Sunday, November 29, 2015

Review: Byredo Inflorescence Eau de Parfum

Byredo Inflorescence is a fresh spring floral.  It has a coolness, which when combined with the delicate rose, freesia, and lily of the valley notes that it features, evokes a morning walk through a spring garden, flower petals glistening with dew.  There is a softness to it that should be at odds with the cold feeling, but it isn't. Everything is in perfect harmony. It's not terribly complex and doesn't evolve beyond the floral notes.  It's also not the longest-lasting fragrance - perhaps only 3 hours on me. I enjoy it nonetheless.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask with Lemon and Cleansing Purifying Scrub

When Sephora started carrying these Christophe Robin hair products, I knew I had to try them. They were developed for colored hair; mine is not colored, but it is very "sensitive", if you will, and prone to brittleness and breakage.  My verdict is that they are lovely but the cleansing mask is priced unsustainably for me.  I really liked the cleansing mask; it is a rich, pearly substance that smells like bright lemon. You essentially use it like you would a shampoo. My hair felt cleansed but not stripped and it gave it a nice shine. The problem is, I used it up in a month and it costs $49.  I can't really justify that price for the results I get.
The Cleansing Purifying Scrub is an interesting treatment. It is essentially a sea salt scrub for your scalp.  It feels really nice to use - kind of like you are giving yourself a scalp massage. Be careful to condition after you use it, though, because the salt can be kind of drying.  I don't really notice much difference in hair texture after using it but the scalp definitely feels cleaner than ever. I've been using it more sparingly, every two weeks or so, and my jar is still going strong. The price on this one is $51.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: L'Atelier Maquillage Mascara

This mascara came in my Holiday Glossy Box and I have been trying it out over the past 3 days. All in all, I'd say this is not a mascara for me. The brush is a typical bristled wand - nothing special or interesting about it - and the formula is mediocre. It has keratin in it, which supposedly will make your lashes healthier over time, but I do not have the patience to use this for the amount of time it would take to see any results.  I find no outstanding appearance to my lashes with this; they appear darker and slightly longer. I'd say this is not a volumizing mascara, but more of a defining one.  The big dealbreaker, though, is the smudging.  I am getting terrible undereye smudges with this mascara that cannot be thwarted with lash primer, eye primer, or a concerted effort not to rub at my eyes.  To be fair, many, many mascaras smudge on me, so others may have more success. But for now, this guy is going straight in the trash.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Burberry Eye Palette in Slate Blue

Bottom line: this palette was vastly disappointing.  I adore the other Burberry palette I own, Nude Blush, but Slate Blue underperformed in every way.  As you can see from the swatches, the colors are quite muted compared to how they appear in the pan. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as Burberry color palettes are notoriously understated, but these shadows are so sheer that the darkest three all appear to be a generic grey once applied to the eyelid.  The lightest shade is fine to blend out the edges but unremarkable, and too light to be distinguished on the eye as a grey.  It just disappears. I found the wear time to be as poor as you might expect for eyeshadow this sheer, with or without primer. I got creasing - and I almost never get creasing. All in all, a very poor showing for a brand of which I expected much more, and a price point that reinforces those expectations.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Glossy Box Holiday Edition

This is my first time purchasing the holiday Glossy Box (I am a regular subscriber) and I am really pleased. I paid about $40 for the box (I think it's priced higher than that normally, but I had a code) and I more than got my money's worth.  As you can see, it's packaged beautifully - but I expected no less, as this is an area where Glossy Box usually excels.  Here is what was included in the box - I will review most of these items individually in the coming weeks:

Aerin Kaleidolight Palette - full size, retail price $70

Nuxe Dry Oil - full size, retail price $45

L'Atelier Maquillage Mascara - full size, retail price $30

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Champagne Socialite - full size, retail price $15

Pure Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Pouty Pink - full size, retail price $20

Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Black - sample

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Review: Rouge Bunny Rouge Loose Glitter Pigment in Caress of Mink and Wishing for Wings

Seeing as I love Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow, I thought to give these pigments a try. I bought Caress of Mink and Wishing for Wings.  The colors are wonderful - especially Wishing for Wings.  As you can see below, Caress of mink is a cool antiqued gold and Wishing for Wings a silvery taupe.

The packaging is outwardly cute but impractical. They come in narrow, upright bottles with this wand-type applicator.  The applicator is hard, doesn't bring up enough pigment to be useful, and is definitely completely useless at applying on the eyes directly.  I wound up shaking some pigment out onto my arm to use with an eyeshadow brush, which worked but also made a giant mess. I wish they hadn't felt the need to get clever and just stuck to a MAC style jar.

Upon first applying these pigments (always over a primer), I was absolutely pleased.  They go on richly with great color saturation and have an almost buttery feel. Being pigment, some fallout is inevitable, but it was pretty minimal. However, these don't wear well at all and as the day wore on, they faded and lost their luster.  By the end of the day, I think the best way to describe how they looked on my eyes is tired. I also tried wearing them over a neutral eyeshadow, thinking that might help the color stay vibrant, but unfortunately, I got the same results time and again.  It's quite disappointing, as they did start out so lovely. I won't be buying any more.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: Serge Lutens Datura Noir

I've never smelled real datura but if Serge Lutens Datura Noir is any indication, it's one luscious, exotic flower. Datura Noir is beautiful but a bit strange. I smell a mix of heliotrope, tonka, almond, and osmanthus; perhaps a touch of orange blossom, as well. Underlying it all is myrrh, which somehow when combined with all of the floral notes, gives an almost overripe slightly rotting vibe. I love it. It's heady and potent and original.  You'll want to be careful with your spritzes with this one because the sillage can be quite massive.  It lasts all day, and the drydown becomes more vanillic with the florals getting a bit delicate. Some people smell coconut in this but for me, not a whit.  And I'm glad of it - I think coconut would make it more mundanely beachy.