Dior Dreamskin Cushion Foundation

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The Dior Dreamskin Cushion Foundation wasn’t something I intended to purchase when I went to my local Dior counter last week. I was looking to repurchase my beloved Dior BB Cream, but on a whim I decided that I wanted to try something different. Since I’m getting older (35  now) I have different skin concerns and the SPF 50 in the Dreamskin really appealed to me. I also kinda, sorta, bought it really fast because the saleslady was giving me the hard sell. I KNOW.. it happens everytime and I should learn but I just can’t wait a week for Sephora to arrive. #firstworldproblems

Dior Dreamskin Cushion Foundation Box

The box is really large and weighty, which is a good thing since you are forking out $82! Its also nice that the box comes with a refill, giving you total product of 1 fluid ounce (30ml), the same as the Dior BB Cream.

Dior Dreamskin Cushion Foundation refill

Apparently there are wonderful skincare benefits as well as the increased SPF 50 that sorta justify the price. (I want my skin to look like a baby’s butt! I’ll pay anything!!!)

This is a typical cushion compact, similar to the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation, reviewed here. You open the compact and there is a sponge, and a piece of plastic covering the actual foundation.

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Dior Dreamskin Cushion Foundation without cover

As you can see I use the shade 010. There were only 4 shades to choose from, Shades 010, 020, 030 and 040, but this shade blends into my skin perfectly. At first swatch though, I was terrified because it looked way too yellow and dark.

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And for the ingredients junkie, here is a photo of the Active and Inactive Ingredients in this foundation.

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Dior Dreamskin Cushion Foundation Inactive Ingredients

I’ve used this foundation 4 times now, and I can truly say that I LOVE it. The finish is very sheer, very very sheer! So if you prefer medium or full coverage, this isn’t for you. It applies dewy but settles into a semi-matte coverage. I don’t know whats in this stuff but it makes my skin look REALLY good. I have combination skin and I tend to get oily on my forehead within a couple hours. One day I forgot to powder after applying the foundation and I never got oily in my forehead! This is magic I tell you!

I apply it using a BeautyBlender or a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I haven’t used the Dior sponge that comes with the foundation because those suckers are impossible to clean. The scent is very fresh and really nice. Here is an unfiltered photo of me wearing the Dreamskin foundation.

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I was also wearing the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Bisque and the Creamy Concealer Kit in Porcelain (I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BTW!!), MAC Aphrodite’s Shell Bronzer, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Light through my brows, Tom Ford Frantic Pink Blush, Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighter in Precious Petals, Ciate x Chloe Morello Palette for eyes, YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Brown and Clinique Mod Pop Lipstick.

This is my new favorite foundation and if you are concerned with SPF, skincare benefits in your foundation, and don’t mind a sheer coverage then try this out and let me know what you think!!

Wayne Goss Artist Brush Holiday 2016

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I managed to get my hands on the Wayne Goss Artist Brush for Holiday 2016 today and I wanted to quickly post this to help anyone that might have questions about this brush, since its selling out fast! This beauty retails for $150 at Beautylish.

The details regarding this brush have been scarce; all I knew when I ordered it was that it was more of a collectors piece, it features a beautiful hand-carved maple wood handle, the hairs are made of Sohoko Goat and Grey Squirrel and its ridiculously pricey. I am nothing if not curious, so I ordered it and Beautylish kindly sent it Next Day Air free of charge. Yay!

As you can see below, the brush comes in a nice wooden case sort of resembling a coffin (am I weird? probably) with a nice black sleeve to let you know that yes, you have ordered the Artist Brush.

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Upon opening the case, the brush lays nicely on red velvet with two golden ties to hold the brush in place.

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I like the nice touch of having a wooden case for the brush, but it seems a little too narrow for the brush. The delicate brush hairs can get misshapen if you don’t carefully place the brush inside the case. But on to the brush, shall we??

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The handle is gorgeous, I absolutely love the color and the weight of the brush isn’t too heavy nor too light. And if you are an eternal nerd like myself, you will also love how it reminds you of a Harry Potter wand. Expecto Patronum! (Which Patronus are you?? Let me know in the comments! I’m a St. Bernard!)

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I also love how the Wayne Goss label is etched into the wood, rather than lasered on like his previous brushes. Thumbs up.

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Here is a closeup of the combination of Sohoko Goat Hair and Grey Squirrel.

Omg. It. Is. So. SOFT. It is truly amazingly soft. Suqqu soft. Wayne Goss Air Brush soft. It is exquisite. I was concerned that the Artist Brush wouldn’t be as soft because it had Sohoko Goat, and I prefer Squirrel hair in my face brushes. But its lovely! From what I understand, the Sohoko hairs are from the chest of the goat and are long, thin and fine. I’m not quite sure if there is a discernable difference between blue and grey squirrel hairs, but I understand they are both incredibly fine, soft, and expensive. And even better, as always this Wayne Goss brush is cruelty-free. Another thumbs up!

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Here is a photo of this massive brush next to my hand. It is huge, but awesomely so.

Finally, lets look at a comparison to some other large brushes that I own.

 

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You can see how large the Artist Brush is compared to my other brushes! And I really enjoy the shape of the Artist Brush too, its nicely tapered to allow for bronzer placement, even blush if you prefer. I would personally use it for finishing powder.

So is this brush worth the $150 price? I am still trying to decide this myself. If you are a big collector of Japanese brushes, then yes absolutely its worth it. However if you prefer your brushes to be more functional then you might want to skip it. You will need to be careful when you wash the Artist Brush because of the maple handle, but for me this isn’t an issue because I am very careful with my brushes.

Nils from Beautylish wrote in his email about the Artist Brush that it wasn’t meant for everyday use, which confused many people and I believe Wayne Goss corrected him to say that yes you can use this everyday but you must be careful with it.

So there you have it, will you be purchasing the Wayne Goss Artist Brush? I hope my post has helped, sorry if its jumbled up but I wanted to get it posted before it sold out. I am personally on the fence about whether I will keep it or send it back! I’m trying to save for a new camera! But as usual, the beauty of Japanese brushes makes it difficult to resist.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday and Merry Christmas! 🙂

 

Pat McGrath Labs: Lust 004 Vermillion Venom

Be still my makeup heart…for Pat McGrath Lust 004 has arrived! Although, not without some serious website glitches and missing items from my order. But I will forgive Mother Pat, because she is an icon and I pretty much turn into a drooling idiot anytime I see her work.

Let’s jump right in!

I purchased the Vermillion Venom kit, which is a STUNNING collection of 5 items: 2 matte lipsticks, named Venom 1 and Venom 2, a gold pigment, a red glitter and a clear vinyl gloss.

Some people hate the packaging with the sequins but I love it, its unique and fun. Kinda hard to get a good picture because it reflects so much light from the camera but you get the picture below:

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The packaging is cute in my opinion, although I did have to be careful not to spill the sequins around the kids. I very carefully dumped them in the trash! When you open the bag and somehow get rid of the sequins, you find all 5 products which I will give my thoughts on below.

Clear Vinyl Gloss: The only product I’m not a fan of in this kit. Its very gloopy, thick and totally destroyed any glitter I had on my lip. I had visions of gently dabbing the gloss on top of my perfectly glittered lips, like in her ads where it looks oh so effortless. All that happened was it took off the glitter and smudged the lipstick. Am I doing this wrong? Or is it just a crap product? I will continue to work with this. I did mix it with the gold pigment and its stunning. Molten gold lips! But the gloss made my lips feel like the moisture was being sucked out of them. It was a very uncomfortable feeling.

Venom 1 Matte Lipstick: So, SO SO SO beautiful. This may be the most beautiful red lipstick that I own. Its brightening, so pigmented, a cool-toned red that is just so classy. Its very comfortable to wear and not drying like many matte lipsticks I own! I like the applicator, its thin enough to get a precise application but I found a lipbrush worked better. Get this one!!

Venom 2 Matte Lipstick: A darker, more plummy brown red. It didn’t suit my coloring as well as Venom 1. Its got a very 90s, gothic feel to me but in a modern way. Its quite beautiful with the glitter on top, which is how I would wear Venom 2. I probably wouldn’t wear it on its own much. I did try it as an ombre lip with Venom 1 and it looked really great though!

Gold Pigment: A beautiful medium gold pigment that can be used as an eyeshadow, highlighter, or mixed with the gloss to form a molten gold lipstick. I really like this product because its so versatile. Its insanely pigmented too, a little goes a long way. Its not too yellow of a gold which is great because its hard for me to pull off a yellow gold. Its more of a metallic gold and its metallic finish makes this more apparent!

Red Glitter: A beautiful red glitter that looks fantastic on top of Venom 1 and Venom 2 lipsticks. I prefer it with Venom 1, simply because I prefer a very bright, cool-toned red lip. But the brightness of the glitter contrasts so nicely with Venom 2 as well. I plan on wearing the red glitter lip to a Christmas party. A word of warning though: this glitter will get EVERYWHERE. It will get on your face, on your clothes, on your fingers, and if you eat with it, it will get on your food. I will try to set it next time with makeup setting spray to see if that makes a difference.

Swatches!

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Drool. (I’ve put the red glitter on the top half of Venom 1 and Venom 2 to show you the difference!)

Now for the true test…how do they perform on the lips?

Venom 1:

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Venom 1 with Glitter:

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Venom 2:

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Venom 2 with Glitter:

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Vinyl Gloss with Gold Pigment (my husband started singing “Goldfinger” when he saw this):

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I really love this set and I highly recommend that you get it before it sells out (I think most of it is sold out, but I’m hopeful for a restock).

I would also recommend buying it through Sephora (not affiliated!) because I had a horrible time with the Pat McGrath website. It took an hour to add it to cart and purchase the product because the site kept crashing. Finally I had 3 Vermillion Venom kits in my cart even though I only wanted 1 and miraculously it went through, but I only received 2 kits. It took her customer service 4 days to respond to me with a refund for the missing kit. It was a big hassle, and if you check her instagram page, many people had issues with her website and the packaging errors!

I’m very happy with this kit though, and as my first experience with a Pat McGrath product, I am very pleased! Let me know your thoughts if you’ve also purchased one of these! Have a good weekend!

 

Fall/Winter Lipstick: NARS Audacious Lipstick in Fanny

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Apologies for being away from the blog for so long…I’m trying to get back into blogging again but my time is limited so we will see how it goes! Today I wanted to talk about one of my favorite Fall/Winter lipsticks. Of course you can wear this all year round but I usually wear it during the holidays. 🙂

Lipstick is usually the first thing I use to rev up the drama when fall & winter hits. I love the dark, rich colors that are featured during this season, my favorites are dark reds, plums and berry shades. One of the lipsticks I reach for often during this time is NARS Fanny. The name…is odd, especially for the Brits out there. On a side note, I dated a British guy once and he was horrified that Americans wore fanny packs. But aside from Fanny meaning something entirely different to the British, I find it a funny name for a lipstick!

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NARS Audacious Fanny CloseupFanny is a gorgeous rich berry shade, it pulls towards the fuchsia on my fair skin tone which I absolutely love. I would say it’s a satin finish, its not incredibly shiny but its not matte either. The texture is creamy and its easy to apply from the bullet. I also like how NARS is etched into the bullet too, it’s a nice touch. The lipstick is housed in a matte black container that is magnetized to close back together completely. I love this feature, its functional so your lipstick doesn’t dry out but its also fun to play with lets be honest. Gadgety!

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I will be wearing this shade tonight for a Christmas party, it also works great as a stain, which is what I will be wearing it as since we are eating dinner. I am going to wear a matte brown eyeshadow in the crease with winged out bronze liner, and maybe some glitter on top because… CHRISTMAS!

Thats all for now folks, I hope you are doing well!

Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation

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How is everyone on this fine Saturday?? Its raining again after 100 degree heat for the couple weeks. My days are determined by the weather now since I’m 7 months pregnant and bloated and uncomfortable. Heat = cranky as hell and rain = happppppy!! 🙂

Today I am wearing the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation after testing it out for a few weeks now. I first heard about it from Lisa Eldridge (of course) and it looked very sheer to buildable with good color match on her. That is a recipe for a holy grail foundation for me, so I was very excited to purchase this and try it out. I went to our local mall, got color matched and took it home. My shade is 110 Ivoire C. 110 Ivoire is the lightest shade that they offer and the C indicates a cool-toned complexion. I thought it matched me quite well in the store. They offer Warm, Neutral and Cool shades which is excellent, I hate foundations that only offer pink or yellow shades!

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The foundation comes in a round-shaped box with the Lancome logo on it. Its mirrored so it shows fingerprints pretty badly, but to me thats not an issue.

Lancome Miracle Cushion OpenThe compact opens with a push-clasp mechanism that is user-friendly, and includes a mirror and a foundation sponge to apply the product. (More about this sponge later, which became the BANE of my existence..)

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The cushion foundation in all its glory. The top part where the sponge lies opens up to reveal the very curious cushion sponge. I read on various blogs that its important to keep the sticker that covers the cushion on all of these types of foundations to prevent it from drying out. I would agree!

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So squishy!

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In this picture, I barely touched the cushion and my finger was extremely saturated with product. I was quite pleased! Its a bizarre texture, quite springy and squishy to the touch, cold and wet. I really hate getting my hands dirty (how I used to do archaeology, I will never know) so I didn’t enjoy touching it. But thats what the sponge is for I guess! You can also use a beauty blender or a foundation brush, whatever suits your preference.

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Here I am with no makeup on, to show you the before and after. I look stoned, nay? The flash always makes me blink. Please also excuse my bloated face and nose, which balloon to gargantuan proportions when I’m pregnant.

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Here is the after picture with one layer of the Lancome Miracle Cushion. Its quite an even base and it tones down my mild rosacea and redness. All good.

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Here is the finished face, I used Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher Concealer in 1 Fair, Tom Ford Golden Peach Eyeshadow, Suqqu Brow Pen in Brown, Loreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, Tom Ford Gold Dust Bronzer (review soon), TheBalm Cindy Lou-Manizer Highlighter, Tom Ford Pink Sand Cream Blush (review soon) and Tom Ford Plum Lush Matte Lipstick (hopefully will get off my ass and review soon too).

So, my first impression of the Lancome Miracle Cushion was very positive. It felt great on my skin, evened out my complexion, made my skin glow nicely, and it seemed like there was a decent amount of product for the price ($46.50). And the convenience factor of throwing it in your handbag for touch-ups was great. HOWEVER. Things went downhill after a few applications when it came time to clean the sponge. Cue my sponge story!

This sponge is said to be washable, so I decided to wash it when I did a massive brush cleanse a couple weeks ago. I use the Sigma SpaMat for these endeavors as its incredibly efficient. Now I am extremely gentle when I wash my brushes as the majority are squirrel hair and I would cry for days if anything happened to them. First I tried cleaning the sponge with my hands only but it literally did NOTHING. No product came out of the sponge whatsoever. So I used the SpaMat very very gently and it actually ripped the sponge in half! I was shocked! The sponge had to be thrown away, which eventually became a huge problem that ended up ruining this foundation. Since I was now without said sponge, I had to use a spare one from Ulta that didn’t fit the size of the case that well. I had to stuff the sponge in just a bit, checking to make sure that the case didn’t open up and dry out the cushion. It sealed. I thought nothing of it. Until a week later I went to use it again and it had somehow opened up very slightly and lost about 90% of its foundation. It had just dried up. I had even left the sticky part on top of the cushion, but it didn’t do any good. Major, major design flaw in my opinion! I would be curious to know if anyone else had issues with washing the sponge. I wish I had just not used the Ulta sponge and just used a beauty blender. 😦 Sadness!

Would I repurchase this? I’m not certain. It is a nice foundation, its sheer but very buildable without looking cakey which I absolutely love. But the cushion design is pretty high-maintenance and I’m pregnant with a toddler and I’m lazy and pressed for time on top of it, so I would rather use a regular foundation that I don’t have to mess around with, ya know? I can slap on Dior BB Cream or Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for an equally nice finish. I would like to try the Laneige Cushion Foundation though, I’ve read that its better than the Lancome Cushion.

Have you tried this foundation? Did you have trouble with washing the sponge and/or the cushion part drying up?

Next up will be the Tom Ford Bronzers in Gold Dust and Terra and the blush in Pink Sand. Talk to you soon! 🙂

 

Tom Ford Golden Peach Cream and Powder Eyeshadow

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I’m so happy its Saturday! My husband is home and he usually watches our son while I chill out which is so nice. We have been having regular evening to early AM thunderstorms here, always with the threat of tornados but we are used to it. My favorite thing to do is wait until it gets about 8:30-9:00pm and go for a walk when the thunder and lightning is visible in the night sky but not close enough to get caught in the downpour. I am dreading the ultra hot 105 + days that are soon to follow though.

As I mentioned in my Tom Ford Pink Glow post, I promised to write about the rest of my Summer Collection purchases. Let me apologize for my blog being so Tom Ford heavy these days. Its a combination of saving up for what I REALLY want vs buying everything in sight and a byproduct of being utterly exhausted so I’m not posting as regularly. When I do post, I want it to be something I’m really excited about or else I just can’t motivate myself! So onwards we go to part deux of Tom Ford Summer Collection mania…

One of the most exciting products of Tom Ford’s Summer Collection are his cream and glitter eyeshadow duos, in my humble and unimportant beauty opinion. There are four colors you can choose from, Golden Peach, Naked Bronze, Midnight Sea and Black Oyster. It has pretty much been confirmed from comparison swatches that the cream eyeshadow in Golden Peach is Pink Haze, Naked Bronze has Spice, Midnight Sea has Spring 2015 and Black Oyster is a new release. So if you have Pink Haze, Spice and/or Spring 2015 then you may just want to apply some glitter on top of these shades instead of purchasing these duos. They are rather pricey ($60) but I feel that if its something you will use over and over again then its worth it. I ended up choosing Golden Peach because I found it the most beautiful and I have been wanting Pink Haze forever! Lately I have been on a natural makeup kick so the delicate shades in Golden Peach really appealed to me.

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I am loving this gold packaging, I normally try to get rid of the boxes but these are so pretty that I may keep them in the box for awhile. It seems more special that way!

Tom Ford Golden Peach CaseTom Ford Golden Peach BottomTom Ford Golden Peach Open CasesUpon opening the little gold box, you find a plastic white case that separates into two products: the cream eyeshadow and the glitter powder eyeshadow. I have heard that some people are upset about the case being plastic but it doesn’t bother me. I have read that it was required due to the construction of both cream and glitter though that is confusing and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it. But on the whole I don’t care if its glass or plastic as long as the product is outstanding, which of course it is.

Tom Ford Golden Peach Cream ShadowTom Ford Golden Peach GlitterHere is a closeup of the cream eyeshadow aka Pink Haze which is just gorgeous and girly and cute, and the corresponding glitter eyeshadow. Sara from ColorMeLoud noted that the glitter shade is the same as the glitter from the Golden Mink quad. That makes me wonder if the other cream shadows have similar glitter shades from his quads. I don’t have Golden Mink so this little $60 eyeshadow bomb was worth it!

Golden Peach WristAnd here we have swatches, cream eyeshadow on the left, glitter in the center and on the right I patted some of the glitter shade on top of the cream eyeshadow for the more peachy effect.

I have worn Golden Peach a few times now and I really do love it, however I did have to tweak it for my skin tone and eye shape (which everyone has to do I suppose!). The cream eyeshadow is SO FREAKING PIGMENTED that I only need a pinprick amount on my brush to cover one eye, if I applied anything more than that, it was highly unflattering. I looked like I had pink eye. So I had to put the majority of the product on my lashline and blend it up softly, so softly you can see the freckles on my eyelids in the following pictures. If I go any heavier it also emphasized my heavy/hooded lids due to the sheen of the eyeshadow. This is always an issue for me but I gotta work with what I got right? Anyway, below I used the cream eyeshadow as discussed above, then I gently patted the glitter on top of my lids. I had to use Urban Decay Naked very very slightly in my crease to give some added definition, and I also used the lightest shade from Pink Glow in the inner corner. For brows I used Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium and for Mascara I used MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash.

Tom Ford Golden Peach Eyes OpenTom Ford Golden Peach Eyes ClosedTom Ford Golden Peach Eyes LeftTom Ford Golden Peach Eyes RightOverall I do enjoy this product a lot, its very natural and sweet and girly which is a look I enjoy. Its always exciting to see what Tom Ford brings out next, I adore his cream eyeshadows so this was a must have for me. You need such a small amount of this product to achieve a really easy day look so it will last forever or until it goes bad… and by then he will have even more exciting new products coming out! Ah, it never ends….;)

Hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend!

Tom Ford Summer 2015 Collection: Pink Glow Eye and Cheek Compact

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Oh my gosh…its been ridiculously long since I’ve written a blog post! Life has been hectic and busy, I am 6 months pregnant and we’ve moved, I don’t think I’ve quite recovered since I have to chase after my toddler all day as well. All I want to do is lie on the couch in a moomoo and watch YouTube videos when the day is over. lol. Anyway I am more active on Instagram, my name is venusintheshell if you want to see what makeup endeavors I have been up to.

I don’t know about you but I’ve been SUPER excited about Tom Ford’s Summer Collection, everything in the collection is so gorgeous and the colors are right up my alley. This post begins a series of his Summer Collection. I picked up Pink Glow Palette, Golden Peach Cream/Glitter Shadow, Gold Dust Mini Bronzer and Pink Sand Cream Blush. I will be posting them individually soon, so stay tuned! All that deliciousness was NOT CHEAP but I will gladly dig around in my couch cushions for Tom Ford. This post is on the Pink Glow Eye and Cheek Compact, arguably the most beautiful of the entire collection. The gold packaging is beautiful as well, more opulent and luxurious than the regular brown packaging. Another plus if you are a Tom Ford fan is the white case with white pouch, again it feels more special and modern.

Tom Ford Pink Glow BoxTom Ford Pink Glow PouchI love how big the case is, its heavy and unique to my stash apart from his Summer 2014 Unabashed Palette which featured that intense indigo blue shade. I absolutely loved the bronzer and blush in Unabashed so I was excited to try Pink Glow which has more pink and plum shades.

Tom Ford Pink Glow OpenThe pattern is the same as the Unabashed Palette, again reminds me of Mondrian. I just love these colors, they are so gorgeous and very “English Rose” which is a look I do often. The soft pinks often compliment my cool-toned complexion so I tend to gravitate towards these shades.

Tom Ford Pink Glow CloseupOn the left side of the palette, there are 3 eyeshadow shades. The top shade is a shimmery satin light pink, perfect for highlighting the inner corner. I would say that its a perfect shade to dab some in the center of your lid but the next shade, the gorgeous champagne gold glitter is AWESOME on the lids. Its my favorite Tom Ford glitter shade ever. It seems to be more pigmented than the others I own, and I didn’t experience as much fall out, plus the color is absolutely gorgeous. The last eyeshadow shade on the bottom is a beautiful plummy purple, a nice defining shade but probably dupable if I’m honest. I have many eyeshadows in that color, but the quality of these shadows is incredible as usual. Very creamy, although the plum shade wasn’t as pigmented as I expected. It could have been because I was using a cheap brush though, all my MAC 239’s are dirty and I find them to be the best at packing on color. So maybe next time it will work better with a 239.

Eyeshadow Swatches (left is the light pink, middle is the glitter shade, right is the plum shade):

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On the right side of the palette are the cheek colors. The top shade is a light shimmery rosy pink, which can be used as either a highlighter or a blush depending on your skin tone. I tried it on as a highlighter and it looked hilariously awful on my fair skin, like I had swiped blush on the high points of my cheeks. Fail! So for me, this works better as a blush. The bottom right shade is a beautiful medium pink, also with shimmer but not as much as the shade on the top right. The effect was similar to Softcore on me but not as dark. I didn’t take pictures of the blush and highlighter on me because I looked horrible due to the highlighter debacle. I haven’t tried them since but maybe I will update this post when I wear it again.

Cheek Swatches (left is the light pink highlighter shade, right is the medium pink blush):

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I created two eye looks with this palette. Look 1 is more natural and Look 2, while also natural, uses the plum shade on the center of the lid for more definition.

Look # 1 (Natural Look):

For this look I used the lightest pink shade on the top left as an all over base color for my lids. Then I used a small amount of the plum shade on the bottom left lightly in the crease and underneath my lower lashline. I then applied the glitter shade all over the lid, concentrating on the center of the lid and dabbing the excess onto the inner corner. At this point I looked sort of undone, so I applied Charlotte Tilbury’s The Classic Eyeliner Pencil in Audrey into the roots of my lashes to give me some more definition. For mascara I used L’oreal Voluminous Butterfly in Black, for brows I lightly defined them with Benefit GimmeBrow in Light/Medium and for a final touch, I applied the shade W.O.S. from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette underneath my brow bone.

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Look #2 (Darker but still natural look):

For this look I used NARS Pro Prime as a primer because I wanted the eyeshadow to be dark. Unfortunately it didn’t really deliver which really disappointed me. I used Colourpop Glow underneath the brows as a highlight and MAC Omega through the brows to give them a bit more shape than just using brow gel. I then applied the plum shade on the lids, Urban Decay Naked and Buck in the crease and lower lashline and used the lightest pink shade in the inner corner. Finally I applied the glitter shade all over the lids and L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara on the lashes.

Tom Ford Pink Glow Look 2 eyes open

Tom Ford Pink Glow Look 2 eyes closedTom Ford Pink Glow Look 2 eyes leftTom Ford Pink Glow Look 2 eyes rightMy final verdict? If you are a Tom Ford collector then don’t miss Pink Glow. If you are worrying that you missed this palette since I’m fairly sure its almost sold out, I think the eyeshadow and blush shades are pretty dupable. The blush shade in Softcore is very similar to the blush shade in Pink Glow, so if you have Softcore you are probably good. I don’t have a blush/highlighter that is similar to the highlighter shade but it was funky on me so no huge loss there, although I need to try it out as a blush, it might be nice. The star of this palette is the glitter shade, its incredible and I’m freaking obsessed! Come to me, glitter friends! The plum shade and the light pink shades are also dupable, some of my Kiko shadows come to mind and they are excellent quality. But there is something special about having all the shades in one palette, and I love collecting these palettes from Tom Ford so I am pretty happy with my purchase.

Do you have Pink Glow? Do you love it? 🙂

Tom Ford Raw Jade Spring 2015 Eyeshadow Duo

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m excited to talk about a very unique green eyeshadow to add to my stash: Tom Ford Raw Jade from his Spring 2015 Collection. Many people have commented on the non-traditional color scheme of this collection when many other companies usually put out pastel colors for Spring. I wouldn’t say this collection is my favorite aesthetically out of all his other collections but I was pleasantly surprised by his Spring 2015 Cream Eyeshadow so I had high hopes for Raw Jade as well.

Tom Ford Raw Jade OpenRaw Jade has two colors which honestly look different swatched and on the eye than in the pan. They can be worn wet or dry, much like Nude Dip although I never tried Nude Dip wet, I found the pigmentation to be enough when used dry. What is so amazing about this duo is that the white highlighter shade transforms the olive green into a vibrant, bright, stunning iridescent green shade. So essentially its 3 colors instead of 2, which I love.

Left shade: A pearly iridescent white with bright minty green undertones

Tom Ford Raw Jade Highlight Shade

Right shade: An olive green with shimmer

Tom Ford Raw Jade Green ShadeNow I would like to show you the difference between these shadows when used wet and dry. The first swatch is the highlighter shade, the middle is the olive green and the far right is the highlighter shade layered on top of the olive green shade to create that gorgeous vibrant green.

Dry:

Tom Ford Raw Jade wrist swatch dryWet:

Tom Ford Raw Jade Wrist Swatch wetOh my god…that green shade on the right…do you not love? I find these colors to be much more beautiful when used wet, which is not normally my thing as I like a softer look.

I first tried out this duo when I was sick with the stomach flu and I remember my husband liked it but I wore it dry that day. I was on like Day 3 of being sick and I was so tired of looking like I’d just given birth. My skin had no color, nothing. But I don’t really remember what I did. So I tried again and used it wet. I was a little overzealous with the MAC Fix + and ended up not letting the brush dry completely before applying the white shade on my lids, so I have a couple areas where the white shade just kind of clumped. Apologies for that, but its my mistake and doesn’t reflect the quality of the eyeshadow.

Tom Ford Raw Jade Eyes OpenTom Ford Raw Jade Eyes ClosedTom Ford Raw Jade Eyes LeftTom Ford Raw Jade Eyes RightI chose to do a very bright look, but you can easily use this duo to create a darker look. I really liked it, its something that I don’t normally wear and I was a little out of my comfort zone but I wore it anyway and a few people commented that they liked my eyeshadow. I used the olive green in the crease and on the outer lower lash line. Then I used the highlighter shade on the lid and on the lower lash line and inner corner. I used Clinique High Impact Mascara which isn’t a favorite but its the one I grabbed first. I have been using MAC’s Omega through my brows and I absolutely love it! I never thought to use such a cool-toned grayish brown through my brows but I read that redheads should do this from Sali Hughe’s book Pretty Honest. And wow, I’m totally obsessed. That book is amazing by the way!

Anyway I hope you all are having a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day, its a special holiday for me because I’m Irish American and I love anything to do with Ireland! So I will celebrate today even if its just writing a blog post about green eyeshadow because thats all I’m going to do, apart from making green cupcakes later. 🙂

Have a great day and drink lots of green beer!

Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Eyeshadow

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I am currently entertaining my son, who refuses to nap today, with a little baby laptop so that I can write this post. We will see how long he sits down.

My obsession with makeup started when I was pregnant with him actually, so I discovered the Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadows a bit late in the game. So far I have Platinum and Spice, reviewed here. To recap, I absolutely love Platinum and often wear it when in a rush. Its the perfect shade to throw on because it can be built up and sheered out and it looks like you are wearing two eyeshadows instead of one. A little bit of mascara and some lipstick and voila, done. I do have issues with the formulation of Spice, it is very oily compared to Platinum, harder to control with more slip, and it creases on my lids even with a primer. So I was hesitant to purchase the new Spring 2015 Cream Shadow, a gorgeous dark grey/olive/khaki green. I was also hesitant because grey does NOT look good on me, it tends to wash me out and its such a stark contrast against my red hair, pale skin and green eyes. It looks beautiful on my sister though, who is also fair but has blonde hair and blue eyes. After many days of resisting the urge though, I finally gave in during the throes of stomach flu. I ordered it from Neimans and it arrived yesterday. Here we have Spring 2015 on the left, Platinum in the middle and Spice on the right. As you can see, Platinum is well-loved!

Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadows Spring 2015 Platinum Spice

What I find interesting is the darker palette that Tom Ford has for Spring, this cream eyeshadow and his new duos, Raw Jade (reviewed soon!), Crushed Indigo and Ripe Plum are all darker shades and very un-pastel like for Spring. Which is very fun and different. I am also happy about the name of this eyeshadow, just plain old Spring 2015, its quite refreshing because I can barely hold it together when I read most of the names of his products. Actually, my husband and I have made up some seriously inappropriate names for his future products. I wish I could write them but they are truly terrible. Below is a closeup of Spring 2015, hopefully it shows you the complexity of this eyeshadow, how it could turn green in some lights, grey in others, etc.

Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadow Spring 2015 OpenI figured this would make a lovely smokey eye so I eagerly swatched this shadow on my wrist, starting with an opaque application to see how it would perform close to the lash line, then sheering it out on the other side of my wrist to see how it would perform in the crease.

Tom Ford Cream Eyeshadow Spring 2015 Wrist SwatchNice! I was so pleased with the pigmentation (insane btw), and the complexity, the little shimmer particles and the same formulation as Platinum that makes it look like two eyeshadow colors. Yay! So this morning I applied it and I can say its my go-to smokey eye look now. I just used Spring 2015 on the look below so you can see how it performs on its own, but in the future I will be using an eyeliner on the lash line, smudging it, then applying Spring 2015 over it on the lid and into the crease.

Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Eyeshadow Eyes OpenTom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Shadow Eyes ClosedTom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Eyeshadow Eyes RightTom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Eyeshadow Eyes LeftMe like. I then decided to see how Raw Jade performs over the cream eyeshadow because I saw Sara from Color Me Loud using Spring 2015 as a base and doing an AWESOME look with all 3 Spring duos over it. It was truly amazing, go check it out: http://www.colormeloud.com/2015/03/tom-ford-lip-color-sheer-in-skinny-dip.html

Below I applied the darker green shade from the Raw Jade palette in the center of the lid and center of the bottom lash line, then applied the highlighter shade on top to achieve a lovely iridescent light green color. Hope you like this one too:

Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Eyeshadow with Tom Ford Raw Jade Eyes OpenTom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Eyeshadow with Tom Ford Raw Jade Eyes CLosedTom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Eyeshadow with Tom Ford Raw Jade Eyes RIghtTom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Eyeshadow with Tom Ford Raw Jade Eyes LeftAll in all, I think this is a really versatile little cream eyeshadow. It can be worn on its own for a slight smokey eye or an intense dark grey smoky eye, or you can use it as a base and layer other colors on top. I love that Spring 2015 is such a unique color for the season, and that its out of my comfort zone but it turned out to be a great purchase. Oddly enough, I was scared of Platinum which turned out to be my favorite of the 3, and I was most excited about Spice which turned out to be the worst out of the 3! You never know. Expect the unexpected with Tom Ford I suppose. He didn’t even name it something naughty! Although, how you can name something naughty that looks like grey/brown/green mud in the pan, I don’t know, but I’m sure he would have come up with something. Kudos for your restraint this time Tom.

Hope y’all are having a lovely week! Its time to go rescue my son from his laptop. I hope to review Raw Jade soon, we are moving at the end of the month so its been hectic! Let me know if you liked Spring 2015, I’ve read mixed reviews online so I’m interested to hear your thoughts! 🙂

Chanel La Romanesque Rouge Allure Velvet Spring 2015 Collection

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Back to my lipstick obsession and to my most coveted one yet. Chanel’s gorgeous blue-toned fuchsia shade from their Spring 2015 Collection called La Romanesque. For the past couple months I’ve been trying to be judicious with my makeup purchases so I make myself wait to buy instead of making impulse purchases. After attempting to do this with La Romanesque, I must have talked about it enough that my husband bought it for me for Valentines Day! Yay!! He said it was sold out in our town and on the Chanel website, I think he ended up finding it at Neiman Marcus online. Very popular little thing!

Chanel La Romanesque website stock photo

I was first intrigued by the name of the lipstick, it brought back memories of art history class and trips to Europe. I expected something a little more sober to reflect Romanesque architecture: more practical than flashy like Gothic architecture. Am I being too cerebral here? Anyway this lipstick is not practical in its color but in terms of wearability and longevity, it most definitely is!

Chanel La Romanesque

The packaging is also really fun, the lipstick lives in the little black tube pictured above, and you have to press on the gold part to release the lipstick. Fun! The lipstick in the tube is a gorgeous purple fuchsia, but when I swatched it, I was surprised to see that the shade is more of a cool toned fuchsia pink, the purple sort of melted away. Not a bad thing because its a GORGEOUS color.

Chanel La Romanesque Wrist Swatch At this point I was in a rush to go to dinner with my husband, sans baby which is a rare thing, so I just slapped on some makeup and put on La Romanesque and went out the door. Here is the photo, I am wearing Armani Luminous Silk in 3.75, MAC Concealer in NW15 under the eyes, Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Pencil in Caramel, Urban Decay Naked and Buck in the crease and lower lashline, Almay Liquid Liner in Raisin Quartz, MAC Extended Play Mascara, Tom Ford Softcore for blush and highlighter and of course, La Romanesque for the lips.

Chanel La Romanesque LipsWhile testing it out at dinner, I was surprised to see that it actually creates a stain. My first impression was of how creamy this matte formulation was when you first apply it to your lips, it doesn’t feel drying at all. It never felt drying throughout dinner or afterwords, I did reapply once after we finished dinner just to intensify the color again.  I am kind of obsessed with this lipstick now to be honest. Its just amazing. The color, the longevity, pigmentation, doesn’t bleed at all, super easy to apply, and the creamy texture made it so easy to wear! I absolutely love it! I would choose these any day over the Tom Ford Lipsticks which are much more expensive at $50 a piece whilst these are $36. Everyone has their preference obviously and these are mine!

I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend, ours not so much unfortunately. Our son has strep and the stomach flu, poor little guy. He’s on the mend now we hope and taking a nap, so I am writing this blog post to chill out while my husband naps on the couch. What an exciting life we lead! 🙂

See you next time for what is hopefully not a freaking lipstick post!