Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tag : What is my purse ?

I was tagged by the lovely Sara from Color Me Loud and Dr Ebru from http://drebru.com/ . Two lovely ladies with excellent blogs !

So , are you ready for the most uneventful "What is my purse ?"  post EVER ? Well , here you go ..



Style wise I like very structured and classic looking pieces . I feel the DVF clucth is a classic black satin clutch with red lining on the inside and a gold lip design on the front to add a little pzazz . I have been attending quite a few work dinners these days and I feel like this bag is perfect for a casual lunch date and a formal work related event .

In all honesty ... IT HAS LIPS ON IT AAHHHHHH ! 



I only carry necessities in my bag and for me those are : my wallet , sanitary wipes and my makeup bag . My shades and first aid kit are always in my car . 

My palette is from forever21 and the makeup bag is a freebie from Sephora . 


In my makeup bag I usually carry sunscreen , my lip combo for the day , a mirror and a touch up compact .
These days I am using :

  • Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 : This is a quick absorbing and light weight physical sunscreen . I use it to touch up during the day and it works perfectly on top of makeup . 
  • Dior Diorskin Nude Compact in Light Beige 20 : is a light weight and satin finish powder . Unfortunately , it clogged my pores and I will be returning it :((
  • Lip Combo : By Terry 102 and Ysl Rouge Volupte in 01 . BT 102 is a caramel nude and ysl 01 is a creamy light pink . Both of them are beautiful on their own but together they are absolutely STUNNING !  
I have pictures of the lip combo here and here .

And thats it ! Pretty simple right ? ;D 

I hope this was interesting and I tag all of you too do this post ! 

Let me know if you have any questions ;)
xoxo

A.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

By Terry Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in 5 Beach Bomb.

By Terry Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in 5 Beach Bomb.

By Terry Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in 5 Beach Bomb.

By Terry Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in 5 Beach Bomb.

While Dolce and Gabanna Caramel is the quintessential nude blush , By Terry Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in 5 Beach Bomb is the perfect flush of color for Summer . I  initially wanted to buy D&G Sole blush but when I swatched it at the counter , I found it too be too pigmented and red for my skin tone . My aim was to buy a bright coral blush that livens up my complexion without making me look like I have a sunburn . By Terry Beach Bomb is exactly what I was looking for !



By Terry Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in 5 Beach Bomb.

By Terry Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in 5 Beach Bomb.
The compact is the size of a Mac blush but it weighs a ton !  This is a seriously heavy compact and I am afraid to drop it on one of my toes and possibly injure myself lol . The powder has "Terry " imprinted on it and the blush comes with a purple satin pouch and a small moon shaped blush . I found the brush to be quite useful for a quick touch up and handy to carry in my makeup bag . 

By Terry Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in 5 Beach Bomb.

The picture above shows a light swatch of the blush and a blended out one as well .I love how the powder melts into my skin and  adds a delicate flush without making me look like a clown . I found Beach Bomb to be a incredibly blendable , buildable and long lasting  ( 7 hours ) .  Most bright blushes are overly pigmented and you have to be very careful with application but Beach Bomb is so finely milled that I can just swipe and go ! The powder is tightly packed and I did not notice any fall out during application .  Beach Bomb has a beautiful satin finish that looks natural on the skin .

Overall , this a VERY expensive blush but if you are looking for a bright blush that gives you a bright yet sophisticated flush then Beach bomb is definitely worth the investment . I think it will look AMAZING on medium and tan skins as well . 

What is your favorite coral blush ?

xoxo
A.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Caramel .

Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Caramel . 

Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Caramel . 
 
I admit it .. I am lazy and this Summer I have done absolutely nothing! That being said , I missed blogging a lot and I am going to force myself to post daily from now on . Are you ready to be bombarded with pretties ? ARE YOU READY ? I am ! I can't wait to share all these beauties with you . 

Today , I present to you my HG neutral/natural blush . Dolce and Gabbana is my default blush option when I cant decide which blush to pair with my look . It  works with everything ! 

Caramel is a light caramel color with equal parts of pink and peach . The blush is matte and feels incredibly creamy to the touch . D&G blushes are highly pigmented , finely milled and easy to blend . The wear time is between 6 -7 hours on my normal to combination skin .


Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Caramel . 
If most natural/neutral blushes look muddy or red on your skin then you must give Caramel a try . It looks like it is a part of my skin tone and not an obvious "flush" . 

When I first saw Caramel at the counter , I thought it would be something Sofia Loren or Raquel Welch would wear with a gorgeous cat eye and a nude caramel lip . It really reminds me of the 1960s and Catherine Deneuve in Belle de jour . 

Image Source. 
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I am a huge history buff and I love that this little blush reminds me of these beautiful iconic women and of the progressive 1960's . 

Overall, Caramel is an absolute must have in my books . The color is phenomenal and the formula is absolute perfection .

xoxo
A.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty 'The Eyeshadow' Duo in 204 .

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty 'The Eyeshadow' Duo in 204 . 

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty 'The Eyeshadow' Duo in 204 . 
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty  is known of their base products and contour powder but the color products are just as spectacular . I have had my eyes on the eyeshadow duos for a while and during the beauty.com sale I decided to order one on a whim .

The duo's come housed in tiny red/maroon compact with a small mirror . The compact is very light and comes with a little protective pouch .


Kevyn Aucoin Beauty 'The Eyeshadow' Duo in 204 . 

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty 'The Eyeshadow' Duo in 204 . 
204 is described as a "gold/auburn shimmer " but the colors are more of a metallic grey taupe and a metallic red brown with auburn shimmer . At least they got the "auburn shimmer " part right lol . The colors look incredibly multidimensional but dupeable in the pan .



Kevyn Aucoin Beauty 'The Eyeshadow' Duo in 204 . 

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty 'The Eyeshadow' Duo in 204 . 

I gasped when I swatched this duo ! The shadow is so soft and insanely pigmented .. I was blown away !
They have the softness and blendability of Rouge bunny rouge and the pigmentation of Inglot and RBR . I mean look at that brown .. I am in love !! 

The wear time was on par with other high end brands and they blended seamlessly with matte and shimmer shades . I have been wearing the taupe on the lid with the brown in the crease and a matte burgundy in the outer V. 

This is definitely one of those reviews where I feel hope the pictures are able to convey what words cannot . I cannot imagine a more perfect shadow formula and I am definitely going to need more of these . 

Overall , I highly reccomend this particular duo and I hope the rest of the line is just as spectacular . 

xoxox

A.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze in Ritual .

Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze in Ritual . 
When it comes to bronzers ,Guerlain pretty much owns the market and It is hard to pay to attention to any other release after Four seasons in Nude 00  . That is is until I saw the lovely Vanessa from the BombshellSuite do this tutorial (Click here ) ... SOLD ! 

Ritual is marketed as a blush/bronzer and is part of the Baked Matte Collection from Laura Mercier . The powder is a melange of pink , gold and shades of brown that mix together to give you the ultimate bronzed bombshell look . 

Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze in Ritual . 

The Bronzer is a golden brown with slight peachy undertones . The pink strips help to tone down the brown and help the powder not look muddy or dirty on the skin . I found this color to be very warm on my pale , neutral skin but if you have more yellow/golden undertones  then this will look incredible on you .

The powder is incredibly finely milled and pigmented . It is very easy to overdo this product so make sure you use a fluffy brush and build the color in layers . I did notice a little bit of sparkle when I swatched it but  on the skin the shimmer is barely noticeable . It is important to note that because this powder has a sheen , it will accentuate uneven skin texture . 

I have worn the powder by itself as a over all bronzer and on top of a cooler toned contour with a little blush and it looked beautiful on both occasions . As far as wear time is concerned , it lasted 6 hours on my skin . 

Overall , if you like your bronzer with a little bit of a sheen then Ritual is definitely worth a look . If you are pale like me then make sure you use a light hand . I can see this looking AMAZING on medium to darker skin tones . 

Limited Edition ? Yes . 

xoxo
A.