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Sephora Formula X Press Pods

When it comes to nail polish, if you’re after a variety of colors coupled with convenience, I think you will love these new release “one-time-use” nail polish pods from Sephora‘s Formula X line.

The pods are made of soft squeezable plastic with nail polish brush at the end (and small enough to throw into your purse). Each pod contains enough product to apply 2 coats. Here’s how easy it is to use:
 
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For their initial release, the pods come in a pack of 24 colors and the pack is $39. I’m not sure if the pods will ever be available for individual sale or maybe Sephora will release smaller seasonal sets depending on the success of these pods.

Sephora Formula X Press Pods set includes the following 24 colors – Get it HERE
 
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If you love nail polish and a fan of Formula X, I guess this set is a great way of trying out different colors, not to mention the convenience of the pods especially when travelling.
 

What do you guys think of these nail polish pods? Hot or Not? xx

 

Weekly Finds – April 17

I know I haven’t done a Weekly Finds segment in a while (insert guilty face here), but I’m hoping I can make it up to you guys with these goodies I found ;)

I’m really into yellow/green – aka chartreuse lately so I couldn’t resist sharing some items featuring this bright and bubbly color. Few pointers for this week’s finds:

After the success (and due to high demand) of the limited edition Ambient Lighting powder palette, Hourglass Cosmetics have now added this palette to their permanent line. I did an info post on these powders, as well as the corresponding Ambient Lighting blush range HERE if you’d like to take a look. They’re already selling pretty quickly if you’d like to get your hands on one.

My favorite item this week however, is the Kate Spade square stud earrings. They’re on special at the moment for $28.50 and they have the prettiest color range to match any outfit (or your mood) :)

Hover over the pictures for details and click to be taken to the online stores; Enjoy!!! xx

 

Le Couvent Des Minimes

I had the pleasure of getting acquainted with a natural skincare brand recently: Le Couvent Des Minimes. And now that I have used their products and gained more information about the company itself, I’m wondering why I haven’t discovered them sooner!

 

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As much as I can be a product junkie and enjoy trying different brands, when it comes to skincare in particular – whether by researching and using natural ingredients or by having a strong ethical and eco-friendly stand as their motivation – I find myself sticking to brands which put more time and effort into developing their products. Le Couvent Minimes definitely fits this bill:

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You can read more about the story behind Le Couvent Des Minimes and check out their full range of products HERE

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Loving Care Body Balm: Containing in-house Galen’s wax to nourish, repair and protect the skin, as well as Calendula Extract to soothe and Mallow Extract to combat dryness, this lightweight lotion smells divine!! It reminds me of crisp clean sheets, freshness and anything that represents comfort. Every time I use this lotion, I feel like I’ve been wrapped in cotton wool! The lotion soaks right in and dries up right away which is a big deal for me as I hate heavy/sticky body products which sit on top of the skin. Get it HERE

Gardener’s Hand Healer: Containing 20% shea butter (my favorite ingredient in body products) and 7 plant extracts, the texture of this cream is thicker and richer than the body balm. It distributes evenly and leaves a protective film over the skin without feeling oily. It smells exactly like the products they use in spas…you know that fresh, green, herbal scent you get when you step into a skincare spa? I’ve been massaging it into my knuckles and cuticles and this cream would be great in winter where you apply a thick coat over your hands and wear cotton gloves overnight for extra nourishment. Get it HERE

3-in-1 Micellar Water: Containing 3 different rose concoctions – Damask Rose water, Centifolia Rose essence and Wild Rose polyphenols, this product is designed to remove makeup, cleanse and tone the skin…talk about multi purpose! Benefits of rose water/extract in skincare is a well publicised fact, with many skincare companies adding rose to their products. Known for its anti bacterial, anti inflammatory and softening properties, I’ve been using rose water as a ‘spray-on toner’ for my face for years and love it. Having the added benefit of makeup cleanser with this 3-in-1 product is a big plus for me. Get it HERE

Le Couvent Des Minimes has an incredible variety of products ranging from skincare, body care, hair care and fragrances. If you’re after good quality natural products which are also great value or even looking for a special gift for a loved one, I would highly recommend this brand.

Disclaimer: All product reviews, thoughts and recommendations featured on Beauty Point Of View are solely my own. I do not get paid to endorse or advertise a product. I only feature brands and products that have been tried, tested and approved by me personally and provide my honest opinion.

 

 

Lancome Lip Lover

I bought a few Lancome products recently and one of the products was a Lip Lover – a new line of lip colors recently launched by Lancome. All the colors were gorgeous and I was tempted to get more than one but I refrained and stuck to what I needed instead: a natural, soft rose color. After a lengthy decision making process, I picked #321 Rose Contre Temps:

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 I have 2 coats on my lips in the picture and I took the photos in natural light

The consultant at the counter mentioned these Lip Lovers were liquid lipsticks. But when I got to testing them and now that I wear it, I would definitely classify it as a lip gloss. The consistency is quite smooth and there’s a lot of shine but it’s definitely not opaque enough to be liquid lipstick. It actually applies quite sheer on the lips (though buildable); it has a soft fruity scent and doesn’t feel sticky on the lips.

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The packaging is pretty “fancy” with a little button above the Lancome logo, which releases the gloss wand when pressed. I don’t know that this feature adds an additional benefit compared to the standard screw-top gloss tubes but it looks nice and chic. The wand itself is soft sponge which has a pointed tip allowing good precision, and two sides of the wand are flat, which spreads the product evenly over the lips.

I would definitely recommend Lancome Lip Lover if you’re looking for a high shine gloss with good color payoff and a great variety of shades. What I noticed however, is that there are some stores which seem to have more/less shades than others. I’m not sure why this is but the chart I did below seems to be the standard set of colors launched.

Lancome Lip Lover is $23, but as I was checking for color range, I saw that Nordstrom have a 10% off sale on these, which brings the price down to $20.70 – happy about that! ;)

GET Lancome Lip Lover HERE

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*Lancome usually offers great specials or gift-with-purchase deals so I would also recommend checking the Lancome counters at your local department stores or even online ;)

 

Have you tried the Lancome Lip Lover yet? What do you think of the colors? xx

 

Kate Hudson LBD Collection for Ann Taylor

After a very successful debut last summer featuring an All White collection, Kate Hudson has teamed up with Ann Taylor again, this time designing the new LBD – Little Black Dress collection. Considering a little black dress has always been a staple in most of our closets, I think this is a great collection with some timeless key pieces.

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Inspired by the fact that majority of us love a little black dress, Hudson designed 5 different styles for the collection ranging from the short and sweet to the glamorous maxi dress. She said: “I loved working with the design team on these little black dresses. We kind of designed them to fit how I — how we all — live, so there’s something for every occasion.”

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With names like Romantic, Camera Ready and Best Actress Gown, there’s definitely a playful element in this collection without compromising the classic lines. What’s even better is that Ann Taylor website offers shipping to many countries and the new collection is now available to purchase online.

You can check the Kate Hudson LBD Collection and other Ann Taylor pieces HERE

What do you guys think of these LBDs? Any favorites? xx

 

Importance of Eyebrows

I get a lot of questions about eyebrows and how to shape them and what products to use etc, so I thought I’d take it right back to the basics and work our way up in a series of “brow posts”.

Eyebrows are detrimental to framing/shaping the face and facial features. Although none of us have “perfect brows” so to speak, especially when it comes to symmetry, even small adjustments can make a huge difference. As a starting point, I did a fun exercise of changing Adriana Lima’s eyebrows to show you how shape and size can affect the overall look of the face.

Please excuse the watermark on the photo, unfortunately I had some of my work stolen of late so I’m trying to tag all my work; I hope it’s not too obnoxious visually.

Brows Second picture is Adriana Lima’s natural eyebrows, which give her a more natural and youthful look

 Brows, (as with fashion and makeup styles) continue to evolve, but regardless of the trends, thicker and fuller brows have proven to promote a more natural and youthful look.

I must put a disclaimer though: there’s nothing wrong with thin brows, it has to be what you feel comfortable with. However, if you have thin or over-plucked brows and you’d like to change the shape, brows are very stubborn and it can be very hard to grow them back to their natural state. So whether you are wanting to change the shape altogether or improve on what you already have, this is where eyebrow tips and tricks come into play where we either groom the brows to suit the face, or create/shape the brows with brow products. I will do a detailed post on this soon.

As this post is all about how eyebrows can change our overall look, I compiled a series of before and after photos of some celebrities, so you can see the difference in their looks. Notice as they get older, their eyebrows are getting thicker ;)

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Next up in the eyebrow series, I will go through how to choose the right shape for your brows and some important pointers to keep in mind when doing so. If you have any comments or questions, leave them below for me ;) xx

 

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