NOTD - Essie Perky Purple

Jan 31, 2014

For my recent manicure, I picked this very odd color, Essie Perky Purple.

Perky Purple was introduced a long time ago as a part of one of those summer neon collections.
I am not into neons at all. I never was.
It is not a typical neon, and that's probably why I bought it in the first place.
To me, Perky Purple is just a strikingly pretty thing that doesn't look neon nor purple.

Essie Perky Purple
Only the bottle flashes a bit of purple, but the color itself is not so purple on my nails.
A true oddball.

Recent Favorites - Drugstore Edition

Jan 28, 2014

I think I pretty much go by the "one at a time" rule and "strictly-informative" purism when it comes to blogging, but I cannot deny the certain charms of random collective chit-chatty posts.
I myself enjoy reading other bloggers' posts of the kind (minus those about empties - I secretly hate(?) them out of sheer jealousy as I am incapable of emptying anything *_*)

Well, opening a blog post is the hardest part for me as always. I think this one is well complied with the "rambling" quality of the entry itself, so here goes.

These are my latest drugstore finds and favorites that I'd like to share with you today. :)

Recent Drugstore Favorites

Review, Swatch - L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick 105 Pink Tremolo

Jan 26, 2014

L'Oreal impressed me in a great deal in 2013 with their Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain range, and continues to do so with the new Colour Riche Extraordinaire that came out recently.
I am buying far less drugstore makeup lately, but I have this feeling the Pink Tremolo won't be my last Extraordinaire.

L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick 105 Pink Tremolo

Review, Swatch - Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Eye Palette Smoky Brown (781)

Jan 20, 2014

The cosmetic world is officially spring and I am busy admiring the pastel flowery shades popping up everywhere.
In reality, however, it is obviously middle of the winter (not to mention we are expecting another snow here in the NYC) and my daily color story still consists of dark neutrals and browns.
I have been reaching for the Dior 3 Couleurs Smoky Eye Palette Smoky Brown (781) very often lately.

Dior 3 Couleurs Smokey Eye Palette Smoky Brown (781)

Review, Swatch - Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer No. 07

Jan 18, 2014

I had been searching for a liquid makeup base with pink opalescent hues for some time.
I used up something called "Super Makeup Supporter" from Mule Cosmetics (by Jung Saem Mool, who is a famous Korean celebrity makeup artist), which still remains the best luminizing makeup base in my book.
I would have gladly bought another one but I couldn't find it even on eBay because the brand seemed to offer seasonal sets only.
After some research, my choice boiled down to two other options - Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in 07 and Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea Of Tranquility as both have cool-toned iridescent shimmer and come in a glass container with a pump dispenser.

I decided to get the Fluid Sheer mainly enabled by the recent sale, but I also figured Sea Of Tranquility looked much more metallic and cooler after reading this comparison post.

Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer 07

Review, Swatch - Shu Uemura Face Architect Illuminating Moisture Fluid Foundation 784 Fair Beige

Jan 16, 2014

Shu Uemura Face Architect Illuminating Moisture Fluid is my new reigning winter foundation.
I am a little bummed to find out that Shu Uemura USA site does not offer this foundation any longer as they have introduced the new one called "Light Bulb Foundation".
Shu Uemura Face Architect Illuminating Moisture Fluid still seems to be available elsewhere since the product info is seen on the international site.
Maybe the new Light Bulb foundation is replacing the Illuminating Moisture Fluid, but I thought it was still worth posting since the color range is the same. Plus the descriptions for these two foundations sound about the same to me as they both provide luminous finish with medium to high coverage.

Shu Uemura Face Architect Illuminating Moisture Fluid Foundation
784 Fair Beige

FOTD - Natural Taupe Smokey With Chanel European Les 4 Ombres

Jan 12, 2014

My original intention was to put together an overall look using the two recently reviewed items, Revlon Age Defying CC Cream (reviewed HERE) and Giorgio Armani Nude Lip Set (reviewed HERE).
As I chose the antique Chanel Quadra of mine for this look, the whole subject kinda shifted over and I suddenly wanted to do a post about an age-old question - Is the baked (european, non-U.S.) Chanel Les 4 Ombres such a terrible thing in quality?

The particular Les 4 Ombres I have is called Plan├Ętes (90) consisting of shimmery browns and taupes with light peach highlighting shade.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Plan├Ętes (90)

Sorry the picture does not look very clean since I have cherished this quadra for many many many years. 
The texture and the colors are still very much intact probably because I refuse to use them wet although the purpose of the "baking" process is to enable the dual application methods.

Review, Swatch - Dior Addict Lip Glow Pink

Jan 10, 2014

I have recently acquired the three sisters of the Dior Addict family, and the Lip Glow would be the youngest and most naive one.
It was difficult to justify paying as much for mere a tinted lip balm, but I also wanted to find out for myself why this particular one is so widely popular.

Turns out Dior Addict Lip Glow is not just another tinted lip balm.

Dior Addict Lip Glow Pink

Review, Swatch - NEW Revlon Age Defying CC Cream Light / Pale (010)

Jan 5, 2014

I am probably the most skeptical and critical beauty blogger out there when it comes to BB/CC cream, and you are not likely to see a rave review on them here.
It has a lot to do with the fact that most commercially available BB cream is nothing like the original Blemish Balm from Schrammek and the false "do-it-all" claims including sun protection.
I still bought this new Revlon Age Defying CC Cream maybe because I fully understood CC cream was another name for tinted moisturizer with sunscreen.
If you agree with me on that, you will be quite pleased with this one.

Revlon Age Defying CC Cream Light / Pale (010)

Review, Swatch - Giorgio Armani Nude Lip Set

Jan 4, 2014

Giorgio Armani Nude Lip set was one of my high-end makeup splurges from the black friday/cyber monday sales.
This popular set was backordered immediately after I placed my order and took almost a month to arrive. It did make it home before the Christmas packaged in an enormous box, which confused me to think for a minute that my new boots had arrived (yes, I also splurged on boots).
I was happy to receive my pretties, but geez, it was the over-packaging of the year!

Giorgio Armani Nude Lip Set

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