Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Summer Colors

With summer officially here, I've decided to map out the colors that I would be using throughout the season. A timely MAC sale got me buying more Huggable Glass, a lipgloss whose formula I really like. I wore Mega Hug a lot over the winter. Sweet Persuasion carried me through spring and now I have Never Say Never, a dark coral, and Such A Sweetheart, a light coral. Both will be perfect for summer.

I also got two lipsticks, Out For Passion and Red Necessity, from the Huggable Lipcolour line. It's been a very long time since I've bought MAC lipstick. Many years back, I had an obsession with Viva Glam V and VI and wore them constantly, until I realized that they were making my lips so incredibly dry. So here's hoping my new MAC lippies won't be giving me that problem.

Above, MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Out For Passion

There's a whole load of eyeshadow that I haven't really had a chance to properly play with but I'm sticking with neutrals for the season. I quite enjoy using the NARS dual-intensity eyeshadows I got from their summer collection: the rich hazelnut of Tan Lines and seashell pink of Topless, which I pair with two older singles, the soft rose pink Kari and shimmering topaz Himalia. I use them all dry for a sheerer wash of color.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Burberry London with Love Illuminating Blush and Bronzer

I ordered a slew of Burberry products and half of them I have yet to play with. Pictured up top, still in their boxes, some lip products, a couple of eye products and some samples. Burberry doesn't release as many collections as other brands but they have a knack for making products look very enticing. This is especially true with this London With Love makeup collection for summer. The collection includes some lipsticks, nail polish, lip and cheek blooms and the stars of the lot, the blush and bronzer with the embossed heart in the center. That blush looks so pretty in the pan, I had to have it!

Why stop with blush when there's a bronzer? But let me pause for a second to lament the state of the bronzer when it arrived. Despite the lovely packaging done by Burberry (I ordered directly from their website), the bronzer had all this powder all over it when I opened the compact. Thankfully though, the product doesn't truly seem damaged. I try to limit myself to one high end bronzer purchase every summer and I'm glad to say that I really like this one. It applies more golden than brown or orange, and that's the kind of illuminating bronzer that I think works best for me. I tried to use the colors separately but it is quite difficult to do that. (You will find this to be true with the blush as well.) I just gave up and mix the colors together. To apply the bronzer, I use a skunk brush and that helps distribute the product better to ensure that I don't go overboard.

Since I didn't find any eye products in the London With Love collection, I went over the brand's more recent releases to see what might be of interest and I got the cream eyeshadow in Nude Gold. I have no shortage of gold eyeshadow but this one is a lot more muted than most of them. I use the Chanel Illusion D'Ombre in Mirage and Apparence together quite often and I find Burberry Nude Gold to be in the same color family but neither of them are a true match for Burberry's Nude Gold. Overall, I find Nude Gold to be a very versatile color and I have no difficulty with the way it applies. Of all the eye products I've bought lately, it's one of Burberry's that I like better.

As I've mentioned, I haven't yet had a chance to sample everything and I may skip featuring some items completely, particularly the poorer performers. Why highlight the bad? For instance, I have used the Eye Colour Contour Smoke & Sculpt Pen in Rosewood and found myself unimpressed. There are better eye sticks out there. Don't get that one. I've ordered their concealer pen before and did not find quite the right shade but I thought I'd give the cashmere concealer a shot and had the same problem. The new Burberry Full Kisses lippies? Also not a favorite. The Burberry Lip Definer Lip Pencil and Lip Velvet lipstick are next on my list. Hopefully, I'll find something that I like this time around.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour in Berry Beret

Hey, it's been awhile! Life does occasionally get in the way of my blogging time. But today I'm excited because a product that I've been so eager to receive finally arrived at my door. Tada! La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour in Berry Beret...

Guerlain has truly become one of my favorite brands. If you ask me today, to pick three brands that I would love to represent, I would say Guerlain and Chanel straight away. I have an old love for Laura Mercier so I'll pick that as third. But I have to admit, LM hasn't been particularly impressive lately.

Back to the lipstick at hand... the first thing we need to talk about is that scent. This is one overpoweringly perfumed product. I usually love the way Guerlain lipsticks smell but this one puts me off. I never did like the fragrance but I like the packaging of La Petite Robe Noire. The brand has really captured the look of the bottle in the lipstick (and the nail color). I appreciate the youthfulness of the concept, which should help make the brand a little fresher. Will it appeal to the young market that they're targeting? I don't know. There's the price point to consider and I'm not too sure the performance is up to snuff here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes

I got this triple pack of Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes from Costco a couple of weeks ago and I have to say it's been a real favorite lately.

As a makeup remover, I find that these wipes really do the job. With one wipe, I can remove all my face and eye makeup, even waterproof eyeliner, mascara and some really tough layers of cream and powder shadow. The wipe itself is soft, kind of like the Cetaphil wipes which I like to use in the morning. I really like that because I feel like it's gentler to the skin, even if I decide to go over some areas multiple times or even rub a little. They are really well-moistened (some tend to dry up a little) and leave no greasy residue. I can even use them while I'm doing my makeup, to clean up eyeliner smudges or glitter gone awry. My skin doesn't dry up and it has no discernible odor. Overall, a real stellar performer. Best of all, there's a Costco deal now, where you get the three pack of Simple Micellar Make-Up Remover Wipes (25 wipes in each pack) for $7.74. What is that, like 11 cents a wipe? I would stock up but I worry that they might dry up like the Neutrogena Wipes that I stocked up on ages ago (and I still have PLENTY, but sadly, I kind of dislike them now).

If you haven't tried these and you're a Costco member, the deal is on until April 17th.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Eve Lom Cleansers and other things

Let me start by saying that it took me a long time to determine what products really helped my winter skin. I was testing products and product combinations through the entire winter season before I homed in on the ones that I think truly worked. Now that spring is here, I've decided to carry over a couple of items until it gets warm enough to switch out again.

Above is the Eve Lom skincare lot that I had been using through most of the winter. I purchased the Perfect Partners boxed set that included the Morning Time Cleanser (4.2 oz. in the tube), the original Cleanser (1.7 oz. in the tub) and one full-size Muslin cleansing cloth. I also got more cleansing cloths, the one that they sell in the three-pack and the Lip Kiss Mix which is a mint lip balm. This whole lot cost me $154 before tax. A bit pricey, I know. But I was desperate.

3-pack Muslin Cleansing Cloths

The whole premise of Eve Lom skincare, as it appears to me, is to give you the spa experience. The cleansing cloth used with the original cleanser is central to that and there is a procedure that they recommend for use. You apply the cleanser on dry skin and massage it over the face and neck. Wet the Muslin cloth with warm water and apply it to your face, breathe in and out, and then you remove it, getting most of the makeup and dirt off. You would do this same action again and then a third time, with cool water to complete the process and close pores.

The cleanser does its job substantially and I find that it removes most of my makeup with very little scrubbing. I don't really think they want you to scrub but I do it gently and I think it gives a subtle exfoliation that's completely necessary to get rid of flakes. For people like me who have a low tolerance for glycolic acid and other chemical exfoliants, this is the way to go.

Eve Lom Cleanser (Original)

The cleanser is like a semi-coarse petroleum jelly or a sugar scrub. The smell is pleasant, in my opinion, a bit herbal and probably a result of the various aromatic oils in the product. Yes, it's like slathering oil all over your face but then it comes off cleanly in the shower and I don't find that my face feels tight after. I also don't sense any sticky residue. Overall, even if I don't use another cleanser after, I feel clean. I feel like if I bust out the Simple Facial Cleanser now, I just completely negated the whole reason for "switching" to the oil-based cleanser.