Thursday, September 29, 2011

Another look at Rouge G de Guerlain in Gisele

I was going through my archives and decided that a repost on the Rouge G in Gisele was in order. Most know that the jewel case is engravable but there are also already engraved versions out in various shades. One such shade is Gisele, a deep golden rose, engraved with XOXO on the side.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Laura Mercier Lip Colour in Bing Cherry

I'm still testing the new Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks and haven't formed a complete opinion on it but I promise, a review is in the works. With my order for the Caviar Sticks however, I got a lipstick sample in the shade Bing Cherry.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Finding My Chanel Perfection Lumière Shade (swatches, first thoughts)

Chanel has launched a new foundation called Perfection Lumière. The shade names take after last Spring's Vitalumière Aqua although the number system used is a little different and might be a little confusing. I didn't have time to have the Chanel associate put the foundation on me but she indulged me with a few samples of shades that may work. I could wear B20 or BR20 in Vitalumière Aqua. I have both yellow and pink undertones but they're on various parts of my face so I really wouldn't call myself a neutral. My impulse is always to go for the yellow over the pink. However, she did warn me that Perfection Lumière oxidizes and thus dries darker than when first applied. We shall see!

Friday, September 23, 2011

MAC Me Over Rachel & Ian Eyeshadow in Mythical

MAC Eyeshadow in Mythical

I decided to take a chance and order an unusual shade for my eyeshadow collection. The MAC associate showed me a couple of ways to wear it and said I should wear it around the house for a little bit, to see if I would become accustomed to the way the color looked on my eyes. You see, the color is rather... orange. Reddish tones and orange shades aren't in my everyday roster as I usually find them on the unflattering side for my skin tone and hair color. But Mythical amused me, so I took it home.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Butter London Nail Lacquer Trio

I had been itching to order the shade All Hail The Queen when I saw this trio offered by Ulta. It includes All Hail The Queen, Pink Ribbon and Royal Navy. According to Ulta's website, Royal Navy is exclusive to the set. However, I have found it sold by itself on Butter's webite and Nordstrom so this information is not accurate.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Brows by Benefit

I had heard that Benefit Brow Bars offer a free brow service on your birthday so I decided to investigate. In the weeks leading up to my wedding anniversary (which is 8 days before my birthday), I walked into an Ulta with a Benefit Brow Bar. The information which I was incorrectly given at the time was that the service is only free on the day of your birthday. I checked the Benefit website and it says that the free brow arch service is valid during the week which includes your birthday (Sun to Sat) so I called to schedule the appointment.

The service that I received was satisfactory. The lady who worked on my arches was pleasant and professional. We discussed what she was going to do and how she was going to do it (brow wax virgin here) and I walked away pleased with my now well-groomed brows. I also had an upper lip wax although there was barely anything to do there so it took all of 30 seconds and it was done (she didn't even charge me for it). I graciously accepted the free service and granted her a sufficient tip. The brow and lip service combined would have cost $25 together. The brows alone would be $20. They do offer other services which I think are worth looking into if you need it. For me, after a few weeks of growing out my brows, I was definitely ready for some neat arches. I recommend the service and will surely be back in the future.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Vanites

Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Vanites

My fondness for purple eyeshadow is well-documented. In fact, if given a choice between palettes of blues or violets, 99% of the time I would grab the violets. Chanel's display had the Lagons quad, with its pretty blues and Vanites, with its pinks and purples. The Chanel associate had Vanites on when I visited her counter and she obliged me by applying the quad on me in the same way that she did it on herself. I'm the lady who always asks associates what they're wearing. Barring minor differences in hair color and skin tone, I usually feel that if it looks nice on her, it could look nice on me. Plus it's purple, it probably will.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Laura Mercier Eye Colour Duos in Cocoa Rose and Plum Spice

I was perusing the Laura Mercier website after discovering that Coupon Cactus* now offers cashback for purchases made thru them. I was thrilled by the prospect because I hadn't seen any other cashback site that works with Laura Mercier. Even more exciting, I noted a couple of eyeshadow duos that have been marked down to $10 apiece (but only on their website). First is the Matte Eye Colour Duo in Cocoa Rose and the other is the Sateen Eye Colour Duo in Plum Spice.

Left: Cocoa Rose, Right: Plum Spice

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

NARS Night Rider Nail Polish

I'm not one to fall in love with glitter polish but something about Night Rider caught my attention and possessed me to buy it. No regrets. It applies very nicely and looks like this with a base coat, two coats of color and a shiny top coat.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kerastase Chroma Reflect Masque

Let's talk hair.

I'm not high maintenance when it comes to hair. Mine is mostly brown and tied up in a ponytail. It's not perfectly straight but it's not curly. Just a little wave here and there. I get a trim when I start to see split ends or if I want a little more shape but otherwise, it's styled in some variant of long and layered. I don't color but my hair does get dry. For special occasions, I like to leave my hair down so I bring in the masque of shine.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Kiehl's Lip Balm SPF 15

I bought this tube of lip balm at Costco last Sunday. I bought two tubes to be exact. I love lip balm. It's a cheap thrill for me. Granted, the discounted $12.99 for two still isn't cheap. It's better than paying $9.50 apiece.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Clarins Younger Longer Balm (and Clarins Night Routine)

If you read the previous post detailing my adventures with Clarins skincare, here is the second part. The "night routine" involves the Instant Eye Makeup Remover, the One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, the Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Comfort Cream, and the Younger Longer Balm which will be the focus of the review.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream (and Clarins Day Routine)

I've decided to switch my entire skincare routine to Clarins products to really test out the line. I know that my skin does not react poorly to any of them after trying them all separately so I had no qualms about using them all at the same time. I reasoned that the products may work more effectively if used properly and in conjunction with one another. I'm going to split the review into two parts, this part is the "day routine" and the review is concentrated on the Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream but I'll tell you all the day products I've been using with it.

First, the cleanser. I've already reviewed the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Despite my initial reservations about using it full-time, in the thick of summer I went ahead and did it. So far, I am still liking the cleanser. Even with twice daily use, I haven't had any problems with it. I've even used it with my Clarisonic Mia and it was fine.

Next, the serum. I had a sample of the Multi-Active Skin Renewal Serum. The sample is .35 oz. and ran out rather quickly so I can't say whether or not it was efficient. I thought it was nice. I had no problems with its odor or texture. It applied easily and absorbed reasonably quickly. However, I don't think that I had a chance to use it enough to say whether I like it or not. I thought it was ok. I didn't notice any immediate reaction from using it and I don't think that I liked it enough to spend $62 on the full-size product (1.04 oz).

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Top 5 - September 2011

It's been a busy month, like always. Truthfully, I haven't had much opportunity to test a lot of makeup so I've been concentrating on my skincare routine and trying out some new products which I will be reviewing in the coming weeks. My top 5 for this month:

1. Butter London 3 Free Nail Lacquer in Toff - I put this on my toes and never wanted to take it off! I think it's a wonderful compromise between brown and violet. Kudos to Butter for wider availability. There's a Butter display now at my local Nordstrom and at Ulta stores. I hope to see more colors in the same fabulous formula as Toff.