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Skin exfoliation with silk cocoons ? (COSRX)

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No, you aren’t dreaming: I just used the term “skin exfoliation” and “silk cocoon” in the title. None of the two terms mean something other than what you already imagine … But don’t be scared: no worm was hurt during the writing of this blogpost. (;

Skin exfoliation with silk cocoons
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Small disclaimer about the “cruelty-free controversy” of this product: Some people say that they have killed and extracted worms from their cocoons, others are struggling to affirm that they were already transformed into butterflies. I like to believe in the second one. ♡

The composition of silk cocoons is very similar to skin proteins. Indeed, silk contains 12 amino acids which are useful for all skin types, of all ages. These cocoons allow therefore a totally natural exfoliation, cleansing, moisturizing and firming effect when you rub it on your face.

Before you wonder how you could possibly rub that little dry and rough shell on your skin, be sure to soak it in hot water for 2 ~ 3 minutes. Once softened, insert your finger in and massage your skin with circular motions.

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Each cocoon can be used 4 ~ 5 times. You just have to make sure to rinse them properly, dry them and keep them in a hygienic place. Don’t forget to let them soak in boiling water before use to remove any possible bacteria that could fit there.

You should know that skin cells renew every 30 days : This is the time for cells to reach the surface of the skin: So I used these cocoons for 1 whole month, and I found that my skin texture was definitely more smooth and firm.

I have not seen any drastic moisture nor improvement on my sebaceous filaments, but exfoliation is clearly and immediately distinguishable, even more if you gently massage the cocoon on your lips, for example: They come out softer than ever!

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In a nutshell, it’s a cool gadget. You can buy a set of 12 silk cocoons from the Korean brand COSRX on Fleurs du Japon for only € 5.90 ~ Give it a try, ok?

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Reconciliation Combo : Nars All Day Luminous & BeautyBlender

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Foundations and I weren’t very good friends for years. More precisely since I discovered Korean BB Creams –and recently BB cushions which I love more than everything **– . I always say : “Why just hiding skin imperfection when we can apply something covering, moisturizing, sun protective, non-comedogenic and so many other things than just face paint?

That is basically my opinion on foundations. And to be honest, it has not changed yet.

Nevertheless, I have recently found an absolutely perfect combo which exceptionally includes two American brands (and which are obviously sold in France … phew ! ): I call BeautyBlender and Nars !

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BEAUTYBLENDER, The PReMIsES

I don’t introduce you the BeautyBlender anymore : This singular sponge which swells when immersed in water that allows all complexion products (and more!) to have a very smooth and natural finish.

Earlier, I totally refused to pay almost €20 for a makeup sponge .. So I bought some no brand dupes on the Internet. At the beginning, I remember that I did’t even know that it should be used wet! haha (ignorance doesn’t kill anyone on this blog, fortunately (;) So I just forgot about them, without much conviction.

Then, the official French BeautyBlender website opened and there was 40% off on all products. So I asked some friends if they were interested and we ended with free shippings and €50 saving, yay !
I fell for the BeautyBlender Pro + solid soap kit for €18 instead of €31. It’s basically the price of one sponge, with its super cleanser for free. I chose the Pro black sponge because it seemed to have a better longevity, and optimizes long-wearing makeup.

The reCONCILIATION’s foundation : emotional rollercoaster

So why putting that price now and not earlier ? My makeup artist friend Mathilde recently told me that a product had finally dethroned her top 1 foundation of all time (MakeUp Forever), singing me the praises of Nars Luminous All Day Weightless Foundation.
The next day I received a -25% voucher at Sephora. The woman sold me the Deauville shade (Am I that clear?!), and advised me to apply it with my fingertips. The problem is that I HATE applying fondations with my fingers. I feel dirty. But I was faithful, took her advice the next morning and this was a drama: My face was like peeling off, the result wasn’t homogeneous at all and I was already seeing how much money I wasted.

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I decided to start from scratch, this time with a face brush: The product made streaks all over my face … Couldn’t go out like that.
Then came to mind the little forgotten tool … Well, didn’t had anything to loose anymore right ? I put it under water several times and discovered a different texture. Without much hope, I first dab the product on my forehead and … the magic happens: The finish is smooth and imperceptible!

The succession

It was at that time that the promotion of original Beauty Blender fell into my hands, and I didn’t hesitate to buy it, to get a real idea : It was only a very good acquisition, in all points.
A clear and fully customized packaging, its Solid Cleanser installed under the star-sponge who stands in the middle of the base.
Unlike dupes who look like simple makeup sponges, the texture of the real BeautyBlender is a bit special: More flexible and porous, that quickly double in size once filled with water .

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This is thanks to its airy texture that cleaning is extremely easy and effective. The soap is ergonomic, smells good and does his job very well, indeed ! Everyday you go with a clean sponge ready for use, while dupes are really hard to clean up quickly and become  real nests for bacteria. Up to you !

Focus on this magic foundation

I apply the foundation (I still struggle with this word…) area by area as it tends to dry very quickly. It is an oil-free product that is perfect for combination to oily skin, but unfortunalety not for dry skins… This is a two-phase product that must be shaken well before applying. (:

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I would say that the coverage is medium to high, with a luminous finish, glowy but not too much. With a foundation as good as this one, I don’t want to add even more layers so I just pat my translucent finishing powder Skinfood Silky Finish Powder which helps my skin to stay matte and smooth!

Come on, I saved the best for last: this is NON-COMEDOGENIC ! I know that my face won’t break, and I love it. Its formula is quite great :

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As usual, pictures speak louder than words then …

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Generally at midday, my T-zone is oily and the edges of my nose are marked. This great Nars foundation has largely limited the damageeven if I was still slightly shiny.-

Its high coverage allows me to get a matte and flawless complexion by simply tapping my No Sebum pact powder from Innisfree when I’m not home. It’s so convenient to carry rather than loose powder!

This is my favorite complexion combo at the moment. Even when my skin is quite pretty and leave me alone, the application with a wet BeautyBlender is a real pleasure and Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation deserves an excellent rating.

Disclaimer: When I speak of fools, I speak of unbranded and very cheap found on the Internet. Similar sponges at Real Techniques and company are to me just as powerful as the original BeautyBlender. :)

These products are now my safe bets. Which one are yours ?

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Too Faced Le Grand Chateau : Early Xmas !

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Too Faced and I, this is a great love story for years. I didn’t collect a lot of products (yet) as it physically arrived in Lyon since barely a year, but I diligently follow their events from social networks.
The Cocoa Contour, Chocolate Bars, La Crème lipsticks and the famous Everything’s Nice Christmas 2014 palette, I dreamed of them all. I just needed the new Xmas collection to be under the banner of Paris to make me fall, literally. After all, I am French ! #selfpersuasion

For the record, I immediately fell for le Grand Palais that I got delivered from the website, with 25% off. My impulsivity calmed down and I eventually decided to go read some review from the Internet and…  cold shower: Whether on Sephora US or via other French bloggers, opinions were almost unanimous: Disappointing! The shadows seemed very dusty and not very pigmented. Strange for a product wth such a stunning packaging…
So I discovered le Grand Chateau, little less expensive and yet so much more promising. (So ​​I returned the Grand Palace and it broke my heart :'( …). I got it for €35  (25% off) : the deal of the YEAR!

The packaging itself is meant to be a gift.

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When opened, we discover a beautiful case that looks like a Frenchy doll house, which includes three lovely palettes with 18 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 1 bronzer and 1 deluxe version (means miniature) of their best-selling mascara Better Than Sex.
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Like the packaging, the palettes and shadows themselves are bearing the image of Paris through names slightly wobbly, but it gives them some charisma !
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Paris In Love owns my favorite eyeshadow of all time: Fleur. I won’t use it everyday, but I find it absolutely fascinating. A real gem.
This is a nice palette whose dominant color is pink and its name is very accurate because you can easily use it for pretty romantic makeups. All shadows are iridescent except for Amour which is a simple white base. The “Jolie” bronzer lets me confused because I do not understand both matte highlighters aaand iridescent bronzers. Something is wrong here. haha

The shadows have a very good texture and pigmentation, I have absolutely no complaints.

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Paris After Dark is a real bomb to make smoky eyes through its iridescent pinkish base, its deep matte black, and its ideal taupe-purple shade to fade everything together. Très Chic and Provence will bring a festive touch with their glitter finish, and meanwhile Parfait is … Parfait : A very pigmented nude-rose-gold, which I can’t get enough of it. Nothing to complain about this palette, the pigmentation is also good for all except Le Marais which leaves me unsatisfied. I do not find them very dusty, except perhaps Très Chic because of its glitter but it remains beautiful. It’s all about compromises. ;)
This palette includes cold pink blush. It’s not my favorite (wait till you see Mademoiselle !), but it proves that each pallet is sufficient unto itself.
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Paris Au Naturale (Too Faced: Do NOT hesitate to call me whenever you need French words, because my ears bleed haha. This is “Paris Au Naturel”.) is, as its name suggests, a palette of very nude and warm shades ; the kind of makeup that any beauty junkie absolutely can not live without ! It is the only one of the three pallets that contain as many matte shadows.
Pot Du Crème (beware, my ears still bleed – Pot DE Crème) is in my opinion the most pigmented base of three palettes: Ideal for any makeup ! Fifi is a perfect nude to melt them all, while Oui and Merci and will give power to any look. Bonjour is, unsurprisingly, my little favorite of this palette! I am tirelessly attracted to golden shadows. :( This one is particularly hot, creamy and pigmented!
Oui is very dusty, but so beautiful … A beautiful black sprinkled with golden glitter, the perfect combo for chic but festive looks.
Mademoiselle is a pretty coral blush that beautifies all skin tones, a real pleasure!
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You now can understand that each of Grand Chateau stunning palettes is self-sufficient to accomplish different types of makeup. In the end, we are left with a range of colors and textures to perfect and complete every looks.

The shadows are well pigmented, some more dusty than others but nothing dramatic to me : You want glitter or you don’t! ;) The blush / bronzers delight the tastes of everyone.

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The Grand Chateau is an ultra limited edition only available in Sephora stores for € 45 / $49. I don’t regret my purchase at all and this case still amazes me. I think this is definitely the perfect gift for any beautista. I sincerely don’t see how Too Faced could do better than that!

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Read my previous review on Too Faced best-seller mascara Better Than Sex here  and there versus Benefit’s They’re Real !

 

Will you fall for this Grand Chateau ?

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PS : Thank you so much Too Faced for RT and reposted me on Instagram. I’m so moved. ♡

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Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish BB : Worth a try ?

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I’m back with a new product to introduce to you, even if the brand might already be familiar to you through my last blogpost about the Rich Moist Soothing line.
Today, I’m going to write about a very promising BB cream, which is already quite popular among beauty blogs since it seems to be amazing.

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This BB cream promises to :

  • Adapt to the complexion: 3/5

If there is one thing that completely frustrates me in this cool product is its UNIQUE shade. Why Klairs, WHY ? The pigmentation is still very present, but I believe that their “smart color system” was a risky bet : It is slightly too clear to me. Nothing dramatic, but I have to be objective and that point is not really respected in my opinion, imagining that it won’t fit the lightest and darkest complexions.

  • To adapt to all skin types (dry to oily, through sensitive and acne-prone): 4/5

I only have one skin so it seems a bit tricky to answer for them all, but having read my girls with very dry skin who have enjoyed this, my combination skin liked it too ! Note that this is a non-comedogenic product (which does NOT cause nor stimulate acne) which is absolutely not negligible for me.
Concerning its promise of controlling sebum… it’s not very disappointing but not great though: My T-zone is shiny by the end of the day, but once again it’s not dramatic compared to other general products. It has a dewy finish, so I think it’s still doing its job well that can not be compared with mattifying products.

  • To brighten the complexion: 5/5

We really can’t say it doesn’t: No grayish neutral sub-tone out there, this BB is very brightening. A picture is worth 1000 words.

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I enjoyed this BB, but I still am a bit disappointed because I would have liked a small variation of shades for my girls (since it fits me pretty well), and a cushion version, oh yes !! (I will email them, seriously. haha)
The fact that it is non-comedogenic makes me want to advise it to all acne-prone skins. It won’t to cure acne, but you can doll yourself up with this product : This is already a good point, and a very good reason to stop foundations!
Note that it also has anti-wrinkle agents (yes, it doesn’t hurt anyone, even teens. haha) And a good sun protection (SPF40 PA ++).

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Still, I find it a bit pricy : I think the brand should review it downwards. This is still a good investment in my opinion, it is far below western luxury complexion products, which however has a quite good ingredients list.

This BB cream really suits all skin types. Ultimately, it is a successful bet for Klairs!

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Kat Von D Shade Light : XXL Contouring palette

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In my previous post, I was telling you how hard it was to know what to bring back home from the US, “cosmetically speaking”. I already reviewed the fav of my favs : Tartelette matte eyeshadows palette from Tarte… But it’s not the only palette I bought, back there !

Since this one isn’t an eyeshadows palette, I guess you’ll be okay for one more. Say hi to the Kat Von D Shade Light contour palette !

I hesitated so much between Too Faced’s Cocoa Powder, ABH’s Contour Kit and that one from Kat Von D. The three cost approximately the same. First, I had a preference for the Too Faced’s since it is the only one of three that includes a cheek brush, and well.. It’s Too Faced ! But I thought that it would eventually be released in France sooner or later, and I’ll be able to get it someday if I really want to.

However, when I asked you on Twitter and even to the MUA from Sephora, you were completely unanimous : KAT. VON. D ! Well, here is it. :)

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This is one of the largest (contouring) palette I saw on the shelves. It is really HUGE. The packaging is matching well the brand image; dark and a bit goth ! The package back reveals the colors of the 6 palette powders : 3 highlighters called Lucid, Lyric and Levitation as well as 3 bronzers called Dark, Shadowplay and Subconscious.
Note however that the colors of the packaging (and even on the small flyer inside) aren’t the same as IRL : The real powders are actually so much prettier.

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The powders are matching vertically : The first column Lucid/Dark has nice pink sub-tones, while the Lyric/Shadowplay duo is rather golden beige and Levitation/Subconscious have warmer, peach/orange tones.
These three duos are actually made for the three main sub-toned complexion; an universal and modulable palette that will go to all skin tones !

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The Shade Light Palette powders are odorless and completely matte. Between this one and the Tartelette, I’m starting to wonder « Where are the glitters in my life ?! »
It is also the only point that I don’t really appreciate in this product because I like catchy and glittery highlighters ! I think matte highlighters are a bit boring and useless. D:

HOWEVER, bronzers are very pigmented so be careful when applying it for the first time or you’ll end with two dark strips in the middle of your cheeks hehe.

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If you are looking for something very simple, subtle and natural : This palette is perfect. But if like me, you like to add something fresh and catchy in your daily makeup, keep your favorite highlighter by your side ! I like to use the Etude House’ Secret Beam, but the liquid one from Stila is completely obsessing me lately.

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Instinctively, I immediately started using the second duo (Lyric / Shadowplay) because the first was a bit dull and the third clearly too dark. Levitation almost look like a peachy blush !
I apply Shadowplay with my Zoeva cheek brush at the base of the palm of my cheeks and I stretch without reapplying some to keep the shadows as subtle as I can. Then I apply Lyric with a hint of Levitation on the top of my cheekbone and I eventually add a little shimmer with my Secret Beam.

In a nutshell, this Shade Light palette has infinite possibilities thanks to its 2 × 3 powders that allow to find “the perfect shade” for your complexion, but also for your taste!
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Considering its size, I don’t think I’ll ever finish it. Especially when I know that I will clearly not use all the shades ! But I believe that this is the perfect product for MUA and makeup junkies in general. ~
If I could go back to Sephora Times Square, I think I would rather fall for the Anastasia Beverly Hills’ or Too Faced’s one, which are smaller but equally competitive !

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