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Giorgio Armani Gloss d’Armani in 401.

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So yesterday I got to meet the awesomeness that is PinkSith. Can I just say since she met me with no makeup on…that she didn’t implode !?!?! It’s a sigh of relief that I’m not that scary looking in person (with no makeup). Ok maybe I am, but I can live in denial LOL.

We went shopping and dropped into Neiman Marcus. I was on a mission to buy the Armani Eyes to Kill Intense eyeshadows, but then…we saw…what it was…what I had been waiting for for MANY MONTHS…

GLOSS D’ARMANI. I stopped dead in my tracks and stared, and then swatched like a maniac. I was like a 5 year old in a candy store. I couldn’t decide which ones I wanted to get.
their lip shimmers are discontinued and are replaced with the Gloss d’Armani. They’re supposed to be long-lasting gloss. If you all didn’t know already, I’m like a moth to a flame with the darker/red colors, as is PinkSith. So of course it should be no surprise that we both got 401.

What I am a bit peeved about: the numbering of these glosses doesn’t match the corresponding lipsticks. 401 Rouge d’Armani is an orange red, versus the Gloss d’Armani is a cool red. ok maybe it’s just because I’m OCD. 

Packaging: Armani changed the design so it would be more consistent with their Rouge d’Armani. The packaging is in a clear tube, with the oval cap that resembles the Rouge d’Armani lipsticks. The applicator is definitely different. It’s a long doe foot that’s slightly slanted. You will see in the photo below. 

Texture and formula: Ok so this is where it gets interesting. The formula/texture is very…hmmm..odd at first. I want to say they’re gel like, but not a typical gel formula. Like it’s not a formula where you can rub your lips together really easily. The formula definitely isn’t sticky either. You can feel that there’s some binding aspect to it, but not the gloss adhering to your lips where it’s drying your lips out. It’s really an interesting, yet curious formula. As I did 2 test runs last night to see how long lasting it is, I realized why the formula is designed the way it is: it’s transfer resistant. I was like “HOLY MOLY”. I was concerned that with this formula that I would get the deathly white ring on my lips over time since the formula is a bit odd, but no, totally wears off really nicely.
Maybe someone can give a better description of the formula itself, because it’s not what I was expecting at all. I like it a lot because it’s long lasting and it doesn’t dry your lips out either. It feels really cool. 😀 401 is like a hair away from being a full on opaque gloss. Keep in mind some of the Armani glosses are more sheer than others (like 403, which I will review probably tomorrow).
Lasting power: So I did two separate test runs with 401 last night since I was out and about. The lasting power on average was about almost 4 hours with some visible fading, but you can still tell there was some gloss on. Usually with gloss it lasts about 2 hours and it’s completely gone on me. 
Size and price: they are a smidgen bigger (6.5 mL versus the lip shimmer 6.0 mL) for $28
Photo time 😀
Left is GA lip shimmer #7, on the right it’s Gloss d’Armani in 401
 The Applicator.
Left to right:
Gloss d’Armani in 401.
Lip Shimmer #7


Le Metier de Beaute Petit Poudrier Imperial Gardens Palette: Gift with Purchase

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In three days, you can pre-order your Bergdorf Goodman makeup goodies for their Gift Card Event. 
It’s from April 6th-10th

Spend $150 and get a $25 Gift Card
Spend $500 and get a $100 Gift Card
Spend $1000+ and get a $250 Gift Card

There are some Gift with Purchases (GWPs) being offered from different lines, but I’ll be discussing Le Metier de Beaute’s GWP 😀 ! I got the Le Metier de Beaute GWP as a gift (free) for the sole purpose to give my review and to show you the colors. From the mailer I got you have to spend $125 at Le Metier de Beaute to be entitled for the GWP, but to get the Gift Card, you have to spend $150. 
The palette is Imperial Gardens–it’s a beautiful lip and cheek palette. It’s about the size of a business card. It contains 4 lip colors, and a blush color. It’s a beautiful palette. The texture of the lip colors are like the lip kaleidoscope palettes.
To those of you who know me, I’m anti lip palettes…why you ask? Because it can get messy over time. The bigger the lip palette is, the messier it looks and it’s so off putting. Luckily for me, this palette isn’t overly big so even if it does get messy (I’m a klutz), it’s pretty easy to clean. 
Colors — Clockwise from top left:  There’s a purple with a tinge of brown lip color with golden sparkles, which I personally like by itself, but it can be mixed with other colors. Then there’s this gorgeous shimmery red that has some pink to it, with pretty golden sparkles. Definitely my favorite lip color out of the bunch.  Then you have this creamy peachy pink with very subtle shimmer that barely shows up, it has pink and almost a red sparkle to it, definitely unique. Then the last color is this light brown-champagne shade, with multi-dimensional sparkles. 
As for the blush color. This is the definite winner. The GWP is honestly worth it just for the blush. It’s so beautiful and I have yet to see a color like this in cream form. It’s like a dusty pink-mauve color. I’m seriously INFATUATED. I’m dead serious…Seriously, really, infatuated. I think you can use the blush as a lip color too, but I haven’t tried it on my lips. Just stating a potential option. 🙂

Dear Le Metier de Beaute: Please make this cream blush a permanent color in your collection. I seriously hope you’re reading this and taking it into consideration.
I will apologize upfront because I have serious limited arm movement, therefore difficulty to swatch the colors evenly. I will say the light brown champagne shade was hard to apply since it was the last color for me to swatch. Plus I didn’t have the best applicator on me. I do hope you guys get the idea of how awesome it is.
Onto the pictures and swatches:
Left to Right:
The cream blush
Then the four lip colors from top left, clockwise.
*To note, the purple color looks more brown in photos than in person.
Is it worth getting?: For a Gift with Purchase, I think it’s very versatile and just straight up beautiful. The cream blush…wow, just WOW.

To make your Le Metier de Beaute order, here’s their phone number: 212-872-8612


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:


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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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. 🙂


Le Metier de Beaute Lip Cremes +

As you can see, I photographed a lot of the Le Metier de Beaute counter here and over here. I had the hardest time taking photos of the lipcremes due to the flash (the reflectiveness of the tubes). When I took the pictures without flash, the colors were not accurate, due to the lighting at Bergdorf Goodman. But it never hurts to practice with the camera a bazillion times in my bedroom to photograph what I personally have. I’ll have a second stab at the lipcremes when I go to Bergdorf Goodman in the near future.
These lip cremes are one of the standouts of Le Metier de Beaute. I adore them because they’re comfortable on your lips, not sticky, and the iridescence is just awesome. They’re $36 for .22 fl oz. Once you’ve tried one of these, you’ll never go back to any other brand for lipglosses. It’s one of the products you have to try for yourself, and believe me, I’ve tried MANY. The shades are meant to be mixed  with other colors.
And here we go: 
from left to right:
Creme de la Creme
Vanilla Rose
Sweet Creme

from left to right:
Creme de la Creme
Vanilla Rose
Sweet Creme

Creme de la Creme: nice nude shade with pretty multi dimensional sparkles. I like using this over a dark shade to lighten it up. I personally cannot wear this one alone due to the color and the texture on top of bare lips, it looks a little odd. I didn’t care for it at first, but it’s won me over with time. It’s not sticky, it has an awesome duration on my lips. I’ve worn this on top of Framboise and it’s soooo pretty. 
Toffee: Gorgeous warm bronze/peach shade. I want to wear this alone during the summer, but I love it when it’s mixed with Framboise.  
Vanilla Rose: A nice light pink with pink/red sparkles. I can wear this over a nude lipliner, but not straight on the lips, since they’re really pigmented. I love pairing this with Giorgio Armani 103 lipstick, or Framboise. mmmm
Sweet Creme: The consistency is similar (but not quite) to a MAC plushglass, but the texture is a lot nicer, no funky gunk that collects on your lip over time (MAC plushglasses has this effect on my lips). I can wear this one alone and it’s my personal favorite because it lightens my natural lipcolor. This is my HG lipcreme, if I had to pick one.
Framboise: Need I say more? This consistency is almost like a liquid lipstick, but it’s definitely a gloss.  It’s true framboise color with red and other pretty sparkles. You can see a more detailed review on Temptalia and how it looks on her. It seems she loves it a lot, since she reviewed it twice.

I  wish they had more colors, but at the same time, too many choices can be overwhelming. Be aware that they are fragranced, but I can’t think off the top of my head what the smell reminds me of. It’s a vanilla like smell, and it’s not a strong scent either. 

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Red Lipsticks Part I

I know there are some people out there that would like to see some swatches of red lipsticks. Well, here’s Part I:

From Left to Right: 
Shu RD 128
MAC Merry Mistress (this is a red-red)
Shu RD 195
Shu RD 165
Shu RD 165M
Shu RD 190

Just a quick observation: GA 128 is an orange red, and it’s the only warm red I own. This needs to change, but you can at least see how different it looks in undertone compared to blue based reds.

From Left to Right:
Shu RD 175

MAC Red no 5
Shu RD 198
NARS Red Lizard
MAC Russian Red
GA 400

GA 400 is a smidgen darker and slightly more burgundy than Russian Red. MAC red no. 5 has more sparkle in person.

Part II will entail darker reds I own. 🙂

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Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani swatches +

My personal favorite lipstick formula is from Giorgio Armani. It’s creamy, but not too creamy. They’re not drying, and the lasting power is amazing. I’ve tried:

Dolce & Gabbana: nice color selection, but the lasting power is so short. 

Chanel: not that long lasting, and I’m never that impressed with their color selection, although I know a lot of people love their lipsticks.
MAC: they’re drying, the Amplified Cremes are nice, but not as long-lasting.
NARS (non mattes) they’re ok, but not long lasting
Hourglass: the formula is too runny, although I can only speak for their red lipsticks.  
Guerlain: this stuff just slides off after a short while. 
Edward Bess: too creamy for me personally
Tom Ford: medicore lasting power, you can refer to my Smoke Red review 
YSL: too creamy, the smell is nauseating, and not long lasting at all.
Clinique: I like the texture, but not long lasting either.
Makeup Forever: nice texture and formula, but again, not as long lasting. I will say that they’re better than most lipsticks out there, worth trying if you can.
Shu Uemura: this is my other favorite formula (Rouge Unlimited and their creme mattes), but this will have its own review. 

Ok aside from the formula, the color selection is pretty amazing considering that this particular formula hasn’t been out that long. 

Duration: 6 hours and that entails drinking several drinks, eating 2 meals, and lots of talking. No touchup required during this time. 

Packaging: durable with a magnetic clasp. There’s a bit of heft to them, but for me it’s not an issue. 

What I personally own and swatches:
From top to bottom:


The shade I get most compliments on?: 513

What got me interested in this line?: Finding my HG pinky nude, and a GA MA chose 103 for me. It’s my first Rouge d’Armani and it’s my HG pinky nude. 

Which color I’ve been wearing as of late: 516

Downside: none. It’s fragrance free and even if you have flakies on your lips, this lipstick formula doesn’t accentuate them. Maybe the only downside is the price ( for some); it’s $30. This has got to be my favorite item from Giorgio Armani, along with their fluid sheers. I’d pay $60 for these lipsticks, that’s how much I love them. They really are that awesome. 🙂