Lancome has launched a limited-edition, pink, heart-shaped Monsieur Big eyeshadow palette which has 12 metallic & matte eyeshadows in rosy, nude, and chocolate hues mean endless eye shadow looks from nude to intense. With a very beautiful and eye-catching packaging in hot pink colour and the shades are divided into 3 zones with 4 shades each, not that you can not use one shade from one zone and other from a different zone, just that it is great for a beginner to refer and definitely a keeper for a makeup professional. The palette is curated by makeup artist Lisa Eldridge.
With no limit to creativity, many eye looks can be created from this eyeshadow palette. The shades of this new eyeshadow palette are highly pigmented, long-wear, and crease-resistant. The formula is very creamy and smooth, applies and blends easily.
The palette contains 12 eyeshadows:
Big Crush-Base – nude matte
Big Crush-Liner – light gold metallic
Big Crush-Highlight – light pink metallic
Big Crush-Corner – coral matte
Big Date-Base – rose gold matte
Big Date-Liner – bronze metallic
Big Date-Highlight – white metallic
Big Date-Corner – pop pink matte
Big Night-Base – plum brown metallic
Big Night-Liner – wine red matte
Big Night-Highlight – fuchsia red metallic
Big Night-Corner – brick brown metallic
For each of the three eyeshadow range, they can be applied:
• Apply the base all over the eyelid
• Apply the corner eyeshadow shade in your outer-corner to intensify the look
• Bring highlight to your look with the highlighter eyeshadow shade on the inner corner and the center of your lid.
• Apply the liner eyeshadow shade on your eye shape contour to structure your eye
• Finally, apply a few coats of our best volumizing mascara, Monsieur Big Mascara, on your lashes
The formula is very pigmented, especially the metallic eyeshadows are very buttery as compared to matte’s which is normal for a matte eyeshadow. The formula blends easily and is buildable to the needed intensity and looks. They did not crease on my eyelids for a few hours without any eye primer. I find the three compartments very helpful when using and creating an eye look and you might agree with me. And coming to the packaging, it is a delight to eyes and can definitely be a great gift idea for anyone loving pink and red hues and want to be creative.
Every year SkinStore highlights the best in SkinCare and has an award every August celebrating the winners of each category. Skinstore’s Expert’s Choice is a lineup of most coveted award-winning beauty products picked by SkinStore’s experts for all things beauty. From luxury skincare to regimen must-haves, these stand out products are expertly reviewed, and customer approved, to be on the SkinStore top shelf this season. The 12 winners of the SkinStore Expert’s Choice Awards are selected from over 5000 products.
I am so glad to be sharing with you this year’s winners and also an exclusive discount code for you guys which is higher than the discount code shared on the official website of SkinStore, just for you guys. These are the winners:
SkinMedica Retinol Complex 1.0 – It is an award-winning retinol formula encapsulated with an antioxidant complex, enhancing skin texture and minimizing irritation.
DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Healthy Toner with Glycolic and Lactic Acid – It is a dual alpha-hydroxy acid formulation which removes excess skin oils, impurities, and makeup without leaving skin dry or irritated. It also promotes cellular turnover, revealing new skin.
Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream 40ml – It is a nourishing moisturizing cream that delivers lasting hydration to leave even dry skin soft and supple. The cream is formulated with farm-grown botanicals and high-performance plant-based oils.
PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum – This serum works at the surface, under, and deep into the skin. The hydrolyzed Hyaluronic acid plumps the appearance of fine lines and stimulates skin’s natural hyaluronic acid production process for 24-hour moisturization and long-term anti-ageing effects.
Paula’s Choice Clear Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid (118ml) – It chemically exfoliates the surface layer of skin, helping dissolve dead cells and unclog pores for a more even and refined texture. The exfoliant has green tea to soothe the skin, to neutralize free radicals, and boost elasticity with its anti-ageing properties.
Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 – It is suitable for all skin types, even the sensitive types. This SPF also treats acne and discoloration with a clear finish without being greasy or interfering with skin regime.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt 75ml – It is a multi-award winner for hair. It is a scrub for the scalp that soothes even the most sensitive scalps. The grains in this non-abrasive formula stimulate micro-circulation in the scalp to supply the maximum amount of nutrients to the hair while also providing moisture to minimize dryness. No doubt why it has been the best seller and a cult favourite.
Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic and Retinol Eye Cream 15ml – It is a vitamin-packed eye cream that has plant-based Ferulic Acid which is brimming with antioxidants to help optimize the efficiency of Retinol and vitamins as well as neutralize environmental aggressors, with soothing extracts of Willow Bark and Cucumber adding instant refreshment.
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque – This mask helps skin recover from damage and enhances barrier properties, promotes healthy tissue regeneration with a powerful concentration of antioxidant vitamins for mature or prematurely ageing- skin.
Alterna Anti-Aging Caviar Replenishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – This duo for hair is without sulphates, parabens and helps restore moisture while protecting hair from future damage. It also resists colour fading to make summer hair last in long, beautiful tresses.
FOREO Luna 3 – It is also known as the softest skincare device for cleansing. It has 30% softer silicone touch-points and T-Sonic technology which lifts away dirt, oil, and excess sebum with a 1-minute cleansing routine while a targeted firming facial massage in Luna 3 leaves skin smoother and younger-looking.
With all these amazing products, no doubt why they are chosen as the best in beauty this year. And here I have an exclusive discount code for my readers, which is higher than the discount code shared on the official website of SkinStore, use THEVELVETLIFE to get 25% off almost anything and of course on the Expert’s Choice award winners on skinstore.com!*Press samples
La Prairie’s powders go beyond mere makeup, they are infused with active ingredients – ‘Makeup with Skincare benefits’ in true sense. The formula glide on flawlessly, perfecting while enveloping skin in a luminous, matte, sublime veil. They are available in several textures and shades, for the luxury of choice. Sharing in this editorial, the new Skin Caviar Loose Powder and the new Skin Caviar Powder Foundation which has been one of my finest and most luxurious experience with makeup – be it the formula, the touch of it, or the experience – the best.
Skin Caviar Loose Powder and Skin Caviar Powder Foundation are the newest launches from the Swiss brand which has been the leader in innovation and craftsmanship in the most luxurious and effective way. The launches have been on my radar since the brand first unveiled the first look and not just the makeup launches – the vision, craftsmanship, and the beauty of discovering something so precious and presented in a way that soothes your senses and skin is amazing. I am a fan of La Prairie Skin Caviar range and shared my favourites in the past here, here, here, and here.
La Prairie Skin Caviar Loose Powder is infused with caviar extract for complexion perfection – makes a perfect conclusion to an indulgent beauty ritual – the best you can offer to the skin after the skincare routine. Skin Caviar Loose Powder sweeps on lightly, embracing the skin with the most feather-light whisper of powder for a flawless finish. It illuminates the complexion and sets makeup for an all-day youthful, natural, shine-free finish.
The powder refines the skin’s texture, smooths the appearance of fine lines and problem areas while minimizing the appearance of pores. It does not make the skin dry but the Hyaluronic acid in it keeps the skin comfortable and hydrated, also preserves the level of hydration in the skin. It also sets the foundation for long wear and provides a natural, matte, luminous finish for a youthful glow. I am so in love with this powder, all you can ask for in a powder. The skin is matte and still looks radiant, youthful and naturally flawless. I have swatched the shade Translucent 2 which is one of the three available shades.
The powder is housed in the signature elegant cobalt blue jar with a convenient hinged lid. The attention to details is definitely worth the praise, there is a little click button on the loose powder which when clicked will open the holes on the top to dispense the powder when needed with a shake which is first of its kind for me as compared to the usual loose powder settings which kind of becomes messy when opened or shaken a little vigorously.
An amazing thing that La Prairie has always been a champion is that they have a travel jar complimentary with the full size of it, which I have adored in the past when I purchased their loose powder for the first time. Skin Caviar Loose Powder also comes with a complimentary portable jar for touch-ups during the day.
To apply Skin Caviar Loose Powder, ‘Open the lid and unlock the sieve by sliding the button. Close the lid again before gently shaking the jar to release the powder. Open again and with the accompanying generous puff or with La Prairie’s Loose Powder brush, apply to face in a swirling motion for a flawless look, starting at the forehead, working over the bridge of the nose, over each cheek and finishing with the chin, avoiding brows and blending at the hairline.’
Skin Caviar Powder Foundation is the first powder foundation infused with Caviar Extract for complexion perfection. The formula glides on flawlessly to envelop skin in a silky veil of complexion-enhancing colour. Skin Caviar Powder Foundation begins as a creamy base and sets to a cashmere-soft finish. The foundation is buildable, blendable coverage for a matte yet luminous, fresh look all day long. Like the other products from the Skin Caviar range, the powder foundation is housed in a sleek cobalt blue compact complete with two mirrors – both a regular and a magnifying mirror.
I have been using both the loose powder and the powder foundation for over two weeks. The Powder Foundation, like no other powder foundation I have tried, magically refines my skin’s texture, smooths the appearance of fine lines and problem areas while minimizing the appearance of pores. Same s the loose powder, it also keeps the skin comfortable and hydrated that means luminous to the eyes. The finish of the powder foundation is very natural, matte, and luminous. I do not tend to go towards powder formulas as they do look a little flat and lifeless on my skin but this one has changed my opinion, my skin looks radiant which is always my preference. I have swatched shade Golden Beige and Honey Beige, Golden Beige is closer to my skin tone.
To apply Skin Caviar Powder Foundation, ‘With the accompanying suede-like puff or with La Prairie’s Powder Foundation brush, apply with a press-and-roll motion, starting at the forehead, working over the bridge of the nose, over each cheek and finishing with the chin. Blend around the hairline and down the nose, avoiding brows. Continue to blend around the mouth, along the jawline and down the neck for seamless coverage.’
Overall, both the colour launches have really impressed me and would highly recommend you to try these out in stores or get a sample, they are well worth the investment when it comes to makeup with skincare benefits. La Prairie is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.*Press samples