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Monday, September 30, 2013

Lip Combo: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick "Rose Aurora" (summer 2012) paired with Sephora Nano Lip Pencil " 14 Radiant Rosy"

Lip Combo I just love: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick "Rose Aurora" (summer 2012) paired with Sephora Nano Lip Pencil "14 Radiant Rosy" -- Rose Aurora is one of my favorite lip colors -- I was so happy to get one since it was a LE.  I really like the Sephora Nano Lip Pencils too; I thought "Radiant Rosy" goes so well with this EA lippie!  

Essie Nail Polish -- "Coat Azure"

Essie Nail Polish -- "Coat Azure" -- This is a very unique blue nail polish with shimmer.  It looks gorgeous in full sunlight however, the color looks totally different indoors and has a grey-ish blue indoors.  I still love it and I think it makes a beautiful color for a summertime pedi.

OPI Nail Lacquer "I Eat Mainely Lobster"

OPI Nail Lacquer -- "I Eat Mainely Lobster" --  This is a quite bold color for me as I don't normally wear bright shades like this one.  I was in the mood for a bright and cheery color, so I went with "I Eat Mainely Lobster" -- I just loved the name and I LOVE LOBSTA!  This is a gorgeous warm coral with shimmer and it looks just like the color of lobster!!

Summer is officially over now (sobs) and we are into the fall season -- this shade makes me want to hold onto summer just a little bit longer!

Outside by the pool in full-sun

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Boots No7 Precision Lip Pencil "Nude" and "Caramel"

I loved the Boots No7 Precision Lip Pencil in "Caramel" so much that I recently picked-up another shade, "Nude" at my local Target store.  

Now, I really did not need another "nude" lip pencil as I have several already however, when I read that Lisa Eldridge whom is a make-up artist who works for prestige cosmetic companies such as "Chanel" developed and designed the shade "Nude", well, I just had to have one!  

You can find Lisa Eldridge on YouTube where she posts various reviews and gives great make-up tips.  She is absolutely beautiful and such an amazing make-up artist.

Just for comparisons:  TOP:  Boots No7 Lip Pencil in "Nude" -- You can see the packaging is different than the previous one (below), also you are getting more product (which is nice) too!

The new Boots No7  Lip Pencil is made in Italy, whereas the previous one was manufactured in Germany.

For comparisons:  I swatched Boots No7 Lip Pencil in "Nude" (top), and compared it with "Caramel" (bottom).  Now, the Nude almost barely shows-up on my medium-tone lips however, it is still a very nice lip pencil.  Great for every day and just gives your lips a well-defined look and keeps lipstick or gloss in place.  These pencils are great......so creamy and long-wearing!

Tom Ford Lip Color "Indian Rose" 04

Tom Ford Lip Color "Indian Rose" 04 --  I read so much about the Tom Ford Lipsticks; women go crazy for his products!  So, I just had to see what all the rave was about.

Never in my life have I ever shelled-out more than $35 for a luxury lipstick, until now.....yikes!!

First impression was the luxurious packaging; The box has a beautiful glossy finish and upon opening, the lipstick case is very weighty!  The weight of this lipstick tells you it's "luxury" and it's "expensive" LOL

The lipstick case is quite large and really makes a statement when you pull it out of your handbag.  The lipstick case has a beautiful bronzy finish over gold and has the "TF" stamp on the top of the lipstick case.

As for the formula and the color I chose "Indian Rose"; It feels very lightweight when applied to lips and also very creamy and pigmented.  The color is a soft rosy-mauve that is a great every day color.  There seems to be some shimmer in the tube however, not noticeable on the lips.  This formula has a good shine to it and lasts quite a long time -- a good 4-5 hours on me.

It has a slight "vanilla" scent.

In all honesty, I can't say I would purchase another Tom Ford Lipstick mainly due to the high price and also, there are a plethora of other lipsticks that I love and would prefer over Tom Ford.  This is a beautiful lipstick and Tom Ford offers some amazing colors.  Tom Ford is owned by Estee Lauder, and I happen to love the Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick more than this one.

My lipstick came with a little "scar" on it.....boo-boo, but that's okay.

Tom Ford -- beautiful lipstick case....luxury!

Tom Ford "Indian Rose" with no flash

Tom Ford "Indian Rose" with flash

Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Lasting Satin Lip Color "102" (beige)

Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani Lasting Satin Lip Color "102" -- This is a beautiful beige-rose color with a hint of shimmer which is hardly detectable on the lips.  The Armani Rouge is a very creamy, moisturizing formula that reminds me a little of YSL's Rouge Volupte.  This formula lasts about 3-4 hours on my lips and leaves a soft "tint" after it dries down.

The packaging is absolutely gorgeous and I love the magnetic closure on the lipstick case.

There is no strong fragrance to this lippie.

This is a great nude to wear with a smokey eye or when you are just dashing out the door and want something that is easy to wear.  

This is not a great picture (sorry).  You can hardly notice the color on my medium-pigmented lips.  I will try to post a better picture later on.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dior Rouge Dior Lip Couleur "649 Rose Mythique" (Mythical Pink)

Nothing says "tres chic" quite like Dior!  Rouge Dior in 649 "Rose Mythique" -- I saw this color online and just had to have it.  It was not readily available however, I was able to order it online (went through a lot of trouble to get it).  After a week and a half, it finally arrived in my mailbox!

I'm not sure what collection this shade is from, but it was very hard to find it anywhere.  It must be either a european exclusive launch or discontinued.

Rose Mythique (Mythical Pink) is a gorgeous medium, neutral pink with shine and luminosity -- I just fell in love!

The Dior Rouge's are so creamy and moisturizing.  The color lasts on my lips for a good 4 to 5 hours and even after the color starts to fade, my lips still feel hydrated.

And the Dior Rouge is one of my all-time favorite lipsticks and I just love the scent!  It smells like roses and violets.

I like the luminous shine this lipstick gives off.  
This pic taken with no flash, so you can see the color better.

So beautiful -- I don't know how Dior does it but do you see that high-shine?  Look at all the micro-shimmer, which gives a pearly finish to the lips.

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour "Fantasque" 112

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour "Fantasque" 112 -- This was my first Chanel lippie purchase in a long time.  The Rouge Allure's have been "reformulated".

This shade is from the 2013 Spring Collection.  I had seen it online and then went on a mad search to find one in my area.  Nordstrom did not have it and the sales lady informed me that it was a LE or discontinued.  So, I ran over to Macy's and luckily they still had some in stock.

This is a quite pale shade of pink with a luminous sheen.  I thought it would be too pale for me however, when I swiped it on, I was like "wow!" -- I love this!

The Rouge Allure's feel very light on the lips however, you can add more intensity with each swipe.  They got the name right for sure "Intense"!  I definitely will be getting more of these Rouge Allure's.

This formula is very moisturizing and long-lasting.  I love the light scent it has too -- like a soft rose!  Nothing compares to Chanel.

The packaging:  I love the sleek, high-shine black lacquered case and you have to push-in the bottom "CC logo" to release the lipstick tube!  So classy!  Oh, Chanel.....you never disappoint me!

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour "Fantasque" 112 -- You can see how luminous this color is (with flash).  It's a pretty soft pink with a touch of lilac.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick "Desert Rose"

Packaging comparison:  Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick on left -- Ultra Ceramide on right.

The new packaging is bigger; square instead of round and there is no "Elizabeth Arden" signature stamped anywhere on the lipstick case.  It's actually rather bland.  I think it's just "okay".  I have to say that I prefer the Ceramide Ultra case (right) better -- I just love the Elizabeth Arden "red door" embossed and the round case -- it just looks and feels more chic to me.
Desert Rose is a beautiful warm rose shade with golden shimmer.  This lippies feels very moisturizing however I didn't find this formula much different from the Ceramide Ultra formula.  The color goes on quite sheer however, you can build up the intensity if you wish.

From what I've read online, Elizabeth Arden is replacing this new formula with the "Color Intrigue Effects" lipsticks.  While at the EA counter I noticed a lot of the same names from the Color Intrigue line is used in the Beautiful Color (new) line.  This is kinda a bummer for me because I love the Color Intrigue formula!  If you love the Color Intrigue Lipsticks, better order online or run to your nearest EA counter and stock-up!  

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color on left & Ultra Ceramide on right -- Not sure why there is no Elizabeth Arden signature or logo on the new lipstick case......the Ultra Ceramide has the lovely "red door" embossing on the top of the case.