Tuesday, July 29, 2014

L'Occitane Roses et Reines

L'Occitane's Roses et Reines is a new collection that features fragrance, bath and body products in the most amazing, feminine and comforting scent of roses. I love rose based scents just about any time of the year. I could wear them anywhere, anytime and is also one of my top choices for a transitional scent while moving from summer to fall.  *Press Samples

Two fabulous products I tried from the collection are the Eau De Toilette ($50; usa.loccitane.com) and the Hand and Nail Cream ($12 for travel size; usa.loccitane.com). The EDT blends notes from four variety of roses (from Bulgaria, Turkey, Grasse and Morocco) along with bergamot, blackcurrant, white cedar and citrus. The opening is beautifully floral with just a touch of citrus. It all dries down to a powdery, soft rose scent with hints of musk that lingers around for hours together. Roses et Reines is a very feminine scent that is both elegant and fresh. If you are into florals, or like me, love anything roses, its well worth checking out. The scent is also quite similar to Rose des Champs, also by L'Occitane that was a limited edition release a couple of years ago.

The Hand and Nail Cream that comes in a full and travel size is a light, quick absorbing cream that is great for the daytime. Its not as rich as L'Occitane's classic Shea Butter cream, but manages to moisturize hands and cuticles without leaving a greasy film behind, so its better suited for when the weather isn't too dry. The scent is quite strong though, but its a scent I love so that doesn't bother me. Overall, I can't rave enough about Roses et Reines and want to check out the Shower Gel once the collection launches in store tomorrow (July 30th)!

What are your thoughts on Roses et Reines by L'Occitane?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tom Ford Lip Color Shine in Nubile

Tom Ford's Lip Color in Shine in Nubile ($50; shop.nordstrom.com), is a sheer, rosy brown, a fabulous nude that I love to pair with a stronger/smokey eye. The Lip Shine range features sheer, balmy, moderately pigmented lipsticks with a slight glossy finish, which seemed like something I'd reach out to a lot more than a fully pigmented lipstick.

Nubile looks and swatches like a gorgeous rosy brown, but goes on much lighter on my pigmented lips. The texture is smooth, creamy and feels comfortable & hydrating on the lips. It can melt a bit in the summer though, so I wouldn't leave it any place warm. The packaging is beautifully classy and very sleek. Compared to some other sheer-ish lipsticks formulas, like the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines and the YSL Rouge Volupte Shines or the YSL Sheer Candy Balms, this one feels a little more heavy and slick. Its also a little more glossy compared to the Burberry Lip Mists, but on the lips, YSL's versions look equally glossy. Nubile does have a little bit of very finely scattered shimmer, but nothing gritty and most importantly, nothing is left behind once the color fades.

Like most sheer lipsticks, I get about 2-3 hours of wear time and my lips don't feel dry after. As to whether it is worth the $50, depends on how much use you'd get out of the color. As for me, I would rather wear a nude or a sheer pink much more than I would wear a Red, so Nubile is something I would get a lot of use out of. The color borders on washing me out just a tad, so I much prefer pairing it with a smokey eye or at least with quite a bit of kohl smudged along the lash and waterline. The Lip Shines also have a slight vanilla scent which I quite like. Color wise, Nubile is a tad similar to YSL's Rouge Volupte Shine in Nude in Private when swatched, but they look very different on my lips - YSL's is a little more wearable on me. Formula wise though, I prefer Tom Ford's version a little more.

What do you think of Tom Ford's Lip Color Shine in Nubile?

Yes To Coconut | Head To Toe Restoring Balm and Polishing Body Scrub

Yes To Coconuts, is a new addition to the Yes To line of bath and body products. The range features a blend of natural moisturizers like coconut and almond oil, along with shea and cocoa butters to deeply moisturize very dry skin. I tried out two products from the line - the Head To Toe Restoring Balm ($9.99; target.com), an all purpose balm/salve for dry areas like elbows, heels and all over the body and a Polishing Body Scrub ($7.99; target.com), a sugar scrub with Organic Coconut and Almond Oil.  *Press Samples

The Head To Toe Balm is quite a thick, waxy balm in the tub that melts quickly upon application. Its quite rich and creamy, texture wise, and takes a while to completely absorb. Yes To has also included an applicator for this product, which I haven't used and don't think I ever will, but the product itself is best applied with your fingers like any other balm/salve. I've used it for my cuticles and feet so far and really like the results. It does a great job of moisturizing and keeps skin looking healthy and soft. Definitely something I look forward to using more, come winter. The Polishing Body Scrub on the other hand is quite light - it has medium sized exfoliating particles (coconut husk, sugar) that do a nice job of polishing. It is quite a chunky consistency, but washes off clean without making the bathroom floor/bath tub slippery.  Its not something I'd recommend if you are looking for a stronger exfoliator as its quite mild. It does leave a light layer of moisture behind, but I did definitely need to use some lotion afterwards.

Both products have a very strong, coconut vanilla scent. Its not a true coconut scent, but close, quite sweet and liners around for a while. Of the two products I tried, I like the Head To Toe Balm better and would recommend if you are looking for a natural, all purpose body balm for dry skin!