The Summer Season: Pinks & Purples (April)

The Summer Season: Pinks (April)

So far, there have been nine delectable pinks to devour from the Summer Season (and definitely plenty more to take a look at!).

  1. Chanel Phoenix Rouge Allure Laque
  2. Dolce & Gabbana Pink Lipstick
  3. Elizabeth Arden Perfect Flamingo Lipstick
  4. Guerlain Giulette Rouge G Lipstick
  5. Laura Mercier Hydrangea Lipstick
  6. MAC Girl About Town Lipstick
  7. Make Up For Ever #203 Lipstick
  8. Milani Rose Hip Lipstick
  9. Smashbox Flirty Lipstick

The Summer Season: Purples (April)

Just four purple-tinged shades, but they sure are pretty.  I definitely have a few more for you to see!

  1. Dolce & Gabbana Violet Lipstick
  2. MAC Show Orchid Lipstick
  3. MAC Violetta Lipstick
  4. Tarina Tarantino Candy Jar Lipstick

What are your favorite pinks and purples to wear in the summer?

Lancome Aqua Fusion Tinted Moisturizer Review, Photos

Lancome Aqua Fusion Tinted Moisturizer

My favorite part about this tinted moisturizer is the coverage it gives. It still has an amazingly lightweight feel, but it delivers more than sheer coverage–I’d even go as far as to say light-medium (not quite medium). It covered some healing acne and post-acne marks on my face and gave me a lovely, natural finish. I also love that this moisturizer absorbs and sinks in quickly and doesn’t leave behind a dewy finish. It has a nearly matte finish, so it’s great for my oily-skinned friends, in particular.

It has a mango-ish scent–defintely fruity, but not overly sweet or tropical–and I’d say it lingers for about fifteen to twenty minutes before it fades away entirely (at least to my nose). The packaging is a slim tube, so it’s easy to apply the amount you need, plus it is travel friendly, being under 3 oz.

Even though I love, love the feel and coverage of the product, there are a few noteworthy drawbacks. If you’re pale, I don’t know if you’re going to find a good match. Surprisingly, I’m Naturel 1–the lightest shade–in Lancome’s Tinted Moisturizer. I originally tested out Sand 2, because I assumed it would work well for my medium skin tone, but it was definitely too dark on me. This is why I caution those with paler skin tones to try it at a counter first, if possible. Sand 2 would work for those who are definitely medium or medium-dark, though. I think Sand 2 might work for me after the summer, perhaps, but right now, Naturel 1 is a much better match.

I’d also prefer to see broad-spectrum protection here, because it is moisturizing enough (without being heavy or greasy) to be worn without an additional moisturizer, but since it lacks UVA protection, you’ll need to use another product to get broad-spectrum protection (like a moisturizer!). It’s not advertised as broad-spectrum, so I didn’t reduce points, but it’s certainly something I’d love to see in the future.

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Hourglass Prism Eyeshadow Duo

Hourglass Prism

The packaging is kind of a gunmetal silver-brown, very modern and sleek. It’s actually a swiveling compact, which is interesting. I like that the packaging is different and elegant, but I get the feeling that it obviously contributes a bit to the steeper cost of these.

Just to put things in perspective, MAC eyeshadows are $290/oz. and NARS eyeshadow duos at $228/oz. — with Hourglass at$190/oz.

The pricing may be off-putting for some, but if it’s within your budget, I’d urge you to at least give ’em a swatch at your nearest Sephora sometime. They just might impress you as they did me!

I’m quite pleased with the quality and feel of the duo–I really didn’t expect it–and I’d say these are some of the best eyeshadows I’ve tried, from the texture to the pigmentation to the colors themselves. I definitely have to look into some of the other duos and see how those stack up against Prism (totally crossing fingers that they are just as amazing!).

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The Summer Season: Corals (April)

The Summer Season: Corals (April)

With April behind us, what better time to do a recap of the shades featured thus far in the Summer Season?  Here are seven corals that are perfect for summer…  More to come, of course!

  1. Cle de Peau #26 Lipstick
  2. gloMinerals Passion Fruit Lipstick
  3. Guerlain Gaby Rouge G Lipstick
  4. Illamsqua Brink Lipstick
  5. Korres #18 Peach Lipstick
  6. Korres #45 Coral Lipstick
  7. Urban Decay 5150 Lipstick

What are your favorites?  Have you found any great corals lately?