Sponsored: I was sent a bottle of LAFCO New York's Chamomile Lavender Nourishing Body Cream and Reparative Hand Cream for review. I want to preface this review by saying, usually I approve products before they are sent to me. These were sent to me without my approval. However, when I received them, I was very smitten with the packaging. The product is housed in beautiful glossy plastic packaging, with black grosgrain ribbon, and overall the packaging is sleek & sophisticated. Both the body cream and hand cream are white & creamy. The problem I have is with the scent. Both come across as a musk (masculine) and a little sour. I looked at the consistency of the lotion (thinking maybe the shelf life had expired etc). but I didn't detect that anything had turned etc. Both are Vegan, not tested on animals and good for 12 months after opening. This scent didn't agree with me, but both are available in 13 scents (so maybe the other ones would suit me better). Now the formula! My skin felt soft after using these, but not moisturized. The consistency is very light, so I don't see this working for someone with dry skin (like me). So, I don't know if it's just the scent or what! Neither appealed to me. This was my first time hearing about LAFCO. Have you tried any of their products?
LAFCO Nourishing Body Cream and Reparative Cream is Bittersweet
LAFCO New York Chamomile Lavender Nourishing Body Cream ($35)
"Naturally rich but never greasy, LAFCO Nourishing Body Cream is
prepared from a base of argan, jojoba, and shea oils, and is infused
with orange blossom extract to noticeably soften and tone skin. Made in
Italy, LAFCO Nourishing Body Cream is free of dyes, synthetics,
silicone, GMOs and parabens. This body cream is a MUST for anytime of
the day when your skin may have been hit with some winter dryness."
LAFCO New York Chamomile Lavender Reparative Hand Cream ($32)
"Made in Italy, LAFCO Reparative Hand Cream is uniquely emollient and protective due to its rich concentration of natural botanical oils, including rice proteins and cottonseed, olive and sweet almond oils. The result is a hand cream that restores, repairs and soothes your skin for a non-greasy finish that is uniquely fragranced, perfect for post glove wearing hands.
Thanks so much for the compliments on my makeup in yesterday's OhConcept Collection post! I was wearing Jouer! Over the weekend, Jouer announced they were having a Spring Clearance Sale of up to 50% off (Kiss em Goodbye Sale). Well I noticed both the Jouer Ready To Wear Warm Collection and Cool Collection Palettes were included. I'm really not surprised they are included in this sale, because these were Jouer's very first palettes and now makeup companies are producing more limited edition makeup/palettes. I purchased these palettes last year, during a Jouer sale for about $25 ea (now they are on sale for $19 ea). I never reviewed them, because I never used them. I showed them on Snapchat, took pictures and that was that. Well when I got the OhConcept skirt, I thought about the sparkly black in the Cool Collection and thought it would work well with my outfit. So I thought this was the perfect time to review both & let you guys know about the sale (not sponsored, I just keep up with brands)!
Jouer Ready To Wear Warm Collection Palette - Sweet
This is Jouer's WARM palette. BOTH the warm and cool palettes have a bronzer, blush, highlighter and eye shadow selection. Both the warm and cool palettes have the SAME bronzer & highlighter. So the only difference in the two palettes are the eye-shadows & blush. The bronzer works with my skintone. It's a very pretty and natural looking brown. I used it as a contour around the perimeter of my face and also down the sides of my nose. The blush is called PEACH GLOW and that it is! Now this palette was initially made in '14 or '15, there's no way Christina of Jouer knew PEACH would be the hot color for makeup in '16-'17 (maybe she did, because fashion designers know what will be hot in advance). It's really pretty on the cheeks (see my face swatch) and blends in beautifully with all of my makeup. I used three (3) of the eye shadows in the palette. I used Sahara in my crease, Lace under my brow (excuse my eyebrows. trying to let them grow in) and Cognac on the lid and under my eye. If you want extra sparkle, use Fireside. I put the highlighter down the bridge of my nose. I was worried, because it was so white...but it's very subtle and pretty. I'm wearing Jouer's Papaye on my lips. The pigmentation of Jouer's makeup is very good. There is some fall out with the last eye shadow. Lots of sparkle. So apply your eye makeup first if you use that one. This palette has a square mirror. The palette is magnetized for easy closure. The only thing about these cardboard palettes (Jouer's newer palettes are constructed differently) is that they get really dirty as you use it. Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@averysweetblog) and watch my Instagram Story. I'll show you!
Jouer Ready To Wear Cool Collection Palette - Sweet
Now here is the COOL palette! Same bronzer, same highlighter as the WARM palette. The blush in this palette is called ROSE GLOW. It's a very pretty pink shade. I used three of the eye shadows in this palette. Wisp under my eye brow. Twig in my crease. Rum on my lid and under my lower lashes. I'm wearing Jouer Citronade Rose on my lips.
Stila Black Diamond - Supersweet
Yesterday, you saw Jouer's Havana (Cool Palette) along with Stila's Black Diamond (gifted to me by Little Luxury List) on my eyes. I haven't really purchased any Stila products. Just an eyeliner years ago. I'm REALLY IMPRESSED with the pigmentation of this eye shadow. Gorgeous color and very little fallout (if any). It's a dark silverish gray. I need to get more of these. I could've smoked out my top lid more, but I would need an inbetween shade. I forgot to mention, on my lips I'm wearing (wait for it) MAC x Cinderella Happily Ever After. I use my makeup :D
Sponsored: I was sent a beautiful Side String Tie Dye Maxi Skirt by OhConcept Collection (all opinions are 100% my own). I love it for MANY reasons. It's maxi length, so it provides excellent coverage. One side is ruched & ties, which evokes just the right amount of sass & sexiness. The tie-dye design is minimal, sophisticated and wearable. The neutral tones fit my everyday aesthetic & wardrobe. I love black, white & grey! The weight of the skirt is just right; it moves beautifully and is soft to the touch. It's the perfect "I-can-wear-it-now" skirt for me (befitting of New Orleans weather) and I definitely see myself wearing it during the upcoming Spring & Summer months. I like that this skirt is no-fuss! I slipped it on, paired it with an effortless Three Dots 3/4 sleeve black tee, my J.Crew tassel ankle wrap sandals & a gorgeous bracelet my blog friend Rowena of Rolala Loves gave me a couple of years ago. Two fabulous women designers are behind OhConcept Collection. Their mission is to create affordable, comfy & trendy pieces that celebrate a woman's body. They definitely accomplished that with this skirt. It's everyday! It's festival! It's weekend! It's lets go out & have fun! On a separate note, my eye makeup & blush is Jouer's Ready To Wear Warm Palette, which is currently on sale (I'll review it for you tomorrow). The other sparkle on my eyes is Stila's Jewel Eye Shadow in Black Diamond (It was gifted to me by friend & fellow blogger Little Luxury List a couple of years ago). This was my first time trying this sparkly shadow & it is gorgeous. I need to review more Stila! I am impressed. Wanna laugh? Take a look at the last small photo! My Spanx are showing! LOL You guys know I'm a beauty blogger, but my blog buddy Jalisa of The Style Contour has encouraged me to do more fashion and incorporate it into my blog. She is so nice! Definitely follow her and check out her blog! I contemplated about posting the Spanx pic, but I said ... WHATEVER (nothing's showing) ... Keep it real :P