A while ago when I was bitten by the coral bug, I ordered Becca Damselfly Mineral Blush on Zuneta. I know that Becca is more famous for their Beach Tints, but most shades happened to be out of stock. Since I was getting Le Metier de Beaute Coral Nymph already, I reckoned a powder blush wouldn’t hurt!
Have you had one of those moments at which you are suddenly possessed by the idea that you want, or rather NEED something, absolutely right now? I had those a while ago with a coral cream blush. It made sense: I like coral, and I appreciate cream blushes when I am pressed for time (because I don’t have to take the brush out). Since I have been eyeing Le Metier de Beaute longingly on Zuneta for a while now, why not give their Coral Nymph Creme Fresh Tint a try?
Verdict? I might need some other shades very soon!
I hope you enjoyed a fantastic long weekend! I had a great one going to the wedding, doing a bit of sightseeing in the region, and chilling out on Monday. The weather has been so spectacular here with 25 degrees and a generous amount of sunshine that I had to seize the moment and spend some time outdoor. I’m definitely more tanned already, which you will be able to see for yourself soon!
Today I’m here to continue the Chanel mania by bringing you the second installment of the Summertime de Chanel review, and this time the spotlight’s on the Luminous Bronzing Powder in Sable Rose!
I think I might have told you about it before: I am horrible when it comes to punctuality. It seems that no matter how early I woke up, I manage to run out of time at some point. Sometimes it takes me too long to wake up with my coffee (but that’s because I’m catching up on blog-reading at the same time *coughs*), other times I decide to start reading a really good book. By the time I get out of my shower, whoops, Houston we have a problem!
This is when you wish there were something that would function as a lotion, sunscreen, AND foundation. Is it just a dream? No. Let me introduce you to Dior Hydra Life BB Cream!
Dior Hydra Life BB Cream comes in a soft seafoam green tube with a pump. The pump is very precise, and you will never end up with way too much on your fingers. I have tried to push it all the way down, but I don’t need that much at all, so I pump it out little by little as I go along. The BB cream has a bit of typical sunscreen smell, but it’s not too bad at all! It has SPF30 with PA+++. For me personally, especially if I’m just going around the city, it offers enough protection. One thing I do have to mention though, is that this contains oxybenzone. I have been using it almost every day for two weeks now, and my skin is perfectly fine with it. If you have reacted to this particular ingredient in the past however, you might want to be a bit more cautious.
The texture of Hydra Life BB cream is surprisingly un-gloopy. I would actually say the undertone is quite neutral, as it makes my face look just a pinch peachier than it usually does. However, as you will see in my full-face photos later, you don’t see any difference between my face and my neck, so basically I think I am the only one who can tell. I’m showing you the picture of the BB cream blended out on the back of my hand with my wrist, so you can see how well the color matches! It doesn’t have the scary gray cast like traditional BB creams either, which is a big bonus in my book! I am guessing that like all BB creams, it is supposed to color-adjust. However, you might want to try it out at the Dior counter to see if the shade would work for your skin tone. It wears well, though at the end of the day some of my more obvious imperfections would be resurfacing a little.
What I really like about this BB cream is the fact that it is hydrating enough for my skin. I don’t need my day cream if I’m wearing this, which saves some time. My T-zone does look a little glowy, but if I set it with my usual setting powder than it stays matte for hours. Despite the fact that the texture is a bit watery, it actually offers enough coverage for my taste/need. If I don’t have extra imperfections going on, I don’t even need a concealer afterwards. I just pat a little more of this under my eyes and even over my post-acne pigmentation spots. It dries fast, so you have to work fast. I have found that for really dry areas, it could look a little powdery (for example, I have been blowing my nose like crazy because it’s the allergy season again). For normal skin (namely skin that is not impossibly irritated by tissue) however, it doesn’t have the powdery feeling or look at all. Another great thing is I can just use my fingers. That means I won’t have to wash a brush afterwards either!
Now, if you’re ready for a bit of a shock, here is my TOTALLY bare face next to my face with ONLY Dior Hydra Life:
As you can see, my pigmentation spots look a lot lighter with this BB cream, and my skin tone is evened out and smoother-looking. My pores are also reduced. I’ll be just fine after dusting some setting powder on my T zone, filling in my eyebrows, and grabbing an easy-going lipstick! Ready to hit the road after the process has been largely streamlined.
I’m recycling some old photos here, but I’m wearing Dior Hydra Life BB Cream in the following:
Pretty good eh? If the last picture looks particularly good, that’s because I just got my new camera and tripod! I was experimenting with them today, and I thought I’d participate in Temptalia’s spring flower-inspired makeup look challenge, so I’m sharing one of my entry photos with you.
Bottom line: Dior Hydra Life BB cream is a genius multi-tasker. For me it is a lotion, sunscreen, and foundation 3-in-1. Especially during the warmer months, I can see myself replacing foundation with this BB cream which is a lot lighter and easy to wear!
Have you seen this one where you are? Would you like to try? What base product do you usually wear in summer?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
PS: Dior Hydra Life BB Cream is available as of today in Belgium. The recommended retail price is 57.52 euros for 50ml.
Disclosure: The product mentioned in this review is sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.
Behind the scenes:
Muffin: “Some BB Cream for kitty?” Me: “Oh but honey, I don’t think it’s going to match your skin tone!”
Muffin was really happy sitting in the pile of things I was photographing that day.
TGIF! How are you doing? I can hardly believe this week has come to an end! I have been super busy, so maybe that’s why it felt really fast! What are your plans for the weekend? I might see some friends, but essentially I have to WORK! Haven’t had a proper lazy weekend for a while here. Can’t say I wouldn’t enjoy one, but I have so much to share with you guys I must not be lazy!
Today I’m here to share the swatches, review, and FOTDs of the Givenchy Summer Collections. Mister Radiant Body and Healthy Glow Powder in Ambre Croisiere come from the Croisiere Collection, and Rouge Interdit Shine in Delicate Brown and Ombre a Fleur de Peau in Pearly Nude come from the ÉTÉ À FLEUR DE PEAU collection.
Ready? Let’s go!
The Healthy Glow Powder in Ambre Croisiere is by far the finest bronzer I have ever used. It makes the other bronzers I own, or most bronzers when it comes to the matter, seem so rough and coarse! The packaging is sleek and sturdy, and the lid has a magnetic closure which I like. It includes a decent-sized mirror should you wish to touch up when you are out and about. The pattern is interesting (looks like something knitted), and it doesn’t wear off after several uses. The powder is so amazingly fine that it feels like it would melt when you go through it with your finger. It has a slight shimmer, but it is so very fine that the finish is more satin than anything else. On my NC30 skin tone, if applied lightly, it gives me a credible healthy glow. However, if you want something a little more dramatic, you can go very dark with it! The powder is talc-free, so if you’re allergic to talc (or prefer not to use talc), this is a good one to consider!
Mister Radiant Body is not your regular fake tan. It doesn’t look fake, orange, or unnaturally-tanned. It has a gel texture, and as you spread the gel out and massage it in, the little pearls get crushed and release their colors. The gel is not sticky at all. It absorbs and dries very fast on skin without leaving any residue. The smell is also very pleasant. It is slightly shimmery, but much like Ambre Croisiere, the shimmer isn’t in-your-face at all. For my NC30 skin tone, Mister Radiant Body adds just a hint of color. I don’t think this product is designed to make you go two shades darker to be honest, so if that’s what you’re looking for you might have to look elsewhere. For me, this is a good product for the moment. Spring has just begun, so I’m showing a little more skin than I would in winter. However, I haven’t got the opportunity to tan yet so I do look a little pale. This is the thing that gives me a little boost, some credible color with no fuss! It washes off very easily too, so don’t worry about fake tan going wrong! I would suggest you try this before purchasing, especially if you are darker than I am, just to make sure it’s the kind of product you are looking for!
The cream shadow is what a lot of you have been excited about, and I can see why! The packaging is delicate, luxurious, yet sturdy. The texture of this cream shadow is as light and airy as a mousse. It feels like a nice sea breeze on your lids. In the swatch photo you can see it swatched heavily and completely sheered out, but on lids I tend to make it more something in-between. If you like glitter but hate the fallout, this could be your thing. The glitter adheres to the base very well, so I’ve never had any fallout from this. I would suggest you use this over a primer and under some eyeshadow. It does crease infinitesimally on me. I get that in about two hours, but it’s so little that unless I shove my face in front of the mirror I don’t see it. Also, as time progresses, the creasing doesn’t become worse. I have to admit though, not a lot of things DON’T crease on me. I’ve met people who swear they get no creasing from this cream shadow, so it could be just me. Still, the texture is amazingly feathery, and it’s the only thing I’ve seen that contains glitter without any fallout!
Rouge Interdit Shine in Delicate Brown is a frosty reddish brown with glitter. Don’t let the description scare you though! As you can see, on my lips it doesn’t look too 80’s! The coverage of this lipstick is pretty amazing, despite the fact that it’s one of those lipstick/gloss hybrid. There is glitter, but it doesn’t travel around and doesn’t feel gritty. On me it lasts about 3 hours, which is good for a lipstick! I also really like the packaging. There is shimmer in the plastic cap that you don’t really see in daylight, but with lower indoor lighting it comes to live! It has a typical luxury brand lipstick smell (kind of perfume-y if you know what I mean). It disappears soon enough once it is applied, so it doesn’t bother me too much.
Now, onto the FOTD I did with all these products! I used a layer of Pearly Nude all over my lids, blending some Urban Decay Buck into the crease. I dusted some Ambre Croisiere all over my face (you see it better in the second picture), used Mister Radiant Body on the exposed skin, and one pass of Delicate Brown on my lips! It’s actually not warm enough to wear such a dress yet. It’s just something I imagine I’d wear if I ever go on a fancy cruise!
Now I’m all dressed for the cruise, where is that cocktail bar?
What do you think? Did any of the products catch your eye? Are you interested in trying any of them out?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.
Behind the scenes:
For once when I’m not trying to make Tango model for me, he had to butt in and take a look at the pretty bronzer!