Dior Addict Lipstick in “Diorissime” 249

Recently, while watching YouTube video marathons, one of my favorite gurus Claire Marshall mentioned the Dior Addict Lipstick in “Diorissime” 249 in her recent Empties Video. Naturally, I went to Sephora to take a look at this shade and fell in love with the sheer soft coral-ness of it. It was not only perfect for my collection, but the perfect shade for me — right in between being peachy pink and pinky pink. Before this shade, the Dior Addict Lipstick in “Charmante” 437 was my go-to.

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I’m a big fan of Dior Addict Lipsticks so this purchase is really no big surprise. The hydrating formula and the pretty wash of color the Addict Lipsticks give are the main reasons why they’re so popular. They’re also why I will always have room for more in my collection. Dior Addict Lipsticks are worth the money and I feel that I can fall in love with any shade in the range. “Diorissime” is a sheer and soft coral color that has just the right amount of pink to it. It’s perfectly right in between and goes with everything: every day look, date night looks, work looks, lazy looks — and, more importantly, it works so well with my skin tone.

If you haven’t tried Dior Addict Lipsticks, you really should. The formula and texture are to die for, and the shades in the range are all worth looking at and swatching.

Made in France.
Retails for $31.00 USD.

Diorskin Shimmer Star in “Rose Diamond”

Ok, when Dior describes a product as a “magical shimmering pressed powder,” I buy it. This purchase was totally unnecessary since I already own the “Amber Diamond,” and I’ve mentioned it multiple times over the years. In an old post, I featured the “Amber Diamond” highlighter when I wrote about various highlighters. Acting on impulse, I got the “Rose Diamond” and I don’t regret it all. :)

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“Rose Diamond” is “a light-filled pressed powder enriched with Jeweled Microdust™.” Sounds fancy and tempting and I’m not ashamed! These “five micro-shimmering tones set off sparks of brilliance, highlighting your complexion. The ultra-fine, super-blendable formula virtually fuses with your skin for a sheer, radiant luminosity.” Doesn’t it sound like the most perfect, most lovely product? Well, it is. If you want glow without adding the glitter, then this is a great option. In fact, I’d recommend this over the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in “Rose.” Same concept, but different in the most subtle ways.

While “Amber Diamond” is warm and slightly bronzey because of the beige tones, “Rose Diamond” has a slight pink hue when blended together. Because my skin tone has some pink under tones, rather than just yellow under tones, the “Rose Diamond” is a great highlighter. I apply it to my cheekbones and down the center of my nose for an ethereal glow that does NOT contain any sparkles or glitter. It’s just a luminous glow. LOVE the finish.

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Quickie comparison here. As you can see, these things last FOREVER. I recommend either of these and they’re worth the money. I think “Amber Diamond” is great with dewy makeup in the summer and “Rose Diamond” is great for the fall/winter. Of course, this isn’t a rule and you can wear whichever whenever you want. But if you need help justifying this luxurious purchase — this is what you could tell yourself. :)

Made in France.
Contains 0.35 oz.
Retails for $45.00 USD.

Super Minimal Face of the Day

It’s been awhile since a real face of the day, so apologies for that. This summer has been going by fast because of my workload and classes. I’ve kept things so minimal on my face that I almost felt foolish posting about it. However, because I’ve been using new products, I figured it would be still be fun (and somewhat useful) for you to see what my day-to-day products have been. Keep in mind I still do my brows and eye makeup, but my face makeup is quite minimal.

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I begin my mornings, of course, with proper cleansing and morning skincare. My current sunscreen of choice has been the Biore Perfect Face Milk SPF 50 PA +++. This has “sebum controlling ingredients” and is excellent for oil control. Seriously. Under makeup, this is the ideal sunscreen. I’m still on my primer kick, and my current favorite is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15. I apply a thin layer all over my face and it absorbs quickly. Seriously, the best primer for life. I like that I can wear it alone without foundation and it still helps with my pores, redness and some unevenness.

Because my face is so minimal, and I’ve skipped foundation in general, it’s important that my eyes look awake and bright. I’ve been using the Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme SPF 20 PA++ under my eyes and on my eyelids. It’s soothing, hydrating, and helps my eye area look 100 x’s better. I applied it with my Sephora Collection concealer brush. For color on my cheeks, I’m still obsessed with my Illamasqua cream blushers. I routinely alternate between “Promise” and “Laid.” I’ve been using the Real Techniques contour brush to apply my cream blushers lately. I normally use the Expert Face Brush. I like the contour brush because it’s slightly tapered and it’s smaller, so it’s easier to control on the cheeks. It’s too bad that it comes in a kit and not sold separately.

I promise to have more eventful face of the days soon. :)

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.

Everyday Beauty Essentials for Spring

Spring is just around the corner and I was reminded of this when we suddenly hit 80 degrees yesterday. I suppose it’s about time – after all, I admit I was in need of a little pick-me-up. My winter fashion has been leggings, Ugg boots, and oversized sweaters (pretty much like every one else). As for makeup, I did dabble in experimenting with foundations and cooler toned colors; I was enjoying the hydration my skin needed rather than fighting the oil; and, I’ve been itching to paint my nails something hideously bright and obnoxious. :)

I was playing with polyvore.com and created a collage of the upcoming Spring essentials. Other than bright colors and pastel tones, I like to keep things quite minimal in the beauty department since my clothes tend to be brighter in the Spring months. Also, since we’re heading into summer months, I tend to avoid wearing liquid foundations as it gets hotter because it’s going to melt and run down my face any way.

Are you thinking about Spring, too? What changes do you plan to make?

Every day Beauty Essentials for Spring

Dior Addict Lip Glow
$30 – lordandtaylor.com

Revlon Vernis à Ongles Couleur N°004 Sheer Nude
€11 – placedestendances.com

CHANEL Small Eyeshadow Brush 15
€24 – pret-a-beaute.com