April 26, 2014

Beauty Blog Link Love

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella compares the new Dior Glow Maximizer with her trusty laura Mercier Radiance Primer. Find out why they are very different!

What brush range does Rae think is the best buy for your buck (and sometimes just the best, buck aside)? Find out on theNotice!

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed likes the look of coral lips and pink tips as a warm weather look - check out her swatches and see if you agree!

Did your favorite MAC lipstick get picked for the MAC By Request Collection? If so, FabDiva20 has got the gorgeous lipstick shades to show you! Check out her MAC By Request haul.

Phyrra brings you the best vegan foundations!

Did you know that April is Rosacea Awareness Month? MM has the scoop on Avène's redness relief line at Makeup Morsels.

Jenn from Spiced Beauty falls in love with Radiant Orchard, the new Sephora+ Pantone Universe Collection.

Pammy Blogs Beauty shares some of her recent loves from the fabulous Kate Somerville skincare line!

Beauty Reflections says you can get a custom self tan with Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster!

April 23, 2014

Foundation Review #39: Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet

You know me and new foundations, especially if they're from Chanel. Even more so if they are marketed as lightweight or second-skin like. No need to say I ran to get this new one as soon as it was out!

What the brand says.
PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET is a lightweight second-skin foundation. It naturally smoothes and evens out the complexion for a velvety matte makeup result.
The lightweight texture of PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET makes it perfect for normal and combination to oily skin. This ultra-soft emulsion instantly becomes one with the skin, transforming into a natural powdery matte finish that disappears onto the skin.
• The Perfect Skin Affinity complex acts in perfect affinity with the skin to maintain hold and radiance all day long.
• The "smooth-effect" powders selected by the CHANEL Laboratories diminish surface irregularities and instantly smooth pores.
• The patented* Perfect Light Control complex (combination of two semi-sheer hemispherical powders) perfectly evens out dark spots and lightens redness, without a hint of thickness.
My experience with the product.

Packaging wise, this is the same 30ml plastic bottle that Vitalumiere Aqua comes in, which is a packaging I like a lot.

When it comes to shades, this is where things got complicated for me. I am normally a B10 in Chanel, but go figure why, B10 is not available in my country. So I was left to chose between BR12, which has a hint of pink, and B20. B20 is extremely dark and orange, a good NC25 in my opinion, so that was an absolute no-no, and I was left with BR12 which didn't look really pink straight out of to bottle. Nor on my neck, as a matter of fact.

This foundation is indeed extremely lightweight. The formula is very liquidy, and spreads very easily. It feels like nothing on the skin and feels really velvety when you touch your face.
However, this isn't love at all for me.

Even though Winter is gone and I'm getting more combination, I found this quite drying, particularly on my cheeks that can suffer from dehydration. From close, every little dry patch was enhanced, even though I had heavily moisturized prior to application, as I was foreseeing this kind of issue.
The finish has been reported a lot to be "not fully matte" or "not flat" and it's true that I have seen matter/chalkier foundations. But this does not qualify as satin in my book and it does drain all luminosity out of my skin, which I can't help but think looks ageing.
Even though the color looks like a good match on my face, it's not working great on my face. It's nothing obvious, but I know I have seen myself in products that made me look better than this, and looked more natural.

Also, one thing upset me a lot: the smell. I know all Chanel foundations are smelly, but while I can get along with the smell of Vitalumiere Aqua, Perfection Lumiere Velvet smells very fruity and sweet (very much like the orginal Perfection Lumiere, in fact) and that really bothers me.

My overal conclusion.
If you are oily, this is probably an excellent equivalent for Vitalumiere Aqua. Without surprise, this contains alcohol, so if you are sensitive, be cautious.
If you are the tiniest bit dry or dehydrated, I would avoid this foundation and go for Vitalumière Aqua instead (again, if alcohol does not aggravate your skin). Same thing if you want the slightest bit of luminosity in your foundation.

Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet, 30 ml, US$45, €41.

Picture borrowed from Bellachique.be

April 21, 2014

Dior Glow Maximizer versus Laura Mercier Radiance Primer.

This review/comparison is going to be short and sweet, because really, in my opinion, those two products don't compare in terms of results.

The Laura Mercier Radiance Primer.
  • Comes in a tube
  • You apply this under makeup
  • It gives a very radiant finish to the skin, a bit too much to be worn on its own, but looks perfect once your base is on top - never oily, just fresh and luminous.
  • It makes my makeup wear like IRON. That's what I wear for weddings, special events, long days... you name it. It never disappoints me.
  • 30 ml tube - US$ 33 - € 41
Laura Mercier Radiance - ingredients.Water, Hydrogenated Didecene, Glycerin, Pvp, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Mica (Ci 77019), Cetyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol Isostearate, Glyceryl Isostearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Boron Nitride, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Oleth-25, Ceteth-25, Tocopherol Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Retinyl Palmitate, Tin Oxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine, Tropolone, Butylene Glycol, Plankton Extract. May Contain (+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide).

The Dior Glow Maximizer - Light Boosting Primer
  • Comes in a nice tube with a pump, very hygienic
  • You apply this under makeup, mixed with base or on top of it
  • Although I do see on my fingers that this is giving a golden sheen to the skin, I cannot see the effect on my face to save my life. I have tried it under makeup, on top of makeup, mixed with base, under AND on top of base... It just doesn't look like it's on my skin at all.
  • It improves longevity a little bit, but nothing drastic
  • 30ml tube - US$ 42 - € 38.

Dior Glow Maximizer - ingredients.
Water, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Propanediol, Ci 77891(Titanium Dioxide), Polymethyl Methacrylate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Odium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-21, Squalane, Butylenes Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Steareth-2, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Aplinia Galanga Leaf Extract, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Xanthan Gum, CI 75740 (Carmine), Linalool, Limonene, Bytylphenyl Methylpropional, Silica, Citronellol.

If you are normal to oily and want to put a toe in the world of liquid highlighters, then perhaps this Dior product is for you.
In any other case, don't think twice and get the Laura Mercier. I very much regret getting the Dior one.

April 7, 2014

March Favorites

I know, I know, I'm a week late! And I was definitely missing in action lately. That's because of three (four?) very intense weeks on the work front, that didn't leave me a minute for blogging (I didn't even have enough time to sleep).
That also played a role in last month's makeup, of course. Which had to be done in 12 mins exactly every morning, while still looking, fresh, pretty, professional, polished, you name it...

So for most of this month, I wore this face:

Oh, right! A lot of hair was chopped off in March. That allows me to do quick lose curls with my good old Cloud 9 straighteners. Because when you have long hair, there is nothing quick and easy to do anymore, outside of a poney tail. And when I'm running late, I can still wear it straight, or tie it up, it's a no brainer. So this new hair cut is my first favorite.

On the makeup front, I have been loving:

- Light bases: with Spring, and particularly high temperatures, I wanted to update my base. Out with the Winter foundation, in with the tinted moisturizers, CC creams, and very light foundations. So I have been wearing Nars Radian Tinted Moisturizer, Bourjois CC cream and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua a lot.

- A pop of coral: the combination of my Chanel Intonation cream blush and the Pink Coral Clarins lipstick as seen here is just so easy and fresh.

- The prettiest taupe eyeshadow in the world: that's Inglot Pearl 402. A wash of that and you're done, you can add a darker brown if you want. If you don't have it, Burberry Pale Barley or Mac Patina are in the same color range.

And then on my nails, I've been enjoying the bright colors as well! This is just one coat (one coat, people!) of belgian brand BE nailpolish in the shade 07 Dare. Isn't that pretty?

That's pretty much it for March. How was your month?