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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.

This review contains an affiliate link. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at a.beautyful.sentiment@gmail.com.

Guerlain #407 Bal de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette Ombre Eclat Quad for ‘Imperial Holiday’ 2009 Review & Swatches

November 2, 2009


The Limited Edition Guerlain ‘Bal de Nuit’ Eyeshadow Palette for Holiday 2009 ($58) juxtaposes softness and intensity in a rich, smoky, luminescent quad of shadows to create a modern smoky eye for this holiday season.


The golden palette comes sheathed in a black boudoir-style pouch that wears the black lace logo present on almost all of the 2009 holiday pieces, and while the exterior is gorgeous, the interior is really a sight to behold!


See my close-up shots of the shadows, swatches, and more on the palette after the jump!


As you can see, the beautiful scroll design is carried through to the interior of the palette which houses 2 beautiful silver applicators. Even the housing for the shadows is unique – a shimmering midnight black that really highlights the shimmer in the shadows themselves.


Clockwise from the top left we have a shimmering white that contains the softest tinge of gold, a pale pale lingerie pink, the perfect shade of taupe and a deeper taupey brown. The top two shades run a little sheerer than the bottom two, which I’m sure comes as no surprise, but the lower two shades really pack quite a punch.


I’ve literally been using this palette non-stop since receiving it, primarily for some of the more formal events that I’ve been going to. All four shades are so classic that they’re really perfect for an elegant evening eye. I like to wear the white on the inner corner of my eyes, then sweep the pink all over, outline my outer V with the taupe (this is seriously the prettiest taupes I’ve seen and so so flattering!) and then finish with the brown as liner.


While the shades are definitely dupeable, I love having these four coordinating shades in one palette for easy portability. I’ve been wearing the Bal de Nuit quad layered over my Jill Stuart Jelly in Moon Shadow as a base (for some added shimmer and drama) and have been receiving so many compliments on my eyes as of late!


I wouldn’t say this is a must-have for those of you who already have shades that are quite similar to these (which I’m sure many of you do), but I definitely see the Bal de Nuit quad serving me well throughout the holiday season and beyond. I’ll be sure to be back with some Bal de Nuit EOTD’s for you to check out!

This product was a press sample sent to ABS by the lovely people over at Guerlain for blog consideration. Guerlain’s holiday collection is always amongst my favorites so needless to say I was absolutely ecstatic when Guerlain’s PR people reached out to little old me!

This review contains an affiliate link. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at a.beautyful.sentiment@gmail.com.

Kimiko ‘Multi-Tasker Treatment Concealer’ Review & Swatches

November 2, 2009


As some of you may remember, a few months back I blogged about Kimiko Beauty’s miraculous-sounding concealer which claimed to eradicate undereye woes ranging from fine lines and wrinkles to dark circles in a manner of 30 days.


So is this click pen the stuff of dreams? Did it banish all puffiness and wrinklies? Find out after the jump!


So first I have to admit I probably didn’t give Kimiko’s Multi-Tasker Treatment Concealer a fair shot in curing all my undereye ailments (dark circles, the onset of fine lines, some puffiness) because I didn’t use it on a continuous basis for 30 days. But I promise I have a good excuse for being so lax! And what is it?


Well honestly this stuff is messy. You click the gold button on the side of the pen to release the product, and one click seems to just release waaaaay too much concealer for my liking. Furthermore, without a super emollient eye cream underneath, the feeling (and appearance) of the concealer is reminiscent of thick spackle – it looks dry, doesn’t like to spread too well and even pills up a little.


I will admit that Kimiko’s Multi-Tasker Treatment Concealer is pretty magical over my Sensai eye cream (but really, what isn’t? This stuff is worth its weight in gold), and it never settles into my fine lines, but over any other eye cream it’s such a mess that I really can’t be bothered with it most mornings. The damage that I feel like I’m doing to my undereye area attempting to blend this just isn’t worth concealing a few dark circles for.

Overall I didn’t see much of a difference at all in my undereye area – the same fine lines are there, I still have some dark circles and my undereyes get just as puffy towards the end of the day.


So the photo above illustrates what the concealer looks like over one of my random eye creams (not the Sensai). Once blended it does look pretty good on and stays put really well, but for me it’s a bit more of a hassle that I’d like. Then again I’d take my opinion with a grain of salt since I actually haven’t tried all too many undereye concealers and have yet to find one that I actually like. If any of you one that you love I’d so appreciate your sharing in the comments!

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. Sadly I just wasn’t a huge fan although the packaging is really clever and adorable. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at a.beautyful.sentiment@gmail.com.

SEPHORA by OPI Nail Colour in 212-Sephora Review & NOTD

November 1, 2009

SEPHORA by OPI’s Nail Colour in 212-Sephora
($9) is a limited-edition shade that was launched for the opening of the latest Sephora Times Square location a few months back. 212 sold out quickly and was slow to come back in stock, but now that it’s back I had to get a bottle for myself. It’s a smoky black polish base with a myriad of iridescent gold, copper and other shimmery bits that’s opaque in two coats – be forewarned that this is one glittery polish!


A lot of you have been asking me what polish I was wearing in my first two YouTube videos (thank you so so much to everyone for checking them out and subscribing!), and this is it. 212 was my polish of choice for Halloween as the chunkier coppery/orange looking shimmery bits are nice and festive and definitely holiday-appropriate.


Check out my nail photos and the rest of the review after the jump!


One thing that I do feel needs to be mentioned is that 212 Sephora tends to look a little green under certain liking conditions. It’s not unattractive, just a little weird. The finish isn’t completely smooth due to all the glitter – it’s a little lumpy and chunky feeling, and definitely a major ordeal to remove, but all in all I’m kind of loving it.



It’s no OPI DS polish (really need more of these!) but constantly find myself admiring all the shimmer (there’s much more than you see in the photos – darn flash!) so it must be pretty nice, right?

I purchased this product myself. A fellow blogger, Charm Candy, introduced me to the shade and I spent weeks hunting it down. Needless to say I was ecstatic to learn it was back in stock!

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

This post contains an affiliate link. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at a.beautyful.sentiment@gmail.com.

Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm Review & Swatches

October 30, 2009
Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm ($42)

From the Label: Inspired by old-world Russian herbal remedies, this supremely rich body balm renews the look of very dry, tired-looking skin with Sea Buckthron Berry Oil, known for its replenishing effects on skin. Sea Buckthorn was even known to be a secret ingredient used by Russian Cosmonauts.


When I first saw that Kiehls was launching this Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm, a major lemming was born. Berry and olive oil to regenerate skin, shea and cocoa butters to hydrate, and honey and fruit glycolic acids to accelerate skin turnover for improved smoothness and radiance – how could I resist? The funny thing is I received a press sample of this literally the day that I was planning to go out to buy it. Yay!


The Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm is a thick opaque yellow cream/balm that smells of shea and cocoa butters (not particularly appealing to me, but not really offensive either). It’s rich and luxurious and a little really goes a long way – yet amazingly enough it’s not even remotely greasy and it sinks so quickly into my skin that by the time I’ve gotten around to getting dressed, I’ve forgotten all about it.


The Kiehl’s Imperial Body Balm is beautifully hydrating and while pricey at $42, if you do the math it comes to $5 an ounce which isn’t terrible considering that I don’t foresee ever finishing this mammoth tub. My one gripe is that I find huge tubs like this rather annoying and cumbersome, but I guess I can’t have it all!

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. Honestly I probably would’ve purchased it myself if I hadn’t received it as I was dying to try it. I’m a sucker for a product with the words “imperial” and “balm” in the name!

This review contains an affiliate link. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at a.beautyful.sentiment@gmail.com.

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!

This review contains an affiliate link. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at a.beautyful.sentiment@gmail.com.

Essie Matte About You Review & Swatches

October 26, 2009
Essie Matte About You ($10)

Matte nails have been all the rage this year and while I happen to love the look, I’ve been hesitant to purchase matte polishes as I already own a lot of polishes I like, and of course I worry that I’ll be over matte polishes long before I’ll have made any decent progress on my bottles of polish.

Nicole was sweet enough to send me this bottle of Essie’s Matte About You and it’s really been the perfect solution to my dilemma ~ it enable me to mattify any polish that I already own, obviating the need for additional polish purchases!

OPI DS Fantasy before Matte About You.

Check out the AFTER shot and the rest of the review after the jump!



So honestly OPI DS wasn’t my favorite mattified look, but I’ve been using this for months with a million different polishes and it works just beautifully, transforming my polishes from shiny and glossy to creamy smooth satiny matte finishes.


One thing about applying a matte top coat is that when the matte top coat starts to fade, your nails will start to look glossy once again. I also had a lot of issue with my polish starting to flake (literally) a day or two after using this stuff, so I had to resort to applying my polish, then a layer of my usual top coat, then matte about you on top of that for long-lasting color.

Overall it’s a great option to have, and while it does necessitate a little effort, I happen to love my Matte About You!

OPI Designer Series Nail Lacquer in DS Fantasy Review & NOTD

October 26, 2009


The Designer Series by OPI is a line of nail lacquers with a state-of-the-art formula that combines dazzling diamond dust with saturated pigments to give you a nail color that explodes with brilliant almost holographic shimmer.


Shade DS Fantasy is a deep, midnight blue base that contains a ton of magical silvery blue shimmer that gives your tips the illusion of a starry night sky. The shimmer is awe-inspiringly beautiful and really is a must see on nails.


See DS Fantasy on my nails after the jump-it’s not to be missed!





I’ve been wanting to try the OPI DS polishes for the longest time but I haven’t been able to find them near me. However a sweet individual was wonderful enough to send me a package including this polish and a bunch of other fun goodies for me to play with. These DS polishes are dangerous though – definitely the type of product where once you’ve tried it, you can’t stop at just one!


Thanks so much for the package Mariza I really loved everything!

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!