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Tarte Blissful Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Blissful Amazonian Clay Blush
Tarte Blissful Amazonian Clay Blush

Tarte Blissful Amazonian Clay Blus ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “warm peach,” but it’s more like an intense coral-pink on me! It’s more pink than coral, but it’s not truly pink. The brightness and strength of the pink will make it a wearable coral even on cooler complexions. The hue reminded me of Smashbox Blushing/Peony, which is a touch pinker and is a cream. It’s also similar to theBalm Frat Boy. Make Up For Ever #6 is a bit lighter, less pink.

Tarte says that these have a twelve-hour wear time, which I haven’t yet experienced, but some of the darker shades tend to do better than the lighter ones. For instance, Blissful wore for eight hours well, and though it was faded, I could still detect some on after ten hours. I like that the blush is really silky soft in texture, which makes it easy to blend, but it is also soft enough that a brush easily dislodges the powder so you can easily get too much product on your brush with some of the more intense shades like Blissful. I’d recommend a stippling brush or tapping off the excess if you prefer a light look.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Blissful
Blissful
Blissful
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #110

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv (their entry cream), Tom Ford Bois Marocain
  • Weekend plans:  I’m waiting on some new technology to arrive, so hopefully it does, and I’ll spend most of the weekend trying to figure out how it all works!
  • What’s your favorite hot drink?:   Stars Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – that is divine.

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This week’s Mellan photo…


This sums up how cooperative Mellan was during this year’s holiday shoot!

Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow
Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow

Lancome Volcano Color Design Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.042 oz.) is described as a “muted taupe-grey” with a shimmer finish. It’s a great variation on taupe–a cool-toned brown with a grayish overcast and has more of a satiny sheen than an overt shimmer finish, but it doesn’t deliver on full color coverage. As far as similar shades, theBalm Selfish and NARS Grand Palais are close in color but much more shimmery. MAC Satin Taupe is much more intense and deeper.

Unfortunately, the color payoff is somewhat lacking; it deposits decent color, and I discovered it performed a little better applied on the eye, but it’s just not as good as it could (or should) be and definitely requires some packing and pressing of the color onto to the lid to get decent payoff. The texture is soft without being powdery or too fragile. The formula is designed to be long-wearing with “pigment-packed color” that “stays true for daylong wear.” As expected, the wear is not perfect without a primer–I get around eight hours, after that point there is very subtle creasing–but have no issues when it is applied over a primer.

Lancome Color Design Eyeshadow Volcano
Volcano

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3 Must-Have Fall Fragrances

By Caitlin, Fragrance Contributor

Caitlin recently completed her master’s degree in British Literature at St. Andrews in Scotland. She’s just moved back to the U.S., currently residing in Pennsylvania, and now works for a local non-profit. She studed French during her undergraduate years and even lived in Paris for a years. She loves traveling, but now that she has to hold down a “real job” now, she travels by way of new perfumes. She says fragrance has a way of transporting you to a new place, which is one of the reasons she loves perfume! You can follow her on Twitter!


3 Must-Have Fall Fragrances

Autumn is in full-swing and, even though we still get plenty of sunlight during the day, there’s a palpable cooler edge to everything that has me craving fragrances with more warmth and depth. At this time of year, I want something I can cozy up to and wrap around myself. Here are a few of my Fall favorites from niche brands:

L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two ($145.00): This fragrance starts out with a smoky, earthy kick that smells exactly like jumping into a pile of leaves. When the honey note appears things balance things out and you get the sensation of drinking sweetened black tea. Tea for Two gradually becomes more restrained until you get the feeling that you’re sitting next to a fireplace drinking milky Earl Grey and snacking on ginger snaps. This fragrance is cozy but sophisticated. You’re not curled up in your PJs with a mug, rather you’re wearing a smoking jacket and sipping politely out of a china teacup.

Diptyque Eau Duelle ($88.00): Diptyque is better known for their gorgeous scented candles, but their line of fragrances is equally well-appointed. Eau Duelle or ‘duality of water’ interlaces vanilla with cold peppery spices and warm frankincense. It opens with a burst of peppercorn and black tea. There are two types of vanilla here: bourbon and firnat, but they play shy and do not emerge right away. The vanilla reveals itself about an hour into wear-time, as the incense note takes on a different texture and changes from aromatic to creamy and substantial. The dry-down contains both powdery sweetness (that’s the firnat) and boozy syrup (that’s the bourbon!) but this fragrance never becomes overly sweet thanks to lingering hints of spicy peppercorn.

Miller Harris Feuilles de Tabac ($95.00):  True to its name, this fragrance opens with a strong waft of smoky tobacco but, don’t worry, this is not your grandfather’s tobacco pipe. The official Miller Harris description for this scent mentions Parisian brasseries and that’s exactly what this tobacco note evokes. Feuilles de Tabac will take you to a brasserie on the Left Bank where you’re sipping a café au lait (or some French wine!) while the scent of clove cigarettes hovers in the air. The pine needle note here balances out the smoke and shows that it is possible to do a fresh smelling tobacco scent. Feuilles de Tabac is a skin scent, meaning people will have to get close to notice this but, on some occasions, that intimacy may be exactly what you want!

5 Must-Have Hong Kong Favorites

By Samantha, Asia/Hong Kong Contributor

Sam is a 16-year old junior with a passion for all things beauty, though she has a soft spot for lipstick and blush. She started off her collection with mostly Western brands but began to get more interested in Asian brands because they were so much more accessible.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sam speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, a little German, and, of course, English. In her free time, she enjoys photography, craft projects, and spending time with family and friends. She’s studying for the SAT this year and looks forward to applying to universities in the U.S. next year.


5 Must-Have Favorites from Hong Kong

As a high school junior, I stay up late doing homework and wake up early for school. I typically go for a fresh and polished look and look for products that are quick and fail-proof when I’m stumbling around at 6am, as well as long-wearing to make it through long days. I have luckily been able to find these qualities in products by brands that are locally available to me.

I’m lucky to have pretty good skin so since I do not need coverage all over, I prefer to spot conceal.  Canmake UV Stretch and Protect Concealer (1,000 yen) has a thick, cream consistency and is housed in a long tube with a doe-foot applicator. Its consistency covers amazingly well without being drying or looking cakey, whether I’m using it to conceal redness, blemishes or under-eye circles. This is the most long lasting concealer I have ever used, holding up exceptionally well at parties, concerts and even when swimming. When I remove my make up at the end of the day, I can count on this still being on my skin.

Marker-styled liquid liners usually have a felt tip applicator, but the Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner ($13.50) actually has a brush that tapers off like felt tip applicators do. The thin brush tip makes creating really fine lines right by the lash line a breeze, but apply a little extra pressure and the brush flattens, creating a thicker line. The long, thin packaging gives you great control and makes winged liner quick and fuss-free.

Fairydrops Mascara ($18.00) has a very unique wand that resembles the wand of Rimmel Sexy Curves. I have to say, the first time using this was tricky and quite frankly, a little intimidating. The wand has three circular bumps that grabs my lashes, gives them a good coat of mascara, and deposits a lot of product near my lash line, making my lashes look fuller and my eyes more defined. The waterproof formula is creamy but dries quickly, so the occasional clump must be brushed out quickly, and does not smudge or flake on me.

You can spot Hope Girl from a mile away by its tell-tale leopard print packaging. The Milky Balm Lipstick in RD102 Watery Red (12,900 won) is a great, moisturizing sheer red that adds brightness and color to the face. It is a neutral red which should work well on a variety of skin tones and is extremely easy to wear, although it can also be built up for a stronger payoff. It does not stay on for very long, but as a sheer lip product, I don’t really expect it to. I can swipe this on without a mirror and use it to transition my look from day to night, making it a great lipstick for on the go.

Similar in concept to Benefit Benetint, I think that Lioele Blooming Pop Tint in Cherry ($13.60) multi-tasking lip and cheek stain is one of Lioele’s star products. The main thing that sets the Blooming Pop Tint apart from other lip and cheek stains I have used before is that it has a gel-like consistency, giving you more blending time before it sets. The stain just sinks into the skin, leaving a rosy flush that looks very natural and not streaky or patchy at all.

Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer

Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer
Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer

Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer

Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer ($17.50 oz. for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “multi-chrome nail polish that shifts from golden yellow to khaki green to blue flash with a metallic shimmer.” It’s predominantly a murky olive green-gold that brightens and darkens depending on the angle/lighting. The blue comes out, for me, around the edges of the nail when held at a certain angle. It’s a very cool effect and definitely something that’s hard to capture in a single photo! It’s definitely very similar to Chanel Peridot. They both look like oil spills in the bottle!  #507 has more blue pulled out than Chanel, which tends to be more gold-green and green; perhaps less multi-chrome.

#507 was opaque in two coats, and even though it’s a metallic, the threads apply evenly and straight without much effort. The lacquer flowed easily across the nail without pooling, streaking, or bubbling. I wore #507 for a week with minimal tip wear; the formula wears well without chipping and probably could have lasted for ten days. It had a good consistency that wasn’t too thick or thin, which allowed for better application.

Ozotic #507 Nail Lacquer

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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