Archive for September, 2010
So with my purchase at Bergdorf Goodman, on a whim I decided to purchase their cleanser. Why you ask? The pretty packaging. I love sleek, simple design packaging. Anyway, I was given a bit of background on this product. The founder of this company basically saw the good/benefits of Argan Oil and has a skincare line based around it. A percentage of the proceeds goes to maintaining sustainable development to the Berber women in Morocco (who grow the product).
More information can be seen at: http://www.kahina-givingbeauty.com
So I purchased the facial cleanser, which sells for $46 (plus tax) at Bergdorf Goodman. I wanted to give it a month or so before I reviewed it, but after what happened last night and this morning. I put some on my damp face, lightly rubbed it into my skin. The smell is wonderful (a citrus smell). It’s a creamy, with a very slight exfoliating consistency. My face had a slight brightening effect and I thought to myself, “this is kinda cool”. Went to bed, woke up the next morning.
I went to shower and washed my face with the same cleanser…and my face got nasty red splotches all over my face. I freaked out a bit when I saw it, because nothing else in my skincare routine has changed. I also noticed my left hand, which had the product as well had some red splotching, and I then realized “it’s the cleanser”. I’ve been known to react to nautral/organic skincare products (like Boscia, Claudie, LUSH, etc).
The ingredients are: water, organic orange floral water, decyl glucoside, organic argan oil, oat amino acids, organic honey, cocoglucoside, glyceyl oleate, organic willow bark extract, organic papaya extract, sodium pca, panthenol, levulinic acid, xantham gum, carrageenan, acacia Senegal gum, cellulose gum, lactic acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citric acid, essential neroli oil.
I’m a bit sad over this because I’ve come to the realization that my face just can’t do organic/natural skincare. So if you’re into organic skincare, this is definitely a nice option for you.
But until then, back to NIA24 cream cleanser I go.
So these come in four shades. The texture is pretty creamy and soft. It has a checker-like pattern embossed in the blush, which is cute. I did find some difficulty picking up pigment. Blush #1 (Rose) was very hard to photograph, as it was borderline chalky on me (I’m GA Luminous Foundation #5, MAC NC 25-30 for reference). I feel like these shades would be the most flattering on people who are NC or NW 25 and lighter. Anyway, swatches are below:
So today until the 26th, there’s an event going on at Bergdorf Goodman that takes off $25 off if you spend $100. So this is what I purchased:
Giving Beauty Argan Oil Sample (free)
Le Metier de Beaute Creme de la Creme lip creme
Le Metier de Beaute eye crease brush
Le Metier de Beaute Peau de Vierge Anti-Aging Complex
Le Metier de Beaute Corinthian Eyeshadow
and as a gift with purchase: Le Metier de Beaute eyelash curler.
I will review these individually, I’m really curious about their Peau de Vierge, because it costs $125 and has skincare benefits. You’re supposed to see results in 7 days. I’ll review this to see if it does what it claims…etc.
I also purchased (not pictured) Kahina Giving Beauty facial cleanser, hence the free sample. I’ve never heard of the line, but it’s standouts is its Argan Oil and eye cream and their eye serum. I’ll review this at a later date as well. 🙂
I was given a sneak peek of their holiday colors and OMG I am in LOOOOOVVVVEEEEEEEE
I only photographed the eyeshadows, but here they are. The last shade is INSANE. It’s a blue with red/pink glitter. I fell in LUST with this color because I haven’t seen any eyeshadow like it. I hope you all like the shades 🙂
I stopped by my local Bloomingdales to check out their fall shades: 602, 603 and 604. I decided to put in 600 and 601 for good measure to see how they all compare. 602 is definitely more pink (and slightly warmer) in person than 603. They’re all lovely shades for the fall and I’m still undecided which shades to get.
Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani makes an amazing lipstick formula, creamy, unscented, long lasting lipsticks. It has some slip to my lips, but it doesn’t slide off at all. I still can’t explain how amazing these are. Even my mom who hates my addiction for makeup actually stole a couple of my Rouge d’Armanis and stated that they’re great. So if my mom likes it, then it’s really that good (just sayin’).
The first one I purchased was 103 (my HG pinky nude) and I had 2 meals and 4 beverages and there were still some color left on my lips, a nice stain. Without food or beverage, but just talking I can get at least a good 7 hours on my lips. I call this sex in a tube, because it honestly is. 🙂