Monday, March 23, 2015

Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick in Jasmine Weighted Air & a Special Discount

Always when I hear that a company is reformulating something, I feel a bad feel in the pit of my stomach because it means bad things.  Bad Things.  Always Bad Things.  Why take good things and make it different?  It seems Rouge Bunny Rouge is revamping many things in the line and the lipsticks were up for reviving.  *nibbles fingertips*  Don't forget to scroll to the end to see the special discount. :)

Rouge Bunny Rouge makes a beautiful full coverage and sheer lipstick and several of their colors in each range are my perennial favorites.  Raw Silence from the original Colorburst formula is one of my very favorite reds... EVER.

One thing that did make me take a chance with the reformulated sheer lipstick is the new color addition of this very bright, cool fuchsia called Jasmine Weighted Air.
The tip of the bullet now features a curve that hugs the lips.  I don't like that shape all that much.  I found it difficult, especially on the lower lip to get clean edge.
The glossy black tubes with the white botanical design has now been replaced a tone-on-tone design.  It is sleek, but the case size is the same weighty sturdiness as before.
One of the weird things about the old formula (Murmurings here, Fluttering Sighs here) is that the texture of the bullet seemed to vary a bit from color to color.  Murmurings was soft and could be squished by pressing too hard against the lips.  Fluttering Sighs was even softer that I had to depot it and can only use a lip brush to apply.  Both were still smooth and wonderful on the lips.

Jasmine Weighted Air has a much improved firmness to the bullet.  The formula indeed is different.  While the older formula has a very wet and slippy (also very glossy) texture on the lips, the new formula in Jasmine Weight Air feels very light in with a good slip that isn't smeary.  It does glide very well on the lips.  
Jasmine Weighted Air is a beautifully cool, clear fuchsia.  A light layer on the left and layered twice on the right in the swatches here.  It has a nice shine, but isn't very glossy.

The scent has also really changed.  The old formula had a very strong Christmas spice kind of a scent, which I think was kind of polarizing, though I liked it.  The new scent is a more faint generic sweet floral which doesn't linger long once the color is applied on the lips.  The company website lists it as fragrance free, but I can most definitely discern a scent.
It does actually stain the lips into a pretty bright pink after the actual shine fades away.  For a sheer lipstick, it performs about par to my expectations.  I need to touch up and re-apply about 2-3 hours in.  It feels so light and well moisturizing on my lips.  It is a surprisingly pigmented shade for something considered sheer.  When layered fully on the lips, it is very pigmented and vibrant.

The reformulation includes several ingredients for intense moisturization and supposed anti-aging benefits, notably: sodium hyaluronate attracts moisture to lips while rosehip butter acts as a powerful anti-oxidant.  Hard to say how much of these are in the formula to actually do all those things, the sodium hyaluronate is low on the ingredient listing but rosehip butter is very high on the list, but I have to say that it feels great on the lips!
Clear, bright colors like this are always welcome in my lipstick Muji drawers!  It has a way of adding vibrancy to an otherwise very neutral and sedate look.

Products used:
  • Base: Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation in Pale Dune, Surratt Concealer in shade 04, SUQQU Glow Loose Powder
  • Eyes: Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in Espresso, Rouge Bunny Rouge Solstice Halcyon and Papyrus Canary, Lancome Hypnose Drama WP mascara, SUQQU Brow palette in Moss Green
  • Cheeks: SUQQU Balancing Cheeks N in 04 Mizuhanamoya
  • Lips: Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick in Jasmine Weighted Air

I am totally breathing a sigh of relief that the new version of the RBR Sheer lipstick actually IS better than it was before.  Really loving this bright beauty of a color as well as the hydrating and whisper light formula.
Have you tried the new Rouge Bunny Rouge Colorburst or Sheer Lipsticks?  What do you think of them?

I purchased my lipstick directly from the RBR website (here) and took advantage of its new lower shipping in the US. 

I'm crazy (like cuckoo for coco puffs) excited to be able to share a special 20% discount offer on the Rouge Bunny Rouge website (here) for my blog readers!  Yay us!  (edit:  this offer is available on all the regions for the website.  Just choose where you are shipping to and use the code to apply the discount to your order!)

Use code RBR-WONDEGONDIGO20.  It is valid until August 31, 2015 for a 20% discount from the Rouge Bunny Rouge website.

I have many recommendations for RBR!  Please feel free to ask in comments and if you are a fan of the brand, do offer your best recommendations, too.

Check out my various posts with the RBR tag (here) and you will find many swatches, looks and stuff!  The eye shadows, blushes and the loose finishing powder are some of my very favorites from the brand.  Nevermind, the exquisite liquid highlighters and liquid bronzer from the brand.

Friday, March 20, 2015

SUQQU Balancing Cheeks in Yawakohaku 03

>>the product featured in this post was provided free of charge by the brand/pr for my consideration<<

As I write this post, the snow is falling thickly on this first day of Spring.  It is a rather dubious start to the season.  *silent seething*  It IS very spring-like however, when I get to play with the colorful oranges and pinks of the Chiffon inspired SUQQU SS15 collection.  Special thanks to the brand for allowing me some feeble hopes that Spring might actually arrive.  (will it?)

I particularly loved the fresh juicy looks of this blush Yawakohaku 03, which is a permanent addition to the SUQQU blush line up along with a second shade Mizuhanamoya 04.  (I'm still playing with 04)  This blush with two pans, a pale pink paired with a sheen-rich orange is what I will feature today.
I love this very unusual combination of shades, which has the option of wearing each side alone, or combined.

  • The left side pan is a pale warm, satin pink.  As with my experience with most SUQQU products, the texture and feel on the skin is wonderful.  It is however, very lightly pigmented and I think people expecting rich color payoff would be disappointed.
  • The right side is a pale orange.  Reminds me of ripe apricot in color.  It has a very strong golden sheen on the skin which I find intensify the more I buff and blend.  And because it's a rather pale color, while it imparts color on the skin, it also acts like a soft orange highlighter.  
  • The blended shade (the swatch on the very right) is a more subdued version of that apricot shade.  Again, the sheen in this one is still pretty strong.

You've seen me wear this blush a few times, but I had worn it in my post on the SUQQU quad 18 Sakuraori.  I don't think you can see much of the sheen on my face, but it is readily apparent in strong lighting.  It is not glittery by any stretch of the imagination, but it has a definite glow to it.  And if you are trying to get some building of color for intensity by applying a lot of the orange shade, you will get the sheeny highlighter effect.
Orange highlighter?  My skin is probably at its palest for the year coming out of a cold grey winter.  While I find it shows up on my skin just fine (and will for those among you on the paler side of things), if you are significantly darker than me (I am NC15-20-ish), you may see more of the sheen and less of the color.
Yawakohaku is a really delicate compliment to the SS15 collection, enhancing the soft oranges and pinks in the eye shadows from the collection.  I would have liked to have seen more pigmentation in this case and a tick down lower on the sheen on the apricot shade.  The strength of the sheen limits the everyday versatility to me.
I think in general, the formula of the Balancing Cheeks N (the official product name) has some of the prettiest skin-loving texture, but doesn't have strong pigmentation.  You can see my post on the other two earlier color release from the range here.  Particularly with blushes, I think strong pigmentation can always be moderated with the brush and application while it is more difficult to build up color to more intensity.  Unlike the THREE blushes that I own, which I do find easy enough to layer for more color, I don't find it as easy to do so with these SUQQUs.    You can also see it on Sara from Color Me Loud here.

The quality and texture are top notch, as usual.  And it is wonderful to see this unusual and gorgeous color combination in Yawakohaku.  I think it would be even more beautiful with more intensity and maybe a bit less sheen for versatility for more skin tones.

SUQQU is available at Fenwick of Bond Street, Harrods, Selfridges and Selfridges on line.   It is currently available on line at Selfridges (here) and Ichibankao (here).

Disclosure: this post features a product that was sent free of charge by the brand/PR for consideration.  However, all my opinions are my own!  Yes indeed!  Please check out my full disclosure policy statement here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Shaking My Money Maker

Do you know what I've been researching lately?  Blog monetization.  I have been thinking about it for a while but researching actively only recently. 

To get a few things out of the way: I think blogs that have advertisements on them are fine.  To feature products received as samples free of charge is also fine.  To run sponsored posts is a-ok to me.  As long as disclosures and policies are clear and a reader knows with what lens to view a post, I have no problems.  This is how I feel as a reader.  (if you don't disclose, well then, you are on my POO list!)

The idea that I can make a few pennies off of my hobby is very appealing.  Right?  I get to do what I already enjoy, write about something I have a level of legit passion about and then somebody cuts me a check?  After all, I spend a lot of moolah on buying makeup and being able to recoup some of those costs sound amazing!

I realize that as a reader, I read other media (whether other beauty blogs, or any other sites) with a certain lens.  For beauty blogs for instance, as soon as I know a post is sponsored I take everything with a grain of salt.  The blogger is being compensated to feature a product so any positive information, I think of it basically as I do all ads. 

Take "freebies."  I know everyone that discloses receiving press samples also state that she has no bias.  I'm sure to some extent, and within her control, she is.  But for new, smaller or less-established blogs, it can be kind of exhilarating receiving products.  Is it possible that such feelings can somehow influence the content on a post?  I think it is possible.  Where financial gain and relationship building is involved, influence is possible.

These days, I view a lot of content with a bit of side-eye and a bit of cynicism.  And to be completely fair, I think it's only right you do the same when you read my blog.  99.9% of my posts are with product I've purchased myself.  I don't feature stuff I wouldn't buy myself (be it brands or specific products) but when you see my disclosures in a post, make sure you are wearing your lens.

Back to Shaking that Money Maker, I was thinking about different ways I can make money.  I can run ads, use affiliate links and do sponsored posts.  Knowing I have a generally weak backbone for temptation (hellooooo, have you seen my blog?) I was thinking more and more about how the motivation for making the dough would influence my blog in unintended ways.

Would I feature brands I have zero natural interest in?  Sometimes I get pitches from brands I either don't know or don't have interest in to provide product.  I always say no thanks to those.  But if they offered money would I want to feature "BACN, a brand made completely from pork fat?"  Maybe I would do a whole color story on pork-grease based lip glosses and rave about the fragrant nature of BACN perfume?  (Yum, a little barnyard.  A little smokey.)

Would I change my natural interest to brands and stores that participate in affiliate programs so that every click you make to a retailer from my blog will generate a few pennies?  Maybe I would want you to click to the MACCOSMETICSFORCHEAP website!  Why, I can dedicate whole posts that look like a beautiful collage for you to click.  Cha-CHING!

Would I want to feature posts on Lysol because, why because makeup looks and feels better when your bathroom is extra clean!  I'm sure I can find some tenuous link between beauty and Lysol.  Or why not hair extensions on the blog?  (Maybe because my hair is mostly in a messy bun all week long)  I can get to love hair extensions... over time.

For me, I see that it's a slippery slope ...uh, greased with lip gloss from BACN.  I actually don't think I can remain consistent to my (low) blog standards if money were to be involved.  Keep yer hair on.  I don't mean for your blog or other people's blog.  I just mean for me and my blog.  I think over time I can convince myself how doing all those weirdo things above is something I think is great for the blog.  So no more google searching on "retire on blog making money" for me.

*Shaking my money maker*  *looks sad that zero pennies fall out from cans*  *daydreams about high-flying, money-making career as a BACN model*
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