Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 796 “Cuir Cannage”

Expensive eyeshadows sometimes tug at my heartstrings, and more often than not, I’ll cave. Normally, I’m content with brands like Laura Mercier, MAC, and Benefit; and, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve been tempted by any of Dior’s 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette. The palette in 796 “Cuir Cannage” has been my newest addition to my eyeshadow collection. More importantly, it’s quickly risen ranks and now is seriously a favorite of mine.

At $60.00 for the entire palette, I try to justify a purchase like this — technically, with five colors included of equal weight and size, it’s $12.00 per color. Considering the supreme quality of the shadows in color and texture, it’s a bargain and investment in the long run. What I really appreciate is that it seems that the Dior colors are designed to work together, so whether I decide to pile all 5 colors on or use 2-3, they work well together. The quality of the shadows are buttery smooth and apply nicely onto the eyes. It’s pigmented without being obnoxious and difficult to work with; they blend easily; and, can be worn with a light-hand or heavy-handed for a dramatic effect.

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As for longevity, it stays on my lids throughout the day without any issues. I’ve worn this palette alone and with the NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base, and so far, both ways have yielded good results.

I recommend Dior products in general, but I really feel that the investment in Dior’s palettes is worth it. In particular, 796 “Cuir Cannage” is a good choice for me because of the earthy tones that can be burgundy and bronze, with shimmer and glimmer that isn’t too much. The middle shade is a great starter color and all-over color; and, is great for using as a “transition” shade between the bronze and the burgundy. The light shimmery washes of the light colors are perfect for inner corner highlighting, brow-bone highlighting, and even for the lower lashline for extra oomph.

Retails for $60.00 USD.

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REVIEW: Diorskin Star Studio Foundation SPF 30 in 010

You can’t deny the hype surrounding the new Diorskin Star Studio Foundation and I tried to not fall into the craziness. “Inspired by the professional illuminating techniques and expertise of its makeup artists, Dior invented Diorskin Star, its first brightening foundation.” Rumor has it that this foundation is a dewier, more natural version, of the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation reviewed here in this post. I’ll try it out and writ a comparison post in the near future.

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The Diorskin Star foundation is described to be a “weightless, fluid formula [that] is capable of recreating the spectacular and perfecting light of Dior’s studios. It uses a new generation of hollow silica beads to capture and diffuse light in a correcting halo with no shine.” It uses the “color-filter pigments” to “neutralize color imbalances to recreate the perfect light. Anti light-trapping skincare ingredients help reduce the appearance of dark areas, pigment spots and redness.” The concept of this foundation sounds almost too perfect to be true, which is why my expectations were extremely high for this foundation. I’ve been sort of on the fence with Dior foundations in general, and felt that for the money, other foundations performed better.

However, I’m very surprised with the performance of this foundation because it really wakes up your complexion and instantly gives your skin a more luminous and even finish/look. The formula is light and runny, much like the MUFE Invisible Cover Foundation. The texture is lightweight and appears to blend seamlessly very quickly. The finish is a barely-there effect — like skin, only better. Much like the effects of a CC cream, this foundation color corrects extremely well. While blending, you can see pigmentation and redness instantly correct (all the while feeling light on the skin).

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I chose the shade 010 Ivory, just like I have in the past with other Dior foundations. The pinky-peach undertones are perfect for my fair skin. Coverage is medium but certainly buildable; and, for a sheerer effect, I like to use the Beauty Blender sponge. It lasts very well on the skin — especially in humidity and through sweat; oil-control is pretty good for a long-wear foundation. For me, an added bonus is the SPF 30 in this foundation. While I wouldn’t solely rely on this foundation for sun protection, an SPF of 30 is quite high for foundations in the United States. I like that my complexion looks so clear with this foundation. So far, I’m very pleased with the foundation and will continue to wear it through this month. There is a sense of dewiness/glowiness without looking or feeling oily or cakey, so that’s a major plus for me. I recommend this foundation and I think it’s definitely worth checking out!

Retails for $50.00 USD.
Made in France.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick in “Kiss Me 389”

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The new Dior Addict Fluid Sticks are officially available now at Nordstrom locations and on the website. I’ve been lusting after these babies for a few weeks now, ever since I saw pictures and reviews posted on beauty blogs in Asia. And, they look just as beautiful and juicy in person! The “Addict Fluid Stick is the first all-in-one lip hybrid by Dior. The innovative product combines maximum color impact, glossy shine and a no-makeup feel in a single lip color, boasting sensational color, wear and comfort.”

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As a “all-in-one lip hybrid,” this product is a creamy — almost liquidy — gloss that amplifies and plumps the lips. It coats the lips in fabulous, rich color that is moisturizing and slightly slick — so, it’s not sticky or gloopy on the lips at all. I chose the shade “Kiss Me 389” and it’s the most tone-down shade in the range. It’s a mid-tone pink that leans neutral and almost nude, but goes well with summery and dewy makeup because it’s glossy! It’s pigmented, so I choose to dot on the product and then blend it in; for the most part, I try to avoid swiping it back and forth on the lips because too much color will transfer.

The design of the packaging is spectacular, but that’s no surprise. I like this gloss because it fades nicely and leave behind a hint of color on the lips. I find that as the product fades, the shade looks prettier and prettier on the lips. For this reason, when I want to leave it more natural, I blot off most of the color for a slight staining effect.

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I really like the shade “Kiss Me 389” and I think that the Fluid Sticks are most definitely worth checking and investigating further. However, for me, the rest of colors in the range are so bright it wouldn’t be practical for me to purchase any more. If you love bright reds, berries, and coral lips — this may be right up your alley! The display is beautiful and enticing, so don’t say that I didn’t warn you. Check out more swatches online before ordering online if you don’t have access to a counter near you. For a closer look at the range, check out The Beauty Look Book’s post here.

Made in France.
Retails for $35.00 USD.

Recent Favorites

Since my monthly favorites posts are so infrequent, I think it’s quite exciting when I can devote an entire entry to just my recent favorites. Pretty much all of the products here are items that I’ve had in my collection (except for one), and they’ve stuck around even after I’ve rotated products. I’m itching for warmer weather to get here, so I may be jumping the gun here in some ways; but nothing says spring like a new flirty scent and some bright blush!

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Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush 001 ~ $44.00 USD
This item is semi-new to my collection, and I only reach for it when I’m in a particularly Dior-happy mood. As a “universally flattering, finely milled blush [that] adjusts to your skin’s chemistry,” this blush is not as gimmicky as I once thought. It creates “naturally flushed, rosy cheeks” and seems to flatter most skin tones. The “ultra-fine powder texture and irresistible rose fragrance offer a moment of pure indulgence with each application.” Simply put, it’s soft, pigmented, and long-lasting on the cheeks. On my skin, it applies a bright candy-pink that blends well without looking harsh. There’s a subtle glowy-ness that comes without any shimmer, glimmer, or chunky glitter.

Benefit Cosmetics Bathina Silky & Seductive Body Oil Mist ~ $34.00 USD
As a “silky and seductive body oil mist,” this is my newest item in my beauty collection. I purchased it randomly on a whim simply because it smelled good. I like to apply this directly after a shower, onto freshly cleansed and mildly damp skin. I spray and rub the oil into my skin and it absorbs right away — leaving my body feeling moisturized and smelling fantastic. Benefit promises that this “seductive sheen and a hint of tempting fragrance” is impossible to resist. The “super-fine oil mist absorbs [fast] for immediate hydration,” and “includes sweet almond, olive, and avocado oils to leave skin feeling soft.” Bathina also includes vitamin E, which is known to help keep skin firm. I like it because it smells great and stays on the skin all day. It’s also a great way to skip body moisturizer and perfume!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Vanilla” ~ $29.00 USD
I’m still going strong with my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Vanilla.” I love that on good-skin days, I can just skip foundation/BB cream in general and just dab this concealer onto needed areas. It’s a great way to save time, especially when I’m in a hurry. Recently, I’ve been pairing this concealer with the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder and I’ve been very happy with the combo.

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in “Tender Rose” ~ $38.00 USD
My oldie but goodie — my old faithful — and my trusty mineral foundation that is always a re-purchased item: my Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in “Tender Rose.” It’s easy to forget about this powder foundation when I’m busy with other products in my collection. I admit, that most weeks, my LM mineral powder goes unnoticed. But, when I come back to it, I usually end up using it religiously for two months before moving onto something different. I always come back though; and, I like that this product is always there! I tend to gravitate towards this mineral foundation when the weather is warmer, since it gives me such a nice, warm glow without highlighters and bronzers.

Eco Tools Buffing Brush ~ $6.99 USD
Normally, I’m very loyal to either my natural-hair brushes or my Real Techniques brushes. But lately, since my obsessions has been my tried and true LM mineral foundation, I’ve found that a flat-top brush like the Eco Tools Buffing Brush is the best. I own a few Eco Tools brushes and I highly recommend them. This brush is ultra-soft, cruelty-free, and hand-cut to smoothly buff for custom coverage. It also features a recycled aluminum ferrule, a sleek bamboo handle. It’s lightweight so it’s easy to use; and, the bristles pick up the most perfect amount of product.

Shu Uemura Hard 9 Eyebrow Pencil ~ $23.00 USD
Another oldie but goodie is the Shu Uemura Hard 9 Eyebrow Pencil. It lasts for years and requires minimal sharpening. I’ve found that throughout all the eyebrow pencils I’ve tried, this one not only lasts the longest, but it’s the most natural looking on my brows. This product is difficult to swatch on the hand, but for some reason, when using it on eyebrow hairs this product is the best. Currently, since my brows are pretty much all grown out, I’ve got small gaps in the front that still need filling in. I also like to give some definition to the ends of my brows to they look a bit fuller. The Hard 9 pencil has been great option lately and I really love it.

Koji Dolly Wink Eyeliner in Brown
Normally, eyeliners aren’t really part of my every day routine. However, lately, I’ve been really into using a little bit of liquid eyeliner for some upper lid definition. While I favor black mascaras, black eyeliners have always been something I’ve skipped. The Koji Dolly Wink Eyeliner in Brown has been my go-to. You can find this product on eBay or at Asian grocery stores. The felt tip is thin and stable so it’s very easy to use — you can control the thickness of the line, so for most days, I like to keep it simple with a thin, non-winged liner.

What products have you been loving?

Dior Addict Lip Glow

I haven’t been this excited about a lip product in a really long time. Strangely, I was never interested in the Dior Addict Lip Glow until recently — and, I really have no idea why. It seems gimmicky, I know — but, I recommend you give the product a chance. Trust me! Described to a “sheer balm that enhances your natural lip color while moisturizing and protecting the skin,” the Dior Addict Lip Glow is surprisingly the best thing that’s happened to me this year! It’s a product that everyone needs in their makeup bag; and, it won’t disappoint you, I promise.

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I think it’s important to understand that even though this is a lip balm kind of product, it’s very unique. Dior advertises this product as one that will “awaken and enhance the natural beauty of your lips” and “promises the perfect pout.” With its “color reviver technology, this silky lipstick reacts with the chemistry of your lips to create a special shade that will last all day. The addition of SPF 10 will keep you protected, while hydrating mango butter and loofah extract nourish for beautiful, luscious lips.”

Sounds super promising, and it truly is. The minty-vanilla scent is nice and the texture of the balm is smooth and silky, just like all of Dior’s lip products. The balm isn’t too slick, so it stays on the lips much like a lipstick would. It’s both hydrating and soothing without looking glossy or too colorful. I’ve heard that the color the balm will reveal is different on everyone; however, for the most part, it’s a sheer baby pink color that does seem to flatter different skin tones.

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At first glance, it doesn’t look like anything special. Even when swatched, there’s no initial color pay-off, so it seems strange. On the lips, the clear shade turns into a sheer pink color that isn’t too pink or too red. But the best part about this product is that somehow it gives your lips a glow. I know it sounds gimmicky but I swear, after applying it, you’ll notice that there’s something different about your lips in a nice, pretty, and subtle way. I recommend this product and I think it’s worth the splurge. In fact, whenever you want to splurge on a lip product, I suggest checking Dior’s products first. Dior suggests that the Lip Glow be applied “alone as a natural lipstick or a moisturizing lip balm under any other Dior lip product.” Personally, I like to wear this alone because it does all the work perfectly.

Made in France.
Retails for $32.00 USD.

Dior Addict Lipstick in “Singulière 465”

Ok, I really didn’t need another Dior Addict Lipstick, but I had to have this sheer bubblegum pink shade. My newest Dior purchase is the Dior Addict Lipstick in “Singulière 465” and I have absolutely no regrets at all. :) Much like my reviews for shades “Diorissime 249”, “Charmante 437”, and the Dior Addict Extreme #336 in “Saint Tropez”, the formula, texture, and color equals amazing.

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The shade “Singulière 465” is a bright bubblegum pink, but applies smooth and sheer. At first, I wondered if it was going to be too pink. However, the brightness is just the right amount and really seems to brighten my skin tone and teeth. It’s a fun color to have and I don’t regret it at all. There’s no shimmer or glitter in this shade, but seems to keep the lips shiny looking in its own special way. Dior Addict Lipsticks are worth collecting and I recommend the shade “Singulière 465” for sure.

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I think this color would suit anyone and seems to flatter a variety of undertones. Initially, the shade it bright in the tube — however, it sheers out beautifully without compromising the color — which I find is usually the case for many Dior Addict Lipsticks. I find that this is probably the reason why so many of the shades in the range are so wearable (despite what they may look like in the tube).

Made in France.
Retails for $31.00 USD.

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.
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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. :)

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Retails for $26.00.