Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Few Regrets and Some New Lip (Liner, Lipstick and Gloss) Staples

I've discovered after a little bit of use that I don't really like the Baby's All Right lipstick that I got. That and the Lipglass in Spite have really moved to the back of the line here. They just pop up so brown on my pale self and I can't get used to it. If I had any regrets this year, it's buying those two.

I said I was going to stop buying MAC Lip Pencils because my Dervish pencil is quite stiff and dry but I've come to realize that it's not the whole line that's like that. It seems to be true of some shades and not so of others. I set my sights on Boldly Bare to go with the Velvet Teddy lipstick which I've gotten quite fond of using with the N-U-D-E Lipglass. That's one of my go-to combinations for fall. When I was buying the new pencil, I couldn't decide between Boldly Bare and Subculture, which is why I ended up with both although I think either one would work with Velvet Teddy anyway. It just depends on how deep you want the base color to be.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Dior Diorific Khôl Lipstick in 671 Vibrant Tourmaline

In trying to take advantage of the Sephora Rouge VIB discount, I went in search of my "statement lip" for the holidays. I was originally going to go with one of the holiday Rouge G's but after much deliberation, I realized that I wasn't in the mood for red and I'm feeling really bummed about this Guerlain holiday collection. Instead, I set my eye on what online appeared to be a bright pink Dior Lipstick in an intriguing kohl powder formula. The shade is called Vibrant Tourmaline.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sephora Collection Bronzing Face Powder in Los Cabos and Anguilla

One of my impulse purchases at Sephora when the store near me moved to their new location (it's bigger, brighter, better! Really, it looks great... ) was a Sephora brand bronzer. When I browsed the display, I thought, wow, people are really buying this up and I think they only had one or two shades left in stock. I was seriously considering buying a Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer at the time but was worried that Chocolate (the one used on my makeover) was too dark. In that "I want something lighter" mode, I picked up Anguilla.

Upon opening the product at home, I started to wonder if I had made the wrong choice. While I appreciate that Anguilla was matte, it was also a bit reddish (read: slightly orangey) and doesn't really work out too well for the purpose that I got it for. Upon reading review after review, it seemed that what I needed to get was Los Cabos. So I waited for it come back in stock and bought one.

At the store, I took the tester over to the Too Faced display and realized that Los Cabos was actually closer to Milk Chocolate than Chocolate so it was definitely a step in the right direction. After the first use, I was in love. This is the bronzer I use everyday now. It just works. It looks right no matter what look I'm going for. My goal with everyday bronzer is really just to add dimension back to the face after applying foundation. You could call it "contouring lite" if you will. When applying, I start at the very edge of the cheekbone moving in, then I go up and put a little bit on the temples, back down the cheeks again and finally down to the jawline. I still follow that kind of 3 formation that I learned with Guerlain Terracotta but I use the MARC JACOBS bronzer brush. Los Cabos applied with a super soft, fluffy brush gives that diffused bronzing that I really need.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows - Weekly Wow! (Plus Sephora Colorful Eyeshadows on sale)

Sephora's Beauty Insider discount is on right now until the 15th. Rouge (code: 20forRouge) and VIB (code: 20forVIB) get 20% off and regular Beauty Insiders now get 15% off (code: Insider15). Sephora is also still running their Weekly Wow promotion and I just noticed that they added the Make Up For Ever Artist Palettes to it. This started last Thursday, I assume, so some of them may no longer be available. They were normally $44 apiece and they've been on sale for $25 but with the Weekly Wow, they are $22 each! I admit, I went into Pokemon mode with these (gotta catch 'em all!) but I collected them over a period of time as opposed to buying them all at once. Imagine, at $22, with an additional discount, it's not even $20 for each palette.

The box says these four are all made in Italy. Confession: I haven't used any of them. There's just a bunch of other things I wanted to use first and eyeshadow is one of those things that I use up quite slowly. As I said, I was collecting them. But I am looking forward to using them soon. For swatches and reviews, I find Temptalia is the best option and she has reviews for all of them. I have the link to Temptalia on the right side bar. Just put in a search for MUFE artist shadows and all four should come up. By the way, if it looks like some colors are duplicated, that is true. There are common colors among some of the palettes.

Another Look at the MUFE Artist Shadows
Top L-R: Artistic 2, Florals 3
Bottom L-R: Nudes 1, Mattes 4