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. 

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Introducing Physicians Formula

For a short while Physicians Formula has been available in Switzerland and I had the chance to put some products to the test. I heard a lot about the brand, especially the mascaras and the bronzer, but the products I'm showing you today are the first one's I've ever tried. Pretty exciting! Physicians Formula is a Californian brand known for their products for sensitive skin. 





The Organic Wear CC (Curl and Care) Mascara was the first thing I tried and a real disappointment. Not because the product was bad, I didn't even get there. It has already dried out when I opened the packaging. Even though I couldn't see anything, the packaging must have been damaged so the product wasn't usable anymore. That's why I can't tell you anymore than that I like the design. 



The Concealer Twins are available in green and yellow, green to hide redness and imperfections, the yellow to cover dark circles. I've got the green one which is slightly too dark for my skin tone and yes, I'm talking about the green here. It does correct redness but the colour is too strong for my pale skin so even with the light concealer shade on top, the green is still visible. Additionally, the light concealer is pink toned whereas my skin has yellow undertones. Bottom line: the concept is great and I can see that it would work because it does on my hands where my skin is a little more tanned. It's just not the right shade for my face. 



This pretty lingerie design Custom Eye Enhancing Nude palette contains nine nude shades with a pearly shimmer. The shades are cool toned, all of them have a nearly silvery look that doesn't suit me very well. The shades blend nicely but they don't last very long. Nevertheless, the pigmentation is good and every single particle seems to be shimmery just the way I liked it when I was younger. I think this would be a perfect palette for younger girls starting to play around with make-up. The packaging is cute, however, it feels a bit cheap because of the combination of plastic and cardboard. 



Spoiler alert: The next three products are not only gorgeous but great quality too! 
I tested the Magic Mosaic Multi-Colored Custom Bronzer, the Bronze Booster BB Bronzer and the Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls Bronzer. All of them are beautifully pigmented, last the whole day and apply evenly and they come with a bottom compartment with a mirror and a little brush. 

Looking at the Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls Bronzer I thought it was a highlighter first because it is very shimmery but as the name says, it's a bronzer. I'm not a fan of shimmery cheeks, I hardly ever wear powder highlighter so this will never be my favourite even though the quality is impeccable. I swatched it in the picture below and as you can see it is darker than it looks in the pan. It contains 8g of product, whereas the other two contain 9g for pretty much the same price. 


Powder Palette Bronzer - Magic Mosaic Multi-Colored Bronzer - Bronze Booster BB Bronzer
The one I found most intriguing was the Magic Mosaic Multi-Colored Bronzer. The shades are mostly matte but there's a perfect hint of shimmer in them. The concept of this product is that it contains a perfect shade for you whether your skin is tanned in summer or pale in winter, you just have to swirl your brush in the right part of the product. I'd say the product is made for a medium skin tone because the pale parts are rather small so your brush will pick up more of the darker shades and if you're as pale as I am, it will look too obvious on your skin. But if your skin tone is a little darker than mine, this product might be the perfect all-in-one bronze and contour powder for you.

Lastly, the Bronze Booster BB Bronzer was the one I expected to be too dark for my skin but it's not! I instantly fell in love with it after applying it for the first time. It blends together with my skin tone and leaves my complexion looking even and naturally sun kissed. Because it's a BB Bronzer it looks very smooth and it allegedly has a hydrating effect which I honestly couldn't see. Anyway, it's a bronzer that does more than just warming up my complexion, it makes it look more even and glowy, contains Vitamin C and E and has an SPF 20. Total win, right?


All in all I'm very happy with the quality of the bronzers and I'd love to try some blushes and a mascara as well. Sadly, the brand isn't available in Switzerland anymore so I can only get it when I'm abroad. I wasn't too convinced by the concealer and the eye palette but that's just due to my personal taste. 

Are you familiar with Physicians Formula? What's your favourite product from the brand?

Have a great day!
Cheryl


*press samples, all opinions are honest and my own

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Lancôme Absolutely Rôse Collection

Have you seen Lancômes Absolutely Rôse collection? It's stunningly beautiful! That's why I couldn't resist treating myself to a few products from the collection. The star of the collection is the rose highlighter for sure, which is actually shaped like a rose. Even though I instantly fell in love with the look of it, I knew I wouldn't use it enough to justify spending the money on it so I chose the three beauties below:




I wanted to try the Juicy Shakers and the Cushion Blushes anyway, now the blush has an even prettier packaging so I just had to buy one, right? I went for the shade 02 Rose Limonade, a soft pink shade. You might see a theme there, even though Top Gum looks bright in the packaging I chose it because it gives my lips just a hint of colour, a very wearable light pink. Aaaand I chose another light pink coloured product: The Ombre Hypnôse Style in 20 Rose lumière. Actually, you don't have a lot of other options than light pink in this collection, either you like it or you don't. If you didn't notice so far: I love it! 

If you want to see the products in action, have a look at my Valentine's Day look from last week: click here. Otherwise, you can take a look at the swatches:

From left to right: Ombre Hypnôse Style in Rose Lumière, Juicy Shaker in Top Gum and Cushion Blush Subtil in Rose Limonade
Beautiful! I wanted to use the Ombre Hypnôse Stylo as a base for my eye shadow but it doesn't blend very well. However, it looks amazing as a liner! The colour is light enough to open your eyes and make them look fresh and awake. And it won't smudge or move after it sets, you actually need quite a good make-up remover to take it off. It's no issue for my oil based Caudalie cleanser but I wasn't able to take it off with my micellar water from Garnier.

The Juicy Shaker feels light and moisturizing on the lips and not sticky at all. I like to carry it around in my handbag because it's effortless to apply and makes my lips look better instantly. 

To get the most natural result I like to apply cushion products with my stippling brush because it allows to blend the blush easily on my cheeks which makes it look like I had lovely soft pink cheeks naturally which I don't... since I got the blush in Rose Limonade I used it every single day and I'm pretty sure I'll check out the standard Lancôme Cushion Blushes soon. 


Make sure to be quick if you want to get your hands on something from the Absolutely Rose collection, some products were already sold out when I purchased mine. I think this collection is worth the money, it doesn't only look beautiful but delivers the most gorgeous soft and glowing results. 

In Switzerland the products are only available in warehouses so I purchased mine at Manor in my hometown. The Juicy Shakers are CHF 30 each, the Ombre Hypnôse Style CHF 35 and the Cushion Blushes Subtil CHF 60. In my opinion, this is one of the best collections I've seen over the last couple of years and I'll definitely use and love these products a lot.

Have a great week!

Cheryl

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Soft Look for Valentine's Day Including Lancôme's Absolutely Rose Collection

Hi beautiful!

With only two days left till Valentine's Day I thought I'd share some inspiration for a soft make-up look for a date night or just a fun night out with whomever you like to spend time with. I couldn't resist including some products from Lancôme's Absolutely Rose Collection because it is stunningly beautiful. There will be a more detailed first impression on the three products on the blog in a short while. 

Lancôme Absolutely Rose Limited Edition Spring Collection
I'm sure you have a preferred way to make your skin look good so let's start with the eyes. I used the Ombre Hypnôse Stylo as a base all over my lid and added Limit and Nooner to the outer corner of my eyes and defined my crease and my lower lash line using the two shades. To lighten everything up I applied Strange to the inner corner of my eyes and used it to blend the edges. I finished the eye look by using the Ombre Hypnôse Stylo as an eyeliner and dabbed my upper lash line with Blackheart. If you like, you could apply false lashes but for my taste, Helena Rubinstein's Lash Queen Feline Blacks mascara is enough. 


Face:
Smashbox Primer Water
Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation
Estée Lauder Double Wear Waterproof Concealer
Physicians Formula BB Bronzer
Lancôme LE Cushion Blush Subtil in 02 Rose Limonade

Eyes:
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Base and liner: Lancôme LE Ombre Hypnôse Stylo in 20 Rose Lumière
Urban Decay Naked 3 Strange, Limit, Nooner and Blackheart
Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Feline Blacks Mascara in black black

Brows:
Estée Lauder Brow Now All-In-One Brow Kit
Estée Lauder Brow Now Stay-in-Place Brow Gel Transparent

Lips:
Lancôme Juicy Shaker Top Gum (smells like gum too)

























As you know, I like to keep my make-up quite natural and I wanted this look to be subtle and romantic to match the theme of Valentine's Day. Let me know in the comments below if you like this look and don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.

Whatever your plans for Valentine's Day are, enjoy the day! 

Love,
Cheryl

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Louis Widmer Remederm Fluid Body Cream

I've had the best time in Thailand over the last two weeks, enjoying the sun and beach with the four other girls. I'm back in Switzerland now and even though I like this country, I wouldn't have said no to spending a little more time abroad. However, I'm trying to get back into my routine so I had to take my winter beauty products out of the drawer again. The combination of sun, salt water and now cold and dry air took its toll on my skin, my legs look... well, do you know Soap and Glory's Sugar Crush Body Scrub? There's a nice description on the pot for people like me: old lizard legs. That's me, I guess. Or that was me a day after my arrival back home. But thanks to Louis Widmer, I was prepared! 

Louis Widmer has a skin care line called Remederm for very dry skin. Luckily, they sent their Remederm Fluid Body Cream to me a few weeks ago. I've applied it all over my body every evening four days in a row and it worked wonders! 


The packaging says that the cream cares for, nourishes and regenerates the skin while strengthening the skin's barrier function. It contains Vitamin A and E, Urea, Panthenol and bio stimulants and it's available in a non scented and a lightly scented version.

The cream is fluid and easy to spread on the skin but very rich. I recommend to use it in the evening because it doesn't sink in immediately. My skin startet to look better after the first application and it's nearly back to its normal winter condition now. This may not sound too exciting but my skin really looked bad so I'm very happy with the performance of the product. 

The Remederm Fluid Body Cream is available in drugstores and pharmacies in Switzerland* for CHF 32.50. 

Have a great day!

Cheryl


*Products are available in Germany, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Finland as well and at selected partners in Belarus, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.