Beauty · Vintage Post

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in 1st Night Swatch and Review!

Sephora 1st Night
Sephora 1st Night

EDIT: Please see my new post about the products (good) and service (highly questionable) from Sephora. As this post of mine is popular, I would like to use it to help word get out.

Link shown below:

https://katezillablog.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/sephora-orderprize-opening-and-a-word-of-caution/

Gorgeous day today!

Things are finally warming up in the lower mainland and things are starting to smell like spring! This is my favourite time of year, and a perfect excuse for slightly brighter, warmer, fresher looking makeup. I wanted to share one of my favourite brights for spring, Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in 1st Night.

 

 

Starting with the tube packaging, I love it! It’s a classy, basic black matte tube that flares out ever so slightly at the top and bottom, giving it a bit of a slimmer middle. The product dials down completely to be covered up by the tube. There is a sticker on the side of the twist up tube clearly showing the brand, name of shade, it’s numbered code and a “Made in France” tag.  The word “Sephora” is circled along the bottom of the tube as matte lettering on a glossy base, a beautiful and subtle design element. The very bottom has a clear window showing you the exact shade of the lipstick inside, as shown in the picture below. This is my favourite detail. Overall it is feminine, user friendly and modern.

Sephora 1st Night
Sephora 1st Night
Sephora 1st Night
Sephora 1st Night

The shade is described on Sephora’s site as a true warm rose. I though it leaned cooler on my skin, maybe I’m imagining it. It looks great either way. I would describe this as a brightened, intense rosey pink. There is just the tiniest fragrance/flavour of something like strawberry gummi candies covering up a small amount of standard lipstick smell. The formula is amazing. Incredibly pigmented, moisturizing enough that I don’t feel the need for a balm or gloss with this lipstick, and the wear time is fantastic for a lipstick that does not claim to be long lasting. Application is smooth and even. The swatches below show it in 3 different lightings, flash, shade from sun, and in sun. The pigment is so intense that this was just one single swipe down of lipstick on my arm!

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick 1st Night Swatch
Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick 1st Night Swatch

This lipstick has the surprising ability to make my thin lips look fuller all on it’s own! I have a couple of brights that do this, could be why I gravitate towards them.

Sephora 1st Night
Sephora 1st Night

Sephora lipsticks retail in Canada for $15.50. This is a high end formula at mid range pricing, and is well worth taking a look at. If one single swipe provides complete opacity, you would use a lot less product so I’d imagine these lipsticks would last a long time!

Do you have any favourite brighter, fresher makeup for spring?

EDIT: Please see my new post about the products (good) and service (highly questionable) from Sephora. As this post of mine is popular, I would like to use it to help word get out. https://katezillablog.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/sephora-orderprize-opening-and-a-word-of-caution/

Hair Care · Vintage Post

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Double Care Detangling Nourish + Repair Leave-In Review!

Back in the early 2000’s I used Garnier Fructis products to near exclusivity. I was working as a server in a large night club at the time, and Fructis had a launch event there. I went home swimming in samples… shampoos, conditioners, leave in cream and wax products, you name it. I was supplied for at least a year and my hair loved their stuff. I’m not even sure why I stopped using it, it might have been harder to find in my area.

I had been looking for an alternative to both the leave in conditioner I was using (an Aussie product that smelled great but didn’t detangle the way I was hoping) and the heavy silicone serums I use daily to keep my hair from going full on poodle-style in my humid area. My hair responds well to silicones, however I was seeking a faster, lighter in texture, less messy application for rushed mornings. A quick check of the ingredients in the cumbersomely named Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Double Care Detangling Nourish + Repair Leave-In showed it had the ingredients I was looking for in one handy product. Knowing how well my hair took to Garnier products in the past, I gave it a go.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Double Care Detangling Nourish + Repair Leave-In
Separated.

The packaging is sturdy enough and easy to hold, and delivers product with a standard pump spray. Label says it’s made in France. Fancy. The clear bottle shows the two layers which is intended to be shaken together prior to use. The two layers probably have more to do with exploiting the different density of silicones in the product for marketing reasons rather than any real practical purpose. Most importantly, this contained a few ingredients I was looking for in a combo detangler/leave-in conditioner/silicone smoother.

Here they are, in order shown on ingredient label:

Cyclopentasiloxane: a smoothing, conditioning silicone
Niacinamide: a vitamin also known as B3 which acts as a conditioning agent in this product at rather high levels
Phenyl Trimethicone: another silicone, which provides a drier finish than other silicones
Behentrimonium Chloride: an emollient, an anti static agent, an emulsifier
Polyquaternium 16: a film forming agent (this smooths your hair down). Also, as polyquats are positively charged, they neutralize negative charges in hair care products helping hair to lie flat. Indispensable in a leave-in conditioner.
Dimethiconol/Dimethicone: more silicones! My favourite!
Various plant oils in small amounts, likely not enough to do too much but all my hair can handle is tiny amounts of oil anyway, so fine by me.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Double Care Detangling Nourish + Repair Leave-In, layers shaken up.
Shaken

I gave this a test drive on freshly washed lightly towel dried hair. I didn’t use my regular thick serum style silicone smoother to see what this product could do on it’s own. For reference, my hair is thin, fine, wavy, colour treated (single process, not double process) and very long, about belly button length. Knowing my fine hair can get too much product too fast, I only used about 5 sprays from ear length on down to ends, and went for the wide tooth comb. And wow did that comb go through easily. Already impressed by it’s detangling ability and lovely smell (these Fructis things always smelled great to me), I let my hair air dry (no heat!) to see what the end result would be. Normally without my heavy silicone serum, I would be a frizzy, poodley mess so I was a bit apprehensive but hopeful. I did notice my hair did take slightly longer to dry with this leave-in on it, not really a big deal. I let my hair dry up in its usual careless bun, and took it out at the end of the day to inspect the results, which were amazing! No frizz! No puffball poodle! Smooth, easy to comb hair without a heavy silicone serum! I am SOLD. Shown is the after pic of my air dried, unstraightened hair with no other product in it. For someone with frizzy, unruly, hard to manage hair, these results are impressive. I normally need heat styling to get hair this smooth.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Double Care Detangling Nourish + Repair Leave-In, After
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Double Care Detangling Nourish + Repair Leave-In, After
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Double Care Detangling Nourish + Repair Leave-In, After
Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Double Care Detangling Nourish + Repair Leave-In, After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now here is a picture of what I look like with NO smoothing silcones or any product in my hair whatsoever:

This doesn't look good on anyone.
This doesn’t look good on anyone.

But not really, that’s a Muppet haystack. I wouldn’t torture myself by doing that to my hair then taking pictures, but the resemblance is remarkable.

I will buy this until they stop making it, which knowing my luck with favourite beauty products is sooner rather than later. My only concern with this product is the mouthful of a name! I’m also considering switching back to Fructis for shampoos/conditioners again as well. Has anyone tried the new Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser line? I have heard amazing things about that as well!

Beauty · Vintage Post

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick 070

 

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick
Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick

I have been hearing and reading on various beauty blogs for a while now about this lipstick from Rimmel as being wonderful for pale people who desire to wear a nude lipstick that won’t make them look even more like pasty reheated death. I prefer reds and brights to liven up my NC20/25 skin but apparently this is frowned upon for job interviews, so I had to find myself something that helped me look put together and professional. Rimmel displays are usually well picked over by the time I get to them, and I had a hard time finding this but managed to grab one for $4 at Superstore in Canada recently! At that price I couldn’t resist finding out if it was everything these lovely beauty bloggers claimed it to be!

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick 070
Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick 070
Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick Swatch
Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick Swatch

Rimmel Airy Fairy is a mauve/pink leaning nude-ish shade. This very definitely -thankfully- leans on the cool side, making it well suited to my cool tone skin. I can see this looking horrid on skin that is really very warm, dark, or yellow based. This shade was made with pale cool toned people in mind, which is a relief as I have issue with other “holy grail nudes” being way too brown for me. It has some barely noticeable golden micro glitter which I can see in the tube, but I can’t personally see in the finished swatches on either arm or lip. Coverage is opaque after a few swipes. I wouldn’t call this a “Lasting Finish”, as it wears about the same as any lipstick that doesn’t claim to be long wearing, but at least it seems to wear off evenly. Texture is creamy, smooth and reasonably emollient. I would judge this to have a satin finish. Below is a swatch on lip, NC20/25 skin, taken in outdoor light.

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick On Lip
Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick On Lip

Worth noting is the scent, which might bother some. I’ve gotten used to it as I have a few of these from Rimmel’s Lasting Finish line. It’s a sweet, slightly spicy (cinnamony?) kind of scent. It’s unique to these lipsticks, I can’t think of any other products that smell like this. If you absolutely can not stand fragrance in a facial beauty product, this may be a deal breaker for you.

 

The packaging is a dark purplish shade with red microglitter you can see in the sun, has an angled top with the Rimmel crown logo on it, a metal ring around the middle with the Rimmel text logo, and a metal tube inside holding the product. The lipstick does wind all the way down inside the tube so protect the product from knicks and bumping, which I appreciate. You can see the label sticker matches the shade of the lipstick inside, handy!

 

Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick 070
Rimmel Airy Fairy Lasting Finish Lipstick 070

 

Overall I do like this lipstick and think it’s a fantastic deal at $4! I wouldn’t call it fancy, luxurious or dramatic but it’s a perfect “safe” shade for job interviews! If you’re of cool toned pale skin and can find it on sale I encourage you to check it out! I will be using this as my “nude” shade until I find something more magical than Airy Fairy (unlikely) or they stop making it. Apparently Rimmel Airy Fairy is a dupe for various MAC lipsticks such as High Tea, Angel, Hug Me or Creme Cup (and more…) depending on who you ask. I don’t have any of these so I can’t substantiate 😦

 

What’s your nude lipstick you can’t live without?