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Holiday gift idea- Guerlain Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles

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If you’re going to splurge on a beauty product, Guerlain is always a good choice. I always find myself gravitating towards Guerlain when the holiday collection gets released because the packaging is always so decadent and beautiful. The 2014 Holiday collection, Un Soir a l’Opera (or A Night at the Opera), is gold and red and fabulous!

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I had to stop myself from picking up multiple items from this collection because everything was just so pretty. I couldn’t walk away from the Meteorites though and who could blame me? The limited edition container is gold with bow on the lid, an ode to the bottle of Guerlain’s Coque d’Or perfume from the 1930’s.

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The powder puff inside is a rich red shade with a bow on top. I don’t tend to use the included brushes or applicators with any makeup item but puffs especially are lost on me. They look cute but seem completely impractical and don’t tend to give an even application of the product.

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This is my second Guerlain Meteorites purchase and, like the rest of Guerlain’s range, the perles d’etoile come with the signature violet scent. I’m really sensitive to scents in makeup but I love the Guerlain scent, it’s pleasant without being too overpowering. It is a very noticeable scent though but it dissipates once the product is actually on your skin.

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There are 6 individual shades of meteorites in this container which range from a powdery beige to a vibrant red. There are 40 meteorites in the container and more of some shades and less of the others. The meteorites themselves are quite fragile and I had to get a new container when I purchased these as the sales woman accidentally dropped the box and all the pearls shattered. These work best when they’re intact as you don’t pick up too much product.

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I was a little worried that these shades wouldn’t show up on me but the two most vibrant shades, the bronzey orange and the red, means that this does translate on to my skin. The orange reminds me of NARS Taj Mahal and the red is similar to a mix NARS Taos and Exhibit A. The three lightest shades are very sheer and the light pink is quite a powdery white pink on me.

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I love how this looks on the cheeks as it gives a luminous healthy glow. The meterorites are meant to be used more as a finishing powder so, even though I’m wearing this on bare cheeks below, I prefer this over my blush. Wearing this over blush gives the blush a nice sheen and doesn’t emphasise my pores the way it can over bare cheeks. I apply this using my NARS Yachiyo brush but a slightly denser brush might give a more intense finish.

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There’s no denying this product is pricey at $75 for 40 individual meteorites (that’s $1.85 per tiny ball of product!) and whether the price is worth it is between you and your bank balance! I love the decadence of the packaging and bought it as present to myself for my 30th but, let’s be honest, I would have found an excuse either way! I think it would make a really special christmas gift though for someone very lucky.

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Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Duo Blush in Pink Punk

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The gorgeous gold compact the blush comes in

I heart (yes, I just said ‘heart’ and trust me, it won’t happen again!) Guerlain products so much because they feel and look luxurious. Even though you’re shelling out quite a bit for them, the weight and design of the products makes you feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself as I blindly hand over my money or ‘add to cart’. I bought this blush a few months ago and have been meaning to post about it and just never got around to it.

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The velvet pouch that comes with most Guerlain products

The Guerlain Rose Aux Joues (which means ‘Rosy Cheeks’ in French according to Google Translate) is a duo blush which contains two shades- one which can be used to create a pop of colour on the cheeks and the other to be used as a contour shade or you can mix both or just use them on their own. When I talk about using it as a contour, I don’t mean in the Kim K meaning of the word but more in the Bobbi Brown way which means applying a neutral shade along the cheekbone and a brighter shade just on the apples.

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The product comes in 6 shades but shade 04 Pink Punk, is the only one I really wanted because the darker shade in the duo was different to other blushes in my collection. The dominant shade is a really pretty warm pink which is almost a coral while the other is a darker plummy-mauve. The product also comes with an included brush which is really soft and could be used if you were travelling. I prefer rounded blush brushes to flat ones so I don’t tend to use the included brush.

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What I found curious about this product was that the two shades had different textures and pigmentation. The top shade was smooth and picked up really easily on my brush. It’s also quite pigmented so I didn’t need a lot of product. The bottom shade, on the other hand, was quite hard and lacked pigmentation. I had to really get into it to get the swatch below. That being said, it would probably show up better on you if you’re of a lighter skin tone. I’ve swatched the top shade, the bottom shade and then showed both shades mixed below.

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Due to the issues I had with the pigmentation of the bottom shade, I don’t use it on its own and usually just mix both colours together or use the top one on its own. Even if it were more pigmented, I’d find it difficult to just pick up the bottom shade on its own since the pan is quite small. You could do it if you used the included brush or something similar such as the NARS Ita brush but otherwise you’d have to pinch the brush hairs together to pick up only the smaller shade. I’ve showed what my cheeks look like without the product and with both shades mixed.

7The blush gives a really pretty flush to my skin and lasts well throughout the day but, for the price ($50 US/$62 AU), I’d have expected both shades to be pigmented and not just one. If you love the top shade enough then it might be worth the splurge but I don’t think it’s unique enough to justify the money considering almost half the product doesn’t show up well (on my skin tone at least). It pains me to leave a not so positive review on a Guerlain product but I have to be honest. My recommendation is that you definitely try this on yourself before buying to see if it works on you.

Have you tried this shade before? What are your thoughts on it?

2013 Favourites- Lips & Cheeks

This was one of the hardest categories to narrow down because I own many lip and cheek products that I love. I tend to use particular ones more depending on the season, look and event that I’m going to. Since this is meant to be a favourites post, I’ve picked the products I’m just as happy to wear to work as I am to a night out.

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Favourite Lip Balm- EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

I alternate between these and the Burt’s Bees lip balms but ever since I restocked while travelling in the States, these are what I’ve been applying non-stop. In the picture above I’ve got the Honeysuckle Honeydew, Lemon Drop and Summer Fruits flavours  but have tried the Strawberry Sorbet and Sweet Mint in the past. I really like mint so the Sweet Mint is probably my favourite but I don’t find any of the scents overpowering. The texture on these is really lovely and my lips stay nice and moisturised.

Favourite lipgloss- Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Beige

I have a soft spot for Laura Mercier products and think they really don’t get the hype they deserve. They are such fantastic staple products and you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into them because they just work. I’ve always loved Laura Mercier brushes and concealing products and was obsessed with the tinted lip balms for a very long time and this gloss is now joining the ranks. It’s the perfect nude for my skin tone because it’s not too nude, it’s not sticky and I can wear it all day and my lips feel moisturised.

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Favourite Budget lipstick- Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in Vivid Rose

I discovered Maybelline lip products last year and haven’t looked back. Budget never looked and felt so great. The Color Sensational range in general is really pigmented with sophisticated colour choices you might have previously only seen from high end brands. This shade in particular, Vivid Rose, is one that I keep wearing because it’s a really flattering shade on my skin tone and looks just as good dressed down as it does dressed up.

Favourite High End lipstick- Guerlain Rouge G lipstick in Garconne

Guerlain Rouge G’s are my favourite luxury lip product from packaging to texture and this shade is my favourite from all the Rouge G’s I own. It’s the only shade I can consider coming close to my fallen favourite, Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque. It’s feel really comfortable and light on the lips but is packed with pigment. They are pricey but if you want to treat yourself, this is the way to go.

Favourite Blush- NARS Powder Blush in Gina

This was the blush I kept reaching for day after day in 2013 because it’s easy to wear and works well with almost any colour look. It’s give a really pretty peachy glow to my cheeks and the lack of shimmer means it looks really natural when worn. As a NARS blush, it is very pigmented but much easier to work with than some other shades because it isn’t as intense. It’s a great everyday shade and I think it would lovely across many skin tones because it’s not too orange.

What are some of your lip and cheek product favourites?

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in Garconne: a worthy replacement for Dragon?

It’s become my life’s mission to try and track down a dupe to Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon. It might seem crazy to some but when you find the perfect red, anything less just won’t do. In my hunt to find a replacement for my ever dwindling tube of Dragon, I came across Guerlian Rouge G lipstick in Garconne.

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Now, dupe or not, this is one lipstick you will never regret adding to your collection! Even if you never apply it, the packaging itself is a work of art. What makes the packaging so cool is the way the lipstick pulls out to reveal a mirror. This is such a genius idea because if there’s one thing you need when wearing such a bold shade, it’s definitely a mirror!

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The great thing is that the mirror is actually functional which you wouldn’t expect since it’s so small. You can really only see enough to reapply your lipstick in it but that’s all you need. The lipstick case is also quite heavy and just feels expensive, which is good because it is expensive! The draw back though is that these lipsticks are a major fingerprint magnet.

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The formula on this lipstick (and all the Rouge G’s that I own) is so creamy and lovely to apply. They’re not moisturising but they don’t dry out your lips so you just need to make sure you exfoliate before applying them. I clearly didn’t exfoliate before applying the lipstick in the picture below!

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Garconne is such a beautiful rich red shade and it really lifts your complexion when you wear it. With my supply of Dragon running low, this has become my new special occasion red. But the real question is, how does it compare to Dragon?…

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I applied Guerlain Garconne on one half of my lips and Dragon on the other so you could decide for yourself. Garconne is definitely a much closer dupe than my last comparison but it’s still not an exact match. Garconne is clearly brighter and lacks the metallic shimmer that Dragon has.

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I also did some swatches below to compare. Dragon is on the left and Garconne on the right. The difference is a lot more noticeable when swatched like this. I still think that it’s just not possible to get the same dimension Dragon has from a non-liquid lipstick but Garconne is gorgeous nonetheless.

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What’s your special occasion lipstick?

Lisa made me do it: dark Lips

I was watching Lisa Eldridge putting on makeup as I did my makeup this morning and was inspired  to rock a vampy lip. The video for Elle magazine was on how to wear bold lip colour’s and she used some great dark lipsticks. I’ve already done a post on some of my tips for pulling off dark lips here. 

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I really wanted to wear my new Guerlain Rouge G Jewel lipstick in Gigolo so I paired it with NYX Cola lipliner to get the darkness that I was after. The liner is on its own is on the left and Gigolo on its own is on the right. Seriously, how amazing is Gigolo?? I love it! I bought the NYX lip liner for the purpose of creating a dark base to layer lighter lipsticks on top. As you can see below, wearing it on its own doesn’t really do much for me.

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I am in love with the combination of both shades together. They create this really lovely vampy plum shade that’s intense yet flattering.
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What do you think? What’s your favourite dark lip shade?

Eye Look using Guerlain Brun Mordore Palette

As a follow up to my review of the Guerlain Brun Mordore eyeshadow pallette, I thought I’d post an eye look that I’ve been wearing when I use it. This look is very shimmery because the eyeshadows themselves are all very shimmery.


Because this palette has cool and warm toned colours, I tried to balance the look out so it doesn’t show up too cool on my warm skin tone. I primed my lids using my MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot and then patted the second lightest colour all over my lid. I then took the warm dark brown and blended it into my crease. After that I took the darkest taupe colour and put into the outer v and into the bottom lash line. I finished the eyeshadow application by using the lightest colour as an inner corner highlight around my tear duct. I finished the whole look off by lining my eyes with liquid liner and putting on mascara.

The look still tends to pull a bit to the cool side which is why I don’t usually use all these colours together and prefer using a warmer lid colour such as MAC Straw Harvest which is a peachy gold. I also prefer using these shadows seperately as they are all quite shimmery and like to use at least one matte shadow with them to balance the look out.