Monday, 21 July 2014

Blogsale, Part Deux.

Hi All! I just wanted to let you know that I've update the Blogsale that I started back in June.

I've lowered prices on items and added a ton of new stuff, including Chanel Blushes, limited edition MAC items, stuff from Guerlain, Korres, Benefit, Revlon, etc. You can access the Blogsale by clicking the link in the sidebar on the right....

Or click HERE!!

Thanks and happy shopping!

Aloha by Lipstick Queen

This lipstick purchase is 1000% a result of the Essiebutton Effect (girl really knows how to pick a lipstick). Aloha is part of the Endless Summer collection, which features three other shades in Perfect Wave, Stoked, and Hang Ten. This collection was inspired by the iconic 1960s surfing movie 'Endless Summer'. They all contain Vitamin E and natural oils to nourish the lips and they have SPF 15, along with UV-A and UV-B filters.
Wearing Aloha on the Lips. Eyes: Chanel 234 Poésie quad. Cheeks: Make Up For Ever HD Blush 210.
Aloha is described as a 'bright, sheer, fire-red' but on both Estée and on myself, it is most definitely pink. The shade comes across as a rose with a hint of coral. It is a fresh and wearable shade that is perfect for summer.

The formula of Aloha is also fantastic. Unlike many sheer lipsticks, which can feel greasy on the lips, this one manages to have an almost creamy texture while retaining its sheer finish. I love lipsticks that allow your natural lip to show through a bit, especially in the summer. And if you are just branching out into the world of bolder lipsticks, this would be a fantastic choice for you!

Another reason I'm so in love with this lipstick is because of Poppy King, the creator of Lipstick Queen. Time after time, those in the beauty industry who have met or interviewed Poppy rave about how passionate she is. I love how involved she is with her company and you can tell she has a true love for making women feel good about themselves. That is super refreshing and pretty admirable, if you ask me. And her lipsticks are consistently some of the most innovative in the business! I now have around a dozen of her products, and have been impressed with just about all of them!

Lipstick Queen lipsticks can be a tiny bit difficult to find in person, but some Ultas do have them in store. Alternatively, you can find LQ products on Nordstrom, SpaceNK,, and on Aloha is available for $22.

Have you ever tried anything from Lipstick Queen?

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Leila

One of the new releases from Marc Jacobs are the Twinkle Pop Eye Sticks, which are described as a "two-in-one, shimmering, creamy eye shadow and eyeliner." Until now, I had found myself completely immune to the lure of Marc Jacobs Beauty, but for some reason the morning these were released on for VIB Rouge members* the Twinkle Pops called to me.

*I believe all of the new Marc Jacobs products are now available to any and everyone!

Do you see what I mean about the nipple thing?
I ended up settling on Leila, a rose copper shade. With all of the rose gold madness of the past few years, I had never seen a shade described as rose copper and I immediately wanted to see this color in person. The first thing I noticed upon receiving the Twinkle Pop is that the packaging, also on the new Kiss Pop Lip Color Sticks, looks like nipples. I'm talking boobs here, people. There's no way that's just a coincidence. I feel like I need to pick up another product just to make a pair!

Swatch of Leila
Anyways, as the description suggested, Leila is a beautiful warm rose copper shade. It swatches quite copper--almost a peachy orange--but on the lid it definitely pulls more pink. The good news is that Leila applies beautifully. It has a creamy, but thin consistency. There is literally zero pulling or dragging when I apply this to my lids or lash line. And I might be imagining this, but it seems to have a cooling effect when you apply it.

The bad news is that it had absolutely terrible lasting power on me. As a rule, I use an eyeprimer (99% of the time it's the one by NARS) under anything I put on, and I virtually never have problems with products creasing. With Leila, however, a mere three hours after I applied it, my eyelids were covered in creases. All of the color had migrated to those creases and it looked absolutely terrible. I wish I had taken a picture of it, but alas I did not so you will have to believe me when I say it was bad. I gave this another try, again using it over NARS Pro Prime, and it was better second time around, but still creased slightly.

Wearing Leila on the lid with a bit of Salted Caramel from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette through the crease

Given how poor I found the quality of this shade to be, I'm don't think I will be giving any of the other Tinkle Pop shades a chance. It's a shame because I found it so easy to apply, and I'm a fan of cream eyeshadow products. I think that those who like the eyeshadow stick concept are better to stick to the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks or the By Terry Ombre Blackstars. These were sadly a total product fail for me.

If you want to see how they last on your lids, the Twinkle Pops are available at Sephora for $28.

Have you tried these yet? Is there anything from the Marc Jacobs line that you have enjoyed?

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Friday, 18 July 2014

Natural Flush: By Terry Cheek to Cheek

By Terry Cheek to Cheek Water Color Blush is one of the most unique* products I've come across. It launched earlier this year but, as with most By Terry products, it seems that only those already 'in the know' have heard of it. I could only find approximately 1.5 reviews on this, but I decided to order it from Space NK anyways!

*I've ordered one of the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushes, so I'm very interested in doing a comparison between the two once it arrives!

At present, the Cheek to Cheek only comes in one shade: a gorgeous cherry with the most refined pink shimmer throughout. The consistency is described as 'syrup' but to me it was runnier than I would expect a syrup to be. If you let the product settle, the pink shimmer particles will sink to the bottom and you can use the pipette to extract just the liquid sans shimmer. But the pink shimmer is in no way visible on the face. I think it just adds to the overall radiance and glow of this blush, so I like to use it after a very robust shake to mix the product sufficiently.

As I mentioned, this product is dispensed with the help of a pipette (pictured below). It is a bit tricky to work with because it is so runny. I've been dispensing just a tiny bit of product onto the back of my hand, and then applying to my face from there. The first time I applied the Cheek to Cheek, I used my fingers. I ultimately wouldn't recommend a finger application (it seemed to smudge around my foundation and didn't apply very evenly). But when using a stippling brush to transfer the product from the back of my hand to my cheeks, I've been very pleased!

If you are looking for a product to give a natural flush to your cheeks, this. is. it. It blends in to the skin seemlessly, but doesn't seem to sink into pores or highlight imperfections. It has good pigmentation, but is ultimately sheer, allowing your skin to show through. I think this is why the Cheek to Cheek is ultimately one of the most 'natural looking' blushes I have ever encountered. Right now, while it is hot and humid outside, this fits into my beauty routine perfectly. Its lightweight formula and natural look are perfect for summertime 'no-makeup makeup' looks. But I feel this would transition into winter just as easily, as it gives the look of just having gotten in from the cold. 

This shows you the runny consistency of Cheek to Cheek
My ultimate verdict on the By Terry Cheek to Cheek is that I like it, but I don't love it. It seems like the sophisticated older sister of the Benefit Benetint, but I don't know that it warrants its $48 price tag. I kind of wish that I had ordered another of the By Terry Cellularose Blush Glacés instead, but I was feeling adventurous and wanted to try something new. I'm happy enough to hold onto this blush, though, and I am sure that I will keep using it but don't feel like it is a must have!

Have you tried any products by By Terry? What do you think of the concept of watercolor blushes?

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