Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ellis Faas Concealer in S201 and By Terry Touche Veloutée in 1 Porcelain.

Ellis Faas Concealer in S201 and By Terry Touche Veloutée in 1 Porcelain.
Summer : Sunshine , the beach , Sun Bathing  , Bikini season ,Tanning and SWEATING ! Pretty much everything I loathe put together  . To add to my misery , I live in Texas and everything I put on my face melts away in 30 mins or else . Which has forced me to dig through my makeup and try to  find long wearing products that last all day but also don't give me a mask like matte face .

Today , I will be showing you two concealers that I use to cover my under eye circles .

My Under-eye concerns : I have light greyish shadows under eyes which become more severe when I am under stress . 

Concealer Preference : I like a medium to buildable concealer under my eyes with the slightest hint of luminosity  . Most importantly , the concealer should not crease , look cakey or settle into line as it wears through out the day . 

I was able to find two amazing concealers that not only meet all my requirements but also passed the Texas heat resistance test (aka did not melt off my face )  ! 




Ellis Faas Concealer in S201 and By Terry Touche Veloutée in 1 Porcelain.
Ellis Faas Concealer in S201 and By Terry Touche Veloutée in 1 Porcelain.

Ellis Faas Concealer in S201: is a yellow toned ivory concealer with medium to buildable coverage . It is one shade lighter than my skin so it adds a slightly brightening effect under my eyes with out giving me the reverse raccoon eye . The product has a slight powdery feel to it when you touch it but once it is blended out , it looks like a true cream with a hint of luminosity . My under eyes do not look shiny or wet ; they look fresh and luminous . 

The concealer blends in with little effort and does not sink into fine lines . It lasted 7 hours on my skin and did not crease or look patchy as it wore through out the day . I was able to retouch my under eyes with the same concealer without making my under eyes look cakey . 

The only con to this concealer is the packaging . It is impossible to judge how many clicks it takes to twist up the perfect amount of product . I always end up with too much  :(



By Terry Touche Veloutée in 1 Porcelain : is a neutral toned ivory concealer with medium to buildable coverage . This concealer is a true satin finish and like the EF is a shade lighter than my skin .  The product is very creamy and blends in effortlessly under my eyes . I did not notice any settling into fines lines and it looked incredibly natural under my eyes . The wear time was between 8- 9 hours on me without any touch ups or creasing . I was able to touch up my under eyes without making them look cakey or chalky .
The packaging is absolutely amazing ! With one click , you get the perfect amount of product to use on both sides of your face . 

The only con to this concealer is the color range . They have only 4 colors which will cover light to medium skins only .

Ellis Faas Concealer in S201 and By Terry Touche Veloutée in 1 Porcelain.

If you look closely at the blended swatches of both concealers , you can easily spot the slight luminosity of the EF . The BT is definitely more satin compared to the EF .

When I wear EF under my eyes , it definitely looks like a very concealed and polished look . While with the BT I look like I have had 8 hours of sleep and I am wearing  a little bit of concealer to complete my look . Neither of them look fake or over the top IMO . 

I should add that I always wear eye cream and sunscreen on my eye lids and under my eyes and the application of these concealers is not effected by it .

Product size comparison: 

By Terry - .22oz for $58.00
Ellis Faas - .08 oz for $40.00


Overall , I am so happy to have found these two and I highly recommend them ! If you want a slightly dewier look and are prepared to deal with the packaging then try the EF . If you like a more satin finish and have light/medium skintone then the BT is for you . 

p.s. If you are greedy like me then you can own both lol

xoxo
A.

Friday, June 28, 2013

By Terry Rouge Terribly Age Defense Lipstick in 302 Hot Cranberry.

By Terry Rouge Terribly Age Defense Lipstick in 302 Hot Cranberry.

By Terry Rouge Terribly Age Defense Lipstick in 302 Hot Cranberry.
My Lover affair with By Terry countinues ! I am slowly but surely making my through her entire lipstick line and today I present to you , 302 Hot Cranberry .

By Terry Rouge Terribly Age Defense Lipstick in 302 Hot Cranberry.
Lets take a moment to truly appreciate the mind blowing color saturation and vinyl finish of this baby !
*Sigh * 

As a lipstick addict I am always excited by new formula and  color releases but in all honesty , very rarely does a lipstick stop me in my tracks . I have been wearing Hot Cranberry for 3 weeks straight and I just cant seem to get enough . 

Imagine the pigmentation of the Ysl Rouge Voluptes with the slip of the Rouge Volupte shines then add a ton of moisture , exceptional wear time ( 10 hours +) and you get the By Terry Rouge Terribly lipsticks .

By Terry Rouge Terribly Age Defense Lipstick in 302 Hot Cranberry Vs Givenchy Le Rouge 201 Rose Taffetas.
Hot Cranberry is a saturated bright watermelon pink with a cream finish . The lipstick just glides on top of my lips and plumps up any obvious lip lines . Givenchy Rose Taffetas looks like soft pink compared to this power house pink . I found HC to be incredibly brightening on my pale skin , without being over the top and I can see this looking drop dead gorgeous on darker skin tones as well . 

Overall, By Terry makes the best lipsticks money can buy and Hot Cranberry is another beautiful addition to my lipstick collection .  

xoxox
A.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Mac All About Orange Collection .


Another Mac haul y'all ! A collection with peaches and corals and I am all over it . Plus , I had a lot of "Back 2 Mac" empties and this was the perfect time to get my hands on LE lipsticks for FREE !

I picked up 6 lipsticks and 2 Blushes .

Back Row : Tart &Trendy ,Razzledazzler and Sweet & Sour .
From Row : Tangerine Dream , Sushi Kiss and Flamingo . 

Mac Tart & Trendy Lipstick 
Tart & Trendy is a pastel milky coral with a hint of pink . I found this to be very brightening on my face without being over the top .


Mac Tangerine Dream Lipstick 
Tangerine Dream is the color of  a clementine with yellow undertones . This one is very hard to pull off and I basically look like I have Jaundice when I wear it  but it was too unique to pass up .

Mac Sweet &Sour Lipstick
Sweet and Sour is a pastel baby peach . It is a little too nude on me and I usually pair it with a brighter gloss or mix it with a brighter lipstick  .

Mac Sushi Kiss Lipstick .
Sushi Kiss is a true coral . The formula is very drying on the lips ( it is a satin finish)  , which is a shame because it is an absolutely beautiful color .

Mac Flamingo Lipstick 
Flamingo is a fresh pink with a slight coral lean . This lipstick looks different and flattering on everybody . A truly chameleon shade !

Mac Razzledazzler Lipstick.
Razzlerdazzler is a soft peach . This is probably the easiest to wear out of all the lipsticks in this collection but it's not very unique .



While I was swatching lipsticks at my local Mac Counter , I realized that Sunny Seoul is an EXACT dupe  for Flamingo lipstick ! So , there is no need to buy backups or pay insane Ebay prices :) Also , Peach Blosssom is similar but it has a bit of a beige lean . 



Mac Immortal Flower and Royal Sunset . 

Mac Immortal Flower and Royal Sunset .

Immortal Flower is a soft beige with peach undertones . I have to really pack this on for decent pigmentation on my cheeks .

Royal Sunset is a  brightened pink with peach undertones and a  beautiful pastel quality to it . LOVE  ! 

Overall ,I  liked everything I bought except  Immortal Flower .
Must haves :  Tart & Trendy , Sweet & Sour and Royal Sunset.

xoxox
A.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Chanel Summer 2013 Collection .

After reading all  the Chanel cream blush hype on twitter , I decided to visit the counter to check out the fall collection . I did pick up two blushes ,which I am currently testing right now and a few items from the Summer Collection . Is it just me or all the fall collections coming out waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to early ?
I live in Texas people ! Summer has only begun here *shivers* .




Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River ,Pink Lagoon and Jade Shore .

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River ,Pink Lagoon and Jade Shore .

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River ,Pink Lagoon and Jade Shore . 

Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River ,Pink Lagoon and Jade Shore .


Moon River is luminescent platinum.
Pink Lagoon is a midtone pink with shimmer .
Jade shore is a jade green with blue undertones and shimmer .

These have a nice cooling sensation which reminds me of the old Chanel cream shadows . The color payoff is quite nice and I found these to be quite easy to blend . The staying power on bare lids is very disappointing and my shadow only lasted an hour but on top of Nars smudgeproof , they lasted 6 hours on me . 

Chanel rouge coco shines in Pygmalion and Idylle

Chanel rouge coco shines in Pygmalion and Idylle

I also picked up two of the LE Rouge Coco Shines in Pygmalion and Idylle .


Chanel rouge coco shine in Idylle.
Idylle looks like a lovely peach in the tube but on my lips, it is  almost clear and very patchy .

Chanel rouge coco shine in Pygmalion.
Pygmallion is a watermelon pink in the tube . On the lips it has a beautiful jelly finish and a soft watermelon color . This is my absolutely favorite piece from the entire collection !  Perfect for summer IMO . 

The Rouge Coco Shine's last 3 hours on my lips and do not dry my lips out . 

Overall , meh ...
This collection really didn't speak to me and I felt like most products lacked in quality . Pygmalion is the only item worth investing in . 

xoxox
A.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Dark Spice .

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Dark Spice .

The lovely Gummy from (http://gummyvision.com/) kindly informed me about an amazing Burberry GWP event at a store near her and well ... I went a lil CRAZY ! ( a pic of my haul  ) . I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to kill a FEW lemmings lol. 

When the Burberry quads were first launched I was not  interested in any of them except Dark Spices . A  quad with warms browns and a light mustard shade ? I will take one please :). 

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Dark Spice .

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Dark Spice .
The Palette has four satin shades including a light mustard , warm rusty brown , warm dark brown and a cool black . The shadows are a little drier and harder than the singles but still quite pigmented . The wear time and blendability is on par but the quad lacks the complexity that the singles offer . However , the colors together are absolutely beautiful and if we put aside the astronomical expectations I have from Burberry , this is still a damn good eyeshadow palette . 


Overall, if you a fan of warm browns then you need this in your life ! 

Price ? $59.00

xoxo 
A.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01 Highlighter.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01 Highlighter.


I do not need another highlighter and you don't either but none of us can deny that we are always looking for more ... maybe that is just me .. but hey ! I bought this for us ... for us to decide if we need this or not , right ? RIGHT !

Laura Mercier  never fails to lure me in with new products or new caviar sticks :P . IMO most of her products have good quality and are decently priced. She usually releases a few new products or new additions to existing lines every now and then. This Summer she not only introduced new products , released a seasonal collection but also added new shades to her line . I was so excited to see new caviar sticks and the highlighter fiend in me was ECSTATIC to see new highlighters ! 

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01 Highlighter.

The Baked Radiance Powder line has two highlighters and 3 bronzer shades. I picked up the lightest highlighter shade to add to my ever growing highlighter collection . 

01 Highlighter looks like a white powder in the pan but on the skin it is a soft champagne . Now, this is not the Stila Kitten kind of champagne : this is more of a Kevin Aucoin Celestial powder, champagne . The powder is very soft and almost creamy to the touch and incredibly pigmented  . I found the highlighter to be quite loosely packed ,which can lead to a lot of fall out but that can be easily avoided if you use a light hand . 

I love how the powder melts in to my skin and just add a delicate radiance to the face without looking frosty or shimmery . I did not notice any shimmer or glitter in direct sunlight and wear time was between 6- 7 hours on top of liquid and powder foundation . 

Overall , if you have been dying to try the Kevin Aucoin Celestial powder or you have been looking for a highlighter that does not accentuate uneven skin texture then you NEED the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01 Highlighter. IMO skip the Estee Lauder powder gelée and try this baby out instead ! 

Price ?$36.00

xoxo 
A.

Monday, June 3, 2013

By Terry Hyaluronic Blush in Peach Posh.

By Terry Hyaluronic Blush in Peach Posh.

By Terry Hyaluronic Blush in Peach Posh.

By Terry recently released two blush shades in the new Hyaluronic Blush range ; a peach aptly called Peach Posh and a wine shade called Blushberry . I chose Peach Posh for obvious reasons :).

 Peach Post is a pastel peach with slight pink undertones and on my skin it looks like a delicate peachy pink flush (LOVE !!! ) . The blush has a mousse texture and was easy to blend on top of foundation and powdered skin . I did notice a few shimmer particles on my hand while swatching it but on my cheek it looked matte and the shimmer was not noticeable . 

While the formula claims to provide hydration and anti aging properties , I personally cannot vouche for any of them . I didn't find the blush any more hydrating than any other liquid blush on the market . Also , can our blushes just act as blushes ? Why must we formulate/advertise them to erase wrinkles , add hydration , add luminosity , control oil , look matte , add radiance ... etc etc lol *end of rant*

By Terry Hyaluronic Blush in Peach Posh.

I love the texture of the product and if your weary of cream blushes because they look messy or are difficult to apply then this is an excellent option . Also ,the staying power was phenomenal  (7 hours !! ) and it faded evenly . 

Overall , Peach Posh is a lovely brightening peach on light/medium skin tones . Darker skins may find Blushberry more flattering . 

Price ? $42.00

xoxx
A.