Alorée CC Cream Second Life. Not A Happy Ending.

Wednesday March 20, 2013 | Product Reviews Skin Care

Alorée CC Cream Second Life

Let’s cut to the chase.

Alorée’s CC Cream Second Life is a flop.

This is really too bad because Alorée happens to be one of my favorite french natural and organic skincare brands.

To be fair, I’ve NEVER had a good experience with any BB creams. And CC creams are supposed to be the evolved version of BB Creams. But this nonsense needs to end right now.

No matter how far up the alphabet you go, if you have a crappy cream then you’ve got a crappy cream. CC. DD. EE. Whatever. Crap is crap.

Now I love Alorée. In fact I’m in real awe of the science and technique behind their skincare products, which harness the anti-aging powers of chlorophyll. I’m a big fan of their moisturizers, serums and masks. I’ve even met the créatrice for goodness sakes. And she’s a really nice lady who’s obviously dedicated herself to providing quality skincare products.

Unfortunately, the few positive qualities found in Alorée’s CC Cream are easily outnumbered by the negatives.

Alorée CC Cream Second Life

Alorée CC Cream Second Life

 

What Is It: Alorée CC Cream Second Life Complexion Perfector with SPF 6

The Description Reads: A day cream that provides an even, perfect coverage while also enhancing the skin’s natural glow. It is a complexion perfector with the benefits of a daily, anti-aging formula.

Claims To:
– Provide instant and natural skin coverage
– Conceal any blemishes
– Suit all skin types (including sensitive skin)
– Reflect light to provide a soft glow
– Protect against external attacks, sun rays and premature signs of aging (with SPF 6)
– Excellent as a make-up base

Ingredients:  AQUA (WATER), HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) SEED WATER*, GLYCERIN, DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED OIL*, GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATE, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, MAGNESIUM SILICATE, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), HORDEUM VULGARE (BARLEY) LEAF EXTRACT, POLYGLYCERYL-3 STEARATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, TRIHEPTANOIN, GLYCERYL DIBEHENATE, GLYCERYL BEHENATE, TRIBEHENIN, SODIUM LEVULINATE, TOCOPHEROL, XANTHAN GUM, CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), PHENETHYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM ANISATE, CITRIC ACID, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), MONOSODIUM CITRATE.

* Sourced from organic farming

Alorée CC Cream

First Impressions:

Alorée’s CC Cream has real quality ingredients. A lot of the BB creams out there are loaded with silicones and other synthetic ingredients which allow them to act like foundation. But then they contain few other ingredients to support the claims of all their purported benefits.

Not so with this CC Cream. The Barley Seed Water and Barley Leaf extact contains the chlorophyll compounds which provides the skin with oxygen. And the grape seed oil and olive fruit oil contain anti-oxidants.

But the sun protection factor, weighing in at a measly 6 SPF is almost a joke.

My Experience:

The first thing that I noticed about this product is the scent. It reminds me of apple flavored candy, and I have no idea why. Other girls hate the scent. But I LUV it.

The next thing that I noticed about this cream is that it dries quickly. If you look at my swatches below, the photo on the left shows the cream 3 seconds after I put it on my arm. It’s already dry. This makes it really hard to apply.

Because it dries so quickly, the cream starts peeling and caking off right away. The more I try to smooth it off, the more I end up peeling and caking off little bits of it. Not good!

You can see how cakey my skin looks in the closeup photo of my face (btw, closeups are never a good look).

swatch

Alorée CC Cream Closeup

Results:

Along with making my skin really cakey, flaky and resemble melting wax–this cream did not conceal my blemishes. So scratch that claim. I can almost fool myself into believing that it gives me a more uniform complexion, if I happen to be standing 10 feet away from the mirror!

The cream does provide sufficient moisture throughout the day. But, after a little bit of time my face starts getting a greasy sheen. And the worst part? Even though the tint is “universal nude,” after a few hours my face starts taking on this orange tint.

What I Like About It:
– The scent
– Good moisture
– Good ingredients
– Nice packaging
– Natural & organic

What I Don’t Like About It:
– Sigh…
– Where do I begin?
– Dries too quickly
– Peels and cakes off
– Does not conceal blemishes
– Greasy sheen
– Orange tint
– I look like a third-generation oompa loompa

How Much: €12.50 for 13ml tube / €32.00 for 40 ml tube

Would I Buy It Again: No! Luckily, I only picked up the small tube and bought it at a very discounted price.

Conclusion: I really do think BB creams are just one of those passing beauty fads.

There’s too much going in one product. They’re trying to roll in a cream that acts as a primer, illuminator, moisturizer, sunscreen, pigment corrector, anti-aging formula—all in one. But really, all you end up with is gobbledy goop.

And Alorée should not have fallen for a fad like this! I hope Alorée will keep working on great skin care products with the oxygenating powers of chlorophyll.

But please, leave the BB gimmicks to the real quacks out there. It’s a fad that must quickly pass and die soon.

 

Have you had any good experiences with BB creams? Which ones? I’d love to know. 

Tea Is For Beauty! My Ever Growing Tea Collection

Monday March 18, 2013 | Beauty Health

Tea For Beauty

Remember when I used to gripe and moan about my coffee addiction?

Okay, so I still haven’t kicked my coffee addiction. But, it is slowly becoming eclipsed by a new obsession.

Tea!

My tea collection is ever growing. And today I’ll give you a glimpse of the many kinds of tea that I regularly enjoy sipping on.

This is not by any means a complete display of my entire tea collection. Nope and nope. But these are just the ones that I love because they promote beauty and great skin.

HERBAL TEAS

I love a cup of warm herbal tea. On average, I will drink about two cups of herbal tea every day. I find the warmth of the cup very soothing. Not to mention they are also caffeine-free. And are therefore a jittery-free alternative to coffee.

What’s more, herbal plants have been used for thousands of year for their many different therapeutic benefits.

So these are the herbal teas in my collection. I adore them for their beautifying benefits. All my herbal teas are natural and organic.

Tea For Beauty

1) SUGAR BALANCING TEA

  • Consists Of: Leaves from Blueberry plant, Fenugrec, Eucalyptus, Burdock Root, Olive plant
  • Beauty Benefits: Balances your glycemic index and promotes elimination. Although the glycemic index was originally formulated for diabetics, eating foods that spike your blood sugar level can affect the health of your skin by speeding up signs of aging and making your skin more prone to pimples. The plants in this tea are known for being mild and safe blood sugar regulators.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I tend to drink this tea after eating foods that are heavy in carbohydrates. Like french fries. Which I do love to eat from to time!

2) DETOX TEA

  • Consists Of: Aniseed, Fennel, Cardamom, Licorice Root, Coriander Seed, Celery Seeds
  • Beauty Benefits: Boosts your internal cleansing system. Aniseed and fennel are especially known to help soothe digestion. And relieve gas! This blend of plants helps to rid the body of toxins through their diuretic properties which induce perspiration and urination. This helps speed up elimination of toxins from the body. Also, licorice has anti-inflammatory and bacterial-killing properties and a range of other health benefits.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I tend to drink this tea after a festive weekend. When I’ve finished taxing my liver with too much alochol and too many bad foods. I’d also like to mention how much I love Pukka tea for its flavor and the lovely design on the box.

3) BETTER SLEEP TEA

  • Consists Of: Lemon Balm, Vervain, Linden Flower, Lavender Flower
  • Beauty Benefits: Promotes better sleep. Sleep is the time when your body repairs and renews itself. Did you know that your hair grows faster when you sleep? And a night of restful sleep makes you look more refreshed and more attractive? We need sleep for beauty! The blend of herbs in this tea is really good for promoting better sleep. Lemon balm belongs to the mint family, which has been used for centuries to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Vervain is also very good for calming anxieties, and has a very balancing effect on the hormone cycles of women. It can even enhance dreaming! Linden has sedative properties and helps to induce relaxation. And lavender, which has a wide range of health benefits, has been shown to increase the time you spend in deep (slow wave) sleep.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I tend to drink this tea before I go to sleep, particularly if I’m anxious about something. Drinking this has honestly helped to improve the quality of my sleep.

4) SKIN BEAUTY TEA

  • Consists Of: Thyme, Vervain, Grapevine, Burdock Root
  • Beauty Benefits: Grape vine is rich in anti-oxidants, including polyphenols, stilbenes, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, flavonoids, etc. It also helps improve skin appearance by improving blood circulation. Burdock helps fight against free-radical formation. Thyme’s anti-septic properties helps fight against acne. And vervain’s calming effects reduce stress.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I love to drink this tea every day!

GREEN TEA

You can’t talk about beautifying teas without talking about green tea.

Green tea’s secret lies in its catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant and has amazing benefits for our health, ranging from protecting against cancer to reducing the risk of heart disease.

Green tea has also been shown to be very beneficial for beauty and our skin.

Although there is still a lot of research that must be done regarding the effects of green tea, here are some possible beauty effects of green tea:

– Prevent skin cancer
– Fight free radicals formed by UV exposure
– Slow down aging
– Rejuvenate skin cells
– Improve skin disorders linked with inflammation, like rosacea & eczema
– Regulate hormonal activity
– Fight acne
– Reduce stress and the release of cortisol
– Improve metabolism and promote weight-loss

The only down side to green tea is that you can drink too much of it. And end up with insomnia. Which is something I’ve definitely done way too many times.

My cup of green tea: When it comes to green tea, I love only THE BEST. I am something of a green tea connoisseur.

In fact, I even have my own dealer of the green stuff! Haha, I’m talking about a tiny little Japanese tea shop here in Paris where I go to get my fresh organic green tea.

There are many kinds of green tea out there. There’s sencha, matcha, bancha, genmaicha and there’s even green tea made from the stems.

I like all of them!

But the type of green tea that is loaded with the most anti-oxidants?

It’s gotta be matcha green tea.

Japanese Matcha

Green Tea - Love Anti-Oxidants

The Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

 

What about you? Do you drink tea for beauty? What kind of tea?

The Seductive Powers of Orchids

Friday March 15, 2013 | Beauty Culture

I’ve been quite busy this week so I haven’t been able to write a proper post. At least not on here. But, I did manage to churn out a guest post for Luchessa’s beauty blog. So head over there to read my guest post on The Simplicity of Skincare.

Now, because I love all things beautiful, I thought I would share with you some lovely photos that I took at the Thousand and One Orchids exposition at the Jardin de Plantes. If you live in Paris, you must go! And if you can’t make it, then I hope this post can serve as a bit of a taste of the exposition.

ORCHIDS

Orchids produce some of the loveliest flowers in the world. They belong to one of the two largest families of flowering plants and there is no other plant species that is as diverse as the orchids.

What makes them especially intriguing is how they use deception to ensure their own pollination. Their beautiful flowers serve to attract bees and insects, often by luring them with the promise of sex. For example, an orchid flower can mimic the shape of a female insect of one particular species in order to attract the males.

Charles Darwin once wrote, “The contrivances by which orchids are fertilised, are as varied and almost as perfect as any of the most beautiful adaptations in the animal kingdom.”

Their incredible display of beauty has but one aim: pollination (reproduction). A fact that I think is not so different from humans.

Other facts about orchids that may surprise you:

  • The name orchid comes from the greek word “orchis” meaning testicle, because of the shape of the bulbous roots.
  • Orchid flowers can grow to be as small as the head of a pin, or greater than ten feet.
  • Vanilla comes from the fruit of an orchid.
  • Cofucious said that “The association with a superior person is like entering a hall of orchids.”
  • Orchids have the tiniest seeds in the world, and there can be up to 3 million seeds in a single orchid seed pod.
  • Some orchid flowers bloom for mere hours, while others last for up to half a year.
  • Orchid flowers always grow upside down when they mature.
  • Orchid plants can live up to a hundred years old.
  • The fly orchid of Ecuador has a lip shaped like a female tachinid fly so as to attract male flies.
  • Except for antartica, orchids can be found everywhere in the world (deserts, tundra, grasslands, rainforests, etc).
  • Orchid flowers can be the purest white or almost solid black.

PHOTOS

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

The Beauty of Orchids

 

Photos : From the exposition Mille et Une Orchidées
Date : Friday Feb. 22 – Monday Mar. 18 2013
Place : Grande Serre du Jardin des Plantes
Note: I took these photos and you are free to use them as long as you give proper credit =)