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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review: Chanel Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow Quad in 14 Mystic Eyes

I picked up this Chanel quad during my trip abroad this summer from a Sephora in Italy of all places, after getting desperately bored with the one and only eyeshadow I had brought with me (Shu Uemura 985). The shadows come in rounded as opposed to square pans found in the US, and have a baked formula, to be used dry or wet.

I don't use eyeshadow on a daily basis, but have found myself reaching for this quad pretty regularly over the past month. So I wanted to do a swatch and review to share my thoughts on its quality and wear.

What drew me to the quad were its versatile everyday shades and the mix of finishes. The colors are, clockwise from top right, an iridescent baby pink, a bronze brown, a shimmery taupe-y light grey, and a dark, plummy brown. All four colors are easily wearable, and with exception of maybe the grey, which has more noticeable shimmers, very office and classroom friendly.

Read on! More pictures and swatches after the jump.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Favorites: Lancome Pinks - L'Absolu Nu in Pale Petale (311) and Rouge in Love in Sweet Embrace (307B) Lipsticks

As a beauty junkie, it's a little ironic just how few opportunities I have to really wear makeup. Being in grad school (in the sciences no less), even wearing a more shimmery blush will get me questions from classmates and looks from professors alike, let alone a red lipstick or fake lashes. So it's only natural that the bulk of my collection consist of products that are best classified as "vanilla" - think of matte eyeshadows and blushes, beige nail polishes, and of course, nude and soft pink lipsticks. Two of my favorite everyday lipstick picks, both from Lancome, are shown below - #311 Pale Petale from their L'Absolu Nu line, and #307B Sweet Embrace from their newer Rouge in Love release.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 015 Cherish Devotion

While picking up some cotton pads at CVS, some new releases from Revlon caught my attention, including their new Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, which instantaneously reminded me of the Clinque Chubby Sticks, as well as the Tarte Lipsurgence pencils. Of the 10 or so colors displayed, quite a few were already sold out. Of the remaining, I decided on shade 015 - Cherish Devotion, a bright, buildable bubblegum pink. Cherish was the lightest of the remaining shades on the shelves, and I find that the color of the tube is a pretty accurate reflection of the actual color of the balm.

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Cherish looks louder and brighter in the packaging than when applied. It definitely leans blue, but not so much as to wash out my warm-toned skin. In terms of pigmentation, the color starts off slightly more than what I would call sheer, and the intensity is easily buildable. The color is therefore safe for daily wear, However, it should be noted that on my somewhat mauve pigmented lips, I cannot achieve the poppy baby pink color without neutralizing my natural lip color first. That is, while I find these relatively pigmented, the colors are still far, far from being as opaque and creamy as say, the Revlon Lip Butters, or the YSL Rouge Voluptes.

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These pencils, like the ones from Tarte, have a subtle minty smell, and gives the lips a slight tingle after application. I'm not a huge fan of minty lip products, as I often find them drying, but here the scent is relatively subtle and short-lived, and can feel kind of nice in the summer. 

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The most noticeable difference between these and the Clinique Chubby Sticks is that while Revlon offers more pigmentation, and seems to be focused on the "stain" aspect, Clinique definitely delivers more moisture, and wins as the more balm-like and nourishing of the two products. However, the chubby sticks are definitely a sheer product, and I find that, unlike these Revlon stains, the color tend to remain sheer even after multiple swipes.

In terms of finish and wear time, the Revlon balm stain delivers a wonderful sheen, though less glossy than the Chubby Sticks. They do wear longer however, and have a very definitely "staining" effect on the lips - even Cherish noticeably stained my lips/skin after application, albeit lightly. I suspect that with the darker shades, you will definitely see the color lasting, even after the "balm" wears off. I definitely suggest wearing an actual lip balm either under or over these, though I find it less necessary to do so with the Chubby Sticks, though the tradeoff is more frequent reapplications.

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A light (1-2 swipes) swatch is shown on the left, a heavier on the right. You can see the pigmentation building. Also note the finish - the slightest bit frosty, but mostly gives a healthy sheen without being overly glossy.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Review: Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea

I love browsing through Origins stores, most of the time for the scents and smells of their more "novelty" products that often have very specialized uses, for example, I'm a big fan of their Peace of Mind On-the-spot relief which helps with my occasional headaches and migraines when I don't want to resort to an Advil. But I've never taken a closer look at their more regular skincare offerings, partly from the intimidation by the sheer variety of their selections.

But I had a chance this winter to try out some products from one of their more popular skincare lines, A Perfect World. I'm going to start off by sharing my (somewhat mixed thoughts) on one of the staples of the line - the Antioxidant moisturizer with White Tea.