Friday, December 28, 2012

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Color in 496 The Mystic's Future

This is the nail polish I am wearing today. I bought this bottle awhile back but never found the chance to wear it because it always seemed to clash with whatever I had planned to wear. Granted, I slipped into little black dress mode for pretty much every occasion, the problem was that I was almost always wearing either a rust-colored coat (like a dark red orange) or a tomato red jacket. So I loved the color in the bottle but found it hard to wear.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Nail Color in 496 The Mystic's Future

The Mystic's Future is a metallic eggplant with fuschia shimmer. It would work with violets and plums and will certainly complement pinks. It would stand out against any backdrop of neutrals for sure. What drew me to it was the fact that there seems to be nothing in my nail polish collection that's similar. I found out the hard way that the reason this is so is because it doesn't go with my usual palette. Given the name Mystic's Future, it conjured images of a turban-wrapped fortune-teller at a New Orleans carnival. But that's my imagination playing. It's not an everyday color for me but definitely interesting. It has a good formula that is easy to apply and dries to full opacity in two coats (as pictured above).

This may be the last post for the year so if it takes me a few days or even weeks to get along with more reviews, I wish everyone a safe holiday season and a fantastic new year. Til then!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Guerlain Spring 2013 Makeup Collection - select items now at Sephora

It's been really tough to find the time to blog lately. I have only a few new-ish items left to review before the year ends, and I may yet end up posting those reviews early next year. However, I did get a chance to stop by a Sephora today and saw that they already carried a couple of items from Guerlain's Spring 2013 Makeup Collection: Cils D'Enfer. I had previously ordered the new Maxi Lash mascara, but it continues to sit in my drawer as I just haven't found the time to review it. Sephora has had it in stock online for weeks now, in the shade Noir. However, no sign of the other items from the collection: eyeshadow quads or lipsticks. The lip glosses are repromotes and I have already reviewed the lovely Frizzy Mango from spring 2011. I am keen on having another look at the fuschia-colored Cherry Pink (originally from spring 2012).

The centerpiece for the 2013 spring line is the new Cils D'Enfer (Maxi Lash) mascara, which should come in Black and Violet, and the super-sized Météorites Perles du Paradis. (Pardon the mobile pictures in uneven store lighting)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Target Makeup Deals 12-9-12

Just a few cosmetic items on clearance at your local Target store. Check out the JK Jemma Kidd display. Red stickers everywhere! At another Target that I went to yesterday, they cleared out the display and put all of the items in a bin at the endcap. The bin was overflowing with stuff because everything from the brand was on clearance. Many of these items are 50-70% off of the original price.

JK Jemma Kidd display

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guerlain Météorites Perles Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer

Not everyone sees the need for primer before applying foundation but this is a step that I rarely skip if I'm doing a full face. I just feel like I might as well, you know? There are two primers that I love and use depending on the condition of my skin and the weather. On warmer days and when my skin isn't so dry, I use Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in Neutral. On cold days and when my skin is exceptionally dry, I need the Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer.

I received a Guerlain Météorites Perles Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer deluxe sample during the last Nordstrom Trend Show. I had purchased a slew of Guerlain products and there was a generous gift with purchase offered at the time. I have pictures of those items in a previous post (click here to see).

This particular primer has the light-diffusing pearls suspended in a gel formula. The idea is that the pearls will bounce light off the skin in a way that de-emphasizes imperfections, giving the skin a more even-toned appearance. How cute do those pearls look floating in the clear gel?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H in 171 Blackest Black

A really good, black eyeliner is a basic in any makeup collection. Nothing defines the eye better. Some may find a rich, dark black to be too harsh though, and opt for some form of brown, grey or navy. I previously reviewed the Navy version of the L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner here. Buoyed by my good experience with that, I sprung for shade 171 Blackest Black.

This is more of the same, but black. It's a gel liner in a pot. The longevity of the product is phenomenal. I didn't get a chance to wear it for 24 hours straight but sure enough, it lasts all day long without fading or transferring to the surrounding areas. I can wear it safely on the lashline and anywhere on the lid. I have gotten it on a contact lens once or twice (totally my fault) but did not have any trouble getting it off the lens. To remove it at the end of the day, I recommend a waterproof eye makeup remover.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

L'Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in 607 Blinged & Brilliant

I've bought a few of these L'Oreal Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadows and I guess the love affair is coming to an end. I last reviewed Smoldering Plum and Liquid Diamond and I like both of them but probably less so than I originally thought. After purchasing Blinged & Brilliant, pictured below, I realized that I have major issues with these hybrid pigments that will likely stop me from purchasing more in the future. But first, the product on hand.

Same packaging as the others. A screw off lid, an inner cover to press down the pigment and keep it from drying up. Color is visible from the clear bottom of the container and the top lid has the shade name and number.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact SPF 20

If you've tried the Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation and want something similar but a little lighter, the Tinted Moisturizer Crème Compact might be the answer. I received a generous sample of the product and a sponge, with a previous Laura Mercier purchase. A full-size compact costs $45 and contains 0.26 oz. of product.

The sample looks a lot like the real compact except it does not have room for the sponge. I did not get to choose my shade for the sample although I believe that it comes in 12 shades to mirror the current shade offerings of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. The sample pictured below is in the color Nude.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fragrance Free Hand Creams

Sometimes I imagine that I have a defrost room in my house. A small room to come into that's a few degrees warmer than outside but a few cooler than the next room. Then I could peel off outer layers (jacket, scarf, boots) and slowly adjust my internal temperature before getting into the warm zone. This is one of the disadvantages of central air. I could set it to be cooler than average so I'm not shocked into tropical paradise once I get in, but then I'd be cold in some rooms and overheating in others. I've been told that this temperature issue has no link whatsoever to the fact that I have a raging cold but it's an age old myth that even my normally practical husband believes. You have to be warm and toasty at all times or you'll catch a cold. I don't know about that.

One thing I am certain of, is that once I got the bug, I became hypersensitive to synthetic fragrances. Air fresheners, scented candles and cleaning products with masking perfumes all send me into fits of coughing. I don't mind a spritz of cologne here and there and lightly-scented cosmetics don't irritate my nose but all the hand creams that I had stashed at every sink in the house and in my car rendered me unable to breathe properly after I put it on. I decided to switch to using the new tube that I initially got for my daughter. Now we are both enjoying the benefits of the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($4.99) in the fragrance free variety.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I will be enjoying a few days off so there will not be any new posts for the rest of the week. I will check for comments awaiting moderation from time to time so feel free to leave them. I love hearing from you. As always, be safe! :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in No. 7 Pink Taupe (Part 2)

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in No. 7 Pink Taupe

So this is the second part of yesterday's post. I took a few more pictures of the quad and then I went ahead with the swatches. I hope you like sheerer colors because that's where Pink Taupe is taking us.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Burberry Complete Eye Palette in No. 7 Pink Taupe

Burberry Complete Eye Palette

I'm so excited to show you a few pictures of the new Burberry eye quad. There are a few different ones and not having seen any of them in person, I had a hard time deciding which one to get. After much deliberation, I went with No. 7 Pink Taupe.

Monday, November 19, 2012

La Roche-Posay Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen (SPF 15)

I remember talking about some deals you can get on La Roche-Posay products last September. I got this tube of Anthelios SX Daily Moisturizing Cream for a really good price at a local CVS store then. It's almost funny that half the time I walk into CVS looking for something else, I end up purchasing something from La Roche-Posay instead. The brand has a phenomenal reputation. Its different lines beg to be tried, what with product samples, coupons and additional discounts. I've found that manufacturer coupons are often taped to the shelves at CVS and when combined with other store coupons, it becomes so much more affordable. At the moment, I'm all about that.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Laura Mercier Colour To Go Palette - Warm Neutrals

This is one of a few Laura Mercier holiday offerings for this year. Unlike the previous two that I just featured (the Cool Classics Trio and the Shimmering Neutrals Trio), this one is available at all Laura Mercier counters. The Colour To Go palette comes in two variations: Cool Neutrals and Warm Neutrals, which I have here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Laura Mercier Shimmering Neutrals Trio look

Nordstrom has another exclusive Laura Mercier trio for the holidays. It's called the Shimmering Neutrals Trio. Although I didn't purchase this one, the idea is the same as the Cool Classics Trio just with different colors. For $50, you get two full-size eyeshadows: the Sateen Eye Colour in Warm Sands and the Lustre Eye Colour in Sundown, and one full-size Tightline Cake Eyeliner in Ground Espresso, all in a 3-well custom palette like the one shown above. Although I don't have Warm Sands, I do have the other two colors in the trio and this is enough to give you a sense of what the trio can achieve.

Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eyeliner in Ground Espresso

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Laura Mercier Cool Classics Trio

Nordstrom has a couple of exclusive items from Laura Mercier for the holidays: the Shimmering Neutrals Trio and the Cool Classics Trio which I have here. The Cool Classics Trio consists of a full-size Sateen Eye Colour in Sparkling Dew, a full-size Lustre Eye Colour in Rosewood and a full-size Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Violet Asphalt. The three items are in a 3-well custom palette. It's a $76 value going for $50.

Laura Mercier Cool Classics Trio

This is one of those times where it's easy to determine the actual value of the set since each item in the palette is normally $22 and the palette itself is $10. It's almost like getting one eyeshadow for free.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

JK Jemma Kidd I-Design Eye Colour in Editor

JK Jemma Kidd I-Design Eye Colour in Editor

While out shopping at Target yesterday, I noted that a wide variety of products on the JK Jemma Kidd display already had clearance stickers on them. The discount is a mere 30% off but considering that the brand is probably among the most expensive that the store carries, it's enough to draw me closer.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara

I have to admit I've liked Chanel's mascaras in the past. So when the Chanel associate at my favorite Nordstrom told me about the new Le Volume mascara and asked if I wanted in on the first few tubes that they would be getting, I readily agreed.

The tube itself is lovely. It's a departure from the old, boxy Inimitable package. Now we have a sleek black cylinder framing the white interlocking C's on the top.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Guerlain Parure de Lumière Light-Diffusing Foundation with Sunscreen SPF 25

After my family had come back from Florida in late summer, I felt like all my foundations were suddenly the wrong color. Interestingly, it wasn't so much the skin on the face that had darkened but my neck and chest. I blame the open necked top I was wearing to Legoland and the more than normal sun exposure I got there. So the challenge was to find a new foundation that would allow me to match my face to my neck and chest a little better but at the same time wouldn't look like a mask on my much fairer face.

Guerlain came out with the new Parure de Lumière Foundation and as a believer in the Guerlain glow, I thought that it was definitely worth a try. As I've tried a few foundation products from Guerlain before, I used 02 Beige Claire as a reference point when I sat down with an associate to find me my Parure de Lumière shade. We put it on and determined that it was probably a bit too light for me. I ended up purchasing 03 Beige Naturel but when I came home, I realized that the associate had mistakenly given me a bottle of 31 Ambre Pâle.

This turned out to be a fortuitous mistake and I almost believed that the cosmic forces had this coming for me. See, I had been interested in seeing Guerlain come out with more yellow-toned foundations as opposed to the pink-toned Rose line and the neutral Beige shades. It seems the Ambre line was exactly that. The only problem was that in the US, they only released the lightest shade 31 Ambre Pâle, which is too ridiculously light for me.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Guerlain Météorites Perles du Dragon Illuminating Powder - Pure Radiance

I bought it for the tin. There, I said it. Sure, it's been fun to dip my brush into a pot of pearls. That ever so subtle your skin looks amazing thing when you put it on - that's just a bonus. Because honestly, if you're not buying it for the love of highlighting, you have got to be buying it for some reason. I'm head over heels about the theme (dragons are a weakness, unfortunately) and the black and gold combination looks exquisite.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 817 Apparence

The Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Apparence is a shimmery gold shadow that's proven to be quite versatile for me. When I first saw it, I wasn't sure if it was worth the splurge. At the end of the day, it's another gold eyeshadow and I'm not always in market for creams, gels, mousses or cream/gel/mousse hybrid formulas because they have a shorter shelf life and I tend not to use them that much.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Apparence

With the tiniest bit of hesitation, I went and bought it anyway and I was surprised that I liked it quite a lot. See, my usual criteria for such product demands a really soft, smooth texture that's highly pigmented and applies evenly. Apparence didn't necessarily fulfill all this because of its unique formulation. It looks grainy in the pot and I've heard that it can be patchy during application. But here's the deal, it's just the loveliest sheer wash ever.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Regard Signé de Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Harmonie du Soir

For the 2012 holiday season, the Regarde Signé de Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Harmonie du Soir. Doesn't it look so pretty? If you're not convinced, see the rest of the pictures below.

As if being presented in a sumptuous package wasn't enough, these shadows are smooth like velvet and pack creamier pigment compared to a lot of Chanel eyeshadow quads. The only problem is that you get a mere 0.14 oz. of product for a whopping $65. Would you cave?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Chanel Glossimer in Mystery

Chanel Glossimer in 357 Mystery

I'd like a chance to work a little longer with the Chanel Harmonie du Soir quad before writing the post about it so I thought I'd swing by with some pictures of the Mystery Glossimer for the weekend.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 500 Les Ombres Turandot

Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 500 Les Ombres Turandot

I hemmed and hawed over two eyeshadow palettes designed for the holidays. Chanel's Harmonie du Soir or Guerlain's Turandot? But my local Nordstrom seems to get Chanel collections really late a lot of the time. Their Guerlain counter is relatively new and despite being unmanned (it shares the space with Trish McEvoy but there is no dedicated associate for Guerlain), they got the Liu collection well in time and a Chanel associate helped me maneuver through my purchase. I ended up getting Turandot, thinking there was no way I was going to end up with both.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

After the rain

I feel like I've been playing the waiting game this past couple of weeks. Waiting for the rain to stop, waiting for the inevitable power outage, waiting for the power to come back on, waiting for the cable, the internet etc... things that feel so normal to have everyday but mean so little in the face of a life-threatening storm. Apart from moving things out of our basement in the middle of the night (and despite a back up sump pump, we still got a foot of water down there), most of my night was spent trying to reassure my 5 year old that things will be back to normal and figuring out the safest and most comfortable way to get everyone to sleep.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Target Fall Beauty Bag

If you requested for the Target Fall Beauty Bag on Facebook a few weeks back, I think many were delivered last week. I got mine yesterday.

Friday, October 26, 2012

CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara in 800 Very Black

There's been a lot of buzz over CoverGirl's newest mascara from the lashblast line. The Clump Crusher promises 200 percent more volume and you guessed it, absolutely no clumps. Allure magazine hailed it as one of the big beauty breakthroughs for 2012. I couldn't wait to get myself a tube.

Admittedly, the CVS and Target stores in my area are usually slow in getting new products in. Walgreens and Walmart seem to get them first so I tried the nearest 24 hour Walmart to search for this treasure. After going down the aisle and looking through the CoverGirl products, I chanced upon one tube of Clump Crusher. Thankfully, there was a sales associate on the same aisle and she knew exactly what I was talking about when I asked if they had more.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Nuance by Salma Hayek Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Midnight Blue and Silver Steel

On one trip to CVS, I was given this sample card of the Nuance by Salma Hayek Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Midnight Blue and Silver Steel. On one side of the card is a coupon for the product.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Yes to Baby Carrots Face + Nose Wipes

When the Yes to (fill in with vegetable) brand came about a few years ago, I didn't think that it was going to take off. But when some of their items started to go on clearance at my local Target, I found myself grabbing a few lip balms. I gave one to my friend, who liked it. I kept one for myself. I also received a few samples of the Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes. I thought that the brand had promise.