Friday, July 18, 2014

Laura Mercier Flawless Expressions for Eyes, Cheeks and Lips

This is one of Nordstrom's offerings for the anniversary sale, which starts today, July 18th, for non-Nordstrom credit card holders. I purchased mine during the cardholders pre-sale period.

The set features an eye and cheek palette with 6 eyeshadow shades and 2 blushes, one tube of lip gloss in Gilded Rose, a small caviar stick in Rose Gold and a full-size Full Blown Volume Supreme Lash Building Mascara in black.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 625 Secret and 629 Atmosphere

As usual, in the middle of summer Chanel releases its fall makeup collection. While I'm certainly not in a fall mood, I found myself gravitating towards the nail polishes that they offered. I picked up two of three, Secret and Atmosphere.

Collection États Poétiques speaks of opposites. Hence you have the practically black Orage, which I did not get because I have others in my collection that would serve the same purpose, and then there's Secret, a beige with a touch of pink. Application-wise, Secret wasn't as easy as some other colors I've worked with. However, I find that it's worth the effort to get a little more opacity out of such a color because most of what I have in that family is pretty sheer. Secret has enough pink to not look chalky but it's still a delightful neutral that I happily wear on my toes even in the thick of summer.

Atmosphere is basically icing, a topper. I wouldn't wear it alone but I thought it paired very nicely with Secret for a pearlescent effect. I used two coats of Secret and then one coat of Atmosphere with no top coat. Here I have two views, one in the sun and one in the shade.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation with Sunscreen and Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation

Foundation can be a really complicated subject. Personally, I use several different types in different shades. My favorites tend to see-saw between just a few brands. Guerlain is one brand where I've found really good formulas and formulas that failed me. But mainly, what sells me on foundation is the color match. Right now, it seems that heaven can be found in the form of the Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Beautifying Foundation in the shade Clair.

I bought mine at Sephora. I initially took home the next darker shade which I think was Naturel but that one turned orange on me. I was hesitant to bring home Clair because it looked incredibly light when I squirted some on my hand. However, after putting it on, it was simply perfect.

How do I define perfect? In this sense, this is a color I can pump a few drops of on my fingers and put on like I was simply putting on moisturizer. The end effect looks exactly like me with a few less blemishes. Color matching to my neck isn't an issue because it seems that this just seamlessly blends into the skin of my face so whatever normal shading exists (that is, my neck can be darker than my face without makeup on) still exists but looks absolutely... normal.

Pump of Guerlain foundation

The product is scented, like everything in the world of Guerlain. It's expensive, like everything in the world of Guerlain :) but really, an ounce for $53 of something I would love to use everyday doesn't sound too bad. This is my favorite everyday foundation right now. It wins on color, feel, and ease of use. Even the product packaging is brilliant, in my opinion. The plastic tube is slim and won't break. The pump works properly and doesn't make a mess. It's light and travel-friendly. On top of it all, it has SPF. Winner, is all I can say!

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 95 Mirage and Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ambre Doré

That's enough nail polish for a few days, I think. If you feel like a good no-slip eyeshadow/eyeliner combo for the summer, Chanel's Illusion D'Ombre and Long Lasting Eyeliner lines have a few good things for you. My pick for eyeshadow of the season is shade 95 Mirage - a good medium bronze that is buildable in intensity and will suit many skin tones.

Mirage was a last-minute purchase on my part and I am so glad I went in! While I'm not the biggest cream shadow fan, I've gotten used to the general texture of the line. The bouncy, spongy feel in the pot gives way to some smooth creamy color that you can lay down as a sheer wash or build to a dark, smoky eye. This one has no glitter specks that tend to annoy me. It's just shimmery color that's subtle enough for morning church but can be layered to reach a darker, more intense glimmer for night. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in 619 Pink Tonic

If it feels like a parade of nail color, I apologize. But as summer approaches, nails become my main thing. I find that the weather doesn't make me feel like putting on any makeup much these days although I have discovered a really wonderful new foundation that I absolutely must write about one of these days...

One more nailpolish then, from Chanel's summer collection, if you'll indulge me... I have Pink Tonic.

I am less thrilled with Pink Tonic compared to Sweet Lilac which I simply adored. The formula was no less smooth and application was still a breeze despite the color being very bright. However, I find Pink Tonic to be rather ordinary as far as color goes. If you don't have many bright pinks, by all means grab it. Otherwise, you may find Pink Tonic a bit of a redundancy. Still pretty, just not noteworthy.