Saturday, November 19, 2011

On Hiatus

The Pondering Beauty is taking a hiatus...

But not to worry, although there won't be any new posts until possibly the new year, I will continue testing products on the road. When things have calmed down, I should be able to sit down and write a nice slew of reviews for your reading pleasure.

In the meantime, there are a few hundred posts that you can continue to refer to on my blog. Comments and product/review questions are still welcome and I will be checking periodically to make sure you get approved and answered. For other matters, is always open.

Enjoy the holidays!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Set

I was in line at the Sephora event last night (20% off and a free tote!) and this woman in front of me had this red and silver box in her hand. It was the Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Set which I thought about getting online and then completely forgot about when I got to the store. I asked her if she could point out where in the store she got it and her companion promptly helped out by grabbing one for me so I could keep my place in line. We got to talking about mascara. I told her that the artliner in the set is a really good item and I asked her opinion on the other mascara I had in my hand. We'll leave the answer out for later (when I review that other item). My point is, this set is a good deal at $29.50. You're getting a full-size mascara and a sample size of the mascara base for the price of just the Artliner.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Color in Enivree

Back to home turf, pink lipstick. I picked a particularly warm day to try and capture Enivree in pictures. I took shots in different rooms, with different lighting and I even took some pictures outdoors. If you need to get a feel for what this color looks like, you can think of it in at least three ways (as shown below, all pictures of Enivree). I sometimes sense that it's got a hint of coral and yet in some lighting, I feel it's all pink. In direct sunlight, think peachy pink with fuschia and gold sparkles.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Top 5 - November 2011

Over the course of October, my husband and I did a major rehaul of the master bedroom, which included uprooting everything and moving around every piece of furniture in the room. This, of course, means that my vanity and all my makeup drawers have been moved. I hope that with the way it's all been reorganized, I could reach for items I may have forgotten about and more easily find ones that I keep looking for. I threw out a whole slew of things in the process and unearthed items from the past that I liked but didn't reach for that much. I also found more samples that I'd been meaning to test and finally got around to it. This month's top 5 features a combination of some of those old items and some new items, all of which I have constantly got my hands on this month:

1. Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Face Kit - this was a splurge that I made last year, thinking that its versatility would simply outweigh its cost. If you read my initial review, I liked it but I didn't love it. After my makeup reorg, I started to feel that this truly is a wonderful combination of everyday products and I have been using it all month long. You get top quality, beautiful colors and it's all in the same kit. I still stand by my original opinion that for the price, I wish it had included a brush. But I can say that every product in this kit, from the powder to the bronzer, is top notch and will work in any season. Right now, I do love it.

2. Rouge G de Guerlain in Gilian - that perfect nude lipstick. I once complained that I spent so much money on this and I don't see it at all on my lips. But after much use (and believe me, this is the only lipstick I've been wearing practically all month long), I realize that because I barely see it, it really is perfect. I think I've gotten pale in the last few weeks and this probably looks even better, the paler I get. I don't mind because all I need is the accompanying shine of the Chanel Glossimer in Sweet Beige and it looks good in very light. It feels really nice on the lips too.

Left: Sweet Beige Glossimer, Right: Rouge G in Gilian

3. Chanel Glossimer in Sweet Beige - it's the perfect match to the Rouge G in Gilian. Except for the fact that Gilian has a silver sheen and Sweet Beige has golden sparkles, the base color is so remarkably similar that if they were the same brand, I would give them the same name. They complement each other so well that I wear them together all the time now. I may actually use them both up at the rate I'm going.

4. Too Faced Shadow Insurance - yet another sample I dug out from my stash and started using again. I'm amazed at how well this matches my skin tone that it just fades into my lids. I don't find that it mutes the colors of my shadows like some eye primers do. I think it gives them vibrancy and lasting power and I'm even comfortable wearing this by itself. It reminds me of a BB cream that just melts right in. And with how little you use each time, it really isn't pricey.

5. BE Big, Bright and Brilliant Trio of Mini Eyeliners - that I use these eyeliners so much has been a surprise even to myself. I'm big on tightlining but have found myself either just pressed for time or too lazy to grab a flat eyeliner brush, dip in water and use a cake eyeliner. I had these sitting on my desk since I got them and I've used them every chance I could get. They do migrate at some point when used above the lashline but I like how they are easy to use and non-irritating when used on the lashline. They look natural and they are wonderfully creamy that they glide on.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Chanel Glossimer in Sweet Beige

I picked up this Holiday 2011 Glossimer on a whim. I was certain that I didn't need another barely there beige and yet I thought, it may turn out really useful. I'm happy I bought it and I use it all the time. Chanel's Sweet Beige is my new everyday gloss.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder

When given a sample of Clinique's Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder, I was pretty excited to give the product a try.

I'm not the biggest fan of mineral powder formulas but Clinique's Redness Solutions line is pretty popular and I've used a few products from the line before (cleanser, moisturizer). It only made sense to try the makeup as well.

The product appears as a yellow loose powder. It reminds me a little of BE mineral makeup in texture. It's relatively light but does have some coverage. The photo above is a special sample size with a brush. The full-sized container is .84 oz and is sold for $32.50.