Review: L’Occitane en Provence Immortelle Eye Care & Mask Duo Brightening Correction

L'Occitane en Provence Immortelle Eye Care review

My undereye area is notoriously dry – so dry that most concealers settle into my lines and make me look 20 years older. I received the L’Occitane en Provence Immortelle Eye Care & Mask Duo Brightening Correction (phew… long name!) a while ago and I’ve really enjoyed using it.

This is basically a duo purpose eye gel and mask at the same time. You can use it normally as an eye “cream” (even though it has a gel consistency) or if you apply a thicker layer, it becomes an eye mask. I’ve been using it mostly like an eye cream, but I’ve been applying a bit more than usual just because I use the metal applicator to massage my eye area a bit longer.

This eye cream is perfect for anyone who is just starting out in the area of eye care. It absorbs very quickly, which means it can be used both day and night. The metal applicator also ensures that you treat your eye area delicately and do not use excessive pressure when it’s really not needed. I love that it leaves my eye area feeling cool and well rested. I also felt that my fine lines were less visible after using this eye cream as well!

L'Occitane en Provence Immortelle Eye Care review

This eye cream would be great for someone in their early 20s to maybe mid 30s. It doesn’t completely eradicate wrinkles, but it’s the perfect product for age prevention. As long as you keep your eye area nice and hydrated, you shouldn’t have any problems with fine lines in your 20s.

The downside was that I didn’t notice much brightening. My eye area looked more well-rested, but it didn’t look brightened, per se. The good thing is that because it absorbs quickly, I can apply concealer right on top and the concealer sits better than it normally does, and doesn’t migrate into lines as compared to before.

Priced at $42 for 15mL of product, you can purchase the L’Occitane en Provence Immortelle Eye Care & Mask Duo Brightening Correction at any L’Occitane en Provence boutique across Canada.

L'Occitane en Provence Immortelle Eye Care review
L'Occitane en Provence Immortelle Eye Care review

Review: L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara in Blackest Black

(Sorry I threw away the packaging before I taking photos… fail)

What L’Oreal says about this mascara:

For lashes that look a million times multiplied and perfectly defined, there’s only one mascara – NEW Voluminous® Million Lashes™. The built-in Clean Sweep Wiping System wipes the brush free of clumps leaving the perfect amount of mascara for an ultra-volumized clean lash look. The Millionizing Brush evenly thickens lashes from root to tip. The result? Lashes look so multiplied, so clean, it’s like seeing millions. Ophthalmologist-tested and allergy-tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes an contact len wearers.Clump-free. Fragrance-free.

This mascara is good at volumizing but it can do a little better on lengthening. Because the formula is wet, you can apply as many coats as you wish, and I usually have to do 3 or so before I get the volume that I want. However because it is so wet, it does not hold up a curl at all. I curl it and then it just droops after the first full coat.

I like the brush, it separates my lashes and prevents clumping, no matter how many coats I put on. The only problem was that the bristles were a little too long for my liking, which made the mascara go on my eye lid too, no matter how hard to tried to prevent that from happening. If the spikes were a little shorter, I would like it more.

After about 3-4 hours it will transfer onto my under eye area, but it is not that obvious because it doesn’t flake off. This should be pretty easy to solve with a coat of Clarins Double Fix mascara.

Overall I find this a good “natural” mascara when you don’t want something too dramatic but you still need something there to frame your eyes. It is easy to use and low-maintenance because you don’t need to comb out your lashes afterwards or worry about clumping. I will probably use this for work in the morning when I need something easier to use.

Bare lashes:

In these photos I am wearing about 3 coats of mascara, no mascara base, and lashes have been curled prior to application:

Swatches/Quick Review: Joe Fresh Cream Eye Shadow

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Joe Fresh Cream Eye Shadow is a cream eye shadow packaged in pan form. Pigmentation is excellent in both the shades I tried, both were rich in colour, and while dry, they still apply well. However, the formula  is drier and harder than most cream eyeshadows which means it does not glide on the eyelid as well and can cause some slight tugging. Because of its harder texture, you can easily use it as cream eyeliner (in Asia they have “cake” eyeliner, which is a very dry cream). The upside of them being so dry is that they dry down to almost a powder form and are very long wearing and smudgeproof. You can build it up for a more intense look, or do a light layer for a sheered out, more natural look.

  • Slate is a dark matte grey.
  • Medallion is a shimmery, near metallic bronze.

I really love the colour Medallion. I think it will look great as a base for metallic smokey eyes or just as an all-0ver colour for fall. Medallion is also the smoother one of the two as the dryness is not as obvious. Slate is pigmented but not as smooth as Medallion.

Here are some swatches (first set under sunlight and second set under natural lighting indoors):

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In general, priced at just $6 each, these are worth checking out.

Quick Skincare Reviews: Kiehl’s Eye Alert & Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser

I am so very backlogged on these reviews, so sorry about that.  Here are some thoughts I have about two more of Kiehl’s more popular products!

Kiehl’s Eye Alert

  • Texture: Gel with some gel beads in it that melts as you massage
  • Scent: Light fresh scent
  • Effect: Light, easy to absorb, no greasy residue, cooling
  • Price: $21.50USD/$32CAD from Kiehl’s
  • Overall: This is actually a men’s care eye cream but it works very well for young skin who are just looking into eye products. It is a light gel that is cooling and refreshing on the eyes. It’s purpose is to wake up tired eyes and  it contains caffeine and cucumber extract, both of which are great for mornings. As it is light and non-greasy, it also works well under makeup as it absorbs quickly with no residue. Highly recommend for newbies to eye cream!

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser

  • Texture: Liquid soap kind of texture
  • Scent: Smells like soap
  • Effect: Foams up nicely, cleans well
  • Price: $18USD/$25CAD from Kiehl’s
  • Overall: This simple cleanser from Kiehl’s foams up really nice and deep cleans well. However, I felt that it was a little stripping of my skin, making it feel slightly tight. This is not a surprise though because I have dehydrated normal skin and this Ultra Facial Oil Free line is geared towards combination to oily skin. It also kind of bothered me that it smelled and felt like liquid soap. If you have oily skin and won’t mind the scent, then this is the product for you!

Swatches/Review: Joe Fresh Eyeshadow

After trying Joe Fresh lipsticks, I was excited to try their eyeshadows too. In general I thought their eyeshadows were on the dry, powdery and chalky side, especially the matte shades. The shimmery shades were a little better, but still lacking in pigmentation. While the price kind of makes up for the lack in texture, it is not an excuse for the lack in pigmentation (compared to Annabelle single potted eyeshadows, which are around the same price, these definitely under-perform).

From left to right (swatches in same order): Slate, Honeybell, Cactus, Smoke, Pixie

  • Slate is exactly what it’s name says it is: a dark slate with some shimmer in the pan. Swatched, the shimmer is no longer visible. The pigmentation on this one was lacking, the formula was also chalky and dry.
  • Honeybell is a matte cream. Swatched, it is a little powdery but it makes for an excellent highlight shade that is simple and perfect for daytime.
  • If I were told to choose, then Cactus is my favourite out of the bunch, a dark shimmery forest green. The shimmer is sophisticated and subtle, not “in your face” like many shimmery shadows out there. This also swatched very smoothly and pigmented.
  • Smoke is a matte dark grey with a hint of purple. This is also dry (not as dry as Slate though), and pigmentation is medium, but buildable.
  • Pixie is a shimmery soft pink with a bit of lavender. This also applied pretty smoothly and the shimmers are more visible than the ones in Cactus.
Some swatches:
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I would recommend that you take a good look at these when you get a chance to see them in person. There is a wide array of shades to choose from, which means some of them will likely turn out better than the ones I received here. The prices give them really good value and a huge selection of colours, but the quality of these shades in particular make me want to say “skip.”

Review/Swatches: Marcelle Lux Eye Dust in High Voltage (OH EM GEE!!!)

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First, I must say I’ve never liked loose anythings, not powder, not blush, and definitely not eyeshadow. BUT, I must scream to the entire world how amazing this Lux Eye Dust swatches and performs. Yeah, the word is AMAZING.

Marcelle says this about their Lux Eye Dust:

“Perk up any look in a matter of minutes with Lux Eye Dusts. Transform your makeup from modest to daring with these new highly pigmented and shimmering mica shades. The multi-use light-weight formula allows you to mix them in with body cream, with nail polish and even with lip gloss. The possibilities are endless! Use them dry for a rich colorful look or wet for an even more dramatic and intense look.”

They are completely right about it being rich and colourful. The texture is really smooth and very, very pigmented. High Voltage is one of the most gorgeous greens I’ve ever used. I’m not joking when I say that it is full of depth and while shimmery, is still smooth.

Here are some swatches so you don’t think I’m kidding around with you. Keep in mind that these swatches were done dry! You can get it to be even more intense by using it with a damp brush.

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A little off focus so you can see the sparkles:

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The only thing with this that bothers me is how the packaging is a little hard to use. I had to loosen up the cap with a nail file before I could pry it open. Once open, I love how there is a stopper (looks like suction) to help prevent the powder from spilling everywhere.

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I would love to try more of these, especially the gold (called Vegas… how appropriate is that?). I can imagine myself wearing this as part of a holiday look. Highly, highly recommended!

Swatches/Review: L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadows (image heavy!)

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I just received these this morning but I wanted to share the swatches with you as soon as I got them! L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadows are the newest formula of eyeshadow to excite the beauty blogging world. These single-potted eyeshadows are loosely pressed loose eyeshadows that come in a jar with a black stopper and lid. They are so finely milled that they feel like creams when swatched and applied to the eye area.

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I have nine here to share with you, in colours:

  • 001 Time Resist White – shimmery white; not as creamy or smooth as the other shades, more powdery and loose (not as pressed down), good highlight colour, semi-pigmented
  • 002 Hourglass Beige – shimmery beige; relatively smooth, some powdery fall-out, semi-sheer
  • 004 Forever Pink – shimmery peachy pink; slightly powdery, semi-sheer
  • 005 Purple Obsession – shimmery purple with small specks of lavender glitter; smooth, creamy and pigmented
  • 006 All Night Blue – shimmery dark blue with small specks of light blue glitter; slightly drier and more powdery compared to other shades, there’s a bit of drag when applying, very pigmented
  • 007 Unlimited Sky – metallic light blue-silver; creamy and pigmented
  • 009 Permanent Khaki – metallic olive green; VERY creamy (feels like a cream!!), very pigmented, extremely smooth
  • 013 Burning Black – dark burgundy with specks of red glitter; more powdery and drier compared to other shades, there’s a bit of drag when applying, pigmented
  • 015 Flashback Silver – metallic taupe-silver; VERY creamy, relatively pigmented, about 90% opaque

There is a bit of fall-out, as you would expect with loose eyeshadows, and some more than others. I found that it was easiest to apply these with fingers as they offer something to adhere to when blending the colour to the eyelids, otherwise a brush would just brush them off the eyelid rather than on the eyelid. I had 004 Forever Pink previously from Justine’s birthday gift to me and it wore on my eyes for the entire day without a base, so these really are long-lasting (usually eyeshadows crease on me after less than an hour without a base and last around 4-6 hours with a base).

They’ve been compared to Armani Eyes to Kill potted eyeshadows as they are generally the same idea, but I’ve never tried Armani Eyes to Kill so I can’t say anything. I have, however, tried the Lancome Ombre Magnetique which were limited edition, but had the same concept as these Color Infallible eyeshadows, but the Ombre Magnetique was much more powdery and drier than these which felt wet and creamy upon touch.

Overall, I would recommend these L’Oreal Color Infallible eyeshadows. Generally they are pigmented and smooth and the prices are reasonable at around $10 a pop. The colours I love most are 009 Permanent Khaki (overall favourite), 015 Flashback Silver (for the formula) and 006 All Night Blue (for the gorgeous colour).

Here are the swatches:

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Natural Light:

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Direct Sunlight:

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Natural Light:

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Direct Sunglight:

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Natural Light:
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Direct Sunlight:

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I hope these swatches and my review were useful! Please let me know if you have any questions. I’ll be doing a series of looks and tutorials with these eyeshadows soon so please keep a lookout for them.

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Stash Showcase: Eyeshadow

Sorry it has been a while since my last stash showcase featuring my blushers. Today I’m going to be showing you my eyeshadow, both palettes and singles.

These photos were taken about 2 months ago, so some of the items I no longer own because I’ve put them up on my blog sale. Nonetheless, if you have any questions about any of these products, please let me know! =)

Special thanks to my dearest Macnunu for the Urban Decay Naked Palette and the Dior Minaudiere, and to Justine for the Dior Sunset Cafe palette.

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Swatches & thoughts: Visee Brilliance Forming Eyes and Blossom Eyes Palettes

I purchased the LE Visee Brilliance Forming Eyes collaboration palette with Mercury Duo in A-7 and the Blossom Eyes palette in GR-4 from A Pop of Kawaii a few weeks ago. A-7 is a grey-black variation palette and GR-4 is an olive-green variation palette.

The pigmentation on the A-7 is relatively good. It reminds me a lot of my Kate Diamond Cut Eyes in BK-1, which is also a grey-black variation palette, but I found that the Kate palette had much better pigmentation and adherence than the Visee. The Visee palette also contained slightly larger glitter particles than the Kate, but both would create very nice smokey eyes. The Visee A-7 contains a shimmery silver, shimmery grey, a shimmery white cream base and a black with blue shimmers.

See more photos and swatches: Continue reading

Swatches: Dior 5-colour Eyeshadows in 844 Misty Mauve & 440 Sunset Cafe

I asked Miss Asiyakei to help me CP the Dior quint in 844 Misty Mauve from the Fall 2010 collection for me and being the awesome person that she is, she sent me a 440 Sunset Cafe in her package as well. I was able to find some time during daylight hours to swatch these two palettes for you. You may still be able to find Misty Mauve at certain counters, and Sunset Cafe is permanent.

My overall thoughts: I really like both palettes. Misty Mauve has two shimmery whites (I have no idea why), a matte dark purple, a shimmery light mauve-ish taupe and and a shimmery, nearly black purple. The matte dark purple was the only one that showed up to be a little chalky when swatched on my arm, but I felt the shimmery light mauve taupe could have been more pigmented. Its beautiful for sure, but maybe just a little bit more colour would have made it perfect. Sunset Cafe has a shimmery peach, a matte pink, a shimmery orange-gold, shimmery brown and matte brown. The only colour I could improve in this palette is the shimmery peach. Its gorgeous but again like the shimmery mauve taupe from Misty Mauve, it could definitely need a little more colour. Other than that, both palettes fit well into my Dior quints collection because I don’t really have anything like it right now. Thank you to Miss Asiyakei for being so kind!! ❤

First… Misty Mauve (natural light then with flash; swatched from top left in clockwise direction then centre): Continue reading