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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick #12 "Pearly Mauve"

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick #12 "Pearly Mauve" --  Life has been so crazy lately and I have been trying to get caught up with things, including my blog.  I actually had this lippie for a while and discovered I had not posted it!  So here goes...

If you have read my blog then you already know that I am in love with MUFE's Rouge Artist Intense!  I already own several.  I am in love with #10 and #11 so decided what the heck, I will get #12 too, which is a gorgeous Pearly Mauve!!

I kid you not -- this lippies are fabulous....high pigmentation....long-wearing.  What I love about the formula is that you can apply a light coat, or build up the intensity as you wish and it will not budge!  While the formula may be a tad drying, I never have a problem wearing these.  You can apply a little balm beforehand if you find this formula too drying.  

The fragrance reminds me of Pez or those Violet candies if you remember from WAY back!  When these launched, they retailed for $19, which is very reasonable for a high-quality lipstick!  They recently bumped-up the price at Sephora and they are now at $20 USD, but no biggie -- they are worth that and more! 


John Frieda Sheer Blonde - Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo & Conditioner

John Frieda Sheer Blonde - Everlasting Blonde Colour Preserving Shampoo & Conditioner  -- Whew!  Now, that's a really long description, LOL :D

I wanted to share this fabulous product from John Frieda -- I have been really loving this shampoo and conditioner.  My hair is color-treated so I always try to use shampoo's that are good for my hair and won't strip my hair color.

I love how this shampoo & conditioner makes my hair feel and the fragrance is very fresh & citrusy!  You only need a small (quarter size) amount to get a luxurious lather and the conditioner smells wonderful and doesn't weigh my hair down...I found these at Target and they even have a bigger bottle (pump dispenser), which I plan to get next time!  

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour "Damask"

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour "Damask" -- I've been going a little lipstick crazy this summer.  So many new formulas to try!  Well, I recently just celebrated another Birthday, so I deserve to be pampered!

Personally, I think a new lipstick is a great way to perk yourself up and treat yourself and not feel like you are breaking the bank.

I love Laura Mercier's lipstick and this formula is no exception.  The formula is "creamy & smooth" just as she describes.  It left my lips feeling hydrated and the color lasts a long time.  I applied it around 9AM and at lunchtime, my lips still had a hint of color and felt well-hydrated.

I would say the finish is not very opaque however, the colors are quite pigmented.

The color I chose "Damask" is a deep mauvey-rose that has a hint of some shimmer, which is hardly noticeable.

Another thing I love about Laura is that she does not use heavy perfumes in her cosmetics and this lipstick is "scent-free" as far as I can tell.

The packaging is beautiful however, more bulky than the original formula's packaging.

I love this formula and I hope to be picking-up more shades very soon!


Peace, Love & Lipstick, xox--Bridget-xox

Love Laura's packaging....although it's coated plastic & fingerprints and smudges will show!


Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour "Damask" 
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour "Damask" - with flash

Givenchy Le Rouge Lip Colour "203 Rose Dentelle"

Givenchy Le Rouge Lip Colour "203 Rose Dentelle" -- Everyone is raving about these new lip colours from Givenchy and when you try one you will know exactly why!  These lippies just launched this spring and they have already received awards!

The formula is "semi-matte" and glides on your lips like a dream -- they are so velvety-smooth!  The color pigmentation is intense so you only need one swipe for excellent coverage and hours of wear!  After about 4-hours, the color did not budge.  It leaves a soft stain on your lips after an hour or two of wear.  It does have a flowery scent which I did not find too offensive.  I'm usually not a fan of matte lipsticks however, this formula is like none other; my lips never felt dry--my lips felt perfectly moisturized and comfortable.

The packaging is a work of art!  Those design engineers did an outstanding job, and my husband is a design engineer (not cosmetics), and he was very impressed with the packaging!  The design is so high-end couture and the lipstick case is wrapped in real lambskin.

Rose Dentelle #203 is a deep rose color. While I love this formula, the color was a bit dark for my complexion.  I already have my eye on another color, "102- Beige Plume", which falls into the natural category, and is a peachy beige (review to come soon). 


Lipstick case is a collector's item!

Beautiful Givenchy logo....elegant silver case wrapped in genuine lambskin.

Beautiful embossed Givenchy logo on lipstick bullet.

Givenchy Le Rouge Lip Colour "203 Rose Dentelle" -- with flash.  Does not appear very dark w/flash, but see swatch below. 
Swatch -- Givenchy Le Rouge Lip Colour "203 Rose Dentelle" -- Without flash you can see it is a deep rose shade.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Essie "The Girls are Out" Nail Polish

Essie Nail Polish "The Girls are Out" -- Summer 2013 Collection.  Very pretty rosy-mauve shade.  In the bottle, the color appears to have some slight shimmer however, it is undetectable once applied.

Essie "The Girls are Out" Nail Polish 
Essie "The Girls are Out" Nail Polish -- My toesies are purrrty :)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Essie Nail Lacquer (polish) "Delicacy"





Essie Nail Lacquer "Delicacy" -- I absolutely adore this color by Essie!  The name is spot-on because this color is so beautiful and "delicate".  It's a transparent pearly pale pink -- reminds me of an Opal; best way I can describe it.  I love how the color changes like a pearl in different kinds of lighting.  Shown here with 3 coats for opacity.  It's just a lovely nude shade and would be perfect for a bride on her special day!  This is one of my faves! 

Essie Nail Lacquer (polish) "Delicacy" -- in natural lighting
Essie Nail Lacquer (polish) "Delicacy" -- in natural lighting

Essie Nail Lacquer "Delicacy"--Shown here w/flash.  Just so beautiful. 
Essie Nail Lacquer "Delicacy"



Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour "Cozy" (cream)

Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour "Cozy" (cream) -- I could not wait to try Laura Mercier's new lipstick formula.  These lippies come in 3 different formula's and each name signifies the formula; C = Cream, S = Sheer and M of course = Matte.

I love the cream formula, so I went with "Cozy" which is a  plummy-brown shade.  After I applied it I immediately knew it was too dark for me.  I really wanted to love this lipstick, but had to take it back.  I was going to try the other cream shades, but "Cafe" seemed too brown/dark for me and "Coy" was too light, and the other cream, "Chic" was too bright.........SO frustrating, arggghhh.  I wish she had something more in the mauve/rose or neutral family.

These are part of her permanent line, so I hope she comes out with more colors!  All-in-all, the cream formula is FANTASTIC!!  Goes on so smooth and creamy and makes your lips feel incredibly moisturized.  I highly recommend the cream formula, "if" you can find a shade that works for you!
Love Laura Mercier's beautiful packaging!  So understated, yet so chic and sophisticated!


Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour "Cozy" (cream) -- with flash
Laura Mercier Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lip Colour "Cozy" (cream) -- in natural light


MAC Lipstick "Velvet Teddy" (matte)

MAC Lipstick in "Velvet Teddy" (matte) -- This is a nice, warm beige color, perfect for every day wear or when you are looking for that natural/neutral look.  I have not worn it yet, so I will have to follow-up with an update.

UPDATE 7/30/13--I am loving this formula.  I'm usually not a fan of matte lipsticks however this formula is quite creamy and my lips never felt dry.  I loved it so much that I actually picked-up another shade "Kinda Sexy" over the weekend which I will have to post soon!  



Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss "Eternity"

Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss "Eternity" -- I recently started to explore the Smashbox line of cosmetics.  I was drawn to this long-wearing lip gloss.  The color "Eternity" is a bronze shade with shimmer.

I like the packaging and the applicator however, I'm not totally thrilled with the formula.  I like the idea of a"long-wearing" lip gloss however, if you don't like glosses that are "sticky" (where the long-wear comes in), then you will NOT particularly like this gloss.  I found it to be too sticky for me and I don't like that feeling.  The color is nice but very sheer.

Sadly, I threw away my receipt so I could not take it back to the department store to do an exchange/refund.  I hate when I do that because I usually hang onto my receipt until I know I'm going to keep the product.  Oh well.

I would have to say that this gloss is not on my "best gloss list".  I am partial to Chanel, Lancome, Estee Lauder and MAC glosses. 




Smashbox Limitless Long Wear Lip Gloss "Eternity"--Pictured here with Mineral Fusion Lip Liner Pencil in "Burnished"

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lotus Eau de Toilette Fragrance

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lotus Eau de Toilette Fragrance -- This version was introduced in 2009 and I never recognized it before until recently while shopping at Marshalls.  I actually saw this again at TJ Maxx and decided to purchase it because it was such a great price.  I paid around $12 USD for 3 Ounce bottle.  I really prefer a smaller bottle since I hardly ever finish any bottle of perfume!

I love the Lotus flower so I was sure that I would love this version.  I love all of EA Green Tea scents -- they are so light and fresh and the "Lotus" version is a bit more exotic with 
 notes of Asian lily, cherry blossom, yuzu and accords of plum -- I really enjoy this one and I love the green tea scents, especially in the summertime when you want something that is a bit more light and fresh!

My apologies on the photo; I tried to rotate the photo, but it would not work!  
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lotus Eau de Toilette Fragrance -- Beautiful etched green tea design, which appears on all Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea fragrances -- just lovely! 
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Lotus Eau de Toilette Fragrance -- Beautiful packaging

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

FOTD: Lorac, Smashbox, Clarins, Dior, Estee Lauder, Rimmel & Essie

FOTD:  Pictured here I am wearing Dior Diorshow Brow Styler eyebrow pencil "Universal Brown",
Lorac Eyeshadow Trio "LORACstar",
Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner Eye Pencil "Luminous Fig",
Clarins Splendours Bronzer (LE Summer 2013), Clarins Blush Prodige "Soft Peach",
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder "Invisible",
Smashbox "The Nude Lip Pencil" in "Medium",
Estee Lauder Pure Color Lip Gloss "Wired Copper" (shimmer)

Nails:  Essie "Fiji"

Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder "Classic Beige" - SPF 15

Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder "Classic Beige" - SPF 15 -- When I first started this blog, this mineral powder was one of the very first products I wrote about.  I have tried MANY mineral powders (pressed & loose), and Laura Mercier is the BEST, in my opinion!

Some women prefer to use the loose powder formula.  I happen to like the pressed more because its less fuss for me.  They are both wonderful.

This compact does come with a double-sided sponge however, I prefer to use a soft powder brush to apply for the best coverage.  This pressed mineral powder is quite dense so I do not recommend using a heavy hand.

This shade, "Classic Beige" is just perfect for me, especially in the summer months when I have more color.  I love the natural coverage it gives and it covers all of my discolorations and imperfections.  I get so many compliments when I wear Laura Mercier Mineral Powder.  I just can't switch to any other brand.
Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder "Classic Beige" - SPF 15

Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder "Classic Beige" - SPF 15

Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder "Classic Beige" - SPF 15