I'm a girl who loves beauty products, even though I haven't always been very keen on them, so I decided to start a beauty blog, where I share beauty product reviews with others and tell you about both the worst and best beauty products out there, according to me.

I'm also hoping it will make beauty and makeup more fun, even for those who are not beauty addicts already.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was less than impressed by the Estee Lauder cleanser I tried out recently, but I also mentioned that I had tried some other Estee Lauder products at the same time that I was happier with. One of those products was the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum.

And I must admit I am not a big serum user in general, so converting someone who has not really "believed" or seen the point of serums before takes one good serum, believe me!
This serum was pretty expensive, but smells nice, feels nice and absorbs quickly. It also makes my skin softer and evens out the texture really well. Even my pores look smaller and less noticeable!

I was also under the impression that I would run out of this serum really fast (I am not really sure why) but nope: it lasts for ages and you really need only very little each time you put it on. I have been using it morning and night and the results are very impressive indeed!

So this was definitely a very positive surprise for me after having been so disappointed by Estee Lauder's cleanser!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Review: Estee Lauder Verite LightLotion Cleanser

Recently I went into a random cosmetics store to buy some eye cream. I hadn't been all too happy with the eye creams I had been using recently (except the La Mer one, but La Mer is not sold where I live so I have to get it abroad or online and I needed a new cream urgently, so La Mer was out of the question) so I decided to ask a saleslady for advice. 15 minutes later... I ended up going home with 3 Estee Lauder products, a brand I was not previously familiar with and one of the products this (very nice) saleslady convinced me that I "had to try" was the Estee Lauder Verite LightLotion Cleanser.
I needed a new cleanser anyway so I gave it a go, and I liked the packaging a lot. Nice, clean, luxurious, not too similar to anything else on the market: all good!

Sadly, however, that is where the good stuff ended. You need to put a lot of this cream on in order for it to do anything and my skin does not feel clean even after I do so. Maybe it is, but it feels... dirty and like it did not do anything at all. So I always ended up using another cleanser right after.

I will go as far as saying that this may be one of the worst cleansers I've come across so far, which is pretty surprising as the other 2 Estee Lauder products I got were quite good.

(and yes, I have considered the fact that something may be wrong with the bottle I got but I guess the only way to test that would be to get another bottle and compare the two? And I really don't feel like purchasing this again so I will just assume they are all like this...)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: Chanel Le Vernis nail color - Pirate

I think I have mentioned here on the blog before that I have amazing friends that simply give me the best presents! For example, one of my friends recently gave me some Chanel nail polish, because - as she put it - "what's a better present to any woman than some Chanel?" and that is of course a statement I agree with!

So while I am not sure I would have bought the Chanel Le Vernis nail color myself as I have had some bad experiences with high end nail polishes before (won't say which brand, but I can say that it starts with a D and ends with -ior) I was very happy that I got a chance to try one of their classic colors I believe - Pirate, thanks to my lovely friend.

And I have to say I like the color, even if this red is a bit of a darker red than I would normally go for, I usually prefer bright reds, but this looks really classy on. I also liked that the nail polish was easy to apply, without streaking and that the color lasted for quite some time. So it's a pretty good nail polish, but I personally am not convinced I need to be pay top dollar for nail polish. I feel there are a lot of good alternatives, like Essie and OPI out there, so I prefer to get those. But as presents go, this was definitely really nice and I would not mind to be gifted more Chanel nail polish - or anything Chanel for that matter! - again.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre Multi-function nourishing moisturizer

Before I went to Paris this summer, I had heard a lot about the Embryolisse cream so I knew I really wanted to try it and luckily, finding Embryolisse was not very hard at all in France. It seems really, really popular and after having tried this cream, I can totally understand why!

You are supposed to be able to use this cream as both a moisturizer, a make-up primer, a moisturizing mask and for baby care if you want, but I have only been using it as a bit of a heavier moisturizer to be honest. So I can't really say what it's like for the other purposes, but as a moisturizer, it's just great!

And what is surprising, at least for me, is that this quite heavy cream actually works really well with oily skin, which can't be said about most other heavy creams. And as I am sure most people with oily skin know, even us "oilies" need heavier moisturizers from time to time, especially during the winter when everything gets all dry.

The Embryolisse cream did not make me break out at all, despite its heaviness and it does not make it oilier or anything else that could be considered unpleasant either, it simply moisturizes!

It does not really have a clear scent, but it rather scent free and the packaging is pretty minimalist. So it feels like a typical pharmacy product I guess, rather than something luxurious. But I am fine with that, especially since it works so well!

But I can't quite understand the hype status this product has. I mean, it's a good product but is it better than most other moisturizers? Not sure...

I would still get it again however, at least if I am in France because it is a really nice cream to have for cold winters especially, even if I have been using it in the summer this time.

I also love that Embryolisse is not tested on animals!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review: Woods of Windsor Lily of the Valley Eau de Toilette

So this is actually pretty crazy but the scent I am going to review today is actually one of the first scents I ever owned myself! You see, when I was 14 years old, I went to London and Windsor on a trip and during that trip I bought this exact scent and I loved it back then. So recently I decided to get another bottle, mainly to see if the scent was as lovely as I remembered it.

I must admit that I am very partial to the Lily of the Valley though. It happens to be my favorite flower, so anything featuring this flower is bound to be a favorite with me!
And even today, the Woods of Windsor Eau de Toilette is no exception. It smells very clearly of Lily of the Valley, after all, and the scent is gentle and not too in your face. The perfect scent for every day use in other words.

So yes, I would definitely say this scent, so loved by a 14 year old girl back then, does not disappoint even a grown up woman! And isn't that wonderful: that the same scent is adorable to a teenager but just as much so to someone who now has her own kids?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Shopped: At Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton recently launched their first perfumes in 70 years, and as a big lover of scents and Louis Vuitton as a brand, I was naturally very eager to give these scents a try. The thing is, when I entered the local Louis Vuitton store, I simply could not concentrate enough to buy just one of the scents, so what happened is actually that I got a miniature set with all the 7 scents in it.

I am pretty happy with that decision, as it will give me a chance to really try each scent and figure out what I think of it. So I will definitely be reviewing them all here on the blog shortly!

And I think the packaging is just lovely, so I am happy I decided to get this set for that reason as well. It will look gorgeous no matter where I put it, after all!

I was also lucky enough to be given two testers of two of the scents, and I need to say: even the testers look so cute! You can really see that Louis Vuitton has put a lot of effort into the presentation and packaging of each scent and I love that!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Chanel no 5

First off, let me start this review by saying: I know, who do I think I am, reviewing the Chanel no 5 scent like it has never been done before and like I have something important to add to all the things that have already been said about this scent.

I really do not claim to be an expert on scents in any way, but I do believe scents are such an incredibly personal thing that we all think differently about them and therefore, even a review written by a total newbie on scents and all things related to them might be of interest.
After all, I am sure not everyone that wears this scent is a perfume expert either?

So now that all that has been said: what did I actually think about this scent?
(I should add that I was gifted a bottle. I know, I am so lucky to have friends who give me presents like this!)
First of all, I did expect it to be a bit of an old ladyish scent. After having tried it, I don't think it is at all, but it is a very classic scent. You can tell that it has been around for a long time, and that it is a more upscale scent compared to some others I wear. So I don't think it is a scent for the hip IT-girls, except if they go to fancier events during the evening.

For some reason this does strike me as an evening wear scent. I personally would not wear it during the day, or for regular evenings out but I do think it would suit a special event where you dress up etc.

It is also important to note that the scent completely changes after you put it on, so if you are not familiar with the Chanel no 5, you should not just smell it from the bottle in order to decide if it is your thing or not. No, you need to put it on, wait around 5 minutes and then you'll get to smell the real scent!

So all in all, I am very happy I gave Chanel no 5 a try, although I do not think I will start wearing this on a regular basis. It is a gorgeous scent though, but I feel my life and style generally is a bit more low key than this scent I guess?