For the new MAC x Guo Pei Collection MAC worked together with Chinese haute couturier Guo Pei and well, let’s just say the two make one heck of a team, because look:
How gorgeous is the packaging and design of this new collection?! Just looking at the products is making my heart race!
MAC x Guo Pei Morning Light Eye Shadow x4
The MAC x Guo Pei Morning Light Eye Shadow x4 quad contains four beautiful warm eyeshadow shades. Earth Scent is a matte deep brown, Amber Lights is a metallic golden copper, Waking Dawn is a metallic yellow gold and Sweet Vapours is a pearly pinky beige.
from left to right: Earth Scent, Amber Lights, Waking Dawn, Sweet Vapours
All four colors in the MAC x Guo Pei Morning Light Eye Shadow x4 quad provide intense color and have a soft smooth texture for a quick, easy and fool-proof application. Add no creasing, no fading and almost no fall-out to that and what you get is a great – albeit expensive – little eyeshadow quad. Two thumbs up. And maybe even a few toes.
Waking Dawn (1st half of the eyelid), Amber Lights (2nd half of the eyelid + lower lash line), Earth Scent (outer corner of the eye + crease), Sweet Vapours (inner corner of the eye)
The MAC x Guo Pei Blue Fountain Fluidline is a medium blue eyeliner with a creamy matte finish. I like to think of it as Blue Peep‘s bluer darker brother.
Against my lash line Blue Fountain easily lasts all day without fading or smudging and even on my waterline the color stays perfectly put without losing any of its intensity. More limbs in the air, please!
Blue Fountain on the waterline (+ MAC Sumptuous Olive & Embark on the eyes)
The MAC x Guo Pei 213 Fluff Brush is a limited-edition version of MAC’s original 213 brush, which is intended for applying and blending eyeshadow.
While the quality of the MAC x Guo Pei 213 Fluff Brush is more than okay – it’s soft and fluffy, has a good size,… – it’s the design of the brush that really makes it stand out for me. I seriously can’t stop looking at it, it is just so damn pretty! I feel more heart palpitations coming…
Availability: 44 CHF at MAC Geneva and Luzern and in the MAC online store.
Have you picked up anything from the new MAC x Guo Pei Collection yet? What do you think of the three products that I reviewed today?
It’s been more than three weeks now since Le Husband and I got back from our Hawaii honeymoon and so I’d say it’s about time that I show you guys what beauty products I brought back. My Hawaii shopping list was almost 2 pages long, but in the end I didn’t do nearly as much beauty shopping as I had planned. Shopping just wasn’t really on my mind for some reason. Why spend the day hopping from one store into another when you have volcanoes to climb, rainforests to explore and wild ocean waves to gaze at, right? I didn’t come back completely empty handed though. Those who follow me on Instagram may have noticed that I picked up a little something at the MAC counter at Macy’s on Oahu, that I got a bunch of stuff at Walgreens on Maui and that I even indulged in a little bit of fashion shopping in Honolulu. And I also picked up something at the Benefit counter at LAX.
The goal of today’s blog post? Show you guys what I picked up during our three weeks in the US and do a short review on each product. Take a look!
Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+, a water and sweat-resistant ultra-lightweight sunscreen spray with broad-spectrum SPF 50+. Yes, it has alcohol as one of its main ingredients, but there’s simply no denying that this is a great little sunscreen spray for those who hate thick, sticky sunscreen lotions. The application is quick and easy and the formula is so light that you can barely feel it on the skin. Rebuy? Maybe.
Banana Boat Protect & Hydrate 2 in 1 All Day Moisturizer SPF 50, a waterproof hydrating body lotion slash sunscreen with aloe vera and vitamin C and E. It feels and applies like a body lotion and contains more skin beneficial ingredients than most sunscreens, so it’s definitely a winner for me. Rebuy? Absolutely, if only I could get my hands on it from Switzerland.
Cleansers + Toners
Physician’s Formula Eye Makeup Remover Lotion, a gentle eye make-up remover milk that promises to remove even the most stubborn eye make-up. Except it doesn’t. Eyeshadow, no problem, but removing waterproof eyeliner and mascara? Impossible with this eye make-up remover. Plus the formula stings my eyes like crazy. Rebuy? Hell naw.
Yes To Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser, a gentle cream cleanser with carrot seed oil and aloe vera juice for dry skin. I love everything about this cleanser. Or I guess almost everything, because it does sting my eyes a little bit. But other than it’s a wonderful gentle cleanser for my sensitive and dehydrated skin. Rebuy? Definitely, if only I could get my hands on it from Switzerland.
MAC Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion, a moisture-replenishing brightening toner with vitamin C. The formula does a wonderful job replenishing my skin after cleansing and the fresh citrusy scent is very pleasant. That said, there are probably cheaper toners out there that are just or almost as good. Rebuy? Maybe.
Skincare + Body care
CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Lotion, a gentle moisturizing lotion for babies developed to protect and maintain the skin’s moisture barrier. If you’re looking for a gentle clean body lotion for sensitive skin, this is it. The formula is completely free of nasties and despite being so moisturizing the texture feels surprisingly lightweight. Rebuy? Maybe.
Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment, a skin-protecting ointment for dry, cracked and irritated skin. The formula contains mainly Vaseline plus a few other (unimportant) inactive ingredients. I was hoping that the extra ingredients would give the product a slightly more sophisticated texture than regular Vaseline, but nope, it feels exactly like mineral oil. Bottom line? Save yourself the money and just buy a plain tube of Vaseline. Rebuy? No.
Madre Labs Unscented Hand Cream with Argan Nut Oil. It’s a decent hand cream, but nothing exceptional. It keeps my dry hands nicely moisturized and feels pleasant on the skin, but that’s about it. Rebuy? Nah.
Yes To Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer, a fragrance-free moisturizer with carrot seed oil and shea butter to nourish normal to dry skin and zinc oxide to protect the skin against UV damage. Despite being developed for normal to dry skin and containing shea butter the formula is surprisingly lightweight. It dries to a lovely matte finish within seconds, never feels heavy or tacky and doesn’t leave a white cast. Two thumbs up. Rebuy: Definitely, if only I could get my hands on it from Switzerland.
Now Solutions Shea Butter, 100% pure and certified organic shea butter. I bought this for beauty DIY purposes, but since I’m still in the process of experimenting I can’t really say much about it yet. What I can say so far is that I was expecting the shea butter to melt more – you know, like coconut oil – but it’s actually a lot thicker and doesn’t get quite as soft when warmed up, so I’m still a bit on the fence about it. Rebuy? I don’t know yet.
Real Techniques Powder Brush. Love it. It’s a great brush to apply setting and mattifying powder with. Plus it’s HUGE, so you’re done powdering up in no time with it. Rebuy? If at some point I have to, yes.
Benefit Porefessional, a silicone-based smoothing primer that reduces the appearance of pores. I picked this up on a whim at LAX airport and I’m glad that I did. The formula does a great job filling in pores and blurring imperfections. Hello flawless skin! Rebuy? Potentially.
See anything you like? Have you tried any of these products?
I love winter. And not just because I love snow and because it’s the season to go skiing. I also like the other aspects (read: the coziness) of winter. Making yourself a nice steaming cup of hot chocolate after a frosty walk through the snow, spending entire evenings on the couch wrapped up in a blanket watching your favorite TV shows, sitting in front of the fireplace and lighting candles all around the house, spending hours in the bathroom pampering yourself,… Heaven! ‘But Melissa, fall has only just begun, girl… It’s nowhere near winter yet’. Yes, I realize that. But a few weeks ago I received some loungewear from Rituals and a bottle of their Tao Xiu Xi massage oil and well, I guess, I saw it as a sign. A sign to go in full winter mode. A permit to pamper. Just for the weekend.
I literally spent almost two whole days in this outfit. It’s so comfy and snuggly! (Instagram)
Rituals Tao Xiu Xi calming body & massage oil – 21 CHF
Ever since I got it I’ve been seriously enjoying this relaxing body and massage oil with white lotus and Yi Yi Ren a.k.a. Job’s Tears. Most of the time I just use it as a body oil, but during my little 48-hour me-time marathon the other week I managed to convince my man to give me a back massage with it – ‘it’s for the blog, honey, you HAVE to do it’ – and ooooooh my gosh, it felt amazing.
The formula is smooth and oily enough for a thorough massage but at the same time it’s also dry and light enough to be used as a regular body oil. And the smell is just divine. The perfect pampering product.
Do you like winter? What does me-time mean to you?
P.S.: Need some more zen and balance in your life? Check out the new free Rituals App! It offers meditation tips, yoga routines and much more.
This is not a paid blog post. Rituals did not compensate me for this article.
It’s time for another Current Favorites* post a.k.a. a quick stack review of some of my favorite recent beauty releases. The brand being featured today: Kneipp! * for more information on the how and why of this new review format click here
First up are three of my personal favorites from the new Kneipp winter collection.
What they are: Two aroma therapy shower gels, one with sandalwood and cardamom and the other with acai berries and rooibos. Retail price: 6.20 CHF.
Why I love them: I always choose my shower gel according to my mood, so some days I reach for the warm spiciness of ‘Ich Einzigartig’ (me unique) and other times I go for the sweet fruitiness of ‘Schönheitsritual’ (beauty ritual).
3: Kneipp Badekristalle ‘Waldspaziergang’
What it is: ‘Forest Walk’ bath crystals with the fresh woody scent of pine and fir. Retail price: 7.80 CHF.
Why I love them: These bath salts are great for foot baths! Whenever my feet feel painful or tired I treat them to a little foot bath with these crystals and it just feel soooo good. Not only does it relax and soothe my feet, but the fresh foresty smell of the bath crystals also relaxes my senses.
And next up is one for the boys, a personal favorite of Le Husband.
4: Kneipp 2 in 1 Dusche ‘Männersache 2.0’
What it is: A two-in-one formula with blood orange and black pepper that can be used both as a body wash and shampoo. Retail price: 6.20 CHF.
Why he loves it: ”The multipurpose formula saves me time in the morning and unlike all the other stuff we have in our shower it doesn’t smell like a cupcake.”
Well. I guess it really is ‘A Man Thing’ then.
Are you a Kneipp fan? Which of these new winter releases do you most like the sound of?
It’s time for another Current Favorites* post a.k.a. a quick stack review of some of my favorite recent beauty releases. The brand being featured today: Estée Lauder! * for more information on the how and why of this new review format click here
What it is: A brand new ultra-hydrating cream oil that regenerates, nourishes and firms dry and mature skin for more sculpted facial contours. Can be used both as a daily moisturizer and a mask. Release date: October 2015 (132 CHF).
Why I love it: I’m so happy that I got to test this great little gem in preview, because my oh my, what a treat for dehydrated skin it is! I’ve been using the Estée Lauder Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Oil-in-Creme Infusion as a mask slash facial massage cream to give my dehydrated skin a bi-weekly hydration boost and so far it’s been working out great. As a daily moisturizer the rich formula would be too heavy for my oily skin, but as a mask it really works wonders for me.
Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge
What it is: The latest addition to the Estée Lauder Modern Muse perfume range with a distinctly more floral and oriental character featuring notes of rose, blackcurrant, raspberry, pink pepper and saffron as well as vanilla, vetiver and patchouli. Retail price: 68 CHF (30 ml), 98 CHF (50 ml) and 138 CHF (100 ml).
Why I love it: So far I’ve loved every single Modern Muse fragrance and the same goes for Le Rouge. It’s a happy yet distinguished floral fragrance with just the right amount of oriental mystery.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Volumizer
What it is: A volumizing and hydrating gloss-type product with hyaluronic acid that can be worn either alone or – despite looking bright fuchsia pink – as a color-adjusting and color-intensifying base underneath any lipstick or lip gloss of your choice. Retail price: 36 CHF.
Why I love it: For me the Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Volumizer makes a great everyday gloss. No, flashy fuchsia isn’t exactly an everyday lip shade, but the color isn’t anywhere near as bright on the lips as you’d think and it actually goes on very sheer. And unlike most lip volumizers it doesn’t tingle or sting yet does a great job keeping my dry lips hydrated and yes, maybe slightly plumping them as well.
Have you tried any of these products? What are some of your favorite recent Estée Lauder releases?