Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chantecaille 15 Year Eye Shade Trio, and baby elephants

Chantecaille is really a brand I can relate to. Founded by Sylvie Chantecaille, a French woman who made her life in the USA, the brand focuses on the quality of their formulation. Chantecaille is a "niche" luxury brand, with a more restricted range of products and a more selective distribution than mainstream high-end brands like Chanel or Dior. 

What really got me hooked was Chantecaille's involvement in philanthropy, with a focus on endangered species. What they do is use their notoriety to draw attention to causes through limited edition collections, released every year, the proceeds of which (or parts of the proceeds? I wasn't able to find detailed information on that) are donated to a charity that works in the field to protect the species. Recent collections have included gorgeous palettes in support of sharks, bees, horses, and elephants. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Clarins Huile Lotus: an oil for oily skins?

It sounds counter-intuitive, I know. If you've been fighting oiliness with mattifying lotions, powders and blotting papers, you might cringe at the idea of applying oil to your face. If you can go past that initial rejection however, you could very well transform your skin for the better. Huile Lotus has been around for a long, long time. I first used it 10 years ago, and recently came back to it when my skin started acting up. I loved it when I was younger, and I'm still in love as a thirty-something. 

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

This gift with purchase offer by 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, 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 . It was already availabe in the US through different websites (,, 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. 

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