Sunday, April 21, 2013

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in Filled with Desire.

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in  Filled with Desire.
Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in  Filled with Desire.
Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in  Filled with Desire.
Edward Bess is a line I have always been interested in but being unable to play with the line in store has always deterred me form buying sight unseen. That being said , there has been quite a lot of buzz around the new blushes from Edward Bess so I decided to make a cheeky little purchase .

The Blush Extraordinaire's come in three colors and I decided to pick up "Filled with Desire" which is described as a pale pink . In the pan the blush looks like a brightening shade of blue based pink with a matte look . The powder is quite tightly packed but its quite easy to pick up the right amount of  product with a brush .


Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire in  Filled with Desire.

I was so surprised to see the slight golden sheen when I swatched the blush on my skin but it disappears once you blend the powder out .   Filled with Desire has a decent amount of pigmentation  and I was able to get a beautiful flush on my cheeks with one or two swipes . The blush is incredibly finely milled and the packaging is quite chic . I love how Edward Bess was able to make a light blue based pink into a sophisticated and flattering shade of pink . Pale pinks are hard to especially when they are blue based and its so easy to look clownish or over do it .

Overall , If you are of light to medium skin tone then you need to try these blushes out ! I may or not have ordered the other two as well lol .

Price ? $43.00

xoxo
A.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in 102 Beige Plume and 201 Rose Taffetas.

Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in 102 Beige Plume and 201 Rose Taffetas.

Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in 102 Beige Plume and 201 Rose Taffetas.

 Although the Givenchy line looks well edited and packaged beautifully, the colors or formulas have never impressed me. During my recent trip to Sephora for the Chic week event I was immediately drawn to their new lipsticks . Housed in leather and studded lipstick cases the Le Rouge line promises opaque color with a velvet/matte finish . I am surprised its taken this long for makeup companies to jump on the leather and studs band wagon . Studs have been huge for a while and they have finally made an entry into the makeup world . The Le Rouge lipstick bullet has a substantial weight to it and the leather feels quite luxurious to the touch . 

As far as the formula is concerned , they are opaque but feel quite light on the lips . There is a little bit of a shine when you first apply the color but that soon wears off and you are left with a beautiful velvety finish . The finish is somewhere in between Illamasqua matte lipsticks and the Armani lip maestros .

Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in 102 Beige Plume .

102 Beige Plume is a peachy beige with slight pink undertones.

Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in 201 Rose Taffetas.
201 Rose Taffetas is a rosy pink with coral undertones .


I was able to wear these for 5 hours without reapplying and noticed minimal fading . These arent the moisturizing  lipsticks to wear so make sure to wear lip balm underneath . Also ,I did not notice any bleeding or feathering  in to lip lines .

Overall , the Givenchy Le rouge is an excellent matte formula and the shade range is quite eye catching . There are quite a few bright shades in the range and they are just in time for summer !

Price ?$36

xoxo
A,

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Guerlain 'Terracotta Four Seasons' Bronzer 00 Nude.

Guerlain 'Terracotta Four Seasons' Bronzer 00 Nude.

Guerlain 'Terracotta Four Seasons' Bronzer 00 Nude.


No one does bronzers and packaging like Guerlain and every summer I patiently wait for their Bronzer collection so that I can hand them all of my monies ! Incase you didnt know , I have a teeny tiny weakness for bronzers and in the summer I love rocking a bright lip with bronzed skin . 

When it comes to bronzers its important to find one that gives your skin a golden glow . The key is to look golden , not muddy , orange or 5 shades darker . Thankfully , Guerlain understands the importance of finding the right color of bronze for your skin tone . One color does not flatter all and its important to keep in mind your undertone and desired effect.  

Guerlain's regular line has several shades for the palest to the deepest skin tones . Last year , they released two "Four seasons " Bronzers which was meant to help you customize a bronzed look for each season . This year they expanded the line to include alabaster and the ebony skin tones and everything in between . A total of 8 colors have been released and I picked up the lightest in 00 nudes . 

Guerlain 'Terracotta Four Seasons' Bronzer 00 Nude.

Guerlain 'Terracotta Four Seasons' Bronzer 00 Nude.
Lto R Top light brown , ivory , peachy tan , fresh pink and all four colors mixed together . 
I am quite pale with neutral undertones so my skin has a decency to look really flat without blush or bronzer . I normally use a light hand to dust a honey or golden toned bronzer on the high points of my face and add a pop of  blush on to the apples of my cheeks . Most bronzers are too dark for me so I have to be careful and use a light hand along with a fluffy brush. 00 nudes is the most beautiful pinky peach tan color and adds the perfect amount of color to my skin . My face instantly looked fresh and sunkissed !

The Four Seasons powder is finely milled and blends in to the skin seamlessly . The powder feels creamy to the touch and spreads on the skin evenly . I have used this on top of both liquid and powder foundation and I  did not notice any patchiness . Wear time was between 6 -8 hours and it faded evenly .

Overally , If you are quite pale and are looking for a bronzer to add a soft golden look to your skin then this is for you . If your darker than NC/NW 20 then it will act as a complexion enchancer . If you were a fan of of the Dior Aurora Bronzer circa 2011 and Chanel bronzed rose 2011 then you will love 00 nudes .

Price ?$75.00

xoxox
A.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Rouge Bunny Rouge When The Birds Are Singing -Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Bohemian Waxwing , Abyssinian Catbird and Olive Violetear .


Rouge Bunny Rouge When The Birds Are Singing -Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Bohemian Waxwing , Abyssinian Catbird and Olive Violetear .



Do I need to write an introduction to these shadows ? :P I love sharing with you guys new finds or just items I have been loving lately . The above three shadows are not new to anyone and neither do we need to go into a discussion about how Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows are smooth like buttah with the most incredible multidimensional finish . Pairing Abyssinian Catbird and Olive Violetear seems like a no brainer but I feel like the addition of Bohemian Waxing really takes this looks up a notch ! 


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Rouge Bunny Rouge When The Birds Are Singing -Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Bohemian Waxwing , Abyssinian Catbird and Olive Violetear .

Bohemian Waxing is a taupe with a brown base . 
Abyssinian Catbird is a olive bronze with an incredible frost finish .
Olive Violetear is a matte military  green .


I hope the swatch of the three together illustrates how beautifully they pair together . Bohemian waxing just melts into Abyssinian Catbird , while Olive Violetear adds the necessary definition and change in texture . They blended together with little to no effort and I didn't notice any fall out . As far as wear time is concerned , they lasted on my lids 8-12 hours with a primer . 

Overall , Rouge Bunny Rouge never fails to impress me . If you are new to the brand then Abyssinian Catbird will prove to be an excellent introduction to the brand . However , the matte shadows are equally impressive IMO and I definitely need to look into purchasing a few more .

What is your favorite Matte shadow formula ?

Price ? $27 - 35 ( based on your location and tax %)
xoxo
A.

By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Lipstick in 1 Nudissimo.





According to Barneys.com "A pure concentrate of Hyaluronic acid, this melt-in lipstick balm moisturizes, fills in wrinkles and fine lines, boosts volume, smoothes and protects the lips in a "plumping glossy" colored veil." (click here to read more ).


The lipstick balms are all the rage these days and most brands have released or about to launch their versions . By Terry is an incredibly luxurious and well executed line and I was ecstatic to see them release the Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Lipsticks. I am a huge fan of the Rouge Terriby line so I expect nothing but excellence from them . 



Nudissimo looks like a pink peach with gold iridescence in the tube but on my lips it looks lighter and the iridescence is more apparent . I absolutely love how it glides on the lips and covers them in one semi opaque layer . According to By Terry the Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Lipsticks are meant to plump , fill in lines are provide unparalleled moisture to the lips . Unfortunately , I did not find these to be particularly hydrating and I felt like they settled into my lips lines after a few hours . They did not dry my lips out but I expect so much more from By Terry :( boo...


Overall , They are definitely worth a look and if you love pinky peach lipsticks then you must try Nudissimo . I absolutely love the color and it makes a lovely pairing with a golden summery eye look .

Price ? $35.00

xoxo
A.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dior Pink Champagne Nude Shimmer Compact.

Dior Pink Champagne Nude Shimmer Compact. 

Dior Pink Champagne Nude Shimmer Compact. 

The Bronzer and Highlighter season has began peeps ! I try to buy one bronzer and highlighter for Summer each year  but this year I seem to have lost all forms of restraint . After the glorious Chanel Mouch De Beaute , I picked up the Dior Pink Champagne Nude Shimmer Compact . Yes , its just another champagne powder but the formula and effect on the skin convinced me to take this baby home . 

 I did not notice any fall out during application and the powder feels like its tightly packed but still incredibly soft to the touch . The texture is similar to the powder gelees but Pink Champagne is not metallic like them. On my skin it creates a stunning glow without looking glittery or metallic . I find this to be quite day time appropriate , mainly because it doesn't have a  shimmery  effect .As far as the wear time is concerned , it lasted 6 hours on my skin with minimal fading.

With all that being said , do you need this if you already own Dior Amber Diamond ? I don't think so but if Amber Diamond settles into your fine lines or is too glittery for you then look into Pink Champagne Nude Shimmer Compact .

Overall ,  a lovely addition to my highlighter collection . P,s, this is a Neimen Marcus exclusive and limited edition too so if you want it, HURRY !! 

Limited Edition ? Yes.
Price ?$44.00

xoxox
A.



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dior Addict Gloss in 223 Angelique and 157 Nuit Boreale .

Dior Addict Gloss in 223 Angelique and 157 Nuit Boreale .

Dior Addict Gloss in 223 Angelique and 157 Nuit Boreale .

I am sorry for being quite a horrible blogger . My school and work load has been keeping me quite busy but I have so many things to show you guys and hopefully I will get all my posts written for this month in the next few days . That being said ,if you ever have a question or  request please feel free to email or tweet me and I will get back to you asap . Now , lets get on to the review shall we ?

Normally I am not a fan of reformulation ,especially when it comes to cult beauty products .Dior is notorious for discontinuing lip glosses and then a few months later releasing the same product under a different name and number . If you have read my Ysl glossy stain reviews then you know that formula is pretty much HG for me but that doesn't stop me for looking into new formulas and releases. During my Undergrad , I went through a phase where I had a matching gloss with every lipstick I wore . Excessive? Definitely ,but that is how I rolled back in the day . I still like a glossy lip but I prefer shiny lipsticks /gloss balms more . The Dior addict formula is one of my favorite gloss formulas on the market.

Dior Addict glosses range from sheer to full coverage glosses that are meant to be layered on top of lipstick or worn along for a soft yet luscious look on the lips .The formulas is very thin and you only need the tiniest amount for a full on glossy effect . These last 2-3 hours on but they are so incredibly hydrating that I do not mind reapplying.  The range contains cream and complex shimmer finishes which add an absolutely stunning vinyl effect on the lips . The shimmer is finely milled and incredibly complex .

Dior Addict Gloss in 223 Angelique and 157 Nuit Boreale .

I bought the two nudest shades in the range to wear on top of my nude lipsticks or on their own .

Dior Addict Gloss in 223 Angelique 

Angelique is a milky light peach with a cream finish . It can be worn alone for a soft nude look or on top of a darker lipstick to lighten the color .

Dior Addict Gloss in  157 Nuit Boreale .
Nuit Boreale is a pinky peach with multidimensional shimmer finish . I love wearing this on its own or on top of a pink nude like TF nude vanille .


Overall, I do not find these to be any different then their predecessors . If you are in the market for a hydrating lip gloss and do not mind reapplying then these are worth a look . Dior recently released quite a few new shades in the range so there is something for everyone . 

What is your favorite lip gloss formula ?
xoxox

A.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows in 21 Midnight Brown , 22 Pale Barley and 24 Mulberry .

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows in 21 Midnight Brown , 22 Pale Barley and 24 Mulberry .
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in 21 Midnight Brown .


Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in  22 Pale Barley .

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in  24 Mulberry .


I recently made quite a huge purchase from Burberry beauty but before I review my new found gems , I wanted to  swatch the three crown jewels of the Burberry sheer shadow formula .


Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows in  22 Pale Barley , 21 Midnight Brown,and 24 Mulberry .

These are not sheer by any stretch of the imagination . I find them be to incredibly buttery smooth and they glide on top of the skin without accentuating lines or wrinkles . Essentially , Burberry has managed to create a highly pigmented , complex , multidimensional and universally flattering eyeshadow formula . They have successfully reinvented the "neutral shadow ".

Pale Barley 22 : is taupey sand brown .
Midnight brown 21 : is a chocolate brown with a taupe duochrome . 
Mulberry 24 : is a burgundy with a purpley brown duochrome . 

p.s. all three of these together make quite an eye look . 


Overall , I think if you are new to the Burberry line then you should start with one or all three of the above . These are in a class of all their own . 

Price ? $29.00 each 
Where I purchase ? Nordstorm .

xoxo 
A.