Dec 072014
 

Tatcha skincare overview1 copyJust a reminder the 20% off at Tatcha.com ends soon (on December 8th) with code FF2014. Here are some of my favorites:

Tatcha 11The Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydrating Eye Mask ($12 each) is truly a pleasure to use. It’s a treat on a evening after a long day, and especially lovely just before going to a party or dinner. Personally, I love the effect.

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Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil ($48/ 5.1 ounce) is a rich, comforting and effective cleaner. This feels so luxurious. This oil is clear, and comes in an elegantly packaged container with a pump top.

Tatcha skincare10 copy 1aNow that we are heading into the cold winter, Tatcha’s Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream ($185/ 1 oz.) is a beautiful evening moisturizer. This is formulated with a number of premium ingredients with deep anti-aging benefits and promotes microcirculation to reduce age spots and renew appearance.

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This is beautifully packaged, with a small gold spoon to depot the product.

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Tatcha skincare38 copyThere is also the Tatcha Ageless Revitalizing Eye Cream ($135/0.5 ounce).

Tatcha skincare28 copyThe cream is designed “nourishes and purifies skin, resulting in a decreased appearance of puffiness under eyes, dark circles, sunken eyes and eye spots” It feels wonderful, I love the way my eyes look using this.

Tatcha skincare30 copyI’ve had the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48/1.35 ounce) on my desk for months. I love how refreshing a mid-day spritz feels (and re-hydrates). If you live an an area with drying winter heat, using this is a real treat.

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I love the little spritzer–it puts out just the right amount, and it looks so elegant.

Tatcha skincare15 copyThe last item that you might wish to try are the Tatcha Polished Classic Enzyme Powder ($55 / 2.1 oz.).

Tatcha skincare18 copyThis contains “a water-activated enzyme powder of rice bran, papaya + HADASEI-3 Bioactive Complex” to reveals skin’s natural gleam.”

Tatcha skincare22 copyThe packaging is thoughtfully designed to keep the powder from escaping (or getting wet when not in use).

Tatcha skincare23 copyWith water, the product becomes a creamy paste that has no abrasive feeling. It feels lovely, like cashmere.

For those new to the line, I recommend giving the trial sized options a try or the holiday gift sets. Also, if you love beautiful items for the home, you might wish to look Tatcha’s curated gift section. Remember the 20% off code is FF2014.

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Sep 162014
 

Lierac 2For those with combination skin, finding a good moisturizer that doesn’t turn to an unflattering “glow” by the end of the day is a challenge. There are a few gel moisturizers on the market that fill the gap. Nonetheless, Lierac Magnificence Gel ($78/ 1.7 oz.) goes the extra mile by adding a matte finish.  Having worn this day and night for the past several days, I can say that this product is:

  • breathable and featherweight-light
  • works well alone and under foundation
  • delivers moisturized, healthy looking skin, and
  • provides a matte surface that avoids the “3 p.m. glow” that other moisturizers can cause.

Lierac 5Sometimes I’m tempted to avoid moisturizers because of a heavy feeling, or the thought that skin that produces oil throughout the day doesn’t really need it. It always seems counterintuitive to me that, despite my oily forehead, product specialists would tell me that my face did need moisture. They were right of course, my skin looks far more healthy with a dose of moisturize (as is the case for most people, even those with combination or oily skin).

 

Lierac 3Leirac’s Magnificence delivers surprisingly good results. Wrinkles seemed softened, my skin seemed firmer, and the texture seems far less stressed out. The primary ingredients are:

D-Glyox Complex (Pomegranate Flower, Silk Tree, Liposome Peptide) helps reduce the visible signs of skin aging at the source Hibiscus Flower Extract improves radiance, evens out skin texture and refines pores.

A full ingredient list is here:

Lierac 4Overall, I was really impressed. Lovely formulation, no afternoon “glow,” but really delivers on healthy-looking. lit-from-within, firmed and pore-minimzed skin.

This product was sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aug 102014
 

Skincare Sunday3I’ve been hearing about Charlotte Tillbury’s Magic Cream ($95.00/ 1.7 oz) for so long, and am pleased to report that it is finally coming to the U.S. via Beautylish, Nordstrom and some other retailers including Bergdorfs. There’s a 24-hour pre-order window today if you’d like to reserve one for purchase. Given that the cream has sold out internationally in the past, I suppose that it’s nice to know that yours is reserved. If you miss the window, I’m presuming that the product will be made permanent.

Skincare Sunday7I was fortunate enough to receive a review-sized version as a give from Wayne Goss (thank you Wayne!!). Overall, this is a luxe moisturizing multi-tasker that Charlotte Tillbury has been using on her clients for years. As she says:

The BioNymph Peptide Complex is a unique, patented anti-age ingredient that multi-tasks in the skin, fighting the ageing process on all fronts. It increases collagen & fibre levels, prevents fibre break-down, fights free radicals and stimulates cell energy to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve skin elasticity & generally smooth things over.

Sodium Hyaluronate forms a film of hyaluronic acid over the skin to seal in moisture, whilst extracts of Wild Pansy promote the renewal of hyaluronic acid in the skin surface to retain moisture. Skin is plumped-up and youthfully dewy.

A mix of rose hip oil, camellia oil and anti-oxidant vitamin E transforms a grey complexion into hydrated, mirror-shine skin, nourishing Vitamin A helps improves skin firmness and smoothness and energetic Vitamin C is able to promote collagen activity for more youthful skin.

Damask rose water and organic aloe vera stimulate skin regeneration, fighting the signs of ageing, naturally and gracefully.

Extracts of Frangipani, the symbol of eternity, form a soothing, purifying and hydrating comfort-blanket on the skin.

When Charlotte’s Magic Cream is applied to skin, it gives it a fabulous youthful glow.  Really, it’s very pretty by itself and adds a lovely glow under foundation as a primer. It gives a glow comparable to Tom Ford’s Illuminating Primer, but Charlotte’s Magic Cream is richer in texture (meaning that Tom Ford’s feels lighter, and not quite as deeply moisturizing). Certainly, Charlotte’s Magic Cream would work as an overnight moisturizer although with an SFF 15 rating (including UVA protection), it’s clearly geared for daytime wear as well. Tom Ford’s Primer is clearly, well, a primer. The Charlotte’s Magic Cream does have a scent, which is of course quite the norm for luxury products that are born in Europe.

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Overall, now that I’ve been introduced to this lovely cream, I’m going to continue to use this generous sample to look for longer-term results. For now, I would say that anyone with dry skin, or those looking for anti-aging benefits, should investigate this cream. It feels lovely, luxe, and illuminating.  Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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Charlotte Tillbury’s Magic Cream is available Beautylish, Nordstrom and some other retailers including Bergdorfs.

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Aug 052014
 

L'Occitane Frisson de Verveine08L’Occitane has has beautifully refreshing L’Occitane Frisson Verbena collection released this summer, which I’ve been enjoying since taking these pictures a week ago. Actually, some of these have been true saviors in this humid August heat.

L'Occitane Frisson de Verveine01According to the line:

Among all the aromatic herbs that grow along the paths of Provence, there is one whose lemony freshness revives the body and mind. Its name is Verbena. When baskets are piled high with freshly harvested green verbena leaves, its distinctive fragrance fills the air around the markets of Provence. Discover our collection which includes fragrances as well as body and hair care.

I tested the Frisson de Verveine Eau de Toilette ($55), Hand Cream ($12), Fresh Shower Gel ($20), and the Cooling Ice Gel for Legs and Feet ($22).  

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The Frisson Verbena Eau de Toilette ($55/3.4 oz.) is a very light, soft, yet vibrant lemon and herb scent. The notes include lemon, bergamot, verbena and cucumber. It’s both sophisticated and light, it elevates my mood and reminds me of an afternoon in the beautiful French countryside. It’s more green than lemon, in a lovely way. The heavy glass bottle is a pleasure to use (or to gift).

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This is a light refreshing spray format, appropriate for putting into the refrigerator overnight for a cooling blast when needed. I found this soft scent lasted a good five or six hours on me.

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The Frisson Verbena Eau de Toilette comes packaged in a giftable box that is appropriate for either gender.

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The Frisson Verbena Hand Cream ($12/ 1 oz.) is a light, gel-textured moisturizer that’s heaven to use for a summer manicure/pedicure. It’s mixed with spring water for a light, but very effective, feel. It’s fabulous to put on mid-afternoon, the scent is subtle and very refreshing.

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The Frisson Verbena Fresh Shower Gel ($20/ 8.4 oz) is, in keeping with the rest of the aesthetic of this line, softly scented.  The feel is similar to other L’Occitane shower gels, it gives only slight foam and feels excellent on the skin. The scent does not linger long after use, so you can apply any of your other scents without interference.

L'Occitane Frisson de Verveine06Like the other products in this line, it is appropriate for either gender. The bottle is a squeeze type which allows the product to flow out easily if held upside down. The size is a generous 8.4 ounces.

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If you are in the mood for a lovely treat, I highly recommend the Frisson Verbena Ice Gel for Legs and Feet ($22/2.5 oz.). This cooling gel applies with a metal application and feels amazing. 

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The ice gel uses the same scent as the other products in the collection, although its a slight bit more intense in this formula (compared to the hand cream and shower gel). The applicator:

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This product uses a combination of cypress essential oil and althea officials.  It leaves arms, legs and feet with fresh, cooling moisture. Essentially, it makes your skin look better, has an beautiful fresh scent, and cools you down. Win, win, win. It would be nice if this item were made permanent.

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This collection is well worth a look. The Eau de Toilette and the Ice Gel were my favorites. Here are some online offers from L’Occitane if you prefer to have anything delivered.

Stride into Summer! Receive FREE tropical sandals with any $35 purchase. Use code TROPICAL. Valid 7/31-8/20/2014.

Getaway to Provence: Enjoy a travel set for $22 with any $45 Purchase! Use code GETAWAY. Valid 7/30-8/19/2014.

Make It A Divine Summer! Recieve a travel ready set FREE with any $125 purchase. Use code DIVINESUMMER! Valid 7/30-8/19/2014.

Softening Summer Shower Gels! Enjoy our Provencal jumbo sized shower gels FREE with any $125 purchase. Use code JUMBO. Valid 7/30-8/19/2014.

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Jul 112014
 

Tatcha 01aTatcha is an elegant skincare line that does a superb job with everything that I’ve tried. Without exception. They use simple, powerful formulations that are designed to integrate beautifully into one’s life. This philosophy relies on time-tested ingredients, sophisticated science, and the power of natural ingredients derived from the East. The new Tatcha Water Collection is a wonderful addition that is consistent with this intent of the line.

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The mainstay of Tatcha’s new Water Collection is the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum ($95/1.0 oz). For me, this serum performed several tasks–it was a lovely moisturizing serum that dried down immediately that was virtually weightless on my skin. Somehow, the product acted as a beautiful makeup base, giving me a lovely, even texture on my skin. In part, this was because (after a minute or two) my skin looked glowing and smooth. The other was because the texture of the product–which is featherweight–provided a wonderful base that seemed to allow my foundation to glide on and stay all day.

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As always, Tacha’s packaging is a luxurious joy  to use. This pump bottle feels like glass, yet seemed to survive several runs in checked luggage unscathed. The serum is clear, and has a very subtle scent that fades quickly.

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One pump completely covered my face, although sometimes I used another for neck. Unlike a moisturizer, Tacha’s Luminous Deep Hydration serum is a true serum–the product is light and quickly absorbs. It uses a blend of Okinawa red algae and hyaluronic acid to soothe and firm my skin.  The effects are not immediate, as in “you look in the mirror, your face becomes transformed.” Rather, for me Tatcha’s Luminous serum is cumulative and perceptible over time. After about three days, my 5 pm glance in the mirror told me that my face looked more bright, smoother, and more firm and younger. The longer that I used it, the strong the effect became.

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Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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Although you might think that the serum is enough, you must, must, must try the Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask ($12 for one/ $95 for 10). This is the very best eye mask that I’ve ever used., including those I’ve received from spas.

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The mask comes in two parts, in a foil packet that infuses the clear liquid into the mask.

Tatcha 17The foil packet is travel friendly, but after the first time use I can see integrating this into a weekly home routine.

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The masks simply sit around the eye area. I got lost in a writing project, and left them on for about twenty minutes. There is not a hint of harshness, rather there is a feeling of hydration and freshness.

Tatcha 22Afterwards, my eye area felt tightened, toned and hydrated in a “you look in the mirror, your face becomes transformed” kind of way. The effect lasted well into the next day, even a bit into a third day. Really, incredible. Must try, and with the $12 version sold separately, that is easy to do without making a large investment.

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Overall, both Tacha items are a beautifully formulated, effective, and integrate beautifully into my current beauty routine. Truly some of the best, most thoughtful of the skincare collections.  These are available at Tacha online. Although the eye mask is currently sold out (sob!) , it should be re-stocked soon. Also, the line is carried at Barneys although these items do not appear to be stocked yet I am hopeful that they will be soon.

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