Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant coral-pink with subtle gold shimmer and a natural shine. This is the type of shade that always seems to garner compliments, even though there are a fair amount of shades that can be found in the same family. Guerlain Chamade is redder. Guerlain Bal de Mai is a bit darker and less coral. MAC Watch Me Simmer is pinker and brighter. NYX Haute Melon is a bit lighter. MAC Hibiscus is more orange. Laura Mercier Tangerine is lighter and less pink. Chanel Phoenix is much pinker. Chanel Genial is similar but doesn’t have the shimmer. Korres #18 is pinker. MAC Fresh Salmon is more golden and sheerer.

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Guerlain Nahema (143) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Nahema
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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
98%

Le Metier de Beaute Ginger Lily Creme Fresh Tint

On cheeks, it imparts a natural sheen that’s fresh-faced without being shiny or oily-looking. The color is very subtle, and on deeper skin tones, I don’t think it would be so effective. On pale to light-medium skin tones, it would work well as a barely-there blusher to add some warmth and natural color. NARS Sex Appeal is much, much lighter. Chanel Espiegle is much more orange. MAC Brit Wit is cooler, less peach, more mauve. Urban Decay Score is pinker.  It wears for seven and a half hours on cheeks.  I liked applying this with a stippling brush best and blending with fingers.

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Le Metier de Beaute Ginger Lily Creme Fresh Tint
Le Metier de Beaute Crème Fresh Tint Ginger Lily
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9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
94%

5 Pretty in Pink and Red Lipglosses for Valentine’s Day

5 Pretty in Pink and Red Lipglosses for Valentine’s Day

In case you’re not into lipsticks, or maybe you like to mix, here are five of my favorites that would make for a perfect lip for Valentine’s Day!

  1. MAC Driven by Love — ruby red with ruby shimmer
  2. Chanel Trimphal — pinky-red with lighter pink and red shimmer
  3. Illamasqua Indulge — bright, yellow-toned pink
  4. Milani Photo Flash — glittery, glitzy pink-red
  5. Hourglass Siren — metallic orange-red

What’s your favorite gloss for Valentine’s Day?

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) The Garden Collection for Spring/Summer 2012


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) The Garden Collection for Spring/Summer 2012

Introducing The Garden, OCC’s S/S 2012 Colour Collection. Spring has sprung at OCC and hidden among the lilacs and pansies is a different shade of floral. Inspired by psychotropic and poisonous plants, this collection turns traditional spring pastels upside down, injecting them with hallucinatory notes of nearly-neon vibrancy. Mixed in are more subtle neutral lip shades, meant to be paired with a dizzying flash of color on the eyes, in this garden of earthly (and unearthly) delights.

Lip Tar ($13.50)

  • Chlorophyll True, denseteal
  • Belladonna Ultra, ultra violet
  • Digitalis Pink-tinged lavender
  • Ophelia Pure petal pink
  • Kava Kava True peach neutral
  • Pennyroyal Roasted peach-brown

availability: March 2012


Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee

Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as “high polish for your skin.” It’s a liquid, powder, and gel formula all-in-one. Estee Lauder says it “smooths on as an all-over soft sheen” and “builds for luminous pearl highlighting.” I wouldn’t describe it as an all-over powder or really so much a highlighting product–maybe a highlighting bronzer. The product is very, very intense. The pigmentation is insane; one tap of the brush, and it’s more than enough color to add a bronzed look to my cheeks. To achieve mere highlighting, I found that a fan brush and a very, very light hand (think of just a tap) was the only way to get just a faint sheen. If you use a regular blush or highlighting brush, and you use your typical method, you’ll probably find there’s too much for just a highlighted sheen.

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Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee
Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee Blush Topaz Chameleon
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Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8
Application
3
Total
86%

Estee Lauder Teal Topaz Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Teal Topaz Nail Lacquer ($19.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is a dusty teal with a cream finish, though it dries to an almost vinyl-like finish. Illamasqua Muse is a richer, deeper teal that isn’t much darker but has more depth. Cult Nails Let Me Fly is a bit darker and has shimmer. Orly Viridian Vinyl is very close in color but has a pleather-like finish.

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Estee Lauder Teal Topaz Nail Lacquer
Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer Teal Topaz
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Product
7
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
10
Application
3
Total
83%