Sunset/Riviera- Sunset is a apricot toned brown shade with medium pigmentation. It works well as a bronzer and for contouring. Riviera is a pale peach colour with sheer pigmentation.
Harmony/Wallflower- Harmony is a pale matte pink which leans cool. It has sheer pigmentation. Wallflower is a medium coral pink with high pigmentation.
Sunset and Wallflower both have great longevity and pigmentation- I have been wearing these together (Sunset to contour and Wallflower on the apples of my cheeks) for long days at work and they’ve both lasted really well to the end of the day. This combo is worn on the full face image above.
Mineralogie Purple Velvet lipstick (RRP $38.00)is not for the faint of heart. It is a full on dark grape purple with a metallic finish- wear it with confidence or don’t wear it at all. Personally, I don’t think I could pull off this lippy- perhaps to a 90s dress up party, but not for everyday.
Pigmentation is medium but buildable- although it does tend to apply a little patchy, particularly if you’re lips are a bit dry- this is one of those lipsticks that you need to prep your lips for.
Purple Velvet is a limited edition release.
For a review of the rest of the Minerologie Spring 2014 Collection, see my previous post.
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Mineralogie Mineral Makeup launched their Spring collection for 2014 in August, and I’ve been test driving these products since then.
The collection features two blush duos (Sunset & Riviera, and Harmony & Wallflower), Hustle pressed eyeshadow (a shimmery bronze), Orchid eyeshadow (velvet finish pale lavender), and an unusual lipstick colour for a Spring release- Purple Velvet. There’s a bit of unexpected Vivienne Westwood in this collection I think!
This is the first time I have tried the brand, and I’m pretty happy with the quality so far.
Hustle is a rich bronze with subtle shimmer. It has a soft, finely milled texture and excellent colour payoff. I have worn this as a single eyeshadow blended on the upper lid, as well as part of a night time bronzey smoky eye- it works well both ways and I feel it is quite a versatile product.
It reminds me of the bronzey side of NARS Surabaya Duo, but Hustle is lighter and warmer.
Orchid is one of those eyeshadows that looks very different on an arm swatch compared with what it looks like blended on the eyelids. On the arm, it looks like a super bright lilac pastel. On the eyes it is a more subdued grey lilac- sheer but buildable pigmentation. This makes it a lot more within my comfort zone!
A good shade for Radiant Orchid 2014 Pantone Colour of the Year.
Both Hustle and Orchid stay vivid the entire day on top of my usual Too Faced Shadow Insurance. There is some creasing with Hustle at the 4-5hr mark but otherwise I’m impressed with the longevity and performance of both shadows on my oily lids.
Stay tuned for my review of the Mineralogie Blush Duos and their Purple Velvet lipstick from this collection! Due to be posted 2 days from now.
note: products were provided for consideration by PR.
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Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Sep 23rd, 2014 in Blush, Eye shadow, FOTD, Reviews, Swatches | 107860 comments. Mineralogie+Spring+Collection%3A+Hustle+and+Orchid+Eyeshadow+Review2014-09-23+05%3A30%3A37myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10786
Sisley Long Lasting Lipstick in Plum (left), Sisley Phyto Lip Shine in Sheer Plum (right)
Spring is upon us in Australia, but as far as I’m concerned- vampy berry lips are not just a winter staple. Here are two plummy shades by Sisley- one from their Long Lasting Lipstick line, and another glossier product from their Phyto Lip Shine range. After test driving these two in person- I’d say that the Sheer Plum Phyto Lip Shine is the clear winner for me. It has a more modern, hydrating finish, and a slightly warmer tone that suits my olive skin better- I’m wearing it today at work, and I feel that it looks great as a 9-5 power lip with crisp white shirt.
Available: selected David Jones nationally
Sisley Phyto Lip Shine ($50) in Sheer Plum is a mauve-berry with a subtle glossiness and just detectable amount of silver shimmer (not so much a frost finish, but enough shimmer to keep the colour from looking flat). Pigmentation is medium.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Sep 16th, 2014 in Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 108030 comments. Sisley+Sheer+Plum+Phyto+Lip+Shine+and+Sisley+Plum+Long+Lasting+Lipstick%3A+Review+2014-09-16+06%3A15%3A49myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10803
Kérastase launched their Discipline Smoothing In-Salon Treatment as well as their at home Discipline line in August this year. It was designed as a new keratin strengthening treatment to replace/reduce the need for salon chemical straightening and to keep your hair frizz free for longer between blow drying.
The treatment combines Morpho-Keratine and wheat proteins that strengthens the hair fibres from the inside out, and also a moisturising ‘top coat’ of polymers to keep frizz at bay. The at-home products are supposed to provide the anti-humidity and anti-frizz effects for 72 hours.
I adore Kérastase hair treatments (Nutri-Thermique masque is still my favourite of all time), so I was looking forward to trying out the Discipline Collection on my dry, colour-damaged hair.
Kérastase Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste ($48 rrp/250mL) is a lightweight every day conditioning product for unruly hair, Kérastase says that it is best for fine, sensitised hair. My hair is probably on the thicker side, so I think I would need something with a bit more horse power to detangle on bad hair days- on good hair days it works fine and generally leaves my hair in quite good condition after drying.
The Kérastase Discipline Maskertine ($60/200mL) is truly gorgeous, as I suspected it would be. It leaves my hair feeling amazingly supple, reduces blow drying time, and imparts a nice sheen to my hair. It is a pleasure to use in the shower- it has an ‘expensive’, indulgent fragrance that I always notice with Kérastase products, and it detangles like nobody’s business (less breakage in shower= win).
There are two shampoo products in the Kérastase Discipline collection- the Kérastase Discipline Fluidealiste ($48/250mL) and the Kérastase Discipline Fluidealiste Sulphate Free ($42/250mL). I was sent the sulphate formulation- which is a shame because my sensitive scalp doesn’t do well with them so I wasn’t able to give this a good run. From my short experience of 2-3 washes it feels like it washes well without being overly harsh. Smells lovely too.
Prima ballerina Diana Vishneva was chosen as the face of the new collection- she represents beautiful, grace, and discipline.
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Royal Jelly is made by worker bees to nourish queen bees. It is rich in nutrients and has been used for centuries for skin care as well as various ailments- check out Sarah’s post on The Science Of Beauty for an excellent background review of royal jelly in skin care.
Burt’s Bees Radiance line is focussed on harnessing the anti-aging and skin nourishing benefits of royal jelly. The Radiance line got a bit of a packaging makeover recently so I was contacted about trying the line out for myself.
Radiance Night Cream
Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream is a medium weight moisturiser well suited for dry skin all year round or oilier skin types in winter. It features royal jelly as it’s star ingredient and various plant oils (primarily sweet almond oil) and botanical extracts (horsetail extract, rosemary leaf. Ingredient wise- it’s a lovely formulation, with no petrochemical fillers, glycols, parabens, and other nasties, but it does have an artificial fragrance. The scent is quite strong and irks my nose a little (although I’ve gotten use to it after several weeks of use), so if you’re sensitive to fragrance check this out in person first.
I do find that it needs a bit of massaging to get this to fully absorb into the skin. A toner helps this product sink in considerably easier- which is where the Radiance Toner with Royal Jelly comes in!
Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, stearic acid, glycerin, tapioca starch, cholesterol, lecithin, parfum (fragrance), royal jelly, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon bioflavonoids) peel extract, equisetum hyemale (horsetail) extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, pinus strobus (pine tree) cone extract, beta-carotene, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), xanthan gum, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol, butylphenyl methylpropional, citronellol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, isoeugenol, limonene, linalool
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Sep 9th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 107541 commentBurt%27s+Bees+Radiance+Night+Cream+with+Royal+Jelly%2C+Eye+Cream%2C+and+Radiance+Toner2014-09-08+23%3A21%3A41myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10754
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Minerologie Spring: New Blush Duos and Purple Velvet Lipstick
Mineralogie Spring Collection: Hustle and Orchid Eyeshadow Review
Sisley Sheer Plum Phyto Lip Shine and Sisley Plum Long Lasting Lipstick: Review
Kérastase Discipline Collection: shampoo, conditioner, treatment mask
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