Monday, October 31, 2011

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

I just wanted to post a quick blurb about this eyeshadow primer, since I've been using it with the Too Faced palettes I previously featured. If you want the colors to show up a little more vibrantly and adhere better to the lid, this is what you need.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals Big, Bright & Brilliant Trio of Mini Eyeliners

Here's another gift idea. A trio of mini eyeliners from Bare Escentuals for $10. I'd never tried their eyeliner products before and thought that this made a nice introduction. It has 3 colors: Black Gold, Black Diamond and Midnight Moon.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Too Faced Glamour To Go Pocket Palette - Dream Edition

I almost forgot that the main reason I decided to start featuring these Too Faced Pocket Palettes was because of the Friends & Family sale that Sephora has going on. Go to this link or just type in and it should lead you to the sign up page where you put in your email address and they email you a unique code to use to get 20%. The code is only valid online and can be used for one order until Nov 2, 2011. Until that date, I will be featuring mostly items sold by Sephora, in case you decided to wait until the last minute to use your coupon. You can only use it once and I've heard that there's a 60 item limit (seriously, that's more than enough) but items do eventually go out of stock so I'm not certain if it's a good idea to wait too long.

The second pocket palette that I have, and I got this fairly recently, is the Dream Edition. It features 8 eyeshadows, a blush, a bronzer and one lip gloss. It's encased in roughly the same-sized palette as the Glamour To Go II palette, except this has a fancy-shaped lid. The design on the lid of the palette made it lose some of its slimness and does not add to its portability. The shape of the previous palette, a box with flat edges, makes it easy to slip in between things. The Dream Edition has a little more bulk and the fancy edging on the lid doesn't allow for the palette to sit flush against other things. It's a minor complaint but I question the change, as it does not seem like an improvement to the design at all.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Too Faced Glamour To Go II Pocket Palette

It's October and stores have rolled out the holiday items, including gift ideas and stocking stuffers. Last year, I gave out a few of these Too Faced Pocket Palettes to friends. It helped that they had gone on sale and I remember picking them up for less than $20 apiece. Now this palette is $23 and there are two pocket palettes currently available from Sephora. I'd like to feature both of them, starting with the Glamour To Go II Pocket Palette which I will be swatching for you in this post.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Empire (with swatches/pics of Dragon and Ming)

Chanel has a small line of beautiful liquid lipsticks called Rouge Allure Laque. They don't come out with new colors often and the last two that I've seen out were both limited edition. This year's holiday collection includes the shade Empire which is a medium pink with a faint stream of gold shimmer.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect in Tweed Brun Rose

The Chanel Holiday 2011 collection has been out for some time now. I zeroed in on two products from the collection, namely the tweed blush in Tweed Brun Rose and the Rouge Allure Laque in Empire. I may pick up a couple more items along the way but the red and gold theme, while attractive, isn't very me. I rather enjoyed the inclusion of crowd pleasers in pink and beige and the Rouge Allure lipstick and the Glossimer may yet charm their way into my stash. For now, let's talk blush.

Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect in Tweed Brun Rose

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Epatant and Illusoire

I still believe that no brand has mastered the art of shimmer quite like Chanel. With the Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadows, they've given us a unique mousse-like texture in a truly long-wearing formula that will ensure your lids stay shimmery all day and night.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Le 2 de Guerlain Mascara

I have a drawer full of mascara. I'm serious. I do! I've been told that one needs to switch to a new tube every month, for hygiene reasons. It's going right by your eyes, you know? Better safe than sorry. But if one needs to replace the tube every month, this is definitely a purchase that needs a lot of thought. I want something that performs. It needs to look good and not smudge within a couple of hours. I'm also very picky with brushes. I've thrown out perfectly nice mascaras because I couldn't deal with the brushes.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Zoya Nail Polish in Jules

I had put it on because it was my wedding anniversary and although we had postponed celebrating, I wanted to test drive a look I was planning for that special dinner out. My favorite Chanel associate and I agreed that with a polka-dot dress, black winged liner and a red lip were in order but what about the nails? I read somewhere that matching your nailpolish to your lipstick was no longer fashionable, so I thought I'd try a taupey gold by Zoya.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Maybelline FitMe Foundation Swatches

I chanced upon a page in the latest issue of Glamour magazine that had samples of 9 out of 18 shades of the Maybelline FitMe Foundation. I have reviewed this foundation here and I use shade 120, which is one of the shades featured for Light complexions. There are 3 medium shades and 3 deep shades in the magazine sample as well.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

eos Lip Balm - sweet mint

eos Sweet Mint Lip Balm

I had a breakfast date which ended with a brief parade through Target to walk off the eggs benedict and coffee. Scouring the lip balm aisle, I spied these little round lip balms and thought I'd take one home.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

Laura Mercier launched the Caviar Sticks a couple of months ago and while at first, I didn't feel like jumping in to grab them, I had the opportunity to play with a few shades at a counter and decided to get a few. The first picture was taken with bright lighting and a white background. I picked the shades based on two things, what I thought was uniquely pretty and what my collection could use.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Plum, Jungle, Amethyst and Steel

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MAC Me Over Rachel and Ian Lipglass in Social Light

You know how I love a pinky/peachy nude lip color, be it gloss or lipstick. I spent weeks poring over glosses to find a replacement for an old Clinique favorite called Sunshine. Well, here's another candidate for that position, in the form of the limited edition shade Social Light. It's a beige gloss with a little peachiness and a pearl finish. Can be used on its own for the most subtle color on lips (really a nude) and can be paired well with a strong eye. Also goes well on top of lipstick if you want to tone something down.

Monday, October 3, 2011

MAC Me Over Fluidline in Avenue

I'd been meaning to grab one of these for ages. I mean the Fluidlines. I have a lot of eyeliner, and I tend to stick to basic colors so I never could decide what to get. But I was drawn in by this lovely black brown with tiny gold specks. The gold glitter is not too noticeable when on (and I like that because I'm not so sure how much use I'd have for a glitterbomb) but I think that it lends the shade a certain dimension that adds to its appeal.

MAC Fluidline in Avenue

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Top 5 - October 2011

Fall is in full swing although with the temperamental weather, you can hardly tell. Some days I feel like bringing out all the richer eye and lip hues I've been wanting to use for months. But most of the time, I feel like it just hasn't been consistently cold enough to wear them. Keeping it real, these are the items I've found myself reaching for most often:

1. Shiseido The Makeup Powdery Foundation SPF 15- I usually keep this in my purse because I popped the refill into the case for the Luminizing Color Powder that comes with a brush. The powder works well for touch ups, it also works well to set foundation and give it a real airbrushed finish. The other thing that keeps this a staple for me is the brush included when you buy the luminizer case. I can't apply powder with a puff. I'm just not used to it. This brush? It's perfect. I almost I want to buy another case because I want another brush!!!

2. Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in Blonde - Easy color for cheeks and all over the face, all year round. I dust it more heavily on cheeks as a blush and distribute the remaining powder on the temples, forehead, nose and chin. It's the one step blush and bronzer look that I seem to revert back to often. I can even use the brush from the Shiseido Luminizer case (see above) to apply it.

3. Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Longwear Luminous Eyeshadow in Epatant - I've reviewed the shade Mirifique here and added more information on another post (here) but until I tried Epatant, I wasn't sure I wanted to grab another one. Now I know! The silvery grey-green is mesmerizing when on.