*Pai Organic Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil

Hello darlings! Today I'll be reviewing Pai's Organic Rosehip BioRegenerative Oil for you. I was kindly sent this product from Ecco Verde (thank you!). I was on the hunt for a face oil/serum for a while now and even though I wanted to try out Antipodes Hosanna serum (because all of my face creams are from Antipodes and I love them to bits), I decided I would try something from Pai instead. :)

The oil comes in a lovely clear glass bottle with a matte/sand-finish effect to it (it feels really luxurious because of that). I love that it has a pipette for application because I just hate pouring oil into my hands and then trying to get it on my face (a whole lot of mess and you end up applying too much). The pipette allows you to apply just a few drops at a time - on your hands or even directly on you face. And that's basically all you need, a few drops of it.

The oil itself has a gorgeous golden-orange color to it and smells amazing - I would say you can definitely smell the rose hip, but it also has a kind of a sweet, almost honey-like scent to it as well - very pleasant indeed. :) What I really love about this oil is that it absorbs really fast and doesn't leave my skin feeling oily and looking like a disco ball. I've tried applying it on its own or under my Antipodes creams and it works wonderfully in both cases. 

As far as it's regenerative properties go, I can't say it's a miracle worker - I mean your skin won't look amazing after you use this, but I can say that I did notice my skin looking better (though I mostly use it in combination with my Antipodes Avocado Pear night cream and I know for a fact that that cream does miracles to my skin). Even though I can't say for sure how much this oil has improved my skin, I know it must do some great things - it's rich with Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 and high in vitamin A, so it's definitely great for your skin, if you notice it or not. :)

I think this is a gorgeous face oil and if you're looking for one to add in your skin care routine, I really recommend this fella. :) The price might seem pretty high at 24.99 €, but since you really only need a few drops every time you use it, it will last you a very long time.

Now that I've tried this oil, my first product from Pai, I really really want to try out some other things from them - Camelia & Rose gentle hydrating cleanser and Organic Kukui & Jojoba bead skin brightening exfoliator, being the first things I'd like to try. :)

What are your thoughts on this oil, have you tried it yet or any other Pai products for that matter? Do you even use oils on your face? :)

NOTW: Birthday manicure

Hello lovelies! Today I'd like to show you my birthday manicure. My nails were in need of some fresh 'paint' so the evening before my birthday I decided to create this manicure. Hubby chose the base color - I offered him my new Essie nail polishes to choose from and he went for Turquoise & Caicos. It's a stunning shade, but I decided to give it a bit of 'bling' as well, so I went for Essence's Glorious Aquarius glitter top coat.

I love this Essie shade - in the bottle it kind of looks mint but on the nails it's a wonderful turquoise color. Unfortunately, turquoise and my camera don't seem to like each other - every time I take pictures of a product/item/nail polish that's this kind of color, it comes out a bit... patchy? It just doesn't look clean and clear as it should. I think the last picture, taken in direct sunlight demonstrates the color most accurately. :)

Nailtiques Formula 2 (base coat)
Essie Turquoise & Caicos (2 coats)
Essence Glorious Aquarius (glitter)
Seche Vite Dry fast (top coat)

(in direct sunlight)

So, what do you think of this combo? Would you wear something like this on your nails? Which is your favorite Essie nail polish? :)

*Vichy Idealia Eyes

Hello my lovelies! How is your day going? I was awaken by an earthquake today... and my dog barking because of it. :S But on the bright side, I seem to be on my road to recovery from this nasty cold I've picked up somewhere. So... today I thought I'd review another awesome product from Vichy - Idealia Eyes eye cream (take a look at last week's review of Teint Ideal foundation, if you haven't seen it yet).

This is a new product in the Idealia line (you can also find a serum, face cream, BB cream and other products within this line). It's suppose to contour the eye area - illuminate it, reduce the look of dark circles, smooth out fine lines and just give your eyes a bright, well rested look. I have to say I agree with Vichy - I absolutely love this eye cream!

First of all, can we talk about the packaging? It's gorgeous (as the whole Idealia line seems to be - I mean, did you see the packaging of the serum?!). :) I love the gentle pink color in combination with silver, it just makes it look so nice. The only part of the packaging I don't really like is the applicator - I can see how it can be useful and how it's supposed to be used, but I just prefer to put a little cream on my ring finger and gentle massage it into my eye area. I don't like the feeling of 'running' the applicator around my eye (even though it's very gentle, almost feels like silicone). And I've discovered that the applicator becomes dirty quite fast and unwanted 'things' tend to stick to it (like tiny hair, dust...). So, what I do is just apply the cream on my finger and then 'distribute' it where I want to. :)

The cream itself is really nice - it's a bright pinky-beige color with tiny shimmer running through it (which I hope you can see in the pictures above). It has no noticeable scent which is great for an eye cream (you don't want to be applying a bunch of perfume around your eyes). It blends out beautifully and absorbs quite fast. It's not heavy at all yet does a great job at moisturizing the eye area. I found that it works great as a base for my eyeshadow primers and afterwards eyeshadows as well - it doesn't seem to affect my makeup at all and does not make it last any less/more time. I've been using it for quite a while now and it does not irritate my eyes whatsoever and hasn't caused me any problems (like milia forming or any dry, red patches, for example).

                            left: bare skin                                       right: Vichy Idealia eyes applied and blended out

As you can hopefully see from the pictures above, the cream does a great job at illuminating the eye area, making it look brighter and more awake. It also does some under eye circle covering, but nothing major, so if you have really bad under eye circles, you'll still have to use a concealer.

I think this is a lovely eye cream and if you're looking for a new one (and especially if you're looking for an illuminating one), than you should really check this one out. You can get it in your local pharmacy and it retails for around 24 €, which I think is not that much, considering how little you need to use and how much you're getting (15 ml) - it will last you quite a while.