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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.

Light my fire


There's another candle waiting to be shown to you, technically speaking of the Portugal Cale candle from Castelbel. I received it last year in the course of my subscription from Candelabox, but forgot about it, my shame. When I cleaned my room weeks ago I found it again, since then I lit it nearly every day, because I absolutely adore the fruity and seductive sent of fig.

Due to the dominant fig, the pomegranate does not show to advantage, but nevertheless, the fragrance is amazing. The hand made candle from Portugal comes in an elegant white and silver box. The burn time is approximately 35 hours and important for me, it burns down clean. Great stuff!

Castelbel - Portus Cale Candle in black fig + pomegranate 228 g


Get dirty: Massagebars

Today I want to present you the five new-old massage bars which Lush has launched at the end of 2014. Now, that I've used all of the products I wanna share my opinion with you.

Lush Massage Bars 

Lush Percup Massage Bar
1. “Percup” – € 10,95 / piece

1. The first massage bar is named "Percup". It contains Cocoa butter, coconut and jojoba oil to moisturize the skin and coffee to stimulate the blood circulation and also your senses with its tart scent. The whole coffee beans should help ease sore muscles.

Lush Pearl Massage Bar
2. “Pearl” – € 10,95 / piece

2. "Pearl" is the next one in row and its scent reminds me of "Ro's Argan Body Conditioner", but when you apply it, the fragrance isn't so intense as it was before. It features Argan and rose oils and the sago pearls bring your circulation into move, but be careful because the pearls will fade when applied to skin.

Lush Dirty Massage Bar
3. “Dirty” – € 9,95 / piece

3. This massage bar is my personal calorie-free "After eight". Minty, chocolaty, but also with a hint of thyme. If you wanna get "dirty", turn the bar over and massage it into your partners skin.

Lush Shades of Earl Grey Massage Bar
4. “Shades of Earl Grey” – € 9,95 / piece

4. If you can't afford a Christian Grey, take Earl! No need to describe the Earl Grey scent with a whiff of citrus oil. If you like an unobtrusive fragrance and cocoa and shea butter on your skin, then grab one bar!

Lush Yes Yes Yes Massage Bar
5. “Yes Yes Yes” – € 9,95 / piece

5. Just say "Yes" if you are into an intense bloomy scent of Jasmine which may cause turning heads. Kiss your skin with this massage bar that also features cacoa butter and almond oil.

To sum it up: I am not a huge fan of all their new bars. Pearcup and Pearl aren't my cup of tea because of their scent (too tart and the Rose Jam fragrance unfortunately ain't so intense when applied) and the fact that my hands and some parts of my body were pink after using it, even after washing my hands, did not make me happy.
Apart from the fragrance, all of them do a great job as a massage bar because they soften and indulge your skin with moisturize.
 
My favorites are the Dirty, Shades of Earl Grey and the Yes Yes Yes one. Did you find one that you would like to try? Let me know in the comment section.

Fade to black


I am not picky when it comes to nail polishes, but a black varnish that does a great job is - in my opinion - hard to find. Either the color pay-off is nonsatisfying or it ain't a real carbon black shade, more like a greyish one.

So, hunting for a replacement for my old one from Gosh, which was great but I just wanted to try a new one, wasn't so easy as I had thought at the beginning.
But then "Black Satin" from Chanel caught my eye. It's a really deep dark black like I had wished for.
Usually I apply a base coat and then two coats, which wouldn't be necessary with this product because it transfers well after one, but I just wanted to be sure. After ten to fifteen minutes my nails are dry.

Even, if I know that Chanel products aren't that cheap, a proper black nail polish shouldn't be missing in any dressing table, because black nails look very glamorous, from my point of view.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in “Black Satin #219” – € 25,99 / 13 ml

New in: Babor Body Foam

Babor Energizing Invigorating Body Foam “Lime Mandarin” – € 25,- / 200 ml

 

Before we get started I have to admit that I didn't know that there exists something like a bath foam, but now I am enlightened.

This creamy and luxurious - because it contains Champagne Pear stem cells - body foam has a decent scent of tangy lime and fruity mandarin. I was surprised that the fragrance was that unintrusive but I like it.
Before you use the product, shake the bottle well and pump one time, that is enough because it is really fertile. My skin felt very soft and not dry, because sometimes, if I use a foam in my face for example my skin feels very dry after using it, but here it wasn't the case.

But, to be honest, I love it, but the product isn't someting I would use every day because of the price. If I want to spoil myself I'll just grab it to have a shower, but it would be kinda pricey if I ran out of it every third week, that is just my opinion.

EOTD: Soft Valentine’s look

This year I decided to show you a simple Valentine's look, last years one was kinda vampy. As you can see it is a soft pink eye make up but nevertheless not too sweet. For the water line I've used a brown eye pencil so that it doesn't look too harsh. Below I will mention the products I've used to create this look.

 

EYES:

1) NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Milk” (as a base)
2) Champagne color (whole lid) from the Coastal Scents “Ultra Shimmer Palette” 
3) “Cherry Blossom” (whole lid) from the Sigma “Crème de Couture Palette
4) Pink shade (half of the lid) also from the Coastal Scents one
5) A clean blending brush to create a soft crease
6) Eyeliner: Bourjois Liner Pinceau 16h in “#32 noir beaux-arts”
7) Lower Lid & Water line: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in "Twice Baked"
8) Mascara: Too Faced “Better than Sex”
9) Eyebrows: Benefit browzings in “light”

FACE:

Foundation: Lancôme Teint Miracle #010 + #03 
Concealer: Maybelline FIT ME #15 
Bronzer: Bourjois Bronzing Powder #52
Lips: A hint of Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in “Fuchsia Flash”

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