Showing posts with label Davines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Davines. Show all posts

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Birchbox Beauty in Bloom Box for Spring (Limited-Edition)


Birchbox launched a new limited-edition box for spring called Beauty in Bloom ($64 for a $188 retail value). Many of you are familiar with the monthly subscription boxes they offer for both women and men, but they also have special Limited-Edition Boxes available that are really good deals. The Beauty in Bloom Box is one of those boxes you can purchase whether or not you're a subscriber that has a pretty mix of makeup, skincare and accessories - all of which I will use. Sometimes pre-made kits can be a miss even if the set is a good deal - if there's a good portion in the set you don't think you'll use or are interested in trying, even a good deal can be a waste. This one is a really good one and has a mix of full-sized items with trial-sized minis.

Here's what's in the box, I've linked the full-size individual items from Birchbox in the image for reference if you're only interested in some of the items but I'll list them below as well:


The box comes beautifully packaged in a large pink box which makes it all ready to go for gifting if you're looking for a spring birthday gift (or for any occasion):
  • NEST Fragrance Votive Candle (mini) in Grapefruit - I tried NEST for the first time over the holiday and was so impressed with the throw and strength of the candles, I find they are reasonably priced, this is my first time smelling grapefruit and it's sweet but not overly sweet - the little votive fills our entire place with the scent in a matter of minutes
  • NEST Fragrances Indigo Eau de Parfum - this is my first time trying NEST fragrances, the little one comes with a rollerball tip which is really convenient, Indigo is a very sweet blackberry floral, along the lines of Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay but more floral, it's very strong but doesn't cause migraines for me, I'm undecided on this one because it's extremely sweet, but I like having a decent sized mini to try out
  • Lollia Relax Shea Butter Hand Cream - Travel Size - my box has the lavender one which I have not yet had a chance to try but the packaging is really cute and I like lavender scents for hand creams, since the box is limited-edition I wanted to write about it and let you know before it sold out
  • Davines OI/Oil - I used this many years ago and did a blog post on this in the early days of the Beauty Look Book blog, my local salon carried the line but over the years they downsized what they carried in store so I never repurchased, it's a versatile oil you can use pre-heat styling or after, I love the way it smells which is hard to describe but it adds shine and makes the hair super soft without feeling heavy or greasy, there are over 4,700 reviews on this one online at Birchbox, I really believe this one is worth the splurge of a full bottle, I need to make a note to myself to order
  • Laura Gellar Baked Blush in Maui (full size) - different boxes get different colors, mine had Maui inside which is a soft matte pink, in general I don't like baked matte blushes because they almost always darken on my skin and make it look flat/lifeless, Maui is a soft buildable pink with a smooth texture that's flawless, I'm still testing this out but it didn't darken on my skin
  • Stila HUGE Extreme lash mascara - I love mascara minis but am the biggest skeptic when it comes to trying mascara, I have straight lashes and often times mascaras do not hold the curl or smudge like crazy on me, I had little to no expectation for this one and was surprised to find how amazing this one is, it held the curl, made lashes look huge without being clumpy and did not smudge, the only downside is I found it very challenging to remove at the end of the day, but given the effect and results I'm willing to overlook that
  • Mally Beauty Eye-Amplifying Shadow Liner (full size) in Stone - there are different color options for the boxes, I'm not sure if you're able to pick out the color, Stone is a cool silver taupe that blends with impressive pigment, you do have to blend quickly because once it sets it does not budge at all, I like the formula but the color seems on the light side to be a liner, it works well as a shadow for me
  • Darphin Intral Toner (travel-size) is something I've always wanted to try but didn't want to buy the full size without being able to test it, I haven't used this one yet but it's on my list to try out in the upcoming week
  • Smith and Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer in Hi-Speed Sonnet is a medium rosey pink with high shine and shimmer, as many of you know most of the Smith and Cult glosses are very sheer in color, this one had a lot more pigment and color payoff compared to the others I've tried
  • Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist (travel-size) is a classic staple as far as face mists go, it's a gentle and soft refresher you can apply before moisturizer
  • Umbra Prisma Tray is the cutest tray I've seen in a long time and well made for the price (it's $15 separately), I love how the brass accent adds an edgy but classic touch to it while the neutral canvas base makes it look feminine and soft

Swatches of some of the color items:


Quick snapshot of the lips and cheeks:


One last look:

For $64 I think the Beauty in Bloom Box is a steal. I think it's a well balanced kit that has a little bit of everything and all the items in it are products I can see myself using. I think accessories are sometimes hard to pick out for others or for kits - everyone has different styles or tastes. There have been some kits with hair accessories I would never ever wear. The tray in this one is one I think is possibly universal regardless of style or age - it makes a great accent piece. The minis are generously sized which gives you more than just a 1-3x use so you can give them a better test drive before deciding to buy any full sized version.

I give this one a thumbs up. You can find the Birchbox Beauty in Bloom Box for $64 online at Birchbox. Do note it's a limited-edition box. 

Beauty in Bloom was provided courtesy of Birchbox for review consideration.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Davines OI/OIL Absolute Beautifying Potion


I recently discovered a new product called Davines OI/OIL Absolute Beautifying Potion at my local salon. Normally Phyto products are used by my stylist for shampoo, conditioning, treating and styling, but this time several different items were used. The product that caught my attention was the Davines OI/Oil mainly because of the scent (mixture of soft vanilla, freshness and powder) in which two pumps were used to coat my damp just-cut hair before blow drying. The OI/Oil is a multi-purpose styling treatment that can be used on both damp and dry hair. It comes in a small pump bottle (135 ml/4.56 fl oz). I can't recall the retail price, but I believe it was around $36-39 US.

Davines is a new brand to me. In researching a bit about the company, I found out they were founded in 1983 in Italy and began as a research lab for high-end hair and skin care products. You can find more information about their philosophy on Davines.com.

A bit of background on my haircare: When it comes to haircare, I'm low-to-medium maintenance. I have thick hair that has a slight natural wave that frizzes without blow-drying or straightening (which I usually do both almost every day). I don't color treat my hair and usually get it cut 3 times a year. My staple products include: my Super Solano hairdryer, HAI ceramic flat iron, Phyto's Phytojoba Shampoo, Phyto 7 Cream, Neutrogena Body Wash (yes, as shampoo), and occasionally various Pantene shampoos. I've used a number of Frederic Fekkai and Kiehl's hair products in past years, but prefer Phyto. There is one photo I've posted of my hair from a Dry Bar visit (here) but this might help give you an idea of my hair type.

This is my first experience with a styling oil. I've use other styling sprays and conditioners before but never an oil. I was really surprised that this was able to deliver a sleek soft shine. I personally have used this for a few weeks on damp hair before blow drying. One pump is sufficient to cover most of my shoulder-length hair. A little goes a long way and I use this at most every other day (usually every other other day). It leaves the hair feeling soft and smooth and also works wonders to detangle hair after it is washed. I find it keeps the hair looking nice all day without getting a greasy or heavy look/feel. I do find that you definitely need to wash your hair at the end of the day though when using this (especially in the summer months). The ingredients:


I found this YouTube tutorial very helpful: Tutorial OI/OIL by Davines with Angelo Seminara.

Since purchasing this, I've stopped using all other styling creams (even my Phyto 7). I do think everyday use will be a bit too heavy for me but it works wonders when used sparingly. Given my love for this new discovery, I'm anxious to try more products from Davines. Since I'm new to the brand I'm not sure where this item is carried online. I noticed Barneys.com carries a few select Davines products. You can try using the Davines US Salon Locator to find a salon near you that carries this too.

Have you tried anything from Davines? Any recommendations or thoughts?
 

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