All posts tagged: spring 2013

Color it Spring: A Quick Swatch Review of the Le Métier de Beauté’s Mélange de Colour Fashion Palette

OK, so where do I begin? This beauty is the Melange de Colour Fashion Palette by Le Métier de Beauté, and it is probably going to be the last eyeshadow buy for me in a long, long while (unless something remarkable comes out and I need to get it, stat). This was a palette I was going to pass up whilst on my makeup ban a few months ago. I was trying to pool together my ‘beauty budget’ for that trip to Japan that I ignored some of the later-announced Spring releases, and this was one of them. I came across a post by Emilie of the Cogitation Project, and of course I became obsessed with finding it. I looked at eBay but couldn’t afford the 50% markup + shipping + taxes, and then I resorted to the LMdB Facebook page, where an SA was saying they had a couple more left department store and could probably get one to whoever emails him/her. Of course I did, and after a few weeks of correspondence, it …

Put a spring in your step with Chanel Ombres Fleuries in Délicatesse

I’ve been eyeing this palette for a while now, ever since I saw it in the promotional shot. I kept saying “I don’t need another quad, I don’t need another quad,” but as you know I have terribly low EQ. I was actually doing pretty well. I crossed it off my to-buy list, and saw it in Rustan’s one day and swatched it and loved it but stayed away. And then—a relapse at the Kansai airport in Osaka. This quad magically appeared into my shopping cart when I was buying perfume for my sister. I didn’t touch it for a week, suffered from buyer’s remorse, or more like guilt, I guess. But then I tried it on my eyes, and poof! Guilt gone. This is an amazing quad if you’re planning on looking pretty, and soft, and feminine in the springtime. I’ve been gearing my posts toward more summer-y content because I live in a sauna for a country, but Chanel really hit the nail on the head when it released Délicatesse for Spring. Délicatesse …

Quickie: Be Betty Bright This Spring

I somehow got my hands on a tube of the Betty Bright lipstick from the MAC x Archie’s Girls collection, and I am over the moon. It’s described as a light vibrant peach, but it looks very coral, with a strong pink tone, to me. Betty Bright is a satin finish, which I’ve never had. All my MAC lipsticks—only two so far—are Lustres. The texture is pretty good, the coverage is fairly opaque even with just one swipe. It’s exactly like Betty Cooper’s pretty pink pout. Doesn’t it look exactly like the lipstick she is wearing on the MEGA cover? If you’re not feeling this bright of a pink for Spring (or in our case, Summer), here are a few suggestions I have: L-R: shu uemura x Karl Lagerfeld (Celebrity Beige), MAC Archie’s Girls (Betty Bright), Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet (La Favorite), Guerlain Rouge G L’Extrait (Gourmandise) I think I want to try out a bright eye and nude lip combo next time. Just to stray away from the neutrals and be adventurous. 😀 One …

NARS: Spring Gifting 2013 And God Created the Woman Set

My first makeup brand love was NARS. After reading through countless blogs and reviews, the first items I bought for myself on intentional trips to the makeup counter were an eyeshadow trio (Ramatuelle), a lipstick from their sheer range (Vendanges), and of course, the ever-famous blush in Orgasm. All are still favorites, so I’m patting myself on the back for those awesome purchases. Fast forward to today, and I’ve flirted with a lot of new products. This blog doesn’t get a lot of NARS love just because I got them prior to starting this blog. From time to time, though, I will get an itch that only NARS can scratch, and a particular instance of this was when the Spring 2013 palettes came out. Introducing the And God Created the Woman Set! I got suckered in because of the awesome name, but I got it because it’s a beautiful neutral palette with such a great value (you’ll see why). The Spring Gifting Collection (?) for 2013 has two palettes, if I’m not mistaken. The other …

MAC Archie’s Girls Review & Swatches: Boyfriend Stealer & Veronica’s Blush

I have here two items from one of the latest MAC Collection, Archie’s Girls. Though I pretty much wanted to get everything, I controlled myself and reassessed my life choices made the executive decision to just get only a few items. Which is a pretty great feat for me, because let’s face it—if there’s any sort of Beauty Bandwagon, I’d probably jump on it. Technically, I only have one item (a pearlmatte powder), since I got the Ronnie lipstick for my sister, who loves dark plummy shades. I do have my eye on a Betty lipstick (Betty Bright), but I can’t seem to get a hold of it. I’m not sure if these are officially out on MAC counters now, but it should be any day now, as the press launch coincidentally happened yesterday. OKAY, up first is the lipstick. We have Boyfriend Stealer, which is the darkest of the six shades that came out. It’s a cremesheen lipstick, which is basically a MAC range that is “ultra sheer and uber moist, it features flat …

Quickie: Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole

I can wax poetic about this beautiful peach apricot blush by Chanel, but I won’t. I’ll spare ya. What I will tell you, though, is that infuses a beautiful glow on your face. Prepare for a smattering of warmth, when you put it on. It’s a subtle kind of warmth; the kind that seems like it’s spreading across your cheeks from that special place in your heart. The Chanel Joues Contraste in Frivole ($43) is the kind of thing that I knew I wanted to have the minute I saw it in Spring 2013 promo pictures. It’s just a beautiful orange blush that looks mega-bright on the pan but is actually a) subtle on the cheeks/skin, and b) fairly buildable. Frivole comes with a full-size compact mirror and a slightly stiff and rough brush, as well as a little velvet pouch to keep it scratch-free when you throw place it gently into your bag. When you open it, the air begins to smell strongly like “roses” but it really reminds me of what a lola …

ASOS Haul Part 2 + Quick Reviews (Illamasqua I’mperfection Spring 2013)

Incidentally, the second part of my ASOS Haul (first part here) was comprised of Illamasqua products, two of which are part of their newest collection I’mperfection. I’ll talk about them first. The first thing I got was the Illamasqua Blusher Duo in Lover and Hussy (£26), a soft apricot and a candy pink. First impression: this thing is huge and also, I am a blush psycho person. I tried Hussy (candy pink) today, and it was great! It went well with my skin tone and wasn’t overpowering or glaring at all. I kind of wish I got the new Illamasqua blush brush, but my super soft Marionnaud slanted angle blush brush does the trick. I didn’t notice much fading, as most blushes are wont to do, so I am deeply impressed. The next item I got from their I’mperfection collection is the Lipstick in Immodest (£16). Now, I don’t normally wear pinks, but I saw it on Estée (here) and fell in love. I had to have it. Unfortunately, I don’t read properly and failed …