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Lipstick Queen Mystery Chinatown Pencil Review & Swatches

March 18, 2010
Some weeks back Gilt had a Lipstick Queen sample sale, so naturally I hauled a few items including this Lipstick Queen Chinatown pencil.  This line isn’t too widely carried (I’ve pretty much only seen it at Barney’s), which is a small tragedy considering all the fun items they make, but I was more than happy to pick up this pencil for only $12!  
Lipstick Queen’s Chinatown pencils are sheer, moisturizing glosses in an easy-to-use draw-on pencil form and Mystery was love at first swipe for me.  Check out the full review and more photos after the jump!

So what’s to love?  Well pretty much everything – my inner child loves cosmetics that come in big fat pencil form – maybe I feel like I’m being naughty and drawing on my face, maybe it makes me think of coloring books and crayons – either way, there’s just something so pure and innocent about it all :).  And to top it all off, the Chinatown pencils come boxed with their own fat pencil-appropriate sharpener, meaning you won’t have to go hunting all over the place for something that’ll be the perfect fit.  Gotta love it when cosmetics companies take practicalities into consideration for us!
The formula is sheer so if you’re looking for color that’ll pack a punch, look away.  If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a lightweight, semi-sheer kiss of color with a glossy finish minus the stickiness of a conventional gloss, you’ve found your product.  
Mystery looks to be a dark, vampy, kinda scary shade of deep purpley brown, but on the lips it’s this gorgeous berry stain reminiscent of the “I just had a popsicle” look.  It’s a subtle look with buildable pigmentation, and a great option for those who’ve to add a little non-scary color to their makeup arsenals. 
Please ignore the splotchiness in the lip swatch – these photos were taken awhile back and I’d actually just burned my lip (long story short I bit into an extremely hot dumpling that dripped scalding liquid onto my lip, resulting in several raised welts).  
So while the Lipstick Queen Chinatown pencils aren’t the longest lasting (non-sticky = not too long wearing) as I’d say they disappears in about an hour or two, they really do make for some good clean fun and are definitely a nice addition to my lippie collection. 
I purchased this product myself as I’ve been dying to own some Lipstick Queen for years now.  Next on my list of things to do – to meet Lipstick Queen creator Poppy King, who I’ve heard as absolutely AMAZING and seriously just a gem of a person.  

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain #11 ‘Grace’ Jewel Lipstick Compact from ‘Imperial Holiday’ 2009

November 5, 2009

Guerlain ‘Le Rouge G de Guerlain’ Lipstick in Grace #11 ($45) is one of the two limited edition holiday shades (the other being #12 Gems) available from their 2009 ‘Imperial Holiday’ release. The original case was designed by jeweller Lorenz Baumer, and the holiday packaging is enhanced by the addition of a black jewel clasp.

You already know that I’m a fan of the Rouge G formula – the ruby powder in them really gives them some gorgeous shimmer under sunlight, they last a good 4-5 hours, are creamy, pigmented, nourishing and non-drying, and all-around wear beautifully.

So how did I feel about Grace? Find out after the jump (and check out a ton of photos including lip swatches)!

Let’s just say that for me, Grace is that perfect lipstick I never knew that I needed, but now can’t imagine being without. While it’s probably not ideal for those of you with very pigmented lips, on my lips this is a medium pink with slight beigey brown undertones and gorgeous understated shimmer that really just makes my lips look lush and polished. It’s got that subtle ‘my lips but better’ quality to it that’s made it my go-to lipstick for basically any and every occasion.

While I love my engraved Rouge G that I picked up at Bergdorf for myself, this gem-adorned holiday packaging definitely rivals it to for top spot amongst my lippies!

While Grace may not look like much in the tube, I’d definitely check it out for yourself should you happen to find yourself near a Guerlain counter – it definitely surprised me! I’m constantly pulling mine out to reapply throughout the day and to admire my glistening lips in the attached mirror.

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. I probably wouldn’t have picked this up as it looks a little brown in the tube, but boy would I have been missing out! Again why I love press samples – they give me the opportunity to try products I would never go for.

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Guerlain Perle de Lune KissKiss Gloss Review, Swatches, Lip Swatches and Tons More Photos

October 30, 2009
Guerlain ‘Kiss Kiss’ Gloss in Perle de Lune #807 ($29)

Ahhh the beauty of the holiday season – crisp cool weather, ice skating in the park, snuggling up against that special somebody while sipping a mug of hot cocoa (all this assuming you live somewhere that actually gets cold in the winter LOL) – and best of all, the holiday collections! There’s nothing I love more than a good holiday beauty release, and Guerlain’s 2009 ‘Imperial Holiday’ Collection is definitely a stunner.

Guerlain really outdid themselves this 2009 holiday season with stunning black lace reminiscent packaging and elegant shimmering hues.

See my thoughts on the limited edition KissKiss gloss in Perle de Lune after the jump!

Guerlain ‘Kiss Kiss’ Gloss in Perle de Lune #807 came rather beautifully packaged, the always elegant gold-lidded tube dressed in black lace for the holidays. Perle de Lune is a pale champagne base interspersed with predominantly gold shimmer. The formula is non-sticky and hydrating, and coverage is sheer but scintillating. The KissKiss glosses all have a light florally rose scent to them that I actually quite enjoy as it seems to add to the elegance of the whole experience, and they last for a good 4-5 hours meaning you should be good for a night out on the town without having to constantly reapply.

Perle de Lune is the kind of shade that gives lips a shimmering gilded elegance when worn alone, but really comes to life when layered over darker shades that need that extra something to dress them up for a holiday soiree.

My favorite aspect of the KissKiss glosses? The dazzling shimmer which sadly is ridiculously hard to capture on camera. But if you enlarge the two lip shots down below, you’ll see what I mean ~ multi-dimensional shimmer that really is something special.

Since people having been asking me what my lips look like prior to applying lipstick/gloss, I’ve included a shot up top. The second lip shot is what Perle de Lune looks like over nude lipstick, and photo three is a shot of the gloss on its own sans flash.

I wouldn’t say Perle de Lune is a must-have as I’m sure many of you already have several glosses that are quite similar or just aren’t a fan of the sheerness, but if you’re looking for something to add a little pizazz to your holiday lip collection, definitely give the Guerlain KissKiss glosses a gander!

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. Although this probably isn’t a shade that I would have chosen for myself, that’s what I love about press samples – getting to try (and being able to review) shades I probably wouldn’t have purchased on my own

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Tsumori Chisato for shu uemura Rouge Unlimited Lipstick in Jupiter Brown Review, Swatches & Lip Shot

October 26, 2009

Tsumori Chisato for shu uemura ‘Rouge Unlimited’ Lipstickicon ($25) is, at least for me, one of those items that any serious makeup collector will feel the compulsion to own. I purchased mine sight unseen at the counter at Nordstrom as the testers were all missing and there was just one of these little darlings remaining.

While I thought the packaging was super kawaii online, it’s nothing compared to the cuteness this lippie exudes in person! The ‘Lucky Cat’ peeking out at you from the cap, the gold star and paw prints and the overall color scheme make this Tsumori Chisato for shu uemura ‘Rouge Unlimited’ Lipstick in Jupiter Brown such a delight to look at and own.

More review plus and hand and lip swatches and close-ups after the jump!

This Tusmori Chisato lipstick comes in one loan shade, Jupiter Brown, and while I wasn’t too into the pinky brown shade at first glance, it’s actually pretty beautiful on the lips. If you check out the close-ups down below you’ll see that this lipstick is heavy on the gold shimmer housed within a rosy pink base with some barely there brown undertones.

On my lips this turns into a sheer, glossy pinky brown shade with a generous helping of gold shimmer (this really does look pretty pink on me) and while I was expecting to love the packaging and to just tolerate the lipstick shade itself, this one is actually pretty gorgeous. It’s not the muddy brown that I’d feared (I don’t know who came up with the name Juptier Brown but I’m not a fan) but more a fleshy rosy shade lightened up by all the gold shimmer – really a beauty!

Of course the top lip shot was taken with flash, the bottom without. It was ridiculously hard to get a good representation of this shade on camera for some reason, so the bottom shade shows the gold shimmer whereas the top showcases the color a little more accurately. The shade actually has a little more gold to it in person, but it is beautiful and, being a Rouge Unlimited, the formula is of course glossy and wonderful.

What do you think?

I purchased this product myself. Just couldn’t resist the star, pawprints and cute cat calling to me from the aisles of Nordstrom!

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Swatches of Heidi Klum’s Exotic Jewels Collection on Me

October 22, 2009
Swatches: Perfect Lipstick in Exotic Spice, Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit, Glitter Liquid Liner in Majesty

I decided to split the last post into two since I had a million photos to share with you – so here are my lip swatches of Heidi Klum’s Exotic Jewels Collection for Victoria’s Secret!

Lip swatch of Perfect Lipstick in Exotic Spice – see that yummy creamy opacity I was telling you about? This lipstick really is full-coverage and smells delicious to boot (who doesn’t love the scent of hot chocolate?), but I’m still not entirely sold on the shade. I’m a creature of habit and it’s hard to drag myself away from the pinks!

Lip swatch of Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit. Love how this gives my lips a pretty smoothed-over look that eliminates all the little nooks and crannies on my lips, but I do wish this had more pigmentation to it. It’s a nice light non-sticky gloss with golden shimmer, but I was hoping it would have a bit more of a wow-factor to it.

Nonetheless these are two pretty wonderful holiday lip options and I’ve been getting plenty of use out of both!

Some Purple Fun to Lift Me Out of the Doldrums

July 15, 2009

I know this isn’t the most work-appropriate EOTD I’ve done, but I’ve been feeling really blah these past few days. You know how it is – it’s a certain time of the month, people are being extra aggravating, nothing seems to be going right. I figured some semi-bright (this is the brightest look I figured I could get away with) eye makeup would perk me up and I think it’s already starting to work!


  • I was feeling uninspired this morning so originally planned to just wear my YSL Water Resistant Eyeshadow in Amethyst Grey (for the millionth time – see my review HERE) on its own. Good thing since it makes an amazing base! I used my finger to apply this all over my eyelids.

  • I shook some Pure Luxe shadow in Amethyst onto the sample jar lid, swirled my Sephora smudger brush around in it to pick up the color, tapped off the excess and applied it to the inner half of my eye.
  • Repeated the process with Pure Luxe shadow in Dusk and applied to the outer half of my eye.
Amethyst is in the top row, second from the left. Dusk is the right-most swatch in the top row.
  • And then blended away!
  • I topped the whole look off with two coats of Urban Decay’s Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara which I’ll hopefully be reviewing for you soon.


  • For a hassle-free long-lasting look I slicked on some Revlon ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipcolor in Pink Indulgence.

I’ve been in a bit of a gray rut lately so it was nice to break away from that and to get some color back into my looks. The YSL Water Resistant Eyeshadow in Amethyst Grey really made an amazing base, and if you own this I highly suggest trying it out as a primer. The smokiness of it really brings out the vibrancy of whatever shadows you layer on top, and I definitely noticed that Pure Luxe Amethyst looked prettier than ever over this.

And for those of you interested in the Revlon lipstick (I’ll be reviewing it soon) it’s currently available at Walgreens for 40% off, bringing it to $4 and change = dirt cheap! It’s a really nice light pink that’s super long wearing without being drying for the lips — I’m really loving it!

Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact in Gabrielle (60) Review & Swatches

April 28, 2009
Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact ($45)
Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compact contains a ruby-powder formula that interacts with the light and creates a jaw-dropping pout of perfection. At first glaze, lips will be left defined, smoothed, plumped, and hydrated.

Tucked in a compact that marries beauty with high design, with one click, you will have a luminous lipstick and mirror at your fingertips. Designed by Lorenz Bäumer, the most talented jeweler from the Place Vendôme in Paris, it is the ultimate accessory of mystery and seduction.

Despite my protestations and claims that I wouldn’t purchase this $45 lipstick, I caved =X. What can I say, I’m weak! I was doing so well until I saw that for two days only, Bergdorf Goodman was offering custom-engraving with the purchase of any of the Rouge G lipsticks. Check out my engraving in the photo below!

Unfortunately the color selection kinda sucked and I wasn’t all that into most of the shades–they all veered towards either being too bright or too neutral, and there really just weren’t any of the usual pretty soft pinks that I naturally gravitate towards. I would’ve taken a stab at one of the brighter shades, but this lipstick is really creamy and pigmented and I just knew that I wouldn’t be comfortable.

I ended up with shade #60, which is a pretty pale shimmery pink with hints of peachiness to it, and I must say the shade, which had been the only one that had caught my eye when I’d checked the Rouge G’s out a few weeks back, really works for me. It’s a great everyday shade for a soft neutral lip and pairs amazingly well with a smoky eye.

The formula is really nice, although I’m still not 100% convinced that it’s $45 nice. The Rouge G’s are super creamy, beautifully pigmented, decently long-lasting, non-drying, and all-around really nice. And of course the packaging is pretty stunning in and of itself–the bullet-shaped tube opens to reveal a discrete mirror that’s perfect for touch-ups on-the-go.

The swatch above is a very accurate representation of what this shade looks like in person, but sadly I didn’t have nearly as much luck capturing Gabrielle on my lips. The pretty shimmer is absent, and you really can’t se too much of the pinkiness either.

Guerlain’s Rouge G has made me realize that I actually own very few creamy lipsticks, and I’ve definitely acquired a new appreciation for them. While my wallet is still hurting from the $45+ tax hit it took, I am loving this shade quite a bit and will probably be wearing it constantly while I’m in Korea. Now to get through airport security with this hunk of metal sitting in my pocket!

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bellini Review & Swatches

April 9, 2009
Laura Mercier Lip Glace ($22)

Laura Mercier’s Lip Glaces are sheer, high-shine glosses that can be worn alone or layered over lipsticks/stains to add a touch of luster to lips. They’re lightweight, non-sticky, have a delicious vanilla-y almond scent, and come packaged in a sleek roll-free rectangular tube.

The lip glaces are by no means opaque, but rather enhance your natural lip color by giving it that little extra oomph. Bellini is a shimmering peachy shade with golden shimmer that, while very subtle, is really something when it catches the light just-so. On the lips you don’t get too much of the actual peach, but you do get a hint of peachy gold shine that’s great for a beachy, sun-kissed summer look.

Hand Swatch of Bellini

Lip Swatch of Bellini

I’m of two minds on the Lip Glaces. While on the one hand I love that they’re non-sticky and have a great, smooth consistency, I do often find myself wishing that they had just a little more staying power and pigmentation. I wouldn’t say the Lip Glaces are my favorite glosses, but I definitely do like them!

Dior Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor in #359 (Pink Empress) Review & Swatches

March 31, 2009
Dior Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor in #359 Pink Empress ($26)

Dior’s newly formulated Addict High Impact Weightless Lipcolor offers weightless, pigmented high-impact color with a smooth texture that allows it to glide over lips for color that lasts and lasts.

I purchased Pink Empress in order to receive this free Dior Diamond Lipstick Case, and honestly it was well worth it for the lipstick case alone as it’s pretty stunning, so while I wasn’t expecting too too much from the lipstick I must say it’s pretty great, and at a very reasonable price point too! I swatched all the shades before settling on Pink Express, a shimmery pearly shade that’s pinky with some rose tones to it.

The shade is a little brighter than it appears to be in the photo above–pinks are tough to photograph! The new Dior Addict formula feels very lightweight and somewhat slick and slippery on the lips, yet manages to stay put for hours on end. I wore my Dior Addict in Pink Empress a few days back and it lasted through a light snack, tennis and basketball, and dinner.

Swatch of Pink Empress

Dior Addict, while not really drying, isn’t all that moisturizing either. I’d say that my lips remain comfortable while sheathed in this pretty pink shade, but not really hydrated.

Lip Swatch of Pink Empress (with flash)
It’s actually a softer pink in person–the close up below is a much more accurate color representation.

Lip Swatch of Pink Empress (Close Up w/o Flash)

My mother and I both happen to be big fans of Dior lipsticks~they come in a great range of shades and formulas, and the packaging is always absolutely beautiful. These are the types of lipsticks that you’d be proud to pull out and reapply at any time. At $26 I really think that they’re very decently priced, and considering that they’re lightweight yet pigmented, have great shimmer and shine, and are long lasting, I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to check these out!

Gorgeous MAC Gifts with Lip Swatches and Reviews!

March 30, 2009

A certain somebody chose these three MAC lovelies for me and shipped them to me all the way from Germany! ❤ She got me MAC Cremesheen Lipsticks (from the Creme Team Collection) in Shy Girl and Lickable, and MAC eye shadow in Swish.

Swish is seriously my new favorite pink eyeshadow! I’ve worn it a few times since receiving it and already received several compliments on it. It’s a great pop of color for the eyes that’s got medium pigmentation, and isn’t nearly as bright as it looks to be in the pot. I can’t believe I haven’t checked this out before! I feel like this would be an easy pink for most skintones to pull off.

Shy Girl is a pretty neutral coral beige that has slight orangey undertones. As the name indicates its creamy, has great opaque coverage, and feels beautiful on. It may not be flattering for certain skintones (i.e. if you have strong yellow undertones), but I really like it paired with a smoky eye.

Lickable is a super-bright clean blue pink that makes for a strong, dramatic lippie. It’s definitely a statement lipstick and not for the faint of heart. It’s gorgeous, but I have yet to find the perfect occasion to wear it.

BOTTOM: Lickable, Shy Girl

Lip Swatch of Shy Girl

Lip Swatch of Lickable

Thanks so much Melanie for these great MAC products! I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with these and coming up with different eye looks to pair them with. These made great additions to my ever-burgeoning MAC collection!