Sunday, 16 February 2014

Chanel Le Blush Crème

Chanel Le Blush Crème in Chamade
For years I was under the impression that since I had oily skin, cream blushes were totally off limits to me. I don't remember the first cream blush I ever tried, but I do know that I now much prefer cream finishes to powders! Old wives' tales be damned--oily skin gals can rock a cream blush!

There is just something about the ease of applying a cream blush--knowing that it is not going to be patchy (as some powder blushes are) and that it will give my skin a 'lit from within' radiance that is hard to beat. You'll notice that many of the blushes I rave about are creams, and the Chanel Le Blush Crèmes are amongst my very favorites!

Clockwise from top left: Chamade, Intonation, Destiny
Released in 2013, the first Chanel Le Blush Crème I purchased was 61 Destiny, a beautiful warm 'nude' blush with a pinky undertone. Destiny is a foolproof choice, especially if you are wearing a more dramatic eye or lip. None of the Le Blush Crèmes contain any shimmer or glitter, and the Chanel sales associate recommended using Destiny as a contour. I've only used it as blush, but I do think it could be used as a less orange alternative to the famous Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzer.

L to R: Intonation, Chamade
Chanel's Spring 2014 collection, Notes de Printemps, added two new shades of the Le Blush Crème. I had a really, really hard time choosing between Intonation and Chamade, which look very similar in the pan, so I ordered both! Intonation appears to be a warmer and more muted version of Chamade in the packaging, but once they are swatched and applied, the differences between the two become quite apparent!

L to R: Destiny, Chamade, Intonation
The Chanel Le Blush Crèmes dry down to a powder finish and have excellent lasting power. I normally apply mine with a stippling brush over my liquid foundation. And as you can see, Chamade and Intonation are genuinely different enough to warrant owning both. 

Wearing Intonation 
Wearing Intonation
Chamade is a bolder color, and it's also cooler and pinker. Intonation, meanwhile, is a softer, warmer, more coral shade. Both are beautiful, but if I were forced to choose, I think Intonation is my favorite. I own a lot of cool, bright pink blushes that are relatively similar to Chamade, but Intonation is pretty unique in my collection. And I know that I will wear the hell out of it this spring. 

L to R: a Chanel Joues Contrastes Powder Blush, a Chanel Le Blush Crème
Size-wise, the packaging of the Le Blush Crèmes is smaller than Chanel's powder blushes. The cream blushes don't come with a brush like the powder ones do. Interestingly, there is also no plastic insert or cover over the blush when you first open it. I'm worried that this might lead to the Le Blush Crèmes drying out over time, but so far I have had zero problems. 

For cream blush lovers everywhere, or simply those who are looking for elegant, long-lasting blushes, you should really get thee to a Chanel counter fast! It's also worth mentioning that it all of the Chanel Le Blush Crème shades are labelled as limited edition on It doesn't appear that they are going anywhere soon, but if you are interested, don't wait too long just in case!

Le Blush Cremès are $38 and are available from Nordstrom.

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Laura Geller Moisturizing Lip Crayon in Lychee Glacé

Laura Geller Color Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon in Lychee Glacé
I've never dabbled into the Laura Geller waters before, but after seeing this post on Makeup and Beauty Blog, I made the impulsive decision to throw one of these into my online cart at Ulta during one of their recent 20% off sales. The vibrant pinky orange shade of Lychee Glacé immediately appealed to me, desperate as I am for spring to get here. I have been so pleased with Lychee Glacé since I got it that I've already ordered a second shade (Cranberry Glaze). 

Lychee Glacé is incredibly pigmented and it goes on brighter than I had first anticipated. It is almost a tad bit fluorescent on my lips, but I want to note that it is still a wearable shade. I think the fact that it is an orange with a strong pink undertone keeps it from being too outrageous. It is also the most moisturizing lip crayon I have ever tried. I find most lip crayons to feel waxy, but this feels creamy and smooth on the lips. 

In addition to its moisturizing qualities, Lychee Glacé also fades down evenly. The glossy sheen it has upon initial application seems to fade on me after a couple of hours, but the color remains and doesn't get patchy. The result is a vibrant shade that is easy to wear and doesn't require constant touch ups. I truly cannot say enough good things about this product! I am especially excited to have discovered it since orange lips are bang on trend this year (and who am I to disobey Lisa Eldridge?!) It is a twist up crayon, which I am on the fence about in general. I love the fact that twist ups waste less product, but I like the fine point of a crayon that requires sharpening. Not a deal breaker either way for me, but I know many people have firm opinions on this!

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayons are available in six shades for $16 each (given the inflation of drugstore prices, this really isn't significantly more than similar products from Revlon or Covergirl). You can find them at Ulta and Macy's. If you are a lip crayon fan, you absolutely must try these out. Trust me!

Which lip crayons are your favorites? Are you brave enough to wear an orange lip this spring?

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Valentine's Edit

As much of the country is under yet another winter storm, Valentine's Day seems destined to be a snowy night in for many. But that's certainly no excuse to not make the most of it! I've never been a big Valentine's Day person, but I do love the opportunity to pull out some beautiful pink and red makeup items. I'm not daring enough to wear pink and red anywhere apart from my lips and cheeks, but here are a few of my favorites:

  • Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural
  • Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Apple-a-Day
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Natural Beauty
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart
  • Burberry Lip Glow Lipgloss in Hibiscus 
  • Nivea Lip Balm in A Kiss of Cherry
  • Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint in RD301 (review here)
  • Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Pink Escape (review here)
  • Tom Ford Lip Color in Wild Ginger (review here)
  • Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Cranberry (review here)
  • NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose (review here)
  • Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 503 (review here)
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot

What are your favorite pink and red beauty items? Will you be sporting them this Valentine's Day?

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Monday, 10 February 2014

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Poppy

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Poppy
Tarte, a cruelty free brand, has become known largely for their Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blushes. In their Amazonian Butter Lipsticks, Tarte has combined the 'Amazonian' wave of success they have been riding for the past few years, with the 'lip butter' trend that virtually every makeup brand in existence has jumped on. The result is a line that offers 8 shades of lipstick, each housed in a cute cardboard package with a different print. 

Poppy is described as a warm red, but it comes across as more of a warm rose with a hint of red to me. It applies as a sheer color with a high shine finish. Poppy is a beautiful, highly wearable color. Perhaps due to the sheer nature of the formula, it comes across as a relatively muted, yet fresh shade on the lips.

While I love the color of Poppy, I was not overly impressed with the formulation. I do enjoy sheer lipsticks, but the lasting power on this lipstick was lacking. It didn't stick around long on my lips before needing to be reapplied. The feel of these is very similar to those of the Revlon Lip Butters--emollient and even a bit slippy on the lips. It doesn't feel like Poppy is drying out my lips, but it certainly doesn't seem to be hydrating them, either, despite Tarte's claims that the "sustainably-harvested cupuacu and murumuru butters to deliver intense moisture and help restore and soothe even mature lips." I am also nervous that the cardboard packaging won't be strong enough to stand up to the beating it would undoubtedly receive if I carried it around in my makeup bag.

These lipsticks have the same mint scent as the Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Crayons do. It smells refreshing, but there's no tingling sensation on my lips. All in all, Poppy is a beautiful color, so by all means, if the need for reapplication doesn't bother you, give it a look. Those looking for a subtle, understated lip for spring may also enjoy this--especially if you are working on getting the courage to wear a bolder lip! 

The Tarte Amazonian Lip Butters are available at Ulta for $16.00.

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