Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Tan.

Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Tan.

Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Tan.


Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Tan is part of their permanent blush range . Tan is a    grey toned medium brown which works as a lovely contour shade for pale to medium skin tones .  I was looking for a everyday contour powder and a replacement for my beloved Chanel Notorious (Review here ). 
D&G tan is just that and more . 


Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Tan.

With D&G tan I feel that I don't have to be too careful with my contour placement . The powder is so finely milled and smooth that it glides on top of foundation and doesn't look patchy . The medium brown base helps to make it a natural contour for pale to medium skin tones . Tan has just the perfect amount of grey , which sculpts out my cheek bones instead of clashing with my skin tone .

I cant rave enough about how smooth and buttery the powder feels to the touch . Its truly a pleasure to work with D&G face products . I have been using D&G tan religiously for the past two months which is quite a accomplishment for some one like me , who owns a drawer full of contouring and bronzing powders . Don't believe me ?   (Comparison swatches of all my favorite contour shades .)

Overall , fear not if you bought and loved Chanel Notorious ! We have a lovely substitute ! I cant recommend the D&G blushes enough . They have a lovely shade range and the product is worth every penny IMO .

Price ? $44.00
Where did I purchase ? Sephora.com

xoxo

A.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lip of the day : Giorgio Armani Rouge d' Armani in 510 .

 Giorgio Armani Rouge d' Armani in 510

 Giorgio Armani Rouge d' Armani in 510



Hello my loves :)

I wanted to get back into posting daily swatches of lipsticks I am currently loving .Today I wore one of my favorite coral lipsticks !
510 is part of the GA Rouge d' Armani range . It is a creamy coral with strong pink undertones.  Like I have mentioned before , the Rouge d' Armani line is one of my favorite lipstick formulas and the color selection is mind blowing ! These lipsticks are opaque , glossy and long wearing .
I found 510 to be quite a soft and subtle way to wear a coral lip . Its definitely similar to Mac Ever Hip and Chanel chintz . However, the formula of 510 is far superior .

What is your favorite coral lip ? 

Price ? $30
Where did I purchase ? Nordstorm
Xoxo
A.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush 01.

Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush 01.

Estee Lauder Tease Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush 01.

I am a huge fan of the Estee Lauder  Illuminating Powder Gelee formula and I was curious to see how it translates as a blush  . Needless to say , I was not disappointed ! Tease is a pretty fresh pink in the pan and looks true to color on the skin . The formula is incredibly smooth and buttery . I was able to pick up product with my blush brush easily and blend it seamlessly onto the skin . There is a definite shimmer to the blush so if you have issues with skin texture then I do not recommend using this as a blush or highlight .

Tease will perform as a stunning fresh pink glowy blush for light to medium skin tones and a gorgeous pink highlight on deeper skin tones . It is important to skip a highlight when using this blush to avoid shimmer overload  . I did notice shimmer particles on the skin in direct sunlight .So , I will be definitely wearing this more in the evening and night time . I personally don't like the look of shimmer on the cheek during the day .

As far as wear time is concerned , I was able to wear it for 5 hours with out touching up . The blush did fade evenly and I didn't notice any patchiness . 

Overall , If you missed out on the previous  Illuminating Powder Gelee's then I definitely recommend giving Tease a look . The blush is right now exclusively available on Esteelauder.com 

Price ? $40.00
Limited Edition ? Yes.
Where did I purchase ? esteelauder.com

Will you be picking this up ?
xoxo
A.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain Lipgloss in Pink Perseverance 182, Pink Resistance 183 , Berry Persistent 186 ,Infinite Fuschia 187 and Everlasting Caramel 192.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Pink Perseverance 182,  Pink Resistance 183 , Berry Persistent 186 ,Infinite Fuschia 187 and  Everlasting Caramel 192.
 I was ecstatic to see the release of the L'Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain Lip glosses which have been deemed by many fellow bloggers as a "dupe"for the Ysl Glossy Stains . I am a huge fan of the Ysl glossy stains and I own probably 10 of them ! So , needless to say I was excited to check out the drugstore counterparts .

The basic concept behind the Gloss/Stain formula is a lip gloss that dries down to a glossy look and leaves a stain as it wears . When the Ysl glossy stains are  first applied to the lips, they  feel like a lip gloss but within 10 - 15 secs they begin to thicken . They require 2-3 layers to look completely opaque and leave behind a substantial stain as they wear . I find the glossy stains to be incredibly glossy , comfortable and long wearing .The Loreal version is a lot thinner in consistency but they thicken just like the glossy stains and set with a glossy finish .



 Pink Perseverance 182,  Pink Resistance 183 ,Everlasting Caramel 192  Infinite Fuschia 187 and Berry Persistent 186 .

 Pink Perseverance 182,  Pink Resistance 183 ,Everlasting Caramel 192  Infinite Fuschia 187 and Berry Persistent 186 .
The darker colors leave behind a stain just like the glossy stains and it lasts 3-4 hours easily while the lighter colors are more translucent in comparison . I think its crucial to let the layers dry in between and not press  lips together .  I applied 3 even layers for all of the lip swatches below .


 Pink Perseverance 182
Pink Perseverance 182 is a pale milky pink in the tube but on my lips is practically clear .

 Pink Resistance 183 
Pink Resistance 183 is a baby pink with silver sparkle in the tube but in my lips is a mid tone pink . It is slightly more pigmented than 182.

Everlasting Caramel 192
Everlasting Caramel 192 is a brown in the tube but on lips looks like a rust color with slight red undertones .

 Infinite Fuschia 187

Infinite Fuschia 187 is a magenta cream in the tube and translates as a slighter darker magenta on the lips .


 Berry Persistent 186 .
Berry Persistent 186 is a pink based purple with blue iridescence in the tube and is to true to color on the lips .

Please note : my lip swatches are high definition close up of my lips and in real life all of them look opaque .

Overall , the performance of the darker shades is on par with the Ysl glossy stains but I cannot recommend the lighter shades. They too sheer to warrant a purchase . If you are looking for lighter shades  then Ysl is your best bet . They maybe uneven in application but at least they are visible . As far the the darker shades are concerned I highly recommend both the Loreal and Ysl ones . The good news is that, now there is a gloss/stain for every price point :)

Price? The Ysl ones are $32.00 a piece and the Loreal caresse stains are $7-$10 . 
Limited Edition ? No.
Where did I purchase ? Walgreens.

xoxo
A.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 500 Blush.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 500 Blush.


Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 500 Blush is the not the typical run-of-the-mill light pink . Its has a definite yellow undertone which makes it less milky and more universally flattering . The texture of the Lip Masestros is like a whipped cream on the lips ( minus the greasy feeling ) with a velvet finish . They never fully dry to a drying matte finish and are incredibly comfortable to wear . I know most the the new "matte lip glosses " claim to be non drying and I have tried them all ! The Armani Lip Maestro's are the only ones that do not dry my lips out .


Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 500 Blush.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 500 Blush.

Overall , I cant recommend these enough ! I really hope Armani releases more lighter and  plummy shades .
What is your favorite Lip Maestro shade ?


Price ? $ 32.00
Where did I purchase ? Nordstorm.
Limited Edition ? No.
xoxo

A.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dolce and Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation in 60 classic .

Dolce and Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation in 60 classic .

Dolce and Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation in 60 classic .

 Before I begin my formal review , I just want to mention the fact that my skin has been incredibly dry and flaky for the past 3 months.So, if a foundation can help soothe and moisturize the Sahara desert aka my face then it's sure to be a winner ! 

I bought the Dolce and Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation in 60 classic which is the lightest shade and a lovely neutral vanilla color . Upon first application , I noticed how light weight and moisturizing it felt on the skin . It looks slightly glossy upon application but then sinks in and becomes one with the skin . The foundation does set to a satin finish and provides subtle light reflection . D&G luminous is light to medium in one layer but can be layered to provide medium to full coverage . I looked at my skin in direct sunlight  and I could barely detect it on my face .My skin looked immaculate ! 

 I did try it on its on without a moisturizer on the skin and sadly it did settle in to dry patches but on top of moisturized skin it just glides over them  . I think oily skin types will equally like this foundation because of its soft satin finish . 

D&G luminous wore for 8 hours on its own and 10- 11 hours on top of my Hourglass serum no.28 . My blush and contour blended easily on top of the foundation and stayed put all day as well . I also did not notice any oxidation , settling into fine lines or patchiness.


Dolce and Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation in 60 classic .

Overall , If you like a flawless satin finish , medium to full coverage , skin like and long wearing foundation then D&G luminous is for you ! It comes in 15 shades so there is a color for everyone :)

Price ? $59.00
Where did I purchase ? Saks.

Will you be trying Dolce and Gabbana The Foundation Perfect Luminous Liquid Foundation out ?

xoxo
A.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Dolce and Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Quad in 123 Desert .





Desert 123 quad is part of the 2012 Dolce & Gabbana Holiday Signature Animalier Collection. The Quad is also a part of the permanent range but packaged in the regular D&G eyeshadow case and $8 cheaper . I think the animal print packaging is cute but I probably would have bought the permanent range version if I had known of the price difference .

I was immediately drawn to the neutral shades ( surprised ? lol ) but it was the texture of the shadows that convinced me to purchase it ! The quad contains 3 matte shades and one shimmer shade . The matte shades are buttery smooth and have incredible pigmentation. The shimmer shade is also smooth , glides on the skin and doesn't accentuate any lines or wrinkles . 


Shade 1 : is a matte white .
Shade 2 : a sandy gold frost .
Shade 3 : matte camel brown .
Shade 4 : matte dark brown with a reddish base.

The texture of these shadows is most similar to the new Giorgio Armani quads but these are even  more pigmented . Dolce and Gabbana shadows blend together seamless and effortlessly . I barely had to do any blending to get a beautiful fade of color . 

Desert in particular will make a great everyday quad  . Everything you need for a polished look is in this little quad . I was able to do a beautiful day look using this palette and then amp it up for the evening easily without having to use an other shadows .I bought the bought the quad in cocoa as well and will be reviewing it shortly .

Overall , I highly recommend trying these shadows out . They have quite a few quads in their permanent range so there is something for everyone . D&G is now available on Sephora.com and is making its way to Sephora stores .

 Will you be purchasing it ? :)

Price ? $67.00
Where did I purchase it ? Saks

xoxo
A.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipstick in Shocking Coral , Wild Rose , Hot plum and Brazen Berry .


Maybelline has released a line of Vivid ColorSensational Lipsticks . These bright shades are sure to get you in the mood for Summer ! 

As far as drugstore lipsticks are concerned I think Maybelline ColorSensational line is my favorite . Its a comfortable , opaque and a slightly glossy formula which lasts 4-5 hours on my lips . So its no surprise that  I jumped at the chance to pick up four colors from the ColorSensational Vivids line .


Shocking Coral , Wild Rose , Hot plum and Brazen Berry . 


Shocking Coral 
Shocking Coral : is a beautiful creamy pink based coral . It looks more pink on my lips but in the tube it looks like a true coral with a slight pink base . It is quite flattering on my skin tone and doesn't clash or look too pastel .




Wild Rose
Wild Rose : is a beautiful magenta color with a cream finish . I love magenta lipsticks on pale skin and dark hair and this definitely livens my face !



Hot plum
Hot Plum : is a heavily pink based purple which is also a cream finish . It immediately reminded me of Mac Gladiola which is a long discontinued and sought after shade .

Brazen Berry 
Brazen Berry : is a blue and pink based purple with a cream finish . I found it to be quite striking and beautiful on the lips . Definitely not for the faint of heart !

Overall , all of the shades I bought are opaque , cream finish and saturated . Wear time was between 4- 6 hours with minimal fading . These are definitely comfortable to  wear and did not dry out my lips . I highly recommend looking into these if you want to venture into bold lips this summer without paying high end prices .

Price ? $8.00
Limited Edition ? Yes .
Where did I purchase these ? Walgreen In-store .

*all items mentioned purchased by me .
xoxo
A.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Becca Best of Becca Set




I was delighted to see Becca return to Sephora stores in 2012. I have always wanted to try the brand but was hesitant  ordering products sight unseen .  The set includes the following products :

Becca resurfacing primer . Opal shimmering skin perfector , eye tint in baroque and beach tint in grapefruit .

Resurfacing Primer ( full size ) : This is a a white cream with a slight silicone feel to it and sinks in to the skin upon application . I found the primer to be quite hydrating and it helped smooth out any imperfections/pores . It kept my makeup on for 8 - 9 hours and my skin never felt dry or parched . 

Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal ( sample size ) : is a beautiful beige with gold pearl . It sheers out beautifully and provides a luminescent highlight to the skin . I love wearing this during the day because there is no disconcernable shimmer in direct sunlight . Mixing this with a foundation is another way to add luminosity to the skin  . My mom has been wearing it as a highlight as well and the Shimmering Skin Perfector  does not settle in pores or fine lines . 

Eye Tint in Baroque ( full size ) : is a water proof sheer cream shadow . Baroque is a lovely mushroom taupe with a golden sheen . The eye tint lasted 5 hours on my eye lids without primer and 8-9 hours on top of one . I find this perfect for a soft shimmery wash of color on the eyes . It makes quite a lovely eyeshadow base as well because powder shadows blend seamlessly on top of it . Upon inital application the tint feels slightly wet but dries down to soft cream finish on the eyes . 

Beach Tint in Grapefruit ( full size ) : is a waterproof multipurose product that can be used on lips and cheeks . Grapefruit in particular is a lovely peachy pink tint that dries down to a soft matte finish on my lips . I did use it as a blush and found it easy to blend on top of foundation . As far as wear is concerned , it lasted 5 hours on my cheeks and 2-3 hours on my lips . 

The Ultimate Mascara( full size )  : has a medium sized plastic wand and the color included in this kit is black . I found this to be a good day time mascara . It provides a good amount of length but not enough volume . I prefer volumizing mascaras because I have pretty long lashes naturally . I found it easy to remove and non irritating . 




Overall , I think the set is a wonderful introduction to the brand and a phenomenal deal for $ 58 . I personally loved all the items except the mascara but if you like a natural lash look then definitely give it try . I will definitely be looking into their foundation , blushes and lip tints .

Have you tried Becca ? Leave your recommendations for me below :)

Price ? $58.00
Limited Edition ? Yes.
Where did I purchase it ? Sephora ( this set is a sephora exclusive ).

*all items mentioned were purchased by me .

xoxo
A

Ysl Spring 2013 Glossy Stain Swatches .




I picked up number 27,28 and 29 so stay tuned for lip swatches and reviews.

lmk if you have any questions .


xoxo
A,



Sunday, January 6, 2013

Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Bronze , Gilded Rose Gold , Gilded Platinum and Gilded Moonlight.



Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Color is part of the Art Deco Muse Fall 2012 Collection . The Collection launched four new colors that are marketed to provided a glamorous striking effect on the eyes . I have always been a fan of Laura Mercier's makeup line because her products are simple , well priced and highly effective .

I was drawn to the incredible metallic quality of these shadows when I first saw them in store . All four have a buttery texture and are creamy to the touch . Illuminating Eye colors have a frost finish with small glitter particles running through them . This explains the slight grittiness in texture .


Gilded rosegold , Gilded bronze , Gilded platinum and Gilded moonlight.
Gilded rosegold , Gilded bronze , Gilded platinum and Gilded moonlight.

Gilded Rosegold :  coral pink frost .
Gilded Bronze : taupe grey with brown undertones .
Gilded Platinum : silvery platinum .
Gilded Moonlight : light yellow gold.

 These are definitely not for the faint of heart ! They are insanely metallic and have a beautiful reflective quality to them . I definitely do not recommend wearing all four of them together but paired with matte shadows they make a beautiful eye look . The colors are not very unique but they look incredibly beautiful on the skin . I found Gilded moonlight to be the most striking against my dark eyes . 

As far as wear time is concerned , I always wear primer under my eye shadows so I didn't have any problems with fading or creasing . Also I didn't experience any fall out during application and the shadows blend with other textures seamlessly . 

Overall , if you are in the market for striking , metallic and glamorous eye shadows then these are definitely for you ! But if you have mature or dry eye lids then I definitely do not recommend these to you .

Price ? $24.00 per shadow
Limited Edition ?Yes
Where did I purchase ?Nordstorm.

*all items mentioned were purchased by me .

xoxox
A.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Contour Shades Comparison


I have been trying to enable my friend Joyce (BrozerBunny , Click to check out her blog) to buy the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate in Intensity 1.

Below are some comparison swatches of some of my favorites . 
I know I only have two cheeks  but a girl needs options :)


TF illuminate 01 , TF shade 1 , Mac coffee walnut cream , Hourglass sunset duo (bronzer) , Chanel notorious , GA bronzer 01 , nyx taupe blush ,D&G tan blush.
TF illuminate 01 , TF shade 1 , Mac coffee walnut cream , Hourglass sunset duo (bronzer) , Chanel notorious , GA bronzer 01 , nyx taupe blush ,D&G tan blush.


Only the Giorgio Armani bronzer 01 has shimmer .Rest are all matte in either cream or powder format .
If you have any questions or requests plmk .

*all purchased by me .
xoxox
A.