This tinted cream provides nice coverage with a dose of moisturizer. I thought I would need to layer a separate moisturizer under this, but on more humid days, this is actually enough on its own. The natural extract, Ambophenol helps reduce visible redness. The shade works perfectly on my light-to-medium skin and I think would work on a wide range of tones. Note: might be problematic on those on the edges of the skin tone spectrum.
The creamy texture lends to a dewy finish that lasts through the day. I add just a little powder on my nose for added coverage but that’s it. And most of my redness is neutralized. The little bit that does show through looks more like a rosy glow. I love that this serves as both makeup and skincare. And the significant SPF adds to peace of mind.
Our family isn’t huge on big presents, but we do like to spoil ourselves with things we normally wouldn’t buy for ourselves. And my family came through with something I’ve had my eye on for several years. I was in San Francisco back in October and visited Le Labo to confirm my lust for Santal. At happy hour that evening, my friend with fabulous taste, Lauren, confirmed that it was indeed my scent. And low and beyond, Santa delivered!
My impression of Le Labo over the years has been somewhat unusual fragrances that are honest to the soul and packaged exquisitely. Santal is inspired by a “classic image of a man and his horse in front of the fire on a great plain under tall, blue evening skies—a defining image of the spirit of the American West”. No one ever accused me of loving overly feminine fragrances. This isn’t for those girly girls. But it does have a woodsy, rich scent that smells rustic and but clean. The notes:
Top: violet accord, cardamom.
Middle: iris, papyrus, ambrox.
Base: cedarwood, leather, sandalwood.
More and more these days, I have been appreciative of brands like Le Labo in making a scent I love that is vegan, not tested on animals and made in the USA.
My fellow blogger, Victoria, always has great finds. I hate to admit how many times I have blindly and impulsively hit BUY on many of them. But I do willingly admit I always love what she recommends. While Victoria mentioned the LUMA, she hadn’t pulled the trigger but you better bet I did. And I love my new tool that is making my mornings a breeze.
The design feels a little bit more sleek than it appears above and is surprisingly lightweight. It gets hot just like a straight iron, but with exposed ceramic (so take care around kids). I have been sleeping on wet hair and taming the wavy and frizzy bits in the AM. I love the increased volume at roots but with the same sleek strands as a blowout. And it takes only about three minutes. Now, granted I am not a perfectionist but I think their claim of 10 times faster than an iron could be close. Being able to brush under my hair and covering a lot of ground with one pass really speeds things up.
Can’t wait for sale shopping on Black Friday? This year it comes early with an awesome surprise sale from Shopbop that I know I personally will be taking advantage of! Sadly, my favorite Helmut Lang blazer in white has a stain on it that cannot be removed. I have had it for five years and wear it constantly – frankly a miracle that this klutz just now managed to damage it beyond repair. So I am splurging and ordering it in black.
Sale starts this AM and runs through Tuesday 11/28.
I admit I was drawn to this brand because of the stunning packaging. There was something classic and sophisticated about it. Plus their fragrances were described in a moody and slightly masculine way. At a display I sniffed all the offerings but was immediately drawn to Jazz Club – evoking the ambiance of a Brooklyn jazz club, being both moody and exhilarating.
The bottle, which you’d be proud to display on your vanity, is inspired by classic apothecary jar with a cotton label. The labelling also will remind you of the clothing line labeling also by Maison Margiela if you are familiar.
Copper, leather, liquor and tobacco notes are all clearly Jazz Club inspired. A more detailed summary of notes: Pink Pepper, Primofiore Lemon, Neroli Oil, Rum Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Java Vetiver Oil, Tobacco Leaf Absolute, Vanilla Bean, Styrax Resin.