Monday, May 2, 2016
I'm going to keep this one short and sweet and focus mostly on the color because I've already reviewed this eye liner formula in Slate and Olive Brocade. I adore it and I'm slowly accumulating every color they make. This shade, Earth, is a deep, cool brown. It's practically the same shade as my eye lashes, which makes it absolutely perfect for a subtle, professional look. Unlike Slate and Olive Brocade, Earth has no shine or shimmer. It's just a silky matte neutral that does a fantastic job of making my eye lashes appear thicker at the roots.
Posted by Sara at 6:10 AM
Saturday, April 30, 2016
It's fairly rare to find a crisp, citrus fragrance with top notes that don't wilt horribly within several minutes of spraying. Neroli Portofino is one of those rare gems, and so I will reluctantly concede that it may be worth its horrible $140 for 1 oz price tag. (Fortunately, I purchased mine from a CCO outlet for way less.) This is one of my favorite fragrances for summer or when I'm feeling low. It's a sparkling, happy pick me up. It opens with a fizzy blast of neroli, mandarin, and lemon. It reminds me of a mimosa cocktail because it just sparkles on the senses. This effect endures for several hours until we move to the next phase, which gentles it to a pleasant lavender and light amber blend still tinged with a hint of sweet citrus. It's delightful - if you can afford it.
I sell decants of some of my fragrances. If you're interested in purchasing a decant of Neroli Portofino, please see my blog sale page for prices and ordering instructions.
Posted by Sara at 7:10 AM
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
This is an excellent mask to wear just prior to a big event or night out. You apply a thin layer to the face -- freshly cleansed -- and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water. Results are immediate and last about 8 hours (for me). The effect is an overall plumping and skin tightening one. I dunno about the gold - I think most of what this mask does is accomplished with the caffeine in it. That is, of course, temporary, so don't buy this thinking it will have lasting impact on the appearance of your skin. But for a quick refresher? It's fab.
Posted by Sara at 5:06 PM
Saturday, April 23, 2016
I don't wear liquid eyeliner much but I received this mini Eyeko black liquid liner in my last Glossybox shipment and couldn't resist trying it out because the mini size was so darn cute. It has a pointed, marker-like tip that you can maneuver to create a very thin or thicker line. The design of it reminds me a lot of Kat Von D's liquid eyeliner, which I also liked. The tip is very "wet" so you don't need to abuse your eyelids to get a deep black line, and it is definitely budgeproof and waterproof. To test the waterproof claim, I washed my face with water after wearing it for a few hours and while most of my other makeup melted off, this stuff did not move or fade. Impressive. Because of that, you do need micellar water or an eye makeup remover to get it off. Even my oil cleanser did not completely remove it. Overall, a very good liquid eyeliner, which I probably won't finish because I still prefer the more forgiving smudge-ability of a pencil. For the occasional cat-eye, though, this will be very handy to have around.
Posted by Sara at 9:16 AM
Thursday, April 21, 2016
This is a cautionary tale. Some months ago, it was my birthday. I took the day off and decided to go to my favorite spa for a massage and a facial. Woe unto me, my usual esthetician was not working that day. So, I tried someone else and regretted it for two reasons. First, the facial wasn't very good. Second, she tried to get me to buy a whole slew of products (which my usual esthetician never does). Against my better judgment, I bought this grapeseed serum from Rhonda Allison. I happily used up this Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Rinse that I bought last year, so I thought of all the products she pushed on me, this was the best bet. This "serum", though, is terrible for me. First, it makes me smell like potpourri...all day. It's packed with orange, cinnamon, and clove oils which smell quite strongly and are not to my taste. It's puzzling that they would put these into a face serum, given all can be irritating to the skin. Other than that, the stuff is mostly just grapeseed oil. If I wanted to just put oil on my face, I could go out and buy some. It just doesn't work for me. My skin is not dry enough to absorb it and it pools on my face. My makeup looks absolutely terrible when I wear this and I find that for some reason it seems to make my foundation sink into fine lines, exaggerating them quite a bit. I'm 34 - I'm not looking for an anti-aging product to age me. Lesson learned - I will never leave my esthetician again, birthday or no.
Posted by Sara at 1:46 PM
As soon as the little green buds burst open on the trees and the birds start singing in earnest and the air loses its chill, I begin to reach more and more for my bottle of Frederic Malle En Passant. It's really, really hard to do a lilac-based perfume and make it smell like anything other than putrid air freshener. I base that judgment on just how many awful lilac fragrances exist. Not En Passant. Olivia Giacobetti worked her magic with this one and it has a true lilac note. Not only that, but it manages to convey a whole lilac experience. En Passant is watery, making you think of lilacs dripping with spring dew. It has a cucumber note to pull off that effect. The lilacs themselves are sweet and fresh. This is what you get for the majority of the fragrance, but the drydown is so intriguing. En Passant contains a green wheat note that only emerges for me several hours into the wear time. And oh yes, it lasts that long - in fact, for me, it lasts all day. The price tag on this one is high (almost $200 for my 50 ml bottle) but I consider it worth the price.
If you would like to purchase a decant of this fragrance, please see this page for details.
Posted by Sara at 6:54 AM
Monday, April 18, 2016
Can I just say, I'm really loving the abundance of balm-style lipsticks available now? The gold standard Chantecaille Lip Chic has been joined by such delights as the Rouge Bunny Rouge Colour Burst, MAC Huggables, and Lipstick Queen. So, I saw this Rose Balm Lipstick by Aerin at Nordstrom and decided I needed it right away. The coral color is surprisingly noticeable for such a balmy formula, as you can see in the swatch. Upon testing, I found the lipstick very comfortable to wear and beautiful on the lips. The color really showed through and tinted my lips with a summery coral peach. It does not last long at all, though - and heaven forbid you eat or drink anything, because immediate touch-ups are a must. Still and all, that's a price I'm willing to pay for a moisturizing lip product like this. However, I had reservations from the get-go about the packaging that proved well-founded. It looks expensive and substantial in its textured gold case. The case looks like it should be heavy and functional. It is not. When you pick it up and try to twist the lipstick out of the tube, you quickly realize how flimsy the whole thing is. I had difficulty twisting it up and down - the mechanism was quite sticky. Lo and behold, after about a week it stopped working altogether. A $27 lipstick with a case that breaks after a week? No thanks.
Posted by Sara at 11:28 AM