2nd Love: Glow n’ Bronzers Photos, Swatches, Review

There are three Glow n’ Bronzers to choose from, and each one contains four strips of color. You could likely use each one individually to highlight or use on eyes, but as a blush/bronzer, it is most practical to use all four together (“swirled”). The Glow n’ Bronzers ($15.00 each for 16.1 g/0.57 oz.) are very much like the Marble Blushes. Each strip is soft, smooth, and has good pigmentation. These also wear well and last me most of the day–or as long as I needed it to! Like the Marble Blushes, these give a soft sheen rather than chunky glitter or shimmer particles, so if you’ve found other baked products too shimmery, these might be more your cup of tea.

Compared to MAC: I’d say these are most like MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes (particularly the limited edition releases from Brunette, Blonde, Redhead, since those, too, had strips of color). Again, these are cheaper at $15.00 for 16.1g/0.57 oz. compared to MAC at $27.00 for 10g/0.35 oz. MAC also offers a larger variety on types of mineralize skinfinishes, since some are blushers, while others can bronze your skin and still others are highlighters. MAC’s tend to be swirled/marbled rather than with strips, too. One thing I noticed is that when I swirled MAC mineralize skinfinishes together (from BBR), the strips didn’t mix so much. With the 2nd Love Glow n’ Bronzers, when you mix them, you can kind of see that you did that. You can dust everything off and it’s all as it should be, though. When you use a brush, this effect is extremely minimized; it is more pronounced when you use sponges/fingers.

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2nd Love: Marble Blushes Photos, Review, Swatches

2nd Love was founded by a fellow UC Irvine alumnist Terry Hsiao, who graduated in 2005, and is now working on developing her own cosmetic line. When Terry first approached me, I started to get excited as soon as I visited 2nd Love’s website, particularly because it is well-designed and the quality of the product photos is excellent. (If only all brands had such high quality imagery for us to drool over!) I also thought it would be fitting to check out this line with MAC’s Colour Craft Collection debuting later this week.

The 2nd Love Collection currently includes six eyeshadow duos, four marble blushes, and three Glow n’ Bronzers. According to Terry, the powders are made with a special formula containing a high content of pearl powder. The baked powders can be used wet or dry and are longer wearing than traditional pressed powder products. Together, they are designed to create a collection of soft, sheer powders that provide intense color and flawless coverage.

OVERALL, 2nd Love’s Marble Blushes ($12.00 each for 5.6g/0.2 oz.) are soft, smooth baked powder blushes. Their intensity is designed to be softer rather than in-your-face, and I think they succeed in that area. All four blushes are extremely wearable for a full range of skin tones, and the layer well to build up the color. They can also be used wet to increase intensity, too. I didn’t find any of them too glittery; in fact, they all seemed to have a nice sheen rather than shimmer/glitter particles. I found that the blushes wore well throughout the day, and they didn’t fade much, if at all. I have found that mineralize blushes and the like do tend to have less staying power than traditional powder blushes for me, at least.

Of course, I know you are wondering how 2nd Love’s Marble Blushes compare to MAC’s Mineralize Blushes. I do feel that they are different products in some ways, and of course, similar in others. The biggest difference is the price — MAC mineralize blushes run $21.00 each for 3.5g/0.11 oz. Some of MAC’s mineralize blushes do pack more pigment/color pay off than 2nd Love’s (e.g. Merrily). I’d say 2nd Love’s Marble Blushes just give a softer finish, softer glow.

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Lisa Hoffman Beauty on Sale @ HauteLook!

HauteLook is having a Lisa Hoffman Beauty sale!

The sale is going on now at HauteLook! :) As per usual, products look like they’re around 50% off!  I’ve never tried any of Lisa Hoffman products before, so I think I might pick up a few things to try!  What about you?

(The link above is an invite-link, which is a referral link. HauteLook has opened up membership, so you are free to sign up on your own, if you wish! :) )

Chanel Venice Collection for Fall 2009

Chanel Venice Collection for Fall 2009

As a city built on water, Venice was a source of great intrigue for Gabrielle Chanel. She saw it as simultaneously dramatic and fragile – qualities she herself possessed. With the imagination of the CHANEL Makeup Studio, Venice comes to life in a palette reflective of the city’s shimmering facades and mosaics, and the sparkling aquatic colours of its lagoons. As seen in the runway looks created by Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, at the 2009/10 Cruise Collection show, held on the beaches of Venice, Italy, rich sienna and deep rose tones, and dusky greys and greens combine for a modern look that can be softened for day or emboldened come evening.

Eye Gloss ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Luminous cream quadra eyeshadow in pearl, gold, black, red-black

Les 4 Ombres / Quadra Eyeshadow ($56.00)

  • Murano Moss, pink, seafoam, green shimmer

Irreelle Duo / Silky Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00)

  • Acqua Alta White, grey

Poudre Douce / Soft Pressed Powder ($50.00)

  • Peche Caresse Soft peach

Jouse Contraste / Powder Blush ($42.00)

  • Fresque Peach

Les Tissages de Chanel / Blush Duo Tweed Effect ($45.00)

  • Tweed Sienna Earthy Bronze

Rouge Allure / Luminous Satin Lip Colour ($30.00)

  • Instinctive Pink nude
  • Comedia Rose
  • Intuitive Pink brown
  • Amusing Rosewood
  • Captive Brown
  • Clandestine Brick

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($27.00)

  • Arlequin Gold
  • Courtisane Pink

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($23.00)

  • Intermezzo White pearl
  • Gondola Maroon shimmer

Le Crayon Levres / Precision Lip Definer ($28.00)

  • Praline d’Or Nude

Le Crayon Sourcils / Precision Brow Definer ($28.00)

  • Blond Clair Blonde
  • Cendre Noir Black

Availability: July 2009 at CHANEL boutiques, department and specialty stores, and on Chanel.com.

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