Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Perricone MD OVM - Eggsellent Anti-Aging Serum

A very corny heading to very serious skincare product. OVM was launched at Sephora at the end of last year and a few weeks earlier on the Perricone MD site. I received mine for review a few weeks back and am now ready to share my thoughts with you. This product is a new innovation, which takes thinking 'out of the box' to new heights. In the past Dr Perricone has focused many of his products on Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE, of which I am a huge fan. Then came his Blue Plasma range (formula 15 and other Perricone lovelies) and now OVM. This unique product works on re-energising the skin and adding volume, which as you age, is lost. The idea behind the product, is based on how the membrane that surrounds an egg nourish's and protects the egg yolk and white within. OVM was born. It is described as "A bio-matrix technology with  Eggshell Membrane that delivers unparalleled anti-aging benefits." It sounds sci-fi, but grounded in real science!

OVM has become an integral part of my morning skincare routine. after cleansing and toning, I apply this light serum, and then follow up with Perricone MD Photo Plasma. The texture reminds me of a frothy whipped yolk. It is slightly tacky upon application , which then disappears. It had a fresh scent, that I find pleasant and does not linger. It has a combination of Eggshell membrane, DMAE and Retinol as the key ingredients. I have had no irritation at all, even with the inclusion of retinol in the product. I classify it as a serum, as it is a targeted product that precedes my moisturiser.

I love my little white jar of goodness. I have definitely seen a fullness and density return to my skin. That elusive plumpness that I see in my daughters skin, I can now see emerging in my own. I have hardly made a dent in use of this products and can say it will last a good few months. Hurrah for that!
What new wonder products have you started recently?

Friday, 10 January 2014

Introducing : Surratt Artistique eyeshadow in Soie, Cuivre, Patine, Ombre and the sweet Artistique blush in Se Pomponner

On my agenda for Barney's revamped beauty floor (pristine white) was the Surratt counter. This fledgling brand was much hyped and likened to my favourite Japanese brands. This would make sense as the creator , Troy Surratt spend a lot a time in Japan perfecting his new line. It was really quite impossible to make choices in one visit, but I came away with a gorgeous palette of pretty neutrals, a 'pop' blush and a new love for Suratt. The single eyeshadows come in a slimline acrylic case with sliding top. I love the system where these can slide off and the pans are stuck into a bigger Surratt case to make your custom palette. I did mull over the price of the case, as I could have bought another shade or the case. I chose the case, of which I am glad, as I now have a portable Surratt mini look. My cheek shade is also housed in the compact for a complete story. I'm one happy girl!

There were quite a few all-over/highlight shades. I settled for Soie - a pretty pearlescent peach-toned champagne. I then chose Ombre - a matte muted taupe. This works so well as and all over wash or for adding definition to your crease (a workhorse shade). My favourite must have shade is Cuivre - a beautiful sepia with ultrafine rose gold sparkle.  Soie pairs very well with Cuivre. My 'deepen' shade is Patine - a muted dark grape which can read grey. This is shot through with a soft gold sparkle. Both sparkle components of Cuivre and Patine are really so fine. You cannot feel them and they meld with the shadows seamlessly. The texture of all the shadows are creamy and extremely similar to my Addiction by Ayako shadows (reviewed here and here). They blend like a dream and last the whole day, while remaining vibrant and crease free. I purchased Se Pomponner Artistique Blush. A candy pink colour, which shouts from the pan. It can however be softly applied with a soft, less dense blush brush (Suqqu) which allows the bright pigment to kiss the cheeks for a pretty flush.

L-R T-B Soie, Cuivre, Ombre, Patine, Se Pomponner

I think the Surratt shadow range has got so much to offer - neutrals, electric shades, sooty crease shades. This is coupled with sublime textures - matte, satin, iridescent, sparkle, While some shades might be dupable, the superb calibre of these shadows shine through. I wish I bought more!!! I will review the 2 Lipslique twisting lipsticks and Smokey Eye Baton I also purchased in the coming weeks. I wish I bought more! My wishlist for Surratt is already full - my other picks would be eyeshadows in Marron, Truffle, Enchantress,Brun Noir and Noir Le Plus Noir. If there is a fairy g-dmother for all things beauty...... I would take the whole 24 colour spectrum!

L-R Soie, Cuivre, Ombre, Patine,  Se Pomponner

Applied wet

Textures captured

Note: I have named this with the prefix "Introducing" - this series will show new brands, new products and new launches - we will see how it evolves. If it become redundant it will become redundant.

With Love

Monday, 6 January 2014

Urban Decay Naked Palette 3 ......no..maybe.....definitely!?

Naked 3 has been blogged about into infinity. I had made up my mind that this Naked palette was a miss for me. I reach for my other Naked friends, 1 and 2 only when I remember I own them. This is not because I do not like them, but there seems to be other pretties that I love more. I arrived a day or two after they were released at Sephora. Stock was ample so I begrudgingly swatched them whenever I happened upon a Sephora ( ok I fess up, there was one below my hotel:)) I was not blown away by my initial playing. I was unsure whether I wanted it because everyone else wanted or if I thought it was good. A week later, stock had dwindled to a few per store. By them I had set my mind on other acquisitions........ or so I thought. There is a saying "there is the quick.... and then there is the hungry" - well, by the time I think, I thought, I might WANT the palette, they were sold out. From the Sephora near Union Square, to near Bloomingdales, or below my hotel - nada, zero, squat. I talked myself into thinking I was 'Ok' and it was just meant to be. A near-to-last-final visit to a Sephora on 97th and Columbus made my heart swoon. One lone palette waiting for me!

This is my favourite Naked palette. The palette is a mix of Rose, Rose Gold, and Rosy Taupes . The overall Rosy hues are modern and feminine. These shades are all new so no repeats if you are an Urban Decay Junkie. They are well pigmented and last well throughout the day. There are shades to use all over, to line,  to highlight, to add depth in the crease and outer V. There are 3 mattes, 4 sparkly shades, 5 buttery metallics. These rose nature does not make my eyes look irritated , but cool and sophisticated!

L-R Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick

Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

For those who might have pondered "what next?" after Naked 2 - after seeing Naked 3, this really seems like the natural progression that the Naked series needed to make. I was so close to missing out on this Palette, but fate stepped in! I did not want to be pulled into the hype of the Naked 3 palette. In this case, I am glad I took another look just in time!

Have u succumbed to the Naked allure?

Friday, 3 January 2014

Best of the Best 2013

Happy New Year to my fellow makeup lovers! 2013 is now over and 2014 has presented itself in all its sunny glory . I have really loved all the discoveries I have made in 2013 in both skincare and makeup. It is quite impossible to narrow choices down, but I have made an attempt to mention my most loved and often used products.

The best cleanser:
  • Eve Lom Cleanser
My favourite eye treatment:
  • Skinceuticals A.G.E Eye Complex
The best innovation of 2013:
  • Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheers
The best creative product of 2013:
  • Shu Uemura x Takashi Black Parallel Palette
The best tinted moisturiser:
  • Chantecaille Just Skin
The best sheer foundation
  • Giorgio Armani Maestro fusion makeup/ Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup
The best medium founadation
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Sheer Foundation
The Best primer:
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
My favourite eyeshadows of 2013:
  • Tom Ford
  • Suqqu
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Shu Uemura.............and Addiction by Ayako - My favourite makeup category!
The best cream cheek colour:
  • Chanel Le Blush Creme De Chanel
The best Bronzer :
  • Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Veil in Tropical Days
The best illuminating Powder:
  • Guerlain Crazy 68 meteorite illuminating compact
The best powder blush:
  • Burberry
  • Tom Ford
The best highlighter  :
  • Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow Duo
The best body cream :
  • Kiehl's creme de corps soy milk & honey whipped body butter
The best makeup remover:
  • Bioderma
The best skin treatment product
  • Dr Perricone Formula 15
The best moisturizer :
  • Dr Perricone Deep Moisture Therapy
The best contour product:
  • Tom Ford shade and illuminate
My favourite hair care products:
  • Kerastase Bain Force Architecte
The best pencil eyeliners:
  • Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil / Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N Kohl
The Best Liquid Liner 
  • Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick
My favourite mascara:
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Excess
My favourite under eye concealer:
  • Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher
  • Runner up - By Terry Touche Expert Advanced / Cle De Peau
The best sheer lipstick :
  • YSL Volupte Shine Lipstick
  • Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited
The best matte lipstick :
  • Nars Satin Lip Pencils
The best creamy lipstick:
  • Tom Ford
  • Suqqu Bright Up

I was just on our annual family holiday to captivating New York!  So I have been out of the loop for a bit. While in New York I have made some wonderful discoveries of new, as well as good old (damn) fine products that I will share with you as the new year unfolds. I have shared with you some non-beauty related picture of this spellbinding metropolis.