Lily Lolo Coralista Cheek Duo*

Have you met Lily Lolo? This London-based natural beauty brand has me looking and feeling fresh and naturally radiant with their Coralista Cheek Duo.* This peaches and cream palette features two texturally exquisite powders that will seriously get you glowing. While these beautiful shades are certainly something to covet, it’s the formula that will have you wanting more…

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

Bite Beauty debuts a selection of 34 high intensity shades in their new Amuse Bouche Lipstick Collection. Some shade favorites from the Luminous Crème Collection make a reappearance in the new formula, amid a bevy of bold new shades. The Amuse Bouche formula is handcrafted from a combination of 12 “edible” oils, triple milled pigments and are formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

Definition of Amuse Bouche: a small savory complimentary appetizer offered at some restaurants

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Good for Both You and the Planet: Axiology Lipstick in The Goodness

Axiology believes that “kissable lips and sustainability are both sexy in equal measure—and that nobody needs to sacrifice kindness for a night on the town.” This sustainably chic line of all-natural and organic lipsticks brings a fresh selection of unique and bold shades to the world of green beauty. With a wide selection of shades available, from moody blues and blackened teals, to bright magentas, reds and soft pinks, there is a shade for everyone.

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YSL Spring 2014 ‘Flower Crush’ Collection Rouge Volupté #32 Corail Jalouse

It’s no secret that I am quite a fan of the Rouge Volupté range from YSL (evidence here, here, and here). When I heard word that YSL’s new Spring ‘Flower Crush‘ Collection featured four new shades, my heart began to race. The four new shades included, I  have heard, are said to be permanent. Included in the new release is #31 Fuchsia Storm, #32 Corail Jalouse (featured in this post), #33 Pink Neilia, and #34 Pink Asarina.

YSL-Spring-RV-32-1The formula is standard for the Rouge Volupté, smooth buttery goodness with an opaque finish. Some people find the RV formula too bold. As a little secret, I often times just pat the lipstick on for a less ‘in your face’ look. I personally find the formula very versatile in application.

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Corail Jalouse is a light peachy-pink, a stunner for sure. As standard the finish appears somewhat glossy and dries down to a satin finish.

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wearing #32 Corail Jalouse
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 Some Rouge Volupté comparison swatches
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YSL Rouge Volupté #30 Faubourg Peach, YSL Rouge Voluté Shine #13 Pink in Paris, YSL Rouge Volupté #6 Pink in Devotion, YSL Rouge Volupté #32 Corail Jalouse, YSL Rouge Volupté #29 Opera Rose

YSL Rouge Volupté #32 Corail Jalouse $34

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Tom Ford Spring 2014 Lip Color Conditioner in Pink Dune

Tom Ford’s Spring Makeup Collection features eight new ‘limited edition’ lip shades, along with four new Nail Lacquers. These Lip Color Sheers are a new formula for Spring/Summer have a sheer, shimmering finish. Tom Ford’s traditional brown retro-chic lacquered lipstick case got a makeover too.

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Pink Dune instantly captivated me. I tried hard not to succumb to the allure of this radiant beauty, but I fell hard. This sheer peach shade contains a tinge of pink and a multitude of golden shimmer. The formula is creamy with a luminous sheen. It wears quite well and feels comfortable. The Lip Color Conditioners contain Tom Ford’s standard vanilla scent that isn’t overly fragrant. It easily layers for a bit more coverage without feeling heavy.

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Pink Dune

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Pink Dune pairs perfectly with Incandescent Nail Lacquer as seen in this photo.

Pink Dune $49 

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion – swatch & review

When Hourglass Cosmetics released their the Ambient Lighting Powders, the beauty world went into a bit of a tizzy. The all-over face powder received a lot of hype, and had people scrambling to get their hands on not just one, but several of the shades. Well Hourglass has done it yet again with their new Ambient Lighting Blushes. The blushes have been pre-released at Sephora and are currently exclusively available to VIB and VIB Rouge members. At this time the blushes have already sold-out online.

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The Ambient Lighting Blushes from Hourglass infuse their popular Ambient Lighting Powder with an array of vivid hues to create their new blushes. Available in a selection of eight marbled shades, you can pair them with their complementary powder, or not.

  • Dim Infusion (a subdued coral blush fused with Dim Light to add warmth)
  • Diffused Heat (a vibrant poppy blush combined with Diffused Light for a subtle halo effect)
  • Luminous Flush (a champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer)
  • Radiant Magenta (a golden fuchsia blush combined with Radiant Light for a summer glow)
  • Mood Exposure (a soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion)
  • Ethereal Glow (a cool pink blush fused with Ethereal Light for a moonlit luminosity).

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If you’ve tried the Ambient Lighting Powders, you might be familiar with the varying shades available to complement your complexion. There is a lot of jargon used when reading descriptions of the blushes. There is the idea that a lot of science is behind the creation of these “hybrid” blushes, which contain a “multidimensional luminescence.” The ultimate reason that I was drawn to the product is the quality of the powder itself. Just as with the Ambient Lighting Powders, the Ambient Lighting Blushes are so finely milled and contain the finest shimmer which translates on the skin to a natural radiance.

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The Ambient Lighting Blush contains 0.15 oz. of product as compared to 0.35 in the Ambient Lighting Powder. I picked up a Blush in Dim Infusion which marbles together the Hourglass Ambient Powder in shade Dim Light, along with a light peachy-coral. Hourglass described the shade as a “subdued coral.” The powder has a texture that is not ‘powdery‘ in any sense, but wears like a second skin. No matter what blush brush I used, the blush blended beautifully with the faintest effort. Dim Light can be applied as a sheer wash of color, or easily layers for a more intense finish. Cheeks are left with a believable natural flush with beautiful radiance.

hourglass-dim-infusion-swatches-4Look at that exquisite marbling!

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Dim Infusion is perfectly suited to my warmer complexion. I am smitten with the formula, shade and finish and find myself curious to discover more shades. I’m afraid to say that the new Ambient Lighting Blushes are a must-try, especially if your a fan of the Lighting Powders. I would also go ahead play with the shades and not pay too much attention to matching the blush shade with your complexion powder.

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(wearing Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion)

Hourglass Ambient Blush $35

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Lip Gloss Perfection – Le Metiér de Beauté Lip Crème Gloss in Peche Creme

Le Metier de Beauté Lip Cremes are the new-found product of my obsession. I have heard many good things about the Lip Creme formula, Xiao from Messy Wands raves. The steep $36 price tag had made me quite apprehensive, although cosmetic curiosity soon got that best of me, as it always eventually does. I just picked up one, Peche Cremè, it was my birthday (month). The only problem is, now I want them all…

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The Lip Crèmes from Le Métier de Beauté are said to be a hybrid of a gloss and a lipstick. It contains intense emollients and antioxidants to soothe and nourish lips, along with long-lasting intense color.

The Lip creme’s have a doe-foot applicator, perfect for the formula’s application. A sweet vanilla scent, similar to NARS, is quite noticeable at first but soon fades to nothing. When I first tested the Crème I was disappointed to find nothing that leads me to perceive this product as a lipstick hybrid. It is a lip gloss only, at least Peche Cremè is, which is a sheer shade. I have seen other darker shades to contain far more pigment in online swatches. The gloss as it is, I can honestly say, is the most lovely that I have ever come across in formulation.

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Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme’s apply like any other gloss, about five minutes later is when the magic happens. The product transforms, providing a softening and plumping effect. I havent heard other’s refer to a plumping effect when using the Lip Cremes, however the results a clear. My lips are incredibly soft and full. The gloss wears very comfortably for a good 3-4 hours while providing intense hydration.

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Peche Crème is a soft peach with multi-color shimmer. The shimmer is not grainy in the least, but has an undetectable feel on the lips. The shade is perfect for a soft wash of color with a high shine.

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It is clear that I am absolutely smitten with the Lip Cremè formula. I can honestly say it is like nothing I have previously tried. The Lip Cremè is a must-try for even those indifferent to gloss formulas. This is a game changer!

Le Mertiér de Beauté Lip Crème $36 at nordstrom.com

Have you tried the Lip Cremés? I would love to hear your thoughts?