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Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter
Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Truffle Colorburst Lip Butter

Revlon Pink Truffle ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49 for 0.09 oz.) is a warm rosy pink with subtle white micro-shimmer and a naturally glossy finish. MAC Venus is pinker. Bobbi Brown Nude Rose is a little rosier. Thierry Mugler Feeling is redder and more frosted. Guerlain Cherry Blossom is similar in color but has a frosted finish, so it appears a smidgen lighter.  It’s a nice everyday-appropriate shade with a little more oomph–still, natural-looking and the finish only adds to how effortless it looks.

The color coverage is mostly opaque, though there is some translucency to the color, as you can still see my lip freckle peeking through. This formula is supposed to have sheer to medium color coverage, so this is a wee bit over but not by much.  Lip Butters have a divine consistency that’s really creamy, slick, and easy to apply, but it often comes at the expense of wear.  Pink Truffle was one of the longer-wearing shades I’ve tested from this range–three hours–which is only a little shy of my more typical four hour average for lipsticks. It contains a little less product than the average lipstick (typically 0.10 to 0.12 oz.) and requires more frequent reapplication, but it is a more moisturizing formula.

Pink Truffle
Pink Truffle
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Beautiful Beginnings with Lancome

Beautiful Beginnings with Lancome

What was the first Lancome product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: The first product I tried by Lancome was Pixel Pink, which was a lipstick that was part of the Pout-a-Porter series.  From there, I tried some of their summer bronzers, which usually have really gorgeous designs on them (my favorite was the Bamboo one). There are definitely products I like by Lancome, but it’s not a brand that I seem to gravitate towards on my own. I feel like I need someone to tell me something is amazing before I’ll check it out.

Share your first time experiences with Lancome in the comments! 🙂

Support the U.S. Olympic Team and Make Waves with P&G Beauty


Show your support by joining a wave!

Support the U.S. Olympic Team and Make Waves with P&G Beauty

With the London 2012 Olympic Games just a couple of weeks away, the inspiring female athletes on the U.S. Olympic Team are looking to make history in London this year. We can show our support by coming together and making a digital “wave”—just like you’d see at a sporting event—but now everyone can see it and participate without being at the Olympic Games. These women train hard, but they need both physical and emotional strength to be at the top of their game!

Having an excellent support system is such a great way to ensure success–I know that I wouldn’t have been able to be where I am today without the love and support of my friends and family, as well as the encouragement of the amazing readers that are part of our community. When people are cheering you on, encouraging you to pursue your dreams, and are with you every step of the way, you get more motivated, driven, and just have that extra oomph to take you to the home stretch. Every day, try encouraging yourself and others around you, because there are so many things worth celebrating in each of us and we need to come together to support each other so we can all reach our goals!


It’s me! 🙂

P&G Beauty has developed a new Facebook application called Make Waves, which brings us together so we can support our phenomenal female athletes of the U.S. Olympics Team. You can join celebrities Giuliana Rancic and Whitney Port by participating in a digital “wave” to keep the momentum going through the Olympic Games in London. P&G Beauty is asking: “What lifts your game?For me, it’s the love and support of my friends and family! You can join me in the Made in the Shade Wave!

P&G Beauty brands Always, Clairol, COVERGIRL, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Olay, Pantene, Secret, Tampax and Venus are proud of their commitment to help the U.S. Olympic Team and women everywhere achieve their personal best every day. Brands also have their own themed “waves” that you can join!

As part of P&G’s sponsorship of the 2012 Olympic Games, P&G Beauty brands such as COVERGIRL, Olay, Pantene and Secret have also pledged to donate $400,000 to the new P&G|Team USA Youth Sports Fund, enriching the health and wellness of young people by supporting youth sports programs across the country.

This post is sponsored by P&G Beauty.




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Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d'Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder
Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder

Chanel Lumiere d’Artifices Beiges Illuminating Powder ($65.00 for 0.63 oz.) is designed to be a beige-based highlighter with an iridescent finish. It’s a soft peachy beige with a very fine shimmer-sheen. It has a glitter overlay that doesn’t seem to go all the way through, so while you might see some sparkles on the initial swatch or application, they’re not there going forward. NARS Miss Liberty is more shimmery but still similar. MAC How Beautiful is more beige. MAC Rose Ole is slightly darker and less peach.

The texture of the powder is very finely-milled, but it does err on the side of powdery–a lot of excess powder is loosened the moment your brush makes contact with it. The powderiness translated on the cheeks, too, but can be taken down by spritzing water (true with most powdery finishes).  It does feel so soft and silky, though, so I was disappointed by how it did look powdery when applied.  If you like a really subtle highlighter, the way this reflects light is minimal but noticeable–it’s one of the subtler highlighters I’ve come across in the past few months.  When I tested the wear on my cheeks, it managed around seven hours before looking a little faded (it was hard to tell, since this is so skin-colored against my complexion).

Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer
Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Frenzy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer ($26.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “lilac grey.” It’s a light taupe with a cream finish. There’s a little brown, little gray in it. Looks like the inside of a mushroom to me (aka it’s sooo taupe!). Zoya Farah is a little darker, browner. Essie Sand Tropez is very similar but a smidgen lighter. MAC Inert is grayer, a little darker.  It’s the new nude; not beige, not mannequin hands–sophisticated and elevated. Why is taupe always so lovely? I could see this being a really nice go-to for office-appropriate nails.

It’s mostly opaque in two coats, but there is some visible nail line coming through. It does apply fairly well, though.  I was expecting major streaking, but it was mostly even and very easy to control.  The consistency was a nice balance of thick and thin, not going too far in either direction, so I didn’t have problems with bubbling or pooling, either.  I felt like it took a little long to dry but not too much longer than usual.  With Chanel’s formula, I usually get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping–but very few formulas chip on me (and none really come to mind, other than matte polishes without a top coat).

Frenzy
Frenzy
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

Zoya Designer, Diva, & Gloss Collections for Fall 2012

Zoya Designer, Diva, & Gloss Collections for Fall 2012

Inspired by backstage beauties, talented designers, runways and VIP fashion events, the NYFW 2012 Color Collections by Zoya for Fall 2012 are simply stunning. Choose from full-coverage creams and metallics or incredibly shiny jellies. If it’s in style this season – Zoya has it!

Each New Fall Collection (Designer, Diva and Gloss) features color that is beautiful, long-wearing and “haute” off the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Fall 2012 runway!

Designer Collection

  • Rekha Blood red cream (Bibhu Mohapatra custom shade)
  • Toni Dark maroon red cream
  • Monica Dark mulberry purple cream
  • Natty Smoked navy blue cream
  • Evvie Evergreen green cream (Peter Som custom shade)
  • Noot Charcoal green gray cream

Diva Collection

  • Elisa Crimson red metallic
  • Suri Royal purple metallic
  • Song Egyptian blue metallic with a subtle sparkle
  • Ray Pine green metallic
  • FeiFei Magic blue foil sparkle metallic
  • Daul Magic violet foils parkle metallic

Gloss Collection

  • Katherine Sheer eggplant jelly gloss, buildable formula (Peter Som custom shade)
  • Paloma Sheer berry red jelly gloss, buildable formula
  • Frida Sheer teal blue jelly gloss, buildable formula

Availability: July 2012 at zoya.com.