Tuesday, November 19, 2013

By Terry Holiday 2013

Hi all!

It has been a while, and this will be a quick post since I am in the middle of errands…look at what I got a few hours ago. 

Terry Holiday consists of:
Two eyeliners (a black and gold one)
Two ombre backstars
Nail polish (a topcoat and I think a couple of shades)

**Four glosses (I don't know if this is part of holiday, or just an addition to her existing gloss lineup), but it all arrived at the same time.

I decided to pass on the black eyeliner, but when applied it looks like a wet and shiny black eyeliner. The other eyeliner which is called "Festive Gold", is sold out at one location and Barneys doesn't have it in (yet). Festive Gold looks more like an amber than an actual gold shade. Once that arrives I will definitely pick it up, swatch and post it on here.

As for the 4th gloss shade, it's a dark purple type shade…Since there were no testers of the glosses at either location, I passed on it until the counters have testers of them. 

As for the other items…well here ya go:

Blue Obsession (14), Ombre Mercure (15),  Be Nude (6), Bitten Splash (9), Flamenco Desire (10) (taken with flash)

Closeup of Blue Obsesssion so you can see the sparkle.

Blue Obsession: a gorgeous velvet finish, navy cream eyeshadow with pink-red, blue, and silver sparkle. The pinky-red sparkle is definitely apparent, even in dim lighting. It's not a super sparkly shade, but the sparkle definitely makes this shade something to truly obsess over. This is probably the star of the collection. I don't wear much blue, but I just couldn't pass it up.

Ombre Mercure: It's a gorgeous gold pewter shade…I'll have to rummage through my stash to see what shade it's most similar to, but I do know her Beyond Gold cream eyeshadow shade is definitely more yellow, vibrant, and a true gold in comparison. I don't think I have anything similar to this. It's like the perfect wash of color for those days you just want to slap one shade on your lids. 

Be Nude: This is a light peach shade on my lips. Peach lip products are not my friend. Big reason due to my pigmented lips…or maybe part of it has to do with my darker hair. Some peach gloss just doesn't show up either. Another gripe I have with peach glosses is they tend to have a white base (yuck). 

Anyway, Be Nude is a great peach that I can wear with a dark eye, the downside is that I can't wear this by itself (as in when I'm not wearing makeup). This shade may show up is a peachy pink on some people, especially those with lighter skin tones or maybe less pigmented lips. 

Bitten Splash: A mauve when applied. It has pink in it when swatched, but on my actual lips it's definitely mauve. This color may not be for everyone either, since mauve is a hard color to pull off in my opinion. When I first applied this, I wasn't won over, but the more I stare at myself in the mirror with this on, the more I'm warming up to this shade. 

Flamenco Desire: This shade when swatched looks like a gorgeous coral, but when applied it looks like a cross between a coral and strawberry pink. Her discontinued shade Pomegranate Flash has more red and more opaque in comparison. My only semi issue with Flamenco Desire is the same semi issue I had with Pomegranate Flash -- if I didn't wear a lipliner, the gloss doesn't adhere to the top part of my lip. As I've stated in the past, I have this issue with random lip items (not just with By Terry, but even with other random brands, even with some lipsticks). 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Color-Fix" Cream Eyeshadow Swatches +

I told y'all that there will be some By Terry reviews... I remember doing a post of my swatches of these, but I think I accidentally deleted the post. 

Moving on...these are eyeshadows that don't need a primer, that glide on like butter, not to mention they wear like IRON. These items don't need much of a review because they are one of her (many) standouts from her line.

It's probably easier to have all of the swatches in one post, especially if you want to see color and finish comparisons.

Here's what I personally own, all of them were purchased by me, except shade #13 Brown Perfection which was a gift. :)

Picture taken with flash, to see the finish. The color representation is pretty accurate. 
Black Pearl (1), Blond Opal (3), Bronze Moon (4), Misty Rock (5), Frozen Quartz (6), Velvet Orchid (9), Beyond Gold (11), Black Matte (12), Brown Perfection (13)

*Black Pearl and Misty Rock are the ones with the most sparkle. 

*Bronze Moon, Blond Opal and Brown Perfection are probably my favorites. 

*Velvet Orchid is the most unique due to it's finish and color. 

Price and Size: $43 for 1.64 grams, or 0.058 oz

Sunday, October 13, 2013

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Foundation (#7 -- Golden Beige): First Impressions:

Once upon a time, in a not-so-long-ago past....my first true luxury foundation was By Terry Lumiere Veloutee. Looking back at this review, I never really expressed how much I loved this foundation. It was go-to for weddings, special occasions, and any event / reason where I would be photographed. 

It was a medium to full coverage foundation, it glided on like a dream, blurred all imperfections and it was far from a chalky or flat matte foundation. It was $106 at the time. It was (and still is) a beautiful foundation. The downsides to it ... it would begin to separate on my forehead area after many hours, not to mention it was a heavier formula. It wasn't heavy where it was uncomfortable. You could definitely feel that you had a foundation on. I couldn't complain, it would last so well and oil wouldn't break through, plus it was a medium to full coverage. Not to mention it was lightweight compared to many full coverage foundations at the time. 

Then two years ago, it was discontinued. I was heartbroken. That was around the time when I had met Terry de Gunzburg for the first time. Cover Expert was released and I purchased it. It was basically a foundation that was stripped from skincare benefits (aside from hydration). To be honest, it was no replacement for Lumiere Veloutee. It's gorgeous, has a nice finish, but it simply was not the same. I never reviewed Cover Expert because all that would come to mind is that "it's nice and pretty, but it's not Lumiere Veloutee". It's definitely worth the $65, but it's still no Lumiere Veloutee.

Little did I know, Terry herself was revamping the formulation of Lumiere Veloutee. What prompted her to do so, I have no idea as to the exact reason. What I can say is that Terry herself takes pride in always reformulating her items for it to be better, more efficient, and more effortless. Some people may hate her for constantly changing her lineup, but I can't be mad, she's always on the search for something better. Two years later...it's finally here. I know die-hard fans who used to use Lumiere Veloutee are asking the question, "Is it Lumiere Veloutee's (LV) replacement"?

In some ways it's Lumiere Veloutee, but it's definitely not in other ways. It's better.

Coverage: Densiliss is definitely a medium coverage finish. It's matte, but imagine that radiance that Lumiere Veloutee had, but on steroids. Your skin has a serious halo. It blurs imperfections and lines like LV does, but your skin still shows through. There's some aspect of transparency where it highlights your skins best features, all the while covering the imperfections. LV in comparison just covered everything. 

Color selection: Terry has definitely made strides in this department. LV I used to be shade 3, but it wasn't an exact match, it was a bit too peach for most people. It worked for me since I used to have a lot of redness in my face, and the peach would help blur out the redness. In Cover Expert I am shade 8, but in Densiliss I am shade 7. There's 3 darker shades...I can say shade 8 is somewhere in the NC35 range. I was initially matched in shade 8, because at first it looked like a good match. Less than a minute later, the color did some adjusting, and it was definitely too dark. Shade 7 at first looked off, but same thing happened, in a matter of 30 seconds it became a match and stayed that way. Terry's biggest area of development when it came to base products was that she didn't make dark shades. Three extra shades is a start. The lighter shades are not necessarily numbered from light-dark, there's also different undertones in all shades, so you should get matched at a counter first.

Lasting Power: Last night was my first night using Densiliss, and I was lucky enough to test it with Hourglass No. 28 primer. Let's discuss why the Terry primer wasn't used -- it pills off on a lot of sections of my face. It's a beautiful hydrating primer, but on me it pills off. It could be the change in skincare or just the nature of the primer itself. Either way it's interesting to see if Densiliss plays nice with other primers. I was testing it out at first with no primer in the morning and it lasted about 5 hours and no drying feeling / separating like most matte foundations. Then my face got re-done and I went out to have drinks. In a span of approximately 12 hours while I was out with the primer, no fading/separating on my t-zone (forehead). I'm SO THRILLED with this foundation.

here are some comparison photos:

Left to Right: Lumiere Veloutee, Cover Expert in #8, Densiliss #7. Natural lighting, no flash

Left to Right: Lumiere Veloutee, Cover Expert in #8, Densiliss #7. Dark lighting, heavy flash.

Price and Size: $115 for 1 fluid oz.

Verdict?: Goodbye Cover Expert and Lumiere Veloutee, you have been replaced. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Things I've gotten as of late +

Hi all!

It's been a busy month for me, and it seems like the next few months will basically be the same trend. Working like crazy, plus before we know it the holidays will be around the corner and pass...you know how it is.

Anyway, I've cut down on the makeup spending, not by force, but I feel like I'm arriving at a standstill. Whenever I shop at say, Saks, Barneys, Bloomingdales...there's very few things I want at this point. My wishlist has been getting smaller and this has been the trend for over a year. I do buy seasonal things, but the overall things I want are minimal, and those items are not sold in the USA. I think after a while, my blog will just be swatches of what I own. I hate to say it, but I don't know how much longer I can keep up with this blog, main reason being nothing just calls my attention. I feel like I've almost bought all the things I've wanted. 

So without further blabbering, here's what I've purchased:

top row:
By Terry Hyaluronic Blush in Bubble Glow (her newest blush)
By Terry Eclat Opulent in Nude Radiance (it now comes in 3 shades!)
By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge in Be Red (one of her fall lipsticks)

Bottom Row: 
Hakuhodo J5523 BkSL
Hakuhodo J142 BkSL
Hakuhodo J5522 BkSL
Addiction Rose Bar Cheek Polish
Addiction Tadzio Cheek Polish
Addiction Tea Rose Cheek Stick (my friend took my original one)

As for the brushes, I got those since I plan on doing a future brush review doing more comparisons. They were the items I least cared about, but all the other items I purchased were new releases. The Terry items were items that I've planned on getting since the spring (except the foundation). Considering I got no seasonal makeup during the summer, I think the splurge is okay. The Addiction was a bit of a surprise since I didn't know about these until the last minute. 

I hope this post isn't too disappointing, but I hope you understand at the stage that I'm in when it comes to makeup. 

As for future posts: I do plan on making an Addiction post with just swatches of what I own. I did purchase Wayne Goss' brushes, but they won't arrive until DECEMBER. As much as I respect him as a youtuber, I'm a bit disappointed in the wait. I may do a review on his brushes, so let's just wait and see what happens. 

Any ideas as to what I should write about makeup wise? 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

By Terry Fall 2013

Finally!!! The collection I have been waiting for since at least spring time! :D

I just got the items in, so I can't give comprehensive reviews since I have been busy with errands, but I figured you'd would all enjoy the items :)

Terry came out with

5 new Hyaluronic Sheer Rouges:
11. Fatal Shot
12. Be Red
13. Sangria Appeal
14. Plum Plump Girl
15. Grand Cru

3 new Crayon Kohl Terrybly (eyeliners -- pencil with a liquid consistency)
7. Brown Secret
8. Emerald Evasion
9. Royal Navy

*as for these new eyeliners, they are WORLDS beyond better than her standard ones, which were a standard pencil, didn't last well on the eyes, and the application was a bit of an annoyance. I'm glad she totally revamped the formula. 

2 new Ombre Blackstars
12. Black Matte 
13. Brown Perfection** (the asterisk denotes I got it as a gift, not from a sponsorship)

There are some new brow products:
Brow Pen that literally looks like the Suqqu brow pen, except it's more pigmented in application. Downside is the one shade that is sold here in the US is made for blondes. I'm not blonde so I didn't test it.

Eyebrow Mascara: I have it as well, but got it as a gift and still testing it out. 

Royal Navy (did not purchase and taken with natural daylight)
Brown Secret, Emerald Evasion, Black Matte, Brown Perfection**, Fatal Shot, Plum Plump Girl (no flash)

Brown Secret, Emerald Evasion, Black Matte, Brown Perfection**, Fatal Shot, Plum Plump Girl (with flash)

For those who are wondering how the new Ombre Blackstars blend when you're trying to lay them down on as a base, here's now it looks. I made the mistake of laying them both down at the same time, so Black Matte looks slightly patchy. The matte ones set even faster than the non mattes. Oops.

And let's discuss the Hyaluronic Sheers:

For me to wear these, I can't apply them on as a full on, slap on the lips type of lip proudct. I have to apply them sheerly (with my finger) and let them set like a stain. Reason being since they're too glossy, they slide around a bit, and not to mention there's a patch on my upper lip that a lot of lip products don't like to adhere to. If applied like a stain, the color adheres well on that odd section on my upper lip. The colors and finish are too beautiful, so the high maintenance is worth it. Not to mention it's rare for me to find a makeup line that makes AMAZING lipcolors. She makes the best and most unique shades for me. Armani is a close second.

As for the new shades -- they're a LOT more opaque than the standard line, as you can see below. 

#7 on left (original lineup), #11 on the right, no flash.

Terry herself did not disappoint, and I think I will be buying another lipstick shade in the upcoming weeks. :)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

By Terry Brown Perfection (13) Ombre Blackstar +

Hi all!

As some of you have noticed, I was on a bit of a makeup break. Summer collections did not catch my attention and even though fall collections are my favorite in terms of colors...none of them wowed me. Sad to say it, but not even Suqqu, Armani, and other collections called out to me. It was okay, it was a break that I needed (I think). From time to time, I definitely feel we go through phases of makeup overload. You know those times where nothing is catching your attention...

Today I wanted to show you what I got as a present (yes I got it for free, not sponsored, but as a gift). One of the By Terry fall Ombre Blackstar eyeshadows. Sadly it's not in stores yet, but I figure that you guys would appreciate the quick swatch. :)

L to R: Bronze Moon, Misty Rock, Velvet Orchid, Brown Perfection, Bronze Moon (with flash)
I'll keep it short and sweet: Brown Perfection is definitely a velvet finish (very fine small shimmer), it's cooler in undertone than Bronze Moon, and definitely a deeper color. It's such a beautiful chocolate type of brown color. It's like the typical By Terry cream eyeshadows, it sets quickly, doesn't budge, and  it's a dream to apply. 

I'll report back on the new eyebrow mascara in terms of usage/application. I have shade 4, which is Dark Brown. 

PM skincare routine:

My evening skincare regimen:

For those who don't know my skin type: it's combo/dry, with some oily areas on my t-zone in the summer. I did experience breakouts, primarily on my forehead and jawline. I've been to dermatologists, only for them to recommend a glycolic cleanser and retin-A, which made my skin worse. After trial and error, this has been the best for my acne, without drying me out. 

Check out the video:

For those interested in ingredients, I have some of the ingredients from the boxes, others I do not. Here is what I do have:

VIP O2 cleanser: Aqua, Squalene, Proplyene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Amniotic Fluid, Pentalyene Glycol, Perfluorodecalin, PEG-20 Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Proplyene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Silk, Yeast Extract, Peanut oil, Witch Hazel Bark/Leaf/Twig extract,  Myrtle extract, Mimosa Bark extract, St. Johns Wort Flower/Stem/Leaf Extract, Onion Bulb extract, Myrrh Resin extract, Cucumber fruit extract, embryo extract, vinegar, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine HCl, Thamine HCl, Urea, Serine, Allantoin, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Magnesium Chloride, Papain, Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Benzoate, TEA-Lactate, Sodium Salicylate, Rhizobian Gum, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Cetyl Palmitate, Polyperfluoromethylisopropyl Ether, Poloxamer 188, BHA, BHT, Caprylyl Glycol, P-Anisic Acid, Polyacrylamide, C13-14, Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Alcohol.

P50 Lotion: Aqua, Glycerin, Phenol, Niacinamide, Vinegar, Ethoxydiglycol, Magensium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sulfur. 

for those concerned with Phenol: there are 2 other versions that I *think* are Phenol free (P50V, and P50W).

Masque Vivant ingredients
Creme Dermopurifiante ingredients

Complexe Iribiol Ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol, Proplyene Glycol, Orris (Iris florentina) extract, Zinc PCA, Retinyl Palmitate, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobuylparaben, CI 36 035.

Natura Bisse Tolerance Eye Recovery Balm ingredients

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Natura Bissé Skincare +

I'm not one to discuss skincare on this blog, for two main reasons:

1. I'm not one to really change my routine, I mean my base (staple) skincare hasn't really changed, but it has expanded with serums and other items over the past couple of years.

2. I never wanted this blog to be primarily on skincare, just makeup.  My skin is unique to me and it's still an ever changing, evolving process to figure out what's best for me.

This year I've decided to start focusing more on the anti-aging piece moreso than preventive action. I've realized I'm at a coming of age if I don't start soon, my skin will take a downhill turn. 

My skin is like the worst combination of both my parents -- my mother who wrinkles easily, and my father who had serious acne. Not to mention the fact that I NEVER SLEEP? This insomniac needs all the skincare to compensate for my lack of sleep. I average per day 4 - 6 hours of sleep. Let's just say I'm more towards the 4 hours of sleep. There are periods I sleep 12 hours, but that's rare.  

Some of you may or may not know...I am a serious skincare junkie, just as much as I am of a makeup junkie. Maybe my priorities have changed, but I've been moreso into skincare in the past 1-2 years than ever before. 

So what does this pair of panties use? Well it may be no surprise to some, but I primarily use Natura Bissé (in conjunction with NIA24). 

I may have even influenced some YouTubers and other bloggers to at least experiment with the line. 

My glory skincare line :D Full sized items all around, deluxe samples in the center given to me. 

And Natura Bissé's newest product that will be released soon, High Density Lift. Thank you to the amazing person who gave this to me:

Ingredients of High-Density cream. 

*drools in anticipation* Oh trust me, I'll use this bad boy later in the week. *grins*

So, what are some of the items from the line that I think everyone should at least sample?

Glyco Extreme Peel: I've tried many glycolic acid products (cleansers, toners, treatments, etc). Nothing has overtaken the crown on this peel. I've gone through a couple of bottles of this already (all purchased). It's probably the star of the Natura Bissé skincare line. It pains my wallet, but I do have a backup in my bathroom. It will probably be opened sometime this fall. 

Diamond Ice-Lift Mask: This is one of my recent purchases and so far, this product is amazing. It's applied on after all of your skincare, including moisturizer. The first time I applied it, my skin tingled and I passed out from the Lavender smell. I can't explain how therapeutic this mask is. Your skin feels like a babys bottom, hydrated, soft, and just plush. The one issue I have with this mask is that if you apply it very close to your hairline, pieces of this mask is hard to remove from your hair. The third time I've used it, I had like 2 small pieces of the mask in my hair (practice makes perfect). Not to mention how COOL it looks in your hand (see below).

Ingredients of the Diamond Ice-Lift Mask

Diamond Luxury Cleanse: I know most of us use Bioderma for makeup removal, but for those nights when you need to remove a full coverage foundation, or a heavy duty sunscreen, or just makeup that's overall difficult to remove? (Hello, waterproof mascara) You lightly rub the gel against your face, and literally EVERYTHING just glides off. Your skin feels clean without a separate cleanser. I do take the second step to use Bioderma on my eyes for any trace makeup and lightly swipe my face. There's usually nothing left from my face. This stuff may seem insane price-wise ($135) for a cleanser, but for those who want to indulge on a luxury cleanser that is a no-fuss makeup remover, this is definitely it.

Are any of you familiar with Natura Bissé? If so what are your experiences with the line? Or if you just have any questions, feel free to comment below. :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Addiction Eyeshadows ++

As some of you may or may not know, my future wife friend Shameless Fripperies made a trip to Japan...like as a random thing. Can I just say how jealous I am (in a loving way) that she can just pack her bags and go on a moments notice? 

I basically told her to buy all the makeup and brushes. I was wanting to see what she would buy, because if you haven't seen her stash already -- it's basically perfect. She offered me to pick up some items from Japan. I was a bit surprised to say the least because it's extra items she has to carry back, but I took her up on it. (Can you blame me? Knowing I have makeup that went to Japan, then Australia, to it's final destination, my home). 

A breakdown of pricing of what the prices of the eyeshadows are in Japan versus online -- 

Ichibankao (where I've purchased my other Addiction items) does sell it for a markup, but let's see how much of a different price points are: 

Ichibankao: Eyeshadows are approximately $30 each. Shipping with EMS (includes faster shipping and insurance on your package) is about $7. 

Total is approx $187. ($30 * 6 eyeshadows = 180) 

$180 + $7 for shipping. 

In Japan, eyeshadows are about approximately $20, but I did pay bit more for shipping since it was sent out from Australia, which was about $20 USD (shipping includes tracking). 

Total = $140 

($20 * 6 eyeshadows =  120) 
$120 + $20 shipping  

Okay, a decent price difference, but I feel like the markup from Ichibankao to some degree offsets the price of shipping (which I find pretty cheap). I've ordered items on a Monday for it to arrive on a Friday. 

Enough about the boring math, let's get to see some pretties :D

My first Addiction eyeshadow was Fudge and needless to say I was totally won over by the brand. I do have some items from them, which you will see at a later date.


Top Row: Pink Python, Keshi, Dolce Vita
Bottom Row: Bagdad Cafe, Joker, Chocolat

L to R: Pink Python, Keshi, Dolce Vita, Bagdad Cafe, Joker, Chocolat
same shades, overexposed lighting to see the shimmer factor.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Depotting Makeup:

Over the years, as I've amassed makeup, I came to the inevitable crossroads. The ideal size of my stash in terms of physical dimensions (drawers) started to overflow. I love all of my makeup, but I needed to be creative in terms of storing it.

It got to a point where it became overwhelming and having a hard time finding eyeshadows, palettes, etc. It's even harder when you have multiple palettes of the same brand, and none of them have clear packaging to easily determine which one you are looking for. It got to a point of being so overwhelmed that I didn't even want to wear makeup anymore, because it started to be more of an annoyance/burden than a pleasure.

I figured since my makeup was in storage for quite some time now and I got a makeup drawer solution recently, this would be the time to start purging makeup I hardly used, depot the makeup I wanted to use more often, that I never got to use due to reasons stated above. 

Does anyone else feel like this? Just being overwhelmed by the amount of makeup you personally own?

Finally, I feel like I've reached a breakthrough. I did a round of purging (I have a small-medium sized bag filled with makeup i plan on giving away to friends). There are some more I want to get rid of (but it's a few items at this point). Having all of my items easily seen, just makes it so much easier. 

when i was 70% done depotting. I had thrown more plastic packaging in the trash.

I just need to add the magnets below the eyeshadows. Left are yaby palettes, right are Z-palettes

My e/s drawer. It has a few more items in there since the photo, like lashes, brow items, etc

The casualties: D&G rosebud, two Hourglass duos (thanks to the boyfriend for that mistake). I overcomplicated trying to remove the D&G blush. If you want to depot the blushes, don't separate the packaging like the Burberry method. Just let it sit there on top of an open flame long enough for the packaging to warp. 

For those of you who are curious about the eyeshadow names in the z-palettes, I don't know at the moment either, since I rearranged them a bit since that picture. Maybe another post I'll do swatches for you.

I can finally breathe a sigh of relief now that I can actually enjoy/appreciate what I own. :) 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Le Metier de Beaute Lip Cremes and Glosses:

I finally got a preliminary solution when it comes to my stash and its storage. Downside is that I have yet to organize it all, and to buy some empty palettes for my eyeshadows. Everything is just kinda stuffed in drawers, a rough draft of organization...

In the meantime, I managed to find my Le Metier de Beaute glosses and lip cremes. A bit of a sad part to the story: I had a few more of them, and I was planning on getting rid of them after a while, but my old apartment, my roommate stole my makeup. I had all of the current glosses and a few more exclusives, but alas. They are out of my possession, but it's ok. It's not the end of the world.

If you haven't noticed already, they are my favorite formula when it comes to glosses.  

Toffee, Cafe, Bondi Beach, Sweet Creme, Cebu, Fraise, Framboise, Hibiskiss, Red Velvet, BDR, ITKB, Uma Paro 

From left to right: 

Toffee Lip Creme
Cafe Creme Gloss
Bondi Beach Gloss
Sweet Creme Lip Creme
Cebu Gloss
Fraise Lip Creme
Framboise Lip Creme
Hibiskiss Gloss
Red Velvet Gloss
Bettys Divine Red Gloss
In The Know Bordeaux Gloss
Uma Paro Gloss

Toffee, Fraise, Framboise Creme all apply like liquid lipsticks. Creamy, cling to your lips for hours. Sweet Creme isn't like the others, it's more like a gloss (less lasting power, it's more of a jelly like formula). Sweet Creme is the only one I've managed to finish tubes of. It's my first Le Metier de Beaute lip product, and I love it dearly. 

Red Velvet, In The Know Bordeaux, and to some degree Cebu and Bettys Divine Red: they have the gloss title, but they're more like a liquid lipstick, they all are opaque, have amazing lasting power as well. Cebu and Bettys Divine Red doesn't last as long as the other two, but it's longer lasting than most glosses. 

Cafe, Bondi Beach, Hibiskiss, Uma Paro: definitely less opaque than the ones listed above and have lasting power more along the lines of a lipgloss in terms of lasting power and feel. 

They all definitely have a significant sweet smell, and it may be off putting to some people, but I adore them, since they left my lips more hydrated, and last forever once applied. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

By Terry Rouge Terrybly Swatches +

I've noticed that one of my most viewed posts over here are the Armani Rouge d'Armani swatches. I figured that people appreciate seeing swatches of items from the same brand. I was surprised that I had not done swatches of all of my By Terry Rouge Terrybly lipsticks, since it is one of my favorite lipstick formulas. 

I'll keep it short and sweet, so here are the photos:

from left to right: 100, 202, 203, 204, 302, 304, 402, 403, 404, 802

from left to right: 100, 202, 203, 204, 302, 304, 402, 403, 404, 802

From left to right:

202: Funky Ruby
203: Fanatic Red
204: Narcotic Sienna (you should use with a lip liner & apply a thin layer, it may feather if you don't FYI)
302: Hot Cranberry
304: Cherry Cherry (there's a section of my lips that it doesnt like to apply, but i have this issue with a random lipsticks, no matter the formula)
402: Red Ceremony
403: Bare Instinct
404: Carnal Attraction 
802: Love Me Tender (shimmer formula)

**303: Torrid Rose I no longer have this shade, since I gave it to a friend who liked the color ;)

scent: they all have a strong rose scent, signature of the By Terry makeup line

any other questions or concerns? please list in the comments field. :) 

YouTube Videos That I've Done:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Addiction Tuxedo Moon and Sugar Rusk Palettes (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

Hi all!

I hope everyone is well this morning. As of yesterday I received a lovely package from Japan!

Addiction Sugar Rusk on the left, Tuxedo Moon on the right

This is the summer collection I've been waiting for this year. I will give you a quick first impression and swatches since I'm literally running behind already and it's only 10 am :(

From the promo photos, Sugar Rusk's shades looked deeper and darker than what you actually have. I was a bit taken aback since I wanted to see some rich, deeper colors. 

Packaging: I stood there staring at my palettes for several minutes, oooh-ing and aaah-ing over the packaging. It's sleek, black packaging, square in shape, with neat graffiti type designs that Jean-Michel Basquiat was known for. Sadly from what it seems, that Ichibankao is sold out of the limited edition packaging. It's really a winner for me, especially since it hits close to my home (NYC) :).

Colors and Textures: Sugar Rusk was a bit of a surprise, but overall I am always won over by the complexity, smoothness of the non-matte shades. The mattes are easy to work with, apply and blend as well. Tuxedo Moon consists of three matte shades, and one satin type finish eyeshadow. The black isn't as intense as the pan makes it seem, but it has a small silver shimmer, and the other colors are quite lovely too. Both pictures are taken with natural lighting, no flash.

Sugar Rusk
Tuxedo Moon

Overall I'm really happy with my purchases, and I got them from Ichibankao for 8100 Yen, plus shipping.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

By Terry Hyaluronic Blushes (Summer Splash Collection)

Hi !

So yesterday I saw a little piece of the By Terry Summer Collection, but only some of the products were there to be seen, so I grabbed the blushes, which were my main interest.

I was highly disappointed in last years collection because she released a lip stain, which was so patchy, uneven, and it would hardly show up on my lips. I'm relieved that she released products which are MUCH better for this summer. 

I can't speak much about them, but for those who were curious to see swatches...

Packaging: it comes in a tube, with the dispenser being similar to the Becca Beach Tints. Pretty self explanatory, the packaging is nice, since it looks like it could be a big lip balm (so it's not bulky to carry in your purse)

Formula: They're most reminiscent of Armani Blushing Fabrics, silicone in feel and slip, but Terry's is a bit thicker...well more like a mousse texture in comparison the Blushing Fabric. They apply well and glide on so easily. The two shades have a microshimmer, but Blushberry (#2) has more of a sheen and a shimmer, whereas Peach Posh is just a micro sparkle. They're both beautiful, with the sparkle not being overwhelming. 

Size and Price: $42 for 0.5 oz



L to R: By Terry Peach Posh, Blushberry, Armani Blushing Fabric in 1, 4, 5

L to R: By Terry Amber Rose Sheer Liquid Blush, Peach Posh, Blushberry, Armani Blushing Fabric in 1, 4, 5

L to R: By Terry Amber Rose Sheer Liquid Blush, Peach Posh, Blushberry, Armani Blushing Fabric in 1, 4, 5

Friday, April 19, 2013

Haul in the past couple of months :D +



Makeup! :D

Let me know if you prefer more videos or primarily sticking to just writing. I know for sure I want to do a video once I have my organization set up. 

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Items in my current rotation +

Since I've been on a hiatus, I need to make up for lost time (oops). 

Okay, so items I have been using often are as follows -- FYI I got the RBR compact as a gift from Sethakins. It's not a sponsored post, nor am I getting paid to post it. 

Armani Precision Retouch Concealer: Now that the weather is getting warmer, it's time to lay off on the heavier texture face items...at least my skin prefers thinner formulas come the warmer months. This stuff is seriously high coverage, with an amazing thin brush to get in the under eye areas, as well as point conceal targeted areas. I'm shade 3.

Kilian Extreme Oud: you can read my a couple of posts down. It's so sensual...and delicious. :)

Addiction Damask Rose: It's time for me to break out the brighter pinks, and the easiest way for me to break into those shades is always with a nice bright blush. Not to mention the balmy texture and ease of application. :) 

Hourglass Vintage Lipstick: This one was hiding in my stash for a while. I had purchased it at a Sephora where Josh Collier (MUA) was working at. He showed me the newest lipstick shades, and picked out this color. Totally forgot I had it, until I was settling into the new place and saw it. It's such a gorgeous warm pink brown. 

Chantecaille Just Skin Foundation: Chantecaille is one of those lines that doesn't have an exact match for me in their foundations. I made Future Skin work as best as I could, but over time I found better matches and eventually stopped using it. It made me sad that I couldn't use their Future Skin, but I was determined to have a foundation from their line. Luckily their Just Skin shade in Glow is a semi close match, and it's forcing me to use lighter coverage foundations. I like it so far, but we'll see if it's an item I'll repurchase.

You know Guerlain is another line that I don't have a match in? And they too make nice foundations. 

By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge in #9 Dare to Bare: It's a lipcolor that makes a statement in of itself, a pink with some mauve in it. It darkens my lipcolor, while providing a soft sheen. It's my favorite shade from the new Sheer Rouge line. 

By Terry Laque de Rose in #8: I'm running out of this shade, and I think I have backup somewhere. It pains my little soul that this shade is forever gone. It's that gloss that I use after a lipstick fades because it's just so easy to apply, not to mention just beautiful.

Skinceuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 45: With the sun being out more, and yours truly being sensitive to the sun, I have to use a higher SPF sunscreen. I've bought several of these, and have yet to find something better that works for my skintype. It's a thick cream that blends quickly, doesn't leave a white cast and it wears like iron. You can see in the photo how much I love this sunscreen.

Rouge Bunny Rouge mirror compact: I got this as a present from Sethakins himself, and little did he know I had a worn down mirror that I used since middle school. LOL I refuse to post a picture of the old mirror. I'm glad I have something more polished and functional. Thank you for the awesome present.