The Body Shop Event + Guest Post on Makeupwithdrawal!

Hey everyone,

last week I was invited to The Body Shop event. There were several things going on, including signing the cruelty-free petition, repackaging of their body butter, and meeting their internationally-renowned makeup artist Chase Aston in person! The slogan is look good, feel good, do good.

Here are some pictures so you get a sneak peek, and the rest are on Facebook so feel free to go over there and enjoy the whole deal!

Community fair trade ingredients. The honey smelled sooo good!

New packaging of the body butter:

Chase Aston doing a demonstration:

All the yummy scents:

Annnd I wrote a guest post for Mimi at Makeupwithdrawal so that she could chill a bit with her fiance somewhere nice and warm 🙂

The post is about my 5 must-have French pharmaceutical skincare products. If you click here you’ll see it!

I also feel obliged to show you a picture of Mimi’s dog Kuma. This dog has to be one of the MOST adorable ones I’ve ever seen. He’s so big, and he seems SO nice! This is him taking a bath :p

He looks so miserable yet meek I just want to kiss him 100 times!

Hope you enjoy the pictures and the guest post! I’ve been running around a lot these days, and that’s why I’d be a bit slow in replying to your comments, but I WILL catch up with them tomorrow so comment away!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

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Brussels PR Day: New from Bumble and Bumble, Deborah Lippmann, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, & More!

Hey everyone!

I hope your week is off to a good start! I went to several PR agencies in Brussels last week to check out the new releases, and here I am with the report!

First of all, our old friend Senteur d’Ailleurs is presenting new releases from several brands they carry.

Do you see Deborah Lippmann? Ray of Light and the Nails Of Steel Magnetic Wave Nail Lacquer Set were on display.

I was most intrigued by Ray of Light, but as I had nail polish on and there was no remover, I couldn’t swatch it for you (bummer). I did take a close-up picture though. Opinions on this nail polish are quite diverse. Most people say the consistency is thick but doesn’t cause problems. However, for some the beauty of this complex shade is lost in translation on their nails. You might want to swatch it before you purchase.

Bumble and Bumble came out with a new line called Color Minded for color-treated hair. I might not be the best person to judge whether it works (because my hair is not color-treated). Has anyone heard anything about this?

Oh, and Dermalogica launched a new Night Repair Serum. I heard the consistency is very thick, but you only need a tiny bit each time.

I saw some Tom Ford lipsticks too, and this time I remembered to swatch them for you! This one is True Coral.

Here I swatched True Coral, Sable Smoke, and Pink Adobe. Is anything calling your name?

Decleor is a French brand that focuses on a holistic approach to beauty. Besides scientists and cosmetic experts, they have their own feng-shui teacher! Now that doesn’t happen very often!

Sampar is a French brand that is designed to young girls who just started working. Their bestsellers are Glamour Shot (there is also a Glamour Shot for the eyes), because apparently in one swipe it erases fine lines and other kinds of imperfections! One of the PRs dabbed some on his face, and holy moly it was as if he just had some real-life Photoshop done! I am definitely intrigued!

Naturelle d’Orient is a French brand that uses a high percentage of pure Argan oil in their products. The packaging might seem humble but apparently the stuff is good!

Bobbi Brown is launching its own version of BB cream later this year (seems like EVERYBODY is doing it)! I got a Brow Shaper to try, and I will for sure review it soon! My first impression is very positive, though I do have to use a VERY light hand. However, it is also possible that the shade I got is a bit dark for me (Mahogany).

La Mer is launching a lighter version of their famous cream. It is supposed to have the same effect, just lighter so that those with oily skin or prefer a lighter cream would be able to get into it. They also launched an anti-aging body cream, so that the skin on your body can stay just as young!

Jo Malone is adding new scents to their grand existing range. I discovered Pomegranate Noir this time. It’s sweet and spicy, nothing juvenile or fake!

That’s the end of the virtual tour. I hope you enjoyed it! I will probably receive more information later, and I will definitely keep all of you posted! In the meantime, I also took a bunch of non-beauty-related pictures that I thought would be entertaining. If you’re interested in taking a look, please click on this link to go to Mostly Sunny’s Facebook page. Like it if you haven’t already! I think it’s better to separate the just-for-fun photos from beauty-related news. That way it doesn’t get overwhelming.

I hope your week is off to a good start! I have a lot of things to review and share with you, so stayed tuned! Also, for those of you who haven’t joined my grand birthday giveaway, please do so here. If you live in Belgium, please remember you can also participate in the Miss Dior Eau Fraiche giveaway here.

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

This Week’s Events: Caudalie & Oenobiol (and a Caudalie Promotion!)

Hey everyone!

This week I had the pleasure of going to two PR events, including Caudalie and Oenobiol. While Caudalie has been one of my favorite skincare brands for at least 8 years, Oenobiol is new to me. Let’s check out what they have to offer!

Caudalie is launching their new line Vinosource. This line includes the S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, Moisturizing Mattifying Fluid (for people with combination skin like myself), Moisturizing Sorbet (this has been reformulated and is now in a tube rather than a pump bottle. I tried and liked the original formula, so I’m very curious about how the new one works. It targets those with sensitive skin), Moisture Recovery Cream (for those with dry skin), and Intense Moisture Rescue Cream (for very dry skin).

We got to try them on the back of our hands and arms. Not only is the texture amazing (even the Intense Moisture Rescue Cream is absorbed within seconds and not at all sticky), the smell is also divine (as all the Caudalie products do in my opinion)!

Oh, and the promotion! From today till the 31st of March, if you buy one product from this line, you get one of the shopping bags you just saw above! There are 3 kinds to choose from, but the majority of the bloggers wanted the Eiffel Tower one (doh). Luckily there were enough to go around, so there was no catfight haha

This is mine:

What would an event be without macaroons right? I’m not the biggest fan of macaroons, but those were delicious!

The serum retails for 27.85 euros, and all the creams will set you back 21.60. It will take me some time to test them out before I can write a thorough review, but honestly, during my 8 years of Caudalie addiction, I have not yet tried anything I don’t like!

Now let’s move on to Oenobiol!

Oenobiol is a French nutricosmetics company. They were one of the first (if not the first) companies to launch supplements that prepare your skin for tanning and even prolonging the tan (do I see you perk up in anticipation?)! The company representative told me the brand was launched in Taiwan last year. I checked out some websites and found out the slimming products are really popular haha

That’s Phil trying to steady a ball so that he could take his picture. If you check out his post for the event, you’ll see he managed to snap a picture of me looking like a bubble head (or in his words, an astronaut)!

Something for my weak, peeling nails? Yes please!

I received some samples to try, including the one that prepares skin for tanning and one that helps with hair and nails. These will take some time, but I promise I will and I will let you know how they work for me!

That’s it for today, dear friends! TGIF!

What are your plans for the weekend? Have you heard of/tried anything from Caudalie and Oenobiol? Did they work for you? Curious blogger wants to know!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Event: ICI PARIS XL Press Day with Black Up, Erborian, F Fekkai, Philosophy, Kenzoki, Orlane, Qiriness, ONLY YOU, & Madonna Truth or Dare

Hey everyone!

I had the great pleasure yesterday of being invited to the ICI PARIS XL press day to check out some of the new exclusive brands they are carrying. Let’s take a look at who/what was there!

Black Up is a French brand founded by a makeup artist of African ancestry. The brand focuses on products that will enhance the beauty of black and mixed beauties, but just look at those lipsticks! I’m sure if you are a lipstick lover you will adore these! It’s funny because I was sitting down for a break before talking to the ladies, and they were already telling the ICI PARIS XL PR representative that I should go over there as soon as possible. Why? Because I was wearing NARS Mexican Rose and they were sure I’d be intrigued by their lipsticks. They were not wrong!

Erborian is a Korean brand. BB cream has been all the rage in Asia and North America, now we’re finally going to be able to lay our hands on one of the earliest BB creams available! I tested it out on the back of my hand, and the texture is very light and pleasant. Promising, very promising!

F Fekkai is a professional hair care brand. I have long wanted to try their shea line, so it was pretty exciting to see the line-up there! For this summer, they are launching two new products including Salon Technician Highlight Care and Marine Summer Hair to help hair cope with the humidity and the sun. I don’t know how they work yet (but I will find out for you), but both products smell amazing (that’s a good start)!

Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to the long-awaited Philosophy products in Belgium? I can tell you I behaved like a crack addict at that stand, trying to inhale as much delicious smell from their products as possible! Their skincare products look exciting too. I loved the microdelivery peel!

Kenzo launched a skincare line called Kenzoki. Look at that pretty packaging! They had their white lotus line there. Since lotus happens to be one of my favorite flowers (if not THE favorite. It reminds me of summer at home), I was practically swooning.

Orlane is another French skincare brand that has 5 lines of products (though we only saw 4) targeting hydration, anti-fatigue, firmness, first signs of age, and anti-wrinkle. The lady was very enthusiastic and kept putting all kinds of creams and serums on the back of my hands (actually everybody did, but there were SO many at Orlane). By the end of the day the back of my hands was certainly baby-soft!

Qiriness specializes in SPA products that everybody can pamper themselves with. The lady demonstrated some products that would take a smidgen of time to take care of your skin in the comfort of your home. I like how she said (to me and another lady):” Leave your children to your husband for 15 minutes a week, and you can take care of yourselves in the bathroom.” I don’t have children yet, but it sounds like a good deal!

Remember the ONLY YOU nail polishes I talked about a while ago? Look who’s here! The entire lineup including the limited edition summer shades! The product manager told me they’re already developing the winter collection, and I practically begged her to include some shimmery and maybe even holographic shades, so we’ll see!

Last but not least, do you know what this is?

Want a closer look?

It is Madonna’s new perfume Truth or Dare! Here in Belgium it will be an ICI PARIS XL exclusive! I will receive more information soon, and I will definitely let you guys know more when I find out about the exact launch date. The scent itself? I smell a great dose of gardenia, some jasmine, some vanilla, but I’m sure there is more! The story is that Madonna lost her mother early, so she created this perfume with the scent of her mother in mind, kicking it up a notch with a modern twist. If you like gardenia or flowery perfume in general, do check it out when it comes out!

That’s my report of the ICI PARIS XL press day! If you have any questions about these brands, please do not hesitate to ask, as I might be able to dig out more information for you! I received some PR samples yesterday, but since these are skincare products, please give me a bit longer to test them out thoroughly. I promise I will let you know what I think as soon as I can!

What do you think? Which brand looks the most exciting for you? Would you like to try the BB cream or maybe some Philosophy?

Sunny xx

Thank you Jean-François, Marie, and Stefanie for the invitation, and everybody who was there xx