Review: Nautica Voyage Sport

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Picture provided by press release. I took pictures but they’re worthless. My lighting is crap since my hiatus ended and I’m聽generally聽not awake for sunlight hours.馃槈

Today I have Nautica’s Voyage Sport Eau de Toilette to review. It’s new for 2016, and is meant to “capture the mind, body, and heart it takes to endure and push beyond one’s own limits.” I love fragrance releases with that kind of tagline.

It opens with pure, cool accents of Sea Spray Accord and Sea Salt. This invigorating breath of fresh air is enhanced with doses of spicy Coriander and crisp Citrus Zest. The heart is a powerful aromatic combination of Geranium, Green Peppercorn, Apple and Palm Leaves, reinforcing the fragrances bold and lush freshness. The base is a vibrant and magnetic blend of Brazil Wood, Musk, Patchouli and Vetiver.

Notes | The citrus and geranium are very present at the front, with a bit of vague sea-type notes. I can definitely grab apple and vetiver as well, along with some woods and musk at the bottom. I can’t normally pick up coriander, nor can I really ever recognize patchouli, of all notes!

Longevity |聽I say this is fairly long-lasting. I say maybe 6 hours or so?

Sillage | This one is kind of… I don’t know. There’s like… perfumes, and then there’s “regular” scents. I think of heavy, noticeable fragrances as more of a perfume (think Chanel Chance line, Lanc么me La Vie Est Belle, YSL Opium, etc) versus just regular old mass fragrances (most celebrity/teen scents, Adidas, etc). This leans more towards cheaper, more mass market level sillage. It sits nothing like it’s pillar fragrance, the original Nautica Voyage. Lasts much longer than the citrusy-watery cousin, Acqua di Gio.

Final Notes |聽I feel like they’re trying to add more onto the Voyage name, and it’s just… It’s alright, but not really worth the price tag. Wait a while and grab it when it’s on clearance shelves…

Nautica Voyage Sport is available for $62.50 at Walgreens.

This product was provided for me to review. For more information, please read this.

Lanc么me Product Review

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Hello my friends! Today I have a gorgeous bag of Lanc么me goodies to review. Full disclaimer: yes, I used to work for Lanc么me. Yes, I have used some of these products before. Yes, I聽love聽Bi-Ficil. But believe it or not, I’ve never used any of the others for an extended period of time. And so, here we go.

First up is聽Lanc么me Absolue Premium 脽x Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15.

Texture, scent, and appearance-wise, this is on par with all other Lanc么me creams, meaning that they’re quite moisturizing and feel heavy at first, but quickly sink in and hydrates for a long time. Absolute is the anti-aging, hydrating, repairing, do-it-all, top-of-the-line collection from Lanc么me. It helps with firmness, elasticity, hydration, luminosity, and on and on. I regularly use Lanc么me’s High Resolution line, and Absolue is a bit thicker, a bit more hydrating, but I didn’t personally notice any plumping or more or less suppleness, but my only real concern with my skin is translucency and hydration, which this did continue to do in place of High Res.

Basically, this is a gorgeous moisturizer that聽does聽do what it claims, and聽does聽separate itself from Lanc么me’s other lines, which is something I feel can be rare for a company.

The biggest issue I have with this moisturizer is that it does contain Hydrolyzed Malt Extract, meaning it聽is聽derived from barley, a聽gluten聽grain. Meaning I can’t use it for more than three days without a serious breakout.

The other issue is being the price. 0.5 oz is priced at $50, 1.7 oz at $166, and 2.6 at $196.

Next up is Lanc么me’s Advanced G茅nefique Youth Activating Serum. This is one that I’ve never actually used! Chiefly because I’m a Visionnaire user, and the second any G茅nefique that enters my house is聽immediately kidnapped and used by my mother. She cannot live without it. I hid this one on her so I could be sure to have a chance to try it.

To test this, as with Absolue, I quit use of Visionnaire for the week.

The texture of this is different from Visionnaire, where Vis is a thicker gel, where this is much more of a “lotion”, watery serum, a la Advanced Night Repair from Estee Lauder (another favorite of mine). At first it just sat on my skin and I was a little disappointed, but then about 15 seconds in, you can聽feel聽your skin drink it in, and you’re left with a soft-tacky feel that completely fades away once you have your moisturizer on. It did give my skin a lovely translucency and “inner glow” without being slick or shiny. I absolutely adore this serum and am now pairing it with Visionnaire, as Vis is better at pores and skintone, where Genefique is more firmness, glow, and works with Visionnaire as an聽extra聽boost of skin clarity. I’m so, so happy with my skin right now. If you can get a chance to try this, I absolutely will recommend it.

The pricing on this one is much easier to chew on.聽$78 – 175 for 1.0-3.4 oz.

Confession time: I’ve never ever touched a self-tanner before. I’m extremely pale and I’ve never fought it. So all I can truly say about this is that it smelled nice, had a thin texture that spread evenly, and that it deepened my聽skin by about 2-3 shades. I have nothing to compare this to, so… I mean… yeah.

I apparently can’t take clear pictures of my arm either…

$38.00 for 1.7 oz

xoxo
Britni Rose

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Review: Nerium Age-Defying Eye Serum

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Today I have Nerium International’s Age-Defying Eye Serum to review. First up, what the company says about the product:

With the hands of time, the thin skin around the eyes is often the first place to reveal the signs of aging. With the years come fine lines, crow’s feet, and for many, troublesome dark circles and puffiness. Combating these issues is the key to keeping you looking younger, longer. That’s where聽Nerium’s NEW Age-Defying Serum聽comes in.

Nerium’s Age-Defying Eye Serum is an advanced age-fighting product that works to address all the signs of aging around the eye area to help you look fresh and bright-eyed.

This innovative, multifunctional serum works聽two聽ways to deliver maximum age-fighting benefits.

  1. It works聽immediately to diminish the appearance of fine lines, hydrating the eye area as it dries to a soft, matte finish.
  2. With daily-use, this anti-oxidant rich eye serum firms and brightens the appearance of the eye area while also working to address:
    1. Dark circles
    2. Puffiness
    3. Wrinkles

A key component of this intensive age-fighting product is its unique “serum-to-matte” texture, which helps seal in its key ingredients for maximum benefit.

Additionally, the Age-Defying Eye Serum is designed to maintain and support optimal health, formulated with a pH similar to the pH of your skin. This ensures maximum age-fighting benefits in a formula that works in harmony with your skin.

It continues on to explain how their patented SIG-1191 molecule delivers targeted anti-oxidant power to smooth skin while hydrating. They list other Key Ingredients as:

  • SIG-1191: A patented, exclusive ingredient that works as a super antioxidant and skin hydrator specifically developed to target aging around eyes.
  • I-FIL4R: An exclusive ingredient from White Lily and Brazilian Ginseng that helps reduce the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and dark circles.
  • Caffeine: A potent vasoconstrictor which helps minimize the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
  • Jojoba Esters: Superior hydrators, for light, yet intensive moisturizing of the thin skin around the eyes.
  • Advanced Peptide: Supports the skin’s natural collagen and elastin, which helps skin look fuller and plumper.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Boosts and locks moisture into the skin for softer, smoother, fuller-looking skin.
  • Green Tea: A well-known antioxidant that guards against damage caused by UV rays.

Alrighty, now it’s my turn.

Result:聽I used this for three days with no negative reactions, despite having quite sensitive skin. I don’t have too much puffiness, but I did see a marked reduction in allergy related puff and dark circles, despite getting聽no sleep聽this week. As for wrinkles, I can’t really say too much about that, but the skin around the eye area is very smooth and supple, so I’d say it’s a fair chance that any fine lines would be at least partially reduced. I had my mom try it, but she did not like the texture at all… Speaking of…

Texture: Appearance-wise, this isn’t the most attractive serum. The scent is nearly non-existent, clinical, very much like Clinique or Elizabeth Arden. Where this serum really loses my interest is in the feel and drydown. It’s sticky, almost tacky, and dries down almost tight. It’s a good serum, effective. I just personally don’t like the feel of it.

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I know it’s horrible to judge on appearance, but I mean… that doesn’t really look very appealing, and since I don’t specifically聽need聽an anti-aging eye serum yet, I’ll likely not be using this one too often.

BOTTOM LINE: If you don’t care about textures that dry down matte or “tight”, then this is a very effective serum for you. If textures are a picky thing for you, then I’d find a way to try this before you buy it.

Product is free of聽artificial聽colors, dyes, fragrance, parabens, sulfates, phthalates and is聽dermatologist聽tested.聽Available for purchase at Nerium for $80.00

Disclaimer: Product was provided to Kettle Rose for review, but the views and opinions expressed are my true and honest experience with the product after a fair and unbiased trial.

butter LONDON Memorial Day sale!

Just a quick pop-by to let you all know that butter LONDON is having a Memorial Day sale! Go to butter LONDON and use code MemorialDay2016 to receive a whopping 30% OFF! Active Memorial Day only, so get those computer mice ready! I know I’ll be stocking up, for sure. Let me know what you guys all grab!

Britni Rose

May 2016 Allure Beauty Box | Subscription

Hey guys! Quite the hiatus, right? I’m going to try and post on here, seems like a nice little therapy that I’ve been missing.

I recently re-subscribed to Birchbox, Ipsy, and Allure Beauty Box, in addition to Dollar Shave Club – an absolute staple in my house.

Today I got my first Allure box in the mail, so here we go!

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The thick cardboard box comes in a plain brown shipping box, snug and safe. Inside, you’re greeted by the heavy-duty little magazine they have that is in place of a regular product run-down card.

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Underneath the gauzy-white tissue paper is the products, which… could’ve used a bit more of the squiggle grass packing in it, but it all came safe and sound. The glass nail polish was intact and the plastic around the Luna was fine.

Now let’s get to the products!

First up we have the Luna Play by Foreo. The Allure Product Run-Down says:

Foreo Luna Play
What It Is: A golf-ball size facial cleaning brush.
What It Does: Removes gunk with gentle vibrations.
Why We Like It: This brush- a pint sized version of the original Foreo Luna- is gentle enough to use on even sensitive skin. It easily maneuvers around your nose, where bigger brushes tend to struggle, leaving skin smooth. It comes prejuced with 100 uses’ worth of battery power; once drained, toss it out. And in the meantime, don’t worry about cooties: the silicone inhibits bacterial growth.
Price: $39.00
Where to Buy It: Foreo.com

The product is full-size (itself being the smaller version of Luna), so that’s a value of $39.00 already in a $10 box. ($15/mo – $5 coupon for first month.)

It’s gentle, but the larger bumps(?) at the top definitely do a good job at sonic-scrubbing, especially around the nose area. It’s different feeling, to me, since I’m used to bristle sonic brushes, but I think I like this better. It聽feels聽cleaner to use, but maybe that’s a placebo effect from knowing the silicone inhibits bacterial growth. I say my skin feels at least as clean or cleaner than my Clinique Sonic and my Clarisonic and most definitely feels like a better clean than my DDF.

Along with the Foreo Luna Play, they sent along both the Day and Night cleanser. I haven’t tested the Night Cleanser yet, but the Day Cleanser was phenomenal. They say:

Foreo Day Cleanser
What It Is:聽
A gentle face wash.
What It Does:聽Cleanses without leaving skin tight and dry.
Key Ingredients:聽Mandarin and bergamot extracts (antioxidants); apricot-seed oil (moisturizes).
How It Looks/Feels/Smells:聽The citrus-scented cream transforms to an airy foam when you massage it onto damp skin with your fingers or the Foreo brush.
Why We Like It:聽It rinses away the leftover retinole and night cream you applied before bed鈥搒omething water alone won’t do鈥 so you can start the day looking and feeling fresh.
Price:聽$29.95
Where to Buy It:聽Foreo.com

 

Foreo Night Cleanser
What It Is:聽A deep-cleansing face wash.
What It Does:聽Cleanses skin and removes makeup.
Key Ingredients:聽Sweet-almond oil and coco-caprylate/carpate, a derivative of coconut oil (moisturize)
How It Looks/Feels/Smells:聽Once wet, the gel turns to lotion and rinses away every last bit of makeup, leaving skin fresh and soft.
Why We Like It:聽How clean does you skin really need to be? If your answer is squeaky, you’re going to love this face wash. It thoroughly removes dirt, grime, sunscreen, waterproof mascara, lip stains, and anything else you may have pancaked on your face over the course of the day.
Price:聽$35.95
Where to Buy It:聽Foreo.com

What I Say: This day cleanser, omuguh. It’s so foamy and frothy and delicious. It smells amazing. Citrus-y and “HEY WAKE UP”-y. They pretty much explained everything else perfectly.

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What they say:

Equitance Brightening Serum + Spot Corrector
What It Is:
聽A dark-spot-brightening serum.
What It Does:聽Minimizes the appearance of spots caused by acne, hormonal changes, and sun exposure.
Key Ingredients:聽Linoleic acid, and vitamin C (brighten); olive oil and glycerin (moisturize).
How It Looks/Feels/Smells:聽The white formula is just thick enough to spot-treat small areas.
Why We Like It:聽Let’s get one thing straight. Spot treatments require patience and persistence. You probably won’t see much change after a few days. But a serum that shows a visible difference in four weeks? Now that’s fast. This one is moisturizing and gentle, so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. Our fair-skinned tester found that the sun spots on her forehead faded from cappucino brown to light tan after less than a month.
Price:聽$125
Where to Buy It:聽Equitance-us.com

Honestly? I haven’t tried this yet. Haven’t even opened it. But I guess the reviews are pretty good, but the price is also聽pretty steep. If you have the spare change, go for it. I’d personally stick with Origins’ Mega Bright serum from the Dr. Weil line.

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I got this recently in my April Birchbox, and fell in love with it then. It’s聽perfectly聽textured, no (obvious, to me at least) scent, and silky silky soft.

C艒tz Flawless Complexion SPF 50
What It Is:聽A noncomedogenic mineral sunscreen.
What It Does:聽Protects skin from UVA and UVB rays without clogging pores.
Key Ingredient:聽Zinc oxide (sunscreen).
How It Looks/Feels/Smells:聽You could mistake this sunscreen for a makeup primer. It has the same silky texture that makes it easy to spread on skin.
Why We Like It:聽Because it’s not greasy or oily and it doesn’t smell like a pi帽a colada. White we have plenty of sunscreens that we like to wear at the beach, there are few that have passed the makeup-bag test. This one provides sun protection and also wears remarkably well under foundation.
Price:聽$19.99
Where to Buy It:聽Ulta.com

They pretty much nailed it. It’s silky, has no scent (mother-approved! She HATES sunscreen smells, bug repellant too.), and works not聽as聽a primer, but sits nice under a foundation, for sure. It is tinted, as well. There’s not quite enough coverage for a tinted moisturizer, but it definitely evens out skintone.

Pixi Mattelustre lipstick in Rose Naturelle
What It Is: A semimatte tawny-pink lipstick.
How It Looks/Feels: The creamy bullet applies with no drag or dryness. And unlike most “neutral” lipsticks, it delivers rich coverage.
Why We Like It:聽This isn’t a wispy, barely there rose. It has some heft, thanks to traces of brown and a lush opaque finish. It also has peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins C and E to keep lips looking extra Angelina Jolie-ish.
Price:聽$12
Where to Buy It:聽Pixibeauty.com

This is a comfortable and pretty color, excellent opacity without having 1904343 pounds of it on, which is something that I hate about other formulas like liquid lipsticks. I feel like I will be throwing this one if my purse for regular use. It’s creamy and comfortable and lasts for about 3-4 hours and leaves a gentle stain for about 5 hours. Pixi is a brand I always kind of skipped over, but the next time I’m in Target (which is always), I’ll check it out.

 

Um. So. I didn’t grab a picture of the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara for some reason. But I’ve had the full-size for a while. It’s alright. I don’t find it too unique, and if I hadn’t gotten it as a gift, I’d not spend the money on it. It’s聽nice, don’t get me wrong. It’s just nothing that’s changing the world.

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara
What It Is:聽A volumizing, lengthening, and curling mascara in an ultrablack shade.
How It Looks/Feels:聽Packed with 580 bristles, the brush is shaped like a candy corn. The idea is that the fine tip targets small inner-corner lashes, while the fat center loads up your lashes with the inky pigment to volumize and lift with one swipe.
Why We Like It:聽You know those mascara buzzwords you hear all the time (volumizing, lengthening, curling, defining)? Well, this pigmented mascara manages to capture them all in one sleek black tube. One coat left our tester’s lashes lifted and thicker, yet somehow multiplied, with zero clumps. The unique shape of the brush fits right in with the all-in-one trend: The tiny nib gets right into tricky inner corners while the fatter end pulls the outer corners up and out for a subtle cat-eye effect.
Price:聽$24
Where to Buy It:聽Sephora.com

The brush is聽not聽unique, for the record. It’s a regular cone shaped bristle wand. And the packaging could be better. *shrug*

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Lauren B. nail polish in Santa Barbara Surf
What It Is:聽A glossy green-blue polish that’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.
Why We Like It:聽The love child of mint green and sky blue, it works with our summer whites and office neutrals. And the glossy, wet-looking finish stays shiny even after a trip to the beach.
Price:聽$18
Where to Buy It:聽Laurenbeauty.com

This is a pretty standard turquoise polish. Pretty packaging. I’ll swatch the polish for another post, but judging from the formula it seems like it shouldn’t be too bad. $18 is a wee bit much, but聽we all know I’ve spent more than that.

 

So that’s it for the Allure May 2016 box. I liked it pretty much overall. Two full-sized products and a mix of makeup and skincare and nail polish with not a single hair product in sight. Now that’s my kind of box.

My only issue lies in the product run down card. The punctuation and grammar was horrible, and they described things… not well. Also, who buys an $18 nail polish and doesn’t use a top coat? Like, great, it’s glossy, but… top coat, man. Top coat.

 

I hope this is a welcome return, and I hope to post on here more frequently (instead of every two years).

Britni Rose

L’Oreal Check Me Out Nail Polish | Swatch, Photos, Review

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Ah, the clearance rack. Always a good find. Except I spend way too much money. “Oh, this is only $1.50! Oh,聽this聽is only $1.50! Oooh, THIS is only $1.50,” next thing I know, I’ve spent $30 and forgot to buy what I went in the store to get in the first place!

 

Aaaanyway,聽I got L’Oreal’s Check Me Out while it was on The Almighty Clearance Endcap at Walgreen’s. I hate pink, but this caught my eye, I bought it, came home, and put it on straight away. And you know what?聽I love it.聽The formula was very good, it’s super shimmery, but with no threat of frostiness. And it’s shiny all on it’s own. No topcoat in these pictures.

Catching Up: Maybelline ColorShow Nail Polish Limited Edition “Leather” finish

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Sage Staple聽(without topcoat)

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Sage Staple聽(with topcoat)

Stunning聽color, good formula (for a matte). The flakies are beautiful and aren’t too sparse.

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Mod Moss (without topcoat)

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Mod Moss (with topcoat)

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This color is absolutely perfect. So, so pretty.