Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Buxom full-on lip polish in DANI is a semi-sheer berry pink lip gloss. It is non-sticky and leaves the lips soft and smooth. The gloss does have a slight sweet candy scent but it is not overpowering. I prefer a gloss to have a scent similar to this much more so than a floral scent. The gloss is available in-store and online at Sephora.com. Most major department stores carry the brand as well. It currently retails for $19.00 USD and it contains .15 fl oz of product.
The Buxom line of glosses are my Holy Grail lip product and I will either wear them alone or atop the Chanel Rouge Coco shine lipsticks. They typically last 3 to 4 hours wear time on my lips. On rare occasions I have experienced a slight stickiness with a few of the glosses but the majority are non-sticky. It is important to note that during the application process there is a slight tingling (minty-feeling) and the glosses have been known to plump up the lips ever so slightly. Also, the glosses are very moisturizing and leave the lips soft and smooth.
The Face 1 is a Marc Jacobs liquid foundation makeup brush. The brush bristles are made up of synthetic fibers and the extremely large top was designed to give an airbrushed finish to the face. The ends of the brush bristles are tapered which prevents streaking or smudges during the application process. The FACE 1 brush currently retails for $48.00 USD and is sold exclusively in-store and online at Sephora.
While this is a nice brush to have in your collection - it's definitely not a "must-have". The weight of the brush feels rather cumbersome and continuous pro-longed use will almost certainly tire out the hand. During the application of my foundation I found the over-sized top just way too large and not very effective especially when using a thicker foundation formula. The tapered bristles didn't pick up enough product and what product it did pick up was mainly centered in the middle of the brush - maybe if the brush bristles were more dense it might have worked better for me. I even tried using the brush with my Guerlain meteorites but the brush bristles were way to soft to really pick up any product. Then I tried using the brush with my loose face powders and I did achieve better results but overall, in my opinion, the FACE 1 makeup brush just doesn't live up to all the hype.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Chanel Joues Contraste 63 Plum Attraction powder blush is described as a shimmering reddish plum. It is a very bold blush that will need a light hand during application. The intensity of the blush is so amazing but it can make you look clownish if its overdone. Also, the staying power is a good 10 - 12 hours with minimal fading. The blush is part of Chanel's permanent collection, it contains .21 oz of product and it currently retails for $43.00 USD.
When I'm dealing with a blush, Plum Attraction, that has this much intensity I like to experiment by mixing it with other products in my collection. My ultimate goal is to take a product that may not work for everyone and find a way to "tweak it" in the hopes that it will be suitable for all. It is with this concept in mind that I decided to mix my Chanel cream blush in Affinite (read more about it here) with Plum Attraction (see the pic below for swatches).
Affinite is an intensely bright raspberry pink cream blush while Plum Attraction is a deep and dark mauve-y plum powder blush. However, when the two are combined together, they make a beautiful rosy mauve blush. This gorgeous color combo will definitely complement light or dark skin tones.
|Top swatch is Affinite and the bottom swatch is Plum Attraction|
|with the middle swatch being a combo of the two mixed together.|
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