Monday, November 1st, 2010

Rescue Beauty Lounge Look Rich, Be Cheap Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Look Rich, Be Cheap Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Rescue Beauty Lounge: Look Rich, Be Cheap

With the RBL sale just around the bend, I figured I’d post reviews of the remaining shades I own!

Rescue Beauty Lounge Look Rich, Be Cheap Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 oz.) is a clear base with violet and dirty gold glitter. I actually wore this when I went to the MAC Venomous Villains press event, because it reminded me of Maleficent for some reason.

It takes me a full three coats to get a fairly opaque result, and it’s important to use less brush strokes so you don’t displace the glitter. I also recommend being patient and letting each coat dry a bit. And yes, you’ll need a good polish remover and patience to remove it, as it is a glitter polish.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re a fan of glitter polish and like the color mix, I think it’s a good formula that packs a nice amount of glitter in each coat.

AVAILABILITY: Rescue Beauty Lounge

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Monday, November 1st, 2010

Rescue Beauty Lounge Locavore Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Locavore Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Rescue Beauty Lounge: Locavore

With the RBL sale just around the bend, I figured I’d post reviews of the remaining shades I own!

Rescue Beauty Lounge Locavore Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 oz.) is a clear polish with multi-colored glitter. The glitter includes a chartreuse green, aqua blue, and fuchsia.

It takes me a full three coats to get a fairly opaque result, and it’s important to use less brush strokes so you don’t displace the glitter. I also recommend being patient and letting each coat dry a bit. And yes, you’ll need a good polish remover and patience to remove it, as it is a glitter polish. It’s a really fun mix of colors, though–so sometimes it’s worth the extra work!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re a fan of glitter polish, this is a really fun mix of colors. It’s so celebratory!

AVAILABILITY: Rescue Beauty Lounge

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Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Philosophy Trick or Treat
Philosophy Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween!

Philosophy Trick or Treat Set ($20.00) contains 8 oz. Shower Gels in Pumpkin Spice Muffin and Caramel Apple. I’m not one for tricks, so for Halloween, I treated myself to this little kit. I reviewed Pumpkin Spice Muffin when it originally debuted last year–I absolutely LOVED it. For the record, I still do. (Writing this post also reminds me that I should stock up!)

Caramel Apple has that crisp scent of ripened apples with the sweetness of caramel wrapping it all up. Philosophy really nailed both of these autumn scents for me, and both make me feel so cozy when I’m lathering up in the shower.

Philosophy’s Shower Gels are absolutely excellent as a body wash, as they lather up quickly, scent up the shower, and don’t dry out the skin. I don’t find the scent lingers post-shower, which is to be expected, as it’s not on you for long. (I personally only want my perfume or a scented body moisturizer to linger.) They also make nice bubble baths, and decent shampoos, though I imagine if you have anything but normal hair, you may want to stick with your normal shampoo unless you’re in a pinch. It’s just a rather basic shampoo that cleanses.

Really wish Philosophy’s shower gels sets were actually value-driven. Normally, full-sized shower gels retail for $16 for 16 oz., and while you’re getting 16 oz. in total here, you’re paying $20 for the opportunity to try two.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you love pumpkin spice and/or apple scents, I think you’d really enjoy this set.

AVAILABILITY: Philosophy

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Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Guerlain Giny Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Giny Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain’s Latest Beautiful Nude

When you swatch Gillian and Giny ($46.00 for 0.12 oz.) side-by-side, they look incredibly similar, but they are quite distinct when worn (at least on my lips!). While Gillian is a soft rose-nude, Giny is a peach-nude. They both have ultra fine white shimmer and a glossy sheen–a higher shine than the typical Rouge G, actually. As expected, it is also opaque and provides beautiful coverage while still feeling lightweight.

Guerlain’s Rouge G Lipsticks have a strong fruit-floral scent but no taste–I do consider Guerlain’s scented lipsticks to be some of the heavier scented kinds, so do be careful if you are sensitive to scents.  I typically get four to six hours of wear, with four hours on lighter shades like Giny.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It would be particularly lovely on cooler skin tones but still an easy to wear, everyday kind of shade for all skin tones.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Clarins Bronze Instant Sun Light Highlighter
Clarins Bronze Instant Sun Light Highlighter

Clarins Instant Sun Light Highlighters: Bronze

Clarins Bronze Instant Sun Light Highlighter ($32.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a creamy–almost gel-like in consistency and texture–golden bronze with soft flecks of gold shimmer that glides onto skin and gives a warmer, luminous look. Though rather deep bronze in the compact, it applies rather sheerly and much lighter on the skin. On both paler and deeper skin tones, this is more of a highlighter than a contouring shade–on the palest of skin, I could see this working as a subtle bronzer. I like this best as a natural highlighter on medium to deep skin tones.

I do wish this product lasted longer on the skin, though; it seems to slide off within three to four hours, even on my normal skin, so I would imagine even shorter wear time on oilier skin types. It doesn’t dry down to a powdery finish, which is good news for those with drier skin types, because it won’t emphasize any dryness or flaking skin. I definitely recommend using a translucent setting powder to help this stay in place longer.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I think those of light-medium to medium skin tones will find this most flattering, because it will add some warmth as well as sheen. It’s not ultra long wearing, though.

AVAILABILITY: Clarins

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Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.40 oz.) is a darkened blue with just the slightest touch of teal. It does not look teal to me in any light–it always reads rather blue to me. Whenever I look at it on my nails, I’m reminded of jeans. This was almost a one coater, though I still ended up with two to ensure it was perfectly opaque. The formula is medium-thick in consistency and applies smoothly without streaking. I love that this color doesn’t turn black even in low lighting.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Perfect for cool-toned skin but still flattering on warmer skin tones, Teal is a great choice for… a blue shade.

AVAILABILITY: Rescue Beauty Lounge

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