Are you going to miss the chance to win a HUGE Smashbox palette?
I’m returning Dr. Feelgood on Friday…
I’m not really feeling this product (…get it). And it only minimally controls shine while moving all my makeup around :/
What a damn shame.
Chanel Aqualumière Gloss in Rosace and Pink Pivoine
I finally got these in the mail today! My apartment complex misplaced my package for a while but thankfully it is with me now.
These Aqualumière Glosses are part of the Jardin de Camélias Spring Collection that features four Aqualumière Glosses. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know I love this formula and was so sad when I purchased Fryandise for my sister and learned that they were a limited affair.
I wish I could’ve gotten all four of them, but since I had to narrow it down to only two, I chose Rosace and Pink Pivoine. Rosace has a shimmery finish while Pink Pivoine is a cream. These are quite sheer, but that is the premise of the Aqualumière line—a sheer wash of color with a mirror-like shine that gives the illusion of fuller lips.
These lip glosses feel like luxury, that’s the only way I can describe them. Thick yet not tacky. However, they do not last long—Rosace lasted on me about two and a half hours, so reapplying is a must. Same happened when I wore Fryandise (my sister and I often share makeup lol). I like the brush applicator, it goes well with the formula.
Rosace and Pink Pivoine are permanent (as opposed to Baie Rose which is LE) from what I’m seeing. I thought they were all Limited Edition, and now I’m so glad I’m mistaken :)
These retail for $29.50 and you can get them exclusively at Chanel
Hope you enjoy the full-face shots!
Pollen & Wax Calliope and Ikebana Luxe Serums Review
When I ordered my first package from Pollen & Wax, I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I read the reviews but never hold them to heart too much—skincare is something very personal and the opinion is less collective and more of an array of a canvas (our skin type, complexion, etc.) and its interaction with the products.
I originally only ordered two samples of the Sumi-e Detox and Provence Complexion Clays to test out (more on that in a few days), and to my pleasant surprise, Bee, the owner, was kind enough to send me a few samples of their new Luxe Serums.
The Calliope Luxe Serum is formulated for oily and blemished skin complexions, and the oil is as feather-light as described. The scent is absolutely wonderful (although if you are not keen to strong scents I’d suggest staying away), and with just a few drops I was able to cover my entire face. This serum contains cranberry, raspberry, and grapeseed to “facilitate astringent action,” wish sea buckthorn, rosehip, and tamanu fighting inflammation as well as healing the skin.
I have tried facial oils in the past, and I must say this is very, very impressive. It just feels nice on your face. I incorporated this instead of moisturizer in my daily routine and I noticed my skin became less oily as the day went. It’s been only a week of use but I am not only enamored with the scent of this serum but also considering shying away from my Origins moisturizer and favor this serum.
The Ikebana Luxe Serum is described as “a powerful weapon against the compounding stress of environmental toxins.” This serum is formulated specifically for dry and mature skin, but I find it to perform quite well on myself, although I do end up loving Calliope more. I find it a good complement to Calliope, with ingredients like tea, perilla, and rice oils. I’m thinking I could mix both Calliope and Ikebana and create the perfect marriage between my prevention measures and fight against adult acne.
The scent is quite different from Calliope—much more tame, which I find both pleasing and calming. It’s a little richer, and I see myself using one of two tubes of this if Texas ever freezes again (which is more likely with all of the odd weather lately).
The price sure kills my soul, but I understand. The Calliope serum retails for almost $75 for 1.oz (compare to Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, 1,7.oz for less than $50). These comparisons lack a solid foundation because: Pollen & Wax are a small business, and their ingredients are mostly self-harvested, so take that into account. Still, I cannot help but wince at the price point. It helps the serum comes in various sizes!
I’m in the process of testing out their clay masks so I’ll let you know how those work out :)
* Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent to me by the company. All opinions are entirely my own.