May 262010
 

Here come the Memorial Day discounts!

From May 26 through May 31, The Spirit Beauty Lounge is offering 15% off sitewide with.  Note that the standard ship rate is around $6 ship in the U.S.;  free ship is at an unfortunately high $100, but their shipping is fast and the samples are fun.  Although I’m not affiliated with this company, they have impressed me with the organic and natural products they carry, particularly RMS Beauty.  The line’s owner, Rose Marie Swift, has developed a safe, organic line that does wonderful things for my skin and looks gorgeous.

Here are some reviews of RMS Beauty on this site:

  • Entire line of RMS eyeshadow swatches are here.
  • Several Lip2Cheek swatches are here.
  • A detailed review of one of the hero products, the Living Luminizer is here.
  • A detailed review of Seduce Eyeshadow is here.

Here are some reviews of RMS Beauty on London Makeup Girl:

  • Smile Lip2Cheek and Seduce eyeshadow are here.
  • Here’s a 5 minute face with RMS beauty here.

What I find remarkable about RMS Beauty products is that they are easy and intuitive to use, look lovely, but most importantly seem to have significant skin care benefits built in.  Let me be clear, these aren’t the hidden, “is this really working?” benefits that you might see on a label, where you aren’t really sure what you are paying for helps.  These really do moisturize and make the skin look nicer, right away as I wear them.  Worth checking out, and if you are still unsure The Spirit Beauty Lounge has a sample ordering page so you can try several products first.

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May 192010
 

I’ve reviewed RMS Beauty products before (here, here, and here) but was having a hard time finding swatches of their cream eyeshadows on the Internet.  Both the RMS Beauty website and The Spirit Beauty Lounge have respectable swatches, but I ordered a few samples to get a little better look.  I was able to get all of the cream eyeshadows.  There are six (6) in the line:

  • Lunar:  a soft luminous white-yellow-gold
  • Solar: A bright gold
  • Magnetic: metallic taupe with mauve undertones
  • Spark:  Golden red-brown
  • Myth: Deep red-brown
  • Seduce: Soft neutral brown with a hint of yellow

Here they are for your reference:

A closer look at them, three at a time (click for a larger view):

I find myself reaching for these more often than I thought I would–they are nice everyday shadows for a quick, beautiful look.  They apply easily with a finger or brush (I use a finger).  They are 100% organic and full of something magical that really moisturizes my lids nicely.  There can be slight creasing, but this easily brushed away with plenty of color left for the remainder of the day.

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Apr 062010
 

The lovely Spirit Beauty Lounge was kind enough to ship me samples of a few RMS Beauty products, where were previously reviewed here and here on this site.  I’ve been loving the light and easy Seduce eyeshadow that I’d previously bought there, and was curious to try more colors.  The line is completely organic, healthy, healing and make my skin feel more moisturized and glowing for having used them.

In the meantime, RMS Beauty has been showing up on my radar screen elsewhere, including discovering that they are one of the only makeup lines carried by Colette –  a very chic fashion boutique on the Rue Saint-Honore in Paris.  If you are American, you may have heard of Colette–they carry the most to-die-for products.

Here’s a flashback for you–remember that episode of The Hills where Lauren & Whitney went to Paris for Teen Vogue?  And they arrived but couldn’t get the models’ shoes because the boutique that had all the shoes had closed?  Oh no–LOL!

That boutique that was closed was Colette! I’m digress…My point is that Colette carries the best of the best (including wonderful clothes and shoes for Teen Vogue-ers) and they choose RMS Beauty as their makeup line.

So the swatches include two extremely pretty eyeshadows.  Magnetic ($28) is an incredibly complicated metallic that can be worn sheerly for a mauve-gray-brown sheen, or built up to a somewhat extraordinary amalgamation of deep metal jewel tones that you see in the swatch below.  Lunar ($28) is a magical yellow-golden tone shimmer that tends to remain sheer to give an ephemeral glow to the lid.  Lunar can be built up to an opaqueness.  I was pleased to see that the eyeshadow remained pretty and soft in color with no brassy hints no matter how much color was applied.  It’s similar in tone to MAC’s Gold Dusk pigment, although less yellow, without the need to mix up pigment and with more luminosity.

Again, the usual cautions about creasing apply–It’s easily brushed away and there seems to be plenty of product to provide me with a pretty look on the rest of the lid.  These are easy to wear colors.

The Spirit Beauty Lounge was also kind enough to include a sample of Muse ($36) a lip-2-cheek product that can be used either as a lip balm or blush (or both!).  This is a nearly-nude soft pink with very subtle sheen.  It’s absolutely beautiful.  It leaves a bit of an invisible highlight effect on the cheek, covering my natural color slightly but reflecting light because of the texture of the product.

All of these has a lovely light-reflecting quality.  I’m going to post several swatches so that you can see how each of the products interacts with the light (click to enlarge):

Overall, these are beautifully made and good for your skin. I’m quite sure that I’m placing an order for a few more full-sized RMS Beauty items from The Spirit Beauty Lounge very soon.   Highly recommended!

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Mar 232010
 

RMS Beauty specializes in toxin-free, organic beauty products that are advertised to heal and nourish skin.  Their line includes six eyeshadows, all creams.  I’ve been tempted to try the line based on favorable reviews, including The London Makeup Girl, who has a site that I adore.  I decided to buy Seduce ($28), a warm shimmery brown, from the online site The Spirit Beauty Lounge.

The texture of these is very unique–I don’t know of any thing like them.  The closest product is probably Shiseido’s Hydro-Powder cream eyeshadows, but even those are heavy and opaque by comparison.  RMS’ Seduce is a very lightweight cream that leaves a very noticeable sheen on the lid.  The sheen effect is similar to Chanel’s Ombre D’Eau water-based eyeshadows, but the RMS looks more gel-like and not at all powdery.  I did not use any primer, because I thought it might interfere with any moisturizing properties that the shadows might have.  In case you are wondering, Seduce did leave my lids noticeably more moisturized.

I’ve worn Seduce about four or five days over the past few weeks, and I found myself reaching for it more and more.  The application is literally dab-and-go:  One finger swipe on each eye and I’m done.  The lid looks moisturized, glowy and with a touch of color.  It’s very flattering and doesn’t look like I tried too hard.

I tried to bring out the sheen when taking these–don’t they make the skin look nice and alive?  Here’s a swatch next to Shiseido’s Tiger Eye Hydro-Powder.  Although the colors are not the same, I wanted to show the different textural qualities of each (click to enlarge):

I really like the convenience of these eyeshadows, and of course I love that my lids looks nice and moisturized.  I’ll definitely be ordering more of these would like to try a few other colors–there’s a sandy gold (Solar), a cool white (Lunar) and a silvery grey (Magnetic) that I’d like to try in the future.

Have you ever explored organic makeup?  I’d love to learn more if you have any experiences you’d like to share in the comments.

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Mar 182010
 

RMS Beauty, created by celebrity make-up artist Rose-Marie Swift, began to get my attention via reviews by London Makeup Girl.  Although I don’t typically go for organic makeup products, the idea of organic makeup that promised skin care benefits appeals to me.  RMS Beauty promises product that are not only non-toxic, that deliver benefits like healing, anti-aging, hydration and nourishing.  RMS Beauty invites use to “consider it skincare with mineral color— giving makeup a whole new meaning,” and promise that the ingredients are raw, organic, food-grade and include vitamins and anti-oxidants.

I ordered the Living Lumizer ($38) from the Spirit Beauty Lounge.  London Makeup Girl had not reviewed this, but I did see some other favorable reviews out there.  The package arrived with breath-taking speed, only two or three days after I placed my order, in a cute recycled gift box with a pink raffia ribbon and several skin care samples from other lines.  Living Lumizer comes in a small glass pot roughly the size of a MAC Paint Pot.

The Living Luminizer is a sheer emollient with satin-pearl finish.  The color looks white in the pot, but it can be applied as sheerly as a almost-clear pearl, or nearly white with dense application.  There is absolutely no  sparkle or glitter whatsoever.  It’s color-neutral when sheerly applied (neither warm nor cool).  If more densely applied, the whitish pearl tone shows slightly.  It’s meant to give a touch of glow to the skin, indeed it could be worn sheerly on the lid as a clear shimmery gloss.

The Living Luminizer delivers a very subtle clear sheen.  It seems to dry down completely leaving the effect of a very finely crushed pearl.  I can’t feel any sticky or greasy texture as one might with vaseline or even a MAC Cream Color Base, which don’t seem to dry completely down.  However, the skin feels softer and moisturized where the product is applied, compared to the areas around it.

Here is a swatch of the RMS Living Lumizer compared to the Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed.  These are heavy swatches to show the color, much heavier than I would ever apply directly on the face:

You can see that the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer leaves a whitish-pearly cast, compared to the warmer gold of the Chanel.

Can we talk about price for just a bit?  The RMS Beauty Living Luminizer sells for $38.  My jar lists the amount as .15 ounces/4.25 grams. (RMS Beauty’s website lists the amount as .20 ounces, but mine lists less). In contrast, Chanel’s Illuminating Fluid is $48 for 1 ounce/30 ml. (5x the amount, $10 difference). Armani Fluid Sheers are $59 for 1 ounce/30 ml.  (Again, 5x the amount, 50% higher price).

Based on these numbers alone, the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer is more expensive than Chanel and Armani.  However, there are other factors that should be considered…  After I originally posted this review, I heard from Rose Marie Swift who explained several important points about her products and Living Luminizer more specifically:

  • The amounts listed on the Living Luminizer is lower than one actually receives.  The packaging will be re-done with the next release to reflect the actual (higher) amount of product in the jar.
  • Living Luminizer is a solid, meaning it does not contain any water.  Other companies’ liquids might contain a significant share of water.  The RMS products should last much longer because they are all the ‘good stuff’–no filler.
  • RMS Beauty takes great care to eliminate harmful chemicals from her products.

She also referred me to her site, The Beauty Truth, and I must say I found her story very compelling (read it if you get a chance!).  Rose Marie Swift started her company after she fell in love with beauty products, worked in the industry, and found that she was experiencing serious health issues after working with beauty products through the years.  In response, she decided to do something about it.  This includes both spreading the word, and founding a company that was consistent with her concerns.   I must say that I do enjoy her products (I got an eyeshadow from the Spirit Beauty Lounge that I’ll review soon) and will be ordering more.

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