Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Lumiere Cosmetics

After hearing many good things about indie mineral makeup brand, Lumiere Cosmetics, I thought it was about time that I tried for myself. A sale certainly sweetened the deal :) Along with the classy name, the site and products have a classy look. There are many products on offer, covering most makeup and skincare needs. The website is easy to navigate, and in no time I had a couple of things on their way to me. My order came in a reasonable amount of time, packed well.

As you can see, I didn't place a huge order, I just wanted to try a couple of things. I love that you can order mini tubes of lip gloss. I have so many lip colours that I've bought full sizes of that I won't use, so it's great to try something a bit smaller before committing to a bigger size. As for the eye shadows, I bought minis, which is the average size of most full sized mineral makeup eye shadow jars. There is a larger option available.

FOLIAGE- Tarnished green/gold.

PEPPERMINT PATTY- Chocolate brown with green shift.

MYSTERIOUS- Dark taupe shimmer.

KHAKI- Olive green shimmer.

I seemed to have needed a green/brown hit, lol. I loved the square jars, I think it gives them that classy look, or is it that I'm so used to the round eye shadow jars?? The eyeshadows are fantastic. Adhere well and pigmented. I found them easy to apply and blend.

HOT & READY RED lip gloss- Sheer pinky red.

TAHITIAN CORAL lip gloss- Sheer coral pink.

The mini glosses come in small tubes with doe foot applicator. The glosses feel lovely and moisturising on the lips. They are not too tacky. The glosses I bought are quite sheer, but add lovely shine and shimmer. Perfect on natural lips, or over lipstick :)

I thought that I would give one of the Ultimate Eyeliners a try. I have plenty of eyeliners, but after some rave reviews, I decided that I "needed" one. I bought the shade, Meteor. I am so glad that I did, as this is one of the best pencil liners that I have used. Not only do they have great pigment, but are so smooth and effortless to apply. 

I am wearing Foliage inner lid, Khaki on lid, Mysterious in crease and I lined with Peppermint Patty. The pic with the closed eye is blurry, but shows the lovely shimmer in the shadows.

I am so pleased with the products from Lumiere Cosmetics. Perfect makeup to take you from everyday wear to a night out. Next on my wishlist from Lumiere is some mineral foundation :)

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Mission Accomplished- Inouvi Blush in Hyperbolic

Finally, I have used up my first ever blush!! I know it may seem weird to get excited about a finished product, but I have so many blushes, that I've decided not to buy more until I start using some up..actually I apply this to all makeup...the only problem is, I rarely stick to my own rules!!
I bought some Inuovi products from website Ozsale. I had not heard of this brand before, however, seeing that everything listed was so cheap, I decided to take a chance. I must say that I am so glad that I did!!
The blush is packaged in a plastic domed shaped compact. If I had to pick something that I didn't like it would only be the packaging. I found that my compact became very shabby looking due to the dome shape, meaning that it was easily scratched in storage.

The above pic is not of the blush featured in this post. The one I finished is Hyperbolic, a coral/peach colour, unfortunately I didn't take a pic of it new.
The blush itself I adore. It is so simple to work with. It is easy to build up to the depth of colour you wish to achieve, from a soft touch of colour, to an obvious blush appearance. The pressed powder didn't have a lot of fall-out when swiped with a brush, yet the colour just seemed to glide onto the skin evenly. 
I never felt the need for touch-ups during wear, so it lasts very well. 

Here I am wearing Hyperbolic. Just a touch of it on my cheeks.

As you can see from the pic of products I used, I didn't have much choice but use the product sparingly, lol. The compact is a little worse for wear, I'd even managed to break the lid from the hinges somehow, I can't remember because it has been like that for some time now, lol.
It was exciting to finish the blush, yet not so easy to throw the compact away. Oh well, lucky I have more. I have a light and darker pink remaining, plus many other peachy blushes. Mind you, if I was to come across this blush again, I would definitely repurchase!! :)

Friday, 16 November 2012

Solstice Scents

Online indie perfume seller Solstice Scents, offer a wide variety of bath and body products. Some background info can be found here. It is a popular company in the indie perfume world, I have no idea why it took me so long to place an order, but I'm so glad that I did.

I love that the labels appear to resist the oil and have stayed put on the vials. I hate when labels peel off, so you can no longer read what the perfume is. The logo is pretty cool, with the theme having a haunting look to it. I tried uite a few perfumes, here's my thoughts:

LINEN & IVY: *Fresh sun-washed linens hanging on the clothesline in the spring breeze meets crisp green top notes of English ivy and a touch of new green spring leaves.  A perfect choice for those looking for a very fresh and clean scent that is not your typical "clean cotton" fragrance.  On cold sniff and initial application, a beautiful green top note emerges.  The dry down is crisp, cool-toned and very fresh.  Would make an excellent year round scent!
When wet, this fragrance is very green and earthy, upon drydown the crispness appears. It's so lovely cool and fresh. Perfect description in listing!

CASCADE of GOLD:* Cascade of Gold is an utterly amazing, 100% natural and exquisite blend of essential oils, absolutes and Indian attars blended in our rice bran carrier oil.  Notes of sandalwood, white sandalwood, honeysuckle, champa and white lotus combine to form a divine and meditative scent that is also very sensual.  Cascade of Gold has a base of exotic incensey woods with a very strong amber note that has subtle balsamic undertones.  The floral notes are delicately blended so as to add just the right exotic touch to the warm wood and amber notes.  It smells like bottled sunset with the last of the days' golden orange rays peeking out mixed with humid deep south air that has been perfumed by a concentration of mid spring blooms.  You can almost literally feel a warmth radiating from your skin with this scent on.  The champa is the finest quality I've found and it contributes a delicate edge of spice to the blend as well.  The florals serenely float at the top of the blend adding a velvety white note for the first 10 minutes.  Their voice becomes softer and evolves to a relatively stable blend without morphing that smells warm, sweet, ambery, golden, robust, full bodied, exotic, floral and extremely sexy.  Cascade of Gold would make a wonderful blend for yoga, meditation, scrying or just before bed as it has a natural harmony and almost trance inducing properties.  
I really have nothing to add to this indepth accurate description. I am captivated by the warmth and incensy notes the powder down to an intoxicating, yet not overpowering fragrance.

DELLAMORTE: * On initial application, Dellamorte starts out with a bright burst of fresh green notes, dew kissed carnations, delicate creamy woods and a sweet element from the Egyptian musk and vanilla combination.  It stays relatively strong for about 15 minutes then smooths out into a sweet, woodsy and velvety scent with the carnation still present, though more gentle, with a subtle green note and a tiny hint of spice.
This one begins quite sharp and herbal on first application. After wear, I notice a softening of the sharper notes, and something smoky emerges. There is a warm floral sweetness, with a touch of spice. Unassuming, yet a little heady. Very nice.

GARDEN GATE: * Voluptuous Lilac blossoms in the foreground combine with faint traces of cascading wisteria and subtle, fresh, green grass notes. Contains a blend of fragrance oils and African Bluegrass EO to create a sweet, creamy and gorgeous floral. The dry down is an intensely beautiful and very wearable floral that smells true to the light purple flowers that inspired it.
At first, this fragrance reminds me of potpouri. Upon drydown, the florals soften and take on a creamy quality. Sweet, spring scent. Feminine and pretty.

SPIRIT TREE: *Delicate white flowers, soft vanilla and sandalwood. Fans of Spellbound Woods and gentle florals will enjoy this scent as the smooth and subtle woodsy base is comprised of Spellbound, Sandalwood EO, Sandalwood FO and Amyris EO which marries beautifully to the sweet jasmine blooms and elegant lily of the valley that lay in an intoxicating blanket on top. 
I could have sworn that I could smell lavander, apparantly not, lol. It's such a smoky floral, slightly woodsy. I find it a mysterious perfume, intriging without being over powering at all. 

CHANTILLY CREAM: *Our Chantilly Cream is white fluffy whipped cream sweetened with vanilla and just a touch of peach nectar. A light addition of lovely yellow mandarin essential oil tempers the juicy peach note. The primary notes in this blend are the whipped cream and a blend of vanillas and they are also the longest lasting. The peach nectar and yellow mandarin are more detectable in the cold sniff of the blend and are very subtle on the skin and add a juicy touch to the more dominant scent of the whipped cream accord.
This is so sweet and creamy. The fruity addition of mandarin and peach, give it a juiciness pairing perfectly with the cream. It is soft, feminine and I love it!

NIGHTGOWN: *Vanilla, White Chocolate, Tuberose & Tiare Flowers.
Soft florals perfectly blended with the sweetness, richness and creaminess of vanilla and white chocolate. It is beautifully feminine, soft smooth and dreamy, just like a silk nightgown.

GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE: *Moist layers of rich chocolate cake filled with mouth watering coconut and pecan icing. Contains cocoa and vanilla absolute and fragrance oils.
Sweet rich chocolate. Creamy smooth and delicious. This blend, although rich is not at all bitter. Yummo!

INQUISITOR: *A Dark Resinous Blend of Myrrh EO, Labdanum Absolute, Beeswax Absolute, Frankincense EO, Amber, Leather, Burning Woods.
I love how dark and raw this scent is. Rich leather, earthy woods. It is a sexy, unisex fragrance.

LACE DRAPED SPECTRE: *Madagascar Vanilla, Baby's Breath, Pink Carnation & Green Pepper Essential Oil.
Oh, this scent is sweet soft creamy forals. Rich with a vanilla note, and the hint of spicy pepper. It is so feminine and has an element of mystery. I love it, I must have it! :)

CHERRY CORDIAL: * Very fragrant and delicious blend of deep rich chocolate, a bit of raw cocoa and sweet juicy maraschino cherries. Contains cocoa absolute and fragrance oils.
This is a lovely blend of syrupy cherries and rich, warm chocolate. Delectable fragrance. It is quite close to my skin, but I get gentle wafts from time to time.

CENOBITE: *Dark, rich, boozy Vanilla Bean. Starts out as a strong vanilla liqueur but the dry down is a very smooth vanilla bean and French Vanilla. Several of my male customers also enjoy this vanilla as it is not a buttercream sweet vanilla.
This wears on me just like the description, yay a vanila that not only works well with my chemistry, but also lasts for some time. Not in your face sweet vanila, but smooth and grown up. It becomes slightly soapy on my skin, but not in a bad way, nice and luxe.

CHIFFON: *Vanilla, White Amber, White Musk & Lemon Myrtle EO.
This perfume is soft and light, with the tanginess of lemon. Quite a lovely blend.

BLACK FOREST: *Agarwood, Nagarmotha EO, Tobacco Absolute, Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Cocoa Absolute, Maraschino Cherries, Black Cherries, Hay Absolute, Sandalwood EO, Whipped Cream & a drop of Pink Peppercorn Essential Oil.
This one is such a great concept, in the more in depth description, the purpose of this scent is for the decadent black forest cake scent to merge into a woodsy fragrance. This is exactly what happens on my skin. It begins syrupy, rich fruits and chocolate. All too quickly these notes vanish making way for smoky woodsiness. I wish some of the gourmand element of this perfume remained, as I found the woodsy aspect a little too much..great on my guy, tho.

SPELLBOUND WOODS: *A Soft, Incensy Blend of Vanilla, Sandalwood, Cedar & Amber.
This scent is very appealing to me, with the incency woods blended perfectly with vanilla. Unfortunately my skin eats this one up, making it too faint.

MONSTER MASH: *Mahogany, Amber, Vanilla & Essential Oils of Black Pepper, All Spice, Cardamom and Sandalwood.
A dark rich spicy earthy blend, with an incensy headiness which just adds to the mysterious element of this perfume.A sexy unisex fragrance.

CHERRY VANILLA AMBROSIA: *A blend of 2 different ambers, black cherries, maraschino cherries, vanilla fragrance and absolute and a tiny hint of sweet mandarin orange slices.
The sweet fruitiness of cherries and slight tanginess of citrus is grounded by smoky amber. It is quite an alluring sexy blend, if only I didn't have to sniff my wrists to enjoy the scent.

I didn't link the scents to the site, as perfumes are offered seasonally, only some I tried are General Catalogue. 
I am so impressed with the perfumes. The descriptions on the site are thorough, making it easier to choose. I am in need of some full sizes, so I will be ordering again :)

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Dr LeWinn's Primer and Foundation

I was lucky enough to be given Dr LeWinn's primer and foundation to trial thanks to health and beauty website Beauty Heaven. I'm not much of a liquid foundation wearer, but I was more than happy to try, especially being well known and loved brand, Dr LeWinn's. 

Dr. LeWinns Skin Perfect Anti-ageing Primer is designed to prepare skin for foundation. Marketed as an anti-ageing product, this primer promises to allow makeup to glide over skin, making the face a perfect canvass, no matter what the skin concern. The formula contains Dr LeWinns patented ingredient, Evermat™. This technology's purpose is to visibly reduce the appearance of pores and absorb excess oils, without over-drying. Skin can be expected to have a youthful glow. 
This primer is packaged in a 30 ml glass cylinder shaped bottle. It contains a pump dispenser, with a small nozzle, making for accurate delivery of product. 
A little of this light weight product goes a long way. It just glides evenly over the skin, making skin feel soft and smooth. Hydrated, but not oily. 
What I was most impressed by this primer was the youthful glow that I got. I have never had this with a primer on its own before. Often I use a primer to prep the skin for makeup, but only with Dr LeWinns Primer have I received actual anti-ageing skincare benefits. 
It was clear just how beneficial using this primer before makeup was. My lines seemed to have been smoothed over, preventing foundation to settle, especially the very visible crows feet. Also, my annoying enlarged pores were not so noticeable. 
Although a very hydrating product, the primer kept my t-zone less oily. Generally, foundation disappears from my forehead due to oil, thanks to combination skin. But using this primer ensured foundation to stay put for most of the day. 
I often have to be careful with what I put on my skin, as I can break-out with certain products. Not with this primer, in fact my skin is actually looking clearer! 
I am very impressed with Dr LeWinns Skin Perfect Anti-ageing Primer. I have used a few primers in my time, and this is my hands-down favourite!

Dr. LeWinn’s Skin Perfect Foundation contains anti-ageing ingredients such as rose stem cells, tourmaline, hyaluronic acid. This foundation also offers sun protection, formulated with an SPF factor of 15. This foundation claims to offer long-lasting and great coverage. Smoothing out the appearance of lines by providing sufficient hydration. Offering six shades, there shouldn't be a problem matching skintone. 
This foundation comes in a glass bottle with 30 ml of product. Delivery of product is achieved easily via the pump-top dispenser. This makes for a more hygienic application. The only thing I was not content with, was that I often accidentally begin to unscrew the pump-top cap during handling. 
I found that when I applied with fingers, I only needed a couple of pumps for face and neck. Only a small amount is necessary of this light weight foundation. 
What I noticed upon first application, was just how easily it glided over my skin, ensuring an even coverage. I rarely use liquid foundation, I've honestly never been able to apply it without a patchy finish This liquid is just so easy to use, that even I can manage a flawless application. 
After some experimentation, I discovered that applying with fingers gives a sheer to medium coverage, where as using a brush gave me a more heavier coverage ,making it quite versatile. 
Whichever way I applied, I found that it never looked cakey. I had a silky finish, that felt neither dry nor tacky, my skin felt like, well, skin. I just loved that my face looked so natural, like a better version of my own skin. I have a lot of pigmentation, which almost disappears under the foundation. My fine lines and pores appear reduced, and thankfully, no foundation settles in these areas. 
My skin is given such a youthful glow, it looks soft and dewy, but not at all oily. 
Wearing it in conjuction with the Dr LeWinns Primer means I can have long wearing coverage. Thanks to combination skin, my forehead becomes oily during wear and I have to touch up at least once during the day, even though I would normally wear a powder over liquid foundation. I am happy to say that Dr LeWinns Foundation did not slip off my forehead. I did not experience any adverse reactions. In fact, it was the opposite, I have been experiencing much clearer skin Not only during wear, but even after removal, my skin feels soft and smooth. 
I really cannot rave about just how much I am loving Dr LeWinns Skin Perfect Anti-ageing Foundation. I have not even slightly been tempted to use any other foundation since receiving this outstanding product. Dr LeWinns, you have converted me from a mineral powder foundation user to a liquid user!

Here is a pic of me wearing the primer and foundation. I really love the coverage and finish :)