March 30, 2014

Beauty Blog Link Love

Jenny reviews the NARS Eye Paints in Mozambique and Iskandar on My Funny Valentine.

Love the Urban Decay Electric Palette but need vegan dupes? Check out Phyrra's UD Electric Palette Dupe List.

Over at theNotice, Rae has a warning about a fraudulent online shop that sells cosmetic supplies... but doesn't always ship them. If you live in Canada or the US, consider yourself warned!

Love cream blush? Then you should check out Musicalhouses' MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush swatches!

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella revisits some old favorites: Barry M. Dazzle Dusts. Go down the memory lane with her!

Spring is finally here and FabDiva20 has got some Spring related goodies from NARS Final Cut Collection! Check out her NARS Final Cut Collection Haul!

Are you short on time yet you still want a high-end, results-oriented, and spa-like treat for your skin? See why Pammy Blogs Beauty loves reaching for these Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads from Radical Skincare. From the effervescent feel to the amazing results, these are totally worth checking out!

Jenn from Spiced Beauty shares her L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacquer 1-2-3 manicure experience! What do you think?

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed takes MAC Studio Sculpt Mascara for a spin - check out her swatches and see if a comb really does make a better brush!

Beauty Reflections is in love with Lancome Lip Lover Rose Ballet #313! It's her favourite long-wearing gloss ever!

Whether you're feeling an understated nail or something outrageously sparkly, Makeup Morsels' latest lacquer discoveries have you covered for the weekend.

March 22, 2014

Clarins Rouge Eclat in Pink Coral

After having acquired the gorgeous Chanel Chamade Cream Blush, I realized it would look lovely with a coral lipstick. But I didn't have one that was quite the right shade.

Cue a visit to the department store, and this: Clarins Rouge Eclat in Pink Coral.
Oh. My. God.  Smooth texture, light pomegranate smell, beautiful pigmentation: I can't say enough good things about this lipstick.
And so I've been wearing it a lot with said Chanel blush.

The finish is satin and really comfortable. It applies easily and doesn't dry out the lips. It wears quite well for a few hours (or until you eat), and wears off nicely. I am now regretting I never investigated the Clarins lipstick lines earlier.

If you need a nice coral that is non-offensive for Spring, don't look any further.

Clarins Rouge Eclat lipsticks are 3g and cost €24, US$ 27.

March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Barry M. Dazzle Dusts

I've decided to revisit some products that have been sitting in my makeup collections for years, and that I haven't used in a really long time. So this Throwback Thursday thing should be coming back regularly.
I felt like starting with two products that I used to wear a lot, and that used to be so popular in the beauty community. If you can remember, circa 2008-2009, YouTuber Panacea81 aka Lauren Luke made the Barry M. Dazzle Dusts incredibly popular. The range was huge, back then, but has been quite reduced since.
At some point, I owned almost all the colors, including the most crazy ones. I got rid of a lot because I really didn't use them at all, but I kept some favorites, and that includes those two:

Barry M Dazzle Dusts in Mushroom and Old Gold. Do you remember the taupe gorgeousness that is Mushroom? It was raved about on all the blogs back then.

And I think they really do work well together! See for yourself:

You'll see that face again because I need to tell you about that lipstick.

Do you still own some Barry M Dazzle Dusts? Did you use to use them? Would you wear them again?

March 15, 2014

Beauty Blog Link Love

Check which blush Jenn from Spiced Beauty has on her must have beauty list.

Ever wonder which Canadian beauty products are worth battling our winters for? Rae lists off some of her all-time favourite Annabelle makeup products & Marcelle skincare must-haves this week at theNotice.

Lisa from Beauty Info Zone was intrigued when she found a product named Whoopie and now we're sure you will be too.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed discovers the lazy girl's way to applying lipstick with a selection of delicious scented and easy to use lip pencils - check out her swatches and start conserving your own calories!

FabDiva20 has been loving the 10 new shades of the NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss and they are so amazing! Check out her Cherry Culture haul!

For skin that glows model-bright this spring, you only need one product. Get the scoop over at Makeup Morsels!

It's a battle of the brushes, as Musicalhouses compares the Hakuhodo, Real Techniques, and Body Shop blush brushes!

Do you love intensely pigmented cosmetics? Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out Prestige's new line additions to their Total Intensity collection!

Beauty Reflections has been showing most of the Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid Collection this past week, including the Sephora Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick and Ravishing Dew Cream Blush! While your there check out the rest of her Radiant Orchid collection reviews too!


Phyrra's ecstatic for the new Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette! Check out the chaos-inducing colors, tutorial and giveaway!

March 3, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

Blushers. What could be nicer to start the week than new blushers? I'm telling you: nothing.
I never got interested in the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders because a/the brand is hard to get here and b/finishing powders and I, we don't agree, they don't do much for me. But blushers? I bit the bullet and ordered internationally from SpaceNK. (Fantastic service, by the way).

So what about these? They are Diffused Heat, Dim Infusion and Luminous Flush. Aren't they pretty?
Yes, the packaging is beautiful too, and I like the good mirror and the fact they don't give you a crap brush that takes up place but that you will never use. However your fingerprints will be all over the gold packaging in no time - luckily it's much easier to clean than a Nars comapct!
The idea behind these blushers is that they are marbled with the lighting powders, and they will give you color as well as a "lit from within" glow.

Now let's have a look at them once they are applied!

This one is Luminous Flush.

This blush wears its name well: a very nice flush with a luminous quality to it, I really like it - more on myself than in the pan, in fact.

This is Dim Infusion.

Dim Infusion is the palest/less pigmented of the bunch. But it means you can be heavy handed with application, or build up the color to what you like, from very subtle to really warmer. 

And finally, Diffused Heat.

Diffused Heat looks a bit dark in the pan, and is indeed more pigmented, but as you see it can be applied with a light hand and will look really nice on a pale skin.

All three colors have the same qualities: they are very fine in texture, blend effortlessly, look like they are part of your skin and last all day. There is a slight luminizing quality to them but nothing really obvious, not as if you were wearing highlighter on top anyway. 
As they're not too crazily pigmented and don't go on patchy, I would almost say that they're foolproof.
Interesting fact: they contain no talc, no parabens, no fragrance, no gluten and no nano-particles.

Now, at £28 / US$ 35 each, I don't know if I would necessarily recommend them over Illamasqua blushers, for example. The pigmentation is a bit weak, it's something I enjoy because I have more control this way on my pale skin, but not everyone will appreciate that.
On the other hand, if you want to invest in a high end blusher that you can use with no fuss, I would say this performs better than a lot of luxury brands I've tried and I would chose Hourglass blushers over a Chanel baked one or a Dior one. 
Bottom line: these are very nice, but not necessarily a must have.

Have you tried them? What do you think?

March 1, 2014

Beauty Blog Link Love

Phyrra shares the best tips on how to gracefully grow out a pixie cut.

It's never too late to post a makeup look you love -- even if an entire year has gone by. Over at theNotice, Rae is (still!) loving this Nars-inspired punk rock & sepia makeup look.

How do you make a lip wardrobe? Doll 10 Cosmetics think their lipstick/gloss mashup is irresistible.

After 5 years of blogging Hellcandy finally takes the leap into vlogging with her first YouTube video! Check out her simple winged eyeliner tutorial here & show some fellow blogging love!

Check what Fleurissante thinks about new Essie Resort Fling nail polish collection.

Have you heard of the oft-beloved Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse? Head over to Makeup Morsels for the scoop on this do-all French beauty secret.

Want to freshen up your makeup look for Spring? Pammy Blogs Beauty scopes out the new for Spring 2014 Enlightenment Eye & Cheek Palette from Laura Mercier. It's gorgeous!

What better excuse is there for a sugary-sweet nail look than Valentine's Day? Check out Angela's skittles mani featuring a heart pattern on Do Want Makeup.

Are you a loving a little Boho in your life? Lisa from Beauty Info Zone is loving the latest colors from butter LONDON's latest collections. From cosmetics to nails, they have you covered.

Beauty Reflections has found her perfect girly fragrance in Vera Wang Be Jeweled Rouge! Do you have a "girly" fragrance too?