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NARS Angelika Blush

NARS Angelika Highlighting Blush
NARS Angelika Blush

NARS Angelika Blush

NARS Angelika Blush ($28.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “cotton candy pink with gold and silver sparkle.” It’s a blue-based light-medium pink with larger silver sparkle and a very subtle gold sheen. MAC Peony Petal is bluer in undertone and lighter. MAC Florida is more magenta. Tarte Amused is slightly darker and more vibrant. MAC Amazon Princess is more magenta–purpler, less pink.

Even though I have warm undertones, I think this is still flattering, because it has a darker hue overall. Sometimes if it’s a paler, lighter blue-based pink, it can make me look a little dead. The texture of Angelika is soft, silky-smooth, and it’s very easy to blend and apply to the cheek. There’s no stiffness here, but it doesn’t kick up a lot of excess powder, so it is just right balance of softness. It packs plenty of color, so it will show up on darker skin tones, too, even though it’s not a deep pink blush. The silver sparkles get lost between the pan and the face; either they disappear into the ether or get trapped in the bristles of the brush, but very few wind up on the cheek.  Angelika wore close to eight hours on my cheeks with some minor fading shortly after.

For nostalgia purposes, I actually reviewed this blush two years ago here. The way this blog has evolved over the past six years is incredible, but sometimes I’m just amazed at how much can change in a couple of years, too. It always seem “The Best Way” when I do it, but clearly there’s always room for improvement!

NARS Angelika Blush

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5 Must-Have Shimmery Blushes

5 Must-Have Shimmery Blushes

This was a tough one, because I wanted to have diversity in color, and preferably, diversity in brand, too.  ‘Cause let me tell you, there were 239847234 corals I’d love to have included, too.

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Echo — coral-orange with a golden shimmer-sheen; lovely texture and wear
  2. NARS Taj Mahal — golden shimmered orange; lots of great warmth, plenty of pigment
  3. Benefit Bella Bamba — medium-dark pink with a subtle shimmer-sheen; very wearable, buildable
  4. theBalm Cabana Boy — shimmered plum; simple, wearable, beautiful on
  5. Tom Ford Wicked — subtly blue-based medium-dark pink with a shimmer-sheen; long-wearing and super soft

What’s your favorite shimmery blush?

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Dior Golden Jungle Collection for Fall 2012


Dior Golden Jungle Collection for Fall 2012

In February 1947, Christian Dior presented his first collection to the international press in the Dior salons of Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Along with the Huit and Corolle lines that would inaugurate the era of “The New Look,” the couturier revealed another of his favourite themes: Leopard Print. Fashion editors were smitten, the room burst into applause and women rediscovered the mysterious allure of this iconic, timeless print.

At once avant-garde, sophisticated and sensual, the Jungle Motif has been a signature of the House of Dior from its debut. Actress Marlene Dietrich and the muse and friend of Mr. Dior, Mitzah Bircard, were its first fervent ambassadors. With each decade and runway show, variations of leopard print are cleverly reinterpreted by Dior COuture.

In the Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 makeup collection, Tyen revamps the Jungle Motif with another hallmark of Dior, a touch of shimmering gold, embodying the luxury of the urban jungle and inspired by the deep, earthy tones of the jungle.

Golden Jungle Palette ($70.00)

  • Golden Browns

5-Couleurs ($59.00)

  • Khaki Design (308)
  • Golden Savannah (774) (Not Sephora)

Addict Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Wild (646) (Not Sephora)
  • Daring (962) (Not Sephora)

Vernis ($23.00)

  • Golden Light (207) (Not Sephora)
  • Amazonia (605)
  • Bengale (615) (Neiman Marcus Exclusive)

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Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15
Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15

Bobbi Brown Sunset Beach Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “golden bronze.” It’s an orange-brown with a coppery orange shimmer–the finish looks very frosted. The color is mostly opaque. CoverGirl Hypnotic is darker, redder. NYX Sparkling Beige is more metallic, more shimmered. MAC Viva Glam VI is more subdued, pink-toned. Dolce & Gabbana Desert is darker, browner. MAC Infused with Glam is similar, perhaps more metallic. Guerlain Forever Beige is very similar. MAC Spiced Tea is also quite similar, perhaps more orange.

The texture of Sunset Beach isn’t quite as smooth as other shades in the range, and I think it’s due to the much higher frost content.  The others have more of a subtly shiny balm look to their finishes, but this looks a little drier. It feels that way, too. I wouldn’t describe it as dry so much as it has a thinner texture with less slip.  It still applied evenly and easily, though.  This shade only wore two and a half hours on me before fading away into oblivion, which was disappointing.  It wasn’t as moisturizing as some of the other hues I reviewed from the launch.

Like the rest of the line, it is scent- and taste-free, comes in a glossy black tube with a shiny gold interior. Each tube of lipstick is about half the size of your average lipstick, but the amount is consistent with this type of a tube/product type. I still wish brands would give you more, though. I wonder what it is about this type of packaging that they don’t seem to make it large enough to accommodate a full lipstick’s worth of product.