OPI Jade is the New Black

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An oldie, but goodie: OPI Jade is the New Black.

Two layers, no top coat. It has a glossy finish on its own. The color comes out a little darker than in the bottle. Qualitywise I think newer OPI polishes are better, but it’s okay.

I guess I am slipping into autumn mode, but the weather has been terrible here for most of august.

Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color BR70

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I have a weakness for cream eyeshadows, they are so easy to apply and usually look pretty good on their own. This is the first one I have from Shiseido.

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This is the Shimmering Eye Cream Color in BR70. I have a weakness for all sorts of bronze, this one is a cool brass-like color.

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Swatch. I detect a tiny bit of taupe in the swatch, but it’s not really taupe. I call it a medium-dark brass.

It is creamy and very easy to apply to the lid with either finger or brush. I need only one swipe of a clean finger for seamless blending.

Shiseido promises it will last a whole day… well on me it doesn’t. In fact, it doesn’t last very long at all. Wearing this without any base or powder, I had terrible creasing two hours in. I was very disappointed. I had hoped I could wear it alone, but no such luck. Usually I reach for creams when I don’t want to muck around with three different products. On the upside, I think I can layer the brassy color of my new Dior quint on top of this.

 

My verdict: Will not get any more. I have big problems with creasing in general, so those who don’t, this might be for them. Everyone else: try Bobbi Brown or Kiko instead.

YSL Fall 2014: Rose Perfecto

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There are two pink Rouge Pur Couture the Mats in this fall’s YSL collection: 207 Rose Perfecto and Fuchsia Fetiche. Both are mouthwatering if you ask me, but for now I chose the more subdued Rose Perfecto.

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It’s a blue toned dusty pink and a bit darker than this pic shows. Sometimes stuff is impossible to photograph.

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Swatch!

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And for comparison: Top is YSL the Mats Rose Perfecto, underneath Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet L’Exuberante. (L’Exuberante is brighter, I will have to compare it to Fuchsia Fetiche later.) The finish is comparable, lasting power and pigmentation are pretty much the same. On the lips Rouge Pur Couture the Mats feels creamier than Rouge Allure Velvet.

Wearing Rose Perfecto on my lips makes me feel like a cross between a glamorous lady from 1930 and Cara Delevigne. High recommendation!

The lipsticks are listed as limited, sadly. This color is so glorious it should be kept premanently if you ask me.

Dior 5 Coleurs Trafalgar

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The new Dior look hit the stores only this week. I immediately fell in love with this quint, 876 Trafalgar.

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Dior have revamped the packaging. Left, the new one, right the old one with the blue CD. Personally I like the sleek black better.

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Top, the old bigger packaging, bottom the thinner new one. Despite the smaller size the amount of eyeshadow stayed the same.

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Swatch in the shade. This time I put the lightest colors in the middle. So we have the brass shade, then the dark brown, the two top shades, first the pink shimmer, then the white shimmer and last the red from the middle.

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Swatch in direct sunlight. All shades except the red contain some shimmer. The red also has a little shimmer, but you can barely tell.

Quality wise, I am torn. I have learned by now that Dior does the very light shades sheer on purpose, but the brass shade also needs several layers to show up properly and the brown shade is harder to work with than the brown shade in the other two Dior quints I own. The red is highly pigmented. Compared to the other companies, most of which have released new quads or quints this year, Dior’s are worse. I mean, in general they are good eyeshadows, but they’re not on top of the game.

However, lasting power is pretty good. I have experienced creasing, but it’s on the less noticable end. All in all, it’s a great palette, the colors are beautiful and the combinations endless.

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Here’s a pic of me wearing it (in rather bad lighting, imagine the colors to be stronger). I put the red shade on the lid and the brass shade in the crease. Then I put the white shade in the corner of my eye and the pinkish one all over to soften the red down. I used the brown as liner in the corner, but it wasn’t as cooperative as I hoped. You can’t see it but I also put the brown on the lower lid, which worked better.

Mascara is Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Eyes; under eye concealer by Clinique. Brows: Flormar brow powder and Sumita brow wax.

Serum Masterpost

What is a serum?

Unlike regular skin creams, which mostly act as a barrier and to moisturize, serums have a higher amount of active ingredients. They are the powerhorses of skincare.

How do you use serums?

Well, this depends on personal preference, of course. Usually serums are meant to be used underneath skin care, probably so that the company can sell you two products instead of one. ;) Personally I do not add anything on top of the serum unless my skin still feels tight. When I use a serum I will use it every night; on mornings it depends on what else I plan to slap on (I try to use as few layers as possible).

Serums are my favorite part of skin care, because they make a visible difference, but I don’t have to work for it. I don’t have to put on a mask and wash it off again or anything similar. I simply smear the serum on after washing my face, done. :D When I don’t have eyecream on hand, I use the serum around my eyes as well, works perfectly. (The concept of eye cream is pretty much a marketing gag anyway, if you ask me.)

Serums I have reviewed on this blog, in alphabetical order:

The links mostly go to my all used up posts, so you mave have to scroll a little, sorry for that.

 

Biotherm

Aquasource Deep Serum

Blue Therapy Serum

Blue Therapy Serum in Oil Night

 

By Terry

CC Lumi Brightening Serum

 

Clinique

Repairware Laser Focus

 

Kiehl’s

 Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

 

Lancome

Advanced Genifique (coming soon)

Dreamtone (coming soon)

Visionnaire Serum

 

Marbert

24 h Aqua Booster Intensive Moisture Serum

 

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic

Today I have yet another summery scent for you. It is Guerlain‘s Aqua Allegoria in Mandarine Basilic.

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I mentioned before that I might pick up Lys Soleia. Smelling them again I went for Mandarine Basilic instead. Mandarine Basilic is another fresh citrus scent, as the name suggests. (Lys Soleia smells mostly like Banana).

Mandarine Basilic starts out fresh and a little zesty and glides over into fruity goodness fast. The dry down is more herbal, the basilic coming into play. Lasting time is so-so for me, it doesn’t last as long as Pampelune. It’s the sort of perfume I really want to take with me and reapply dring the day. If only it wasn’t so big (75 ml).

 

After I had Mandarine Basilic for a while I discovered Acqua Colonia Blood Orange & Basil, which is very similar to Mandarine Basilic. Blood Orange & Basil opens a little sweeter and the herbal dry down is a little unpleasant in my opinion but overall it is worth checking this one out, since it costs less than Guerlain.

While I’m at comparisons there are also similarities between Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca and Acqua Colonia Melissa & Verbena. They are not identical, but again, worth taking a sniff if you’re into herbal scents.

Essie Eternal Optimist

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This is one coat of Essie Eternal Optimist on my toes. It’s a subdued, elegant rosewood color. It can be found in the regular color range of Essie.

(Hurray, it’s an update! Please excuse any mistakes, I am currently computer less and typing on mobile)

Givenchy Rouge Interdite Shine Rose Sensation

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I picked the Givenchy Rouge Interdit Shine in Rose Sensation 36 up on sale. It’s a light pink without much pigment; it’s supposed to react with the color of your lip to create a unique color (like the Dior Addict Lip Glow).

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It’s not quite as neon as it looks here. Anyway, I took this baby home and then I could have kicked myself, don’t I already own something very similar?

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Top: Still Rouge Interdit Shine in Rose Sensation, underneath Le Rose Relevateur de Liv in Lively Pink, also by Givenchy (and very well used; it’s still a big fav of mine when I don’t feel like wearing lipstick, but don’t want to look like a vampire either). Okay, the colors are not quite identical.

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Swatches: Top is LIVely Pink, underneath Rose Sensation. That swatch was rather underwhelming, they do look very similar on the pic. I swear that in real life you could tell that Rose Sensation has pink shimmer, the other one has no shimmer at all. Both have the same glossy finish and the colors didn’t seem very different on my arm.

On my lips though, Rose Sensation gives off a stronger rose tone that I thought. I have to apply it with a little care, it’s not the sort of sheer lipstick you can just sweep across. LIVely Pink gives off a lighter yet still visible pink on my lips. Rose Sensation even lasted through a meal (well, the color, the glossiness wore off). Long story short, now I’m glad I picked Rose Sensation up.

For comparison to the Dior Addict Lip Glow, these Givenchy ones are why I was so underwhelmed by the Dior offering. Just check out the swatches in this post in comparison! And the Dior did not look any different on the lips, while these do, I swear.

Both lipsticks are nourishing the lips, too.

Sims 2 for free!

Hello everyone!

I’ve got a couple posts in the backlog, but I haven’t written them yet. I’m so sorry.

This is totally the fault of EA, they have released the Ultimate Sims 2 Collection for free and I fell into a sims shaped hole. XD If you want your own, you can get it on origins.com. Here’s a how-to: http://help.ea.com/en/article/how-to-get-the-sims-2-ultimate-collection/ Promo code will work until July 31th.

To make this a little less off-topic, did you know that the very first time I ever heard of Urban Decay and its Naked Palette was when someone made it into eyeshadow for sims? *nerd*

So, if you don’t hear from me for a while, this would be the reason. I hope you are all well.

Chanel Bel-Argus

After wearing a pastel lilac on my toes for a month I felt like getting some color down there:

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That is two layers of Chanel Bel-Argus 667, no top. The first layer looked terrible, but the second evened it out. Bel-Argus is a shimmery dark blue, with a very subtle duo-chrome towards violet, although you barely get to see that. Bel-Argus was part of the 2013 summer collection.