You know how a lipgloss can get into fine lines in your lips and make them look more visible? That's exactly what these shadows did to my skin. Not good. Moreover, the shades looked very flat and muddy. And I don't mean just subdued, I mean, it looked dirty. If you've seen that beautiful promo pic with the khaki shade looking so shimmery and rich and multi-dimensional, let me tell you, that's NOT how it looked at all in person. I'm very surprised to read so many rave reviews about these cream shadows. They just don't look flattering, and I would expect much better from a high-end brand. Am I really more demanding in terms of quality than the average beauty addict? 

3 of the Givenchy Ombre Couture. Note that
the shimmer is a lot more visible on the picture
than in person.

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