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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. 

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.

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.  

Creme De La Mer: Luminous SkinColor Review.

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Settle in peeps. This is going to be a long one. I feel I need to do this range some justice.
Creme De La Mer is probably the most famous skin cream of all time now. In my mind, it doesn’t get much better. But, whilst everyone zones in on the skincare, I feel that the skin color makeup line is the silent secret weapon to perfecting what is already perfect.

When it comes to creating radiance, La Mer, I think, have nailed it. It’s in no was shouty. It doesn’t need big launch dates. Instead it sits there serenely, comfortable in the knowledge that it’s all powerful. It’s like the hush that descends when something truly awesome has just entered the room.

Everywhere I look there are new launches for Hi-Lighting and Strobing. Products that make you glow in the dark etc.   It’s all about how much radiance can be achieved until you look like a traffic light. And boy, is the market saturated right now. But what I think I love about this range is that whilst it’s coined as Skin Color ,it’s still all about the skin. The colour bit is like an added bonus. There isn’t a huge amount in the range but, just the right amount to achieve the perfect radiant complexion. And I just adore it.

I’ll start with what I consider to be my Holy Grail items.
The Skin Reparative Tint and The Radiant Concealer.

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Never before have so few done so much. This skincare make-up hybrid gives you a hell of alot of bang for your buck. I cannot, do not,live without this. It is on my face every single day.
As I’ve got older, I want something to be working hard for me behind the scenes. The fact that I’m wearing makeup that’s doing my skin the world of good whilst I’m wearing it is an absolute no brainer. No, it’s not cheap. But I’ve invested a lot of money into my skin routine and I don’t want to ruin the foundations that I’ve laid with something that’s going to counteract all my hard work.
The skin tint, I’ve got light medium, literally just glides onto the face. Not only does it contain the miracle broth, it also contains marine ferments and light reflecting particles, which, even if you wore it alone, just transforms the skin into something otherworldly. It really does reduce the look of fine lines. It also combines SPF 30 into the mix, which makes this product a great over-all work horse.And what I really love is how much better my skin looks and feels when I take my face off at night. It’s nothing short of amazing.  I’m hoping very soon to try the new Perfecting Treatment with this as they are supposed to marry together really well. I’m very much excited at the prospect of it.

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Skin Reparative Tint in Light Medium.

There are a range of shades but, I think this one sits nicely in the middle for me. Not too dark and not too light. The shades are very much what you’d expect from a tinted moisturiser or BB Cream. It’s just a case of going to a counter and getting a colour match. If that’s not possible there is a good helpline that  will advise you. (Please excuse terrible hands, I’ve been colour swatching some fake tan).

Next up is the Radiant Concealer. It comes in the cutest compact, complete with pouch,mirror and brush. Again, this stuff is nothing short of miraculous.Containing SPF 25, it’s actually an eye treatment and concealer rolled into one.  And, a little goes a very long way. This is my second purchase of this. The last one, used every day, lasted the best part of a year! That is how little you need. It spreads itself out like a dream. And it too, has these wonderful light reflectors that diminish the dark circles and seem to lift the whole eye area. I find it best if worn over the top of the illuminating eye gel, which is like an amazing double whammy!

Of course you can mix both of these things with the Treatment Foundation if you find the coverage too sheer.

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I bought both The Treatment  Foundation and The Powder because whilst I only like a wash of colour during the day, in the evening, or if I’m going out I need that extra coverage and staying power. Well, these two are just extraordinarily good. Again, the foundation is packed with goodies. The blurb says it not only captures light energy with built in gemstones but it also greatly restores brightness and clarity with the help of the Blue Algae lift ferment. Which basically means it’s lifting the skin to the heavens the whole time it’s on your face.  And do you know what? It actually does do that. In a major way! It has a luminous finish, like the skin tint.  And if you mix them together they’re nothing short of dazzling.  I bought the colour Linen, which has just enough yellow to get rid of any ruddiness and just enough warmth to make me look less washed out.

Now, I bought The Powder, because like most people, I’ve got areas that need patting down.
I initially thought that this was just a basic setting powder. I was so very wrong. This is La Mer, how could it ever just be basic right? Oh No!No! No! This is a whole other level of powder. Move over everything else you’ve ever used, because this holds the crown.
It has the same light reflecting particles, which adds an almost ethereal finish to the skin.More that I’ve ever encountered before. It is flawless. Like, as smooth as it gets. It’s like suddenly owning a face made of velvet.
And whilst most people like to use a brush with loose powder, I am that person that actually uses the puff that comes with it. I find it works best for me if I press it into the skin/shiney areas, which also means I’m not brushing away an unnecessary amount of lovely product. I think it’s too good to be used for baking only to be brushed off onto everything else around me. It’s very finely ground  and does not in any way interfere with any colour I have on my face.
It’s a big pot, so therefore not very travel friendly. However, when something is this good you will make room for it. Even if it has to go in your Husbands minimally filled suitcase. (I pack everything I’ve ever owned ever. He takes barely anything. So therefore it is only fair that I move on into his case. I hate wasted space. Nothing irks me more than a suitcase that can easily carry another 20 pairs of shoes).

Last but not least. This: The illuminating Powder.

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I almost cried when I first saw this. It is supposed to be limited edition, but it seems to have been around for a while. Did I need it? No…Yes. Obviously. Why would I buy a whole range only to leave out one item?.It wouldn’t be right and I wouldn’t rest easy until I’d completed the collection. Well that’s what I keep telling /justifying myself as it really was one of those things that I just kept seeing until it was so firmly rooted into my consciousness that just had to have it.
And no, I don’t regret it for one minute.
It comes in the most stunning compact. It’s so beautiful that even if you just sat and looked at it like it was a fancy work of art, you’d still gain immense pleasure from it. It’s like it’s been crafted by the hands of angels.
Underneath the actual product is a separate compartment to keep the brush. And this is a feature that I really love.  It makes it totally handbag friendly. And of course it looks dead sexy, so why wouldn’t you want to whip it out at any given opportunity?
Now, initially the product looks really shimmery. This I discovered, was because the top layer is coated with some Pazzazz.  This does not last past the first couple of swipes. Which I now realise is a good thing because what lies beneath is so much better. And also very clever. A lot of thought has gone into this powder. Much more than I first realised. The colour on first inspection is quite peach. And then in another light, quite pink. It has a chameleon quality to it, that really does match itself to every skin tone.  It’s not a full on illuminator, and it’s not a strobe either. It’s just a very lightly pearlised/shimmer that just kind of lightbulbs the face so that anyone looking at you would just see a beautifully lit complexion without knowing why. There’s just no obvious signs, which I believe is the real magic in this powder. It’s so subtle that you can easily sweep it over your whole face and not look stupid. And then if you want to build it on the high points, well, then so be it.  I’ve even put a wash if it over my eyelids because it’s so delicate and pretty.
I know I’m raving on about this range and I know it’s a high end price and may very well make you weep openly in public, but in all honestly, what I really love is that it’s all about the skin. Let’s face it, it’s what La Mer is famous for. And even if I ever went to bed in a sorry state with a face full of this range I wouldn’t be worried. It’s all top drawer ingredients.  And really, it’s nothing short of Wizardry. It’s a worthwhile investment and I’m now already eating beans on toast forever and saving in the piggy for its replacements.