Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Habanera

 
In my latest Zuneta order there were quite a few of the Rouge Bunny Rouge products, including the blusher in the colour Habanera. I already have and really like their blusher in the colour Orpheline which I managed to break into pieces but it's still a lovely "loose" blusher, and so I wanted to get a warmer colour for the summer. It was between Habanera and Delicata but based on some online reviews (Modesty Brown, London Makeup Girl) I thought that the Delicata might be too light for my skintone so I decided to go with Habanera.

Habanera is described on the Rouge Bunny Rouge website as medium, sun-warmed terracotta with a hint of rose - Great for any medium complexion. I think the colour is too light to be called a terracotta, to my eye it's more of a light apricot brown. Because of the warm brown undertones it's like a soft blusher and bronzer all in one, although I don't really use it all over my face, just underneath the cheekbones for some added colour and definition. It's not completely matte, it has some very fine gold shimmer but it's not visible when applied, it just adds a soft glow to the cheeks. The texture is lovely, very smooth and it blends beautifully on the skin. 

Heavy swatch on the left and blended out on the right

Here are some comparison swatches of some of my other blushers/bronzers that I thought might be similar to Habanera. As you can see Habanera is not as brown as Laguna but it's quite warmer and deeper than the two blushers.

From left to right we have: RBR Habanera, Benefit Dallas, Mac Blushbaby, NARS Laguna

The one downside is of course the price, but other than that, I have nothing negative to say about this product - the colour is beautiful, it really suits my skin tone, the texture is smooth, the colour doesn't fade throughout the day and of course the packaging is lovely.

Rouge Bunny Rouge products are available at Zuneta.com and in some brick and mortar stores, the closest to me is actually in Hungary and Italy but it would be great if we had a small counter here in Slovenia as well.

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm over here...

... guest blogging at Beautique! Beautique.com has dedicated the month of May to miracle products - they are having some  free gifts promos, a competition and guest posts from bloggers about their miracle products. My guest post is not focused around specific products, it's more about some general changes that have really improved my skin.

I hope you'll like the post, I'll make sure to put some more in-depth posts on my skincare and specific products in the future. That is, as soon as I get my camera checked - burning smell coming from a camera is definitely not a good sign!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wedding season, Wedding season!

This summer, in June and July I'm invited to two weddings and I'm really really looking forward to them! So much actually that I've been driving everyone around me just a little bit insane, so with this post I'll now try and annoy you all as well. You're welcome!

These two weddings feel even extra special as the brides-to-be are very close friends of mine and I'll even be doing the makeup on one of the brides which is very exciting. We had our wedding makeup trial and it went really well - the standouts were MAC Satin Taupe, Shu Uemura P Pink 30 blush and a Collistar lipstick in the colour Cameo. She looked beautiful and the makeup stayed on all day. Of course with all the excitement there comes the typical "what to wear" question. For the wedding in July I will have my bridesmaid dress made by the mother of the groom. The fabric is a beautiful bright magenta "cotton cady" (and no I've never heard of this fabric before either) and the best part is that all the bridesmaids got to choose the design for the dress.
Wedding


The neckline of my dress is very similar to the one on the above dress except that mine will have capped sleeves and the skirt will be fuller. I will show you a photo of the dress as soon as it's done, my first fitting is in two weeks.
And this is the clutch that I got in Accessorize - I actually went shoe-shopping and came back with  a bag, typical.

 
It's just the prettiest clutch I've ever seen (that might be an overstatement but it is very pretty). Now all I have to find are  the shoes, jewellery and of course the entire outfit for the second wedding. Not much, right?
And now for the makeup and hair - I found this photo on BEAUTYEDITOR.CA (I love Michelle's website and her recaps of the red carpet looks are the best) and instantly fell in love with the slightly messy low side bun. The makeup looks lovely as well although I think that bright pink lips with a bright pink dress might be a little bit over the top.

Mrs. "Thousand Feet" looking gorgeous as always (Image source)
If you have any advice on wedding makeup please share - I'm still searching for a good highlighter but I think we've got all the other basics covered. I will make sure to post the photos of the makeup and dresses that I'll wear to the weddings and maybe, if the brides will let me, even the photos of their beautiful dresses.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Joico K-Pak Moisture Intense Hydrator

I'm not really fussy when it comes to my hair - I've been using the same shampoo for over a year now, I haven't coloured my hair for years (although I'm thinking of adding some highlights) and I don't really use any hair straighteners or curlers. I'm also not very consistent with hair conditioners and masks but the one product that I have been using quite regularly is the Joico K-Pak Moisture Intense Hydrator. 

It's aimed at very dry, damaged hair (fyi: my hair is normal/dry with a very oily scalp) and what I like about this product is that it really conditions my hair, makes it very soft but at the same time it doesn't leave my hair flat or greasy which I find a lot of hair treatments do. The ingredients are very good for the hair, keratin, oils and there's even lanolin which I haven't noticed in hair products before.


The only minor thing that I don't like about it is the scent - it reminds me of a cherry flavoured cough syrup, so I think you can understand why it's not really a favourite of mine. Other than that, I'd say it's  a great choice for people with normal/dry hair because it is quite light but for the same reason it probably wouldn't work as well for people with very dry hair.

The 250ml tube of the Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator costs 13.95 GBP and I bought mine from lookfantastic.com.

Monday, May 9, 2011

NARS Niagara & Revlon Pink Pop


NARS lipstick in the colour Niagara has been one of my favourites in this lovely weather. It's a gorgeous pinky coral without any shimmer (according to NARS' website it's a satin finish). The texture is a little bit weird: when I apply it to the lips it feels dry and it doesn't really glide on easily as some of my other creamier lipsticks but luckily it doesn't dry out my lips and it's very long-lasting. The scent is citrusy, but not overpowering at all.

NARS Niagara

Does anyone remember this makeup look that Christina Aguilera wore at the Golden Globes? I do because it was just so fresh and natural, not very typical for her. Well, Nars Niagara was actually used on her together with the bright pink lip gloss Easy Lover, again by Nars. I don't have this exact lip gloss but I think that Pink Pop by Revlon might be a similar colour and it brings out the pink tones in the lipstick. I really like the Revlon lip glosses, they are not overly sticky and there are some lovely colours  in the range (the colour Glossy Rose was actually my first "grown-up" lip gloss).


NARS Niagara + Revlon Pink Pop
I definitely recommend both products and the combination is especially flattering and perfect for this season.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My first FOTD: Neutral eyes and bright(ish) lips

As I mentioned in my previous post, one of my favourites right now is my new camera - so I begged my boyfriend to take some photos of me with a full face of makeup (gulp!) - soft neutral brown eyes and bright lips. Well, I thought the lips were bright but apparently the camera ate all the colour - I will post some better photos of the lipstick and lipgloss combo in the future.


Revlon Colorstay foundation Normal/Dry in Sand Beige (180)
Vichy Dermablend Foundation in 25 as a concealer
ELF HD Powder

Becca Eye Tint Baroque
Le Metier de Beaute Crystal Ball (gold/khaki/taupe) all over the lid
Laura Mercier Chocolate (dark shimmery brown) in the crease
MAC Sunday Best as a highlight in the inner corners
MAC Showstopper (dark matte brown) on the lower lashline
Bobbi Brown black gel eyeliner
Le Metier de Beaute mascara

Le Metier de Beaute Blonzer in Maldives Magic
Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera

Nars Niagara lipstick
Revlon Pink Pop lipgloss

And another photo just so you can see that I really used the gazillion eye products as listed above.


And that's it, any tips on how to make the colours more vibrant in photos would be highly appreciated!

Monday, May 2, 2011

A few of my favourite things of April 2011

Hello, May! I hope you'll be just as lovely as April was. I'm going on a little trip in the middle of May and the preparations for the weddings of my two friends will be in full swing, as well as searching for the perfect bridesmaid shoes. Fortunately I've already found the perfect bridesmaid clutch but more on that in one of the future posts.

I haven't done a post on my favourites in March so the April favourites are actually the products that I've really liked and used frequently in the past two months.

Makeup


- Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Normal/Dry Skin in Sand Beige: I wrote about the Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin already in my post on the January Favourites but I have substituted the Combination/Oily Skin version for the Normal/Dry Skin mainly because: 1. the Normal/Dry Foundation has an SPF of 15 instead of the low SPF 6 of the Combination/Oily Skin version and 2. the Normal/Dry Foundation has a lighter finish and it looks more natural so it's a better choice for me for the warmer months.

- TANA Eyelash Curlers: I know I'm really late to the party but I bought my first eyelash curlers just in the beginning of April. I always thought that eyelash curlers wouldn't really make such a big difference but since I bought them they became an essential part of my everyday makeup. And I haven't pinched my eyelids or poked myself in the eye (yet).
- Le Metier de Beaute Mascara: I received the LMdB mini mascara as a giveaway prize back in February and I really like it: it adds the perfect amount of volume and length to the lashes, is very buildable and doesn't clump the lashes. Now if only Le Metier de Beaute products were easier to get hold of for us Non-Americans. (I forgot to put the mascara in the above photo, I guess it's becoming a little bit of a tradition for me).

- Le Metier de Beaute Blonzer in Maldives Magic: again, I got this product back in February and I was surprised by how much I really liked it. It looks very dark and shimmery in the pan so I need to have a light hand when applying it but it looks very natural, is not glittery at all and just adds a soft glow to the face. 

- Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow in Delicate Hummingbird: gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! The colour is a lovely mix of purple, silver and taupe (I could be imagining the taupe part), it looks very unique. I've been wearing it with just some black pencil smudged between the lashes and it almost looks like I've applied a cream shadow, it's so shiny! The next RBR eyeshadow that will soon be on its way to me is the Abyssinian Catbird which seems to be one of the most popular colours from the range.

- NARS lipstick in Niagara: this is such a beautiful pinky coral lipstick, a great colour for spring. It's very pigmented but the texture is a bit weird: quite dry but funnily enough it doesn't really dry out my lips and it's very long-lasting.

- Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Jean Queen: I got this lipstick as a GWP with my SpaceNK order and it's a beautiful sheer raspberry pink that leaves a soft tint to the lips. The texture is also wonderful: quite thin and glossy and it feels more like a lip balm to me. I haven't been that impressed with the Lipstick Queen lipglosses but I'm now tempted to try more lipsticks from the range.

Skincare


- Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Solution: I still use this micellar water daily - I use it to remove my makeup at night and also as a cleanser in the morning. Consequently, I run out of my 250ml bottle way too quickly but the fact that it's both effective and gentle at the same time makes it worth it for me.

- Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel: This has become a staple for me - it's very light, moisturising, refreshing and it doesn't make me breakout. Simple, but I haven't found any other product that would be as good.

- Sarah Chapman Skinesis Eye Recovery: I knew that quite a lot of people liked this eye cream so I've ordered it and took advantage of that SpaceNK promotion. It's a very nice eye cream that doesn't feel too greasy and it didn't irritate my skin. I find that it works better against any under-eye discoloration than against fine lines. I like it but I'm not sure that I'd repurchase it, I'll probably try to find a product that would work better against the fine lines.

Perfume

I've been really enjoying all the fragrances that I've mentioned in my Spring Favourites post, especially  Ormonde Jayne Champaca and Frederic Malle En Passant. In the meantime I've also received some  other perfume decants and I really like the Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio, the combination of lemon and fig is just lovely and luckily the green fig prevents the scent from going into the toilet cleanser territory.

Oh, and last but not least, the biggest favourite is probably my new camera - there is no photo of that beauty but the photos above were taken with it and yes, I know, I still have a lot to learn :)

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