GIVEAWAY! Obiqo Gentle Face Scrub & Restoring Night Cream

GIVEAWAY!!

I will be giving away one of each product that I have reviewed last week: the Gentle Face Scrub & Restoring Night Cream.

Restoring Night Cream

Gentle Face Scrub

 

RULES: Open to continental US residents only. You must register for the Obiqo newsletter here. You must also comment on this post to let me know that you want to be entered to win, along with your email address.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: You can increase your chance of winning by following @lavieenbeauty and retweeting this tweet. The giveaway will end APRIL 4 2014 (April 3, midnight central time).

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Review: Obiqo Gentle Face Scrub, Restoring Night Cream and Giveaway!

Restoring Night Cream

Hello everyone! I’ve been quite busy lately but thought I’d write up a quick post about a brand new to me. This is how the brand is described:

“Obiqo is a luxurious sea-inspired skincare range that combines nutrient-rich sea kelp from New Zealand’s pristine waters and the powerful anti-oxidant properties of French organic sea lavender.
Obiqo’s range of marine-derived skin care products provide a touch of luxury at an affordable price. A protected natural resource and the star of Obiqo’s unique skincare line is New Zealand sea kelp, which is harvested under license and then blended with proprietary formulations of sweet herbs, natural flora extracts, essential oils and sea lavender to provide a rich sensory experience. Obiqo products are not only great for your skin, they’re sensational for your soul. All the marine extracts used in these products are derived from sustainable sources and the methods of extraction are natural, gentle and solvent-free. The Obiqo range of unique marine facial products has been formulated for women aged 30-55 years with normal to dry skin.”

I admit that I had never heard of Obiqo, but I do like their products. I was lucky to be able to test two products: the Gentle Face Scrub and the Restoring Night Cream.

Gentle Face Scrub

The face scrub retails for 27.99 USD but is currently on sale at the above links. It is described as having ‘natural jojoba beads gently polish away dead skin cells to reveal your complexion’s natural radiance, sweet almond oil and apricot oil massage skin, while nutrient rich sea kelp and sea lavender provide an antioxidant boost.

Gentle Face Scrub

The scrub is in a nice squeeze tube with a clean, functional design. The product is a good consistency, not too runny or thick, and has many small granules to scrub your skin. You only need a dime-sized amount at most to scrub. It’s very effective and leaves my skin soft and smooth, with no adverse effects. There was no noticeable scent to the scrub.

Restoring Night CreM

The restoring night cream comes in a thicker plastic (but with a good weight to it, so it feels more luxe) jar. It retails for 38.99USD but is currently on sale for 14.99USD at the link above. I would really like to see companies package a spatula with these kind of jars but it works this way as well. It’s described as “Natural marine extracts work overtime while you sleep to help promote elasticity and rebuild firmness & essential oils of evening primrose and borage promote smoothing and softening in this restorative night cream”.

It’s a thicker cream, very solid, but a little goes a long way. I use this after my regular moisturizer at night and wake up with very soft skin. It’s important not to use too much or your skin will feel oily. I’ve experienced no adverse effects, and the hydrating cream is perfect for the abnormally cold weather that’s been around my area! It does have a slight fragrance, but it dissipates quickly.

Bottom line, Obiqo has a few quality products that are currently on sale, but you could have the opportunity to try them for free!

GIVEAWAY!!

I will be giving away one of each product that I have reviewed today: the Gentle Face Scrub & Restoring Night Cream.

RULES: Open to continental US residents only. You must register for the Obiqo newsletter here. You must also comment on this post to let me know that you want to be entered to win, along with your email address.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES: You can increase your chance of winning by following @lavieenbeauty and retweeting this tweet.

The giveaway will end MARCH 15 2014 (March 14, midnight central time).

Please note that this post contains a sample product sent to me by an Obiqo representative for review purposes. For full details, please see my Disclaimer and Copyright Information.
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Review: NARS Guy Bourdin Coeur Battant blush

NARS Holiday 2013 was an homage to Guy Bourdin. The three blushes are extremely pigmented but I opted for Coeur Battant because I thought it was the most unique.

Coeur Battant is an intense magenta, about as dark as the first photo but with cool tones like in the second.

It is indeed extremely pigmented, and I thought it was definitely a cool color but it could lean a little warm, especially when applied depending on your skin tone. I lightly touch my brush against the blush and then blend, blend, blend! It’s very easy to overdo so I recommend a fluffy brush or a skunk brush.

Coeur Battant retailed for $29USD, and I got mine at Sephora. Check with your local Sephora to see if they have any more of NARS 2013 Holiday in stock!

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Barneys New York: Irene Neuwirth Colloboration

Hello everyone! I just received a media alert letting me know that Barneys New York has launched a new fragrance with Irene Neuwirth. Here’s the info below, with an additional video here:

Barneys New York, the luxury specialty retailer, announces today the launch of the latest scent in the Designer Fragrance Collection: a fragrance by renowned jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth.

Neuwirth, who launched her jewelry collection in 2003 at Barneys New York, has become known for her intensely-colored gems, bold shapes, and one of a kind pieces. Using stones like fire opals, chrysoprase, moonstone, lapis, onyx, and more, her California sensibility—Neuwirth is based in Los Angeles—comes through in her collection. This is her first project in the beauty sphere.

“I wanted to create a fragrance that smells like the feeling of my jewelry: bright and beachy, yet sophisticated and personal,” said Irene Neuwirth. “Barneys has been such an incredible partner of mine for 10 years and this is the perfect collaboration to celebrate our relationship. I couldn’t be more honored or excited have it on the floor.“

Neuwirth worked with master perfumer Ralf Schwieger to create the luminous and beachy scent, inspired by daydreams of the California sun and sea. Top notes include Neroli, and Beach Accord.  Mid notes have a summery, effortless elegance with breezy petals of orange blossom and jasmine sambac and rose, floating on a splash of salty sea spray.  Finally, a delicious sun-drenched warmth evolves on skin, with timeless vanilla and musk wrapped in a luxurious techno-modern extract of coconut.

“We selected Irene because of her creativity and her chic and effortless, beachy personal style,” said Barneys New York COO Daniella Vitale. “We wanted a fragrance that was subtle like Irene, but with packaging that reflected the vibrancy of her jewelry.”

Neuwirth’s is the third in the Barneys New York Designer Fragrance Collection, in which a designer is paired with a perfumer to create an exclusive, limited edition fragrance. L’Wren Scott, the first designer in the series, launched her scent in December 2012. Greg Lauren, the second, debuted his in September 2013.

The fragrance will retail for $195 and is currently available exclusively in all Barneys New York flagship stores and on Barneys.com.

Does the description sound enticing to you? Let me know in the comments below!

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Review: Anna Sui Lipstick 302

Retails for 2800JPY ~ 870NTD ~29USD. NOTE: I bought this in Taiwanese Duty Free and it was around 700NTD ~2250JPY ~23USD.

This is what the Anna Sui English site says:

Remarkable vivid colors and ultra-smooth textures with perfect fit, leave you looking like a Drama Queen! • A variety of true, vivid shades in one swipe • Extraordinary smooth and long-lasting finish in 2 different bases • Gorgeous packaging reminiscent of a vase Vivid Base in 17 Shades

I love the packaging of this lipstick! It’s black weighty plastic, curved and with black embellishments characteristic of the Anna Sui line all across the tube. It closes with a nice click so you know it’s completely encaused. Very cute and goth princess-y!

302 is a gorgeous light pink nude color, leaning on the cooler side. It’s really comfortable to wear–it feels like a balm but is pretty pigmented. It lasts for a little more than 4 hours but is definitely gone by hour 5.

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Review: Zaggora HotPants Viva Capri Blue


Hey everyone! So I had the opportunity to test out these Hot Pants for the blog, and with their claim that their technology would help burn calories faster, I couldn’t resist. Here’s what they have to say:

“Gorgeous and powerful Viva Capri boost the effects of your exercise with signature Celu-Lite heating fabrics.

Calf-length Viva Capri get you hot with a burst of summer style: stunning berry shades give you a whole new reason to head to the gym. Show off your legs with one of four designs and adjust the waistband to create a look that’s right for you. Breathable fabric between the legs makes these our most refreshing and comfortable Vivas yet.

ABOUT ME: Made of: 45% Neoprene, 16% Polyester, 16% Nylon, 23% Lycra

SIZING: UK: 6-24 US: 2-22 EU: 34-52. For more measurements, see the size chart above, below the size options.”

Basically, the hot pants are supposed to seal in your body heat and make you warmer as you work out, therefore burning more calories. It makes sense in theory, but did it actually work?

First thing’s first. My pair came in a bright royal blue- very eye catching, and I like them. Mine are also capris and have a longer top, where you can fold it down over your waist. The sizing fits true to size- I got a medium and it fit perfectly, except it was a little loose in the crotch (I will attribute this to them being generous for ladies who are curvier).

The material is interesting. It’s very thick (which I like because I plan on using these in the Midwestern winters), around 1.5 inches and feels similar to neoprene in that it’s very tight and seems to catch on skin. (Makes sense because almost half of it is made up of neoprene!) The material is very well-made and strong, so even though it takes a bit of wriggling and pulling to get these on, it doesn’t do much to the material. Because of the material though, there’s also a swishy sound as you walk. This doesn’t bother me and I hardly notice it as I go for runs alone, but it may be a bit distracting to those who work out with others.

The pants are very comfortable, and I definitely notice the heat locking technology working as I work out. You’re supposed to keep them on for about 30 minutes every time you work out and another 30 minutes afterwards for the pants to speed up your calorie burning for the day. They’re very supportive and don’t slip at all while working out.

One note: They make you sweat A LOT. I didn’t notice how much extra I was sweating until I peeled off the pants, but you feel it, especially on your legs. It’s good because–well, more sweat is more calories burned, right?–but it does take getting used to.

Have I lost extra weight with this? I can’t say I’ve noticed immediate dramatic results, but I plan on taking their 2 week challenge (where you take your measurements daily after at least 1/2 an hour of exercise) and see the results. I will update when I finish that! I will say that I really enjoy wearing the HotPants because I believe my waistline has shrunk and everywhere that the HotPants cover feels more tight and toned. For this reason alone, I’ll continue to wear my HotPants!

Zaggora HotPants in Viva Capri Blue are available here for $95, but check out the entire store for different options, including their flagship HotPants 2.0 for $69.

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Review: Dr. Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask

The first thing I thought when I saw this product was–who?? Who is Dr. Sebagh? Well, I did a little digging and he’s a cosmetic surgeon based in Paris with his own skincare line. You can read a good profile of him here.

What is the Deep Exfoliating Mask? Here’s what Dr. Sebagh says:

“A combination of Azelaic and lactic acid to exfoliate dead layers of skin for a faster cell turnover. An excellent pre-party ritual, skin looks instantly lighter, brighter and smoother. For that wow factor of highly polished skin use once or twice a week.

This award winning treatment mask leaves skin beautifully smooth, radiant & polished in just ten minutes. Mix with the Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream to help treat acne and reduce pigmentation.”

(Definitely try and do a patch test first–I had to review the product for you guys so I didn’t bother haha). This is my first experience with an AHA product, and it did sting a little bit, but after washing it off it was totally fine.

The product is scented, a light fruity scent that I noticed on application and gradually it wore off. It doesn’t linger once the mask is washed off. The texture is a thick cream that is easy to smooth on. It’s packaged in a glass jar that looks more utilitarian than decorative, with a screw top lid and is accompanied by a spatula (I approve!).

A little about my skin: Combination leaning on the oily side, pretty clear normally, biggest skincare concern: blackheads on the nose. I’ll be using this mask mostly on my nose area.

After about 10 minutes, I washed it off with warm water. It does sink in a little as it’s absorbed so it takes a little massaging to wash it off completely. After I washed it off, I was seriously surprised at how glowy my skin looked. I was really skeptical that this mask could work in such short of a time–how many products promise this and come up with nothing?–but my skin definitely did look different. I thought the pores on my nose seemed smaller and clearer.

One thing about the mask is that  I slathered on the moisturizer after using it. I felt like it might have been pretty harsh on the skin so I used a little extra of my normal moisturizer. After that soaked in, my skin felt SUPER soft and smooth. I was really happy with the mask, as the effects lasted for about two days.

I haven’t had any breakouts yet with my weekly use. I will update if that happens, but so far I haven’t had the slightest bit of irritation. The mask also comes in a sensitive version.

Dr. Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Mask retails for £59, or $115 [for 1.7 oz] depending on where you order it. This is quite expensive and definitely a luxury product, and I highly recommend that you get a sample first if you can, because it can irritate the skin. For myself, I’m not sure that I would repurchase it, because of the price and because I love trying new products, but if nothing else can give me such instant results, eventually I will probably cave. The produc was easy to use and delivered on its promises–the only drawback is its hefty pricetag.

Have you heard of Dr. Sebagh before this? Would you splurge on a product like this?

Please note that this post contains a sample product sent to me by a Harrods representative for review purposes. For full details, please see my Disclaimer and Copyright Information.
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Review: Jill Stuart Mix Blush Compact N in 05 Sunny Holiday

Isn’t the packaging gorgeous? I love JS packaging, though I do wish it wasn’t so shiny sometimes because it attracts fingerprints. However, the product inside is very good.

The Mix Blush compacts were the first blushes in the JS line. Recently (within the two years recent I believe), they were revamped (hence the addition of ‘N’ to the name). The packaging also seemed to have been changed to be a little more girly and embellished, but the basics remained the same with the attached soft brush. This retails for NT1450, translates to ~48USD but available online for a markup.

The powder is VERY fine milled, it feels very soft and almost creamy. The sales assistant did make a point to mention that you could swirl the brush around in the 4 colors or use only one by not extending the brush all the way and dabbing the smaller diameter of the brush into the color of your choice. I love the blush because it’s easy to layer on and intensify but also easy to have just a light wash of color.

This is a swatch of all of the colors swirled. The color combination I chose was a bit lighter, more natural than the others (which tended to have one bright color and three other softer colors, and this one seems to have all more muted colors). I like this for a nice baby pink light flush, especially since I have to be lighthanded with bllush or I’ll overdo it. Despite the light color, it is very pigmented.

[Quick side note on my blush routine: I usually do a sheer layer of a darker cream blush just at/under cheekbones in a diamond shape and then layer a lighter colored powder blush over it against the cheekbone. I need to make a diagram...this works especially well for those who don't have prominent cheekbones or if the pattern of blush against cheekbones comes too far down towards the nose).

The brush included is very soft and works well during application–no shedding or anything. It’s got a jewel on the side that you can slide to get the brush head out of the cylinder, and a cap so you won’t get powder all over your bag.

This stays on all day, and does have a rose scent which sometimes I can still catch a whiff of throughout the day but it definitely fades after application. For ~$48, this is on the pricy side for a blush, but it’s pretty pigmented and even the testers at the counters in Taiwan still hadn’t had much of a dent after all those fingers were in them. I’d save this for a special purchase but I do expect it to last a long time. A great splurge!

Have you tried this blush? What do you think?

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