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Chantecaille Hydra Chic in Aster +

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So today I’ll be discussing more fun lip stuff…don’t worry I’ll get to eyeshadows in the near future…
So I bought this little gem called Aster and according to the Chantecaille website, here are its claims:

*Modern full-impact formula delivers 6 hours of great color.
*Releases a sophisticated saturated color with a natural satin finish.
*Natural extracts of papaya and orchid help to soften lips and provide anti-oxidant, anti-aging protection.
*Raist, a natural sugar derivative, provides superior hydration.
*Packed in a slim stylo for precise application.
Packaging: It’s a very slender, silver lipstick. I like slender because it just looks sleek, but at the same time I tend to lose things easily. The cap doesn’t come off easily, which is the main thing I’m looking for when it comes to packaging. It’s a bit hard to mess up a lipsticks packaging. (at least for me)
Texture and formula: This stuff is definitely creamy in texture, although not as creamy as YSL Rouge Voluptes, but they are creamier than Armani Rouge d’Armani. Although it’s creamy, it’s not a thick formula at all. I like the formula because it doesn’t slide off my lips, even though it has some slip, which I like. I will say it’s the creamiest formula I can personally handle. Too creamy just looks like a hot mess on me. period. As for the opaqueness, this stuff is so full on opaque and it’s definitely a satin finish. I wouldn’t necessarily consider it a hydrating formula, but it’s not drying at all. No feathering or uneven distribution of color *score*. I’m also a bit surprised that there’s minimal transfer on a straw or a fork. I was like “hmmm interesting”. The downside to the formula is that I can see this easily melting in a hot car, or something of that nature.
Color: It’s a nice deep, vibrant cool rose. I can see it pulling a bit pink on some people, but I like the color. It’s a less plummy version of GA 513.
Lasting power: Ok so it claims it’s six hours of great color. I see some fading after 4 hours. Not bad at all, considering I had a couple of beverages and a snack during this time. Not as lasting as my Rouge d’Armanis, but this lasts longer than most other lipsticks. I’m actually pretty impressed considering how creamy the formula is, yet it doesn’t slide off that easily.
Learning curve: This is something to be noted, only because it’s important when it comes to application. Not a lot is required for application. Like i swipe my bottom lip 3/4th of the way, and then i blot and move my lips a bit and that’s all that’s needed. I’ve seen other people like apply the lipstick straight from the tube on both top and bottom lip and it looks a bit too cakey/goopy and it may slide off. Yes, the tube is small, but seriously, I don’t use as much product with Aster than most lipsticks.

Size and Price: .06 oz, or 1.7 grams, $30.
Is it worth the purchase?: For a full on opaque color, yep ! I love this shade. It’s so full on. It makes my Armanis look semi opaque in comparison. The downside is that there are few colors to choose from.
Photo time 🙂

Left to right: 
GA Rouge d’Armani in 513
Chantecaille Hydra Chic in Aster

The color in the tube.

Left to right: 
GA 513
Chante Hydra Chic in Aster 
*look at that shine and opaqueness* *gasp*
(no flash)
Left to right: 
GA 513
Chante Hydra Chic in Aster 

(with flash)



Chantecaille Lip Chic in Tea Rose +

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So yesterday I met with a lovely lady who reads my blog…and we did some shopping and she got to meet some of my Makeup Artists. Anyway, so we went on over to a Chantecaille counter so she could get some goodies and the ladies there were quite nice (the girls from 59th & Lex Bloomingdales). It was odd to see someone who I normally don’t see (I’ve been seeing Phil at Space NK on 71st and Lex for Chantecaille as of recent).
Ok so I have Camellia lip chic which I really like, but Tracy when she used to work at the SpaceNK in SoHo (which has a Chantecaille display) always recommended me Tea Rose. I never got it for one reason or another…”Oh it can wait, I gotta buy (insert LE makeup item)”. Finally after trying it at the Chantecaille counter at Bloomingdales and the reaction from the MA, it sealed the deal to get it. Why didn’t I pay attention to Tracy before? *kicks self*
 Moving along…

Packaging: It comes in a sleek dark silver color. I like it because it’s like a pewter shade of silver. My fear was that the lid will come off in my purse, but that hasn’t been the case with this one, nor with my other lip chic. The height of a the tube is a bit short, but I really don’t care, it’s just something to be noted.

Texture and Lasting Power: It’s a very hydrating, balmy lipstick. For those with super dry lips will LOVE lip chics. They’re sheer with 1 thin layer, but not too sheer. They’re soft and slightly thicker in texture than Cle de Peau extra silky lipsticks, but they’re less balmy than Rouge Bunny Rouge’s Color Burst Lipsticks. Definitely a lovely texture. I love these more than Dior new Addicts, and Dior Serum de Rouge. When the color fades, it leaves your lips more hydrated than before. The lasting power is like 3 hours if I eat a snack and talk a bit. 
Color: It’s a mid-tone rose color, slightly cool (with no sparkles). This particular shade is straight up beautiful. It’s my lips but better shade. For those who have lighter lips, it will definitely give them this light flush of color. I know this is a color that I’ll be wearing quite often when I’m at work, aside from my Le Metier de Beaute lip cremes. The reason why this gets it’s own section is because I finally found a my lips but better shade that the formula is wonderful (my other lipstick for my lips but better is GA #99, which was limited edition). 
Size and Price: .07 oz 2 grams, $30

Is it worth it?: Yes, I honestly think these are a must have. if Tea Rose isn’t for you, there are definitely a great shade selection to choose from. Another personal favorite is Camellia.
Onto the photos!!

Left to Right:
GA #99
Tea Rose Lip Chic

Rouge Bunny Rouge Word of Mouth


Giorgio Armani Summer 2011: Mediterranean Eye Palette, Sheer lipstick #34, Sheer lipstick #35 +

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So I went back to the Armani Store again since I work close by, and I met their other makeup artist, and she showed me the palette and lipsticks. 
Mediterranean Palette: This is the first time that I’ve seen Armani just do an eyeshadow palette, because years before there would be a bronzer with their eyeshadow compact (2 in 1). Anyway, so I’m not really a big fan of their eyeshadow quality…I mean it’s not great, but it’s not horrible. I’m usually someone who loves a soft buttery texture when it comes to eyeshadows. Plus their limited edition palettes always seem to have one color that I would never use (it’s usually their thing to put a green or teal color). I wanted to see it because it looks pretty in pictures and this palette has won me over. It consists of 4 warm goldish/brown colors, so it’s pretty easy to use in terms of using all of them together. The texture is a bit nicer than their regular eyeshadows, so from those two factors (better than the norm texture, plus I can see myself using all the colors) I decided to get it.

Sheer lipstick #34: This is the deepest lipstick shade. It’s a terracotta/cinnamon color. Honestly I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s soooo pretty. On my pigmented lips its like a glazed cinnamon-y with a kick. I asked a couple of other people how to describe the color and they couldn’t. The swatch will speak for itself.

Sheer lipstick #35: this is a soft pinky coral color. Think of a rosy pink, but with some coral mixed in. It’s not an “in your face” coral (when i think of a loud coral, think MAC virgin aisle CCB). Maybe I’m just experiencing writers block. 
left to right:
Mediterranean Palette:
Sheer lipstick #34

Sheer lipstick #35


Giorgio Armani Summer 2011 Blushing Fabric #4, #5, and #37 Sheer Lipstick

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So today I found out the only place in New York City that has the Armani summer collection is at the Armani store on 55th-56th Street and 5th Avenue. Normally I go to my MA, but since I’m leaving the country in a few days, I’m under a bit of pressure to get them now. 

Formula: If you’re familiar with Face Fabric foundation, imagine the texture and feel, but in a blush. It’s basically a silicone based gel formula. You literally need the size of a pinhead on your finger to use on both cheeks, because it’s pure pigment. They’re so easy to blend out and sheer, but they do set pretty quickly. Once it’s on your face, they last a long time. 😉 Last year I purchased Blushing Fabric #1 and #3 and I reach for these quite often. 

Blushing Fabric #4: The best way to describe it in terms of color is…cinnamon. It’s a slightly burned terracotta kind of shade? Uhm, let’s just stick with cinnamon. This particular one will be a learning curve for me, because it seems like if I apply too much of this on, it can be easily seen as a sunburned kind of look. I know I can pull it off, but when I return to the USA, I’ll have to talk to my MA on how to use it. 

Blushing Fabric #5: It’s a pinky purple color and it’s really a gorgeous shade. sigh. I know I’ll be using this one often. I know this one will sell out quickly because it’s a fool-proof color. 

Sheer lipstick #37: The the best way to describe it is…imagine a very soft orange cream color (like ice cream), but add in a hint of beige with a beautiful sparkle. On me it lightens up my natural lip color and on my hand it looks kind of ordinary (as in you can find another color in your stash that looks similar). But the effect and shine on your lips is incredible. SO incredible. It’s soft enough that it doesn’t scream orange, but it’s definitely not a boring clean peach color either. Lighter skintones will adore this one. On me it’s a light orange-beige. sigh. I wasn’t even planning to buy a lipstick, but I may have to try the others, because they look so beautiful. 

Onto the swatches. I rushed to swatch them so they are a bit uneven, but you can get the idea:

From left to right:

Blushing Fabric #4

Blushing Fabric #5

Sheer lipstick #37

*accurate lighting


Cle de Peau extra silky lipstick in Pink Opal #130 +

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It’s about that time that I revisited Cle de Peau. Once upon a time yours truly had a Cle de Peau extra silky in #111, but my mom claimed it. I never bothered to buy another one because of other things I wanted at the time…until now.

Design: It’s a long, slim tube that’s somewhat similar to Dior’s Serum de Rogue, in where you twist the bottom so that the lipstick pushes up. My gripe with this is that you can twist up, but not twist down. Granted it takes a few clicks for the lipstick to push up a good amount, but it’s still something to be noted. 

Formula: It’s like a lipgloss and lipstick in one. To me, they’re definitely more on the gloss side. Or better yet, they’re like a lipgloss in lipstick form. They’re weightless in feel, and the texture is so beautiful on your lips. If you’re a person who likes Chantecaille lipchics, but a bit more slip and more lightweight in formula, then the extra silky lipsticks are designed for you. I will say since they’re are very glossy in feel, the lasting power isn’t as long as your standard lipstick, but the formula totally makes up for it. I will advise because of the softness of this lipstick, do NOT leave it in your car on a warm day, let alone hot. I can see this melting pretty easily. 

Color: So apparently the name is pink opal, but the color is nothing pink whatsoever. But then whenever does the name of the lip item actually represent the actual color? I would consider it a darker peach color. When I saw it in the tube, I didn’t think it would cover my pigmented lips, plus the formula you would think it’s sheer. Of course, this color definitely shows up true to color on my lips. wooohoo !

Price and size: $52 for .07 oz or 2 grams.

From left to right:

Dior Tokyo
Cle de Peau #130
Chantecaille Camellia

*with flash

From left to right:

Dior Tokyo
Cle de Peau #130
Chantecaille Camellia

*without flash

 Is this a must have? The color itself may not be something *unique*, but the formula is definitely awesome and underrated. I want a couple more. yum.


Rouge Bunny Rouge Word of Mouth Lipstick +

Rouge Bunny Rouge is a relatively new makeup line based from Russia. I’ve heard of this line through the grapevine of the makeup community. What makes me sad is that it’s not sold in the United States, but it is sold on Zuneta. Anyway, a little bit about the brand:
What makes the website in of itself stand out is the very visual and beautiful layout. Another aspect are their intense descriptions of the products, as seen on their lipstick page seen here:
The fiercely beautiful royal dragonflies from the Enchanted Garden inspired us to concoct this glorious beam of a lipstick for you.

Their buzzing intensity has been poured into the most vividly delectable hues imaginable, to make your lips appear instantly fuller, and bewitchingly luminous.

Ok, sounds a little over the top (to me), but at least the theme is original, unlike most products that are based off of something sexual, like say NARS blushes. It sounds pretty and glamourous, but does it really live up to their descriptions? For Word of Mouth lipstick, yes, it does. 
Packaging: It comes in a sleek black tube, with a flowery/garden like design on the bottom of the tube. I do wish that it had a magnetic enclosure, but it’s a small con. My main concern is the cap falling off in my bag, but the lid doesn’t easily slide off either. The tube is sturdy, which I like.

Texture: Can I just take a few moments to discuss this? It’s what I’ve dreamed in terms of what my dream lipbalm and lipstick in one would feel like on my lips. It’s definitely a full coverage lipstick, but the balm feeling is amazing. It’s really a unique formula in of itself. It has been a long time since I’ve been really blown away with such a texture.
Longevity: It’s not as long-lasting as my Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani lipstick, but you do get a few hours with it. The best part is due to the brilliant texture, it wears off to a beautiful balmy stain. When it does wear off, the balm feeling remains and your lips feel so moisturized and hydrated. 
The color itself, well let’s see some photos:


The box that it comes in.

 From left to right:

Rouge Bunny Rouge Word of Mouth 

Rouge Bunny Rouge Raw Silence
The closest color that I have in my makeup vault is probably Shu Uemura.
from left to right:
Word of Mouth
Shu Uemura RD 175.

Is it worth getting: Yes !! Word of Mouth is such a soft shade that even fair ladies would feel comfortable wearing it. I know this color will be a staple in my makeup bag with my pretty Rouge d’Armani lipsticks. I’ll be buying more Rouge Bunny Rouge when I return from vacation. 🙂


By Terry Rouge Terrybly lipstick in Torrid Rose (303)

So I purchased some By Terry Terrbly lipsticks 🙂 She has new shades for spring, and they’re all gorgeous to say the least. Lots of fun pinks !

I purchased a couple, but for the sake of the spring season, let’s discuss Torrid Rose:

it’s a slightly warm pink-rose color. It’s not a full on fuchsia (how it looks in the tube). At first glance it looks cool (by appearance in the tube and on my arm) but once applied it’s definitely a slightly warm pink. The formula of these are wonderful.

Packaging: They’re in a silver tube with a magnetic enclosure. There’s no heft (in terms of weight), but the packaging is sturdy to me. The lipstick itself has “Terrybly” along the side of the tube and when you open the tube, there’s By Terry written diagonally (lasered on)  below the base of the lipstick. Simple, sleek. I’m a fan of simple, sans-decoration packaging.

Texture and Formula: They’re weightless, moisturizing and the color selection, although it’s small, they’re well thought out colors. I do adore the texture, soooo moisturizing without being creamy. The one thing about these is that they’re not as opaque as I had imagined them to be. They are lipsticks, but they’re slightly shy of being full on OPAQUE. They’re also not as long lasting as a Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani, but they don’t wear off quickly either.  They do fade into a beautiful stain too, which is great. With these lipsticks, I feel like I need to wear a lipliner to get the effect I want, but that’s just me personally.

Finish and appearance: There’s no sparkle in these (yay), and on my lips, it’s very shy of being full on opaque.

Onto the pictures !!

from left to right:

By Terry in Torrid Rose
MAC Isabella Blow lipstick. 

Note that Blow is more blue in real life. MAC Girl About Town is fuschia, whereas Torrid Rose is a bit warmer and rosy on the lips, than on my arm. 

I love how it’s so bright, but not OTT that Blow can be at times. I’d wear this by itself during the day. It’s a color that you can blot and it won’t look as bright or intense.

Is it worth getting: I LOVE this color. finally, a bright pink I can get away with that doesn’t look overdone during the day.  If you have a lot of pinks, you can pass on it, I think. For $48, this is a nice lipstick you can splurge on.