Skincare

Kenzo Belle de Jour Review

I normally don’t like blogging skincare until I’ve used it for a month or more but seeing as I’m so excited about Kenzo Belle de Jour Moisturizer I’m thinking that I’ll rewrite my set of rules and tell you all about it!

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The Muse tends to think outside the box and couldn’t help but think “Oh Belle de Jour moisturizer, how very Billie Piper of Kenzo…” What? Am I the only demented one that was thinking of Billie Piper after they heard “Belle de Jour”….oh come on now you know you were thinking the same bloody thing.

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Yeah, Billie’s grown up since her day’s as a companion!

Anyway….

If you put aside all the great benefits of Kenzo Belle de Jour and simply embrace the amazing packaging and incredible smell of the moisturizer you should be happy as a little clam. These things make a difference when you’re a girly girl who adores anything that looks and smells pretty.

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Bell de Jour is scented with the gorgeous smell of white lotus. Truly a stunning treat for the senses. After blogging for so long I suddenly realized one day out of the blue that some women don’t like scented moisturizers. I couldn’t believe these people actually existed. I happen to fall into the category of loving my facial moisturizer scented and Belle de Jour completely captivates with a fresh floral blend that’s really something you have to experience for yourself to understand. Truly it’s a key selling point for me as the smell is just amazing.

Ok, enough of gushing about the scent….packaging….

Packaging always matters. You know how shallow we all are. We love beautiful packaging, sweet packaging, and kawaii packaging. Don’t lie now, your Muse knows you well and she understands how important beautiful packaging is. Belle de Jour comes housed in a large white box with a beautiful lotus surrounding all four sides of the box. Inside you’ll discover a tiny little book that goes into great detail about what your new facial moisturizer will do for your skin, small things like this make me smile and take note that the brand put a little extra love into the packaging. The jar is typical Kenzo design that has that chic edge to it. It’s a simple cream jar with a slight slant and a beautiful lotus on the lid. The words Belle de Jour grace the bottom. The simplicity of the jar make it elegant and very pretty to display on your vanity.

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Now that we got all the shallow stuff out of the way how does the moisturizer perform?

Kenzo Belle de Jour is a face cream to enhance the skin’s natural beauty by protecting it from free radials and the harmful stress hormone, Cortisol. Cortisol is a chemical found in saliva, which increases significantly when a person is stress. The Muse images she has tons of Cortisol running around all over the place! High levels of cortisol increases blood pressure and weakens the immune system, making the body prone to illness and fat accumulation, see I told you that I had a ton of cortisol running through my body, take a look at my chubby little cheeks you’ll see what I mean! 75% of women using Belle de Jour showed a drop in their cortisol levels by 25% after a single application. Further tests and studies show that the skin surface showed a 28% reduction in reactive oxygenated elements (free radicals) on the skin’s surface.

That’s probably a little too much information but the moral behind the story is that free radicals can create havoc with your skin and Belle de Jour is a moisturizer meant to prevent that chaos. White Lotus, is a natural and potent ingredient which helps restore skin to it’s natural balance and stimulate cellular metabolism leaving behind softer, luminous skin. Simply put the cream increases radiance of the skin, moisturizers, soothes, and protects skin from free radicals.

What’s the Muse say?

The formula is a nice thick moisturizing cream which is recommended for all skin types. I do think it’s a heavy cream so I’d recommend it for night use if you have oily skin or even dry skin for that matter as it can work at improving skin as you sleep. A tiny bit goes a very long way at moisturizing skin and your face feels interestingly refreshed after a single use. The cream absorbs easily and as mentioned above smells heavenly. It sinks in completely and leaves behind softer skin upon contact. It’s one of those facial moisturizers that you’ll see results right away upon application. For example, dry patches on my cheeks were instantly soothed and relieved with one application.

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Now as per my recommendation of using it as a night cream, for it’s price you’re going to want to take note of whether or not you want to indulge in it as both a day and night cream or just one or the other. If you live a face paced lifestyle in a large city with plenty of pollution, sun exposure, and just general nastiness that will easily take it’s toll on skin, I recommend using this as your day cream. The point of the cream is to act as a barrier between you and all that insanity that surrounds you during the day. It wraps skin in a cocoon and acts not only as your moisturizer but as a self defense system for your skin. If you work or travel in a slower town and aren’t as exposed you may settle on using this as a night cream. As I mentioned the formula is thick yet manages to be fluffy and absorbs easier so for a day cream it can work well when applied in small amounts.

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Restoring the balance of my skin may take a few uses but as of now my skin just feels nicer. I do feel like my skin can take advantage of feeding off a superior facial moisturizer such as this.

I like this one alot and I feel a Muse Approval coming on but I’m going to keep testing it out and I’ll revisit with you in another post soon to tell you how it’s doing with my skin. So far, count this Muse impressed.

Visit www.kenzousa.com for further info or to place an order. Orders over $75 USD get free shipping and three free samples.

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Garnier Skin Naturals Vital Restore Moisturizer Review

If you’re looking for a moisturizer for mature skin allow a Muse to recommend Garnier Skin Naturals Vital Restore.

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Although I’m not of an age to really appreciate the full benefits of Garnier Skin Naturals Vital Restore I still gave it a go because it smells so ridiculously gorgeous. Yes, indeed, scent does sale a product to the Muse.

Garnier Skin Naturals Vital Restore is part of Garnier’s newest skincare line up within the UK (no worries I’m sure we’ll see it in the US sooner or later). The collection is directed towards mature skin in need of a moisture as well as pampering. The product is a complete revitalizing skin cream the hydrates and reinforces skin structure whole protecting against age spots.

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If you’re around 50 years of age, Garnier Vital Restore is something to consider for rebuilding and replenishing skin texture. The moisturizer has an SPF 15 and UVA/UVB filters to help protect skin against premature aging by the sun’s harmful rays. Two active ingredients in the formula are Orchid extract which stumulate cell vitality and Soy bioproteins which stimulate production of collagen and elastin.

I can’t speak for how well it works as my skin isn’t matured enough to appreciate the full benefits of the cream but I must say it smells lovely and moisturizers quite well. My dry skin seems to love it! It’s a nice thick cream that absorbs easily into my face. The overall results of the products won’t take full effect because as I mentioned my skin isn’t old enough but as for texture and scent the product definitely snag my attention!

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For further details about the Garnier Skin Naturals Collection visit www.garnier.co.uk

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Lollia Guest Haus Collection: Lollia Body Milk Petite Treats Review

The Muse is terribly partial to body care that comes housed in sweet little Victoria bottles and jars. She’s a big fan of expensive British soaps, lotions, and potions such as Lady Primrose that caters not only to quality but also beautiful packaging. Victorian packaging is perhaps long dead for some but I’m a big lover of anything that’s sports a feminine, pretty package. Most of these items are costly but not the case with Lollia which not only gives a beautiful presentation to it’s product but also offers a quality product with a tiny price tag. And most important it’s made in the USA so you don’t have to trip across Europe so snag yourself some!

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Pretty, cheap, and quality? What more could a girl possibly want!

Allow me, if I may, to introduce you to Lollia’s Newest Collection Guest Haus. These tiny petite treats were created by designer Margot Elena Wells. the Guest Haus Collection acknowledges the special guest that comes to visit for an evening or a long weekend or perhaps just for a simple cuppa tea. The Muse’s tea party guests always go home with a goody bag so the Lollia Guest Haus Collection would be the perfect little take home treat.

At $12.50 USD you won’t break the bank making your vanity pretty (or making your guest room vanity pretty if you’re feeling the need to share! No pressure you don’t have too as these are too cute to just give away!) with these sweet petite glass jars of Lollia Body Milk. Each glass jar houses a lush, moisturizing lotion that you can use on hands or on your body.

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Lollia Body Milk contains a healthy about of shea butter for making hands and body super smooth with it’s quick absorbing formula but most important it’ll make you smell really pretty. Available in Mint Julep and Geraldine and Tonic you might as well get both for the price as the scents are lovely!

Lollia Body Milk in Mint Julep smells like a sweet vanilla buttermint candy, you know like the ones you slip into your mouth after dinner. The scent lingers on and on so you won’t be able to stop smelling your hands after use! Yum! Lollia Grenadine & Tonic Body Milk smells has a fresh floral scent with a nice twang of tonic that lightens up the scent and morphs it into something unique!

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Forsaking luxury because of price doesn’t have to be an option with Lollia’s inexpensive Bath and Body Collection! Lollia Guest Haus Body Milk Petite Treats are gorgeous little treasures that will fit right into the palm of your hand and oh yes most important your beauty budget without breaking the bank.

Snag a few to give away at your tea parties, stash some in your guest bedrooms and bathrooms, give some to a special friend as a little treat, and most important spoil yourself with one or two!

Lollia Body Milk and the entire Lollia Collection is Muse Approved for purchase! Girlish, feminine, pretty, and inexpensive make a Muse happy.

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You can find Lollia at www.lollialife.com or visit your local Antropologie!

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Vintage Sister Elbow Grease Review

Oooo the weather is warming up…kinda…sorta…ok, not really but soon it’ll be warmer and you’ll want to have picture perfect knees, elbows, and legs. You’ll be wearing shorts, you’ll be showing your arms, and tons of skin will be on display for all to admire or if you’re wobbly like the Muse you keep those bits under cover hehe!

You’re so NOT wanting to have crusty, flaky, dry elbows, knees, and legs right? Don’t panic. Solution ahead!

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I’m a big fan of Lush Massage Bars as I think they do my skin a world of good especially the dry, ickier parts of my body but I’m all for an alternative that’s cute and sweet smelling!

That’s where Vintage Sister Elbow Grease comes into play! It gives me a bit of a sweeter option with kawaii packaging. What’s Elbow Grease anyway? Elbow Grease is simply a solid moisturizing bar that you can rub on your dry skin to smooth it up. You take the soap shaped bar and rub it on rough elbows or knees or anywhere else dry skin is cropping up and as your body temperature rises the bar will melt slightly into a creamy, dreamy moisturizing treatment.

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Vintage Sister steps up the game and makes Elbow Grease extra cute and travel friendly by housing it in a sliding tin case. Slide the tin open and pop the bar out for use, after you’re done pop the bar back in and slide the tin closed!

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Elbow Grease is $10 USD a tin and comes in six fun scents! I have mine scented in Carribean Fruit which has touches of tropical orange, cherry, coconut, and pineapple! It’s a combo of sweet, tropical fruits that’s sure to get you in the mood for Spring!

Each bar will last around a three to four weeks with daily use. It works fabulously well at making skin extra smooth and particularly makes your legs feel wonderfully silky and short ready for the Summer!

All in all I’m still a big lover of Lush Massage Bars as they perform the very same way but I really like the fun, quirky style of Vintage Sister which is what makes Elbow Grease such a hit for me.

Snag some today at www.vintagesister.com

Shipping is very reasonable as well ranging from $1.99-$2.99 USD or less within the US and $6 USD and up for International Orders.

Loves it! Works a treat and getting the Muse all soft and silky again!

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Anosa Rose Peeling Mask

Hello, my name is the Muse and I’m terribly addicted to absolutely useless cosmetics. Remember the Sony Blackhead Stick?

Last week I was telling you about Anosa Ananas Sativus Face Peeling Mask and this week I have Anosa Rose Face Peeling Mask for you!

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Ahh bless be another useless face peeling mask review awaits you after the jump!

Excited?

To refresh your memory allow the Muse to explain that peeling mask doesn’t necessarily mean that the mask “peels off”. Actually the product is used on a water dampened face by rubbing in and around your skin. As you work the product it “peels” and “pills” off your face in little gobs that resemble skin…kinda gross I know but interesting.

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The mask is a pale pink and smells heavenly, like fresh blooming roses.

Anosa Rose Peeling Mask is supposed to purify the face and cleanse the pores but honestly all it does is make my face feel squeaky clean and smells pretty. Aside from that it’s really useless!

Dontcha just love useless face products?

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But that doesn’t stop Anosa from promising me the world in a cute little tube smelling of roses.

Oh well…some addictions can’t be cured!

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