Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette in (236) 5th & Pine

Dior 5 Couleurs Couture Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette in 236 5th & Pine

Believe it or not, this is the first Dior quint that I have ever purchased. Naturally, I'm beyond excited. I think the last time I ever bought Dior powder eyeshadow was in 1998. 1998! My goodness! I was a year out of college and on a trip overseas that turned what would have been 15 hours on a plane into a 3 day voyage. Bored out of my wits, I found myself buying things from the duty free catalog on the airplane. I purchased a truly delightful Dior makeup palette that included everything one would need to create a full face. It had powder and blush, several eyeshadows and lipcolors, and a tube of mascara. I had that piece for many years and it served me well. But that's not why I bought this.

I was browsing the Nordstrom website and saw a photograph on the sidebar. It was a Dior quint that I had never seen before. Although I never buy them, I do keep track of Dior's releases. Lately, I've been enamored with deep, dark blue/grey/charcoal eye colors. I had purchased several eyeshadow sticks but always go back to powder to finish off my eye makeup. I just feel more comfortable working with powder. So that dark shade in this palette just called to me. Add the silver and gold, oh my, it's perfect for the holidays! But I couldn't find any information on 5th & Pine anywhere online so I couldn't tell if it was a new product and what collection it was with. I bought the palette at the Dior counter at my local Nordstrom and am eager to share some pictures and swatches with you.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms

I am an online shopping person. Looking back at when I started this blog, I was not. But it's the norm for me now. Some days I wax sentimental about those times I used to shop in the store much more. Now, it's more of, when I find the time, I swing by the store to look at something that I am thinking about buying online. Or maybe I feel bad and want instant gratification. But online retail therapy works for me too. Sometimes. I DO make mistakes. Case in point: the Charlotte Tilbury Mini Lipstick Charms that arrived at my door fairly recently.

Let me tell you. I couldn't bring this product back to the store and get my money back sooner. The thing was beyond tiny. I felt like I had shelled out $39 for a sample I could have gotten in a GWP. Honestly, this should be a GWP, considering how much CT products cost. But that's my opinion. Obviously, someone in their marketing team thinks otherwise.

Ok, It was kind of cute. I could use this to decorate presents with or stick it on my tree, like a regular ornament. A tiny ornament. Each lipstick tube was no more than 1.5 inches tall. And that's on the outside. It clearly states that there should be 0.04 oz. of product in each one. Oh my! That does sound like a sample. How could I have missed that detail? Honestly, I would have been more compelled to keep it, had it been three full-size lipsticks packaged in a similar manner. The tube is very pretty. But then again, if it had been three lipsticks in full-size, the price point would have been along the lines of $90 and I'm not too sure I would be interested in buying it then.

I apologize that there are no swatches. I didn't want to use it because I did not want to keep it. I took one look at the colors and shook my head. I would wear maybe one of these three shades. For reference, they are: Penelope Pink (a nude), Bitch Perfect (a pink) and So Marilyn (a red). I've got my eye on Bitch Perfect, as I feel Penelope Pink is too nude for my taste. But I really don't like the name of it. I mean, I get it but it doesn't sound nice to me. So, this is one case where I really hope that they bring a CT counter to my local Nordstrom soon so I can shop in the store. Really, some things have to be seen/held/examined/sampled before purchase.