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)
Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for lip 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. Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Creams (review) are really intensely pigmented liquid lipsticks. I’ve tried three shades and have loved all three! (Pictured: Moscato)
  2. Guerlain Rouge G (review) is my all-time favorite lipstick formula, and it’s by no means inexpensive, so a sale is a great time to indulge. Love shades like Gemma, Girly, Gisela, Genna, Garconne, Gigolo. (Pictured: Genna)
  3. YSL Glossy Stains (review) are glossy, pigmented, and long-wearing lip colors that come in a wide variety of shades. These are lovely for someone who likes a glossy lip but needs longer wear. (Pictured: Fuchsia Dore)
  4. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (review) is a pigmented, comfortable, hydrating, and moderately longer-wearing lipstick that comes in a good variety of shades from beige to plum. I really love shades like Anarchy, Naked, Streak, and Venom. (Pictured: Anarchy)
  5. Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss (review) is my go-to formula for sparkling, shimmery gloss with a high-shine, high-shimmer finish. I love shades like Canary, Naked Plum, and Plum Gold. (Pictured: Citrus)
  6. Too Faced La Creme (review) is an excellent formula if you love a lipstick with a very creamy, emollient texture, good color payoff, and hydration. (Pictured: Bon Bon)
  7. Givenchy Le Rouge (review) is one of my favorite formulas for its satiny finish, intense color payoff, and comfortable, hydrating, long-wear.
  8. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick (review) is a richly pigmented, longer-wearing, comfortable formula that won’t break the bank! (Pictured: Menace)
  9. Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel (review) is hydrating, emollient lipstick with a lot of shine and pigmentation. Some of my favorites are Showstopper and Seduce Me. (Pictured: Seduce Me)
  10. Jack Black Lip Balm (review) is a must-have for me at all times.
Monday, March 17th, 2014

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “creamy, waterproof, long-lasting eyeshadow.” The formula says that it will last for 16-hours (!). The three shades wore around 12 hours well on me, which is good wear but not quite 16, before I saw some slight creasing. I did have some fall out with the more sparkly shades, which are deceptively matte-looking in the pots initially, but as soon as you disturb the top layer, you’ll see the sparkles. The pigmentation across all three shades was good, and the consistency was lightly creamy without being heavy or thick, but the colors spread evenly and smoothly over the lid.

Givenchy Beige Mousseline (2) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, peachy-orange with white sparkle over a matte base. It had excellent color payoff, and it really blended easily across the skin. I did have noticeable fall out after eight hours with this shade that progressively worsened as it wore on. Too Faced Salted Caramel (P, $16.000) is a powder, browner. NARS Ramatuelle #3 (LE, $24.00) is a powder, more shimmery. MAC Tete-a-Tint (P, $15.00) is a powder, darker. MAC Body Conscious (LE, $15.00) is a powder, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Kaki Brocart (6) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, olive brown undertones and a soft gold sparkle over a satin finish. It had good pigmentation, and it was easy to apply and blend on the lid. I had very slight fall out with this shade after eight hours, but it was less sparkly (and finer shimmer) than Beige Mousseline. theBalm D4 (LE, $16.00) is powder, less warm-toned. Dior Bonne Etoile (384) #1 (LE) is powder, more shimmery. theBalm Lead Zeppelin (P, $16.00) is powder, more shimmery. Make Up For Ever #148 (P, $20.00) is powder, a touch lighter. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Taupe Velours (5) Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a dark, gray-tinged brown with subtle warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was just right and made for easy application and blending. Divergent Bold Espresso (LE) is powder, darker. Laura Mercier Coffee Ground (P, $23.00) is powder, slightly cooler-toned. LORAC Sable (P) is powder, warmer. bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE) is powder, lighter. Kat Von D Wolf (P) is powder, darker. MAC Cross-Cultural (LE, $15.00) is powder, darker. Inglot #360 (P, $6.00) is powder, slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Stone (LE, $22.00) is powder. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow for Spring 2014
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow for Spring 2014

These gorgeous shadows glide on instinctively, hugging the curves of the eyelid, and then dry down to a powdery finish for up to 16 hours of long-wearing, waterproof color. The chic, saturated shades can be layered or mixed to create your own unique signature color or ombre combination.

Ombre Coutoure Cream Eyeshadow ($23.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Top Coat Blanc Satin (1) Top Coat
  • Beige mousseline (2) Beige
  • Rose Dentelle (3) Old pink
  • Bleu Soie (4) Marine blue
  • Taupe Velours (5) Taupe
  • Kaki Brocart (6) Khaki green
  • Gris Organza (7) Gray
  • Prune Taffetas (8) Plum
  • Brun Cachemire (9) Brown

Availability: Now @ Sephora

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Reader Dilyana wanted to see more top picks for corals… so here’s my current top ten list of coral lipsticks, lipglosses, and blushes! (See them in the Swatch Gallery here.) What are your favorites right now?

  1. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — a warm-toned, pinky-coral with a satin finish
  2. Too Faced Bon Bon — a bright, warm-toned coral
  3. Chanel Reflexion — a shimmering, coral-red gloss
  4. Clinique Peach Pop — a muted, coral-orange with a luminous finish
  5. Maybelline Caramel Infused — a soft, pink-coral gloss
  6. Urban Decay Streak — a glossy coral-pink
  7. Tom Ford Love Lust –a shimmering, dark coral
  8. Burberry Camel Pink — a peachy-gold shimmered coral-pink gloss
  9. Givenchy Rose Dressing (202) — a vibrant, pink-coral
  10. MAC Be a Lady –a brightened, pink-coral
Sunday, February 16th, 2014

If cool pinks weren’t your thing, how about the other end of the spectrum–warm pinks–as shades to consider this spring? Here are a few of my picks for the season! I’d love to hear yours :)

  1. Revlon Elusive — a medium, warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish
  2. Chanel Revelation (63) — a light-medium pink with warm undertones
  3. Zoya Brigitte — a muted, medium pink with warm undertones
  4. Hourglass Radiant Magenta — luminous, medium, warm-toned pink
  5. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) — creamy, medium pink with warm undertones