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?