Review | Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste products for very damaged over-processed hair

For the past three and a half weeks I’ve been testing the brand new Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste line, a range of four products for very damaged and over-processed hair that all contain juice from this little fella right here:

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This is the Myrothamnus flabellifolia, a flowering shrub found in South Africa and Madagascar.  What’s so special about this resurrection plant is that it can survive extremely dry weather conditions and that it can come back to life after an incubation time of ten (!) years. Yep, the Myrothamnus flabellifolia is pretty much the Bear Grylls of the plant world.

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So why did Kérastase decide to extract the juice from the Myrothamnus flabellifolia and use it in their new Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste products? Well, because together with Kérastase’s special Fibra-KAP technology it nourishes the hair from the inside, helps rebuild keratin and protects the hair against external damage. Time to take a closer look at the individual products from the range!

Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Balm-in-shampoo & Fiber Quality Renewal Masque

If you want to keep it simple and don’t want an extensive hair care routine the Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Balm-in-shampoo and the Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Fiber Quality Renewal Masque are where it’s at for you.

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The shampoo has a semi-solid gel texture that embalms the hair and covers it with a protective layer in order to protect it against further damage. And it does this without weighing the hair down or making it feel greasy, so it’s perfect for any hair type. And it smells di-vine!

The Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Fiber Quality Renewal Masque has a much heavier texture than the shampoo and feels a lot thicker, so on paper it is great for thick hair. But even my fine hair appreciates the heavy duty nourishment that this luxuriously scented mask provides. As long as I make sure to apply it just once a week and just on the ends and lengths of my hair the Kérastase Résistance Fiber Quality Renewal Masque doesn’t weigh down my hair and does a wonderful job at deeply nourishing my extremely fragile locks.

Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Fiber Quality Renewal Care Soin Premier & Dual Treatment Fiber Quality Renewal Care Serum

If you really want to go all out you can take your Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste hair care routine to the next level with the Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Fiber Quality Renewal Care Soin Premier and the Dual Treatment Fiber Quality Renewal Care Serum.

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The Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Fiber Quality Renewal Care Soin Premier is a rinse-out pre-shampoo treatment that offers extra protection for severely damaged fine hair. The gel-to-lotion like texture is very light and smooth, so a little goes a long way. You simply have to apply the Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Fiber Quality Renewal Care Soin Premier to wet hair, leave it in for a minute or two and then wash your hair.

The Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Dual Treatment Fiber Quality Renewal Care Serum is a leave-in treatment that provides extra protection for severely damaged hair of any type and protects it against temperatures of up to 230°C. When I first tried the Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Dual Treatment Fiber Quality Renewal Care Serum I was slightly worried that the somewhat greasy texture of it would leave my hair looking limp and oily, but luckily my concerns were unfounded. The Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste Dual Treatment Fiber Quality Renewal Care Serum makes my hair look (and smell!) great and even though I can’t exactly measure whether it offers any extra protection it’s good to know that I’m doing everything I can to keep my hair healthy.

In conclusion? I am very impressed with the new Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste line. My fragile hair needs all the protection it can get and thanks to Kérastase it now has four very lovable and trustworthy personal bodyguards. I’m like Whitney, dude! x4!

The Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste shampoo, mask, rinse-out treatment and leave-in serum are available at Kérastase salons for respectively 39 CHF, 51 CHF, 29 CHF and 44 CHF.

Have you tried anything from the new Kérastase Résistance Thérapiste range yet? Is your hair damaged or over-processed?

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Review | Beauty Light To Go, an on-the-go professional make-up light

I don’t know if it was faith or just bad luck, but on the exact same day that my German blogging buddy Miss von Xtravaganz wrote a raving review about her new Beauty Light To Go the electricity switch in our bathroom decided to take a break. Literally. It cracked and couldn’t be flipped on or off anymore. The lighting in our bathroom was never really great to begin with, but now I had no light whatsoever anymore and I was literally left in a dark place. So I took it as a sign from the beauty gods and decided that I needed a professional beauty light. Enter the Beauty Light To Go!

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LED light, 3 suction cups, adapter with 2.5 m cord & travel pouch

The Beauty Light To Go is a professional LED mirror light that can be attached to any clean flat surface. So you can not only stick it onto your mirror or wall at home, but you can also take it with you wherever you go. I went back and forth between Belgium and Switzerland several times last month and every time I took the Beauty Light To Go with me in my suitcase. It’s sturdy enough to withstand the toe-curling abuse from baggage handlers – seriously guys, would a little gentleness kill you? – and since it’s only 30 cm long and has a diameter of no more than 1.2 cm it fits in pretty much any suitcase, even hand luggage.

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4200 Kelvin (neutral & warmer)

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6500 Kelvin (cool day light)

But don’t let the size of the Beauty Light To Go fool you, because this baby is POWERFUL. The standard setting is already very bright and clear, but if you want more or less brightness you can simply keep the on button pressed and adjust the brightness according to your needs.

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4200 Kelvin (neutral & warmer)

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6500 Kelvin (cool day light)

And that’s not where the customization ends, because the Beauty Light To Go also comes in four different tube colors* as well as in two color temperatures: 4200 Kelvin, which is neutral, and 6500 Kelvin, which is what professional make-up artist and make-up counters use to recreate the effect of cool daylight. Since I couldn’t decide which color temperature would be best for me I just got both and now that I’ve been able to compare the two I’d say that if you are looking for the truest light possible you should grab the 6500 Kelvin. But if you’re looking for a slightly warmer and thus more flattering light the 4200 Kelvin would be your best choice. That said, both color temperatures are very natural and are great for applying make-up.
* I picked the champagne-colored ‘Sip of Champagne’ of course. What else? I am the George Clooney of bubbly.

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4200 Kelvin (neutral & warmer)

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6500 Kelvin (cool day light)

Oh, and if you’re worrying about replacing the LED once it dies, don’t. The type of LEDs used in the Beauty Light To Go lose on average 30% of their brightness after 50.000 hours. So if you were to use the light for 3 hours a day for 45 years you’d still have 70% brightness. Yep, buying a Beauty Light To Go is pretty much like buying a parrot. You’re in it for the long haul!

In conclusion? I am very happy with my Beauty Light To Go and I’ve become very attached to it. It’s a keeper for life!

The Beauty Light To Go is available on the Beauty Light To Go website for 34.95 euro.

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Review | Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! summer 2015 collection

Last month Covergirl launched the brand new Ready Set Gorgeous! summer collection here in Switzerland – very catchy name – and today I’m reviewing three products from the range. Take a look!

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Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! Powder Foundation in light/medium

Covergirl describes the new Ready Set Gorgeous! Powder Foundation as an oil-free and oil-controlling pressed powder foundation that covers like a liquid foundation and evens the skin tone for a natural look.

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While I agree that the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! Powder Foundation offers decent oil control and beautifully mattifies and softens the skin without making it look flat, I don’t agree that it offers the same level of coverage as a liquid foundation. Unless you really layer the powder (read: cake it on) it only provides minimal coverage. Natural, yes, but definitely minimal. So for me the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! Powder Foundation is more like a setting or finishing powder than a foundation.

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Bottom line? If you’re looking for a very natural-looking sheer foundation or a skin-perfecting setting powder the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! Powder Foundation might be worth looking into. But if you’re looking for heavier coverage you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Availability: 13.30 CHF at Migros.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! Lip Lava in 800 Lava Luster

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Next up is the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! Lip Lava, a highly pigmented lip gloss with a pearly iridescent finish. Lava Luster is a pretty salmon shade that is packed with shimmer.

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The thin pointy applicator of the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! Lip Lava makes it super easy to precisely apply the color and the color pay-off of the product is great. And so is the staying power. Most long-wearing lip glosses are on the sticky side, but the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! Lip Lava stays put incredibly well without feeling heavy or tacky on the lips. Great!

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And as for the shade? I’m usually not into shimmery lip colors, but for Lava Luster I’m willing to make an exception. Just look at how beautifully the shimmer reflects the light!

Availability: 12.90 CHF at Migros.

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Color in Bon Bon

And last but not least there’s the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Color in Bon Bon, an adorable candy pink nail lacquer with a glossy finish.

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I have several Covergirl Outlast nail lacquers in my nail polish stash so I knew in advance that I wouldn’t be disappointed by the longevity of Bon Bon. The color stays put for at least a day or three before I start getting tip wear and it lasts another day before it actually starts to chip on my extremely chip-prone nails. Not bad.

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a single coat of Bon Bon

And the color? I think it’s just precious. And also very spring-appropriate. If there’s ever a time to wear a pinker-than-pink shade like Bon Bon it’s now!

Availibility: 8.90 CHF at Migros.

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wearing the new foundation, lip lava & nail polish

Have you picked up anything from the new Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous! collection yet? What do you think of the three products that I reviewed?

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Review | Saintsco Bee Venom 24ct Gold Serum, Eye Cream, Mask & Lip Plumper

For the past few weeks I’ve been busy testing a set of products from Saintsco, a New Zealand-based skin care brand that focuses mainly on the production and worldwide sale of bee venom products. Back in the spring of 2013 I already had two great experiences with bee venom products, so I was very excited to see if the Saintsco bee venom products would impress me as much as the Rodial and Heaven products did two years ago. Time to find out!

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Saintsco Bee Venom 24 ct Gold Serum

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The Saintsco Bee Venom 24 ct Gold Serum contains a very impressive blend of bee venom from New Zealand bees, UMF 15+ Manuka honey, 24 carat gold flakes, marine collagen, placental extract, hydrolized wheat protein, aloe vera extract, lavender oil, beta carotene and vitamin C, E and B. The result? A potent anti-aging cocktail that tightens, lifts and plumps the skin, boosts elasticity, promotes cell repair and cell renewal and provides extra radiance and hydration.

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The Saintsco Bee Venom 24 ct Gold Serum comes in a 30 ml pump bottle with a beautiful golden design, has a smooth runny texture, is gold-colored and is packed with microshimmer. Just bee-autiful! As soon as I apply the serum my face gets a lovely glow – no shimmer, phew – and the formula feels very soothing and smoothing on my skin. So no, it doesn’t sting. The bee venom in the Saintsco Bee Venom 24 ct Gold Serum is very safe and gentle and acts as a natural form of botox. So unless you are allergic to bees, bee venom is nothing to be scared of. It improves blood circulation, boosts cell regeneration and stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, making it a powerful ally in the battle against time. Since I’m still kinda youngish I don’t have much that needs to be tightened or smoothed out yet, but as you know I’m a firm believer in prevention so I will happily continue to use the Saintsco Bee Venom 24 ct Gold Serum under my moisturizer every morning and evening.

Saintsco Bee Venom Eye Cream

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The Saintsco Bee Venom Eye Cream contains bee venom, UMF 15+ Manuka honey, royal jelly, jojoba seed oil, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, aloe vera extract, lavender oil, lanolin and vitamin E and promises to firm and lift the eye contour, reduce puffiness, diminish the appearance of lines and dark circles, relax wrinkles and support cell renewal and cell protection.

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The Saintsco Bee Venom Eye Cream comes in a 15 g jar and has a thick luxurious texture that feels wonderfully creamy and soothing on the delicate skin under my eyes. Again, the bee venom in the formula doesn’t sting or irritate my skin at all and does a great job smoothing and softening my eye area. Usually the skin around my eyes gets a bit dry by the end of the day which results in these very annoying fine lines forming, but when I use the Saintsco Bee Venom Eye Cream my eye area stays perfectly moisturized and line-free around the clock. Hive five!

Saintsco Bee Venom Mask

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The Saintsco Bee Venom Mask contains bee venom, UMF 15+ Manuka honey, Manuka oil, jojoba seed oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, lavender oil, beta carotene and vitamin C, E and B and can be used as a moisturizer, a mask or an overnight treatment. It promises to diminish lines, wrinkles and skin discolorations and to brighten, tighten and smooth the skin.

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The Saintsco Bee Venom Mask comes in 50 g jar and has the same lusciously thick texture as the eye cream. The formula is way too heavy for me to use during the day, but as an overnight mask the Saintsco Bee Venom Mask is great. I’ve been using it whenever my skin looks a bit dull or crackled and every time I end up waking up with much more radiant and healthy looking skin. And knowing that this mask is potentially also helping to keep wrinkles at bay is of course a really nice bonus.

Saintsco Bee Venom Lip Plumper

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The Saintsco Bee Venom Lip Plumper contains bee venom, bee wax, Manuka honey, shea butter, rice bran oil, apricot kernel oil, grape seed oil, cocoa seed butter, vitamin E, capsicum annuum and fruit extract to stimulate blood flow in the lips for a temporarily plumping effect.

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The Saintsco Bee Venom Lip Plumper looks and feels like an ordinary lip balm and can be worn as such or under lipstick. Unlike the other three products from the range the Saintsco Bee Venom Lip Plumper tingles a bit and I can definitely feel it working its magnifying magic on my lips. Do I also see the magic though? I don’t know. Maybe a little? The effect is very subtle and natural, so don’t expect the Saintsco Bee Venom Lip Plumper to turn you into the next Kylie Jenner or anything. But there’s definitely something happening. My lips look and feel plumper and the glossy sheen of the balm also helps to create the illusion of slightly fuller lips.

The Saintsco Bee Venom 24ct Gold Serum, Eye Cream, Mask and Lip Plumper are available on www.saintsco.com for respectively 85.03 CHF, 56.68 CHF, 92.11 CHF and 24.79 CHF.

Have you tried any skin care with bee venom yet? What do you think of these four bee venom products from Saintsco?

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Review | NYX Cherry Cheese Cake Butter Gloss

Last month I placed another order at Parfumcity – you can read about my first order here and here –  and this time I went for four NYX products. I’ll be reviewing three of the four products early next week, but the product that I’m reviewing today is such a cutie that I felt it deserved a review all for itself. Take a look!

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The NYX Cherry Cheese Cake Butter Gloss is a gorgeous soft orange lip gloss with a beautiful cream finish. And it’s not just the finish of the gloss that is creamy. So is the formula. The NYX Cherry Cheese Cake Butter Gloss is light, non-sticky and glides on my lips like butter. NYX definitely made the right choice when they decided to go with the name ‘Butter Gloss’ for these lip glosses!

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And the wear? Not bad for a gloss! The NYX Cherry Cheese Cake Butter Gloss looks picture perfect for at least two to three hours on me and it never feels dry.

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don’t worry, it looks brighter than it actually is and goes on semi-sheer

Bottom line? We have a winner on our hands here! I love everything about the NYX Cherry Cheese Cake Butter Gloss. Fantastic choice, if I do say so myself.

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see how soft and wearable that is?

The NYX Cherry Cheese Cake Butter Gloss is available in the Parfumcity online store for 10.25 CHF.

Have you tried any of the NYX Butter Glosses yet? What do you think of Cherry Cheese Cake?

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