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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chanel Tissé Rivoli #226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

The other Multi-Effect Quadra I picked up along with Poésie is Tissé Rivoli, a lovely palette of rich, warm, neutrals. It's perfect for every day. There's still quite a few more I want to pick up. It was extremely difficult to select just two of the nine available palettes. They all look stunning and the formula is to-die-for. I've already ordered another one, I just couldn't resist.


Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

Tissé Rivoli #226 ($61 for for 0.07oz/2g) is one of the eight permanent Multi-Effects Quadras. It is one of the more neutral offerings in the new line. It has more variety in terms of finishes than Poésie does.
  • Shade #1 is a medium, neutral to warm taupe metallic with complex iridescent sparkle.
  • Shade #2 is a light bisque with peach undertones and a shimmery finish.
  • Shade #3 is a medium deep, warm brown satin with reddish undertones.
  • Shade #4 is a medium, warm peachy bronze shimmer that glows in the light.

Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatches, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra swatches in studio lighting

Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatches, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting with forced flash
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

I pulled out a couple of Les 4 Ombres to compare to Tissé Rivoli. Chanel Spices #79 is much warmer and lacks the taupe shade that is present in Tissé Rivoli, but the color composition is somewhat similar. Chanel Raffinement #39 is quite similar to Tissé Rivoli, though the taupe in Raffinement is a bit warmer. The finishes of the shadows in the two palettes are also quite different. Tissé Rivoli is overall more sparkly while the finishes in Raffinement are more subtle.


Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatch comparison, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra swatch comparison in studio lighting

Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatch comparison, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting with forced flash
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra swatch comparison in studio lighting with forced flash

I found the texture of Tissé Rivoli to be the same as Poésie. The shadows are soft, plush and finely-milled. The only difference I found between the two palettes was with Shade #3 in Tissé Rivoli. I didn't find it as pigmented as the other three shades and as all of the shades in Poésie. Shades #1, #2 and #4 are extremely pigmented, but shade #3 wasn't. The amount of pigmentation is what you would expect from a matte eyeshadow, not a satin. And it isn't on par with the other shades in the palette.


Chanel Tissé Rivoli 226 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection in studio lighting
Chanel Tissé Rivoli Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

Tissé Rivoli is a classic beauty, perfect for work or play. The taupe alone is worth the price of this palette. Overall, I'm really quite smitten with the new Multi-Effect Quadras. From the formula to the pigmentation to the lasting power, everything about them is divine.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Temptalia, Color Me Loud, Indigo Kir Royale, Front Row Beauty and Lenallure.

I purchased Tissé Rivoli from Chanel. It is also available at Nordstrom.

Of all the new eyeshadow formulas released recently, which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chanel Poésie #234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

Chanel recently released a new collection of Les 4 Ombres Quadras featuring an all new formula. Though the collection was just introduced here in the US, it was released earlier this spring around the rest of the world. The new quads are inspired by Coco Chanel's love of tweed fabric. The color combination of every palette represents the thread colors from one of Chanel's iconic tweed fabrics.


Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

The new Multi-Effect Quadras are packaged virtually the same as original Les 4 Ombres Quadras. The first thing I noticed was that the velveteen bag that the new quads come in is thinner and not as plush. The applicator tips are now white instead of black. Another change is the protective insert is quite different. The lightweight plastic barely covers the shadows and slides off easily and could possibly scrape the shadows themselves. Perhaps the biggest difference visually is the new palettes now come in the round pan format, as the European version of the original quad does.


Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

Poésie #234 ($61 for 0.07oz/2g) is a limited edition palette that was released with the eight other permanent palettes in the new line. It appears to be sold out many places already. All the quads contain one "highlight" shade, one "intensify" shade and two base "shades". The colors are laid out counter-clockwise starting with the highlight shade, #2.
  • Shade #1, is referred to as B, one of the two "shades" in the palette. It's a medium, warm toned, copper metallic with iridescent shimmer. Shade #1 is the most sparkly shade.
  • Shade #2, or A, the "highlight", is a light, warm, buff with a pearly finish that subtly reflects opalescent pink in the light. It's more luminous or lustrous than glittery.
  • Shade #3, or D, is the "intensify" color. It's medium deep to deep, warm coffee brown with reddish-purple undertones. Like Shade #1, it has prismatic sparkle, though it's not nearly as glittery.
  • Shade #4, or C, is the other base "shade". It's a pale, cool, silvery pink shimmer. Shade #4 is the most radiant shade in the palette.


Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swaches, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra swatches in studio lighting

Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatches, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

The quad I found closest to Poésie in terms of color composition is Chanel Dunes #47. While not an exact match, it is fairly close, with the pinks having the greatest disparity. Also the finishes of the shades are very different, with Dunes having more mattes and satins and Poésie is more sparkly.


Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatches, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra swatches comparison in studio lighting

Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad swatches, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra swatches comparison in studio lighting with forced flash

The formula of Poésie is truly outstanding. The shadows have a soft, velvety texture that blends like a dream. Composed with out any powder or talc, the pigment is out-of-this-world and gives truly opaque coverage. You can achieve a multitude of effects, from soft and natural to smoky. There is no creasing or fading, with virtually no fallout. The shadows easily last all day. Even without primer.


Chanel Poésie 234 Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quad, Summer 2014, Collection, in studio lighting
Chanel Poésie Multi-Effect Quadra in studio lighting

While I don't love that there are no matte or satin shades in Poésie, the new formula is really beyond compare. Everyone has been raving about them - and for good reason. I have to admit that I was a little worried. New doesn't always mean better. But in this case it does. Bottom line - everyone needs to own at least one of the new Multi-Effects Quadras.

For more reviews and swatches, check out The Beauty Look Book. For swatches on all the new quads, check out Color Me Loud.

I purchased Poésie from Chanel, where it is currently out of stock and no longer listed. If you are interested in it, I would recommend checking in stores to see if it is available.

Have you tried any of the new Multi-Effect Quadras yet? Do you have a favorite?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadow | États Poétiques Collection, Fall 2014 | Swatches, Photos and Review

Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow in studio lighting

For Fall, Chanel has released six new shades of Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadows. Without the release of a new Quad Eyeshadow, the États Poétiques Collection seems to be focused on these new singles. A few of the shades are done in classic Chanel fashion, while the others show us a bolder version of Chanel than we've seen before. Two of the six shades, Sensation and Palpitation are limited edition, while the rest are joining the permanent range.


Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow in studio lighting

Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow in studio lighting

Sensation 102 ($29.50 for 0.07oz/2g) is a light, warm toned, pinky peach satin with sparse shimmer that gives it a very slight sheen. It is quite lovely and beautiful once applied, though also quite sheer. On my skin, it blends in almost completely. It will most likely show up better on darker skin, though it might be a little chalky, as it is somewhat dry and powdery.


Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow swatches in studio lighting

Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow swatches in studio lighting with forced flash

The texture of Sensation is not what I was expecting. It was dry and considerably hard. It takes effort to get any real color to show. The opacity is transparent even when excessively layered. All of the swatches show Sensation swatched heavily over primer. Sensation needs to be worn over primer. Without it, it is extremely thin and fades very quickly. It also only lasts about five to six hours before it starts fading. When applied with a dampened brush, the results are only slightly better.


Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow swatch comparison with forced flash in studio lighting

I pulled some similar shades for comparison. Chanel Liberty is warmer and more orange with a frosted finish. The lightest shade in Chanel Spices is lighter with shimmery finish and gold and peach sparkle. The pink in Chanel Winter Nights is close, but it is brighter with a shimmery satin finish and subtle sparkle. Chantecaille Les Dauphins "pink" eyeshadow duo is also close, though it is lighter, it has a similar finish. Le Métier de Beauté Nouvelle Vague Tier #1, Nouvelle, is brighter, warmer and has a frosted finish. The middle shade of Tom Ford In The Pink is darker, warmer and has a frosted finish.


Chanel Sensation 102 Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow, Etats Poetiques Collection, Fall 2014, in studio lighting
Chanel Sensation Eyeshadow in studio lighting

Sensation is extremely disappointing. It is somewhat hard to use especially since the color payoff is slim to none and the lasting power just isn't there. Save your money for the new Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadows that are launching soon and pass on this.

For more reviews and swatches, check out Temptalia.

I purchased Sensation from Chanel. It is also available at Nordstrom and Saks.

What are your thoughts on the new fall collection from Chanel? Have you picked anything up?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Burberry Storm Grey No. 27 and Graphite No. 28 Sheer Eyeshadow, Swatches, Photos and Review

Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Storm Grey and Graphite in studio lighting

Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows are considered by many to have one of the best eyeshadow formulas. Creamy, buttery, smooth, silky, pigmented - everything you could want in an eyeshadow and more. Recently, the brand introduced two new single eyeshadows to their lineup, Storm Grey No. 27 and Graphite No. 28. Both shadows are warm toned shades of grey and are a wonderful addition to the range. As someone who adores Burberry eyeshadows, I could not wait to get my hands on these. As far as I know, they are not part of any collection.


Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite in studio lighting

Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite in studio lighting

Storm Grey No. 27 ($29 for 0.088oz/2.5g) is more of a tan or taupe than an actual grey. It's a light medium to medium, warm toned, taupe-y grey satiny matte, with a hint of purpleish mauve and the whisper of very slight iridescent shimmer. In the pan it looks like a very warm grey, or a very cool tan, but it gains a complexity on the skin that doesn't quite show in swatches. The color changes not only in the light but also appears considerably unique on different skintones. In some instances it can look more purple or mauve, at others more tan and at others more taupe.


Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey in studio lighting

Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey swatches in studio lighting

Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

When I went to pull comparisons for Storm Grey, I found I had quite a few similar shades. So many in fact, that I ended up limiting the comparisons. Le Métier de Beauté On The Coast Tier #2 is darker with a metallic, shimmery finish. The middle shade in Tom Ford She Wolf is also somewhat darker with a satin finish. Chantecaille Les Dauphins "brown" eyeshadow duo is quite a bit warmer with a hint of red and has a satin finish. The taupe in Chanel Mystère is a bit warmer and lighter with yellow undertones and has a shimmery finish. The cool toned taupe in Chanel Prelude is darker and slightly warmer with a satin finish. When compared to all of these shades, Storm Grey appears somewhat cool toned.


Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Storm Grey swatch comparison with forced flash in studio lighting

Graphite No. 28 ($29 for 0.088oz/2.5g) is a dark, smoky, charcoal brown matte that leans slightly purple with subtle copper and yellow gold shimmer. The shimmer is more visible in the pan than it is on the skin. It has an overall, light, ethereal smoky quality to it.


Burberry No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Graphite in studio lighting

Burberry No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Graphite swatches in studio lighting

Burberry No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Graphite swatches with forced flash in studio lighting

I don't have that many shades similar to Graphite as I do for Storm Grey. Giorgio Armani #3 Asphalt looks very cool in comparison and has a matte finish, though in actuality it is more of a neutral grey. Chantecaille Les Dauphins "grey" eyeshadow duo is the closest, though it is lighter. The darkest shade in Chanel Prelude is darker and warmer, as is the darkest shade in Tom Ford She Wolf. Also, all of the comparison shades have quite a bit more opacity.


Burberry No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Graphite swatch comparison with forced flash in studio lighting

Comparison below to a few other Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows, Pearl Grey No. 17, Taupe Brown No. 07 and Pale Barley No. 22:


Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer swatches, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry Storm Grey and Graphite swatch comparisons with forced flash in studio lighting

I found the texture of Storm Grey and Graphite, to be, for the most part, on par with other Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows. They are both soft, silky and smooth. Though they also seem a bit dry to me in contrast, particularly Graphite. As for the wear, they are best used over primer. Without it, it is a challenge to build up the opacity and the wear time is very short.

As for Graphite, even over primer, it still goes on somewhat patchy and uneven, and there is moderate fallout. It is quite difficult to build up any sort of level of pigmentation.The opacity is always somewhat thin and transparent. Storm Grey on the other hand, while it doesn't apply so well without primer, it applies beautifully over it. It is opaque in two to three passes and there is no fallout. Over primer, Storm Grey lasts about seven to eight hours before I notice any fading, while Graphite only lasts about six to seven.


Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite Sheer Eyeshadow Eye Enhancer, Summer 2014 in studio lighting
Burberry No. 27 Storm Grey and No. 28 Graphite in studio lighting

Storm Grey and Graphite are selling fast. When I called the store to order these, they were already out of Storm Grey and only had one Graphite left. Though the SA was extremely helpful and was able to find locate one for me at another store. And I have only seen them online at Nordstrom, where they are on backorder til July. I am unsure if these are permanent or limited edition. I wouldn't wait to order these. Though if you can only pick one, make sure it's Storm Grey.

For more reviews and swatches, check out The Beauty Look Book, Gummy Vision and Chic Science.

I purchased Storm Grey and Graphite from Nordstrom.

Will you be picking either of these up? What is your favorite taupe eyeshadow?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

May Lindstrom Skin The Honey Mud Gentle Cleansing Silk, Photos and Review

If you have read my blog before or follow me on instagram, then you might already know that I am completely enamored with May Lindstrom Skin and the philosophy behind it. May Lindstrom believes that "luxury skincare isn't about mass produced products that are sold in the cold aisles of supermarkets or department stores. It isn't about getting rid of dirt and oil or smoothing rough spots." It's not about taking care of "problems", it's about our individual beauty. It's about the experience and taking the time for ourselves in an otherwise busy day.


May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Gentle Cleansin Silk
May Lindstrom The Honey Mud

When I reviewed The Clean Dirt, a Holy Grail product for me, it sparked a lot of interest. Though people still had some hesitation regarding it. They wanted something easier. They were afraid that it might be messy. They didn't want to exfoliate daily. If any of those reasons are keeping you from trying The Clean Dirt, there's another option - The Honey Mud.

May Lindstrom debuted The Honey Mud shortly before last Christmas, and she already has another new product on the way. The Honey Mud was introduced as a way to solve an issue that some customers were having - what to use on days in between using The Clean Dirt. Seeing as not all skin types benefit from daily exfoliation, however mild, she created The Honey Mud. What makes The Honey Mud so exceptional, is that it is suitable for all skin types, from sensitive to oily. That's largely due to the ingredients and texture of the formula. Though it's different, your skin will receive many of the same benefits as if using The Clean Dirt.


May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Gentle Cleansing Silk
May Lindstrom The Honey Mud

The Honey Mud ($80 for 3.38oz/100mL) is a rich, silky, creamy, pudding-like cleanser that can also be used as a mask. It is extremely gentle that hydrates and nurtures, while deep cleansing. This is thanks to the key ingredients, raw honey, clay and various oils. Also, if you have sensitive skin and The Problem Solver or The Clean Dirt are too intense for you, The Honey Mud doesn't contain any of the warming spices that are found in them.

Raw honey, the first ingredient, along with witch hazel, oils of cedarwood, frankincense, and myrrh, help detoxify clogged pores. Raw honey has natural antibacterial properties and effectively reduces breakouts and prevents new ones from forming. It is also gentle and nourishing for the skin. It helps to balance oily skin and moisturize dry skin.

White Halloysite Clay, the second ingredient, is a clay that is said to be one of the whitest and purest clays on earth. It is known for its gentle detoxification and purification properties. It has a surprising ability to absorb toxins and impurities from the skin's surface. It works with raw honey in the removal of contaminants and impurities from the skin.

Colloidal Silver is an antibacterial ingredient that is used in a solution at a low level. It is a healing ingredient that helps protect against acne, inflammation, irritation and rashes. Colloidal Silver is a somewhat controversial ingredient. When taken internally, at extremely high amounts, for an extended period of time, it can cause argyria, a condition in which silver salts deposit in the skin, eyes, and internal organs, and the skin turns ashen-gray. Though it has shown to be safe if used at trace amounts cosmetically as in The Honey Mud.

Macadamia nut oil protects the skin and keeps it hydrated and smooth. Myrrh oil is a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain the health and vitality of the skin by fading away scars, spots, marks and even healing eczema. Ylang Ylang oil has regenerative properties. Cocoa absolute oil is an antioxidant which protects the skin from free radical activity and aids in the stabilization of sensitive oils.

Ingredients:

*** Raw Honey, White Halloysite Clay, * Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), * Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Argentum Metallicum (Colloidal Silver), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Absolute) Oil, * Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, * Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil, * Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) CO2 Total Essential Oil, * Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Oil, ** Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, ** Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil.

* Certified Organic
** Wild Harvested
*** Collected from unsprayed and unfertilized fields of Michigan wildflowers



May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Gentle Cleansin Silk
May Lindstrom The Honey Mud

The Honey Mud is ridiculously easy to use. There's nothing to mix up or measure. If you are using it as a cleanser, you just massage a small amount (May suggests a pea size, though I usually need a bit more) onto damp (or dry) skin and then rinse with lukewarm water. It can be used to remove makeup or as a second cleanse following makeup removal. If you are using it as a mask, you just apply it to clean, dry skin and allow it to sit for 10 to 20 minutes, and the wash away.

One of my favorite ways to use The Honey Mud is to combine it with The Clean Dirt. I simply mix up some of The Clean Dirt, a little bit smaller amount than I normally would, and then add a small amount of Honey Mud to the mixture. Sometimes I will even add a bit of Wedderspoon Gold Raw Organic Manuka Honey 16+ to the concoction. You can also combine The Honey Mud with The Problem Solver.

I must admit, that I do seem to go through The Honey Mud a bit faster than May's other products. However, I'm using it everyday, usually twice a day. Nevertheless, as with May Lindstrom products, you are getting a generous portion for the price, and one container will last you quite a while. One container of The Honey Mud lasts me about two to three months.



All May Lindstrom products come packaged in Miron violet glass pots, bottles and jars, which is unique from other packaging. There is evidence that it has been used as far back as the ancient Egyptians. Even the alchemists during the middle ages were aware of the special qualities that Miron violet glass has. The special properties of Miron violet glass act as a filter and don't allow any visible light to pass through, with the exception of violet light and the spectral range of UV-A and infrared light. This means that things stored in Miron violet glass stay fresher, maintaining their efficacy and quality for longer.


May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Gentle Cleansing Silk
May Lindstrom The Honey Mud

The Honey Mud is fabulous. The scent alone is worth the price. The first time my husband smelled it, he wanted to to eat it. (May said he could - it's that safe, but I would never let him) It's truly versatile and perfect for any skin type, particularly dry or sensitive. It leaves my combination to oily skin soft, smooth and clear. It's ideal to use on it's own or to combine with other May Lindstrom products, allowing you to customize your routine. If you only try one product I review, make sure it's this.

May Lindstrom products are available at Spirit Beauty Lounge, Embody, Epic Beauty Bar and May Lindstrom Skin. A complete list of international retailers is available on May Lindstrom's website. May Lindstrom products are also available at Beautyhabit, where they are having a special right now. If you spend $150 or more on May Lindstrom skincare, you receive a free full size Youth Dew (a $120 value) with the code YOUTHDEW, which is valid until 7/15/14 or until supplies last.

Have you tried any May Lindstrom Skin products before? What is your favorite cleanser?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Jo Malone Silk Blossom Candle, Summer 2014, Photos and Review

Jo Malone London Silk Blossom Candle, Summer 2014 Collection in indoor lighting
Jo Malone Silk Blossom Candle in indoor lighting

After falling in love with Sweet Almond & Macaroon candle from Jo Malone's Just Like Sunday Collection, I was eager to learn about the new Silk Blossom Collection that was recently introduced.


Jo Malone London Silk Blossom Candle, Summer 2014 Collection in indoor lighting
Jo Malone Silk Blossom Candle in indoor lighting

Silk Blossom is a gorgeous, new summery fragrance that was recently introduced by the brand. The scent is available as a cologne in two different sized bottles ($65 for 30mL/$120 for 100mL) and as a candle ($70 for 200g). Both the perfume and the candle are decorated in a sweet, feminine manner. The flacons come in the standard Jo Malone bottle with a rosy pink pink label and are embellished with an ombre, white to pink tassel, which represents the silk flower itself. The candle comes in a frosted, white to hot pink ombre jar, with the silver Jo Malone lid.

Silk Blossom is a "charity" candle, and the proceeds from the sale of the candle will go towards community gardens and various charities in The UK. If you've never purchased anything from Jo Malone before, you're in for a real treat. All Jo Malone products come wrapped in black tissue and packaged in the signature Jo Malone box, which is tied with a ribbon like a present.


Jo Malone London Silk Blossom Candle, Summer 2014 Collection in indoor lighting
Jo Malone Silk Blossom Candle in indoor lighting

Jo Malone London Silk Blossom Candle, Summer 2014 Collection in indoor lighting
Jo Malone Silk Blossom Candle in indoor lighting

Silk Blossom is a dynamic, melodious, somewhat powdery, fruity floral with a hint of pepper and moss. Jo Malone describes the scent as:

"The fragrance opens with a tart union of white pepper, bergamot and sweet apricots, announcing exotic silk blossom in the heart, surrounded with delicate jasmine and rose petals. Beauty of floral notes is enhanced by harmony of warm moss and vanilla-like, soft flavors of heliotrope in the base of the composition, providing a luxurious, pink tone. According to Marie Salamagne, accent lies of the flower as well as on silk wood, providing special atmosphere to the composition while accentuating characteristic elegance."

The scent is quite strong and quickly fills the whole room. Even unlit, you can smell the fragrance from a few feet away. It's pleasing, sparkling and uplifting - perfect to burn on a blue, cloudless, sunny spring or summer day. It makes me feel lighthearted and content.

Like other Jo Malone fragrances, Silk Blossom can be used with other candles to create a different blend. If you want a more colorful, richer bouquet, burn it with Orange Blossom, however if you pair it with Red Roses, the scent becomes an alluring, modern combination.


Jo Malone London Silk Blossom Candle, Summer 2014 Collection in indoor lighting
Jo Malone Silk Blossom Candle in indoor lighting

Silk Blossom is different from anything I'm usually attracted to, but I've become so enamored with it, I've already purchased the cologne.

I purchased the Jo Malone Silk Blossom Candle from Nordstrom. It is also available at Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bloomingdale's and Jo Malone.

Have you tried any Jo Malone products? What is your favorite summer candle?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Now. #2



Items that I've been reaching for this week include new additions of some of my most loved products lines, like Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipsticks. Since first trying the new formula this past fall, I have fallen head over heels and dream of owning every color. Quite possibly, my favorite lipsticks to date.

YSL La Laque Couture became one of my favorite nail polishes the first time I applied it. From the brush to the formula to the classics shades, everything about this polish is fantastic. It is a dream to use and virtually applies itself. The summer shades Bleu Celadon #50 and Bleu Cyclades #51 are stunning and should not be missed.

I know I keep saying it, but the new Eyeshadow Couture Palettes from YSL are spectacular. I picked up Fauves #2 first and was so awed that I had to pick up another one, Saharienne #4. Both palettes that I've tried perform phenomenally, with intense color payoff and last all day long. I'm trying to decide which one to get next.

Fire Lust from Tom Ford's 2013 Summer Collection was one of my most used and abused products of last year, so I had to buy another bottle when it was released this year. It's perfect for imparting that I've-just-spent-the-day-at-the-beach sunkissed, summery glow. No woman should be without a bottle.

I will try anything that will give my hair effortless, tousled, beachy waves. The Serge Normant Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray is somewhat new to my array of wave makers. It enhances the slight natural wave I have and makes my hair healthier, softer and more touchable.

Am I allowed to write about May Lindstrom Skin products two weeks in a row? Since I had first discovered the line, The Youth Dew had been on my radar, but had yet to pick it up. Thanks to an unreal GWP at Beautyhabit, I was able to try this bad boy for free. This is by far, the best facial oil I've ever tried, hands down. I will definitely be picking up another bottle when I run out.

I've tried many - and I mean many - mascaras over the years, but never really found that one. Do you know what I mean? That one mascara that completes your look. That completes you. That makes you feel like you. That Holy Grail mascara that we are always endlessly searching for. It wasn't until I tried the Guerlain Maxi Lash that I found it. This mascara does it all - curls, lengthens, volumizes. I've tried others, but I always come back to this one.

I regard Diptyque Choisya with a fondness one might remember their first love. Choisya was the very first Diptyque candle I ever purchased. A pure, uncomplicated scent of orange blossoms, is perfect for setting a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.

What are you reaching for right now?

Monday, May 26, 2014

YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette, Summer 2014, Swatches, Photos and Review

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

After falling in love with the formula of the new YSL Couture Palettes, I couldn't resist picking up another one. For those of you who missed my review on Fauves #2, the new formula is impressive. The recently released palettes are exceptionally pigmented with a soft, smooth, buttery texture. They wear all day with no creasing or fading and have virtually no fallout.


Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

Saharienne #4 ($58 for 0.18oz/5g) is a beautifully unique combination, merging shades of desert sand as the sun reflects off of the dunes in the Sahara, the World's hottest desert.

  • Shade #1 is a medium deep to deep, neutral to warm toned, coffee brown satiny matte, with a hint of red and very faint multicolored shimmer.
  • Shade #2 is medium light to medium, neutral to warm russet brown satin, with orange undertones and prismatic shimmer. Though it is warm toned, it's tonality does change in the light at times, allowing Shade #2 to appear both cool and warm at the same time.
  • Shade #3 is a light to light medium, warm, mauve grey taupe satin, with subtle iridescent shimmer.
  • Shade #4, the highlight shade, is a very light, neutral to cool, cream with yellow undertones and a shimmery, pearly, lustrous sheen. Of all the shades, it's the most sparkly.
  • Shade #5, the largest shade in the palette, is the base shade. It is a pale, neutral to warm toned, peach that leans orange with a shimmery satin finish.

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear applicator swatches in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatches in studio lighting
applied with applicator

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear applicator swatches in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatches with forced flash in studio lighting
applied with applicator

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear brush swatches in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatches in studio lighting
applied with brush

Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear brush swatches in studio lighting with forced flash
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette swatches with forced flash in studio lighting
applied with brush

The texture of Saharienne #4 is just as good as that of of Fauves #2. Each shade is sleek, velvety, creamy and finely-milled. Though the color payoff isn't quite as good overall as Fauves #2. Shades #1, #2 and #3 are all extremely pigmented and are opaque in a few passes. The yellow, #4, is surprisingly pigmented and is opaque in a couple of passes as well. On the other hand, #5, the peach base shade, I found to give the least color payoff. It takes a bit to build up the pigmentation and even then, it is still somewhat sheer. As a result, shade #5 appears lighter on the skin than it does in the pan.


Yves Saint Laurent Saharienne 4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette 5 Color Ready To Wear in studio lighting
YSL Saharienne #4 Eyeshadow Couture Palette in studio lighting

Even though shade #5 is a little lacking, Saharienne #4 is pure love. The shadows last all day without creasing, smudging or fading away. The texture is simply divine. Saharienne is a stunning palette, though I would have preferred the "base" shade to have a little more pigmentation. The new YSL Couture Palettes are a huge winner in my book and I look forward to trying more shades.

I purchased Saharienne #4 from Nordstrom. It is also available from Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bloomingdale's and YSL.

Have you picked up any of the new Couture Palettes yet? Which one is your favorite? Are you a fan of the new formula?