Monday, April 29, 2013

Chanel Le Vernis in Azure 657 Nail Polish Review, Photos, Swatches, Color Comparisons


My first Chanel Summer 2013 makeup collection review post is dedicated to the lovely Azure. This is as much a review as it is a comparison post, so please enjoy!




I am a sucker for green nail polish. As soon as I saw the Chanel Summer 2013 press release photographs, I fell head over heels for the Azure Le Vernis. It is much less green and far more turquoise in comparison to the stock pictures, but Azure ($27 USD) did not fail to impress. See more photos after the jump!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Luminous Skin and Fresh Color for Spring 2013 Makeup Tutorial Details


I mixed things up a bit with this Spring makeup tutorial. First of all, I used short but dense lashes. That hasn't happened in ages because I am dedicated to BIG false lashes! Then I decided on a dolly blush effect with juicy pink lips and of course, a clean canvas of luminous skin. As much as I love the matte and bronzed skin look, I find that the luminous skin look is more appropriate for Spring weather. The eyes contributed to the fresh element of the makeup up with a warm, but light, range of shades from the latest Chanel Hong Kong Collection. We hope you enjoy the look and the photos!



Makeup Used:
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Tinted Illuminizer in Shade 2
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer in Shade 1 Frais/Cool
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation in Shade 6
La Mer The Powder in Beige
Lancome in Love Dewy Mist
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer in Park Ave Princess with discontinued Dior Blush brush
Le Metier de Beaute Radiance Powder Rouge in Fresh with Shu Uemura 20h brush
Le Metier de Beaute Radiance Powder Rouge in Whisper with Shu Uemura 17 brush
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in 204
by Terry Eye Primer in 002
Chanel Hong Kong Collection Eyeshadow Palette in Pearl River [LE]
Le Metier de Beaute Precision Liquid Liner in Noir/Black
Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eye Pencil in Tamarack
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara with Velour Lashes in Lashaholic
Lancome Baume in Love in 110 Urban Ballet 
Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Sweet Creme

Nails:
Le Metier de Beaute Faraday [LE]
Butter London Tart as a Heart
Essie In the Cab-Ana

Hair:
Jonathan Serum http://bit.ly/XHg8Gl

Shirt:
Theory [old]
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chanel L'Ete Papillon de Chanel Collection for Summer 2013 Review, Photos, Swatches, Comparisons



Let us welcome the Chanel's newest release, the Summer 2013 makeup collection! The dazzling colours of butterfly wings inspire a joyful look for Summer, with the enchanting collection L’ÉTÉ PAPILLON DE CHANEL. Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup Peter Philips envisions electric shades of gold, pink and platinum to set eyelids aglow, with lashes fluttering in whimsical aqua, lime and blue hues. Crisp peach and bright raspberry grace the lips, while nails finish the fleeting mood in glimmering shades of intense coral, deep blue-green and heavenly blue. 

I spent the morning swatching nearly the entire collection. I had previously purchased two of the nail polishes and one of the glossimers at Macy's South Coast Plaza, so those individual reviews should be posted next week. The display below was missing the Zephyr Glossimer, the beige with shimmer, but I am positive it swatches sheerly because I took a look at it when I purchased my nail polishes. I will wait for the collection to arrive at my local Nordstrom and purchase the eyeshadow pens then, in order to collect points on my purchases.. I simply couldn't wait on Bel-argus and Azure! See individual product reviews, photos, and swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2013 Collection -- Complete Look Book Photos and Product Details


For Summer 2013, Tom Ford introduces a seasonal color collection that captures the luminous and sensuous effect of bronzed skin. This limited edition collection features the new Tom Ford Skin Illuminator, the Tom Ford Illuminating Cheek Color, and a harmony of shimmery and sheer shades for the eyes, lips and nails. The face and cheeks are illuminated with peach-pink and bronzed amber; eyes are dewy and mesmerizing with delicate tones of pale pink and nude peach; nails are given a pearlized wash of white, and lips are lacquered in shimmery golden pink pearls.

It is effortlessly chic, with focused color to enhance sun-kissed skin. I personally cannot wait to try the skin illuminator, since I rarely wear tinted liquid highlighters. I am anticipating to be swept off my feet, as per usual. Will it pair harmoniously with his Illuminating Pens? Stay tuned to find out!

See all individual product pricing and look book photos after the jump! 


Monday, April 22, 2013

My Favorite False Eyelashes Review/Demos + GIVEAWAY TIME!


I am a liner and lashes kinda gal.. I know the look isn't for everyone, but I think the look is timeless. That is why I am finally sitting down to share my favorite false eyelash styles with you! I have tried dozens from drugstore brands and luxury brands, but these reviewed are the ones that I consistently repurchase and reach for the most. Though my House of Lashes styles are brand new, and I have definitely not worn them nearly as much as any of the other lashes shown in this video, I know the Temptress will be my new tried & true for long flared looks since the full-sized Ardell Wispies have changed since I first bought them years ago. Now, enough ramble.. let's get straight into it!

False Eyelashes Reviewed:
Red Cherry 217 [www.MadameMadeline.com]
Red Cherry 47 [www.MadameMadeline.com]
Ardell Wispies/DEMI WISPIES [www.MadameMadeline.com]
House of Lashes Noir Fairy in Black [www.HouseofLashes.com]
House of Lashes Temptress [Pink/Mint box]
House of Lashes Le Mystere [Lavender box]
House of Lashes Dollface [Pink/Mint box]
Velour Lashes T Dot Ohhh [www.VelourLashes.com]
Velour Lashes You Complete Me
Velour Lashes Oops! Naughty Me
Velour Lashes Guilty, Lashaholic
Velour Lashes Lash in the City



Coupon Code
The 15% OFF discount code is RAEVELOUR13. It will be live for just ONE week! Please do take advantage of this coupon code while you can and stock up :)

Giveaway Guidelines
1. You must subscribe to the RAEview channel on YouTube.
2. You must follow @VelourLashes on Twitter and Facebook.
3. You must follow @RAEview on Twitter and @TheRAEviewer on Facebook.
4. You must leave a comment on the @VelourLashes Facebook and let them know which of my makeup tutorials from the last year is your favorite! It can be as recent as Lancome Spring '13 or as old as Dior Summer '12. Please do not abuse these two tutorials simply because they are listed here. You may use ANY of my makeup tutorials for your entries, regardless of the lashes used. Velour Lashes is doing something really nice to treat us, so your support by following the instructions would be much appreciated! 
5. The 4 prize winners will be announced on both the @VelourLashes and @TheRAEviewer Facebook pages, so please stay tuned for the winners list to claim your lashes!

Velour Lashes T Dot Ohhh worn!
--Paired with a Casual Ponytail HERE 
--Paired with a Natural Smoky Eye HERE
--Paired with Heavy Black Eyeliner HERE 

Velour Lashes Lash In the City worn!
--Paired with Shimmering Greens HERE
--Paired with a Dark Smoky Eye HERE 
--Paired with Plum Lips & Eyes HERE 


Makeup Worn:
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Liquid Foundation
Becca Mineral Powder Foundation in Nude
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer WP in Park Ave Princess
Le Metier de Beaute Highlighter in Whisper
Le Metier de Beaute Powder Rouge in Fresh
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Black
Chanel Hong Kong Collection Pearl River Eyeshadow Palette
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara in Black
YSL Shocking Felt Tip Liner in Black
Lancome Color Design Matte Lipstick in Pink Preview
Guerlain Shine Automatique Lipstick in Lou Ling

Nails:
Le Metier Faraday [lavender taupe]
Butter London Tart as a Heart [glitter]
Essie In the Cab-Ana [bright blue]

Tank:
Lululemon No Limits [old]

Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring '13 Beauty and Fashion Haul + Tom Ford Summer '13 Sneak Peek Photos


Hello, everyone! Today we are back with a new haul video, full of Spring fashion and beauty finds! Each product is linked below for your shopping convenience. I wore the Lancome Spring '13 look in the video, and you can find the makeup details HERE in case you were interested in learning more about the bright eyeliners.  


Haul Items List [scroll over links]:
   Bright Blue Linen Shorts http://bit.ly/13j8y9j 
   Mint Rhinestone Bracelet http://bit.ly/15fZ66N
   Mint Studded Bucket Bag http://bit.ly/17H2B5O
   Hi Low Striped Shirt http://bit.ly/ZsmObX 
   Daisy Peplum Top http://bit.ly/XS0Cd8 
   Alexa Military Jacket http://bit.ly/113XveO 
   Beauty Favorites Bag http://bit.ly/XHg8Gl
   Sonia Python Hi Low Dress http://bit.ly/XHg9Kq
   House of Lashes - Le Mystere, Dollface, Temptress http://bit.ly/XRGZBS
   Chanel Pearl River Eyeshadow Palette http://bit.ly/15g0lmi
   Chanel Eastern Light http://bit.ly/15g0lmi
   Chanel Western Light http://bit.ly/15g0lmi
   Theory Len Tubular Tank http://bit.ly/15mLXZU
   James Perse Side Knit Shirt http://bit.ly/ZAcTNG [Check Nordstrom Rack, too!]





It was so nice to have help with photos for once, since fashion photos are really difficult to shoot on my own, and the lovely little lady Kristine helped me touch up my makeup as we shot the looks! I put the looks together, so I hope you enjoyed seeing a trendier side to my wardrobe since I'm more often than not dressed in lululemon athletica work out wear these days!


And as promised, here are the Sneak Peek photos for Tom Ford Summer '13. I will have the rest of the images and other details for the rest of the collection posted on Monday! Isn't the look on the model below simply gorgeous? I love how bronzed yet refined it is. I've had a lot of fun with Lancome Spring Color, so the golds and pinks here are looking quite palatable, especially because I prefer low maintenance makeup in the summer!

Above is Tom Ford's Cream Color for Eyes in Escapade. I am so happy to see TF has decided to bring this formula back! I wish they woud make a permanent range of these beautiful cream shadows because they are so incredibly easy to use. I constantly reach for last Spring's Platinum, but I've barely made a dent. Great bang for your buck product! Again, more product photos and information will be posted here on the blog on Monday :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lancome in Love Spring 2013 Makeup Collection Review, Photos, Swatches + MAKEUP TUTORIAL



Lancome's Spring 2013 Lancome in Love Collection swept me off my feet. It is eyeliner heaven, so I concocted this very bright peacock-themed eye look to show off how worthwhile the products are! I could not resist showing them in action after raving about the chocolate shade in my last several videos.  The overall look is still wearable, but I think the whimsy of it is what makes it so fun to apply. Of course, you do not have to use all the colors at once, but my tutorials are really intended to demonstrate products in action. Granted, I love the look and hope you will give it a try!

Makeup Used in Tutorial:
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Liquid Foundation in 320W Bisque with Beauty Blender Sponge
Tom Ford Illuminating Highlighter Pen in Naked Bique [Click to see my full REVIEW HERE]
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in 03 as a spot concealer
Lancome Fragrance Free Dual Finish Setting Powder with Sigma Duo Fibre Brush
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil with 204 Natural Grey cartridge
Armani Silk Eyes to Kill Shadow in 09
Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Dark Sable with MAC 239 Brush
Lancome Kohl in Love in Jade Crush, Chocolate Affair, Deepwater Blue
Lancome Color Design Infinite 24h in Tremendous Turquoise, Boundless Blue
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara with Red Cherry False Lashes in 747M
Tarte Amazonian Clay WP Bronzer with [D/Ced] Dior Blush brush
Lancome Baume in Love in 100 Rose in Love
OCC Lip Tar in Annika with Chanel Lip Brush
Laura Mercier Lip Shine in Naked Apricot

Nails:
Essie Your Hut Or Mine
Deborah Lippman Candy Shop glitter

Tank:
Theory Len Tubular











And yes, that is the Deepwater Blue liner worn alone.. NO additional products were used to achieve that vibrant peacock blue on my upper lash line!

Lancome in Love Spring '13  Makeup Collection Review -- Product Breakdowns


Now I will take you through the entire collection and share my thoughts!

Lancome Blush in Love ($49) in Peche and Pommettes: I passed on both of these blushes because I have not been wearing much blush at all in the last year. I have plenty of Lancome blushes that I love, but if you like the packaging, then I would definitely recommend the peach shade. It's smooth, soft, and blends better than the pink shade.


Lancome Baume in Love ($25) in Rose in Love 100 has already been reviewed HERE. I also purchased Urban Ballet recently, and I love them both. Rose in Love is perfect for no-makeup days, while Urban Ballet brightens up my lips with a juicy looking bright pink. Urban Ballet requires about three swipes, layered up, for its full color impact. Coral Electric does give my lips a peach tint, but I might go back for Midnight Rose because it had a punch of red. I haven't made up my mind yet, which is why I have yet to review Urban Ballet. The more I wear Urban Ballet, the more I love it! My swatches aren't very good due to the yellow-tinged department store lighting, but these should definitely be tried on because the color seen on your lips will be dependent on how pigmented your bare pucker is.




Lancome Vernis in Love ($15) in Peach Melodie and Midnight Rose were shown in the video. This photo highlights the purple shade, opposite of the video's photo, though both were photographed after three days of wear. I do not have Rose Macaron or Sugar Rose, but they are lovely pinks. I find that the Lancome nail polish brush is one of the best for my narrow nail beds! I always wear my Vernis with Butter London's Hardware top coat and I usually get a week without chips.


Lancome Kohl in Love ($25.50) eye liner pencils are my favorites for the price. The Armani WP Smooth Silk pencils, $28, are more fluid on initial application, and the creaminess of the formula allows for more blending and shaping before they set. The black is super inky, which is great for dramatic looks. These Lancome Kohls, however, are so fun! I have never encountered blue pencil liners done so well (in terms of pigmentation and vibrance) and the chocolate shade works with any daily look. They set within ten seconds, and they last surprisingly just as well as Armani's pencils on the waterlines. I will definitely hunt down back ups of all three.


Lancome Color Design Infinite 24h ($24.50) in Boundless Blue and Tremendous Turquoise were the best of the 6 released this spring, in my opinion. I also liked the look of the Evermore Lilac, but I have done a Lancome tutorial from several Springs ago that had a heavy focus on purple so I wanted to switch things up. As stated in the video review, the formula is not quite as soft or silky as Armani's Silk shadows, but I love the color range. It is more cheery, and the metallic finish makes a statement without being obnoxious. I will try more of these in the future.


Lancome In Love Dewy Mist ($37) is a setting spray with essential oils. It is unfortunately quite expensive, and I can see why, since it is a light spray bottle version of Hourglass' No. 28 primer. Both are great for dry skin, and I love how hydrating it is. Oily skins, stay away from this because it will make you look like a grease ball within an hour. But it is the perfect "refresh" remedy for dry skin woes, so light yet effective! If you have dry skin, do keep in mind the most effective creams and oils are not necessarily the heaviest :)

Recommendations -- The stars of the show are positively the Kohl in Love liners! The Baume in Love lipbalms if you are a lip balm addict. Color Designs for pastel lovers.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tom Ford Lip Shine Color Lipsticks [Complete Collection] Review, Photos, Swatches




Ladies and Gentlemen, today I present the complete line up of Tom Ford Lip Shine Color Lipsticks! I previously reviewed half of the shades in this post HERE, where you can see packaging comparisons of this new semi-sheer, balmy lipstick in comparison to the semi-matte, full pigment Private Blend lipstick. I also address the Tom Ford Lip Shine v. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine debate in said post, so please do take a moment to glance at the photos. Let us dissect the full set of swatches after the jump!

Monday, April 1, 2013

March 2013 Favorites [Hits & Misses] - Makeup Removal, Nail Polishes, Eye Products & More!


This is a LONG Favorites episode, but it has been a while since I have encountered so many misses. Hope you enjoy it!



Makeup/Products Reviewed:
Stila Sparkle Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao
Lancome Khol in Love Eyeliners from Spring '13 - Deepwater Blue, Jade Crush, Chocolate Affair
Tom Ford Illuminating Highlighter Pen in 05 Naked Bisque
Benefit Fake Up Hydrating Concealer in 001 Light
Cult Nails Nail Polish in Flushed, Wicked Fast Top Coat, Hypnotize Me
OPI Liquid Sands Nail Polish in Can't Let Go (5 min - add annotation)
Zoya Pixie Dust Nail Polish in in Nyx
Dior Nail Polishes in Rosy Bow, Princess, and Spring Ball
Chanel Nail Polish in Taboo
Shu Uemura Pore Clarifying Cleansing Oil
Shiseido Benefique Makeup Cleansing Oil
Shiseido Benefique Cleansing Foam
Kerastase Initialiste Hair & Scalp Treatment
BeautyBlender Makeup Sponge + Cleanser
Nike Women's Basic Training Gloves
Under Armour CTR Trainer Half Finger Gloves
Eat Smart Precision GetFit Digital Scale from Amazon [$55]
**Preview: YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in 12

Makeup Worn:
Stila Sparkle Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao
Lancome Khol in Love Eyeliner from Spring '13 - Deepwater Blue
Maybelline Lash Stiletto in Brownish Black
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara with Ardell Wispies
Cle de Peau Eyebrow Pencil in Natural Black
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation in B40
Cle de Peau Powder Foundation in O20
Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer [very little]
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Attirance


Nails:
Chanel Taboo
Dior Princess

Top:
DailyLook Braided Strap Tank [get it HERE]
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