Archive for March, 2011

Rouge Bunny Rouge Florita Original Skin Blush +

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This is seriously one of my favorite items of the moment. Rouge Bunny Rouge is a line I’ve been recently getting into, and the couple of items I do own I really like, as seen here. I recently acquired Florita blush in the mail. I’m seriously in lust with this color. Ok onto the specifics:
Size and packaging: 3.5 grams or .0123 oz. It comes in a sleek black compact with a mirror built inside. The blush itself has flowers embossed into the blush. The same pattern is seen on top of the compact, which is a really pretty feminine touch. It’s not flimsy packaging and when you close it, it snaps in. I know it sounds silly, but I am less inclined to use something if it’s crappy packaging. 

Texture and formula:
It’s so finely milled, it feels like really creamy powder (which I’ve come to really like), creamier than La Mer’s translucent powder. It goes on so smoothly on your face. This particular blush has very fine silver sparkle that isn’t over the top. The lasting power is average for a blush, which is nice. When applied, it goes on evenly, no fuss application and it’s easy to sheer out. The formula in of itself seems like someone with dry skin would really appreciate because it just melts onto your skin.

Where to buy?: Zuneta.

Onto the photos 🙂 

From left to right:
Shu RD P 19 d
Rouge Bunny Rouge Florita
NARS crazed
Edward Bess Moroccan Rose
*Moroccan Rose is more mauve than Florita, and Crazed has a micro sparkle that the camera didn’t pick up.
Is this worth having?: Yes, the formula in of itself is worth having, and it’s just a gorgeous red/berry shade. As you can see, I am a sucker for these kinds of colors. 🙂
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By Terry Blush Veloute in Ginger Glaze (#3) +

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It has been a while since I’ve reviewed a blush, or even By Terry for that matter. I’ve been wanting to buy Apple Glow, but my local counter was sold out 😦 So I decided to try out the other shades. Ginger glaze wasn’t a color that I thought “it’s GORGEOUS”, but my go to person sold me on it when she applied it on my cheeks. 
Size and packaging: 3 grams or 0.1 oz. Pretty straight forward packaging: gold, screw top packaging. 
Formula and texture: It’s like a whipped, almost a mousse like texture when you slide it against your fingers. It easily glides onto your fingers and onto your cheeks. I much prefer these to Bobbi Brown pot rouges because the texture is so much nicer. The finish is satin-matte and it doesn’t dry down to a powder finish. Basically you apply it onto your cheeks with your fingers and after several seconds, it sets. The biggest surprise about this blush is that it doesn’t move. I didn’t think it would last a long time on my face because of the mousse like texture. When it dries down, it doesn’t look flat at all, but it does give a nice subtle radiance (no glitter/sparkle, I swear). 🙂
Scent: it does have the slight signature By Terry rose scent.
The color in of itself looks boring, yet borderline ugly when I saw it in the pot. Yet, when applied, it’s glorious golden radiance 😀
Onto the photos 😀
Top to bottom: 
Ginger Glaze swatched heavily, so you can see how it builds up (for those with darker skintones)
Armani Blushing Fabric #3
By Terry Ginger Glaze sheerly applied.
Is this worth having?: I’m unsure as to how it would look if you’re really pale, but it’s definitely a color for medium to darker skintones. Keep in mind that my inner arm is around NC20. I like it a lot since it gives my cheeks a nice golden sheen 🙂

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Le Metier de Beaute peche creme lip creme +

So I have been trying to swatch and own more items that I normally wouldn’t find myself wearing. As a result, I caved in and got Peche creme. I generally hate how I look in warm colors, even though I am warm myself. To this day I am still a bit uncomfortable wearing peachy colors. I can’t explain it, it’s just not what I am used to. You can see the other lip cremes that I own here.
Color and packaging: Peche creme is definitely a golden peach, leaning apricot. It has shimmer and the texture is somewhere between a lipgloss and a liquid lipstick. The color even though it’s a golden peach, it shows up a bit lighter on me and I’m sure it’s because of my pigmented lips. I’ve seen it look a bit darker/golden on other people. I don’t like doing lip swatches because I know how it looks on me is different from how it looks on the next person. It’s not a chalky color at all on me, so I am quite happy with how it looks. I’m just still trying to be more comfortable with peachy colors.
Texture: it’s not as “runny” as Sweet Creme, so as I stated, it has a slight feel of a liquid lipstick. I like the texture a lot…I guess the closest texture that it can somewhat be compared to are Laura Mericer’s Lip Velvets, except Le Metiers are a bit more creamy, slightly thicker formula and it has a gloss aspect to it (well, yea, since it’s a mix of a gloss and lipstick, ha). It’s really nice, not sticky at all. Peche creme doesn’t settle into lines or anything of that nature. It stains nicely over time, with no funny gunk on your lips. This stuff is awesome if you ask me.

Be aware that it does have lanolin, which apparently causes allergic reactions for some people.(I had no idea about this until recently).

Ok onto the colors:
Left to right:
Le Metier de Beaute Peche Creme
GA lip shimmer #1
Chantecaille Charm
Left to right:
Le Metier de Beaute Peche Creme
GA lip shimmer #1
Chantecaille Charm
Is this worth having?: It’s a shade that I can see it working on darker skintones, since it’s pigmented enough to show up. The shimmer isn’t over the top glitter city, either.
I think it’s nice to have, especially with the summer coming up. 🙂

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Dior Addict lip polish fresh expert (#002) +

This blog’s original intent is to blog about more niche brands, but I must talk about Dior’s lip polish. I know, I know Dior is a more accessible brand, but this stuff is so awesome 🙂 Dior is one of those brands that I do acknowledge that they have some nice items and what not, but I’ve never purchased anything from them. Why? the stuff is nice, but not enough for me to go “I MUST have this”. Well, now I do. 🙂
Size and packaging: .18 fl oz, 5.5 mL. The packaging is pretty awesome in of itself: the doe foot is actually kind of cool. Why you ask? because it rotates !!! My inner geek comes out when I see makeup that has a cool contraption aspect to it. So when you take out the wand from the tube, you put the side of the applicator to your lips and as you move your hand (wand) across your lips, the applicator physically rotates 360 degrees.  So what does this mean? you don’t have to (at least for me) re-dip your applicator in the tube. 
Texture and longevity:  In terms of viscosity, it’s similar to Le Metier de Beaute’s sweet creme. It’s soft, moisturizing. It’s unscented and no gross white gunk on your lips after a while. It does have some nice lasting power. It lasts on me for 3-4 hours with a lot of talking and one beverage. I don’t expect much lasting power when it comes to lip gloss because of it’s formula. Either way, it does last a bit. 

Price: $30

From left to right:

Giorgio Armani lip shimmer #9
Dior lip polish in Fresh Expert (#002)
Le Metier de Beaute sweet creme lip creme
















From left to right:

Giorgio Armani lip shimmer #9
Dior lip polish in Fresh Expert (#002)
Le Metier de Beaute sweet creme lip creme

excuse my poor application. I just had a massage done and my left side of my body is still recovering. 







Are they worth buying?: Yes ! I am a bit sad that they only come in three shades. Fresh expert is definitely my favorite out of the three. 🙂

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Hourglass Aura lip stains +

So today I went to Sephora to kill some time. I was on a special mission to test out Hourglass Aura lip stains…and so I did. I haven’t had the best experience with Hourglass cosmetics in general…reason being their lipsticks slide and slightly bleed. A little odd, I know…but I’m saying that’s my personal experience with them. I know there are people who like them, so I say give them a shot if you’d like. I was willing to see what else Hourglass offers since someone asked me about the lip stains.

Packaging: They are in a click type pen form, and the applicator is a sponge. At first I crinkled my nose because it’s similar in design to Ellis Faas blushes. I will say I am impressed with this particular sponge because it’s a bit flexible. It’s not a stiff sponge and applying the lip stain is really easy and there’s a no fuss application.

Formula: I didn’t try these on my lips since they’re Sephora testers, but this stuff doesn’t budge AT ALL. They don’t feel drying on my arm, and the finish is so pretty. I’m quite impressed with these since most lip stains tend to be a gel like texture, whereas this is not. It’s not runny, but it’s not creamy either. Definitely a unique formula to say the least.

Price: $26

From left to right:

Scarlet
Flush
Petal

Are these worth having? For me the winner out of the three is definitely Flush. It’s a nice pinky red where it’s wearable for a lot of people. I also like petal too in terms of the color, but I don’t feel like it’s the best color on your lips because of the shimmer factor.  Scarlet is nice, if it’s a color that you would see yourself wearing often. I like purples, but I only wear them once in a blue moon.

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Le Metier de Beaute Eye Crease brush #1

So I guess today is brush day in the life and times of my blog :p
As you all know I love Le Metier de Beaute, but one area that I haven’t really discussed are their makeup brushes. One interesting feature about them is that they’re short. I personally like short brushes since they’re easier to carry with you when you travel. My eye crease brush comes with a velvet pouch which makes it really nice to carry with you whether it’s in your purse or luggage and it helps prevent it from fraying or it gets squashed if it sits in your bag. 
Ok so onto the shape: it’s tapered, dome like shape. The bristles are soft, but it maintains its shape really well. I tend to use this brush more often just because of its size. I do love my Shu #10, but it’s a long brush and not the most travel friendly. It reminds me of a nice size in between the MAC 217 and the MAC 219.  I’ve used the 217 for quite some time and it’s a great brush, but it’s slightly too floppy for my personal taste. I love the 219 for smudging and a defined crease, but it can be too defined of a crease at times. I feel like Goldilocks when it comes to this, it’s too fluffy (217), it’s not fluffy enough (219). I need that brush that’s a nice in between.
Bristles and price: Pony and Goat hair. It’s $45. 
Onto the pretty photos:
Left to right:
MAC 224
MAC 219
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Crease Brush
MAC 217
Left to right:
MAC 224
MAC 219
Le Metier de Beaute Eye Crease Brush
MAC 217
Left to right:
Le Metier  de Beaute Eye Crease Brush
MAC 217
To be fair, I’ve had this 217 for quite some time and I need to clean it. I do like the brush, but it’s so much easier for me to blend with the Le Metier de Beaute one. See how it’s shape is a nice in between the 219 and 217? I love the tapering of this brush. I own a lot of crease brushes (From MAC to Laura Mercier and Shu Uemura), but this one is my favorite one out of the bunch.

Is it worth buying: I think so, even if it’s just for portable purposes, but I do think this one is great for blending, especially if you’re like me and suck at it and tried many brushes and still suck. This brush makes it easier to blend and finally, a brush I can do a few quick strokes and I’m out the door.

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Shu Uemura natural brush #10

There have been questions in relation to this post (the last long paragraph) since not many people know too much about certain Shu Uemura brushes. To the makeup aficionado, Shu Uemura is definitely without a doubt makes amazing brushes. I know all of us either dream of having some of the kolinsky brushes (I am a part of this group). Anyway, this brush does deserve its own post. 
Size and price: The height is taller than most makeup brushes. Sadly for me, I don’t own a ruler, but I did take photos so you can see how it compares to other brushes that others may own. The handle is quite slender and the price is $68. 
Bristles: It’s half kolinsky, half sable brush.
Why this is such a great brush:
My makeup artist who works for Giorgio Armani used this brush for my makeover because I asked him what makes this brush so great. He used a very little amount of eyeshadow. He used the side (not the tip) of the brush to apply the eyeshadow. He blended the eyeshadows in small circular (almost small oval like) motions with the tip of the brush. He then wiped off the brush and used a very small amount of highlighter on the browbone. He applied a lot less eyeshadow product than what I normally do, which was surprising. When he was finished using one color and wanted to go onto the next color, he wiped off the eyeshadow on a tissue and all the color came off with a quick stroke. 
During the makeover I didn’t think he was blending the eyeshadow because he barely moved his wrist/arm. Trust me, the results you get with this brush is phenomenal. 
Here’s some pictures for comparison: 
From left to right: 
MAC 252
Shu natural brush #10
MAC 242

From left to right:

MAC 252
Shu natural brush #10
MAC 242
the big thing to take away from this photo is see how tapered the #10 is? slight taper which makes it nice for blending.
I hardly use the 252 because its too big for my eyelids. I’ve used it less than 10 times. This is a lovely brush for those who have a lot of lid space. 
Since the Shu 10 & MAC 252 seem somewhat similar: 


Top to bottom: 
Shu natural brush #10
MAC 252.
I know we all love our MAC brushes, but you can see where the 252 is already splaying. I’ve washed the 252 once (I really only have used this less than 10 times). I’ve washed the Shu #10 once as well. See the difference in how the Shu #10 keeps its shape?
Need I say more? People ask as to why you shell out more for a makeup brush…well here’s a good indication.
Is it worth buying?: Do you even need to ask? 🙂

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