Quick swatch! Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation

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Of course yuh gyul found herself at Sephora on Friday, scoping out the new Marc Jacobs Beauty collection.  He’s got pretty much a full colour line.  Lots of beautiful shades.  I check out the gel foundation….and I must admit that I am impressed!  It comes in 16 shades and it actually has some deeper shades!  I swatched the darkest shade, Cocoa Deep, which is a deep, chocolatey brown that is pretty neutral.

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation in Cocoa Deep (indoors)

Cocoa Deep swatch in daylight

I have not bought this…yet…but I applied some on my jaw line and it was almost an exact match! For reference, I am NW45 in M.A.C.  The formula is very lightweight, smooth  and sank into my skin and looked natural, like my own skin!  It felt amazing!  I would have liked a little bit more red in it, but hats off to Mr. Jacobs for creating a line that caters to women with medium to deeper skintones.  Of course I have not tested this for wear and durability, but don’t be afraid to check it out.  The price tag is rather hefty (US$48 for 1 fl. oz.), but look at it if you can.  Since it is a gel formula, it will probably work well on oily skin.

I hope that eventually the colour range is expanded to include some more medium-dark to deep shades, but I think it’s a good start!!  I can’t vouch for the rest of the collection, so see it for yourself.

Have you guys picked up anything??

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Cha Cha on my cheeks! A review of Face Atelier Facade! #SummerPeachChronicles

NB: Nothing to declare! Product mentioned bought by me! Continuing with my summer coral obsession, here is a quick review of a product that I have wanted to pick up for a while.  I was introduced to the makeup brand Face Atelier at The Makeup Show a few years ago.  They are certainly a professional artists brand!! This Canadian-based company is well known in the industry for their high quality, silicone-based makeup.  Most of the makeup that we see in drugstores etc is either water- or oil based.  They are also well known for carrying Silicone-based makeup can be used on both dry and oilier skin types and it leaves a very smooth finish by laying on top of the skin and filling into pores and wrinkles (pretty much similar to a lot of the face primers out there).  Pro makeup artist Kevin-James Bennett used this on the cheek in a demo and I loved the effect on the skin!  One thing to note, just remember to use like products with like products.  Have you ever found that when you applied a primer and a foundation, the foundation slid off?  That sometimes happens with you pair a silicone based primer with a non-silicone foundation (especially water-based).   Try matching the base ingredients of your products and you should have no problem.

Anyway, I picked up the Face Atelier Façade in Cha Cha.

True dat!

Facade

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The quest for orange lips has begun! Bite Beauty’s High Pigment Pencil in Zinfandel review

NB: Nothing to declare! Product mentioned bought by me!

Summer peach chronicles continue…..

A brand that has been picking up steam here in the US is another Canadian- based company that creates mostly natural lip products.  Bite Beauty is found in Sephora and they just opened up a pop-up shop in Soho, where you can get a custom made lip product!

I think that Bite made its first appearance at The Makeup Show NYC this year.  I was walking by and I was attracted to the boldly pigmented lip colours.  I picked up their High Pigment Pencil with Resveratrol in Zinfandel.

Bite Beauty

Resveratrol has been a hot ingredient in cosmetics for a few years now.  It is found in the skins of the red grape and is touted for it high anti-oxidant properties.  This lip pencil also is made from 97% natural ingredients.

The High Pigment Matte Pencil (HPP) comes in matte grey plastic packaging with twist-up function to advance the product inside so there is no need to sharpen.

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These MAC Powerchrome eye pencils are going to be in heavy rotation this summer!

Note: These products were purchased by me.

Just like music that’s African-influenced is in constant play on my iPod, especially during hotter weather, these new, limited-edition pencils are giving me life!

MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencils

 

Recently released as part of the Temperature Rising Colour Summer 2013 collection,  this is one product  that I wish MAC made perm.   These are like the mostly discontinued Shadesticks, but they have a much smoother, creamier texture that is water-resistant (not waterproof).  These actually remind me of a cross between the Shadesticks and the MAC Paints.

They come in 4 shades, but I picked up 2 of them.

Top: Life’s Luxury, bottom: Copper Strip

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Quick swatches: OCC’s new Stained Gloss

NB: Nothing to declare.

This season, glossy, brightly pigmented lips are the go-to look!  Everyone wants staying power.  OCC has added a new product to their lip colour line called Stained Gloss.   It’s described as a gloss with the pigment potency of a Lip Tar with a casual glossy finish (from the Sephora site).  These have a pigmented translucent, lacquered quality to them.

OCC Stained Gloss!

Here are the swatches (from left to right).

Voyeur, Meta, Jealous, Androgyne, Rhythm Box, New Wave

Definitely check them out, especially if you find the original Lip Tars are a little ‘much’ for you.  They retail for US$18 and are available now from OCC’s website, their flagship and from Sephora.

Let me know what you think!

Laters!

Summer peach chronicles: NOTD: Peach nails and some arm candy!

NB: I bought some of these items and some were gifts.

Totally went all out coral this weekend!  The weather here was unbelievable! Hazy, hot and humid! Yes!

So this week I went for crème looks: Essie Tart Deco as the mani.

Essie Tart Deco

This reads a lot brighter and more pink on me than in the bottle.  I also used Laura Mercier nail polish in Cabana, which is a darker pink-coral, as my pedicure.

Check out the arm candy under the cut!

Battle of the Retro Mattes! M.A.C.’s Ruby Woo vs. RiRi Woo

So……I’m not a fan of Rihanna…at all, BUT when I heard that she agreed to a multi collection deal with M.A.C. that started with the creation of a customized shade of lipstick in the Retro Matte finish, ah went bazodee!

The Retro Matte finish is the SINGLE BEST FINISH FOR A LIPSTICK EVA!  Ruby Woo is my favourite lipstick and is my go-to with a high bun. So this shade is supposed to be what Rihanna wears on tour, a blue-based red, that’s universal on all skintones.  Last week, M.A.C. released it online and it sold out in 3 hours…..yup, I was one of those waiting on that virtual line! There is no special packaging  (I thought at least the box would have something on it), but engraved on the lipstick, was RiRi’s signature.

MAC RiRi Woo (retro matte)

More under the cut!

What I’m loving for spring and summer! Bright cheeks courtesy of Sleek MakeUP!

So I got this blush BY 3 palette for Christmas.  Let’s just say…..this is amazing!!!! I usually dip my toe in instead of diving in when it comes to blush.  Not because I am afraid, but many brands don’t pack that punch that I need for it to show up.

This British drugstore brand really impressed me.  Talk about pigmentation!  I got the colour 366 Pink Sprint, which contains 3 shades of pink.

The texture is amazing, as a matter of fact; I think this is a good dupe for NARS blushes, with respect to quality.  Highly pigmented, very smooth, finely milled texture that’s not chalky or too stiff.  And they are all matte!  The packaging is great for travel as it comes in a sleek black case with a large mirror.

More pics under the cut!

Quick swatch: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Shape The Future

Extra Dimension SF in Shape The Future

I have been loving this right now.  A sort of in-between pre-summer skin enhancer.  Really nice, smooth texture, not too glittery.  One part is a cool-toned champagne colour, that I have also used as an eye shadow.  The other side is a brick/coral colour with a silver sheen. Really pretty as a blush for medium to dark skin. But works for everyone…:)

If you can still find it, I would check it out!

Laters!

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