Dreamy Picks May 2014

 Here are a few of my product crushes for the month of May…

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  • Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Blue Orchid offers incredible wear and has been my go-to shade this spring. (review) (buy)
  • The LORAC SummerGLO Palette* is a staple in my travel bag this summer. I’ve been using this one for a neutral look, as well as when I want to play around with color. (review) (look) (buy)
  • I can thank the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Active Moisture Vitamin C Body Oil* for my super soft skin. I sort of can’t keep my hands off myself. The pineapple scent is perfect for summer and puts a skip in my step. (review) (buy)
  • I’m still crazy for the RMS Buriti Bronzer and depend of this beauty to liven up my complexion. It’s a true-bronze shade that illuminates skin. (review) (buy)
  • The Kjaer Weis Foundation is pretty amazing and unlike any foundation I have tried before. Most of the time I’m reaching for my natural foundations to further care for my skin. The KW Foundation provides medium coverage and is nearly invisible on the skin. I will be reviewing this one soon. (buy)
  • I purchased the Juara Candlenut Perfume Oil the instant I smelled it, which is a first. I usually require some time to see how the fragrance evolves and if it ultimately irritates my keen scenes of smell. I knew it would be love, and I am so right. Meet my new summer fragrance. (full review soon)
  • LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door* is such a beautiful light coral/pink. I love the long-wear matte formula. (review) (buy)

What are some of your favorites for May?

*Press Sample

The #1 Polish You Need This Season – Deborah Lippmann Blue Orchid

From Deborah Lippmann’s Spring 2014 Collection, Blue Orchid is a dreamy pale blue that mimics the afternoon sky, without a cloud in sight. This pretty pastel blue is the perfect shade to wear this spring and well into summer. If you’re thinking of picking up just one blue polish this season, let this be it.

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(shade is a bit washed out in this photo)

Blue Orchid is a crème polish that applies like a dream and covers in one coat. It is as well one of the longest wearing polishes I’ve ever come across. I went a good week with barely a note of wear. This beauty is an absolute must!

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Deborah Lippmann Blue Orchid $18

nordstrom.com

Tom Ford #02 Incandescent ‘limited edition’ Nail Lacquer for Spring 2014

Tom Ford’s Spring 2014 Beauty Collection is the ultimate new release. The collection contains four Nail Lacquer and eight Lip Conditioners in stunning seasonal shades. The collection readies my spirit for summer with shades of coral, sand, skin and sunshine. Onto my picks…

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First off, I must bring about attention to the exquisite white lacquer and gold packaging *swoons*.  Incandescent #02 is the mere jewel of the collection. This metallic rose gold shimmers flecks of silver and gold in the sunshine.

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I found Incandescent to apply rather easily, covering in one coat. Some streaking is only noticeable in natural and bright sun, otherwise it appears rather flawless. It dries rather quickly, which is probably due to the fact that it is a metallic shade. The formula wore a good five days, without any wear to note. As someone who often keeps busy with their hands, that is pretty exceptional for me.

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If you are going to pick up anything from the collection, I would certainly recommend this metallic beauty. It might be the only accessory you need this summer. I also picked up a Lip Conditioner in Pink Dune (review to follow).

Tom Ford Incandescent $32

nordstrom.com, saks.com, neimanmarcus.com

Have you picked up anything from the collection?

Dior Perlé 187 Matte Top Coat for Spring 2014

The ‘Trianon Collection’ for Spring 2014 from Dior features the ‘limited edition’ shimmering matte top coat called Perlé. With a weakness for Dior’s sparkly shades, I was immediately drawn to this unique topper. Perlé has a frost matte finish which adds a pale pink, pearlescent finish to any polish. When worn on its own, its creates a no-fuss clean look that dries in an instant

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The Perlè Matte Top Coat contains pink and lavender shimmer and dries to a frosty finish. Though technically a top coat, I enjoy wearing Perle alone for a quick and easy mani. When applied to clean nails the top coat dries instantly. The finish is feminine, clean, yet quite unique.

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(with flash)

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(one coat of Perlé Matte Top Coat on top of Essie Topless and Barefoot)

As a top coat, Perlé dosnt complement every shade. I find it best suits nudes and lighter pinks, as it has a strong white, frosty finish. Personally I adore the Top Coat on top of nudes like Essie’s Topless and Barefoot. Perlé is not quick drying and takes some down time.

Dior Perlé Matte Top Coat $25 

sephora.com, nordstrom.com

Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick #209 Rose D’Exception for Fall 2013

Thy Givenchy Le Rouge Intense Color Sensuously Matte Lipstick is the fairest of them all. Encased in genuine leather, the ultra-luxe Le Rouge Lipstick from Givenchy doubles as a uber chic accessory. Rose D’Excpetion is one of two ‘limited edition’ shades from their latest Soir D’Excpetion Collection for Fall. Rose D’Exception Le Rouge was released with a matching Givenchy Le Vernis of the same shade.

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I must admit that when I was first introduced to the new Le Rouge lipstick from Givenchy along with the leather bullet and pyramid studding, I thought, “they have gone too far”. As time passed, the idea seemed less outrageous. I might even admit that my curiosity was eventually piqued, although I still didnt cave. Be that as it may, Givenchy then released the perfect “Taylor shade” in an even more attractive metallic leather case and they threw in a matching polish! Call me a sucker, I caved big time.

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*wearing Rose D’Exception Le Vernis*

Rose D’Exception Le Rouge comes in a ‘limited edition’ metallic pebbled leather case with their traditional silver pyramid studding. What is even more beautiful than the bullet is the exquisite formula. Described as a ‘semi-matte‘ lipstick, Le Rouge is unlike any other matte lipstick that you might be familiar with. Rose D’Exception provides full color in one swipe, like a matte formula but without any of the dryness. I will even go as far as saying that it’s hydrating. It glides on without the slightest pull, leaving soft, silky color that lasts through hours of wear.

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The swatch above was created with just one swipe. It’s seriously like butter. Rose D’Exception is described as a soft rosy pink. I think it leans a little cooler and lighter than your traditional rosy lipsticks. This shade is utter perfection and perfect for fall, think ‘nudes’ and ‘lilac-tones’. Rose D’Exception Le Vernis is a perfect pairing, if only slightly deeper. The only downside is that it’s LE, so grab it while you can!

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    *wearing Givenchy Rose D’Exception Le Rouge, Rose D’Excpetion Le Vernis and Burberry Peony blush*

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Givenchy Le Rouge in Rose D’Exception $36

available at sephora

Have you tried the Le Rouge formula? Thoughts?

Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Colour Nail Lacquer in Rose D’Exception for Fall/Winter 2013 (swatches & review)

When is comes to luxury cosmetic packaging, Givenchy easily ‘takes the cake’! With lipsticks and compacts dressed in leather armour and pyramid studding, each piece is a treasure to be desired. A new collection called ‘Soir D’Excpetion’, is now available for Autumn and is one of exquisite elegance and sophistication, and perhaps a bit fun as well. Among the new collection is nail and lip duo in the shade Rose D’Exception and the two pieces that I have purchased from the collection.  givenchy-rose-dexception-polish111

Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Colour Nail Lacquer in Rose D’Exception is contained in a clear glass bottle with a reflective silver cap. The cap removes to reveal a rounded black cap with ridges much better suited for application. A wide brush, similar to that of YSL and Dior, allows the formula to apply with ease. I find both the formula and packaging very similar to the YSL Le Vernis. Like the former it almost ‘applies itself’. The formula is pretty close to perfection and the finish is a high-shine, glossy one. The wear time is also excellent.

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Rose D’Exception is described as a dusty-rose. The formula doesn’t streak or bleed and applies flawlessly. Two coats are recommended for he perfect finish. Rose D’Exception is a romantic and feminine shade for fall. I imagine it paired with a white Angora sweater and a glass of wine, beside a roaring fire. Too much? Perhaps…

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(wearing two coats of Rose D’Exception)

Rose D’Exception Intense Colour Nail Lacquer is $20

available at sephora.com

Review of Rose D’Exception Le Rouge to follow.

CHANEL Le Vernis Nail Polish in #583 Taboo – swatches & review

Chanel did it! They took all the stars in the sky, bottled them up and called it Taboo. This ‘limited edition’ shade is out of this world, with irresistible shimmer that only the people behind Chanel can deliver. The galaxy is now at the ends of our fingertips.

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Chanel Taboo is a deep red-toned metallic purple loaded with blue and reddish-copper micro-shimmer. In the bottle, Chanel Taboo is mind-blowing, with a magnitude of multi-colored shimmer. Taboo does not have quite the same effect once applied to the nail, however the look still remains absolutely stunning. In most lighting Taboo is a deep vampy purple with a high-shine and iridescent quality. Taboo’s true beauty really shines in bright sunlight where the shimmer is most visible.

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Taboo applies flawlessly and covers in one coat, although two is definitely the recommended. The formula leaves a high-shine finish. The only gripes I have is the tip wear on the second day, followed by some chipping on the third. I am still searching for the perfect top coat for Chanel polishes to extend its wear.

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Chanel Taboo is a ‘limited-edition’ shade $27

available at chanel.com, nordstrom.com