Lise Watier Sun Bronzing Powder & Sensationnelle Dry Oil review, swatches, photos | Sun Destination

Friday, August 9, 2013

Lise Watier Sun Destination collection

The products: Lise Watier Sun Destination collection (part two)

This year’s Lise Watier Sun Destination collection (limited edition for Summer 2013) contains four gorgeous products, but I didn’t want to review them all at once — I’m terrible at the entire concept of succinct, as I’m sure you all know by now.

Here’s what I think of as “the pretty half of the collection”: the Sun Bronzing Powder & Sensationnelle Dry Oil. The Illuminating Bronzing Gel is possibly actually prettier once applied than both of these combined, but, well — it’s not not as eye-catching in its packaging as these two are!

Lise Watier Sun Bronzing Powder review swatches

Sun Bronzing Powder, $39

Okay. You guys. You guys.

This is so pretty.

Lise Watier Sun Bronzing Powder review

Lise Watier Sun Bronzing Powder swatches

Lise Watier Sun Bronzing Powder swatches — center, surround, mixed

On a slightly more coherent (and hopefully more eloquent) note, the Sun Bronzing Powder is an enormous bronzer with a really lovely, ethereal glow. It’s large enough to easily grab the two shades–a softly glowing bronze & a luminous gold–separately, as well as to use on your shoulders, chest, arms, and legs.

While you could grab these intricately-pressed shades separately, though, they really do work best paired together. The soft, buttery texture of this bronzer means that they blend beautifully (both with each other and the skin) and deliver a sheer, warm bronze with gold microshimmer.

(If you bought last year’s Havana All Over Baked Bronzer: this one’s more buttery, less orange-red, more sheer, and packaged with a much slimmer profile.)

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Dimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 7 Lake), CI 73360 (Red 30 Lake).

Lise Watier Sun Bronzing Powder

Lise Watier Sun Bronzing Powder swatches — center, surround, mixed

Sensationnelle Dry Oil, $42

As a clear, scented oil, the teardrop-shaped Sensationnelle Dry Oil is perhaps the least exciting Sun Destination product to swatch — but it’s the most universal of the collection, too.

Scented with top notes of orange blossom extract, a heart of tangerine and fleurs solaires, and a base of vanilla and coconut (think big white florals paired with beachy base notes), the Sensationnelle oil is made for use on face, body, and hair. Multi-use and silicone-free, the formula is made in part from six different oils, from sweet almond to cottonseed.

Lise Watier Sensationnelle Dry Oil review

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Lise Watier Bronzing Gel & Tinted UV Shield review, swatches, photos | Sun Destination

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lise Watier Sun Destination 2013 reviews

The products: Lise Watier Sun Destination collection (part one)

Every summer, Lise Watier releases a summer bronzing collection, available only for a few months. I’m a little late with this one (the products are technically only supposed to be around until the end of July), but as far as I know you can still get all of these products — and some of them, on sale!

Here are two of this summer’s Lise Watier bronzing products, on shelves and online now. (Their summer Sensationnelle Dry Oil & Sun Bronzing Powder will be on theNotice shortly!)

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel review

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel

Illuminating Bronzing Gel, $30 $18

Described as a ”lightweight, sheer illuminating gel that delivers a youthful, radiant finish,” the Illuminating Bronzing Gel is — well, kind of a stunner, really. Neither too orange nor too brown, it gives a great neutral-brown glow to the skin, sheer and sparsely shimmery.

I’d recommend this one to people with fair to medium skin who want to create a natural, softly bronzed glow. It can be worn with or without makeup, and I think (at $18 CAD) that it would be gorgeous on the décolleté, shoulders, and arms & legs, too.

Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Squalane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Octyldodecanol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Steareth-21, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Talc, Phenoxyethanol, Erythritol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Disodium Edta, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extrat, Homarine HCL, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbic Acid, Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, Iron Oxides.

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel swatches

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel, swatched heavily/sheerly

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel, swatched heavily/sheerly

Sun Smart Tinted Universal UV Shield SPF  30, $30 $23

I’m a lot less smitten with the colour of the SunSmart Tinted Universal UV Shield, but it does tout a shimmer-free matte finish and an SPF of 30, which may appeal to some.

Designed to give both chemical-free (physical) sun protection and a velvety, bronzed finish, this is a bronze version of Lise Watier’s Universal UV Shield (available year-round). It’s too orange, in my opinion, when you consider how much sunscreen you really need to be using to get proper coverage — about a teaspoon, for your face.

Lise Watier SunSmart Tinted Universal UV Shield review

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Sephora + Pantone Color of the Year 2013: Emerald | Reviews, swatches, and far too many photos

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year 2013

This year’s Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year collection has been out for a few months (since March), but I haven’t really been “feeling it” — until now, that is.

With the weather finally warming up & the sun coming out from behind the clouds, 2013′s vibrant collection of Emerald products is (finally!) in-season and on-trend. Perfect for creating a summer smokey eye, or adding just a touch of bright green, now is the perfect time to pick  up a couple bold green products to add to your summer makeup kit.

Blogger’s note: so, this post ended up at around a thousand words. Click here or scroll past all the pretty pictures for a two-sentence rundown of each product.

The product: SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year 2013, Emerald (assorted products)

Sephora + Pantone Color Watt Highlighting Mascara

Color Watt Highlighting Mascara

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Watt Highlighting Mascara ($22 CAD)

Funnily enough, I thought this was the best and worst-performing product in this year’s Color of the Year collection. Dry, matte, and intensely pigmented, the Color Watt mascara really does show up green on the lashes — even short, dark, sparse lashes like my own.

There’s a lash photo of this at the end of the post, but in a nutshell: yes, it absolutely does show up, but the gorgeous green pigment is its downfall, too. It sits in tiny, dry clumps on the lashes, adding neither length nor noticeable volume, and stains for days if it touches the skin.

The stain can be avoided if you carefully remove your mascara with an oil-based or micellar remover on a cotton pad, rubbing down the lash against a halved cotton pad covering your undereye area, but it’s a hell of a hassle for a single effective-but-kitschy product.

Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald Glitter

Lightspeed Glitter Dust

Sephora + Pantone Universe Lightspeed Glitter Dust ($17 CAD)

On the polar opposite end of the spectrum is the Lightspeed Glitter Dust, which is dry, loose, and milled just large enough to stay on this side of shimmery. The green base is very sheer, and the plentiful sky blue shimmer really predominates, giving it an almost turquoise tone overall.

Like any glitter dust, this really needs a base to stick to, so be sure to have one on hand! On completely dry skin, it comes right off, but on primed or even just freshly-moisturized skin, it adheres like a charm.

Sephora Pantone Color of the Year 2013 swatches reviews

L-R: Color Watt Highlighting Mascara, Lightspeed Glitter Dust, Color Cube Lid Liner Stain (x2), Color Code Prismatic Shadow, Graphic Sculpt Waterproof Jumbo Liner

Sephora + Pantone Lightspeed Glitter Dust

Lightspeed Glitter Dust

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Cube Lid Liner Stain ($19 CAD)

May I please introduce you to the Sephora + Pantone Universe 2013 cream of the crop? The Lid Liner Stain (which, despite its name, absolutely does not stain) is gorgeous – a well-pigmented shimmery-or-metallic emerald, it makes me think of all the best parts of the Emerald City.

The smooth, light texture of this Color Cube “stain” blends out easily as a wash of green with finely-milled shimmer, but works as a seriously stunning metallic emerald liner, too. Basically, it’s everything the Color Code Prismatic Shadow (below) hopes to someday be.

Sephora + Pantone Lid Liner Stain

Color Cube Lid Liner Stain

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An easy, luminous makeup look | Korres Santorini, Pale Pink, & Volcanic Minerals Mascara

Monday, January 7, 2013

Korres Goddess Colour Collection makeup look

I took a few quick face of the day shots with Holiday’s Korres Goddess Beauty Colour Collection last month, but I had forgotten to post them in all the Christmas rush.

The set is no longer available online (though all of its component parts are!), but all the same, here are the photos. Despite the fact that it isn’t a particularly wintery look, I’m rather fond of the way these products come together — they do a great job of creating an altogether fictional glow, which I think we could all use this early in the year.

Cherry Full Color Lip Gloss in Pale Pink

Korres Cherry Lip Gloss in Pale Pink lip swatch

Despite being such a light shade, Pale Pink sits well on the lips, if a little sheerly. The shimmer translates well into plushness, particularly on film, and the colour doesn’t settle terribly into lines (as many light pinks will do.) $22.50 and comfortable; you could do worse.

I’m not head over heels for the scent (think Maynard’s Sour Cherry Blasters), but I’m fairly certain that’s just because it gives me a massive craving for sweets.

Magic Light Face Contouring Powder Trio in Santorini

Korres Santorini Magic Light Face Contouring trio FOTD

Slightly too chunky for me in real life; absolutely gorgeous in photographs. Warm without pulling orange, and easy enough to use in strips — more of the bronze to sculpt, for instance, and a blend of the pink and highlighter to lift the cheek. $36.50 CAD and beautifully packaged.

Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara in Obsidian Black

Korres Volcanic Minerals Volumizing Mascara

A great, natural lift with a soft finish. Too much smudging for me (and the $26 CAD price tag could be better), but the lash itself is quite pretty.

I appreciated having this in the set, but perhaps wouldn’t buy it on its own — while I love a natural-looking lash, I want it to last a (ridiculous) 16 hours, because I am lazy and hate having to touch up my undereye area just because my mascara didn’t feel like sticking around.

How was that for three products in under 400 words? I’m a little proud, but mainly just very sleepy.

Have a great Monday, folks. 

The Best of Burt’s Bees review & photos | A Boxing Week skin saviour

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Almond Milk hand cream

The product: Burt’s Bees Best of Burt’s Bees set (Holiday 2012)

This year’s Best of Burt’s Bees set ($24.99 CAD) contains three full-size Burt’s bestsellers, and is basically a hit of major hydration in a box. With targeted treatments for dry hands, feet, and cuticles, I like to think of it as my little “prairie saviour” box — perfect for soothing your holiday-shopping-tired feet and wind-chapped hands. 

(And by wind-chapped, I totally mean shopping-mall-chapped.)

The Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream review

A Burt’s Bees classic, the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is waxy and unyielding, and takes a moment to apply . That said, though, it does its job well — that same waxy texture also means that it’s highly portable (in any climate), and stays on your cuticles like nobody’s business.

I haven’t tested this out long enough to give it a ringing endorsement, but from what I’ve seen of it so far, it definitely does a great job of locking in moisture without getting your fingertips or hands greasy. You don’t have to use a lot of it each time, and what you do put on withstands a respectable amount of wear & washing, to boot.

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme with Vitamin E

The Coconut Foot Cream

Rather unexpectedly (for someone who rarely-if-ever uses foot creams), this was my favourite of the bunch! Despite living on the prairies and having chronically dry skin, my feet don’t actually tend to get terribly dry — less so than the rest of my body, even.

The Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream is strangely gelatinous, while still being petroleum-free and 99% natural. Like their Peppermint Foot Lotion, Burts’ coconut cream feels luxurious and has a bit of a minty tingle — but that’s where the comparisons end.

Burt's Bees Foot Cream - Coconut

Where the peppermint lotion is thin, white, and sinks in quickly, this one reminds me of a thick honey butter, flavoured with a slightly-spicy coconut and a little sticky. It’s made to sink in overnight (follow up with cotton socks, of course), and delivers deep hydration while having what I’d actually describe as quite a pleasing scent!

The Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream

Burt's Bees Hand Cream - Almond & Milk

Like the coconut foot cream, Burts’ Beeswax Hand Cream has a lovely, interesting texture — in this case, the texture of a waxy butter, solid in the jar but which melts easily as it’s worked into the skin.

While rich and moisturizing in terms of formula, my complaint with this product lies in its portability and fragrance. The latter is overdone (a problem I have with a surprising number of Burt’s Bees products), and has a sharp, synthetic edge that may be headache-inducing for some. And, while the 2 ounce jar is a great sink-side or desk-drawer addition, it’s far from portable — just something to consider, with the way hand creams need re-application in climates like the prairies!

Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream

The verdict?

At $25, this set is a good deal… but only if you already love all three of the included products. With the way I (don’t) go through products, I tend to prefer sets like the Burt’s Bees Tips n Toes Kit  — that is, ones that let you try out a lot of different products, rather than those that get you stocked up with old standbys.

So, while I liked this set, I’d actually recommend that you give the other one a go, instead! (Or, hey, any one of these.) Something like the Tips ‘n Toes Kit is just $19 CAD for the same awesome formulas plus three others, but minus the commitment of full-sized containers.

Or, y’know, skip the hand care entirely and just go for the Coconut Foot Cream. I’m having a lot of fun with the texture! And, okay, the giant hit of moisture and tasty fragrance are pretty nice too, I guess.

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