Christmas is coming around alarmingly quick, and I just wanted to quickly share some cute limited edition Christmas 2014 releases. Next year I promise to do a more comprehensive list, and to do it earlier!
Benefit limited edition Pretty Parfait Christmas set ($75AUD): includes their best selling ‘problem solvers’ – full size ‘They’re Real’ mascara, full size ‘Stay Don’t Stray’ in light/medium, full size ‘Gimme Brow’, and a 7.5mL mini POREfessional.
The products are packaged in an adorable tin, which can be reused on your vanity.
Available at Benefit counters worldwide and www.benefitcosmetics.com
Jurlique’s Limited Edition 2014 Hydra-Gloss in Blushing (left) and Neutral (right) are a cross between a gloss and a tinted lip balm. Both Hydra Glosses add a sheer milky colour to the lips- very sheer, so it’s a one-size-fits-all product. $22/10mL at selected Jurlique outlets.
Internationally renowned fashion illustrator Megan Hess has collaborated with Glasshouse to create a limited edition Christmas collection for 2014. There are various gift sets available with her custom illustrations, including the On The Go Duo (pictured above), which includes a miniature candle and hand cream in a Megan Hess illustrated toiletry bag.
Retails for $29.95 on www.glasshousefragrances.com
note: these products were sent by PR for consideration. See PR tab for editorial policy.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 9th, 2014 in Reviews | 109640 comments. Christmas+2014+gift+ideas+from+Jurlique%2C+Glasshouse%2C+and+Benefit2014-12-09+10%3A13%3A41myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10964
I was given the opportunity to try two best sellers from french skincare line Nuxe.
I was particularly looking forward to trying their lip balm because I am constantly on a lookout for a lip balm that will keep my super dry lips happy (and compatible with my matte lipstick fetish). I’ve heard so many people rave about this product and it’s reached cult status amongst the beauty blogging community. They say that a pot of Nuxe Rêve de Miel sells every 28 seconds.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel ($19.95) is a beeswax based balm featuring honey, sweet almond oil, shea butter, and grapefruit extract. It also uses silicones in it’s formula, which gives it a matte velvety finish, and makes it a rather excellent lip primer. Because it is matte, it can be used past the lip line, which is great for people with dry skin or dermatitis around the lips. The consistency is unusual- it is very thick and a little waxy- but applies smooth once on the lips.
On my lips it’s better than the average lip balm, but not as good as my favourites for hydrating chapped lips (Jack Black and People for Plants balms). Given how well it works for the vast majority of lips, you probably have a good chance that it performs more impressively as a balm on you than it does on me. The stand out feature for me, however, is the way that Rêve de Miel doubles as a lip primer- if you apply a small amount on the lips and just past the lip line, it works very well in keeping your lipstick looking fresh and preventing your lip colour from bleeding. OCC Lip Tars are the worst when it comes to bleeding past the lip line, and I’ve always had to run the edge of a tissue along my lip line through the day when wearing these- until now!
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse ($39.95) is a multipurpose ‘dry’ oil for face, body, and hair. It is a lightweight oil that you mist onto your skin or hair, and leaves a subtle sheen and fragrance. I like using this as a skin ‘finishing spray’ before heading out to give my skin a bit of dewiness, and it since it’s so lightweight it works in summer too. I love how easy it is to apply, and how quickly it absorbs- I can mist harder to reach areas like in between my shoulder blades, and not have to work to rub it in. For me it isn’t rich enough to replace a regular body moisturiser after the shower, so it’s an extra step that I typically will only do if I’m going out.
The fragrance of Huile Prodigieuse is fairly prominent, and tends to stick around for awhile after applying so this might be an awesome perk if you like the scent. I would advise giving this a sniff before purchasing just in case you don’t.
Huile Prodigeuse is petrolatum free and does not use propylene glycol-
it does contain silicones though, so if you are sensitive to ‘cones on your face you might want to keep to using this on your body and hair. [EDIT: I've been advised that I've looked at the wrong ingredient list, and there are NO SILICONES in the Huile Prodigeuse. I've amended my list. Apologies!]
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Dec 1st, 2014 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews | 109440 comments. Nuxe+R%C3%AAve+de+Miel+lip+balm+and+Nuxe+Huile+Prodigieuse%3A+Review+2014-12-01+01%3A22%3A43myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10944
I was expecting something along the lines of the OCC Lip Tars when I first saw the press release on the limited edition Lip Paints, but it is quite a different product. Rather than a opaque liquid lipstick, the Lip Paints are a non- sticky gloss stain with a cushiony jellyish texture that reminds me a little of the Becca Ultimate Colour Glosses. Face Of Australia has done well with these Lip Paints, and I hope that they make this line permanent.
Except for Nude Nymph, all the shades will leave a stain, which prolongs the wear time of the product. The glossiness fades after an hour or so, but the stain lingers longer- the darkest shade, Very Berry, leaves a gorgeous deep wine coloured stain that lasts for around 4 hours. The product wears off evenly, and the stain left behind when the gloss fades is soft and diffuse.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Oct 30th, 2014 in Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches, Uncategorized | 109040 comments. Face+of+Australia+Lip+Paint%3A+Review+and+Swatches2014-10-30+09%3A49%3A26myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10904
It was Maria who suggested that I try the new Nutri-Define range by Jurlique when we were having dinner together. I had seen the press release a month or so earlier but I was trialling so many other things that I didn’t really have a proper read of the details. You HAVE to try Nutri-Define, it is UNBELIEVABLE – she said. So I did.
I was really curious after reading the press information about their use of liposomes in this line. Liposomes are well known as a drug-delivery system. As a tiny bubble- like structure with a lipid outer layer encapsulating your chosen substance, it traverses the top layers of the skin more effectively than the substance on it’s own. Liposomes are becoming more common in cosmeceuticals for delivery of skin care actives, and now Jurlique has entered the game with their new luxury Nutri-Define line- which uses liposome technology to encapsulate their 5 anti-aging extracts- rosemary, horseradish, mulberry, peppermint, and glycogen.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Oct 28th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 108930 comments. Jurlique+Nutri-+Define+with+Biosome5%3A+Facial+Serum+and+Day+Cream+Reviewed2014-10-28+03%3A23%3A56myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10893
Sunset/Riviera- Sunset is a apricot toned brown shade with medium pigmentation. It works well as a bronzer and for contouring. Riviera is a pale peach colour with sheer pigmentation.
Harmony/Wallflower- Harmony is a pale matte pink which leans cool. It has sheer pigmentation. Wallflower is a medium coral pink with high pigmentation.
Sunset and Wallflower both have great longevity and pigmentation- I have been wearing these together (Sunset to contour and Wallflower on the apples of my cheeks) for long days at work and they’ve both lasted really well to the end of the day. This combo is worn on the full face image above.
Mineralogie Purple Velvet lipstick (RRP $38.00)is not for the faint of heart. It is a full on dark grape purple with a metallic finish- wear it with confidence or don’t wear it at all. Personally, I don’t think I could pull off this lippy- perhaps to a 90s dress up party, but not for everyday.
Pigmentation is medium but buildable- although it does tend to apply a little patchy, particularly if you’re lips are a bit dry- this is one of those lipsticks that you need to prep your lips for.
Purple Velvet is a limited edition release.
For a review of the rest of the Minerologie Spring 2014 Collection, see my previous post.
note: these products were sent by PR for review. For more details on my editorial policy see PR tab.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Sep 25th, 2014 in FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 108511 commentMinerologie+Spring%3A+New+Blush+Duos+and+Purple+Velvet+Lipstick2014-09-25+02%3A51%3A44myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10851
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