Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Giorgio Armani Bronze All-Over Palette .

Giorgio Armani Bronze All-Over Palette .

Giorgio Armani Bronze All-Over Palette  is the lastest offering from the brand and part of the Summer 2013 collection . Normally , the idea of having an all-in-one palette is not new but rarely is it so beautifully executed .


Giorgio Armani Bronze All-Over Palette .

Giorgio Armani Bronze All-Over Palette . 

The bronzer has a gold overspray which is easily removed after a couple of uses . The powder itself is a peachy shade that melts into the skin and adds the perfect amount of color to the skin . It is so finely milled that its impossible to overdo it and end up looking like an oompa loompa :P.


Giorgio Armani Bronze All-Over Palette .

Giorgio Armani Bronze All-Over Palette .

The bottom part consists of a beautiful eyeshadow trio consisting of an ivory , peach and a warm brown . All of them have shimmery finish and  excellent color payoff . On the skin the shadows have more a "glow" than actual frost finish . They were easy to blend and last 8 hours with primer .

Overall , The shadow colors are not very unique but the combination of the soft peachy shades with the bronzer is stunning. The packaging and quality is what you should expect from a high end brand like Giorgio Armani . 

Limited Edition ? Yes . 
Price ? $88.00
xoxo
A.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze.

Bobbi Brown is not a brand I normally look in to mainly because I couldn't  find a foundation match in their line and IMO most of their palettes have horrible color pay off . They do make excellent matte single shadows and I am huge fan of the Pot rouges . I was also impressed by their new Long Wear Shadow sticks and was ecstatic to see new colors being released for Summer 2013 . 

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Bronze.

Golden Bronze is an absolutely delicious warm chocolate brown ,packed full of multidimensional gold shimmer . It is insanely pigmented and last 8-9 hours with out any primer . I have been wearing as a base,liner on my lower lash line and a wash of color all over my lids . The color is absolutely stunning and I could not find a dupe in LM or By Terry .

Overall , If you  love with cream shadow sticks and are looking for a rich warm brown then you must pick up Golden Bronze !

Limited Edition ? Yes .
Price ? $28.00

xoxo
A.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

MAC Temperature Rising Collection for Summer 2013



Mac has failed to impress me for lets say .. the last 3-4 years ?! I used to eagerly wait Mac collection launches but now I just randomly stumble upon new items when I visit my local counter . The temperature rising collection has gotten a lot of hype on the blogs and that is why I made a halfhearted drive to my nearest counters . I played with the products for a while and  ended up buying 4 items !!! * REJOICE* 

I bought : 
  • Bare My Soul quad . 
  • Liquid Passion lipglass .
  •  Rhythm lipglass 
  •  Feel My Pulse lipstick . 

Mac Bare My Soul Quad .
Mac Bare My Soul Quad .
Bare My soul consists of :

Bare my soul : A taupe with sandy gold undertones . The shadow is  very smooth and pigmented .

Romantico : A yellow gold with gold sparkle . It is a on the sheer side but can be packed on for fuller coverage .  

Friendly : A rich chocolate brown with a copper frost (Excellent pigmentation ! ) 

When in Rio : A rich chocolate with forest green frost .(Mac club on Steriods !! ) . 

The color combination is not unique but the quad has excellent color payoff and together the shadows make an amazing eye look . I can see myself using this for a quick day look or a full on sultry night look . 

If you missed out on this then try patina , goldmine , mulch and club together for a similar look . 


If you follow me on twitter ( Shameless plug ) then you have probably heard me complaining about Mac lipglasses . I HATE how they feel on my lips and they always dry them out . That being said the lip glasses in this collection are different ! They are alot thinner and oddly moisturizing too . I picked up liquid passion ( because I hoard nude lip products ) and Rhythm . 

Mac Liquid Passion Lipglass.

Mac Feel My Pulse lipstick and Rhythm Lipglass .

Mac Rhythm lipglass , Mac Rhythm + Feel My Pulse lipstick , Mac Feel My Pulse lipstick and Mac Liquid Passion .

Rhythm is a sheer magenta/purple with magenta shimmer .My swatch really doesn't do it any justice :( It is alot more shimmery IRL .

Feel My Pulse is a magenta/purple with a creemsheen formula . Its is nicely pigmented and makes a lovely statement lip . While I don't think its work place appropriate, but it does make an amazing statement lip.

Liquid Passion is a milky flesh toned lipglass .It is quite opaque and looks great paired with a bronzey eye look .

Overall , I don't think the collection is very unique but quality wise this is one of the best Mac collections in the past 3 years . I actually quite liked the bronze packaging and all the items are decently pigmented . 

Limited Edition ? Yes 
xoxo

A.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad in Burnished Amber .

Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad in Burnished Amber .

Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad in Burnished Amber .
 I don't mean to bore you guys with yet ANOTHER review of a Tom Ford quad but I wanted to share my thoughts on red toned shadows and warm shades in general .

 Like most people with dark eyes I have always been told to wear bronze and purple shadows to make them "pop". While I like the look of warm brown and  molten bronze on my eyes ; I hate the way purple looks on me . Not only do I find mid tone and light purples unflattering but I also  feel like they make my eyes look red and tired  . Now that doesn't mean that I don't like purple as a color but in my humble opnion , jewel tone purples look better on me  as opposed to mufe 92 .

Before you start questioning my sanity ... please let me explain why.... ...

In direct sunlight you will notice that your eye color is not one solid shade and  is in fact a melange of different colors .My eyes naturally have a warm chestnut shade to them and when you place heavily blue toned purples or pastel hues near them,  it immediately clashes and looks unnatural.

Go ahead ... you can question my sanity now ! LOL

But in all seriousness when you add rich jewel tones and warm red shades to an already warm chestnut background they  melt into one another and the warmth makes your eyes look more radiant ! (p.s. it is important to line your eyes with black or brown liner to eliminate the possibility of looking sick .)


Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad in Burnished Amber .
Burnished Amber  IMO is the stand out product from his entire line because of the shade selection and texture . The quad comes with a yellow toned gold , a pink based red , a maroon and a warm bronze . The combination of these shades paired with a matte brown is electric on brown eyes ! In fact , this will probably liven up any eye color ! I wore this out to a dinner party and so many people  told me that eyes looked like they were sparkling :). The rich shades looked exceptional with a bronzed cheek and a soft translucent pink lip .

The Shadow texture is slightly harder than Guerlain or Dior but the pigmentation is excellent and the lasting power is on par with most high end lines . I have been wearing it mixed with Guerlain's Les Fauves quad and the two together make the ultimate sultry eye look.

Whether you agree with my opinion or not ...*crickets* ... I still think you should give this quad a chance ... no seriously ...Do it !!!! 

Do you like red shadow ? Am I the only one who doesn't  like purple eyeshadow ?
Feel free to share your thoughts :)

xoxo
A.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Color-Fix" Cream Eyeshadow in 06 Frozen Quartz.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Color-Fix" Cream Eyeshadow in 06 Frozen Quartz.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Color-Fix" Cream Eyeshadow in 06 Frozen Quartz

I have been practically living at the gym this month and work is pretty much the bane of my existence atm. Which means by the time I get home all I want to do is take off my makeup and pass out . The hot weather , my work schedule and my innate laziness has forced me to streamline my morning makeup routine these days . Basically , I want to spend about 10 mins on my makeup in the morning and still look presentable by the end of my 12 hour day .

The By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Color-Fix" Cream Eyeshadows are what I reach for when I want my eyeshadow to stay put all day and provide the most delicate glow to my eyes . Not to mention  it takes less than a minute to swipe these across the lid and blend with my finger tips . The wear time is phenomenal too ! I was able to wear this on my lids for 9 hours without any primer with no signs of  fading or creasing .

What truly sets these apart from every other cream shadow in stick form is the effect on the eyes . The Ombre Blackstars are packed full of the fine shimmer particles with a frosty base . The Shimmer is so tightly packed that it stays put and doesnt end up all  over your face .Also ,  when the light hits the shadow  it looks like you have glossy lids !!!! Beautious ! 


By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Color-Fix" Cream Eyeshadow in 06 Frozen Quartz.

Frozen Quartz is a delicate dusty pink packed full of champagne shimmer . I find it incredibly brightening on the lids and even though it has a pink hue , it doesn't make my eyes look tired or red .


Laura Mercier Caviar stick in Pink Spark and By Terry ombre blackstar in frozen quartz .

Laura Mercier Caviar stick in Pink Spark and By Terry ombre blackstar in frozen quartz .
Frozen Quartz immediately reminded me of the new Pink Spark Caviar stick from Laura Mercier . However ,PS is more baby pink while FS is more of a bridal light pink and the BT version is more shimmery while the LM one is more of a frost finish with a slight shimmer .


Bottom Line :

  • If you love the look of glitter on the lids but the idea of it ending up all over you face discourages you .
  • If you love the look of pink eyeshadow but always end up looking tired.
  • If you are perpetually lazy or need a easy fool proof eye shadow .


Then the By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Color-Fix" Cream Eyeshadow in 06 Frozen Quartz is for you !

Price ? $43.00

xoxo
A.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Guerlain 'Terracotta' Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes

Guerlain 'Terracotta' Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes

Guerlain 'Terracotta' Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes
      



I spotted this palette on one of my many late night visits to the Nordstorm website . I haven't read anything about this palette and it looked like such a good deal so I decided to give it a try . When I received my package and saw the palette , it immediately reminded me of the exclusive travel palettes Guerlain has for sale at Duty free stores .

Guerlain 'Terracotta' Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes

Guerlain 'Terracotta' Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes

Guerlain 'Terracotta' Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes ; Dark bronzer  strip and Light strip . 
Guerlain 'Terracotta' Makeup Palette for Face & Eyes

The top consists of a light honey toned bronzer with a more caramel strip at the bottom . While the second compartment contains an eyeshadow quad . They quad consists of a translucent yellow gold with shimmer (acts more like a glitter top coat ) , mossy green with gold frost , a light grey taupe with a satin finish and a complex plum brown with a gold frost . 

I have been wearing this palette non stop for the past week . The subtle bronze along with these refined sultry shadows makes a perfect everyday look that can be worn day and night . The bronzer is on the sheer side so its nearly impossible to overdo it and the color is just perfcect for adding some color to the cheeks . I can see it working perfectly for lighter skin tones but it may be too light for medium to darker skin tones . Wear time was 5-6 hours .

The quad is an unusual mix of a cool taupe with warm greens and golds but together they make quite a beautiful eye look . I have wearing the taupe on the lid with the brown as a crease color and adding the gold as a inner corner highlight . The green makes an incredible pop of color on the lower lash line and adds a slight hint of color to the eye look . Wear time was 8-9 hours with primer . 

Overall , I can see my self taking this with me on overnight trips and using it on days when I am running late and I need a quick yet foolproof look . The shadows are of lovely quality and the bronzer is sheer perfection . 

Price ? $62.00

xoxo
A.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Laura Mercier Secrets of Radiance Volume 5 Set .

Laura Mercier Secrets of Radiance Volume 5 Set . 

Laura Mercier Secrets of Radiance Volume 5 Set . 

The Set contains 
- 0.14 oz Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic ( deluxe size ) 
- 0.15 oz Lip Glacè in Gossamer (full size )
- 0.05 oz Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Pink Spark( full size ) 
- 1 oz Foundation Primer in Radiance ( deluxe size ) 

Pink mosaic colors mixed , Pink mosaic indivisual colors , Lip glace in Gossamer ,  pink  spark  caviar stick  and  radiance primer blended out . 


Lip Glacè in Gossamer is a juicy baby pink with micro shimmer . The gloss has  a decent amount of pigmentation and the shimmer adds the perfect amount of luminosity . I found it very comfortable to wear and my lips did not feel dehydrated or dry . Wear time was between 3-4 hours . 

Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Pink Spark is a long wearing light pink cream shadow with silver micro shimmer . I was able  wear it on my lids for 8 hours (without primer ) .  Pink Spark is incredibly brightening on the lids and looks very feminine and dainty as a wash of color . I do not recommend lining the water line with the caviar sticks because they have fine shimmer particles that may cause irritation . 

Foundation Primer in Radiance is a soft candlelight beige color that adds luminosity to the skin . I usually mix this in with my more matte foundation to create a more dewy look .  The primer doesn't increase the wear of my foundation and acts more as a liquid luminizer IMO . 

Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic is meant to add a healthy glow to the skin and highlight the skin . I personally feel like its way too pink to be used as a highlighter on my skintone . I have been using  the individual shades on the eyes as eye shadow  or all the colors mixed as a blush and it performs beautifully as both . On my eyes it lasted all day with a primer and as a blush it lasted 4-5 hours . 

Overall , The set is a great way to try a few of Laura Mercier's top products . I was personally attracted to the soft pink shades and I think all four items act together to create a gorgeous girly look . The Lip Glace and the Caviar stick are absolute must haves for me and I was happy to get to try the Shimmer bloc and radiance primer as well .

Price ? $68.00
Exclusive to Sephora. 
xoxo

A. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tom Ford Creme Color For Eyes in Pink Haze and Escapade .

Tom Ford Creme Color For Eyes in Pink Haze and Escapade . 

Tom Ford Creme Color For Eyes in  Escapade . 

Tom Ford Creme Color For Eyes in Pink Haze.

Tom Ford Creme Color For Eyes in Pink Haze and Escapade . 


I know ..I know .. I know how difficult it is to find these online or in store but I wanted to show you guys a few other options and to encourage you to pick them up if you can find them lol . 

Tom Ford Creme color for eyes are mousse based cream eye shadows that are meant to give a soft wet look to the eyes . I  loved the shades released last year (especially platinum ! ) and was excited to see new shades for Summer 2013 . 

Tom ford cream colour for eyes in illict ,espacade, platinum , pink haze and spice.

Tom ford cream colour for eyes in pink haze , platinum ,spice , illict and escapade .


Above is a comparison between this year's and last year's shades . This year the colors are much softer and more golden and the caps of the shadows have the TF imprint instead of a brand name sticker. I personally think platinum and pink haze are the more unique shades of the bunch . 


flower cream shadow in marigold , Chanel illusion d ombre in vision , tom ford escapade and loreal eternal sunshine .

flower cream shadow in marigold ,tom ford escapade, Chanel illusion d ombre in vision  and loreal eternal sunshine .


Escapade is a beautiful metallic light peach and compared to other light golden shades you can see how the light peach base truly stands out . 



flower beauty wild geranium , armani eyes to kill 28 , chanel illusion d ombre in abstraction , loreal pink sapphire and tom ford pink haze .

chanel illusion d ombre in abstraction, tom ford pink haze, flower beauty wild geranium , tom ford pink haze and armani eyes to kill 28 .

Pink Haze is a glorious cherry blossom metallic pink and Flower beauty Geranium is the closest to it . Geranium does have a hint of  lavender to it but on the eye  it is barely perceptible . 



As far as wear time is concerned , they last 6- 7 hours on my lids . I loved pairing pink haze with LM rose gold eyeshadow ( beautious !) and black winged liner . Escapade on the other hand makes a stunning wash of color on the lid , perfect for  a hot summer day . It is important to use fingers with these and to build the color in layers to avoid patchy application . 


Overall , what sets these apart from most cream shadows is how the glisten and look foiled on the lids . I love the formulation but I wish they lasted longer on my oily eye lids . However , that can be easily remedied by wearing a shadow base or topping it off with a powder . 

Price ? $40.00 each 
Limited Edition ? Yes .

xoxo
A.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire In Secret Affair.

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire In Secret Affair.

Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire In Secret Affair.

 Edward Bess recently launched the Blush Extraordinaires and they are in every way , Extrarordinary ! I have fallen head over heels in love with this formula and I pretty much ordered Secret Affair and Bed of Roses after wearing Filled with desire for a couple of days ( the sephora 15% sale was an added incentive :P). (Filled with Desire review )

Secret Affair is described as a soft peach and in the pan its a true tangerine with a gold sheen . When I say sheen people , I mean a soft focus angelic glow on the skin and not Studio 54 on your face *shivers* !  Normally , I walk away from frosty blushes but Edward Bess always manages to draw me in with beautiful product formulations . I mean in all seriousness there are countless peachy pink blushes to choose from but the Secret Affair still manages to stand out !


Edward Bess Blush Extraordinaire In Secret Affair.
The powder is incredible finely milled and feels like velvet . I was able to pick up the right amount of product for one cheek in just one blush swipe and the powder melted into my skin to give the most beautiful flush . The sheen is barely preceptable on my cheek but adds subtle luminosity without giving me the dreaded disco ball effect . As far as lasting power is concerned , Secret Affair lasted a good 6 hours and faded evenly .

Overall , the formula is exquisite and the Secret Affair is quite possibly one of  the best tangerine pink blush on the market . 
I hope Mr. Bess releases a few more colors in this line .

Price ?$43.00

xoxo 
A.

HAUL TIME ! By Terry , TF and Cover FX !

Hello ,
I am alive ! Finals are finally over and its almost Summer time , which means I get to relax and be completely lazy for the next two months . I recently made a trip to the mall and bought a few makeup items . Consider this post a "Preview of what is to come " and not a " I have lost my mind and this is proof ".

BEHOLD !


By Terry blush in Beach Bomb
By Terry blush in Sexy Plum
Tom Ford Burnished Amber
Tom Ford Summer cream shadows
By Terry Frozen Quartz
By terry hylauronic blush in posh peach
Cover fx full coverage cream foundation
Cover fx Water based foundation
Cover Fx mineral powder
Cover Fx camouflage concealer .

Phew ..

I have quite a few posts lined up and I cant wait to share all the pretties with you guys .
As always any requests , comments or suggestions are always welcome .

xoxo
A.