Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Counter Walking

I had the opportunity to take a walk outside in some glorious Springtime weather yesterday.  There's a lot of ruckus about the possible elimination of the horse-drawn carriages in New York City.  I have mixed thoughts altogether about the whole situation, but seeing them parked along the south side of Central Park is indeed very picturesque (and kind of smelly).  Passing the horses lead straight to Bergdorf Goodman and a walk through the counters.

I've been interested in a couple of things to see in person, mainly the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet one and also the new Bobbi Brown Skin foundation stick one.  I am rather in a foundation kind of a mood lately even though, as usual, I'm well stocked in other foundations already in my rotation.

I got a few sachets of the Chanel one in B30 to try out, which looked a bit pinker and darker than my neck since they didn't have any of the B20.  But I will see how I get on with it.  The flatter finish of matte foundations are generally not my preferred finish, but I'm interested in seeing how it would perform in terms of oil control.

The SA at the Bobbi Brown counter was very nice and he showed me the new stick, which is formulated on a clear base (old one was white) with pigments added to it, which apparently should make for a more natural looking finish.  He cut a chunk of shade 3 (beige) for me to try.
I tried out the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation stick out today.  No.  No.

I guess it could have been an unfair day to test out a new foundation.  My skin is an unholy mess lately.  I am so dehydrated that my skin is falling off my face into large giant flaky chunks.  I'm wondering if something I did has caused some sort of contact dermatitis because I am also experiencing some severe red patches, with bumps.  All the redness is making my face look very dark, too.  I'm dry!  I'm dehydrated!  I'm oily!  I... my face is falling off!

I suppose if a new foundation covered up and made my skin look nice then I should buy it because it would be some magnificent foundation.

So the Bobbi Brown Skin stick.  No, it didn't do so well under these very adverse conditions.  The color is slightly too dark, and the coverage was a bit light, especially with a light layer applied with a damp Beauty Blender to properly cover up the redness in my skin.  I contemplated applying another thin layer to address the coverage needs, but noticed how terribly the foundation piled up around my flakes.  On the patches of good looking skin, the foundation also kind of sat on top.  And sunk into my pores on my nose.  And basically made me look blech.

Looking at the ingredients, it looks like there's no silicone which seems to affect how it blends into the skin.  I basically had a tougher time working the product and blending it in.
"Glyceryl Triacetyl Ricinoleate, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Kaolin, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Barium Sulfate, Bisabolol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica."

Moving on. 

At the Chanel counter, I did see the new Summer Illusion D'Ombre in New Moon, Utopia and Mirage.  (swatched the that order, left to right)
*___* oh mah gah, mommy!  The sparklies!
 New Moon had a multi-colored glitter finish and it was RIDICULOUSLY glittery and gorgeous.
I only own Diapason of the Illusion D'Ombre and I really love the beautiful complexity of that one.  But I am not a huge fan of these from Chanel in general, finding them a bit too sheer and glittery for my taste.  But these got my salivary glands working in overtime.  The base color of these shades were all very rich and swatched nicely.

Sorry I've been a bit MIA lately.  I've been very busy.  Hope these Chanel swatches from the counter make up for it a bit. ;)

Have you found a good foundation for when your skin is having a good old freakout?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Snow in April & Featuring THREE Invisible Ethereal

A nesting pair of black capped chickadees found a home in the little bird house we hung up on a tree limb in our yard.
They are adorable, curious and pudgy little birds.  (more about them here, as well as to hear their funny song & call)  Sadly, something must have spooked them off and I think they've abandoned the nest.  There are many aggressive other birds nearby, so who knows what drove them off.  Hopefully they will come back.

Perhaps they were fed up with yet another snow fall that happened last night and flew the coop?  Why does it snow in April?  Just when I was ready to put away the winter jackets, it snowed covering my car with a thick layer of ice and freezing the lock.  Nice.  And my daffodils that just came up last week were frozen and wilted over onto the ground.  :(  Mommy!  Mommy!  Mommy, are they going to live?  *muffled sob*

I think I owe this blog a picture of me wearing THREE Invisible Ethereal which I posted about the other day (here).  For serious, I had to serious make gauges into the cream shade to build up to what you see here.  It's all very serviceable.  Uh-huh, just doesn't make me writhe around on the floor in ecstasy.  What are we talking about?

Anyway.  I see my eyes are a perfect match for my mucky poo brown sweater.  Damn you, it's still sweater weather!
Products slathered in morning minstrations on my visage colorwise:
THREE Invisible Ethereal duo on my eyes.  THREE Flash performance eye liner in Eye On 09.  THREE blush in Emotional Rescue.  SURRATT Lipslique in Perfectionniste.
My neck is so pale that when I match my face to neck, my face looks way too pale.  I look like a freak in person.
Freak on, world.
What cute bird sightings in your neck of the woods?  I see blue jays (loud suckers), woodpeckers, robins, and chickadees.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Recent Discount Codes & Offers of DOOM

Hello fellow shopaholics!  Have you also been inundated with recent shopping offers tempting you to part with your interest-free loans to the US government (a.k.a. tax refund)?
source: wikimedia.org

Neiman Marcus is oh-so-generously conducting a Spring GC event (code APRILGC).  Spend $200 and receive a $50 GC, $500 get $150, $1000 get $250, $2000 get $500.  Is it me, or do you also see these offers and completely forget you can get things other than beauty products?  Well you can, though many beauty items are eligible for this offer.

One of my favorite luxury niche online retailer, Beautyhabit has a special offer just for today ending midnight (PST).  Spend $75 and get $15 off.  Code is BEAUTYTREAT.  Seems to apply to Chantecaille as well, which is usually a brand exclusion on their offers.  They also stock Rouge Bunny Rouge, Diptyque, and many niche fragrances.

SpaceNK, which also stocks Eve Lom, Ellis Faas, JinSoon, and et cetera is offering $20 off a $75 purchase with the code Discover20.

On a related note, my recent withdrawal from AmorePacific Time Response skincare stuff appears to be a big bust.  Having downgraded (in pricepoint) to a much more reasonable selection of Mandom products I noticed lots of small changes in my skin.  Generally I am much drier, which is surprising since the weather here has become much more warmer and my skin is also showing lines that show more prominantly when my skin is dehydrated.

Adding insult to this injury is that on a recent overnight trip away, I used my travel sized AmorePacific stuff.  The most amazing thing was how my skin reacted: soaking up the products into my skin and becoming almost instantly radiant and plump.  O.o  It's like I'm trying to write a hokey ad copy for something.  "HAVE AMAZE SKEEN!  GLOW & BEUTYMOUS!"  "Magic botaneekil ingreediments to make you're skeen noices!"

Perusing the Neiman Marcus website has me hovering over the check out button on my AmorePacific cart.  Which I didn't PUSH.  I actually have some leftover of each item, so I think I may need to switch back to them ... in defeat.  Poor wallet.  Poor me.  Woe.  Woe!

And worse than that, I feel a lot of need to buy lots of things without any particular real need for anything or even knowing what particular items I am wanting!  I've been pretty good not giving into this weird and overwhelming unspecific shopping urge, because that will surely lead to regrets later.

 I has a woe.  How be you?

Friday, April 11, 2014

THREE Pressed Eye Color Duo in 09 Invisible Ethereal

You know what makes me sad?  When a long anticipated product from one of my most cherished brands don't perform up to expectation.  This is the kind of product if it were your first introduction to the brand or Japanese eye shadows might make you go, "Ehhh."
Which isn't to say that this eye shadow duo is without merits.  I mean, just look at how beautiful the pans looks.  And as is the normal duo format, includes a cream shade on the left and a powder shade on the right.  Each product you can use individually, but layering the powder over the cream often yields some magical complexity in the combined shade.
In Spring, along with the new Velvet Lust lipsticks which I already showed this week (here), THREE also introduced four more permanent eye shadow duos: 07 Let the Happiness In, 08 Third Eye Open, 09 Invisible Ethereal and 10 Dark Eyed Angel.  Seems there might be a reformulation of the cream shade which is imparted with pearls and transforms from cream to powder.  The other duos I have never seemed to completely set (into powder or otherwise).

The colors are:
  • brown-and-grey balanced khaki with a beautiful blend of shimmer particles.  The shimmer is very fine though (in pale cool gold, pink, green, blue, orange that I can tell)
  • cool and grey lavender in a mostly satin silvery finish
Regarding the wear of this duo, I find it to last better than the other duos I own.  Of the other ones I own, the cream tends to fade after a few hours, even over primer which is probably my biggest quibble about these THREE eye stuff.
I had a very hard time selecting Invisible Ethereal over the others.  It would have been really hard to pick two of the four even more so!  Each duo seems to contain a shade from one of the others, either a brown, a lavender or a peach.
I also wondered if Invisible Ethereal looked too similar to the other THREE quads or duos I owned, but upon close inspection the cream and powder shades were unique.
Only thing vaguely similar was the right side powder shade in 06 Winter Love (shown on the right side of the free-form palette, on the bottom), which is more mauve and Invisible Ethereal more lavender and grey.
So what's my problem with such an elegant pairing of colors?
In the wise and immortal words of Clara Peller who wisely declared her famous words: "Where's the Beef?"
The textures are silky and so right on the level of my other THREE eye products and the colors and the shimmer are beautiful.  What I wasn't impressed with is just how sheer the colors were.  Here are the swatches.  I mean it shows, but it shows so sheerly.  The cream is on the right, the powder in the middle and cream+powder on the right.

My winter holiday long gone, my skin is pretty pale.  I wonder if it would show up more on my more tanned skin in the summer or if it would show up even less.
The pretty sheen on the shades and the texture are beyond lovely.  It's just that the base colors barely show.  These are built up a few times.  Usually on the blog, I swatch with one finger swipe.
It probably would be helpful to show how it looks on the eyes, but I wasn't all that motivated to show something that looks like a wash on the lids.  I will try to show it on other posts or update this in the future.  I wear wash shades because they are swipe and go and easy and fast to do.  As you know, these cream shades take a bit of work to apply (here is my cream application post).  For all that work, I'd like a little more something something than looking just like a wash.

Maybe I am being kind of a picky pain in the ass, but this one really didn't pass the muster with me.  I am looking for divine and skin flattering texture along with pigmentation that actually shows on the skin.  Suqqu's eye shadows also have the (unfair, imo)  reputation that they are sheer, but those tend to show up more clearly on my skin, as do the Addiction singles.  Lately, I've not been as fond of the Addiction singles as they don't look as seamlessly elegant on my lids as the THREEs or the Suqqus.

With other THREE eye stuff I've seen much more intense pigmentation.  I wore the quad Art of Parties (here) yesterday and regretted my overly strong application.

What do I want?  I want the BEEF!

Any recent purchases for you falling way below the mark?  Also I'm very curious if you have any of the new THREE duos and if your experience was similar.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Neglected Face - Featuring Addiction

Do you find things you've really liked previously figuratively collecting dust somewhere?  I don't shop my stash when buying urge strikes.  I usually just buy stuff.  I'm afraid that's how I am.  I also have the attention span that spans a season or so of consistent use and then --SQUIRREL!

A topic on makeupalley posed a challenge to use neglected palettes.  I have many I'm neglecting because I am a) testing new things b) stuck in a rut or c) burying my head in the sand about how my feels have changed.

Firmly falling into "c" would be Guerlain Les Fumes.  I don't know what it is.  I sure did love it when I first got it.  After committing to the challenge of using it this week, I still didn't pick it up!  There is a feeling of dark foreboding for this one, isn't there?

Falling mainly into "a" would be my gaggle of Addiction Ready to Wear quads.  I posted on the limited edition Basquiat cases here.  I really like these and I'm coming to realize that I like these palettes more than the singles I own and find the quality more consistent in the quads and I like the brainless ease of color coordination.  With the exception of Soda Lunch, the ones in that post are all permanent in plan black cases.

Addiction Tuxedo Moon is a great basic neutral palette.  While not actually flashy, it has a nice selection of light to medium to dark shades in a mostly matte finish that is really easy to use.

So, up for the challenge, here is my Neglected Face.
This is a very simple neutral eye look with red lips, of course.
Products used are:
base - Suqqu Frame Fix Cream N (002), Suqqu Nuancing Loose Powder (Natural), Ellis Faas concealer (102)
eyes - Suqqu Balancing Brow Palette (Moss Green), Addiction Ready to Wear palette (Tuxedo Moon), THREE Flash Performance eye liner (08 Eye On), Suqqu Mascara Volume Long N (EX-03 Black Navy)
cheeks- Rouge Bunny Rouge blush in Delicata
lips - Rouge Bunny Rouge lipstick in Raw Silence

Maybe tomorrow Les Fumes?
What's gathering dust for you these days that were old favorites?  

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