Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nicole By OPI Party in the Penthouse

On a recent trip to Target, I was able to pick up one of the colors in Nicole by OPI's collection inspired by Gossip Girl. I got Party in the Penthouse, which so far was the only shade that appealed to me from that collection. This polish came in a box with two, yes two bottles of the same shade. 


See? Two bottles. For $1.74!!! Target clearance is nuts.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Burberry "Light Glow" Natural Blush in Peony

I'm quite happy with my first Burberry blush purchase so I thought I'd look at the other shades. On holiday, I found myself at a Nordstrom that had a Burberry counter so I got to try some of them and I picked No. 04 - Peony.

When I got my package, it had the blush in Peony and the lipstick in Antique Rose.



Burberry Blush in Peony

Peony is a warm light pink. I'd like to say it's a young-looking pink, the kind that gives you a youthful pop of color on your cheeks. Just like Cameo, it's super-pigmented so it needs to be applied sparingly. While the brush included is actually not bad, I think it's best applied with a skunk brush. That way, you can build color more slowly. This is just lovely on the apples of cheeks.

All the Burberry products I've tried are highly rose-scented. It doesn't bother me although I imagine it irks some. I don't think that it's causing any kind of reaction on my skin either. The color is long-lasting. Apply it before you leave the house and you're good for the entire day. Love it!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Chanel Rouge Coco in Stunning

 
One of the items I got from the Chanel SoHo Story collection was the Rouge Coco in Stunning. I was expecting a pink-beige shade that would go with everything.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

L'Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Lip Conditioner

A few weeks back, I discovered that Target had put some of the L'Oreal Bare Naturale Gentle Lip Conditioners on clearance. Certain shades had gone down to under $2 so I picked up shade 405-Soft Peach:



Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bourjois Rose D'Or Blush

I was looking for a little something to fill up an online order and decided to give Bourjois blushes a try. I picked up just one shade since the selections were quite limited. I settled on Rose D'Or:


The container is plastic. It's cute and makes finding the shade you want very easy because the pots are the "same" color as the item in it. But since the top is not flat, it doesn't make for good stacking. It reminds me of Laura Mercier pots but with less sturdy plastic. I like to store these on their side.

When you press the little gold button, it opens to reveal a small brush and instructions for application. I never used the brush. It's this stiff little thing. Stiff, maybe for a reason? More on that later.

The color is a rosy pink with a gold sheen. You can see little gold flecks but they will not appear so on the skin. This applies super sheerly but the color is really pretty.

The challenge was trying to get more product on the brush and more pigment on the cheek. The product being baked, has a hard surface. I've been told that scraping off the top layer will solve that issue so I scraped off a little with a disposable mascara wand. This worked to release more product and pigment but also wasted a fair bit of it. Think powder, everywhere. So I went in search of another brush instead and discovered the previously reviewed Kashuk Tools Medium Multi Purpose Brush to be good for this blush.

While some have compared this to Nars Orgasm, I do not think that they are at all similar once applied. In the pan, and especially in pictures, it kind of does look similar though. I think it's the gold sheen that makes it appear so. Here are the two products side by side. On left, NARS Orgasm and on right, Bourjois Rose D'Or.

On my skin, Rose D'Or is definitely more pink while Orgasm is more peachy. The gold sheen makes both products look wonderfully natural and not overly shimmery. On left Orgasm, on right, Rose D'Or:



I'd say in the end though, this purchase was a bust. Bourjois Rose D'Or is certainly not worth $15. I think I've gotten better drugstore blushes for half that. Plus, I had to buy a new brush just to use it! Too bad because the color is really nice.

Bourjois is the company that owns Chanel and I adore Chanel blushes. But as Bourjois sells cheaper products, they likely can't afford to use the same ingredients that they put in the Chanel blushes and keep their prices low. I will keep the blush and use it once in awhile but you can bet I will not be buying any more.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Kashuk Tools Multi Purpose Cosmetic Brush

I recently purchased one of Sonia Kashuk's more expensive single brushes because I've been on the lookout for a slightly dense and stiff angled blush/contouring brush that's also reasonably soft against the skin. On a trip to Target, I spied one of Sonia Kashuk's premium line brushes that I thought might work. I've had some success with Sonia Kashuk's brushes before. I have her old blush brush with the white handle, a brush that served me well until I could finagle the budget for more luxurious hairs. I've picked up one of her fluffy, white-handled eyeshadow brushes on clearance and I use that a lot to this day. I liked that brush so much that I bought two. There are misses though. I recently bought one of her Kabuki brushes and that turned out to be a disappointment. But I think this new brush is a different story.

The Kashuk Tools Multi Purpose Cosmetic Brush:



This is the medium brush. However if you search for it online, it does not indicate that anywhere. It's simply called the Kashuk Tools Multi Purpose Cosmetic Brush. But you know it's going to be this brush if you see the picture and it has the angled head.

Also a picture from the side so you can see how thick and dense it is:



This line of brushes goes by the name Kashuk Tools. They have fancy-shaped black handles and as far as I can see, they're all full-sized, long-handled brushes in a complete range, from powder brushes to eye brushes. I think this brush line is also her most expensive one. Given that, I expected better quality than the white-handled brushes.

When buying things at Target, unless I need something immediately, I try to wait for a sale. But I just had to have this one, sale or no sale. I recently bought a Bourjois blush that hasn't been as easy to apply as I'd hoped. It's a baked blush. I was hoping that this brush would help. True enough, getting more product on the brush has become a little easier since I've bought this. I've even been able to dig out an old Stila blush that's been sitting forgotten in a corner because it was so light that when I apply it, I could see no color. With this new brush, I could get more powder on the hairs. So when I brush it on to my cheek, voila! I see the color!

For contouring, the shape of the brush is really nice. But because the brush is dense and rather stiff, you need a light hand. The denseness helps with harder baked products though. You can smush it into the product and get a lot more pigment than you would with softer brushes. Depending then on how you apply the product, you could concentrate the pigment on certain spots a lot better than with other brushes.

The price of this brush is $17.99 on Target.com and in stores. It's a good quality brush that hasn't shed since I washed it and used it. It feels decently soft against the skin and it does the job. I highly recommend it.