I purchased the Rouge Allure Gloss in Distinction (rrp $52 AUD) as I was going through Duty Free last year. I’m a sucker for a glossy berry lip, and even though I have a number of nearly identical berry toned lip products– there’s always room in my heart for one more.
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in Distinction is a pigmented cool berry shade with a juicy gloss finish on initial application. It is almost opaque in 2 layers and the pigmentation intensifies with each reapplication through the day.
I feel like it is at it’s most gorgeous when first applied and then loses it’s glossiness quite quickly- becoming more of a cross between lipstick texture and stain on the lips. The product still looks reasonably nice once the shine wears off but what initially drew me to Distinction was the dimensional glossy colour- so it’s a little unfortunate that this aspect of the product is so fleeting. Wear time overall is about 3 hours.
Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Distinction is neither drying nor moisturising. As with many dark colours, (exceptions to this include YSL Glossy Stain in Brun Glace, and at the other end of the price point spectrum- Face Of Australia Lip Paint in Very Berry) it can sometimes settle into lip lines if your lips are dry- so prep lips beforehand if you want this to sit nicely.
Overall- it is a stunning colour on initially application but becomes a bit blah after about 15 mins. For the luxe price point I would hesitate to repurchase
Comparison swatches (from left): Chanel Distinction, YSL Glossy Stain in Violet Edition, MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Good To Be Bad
myfunnyvalentine on May 19th, 2015 in Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 111390 comments. Chanel+Rouge+Allure+Gloss+in+Distinction%3A+Review%2C+Swatches2015-05-19+08%3A35%3A20myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11139
NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils ($34 AU) are one of my favourite matte formulas, and I’m completely besotted with the shade Dolce Vita. I already own Dolce Vita in the regular lipstick, and also the lipgloss form- but I think that the Velvet Matte lip pencil is by far the most interesting version of the three.
Both Dolce Vita and Red Square are completely matte- a smooth matte formula that glides on the lips quite easily and doesn’t feel heavy or drying on the lips at all. Not bad for a matte! Lasting power is excellent for Red Square (4-5hrs before noticable fading), and average for Dolce Vita (about 2 hrs).
Red Square is a warm orange toned red with almost full pigmentation in one swipe. It swatches warmer on my skin than it looks on my lips. Dolce Vita is a neutral to warm guava rose colour with medium and buildable pigmentation- it is such a flattering shade.
My only gripe with these products is the fact that you need to sharpen them. I hate having to sharpen pencils because they are inconvenient, (particularly if I’m travelling), and you lose product each time you sharpen. At $34 a pop, I don’t understand why NARS didn’t make these a twist-up type pencil, like Clinique did with their Chubby Sticks.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on May 5th, 2015 in FOTD, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 1103817commentsNARS+Velvet+Matte+Lip+Pencil+in+Dolce+Vita+and+Red+Square%3A+Review%2C+Swatches%2C+FOTD2015-05-05+10%3A04%3A51myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11038
Mother’s Day is coming up soon! Have you thought about what you might be doing or giving to your Mums on the 10th of May? I’ll be unfortunately interstate on that date but am thinking of taking Mum out to lunch when I’m back from South America. Some hand creams will also go down a treat.
Here are some new skin, hair, fragrance things that might be useful gifting ideas for 2015 Mother’s day.
(for dry, sensitive, skinned Mums this winter)
Trilogy Gentle Calming Serum (rrp $42.95) is a light hydrating formula that I find works well as an extra layer of moisture underneath my night cream, as well as a light day time moisturiser for the eye area. It is aloe vera based and includes extracts of plants used by Navajo Indians and Chinese medicine practitioners for their anti-inflammatory properties (I haven’t heard of these so I can’t comment on their properties).
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturiser (rrp $30)– combines rich shea butter, coconut oil, mango seed butter, squalene, and other botanicals to help keep dry skin hydrated. It’s a fairly rich formula, with a balm consistency – feels quite similar to Trilogy’s Ultra Hydrating Face Cream – and like the Trilogy product, it absorbs quite well without leaving an oily finish.
Weleda Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream (RRP: $36.95) Another range that targets mature, dry skin. The Night Cream By the way, there is a Mother’s Day promotion on the Wild Rose range- 20% off the range from the 11th April to the 10th May.
Sukin Hand and Nail Cream ($9.95) : I’ve been loving this hand cream for it’s hydrating and fast absorbing qualities- as well as it’s low irritant ingredients. I’ve purchased about 3 bottles of this already. Sukin is so good at making decent skincare affordable and accessible. I think it would be a nice budget friendly option that would go well in Mum’s handbag.
Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set ($45): released for Mother’s Day this year, the Beautiful Hands gift set contains 3 hand creams, each formulated with white truffle. There’s Orange and Bergamot, Gingerlily, Rhubarb and Rose. I was given the chance to try two of the three (pictured above), and they both feel hydrating and easily absorbed.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Apr 23rd, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Reviews, Skincare | 111660 comments. Mother%27s+Day+Gift+Ideas+2015+2015-04-22+21%3A13%3A20myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11166
I purchased NARS Anita Audacious lipstick from Mecca Cosmetics on a whim. It was the first time I had seen the Audacious line in person, and I was so impressed with the formula it took all my self control not to pick up another few. I chose Anita because I have very few matte neutral pinks- NARS Pure Matte lipstick in the shade Bangkok is pretty, but awfully dry on the lips.
Anita Audacious Lipstick is described as an ‘antique pink’. On me it’s an opaque neutral to cool pale-ish pink with some pastel undertones- on cooler skin tones it seems to pull a little warmer- Anita looked spectacular on one of the Mecca sales girls, who has pale porcelain skin.
I find cool to neutral pinks difficult to pull off because they tend to bring out yellow tones in my skin and make my complexion a little bit sallow- Anita is just on the verge of being too cool on my skin when worn opaque, but looks nice when worn sheer.
Anita has a satin to matte finish, excellent colour payoff, and impressive wear time for a light shade (3hrs). It’s neither moisturising nor drying on my lips (but like any pale-sh colours, it looks best when lips prepped)
myfunnyvalentine on Apr 17th, 2015 in Lipstick, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 110420 comments. NARS+Anita+Audacious+lipstick%3A+review+2015-04-17+08%3A22%3A54myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11042
Jane Iredale has recently launched their ‘Country Weekend’ collection, which includes their Getaway eyeshadow palette, their Forever Peach Lip and Cheek Stain, and their Espresso eyeliner. Ry.com.au stocks this collection and gave me the opportunity to trial these products.
The Getaway palette (rrp 99 AUD, $84.16 at Ry.com.au) is quite a versatile one that you can throw in your bag knowing that you can use it for light, simple day time looks to dramatic night time smoky eyes. I love how there is a great neutral satin/matte colour (a lot of my palettes miss that critical matte base or crease colour, which means that I need to bring an extra product if I’m travelling.) The eyeshadows in this palette are all decent quality, buttery and easy to blend- and my favourite part is that they LAST FOREVER on my oily lids without fading and creasing!
The Getaway palette consists of 5 shades:
A shimmery white highlight shade: semi sheer and finely milled so it looks great as a highlight shade for the eye area (e.g. inner corner, tear duct, etc) as well as a highlight shade for the face (bridge of nose, cupid’s bow, etc)
A shimmery pale pink shade:very sheer and loses it’s pink-ness when blended on top of other shadows- I don’t tend to use this shade much.
Light brown taupe shade: semi sheer (but buildable) satin. Super silky and blends like a dream. Particularly good as a base shade because it actually increases the wear time and reduces creasing in my other (pretty but poorly performing) eyeshadows
Metallic Copper: moderate to full pigmentation, buttery texture and easy to blend.
Matte charcoal black with gold specks throughout: Very pigmented, you only need the smallest amount on the brush- because it’s quite a soft eyeshadow, you will pick up plenty of product with a light dab on the pan with a brush. Surprisingly easy to blend for a dark matte.
Swatches of the Getaway palette
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Apr 8th, 2015 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 110780 comments. Jane+Iredale+Getaway+Palette%2C+Peach+Forever+Lip+and+Cheek+Tint%2C+Espresso+Jelly+Jar%3A+Review2015-04-08+03%3A45%3A28myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11078
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