Marcelle Rouge Xpression: Couture

Monday, April 25, 2011

I’ve been trying my best not to overwhelm the blog completely with Marcelle Rouge Xpression lipsticks, but I thought I’d share another lip swatch! This one is Couture, a gorgeous sort of russet red. Marcelle lists it as a pearl finish, but don’t let that disuade you from trying it on – it has a really pretty, subtle pearl to its finish, but nothing chunky or 90′s!

The mini-review:

Rouge Xpression lipsticks are, in short, absolutely gorgeous. They wear well, don’t strip my lips of moisture, and come in an impressive range of shades. Paraben-, silicone-, and scent-free, they’re fast becoming one of my go-to formulas for opaque, non-irritating colour!

More Rouge Xpression:

  • Skin swatches and product photos of Couture {here} and {here}
  • Full review {here}

You “hair” about it, but you never think it’ll happen to you

Sunday, April 24, 2011

So I got my hair cut yesterday, and I went in expecting… well. Not this.

My stylist and I agreed to cut it about four inches, just below my collar bone, so I really wasn’t expecting to walk out seven inches later with a chin-length shag. Wasn’t expecting to; had to anyways.

Is it the end of the world? Of course not. Do I completely hate how it looks? Only on principle. The cut itself is fine, I suppose (the back looks horrendous, but the front is alright). For me, the problem isn’t the cut itself. The problem is that I went in looking for one thing, and we agreed upon it, and then I walked out with something entirely different.

I’m not going to march in there, guns blazing, because I really don’t see the point – not even the most amazing stylist could make my hair magically regrow (especially when it’s falling out at this rate)! I’m cutting my losses and will simply find a new salon in the future, and I guess I’ll spend the meantime waiting patiently (okay, impatiently) for it to grow out.

Anyhow, here’s today’s question:

What’s your worst hair story?

Hit me up in the comments! Misery loves company, after all, right?

To be totally honest, this isn’t the worst thing that’s ever happened to my hair; it’s just the complaint of the day :P But I hope you find the cut at least tolerable, because it’s going to be infiltrating our FOTDs over the next few months!

YOU Fridays: what do you think of huge bronzers?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a bit of an interesting trend arising – that is, huge bronzers. I’m not talking about slightly-larger-than-normal bronzers, or even very-large-bronzers, but rather: bronzers on steroids. The ones that are as big as your face, or possibly bigger.

(Okay, so I’m exaggerating a bit. But only a bit!)

There’s this gorgeous, gorgeous Clarins Mosaïque Summer Bronzing Compact sitting on my desk, and I’m almost afraid to swatch it. Because I’m not a bronzer girl, I know there’s no way I’d finish it – even if I wore it every day for the next three years. Now, normal bronzer pans are larger than blush pans, which does make sense (you wear more bronzer per application than blush, and it’s a popular body product, too), but… this one’s big, ladies.

Really, really big.

(And gorgeous!)

Just a note, though – going big would be absolute perfection if you were into body bronzing! This one is $20/10g, while MAC is $27.50/10g, Too Faced is $41/10g, and NARS is $47.86/10g…

 

How do you feel about huge bronzers?

*Press sample. Comes out in department stores this May – just a few days from now! Oh, and it has an SPF of 10 :)

Givenchy Le Prismissime palette: gorgeous or garish?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I’m torn between “god this is hideous” and “IT MUST BE MINE.” The new Le Prismissime 9-Colors Eyeshadow palette definitely lacks the sophisticated je-ne-sais-quoi of the Le Prisme Eyeshadow Quartets, but I don’t know. I think I’d have to see it in person before deciding if it was crazy and wonderful or just… crazy.

Could go either way.

Thoughts?

theBalm Shady Lady review: Jealous Jordana

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The product: theBalm Shady Lady eye shadow/liner in Jealous Jordana

Jealous Jordana is a really gorgeous blackened green – think dark teal/forest shimmer on a dark grey base. There’s something about the shade that I just can’t put my finger on, and I think it’s because the base is cooler in tone than the shimmer; depending on the lighting, this can look very teal-on-grey or very emerald-on-black.

Whether used wet or dry, I find this shade is deliciously pigmented and blends easily. I’d say it’s a frost finish, but not a “true” frost per se; there’s just a bit of fine-milled shimmer mixed in there, too.

Jealous Jordana swatched dry / dry over primer / wet

Jealous Jordana swatched dry / dry over primer

The verdict?

This is my only eyeshadow by theBalm, but I was really impressed with it! The pans are huge (0.12 oz, though I believe they’re 0.1 even, now), which makes the $16 (US) price tag quite reasonable, and the quality is lovely. The only thing I’d change about them is the packaging; I’m a klutz, so I’d definitely prefer a sturdier (read: plastic or metal) package.

Catch it in action:

More images, ramblings, and ingredients after the cut…

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