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). 

Thank you for visiting! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

RMS Beauty: Organic Face of the Day

Hi everyone! Today I have to share with you a simple face of the day using all organic products from RMS Beauty. I've tried a couple of their products in the past (the Raw Coconut Cream and Lip and Skin Balm) and have been intrigued for years by their cream shadows and lip/cheek stains. B-Glowing currently has a 20 percent discount (use code 20SS13) and I decided it was the right time to purchase of few of the items that have long been on my wishlist. I'll be showing you everything pictured above except for the plum shade on the bottom left, which is a brand new Eye Polish shade called "Imagine"--this one will get its own post in the near future! 

Solar Eye Polish ($28, 0.15 oz) is a metallic golden bronze. This is a lovely shade, but has a tendency to become sheer if overly blended. To retain the beautiful color and glossy, metallic quality I recommend patting it onto the lid full strength and then adding only a very small amount of product to blend upward into the crease. If you have oily lids, you may want to forego using this in the crease area entirely and instead use your favorite powder shadow to avoid smudging and creasing throughout the day. 

Karma  ($28, 0.15 oz) is described as an earthy brown. Although I can make out the brown tones in my swatches, when applied on the skin it looks more like an off-black than a brown. I would say it resembles the color of espresso grounds. This shade is great for a simple smoky eye, or it can be used as a base for powder shadows, or even as a liner. It worked OK for me as a liner, but I usually prefer something smudge-proof and opaque (though I am thankful to have this as an organic option for lining). 

A word of warning when using this shade: watch out for smudges! I have very dry skin and I wore it to work for nine hours and noticed that it transferred a bit to the corners of my lower lash line during the day. As it does not dry down and "set" completely, it's important to remember not to rub or touch your eyes when wearing this product. With that said, I still really like the shade and plan to use it again in the future as a shadow and as a base, but perhaps not as often as a liner. 

Smile Lip2Cheek ($36, 0.15 oz) is a lovely coral-pink shade that can be used as a blush or lip stain. I had been considering ordering this product for a couple of years, but was unsure if it would be too bright for me. Upon using it I was pleasantly surprised--it makes a beautiful blush shade that really brightens the face and lasts throughout the day. 

As a lip stain, I found that to get the intensity I wanted, I had to pat on a few layers to build up the color. I added a neutral liner for more definition but those who aren't fans of lip liner could also use a lip brush to achieve a more precise edge, or for an effortless and casual look you can just apply it with your fingers. It can feel a bit dry on the lips, so I recommend using the RMS Lip and Skin Balm or your favorite lip balm underneath. This is a perfect, space-saving product to bring along when traveling because it looks great as both blush and lip color. 

"Un" Cover-Up ($36, 0.20 oz) in #11 is a pale warm ivory. This shade works well for illuminating the under eye area. It does a fair job of concealing under-eye circles, but on my skin tone I feel it is a touch too light and does not look entirely natural. It is not fully opaque, but provides more coverage than products with thinner consistencies, such as YSL Touche Eclat. For the purpose of concealing I would recommend #11 only for those with very fair skins. It could be used to highlight the under-eye area by those with medium or tan skin tones. 

When applying I found that it blended more easily when I patted it with my fingers for a few seconds to warm up and "melt" the product a bit. I have read many rave reviews about this product and have heard that some people even use this as their foundation. I have only used it twice so far, but my first impression is that it is adequate, but not superior to any of the concealers I have tried from mainstream brands. I do like the ingredients and it is non-irritating and I think this is a great option for concealing if you prefer to go the organic route. (I plan to order the next darker tone, #22, to see if it will do a better job at tackling my under-eye circles and will save #11 to use as an inner-corner brightener.) 

From left to right: "Un" Cover-Up #11, Lip2Cheek Smile, Eye Polishes: Solar and Karma

Below I am wearing Solar on the inner half of my lids with Karma on the outer corners, and my under-eye concealer is "Un" Cover-Up" in shade #11. I used Lip2Cheek in Smile on both cheeks and lips. As you can see, it's not nearly as bright as it appears to be in the container. I also used a small amount of Urban Decay's 24/7 lip liner Naked2 to define the edges of my lips.

As much as I would like it to be, I'm not sure if my beauty stash will ever be 100% organic--only because I have many lovely products from mainstream brands that I can't bear to part with just yet--but I definitely look forward to trying more items from RMS as well as other organic brands. There are some really great options on the market these days. Now I am on the hunt for a good organic foundation and mascara. Let me know if you have any recommendations or favorites!