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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Giorgio Armani #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes Eye Tints Fluid Eyeshadow | Spring 2015 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Giorgio Armani #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes Eye Tints Fluid Liquid Cream Eyeshadow Spring 2015 Collection
Giorgio Armani Senso and Rose Ashes Eye Tints with forced flash

Giorgio Armani has just released a new eyeshadow for spring. Armani's belief that "you cannot have the right color without the right texture" has led to the creation of the Eye Tints. The new liquid Eye Tint ($38/39 for 0.22fl. oz./6.5mL) eyeshadow formula comes in twelve unique shades and has a lightweight feel. The Eye Tints come packaged in a lip gloss-like tube, similar to that of the Armani lip glosses, with a soft, doe-foot wand applicator. When you close it, it has a slight snap, to ensure that it is completely closed and that the product inside won't dry out. I picked up two of the neutral shades, #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes.

Giorgio Armani #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes Eye Tints Fluid Liquid Cream Eyeshadow Spring 2015 Collection
Giorgio Armani Senso and Rose Ashes Eye Tints with forced flash

Giorgio Armani #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes Eye Tints Fluid Liquid Cream Eyeshadow Spring 2015 Collection
Giorgio Armani Eye Tint applicator

Senso #10 is a medium deep, cool, reddish plummy brown that dries to a satin finish with fine multi-colored shimmer. The sparkle is extremely subtle and refined - much more understated than the shimmer in the Eyes To Kill Eyeshadows. Senso can be applied as a sheer wash of color all over the lid or built up for more opaque color. Senso can also be used as a traditional eyeliner or smudged along the lash line for a smoky look.

Giorgio Armani #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes Eye Tints Fluid Liquid Cream Eyeshadow Spring 2015 Collection
Giorgio Armani Senso Eye Tint

Giorgio Armani #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes Eye Tints Fluid Liquid Cream Eyeshadow Swatches Spring 2015 Collection
Giorgio Armani Senso Eye Tint Swatches

Rose Ashes #11 is a light medium, warm, deep champagne to hot pink duochrome with pink and gold sparkles and shimmer. The pink is a bit hard to capture in photographs, but in real life it is quite apparent. Rose Ashes is more sparkly and flashy than Senso and more along the lines of an ETK. Though it is light, it can be built up for a fuller opacity or sheered out for just a whisper of color and shine. It also works beautifully as a highlight, under the brow bones, around the inner corners of the eyes or the center of the lids.

Giorgio Armani #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes Eye Tints Fluid Liquid Cream Eyeshadow Spring 2015 Collection
Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes Eye Tint with forced flash

Giorgio Armani #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes Eye Tints Fluid Liquid Cream Eyeshadow Swatches Spring 2015 Collection
Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes Eye Tint Swatches

Giorgio Armani #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes Eye Tints Fluid Liquid Cream Eyeshadow Swatches Spring 2015 Collection
Giorgio Armani Rose Ashes Eye Tint Swatches

Senso and Rose Ashes have a light, creamy, mousse-like consistency. They are more of a fluid cream than a true liquid. The formula won't drip off the applicator or run down your eyes. They have a cool, refreshing sensation, that lasts quite a while after they are applied. The colors apply a bit sheer at first, but they layer and blend well, and are easily buildable. You can layer the color to get a more opaque look without any flaking, creasing or caking. The formula takes a minute or two to fully set, which allows you time to work. They have an exceedingly long wear time, with or without primer (though they apply easier over primer). They also remove quite easily - I found I didn't need eye makeup remover to remove them. They came right off when I washed my face.

The Eye Tints are super easy to use. They can be applied with the applicator and blended with the fingers or a fluffy brush for a soft, natural look. Or you can dab a brush onto the applicator and pick up some product and apply it to the lid. They can be worn alone or together for even more dimension.

Giorgio Armani #10 Senso and #11 Rose Ashes Eye Tints Fluid Liquid Cream Eyeshadow Spring 2015 Collection
Giorgio Armani Senso and Rose Ashes Eye Tints

When I first got them, I was particularly smitten with the new Armani Eye Tints. I have a tendency to love anything Armani makes, and I thought these were no different. Now, I'm a little torn. The colors are beautiful. Gorgeous. Classic Armani stunners. The barely-there formula feels fresh and airy and the lasting power is quite impressive.

The packaging, while practical on one hand, isn't on the other. The applicator wand is convenient and makes applying the eyeshadow a lot easier. It's easy to toss in a makeup bag or purse and take with you to apply on the go. The downfall of the packaging is you will never get all of the product out. There will always be some left at the bottom (since the wand doesn't reach the bottom) or on the sides that you won't be able to scrap out. I know most people (myself included) don't ever finish most products, but at almost forty dollars a pop, that's quite a lot to waste. Personally, I would have preferred another form of packaging. Still, these are the prettiest cream eyeshadows I've ever seen and definitely worth checking out.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Color Me Loud, Cafe Makeup and The Beauty Look Book.

I purchased the new Armani Eye Tints from Nordstrom. They are also available at Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bloomingdale's and Armani.

Have you tried the new Eye Tints yet? What is your favorite cream eyeshadow?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

YSL Ombres de Jour Eyeshadow Couture Palette | Désir de Jour Collection | Spring 2015 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Ombres de Jour Couture Palette Collector 5 Colors Ready To Wear Eyeshadow Desir de Jour Collection Spring 2015
YSL Ombres de Jour Eyeshadow Palette

This spring, YSL has released a stunning new collector eyeshadow palette called Ombres de Jour ($60 for 0.18oz/5g) with the Désir de Jour Collection. It comes in the new Couture Palette format (previous palettes in the line reviewed here, here and here) which was introduced last summer and has fantastic pigmentation and lasting power. It's a little different than what I am usually drawn to. It's a palette of warm, buttery neutrals, highlighted by a pink and anchored by a deep black.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Ombres de Jour Couture Palette Collector 5 Colors Ready To Wear Eyeshadow Desir de Jour Collection Spring 2015
YSL Ombres de Jour Eyeshadow Palette

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Ombres de Jour Couture Palette Collector 5 Colors Ready To Wear Eyeshadow Desir de Jour Collection Spring 2015
YSL Ombres de Jour Eyeshadow Palette

Ombres de Jour is a mix of warm and cool shades. It comes encased in a gold compact with a light orchid pink glittery cover and a strip of black satin down the center that has the YSL logo on it. All the shades have some shimmer to them. It's an edgy, non-neutral, neutral palette. The shades include:
  • A soft, cool, iridescent pastel yellow with pink and gold shimmer and sparkle. It shifts color like a duochrome
  • A bright, light medium, cool, bubblegum pink satin with extremely faint shimmer
  • A velvety, medium, warm, chocolate brown with very fine gold and pink shimmer
  • A plush, light medium, warm, camel brown satin with sparse, insubstantial pink and gold shimmer
  • A dark, sooty, black matte with fuchsia pink and indigo sparkles

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Ombres de Jour Couture Palette Collector 5 Colors Ready To Wear Eyeshadow swatches Desir de Jour Collection Spring 2015
YSL Ombres de Jour Swatches

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Ombres de Jour Couture Palette Collector 5 Colors Ready To Wear Eyeshadow Swatches Desir de Jour Collection Spring 2015
YSL Ombres de Jour Swatches

The shadows in Ombres de Jour are smooth and creamy with a rich, silken texture - with the exception of the black. I found the black to be quite dry and powdery, and is best used as a liner shade. The rest of the shades cling well to the lids - with or without primer - and are easy to layer and blend. There is a tiny bit of fallout, the most coming from the black. When I've worn Ombres de Jour, the shadows have lasted all day on me over primer, without any fading or creasing.

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Ombres de Jour Couture Palette Collector 5 Colors Ready To Wear Eyeshadow Desir de Jour Collection Spring 2015
YSL Ombres de Jour Eyeshadow Palette

Ombres de Jour is one of the loveliest eye palettes I've seen for spring. The pink is bright and vivid - it stands out it and doesn't give you that feared "pink eye look". It's a way to wear pink for spring. The colors work together to create a fresh, stylish neutral look with a twist. If you're looking for an unusual palette for spring, I highly recommend checking out Ombres de Jour.

For a really interesting post about Google Glass and YSL Beauty featuring Ombres de Jour, check out Ommorphia Beauty Bar

I purchased Ombres de Jour from Neiman Marcus. It is also available from Bloomingdale's and Saks

Have you picked up anything from YSL's spring collection? Would you wear hot pink eyeshadow?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Now.


I'm seeing pink everywhere this spring, from lip and nails to eyes and cheeks. Here are just some of the new and upcoming releases that have caught my eye.
  1. The YSL Ombre de Jour Couture Palette is all about the contrast between feminine charisma and a rebellious spirit. With a shimmering pink, rhinestone encrusted case, the palette contains a matte black with pink sparkles surrounded by a plush camel beige, captivating golden brown, an iridescent champagne and a shocking hot pink. It's perfect for the girl who's not afraid to play with color.
  2. Inspired by Indian palaces, gardens and the traditional sari, the Armani Fuchsia Maharajah Spring 2015 Makeup Collection is all about bright, vivid colors. Done in shades of pink, fuchsia and purple with different textures and finishes, the collection has a rich, luxurious feel. Rouge Ecstasy Lipsticks have my favorite formula, so I may just have to pick these up.
  3. For spring, Guerlain brings us a collection centered around "femininity and a delicate, fragile beauty, featuring soft pastel shades and velvety textures". The collection, which focuses on the Météorites range, includes Météorites Compact Powders in three shades and Météorites Perles de Blush (Angelic Radiance), is meant to enhance a woman's natural beauty. I ordered one of the Météorites Compact Powders, but I'm holding off on the rest - for now.
  4. The star of the Givenchy COLOreCREATION Collection is an illuminating, multi-colored face powder packaged in a whimsical, playful compact. The Le Prisme Visage Color Confetti, uses transparent and luminous pearlescent particles to enhance the complexion and can be used all over the face for an illuminated radiance or on just the cheeks for a subtle lit-from-within glow.
  5. The title of the Burberry Spring/Summer 2015 Makeup Collection is The Birds and the Bees. The collection is all about color, aqua green, rose pink, stone blue, coral red, and the contrast between pastel hues and bold, bright shades. New products include Wet & Dry Silk Shadows, an easy to blend eye shadow, six shades of nail polish and a blush palette embossed with the words 'Rain or Shine'.
  6. This spring, cross the bridge to the castle of Dior. The Kingdom of Colors Collection is a grand collection featuring palettes, blushes, eyeshadows, eyeliners, lipsticks, lip glosses and nail polishes, in shades of pink, green and purple. Giving them a regal feel, palettes, eyeshadows and blushes are embellished with the crest of the house of Christian Dior. You'll be saying Mylord like a Lady in no time.
What has caught your eye lately?

    Monday, January 5, 2015

    Chanel Désinvolte #97 and Étourdie #98 Rouge Coco Shines | Rêverie Parisienne Collection | Spring 2015 | Swatches, Photos and Review

    Chanel Désinvolte #97 and Étourdie #98 Rouge Coco Shines Hydrating Sheer Lip Color Lipstick Rêverie Parisienne Collection Spring 2015
    Chanel Désinvolte and Étourdie Rouge Coco Shines

    As a part of their Spring 2015 Collection, Chanel brings us twelve new lip products, including new lipsticks, glosses and lip liners. Being a fan of lighter-weight lipsticks that feel a lot like lip balms, I picked up the two Rouge Coco Shines ($35 for 0.1oz/3g), Désinvolte and Étourdie.

    Chanel Désinvolte #97 and Étourdie #98 Rouge Coco Shines Hydrating Sheer Lip Color Lipstick Rêverie Parisienne Collection Spring 2015
    Chanel Désinvolte and Étourdie Rouge Coco Shines

    In the tube, Désinvolte #97 is a vivid, slightly cool, coral red. When swatched, it's still bright, though not as bright as it is in the tube because it applies somewhat sheer. On the lips, it's juicy and luscious, with the perfect amount of color and brilliance. The rosiness of the lips shows through a bit and warms up the color to create a beautiful, pinky red-coral. Désinvolte has a soft, slightly creamy formula which glides evenly onto the lips. It lasts about two and a half to three hours on me.

    Chanel Désinvolte #97 Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lip Color Lipstick Rêverie Parisienne Collection Spring 2015
    Chanel Désinvolte Rouge Coco Shine

    Chanel Désinvolte #97 Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lip Color Lipstick Swatch Rêverie Parisienne Collection Spring 2015
    Chanel Désinvolte Rouge Coco Shine Swatch

    Étourdie #98 is a medium, cool, rosy fuchsia pink with silver sparkle. Swatched, it's fairly bright, and a little lighter than it is in the tube. On the lips, Étourdie is a bit more subtle than when swatched. It adds a flush of color with luminous shine. The cool color looks almost neutral on my lips, with some of my natural lip color showing through. The silver shimmer can be seen on the lips, but it isn't distracting, rather it gives the lips an extremely, lustrous shine. It has a smooth, velvety texture which applies effortlessly onto the lips. Étourdie lasts about two and a half to three hours on me.

    Chanel Étourdie #98 Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lip Color Lipstick Rêverie Parisienne Collection Spring 2015
    Chanel Étourdie Rouge Coco Shine

    Chanel Étourdie #98 Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lip Color Lipstick Swatch Rêverie Parisienne Collection Spring 2015
    Chanel Étourdie Rouge Coco Shine Swatch

    Some swatch comparisons for Désinvolte and Étourdie:
    Armani #300 Pop Rouge Ecstasy
    Tom Ford Quiver Lip Color Shine

    Chanel Désinvolte #97 and Étourdie #98 Rouge Coco Shines Hydrating Sheer Lip Color Lipstick Comparison Swatches Rêverie Parisienne Collection Spring 2015
    Chanel Désinvolte and Étourdie Comparison Swatches

    Chanel Désinvolte #97 and Étourdie #98 Rouge Coco Shines Hydrating Sheer Lip Color Lipstick Rêverie Parisienne Collection Spring 2015
    Chanel Désinvolte and Étourdie Rouge Coco Shines

    Rouge Coco Shines are, at times, a hit or miss for me. I love them, but sometimes they are just so sheer they leave no color behind. Both Désinvolte and Étourdie are wonderfully pigmented and brighten the face. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Étourdie - it's a beautiful rosy pink with a hint of shimmer - just stunning and a standout in my collection. The shades are perfect for spring, but I know I will find myself wearing them the rest of the year as well.

    For more swatches and reviews, check out The Beauty Look Book and Temptalia.

    I purchased Désinvolte and Étourdie from Nordstrom. They are also available from Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bloomingdale's, Bergdorf Goodman and Chanel.

    Did you pick up any of the lip products from Chanel's spring collection? What's your favorite lip color for spring?

    Monday, December 29, 2014

    Chanel Angélique #190 Joues Contraste Blush | Rêverie Parisienne Collection | Spring 2015 | Swatches, Photos and Review

    Chanel Angélique #190 Joues Contraste Blush, Rêverie Parisienne Collection, Spring 2015
    Chanel Angélique JC

    Along with Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé, Chanel released a second cheek product with the Rêverie Parisienne Collection, a Joues Contraste, Angélique, which joins the permanent range. It's the perfect shade for spring, the type of color I'm naturally drawn to. I've been wearing it everyday since I got it, even though we are in the midst of winter.

    Chanel Angélique #190 Joues Contraste Blush, Rêverie Parisienne Collection, Spring 2015
    Chanel Angélique JC

    Chanel Angélique #190 Joues Contraste Blush swatches, Rêverie Parisienne Collection, Spring 2015
    Chanel Angélique JC Swatches

    Angélique #190 ($45 for 0.21oz/6g) is a gorgeous, bright, pinky-coral glowy matte. It's like the opposite of Camélia Rosé. While Camélia Rosé is subdued and dusty, Angélique is bright and lively. It illuminates the face and imparts a lit-from-within flush. It's soft, smooth and finely-milled and kicks up the barest dusting of excess powder. It looks extremely vivid in the pan, but when worn, it's noticeably toned down and softened. It goes on semi-sheer, but it has good, buildable pigmentation, that isn't overpowering or easy to overdo. I can see this shade being flattering for a wide variety of skin tones. Angélique lasts about eight and a half to nine hours on me before I notice any fading.

    Chanel Angélique #190 Joues Contraste Blush swatches, Rêverie Parisienne Collection, Spring 2015
    Chanel Angélique JC Swatch

    Chanel Angélique #190 Joues Contraste Blush, Rêverie Parisienne Collection, Spring 2015
    Chanel Angélique JC

    Swatch comparisons for Angélique:
    Guerlain Blush G Série Noire
    Edward Bess Secret Affair

    Chanel Angélique #190 Joues Contraste Blush swatchcomparison, Rêverie Parisienne Collection, Spring 2015
    Chanel Angélique JC Swatch Comparison

    Chanel Angélique #190 Joues Contraste Blush, Rêverie Parisienne Collection, Spring 2015
    Chanel Angélique JC

    Between Angélique and Camélia Rosé, Angélique is without a doubt my favorite. It's the sort of shade I feel my best in and tend to wear the most often. It's one of those blushes that seems to become a part of the skin rather than just sitting on top of it. Even though it's a matte blush, it seems to have a subtle sheen to it. It simply screams spring. If you can only get one of the two blushes released with Chanel's spring collection, make sure it's Angélique.

    For more swatches and reviews, check out The Beauty Look Book, Color Me Loud and Temptalia.

    I purchased Angélique from Neiman Marcus. It is also available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Chanel.

    Which of the blushes from Chanel's spring collection is your favorite? What blush shades are you most drawn to?

    Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Merry Christmas


    The Holidays are my favorite time of year. A time of giving and sharing. A time spent with family and friends. A time full of celebration and cheer. New beginnings and opportunity to reflect on the past year. Christmas has always seemed full of magic to me, ever since I was a child. That's my wish for you - a magical holiday. I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And thank you for following and reading my blog this past year. I hope to make next year even better.


    Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé | Rêverie Parisienne Collection | Spring 2015 | Swatches, Photos and Review

    Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé, Rêverie Parisienne Spring 2015 Collection
    Chanel Camélia Rosé

    With the Rêverie Parisienne (Parisian Dream) for Spring 2015, Chanel brings us two new blushes, one Angélique, a Joues Contraste, and the other is Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé, a breathtaking limited edition creation. The collection is inspired by the gardens of Paris in springtime, where love and romance bloom and grow, in shades of coral and rosy pinks, both soft and bright.


    Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé, Rêverie Parisienne Spring 2015 Collection
    Chanel Camélia Rosé

    The Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé ($55 for 0.1oz/3g) is another Chanel piece inspired by Coco Chanel's favorite camellia flower. The blush has a stepped, 3-dimensional surface, which depicts camellia flowers. The flowers' petals rise and descend into different levels, almost like tiers. The blush combines two shades of warm, rosy pink, one light, one deep. Each camellia is either a deep or a light shade of pink, with the blush being mostly light pink overall and just a few of the camellias being darker. When swirled together, the shades combine to create a light medium, warm, rosy reddish pink with a satiny matte finish. Though there is luminous sheen visible in the pan, it doesn't really show up on the skin, though at some angles you can see a slight incandescent glow and subtle sparkle.


    Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé, Rêverie Parisienne Spring 2015 Collection
    Chanel Camélia Rosé

    Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé swatches, Rêverie Parisienne Spring 2015 Collection
    Chanel Camélia Rosé Swatches

    Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé swatches, Rêverie Parisienne Spring 2015 Collection
    Chanel Camélia Rosé Swatch

    Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé, Rêverie Parisienne Spring 2015 Collection
    Chanel Camélia Rosé

    Camélia Rosé has a soft, smooth, creamy texture which is fragranced with the classic Chanel scent of roses. The uneven surface of the powder makes it a bit difficult to swirl a brush across the powder and have the colors combine evenly and uniformly. I found it to show up well on my fair (NC5-10/B10) skin and have good color payoff with buildable color, though it is quite powdery and kicks up quite a lot of excess powder. It also might be a little light for those with darker skin tones. While the compact is the same size as Joues Contraste blushes, Camélia Rosé contains only half as much product and costs $10 more. When I've worn it, it's lasted about eight hours on me before I noticed any fading.

    I pulled a few other similar blushes to Camélia Rosé:
    Chanel Rose Ecrin
    Armani #506 Blush
    Chanel Rose Initiale


    Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé swatch comparison, Rêverie Parisienne Spring 2015 Collection
    Chanel Camélia Rosé Swatch Comparison

    Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé, Rêverie Parisienne Spring 2015 Collection
    Chanel Camélia Rosé

    When I first got Camélia Rosé, I thought it was stunning and extraordinary - a must have. In fact I even purchased a backup before I tried it. Now that I've had a chance to play around with it for a few days, I'm a little torn. Though Camélia Rosé itself is unique, the color is easily dupable and the pigmentation and lasting power aren't as good as they could be. It is also quite expensive for the amount of product you get. It is priced $550/oz compared to other Joues Contraste blushes which are $214/oz. If you're a Chanel collector (like I am), then I would consider this a must-have, otherwise, I would recommended testing it at the counter first to see if it's beauty is worth the price.

    For more reviews and swatches, check out Temptalia, The Beauty Look Book and Wondegondigo.

    I purchased Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rosé from Neiman Marcus. It is also available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Chanel.

    Have you picked up anything from Chanel's spring collection?

    Friday, December 12, 2014

    My Three Favorite Facial Oils With Rose | Photos and Review

    May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance facial oils skincare serum natural organic green
    May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance

    Facial oils are having a moment. In the past, oils were a considered a big no-no, but they've been gaining ground over the past few years as more options have become available. Probably the biggest misconception is that oils are only good for those with dry skin, when in fact oils are beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin as well. Facial oils can be used alone or in combination with another moisturizer.

    I prefer using oils now because lotions and creams never felt right on my skin. My skin would usually end up feeling weighed down and greasy - like my skin couldn't breathe. If I did happen to find one that I liked, it would only work for a little while before it would start to feel the same as all the others. I later learned that's because lotions and creams are primarily made up of waxes and water, with a few oils added in. The waxes help hold moisture in, but mostly they can clog pores and block the nourishing ingredients in the product from passing through into the skin.

    Three of my favorite oils all contain some form of rose, either rose essential oil or rosehip seed oil. The biggest difference between the two is the origin of the oils. Rosehip oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes, while rose essential oil comes from rose petals. Rose extracts are showing up a lot more recently in skin care products due to all the favorable characteristics. Some of the benefits of rose oils include:
    • Rose essential oil contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and has excellent emollient properties for moisturizing dry skin.
    • It also has antiseptic and astringent properties, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help treat acneic skin, redness and inflammation.
    • Rose oil can help refine skin texture and help alleviate psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
    • Rose essential oil also contains aromatherapy properties that calm and soothe.
    • Rosehip oil includes high levels of vitamin C and essential fatty acids, which helps keep skin soft and moisturized.
    • The vitamin A (retinol) in Rosehip oil is known to promote healthy skin cell rejuvenation and helps treat fine lines and wrinkles and other visible signs of aging.
    • Rosehip oil has been shown to inhibit pigmentation.
    • Rosehip oil is nourishing and calms and moisturizes the skin.
    • Dabbing a bit of rosehip oil on your nails and cuticles will nourish and hydrate brittle nails, prevent hangnails and protects against nail breakage.

      ila-spa Face Oil For Glowing Radiance facial oils skincare serum natural organic green
      ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance

      The first oil I picked up was the ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance ($118 for 1oz/30mL). Known as ila's "little miracle", this oil is a best selling cult product for it's ability to transform dull or devitalized skin, giving it a lit-from-within glow. Added to the argan oil base is, rosehip oil, sandalwood and damascene rose otto to fight wrinkles, heal scar tissue, reverse aging, regenerate skin cells, rejuvenate and nourish and give the skin a natural glow. The oil is a golden yellow in color and has a strong, uninhibited scent of rose. Be forewarned, the scent may be a little too pungent for some. The consistency is a bit thicker and heavier than some other oils I've tried, though it's still feels lightweight on the skin. It sinks instantly, leaving no greasy, filmy residue behind. My skin is left satiny, moisturized and luminous. It comes in a white glass bottle with a plastic pump button dropper (which is ingenious really), which lets you easily control how much you get. It is 100% natural, vegan, gluten and cruelty free.


      Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum facial oils skincare serum natural organic green
      Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum

      Shortly after I picked up ila's Face Oil For Glowing Radiance, I purchased Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum ($95 for 0.68fl. oz./20mL), a gentle, restorative, anti-aging serum. I picked up my third bottle earlier this year, right before they released a new reformulated version. The formula was tweaked a bit, to allow daytime and nighttime use. The size was increased (from my 0.5fl. oz), though the price remained the same. Needless to say, I will be picking up a bottle of the new version as soon as I'm through with my current one. The No.1 Aknari Serum contains only three ingredients: Argan oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil (which is also known as Barbary Fig Oil, one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world) and Rose Oil. It nourishes, softens and smooths the skin and targets fine lines and wrinkles, while toning and brightening the complexion. The serum is a pale, almost transparent greenish yellow and has a soft, fruity rose scent. It's a fairly lightweight oil, with a satiny viscosity, that quickly penetrates into the skin. My skin is soft, hydrated and revitalized. It's packaged in a dark violet Miron glass bottle, which protects the product inside from UVA and UVB rays, with a pump applicator. Over time, it helps fade hyperpigmentation and fine lines. It's made with certified organic ingredients, 100% natural, vegan, gluten and cruelty free.


      May Lindstrom The Youth Dew facial oils skincare serum natural organic green
      May Lindstrom The Youth Dew

      May Lindstrom's The Youth Dew ($120 for 0.68fl. oz./20mL) is an oil I was really curious about, but was a little scared to try. I was worried that it would be too rich and heavy for my combination/acne-prone skin. It's actually a good all-around, everyday, any-time kind of oil and the one I tend to reach for the most. It contains twenty plant and botanical oils, such as meadowform seed oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, rosehip oil and olive oil along with CoEnzyme Q10. The Youth Dew hydrates, softens, soothes, heals, and protects the skin, while stimulating collagen production, preventing premature aging and UV damage from the sun, improving uneven skin tone, and balancing out pores. The oil is a bright golden orange in color and it almost seems to have a subtle golden shimmer to it as well. It has a beautiful citrusy rose scent, that is subtle enough to not offend those with sensitive noses. It's a seemingly weightless oil, with a rapid absorption rate, that feels silky and luxurious to the touch. It leaves my skin smooth, calm and renewed. It's packaged in a bottle similar to the Mun Aknari No.1, in a Miron glass pump bottle. It's so good you will want to use this everywhere - your face, your hands, your hair. May Lindstrom products are crafted in small handmade batches to ensure freshness. It's 100% Vegan, made from certified organic and wild harvested ingredients.


      May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance oils facial oils skincare serum natural organic green
      May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance oils

      Since I've replaced traditional moisturizers with facial oils, my skin is clearer, more balanced and softer. It has a more even tone and texture and a soft, luminous glow that it didn't have before. I've found that I don't need to add any other moisturizers on top, except when winter is the harshest. I simply pump a little oil into my hand, rub my hands together lightly, then apply to damp skin (over toner) and gently massage the oil into my skin. While the prices of the oils may seem high, you really only use a tiny bit at a time - just a few drops - so, a small bottle of oil will last you a lot longer than you might think (bottles of oil have lasted me anywhere from six months to a year, depending on how often I use them). Each of these oils are useful for targeting different skincare issues and have earned a place in my permanent skincare routine. If you're new to facial oils, any of these oils is a good place to start.

      The ila Face Oil For Glowing Radiance is available at Spirit Beauty Lounge, Dermstore, Net-A-Porter, Space.NK and Beautyhabit. The Mun No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum is available at Spirit Beauty Lounge, Epic Beauty Bar, Beautyhabit and MUN. MUNSkin.com has a 20% off discount until the end of the year. The May Lindstrom The Youth Dew is available at Spirit Beauty Lounge, Epic Beauty Bar, Beautyhabit, CAP Beauty, Embody and May Lindstrom Skin.

      Have you used a facial oil before? Do you have a favorite oil you think I should try?

      Tuesday, November 25, 2014

      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette | Orient Excess Collection | Holiday 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette

      For the holidays this year, Armani looks to the "Far North". The look is about a glowing, luminous complexion, eyes wrapped in shades evocative of the warmest mink and sable furs and lips like rubies, drenched in scarlet and crimson. The small, but well-edited collection includes two new shades of Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick and Lip Maestro, in bold, rich reds, and a new shade of Maestro Foundation in Winter Glow shade 0 (which I haven't seen available anywhere here - have you?), which are centered around a limited edition face and eye palette, the Orient Excess Clutch Palette.

      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette

      The Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette ($100) is a two-tiered palette that houses an illuminating face powder and a trio of rich eyeshadows in a deep navy lacquer case. The palette comes tucked inside a plush, elegant Armani midnight blue, velvet clutch that opens and closes by lifting the silver clasp which has the Giorgio Armani logo on it.

      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette

      The top tier of the palette contains the face powder (0.37oz./10.5g). It's a pale creamy white in color, with a delicate design of icicles embossed onto it. It gives the skin a subtle, radiant, "winter glow". The powder incorporates a new matte pearl technology from Armani. It has a "delicate shine to enhance the face with an ultra-light shimmer that is more subtle than traditional pearl makeup".

      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio swatches, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette Powder Swatches

      The powder feels very sheer and lightweight on the skin. It makes my skin feel soft and smooth, while blurring any imperfections and evening out my skin tone. The powder isn't completely translucent, it's more of a extremely transparent white. It doesn't add any color to the face though it does lighten and brighten my face a bit and makes my already fair skin a touch paler. I would definitely suggest using a light hand with this powder. The texture of the powder, doesn't seem quite as soft or as silky smooth, as other Armani products. I did not detect any fragrance in the powder or the eyeshadows. The powder lasts about eight and a half hours on me.

      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette

      The top tier of the palette lifts up to reveal a trio of eyeshadows (0.053oz./1.5g and 2 x 0.042oz/1.2g) and two applicators hidden underneath. The eyeshadows shades are inspired by mink, sable and chinchilla fur "to bring a touch of warmth to translucent skin". The colors include a deep, warm sable brown satiny matte; a medium, cool, blue-grey pearl and a medium, warm, bronzey, olive brown pearl. All the shades have very fine, almost imperceptible shimmer. It's most noticeable in the blue-grey and bronzey olive brown.

      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio swatches, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette Eyeshadow Swatches

      My favorite shade is the blue-grey. I have absolutely nothing like it. It's complex and shifts in the light, almost as if it's a duochrome. Instead of wearing the trio in a more "traditional" way, I prefer to wear the shades layered, as if I were applying a Le Métier de Beauté eye kaleidoscope, using their Couches de Colour technique. The final look is a range of shades and you can see the bronzey olive brown and blue-grey whispering through.

      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio swatches, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette Eyeshadow Swatches

      While the textures of the eyeshadows are fairly consistent, the pigmentation is not. All three are soft, smooth and velvety. The bronzey olive brown has the best pigmentation, followed by the blue-grey. The bronzey olive brown is semi-opaque in one pass, while the blue-grey is semi-sheer. The bronzey olive brown can be layered for full opacity, while the blue-grey can be layered for a more opaque color, that still has somewhat of a transparency to it. Both go on smooth, without creasing and blend beautifully. Despite having an exceptional texture, the deep brown shade is quite powdery and has poor pigmentation. It is semi-sheer at best (unless used with an applicator) and when used there is quite a bit of fall-out. The eyeshadows lasted about nine and a half hours on me over primer before I noticed any fading.

      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch and Midnight Glow Powder Palette Mink Eyeshadow Trio, Orient Excess Holiday 2014 Collection
      Giorgio Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette

      My feelings about the Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette are a little mixed. The price for the palette is quite high, however when you consider you are getting two full size products in one, it is more reasonable. Then there is also the quality to think about. The powder is nice, except for the fact that it lightens the skin a little too much, so some might find it a bit difficult to use. The eyeshadows are better, though the dark brown is a miss. The overall quality isn't consistent throughout - and at this price point it should be. For me, the Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette isn't love and it isn't dislike. It's just like. I would recommend checking this out in the store if possible before purchase.

      For more swatches and reviews, check out Perilously Pale and Makeup and Beauty Blog.

      I purchased Armani Orient Excess Clutch Palette from Bloomingdale's. It is also available at Nordstrom, Saks and Giorgio Armani.

      Have you purchased anything from the Armani Orient Excess Holiday Collection? Do you think the palette is priced appropriately?