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Make Up For Ever #24 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #24 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #24 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #24 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #24 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “matte vibrant yellow.” It’s an intense, bright sunshine yellow with a yellow-orange undertone. Illamasqua Hype is a darker yellow. MAC Goldenrod is more orange. Inglot #323 seems nearly identical.

The texture of Aqua Creams is creamy, slightly thick, and pretty opaque from the get-go. You don’t need a lot of product to get an even, opaque layer of coverage, but it is possible to sheer out the color to more of a semi-opaque look if so desired. Aqua Creams are, as touted, long-wearing, waterproof, and intensely pigmented. It’s a formula that dries down fairly quickly and then stays and stays and stays. It doesn’t budge, smudge, or fade at all during the day. They can work alone, as eyeshadow bases, or as eyeliners (some shades are designed for lips/cheeks and not eyes, however, so you’d use those as lip/cheek products!).

I love the the intensity of this shade; it’s really vibrant without being neon. It’s warm without venturing into goldenrod/orange-territory, but it’s warm enough that it’s a yellow that can be worn more easily, since it won’t look sallow against the skin.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #24
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#24
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
97%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15
Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Orchid Pink Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “light heather pink.” It’s a soft, pale pink with subtle cool undertones–it almost looks warm in the swatch but cooler on my lips. Guerlain Rose Piquant is a touch darker. Chanel Charme is darker and more shimmery. Guerlain Rose Innocent is similar, slightly paler. Estee Lauder Mauve Mirage is similar, perhaps a touch darker.

The formula is listed as “lightweight, soft shine lipstick that doubles as a rejuvenating moisture treatment.” It’s supposed to have both short-term and long-term hydration. It’s scent- and taste-free (no distinct SPF flavor!). It’s a soft, pliant formula that has some slip, but it doesn’t have any thick, creaminess, so it doesn’t slide all over the place.

The lipstick applies smoothly and evenly, and it deposits semi-opaque color without having to slather it on. The finish is lightly glossy, mega-shiny, but it doesn’t have a really wet look to it, so it’s not quite as glossy as a lipgloss. It’s moisturizing and feels good once applied, and while I did not wear this particular shade back-to-back, I did test out the wear of several shades back-to-back, and my lips were nicely hydrated post-wear. Orchid Pink wore for three hours when I tested it.

Bobbi Brown Treatment Lip Shine Orchid Pink

Paul & Joe Beaute for Summer 2012

Paul & Joe Beaute for Summer 2012

Paul & Joe’s Summer 2012 is every girl’s Midsummer Night’s Dream…literally! Inspired by the whimsical Shakespeare play, this make up collection is full of fun and fairy-inspired colors that will help you feel dainty even in the summer’s hottest temperatures!

Face Color G ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

Fall in love this summer with Paul & Joe’s Limited Edition Face Color G. Inspired by the warm tones of a midsummer sky, the dreamy blushes contour cheeks and provide a natural, enchanting glow. Soft and romantic, these new shades compliment any skin tone with good-for-you ingredients like Rosemary Leaf Extract and Orange Flower Water for a healthy kiss of color and a beautiful complexion. Available in three fresh, heartwarming hues, Face Color G is sure to leave a striking impression on the most eligible suitor.

  • Nymph Pop of pink to add a bold burst of color
  • Nubile Soft, flirty peach to flatter every skin tone
  • Faune Deep rose to create elegant contours

Nail Enamel ($14.00)

Perfectly poised for a summer of romance and pleasure, Paul & Joe’s newest Nail Enamel launches are a whimsical ode to Shakespeare’s timeless “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Three playful, sheer shades are beautiful on their own and instantly add a touch of enchantment and extravagance coated on top of any hue. With just the point of a finger, Paul & Joe nail enamels add a little sparkle to your summer!

  • Fairie Queen Specs of glittering pale pinks, purples and blues perfectly pepper this shimmering translucent shade
  • Sprite A watery, whimsical shade of pastel green dotted with pearls of precious pink adds a gradated finish to fingers
  • Pixie Striking silver sparkles create a holographic effect that creates depth and dimension on any manicure

Lip Gloss G ($22.00)

Paul & Joe introduces a new collection that will send your taste buds dancing. The Lip Gloss G collection consists of three new enchanting shades that instantly melt onto your lips for a punch of sheer shimmering color that coolly completes your sexy, summer style. Even more delicious, each hue is infused with a hint of heavenly flavor inspired by the juicy fruits we crave during the warm months. Succulent strawberry, invigorating green apple and refreshing orange each blend deliciously with creamy vanilla for lips that are hydrated, healthy, and undeniably kissable.

  • Love Potion The perfect pink to swipe on for day or night with a light Strawberry & Vanilla flavor
  • Fairie Kisses A bright yellow gloss that appears translucent on lips with a light Green Apple & Vanilla flavor to refresh your pucker on a sweltering day
  • Dream a Little Dream An enchanting orange sherbet tint with a creamy cool Orange & Vanilla flavor

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Cle de Peau T9 (Albertine) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Albertine (T9) Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft pink-tinged peach with a fine golden peach micro-shimmer. MAC Delectable is darker, more orange. MAC To the Future is very similar but doesn’t have the shimmer. MAC Fashion City is more orange. Chanel Santal is very comparable.

Albertine delivers mostly opaque color, but there’s a little hint of translucency. It applies evenly and smoothly, and the formula itself has a fair amount of slip but isn’t too thick, despite the creaminess of the texture. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear, and this particular shade wore for four and a half hours, which wasn’t particularly long but longer than average for shades of this lightness. This is a very wearable shade, and it is a bit more dupeable and less nuanced compared to some of the other colors available in the Extra Rich formula. I like it, and I am personally drawn to peaches and corals as go-to shades, so it is a color I’d wear often.

Cle de Peau advertises that there are “skincare benefits” in the formula, and while I can’t attest to that, given that I cannot commit to a single formula for six weeks to trial it, I can weigh-in on the short-term benefits like de-emphasis of lip lines (softened after ten to fifteen minutes of wear) and intense hydration. There are a lot of lipsticks that keep lips hydrated while you wear them to the point where your lips are no worse for the wear after they’ve faded, but there are fewer formulas that leave your lips feeling more hydrated than they were when you first applied the product.

Cle de Peau T9 (Albertine) Extra Rich Lipstick

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Beautiful Beginnings with Dior

Beautiful Beginnings with Dior

What was the first Dior product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Dior product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  One of the first Dior products I ever tried was a pretty spring highlighter/blush from the Flower Blossom collection. It was very pretty! I think the first product I fell in love with were the Dior Skin Shimmers. Absolutely gorgeous highlighters for the skin–always glowy and delicate, never overdone or frosty.

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