Roger and Gallet Hand and Nail cream definitely has a rich scented formula that is great for dry to very dry skin. Personally I would classify my skin as very dry and this leaves it feeling hydrated and perhaps even on the greasier side initially. The product boasts 8 hour hydration which I think is probably on the lenient side. However it is a very rich formula so I think would last longer than most. 

It contains Argan oil and evening primrose oil which are great for the skin. The packaging is cute and it's size definitely is very handy - great for on the go and to have in my pockets whilst on the wards!

However, the scent for me is quite strong and overpowering. It's a bit of a marmite situation. There are hints of orange blossom which some may love however I find it somewhat artificial and over powering. Secondly, one other drawback is personally it irritates my skin. I unfortunately have extremely sensitive skin and although I'm not sure what ingredient it is causing this, this makes this product a Nono for me. 

Have you tried this product? I would love to hear your thoughts - please leave a comment below!

Shivanee | The Skin and Beauty Blog


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02/12/2016

Roger and Gallet Hand and Nail Cream

LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit Review
LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit
LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit Review
LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit
LAB2 Contour Brush vs Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, LAB2 Eyeshadow Brush vs Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, LAB2 Foundation Brush vs Zoeva 112 Brush, LAB2 Buffing Brush vs Real Techniques Buffing Brush
LAB2 Contour Brush vs Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, LAB2 Eyeshadow Brush vs Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush, LAB2 Foundation Brush vs Zoeva 112 Brush, LAB2 Buffing Brush vs Real Techniques Buffing Brush

I'm always on the prowl for expert brushes and so I came across this LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit*. It contains 4 professional grade brushes designed for flawless makeup application.

All brushes have special bristles with FibreLuxe Technology to provide easy pigment pick up and release.

I love the soft touch handles. They feel slightly rubbery, akin to NARS compacts, which make them easy to grip.

The LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Buffing Brush is my favourite from this collection. It has good sturdy bristles that deposit and buff foundation effortlessly. I haven't witnessed any shedding from this brush and it is easy to clean.

In contrast, the LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Contour Brush is a disappointment. The bristles are soft and the small brush head and angle are good for contouring. It sheds like crazy making it more effort to clean up the bristles than its worth.

The LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Eyeshadow Brush is a semi flat topped sturdy brush that allows an easy soft eyeshadow application. It is similar to the Real Techniques base shadow brush that I love so much.

The LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Foundation Brush is a slim brush with plasticky bristles. It takes a while to cover the face with foundation with this brush and it is a bit streaky. Personally I'm not a fan of flat foundation brushes in general because of those particular issues.

Overall, this is not a set I would recommend, but once the LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Buffing Brush and LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Eyeshadow Brush are available individually, I would wholeheartedly recommend them!

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Livia
| The Skin and Beauty Blog

*Press sample. All views are my own.

29/11/2016

LAB2 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection Haul
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection Haul

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact Review Swatches
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact

MAC Saucy Little Darling, Leap of Delight Lipsticks Review Swatches
MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick, MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick

MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder Review Swatches
MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection Swatches
MAC Saucy Little Darling, Leap of Delight, Sweet Copper Face Compact, Sweet Vision Swatches

I must say, the MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday collection is massive! There are a lot of good quality products and fun colours, that if I were new to makeup I would not be able to choose. That said, I don't think the shades are particularly original but they are flattering nonetheless.

I was lucky to pick up what I felt were the stars of this collection. Keep reading!

MAC Saucy Little Darling Lipstick

This is a gorgeous coral pink in an amplified cream finish. I find it is between MAC Impassioned and Chatterbox lipsticks from the permanent collection. It is almost too bright for a winter lipstick, but it is an interesting choice and it is most perfect for the sunny parts of the world. It has a bright glowiness to it that whitens the teeth. It has a little slip to it as an amplified cream but it last long on the lips. So beautiful.

MAC Leap of Delight Lipstick

I don't have many dark purple lipsticks and this one fit the bill. It has a matte texture that is wonderfully smooth and easy to apply on the lips. The pigmentation is great too. This lippie will take me through the winter season, and especially through the trendy roads of Islington.

MAC Sweet Vision Magic Dust Powder

If you are a fan of NARS Orgasm blush, well this one is for you. Sweet Vision is its smoother, less gritty cousin. It is a orange coral with a gold duochrome sheen. It feels absolutely buttery with such amazing pigmentation. It is similar to MAC Springsheen blush from the permanent line.

MAC Sweet Copper Face Compact

This duo is a beauty! I know a lot have raved about this product and I'll keep it short. It has Whisper of Gilt, a shimmery pale gold highlighter, and Pleasure Model, a coral brown blush which I will be using for contour. If you are a fan of highlighters and compact cases, run out to get this, now and fast!

There you have it. My fantastic four. Did you pick up anything from this collection?

Love it or Leave It? Leave a comment below!

Livia
| The Skin and Beauty Blog

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*Press sample. All views are my own.

27/11/2016

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Holiday 2016 Collection Haul

Embryolisse CC Cream Review Swatches
Embryolisse CC Cream Review
From the company that brought us the cult fave Lait Creme Concentre, Embryolisse has launched its Embryolisse CC Cream Complexion Correcting Care with SPF20* (£32.95). This is a sun-protecting tinted moisturiser that is meant to provide a flawless complexion with smooth plumped up skin.

This CC cream comes in one shade, which I believe is good for cool-toned medium skin. I like applying this with a flat foundation brush for an even application. When applied with the fingertips, some product tends to clump into little balls so I wouldn't recommend that.

When worn on its own, it reveals a natural-satin glow that actually makes my skin feel good. Sometimes I wear this on its own when I'm relaxed off work, but when used alone indoors it isn't enough to control oil especially on my T-zone hence I set with powder on these occasions. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus seems to work well and keeps the skin matte for about 4 hours and then its time to touch up.

PROS:
1. Non-comedogenic ie. it does not break you out in spots.
2. Lovely natural satin finish.
3. Good light-medium coverage.
4. Makes the skin feel good and comfortable!

CONS:
1. It contains the Embryolisse fragrance which can irritate some.
2. It comes in one shade that leans a bit cool. It would look ashy on darker skintones.
3. SPF20 is insufficient for sun protection. I would recommend using a separate sunscreen with SPF30 and above for adequate protection.
4. It can cling to dry patches if you don't moisturise enough.

Embryolisse CC Cream Review Swatches
Embryolisse CC Cream Swatches on NC30 Skin
I'd like to compare this with other popular tinted moisturisers due to the light coverage with SPF content. Compared to NARS Tinted Moisturiser, this is less glowy/oily and it lasts longer. The finish is more dewy than Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (Oil-Free version). The shade selection is much better with the NARS and Laura Mercier counterparts.

I would recommend this to those with medium toned combination to oily skin. Unfortunately the shade range (or lack of) is a big problem that they should perhaps sort out.

I am hardly impressed by tinted moisturisers, but I actually do like the way this Embryolisse CC Cream feels on my skin. I feel this is one of the better light-medium coverage face bases out there and I do recommend it, if the shade fits.

Love it or Leave It? Leave a comment below!

Livia
| The Skin and Beauty Blog

*Press sample. All views are my own.

24/11/2016

Embryolisse CC Cream

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