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Contes de la beauté is a lifestyle blog by two girls in the age of 24 & 25 from Austria. We write about beauty stuff like makeup looks, product reviews, some fashion-related posts or stuff that won't leave our heads.

I’m the soap, you’re the glory

Most of you may be familiar with "Soap and Glory", but for those who ain't, I am going to introduce you to some products of the british brand.

 

Flake Away” – € 2,93 / 50 ml

 

The body scrub contains shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt, sugar and it is also scented with their “Pink fragrance”. The body polish gently removes dead skin and leaves you with a slightly moisturized feeling. I like the mini version that I own because I found it hard to get a scrub at a travel size.

 

The Righteous Butter” – € 2,93 / 50 ml


This baby is also scented with their Pink fragrance, so if you don’t like the sweet smell, this body butter may not be your cup of tea. Even if it’s a body butter the formula is not heavy as you may be used from other brands (like The Body Shop, etc.).

 

Clean on me” – € 2,93 / 75 ml


The shower gel contains natural mandarin peel extract and makes your skin feel super soft. Also the scent isn’t flashy.

 

Hand Food” – € 12,95 / 500 ml


My favorite hand cream by far!! Unfortunately I ran out of the original size which stands on my bedside table. Hand food contains shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. It smells soo sweet and softens my dry hands, even after washing them it a few times.

 

The Righteous Butter Body Lotion” – € 11,70 / 500 ml


This is the lightweight version of the body butter, it sinks in very quickly and leaves you with a soft feeling on your skin. I like both versions of the Righteous Butter.

 

Clean, Girls” – € 12,99 / 500 ml
 
This baby does the same thing as “Clean on me”, it has just a different scent (“Mist You Madly”) and contains natural vanilla fruit and orchid extracts, but I do not like the smell of it, since I cannot stand vanilla.
 
 
Girligo” – € 11,95 / 200 ml
 
Even if this body spray contains Mineral Oil it is a favorite of mine, especially in Summer because of the light texture and the fruity scent which is a mix of peach, strawberry, yasmin, moschus and mandarin. It is suitable for normal, oily and very dry skin.

Get seduced: Massage candle

I love candles. I like a good moisturizing body lotion/cream. & sometimes I'd just like to get a relaxing massage. Now I can have it all in one (ok, for the massage you will need a second person). Let me just introduce you to a Massage candle.

 

How does it work? You light the candle for 15 minutes (or a little bit longer) and then you blow it out and allow it to cool for 30 seconds. Afterwards you pour the liquid oil into the palm of your hand or directly onto the body.

I've tried one in the lingerie shop and let me just tell you one thing: it is absolutely amazing!! You need the tiniest amount to get the softest feeling and it smells delicious. The scent and the effect last very long - the shop assistant poured it on the back of my hand and I could still smell the product after washing my hands, having a shower, etc.

 

Maison Close Massage Candle Vintage Rose
Maison Close Massage Candle in “Vintage Rose
 

I bought mine in “Vintage Rose” for € 24,90 at "La petite coquette" (if you live around Vienna) but you can purchase one from similar brands at the erotic store. The candle burns up to 45 hours.


P.S. I use it as a body oil if I want to indulge myself.

 

Greek love

When I was in Greece this September I made sure to spoil myself with local cosmetics. Since I was not familiar with any greek brand besides Korres, I was open to everything. So while I went shopping in Thira I did not only discover new brands but also found stuff that I've always wanted to try, but was available at a cheaper price than in Austria.
Apivita Creamy Face & Eye Foam Cleanser
Apivita “Creamy Face & Eye Foam Cleanser” – € 15,30 / 200 ml

This cleansing foam is paraben, mineral oil, silicone, sles & sls free and consists of 92 % natural ingredients. It's suitable for all skin types.
It contains lavender which soothes and olive that moisturizes the skin. They replace water with green tea infusion to enhance the antioxidant action of the products.
Korres Pomegranate Moisturising Cream-Gel
Korres “Pomegranate Moisturising Cream-Gel” – € 25,95 / 40 ml

I've heard such great things about the Korres facial creams so bought it when I had the chance to. Since it is a gel I will use it as a night treatment or in summer (hello autumn!) because of the light texture. Zinc regulates the production of sebum, while Pomegranate improves the appearance of oily skin with large pores.
Suitable for oily to combination skin.
Apivita Lip care with pomegranate
Apivita “Lip care with pomegranate” – € 4,95 / 4,4 g

I feared that the color will stain, but no worries, it just softens your lips and prevents them from cracking and drying out. This moisturized feeling lasts up to five hours (in my case).
It contains olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado oil, castor oil, jojoba esters, geranium essential oil and pomegranate oil.
Korres Wild Rose 24HR-Moisturising Cream
Korres “Wild Rose 24HR-Moisturising Cream” – € 27,90 / 40 ml

The second cream I bought is the 24 hours moisturizing cream, which has also a light textures and absorbs quickly into your skin. and the smell is amazing (if you like the scent of rose). It contains corn powder that absorbs oiliness and reduces "shine", offering a matte finish. This one is also suitable for oily to combination skin.
Lancôme Teint Miracle #010 Beige Porcelaine
Lancôme Teint Miracle “#010 Beige Porcelaine” – € 41,95 / 30 ml

Since I am having a little love/hate relationship with my current (Chanel)foundation I wanted to try something new and discovered the Lancôme foundation at the Duty Free Shop (money saved!). It's suitable for normal skin and has SPF 15. The coverage is - in my opinion - great. I chose a color that is a little bit darker than my skin tone but it still looks natural.
M.A.C. Candy Yum-Yum matte
M.A.C. lipstick “Candy Yum-Yum” – € 19,- / 3 g
M.A.C. Candy Yum-Yum matte Swatches
Much as I love lipsticks with a deep red color, as much I love pink ones, especially when they give you that "bubblegum look". So Candy Yum-Yum was a must for me. It's long wearing and has a matte finish, but if you want that bubblegum effect you should apply concealer on your lips before using this lipstick.
M.A.C Lipliner Magenta
M.A.C Lip liner “Magenta” – € 14,50 / 1,45 g
 
M.A.C Lipliner Magenta Swatches
It was a little bit hard for me to find a lip pencil similar to the "Heroine" lipstick (major crush!!) but "Magenta" matches perfect and makes your lipstick lasts longer.
M.A.C Lipliner Brick
M.A.C Lip liner “Brick” – € 14,50 / 1,45 g

"Brick" is described as a golden red, but honestly it looks more like a brown-to-red tone. I've not used it yet, but I am sure that it is also as great as the other one I've bought.
M.A.C Lipliner Brick Swatches 

Beauty Box September


Don't worry ... the "beauty box" isn't a new thing on the market, "Beautesse" has just changed its name, therefore: Beautesse.at = beauty.at ;-)
So let's just see what the September issue contains.


My content:

1. Biotherm “Blue Therapy [Lift & Blur]” (15 ml) – € 67,95 / 50 ml

1. “… The result is a visibly streamlined U-zone of the face, tempered deep wrinkles and a uniform complexion. Deep wrinkles and sagging facial contours are reduced and achieved a more even skin texture. Suitable for all skin types.” – I know, it's weird that I always have to check the scent of a product, but somehow it seems to be important for me. So, the first thing: the smell. insane (in a good way), reminds me a little bit of lily. The cream itself absorbs into the skin very quickly and leaves a soft feeling.
2. Clarins “Haute Exigence Nuit” (15 ml) – € 98,99 / 50 ml

2. “She nourishes the skin intensively and moisturizes. Organic extract from the Harungana (tree) provides more skin density in all layers, tempered wrinkles and sagging skin decreased. Suitable for all skin types.” - I am always searching for a night treatment, so I was very happy that this time one was included. It's a light cream, soaks in quickly and the skin feels moisturized after using it. Nevertheless, I won't buy it because it's too pricey.
3. Dr. Kitzinger “CreMa” (15 ml) – € 79,90 / 50 ml

3. “The pampering anti-aging cream and mask (all in one) plumps the skin, soakes it with moisture and at the same time reduces visible pores. Use as a rich day and / or night care sparingly.” - I really like the moisturizing cream from this brand, which was included in the Beautesse December, so I look forward using this product.
4. Scoopy Loop  – € 9,95 / trio

4. “Scoopy loop are elastic, soft rubber bands for hair & wrist, hand made ​​in California. They come in cool colors, different materials and patterns and are tie-dyed, cutted and knotted directly in Venice Beach.” -   A cute idea and I like the mixture of the rubber bands, but it's nothing that I would purchase.

5. Ringana tooth oil (15 ml) – € 11,60 / 125 ml

5. “Designed for sensitive teeth to remove plaque gently. Clean extracts from herbs and protect against irritation, caries, periodontal disease and bad breath.” – I am still sceptical if this oil can replace a normal toothpaste, but we will see. How to use it: Shake the bottle and rinse the oral cavity with a teaspoon of the oil, then brush gently with the moistened toothbrush over the teeth and tongue. Then rinse with water.
6. L’occitane “Verveine shower gel” (50 ml) – € 29,- / 500 ml

6. “Enriched with organic verbena VERVEINE extract cleanses the body wash the skin gently, leaving the tangy-fresh scent of verbena.” –  I really like the Verveine product line from L'occitane. The shower gel smells amazing, refreshes your skin and brightens up your mood.
7. Vinoble “foot cream Riesling” (7 ml) – € 19,80 / 100 ml
7. “The moisture-laden foot cream with grape seed extract, honey, aloe vera, sorbitol and farnesol supplies the foot skin with moisture and takes on the same foot odor.” – I've known this product for quite a while because it was included in the Glossybox October. It is not cooling like other products but it softens your feet and this feeling lasts for many hours.
8. Bottega Veneta “Essence Aromatique” – € 67,99 / 50 ml
8. “… is inspired by the generosity of a typical colognes, combined with the finest essences.” – It doesn't matter which perfume from Bottega Veneta I am gonna smell ... I've never liked any scent of the brand, same here with the Cologne. It smells fresh but too intense.
9. Kérastase Discipline Shampoo & Conditioner (10 ml) – € 16,80 / 250 ml & € 21,60 / 200 ml
9. “Kérastase Bain Fluidéaliste Discipline strengthens the hair fiber by the new Morpho-keratins complex, harmonises the natural movement of the hair and facilitates styling.
Kérastase Discipline Fondant Fluidéaliste builds on the fiber from the inside, thus ensuring flexibility, maintenance and strength.”  – The "Discipline"-line is suitable for undisciplined and uncombable hair, so not really my hair type but maybe these two babies will treat my hair well.
10. Givenchy “Dahlia Divin” (5 ml) – € 57,99 / 30 ml
10. “The fruity accents of Mirabelle, a floral heart of jasmine Arabian and an elegant touch of sandalwood give you a heavenly feeling.– If you like a strong, kinda oriental perfume, then this one is perfect for you. I think that it is more a scent for the evening, because it is a little bit heavy, but I adore it.
11. Shiseido Ultimune “Power Infusing Concentrate” – € 84,95 / 30 ml
11. “… The result is strong, resilient skin that perfectly regenerate and can thus preserve their beauty permanently. She feels plump, strengthen and supple, wrinkles are less visible and the skin regains its radiance.” – The scent of the serum is very bloomy, but not intrusive. I will use it under my skincare.
12. Wonderstripes – € 19,-
12. “With Wonderstripes you can visually correct the eyelid, and thus look younger.” – Since I don't have a hidden lid, I won't apply those stripes ... but maybe I'll have another usage for it.
13. Sisley “Huile Precieuse à la rose noir” – € 171,99 / 25 ml
13. “A precious and soothing care, the new clamping force returns a skin, which lacks well-being, suppleness and vitality!.” – This oil is also an anti-aging treatment, but insanely expensive ... so, even if it effects miracles, I won't buy it ;-)
Value of the box:
Biotherm                20,39
L’Occitane               2,90
Kérastase (2x)        1,75  
Bottega Veneta      10,20
Clarins                   29,70
Shiseido                 28,32
Sisley                       3,44
Dr. Kitzinger           23,97
Givenchy                  9,67
Scoopy Loop            9,95
Vinoble                      1,39
Wonderstripes        19,-
Ringana                     1,39
Total:                    160,32

Fazit: I really like the September issue with its range of products. It contains some old favorites as well as some new stuff that I am curious about. In some days they will release the content of the Christmas edition.

New in: pink love and some more …

As a beauty junkie I am always excited if I find new products, which I can test (and happy if I've made a great deal), therefore I want to share my joy with you and show you some products that I've been in love lately with.

DIPTYQUE “Rosa Mundi”

 

Most of you know that I am a candle lover and since it's already gotten cold outside it's time for the cosy afternoons and weekends that I spend in my pyjamas, drinking a cup of tea surrounded by some candles.
I've heard great things about the diptyque products, so I was glad that I found a candle on sale. Unfortunately it was a limited edition and is no longer available. "Rosa Mundi" smells like a rose with notes of blackcurrant, lychee and honey and it it burns up to 60 hours. Wonderful!

The Body Shop “Chocomania Body Scrub” – € 16,- / 200 ml


Ok, let’s be honest: this product is … not new to me, but it’s just great. It exfoliates your skin very gentle and leaves an oily film, so that you don't have to use a body lotion afterwards. The chocolate smell is just delicious.

Inglot Body Pigment Powder in “214” – € 16,-

This bright neon pink body pigment powder can be used as a lip color, the product insert says that it should not be applied on the eyelids, but since I don't have super sensitive eyes and I bought it because I thought that it was a product which you can use as an eye shadow ... I just applied it there (and nothing bad did happen). It lasted very long (10+ hours) and was removed easily.
If you like to spread it on your mouth, just apply a transparent lip gloss and with a lip brush you coat the powder on your lips.

Lush “Ambrosia” – € 9,45 / 100 g


Ambrosia is not only suitable for men but also for women that have sensitive skin. My skin on my legs gets very irritated when I shave them too often, but then I used this shaving cream and everything was fine ... no red (and dry) skin, no itchy feeling. It contains oat milk, cocoa butter and chamomile extract. Definitely a product which is going to be my favorite.

Giorgio Armani “Acqua di Gioia” EdP (€ 77,95 / 100 ml) & Body lotion (€ 31,95 / 150 ml)

I received this perfume two years ago and I was just amazed about its smell. Fresh, light, with a hint of jasmin ... one of my favorite scents ever! Since I never had the chance to try the body lotion I was very happy that the Duty Free Shop offered a set which has contained the perfume (100 ml) and the lotion (75 ml) for € 70,- ... no need to say that I bought it!

 
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