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A Few of My Favorite Things – 16 Beauty Indulgences Worth the Splurge


Holiday Indulgences

One question I get asked a lot prior to Sephora’s winter sale (20% off for VIBs with code VIBTOPIA, 11/7 through 11/11!) is, “What do you recommend?” This is a loaded question! There are so many ways to answer this question! The way I tend to frame my answer is in the context of, “What have I wanted to buy but felt was a little too expensive normally? What favorites do I need to stock-up on?” I think sales offer us an opportunity to indulge in something that might be above our price point comfort zone the rest of the year, or be more willing to take a chance on a brand we’re not familiar with (because they’re not cheap!) as well as stock-up on things we know we’ll use over and over again.

Of course, it being the holiday season, there are also plenty of seasonal offerings to indulge in like sets and palettes–you can see my top palette picks in full here as well as some picks for sets and kits generally. Those both cover some of the seasonal offerings, and this post is less focused on seasonal/limited edition as it is just really fantastic products that I highly recommend from trying them.

Products to Indulge In — Lips

  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22 @ Sephora, see my review here) — great if you love creamy, more emollient lipsticks with high pigmentation and moderate lasting power
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains ($34 @ Sephora, see my review here) — long-wearing, moderately pigmented color that doesn’t dry out lips
  • Givenchy Le Rouge ($36 @ Sephora, see my review here) — creamy, luminous opaque lip color that wears well, makes lips look smoother than they really are
  • Guerlain Rouge G Lip Color ($49.50 @ Sephora, see my review here) — Rouge G is a long-time favorite (still reigning supreme after years and years of trying new formulas) for long-wear, hydration, opacity, and feel
  • Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21 @ Sephora, see my review here) — superbly hydrating, smooth, rich color that wears well
  • Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24 @ Sephora, see my review here) — for a high-gloss, insanely shimmering/glimmering gloss

Products to Indulge In — Face

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush ($26 @ Sephora, see my review here) — a variety of gorgeous shades from intensely pigmented to subtly neutral with a soft, blendable formula
  • Illamasqua Velvet Blusher ($26 @ Sephora, see my review here) — perfect for someone who loves the feel and blendability of of a cream blush but look and finish of a powder
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($45 @ Sephora, see my review here) — a gorgeous finishing/luminizing powder to give that something special to the skin (and don’t forget the Ambient Lighting Palette!)
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($ @ Sephora, see my review here) — creates a lovely, smooth canvas and helps keep makeup on longer

Products to Indulge In — Eyes

Most of what I wanted to recommend (in terms of what came to mind) were palettes, which I’ve recommended previously here.

  • Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo ($38 @ Sephora, see my review here) — buttery, soft texture and intense color payoff
  • bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow ($30 & up @ Sephora, see my review here) — one of my all-time favorite eyeshadow formulas for texture and color payoff
  • Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows ($30 @ Sephora, see my review here) — obsessed with these pigmented cream eyeshadows that wear well

Products to Indulge In — Nails

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18 @ Sephora, see my review here) — high-shine, long-wearing formula with a nice range of colors/textures
  • Illamasqua Nail Varnish ($17 @ Sephora, see my review here) — one of my all-time favorites for application, wear, and range
  • Guerlain Nail Lacquer ($23 @ Sephora, see my review here) — so glossy and high-shine, pigmented, long-wearing

Products to Stock-Up On

These are your favorites, but this is a little list of basics that we sometimes blank on but often have a favorite we use quite frequently, so consider what you reach for in these product types:

  • Eyeshadow Primer
  • Lip Balm/Lip Care
  • Foundation
  • Skincare
  • Mascara
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Sprays
  • Top/Base Coats (for nails)
  • Makeup Remover

Are you indulging in Sephora’s upcoming VIB sale? What’s on your list? What would you recommend to someone?

And if you aren’t a VIB, while Sephora has hinted at upcoming promotions for BIs as well, they haven’t confirmed what that means (could just be more samples, free shipping, etc. or it could be really awesome), Beauty.com’s F&F sale is open to all with 20% off.

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Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) Le Rouge Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) Le Rouge Sensuously Matte Lipstick
Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) Le Rouge Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) Le Rouge Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “berry rose.” It’s a cool-toned, slightly muted, berry with hints of rosy pink. It has a satin-matte finish. Revlon Plum Velour (P, $7.99) is cooler-toned, brighter. Bobbi Brown Berry (LE, $25.00) is brighter. Chanel Esprit (88) (LE, $34.00) is a bit redder. Guerlain Rose Bengale (P, $35.00) is more frosted.See comparison swatches.

It had rich, opaque color coverage and was nearly opaque in a single pass. The consistency is creamy, lightweight, and glides right on without pulling or tugging at the lips. The way it sits on the lips is particularly flattering; it looks very smooth and even, which ultimately makes my lips look about 15% nicer than they really are. It wore well for five and a half hours, and it was lightly hydrating during that time. The formula is rose-scented, and it seemed a bit stronger in this shade than some of the other shades (or the regular Le Rouge range). I really love the feel of the lipstick, though, and even as someone who doesn’t like floral-scented lip products, it’s a shade I’ve reached for twice on date night (which is a big deal!).

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick Violine Precieux (312)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick
Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Rose Precieux (311) Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “rosy red.” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned, rosy red with a satin finish. MAC Candy Apple is lighter. Urban Decay Manic is richer, redder. Revlon Wild Watermelon is lighter, redder. Chanel Fiction is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Long-time readers will know that I have been recently seduced by Givenchy’s Le Rouge range, so when the brand released two additional, limited edition shades as part of their holiday collection–there was no way I was resisting. The formula is really a treat to apply, because it feels silky, smooth, and almost buttery–but not too emollient; there really isn’t a lot of slip, just a creaminess, to the consistency. The color glides on with nearly full opacity in a single stroke, so it is quite pigmented. Rose Precieux wore well for six hours, and it left a moderate stain behind. It was lightly hydrating (but not as hydrating as the original Le Rouge formula) while worn. The formula has a light floral scent as well.

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick Rose Precieux (311)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick

Givenchy Rose d'Exception (206) Le Rouge
Givenchy Rose d’Exception (206) Le Rouge

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “an intense semi-matte lipstick” with “long-lasting” wear. The formula is incredibly pigmented and creamy; it glides on effortlessly never pulling or tugging at the lip, and it really does deliver opaque color in a single pass. The finish isn’t fully matte, more of a satiny sheen–definitely less shine than the regular Le Rouge range.  The formula is not as hydrating as the regular range, as I found Rose d’Exception to be neither drying nor hydrating and Rouge d’Exception only slightly hydrating.  It is floral-scented (too strong for my preference; felt like I was eating perfume when I was applying, but I’m particularly sensitive to florals!) and is housed in a leather-wrapped case. The leather is very thin, and it doesn’t feel particularly luxe for me; I could have done just as well as a regular metal tube.

Rose d’Exception (206) is described as a “soft rosy pink.” It’s a muted, neutral-warm rosy pink with a satin sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage, and it wore well for five and a half hours. It was neither hydrating nor drying, though the original Le Rouge range is more hydrating. Urban Decay Naked is similar. Urban Decay Native is lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is darker. MAC Mehr is more matte. Make Up For Ever #4 is darker. See comparison swatches

Rouge d’Exception (308) is described as a “warm berry red.” It’s a rusty orange with strong red undertones. There’s a little brown in there, too, which keeps it from being as vibrant as a true orange-red. The pigmentation is opaque in one stroke, and the consistency just glides on and melts on the lips like butter. It wore well for six and a half hours and left behind a lingering stain. It was slightly hydrating. MAC Dangerous is more matte, redder. Giorgio Armani #300 is brighter. MAC Tomango is more matte, more orange. Maybelline Orange Edge and Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin are both brighter. MAC Lady Danger is more matte, brighter. Buxom Rogue is more orange, brighter. OCC Psycho is more matte but is the closest. See comparison swatches.

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick Rose d'Exception (206)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick Rouge d'Exception (308)
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

5 Shades of Juicy Watermelon

For me, summer and juicy, sweet watermelon go hand-in-hand.  This post is inspired by that connection and my personal love for watermelon!  These are five lovely shades of pink and red-coral!

  1. Giorgio Armani No. 06 Fluid Sheer — a luminous watermelon pink for your cheeks
  2. Revlon Wild Watermelon — a gllosy coral-red for lips
  3. Givenchy Rose Dressing — a warm, luminous pink
  4. Chanel Elixir — glossy coral-red for nails
  5. Giorgio Armani #519 — ultra-glossy coral-pink

What’s your favorite pink-coral?

5 Amazing Lipstick Formulas

These are my very, very favorite lipstick formulas (in no particular order!) at the moment.

What’s your favorite lipstick formula?

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