Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo in "Glisten": Review & Swatch

Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo in "Glisten"

While stocking up on some of my "holy-grail" products at Target, I spotted this lovely cheek duo on the shelves and immediately snatched it up to take home with me. I thought that it would be a wonderful summery product to bring to my recent cruise to the Bahamas. With summer coming to a swift close, the gorgeous shades in this Sonia Kashuk Bronzer/Blush Duo were the perfect bright pick-me-up.

The cheek compact I chose was "Glisten"($12.99), a gorgeous duo featuring a mid-toned bronzer on the left and a blush on the right hand side. The packaging instantly won me over with its sophisticated rose-gold/brown exterior. The stunning reptilian print etched into the powder made me day-dream of glistening dragon scales in the sunlight.

The blush in this duo is a lovely coral tone that leans more towards the pink side. It applies quite sheer with one swipe but builds beautifully and easily when more layers are applied to the cheeks. The texture of the product itself feels wonderfully smooth and soft due to its "hybrid formula" that combines the best elements of "baked, powder, cream and fluid" products. It gives a healthy, radiant glow and has just a hint of a golden shimmer when reflecting in different lights.

Once applied, both the blush and bronzer wear for quite a long time, but definitely not the 12 hours that it claims. I have found that the longevity is around 5 to 6 hours without fading or requiring a touch-up.

A blended out swatch of the blush color in the duo "Glisten"
A heavy, concentrated swatch of the blush color in the duo "Glisten"

The bronzer in this duo is a warm golden-brown color with a shimmery, almost metallic finish. I have been using it on the cheek bone area along with the blush to give a warm, bronzed glow to the face. Since the finish is so metallic, I wouldn't recommend using this product to contour the face as it might appear unnatural. Matte, finely milled powders such as NARS Laguna or NARS Casino are two great choices if you are looking for a powder contouring shade.

As baked products are safe to use around the eye area, I have even used this bronzer as an eyeshadow all over the lid. The color of this bronzer strongly reminds me of the golden/bronze shade "Half-Baked" from the Urban Decay Naked Palette.

A blended out swatch of the bronzer color in the duo "Glisten"
A heavy, concentrated swatch of the bronzer color in the duo "Glisten"

Overall, I have been finding this compact very handy for traveling since its "two-in-one" advantage makes it a great space-saver. I also love that there is enough space to easily dip my brush into each separate product without mixing them together.

Although not a "revolutionary" product, I have been enjoying wearing this duo for a youthful and bronzed summery glow.

NARS Lipstick in "Niagra": Review & Swatch

 I think that the search for a perfect coral lipstick is a lot like the search for that perfect red. Difficult. Depending on your skin undertones, the same coral lipstick can pull either more towards the pink or orange side. 
I had seen NARS Niagra before and had never thought to swatch it or try it on myself until a recent beauty binge frolick through Sephora. I had hesitated to snatch it up at first because of the hefty price tag ($26.00) but caved when I saw how beautiful it was on the skin. I had also never tried any NARS lip products before, so I was very curious to finally try one out. 
This shade is the perfect cross between the two worlds of pink and orange. Its color lies straight in the middle. If pink and orange had a baby, Niagra would be that perfect star-child that every sibling simmers in jealously over. 
Niagra is a Satin-finish lipstick that applies creamy and has a nice, no-fuss soft to buildable coverage. Although it is not the absolute creamiest lipstick I have ever worn, it has a nice level of hydration that leaves the lips feeling comfortable for all-day wear. For its creamy texture however, it definitely has a longer wear-time than expected and lasts about 4 hours on the lips without need for reapplication (although it will fade slightly). If you like a more opaque coverage, then you will probably need to reapply more often throughout the day. 
As a huge fan of MAC lipsticks with their gorgeous vanilla scent, I just wish that this shade had a soft, sweet scent accompanying it. I know that many people specifically look for lipsticks without any smell, so this will be a major plus for a lot of you. 
The pictures below show me wearing a medium/heavy layering of NARS Niagra on my lips. 

Let me know what NARS lip colors you enjoy and any others you think I should try! 

The Secrets to Perfect Skin: The Skin Regime (Review & GIVEAWAY)

We have all had dreams of having skin that resembles a baby's butt. A soft, poreless, dewy, glowing, and unblemished, glorious baby's butt. But alas, since we live in a sad place called reality, the majority of us don't have perfect, photoshopped looking skin sans des problemes.
The problem is simple. 
But we don't even know where to start. 
What products should I use? Do the expensive ones actually work? What am I doing wrong? How do I get rid of acne scarring, dark spots, fine lines and massive pores? WHAT ARE THE SECRETS OF LIFE???
Well I know someone who knows.
And her name is Dana Ramos

The lovely Dana kindly sent me a free copy of her book, The Skin Regime a few weeks ago. An absolute guru on the subject of all things skin related, she maps out the journey to attain your best skin. Intelligent, comprehensive, and downright witty and hilarious, The Skin Regime provides a refreshing and insightful look into skin care and the beauty industry. 
Truly blunt and down-to-earth, the introduction of the book explains why the countless dollars we spend on expensive and non-expensive products alike fail to work. She separates the fantasy land of false advertising with the cold, hard, truthful facts. She also discusses the importance of several simple key ingredients in skin care and how devastatingly simple it actually is to achieve and maintain great looking skin.
My well loved The Skin Regime book 
 After she shows you her treasure trove of knowledge, she explains how to shed off your dull snakeskin to reveal your new baby butt skin. She informs you how to use her simple skin peels which only use ingredients and methods that are actually proven to work. With a confident "come at me bro" attitude, she even double dares other skin companies and brands to try and replicate the results you will get after reading her book and doing her safe, at-home glycolic peels. 
As a long time sufferer of acne and the lovely present it leaves behind (scarring, blemishes, and dark spots), I can tell you that I have tried pretty much every high end, prescribed, and low end skin treatment on the face of the planet. I feel you my subscribers, I do
So when I was also sent a sample peel (the first step to the 6-8 peels that you do) I was like...
Lets do this.
First off, I prepped my skin for two weeks using the simple, non-irritating products that she recommended in the book. I was surprised that they were all products that anyone could find at a local drugstore. I guess it really is about simple ingredients, but knowing the right ones to choose. She even includes a cute shopping list at the end of the book so you can easily find what you need. The best thing is that you get to continue using these products throughout the process and even as a way to maintain your beautiful skin after the peels are done. Simple as that.
Products Used:
Top left: The leftover makeup and oils that the rubbing alcohol seeped up! Top right: Pouring the peel onto a cotton pad. Bottom: Applying it!
As a beauty obsessed blogger who has poured myself over countless useless articles and quite frankly, dumb products, I can honestly tell you that Dana's book, The Skin Regime, is no joke. I kept having those "aha!" moments from the forthcoming and knowledgable information she provided. I actually enjoyed reading a book about skin
Dana has also been kind enough to offer my subscribers a giveaway. The winner will receive a free copy of her book, The Skin Regime and a sample of one of her glycolic peels. This giveaway is open to anyone worldwide. 
1.) To enter the giveaway, you must subscribe to this blog (its free!) by clicking "subscribe" under "Beautyful Followers" on the right hand side of this blog. You must also subscribe to one of my social media accounts (which you can find under the "CONTACT" tab of this blog and write a comment under THIS POST saying why you want to win!
2.) All comments and subscriptions must be completed by Thursday, May 16th at 11 PM. At this time, the contest will be closed and I will announce the winner! 
I will be writing another post in the upcoming weeks giving my review on the rest of her glycolic peel program!
For all the latest news and updates regarding Dana and The Skin Regime, you can subscribe to her Twitter, Facebook and her newsletter
Good luck!

Maybelline Color Tattoos for Summer 2013

Like sweet little cherubs perched on a white plastic cloud, the new Summer 2013 Maybelline Eye Color Tattoos sang their sweet song to me. As I approached the display, they cooed to me,  "Buyyyy meeeee...tra la la!!!" (queue Handel's Hallelujah Chorus)

And oh yes, I did.

All of them.....(whoops)...except for one.

The heavenly display calling my name!

What makes this collection different from the oodles of previous Color Tatoo collections you ask? These are duochrome. Not just any duochrome might I add, but a unique, blow your mind, how the heck is this at a drugstore type of duochrome.

From left to right: Waves of White, Icy Mint, Lavish Lavender, Seashore Frosts, Cool Crush

The colors that I got from this collection are Waves of White, Icy Mint, Lavish Lavender, Seashore Frosts, and Cool Crush. The only color I skipped out on was Shady Shores--a yellow color that just didn't spark my fancy quite as much. 

All of the colors in this collection are limited edition and so they will only be available for a short period of time (hence my frantic dash to hoard basically the entire collection).
Waves of White and Seashore Frosts are the standout colors of this collection to me. Waves of White appears to be just any old boring white in the packaging. Once you swipe your finger in it though, you will see the pure gypsy magic going on there. When the color hits different angles of light, an array of beautiful colors show up. In direct sunlight, you can see blue and silver shimmer that is truly stunning. Seashore Frosts also has this effect. In its packaging, it seems like a dark icy blue color. In sunlight though, this shade is jaw dropping. Blues, golds, greens and browns intertwine to make a beautiful, complex and rich color. 
Lavish Lavender and Cool Crush are also great duochrome colors. Lavish Lavender reflects bronze, plum and purple in various lighting and Cool Crush appears like a light blue in its packaging only to reveal a gorgeous steely silver duochrome on the skin. 
If we were on a game-show, Icy Mint would be the weakest link. Although it's a beautiful mint color, it just couldn't compete with the other complex and unique shades. It has a pretty shimmer, but definitely can't compete among the ranks of its duochrome brothers.
Now let's be honest though. While these are all amazing colors, a few of them do apply a little patchy. To conquer this problem, I just wait for each eyelid to dry a bit and then lightly reapply more color where needed. Just make sure to pat the product on instead of rubbing it (which will remove some color). The colors I have found to apply a bit unevenly are Waves of White and Icy Mint.
Colors shown in the shade. From left to right: Waves of White, Icy Mint, Cool Crush, Lavish Lavender, Seashore Frosts (top)
Colors shown in direct sunlight. From left to right: Waves of White, Icy Mint, Cool Crush, Lavish Lavender, Seashore Frosts (top)
Colors shown in direct sunlight with my hand titled to show off the duochrome. From left to right: Waves of White, Icy Mint, Cool Crush, Lavish Lavender, Seashore Frosts (top)

The pictures of these colors just don't do them justice. I would have to have a live action shot of my hand tilting in different directions and in different lights to show off their true beauty.

Yes, you read that price right in the above picture. These are only $4.99. The only place I have spotted them are at Bed Bath and Beyond but between the price, the quality and unique nature of these products, this is an absolute steal. 

Covergirl Outlast 3 in 1 Foundation: Review

There's a new foundation in town. 
After the outpour of mixed reviews on the new Covergirl Outlast 3-in-1 Foundation ($9.49) from the beauty universe, I finally decided to try it for myself. I bought this right after running out of my holy grail Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation so I could see how this compared. 
Covergirl claims that this foundation has "all day flawless coverage, lasting power of a primer, coverage of a concealer, and blendability of a foundation in one."
While I wouldn't say that this has "flawless coverage" or "the coverage of a concealer" with one layer, it definitely builds well from a medium to a full-coverage foundation. If you have acne, scarring or dark spots you will definitely need to apply two layers to fully cover your problem areas. If you have little to no blemishes, then one layer would be perfect. The foundation blends out really nicely and it doesn't dry too fast so you won't have to worry about it setting before you're done blending it out. 
The foundation dries to a nice matte powder finish but sometimes this makes it more noticeable on the skin. I like to mix this with my Revlon Photoready BB Cream to transform the finish so that it appears more like natural skin. A setting spray would also achieve the same results. If you have extremely oily skin, however, you will not need to do this step. 
When this foundation dries, it does oxidize a bit. Oxidation occurs when the foundation reacts with the oxygen in the air and turns a slightly darker color than it first appeared in the bottle. I recommend buying this foundation in one shade lighter than your skin tone. 
I am very impressed with the longevity of this foundation although it doesn't last quite as long as the Revlon Color Stay foundation (which you could literally wear for three days straight without it coming off). I would say that I get at least six hours of perfect coverage without having to touch up with a powder. 
The packaging makes this product really convenient and easy to use. I love that it has a pump so that you can control how much product you use. However, the clear plastic cap scratches easily and so it doesn't look too beautiful after a few days of use. 
Overall, I think that this is a great foundation for those of us with oily skin. If you have dry skin, I would skip this foundation since its powder finish might make any dry patches you have more noticeable. 
Let me know if you have tried this foundation and what you think about it!

NYX Lipliners: Review & Swatches

Say hello to my little friends
I ordered these NYX Lipliner pencils online recently after looking through my lipstick collection and realizing that I hardly had any liners to match them. If you have small lips (like moi) then simply lining your lips can change your world. Lining your lips not only gives the illusion of a fuller pout, but ensures that any lipstick you apply stays on lockdown

I am so pleased with the quality of these liners. Their formula isn't too dry or too soft and so they are easy and smooth to apply. They are really pigmented, long-wearing and come in a wide range of colors. I think the quality is absolutely amazing for the price you pay. These are very comparable to the MAC pencil lipliners ($15 )but a fraction of the price (only $3.49...whhhaaattt??) You do get slightly more product and longevity with the MAC lipliners but the difference is minimal once you compare pricing. 

Colors from left to right: Peekaboo Neutral, Nude Pink, Tangerine, Coral, Rose, Dolly Pink, Pinky, Orange
Colors from left to right: Nude Pink, Tangerine, Coral, Rose, Dolly Pink, Pinky, Orange, Peekaboo Neutral 

Which one is your favorite?

MAC Archie's Girls Collection "Cream Soda" Blush: Review

Like Betty and Veronica's epic battle to win over Archie's heart, I made it my quest to get to a MAC store to gawk at their new collection, "Archie's Girls". I couldn't believe that they had featured one of my favorite childhood comic books. Turning back the wheels of time, I still remember going to the grocery store with my parents and always seeing the comics on the point-of-sales racks next to the register. 

From the collection, I chose "Cream Soda" ($22), a soft, beautiful light peachy/pink color. 

The packaging for the products are unbelievably adorable. I love that the collection was released so close to Valentine's Day since the comics mainly concern the love triangle between Betty, Veronica and Archie. The white packaging really makes the colorful cartoons stand out. I also love how the packaging is lively and interesting without being too busy. 

The blush I chose, "Cream Soda" is one of the products in the "Betty" line of the collection. MAC decided to break the collection into sections with "Betty's" makeup and "Veronica's" makeup (which is ingenious). The products from the "Betty" line are all very soft, feminine colors while the products from the "Veronica" line are all much darker, sultry colors deserving of a true vixen. 
The packaging of each blush shows a cute cartoon image of either Betty or Veronica depending on which line you chose. 

"Cream Soda" has a satin finish and transfers to the skin the same beautiful color as shown in the packaging. Pigmented, smooth and easily buildable, the quality of this blush is amazing. There is the slightest trace of glitter visible in the powder but this is not noticeable once applied to the face. Instead, the blush gives off a gorgeous, healthy appearance. This blush would look especially stunning on fair skin tones but would also look good on medium to medium-dark skin tones. 

The products from the "Archie's Girls" Collection are all limited edition products and can be found at MAC Pro stores and at MAC counters in Department stores like Nordstroms and Dillards. 

The Lorac Pro Palette: Review and Swatches

Drum roll please. 
Excitement did not even begin to describe my feelings when I first got my hands on this beautiful creation. I think that this is the more beautiful and more dynamic sister of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. There. I said it.

The Lorac Pro Palette comes with 16 gorgeous colors. The top row of 8 eyeshadows are all matte colors and the bottom row are all shimmery colors. This is great for those of us who like to mix up different eye looks with both matte and shimmer. It also leaves more room for your creative muse to run free. 

Colors from left to right: White, Cream, Taupe, Light Pink, Mauve, Sable, Expresso, Black, Nude, Champagne, Gold, Light Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate

The colors are also very neatly organized from lightest to darkest in the two rows. I love that they are all given simple names (ex: white, brown, black) for quick and easy selection of color. I like that this palette is blunt, simple, and to the point. It's ultra thin, lightweight and durable for traveling while maintaining a sleek and high-end appearance. User friendly? Check.

For a comparison with the Naked Palette, the Lorac Palette has 4 more colors (the Naked Palette has 12 and the Lorac Palette has 16) Although the Naked palette has more overall grams of product per eyeshadow, I think that the Lorac Palette provides a better array of colors with more variety. For example, the Naked Palette only has 2 matte colors with the majority being shimmery. I also prefer the packaging of the Lorac Palette. It looks more professional and classy and wears better. The Lorac Palette ($42) is also a bit cheaper than the Naked Palette ($50).

Top Row: Matte Colors 

Bottom Row: Shimmery Colors 

All of the colors are of a great, high end quality. They are all extremely vivid, opaque and wear well throughout the day without creasing (especially with a base or primer underneath). My only complaint is that they are slightly powdery to the touch. At first, this concerned me because I thought that the eyeshadows might be slightly chalky and have a lot of fall-out. However, when applied to the eye, they all blend easily and beautifully and so my concerns were erased.

Swatches: Matte Colors 
(all swatched once without a base)

White, Cream, Taupe
Light Pink, Mauve, Sable
Expresso, Black
(NOTE: in the picture above, the black looks like a dark brown but it is really a deep, true black color)

Swatches: Shimmery Colors 
Nude, Champagne, Gold
Light Bronze, Pewter, Garnet
Deep Purple, Slate
 Although the quality of all the eyeshadows are excellent, the matte eyeshadows are definitely slightly powdery in comparison to the smoothness of the shimmery eyeshadows. All of the eyeshadows in this palette are stunning however and I would recommend this to anyone. This would also make a great Christmas present!

Happy Holidays! :)

C.O Bigelow All-Purpose Rose Salve: Review

Recently, I have been absolutely loving C.O Bigelow All-Purpose Rose Salve ($5.50). This product is super convenient because you can use it on any area of the body thats needs hydration. It is especially beneficial for the cuticles, lips and elbows and contains rose-extract to soothe and condition dry or cracked areas.    

The product comes in a tangerine-sized vintage tin that is reminiscent of the packaging found in an old apothecary. It has an air of charm and character that you don't usually see in packaging now a-days. I also love that it comes with a large amount of product so that I wont have to run back and forth repurchasing it all the time. 

I love to use this salve to hydrate my cuticles, lips, elbows and dry patches. I'll use a bit of the product alone on the lips or before I apply a lipstick that might be a bit drying throughout the day. I also love applying it to my lips before I go to bed at night. Another great use for this product is on dry/flaky patches of the face, especially if you are like me and use acne products that occasionally cause a bit of over-drying. Other areas of the body that dry out and crack easily like the knees or elbows are also great places to use this salve. 

With that said, although I absolutely love this product, it does seem to sit on top of the lips a bit rather than seeping deeply into them so I like to carry it on me to reapply every so often for extra moisture.

The salve itself is a pretty coral color but applies to the lips clear. The smell of the product is also absolutely DIVINE. It literally smells like they cut fresh roses and stuffed them inside the packaging. The product goes on really smoothly and feels really satisfying on the skin. 

This product retails for $5.50 and I found it at Bath and Body Works in their little mini-product bins. Overall, I think that this is a really great, convenient product and I will definitely be re-purchasing this when I run out!  

What are some of your favorite moisturizing products?

My new favorite shampoo & conditioner!

 Over the past few weeks, I have been using a new, wonderful and glorious shampoo and conditioner. No, seriously though... you could soak your hair in the fountain of youth or steal the secret hair nectar from the Greek godesses of Mount Olympus and still not get the same results as this hair care system. We all know that there are a multitude of hair care brands that slap stickers with empty promises and vows of hair "miracles" on the back of their bottles, only to miserably fail all expectations (and in turn ruin your childhood dream of turning into Rapunzel). However, Inova Professional* shampoo and conditioner provides a breath of fresh air for the hair care industry and consumers alike, as they actually live up to (and exceed) their promises of hair grandeur. 

Inova Professional Shampoo & Conditioner 

First off, the smell of these two products is really nice and invigorating. Scents in general are quite difficult to describe, but I would say that it smells sweet, clean, and floral (not like grandma's perfume, but a youthful florally scent). What's really great though is that the scent isn't overpowering and really subtle and feminine once your hair is dry. 

The packaging of these products is also nice and professional looking with their sleek silver/grey bottles (and cool cap on the shampoo!) but I think that they could jazz up the packaging a bit more by perhaps using a color instead of black for the brand name text or by using a more feminine (while still easy to read) font. They could really use that space to make the bottles look really different, and therefore distinguish themselves from other brands. That's just me though, haha. 

Both of these products have a really luxurious, spa like consistency and feel really creamy. The shampoo doesn't visibly lather much in the hair, but this usually shows that the product is healthier for your hair because it contains less of harmful chemicals that strip the hair of its natural oils and nutrients. In fact, Inova Professional's products are sulfate free, so this is probably the reason why it is difficult to lather. The conditioner really penetrates deep into the hair and feels so soft and incredibly creamy.

My hair type: Before

 I have the type of hair that gets oily and greasy in the scalp area but dry on the ends. So, my hair will typically look more lifeless, dull and limp in the scalp area as the day wears on. Also, my hair is naturally wavy and so heat, rain (or sometimes even stress) will make it frizz out and lose its shape. 

My hair: frizzed out from the heat, greasy in the scalp area & with little shape

I was honestly a bit worried before I tried out these products because I thought that it might make my hair completely pin straight (which doesn't really suit me) like all of the women in their advertisements.

Inova Professional Hair model from advertisements

My hair: After

However, I was pleasantly surprised because my hair became so incredibly, soft, shiny and manageable without ruining the natural waves in my hair. In fact, it made the waves and curls in my hair look more smooth, controlled and styled looking. I quickly realized that it is the versatility of these products that makes them even more valuable. People with any type of hair can use these products. My hair actually has become so healthy that I can now manipulate it to be straight, wavy, curly...whatever but look shiny, healthy and styled. The products especially help you to achieve straight hair, however, because it has a Keratin complex which smoothes the hair out. I can now blow dry my hair straight in about .005 seconds if I want to, which was previously impossible to make remotely straight at all. I also noticed that my hair doesn't shed nearly as much and that I have much fewer split ends because my hair is much more nourished.

My hair (at the end of the day) after using Inova Professional products

Check out the Inova Professional line of products here!

*Inova Professional sent me all the products listed above. All of my statements above are my own truthful opinions.

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation: Review

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation ($13.99) is Revlon's newest foundation that debuted this summer. Revlon claims that it is Talc and Paraben free and wears for 24 hours with a time release formula that "balances skin for a flawless look". 

I usually stay away from gimmicky looking cosmetics because they are usually really cool and amazing sounding in theory but turn out to be unrealistic and useless for the "real" world (a.k.a heated mascara wands, 1 sweep eyeshadow applicators, etc.). So, with foundation, I usually stay out of the "whipped" and "mousse" realm and stick with the usual liquid or powder. However, I absolutely love Revlon's regular Colorstay foundations for their longevity and beautiful finish and so I decided to trust in Revlon, hold its hand and take the plunge by buying this new product.   

I have to say that I am really impressed by this foundation. It feels really nice and silky when you apply it to the skin and it covers everything perfectly without being cakey or too heavy. Although it is a "whipped creme" foundation it does not really resemble or feel like a mousse at all. To the touch, it feels like a soft and extra creamy liquid foundation--like a thick whipped cream. Although the consistency is different to their liquid Colorstay foundations, once it is applied it looks just like their liquid version, but possibly even slightly better. I've found that it makes my skin look really healthy and perfect looking and the formula doesn't make me break out. This foundation is a medium to heavy coverage but you could definitely add moisturizer to thin it out for less coverage. It sets to a velvet-matte finish on the skin. 

 The longevity of this foundation is absolutely incredible. It's definitely the longest wearing foundation that I have ever used. Revlon's claim that this foundation has a time release formula "that balances skin for a flawless look" is definitely true. Normally, by the end of a long day, most foundations don't look nearly as good as they did when they were first applied that morning. But this foundation almost seems to look better the longer you wear it! I even wore this to the gym once and cycled for 45 minutes with sweat literally pouring off of me and this foundation literally did not budge one inch. So if you're the type that likes to frequent raves and clubs and dance the night away then this is the foundation for you! You go girl.

I really love the packaging of this foundation. It comes in a heavy glass bottle with a sleek black top that you turn to twist open. The packaging feels and looks substantial, heavy and luxurious like a high end brand and is very reminiscent of Chanel in its style. However, since the product is in an open glass jar, I use a stippling brush to apply this to my face because I don't want to dip my fingers again and again into the same product and spread bacteria from my fingers. 

Have you tried out this foundation yet?

Dior "DiorLiner" Liquid Eyeliner Pen: Review & Swatch

          Dior Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black is my favorite ever ever EVER liquid eyeliner pen in the whole universe of liquid eyeliners. I ran out of it the other week and went to the drugstore and bought the Revlon Colorstay liquid eyeliner pen (*cough* it was horrible) thinking that it might be the cheaper dupe of the Dior liquid liner. I was so wrong. 
           In the past, I have tried quite a few liquid liners in the attempt to find something better or cheaper than the Dior liner. However, every attempt has been futile and I always end up coming back to repurchase (about 5 times now) my one true love. I can safely say that in my book, the Dior Liquid Eyeliner Pen is definitely the supreme Queen of Liquid Eyeliners. 
        The packaging of this product comes in a sleek black pen with large silver writing on the side. The applicator is not a felt tip (like many liquid liners) but is synthetic hairs. They are packed tightly together  to form a felt-looking tip and give slightly when you apply, adjusting to the contours of the eye. This makes for a very comfortable application of the product. 
    What I love about this product is that you can control how much product comes out. You simply twist the bottom of the pen to make the product come out. One twist is the perfect amount of product for one eye (or both if you apply it less heavily).
          The actual product is a nice deep black color. I like to apply this to both eyes, let them dry for a few seconds, and then apply another coat over the top so that it is extra opaque and black. The product goes on shiny and then dries to a matte finish. If you have small or close-set eyes, I would recommend leaving your eyes shut for a few seconds to let the product dry a bit so that no product transfers to the crease of your eyes. However, once the eyeliner is dry it stays put wonderfully and last all day long. Also, this liner is great for doing winged liner and is really precise. However, the key to doing any great cat liner/winged liner is a bit of practice, so the more you do it the better you will get. 
One coat of Dior Liquid Liner Pen 
         Although this product comes with quite a hefty price tag ($34.00), its worth it because this liquid liner lasts forever. Each one of these lasts me up to 6 months (less if I'm using it every day and night) It actually lasts me so long that by the last few weeks the hairs on the applicator split a bit and so I just pump out the product and then transfer it to an eyeliner brush. This liquid liner comes in 3 shades (Black, Brown, Navy Blue) and can be found wherever Dior products are sold. 
What is your favorite liquid eyeliner?

Penhaligon's "Peoneve" Fragrance

Recently, I was invited to attend the VIP grand opening of Penhaligon's new fragrance, Peoneve. The event was called "The Garden Party" and was held at one of the Harvey Nichols store locations in London. Penhaligon's is a popular English perfumery in London which was established in 1870 (Victorian Era).

The theme of the party was entirely reflective of the new floral smelling fragrance, and so they had larger than life bright pink plastic flowers everywhere, metal dragonflies, beautiful arrangements of different flowers and plants and white iron grated chairs and tables to evoke the sense of being in an English garden. 
Penhaligon's Garden Party: I'm the one with the leopard print umbrella! =)

The food and drink was also garden themed as the champagne and cocktails smelled and tasted like roses and different types of fruits. They even served some of the drinks in the actual perfume bottles and sprinkled rose petals in them. They also served little mini grilled vegetables, sandwiches, and fresh strawberries with cream. All of the food and drink was incredibly fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. There were actually a lot of fashion and beauty bloggers at the event and so I enjoyed meeting them all and enjoying the great food and atmosphere.

The New Scent:
The new scent was inspired by a summer-time English garden and smells of the velvety Peony flower. I received the perfume in a gift bag when I was leaving the garden party. The scent is very, very floral smelling, so if you like flowery scents, this one is definitely for you. However, I noticed that this perfume is particularly strong for an eau-de-toilette and so I think that one spray is more than enough to last all day. Any more than that I find to be a bit overpowering. I am the type of person that prefers fruity and musky smelling scents, so this perfume wasn't really my taste. However, I found the packaging to be so adorable with its pretty pink and purple hues and the little bow adorning the feminine glass bottle. This perfume is due to release in Penhaligon's stores and online September 2012.
What are your favorite perfume scents?

Benefit "Hello Flawless!" Oxygen Wow Brightening Foundation: Review and Swatch

"Hello Flawless!" Oxygen Wow Brightening Foundation is Benefit's new foundation that was released for this summer. While I was in France, I ran out of my holy grail drugstore foundation (Revlon Colorstay) and so I decided to switch it up a bit and choose a foundation from a brand that I don't typically buy too often. The Benefit Hello Flawless Brightening foundation claims to have a buildable light to medium coverage that appears natural and brightens the skin for a healthy look. Since it is a summer foundation, it also protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays (SPF of 25) and is oil-free.

 Hello Flawless Foundation in Honey

While the packaging of this foundation isn't too thrilling (just a hard plastic tube) its very convenient and sanitary because the product comes out through a pump. So, you don't have to worry about accidentally spilling out too much product or making gooey messes all over the sink or counter-top. (*Ahem: Im looking at you Revlon Colorstay)The packaging is also slightly see-through so that you can see exactly how much product you have used and thus keep an eye on when you need to replace it or buy a new foundation.
swatch of the foundation
When I first tried this foundation, I was afraid that the coverage would not be enough for me since the consistency of the product feels thinner and more watery than most foundations. However,(and to my surprise) the foundation blends beautifully and builds very easily into a medium (yet still very natural) coverage. The foundation looks like your own skin, but more dewy, fresh and awake. So basically, the natural skin you always wanted. So I agree 100% with Benefit's claims about the look and finish of the foundation on the skin. 
the foundation blended out onto my hand

The wear of the foundation is also good, but not as long lasting as foundations like Revlon Colorstay (which lasts forever and a half). For skin that is normal to oily (like me), I would highly recommend to use a powder to ensure that the foundation holds up throughout the day, or bring a powder with you in your purse to touch up the foundation for the afternoon/evening. Sometimes the foundation can look a bit too dewy/shiny towards the end of the day, so powder helps a lot. If your skin is normal to dry, this foundation will probably be even better for you since it is very hydrating (you probably wont even need to powder it much, if at all) 
"Hello Flawless!" Benefit foundation blended on my face
This foundation is 300 mL/1 fluid ounce, comes in 9 different shades, and sells for $34.00. This product can be found at Sephora, Ulta, and wherever Benefit products are sold.
Overall Grade: A-

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