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Saturday, February 28, 2009

With about a week left, I figured it was time to tempt you into telling me things by describing the giveaway a bit.

So – I’m telling you three items in the package. There will be others, of course, but I do want it to be a bit of a surprise!

  • A Philosophy lip gloss, which was used once with a q-tip and sanitized
  • A Bobbi Brown lip pencil, sharpened and sanitized (I found two in my new kit!)
  • And finally, a Smashbox Cream Liner, brand new, and swiped one tiny bit to make sure it’s still creamy (it is. And the shade is gorgeous, as I found out, lol!)

Get entering, ladies!

Fresque: French for fresco, the art of painting on fresh, moist plaster with pigments dissolved in water.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Alternate definition, which I think fits a little better: A cool, refreshing state in the air; duskiness; coolness; shade. Thanks to Dictionary.com and Webster’s.

Product: Lancome Blush Subtil in Rose Fresque

(The above photo is NOT very colour-accurate. Well… the tones are almost spot-on, but it’s too light. The swatch is closer.)

I love the way this blush looks on my cool, fair skin, but it doesn’t come without hefty negatives. For all of its gorgeous glory, this blusher smells incredibly makeup-y, with the cringe-worthy price tag of $29.50USD. It goes on more sheerly than expected, and probably would not work well on darker skin tones – essentially, anyone with very warm undertones who doesn’t look like a ghost 98% of the time!

But yet, I still love it. Why, you ask? This gives me the perfect it’s-cold-outside glow, which has been hard to find! It’s a white-pink, if you understand what I’m trying to say, so it looks like my fair cheeks are flushed because of open capillary beds under my colour-deprived epidermis. Reds always look orange on me, and apricots can veer to browns in the blink of an eye. My Asian readers, you know what I’m talking about! It can be quite hard to find an “it’s cold outside” blusher when almost everything looks ‘off’ due to our very yellow undertones.In addition, this pan is fairly large (there is no size listed, but it’s fair-sized.) Though Lancome’s packaging gets dirty with fingerprints quickly, it’s sleek and sophisticated enough to make up for it. This layerable blush stays on all day long, and when I really do flush, because of its perfect shade, it doesn’t compete with my natural colour! And despite the fact that I can’t see this working on medium to dark skintones, I also can’t see it being ruddy on anyone, due to its smooth application and the blissful absence of brown tones. That said, though, I do like this a lot more in the winter than in the summer, when I’m a half-shade darker. (I’m sunscreen-obsessed, so I don’t really… tan. Ever.)

Pale-skinned beauties, this one’s for you! If you need a natural flush-from-within, this is perfect – the colour is breathtaking and matte, without an once of chalkiness.

Forever never happens

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What: Make Up For Ever‘s Aqua Eyes liner, in 0L (also known as “mat black”) $17US, $19.50CAD

Texture: nice and creamy, very similar to my (also waterproof) GOSH liner. This one glides on like a dream, with no tugging whatsoever, so points for that!

Colour: Not as black as it could be, but also not a grey-black. I wouldn’t do a dramatic look with this, but if I had to I’m sure I could get a more vibrant line by layering. I think.

Staying power: of course, this is the one you want to hear about! It looked great on my waterline, and went on incredibly evenly – and then promptly disappeared. I’m not quite sure where it went, because it didn’t leave dark shadows, but it was gone! As for on normal skin? I lined my lower and upper lash lines with it this morning, and at noon, it was still going strong! However, by the time I looked in the mirror around four in the afternoon, I had giant raccoon eyes! Okay, maybe not giant, but there was a good half-centimetre of sooty grey (and not in a good way) black around my eyes, which I find I get sometimes from lining my upper lash line. I was disappointed – this stuff was supposed to stay on well!

The verdict? Pass.

Why? This is pretty much identical to the GOSH* pencil, which is regularly $6-ish cheaper, and $8 when the GOSH is on sale (which is pretty often!) They both have a great, creamy texture, and boast gigantic colour ranges, and (dare I say it?) I think the cheaper GOSH has slightly better staying power! (It’s never given me crazy colour bleeding.) I have yet to try the Urban Decay 24/7 eye pencil that it’s compared with, which is $16 for the same amount of product. Hmm – I could have sworn they used to be the same price…

*GOSH still isn’t available in the US as far as I know, though. Ha! Take that! Us Canadains have something you don’t! -beams- Still, though, I’d pass on the MUFE pencil. It’s just not worth the price.

What are you removing?

Monday, February 23, 2009

What it is: The Body Shop’s Camomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover, a liquid non-waterproof makeup remover. $14.50 for 250ml – what can I say, I had a gift card!

Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Coco-Glucoside, Carbomer, Algae Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben.The good: Well, I support the Body Shop. I love how they support community trade (fair trade for a number of their ingredients) and how their US/Canadian prices are the same on the majority of their products. I love that this product, in particular, doesn’t have a putrid smell, and I love how it doesn’t cloud my eyes if I do get some in there, the way some oil-based removers will. It does sting, but then again, even water stings my eyes. It’s pretty good at removing non-waterproof makeup, but doesn’t do much for the waterproof ones.

The bad: Because this is alcohol-based and I have dry, sensitive skin, if I don’t rinse promptly after using, it does sting my skin. It’s a little on the pricey side for what it does do, and I think that other removers would be more cost-effective. I also don’t like how many parabens are in this product – it doesn’t matter much to me personally, but it means I could never use this on someone like my sister.

The verdict: I’d pass on this. I usually just end up using it to remover swatches (which it IS good at!) However, if you don’t wear waterproof makeup, and you have oily skin, this might not be so bad! I have a cousin who loves this stuff, as she fits the aformentioned two categories. I believe she’s actually on her second bottle, now!

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

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