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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Make Up For Ever Mat Bronze Bronzing Powder #20 "Honey"

I've read great reviews about this MUFE Mate Bronze powder, so I was eager to try it out.

The packaging is very nice; I like how there is a little window, so you can see the powder.  The compact has a magnetic closure, and beneath the powder is a powder puff, which is nice; however, I really have no need for it as I use a brush to apply.

The shade I chose was #20, which is called "Honey".  This is their most popular shade.  This is a very natural shade that you can wear year-round; however, it was hard to detect on my medium skin tone, and especially now that it is summer and I have a tan.  I think this shade will work great for me during the winter months.

The only thing I can say negative about this mate bronze powder is the scent.  I really don't care for it and not sure why MUFE added such a strong scent.  The smell seems to dissipate after you've applied the powder, or you just don't notice it as much.

This is a great mate bronze powder and reasonably priced as well. 

FOTD: Pur Minerals, Laura Mercier, Elizabeth Arden, Milani, Hourglass & MAC

It's been a long while since I've done a FOTD.  Pictured here, I am wearing:

Pur Minerals CC Cream in "Medium"
Milani Bronzing Powder (as eyeshadow) in "Soliel"
Laura Mercier Blush & Bronze on cheeks
Pur Minerals Balancing Act Powder
Hourglass Ambient Powder in "Dim"
MAC Mineralize Blush in "Warm Soul"
Elizabeth Arden Ultra Ceramide Lipstick in "Rose Aurora" (LE)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Lip Pencil in "Tea Rose"

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Shiseido Shimmering Rouge "BE 303" (Ingenue), "RS 310 (Brocade) & "RD 713" (Discretion)

Shiseido Shimmering Rouge "RS 310 (Brocade)
Shiseido Shimmering Rouge "RS 310" -- Brocade
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.

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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