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Gloss Pur: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
YSL’s Spring Look 2009 Collection is fun to review, because it is so different from many of the other spring launches this season. Do you remember how we had a lil’ sneak peek a few weeks ago of what was to come? Sure, you have some pastels typical to spring, but then you have such an intense, vivid black that totally negates how spring it is!
Must-haves: Gloss Pur in Pure Raspberry, Pure Lipstick in Romantic Pink, Ivory Beige/Deep Black
Nice-to-haves: Glosss Pur in Pure Fuchsia, Pure Lipstick in Silky Apricot
Skip: Collector Powders (Complexion and Eye), Oatmeal/Petroleum Blue
See a review breakdown of each product AND swatches… Continue reading →
Nude Look 2-Colour Eyeshadow
Dior’s Lady Dior Spring 2009 Collection features quite a few products, many of them fitting for a subtle spring. I actually had swatches for everything, but I think the Dior display had some items mixed up, so I have to go back and re-do them next time I’m at Nordstrom’s (and hopefully mine has it, since I traveled 30 minutes away to do them last time–sigh!).
So for now, here is a little sneak peek at some of the products from Lady Dior! Continue reading →
Chanel Wild Rose Glossimer ($26.00) is the perfect color if you’ve been looking for a gloss that just subtly enhances your natural lip color by adding a slicked pinked blush and just-barely-visible shimmer to reflect light.
When I first swatched Wild Rose, it looked absolutely gorgeous and lush on the back of my hand. It also looked way more pigmented, so when I actually went to use it… it was not what I was expecting. My immediate reaction was “return, stat!” but since I don’t go to the mall too often, it’s still in my possession. After wearing it a few times, I’ve decided that it makes a nice go-to gloss for everyday wear aka when I’m too lazy to wear any makeup. I just brush this on and my lips look more alive, and my face is a bit brighter.
I like my-lips-but-better (MLBB) colors from time to time, and I do think everyone should have at least one gloss and one lipstick that fits the MLBB criteria. They are colors that will never go out of style, date you, make you look older or younger… they are natural and sophisticated. Exactly what we all need every once in awhile!
See a lip swatch… Continue reading →
What brushes do you have to use to do your eye makeup? Are they all essential?
This was a quick look from last week! I finally got around to using Henna, yay! Some pictures from Mellan at the park when his buddy Neptune visited, plus a lil’ video, too.
You will need the following…
- Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (beige base), Flip eyeshadow (soft orange-gold), French Cuff eyeshadow (bronzy pink), Henna eyeshadow (antique gold), Femme-fi eyeshadow (soft highlighter), Urban Decay Bourbon 24/7 Liner (brown), Plushlash mascara (black)
- Cheeks: Brunette mineralize skinfinish (soft bronze)
- Lips: Blow Dry lipstick (sheer coral), Live & Dye lipglass (sheer white-pink)
- Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
- Substitutes: Flip = Motif; French Cuff = Expensive Pink; Henna = Sumptuous Olive; Femme-fi = Shroom; Brunette = Bronzer; Blow Dry = Ravishing; Live & Dye = Luminary
Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre pigment all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, apply Flip eyeshadow using the 239. Apply French Cuff eyeshadow to the middle of the lid. Darken the outer lid using Henna eyeshadow on and drag into crease using the 239. Sweep Femme-fi underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Bourbon Liner on lower lash line and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Brunette mineralize skinfinish using the 129. Apply Blow Dry lipstick to lips, and then top with Live & Dye lipglass for color and shine.
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Kiehl’s has recently relaunched their classic essence oils, which date back to the early 1920s. These are concentrated, essence oils packaged in amber glass in a roller ball vial. Right now, they’ve launched Musk 1921, Coriander 1946, Vanilla 1968, and Grapefruit 1976. They will be launching six more over the year. Each 0.23 oz. vial retails for $25.00. Available now!
This is Kiehl’s first essence oil and still today, most beloved by customers who often refer to it as the Original Love Oil. The use of musk dates back more than 1,300 years when it was used by rulers of early Chinese dynasties for its herbal medicinal properties. Until the late 19th century, the natural musk was used extensively in perfumery until economic and ethical reasons motivated the adoption of synthetic musk, which are used almost exclusively today.
Coriander was first used at the original Kiehl’s Pharmacy as medicinal oil for its soothing and healing properties. This aromatic stimulant and spice has been cultivated for over 3,000 years and used by the Egyptians as an aphrodisiac. Known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, Coriander is considered both an herb and a spice, since both its leaves and seeds are used as a seasoning condiment.
Many Kiehl’s customers have shared their layering suggestions over the years, but an overwhelming majority mix Vanilla with Musk. Originally cultivated by Pre-Colombian Mesoamerican peoples, Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes is credited with introducing both the vanilla spice and chocolate to Europe in the 1520s. The Spanish and Portuguese sailors and explorers brought vanilla into Africa and Asia in the 16th century.
A customer favorite for decades, Grapefruit delights Kiehl’s customers with its fresh and citrusy scent. Grapefruit was first described on Barbados in 1750 and was also called the forbidden fruit because it was seized upon by those searching for the identity of the original tree of good and evil in the Garden of Eden.