Mar 302013
 

Guerlain Sun Scrub1

Guerlain Sun Scrub ($65/5.1 oz.) has just been released for Summer 2013. This cleanser is unusual, with a niche appeal, yet fits a market need so well that it’s worth a look. This scrub has very subtle self-tanning  properties that will appeal to those who frequently exfoliate. This will be a bit of a surprise to some, as the descriptive material does not mention this quality.  I learned about the self-tanning aspect through my discussion with the extremely helpful Guerlain Las Vegas Boutique. We tried it, and it does work on us.

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First, Guerlain Sun Scrub is an all-over body scrub. The tube is big, with a relatively generous 5.1 ounce. It has a lush, summer-in-St. Tropez scent that gives me a sort of relaxing “I’m on a beach” effect. The moisturizing gel has microbeads in the formula to give you a softening, moisturizing and exfoliating effect. According to Guerlain, the primary purpose of this product is to prepare the skin for tanning. I’ve used this all over, including on the face, without any breakouts or concerns and it’s quite a luxurious way to start your day.

Guerlain Sun Scrub

There are a group of women and men who exfoliate frequently, including those who use retin-based products or overnight exfoliators, masks, shower scrubs, Perricone MD Blue Plasma and/or brushes and textured cloths. Gentle, frequent exfoliation is a wonderful way to get glowing skin, but makes a self-tanner temporary. I haven’t wanted to spend time waiting for self-tanner to set and dry, only to start over the next day.

Guerlain, apparently reading our minds, has added a gentle, self-tanning property to this scrub that gives just a very subtle tan effect. So as you wash, you tan. If I were to estimate the effect on me, I would say it’s about 1/8 to 1/4 step between foundation shades. It’s a nice effect on winter-white skin. Of course, it’s Guerlain so it’s a flattering non-orange color. The effect is cumulative–if you wash twice in a row, the effect is stronger.

I realize that the price point and the niche appeal of this product will not have everyone rushing to the counters. Yet I found the idea ingenious, so I thought this was a review worth publishing for those looking for just a boost of color as we transition from winter to spring.

Guerlain Sun Scrub is available at Nordstrom.com and other Guerlain counters. I don’t yet see this on Sephora.

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Mar 282013
 

Nars Satin Lip Pencils03

Despite some delay because life got in the way, we were pleased to be able to present the entire line of Nars Satin Lip Pencils. Like many Nars releases, this includes some highly usable, yet unusual colors.

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These are unique enough to create a “what’s she wearing?” look.

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Unlike prior releases, these had no scent or taste. The finish is slightly glowy, which fades to a rich stain. The glow lasts for the first hour or less, the stain far longer. Please keep in mind that nothing lasts on us. We didn’t notice any bleeding, but we don’t tend to experience bleeding with any lip products. Although the initial experience with these feels moisturizing, the sensation does wear off along with the gloss after 1/2 hour up to 1 hour. The rich stain left behind is pretty, but those with drier lips will notice the change (and the appearance will look as dry as your lips actually are).

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After playing with these, I found the standouts to be Lodhi, Biscayne Park, Rikugien, and Yu. I hope you enjoyed this little series. Which did you choose?

Nars Satin Lip Pencils

Nars Satin Lip Pencils are available online at Nars Cosmetics online, Nars boutiques (New York City on Bleecker, Los Angeles, and San Francisco on Fillmore), Nordstrom.com, and other Nars retailers that include Sephora.

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Mar 282013
 

Nars Palais Royal1

Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) each are just being released. Our overview of all shades and the formula is here. This is part of a series of posts that looks at all shades on lips. At the close, we’ll do a wrap up post of all shades again for this 13-pencil release. Here, Nars Palais Royale is a rich sangria color.

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This color does appear to have the look that one’s lip would have after drinking  a rich glass of red wine:

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Nars Satin Lip Pencils are available at Nars online website, Nars boutiques, Nordstrom.com, Sephora.com and other Nars retailers.

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Mar 282013
 

Nars Hyde Park1

Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) each are just being released. Our overview of all shades and the formula is here. This is part of a series of posts that looks at all shades on lips. At the close, we’ll do a wrap up post of all shades again for this 13-pencil release. Here, Nars Hyde Park acted as a bit of a chameleon. Here are my set of swatches, including Hyde Park which reads as a dark red:

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On Liz, Hyde Park looked much lighter in tone than the swatch when applied. Here she is, applying Nars Hyde Park while she is wearing Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Shimmer #11

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Close up of Liz wearing Nars Satin Lip pencil in Hyde Park on lips:

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I noticed that Hyde Park shows up much more red on other blogger’s photos, and a touch more brown on me when applied. For that reason, Liz and I double checked and so tried Hyde Park again in outdoor lighting when we met for lunch last Saturday. Truly, the color applied on Liz just as you see in this photo.

For those reasons, Hyde Park is one shade that I would strongly encourage you to try in person before you buy. Fortunately, I think the Armani Eyes to Kill Shimmer in #11 is a winner on everyone–I love a shimmery taupe, don’t you? (full review to come soon)

Nars Satin Lip Pencils are available at Nars online website, Nars boutiques, Nordstrom.comSephora.com and other Nars retailers.

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Mar 232013
 

Jardin des Plantes1

Nars Satin Lip Pencils ($25) each are just being released. Our overview of all shades and the formula is here. This is part of a series of posts that looks at all shades on lips. At the close, we’ll do a wrap up post of all shades again for this 13-pencil release. Here, Nars Jardin des Plantes is a deep fuchsia, and is the only color of this 13-piece collection that is exclusive to Nars online website and the Nars boutiques.

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Jardin des Plantes is deeper in tone than the brighter cool pink Nars Yu.

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 Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Jardin des Plantes  on Liz:

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Nars Jardin des Plaintes is available only at Nars online website, and Nars boutiques. The rest of the line is available on Nordstrom.comSephora.com, and other Nars retailers.

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