TWELVE BEAUTY INTELLIGENT FRONTIER FACIAL OIL

This lipid restoring oil may trick you into thinking this product isn’t potent. The deceptively light texture leans towards watery rather than oily, which deepens penetration, rather than coating your skin. After 7 days of consistent use, you’ll be left with glowing, fortified, revived and resilient skin from the inside, without the oil slick.
This thoughtful formulation utilizes processes and and ingredients we don’t normally find in most beauty products. For example, unsaponifiables.  Hadn’t come across this term until TWELVE Beauty’s Intelligent Frontier Facial Oil. It literally means cannot be made into soap, which is good news for skin. These healthy natural oils are extracted so purely and contain the most active ingredients of their respective plant oils. From there, they are bonded to alkalizing molecules which make this oil bioavailable, highly nutritious and safe for all skintypes.  The lipids in this formulation penetrate the skin deeply to maximize hydration, vitamin penetration and texture.
Why don’t we see this level of quality from all facial oils? The meticulous extraction and efficacy achieved in Twelve is an expensive process. Not to use car terms but this oil, created by cosmetoligist, botanist and pharmacist Dr Pedro Catala, is high performance.  Sadly, the price reflects that at $80 for 10ml, but the product is loaded with science not hype.
Now let’s talk about my love for revitalizing and skin softening pollen. This oil adds this superstar to the mix, along with deeply effective hyaluronic acid. Pollen reinvigorates and feeds the skin with amino acids, enzymes, magnesium, zinc and vitamins, while the workhorse hyauronic acid drives it into the dermis to plump and retain hydration.
Also loving the thoughtfulness of TWELVE’s Miron violet glass, to preserve and prevent the light sensitive deterioration of the product. And the smaller 10ml version made for Ayla is great for travel and ensures freshness.

From the site:

TWELVE Beauty has been formulated specifically for:

  • Sensitive, or delicate, fine textured skin that tends to become dry
  • Skin prone to flushing from temperature changes (both extreme cold and heat)
  • Skin exposed to harsh atmospheric elements (wind, sun, cold, pollution) and chemicals (soap, medication)
  • Skin suffering from stress or hormonal changes including acne
  • Skin pre-disposed to allergic reactions

Every TWELVE product contains a special blend of four powerful antioxidants and nutrients:

  • White Genepi extract – protects the skin with anti-oxidant and radical scavenging properties.
  • Imperatoria leaf extract – has an astrigent action along side strong anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Mallow Flower extract – a soothing, anti-irritant with gentle moisturising properties.
  • Butterfly Bush leaf extract – offers anti-oxidant protection against UV.

TWELVE is produced in Spain using state-of-the-art development techniques, a deep knowledge on the use of plants and the finest artisan traditions to result in this luxurious  skin care collection.

Ingredients:

IMNANTHES ALBA (MEADOWFOAM) SEED OIL, PLUKENETIA VOLUBILIS SEED OIL*, SQUALANE, POLLEN EXTRACT, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES*, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL*, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, DICAPRYLYL ETHER, THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM SEED BUTTER*, SODIUM HYALURONATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, AMORPHOPHALLUS KONJAC ROOT POWDER, TOCOPHEROL*, TRIHYDROXYSTEARIN, MENTHA SPICATA LEAF OIL*, CITRUS SINENSIS PEEL OIL , SALVIA SCLAREA LEAF OIL*, CANANGA ODORATA FLOWER OIL*, CORIANDRUM SATIVUM SEED OIL*, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS LEAF OIL*, ELETARIA CARDAMOMUM FRUIT OIL*, GERANIOL*, NEROL*, ANIBA ROSAEDORA STEM OIL*, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA BARK OIL*, CITRUS LIMON PEEL OIL*, LINALOL*

* Organic ingredients

Available for $80/ 10ml or $215/ 30ml:

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DIOR DIORSHOW ICONIC OVERCURL

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl

Dior has done it again! The Diorshow Iconic Overcurl is a stunner. Smudge-proof, endless curl that holds all day. Full thick voluminous lashes. Superior length without any spideriness. And all in one stroke.

This brand’s genius mascara actually strengthens your lashes to prevent breakage, while promoting lash growth. Any negatives? I only found one. Unlike my first love, the original  Diorshow Iconic, you can’t keep building up the coats. The 1st coat of Overcurl is a dream, the 2nd coat is deliciously extreme, but past that,  additional coats begin to get clumpy. Luckily, I can’t imagine why you’d ever need more than two coats with this superpower!

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From the site:

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara embodies a host of key technologies. Its K-Polymer Formula combines lifting, coating, and fixing polymers for instantly dramatic curves and long-lasting wear. Its waxes and oils offer a volumizing complex that boosts adherence, coverage, and smoothing for a dramatic lift. A lipid complex of abyssinv oil and pseudo-ceramid strengthens lashes to prevent breakage, while plant nectar boosts the development of keratin, reinforcing lashes. Skinsoy supports natural cellular regeneration for maximum lash growth and vitality.

Research results:

An instrumental study that used before-and-after photos to measure lashes upon makeup application found the following increases:
– +53% in volume
– +111% in curl

In clinical studies on 31 subjects observing naked lashes after four weeks of daily application found the following increases:
– +31% in volume
– +33% in curl

Available for $29.50 at:

Sephora

 

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T. LECLERC – LOOSE POWDER IN ORCHIDÉE

T. LeClerc Loose Powder Orchidee

Winter sallowness got you down? Does your skin need a pick me up in general? This excessively finely milled loose powder, brightens the skin beautifully, while seemingly erasing flaws. The pale pink shade might look scary in the tin, but it’s a super power at neutralizing yellows and wiping out exhaustion. Say good-bye to pores and hello to well-rested glowing skin!

The French makeup line, T. LeClerc was born in 1881 and in this competitive modern day market, it continues to thrive thanks to its superior products. Orchidee is one my most beloved. First, I  sweep this very lightly over my face with a fan brush. Then I apply an extra layer over my cheeks for the most natural flush. It makes a gorgeous blush. Then I love to add some around the outer edges of my face for glow and definition. Finally, I gently buff it for a second with my beauty blender sponge (but any sponge will do). Another great multi-tasker, Orchidee also works as an subtle eye brightener, counteracting those dark circles.

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Besides being in love with the quality, texture and tone of this powder, I’m obsessed with the packaging. The gorgeous classic tin is oh-so-deliciously French and the fine net lets you get just the right amount of powder on your brush. And the best part, the rice powder base makes this a friend to the most sensitive of skins.

Available fro $40 at:

eskinstore

 

Featured Image via T. LeClerc

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Radiant

Smashbox Gloss in RadiantAlert!! Delicious lip gloss color that is sure to be a winner with most skin tones!

I’m hooked on this super-radiant color which is aptly named Radiant. It lights up the face in a natural yet better than natural way.

Sheer and  hyper-moisturizing, this lustrous gloss is slightly plummy/rosy in color, adding just the right amount of kick to this nude!

Wear it alone or on top of any lipstick. Lips look fuller. Face looks brighter and more luminous. A staple for every pout!

Oh, and p.s.: It pairs beautifully with smoky eyes!

Available for S18 at:

Sephora

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NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

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The eyelid primer of eyelid primers. Nothing beats out NARS! The tiniest dab on each eyelid and even right underneath your lower lashes (if you are applying liner or eyeshadow there), will keep your makeup in perfect form for hours on end. This is a true workhorse.

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How so little primer can set your eyeshadow in place, along with capturing it’s true intensity, never ceases to amaze me.  No melting makeup, no creasing, no smudging. Eyeshadow looks smooth, vibrant and freshly applied, without your eyelids looking dry and heavy.

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No primer I’ve come across even comes close to this one and I’ve tried all the big guns. The creamy velvety texture of this base melts right into your skin without any tackiness. And although it applies white, it quickly disappears.

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The one drawback? This stuff is so good, it’s hard to wipe away makeup application booboos.  But I’ll take that over eye shadow that’s sitting on my cheeks after a few hours. Oh, and did I mention no creasing? I repeat. No creasing. No fading. NARS  Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is worth every penny.

Available for $26 at:

Sephora