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Bobbi Brown Gold Shimmer Cheek Glow

Bobbi Brown Gold Shimmer Cheek Glow
Bobbi Brown Gold Shimmer Cheek Glow

Bobbi Brown Gold Shimmer Cheek Glow

Bobbi Brown Gold Shimmer Cheek Glow ($39.00 for 0.31 oz.) is described simply as a “yellow gold.” It’s exactly that: a sheer, sparkling traditional gold, so it has warm, yellow undertones. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City has a comparable look but is a more opaque product. Chanel Empreinte de Chanel is more orange. MAC Sun Rush is slightly more orange. Chanel Shimmering Tweed is also similar.

According to Bobbi Brown, the Shimmer Cheek Glow is a gel and powder hybrid, and it’s supposed to give a “just back from vacation glow.” I think the brand should have done a better job describing this product, particularly the texture and the overall effect of the product. It’s very, very sparkly. It’s not really shimmer–the particles are larger than that, and the way it looks against the skin is more like Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle eyeshadows. This feels a little wetter, more gel-like compared to the Sparkle eyeshadows, but I felt like they were comparable. Also, something I noticed while photographing the compact was that the product had separated from the edges, and it will slide around. I’d describe it as shrinkage.

On the skin, I’m not sold. It’s too sheer and ends up giving a sprinkling of sparkles but doesn’t evenly highlight the area. I kept focusing on my cheeks and seeing the attention being drawn to my pores. This–to me–is that disco ball effect that some worry about with shimmery, frosted, and more metallic highlighters. It gives a certain look that does appeal, but I don’t think it’s something I’d reach for regularly; it’s a glistening, almost wet-like sparkle and metallic glow. I love that look on lips, but not so much on cheeks, because I think it emphasizes imperfections on the skin. The sparkle also travels while you wear it, so you may find sparkle on your nose, chin, or even in your mouth. It wore about four and a half hours on me before it seems to have disappeared or traveled elsewhere.

Free for Haul Friday, Volume #133

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  Bath & Body Works soaps for around the house
  • Weekend plans:  Cleaning house, trying to organize my desk, and getting through a lot of things I’ve had on the back burner
  • Do you love amusement/theme parks?:   Only if it’s Disney-related!

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This week’s Mellan photo (well, video)…


Mellan during bath time

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Make Up For Ever #23 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #23 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #23 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #23 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #23 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “bright lime green shimmer.” #23 is a vibrant pop of lime green with yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen (along with some lime-hued shimmer). It’s less yellow compared to Sugarpill Acidberry and Illamasqua Pivot. It has more green in it compared to Buxum Shih Tzu. MAC Wondergrass is darker. Make Up For Ever #304 is yellower. Make Up For Ever #171 is yellower but is the closest I could think of.

Aqua Creams are supposed to be intensely pigmented, long-wearing, and waterproof. I’m a long-time fan of the formulation–since it was first introduced–because it’s as long-wearing as Make Up For Ever claims. This stuff just doesn’t budge. It dries down fairly quickly (enough that if you wanted to soften edges or blend more than one together, I’d recommend working one eye at a time), and once it dries down, it’s set into place all day (and night). I’ve worn these for as long as fourteen hours without creasing or fading. They work well as eyeshadow bases or on their lonesome. They also work as eyeliners. Each Aqua Cream comes in a small plastic pot with a black screw-top lid and a clear bottom. I haven’t had any dry out, and I’ve had several for two years now.

#23 can be applied with rich, opaque color or blended out for a sheerer, softer layer of color. When it’s applied opaquely, you get a much more intense green color out of it, whereas the yellowness of the underlying color comes through more when it’s blended out.  I love green eyeshadows, and I’m all over chartreuse-y greens, but this is really lime green and doesn’t look much like other shades I’ve seen, which is always a good thing to discover!

Make Up For Ever #23 Aqua Cream

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Oh, absolutely, they should. My expectations at present is that all lip products should be moderately hydrating, but not unsurprisingly, there is a compromise between length of wear, texture, and hydration. I think lip balm should do more and provide longer-lasting, more permanent results, but your lipstick and lipgloss should hydrate your lips enough that they never feel worse for the wear.

— Christine

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theBalm Shady Lady Palettes: 3 for 1 – Friday Only


theBalm Shady Lady Palettes: 3 for 1 – Friday Only

theBalm has a very special deal going on Friday, May 25th, only. With purchase of one Shady Lady palette ($39.50), you’ll receive all three editions ($79.00 additional value). I absolutely LOVE the Shady Lady palettes; each contains nine eyeshadows (each containing ~0.067 oz. of product)–I finally have all three (bought the first on off of HauteLook a few months ago), but I have reviews of Vol. 2 (A+) and Vol 3 (A).