Sunday, 20 December 2020

Christimas Giveaway - Sephora Wild Wishes Collection


It's nearly Christmas. A very special Christmas which I'm sure I will remember for quite a while. The current situation makes it difficult to spend time with all our loved ones, to get together, eat, sing and celebrate as we usually do this time of year. That's why I wanted to do a little Christmas Giveaway to spread some Christmas spirit during this strange time. 

Sephora kindly gifted part of their Wild Collection* to me, which I'm giving away to one of you. I haven't tried any of the products so I can't tell you a lot about them so I'll just give you a quick overview of the set:

The set includes a holographic face mask to refresh and hydrate your skin, 3 scented soap bars, a set of long-lasting matte cream lip stains in six lovely shades and a glittery cooling eye mask. If you want to win this set, please read the conditions below: 

Conditions to enter the giveaway:
*giveaway closed*
  1. You have an address in Switzerland where I can send the prize to. 
  2. To enter, write a comment in this blog post or write an e-mail to swissbeautytalk@gmail.com and let me know your e-mail address so I can contact you in case you won. 
  3. If you want to make me extra happy, follow swissbeautytalk on Instagram.
*giveaway closed* our lucky winner is Vanessa! 
The giveaway is open for 24 hours only. It ends at one o'clock in the afternoon on December 21. The winner will be selected randomly.

 Have a lovely day and take care
XX Cheryl

*press samples

Sunday, 28 June 2020

My Home Spa Experience with Foreo Luna 3

A little while ago I received a Foreo Luna 3 to put to the test*. I've had my eyes on it for quite a while so I was really excited when I got the opportunity to try it. 

Foreo Luna 3 is a cleansing device with silicone bristles which uses waves called T-Sonic™ pulsations to gently remove all the dirt and excess oils from your skin by vibrating really fast. Maybe you know the similar technology used in some tooth brushes. The vibration literally shakes the dirt out of your pores and exfoliates your skin at the same time. If you're interested in details about the technology, I recommend to check out Foreo's website. 

Foreo Luna 3 comes in three different versions and you can choose the one best suited for your skin type: sensitive, normal or combination skin. I was torn between choosing the version for sensitive skin or combination skin but in the end opted for the latter, as my skin changed a bit over the last months. I've heard so many people talking about Foreo for years and my expectations for the product were quite high. 


I was a bit disappointed by the packaging because of the amount of plastic and it was pretty annoying to open. There's not a lot of instructions in or on the packaging but that's not necessary at all as there is an app for Foreo which tells you everything you need to know. 

You can adjust pretty much everything to your liking. When you click on settings, a picture of a face with four zones appears. By clicking on a zone, you can determine the intensity of the cleansing on a scale from 1 to 16 and adjust the time for your whole routine. Foreo Luna 3 works with bluetooth, so make sure it's close to your phone otherwise you won't be able to change the settings. 



To start the cleansing, just click the button on the back of Luna 3 and it starts with the cleansing routine you saved in the settings on the app. I love how gentle it feels on the skin and still I get that "my skin is very clean"-feeling without it feeling dry. Luna 3 may be used on a daily basis but I prefer to use it around 3 times a week. But maybe that's just because I don't apply make up on a daily basis. After using it, just rinse your Foreo Luna 3 with some water. It's very easy to clean. 

But let's get to the really interesting part. Did I notice any changes in my skin because of using this product? Sadly, I didn't get less spots using it so far but I can easily notice that my pores are cleaner and appear smaller and my skin has a healthy glow to it. And that's a win for me. 

Luna 3 isn't only great for cleansing.There's four massage options as well if you're into the at-home spa feeling. I honestly haven't tried the settings until right about when I startet writing this blog post as the normal cleansing with Luna 3 already feels like a relaxing massage to me. Anyhow, your options are a massage to firm the eye area, one to tighten and firm the neck and décolleté area, a contouring and sculpting massage or one to tighten your jaw line. The contouring massage (Contour Crazy) sounded most intriguing to me. During the four minute massage, there's a part on the neck which feels amazing if your muscles are a bit tight. I was also pleasantly surprised by the eye contouring massage because I tried it when I had a headache and I felt much better after it. It's not like a visit to the spa but taking 2 to 4 minutes for self care with a face massage feels relaxing and puts a smile on my face. I'll definitely keep using the massage settings too. 


If you're wondering about how often you have to charge the device, don't worry. I've used Luna 3 for weeks now and it still shows 3 of 4 power bars. 

At around CHF 240 Luna 3 isn't exactly cheap but there's technology and quality to justify the price. I'm happy to have this little helper in my life. It's gentler than my normal cleansing brush and the effects are more noticeable. I'm intrigued to try the version for sensitive skin because I'd love to know the difference but I honestly can't justify owning two Luna 3's so I guess I'll just have to keep wondering. Or you could tell me about it. Have you tried Luna 3? What are your thoughts on it?

XX Cheryl


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

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Basler Beauty Hand Care - Premium Hand Wash Review

Let's talk about hand hygiene. We all know why it's important to wash our hands thoroughly and on a regular basis, so I won't bore you with the details and hop right into this review. 

I received a new hand wash and a hand cream from Basler Beauty to put to the test*. With Covid-19 around, I thought it's a good product combo to show on the blog. 


The hand wash comes in three different scents: milk & honey, aloe vera or lemongrass & orange. I chose milk & honey because it sounds delicious and moisturizing (can something sound moisturizing? To me, this does... so let's just go with it). To accompany it, I got the Basler Special Care tea tree oil hand cream. 


The milk & honey hand wash is a liquid soap without alcohol, parabens, silicones or paraffin. It comes in a generous bottle of 500ml. Basler wanted to create a gentle hand wash which is still effective. It contains honey, milk proteins, panthenol and enzymes to clean and moisturise the skin at the same time. 

I expected a lovely scent when I heard the name milk & honey and I was not disappointed. This smells heavenly! It's fresher than I would've expected, slightly sweet but still carries the warmth of the honey & milk combo I had in mind. 

After I've washed my hands with the product, my hands feel clean and I can tell it removed the excess oils from the surface of my skin. Nevertheless, my skin isn't too dry, just clean. That's what I want soap to do. Long story short: This soap smells nice, doesn't dry out my skin more than a soap is supposed to and it leaves my hands clean. 

If you're interested in all the ingredients, check out the photo  below:


In the end, as we wash our hands quite often during the day, they sometimes need a little extra care. The Basler Special Care tea tree oil hand cream is made for severely dry hands. My hands aren't particularly dry at the moment so I can't tell you how the hand cream performs on severely dry skin but I can still share my impression. 

First of all, (and I have to say I was warned by my lovely PR contact that this would be the case) this hand cream isn't exactly a perfumers dream. If you've ever used tea tree oil before, you'll know that the scent is rather strong. Here, we've got an obvious combination of tea tree oil and camomile. I kind of like it, but it's not everyones cup of tea. However, both ingredients are very soothing for the skin. I don't use this hand cream during the day because it is quite rich and leaves a thin and slightly sticky film on my skin which lasts for the first few minutes. I keep it on my bedside table and use it before bed so my skin is nicely moisturised in the morning. It does the trick for me - my hands feel very smooth after I've used it - but it's not my favourite hand cream as I'm not into how it feels on my hands right after I've applied it. 

Just like the hand wash, the hand cream doesn't contain silicones, parabens, alcohol or paraffins and it's completely vegan. 

The hand washes cost CHF 17.50, the hand cream is CHF 10.50 and they're available in the Basler Beauty online shop. I've just seen that they have an 11% discount in the shop till the 26th of May. 

All in all, they're good products which I guess are suitable for sensitive skin. The price is a bit above your average hand wash or hand cream and I dare say there are cheaper options with the same quality on the market. The selling point for me would clearly be the scent of the soap. 

Have a lovely day and stay well!
xx Cheryl

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

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Soleil by Lalique - Sunshine in a Bottle

We've had a beautiful sunny winter day in Switzerland today. I sat on the balcony enjoying every minute of it before the grey and cold weather returns. And as we all need some extra sunshine in our lives during winter, I thought it's a good moment to write about Lalique's effort to interpret the sun as a perfume. Sounds intriguing, right? 

I've learnt about their new perfume "Soleil" at a press event in autumn. To be honest, my first thought on this perfume was: Why do they launch a summer scent before Christmas? But I was told that seasons don't matter anymore when creating a perfume. Everyone should decide for themselves, which scent is the right one for a particular moment. And I definitely can't argue with that. 


So what does the sun - "le soleil" - smell like? The scent is warm and sweet, kind of fruity, kind of flowery and I'd say it's quite a young fragrance. It contains notes of cardamon, pear and tangerine, heart notes of caramelized sugar and almond combined with the base notes jasmine, sandalwood and musk. The notes I can clearly notice before I apply the perfume to my skin are almond, pear and musk. But in the very moment I apply it, cardamom is the most obvious scent, then it mixes with tangerine and the scents that linger onto my skin are pear, jasmine and musk.  

I like the scent but I have to be in the mood for it. It's not a perfume I'd wear every day because it's quite an intense and sweet scent which can be too much for me sometimes. However, it is interesting and I enjoy wearing it. 

And as I'm sure you've noticed by now, the bottle is stunning! The design is delicate and captures the light beautifully. Just look at all the gorgeous details: 



The 100ml bottle comes with a delicate golden bracelet. It would make a wonderful gift for Valentine's Day, if that's something you celebrate with your partner. It's available for around CHF 71 for 30ml (100ml =175) for example at the Lalique Boutique in Zurich. 


Besides this new and warm scent Lalique also launched three new fragrances in their Les Compositions Parfumées collection. The scents are unique, one very light and fresh scent beside warmer and more feminine fragrances and I'm sure you'll love at least one of the three. My personal favourite was "Blue Rise", a fresh and light perfume. 


Have a lovely day!

XX Cheryl

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

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Christmas with Sephora & Giveaway

There's only a little over a week left till Christmas and I can't believe it's nearly the end of the year. I love Christmas because of all the beautiful lights, candles and music everywhere but it's always such a busy season as cities are full of people running around in search of the perfect Christmas presents for their loved ones. 

Luckily, lots of brands do amazing beauty gift sets nowadays which makes it easier to find something pretty and thoughtful. I was invited to the Sephora Frosted Christmas event, where I was introduced to Sephoras nearly endless variety of beauty gifts and I want to show some of them to you today*. All the products mentioned and shown below were kindly gifted to me as PR samples. 

I won't go into detail about all the products because as you might already have guessed, I'm a normal human being, so I only have one face to test all the beauty products the lovely PR agencies send to me. This means, I simply didn't have the time to test them yet. 

Decorating the Christmas tree

I was particularly drawn to the mini ornaments, small gift sets designed to decorate your Christmas tree. If I have a coffee date with a friend around Christmas time, these are the kind of gifts I like to bring. Sephora has an incredible variety of the mini ornaments, for example the Lanolips ointment which is absolutely amazing for severely dry lips or the Mario Badescu skin care set. 



Skincare Sets

I'm a bit of a skincare junkie and I think everyone can put a skincare gift to use, that's why I often prefer them to makeup or perfume as presents. I've never tried any Mario Badescu products so I was excited to find this generous set in the goodie bag. My first impression is, that this is a good match for someone with blemish prone skin. It contains a cleansing gel, a hydrating and radiance enhancing facial spray, a collagen mask, silver powder to purify pores and a drying lotion against spots.  It's available for around CHF 50. 



My favourite was the Origins Go Go Ginzing gift set. I love the line anyway and the gift set comes in the most eco friendly packaging I've found so far and it includes a lovely cotton pouch. 

Make-up

Benefit sure knows how to create impressive packaging. Brow superstars! contains their six brow blockbusters which I honestly have never tried before. The set is available in different shades and includes an ultra-fine brow defining pencil, the Goof Proof brow pencil, Gimme Brow fiber gel, Ka-brow! cream-gel brow color, 3D Browtones brow-enhancing highlights and the 24h brow-setter. So if your girl is into brows, that's the way to go! But this isn't exactly budget friendly. I guess you really need to love your brows to spend CHF 227 for this luxurious brow set but if you look around online, the set is on sale for around CHF 70 in a lot of stores. Even though the packaging looks stunning, it's a bit excessive if you ask me. There's a lot of packaging for the amount of products in there. But I guess if they were packaged individually, there would've been a lot of packaging involved too. 





There are some other make-up gifts I've seen in Sephora that I want to mention because they caught my eye. If you have a friend who's into gingerbread men, Too Faced did a whole collection inspired by the motive and it's really cute. Design-wise, Becca did the most gorgeous Christmas collection in my opinion. If you like everything golden and sparkly, you need to check out the collection. If you're into eye shadow palettes, you might want to treat yourself or a friend to the Kat von D Lolita Por Vida palette. The pigmentation is insane and the shades range from daytime nudes to full-on Christmas glitter. 

Sephora Frosted Party

A bit random but totally up my street is this little penguin mug filled with fizzing bath stars. I instantly fell in love with it and bought them for a friend too. It's only CHF 12.90 and if you know someone who's into cute penguin stuff and likes baths, this might be a great choice.



And what's a Christmas blog post without a sneaky little giveaway? Besides the cute little penguin mug, Sephora launched several other lovely Christmas specials and I'd like to give them away to one of you.

I'm giving away one gift set to one of you and it includes the following products:

  • Frosted Party Penguin Sleep Mask
  • Frosted Party Cooling Eye Pads
  • Frosted Party Skincare Surprise
  • Penguin Shower Sponge
  • Frosted Party Cocooning Set
  • Sephora the Blue Mask with an ultra-toning effect
  • Sephora the Rose Gold Mask which is a super comforting nourishing mask







Conditions to enter the giveaway:


*giveaway closed*
  1. You have an address in Switzerland where I can send the prize to. 
  2. Write a comment or an e-mail to swissbeautytalk@gmail.com and let me know your e-mail address so I can contact you in case you won. 
  3. If you want to make me extra happy, follow swissbeautytalk on Instagram or like the blog on Facebook.

*giveaway closed*

The giveaway ends at midnight on December 23. The winner will be selected randomly.

I hope you liked this little overview of Sephora Christmas gifts. By the way, if you live in Switzerland and you're interested in some of the products, Manor has a 20% discount on Sephora today. 


Have a lovely week!
XX Cheryl

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

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

O'right Golden Rose Collection - Sustainable Haircare Review

Hooray! I'm writing the first blogpost in my new apartment and I just realized how much I missed it to sit here and write about beauty. 

I've tested some more products from O'right, the sustainable haircare brand from Taiwan. If you haven't seen my first blogpost or you can't remember the brand, click on this link to read the blogpost in which I introduced the brand. 

This time, the O'right team in Switzerland sent me the Golden Rose Collection*. I chose this line, because it's designed for color treated hair like mine, it's oil based and I loved my oil based Abathi Shampoo. 

The collection comes with a shampoo, a conditioner and a hair oil. The products are lightly scented and I smell a hint of rose. The shampoo contains a natural foaming agent so it does foam a little but it's not foam-heaven if that's what you're looking for. I use the shampoo and conditioner in combination because my hair gets really tangled if I don't. 



My first impression wasn't the best. My hair felt heavier and I had to wash it earlier than usual, so I skipped the hair oil for the beginning. I experienced this for about the first two weeks of using the products, after that my hair got used to the shampoo and conditioner, which means it looked and felt healthy and strong. I wasn't totally overwhelmed by the results but the products do a good job and O'rights philosophy is amazing, so they're definitely worth a try. 


The Golden Rose Oil aims to make your hair velvety smooth and tender as well as to add shine. I honestly hardly ever use it because my fine hair isn't particularly dry or damaged and doesn't ask for a lot of extra moisture. However, if you need that extra bit of care, this hair oils doesn't only add moisture and shine, it also smells lovely and feels surprisingly light. What I love about it is the packaging. The little bottle comes with a pump which helps you to use the right amount of product and it has a pretty bamboo lid. 

All in all I like all of the Golden Rose products I've tested. They cost around CHF 30-40, which isn't cheap but normal considering it's a salon product. 

Do you know any other sustainable hair care brands that I should check out? I feel like a lot of brands try to be sustainable but it's not easy to produce under fair conditions, use local resources and be environmentally friendly, both with the ingredients and the packaging. So I'm always happy to try brands who do their best while meeting all of the challenges of a sustainable production. 

Have a lovely day!
xx Cheryl

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

Sunday, 29 September 2019

We're Moving! A Sneak Peek into my Empties Drawer


We’re moving to a new apartment in two weeks and I’m beyond excited for this step! It’s still a rented apartment (houses and apartments are insanely expensive in Switzerland) but a gorgeous light and airy one with a modern and spacious kitchen and a lovely balcony. Hooray! So, my current hobby is going through all my stuff and getting rid of whatever I don’t need anymore. Thankfully, that’s not a lot as I don’t shop too often, and I sell things I don’t love anymore at a local flea market once or twice a year. However, I used to put all my empty beauty products into a drawer and kind of forgot about that particular space in our apartment. So here we are, nearly ready to move out and I’ve got a little drawer of empty products to show you.



Cleansing


The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

This is a solid balm that melts into an oil
in contact with your skin. It gently removes all your makeup but it takes a while if you’re wearing eyeliner or waterproof mascara.

Would I repurchase it? Maybe. I prefer the Caudalie Cleansing Oil.


E-Nature Moringa Cleansing Balm*

Just like the Body Shop cleanser, this is a solid cleanser which melts on your skin. It’s a bit easier to remove waterproof make-up with this one.

Would I repurchase it? No, it’s only available online and I prefer to just pick beauty products up in a store nearby.



Louis Widmer Mizellen Reinigungslotion*

This micellar water feels more cleansing to me than any other micellar water I’ve tried before. That’s why I like it as an addition to my cleansing oil whenever I wear a little more makeup that usual. Anyhow, I don’t use it to remove my eye-makeup because it stings a teeny bit and I don’t like that.

Would I repurchase it? Yes.

Serum


Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst

Do you have dry skin? This little thing might be just what you need. It adds moisture, does a great job with that, smells nice and that’s it. Perfect for my winter skincare routine.

Will I repurchase it? Yes, please!





Caudalie Vineactiv Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum*

This soothing serum has a relaxing herbal scent and works great as a little add on in my morning routine.

Will I repurchase it? It’s a nice product but I forgot about it, so it seems like I didn’t miss it à no.  


Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum*

This has been a favourite of mine for years. It’s definitely a product I only treat myself to every once in a while, because it’s quite pricey but it’s moisturizing, feels amazing on the skin and leaves my skin glowing.  Sometimes, it’s included in gift packages in the holiday season. It’s usually less expensive to purchase it this way.

Will I repurchase it? Yes!




More Skincare



Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon*

If you like a relaxing evening routine, this might be a product for you, because it comes with a ritual. This light night gel aims to destress your skin and your mind and helps to sleep better with its relaxing herbal ingredients. It works, but it’s not the product I’d go for if I needed a moisturizer for the night, it’s more of an extra step in the skincare routine.

Will I repurchase it? No. My skin likes a simple routine, so I try to avoid extra steps.


Louis Widmer Gel für die Augenpartie*

This is a light moisturizer to use around your eyes. It has a gel texture and feels cool on the skin. I don’t know about the anti-aging benefits but it is a great eye cream if your eye area is a little dry.  

Will I repurchase it? Yes. Great quality, does the job.



Nuxe Rêve de Miel

This is the richest lip balm I’ve ever used. If your lips are chapped, apply a nice layer of it onto your lips to make them smooth again. Not cheap but smells amazing.

Will I repurchase it? Maybe, I’m currently in love with the blue Clarins lip balm.

Shower Products


Abhati Suisse Yamuna Nourishing Shampoo*

This is the first ever oil based shampoo I tried and I loved it. It’s very nourishing and I didn’t need a conditioner because it detangles enough and takes good care of my hair. Abhati Suisse is a sustainable brand founded by the inspiring Anju Rupal. The packaging is recycled and they produce in fair conditions.

Will I repurchase it? Yes, but it’s not easy to get your hands on the products.


Abhati Suisse Periya Body Cleanser*

This is an oil based body cleanser, so don’t expect to cover yourself in foam with this product but if you like a moisturizing shower product, this is a great option. It has a warm, herbal scent.

Will I repurchase it? Yes.


Makeup


Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude*

This is the lightest version of the double wear foundation range. I like it because it looks natural and glowy, but the texture is very runny and it has a light coverage. It is buildable but then I prefer the look of other double wear foundations.   

Will I repurchase it? No. I prefer Double Wear Light.



Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer SPF 10

My all time favourite concealer. It covers everything, stays where it’s supposed to and looks natural. Great texture, easy to use and I miss it whenever I don’t have it.

Will I repurchase it? Yes!


I hope you liked this little sneak peek into my empties drawer. I'm really looking forward to organize all my beauty and skincare products in the new apartment. 

Until then, have a great time
xx Cheryl


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