Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Le Couvent Des Minimes Eau Des Minimes Cologne Review

Summer heat makes your fragrance becomes all the more intense which is why I like to sometimes wear something lighter and fresher for day. I was recently sent Eau Des Minimes Cologne to try from Le Couvent Des Minimes and I have to say this fits the bill nicely.



Le Couvent De Minimes say 

A fresh and easy to wear fragrance with a sparkling citrus scent. Gives a true feeling of freshness and well-being. This generous botanical fragrance will refresh your senses, boost your mood and energise your skin.
A refreshing twist on the classic cologne, suitable for men and women.

Legend has it that in the 14th Century, an old queen regained her health and beauty after using "Eau Miraculeuse" (Miraculous Water). Its recipe combined Citrus fruit, Rosemary and Eau de Vie. It was prepared in Convents, who alone knew their secret and it soon became an indispensable part of the daily morning ritual. From that point on, "Eau Miraculeuse" spread all across Europe and soon became known as "Cologne".

The Botanical Cologne of the Minims is the heir to this tradition.

Thanks to its Original Recipe combining 3 refreshing Citrus Fruits with 7 Plants selected for their beneficial properties, this universal and sparkling scented Cologne will delight fans of Botanical Colognes and Citrusy fragrances.

Original Recipe

• Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Lemon: Refreshing
• Rosemary: Revitalising
• Wild Pansy, Lemon Balm: Moisturising
• Burdock: Fortifying
• Mallow: Soothing
• Neroli, Benzoin: Sources of well-being

My thoughts 

Eau Des Minimes cologne is zesty and summery with the delicious citrus fruit notes in abundance which makes it a great choice as a holiday companion.  Although they remain, soon it becomes something a little more special, the calmness and feeling of wellness is lighter and almost creamier in tone. This is the ideal everyday scent. A light, uplighting fragrance but quite distinctive. I shall be wearing this throughout the Summer. 

Tip - Spray on after showering. 

Le Couvent Des Minimes Eau Des Minimes Cologne costs £19 for 100ml Spray and is available from boots.com 

*PR Sample
 

Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm Review

These Colour Intensifying Lip Balms from Max Factor have been my Spring to Summer go to lip choice as they are so easy to wear, providing the right amount of colour and sheen to the lips without any stickiness (ideal for those super windy says we have been having recently)



Max Factor say 

This lip Colour Balm really earns its place in your make-up bag as it’s just so flexible. The lightweight buildable formula lets you dial up and dial down your lip look -

  • Build colour and intensity in smooth, defined layers.
  • Helps moisturise and protect your lips from dryness.
  • Lightweight formula that doesn’t feel heavy.
  • Smooth, even finish that’s free from stickiness.
My thoughts 


Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm Swatches
From Bottom to top, one application and then 3 - Shades Refined Rose, Luscious Red & Classy Cherry

I love the sleek, slim bullet that the lip balm is cased in and the matching case to the shade (and see -through lid) makes it easy to identify quickly the shade you want to use.

The lip balm provides a simple wash of colour but this is buildable if you want more colour intensity, hence its product name. There is no stickiness or dryness to contend with, just lovely colours and a beautiful glossy sheen. The result is that the Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms are a winner with me.

Wearing my fave shade  - Classy Cherry 


Wearing Classy Cherry


Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balms come in 9 shades and cost £8.99

*PR Samples

Monday, 29 June 2015

Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum Review

I have just reviewed the new Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer which was created to work in combination with the older Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum which is what I am about to review now.

Unfortunately I have reached the age where I have noted a few dark spots on my face and so imagine my delight when I found a product that has been created to address this problem - the Caudalie Serum!

It is too early yet to say I have noticed a difference in the particular dark spot that I am targeting but I will say how I am finding this skincare product as a whole, and watch this space as I shall report back!


Caudalie say 

N°1 anti-dark spot product* and Caudalie cult product:This lightweight milky serum corrects and prevents dark spots, evens skin tone and boosts skin's radiance. Highly concentrated with patented Viniferine to counter sunspots, acne marks, scars, and damage, for a brighter, more beautiful complexion.
Ideal for all skin types. Oil-free formula. Non-photosensitising, Non-comedogenic.
Apply morning and evening, to the face, neck and décolleté, before your usual moisturiser. May also be used under your sunscreen for a flawless tan.

My thoughts 

As you can see from the swatch below the serum is opaque white and almost creamy in texture, however it is super light on the skin and absorbs fast. The serum leaves skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth looking and instantly awakens the skin. As mentioned above I have only used it for 2 weeks now and the product claims effectiveness on dark spot intensity in week 4. 

I use it twice a day and adore the fresh scent which makes it a pleasure to use. Of course the glass bottle and dropper just add to its appeal.

Note - I have normal/combination skin and what is great about this serum is that there is no oiliness from it on the dreaded t-zone, great for the Summer months.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum swatch on the left

Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum 30ml costs £45

*PR Sample

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 Review

Caudalie's new Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 is the latest release from the skincare brand,  this tinted moisturizer is an all-in-one treatment and complexion enhancer.

Created to be used alongside the Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum (review following), it works in combination with the serum promising to provide a powerful anti-dark spot approach with amazing results. 



The tinted moisturizer is available in two shades, I am using 01 light. 

Caudalie say 

Complexion correcting: This oil-free, hydrating SPF20 tinted moisturiser is an all in one skincare treatment and complexion enhancer. Its mineral pigments blend with the skin to cover skin imperfections, dark spots, redness, acne scars and blemishes, giving you a smooth, even radiant complexion. Apply in the morning to face and neck. Avoid the eye contour area. Non-comedogenic. Oil-free. Dermatologist tested. 

My thoughts 

This tinted moisturizer has a lovely texture and blends nicely on the skin. The scent is a gorgeous sweet citrus scent, similar to the Caudalie Polphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Cream. Shade 'light' is perfect for my skin tone. The one thing I did notice was that I should not use a moisturiser with this tinted moisturiser, if you do the product peels and rolls off the skin, not a good look. When I followed the instructions to use it just with the serum it was fine, lesson learned. 

The tinted moisturizer gives a really natural effect so if that is what you are looking for then this is ideal. It evens out the skin, redness is calmed down and skin looks really nice and even, pores are minimized and dark spots, although not hidden are reduced in appearance. I love the fact that it is working as a treatment whilst you use it and not just a makeup product.

This gives about 6 hours of coverage which I think is pretty decent but I would personally choose to wear this on a no makeup kind of day or as a quick fix when time is short on the school run! The SPF20 is reassuring and decent protection for the UK. 

If I was going out for the day or an evening out I would wear a heavier foundation.


Swatches of Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum & Tinted Moisturized

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 blended


Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 costs £27 for 40ml 

*PR Sample

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Pukka Vanilla Chai Tea Review

My appetite for Chai Teas hasn't abated so last week I was perusing the tea aisle and came across Vanilla Chai from Pukka Organic Teas which promptly found its way into my shopping basket.




Pukka say 

A caffeine-free cup of fairly-traded sweet organic vanilla tingling with cinnamon and ginger – climb on her back, she’s ready to lift you up: a fairly-traded magic carpet of sweet organic vanilla tingling with cinnamon and ginger – and tender with cardamom, fennel and licorice.

There’s no caffeine here, just six herbs bristling with energy. So heat some water and off you go - an aromatic sensation in a cup.

My thoughts 

I liked the fact that that was caffeine free and I was looking forward to trying it out. I am pleased to report that this tea lives up to expectations. It has the perfect mix of sweet and spice, there is a real kick in its spice and it is heavy on the cinnamon flavour which I really like. I think it is a great tea to drink anytime of day as it is caffeine free. I have to be honest and say that I don't really detect the vanilla in the cup but no matter this doesn't ruin the enjoying of the tea in any way.

I have tried it with just hot water as per the instructions but have also tried it with milk for a traditional style chai latte and it works both ways. For simplicity it is fine with just hot water and packed with flavour. This isn't one of your wishy washy herbal teas, this is a full impact tea.

Does anyone remember Dentyne Chewing Gum? I haven't had it for years but Vanilla Chai is like drinking liquid Dentyne. So nice!

Pukka Vanilla Chai comes in a box of 20 individually wrapped bags 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer Review

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF10 is one of my favourite concealers as it has multiple uses. It works a treat at concealing blemishes and scars. It can also be used around the eye area on dark circles and on the eyes as a base for evening out skintone before applying eyeshadow.



I use shade Light/Medium which is perfect for me although the concealer range comes in an impressive eight shades so you should be able to find a suitable shade.

Estee Lauder say 


Looks flawless. Lasts 15-hours. Feels comfortable, never dry. Stays seamless, without creasing.

Its lightweight creme formula creates the perfected look of flawless skin all day. Transfer-resistant, colour-true, with medium buildable coverage that won't slip, slide or melt away. Luminous finish.

Infused with minerals and emollients to condition skin and make blending easy. Oil-free. Water, perspiration and humidity-resistant.
To start, choose a concealer shade that matches your foundation or is one shade lighter.

For best results, we recommend applying concealer after applying your foundation.
Use Double Wear Concealer with Concealer Brush 5. Swipe concealer to back of hand, then with brush smooth on over desired area. Blend well.
Targeted concealing techniques: For darkness around eyes, go with a slightly lighter shade than your foundation. For puffiness, slightly darker. For uneven skintone, wear the same exact shade as your foundation.

Swatch of Double Wear Concealer in shade Light/Medium 

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer blended 

My thoughts 

This concealer is not cheap but it lives up to its claims and therefore I would repurchase again and again. I love that it completely conceals blemishes for a flawless base and it really lasts. Some concealers don't blend well or have a dulling effect on the skin, Double Wear doesn't do this and is barely traceable.

Fabulous product.

Top tip - If you find the product too thick for your eye area why not mix it with some of your eye cream/lotion for a brightening effect that is super lightweight and long lasting.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF10 costs £21.50 

Friday, 19 June 2015

Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Military Red

A little while ago Burberry ran a twitter campaign where you could send a Burberry Kiss to someone and that person would get the chance to pick a sample shade of the new Burberry Kisses Lipstick to be sent to them. I was lucky enough to get nominated and I chose a vibrant and classic red shade - 109 Military Red.


Just look how cute the sample packaging is, it comes complete with the iconic Burberry print and this includes on the actual lipstick too!

Burberry say 

Discover Burberry Kisses, the effortlessly buildable lip colour, designed to give multiple lip looks with just one shade. 

The weightless formula delivers a customisable make-up result – a single kiss of colour gives understated luminosity, two or three kisses give intense depth and vibrancy.
A rich blend of satin-finish pigments and shiny polymers gives luminous colour brilliance
Enriched with our signature blend of tea, lavender and rosehip, the whisper-light texture glides on with supreme comfort and gives six hours of continuous hydration. 

Burberry Kisses shade No.109 Military Red, actual colour 

My thoughts 

It is well documented on BeautySwot.com that I adore the Burberry Makeup range, especially the various lipstick formulas and Burberry Kisses doesn't disappoint.

The product feels light on the lips and hydrating. I love that the application can be built up from pretty sheer on first application to full on coverage, as a red this makes it far less scary for me to wear. As a result this is a rare red that I would personally consider wearable for day and of course it will take you right into the evening. It is indeed luminous and bright, lifting the complexion and putting a sparkle in the eyes

Military Red Burberry Kisses is a beautiful true red that I adore.

Take a look at how it looks on me below

Wearing Military Red Burberry Kisses

Burberry Kisses Lipstick cost £25

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