Saturday, December 31, 2011

Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Versailles

This holiday season has given me the chance to rediscover an old goodie. I haven't bought Dior lipstick since a travel palette I purchased on an airplane in the 90's. Wait, that means... I've never bought Dior lipstick at all. The palette had 4 lipstick shades, I think. It was such a good palette and I ran all those lipcolors down to the pan. Funny how I never thought to get myself an actual tube until now.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler

Upon first receiving this Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler, I didn't expect much. It was this tiny plastic thing that had come with a smoky eye set. I had grown accustomed to my Shu Uemura Lash Curler, which truth be told, I only purchased because I bought into the hype. I don't find it exceptional (the Shu) but it does the job. I'm not really interested in buying another lash curler.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Useful Eye Makeup Travel Tools

Going away for the New Year? Here are some makeup brushes you might want to consider bringing along.

That's the set I used on our last vacation. They're not all from one particular set of travel brushes but an amalgamation of brushes I've put together from various sets I've acquired through the years. It's hard to recommend the perfect travel brush set, if only because people's preferences are all different and your needs for each trip could be different. For this trip, although I packed a foundation brush, I never used it so it's not in this picture. The Chanel powder brush above, from the 2009 Les Minis set, is one I often bring for travelling although I may yet replace it if I find the budget to get the 2011 Les Minis de Chanel Brush Set. I use it as an all-over powder brush. I showed the Sephora set (you can see what's in the case if click you here) only because I carry it in my purse for touch ups. I took along my Laura Mercier Eyelash Curler too but I'll be talking about that tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Vacation Discovery - Basin

Vacations are a great way to discover new brands. I'm all about the hunt. Walking into a store I've never seen before, perhaps of a brand I'm familiar with or like Basin, something I've never quite heard of, ever. As we strolled Downtown Disney night after night (dinner at the Wolfgang Puck Cafe had become a ritual), I would pass this Basin store which sold all sorts of bath products. A cacophony of scents wafts thru the air as you pass outside and I'm inevitably drawn in by a display of jars which I later learned contained soy wax beads that you can make into a custom candle.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rouge G de Guerlain in Galia (plus Idylle EDP)

One of the highlights for me, of this latest trip to Orlando, was discovering a number of nice things in the France showcase at Epcot. I never noticed but there are a couple of boutiques in there. One carries various brands and houses a small Givenchy store. Right across from it, Guerlain.

Entering the Guerlain boutique, I was promptly greeted and at once offered assistance. While appreciated, I'm usually happy to be left alone to browse. The associates trekked the intersection of pleasant and pushy but I will admit, they are helpful. I was going to look at makeup but was quickly steered towards the fragrance pond where, asked to describe the fragrance that I liked, I said floral, feminine and light. I was spritzed a number of the Aqua Allegorias but not finding anything enchanting, the associate went on to present me with Idylle Sublime, which according to her, was an exclusive in the boutique. A note disturbed me, I said, and she proceeded to spritz me the original Idylle which I did take to. This is fragrance though. I'm not just going to buy it after smelling it once in the store.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays

As the Christian world celebrates Christmas 2011, I wish you all a very happy and meaningful Christmas day.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara

I bought a little Lancome kit at Sephora last month which included the Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara, the Artliner in Noir and a sample size Cils Booster XL Mascara Base. I decided to take the entire set with me on my trip based solely on the good experiences I've had with the Artliner and the mascara base. I had used the Doll Lashes mascara on one occasion before the trip so I wasn't worried that it was going to be terrible. On the contrary, I rather liked it.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Laura Mercier Luster Eye Colour Duo in Dusk/Chocolate

Picking out vacation makeup is tricky for me. Some people take a respite from wearing makeup when travelling. I'm the complete opposite. Vacations mean pictures! Therefore, I must have the most flattering colors from my arsenal to help me along. The eye makeup is the trickiest part and the one I tend to vary with each trip. I do get tired of lugging around the same colors all the time but what plays the most important part in the selection process for me, is what the weather forecast at my destination looks like.

If you've not figured out yet where I was headed, the Mickey ears should've been the giveaway. Florida isn't as sunny, hot or humid in December as it is in the summer, so instead of going tropical, I went with my steady everyday shades of Laura Mercier Eye Shadow in Guava, Morning Dew and Bamboo, threw in the Ebony Cake Eyeliner, the African Violet Luster Eye Colour for variety and the duo Dusk/Chocolate which I got in a set (seems to be available only as part of that set for some reason). Dusk and Chocolate are available as individual pans but I appreciate the duo because it means I can bring one color more than usual and boy, was I ever glad I packed this one in.

Laura Mercier Luster Eye Colour Duo in Dusk/Chocolate

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Carnation

A last minute trip to Target is a prerequisite to every planned vacation. Mine wasn't intended to find new lipstick although I hadn't yet decided on what makeup to bring. I found a bunch of shades from Revlon's ColorBurst lipstick line on clearance at my local store. I wanted to walk home with the soft nude one but all the tubes that they had on the shelf were damaged so I settled for Carnation, a pretty pink.

Monday, December 19, 2011

What's to come...

A week of warmer weather with bouts of sunshine is what I need before welcoming winter. As I officially lift the hiatus on Pondering Beauty, I'll be sharing a few things I learned during a recent trip (an elusive pink lipstick, a new favorite eyeshadow combination, brushes I can't do without) and show you some interesting items I picked up along the way. Reviews? Certainly. While I get organized, here's a clue to where I've been.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Fragrance Journey: Part Two - The Finalists

I'm not eloquent when it comes to describing fragrance so it is a bit difficult for me to articulate why I like a certain scent. I just know what smells good to me and on me, and that is the only basis I have for selecting fragrance. Over time, I have learned that I veer in the direction of florals. Musks and spice generally don't work well with my body chemistry. You could say I'm feminine, in the most extreme sense of the word. Unisex fragrances, very popular at one point, never sit well with me.

Before I went out and bought Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere, I seriously thought about grabbing a bottle of Chanel No. 19 Poudre. I had been using a sample and thought it would make a good alternate fragrance. Alternate being something a little different from my usual florals.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Fragrance Journey: Part One - How I Ended Up With Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere

I have a small box where I set aside fragrance samples and into which goes all the bottles that I receive which I determine to be not for me. The box started as a small cardboard box and has progressed to a large, clear Caboodle with a lock and key. This box is presented to all female guests who ever come to visit me, with an invitation to take whatever pleases their senses. Many will sample up to about 10 scents before picking up 3 or 4. Some can't be bothered to spritz and instead will me to pick one out for them.

The difficulty with picking out a fragrance for another is that, fragrance is simply a very personal thing. It is always delightful to open up the box, but I myself always have difficulty picking out a scent from it. After spending most of my early adulthood rudimentarily polishing off bottles of eau de toilette gifted to me, I now relish the idea of buying my own perfume. I wait years to purchase a new fragrance because this process, this journey, if you will, is something I take very seriously. And my latest search has led me to the doorsteps of Chanel, for a bottle of No. 5 Eau Premiere.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fresh Mini Sugar Kissing Trio

I grabbed this box while waiting in line at the checkout area of my nearest Sephora. It's a trio of Fresh's Tinted Lip Treatments in Sugar Passion, Sugar Honey and Sugar Plum. The item is marketed as a stocking stuffer. I think it's a win if based solely on cuteness.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Gift Ideas for the Makeup Lover

Although I'm not officially lifting the "on hiatus" status of the blog, I felt that I needed to post these pictures while the items are available and relevant. I've been Christmas shopping these last few days and here are some items I've been able to find at a slightly discounted price from various merchants (detailed with each item).