Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Estée Lauder's Latest Launches for 2016 | Luxurious Beauty


Hello my Bunnies,

I'm here today to talk to you about Estée Lauder's latest launches. I was lucky enough to be invited to the press conference last week and to receive some of the new products to try at home.

Some of the products have been available for a few days, weeks or months and some are not out yet (but will be very soon !)

This post isn't a review by any mean as I haven't had enough time to give the products a proper road test. The point of this article is to talk to you as effectively and as succinctly the new products that can now be found.

I'm really happy to be able to talk to you about this brand as I've discovered quite a few nice things from them and I find that it's a brand that doesn't appear very often online.

If the brand had - until not long ago - a design and a range that made me think that it was more suited for adults (yup, 24 and I still don't consider myself as an adult) I find that recently the brand has become more welcoming for younger customers (probably thanks to Kendall) and that their products are becoming more and more attractive.

Personally, amongst other things, I really like their famous Double Wear Foundation (see it in action here) as well as pretty much every version of their Cheek Powder Gelée (used here for instance) which often comes out in limited editions.


When I was attending the press conference, I must say that I was astonished to see how many new things were being released. What you can see on the pictures is only part of what's to come.

I was also very excited for the press conference as last time I discovered the Color Envy Lip Potions (reviewed here) which are probably my best beauty find in 2015.

Speaking of lipsticks, there are two new lipstick launches this season as well as a lip treatment.

There are the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss which are just like glosses, shiny with a fair tint of colour and the Pure Color Envy Lip Lacquers which offer a great color payoff and a very shiny (very shiny !) finish. I haven't tried them but I can tell you that the colour selection is really nice and that they smell of vanilla. They're already available at around CHF 36.- each.


As for the treatment, it is made out of two parts, a lip balm on one side and a plumping serum for around the lips on the other. It is called the New Dimension Plump + Fill Expert Lip Treatment* and is available for around CHF 58.-

The treatment for the skin around the lips is both supposed to brighten the shadows with light reflecting ingredients, but also, as you use it, to give the lips more volume thanks to the pro-collagene technology.

I haven't really used it yet so I can't tell you much about my experience, but I'd say that the lip balm is a good lip balm, comfortable to wear but not extraordinary.

The idea behind the New Dimension range is to have products that will help on the long term and products that give the illusion (of fuller lips for instance) until the products that will actually help your lips get fuller starts to work.

In september they launched a new serum that was supposed to help reshape the face (the jaw line for instance), and at the same time a contouring kit to reshape the face with makeup while the serum was working on actually reshaping it from the inside.

In the same New Dimension range you'll find a cream for the eye area, one for the neck and décolleté as well as an eyeshadow trio to help contour the eye ares.


Makeup wise, there's a new concealer, it's the Double Wear Waterproof all day extreme wear concealer* available for around CHF 38.-

The shade I got is a bit too dark for my skin but tried on the back of my hand it gave a very natural finish and was indeed waterproof.

I'll need to find someone to really try it out but I feel like the texture is really nice and would work really nicely on the skin.


Lastly in terms of makeup they released the Sumptuous Knockout mascara* which is available at around CHF 39.-

This mascara promises a matt black colour, volume and length without any clumps. On paper I'm sold ! I haven't had the chance to try it yet and I've never used an Estée Lauder mascara so I'm pretty excited.

In the same range, they also reformulated their Double Wear Waterproof Eyliner that can be used both a liners and as eyeshadow. They come with a little silicon end to smudge them and a sharpener hidden inside so that you can have a more precise line as they're twist ups. I haven't tried them but they're available for about CHF 28.-


In terms of fragrance, they launched of fourth version of the Modern Muse fragrance which is called Eau de Rouge* and that's available for about CHF 55.- for 30 ml.

I can already tell you that it's my favourite variation out of all the Modern Muse fragrances (however, to be completely honest I'm not a fan of the original one or of the Chic one, but I really like the Rouge one that was launched this summer/automn) as it is fresher and more subtle.

I'm also completely in love with the packaging, which quite frankly would be a really nice gift idea for Valentine's Day.


Let's have a look at skincare now. To start off with, the NightWear Plus 3-Minute Detox Mask* that is available for around CHF 91.-

It's a pastel green, very liquidy mask, that has a fresh cucumber scent. This clay based mask is supposed to detoxify the skin in just 3 minutes and prepare it for the following steps in your skincare routine, thus improving their efficiency. It should help clarify pores and control the amount of sebum your skin produces.

As I've only used it once, I can't really tell you how good it actually is, however I can tell you that I find the concept of a 3-minute mask ideal as it allows me to leave it on my skin while I brush my skin. Thus I can do face masks more often without making my routine any longer.

the kid in me is so ridiculously happy :P
There's also a new mask in the Advanced Night Repair range, it is the Concentrated Recovery PowerFoil Mask* that I decided to show you on as it's much nicer more fun.

This little futuristic looking sheet mask contains has much active ingredients as half a bottle of the serum of the same range. It's probably one of the reasons for the price as this will set you back CHF 120.- for 4 masks.

The aluminum is there to insure that the active ingredients don't get lost into thin air but stay on your skin and thus work better. The mask is supposed to repair the skin, be hydrating, and soothing for the skin.

I must admit that with that kind of price tag I was expecting nothing short of a miracle … but as you might expect, in terms of skincare, miracles don't happen in 10 minutes. My skin was really soft when I took it off and well hydrated but I didn't notice any dramatic difference.

*I'm using the Advanced Night Repair serum (which I'm really happy about) every other night any way so I'm thinking that it might make the mask seem less efficient as they are after all pretty much the same thing. Also, Estée Lauder advises to use a mask/week but I can't afford to try that.

I must also admit that sadly this sheet mask isn't the best out there. The aluminum makes it lose some of its flexibility therefore meaning that it doesn't fit on the skin as nicely as it could (as you can see on the picture) and it doesn't stick to the skin particularly well either. This means that you should stay still while wearing it rather than trying to take blog pictures maybe...


In terms of skincare, they also came up with a lighter version of their Revitalizing Supreme anti aging creme which is now called Revitalizing Supreme Light Global Anti-Aging Creme Oil Free*.

This is a nice addition to the range as the original version was far too rich for skins like mine.

This cream is supposed to fight every aspect of skin aging and to nourish the skin to keep it hydrated, all the while balancing the production of sebum. It is most suited for normal to combination skin types.

I haven't tried it yet so all I can tell you is that it exists, that it costs about CHF 75.- for 30ml and that it will be available from mid-february.


They also launched a "new" eye cream back in september that is called the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Eye Creme*.

This cream contains ingredients that are supposed to increase the skin's natural production of collagen by 215% in just 72 hours.

To be honest, I can't really try this out and judge it as my under eye area is only 24 years old and fortunately still looks young enough, but I can tell you that I've been enjoying using it for the past few months.

That being said, it better be freaking efficient as buying this eye cream will set you back CHF 285.- It is sold with a massage wand made out of cooling gold alloy that I haven't tried but that you can see here.

*I have now given my pot to my parents so we'll see what they think of it.

In the same Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond range, they launched a black truffle and bamboo charcoal mask that is extremely black which is supposed to give you the experience of a SPA at home (and to help you scare off your family as it is very black !) It is the Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Revitalizing Mask.


Finally, Estée Lauder launched a body cream. It is the Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Body Creme*.

This cream will help tone your skin and nourish it. It'll be available from mid-february for about CHF 94.-

Once again, I'm not really fitted to try it out and judge it as my skin looks pretty much as young as it could but I'll see if I can find someone to try it for me.


So I imagine that your reaction could be : OMG EVERYTHING IS SO EXPENSIVE !

Well … it is.

However I'm convinced that you can find good products anywhere and that some will be very affordable and others very expensive. For me, if a product performs I don't mind spending a bit more for it.

The point of this article is not just to tell you that this and that product exist, but if there are some of the above-mentionned products that particularly interest you, don't hesitate to let me know and I'll try to do as much of an in-depth review as I can. Some will pop up on the blog anyway but if there's one on particular that you want to know more about, don't hesitate to let me know.

My goal is that together we can work to find Holy Grail products in the thousands of products that are out there regardless of whether they're high end or high street.

And if you have any experience with some of these products, don't hesitate to leave a comment down below so that we can all share each other's knowledge and experience.

Is there anything that you find tempting, intriguing, exciting in this selection of products ?

x
Macha

*products given by the brand for consideration

Sunday, 7 February 2016

One Palette, One Tutorial | Smashbox Double Exposure


Hello my Bunnies,

As promised in my last post, I’m here today with a tutorial !

This tutorial was inspired by one of Jacklyn Hill’s latest video on her youtube channel. After watching it (you can find it here), I was left with the urge to recreate something similar and I did so using my latest palette acquisition, the Smashbox Double Exposure palette.

For the eyes I used nothing else than this palette but for the base I went all out as you will see and used a wide array of products and tools.


I didn’t do a step by step picture tutorial for the face makeup as you couldn’t really see anything on the pictures but I’ll explain everything in details.


I started by working my base. 

I applied my Make Up For Ever Mattifying primer all over my face and the anti-redness primer around my nose and between my brows where I tend to get a bit red.

For foundation I used the Estée Lauder Double Wear that I applied with my Beauty Blender. When used with a light hand it doesn’t look as cakey as I was afraid it would and I really really like it ! I’m particularly impressed with its longevity.

I powdered everything with my Innisfree No Sebum powder bought on eBeauty and Care and applied a spritz of the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray.

I then moved straight onto the eyes.


On the picture above you can see everything that I used on my eyes. The little yellow brushes come from an eye brush kit from Eco Tools that I bought on Lexie’s shop (here) the flat brush is the MAC 239, the purple brush is the Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush and for my brows I used my MAC 266 and Omega eyeshadow also from MAC.


As I told you, for the eyes I used nothing else than the Smashbox Double Exposure palette to create this look. Here's the step by step tutorial :

*for each step the left eye shows the result and the right eye shows how to do it.



1. Apply an eye primer in order to help the colours stay all day. I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion.

2. Apply shade 7 under the brow bone to make the area look smoother, and all the way down to the crease to make blending easier later.

3. Apply shade 6 in the crease all the way from the outer corner to the inner corner. Spend a lot of time blending (a lot of time !) until there's absolutely no harsh line and the colour creates a sort of halo above the eyelid.

4. Apply shade 13 in the outer corner up to the crease and blend the edges so that you can't see any line between shade 6 and shade 13 but don't bring shade 13 above the crease.


5. Apply the same shade (13) in the inner corner in a similar way as you did in step 4 but with a smaller brush for a more precise result.

6. Wet a flat brush with a little bit of water or some makeup setting spray (here I used the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray.)

*the good thing with this palette is that you can use the shadows wet or dry and though their claim that 14 shadows turn into 28 isn't true, using them wet definitely amps up their intensity.

7. Apply shade 3 with the wet brush as opaquely as possible in the centre of the lid, going slightly over shade 13 in the inner and outer corner.

8. With a small brush, blend the edges between shade 3 and 13. You might add a little bit of either shade to help soften the edges as much as possible. Try to make it impossible to clearly see where the limit between the two shades is.


9. Apply a little bit of concealer to hide any dark circle and/or fallouts (though you won't experience any fallout if you use this palette) and blend using your favourite tool (I used the Soap&Glory Kick Ass concealer and my Beauty Blender)

10. Brighten the under eye area with a highlighting concealer (I used the YSL Touche Eclat and blended it with my Beauty Blender)

11. Highlight the inner corner of the eye with shade 4 and a tiny brush or your finger to make the eyes appear bigger.

12. Apply several coats of mascara (and why not some falsies if you feel like it …) I used the Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Feline Black mascara.

And here's the finished look !


You could finish it up with a bit of winged eyeliner but I'm not very good at applying eyeliner and I found that the look was intense enough as it was.


Back to my skin, I started by doing a bit of contour with the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder that I applied with my Zoeva Cream Cheek brush under my cheekbones (you can see it on the last picture.) I really like this contour as the shade is perfect and it's fairly easy to use.

To make my contour look slightly more intense I took my NYX Twin Cake powder in a shade too light for my skin and applied it in a straight line right under my contour all the way down to my jaw line with my Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 brush. I then swiped any excess with a big powder brush. It's a technique that I discovered in the same Jacklyn Hill's video and I wanted to try it.

For blush I used the MAC Spellbinder blush from the Faerie Whispers collection. It's quickly become my favourite blush as it really makes me look healthy and prettier with a hint of fairy tale. I applied it with my Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 brush.

With the same brush, after swiping it on a muslin cloth to get rid of any colour leftover (a brilliant technique to "clean" your brushes in the middle of doing your makeup as it allows you to use the same brush and not have all the colours mixed up on your face) I applied my highlighter, the MAC Sparkling Rose from the same collection as the blush on my cheekbones and under the brow bone. I really like it as it's not too intense that it's scary but not too subtle that you can't tell it's there (though on the pictures you absolutely can't tell it's there…)

I powdered everything again with my Soap&Glory One Heck of a Blot powder (I know it seems like a lot of powder but I have very oily skin !)


On my lips I'm wearing Clinique Nude Pop lipstick but I forgot to include it in my pictures.

*if you've been around for a while you'll know that I've been cursed and that I alway forget to include the lipstick I'm wearing in my tutorials.




And this is how it ends … If you have any comments, suggestions or questions, don't hesitate to let me know !

As for me, I'll see you next week for my post on Estée Lauder's latest launches.

What do you think of this look ? Would you wear it in your daily life ?

x
Macha

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Get Ready With Me | Extended Version


Hello my Bunnies,

I'm finally back now that my exams are sort of over (and I had a bit of a lack of inspiration too.)

To celebrate that, I'm back with a never-seen-before-on-my blog type of post: It's a Get Ready With Me, but instead of talking about my makeup and nothing else like I usually did, I'm talking you through my whole routine.

Not only am I going to talk about every product I used, I'm also going to give you mini reviews for each of them.

Get ready, it's a long one !

I'll start with a kind of disclaimer, as not all my mornings go like this one did, far from it.

It was yesterday, on a wednesday. What you should know is that I'm a student who works in a restaurant and does cover works in schools. This means that my timetable is very irregular and I often have free time on weekdays as I work at night and at the weekend at the restaurant.

So yesterday, I woke up quite late as I worked at the restaurant until it closed on tuesday night and my plan was to get ready for the Estée Lauder press event, all the while taking pictures for this post as well as for a tutorial. Quite the schedule !


Usually, the first thing I do when I wake up, no matter what the program for the rest of the day is, is to take a shower. I did an exception yesterday and started by applying my L'Alpage Inalp mattifying and smoothing* mask (reviewed here) because I wanted my skin to be particularly smooth and matte in order for my makeup to apply better and to stay matte longer.

I let it sit while I showered.


In the shower, I started by using my Bumble and bumble Bb Sunday shampoo which I use about once a week to deeply clean my hair and I'm really enjoying using it. I find that it leaves my hair really clean and lighter but it doesn't feel stripped or completely dehydrated.

I then applied my Tigi S-Factor Serious Conditioner that smells like strawberries and that I really love though I'm starting to wish I could get through this giant tub that I mistakenly ordered years ago.

I then washed my body using the L'Occitane Amande shower oil that I reviewed here.

I then tied my hair up and left my conditioner and face mask to sit a little while longer while I got dry and set everything ready to take my pictures and do my makeup.

I then rinsed off my face and hair mask using cold water as I heard that it makes hair shinier and it activates skin circulation.


Before jumping into my skin care routine I used my Skin Food Pineapple Peeling gel (bought on eBeauty and Care and reviewed here) which I really love because it's really gentle yet makes my skin much softer and I can even use it when my skin is feeling under the weather.

I then applied my Michael Todd Blue Green Algae toner which I've been using for years and still love. I'm convinced that the fact that it's anti-bacterial helps to avoid the spreading of breakouts and the lavender it contains helps to soothe the skin. I use it every morning and most evenings.

Then for serum, I use my Reficis Soie Douce hydrating serum* (reviewed here) which I've been using consistently for a few months and really loving. One pump is enough to do my face and neck, it works well with my oily skin and I've seen improvement in terms of the elasticity of my skin.

Finally I use my La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ which I've also been using for years. I'm pretty sure that it's good for my skin and that it helps with my breakouts but I'm getting a bit bored of it so once this one will be empty I'll look for something else.

All the while I'm doing my skincare, my hair is up in a towel to start drying.

the yet nameless chick - Miloula
That's when I went and took care of the menagerie.

The bunnies (4), the guinea pigs (3), the chicken (3), the cat and the turtles (2). That's a whole lot of cuteness waiting to be taken care of.

Jack-Jack - Dynamite - Nivéole
The bunnies and the guinea pigs share an enclosure together with the turtles (who are now hibernating) in the garden. Every evening we lock them in their little houses so that the fox don't eat them and every morning we set them free.

Same goes for the chicken who have their own enclosure at the back of the garden.

Miniardise & Rebond - Anthracite
I really enjoy taking care of them as I find their simple approach to life very soothing and it helps me to take a step back and to look at my "problems" differently. Also : cuteness overload !

Chips
Once I've petted everybody and got my share of fluffiness for the day, it's time to make my own breakfast.


I've started consistently making smoothies for breakfast a few weeks back and there's a recipe that I particularly enjoy.

I use 1 mango, 1 passion fruit, the juice of 1 lime and some coconut milk (either real one or the one on the picture which is mixed with rice milk and water depending on whether I want something more thick or more liquidy)

I put it all in my Breville Blend-Active blender that I shopped on Amazon and it's ready in just a few minutes.


Once it's well blended (sometime I add a little water to make it less thick and more drinkable) I pour it over some ice cubes in a big glass and I enjoy !

It tastes like dessert and is completely guiltfree ! A winner !


When that's done, I start taking care of my hair. I first apply my new Redken All Soft serum* (shopped on Parfumcity) that's so good that it made me forget my Moroccanoil !!! I detangle the mane using my Wet Brush (reviewed here) and let my hair air dry while I do my makeup.


Here you can see everything I used for my makeup. On a daily basis I NEVER use that many product but I was doing a tutorial and trying new products and new techniques and also wanted to step out of my comfort zone, that's why I used that many things.

I'm not going to give you the details of how I did my makeup as the tutorial will be coming up at the end of the week but here's the finished look.


At this point, as you can imagine, I was starting to really run out of time so I didn't have time to do my nails.

I still wanted to do something with my hair so I grabbed my Steam Pod* for the first time (it's been sitting on my desk for 3 months, no joke!) and used it to tame any fly-aways and quite frankly I loved the result. Quick and efficient !


But I didn't have any time left to take pictures at this point so I grabbed my bag, keys and phone and ran out the door to go to that Estée Lauder press event and discover all the wonderful things that await us in 2016.

If you want to know how I did my makeup, come back on sunday when I'll post a step-by-step tutorial and come back next week when I'll be talking about all the new things that Estée Lauder are going to be launching in 2016.

I'd love to know what you think about this kind of post, and I really hope you enjoyed it !

x
Macha

*products given by the brand, PR, seller

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Laneige BB Cushion & Jet Curling Mascara | Review


Hello my Bunnies,

You may remember, back in november, I talked to you about my haul on Style Korean (read more about it here) where I promised you a review.

Well the time for this review has finally come !

I ordered a BB cushion as well as a mascara from the prestigious korean brand Laneige.

One of the two products convinced me, the other didn't, read more to find out why :)


Laneige Jet Curling Mascara x Playnomore

This is the first product I tried and it wasn't long until I knew whether I liked it or not.

Indeed, when it comes to mascara, I know exactly what I like and don't like as well as what I want.

I bought this mascara on a whim without looking it up at all and I knew that I could be disappointed. But I just couldn't resist its cuuuute packaging !

Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened.

This mascara, as the name would suggest, is supposed to curl your lashes. I couldn't really judge on that because, if I'm unlucky enough to have very short lashes, I'm lucky enough to have them quite curled naturally, regardless of what mascara I'm wearing.

But what I know for sure, is that it lacks volume and intensity. As you can see on the picture, the result after one coat, is very discreet.

When you try and build it up, you can intensify it a little but you have to be very careful when doing so otherwise it clumps up very easily.

I would therefore say that this mascara is more suited for people looking for a very natural result, curly, defined, with just a hint of colour.


Laneige BB Cushion [Pore Control]

The second product I tried out was this BB cushion. From what I know, it's very popular in Korea (Asia ?) to have this kind of container for BB creams and they're slowly making their way over here (Lancôme, Kiko and Physician's formula have some for instance.) The way it works is that the product is inside the sponge that you can see in the compact on the picture above. To get the product you simply push on the sponge with your fingers, brush, beauty blender or the flat little sponge that also comes inside the compact.

When it comes to the packaging, I admit that I don't really see the point of the cushion… I don't find it to be particularly convenient compared to a tube or something with a pump. It does look nice but it also takes more room, and the sponge that comes with it is nothing special. I also feel like it could be better in terms of hygiene. When I look at it, I can't help but picture a bunch of little bacterias happily swimming around in the cushion, even if I always use a clean sponge to take the product. #glamour

I sometimes use my Beauty Blender to apply it because I like the finish on the skin better but I always feel a bit ridiculous taking makeup from a sponge with another sponge.


So I'm not a big fan of the packaging, however, I must say that the product inside is really quite nice !

The shade I ordered is slightly too pale for me but if I blend it enough and apply a hint of bronzer it's not a problem.

What I really like about this BB cushion is that it's really good at making my skin look more even and getting rid of redness even if it's not enough to completely cover my acne scars (as you can see on the pictures below.)

As for the name, [pore controle] I must say that it doesn't disappoint !

My pores around my nose and on my cheeks are quite visible and this BB cushion really helps to hide them. It doesn't make them disappear completely obviously but it really helps.

In terms of longevity, it isn't the longest lasting foundation I've tried but it's average when I compare it to my other skin bases. My face eats up my foundation anyway and I'm yet to find a foundation that will last all day on me.

The finish isn't mat, it's more natural-dewy, this means that, with my oily skin, I have to powder it to mattify it a bit and set it. If I really want to focus on making my pores disappear, I will use my Etude House Dear Girls powder (which I talked about here), which combined with this cushion almost makes my pores disappear entirely !


All in all, I wouldn't repurchase the mascara because I like a much more intense look, but I would really recommend it to anyone looking for a very natural look as it separates the lashes nicely and adds a bit of colour. It lasts really well all day without smudging or flaking and isn't a pain to remove.

As for the BB cushion, it's a really good light to medium coverage base. You can build it up a bit by layering it but you'll never get a full coverage. Personally I really like it for more low-key days when I don't mind that my skin doesn't look absolutely perfect. It feels comfortable on the skin and doesn't break me out (which happens quite a lot.) I'm not convinced that the cushion compact is any better than a tube but I don't really mind it. All in all, it hasn't rock my world so I probably won't repurchase it but I will happily use it until the end.

What do you think about BB cushions ?

x
Macha

Thursday, 21 January 2016

What Are Shower Oils Good For ? | Rituals, L'Alpage & L'Occitane


Hello my Bunnies,

Last week I was talking about my face cleansing oils (here) and today, to stick with the theme, I want to talk to you about my body cleansing oils.

A few years back, I tried the Dove and the Nivea in-shower moisturizers but didn't find them very convincing. I didn't really like their scent and one of them also made me terribly itchy.

I had sort of given up on the whole in-shower hydration idea until I discovered Lush Ro's Argan (which I talked about here) and it's truly amazing !

I was therefore happy to start experimenting with shower oils this winter and I'm now ready to talk about the ones I've tried.


I gave three of them a try: The first one I tried is the Rituals… Sakura Spring Foaming Shower Oil that I bought in a discovery set at Sephora.

I also tried the Mielicime Nourishing Shower Oil* from the Swiss brand L'Alpage.

And last but not least, the oh-so-famous Amande Shower Oil from L'Occitane which I got in my advent calendar.


I must say that though I have been trying to compare these oils in terms of efficiency I haven't been able to get any clear results.

Honestly, from what I've experienced in the shower and afterwards, there isn't much difference between the three.

They all feel very soft on the skin and turn into a rich lather once in contact with water. Meaning that they are very pleasant to use. The application is effortless as they glide on the skin and leave you feeling clean.

All three help with moisture but I want to warn you that if you have crocodile legs you shouldn't expect to be able to skip moisturiser once you get out of the shower.

I'd say that the good thing about shower oils is that when you leave the shower, your skin isn't drier than when you walked in as it can be the case with some shower gels.

These shower oils make sure that your skin gets out of the shower at least as moisturized as it was before and help counteract the effects of limestone and shower gel, which tend to dry out the skin.

Your skin therefore won't be more hydrated when you get out of the shower (anyway I don't think so, or ever so slightly more) but it won't be drier either, which is usually the case.

I have to say however that since I started using these, a little over a month ago, I have found that my skin was getting softer. It could be the weather, it could be what I'm eating, you never know, but I'm pretty sure that using shower oils instead of shower gels consistently for a month has made my skin softer than it was before and considering how pleasant they are to use I'd say that it'd be worth switching from your usual shower gel to a shower oil.


As for choosing between the three that I have … Well that's a pickle (anyone still uses this expression ? ^^) as they're all good at doing what they're supposed to.

Like I said, they all perform well and feel similar on the skin. So how should you choose if you don't want to buy all three. Here are a few tips:

All three packagings look good in my opinion but I have to say that the oil from Rituals wins in terms of packaging because of its pump. Indeed the pump makes it slightly easier to use and to control the amount of oil you're using. Though the other two are good, the pump is just slightly better.

The price could be another decisive argument. L'Alpage and L'Occitane are in the same price range (22.90 for 200ml and 25.- for 250ml) whereas Rituals is a bit cheaper (13.50 for 200ml) however slightly harder to find in Switzerland.

If you care about a brand's ethic then I would advise going for L'Alpage as they use as many natural ingredients as possible and more importantly are making a big effort to keep every step of the production local (read more about it here). In a world where everything we consume travels so much I find that this is important and should come into consideration at least every now and again.

Last but not least, you might care about the scent. If we all have different opinions on the matter, I can still give you mine. Out of the three, the one I like the most is L'Occitane because I find the Rituals one to be a tad too floral/strong/grown-up for my taste and though I like the scent of the L'Alpage one that's quite rich and sweet but I just like L'Occitane a bit better as it's sweet but very subtle.

If I had to choose now between the three, what would I do ? I would either go for l'Alpage, in winter, as I find the scent more appropriate for the season and am starting to care more and more about the ethic of the products I use, or I would pick from another range from Rituals as I do find the pump very convenient and it's cheaper than the other two but I don't particularly like the scent of this range.

Do you use shower oil ? What's your favourite one ?

x
Macha

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