Beauty Haul Fall 2013

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I usually replenish my skincare/cosmetics twice a year and I was just able to restock some of my “necessities” with Bergdorf Goodman‘s gift card event. Some goodies worthy of a few comments:

1. La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Daytime SPF 20 Moisturizer: I loved the non-SPF version, which was a light-weight green gel, that worked perfectly under my daily makeup. So when the SPF 20 version came out, I thought this would be perfect because my only suggestion before was to have SPF protection. I have not used it yet, but I hope it won’t be too greasy. At the beauty counter it seemed to be of the same consistency and texture as the non-SPF version though.

2. La Prairie Anti-Aging Stress Cream: Well I’m running out of my La Prairie Skin Caviar night cream, but it’s really expensive at 410$ and I’m not particularly loving it as I find it not moisturizing enough. It contains a lot of silicone, which I’m not a fan. So instead, I thought I’d try a new cream. I’ve heard of good reviews about this Anti-Anging Stress Cream. Will keep you folks updated later.

3. La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Cream: YAY!!! A deluxe 10mL sample which is worth approximately $95!!! Can’t wait to try it! I just hope it’s not like the Platinum cream which did not live upto my expectations (it made my face turn into a greasy silicone mess!)

4. La Mer The Eye Balm Intense: I thought I’d try the Eye Balm this time which is much cheaper than La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream which I’ve been using for the last year. I did not like La Mer’s other eye cream, The Eye Concentrate, which was really thin and runny, not moisturizing at all. I was able to get a 3mL sample as well worth about $37 – good for travel!

 

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5. Clé de Peau Concealer: We all know how popular this is… well I have to confess that I’ve never tried it because I already found my UHG concealer from Lancôme’s Effacernes which I’ve been using since age 15!!! Anyhow there’s always a first time and that’s okay. Usually I do have high expectations of something when I’m diverging from my trusted UHG products… My final verdict? This is a VERY HYPED UP concealer, just like YSL’s Touche Éclat which I equally despised.

***RANT***
Please correct me if I’m wrong, but a concealer should be able to do exactly that – CONCEAL – imperfections right? Well Clé de peau’s concealer manages to emphasize all pores, acne marks, and lines, especially under my eyes! See picture below, which doesn’t look too bad, but IRL it’s terrible! The texture is very dry and powdery, so you need to work fast, or else the product dries up quickly and it becomes even more difficult to blend. Now I did hear that this is a new formulation, so maybe the old version was wondrous, but I seriously question the new version here.
I’ve made a swatch of the 3 concealers and on the left, you can see clearly that Clé de peau emphasizes the pores/hair follicles; Make Up For Ever’s Full Cover emphasizes more lines (I usually use this brand for a bad pimple breakout and it’s fabulous with serious 100% coverage); and then you have the most amazing Effacernes concealer that effortlessly blends in so smoothly. See, I am not lying when I say Cle de peau is hyped up!

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I used my usual La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream, followed by Clé de Peau’s concealer.
Then MAC’s Paint Pot in Vintage Rose with MAC’s Smoke And Diamonds eyeshadow on top.
Finally finished with Lancôme’s Hypnôse Star mascara.

Lastly, I just want to rave about how Lancôme continues to lure me back. This brand may not be the *it* cosmetics brand, but it does make several products that I’m forever loyal to including their infamous mascara collection, Effacernes concealer, Mousse Radiance foam cleanser, Bifacil eye makeup remover, and the Artliner eye liner.
I thought nothing could beat their original Hypnôse mascara, and I’ve tried all the seasonal versions, but I’m really impressed with the Star. Inspired by Betty Boop, this mascara is supposed to be the “all glamorous old Hollywood” version imparting a “black diamond glossy gel-like effect” on the lashes. I’m not so sure about this ooh-la-la phrase, but what I can say is that the brush is what works magic! It combines a flat side for extra volume (like the original brush), but on the sides, it’s got the Definicils mascara brush that helps to declump and define the lashes. I know everyone may have a different way of using the brush, but what I do is that I start off with the flat side, wiggle up to the tips, and as I’m doing so, turn the brush to the tapered side for definition and adding curvature. I also LOVE the sparkling blue packaging! Thanks for letting me share!

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