Jun 092015
 

LE DISKO_BEAUTY_300aMAC is set to release Le Disko Collection: where glitter and glamour intoxicate and colour gets physical. It’s all see and be scene as the crowd converges under a sparkling aura of lights and erupts into a dazzling sea of eyes and lips. Feel the fever with Dazzle Eye Shadow in riotous hues, while Dazzleglass drops it like it’s hot for colour-popped lips that’ll make the boys go crazy. It’s a full on colour disco, and you’re the reigning queen.”  These should go online this Thursday  June 11th, 2015, and be in-stores on June 18th, 2015 (US and Canada).

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Jan 132015
 

Clarins lip oil08Clarins Lip Comfort Oil ($23/0.1 oz./limited edition) seems perfectly suited to this time of year. Baby, it’s cold outside. Of course, this French line is a skincare specialist and so I was drawn to try this out when I noticed it at a local counter. It comes in two colors (01 Honey (yellow tint) and 02 Raspberry (pink tint)) and the product is now becoming available at Clarins sources, including Nordstrom, Macys, and Clarins online (by the way, if you register with Clarins.com, they are very generous with their special offers and sample kits).

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According to Clarins, this little lip-saver is formulated to “transforms lips from dry and damaged to plump and luscious while adding just a hint of color. The formula nourishes, soothes and enhances the natural way, with oils of mirabelle plum, jojoba and hazelnut for lips that look comfortable and appear fuller. Its innovative gel-like, non-sticky texture hugs your pout in gorgeous color.” It does do a lovely job moisturizing and re-conditioning lips. It smooths out lip lines beautifully, re-conditions this delicate area, and does make my lips feel so much healthier.

Clarins lip oil04aAt $23, the price runs about the price of a lipgloss and the container includes roughly the same amount of product. The is fairly modest for a skincare item–I foresee using this tube up by March quite easily. The formula is very sticky and extremely long-lasting. I have trouble having any gloss last more than an hour (or two), but the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil gave me a good four hours. Because of the sticky texture, if you walking through a stiff wind, it’s ponytail time. Then again, if you are walking in the wind it’s probably ponytail time anyway.

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The formula starts out very, very shiny and sheer over either bare lips or lipstick. After an hour or so, the formula mellows to give my lips a moisturized, semi-gloss look. Eventually, it absorbs and leaves softer, line-free lips behind. The formula works very well over lipstick, there did not seem to be any significant color shift.

Clarins lip oil02The applicator is a big, spongy paddle. You can dab it on or use it as a gloss, or close your lips over it as you move it from side to side (dab, dab, dab).

I don’t believe that the color difference is terribly distinct between the raspberry and honey colors–the honey is slightly yellow/orange, and the raspberry is slightly pink.  As someone with mauve-toned lips I went with pink. The scent is a very strong sweet candy, which takes a bit of time to fade.

Clarins lip oil14aSome may be considering whether to buy the Clarins Lip Comfort Oil versus the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.

Bite lip products05 copyHere are my thoughts on the comparisons:

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  • The packaging of the Clarins Lip Oil is far more purse friendly. The Clarins big square top fastens with a satisfying click, and placing it in any side pocket in a purse will keep the large square top from turning. The little cap on the Bite Beauty has fallen off a few times in my travel kit (although the product hasn’t splooged out, I think it’s only a matter of time).

 

  • Bite Beauty’s formula seems more moisturizing and conditioning to me, and the product comes in different colors (clear, Champagne, and Smashed Agave (the Beauty Look Book has reviewed Champagne and Smashed Agave so that you can see how strong the colors are). Clarins’ colors are very sheer by comparison, and can be easily layered under or over lipstick.

 

As long as we’re talking balms, those who prefer premium formulas in a pot will prefer Tatcha’s Camellia Nouring Lip Balm ($36)…Tatcha camillia lip balm05

 

Or By Terry’s Baume de Rose ($60)…but I don’t want to get too far off course. This post is about Clarins Lip Oil.

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Overall, I believe that Clarins Lip Oil fills a niche in the beauty world–the portability and packaging are lovely. The scent, sticky texture, and small quantity are some of the factors to consider. However, the convenience factor is huge. It’s nice to tuck this little bit of luxury into my down jacket on the way to a long, cold commute to allow my lips to live another day.

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Clarins Lip Oil is available at Nordstrom, Macys, and Clarins online, and is limited edition. Ingredient list (click to enlarge):

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Jan 092015
 

This is just a quick teaser post of some Nars items that arrived.  This box contains the new series of Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, several Soft Velvet Loose Powders, Eyeshadow palettes, eye pencils, a new lipgloss, a more.  Please keep in mind that this is just an “open the box” style post. These pictures are not color-accurate as I have not set up the correct lighting.  Still, so exciting!  I can feel my heart beat faster and faster….

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Dec 092014
 
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Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss ($34 each) (sometimes called Chanel Rouge Allure Colour & Shine Lip Gloss) is the latest from the line famous for the “click click” heavy luxury packaging and its delightful, depth-filled sheer Glossimers. This new line sits somewhere in between–the packaging is pared down a bit from the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, and opacity is amped-up from the Glossimer line.  I see that the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is no longer showing for sale on Chanel.com, so I am assuming that this line is the replacement (I’ve  had no official word). These are available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and other Chanel sources.

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I tried a range–the nude Sensuel, the red Seduction, and the coral-pink Affriolant. These use the “click click” mechanism, rather than the screw-opening of the Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss, and the packing feels lighter in weight. The texture of the three that I tried do not seem to have quite the complexity as some of my favorite Extrait de Glosses. These new Rouge Allure Colour and Shine Lip Glosses have a noticeable perfumed scent, which fades after several minutes.

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My favorite of these was the gorgeous red Seduction.

Chanel Seduction1 copy copyHere is the nude Sensuel.  Here, I notice that Chanel has worked its magic by formulating a perfect nude. Chanel seems to be a genius formulating colors with both warmth and coolness. I’ve seen it in their blushes for years, and now it brings this talent to Sensuel. Also, Sensuel seems to be a nude that will work for many, many skin tones. How do they keep doing it? This color can be built up to a good opacity.

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Affriolant seems to bring its own version of warmth. Now that winter is taking hold, I have to say I enjoy the subdued brightness of this color. It looks beautiful with greys, forest greens, navy, and other colors that seem to be popular in winter. I suspect it will be beautiful in the summer sun as well.

chanel affriolant lipsOverall, I’m looking forward to wearing these, and to more releases in this line. Sometimes we need a glossy look with some opacity, and the new line of Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss well worth exploring. The colors are simple, edited, and perfect.

These are available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and other Chanel sources.

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Dec 082014
 

Nars lipgloss1 copyJust a quick post tonight to take a quick look at the beautiful little NARS Tech Fashion Lip Gloss Coffret ($39). This is perfect for those gloss-a-holics in your life (or to treat yourself). This is limited edition and currently available at NordstromNars online, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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This pretty little set of four mini’s uses Nars reformulated glosses. The shades are a light peach, pretty sheer red, deep burgundy, and shimmery nude.

Nars lipgloss5 copy As with all of the new Nars glosses, these use a doe-foot. Swatches:

Nars Laced with Edge LipglossOverall, this is a lovely set with a wide range of widely-flattering, sheer and flattering colors. Highly recommended.

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These are now available at NordstromNars online, Barneys, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Jun 302014
 

Marc Jacobs Love Lust02Free Marc Jacobs? Sign me up. I put the Sephora Beauty Insider Marc Jacobs Love and Lust set (1000 points) into my cart when this promotion went live. Marc Jacobs Love Lust03Inside, there is a booklet that introduces the line, as well as full sized Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc lip gel in #146 Cabernet ($30), a new limited edition shade that is currently exclusive to Sephora VIB Rouge members.  There is also a full sized Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust for Laquer Lip Vinyl in #316 Shooting Stars ($28). Marc Jacobs Lust Life1 Cabernet is a wine plum. Shooting Stars is a warm red, with a touch of rust and soft sparkle. Hit me like a ray of sun, Shooting Stars. As with Marc’s other glosses, this one is refreshingly mint-scented. Marc Jacobs Love Lust10The gloss was our favorite by far. Here is Shooting Stars on Liz: MARC JACOBS LIPGLOSS1 If you’ve been saving your Sephora points, this set is definitely worth a look. Marc Jacobs Love Lust05   Marc Jacobs Love Lust08   Marc Jacobs Love Lust06   Marc Jacobs Love Lust04

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May 042014
 
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Dior Pandore Addict Stick1 Dior’s Addict Fluid Stick ($35) is a new range of liquid lipstick that, at first, I tried very hard to ignore. I was under a mis-impression that the formula was nice but I was unsure whether any of the colors would work. I was so, so wrong. After an hour at a local counter, I think the only problem with this range is that nearly all of the colors work on a wide variety of skin tones. Who can get just one? Dior Pandore Addict Stick2 I’m starting my collection with Dior Fluid Stick in Pandore, a lovely pink-red. Although I know that I’ll be branching out very soon to get several more. Dior Pandore Addict Stick3 Pandore is a rich, bright, gorgeous red that can be worked into any season. Anyone that loves neutral makeup as much as I do will find that Pandore offers a perfect touch of brightening color that is always appropriate. Here is the doe foot applicator, which is quite easy to use: Dior Pandore Addict Stick4I’ll give the bottom line early (spoiler alert!)–Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are a gorgeous, gorgeous formula. I need at least two more–a pink and a nude. Maybe a deep color as well.  The quality is beautiful, and these look amazing on. Liz prefers to wear this more sheerly, and I prefer to load up the doe-foot for  a full force red. Here’s Liz’s lighter touch with Dior Pandore: Dior Pandore Addict Stick5 And a quick, rich swatch…. Dior Pandore Addict Stick6 Overall, we’re loving Dior Pandore. And I’m loving this new formula. Below, Liz is wearing Dior Fluid Stick in Pandore, Nars Lost Coast eyeshadow duo, Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation in #20, and Nars Olympia Contour Blush.

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Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are available at Nordstrom.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Macy’s.

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May 022014
 

Decontructed Rose 1aI’ve been playing with the Bite Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library ($49), a set of twelve mini-glosses from a company that is building a name in excellent lip products. I’m sincerely impressed the Bite Agave Lip Mask (reviewed here), which delivers all-day effective results. In my opinion, the  Bite Agave Lip Mask fits right up there with other best-in-class lip balms. I had high hopes for the Deconstructed Rose glosses.  Overall, my hopes weren’t met 100%, although the set definitely has several excellent points.

deconstructed rose 3The set has twelve mini-sized (0.05 ounce) glosses in numbered shades:

  • One (light pink/mauve)
  • Two (rosey pink)
  • Three (light coral)
  • Four (raisin)
  • Five (mauve)
  • Six (dusty rose)
  • Seven (dusty coral)
  • Eight (muted cherry)
  • Nine (apple red)
  • Ten (jewel red)
  • Eleven (dark red/brown)
  • Twelve (deep purple)

This set is ideal for someone who loves a natural, flattering look. In my life, this would be an amazing graduation gift, end-of-year teacher gift, or a set to keep on my desk to grab over the summer to add a touch of polish to casual-day looks. These feel do not feel either moisturizing or drying. They are medium-shine.

deconstructed rose 14Overall, you can refresh your summer lip library with this set, and have every shade you could possibly need. Ten to eleven of these are extremely flattering colors on almost any skin tone. When we were testing these out, Sandra and I noted that the middle-to-deep shades really do look lovely applied. Another set of swatches:

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Most Cafe Makeup readers know that I’m quick to point out any potential issues. Here, I think many readers will find shades numbered 1 though 6 or so a bit on the sheer side. Part of the issue is, I think, that the gloss tubes are made with very, very tiny openings. So as you pull out the doe foot, the gloss really gets squeegeed off (is the at word?). In other words, the doe-foot feels a bit dry after you pull it out, so I found myself dipping back in three of four times to get a good layer of gloss going especially with the lighter shades. For example, here is shade three on Sandra with only a single swipe:

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Here is shade six with a single swipe. Again, the sheerness surprised us:

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Here is shade eleven with two swipes. As you can see, the color is much deeper:

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Also, high-wind alert, these feel a bit on the sticky side (pony-tail time!). Here are few examples of the tubes:

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In a world where luxury glosses go in the $20-30 range, the Bite Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library offers a pleasant alternative for those quick-BB-cream-and-go days.Also, I think the gifting potential for this set is enormous, particularly for friends who may want a simple bit of polish for everyday (who doesn’t?). I think this set delivers a wide range of highly usable shades, particularly if the glosses are layered to punch up the color. Luxury readers who want to add a bit of fun will be tempted to get this to use for everyday causal looks, but will continue to reach for Chanel, Dior, and the like for more formal occasions. Bottom line–well worth considering.

Ingredient list:

-Trans-Resveratrol
– Rosa Damascena
– Rose Glacia

Polypropanediol Dimer Dilinoleate (Vegetable-Derived), Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Polyamide-8 (Vegetable-Derived), Rosa Gallica (Rose Flower) Extract (and) Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Silica, Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Acacia Decurrens Wax, Jojoba Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Polyglycerin-3, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ethylcellulose, Linoleic Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract (and) Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Organic Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Natural Flavor, Tocopherol Acetate, Trans-Resveratrol, Vitis Vinefera (Grapeseed) Oil, Siraitia Grosvenori (Monk Fruit), Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (And) Rubus Occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil (And) Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil (And) Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil (And) Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil (And) Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Seed Oil (And) Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Seed Oil (And) Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Seed Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil, Rosa Demascena (Rose Otto) Flower Oil +/- May Contain: Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Fd&C Blue No. 1 (Ci 42090), Fd&C Yellow No. 5 (Ci 19140), Fd&C Yellow No. 6 (Ci 15985), Fd&C Red No. 40 (Ci 16035), D&C Red 6 (Ci 15850), D&C Red 7 (Ci 15850), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742).

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Feb 202014
 

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We have a few more Nars Spring 2014 items to review, so we’re doing a consolidated post for the following:

First up, Bimini Larger Than Life Lipgloss is a sheer orange shimmer.

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On Liz:

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Annees Folles is a sheer cool lavendar shimmer with a high gloss finish.

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This gloss has a brightening effect:

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Swatches of Bimini and Annees Folles:

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Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil is a bright statement orange with a glowing finish:

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On Liz:

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Liz played with layering Timanfaya lip pencil and Bimini lip gloss, which gave her an intense statement lip:

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I really loved the new Na Pali Coast Multiple. Although it’s easy to overlook this one among the variety of winning products from Nars this year, you really shouldn’t. Na Pali Coast has a gorgeous sheen and just a touch of red, which looks amazing and sun-kissed when applied.

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Here is a swatch of Na Pali Coast, together with some of the coordinating lip products:

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Overall, these are all excellent quality. If these colors are something that appeal, you really should check them out. Our favorites are the Na Pali Coast Multiple and Bimini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss–both are beautiful, brightening and elegant colors for Spring.

Available at Nordstrom.com, Barney’s, Nars Cosmetics and other sources.

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Jan 202014
 

Nars Final Cut pencils overview1

NARS has introduced an extensive collection for Spring 2014. Part of this is the Final Cut collection, which includes four satin lip pencils–Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso, and Torres del Paine ($25 each). The satin formula leaves a glowy finish, with more shine than a matte but not as much as a gloss. These are all nicely pigmented, and applied evenly and smoothy. These are available February 1, 2014 at Nordstrom and beginning March 1, 2014 at NARS boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com.

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As with all NARS satin pencils, these are encased in black wood and come with tenacious little black caps.

Stourhead is a light cool pink, called a “pale lavender pink”

Villa Lante is a medium bright fresh pink, called a “cherry blossom pink”

Torres des Plaine is a bright peach coral

Descanso is “tea rose,” in my view a grayed-down soft peachy terracotta

Swatches:

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Another set:

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Although some of these seemed right for Spring and Summer, we found some were lovely for year-round wear.

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Surprisingly, Descanto was a favorite for Liz and I. We loved its sophisticated tone that made it appropriate for our coloring for almost every occasion.

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Descanso on Liz:

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Torres del Paine is slightly brighter and with a flush of red throughout the subdued color.

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Torres del Paine on Liz:

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Villa Lante won our hearts as a beautiful medium pink:

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Villa Lante on Liz:

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Stourhead is perhaps the most unusual of the set.  The light lavendar is fresh and fun, but won’t be for everyone or every occassion.

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Stourhead–as a pastel color– tended to be a little difficult because of its light tone.

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Overall, we were really pleased with this fresh set of pencils. Our favorites were Descanso and Villa Lante.  These pencils–Stourhead, Villa Lante, Descanso, and Torres del Paine are available February 1, 2014 at Nordstrom and beginning March 1, 2014 at NARS boutiques, and on narscosmetics.com.

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