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.myfunnyvalentine on Mar 4th, 2014 in Blush, Reviews, Swatches | 99700 comments. Edward+Bess+Compact+Rouge+for+Lips+and+Cheeks%3A+Island+Rose2014-03-04+06%3A01%3A21myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9970
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I first came across Illamasqua Magnetism lipstick when it was released with the Generation Q collection (great review on Anatomy of Beauty). At the time I wanted to pick it up, but was on a makeup no-buy so I held off purchasing this- until ASOS had a 25% off everything sale at the end of last year.
Magnetism is a cool toned deep mauvish berry (somewhere between raspberry and grape) with full opacity. It has a creamy, slippery texture with a glossy sheen- which is quite different from the super mattes that form the vast majority of the illamasqua lipstick collection. Staying power is great for a creamy lipstick (around 3.5hrs on my lips), but not quite as long as their matte formula lipsticks (around 5hrs) keeping in mind that lipsticks generally don’t last long on me.
myfunnyvalentine on Feb 27th, 2014 in Illamasqua, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 98000 comments. Illamasqua+Magnetism+Lipstick%3A+Review+and+Swatches2014-02-26+22%3A48%3A44myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9800
Since picking up these Daniel Sandler Velvet Waterproof Eyeliners online at ASOS.com (currently the only Australian distributers of Daniel Sandler as far as I’m aware), these have become my go-to eyeliners. When there was another 25% off sale, I picked up backups of the Brown Velvet and Black Velvet, because I hated the thought of running out and having to wait two weeks for a replacement to arrive. #beautybloggerproblems
The main things I love about these pencils are the great pigmentation; the fact that once they set on the eyes they are VERY fade resistant and water resistant; and the very practical wind up packaging (great for travel because you don’t need to bring a sharpener or a brush).
Black Velvet is a matte deep black- one of the blackest pencil liners I have seen and the intensity of the black hardly shifts through an entire day of wear. The only problem I should point out with Black Velvet is that it is very soft- so soft that on a hot day you will need to cool it down in the fridge for a few minutes to get a clean line (alternatively you could run an eyeliner brush around the edges to get a crisp line). Fade/water resistance is as good as the others, surprisingly.
Brown Velvet is a matte deep neutral brown- if you could put Bobbi Brown Gel liner in Espresso Ink in a wind up pencil, you would end up with this. The texture of this is perfection- applies silkily on the eye without tugging, yet has enough firmness so that you can easily get a clean, precise line when you want to. No refrigeration required!
Grey Velvet is a matte steel grey which leans blue. I purchased this purely because of the awesome grey eyeliner look that Pat McGrath created for Stella McCartney S/S 2014 – unfortunately the shade of Grey Velvet leans too cool and bluish for me to pull off [edit: I've changed my mind. I can pull it off after all, just not at the bottom lashline]. A pale, cool toned person would look fab with this. Formulation is the same as for Brown Velvet.
Full price for the Daniel Sandler Velvet Eyeliners – $18.35 AUD at ASOS and £9.25 from www.danielsandler.comPosted by myfunnyvalentine on Feb 23rd, 2014 in Reviews, Swatches | 94180 comments. Daniel+Sandler+Waterproof+Eyeliner%3A+Black+Velvet%2C+Brown+Velvet%2C+Grey+Velvet2014-02-23+05%3A48%3A35myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9418
I picked up the Diorshow Fusion Mono shortly after trying their Dior 5 Couleurs Bonne Etoile quint, which were both part of the Mystic Metallics collection released late last year. It was love at first swatch and even though I own a number of different eyeshadow in similar colour and finish (comparison swatches below), I am an incorrigible taupe addict and I’m generally not guided by logic when it comes to buying taupe eyeshadows.
Btw I just noticed that Dizzy has photobombed my Millenium product shot on that first photo! Cheeky cat.
Diorshow Fusion Mono in Millenium is a grey taupe with fine silver and golden shimmer. Depending on the lighting, it can take on a cooler khaki tone, or lean towards a warmer golden grey. It has medium pigmentation which is buildable. Compared with my Benefit Skinny Jeans – Millenium is a similar colour but is more shimmery than metallic, it is less green than the Shu Uemura Olive ME 471, and is warmer/less silvery compared with Lancome Erika F. It has a texture similar to the Chanel Illusion Ombre shadows- a springy gel/mousse texture which is quite easy to blend.
Lasting power and crease resistance is good, lasting most of the day before slight fading is noticable (I always use an eyeshadow primer, so generally nothing gets tested without my TFSI)
I’m very sad to report that I have lost my Dior Fusion Mono in Millenium somewhere in my travels around Australia in the last couple of months. I may repurchase this, but I do cringe at paying twice for the same product given the price tag.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Feb 19th, 2014 in Dizzy, Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 87560 comments. Dior+Fusion+Mono+Eyeshadow+in+Millenium%3A+Review+and+Swatches2014-02-19+05%3A13%3A08myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8756
Valentine’s day is coming up very soon! Just like every other major cosmetics brand, Burt’s Bees have been gearing up for Friday the 14th and have you covered with all natural, petrolatum-free lip products for the romantic season.
They kindly sent through the Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Smooch, Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Sweet Sunset, Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss in Ruby Moon to be featured.
Now, for the swatches…
Sweet Sunset: A medium pigmentation copper gloss with fine shimmer. Looks ok when swatched, but magnificent on the lips- almost a dark sepia neutral quality that I find very flattering. Lasting power is a fairly short 30-45mins before significant fading and frequent reapplication is required. Nevertheless, super pretty and versatile.
This is my favourite of the three, and a product that I’ve been using quite a bit since it landed in my hotel room “office” a week ago.
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Feb 1st, 2014 in Lip balm, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 98210 comments. Valentine%27s+Day+Lips+with+Burt%27s+Bees2014-02-01+10%3A06%3A47myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9821