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Monday, August 27, 2012

Top Picks: Blushes

A warm Monday evening, everyone! It has been a month since I updated this blog and I feel like I am once again feeling it. I somehow rekindled my "relationship" with makeup and rediscovering those products in my stash. However, I think that I still have my spending habits when it comes to makeup under control. I somehow managed to divert my attention to work, books, and bags (again). Anyway, I though it would be nice to share those blushes that I find myself reaching our for very often. So I present to you the Fab 5!


This might remind you of my Les Fards a Joues post that featured the blushes I had at the time of posting but this is quite different. These are my top picks at the moment and it could change any time but so far, these Fab 5 make me a happy camper. I won't be doing a detailed review of each but just a brief description of each shade, how it feels, and how long it usually stays on me.



1. Chanel Joues Contraste in Narcisse - this is such a lovely candy pink shade that looks very feminine and delicate. Feels quite silky but I've seen and touched better. This has a rose scent that no longer bothers me and lasts fairly well on my combination-oily skin type. My favorite out of the bunch right now.

2. Burberry Light Glow Blush in Peony - another pink shade that is dainty and girly. Also has a faint scent that my sense of smell tolerates. It feels very smooth and buttery and feels nice to the touch. Lasting power is also acceptable.

3. NARS Gaiety - now, who would have thought I would be reconnected with NARS blushes? I strongly believed that I was done with the brandbut this one is an exception. I guess I wasn't firm enough with myself being over with NARS. Just like the first two, this is another pink shade that has strong blue undertones. A lot would describe it as bubblegum pink and I'd have to agree. This isn't as pigmented as the previous NARS blushes I have owned but among these 5 picks, this has the best staying power. Not as smooth and silky as Chanel and Burberry but it blends well with the skin.

4. Becca Mineral Blush in Flowerchild -  the first three have all been strong pinks and this one is a tad different. This is a peach-pink shade that reminded me of NARS Orgasm and Deep Throat with gold shimmers too. It is also quite smooth and lasts a pretty long time too.

5. Becca Beach Tint in Guava - Becca must be doing something right for me as another current favorite is this Beach Tint. Although the lasting power quite disappointed me, it still remains a favorite because it is a salmon pink shade that is very lovely on the cheeks and blends nicely on the skin too. It also doesn't hurt that I totally dig the scent.

Swatches
So what are your top picks when it comes to blushes?

PLEASE ALSO JOIN MY CURRENT MINI GIVEAWAY!

Cheers,

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

In the Limelight: DLE Cosmetics All Natural Light Up Lip Gloss in Pink Fetissh Product Review + Gloss Giveaway at the end!!!

Imagine yourself having a few cocktails in a bar and suddenly, this guy looks your way, smiles at you, and you weren't totally prepared as he walks to your direction. You wanted to look pretty so you quickly dabbed on some lip gloss on your lips and to his horror (and much more to your horror), it was all over the place with some smeared on your teeth the moment you smile at him. And he disappeared just as quickly as Harry Houdini would. That would be an embarrassing yet a funny sight, wouldn't you agree? That is exactly what you will see on the DLE Cosmetics promotional video. They are a fairly new company in California with the Natural Light Up Lip Gloss as their main product at the moment. They sent me a couple of glosses to try and here is my review.


I received two shades - Pink Fetissh and Jess Barely. And I am reviewing Pink Fetissh.


What I like:

  • I find the tube simple and sleek. Nothing really fancy but not cheap-looking either.
  • Pink Fetissh is a pretty pink shade with a hint of peach that has shimmers. The shade somehow reminds me of a Chanel Glossimer that I have previously owned. The shimmers do not end up all over the face which is a good thing.
  • It can be worn alone or on top of a lipstick to add gloss and shimmer on your lips.
  • This is not a very sticky gloss. I have a strong dislike for really sticky lip products, hence, the lack of such product on my stash. It feels quite comfortable on my lips.
  • It has not caused any discomfort on my lips nor on the surrounding skin. No allergic reaction, no stinging. 
  • Fairly inexpensive for $8.95/tube.

What I don't like:
  • While shimmers are pretty, I find it a tad frosty for me. But it is a personal preference and younger ones might feel more attracted to it. If you have full lips, this may make them look fuller so apply the gloss little by little.
  • Since they are a start-up company, you only get 3 shades to choose from at the moment - Pink Fetissh, Poison Apple, and Jess Barely. 
  • Not locally available for most countries but they do ship internationally at a fair cost. Just be patient for your parcel to arrive. 

In between: The light up gloss idea isn't a first for me. I purchased a lip gloss from a local brand with almost the exact same packaging and "mechanism" for the way it lights up. It also has a small mirror on the side for quick application. I was not really fond of makeup that lights up because it sometimes causes me to have migraine, having that sudden burst of light. But if this doesn't come with it, that defeats the purpose of this product being a light up gloss. Others may like it more than I do. I like the gloss a lot (and so does my mom who digs the light that she decided she'll keep the Jess Barely shade to herself) but I am quite sensitive to light. 

Overall rating: 4/5 I did my best to stay objective when giving this gloss a rating. Setting aside my personal preferences and sensitivity, I find this a nice lip gloss especially for those who do not like stiiiiiccckkkkyyyy glosses and want a touch of gloss without feeling uncomfortable.

Will I buy again? If they come up with more pretty shades to choose from, I would. Though I find myself curious about Poison Apple since it seems like a gorgeous red shade. I just might! :)

Ingredients: Since the name bears "All Natural", I decided to post the ingredients found on their website for your reference and decide for yourself if this is indeed all natural because natural in cosmetics beat me. :-D

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*,Kaolin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter)*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Powder*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*,Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract*. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), (CI 77491), (CI 77492). 






THE GIVEAWAY

And now, Megan together with the DLE Cosmetics team was generous enough to include a couple more tubes to give away to you guys! I was supposed to post this giveaway on my birthday last week but wasn't able to do so because I got a little busy with work.

This will be an easy one without a lot of mechanics. The giveaway period also lasts for only 2 weeks because I want the winners to be able to try this out real soon. Here goes...

To win this gloss, just simply answer this question:

"When a boy is named after his dad, he is called 'Junior,' But what do you call a girl that is named after her mother?"

It's just a rhetorical question but I think this giveaway should be fun! No rules, no "you-have-to-be-a" musts. Post your answers here and I will choose the two winners using random.org. This giveaway starts now and ends on September 8, 2012 the moment the clock strikes midnight.

The two winners will each get a tube of lip gloss and other items I will include. I will personally hand the prizes over  lunch or dinner at Yellow Cab Pizza (and no, it's not sponsored by YCP) in Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City. So yes, this mini giveaway is only for local bloggers. If the winner isn't from the Metro, I'm sure we can work something out.

Good luck and I am looking forward to seeing how creative you are with your answers. :)

Have a wonderful long weekend, everyone. :P

Cheers,
Coming soon: Something from Davines will be reviewed on the next post!

DISCLAIMER: Product received for review but does not in any way affect my opinion on the said product.
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