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The newest offering in their cheek tint franchise, Benefit’s Lollitint caught my eye right from the get-go. When Radiant Orchid was announced as Pantone’s Color of the Year, I hopped aboard that train without looking back, and the Lollitint just seemed like the ubiquitous product, perfect for my newest color scheme.
One caveat: I was SURE it wasn’t going to show up on my darker skin tone. Something about the milky cool pink hue just seemed completely out of my realm and better suited for the more fair-skinned among us. However, early in February, the girls behind the Beauty Envy Bag giveaways got together for a Google Chat, in which my girl Lola informed me that SHE had purchased Lollitint, and it showed up just fine on her gorgeous cocoa complexion. Um, SOLD. I snapped it up the next week And true to her word, it worked!
Lollitint is a beautiful orchid hue that gives the skin a pretty flush, perfect for transitioning from chilly winter days to cool, sunny spring ones! It looks somewhat similar on the skin as NARS Desire, but due to the liquid formulation I find it a bit more natural – if you apply it right. My first tries with this product were admittedly HUGE FAILS; dotting it on my cheeks directly with the brush and then blending it out with a duofiber brush (MAC’s #130 in this case) either looked non-existent, or gave me serious clown cheeks. Getting the right balance of product was extremely tough, and as it stains the skin quite quickly, a lot of blush would deposit on one main area of my cheek, looking HIGHLY unnatural. After a few days of this, I was frustrated but determined to persevere.
I finally found the best way to apply the product: I would brush a few swipes of colour across the actual brush head itself, and then quickly blend it in on the cheek in the area I wanted it. This allowed me to diffuse the product around before it had those extra seconds to set, and gave me a truly natural looking pink glow. I’m not generally a fan of fussy products, but in this instance I’ll make an exception, because the finished product is kinda awesome!
Yea, I’m a wee bit in love This has been my most-worn blush since picking it up last month, and I see no end in sight at the moment! Once it’s on the cheek, the wear time is unreal – hands down my longest wearing blush EVER. It does wash off fine at the end of the day though, it you were worried about long-term staining. I haven’t worn it on the lips yet however, and I suspect it would probably be 1) an awesome base for pink lippies, and 2) will leave you with a pink pout even after cleansing. I find that lip staining products tend to always be more tenacious.
My love for Radiant Orchid continues! I have purchased shades for lips, cheeks and nails…I’m pretty much set
Have you tried the Benefit Cheek and Lip Tints before? What are your tricks for applying quickly setting products?
This is going to be a post with many pictures and few words. After a week where I was falling asleep by 9:30pm, now I’ve had insomnia the past few nights so I’m gonna try and get some shut eye early this evening!
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’m all about pushing a huge pink/red theme in all things beauty. I’ve been rocking a serious pink flush and juicy pink lips every day this week so far, and have a pretty pink mani to boot! If you’re on the hunt for pink or red makeup and polish this week, look no further – I’ve gotcha covered
Let’s begin with some cool pink blush and lippies:
Left to right: Kat Von D Backstage Bambi, Illamasqua Divine, Buxom April
Though my skin truly leans neutral, I still find that blue-based pinks are my JAM and really pop on my skin tone. Love ‘em!
Next we have some warm pink cheek and lip colours:
After doing these swatches, I think I should have swapped the Chanel blush for Illamasqua Unrequited, as the former is more cool and the latter is more warm. Oops ~shrugs~ Some of the ‘warm’ pink lippies are probably more neutral in tone, but you can see they’re not that cool when you compare them to the ‘cool’ lip colour swatches above. It’s all about comparing and contrasting!
Bringing a little more sass and edge, red is a great alternative when you don’t want the sweetness of pink. Sadly, I do not have a great stash of red blushes (horrors!) but I plan on picking up MUFE’s Scarlet Blush/Eyeshadow in the near future. I don’t really feel that I need more than 3 reds – one warm, one cool, one neutral – but goodness knows I may change my mind if I find a few good ones. Red blush seems hard to come by!
Red lips, however, and happily bountiful with SO many options to choose from, it’s just plain crazy.
Left to right: Becca Papaya, NARS Turkish Red (discontinued)
I find my red lippies all look the same in swatches…and in real life, they are quite close. L’Oreal’s Endless Red is obviously more glossy, and MUFE’s N46 is slightly more blue-based, but overall they’re all close in shade. Time to diversify, methinks! An orange-red is my next purchase
Finally, we have some pretty pink and red polishes for you to peruse! Though I don’t profess to wear much of either shade, I have a reasonable size stash of both (though again, the red lacks variety):
Front row, left to right: Zoya Kissy, China Glaze Ahoy!, butter London Snog, L.A. Girl Hyper, Essie Muchi Muchi, Rescue Beauty Lounge Poco a Poco
Back row, left to right: China Glaze Ruby Pumps, Essie Limited Addiction, American Apparel Downtown LA, butter London Come to Bed Red
So there you have it! A few ideas to get your mind going (and perhaps your wallet screaming?). I picked up a couple more pink items this past week which I hope to show you before the 14th. Time to get girly, ya’ll!!
Do you wear pink makeup or nail polish? Is red a staple colour you wear or do you shy away from it?
Finally wrapping up my NYC purchases…about damn time, eh? I had a really great day at home recently with actual sunshine, so I was able to get some final shots I needed. The last piece from my makeup-palooza is Giorgio Armani’s Rouge d’Armani in #606 ($32US), a soft rose shade.
The Rouge d’Armani lipsticks have been on my wish list for ages, but without trying them out in person I was unsure what shade I should go with. Though I’m typically drawn to bold, in-your-face lipsticks, I wanted to try and find a colour that wasn’t represented in my collection. After getting some help from a great SA at Saks, I ended up going with #606 because it seemed like the perfect MLBB shade with a little bit of ‘oomph.’ It’s more pink than my natural lip colour, and it contains subtle shimmer which enhances the way it looks on the lips. Note that the shimmer is not really noticeable when worn, and can only be felt very slightly so comfort is not compromised in this gorgeously creamy, semi-opaque lippie (which is san fragrance, hooray!).
As per my usual M.O., I took a look through my stash to see if I had any comparable shades. I was dismayed at first to find that in the bullet, #606 looked close to MAC’s Hug Me, a lipstick I had purchased only a month or so prior, and for the same reason – as a MLBB shade (oops…this is what happens when you buy to much makeup, kiddies!).
While in swatches, the two shades ARE similar, when worn they couldn’t be more different. The superior formula on the Rouge d’Armani is extremely evident, as not only is it more moisturizing and comfortable on the lip, but the wear time is better (3-4 hours vs less than 1 for the MAC). I’m tempted to give Hug Me away, but as I just bought it I want to get at least a little use out of it before completely writing it off. It is less pink, especially on the lip, so I’m sure it will have it’s uses.
Though #606 isn’t an exciting shade, its a great colour to have in one’s arsenal that works in a variety of makeup looks. When spending the big bucks on a makeup item, I try to stick to classics that I know will get a ton of use, rather than go for a fad shade. Though I feel like I have far too many red lipsticks which I don’t wear nearly as much as I’d like, I wouldn’t mind picking up another of these in a red – the creaminess factor combined with the bold quality of the shade had ABSOLUTE PERFECTION written all over it!
Oh yea. And that satisfying magnetic ‘click’ that you get when you put the top of the lipstick back on??? SEXIEST THING EVER.
Have you tried the Rouge d’Armani formula? Are you a sucker for glorious packaging like I am???
Yay!! Danielle of Bloomin’ Beauty tagged me to do a Lipstick Tag, which has been making the rounds in the blogsophere for a while now. I was desperately jealous of everyone else doing their tags and showcasing their enviable collections, and now I’ve gotten my chance! Truth be told I was probably just gonna do my own solo post if I didn’t get tagged, but thankfully Danielle saved me from the embarrassment hehe.
Let’s get started, shall we?
1. How many lipsticks do you own?
A meager 19 lipsticks (in blogger terms)….plus 16 samples. BAH, those samples are the bane of my existence! First off, I hate mini sizes of any makeup, it just annoys me. Second, it makes it seem like I have way more lippies than I do, and so I feel bad about buying anything new. Ergh.
2. What was your first lipstick?
Absolutely no clue…maybe MAC Freckletone? Though I’m certain I had some sort of drugstore lipstick as my first (ugh maybe one of the super-old-school CoverGirl ones that always turned red on my lips no matter what the colour! ~shudders~) Anyway, the oldest lipstick in my current collection is MAC Russian Red. How classic
3. What is your favourite lipstick brand?
MAC is what I have the most of, but I think the Buxom Full-Bodied formula is my fave, and those little samples get the most love from me (half because they’re so comfy to wear, the other half because I’m trying to get rid of the damn things so I can buy a full size!).
4. What is your most worn lipstick?
Aside from the aforementioned Buxom samples, MAC Dare You seems to be the most worn. I’m sort of surprised by this because I don’t feel like I wear it a ton, but I’ve had it a while and it used to be my go-to daytime red (Russian Red used to be for most bold looks…now I just wear it when I feel like it ;)). Another lipstick that has gone through it’s paces is my Ellis Faas L102 – I wore that a TON last year, though the packaging doesn’t give me any way to know just how much is used.
5. What is your favourite lipstick finish?
A creme finish all the way! By that I mean, not glossy at all, but just just a touch of moistness. Lips look luscious and feel great! I will admit however that I do love a matte when my lips are in shape to pull it off!
6. What was your last lipstick purchase?
When Sephora had their $20 off $50+ late last year, I picked up NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita, a perfect looks-good-on-everyone shade of reddish-rose. I wanted to finally try the Velvet Matte pencils, and I also wanted to check out one of the iterations of Dolce Vita from the brand. It’s a gorgeous colour that gives lips that just bitten look and works in all seasons. However, my lips are too flaky this winter to wear much of anything more than a balm, which is super-frustrating. I’ll get my chance soon enough I hope! One odd point about this lippie though – does anyone else have a strange issue with the cap where it seems like there’s extra air or something and the top pops off if you don’t push it down very firmly? So weird…
7. How many lip products are in your bag right now?
One. Giorgio Armani’s Rouge d’Armani in 606, which I bought in NYC I always rotate out my lip colours each day and bring with me only the shade(s) that are part of my makeup look that day. ANAL MUCH? Why yes, yes I am
8. What is your favourite red lipstick?
I do love Russian Red, but I think of the handful of reds I own (almost all very similar in tone LOL), I like the way Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge #8 looks the best (and the wear time is unbeatable!). It’s really the perfect ‘throw on and go with hardly any other makeup on’ kinda colour.
9. How do you store your lipsticks?
Haphazardly until tonight Recently I rearranged my lippies to be seasonally appropriate – so the ‘winter’ shades were in my makeup drawer, and all my other shades were in my train case with the rest of my ‘seasonal’ shadows, blushes, foundations, etc. But as I’m trying to use up my lip colours in order to buy new ones (weeeee!) I figured they should all be in one spot. Behold my new system (for lipsticks, anyway)!
10. What lipsticks are your currently lusting after?
I plan on buying Givenchy’s Le Rouge in Carmin Escarpin when the next Sephora sale comes around Other than that, I don’t have any BIG lemmings…a few small ones, but let’s ignore them and hope they go away lol.
Oh dear, now I have to tag people! Good grief, I’m sure everyone has done it by now!! How about I just put out the invite to ALL OF THE PEOPLE who would like to share with us their lipstick collections And if you want, feel free to answer in the comments below too! In fact, I encourage you in the comments to at least tell me: How many lipsticks do you own?
The New Year is almost upon us! Even though the number 13 conjures up some unsettling feelings, 2013 was kind of a great year for me! Though it started out a bit rough, with a lot of talking and support it turned around for me (a big thanks to all of you who sent kind words – and a care package! – my way!). As always, the hardships make the good times feel that much sweeter. I had the immense pleasure of standing in my friend’s most amazing wedding; I started dating a guy who makes me feel loved and truly content in a way I never have before; I’ve had the opportunity to work in several different positions at my work and found my niche; and I finally got to go to New York City, a long-standing dream of mine! Not too shabby 2013, not too shabby
Over the month of December I’ve been pondering what beauty products in my collection really stand-out and get the most use. Though I could probably add one or two more, the 13 items below really have rocked my world this year and have been very well-loved. I would even go so far to say that I would repurchase most of them (and that’s saying something!).
And so I present to you, my favourite (beauty) things of 2013:
1. Osha Mae Calendula Salve ($15CAD). On it’s own, without any cortisone products, this can clear up the chronic eczema on my hands overnight – absolutely unheard of! I first got hooked on a sample of M.J. Herbals Calendula Salve ($15CAD), but when I saw this very similar version at our local market I picked it up, as I always like to support local!
2. La Bella Figura Bio Active Healing Mask ($65CAD). When LBF was introduced on the Clementine Fields website, they had a promotion for 15% off it’s pre-sale. I ordered this mask as I was looking for something hydrating that could replace the uber-scented derma-e mask that I’d been using for a while (uncomfortably). I didn’t know what to expect, and was completely bowled over once I tried it – its truly amazing! It hydrates, it heals, it calms, it brightens…I honestly feel like it’s almost a one-stop shop as a mask, because my skin just looks SO DAMN GOOD after using it. I attribute it’s awesomeness to it’s inclusion of raw manuka honey (it’s the first ingredient) which is noted for it’s therapeutic, antibacterial and nourishing qualities. Other ingredients include kaolin clay, rosehip seed oil and calendula extract – be still my heart! Oh, and it’s also BRIGHT PURPLE (due to the aronia berry). I want to get my hands on the Purifying ($65CAD) version next.
3. Lina Hanson Global Body Serum ($64CAD). I really wish this didn’t cost so damn much because I just want to drown in this fantastically scented body oil for the rest of my life. As it stands, I’m still trying to ration it, but I still fear it won’t last long as I keep using it every few days because it’s so addictive!
Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille ($130US). Yum. And YUM. You all know my penchant for vanilla-based scents, so my love for this probably comes as no surprise. With notes like sandalwood, coconut milk, musk, vanilla and tonk a bean, it’s a gourmand fragrance-lovers paradise. I was surprised however that it also contains notes like black liquorice (which I hate) and bitter almond – but I suspect they help round out the scent and keep it from being too OTT vanilla, which can get headache-inducing fast. I have worn this and only this since purchasing it in NYC; the only gripe I have with the fragrance is that I don’t find it lasts on my skin – but I guess that just gives me an excuse to spritz, spritz, spritz!
Make Up For Ever Medium Highlighting Brush in #152 ($43CAD). I didn’t quite understand just how much I would love this brush until I really put it into practice and had a while to play with it. This brush is absolutely integral in my makeup application – aside from applying cream or powder highlighters like a dream, it also blends all formulas of blush or bronzer perfectly. I don’t quite know how it does it, but somehow the fibers of the brush, its density, and it’s softness all contribute to a beautifully seamless complexion. LOVE.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (full-size, $50CAD). Though I only have a deluxe sample size of this product, you only need the slightest amount to get amazing, glowing skin, so it’s lasted me ages! I usually pull this out when I am either going for a really ‘natural’ look that focuses on the skin, or if I’m looking to amp up the glow factor for an event. Though the full-size would probably last me a lifetime – something that doesn’t appeal to a fickle beauty fiend like myself – I still think I’ll repurchase this when I DO run out, because it’s truly the most beautiful yet natural-looking illuminator I’ve ever used.
Buxom Full-Bodied Lipsticks (full-size, $26CAD). My love for this lipstick formula is still going strong. I use the little sample bullets I’ve got more than any other lipstick I own, and I’m looking forward to the day when they run out – so I can justifiably buy some full sizes! Just so, so creamy and comfortable to wear, with awesome full pigment. For the price especially, you really can’t beat ‘em!
Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel in Revelation ($43CAD). I have been on a cream blush kick for a while now, as I find it just looks so darn natural, which fits my makeup M.O. these days. The newish Blush Cremes dry to an almost powder-like finish, so they don’t have quite the same effect; nevertheless, this natural-looking apricot shade gets a lot of regular use because it goes with just about every makeup look I wear. The only downside is that its a touch too light when my skin is tanned – but at the moment it’s just right
MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters (pro-pan, $12CAD). Though I have lessened my use of this shadow recently due to switching up my makeup routine, this baby got some SERIOUS love for months after I bought it early last spring. It gives my eyes the most subtle yet beautiful sparkle I’ve ever seen, and accompanies a bright lip look beautifully. The hype is TRUE, you guys. BUY IT.
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Trench ($30CAD). Even after owning this shadow for a year and a half, I’m still amazed at how perfectly it blends and melds on the brow bone to give the perfect level of highlight to the eye. As I have a lot of shimmering shadows, it keeps them grounded without making me look too ‘show dancer,’ but also isn’t so flat that it looks dull. On top of all that, it’s HELLA soft.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Noir Intense ($29CAD). I wasn’t big on black pencil eyeliner until I purchased this early in the year – I didn’t have one and thought I should at least have one in my arsenal. I don’t use it as a traditional liner, but rather as a tightliner on my upper lash line. It a nice, dark black that gives great definition when I’m doing a more natural look (see a theme here?) and doesn’t budge – in fact, it’s difficult to remove at the end of the day, so keep that in mind. But as I find a long-wearing liner hard to come by, it’s far from a deal-breaker!
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack ($19CAD). Black pencil liner may never have been my thing, but I can’t say the same for black cream/gel/liquid formulas, which have always been a staple in my arsenal. When I ran out of my last black liquid liner, I decided it was about time I tried the cult fave Blacktrack. It’s nice and dark, and its creamy texture makes creating a winged look (a regular go-to for me) incredibly easy. I’m not convinced I would repurchase, only because there are several black cream/gel liners that I’d like to try, but it’s been a faithful staple for me since I purchased it.
XLash Eyelash Enhancer ($59). You’re all probably sick and tired of hearing me trumpet on and on about my love for this lash serum, but seriously, just get some and then get back to me – I promise you’ll be converted! I won’t repeat my gushings yet again, but I will say that I am actually planning to buy more of this when I run out (still haven’t!). SO. GOOD.
That just about rounds up my year in beauty in a nutshell! I’ve tried many things, some duds, some *pretty good*, but this collection here have been raised to the level of HG status for me. As I learn and grow I find my selections have become more and more curated to the point where I rarely have a miss (at least if they’re purchased by me) and I’ve grown quite fond of my collection, to which I’ve whittled and culled to include *almost* only products that are a pleasure to use. I still have a bit of work to do (which I plan on laying out for you in a future post), but overall I’m quite pleased and have passed the ‘GAH! My-stash-is-overwhelming-OMG-the-anxiety!‘ stage that I was in for a long time since starting the blog. Which I deem a HUGE success
So say farewell to 2013 and welcome in the New Year with a bang! I appreciate each and every reader of my little beauty haven, whether you’ve been with me or a while, or stumbled upon my ramblings by accident. You’re the only reason I keep on writing! I wish all of you a very excellent finale to the year soon past and hope that the very best is yet to come in 2014!!! Let’s make it all sorts of great, yea?
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Here is my Tom Ford comparison post as promised! I’m pleased to say that I don’t have any ‘dupes’ within my collection, which helps to make more expensive purchases like these much more enjoyable, no matter how fabulous they are
I’ll begin with the polishes:
In the bottle, it’s clear that none of these are copies of Bordeaux Lust (though you’re not wrong that the Essie and OPI shades are QUITE similar, urgh). Even after 1 coat, Anja is out of the running. The 3 other shades however, look strikingly alike.
However, after a second and then third coat, the vampiness of Bordeaux Lust becomes readily apparent:
Though it appears only a touch darker than Lost on Lombard, as a full manicure it’s vamp qualities far surprass the dusty, muted quality of the OPI shade. Essie’s contender is far too bright to even be in the running. Win number one
The Lacquer in Black Sugar is next on the hit list:
Though the shade is not replicated in my collection, it does comes close, though darker, to Commander in Chic, another fave shade. Ingrid is too brown, and Paradoxal has too much purple to be a match. Score number two!
Following the polish success, I had to check out the Lip Colour in True Coral against my existing red lipsticks. I suspected it wouldn’t have an equal, but there were 2 shades in particular that I thought may compare.
Russian Red is a very bold red that is almost as stand out as True Coral; MUFE’s N46 leans more blue but in swatches it looks quite close as eell. Though it’s difficult to see the differences between the 3 shades in swatches (though easily apparent in the photo of the bullets, above), trust me when I say that aside from it’s coral tone, True Coral retains a brightness that makes it quite different than your standard red.
Finally, the item that I felt I would most likely have a comparable facsimile – the Cheek Color in Flush. Like many blush fiends, coral blush is sort of an obsession, as it just looks so. damn. good. Surprizingly, I don’t own any shade that is exactly the same, though a few look similar once worn. Let check them out!
In the pan, Flush and Boys Don’t Cry look very alike aside from the slightly glowing quality of Flush, while BDC is completely matte. When worn lightly, the two do look quite similar on the cheek, but in swatches you can see that BDC is much deeper in tone. I love them both equally, truth be told
Otherwise, the swatches reveal that none of the shades are quite like Flush, though Coral Crush comes close in the depth of pigmentation and finish – though it’s much more pink. Happily, I feel entirely justified in owning Flush, though I think I REALLY need to take a break on the coral blushes, eh? I think I’ve got enough for a few lifetimes, anyway!
When you are a makeup junkie, its always nice to be able to validate your purchase with evidence to prove that you are not, in fact, just purchasing the same shades over and over – a feat that gets harder the more your collection grows. While I have significantly reduced the amount of makeup I buy and am much more selective in my purchases, replicates are bound to happen – you can only have so many shades, right!? Nevertheless, I think I did fairly well with my Tom Ford splurge, and am enjoying every item with relish. Ultimately, that’s what counts, AMIRITE???
What have you splurged on lately? Do you have a hard time avoiding ‘dupes’ in your collection?
Sooo….I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday!! I have been living it up in a big way, despite the fact that I came down with a wicked cold two days before Christmas :S Probably why I haven’t yet shaken it a week later, oops! Nevertheless, I didn’t let it stop me from having a really lovely holiday I hope you all had the same!
I have so many products to write about that it’s kind of criminal. I feel particularly guilty that I haven’t shared with you the handful of Tom Ford goodies that I picked up while in New York – I mean, it’s TOM FORD guys, probably the ultimate in luxury cosmetics (in no small part due to the price lol).
First up, the nail lacquers. I have been searching for a great deep red polish for a while now, and none were doing the trick for me – either too dark veering on black, or too light. When I visited the counter at Bergdorf Goodman, I had a plan that I was going to buy a polish, lipstick, and blush from the brand. As soon as I saw the shade Bordeaux Lust, I knew I had found a winner!
Bordeaux Lust ($32US) is truly the perfect shade of dark red – it’s clearly not black, but it’s more vampy than your typical red. It’s got a somewhat sheer, slightly jelly-ish formula which adds to it’s uniqueness – from reviews I know that some dislike this aspect, but I actually like the way it looks, and it’s UBER glossy on it’s own. Due to the formula it does require 3 coats to avoid streakiness, but again, I’m so pleased with the colour that it *ain’t no thang*
Sexy, no??? IRL it’s even more fabulous. All I’m sayin’ is that I LOVE THIS COLOR and I don’t even mind the insane price tag. Also, the bottle shape with it’s clean lines and dark bronze cap with just a hint of gold is totally up my alley. This checks all the boxes for me!
Next we have the shade Black Sugar ($32US), which I picked up separate from my initial Tom Ford splurge, at Saks on Black Friday. I had seen this shade in swatches several times before and it intrigued me with it’s secret red shimmer in a perfect mauve-taupe base.
Of course, as with most secret shimmer, you really can’t capture it once worn on the nail, and in particular with this polish it’s next to invisible altogether, even in sunlight. Kind of a bummer, but for some reason it doesn’t bother me too much – guess I’m getting used to these kinds of polishes pulling fast one on me. I’m content to admire the shimmer in the bottle – although I’m hoping that in the more sunshine-y days (of which we have been lacking of late) I’ll get a surprise glimpse here and there.
The formula of this one was good – two coats here, and easy-peasy application with a great viscosity that allows it to dry in a reasonable amount of time. It’s not as glossy as Bordeaux Lust, but a top coat would fix that right up. I really enjoy shades like this and find they work on a variety of skin tones, so another thumbs up here!
Moving right along, we come to the covetable Lip Colour, a creamy lipstick that has a wonderfully opaque finish. After trying on several ‘nude’ shades at the Bergdorf counter that just didn’t do it for me, the SA Maria (SO great, by the way!) tried out the fabulously bright True Coral ($49US), a punchy coral-red that pretty much forces you to stand out anywhere you go.
The formula feels great on the lips, creamy but not slippery and long-lasting – it’s such a rich colour that it stains the lips, leaving considerable colour behind so touch-ups are required less frequently. If you have particularly dry lips, you might want to put a bit of balm on first, as while it’s not drying, its slightly matte and that combined with the outrageous colour can make dry flakes noticeable if your lips are parched.
It was hard to capture the coral aspect of this shade in photos – it tends to look just like a bright red, but trust me when I say that it’s not nearly that simple. It has an almost neon quality to it that makes it completely unique to most reds I’ve ever seen! Its not a shade for the faint of heart, that’s for sure – but if you like bold colour, this is a great bet.
Finally, probably the item you’re most interested in – THE BLUSH. I present to you the Tom Ford Cheek Color in Flush ($56US). I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Pow!! Look at that colour, will you? How can you resist a bright, gorgeous coral like this one? And it obviously compliments the lipstick perfectly, which was actually just a happy accident.
Maria told me that the blush was extremely pigmented and only required the slightest touch of brush to pan to pick up plenty of colour. How right she is! The blush packs a serious punch with only a hint of effort. Its finely milled, super-soft texture blends out beautifully and is a great shade to brighten up the face, stat. I don’t have a shortage of shades like this, truth be told, but nevertheless this has become one of my go-to’s since purchasing it – which is good because the cost is kind of crippling, hey? It’s unlikely I’ll be buying anymore Tom Ford blushes, but I’m certainly happy to have this one in my possession nonetheless
Below are a couple shots of me wearing the lipstick and blush so you can see them in real time. I also want to point out that I’m wearing nothing else aside from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in Dim Light (all over) and Radiant Light (on cheekbones). I hadn’t seen them in action before in pictures and I am HELLA impressed at how well they blur imperfections! My skin is in pretty good shape right now due to my organic skincare regime (which I promise to write about soon!), but I still have some unevenness which needs attention. I’ve been preferring to skip foundation altogether lately to keep a more glowing look to my skin, and these powders have helped that cause immensely. Oh, and also – no mascara!! Witness again the amazingness that is XLash growth serum. I honestly think I might have to buy a barrel of this stuff, I still can’t get over the difference in my lashes. SO good.
Overall, my first foray into Tom Ford Beauty has been a complete success. Despite the fact that these 4 purchases did some significant damage to my bank account, I am 100% pleased with them all so the cost doesn’t hurt my heart (much). In terms of originality, I think Bordeaux Lust and True Coral stand out the most, while Flush is one of many coral blushes on the market and you may find one better suited to your chequebook. Black Sugar looks original but I’m sure there are similar shades available as well. Stay tuned for a comparison post for all, just to cover the bases!
Woohoo! My last empties post of the year. As these are always lengthy (because I am too damn chatty) (and even though I just did one last month…how do I use up products so quickly?), I’m going to get right to it.
Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner – I do like the Organix conditioners, and this worked quite well to hydrate and detangle, but I preferred the heaviness of the Macadamia Oil version to this. Smelled DELICIOUS in the summer though!
Earth Science Deep Conditioning Masque – 2nd tube of this, and I still feel the same as I did when I first tried it. It’s really good shit, dudes. For $13CAD, it’s one of the best deep conditioners I’ve ever used, and to top it off – all natural! If I were so fickle I’d buy another tube, and I still may…I’m just too curious to settle *just yet*
Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil – I really liked this oil a lot, much better than the Ojon Restorative oil that preceded it. It just had a great consistency and smell, and it never irritated my scalp or caused any breakouts around my forehead, which can happen with products like this. Good stuff, and lasted AGES.
Haus of Gloi Komodo Pumpkin Butter – don’t mistake mangosteen for mango, my friends – NOT THE SAME. I found the scent of this quite intrusive and it has this slightly rotten fruit smell…so ya, just not diggin’ it. So, I used it as a foot cream! Problem solved.
Nutiva Coconut Oil – great stuff. I used this as my primary body moisturizer throughout last spring/summer and it was awesome – it really kept my skin in great condition, prevented eczema flare-ups and helped heal old scars that I sometimes get from past eczema patches, which tend to result in the absence of pigmentation. However, once the weather cooled it wasn’t quite enough, so I would either layer it with a moisturizer, or use it in my hair periodically as a deep treatment. I’ll definitely be picking up another tub of this – so many uses! However, keep in mind that coconut oil is highly comedogenic – except when it’s in the form below:
Fractionated Coconut Oil – fractionated oil is non-comedogenic, perhaps due to having had all it’s triglycerides removed. It has a super-long shelf life and increased stability, and it’s antioxidant potential is more jacked up than regular coconut oil. It’s also in a TON of things and usually listed as ‘caprylic/capric triglyceride.’ My roommate had left this behind when she moved so I used it up – it was a lot easier to use than the solid coconut oil (though a bit messier at times) but I found it slightly less moisturizing on my body.
Getting through my non-organic products! I’ve only got a few last products and a couple straggler samples to get through and I’ll be essentially fully ‘green’, woot!
eos Lip Sphere - this balm works really well and was exceptional under lipstick, offering just enough hydration without much slip, but honestly the size of it sometimes felt very cumbersome. It’s a cute novelty, but not the most practical – though I do maintain that they’re terribly easy to find in your purse!
Indeed Labs Hydraluron – I’m sure this does have a purpose, but I don’t think I have dry or dehydrated enough skin to see a difference. I don’t miss it.
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector – this stuff does work well, for those of you not concerned about using non-organic products. I really do like serums because you can pile them on and they generally don’t have heavy moisture to the skin which can make you greasy as the day wears on.
RoC Soft Smoothing Scrub – too gentle for my liking, though this is a good choice for a morning cleanser just to wash the night’s oils off, or as a second cleanse. But as a ‘scrub’? No thanks. One more non-organic product down!
Avene Thermal Spring Water – I love misting my face before applying any serums or oils, as it just feels good to seal the moisture in…but paying for water in a can kinda irks me. I far prefer the facial mists with a little bit extra in them, like hydrosols etc. that add something more. Right now I’m using Kahina Giving Beauty’s Facial Mist and I quite like it (though its just so darn SMALL at 1.6oz for $46CAD…ouch!).
Samples! Lots of good organic stuff here. The Marie Veronique Organics Treatment Oil is excellent for keeping oily, pore-clogged, acne-prone skin in check. I don’t have the latter, but I do get clogged pores on my nose and cheek area, and I found the sample really refined my skin nicely. I actually just purchased the full-size last week! I tried the new Kahina Giving Beauty Fez Body Serum this past weekend, and while it worked nicely on my skin, the scent it NOT for me – far too spicy and heady for me. I’ll stick with my Lina Hanson Global Body Serum, thanks. The Soapwalla Deodorant sample lasted ages, and I enjoyed it so much I purchased it last week as well – it smells awesome and actually works a treat, even on wetness! It’s not entirely as effective as traditional antiperspirants, but for every day wear its perfect and I really like it a lot. I thought the Pai Chamomile & Rosehip Sensitive Skin Cream was gonna be my JAM for the dry patches I get sometimes from my eczema, but it sometimes made my skin itch a bit rather than soothe it, so I’ll have to keep looking for a nice nighttime hydrating cream. M.J.’s Calendula Cream on the other hand, was a freakin’ miracle product – this honestly cleared up my eczema overnight on my hands, which tends to be a persistent problem for me. I ended up buying a similar product from the local market, but I’m not sure it’s *quite* as effective, though I do like to support local. The Eminence Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser was a strange product. I used it as either a morning or second cleanse and I didn’t notice any exfoliating, and it left a slight film on my skin so I’d recommend using a washcloth to remove it. Not something I’d spend my money on, overall. The Rahua Shampoo was fine, but I didn’t enjoy the smell at all, and to spend $$ on a shampoo that I don’t love is just not gonna happen. One of our local high-end department stores here, Mills, will soon be stocking the organic brand Babor, and the SA’s gave me a few samples of this Calm & Relax Cream to try. It was pretty great, truth be told! I used it after doing an intense masque treatment, and it was soothing and hydrating without being heavy at all. I just may purchase a full-size when the line becomes fully available. Finally, another Eminence sample I snagged was this Red Currant Rapid Infusion Masque…suffice to say it was a total dud. I have no idea what it was supposed to do, but I wasn’t wowed. PASS.
Sephora She Sparkles Gloss – decent gloss formula, decent shade. Despite the fact that I didn’t love it, I actually used this up fairly quickly in the grand gloss scheme of things. Huh.
NARS Gold Digger Gloss sample – HATE the brush on these Larger Than Life glosses, uh. So. Tiny! I liked the shade well enough, but the formula isn’t my favourite – similar to MAC lipglasses, which means they wear fairly well, but I’m not a fan of the stickiness. It still looks quite full here but I wasn’t getting any more product, so out it goes.
Marc Jacobs Blacquer Mascara – this was such a weird product, like webbing for the eyes! I loved that it had this kind of patent-leather shine, but it applied horribly and made a total mess of my lashes every time. Yuk.
MUFE Eyeshadow #17 Espresso – I thought I’d use this a ton and then hardly did. Then I dropped it and it crumbled, and then honestly, I just was OVER IT. Plus, I now have a similar shade in my Laura Mercier palette, so I don’t NEED YOU ANYMORE. *I really hate broken makeup!*
NARS Pro Prime Pore-Refining Primer – this was just meh. I used it regularly for a couple weeks to use it up, and I wasn’t wowed – I still got shine after a few hours, and though my makeup wore a bit longer, it wasn’t anything to write home about. Plus, non-organic…I’m not totally converted to organic makeup (or at all, really) but primer is like skincare, so I don’t think I’d buy this even if it did work well.
Marie Veronique Organics Everyday Coverage – the darkest shade offered is still too light for me, so this was a no-go. Bummer, as I’ve ready a lot of great things about it! Can’t beat coverage plus SPF in one.
I’m now finished my empties for the year! I was going to do a tally in each category, but honestly that’s just too much damn work LOL. Suffice to say, I feel really good about how many non-organic products I’ve used up, and I’m pretty stoked that I used up a whole gloss (and a half!) – I’ve been trying really hard to use up any lip products that are at least half-gone, because they’re much more feasible to finish (as opposed to blush…let’s not go there). I’m going to make a real effort next year to cull my stash to only products I really love – I know I’ve said this before, and I continue to make progress, but I think next year will be THE year. I’m loosening my grip on keeping things because they ‘should’ work or because they were expensive and therefore I have to use them. I just want to pull out any shade of any product and be like ‘Yep, looks great’ with minimal effort. I learn more and more what looks good on me and what doesn’t. And also, it’s a lot easier to reduce the stash when you focus all your effort / money on skincare!! I certainly haven’t saved a dime not buying makeup, because organic skincare costs a pretty penny in many cases, but the whole ritual of applying oils etc. is really up my alley, so I don’t mind. And less makeup means less anxiety in that area – I never overbuy skincare so I never have to worry about having too much of that!
So, out with the old (thinking) and in with the new (skincare, not makeup). Now I need to put my 2014 resolutions to paper!
How did your empties go this year? Do you think your reducing or expanding?
Even though Halloween hasn’t yet passed, the holiday push has been full-on now for most of October. While in some ways this really annoys me (and I’m honestly the very SPIRIT of Christmas…when December 1st hits!), in others it does get me a little bit excited for the season, and what better way to usher it in than with a slew of awesome makeup and skincare sets! These are something you can benefit from well before Christmas, or if you’re more charitable than I apparently am, start purchasing for gifts so that you’re good and ready once Christmas hits. Either way: BRING. IT. ON.
After trying out the Buxom lipstick set last week, I was sure that the Kat Von D Spellbinding Lipstick Set ($47CAD) wouldn’t even come close in terms of wowing me like those lipsticks did. While the texture isn’t nearly as creamy, these lipsticks still pack plenty of punch in their own right. And with ten shades to choose from, you’re bound to find one or two to rock your world!
Kat Von D’s Painted Love lipsticks are said to be rich, long-lasting, moisturizing, and wearable, and the ten shades in the set have a variety of finishes, from matte to metallic. Paraben-free, each mini-bullet in the set is 0.042oz – full-size lipsticks are 0.11oz and go for $23CAD, so you’re getting quite a deal here at almost half the price (the set is about $112/oz; a single full-size lipstick is $209/oz). With a good range of shades, I think it’s a great opportunity to try out Kat’s line without committing to a full-size lipstick (and a chance to get your hands on a few never before seen shades* as well!).
Left to right: A Go-Go (reddish coral), Underage Red (bright crimson), Bachelorette* (dark fuchsia pink), Mau5* (deep pinky purple) , L.U.V.* (rich violet), Backstage Bambi (hot pink), Lovecraft (berry beige), Ritual (terracotta suntan), Vampira* (deep reddish burgundy), Thin Lizzy* (metallic rusty red)
Thin Lizzy is truly the only metallic of the bunch; the rest are all cremes, which is OK with me as I prefer that finish anyway! Below, I have a few lip swatches of the shades I was most interested in (as well as a few comparison shots) – I would have done them all, but my lips have been seriously flaky for the past few weeks with the weather finally turning cooler, and I didn’t think they’d take too kindly to me trying 10 different shades on top of the swatchapalooza I had last week with the Buxom lippies.
Lovecraft is a great neutral shade that doesn’t look lifeless or flat on my lips, which I appreciate, as I struggle with that at times. A great staple shade, and thankfully part of the permanent lineup.
Ritual reminded me of NARS’ Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in More, which I purchased last fall. In truth, Ritual is slightly less brown and more wearable than More, as evidenced below:
Ka-POW!! This is one bold lippie! L.U.V. is eye-catching and fun but somehow remains quite wearable even in it’s brightness – I find it quite flattering on my skintone (remember my discovery of all things fuchsia!?).
IRL Vampira looks a bit darker and more vampy on me (more like the swatch), and I’m loving it. I have a ton of very similar red lipsticks already, so this is a nice addition that brings something new to the table entirely. And it’s kind of PERFECT for fall!
Each of the lipsticks have a very typical ‘lipstick feel’ to them – they are not particularly lightweight or creamy, but they apply with relative ease, feel comfortable to wear, and sit well on the lip. I’m not entirely sure I’d purchase a full-size (although if L.U.V. was permanent, I’d be terribly tempted!), but I am enjoying playing with the set and find I can get quite a variety of looks from them all. If you’re a lipstick gal and love having options, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!
Do you like lipstick sets? Or would you just rather buy one or two full-sized shades?
*Products were provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.
Sooo…I really need to use up all of my lipsticks already. Aside from the fact that I’ve easily got enough to wear a different one every day of the month (hello, anxiety!), I’ve found my HG formula and kind of want to replace the whole lot of ‘em with it. The lipstick in question? Buxom’s Full-Bodied lip colour, which came out earlier this year and has been on my radar for quite some time. Happily, I’ve gotten a chance to try FIVE of ‘em in one of Buxom’s holiday offerings, the Serial Kisser collection of 5 mini Full-Bodied lipsticks!
Buxom’s Full-Bodied formula is described as “a rebelliously vivid, full-coverage lip color with a dual-phase plumping effect and seductive satin finish,” and are designed to be smooth, creamy, and ultra-hydrating due to encapsulated hyaluronic microspheres, shea butter, and coconut oil. Having fairly full lips already, I didn’t notice a plumping effect (and there is no tingling, strange feelings when applied – which I realized afterward Buxom actually notes in the description), but they are certainly full-coverage, and are the creamiest, most comfortable lipsticks I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing. Over the past week I’ve been trying each shade, and I actually found them so hydrating and creamy that I could apply straight to my lips, no lip balm required (which is unheard of for me and my drier lips). I cannot tell you guys enough how fabulous this formula is!
I guess you wanna see the goods, hey? Ok, let’s get to it:
The starred lippies – Mistress (medium warm pink), Centerfold (mauvey-pink), and Moonlighter (muted violet-berry with shimmer) are exclusive to the set, while Menace (a rich wine) and Provocateur (a true red) are permanent in the line (and both happen to be my favorites of the five). A full-sized lipstick is 0.13oz and $26CAD; the set costs $40CAD and each lipstick is 0.04oz, which means both work out to $200/oz. So, its not entirely a cost-effective set, but still a fabulous way to try out several shades at once!
And for your viewing pleasure, lip swatches (and some comparisons!)
As I’m always keeping an eye out for ‘dupes,’ I took a look through my stash to see if I had similar shades to Provocateur. Uhhhhh….see for yourself:
…….apparently I like a good, true red! lol In my defense, all of these were received as press samples aside from MAC’s Russian Red (and even that I received as a gift!), so it’s not like I keep buying the same shade. If I were being sensible, I’d get rid of two of these at least – maybe keep the MAC or MUFE Aqua Rouge (both have more matte finishes) and then the Buxom shade (I like MUFE N46 but the formula is no contest) – buuuuut I probably won’t. N46 is a bit sheerer in texture, and the Aqua Rouge is a long-wearing version, so they all have their differing merits. And what can I say? I make this shade of red LOOK GOOD. ;)
Menace reminded me a lot of Ellis Faas’ L102 lippie, so of course I had to swatch ‘em side by side to be sure. L102 is a bit more brown, but they are quite close.
After fully enjoying each and every shade this week, I seriously did consider chucking all my other lippies in favor of these. The difference between these and say, a MAC lipstick (which have great shades, but most aren’t all that cushy if you know what I’m sayin’) is night and day. Not only are they kinder to lips, keeping them hydrated throughout the day, but they also wear magnificently, requiring only minimal touch-ups to keep the colour fresh – no horrible lipstick ring on the outer edge of the lips here! And did I mention their fragrance-free?
While the line only carries 10 shades at the moment, I’m hoping they expand the range. Temptalia has swatches of the entire line; I already have my eye on Rogue (fiery coral), Swinger (vivid magenta), Exhibitionist (bright fuchsia), and Scoundrel (blue red). COME TO MAMA.
Have you tried the Full-Bodied range yet? What is your favourite lipstick formula of all time?
*Products were provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.