Thursday, August 20, 2015
Wearing a face primer under your foundation is a matter of personal preference. There are days when I can't be bothered to add one more product to my face. Or I just don't have the time. Honestly, it isn't something I feel the need to make extra time for in my morning beauty routine. On the rare occasions when I do wake up early and have the time I will, on occasion, apply a primer but it isn't at the top of my priority list.
With the release of Tom Ford's newest hydrating complexion enhancing primer (retails $74 USD) I'm beginning to realize some products such as this are worth the extra expense and time it takes to apply it. It doesn't take much product to cover the face in a thin layer (see 6th pic below). Be aware that blending is key here as well. If not blended in properly or if too much product is used then the primer will start to peel and flake off.
The Pink Glow primer dispenses product by way of a twist up cap with a pump nozzle. There wasn't a way to remove the cap or lid without damaging the twist up function of the nozzle.
Side note: you will need to prime or pump several times before product is dispensed. Also the container feels relatively light which emphasizes even more so just how extremely pricey an item this is for the amount of product you receive.
Continuing on....the primer has a faint musky, almost masculine scent and the primer feels slightly greasy to the touch. On me the primer didn't soak into the skin as much as I had hoped. It mainly sat atop my skin. I waited about five to ten minutes before applying my foundation so I could give the primer extra time to soak into the skin but it didn't seem to make much difference. Here is my morning routine - cleanse the skin, apply toner, apply serum, apply moisturizer and then Pink Glow primer followed by my foundation.
From my personal experience the Pink Glow primer was very hydrating and seemed to impart a glow or dewy finish to my face when I wore it under my foundation. I experienced a longer wear time with my makeup on the days when I wore the primer. Now there were times throughout the day when I would need to blot my face because the primer would give an oily slick look to my skin because of the heat and humidity. While Pink Glow will work great as a primer for those with normal to really dry skin I'm concerned it may not work as well for those with really oily skin due to the primer's already greasy texture. Again, just my opinion, I believe the primer will work best for them during the cooler temps - especially the Fall and Winter months.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Inspired by sultry jazz, this spirited makeup collection celebrates the boldness of blue. In the spotlight: a new plumping gloss for high-shine lips and daring eye shades to turn up the drama.
Availability: Chanel, Nordstrom, Macy's and Neiman Marcus
U.S. Launch Date – Mid Aug / Early Sep 2015
LES 4 OMBRES MULTI EFFECT QUADRA EYESHADOW - $61.00 USD
244 TISSE JAZZ
246 TISSE SMOKY
OMBRE ESSENTIELLE SOFT TOUCH EYESHADOW - $29.50 USD
ILLUSION D'OMBRE VELVET LONG WEAR LUMINOUS MATTE EYESHADOW - $36.00 USD
The best-loved, gel-cream shadow goes matte. Both soft and cushiony, this innovative texture can be worn as eyeshadow or an eyeshadow base. Includes a special applicator, developed specifically for this unique formula.
ILLUSION D'OMBRE LONG WEAR LUMINOUS EYESHADOW - $36.00 USD
LE VOLUME DE CHANEL MASCARA - $32.00 USD
70 BLUE NIGHT
CILS SCINTILLANTS SPARKLING MASCARA TOP COAT – $32.00 USD
Designed to be worn alone or over black mascara, this bright, turquoise top coat adds a shimmering finish to any eye look.
LIGNE GRAPHIQUE DE CHANEL LIQUID EYELINER INTENSITY DEFINITION - $34.00 USD
60 DREAM BLUE
STYLO YEUX WATERPROOF LONG LASTING EYELINER – $32.00 USD
916 PERLE DE LUNE
GLOSS VOLUME PLUMPING LIPGLOSS - $30.00 USD
A translucent, high-shine gloss that visibly plumps lips while enhancing their natural colour. The cooling formula features emollient oils to soften and hydrate, and Vitamin E for antioxidant protection.
The invisible gloss that makes them even more visible lips thanks to its translucent texture dressed in a crystal bottle.
The makeup result: a shimmering gloss on luscious lips, visually smooth and hydrated. VOLUME GLOSS enhances the natural color of the lips and distributes exquisite hot-cold sensation.
LE VERNIS NAIL COLOUR - $27.00 USD
Monday, August 17, 2015
First let me apologize for the really large pics. There is nothing graceful about my short stubby arms so I tried to swatch and make everything fit as best as I could. That being said I swatched the eyeshadows from left to right and then followed next was the bottom row which was swatched from left to right as well.
Also, as I mentioned in a previous post I just happened across the Auda[City] Lancome eyeshadow palette quite by accident. I was placing an online order for something else on the Lancome website when I saw a pic of this palette. I was like, "that is a really nice palette" and once I read it was "designed by Lisa Eldridge", I was like "sold - THAT PALETTE WILL BE MINE"! I know, I know, this year has been THE YEAR of the palettes! YSL, Urban Decay, Dior just to name a few, all have released rather large palettes. So the question I keep getting is - Do I really NEED this palette? YES!!! Yes, you really do NEED this palette.
I LOVE all the colors included in this palette. It's as if someone read my mind and built this palette based on all of my favorite eyeshadow colors. The most perfect combination of light and dark shadows which will allow me to create the perfect daytime or nighttime look. With this palette there's no need to haul around several different palettes. OMG, I LOVE IT!
The shadows in the palette are extremely pigmented and blend so easily. They are soft to the touch but not so soft that they will crease, crumble or have any crazy fallout. In that respect they have a kind of dry texture. When you first use the shadows all you really need to do is lightly tap, tap, tap your eyeshadow brush into the shadow to pick up a good bit of product. Then you will lightly tap, tap, tap the eyeshadow onto your lid or crease. These are super pigmented eyeshadows so it doesn't take much to really overdo it. I know I did the first time I tried using the palette and ended up with a muddled mess on my eyes. So I started over and below is a natural look I created.
Now, typically I don't use eyeshadows to line my eyes but I thought I would give it a go. It was actually easier than I thought it would be especially when using any of the last four shades on the right of the palette. Those lined my eyes beautifully and were the perfect colors to line the eyes. Although I did go back in and use a touch of the purple eyeshadow to line the top middle of my lids. Just to add a bit of drama and to make my green eyes "POP" a bit more.
Now if I had to dislike or gripe about anything with this palette it would be the dual-end makeup brush that is included. I wasn't able to use it because it was rough and scratchy to my eyes. Clearly it wasn't the best quality although everything else was perfection!
AUDA[CITY] IN PARIS eyeshadow palette - $68.00 USD
Filigree (light gold shimmer)
Choquette (peach matte)
Parfait (light pink matte)
Kitten Heel (gold copper shimmer)
Joie (golden-bronze shimmer)
Voyage (muted purple matte)
Sante (brown matte)
Éclair (purple metallic)
Exhibition (orchid shimmer)
Zip Me Up (deep [purple shimmer)
Volcano (silvery gray shimmer)
Clock Strikes 12 (gray metallic)
Audacious (smoky brown shimmer)
Couture (dark brown matte)
It List (black matte)
Nuit (black metallic)
Includes Dual Ended Brush
Available online: Nordstrom, Lancome, Ulta and Macy's
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