Sunday, 7 May 2017

Caudalie Vineactiv - Skincare for Busy Women

Hello there!

Yes, I'm still alive. If you're a student too, I'm pretty sure I don't have to explain to you why there hasn't been a lot of new content on the blog recently. But I'll do it anyway because it's nice to share, a problem shared is a problem halved, right? 

It's exam season, or in my case the season where everyone wants me to do a presentation and a paper on whatever project I have to do for the course. So I'm busy writing, designing and so on and it's honestly very stressful. A phase my skin doesn't like, so I thought it's the perfect time to put Caudalie's new Vineactiv skincare collection to the test because it is designed especially for young, active women with an endless to-do list. It fights the signs of fatigue and keeps the skin looking young and radiant. And I love the name of their innovative composition of ingredients: the anti cell burn-out complex! That's exactly what I need right now. It contains grape polyphenol and an antioxidant gained from spruce to help soothe stressed skin. 


The Vineactiv collection contains a glow activating anti-wrinkle serum, an energizing and smoothing eye cream, a 3-in-1 moisturizer and an overnight detox oil. I've tested the whole line for four weeks and I noticed that only using the products of this collection, my skin was slightly dehydrated after the four weeks. It will definitely be enough moisture for normal or oily skin but the dry skinned ladies might have to use a hydrating mask in between. 


The 3-in-1 moisturizer and the eye cream have a very relaxing herbal scent and they sink in really quickly and make a nice base for foundation. I've been using the eye cream around my nose and as a lip treatment over night from time to time as well. It is hydrating enough for my under eye area and the other areas I mentioned but it doesn't fight my dark circles which is kind of an issue when I don't get enough sleep. I like to use it over night but in the morning I rather use something more energizing. 


The serum is my favourite product from the collection, it has the same discreet herbal scent and feels instantly soothing on the skin. The texture is light and gel like and combined with the 3-in-1 moisturizer it's just enough for my morning routine. The only thing that bugs me is that there's still a lot of product left when the pump doesn't work anymore. 

After applying the serum I massaged my face with six drops of the Overnight Detox oil every night before going to bed. And let me warn you: the scent is not boyfriend-approved! The oil has a rather strong scent and it stays for a little while. I find it quite relaxing, however, Mr. T doesn't agree. Even though this is an oil, it sinks in completely over night and I think it is suitable for oily skin too. 


The overall effect of Vineactiv on my skin was that it didn't and doesn't look stressed even though I'm going through a stressful time right now. I usually break out during this time and my complexion looks sallow, which didn't happen using the Vineactiv collection. Nevertheless, for my dry skin I had to use a moisturizing serum before applying the oil over night, it didn't spend enough moisture on its own. An effect I couldn't see was the added glow. My skin is usually quite glowy but this skincare routine wasn't able to keep the glow up during exam season. Anyway, I think Vinosource does a good job because my skin doesn't look stressed and that's exactly what I wanted. With a moisturizing mask every week the collection and I currently live a happy life together.

The products are available in pharmacies and drugstores. Here's a little overview of the prices for you:

3-in-1 Moisturizer: CHF 42.40
Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream: CHF 34.40
Serum: CHF 47.30
Overnight Detox Oil: CHF 39.40

Have you tried the Vineactic collection yet? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Have a great day and if you're preparing for exams as well: good luck! You can do it!

Love,
Cheryl

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Review - John Frieda Luxurious Volume Inner Power Collection for Fine Hair

Over the last couple of weeks I've been testing some products from John Frieda's new Luxurious Volume Inner Power* collection for fine hair, namely the Protein Shampoo and Conditioner as well as the Volume Concentrate. 

The products contain protein to strengthen the hair over time, which makes it look more voluminous. I've been using the original John Frieda Touchably Full Shampoo regularly and really like it so my expectations for this new collection were quite high. 


Strangely, the scent of the Shampoo and Conditioner reminds me of hair spray, which is kind of weird considering I'm using shampoo to wash my hair and get rid of any product in them. After the first couple of times of just using the shampoo and conditioner, I didn't notice any difference in the general appearance of my hair. This changed after using the products for about two weeks straight. My hair definitely had more body and grip. Sadly, it felt dryer too. I can get away using the products once a week without my hair getting too dry but to be honest, the effect of using it only once a week just isn't as good.

However, using the Volume Concentrate on its own is enough to add extra volume to my hair and this volume stays for two or even three days. No drying effects here. For some reason, when I use the concentrate my roots don't get greasy as fast as they usually do, the concentrate just gives my roots a little lift. It's a total win for me. 


I apply two pumps of the concentrate directly to the roots of my freshly washed and towel dry hair and brush through my hair to make sure the product is distributed evenly. Then I blow dry my hair cold like I would normally do. And there's the volume! It's such an easy product to use, I wouldn't want to miss it in my hair routine anymore. 

All in all, the products add a lot of volume to my hair but the shampoo and conditioner are slightly drying when used regularly. Using the concentrate is an effortless way to add volume to the hair without the drying effect, but doesn't add the extra grip to the hair. 

All three products are available for around CHF 15 each. The collection is available in other countries  too but the naming is different, e.g. Core Restore collection in the UK. 


What products do you use to make your hair look full and voluminous? 


Have a lovely day!

Cheryl



* press samples, all opinions are honest and my own

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Louis Widmer L'Eau de Peau Perfume Collection - Free from Allergens

I'm really excited to introduce you Louis Widmer's new L'Eau de Peau perfume collection* today. The reason why I'm that enthusiastic writing about these scents is the fact that they're all created without allergens. It's a happy time for allergy sufferers! The perfumes all smell great and they're very different from each other so there's a good chance you'll like at least one of them. But let's have a closer look at the three scents now. 

First of all, I love the box they came in. Look at the model's beeeeautiful make-up look! It's just stunning! 




The reason why Louis Widmer created this collection of allergen free perfumes is that a lot of people are allergic to essential oils or other plant extracts and therefore can't spray perfume directly onto the skin. But the scent of perfumes only fully develops in contact with the skin or rather the oils or fats on the surface of the skin. This is also the explanation to why perfumes often smell different on every person. 


The names of the three perfumes do say quite a bit about their actual scent already, the Eau Fraîche smells really fresh, the Eau Douceur is a rather sweet option and the Parfum Elixir is the most classic, most sophisticated scent out of the three. 

When I'm testing perfumes, I spray them onto a tissue and onto my wrist and I check the scent every few minutes to write down what I can smell. Only when I think the scent has fully developed, I check the actual description of the scent to see whether I was able to tell what's in there or not. And you know what? After doing this for quite a while now, I think I'm getting better at it, hooray! I also had a perfume workshop with Aramis and Designer Fragrances a few weeks ago, maybe this helped too ;-) more on this workshop will follow on the blog soon.


Eau Douceur - the fragrance in the pretty pink flacon - is the sweetest and youngest scent of the three. It basically smells like a dessert with vanilla, almond and caramel. It's a warm, cozy scent and heavier than the other two but it has light floral notes too. The base note is created with almond, musk, crème caramel and ambroxan. The heart note contains heliotropin, iris and jasmine, the top note neroli and hedione HC. If you like sweet scents, you should definitely check this one out, it's a very natural sweet scent which reminds me of cookies and I like cookies (who doesn't?). It costs CHF 69 for 50ml. 


My favourite is Eau Fraîche because it's a very fresh, light and summery scent which instantly makes me happy. My first guess was that it contains something citrusy but it's a combination of peach and green tea giving the perfume its fresh note. It's an active scent, if that makes any sense? The base note contains peach, fresh musk and cedarwood, the heart note jasmine, freesia and green tea. Green leaves and jasmine hedione HC (I think this means it's a patented essence) form the top note. I'm slightly addicted to this scent because I can smell it the whole day and it makes me feel like I just hopped out of the shower, fresh and awake. Again, the 50ml bottle is available for CHF 69. 


The last scent was the one I tested first. One sniff was enough to know that this was going to be my mums new perfume, that's why it's at her home now. Parfum Elixir is a powdery, warm and soft scent which is very feminin but still discreet enough to be perfectly suitable for every day. Musk, sandalwood, cedarwood and ambrettolide form the base note, bulgarian rose, iris and jasmine the heart note. The top note includes aquatic (something related to sea water?) and lotus. The reason I gave this to my mum is not that I think this is a  more mature scent but because I know she doesn't like overpowering scents but prefers subtle scents like this one which is there and just makes a woman smell amazing without being too obvious. It's a perfum, not an eau de toilette which makes it a little more expensive but CHF 79 is still fair for a lovely 50ml perfume. 

Overall, I'm very pleased with the L'Eau de Peau collection. The scents are beautiful, the design of the flacons is chic and the prices are definitely ok for perfumes of this quality. The whole collection will be available from the 2nd May in pharmacies and drugstores in Switzerland. 

What do you think of the collection? Do you know any other allergen-free perfumes?

Happy Easter to all of you!

Cheryl



*press samples, huge thank you to Louis Widmer for this beautiful treat! As always, opinions are honest and my own. 

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Giveaway - Caudalie & Kure Bazaar Limited Edition Gift Set

Good morning beautiful!

I'm reeeally excited for what I'm about to tell you: For the one-year anniversary of the Vinosource collection Caudalie launched a limited edition gift set in collaboration with Kure Bazaar and I have three of these lovely designed sets to give away to three lucky winners*! Hooray!



Caudalie founder Mathilde Thomas and Kure Bazaar co-founder Kartika Luyet met at the opening of the Caudalie boutique in LA . The women share the ambition of creating products with natural formulas which persuade with impeccable effects and glamour, so they decided to do a collaboration for this gift set.

Each of the sets contain a skincare product from Caudalie's Vinosource collection and a Kure Bazaar nail polish. The Vinosource Sorbet Set contains the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet face cream, which is a very light moisturizer. One set contains the Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid which is great for oily skin and the last set comes with the S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum for dehydrated skin. The nail polish matches the colour of the Caudalie product packaging, the cutest shades of pink and red.





I wrote an in-depth review on the Vinosource face creams about a year ago, you may read it here if you like. 

The products contain organic grape water and they're all designed for a specific skin type or skin issue. I can only show you the set with the Mattifying Fluid in detail because that's the one I got and I didn't want to open your sets but to be honest, I would have chosen a different set for my skin type if I had the option. I haven't had the chance to put the S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum to the test yet but I guess it would be perfect for my skin so it's on my shopping list. 



I have the three mentioned sets to give away to you, so there will be three winners, chosen at random. The giveaway is open from today till the 15th April 2017, midnight, swiss time. 


*** Giveaway closed ***

Conditions to enter the giveaway:

1. You are a resident of Switzerland or you have an address in Switzerland.

2. Leave a comment below or write an e-mail to swissbeautytalk@gmail.com. Please include your e-mail address to make sure I can contact you in case you won.

3. If you're under 18 years old, please ask your parents for permission to enter the giveaway. 

4. If you want to make me extra happy, support swissbeautytalk by following me on Instagram and Bloglovin or like the blog on Facebook.

The three winners will be chosen using random.org and I'll pronounce them in this blog post, Sunday, 16th April. The winners will also be contacted via e-mail and they have 5 days to claim their prize. If the prize isn't claimed by midnight, 21st April, I will choose a new winner at random.

If you're wondering why the conditions of my giveaways are more detailed than they used to be, it's due to some difficulties I experienced during one of my Christmas giveaways and it cost time and nerve to sort it out which is kind of frustrating considering the fact that I'm giving away free products hoping to make people happy. I love to host giveaways on the blog and I really want to keep it up but keep them simple at the same time.

If you didn't win the set or you want to buy it anyway, they're available in pharmacies now for CHF 27.60 for the set with the face cream or CHF 34.30 for the set with the serum.


*** Giveaway closed ***

I'm happy to announce the three lucky winners:

Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid Set: Vanessa B.

S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum Set: Fabienne K.

Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet Set: Carmen C. 


Thanks so much for all your lovely comments and e-mails, I hope you'll come back soon and maybe win next time? :-) 

Have a great day!
Cheryl


*products courtesy of Caudalie Switzerland and Grauwiler Testa PR

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Estée Lauder Perfecting Primer Collection - Testing the Smoother, the Mattifier and the Illuminator

In mid January, Estée Lauder launched the Perfecting Primer Collection*, a collection including a primer for pretty much everyone. There's the Smoother for normal skin, the Mattifier for combination or oily skin and the Illuminator for dry skin. I didn't even have to open the packaging to know which one would be the perfect choice for me but I did it anyway, that's how nosey I am. 

The name of each primer already sums up what it does but let's have a closer look at the products because in my opinion, choosing the right primer from this collection doesn't only depend on your skin type, it's all about how you like your overall complexion to look. All of the primers can be worn on their own because they do have a nice finish already, that's if you like the natural look of your skin. 


The Smoother Universal Perfecting Primer
The smoother is a product which does exactly what you'd wish a primer to do. It smoothes the appearance of the skin with some sort of blurring effect. Pores are less visible and the skin feels absolutely polished (maybe due to the silicone?) which makes it easy to apply foundation on top for an even finish. This product contains apricot oils to keep the hydration inside your skin and I really appreciate this because it makes this primer suitable for people with dry skin too. However, there's one primer in the collection which is even better for dry skin and that's the Illuminator.

The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher
This is it! My new go to primer which leaves my skin illuminated but not too glowy and can be applied as a soft highlighter to finish as well! The Illuminator contains vitamin E, rice bran essence and shea butter and it feels like a fresh and cooling moisturizer when applying it. Honestly, it's so nice! It's a good base for make up and it makes my whole face look more awake and fresh. I sometimes dab a bit of it onto my cheekbones after applying foundation, it works like a highlighter but you have to be careful not to destroy the "evenness" of the foundation underneath. Totally worth it though, it's the most gorgeous subtle highlight! 

The Mattifier Shine Control Perfecting Primer + Finisher
If you're a girl with oily or combination skin, this oil-free product might make you very happy! My skin stays matte the whole day anyway except for that certain time of the month, so that's when I tested this product and this made my skin stay matte no matter what! I didn't need the teeniest bit of powder during the day and my complexion looked more even as well! So even though this primer isn't exactly designed for my skin type, I really enjoy using it from time to time to make my T-zone stay matte. 

I couldn't find the ingredient lists of the three products right away when I wanted to check for the silicones in them, which I find slightly annoying. In the end I found them online and they all contain silicones. However, I didn't have any allergic reactions to the products so the silicones in there aren't bothering my skin. The Smoother seems to be the only one which isn't water-based and it has a more "silicony" feeling to it than the other two primers. 

The primers are available for CHF 48 each which isn't cheap but the products are really good. The Illuminator was the one I already expected would be my favourite and it truly is amazing, totally worth the money. 

Have you tried the Perfecting Primer Collection? Which one is your favourite primer?

Have a great day!
Cheryl


*press samples, all opinions are honest and my own. 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

My Spring Fragrance Tip: Intimacy Sheer Eau de Parfum

Two weeks ago I spent a wonderful evening at the Marionnaud press event where I had the chance to take a look at new products, talk to some beauty experts and of course meet a bunch of lovely swiss bloggers. Among the products displayed and to my delight even in the goodie bag was the amazing Intimacy Sheer Eau de Parfum.*

The fragrance was created by François Robert, who's from the fourth generation of a family of perfumers creating scents for Chanel, Dior, Hermès and many more.

The top note of Intimacy Sheer is a combination of cardamom, Brazilian pepper, bergamot, lemon and mandarin orange. The heart notes are Kazanlak rose from Bulgaria, jasmine, honeysuckle, quince and cognac. Vetiver, patchouli, tonka bean, vanilla and musk are the accords of the base note. This combination of citrus oil top notes, a flowery heart note and a wooden base is called "chypre". I didn't know that, so yay to research and I hope you've learnt something new as well.


Let's see what I can smell: It's a fresh but rather sweet scent. The first thing I smell is definitely the lemon and mandarin, it's fresh and light. The scent gets sweeter after a few seconds. You can smell there's rose in it but it is very subtle, otherwise I wouldn't like it. I can smell the cognac too, a hint of vanilla and something like honey, maybe the honeysuckle? I have no idea how the flower smells in real but it grows in my parents garden, so I promise next time I'm writing about honeysuckle, I will know how it smells. 

While writing this, I sprayed Intimacy Sheer onto my wrist and smelled it every few seconds to describe the different scents to you. And you know what? Now I can smell the quince too. The quince, vanilla, cognac and rose are the scents that linger on. I'm pretty sure I've never smelled a perfume where the actual ingredients were that obvious. It's like a little journey. 

Display at the Marionnaud press event
François described the Intimacy Woman for us: 

The intimacy woman is...

... young
... elegant
... adventurous
... seductive
... listens to her instincts
...and knows that luxury is in the detail.

I reckon 24 still counts as young but honestly, elegant isn't the first word I thought of to describe myself. Clumsy would be a much better description I guess... However, I am adventurous, I can be seductive, especially if I'm wearing the right scent and - and this is absolutely essential for me - if I'm feeling good being me. I'm not the most confident woman on earth even though I know being confident about oneself is really important and there's no reason why one shouldn't be. Anyway, I don't find that too easy and I'm working on it. And you know what? Listening to my instincts and seeing luxury or the good in the detail help me with that. Here's a very easy fashion-related example: wear a grey shirt, jeans and sneakers (that's sort of my standard outfit). Then change your shoes and wear your favourite heels instead. The whole outfit looks more polished and when I do that, it instantly makes me feel better! That's what I love about details, little changes are my way to go. 

Let's sum it up: Do I fit the description of the intimacy woman? Not in every way but close enough. And you now what? Even if I didn't, I wouldn't care, I just find it extremely enjoyable to read about the type of person the creator of a perfume thought of while creating the fragrance. It's very inspiring, don't you think? 

This scent is exactly what I was looking for for spring and I've found it, or Marionnaud has found it and gave it to me. Thanks for that! Intimacy Sheer Eau de Parfum is available at Marionnaud Switzerland for CHF 39.90 (30ml). 

Now you know all about my spring fragrance, I'd like to know more about your favourite spring scent. If you feel like it, tell me about your fragrance of choice in the comments below. 

Have a great day and come back soon! 
Cheryl


*press sample, all opinions are honest and my own

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Alessandro International Spring News: B.Blush Collection and We Love Macarons

In a couple of weeks it's officially spring and there are beautiful spring collections everywhere around us. Inspired by flower petals, Alessandro International created the fresh and girly B.Blush spring collection* including three new vegan nail polish shades. They wanted to bring the rosy glow from your cheeks to your nails and I think they did a great job! There's a soft pink called Cherry Blossom, a raspberry shade called Morning Glory and Coral Haze, which isn't coral at all if you've got it as a Striplac like I do. 



Alessandro International usually creates their nail polishes as normal nail polishes but also Striplac, the system where you need a light but it's not a real gel because you can peel the polish off your nails after a week or so. The Striplacs are CHF 14.90 for 5ml, the nail polishes CHF 15.90 for 10ml. 

I like Striplac because it lasts a long time and if I know I don't have time to do my nails and need them to look good several times during the week, I choose Striplac. Nevertheless, I try not to use it twice in a row because I find it drying for the nails and I want to keep them as healthy looking as possible. 


Cherry Blossom
Coral Haze - Sorry for the bad quality
Morning Glory
The shades are beautiful, my personal favourite is Morning Glory. I got so many compliments when I wore it because even though it's a soft pink, it has a unique eye catching look to it while still being suitable for the office. 



If you're looking for a gift for your little sister, your niece or some other beauty queen to be, you should check out the "We love macarons" hand creams (CHF 5.90 for 15ml). Or you could buy them for yourself, because the design is absolutely adorable, looking at the packaging just makes me smile. However, the product inside smells really sweet. The pink one is strawberry scented and there's a pistachio and a lemon version, too. The product contains hyaluronic acid and shea butter and has a thick texture. It sinks in quickly and feels sticky at first but at the same time it's dry, so you won't leave fingerprints everywhere. Maybe "waxy" is the best way to describe the strange feeling after applying it. It's not unpleasant and my hands are soft and smooth now, it just feels unfamiliar. 

In my opinion, the shades of the B.Blush collection are perfect for spring and I enjoy wearing all of them. The Macarons hand cream does a good job too, but the scent is too strong for me so I wouldn't repurchase it. Both collections are in stores now. 

Which one is your favourite shade?


Have a lovely day!

Cheryl


*press samples, all opinions are honest and my own.