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Laura Mercier Mulberry Lip Stain: Review, Swatches, FOTD

Laura Mercier Mulberry Lip Stain: Review, Swatches, FOTD

Mulberry (30AUD) is a matte wine- berry with a brown undertone- a gorgeous ‘english rose’  flush of colour which can be sheered out or layered for a more dramatic look. Although this is supposed to be a lip product, I actually love using this as a cream blush on the cheeks- in fact, I prefer it as a cheek product. I tap a small amount of the product on the apples of the cheeks, then blend- it is quite pigmented when used as a blush so a little bit goes a long way.  This looks fantastic as a coordinated lip and cheek colour. I’m The Laura Mercier Lip Stains have the consistency of a potted lipstick, with a slight waxiness. I find Mulberry neither drying nor moisturising on my lips, although (not surprisingly, it looks a lot nicer when applied on moisturised lips) The lasting power is not great on my lips – lasting just over 1hr, although blotting and layering extends that to 1.5-2hrs (some days I don’t mind reapplying, some days I have no time for it). Interestingly enough, the lasting power is really decent on the cheeks- almost all day wear, which is better than most blushes on me. For that reason, I probably use it more as a cheek product than a lippy.  

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Posted by on Jun 9th, 2014 in Blush, laura mercier, Lip balm | 0 comments.


Edward Bess Compact Rouge for Lips and Cheeks: Island Rose

Edward Bess Compact Rouge for Lips and Cheeks: Island Rose

 

I purchased Edward Bess Compact Rouge in Island Rose some time ago after seeing it on Sarah from Dempeaux.com . Zuneta had free international shipping at the time, so I jumped at the chance to try something from the luxe UK line [edit: it is a US line]  that everyone was talking about.

Island Rose is a medium mauve rose that sheers out easily on the cheeks. On the lips it looks more like a sheer pale pink with a creamy finish and subtle sheen. I really like the dewy finish on the cheeks particularly when my skin is looking dry and dull (hello winter!), and also the fact that it is non drying on the lips- but I do find that this type of finish tends to fade quickly on the skin in the warmer months. It’s definitely a winter or Autumn blush

I’ve forgotten exactly how much I purchased this for (Zuneta has since closed down). You can purchase it from Neiman Marcus (38 USD),  Beautybay.com (for a whopping 55AUD), or Strawberrynet.com (currently on sale for 35 AUD)- either way it is not cheap.


Edward Bess Compact Rouge for Lips and Cheeks: Island Rose

Posted by on Mar 4th, 2014 in Blush, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Gentle and Dare Reviewed

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Gentle and Dare: Swatches and Review

If you haven’t already figured this out from my instagram feed- I ADORE Daniel Sandler products, especially his Watercolour blushes. They have a gorgeous finish and are one of the most long lasting blush formulas I have tried – even better than my MUFE HD blushes. Illamasqua Velvet blushes from their Sacred Hour collection have similar lasting power. Also- you can mix the Watercolour blushes to create your own custom cheek shade! 

I’ve reviewed the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub  in a previous post.

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Posted by on Jan 14th, 2014 in Blush, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.

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Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub: Review and Swatches

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub: Review and Swatches

I first read about the Daniel Sandler Watercolour blushes from a post on Modesty Brown a couple of years back. She raved about the great staying power and lovely finish from this formula, so I’m surprised that it took me this long to pick one up for myself (I got mine from ASOS.com when there was a 25% off everything sale a few weeks ago). I’m quite fond of this blush, and when there was another ASOS sale last week- I picked up another two shades, which will be reviewed soon.

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub: Review and Swatches

Colour, finish, performance: 

Cherub is a semi sheer pale pink in a velvety matte finish. I adore the shade for a fresh bloom of colour on the cheek which manages to be both youthful and quite sophisticated.  Despite how pale it is, it still pops nicely against my skin fair to medium olive skin- and I can imagine this shade suiting a variety of skin tones because it is a fairly neutral pink.

Like the other shades I’ve tried, lasting power is impressive.

Compared with the other Watercolour Blush shades I’ve tried (Dare and Gentle), this is by far the sheerest (easier to work with for paler skinned folk than the other colours).

How to use:

The product separates on standing so you need to shake before each use. I squeeze one dot of the Watercolour blush on the back of my hand before transferring the product to my cheeks.

I like to apply this product by tapping it on the the apples of my cheeks, waiting a few seconds for it to dry down slightly, then blending. I do 2 layers. I found that the product has so much slip that if I blend it like I normally would with a cream blush, it ends up getting way too sheer. I haven’t tried using a brush with this product, but the Daniel Sandler ‘Waterbrush’ has been developed for this.

 

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub: Review and Swatches

 

Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Cera Alba, C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyethylene, SD Alcohol 40, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Parfum [+/- Mica, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 75470, CI 45380, CI 77007, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide]

Posted by on Jan 6th, 2014 in Blush, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


BECCA The One Perfecting Brush Review

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush

 

From start to finish, primer to powder, The One Perfecting Brush can be used with liquids, crèmes, powders and anything in between. Non-porous, high-quality goat hair allows product to sit on top of bristles rather than absorbing, ensuring a seamless application with no wasted product.

Price: rrp $65  AUD

Availability: BECCA counters worldwide, beccacosmetics.com/au

When I first got the press release for The One Perfecting Brush, I must admit I was a bit sceptical. I found it difficult to believe that a brush that you use for your base, contouring, highlighting, and blush from start to finish could possibly work without leaving your face a complete shiny oompa loompa burnt mess.

But somehow, The One Perfecting Brush seems to defy logic. I’ve been successfully using the one brush to buff liquid foundation into the skin, contour with bronzer with long edge of the brush, highlight my cheekbones, and apply blush – and all the colours come out true and unmuddled (is that a word?). Becca says that the type of non-porous goat hair that is used doesn’t absorb the product, allowing for multiple uses.

I still think it’s black magic.

Becca claims that you can use this brush daily for 2 weeks before washing! I’ve tried using this three days in a row (mostly with liquid/cream products) with a quick wipe of the bristles with a paper towel between uses, and remarkably, my foundation does not come out orange on day three! I haven’t tried using it more than 3 times without washing, because the idea kinda grosses me out.

 

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush how to

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush how to

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush Review

 

For the makeup look pictured above, I’ve used the One Perfecting Brush to apply liquid foundation (BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Foundation), bronzer (MAC Bronzing Powder), a small amount of champagne powder eyeshadow to highlight the nose bridge and cupids bow, and liquid blush (BECCA Beach Tint in Guava). For the liquid products I first buffed it into the back of my hand before apply to the face. BECCA has published a demo video here if you want to see the brush in action.

The goat hair bristles are dense and super soft. I love how even and ‘airbrushed’ my foundation looks after buffing it in with this brush, and how perfectly glowy my blush comes out.. I would suggest either keeping to liquid/creams from start to finish, or powder products- you can certainly mix it up if you wish, but I find the application isn’t quite as seamless (I noticed this when I used powder bronzer). 

Contouring takes a little bit of practice with this brush, but after a few goes you can carve out a cheekbone reasonably well (I like to use the long edge of the brush to contour).

 

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