Milani Baked Blush – No.10 Delizioso Pink

MilaniBlushI love the Milani baked blushes and was so please to find this one to add to my collection. The most recent two blushes released were the hardest to locate. It is a bright barbie pink with a matte-satin finish. It is gorgeous and adds the slightest flush to the cheeks when applied with a careful hand. In addition to these it is smooth and blends very easily.

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Charlotte Tilbury Haul, Review & Swatches: Sex On Fire & Unleash Me

Finally Charlotte Tilbury is finally in the US!!!! P.S. This post is very late but timely. I have been waiting for this for a few years now as it was only available and talked about in the UK. I purchased these two items from Beautylish and CT is now available at Nordstrom.

IMAG8617-1 IMAG8619-1 IMAG8634-2 Lip Lustre Luxe Color-Lasting Lip Lacquer in Unleash Me ($22)

IMAG8630-1                                                                                                                      Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush in Sex on Fire ($40)

Disclaimer- this image does not do this blush justice. I tried to get a better pick for a truer color but couldn’t.  It is deep mauve- rose, although it looks more peach.  On my skin it gives the perfect natural blush look as shown in the pic below. Absolutely GORGEOUS and worth ever penny.

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Karl Lagerfeld x Shu Uemura = Shupette Blush in Pink

This blush is more accurately referred to as a Silk Cushion Cheek. It is better described on the Shu Uemura site as “a V.I.P. pass to purr-fect cheeks. silk cushion cheek blush, with Shupette decorated case, the addictive marshmallow-like texture is powdery and creamy, and achieves subtle color payoff with smooth texture like powder, yet fits and stays well on skin like cream.” Okay I’m not too sure about the grammar of their description but well go with it.

This is a very vibrant, pigmented pink cream blush. The texture is more similar the the Chanel D’Ombre pot shadows, spongy but firm.  This is the only cream blush in my collection and I prefer to use a small stippling brush rather than my fingers and I set it with a sheer powder blush of similar color. This blush is very long lasting and still be seen brightly, mind you even after 10hrs. I am quite pleased with this purchase.  It retails for $25 and contains 4.4 g of product.

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 Most importantly was this perk – a super cute silver tote. I love it and got so many compliments. How can one not love this bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Choupette is so cute, those eyes. This order included free shipping and selection of one deluxe sample. Oh by the way of you do not follow me on twitter then you would have missed the the fact that Choupette favorited my tweet on the collection’s debut back in September.

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Shu Uemura is a Japanese beauty brand that was founded over 50 years ago by  legendary Japanese make-up artist Shu Uemura.

Coastal Scents Forever Blushes: Review and Swatches

My blush obsession continues. I saw a few reviews on YouTube on how gorgeous and highly pigmented these blushes are, and of course I had to get a couple to try for myself. I decided on just getting only four of the Forever Blushes. They are indeed long lasting, soft and very blendable. Each compact comes with a mirror, it’s is light and secure enough to throw in ones purse.20140203_185524-1#1 20140203_185552-1 20140203_190145-1#1Unfortunately, Elegant (satin finish) had a little mishap during shipping so I didn’t open the package to swatch it. Now here is where Coastal Scents has the best customer service. I contacted them to let them know and I got a replacement  within 3 days.

20140203_190915-1L to R:  Royal (matte finish), Passionate (matte finish) and Beautiful (matte finish)

Each blush retails for $7.95 but if you wait on one of Coastal Scents many sales you can probably get each half off.

TARTE Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette – Review & Swatches

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This limited edition palette has been inspired by the rain forest’s deep orchid hues at dusk. Infused with colored clay, which naturally color-corrects as it supports oil control and specifically addresses individual skin & complexion concerns.  
Color Clays: rose – soothes skin around the eye area makeup provides longer wear and truer color payoff, vanilla – helps control oil to keep pigment in place, gold – maintains gentle skin balance and moisture. Tarte’s innovative technologies is sourced from the Brazil and glides on and delivers rich color—without settling into fine lines and wrinkles.

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                                             From left to right: Champagne (highlighter), Park Ave Princess (bronzer) & Unleashed (blush).
The highlighter is very pretty and can work as a shadow too. The bronzer a lot lighter and way more matte than the one I already have and its online description of a highly pearled light yellow gold. It will work perfectly as a transitional crease color. The blush is described as a nude rose. This was a very hard to swatch and does not seem pigmented.

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The shadows from left to right: Bare to Explore (pink beige – a bit difficult to pick up the color), Make a Mauve (plum mauve – not seeing this color on my skin tone), Plum Away With Me (dark plum- very smooth and pigmented), Up to No Gold (gold – also well pigmented and very blendable), Tan-gled Up in You (tan), Don’t Turn A-Brown (dark brown – also difficult to swatch but is a nice multi purpose color).

Overall I am quite please with this palette and rewarded myself with it after purging quite a bit of un-used makeup from my collection. 

E.L.F – Baked Blushes Rich Rose & Passion Pink [Review & Swatches]

20140203_195535-1Rich Rose and Passion Pink are two of ELFs baked blushes (retail for $3).

20140203_195701-1Absolutely gorgeous. Rich Rose seems to be more of a bronzer in the pan but when blended and swatched against my skin tone comes off as a deep peach. It does not have the typical soft pink look of typical rose blushes. Passion Pink appears to have a lot of champagne marbling but once again when swirled and swatched give a very nice pink finish. I am very excited to use these blushes.

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Swatching directly from the pan the color shows up and seems pigmented enough to where it would deposit a fair amount of color on the cheeks. They do not!!!! I tried many different blush brushes and none of them were able to pick up any color, which was a disappointment. I did however get color when I used a wet brush but then it came off muddy, which I would never put on my face.

Overall I am very disappointed with these baked blushes.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes – Review & Swatches

I am so happy for Sephora’s VIB Early Access. I picked up two of the six newly released Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes and I am so happy. I did not any of the previous Ambient Powders because I knew those would be too much work on my dark skin tone. But I can make any blush work, I am some what obsessed with blush as you can see here. I will do an update to my blush collection sometime this year. These blushes are basically two products in one the blush and the powder. I will continue to look for reviews and swatches of the ones I do not have and see it I will get them (with a coupon of course).

Well onto the gorgeousness that are these blushes. I picked up the Ambient Lighting Blushes in Mood Exposure and Radiant Magenta. Each retails for $35, so I am expecting a lot from these blushes. Each weighs 0.15 oz and are very finely milled and blendable.  expect them to live up to the hype and the brand’s claims. I used a 10% off Sephora VIB coupon from RetailMeNot.com. I hope they come out with a palette for the holidays later in the year.
Radiant Magenta  is described as a golden fuchsia blush combined with Radiant Light for a summer glow.  I was unable to see the fuchsia in this initial swatch but it was evident when wiped off. It may look tame in the pan but this fuchsia is radiant and very bright.
Mood Exposure is a soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion. I love plum blushes, they compliment my skin tone the best and I expect this will too. When I opened it I immediately thought of a drugstore dupe/alternative that I have. Swatches of those will be posted later in the week.

“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. Each hand-made blush is 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. They deliver a radiant, natural finish and offer buildable color to imbue the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow. Designed to be paired with Ambient Lighting Powder, the twin formulas share the same technology that enhances the appearance of the skin. Using them together creates a multidimensional luminescence that is not achieved by using a different product. This product is free of fragrance, nano-particle, talc, and gluten. It was not tested on animals.” Description courtesy of  Sephora.com

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Le Metier De Beaute Blushes – review & swatches

Early last December I got an email about a beauty clearance sale at Saks Fifth Ave (online). While browsing I saw that LMDB had 1 blush, a few shadows and lipsticks was on sale for 50%. I found out later through blog browsing that they plan to relaunch these products sometime in 2014. I also went to my go to swatch sources to see how these looked on darker skin tones. I actually got 1 blush (Rumor) and 1 eyeshadow (Tuscan Sunset). Each retails for $30 ($15 each with the sale). The blushes and shadows are the same price, weight, and size.                
L to R: Rumor and Tuscan Sunset
Rumor is at best a deep burnt burgundy blush which comes off as a much deeper version of NYX Desert Rose, while Tuscan Sunset is very close to rose gold. The latter is very similar to Sleek MakeUPs Rosegold and MACs Stereorose (with less gold shimmer). Both the blush and shadow/blush are soft and very finely milled but is not powdery.

 

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Leona Lewis Collection for The Body Shop – Review and Swatches

I haven’t really heard or read much about this collection. The Leona Lewis Collection was debuted in US Body Shops on April 15th. When it came out I was lucky enough to get a few pics and swatches of the products at one of the stores. This review is just about the products not the cause nor the artist.
Initially, I noticed the display for this collection was rather small and tucked away in between the other makeups. I also noticed that last year’s beauty ambassador Lilly Cole still had her banner up so I was rather confused.
The packaging was kind of cute, it was a deer (I am assuming that is Leona’s fav animal?) Honestly, I think one of the main reasons this collection may have been a bit disappointing was that there was nothing new or creative except for the lip glosses.
The very small section the collection called home.
The fragrance was a revamped White Musk Libertine in a limited-edition bottle (my favorite TBS fragrance) which I will review it at a later date.

 

Apart from the fragrance the collection included a rather weird looking blusher brush that no one seemed to like or get the concept of, two shimmer palettes and four glosses (I only saw three).

Deerlicious Fuschia, Deerlicious Bronze and Deerlicious Petal Lip Glosses.

 

Bronzer & Blush Shimmer Palettes
I’m not sure if the shimmer palettes were to be unique or just the already existing palettes in limited edition packaging. Neither the bronze or blush palettes was unique, the colors of the deer to me were already in the other palettes (3 of the 5 waves).
I wished the collection included a shimmer cube palette (my all time fav TBS product) and really unique products like the Lily Cole collection, maybe new eyeliners. For that reason I think others along with myself were a bit disappointed. Lily Cole was a hit because the products were unique and could sell themselves, Leona’s is just repackaged ones basically.
Another reason this collection may not have been a hit, is that no one in the US really identified with Leona. I know who she was but nobody else I know knew. I think The Body Shop should work on carefully selecting their future global ambassadors. Either use a celebrity everyone knows (and the collection will sell no matter what) or select a pretty girl from each continent but the collection should be able to stand by itself and blow people away.
They should hire me to conceptualize and market their collections. The collection is still available online but I am not sure about in stores.
I hope the next one will be amazing.

Disclaimer: All images except for the fragrance (thebodyshop-usa.com) were taken by me.

My Top 5 Blushes

Clockwise: Rock & Republic Shameless, Sleek Pomegranate, R&R Seduce, WetnWild Berry Shimmer and MAC Bite of an Apple

L to R: Rock & Republic Shameless, Sleek Pomegranate, R&R Seduce, WetnWild Berry Shimmer and MAC Bite of an Apple


Coming up- top 5 nail polishes, lipsticks, shadows, glossess.