Clinique Bonus Review!

 

Clinique Bonus Review!

Clinique Bonus Review!

 

It’s rare that I will splurge for higher end/cosmetics counter (read: non drugstore) cosmetics, but when I do, it’s often when there’s a gift with purchase full of things I think I will like, the minimum buy is low, and I can make that amount by buying things I use/will use. In this case, it was a couple of lipsticks, which will be reviewed in a later post. This Clinique Bonus included a cute makeup bag, a Chubby Lash mascara, a Chubby Stick blush in Roly Poly Rosy, a Chubby Stick eyeshadow in Lots o’ Latte, a Chubby Stick lippie in Chunk Cherry, a Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser, and a Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream. They advertised it as a full look.

The Chubby Lash mascara ($21CAD for full size) came in a cute little tube that dispenses a HUGE amount of product. The picture below is brightened so you can see the enormous amount of excess globbed on to the wand. This tube needed a much smaller opening. I had to scrape most of the mascara back off along the opening of the tube to make it usable, while not wasting product.The brush itself was also far larger than it needed to be, and I found I had a hard time not getting it all over my eyelids and surrounding area. The formula, however, was fantastic. It built up well, and barely flaked all day! The black was also nice, deep, and rich. If you can tolerate a globby, too big wand, this mascara might be for you!

Clinique Chubby Lash, Black

Clinique Chubby Lash Mascara in Jumbo Jet

 

The Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm ($27CAD for full size) came in a swivel tube larger than it needed to be for the amount it contained, but it was sturdy and it worked. The shade was a lovely, slightly warm pinkish red which blended out smoothly to a natural looking flush. No shimmer. Beautiful finish. Swatches on NC 20/25 skin. I didn’t notice any fading over the course of the day, it stays exactly where you put it, and it didn’t break me out. I quite like this blush!

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

 

The Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes ($21CAD for full size) in Lots O’ Latte is a cool leaning taupe-ish light brown with a hint of shimmer. Goes on pale, but builds up with a few swipes. Blends out easily with a finger. The colour did fade a bit, but was still visible at the end of the day even on my oily lids (I do use my foundation as a primer, however.) I might not use it every day, but have used it very frequently as a one-and-done eye colour on days I don’t feel like fussing about with multiple powder shadows, or am pressed for time. I like it enough to consider purchasing it in other shades! But right now I’m happy with just this one.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Lots O' Latte

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint in Lots O’ Latte

 

The Chubby Stick Lip Colour Balm in Chunky Cherry ($21CAD for full size) is of your standard swivel twist up lip crayon variety. The shade is a light red which is very sheer and wearable. It doesn’t last very long, but is at least moisturizing. I’d say even Revlon’s Lipbutters last longer than this, but that’s really my only complaint. I like it for a refreshing wash of colour, and it would be great for someone who wants to wear a red but is scared of the intensity. Shown below with 5 passes, then just one.

Clinique Chubby Stick Chunky Cherry

Clinique Chubby Stick Chunky Cherry

 

The cleanser I also liked. A small amount lathered well and spread around well to remove the day’s makeup. No fragrance! It did leave my skin feeling almost too clean, and I have oily skin. Someone with dry or sensitive skin would feel that this over strips your natural moisture. I like it so far as it performs well, might consider a full size purchase. Especially at bonus time….(scratch that, I just tried looking for it on their website for a full price quote in Canadian dollars, and it’s not there at the time of this post!)

Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream is.. well.. not. There is nothing exciting or advanced in this cream’s ingredients. I don’t require a moisturizer beyond my staple Neutrogena Healthy Skin retinol treatment, so I’ve used this as nothing but a hand cream. As a hand cream, it soaks in well and leaves a nice smooth, soft finish to the skin. Non greasy. Non fragranced. Non interesting.

Lastly, the cosmetics bag has a cute cheery print of Clinique’s Chubby Stick lippes, seems well made and is roomy enough to carry what you’d probably want to take along cosmetic wise for a vacation or short trip. I like it.

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All around this gift with purchase has fully impressed me, and would encourage me to purchase many of these products in full size. They picked some fantastic products for this gift with purchase! Coming up in a future post, reviews on some Clinique lipsticks, in Plum Pop and A Different Grape!

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Nars Cruella VS NYX Snow White Dupe Post!

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Makeupalley’s Facebook page often shares possible dupes on the weekends. Today, one of them was regarding Nars Cruella and Nyx Snow White being possible dupes. Seeing as I had both, I decided to do some swatches for you! I added one to their post as well.

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Here we go! Prices at the time of this post. Nyx Snow White goes for a reasonable $6.99 at London Drugs. Nars Cruella goes for a whopping $30 at Sephora. Yikes. Well they do look pretty similar in tube.

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

Nyx Snow White, Nars Cruella

And also look pretty close in swatches! Photos taken in indoor light by a window, with flash, and then outdoors on an overcast day.

Nyx Snow White VS Nars Cruella Swatches

Nyx Snow White VS Nars Cruella Swatches

Nyx Snow White is actually more intensely pigmented, perhaps just a smidge deeper, and has a creme finish as opposed to Nars Cruella’s velvet matte finish. Now, my skintone can make any shade pull warmer than it is, therefore both of these almost look like they have a brown base, but they do not! They both look very pink once worn/wiped off, and it’s a clearly blue based pink. The flash also really brings out the pink. I wish that translated to my lips too. 😦

Having both of these too will likely last me a lifetime of super intense red lipping, but if I had to purchase one, of course I’d go for the cheaper Nyx. I did buy it in the first place after all, but the Nars Cruella as part of a Sephora birthday bonus they had at the time. I usually just use Snow White as a blush, just a tiny tiny dab on my finger blended out gently as a cream blush looks nice.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015!

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

I received this a few weeks ago. Managed to get some pictures, and got around to finally posting today! This Flare Beauty Box was $8 CA, not a bad price considering the contents! What’s inside!

 

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

Flare Beauty Box Spring 2015

Flare Beauty Box Contents

Flare Beauty Box Contents

First we have the Herbal Essences Wild Naturals, a large sample of both shampoo and conditioner. This didn’t wow me. There was nothing special about it performance or fragrance wise. Unless you are really into a very mild, light fruity figgy fragrance, skip this one.

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals

Herbal Essences Wild Naturals

Next up, an Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash and Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom mascara, full size. I know my body doesn’t react well to the Olay body wash after a few uses, however it is a very luxurious feeling formula and I like washing my hands with it which doesn’t seem to bother them.

Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom, Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash

Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom, Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash

The mascara I haven’t used yet. I already know from prior experiences that I don’t like the plastic bristles on the wand, which poke my eye when trying to apply the product. As the mascara itself came sealed with the wand outside, I am using the wand to comb thru the tips of lashes coated with a different mascara, which it works wonderfully for. When I finish my current tube of Maybelline Cat Eyes, I will wash off that brush and see if it fits in the Cover Girl tube and use that one instead, to give the product a fair shake at being useful for me (I love the Cat Eyes wand!)

Then we have a couple sample packs of Olay Fresh Effects Mattifier. These usually don’t work for me, and this one was not much different. it seemed to be doing a great job for the first part of the day, but by the end I was even oilier than if I hadn’t used anything at all. Being fair, my day is pretty long, and I need makeup to hold on tight for 12 hours minimum.

Olay Fresh Effects Mattifier

Olay Fresh Effects Mattifier

My favourite portion of the box was the free full size of a Vidal Sassoon hair colour ($16 value.) I was excited about this, however they didn’t really have a perfect colour match for what I was looking for. I may have ended up with something a shade too dark. If so I will use it to paint in some lowlights. I didn’t get a closeup of the coupon.

Last up, Cover Girl lipstick in Succulent Cherry. The swatches below show the product as fairly sheer (one swipe on top, a few swipes underneath) and leaning pink. On my skin it leans warm with orange undertones, as my skin just makes colours lean this way unless very cool toned. Great for anyone who loves a red lip. I wear a red lip sometimes, and the sheerness of this could make it more wearable than others I have. I’m just worried about it looking too orange on me, especially under fluorescent lights at work.

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry Swatch

Cover Girl Succulent Cherry Swatch

And here’s a shot of the nails I had at the time, a creamy white with a layer of gold sparkles. I used Nicole All About the Glam.

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Anyone else get the Flare Beauty Box? What did you think?

Have a great week!

Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in 459 Charnelle Swatch & Review!

Dior Charnelle

Dior Charnelle

Good morning! As you might remember, I recently received a lovely gift from my friend over at Polly Fragrant which included a Dior 5 pan eye shadow from their Cherie Bow Edition called Rose Charmeuse (reviewed here with 3 experiment looks) and this pretty little nude lipstick balm called Charnelle.

Dior Charnelle, Dior Rose Charmeuse

Dior Charnelle, Dior Rose Charmeuse

The packaging is sturdy, attractive and classy. The tube is an elegant navy with silver trim with a modern line pattern cut in. The top of the lid has silver “CD” initials underneath a layer of transparent navy plastic. Fancy!

Dior Charnelle Cap

Dior Charnelle Cap

Dior markets this luxury lipstick line as a “Nude Lip Blush” balm. The finish is sheer, smooth and hydrating. I would describe it to be something between a lip butter and a gloss. It definitely doesn’t set like a lipstick would, it stays slick like a balm or gloss, but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to slide around everywhere like the Givenchy I reviewed recently. This shade looks browner in the tube than it does on my lips. On my lips it’s more of a super subtle, sheer pinkish nude. A lovely “my lips but better” shade. By far my best nude shade. Perfect for a hydrating daytime subtle lip look. Great for interviews/workplace, would also be perfect with a strong smoky eye. Shiny, no shimmer. Swatches below!

Dior Charnelle Swatch

Dior Charnelle Swatch

Dior Charnelle on lips

Dior Charnelle on lips

 

Worth mentioning, this lippie does have a fragrance and taste. It’s something like a sweetened powdery rose. It’s the kind of thing you would immediately associate with a higher end lipstick. I don’t mind it, in fact I actually like it, but if you are very sensitive to fragrance it’s worth keeping in mind.

I will enjoy using this lipstick til it’s gone but I can’t see myself ever shelling out that much for a lipstick!

Post script! Usually my French is pretty good (side effect of being Canadian) but I didn’t know what “Charnelle” meant… and apparently it’s “Carnal”. Suddenly this innocent little lipstick balm isn’t so chaste!

Dior Charnelle

Dior Charnelle

Givenchy Lipstick Sample & Continuing Sephora Snafu Updates!

Givenchy Rose Dressing 202

Givenchy Rose Dressing 202

I was near a Sephora this weekend to return the Tocca Florence minis which was just a bit too potent for me, and I’m surprised I was refunded without a hitch. I wish I could say that about the gift card refund I was supposed to have received recently, I will get into more detail a bit later. First, this adorable little sample!

I was hovering around the fragrances hoping to find someone to help me with a sample decant, but there was no help despite the staff to customer ratio being staff heavy at the time. I couldn’t seem to get anyone’s attention even though a few bypassed me to disappear into the stock room. After several minutes, I eventually gave up and went to stand with my mother at the cash, where she was paying for items and choosing this Givenchy lipstick sample to redeem points on. Apparently they had just got it in that day! Interested, I asked if I needed to purchase an item in order to cash in some of the points I had accumulated (given by Sephora due to the huge amount of trouble they have given me, their idea) and it turns out I could just redeem! Finally some good news out of this company, especially good as I am now more than reluctant to ever buy anything from them again.

This Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick in Rose Dressing 202 is a brand new 100 point redemption deluxe sample. I’m not sure about availability, it was at the Guilford (In B.C., Canada) location but I can’t find it on their website. I’ve included a lot of pictures as the presentation is lovely.

Givenchy Rose Dressing Box

Givenchy Rose Dressing Box

The lipstick is packaged in a very cute velvety cardboard box with a slide out compartment, carefully wrapped in branded “Le Rouge” tissue paper.

Givenchy Rose Dressing

Givenchy Rose Dressing

Once unwrapped, you can see even the sample tube itself is fairly luxurious, with the Givenchy name printed in the chrome detailing. The full size tube has similar chrome detailing, but the tube itself is leather!

Givenchy Rose Dressing

Givenchy Rose Dressing

Givenchy Rose Dressing

Givenchy Rose Dressing

The product itself is an intense coral pink. It is lightly rose scented as prestige cosmetics often are, but the scent fades almost immediately once on the lips. The taste of the fragrance, however, lingers. The formula itself is lightweight and smooth, and applies evenly. The pigment builds well. It held up with through a cup of tea, and wore off evenly with no patchiness. It did feel moisturizing, which leads me to the downside of this lipstick formula – it doesn’t “set”. Most lipsticks, even the moisturizing ones set up a bit, not to say that they get dry but they at least seem like they won’t transfer at the slightest touch. This lipstick felt so slippery the whole time I was wearing it. It felt like it would slide outside of my lip line. I kept checking it, and it didn’t seem like it was sliding away but I still didn’t like the feeling. I don’t want to have to feel like I need to continually check my make up to make sure I wasn’t doing any accidental clown impersonations.

Givenchy Rose Dressing Swatch

Givenchy Rose Dressing Swatch

Givenchy Rose Dressing Swatch on Lips

Givenchy Rose Dressing Swatch on Lips

The colour itself is nice, bright for summer. I will use it until it’s gone, but I don’t seem myself buying this slippery formulation. The shade seemed familiar. I though it looked a little like the Sephora brand lipstick I have in 1st Night so I did a side by side swatch shown here. 1st Night is a more intense pink, and Rose Dressing is oranger, but they are both vibrant corals.

Givenchy Rose Dressing, Sephora 1st Night Swatches

Givenchy Rose Dressing, Sephora 1st Night Swatches

Now for my update on the ongoing Sephora disaster that they are presenting as customer service. About 3 weeks ago, I called, as per their instruction, to get a refund on my order in lieu of them honoring my gift certificate. Full details can be found here on my post about that order. I called, provided my order number, the gift card number, it’s pin number all as requested. The girl on the phone assured me everything was processed and I’d be refunded. I waited, got worried when I didn’t see the refund, and sent them an email to inquire. They told me to wait. So I waited. No refund. I sent another email, this time asking for a confirmation number for my refund. Days passed. I finally got a response. You will not believe it, but they had the nerve to say that “I had never provided the gift card number”. Yes, they claimed this, despite that I personally called myself to provide it and was assured it was processed. Yes, even though they had other emails from me asking about why the refund wasn’t processed. No one actually bothered to check my refund until I had to follow up asking for the confirmation number for proof. They just sent the canned answer telling me to wait, wait, it’s just me not being patient, not their failure to do their jobs, and wait! Unbelievable. This wasn’t the first time they didn’t actually bother checking what was going on and placed the blame on me (a previous time was when I asked them why they didn’t bother sending the gift box as it was on my order form, same line as my phone number, and they said it wasn’t there. Yes, even though it was right there in front of them, hilarious.) So I did call again, and made sure they processed it right there and then on the phone, which I thought I had already done the first time. I did get an email saying that it was intended to go through within another weeks worth of business days, but at this point I will believe it when I see it. I asked the woman why it wasn’t processed the first time, and why no one bothered to tell me what was going on despite several emails on my part. Her answer? “I don’t have access to any of that information”. To me, that translates as no explanation. And that is not acceptable.

The only positive experience I have had with Sephora was the girl who took my return and gave me this lipstick sample. Each and every other experience has been horrendous. Beyond that, actually. It takes at least 5 points of contact to get any one of them to do their jobs, and even then your odds of getting proper service are abysmally low. I have never had such consistently bad experiences as a customer, ever, anywhere. They, as a company, are not concerned about doing things the right way the first time, or any time after that for that matter. Even when you do all the hard work for them, they respond with complacency at best and gross incompetence at worst. I’m truly hoping there won’t be further negative follow ups to this one. I don’t like writing them, but people deserve to know where their money is going. Those high end prices sure aren’t going to proper customer service training.

A company that doesn’t acknowledge and respect the reason why it is even in business, the customer (especially one who sought their assistance as fastidiously as I did), doesn’t deserve to be in business. And people deserve to know. I tried for many weeks with great time and effort spent on my part to make my business with Sephora work, and they failed on every account to provide. I will redeem the last of my points there, in store only, with no purchase made, some time in the future. I will not, however, ever purchase with them again. I will seek any other source. A beauty blogger with all the time in the world to follow up and inform the public of deplorably bad service is not a bridge you want to burn. It does make me sad, but they went out of their way to be awful, both in store and online. I do make exception for the one girl who processed my refund and gave me the lipstick sample, she was great!

Any Canadians have any other beauty supply suggestions for me? I’d love to hear!

Revlon Cherries in the Snow Swatch & Review!

Revlon_Cherries_In_The_Snow_rosesHi! This past weekend I assisted catering a function to help out a family member. One of the perks of this type of work is that I get to go home with some sort of goodies when it’s all over, and in this case I got to take home these gorgeous roses! It’s not often I have flowers or even much plant life in my home as I’m always worried the kitty will nibble them but she’s ignored these ones so far. They still look great actually even after 5 days, they are on my desk just starting to open! Funny how the vase dwarfs the lipstick in that header photo!

I was especially glad to have got to take these home as I spent the whole event looking at them, thinking the colour reminded me of something. A very particular lipstick, and old favourite, and I just had to know if I was imagining it, or if I was in fact thinking of the right thing. Take a look for yourself!

Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Roses

Revlon Cherries in the Snow, Roses

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Pretty spot on right? Revlon Cherries in the Snow Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick has been around at least since the 50’s, from what I can find, which tells you something about it’s popularity and lasting power as an iconic lip shade. The formula is even and smooth, and it lasts on my lips reasonably well providing I don’t eat anything. The shade brightens up my pale skin making everything looks more vibrant, but I can see this looking equally as striking on a darker skin tone as well. Cherries in the Snow is a clearly blue/cool based raspberry pink-red with no hint of shimmer. You can dab on a bit for a fuchsia stain, or apply full on for a look with the impact of a red but the flattering femininity of a pink! I’m often too scared to wear a full on red lipstick (although I can recommend several red lip butters also from Revlon here for a softer look) but this one seems more manageable. It somehow makes my eyes look bluer, and my skin look clearer. I must have a few dozen lipsticks but this is by far my favourite. Maybe not the most wearable, definitely not an every day thing, but still a clear favourite. No wonder it’s persisted since the 50’s! I’d imagine it would have had a resurgence of popularity in the 80’s as well. I hope they never discontinue this “vintage” shade!

Here are some swatches in sun and with flash.

Revlon Cherries in the Snow Swatch in Sun

Revlon Cherries in the Snow Swatch in Sun

Revlon Cherries in the Snow swatch with flash

Revlon Cherries in the Snow swatch with flash

It’s worth noting that this lip shade isn’t actually available in Canada. I had to order mine from what I though was a US eBay vendor, which then in turn shipped from Germany! I’m not sure why, but I don’t mind, the product was perfect. Glad I ordered 2 with all that trouble. I did try sending Revlon a letter to inquire as to why we don’t have it in Canada, and they sent me a form letter about how products get discontinued (which it isn’t, it’s been in constant production in the US, so I guess no one really read my question.)

Revlon Cherries in the Snow on lips NC20/25

Revlon Cherries in the Snow on lips NC20/25

Also worth noting is that the nail shade incarnation of Revlon Cherries in the Snow IS available in Canada. I’ve seen it, although not recently, and if I see it again I will snap it up as the colour does match the lip shade perfectly. I hope they didn’t discontinue that!

Incidentally, I couldn’t find out the name of the shade of the roses themselves. I was told it’s usually on the label that come with them, but we looked, and nothing. If anyone knows, please share as I would love to know!

I want to round this post out with a couple of old ads for this same lipstick!

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Revlon Cherries in the Snow vintage ad

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sephora Order/Prize Opening! (and a word of caution)

Sephora_Order_BoxLast month I was the lucky prize winner of a giveaway from the wonderfully generous Rebecca at lastcontrast! The prize was a $50 US gift certificate for Sephora which I gladly put towards this order. I am relieved I was able to use it for this order, as Sephora sure did give me a hard time about it. If you want to get straight to the goods, please skip ahead to the picture below. If you want to be aware of the behaviour of companies you may be buying from and are selective about where your beauty products are sourced, please read on.

I had a write up ready to go regarding their refusal to honor this gift certificate as I was in Canada. I will summarize here. I had it from them in writing that they were keeping the cash for it and not providing any goods or refund to the original buyer. Obviously, this refusal to provide a solution was completely unacceptable.  Over the course of my numerous carefully worded, polite emails, I did the work for them with suggestions and workarounds (six in total) that I know companies should be capable of from my 20 years in customer service myself. I begged for my concerns to be brought to management (on multiple occasions) or at least to someone with the authority to assist me. All I got in response were canned answers from whoever had the misfortune of getting to reply to my email, and by their replies I could tell no one was reading my concerns. As I had given up, and they clearly didn’t even bother trying to actually assist me, I allowed myself to be upset. I sent them an email stating as such and that my write up regarding their blatant refusal to assist after taking someone’s cash would be made available to them via links on any social media I could find including my blog and their Facebook pages for public review.

And what do you know. Unexpectedly, I got a call. A CALL, and they left me a message. Not an email. Someone, only after my upset email, decided to help me. Evidently they decided to honor my gift certificate as a refund to my card after my order had shipped (presumably so I couldn’t back out at that point). This workaround was similar to one of my suggested solutions. Incidentally, I’m still waiting for this refund but they swear it’s gone through on their end. I’ll believe it when I see it, and if I don’t I will issue a chargeback, as I do have it (in writing again) that they were to apply said refund. I am disappointed that my polite calls and emails were brushed off and ignored, but the snarky, upset one that promised to share their willingness to swindle customers with the public got their attention. I think it says a lot about the difference between Canadian and US culture. The only thing that kept them from blatant theft was the threat of me telling everyone about it. Keep that in mind when you’re dealing with Sephora in the future, if you’re particular about where your beauty dollars are spent.

 

ON TO THE GOODIES!

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I will quickly go over the haul as numbered. I will do more thorough reviews as the products are used, would be far too much to go into here!

1) Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – the reason I placed the order in the first place. I have wanted this for a very long time but wouldn’t ever allow myself to spend that ($64 Can) on a beauty product. The gift card prize was the only way this could have ever happened. I haven’t used them all yet but so far “Pistol” is my favourite! This no longer comes with a lip gloss, which is a pity.

2) Tocca Florence Travel Fragrance Duo – contains a hand creme and a roller ball fragrance. A light fresh white floral that leans green.

3) Smashbox Full Exposure Eye Shadow Sample – 10 shades, 5 shimmer, 5 matte. Single use sample portions.

4) Sephora’s Niche Fragrance Sampler – includes Maison Martin Beach Walk, Tocca Simone, Tokyo Milk Dark Tainted Love,  Nest Midnight Fleur, Clean Skin, and Atelier Orange Sanguine (the topmost left in the waxed paper wrap there is a post card and a sample vial. Most beautifully presented sampler I have ever seen.) There is also a Juicy Couture La La sample but this was not included with the niche sampler, but for this list purpose, and for my later review they will be grouped together.

5) Tarte Flush Cheek Stain – a deluxe sample, from redeemed points Sephora gave me for my “inconvenience” while they were still declining to honor the gift certificate. An impressive amount for a sample. This could last for a few weeks worth of daily uses at least!

6) Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep matte bronzer. Smells of chocolate, lovely. Also a points redemption as above. Also an impressive amount for a sample, this is the size of a large single pan eye shadow.

7) Make Up For Ever HD Powder sample – a tiny amount of powder on a card.

8) Urban Decay Primer Potion samples (x2 as one was with the palette) – 4 different types of their Primer Potion line, says there is to be a weeks worth of each within the packet. I’m particularly interested in the “anti-aging” one as I’d not heard of it before. I’m still not completely sold on the idea of needing one product to make another work as it should without assistance.

9) Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet – another points redemption as a deluxe sized sample. I admit to liking this far more than I thought I would. It’s simple but lovely.

10) Make Up For Ever “Happy Birthday” deluxe sample pack – contains a mini lipstick in N9 and a mini mascara in Smoky Extravagant. Added this to my order as it was available for free as my birthday is this month.

I would like to once again thank Rebecca at lastcontrast for her generous prize. I would have never had the opportunity to try these high end products otherwise. The out of pocket expense for the large list above was only $25 Canadian (I had to make it $75 for the free shipping as I’d rather the amount go towards product than ship costs)! Pretty good haul I think! 🙂

There was something missing from this order. I had selected that it be accompanied with the magnetic closure Sephora “gift box”, I was looking forward to using it for more attractive photographic purposes for this and all upcoming blog posts regarding the contents of this order. I sent them off another email to ask them about it. I found my order confirmation email where the words “gift box” were right there in black and white for their easy reference, and used it for my reply. I got an email back, immediately. They had the nerve to state that I had not included it on my order. Yes, even though it was stated right there. On the same page. On the order confirmation. Just a few inches down. I replied to them stating the obvious, that it is right there on the same page, but I don’t expect a reply at this point. I don’t understand why they didn’t send it, would have been a ton of free advertising as it would have been used in many of the photos for each of the upcoming reviews on all these products. What a missed opportunity for them, shame! EDIT: they sent back another email (was even from the same rep) saying they added 25 points to my account. Seeing as you need at least 100 to get anything I don’t know how this is satisfactory, but again the loss is really theirs – me as a customer and the free advertising they would have received.)

Although I will thoroughly enjoy using and trying out these products, and I am more than grateful for the prize, I am not sure I would ever order from Sephora again. They refuse to let their e-gift certificates to be used in Canada (why? That’s a huge market they’re just shutting out!) and their customer service is at best farcical and at worst dismissive and grossly incompetent. In the future, if I find the need for a high end beauty product, I will see if it is available from *any* other Canadian retailer first, such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, London Drugs, any department store or even order directly from the product’s company website if need be. I don’t think I would ever put myself through ordering online with Sephora again. I am not close enough to a brick and mortar Sephora store for it to be much of a concern as to whether or not I’d go in to buy there.

EDIT: Unbelievably, I have even more disastrous service stories regarding this same order, they failed to refund me as promised and refused to explain why! Full story at the bottom of the post, here.

I did a quick search and there are some seriously horrifying Sephora customer service stories out there! Anyone else have one? I’d be interested to hear it! Also if anyone has any favourite looks with the Naked 2 palette they would like to share I’d be very interested in that as well!

 

Enjoy your week!

The Reds of Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters – Comparison Swatch & Review!

Revlon Lip Butter Reds

Revlon Lip Butter Reds

Monstrously picture heavy post! If you aren’t quite brave enough for a full on bold red lip but are curious because they look so great on everyone else (like I was) these Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters are a fantastic place to start due to the sheerer, moisturizing formulas. Consider them as training wheels for red lips! I didn’t get all of these at the same time so they are in varying states of use, but all are worth taking a look at. There are 4 Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters that are on the red side that I have selected for review today. Although some may look similar in their tubes, you will see the end result is quite different when swatched.

 

Revlon Lip Butters, Reds

Revlon Lip Butters, Reds

From left to right: Candy Apple, Cherry Tart, Wild Watermelon, Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butters, Reds

Revlon Lip Butters, Reds

Revlon Lip Butter Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Swatch

From top to bottom: Candy Apple, Cherry Tart, Wild Watermelon, Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Swatch

 

Starting with the “warmest” of the four is Candy Apple 035. Candy Apple is a glitter free ever so slightly orange leaning red which applies sheerly and smoothly but can build up to a very luminescent brighter red. This is the closest to a true red that I can find in Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters and is the most wearable true red shade that I own. Very flattering and still forgiving due to the sheerness.

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple Lip Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Candy Apple Lip Swatch

 

Next we have the much more cool toned Cherry Tart 070. Cherry Tart is definitely more of a berry red, and more pigmented than it’s counterparts. Clearly blue in undertone and full of shimmery silver and red micro glitter, it has a nice depth and intensity while still being sheer. It will build to an almost fuchsia deeper berry tone. I don’t think many of these Lip Butters have glitter, the only other one that comes to mind is Peach Parfait (also pretty). I think this might be my favourite!

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart Lip Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Cherry Tart Lip Swatch

 

I think Wild Watermelon 063 is a more recent addition to the Lip Butter lineup. It is a sparkle free brightened warm pinkish red. I think they tweaked the formula with this one. It feels slightly drier (but by no means drying) and applies more smoothly and evenly than the others. This one is the most fun, perky and easy going of these 4.

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon Lip Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Wild Watermelon Lip Swatch

 

And finally Red Velvet 040. I lied, I think this one might be my favourite! This was my first red Lip Butter purchase which sold me on the rest. Red Velvet is a somewhat plummy deeper, darker red, a bit mysterious, vampy and broody. No glitter. It reminds me of stains from black cherry juice. It looks great with pale skin and blue eyes but I’d imagine it would look just as nice on someone darker as well. Gorgeous shade.

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet Lip Swatch

Revlon Lip Butter Red Velvet Lip Swatch

 

And all 4 together for an at a glance comparison!

Revlon Lip Butter Reds Swatched

Revlon Lip Butter Reds Swatched

 

Overall these are worth a try if you still haven’t! Each Lip Butter has a weartime somewhat better than your standard lip gloss, but not quite the wear or intensity of a lipstick. All are pretty moisturizing. I need something on my lips at all times and never feel too dry with these. They retail for around $8-9 Canadian but I grab them when on for $3.99 or a BOGO sale.

Revlon Lip Butter Reds

Revlon Lip Butter Reds

Love them! Have a favourite Revlon Lip Butter?
Have a great weekend!

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Revlon Coralberry Super Lustrous Lipstick Swatch & Review!

Revlon Coralberry

Revlon Coralberry

Apparently Spring Fashion Week 2014 had an orange lipstick trend, meanwhile I’ve been searching for a suitable for day wear coral toned lipstick that isn’t so orange that I can’t wear it! Warm orange tones just do not work with my cooler toned skin. I think I have found a good balance between a peachy orange and a pink in Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Coralberry 674.

 

Revlon Coralberry

Revlon Coralberry

Packaging is basic black with a brass ring with the Revlon logo. The top is see through, allowing you to see the shade right through the tube, which I appreciate. The label on the bottom is a reasonably close match to the colour of the product which is also handy.

Revlon Coralberry

Revlon Coralberry

I believe this shade has been around for years, Revlon is pretty good about not discontinuing their lipsticks (unlike their other products – I’m looking at you recently, secretly reformulated for the worse Revlon Colorstay foundation!). Coralberry is a creamy, smooth applying creme formula lipstick. The colour is a warm leaning pinky coral with barely perceptible tiny golden micro glitter which I don’t see in the end result on my lips. This shade remains just the slightest bit sheer, as shown in the swatch. It also tends to emphasize lip flakes so if you have drier lips I’d recommend an exfoliation and a balm on a day you want to wear this. Revlon Coralberry lasts a few hours on my lips and is fairly moisturizing.

Revlon Coralberry

Revlon Coralberry Swatch

Revlon Coralberry

Revlon Coralberry on lips

Well, even if someone thinks it’s still too orange for me, I can always tell them I’m just on trend for Spring! 🙂

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in 1st Night Swatch and Review!

Sephora 1st Night

Sephora 1st Night

EDIT: Please see my new post about the products (good) and service (highly questionable) from Sephora. As this post of mine is popular, I would like to use it to help word get out.

Link shown below:

https://katezillablog.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/sephora-orderprize-opening-and-a-word-of-caution/

Gorgeous day today!

Things are finally warming up in the lower mainland and things are starting to smell like spring! This is my favourite time of year, and a perfect excuse for slightly brighter, warmer, fresher looking makeup. I wanted to share one of my favourite brights for spring, Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in 1st Night.

 

 

Starting with the tube packaging, I love it! It’s a classy, basic black matte tube that flares out ever so slightly at the top and bottom, giving it a bit of a slimmer middle. The product dials down completely to be covered up by the tube. There is a sticker on the side of the twist up tube clearly showing the brand, name of shade, it’s numbered code and a “Made in France” tag.  The word “Sephora” is circled along the bottom of the tube as matte lettering on a glossy base, a beautiful and subtle design element. The very bottom has a clear window showing you the exact shade of the lipstick inside, as shown in the picture below. This is my favourite detail. Overall it is feminine, user friendly and modern.

Sephora 1st Night

Sephora 1st Night

Sephora 1st Night

Sephora 1st Night

The shade is described on Sephora’s site as a true warm rose. I though it leaned cooler on my skin, maybe I’m imagining it. It looks great either way. I would describe this as a brightened, intense rosey pink. There is just the tiniest fragrance/flavour of something like strawberry gummi candies covering up a small amount of standard lipstick smell. The formula is amazing. Incredibly pigmented, moisturizing enough that I don’t feel the need for a balm or gloss with this lipstick, and the wear time is fantastic for a lipstick that does not claim to be long lasting. Application is smooth and even. The swatches below show it in 3 different lightings, flash, shade from sun, and in sun. The pigment is so intense that this was just one single swipe down of lipstick on my arm!

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick 1st Night Swatch

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick 1st Night Swatch

This lipstick has the surprising ability to make my thin lips look fuller all on it’s own! I have a couple of brights that do this, could be why I gravitate towards them.

Sephora 1st Night

Sephora 1st Night

Sephora lipsticks retail in Canada for $15.50. This is a high end formula at mid range pricing, and is well worth taking a look at. If one single swipe provides complete opacity, you would use a lot less product so I’d imagine these lipsticks would last a long time!

Do you have any favourite brighter, fresher makeup for spring?

EDIT: Please see my new post about the products (good) and service (highly questionable) from Sephora. As this post of mine is popular, I would like to use it to help word get out. https://katezillablog.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/sephora-orderprize-opening-and-a-word-of-caution/

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