Monday, September 26, 2011

Makeup Mavens

Reviews to follow!

Christina of Lovesong for my Lipgloss loves her Pokemon.  But in all seriousness, she shows us some products that are worth splurging on all the colors.

Klara of Mookie on the Bench shows her sister that makeup, even blue eyeshadow(!) can be fun and pretty and brings us a gorgeous sleeper in a Catrice eyeshadow

Nat of Raspberry Rouge really does find the best deals!  This week, she brings us her latest discount find, Korres Lip Butters, and lets us know why we all need them.  Although, stick form might be best.

Nisha of Product Doctor has found a new My lips but better lipstick, in a sexy black box!  Check out her review of Tom Ford Coco Ravish. 

The Black Panties shows us what's in her makeup bag - want to guess how many lip products she's hiding in there?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

You've got Mail: Paula's Choice



I've always been interested in the Paula's Choice skin care range created by Paula Begoun who is probably most famous for hundreds of her skincare and makeup reviews. While I often don't agree with her when it comes to makeup (I completely understand that she favours neutral colours but a purple on the eye does not a clownish makeup make) I think she makes some good points when it comes to skincare and she also transfers her ideas to her skincare line. There's no perfume, essential oils or alcohol in her products. The "problem" I've had with her EU website before was that the shipping to Slovenia was extortionate - I think it was around 20€ which is ridiculous especially taking into account the fact that all of her products are below the 30€ mark. However, recently the shipping costs to Slovenia decreased to 8,50€ which is still a lot but with the launch of her new website in the Slovenian language they have also introduced a code SVN01ORD for 50% off shipping to Slovenia with your first order. Now, 4,25€ sounds better, doesn't it? 


So, what did I get? I have recently been trying some of the samples of Paula's Choice and have decided to order the products I liked the most:
RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA: this is a wonderful glycolic acid based exfoliant that I don't use every day but about twice a week and it makes my skin very soft but doesn't irritate it at all;
- RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum: this light serum is packed with antioxidants, unfortunately, it's also quite silicone-y but I can live with that;
- 1% Beta Hydroxy Acid Gel: this was the product I was most excited to try - I've read some very positive reviews of Paula's Choice BHA products - most BHA skincare items contain some form of alcohol or menthol or other irritants but this one surprisingly does not. I've noticed no tingling at all, I have fewer blackheads but there was some "purging" which will hopefully go away soon.

Also, in my package I received some samples of her other products, I'm especially interested in the Shine Stopper and Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Mattifying Serum which contains retinol.

I was also very impressed with the shipping time - the package was shipped from Germany and I received it in 2 days!

I will report on how I get on with all of these new purchases after a month or two, once I thoroughly test them. Have you tried any of the products from Paula's Choice? Was it love or hate?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My sister's blue eyes


As much as I'm crazy about makeup my sister is a complete opposite - she doesn't wear any makeup, doesn't own a mascara or concealer or lipgloss, none of that. With her it's really Wash&Go. But she can't help but admire some of the beautiful makeup products I have (she was particularly taken with my Le Metier de Beaute kaleidoscopes) and every once in a while she asks me to do her makeup, just for fun - even though she then just wears it at home and takes it all off before she goes out.

So a few weeks ago she asked me to use blue eyeshadow on her eyes because she read somewhere that blue is supposed to look really good with brown eyes. What say you?



There is no full face photo because a) she wouldn't allow me to put photos on my blog and b) in most of the photos she was frowning, laughing like crazy, posing with cotton buds in her ears, you know, the usual... Anyway, I really think these colours look great on her - I used the Shiseido Hydro-Powder Eye Shadow in Violet Visions as a base and then applied the limited edition Catrice eyeshadow in the colour Be Indiglow all over her lid and darkened the edges with MAC's Deep Truth - I don't like Deep Truth by itself because it's too grey and a bit "blah"  but it's good for smoking out the lighter and brighter Be Indiglow. I added some black pencil by Bourjois and Bare Escentuals Flawless Definition mascara.

I was very pleasantly surprised with the Catrice eyeshadow - the pigmentation of this shimmery medium denim blue was very nice and surprisingly there was no fall-out. I also like the packaging - kind of reminds me of the Shu Uemura and RMK.

My sister really liked this look on her as well even though she took it all off after an hour - oh well, at least we both had fun!
Have you tried any of the eyeshadows from the Catrice line? Blue eyeshadow - yes or no?


Monday, September 19, 2011

Makeup Mavens

Last week we've got a fabulous selection of posts on skincare, makeup and nails so all bases covered. Add to that brands like Ellis Faas, Chanel, Chantecaille and Le Metier de Beaute along with a special giveaway, there is sure to be something you'll enjoy. Have a great week!

The Black Panties has a new favourite in her life, in the form of Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation. Read her excellent review to see if it could be your own 'photoshop in a bottle'!

Lovesong For My Lipgloss shares with us her skincare version of a cashmere sweater, Chantecaille Vital Essence. Her comprehensive review explains why it works so well.

Lipstick Luvvies tried out the latest limited edition nail shades, Les Jeans de Chanel, and searched her collection for similar colours. See how she got on and swatches of the trio here.

If you've always wanted to try Liz Earle's famous Cleanse and Polish, check out Raspberry Rouge's Liz Earle Giveaway and you could be a winner!

Mookie on the Bench tempts us with more Chanel, this time sharing her favourite shade of Chanel Le Crayon Yeux, the beautiful Berry.

Product Doctor's post on her bespoke Le Metier EOTD by Dustin featuring the latest Kaleidoscope, Silk Road, once again makes me green with envy (no Le Metier in Europe) and consider moving to New York!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Chanel Le Crayon Yeux (Precision Eye Definer) in Berry


Chanel Le Crayon Yeux in Berry is one of those gorgeous hard-to-describe colour: it's not quite plum, not really brown or grey and it has a beautiful silvery sheen to it. I've been wearing it a lot this summer, applied on the lower and top lashline with just some mascara on top. It's a much softer way of emphasizing the eyes without going for a black line but it still adds some definitions and I find it really complements my hazel/brown eyes.


The texture of the pencil is very nice - it's not as soft as the Bourjois Smoky Effect liners but it's not harsh on the skin at all and it lasts really well on my oily eyelids. There's also a smudger on the other end of the pencil which I find very much useless - it doesn't really smudge the colour, it just leaves some silver shimmer around the eyes. 

For comparison, here is a swatch of Chanel Berry (in the middle), next to the brown eyeliner Bourjois Smoky Effect in Smoked Brown (on the left) and  the plum/purple Rouge Bunny Rouge Eye Khol in Delilah (on the right).


Pretty, right? The packaging is of course very nice as well and adds to the price of the product as well but I'm very happy with this unique colour and would definitely repurchase once I use it up.

I bought the Chanel eyeliner in Berry at my local Chanel counter (although on the US website it say that this particular shade is a Chanel.com exclusive). The SA at this particular counter is great, she really knows her stuff and the last time I went shopping there she gave me a sample of the Inimitable Intense mascara that I like a lot as well. I'm not yet sure whether I should thank her for that.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Makeup Mavens

The last days of summer

Searching for a tinted moisturizer? Check out Lipstick Luvvies review on Liz Earle Sheer Skin tint and see how it comapres to Laura Merciers. Liz Earle's might be an even better option for you.
 
Now that the summer is coming to a close, Lovesong for My Lipgloss has been inspired to create the perfect eye for fall and it's something definitely helpful for autumn makeup looks.

Mookie On The Bench's highlight of the week is Elie Saab's "Le Parfum". The orange blossom and jasmine are the primary notes and even though you may not like florals, don't totally dislike it, because it's soft and seamless effect on the skin.

Check out Product Doctor's blog on meeting Oscar de la Renta for Fashion and her overall thoughts on the Face of Fashion Kaleidoscope. You get to see her lovely face with Oscar de la Renta in an epic photo :) 
 
Raspberry Rouge discusses Cliniques Black Honey Lipgloss/Lipstick Duo. 10 years ago she thought it was a bit too dark for her liking, go check to see how she feels about it now.

Always hunting for an awesome blush brush? Stop on over to The Black Panties blog to see the differences are between Shu Uemura's #17 and #14 blush brushes, so you can see which one would be a perfect fit for you :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Elie Saab Le Parfum


When I first read about Elie Saab releasing his very first fragrance, I was expecting a heavy, sweet spicy oriental scent, in line with his luxurious and ornamental designs.  Instead, the idea behind  Le Parfum was to capture the light of the Middle East and the modernity of the West. Therefore, it should be no surprise that the appointed perfumer for Le Parfum was Francis Kurkdjian - the creator of many perfumes from the Jean Paul Gaultier line, the famous Narciso Rodriguez For Her, the potent and skanky favourite of mine, Enlevement au Serail for Parfums MDCI, and in 2009 he also started his own line Maison de Francis Kurkdjian - and the man even makes perfumed bubbles!


Le Parfum by Elie Saab is a very simplistic and elegant fragrance with orange blossom and jasmine being the most prominent notes (at least to my nose). Orange blossom and jasmine are very clean in this fragrance and softened with what might be the rose honey note. Luckily, it doesn't get sickly sweet and there is no annoying tickling of the nostrils that I encounter with some high-pitched white floral fragrances (I especially seem to have this problem with the sharp scent of lily of the valley). I think that even those who are not fans of floral fragrances might like Le Parfum because the overall effect on the skin is very soft and seamless. It stays close to the skin and the sillage isn't heavy either. Le Parfum is a lovely daytime scent for these days when it's not hot anymore and I crave something with a stronger base but it's not yet so cold to bring out the warm, comforting and woody scents.

Le Parfum by Ellie Saab was launched in the end of August and I have also noticed just yesterday that it is already available in Slovenia, in the department store Nama.

I was sent a bottle of Elie Saab Le Parfum from Escentual.com.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Makeup Mavens

The Makeup Mavens present makeup you may have missed. This week there's an array of products from Chantecaille, LMDB, La Roche Posay, Armani and Chanel. We've got posts on pretty palettes and blush, and one Maven shares a review on the brush that can do it all.

This week Lipstick Luvvies introduced us to the new palette from luxury brand, Chantecaille. Head on over to read her brilliant review and take a peek at swatches of the gorgeous blush and shadow shades.
  
Finding suitable products for sensitive skins can be a tricky task, but Klara of Mookie on the Bench has discovered an excellent moisturiser from La Roche Posay. If you're looking for a soothing product to calm irritation and redness, check out her review of Toleriane Ultra. 

In an effort to simplify her make up routine, Product Doctor went on a search for a multi purpose brush, and found Le Metier de Beaute's kabuki. Check out her great review and comparison to MAC's 182.

Raspberry Rouge finally gave in to Chanel's Fall nail colors and shared swatches of Graphite. Hop on over and take a look at the beautiful, shimmery shade.

After searching high and low for the perfect nude blush, The Black Panties stumbled upon Armani's Beige Violet. Check out her review and swatches of the pretty, natural shade.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Polished with Zoya


I wasn't very much impressed with the base coat and top coat I was using before (by Essence) - I found the bubbles that formed on my nails especially irritating, so I started searching for new basic nail products. I've read some positive reviews of the Zoya Color Lock System and Mercator (chain stores in Slovenia) was just having a 20% discount on all nail polishes and well, you can see the end result of my logical thinking above.

First, I got the mini Color Lock System (21.30€ without the discount) because I didn't want to splurge on the big set not knowing whether I'd like the products or not. The set includes the nail polish remover Remove+ (15 ml), base coat Anchor, top coat Armor and speed dry drops Hurry Up (7,5 ml each which is half of the full size items). I haven't really tested any of the products except Remove+ which did its job at removing nail polish surprisingly well and I think I'm going to get the full bottle as soon as I finish this mini size (which should happen very soon as it's very tiny).


And as there was already a discount on all polishes as well, I picked up Pandora and Yasmeen.


Pandora is a mauvey beige colour with some tiny silver shimmer. It's one of the newest colours from Zoya's 
Touch collection.


Zoya Yasmeen is a gorgeous deep plum colour with pink and gold shimmer and as you can probably see from this photo, there's this beautiful green sheen coming through at the edge of the beautiful. I hope it will look just as beautiful on the nails.

Zoya products are available in Slovenia in bigger Mercator stores and at an online store Nati.
The prices are quite high so eBay might be a better option in the future. I will post NOTD photos and I'll let you know how I get on with the set.

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