The Best of the Best, Volume #013

The Best of the Best, Volume #013

Oh my, can I just ask for say… 48-72 hours extra between now and Monday?  No, I can’t?  Seriously?  Argh!

What are your weekend plans? Mine are…

I have a final on November 30th, December 1st, December 2nd, and December 3rd.  I have a big ol’ research paper due December 17th (least worrisome at the moment!).  I’m pretty much just one giant ball o’ stress.  My plans are:  study, study, study… hopefully not keel over from stress… and study some more.

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Free For Haul Fridays, Volume #007

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Recommend your favorite book or tell us what you just started reading; share a great dessert recipe or a photo of your pet (which is sure to be the cutest, yeah?).

First, I’ll share mine!

MAC Baroque Boudoir lipglosses/lipsticks! That’s it for me this week.

Now… have at it!

Choose or Lose: How much does price = quality?

  • 50%! Sometimes yes, sometimes no. (51%, 698 Votes)
  • 75%! You usually get a better product when you spend more! (35%, 482 Votes)
  • 25%! Maybe a little better, but it's not 1 for 1! (6%, 79 Votes)
  • 100%! You get what you pay for! (5%, 68 Votes)
  • 0%! How much you pay says nothing about the quality! (3%, 35 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,364

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

Lancome Sparkling Cherub Sheer Warming Illuminating Powder

Lancome Sparkling Cherub Illuminating Powder

Lancome Sparkling Cherub Sheer Warming Illuminating Powder ($40.00 for 0.35 oz.) is very true to its name: it’s a subtle powder that warms up the complexion.

To me, it feels and looks very much like a bronzer. Although it initially looks sparkly, it’s just a gold overspray, so after that top layer disappears, you’re left with a mostly matte combination of colors. The outer right is kind of a beige-y fleshy-tone, while the inner ring is a deeper bronzy shade. I’m not really a fan of overspray, just because all they do is make it look pretty, sparkly, and different than what it really is.  I’d rather just see it in its semi-matte to matte form.

It’s not really practical to use each section alone, so together, they mix and create a very lightly warmed-up bronze-orange powdery shade. I could see some maybe using the inner portion alone, but the outer ring is a little thin to make it easy to use by itself.

The design of the cherub is cute, and you’ll see it linger in your compact for several uses (until you flatten him out, LOL), which is nice. I could see myself using this as a light blusher on cheeks or maybe a dusting on my forehead, nose, and chin to add extra warmth during the winter season. I don’t, personally, think I’ll reach for this too often, but if you’re looking for a way to warm up your complexion, this might be it.

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The Scarlet Season: Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Audace Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a fiery, orange-based bright red in Chanel’s ultra pigmented, moisturizing Rouge Allure formula. Unlike Passion, this is distinctly orange-based whereas Passion is blue-based. I really love when a brand has both (and even more so when they have a pretty neutral red available, too!), because I know some prefer orange-red while others prefer blue-red! (I lean towards blue-red myself.) When I first tested this shade, I thought it was similar to Chanel’s Coromandel Rouge Allure Laque, but it’s not as deep, seems lighter, and doesn’t have shimmer, so they are different enough.

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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