Lancôme Lip Lover | Rose Ballet, Rose Contre-temps, Rose des Cygnes, Violette Pirouette | Photos, Swatches, Review

I am a huge fan of the Lancôme In Love range and the newest addition, the Lancôme Lip Lover ($29 CAD), is quickly becoming a favourite.

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The Lip Lovers share the same click to open mechanism as the Gloss In Love lip glosses.

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There are two shade families and each has it’s own unique ultra-feminine fragrance.  Lancôme swathes the Basic Chic shades in a delicate, romantic fragrance: fresh rose petals are made mouth-watering with a hint of vanilla and juicy raspberry. For the Creative Chic colours, a deliciously voluptuous composition: heart notes of opulent rose perfected by powdery iris and violet accents… Totally addictive!

There are 21 shades all together. I have three from the Basic Chic shades to share with you (Rose Ballet, Rose Contre-temps, Rose des Cygnes) as well as one of the Creative Chic shades (Violette Pirouette).

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I love the applicator of the Lip Lovers. It has an elongated arrow shape and curved profile that precisely hugs lips’ shape. They somehow manage to dispense the perfect amount of product so that you never have to double dip the wand.

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Lancôme Lip Lover in Rose Ballet, Rose Contre-temps, Rose des Cygnes, Violette Pirouette

Check out this super fun video that will have you craving even more shades of Lancôme Lip Lover!

I can’t get enough of these Lancôme Lip Lovers. They have amazing pigmentation and cover the lips evenly with ease. They last remarkably long for such a hydrating and weightless lip product. I get several hours of wear and they even leave a lovely stain behind. They have a beautiful glossy shine that doesn’t look plastic but rather makes lips look plump and healthy. My absolute favourite shade, of the ones I’ve tried, is Violette Priouette. It can be so hard to find a purple lip colour that doesn’t look garish or ridiculous. Violette Pirouette is so wearable and just plain STUNNING. I created a little mood board to honour my adoration for this shade. I’d have to say my second favourite of the four I’ve tried is Rose Ballet. I love that it has enough coverage to offer the most flattering pale pink soft nude lip without settling into lip lines. It also lasts for a couple hours on me which I found remarkable for such a light shade.

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Here are 5 Lip-Tips from Lancôme Make-up Artistry:

It has never been so easy to play with trends and create incredible colour effects on lips with outstanding precision thanks to the arrow applicator:

Heart-shaped lips: For stunningly delectable lips, adorn them with Rose des Nymphes, plus a hint of Corail Cabriole in the centre. For an even more daring look, apply Bordeaux Tempo to lips with Orange Manège in the centre – a contrast guaranteed to put lips in the spotlight!

Volume-boosting border: Doesn’t every woman dream of defined lips with plumped up volume? The secret: create contrast between the lips and the contour to enhance the central colour. Try using Rose Ballet all over lips with a light border of Air de Violine: a high-volume effect without fail!

Plumped-up lips: For impossibly plump lips, try using a light shade over the whole lip with a dark shade at the corners: two hints of Ambre Arabesque will accentuate Pas de Prune, or why not try a duo of Violette Pirouette at the corners with Framboise Étoile as the base tone.

Tone-on-tone volume: Choose two shades fairly close together in the colour palette to balance out the width of the upper and lower lips. Apply the lighter colour to the thinner lip to bring out its volume; use the darker colour on the thicker lip. For example, try it out with Rose Attrape-coeur and Lip Lover!

Crazy contrast: Go for a daringly wild mix & match with surprising colour contrasts like Abricot Tango on the upper lip, juxtaposed with Fuchsia Attitude on the lower lip.

Make sure you check out the Lip Lover microsite at www.liplover.ca to enter to win your favourite shade!
You can use the promo-code LIPLOVER to get 10% OFF + Free Shipping applicable on any purchase on Lancome.ca between March 24th to April 25th inclusively.

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Makeup Wars | My Favourite Highlighters and Illuminating Products

This week the Makeup Wars members are sharing our favourite illuminating products. This is probably one of my favourite cosmetics categories for two reasons. Firstly I have very dry, dull skin and I need a lot of assistance in the glow department. Secondly I am very picky when it comes to products in this category so finding the right product is always a struggle for me. I guess I kind of enjoy the challenge and the subsequent joy and satisfaction of finding a product that meets my expectations. Why am I so picky? Well when it comes to highlighters and illuminators I do not like glitter. At all. Even shimmer is pushing it. I want the product to offer a natural glow and sheen without looking too sparkly. I want a refined finish.

Illuminating Primers – Give your complexion an all over glow with these illuminating primers. Some are quite sheer like the Burberry Fresh Glow and others more concentrated like the Dior Glow Maximizer.

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Dior Glow Maximizer ($42 CAD) has quite a strong golden glow. It can be mixed with your foundation to boost skin’s radiance, patted full strength on top of your makeup as a highlighter in light catching areas, or even used sparingly as a primer all over under foundation if you are in dire need of some radiance as I sometimes do.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base – A sheer fluid with very fine champagne shimmer. An amazing primer.

Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Rose ($37 CAD) this opalescent pink translucent fluid feels hydrating and gives skin a lovely radiance. It feels really light and I adore the finish of the Rose shade. This is a new permanent product released with the spring collection and it also comes in Champagne and Peach.

NARS Pro-Prime Light Optimizing Primer SPF 15 ($38 CAD) has the benefit of light sun protection and it offers a very subtle, completely neutral, illumination to the skin.  It contains red algae to revitalize skin as well as Vitamins A, C, and E to ward off free radicals. It really works well as a base and feels very light, absorbing quickly into the skin.

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Illuminator SPF25+ – This is an all over moisturizer/primer but is concentrated enough to be used as a spot highlighter as well. Pearl is more my shade but right now I only have a travel size of Opal that I use in my pro kit.

Liquid Highlighters – I love the ease of using a liquid highlighter. You can mix them into your foundation or skincare for a luminous glow or apply them to the high points of your face for a glow that blends right into your skin.

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Tranquility Highlighting Liquid – A opalescent pink highlighter that is highly pigmented.

Benefit High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer – I similar shade to Sea of Tranquility in a slightly sheerer finish.

Benefit Sun Beam Golden Bronze Complexion Highlighter – A warm golden glow. A only have a sample size but this is such a great way to warm the complexion.

Highlighting Pens – I don’t find these really highlight or illuminate much but they work great for brightening up the under eye area and disguising shadows and bags.

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in 1 and 2

Cream Highlighters – Like liquids these blend in so naturally to the skin for a lit from within glow on the high points of your face.

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Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight – This is a sheer natural champagne shade with a refined glow. A favourite of many Edward Bess fans.

Benefit Watt’s Up! Soft Focus Highlighter – A similar champagne glow as the Edward Bess cream but in a more concentrated stick form.

Powder Highlighters – I find these are the kinds of highlighters are reach for most often as they just seem quicker and easier sometimes. It can be tricky to find ones that aren’t to sparkly and glittery for my taste. Here are some currently available ones that I adore.

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Giorgio Armani Belladonna Highlighting Palette – Don’t miss out on this amazing limited edition Spring 2014 highlighter. It has the most stunning champagne sheen and is an incredibly luxurious formula.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Sweet to Touch Highlighting Powder – This more pink toned powder highlighter is incredibly refined, smooth, and naturally luminous.

Limited Edition Discontinued Powder Highlighter Favourites – Highlighters are often part of limited edition seasonal releases and here are some of my no longer available go to favourites.

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Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder

MAC Too Chic Beauty Powder

Lancome Blush Highlighter Illuminating Powder in Rose Etincelle

MAC Play it Proper Beauty Powder

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What are some of your all time favourite highlighters and illuminators. I’d love to know! Make sure to check out the other Makeup Wars blogger faves!

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One of My Favourite New Looks Featuring the Lancôme Lavender Grace Color Design Eye Palette

Just because something needs a little work doesn’t mean you should love it any less. This should be our motto for a lot of things, and while I admit I may need to work on adhering to this in some other areas of my life, when it comes to makeup I am a firm believer.

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Take for example one of my favourite eye palettes at the moment. The Lancôme Color Design Eye Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Lavender Grace ($55 CAD/$50 US). If you want this palette to look truly amazing then you need to use an eyeshadow primer. So what. I don’t really see that as a fault. You will never hear me rant and rave about something saying it totally sucks because it fades, creases, or looks lacklustre with no primer. As long is it performs well with a primer then I see the product as being worthwhile. I see eye primers as a daily necessity. I have a huge assortment that I use depending on the look I’m doing and I even regularly layer a cream base over a sheer primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance. ALL eyeshadows look and perform far better with a good primer. So, in my opinion, why the heck shouldn’t it be part of my daily makeup routine? I shudder at the thought of the number of years my makeup looked far less stellar than it could have before I started using them. Well, lets get back to the look. I’ve gone off the rails with my preaching about the necessity of primers.

So lets get back to the amazing Lancôme Lavender Grace Palette. I am SO IN LOVE with the look this palette creates. It is beyond stunning and perfect to coordinate with the colour of the year, Radiant Orchid. In order to achieve this look I need to use an eye primer all over my lid and I also use a sticky glitter base (Too Faced Glitter Glue) with the highlighter shade to really get the full effect from it. Without primers the lavender lid shade is much sheerer/softer and the highlighter shade is just very sheer glitter with a lot of fallout. With primers the entire palette improves immensely. Let’s take a look at some swatches:

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With primer:

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If I had of swatched this in store I probably would have been. Meh, way too disappointing colour payoff, and passed. Luckily I was sent this for consideration from Lancome and had the pleasure of fully testing it. I think from now on I may take primer with me for swatching in store! If I hadn’t of given this palette a chance I would have been missing out on this fabulousness.

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The palette design is very slim and sleek.

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The plastic protector denotes the intended uses for the shades. There is also a booklet included with the palette that gives a suggestion for a day and night look with full step by step instructions. I have been wearing the night look because I’m a go big or go home kinda gal.

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It is such a gorgeous collection of shades. The soft pink base shade is a satin matte and works great as a base and builds up nicely under the brow bone to amplify the sheen a little bit. The lavender lid shade is bright and beautiful. It is the only shade that does still fade a bit throughout the day even with a primer but not enough to make me stop loving it. The charcoal shade I feared would be too dark in the crease on my fair skin but it blends out beautifully. The highlighter shade requires a base or even better a sticky base otherwise it falls out like crazy. With a good sticky base it looks absolutely incredible on the inner corner and patted on the lid. The liner shade (which is used in the outer third and blended into the crease as well in this night look) is the perfect compliment.

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Here is the look in full. I perfected my skin with Rouge Bunny Rouge Time Defying Foundation in Quinoa Cream and set with the Shu Uemura Spring 2014 Dual Fit Compact Jewel Complexion Pressed Powder. On cheeks in the new Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop and Lips are Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Lip Liner in Roald with Dior Addict Gloss in Enchanted Pink. On the eyes I also used Lise Watier Dramatique Intense Eyeliner in Prune and the new Spring 2014 YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Captivating Purple

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