Thursday, October 23, 2014

L'Occitane Shea Whipped Bodycare Range & Shea Solidarity Soap

L'Occitane's new Shea Whipped collection is a new launch this fall that features three new products with the goodness of shea butter in a deliciously whipped texture, launched just in time for the 20th anniversary of L'Occitane's best selling, shea butter hand cream. L'Occitane has also launched a new Shea Solidarity Soap in honor of World Sight Day. Complete with Braille on the bar, this Apricot-scented $3 soap is a limited edition item whose proceeds benefit NGO’s working to cure preventable blindness.

L'Occitane Shea Whipped Body Care Range and Solidarity Soap





The Shea Whipped Collection has three hand and body care products and all of them are great for dry skin without feeling heavy or greasy. The whole range has a soft, comforting, nutty fragrance  that isn't overpowering - its a scent very similar, but a bit lighter than the regular shea range. I found the Whipped Body Cream ($24) to be very hydrating for my very dry skin and fast absorbing too. The Whipped Hand Cream ($12) too has a similar, whipped, light texture and with a 25% shea content which leaves hands and cuticles feeling greatly nourished. The Whipped Shower Foam ($20) is a gentle, sulfate based cleanser that lathers and cleanses clean without the stretchy feeling. It does have a stronger scent than the other two products though, but not something that lingers around too much. The Shea Solidarity soap smells great and cleanses thoroughly. It makes for a great hand soap too and should last a while. A really nice soap created for a great cause! Overall, the Whipped Shea range is amazing, the body cream in particular is just fabulous, super nourishing with a beautiful, airy, whipped texture that I absolutely love. Last time L'Occitane released a honey whipped range, I bought backups of the body cream and I will be this time too! I hope L'Occitane makes this a permanent addition to their body care line in the future.

L'Occitane Shea Whipped Body Care Range and Solidarity Soap

L'Occitane Shea Whipped Body Cream Review, Photos

L'Occitane Shea Whipped Body Cream

L'Occitane Shea Whipped Body Cream

L'Occitane Shea Whipped Hand Cream

L'Occitane Shea Whipped Shower Foam
L'Occitane Shea Solidarity Soap Review, Photos

L'Occitane Shea Solidarity Soap Review, Photos

L'Occitane Shea Solidarity Soap Review, Photos


All products are available at L'Occitane Boutiques and online at usa.loccitane.com.

Have you checked out L'Occitane's new Shea Whipped range yet?

*Press Samples

Monday, October 20, 2014

Chanel Le Vernis Sweet Star

Chanel's Limited-Edition, exclusive nail polish, Sweet Star ($27; chanel counters; Neiman Marcus), finally launched here in the US after much wait & I couldn't help but pick up a bottle of this gorgeous shade. Sweet Star is a beautiful metallic polish that flashes purple, green, grey and even blue, depending on the light. Its quite a unique polish and nothing similar to what I have in my collection.

Chanel Le Vernis in Sweet Star Review, Photos & Swatches

Chanel Le Vernis in Sweet Star Review, Photos & Swatches

Chanel Le Vernis in Sweet Star Vogue FNO Exclusive



Chanel polishes have a thin brush, which I really like for my small nails. Sweet Star has a thin consistency, but manages to look quite opaque in two coats. Its quite a high maintenance polish that needs a smooth nail surface to look flawless. I do have quite a few ridges here and there and this one brings out every little flaw there is on the nails. On the plus side, Sweet Star din't have that many brush strokes as I had expected it to. The color shift was quite difficult for me to capture on camera, especially when on my nails, so it looks like a metallic grey for the most part in my swatches, but it is quite complex in real life. I've had Sweet Star painted on for about three days now and there is quite a bit of tip wear and chipping going on on which isn't surprising, since I have terrible wear time from most polishes in general. Overall though, its a pretty fabulous color, a bit tricky to work with, but definitely unique and worth picking up if you can get hold of one!

Chanel Le Vernis in Sweet Star Vogue FNO Exclusive Limited Edition

Chanel Le Vernis in Sweet Star Limited Edition

Chanel Nail Polish in Sweet Star Limited Edition




What are your thoughts on Chanel Le Vernis in Sweet Star?

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation | New From Shiseido

I've been testing out these two new launches from Shiseido - the Perfect Cleansing Oil ($32; shiseido.com)  and the Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation ($80; shiseido.com) , one of the first ever color products in the Future Solution LX line.

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation O60





The Perfect Cleansing Oil is a Mineral and Grapeseed Oil based cleansing oil for face and eyes. It has a silky, smooth texture and manages to remove all traces of eye and face makeup. I do feel that it is a tad more thicker than most other cleansing oils I have used. The packaging is great and a little goes a long way - I use a pump and a half for the entire face. I did  have to struggle just a bit with waterproof mascara though, but everything else cleanses off effortlessly, without any sort of a residue behind. Cleansing Oil is not my only means of cleansing, it is something I use on and off, and if you are looking for something basic, mildly scented, that does the job effectively, give the Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil a try!

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation O60

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation O60


The  Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation SPF20 is a an anti aging foundation that claims to reduce visible signs of aging including loss of firmness, wrinkles, visible pores and uneven skin tone. It comes in 11 shades, I tried out O60 Natural Deep Ochre. I absolutely love the packaging - it comes in a luxurious, heavy jar with a small spatula to scoop it out. The foundation leans a bit on the thicker side and has very good coverage - its concentrated too, so I try to go very light handed on this one. O60 is a tad light for me, but moving onto winter and paired with a good bronzer, I'm guessing it should be fine. With this texture though, I like using a flat foundation brush or fingers. A good buffing brush would work as the last step to just blend everything together. The finish is satin matte, which gets a bit dewy as the day goes by. Its quite a brightening foundation that takes care of pigmentation, evens skin out really well and photographs nicely although it has an SPF of 20. I haven't been using it long enough to comment on the anti aging benefits though, but if you have dull, lackluster skin, this is a great foundation to try that won't enhance large pores, settle onto fine lines or look cakey. It does have a slightly strong scent that dissipates once blended in. A tad pricey, but since you only need a teeny tiny bit every time, the small jar should last a really long time!


Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation O60

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation O60

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation O60
Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation O60

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation O60

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation O60

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil and Future Solution LX Total Radiance Foundation O60


Have you tried any of these new launches from Shiseido?

*Press Samples