Dior 5 Couleurs Garden Edition 441 Garden Pastels ~ Swatches, Photos, Review

I was lucky enough to win this beautiful piece of eye candy from Adventures In Makeup. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet then please do. I love her taste and keen eye for great products. The Dior 5 Couleurs Garden Edition Couture Eyeshadow Palette in 441 Garden Pastels is not something I would have splurged on myself. I don’t tend to care for the sheer, shiny formula of the Dior quints. This palette is so incredibly gorgeous that had I seen it in person I may just have been tempted though and I remember being first tempted but the fabulous review on Cafe Makeup. The embossed floral detail is gorgeous and the colours are so fresh and pretty. I am so happy I had the chance to play with this because I can now see the appeal these quints have for so many Dior fans. There is something to be said for an eye brightening wash of illuminating sheer colour. The finish of these is so lovely even if it isn’t the most flattering look for my unfortunately maturing eyelids.
I love Dior’s luxe packaging!
I really felt bad digging into the pretty shadows. I’m not one to typically have the “too pretty to use” mentality over my cosmetic acquisitions but this one certainly gave me pause.

Such a beautiful palette of soft spring pastels. I have surprised myself by how pleased I am with this palette and can see it growing on me even more in the warm months ahead.
This was part of the Dior Spring 2012 collection. Hopefully there may be some hanging around a Dior counter near you!

Ellis Faas Spring 2012 Set ~ Creamy Eyes E106, Light E304, Milky Lips L207 ~ Swatches, Photos, Review

I have been long tempted by the beautiful shades and innovative approach of Ellis Faas Cosmetics. It has been a couple years now that I have been resisting the urge to purchase in fear of developing another unhealthy brand addiction. Well I fear my reservations were well grounded as my finally caving and ordering the Ellis Faas Spring 2012 Set may have just created a monster.
I don’t know if I’m a fan of the bullet pen style packaging but I sure am a fan of the goodness inside. What I love about this set as it gave me the opportunity to try 3 different formula of product at a great value without having to stress over shade selection. The Spring 2012 set includes Light E304 which is a metallic shimmering purple. Creamy Eyes E106 which is a lovely satin finish mauve taupe. Milky Lips L207 which is a cream finish nude peach. These are my shade descriptions as the shade descriptions from Ellis Faas are as follows: E304 Lilac, E106 Lilac Taupe, L207 Nude Pink. I do wish that Milky Lips had have been more of a nude pink on me but on my skin tone at least it is decidedly warm and peach toned. The eye products are well pigmented and can be applied sheerly or built up for a stronger effect. Once they set they don’t budge and Creamy Eyes E106 is particularly long wearing and more of a struggle to remove. Milky Lips L207 feels comfortable and moisturizing on the lips and wears quite well. It offers great coverage and even application with a light feel.
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In case you’re curious it took me about 40 clicks to start seeing product from Milky Lips L207, 60 clicks from Creamy Eyes E106, and 80 clicks for Light E304. I just took my time doing 3 clicks at a time with a pause in between to ensure I didn’t end up with a huge waste of product once it was finally dispensed. I will continue playing with the application of these with different methods such as fingers, brushes, etc. and share a Face of the Day post with you showcasing the products in the days to come.
This set retails for $85US on EllisFaas.com and is a value of $113US.

Le Metier de Beaute Resort 2012 Collection – The Jet Set

Keep a look out ladies because Le Metier de Beaute’s first resort color collection, Jet Set, will be hitting stores any day now!

This collection curated by Neiman Marcus’s own Ken Downing if full of bright, juicy shades that will have you forgetting all about the snow and overcast skies out your window.

“For this Collection, I plugged into the fluorescent color and bold brights trend that defines the season. Jet
Set is bursting with captivating color and all the fashion news you would expect,” says Mr. Downing. “I
created it for you, the girl on the go, it’s perfect for wherever the season takes you!”

The Jet Set Nail Lacquers

Three saturated nail lacquer shades transport the wearer to faraway lands:
• ShocKEN Pink – Hot, hot, hot pink
• Not So Safe Orange – A saturated, goes-with-everything bright
• Yield to Yellow – A mellow, primary yellow

Le Métier de Beauté specifically formulates their nail lacquers to be 3-Free without formaldehyde, toluene
and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Proposition 65-compliant. Fortified with strengthening proteins and
hydrators, Le Métier de Beauté Nail Lacquers are highly pigmented for rich, glossy color that is long-wearing
and chip-resistant. Packaged in the larger .40fl oz/11.3ml size, each nail lacquer retails for a suggested
price of $18.

Cult of Nails did this incredible Ombre Sunset Manicure using ShocKEN Pink and Not so Safe Orange that I absolutely adore!

From CultofPretty.com

The Jet Set Sheer Brilliance Glosses

Two glosses round out the collection in high-impact shades that deliver delicious, gossamer
color. “A bright, color-infused lip gloss glaze the lip with sheer color intensity,” says Mr. Downing.

• Orange Juiced – A just-picked orange with a golden undertone
• HibisKiss – The perfect fuchsia balanced with true red

Ultra-lightweight and enriched with emollients and antioxidants, including Vitamin E and Lanolin, Sheer Brilliance Lip Glosses drench lips in sumptuous, punchy semi-translucent glossy color. Sheer Brilliance’s unique, silky texture and easy-glide formula is never heavy, sticky or tacky. Suggested retail price $32 each.

I love these shades!  They are bright and fun yet still very wearable. To see them in action check out The Beauty Look Book and Messy Wands. Swatches can also be seen on Karla Sugar. I love how the two shades look mixed.