Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Marc Jacobs The Siren Palette: Swatches and Review

I have had mixed luck with the Marc Jacobs line so far. I wasn't totally in love with the lipstick I tried, but The Starlet palette did wow me. When I saw The Siren palette for summer 2014, I felt the call.

The Siren is in the same long, flat packaging as the rest of the eyeshadow palettes in the Marc Jacobs line. While aesthetically pleasing, the shape is not easy to fit into my palette storage.

The Siren is white, although the rest of the line is black. I think the white really showcases the amazing color selection inside.

The back has a handy color picture for easy reference. I think more cosmetic companies should make color coded labels.

Inside the white case, is a gorgeous rainbow of shimmer!

This palette reminds me of a watercolor paint box.
The Siren looks bold, but the colors are all soft upon application. They all have shimmer, some more than others.

I had some trouble getting the mint to show up, but the rest of the colors are easily built. They have a lovely glow without too much shimmer or fallout.

Here are swatches of The Starlet while we are looking at Marc Jacobs palettes:

The Starlet is metallic in finish. All of the colors have a bold finish, like shining metal. I love this palette for the gorgeous array of eye catching shades, but it does need the addition of a few matte colors to complete the look.

I didn't even think to compare shades between The Siren and The Starlet at first, but we have twins.

The gold and copper shades look nearly identical between the palettes.

Overall, I am enjoying The Siren palette. I love the stunning packaging and soft brights. I am enjoying my small sampling from the Marc Jacobs line, and hope to find more success in future releases.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Another Look with Chanel New Moon Illusion D'Ombre

Featuring the most annoying stray hair ever. I tried using warm purples for a different look with New Moon.


NARS Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc + NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Finland

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi UV Loose Powder

Maybelline Dark Spot Concealer in Brightener

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash

Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara on brows



NARS Smudgeproof Base

Laura Mercier Amethyst Caviar Stick

Laura Mercier Artist 2 Palette

-Plum Smoke in crease

-Kir Royal in crease

-Violet Ink in outer V

-Sparkling Dew on inner corner

Chanel New Moon Illusion D'Ombre on lid

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Maybelline The Rocket WP Mascara

Chanel Le Volume Mascara



MAC Cream Soda



Chanel Cheri Rouge Coco

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Chanel New Moon Illusion D'Ombre: Swatches and Review

I am huge fan of Chanel's cream eyeshadow formula. It has a light, sponge-like texture with beautiful complex shimmer.
New Moon is a glittery copper color with large sparkles. The texture is less refined than some of the other Illusion D'Ombres I own.
New Moon doesn't have much of a base color. It is full of gorgeous multicolored chunks of sparkle- no subtlety here.
I do experience some fall out under the eye as the day progresses. I might be able to live with that since New Moon gives such a lovely effect on the eyes.

It looks similar to some of my other Illusion D'Ombres in the pot, but swatches show the differences better.

Ebloui has more red and is less glittery. Fatal has a purplish tone with blue shimmer. Initiation is a true gold.

To apply Illusion D'Ombres, I pat a layer over my eyeshadow with my finger.


This is the same look I did yesterday with New Moon added over the lid.


Overall, New Moon is lovely. The color is perfect and the sparkle is eye catching. The fallout is a small drawback, but I absolutely love New Moon otherwise.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Dior Kiss Me Fluid Stick FOTD



NARS Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc + Aloe Gel

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi UV Loose Powder

Maybelline Dark Spot Concealer in Brightener

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear to set brows



NARS Smudgeproof Base

Too Faced Chocolate Bar

-Amaretto all over

-Cherry Cordial in crease

-Marzipan on lid

-Champagne Truffle on inner corner

MAC Blacktrack Fluidline

Maybelline The Rocket WP Mascara

Chanel Le Volume Mascara



NARS Sex Fantasy

Dior Nude Shimmer Powder in Rose



Dior Kiss Me Fluid Stick

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lancome Lip Lover vs. Dior Fluid Stick vs. YSL Glossy Stain: Which glossy liquid lip color is right for you?

I am loving all of the new hybrid liquid lip formulas that have been launching recently. These are not just a traditional lip gloss, but products that combine lipstick qualities with a gloss or stain.

YSL was the first to launch a unique product with its Glossy Stain in 2012. The others have been released this year.

I am going to compare the three products I have been using, and do my best to describe their differences.


Lancome Lip Lover has a slim, elongated applicator that is flexible.

Dior Fluid Stick has a substantially wider and more firm doe foot applicator.

YSL Glossy Stain has a bent doe foot applicator with some flexibility.


Lancome Lip Lover is $23 for .15 fluid ounces.

Dior Fluid Stick is $35 for .18 fluid ounces.

YSL Glossy Stain is $35 for .20 fluid ounces.

Lancome Lip Lover has the smallest tube, which I prefer. I don't like the push button clasp- it can open accidentally sometimes.
Dior Fluid Stick is the bulkiest. I prefer sleeker packaging, but I do love the clear end that is shaped like a lipstick bullet.
YSL Glossy Stain has a nice size without the chunkiness of the Dior tube. I also like the simplicity of the packaging.



Lancome Lip Lover is a long lasting lip gloss. It feels very thick and cushiony going on, and wears for about 3-4 hours. It doesn't leave a stain, but becomes less glossy as it wears down. Neither color I got has much pigment, but I love the sheer healthy look they give. These don't dry my lips out, but they also don't add any moisture during wear.

Dior Fluid Stick is a highly pigmented liquid lipstick. It has a slightly stickier feel than Lip Lover, but not as sticky as the Glossy Stain. It fully covers the lips, and only a thin layer is needed. I get about 4 hours of wear time and my lips feel more moisturized than before.

YSL Glossy Stain is a gloss that leaves a long lasting stain behind. It has medium opacity, but does allow some lip color to show through. This formula is the stickiest of the bunch, but also the most long lasting. I can get 6-7 hours of wear time from Glossy Stains! I do find it slightly drying, and need a layer of balm by the end of the day.


Lancome Lip Lover has a light rose scent.

Dior Fluid Stick has a lightly perfumed scent that is barely noticeable.

YSL Glossy Stain has a strong fruity floral scent.

Of the three, only YSL Glossy Stain leaves a stain behind.

I really love all three formulas for different reasons. I hope these comparisons explain the differences and help you choose. Overall, they all serve different purposes in my lip wardrobe (that sounded fancy).


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Blog Sale

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Kat Von D Monarch and Dior Sundeck: Swatches and Review

I really love bronze eyeshadow palettes. If you throw in a pretty orange and gold, consider it a done deal! I have two new favorites this spring, so I thought I could show them together for maximum pretty.

Dior Sundeck is in the usual Dior quint packaging. I appreciate the sleek practicality, and the fact that it fits nicely with the rest of my Dior quints.
Kat Von D Monarch has a case that is a work of art alone. I absolutely love the gorgeous outer design!

Monarch offers twelve shades, while Dior has five.

The color schemes are similar, but I didn't find any shades that were exactly the same between the palettes.


Kat Von D Monarch offers a burnt orange, beautiful gold, along with a few neutral taupe shades. I love the mix of mattes and shimmers. The top right shade is the only true dud- a matte base with silver sparkles that didn't adhere to the eyelid well. I can put together so many different color combinations- from silver, to warm bronze, to bright orange and gold! I love the possibilities.


Dior Sundeck offers a more refined shimmer. The deep brown is a satin and the cream color is a very sheer matte. I can easily apply these shades without going overboard or needing to blend much. The orange is more subtle in this palette- a great option for someone starting to experiment with color. This palette is perfect for days when I need something simple and flattering.

I am loving both palettes, and I think they are different enough to coexist in my spring palette rotation. I really hope Dior continues releasing quints with this more pigmented formulation. Kat Von D has also released some gorgeous palettes lately- I always enjoy the artwork and thought involved in the color scheme.