Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in 01 Nude Radiance

Recently, Houston’s Nordstrom got the Burberry counter in the beauty section and it’s been to simply die for. Since it makes me hesitant to purchase products blindly without ever having seen them in person, I’ve been slow to dabble in Burberry’s products for this reason. Now that the counter is readily available, I’ve been really enjoying playing with the products; more importantly, it’s been fun to discover the products that have been on my shopping list for some time now. The Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base was my first purchase and it’s by far my favorite primer/base.

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The Burberry Fresh Glow is a “lightweight, luminous fluid base [primer] that gives the skin a gentle fresh shimmer and sheer dewy finish. The unique pink color complements all skin tones and enhances the complexion for an effortlessly radiant, healthy look. The beautifying formula contains wild rose extract, which provides moisturizing benefits and regenerating properties. The skin is hydrated, protected and has a natural healthy glow.” The pinky-pearly color is very natural looking, yet glowy without any shimmer, glitters, and heavy silver/gold tones. Because it’s a nude shade, it suits my skintone very well without looking chalky.

The great thing about this primer is that you can apply Fresh Glow all over your prepped face for immediate, natural radiance. If you want targeted glowiness, you can apply it to the high planes of your face only — such as your cheekbones, nose bridge, chin, and the middle part of your forehead. Additionally, “to perfect your complexion and give skin an added glow, mix Fresh Glow with your shade of foundation. It won’t dilute your foundation or the shade, but the glowiness can be added so that your skin looks lit from within.

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This is easily now my favorite primer/base. The fluidity of the primer makes it easy to mix with various liquid foundations; and, because I can use it alone as well, I find it to be versatile. In addition, the formula is easy to work with since it seems to cater to many skintones without looking too pink or white. I like that the sheen within the primer isn’t glittery and that the effects are quite natural. Sometimes I wear this over sunscreen without any foundation because it looks so pretty. However, paired with foundation it looks and feels great.

I don’t think this primer’s main function is to help makeup last longer. I don’t notice that much of a difference when it comes to that. Although I like to use it strictly as as highlighter, it works nicely underneath foundation even though I don’t think it helps my base makeup last any longer. I highly recommend this primer and I think it’s great for all seasons.

Contains 1 fl. oz.
Retails for $48.00 USD.

Burberry No. 22 “Pale Barley” Eyeshadow

Neutral eyeshadows are my weakness and when your collection is largely made up of brown-neutral shadows, it can be perceived as “boring” and “unintresting.” For me, wearing a ton of color has never been a part of my personality. I stick to neutrals and mono-chromatic tones (even in clothes) because it transitions well from day to night; work to play; and is rather “safe” since everything goes with everything.

Enter: Burberry eyeshadow in “Pale Barley.” The packaging is exquisite – black velvet pouch with the Burberry signature plaid stipes imprinted on it; and, a sleek gun-metal silver mirrored case that shuts magnetically. Though the case will be plagued by fingerprints, I don’t mind since it will be permanently housed in its original pouch.

Aft first glance, the color doesn’t seem interesting. In fact, it looks like your every-day-run-of-the-mill brown eyeshadow. After reading and hearing about rave reviews, every one claimed that the color was unique and not like your ordinary brown shadows. I admit, I was intrigued. Deeply.

“Pale Barley” is neither pale nor sheer. It’s quite richly pigmented and for $29 – it better be! Although it appears to be a simple color, the rusty golden brown is tinged with subtle shimmer that gives your eyelid a good wash of color. The coppery, peachy tones illuminate in the sunlight, and in indoor lighting, the subdued earthy brown shade gives dimension and sheen that’s like no other.

The warm golden sparkles are well-controlled – no worries. The texture is soft and buttery, with no fall out, and transfers from brush/spong tip to skin well. The application is smooth and blendable and the luminous sheen that the shadow provides differs greatly from other brownish, taupeish, bronzeish shades I own.

For me, this is a great all over lid color; I follow it with an application of a slightly darker shade in the crease/corners of my eyes. If you pair brown eyeliner (like MAC “Teddy”), it’s the perfect combination that is to die for.

Are you interested in Burberry’s makeup line? This is my first Burberry purchase and it seems like this is definitely a keeper. If you own a lot of neutral shadows already and are hesitant with “Pale Barley,” treat yourself and give this a shot. I promise it’s like nothing you already have.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Something New

Apologies for the brief hiatus; and, thank you to those who have been patient with the lack of posts lately. I’ve been consumed with family matters due to the sudden passing of my grandfather, and it’s been crazy for the past week and a half – both emotionally and mentally. I have indulged in some retail therapy and considered writing about it awhile ago, but then I changed my mind when I felt uninspired. Since I’m back to blogging, be prepared to see some new goodies/reviews/rants in the near future.

Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for a new fragrance. I’m quite picky with scents because I don’t like scents that are too overpowering or seductive, but I also dislike sweet and overly fruity scents as well. For awhile, I re-purchased bottles of “Light Blue” by D & G, but gave it up after college graduation; since then, I’ve been looking for something more grown-up. Unfortunately, I haven’t found anything I’m totally loving, but I’ve come quite close. I’m still in the experimentation phase, so I’ve devoted some time to hunt down some samples via ebay. That way, I can really try a fragrance out before committing to the hefty price tag. I wanted something a bit more generous than the samples from department stores – as they’re quite stingy with the amount they provide as “samples.” And quite frankly, at a mere 3-4 time use, it’s difficult to determine if it’s a keeper (in my opinion).

My new fragrance curiosity is the Burberry Classic for women. I purchased this baby-sized bottle on ebay for $11.50 and it was shipped promptly. It’s so cute and adorable, but contains enough uses to last for probably a few months. I decided if I end up purchasing the full-size product, I’ll have the baby one to tote around with me when I travel; and, if I end up not committing to purchase the full-size product, $11.50 is not too shabby to have spent on Burberry.

For size reference, I’ve stacked 2 nickels on top of one another. At 4.5 mL or 0.15 fl. oz., it is quite teeny tiny. I appreciate the fact that this sample size is designed to replicate the original, including the box that it comes in. Also, I’m thrilled that it’s not one of those cheapy plastic squirter things they give you at department stores.

Sephora says:
“Fresh and clean, with an ephemeral harmony somewhere between sparkle and calm. In ivory packaging lined with the Burberry plaid, the bottle is a contemporary pebble-shaped design.”

The notes in this fragrance are:
Black Currant, Green Apple, Peach, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Cedar, Vanilla.

Reviewers on various websites state repeatedly that this fragrance is definitely a “day time scent” that has good lasting power and is a “lifetime favorite” because it’s the “perfect aroma.” With pretty much 5 stars across the board, I’m pleased to be testing this particular fragrance out. Because the scent contains notes of Sandalwood and Cedar, it definitely falls under the “woodsy scent” category, but still has a hint of citrus (Green Apple and Peach) to still maintain femininity and sexiness.

I shall report back later with the final results. As for now, I’m quite pleased.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
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