Christmas Collection 2014
Perles d’Etoile (Meteorites)
Perles d’Etoiles: view from the side
Perles d’Etoile: Meteorites and the red velour puff
Petrouchka palette opened
Petrouchka palette: you can see the blushes under the eyeshadows
Petrouchka palette: closer look
Petrouchka palette: blushes
Petrouchka palette: eyeshadows
Rouge de Guerlain: beautiful case
Rouge de Guerlain: pure red
Rouge de Guerlain: color Rouge Parade
Gloss d’Enfer: perfect lip gloss
Gloss d’Enfer: closer look
Gloss d’Enfer: stunning cherry
Today I am going to talk about the limited edition Guerlain Christmas Collection called ‘The Night at the Opera.’ The name gives away the main motive of this collection: boldness and luxuriousness of every item symbolizes chic, elegant and mysterious atmosphere of Paris L’Opera. Guerlain ingeniously combined the L’Opera motive with Christmas spirit: all colors in the collection are primarily gold and red, and represent both festive Christmas and the extravagantly opulent interior of Paris L’Opera.
Petrouchka palette (more pictures above)
Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Vertigo
Dior Addict Fluid Stick opened
That’s how Vertigo looks on my skin
This bright deep pink is very pretty
I was really excited when this product first came on the market: Dior has been advertising it for a long time and the whole concept sounded awesome and intriguing. This lipstick was supposed to be three in one: lipstick, lip gloss and stain. Once it became available, I bought it. It was a bit hard to pick a color because practically all colors in this Dior line are extremely bright – a bit too bright for my taste. To be fair, the description of this fluid stick does talk about “maximum color” and “sensational color payout”, and I should have paid attention to it. The thing is that I expected colors to be rich and deep but not that painfully bright. Also keep in mind that on the website (both Sephora and Nordstrom, at least) colors look more toned down than in reality. So, before purchasing this lipstick I would strongly recommend going to the store and trying it first.
I got this baby in Vertigo, which looked like classy deep pink. Packaging is very nice – at the first glance it looks like a lip gloss tube but if you turn it upside down, it looks like there is a lipstick inside. It is an optical illusion – it is really a fluid inside but the tube is shaped in such a way that fluid looks like a lipstick.
My first issues started with a brush. It is very inconvenient to use. A bit too big for this type of product – it is really hard to stay within the lip line when applying the fluid with it, and it also is very ticklish. I know, it sounds crazy but it’s true!
Tony Moly Blueberry Lip Balm
Tony Moly Honey and Blueberry
Tony Moly balms next to a candy (for size references)
That’s how you open the case
Tony Moly and Dior Lip Glow (for size references)
Another image of Tony Moly next to Dior
Tony Moly Blueberry Lip Balm opened
This is one cute little lip balm. Tony Moly is a Korean firm which is not very popular in the States (yet), therefore you won’t find many of its products here. However, Sephora has recently started carrying this great lip balm and it conquered hearts of ladies, including mine, in a blink.
First of all, it is inexpensive. This balm costs $9 while Korres lip balm is $12 and Jack Black Intense Therapy lip balm is $7.50. Also, it is much cheaper than uber popular and overpriced Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment and is not worse than Sugar by any means. Second, packaging is so cute – the jar with lip balm is sitting in this red metallic lips-shaped case, which looks very funky and feels rather teenagerish – in a positive sense. I feel ten years younger when I hold this case in my hands – it’s pretty, cool and hipsterish – I wish there were treats like this when I was 16!
I don’t usually like lip balms in a jar because you have to use your fingers or a brush to apply it, however, I still like this lip balm. I don’t carry it in a bag – it doesn’t make sense to carry a brush around to moisture your lips – I keep it on my coffee table and apply it throughout the evening when I watch TV. The balm has a pleasant and natural smell of honey – it feels like you actually put some real honey on your lips. It is not waxy, heavy or sticky – I would say it has quite a perfect texture. It is clear-colored, so you don’t have to worry about balm residue on your fingers if you use them for application.
Dior Creme de Rose next to Dior Lip Glow balm (for size references)
I am afraid a lot of my blogs will be dedicated to various lip products because I am completely obsessed with them. I spend a significant portion of my life (and funds) researching lip balms and lipsticks, lip glosses and stains. Partially my obsession can be justified: my lips are very dry and need constant nourishment. But to be honest, I just love all lip-related products. Today I would like to tell you about Dior famous Crème de Rose lip balm. A lot has been said about it but I still feel like the Internet can survive my two cents.
I can’t say that with Dior Crème de Rose my search really stopped (I don’t think it ever will – too much fun) but it did slow down.
First of all, it is quite pricey ($27) and I wouldn’t say that this price is necessarily justified for everybody. It all depends on how desperate you are with your lips. If you are lucky one and your lips are in pretty good condition and you just want a moisturizer – go with any drugstore chapstick or something reasonably priced like Jack Black or Tony Moly lip balm. If you are like me, that is, you have permanently dry lips (mine are so dry that bleed), tried dozens of lip balms and most of them didn’t work, I would definitely recommend trying Dior Crème de Rose.
Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm
Lip Glow and Lip Polish by Dior (the review on it is coming soon!)
I am a big fan of Dior products – they normally are of impeccable quality, have great packaging and are super stylish. Lip Glow Color Reviver balm is not an exception. This little balm is a perfect product for somebody who wants to look glowing and naturally beautiful, and at the same time doesn’t want to spend much time on makeup routine. First, I’ll tell you a bit about this product and then we’ll talk about the best way to wear it.
When I was first buying Lip Glow balm, I had my doubts. It is very expensive — $33, and it is hard to justify spending that much on a tinted lip balm. I risked it just because, as I said before, I love Dior and because Lip Glow looked very cute on the website. The balm comes in two colors – Pink, which is natural sheer pink, and Coral, sheer coral pink. I can’t say anything about coral: both times when I was buying it, it wasn’t available — but pink is amazing. In the tube it looks like babydoll pink but on the lips it transforms into very natural, sheer pinkish glow. I think this pink will flatter any complexion because it mostly enhances natural lip color (so, it will look a tiny bit different on every woman but at the same time will compliment them all) and gives lips pink tint instead of full color. The balm smells and tastes very well – refreshing and not overpowering. It is not sticky and has a good staying power – it won’t survive a meal but it will last you a couple of hours of drinks and conversation.
There are a few ways you can use Lip Glow. First, you can use it as a balm – as I said, it’s not sticky and, what’s even more important, it doesn’t migrate beyond the lip line, so you’ll never look like you just drank some olive oil. Also, it is very moisturizing due to the mango butter and loofah extract. Second, it works perfectly as a low-key daytime lipstick – sheer pink will look happening but natural on every lady and will be perfect for a day at the office as well as a bike trip (by the way, this balm has SPF 10), or workout at the gym. Third, you can apply Lip Glow as a moisturizer and lip primer before your principal lipstick – your lips will look fuller, feel softer and the lipstick color will stay longer.