Thursday, July 30, 2015

Review: YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil in Drive Me Copper

When I first heard about these tint in oil things, I thought, "eww." But then, curiosity won out and I ordered one from Nordstrom to try.  Surprise, surprise...I really like it. The tint is quite light, so don't get one of these if you are looking for a serious stain.  It does leave a stain-like tint on the lips, though, even after the oil wears away.  As for the oil itself, it is lightweight and moisturizing. It lends the lips a glossy look but is far more comfortable to wear than most lipgloss. A little goes a very long way - I can only imagine this tube will go bad before I use it up. There is a melon flavor to it, so if that bothers you, stay away. All in all, though, I consider this a good purchase.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: L'Artisan Bois Farine

L'Artisan's Bois Farine is the most unique fragrance I own.  It is dry, woody, dusty, and nutty - all at once, and in a very understated way. I get a delightful mix of notes that include cedar, peanut flour, and iris root.  It is strangely comforting and quite light. It doesn't last terribly long, though.  As it dries down, I find the cedar grows a bit more prominent and the peanut drifts away. I think it's wonderful, and works especially well in cool weather. In fact, a crisp fall day is my favorite time to wear it.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

This Week's Fragrance Lineup

It's Sunday, and time for a new round of fragrances for me.  For this week, I chose the following:

  • L'Artisan Bois Farine: the most unusual fragrance in my collection, a delightfully cool and dry mix of cedar, iris root, and peanut flour
  • Boucheron Trouble: blooming flowers and vanilla, so nice in hot weather
  • Tom Ford Neroli Portofino: another favorite for a scorching day, this is a bright, sunny citrus scent with surprising longevity
  • Chanel Eau Premiere: no explanation needed here, I think!
What are you wearing this week?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: Becca Fallen Angel Lip Gloss

My love for these Becca glosses is well known on this blog by now.  I have long felt that I had a nude lip gloss gap in my collection, and so I went for Fallen Angel. This formula is long lasting, moisturizing, and not sticky.  Fallen Angel is no exception.  It's the perfect topper for a nude lipstick that needs a little shine but also nice to wear on its own for a my lips but better look.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review: MAC Mocha and Plumful Lipsticks

I like MAC lipsticks. They are reasonably priced, have a huge shade range, and a nice variety of formulas. My favorite formulas tend to be cremesheen but neither of these is from that range. Mocha is a satin finish and Plumful is a lustre.  I loved the way Mocha swatched - it is silky smooth and such a gorgeous brown-based peach.  Almost a pink terracotta shade.  On my lips, though, it was just not flattering.  I suspect this would look gorgeous on a girl with darker skin, or perhaps someone a bit less cool-toned.  Unfortunately, that is not me.  Plumful, on the other hand, was a dark horse hit. The lustre formula is not well-liked. It can be a bit waxy and is definitely pretty sheer.  Plumful is pretty fantastic, though.  It's comfortable to wear and leaves a lovely, flattering purple tint on my lips. Once applied, the color doesn't read as straight purple, but rather a delicate purple pink.  The natural color of my lips shows through enough to make this highly wearable in any setting. One out of two ain't bad!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Review: Nars Blame It On Nars Cheek Palette

I was drawn to this Nars cheek palette for a couple of reasons. First, it has a nice selection of 2 blushes, a highlighter, and a bronzer.  Potentially great for travel. Second, pretty much every other Nars cheek palette I've ever seen has Orgasm blush in it, of which I am not a huge fan. The shades in this palette are: day dream (blush), new attitude (blush), casino (bronzer), satellite of love (highlighter).  It also includes a mini ita kabuki brush, but let's be honest, those things are always useless.  When swatched, this palette looks pretty unimpressive.  As you can see below, pigmentation looks fairly light.  However, I did like the blush and highlighter quite a bit more when applied to the cheeks. New attitude is particularly flattering on me. What kills is is the bronzer.  It's just too dark.  I've tried every which way to try to blend it in, try different placement...and no.  It still looks like I have dirt on my face.  This leaves me with a dilemma: would you keep a palette knowing only 3 of the 4 shades worked for you?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review: Guerlain Meteorites Rainbow Pearls

It's strange to say this, but this is my first foray into the Guerlain Meteorites pearl arena. For someone who enjoys luxury packaging and pretty cosmetics, you would think I'd have gotten me some pearls before this.  Alas, I was never really inspired by the ones in the regular line and previous limited edition releases have been either the wrong color or too sparkly. This summer's Rainbow Pearls, however, seemed promising.  They come in a lovely metal tin with a perfectly worthless puff and an array of multi-hued shimmering balls that when swirled together purport to give you a flawless finish.  I applied them with my Chikuhodo powder brush, swirling it over them to get a good variety of colors and then tapping off the excess.  I used the pearls like a finishing powder, dusting all over the face.  The result was not awful but also not ideal.  They definitely have a nice blurring effect, whispering over imperfections and lending a brightness to the skin.  However, they are too shiny for me.  I look as though I applied highlighter to my entire face.  I know some people enjoy an effect like this but for me, it's too garish.  What I find especially shocking is that other reviewers say these are more SUBTLE than the regular line.  If that's the case, I think I can safely say Meteorites are probably not for me, no matter how much I might lust after one of those beautiful cases for my vanity.

Difficult to tell much of anything in the pic below, but I swiped the puff along my arm to attempt to show the shimmery effect.