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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The marketing execs at Lancome aren’t very… creative.

That’s all.

More discontinued awesomeness

Remember the gorgeous blushes I told you about the other day? Well, I tried out two glosses from the same line, Aura Science. The tubes are awkwardly shaped, but the gloss! Oh, the glosses! Decently pigmented and … what is this maddness??!

They’re non-sticky!!!


And the bastards cut not only these glosses, but the whole line. How could they do this to us?!

Anyhow. Swatches, lip swatches, and photos of the holy grail glosses follow.
Left: Glazed Pink, a pearlescent, shimmery peachy-pink.

Right: Baby Plum, a more pigmented warm red-plum.

(Same order as above – Baby Pink, then Glazed Plum.)

The flat applicator. I don’t mind it – to keep these clean for my kit, I blob ‘em onto the back of my clean hand first anyways.

Glazed Pink (my favourite of the two)

Baby Plum – isn’t it a gorgeous no-nonsense, classy-but-glossy lip?

And another shot of Glazed Pink! I’m hoping this’ll translate the pearl factor a little better.

Argh. It just kills me that I can’t tell you where to get these, or how much they are! They truly are amazing products. If for whatever reason you have a chance to buy anything by Aura Science… do so!

I might love GWP quads more than "real" shadows.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Why? Welll, it’s simple: I’ve never hit pan on anything, so free (or cheap, if you buy them online) small shadows let me have variety in colour and brand without breaking the bank. If I can get something in GWP form, I will – then, if I really love it and I use it all up, I can buy a full-sized one clear of concience!
Today we’re taking a quick peek at one of my favourite Lancome quads. There’s a lot less shadow per pan than some of the square quads, but as I said – that’s not a problem for me!
As I find with most Lancome colours, they’re gorgeous in the pan, but apply quite sheerly. Howerver, I tried them over UDPP this time, cleaning out my little swatch boxes with a q-tip, filling with UDPP, and then with shadow again! The photo below is sans-base. I can hardly see the first two!

And here’s what they look like with UDPP. Much bolder, and still gorgeous!
The individual colour breakdown?

  • Floralesque: a sheer salmon pink shimmer that would be gorgeous as a pinkish hilight for a ton of looks, but when layered over UDPP, the first thing that pops into mind is “bridal pink” and “Bobbi Brown”. Why? Floralesque is pink without being over-the-top, and it’s not too red, so you don’t look tired or swollen – just fresh! It’ll work wonderfully for a day-appropriate neutral-pink eye.
  • Positive: this matte yellowy-nude basically didn’t show up without UDPP, and was pretty boring with it, too. If it’s a good shade for you, it’s a nice enough all-over matte, and I suppose it would be nice if you have very unevenly pigmented lips, or prominent veins (like me!) However, there’s nothing special about this colour.
  • Lézard: brown with a touch of glitter, but I’m on the fence with this one. I think it’s very much a hit-miss shade, working well for some but not at all for others. The glitter’s a little too far and few between to be called “shimmer”, but not chunky.
  • Mochaccino: my favourite of the four, this has a touch of glitter and shows up as a fairly sheer medium-light brown. It’s not much of a special-occasion colour, but more of an everyday hard-to-screw-up shade!

All in all? Don’t go hunting for any of these on their own, but if you happen to have this quad, it’s a keeper! I know you’re probably all going wait, what?! and I realize that what I just said was fairly confusing, but let me explain: on their own, each shade is nothing magnificent. But a girl needs some easy-to-wear sophistication in her traincase! In my eyes this is very Lancome, from the sleek packaging to the pretty-but-fairly-plain colours.

I like to think of this as my maid-of-honour quad. You have to be there and look happy, fresh, and radiant, but you’re not allowed to steal the spotlight!

(Psst: this is what they look like when you’ve washed your hands twice with handsoap. You can really see where there was UDPP!!)

Great CS? We have that here!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tip: when shopping for makeup, shop from 8:00 to 9:00, or preferably even from 8:30 to 9:00. Sephora will be empty, and there’ll be a ton of cheery salespeople to give you a hand!! Note that the fragrance boy has at this point gone home.

I was helped by four (four!) different girls for different things, and came home with a sample of Light Blue that sprays (I can’t stand the vial, so though I love the scent I never wear it around to try it), decanted just for me by a hilarious salesgirl, a sample of Bliss’ Baggage Handler for my puffy lids (“I swear by this suff – I have it at home and use it almost every day!”), and a sample-bagfull of disposable mascara wands (I asked where I might be able to find them and the SA laughed and told me conspiratorily that she was going to grab me a bag for them, and would “happen to accidentally not notice” if I grabbed a bunch. So I grabbed a couple… and she threw in like ten more :P )

Rae is happy.

Why do all these damn companies have to say "vintage"? What’s wrong with "sale"?!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Anyhow, Too Faced’s “Vintage” section is temporarily opened. I won’t be indulging, but I encourage you to check it out! $4 concealer, $5 glosses, their $40 Lights! Camera! Glamour! set on sale for $15 and their Too Faced Loves Kipling down to $15 from $67…

How could you go wrong?

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