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Divine Caudalie review

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Caudalie as you probably know is French and I’m French and of course I’m totally in love with Caudalie 🙂 When I started watching English’s gurus on YouTube, I was really surprised to see so many girls who enjoy this brand but I was chocked, especially for the USA to see how cost Caudalie’s products !!!! Just for your information in France it’s sold in drugstores and two times cheaper !!! Anyway these things happen if we let us take the example of L’Oreal and its firms, yes it’s french but it’s really expensive compared to the USA 😦
Let’s go back to Caudalie ! The other day I found a set : Divine indulgence set. I was so excited because I heard so many pretty things about Divine oil and never tried until now.

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Divine oil
I have to admit that the packaging is quite something ! Glass bottle, wood lid, gorgeous thing but dangerous if you are clumsy ! About the smell, it’s really particular, in France we are used to feel this typical  Caudalie’s smell, but for strangers I admit at first glance it can be disturbing. But this is something sweet, fresh and so spa.

I really love dry oils because they have a strong moisturizing power and let velvet-skin touch. For me the best way to test one oil is in winter, because we have more needs in hydration. Let me tell you this one is definitively GREAT ! Apply it right after your shower, you don’t have to wait too much to dress, skin is perfectly hydrated. My only regret for this product is that I see my bottle finish too fast.

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Divine scrub
I’m not complicated and demanding, I like scrub that do their job with or without kessa mitt, but I hate ONE THING : greasy film on my skin. Some scrubs leave that and totally pissed me off because I’m feeling like I’m unclean. Thankfully divine scrub don’t do that 🙂 It has the same smell as the oil and let a soft skin. Again I say YES to this product !

I can’t say a lot on the Divine legs because it’s not the right season to apply some tinted body lotion. But I heard it has a very strong tan smell, lot of people don’t like it for that. Honestly I’ll try it when sunny days will return, but I already know that it will not be a fav’ !

It’s a shame that is so pricey abroad, Caudalie is a very good brand with fabulous products. I wish you know someone here in France to send you some of them 🙂

For the Americans you can purchase it right here

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Super Bowl and beauty ?

Okay, clearly this article is almost totally miles away from beauty BUT I don’t care because I just like to write about things I like, enjoy, appreciate and share my desires, fav’s 🙂 so yes tonight is about Superbowl like millions people on Earth. Yes we can be French and know Super Bowl, watch and enjoy it !

Some things I like when I watch the Super Bowl 

1 – Having a ton of cookies !!! It’s bad for weight but clearly I can’t spend four hours watching the Superbowl without my dozens of cookies 😉
2 – Texting with friends who also watch ! Why ? Because there is always that moment when you have the misfortune to raise your head 1 minute of the screen and it goes something important …
3 – I’m weird but if I’m alone I like to do things that take time and are exasperating issue beauty : manicure, epilation so glamorous or my hair color, each to his own 😉
4 – Another weird thing : I like to follow Super Bowl’s online sportive bets.
5 – And this year I would like to add : write articles on my blogs and post nonsense photos on Instagram 😉

Wish you a good evening beauties and GO BRONCOS (sorry for the opposite team 😉 )

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NEW Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

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But what is it hiding behind this packet ? TADA It’s the new Full Exposure Palette by Smashbox ! My new baby from my palettes, remember my motto : we’ll never had enough palettes nudes in our bathroom 😉 You can get this little sweet thing on Sephora or on Smashbox for $49.

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At first glance I can’t stop thinking about Pro Palette by Lorac, because of the packaging, it has two lines : shimmer’s and matte’s and of course it’s nude’s tones ! If you want to be really specific we can’t say it’s a perfect dupe because the Full Exposure has only 14 eyeshadows unlike Lorac which has 16. But great surprise we have one double ended brush 🙂

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I must to admit that the Pro Palette has inflamed beautista’s passions and I missed the shot ! I don’t lose hope to lay one’s hands on it, perseverance always pays off …!

Anyway let’s go back to the point, I really can’t wait to try this beauty plus I heard only good things about Smashbox’s eyeshadows and I have already a good opinion about some products (Photofinish foundation primers). Another good point is samples, I get 3 : Full Exposure and Photo Op Eye Brightening mascaras and Photofinish foundation primer (the classic one and I like it !). Let’s start watching the swatches 😉

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Trianon – Dior Spring Collection 2014

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And … here we are ! Trianon Collection by Dior, my last article about spring collections. A swirl of pop and pastel colours, painting a Versaillais canvas, inspired by Marie-Antoinette and her Petit Trianon.

Nails : For me Dior nail polish are like YSL because colours are really surprising and I must admit that I have a facility to buy these little wonders.For our little nails we can find one pearly rose – Perlé, blue pastel – Porcelaine, peach-apricot – Bouquet and one intense fuchsia – Bloom.

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Perlé – Porcelaine – Bouquet – Bloom

Face : two blush are waiting for us, one bright coral – Corail Bagatelle and one surprising old powdery rose-violet – Pink Rêverie. In this category I’ll add the eye/face palette Trianon. 3 eyeshadows, one eyeliner and one gentle blush. The packaging is precious like a delicate jewellery.

Trianon Palette - Corail Bagatelle - Pink Rêverie

Trianon Palette – Corail Bagatelle – Pink Rêverie

Eyes : Let’s start with the Diorshow mono fusion but with a matte finish ! 4 new shades, entirely matte : Nocturne, Céleste, Songe and Mirage, which are respectively : one black-grey, mauve pastel, peach natural and one sweet taupe.
Continue with the two eye palettes (5 eyeshadows), one is Pastel Fontanges (neutral and pop colours) and the other one is Pink Pompadour (rose tones).
To finish we have the Diorshow mono, Opaline and Angélique, one sumptuous green pastel and one intense mauve.

Diorshow mono fusion matte : Nocturne - Céleste - Songe - Mirage Diorshow mono : Opaline - Angélique Eye palettes : Pastel Fontanges - Pink Pompadour

Diorshow mono fusion matte : Nocturne – Céleste – Songe – Mirage
Diorshow mono : Opaline – Angélique
Eye palettes : Pastel Fontanges – Pink Pompadour

Lips : It’s not less than 9 products including 4 lipsticks, 4 gloss and one Lip Glow.
Rouge Dior : 4 hued that are to be honest “du déjà-vu” but we still want tu buy them if we don’t already possess them. Rose Crinoline – coral peach ; Souveraine – intense red rose ; Courtisane – baby pink and Allégresse – fuchsia.
For gloss we can find Mousseline – champagne ; Minauderie – pearly rose ; Pétillante – nude glitter ; Exquise – fuchsia.
To finish Dior launches a new Lip Glow in Coral.

Rouge Dior : Rose Crinoline - Souveraine - Courtisane - Allégresse Gloss : Mousseline - Minauderie - Pétillante - Exquise

Rouge Dior : Rose Crinoline – Souveraine – Courtisane – Allégresse
Gloss : Mousseline – Minauderie – Pétillante – Exquise

Finally we can find two new faces bases : Pore Minimizer and Glow Maximizer. The first one is to blur pores and matify your skin. The second one brings some shine and luminosity to the skin.

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So now we have officially done with the presentations 🙂 I know I didn’t mention all the brands, but we have a good overview of what await us. Generally we can say colours are almost the same and then it’s a question of packagings 😉

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What happens in the Spring – Collections part.2 final

Let’s see the rest of collections and between us it’s heavy stuff !!!!!!

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Discover English Rose is to discover two collections in one because on the one side we have Rose and on the other one : Sage Green. We can find six nails polish with various colours. And two quatuors eyeshadows : Rose No.10 and Sage Green No.15 (green and taupe shades).

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Yves Saint Laurent – Flower Crush and Spicy Collection
Flower Crush or how to completely fall in love at the first sight ! I think this one is my favorite. Let’s start with a sumptuous eyes palette, 5 shades, and a gorgeous pink-gold blush with feather design. Among lipsticks, 4 new shades flirting with rose, coral, orange shades. To finish with Laque Couture : Rose Scabiosa and Rouge Pablo.
In the same time (and maybe it’s already available) YSL launches a whole new nail’s collection : Spicy Collection. 6 new colours (5 nails polish and 1 top coat), honestly I find them very stunning and unexpected, I rarely seen this before in other brands. I’m so so so so so weak when we talk about Laque Couture, YSL is a creative genius !

photo 4Bobbi Brown – Nude Glow
Bobbi or the Nude Glow, the brand love this philosophy and it’s not the exception at the rule ! Packagings are amazing, as time passes and more Bobbi Brown reaches the top. First we got Brightening finishing powder, 3 shades : Brighten Finish, Bronze Glow and Porcelain Pearl. Then 3 eyes  palettes : Nude, Crystal and Bronze. To finish 3 nails polish : Bronze, Pale and Ballet Pink.

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Paul & Joe – My secret garden
Dreamer’s brand take us to My secret garden. I find it’s the only brand offers us very unusual packaging. Paul and Joe and its originality give us one face powder (very very very similar to Météorites by Guerlain). 8 shades for eye palettes (trio), 3 colours for lipsticks same for blush. As you know or maybe not, lovely cases will be available on sale to put your lipsticks or eyeshadow trio.

And voila it’s almost over because one brand stays : Dior ! I really want to write one entire article for Dior as Chanel, because all products deserve to be mentioned ! So stay tuned 😉

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What happens in the Spring – Collections part.1

After Chanel’s collection it’s time to see what is going on for spring. To avoid writing an article that looks like a 1000 page novel I’ll write it in two-part.

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Let’s start with Brow Liner, a newborn which is as the name suggests a brow pencil. For me it looks like the Eye Brows from M.A.C. and there will be 4 colours. Good news it’s double endend with a lash brush.
Next one is a pressed powder for a natural looking finish. It helps to set the foundation, reduce shine, fragrance-free. 6 shades available.

photo 2Guerlain – Météorites Blossom
What a poetic name for an enchantress collection ! Among the new features we can mention the Météorites Bubble, described as a cream blush with a satin finish. Two colours : fuchsia and rose macaron.
Spring is synonymous with eyebrows this year because Guerlain introduce us its own solution for our brows : a treasure with 3 coulours and 1 highlighter, work for every tones of brows.

photo (1)Lancôme – French Ballerine
We let ourselves out in the world of classical dance with this collection. Between two arabesques, we discover Ombre Hypnôse Dazzling Shadow (similar to Illusion d’ombre by Chanel), two shades : Topaze Doré and Spinelle Rose.
The leap bring us to Rose Ballerine, lovely blush and one palette contains some pretty nudes hued. To finish, let your nails wear a sweet pink or a taupe satin, without forgetting to apply the colorboost base.

all products givenchyGivenchy – Over Rose
I think the name sums up the whole collection, Givenchy dresses us pink from head to toe ! Star product : the Prismissime in Euphoric Pink is 9 shades destined to our cheeks and lips. The rest is a fashionshow of rose, Rouge Interdit in Rose Sensation, nail polish in Rose Addiction, Prism eyeshadows in Rose Attraction and even the famous Noir Couture mascara perks itself in pink with some strange taupe glints (I think it’s totally weird ! ).

I hope you enjoy and I see you quickly for the next and final part 🙂 tell me what you want, prefer in comments.

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Chanel Collection Spring 2014 – Notes de printemps

Bye bye Christmas, winter, cold wind and say hello to spring 🙂 Actually we can’t say totally goodbye to winter but our eyes can dream with all the new spring collections ! Today I would like to introduce you : Notes de printemps by Chanel which is such a pleasure for the eyes ! It’s not less than 18 new colors, sprinkled throughout the products of Chanel. For more simplicity I separated them in 4 categories : nails, face, eyes and lips.

Nails : These are two new shades that will certainly create some “must have” or “absolutely want” with the makeupalcoholic ! Charivari and Tapage : the first is a gorgeous plum and the second is an intense red (strawberry).

Face : Chanel offers us two beautiful cream blush with satin finish, and the colors have such power to make us smile : Chamade and Intonation. Chamade reminds me of Sweet Dot (blush Instain by TheBalm) and Intonation will “apricot” nicely our cheeks. To finish, there is a new shade for the Poudre universelle compacte (natural finish pressed powder) : Préface. It’s quite bit a different color from the others, because this one is more pink tone compared to the existing one which is more yellow/beige.

Eyes : Chanel, as usual, has the habit to create some unforgettable or very desirable color, and this time is not an exception : Quadrille. It’s a quadra eyeshadow composed of a lavender grey, golden ivory, rosy apricot and brown chocolate. As I say all the time : we never had enough nudes in our beauty bag 😉
We also can discover two new colors for the Illusion d’ombre : Diapason and Impulsion. Diapason is very similar to Illusoire with warmer glints. Impulsion is a cute baby pink.
And the last product for the eyes is an eyeshadow duo, Rose Majeur, neutral pink and sort of a dark black/violet with some gold glints.

Lips : this is the category with the largest number of products, 9 to be precise. Let’s start with Sonic Pink, precision lip definer, the name is quite evocative take a look a the photo. Then, there are two gloss : Sonate and Murmure, a raspberry red and a nude pink.
Rouge Allure : Mélodieuse, apricot red and Fougueuse is a fushia pink.
Rouge Allure Velvet (matte finish), La Diva is a baby pink and L’Adorée which is not completely a parma, it can appears strangely on photos but go take a look on swatch. I find it definitively pretty and wearable.
Rouge Coco : Dédicace is a natural pink and Triomphe a sort of sweet apricot (yes apricot again !!!).
US can shop the collection right here 🙂

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I hope you will enjoy this article, I recommend you go to Temptalia to have a clear idea of what colors can look. See you soon for more articles about other spring collections 🙂

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Review Naked 3 – surprise ?

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I received this little sweet thing on December, of course I couldn’t stop myself to buy it surely because I love Urban Decay and all they do, especially the Naked ones ! The surprise wasn’t entire thanks to internet + press conference + the big mistake of Sephora France (yes they put the palette on sale when it wasn’t yet out wooooops !). So I knew this palette was rose neutrals shades and I was a bit afraid of that because I got nothing against pink shades but it’s definitely not my preferred color ! And as the saying goes only fools never change their minds and my passion for make up I bought it ! Let’s see how pink almost won my heart.

The main subject : the palette is not different in its look, it has the same appearance as the Naked 2, the palette is more textured and embossed with a lovely gold rose color, typography also changed a bit. For now there is nothing extraordinary, when you open it you find dozen hued, one double ended brush (different from the one in the Naked 2) and of course large mirror.

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What I think : let’s be honest if you don’t like pink shades don’t buy this palette because every eyeshadow is precisely in this tone ! For me it’s a lovely discovery, colors are easily wearable and as in all the Naked ones you can create a lot of make up, from the discrete nude to the most worked smoky. The big surprise is that there are some taupe/beige shades, so you can easily nuance the pink side.

Concretely : there are 3 matte, 6 pearly and 3 glimmering eyeshadows. About matte ones I’m sure of the number for the rest I left to each of you to decide what kind of finish it is. When I say “glimmering” I mean you can really see the glitter in the eyeshadow 😉 All hued are very easy to work, pigmentation is A-MA-ZING, if you want more intensity or luminosity work gradually, layer by layer or you can wet the eyeshadow. Because YES ALL THE UD’S EYESHADOWS CAN GET WET, they were made for it so don’t hesitate to try and see the result 😉

To finish I don’t think it’s gonna be my favorite because there is not enough diversity for the colors but I absolutely don’t regret my purchase, it helped me to discover new shades and see that fit very well with my brown eyes 🙂 Surprise ? Yes it is, don’t forget that all hued are never seen before, they are all new so if you like Urban Decay, if you like the Naked ones just go buy it 😉

Price : $52 available here for US

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Laura Mercier or the essence of luxury

Before I start this article, I would like to say thank you to be here for this new adventure on the beauty’s blogosphere. I’m so happy to see the number of visitors and readers increase, I really hope you enjoy my articles 🙂 and so I would like to wish you an Happy New Year filled with love, passions, dreams, success, happinness and the most important : don’t forget to just be yourself.

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Well, well, well let’s start serious things ! I can’t stop myself thinking about Laura Mercier and how its products are A-MA-ZING ! For me it’s so rare to find a luxury brand which has a sort of continuity in all its products. I mean, regardless of you are taking a look at skincares/bodycares or make-up, you will always have an amazing quality and results ! This is why I put Laura Mercier on my Top 5 !

And today I would like to present you a set, if I don’t say nonsense it was available during the Christmas period on Sephora.com , in France it names : Duo Body and Bath in english it’s : Body and Bath Duet, and it regroups two products : one soufflé body crème (whipped cream) and one bath salts. To be honest with you, on the first place I wanted to buy the set of 4 soufflé body crème (fresh fig, crème brûlée, almond coconut milk and crème de pistache scents !) but I missed them, damned sold out !

Let’s focus on what I have 😉 so I bought this set in almond coconut milk ! I was afraid by the “too sweet side of crème brûlée” so I take the other one, and I’m a huge lover of almond’s scent. If you don’t like strong smells that rest on your skin a lot of hours just go your way ! I was really shocked and surprised by that, but it’s very pleasant and if you have a boyfriend, normally he should love this smell on you ! Of course about the bath salts, it’s not the same story, the smell is much less present.

Important informations : leaving aside the smell, I’m not totally convinced by the moisturize side. I have a bad skin in winter, especially on my legs that tend to look like crocodile skin (how is it glamorous ?!) so this cream doesn’t work well on this part of my body, but for the rest it’s perfect. It leaves your skin soft with the impression of having a baby skin !

I almost forget to tell you about the packaging, it’s a travel size (6 fl oz/150 mL) but we can found again this luxury side with gorgeous glass jars (at least I think it is glass !) and the set was presented in a lovely packet with a red wreath. To finish it costs : $48 and is available here .

I think it’s not gonna be my last article on Laura Mercier 🙂 again I wish you an Happy New Year and see you soon beauties ❤

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Review – Guerlain Tenue de perfection Timeproof foundation SPF20

Hi girls 🙂 Today I would like to introduce you the new foundation by Guerlain : Tenue de perfection, Timeproof foundation. I get many samples and tested for a week now ! Let’s go for the review 🙂

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First what the brand says : Guerlain, the master of coulour and texture has dreamed up the perfect attire for the complexion a velvety-soft foundation. Its Timeproof Complex blends into the skin for ultimate correction, comfort and flawlessy sleek wear. Silky-soft and sublime, the complexion has never been so alluring even after the clock strikes midnight.

What I think : the texture is quite rich and creamy but it’s very pleasant to apply onto the skin. The really first striking thing is the full coverage, but it’s surprising we didn’t feel like wearing foundation, it looks natural and it has a matte finish. The skin has a soft side and the foundation is quickly dry (so gooood so practicaaaal, I miss this a lot with other foundations !). About the long lasting, this promise is very well kept ! No lie, no fake up argument, it really works : the first three days I applied it in the morning at 7am for a removing around midnight. It had not moved, colour was the same (no oxidation) I was just a bit oily but nothing dramatic. I think this foundation will be so perfect for oily skin because it has a special formula based on silica beads capture excess oil. I would recommend you to do not powder, even if you have oily skin because I find we get a cakey face, but it’s just my opinion !

In conclusion : people who don’t like some rich textures or looking for light coverage, you probably will not like this foundation. For others, it could be a perfect foundation for winter because as I said above the texture is rich/moisturizing and if like me you adore to have a good coverage in winter, you will fall in love (with the product not the price 😉 ) The bad point is the shades, with my sample I get the 03 Beige Natural which is a bit too darker but the 02 Beige Clair (after swatch) is too light so … I guess if I want the perfect color I will have to buy the two shades or get thousands of samples of one of two colors ^^

Useful information :

  • Tenue de perfection, Timeproof foundation, Guerlain – US$59 – 6 shades
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