31 January 2013

Holiday Hangover: NARS 47th Street Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliner

It's the last day in January, and this will be the last holiday hangover post this year. Mainly because February is knocking on the door, but mostly because I've run out of products that I purchased during the holidays.

Anyone shocked that I am reviewing yet another NARS + Andy Warhol collection product?  No? Good.
Another crisp shot eeked out of my iPhone.
I have mixed feelings about Larger Than Life Eyeliners, mainly because I find them a bit dry and when on the waterline it sort of crusts up and makes it a bit uncomfortable to wear.  Clearly, you're thinking I picked the wrong eyeliner because 47th street is a black eyeliner with silvered microglitter in it, it's totally bound to be mega uncomfortable and make your contacts hate you.  And. You'd be wrong.  I was surprised with how comfortable this is to wear on the waterline.  But mainly, I like to line my upper lashline and quickly smudge it so that I get a softly smoky eye with shimmery, sparkly, glimmers.  And this is sparkly.  Think of a matte black base and defined pieces of glitter.  No shimmer to obscure the reflection of the glitter.  The effect is very night sky/ star like.  Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this eyeliner.

I like that the base is black enough to be defining, but not black enough to obscure the glitter.
 As you can see, it's a softer black.  Which makes it excellent for smudging and adding a soft edge to everyday makeup.  The glitter in this is marketed as being silver, but it flashes blue and purple as well.

At little unfocused to pick up the glitter shifting colors.
I have no complaints about this eyeliner.  I wear it quite often, as it's a great way to inject some fun and fancy glitter into your day without it being overpowering or looking over done.  For quick, easy makeup you have to smudge and smudge this quickly.  I tend to dot it on, then grab my pencil brush and work it back and forth to thicken and diffuse the line.  Then I layer on tons of mascara (because I love thick mascara-y lashes), a bit of highlighter and I'm done.  Boom.

Love this product. NARS Larger Than Life Long Wear Eyeliners are $26USD and available at Sephora and NARScosmetics.com.

30 January 2013

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain - Pourpre Preview

No I'm not going to sing you Led Zeppelin.  I am however going to suggest you listen to Metallica's Ecstasy of Gold while you read this.  So be a good sport, scroll to the bottom and hit 'Play'.
Finally! It is mine! I've lusted after this stain for the better part of two years, I've swatched this multiple times, coveted a variety of colors.  Finally, I just jumped in and bought shade 16 aka Pourpre Preview.  A shade that brings back happy recollections of MAC's Up the Amp lipstick.

I've always thought that YSL packaging toed the line between gaudy and luxe with remarkable aplomb.
I like that the packaging for the Glossy Stains has a bit of a heft to it.  Makes me unafraid to tuck into my makeup bag and stick it in my purse.  I also like that the swatch window showcases the color perfectly, because it's a little peek into the product.

Except for they keep it classy and make the applicator not look like a ladypart.
The applicator is pretty sweet and perfect for applying this product.  The point makes it great for getting into the corners of the mouth and precisely smoothing it onto your cupids bow.  The doefoot helps the stain smooth on easily and leave behind a glossy shine.

Glossy Swatch
Stain Swatch
I apply a thin layer first to get the stain going, just to get a base down so that the stain is even throughout the day.  Then, after about 5 minutes or so, I smooth the top layer into the lips and apply a second coat for a glossy shine.  What I get is lovely medium purple lips, with a touch of pink.  And because the texture is so nice it doesn't appear fake or garish looking as these more unusual shades can, it just melds in and mimics the basic texture of the lip with some lovely shine.

I seriously love this.  I can't wax poetic about this enough.  It's available at Sephora for $32 USD.

Skip to minute 1:15 for the start of Ecstasy of Gold and then just sit back, relax and appreciate how lovely and symphonic it is.  The music has scope and then it transitions into Call of the Ktulu, which Metallica comes out and jams with the Orchestra.  This was from the S&M show (SF Orchestra & Metallica).  But it's amazingly awesome.

Think Tank Style: Chunky Silver + Naturally Polished Nails

This week has been so, so crazy. And when it get's crazy I pare my style down to the basics. Easy to wear bold statement jewelry, and low maintenance nails. I've been quite taken with going sans colored nailpolish and just using the jelly finish of my basecoat shine through a glassine topcoat. It also really elongates your fingers, and makes you look polished when your life is leading you anywhere but. Ring from Lane Bryant.

25 January 2013

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report

Lola of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reviews Le Metier de Beaute Empress Lip Kaleidoscope.

Harriet at Little Miss Student Beauty has reviewed her Crown Brush set!
Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog shows us how she "flosses between the pans" and depots without using heat!

Missed your chance to snag Sally Hansen's iconic blue shade Pacific Blue?  Kelly over at The Reasonable Blonde has found an alternative that is nearly identical.  Check it out here, and happy polishing!

Rola at  Rola's Fountain of Youth shares her Current Favorite Winter Facial Moisturizers and she is now on Instagram!

Jeneille of Beauti by Jinjer spills the details of another photoshoot she worked on.

Lindsay at The Beauty Think Tank reviews the shades she thinks stands out from the rest in the Colorglide Lipstick range offerred at The Body Shop.

If you would like to be featured in a future Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, please e-mail Lindsay at beautythinktank(at)gmail(dot)com.

23 January 2013

Holiday Hangover: NARS + Andy Warhol Flowers 3 Palette

This is the silver packaging I was talking about.
It appears that I had a very NARS themed Christmas.  Mainly, this was Andy Warhol driven decision making.  And only a part of it was because I really, really, really like NARS makeup.  That being said, I have never owned a NARS design/ un-separated palette before.  I'm not entirely sure what to think of it, since I mainly purchased this as a collectors piece (which, if you'll notice, I promptly destroyed any value it may have by swatching the purpled background and fell victim to the ruse of overspray).

Ye olde palette.
This palette is based off of Warhols Flowers pop art piece, and there were two (or three I can't recall correctly) palettes that were made to mimic the print.  The one I have, Flowers 3, is the neutral palette - with an icy shimmery white-gold, a shimmery fawn shade, a deeper rich coffee color, and the purple/ black/ silver/ taupe-y background.  The other one I remember as Flowers 2, was more bright colors featuring purple, yellow and red.  The flowers themselves are one solid color, with frost, whilst the background has more of a satin finish.  If you do purchase this, I advise just skipping mussing up the background, because the overspray comes right off with the purple, and it makes the rest of the palette look unsightly once besmirched.

Fun inserts! Eye makeup example, Variation on the artwork, Helpful words.  Nails are China Glaze QT.
The eye makeup featured on the insert, I guess, is sort of a suggestion for how you should use the palette if you wanted to do an eyemakeup look.  I see a bit of Edie Sedgewick in there (not a whole lot, mind you - Flowers was produced in 1965 during the height of '60s Mod subculture), and weirdly some 70's influences.  Another sort of damper on the whole thing, is that the card may be misleading you to think these shadows have crazy color payoff, or at least enough payoff to get you that eye look.  Let me tell you something.  They don't. 

So, as we can see they are all sheer and you would need to use a black cream base and be decent with a blending brush and pencil brush if you wanted to re-create the suggested look.  I found the texture of the shadows to be dry, unlike the NARS duos, which tend to be creamy and smooth.  I feel like this might be a hallmark of the manufacturing of the palette, and have to do with how its formed to get all of the shadows to form one cohesive palette.  This also speaks to this palette being more of a showcase piece than an actual every day use palette.  But to each their own.

This palette retailed for $55 USD and was available from Sephora.com and NARScosmetics.com.

21 January 2013

Birchbox - January 2013

Buon Anniversaire!  I have been a Birchbox subscriptionist for a year! *throws confetti*  And while I do have plans to test out other subscription boxes this year, Birchbox was the only one to successfully weather the 2012 boxes that I tested.   I will say that I am not too jazzed about this box.  When I was a bright and shiny member last year, I would have been super excited, but as an old hat, I was sort of let down.  I don't really feel any cohesion to this box, and I really dislike the fact that Birchbox keeps trying to press Juicy Couture frangrancerie on me.  DO I LOOK LIKE A GIRL WHO WOULD USE A JUICY PRODUCT?

The things that I can see would have caused me to be excited were the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrait and the Juice Beauty Skin Care Line.  However, I've tried the Embryolisse before, having procured it the old fashioned Ebay way, and was less than enamored of it.  Don't get me wrong, it's a fabulous moisturizer, it was just too heavy for my skin.  I only used it on the deepest freeziest days of winter, when the air literally sucks all of the youth and dew out of your skin.

The Juice Beauty has some buzzwords on the packaging that just rub me the wrong way.  I feel like it's clever word play and trickery to make it seem like the product is better than what it is.  And given the size of the samples, you'll never really know if the descriptions ring true or not, because it's not enough to test the claims the packaging makes.

The other two items, the Amika Color pHerfection shampoo sample and theBalm Put a Lid On It Eye Primer, seemed random in the face of the others.

I guess the true theme here is to preserve and protect - as there is a skincare regime, a protective shampoo, a primer, an ultra moisturizer and a perfume sample.  But I'm just slightly underwhelmed by this months offering.

20 January 2013

The Body Shop Colorglide Lipsticks

I am impressed with this photograph.  Sometimes I can eek some awesome out with my iPhone.

I love The Body Shop.  I shop exclusively for body care and skin care there.  I am a fan.  The one area where The Body Shop is hit or miss, is definitely in the makeup products.  Usually, I avoid the make-up section, purely because I'm a bit of a snob.  God this review sounds so lame....

The colors in question.
For the record, I didn't actually purchase these myself.  In addition to being a scientist extraordinaire, I also have a part time job at The Body Shop, just cuz.  One of the perks of being a regular associate is that you sometimes get gratis.  These three lipsticks were gratis, otherwise I don't think I'd ever have purchased them.  Actually, if I hadn't had the opportunity to play around with them at work, I would never have thought twice about them.  Period.  

The lipstick cases are so shiny.  It's freakish and mesmerizing.
What I liked about all of these colors is that they are a nice even jelly finish, transparent and bright without being over the top.  They nicely stain the lips and somehow look natural and fresh on the face, instead of heavy and garish.  I think they're nice colors for spring and the light texture make them believable and pretty looking.

Rich Scarlett, Flirty Pink, Neon Pink
These have Marula oil, Sesame oil, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil and Rosehip oil in them.  Somehow this doesn't make them overly moist, just sort of not dry.  If you use balm beforehand, you won't have a problem with the texture of the lipstick at all.  Rich Scarlett is my favorite, it's sort of a sheer Lady Danger with a touch more pink, very flattering on people with sallow/ olive undertones.  Flirty Pink is a nice pink shade that actually works for me, because pinks rarely do, with a touch of coral, it's sheer and just makes the lips more voluptuous looking.  Neon pink is a color that I use sparingly, so that it's more of a suggestion of a barbie pink, rather than full force pink.  It's blue toned and as a stain makes for a very interesting look, soft but bright and it clashes just enough with my skin tone - which sounds like it would be terrible, but I really like it.

Colorglides are $12.50, but often they go on sale for half off.

18 January 2013

The Beauty Blogazons Weekly Round-Up!

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report!

Jeneille of Beauti by Jinger showcases her laptop case, a piece by designer Jeremy Payne of Fashion is Payne.

Lola of Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reviews her Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow collection, by request.

Emily of Mrs. Wasp tells us about her top picks from Laura Mercier's Arabesque Collection.

Harriet at Little Miss Student Beauty has been reviewing the Maybelline Superstay Lipsticks!

Barbara at Barbara & 1923 reviews the Fashion Fair True Finish Refining Mineral Foundation.

Elizabeth at Love.Life.Beauty gives us the scoop on the NARS Spring 2013 collection.

Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog asks us - Is Your Makeup Life A Bit Boring? Stimulate It With a Touch Face Vibrating Sponge.

Rachel from Rachel's Makeup and Skincare has jumped on Pammy's wagon and started building a core MAC collection with $21 a month. See what she bought for January!

Come see the last installment of Best of 2012 Roundup - Body Care, Hair Care, Etc. at Rola's Fountain of Youth!

Lindsay at TheBeautyThinkTank wonders if the new Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream is a glitterbomb or not?  And if it's not, then what is it!

If you would like to be featured in a future Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report, e-mail Lindsay at beautythinktank(at)gmail(dot)com.

16 January 2013

NOTD Illamasqua Purity

This is one of those chalky neo-pastel colors that look awesome, but can be difficult to work with. But, because it's from the Toxic Nature Collection (One of my fave makeup releases of all time), I try to overlook its lack of consistency. This is two coats sandwiched between Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat and Seche Vite Top Coat.

FOTD - NARS Nouveau Monde

I've been wearing this duo a ton lately. It's a great khaki green with a silvery blue violet. I used a matte cool toned tan in the crease and outer corner for some depth. Quick and Easy for a Wednesday. Other mentionables: UDPP Eden, Revlon Photoready BB Cream, Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Bronzer, UD Big Fatty Mascara.

15 January 2013

Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks Matte Collection

A picture is worth 1000 words, and I have three! Let them tell you the story.

It's like a normal Kate Moss packaging... but it's red!

Is that a neon coral? Why yes, yes it is.  109 is a Matte neon coral.
Swatch!  I love neon shades because they translate so well when used as more of a plush lip stain, than a full on BAM product!
Spotted! at Walgreens.... and they had a $1 off coupon.  Sneaky, sneaky Walgreens.  Making me buy neon coral-red lipsticks from British High Street brands.

14 January 2013

Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream SPF 30

But the real question on everyone's mind  - Is this a glitter bomb the way the rest of the line is or not?
Brace yourselves kids, this may actually be formulated with a DISTINCT lack of GLITTER or SHIMMER.  I shit you not.  Good job Revlon for getting the memo!  Honestly, I think of all the lines offered by Revlon for foundation (Colorstay, Photoready, Age Defying), the Photoready line is the best one to roll out with a BB Cream and Revlon is the only brand that I'd take seriously enough to purchase a BB Cream (I'm not a huge fan of BBs - to me its a tinted moisturizer with a bit more silica blended into it to change the texture/ make it more of a skin perfector) from in Drugstoreland.  Mainly because Revlon seems to take itself seriously and delivers.  The packaging is sleek, the products effective in their gimmicks and they land creative people to launch lines.  Also, Emma Stone.  She's enough to get me to buy anything.  If Emma Stone endorsed a Pufferfish Poison Extreme Plump Lip Gloss where you'd get super plump lips with a side of death, I'd strongly consider purchasing it.

It's blob! It's blob! It's round, it's foundation for you! It's blob! It's blob! Everyone loves a blob! You're gonna love it blob!
Since there is a distinct lack of poisons of ANY kind in this, I feel more than comfortable purchasing it.  The RPRBBC, has three shades to cover a broad spectrum of skintones - Light, Light-Medium and Medium.  This is because this is incredibly sheer, it's sort of a moisturizer, sunscreen, optical blurrer, skin tone even-outer.  That being said, if you have skin that you invest time into perfecting, you aren't going to like this.  If you're high maintenance, this might be a bit strange for you because it's distinctly low maintenance.  If you're oily, you're not going to like this for obvious reasons - I have normal skin and I powdered it because I dislike looking super dewy.  All things to keep in mind.

Freshly de-blobbed.

About 1 minute later it sets to a semi-matte sheer finish.
What I like about this - it's easy.  When I don't have crazy hormonal breakouts I tend to have pretty clear, even, normal skin.  Even using The Body Shop Aloe Protective Serum all over the face, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion on the drier parts, I didn't feel this was too moisturizing.  I did feel like it was too dewy, but that was fixed with powder.  I saw just enough of the product as it evened out my skin, and gave it a nice clarity.  The color match was decent, and I think it did a fair job of matching and blending into my skin while not completely fighting my overly yellow undertones.  Also, I feel that it lasted.  I used The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer on the nose, nose wings, chin and forehead.  Then I set it with Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder, and didn't feel that it faded, gained shine or really moved throughout the day.  It's non-comedogenic you can sweat through it, and did I ever at the gym! 

6.5 hours post application, still going strong.
As an added bonus it smells DIVINELY of sunscreen.  I lovvvvvveee the smell of sunscreen.  I am seriously considering trying to find a perfume that smells like sunscreen, because I just love it.  And this smells like lovely, lovely Sun Protection.  Another added bonus, it's completely glitter free!  Overall, I really like this foundation/ BB Crea.

I found it on Walgreens with a BOGO50%off offer, and with another $1 off coupon snagged it for $10.95.  So check around your drugstores for it lurking!

11 January 2013

Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report!

Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog reviews Chanel's Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Merveille.

Olivia of The Unknown Beauty Blog shows us how to turn bronzing into a beauty with Manna Kadar Bronze Beauty!

Check out Rola's picks for Best of 2012 Roundup - Makeup at Rola's Fountain of Youth!

Kelly at The Reasonable Blonde loves clothes but hates the crazy crowds at the mall.  So she joined a new fashion subscription service to keep her on trend and in-season.  Check out her first Le Tote bag here!

 Jeneille of Beauti by Jinjer gives us the scoop on the Odini Southerland Photoshoot being featured in the next issue of the Vincy E-zine!

Lindsay at The Beauty Think Tank has a Holiday Hangover with the Tarte Baby It's Bold Outside giftset from Holiday 2012.

Want to ring in the New Year with a great feature on the Up & Coming Beauty Bloggers Weekly Report? E-mail Lindsay at beautythinktank(at)gmail(dot)com to get details on how your blog can be showcased with these great bloggers!

10 January 2013

Spotted: Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks Matte Collection

I saw this little virgin duster of lipstick goodness at Walgreens, and... on the next Rimmel duster over there were $1 off coupons which Walgreens will stack with any other discounts or BOGO offers.  In my area the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks retail for $5.49 plus tax.  So, snap the mattes up while they're hot!

Well, lookie here! Isn't this a sight for sore eyes!

09 January 2013

Holiday Hangover: Tarte Baby It's Bold Outside Gift Set

I really like Tarte products.  I love the Amazonian Clay Blushes and the LipSurgence Pencils.  For a while I owned as many Tarte accoutrements as I did Urban Decay and NARS.  I was in Sephora, just looking around, my weekly habit (I may also be crazy), and I spotted the Baby It's Bold Outside Gift Set.  I was also looking at another set from Tarte that was rolled out for Christmas.  It had a new mini baked blush and an HUGE eyeshadow palette.  But I settled on this instead... Why? Well it's all full sized products... THATS WHY!
Pay attention to the upper left corner of the box.
Yeah.  6 full sized products for $39.  One of these puppies regularly retails for $25.  It's like they're giving this away.  Actually, they are.  And did you see! THERES A JUNGLE GREEN!  I love jungle green.  It's one of my preferred colors, and a shade that really gets done very poorly in makeup.  Great attempts are made, but many, many fall short of capturing the true tone of a jungle and it's lovely, verdant cool blue-touched green-ness.  Oh and there's a taupe, too.  Just for everyone who doesn't like Jungle Green.  I'm just gonna assume y'all are taupe lovers.

Glamour Shot! Perhaps I should have lead with this one.
From the Top!

- Gold (LE)
- Ash Violet (Perm)
- Champagne (Perm)
- Gunmetal (LE I think - also, since when did gunmetal become a makeup buzzword?  Every brand has a freaking Gunmetal shade.  Even a pro-environment naturally sourced brand has one, doesn't anyone think that's sort of... odd? And counter-intuitive?)
- Rainforest Black (THE JUNGLE GREEN! LE)

- Onyx Skinny SmolderEYES 


Fresh Marks!
Freshly Smudged!
I don't think I need to expound upon how these work and how they smudge.  They're a basic smudgy, eye crayon.  But I do think the smudged pictures illustrates how they are perfect for the smudged look, because they blend, but they also leave enough of themselves behind that smudging actually works.   My one beef is that I can't tighline with these products, because they cling (as do most eyeliners) to my contacts and makes wearing them REALLY uncomfortable.  So, just be aware....

This was a giftset available for purchase during Holiday 2012, exclusively from Sephora for $39.

08 January 2013

Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Base Coat

A tall figure, face in shadow, glides into frame.  Figure approaches a single nightstand table next to a bay of floor to ceiling windows.  Windows are covered in sheers, obscuring a city skyline.

CUT TO - Up close shot of a nicely manicured feminine hand.  Shiny, smooth nails.  Glass like surface.  A nude polish reflecting the warm glow of the lamp on the table.  The hand picks up the phone.

SLOW PAN UP - The figure's face in profile.  Short, choppy dark hair.  Arched brow.  Winged liner.  Matte coral lipstick. Raising the phone up to her subtly contoured cheek.

Figure (V.O.)
 I am speaking to you,dear reader.

CLOSE UP - The hand, furled, nails pointed toward the figures torso.  The nightstand tables light flashes across them.

Figure (V.O.)
Don't consider this as a phoned-in review.
[heavy pause]
[contiues speaking in a matter of fact voice]
Because it's not. What I am about to tell you is simple, and matter of fact.

CUT TO - The hand snapping flat, fingers close together palm down.  The hand rocks back, smoothly showing the reflection of the figure in the shinyness of her nails.

Figure (V.O.)
[calm voice, even diction, mellow inflection]
I am not an individual to find solace in Holy Grail items.  It's not that I have issues with settling, no.  I just have very, very

[stresses the next word]

[resumes normal speech]
high expectations and rigorous criteria for what makes my Holy Grail list. 

[a pause]

And Kensingtion Caviar Base Coat from Nails Inc, has the priviledge of being the first product to join that list in 2013.

WIDE SHOT - Figure turns sharply, walking away from the table.  The Figure is wearing heels, with peep toes and the nightstand table light reflects softly off them.

Figure (V.O.)
[you can hear the pleasure of a smile in the speech]
What I like about this product is simple.  It works.  It's a smooth basecoat, fast drying, and helps any polish put on top self level like a dream.

CLOSE UP - A glittering black holographic nail polish shines in the dim light.  The Figures voice continues.

Figure (V.O.)
As a bonus, it also makes any topcoat used on top shinier.  Seche Vite? Makes glass look dim.  Kensington Caviar Top Coat? 

Well.  Still waters run deep don't they?  The fact is.  For ten dollars, this doesn't get any better.  It makes any type of polish just work better.  Matte, creme, frost, holo, magnetic.... expect Kensington Caviar Basecoat to make the job of painting your nails easier.

INTERMEDIATE SHOT - Mix of shots of feet and hands as figure walks back towards table.  You hear the faint click of heels and the soft exhalation of the figures breath.

Figure (V.O.)
And that

Is all there is to it.

CLOSE UP - Figure clicks off phone.  Sets it down on cradle.  The expertly manicured hand sets down a bottle of Kensington Caviar Base Coat by Nails Inc, next to the phone.

CUT TO WIDE SHOT - Figure struts away, the only thing worth noticing is the shine on the toenail and fingertips.

QUICK CUT - The bottle of Kensington Caviar Base Coat reveals a pristine bottle with a jelly pink lacquer inside.


07 January 2013

Giant Hand (Arm) of Swatch Vol. 6

Perhaps I should re-name this category.  I keep forgetting that the gimmick was that I provided you with a hand of swatches to enjoy.  Forgive me for this oversight.  I bring to you some fun discoveries I found in Rite Aid today.  Revlon was BOGO, and I picked up the Cover Girl Lipstick because I was jones-ing for something metallic and brown.

The Haul

I'm so pretty! Oh, so pretty!
From Left to Right:

- Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Smoky
- Revlon Just Bitten Balmstain in Adored
- Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain in Dawn

Also - if you wanted to try out the New Physicians Formula Organic wear 100% Natural Fake Out Mascara, for free, check out Rite Aid, for the rebate offer tacked onto the package.  I also picked up one of those puppies, today!

from Physiciansformula.com

04 January 2013

NOTD - A_England Princess Sabra

This has been featured on the ThinkTank before, but I spotted it in my polish stash and felt like manucuring with it. Princess Sabra is a delightful sage green holographic polish, perfect for this time of year. It's just funky enough that it breaks up the humdrum grind of grey and black fingertips hidden for the winter. But isn't too obvious that it screams "Spring is here!", just merely hints at it. Photo-ed with and without flas for you viewing pleasure.

03 January 2013

YSL Le Teinte Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation

 There's a lady who knows,
All that glitters is gold,

Things suddenly got more ritzy at the ThinkTank.
And she's buying a stairway to heaven....

SPF 19? Really?
First off, I will acknowledge the steep price tag of this foundation.  It's $55 dollars.  But it does us a nice favor and comes in a wonderfully gilded cage, and it got me to sing you Led Zeppelin.  So, in terms of entertainment it's already knocking it out of the park.

Le Teinte Touche Eclat is YSL's answer to the Touche Eclat radiance pens.  It's a highlighting foundation, that aims to be able to naturally illuminate the skin.  Suffice it to say that it's an adaptive foundation, with a dewy finish.  I imagine this will be quite popular in the Spring, where hyper perfected dewy skin is in.

This is a bottle with some heft.
But with a convenient pump!
The bottle and pacakaging are superb.  But that's par for the course with YSL.  I'm still a little confused as to why there is only SPF19 in this.  Clearly 20 is a more standard degree of SPF, but I've seen cosmetics formulated with 13 and 12 as well.  Octinoxate, the sunscreen used in this product, is a chemical sunscreen that absorbs UVA/UVB rays (hence why the box can say broad spectrum), and is also used for obscuring scars.  Chemical sunscreens don't have the flashback effect the way physical sunscreens do, so the SPF factor, I am assuming, is just a fringe benefit of the octinoxate being formulated into the foundation for it's skin perfecting quality, and as a fringe benefit is providing SPF.

Ahhh! It's the blob!
I purchased Shade 50, Beige Dore.  Which, honestly, looks really dark in the bottle, but was the only shade that had suitable undertones to my skin.  The shade range for this foundation is sorta weird, especially in the medium tones, and I found it difficult to match myself.  I had to settle with "close enough" rather than "perfect match".

Your stairway lies on the whispering wind...
The illuminating properties of this foundation give it a decent color match once it's blended.  It's medium coverage and has a dewy, healthy look.  However, it oxidizes a wee bit.  Now, there are two methods you can use when working with "close enough" color matches.  You can blend the excess down your neck.  Or keep the bulk of the coverage to the center of your face, and fade it out towards the edges to avoid the awkward jawline blending problem, and do a bit of bronzing on the edges.  I prefer the latter method and I apply this with my hands, which sheers the coverage out a tiiinnnyyy bit.  When set with a basic silica powder, I got about 6 hours of wear on a primerless face.  It makes the skin look lifted and luminous, which is nice.  But if you have good skin, you can also get a similar effect from MAC F&B or NARS Sheer Glow.

I purchased this from Sephora.  It retails for $55 USD.  If you get an exact color match, I'd say it's worth it, but if your medium toned, ask for samples to see if you have any problems with the color changing over time.