Friday, June 29, 2012

Chanel Limited Edition Route Des Indes Illuminating Powder with Shimmer from the Bombay Express Collection: Photos, Swatches and Review

I've been drooling over the Bombay Express De Chanel Collection since I first saw the pictures on Make Up For All's blog site.  I love make up, but I am in love with highlighters and this one is no exception. I love the design and it is etched in enough that it would take a while to wear down. This highlighter has a glittery overspray that is a little much but once it's brushed away the powder that is left is soft and the shimmer is more refined.  The color is a pale gold, not as bold as Guerlain's Sun In The City Golden Glimmer powder but not as pale as MAC's Whisper of Gilt.  I took comparison photos and you can find those below.  The beveled sculpting brush that comes with the highlighter is soft and I think it works well to apply the powder.  This is a must have in my opinion, if you can only get one piece from the collection this is the one I would recommend.

Here is what Chanel's website say's about the product:
This precious golden powder highlights cheekbones and eyelids with an iridescent touch. An embossed motif recreates the brocade pattern from an Indian-inspired collection created by Gabrielle Chanel in the 1960s.
For precise application, a beveled sculpting brush accompanies the powder. Part of the limited-edition BOMBAY EXPRESS DE CHANEL Collection.


This is a white balanced indoor shot with direct natural sunlight. 

 Indoor shot using natural light.

 Indoor shot using natural light.

 Indoor shot taken with indoor lighting.

Shot with indoor lighting.

White balanced shot taken in direct natural light.

 Indoor, white balanced shot.

 Indoor, white balanced shot taken in natural light.

Outdoor shots taken in sunlight. The one on the right shows what it looks like after the overspray is brushed away. 

I used the powder to highlight the tops of my cheek bones and my brow bone.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cult Nails Feel Me Up Nail Lacquer and Orchid Nail Lacquer in Bedazzled : Photos, Swatches and Thoughts

I am a follower of Cult Nails and read Maria's Facebook updates.  One day while checking my Facebook feed I saw a picture Maria posted of herself wearing Feel Me Up on her fingernails and toes.  I have never really been a fan of yellow nail polish but this one just caught my eye.  It's a deep creamy yellow, the kind of yellow that's about to vear off to into orange(the lightest of orange).  I think Maria described it as a butter cup yellow.  I am totally in love with this color and not intimidated to wear it even thought I am older.  You'll get an opaque coverage with two coats, it didn't streak, pool or shrink.  I used Orchid Nail Lacquer in Bedazzled over Cult Nails Feel Me Up as an accent on one of my nails.  While I love the color, I didn't get much glitter with two coats and it was rather watery.  But at less than five dollars I'd say it was still worth it because I love the glitter so much.  I bought Cult Nails Feel Me Up for $10 on and Orchid Nail Lacquer in Bedazzled at my local HEB grocery store.


Le Métier De Beauté Uma Paro Nail Lacquer for John Barrett Salon: Photos, Swatches and Thoughts

I've been dying to share this Le Métier Nail Lacquer I bought from the John Barrett Salon.  It's such a gorgeous shade of purple and pink.   It has beautiful but subtle blue and lilac shimmers.  I love Le Métier polishes because they are so long lasting and I never have problems applying them.  There is never any pooling, streaking or shrinking (what I mean by shrinking is that sometimes when I apply polish it seems to shrink upward from my cuticle).  If you like purple this is a shade to add to your collection.

Here is what say's about the polish:
Lilac, with a hint of shimmer.
Specifically formulated without formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate (DPB), for long-lasting, chip resistant, protective color and shine.

- Truly intense, multi-dimensional color.
- Resists chipping up to 14 days.
- Won't fade, dull or streak, even in strong sunlight.

White balanced, indoor photo.  No flash.

 White balanced, indoor photo.  Taken with flash to capture the shimmer.

 Picture on right was taken under direct light.

 The eight pictures above were taken outdoors in sunlight.