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Monday, May 27, 2013

Clarins "Splendours" Summer Bronzing Compact

Clarins "Splendours" Summer Bronzing Compact--I Instantly fell in love with this bronzing compact on Clarins website and could not wait until it arrived in the mail.  My local Nordstroms did not have it in store yet, so I wanted to get one before they were gone.  The Clarins "Splendours" Summer Bronzing Compact is a LE for Summer 2013.

Let me tell you, this bronzing powder is absolutely beautiful....from the outside packaging, to the gorgeous Aztec-looking embossed compact.  This bronzer has the perfect combination of bronze all rolled-up into one!  It gives your skin a soft, natural and healthy glow!  I applied this bronzing powder with a soft Kabuki brush and the finish is just beautiful, beyond words!  

Also, the fragrance is very nice too--not sure how to describe it, but this is a mineral powder made in Italy and has healthy botanicals that are good for your skin!   I know I needed another bronzing powder like (you know what), but this was just too beautiful to pass-up.

If you love bronzing powders as much as I do, I suggest you get one online or in a department store who carries Clarins products.  You will love it!  
Clarins "Splendours" Summer Bronzing Compact--Beautifully embossed compact. 

Clarins "Splendours" Summer Bronzing Compact--In natural lighting. 
Me, wearing Clarins "Splendours" Summer Bronzing Compact

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick "Candy Rose" 715

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick "Candy Rose"  715 --I love the Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks and this shade recently caught my eye.  I've really been on a pink/rose frenzy lately.  This formula is very moisturizing and long-wearing which is quite surprising for such a lightweight feel.  After 3-4 hours, it leaves a nice even stain on your lips.  It has a very light fragrance, but nothing too overpowering.  
Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick "Candy Rose" 715 
Me, wearing Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick "Candy Rose" 715

Clarins After Sun Moisturizer "Ultra Hydrating"

Clarins After Sun Moisturizer "Ultra Hydrating"--I've been looking for a great after-sun moisturizer for the summer and this one is excellent.  This Clarins After Sun Moisturizer is very rich, however not at all greasy and absorbs very quickly into the skin.  After a day in the sun, your skin will drink up this moisturizer that is packed with natural botanicals like sunflower and safflower extracts.  The fragrance is quite unique and lasts on your skin all day long.  This moisturizer will help promote a healthy and longer-lasting tan.  
Clarins After Sun Moisturizer "Ultra Hydrating"

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick "Sunset Junction"

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick "Sunset Junction"--This is a gorgeous warm terracotta lipstick that is new for Summer 2013.  I love the simple, yet chic packaging.  I have never purchased a Smashbox lipstick before however, after reading so many positive reviews on these lippies, I decided to try this lovely shade.  I have not worn it yet, so I can't comment on the formula.  I also love that there is no obvious fragrance.   
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick "Sunset Junction"

Saturday, May 4, 2013

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color "Rose Libertin" #26

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color "Rose Libertin" #26--I think in my older years I am becoming more daring and trying new things and venturing out of my realm....that's how I came to this lippie....YSL's Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in "Rose Libertin" #26.

After seeing it on several blogs, I fell in love with this shade--it's such a lovely shade of lilac-pink, if you will.  This is definitely a color that I would not reach for normally as I tend to stay with neutral colors.  I love wearing bright pinks, especially in the summertime; it's just so chic and fresh-looking and makes your lips really "pop", especially with that summer glow!

I love everything about the YSL RPC lippies--the formula & long-wearing however, the only gripe I have is that I wish they would change the design of the lipstick tube because it gets covered with finger prints and does not look very chic at all :(  

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color "Rose Libertin" #26 
The beautiful "YSL" embossed logo on the lipstick bullet
Me, wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color "Rose Libertin" #26--This shade really does not require a lip liner. 
Me, wearing YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lip Color "Rose Libertin" #26--out in natural light.  Sorry about my eyes....they are squinting from the sunlight :/

Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze "Ritual" - Summer 2013 (LE)

Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze "Ritual"- Summer 2013 (LE)--During a trip to my Nordstrom's LM counter, I was so intrigued by this new blush/bronzer from Laura Mercier!

This is a "baked" Italian powder with swirls of bronze, pink, tan, and other hues of beige, etc.  This powder is SO beautiful.  I rushed to buy it because it is a "LE".  This shade is called "Ritual" and it is the only shade that is available, so hurry if you want this one because it is a limited-edition.

The packaging is gorgeous as everything is with Laura's products!  Keep in mind that you should use this powder with a "light" hand because it is so pigmented and finely-milled.  I applied this blush/bronzer with a soft, medium-dense kabuki brush and it gave a perfect application.  I applied it to my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin.  This powder gives a very soft and natural finish that lasts for hours.  No heavy fragrance at all, which is a plus.

LM also just came out with another baked bronzer (matte formula), which is incredibly beautiful as well and comes in several shades.  I wish I had seen before this one, but oh well.  Too many bronzers to choose from!!  I highly recommend this one for that gorgeous summertime glow!  Get glowing, with Laura! :)
Close Up:  Baked on Italian terracotta tiles......Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze "Ritual" - Summer 2013 (LE) 


Me, wearing Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronzer in "Ritual"

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick "Rendez-vous"


Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick "Rendez-vous"--I have recently rediscovered Lancome's L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks and I am so loving this formula!  This shade, "Rendez-vous" falls into the neutral category and is described as a copper-pink-beige; it's simply gorgeous and a great color to wear for every day.  OMG, and I love the scent too!  I wish Lancome would make this scent into a perfume, because I would surely purchase it!!  LOL :)

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick "Rendez-vous" 
Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick "Rendez-vous" 
Me, wearing Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick in "Rendez-vous".  I am wearing this with a nude lip liner pencil.
Me, wearing Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick in "Rendez-vous"



MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick "Grande Dame"

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in "Grande Dame"--I got so excited when I read that MAC was introducing some new lipsticks in their "mineralize" line!  These will be a permanent addition to MAC.  All of the shades are gorgeous however, I selected the shade "Grande Dame", which is a lovely mid-rose neutral shade.  I love the new packaging design and magnetic closure.  These retail for around $22 USD, so they are a bit pricey than the regular MAC lipsticks.  This formula is very hydrating, long-wearing and feels very light on the lips.  I wore this without a lip liner and it lasted for several hours without any bleeding whatsoever.  The color is very pigmented and fades evenly.  

Close-UP: MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in "Grande Dame"

Beautiful packaging...MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in "Grande Dame"
Me, wearing MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick "Grande Dame"--my eyes look weird again, geesh! :/