Friday, April 27, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge Gleaming Temptations Lip Gloss

Included in my Beautyhabit order was a gift with purchase.  They offered Gleaming Temptations Lip Gloss in Love Tricks as a gift with the purchase of two or more Rouge Bunny Rouge items.  This was an awesome GOP!! Rouge Bunny Rouge describes Love Tricks as "a sheer, pale lilac mauve with a fine, milky white opalescence,” which is a pretty accurate description.   The color looked a bit scary in the tube to me, but when applied it’s really sheer and gives lips a touch of color. 
Love Tricks is a cool light fuchsia pink which I didn’t think would look good with my coloring but surprisingly it looks amazing. The sheer opalescent pink applied to my lips actually looks quite natural and gives a hint of a shiny pink flush.  The texture of this gloss is moderately thick but not sticky at all. It glides on lips effortlessly and leaves them moisturized and soft.  The Gleaming Temptation glosses have the same citrus scent that the lipsticks have, which is very subtle. Overall I like this formula of lipgloss, its has some lasting power which is good and once the gloss has worn off my lips they still feel soft and supple.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence Of Dew Sheer Lipstick

Another product that I picked up in my Rouge Bunny Rouge haul is the The Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick ($26) in Fluttering Sighs.  Fluttering Sighs is describes as a sheer, shiny tea rose warmed with gold shimmer but to me its warmer, more peachy and not as pink as you would think a rose would be.  The color glides on in a hydrating dew finish formula infused with Manoi butter, Hop Extract and Vitamin E. 
The Succulence of Dew sheer lipstick formula is really lovely and feels quite moisturizing when applied. The formula is rather pigmented for a sheer lip product and has a glossy finish with a touch of golden sparkle. I enjoy the light citrusy scent because its not overwhelming and fades after a while. A perfect everyday color and a welcomed new edition to my handbag!!  I am very pleased with all my RBR picks so far, definitely worth checking out.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds are Singing Long-lasting Duo Eye Shadow

I previously purchased single eyeshadows from RBR in Bejeweled Skylark and Abyssinian Catbird. I have enjoyed using those colors and love the staying power and pigmentation they have.  I decided this time around to try out one of the long lasting Duo Eye Shadows in A Major – fis Minor.  RBR description of their shadows is “Discover a new powder eye shadow with an astonishing lightweight, creamy touch and unprecedented adherence. This formula creates pure dynamic iridescence while it maintains second skin effect. It has extended 8-hour wear that will stay perfect and look freshly applied all day. Orange-derived Flavonoid improves blood microcirculation, enhances luminosity and serves as free radicals scavenger.”
This duo is describes as “Palest golden wheat, paired with a delicately frosted muted mauve-brown with a subtle gold accent” This is an excellent description of these shades.  They are shimmery, but the shimmer is more of a sheen, not frosty what so ever. The texture is just as buttery soft and smooth as the single eyeshadows, but I find this duo a little less pigmented, which was kind of a bummer. The pale golden beige shade is hard to see on my lids but it does give a beautiful soft glow.  Overall, a great pairing for an everyday neutral eye and is perfect for creating a casual evening look, smoked out with a little black eyeliner.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Rouge Bunny Rouge for Love of Roses Original Skin Blush

I was super pumped when I heard that Rouge Bunny Rouge was available for purchase at the US site Beautyhabit. Previously this Russian/London based brand was only available for purchase via the UK site Zuneta. As you may know, the exchange rate is quite high, so the products were a little pricier to purchase from the UK. So I am very pleased to purchase this brand in the US. Rouge Bunny Rouge is a very whimsical Victorian-style brand that describes their products with fairytale like names. So far I have loved all the previous RBR products that I have purchased, so I am excited to try out some new ones.
The first product I am going to review is For Love of Roses Original Skin Blush in the shade Gracilis. The Rouge Bunny Rouge site says “Original Skin Blush blends with a sheer, melting touch for a naturally luminous silky glow. A medley of active ingredients, including Uhaloa from Hawaii, (also known as Velvet-leaf) and modern technologies impart a long term brightening effect. Indian Gooseberry Extract stands guard against free radicals. Sheer pearls amplify the creamy soft touch and ensure a limpid glow. Innovative powders entwine with your skin to preserve perfection all day long. Result is 'your skin but better' effect; you’ll wonder how you blushed before.”

The color Gracilis is described on the site as a “Medium rose with a hint of mauve, for a natural glow - Best suited to pale, cool complexions.” That description is pretty spot on. It’s a beautiful, dusty pink that gives cheeks a natural flush. The quality is of this product is amazing. It’s smooth and soft in texture and the color holds up great throughout the day. It’s also easy to build up the color without looking overdone. Overall, love it!
I also received two RBR product samples: Metamorphoses Mattifying Primer & As If It Were Summer Still Bronzing Glow Liquid. It’s always a fun surprise when you get samples of products you actually want to try, other than ones you don’t care for (perfume samples!!). Excited to try both of these. Thanks Beautyhabit!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Becca Mineral Blush in Sweet Pea

To conclude my BECCA cosmetics haul, the last product I am going to review is their Mineral Blush ($32) is Sweet Pea.  First off, I love the name, because that is what my sister Amanda calls my niece Emma.  As it is part of the name of her blog, Simple and Sweet Pea, you can check it out here.  She blogs about her life, crafty & cooking she does.  She is much more the creative/decorator that I am. SO anyway, the name aside, out of the blush colors available, this one stood out to me. 
Sweet Pea is described on the BECCA website as a “Rosy Plum Nude.” That’s a pretty good description of the color, although I don’t really get much plum when I look at it. To me, it’s definitely more of a rosy nude.  A perfect color for summer/fall months when I am a bit more tan, but honestly I will probably use this color all year round.  This blush formula is super pigment, soft and not chalky like other blushes can be.  You get quite a lot of product when you dip your brush in the compact, so I make sure to tap off the excess before I apply.  There is a hint of luminosity to this blush that gives the cheeks a soft, natural glow.  I am so so happy with all of my BECCA cosmetics purchases!! It has become my new favorite brand of the moment.  I still have to try some of their base products (foundation, concealer, powder) but don’t really like purchasing those products online, I like to be color matched.  I believe there is a boutique in my town that sells BECCA, so whenever I find the time, I may pop over and check out those other products.  Until next time!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

BECCA Dusty Rose Anniversary Palette

To commemorate a decade of beauty, BECCA launched 2 Limited Edition Anniversary Palettes, Dusty Rose and Vintage Jewel. I picked up the Dusty Rose palette because it contains 2 products that I wanted to try, Lip & Cheek Crème and Crème blush. The Dusty Rose Palette is housed in a classic chocolate powder pouch and includes: Crème Blush in Turkish Rose • Lip & Cheek Crème in Tuberose • Crème Highlighter in Narcissus • Lip Gloss in Cassini.
Here is a breakdown of each product:
Clockwise starting at upperleft: Turkish Rose, Cassini, Narcissus, Tuberose

  • Turkish Rose Crème Blush is a rosy nude shade that is part of BECCA’s permanent color collection. It is described as “The ultimate blush. This highly pigmented formulation and silky-smooth texture melds into the skin for an incredibly natural, "just blushed" look. Layer for added drama. Provides natural, radiant, long-lasting colour to cheek, producing a radiant, healthy appearance. “I was worried I wouldn’t like this color because it looked pretty brown in the pan, but when applied it is a beautiful neutral rose color. This product has no shimmer or glitter and smells faintly floral. It gives a very healthy, dewy glow and looks very natural when blended into the cheeks and lasts for hours.
  • Tuberose Lip & Cheek Crème is a creamy coral pink that is also part of BECCA’s permanent collection. This product can be used on both lip and cheeks as the name states and is richly pigmented but not too intense. I love multitasking products because it takes up less room in your makeup bag. Again, the lip & cheek crème is formulated without shimmer and is easily applied with your fingertips or a brush. All the lip & cheek crèmes have a mild scent of strawberry crème parfait which is a nice and non-overwhelming smell. It blends beautifully on cheeks for a natural peachy pink look. It applies to lips nicely but can be a little drying on its own. I apply a little clear gloss to add moisture and it looks great!
  • Cassini Lip Gloss is a lovely natural pink and is Limited Edition to this palette. A long lasting translucent gloss that delivers radiant shine with a splash of colour. The lipgloss is also scented with a hint of strawberry parfait. The formulation is silky-smooth and completely non-sticky.
  • Narcissus Crème Highlighter is an opalescent peach which is a repromote from the Fallen Angel palette. It’s a gorgeous pale peachy gold highlighter that feels more like a powder when applied. It is not glittery at all and leaves you with a soft glow. I am not big on highlighters because sometimes they look too frosty or white, but this one is awesome. Blends smoothly and the color is peachy enough that it doesn’t look overly frosty on the skin. Great color for all year around highlighting, especially spring & summer.
Left to Right: Turkish Rose, Tuberose, Narcissus, Cassini

Check out how to use this palette on ZunetaTV. Love their product videos for BECCA and other brands.

Coming Soon.....Rouge Bunny Rouge Haul!!

What I picked up:
Rouge Bunny Rouge For Love of Roses Original Skin Blush
Rouge Bunny Rouge Gleaming Temptations Lip Gloss
Rouge Bunny Rouge Succulence Of Dew Sheer Lipstick
Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds are Singing Long-lasting Duo Eye Shadow

Stay tuned.....

Monday, April 16, 2012

BECCA Mineral Bronzing/Highlighter Duo

BECCA Mineral Bronzer/ Illuminator, in Serrana, gives my skin a bronzy, candle lit glow.  This bronzer & highlighter duo is matte light bronze on one side and a soft flesh-toned shimmer on the other. BECCA describes this product as a “lightweight bronzing and illuminating duo adds luminous polish and radiance to the complexion, minimizes flaws by deflecting unflattering light and sculpts and defines features with sun kissed warmth.”  It can be used separately or together to give a natural, not orange, bronze glow that is perfect for light to medium skin tones. 
The formula is oil-free and contains mineral pigments.  I find the color pretty long lasting and it applies smoothly and evenly.  It comes packaged in a classic BECCA mirrored compact for on-the-go applications.  I also like to use the highlighter on my eyes, placing a little on the inner corner and on the brow bone.  Yet another lovely product from BECCA, might be my new favorite cosmetics line!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Becca Sheer Tint Lip Colour in Estella & Gisella

I picked up two of the Sheer Tint Lip Colors ($24) from BECCA Cosmetics; Estella & Gisella. The lip colors contain hydrating and nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E. The texture of these lip tints is very lightweight and gives a sheer wash of color with creamy shine. I was worried that when I ordered these that the coverage would be quite sheer but each gives quite nice pigmentation for a sheer tint. The more you apply the more color you get. The formula applies very smoothly and evenly. My lips feel super moisturized after applying and even after the color has worn off, my lips feel quite soft. All the lip tints have a vanilla/caramel scent which I was a little scared of because that’s not my favorite but it turned out to be a very light pleasant vanilla scent that is not overwhelming.
Estella is describes on the website as a soft baby pink but to me what you get is a soft nude beige with very, very subtle pink tone. I was kind of bummed that the color didn’t turn out to be what it was described on the website because it looked so beautiful online. But after trying this color on, I was in love. This is a great color for someone who is too afraid to pull off a true heavy nude lip, like myself. I don’t like when my lips look too washed out. Estella gives a soft nude glow to the lips that pairs perfectly with a smoky eye.  Gisella is described as a caramel nude but to me it’s more of a dusty rosy pink. Love this shade! It looks much darker in the tube but applies as a natural gorgeousness! Definitely my new favorite MLBP (my lips but better) shade.
Left: Estella Right: Gisella

Overall, I am loving the BECCA Sheer Tint lip colors. I can definitely see myself using these all the time.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Becca Lost Weekend Eyeshadow Palette

BECCA released the Lost Weekend Palette in their Fall 2011 collection, along with several other products. This limited edition three eye color palette washes eyes in neutral, dusty and earthy shades. The colors in the palette are Moleskin soft matte stone beige with a hint of mauve), Chino (a matte, chocolate brown) and Moiré (a shimmery mushroom brown with touch of pink). These gorgeous natural, earthy tones will match most skin tones easily.
All three shadows are velvety soft and well pigmented. They are extremely easy to blend and apply very smoothly. I really like this palette; it’s a great neutral palette for everyday. I have been wearing it consistently since I got it, using the Baroque eye tint as a base. That really helps the shadow last all day. Overall, another product that I am loving from BECCA cosmetics!
Left to Right: Moleskin, Chino, Moiré

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Private Screening

Cremesheen Glasses ($19.50) are becoming my favorite glosses offered by MAC.  I love the consistency and the pigmentation they have.  The formula is lightweight, creamy, and non-sticky compared to the regular MAC lipglass.  The colors have no shimmer and deliver a light wash of color.  MAC’s new collection Reel Sexy offers up three new shades of Cremesheen glasses and I picked up one, Private Screening. 
MAC describes Private Screening as a mid-toned peach, but to me it has a little more pink than peach.  It gives a sheer milky finish that adds just a touch of color to my lips.  This color works brilliantly over top of most of my lipsticks, which is what I normally look for in a gloss. Overall, love this color! Glad it has made its way into my handbag.

Rouge Bunny Rouge at Beautyhabit!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Becca Line & Define Eye Pencil in Cabrera

Another product that I picked up in my Becca Cosmetics haul was the Line and Define Pencil ($23) in Cabrera.  Cabrera was released with the new Spring 2012 collection Balearic Love.  Becca describes their line and define pencils as "A combination liner and brightener in one, this convenient dual-ended pencil has a soft, smooth texture that glides on easily to line, define and brighten the eyes, while blending easily. The dark side of BECCA’s Line & Define Pencil lavishly lines while the light side helps brighten and awaken tired eyes for a vibrant and youthful effect." 
Cabrera dual pencil consists of two colors, a deep violet and a metallic bronze. Both colors are very pigmented, the violet almost so deep in color you can hardly tell its violet, more of a brown with a violet tinge.  The colors apply flawlessly and smudge/blend beautifully.  Overall a great liner to use everyday or for a smokier evening look.  Love it!

L to R: Deep Violet, Metallic Bronze

Friday, April 6, 2012

Edward Bess Platinum Concealer

I have read so many excellent reviews of Edward Bess Platinum Concealer ($38) I thought it was about time that I give it a try. I love all the rest of his products so I thought his concealer has got to be amazing as well. Sephora is running a 15% off promotion so I thought this was the perfect time to try it out since it is a little pricey for a concealer. Sephora’s website describes the formula as “A creamy, full-coverage concealer that leaves skin looking flawless. The rich, yet lightweight texture of this formula blends smoothly across your skin and conceals to perfection. Fade away discolorations and brighten dark under eye circles for the look of flawless, radiant skin. The sleek, twist-up case provides precise application with every use.”
I choose the color Ivory Nude, which is one of four available colors. It is described online as a light sand. Too me it seems pretty neutral, not too much yellow or pink.  It blends into my skin quite perfectly. I am pretty pale right now, so I think for the summer I might get the Soft Beige, which is suppose to suit most skintones.
Platinum concealer comes in a solid stick formula that is very soft, creamy and easy to blend. I like the sleek black packaging that Edward uses, very modern and chic. The formula gives excellent coverage and allows for easy blending. I have been using a small concealer brush to apply (ELF professional concealer brush – it’s the best and only cost $3 at Target!!) and then blending/patting out with my finger. I mainly have been using it on my under eye circles and have to say it covers them well. My dark circles have been much worse since having little baby Cooper, lots of sleep deprivation. It also got rid of the red on the side of my nose. Overall, I love this concealer and I have a feeling that it will last a long time.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Becca Beach Tint in Fig

Becca Beach Tint in Fig ($25) is another item that I picked up from Becca Cosmetics.  Becca describes their Beach Tint as “a beautifully blendable crème stain for cheeks and lips that suits all skin types. Kiss-proof and water-resistant, it dries to a perfect, streak-free, non-greasy and non-drying finish. Each shade is deliciously scented in its synonymous name.” The formula is also oil-free, which is a plus for me.

Fig is described as a Tea Rose Pink on the website and that’s pretty much what you get.  It’s a nice nude pink with a fig scent. It’s great for lighter skin tones, with very soft color and not at all overpowering. The finish is very sheer but can be layered to give a stronger color. Beach tint can also work as a base for powder blush if you would like more color.  I tried this product on my lips but wasn’t too crazy about how it looked.  It seemed to dry them out a bit when applied on its own but I added a little gloss and it looked much better.  Overall I will enjoy using this product in the summer for pool days or days I know I will be gone all day.  So far Becca products are really impressing me. Stay tuned for more…..

Monday, April 2, 2012

Becca Eye Tint in Baroque

I have heard a lot of good things about the Austrailian cosmetic brand Becca on various other blogs and youtube videos.  After looking over their products on their website,, I decided to try out several items.  The first I am going to review is one of their Eye Tints in the color Baroque. 
Becca describes their Eye Tints as "An ingenious eye crème with a unique formulation that glides on as a crème and sets to a powder. This long-lasting, water-resistant, crease-resistant tint is easy to apply, offering adjustable levels of sheer to high pigment colour. Can be layered under powder eye colours and loose pigments for added intensity. Can be applied with fingers or a brush. Streak-free."
Baroque is described as a Mushroom Beige and that is what you get.  It leaves lids with a very sheer wash of color (unless you layer on more) which is great when you want a natural look. This product makes for an excellent eyeshadow base and seems to make powder shadow last much longer. Baroque being a light color would probably suit light to medium skin tones rather than darker.  The actual formula is pretty weightless and easy to apply. The creamy formula feels soft and smooth and blends easily. Don't know if I would replace my paint pots with this product, but it is a nice new addition to my collection.