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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed
Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Becca Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “golden opal pearl.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with a frosted, reflective finish. Urban Decay Strip Highlighter (P) is darker. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker. IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is lighter. MAC Star! (LE) is less shimmery. MAC Belightful (LE) is darker. MAC Whisper of Gilt (LE, $30.00) is similar. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is similar. Bobbi Brown 24 Karat (P, $42.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s an intensely pigmented, ultra-soft highlighter where a little goes a long way. There’s a definite sweet spot with application, and both your technique and your tool of choice will be key, as too much product can emphasize pores. When it’s applied lightly and buffed into the skin, it looks really lovely and luminous on the skin. I liked using a stippling brush or a moderately dense, tapered highlighting brush and dusting it along the tops of cheek bones. It’s not a foolproof highlighter, though, but it’s not difficult to use, especially if you know that it’s very pigmented so you start with less. The powder’s texture is incredibly soft, almost creamy, and finely-milled with a smooth–not powdery–feel. Applied, the highlighter lasts for almost nine hours before fading, but it never looks patchy.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

The Hit List

What’s the Best Fuchsia Lipstick that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why :)

At the moment, I’m loving Bite Beauty Moscato!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Set Dior Fusion Monos LORAC Skinny Palettes Jo Malone Cologne Set Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Butter London Nail Set

My Top Picks

  1. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Set — a serious go-to for intensely hydrating body lotion that never feels greasy or heavy, and I love that it’s unscented
  2. Dior Diorshow Fusion Monos — one of my favorite cream eyeshadow formulas!
  3. LORAC Skinny Palettes — seems hard to go wrong for $15!
  4. Jo Malone Cologne Set — I love mini sets, especially for fragrance so you can play with multiple scents without buying full bottles
  5. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse — delicately designed, hopeful it’s a top tier highlighter
  6. Butter London Funfair Fashion Set — love this formula so a value-packed set is always a good thing!

Are you tempted by any of the Beauty Exclusives this year? Did you already indulge?
I think I’m set :) Three beauty-related orders for various things to review (hopefully!) and then one for things for me. Now I need to run away from the sale, haha!

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Surratt Beauty Duchesse Artistique Blush
Surratt Beauty Duchesse Artistique Blush

Surratt Beauty Duchesse Artistique Blush ($32.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned peach with a satin finish. Sisley Paris Mango (3) (P, $85.00) is darker. Sleek MakeUP The Surf (P) is a cream product, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose (2014) (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker. NARS Sex Appeal (P, $29.00) is more matte. Le Metier de Beaute Whisper (P, $30.00) is slightly more beige, more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

As it is such a light shade, it’s one that shows up best on very fair skin tones, as it is very subtle on my medium complexion, but it doesn’t turn chalky or ashy on me, and the finish gives a lift and subtle warmth to the skin that’s effortless. It really does have good color payoff, but it’s a lighter shade, so it may be harder to see against my skin tone. There’s a very natural sheen that’s not shimmery, but it’s not totally matte either. The powder has a soft, silky texture that almost feels like a cream product, because it has such a buttery, smooth feel that never turns powdery. This shade lasted for almost eight hours on me before fading.

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10/10

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8/10

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Face Powder
Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Face Powder

Illuminating Face Powder ($80.00) (Limited Edition, Nordstrom Exclusive)

CHANEL ILLUMINATING FACE POWDER features a delicate lace design in shades of beige, pink and bronze. It’s paired with an exclusive angled brush to dust your skin in radiant perfection.

  • Dentelle Precieuse Beige, pink, bronze

Availability: Now for cardholders at Nordstrom; July 18th for everyonee

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

NARS Obscura, Elbrus, Paros Nail Polishes
NARS Obscura, Elbrus, Paros Nail Polishes

NARS Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) has been reformulated and gone through a packaging update with a wider brush (but the bottle and the rest are the same). According to the brand, the formula is supposed to “improve wear and strengthen nails” with a “flexible, high gloss finish.” In the past, I’ve experienced really strong, long-wear (up to ten days with minor tip wear; after seven, tip wear appears very minor). I tested five shades–Thasos, Elbrus, Obscura, Pastorale, and Zakynthos–for wear, and they were fairly consistent with minor tip wear after seven days but no chipping (no top or base coats were used). This is typical wear for me across most formulas, though the tip wear was more noticeable with the new formula than the old one for me. I really liked the brush, as it wasn’t overly wide; I could still apply polish to my pinky nail (which is my narrowest nail) without getting polish all along the cuticle/skin along the nail. Most shades dried down faster than average, and generally, they applied well without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges with good color coverage.

NARS Obscura Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “lavender charcoal.” It’s a dark, smoky purple-taupe with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had full color coverage in two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin. The polish lasted seven days on me with minor tip wear on me. NARS Crossroads (LE, $20.00) is darker, richer. Chanel Charivari (603) (P, $27.00) is lighter, warmer. Cult Nails Ms. Conduct (LE, $12.00) is warmer. NARS Manosque (LE, $20.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Festive Finery (LE, $16.00) is purpler, lighter. China Glaze Below Deck (LE, $7.50) is lighter. Zoya Petra (P, $9.00) is coler-toned. Essie Smokin’ Hot (LE, $8.00) is very similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Elbrus Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “plum.” It’s a dark, reddish berry with cool undertones and a cream finish. It had mostly opaque color coverage after two coats, and the consistency was slightly thin but not watery or runny. At times, there was a hint of nail line coming through, but most of the time, it appeared opaque. It dried down quickly to a shiny finish without a top coat. I tested this shade for wear, and it lasted for seven days with minor tip wear but no chipping. MAC Dayflower (LE, $16.00) is lighter. MAC Rebel (DC, $16.00) is similar. Chanel Provocation (P, $27.00) is slightly darker, purpler. Rescue Beauty Lounge Drifter (LE, $20.00) is darker. China Glaze Velvet Bow (LE, $7.50) is darker. Zoya Anja (P, $9.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Deborah Lippmann Single Ladies (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer. Essie Masquerade Belle (LE, $8.00) is warmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

NARS Paros Nail Polish ($20.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “red brown.” It’s a medium-dark, slightly muted, warm-toned red with a cream finish. It was fully opaque after two coats, and it dried down to a glossy, high-shine finish faster than average. The consistency was slightly thin but not problematic. Tom Ford Beauty Shameless (LE, $32.00) is lighter. MAC Dangerously Fun (LE, $16.00) is darker. China Glaze Merry Berry (LE, $7.50) is slightly darker. China Glaze Adventure Red-y (LE, $7.50) is similar. Butter London Pillar Box Red (P, $15.00) is brighter, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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