Friday, January 28, 2011

Le Metier de Beaute Lip Cremes +

As you can see, I photographed a lot of the Le Metier de Beaute counter here and over here. I had the hardest time taking photos of the lipcremes due to the flash (the reflectiveness of the tubes). When I took the pictures without flash, the colors were not accurate, due to the lighting at Bergdorf Goodman. But it never hurts to practice with the camera a bazillion times in my bedroom to photograph what I personally have. I'll have a second stab at the lipcremes when I go to Bergdorf Goodman in the near future.

These lip cremes are one of the standouts of Le Metier de Beaute. I adore them because they're comfortable on your lips, not sticky, and the iridescence is just awesome. They're $36 for .22 fl oz. Once you've tried one of these, you'll never go back to any other brand for lipglosses. It's one of the products you have to try for yourself, and believe me, I've tried MANY. The shades are meant to be mixed  with other colors.

And here we go: 

from left to right:

Creme de la Creme
Vanilla Rose
Sweet Creme

from left to right:

Creme de la Creme
Vanilla Rose
Sweet Creme

Creme de la Creme: nice nude shade with pretty multi dimensional sparkles. I like using this over a dark shade to lighten it up. I personally cannot wear this one alone due to the color and the texture on top of bare lips, it looks a little odd. I didn't care for it at first, but it's won me over with time. It's not sticky, it has an awesome duration on my lips. I've worn this on top of Framboise and it's soooo pretty. 

Toffee: Gorgeous warm bronze/peach shade. I want to wear this alone during the summer, but I love it when it's mixed with Framboise.  

Vanilla Rose: A nice light pink with pink/red sparkles. I can wear this over a nude lipliner, but not straight on the lips, since they're really pigmented. I love pairing this with Giorgio Armani 103 lipstick, or Framboise. mmmm

Sweet Creme: The consistency is similar (but not quite) to a MAC plushglass, but the texture is a lot nicer, no funky gunk that collects on your lip over time (MAC plushglasses has this effect on my lips). I can wear this one alone and it's my personal favorite because it lightens my natural lipcolor. This is my HG lipcreme, if I had to pick one.

Framboise: Need I say more? This consistency is almost like a liquid lipstick, but it's definitely a gloss.  It's true framboise color with red and other pretty sparkles. You can see a more detailed review on Temptalia and how it looks on her. It seems she loves it a lot, since she reviewed it twice.

I  wish they had more colors, but at the same time, too many choices can be overwhelming. Be aware that they are fragranced, but I can't think off the top of my head what the smell reminds me of. It's a vanilla like smell, and it's not a strong scent either. 

Giorgio Armani Spring 2011 La Femme Bleue +

I would like to present swatches and overall conclusion to Giorgio Armani Spring 2011:

You can see the entire spring collection on KarlaSugar to see a complete overview on the collection. 518 lipstick is permanent, so I'll be getting that later. What I can say about 518 is that it does have a bit of sparkle, which is unusual, because Rouge d'Armani lipsticks have none (well none that I've tested or own). The artist used 518 lipstick and #16 lip shimmer on top and it's the perfect light pink opal sheen. :) I did find out (random aside) that #16 is their best selling lip shimmer. Overall description: #16 is gorgeous on its own, and the color is what MAC oyster girl wishes she was. I've finally found my super light pink opalescent lip combo that doesn't look like chalk on my pigmented lips. 

The highlight of the collection: the eyeliners. They're smooth, creamy, and extremely long lasting. They apply almost like a gel or liquid eyeliner. They come in black, taupe, and green. I've tested it on the waterline and this stuff doesn't come off. I don't understand why Armani makes these Limited Edition, because they're brilliant. I purchased the black and taupe shades.

I also purchased the blush and what's nice about it is that it's matte. It's the first time that Armani has made a matte blush, but I'm relatively new to the line, so I have no idea if they've made any in the past. 

I got the blush
2 of the black eyeliner (#1)
2 of the taupe eyeliner (#2)

From top to bottom: 
Le Metier Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Noir.
Shu Uemura Painting liner
Giorgio Armani eyeliner in #1. (black)
Giorgio Armani eyeliner in #2. (taupe)

I've been going gaga over the black shade because it's so so so black. I missed out on these last year because they were sold out within a couple of days.

In terms of shimmer: The black one has 0 shimmer, whereas the taupe shade it's very fine, micro shimmer. It's only really visible up close.

From left to right:
Rock and Republic Spank
Giorgio Armani Spring Blush
Shu P Wine 25.

This blush is amazing. This will now be my everyday soft pink blush. woooohoooo

Spank is a bit warmer in person, but as you can see, the GA pink is definitely not overly cool. It seems more neutral when it's applied on my face, but you can get the idea.

What's worth getting: The eyeliners. The green one is glorious too, but I've only been buying what I'll wear on a consistent basis. The blush, I can see darker skintones not being able to wear it since it's a sheer pink. Plus, if you have a similar shade, then you can pass on it, but the advantage of Armani blushes is the finish and the awesome quality. 

I thought the finishing powder was passable, it's basically a micro fined version of pink opal pigment. I do like the effect it gives on my face (a nice warmth), but I never wear finishing powders. The palette, although it's gorgeous, it's just not what I would wear (personally). Don't be afraid of the colors in it, because the artist did make this palette so wearable (a soft everyday look) on me. This is coming from someone who only really wears neutrals. I do think it's worth seeing if you like greens and purples.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Random tips from a Makeup Artist +

Today I went to the Giorgio Armani counter to purchase their Spring Collection. The Makeup Artist who I go to is pretty brilliant. He used to work for Shu Uemura, among other companies. He did a quick makeover, but what I learned from him is invaluable:

Some tips:

Do your eye makeup first: Why? If you apply foundation first, then do your eyeshadow ...  any eyeshadow fallout  is always an extra hassle to clean the fallout, then reapply the foundation. In the end, it's just extra foundation that you don't need to use.

To line the waterline, using a lip brush as an alternative: I've always done this personally, but I was laughed at by my friends because it looked "weird". Lip brushes are stiff and pointy, and if you're bad at applying liner, especially the waterline, a lip brush makes it a lot easier.

Applying concealer after foundation: He states a common mistake that he sees a lot of customers do is using concealer under the foundation. Since concealer is higher coverage, just use it on areas that need the extra coverage.

After applying blush, use a very small amount of concealer to have the glow from within effect: I thought it was a little odd, but surely enough, the blush had a totally different effect. He used a small amount, and did a quick stroke with the GA concealer across my cheeks, then blended it on top of the blush with a blush brush. Definitely worth trying if you ask me.

Using an alcohol free toner to give a more "my skin but better" look: After he did my face (except the lipstick). He used YSLs toner and applied it on a sponge (wedge one). He stated that he only uses a sponge for this and lightly pressed the sponge against my face. None of the makeup was on the sponge, and it really looked nice. I'll have to try this in the future. Don't use a toner with alcohol with it because it dries out the skin, plus makeup tends to come off due to the alcohol.

Eyeshadow placement: This is probably the most interesting tip of all. He stated that the biggest difference in terms of how one looks in terms of age is eyeshadow placement. What's considered the "norm" of eyeshadow placement (lid color, crease, outer v, highlight) can make you look a bit older. The reason being, our crease is naturally dark, and putting a darker color there can accentuate lines or make eyes look more aged. What he did do in terms of my makeover:

He used a black eyeshadow and put it near my lashline, but he used a very little amount. He used the side (not the tip) of the brush to apply the eyeshadow. Then the second darkest color on top of the black, but he brought the second color slightly higher, and then the third color on top of the other 2, brought that slightly up. At the end, he blended the harsh line in small circular (almost small oval like) motions with the tip of the brush a little above the crease. He then wiped off the brush and used a very small amount of highlighter on the browbone. He applied a lot less eyeshadow product than what I normally do, which was surprising. He did this ALL with my Shu #10 brush. Just one brush for my entire eye (well except the lipbrush for the waterline). I was like O_O when I saw the results. He got really excited when he saw that I had that brush in my bag. Out of all the Shu Uemura brushes he owns, he states that the #10 is his favorite. A little birdie told me he owns hundreds of brushes. One day I'll have to invade his house. LOL *sigh*

I got a lot of compliments by random strangers after the makeover. As a result, I really think some of these tips are worth giving a try. :)

Red Lipsticks Part I

I know there are some people out there that would like to see some swatches of red lipsticks. Well, here's Part I:

From Left to Right: 
Shu RD 128
MAC Merry Mistress (this is a red-red)
Shu RD 195
Shu RD 165
Shu RD 165M
Shu RD 190

Just a quick observation: GA 128 is an orange red, and it's the only warm red I own. This needs to change, but you can at least see how different it looks in undertone compared to blue based reds.


From Left to Right:
Shu RD 175
MAC Red no 5
Shu RD 198
NARS Red Lizard
MAC Russian Red
GA 400

GA 400 is a smidgen darker and slightly more burgundy than Russian Red. MAC red no. 5 has more sparkle in person.

Part II will entail darker reds I own. :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Awesome news of the day +

KarlaSugar has a Youtube channel! Her voice is so unreal. She should consider doing podcasts and (or) being a narrator for an audiobook or documentary. I'm generally not a fan of Youtube because most makeup "gurus" have irritating voices or bizarre music playing in the background. Karla has none of that, which is why I love this channel.

my other favorite people to listen to are:

Lisa Eldridge


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani swatches +

My personal favorite lipstick formula is from Giorgio Armani. It's creamy, but not too creamy. They're not drying, and the lasting power is amazing. I've tried:

Dolce & Gabbana: nice color selection, but the lasting power is so short. 

Chanel: not that long lasting, and I'm never that impressed with their color selection, although I know a lot of people love their lipsticks.
MAC: they're drying, the Amplified Cremes are nice, but not as long-lasting.
NARS (non mattes) they're ok, but not long lasting
Hourglass: the formula is too runny, although I can only speak for their red lipsticks.  
Guerlain: this stuff just slides off after a short while. 
Edward Bess: too creamy for me personally
Tom Ford: medicore lasting power, you can refer to my Smoke Red review 
YSL: too creamy, the smell is nauseating, and not long lasting at all.
Clinique: I like the texture, but not long lasting either.
Makeup Forever: nice texture and formula, but again, not as long lasting. I will say that they're better than most lipsticks out there, worth trying if you can.
Shu Uemura: this is my other favorite formula (Rouge Unlimited and their creme mattes), but this will have its own review. 

Ok aside from the formula, the color selection is pretty amazing considering that this particular formula hasn't been out that long. 

Duration: 6 hours and that entails drinking several drinks, eating 2 meals, and lots of talking. No touchup required during this time. 

Packaging: durable with a magnetic clasp. There's a bit of heft to them, but for me it's not an issue. 

What I personally own and swatches:

From top to bottom:


The shade I get most compliments on?: 513

What got me interested in this line?: Finding my HG pinky nude, and a GA MA chose 103 for me. It's my first Rouge d'Armani and it's my HG pinky nude. 

Which color I've been wearing as of late: 516

Downside: none. It's fragrance free and even if you have flakies on your lips, this lipstick formula doesn't accentuate them. Maybe the only downside is the price ( for some); it's $30. This has got to be my favorite item from Giorgio Armani, along with their fluid sheers. I'd pay $60 for these lipsticks, that's how much I love them. They really are that awesome. :)

Vincent Longo Water Canvas foundation +

Ok, as I was organizing my makeup storage, I totally found my Vincent Longo Water Canvas Foundation :D

This is the foundation I was wearing throughout the summer. Let's discuss how awesome this item is!

It's in a compact, cream to powder form, photo friendly, and the coverage I must say, is the most adjustable foundation I've come across. It can be light coverage, yet buildable to almost full without looking cakey or odd. It doesn't look like powder when applied, either. You and I both know when it's summertime, matte foundations take a backseat and we all tend to go for foundations that are more on the luminous side, or very natural looking.

The texture: when you touch it, it feels very sponge-y. It's a little odd when I first felt it, because I'm accustomed to liquid foundations.

Finish: it's like your skin, it can be light coverage for those super hot days in the summer. This stuff, DOES NOT BUDGE. AT ALL. I wore this on a day that was over 100 degrees with insane humidity and it didn't move. I was sweating in the scorching sun beating down on my face, walking down the streets of New York City and this stuff, even without primer, didn't come off.

I wore this at night and layered it and man I looked AMAZING in photos.

Application: I use Sonia Kashuk's synthetic Flat Top Blusher brush. This foundation can be applied wet (to sheer it out) or dry. For me personally, I prefer to apply it dry to give a bit more coverage.

This foundation is what I had imagined Makeup Forever Face and Body was supposed to be. This foundation, and I hate to say it...didn't cover anything on my face, and it came off within moments. This foundation, ladies and gentlemen, is at best mediocre.

Pros: great color selection, a friend of mine who is like NC43 got matched, but I forgot her specific shade. It's water based so if you're sensitive to a lot of foundations due to random ingredients, give this a try.

Downside: if you don't keep it sealed in the compact, it is water based, so it can and may evaporate. Price? 57 for the actual foundation, 16.50 for the compact that it comes in.

I know a few MAs that use this foundation for photoshoots and they adore this stuff. I can't blame them. This is probably one of the most underrated products I've come across. 

Here's a swatch: 

From Left to Right:

Chantecaille Future Skin in Vanilla

Vincent Longo Water Canvas

By Terry Lumiere Veloutee in Beige Naturel

crap, I forgot what shade I am... I'll edit this post when I go to spaceNK to figure out my shade. I want to say it's Soft Beige.

Is this HG? Yes, it is. It's my summer foundation. :) Well, I do have Peau de Vierge when I want to look luminous, but Water Canvas is a brilliant foundation.

Where it's sold? Vincent Longo online, SpaceNK.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Le Metier de Beaute Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Noir +

I guess today is a Le Metier de Beaute kind of day :)

I asked a MA who works for another high end brand (brand will not be disclosed) and I asked her, "have you heard of Le Metier de Beaute"? 

she responded "Why yes! my favorite item from them is their felt tip eyeliner". I didn't know if I was more surprised from the fact that her item is something that I deem boring, or that her favorite item is not what I had imagined (I actually associate Le Metier de Beaute with their amazing eyeshadows and (or) their lipcremes). 

In terms of what I've tried thus far in terms of eyeliners:

MAC blacktrack: it's nice, but it requires more work than usual because it requires a brush.
MAC penultimate: I just wasn't pleased with this overall. This stuff was hard to work with because I had to layer it for it to look "ok".
Bobbi Brown gel liner (it's blacker than MACs, but the formula is meh, it dries up too quickly).
Shu Uemura felt tip liner: I couldn't get this to work for the life of me, it skips, applies really unevenly. 
Shu Uemura painting liner: the formula is nicer and blacker than MACs. I've returned BBs gel liner a long time ago so I wasn't able to compare Shus and hers. The downside to the painting liner is that it fades if I don't have primer on my eyelids.
Loreal Lineur Intense: ok, this stuff doesn't even go on my eyelids. I don't understand the hype of this item, because it sucks.
NARS eyeliner stylo: it's a nice black, but the formula is hard to work with. It's really a pain in the ass, but if you can get it to work right, it's really nice.
Laura Mercier cake liner: I like this one too, but again, it requires a lot of work to get the consistency right. 

So how does Le Metier de Beaute's compare to all of these? 

A main theme on all of these eyeliners: they're all hard to work with. Skipping, the formula is the suck, and require a lot of work. 

Le Metiers isn't the blackest, but it's surely is easy to apply. Even with a super fast swipe, there's no skipping. I love this one because it's super thin barrel so it fits easily in my bag. I love this liner because it's a nice color to wear during the day. It's not a jet black and there are days I feel like a super black eyeliner is too harsh. As seen below, you can see how small/thin the liner is compared to a Giorgio Armani lipgloss: 

Let's see a super closeup of this liner with a super fast swipe: 

Forgive my poor application since I was caught off guard with my phone vibrating for the split second (as seen the slight bleeding/fanning) towards the right side of the pic. 

I swiped this very, very quickly. 

Lasting power: at least 7 hours. I love this eyeliner. I can't even begin to express how easy for me to apply this. I will say when first applied, there's a slight wet period so it can smudge if you blink very fast.  Once it dries after a couple of seconds, this stuff stays put. 

Pros: it's petrochemical free for all of you who were wondering what kind of ingredients are in this eyeliner. If I do 2 layers of this eyeliner, it's pretty black...but I'm sure there's a liquid eyeliner out there that's insanely black with only one swipe. I know it's out there *shakes fist*

A potential con: This eyeliner may not have as a long duration if you have oily lids. Well the price can be seen as a con too: $42. 

Le Metier de Beaute Ibiza lipstick

I've been asked about their lipsticks in terms of finish, how they look like on, etc.

I've never bothered to check them out, and I don't know why (I know, please check my temperature). The panties way would have been getting a red lipstick, but this time I let my MA suggest one for me. He said, let's try some Ibiza. 

I'm sure we all know how lip stains can be really drying on your lips. . . ? I only own 2 and I hardly reach for them for this reason. 

A little back story is Le Metier started off with lipsticks at first. The purpose or what they were trying to achieve with these lipsticks, is to create a moisturizing lipstain. These lipsticks aren't your typical lipsticks in the sense of just giving you a beautiful color that sits on top of your lips. These lipsticks sink a bit into your lips like a stain, and give a nice color payoff (a beautiful iridescence that most lipstains don't offer).   

My overall thoughts on this concept: "um, what? ... ... ..." anyway, I bought Ibiza because the color is really pretty. It's a moisturizing lipstain...they're not creamy or super moisturizing like Edward Bess or YSLs RVs, but they're not drying like most MAC lipsticks. The iridescence of these colors are so awesome. 

Ok here's a swatch: 

On top is Le Metier de Beaute Ibiza

on the bottom: Shu Wine 25. 

and a picture of the lipstick: 

Why did I use a blush to compare the color? Well, I really don't own many pinks, and the few I do own aren't similar to Ibiza. The main comparison to a blush is so you can see the beautiful sheen that Ibiza can compare to. Most people love NARS blushes for a pop of color...and then we have Shu blushes that are beautiful because of the finish it gives.

...this is exactly why I love Ibiza: the gorgeous finish.

Packaging: one small gripe, but I must say it--the lipstick itself rattles loose inside the plastic on the base. Um...yea. It's enough where it's pretty apparent, but I think it's just mine, because the testers all looked fine. 

Overall wear and duration: like 4.5 hours and you'll see some fading. The one thing about these lipsticks is that if you have dry/flaky lips, this lipstick may not be forgiving in terms of appearance. The lipstick does sink into your lips like a stain, so there's very minimal transfer (in comparison to my other non matte lipsticks) when you're drinking a beverage. I exfoliated my lips and then wore it again and man, such a difference overall in terms of how pretty it looks. 

I hope this brings some insight on what these lipsticks are all about. :) 

Friday, January 14, 2011

a bit about "The Black Panties" herself.

a bit about me:

I'm 27 years old. College graduate with a degree. I'm not currently pursuing a masters, but maybe sometime in the near future, but it's unlikely. I am currently employed. 

In terms of physical description: I'm around 5'3, skintone as I've stated is MAC NC25/30, Giorgio Armani Luminous in 5, By Terry in Beige Naturel, Chantecaille Future Skin in Nude. I have combination skin, but it is really, really sensitive. I'm sure most you have seen my face at one point or another, but for this blog, I'd like to remain faceless. Why be faceless...well, there's so much negativity in this internet world, that I'd rather not subject myself to it. Although a lot of people say I look like my mom.

Ethnicity: Latin-American, Spanish, Hispanic whatever you call it...yes, I know there's a difference between all three, but we'll leave it at that. I was born in the United States, but I have lived in Latin-America and in Spain. Most people see me, they don't think I speak Spanish. 

Significant other?: No, I've been single for quite some time. I guess I am a self-sufficient person. LOL. I do have great friends who keep me company.

What do I look for in a guy: this question is so ridiculous in of itself, but what I can tell you is the guys that I like/have liked/dated all have in common: tall (6 feet and taller), really smart. I can't be bothered with dumb people, I just don't have the time or patience for it. Also, I have only dated guys who aren't jealous and don't have self-esteem issues. I do love me European and Arab men. *shudder*

What makes an item HG? I mean aside from it looking awesome on me, the formula and longevity of the item on my face. A big factor for me is how easy it is to apply, use...etc. I'm one who doesn't like to do extra steps. My life is always a mad dash...and anything that saves me time, is a big factor in what makes something HG, believe it or not. 

Where did the name "panties" originate?: It has been an old nickname of mine, and there are a couple of reasons as to how it came into existence: in college, I was that person who would run around the dormitory in her panties at 2 am. Think Cameron Diaz in "Charlies Angels".  The other story is that two acquaintances just named me panties. Nothing sexual, I swear :). One of those guys I speak to like, once every 3 years or so. Panties is definitely a name I never really hear anymore, but I still embrace my nickname.

Why did I start a blog?: There are so many out there already, I really wasn't into the idea of starting one, until a friend of mine told me I should. I do love makeup, and now that I think about it, there are a lot of brands that people don't talk about. One of those reasons is because it's not readily available, or they're just expensive, or maybe there's just not much "talk" about the line. By Terry is one of those lines that fits all three categories. You can consider me Anti-Chanel because their products aren't that great, and for the price, there are better items out there. I mean if you like Chanel, that's cool, but I feel like everyone and their mother blogs about it. I hope I can bring to light some awesome makeup brands that I feel everyone should at least give a try. Just because it's not well known, it doesn't mean that it sucks. 

If you have any other questions that you would like to ask me, please feel free to ask. :)

Bioderma Crealine H2O

So I just finished using my regular makeup remover: Trilogy Cream Cleanser. I like the idea of a cream cleanser because it's not as drying on your skin, but overall this particular cream cleanser slightly burned my skin. Why? I know I'm just overall sensitive to most skincare that has a lot of fruit ingredients. I'll review this at a later date, but it is great if you aren't sensitive to those kinds of ingredients.

So I've seen in various places about this particular cleanser/makeup remover and how awesome it is. I went to a boutique pharmacy in Chelsea, NYC called New London Pharmacy and purchased the larger bottle. This location also sells other French brands Embryolisse, Nuxe, among other niche skincare brands.

The formula: definitely the consistency of water. No smell, or at least none that I can detect.

How to use: apply some on a cotton ball and just glide across sections of your face. It's not emulsifying, nor does it leave your skin feeling tight or dry. It's literally the same feeling as if you have water in that cotton ball. Simple enough. There's really no need to clean your face with a separate cleanser, at least for me. My skin really feels clean with  just this product alone.

What makes this item so great? You can remove heavy duty makeup, including waterproof stuff with 1-2 swipes. Most makeup removers require the extra step of washing your face afterwards. I'm a person who is always on the go and saving myself an extra step is a big plus. Another thing is that my face doesn't turn red with this product. Nor does this make my eyes sting/burn woo woo woo !! :) It's truly a magical product. This stuff removes just overall gunk on your face. I want to use this as my new overall skin cleanser/toner. I truly <3 this item.

When I purchased this item, the checkout clerk asked me: Are you a makeup artist? I replied "no, but why do you ask"? He basically stated that not many people know about the product and the few people that do purchase it are makeup artists.

Downside: limited supply in this location. I think it's the only place in NYC that sells it, and they sell out very quickly. I'm lucky I grabbed a bottle because it will last me a while. Overall this item is hard to find since it's from France.

Price: $48 at New London Pharmacy for 500 mL. I know it's sold a bit less elsewhere, but at least I know this now, plus there's nothing better than instant gratification :). I'm not one to order items online because I'm never home to pick it up.

Ingredients: water (aqua), peg-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, mannitol, xylitol, rhamnose, fructooligosaccharides, propylene glycol, disodium edta, cetrimonium bromide.

What I've tried in the past for reference:

Shu Uemura cleansing oil: green, pink and white.
Ponds Cold cream: This is a good method if you have super dry skin, but it's a bit time consuming because you're removing cream off your face.
Lancome Bi-facil: which was my HG mu remover for a while, but again I have to wash my face after. 
YSL makeup remover: overpriced and it I just wasn't that impressed.
Trilogy cream cleanser: love this if I wasn't allergic to either the carrot or grapefruit extract. It really leaves your face clean.
MAC makeup wipes: burned my eyelids and made them raw. Talk about a serious chemical burn.

all of these are great, but Bioderma has taken center stage, front and center. <3

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Paul & Joe Touch Up Brush

I know this seems a little nutty: me reviewing a lip brush. Why a lip brush? They're all basically the same, right? No, not really. I personally own my share of lipbrushes, some for just filling in the lips, others to create the crisp lip line, and of course a retractable one for touch ups.

So today, I was at the Le Metier de Beaute counter at Bergdorf Goodman and purchased an item, which I will review tomorrow. The Makeup Artist there used Paul and Joes lip brush to apply the lipstick. I stopped him dead in his tracks and asked, "Who makes this lipbrush!?!?" I sit there and play with it for a good minute or two, easily amused by it. He tells me who makes it and I make a mad dash to the Paul & Joe counter.

On top is the Paul and Joe lipbrush above a MAC 242 for reference.

Why is this lipbrush so special you ask? Let's take a peek as to why:

The top lipbrush is my Sephora one, which I've had for several years. It's a nice brush, but my personal pet peeve with this one is that when you close the brush, there's the hole where the brush itself comes out, and debris easily gets into the brush. It's slightly irritating constantly cleaning it, or wiping the debris on a napkin. I always carry my lipstick in my bag in case for touchups, because if i leave some of the lipstick on the Sephora brush, I couldn't use the brush for touchups. Thank you random bits of lint, whatever little crap that collects on the end of the brush.

The Paul and Joe brush in the top photo has a long cap, which is brilliant. I've owned lipbrushes with caps that easily come off in my bag, which leads to serious disasters. I swear my bag has ghosts in it, but back to the review.

You see that little silver ball? yes, it has a purpose:

The silver ball you manually push it up so the brush comes out. woooooo talk about an invitation to constantly play with it...sliding it up and down, and up and down...ok that sounds a little...gross. LOL

Yes, its a slightly longer brush, but it's pretty awesome. :D

Can we also discuss the pretty flower that's lasered into the lid? Also, the champagne pink colored brush is so feminine. You and I both know we have makeup stuff that's usually black, silver, or gold packaging, so this brush is easy to find in your makeup bag.

The brush itself: I don't know what kind of animal hair or material it is, but it's soft and there's no hair/bristle fallout. It's not my ideal brush for lining a crisp line, because I use a really stiff brush for that particular purpose, but this brush is what I was looking for: a touchup brush (in which the cap won't come off in my purse). Huzzah!!

The price? $18. Worth it? Next paycheck, I'm getting 2 more of these.

Where it's sold: The only P&J counter in the USA is at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC.

Friday, January 7, 2011

By Terry Lumiere Veloutee

Ok, ok, ok, I swear this will be my last post on By Terry for a while.

This is my review on her foundation Lumiere Veloutee. So I own Le Metier de Beaute Peau de Vierge (my luminous foundation) you know, for everyday wear since it has SPF. I also own Chantecaille Future Skin (which is my skin but better foundation), but yet I don't own a matte foundation. I've tried a couple of matte ones, even Shu Nobara which is still one of my favorite foundations. Since I was taken away with By Terrys Touchee Veloutee concealer, I decided to swatch the foundation in store. Then I tried it on my face a couple of weeks later...well as you can see, I now own it :)

Finish: It's definitely matte, but not chalky. I would consider this more of a satin-matte finish because it does give you some inner glow. I've been photographed with this foundation and it's seriously beautiful. It looks like the satin-matte version of my skin. It blurs out any imperfections and diffuses anything wrong on your skin.

Texture: it's a liquid foundation, but when applied, up close it almost looks like it sets to a powder like finish. It doesn't look like powder either, but it doesn't look like you're wearing a liquid foundation either. What makes me happy is that you can apply this foundation with just fingers and it blends so easily. :D Another aspect is that you need to shake the foundation before applying. It covers my large pores on my forehead without primer, which is awesome

Coverage: It's medium, buildable to full.

How it compares to other matte foundations:

Shu Nobara: is creamier in consistency, and it's very slightly more luminous in photos. The main reason why I've never purchased Shu Nobara is because of the stick foundation form (which means you have to use a brush), and it's no longer sold in the states. I hate ordering items online because I'm never home to pick up my packages.
MUFE Mat Velvet: this foundation is runnier, messier in terms of consistency. I tried it out once and it accentuated certain spots on my face and it dried out my skin. I don't understand how that happened. Plus you can tell I was wearing foundation, and that's a no-no.
YSL teint-resist: It's a nice foundation, definitely long lasting, but I couldn't get matched because my undertone is a bit odd. It photographed okay, but I wasn't impressed overall.

From left to right: 

(I photographed this with heavy flash with no lights in my room turned on)

Le Metier Peau de Vierge layered on so you can see the luminousity.

Chantecaille Future Skin: this is in vanilla, yes it's too light on me now. I'm now nude, but I'll buy it eventually. I mix it with LMdB sometimes to tone down the luminous effect.

By Terry Lumiere Veloutee in #3 (Beige Naturel).

last but not least !!

Duration: I wore it yesterday without primer, no touchup, no setting powder. It lasts at least 8 hours with no fading. I went to sleep since I wasn't feeling well so I can't tell you if it was able to withstand more than the 8.

Scent: yes, it does have a scent. I can't put my finger on the smell in terms of what it is, but it reminds me of baby powder. The scent does linger on your face too, but the smell personally doesn't bother me.

and one turnoff: The packaging. To lift the cap, you have to lift it straight up. I made the mistake of twisting and lifting it up at the same time and then boom ! the pump twisted off. I don't know if I just got a bad jar, or if all of them are packaged like that. I'll investigate this further. It is a bit irritating, but since I don't travel with foundation, I'll permanently keep the cap off from now on.

The price: $105. Yikes ! Is it worth it? If you have a photo friendly foundation, then you don't need it. I already had a photo friendly foundation, but I personally love a matte finish and I finally found it ! :D

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Inglot AMC Lip Gloss/Gloss

I know there are some of you who are curious about Inglot Cosmetics :)

I've passed by it in Times Square and never bothered to go inside until a couple of months ago. I know people are more curious about certain items over others, but the one standout aside from their nail polishes (which I haven't purchased yet, but will hopefully soon) are their AMC lipgloss. 

As you can see from the tube, it's in your face bright and holographic like. My eyes went like O_O It's clear, purple, blue and pink!!! My eyes couldnt handle the hotness so I grabbed it ! Worn itself it makes my lips look like a slightly bluer pink. Applied over a lipstick...oh my gee. I tried to photograph this a bazillion times on my lips, on my hands, and I cannot get a good photo for the life of me. 

Pictured below from L to R: 

NARS albatross l/g, Inglot 541, and Giorgio Armani 513 lipstick

In this photo you can see from L to R:

NARS albatross
Inglot 541

and then GA 513 underneath Inglot 541. See how hard it is to photograph a holographic l/g? This picture doesn't do this lip combo justice. You can somewhat see the pretty sheen it gives. :\ This picture is an ultimate fail. ah well, at least I tried, right? 

Texture: it's not sticky, it's a bit on the runny side. It doesn't pill on my lips or leave a funky gunk on my lips after a while, which is nice.

In terms of the lasting power, it is a bit underwhelming, but the prettiness of this gloss kinda makes up for it. :) 

The price: I vaguely remember it costing me around $15-16. Definitely a reasonable price :) 

By Terry Baume de Rose lip treatment

You know how all of us have some form of a bad habit? In some cases its biting nails, picking on pimples, scratching itchy skin? Well my bad habit is biting my lips. Whenever I'm anxious, nervous, or just whenever...I bite them. It's bad because I bite them to the point where they bleed. Gross, eh?

I normally use Burts Bees chapstick and that is sufficient for the summer, but in the wintertime I get nagged by my parents, sister, friends to get something for my cracked lips. And so it began...

I've tried:

Regular vaseline
Kiehl's lip treatment
Smith's Rosebud Salve
Korres lip butters
LUSH honey trap

There's a few more I've tried, but I can't remember anymore. Basically the ones I've listed did nothing for me. They absolutely did nothing. That's right, I said it: NOTHING. Well to be fair, the best one out of that group is LUSHs honey trap. 

So I'm visiting the counters and my MA asked me in a middle of a discussion: "do you use anything for your lips? There's a lip treatment that I use for myself..." I gave him a stare, probably the "I don't believe you" stare. Anyway, he used By Terry Baume de Rose underneath a matte lipstick. I didn't think much of it at the time (I didn't buy the balm then). A few days later, I woke up with a cracked lip. I ran over to the counter and bought it. I'm almost on week 2 of this and I have to say: this is great. 

Smell: Yes, it smells like rose, similar to the Smiths Rosebud Salve smell. 

Packaging: in pot form (which is the more popular & the more concentrated form) and in lipgloss packaging. I adore the glass packaging.

Price: It's $58 for the pot, $52 for the lipgloss. Definitely get the pot form since it's more concentrated and you can literally use up the entire pot. You and I both know it's hard to get the last bits of a lipgloss. 

What I will say is the application is the hardest part of this item: it's best to apply it on your lips with fingers, not with a lipbrush and you need to rub the balm in a bit. The less you use, the better (at least for me). It's a bit irritating to dip my lipbrush in the pot, then swipe the brush onto my finger, and then rub the balm on my lips with my finger. I made the mistake of using it like a lipgloss (dip brush in pot, apply like a gloss). It slid off my lips this way.

You need time for this stuff to work. I almost to threw in the towel on this one until I saw how the flakeys on the edge of my lips and the major cracks on my lips are gone.

What's also interesting about this item is that I've used it on my cuticles and man, they are a lot softer and no more hangnails ! :D

Random aside: I really don't see the purpose of having SPF in this lip balm, in part because this lip treatment is best worn at night, when you're asleep.