Review: L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream

L'Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream review

The L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream is a silicone-free leave-in conditioner that claims to repair hair as well as tame frizz. The product can be used on damp or dry hair, and a little bit of the product goes a rather long way.

After towel-drying, I apply about a quarter-sized amount onto my hair, concentrating mostly on the ends, and running whatever remains on my hands up closer to the scalp. It is worthwhile to note that I wear hair extensions (mine are sewn-in, via the weave method), and extensions are notorious for absorbing all sorts of moisture and product. If I were to use this product on only my natural hair, I would probably reduce the amount by half.

My hair is very fine and is prone to flyways and frizz, so I’ve found that this product does a good job of taming my hair and getting it nice and smooth before I heat style it. Additionally, it smells incredible! It has a very complex fruity-floral aroma, and I can definitely smell the Sweet Orange fragrance that is said to be one of the ingredients.

The drawbacks to this product are that it’s quite pricey. You could get a comparable product at a drugstore (I’m personally a fan of the John Frieda series) that would do an adequate job for half of the price.  Yes, the L’Occitane Control Styling Prep-Cream is good, and silicone-free, but it’s not amazing. At 34$ for 200ml I would expect better fly-away control and a significant improvement in hair texture over time.

Lastly, I am not a huge fan of the packaging. The tube comes with a twist-cap that cannot be removed, and when twisted slightly, dispenses the product through a small opening on the bottom of the cap itself. If you are like me and find yourself holding a million different tools/products when you style your hair, it’s hard to use this product with one hand. Also, unless you take the time to clean the cap every time after use, product residue is bound to make its way onto your countertop.

Overall, this is a very nice product that does its job well and smells incredible, but it is not a revolutionary breakthrough in hair care by any stretch. I would recommend it to someone looking to try a silicone-free leave-in product, however due to its price, it’s unlikely that I will repurchase it myself.

The L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream retails for $34 CAD for 200ml and can be purchased on the L’Occitane website or at L’Occitane boutiques.

Ingredients:

L'Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream review

This review was written by Liza. The products in this post were provided by PR; all opinions belong to Liza.

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Review: Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ SPF 15

Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ review

Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ is a updated and reformulated of the popular Everlasting Foundation. Touted to provide medium to full coverage with a long-wearing, 18 hour hold. It contains bamboo powder to mattify, organic quinoa to help maintain supple skin and reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, as well as a mineral-based sunscreen factor to provide UVA and UVB protection. It’s available in a whopping 19 shades (with 10 available in Canada), in both pink and olive undertones to suit the needs of every woman. The shade I’m wearing is 105 Nude, which is a yellow-toned light shade; it is a little bit light for me, but the colour blends really well into my skin so it doesn’t look too pale or ghastly.

The Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ (C$41) has an ultra lightweight texture that just melts into your skin. It feels weightless, and also sets matte so you don’t need to powder. In terms of coverage, I find it’s more medium than full. It does a good job at covering my redness, but it’s not heavy or cakey. As for oil control, it fares better than my other foundations in that it lasts until early afternoon without a blot. Even as I blot, the amount of oil that gets blotted out isn’t as much as the other foundations as well (gross, I know), making this above average in oil control. With regards to the long-wearing claim, I do find that it does wear longer than my other foundations without melting off my face, but I’m not sure it lasts the full 18 hours as usually after 2-3 rounds of blotting, most of the foundation will have come off my face. I will say that it lasts probably 10-12 hours and then you will need to touch up with powder or reapply your makeup. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise though since no one will look good with the same foundation on their face after 18 hours.

The major downside of this foundation that bothers me is that because of its drier texture, it’s hard to blend this into my skin without it clinging onto any dry spots. In fact, regardless of how well I moisturize, it seems to find those one or two dry spots and just clings on for dear life. Sometimes I end up having to go over top the foundation with a bit of moisturizer, which is a hassle and also ruins the matte finish of the foundation. Because it is so dry, it also sinks into my pores a bit, accentuating them rather than covering them up. This can be fixed by using a silicone-based primer though.

Overall, I’m not too impressed with this foundation. I feel like it leaves my skin looking dull and flat rather than natural and luminous. I know this can be an issue with a lot of full coverage foundations but the coverage on this one isn’t full either… so it’s not just too standout. If you have combination or oily skin, or if you’re okay with using a hydrating primer underneath, then I recommend you check out the Clarins Everlasting Foundation+. It is a bit more high maintenance than I like so I wouldn’t reach for this on a daily basis, but if I know I will be out later than usual then I will go for this as my base for the day because it really does last longer than my other foundations.

Clarins Evelasting Foundation+ is available now at Clarins counters at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, the Bay, and other places Clarins is sold.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ review
Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ review
Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ review

Review: FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask review

The FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask is the newest item introduced into Fresh’s family of masks. The second overnight mask (the first being the Peony Brightening Overnight Mask), the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask contains black tea ferment, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, lychee seed extract, belle de nuit extract, and peptides to inhibit damaging free radicals, help to improve skin elasticity, soothe and rebalance the skin, and also firm the skin for anti-aging effects.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Fresh.com): Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask works in synch with the skin’s natural nighttime recovery process to achieve a lifted, firmer look by the morning. The intensely moisturizing treatment has a corset-like effect on the skin, giving the appearance of a visibly more defined, contoured complexion.

Price: C$108 for 100mL

Scent & texture: Scented with a light powdery fruity fragrance, with the texture of a light gel-cream.

FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask review

The good: I use this two to three times a week after my nightly shower and as the last step to my skincare routine, using about 2/3 of a quarter size to smooth and massage over my face. As an overnight mask, the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a thick layer of leftover mask on my face, which is great because there won’t be much transfer onto my hair or pillow. It does leave a light film on the surface of my skin though, acting as a protectant and to avoid moisture from evaporating during the night.

Each time I use this, my skin is left feeling super plump and well rested in the morning. The hydrating properties of this mask are just incredible, and even though during the times that I was using this, I got very little sleep, I still woke up looking well rested. It also helped my makeup apply smoother and adhere better. Lastly, the glass jar that it comes in is just beautiful and looks very classy on the bathroom counter.

  • Moisturizing
  • Not sticky
  • Skin feels plump, smooth, and well rested in the morning
  • Makeup applies and adheres better
  • Glass jar looks classy on the bathroom counter

The bad: I haven’t noticed any firming or lifting benefits yet, but since my skin is still relatively young, I didn’t expect to see too much firming anyways. It’s also pretty expensive…

Overall: This mask is a new found love of mine. I’ve really enjoyed using it and the timing of its release couldn’t have been better – I was going through some rough times so I hadn’t been sleeping or eating very well, but this mask helped me still retain a relatively healthy look. While it is expensive, the benefits of this mask are completely worth the price. If you are wary of the price, you should get yourself to a Sephora or Nordstrom store and ask for a sample. Try it out for a few times and see if you like it; I promise you’ll be hooked!

The Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask is available now at Fresh online, Sephora in stores and online, at Nordstrom, as well as at other places that sell Fresh products.

Product: 20/20
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 2.5/5
Overall: 26.5/30 | A
Repurchase? Yes

Ingredients:

FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask review
FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask review
FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask review

Review: L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub

L’Occitane Aromachologie Scrub review

One of my favourite body care discoveries in 2014 was the L’Occitane en Provence Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub. This new line of spa products – the Aromachologie range – released by L’Occitane last fall contains a shower gel, massage cream, and this body exfoliator. Formulated with sugar and citrus oils, this exfoliator is a pleasure to use in the shower or bath.

Why is it one of my favourite discoveries?

  • The sugar does not melt immediately upon contact with water, and I get a good length of time to rub and massage this in my skin for maximum exfoliation.
  • It smells AMAZING – a blend of citrus oils ensures that the shower smells incredible while I’m using this, and the skin also carries the subtle scent of fresh citrus even after drying myself off.
  • It leaves a thin film of oil on my skin after use, which prevents my skin from drying out before I’m able to apply body cream.
  • The container it comes in is so cute, like a home-made jam jar with a hinge. It looks vintage and super classy sitting in my shower.
  • There are copious amounts of sugar in the formula so that I can get a deep scrub.
  • Because there are copious amounts of sugar and it doesn’t melt right away, a little bit of this goes a long way, maximizing the economic value you get out of each tub.
  • It leaves my skin feeling oh so soft after each application. I honestly feel like I’ve just been to the spa because it just feels (and smells) so good.

If you haven’t yet, hurry up and get yourself to your nearest L’Occitane boutique or online to grab yourself a tub of this exfoliator. Priced at C$38, the L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub is available now.

L’Occitane Aromachologie Scrub review

Ingredients:

L’Occitane Aromachologie Scrub review

Review: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Cleansing Oil Conditioner & Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream

shu uemura art of hair cleansing oil shampoo and conditioner

If you are not one to splurge on your haircare, then I urge you to stop reading now. Shu Uemura is best known for their facial cleansing oils, and the Shu Uemura Art of Hair has its own line of oil-based products for the hair featuring ferments found in onsen (hot springs in Japan) that are known for their purifying properties. Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the Shu Uemura Art of Oils line, specifically the Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Cleansing Oil Conditioner, and the Absolue Oil-in-Cream.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo

The Cleansing Oil Shampoo ($56 for 400mL) is a light fluid clear liquid that is lightly scented with camelia. Claimed to be paraben and silicone-free, it also includes onsen inspired ferment. It gently cleanses the hair while balancing the scalp. It also claims to provide radiance, leaving hair feeling light and airy.

This shampoo is super gentle on my scalp. I get dry and sensitive scalp often around this time of year, of when I’m feeling stressed out, but this helped to balance out the dryness and protect my scalp. My scalp never felt tight, and it cleaned it right so it didn’t feel heavy either. The best part was because my scalp was balanced, I could get away with washing my hair every 4 days instead of the usual every 2-3 (it sounds kinda gross but washing your hair less is actually better for the hair and scalp).

My biggest issue with this shampoo is that I felt like it didn’t lather as much as I would have liked it to. The soap suds are rather thin, and it doesn’t leave my hair feel as squeaky clean. Although I know my hair is clean, I prefer that there’s a squeaky clean type of feel after rinsing out my shampoo, and this just didn’t give that.

The price of $56 is pretty hefty, so I can’t exactly recommend it. I like it because I can get away with washing my hair less. If you are someone who has scalp issues and need more of a balanced shampoo that cleanses your hair and scalp but never strips, then this shampoo is worth looking into. Or, if you’re like me and want to transition into washing your hair less and/or is lazy, then this is also perfect for you. If you prefer a more clarifying shampoo, then you should overlook this.

Repurchase? Yes

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Conditioner

The Cleansing Oil Conditioner (C$56 for 250mL) is an ultra lightweight, fluid conditioner that you leave in the hair after shampooing, then rinse out. It claims to be formulated with onsen inspired ferment that leaves hair feeling soft and radiant, as well as light and airy. It is also lightly scented with camelia.

This conditioner is super light, more of a lotion texture than the cream conditioners I’ve used in the past. It coats hair well, and it absorbs very quickly. I like to leave it in my hair for a minutes while I wash my face and body so that the conditioning properties are maximized, and I found that by leaving it in my hair just a tad longer, it makes my hair feel 10 times smoother and more moisturized than if I had just rubbed it in then rinsed it out. My hair never feels heavy, and there is zero residue left behind after rinsing.

While I really like this conditioner because it is hydrating and doesn’t weigh down hair, priced at $56, it’s not enough of a miracle worker in order for me to recommend it. There are other conditioners out there that do a similar job at a fraction of the price.

Repurchase? No.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream

My favourite of the three products, the Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream (C$69 for 150mL) is a hair cream that melts into a thin oil once rubbed into the palms of my hands.

This cream is so lightweight and lightly scented with camelia oil; it absorbs right into the ends of my towel-dried hair. I use it every time after I wash and condition my hair with the Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Cleansing Oil Conditioner – only a pea-sized amount is required – and right before blowdrying. It helps to alleviate several of my hair issues in the winter, such as frizz, flyaways, dryness, and static, and it also protects against the blowdryer’s heat. My hair is never left feeling heavy or greasy, rather it feels silky and smooth. It has been a winter necessity, especially because of how static-y my hair feels due to the dry air.

Of the three products in the Shu Uemura Art of Oils line reviewed here, I would have to recommend this one. While it is very expensive, it truly does work. A tiny bit goes a long way, and if you’ve had issues with frizzyness or dryness, and dislike silicone-heavy hair products, this one will be good for you.

Repurchase? Probably.

Review: Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive Night and Day Creams

Nivea Sensitive cream review

Today, Liza joins us again for a review of the Nivea Sensitive Day & Night Care creams. With the cold, dry climate here in Canada, these sensitive face creams help our skin be protected and hydrated against the outside air.

Liza’s skincare profile: I spent the majority of my teenage years on very aggressive acne medication, which left my skin incredibly dry and prematurely aged. Although my complexion is clear, as a result of the medication my under-eye area has many stubborn fine-lines. Therefore, I like skincare products that feel very hydrating, as my skin is prone to tightness and dehydration. Additionally, I am also cursed with being the Whitest-Whitey Ever, so I am constantly on the hunt for the perfect product that will give me a healthy glow without drying out my skin.

The Nivea Sensitive Night and Day creams both claim to:

  • Soothe skin via moisturizing it visibly reducing redness due to dry skin
  • Instantly relieve the skin from unpleasant feelings of tightness
  • Provide intensive moisture and replenish the skin’s moisture barrier

Price: $8.99 CAD each, per 50ml tube.

Texture/Scent: Both of the creams are scent-free. If you are very scrutinous, upon application you might sense a faint chemical scent; however, it dissipates very quickly.

The Good: The Nivea Sensitive Day Cream is very light. It spreads easily and you don’t need a lot of product to cover your entire face and neck area. It absorbs quickly, doesn’t leave any lingering trace and works well under foundation. I wore foundation directly on top of the cream without using a primer, and I felt that it didn’t displace any product at all.

The Nivea Sensitive Night Cream is considerably richer than the day cream. It spreads a little less easily due to its consistency, but you still don’t need much product to cover the face and neck area. I felt that it really delivered on its promise to relieve any feelings of dryness. I do not have redness due to dry skin, so I cannot comment on how well the cream performs in this area, but given that I generally like to wear heavier moisturizers to sleep in order to quench my thirsty, thirsty skin, it performed very well.

The Bad: The Nivea Sensitive Day Cream didn’t provide my skin with relief from dryness and tightness. I felt like it was extremely light and wasn’t enough moisture for my skin at all. After letting the cream absorb, I experimented with applying a second coat on my already-moisturized face to see if I simply needed to be more generous during my application process, but unfortunately this didn’t help either. After struggling with the day cream for a few days, I realized that my skin simply wasn’t adjusting to it and it was not hydrating enough for me. Perhaps if you have oily skin to begin with, this product will work better for you. Its lightness and lack of scent is unlikely to irritate your skin or cause break-outs.

The Nivea Sensitive Night Cream was pretty excellent all-around. I don’t have many negative points to mention regarding this product, except for perhaps its thrifty packaging. However, Nivea is not a luxury brand to begin with, so if you are purchasing this product, you are likely looking for a day-to-day no-frills moisturiser anyway. Granted, it didn’t make me look 18 again, it’s no miracle-product, but it performed well all-around.

Overall: Personally, I will not bother with the Day Cream anymore. Even after several applications, it left my skin feeling dry and tight all day. If you have oily skin that is prone to break-outs, this might be worth a try (at $8.99 per tube, you’re not taking a huge gamble anyway).

On the other hand, I very much liked the Night Cream! My skin felt moisturised and relieved of dryness all night. I will definitely repurchase the Night cream when I run out simply to have as a back-up, or to take travelling with me when I don’t want to risk having my more expensive products leak in my bag.

Day Cream
Product: 12/20
Packaging: 3/5
Value: 3/5
Overall: 16/30 | C
Repurchase? Unlikely!

Night Cream
Product: 17/20
Packaging: 3/5
Value: 5/5
Overall: 25/30 | A
Repurchase? Yes!

Day Cream ingredients:

Nivea Sensitive day cream ingredients
Night Cream ingredients:

Nivea Sensitive night cream ingredients

Review: Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner, AKA monolids rejoice!

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner review

Make Up For Ever is releasing two eyeliners in the blackest black – Ink Liner (C$27), a brush-tip liquid liner that you can dip into an ink pot to control how much or how little colour you want; and Graphic Liner ($29), a pen liner with a felt tip application that’s easy to use. I am so excited to share Graphic Liner with you today because it is one of the very rare liquid liners, especially one released by a Western beauty brand, that does not transfer or melt on my monolids-like eyelids.

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner review

Graphic Liner is a pen-type eyeliner that automatically controls the flow of liner ink. It has a felt-tip application that’s firm and very user friendly. The applicator leave a thin line if you draw with the tip, and if you slant it sideways, you can also achieve greater control, in addition to a thicker line. The black ink is very black, and it dries down within seconds, which means you don’t need to keep your eyes in a half closed state in order to wait for the ink to dry.

My absolute favourite thing about the ink formula is that it stays put. It does not crease or transfer to anywhere else on the eyelid apart from the exact line where I’ve applied it. Many brands claim that they have a crease-proof and transfer-proof formula, but usually within an hour or two of application, my eyes look like an inky, greasy mess. This does not happen with the Graphic Liner; the line looks as clean and as dark as when I first drew it. As a person with a monolid, this product has quickly become a must-have in my makeup bag.

Recommend? HIGHLY!

You can purchase Graphic Liner and Ink Liner at Sephora (in store and online) and Make Up For Ever boutiques starting January, 2015.

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner review

The swatch

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner swatch

The look

Make Up For Ever Graphic Liner review

 

Review + swatches: Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush

Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush review

For Spring 2015, the limited edition star product from Guerlain is the Meteorites Perles de Blush (C$58). Previously I reviewed the other Guerlain Spring 2015 products – the Meteorites Baby Glow foundation and the Meteorites Compact – both permanent for Spring.

The Meteorites Perles de Blush is housed in a pink paper container with drawings of cherubs on the lid. Similar to the original Meteorites Perles, it is a collection of loose pearls of different colours. The Meteorites Perles de Blush is composed of fuchsia, champagne, and rose pearls in order to create a natural flush of colour to the cheeks.

Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush review
Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush review
(in direct sunlight so you can see the shimmer)

The combination of the pearls creates a beautiful, natural looking flush of colour on the cheeks. I feel like this is probably the closest colour to my natural blush – a rosy pink. The pink is slightly warm, but not too warm, which means it can look beautiful on a variety of skin tones. It blends in effortlessly using a fluffy blush brush to apply this to the apples of my cheeks, and zero buffing is required.

On the flip side, I really dislike the packaging of this blush. It is made of lightweight cardboard paper and just looks so cheap, especially considering the price of $58 and the fact that Guerlain is a luxury brand. It is also not travel friendly at all, not just because of the loose nature of the pearls, but also because the cardboard packaging would likely get damaged during transit. Like all Guerlain makeup products, it is quite heavily fragranced with the scent of violets. I don’t really mind this scent but if you have a sensitive nose, you may want to reconsider it.

Honestly, I am on the fence about this product. It is probably one of the only products I’ve discounted due to the packaging. While I really love the subtle flush of colour that it provides, the package design would make me think twice about purchasing it, let alone recommending other people to purchase it. If you have a cute case you can depot this into, that could work, but at a price of $58, I really would like to see a product that is perfect as is without needing to DIY the case it comes in. Taking out the consideration for the packaging, it is a blush that I can see myself wearing often as it is super natural looking and also easy to apply.

The Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush is available now at Guerlain counters across Canada, including the Bay and Holt Renfrew.

Also check out my review of the Meteorites Compact here and the Meteorites Baby Glow foundation here.

The swatch

Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush swatch

The look

Wearing Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow as base, with Guerlain Meteorites Compact dusted all over, and Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush on apples of the cheeks, sweeping upwards towards the temples.

Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush review
Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush review
Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush review
Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush review
Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush review
Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Blush review

Review: Guerlain Meteorites Compact Light-Revealing Compact in 2 Light

Guerlain meteorites compact review 2015

Guerlain’s most well-known and cult classic product is their Meteorite Perles powder for the face, a collection of loose coloured pearls each with a specific purpose such as to colour-correct, illuminate, eliminate redness, or more. For Spring 2015, Guerlain is introducing Meteorites Compact (C$71) – a new and permanent product to its Meteorites collection – a pressed compact version of the Meteorites Perles. Available in 3 shades – 2 Light, 3 Medium, and 4 Golden – corresponding to the shade number of the loose pearls version and the Meteorites Baby Glow foundation (reviewed here).

Guerlain meteorites compact review
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Guerlain Meteorites Perles. I have a tub of the loose pearls, as well as their Crazy Meteorites Radiance Powder (a limited edition version of the Meteorites pressed compact from Holiday 2013). I love to use these products as finishing powders, giving my skin a natural looking glow and tying all of my makeup together.

Guerlain spring 2015 review

The Meteorites Compact is equally impressive. It is housed in a beautiful silver-toned plastic compact with the same daisy design on the lid as the loose pearls version, with a good sized mirror on the other side of the lid. It is heavily scented with violets, as with all Guerlain makeup products; I don’t mind the scent so much but it might bother some people with more sensitive noses.

The shade I have is 2 Light, which contains a matte green to eliminate redness, a matte purple to neutralize sallowness, a matte peach to brighten, a shimmery white to illuminate, and a shimmery champagne to warm up the skin. The powder is so finely milled, and the shimmer is so fine and subtle that it translates to a glow. Once dusted on the skin, it blends in seamlessly to create a luminous canvas for the rest of the makeup to go on. I’ve been using this nearly every day since I got it and I just absolutely love how it helps to make me look so healthy and glowy, even on those zombie-like Monday mornings.

It doesn’t really have any mattifying or oil controlling properties, and I don’t find that wearing this powder increases or decreases my need to blot during the day. Wear time is average, as it wears off about 2/3 into the afternoon; if I were to go out at night after work, I would need to reapply. Also the silver compact that its in feels not as hefty as I would have liked it to as it is made of plastic. For a luxury product priced at $71, I would have expected to be packaged in a metal compact.

Compared to the loose version, I have to say that the Meteorites Compact is my preference because it provides the same level of illumination in a more travel friendly medium. I also feel that you can get a more even coating of all of the shades in the compact to apply on your face because the pearls in the loose version often move around and you don’t get that even distribution of the different coloured pearls. I have both, and I will continue to use and buy both, but if you can only choose one, I’d go for the pressed compact version.

Guerlain’s Meteorites products are really a nice-to-have and not a must have. They are truly luxury items, and if you feel like your makeup bag can use a finishing powder to provide glow, I’ll definitely recommend you pick up one of these. That being said, I do absolutely love mine because I do like to look healthy and glowy when I’m feeling less so. The Guerlain Meteorites Compact will be available as of January 15 at your local Guerlain counter, including the Bay and Holt Renfrew.

Also check out my review of the Meteorites Perles de Blush here and the Meteorites Baby Glow foundation here.

Guerlain meteorites compact review 2015
Guerlain spring 2015 review

The look

Wearing Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow in 2 Light as my base, finished off with Guerlain Meteorites Compact in 2 Light

Guerlain meteorites compact review
Guerlain meteorites compact review
Guerlain meteorites compact review
Guerlain meteorites compact review
Guerlain meteorites compact review
Guerlain meteorites compact review
Guerlain meteorites compact review

Products provided by PR; opinions are my own.

Review + GIVEAWAY: L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil, Gentle Toner & Light Comforting Cream

L'Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing oil review

New for Spring 2015, L’Occitane is expanding their range of Shea Butter face care products. The newcomers are the Shea Butter Cleansing Oil and the Light Comforting Cream, which will join its existing line which includes the Cleansing Milk, Ultra Gentle Soap, Gentle Toner, Ultra Rich Comforting Cream and the Lip Balm. Today I’ll be sharing with you my thoughts on the Cleansing Oil, Gentle Toner, and Light Comforting Cream.

Shea Butter is one of L’Occitane’s most classic ingredients, and L’Occitane the brand has become synonymous with its usage of shea butter in several of its cult classic products. Some of my personal L’Occitane favourites which contain shea butter include the Shea Butter Hand Cream (my review here), the Ultra Soft Cream (reviewed here), and the Cuticle Oil (reviewed here).

Don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end of this post for your chance to try the Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream for yourself.

L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil & Gentle Toner

The Shea Butter Cleansing Oil (C$26) is a light oil-based pre-cleanser that removes makeup and purifies the skin. It contains 5% shea oil, and after coming in contact with water, it emulsifies and dissolves all the makeup along with it, even the most resilient and waterproof mascaras. This cleansing oil has been added to my recommended list of cleansing oils because it feels incredible on the face – it is light, emollient, and very easy to massage in. It does a really good job at removing my makeup, leaving behind soft, supple skin with no greasy residue. It is lightly fragranced with a powdery floral scent, but it is very subtle and washes off immediately with water.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Gentle Toner review

The Shea Butter Gentle Toner (C$26) is also one of my favourite recent discoveries. This fluid toner is ultra gentle on the skin, helping to remove any dirt or gunk left in the pores after cleansing, and creating a hydrated, even canvas for easy absorption of my favourite serum and moisturizer. It contains a high dosage of centaurea cyanus (cornflower) water, which is claimed to have healing properties. It is also lightly fragranced with a powdery floral scent, but again it is very subtle and disappears almost immediately. I would definitely repurchase this, as I really have trouble finding a good toner that acts like the last step to my cleansing routine yet is moisturizing and gentle.

Gentle Toner ingredients:

L'Occitane Shea Butter Gentle Toner ingredients

L’Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream

L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream review

The star product out of the new releases, the L’Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream (C$30) is the lighter, younger sister of the popular Ultra Rich Comforting Cream. Containing 5% shea butter (compared to the 25% in the Ultra Rich Comforting Cream), it is ideal for normal or combination skins. The texture is a light, fluid cream that is easy to spread on the skin and absorbs quickly, leaving behind a near matte finish. As my skin is very dehydrated in the winter, I need to use a hydrating serum underneath it, otherwise it doesn’t provide enough moisture to sustain my skin through an entire day without feeling tight. This cream is great to use at night or during the day, as it absorbs so quickly so that you can start applying makeup right away without waiting for it to finish absorbing. Also the near matte finish is ideal for when blending in foundations; it doesn’t slip and slide!

This would be a good summer moisturizer for me as it is light and leaves my skin feeling comfortable. As someone with dehydrated skin, it’s just not enough moisture for the winter. If you have normal or combination skin, or even slightly oily skin, this would be a great all-around, year-round moisturizer for you. Overall, I do like using it and have been using it every morning and evening, I would personally prefer something a bit more hydrating for the cold climate.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream review
L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream review

Light Comforting Cream ingredients:

L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream ingredients

GIVEAWAYS!

Part 1

As part of a partnership with L’Occitane Canada, I am giving away fifty (50) deluxe 8mL travel size samples of the Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream. All you have to do is visit a L’Occitane boutique between now and January 31, mention that you saw this on Maddy Loves, and a sample will be provided to you, if you are one of the first 50 participants. If you can’t get to a L’Occitane boutique, you can also get the free sample online with any order, just by using the code SHEAFACE. This promotion will end January 31 and is limited only to the first 50 people, so please make sure to visit a boutique early to get your sample!

Part 2 

I am also partnering with L’Occitane Canada to give away a full size jar (50mL) of the Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream. This contest is open to Canadian residents, ages 18+. Enter two ways:

  1. Comment on this blog post
  2. Follow me on Twitter and retweet ” I want to win the @Loccitane_CA Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream from @maddylovesblog http://bit.ly/14o8iIK #sheabuttergiveaway

Deadline to enter is January 31, 2015 at 11:59PM PST, and a winner will be selected and contacted within 3 days. Good luck!

L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream review
L'Occitane Shea Butter Light Comforting Cream review