Monday, April 27, 2015

Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert Summer 2015 Collection

Deborah Lippmann’s new summer 2015 Collection ($18 each; shop.nordstrom.com), Painted Desert features gorgeous murky creme polishes in four fabulous shades. The colors do seem more fall appropriate than summer, but they make for great transition shades in between seasons as well.

Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert Summer 2015 Collection


Love In The Dunes - A purple grey cream that was opaque in just one coat. Its a beautiful shade that would flatter most skin tones and is very understated. Dries a tad darker than how it looks in the bottle.

Desert Moon - A grey cream with hints of green. This definitely is a fall color, but great formula, a one coater and dries super fast!

Deborah Lippmann Painted Desert Summer 2015 Collection


Terra Nova - Probably not the most flattering shade for my skin tone, but another beautiful cream formula. I used two coats for swatching, but you can easily get away with one.

Shifting Sands - The most sophisticated, chic shade that went on beautifully. It is a tad less opaque than the others though, so I went with three thin coats, but the color and formula are very worth it.



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Christopher Kane For NARS Summer 2015 Collection | Glow Pink Lip Gloss & Starscape Blush

NARS’s new summer collection in collaboration with Christopher Kane is a gorgeous mix of brights and sheer pops of color in limited edition packaging. My two favorite pieces from the collection are the Glow Pink Lip Gloss ($26; narscosmetics.com) a sheer cool toned purple-pink gloss and the hot pink blush, Starscape (limited edition; $30; narscosmetics.com).

Christopher Kane For NARS Summer 2015 Collection | Glow Pink Lip Gloss & Starscape Blush




Both colors, although very bright to look at, are extremely wearable and flattering. The Starscape Blush can be sheered out to look like a light flush of pink and since there’s no chunky shimmer or glitter, it looks very natural when used with NARS’ Yachiyo brush. It is quite easy to go overboard, but also easy to control the intensity with a less dense brush. 

Christopher Kane For NARS Summer 2015 Collection | Glow Pink Lip Gloss & Starscape Blush




The Glow Pink Lip Gloss is almost a clear gloss with a hint of pink on my pigmented lips. It brightens up the complexion and layers beautifully with many other lipsticks. There’s no strong scent or taste and the formula is super comfortable and moisturizing. If you are looking for a brighter pop of color, just as it looks in the tube, Glow Pink might not be the one, but if you love sheer pinks and easy to swipe and go glosses, this is fabulous! Both these products are absolutely gorgeous and will flatter any complexion, especially those in the medium/dark category. They are an easy way to wear brights effortlessly without having to worry about going overboard.

Christopher Kane For NARS Summer 2015 Collection | Glow Pink Lip Gloss & Starscape Blush
Christopher Kane For NARS Summer 2015 Collection | Glow Pink Lip Gloss & Starscape Blush Swatches

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Burberry Beauty Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Aqua Green No.309

Burberry’s new spring collection included four of the new reformulated wet/dry silk eyeshadows in colorful matte shades. Aqua Green No.309 ($29; shop.nordstrom.com) is a bright matte green with fabulous color payoff and intensity that can be used wet or dry.

Burberry Beauty Wet Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Aqua Green No.309




I’m not sure if Aqua Green is limited edition, it still seems to be available at a few retailers like Nordstrom and Saks though. I found the silk formula to be smooth, blendable and super silky, just as the name describes it to be. While I do love mattes, Aqua Green isn’t the most flattering color on me and would look much nicer on someone with lighter skin tone. Its not a pastel, but not warm enough to flatter my  my complexion. I do love to layer it paired with olive greens and shimmery browns than by itself. I found the intensity of the shadow to be great when used both wet and dry, although I prefer dry application better. I did have a bad experience with my Nude Glow eyeshadow cracking after using it wet, so I guess I won’t be experimenting much by using the formula wet. That apart, its a beautiful formula - I love Burberry’s original formula and the reformulation feels just as silky and smooth!

Burberry Beauty Wet Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Aqua Green No.309
Burberry Beauty Wet Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Aqua Green No.309
Burberry Beauty Wet Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Aqua Green No.309
Burberry Beauty Wet Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Aqua Green No.309 Swatch

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