When it comes to the foundations and powders, I’m still having control over it. I have three foundations, plus several 5ml samples, and 4 powders. Although I’d be happy if I could only have one of each, I don’t believe this is over the top.
Last Saturday, I’ve announced my new project through which I’m hoping to finally get rid some of the stuff from my stash. There are 42 product on the list, so I’ve split them up into three parts (makeup, skincare, body and haircare).
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I have announced my Project 10 Pans and the rules I’m planning to stick to in this post.
This post will feature all the skincare items I want to finally spend. Most of the items are already half-spent, but for some reason, I got bored with them and put them aside. This project will finally help me to get rid of all that stuff that is wasting the space in my cosmetics cabinet.
Carita Ideal Douceur Masque de Cotton is a moisturizing mask which you do not have to rinse off. I like such masks very much, as I have found that they are ideal when my skin is particularly dehydrated. Such masks give an extra moisture boost and I usually see a visible difference on my skin. My favourite mask of such type is Sisley Express Flower Gel, but for the last month I’ve been using a 5ml sample Carita Masque de Cotton twice per week.
Full-size packaging of Masque de Cotton has 1.69 fl.oz. (50ml) and retails for $62 (37 euros).
Masque de Cotton looks like a really thick moisturizer. It has really mild, barely perceptible scent. The cream spreads easily, but it feels really heavy on the face. The instructions say that you should leave the mask on for 10 minutes and then wipe off the residue with a tissue. I usually don’t do this with Sisley Express Flower Gel because I prefer to leave the mask on during the night. However, I wash off Masque de Cotton, because it seems very rich. Even used that way, Masque de Cotton is really moisturizing and for a couple of days after applying the mask, my skin is considerably less dehydrated.
This is a great (and much cheaper) alternative to Sisley. It is not my HG, but I will certainly consider purchasing a full-size when I finish off Express Flower Gel
Carita is not a widely known brand, and sometimes it seem to me that it is very underrated. I often get the impression that if the brand isn’t big in the USA, it doesn’t exist ( a shame really, as many excellent brands are overlooked).
Carita Ideal Douceur Milky Water is a cleanser appropriate for sensitive skin. Full size retails for 35 euros/ $52 for 200 ml (6.7 fl.oz.). I’ve used one 5ml sample, which was enough for five times.
Just like the name suggests, this cleanser looks like a milky water. I massage it into the skin and then remove the make-up with the wet cotton. The instructions say that it doesn’t have to be rinsed, but I rinse it nevertheless. It can be used both on eyes and the face.
I’m always searching for a good, more affordable make-up remover which will take off all my make-up both from the eyes and face. Sisley Cleansing milk with Sage is good, but very expensive. Sisley Lyslait is not as good. L’Occitane Almond Apple Cleansing oil is excellent, but it cannot be used on the eyes. Well, I think I have finally found a HG.
Carita Eau Lactee is an excellent make-up remover. It takes all the foundation and it dissolves the mascara without irritating eyes or making my vision blurry (like Sisley Lyslait does). It doesn’t irritate my skin, it doesn’t break me out and it is not drying.
Carita is not a widely known brand and it is not always easy to find their products. I think Carita is among the most underrated brands, even though they offer excellent products. I have liked everything I’ve tried so far.
The leaflet says that the foundation provides a very light coverage, mattifies and unifies the skin tone.
Foundation is not among the cheaper ones and it is hard to find. I haven’t found any information on whether it is discontinued or not. In my country it is around $40 or around 30 euros. The bottle has 30ml and, if you are careful and don’t spill anything, a little goes a long way, so it doesn’t seems as expensive, because it will last for a long time.
The range of shades is not very good. There are only two shades available: one lighter (20 Beige Rose) and one darker (40 Beige Cendre), but both shades have a strong pink undertones. The lighter shade is good for those ranging from NW15-25, while the darker is good for NW25-35. I have the lighter shade.
This is the most peculiar foundation I’ve had a chance to try so far. The foundation looks like a foundation gone bad because it is in two phases. As you can see on the photos there is a watery phase and the pigment is on the bottom. You have to shake it really hard in order to mix the pigment with the watery phase.
The bottle is glass, the cap is a twist-off cap and the foundation comes out through the small opening on the top of the bottle. It is very unpractical because, even the foundation is water-like, it is difficult to get the foundation out. On the other hand, at least you don’t have to worry about spilling too much of foundation.
As I’ve said, the texture of the foundation is watery – it reminds me slightly of Chanel Vitalumiere foundation (the new one), although Chanel isn’t as watery as Carita.
The simplest way to apply the foundation is to spill a small amount in the palm, spread it all over the face and blend with a brush if necessary. The foundation spreads easily and dries very quickly. Upon application, the foundation is very wet and when it dries, the foundation feels sticky. The stickyness disappears if you put a light layer of loose powder. Also the foundation isn’t mattifying at all. I have oily skin and I have to blot pretty often.
What I find the most amazing about this foundation is the coverage. I have to say that I’ve expected the coverage to be non-existent, but the coverage is surprisingly good for such a watery foundation. It is indeed light, but it can be layered if you want medium coverage. Voile de beaute covers the expanded pores and unifies the skin, but one layer won’t cover any larger blemishes. Just like the name suggests – it is like a veil on the skin.
Overall, this is the foundation for those with normal light/medium skin with pink undertones, who do not want a lot of coverage.
When I first heard of scalp exfoliators, I was very sceptical and I thought that it would be just a waste of money. But I’m glad Carita proved me wrong.
The exfoliator contains grounded sunflower and jojoba seeds, which look pretty big and one might think that the exfoliation will be too harsh, but they provide very gentle exfoliation. The exfoliator has a onderful scent – it smells like hazelnuts and almonds.
I separate the dry hair into wide sections and apply the exfoliator on the scalp. I massage it for several minutes, rinse off and wash the hair with the shampoo.
The difference in my hair is really obvious. After the exfoliation, the hair looks healthier, stronger and has more volume.
The exfoliator is pricey (it cost me aronund $35), but it comes in a big 150ml tube and it is impossible to spend. One tube usually lasts me for almost two years if I exfoliate one time per week.