Inglot Blush Palette

I was on the hunt for a terracotta blush when I strolled by the Inglot counter a few months ago.  Not only did I find the terracotta shade, but a few others as well.  Inglot eye shadows are known for great pigmentation and soft matte finishes that can be powdery.  The blushes are no different.  The softness of the finish can catch you off guard if you’re used to hard, compact blushes where you can swirl your brush into the product.  There is absolutely no swirling allowed for Inglot blushes.  If you do, you’ll get crazy clown face.  Tap the very tips of your brush into the blush.  If you’re pale or want to build up the product slowly, diffuse the color onto the back of your hand.  The blush lasts throughout the day with no fading on top of my powder foundation.

Inglot gives you a generous 6g of product for $10; however, that is the pan only.  Unfortunately, they no longer sell blush in its own compact.  Inglot offers various empty palette options (the four pan pictured retails for $16).  To save money, use your own empty palette or DIY palette.

Shade #41 is a terracotta-brown with a matte finish.
Shade #70 is a bright coral-orange with a matte finish.  (It’s more orange in person.)
Shade #63 is a deep berry with a matte finish that is perfect for dark skin tones.
Shade #25 is a warm pinky-brown with a satin finish.

Inglot Blush

Inglot Blush swatch

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy

Estee Lauder recently added a new lipstick formula to its permanent line.  I’ve only tried a few of their lipstick formulas, but Pure Color Envy has to be the smoothest and most pigmented of the bunch.  It would be pretty difficult to top these.  I can get past lipsticks that tug as long as it has good pigmentation.  When I try a lipstick that glides on effortlessly and has great pigmentation, angels sing.

There is some transfer with these, but not a lot.  It doesn’t settle into fine lines and leaves behind a great stain.  The case is a hard shiny plastic, with a magnetic closure similar to Giorgio Armani.  The formula didn’t dry out my lips, but I always wear a balm underneath everything.

The base of the formula is castor seed and lanolin oil.  For any gluten sensitive beauty addicts, the last few ingredients include wheat germ, bran and barley extracts.  I don’t recall seeing these in lipstick ingredients before, but I primarily concentrate at the top of the list.

The online swatches appear as if there is a wide shade range, but not in person.  Perhaps the lighting at my counter was poor, but there were some shades that looked too close to one another.  The range is wide enough for most to find a shade that works.  The lipsticks retail for $30 and contain 3.5g (0.12oz).

I picked Red Ego (#250), which is a brown-tinted red and Tumultuous Pink (#240), which is a reddened-pink.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Tumultouos Pink

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Tumultouos Pink

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Red Ego

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Red Ego

L - Tumultuous Pink R - Red Ego

L – Tumultuous Pink
R – Red Ego

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Creme

I knew I hadn’t blogged in a while, but two whole months!  I didn’t realize so much time had gone by.  I’ve had a tough go lately, but was recently gifted with wonderful news.  Just like that, my blogging bug came back.  So, let’s catch up.

Bite Beauty lipsticks are nice, but I’m really impressed by their Cashmere Lip Crème.  The formula is thicker than your typical lip crème and it’s packed with pigment.  I experienced very little transfer and the color and intensity lasted through breakfast and lunch.  The best thing, it didn’t migrate past my lip line.  One thing to look out for is that it’s easy to apply too much color.  I made that mistake the first time and it looked like a I melted a crayon on my lips.  Not attractive.

When it comes to intense colors, I tend to lean toward deep shades.  Port is a dark red.  Sancerre is a darkened fuschia pink.

Bite Beauty is exclusive to Sephora.  For $28, you get a massive 7.48g of product.  Happy shopping.

Bite Lip Creme Sancerre

Bite Lip Creme Sancerre

Bite Lip Creme Sancerre

Bite Lip Creme Sancerre

Bite Lip Creme Port

Bite Lip Creme Port

Bite Lip Creme Port

Bite Lip Creme Port

Left - Sancerre Right - Port

Left – Sancerre
Right – Port

GoodBuy 2013

I’m certainly not sad to see 2013 go, but some great products came out this year.  Dior Diorshow Fushion Mono potted shadows, Nars limited edition blush (Pierre hardy and Soulshine) and theBalm Instain blush to name a few.  I also deepened my love for Dior and Givenchy lipsticks.  This post is to quickly share gems I discovered, but didn’t blog about earlier in the year.  They all are not new for 2013, but are new to me.  Enjoy and Happy New Year!!

Hakuhodo Face Brush (G527M)

Hakuhodo G527M

Hakuhodo G527M

Hakuhodo G527M

Hakuhodo G527M

My Holy Grail foundation brush (Sigma Synthetic Round Top Kabuki) had to move over and make room for the G527M brush.  I have been using this Hakuhodo’s face brush for almost a year and I love it.  It’s incredibly dense but not too stiff that it feels scratchy.  It’s large enough for quick application, but also gets into crevices of the face.  The flat top buffs in my powder foundation with ease.  The brush is a pain to wash and takes a while to dry because it is so dense; as such, I tradeoff between it and the Sigma kabuki.  The G527M brush retails for $66 and can be purchased at Hakuhodousa.com.

Wayne Goss Holiday Brush

Wayne Goss Holiday

Wayne Goss Holiday

I hesitated with blogging about this brush because it is limited edition, but thankfully it is still available.  Wayne’s permanent set of brushes are fabulous and this brush is no different.  It is a large, tapered face brush that is great for bronzing, contouring and applying face powder.  The brush is incredibly soft, second to Suqqu.  The Holiday brush retails for $85 and can be purchased at Beautylish.com.

 

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (Radiant Light)

Hourglass Ambient Radiant Light

Hourglass Ambient Radiant Light

Hourglass Radiant swatchHourglass Ambient Lighting powders was all the rage last year.  I initially didn’t find much use for it because the base color was too pale to use on my face as a cheekbone highlighter.  During a recent Sephora sale, I took a chance and purchased this to highlight under my eye and help set my under eye concealer.  I found highlighting concealers aren’t pigmented enough to actually conceal and don’t come in the widest shade range.  This powder offers the slightest hint of shimmer/sheen that highlights perfectly under my eye.  It has now worked itself into my daily routine.  I wish Hourglass would expand the shade range to include deeper skin tones.  Hourglass is available at Sephora and retails for $45 (0.35oz).

Giella Eye M Glam

Giella Eye M Glam

Giella Eye M Glam

Giella Eye M Glam

Giella Eye M Glam

Eye M Glam is a loose highlighting powder that is simply lovely.  I’ve actually owned this product for a couple of years, but just started to use it on a regular basis this year.  Highlighting my cheekbone was something I hadn’t been interested in while I battled my oily skin.  Since I’ve gotten that under control, I discovered an appreciation for highlighting powder.  Eye M Glam offers a lovely peach-bronze glow that is great on my brown skin.  The powder is finely milled and comes in sifter jar with plenty of product to last several years with continued use.  The product can also be used to highlight the inner corner and mixed in with your favorite body moisturizer.  Eye M Glam is available at Giella.com and retails for $35.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer

Estee Lauder Double Wear Top - Deep Bottom - Medium Deep

Estee Lauder Double Wear
Top – Deep
Bottom – Medium Deep

Estee Lauder’s Double Wear concealer is fantastic for use under the eye.  It conceals well and more importantly, doesn’t crease.  You get a lot of product for your money.  With daily use, one tube easily lasts a year or more.  I’ve had mine since last February and have half a tube left.  Unfortunately, the shade range isn’t great, but at least it offers a couple of shades for darker skin tones.  I use Deep to cover dark circles and Medium Deep to help conceal under eye bags.  This concealer is available at your local Estee Lauder counter or Estee Lauder’s website and retails for $23 (0.25 fl. oz.). Continue reading

Chanel Spring 2014 Collection

I was meandering through my local Nordstrom the other day.  I happen to peak over at a Chanel counter expecting to see their recent winter collection display.  What I see instead is their new collection for spring.  Spring!?!  Looking at new makeup for spring, while wearing three layers of clothes for warmth; seemed like a cruel joke.  Never mind it isn’t Christmas yet.

If you’re a fan of deep purples and pinks, then you’re in luck.  The collection repeats the purple and pink theme throughout the new eye shadow quad, eye shadow duo, cream shadows, lip products and polish.  I found the repetitive color scheme with the shadows a bit boring, but it’s still a collection worth checking out.

The two new Illusion D’Ombre immediately got my attention.  I swatched them and had to have them in my life.  Diapason (#92) is an opaque, deep blue-based purple with a slight blue iridescent quality.  (Click here for a comparison of Diapason with Chanel’s Illusoire.)  Impulsion (#93) is a semi-opaque, sparkly, pale cool pink.  The intensity is buildable, but to me, a sheer wash of this color is very pretty.

Chanel Diapason Illusion D'Ombre

Chanel Diapason Illusion D’Ombre

Chanel Impulsion Illusion D'Ombre

Chanel Impulsion Illusion D’Ombre

There are two new Glossimer glosses and I picked up Sonate (#178).  Sonate is a beauty, semi-sheer, reddened coral.  The right coral is hard for me to find because of my NC45 skin and even darker lips.  It comes across sheerer on me, but it is the perfect amount of a lovely coral shines through.  It will be a nice shade to wear when real spring gets here…in five months.

Chanel Glossimer Sonate

Chanel Glossimer Sonate

Chanel Glossimer Sonate

Chanel Glossimer Sonate

I’ve never had any fading or creasing with IIllusion D’Ombre.  They apply better with fingers.  If a thick layer is applied, you may experience fallout.  Glossimers are typically sheer and don’t last too long when used alone, but are great when layered over lip liner or a lip stick.

Chanel Spring 2014 swatches

The collection is available online and in stores.  Illusion D’Ombre retails for $36 and the Glossimer for $29.50.