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Caudalie Divine Scrub Review & Photos

Caudalie Divine Scrub
Caudalie Divine Scrub

Caudalie Divine Scrub ($38.00 for 5.3 oz.) is described as a “softening scrub with brown sugar and four natural plant oils, featuring [their] signature Divine fragrance.” It’s noted to “gentlye exfoliate” for “soft, delicately fragranced skin.” Caudalie recommends using it twice a week on damp skin, then rinsing.

The consistency is almost solid, and as you dig through and use the product, it gets more pliable, but it’s a product that you dig and scoop out (I did get a lot underneath my nails when doing so). I wish the consistency was looser, so it would be easier to apply and I would feel like I could get just the right amount out rather than too much or too little. It’s a sugar-based scrub, so the granules are less abrasive than a salt-based scrub. As you work the scrub against the skin, it emulsifies into a milky consistency and the granules melt in about twenty seconds.

If you like gentle exfoliation that doesn’t feel like you’re scraping skin off your body, you may like this. I, on the other hand, do like a grittier scrub, as this didn’t really feel like it was working away the dead skin cells. I think the natural oils included in the product did more than the sugar, as they did leave the skin feeling soft, smooth, and lightly hydrated. I get really dry skin on my legs, and the scrub alone wasn’t hydrating enough to keep scales at bay, but it was enough hydration for my arms and torso. The product has a sweet, woody scent with a hint of pepper and rose. Many people love the scent, and of the Divine products I’ve tried, it was the least scented and noticeable. I couldn’t smell it once I stepped out of the shower unless I put my nose to my skin, and after two hours, I couldn’t even detect it then.

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Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33), Blue Beetle (34), Silver Chafer (35) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows

Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Scarab Violetta (33) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

Here are the remaining three Giorgio Armani Kaleidoscope Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.), which number in six total (see yesterday’s post here), and they’re all limited edition for fall. All three were less intensely pigmented compared to the permanent range of Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows. Of these three, Silver Chafer (35) performed the worst, as it was sheerer and slightly loose and wouldn’t come together as smoothly as the other two did. I wore these three shades together, and I had minor creasing after twelve hours with Silver Chafer (35), but the other shades were completely intact with no signs of fading or creasing.

Scarab Violetta (33) is a medium-dark, cool-toned purple with a frosted, metallic finish. It has a slight smokiness to it, so it’s more of a muted shade of purple than a really vibrant violet. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and then applied damp, it was semi-opaque but still noticeably sheer. It was buildable on the lid, so I waas able to get more opaque color at that time. Dior Constellation #1 is warmer. NARS Flowers 3 #2 is grayer. Milani Purr-fect Purple is darker. MAC Water & Ice is similar. See comparison swatches.

Blue Beetle (34) is a medium-dark aqua blue with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and then applied damp, it was mostly opaque but not fully. It was buildable, though, so I was able to get opaque color on the lid. Giorgio Armani June Beetle is lighter, less blue, more aqua. Urban Decay Shattered is less blue. Urban Decay Haight is brighter. L’Oreal Infinite Sky is more muted. Illamasqua Alluvium is bluer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Silver Chafer (35) is a light-medium silver with multi-colored shimmer and a metallic finish. It looks more dimensional in the pot than it is on the lid or skin–it looks primarily silver and not much else. It was sheer when applied dry, and them semi-opaque when applied damp. This one was looser and didn’t bind as well together as other shades. MAC Guise is slightly lighter, warmer. Guerlain Les Aquas #4 is less metallic. Giorgio Armani #17 is lighter, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow Scarab Violetta (33)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow Blue Beetle (34)
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Waterproof Eyeshadow Silver Chafer (35)
7
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
76%
Total

Quick Reviews: Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm, Brow Tamer Grooming Gel, Magic Marc’er Precision Pen

Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm
Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm

Marc Jacobs Makeout (10) Lip Lock Moisture Balm ($24.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “buttery, rich lip balm with SPF 18 that locks in hydration.” Right now, it’s available in one shade–Makeout (10)–which is really just clear/translucent. If you’re familiar with Fresh Lip Treatments, I magicmarcer this will seem and feel familiar, but it’s not quite as emollient–it doesn’t slip as much, which I do like, because I feel like it’s so easy to run through a Fresh Lip Treatment and over-apply. Lip Lock Moisture Balm is lightweight, lasts about two to three hours, and is moderately hydrating. Personally, it doesn’t hydrate as much as my current (and ever continuing) favorite, Jack Black. It smelled lightly of mint (and a little herbal something rather), and depending on how much you put on, sometimes there was a slightly bitter taste (I didn’t notice it most of the time, though). (I bought this product, the other two were press samples, just to be totally clear.)

Marc Jacobs Invisible (30) Brow Tamer Grooming Gel ($24.00 for 0.23 oz.) is currently available in one shade–Invisible (30)–which is clear. If you don’t like crunchy brows, you’ll like this formula as it keeps brows soft and pliable, but still holds them in place. The brush is long, skinny, and flocked with almost a doe-foot like material–softer and finer than a traditional spoolie brush.

Marc Jacobs Blacquer Magic Marc’er Precision Pen ($30.00 for 0.016 oz.) is a pointed, felt-tip liquid eyeliner pen that delivers a rich, glossy black color with excellent color payoff and long-wear (ten hours with no flaking or smudging). I will forever loathe taking photos of liquid black eyeliner swatches, because they always appear browner in photos than they are in real life (where they’re pure, rich black!), so you’ll just have to go with it–it really is a glossy, deep black. From what I’ve been hearing, this is actually one of most raved about products (it was released briefly as a preview a couple of weeks ago). The tip has just enough give to maneuver around the lid and curves and roundness of the eye without issue, but it’s not floppy. It comes to a fine enough point to get the inner corners and lash line with precision, but because it widens as it gets to the base, thicker lines can be accomplished easily, too.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Eyeliner Blacquer
Blacquer
Blacquer
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm Makeout (10)
Makeout (10)
Makeout (10)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Tamer Grooming Gel Invisible (30)
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

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Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box Review & Photos

Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box
Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box

Here’s a little peek and a quick overview of Le Metier de Beaute August 2013 Beauty Vault VIP Subscription Box. My box contained Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope ($95), Noir Precision Liquid Liner ($42), and unreleased red lipstick in a new formula ($32); and then as a one-time sign-up bonus, their Kabuki Brush ($85). I wanted to separate out the brush, so I could get a better idea of the monthly box value, which came in at $169, and then with the brush, it brought the total value of the subscription (thus far) to $254. If Le Metier de Beaute kept up with the value of their initial box (excluding the sign-up gift), it will be very, very impressive subscription service. I hope that they do, and my plan is to keep you posted as I receive my boxes so we can get a final tally.

I am not a fan of subscription boxes, and the only one I’ve ever subscribed to is BarkBox, which is Mellan. I’ve received several to consider for reviews (probably half a dozen or so various boxes), and I haven’t found them to be compelling. I think it was when I received a box that was very clearly filled with full-sized products that were getting discontinued (because they weren’t selling) and then packets of $300 skin care (good for one use!) that I was just completely turned off. When Le Metier de Beaute revealed their 12-month subscription box ($349 upfront cost, includes shipping for twelve months with one box shipped per month, which works out to be $29 a month), I was tempted, and I caved. Right now, they’re not taking on new subscribers; subscription was open for about a month, and now they’re fulfilling those subscribers. I imagine if it does well enough, generates plenty of buzz, and the like, perhaps they’ll reopen or move forward with the program.

I really liked the concept of subscribing to a brand-specific box, because if you really love a brand, it could be interesting. You already were experienced with the quality of the brand, get access to pre-release and perhaps products or shades you hadn’t considered before, but all from a brand you already loved. What I didn’t think about was if you’re actually a huge fan of the brand already, you may actually find that what you receive… is what you already have, which did happen in my case — I had purchased Nouvelle Vague (reviewed here) back in October, which is the Kaleidoscope I received, though Kaleidoscopes have varied from box to box with many seeming to receive Chauvet Pont d’Arc (jealous, I don’t have that one!) as well as Face and Lip Kaleidoscopes (all valued at $95). On the upside, Le Metier de Beaute included a yet-to-be-released lipstick formula, so you’re getting something that gives you a very inner circle feel–indeed, VIP.  Lastly, Le Metier de Beaute is a luxury brand with a price point to match, and the majority of their range costs at least $30 a pop, so I figured there was a good shot at getting your money’s worth here.

The Unreleased Red Lipstick is a deepened, cool-toned red with a matte finish. I don’t know anything about the formula, so I don’t know what claims it makes, so I’ll hold off until it’s formally released and know more about it. For now, here are comparison swatches.  As I test and work through the products, full reviews may be posted later on (I’m just rolling them into my normal procedure/schedule of testing and reviewing, so I don’t make any promises or guarantees as to when or if at all!).

One thing I wish they included: a card that highlights or features the included products — I desperately wish there was a name on the red lipstick, even if it was a working or temporary name! I also think it’s a great way to keep customers informed if they aren’t familiar with each product or formula.

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons in Intro(vert), Jazz(berry), Th(ink)

Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon
Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) (52) Highliner Gel Crayon

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) are available in six shades, and it is described as a “waterproof pencil eyeliner” with a “gel formula [that] allows the richest pigments and the smoothest application for intense color.” It may look like your regular pencil eyeliner, but it’s actually a twist-up pencil (and there’s a detachable sharpener on the opposite end of the pencil). Worth noting, you’re getting the amount of product typically found in twist-up pencils (0.01 oz.), rather than regular pencils (0.04 oz.). From my experience with the three shades I tried, which I’ve been working with for the past week and a half, I found the quality to be inconsistent. Th(ink) was the best performer, while Jazz(berry) was disappointing. All three shades were more unique in color than not, and I couldn’t think of any satisfactory dupes for any of them, so there is that. All three shades wore well for eight hours without fading or migrating, and after nine and a half hours, they looked thinner but not smudged or welled up in the corners of my eyes. I took showers with them on, and they didn’t seem to budge or smear, so I agree with the waterproof claim.

Intro(vert) (52) is a cool-toned emerald green with a frosted silver sparkle and finish. It had decent payoff in a single pass, but it was buildable to mostly opaque color payoff. The consistency was smooth overall and didn’t tug at the lash line. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade. Sephora Good Mood is darker, greener. Make Up For Ever #52L is bluer. MAC Blue Noon is darker, bluer. See comparison swatches. You can also see a post I did on green-leaning teal eyeliners here.

Jazz(berry) (46) is a warm-toned, pink-plum with a subtle golden sheen and copper undertone. It was semi-sheer in a single pass, and it was only semi-opaque when I attempted to layer the color by applying it back-and-forth. The pencil didn’t tug on my lash line, but the color was prone to skipping/uneven application. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this shade–nothing came close. Not even Urban Decay 1999, as it was darker and less pink.

Th(ink) (44) is a deepened, blue and copper-shimmered violet over a blackened base. In a single pass, it had semi-opaque color, but it was very, very buildable and easy to layer with a couple of passes for very rich and intense color. This shade was the creamiest and easiest to apply of the three I tried. Make Up For Ever #8K is bluer, darker, less shimmery. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is more muted, matte. See comparison swatches.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Intro(vert) (52)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
86%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Jazz(berry) (46)
5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
9
Longevity
3
Application
67%
Total
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Crayon Th(ink) (44)
Th(ink) (44)
Th(ink) (44)
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Irresistible (210) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a medium apricot orange with warm, tangerine undertones and a satin finish. NARS Soulshine #2 is warmer, more orange. Chanel Presage is richer, cream. NARS Gilda is slightly darker. Chanel Tweed Brun Rose is lighter. Chanel Frivole is matte, more intense. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to “[bring] unprecedented vibrancy to your cheeks” with “pure, unadulterated color.” It will be available in nine shades when it launches on August 9th (midnight). Of all the products I’ve tried from the range, the blush was the one that was just so-so. The texture was somewhat dry and stiff, though it still managed to have decent to good color payoff.  It applied unevenly and took some buffing and eventually blending around the edges with additional foundation to soften the edges and make it look even. There was also a slight emphasis of pores.  I don’t think I’d go as far as call it “pure, unadulterated color.” It’s buildable, but it looks softer and more muted swatched than it does in the pan. It lasted well for seven hours and had showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.  This is the only shade I’ve tried in the formula, so it may be the odd one out (or may be par for the course–time will tell!). The price point actually seemed quite reasonable and lower than one would expect, given the price points of other products in the range.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush Irresistible (210)
7
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
3
Application
72%
Total

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