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December 31, 2015

VIB ROUGE: Luxe Beaute Splurges & Reviews

Filed under: Uncategorized — luxebeaute @ 7:45 am

Isephora was surprised by the amount of emails I received from my Luxies wondering if I had any grandiose plans to do an end of the year “best product” post. While I have done best of reviews throughout the years, they are always very specific: Best hair products for curls, best lotions for dry skin, etc. I dunno what my deal is exactly, but I kind of have an aversion toward categorizing say a best blush or best lippie – I suppose that’s because what is HG status for one is not that for another, or perhaps I may adore a mauve-ish color blush while others can’t stand anything but brighter pink tones. So yeah, it never really crossed my mind to do a year roundup for 2015. BUT this did give me an idea to post on my VIB purchases and give my thoughts on the products I purchased. Since I want a lil’ kookoo re the spending this time around  and also purchased a lot of newer products, I definitely thought it would be a good idea to give my two cents on them. Given that I wanted to be fair and precise, I used these products for a month prior to this write-up.

 

Hair Products:
Klorane Mask with Mango Butter (24)
Klorane Conditioner with Papyrus Milk ($16)
My thoughts: If you have dry, damaged, thick, curly, course or frizz prone hair, I say run out IMMEDIATELY and pick up the mango mask. This product defined my curls like never before, I have nothing but praise for it. I also feel its priced right considering its kind of a miracle worker and also not an everyday product, so it will last a while. As for the Papyrus conditioner… nopes. Way overpriced for what it does – worked about as good as any $5 buck drugstore conditioner but not as good as a $10+ one.

Bath products:
KorresVanilla Freesia Lychee Shower Gel ($18.50)
FreshCocoa Body Exfoliant ($45.00)
L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil ($41.00)
My thoughts: Let me preface yet again that I have VERY dry skin. That said, the Korres was a total waste of money; it smells great but the scent doesn’t stay and it really dried my skin further and didn’t feel like it was very cleansing either. As for the Fresh body exfoliant, this smells delishious and exfoliates well, but I do believe its gimicky and overpriced for what it is. I could very easily find a cocoa scrub from another place/brand/health food store that does the same at a fraction of the price. As for the L’Occitane cleanser, holy moly! New HG status alert! Not only does this smell devine, it moisturizes like nobody’s biz! I will never be without this cleanser!

Body Lotions, Creams, and Oils:
L’OccitaneAlmond Smoothing and Beautifying Supple Skin Oil ($46.00)
L’OccitaneAlmond Smoothing and Beautifying Milk Concentrate $50.00)
EmbryolisseLait-Crème Concentré ($28)
My Thoughts: The L’Occitane milk concentrate (read: body cream) is the standout here; this is a godsend for dry skin. This is prob. the best body lotion I have ever tried, and trust me I have tried them all. Sadly the body oil was just kind of there – it softens sure and smells nice, but it doesn’t soak in as well (or fast) as it should. This certainly will not be replacing my Nuxe oils. I had heard a lotta hype re the Embryolisse and figured it was time to give it a whirl. I can’t say its a bad product, however, I can’t HG status it either. While this is a really nice, thick moisturizer, I am not so sure its worthy of its price; while I can see how it would make a nice facial cream if you are really dry, there are a lot of others wheich are just as comparable. I felt this was Nivea in a fancier tube TBH.

Sunscreens:
Radical SkincareSkin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 ($55)
Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect + Perfect ($36)
My Thoughts: No need for me to lie here – I pay crazy amounts for sunscreen. And I rotate them constantly. I had heard great things about the JM sunscreen and decided to give it a try. While I think its a good sunscreen, I find its nothing to really write home about – it works wonderfully with no makeup or just powder, but doesn’t perform so well under foundation (makes it separate a bit). On the flip side I LOVE the Radical Skincare sunscreen, which I find also works as a primer in the sense that it doesn’t interfere with foundation performance. Will either of these pricy products go on to replace my supergoop? Doubtful. But I certainly cannot give either a negative review, as they really are great products.

Serums & Primers:
HourglassVeil Mineral Primer ($18)
Hourglass N22 Primer Serum ($22)
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement ($78)
BURBERRY Fresh Glow – Luminous Fluid Base ($48)
My Thoughts: I had heard (and viewed on YT) so many amazing things in regards to Hourglass primers that I had to give them a whirl. Gotta say, I was not disappointed. The mineral veil is amazing under makeup, provides a smooth canvas, and gives a flawless finish. The N22 is a powerhouse (22 different oils!) which works wonderfully as a night serum or during the day when one’s skin is extremely dry, but not so impressive as a makeup base simply because it takes a while to soak in. Burberry Fresh Glow is… a new Holy Grail for me! It left my skin beautifully hydrated and Dewey, which I desperately desired prior to this discovery. The Bobbi Brown serum knocked my sox off! Its chalk full of amazing antioxidants and works as a major skin retexturizer overnight. And after a month’s use (aprx), my skin is brighter and firmer.

BB/CC Cream & Foundation:
Urban DecayNaked Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($34)
Burberry Fresh Glow BB Cream SPF 20 ($44)
Urban DecayNaked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ($40)
COVER FX Custom Cover Drops ($44)
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder ($47)
My Thoughts: The UDBB was so terrible I took it back for a return immediately, just on GP – I was offended Sephora even had the gull to sell this to people. Seriously! I couldn’t stand this; no coverage at all and not impressive on any other level. The Burberry BB Cream is excellent – my skin just loves this stuff. It goes on smooth and thick and feels amazing on my skin. Caveat that the coverage is minimal, however, when I add on a light coverage foundation powder I get not only great coverage but also no cakey look – which iw a godsend for us dry skin gals who ordinarily cannot do powdered foundation without a sh@tpile of fix+. And speaking of, I am pretty impressed with the Laura Mercier Powder Foundation as well, which I have been wearing as my daily foundation. Although I am still on the fence over UD foundation, I am not fueled by anger over this product in the same way I was the BB cream. Even so, I am pretty sure I will be returning this one as well; it is far from flawless and is slightly cakey. It’s certainly not a “naked” look, as it’s pretty obvious one is wearing foundation and it tends to emphasize dry patches big-time. Nope, I am not a fan. At the opposite end of the spectrum, CFX cover drops are fantastic! Whether I mix this with serum, oil, sunscreen, or moisturizer, this stuff goes on flawlessly and covers like a dream.

Lipstick:
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick 13 Le Orange ($37)
NARS Heat Wave ($28)
Nars Audacious Lipstick, Charlotte ($32)
My Thoughts: Heatwave is a staple for me – I have probably gone through 3 or 4 of these since the color was released way back when and since my supply was running low I grabbed another. For those unfamiliar, this shade is a beautiful and bold in your face red orange matte formulation. I had been wanting to try the YSL lippie in Le Orange for a pretty long time so I took this opportunity to go for it – basically it’s the uber glossy version of Heatwave; to be completely honest they are both pretty much the same color but with completely different finishes. I adore Le Orange in color and formulation; however, it’s got a strong perfume scent to it that kind of gets on my nerves. Nars Charlotte is a beautiful wine berry color in semi gloss formula and I am in LOVE with this shade!

 

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