Friday, October 24, 2014

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour 325 Rouge Kiss

I perk up whenever I hear of new lipstick releases especially from brand I like. I'm lipstick crazy. Guerlain has a special place in my heart. Between the Automatiques and the Rouge Gs, I prefer the Rouge Gs because of their opacity and creaminess. I knew I had to get one of the Kiss Kiss lipsticks to try. Dear Ruby from Miaka's Life and Loves, my partner and neighbour in crime offered to pick one for me at the DFS and I jumped at the chance. I also decided to wing it and have her surprise me with a colour of her picking and she selected Rouge Kiss.

I love the beautiful black casing. It has heft but not as heavy as the Rouge G. I love black casings the most because they look very sleek.

Left to right: One swipe versus two swipes
To me, Rouge Kiss is a vibrant coral red colour. I do agree when I read that bloggers say that Kiss Kiss is a cross between the Automatique and Rouge G. I feel that it is creamy and opaque. It glides smoothly on my lips and is kind to my lips after a full day of wear. It isn't drying on me either. I did hear that the ones with shimmer fare a little worse but I'm not sure, would anyone care to share your thoughts if you bought one with shimmer?

I have the perfect "underwear" for my Rouge Kiss. Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip in 25C.

My blue eye liner look to go with my bright coral red lips.

The rest of my makeup for that day.

I am thoroughly enjoying the new Guerlain offering and don't mind getting more. I love luxe lipsticks and this fits the bill perfectly. 

There are a total of 25 shades.

Evonnz has fantastic lip swatches of the entire range. I am eyeing 344 named Sexy Cool but on Nordstrom it is called Sexy Coral.

USD $37. SGD $42.30 at DFS.

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Project Swap: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush In Mood Exposure and Diffused Heat

Yup I am very late to this. You would have seen these popping up in beauty blogs a long time ago and yes I am only reviewing them now. I'm not sure about you but sometimes certain products just don't call to me and give me that urgency to buy now. I saw these Ambient blushes for a very long time and they were in my Net-A-Porter cart for ages but I never felt the need to click the checkout button. So I am positively delighted that dear Ruby from Miaka's Life and Loves offered up her Hourglass Ambient blushes for sacrifice. Just kidding, no blushes for hurt in the making of this post. :)

 I give to you Mood Exposure and Diffused Heat. Drum roll please!

(Information taken from Hourglass website)

• Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, the cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary and revolutionary.
• Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension.
• The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level—effectively reinventing the way you view blush.
• The state of the art formula means that its full potential is only displayed on application.
• The hand-made powders are formulated using an advanced miscelare technique—which means “to mix” in Italian—creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike.
• Delivers a natural radiant finish and offers buildable color.
• Ambient Lighting Blush is designed to be paired with Ambient Lighting Powder. Using the two products together imbues the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow.
• The six shades, which range from soft coral to cool pink, are a wardrobe of captivating accent lights for cheeks.

Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Boron Nitride, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol; Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, May Contain: (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

I must say, I like the casing. It has heft and even though it is plastic, it is a heavy, sturdy yet classy version of plastic. 

Pardon the fingerprints. Eeks! Anyway my understanding is that each blush is slightly different because of the marbling effect. It is a highlighter and blush mixed together. Depending on how much blush and highlighter ratio, your Ambient blush might be lighter or darker as compared to another one. The highlighter also makes the blush glowy.

I picked up quite a bit of powder during my finger swatches and instantly felt a pang of guilt. Luna I hope you don't mind, I was kind of enthusiastic with my finger swatches. These have a slight powdery feel even though it did not kick up powder when I used my brush on it. They are quite pigmented so I used my soft and fluffy blush brushes to apply them.

Which do you think is my favourite of the two? Scroll down and see if you are correct.

Diffused Heat of course! I am attracted to peachy blush shades. Above you see Diffused Heat on my cheeks. Go easy on them so that you don't look clownish.

For Mood Exposure, because it is a plumish brown shade, I used it just under my cheekbones as more of a contourish shade.

On my normal skin (Not oily anymore! Woohoo! At least for the time being.) they lasted the whole day, I didn't see a need to reapply my blush. Of course they didn't look freshly applied at the end of the day but I still see them on my cheeks. They feel soft on my skin and blend well.

They sell for USD $35 on the Hourglass and Sephora website but USD $40.65 at the Net-A-Porter website. What gives?

I like them but not enough to buy them on my own. How weird is that?

Ratings: 4 lipsticks

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric Sheer Blush 305 Dolci

I have been wanting to own a Cheek Fabric since I heard they were out. I just couldn't decide on which shade to get even after poring over the numerous swatches. Finally after poring over The Beauty Look Book's swatches I decided to order Dolci.

There are a total of 8 shades available. I wish they would name their shades on the website. 

I am so glad I chose Dolci. I love peachy orange shades and this is just the perfect peach. It is a luminous shade with fine shimmer. It is not overly pigmented so it is very easy to wear.  It is very finely milled and blends easily onto my skin. It lasts about 4 hours on me.

USD $46

I am totally in love with these new Cheek Fabrics. I wish I could see them in person to swatch them instead of relying on online swatches. 

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Giorgio Armani Ecstasy CC Lipstick 510 Dolci

(Taken from Giorgio Armani Website)

With Rouge Ecstasy, the Giorgio Armani laboratories push the boundaries of the exceptional even further with the first “CC” lipstick. “Color  and Care” – new innovative hybrid product that marks the start of a new era in lipstick.

Care: Rouge Ecstasy offers the comfort and softness of a lip balm, leaving lips repaired and beautifully enhanced day after day.

Color: This velvety soft, everyday lipstick coats the lips in saturated, ultra-luminous shades with impeccable hold. Application is simple, precise and effective.

Rouge Ecstasy is available in 36 luminous shades—a broad palette of intense and vibrant colors to enhance and satisfy every desire. All of the Rouge Ecstasy shades are inspired from a particular memory or association for Mr Armani. From Italy and Milan to the Red Carpet and Hollywood stars.

I have been wanting to try the Giorgio Armani Ecstasy CC lipstick for ages. Unfortunately every time I visit the DFS Orchard counter I don't seem to find a colour that I wanted to own. I hate that we seem to get a smaller selection of colours as compared to what is really available. There is supposed to be 36 shades but unfortunately we don't get to see all the colours here.

I decided to ask my lovely friend to score Dolci while she was overseas. Based on the online swatches, I thought Dolci would be a great colour and it is!

I would describe Dolci as a warm red toned rose with hints of brown. It isn't opaque but it isn't very sheer either. When I first applied it on my lips, I was slightly surprised by its hard texture. Normally sheer lipsticks are quite soft. This hard texture doesn't affect how it glides smoothly on my lips. It just feels different from the norm. It feels balmy and moisturizing.

The casing has a heft to it and looks like the Rouge D'armani. The is a magnetic thingamajig that ensures that your favorite lipstick cap doesn't fall out and proceed to colour the entire contents of your makeup pouch. Just that it is red in colour. It is just me but I am not feeling for the red colour casing.

I think this is a great lipstick. It feels luxurious on my lips and differs from my usual opaque lipsticks. Dolci is a easy to wear colour that looks refined. Something I slap on my lips when I can't think of what lip colour to wear with my eye shadows. I definitely prefer this to my Chanel Rouge Coco Shines because it gives me more colour.

US $34

Ratings: 5 lipsticks

Sunday, October 12, 2014

YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush 5 Rouge Effrontee and 7 Corail Affranchi

Today I have for you another two of YSL's Baby Doll Kiss and Blush for review. I'm really lucky to have sweet friends who know me so well and understand my craving for makeup. Thank you M for Rouge Effrontee. Kiss!

In my previous reviews of Fuchsia Desinvolte and Pink Hedoniste, I find the lighter shades to look better on me as blush than lip shades.

Corail Affranchi is a gorgeous peachy orange shade. 

Rouge Effronte looks like a coral red to me.

This is how Rouge Effronte layered over my Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Pencil in Orange Red looks like on my lips.

I still prefer using these as blushes instead of lip products because I just can't get past the fact that if I use the applicator on my lips, the applicator is going back into the bottle and perhaps contaminate the rest of the product. I'm also just too lazy to use a separate lip brush to scoop out the product. I might put in the extra effort for Rouge Effronte but not Corail Affranchi, it is just too light as a lip shade on me.

That being said, I think these a lovely textures for a blush. They blend well into a matte veil of colour and it stays on for about 5 hours through sweat.

I don't like them much as lip products because even though they aren't drying but they don't feel balmy or moisturizing enough for me (I'm kinda spoilt that way).

Ratings: 3++ lipsticks