Dior Nude Shimmer in Pink Glow (Transat collection for Summer 2014)

dior nude transat shimmer pink glow 1

Hello lovelies,

today I’m going to talk about Dior Nude Shimmer powder in Pink Glow, which is a part of Transat collection for summer 2014. The product retails for 38GBP and I got mine from feelunique.

The powder comes in a heavy silver round compact with cannage imprint. You also get a nice dust bag with it. The compact on the outside catches fingerprints (my biggest pet peeve). The compact contains a mirror and there’s also a mini kabuki brush included, which is pretty soft and nice. The powder has 10 grams.

Even thought the product description (“DIORSKIN NUDE Shimmer can be used as a light veil on the rounded areas of the face to catch the maximum amount of light and create a naturally dazzling glow”) leads me to believe that this should work as a highlighter, on my skin this shade is actually a blush.

dior nude transat shimmer pink glow

The shade Pink Glow has two pink quadrants with pale pink letters. The other two quadrants are rosy bronze shade with pink letter imprints. The product contains shimmer. The pink quadrants with light pink letters are extremely sheer and pale and they barely show even on my NC15-20 skin. The bronze quadrants are surprisingly more orange than I thought they’d be. However, mixed together, they give a perfect, slightly bronze pink flush. If you use a really small brush, you can get the colour from each quadrant individually, but I prefer to mix all shades together.

dior nude transat shimmer pink glow 2

Depending on your skintone this will work either as a blush or a highlighter. It is too pink to be used as a bronzer.

On my skin this is the perfect summer blush. It is very pigmented and I don’t see how it could work as a highlighter. It is shimmery, but the shimmer is barely there – only to prevent the product from looking flat. It wears well – I didn’t notice any fading throughout the day.

I definitely like it. It’s been a while since I last bought something from Dior and this blush definitely makes me want to get more.

Did you try Nude Shimmer?

xoxo Tamara

New In: Sisley, Guerlain, Treasures by Tan

sisley guerlain haul

Hello lovelies,

here are several other items I’ve bought this May. First there is Sisley L’Orchidee Rose blush which I ordered from Liberty London. They had some promo going on and I ended up paying it only GBP12. I wanted to get a bronze version too, but it was out of stock.

Then I accidentally entered one perfumery and found that they have some Guerlain 50% off. I wanted to try the new style of quads forever, so this was the perfect chance. I got Les Gris and Les Tendres. I also bought two nail polishes: Madame Batifole and Star Dust.

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treasures by tan haul

While I was browsing Etsy looking for stainless steel balls for nail polish, I found an interesting new indie seller: Treasures by Tan. I saw that they carried a whole collection of interesting shades of holo nail polishes. I wasn’t sure about paying $95 for a whole collection, so I waited for a discount.

treasures by tan

These aren’t the strongest holos there – some shades are rather subtle and they require at least 3 coats for opaqueness. I have yet to test them and I plan to post a review soon.

treasures by tan haul 1

Being in a periwinkle phase, I couldn’t resist another nail polish: Love Spell – a periwinkle holo (sadly, rather subtle). I also received two cute minis as a GWP: Holo can you go and Little Bo Peep.

Well, this would be all (until my Dior Addict It and Real Techniques stuff arrive).

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

bareMinerals Shine On Set Review and Swatches

bareminerals palette holiday

Hello lovelies,

I know this palette has been a part of Holiday 2012 collection, but I decided to review it as it sometimes pops up on feelunique and lookfantastic. The full price of the set was 24 GBP, but I got it on sale for 50%off.

The set comes in a bulky, flimsy plastic box which is a magnet for fingerprints. You also get a golden clutch, but I didn’t snap the picture of it.

bareminerals palette holiday 2

The set contains everything you need: 2 eyeshadows (Glitterati and Center Stage), a blush (The Big Break), an eye primer, an eyeliner (4PM), a lip gloss (A Lister), blush and eyeshadow applicators. The blush applicator can work on the go, but the sponge tip applicator is nothing special

bareminerals palette holiday 1

A blush is a pale peachy pink – a perfect everyday blush. Its lightness and satin finish can also make it a great highlighter for darker skin. On my NC15-20 skin it shows like a subtle blush. I definitely plan to use it (and possibly repurchase full size) on days when I’m in a hurry and don’t have the time to blend brighter blushes.

Center Stage is a satin dark purple, almost black eyeshadow. It swatched patchy, but it goes on evenly and blends easily.

Glitterati is a pale shimmery pink. It is very pigmented.

I don’t like the huge contrast between the eyeshadows – I would prefer a bit lighter shade instead of Center stage.

Round the Clock eyeliner in 4PM is an eggplant purple eyeliner. It is super creamy and soft – perfect for eyes and waterline. It sets quickly after application and stays on. I tried on my waterline and it left a pretty nice colour there and stayed on for over 4 hours without fading.

Primetime eyelid primer is very close to becoming a holy grail. It is a pale shimmery gold primer- It works great under the eyeshadow – it makes the eyeshadow last for the whole day without creasing or fading. Another bonus is that you can use the primer on its own as an eyeshadow. The primer sets quickly and, once it is set, it won’t budge.

The photo below shows what happens to the swatches of 4PM eyeliner and primer after scrubbing them with soap – the eyeliner faded a bit, but the primer is still there.

bareminerals palette holiday after cleansing

The last item is Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in A Lister. It is a shimmery nude peachy gloss – pretty pigmented and almost non-sticky. I’m not a fan of the fact that it contains mint – it unnecessarily irritates my lips – but other than this, the gloss is great.

I like that you can create a whole(albeit a bit shimmery) look with this palette only. The items you get complement each other, but even though the overall quality of the products is great and you get very generous amount of products, I would not pay the full price for it.

Swatches:

blush, center stage, glitterati, eyeliner:

bareminerals palette holiday 3

blush, center stage, glitterati, eyeliner, lipgloss, primer:

bareminerals palette holiday 4

eyeliner, lipgloss, primer (not blended), primer (blended):

bareminerals palette holiday 5

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

 

 

New in: Dior, L’Occitane and MoYou London

 

dior nude haul 1

Hello lovelies,

I’ve been shopping a bit lately and ended up overdosed on blush and bronzer. I bought a total of 3 Dior Nude bronzer/blush products.

dior nude haul

Since my YSL bronzer is almost finished, I got Nude Tan Matte in Ambre. On a first glance, Dior looks slightly darker than YSL, but I think this shade will will work very well with my skin.

Dior Nude Tan Paradise Duo was on a whim purchase. It is a part of last year’s summer collection and I couldn’t miss it. It is actually bronzer and blush duo, which seems very convenient in case I need to travel.

The last powder is a part of 2014 Transat collection – it is Dior Nude Shimmer in Pink. This is not straight out bronzer/blush, although on my skin tone it will work as such. On darker skin tones, this might work as an all-over-powder or a highlighter.

dior nude haul 2

It’s been awhile since my last L’Occitane shopping. I was playing cart tetris on hqhair and realized that I can get a discount on L’Occitane. Then I realized that they are running a GWP offer and I was sold. I already needed a shower gel, so I decided to go back to my Almond Shower oil.

dior nude haul 3

I needed to spend additional 20 GBP to get a gift so I bought a cute Shea Butter mini set. The set contains a full sized Shea Butter soap, travel sized Shea Butter shower cream and Shea Butter body cream, mini Shea Butter hand cream, Shea Butter foot cream and Shea Butter lip balm in a cute mint cosmetic bag.

dior nude haul 4

The GWP contains a travel sized body cream from Roses et Reines collection, travel sized exfoliating shower gel and mini hand cream in a cute rose printed bag.

dior nude haul 6

My nails are pretty big (even at their shortest) so I always have hard time to find big stamping patterns. I have a bunch of stamping plates and yet none of the designs ate big to completely cover my nails. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Moyou London nail stamping plates and decided to take a plunge. They have an amazing selection of patterns, some of which are offered in XL size. I also bought a bigger squishy stamper.

dior nude haul 5

I bought three nail plates: Princess #14, Sailor #07 and Pro #05. The patterns are really big – even bigger than my nails which are currently pretty long. I’m looking forward to trying them out.

Did you buy anything recently?

xoxo Tamara

Drugstore Haul – Essence & Catrice

newin essence catrice 1

Hello lovelies,

I think I might have a blush problem :) During last few months I did a lot of on-line shopping and I didn’t visit drugstores a lot. However, recently I went in to see what’s new there and some things from Essence have caught my eye.

I saw two limited edition collections: Love Letters and Bloom Me Up and ended up getting two highlighters. My Guerlain blush which I use to highlight it almost gone. I’ve bought Shiseido High Beam White, but I also wanted a shimmery option. Granted, I have a bunch of Meteorites Pearls, but they can be a hassle to use. I think these Essence highlighters will serve me well. I haven’t worn them yet, but based on the quick swatch they do not seem overly shimmery.

newin essence catrice 2

I also got two ombre blushes from Essence. Shade-wise, they remind me of MAC Proenza Schouler blushes; however, I don’t have those to compare. On the orange/coral blush you can see the reason why I rarely buy anything in dugstores – someone swatched it.I guess it was too much of a hassle to open the tester drawer and they had to open a product intended for sale. I didn’t open it in store to check it in detail - the cover is transparent and it looked ok, but obviously store light masked it. I’ll be smarter the next time.

I’ve increased my collection of Essence nail polishes – I bought several more textures and some other shades which aren’t on the picture because I’ve moved my nail polishes and they currently all reside mixed in boxes. I’m dreading the day when I’ll have to organize it.

newin essence catrice

My final purchase is Catrice nail polishes. For a while this was my favourite brand, but then I discovered Golden Rose, indie and on line shopping. I got two texture shades: Oysters & Champagne and Call Me Princess. I also bought Berry Potter & Plumberdore (purple-blue duochrome) which I got mostly for its name, although the nail polish itself is pretty, too.

What did you get recently?

xoxo Tamara

SISLEY Phyto Blush Eclat in #05 Pinky Coral Swatch and Review

sisley blush coral

Hello, dear readers,

as you know, Sisley is one of my favourite brands (despite its price) and today I’m going to show you the swatch of their new version of Phyto Blush in the shade Pinky Coral.

But first, let’s say something about the product. The blush comes in a black and white plastic compact with mirror and brush included. The cover of the compact has a zebra print and the compact itself doesn’t feel like it is of a good quality.

Unlike the old version, this version contains considerably smaller amount of the product – 7 grams vs. 10 grams in the old one. The price remained the same – $85.

The brush included is nothing special – it is very wide so it will serve for touch-up, but I prefer to apply it with a proper blush brush.

The blush inside the pan is zebra patterned and it contains two complimentary shades, which in spite of the name aren’t coral – light peachy pink and dark peachy pink. The ligher shade still leans more on the pink side, while the darker shade is more peachy. Both shades contain a barely visible shimmer.

It is possible to use both shades separately, but to do so you’re going to need a very narrow blush, so it might be easier to use them mixed.

I fell in love with this blush the moment I saw the promo pictures. I’ve been looking for a perfect peachy-pink blush for ages and this one is a pure perfection. It compliments my skin-tone well and it doesn’t turn orange or pink after several hours. It stays on from the moment I apply it to the moment I take it off in the evening without fading.

As for the pigmentation it is pretty good – pigmented enough but still fool-proof and it is extremely hard to overdo it. I have to add that I’m not a fan of super-pigmented blushes (Illamasqua, Inglot) because it is hard for me to find the exact amount and I always overdo it.

All in all, I adore this blush despite the price.

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Bok, dragi čitatelji,

kao što znate, Sisley spada u meni jedan od najdražih brandova (usprkos cijeni), a danas ću vam pokazati swatch nove verzije rumenila Phyto Blush Eclat u nijansi 05 Pinky Coral.

Ali za početak nekoliko riječi o proizvodu. Rumenilo dolazi u crno-bijeloj plastičnoj ambalaži s uključenim ogledalom i kistom. Poklopac rumenila ima zebrasti print i ne djeluje kao da je kvalitetan. U usporedbi sa starijom verzijom, ovdje dobijete osjetno manje (10 nasuprot 7 grama). Cijena je ostala ista – oko 480 kuna.

Kist koji dobijete unutra nije ništa posebno – može proći ako trebate popraviti rumenilo, ali ja preferiram pravi kist za rumenilo.

Rumenilo ima zebrasti uzorak napravljen od kombinacije dviju nijansi iste breskvasto roze boje. Razlika je u tome što svijetlija nijansa vuče na roskasto, dok tamnija vuče na breskvasto. Obje nijanse sadrže jedva vidljivi shimmer.

Moguće je koristiti svaku nijansu zasebno, ali za to će vam trebati jako uzak kist, tako da je jednostavnije koristiti kombinaciju obje boje.

U ovo sam se rumenilo zaljubila čim sam ga ugledala na promo slikama. Dugo sam već tražila odgovarajuće breskvasto-rozo rumenilo i ovo je kao napravljeno za mene. Jako dobro paše uz moju nijansu kože i ne oksidira na koži. Rumenilo ne blijedi – ostaje onakvo kakvo je i bilo kad sam ga stavila.

Pigmentacije je prilično dobra, ali ipak ne previše, tako da je jako teško pretjerati s rumenilom. Moram napomenuti da baš i ne volim jako pigmentirana rumenila poput Illamasquinih ili Inglotovih jer mi ih je jako teško dozirati u uvijek nanesem previše.

Sve u svemu, ovo rumenilo usprkos cijeni obožavam.

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sisley blush coral name

 

sisley blush coral opened

 

sisley blush coral closeup

Sisley Phyto Blush Eclat 05 Pinky Coral swatches:

sisley blush coral swatch

The swatches are made in this order (from left to right): both shades mixed, darker shade, lighter shade.

sisley blush coral swatch sun

Swatchevi su poredani ovim redom: obje nijanse izmiješane, tamnija nijansa, svijetlija nijansa

sisley coral blush skin swatch

SISLEY Phyto Blush Eclat #4 Duo Pinky Rose Swatch, Ingredients and Review

Hello, dear readers. Get ready for Sisley week :)

This version of Sisley blush is being discontinued and replaced with newer version (you can read more about it in my blush comparison post).

However, you don’t have to worry if you like this shade because it is repromoted in the new version (only the lesser amount).

This version has 10 grams and retails for $85.

It comes in a shiny black compact with mirror and brush included. The brush that comes with it is very wide, but flat. It is softer than their regular, full-sized blush brush.The compact is housed in a black velvet pouch.

The blush is divided into two parts: the larger one is a slightly cold hot bright pink, while the smaller one is a warm pinkish highlighter. Both shades contain a tiny, tiny microshimmer which is not visible on the skin, but it prevents the blush from looking too flat.

Because of the size of each part it is like having 3 blushes in one.

The blush is very silky and pigmented, especially the brighter pink side. The pigmentation is a bit too much for me, because I always get too much and in the morning I don’t have much time for blending. If you mix the two shades the pigmentation is just right.

The blush stays on for hours without fading, even on my oily skin.

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SISLEY Phyto Blush Eclat Comparison of the Older vs. Newer Version

Since I finally own both versions of Sisley Phyto Blush Eclat (although in different shades), I’ve wanted to do a post with the packaging comparison.

Both versions of the blush retail for the same price (at least in Croatia). However, you get less for the same price. The older version contains 10 grams, while the new version has “only” 7 grams (still very generous).

 

Also, both blushes come in a black velvet pouch and contain the brush of the same size and the mirror in the cover of the compact.

The older packaging is a black lacquered plastic case, which seems very elegant in my opinion. The new version has a trashy zebra print on the white plastic cover with a metallic red “S” written on the top.

The size of the compact remained the same, but the size of the pans inside didn’t. The pan in the new blush is considerably smaller.

 

The older blush has only a “sisley” and the black orchid printed in, while the new version has a zebra stripes relief (and the blush itself is in zebra pattern).

While the brighter colour predominates in the old version, the new version has a more equal distribution of the shades.

As for the blush itself, I feel that the older is more versatile because the two shades: bright and light pink, are clearly separated and both parts are big enough and clearly separated so you can either use each separately or mix them.

With the new version of the blush, because of the pattern, it is much harder to separately use darker and lighter colour. It is possible, but you’d need a very narrow brush.

 

 

 

The new version comes in 5 shades, and three of them are the repromoted older version (Pink, Peach and Mango). The shade #2 Pinky Berry seems like a dupe to Litchi duo to me, but according to my Sisley SA, it isn’t.

Another new shade is #05 Pinky Coral (the one I own). I’ll review that shade later in the year (November or December).

I hope that this has been helpful.

If you have any favorites among the older shades, you don’t have to worry that they’ll be gone.

Thank you for reading :)

SISLEY Shopping

 

 

Several days ago I was saying how I’m glad I haven’t bought the older version of Sisley blush. A couple of days ago, I have changed my mind. I ended up in the store and did some comparison swatches of new vs. older blushes. Since the old #4 Duo Pinky Rose was almost 100% same to the new one, I couldn’t resist.

 

The old version contains 10 grams, while the newer one contains 7 grams.

 

I also got a several testers: Intensive Day Cream (haven’t tried it yet) and Hydraflash (one of my favourite products).

 

I’m still not sure whether I want (and need) Mango duo and the coral blush from the new collection. I guess that the time will show :)

 

This is what the blush looks like. I’ll see if I manage to do comparison photos.

INGLOT Face Blush #27 Review and Swatch

I’ve been wanting to expand my blush collection for some time, so the 20% off Inglot sale was very welcome. However, I didn’t count on not so good array of shades when it comes to the blush – either the blushes are matte dirty pink or brown shades or they have huge glitter. In the end I have picked up Face Blush in the shade #27. The blush comes in a round pan with a twist-off transparent cover.

The blush contains 2,5 grams and this was one of the decising factors as I don’t want to hoard too much and I had to take into account the fact that it took me several years to hit the pan on my Dior blush which has 7,5 grams. Since the amount of blush is very small, I can see myself finishing this reasonably quickly. In Croatia the blush retails for 75 kunas (approximately $13 or 10 euros).

#27 is a matte dirty reddish pink. It is very dark in the pan – almost dirty red and I was a bit concerned with how it will turn out on me. On the skin it is more pink, but with noticeable red undertones.

The blush is very pigmented, but it blends easily. Since I’m used to less pigmented blushes, I still have to learn the right way to apply it. So far, I prefer to apply it only on the cheek apples and not all along the cheeks (to avoid the 80′s look). The blush is blends easily, but if you’re not used to such pigmented blushes, it might be awhile until you learn to apply it the best way.

Once applied, the blush stays on through the day – I haven’t noticed any fading or colour-changing.

I only have a slight issue with the texture of this blush. The texture is soft, but the blush is very powdery and everytime I pass over the blush with the brush, there is a lot of fallout and a lot of wasted product.

Overall, I’m really satisfied with this blush. I would appreciate if Inglot were to expand the shade range and maybe add more finishes.

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SISLEY Blush Brush Review

Sisley Blush Brush is a slanted brush made of natural hairs. It costs $65. The brush comes in a transparent plastic bag with a plastic brush cover to protect the hairs.

When it comes to make-up brushes, I’m not very into high-end. All the brushes I have are in drugstore price-range and none was more expensive than $15.

I got Sisley Blush Brush as a Christmas present, after whining for ages that I need a decent blush brush. Up to then I either applied blush with Avon brush (too wide) or with the tiny applicators that I got with my Guerlain blushes. I specifically requested a slanted brush – it seems that this type of the brush is the perfect shape to apply blush on my cheekbones.

Now, back to the Sisley brush.

I couldn’t find what the handle is made of, but based on how it feels under my fingers, I’d say it’s a black plastic or wood. The ferule is a gold-coloured metal. The brush is made of goat hair.

I still can’t say whether the brush is really worth the price. The hair is not scratchy, but I wouldn’t mind if it were a tiny bit softer.

The brush is around 16,5 cm long, while the length of hairs varies from 3,5cm to 2 cm.

My only big issue with this brush is that, when washed, it leaks black paint. Granted, the water is just a shade or two greyer, but I find any colour leaking unacceptable for a high-end brush. I have washed it several times and I still see some colour leaking.

The brush didn’t shed a hair. I’ve been using it for over a month, washed it once or twice per week and the brush still hasn’t lost any of its hair.

Howeverm I advise you not to throw the plastic bristle cover. It seems that the brush might loose shape quickly if you do not keep the bristles covered to maintain the shape.

The brush picks the colour pigment well. Since the bristles are not too soft, it can pick up the harder blush texture (for example, the shimmering side of Diorblush, which has much harder texture than the non-shimmering side). If the blush you are using is very soft in texture (for example Guerlain Blush 4 Eclats), just tap the blush lightly with the brush; otherwise the brush will pick too much product. As I’ve mentioned before, the brush shape is ideal for my cheekbones, the brush applies blush perfectly and it blends it easily.

All in all, I’m satisfied with this brush. I expect it to last for at least 10 years (if my cheap Avon brush managed to last so far, Sisley should too). Maybe I’ll get more Sisley brushes in the future – I have my eye on Eyeshadow, Kabuki and Powder brush, as they seem resonably priced compared to other brushes of this range.

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MAKE-UP STASH INVENTORY (January 2012)

I think it’s high time for me to start to control my impulsive purchases and redirect the money I spend on cosmetics I don’t need on something else. I’ve had much more self-control before I started to get involved in beauty community. Before, I’d purchase something only when I would need it, but now I’ve been buying things only because they seem pretty or I think that I simply must have it (even though I’ll probably use it several times before the product is lost in my stash.

I don’t like feeling overwhelmed every morning when I’m doing my make-up with all of the products which I have. Sometimes it takes me literary 10 minutes only to decide which eyeshadow I should use. I’ve tried the concept of creating “looks” which would include several products and then wearing the look for the next week. It is a good concept, but this means that 90% of my stash sits there unused while I’m wearing the “look”.

I do not plan to use up all of my make-up. I’ll use eyeshadows only until I hit the pan (especially if it is a discontinued or LE product). The same goes with lipsticks. I always leave a millimetre or two of the lipstick in case I ever need to find a dupe. After that, I put the product in the original packaging and put it in my “finished products” drawer. I know this sounds a bit ridiculous, to keep the boxes after you have spent the product, but I have paid a lot for these products and I cannot imagine throwing the compact of, let’s say, Guerlain eyeshadow away.

I have taken a photo of all the items in my stash, for my reference (I’ll do the same the next year). Compared to the previous stash pictures, you can see that I have spent some items (yay! for me) and hit the pan on many others.

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My Stash: Blushes, Bronzers, Concealers

My stash posts are almost finished. This post will feature all of my blushes, bronzers, concealers and other random face products.

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DIOR Diorblush #943 Strawberry Sorbet (Framboise) Review and Swatch

Diorblush retails for $40 (38euros) and you get 7 grams of product (0.26oz). The mirror (in the top cover) and a small brush (horrible quality and very scratchy) are included.

Strawberry Sorbet (or Framboise) is a natural looking slightly dirty pink colour. It is not too bright, but neither is very muddy and I feel that it would suit a wide range of skin-tones. Really, it is universal and very flattering colour.

Diroblush contains two parts one darker and matte and the other part is lighter and shimmery. When the blush is new, it has a relief design and small Dior signature in the lower right part, but it disappears after some time. I’m very close to hitting pan on my blush, so the design has worn off.

As I’ve mentioned, there are two parts which are completely different in the texture. Also, the righs side seems a bit smaller that the left side.

The left, darker matte part is very silky, smooth and pigmented. It blends easily, and as I’ve said, the pigmentation is amazing. However, I went through it much faster, even though I haven’t used it as often as I used the shimmery part.

The right, lighter and shimmery part is the complete opposite of the left side. The right part is much harder in texture and I have to scrape it with the firm, dense brush in order to apply it. The pigmentation is weaker, but the colour in itself is really lovely pink with a discreet shimmer which gives a gorgeous glow. The effect is comparable to Guerlain Holiday 2010 LE Meteorites Poudre d’Or, although the Meteorites are a bit less pigmented. Even though I use it almost daily and always scrape a lot of product, I haven’t even come close to hitting the pan on this side.

When the shades are mixed, the colour is lighter than the darker shade.

I like this blush a lot. Once I put it on the face, it doesn’t fade and it stays on until the removing It is pigmented and, since there are two different coloured parts, you can achieve a variety of looks with it – it is almost like having two blushes or a blush and a highlighter in one.

Overall impression:

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GUERLAIN Météorites Illuminating Powder Perles D’Or Review (Holiday 2010)

This is my so-far favourite item of Guerlain holiday 2010 collection. You get 30grams of pearls for $56.

The pearls are housed in a silver box which looks metallic on the outside, but the inside is made of black plastic. The cap is completely metallic and has a golden bee in bas-relief. The pearls come with a black puff (regular Meteorites come with a white one).

The shade Perles d’Or contain five different pearl coulours: white, light champagne, golden, light pink and medium dark eggplant.

I’ve bought three versions of Meteorites pearls so far (Perles d’Or, Midnight Butterfly pearls from holiday 2009 and regular Meteorites in Teint Dore) and this version is the least shimmery of these three.

While I use others shades of Meteorites on the whole face, this is not possible with this one. Perles d’Or, contrary to its name, leave a pink colour on the skin. Therefore, do not use it all over your face as you will end up looking very pink.

So how can you use it?

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My Favourite Cosmetics Products in 2010

I probably should have published this earlier, but it was a bit hard to decide which items I should put on the list. I didn’t want to de recommendation for every category because I simply haven’t tried every new product that has been released in 2010 and I’d feel stupid recommending something if I haven’t tried all other products from the same category.

I’d like to talk about the products I’ve found in 2010 and which have become my HG (holy grails) and irreplaceable items in my stash.

SKINCARE

In 2010 I’ve stopped being a skincare snob. For a long time I’ve been using only high-end French cosmetics, because my dermatologist (he is also a skincare snob) told me that French make the best skincare. In spite of that, in 2010 I have finally ventured in drugstore skincare. Today, I’m so glad I did it, because I have found some excellent skincare items there:

OLEA Moisturizing Toner. I cannot rave enough about this product. It is so cheap and yet so good. This is a definite replacement for Sisley Floral Toning Lotion

OLAY Complete Night. Excellent moisturizer, which moisturizes without making me greasy. It made me want to try out the Day version and Beauty Fluid

HYGIEIA Zincia face cleanser. (not on the picture) One of the rare items in my skincare routine which I have repurchased. Naturally, I have to combine it with cleansing milk when I have to remove make-up, but this is the most gentlest, the most non-irritating cleanser I have found.

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There are also some high-end items which I won’t give up:

SISLEY Gel Express aux Fleurs. Excellent moisturizing mask for times when I need that extra boost of moisture.

SISLEY Creme Gommante. Very gentle exfoliator, which I also use as cleansing mask.

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Also my favourite hair care item has become:

GARNIER Natural Beauty Vanilla shampoo and conditioner. It lathers well, the hair isn’t dried out and it has a lovely smell.

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As a body exfoliator, I’ve only used:

L’OREAL Exfotonic. Body exfoliator with AHA which is neither too mild not too strong. I was afraid that it is discontinued, but I regularly find it in my drugstore.

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MAKE-UP

As far as the make-up is concerned, in 2010 I haven’t discovered many new HG items, but there are a few worth mentioning:

GUERLAIN Cherry Flower Blush. At first I hated it, but now I cannot live without it. This is a wonderful neutral peachy-pink.

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GUERLAIN Jeu d’Ombrelles eyeshadow quad. Purple eyeshadow usually makes me look sick, but this is an exception.

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GUERLAIN Rouge G #61 Gaela. Even though the lipstick could be more moisturizing, it has a lovely bright pink colour and it is very longlasting.

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SISLEY Phyto-Lip Star Rose Quartz. Excellent non-sticky pink lipgloss with tons of silver and pink microglitter.

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CLARINS Everlasting Foundation. I think I have said everything about it in my recent review.

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CATRICE Nail Lacquer in Bloody Mary To Go, Clay-Ton My Hero, Let’s Mauve On and Caught on the Red Carpet. These four shades are my favourites so far. They offer excellent pigmentation where only one layer is necessary to get almost exact shade as it is in the bottle.

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SEPHORA #45 Mineral powder brush. It is the only brush I have backups of. You can use it in various ways: as a stippling brush for liquid foundation, for loose powder both regular and mineral, for blush, for cream foundation, etc…

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GUERLAIN Meteorites #3 Teint Dore. I love everything about meteorites and this shade is my favourite. I use it instead of loose powder and the result is soft glowy skin.

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And my final discovery is the perfume:

GUERLAIN L’Heure Bleue. I have debated for so long about this fragrance and finally I have caved in and purchased EdT version. I adore the soft violet and vanilla scent.

GUERLAIN Blush 4 Éclats 01 Tendre Aurore Review

I adore Guerlain make-up but I haven’t paid much attention to the new Guerlain’s blushes, because the shade-range seemed limited.  I’ve been looking for a very light nautral-looking blush to use when I’m wearing a lot of dark make-up on eyes. My usual blush – Diorshow in Framboise is too pink (even if I just apply on highlighting shade), and the bronzer is too obvious so the shade Tendre Aurore caught my attention.

The blush consists of four shades: light beige pink, very light beige, medium beige and medium bronze. Light beige pink and medium shades are twice as large as the other two. Acording to Guerlain you can get various effects, depending whether you pull the brush from the left side to the right or the opposite, but this shade of blush is too light to see the any real difference.

All shades contain shimmer, but it is not over the top – it just gives radiance and looks really natural. Since the shades are light, the blush does not leave much colour.

I am NC15-20, and on me this is the mixture of highlighter and blush – it leaves just a slight, very natural pinkish-beige colour. I think that this shade could function as a blush only on those lighter than me. Those a few shades darker could use it as a highlighter since I don’t think that it is pigmented enough to show on them. Those with skin darker than NC/NW40 could pass this shade, because I think it would look very unnatural.

The blush has Guerlain signature scent (violets), which disappears upon the application. The product comes in a golden box with mirror, black velvet bag and brush included. I know that most of the people avoid using the brushes they get with the product, but Guerlain gives really good brushes with their products. The blush contains 9 grams of the product.

This is a very good choice when I want to add some glow and light, natural colour on my cheeks.

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