When, if not on New Year's holidays, to share secrets and honestly admit small weaknesses. For a whole year we tried, tested, tested a variety of beauty novelties on ourselves and our loved ones. The hour of reckoning has come: we are honestly talking about those of them who have received permanent registration in our cosmetic bags and on dressing tables.
LPrairie Skin Caviar Absolute Filler, LPrairie
Anastasia Kharitonova, beauty director of Marie Claire magazine: “Now I am running out of the third cream-filler from the LPrairie caviar collection, and I am in a slight panic about this. That rare case when I like everything about the product: a blue package with an ideal dispenser, from which a ball of cream comes out, that's exactly the size I need; non-sticky yet trustworthy texture; caviar smell and, most importantly, the result is well-groomed, well-hydrated skin. This is one of my absolute favorites for 2017”.
Night cream for face and neck Resilience Lift Night, Estee Lauder
Elena Ivaschenko, chief editor of the site MarieClaire.ru: “This discovery caught up with me in December. The jar of cream stood and was clearly waiting in the wings. Winter is not winter, slush, darkness, I open the lid, and under it is the scent of either lilies of the valley, or violets, or garden roses, or all at once. No, I am aware that the cream has other functions, and aromatherapy is the last item on this list. But, God, how nice it is to apply it to the skin every night. The texture is magical too. Lightweight, not oily, but at the same time does not dry out my hyper-dry skin at all (I even start using oil-based serums in winter, otherwise it's a disaster). Absorbs without residue. There is an option to make masks, then removing the remains of the cream from the face, but I already have enough masks, this one is simply a pity to spend on such executions."
Night mask Aquasource Everplump Night, Biotherm
Evgenia Karpovskaya, beauty editor of the site MarieClaire.ru: “It was a discovery for me - pleasant, but very original. The path from love to hate in the opposite direction was quickly passed. I still boil when I remember the promises of the press release about the "spa ritual for the skin" and cannot understand why the essentially wonderful product was awarded with such a strange consistency (a dense jelly-like substance, no matter how hard you try, neither a cosmetic spatula nor brush - it capitulates only after a two-minute massage with your fingers) and a powerful, almost "masculine" aroma. Two reasons on the first try almost made me wash off the sticky, odorous film immediately after application. Praise the time trouble and laziness that prevented this from happening: I don't know how the super-duper algae, which the French get from the secret places of the ocean depths, work, but they do it perfectly. I so enjoyed emerging from sleep with a rested refreshed face that the seemingly critical discrepancies became laughable. The mask works exclusively in the dark, and even if this is a publicity stunt, but to achieve optimal results, I turn off my mobile phone along with the light - the benefits for the nervous system were not long in coming."
Cream for the eye area SisleyL'Integral, Sisley
Anastasia Kharitonova, beauty director of Marie Claire magazine: “Many plant extracts (cedar, pomegranate, acacia) make this cream very effective in the fight against fine wrinkles and morning puffiness. But I fell in love with it not only for its excellent composition, but also for its amazing applicator-massager. I can't think of a more convenient beauty device. The roller has the ideal size and delicately, but persistently "rolls up" everything that gets in its way. It dispels edema and fluid retention especially well."
Checks and Balances ™ Frothy Face Wash, Origins
Elena Ivaschenko, chief editor of the site MarieClaire.ru: “I am not yet ready to exchange this“washing machine”for anything else. Our meeting took place in the summer (although it is not a novelty for the brand, the brand itself has just begun to develop in Russia). For me, this is an eternal question - how to wash off the "dust of Moscow roads", makeup, and in general everything that settles on the skin in a day. Any micellar, two-phase remedies are not mine. Some dry the skin brutally. The latter then really want to wash off properly with soap, even if the instruction swears that you can leave everything as it is. Of course, I also had some foams, but quite “foamy”. I got the tube of Origins right before the vacation. The brand sent out samples of its bestsellers for informational purposes. And I just threw this "wash" in a suitcase and flew to the sea. I returned home a fan of this product. Everything I love: there is little foam, while it cleans wonderfully, but is washed off instantly and does not dry the skin. The bonus is a feeling of refreshing chill and the smell of peppermint combined with lavender and bergamot. The super bonus is economy of use. There are literally enough peas on the face (unless, of course, there is a thick layer of makeup on it, but this is not about me). In general, I will take it in 2018 and also plan to give a large 150 ml tube to my friend."
Stick Lipikar AP +, LRoche-Posay
Evgenia Karpovskaya, beauty -editor of the site MarieClaire.ru: “I have never considered myself an adherent of pharmaceutical cosmetics, rightly (as it seemed) believing that it solves special needs. “Itching with atopic dermatitis” is unfamiliar words for me, and I tried the stick in a classic blue and white package mechanically - I urgently needed “something to anoint a very dry place”. Frankly, if I had other alternatives, I would have chosen something more traditional: cream, milk, butter. It's good that they weren't there: a non-sticky, odorless, quickly absorbed and non-marking stick is a must have for a 2017 cosmetic bag. It perfectly moisturizes the super-dry skin of the hands in winter (I'll tell you a secret, and lips too)."
Alginate masks Rubber Mask, Dr. Jart +
Anastasia Kharitonova, beauty director of Marie Claire magazine: “ As a theater begins with a hanger, so the effect of these masks begins with packaging. When at 6 am you open your eyes to step into the "eternal darkness and permafrost" in an hour, pink, blue and yellow muzzles somehow lift your spirits by themselves. "Milota" is the most correct word. Fortunately, this does not end with this word, but only begins. First, a serum is applied to the face "on the problem", and then it is covered with a mask that fits tightly to the face and improves everything that can be improved (deeper, faster, longer). After it, I no longer apply any other care, but simply move on to the foundation. I admit, it is recommended to leave the mask on the face for 30-40 minutes, but I never have these minutes, so 20 is my personal record."
Foundation-essence My Armani To Go, Giorgio Armani Beauty
Elena Ivaschenko, chief editor of the site MarieClaire.ru: “I have a complicated relationship with foundations (in fact, everything is simple - I have very dry skin and I clinically do not follow the drinking regime). Trial and error - and a few years ago I chose an excellent water-based option, which, alas and ah, existed on the market for only two years and politely, without saying goodbye, disappeared, so there is no point in calling it here. A replacement for the lost ideal was found in the fall of 2017, at Armani Beauty, in the face, more precisely, in a jar of My Armani To Go Cushion Foundation. There were several pleasant surprises in store for me. Firstly, the foundation turned out to be a hybrid of gel and oil, which already sounds tempting for my skin. When applied, you get both nourishing and moisturizing care, and tone evening. The density can be adjusted depending on the needs. A single application allows you to level minor imperfections on the skin,and with layering, more serious problems can be solved. Secondly, there is no feeling of the mask on the face even with dense application and there is no feeling of tightness of the skin, several hours after application. Thirdly, the face becomes radiant in the literal sense of the word. Bonuses: the composition contains hyaluronic acid, glycerin and SPF filters (23). Verdict: together we will survive the New Year's Eve and go to an exciting tomorrow to the last drop on the cushion. "together we will survive New Year's Eve and go to an exciting tomorrow to the last drop on the cushion. "together we will survive New Year's Eve and go to an exciting tomorrow to the last drop on the cushion."
Base-serum Base MascarPerfecto and mascara Noir Interdit, Givenchy
Evgenia Karpovskaya, beauty editor of the site MarieClaire.ru: “I love to dye eyelashes, and I made the final choice in favor of this process, having tried all kinds of lamination-extensions. Having ceased to hope for a miracle, I pay special attention to the choice of mascara, and 2017 has pleased me with several particularly successful specimens. Among them is a technological novelty from Givenchy. With ink, everything is more than okay (black, moderately voluminous, it lasts from 4-5 hours without complaints), but folding and unfolding the brush is a separate pleasure for those who did not play enough with the designer in childhood. The second part of the duet - the preparatory base - is relevant for me in the evening. Nowadays thick, sticky eyelashes are in vogue, and contrary to the manufacturer's instructions (divide and discipline) I use Base MascarPerfecto for this very effect."
Persistent pigments for lips Powermatte Lip Pigment, Nars
Anastasia Kharitonova, beauty director of Marie Claire magazine: “Do you love matte lipsticks the way I love them ?! If yes, then "welcome to the club." The new liquid lipsticks incorporate all the best that the brand is famous for: trendy colors, cool names, modern ergonomic design and an excellent formula. My choice, as always, settled on dusty pink natural tones: Get It On; Just what I Need, Walk This Way. But I highly recommend taking a closer look at the bright range, because Powermatte Lip Pigment is indispensable during parties. He literally sticks to his lips and has fun with you all night long, not leaving either for kisses (to stay on other people's cheeks) or for champagne (to stay on the glass)."
Gucci Guilty Absolute for men
Anastasia Kharitonova, beauty director of Marie Claire magazine: “I loved and love men's fragrances. This year, joy came from where it was not expected. An old acquaintance of Gucci Guilty, whom I conscientiously supplied to my son, suddenly acquired such a sound that I invited him to stay in my house. Leather, three types of patchouli oil, cypress … It seems to me that the secret of the success of this perfume lies not only in the notes, but also in the fact that perfumer Alberto Morillas broke the rules for creating a standard male woody composition and created a special blend that, when applied to the skin, does not changes its structure. It's amazing that when I apply this composition, I feel more feminine than ever. Such is the paradox."
Black Phantom, by Kilian
Elena Ivaschenko, chief editor of the site MarieClaire.ru: “I got acquainted with this scent at the beginning of spring and I can say that it did not let me go. I am not at all close to the marketing story of this perfume and its slogan, but I like Black Phantom madly. At this moment, I do not remember any death. Rather, on the contrary, it is so life-affirming, fleshly, truly delicious that only after I met him the phrase “gourmand aroma” became meaningful for me. This is such an incomparable mixture of appetizing spicy oriental notes that a couple of zips - and all that others begin to dream about - is a coffee break with a "baba rum". True, after the first euphoria, I nevertheless turned on my head and now I do not wear it as aggressively as at first. I definitely and confidently take it with me in 2018 as my main favorite: despite the presence of other worthy pieces in my collection,this one is my personal magic pill for bad mood."
Eau des Merveilles Bleue, Hermes
Evgenia Karpovskaya, beauty editor of the site MarieClaire.ru:The “new blue” Eau des Merveilles Bleue unexpectedly remained the most vivid olfactory memory of the year. The aquatic aroma of Christine Nagel gives me not "mineral water with soda" (the most common definition in reviews), but humid salty air and the old wooden flooring warmed up by the sun. Compared to the classic Eau des Merveilles, the longevity of the perfume is rather modest: a rich sound is enough for an hour and a half, after which it turns into a correct - and let's put it bluntly - a fairly average base. But during this time I have time to dream about a vacation and mentally dive a couple of times from the pier into my beloved Azure Sea. That is why I often take such a non-seasonal - like a drop and shimmering with coolness - a bottle in my hands even now”.
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