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Sunday Link Love, Volume #086

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How has your weekend been? Have you done anything fun? I’d love to hear about your weekend adventures 🙂

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5 Luxurious Blue-Teal Eyeshadows

5 Luxurious Blue-Teal Eyeshadows

Love teal but need it to be bluer, rather than greener?  Consider these five favorites…

  1. Guerlain Les Aquas — blue-teal with a golden shimmer-sheen
  2. Inglot #338 — rich, deep blue-based teal with a matte finish
  3. Urban Decay Electric — vibrant blue with a teal edge
  4. Inglot #413 — metallic blue-teal
  5. Make Up For Ever #60 — deep, dark navy blue with hints of teal

What’s your favorite blue-teal eyeshadow?

Dior Addict Extreme for Spring 2012


Dior Addict Extreme for Spring 2012

“Why deprive fashion and women of the prestige of color?” asked Christian Dior, who fervently believed in the power of color. As early as 1947, at the midst of the excitement of the New Look collection, Dior envisioned a “total look” in which fashion and makeup came together in perfect harmony. Each model from that first collection appeared wearing original shades of lipstick in tones that “harmonize with each color, each fabric, each hour.”

Tyen, Artistic Director of Dior Makeup, has inherited this passion. For Dior Addict Extreme, he creates a dynamic, fashion-inspired color palette with a formula that boasts striking hold and a radiant finish, just as Christian Dior always envisioned.

The 12 bold shades of Dior Addict Extreme combine vibrant color intensity with luminous shine and hold. The melt-away texture leaves just the right amount of pigment on the lips for both dazzling shine and intense color. The formula features an exclusive combination of four waxes, hyaluronic acid spheres and delicate, shine-boosting oils for an exclusive, featherweight finish.

Dior Addict Extreme ($30.00)

Dior Addict Extreme features four color families: sophisticated, natural beige shades, variations of essential pinks, bright, playful colors and glamorous, intense shades. Within each family is a standout shade: Incognito, a chic, discreet greige reminiscent of the minimalist chic of Parisian women, Lucky, a bold, dazzling pink shade inspired by Kate Moss and named for one of Christian Dior’s favorite models, an icon of the 1950’s, while the iconic Plaza Athenee Hotel on the Avenue Montaigne inspired Plaza, a refined mauve. Finally, the electric coral Riviera is a nod to Christian Dior’s love of sunny locales, where he would retreat to renew his energy and return with sketches for his next collections.

  • Shades: Incognito #316, Saint Tropez #336 (Sephora Exclusive), Silhouette #339, Cherie Bow #356, Pink Icon #366 (Sephora Exclusive), Plaza #476, Holiday #479 (Sephora Exclusive), Cruise #486 (Sephora Exclusive), Lucky #536, Riviera #639, Avenue #667, Fireworks #756, Bellissima #789, Sunset Boulevard #829, Princess #857 (Saks Exclusive), Paparazzi #866, Black Tie #987. #829, Princess #857 (Saks Exclusive), Paparazzi #866, Black Tie #987.

Dior Addict Vernis ($23.00)

Dior Vernis reinvents the color block trend. Four nail polishes that echo the four Dior Addict EXTREME it shades for ideal color coordination: Plaza, Riviera, Lucky and Incognito. Pure, radiant, fresh and daring shades. A desire to live for seduction, look beautiful and have fun. In perfect fusion or surprising contrast, nail polish and lipstick can be endlessly mixed and matched for a unique and edgy style down to the fingertips.

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Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm & Moisturizing Balm SPF 25 Review

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm & Moisturizing Balm SPF 25
Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm & Moisturizing Balm SPF 25

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm & Moisturizing Balm SPF 25 Review

This past winter, Bobbi Brown released Extra Repair in balm-form.  (It seems like these were reformulated, because based on googling, these were out previously.)  The range calls out two specific ingredients that make this extra awesome:  Argireline Peptide, which is said to “boost the natural production of new collagen and elastin in the skin, gradually helping to restore natural structure and firmness,” and Clary Sage Ferment, which is said to “improve cell renewal and repair barrier function, so skin looks more radiant and is more hydrated.”  Both come in glass jars with black screw-top lids, so for those who prefer airless pumps, pumps, or tubes, these are not for you.

The Extra Repair product range is focused on anti-aging, which is hard for me to weigh in on.  I have some fine lines around my eyes, but I don’t have too many aging signs yet.  The majority of my review is based on texture, feel, hydration, and the like.

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm ($90.00 for 1.7 oz.) is a thick, gluey cream that really is like a potted lip balm.  Using this put me in such a quandary; at first, I loathed it, because it was such a pain to apply and never fully absorbed, yet it provided excellent hydration.  I cannot emphasize how thick, tacky, and gluey the texture of this product is.  I couldn’t even imagine using this during the day, because it doesn’t fully absorb for me, even after two to three hours.  It’s possible very dry skin types will have skin that just drinks this in, so absorption may be better.  I’m having very dry skin at the moment, and it’s still not quite absorbing for me.

I have just a couple of uses left in this jar, and I’ve been using it consistently as a night cream for about two months.  The best way to apply, which is still annoying, is to warm the product up between your fingers, dab a little bit all over your face (like spots), then pat those dabs into the skin with finger tips.  I don’t recommend attempting to spread the mixture, because it really doesn’t like to move around.

My skin always felt really plump and hydrated the morning after using this, and despite the heaviness, I never had an issue with breakouts.  The amount of acne I had was about the same or slightly less than my normal range.  The texture took some getting used to, as did the application method, and I’d still prefer a cream that was spreadable.  The jar format is less desirable, especially at this price point and with anti-aging ingredients.  It has a citrus and herb scent; I like it, but I tend to like those types of scents–others may find it less appealing.  FutureDerm has an excellent post on Argireline Peptide and its background, which may not be the most effective topical anti-aging ingredient (also see Cosmetics Cop).

Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Moisturizing Balm SPF 25 ($90.00 for 1.7 oz.) is the daytime companion product to the balm, but the texture of this is completely different.  It feels like a heavier cream, but it doesn’t feel too heavy for daytime wear if you have drier skin. I really liked this one, and I was sad when the jar finished (about a month, but my fiance was also using this for daytime wear).  Despite the heaviness, it absorbs after five to ten minutes, and it leaves skin feeling hydrated all day long.  I never began my night time skin regimen feeling like I needed more moisture.  It has the same citrus and herbal scent.

The active ingredients are Octinoxate (7.5%), Homosalate (5%), Oxybenzone (3%), and Avobenzone (2%). Octinoxate, Homosalate, and Oxybenzone cover the UVB spectrum, while Oxybenzone covers part of the UVA range and Avobenzone covers part of the UVA range (the ingredients themselves then cover 290-400nm). Cosmetics Cop has a good breakdown on whether avobenzone is stable or not. SmartSkincare also has a good overview of avobenzone and stability.

These were product samples, so they did not come with boxes, therefore I don’t have the ingredient lists at my disposal. I was able to find this ingredient source for the SPF 25 version.  On that note, I continue to be frustrated by the lack of ingredient lists published online by brands themselves–especially with skincare.