July 26, 2010

My vacation discoveries from Vasanti, La Coupe and Skindinävia

I'm back!  You may or may not have realized that I have been away on vacation for the past week!  I had all my posts scheduled but you probably cried when I didn't answer your comments so please know, I wasn't ignoring you, I just wasn't here!  Anyhow, I spent a lovely relaxing week in Nova Scotia lounging on a deck right by the ocean but of course I wasn't taking a vacation from trying new products! Traveling is a great excuse to use the billion samples that I own but it was also great for testing a few products that are on my shelves:

Vasanti Eye Wonder - 20ml - $42 - contains six active ingredients to combat fine lines, puffiness and dark circles - it's meant to be used day and night for 36 days and then once a day to maintain results.  Since I normally use separate eye creams for day and night a vacation coming up seemed like a perfect time to start using this so I would be able to pack less.  I have been using it for about a month now and I really like how light it is but at the same time still very moisturizing - I can't speak to dark circles as mine are minimal at the worst of times - but as far as puffiness and fine lines go, it is doing a good job for me.  Funnily enough, this is the only skin care product in the whole Vasanti Cosmetics line and it's a winner!  You can pick it up at selected Shoppers Drug Marts, Rexalls  Amazon.com or at www.vasanticosmetics.com

La Coupe Voluptress - 150ml - $7.99 - I thought this would be a great packing choice as it promised me hold, smoothness and body all together in one bottle.  It's a cream gel formula which is very light and not at all sticky.  It's meant to be used in wet hair before blow drying or rollering but can also be used in dry hair for protection and shine.  I used it both ways and you definitely need the dryer to get the volume but on dry hair it did do a nice job of smoothing down the frizzies and adding some shine.  I got really amazing lift with this when I blow dried upside down, which I normally do for the root lift, but adding La Coupe gave it much better staying power!
Skindinävia No More Shine Makeup Finish - 1oz - $12.50, 2oz - $19, 4oz - $29, 6oz - $39 - each ounce = about a month supply - helps control shine and absorb excess oil, helps reduce appearance of makeup smudging or creasing, helps reduce makeup slippage into pores, lines, wrinkles, or scars, surface cooling technology holds temperature to avoid melting or sliding - I have been a longtime fan of their 10 Years Younger Makeup Finish, which sets makeup and gives my skin a kind of dewy look so I was very excited to try this one and thought my vacation was the perfect testing ground.  The one thing that was different about this mist was that it is meant to be used underneath your makeup - like a primer - rather than over it as I was used to.  This is why you should read the directions on things!  So the first day I couldn't understand why it wasn't doing all the things that it had promised me - once I figured out the correct way to use it, it really did an admirable job of preventing hot weather foundation slippage

They have lots of other different formulations for Bridal, Dance etc. and Urban Decay has even got Skindinävia making their makeup finishes as well now.  You can go to http://www.skindinavia.com to check it all out.

- Lisamarie - 

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