Saturday, April 19th, 2014

One of my favorite beauty products to bring out during summer is neon lipsticks! The brighter, the better! Let’s kick it off with a look at some bold, vibrant fuchsia lipsticks… You can see them all here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Estee Lauder Dominant — bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink
  2. Buxom Exhibitionist — bold, brightened cool-toned fuchsia
  3. Urban Decay Anarchy — a glossy, fuchsia-magenta
  4. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash –a brightened, electric magenta pink
  5. Bite Beauty Moscato — a satiny, neon fuchsia pink

What are your favorite fuchsia lipsticks to wear during the summer?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for cheek and face products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Clinique Cheek Pop (review) are so incredible, I can recommend every single shade without hesitation. Great texture, pigmentation, and not too pricey! (Pictured: Plum Pop)
  2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (review) are soft, lightly luminous blushes that are great for everyday wear. They’ve gone in and out of stock during the sale, so you might have to look in-store for them if they’re on your list. (Pictured: Ethereal Glow)
  3. Make Up For Ever HD Blush (review) are forgiving, easy-to-use cream blushes that wear well, come in a variety of shades, and have a great texture. (Pictured: #215)
  4. Guerlain Meteorites Pearls (review) is a fantastic way to add subtle glow and softening to the face after applying your favorite foundation, and they’re an indulgence to be sure! (Pictured: Clair)
  5. Givenchy Le Prisme Blush (review) is incredibly finely-milled, velvety, and smooth in texture, so the blush goes on evenly and looks natural on the skin. (Pictured: It-Girl Purple)
  6. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (review) might be “old news” now, but they’re products that can easily be used often and add soft luminosity to the skin. (Pictured: Luminous Light)
  7. Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder (review) is a sweet fix for a craving for rose gold.
  8. Illamasqua Blusher (review) is a lovely option for anyone looking for more satin and matte finish blushes. (Pictured: Lover)
  9. Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush (review) is a richly pigmented, long-wearing, silky-smooth formula. (Pictured: Sensous Rose)
  10. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder (review) is a classic option for a finely-milled, silky-smooth, long-wearing bronzer. (Pictured: Moyen Brunettes)
Friday, March 7th, 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

Just launched, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) promises a formula that’s richly pigmented, hydrating, and long-wearing (six hours). The range includes 21 shades that range from beige to pink to coral to plum. You can see an official breakdown of the shade range here. I bought four shades from Nordstrom last week, and I’ve been testing them since they arrived this week. The formula is intensely pigmented, somewhat hydrating, and long-wearing. The consistency is lighter weight, thin, lightly creamy, and hugs the lips, but not in a clingy, saran wrap kind of way, so it’s not uncomfortable. They have a sweet, vanilla scent, which is a departure from Estee Lauder’s traditional fig scent, though no taste, and come in a deep, navy blue, square case with a magnetic closure.

Defiant Coral is described as a “bright, pink coral.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark, coral-orange with strong, warm undertones and a luminous shine. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly and smoothly. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Shout (138) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, slightly pinker. Givenchy Rose Dentelle (203) (P, $36.00) is very similar. Too Faced Coral Fire (P, $21.00) is less glossy. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) (P, $36.00) is pinker. Chanel Pygmalion (LE, $34.00) is less pigmented. MAC Lady at Play (P, $22.00) is less glossy, slightly darker. MAC Hibiscus (LE, $16.00) is darker. Chanel Genial (LE, $34.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Dominant is described as a “vibrant fuchsia.” It’s a bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink with a luminous shine. It had intensely pigmentation and yielded full color coverage when applied that was both even and smooth. This shade lasted over six hours and left behind a soft stain while being somewhat hydrating. MAC Feeling Amorous? (LE, $20.00) is more muted, warmer. Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground (P) is lighter. Givenchy Fuchsia Irresistible (205) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Girl About Town (P, $16.00) is very similar, less glossy. Buxom Exhibitionist (P, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Infamous is described as a “bright, vibrant yellow pink.” It is a neutral-to-warm-toned, medium pink with a luminous finish. When swatched, it appears a bit darker and warmer, but applied, it is brighter and read more blue-based against my skin tone. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and the color applied evenly. This shade wore well for five hours and was lightly hydrating during that time. MAC Bold Spring (P, $22.00) is cooler-toned. YSL Fuchsia Tourbillon (31) (P, $34.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Incorrigible (08) (LE, $49.00) is darker, cooler-toned. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is more matte, cooler-toned. L’Oreal Pink Flamingo (180) (P, $8.95) is lighter. NARS Goodbye Emmanuelle (LE, $26.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is lighter. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash (P, $7.49) is brighter, darker. See comparison swatches.

Vengeful Red is described as a “deep cool red.” It’s a vibrant, medium-dark red with cool, blue undertones and a luminous sheen. It had fully opaque color coverage applied to the lips, and it went on evenly and smoothly. This color wore well for six and a half hours and left a stain behind, and the formula was somewhat hydrating. Marc Jacobs Beauty Neo-Noir (126) (P, $30.00) is very similar. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is less glossy. Edward Bess Eternal Passion (P, $32.00) is similar. Maybelline On Fire Red (P, $7.49) is a little brighter. MAC Eden Rouge (LE, $16.00) is more matte. Guerlain Vega (P, $35.00) is a touch darker. Buxom Scoundrel (P, $21.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, February 24th, 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick

Estée Lauder unleashes the ultimate object of a woman’s desire – introducing NEW Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick. Intensify lips with saturated color. Sculpt with multi-faceted pigments. Hydrate with continuous moisturization. Pure luxury for lips housed in a new, ultrachic case.

20 one-of-a-kind statement shades with the power to define every curve of the lip. Rich in attitude and saturated in color, this provocative palette evokes fashion, art, and design with high-couture impact. From the subtle whisper of insatiable nudes, to the drama of impassioned reds, daring mahoganies, powerful pinks and confident corals, each enviable lip look will satisfy every woman’s desire.

In just one stroke, lips are sculpted with high-intensity color that stays true for up to 6 hours. From stick to lip, Multi-Faceted Color Pigments create shape, definition and volume. Amazing color density and dimension transforms lips for a full, curvaceous and sexy pout.

The lightweight texture is creamy, sensually smooth and luxuriously comfortable. A uniquely modern formula envelops lips in immediate and long-lasting moisture. Featuring a new and exclusive Time Release Encapsulated Moisture Complex with Hyaluronic Acid that helps boost lips’ ability to attract, capture and seal-in continuous hydration. Lips feel kissably soft, smooth, supple and continuously moisturized throughout the day.

Inspired by modern architecture, the new and iconic package design is powerful, yet feminine. Its lines are contemporary, with a strong, sleek and elegant silhouette. The color cues reflect Estée Lauder’s signature navy and gold, while golden plaques at each end of the case, and golden tones within the interior, convey the modern glamour and style of the brand. An innovative, magnetic closure always clicks the case perfectly into place and new aspirational bullet shape make this ultrachic lipstick a statement in pure luxury.

Nudes to Browns

  • Insatiable Ivory Warm nude
  • Desirable Lip-tone pink nude
  • Intense Nude Mid-tone rosy neutral
  • Emotional Warm rusty brown
  • Decadent Deep, rich red-brown

Pinks to Berries

  • Impulsive Light, milky-pink nude
  • Powerful Mid-tone, blue pink
  • Infamous Bright, vibrant, yellow pink
  • Tumultuous Pink Bright pink fuchsia
  • Red Ego Deep, vibrant cool wine

Corals to Reds

  • Potent Light, pink-coral nude
  • Defiant Coral Bright, pink coral
  • Impassioned Bright vibrant orange
  • Envious Warm, bright poppy-red
  • Vengeful Red Deep cool red

Mauves to Plums

  • Dynamic Mid-tone, warm neutral
  • Rebellious Rose Rich rose
  • Dominant Vibrant fuchsia
  • Irresistible Mid-tone, mauve, neutral rose
  • Insolent Plum Deep vivid plum
  • Brazen Deep purple

Availability: $30.00 each, now at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks, Dillard’s

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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Not everything released in the past year was impressive, and some products were downright disappointing! When I worked on compiling this list, I thought about cringe-worthy products; ones that I can’t wrap my head around at all. These are products that truly disappointed me with their performance and quality.  Every single brand mentioned below has products I love but not every product can be a winner.

What were the most disappointing beauty products you tried this past year?

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Estee Lauder Sinister Stay-On Shadow Paint
Estee Lauder Sinister Stay-On Shadow Paint

Estee Lauder Sinister Stay-On Shadow Paint ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is medium-dark black with silver sparkle. MAC Blackground has a warmer base and smaller shimmer. Urban Decay Oil Slick is also a bit warmer (and a powder product). Buxom Black Lab is similar but has multi-colored sparkle.

It had so-so color payoff; it is more easily applied as a sheer wash of color (so then it turns into a dark gray), and if you attempt to build up the color, it doesn’t work out so well. It tended to bunch up and layer in odd ways so that it didn’t give you a smooth, even result. The texture was smoother than Steel, but it had a very dry, almost flaky texture once it dried down. The color came off in chunks throughout the day. I tested it twice just to be sure, but it was the same: splotchy color, fall out, and then light creasing after eight hours.

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