Sunday, 29 January 2012
by Sylvie - alipstickaday

Blush Horizon de Chanel Soft Glow Blush Spring 2012

There is no doubt the star product of the Chanel Spring 2012 Harmonie de Printemps collection is the Blush Horizon de Chanel.  However I couldn'y help but be disappointed that the pattern was again stripes, similar to Chanel Bronze Rosé from the 2011 Summer (and the stripes theme will continue for Summer 2012 as well).  My secret wish is for Chanel to make a camellia motif powder palette.

Saturday, 28 January 2012
by Sylvie - alipstickaday

Chanel 2012 Spring Collection Harmonie de Printemps

The Chanel Spring Collection has finally launched in the UK.  I picked up a few things from the collection yesterday - will try to photograph and review them tomorrow if I can find the time.  Now in a mad rush to get dressed and have passport photos done (which is ALWAYS horrible).  Have a lovely weekend

Wednesday, 25 January 2012
by Sylvie - alipstickaday

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2012 Makeup

images: Vogue Paris

I adore the makeup at Christian Dior Couture by Pat McGrath.  A fresh and modern interpretation of 50's makeup (liner & full brows) to complement the new "original Dior New Look" silhouette. (To be honest I prefer the makeup to the dresses, please bring Galliano back!)

Tuesday, 17 January 2012
by Sylvie - alipstickaday

Murad Vitamin C Infusion Home Facial Kit

Murad very kindly sent me one of their Vitamin C Infusion Home Facial Kits, which I've wanted to try for a while.  This weekly vitamin C treatment mask (a at-home version of their spa treatment) claims to improve the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, stimulate skin renewal and increase hydration.

Vitamin C is one of the ingredients required to produce collagen.  Theoretically more collagen = plumped up skin*.  But can skin absorb vitamin C?  From my very unscientific research, it appears only very highly concentrated amounts (more than 10%) can be absorbed.  High concentration of vitamin C = £££.  Hence this kit, with 30% pure L-Ascorbic acid,  is not cheap at £65 for four treatments.

*Women in Asia spend A LOT of money on collagen drinks and tablets, although ingesting collagen doesn't necessarily mean your skin will absorb it.

Saturday, 14 January 2012
by Sylvie - alipstickaday

Paris Pharmacy Buys

If you're heading to Paris anytime soon, please head to CityPharma in St Germain.  It is a pharmacy but the entire ground floor is dedicated to French skincare, bodycare, hair products and toiletries.  The layout is almost like a supermarket or library - tall shelves full of products with very narrow aisles (don't come here if you've got a wheely case with you).  I didn't take any photos of the store as I was in a bit of a rush and the store is BUSY (above image from google street view).

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