Shine Brighter Than the Star with Guerlain Shine Automatique! Sous Le Vent, Extrait de Rose, À La Parisienne, & Rose Pompon Swatch, Review, FOTDs

Ever since I raved on and on about Guerlain Rouge Automatique, my obsession with Guerlain lipsticks has not been a secret. I’ve tried great lipsticks afterwards, but to me personally Guerlain remains THE brand that knows all the secrets about great lipsticks. Should we see if Shine Automatique, a new line of Guerlain lipsticks that was launched very recently, lives up to the same expectations?

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With Dior Aurora and Turquoise Eyeliner, You Will Be Ready for the Promenade de la Croisette! Dior Croisette Summer 2012 Swatch, Review, FOTDs

Hey everyone,

Happy weekend! How is it for you so far? I am probably going to be really stuck with work (again), but I’ve got to show you the Dior Aurora Couture Color Eyeshadow Palette and Turquoise Diorshow Liner before I can start doing anything else. Seriously, they are that exciting!

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Want Something That Is Applied in 30 Seconds and Lasts for 24 Hours? Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadows in Bold Gold & Bad to the Bronze Swatch, Review, FOTD & My New Follow Chairman Meow Mug!

Hey everyone,

Happy Sunday! How’s your weekend so far? I have been very much stuck in front of my computer trying to catch up with work, so blogging is like taking a break. Just don’t tell my editor about it!

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadows with you. These are unfortunately not yet available in Belgium. I was lucky enough to acquire them through a drugstore swap with Jessica from Getting Cheeky. If you haven’t checked out her blog, it’s high time that you did! She is a real lady with beauty radiating from inside, and an insanely talented blogger! I picked the two colors of the line that I am the most likely to use.

The packaging is sturdy and practical. Nothing fancy, but they actually come in glass pots which make them weigh a bit more and feel more expensive. Each pot contains a generous amount of 4 grams too. I’ve been using them for several times now, and I have barely made a tiny scratch in the middle of the surface.

Bold Gold is a shimmery medium gold that also contains slightly bigger sparkle. The finish is almost metallic! The pigmentation of this one is great, but perhaps a tad less saturated than Bad to the Bronze. A tiny bit of building up will suffice though. The texture is slightly rougher than Bad to the Bronze too. It’s not uncomfortable, but I wish it could be just a tiny bit smoother. However, like all gold shadows, this one gives my eyes an incredible twinkle that the 8/10 in opacity and texture can easily be forgiven!

Bad to the Bronze is a bronze with a healthy dose of shimmer and sheen. For my pretty warm undertone, this shade could almost look like a taupe! With that said, I think this is a bronze that those with a cool undertone can sport with ease. The texture and pigmentation of this one is excellent. You really only need a tiny bit for it to show on your lids!

What I find incredible about these cream shadows is that they are very easily to apply. I use my pinky, and in 30 seconds both of my eyes are done. Also, I tested out wear with no primer to begin with, and I never had to take the test further. They both trooped through like real champions, with no creasing, fading, or smudging at the end of the day! I didn’t test them for 24 hours (sorry, but I really don’t fancy going to bed with makeup), but for more than 12 hours they were just fine!

Now onto more FOTDs I did with these. I used Bold Gold for the inner two thirds of my lids, and Bad to the Bronze on the outer third to contour. It was fast, easy, and it stayed put!

Bottom line: At the recommended retail price (6.99 dollars), you really can’t go wrong with these. From what I heard the grand majority of them perform really well, so if there’s a color you like you should grab a pot, especially since it will probably last you forever! Now let’s keep our fingers crossed that they will soon make their way to Belgium!

Random photo of the day:

My Follow Chairman Meow mug! My bestie found out about Chairman Meow a while ago. Being cat ladies (bestie: speak for yourself!), we were totally obsessed with it. When she found some Chairman Meow merchandise online, I knew I had to get something! At the end I chose this mug. It actually has print all over but I can’t get all of that in a picture! You can see it on the website I got it from if you’re interested!

PS: I paid for my own mug and I am not affiliated with Cafe Press in any sense. Just thought I’d share something fun with you! They actually have a whole bunch of really cute stuff. It’s SO hard to browse the site without wanting 100 new things! And no, this doesn’t say anything about my political affiliation either, so please don’t read into it!

Are you Ready to Cruise with Givenchy Summer Collections? Healthy Glow Powder Ambre Croisiere, Mister Radiant Body, Rouge Interdit Shine Delicate Brown, Ombre a Fleur de Peau Pearly Nude, Swatch, Review, & FOTD

Hey everyone!

TGIF! How are you doing? I can hardly believe this week has come to an end! I have been super busy, so maybe that’s why it felt really fast! What are your plans for the weekend? I might see some friends, but essentially I have to WORK! Haven’t had a proper lazy weekend for a while here. Can’t say I wouldn’t enjoy one, but I have so much to share with you guys I must not be lazy!

Today I’m here to share the swatches, review, and FOTDs of the Givenchy Summer Collections. Mister Radiant Body and Healthy Glow Powder in Ambre Croisiere come from the Croisiere Collection, and Rouge Interdit Shine in Delicate Brown and Ombre a Fleur de Peau in Pearly Nude come from the ÉTÉ À FLEUR DE PEAU collection.

Ready? Let’s go!

The Healthy Glow Powder in Ambre Croisiere is by far the finest bronzer I have ever used. It makes the other bronzers I own, or most bronzers when it comes to the matter, seem so rough and coarse! The packaging is sleek and sturdy, and the lid has a magnetic closure which I like. It includes a decent-sized mirror should you wish to touch up when you are out and about. The pattern is interesting (looks like something knitted), and it doesn’t wear off after several uses. The powder is so amazingly fine that it feels like it would melt when you go through it with your finger. It has a slight shimmer, but it is so very fine that the finish is more satin than anything else. On my NC30 skin tone, if applied lightly, it gives me a credible healthy glow. However, if you want something a little more dramatic, you can go very dark with it! The powder is talc-free, so if you’re allergic to talc (or prefer not to use talc), this is a good one to consider!

Mister Radiant Body is not your regular fake tan. It doesn’t look fake, orange, or unnaturally-tanned. It has a gel texture, and as you spread the gel out and massage it in, the little pearls get crushed and release their colors. The gel is not sticky at all. It absorbs and dries very fast on skin without leaving any residue. The smell is also very pleasant. It is slightly shimmery, but much like Ambre Croisiere, the shimmer isn’t in-your-face at all. For my NC30 skin tone, Mister Radiant Body adds just a hint of color. I don’t think this product is designed to make you go two shades darker to be honest, so if that’s what you’re looking for you might have to look elsewhere. For me, this is a good product for the moment. Spring has just begun, so I’m showing a little more skin than I would in winter. However, I haven’t got the opportunity to tan yet so I do look a little pale. This is the thing that gives me a little boost, some credible color with no fuss! It washes off very easily too, so don’t worry about fake tan going wrong! I would suggest you try this before purchasing, especially if you are darker than I am, just to make sure it’s the kind of product you are looking for!

The cream shadow is what a lot of you have been excited about, and I can see why! The packaging is delicate, luxurious, yet sturdy. The texture of this cream shadow is as light and airy as a mousse. It feels like a nice sea breeze on your lids. In the swatch photo you can see it swatched heavily and completely sheered out, but on lids I tend to make it more something in-between. If you like glitter but hate the fallout, this could be your thing. The glitter adheres to the base very well, so I’ve never had any fallout from this. I would suggest you use this over a primer and under some eyeshadow. It does crease infinitesimally on me. I get that in about two hours, but it’s so little that unless I shove my face in front of the mirror I don’t see it. Also, as time progresses, the creasing doesn’t become worse. I have to admit though, not a lot of things DON’T crease on me. I’ve met people who swear they get no creasing from this cream shadow, so it could be just me. Still, the texture is amazingly feathery, and it’s the only thing I’ve seen that contains glitter without any fallout!

Rouge Interdit Shine in Delicate Brown is a frosty reddish brown with glitter. Don’t let the description scare you though! As you can see, on my lips it doesn’t look too 80’s! The coverage of this lipstick is pretty amazing, despite the fact that it’s one of those lipstick/gloss hybrid. There is glitter, but it doesn’t travel around and doesn’t feel gritty. On me it lasts about 3 hours, which is good for a lipstick! I also really like the packaging. There is shimmer in the plastic cap that you don’t really see in daylight, but with lower indoor lighting it comes to live! It has a typical luxury brand lipstick smell (kind of perfume-y if you know what I mean). It disappears soon enough once it is applied, so it doesn’t bother me too much.

Now, onto the FOTD I did with all these products! I used a layer of Pearly Nude all over my lids, blending some Urban Decay Buck into the crease. I dusted some Ambre Croisiere all over my face (you see it better in the second picture), used Mister Radiant Body on the exposed skin, and one pass of Delicate Brown on my lips! It’s actually not warm enough to wear such a dress yet. It’s just something I imagine I’d wear if I ever go on a fancy cruise!

Now I’m all dressed for the cruise, where is that cocktail bar?

What do you think? Did any of the products catch your eye? Are you interested in trying any of them out?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Disclosure: The products mentioned in this review are sent by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.

Behind the scenes:

For once when I’m not trying to make Tango model for me, he had to butt in and take a look at the pretty bronzer!

FOTD: Purple Smokey Eye + NEWS: Dior Hydra Life BB Cream is Coming to Belgium!

Hey everyone,

Today I’m sharing the look I did on Monday with you. This is a little bolder than what I would normally wear, but since I was on a beauty blogger mission to Givenchy, I thought it was the perfect excuse!

For my eyes, I started out by putting Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner in Rockstar as my base. Since I don’t own a synthetic smudger brush (or any smaller synthetic brush. I don’t think natural brushes will quite rise to the challenge here), I used my ring finger to blend out the edges. It would have been cleaner and more precise with a brush though. And then I blended Urban Decay Purple Haze all over my lids, going lighter the higher I went. I highlighted my inner corners and the inner third of my lids with MAC All That Glitters. I then proceeded to lining my eyes with a gel liner before smudging the line out with the third color from the left in my Clinique Plum Seduction quad (I’ve owned it for about 8 years now. I’m still madly in love with the colors, but the quality of this quad is no longer satisfactory after trying the better eyeshadows I have). Some mascara later I was done!

You can definitely make this more dramatic by using a black base, and/or blending some black eyeshadow into the outer corners. However, it was after all daytime, and I didn’t want to really scare the passers-by!

For my lips I had the most genius idea. Since I can’t really wear Incognito on its own, I layered it over Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle. That turned out to take the color down a notch and gave me nice nude-pink lips!

For the rest of my face, I used some Tarte Blissful and Bobbi Brown Bali Brown. Voila, it is not super tricky, and even though it’s not office-appropriate, I wouldn’t say it’s too shocking to wear this during daytime (or maybe it’s me).

Here are a couple more pictures so you can see it better (psst I saw the fluff in my hair only afterwards. Sorry about that!):

I was wearing my first Lavand dress (which is pretty significant since it started my Lavand addiction lol). The neckline doesn’t work with a necklace, so I wore a pair of earrings instead. I’ve owned them for a long time, but I still love them a lot!

In other news, Dior Hydra Life BB Cream is coming to Belgium! It will be available from April 18th. Here are the promotional images if you’re curious:

According to Dior, the Hydra Life BB Cream targets young women (aged 18-30. *gasps* In a couple of years I’ll fall out of this category lol) who want a one-step product that will give them a radiant glow and preserves the youth of their skin. I can’t really say more at the moment, because I still need to test it out, and base makeup takes longer than for example a mascara. I will definitely let you know what I think though!

That’s it for today, dear peeps! I am going to review the Erborian BB cream and Fairy Drops Platinum Mascara for you before the end of the week since these two are highly-requested. I have many photos that are taken and products I have finished testing, but I still need time to sit down, sift through the photos, and write the reviews out. There are also so much I’m still testing out, so please bear with me. I do also have a work deadline to meet by the end of the month!

Would you wear a colorful eye look like this at daytime? What are the BB Creams you have tried and liked/disliked? If I have very up-to-date PR information about something I will be testing out, would you want to see it or do you prefer to just wait till I’m ready to report my experience? Please let me know. Your opinions are more than important to me!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx