Monday, July 28, 2014

Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ Sunscreen (review)

Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

An ultra light sunscreen formula for everyday use.
  • Helps to fight up to 90% of skin aging, including lines and wrinkles and uneven texture and tone.
  • Delivers outstanding efficacy against UVA & UVB rays on the skin’s surface.
  • Oil-free, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic 
  • Dermatologist-tested for sensitive skin
I don't have to say much about this very amazing, must-have product when it comes to skincare.
Sunscreens are one of those essential skincare products that should be part of one's daily routine irrespective of season, place and skintone.  The benefits of sunscreens are endless and the internet is loaded with all the amazing information one needs to know.

Color: White 

Texture and Consistency: Light weight, non-sticky, non-greasy, not to thick nor too goopy liquid. 

Scent/Fragrance: I love the fact that this one does not smells like typical sunscreen. It smells pretty pleasant. 

Application: This is a light weight sunscreen. It spreads easily and gets absorbed pretty quickly. I apply it 'liberally' on my lightly moisturized skin 30 minutes before going out in the sun. I also apply it under makeup and absolutely had no issue with makeup sliding off. It is recommended to shake the bottle well before application.

Feel on Skin: The sunscreen sets almost instantly. It does not feel greasy or sticky like other sunscreens. There is no chalky, ashy white cast on the face. Does not make the face shiny nor clogs pores. No breakouts! It does not makes my eyes itchy or watery. No burning sensation either.

Effect on Skin: With liberal and constant use, I assume it is doing its job of skin protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Hopefully in future I won't get crow's feet and wrinkles.

Packaging: Fuss free, plastic bottle with flip top cap. No pump.

Longevity: I reapply after 80 minutes if I stay that long in sun. Usually the pool.

Verdict: Amazing product! My absolute favorite sunscreen is SHISEIDO Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body and I still enjoying using that one, but this Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ Sunscreen  is my current favorite. I find Shiseido one to be tad more drying and turning more white on me. It makes me look more ashy. But I still love it. With only good things to say about this sunscreen, I find this to be 'staple' in my skincare routine. A little on pricey side but worth every penny in my opinion. Do ask for a tiny sample when you are at the Kiehl's store next time and give it a try!

The product is available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's

Which is your favorite Sunscreen? 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

NARS Illuminator HOT SAND (Review, Photos, Swatches)

NARS Illuminator HOT SAND

A multi-functional face product that gives skin a refreshed luminosity.

This light-reflecting liquid glides on to refresh and enhance the complexion, creating a shimmering incandescence. Wear it alone, or pair it with makeup to transform your skin from ordinary to extraordinary.

The illuminator can be applied all over the face, mixed with foundation, or used as a highlighter, over or under makeup.

Apply it to face, neck, shoulders, or décolleté.

Color:  Pearlized Warm Peachy Champagne, with light frosted sheen and gold undertones. Medium, Neutral toned. Not chunky or glittery.

Texture and Consistency: Thin but not watery, non-sticky

Scent: None detected

Application: This can be applied in two ways. On its own on as a highlighter on cheek bones, bridge of the nose or along the high planes of the face. This can also be mixed with any foundation for getting that lovely, glowing skin with luminous finish. I apply it with fingers using patting motion. Over buffing leads to the product getting 'lost' and losing its high shine quality. I also use it with a duo fiber brush like MAC 188, but prefer my fingers. This being a liquid product is best to use with other liquid or gel products, like a gel or cream blush. If needed to wear it along with powder products, it is best to apply this highlighter first and then the other powder products.

Feel on Skin: This is fairly thin and light weight. A little goes a long way and this spreads easily, without being sticky or heavy.

Effect on Skin: The skin looks perfectly awesome! The product is not over the top shimmery and gives the skin that dewy, luminous, 'lit from within' glow. It did not emphasize any pores nor did look unnatural on me.

Longevity: Lasted for good 6 hours before it started to fade and get patchy.

Packaging: A soft squeeze, transparent tube, with a flip top cap.

NARS Illuminator HOT SAND (swatch)

Verdict: A wonderful product from NARS. This color would work very well on almost all skint ones and skin types. The subtle sheen will add a lovely warm and healthy glow on the skin.
The product reminds me of Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, though the texture is slightly different and so are the shimmer levels. I will do a comparison post soon.

This is available at Nordstrom, NARS online, Bloomingdales and Barneys New York

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Monday, July 21, 2014


I knew I wanted this CHANEL DENTELLE PRÉCIEUSE ILLUMINATING FACE POWDER the moment previews started floating in the beauty blogging world on the internet. I did go over board with clicking pictures, but then who wouldn't?

The Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder is a Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Exclusive and after drooling over the beautiful photos and swatches, I finally got a chance to visit a Nordstrom Yesterday. (Yep, life has been too busy, but then again who is free these days!). I was very sure, I didn't want to buy a $80 product by just looking at the pictures.In the past, I have already been sucked by Chanel's beautiful designs and 'exclusive' tags!

The product comes in a velvet pouch with two sections. One holds a tiny brush, which actually is pretty handy, though I would use something else to apply this. There is a mirror too.

With stunning, intricate lace design on the powder, the product itself is a masterpiece! The color is a beautiful, complex mix of Beige,Coppery bronze and Peachy Pink. It is very difficult to describe the color and depending on what an individual's eye can see, I have read multiple description of the same powder. Some call it a mix of rose and Champagne while others see it a golden beige. To my eyes, it sure has coppery bronze and beige shades. The powder definitely has warm undertones and is very finely milled.

The SA dusted it on my face with a big Chanel brush and all I could see was wonderful glow and luminosity on my face, especially the cheek bones and high points where she meticulously placed it. I didn't notice any shimmers nor sparkly glitter. It is a very very finely milled powder, that is not too powder or dusty. It is not frosty. It illuminates and brightens the face and gives it a very natural sheen and glow, without accentuating the pores or emphasizing the flaws. Depending on the brush used (a very dense brush), this can appear a bit metallic too.

This powder can be dusted all over the face or can be layered over any blush to give a more beautiful, dimensional effect. The mix of coppery bronze and pink hues, gives a light color to the product, so it is not stark white or frosty. The color is not over powering the sheen by any means and the powder manages to give that "ethereal glow" we all always want.

It lasted for good 6 hours on me and did  not make me oily at all. The SA also applied it on my eye lids and I must admit, it looked wonderful! The makeup artist at Sephora too asked me, what I was wearing. (I know, they always compliment, but yeah, whatever!)

I tried taking pictures and comparing it with the very initial products that came to my mind. I tried swatching them and taking pictures as well, but some how I couldn't manage to capture the sheen of the product. I didn't had the heart to ruin that lovely Pattern on the product. The lace pattern will eventually fade of after couple of uses, but using it with brush will make the lace pattern visible for long over to swatching it with fingers.

I will do a comparison post next week.

Now the cost factor and the most asked question to self. Do I need this? Is it a must have?

It is pretty steep as far as price is concerned. But then most of these 'high-end' designer beauty products are. Be is Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder or Clé de Peau Beauté
Luminizing Face Enhancer. So if choice is to be made, it has to be made quick! This is Limited Edition and Nordstrom Exclusive.

Do I Need this: I don't think so. If you have found the product that manages to give you the "ethereal glow" and "lit from within glow", it is absolutely fine to skip it. Also, the effect can be achieved with other product as well. I am sure there are other brands that keep coming with illuminating powders and highlighters all the time. I do not follow every single brand. If you are a collector, this is something you will regret if you miss now.

The Beauty Look Book, Temptalia, Color Me Loud, Ommorphia Beauty Bar have wonderful comparisons and swatches, which I am sure you must have read and seen by now.

Have you purchased this? If not purchase, tried it? What do you think? Any thoughts in general for these powders that create the crazy hype and are limited edition?

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