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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Shiseido Shimmering Rouge "BE 303" (Ingenue) & "RD 713" (Discretion)

I haven't purchased any Shiseido in a long time, until recently.  I recently did a review on the Lacquer Rouge, which I absolutely love!  This is review is on the Shimmering Rouge -- which I also love!  They are fabulous, let me tell you ladies!  I don't know what took me so long to try these lippies.  I guess I was hesitant because I thought they would be similar to YSL Volupte Shines and Chanels Rouge Shines, but they're not the same.

The Shiseido Shimmering Rouges are very creamy, pigmented and give your lips a luminous finish!  I was afraid that the formula would be too "glittery", but it's not at all.

I love the packaging -- so elegant and the size of the lipstick tube makes it so easy to apply.  The formula is very long-wearing and moisturizing and I was pleasantly surprised at how long it stayed on my lips and did not slide off my lips, even without a lip liner.

The two shades I purchased are "BE 303" Ingenue, which is a beautiful golden beige color -- I absolutely love!  The shade "RD 713" Discretion is not what you would think of as "red" at all.  This color is a shimmering plum -- very pretty!

The only thing negative that I have to say about these lippies is that the shade "RD 713 - Discretion" had a strange "musty" smell and when I applied it, I kept getting this weird musty taste in my mouth that did not go away.  On my trip to the Mall, I took it back and exchanged it for another one.  These don't have any fragrance or strange tastes, so if you detect any strange smell or taste, like the lipstick is going bad, take it back immediately.  I may have gotten old stock or it was a bad batch or something.  This almost never happens to me.  A lot of cosmetics now have batch codes stamped on them, usually a number or letter, or an expiration date, so you know how fresh it is.

Other than that, the Shimmering Rouges are fabulous.

Shiseido Shimmering Rouge "BE 303" (Ingenue)
Me, wearing Shiseido Shimmering Rouge "BE 303" (Ingenue)

My Birthday Gift from Sephora! Make Up For Ever

I am a Sephora VIB Member and I recently got this sweet package for my B-Day -- It's a cute little lippie and mascara, from MUFE!!  The lipstick is so small and cute!  I have not tried MUFE's mascara yet, so I will do a review in the near-future.  xox, B2B

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick "Rose" 17

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick "Rose" 17 --  I love these lippies and I recently picked-up the shade "Rose" #17 and absolutely love it.  The color reminds me of a Pink Peony (my favorite flower).  Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Ultra Lipsticks are so creamy, hydrating and long-wearing and the color wears off beautifully.

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick "Spiked Toffee"

Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick "Spiked Toffee" --   I love EL Pure Color Lipsticks, but  I never tried the "Vivid Shine" formula, which is a more sheer lipstick with high shine, but not as sheer and glossy as the Pure Color Crystal Lipsticks.

I chose the shade "Spiked Toffee", which is a gorgeous warm-caramel color that is great for when you want to do a nude lip.  This is a great nude lip color for women with medium-to-dark skintones.

The packaging is identical to the Pure Color Lipsticks, so be aware of the different formulas on the labels.  The Vivid Shine Lipstick has good pigment, for a sheer lipstick and give a beautiful shine.  After 2-4 hours of wear, I still had color on my lips, but the shine faded; however, my lips still felt moisturized even hours later.

This is a nice lipstick; however, I still love the original formula better.

Friday, August 1, 2014

NexGen Nails

NexGen Nails --  Color pictured here is "110" -- A soft, pale pink.

My Nail Tech has been trying to sell me on this new nail application.  I have been getting UV Liquid Gel Nails (overlay on natural nails) for over a year and have been very happy with them; however, my Nail Tech was telling me how great the NexGen Nails are.

What it is and how it works:  The Nail Tech applies a bonding liquid over your natural nails, then dips your nails into a colored powder of your choice, usually 2 or 3 dips, then buffs and files the nails, then applies a finishing top coat, and your done!  The dry time is very short and you don't have to worry about messing up your nail polish.  I have had mine for 2-weeks now, and so far they are holding up very well -- no chips.

I was skeptical at first because I love how the UV Liquid Gel overlay is so natural looking -- I didn't want my nails to look fake.  The only thing I don't like about NexGen, is that if you want to change your color on your next nail appointment, they have to soak your nail and remove the layer of NexGen color.  With acrylic or UV Liquid Gel, you don't need to do that.  So, it's an extra step.  Another thing that kinda annoyed me was the price.

NexGen nails are slightly higher than UV Liquid Gel, which I don't understand why, because the Nail Tech is actually doing "less" work (less labor-intensive).  The other thing that bothered me was on my right hand, the finish didn't look as good and I'm not sure if the Nail Tech did a "rush job", or did not finish or apply the final coat well enough, because there were some tiny "bumps" after he applied the top coat.  I pointed this out to him, and he didn't seem to think it was a big deal.  Well, "I" am the one paying for the service!

I dunno if I'm going to stay with NexGen nails.....I'm still on the fence about it

Nex Gen Nails -- in sunlight

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana "Light Blue" EDT Spray - GWP Summer 2014

Dolce & Gabbana "Light Blue" EDT Spray - GWP Summer 2014  --   I wanted this for my Birthday, so my Husband picked it up for me (he's such a sweetie).  Dolce & Gabbana is running a promotion now; with any large purchase, you get this beautiful beach towel.  What they don't tell you up-front is that you have to buy the largest size (3.3. oz), in order to get the beach towel.  I told the nice sales girl at Dillard's that my Husband will be stopping by to pick it up for me and she assured me that I would get the beach towel with "any" purchase.  However, when I showed up with my Husband, it was a different story.  She said the GWP only comes with the 3.3 oz. size and I assured her the other sales girl told me differently.  To make a long story short, they were both very kind and gave it to me anyway.  This really made my day!

The beach towel is gorgeous (see pic below).  It came packaged in beautiful gift box.  The box is so beautiful that I'm going to keep it.

I have wanted this fragrance for a very long time, and when I saw this gorgeous beach towel, now was a good time to pick it up!

Dolce & Gabbana "Light Blue" is a wonderful summertime scent.  It's so light and fresh -- I love wearing this!
Dolce & Gabbana "Light Blue" EDT Spray - GWP Summer 2014
D & G Light Blue Beach Towel - GWP

Pur Minerals CC Cream "Medium" SPF 40 & Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Blending Brush No. 130

Pur Minerals CC Cream "Medium" SPF 40 --  Color Complexion Correction

There are dozens of "CC" Creams on the market and I have been reluctant to take the plunge and purchase one because I haven't found the right one, until I saw that Pur Minerals came out with a "CC" Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 40.

I was a little reluctant at first to get this, because of the $38 price tag; however, you do get 1.5 ounces of product, versus many of the other CC Creams on the market, which only give you about 1 ounce and cost more.  I do wish they had a larger size though because the tube feels so light and I don't want to run out of this, and there is no way of telling how much is left in the tube.  I will need to purchase another one soon, so I have on back-up, LOL.

I chose the shade "Medium", which I can use year-round.  I was going to buy the "Tan", but ULTA was actually out of the tan, so I took a chance on the "Medium", which is perfect for me!  The medium shade has a good tone and it's not pink or peachy -- it's a neutral beige.

The packaging is a tube with a pump dispenser.  I would prefer a tube so that you can "squeeze" the product out, which makes getting every drop of product much easier.  Other bloggers have complained about this also.

As far as the application and coverage, I had to experiment a few times until I got the application down right and got the coverage I needed.  I have sensitive skin, with a lot of redness on my cheeks and my skin is oily/combo.  When I first started using this, I applied one pump to the top of my hand and used my Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Buffing Brush No. 130 (see below) to pick up the cream and then apply and blend in downward strokes.  I found this CC cream very easy to blend and it did cover my redness and discolorations very well; however, I realized that I was using too much product.  I was using about 3 pumps for my entire face, and I found that using 1 pump, then dotting it all over my face, THEN blending with my Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Buffing Brush worked much better.  You don't need to apply very much of this CC Cream to get good coverage and finish.

The formula says it is "matte"; however, I use my Pur Minerals Balancing Act powder after applying the CC Cream to keep down the shine.  We are in the middle of summer, and this heat and humidity does a number on my oily/combo skin!

Another thing I love is that this CC Cream has SPF 40.  I was a bit scared at first to use this because it has a high SPF.  I was afraid it would give me that ghostly look, but this CC Cream is photo-friendly; I think this is due to the natural SPF.  I also love that there is no heavy perfume; it smells fresh and clean.

I really love this CC Cream and the finish it gives my skin.  I will definitely be purchasing it again!  It's a great product, especially for women over 40 (that's me!), because it not only color-corrects, it's healthy for your skin.

Pur Minerals CC Cream "Medium" SPF 40 -- Product Description on box.

Also contains the following:

Clariskin II -- Visibly brightens and reduces the appearance of dark spots.  

Dermapur HP -- Helps clarify the look of oily, irritable skin.

Ceretin Complex -- Creates a smoother, firmer finish.
Pur Minerals CC Cream "Medium" SPF 40

Pur Minerals CC Cream "Medium" SPF 40 -- Blended.  You can see how beautifully it blends into the skin.
Pur Minerals CC Cream "Medium" SPF 40 -- Pictured here with my Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Buffing Brush No. 130 -- this brush is fabulous for applying CC Creams or any liquid foundation!
Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Buffing Brush No. 130  

Me, wearing Pur Minerals CC Cream "Medium"