Sunday, September 28, 2014

New RMS Lip2Cheek in the shade "Curious"

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying what is left of your Sunday. I really can't believe the weekend has gone by so quickly. I think I need another day off! How about you? 

Today I'm sharing swatches of a new shade that RMS has added to their Lip2Cheek range: a warm, sunny orange with subtle golden shimmer called Curious ($36). This is a unique shade in my collection, as most of my lip products are peach or peachy-pink, but there are no peach or pink tones to be found in Curious--it is straight-up orange. Despite its somewhat intimidating appearance in the container, I am happy to report that it is quite wearable. The touch of shimmer makes it more flattering on the lips, though it is not all that noticeable on the cheeks.

I've tried applying it with my fingers, which is OK in a pinch, but was much happier with the results when using brushes. I was able to get better coverage and color intensity when layering it on with a lip brush, and the product appeared more even and natural looking on the cheeks when I blended it out with a duo-fiber stippling brush.

The listed ingredients are: 

*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Tocopherol (non-GMO), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) seed Oil, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract,  +/- Red 30 CI 73360, Red 6 Lake CI 15850 and may contain: [+/-Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxide CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Mica CI 77019]
*certified organic

I am enjoying the ease of using the same product on both lips and cheeks. It takes all the guesswork out of cheek and lip shade coordination. It may be a bit "safe," but I don't think you can go wrong with this sort of monochrome look. Then you can have more fun and get creative with the eyes! (Although I did not even wear any eye shadow here, as I was short on time before work when I took these photos.) 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great week! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New RMS Beauty Eye Polish in the shade "Imagine"

RMS Beauty recently introduced two new Eye Polish shades in their Wearable Brights collection: Inspire--a lovely, metallic icy blue, and the beautiful shimmering plum shade shown above, Imagine. (Also new in the collection are Lip2Cheek in Curious and Lip Shine in Royal.) I knew I had to have Imagine, as I am a huge fan of plums and burgundies and this is a perfect shade for the fall season.

Many of you probably already familiar with RMS's cream shadows (renamed "Eye Polishes," which I think is a good description of how these perform). For those of you who haven't tried them: they are creamy and well-pigmented, but become more sheer upon application and provide a slightly glossy finish. They contain natural mineral pigments and ingredients that are said to be moisturizing, making them particularly suitable for dry or aging eyes. I can vouch for this because I have very dry skin and I found that these are more comfortable for all-day wear than cream shadows such as Maybelline's Color Tattoos or MAC's Paint Pots. As I mentioned in a review of the two other shades I own, Solar and Karma, they do have a tendency to crease, as they do not dry down and set--so if you have oily lids I would recommend these only for short-term wear or perhaps in conjunction with powder shadow. 

RMS Eye Polishes contain 0.15oz for $28. The listed ingredients are: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol (non-GMO), *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Mica CI 77019] *Certified Organic

I'm sorry that the images below aren't the best to demonstrate the color, but I do hope they are helpful to give you an idea of how Imagine looks in action. I really love this as a lid shade because it adds an interesting pop of color and shimmer, while not being overly bright. I am looking forward to using it alone and in other color combinations! 

I applied Imagine all over the lid and defined the crease with Bobbi Brown Oat (matte tan) powder shadow and added Bobbi Brown Navajo (matte ivory) along the brow bone. I used a small amount of RMS Solar to highlight the inner corners, and lined the upper lash line with LORAC Front of the Line Pro and set it with Bobbi Brown Caviar (matte black). I lined the bottom lash line with Urban Decay's 24/7 pencil in the shade Scorch. On cheeks I used Bobbi Brown Antigua and on lips I used Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Isla (one of my favorite peachy-pinks). 

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