Sisley-Paris Beauty Subscription April. La Vie En Rose!

Just received this month’s box from the postman this morning. Loving these sample sizes,as I’m going ski-ing at the weekend and they are perfect for travel.

So what have we got:

This month’s theme is Rose.

Lovely!! Super-Lovely in fact! 

1) Lysait Cleansing Milk. 

I use this before I do my proper Clarisonic cleanse( I use the Phyto-blanc Lightening foaming Cleanser).                                                    

This is a very pleasant cleansing milk designed for sensitive skin. I find it’s great for taking off the makeup. It clears the skin ready for my shower time. I always double cleanse, because I believe there’s nothing more important for the skin than cleaning it properly,other than wearing SPF and staying out of the sun. This cleanse contains White Lily extract which promotes comfort to the face, Linden Blossom to soften, sunflower oil to nourish, Vitamin E, a good antioxidant, Woodmallow for hydration and Orange Blossom for toning. This is a very good all rounder,which I’ve used time and time again, especially if I’m away. These size bottles are also really handy to decant any full size products into for handbags and flight bags. 

2) Floral Toning Lotion.

This is great if you’ve just exfoliated your face. It clears up any residue from masks etc…It contains Witch Hazel and Rose for calming the skin down, especially if you’ve had a scrub.It smells and feels fab! I tend to use a Glycolic Acid toner every other day. And this on the days in between. Which,I find to be a good balance. It’s also nice if you just want to swipe across the skin for a quick freshen up. 

3) Black Rose Cream Mask.

I go through tubes of this stuff. It is absolutely one of my Holy Grail products. It stands alone as far as masks go. It does suggest to leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wipe away any residue. Forget that. Seriously. Slather it on and go to bed. You will wake up with a new face. (My step-daughter recently said that I still look like a teenager. I’m not sure if it’s this stuff or whether she’s just after some cash. I tell myself that it’s this stuff.) I also sometimes wear a thin layer as a moisturiser before make up. It keeps everything super plumped and hydrated. And the smell is almost addictive. If you’re going to splurge on anything from Sisley,then make it this. It’s worth every dime.

Note; I had some Harrods rewards points. Which get converted into cash every year. I spent every last penny of them on this one product. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen my Husband openly weep in public. 

4) Black Rose Precious Face oil. 

This is just too good. Like the cream, the smell is addictive as is the texture. You do not need a lot. It spreads really really well. I find that if it is applied underneath the mask and left on overnight the results are outstanding. It contains Omega 3&6,  powerful plants extracts like Plum and Camellia oil and Padina Pavonica which they say nourishes and regenerates. To me though,its the Rose that I’m obsessed with. It’s also good for dropping into your foundation if you want that more natural radiant complexion. I can’t fault this or the mask. 

5) Izia perfume sample. 

I haven’t actually purchased a bottle of this. I normally wear their rich Soir D’Orient. Although I’ve had plenty of samples. It’s their latest fragrance release. And its full of Summer promise. Very floral and fresh with Rose at the heart of the fragrance.

The top notes are White Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Aldehydes

Middle Notes are Rose d’Ornarno, Transparent Floral Accord ( I have no idea what this is. Not a clue.) And Angelica

Base Notes are Cedar,Amber Accord,Musks. (These,I guess,are what give it a warmth on the dry down. To be honest,I prefer it when it’s been on for a couple of hours,but I think it’s because I favour rich musky scents over lighter florals. I just have that kind of skin that loses florals very quickly. Musks and warm notes tend to stick around longer.)

Overall, this is a good little box. It’s useful and they’ve covered most bases with it, especially if you’re on the move and can’t take all your swag with you. The mask alone will replace both serum and moisturiser for me for my ski-ing so it’s a real bonus getting this in the box. It’s a handy size for my weekend trip.  As is the cleanser and toner. 

I truly love getting this every month. Although when the samples run out, it becomes painful when I have to whittle it down to what I actually need to repurchase as a full size item.

 And then always end up crying and then caving in. (And that’s just my husband). It’s all too good.

And I now live on nothing more than beans and fresh air.  The bonus being is that I have fabulous skin that smells and looks great. 

I spent £35 for a six month subscription from the Sisley-Paris website. You can pay £70 for a whole year. I only didn’t subscribe for the full year because I genuinely wanted to see whether it was a worth it. Well it is. Trust me it’s really excellent value when you consider the quality of these products and the ingredients that are used to create them.

And I use all the plastic zip lock bags for Q-Tips, cotton pads and hair bands in my suitcase. This alone is worth the money.

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Sisley Double Tenseur & Instant Perfect Skin Primer.

Ok,so its not often I’d do two posts in one day,but today I have the time and quite possibly tomorrow also.

I just want to do a quick review on a couple of Sisley items I picked up in Harrods at the weekend. If you’ve read any of my other posts then you’ll know I have a true love of the brand and everything they do. I know they’re expensive,but I’ve got valid reasons as to why I favour them so much. I’ll bore you with that story another day. 

So back to primers. I picked up two of them. The reason is because I feel that they both do different things. And both are excellent at doing their thing.

The Double Tenseur is a fairly new offering. I was lucky to get a sample of this with a purchase the other month. It was something that I probably wouldn’t have been fussed about,but it was there and it cant be wasted.  And like all the samples Sisley dish out, you end up wondering how you every lived without it. Now I feel I have given the product enough of a run to be able to comment on it. It’s no good trying it for a day and then casting a vote. Well,not unless its behaved badly and left you with vile skin. It needs a good couple of weeks to get it to optimum performance levels.

It’s not actually advertised as a primer. Instead, and I quote the brand here, it’s a powerful moisturising lifting skin care with botanical extracts that not only works instantly but over the long term also. It’s like a second skin with a breathable flexible 3Dmesh that  stretches and then retracts to lift the features. And whilst it’s doing all this it also has a combination of Rhatany (this is a  root from a medicinal shrub found in S.America) and lemon extracts that tone and smooth out the skin.

Does it work? Well,yes,actually it does. 

But,you only realise this when your sample has run out and you start grizzling.

It’s a cracking product really. It lays down a really good canvas for anything else you put over the top of it. Even if it didnt have long term skin benefits, the fact that it creates a perfect base for foundation is enough for me. The other attributes are a bonus.

And at the end of the day when my face comes off, my skin feels good!!!!Not just clean, but good!! 

I’m very impressed with this product. It does what it says on the tin. I mean,box.

Moving on to the Instant Perfect.

This definitely has the silicones about it. Which as everyone knows feels like velvet when applied and does a jolly good job of pore minimising and filling in fine lines.This product is no exception.  If you want to Mattify any oily T-Zones or forehead shine,then this is your friend. Also,if you just prefer a Matt complexion over a glowy look,then this is also your friend. Added to that it has the usual skin goodies. I.e Its not going to clog your face over time. 

I must say, it is very reminiscent of my beloved YSL moisture glow in texture and it has the same colour/feel as the Clarins skin perfector equivalent.  So if you don’t want to part with so much dosh then these two are a very good alternative. 

I,personally,have been marrying the Double Tenseur and the skin perfector together and have had outstanding results. Brilliant in fact. Too brilliant,as I now feel like I’ve created my own monster and will never be free again. 

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan & Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist

So,I went to Harrods at the weekend with a list of stuff that I wanted from the Beauty Hall, but as ever, I wandered away from the list and started buying other stuff not on the list.Ok, that’s not true,I also bought everything on the list as well. Which I know is bad,but trying to run through the Beauty Hall and not be sidetracked by other gorgeous things is like running the gauntlet. Its almost impossible not to get swiped by some lovely person trying to sell you something life changing. Especially when those life changing things come with a free gift. Enter Marc Jacobs and his amazing array of Coconut goodies.

Now,Marc Jacobs is one of those people I genuinely like. He’s an interesting character and like Tom Ford, he understands what women want. He already knows what you want before you,yourself know it. Its like he lives in your head and knows exactly what presses your buttons. And this coconut collection definitely presses all my buttons.

I was,in fact,on my way to the La Mer counter to get my favourite reparative skin tint and to check out this years bronzer offering. I already purchased last years, which I loved, so I wanted to see if it was up to the same standard. I would’ve happily parted with the cash if it was. However, it’s going to have to wait because I was completely hi-jacked by Marc Jacobs. Although I did buy the skin tint, mainly because I cant live without it and I had resorted to cutting my old tube in half to scrape out the remnants. Anyway, back to the bronzer. 

Its limited edition. It would be wouldn’t it? Typical. He’s created not only the perfect colour but he’s housed it in a stunning sleek compact with a massively amazing mirror. So,even long after you’ve hit pan and mullered it,you’re still left with an excellent looking glass. And just to add to its gorgeousness he’s infused it with coconut, so that every time you swipe a brush across it, you feel like your in Hawaii. It really is nothing short of beautiful. And the colour,104 Tan-Tastic, honestly couldn’t be any better for my colouring. I cant stand orange, or anything with over-red undertones. Instead it is a cooler toned bronze, so if you’re fair-skinned,new to the bronzing game,or just blatantly cack- handed this is pretty much foolproof. I couldn’t be happier

Lovely isn’t it? (So is my new red Smeg fridge)

There’s also a super-duper mega white bronzing brush. Yes,its very much like the Tom Ford Holy Grail brush, but its  equally beautiful,smacks of luxury and its synthetic.  I didn’t buy it. Which I now regret,even if my credit card doesn’t. And even now I feel twitchy, because I know myself as well as Marc Jacobs does. Which means,that somewhere, in the near future, it will be My Precious. Along with the Coconut dew drops,which I didnt buy either. But I should’ve done, because nothing makes me happier than a whole collection of something. 

So, moving onto the Setting Mist. 

Now I know there have been some reviews where people haven’t had a lot of luck with this product,which is a shame. However, I got a more than generous sample with my purchases. Ok,so I probably wouldn’t have bothered even giving it a second glance, but because the nice sales lady thrust it into my hand and said that I’d like it, who was I to argue?

I’m not really one for setting mists, as I’ve never found one that really lives up to the hype. So I’ve kind of given up with them. But because this was a freebie it was only right to give it a bash. And to be honest, its actually rather good. 

Now,from what I gather, a lot of people seem to be struggling with how it’s dispensed. They’re saying that it chucks out big droplets of oil, that is ruining their finished look. Which I’m sure is more than annoying. But,I think, judging by the little label that’s attached to the bottle, you’re supposed to push down really hard to get the fine mist. 

So,what I’ve been doing is spraying a small amount on to the back of my hand to get it going then I’ve been misting my face lightly,whilst pushing down firmly with it 2-3 times. I know it seems like Faff, but this really does work. The smell alone makes me happy and so far my face has lasted really quite well. I don’t expect miracles, but, it does lend my make-up a nice sheen for a few hours, so on that basis and that I like to have a full collection,I will more than likely be purchasing it. 

No doubt my next Marc Jacobs review will be on the rest of the collection,so watch this space…..

Sisley Beauty Subscription 

I’ve recently signed up for this monthly Sisley subscription.  It’s an excellent way to trial run products before purchasing the full size items. It’s a lovely treat every month. And I really look forward to receiving it. I’ve actually purchased some excellent products off the back of this. Some of the items I already own but it’s great having handy travel sizes if I’m going away for the weekend. The subscription service costs either £35 for 6 months or £70 for a year, which considering the quality of the products, is excellent value. 

Sisley Phyto-Touche Sun Glow Powder (Peche Doree) Review

I find myself sliding more and more towards Sisley for cosmetics these days. Where they are predominantly known for their uber-luxe skin care,I feel that their cosmetics are really starting to come to the fore. And the reason, is because they are packed with super quality skin ingredients. So not only are you getting stunning make-up but you are also investing in top notch goodies, which being in my mid forties is a must. I can’t afford to put anything on my face now that isn’t working for me in some capacity.  This sunglow powder is their latest offering. 

I’d hit pan on their bronzer,that I’ve also reviewed and decided to give this a go for a change.  

My first thoughts is how much it looks like Neopolitan Ice-cream.  The colours alone set the pulse racing. Three perfect shades for summer. 

There is another variation of this in darker bronze shades, which in the past, I would’ve automatically chosen, but, as I no longer sport so much of a tan, I opted for this colour combination instead. The main reason being is that they suggest using the middle powder shade as an all over powder. This is something I’m really looking forward to using. Setting powders as an rule leave me looking a bit cakey however fine they promise they are. Yet, this really does feel light so I hope it lives up to its claims.  

The darker bronzer shade is not as dark as the original bronzer,but it is a shade cooler which is probably a more authentic tan colour.And the Pink is really subtle and pretty. It creates a natural flush.

The added bonus is this little Kabuki Brush. It’s pure luxury and I will almost certainly be using it. It’s manufactured by the brand that create Sisley’s range of full size brushes. It’s a welcome addition to my ever expanding brush collection. 

The Powder itself is as soft as it comes. Enriched with Shea and Camellia oils it’s bound to feel amazing on the face. At £71 I think people will probably hesitate at first but once they try this out for themselves and feel how gloriously soft it is, they’ll be hard pushed not to want it, even if it’s just for the stunning gold Zebra Print compact.

Edit* I’ve now been wearing this for a couple of days. And the secret of this is to definitely wear the lighter middle shade over the whole face and to then lightly buff in the bronzer around the perimeter of the face. This product blends really well and leaves the complexion with a brilliant seamless finish. Add the blush shade to the apples of the cheek  so they give off that slightly caught look. It’s even better to you use the bronze underneath the blush so it gives off a truly tanned look. I’m delighted with this product.  All colours are designed to work well together. And my skin feels velvety soft. 

La Mer *New* The Soft Fluid Longwear Wear Foundation & Concealer.

Anyone who has read any of my previous posts will know that I have a long term love affair with La Mer, so when the new SkinColor range came on sale I pretty much dived straight in. Well, I have bought the foundation and concealer so far. I won’t purchase the powder or the illuminator until my old ones are finished even though I’m chomping at the bit to try them out.

My initial thoughts are on the packaging because it’s what we all see first. The original cardboard casing is alot thicker and had a pearlised finished to it. This doesn’t.  Which, personally doesn’t bother me. I rather there was less waste in the world. The new packaging does seem rather more eco-friendly, which is where all companies should be at by now. And as long as the product performs, the actual packaging means very little.

The new frosted glass container seems more refined and slimmed down compared to its predecessor. Personally I prefer it. The content is no less in volume and the lid is certainly a lot more friendly.

Now onto the actual product.

This foundation is like wearing velvet.  The consistency is sublime. They’ve completely upped the game as far as long wearing foundations go. Normally all day wear makeup is thick, cakey and mask like. This is nothing of the sort. It glides on and immediately becomes one with the face. There’s no weird oxidisation. The colour stays true all day. There’s no crepeiness , no flaking, no shine  and no pilling. This absolutely  stays fresh for the entire day. Which I honestly can’t say about anything else I’ve tried. By 5pm it’s as good as it was when I first applied it. It is also chocked full of Miracle Broth goodies and the SPF is higher than the old one.  So not only do you get a brilliant foundation that stays true to form, it’s also beavering away to give you a better complexion. Love it!

I bought the shade Linen as this was the best match for my skin, although I did warm the perimeter of my face with a dusting of bronzer. I can honestly say, I looked flawless with very little effort!

The Concealer.

This is definitely a more convenient way of applying. The old compact was cute and I did like it, but this is so much more handbag friendly. So less fiddly!

I chose medium because it’s what I was in the old format and honestly, the colour is no different.  The consistency however, does boast a more moisturising finish in my opinion. It still spreads like a dream, but it is so much more silky and less opaque. It still has the great coverage quality but a more refined texture. It also carrys the Miracle Broth. Which over time will certainly make my eyes look less tired!  I haven’t stopped wearing either products since they came to my door. And will review the Powders /Brushes when the time comes to invest.

I must also point out that both products marry very well with the new Soft Moisturising lotion.  Which, is also another game  changer. I really didn’t think that La Mer could improve on what were already outstanding products. But they have.

Sisley Phyto-touche illusion d’ete. Sun glow bronzing powder review

Straight off the bat, this is one of the most beautiful formulas I have ever come across in a bronzer. It is so light and so pigmented I’ve been completely blown away by it.

You know, Sisley is one of those brands that whatever you buy, you know you’re getting the best ingredients out there. It’s a gel powder consistency and contains extracts of Gardenia, Mallow and Linen Blossom. Im completely infatuated with it. It is so velvet soft and such a beautiful colour, it just literally glides and melts into the skin like a dream. It blends out without any harsh build up or lines and gives the face an almost perfect celestial quality. And the colour is just a beautiful golden sunlit shade. There’s no orange and no muddiness to it. It’s pure sunshine. 

And thanks to Sisley I got this with an offer of a free lip twist pen and a sample size.So Intense mascara. Both so beautiful I will almost certainly be purchasing them again. And I was also lucky enough to recieve an eye make up remover and some lovely skincare samples, which all came packaged in a fabulous zip lock bag. 

To say I’m delighted with these products would be an understatement. 

Dead Sea Spa Magik BB Cream Review

This is something that caught my eye some time ago, but I’ve only just got round to purchasing. Totally inexpensive. I think I paid about £14 for it. 

This is a really good BB Cream. And I’ve tried alot. And for the price it’s certainly worth the recent hype surrounding it. Ok, so it’s not quite my La Mer Reparative skin tint, but it’s a very good second. And I think what makes it really quite special is that it adapts to all skin tones. This, I know sounds like quite a feat , considering the worry I had when I first saw the one-size-fits all shade. In fairness, it really does adapt. 

It’s also  said to have a revolutionary anti-aging complex. Which I think I’ll have to see over time if it lives up to those claims. It does however contain Dead Sea  minerals blended with pure plant extracts , Vitamin C,(to help collagen production, which is always a good thing in one’s forties) Vitamin E and an SPF 15. 

It says it can be used as either a primer or a foundation. Personally I’d probably mix it in with either a bit of Becca’s back lighting primer to add some real glowiness to the face. Or I would add a layer of setting powder. It is very hydrating, so those with oily skins, I think it will need patting down. 

It’s does have a fairly substantial coverage for a BB cream. Best put it on a bit at a time, because people like me who have hands like feet, end up with a large amount out of one squeeze. 

I do love the feel of this on the face. It hasn’t got a strong scent. It’s just clean, with the aura of something that will do good things for your skin. So far, I’m liking it.For the price I think it will be worth it.  But I’ll see how we get on before a repurchase.  

La Mer Perfecting Treatment Review

I’d been dying to try this from the moment it came out. It was so worth the wait. I finally bagged myself some, along with another Reparative Skin Tint.Whilst this can be used alone, under moisturiser and on top of moisturuser, the results when married together with the Skin Tint is sheer magic.

It’s aim is to improve the look of the skin texture, blur out inconsistencies and create a perfect base for make-up. Infused with La Mer’s miracle broth, it also acts as a skin treatment. And,  as I now refuse to put any base layers on my face unless they’re doing good things behind the scenes, to me this is a new HG.

The consistency is very much, I think, like the La Mer gel moisturiser.It’s light pink in colour and has that lovely slippery silicone feel when it goes on. I personally don’t bother with moisturiser when I wear this. I put the skin tint straight on over it and it is more than sufficient. And I have to be honest, my face stays dewy for the whole day. I so love that they introduced this. To me, it’s an exciting product, which, after 3 weeks use is already paying dividends. I must stress however, if you’re expecting a hard core foundation primer then this is not for you. It’s more of a skin treatment base that creates a nice canvas. It’s currently £155 for 50mls, but considering how little you need, it should last a good long time. And also considering the results I’ve had, it’s been worth every penny.

La Mer The Bronzing Powder Review


So, when La Mer released a bronzer, I almost had a panic attack. I utterly love their powder formulations. I have both The Powder and The illuminating Powder, which have moved very swiftly into my top  favourites. And this is no exception.
First up, there is no hideous over the top shimmer. Which, as I l’ve got older, I try now to avoid like the plague.Neither is it Fanta Orange. It’s in a divided-into-four colour pattern, which can either be dipped into individually or swirled together with a big fat brush. The colours range from a light Hi-Lighter shade to a matt tan. All of which melt together beautifully to create a completely natural look. Second up, it has a glorious scent to it. Not overpowering, just pretty. And of course, the compact itself, has a superb mirror
which makes it a handy-on-the-go item.
Of course, it’s unfortunately a limited edition piece (it would be wouldn’t it?!!) I’m almost tempted to buy another back-up in case.
I truly love this. I almost wish La Mer would create some blush colours as well, because I imagine they’d be stunning. With La Mer, I honestly believe that you get what you pay for. The ingredients are second to none. And I know that whatever product of theirs I put on my face is all good quality stuff.