All posts tagged: Sisley

Fading into an Andalusian Fall with Sisley Soir d’Orient

Fading into a new season has always been some of my favourite parts of the year. The previous season still is lingering around for those last moments, but the promise of a new season is already peeping around the corner, with the allure of cashmere knits, steaming hot drinks and warmer scents filling the air. This next fragrance may have entered my life right before summer, but to me, it is the ultimate first step into an Autumn state of mind. No one does rich warmth and opulent luxury like Sisley, and the new Sisley Soir d’Orient fragrance only adds to their legacy. Inspired by her childhood holidays in Sevilla, South of Spain, Isabella d’Ornano created a fragrance that will take you straight to a sunset walk through the gardens of the Alcazar, the air heavy with warmth, sensuality and dreamy mystery. First thing you smell are fresh hints of iran galbanum, bergamot and saffron, before evolving into a warmer heart of geranium, heady Turkish rose and black pepper. Later on it settles into a somewhat …

Leen Travels – A Light Skincare Menu

Aaaaand we’re off! A week-long break, a little R & R before the summer rush! The only problem here? Those kids take up a lot of space leaving only a slither of trolley and toilet bag space for mummy, and yours truly does not know how to travel lightly… Leen + no options = not a match made in heaven. That does not mean I don’t want to try, and with just a little make up bag and the type of holiday in mind, I pared it down the bare essentials. But boy, downsizing is bloody difficult! A good cleanser is indispensable, so the Ren Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth was the first to make the cut. A solid, no frills cleanser that can tackle every layer of make up or sunscreen, but is extremely gentle on my skin as well. Multitasking is key here, so that’s why the Pure Lavender Hydrolat Toner is also coming with me. A firm staple of mine since the first spritz (want to know why I love it so much? Check …

An SPF trio for your face – Enjoy the sun and keep those wrinkles away!

Today is going to a scorcher over here in Western Europe, so time to get some brunch, lunch, aperitif or dinner al fresco, or just kick back and relax. Whether I’ll spend 15 minutes or 15 hours outside, protection and hydration are my no 1 focus today! It’s funny how things go, I can clearly remember huffing and puffing as a child when my mum chased after me with bottles of Nivea SPF 25, and now I’m even worse. Having been officially titled the “SPF-Dictator by Mr B, I’ll be hassling everyone around me all day long, shoving one of three tubes that I carry with me right under their noses (yes, I’m mental like that!). Why stick to one when you’ve got three excellent SPF’s to choose from? A girl’s gotta have options! These las few weeks, sun or no sun, the Sisley Youth Protector Face SPF 50* has been the last step every morning before heading out the door. A true skin warrior thanks to it’s UVA and UVB filters, Edelweiss extract and …

Christmas lips

Christmas celebrations have truly begun now (big Christmas Eve dinner tonight at my house!) and whereas my two previous looks focused on the eyes, the lips deserve some attention as well! Not everyone might want to rock a bright lippie when you’re about to start a several course food feast (hello food coma!), but if you still want to put your lips in the spotlight tonight, these three beauties are here at your service! Let’s start with the softest option, the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Bonheur, a glossy, rich berry plum colour with a very fine sparkle that effortlessly glides onto your lips giving it a hunt of colour. If you want, you can build the colour a bit, but overall, it remains a beautiful bitten berry shade with a sheer and glossy finish. If your prefer a fresher colour, the Sisley Phyto Lip Shine in Sheer Papaya. Another weightless, sheer option, it might look bright orange in the bullet, but it transforms into a delicate coral onto the lips, which livens up your …

Beautiful breathtaking burnished bronze for Christmas.

After yesterday’s soft look, time to kick it up a notch! A bronze eyeshadow is my go-to option for any kind of look really, with it’s endless variety from a golden patina over a gorgeous copper to a deep, burnished, almost blackened olive offering a myriad of possibilities. If yesterday’s look was a bit too soft, run of the mill, everyday option for you, but you’re still too scared to go anywhere near that Chanel Mirifique (no worries, that makes two of us), thiseasy to achieve look might just be the ticket for you. Key here is to use creamy textures to ensure longevity, and somehow, a bronze colour somehow works better in a non powdery version. First off, the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance Bronze is the perfect start for this look, it lightens and freshens up my look by adding that much needed touch of colour. More of  “a week in Saint Tropez” glow than “tanning bed addict”, this primer might look scarily brown in the tube, but has a beautiful, almost halo-like glow …

Sisley Phyto Teint Expert

Summer seems like a distant memory, and that last trace of that radiant summer glow seems to have vanished into thin air. Time to bust out the bases again, and this time that tinted moisturizer just won’t do. Here at the LeenLovesStyle HQ, we’ve been testing several new foundations, and the first one up is the Sisley Phyto Teint Expert All-Day Long Skincare Foundation in Sand*. Quite a mouthful, true, but when a formula promises to be an all-day long flawless skincare foundation that will hydrate, unify, smooth, mattify and correct your skin tone to get that much desired second skin effect thanks to it’s light to medium coverage. I read somewhere that they called this healthy skin in a bottle, and that is a spot-on description of this foundation. All Sisley skincare have additional skincare boosting properties thanks to their botanical formulation, and this one is no different. Before it even starts hiding and concealing , the cucumber extract, Ginko leave extract, frangipani extract and vitamin E are already hard at work softening, smoothing …

My skincare routine – a work in progress

Or: how beauty bloggers can also get it wrong. I took this picture a few weeks ago, fully intending to use it as an Instagram-update on my (at that time) current skincare routine, but alas as fate should have it, the next day, the odd one out in this line up created such a huge allergic reaction on my cheeks and chin that I tossed both the product and the post. Cue a few weeks later, when I decided to use that grainy picture after all (perfect metaphor for the result on my skin :-)) as a way of proving that us beauty bloggers aren’t the know-it-alls we like to be, and that trial and error are more common than we’d like to admit. 4 out of the 5 products in this routine fall in good / really good / stellar categories, The Radical Hydrating Cleanser is one of 4 cleansers I use regularly at the moment, and it is a good, basic, hydrating cleanser. I first purchased it after seeing Amelia rave about it …

Help needed!

Time to be honest! Ever since having 2 children and between trying to combine those with a full time job, a househould and the blog, my organisational skills have been tried and tested, failed and improved, put through the wringer and strechted to the extreme. Shortly put, they have been the cornerstone and foundation of my day to day life, the difference between (somewhat) smooth sailing and utter stress and desperation. The school/daycare/playtime schedule has been perfected, weekmenu’s are created every weekend and their wardrobes and daily outfits, well let’s just say I’ve got that down to a t. My beauty organization however is in shambles. Lost between products to test in 2 storage cupboards, a bathroom cabinet, a bathroom drawer, a shelf and a nightstand, my skincare and cosmetics collection is nothing short of pure clutter, and I forget to use at least half of the great stuff that I have, only because I don’t know where to look first. Additionally, clutter drives me crazy and turns me into a nervous wreck, so my …

SisleYouth

Your thirties are a great time to be in. None of those insecurities of your early twenties, you’re somewhat settled, have a job you (hopefully) love, a great social life and so on. Life is busy, yes, but great. And as your life changes and evolves, so does your skin. Your skin looks great, teenage, hormonal issues have passed, you have your routine down to a t, but if it is the same routine as, say, 5 years ago? If so, you may need to adapt or tweak it a little, as your skin has developped other or additional needs ago. With the passing of time, pollution, influences from outside or stress from a busy job come the first signs of ageing, such as little crow feet or laugh lines, extra pigmentation or skin that looks just that little bit more tired than it did when you were 25. You feel the need to fight those signs, start taking some proactive action, as a plain hydrating cream no longer suffices. Unfortunately, it’s still a decade …

Solar Protection.

Na vele maanden zagen en klagen, steunen en kreunen en diep wegkruipen onder een dekentje is Mme Soleil eindelijk daar! Om dit te vieren heb ik het overgrote deel van mijn weekend buiten doorgebracht met de nodige natjes en droogjes. Of je idee van genieten nu een magazine lezen in de tuin of een glas koele rosé op een terrasje is, goede zonnebescherming is onontbeerlijk. Een goede zonnecrème is een absolute must, niet alleen om het kreeften-effect op korte termijn te vermijden, maar ook om nefaste gevolgen op lange termijn te voorkomen. Dat zonnebescherming of een hogere SPF (Sun Protection Factor) er voor zou zorgen dat je niet bruint, is één van de grootste fabeltjes ter wereld. Ja, het gaat misschien iets trager, maar je gaat wel veel egaler bruinen met een veel kleinere kans op verbranding, je huid is beschermd tegen UV-A(Aging)-en UV-B(Burning)-straling, en de kansen op huidkanker en photo-ageing worden aanzienlijk verkleind. Thuis heb ik dan ook steeds een heel arsenaal aan zonneproducten en worden man en kind zot van me als ik om …