Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vintage Vault: Lancôme Extrait De Vie for Lips & Cheeks

We all love to be in the know about the latest and greatest beauty products, but the Vintage Vault will focus on older products I have in my stash. I don't know about you, but there are many products I have that are somewhat sentimental to me--much like songs or music, these products remind me of a certain time in my life. Today's flashback is circa 2001, and it's a limited edition product that Lancôme offered. Extrait de Vie was probably my first experience with a color stain product, unless you count using dry jello mix and water to stain your lips, which is something that was very popular when I was in elementary school, many decades ago!

This product is similar to Benetint, and it's a thin pinkish red liquid with a simple brush applicator. It's in a heavy but small glass bulb bottle that stands just over 2" in height. I love the round bottle design, the simple elegance of the gold lettering, and the Lancôme rose logo. It's a pretty little piece to display on my vanity, but considering how much I wanted it at the time, it's just never gotten much use from me. Yet I hold on to it because it has sentimental value, for whatever reason. Or maybe I'm just preparing for my debut on the Hoarders show :)

Here's a quick swatch first applied, and then blotted. The "just bitten" or "flushed" look lasts for 4-5 hours, but as you can see around the edges, it does bleed a bit. I never used it as a cheek chain, just a lip stain with clear liner to prevent feathering.

It's funny that I can't remember what I had for dinner yesterday, but yet I completely recall this product and how I ended up getting it 12 years ago. I saw it in a magazine, and I HAD to have it! Our local counter sold out of it immediately, so I called the counter in South Bend, IN and they had one left. They said they would hold it for me, so I drove the 35 miles to get it. A sales associate was showing one to a customer when I arrived, and the other SA asked if she could help me. I told her what I wanted, and the other associate said that this was the last one. Whoever I spoke with on the phone never pulled the product. I was so disappointed, I really, really wanted this! Luckily, the other customer was just looking, not buying, so I ended up getting it. I can't recall what I paid for it though...I want to say maybe $24-$28? Can anyone else relate to hunting down a product that you want so much, only to seldom use it?!!

Do you hold on to older products for sentimental reasons? Obviously I do, and I also come across products I'd forgotten about that become new to me all over again. Of course there are products I rediscover that end up getting thrown out, so maybe I won't end up on Hoarders after all!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Macy's Beauty Box Subscription for August

Macy's now offers a beauty box subscription, and I received the first one earlier this month. The beauty box will cost you $15.00 a month, and it always includes a $5.00 coupon that can be used on your next Macy's beauty purchase. Each month you'll receive 5 deluxe samples plus one bonus, and some type of case or pouch. Here's a look at what was included in the August box.

The items came in this cute make up bag, which I really like. It measures about 6" x 5", and seems to be well-made. The bottom is quite wide, so it's roomier than you'd think. The artwork makes this totally unique from any of my other bags.

Inside the bag are 6 items--I'm not sure what their description of "5 deluxe samples + one bonus" means. The bonus might be the Smashbox shadow duo, because the booklet that came with the bag shows a picture of that, and mentions the "Full-size Palette in Golden Hour" next to it, which is a 6-color palette. At any rate, you get 6 items in the bag, none of which are full-sized. The items include: Tarte Maracuja Oil, MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara, Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Shadow Due, Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser, Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel, and a perfume vial of Carolina Herrera Good Girl.

Above it a closer look at the Smashbox Shadow Duo. The booklet underneath contains a description of each item (sizes available, pricing and Macy's WedID number, should you wish to order something in full-size), and the $5.00 coupon on the back.

The basic information about the box is shown above, and you can find more information at Macys.com/beautybox. I'd have to say I'm feeling a little indifferent about this box, but I'm going to give it a few more months before I decide to keep it or cancel it. None of the products really wowed me, so to speak, and the $5.00 coupon will just enable me to spend more money!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

New Beauty - 5 Picks This Week

Every day it seems, there are so many new beauty products hitting the stores. In an effort to be more selective in my buying habits, I'm going to narrow it down to 5 that I like each week, and then try to research a bit and contemplate about it, before pulling the trigger! Here's a look at the 5 new beauty products that piqued my interest over the past week, and so far, I've only caved and picked up one of them (#4).  I don't think #5 is available yet, so that's probably a good thing.

1.  Lancôme Olympia's Wonderland Palette, Olympia Le-Tan Collection ($80.00) is a heavy clutch-style palette that I saw on Bloomingdale's site as a "100% Exclusive".  It includes a lip base, 4 lip shades, 4 eye shadows, a blush, and a dual-ended lip/eye shadow brush.  I found a well-done review on The Happy Sloth's site here, if you'd like to learn more about this palette.

2.  Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Matte Lipstick ($34.00) is available in 10 shades. I have loved every CT product I've tried, and Show Girl is the shade I'm considering. I do find that many matte liquid type of products tend to look dry on my lips, so I'm going to search some reviews before I order this one.

3.  Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Glow-Boosting Sheet Mask ($3.99) is one of five new mask varieties offered by Garnier. I don't use too many face masks during the warmer months, but it looks like something that I would enjoy during the cooler, upcoming months. At buy one get one 40% off at Ulta right now, I think I'll probably order a couple.

4.  RMS Beauty Luminizer X Quad ($48.00) features 4 shades of highlighters that can be used individually, blended together, or mixed with other products. I'm a little late to the game with the highlighter craze, but have become somewhat obsessed with them. I ordered this from Bloomingdales, and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive!

5.  Claudia Schiffer Make Up (pricing unknown at this time) launches in early September, and based on the photo above, which I saw on Lisa Eldridge's Instagram, I'm going to need a lot of these items! Click here to read more about this collaboration with ArtDeco in an article from The Cut.

What "new beauty" items are you looking forward to?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Today's QVC TSV: IT Cosmetics™ New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin! Skincare Collection

IT Cosmetics™ New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin! Collection (your first-ever skincare TSV!) gives you the power to reveal your most beautiful skin—and to look in the mirror and see everything that is right. This Today’s Special Value® is scheduled to debut on QVC® Saturday, January 14, 2017 at midnight (ET) and will be offered for one day only! Each day, QVC picks one special item they believe shoppers will love, and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 p.m. (PT) that day.

Inside the collection: This exclusive four-piece collection features two IT Girl™ skincare must-haves, plus two new game-changing innovations that deliver lifechanging, skin-transforming results! While new Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream™ is your solution for the appearance of a smoother, brighter-looking eye area, Confidence in a Cream™ intensely hydrates and is perfect for all skin types! Also included is your new Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+, which features all the benefits of your best-selling cream—infused with full-coverage pigments and SPF 50+ UVA/UVB physical sunscreen sun protection for all-day complexion perfection. Use your new Heavenly Skin™ Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush for flawlessly even application and get compliments on your skin, not your makeup!

Shop IT on QVC. Tune in to QVC on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at midnight, 3 a.m., 7 a.m., 2 p.m. (2-hour show) and 7 p.m. (2-hour show) for more details on the New Year, New Confidence in Your Skin! Skincare Collection. TSV Price: $79.96.

About Each Product:

Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream™ Make tired eyes look refreshed with this anti-aging, moisturizing eye cream that helps brighten the look of dark circles and visibly smooth the appearance of dry lines. The nourishing formula is infused with anti-aging technology for your most youthful-looking results, and is ideal for both day and night!

Confidence in a Cream™ Great skin starts with confidence! Perfect for all skin types, your best-selling cream can be used as your a.m. and p.m. moisturizer and utilizes cutting-edge, anti-aging technology to deeply hydrate while reducing the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. In a consumer use survey, 81 percent somewhat to strongly agree pores appeared minimized and fine lines appeared less noticeable.

New! Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ Introducing your first-ever anti-aging solid serum foundation! Infused with pure color pigments, this revolutionary formula delivers all the skincare benefits of your best-selling Confidence in a Cream™, plus your full-coverage foundation and SPF 50+ UVA/UVB physical sunscreen sun protection in one simple step!

New! Heavenly Skin™ Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush This breakthrough brush features unique Heavenly Skin™ hair designed to optically blur away the look of imperfections. The custom-cut brush head does the work for you, hugging the natural contours of your features for effortlessly airbrushed coverage! Pairs perfectly with your Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+.

About IT Cosmetics™ Developed with leading plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics™ creates clinically proven, innovative, problem-solving makeup and skincare products that harness cutting-edge anti-aging technologies and high-performance skin-loving ingredients to provide you with serious beauty solutions that help you look and feel your most beautiful! IT Cosmetics™ is a top beauty brand sold at QVC, ULTA Beauty, Sephora and itcosmetics.com. Discover it. Love it. Believe it.™ GAME-CHANGING PRODUCTS, LIFE-CHANGING RESULTS!™

Products provided courtesy of IT Cosmetics for editorial consideration.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Introducing The Trolls By Dreamworks Palette By PÜR

This 16 piece eye shadow collection inspired by Trolls by DreamWorks offers never-before-seen shades that are as colorful and unique as you are. Enjoy this vivid and inspiring collection full of attitude for endless eye looks!

The collection doesn’t launch until January 8th, but here is a sneak peek of the collection below!

For a subtle wash of color, apply each shadow with a brush.
For a more dramatic look, dampen the brush for intense color or tap the shadows onto the lid with your finger.


January 8th on purcosmetics.com
January 19th exclusively in Kohl’s stores nationwide


Monday, January 2, 2017

Ciaté London Pretty Stix in Vintage Blush

Ciaté London Pretty Stix Murumuru Butter Lipsticks come in a range of ten shades, and I picked up Vintage Blush, a perfect neutral "my lips but better" shade.  These retail for $20.00, and come packaged in a cute metal twist-up tube.  The official description reads "A hydrating lipstick in 10 gorgeous shades that are infused with murumuru butter and amino acid for ultra-moisturizing, highly pigmented color payoff."  I'm always looking for a moisturizing lip color that actually leaves my lips feeling nourished, and the Pretty Stix do just that.

The Pretty Stix are lipstick/balm hybrids, so you get the color payoff of a lipstick with plenty of pigmentation, and the moisturizing and nourishing benefits of a balm.  These feel so creamy and silky, and they are completely comfortable to wear.  The color itself lasts only about 2-3 hours for me, but the buttery softness and hydrated feeling on my lips lasts throughout the day.  This product has a very glossy look upon application, but you're going to lose that shine as the colors fades.

I find that my lips sometimes feel a bit drier a day after wearing certain lip colors/brands, but that's not the case with the Pretty Stix.  I love a long-lasting lip color, but many of the liquid lipsticks and lip stains available feel so dry on my lips.  I find that applying a bit of the Pretty Stix over the top of a liquid lipstick works wonders for making them feel less dry. 

The Pretty Stix are just a lovely product, and I ordered another shade yesterday.  I didn't expect them to be so pigmented, so I am going to see how I like this formula in a bolder color (Boho, a raisin shade).  They are quite soft and melt nicely into your lips, so I will have to use caution and/or a lip liner using a darker shade.  Seems there's always a trade-off--more nourishment/moisture for less color, or more lasting color with the potential for uncomfortable wear.  If you want something long-lasting, this isn't what you're looking for.  But if you're looking for something that actually treats your lips with effective ingredients and you don't mind re-applying a few times throughout the day, you will get plenty of color and hydration from Pretty Stix.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017!

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all the best in the New Year.