Well, I finally finished my beloved tube of Caudalie Vine Body Butter last weekend, and yes, it was just like Maxwell House Coffee (good to the last drop).
Polishing it off also left a void in my heart that I knew only one thing could fill, and the name of that thing starts with the word, “Sephora.”
Okay, that doesn’t make any sense at all, but you know me. Anything to try something new!
I stopped by Sephora on Monday night to look around, and here are three things (among many others) that caught my eye…
1. Caudalie Nourishing Body Lotion
As soon as I stepped foot in the store, I made a beeline for the Caudalie display. I’m still on a Caudalie kick, so I’m taking their Nourishing Body Lotion ($36 for 8.4 counces) out for a test drive.
With summer approaching, this is about the time I usually switch to lighter body lotions that don’t feel so heavy on my skin.
This one, for normal and dry skin types, contains antioxidant grape polyphenols and ginkgo biloba (of cognition-enhancing fame) to help keep skin soft and firm.
I’ve only been using two days, including today, and I already love it. It’s rich and moisturizing but doesn’t leave my skin greasy, and it absorbs more quickly than the Vine Body Butter.
If you’ve ever sniffed Caudalie’s Hand Cream before, it has the same light, fresh grassy scent.
So refreshing after a shower… It might be too early to say this, but I think I found my new summer moisturizer for my bod.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, C14-22 Alcohol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sodium PCA, Cetyl Alcohol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phospholipids, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Tocopherol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl-3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
2. Caudalie Firming Concentrate
Not gonna lie, my upcoming birthday is why I picked up this firming, toning body treatment because gravity, like the jungle, always wins in the end.
The Firming Concentrate ($35 for 2.5 ounces) is also from Caudalie, and I’m hoping its mix of essential oils will help keep my skin elastic and firm. It contains the oils of grapeseed (for moisturizing); sweet mint, peppermint and Douglas fir (for toning); and lemon for draining.
Caudalie recommends it for “the first signs of sagging,” and for tired legs. Those are two very unrelated things, aren’t they? LOL! I’ve been applying it on my chest, arms and stomach before following up with the Nourishing Body Lotion.
Two days isn’t enough time to tell much, but I do love the light herbal scent, which is kinda pepper-minty, and how cool and tingly it feels.
Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Pseudotsuga Menziesii (Balsam Oregon) Resin, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citral, Limonene, Linalool
3. Nude Skincare Hydrating Water
For this one, I left the protective bubble around the Caudalie display, sauntered over to Nude Skincare, and picked up a bottle of their Hydrating Water ($20 for 3.4 ounces).
The line has been around for a few years, but Sephora only recently started stocking the products on their shelves. Like Caudalie, Nude Skincare takes a more natural approach than many brands and says that all of the ingredients they use can be safely metabolized by the body. No parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or dyes, petrochemicals, pthalates, GMOs or triclosan.
All you do is mist Hydrating Water, which is an oil-free liquid spray toner, on to your skin for a quick hit of moisture. You can use it on either bare skin or atop makeup.
The rosy vanilla scent is derived from natural rose and vanilla floral essences, and prickly pear can be thanked for the hydration.
I’ve been keeping it right next to my keyboard and misting myself with it throughout the day. It doesn’t add a ton of moisture, which is fine for what it’s for, but my combo dry/oily skin thinks it’s divine.
It could very well turn out to be my gateway product into the line…
Ingredients: Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Glycerin (Plant Sources), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Maltodextrin (Fermented Sugar), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Inulin (Chicory Root), Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide (Corn And Beet), Opuntia Streptacantha Stem Extract (Prickly Pear), Tilia Cordate (Linden) Extract
So there you have it! — the latest beauty news in my life.
Have you done any beauty browsing lately? If you have, let me know what you’ve found! Any new must-have beauty discoveries? One can never have too many of those.
Versailles de Chanel: Holiday 2012
Pink was definitely in the house at Chanel’s recent 2012-13 Cruise Show.
Chanel Makeup Creative Director Peter Philips used a mix of products from the brand, including a couple of things from the upcoming holiday 2012 collection, codenamed Versailles de Chanel, like the Exclusive Creation Mouche de Beaute on the models’ faces and Ombre Essentielle in Rose Favorite on their eyes. Both products arrive on Chanel counters alongside the rest of the Versailles de Chanel collection this December.
Sadly, the thing I want most of all here, that tiny velvet Chanel sticker beneath the model’s eye, doesn’t appear to be on sale… Man, I’d rock that thing in a hot second!
But I’m not so sure about the pink shadow…
How about you? Would you wear it (the shadow and/or the sticker)?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,