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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lancome Lip Lover Dewy Colour Lip Perfecter: Review

Hello gentle reader.

Lancome Lip Lover Dewey Color Lip Perfecter is a makeup product I rarely hear about and this is something I honestly don't understand. Lip Lover is a newer item in Lancome's line and it is a beaut. Let's take a look, shall we?

Lancome Lip Lover is a glossy lip product that is part lip colour, part lip gloss, part lip perfecter. It is moisturizing, cushioning, comfortable while delivering great pigmentation and high shine. This lip colour is very silky on the lips, it doesn't feel at all thick or sticky, wear time is decent for a glossy lip colour.

The packaging is a sleek, silver and clear tube with a fun click button cap release. Application is accomplished via a firm, pointed doe foot applicator. I like that this applicator can precisely place product along my lip line and cupid's bow for a neat, clean line then pick up enough product to fill my lips in quickly.

Ingredients: (From the Nordstrom website. I love you, but not enough to type all of that out, myself.)

Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Methyl Styrene/Indene Copolymer, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydrogenated Styrene/Butadiene Copolymer, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer, Dilinoleate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Silica Silylate, Tin Oxide, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Alumina, Magnesium Silicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Pentylene Glycol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Parfum / Fragrance; May Contain: Ci 15850 / Red 6, Ci 15850 / Red 7, Ci 15850 / Red 7 Lake, Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, Ci 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, Ci 45380 / Red 22 Lake, Ci 45410 / Red 28 Lake, Ci 75470 / Carmine.

Shade number 337 Lip Lover is a pretty wearable, juicy pink. It is pigmented, subtly shimmery, just enough to add a little light, not sparkle to your lips.

Lancome Lip Lover on. See what I mean? Isn't it pretty? It makes even my old lips look gooood.

Lancome Lip Lover Dewy Colour Lip Perfecter can be purchased at Lancome counters in any major department store or from their websites that carry the brand. I bought mine from Dillard's. A tube of Lip Lover contains 4.5 mL/0.15 fl oz of product and retails for $23.00.

Have you tried Lancome Lip Lover? Which shade do you you own? Do you like it? If you don't yet have it, are you now thinking of picking it up and giving it a go? Please do tell, I'd love to hear what you think.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading my review of this pretty lippie. Take care and have a beautiful day!

Friday, August 29, 2014

My Last Summer Giveaway! Enter! While it's Still Hot!

Hello gentle reader.

Well, this is it. My last giveaway of the Summer.

As you can see, this prize is a little something to grace your nails and your wrists! We begin with two brand new, unopened bottles of high quality, beautiful nail polish. For the hot days, OPI Live. Love. Carnival. A gorgeous orange coral that will, I believe, transition beautifully into Autumn. And for the cool, crisp nights to come, I Love Nail Polish Mega, a stunning, cold silver with a powerful linear holographic effect.

To enhance the beauty of the polish on your nails, you are going to need a little wrist action. Coordinating with the OPI hot coral is a delicate, gold tone cuff bracelet from Bauble Bar. And to pick up the sparkle from Mega, a duo of sparkling clear and silver tone beads on stretchy cords. One bracelet has a large heart encrusted with clear crystals and the other, a tiny silver tone plaque engraved with the word, "love." I bought the beaded bracelets at a local store.

All items are brand new and were purchased by me expressly for this giveaway with my poor, hardworking hubby's hard earned money. And I enjoyed spending every penny. *evil grin*

The winner of this giveaway will receive both bottles of polish and both bracelets.

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Please, gentle reader, click the Terms and Conditions in the Rafflecopter widget and read and follow the rules. I hate to disqualify entrants. I really do. I get so happy and excited for the winner when their name pops up in the random generator, then either they broke a rule, made a typo on their e-mail address or I couldn't verify their winning entry and I am forced to click the button that sends them into the ether and draw a new name. Please, don't make me send you into the ether. Read the rules, follow them and be a happy contest entrant and possible winner. And make me a happy and excited Hostess of the Giveaway.

This giveaway will run from Midnight 8/29/14 until 9/21/14 at 11:59 P.M. Mountain Standard Time. Please use the Rafflecopter widget to enter. Just give it a moment or refresh the page, if it doesn't pop right up. There are lots of options to win, do as few or as many as your heart desires. There is only one mandatory entry.

Okay, so I think that we can call this giveaway open! Enter! Enter! All who venture here!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in No. 55 Romance

Hello gentle reader.

I am of the opinion that we all need a little luxury in our lives. Be it a beautiful bottle of fragrance, some gorgeous makeup, a very special handbag, that suit or dress that you saved for for so long, a great car you worked so hard for... Whatever it is, big ticket or small indulgence, I believe that we all deserve to treat ourselves to something very designer, very chi-chi from time to time, when the spirit moves us and the budget allows.

The last time I was in the Valley, the spirit moved me. I had just had a doctor's appointment and I deserved a treat. Little kids get a lollipop, big kids get makeup. Specifically, CHANEL makeup. That day, I splurged on a lipstick and an eye shadow quad. (Which I will talk about in a future post.)

The lipstick I chose, after much swatching, narrowing down of choices and agonized waffling back and forth between two finalists is CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in 55 Romance. I almost chose Boy, as it is a beautiful neutral and a very appropriate first purchase but in the end, Romance won my heart.

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in 55 Romance is a medium, bright rose pink creme. This is the perfect pink for anyone who wants a wearable, everyday shade with just a hit of bright, happy fun. This lipstick is a semi-sheer; it is ultra lightweight, silky and has a lovely shine but isn't overly glossy or "too much." This lipstick glides on without dragging or pulling at the lips. It feels smooth, weightless and moisturizing. CHANEL Rouge Coco Chine doesn't have stellar wear time, it is so light and soft that I find myself reapplying almost as frequently as I do a gloss. However, this lipstick is so nourishing and comfortable and just so damned pretty that I don't mind. Besides, who doesn't love pulling a CHANEL lipstick out of their bag, opening that luxurious black and gold packaging with the iconic interlocked double C's on the cap and doing an oh-so-ladylike touch up of their lips?

A swatch of CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine, 55 Romance on my hand.

And on my lips:

I love this lipstick. I love everything about it. From the beautiful, sleek packaging to the perfect, seems as if it was created just for me shade to the light rose scent, I just love, love, love CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in 55 Romance. I am so happy that I bought this lipstick and I plan to buy a couple more in other shades that were really speaking to me, the day I bought this one. Some day.

CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick is available wherever CHANEL cosmetics are sold and retails for $35.00. Yes, this lipstick is a splurge but in my opinion, it is worth every penny.

What is your favorite CHANEL lipstick or cosmetic item? Are you lusting after anything in particular? I am still kicking myself that I didn't buy the LE Nordstrom Exclusive Luminizer the day I bought this lipstick and my eye shadow quad. In for a penny, in for a pound and I really, really should have bought that luminizer! Okay, I need to stop thinking about it, now!

Thank you so much for dropping in and reading my blog. Take care, have a beautiful day and go treat yourself to a little something special. You deserve it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August Ipsy Bag Review Plus... A look at July, too!

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Hello gentle reader.

Time to take a look at what came in my August Ipsy Bag. Ipsy is a monthly subscription service that includes a little makeup bag and five products, some samples and some full sized products. The subscription costs ten dollars a month and it is easy to sign up. You give them your info, take a quick quiz and you're off to the races. Hint: They will most likely put you on a wait list. but you can "hop off" by doing the share on Facebook thing and then you will immediately be off the wait list and up for the next bag to ship. A bit manipulative when you think about it but I guess that we all need a little promotion in our lives.

Sooo... My August Ipsy Bag was a so-so experience. I wasn't disappointed, I wasn't blown away.

My August goodies consisted of two full size and three sample sized products.

First out of the pink bubble mailer were the card that informed me that this month's theme was "Beauty Schooled." It's been a while since I attended classes and as I am not likely to be doing so anytime in the near future, I was hardly excited. Next was a big, waste of good trees paper sample holder card with a great big, slightly scary looking face on the front. That card even wigged out my camera. When I was firing off this shot, my camera kept zeroing in on the face. Next from my mailer was that God-awful vinyl barrel style bag covered in anemic orange spots, looking rather as if it caught some strange, tropical virus while on it's journey to my doorstep. I didn't know if I should keep it or quarantine it. At least it didn't stink. It's currently housing clean Beauty Blenders to keep them dust free until I find just the right jar for them. Then it's buh-bye ugly bag.

The contents of my August Ipsy Bag left me a little Yay! Wut??? Meh! and OUCH! Not receiving individual photo reviews this time around are samples of  Dr. Brandt Pores No More (Wow! What an imaginative name that one is!) pore refiner primer and Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo. The Dr. Brandt primer is unopened and in a drawer because I have three face primers going right now. I didn't need to add to the confusion another one, at this time. The dry shampoo is... Dry shampoo. It works well and smells pretty. I'd probably buy this in full size.

Moving on to featured items:

Jersey Shore Mongongo Nutrient Dense Lip Balm. I don't know about nutrients, the only thing that is dense about this stuff is the scent. It wasn't altogether unpleasant; it reminded me of Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream... That lemon-y, sharp scent. The taste is what I imagined that scent to taste like. I didn't hate it... I kind of dig scented, flavored stuff, as you know. The balm was smooth, somewhat thick and coated and moisturized my lips pretty well. Unfortunately, it also irritated the snot out of them. I have a lip condition that is under my dermatologist's care and it is making my lips much more sensitive than they used to be. This stuff hurt to wear and by the end of the first day, my vermilion line was irritated. This went into the round file.

J Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow Single. The shade is Half Naked. This shimmery, light apricot eye shadow is soft, somewhat velvety and applies and blends nicely. Pigmentation isn't stellar; the apricot colour doesn't translate very well on the eye, it is overpowered by the shimmer.

Swatch of the eye shadow. As you can see, it is smooth and showy but the pigmentation isn't fabulous.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. Sorry, some idiot, whose name we won't mention forgot to take an individual shot of the mascara sample tube so I'm showing it in use. This is one generous coat and the eye shadow is last month's Ipsy offering, the Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow duo in The Inspiration and this month's J Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow Single in Half Naked. The three shadows worked nicely together. I used Stila Smudge Stick in Tetra to line my upper lash line.

That Urban Decay mascara... Wow! Yeah, I'm liking that stuff. It applies beautifully, gives fab volume, even on the first coat and emphasizes the natural length of my lashes. No clumping, no smearing or transferring and it didn't flake, even a teeny bit. Just before I took my makeup off that night, I added two more coats, just for shits and giggles. I had glamazon lashes and not a clump in sight. This mascara is also not too difficult to remove, even built up to the extreme. Urban Decay Perversion mascara is a huge win, for me. I am definitely buying this in the full size. Soon.

And that is my August Ipsy Bag experience. A little win, a little meh. Always fun to receive and discover what goodies are to be had. And for ten clams, not an expensive adventure. If you would like to try Ipsy and are inclined to use my link, I receive points that I can use to redeem for goodies, in the future. I receive no other compensation. If you don't want to use my link, it is easy enough to hook up with Ipsy by just typing it into your command bar. I'm perfectly happy, either way.

Since we're at Ipsy bags, here is a quick gander at my July bag:

July was a frakking bust. Three products packed with my old nemesis chemical sunscreen. Really, Ipsy? They went to live with my mother in law who was delighted to make use of them. I received a Pop Beauty bronzer in Secret Sunshine. The sunshine may have been a secret but the shimmer certainly is not! This is not for all over application, I just put a little along the tops of my cheekbones and my decollete. And I just want to add, my bronzer arrived cracked. No bueno!

The one product from my July Ipsy bag that I really liked was the sample of Bare Minerals Ready Eye Shadow 2.0 in The Inspiration. This shimmery, purple shadow duo was a total win. The shadows are soft, buttery and smooth, very pigmented and have wonderful payoff. They are also complex and interesting. I need to obtain some more shadows from the Ready line.

Okay, I think I've prattled on, long enough. If you made it through this entire post, I'm over the moon in admiration for you. If it is TL/DR the fast and dirty version is, August's Ipsy was pretty good, July made me want to throw it out the window.

Do you subscribe to Ipsy? Did you greet your August assortment with delight? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a beautiful day!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

Hello gentle reader.

This last week was a good one, in beauty. Check out what some of my fellow Beauty Blog Coalition members were up to!

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Love blotting papers? Then TATCHA Petal Fresh Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers are a must try-- they are PERFECTION!
  • TheFabZilla: This week, TheFabZilla shows her own take on jewel-tone eyes, one of Fall 2014 makeup trends.
  • Icy Nails: Erika reviewed the LORAC Pro 2 palette. Was it love? Come find out.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Estonian flag inspired nails
  • Color Me So Crazy: Have you seen the Sally Hansen Color Foil polish? Check them out here!
  • Fabulous Awesomeness: Want to look radiant? Check out Mina Slater's review + swatches of Gleam by Melanie Mills!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is over the moon about her hydrated fuller lips from City Lips plus a great discount!
  • I Know all the Words: Take glitter to the next level with OPI Desginer Series Tourmaline and Titanium

  • Did you have a beauty favorite last week? Did you discover something new? Rediscover an old favorite? Please do tell in a comment!

    Thanks for stopping by and reading and checking out my fellow beauty bloggers and have a beautiful day!

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara: Review

    Hello gentle reader.

    Today I am sharing with you my thoughts on L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara. I have been using this product for a while and I think that the time is right to speak my piece.

    L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara is a newer addition to the L'Oreal mascara line up. L'Oreal claims that this mascara will give you long, voluminous lashes and a wide open eyes look. Now, I think that we all know that this mascara is not going to give us the lashes that that pretty little creature in the Lolita costume and three sets of false lashes had in the commercial that is running to sell us this product. If anyone does believe that let me know, I have a bridge in which you may be interested.

    False lashes aside, (please don't get me started on makeup companies and how they style their products for commercials and print ads, that rant would take all day), this is a good mascara. Let's explore why I say so.

    L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara is packaged in a sleek, tapered and angled tube and the black and pink colour scheme drew me like a moth to a flame. I have ever loved that colour combination and it worked to get me to toss this mascara in my basket about 0.6 seconds after I saw it on the display.

    My initial reaction to the wand  the first time I pulled it out of the tube was NOPE!. First, the wand is a little crazy looking, rather like a well chewed Christmas Tree. Then there is the Flexi Wand feature. I have tried mascaras in the past that have a flexible wand and I didn't like them. The wands were too floppy and I didn't feel as if I had good control over the application. Not a feeling I want when maneuvering a black goop covered sharp object a fraction of an inch from my very vulnerable eyeballs.

    But, as my mother used to tel me when I was growing up, "You don't know if you like something or not until you try it. So, try it. Then form your opinion based on your experience." So, I tried it.

    L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara is a wet formula, this seems to be a thing with L'Oreal mascaras. I am used to them, wet mascara doesn't bother me but I know that a lot of people don't apreciate them. I am amazed at how much I like the way that crazy, pointed, rat chewed looking wand applies the product to my lashes. It has some grab and the uneven cut separates the lashes and deposits mascara at different amounts as the wand travels up the length of the lashes. This mascara applies smoothly, I don't have any real trouble with clumping and I can apply one generous coat for emphasized, natural looking lashes or I can build on another coat for glamazon lashes. I normally just apply one good coat. It's a look I like, day to day.

    I don't really notice the Flexi Wand aspect all that much. There is a little give as I apply my mascara but it doesn't bend or flop all over the place. Honestly, I don't see the point of the flexible joint in the wand. It just doesn't seem necessary, to me.

    This mascara wears well all day, I don't experience any fading, smudging, transferring or flaking. Flaking is the problem I normally run up against with mascaras. That and clumping. My lashes are decently long but they aren't terribly thick and if I am not careful, they will, upon seeing a mascara wand coming at them, run and hang together and not let go of each other. It's annoying.

    My lashes dressed with one coat of L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara. Please don't mind my orange-y-pink skin tone. I was test driving a foundation sample. Yeah. No. It went on my face, once then it went into the trash. Another story for another day.

    Moving on.

    I like L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara. I am enjoying the tube I have and I would definitely repurchase.

    L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara is available at drugstores, mass retailers, Ulta. It is about eight dollars a tube, depending on the store from which you purchase and your region. Shop BOGO 1/2 off sales and use coupons to make this mascara even more affordable.

    Have you tried L'Oreal Miss Manga mascara? Do you like it? Not so much? Do you have a favorite L'Oreal mascara? A favorite mascara of any brand? Please hit me up in a comment and let me know what you think.

    I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered my latest giveaway. It is now closed and I will be drawing a winner and contacting them in the next day or so. Please keep your eyeballs peeled for my next giveaway. A little hint: Hot. Cold. Holo and flash.


    Thank you for coming by and reading and have a beautiful day.