Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rouge Bunny Rouge Silk Aether Long-Lasting Cream Eyeshadow in Chiffon Ringlet

... and breathe! Phew, that's a long name for an eyeshadow, isn't it?
A while ago Zu from zuneta.com tweeted that Rouge Bunny Rouge would be releasing new cream eyeshadows which of course caught my attention immediately. As soon as these eyeshadows went live on Zuneta (which was about 2 weeks ago) I added one of them to my basket. 


The packaging is beautiful, no surprise when it comes to Rouge Bunny Rouge, the tube is very slim and contains 4 mls of shimmery goodness.


The colour that I chose is Chiffon Ringlet, described on Zuneta as
Semi-sheer satin mauvish chocolate with copper reflections; buildable to darker, more opaque and metallic hue of the same colour. It does have a slight mauvish undertone on the wand however when applied it's definitely more of a chocolate brown with golden shimmer.


The right swatch is blended a little
The consistency is creamy but when you start blending the colour you can sort of feel it setting although it never turns to a truly powdery finish. Also, the more you blend the more you can see the golden shimmer coming through. Because of its texture you don't really get a lot of time for blending and I find it best applied with fingers (I've tried with a brush but the result was a bit patchy).

Just a few photos to show what one layer of the cream eyeshadows looks like when applied to the eyelid:

...and close!


FYI, I've also used the Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink on the upper lashline, Bourjois Smoky Effect in Smoky Brown on the lower lashline and Clinique's High Impact mascara.

As you can see the colour is much lighter when applied and the shimmer is more visible but not over the top which I love. You could build up the colour but I would suggest doing it in separate thin layers.

Now as for the long-lasting claims: I applied the eyeshadow this morning at 7 a.m. (yawn!) and  8 hours later it still looked very good, after 10 hours the colour did fade and creased a bit (my eyelids are extremely oily, an average powder eyeshadow without a primer lasts 2 hours on me!). 

There are in total 5 shades of the Silk Aether eyeshadows, all of them in the taupe-brown-grey family and you can get them at www.zuneta.com

P.s.: My first association to the word aether was ether, the anesthetic, however the free dictionary kindly explained to me that aether refers to The poetic personification of the clear upper air breathed by the Olympians. I guess that makes more sense, I mean, who would want to have a beauty product named after an anesthetic?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

 
I ordered the Burt's Bees Butter Cuticle Cream quite a while ago – I was looking for a good cuticle product that wouldn't cost too much and would of course, actually help with the dry skin around the nails. After reading some mainly positive reviews I decided to give the Burt's Bees a go.

The Cuticle Cream comes in a small yellow tin, smells strongly of lemons and the consistency is more waxy than creamy but once you start massaging the wax in the cuticles it softens and sinks in the skin quite quickly (considering it's basically a mixture of waxes, oils and butters).


I find that when I do use it (I realized that I can be very lazy when it comes to actually using the products that I've got until my hands/skin/hair... is so dry or awful that I desperately need to use the products) it softens the dry cuticles really well but at the same time it's not so greasy that it would be suitable as a night treatment only. I apply the cuticle cream on my nails and on the cuticles - one thing I've noticed is that after using it my nails seem a bit whiter (which actually makes sense because it contains lemon peel oil which is supposed to have some whitening properties).

A tin of the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (or Wax) contains 17 g and costs somewhere around 6 GBP.

On the topic of hand stuff: this weekend I've just received a lovely surprise package of genereous samples of hand cream and body cream from Davina Peace and I'm very eager to give them a proper test, especially the hand cream as my hands are very dry and sensitive. Btw, I got these samples by simply registering on the Davina Peace website, I don't know if they are still doing this promo but it might be worth a shot.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Becca Eye Tint in Baroque


I love using creamy eyeshadows as a base for my powder eyeshadows or just on their own. However, because my eyelids are also quite oily, I need an eyeshadow base that really stays put and doesn't crease. Now, the Urban Decay Primer Potion worked well for me however, I hated the packaging and it made the eyeshadows harder to blend over it.

I've read some good reviews of the Becca Eye Tints and decided to give one of them a try.

The first thing that I love about this product is the packaging: a very handy tube - cream eyeshadows in pots dry out faster and get dirty very quickly and last year I had the pleasure to experience an eyelid infection which lasted for about 6 months (I don't care how shallow it sounds but it was also very annoying not being able to wear any eye makeup during that time). So the tube packaging of the Eye Tints is perfect - it doesn't get messy, it won't dry out and it's hygienic.

The texture of the Eye Tint is not really creamy but it's more somewhere between a liquid and a mousse and it's very easy to work with and you have enough time to apply them smoothly before they set to a powdery finish.

The colour that I have is Baroque, described on Becca's website as mushroom beige which is actually a spot on description (although, depends on what kinds of mushrooms you're used to). A little swatch for you:

I tried to photograph how it looks on my eyelids but honestly, it's just slightly darker than my natural eyelid colour and has a bit of shimmer in it. You can see this Eye Tint colour applied in one of Lisa Eldridge's videos - it is definitely more of a "your eyelids but better" colour so even though I sometimes use it just on its own with a bit of black eyeliner I prefer it as a base for my powder eyeshadows.

Now, the product is supposed to be water-resistant - I haven't really tested its water-resistant abilities but I can say that it's definitely long-lasting and does not crease even after 12h+ wear which is a very big achievement for my eyelids.

I would love to get some other colours of the Eye Tints in the future, especially the darker shades like Paracus and Pewter (in the meantime I *might* have ordered a Becca Beach Tint which is hopefully the same consistency product but meant to be used on the lips and cheeks, I will let you know how I get on with it).

One last thing: I really like that Becca has the ingredients of all their products listed on the website, I think all brands should do that -  I mean if they can print the ingredients on the actual products they can just as well put the ingredients list on their website, right?

Ingredients (from the Becca Cosmetics website): Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Dimethicone, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Oxidized Polyethylene, Talc, Polyethylene, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopherol, Nylon-12, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Mica, Tin Oxide, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Ultramarines CI 77007, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163, Carmine CI 75470

Has anyone else tried the Becca Eye or Beach Tints? Any colour recommendations would be very appreciated.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Clarins Rouge Prodige in Raspberry Sorbet

First of all, I'd like to wish a Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all had a great time during the holidays. Now, I just can't wait for spring (all we have to do is to get thorugh January and February and March)!

When I was in London last year (ha, it was November actually but feels so funny saying last year!) one of the makeup items that I bought was a a Rouge Prodige lipstick by Clarins in the shade Raspberry Sorbet (111).


The Rouge Prodige is the newest lipstick range by Clarins and it is supposed to give "lasting-hold, intense colour, incredible shine and comfort too."  The colour in the packaging looks darker and redder (more red?) than when swatched and applied on the lips.

Here is the colour swatched on my hand...


... and applied to my lips:

I really like how shiny and glossy it looks however, the consistency of the lipstick is far too sticky for my taste and not as smooth to apply as the creamier lipsticks which I prefer. Also, it wears off very quickly, so I don't agree with the "lasting hold" claim at all (although I guess almost all newer lipsticks these days are being advertised as long-lasting). I do love the colour a lot, it's so juicy and I'll happily wear it all through the warmer months as well.

This lipstick costs 20-something euros here in Slovenia and in the packaging you get 3 grams of sticky goodness.

So, is anyone else fed up with the winter and the cold and the snow or is it just me?

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