Saturday, March 30, 2013

Dior Addict Lipstick in Candide 457.

Dior Addict Lipstick in Candide 457.

I can not seem to get enough of baby pink lipsticks these days and the Dior addicts are one of my favorite lipstick formulas . My mom bought me my first Dior Addict 6 years ago and it marked the beginning of an obsession with these lipstick/balm hybrids .

Dior Addict Lipstick in Candide 457.
On my lips, it looks like a soft milky pink . I absolutely love how soft and feminine this looks against my skin tone . The Dior Addicts are known for their Photoshop effect on the lips  . These glide over dry lips and give the illusion of moisturized and plump lips . They are also light weight and do not bleed in to any lip lines . The wear time is very short on these ( 1-2 hours ) because of their soft and balm-like texture but I do not mind reapplying. I find the Dior addicts to be comfortable to wear and slightly hydrating on the lips . They definitely do not dry my lips out .

Overall, if baby pinks are what your heart desires then you must take Dior Candide home with you !

Limited Edition ? Yes
Price ? 30.00

xxo
A.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Nars Eyeshadow in Cyprus.


 Nars Eyeshadow in Cyprus.

I began my makeup journey with Nars when I was a freshman and owned a tube a mascara and chapstick ! I still remember getting a makeover and walking away with  Sex Machine lip pencil and Dolce Vita blush :).
Over the years , my love for the company has sustained and I always look forward to their collections for exciting colors and formulas .

Nars eye shadows are quite hit and miss in my opinion but the color combinations are always unique . Their range covers flesh tones , neon brights , rich neutrals and deep jeweltones . Cyprus is probably one of the least striking shadows in the range . I mean placed next to Daphne and Fez , its quite easy  to overlook this beauty  .

 Nars Eyeshadow in Cyprus.

Cyprus looks like a soft sandy gold in the pan and swatched on the skin it transforms into the beautiful glistening sand color .I love how it melts into my skin tone and provides the most beautiful shine . I personally love pairing it with Mac Soba or Burberry Almond for a soft day time eye . You can also use Nars shadows wet for a more intense effect. I personally am not a huge fan of frost finishes and I prefer the soft sheen of the dry powder . 

Overall , Cyprus is one of the best shadows Nars has to offer and I recommend giving it a swatch the next time you are in store . 

Price ? $22.00

xoxox 
A.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Noir and Espresso.

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Noir and Espresso.

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Noir .

Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Espresso.

Laura Mercier recently launched new creme liners , creme smooth lip colors and caviar sticks . I have always been a fan of her cake liners and was ecstatic to see new creme liners being added to her line  . Finding the right gel/creme liner has always been difficult for me . The Mac and Bobbi brown versions do not have the depth I have been looking for and while the Ysl  version is a beautiful pitch black color, it dries out in a month . Mufe waterproof creme liner skips on the eye lids and you have to repeated dip your brush into the pot to pick up product . The drugstore versions from Loreal , Maybelline , Essence , Wet and Wild and Revlon all irritated my eyes and caused them to water .

I have very dark brown/almost black eyes and I use black or brown liners saturated in pigment to create contrast . The Laura Mercier Creme lines are what I have been waiting for .


Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Noir and Espresso.

Both liners have a matte finish on the skin and are incredibly easy to use . They almost feel like a thin creme in the pot and you barely need any product to create the perfect line . The formula does not skip , bleed or smear once it sets . I was able to wear these for 7 hours without a primer and 8-9 hours on top of one . The consistency of the creme liner allows for thin , opaque and precise application . I have had my pots for two months now and so far no sign of them drying out .

Overall , if you are looking for easy to use and  saturated brown and black liners then these are definitely worth a look . The LM creme liners are definitely Holy Grail for me !

Price ? $22.00
xoxo

A.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Imperial 200 and Natural 130.

Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Imperial 200 and Natural 130.

Dolce and Gabbana describes the Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipsticks as, "Dress your lips with a luxuriously rich, matte pigment and a high-shine core that delivers a burst of boundless moisture for an impeccably balanced and sensual effect. Smooth, soft, and deliciously drenching, the Passion Duo Lipstick leaves lips with a sumptuous depth and scale of color. " ( Sephora.com description

Are you suprised I picked the two lightest shades in the range to try ? lol . I was immediately attracted to the slender golden tubes on the makeup counter and the color range . Dolce and Gabbana has an extensive range of colors for each of their lipstick formulas so you are sure to find a color you like . 

The outer layer is a full coverage and matte color pigment . While the inner layer is a soft gloss with beautiful shimmer particles . The result is a medium to full coverage lip color with the shine and dimension of a lipgloss .

Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in  Natural 130.

Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in  Natural 130.

Natural 130 is a soft pink with a beautiful creamy finish .


Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Imperial 200 .

Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick in Imperial 200 .

Imperial 200 is a medium coverage pink nude with a creamy finish . 



I found these to last 4 hours on the lips and were very comfortable to wear . The  Passion Fusion Duos have the texture of a lipstick and the look of a lipstick with gloss on top . If you like the idea of a glossy lipstick but still want a decent amount of color pay off then these are definitely worth looking into. The color payoff and soft focus effect on the lips sets the Passion Duos apart from other glossy lipsticks on the market . 

Overall , I am very impressed with these and cant wait to look into more colors . 

Price ? $34.00
Where did I purchase these ? Sephora . 

xoxox
A.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 27 Pêche Cerra-Cola .


Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture  Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 27 Pêche Cerra-Cola .

Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture  Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 27 Pêche Cerra-Cola .

Peche Cerra - Cola is a new addition to the Ysl Glossy Stain range and the color we have been waiting for ! The original line up did not include a pinky peach color and  07 ( the peach in the range ) was way too warm  for my taste . 

27 in the tube looks like a milky peachy pink but on the lips it appears  more rosy and less milky . The stain left behind is a warm pink with a slight peach tone . I was expecting Peach Cerra-Cola to be a little more on the nude side and less rosy .


Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture  Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 27 Pêche Cerra-Cola .
Application was challenge like other lighter colors in the range and it was difficult to get a even effect . I usually apply 3 layers but with lighter colors 2 should be sufficient . The more layers you apply the patchier the applications looks .

Overall , I absolutely adore the glossy stains but I cannot recommend this particular color because of the obvious application issues . That being said . there are plenty of other colors to choose from !

Price ? $32.00
Where did I purchase ? Sephora .

xoxo
A.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Guerlain Coup de Foudre (502) Eye Shadow Palette .

Guerlain Coup de Foudre (502) Eye Shadow Palette .

Guerlain Coup de Foudre (502) Eye Shadow Palette .

I have contemplated this purchase for a while and trust me , I walked away from the counter a few times before I finally gave in . The color scheme is just too beautiful to pass up and I am a sucker for green eyeshadows .

Coup de Foudre is one of the two quads released for Spring and is limited edition .

Guerlain Coup de Foudre (502) Eye Shadow Palette .
 From Lto R :
Shade 1 is a beautiful bronze khaki with a frost finish (reminiscent of a camouflage green ).
Shade 2 is a stunning mint green with a gold frost .
Shade 3 is a vibrant coral with a satin finish .
Shade 4 is a gunmetal green with flashes of a peacock blue frost .


The four shades together make quite an interesting eye look and you can always use one or two of these with other shadows for a different effect. I found the mint green to be incredibly brightening on my skin tone and the coral makes a beautiful warm transition shade in the crease . The gunmetal shade has the most beautiful blue -green frost to it and paired with Rouge Bunny Rouge Mysterious Tinamou (swatched here ) makes a gorgeous jewel toned eye . As for the bronze khaki, I feel like it  would make a lovely addition to a taupe or bronze eye look .

The quality of the shadows is on  par with other palettes from the range and I found these to last 8-9 hours on top of primer . They blended out beautifully with little effort and look beautiful mixed with matte shadows and cream bases . I did notice a little fall out with these but nothing major .

Overall , the color scheme may not be everyone's cup of tea but Guerlain always makes beautiful shadows and I recommend looking into other releases from the line  That being said , if you are in the mood for some color this Spring and Summer then definitely give Coup de Foudre a try .

Price ? $59.00
Limited Edition ? Yes .

xoxo
A. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

bareMinerals Remix Collection - Ready 4.0 Eyeshadow Quads in The Next Big Thing.

bareMinerals Remix Collection - Ready 4.0 Eyeshadow Quads in The Next Big Thing.

bareMinerals Remix Collection - Ready 4.0 Eyeshadow Quads in The Next Big Thing.
Lto R : The Rising Star , Smash Hit , Hoopla and Ensemble . 
The Next Big Thing is one of two quads released by bareMinerals for Spring 2013 . I am a huge fan of their pressed shadows and was ecstatic to see a matte peach paired with golds and a matte plum . Normally , I stick to neutrals all year round  but I have been actively trying to add a little "color" to my eyeshadow looks . Plus , The Next Big Thing is the perfect little quad to experiment with and it  just screams summer to me !

The quad contains four shades :
The Rising Star is a pale yellow gold ( frost ).
Smash hit is a matte peachy coral .
Hoopla is a bronzey gold (frost).
Ensemble is a dark matte eggplant purple .

All four shades are buttery smooth and incredibly pigmented . The matte shadows  reminds of me of the Mac Matte2 formula and have little to no fall out . The frost shadows blend seamlessly with the matte shades to create a multidimensional eye look .

Overall , I feel these shadows are quite underrated and of exceptional quality , especially for their price point . I highly recommend giving these babies a try .

Price ? $30.
Limited Edition ? Yes .

xoxo
A.

Monday, March 11, 2013

AERIN Beauty Limited Edition Lipstick in Garden Path.

AERIN Beauty Limited Edition Lipstick in Garden Path.

AERIN Beauty Limited Edition Lipstick in Garden Path.

Aerin Beauty is a new line under the Estee Lauder umbrella . Aerin is the grand daughter of the Estee Lauder and this is her lifestyle and beauty line . 

I was drawn to the incredibly girly Spring collection from her line and opted to try one of the limited edition lipsticks . The packaging is quite pretty and feminine . The lipsticks are housed in soft baby pink cardboard boxes and the lipstick itself is in a golden tube with Aerin's logo on the bullet . 

Garden Path is a cream finish and looks like a baby pink in the tube . On my lips it is an absolutely beautiful soft pink nude that flatters my pale skin tone . If you are darker then NC/NW 25 then this maybe too nude for you . 


AERIN Beauty Limited Edition Lipstick in Garden Path.

It is so hard to find pale nude lipsticks that do not look chalky or dry on the lips . Garden Path has a soft creamy sheen on my lips and does not settle into lip lines . I found the formula to be quite moisturizing and it lasted 3-4 hours on my lips .  

Overall , I am in love with this lip color and cant wait to see future releases from her line . Garden Path is being hailed as a dupe for Ysl Tea Rose , which was a lovely color but horrible formula . In my opinion the Aerin Beauty version  has a far superior formula and lasts longer on the lips . 

Price ? $30
Where did I purchase ? Neimen Marcus
Limited Edition ? Yes.

xoxo
A.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 01 Violet Edition .

Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture  Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 01 Violet Edition .

What can I say about the glossy stains that hasn't been said before . This gloss/stain formula changed our expectations from a long wearing lipgloss . For me , long wearing lip gloss meant : thick , goopy and opaque . The glossy stains are lightweight ,sheer , jelly like on the lips and last for 4-6 hours on my lips . The cherry on top is the beautiful stain left behind as the gloss fades .

Ysl recommends layering these to achieve the opacity you desire . During application it is important not to press the lips together . Apply one layer at a time , wait for a few seconds and then apply some more .


Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture  Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 01 Violet Edition .

Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture  Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 01 Violet Edition .

01 Violet Edition is the definition of a glossy Vampy lip . It has a beautiful pinky cranberry base with a definite violet hue . I found Violet edition to be incredibly smooth , opaque , glossy and rich on the lips . Most people feel comfortable in satin or matte finishes when it comes to statement lips but if your brave then Violet Edition is for you .


Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture  Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 01 Violet Edition .

Yves Saint Laurent 'Rouge Pur Couture  Vernis a Levres' Glossy Stain in 01 Violet Edition .
I used to wear gloss all the time but then  I got braces ( dont laugh... ) last year and that was the end of my love affair . Most glosses smeared all over my brackets and seeped into them . The Ysl glossy stains stay put and do not seep into my metal mouth . Also , I have very long hair and my hair does not get trapped into the gloss causing all sorts of annoyance .


Overall , the vampy lip craze has died down but fear not I am still rocking a dark lip and you can too . If 01 Violet Edition is a little too much for you then Ysl has 23 other colors for you to choose from .

xoxo
A. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Le Métier de Beauté Launches E-Commerce Site with a Major Giveaway

           I wanted to share with you guys this amazing giveaway from Le Metier de Beaute .


 According to Le Metier "To celebrate the launch of our first online shopping site, www.lemetierdebeaute.com, we are hosting our most luxurious giveaway to date. One lucky LMdB lover will win a custom-made, Le Métier de Beauté exclusive Italian leather trunk worth over $1000 filled to the brim with over $700 in Le Métier de Beauté beauty goodies from nail lacquers and glosses to brushes and shadows (complete product list below).

To enter, all you need to do is go to www.lemetierdebeaute.com and sign up for our newsletter. The link is in the upper-left hand corner of our homepage (reads “Sign up to receive special offers”). For additional entries, like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/MetierBeaute), follow us on Twitter (@metierbeaute), and on Instagram (@lemetierdebeaute).

The contest will be open starting March 5th, 2013 through March 15th, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST.

One lucky winner will receive:

·         Custom-made Le Métier de Beauté exclusive Italian leather trunk with a calf skin interior

·         6 Shades of Colour Core Lipstick in Uma Paro, San Tropez, Captiva, Kona, Nevis, and Summerland

·         9 Nail Lacquers in Paris, Crème Caramel , Silver Belle, Halo of an Angel , Purple Reign, Made in the Jade, Saucey Plum, Hottie Choco-latte, and Indo-Sheen Red

·         Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Nouvelle Vague

·         3 Shades of Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss in Maui, Summerland, and Ibiza

·         2 Shades of Radiance Powder Rouge in Whisper and Echo

·         3 Brushes:  Eye Crease Brush, Kabuki Brush, and Flat Liner Brush ."

How amazing does this set look ? 
I definitely recommend entering this contest ! 


*content in italics is from a press release .

xoxo
A.

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Face Illuminating Powder

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Face Illuminating Powder 

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Face Illuminating Powder 

Yup , I am a sucker ! I saw this beauty featured on a few of my favorite blogs and I caved . Yes , Chanel has been annoying me with their monthly releases but who am I kidding ..
Rose Gold highlighter ? Check !
Pretty pattern ? Check ! 
Chanel logo ? Check ! 
Insane price tag/Exclusivity ? Check !

According to Chanel.com "A sumptuous and whimsical exclusive creation featuring a motif that reproduces the decor of the Château de Versailles.This illuminating powder reveals an elegant gold shade with hints of pink highlights.The touch of light for a precious complexion."

SOLD ! 

Are these exclamations getting annoying ? Thought so, but  in all seriousness I am in love with this baby .

Chanel Mouche de Beaute Face Illuminating Powder 
Mouche de Beaute is the Maserati of the illuminating gelee powders . It is incredibly finely milled and an absolute joy to blend on top of the skin . There are small shimmer particles which add a truly beautiful multidimensional effect to the soft rose gold highlight . The gelee is incredibly pigmented and can be easily over done . Thereore, I suggest using a soft yet small brush and apply it to the high points of the face . As far as wear time is concerned , I found it lasted a good 6 hours on my skin and it faded evenly . The shimmer particles are definitely visible in day light but do not look over done .

The powder has a lovely light pink hue in the pan that is not in the least bit overbearing on the skin .I own my fair share of rose gold/pink gold highlighters but Mouche de Beaute truly stand out . Not only for the breathtaking packaging but also for the quality of the product .

Overall , I cant recommend this enough. I know it is an INSANE amount of money for a illuminator but I truly think this one is worth it .

Price ? $80 for 12g
Limited Edition ? Yes.
Where did I purchase ? Chanel.com.

xoxo
A.