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By Terry Seve de Rose Ultra-Glow Double Serum +

July has been a seriously hot and humid. Like disgustingly hot during the night too. Generally when it comes to the summer heat, I opt not wearing any makeup. I mean what’s the point? Foundation will slide off within minutes…right?

Until now…

So over a month ago, I had David do my makeup and he usually uses By Terry Seve de Rose as my foundation primer/moisturizer. I always wanted to buy it, but of course…I told myself “I’ll eventually get it”. I didn’t see a need since I generally use Shu Uemura Stage Performer as my primer. Granted it’s an awesome primer, it’s too heavy for the summer heat and humidity.
So he used Seve de Rose underneath Ellis Faas foundation (will review later). Ellis Faas foundation is a medium coverage, satin finish. It was a night where it was over 100 degrees at 11 pm. I realized that it would be my primer for the heat…why do you ask?

Texture: It’s definitely a serum in terms of formula, gel like in consistency. It’s very light weight and it absorbs pretty quickly. It has the signature By Terry fragrance, sooo delish ! The smell does linger on your face, which I don’t mind because it’s so lush. I like to use like 2-3 pumps for my face. You can probably use 2, but i like a bit more because it’s addicting.

Effect: As the title states, it is a glow serum, and it definitely does that. I can use this alone, or under foundation for an awesome glow. None of that ugly microsparkle that makes it seem like you’re luminous. Just awesome “hi, I had 12 hours of sleep and I’m well rested” glow. What makes me excited about this serum is that my medium coverage foundation stayed on my face (first applied at 7pm). It stayed on my face when it was 103 degrees at 11 pm, and it stayed on when it was 85 degrees at like 3 am with like 90% humidity. How awesome is that? Yea…I thought so too.
When I worked during the day, I reached for this stuff because I looked like crap. Tired, sallow skin…yet coworkers were like “wow how did you adjust to working during the day and not be tired”? I actually was tired, but they didn’t need to know that. The wonders of By Terry. *sigh*. Long story short, Seve de Rose is what like MAC strobe cream wishes it was…except Seve de Rose is liquid crack, laced with some gelato on top.
Now on the box it’s supposed to detoxify your skin…I can’t speak for that because as of late my face is going through some detox. Reason being I’ve been using Natura Bisse, so the detoxifying isn’t really from the By Terry serum (in my opinion).

Price and size: $90, 30 mL or 1.02 oz.

Worth the purchase?: If you’re someone who is always looking tired, I think it’s something to look into. If you’re combo-oily skin and need a good primer and (or) light moisturizer, this is great stuff. mmm.I just consider this my liquid crack.
Onto the photos 😀
see i’ve been using it often ;D
ingredient list (back of the box)


right side of my hand has Seve de Rose applied.
bottom part of my hand has Seve de Rose


Shu Uemura Stage Performer Instant-Glow +

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An area I normally don’t explore too much when it comes to makeup are face/foundation primers. One of the reasons is probably because my first experience with a foundation primer, my skin burned (thank you, Bobbi Brown Face Base). Then when I had purchased Water Canvas foundation, I bought the accompanying primer. I’ve used the primer quite a lot since it did its job. I mean, it made my foundation last longer but I wasn’t wowed by it. But given my inexperience with primers, I didn’t know what to really expect from one. 
So a while back I bought Stage Performer and I liked it, but I didn’t use it for that long because my mom stole mine >:(. It’s funny because my mom tends to steal my most expensive or hard to find stuff. 
Moving along…a bit about Stage Performer and its overall purpose (courtesy of the Shu Uemura website):

stage-inspired multi-functional beauty cream to enhance makeup finish and deliver a natural glow. contains Ginkgo Leaf extract to fight oxidation. instantly, skin appears more luminous, translucent and smooth. provides 24-hour lasting moisture.

 To see a video, check it out here.

Texture and Formula: It definitely feels like a cream…it’s not a gel cream, if that’s what you’re wondering. I like this cream because isn’t sticky or heavy for my combination skin. The cream itself is white, but when you look at it up close it has like little grey specs in it. So don’t think your Stage Performer is rancid when you squeeze some out. The formula isn’t heavy on your face at all, which is pretty cool because when I first dispensed it, I didn’t think it would go well with my skintype. I can say dry skin types will love this stuff since it gives your skin moisture. 
What does it really do for me: I can wear Stage Performer as a nice cream by itself and it gives my face a nice radiance. So for those of you who have skin that needs a little extra pep in its step, this is really something to consider. Under foundation, especially my non-luminous ones, it gives it a tiny bit of luminosity that doesn’t look over the top. As for longevity, it does make my foundation last longer, but the main premise of this product is for the luminosity and moisture. 
I’m sure there are some people who are asking, how does this compare to MACs strobe cream/liquid? they both have the same premise of working underneath your foundation to give your face a nice glow, but Strobe Cream is definitely something that can be a little too over the top. Over the top in the sense of the “shine” where sometimes it doesn’t look natural. I love Strobe Cream when I’m wearing a heavier foundation when I go out at night, but it’s not something I personally would use for the daytime. Plus Stage Performer is a moisturizer, whereas Strobe Cream is just an illuminator.
The biggest thing about this is how it makes my face look in photos. It totally makes your skin look soft and radiant, even under heavy flash. I love the look and effect it gives, so delish. There’s nothing better than to have a primer that just makes your face look so lush ❤

Price and Size: $50, 1.6 oz

Is it worth the $: I think it’s something to consider moreso for the fall/winter when our skin gets a bit drier and need a nice cream/primer in one. I actually even like it for now, even though it’s the summer because it’s not that heavy of a cream, but it’s definitely moisturizing. For those of you who like a soft natural radiance but don’t have the time to apply highlighters, just putting this in your bag and applying it on the go is definitely a time saver. For those of you who own a foundation that just makes your face look blah, this will definitely give the foundation some radiance and not make your face look flat.

Ingredients list.

 A bit of Stage Performer on my hand

The bottom of my hand has Stage Performer, the top doesn’t. 

Bottom/left has Stage Performer
Top/right has nothing on.


Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Fritillary Long-Lasting Cream Shadow +

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I know there must be some of you who must be tired of my blog…after all…over 90% of my posts are lip stuff. 

So for you girls who are all about the eyes, I’m sure you’re all interested in Velvet Fritillary ! 😀 

Packaging: It comes in the signature Rouge Bunny Rouge sleek, black packaging. Pretty straightforward, but part of me wishes I can see how much is left with the cream eyeshadow formula. No big deal, but you know what I mean. It’s like a lipgloss in the sense you unscrew the top and the applicator is a doe foot.

Texture and formula: This stuff is really creamy. It’s a thin (but not runny) formula. It’s wonderful for those who have really dry eyes and feel like eyeshadow primers can be drying or just not the right consistency. Velvet Fritillary is grey, but it has an interesting greenish cast/undertone. So the finish is a bit hard to explain:  It’s matte from a distance, but if you look REALLY up close, there’s a super tiny shimmer. Like super tiny, like almost non-existent. So to me, let’s just say it’s matte, but it’s not a flat matte. I like it because a lot of the cream eyeshadows tend to be very shimmery or sparkly. I’m always one for more options when it comes to finishes in all makeup products.

Longevity: so this is an interesting one…without any other primer, as in just by itself…9 hours and minimal fading. That’s not bad at all for something that’s a cream texture on my semi-oily eyelids. I’m sure this over my NARS eyeshadow primer, it would last eons. 

Size and price:
0.135 fluid ounces, or 4mL. The price is approximately $66 (conversion from GBP to USD). 

Is it worth having?: I think the color in of itself is unique, but the tube is very small. So I can understand why some people won’t buy it. For those who want a serious splurge, I don’t see why not.

Onto the photos ! 
A standard Bic pen
Velvet Fritillary eyeshadow
A MAC pigment 

this was taken so you can see the size reference.

Velvet Fritillary applicator

A closeup so you can see the color.

Left to right:

MAC Sweet Sienna
Rouge Bunny Rouge Velvet Fritillary
Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon