Friday, August 29, 2014

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Shaping Cream Lip Colour: Fall In Rose




I was excited to see that Guerlain has revamped their iconic Kiss Kiss lipstick range this fall, introducing twenty-five new shades in a formula said to contain lip-plumping hyaluronic acid spheres, hydrating Commiphora Myrrha oil, and mango butter. They retail for $37 (which almost seems affordable when compared to the $51 Rouge G). 

I chose only one shade--#366 Fall in Rose--a lovely peachy-pink, tea rose shade. I thought I might get the most use out of this one, as it is the sort of color that is not overly bright or dark. But for those who prefer a bolder lip there are quite a few other gorgeous options to choose from. 

I wore Fall in Rose today for the first time and found the formula to be comfortable and moisturizing, with average wear time. It has a soft fragrance, but nothing too offensive. This particular shade does not have any obvious shimmer, but I noticed that it does provide a flattering luminosity, which helps to give the illusion of fuller lips. 








As you can see, this is a subtle shade. I am fairly pale and this is quite soft on me, but does provide some color. For those with darker skin tones this shade might come across as more of a nude.

 



For a look at some of the other new Kiss Kiss shades visit the following: 

Nikki Tutorials (#325 Rouge Kiss, #344 Sexy Coral, #361 Excessive Rose, #368 Baby Rose) 
Temptalia (#305 Forever Brown)
Evonnz (swatches of all 25 shades) 
Color Me Loud (swatches of all 25 shades) 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks: Burnished Bronze and Copper





I have professed my love for Laura Mercier's Caviar Sticks in the past, and still consider them to be one of my favorite eye products. They have great pigmentation, go on creamy and blend nicely, and set to a long-wearing finish. They look great on their own but can also be used as a base underneath powder shadows, and are so handy to create a quick and polished eye look. So it is usually a given that whenever Laura Mercier releases new shades, they will have my attention! I picked up two of the six new shades that were launched earlier this summer: Burnished Bronze and Copper ($28). 


Left to right: Copper and Burnished Bronze 

Burnished Bronze is a gorgeous rich mahogany brown with soft shimmer. It has more of a satin glow rather than a full-on shimmer. It reminds me a lot of an older Laura Mercier Cream Shadow shade, Burnished Copper, but now in a much more convenient stick form (you can see that shade worn in a look of the day I posted last year).

Copper is not really a copper at all--it is more of a warm, sunny golden bronze, along the lines of shades like Urban Decay's Half-Baked or MAC's Amber Lights. It is more shimmery and reflective than Burnished Bronze. I love to pair shades like this with burgundies, plums and purples for a fall sunset look. 



Left to right: Burnished Bronze and Copper





If you are interested in purchasing any of the new Caviar Sticks, it is a good time to do so, as Laura Mercier is offering a promotion through August 31. If you purchase any two Caviar Sticks you will receive one free. However, the free item is limited to the following shades: Pink Opal, Seashell, Mint Snow or Steel.

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