Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dior Diorskin Nude Compact Medium Beige 030

[Product was purchased by me.]

I still haven't gone back to wearing foundation daily (a few months ago, I just stopped...all of my liquid foundations were feeling heavy and I wasn't liking the finish anymore), but recent skin issues made me want to dabble in foundations again. I used to love powder foundations, so I thought perhaps I'd give that a go again. After reading Lena's review (very convincing, it was), I opted for Dior's Diorskin Nude Compact in 030 Medium Beige. 

The compact is hefty and pretty (closes solidly with a nice click), and it comes with both a sponge applicator and a brush. The brush is flat and decent, but I rarely use it - I opt for a kabuki (Ecotools).

The box claims: "Dior Foundation Nude, 1st Dior foundation specially enriched with naturally derived skincare ingredients for a complexion that is even more "nude" and sublime in all types of lighting. Skin becomes more beautiful and radiant day after day."

The formula is supposed to offer skincare benefits over time, as well as light-medium (depending on whether you use a brush or the sponge) coverage. I certainly don't expect my foundation to substitute for skincare or anything like that, but I'm not going to object to a boost (even if the ingredients that are supposed to contribute to skincare are toward the bottom of the list).
Ack, I guess it's hard to tell here. I could tell the difference in pictures, but maybe I just stared at them too long and too hard. This is right after application - the powder does warm up after 5-10 minutes (so after I've finished applying everything else - eyes, cheeks, lips) it will match my skintone a little better.
What I am interested in is the coverage - and it's lovely. It's just enough to even out skintone and give my face a soft glow - it makes skin look alive, you know? Less dull, less patchy. I need undereye corrector and concealer to hide really dark spots, but I'm happy dusting this all over my face and standing in front of a crowded lecture hall (~300 students). It goes on a little pale and powdery at first, but warms up in a few minutes.
Wearing Diorskin Nude Compact Medium Beige 030 all over as foundation.

Powder isn't very forgiving on texture, so if you are experiencing #dryskinwoes, this isn't the best route. I think a well-moisturized face makes a huge difference (but that's the case with most foundations); I also often finish with MAC Fix+ to bring some life back into my face, if necessary. This one is a winner, though. I've been alternating this with the other foundation I've been trying (Shiseido's Sheer and Perfect - will bring that one to you in a few).

Are you a powder foundation girl? Do you use powder just for touch-ups?

Ingredients: talc, mica, boron nitride, synthetic fluorphlogopite, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, diphenyl dimethicone/vinyl diphenyl dimethicone/silsequioxane crosspolymer, nylon-12, phenyl trimethicone, magnesium myristate, titanium dioxide, acrylates/stearyl acryalate/dimethicone methacrylate copolymer, silica, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, aqua (water), dimethicone, pentylene glycol, sodium dehyroacetate, lauroyl lysine, caprylyl glycol, dimethicone/methicone copolymer, BHT, sericin, phenoxyethanol, sodium myristoyl glutamate, glycerin, hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract, rhodochrosite extract, malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, hydrolyzed linseed extract, balanites roxburghii seed oil, alumnium hydroxide, citric acid, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, ajuga turkestanica extract.
[+/- CI 77007 (ultramarines), CI 77163 (bismuth oxychloride), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides), CI 77891 (titanium dioxide)].

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Snapshot: Currently Loving, April 2014

Hi. Let's talk about some fun things in April.

First, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen that we adopted a new dog. 
New member of the family. Sheeba! 7 year old Cattle Dog/ Border Collie Mix.
She and Dennison are progressing; Dennison's a bit of a catdog, so he doesn't really know how to dog. She really likes him, though, and follows him everywhere. It's helping him stay occupied when we leave the apartment, which is excellent. We've been thinking about another dog, and the behavioralist suggested that it might be a good idea for Dennison. Sheeba is a sweetheart.

Next love: scented Sarasa pens. I like to write out my lecture notes, old-school style, and these come in fun colors and are tea-scented (e.g., "lemon tea, milk tea, grape tea etc."). Also loving the Exacompta journal (they're refillable). (You can find these things at Jetpens!).

I've also been dabbling in fun, bright spring shades for nails. Below: Dior Porcelaine, Lucky, Saint Tropez, Electric Blue; Sephora Formula X Astrolady (textured glitter, but for some reason, I really like it!) and Unstoppable.

Last thing: been collecting some fun jewelry pieces to brighten up work outfits (I try to dress like a grown-up for my lectures). I am liking these pieces from Olive + Piper (purchased during their April Fool's Day sale) and also these cute sterling silver bee studs from Tashi.

What have you been up to lately? The weather has been getting warmer (and fabulous!) and it's nice to be outdoors more and more. I'm also relieved to be putting away the heavy winter coats and taking out dresses and cute sandals. Any recent finds? How are you enjoying spring? 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Celebrity Advertising Works: Lancome Lip Lover in Framboise Etoile

[Product was purchased by me.]

Especially if that celebrity has Lily Collins's face.
[image source: Sephora]
Lancôme has never been one of my go-to brands, mostly because it reminds me of my mom's insufferably snobby friends, who are all die-hard fans of the brand and thus are all apparently "too good for makeup" because their (very expensively pampered) skin is too beautiful on its own. (You can't make this stuff up, I'm not even kidding.)

But Tracy said these were good, so I stopped to take a look while I was in Sephora, spritzing all the smells (holy cow, Alien is one scary beast - killer jasmine plants ftw) and wringing my hands over the price tags on Shiseido skincare. My eye was immediately drawn to Framboise Étoile for reasons unknown to me (fuchsia? Raspberries!), and then I realized that it was the shade on the advert plastered so helpfully on the rack. I.e., the one Lily Collins was rocking. OK FINE.
Framboise Etoile on bare lips. It is shiny. Gives off a reflection like you see in cartoons or comics.
It has the faintest scent that I can't detect once I put it on my lips, and it's initially lightweight, though it hugs the surface of lips. It gets tackier with wear, but it's not uncomfortable. Reminds me of Shiseido's Lacquer Rouges, although those are a teensy bit tackier (reapplying usually remedies this). The nice thing is that with reasonable reapplication (~2 hours, more often if eating/drinking), lips aren't left dry or flaking at the end of the day.
I need to go back to my Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye cream for PM. EYE BAGS BEGONE.
I don't have a Dior Fluid doohickey, so I can't tell you how those compare. (I stopped to look at the Dior counter in a Macy's, but fled after an overly aggressive SA wanted to put me down for credit cards and mailing lists and shook my hand even after I said I was just looking. Seriously. What.) The Maybelline Lip Elixirs are also comparable (though they are slightly stickier and not as vinyl-shiny). These are $23, which surprised me for some reason.

I like the formula but haven't fallen in love with any other shades (and I am completely done buying lip products for the next millennia). If you are looking to try one of the new liquid-gloss-balm-lipstick-shiny-things, though, this one ranks up there!

Other makeup worn:
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach
MAC Strut Brow Pencil
NARS Smudge-proof Eye Shadow Base
Shiseido RD299 (middle shade), VI308 (middle shade) trios
Sephora Long-Lasting Liquid Liner in Glitter Brown (old formula)
Senna Cosmetics Clarity
Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous*

*was a gift from a friend

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dior Grege, That Perfect Rosy Pink

[This was a sample card that came with a previous purchase.]

Those Dior people are the worst, man. They give you these little sample cards with all the pretty colors.

I wore 844 Trafalgar here (and I bought it, thank you for all of your terrible fabulous advice). I also wore 999 here, but I need another true red like...yeah. I don't.

Work-safe, natural colors, though - I do need. (Actually, if you cheat and scroll down, you'll see that I have enough other colors for a comparison, so ok, lies.) I wanted a warm pink that was bright enough to look youthful (i.e., not super gray-toned), but not bright enough to be...bright. (I am as eloquent as a pre-teen trying to score a date to the dance right now, go me). So I dug into 167 Grège 1947.
Wearing Rouge Dior 167 Grège 1947.
Necklace: Leith Multi Triangle Statement necklace (Nordstrom).
And this fits the bill. It's the perfect MLBB-if-my-lips-were-like-roses (hey I think someone's used that before) and even though it looks like I have similar shades, on lips, they're not the same. *cough*
L-R: Clinique Flirty Honey, Rouge d'Armani 510, Rouge Dior 167 Grège 1947,  Dior Addict Garçonne, Rouge Dior 428 Pisanellle Pink (old formula), Tarte Matte Lip Tint in Exposed.

The closest are the Dior Addict in Garçonne (not as pink - more coral/beige/nude with sparkles) and old Rouge Dior in Pisanelle Pink (more gray, darker); 167 Grège 1947 swatches more beige but shows up a rosy nude on my lips. It was a little drying when I wore it (compared to 844 Trafalgar), but I think hope that if when it's applied from the bullet, it will wear more like the other Rouge Diors that I know and love.

Oddly, this shade is not available at Sephora - just Nordstrom and Macy's (haven't checked other sites). $34 like the rest, and I'm waffling. Like a waffle.

What's your favorite rosy pink/mlbb shade?

Friday, April 4, 2014

YSL Red Agate: A New Cream Blush Love

[I bought this item with my own monies.]
YSL 08 Red Agate.
I really like YSL's creme de blush formula, which is marketed as "cream-to-powder." I use a MAC Stippling brush (188) because it's a really soft texture that is easy to pick up on the long, thin duo-fibre brush. I've been used to cream blushes that are less intense in color and really having to stipple color onto cheeks, so the first time I used this, it was a disaster. For Red Agate, I only need the slightest hint of color on the white part of the brush. The color is a beautiful, warm, natural flush - completely shimmer free.
Single swipe. Yep, it's that pigmented. 



As cream blushes go, this one is more mousse-like in texture. If you stuck a finger in it, it would leave a very visible "smoosh," (like sticking your finger in soft buttercream frosting - don't lie, I know you've done it) versus the little dents you would get if you stuck a finger in a harder blush like the limited edition Diors (I know I previously said that YSL and Dior cream blushes were similar, but the YSL is easier to blend out). I don't notice any fading by the end of the day, but I don't usually have problems with blush fading or disappearing.
Wearing YSL 08 Red Agate on cheeks (with some highlighter)

I've been pairing it with red and orange-red lipsticks and glosses, and it's completely gorgeous. For me, with my current coloring (and red hair), it's a more flattering shade than most pinks.

 At $38, it's definitely on the pricey end, but it's easy to blend out. The packaging is also hefty and luxe. I know YSL has those fancy lip/cheek things out now, but my attention still gravitates toward these.

For more (and to see Red Agate on different folks): Tracy reviewed Red Agate here, and Rae reviewed it here. For brighter shades, see Emma's favorites.

ingredients: cyclopentasiloxane, hydrogenated polyisobutene, dimethicone, octyldodecanol, hdi/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, polyethylene, dimethicone crosspolymer, nylon-12, talc, alumina, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethiconol, silica, parfum/fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, caprylyl glycol, triethoxycaprylylsilane, rosmarinus officnalis (rosemary) extract, benzyl alochol, linalool. [+/-]: CI 77891/ titanium dioxide, mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/ iron oxides, CI 15850/ red 7 lake, CI 19140 / yellow 5 lake, CI 45410 / red 28 lake, CI 15895 / yellow 6 lake, CI 15850 / red 7.