Guerlain Summer Collection 2009: Guerlain Terracotta Blush & Sun Review and Swatches

Let’s step into Summer for a second here. Can I tell you the life of a beauty blogger is so NOT fun. I hate that I can’t enjoy Winter without worrying about Spring or how I can’t just indulge in Summer makeup because I’m busy testing Fall….grrrrrrr!

So today let’s step back into Summer. After all we are in the heart of it right now aren’t we? It’s almost August and the sun is super bright today! Humidity is hitting my little city so hard and I’m smiling all the more for it as I’m tired of all the bloody rain New York’s been hit with lately.

Stepping into Summer reminds me I indulged in Guerlain Terracotta Blush & Sun. Oh Guerlain how you delight the Muse.


Jump back into Summer by taking the jump for a quickie review of Guerlain Terracotta Blush & Sun!

Guerlain manages to cover both the bronzing and the blush world by creating it’s Blush & Sun powder. Capturing the essence of a bronzer with a touch of sheer blush makes thee perfect go to powder for Summer. It’s a Summer must have in the Muse’s opinion.


The bronzer aspect of the product is ever so sheer so for all the bronzer dummies (like me!) out there or those nay sayers that hate bronzers (I used to be one of those!) this is the ideal solution for getting a kiss of the sun but still having the added benefits of a pinch of blush.

The product comes in three different shades all of which are very nice however the lightest shade, 01 Sun Light, is the best of the three in my opinion and should work well on light to medium skin tones. The shade is a golden peachy beige with a kiss of shimmer. The product works more like a blush than a bronzer which is what makes it so appealing however don’t let that fool you as it does give cheeks a sunny touch of color.

The finished look is probably one of the more natural ones I’ve come across. A sweep of this across your cheeks creates a very sunny, peachy look that not only wears like a blush but also manages to look as if you’re spent an hour at the beach and got a slash of color across your cheek bones. Very, very flattering.


Overall, if you’re scared silly of bronzers and aren’t tempted to try one out for size I’d say that Guerlain Terracotta Blush & Sun is the perfect product for you. A touch of the sun and a touch of blusher creates a super flattering look in this warm, humid weather!

Delicious!

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Lisa Watier Portfolio Face Corrector Palette Review

The Muse has been around the color wheel a time or two. Thing is if you’re not into whitening, brightening, or evening out your skin tone you can safely skip this post. I happen to fall into the group of wanting to even out my face tone and make my skin brighter and whiter this is where a good color wheel comes into play.

Color wheels aka correctors are normally a circle compact that houses several shades of correcting concealers to fix a multitude of skin problems. A variety of companies make these correctors but not as many main stream or upscale brands have. They are pretty common in Asia particularly lilac primers which whiten and brighten the skin. Most commonly color wheels include a lilac shade, a green shade, beige shade, salmon or peach shade, and another neutral beige shade.

The idea of the color wheel is to use it to prep skin prior to regular foundation application or to use on it’s own. You’ll use the shades as follows, the lilac to erase dullness and brighten skin, the green shade on redness, the salmon and peach shades on top of a beige shade to conceal dark circles, and one or two of the beige shades to smooth out the entire canvas or to sculpt and contour.

The effect is flawless, even skin tone minus flaws.

Lisa Watier Portfolio Face Corrector Palette contains an array of all the shades I just described.

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Jump ahead for the review.

Lisa Watier has a line of quite nice cosmetics available in Canada but can be purchased here in the US via evil-bay or www.naimies.com

The corrector palette out with her line is a pretty popular item which is one reason I indulged in it. I have any variety of color wheels that I use daily however all the hype surrounding this particular palette got be curious to try it myself.

It doesn’t quite live up to the hype however it’s an extremely good product. First off people talk about it like it’s life changing and honestly it either really is that good or I’m just immune to it’s amazingness since I’ve used tons of similar products like this before.

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As described in my intro the palette is made up of 5 color correcting shades all used to conceal and correct different areas of the face. The palette is surprisingly not as moisturizing as similar palettes I’ve tried in the past. I’m quite shocked that I liked this formula as I normally prefer a bit of moisture to ease the blending process. The correctors are all rather hard and blending with them isn’t entirely easy due to this however I found I had more control of the product because of the hard texture. With a moisturizing cream it’s very easy to over do because you’re dipping and picking up a ton of product. The harder texture makes it a little more difficult to pick product up therefore eliminating the potential of picking up TOO much.

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The best application technique with this palette and any color wheel palette is to do your entire face. This simply means to slap on all the shades in prime locations where you’ll need them and proceed to blend the product with a sponge, fingers, or a brush. You’re not going to want to conceal your eyes and proceed to follow up with the lilac primer to erase dullness. The point is to slap it all on in one go. Slap a little lilac on the side of your eyes, smear a bit of beige under your eyes and some peach on top, dab a little green on your nose and go to town blending all the colors in. The effect is more of a natural, flawless look.

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You will notice that your skin shade may go down a tone so don’t freak out. Simply apply your foundation on top as normal and you’ll notice what a beautiful, working canvas you have for your makeup.

Lisa Watier Portfolio Face Corrector Palette isn’t the best corrector palette I’ve ever used but it’s a fairly good palette and does exactly what it promises. If you’re noticing dullness, redness, or dark circles do pick one of these up to erase all your woes in one go. A most excellent choice for creating a flawless face.

Do you use a face corrector palette?

Which one?

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Bobbi Brown Website Revamp

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Bobbi Brown has launched a revamp of it’s website w00t! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this my entire life…or maybe part of my life…whatever…anyway you’re invited over to take a peep at the new color swatches, how-to videos, “Chat with an Artist”, and tips and tricks from Bobbi herself. Best part of the site? User reviews baby! You can now review any of your favorites on the site and tell the world what you’re really loving (or hating, although I should hope you aren’t hating anything from Bobbi GASP!).

From August 28th you’ll be entered to win $450 worth of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics for each review you write and you’re under complete obligation to split it with the Muse should you win…hehe!

Enjoy two free samples and free shipping with purchases above $65….think we can convince Bobbi to give us a 30% coupon in celebration of the new site? Oh Bobbi dear…..

www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

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Lancome Friends and Family Event 20% Off

Hey Lancome Lovers!

Lancome boutiques are offering an exclusive Friends & Family discount if you print out the coupon below. Enjoy 20% Off everything you love from Lancome!

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The offer is exclusive to Lancome boutiques located in New York, California, Texas, and New Jersey. You can’t use the coupon at counters sadly or any other Lancome locations but you can head to www.lancome-usa.com to locate a boutique in your area.

The offer starts August 1st and ends on August 8th so hurry in and snag some of your fav Lancome goodies for less.

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Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara Review

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Urban Decay I likey your new Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara but please can we has the waterproof version now?

Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara is a new twist on the old Skyscraper mascara but with a new applicator and plenty of other awesome features. Buying mascara nowadays is alot like buying a new car you get all the bells and whistles with this model! Lengthen, strengthen, separating, curling, brightening, and thickening formula phew…see? Multi-benefits is good.

Check the review ahead!

I must say I’m not in love with the fact that Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara isn’t waterproof. I’m very good about not touching my eye area at all when I have makeup in place however I must have been really tired one night and rubbed a fair bit on my eyes. Thankfully I looked in the mirror really quickly because I was looking all kinds of scary. The mascara ended up smearing every which from Sunday yak!

The good news is it wears long without fading or smudging through out the day just don’t touch it dears or you could fall victim to my drama. Used in conjunction with the new Urban Decay Eyelash Primer Potion and you can get some seriously long lashes that go on forever and a day.

The formula is a little iffy so take out proper time and patience to apply because you can and WILL end up with a hot mess of gooey lashes if you aren’t careful during application. The formula is thick and messy but the applicator makes up for this by combing through the mascara with good even strokes so you end up with proper long lashes minus a mess, just remember slow and gentle wins this race. The formula is thick as I mentioned so sadly the mascara doesn’t keep curl as well as I like since it weights lashes down however with primer in place it creates very long, very full, very fat lashes. The applicator is a straight edge plastic with tiny spikes to grip lashes for pulling upwards and out.

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On it’s own I don’t think it’s my ideal mascara but when paired with the new mascara primer I must say it creates a very nice lash look. The photos below are just the mascara and later tonight I have a scheduled post of the new Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection where I am using the primer potion combined with the mascara and you’ll notice how incredibly full and false like my lashes look.


Overall, I could use a waterproof formula and perhaps a bit of rework on the extra thick formula but I have absolutely no complaints with the results after my lashes are primed correctly, love that look, just not impressed with the mascara on it’s own.

Anyone try?

Loves it?

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