Saturday, June 30, 2012

Beauty Blog Coalition Roundup for the Week of 6/29/12


The latest and greatest from beauty bloggers all over!  Enjoy your reading time!

--The Beauty Professor

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Powder in Netherway Cove...Swatches and Review!

The box that houses this bronzer is beyond charming.

My love for Rouge Bunny Rouge continues with this review of the Bronzing Glow Powder in Netherway Cove.  Retailing for $49 at www.beautyhabit.com, this bronzer has surpassed my expectations, swiftly replacing the remainder of my Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer #01 in the precious high-rent real estate of my cosmetics bag.

At Netherway Cove is the darker of the two RBR bronzer options, though I think it is completely suitable for  light to medium skin tones. 

As always, the Rouge Bunny Rouge packaging for this bronzer is whimsical and unique.  Netherway Cove comes in a beautiful square case, lacquered a stunning shade of soft coral orange on top and shiny black on the reverse side.  It is almost Art Deco in nature, which I am enchanted by!


The bronzer shade itself is extremely special.  For reference, some bronzers that I have used faithfully include Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Bronzer in Daydream and Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in #01...while these bronzers are fabulous (please scroll down towards the end of this post for comparison swatches), the ability for Netherway Cove to be authentically tan (without orange or red undertones) and both shimmer-free yet glowing is a pleasant conundrum, that places it above the rest.

It comes in a lovely plastic compact with a generous mirror.

Rouge Bunny Rouge via the Beautyhabit website describes Netherway Cove as a...

Satin-finish natural coral-brown.

This bronzing powder is impalpable on the skin and instantly transforms the complexion. Advanced micronisation, in combination with treated spherical powders, produces an unusual perfecting powder with smoothing properties. Dazzling micro-particles are contained within a silky and luminous formula, with Ceramide 2 and Palmitoylated Oligopeptide to repair and Quercus Suber Extract to smooth and lift. Papaya Extract smoothes the skin and Passion Fruit Seed Oil is a natural anti-oxidant.



This bronzer is a matte (yet, somehow glowing) brown with no perceptible shimmer and possesses a very believable olive, rather than orange, undertone. 


Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Powder in Netherway Cove in direct sunlight, first swatched lightly, then heavily.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Powder in Netherway Cove in the shade...swatched lightly, then heavily.

  

As demonstrated by the comparison swatches above and below, the Gueralain Terracotta is a bit thicker in texture than the Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Bronzer in Daydream, which has some shimmer and is a bit more russet in tone.  The Rouge Bunny Rouge is the most "olive brown" of the three, as well as being shimmer free and extremely silky in texture...it just melts into and becomes "one" with the skin.



Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Powder in hollow of cheekbones...this bronzer is excellent for subtle contouring while giving the appearance of a light tan!


Bottom Line: The Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Powder in Netherway Cove is nothing short of amazing...the pure bronzed look it yields, all while avoiding shimmer, oxidation and the dreaded "orange effect" is sensational.  Highly recommended to achieve luminous bronzing, believable natural contouring and an overall natural, healthy glow, all without the harmful effects of the sun!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Perfect Pale Mauve Pairing...Rouge d'Armani #103 and Gloss d' Armani #507



Rouge d'Armani Beige 103 and Gloss d' Armani Pink 507 in direct sunlight.
Here are some quick swatches of two of my favorite mauve lip options from Giorgio Armani Beauty!

I have been wearing Rouge d' Armani Beige 103 for years (it is always exciting for me to completely finish a tube of color) and love the full coverage mauve/pink/nude lip it yields.  The lip color is long lasting yet hydrating and creates a natural sheen on the lips that borderlines on glossy while still remaining creamy and nontransparent.  In my entire lip collection, I don't think I have a duplicate for this specific product's color or texture which is probably why I keep repurchasing it.

Swatch #1 is of Gloss d'Armani Pink 507 and swatch #2 is of Rouge d' Armani Beige 103.
The Gloss d' Armani Pink 507 was an impulse purchase and, upon first use, I realized that it is definitely a close relative to the Beige 103 in terms of color and depth.  It is a bit darker and sheerer and I love to wear it alone, over Beige 103 or over a very pale pink lipstick like LORAC's Baby Doll or Sunday Riley's Mona Lisa (swatched HERE) to add a little sheen and depth.  The gloss texture is slightly tacky without being annoyingly sticky and possesses staying power on par with the Rouge d'Armani line.  Both products are unscented and lack any sort of perceptible flavor which I find pleasing!

Rouge d' Armani Beige 103 alone on the lips.

Gloss d' Armani 506 alone on the lips.


Bottom Line: Rouge d'Armani Beige 103 and Gloss d'Armani Pink 507 are lovely additions to a lip wardrobe that values natural pink/beige options.  The formulas on both of these products are phenomenal, assuring hydration and smooth, lasting, color-fast application.  They are excellent, "My lips but better" choices, however, if I had to select just one, I would choose the Rouge d'Armani in Beige 103 for its ultra-flattering creamy pink nude lip powers!







Saturday, June 23, 2012

BBC Roundup for June 22nd

The latest and the greatest from beauty bloggers all over!  Enjoy your reading and have a  lovely weekend!  --The Beauty Professor



Sisley L 15 Baby Doll Rose Lip Color...Worth It?


It should come as no surprise that I love pink lipstick...my ability to continue to amass a collection of products in this color scares even me!  A few weeks ago, I came across this pink gem at the Sisley counter at Bloomingdales.  Normally, I am far from excited about purchasing from this line because of the exorbitant pricing; this time, however, I was lured by the gleaming color of L15 and and the fact that this formula purports to be both hydrating and long lasting which tends to be a relative oxymoron when it comes to lip color.  


This shimmery medium cool pink retails for an intense $55 and is packaged in true luxury cosmetics style.  Sheathed in a velvet tube, the lipstick case is a beautiful polished gold tone with an prominent "S" carved into the top.  


The lipstick bullet itself is a geometric feat, carved in a diagonal manner that is visually intriguing but rather cumbersome when it comes to actually applying the color!  

As an art form, this lipstick is absolutely beautiful!

As mentioned previously, the color itself is a medium cool pink with subtle shimmer and a smooth satiny finish.  It reminds me most of Dior's Corolle Pink (reviewed HERE) but has a bit more frost and slightly lighter tone.  


There is a strong floral scent which was a little trying to me, but I can confirm that it does dissipate within the first half hour of wear.  In terms of staying power, the Sisley formulation isn't making unsubstantiated claims; the color lasted at least four hours while my lips managed to indeed feel hydrated and supple. 

Sisley L 15 alone on the lips.

Bottom Line: Despite its obvious strong points (e.g. beautiful saturated color, supreme hydration and remarkable lasting power), there were some drawbacks to this product that extended far beyond the unappetizing price tag.  Chiefly, I was disappointed to discover that this formulation contains lanolin, an ingredient to which I am wildly allergic (as are many individuals).  The symptoms of this allergy for me include a mild break out near product application (which occurred within the week that I was trying the lip color).  Generally speaking, most high-end cosmetic companies do not add lanolin to their products and I think I applied that assumption to my initial purchase.  Sadly, this lipstick was returned but I still felt compelled to review it for those without a lanolin allergy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation...All Shades Swatched!

Le Metier de Beatue Classic Flawless Foundation offers SPF 8,  medium to full coverage and a lasting satin finish.

My recent six days in Palm Beach Florida were glorious...the sun, mild humidity, beautiful Breakers hotel and surrounding Singer Island made this California girl feel like she was truly somewhere far away.  Because I know that I will get sun in a tropical state, no matter how much sunscreen I apply (for the record, I used plenty of Sunday Riley Cashmere on my face and stayed my normal NC 25--reviewed HERE), I packed some darker foundations (likely what contributed to my 70 lb. suitcase) so that my face would match my newly tanned body.  What I didn't anticipate, however, is that I would get the chance to try and fall in love with a new foundation, namely Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation, while away!  

In front of the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach...wearing Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation in #7 and #9 and LMdB lip creme in Two Lips (this combination was my staple for the entire week!)

Nestled on the tree lined Worth Avenue resides Neiman Marcus, which houses the lovely Le Metier de Beaute counter that I visited twice while in town.  On my first visit (which was prompted by torrential rain...no pool time for us that day!), I was fortunate to work with LMdB Specialist, Delbert Faires,  and LMdB National Trainer, Melory Johnson who helped me select a lip creme duo (Two Lips, to be reviewed soon, is one of my new favorite peachy pink shades) and generously sent me back to the Breakers with two sample shades of the Classic Foundation in #7 and #9, which, in combination, could match whatever tan I managed to gain during the week.  My husband and I both had such an entertaining and enjoyable time visiting with Delbert, Melory and Ami (pictured below)...they are definite assists to the LMdB brand!

Day #2 with Delbert Faires, the Beauty Professor and Ami Scrittorale at the Worth Avenue Neiman Marcus Le Metier de Beaute counter. 


I started wearing the foundation the very next day, mixing two thirds of the #7 with a third of the #9 and headed off to the pool.  I couldn't believe how well this foundation held up in the sunlight, humidity and even an occasional drizzle.  Applied with my Sephora Airbrush, this medium-to-full coverage foundation made my skin poreless and even toned; even though it is not touted as high definition, it was very difficult to perceive the product on my skin when looking in the mirror.  That reality is high definition enough for me!  Additionally, this non scented foundation was gentle to my extremely sensitive skin...no breakouts or unsavory reactions...just smooth, glowing, even and perfected skin.  In many cases, I didn't even set the foundation with powder! 

While I have used many LMdB lip products (my praises for Miami and Palm Springs Color Core Lipstick can be found HERE), I never really gave thought to the foundation because I've had my hands full with some other marvelous products.  I am, however, really glad that this trip yielded the discovery because I envision myself using this all summer!



I was so excited about the performance of the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation that on my second trip to Neiman's, I bought both #7 and #9 and subsequently swatched all twelve shades!  FYI: The boxes are labeled with Roman numerals (hence my labels in the images above and below), but I noticed that the LMdB website uses traditional Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3...) so hopefully that clarifies the numbering system.  

At quick glance (it was our last stop before heading to the airport and, therefore, a bit rushed!), shades 1-4 are suitable for NC/NW 15-20 skin tones, shades 5-9 are suitable for NC/NW 25-35 skin tones and shades 10-12 are perfect for NC 40 and above.  


Three different days of LMdB Classic Flawless Foundation in #7 and #9: 


Day one with LMdB Classic Flawless Foundation.

The last day of my trip with LMdB Classic Flawless Foundation...at this point, I was wearing two thirds #9 mixed with one third #7 to match the tan on my body.

First day back home, still wearing the LMdB Classic Flawless Foundation in #7 and #9.  
Bottom Line: If you are looking for a medium-to-full coverage foundation that is respectful to sensitive skin, lasts a full day and yields a glowing, poreless complexion, Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation is superb option.  I am pleased to add this to my foundation arsenal and will be doing a close up swatch comparison of #7, #9 and my other foundation favorites in the very near future!

**UPDATE 7/06/12...the closeup and review of #7 and #9 can be found HERE!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Officially Back from Palm Beach!

Clockwise from top left: The Breakers, one of many opulent Breakers ballrooms & the famed Worth Avenue, post-swatching at the Guerlain boutique, the Breakers private beach, and evening makeup for dinner at the Brazilian Court's Cafe Boulud.
I just returned from a little trip to Palm Beach with my husband, and, although I didn't engage in any blogging while at the hotel (I forced myself to leave my trusty laptop at home), I couldn't help but plan some future blog posts!  The Breakers has a lovely Guerlain boutique which lent itself to some serious foundation swatching.  I also spent some quality time at Neiman Marcus on Worth Avenue and, in addition to picking up some new favorite products, swatched every shade of the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation.

Product swatches and reviews to surface in the imminent future include:


  • Guerlain Parure Extreme Luminous Extreme Wear Foundation
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation
  • Guerlain Terracotta Skin Healthy Glow Foundation
  • Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Compact Foundation SPF 20
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Compact Foundation
  • Guerlain Parure Compact Foundation with Crystal Pearls SPF 20
  • Guerlain Noir G Mascara
  • Guerlain Terracotta Bronzers/Summer 2012
  • Guerlain Terra Soleia Powder Bronzer Compact for Summer 2012
  • Le Metier de Beaute Tickled Pinks Lip Cremes (in Two Lips and Mum's the Word)
  • Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation
  • Le Metier de Beaute Summer 2012 gift with purchase (bronzing fluid and powder duo)
  • Plus...two Le Metier de Beaute products not yet on the market...a new eye makeup remover and cleanser.
Despite all of this makeup immersion, I did find a wealth of time to enjoy the pools, pristine beach and Italian Renaissance architecture of the Breakers and feel more rested than I have in a long time.  Now that my 2011-2012 school year is over, let the summertime blogging commence!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

BBC Roundup

The latest and greatest from beauty blogs everywhere!  Enjoy your weekend reading time...

--The Beauty Professor

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation...Swatches and Review!


Koh Gen Do undoubtedly is famous for their foundations.  Last week, I covered the merits of the Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation, and this week, I am happy to share my impression (as well as some light-to- medium skin tone swatches!) of the Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation.  

Here are the details for the Manfanshi Moisture Foundation according to Sephora's website:

What it does:
Maifanshi Moisture Foundation provides the superior buildable coverage of a cream with the natural-looking, sheer finish of a liquid foundation.Koh Gen Do's "hero" product for more than 20 years, this formula is created with advanced technology from Japan taking three times the amount of time normally taken to make a foundation. Two types of light-reflecting powder particles work together to diffuse fine lines, pores and uneven skin surfaces. It's also formulated with finely milled 100% mineral pigments that are specially coated for a color-true effect and moisturizing botanicals to support the skin for long hours of wear.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

What else you need to know:
The formula, suitable for all skin types, contains 60% water and 10% mineral pigments that are encapsulated in a highly filtered botanical oil of 30%. This golden ratio keeps the skin moist without the feel of oiliness, so you can look flawless with long hours of wear. Each Moisture Foundation shade is formulated for specific skintones.

For pink undertones - 001, 012, 002, 013, 023, 003
For yellow undertones - 112, 113, 123
For dark tones - 301, 302, 303 


Designed to be suitable for high definition situations, the Maifanshi Moisture Foundation comes in a squeeze tube that holds .71 ounces of product.  The fact that this very small quantity retails for $62 may be a deterrent for some, right off the bat!  I, however, was lured by the lore surrounding this makeup and bought a tube of #123 earlier this year.  As I have previously mentioned, getting the correct color match for Koh Gen Do foundations can be tricky since one of the only places to see the product first hand is Barneys.

#123 is a light to medium beige with neutral to yellow undertones...I found it to work well on my skin in both spring and summer.  I included some shades that immediately lighter and darker than #123 for reference...what is great about the moisture foundation is that it can be mixed to achieve the perfect shade.  For example, I wear #123, but should my face get darker, I could add a smidge of #310 to deepen the tone.  It truly is like mixing paints in art class!
koh gen do maifanshi moisture foundation swatches
KGD Maifanshi Moisture Foundation swatches in the shade.
This foundation yields sheer to medium coverage and needs some setting powder to solidify its presence and lasting power.  It is build able, but even after a couple of light layers, I wouldn't say that it is full coverage in nature.  When followed by a powder to set the product, it does indeed last all day, even in humid conditions! I like to use my fingers when applying a dime sized amount on my face; because of the texture of the product, I do not recommend using a brush to apply...it will soak up too much of the precious foundation.
Swatches in direct sunlight.
Bottom Line: Although quite pricy for the amount of product in the tube, Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation is excellent for those with sensitive skin who desire light to medium coverage and a natural, lasting finish.  I am glad that I have it in my foundation arsenal, but because it takes a bit more time to apply (fingers and blending instead of my trusty Sephora Airbrush), I use it sporadically.

Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation in #123 with a light dusting of KGD Triple Lightning Powder in OC-2 (to be reviewed soon!)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Butter London Lippies...Review and Swatches

Butter London Lippy Glosses in Teddy Girl and Trout Pout.

Over the last few years, Butter London has become synonymous with smooth and sophisticated nail polishes, however the brand's recent foray into lipgloss should not go overlooked!  The Butter London Lippy line features lip glosses that coordinate with Butter London's most popular nail colors.  Recently, I picked up Teddy Girl and Trout Pout at Nordstrom and am happy to report that they are color-rich, extremely moisturizing and very long lasting.

Teddy Girl is a very 1960s cool pale pink that translates to a light lip or an excellent lightening agent over  darker lip color.

Teddy Girl alone on lips...it is opaque and has no shimmer which is rare for such a light pink shade.

Trout Pout is a creamy pinky coral shade...definitely deeper and warmer in tone than Teddy Girl.  It adds a fabulous pop of color to the lips without being over the top. 

Trout Pout alone on lips...this shade offers full coverage color and lacks any form of shimmer as well.

Butter London Lippies retail for $17 and feature a watermelon scent that some may find off putting.  I don't mind it since it is fruity and seems to dissipate after a few minutes.  They are extremely sticky...like MAC Lip Glass (remember the original in the squeeze tube?) times ten but I think that is what contributes to their remarkable wear.  Once again, as long as it is not a windy day, I can handle this element since the colors and effects are so flattering and my lips feel relatively conditioned after a day of wearing this product.

Teddy Girl and Trout Pout in direct sunlight...opaque coverage and rich colors make these perfect for summer.

Wearing Trout Pout alone on the lips...this shade just brightens up the whole face!

Bottom Line: If you can put up with the intense stickiness of this gloss and don't mind a watermelon scented product, then the beautiful coloring and moisturizing properties of the Lippies make this gloss an excellent investment.  I envision wearing mine all summer!




Sunday, June 3, 2012

Jaclyn Smith Inspired Makeup Breakdown


Very few cancelled TV shows hold up as well as the original Charlie's Angels.  Although the plot lines can be a bit silly at times, the sheer joy of watching its three heroines fight crime and corruption while looking perpetually glamorous is undeniable.  Everyone is entitled to their favorite Angel, and mine is Kelly Garrett, played by the sophisticated Jaclyn Smith.  Her skin is polished and luminous, her eye  makeup is minimal and her lips are always painted a shiny nude.  She can run quickly in tight jeans and heels, pull a S & W Centennial Airweight .38 special out of a very tiny purse and shoot the bad guy without killing him.  Erstwhile, her makeup remains pristine.  It is inspirational, indeed.  The following images reflect my attempt to recreate one of her classic Charlie's Angels-era looks (above).  



This look is all about neutrals and a heavy dose of bronzer to create contour...

FACE:

1. Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation in Chesnut Milk Parfait applied with the Sephora Airbrush
2. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC3 over any darkness or blemishes
3. Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Powder in Netherway Cove applied on cheekbones
4. Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush in Delicata on apples of cheeks
5. Edward Bess All Over Seduction Illuminator in Sunlight applied to brow bone, high cheekbones and down center of nose.

EYES:

2. Anastasia Brow Duo in Brunette (lighter color only...applied very lightly)


LIPS:

2. Illamasqua Gloss in Absorb (dotted in center of bottom lip)






Total Application Time: 5 minutes...minimal eye makeup is a time saver for sure!  

Saturday, June 2, 2012

RBR Mistral Is Here!



Rouge Bunny Rouge's new Mistral look has arrived.  Focusing on fresh, glowing skin and pale pink accents, this makeup combination is one of my personal favorites.  An illuminated, lightly bronzed completion balanced by polished lips and subtly sparkling eyes is quintessential for the summertime months.


What is most thrilling to me, however, is the release of five new Sweet Excesses Glassy Glosses in varying shades of pink.  I have already expressed my affinity for my Glassy Gloss in Fleur Parfait (reviewed HERE) and am exited at the prospect of adding some other pink-based shades to my collection.  This gloss is full coverage, extremely moisturizing, long lasting and fundamentally not sticky.

The new colors are as follows:

  • Raspberry Meringue: pale pink with very soft mother of pearl effect micro-shimmer--this shade doesn't yield a strong color but it makes lips naturally pretty 
  • Rahat Lokum: pale milky pink with medium-heavy mother of pearl effect micro-shimmer (this is screaming my name!)  **UPDATE 7/06/12...my review for this color can be found HERE!
  • Rhubarb Custard: semi-sheer coverage milky nude rosewood--irreplaceable my-lips-but-better color (this is the shade worn by the model above!)
  • Cherry Clafoutis: gloss version of RBR Scrumptiously Devious lipstick, sheer blue based cool pink with a warm golden opalescence
  • Mouse Fandango: dark tone of milky pink with barest whispers of grayish mauve and a touch of silver micro pearls
The newest RBR Glassy Gloss shades clockwise from top left: Raspberry Meringue, Rahat Lokum, Rhubarb Custard, Mousse Fandango and Cherry Clafoutis.

For more details, consult the Rouge Bunny Rouge website HERE!





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