Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SWEET STAR CHANEL LE VERNIS NAIL COLOUR - SWATCHES AND REVIEW


Every year Chanel releases a limited edition nail polish(es) for Vogue's Fashion Night Out event and this year was no different. The "Must Have" Chanel nail polish for 2014 was Sweet Star. Chanel re-released this same polish with the Delights collection (read about the collection here) and it is currently available on Chanel.com

Chanel Sweet Star is a metallic dark purple duo-chrome polish with iridescent shimmer and is nearly opaque with one coat. I would recommend using a ridge filler or base beforehand as the polish does emphasize imperfections. The nail polish color shifts and changes based on the lighting. So expect a range of colors from a purple to silver, or green or even a dark gray. When I applied a single thin coat the polish appeared more purple and silver. Then when I applied a heavier application or more layers the polish color deepened and took on a darker look that was more green or dark purplish grey. 

Overall wear time for the polish is roughly three to four days with minimal chipping at the tips. Chanel Sweet Star currently retails for $27.00 USD and contains .4 fl oz of product.





Sunday, October 26, 2014

PERLES D'ETOILE GUERLAIN METEORTIES HOLIDAY COLLECTION - SWATCHES AND REVIEW

Guerlain's new makeup collection is inspired by an iconic fragrance Coque D'or, which is contemporary, fascinating, and extremely refined. Under the spotlights of the opera, this Christmas collection is truly festive, reinterpreting the reds and golds of the most prestigious opera houses through its precious collector's cases, refined colors and sheer, iridescent textures, to blend the enchantment of a festive evening with the rush of emotion when the curtain rises.


The Christmas / Holiday collections are hitting beauty counters hard and fast. And just as quickly the most coveted items are selling out within the week. One such item is the Guerlain Meteorites Perles d'Etoile, which is a gorgeous collection of six pearls made up of light and radiant tones designed to enhance the complexion. The meteorites are housed in a gold tin with the famous bow (the symbol of the collection) inspired by Coque d'Or sculpted on the lid and enclosed is a gorgeous red powder puff that sits atop the meteorite pearls. Each gold tin retails for $60.00 USD, contains .88 oz of product and can be purchased online at Bloomingdales.com and Nordstrom.com.

I purchased the Perles d'Etoile meteorites online at Sephora.com as soon as it hit their website (it has since sold out and is off their website). I think it was around early to Mid-October and it was during this time I was able to score an additional 10% off coupon code as well. Sephora had just started an online memory match game and one of the prizes was 10% off any one time purchase so I was able to save a little money.

Each of the pearls is said to feature a particular fragrance with notes of raspberry, bergamot, violet, rose, iris, and cedar. There are supposed to be six different shades of pearls but as you can see from my swatch below I was only able to find and swatch five of the six: a pearly white, a copper, a pale pink, a beige and a bright pink (I am missing a swatch for the gold). The beige pearls are said to even out the complexion, the pearly white will reflect the light, the gold is supposed to illuminate the skin, while the copper pearls add warmth and the two varying pink pearls offer freshness that revives dullness. Overall the Perles d'Etoile meteorites by Guerlain are a great investment piece with excellent pigmentation and a wear time of ten hours with minimal fading.



PINK GLOW BOBBI BROWN SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS 2014 HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHT POWDER - SWATCHES AND REVIEW

Gorgeous skin with a subtle, warmed-by-the-fireside glow is the first part of any beautiful holiday look, and Bobbi's Limited Edition Highlight Powder in Bronze Glow and Pink Glow is the perfect way to get it. Housed in our sleek, just-for-the-holidays tortoise shell case. Anyone who wants to give skin a soft, sheer highlight that's warm, never ashy or frosty. A few quick swipes of this brush-on powder where light naturally hits the face and you'll have a gorgeous, subtle glow.


When I first saw promo pics of the Bobbi Brown Scotch on the Rocks 2014 Holiday collection (check it out here) I knew I wanted the Pink Glow highlight powder. It is a gorgeous rose gold with a frosty white over-spray and miniscule flecks of glitter. It currently retails for $45.00 USD, it contains .04 oz of product and it can be purchased in store and online at BobbiBrownCosmetics.com, Nordstrom.com and Macys.com. Currently Nordstrom.com is offering an additional 10% off select beauty brands (price matching) due to a competitor's lower listed price. Plus save even more when you use Ebates for all of your online shopping sprees!


When applying the highlight powder one should use a light touch because the overall effect and look can seem quite overdone and shiny if too much is applied. I use either a big fluffy face brush like the MUFE large powder brush (see it here) or a large fan brush like the MUFE large powder fan brush (see it here) to apply the powder to the contours of my face. Both brushes are dense enough to pick up a good bit of product and both apply just enough of the Pink Glow highlight powder to give the appearance of a beautiful glowing pink flush. Either brush is perfect and deposits a light dusting because like I mentioned above, anything more and it will look like a shiny, overdone mess.







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