Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Rouge Sensuel Rouge G Lipstick

Just in time for spring, Guerlain is giving us four new and limited edition shades of their luxurious Rouge G
lipstick in a black lacquered case (as opposed to the metal casing). (To see the other shaes, see details here.) Rouge Sensuel is a semi-opaque coral-red with subtle gold micro-shimmer. Surprisingly, I think this shade would work on both cooler and warmer skin tones, despite the orange base, because the red definitely dominates. It’s almost a mix of pink, red, and orange.

Long-time readers will know that Guerlain’s Rouge G formula is one of my absolute favorite lipsticks, so I always look forward to new and seasonal shade releases. Rouge G colors have certain nuances to them just seem to make them more flattering when worn. The formula is moisturizing, long-wearing (four to six hours), and comfortable to wear–never heavy but generally opaque in color. I’m still crossing my fingers for refills, because as elegant as the case is, so much of the price must be attributed to it, and it would be nice to be able to reuse it.

The one thing I noticed about these is though the weight feels the same (we actually whipped out the scale, it was a 0.06 oz. lighter), the magnet enclosure seemed slightly weaker.  If you throw ’em around, the black lacquered case’s lid will fall off easier than the metal one (which also slips off if you put it through the tests we did, haha).  I carried one in my purse all day, though, and it was fine.

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YSL Spring 2011 Makeup Collection


YSL Spring 2011 Makeup Collection

Do not be fooled by appearances. Look for the fire beneath the ice. She hides her wild bohemian side behind a mask of innocence. Delicateness of a bare shoulder. Seduction embodied by her every move. Pink worn next to the skin: carnal pink, passion pink, excitement pink. A touch of powder. Fluttering eyelashes. Stolen kisses. Artist of her own beauty, she is an Yves Saint Laurent woman. The color caresses her bare skin and illuminates her porcelain complexion: her cheekbones intensely flushed. Her lips kissed with in a vibrant pink petal. The intensity of her piercing eyes, heightened with graphic inky blues. Exquisite shades of shadow and light.

“After a rock and baroque themed winter, spring is back with a burst of fresh roses to flush the cheeks while enhancing the complexion with a seemingly innocent purity. Sensual full lips in bright pink or coral light up the face. A bold touch of eyeliner completes the look.” — Lloyd Simmonds

Palette Celebration ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

A versatile complexion highlighter and the ultimate beauty enhancer, Palette Celebration imparts a new radiance to the face for flawless skin. The powder peach shade diffuses light, producing a delicately satin-smooth glow that is 100% Couture. Suitable for all complexions, apply it to the face, eyes, on the neckline and shoulders, any time.

Creme de Blush ($38.00) (New)

An irresistible product, easy to apply with an instinctive and sensual motion: just smile to bring out the contours of the cheekbones, then apply Crème de Blush gently with your fingertips. On contact with the skin, the creamy texture turns into a light powdery film. Velvety soft, light and airy, its exceptionally smooth texture blends perfectly and the color adapts like a “second skin”.

  • N° 1 – Velvety Peach
  • N° 2 – Powdery Rose
  • N° 3 – Silky Praline
  • N° 5 – Temptation Fuchsia
  • N° 6 – Passion Red

Mascara Singulier ($30.00) (New)

  • N° 6 – Deep Plum

Ombre Solo ($30.00) (New)

  • N° 15 – Gold Leaf
  • N° 16 – Topaz Blue

Golden Gloss ($30.00) (New)

  • N° 40 – Golden Impertinence
  • N° 41 – Golden Insolence
  • N° 42 – Golden Obsession
  • N° 43 – Golden Irreverence

Availability: February 2011

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IT’S THE HOLIDAYS ALREADY? Emergency Gift Giving Guide


OHMYGOODNESS, IT’S THE HOLIDAYS ALREADY? Emergency Gift Giving Guide

You just peeked at the calendar, and it finally dawns on you that the season of giving is right around the corner… Sephora is doing free two-day shipping upgrades on any order at Sephora with code UPS2DAY — expires 12/21 at 11:50pm PST.  Here are my picks for gifts to give!

Five Under $25

Five Under $50

Five Over $50

Purple and Violet Eyeliner Comparisons & Dupes

Here is our last eyeliner comparison — blue-based purples!

DUPE ALERT! NARS Manon Eyeliner is a lighter version of MAC Rich Purple Chromagraphic Pencil.

DUPE ALERT! Makeup For Ever #11L Aqua Eyes is a slightly more purple (less blue) than Urban Decay’s Ransom 24/7 Liner–they are the closest in terms of color here, though.

Formula/Wear: NARS Eyeliner is the only one that I have any issues with based on my experience–it just smudges, migrates, and generally is a mess on me but many readers had positive experiences (and others who had similar experiences to mine), so I recommend reading the review for a fuller perspective.  MAC’s Chromagraphic Pencil is one of the longest wearing pencils I’ve come across and incredibly pigmented, too.

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