I haven’t been keeping up with the holiday collections at all lately (let’s face it- I’ve never been good at that), so when I had a look/swatch at the NARS stand over the weekend, it was the first time I had seen any of the ‘Laced With Edge’ holiday 2014 collection. When I swatched Gabon, it was instant love.
NARS says.. ” A new formulation in limited edition shades, created exclusively for the NARS LACED WITH EDGE Holiday Color Collection, Hardwired Eyeshadow redesigns NARS’ iconic powdered pigments with intense iridescence for a new feminine dimension.”
Gabon is a powder eyeshadow with a dark greyish khaki base, a metallic olive sheen, and some gold micro glitter that looks beautiful when it catches the light. I found it difficult to capture the complexity of Gabon with the available lighting in my apartment, so you’ll just need to use your imagination here.
Swatches of various shimmery olive eyeshadows for comparison: (from left)- NARS Gabon, Urban Decay Dark Horse, olive shade from the Dior Bonne Etoile quad, MAC Sumptious Olive.
Pigmentation is excellent, and Gabon applies fairly easily onto the lid – it’s not quite as buttery as the shadows in Surabaya Duo, but softer than many of NARS’ other offerings (e.g. the rose colour in Grand Palais Eyeshadow Duo, and the dark colour in NARS Dogon Eyeshadow Duo) . The gold microshimmer disappears a little after blending, so I like to pat a little bit more product with a flat brush right at the end.
Longevity is about average for a powder eyeshadow on my oily lids, and crease resistance is above average. Slight fading after about 4 hrs, noticable fading after 6hours; slight creasing at 6-8 hours.
Read more after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Mar 2nd, 2015 in Eye shadow, FOTD, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 110400 comments. NARS+Gabon+Hardwired+Eyeshadow+Review+and+FOTD2015-03-01+23%3A58%3A24myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11040
“Lancôme went in search of colour where it expresses its purest radiance, at the heart of roses, by developing a colorimetric extraction technique to recreate their vibrant colours in lipstick. Radiantly luminous and pigment-infused colour is “extracted” from the very heart of each flower. Thus the world’s most beautiful flowers become a genuine source of lipstick shades
Each petal undergoes chromatic analysis to reproduce its exact shade using a spectrophotometer, which is a photosensitive cell coupled with a computer, recording the light reflected by the rose petals. Thus converted into colorimetric values, this data is then used to faithfully reproduce the roses’ true colours.”
The Mythical Roses collection from Lancôme was released at the end of January this year, and I was fortunate enough to try one of the 10 shades from this collection ahead of release. Bengale Rose looks like a straight up true red in the tube, but on the lips it’s a bright corally tangerine. It has a glossy, slightly translucent finish- which makes it very much a spring/summer colour. I think it would spectacular on pale, cool toned complexions- on my Asian olive skin it has a bit of a k-pop feel to it (I’m not a fan of the k-pop look on myself, but there are plenty who will love this look).
The L’Absolue Rouge in Bengale Rose is surprisingly long wearing- the glossiness wears off after about an hour, but a persistent (and fairly waterproof) coral stain that stays put for 4+ hours, so this would work quite well on days when you don’t have time to reapply. On the lips, it feels lightweight and is non-drying.
I love the look of Comtesse de Ségur Rose (dusty rose pink), Amnésia Rose (taupish rose), Black Pearl Rose (deep crimson)- will need to have a play with these in person.
Swatches from left: Illamasqua Box (close to true red- for comparison), Lancome Bengale Rose, NARS Heat Wave, Illamasqua Soaked lipstick.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Feb 16th, 2015 in Lipstick, Reviews | 110200 comments. Lanc%C3%B4me+L%27Absolue+Rouge+Mythical+Roses%3A+Bengale+Rose+review2015-02-16+01%3A21%3A00myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11020
Christmas is coming around alarmingly quick, and I just wanted to quickly share some cute limited edition Christmas 2014 releases. Next year I promise to do a more comprehensive list, and to do it earlier!
Benefit limited edition Pretty Parfait Christmas set ($75AUD): includes their best selling ‘problem solvers’ – full size ‘They’re Real’ mascara, full size ‘Stay Don’t Stray’ in light/medium, full size ‘Gimme Brow’, and a 7.5mL mini POREfessional.
The products are packaged in an adorable tin, which can be reused on your vanity.
Available at Benefit counters worldwide and www.benefitcosmetics.com
Jurlique’s Limited Edition 2014 Hydra-Gloss in Blushing (left) and Neutral (right) are a cross between a gloss and a tinted lip balm. Both Hydra Glosses add a sheer milky colour to the lips- very sheer, so it’s a one-size-fits-all product. $22/10mL at selected Jurlique outlets.
Internationally renowned fashion illustrator Megan Hess has collaborated with Glasshouse to create a limited edition Christmas collection for 2014. There are various gift sets available with her custom illustrations, including the On The Go Duo (pictured above), which includes a miniature candle and hand cream in a Megan Hess illustrated toiletry bag.
Retails for $29.95 on www.glasshousefragrances.com
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I was given the opportunity to try two best sellers from french skincare line Nuxe.
I was particularly looking forward to trying their lip balm because I am constantly on a lookout for a lip balm that will keep my super dry lips happy (and compatible with my matte lipstick fetish). I’ve heard so many people rave about this product and it’s reached cult status amongst the beauty blogging community. They say that a pot of Nuxe Rêve de Miel sells every 28 seconds.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel ($19.95) is a beeswax based balm featuring honey, sweet almond oil, shea butter, and grapefruit extract. It also uses silicones in it’s formula, which gives it a matte velvety finish, and makes it a rather excellent lip primer. Because it is matte, it can be used past the lip line, which is great for people with dry skin or dermatitis around the lips. The consistency is unusual- it is very thick and a little waxy- but applies smooth once on the lips.
On my lips it’s better than the average lip balm, but not as good as my favourites for hydrating chapped lips (Jack Black and People for Plants balms). Given how well it works for the vast majority of lips, you probably have a good chance that it performs more impressively as a balm on you than it does on me. The stand out feature for me, however, is the way that Rêve de Miel doubles as a lip primer- if you apply a small amount on the lips and just past the lip line, it works very well in keeping your lipstick looking fresh and preventing your lip colour from bleeding. OCC Lip Tars are the worst when it comes to bleeding past the lip line, and I’ve always had to run the edge of a tissue along my lip line through the day when wearing these- until now!
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse ($39.95) is a multipurpose ‘dry’ oil for face, body, and hair. It is a lightweight oil that you mist onto your skin or hair, and leaves a subtle sheen and fragrance. I like using this as a skin ‘finishing spray’ before heading out to give my skin a bit of dewiness, and it since it’s so lightweight it works in summer too. I love how easy it is to apply, and how quickly it absorbs- I can mist harder to reach areas like in between my shoulder blades, and not have to work to rub it in. For me it isn’t rich enough to replace a regular body moisturiser after the shower, so it’s an extra step that I typically will only do if I’m going out.
The fragrance of Huile Prodigieuse is fairly prominent, and tends to stick around for awhile after applying so this might be an awesome perk if you like the scent. I would advise giving this a sniff before purchasing just in case you don’t.
Huile Prodigeuse is petrolatum free and does not use propylene glycol-
it does contain silicones though, so if you are sensitive to ‘cones on your face you might want to keep to using this on your body and hair. [EDIT: I've been advised that I've looked at the wrong ingredient list, and there are NO SILICONES in the Huile Prodigeuse. I've amended my list. Apologies!]
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Dec 1st, 2014 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews | 109440 comments. Nuxe+R%C3%AAve+de+Miel+lip+balm+and+Nuxe+Huile+Prodigieuse%3A+Review+2014-12-01+01%3A22%3A43myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10944
I was expecting something along the lines of the OCC Lip Tars when I first saw the press release on the limited edition Lip Paints, but it is quite a different product. Rather than a opaque liquid lipstick, the Lip Paints are a non- sticky gloss stain with a cushiony jellyish texture that reminds me a little of the Becca Ultimate Colour Glosses. Face Of Australia has done well with these Lip Paints, and I hope that they make this line permanent.
Except for Nude Nymph, all the shades will leave a stain, which prolongs the wear time of the product. The glossiness fades after an hour or so, but the stain lingers longer- the darkest shade, Very Berry, leaves a gorgeous deep wine coloured stain that lasts for around 4 hours. The product wears off evenly, and the stain left behind when the gloss fades is soft and diffuse.
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 30th, 2014 in Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches, Uncategorized | 109040 comments. Face+of+Australia+Lip+Paint%3A+Review+and+Swatches2014-10-30+09%3A49%3A26myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10904
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