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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chanel Precision Lip Definer, "Rose Cuivre"

There is something that is so special about Chanel make-up.  I have been using Chanel products for almost twenty years now and it is a luxury brand that I always treasure; it just makes a woman feel so good about herself.  Thank you, Coco Chanel ;)

I usually don't splurge very often on luxury brand lip liner's; this shade is so beautiful and it will go so well with so many of my lip colors that I already have, so I thought it would be an excellent addition to my collection!

I chose the shade, "Rose Cuivre", which is a deep, warm coppery-rose shade with a hint of shimmer.  This pencil is highly pigmented and goes well with my natural lip color.  It applies very smoothly; stays in place for hours and extends the wear of my lip stick.  It is devine!  Chanel's lip definers are simply the best in luxury!  



Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick, "Ruban Rose"

I am a long-time fan of Chanel's lippy's, and the Rouge Coco is no exception!  In terms of "luxury" lipsticks, I would have to say that Chanel is at the top of that list!  This lipstick is luxury all the way, with the smooth application, the coverage, the long-wear, and that beautiful Chanel scent; not to mention the elegant packaging--what more could a girl want in a lipstick?  

I have owned several Chanel lippy's over the years and I am in love with the Rouge Coco's!

My most recent shade is "Ruban Rose" which is a very neutral rosy-pearl shade that is very wearable.  I know I will be getting more shades in the very near future ;)

chanel rouge coco lipstick ruban rose


Me, wearing Chanel Rouge Coco, "Ruban Rose"


Chanel's Rouge Coco, "Ruban Rose", pictured with Chanel Lip Definer, "Rose Cuivre" (separate blog entry)




Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer, "Sizzling Taupe"

This is the very first time I have tried Estee Lauder's award-winning nail lacquers.  Why did I wait so long?  They are gorgeous!

I went with the shade "Sizzling Taupe", and it is so beautiful.  It is one of the most beautiful shades of taupe I have ever seen!  It does have a frosty look to it; however, it's not shimmery or frosty at all.  It has a touch of shimmer in it, but nothing obvious.  This nail lacquer has a very high shine and was easy to apply, and the finish is like silk, or should I say like "buttah"!!  LOL

As far as the wear; I've had this on for 2-days now, and no chips thus far!

UPDATE:  Only minor chips after 5-days of wear; I am impressed. (see pic below)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer, "Sizzling Taupe"



No Flash
 After 5-days of wear!  I only added another topcoat.
Estee Lauder Nail Lacquer "Sizzling Taupe"--LOVE THIS :)
Estee Lauder Nail Lacquer "Sizzling Taupe" -- Still one of my favorites, a whole year later!  (updated 3/16/13)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss, "Wired Copper" & "Electric Ginger" (Shimmer)

I am very fond of Estee Lauder's Pure Color Lip glosses!  I own "Wired Copper" and "Electric Ginger".  

"Wired Copper" is described as a warm medium bronze shimmer and "Electric Ginger" is described as a warm light bronze shade.  Both of these shades are "shimmers".  

I wear "Wired Copper" quite often.  It is beautiful on its own, with a lip liner or over lipstick.  I tend to wear this on its own with a nude or bronzy lip liner.

"Electric Ginger" is very light -- almost translucent with shimmer.  This looks gorgeous on its own, or paired with a bronze or nude lip color!

I found these lip glosses to be quite long-wearing and they leave your lips moisturized.

Estee Lauder's packaging is very elegant and it makes you feel special every time you pull out one of these beautiful glosses from your handbag!  You also get a lot of product for your money; these glosses last a long time.


EL Pure Color Lip Gloss, "Electric Ginger" (top) & "Wired Copper" (bottom)

"Electric Ginger" (top) & "Wired Copper" (bottom)



"Electric Ginger" (shimmer)

"Wired Copper" (shimmer)

"Wired Copper" (shimmer)

Estee Lauder 2012 Spring Collection - Gift with Purchase!

My local Dillards department store is currently offering a gift with purchase at the Estee Lauder counter!   

You have a choice of either "skincare" or "make-up".  I chose the make-up gift.  It is a beautiful 7-piece gift which comes in a lovely make-up bag with a pretty pink and white motif print.  

What is included in the make-up gift:

Pure Color Eye Shadow Duo, "Shells"
Sumptuous Mascara, "Black" & Double Wear Concealer Duo, "Light/Medium"
Pure Color Crystal Lipstick, "Crystal Pink" Creme
Double Wear Lip Liner, "Tearose"
Pure Color Nail Lacquer, "Rosa Rosa"
EL Pleasures fragrance spray
Make-up Bag

The products that I have tried so far are the mascara, concealer and lip liner.  The Sumptuous Mascara is excellent; gives great volume, separation and no clumps!  The brush is excellent and grabs every lash.   

The Double Wear SIP concealer is very good also.  I used it under my eyes; it gives very good coverage, and you only need a very small amount of product.  I found this concealer to be very long lasting.  On the downside, I did notice however when I removed my make-up, the lines under my eyes seemed to be accentuated.  I will have to compare with my other concealers.

The concealer and mascara comes in a duo (2-in-1); which I think is really awesome!  Great to have both items together to toss in your make-up bag or when traveling.

I love the Double Wear Lip Liner; I already own a couple of these in "Tawny" and "Pink".  I'm glad the "Tearose" shade came with the free gift, because I have wanted to try this shade and the GWP gave me a chance to see whether I like it or not, and I DO!!  It looks gorgeous with a few of my lipstick shades.  I would describe the "Tearose" as a shimmery, pinky-mauve.

I'm sure that most Women who are Estee Lauder "girls" already know about the beautiful fragrance, "Pleasures"--it's a beautiful, soft and feminine scent of roses and peonies (my faves)!

All in all, I am really enjoying all of my new EL products!

Estee Lauder Gift with Purchase at Dillards!



Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick "Beige" (Lasting Shimmer)

My local Dillards department store is currently offering a gift with any Estee Lauder purchase of $35 or more.  I had my eye on a couple of items, so I decided to take advantage of this wonderful gift with purchase!  Please see my review on the the goodies I received :)

I chose the Pure Color Lipstick in "Beige", (Shimmer).  Estee Lauder describes this shade as a "mauvey-nude" color.  It's different than other beige lipsticks that I own.  Also, the "shimmer" is very subtle; it is not shimmery in the sense of "frosty" or "glittery".  This is a beautiful shade that is very wearable and is a good every day lip color. 

I also chose the Pure Color Lip Gloss in "Electric Ginger", (you can read my review in separate blog).

The Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipsticks come in two finishes; creme and shimmer, although I have had a difficult time trying to find some shades in the shimmer finish, so I'm not sure if Estee Lauder is discontinuing the shimmer finish.  I actually like them very much. 

I found this lipstick to be very moisturizing and long-wearing.  I have read a lot of complaints about the strong fig-like scent these lipsticks have; however, it wasn't a bother for me and I noticed after a few minutes, you hardly notice the scent at all.  Personally, I prefer lipsticks to be "fragrance-free"; however, a nice, subtle scent does not bother me.  


Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick, "Beige" (shimmer), and Pure Color Gloss, "Electric Ginger" also shown

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick, "Beige" (shimmer)

EL PC Lipstick, "Beige" (shimmer)





Sunday, February 19, 2012

MAC Lipstick "Sandy B"

This is MAC Lipstick in "Sandy B".  It is a very pretty shell pink with peachy-golden shimmer.  This would be a great lip color to wear in the summer time.  It would look gorgeous paired with a coat of shimmery gloss!  

I asked the MAC girl at the counter what lip liner she would suggest and she suggested that I use a "Plum" lip liner?  I did not question her however; I don't think Plum would work well.  I was thinking more of a soft pink or neutral shade.

If anyone has any suggestions on a lip liner that would go well with this shade, please let me know.  I suppose you could wear this on it's own; however, I always have to use a lip liner; otherwise I feel like it's missing something and my lips don't look finished, LOL.

MAC Lipstick "Sandy B" (frost)

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My Lipstick Collection

Since I own more lipsticks than any other make-up product, I decided it would be easier to just show a collection of some of my favorite lippies!

There are several brands that I love; which includes department store and drug store brands.  

When it comes to lipsticks, I would have to say that my favorite brands are (in no particular order); Chanel, Estee Lauder, Make Up Forever, Laura Mercier, Senna Cosmetics, Nars, Clarins, Boots No7, MAC, L'Oreal, Revlon, YSL, Guerlain, and Shiseido, just to name a few!

Here are some of my current favorites:

PART ONE
LEFT TO RIGHT: Guerlain Kiss Kiss "Forever Beige 558", and "Rose Strass 567", Chanel Coco Rouge "02 Perle", YSL Rouge Volupte "26 Tender Peach", YSL Rouge Volupte Perle "101 Beige Caress", YSL Pur Golden Lustre "107 Rose Boreale", Boots No7 Stay Perfect "Chinchilla 50" and "Under the Sun", MAC "Ramblin Rose" and "Plum Dandy"

Another view, looking from left angle

PART TWO
LEFT TO RIGHT: Kat Von D Foiled Love "Forever & Never", Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense "18" & "11", Clarins "710 Apricot Sugar", Laura Mercier "Armaretto", Rimmel Moisture Renew  "645 Dusty Rose", L'Oreal "227 Eternal Rose" & "834 Brazen Bronze" & Boots No7 Wild Volume "03 Ginger Mousse"



Looking from right angle

Sunday, February 5, 2012

China Glaze Nail Lacquer, "Ingrid"

I have only recently discovered China Glaze nail lacquer and it is a wonderful brand; I love it!  The latest color I tried was "Ingrid".  It is a beautiful deep taupe color that has shimmer.  This is my fave China Glaze color thus far!  

In certain lighting, it will pick up the shimmer and it is SO beautiful.  It looks so different depending on the lighting in the room or outdoors.  

I snapped some pics of it but it is so hard to really capture how beautiful this color is!  It applies so beautifully and I've had it on for 3-days now and only started to chip because I was washing my hands a lot today and doing some spring cleaning around my house:)



in natural light
I tried to capture this beautiful color in the sunlight -- it is gorgeous!
With flash

With Flash - beautiful gold shimmer!