All posts filed under: Cosmetica

Carven Coup De Coeur

The titel says it all…. A blue Monday, late 2014. I saundered into a beauty hall near my then office building, crossed over to the ‘Niche perfumes’ section, and a soft, green bottle caught my eye. Soft yet invigorating like a field covered in fresh morning dew, the gentle green curves of Carven L’Eau de Toilette beckoned me over. I raised the bottle, lifted the top, got a whiff of the scent and that was it, I was hooked. Almost three years later, this perfume made it’s way back to me… 60 years after the heydays of their legendary fragrances ‘Ma Griffe’ and ‘Vétiver’, Carven wrote a new chapter with the 2013 launch of Carven Le Parfum. As with all success-stories, it wasn’t before long that the house launched a “younger sister” of the scent, and in 2014, Carven L’Eau de Toilette saw the light, ready to take over. Another composition  created by Francis Kurkdjian, it was described “like a lightweight piece of clothing…as easy to wear as Le Parfum but made of a different fabric, probably …

The SPF Diaries – Lierac Sunissime

Heads up: writing about sunscreen on what feels like the hottest day of the century has this weird, semi-torturous form of serendipity to it. Talk about coming full circle. This sweltering heat does not combine well with my fair-to-normal skin, and my irrational & manic fear of getting a treacherous sunburn has me reaching for the SPF every other hour or so to top up my armor of SPF (as Mr B loves to call it). It’s widely known that over-zealous UV exposure is a single-way ticket to premature ageing of the skin, so a superfluous relationship with your favourite SPF is a kick-ass first step in your anti-ageing routine! Lierac took that SPF – anti-ageing – skin protection relationship one step further and created their Lierac Sunissime Line. Taking it’s inspiration from light therapy, this new line aims to not only protect from UVA and UVB rays, but also from infrared light. In laymen terms this means that the range aims to go above and beyond the standard focus on protection from hyperpigmentation, loss …

Sisley Double Tenseur

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a Sisley product, as I do not want this blog to become the posterchild for the Sisley Fanclub, but sometimes I just cannot help myself… Why do they have to be so darn good, every.single.time?! This month the LeenLovesStyle Sisley Fanclub presents: The Sisley Paris Double Tenseur Moisturizing Gel*! Double what? Double in use, double in effect? The Double Tenseur is being promoted as a skinare and make-up 2-in-1 product, acting both as a primer and as lifting agent (double in use), as a part of you morning routine and for little touch ups (double nr 2) and with a short term and long term effect (double nr 3). Keeping in line with Sisley’s traditions, the formula is packed with botanical and plant-based active ingredients. Oat seeds, Tiger Nut and Cottonseed extracts strengthen the dermal structure and create a 3D mesh effect that not only mimicks your skin to look it’s best, but also lifts, tones and plumps your epidermal, making you look refreshed and well rested in …

Givenchy Noir Couture

A mascara? I can see you sitting there, reading this, saying to yourself “what can be said about a mascara?” A whole lot, if you believe the world wide beauty web out there! Mascara is one of those beauty items that ignites one discussion after another (drugstore vs high end, black vs brown, mascara vs lash tinting and so on), but also seems to be the prime beauty bit that is always evolving and infinitely improvable. A new wand, improved formula, an intenser black, curlier curl or a  bolder result than ever before. Like the perfect little black dress, the perfect mascara needs to work for you on all fronts. It needs to be the perfect shade to complement your eyes, sublimate you lashes with what they may lack and boost their strong suits. In my case that would be emphasize their length but add that much wanted vertiginous curl… So when Givenchy’s Noir Couture 4 in 1 landed on my desk, I was, as always, intrigued and ready to rip into it. First thing …

Verso Hands Serum

Hands: the busiest part of your body but almost always overlooked. One can nip and tuck all they want, but hands will still give your age away. Scarring, dryness of skin, wrinkling, veins retracting to the upper layers, these tell tale signs will only confirm that your hands have already lived a life. Maybe Madonna should have paid better attention when this concept was explained… I got my hands on the Verso Hand Serum (forgive the lame pun; I simply coul dnot resist) earlier last Autumn, and was intrigued by it’s different approach to hand care than your normal run-of-the-mill hand cream. Not to be applied when hands were feeling dry, this gorgeous tube took a place in my morning and evening skincare routine. Eyes, serum, hand serum, oil and cream, that’s the way we roll! Verso is latin and means reverse, as in the backside of a painting or the back view of a dress. It is what is normally hidden underneath or has long disappeared, and this supercharged hand treatment aims to literally …

Grown Alchemist Face Oils

Heads up: I am a face oil addict. Hard core face oil afficionado here. You can strip away anaything else from my skincare routine or even entire beauty cabinet, as long as I’ve got my oils, I am happy. Add in a botanical formula and an Instagram-worthy packaging, reminiscent of old-school apothecaries, sleek brown bottles that just exude quality and reliability, and you’ll be hooked in an istant. I know I was. No, no, I am not talking about Aesop or Antipodes here, but about the hidden gem that is Grown Alchemist. Oh, and did I mention it was Australian? Australian + botanical +sleek, minimalistic old-school looks = a triple winner! Why just try one when you can go for two, so I went and tried both the Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Rosehip & Camellia Seed Oil and Antioxidant+ Borago, Rosehip & Buckthorn Berry Facial Oil. Both are 100 % ACO certified and sustainably sourced, so the difference between them is to be found in their formula and purpose. Look at it as a booster and …

50 Shades Of Spring… On My Nails

April has come (and almost gone) before I could even wrap my head around the fact that Winter has ended. My head is already longing for June, and my body is still stuck in February judging by the amount of thick cream my dry, parched skin still demands every night and the dark polishes still dominating my mani’s. Time to do a bit of an overhaul, both mentally as physically! And where better to start than, quite literally, at the end, ie my tippie toes and fingers? The whole girlie, full on bubble gum pink has never been my thing, not when I was a young girl myself nor now when it comes to my own little girl, but over the years I have come to differenciate and appreciate certain shades of pink that do not bowl me over or frighten me into thinking I’ll look like a walking talking Barbie. Coral, dusky, dusty pink and soft ballerina rose, here’s to you this season! Only You Vamos A La Playa is currently gracing my nails, …

Monday Make Up

Another weekend has come and gone, and what lies ahead is a week filled with boring meetings, tight deadlines, excel sheets, mails and numbers. The weekend flew by, and to say that it was a busy one, is a major understatement. Two birthday parties, a bbq, friends, family, a battalion of toddlers and maybe a glass of bubbles too many… My face is showing on the outside how I feel on the inside (hint: not that fabulous…), so I popped out a few helpers to make me look half decent. The Sisley Sisleÿa Le Teint Foundation in 0R Vanilla needs no explanation (just check the archives for an astonishing amount of love for this brand and it’s foundations…). Many have tried, but never succeeded as the Sisley foundations continue to reign supreme in my collection. A soft touch of the Sothys Radiance Blush in Nuit Orangée as the perfect pick-me-up shade, but as this soft, satinesque powder is heavily pigmnted, I have to go in with a gentle hand. The eyes have it, but not too …

My Hair Has Gone Into Weekend Mode….

And so have I! After a few weeks of plainly tending to my hair, and giving it all it needs, I’ve been slowly thinking about styling it a bit, changing it up a bit. Now don’t go imagining elaborate updo’s or twisted braids, my hairdressing skills don’t exactly go further than messy waves or a top knot… Soft, tousled waves  have long seemed like an impossible dream—the hair equivalent of no-makeup makeup, appearing effortless, but more often than not, requiring a batallion of tools. However, these two recent discoveries have proven to be quite handy (see what I did there :-)) and not a tool in sight but a spritz, a crunch and my two hands. Step one is the Miriam Quevedo White Caviar White Glacial Leave-In Conditioner. Miriam Quevedo has already seen some love on this blog before (see here), and this new spray continues that love streak. A combination of oils (Camellia, Baobab and White Caviar), Vitamins and Hyaluronic Acid keep my tresses strong, bouncy, resilient and frizz free without weighing them down, …

Testing Testing

Not all that comes in, makes it onto the blog. Mainly because t didn’t work for me, wasn’t suitable for my skin or simply because I only have one face, and rather test certain things thoroughly than go for a new product every week. These products have been tried and tested over the last few months, and most of them have been added to my cabinet or routine without much fanfare or mention on this blog, but I still wanted to shine a light on them. The Origins Gin-Zing Energy Boosting Moisture does exactly what it says, it moisturizes and boosts. My Sahara skin needs more when the temperatues drop, but  this might be the perfect summer moisturiser. However, when combined with the Collistar Hyaluronic Acid Drops and Avène Hydrance Hydrating Serum, it becomes (for a while) a different story. The hydration levels go through the roof at first, and keep my skin going until well in the afternoon. However, having to top it up late afternoon is what’s stopping me from going full on …