Wednesday, February 15, 2012

An overview : Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme White Reveal SPF 50 + PA+++ (now available in the U.S.)



Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme White Reveal SPF 50 + PA+++



Ingredients


Tube packaging and pump dispenser


Single pump (no flash)


Partially-blended (no flash)


Partially-blended (with flash)


Blended (no flash)


Blended (with flash)



The Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme White Reveal SPF 50 + PA+++  is now available in the United States from various Dior counters and online retailers.  I got mine about six months ago from the Duty Free in Korea.  I normally use BB Creams on a daily basis in the summer for its oil control and higher sun protection factor.  With that said, I decided to give this a try again this week prior to this post to see if it will wear differently with the colder weather, and to share my experience with the product now that its readily available in the States.


As you can see in the photos above, the product has a warmer tinge, almost a "peach" to it, and even a little darker than most BB Creams in the market.  My skin tone at the moment is around NC30-35, I do tan in the summer, and even with its warmer tinge, I don't think that the product will suit skin tones darker than NC40.  I find that the product does not leave a "grey cast", but it does lean beige, I have a lot of yellow in my skin and I can see a slight demarcation if I don't apply the product all the way down to my neck.


The product itself is not as thick or creamy as most BB creams.  It is slightly runny, but for me, that makes the product a dream to apply.  It has a light floral scent, and does require a few minutes to "darken" or warm up, and blend with the skin.  The coverage is light to medium, and the finish is dewy, but offers more coverage in comparison to Lancome UV Expert GN-Shield, another great BB Cream.  With adequately moisturized skin, the finish is quite lovely and natural, not as "cakey" than most BB Creams. 


I think this will suit combination to normal skin types.  If you have oily skin, you may have to layer a mattifying powder on top.  If your skin is very dry, make sure to moisturize well, as it will accentuate dry patches.  Overall, I find that this BB Cream is a good alternative to tinted moisturizers, or foundations if you prefer a lighter coverage.  As for its benefits,
 I don't normally rely on makeup or base products to give me the results I need.  I have decided that it is better to leave that up to skincare.  It is quite steep for $50.00 in comparison to other BB Creams, considering you're only getting 1.2 fl. oz. of product, but in my experience, the Diorsnow BB Creme has a superior edge to most BB Creams out there.


  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

love.





Valentine's dinner with the hubby.



valentine.



Love should be celebrated each day.. 
Just let today be a reminder.

Happy Valentine's Day!





Monday, February 13, 2012

drool-worthy : victoria beckham x louboutin





This has got to be a favorite of mine from NYFW!  When Victoria Beckam tweeted this pic of her collection -- that handbag -- along with these gorgeous Louboutin boots -- 
I just about died!  As I pick up my jaw off the floor!



Monday, February 6, 2012

new hair care : oscar blandi



When there's a sale, I stock up.  I'm most excited for the 
Olio di Jasmine Hair Serum.  Reviews to come!




Friday, February 3, 2012

battle of the 'studly' bags : givenchy mirte vs. balenciaga arena work




Givenchy Mirte Studded Large Lambskin Satchel 




Balenciaga Arena Giant Work  





I have satchel handbags on my mind.  The Balenciaga Work has always been on my list but the Givenchy Mirte just looks so elegant, yet edgy with the added studs.  And the Mirte will definitely be a standout amongst  a sea of Balenciaga handbags.




Wednesday, February 1, 2012

some must-haves for my temperamental skin


Bliss Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Cream / Kate Somerville Nourish / Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins



Unpredictable weather changes in the west coast have wreaked major havoc on my sensitive skin.  We wake up to days of summer temperatures.. then it plummets down to chilly nights.  Like the weather, my skin can not make up its mind on its condition.  Typically, during the summer months, I lean more towards combination to oily.  But lately, it's just combination to dry and extra sensitive.  So I started to play around with new skincare, and so far, it has help mend my irritated skin.  For days when my skin is dry, I opt for Kate Somerville Nourish.  It's made for dry skin, but light enough that it absorbs fast.   The anti-aging benefits of Matrixyl 3000 is also a good plus.  I also recently started using Bliss Triple Oxygen + C, which I love.  It actually absorbs faster than the Nourish, and leaves a non-greasy feel, so this is an ideal moisturizer prior to makeup application.  Lastly, the Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins has been a long-time staple.  This product just makes my skin brighter when I wake up the next day.  I am going through my backup of the discontinued lotion version, which I am very disappointed with.  The new version is in a cream formula and I found that I was not crazy about the sample I got from Origins.



La Roche-Posay Effaclar K and Effaclar Duo


Then of course, I couldn't leave out the products I can't live without.  The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo which is a lifesaver for when my skin breaks out, and the Effaclar K, which I use to rid of the left over dark spots from break outs.  Along with my Clarisonic Mia 2, which I use every other day, I am currently looking for a good scrub.  I have my eye on the Kate Somerville Exfolikate or the Arcona Cranberry Gommage Exfoliant.

What are your skincare must-haves for this unpredictable weather changes?




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