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Burberry Light Glow Rose Blush

‘A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet’. Truer words have never been spoken especially when it comes to this blush. From the moment I first purchased this blush a few months ago right up until I started this post, I thought that I purchased my Burberry blush in the shade ‘Blossom’. As I was taking photos today, I noticed that I’d actually purchased the shade ‘Rose’.

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I’ve been recommending Burberry “Blossom” ever since I got it but that won’t change now that I know the correct name. After doing some research and comparing both, I’m actually glad I ended up with the shade I did because Blossom (while beautiful) seems lighter than Rose so it might not have showed up as well on my skin tone.

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Considering how much I’ve raved about Burberry products on my blog such as here and here, it’ll come as no surprise that I’m a fan of this blush. The packaging is chic, the colour is gorgeous, the texture is soft and the brush is actually useable (in a pinch). As with all Burberry powder products, the packaging and the blush comes embossed with the Burberry check on it. Even though I’ve used it a lot, the pattern is still noticeable on my blush.

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While the product looks matte in the pan, there’s a very slight shimmer running through it. I don’t really like blushes which have a lot of shimmer or glitter in them because they tend to emphasise the pores on my cheeks. The shimmer in this blush though looks lovely on the skin and just adds a slight radiance to the cheeks.

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The shade itself is a gorgeous rose colour which has a slight coral tinge to it. I have a lot of blushes but I don’t have anything that similar to this in my collection. I did a quick search through what I owned and swatched it against the two closest blushes I could find. Looking at the swatches though, they’re actually not that similar.

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Burberry Rose, Guerlain Pink Punk Rose Aux Joues blush (the coral side) & Illamsqua Tweak blush

I find that the shade shows up quite well on my skin tone and think it gives a really nice rosy flush to my cheeks. It also pairs well with both natural and darker eye looks. Also, as it isn’t overly pigmented , I don’t have to be too careful when applying it like I do with my NARS and Illamasqua blushes. If you have a lighter skin tone though I would apply it with a light hand. On the downside, I don’t think it wears as long some of my more pigmented blushes but I can usually get at least 5-6 hours wear without too much fading.

6Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest drawbacks of this product is the price which, at $42 US/ $75 AU, isn’t cheap. It is a nice blush to own and there’s a good range of colours available so, if you’re looking for a new blush, I’d check these out.

Have you tried any Burberry blushes?

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Swatchfest: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polishes

I love Deborah Lippmann polishes and looking at the bottles below, I’m sure it’s not hard to tell why. I hadn’t tried any of the non-glitter polishes until I picked up Nefertiti and, while I do like it, glitters are where Deborah excels. I’m going to include links to swatches from Temptalia for some shades because there is a skill to photographing nail polishes that I just haven’t mastered!

From left to right: Today was a Fairytale, Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

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Without flash:  Today was a Fairytale, Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

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With flash: Today was a Fairytale, Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

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Swatch links:  Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

From left to right: Boom Boom Pow, Nefertiti, Happy Birthday

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Without flash:  Happy Birthday, Boom Boom Pow, Nefertiti

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With flash:  Happy Birthday, Boom Boom Pow, Nefertiti

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from left to right: Mermaid’s Kiss, Some Enchanted Evening, Razzle Dazzle, Bad Romance

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Without flash: Mermaid’s Kiss, Some Enchanted Evening, Razzle Dazzle, Bad Romance

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With flash: Mermaid’s Kiss, Some Enchanted Evening, Razzle Dazzle, Bad Romance

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swatch link: Bad Romance

Where to buy:

I used to get mine online at Kissandmakeupny.com but they’ve stopped shipping these to Australia so I’ve just started buying mine from the Revolve clothing website. They’re not cheap at $16-$18 each but I think most of them are unique enough to spend the money on.

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick- a cream foundation worth trying

Let me preface this post by saying that I’m not a fan of cream foundations. I’ve tried offerings from various brands in the past but have always found them to be too heavy and quite hard to manipulate on the skin. I wasn’t looking to try this foundation and I wouldn’t have tried it if the girl at the Tom Ford counter hadn’t given me a sample when I was purchasing something else. I told her my issues with cream foundations but she was insistent that the Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation was different.

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What Tom Ford says:
An essential tool in Tom Ford’s makeup regimen. Rich in hydrants, this foundation stick’s unique cream formula creates a flawless and smooth finish. Portable and precise, it achieves versatility of sheer, medium or full coverage, always beautifully natural and undetectable. Or, when used as a concealer, it swiftly diminishes imperfections.

What I say:
Texture:
This foundation stick is actually really different to other cream foundations I’ve tried in the past. The thing that really differentiates it is that it seems thick when you first take some out of the container but, as you start to work with it, it becomes very emollient and almost liquid-like. This foundation has a lot of slip to it and feels smooth and weightless when applied.

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Coverage:
Even though it’s advertised that a sheer coverage is possible with this, I feel like this is definitely a medium to full coverage foundation. As you can see it evens my skin tone and goes a long way to covering the imperfections on my face. With the right application, it could also be used as a concealer and some people apparently use it under the eye. I personally think it’s too thick for the under eye but that’s personal preference.

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Finish:
This foundation definitely has a very dewy look for a cream foundation and maybe that’s because of all the ‘hydrants’. It has quite a long dry down time but it doesn’t seem to oxidise on the skin which is a plus. It does seem ‘traceless’ from a distance but I feel like the pigments aren’t as fine as with liquid foundations so it doesn’t give that second skin look that I like and, to me, it’s noticeable on the skin.

Maybe I just haven’t found the right application method yet but so far I’ve tried various brushes, fingers and sponges and the effect still isn’t what I like in a foundation.

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Wear time:
I have combination skin with a tendency to get very shiny across the centre of my face. This foundation stays on my skin if the conditions are right but, for the most part, it’s a battle to get it to stay on throughout the day. The main reason is because the foundation sits on top of my skin rather than really melding with it so, once I start to get oily, it just comes right off.

It was a pretty mild day when I took these pictures so there were no major issues but I’ve worn it on days when the weather was quite high and this just came right off. I set this foundation with powder and then didn’t blot or touch up during the day and you can see how shiny I looked by the end of the day. The foundation wore off on my nose and chin and looks patchy because of that.

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Colour:

One of the issues I have with cream foundations is that, as they’re usually thicker, the colour match has to be pretty perfect or the effect becomes mask like. The shades that I got given were ( I think) Praline and Toffee. One is too dark and the other too light but I can get a pretty good match if I mix the both.

I compared them to some other foundations in my collection below. There is a lot of variation in the shades but most of them still work on my skin tone. The only one that I struggle to use on my skin tone is the Kevyn Aucoin one as it’s very thick and opaque and ends up looking too light and gives me that mask effect I talked about.

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From Left to right: Tom Ford Praline, Mixed, Tom Ford Toffee, Prolongwear nc42, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation 153, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX11, Illamasqua Skin Base #12, Estee Lauder Doublewear 5W1 Warm Bronze

Final thoughts:

I think this is the best cream foundation that I’ve tried and it’s probably something that I would have loved a few years ago when I was obsessed with heavier coverage foundations. Now, I prefer foundations which are light to medium coverage which have more fluidity to them so I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this myself but I would recommend it.

This is definitely better for those with normal to dry skins though so I would pass if you have oily skin, otherwise be prepared to touch up throughout the day.

The price is probably thing that will eventually make most of you decide whether to get it or not and at $110AUD/$78USD this foundation isn’t cheap and is priced above most high end foundations. I think this is a luxurious foundation and if you’re looking to splurge, it’s worth looking at.

What do you think of this product? Have you tried it?

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipsticks- Vivid’s part 1

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Following up on my review of the Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks, here are swatches of some of the shades from the Vivid’s range.

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The Vivid’s range consists of 10 shades which are very intense and bright and absolutely stunning! These are shades that could have come out of any high end lipstick range and are ones you don’t usually see at the drugstore.

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I picked up 6 of the 10 shades but, for the sake of trying to keep this post some what short, I thought I’d divide the swatches across 2 posts. The shade’s I’m showing today are Shocking Coral, Electric Orange and Neon Red. All 3 of these shades are very opaque and packed with pigment which means that they do stain the lips (or skin if you’re a swatcher) so be prepared to exfoliate once you take these off.

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from left to right: Shocking Coral, Electric Orange, Neon Red

They all feel great on the lips which I assume is due to the inclusion of lanolin, sesame seed oil and bees wax. That being said, these don’t moisturise your lips so, if you’re prone to dry lips, be sure to moisturise first.

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They also last a good amount of time despite the formula so I can usually go at least 4 hours without reapplying. As I mentioned in my last post though, I do find I have to remove these and exfoliate my lips and then reapply after a few hours as I get a bit of build up on my lips for some reason.

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Shocking coral is a really bright pink toned coral shade. It’s very warm but, due to the natural mauve tone and depth of pigmentation of my lips, it does tend to pull slightly cooler on me. This looks very different on those with lighter lips and there’s a level of translucency that is lost when it’s used on more pigmented lips. I still really like it though but find that I have to be more conscious of the rest of my makeup when I wear it.

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From left to right: MAC Party Parrot, Shocking Coral, MAC Viva Glam Nicki, CK Delicious Luxury Creme Lipstick in Delightful

I tried to find some shades that were similar to Shocking Coral but couldn’t find anything I owned which was a dupe. MAC Party Parrot was the closest but Party Parrot is a lot more neon and matte than Shocking Coral which means it’s not as easy to wear.

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Electric Orange is a vibrant orange shade which is bright without being neon. It pulls slightly red and has a bit of depth to it which makes it very wearable. This is the type of  shade I would recommend to someone wanting to find an orange lipstick that isn’t garish.  It has a very brightening effect on my skin tone and I think it’s one of those perfect spring/summer shades.

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I thought I’d be able to find a close match in my collection but a lot of my lipsticks in this shade range tend to have more red or pink to them.

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From left to right: Loreal Caresse Lipstain Gloss in Princess, Electric Orange, Revlon Colorburst lip butter in Tutti Frutti, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Liberte

Neon Red is a very warm toned red that’s just this side of being an orange. It’s very opaque and, out of the 3 shades featured, is the one that truly shows an element of translucency on my lips.

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Due to the depth of the shade, I also find it the easiest to wear out of all three and think it’s probably the most flattering.

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I have quite a few reds in my collection but the three below are the closest I could find. The Loreal Caresse Lipstain Gloss in Princess (swatched in one of the pictures above) is also extremely close. The glossiness of Princess means that it’s actually probably the closest to Neon Red once the colour is built up on the lips.

I think all 3 of these shades are lovely and the quality to price ratio is amazing so you won’t really go wrong if you decide to pick any of these up.

Price: US $7.49/AUS $16.95 ( I bought mine on sale at Priceline for $10.17)

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in Fifth Ave Fuchsia

I’ve just discovered the Color Sensational range of lipsticks from Maybelline and they’re fantastic! I went on a bit of a buying frenzy last week at Priceline when the 40% off sale was on and picked up quite a few of these.

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The shades that I bought are from the normal Color Sensational range and some which are from the Vivids range. Today’s shade, Fifth Ave Fuchsia, is part of the normal range but definitely wouldn’t look out of place next to the Vivid’s because it’s pretty intense!

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Why I love them:

  • Firstly, all of the shade’s that I’ve tried so far are pretty opaque and packed with pigment which means intense colour build up without much effort.
  • The texture is gorgeous and feels really comfortable on the lips. It’s not moisturising as such but it doesn’t dry out my lips.
  • They wear really well through out the day. I can usually get at least 4 or 5 hours of solid wear without having to re-touch. Even though there’s minimal fading I do find that, by around the 5th hour, I need to wipe my lipstick off and reapply because I start to get some type of build up that doesn’t look very nice on the lips.

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Fifth Ave Fuchsia is a gorgeous bright warm pink that I think is really wearable without being too bright. You all know by now how much I love a bright pink lip so, as much as I know I should have left it at the store, I really couldn’t help myself!

Here’s a comparison with some of the other shades in the Color Sensational range:

from left to right: Fuchsia Flash, Fifth Ave Fuchsia, Vivid Rose
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I looked through the rest of my collection of pink lippies and I swatched those that seemed the closest. When you take a close look though you can see that none of them are really dupes.

from left to right: MAC Girl About Town, Fifth Ave Fuchsia, Revlon Colorburst in Raspberry Pie, YSL Rouge Volupte in Rose Culte

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I’ve never really tried Maybelline lipsticks before and now I’m wondering why. If you haven’t already checked these out, I would definitely recommend taking a look!

US price: $7.49/ AUS price: $16.95 (I picked them up for $10.17 during the sale)

NARS Lhasa eyeshadow: Review, swatches & EOTD

I’ve been in a major purple mood this winter and I’ve been reaching for anything in the mauve, purple and plum family when I get dressed in the morning and when I do my makeup. One of my favourite purple toned shadows has been NARS Lhasa eyeshadow which was from the NARS Spring ’12 collection. I picked it up while I was in Thailand in March this year but haven’t had a chance to post about it yet.

Lhasa is one of NARS’ single eyeshadows and comes in the same rubbery compact as all of the compacts in the NARS range. The shadow is about half the size of a NARS blush compact and holds quite a lot of product at 2.2g. For comparison, a MAC single eyeshadow contains 1.5g of product.

The eyeshadow comes with an included mirror which I never understand in eyeshadow singles. It’s not like you’re going to take your tiny eyeshadow around with you and use the supplied mirror to do your makeup in! It sells for $24 US/$39AU but I picked mine up for a little under $30 in Thailand.

The shade is a really pretty mauve that leans very cool and looks almost grey in some lights. In the pan you can see this really pretty silver shimmer that adds to the cool tones in this shadow. This is one of those purple shades that I think anyone can pull off because it’s really more of a neutral shade than anything else.

The shadow itself has a really nice texture and is really easy to apply and blend. The shadow without a primer gives a really pretty wash of colour to the lid but applying it over a primer intensifies the colour quite a lot. The swatch below shows Lhasa without a primer on the left and with Urban Decay Primer Potion on the right.

In the edges where the shadow has blended out, you can almost see a taupe tone to it which makes it a nice shade to wear in the crease if you want something that’s a bit softer. I’ve mainly been using it as a lid shade and I took a picture of the eye look that I used it in the other day.

To get the look I did the following:
1. Prime lids using Urban Decay Primer Potion
2. Apply Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in shade #15 to the mobile lid. This cream shadow is a really beautiful golden taupe shade.
3. Apply NARS Lhasa eyeshadow to the lid
4. Apply MAC Sketch eyeshadow to the outer v and into the crease
5. Apply MAC All that Glitters shadow to the inner third of the lid
6. Blend out the crease with MAC Bamboo eyeshadow
7. Apply MAC Solar White eyeshadow to the inner corner
8. Line eyes with Shiseido The Makeup Automatic fine eyeliner
9.Apply Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Lifting Mascara to lashes

I loved the lip combo that I used in my Joan Smalls makeup look from a few weeks ago so I decided to wear it again. It’s a mixture of NYX Purple Rain lip liner topped with the Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick in shade #4 (dark purple) finished off with Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop (pink with blue iridescence). You can check out the original post here if you’re interested but all I did differently in the look in today’s post was to skip the MAC Reflects Blue glitter.

To finish off my purple look I painted my nails with Essie Splash of Grenadine which is one of my favourite shades. It reminds me of summer and adds a bit of brightness to an otherwise dreary and cold day.

What do you think of NARS Lhasa?