Diorific Vernis Nail Lacquer – 011 “Lady”

Now that the holiday season has gone by, getting back into the groove of things has proved to be difficult! However, despite being lethargic, it’s nice to get back into my usual routine with work and school; and more importantly, trying to update this blog regularly is something that is on my list of priorities. I’ve put myself on a brief spending diet in order to get through some products and make good use of past purchases. Interestingly enough, this won’t affect content on this blog because I really have THAT much stuff to get through, review, and blog about. Lol :)

I’m back on my nail polish kick and have been diligently getting back into home manicures. My recent polish of choice is the Diorific Vernis Nail Lacquer in the shade 011 “Lady.” According to Sephora’s website, this Dior polish is “a limited-edition Dior nail lacquer to perfectly complement the Rouge Diorific lipstick.” The lipstick is one that didn’t really do anything for me, so I jumped at the chance to try the polish.

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“The whimsical and playful masquerade balls of his time embodied Christian Dior’s love of surprise and elegance. Today, the House of Dior embodies that same sense of extravagant splendor with a golden holiday collection of limited edition items. This vibrant, high-shine nail lacquer, encased in a precious glass bottle accented with gold topper, will leave your nails perfectly polished for the Dior Grand Ball!”

This is undoubtedly the MOST beautiful bottle of nail polish that I’ve ever owned. It’s so pretty and nice to look at and one that I don’t want to toss in my bucket of other polishes. It’s so beautiful even though the pearly white shade of the polish isn’t that unique. Honestly, you could do without this polish. But, luckily for me, I don’t have a pearly white shade in my collection so that’s the excuse I used to convince myself!

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As you can see, the shade is light, pearly white that reminds me of a dreamy cloud. There’s no shimmer or glitter, just a pretty sheen of whiteness that isn’t too stark like white out and one that isn’t pale like marshmallow. The formula is easy to work with, but sheer – so count on at least 2 coats – if not 3, depending on what your final goal is. Drying time is pretty average – I use a standard base coat and the Seche Vite top coat on top.

Unfortunately, wear time is seriously minimal – like, 2 days at max (even when I’m not doing anything vigorous). Normally, my other polishes (OPI, Essie, Butter London, etc.) last a few more days before I can see the first signs of chipping, but not the Diorific Vernis Nail Lacquer! It look beautiful after application, but chips shortly there after – and, it’s not a slight fingterip chip – it’s more like a strip of color coming off. UGH.

Although the wear time sucks and it requires a lot of coats, the color and packaging is pretty. However, because the color isn’t unique and formula is just average, I wouldn’t recommend this product unless it was really tugging at your heartstrings. :)

0.4 oz
Retails for $26.00.

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Giorgio Armani | Sheer Blush 2 – Pink

I can confidently say that MAC’s “Well Dressed” blush is my absolute favorite. Also, it’s the only blush I’ve hit pan on and one that I will re-purchase in the very near future. I have gone weeks at a time using only “Well Dressed,” and quite frankly, if I never bought another blush again with only “Well Dressed” in my possession, that would suffice…

Until now, that is…

The soft, lightweight texture makes this blush easy to work with and blend. The color is sheer and natural, yet buildable – unfortunately, on darker skin tones, I don’t think this blush will do much. For medium skin tones, I suggest applying and layering with a heavier hand. Because of its soft texture, it tends to get powdery when I dip my brush into the pan. However, after dusting off the excess, it applies so beautifully onto the skin and imparts the most perfect glow without shimmer. It instantly lifts the face and gives tired-looking skin a radiant and instant glow.

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Giorgio Armani makeup, much like YSL makeup, never really interested me. I’m not sure if it’s because GA is the least accessible or if it’s because I’m pretty content with other designer makeup – like Chanel and Dior. Other than the Luminous Silk foundation, I never gravitated toward GA until I fell in love the blushes. I was walking through Neiman Marcus and glanced over at the counter and noticed a blush from far away. I walked over to look at it and just had to swatch it.

Of course, I ended up purchasing the blush and have been wearing it non-stop. I would say that “Well Dressed” is still in first place for me, but GA’s sheer blush in 2-Pink is a CLOSE second. GA’s website describes the product as “extremely soft and light” that will “enhance the complexion with a flush of natural color,” while “sculpt[ing] the face delicately and naturally.” The results? “Cheeks are left with a warm, radiant glow.”

Shade 2-Pink is light, dusty peachy-pink that isn’t too cool toned or too warm. You can see shimmer in the pan, but it doesn’t shimmer on the cheeks, thankfully. The shade is perfect for pairing with any look and I love the naturalness of the product. In the pan, this blush looks true pink but comes off on the skin with a slight hint of peachy-ness, but looks more pink in real life. It’s not orange or a real peach color, but it seems to adapt differently onto the skin than it looks in the pan. In my opinion, a real pink blush is “Well Dressed!” My main complaint is that it’s SO expensive for a blush. Ordinarily, when I’m this impressed with a shade, I’d be tempted to try other shade ranges. However, with GA’s sheer blushes, I’ll be skipping the rest.

Retails for $44.00 USD.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser – Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment

Happy New Year!

I’m ready for 2013 and am excited about what the new year will entail for me. What are some of your resolutions? To ring in the new year, I’m starting off with a drugstore concealer review to get the ball rolling. I’ve been skipping foundation all together the last few weeks – simply due to laziness, lol. So, as of late, a good concealer has been essential for me.

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser – Dark Spot Concealer + Treatment is something new I’ve been trying in the last few weeks since discovering it at my local drugstore. Marketed as a dark spot concealer, the product claims to fight spots, discolorations, and pigmentation over time. As a concealer infused with “Vitamin C treatment,” it’s designed to be a skincare product that works as a makeup as well.

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On Maybelline’s website, the product is described to a be a “revolutionary concealer and vitamin C treatment [that] covers instantly, while fighting dark spots over time. Concentrated Vitamin C formula visibly decreases dark spots in just 4 weeks.” It “targets signs of aging, dark spots, acne scars and sunspots.”

As a concealer, it’s your every day average concealer with decent pigmentation, but nothing heavy duty by any means. I know that previously, Maybelline released the Instant Age Rewind Eraser – Dark Circles Concealer + Treatment, which turned out to be a big hit. I still occasionally use the dark circles concealer if needed, which was the reason why I became intrigued with the same concept for dark spots.

Unfortunately, for me, this concealer didn’t do anything major. On lazy days, “good skin” days, or yoga days, I can swipe the product onto my cheeks and around my nose – as a general concealer, blend it in, and be on my way. But, as a targeted treatment specifically for dark spots, it didn’t do much – nor, did any spots fade or diminish in any amount of time.

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I chose the shade Fair210, which turned out to be lighter than I had anticipated. But, it’s quite generous in terms of color matching since vigorous blending can still allow me to get away with using this shade. Although I don’t believe in the high claims of fading dark spots over time, as a general concealer, it did its job. But, for those with serious needs of concealing such as those with age/sun spots, post-hyperpigmentation, and other more major areas of concern, you’re better off finding a concealer that’s a harder, waxier texture like Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer – that’s designed to stick onto the skin for heavy duty concealing and not budge.

The applicator puff thing is a bit annoying to me and is odd. I don’t care how anti-bacterial something claims to be, I refuse to believe that a sponge that never gets washed is going to be sanitary. Another thing is that the puff is quite large, so if you are trying to spot-conceal, you’re left with a huge blob of concealer that’s difficult to blend because it’s just too much product for one spot. Although the idea of it is nice, this is just an average concealer that helps but doesn’t do anything magical.

Have you tried this new product yet? If so, what do you think? If not, yay or nay? :)
As always, thanks for reading and Happy New Year!