Sunday, 22 November 2015

L'Alpage | My Review on Swiss Cosmetics

Hello my Bunnies,

I don't know if you remember but back in september, I wrote a post about the swiss brand l'Alpage.

As I said in my last post (you can find it here) my first encounter with the brand blew me away.

Since then, I've tried out the products and I'm now ready to talk to you about them. If you want to learn more about the brand in itself, check out my last post linked above.

As this picture may suggest, I've kept on being impressed with the products.

* please excuse my very tired face

I'm going to start with the mask from the Inalp range.

It's a mask that is supposed to be mattifying and smoothing, it is called the Mattifying & Smoothing Face Mask Anti-Pollution*.

The founder of the brand also told me that it might tingle when you first apply it and that you can leave it on for as long as you want, as it doesn't dry out like a clay mask would.

After several use of this mask, I can confirm that everything is true.

When I take it off, I can immediately feel that my skin is smoother and much much softer.

The mattifying effect is also obvious. It doesn't last very long on me but the day after using it, my skin is definitely less shiny than it usually is.

When I apply it, which I usually do with a brush because it's more precise and makes you use less product, I do feel a slight tingling feeling but it doesn't last very long and isn't too uncomfortable.

I also agree with the claim that you can wear it for as long as you want. I can leave it on for an hour and it never dries completely, it therefore doesn't make the skin tight like a clay mask does and remains comfortable to wear the whole time.

I also really appreciate the fact that you need very little product to do the whole face. I've used it about ten times and only used a quarter of the pot. This means that the pot will last a really long time !

I actually have nothing bad to say about this mask. It does what it says it does and like I said in my previous post, I really like the philosophy of the brand.

You can find this mask on their website, here, for 39.95 CHF, on which website you can also find the stores that stock the brand.

The second product I want to talk to you about is the Micellar Cleansing Water Sensitive Skin* from the range called Le Nuage.

I'm completely smitten with this micellar water that takes off all my makeup as well as my eye makeup (as long as I'm not wearing waterproof mascara) without irritating the skin or stinging the eyes.

It's a micellar water that has a very interesting texture. It's thicker than most micellar water and almost has a gel consistency. But it doesn't affect its efficiency, I even wonder if it doesn't make it glide on the skin more smoothly.

I think that's all I have to say about it. It's a brilliant micellar water. It takes makeup off very easily and doesn't sting my eyes and that's all I really ask for.

It's a bit up-there in price but to be honest I still haven't found a cheap micellar water that I really really like and of course, natural and locally sourced ingredient are pricier. You've just got to determine what matters most to you.

You can find it on the website, here, for 24.95 CHF, or in one of the stores that stock l'Alpage.

Lastly, I had also bought the Moisturising Complete Care Gel in the L'Alpiniste range for my dad. I promised that I would tell you how he's getting on with it, so here comes.

My dad always applies his moisturizer on his eyes and he's really happy that this one doesn't sting his eyes.

For him, a good moisturizer has to be very hydrating, all day long, but most of all, it cannot be sticky, at all. This moisturizer checks both boxes.

However, he finds that the scent is too strong for his liking, though I actually really like it.

If a man in your life is looking for a good hydrating day cream, why not try this one. You can find it here for 56.95 CHF as well as in the stores that sell the brand.

Have you tried anything from l'Alpage ?


*products given by the brand for consideration

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Lush Diary #10 | Dashing Santa | Christmas Collection

Hello my Bunnies,

I’m here again with another Lush Diary edition and this one is rather festive !

As you may have gathered, the Lush Christmas collection excites me greatly and I’m thrilled to talk about one of the Santa’s.

Today’s bath bomb is called Dashing Santa and is, as the name would suggest, a Santa running away.

I’d say that this bath bomb is more exciting out of the water, as a decoration than it is in the bath.

Don’t get me wrong, I did like it but compared to others, it wasn’t outstanding in any way.

It smells nice, and it turns the water a lovely red. But that’s pretty much all there is to say about it.

One more thing maybe, if you don’t like glitter, you'll probably be happy to know that this one doesn’t contain any.

All in all, I find that it is a cute bath bomb to give as a gift or to use as (aromatic) decoration and it makes for a nice bath, but compared to other bath bombs there isn’t anything that special about it when you’re using it.

Have you tried it ?


Monday, 16 November 2015

Style Korean Haul | My First BB Cushion by Laneige

Hello my Bunnies,

Today I want to talk to you about my first order on the website Style Korean.

It all started when I read Beauté Porcelaine's article on the limited collection of Laneige products with Playnomore.

I wasn't particularly interested in the limited collection but her review of the cushion cream won me over and I ordered it immediately.

There's a particular reason why I want to talk about this order so read until the end to find out ;)

Laneige BB Cushion [Pore Control]

Her review was on the whitening formula but considering my oily skin type I went for the Pore Control one.

I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I really like the packaging. It is in the form of a cushion like one of Lancôme's last foundation. From what I know it's a very popular way to stock foundations and BB creams in Asia.

This BB cushion comes with a refill, so for 26.43$ you get the box that contains the product and twice 15g of product.

I really like the fact that it has an spf of 50 as it's a step that I often forget but that's important, even in the winter,

I'm really excited to try it, I'm just waiting for my skin to calm down a little before trying something new.

While I was browsing the Laneige section, I stumbled upon this mascara from the limited collection and decided to give it a go as I've never tried a korean mascara before.

It's the Laneige Jet Curling mascara and costs 19.29$ - it's not the cheapest mascara but for some reason I really wanted to try it.

It could be terribly disappointing as it was a total impulse buy but it could also end up being incredible !

But what really impressed me was the amount of samples I got with my order !!! When I think about feelunique, where you have to spend a certain amount just to get two samples, it kind of makes me laugh.

I'm really happy that this will allow me to try a bunch of new products.

I've already tried the TonyMoly Moisture Mask Sheet and it was a dream to use. You may have seen it in action on my instagram, it looks pretty scary but it felt very soft and refreshing on the skin.

If you're looking for Korean beauty products from Switzerland, I suggest you check out on eBeautyandCare first but if what you're after isn't available on her website, I've had a great experience with Style Korean.

It was quick, there wasn't too much p&p costs and no import fee as I was careful to stay under 62.-CHF and the amount of samples you get achieved to convince me.

Do you know Laneige products or the website ?


Thursday, 12 November 2015

Lush Diary #9 | Floating Island

Hello my Bunnies,

Here I am again with another Lush Diary edition !

This one is going to be short and sweet as there is very little to say about this bath bomb.

The bath bomb I’m going to talk about today is in fact a bath melt called Floating Island.

Bath melts are meant to turn your bath water into rich, moisturising and nourishing goodness.

There isn’t much to say about this bath melt in particular, it looks very simple, off-white and to be honest almost boring.

Once in the water, it does nothing else than melt slowly.

But it does indeed turn the bath water slightly milky and I didn’t feel the need to moisturise my skin when I got out of the water which I almost always do.

It left my skin feeling soft and hydrated, which I really appreciate.

Scent wise, as per usual this isn’t my forte, but I’d say that it is a nice, soft, scent. The kind of scent that you would imagine when you look at it.

So this bath melt isn’t exciting in any way but if you’re looking for something that will take care of your skin while you’re in the bath, I suggest you give this one a go.

I find that bath melts are particularly appropriate for this time of year as our skin starts to become dryer and dryer.

Have you tried it ?


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

3 Makeup Looks with 4 Kiko Long Lasting Sticks

Hello my Bunnies,

I went to France again, which means that I walked into Kiko and did some damage.

Today I want to present some of the products that I bought as well as 3 mini tutorials with said products.

I was so impressed with the Long Lasting Sticks that I bought last time that I decided to pick up a few more. And by few I mean 4.

As per usual, I went with fairly neutral shades and picked up 040607 and 39.

I chose these shades because they remind me of a shimmery stick version of my beloved UD Naked Basics palette.

Some shades are slightly cooler and some are slightly warmer but I find that they work particularly well together.

Despite their neutral shades, these sticks are very shimmery, which makes them great both for very neutral looks and more sophisticated ones.

I already mentioned the Long Lasting Sticks in a first impression post that you can find here as well as in a battle with the ByTerry Ombre Blackstar that you can find here.

But what you should really know about them is that they are easy to work with, last all day, blend very nicely and have great pigmentation all the while being very affordable.

I think I've said enough about them and it's time to jump to the tutorials.

For each look I used nothing but the sticks as well as a blending brush (RT base shadow brush) and my fingers.

The mascara I'm wearing is the Kiko Ultra Tech mascara.

Let's get to it.

look 1
The first look is very quick, easy and wearable.

I only used two of the sticks and as you'll be able to tell, it only take a few minutes to do.

look 1
How To :

Apply shade 07 along the lash line on the first half of the lid.

Apply shade 04 along the lash line on the second half of the lid.

Blend the two colours together and drag them slightly upwards with a blending brush or you finger.

Apply mascara and smile, you're done !

look 2
For the second look, I wanted to try something new. Instead of highlighting the inner corner, I highlighted the centre of the lid.

I've seen this look on quite a few blogs recently and I really like it.

look 2
How To :

Apply shade 04 on the inner and outer third of the lid up to the crease.

Apply shade 07 on the center of the lid up to the crease.

Blend the limit between the two shades with a finger or a blending brush.

*you might find that the shadows overblend and end up looking like one as they're so easy to blend. You can always reapply and reblend any of the shades until you're happy with the result.

You could stop here but I added a tad of shade 39 in the outer corner to deepen the look before blending again.

Apply mascara et voilà !

look 3
For the third look I went all out and even lined my lower lash line, which I never do. #crazy

I find that this look is still appropriate for everyday wear but you might want to keep it for a slightly more special occasion. As you wish.

look 3
How To :

Apply shade 07 in the inner quarter of the upper lid as well along the first half of the lower lash line.

Apply shade 06 all over the lid except for where you applied shade 07.

Apply shade 04 in the outer corner and in the crease as well as along the second half of the lower lash line.

Apply shade 39 in the very outer corner of the lid to further deepen the look.

Blend everything together with a brush. Don't forget to blend out the edges and the lower lash line as well so you can't see any harsh line anymore.

Apply a generous (or several) coat of mascara and that's it.

I hope that you enjoyed these quick tutorials !

Are you also a fan of the Long Lasting Sticks ?

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