Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Diorskin Star Foundation by Dior - is it worth it?

There are many new foundations being released this year for fall, and the one that's creating the most buzz is certainly Dior's Diorskin Star foundation. It promises to recreate professional studio lighting on your face, and I was very curious - how can a cream create light? Is it an exaggeration, or a flawed description, or does it really somehow attract light to your face? I decided to give it a try with the help of Sarah, an amazing cosmetics specialist at the Dior corner of my local Neiman Marcus store (Fashion Valley in San Diego - ask for Sarah, she's THE most knowledgeable sales rep I've ever talked to in a department store). 


According to Dior, Star has medium coverage, buildable to high coverage, and it covers imperfections very well for a flawless skin with a very luminous effect, and a weightless texture. Sounds exciting! Unfortunately... that's not really what I experienced. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

13 Ways to use Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse - and my opinion on it


Huile Prodigieuse is French brand Nuxe's iconic product. It's been around for a long time (created in 1991), and it has gained cult status and following in France. It is, indeed, a great product that can be used in many different ways, making it a versatile staple in a woman's beauty cabinet. 

What's Huile Prodigieuse? 


It's a dry oil that can be used on body, face and hair to nourish and soften. It is quite strongly scented - the fragrance reminds me of Tahitian monoi, it's a sweet tropical flowery scent. Nuxe claims that it contains 96% natural ingredients, and it's made mostly of Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borrage, Almond, Camellia and St. John's Wort's oils. 

Here is the INCI ingredients list: Isopropyl Isostearate*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate*, Dicaprylyl Ether*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Corylus Avellana Nut Oil/Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil*, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil*, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol*, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool. (* indicates a vegetal ingredient). 

My opinion on Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse 

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 contains 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. 

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