September 20, 2014

tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer (Park Ave Princess): pics, swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

I love contouring, and I love tarte, but tarte's The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer just did not work out for me. The shade is their iconic Park Ave Princess - which many people love, hence whey it's so popular within the tarte line. But Park Ave Princess and myself just don't get along; our color tones just don't match up and I can never get Park Ave Princess to work for me as a face product (bronzer, contour). Although I did like Park Ave Princess in the tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss!

However, I've gotten some questions about this product and thought I'd write up a review post and show some photos and swatches to maybe help out those that are interested in this product. Check out all the product info, along with my full review, after the pics!

tarte The Sculptor
Contouring Face Slenderizer
Shade: Park Ave Princess


tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $24.00 (0.09 oz full size). Available on the tarte website, at Sephora, at Ulta, at QVC and everywhere else tarte cosmetics are sold.
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Kisses

Product Info...

A slimming face slenderizer in tarte's signature Park Ave Princess shade making it easier than ever to contour like a pro.

Chisel your cheekbones in seconds with The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer, an innovative contouring tool which helps create the illusion of a slimmer, more defined face. The stick applicator comes in tarte's signature Park Ave Princess shade designed to complement all skin tones. Create instant definition and the look of high cheekbones with this easy-to-use tool, while creating a naturally slimmer appearance on the neck, jawline and nose.

For the perfect blended look, apply with tarte's The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush.

My Review...

Like I said at the start of this post, me and Park Ave Princess just don't get along. I know tarte says it's a shade designed to compliment all skin tones, but not my skin tone. It's just too orange of a shade for me and never looks natural. I know a lot of people can wear Park Ave Princess and look amazing, so that being said, if you are a fan of tarte's Park Ave Princess then you will be a fan of this product.

I was actually very excited about this product... I had been looking for a cream contour product that wasn't in a pan to use on my face and that wasn't just a cream foundation stick in a darker shade. This seemed like the perfect product; a twist-up chubby pencil that would deliver creamy contour color. This would have been the winner of my cream contour hunt, but this only comes in one shade at the moment: tarte's iconic Park Ave Princess.

Even though the shade and myself don't get along, I still gave it a few test drives for review purposes. I find that it's easy to apply and blends out fairly easily... almost too easily though, as you can over blend it into almost nothing if you're not careful (which would defeat the purpose of the product).

I really wanted to use this to contour my nose, because it seems like the perfect size product for that area. And it is a great size product for contouring the nose, but again, the shade is what makes it unusable for me.

I did use tarte's The Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush to blend this product out on my cheeks, forehead and nose. I have a separate review of that brush coming up shortly after this post (spoiler alert: I love the brush!).

Because the color was so off for me, I never could leave it on long enough to really test its staying power. I immediately washed it off the first time I tried it. The second time I gave it a good hour but everytime I looked in the mirror I wanted to wash it off. And the third time I put it on, then sat down to watch a movie and stayed away from a mirror for at least 3 hours. It stayed on just fine that whole time, but most people want a product to last longer than 3 hours and unfortunately I can't comment on that.

I think if you like the Park Ave Princess color and are looking for a cream contour product that is easy to use, this is one you should definitely consider. But if you're like me and don't like Park Ave Princess on your skintone, then skip this product -- at least until tarte decides to add more shades.

I think if tarte came out with more shades this would be a bigger home run hit than it is right now.

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this contour stick? Have you tried this or is this on your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below.

September 19, 2014

Votre Vu - French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipsticks - shades Lisette, Colette: pics, swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

I have another lip product from the French brand Votre Vu. In this post I'll show you their French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick. I have two shades: Lisette and Colette. Both shades are in the nude category, but on my skintone I'm only a fan of Lisette. I like the formula of these lipsticks - they go on smooth and feel hydrating. Check out all the product info, along with my full review, after the pics!

Votre Vu - French Kiss
Moisture Riche Lipstick
Shades: Lisette (1300-09), Colette (1300-08)
Continue scrolling down to see more pics of each individual shade.

Votre Vu - French Kiss
Moisture Riche Lipstick
Shade: Lisette (1300-09)

Votre Vu - French Kiss
Moisture Riche Lipstick
Shade: Colette (1300-08)

Votre Vu French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $23.00 -- $16.10 Brand Ambassador price (0.14 oz full size). Available on the Votre Vu website. For more details on their Brand Ambassador program scroll to the bottom of this post.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Kisses

Product Info...

Finally, some lip service that flatters as you flaunt it! Inspired by the French woman's exquisite sense of style that attracts admirers the world over, Vu's full-range of French Kiss shades -- from a classic French red to a charming natural nude -- dress any lip in chic color and haute hydration.

Handcrafted of pure, enriched natural plant waxes and vitamin E, these proprietary formulations protect your gorgeous grin with anti-aging ingredients and SPF 8. Embrace a lush, buildable finish that doesn't flake or feather - just beckons beaucoup de baisers (many kisses) with a teasing touch of natural vanilla mint.

Available in 11 shades. Below are the shade names and the descriptions as listed on the Votre Vu website.

  • Colette: a warm and mid-tone creamy nude with peach undertones that befits any occasion.
  • Lisette: this cool & creamy, chic muted rose is a French-speaking fashionista.
  • Margaux: a bodacious and beautiful berry red.
  • Loulou: an everyday bouquet of delicate, cool-toned muted roses.
  • Babette: a dusty-pink, warm nude to take with you everywhere, every day.
  • Chloe: inspired by a French girl's perfect fuschia pink pout.
  • Claire: a cool and bronzy shimmer with a sultry kick.
  • Annette: a punchy coral that makes every face look happier!
  • Claudia: an all-American red saturated in pure pigmented color and absolute fun!
  • Suzanne: a self-assured pretty mid-tone pink that's like a best friend for your face.
  • Tatiana: a warm and joyful tomato red that's ideal for your first tryst rouge.

My Review...

At first glance, both shades look way darker than I'd normally choose for a lipstick. Upon swatching and how they look on my lips, I fell in love with one shade and the other shade just wasn't flattering on my skintone.

The shade Lisette is a gorgeous nude! It looks a lot more brown and dark in the tube than it actually goes onto the lips. It has a more pinky tone to it when swatched and on the lips - which makes it oh so beautiful, in my opinion. I absolutely fell in love with the shade Lisette. It's one of those perfect nudes that looks great on its own, but what I really love to do is top it with the Votre Vu Lip Lustre Vitamin E Lip Gloss in the shade Tender. Those two together is pure nude lips heaven!

The shade Colette is a darker, browner shade with a slight frosty sheen to it. It also pulls a bit orange on me when I swatch it or wear it - but not straight up orange, just more of a brown frost nude with a slight orange undertone. It went on a bit patchy in one area of my lip, as you can see in the lip swatch pics, but I believe that has more to do with my lip condition at the time and less to do with the actual lipstick. Colette, while I can appreciate the shade on its own, just isn't my cup of tea - but I could see how this could be a perfect nude for those with deeper skintones. It's also a nice fall/winter shade. I just haven't worn it since swatching it.

I will say online their swatches don't really do the shades justice. Lisette is shown online as more of a dark mauvey rose and even described as a "cool & creamy, chic muted rose" but I find it to be more of a pinky brown nude that's not too dark. Based on the shade descriptions, I'd want to also try Babette, Loulou, and Annette.

The formula of these lipsticks are really nice, as they go on smooth and feel hydrating on the lips. They do have a slight minty fresh tingle/taste/smell - which doesn't bother me and quickly goes away. I know some people aren't into mint anything for their lip products, so if that's an issue that bothers you then you may want to skip out on these. If you don't mind a little mint feel/taste/smell for a minute or two then you'll probably love this formula of lipsticks -- and the shade Lisette.

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Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this lipstick? Do you like the shade Lisette or Colette better? Have you tried them or are they on your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below.

September 18, 2014

tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer: swatches, pics, review

Hello, Beautiful!

tarte has come out with a new eye primer that I recently tested out, and have been using pretty often in place of my other eyeshadow primers. It's called the Colored Clay CC Eye Primer. This eye primer comes in a twist-up chubby pencil, making it pretty easy to use and travel friendly too. Check out all the product info, along with my full review, after the pics!

tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer



tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $21.00 (0.13 oz full size). Available on the tarte Cosmetics website, at Sephora, at Ulta, and everywhere else tarte Cosmetics are sold.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Kisses

Product Info...

A universal eye primer infused with lid nourishing and color-correcting colored clay.

Discover tarte's newest primer innovation with this universal CC eye primer stick! Infused with color-correcting and skin-nourishing colored clay, this smoothing eye primer absorbs excess oil on the lids, offering a neutral base for the perfect eyeshadow application. The lightweight waterproof formula works overtime to address the appearance of redness and discoloration, while providing a gentle skin balance and instantly brightening the delicate skin on the eyelid. Simply prep the lid with the easy-glide, neutral pencil tip prior to makeup application for better wear and truer shadow payoff that can last for up to 12 hours.

My Review...

When I first starting testing this out I had mixed thoughts on the packaging style of this eye primer. I am used to a squeeze tube, doe-foot applicator, or a jar. I don't think I had ever tried an eyeshadow primer in a twist-up chubby pencil. I wasn't sure if it was going to be too dry or too hard in texture to apply to my eyes, but I surprisingly found it useful and I'll tell you why.

This style packaging makes it incredibly easy to primer you inner corner and lower lash line! I'm not sure how well it will continue to work once the point dulls down, but I've been using this for at least a month now (if not longer) and I still have a good point on mine.

It does go on a lot smoother and creamier than I had initially thought it would. The pencil itself can feel hard on the eye ball when you're applying it (if your eyes are sensitive) but nothing overly bothersome. I do apply it straight from the pencil and then take my finger to blend it. The heat from your finger will really help blend this out.

The coloring of this is slightly pinky/peachy in undertone, which does a good job at neutralizing my eyelids (which can look red, dark brown or even purple depending on the day and how much sleep I've had). Just like most other eyeshadow primers, I find this makes my shadows show their true colors, last longer, and help prevent any creasing.

One negative I do want to point out is if you have very dry eyelids - like I can sometimes get - this can make them look even drier. I don't always have that issue with these - as I said, I don't have dry eyelids every single day - but when I do have dry eyelids I often will take this off and use the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, which is a bit more like a liquid-cream in texture and more moisturizing.

I think this will last a long while, as I said I've been using this for a month or longer and I barely see a dent in usage.

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this eyeshadow primer? Have you tried this or is this on your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below.

September 17, 2014

Ellis Faas Summer Set of 3 Lip Colors for Net-A-Porter: pics, swatches, reviews!

Hello, Beautiful!

Ellis Faas is one of my favorite luxury brands. They recently came out with a summer set of 3 lip colors just for the Net-A-Porter website, but you can purchase each of these separately on their own. The set includes Milky Lips in shade L207 - a nude pink, Glazed Lips in shade L304 - a sheer orange, and Hot Lips in shade L401 - a bright red. I've reviewed some Ellis Faas lip products in the past, which I'll link in my review below, but this is the first time I've tried their Glazed Lips and their Milky Lips. Check out all the product info, along with my full review, after the pics!

Ellis Faas Summer Set of 3 Lip Colors
Includes: Milky Lips in L207, Glazed Lips in L304, Hot Lips in L401
Continue scrolling down to see more pics of each individual shade.

Ellis Faas Milky Lips
Shade: L207 - a nude pink

Ellis Faas Glazed Lips
Shade: L304 - a sheer orange

Ellis Faas Hot Lips
Shade: L401 - a bright red

Ellis Faas Summer Set of 3 Lip Colors Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $105 (for a set of 3 full sized Ellis Faas lip colors). This set is exclusively on the Net-A-Porter website, but you can also purchase these separately everywhere Ellis Faas is sold.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Kisses

Product Info...

Whether you're looking for a high-shine gloss or an everyday wash of color, Ellis Faas' set of three paraben-free lip colors has something to suit. These long-lasting, non-drying formulas contain moisturizing Candelilla Wax and Vitamin E. The built-in rounded sponge tip ensures an even finish.

This set includes:

  • Milky Lips in shade L207: a nude pink; high-pigment lipstick with an incredibly lightweight feel.
  • Glazed Lips in shade L304: a sheer orange; super high-shine gloss.
  • Hot Lips in shade L401: a bright red; pigment-rich formula with a non-greasy finish.

My Review...

As I mentioned in the top of this post, I have reviewed some Ellis Faas lip products in the past; I first reviewed two shades of their Creamy Lips back in November 2012, and then three shades of their Hot Lips in December 2013. This is the first time I've tried their Milky Lips formula and their Glazed Lips formula.

Separately, these retail for $35 a piece -- which confused me as to why this set was $105 and not a reduced price for buying three together. Normally if you buy items in a set like this there is a discount, but these add up to $105 even if you were to buy them separately. At that price I'd much rather choose the shades I'm getting -- but I could see how this is a good "don't have to think about it" type of set or even as a gift to someone.

The shades includes are all pretty universal and wearable, it just depends on your personal likes. There is a bright red from the Hot Lips line. I'm not a red lip gal, so this is one I'd wear the least from this set. But I do love the Hot Lips formula; if you want super bright and bold lips you'll want to try their Hot Lips!

Then there is a sheer orange from their Glazed Lips line. This is a glossy formula; very glossy in fact. I do find it to be a bit messy and even uneven due to the brush applicator, but you can smooth it out with your finger. I think it just may be the shade that kind of appears that way - as this is a bolder shade that you'd want to look as perfect on the lips as possible. For an orange, it's surprisingly wearable. Don't let the color scare you; try it out first and you may be surprised how much you like it on yourself. I really like this one on my lips and with my skintone. It's not an everyday shade for me, but one I really like. And if you really like orange lips, this would make a great topper to an orange lipstick! Also, great to top over pink lipsticks too!

And finally there is a gorgeous pinky nude shade from their Milky Lips line. This formula I originally thought was the same as their Creamy Lips, but I was mistaken. This is certainly the most everyday shade for me in this set, but I find my lips need to be smooth and not chapped or this can show every little flake on your lips. Still, for the shade, I'll make sure my lips are good to go because I love this.

As far as formulations go, the Hot Lips and Milky Lips are basically liquid lipsticks but the Glazed Lips is a lip gloss. All of them have a luxe formula and come in the signature Ellis Faas silver bullet style packaging.

Again, my only complaint is that for a set of them I wish there was a slight discount so there is an incentive to buy this set of three already selected shades as opposed to selecting the shades yourself (which most people may want to do).

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of these lip colors? What shade is your favorite? Have you tried any of them or are they on your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below.