Review | Revlon Cheek Boutique Powder Blush & Cream Blush

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I literally* felt weak in the knees when I got to discover the new Revlon Cheek Boutique collection last month. If there’s anything that makes my cold bitter heart beat faster it’s pretty blushes! And I’m sure I’m not the only one whose heart skips a beat upon seeing a cute new blush for the first time. So grab a chair, take a deep breath and get ready to be blown away by a whole lot of gorgeousness!

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* my knee is still a bit unstable from the knee surgery I had back in February

Revlon Cheek Boutique Powder Blush in Bronzilla, Wine Not & Classy Coral

The new Revlon Cheek Boutique collection consist of four shades of powder blush of which I received three. Bronzilla is a warm medium brown that is meant to be used as a bronzer, Wine Not is a warm dark pink, and Classy Coral is a fresh warm coral shade.

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Bronzilla

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Wine Not

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Classy Coral

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Bronzilla – Wine Not – Classy Coral

All three blushes have a warm undertone and a matte finish. Warm? Matte? These blushes seem to have been made for me! The texture of the new Cheek Boutique Powder Blush is ultrafine and soft, the pigmentation and longevity are more than okay, and all three colors are easy to blend.

Revlon Cheek Boutique Cream Blush in Berry

We already started off great, but it gets even better because there’s also a cream blush in the new Revlon Cheek Boutique collection, the Revlon Cheek Boutique Cream Blush in the color Berry. Berry is a stunning highly-pigmented berry pink shade that I’m sure a lot of beauty lovers will be drooling over.

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The Revlon Cheek Boutique Cream Blush has a light and deliciously creamy texture and blends like a dream. And the finish is amazingly natural. And it wears well too, because even on my oily cheeks the color stays put all day without fading. *Carlton dance!*

My favorite blush of the four? I was a bit torn between Classy Coral and Berry, but in the end I decided to give first place to Berry:

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*swoon* Isn’t it pretty?

The Revlon Cheek Boutique Powder Blush and the Revlon Cheek Boutique Cream Blush will be in stores on March 14 and will be sold by official Revlon retailers for 19.90 CHF per blush. In the collection are also two Highlighting Palettes that will each cost 22.90 CHF.

Which of these four blushes do you like best? Are any of the new Revlon Cheek Boutique blushes going on your wish list?

Beauty and the geek | A make-up look inspired by fantasy water creatures

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In February Sylirael from The Painted Rogue and I worked together for the first time on a by games and fantasy inspired make-up look, and today we’re showing you the second look in our Beauty and the geek series. This month Syl and I picked a fantasy water creature theme. Let’s find out a bit more about the creatures that Sylirael and I used as inspiration!

My fantasy water creature look

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For this look I got my inspiration under water from the naga. Naga are sea creatures that are half human half sea serpent. Think scales, a tail and fins, but also a lot of human characteristics. A bit like Ariel the mermaid, but with a temper, an extra pair of arms and awesome magical powers. Naga colors are the colors that you typically see under water: lots of blue, green and purple. Using this underwater color palette as a starting point I got to work, and this is the result:

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What do you think? I’m pretty happy with my naga look. I absolutely love green, blue and purple on the eyes, and I really enjoyed wearing this look. Yes, even with the blue eyebrows!

Sylirael’s fantasy water creature look

Syl also based her look on a humanoid sea creature. She got her inspiration from Prime Speaker Zegana, a Merfolk Wizard from the fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering. Zegana has a tough personality and her look is pretty fierce as well, and Sylirael translated that in a kick ass make-up look. Getting a little excited yet? Good! Click here to visit The Painted Rogue and check out Syl’s look!

What do you think of this month’s theme? Do you like the underwater colors that I used for my naga look?

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Dark smokey eyes, flushed cheeks & coral lips with three new MAC Mineralize spring 2014 products

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If I could only wear one make-up look for the rest of my life it would be dark smokey eyes with delicately flushed cheeks and a coral lip. And if I only got to use one make-up brand until the end of my days, MAC might be the one. Today I’m showing you what this ‘what if’ scenario would actually look like and I’m showing you my signature look, created with three new MAC Mineralize spring products. Have a look!

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow x4 in A Waft Of Grey

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Earlier this month MAC launched six new MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow quads here in Switzerland as part of the MAC spring 2014 collection. A Whaft of Grey consists of a frosty white, a metallic silver, a shimmery dark grey and a deep black shade with a satin finish. I swear, if ever there were four colors that were made for the perfect smokey evening look it were these four. I just looooove this color palette! You do have to watch out a bit with shimmer fall-out during and even after the application, but other than that the four shades are easy to apply. Their pigmentation is great and even without a base to stick to they all stay nicely put and don’t lose their color intensity throughout the day.

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Available since March in all MAC stores and in the MAC online store for 66 CHF.

MAC Mineralize Blush in Azalea in the Afternoon

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The MAC Mineralize Blush in Azalea in the Afternoon is part of this year’s MAC A Fantasy of Flowers spring collection. MAC describes Azalea in the Afternoon as a mid-tone blue pink with a frosty finish. The cool undertone is barely noticeable though, and the frosty finish doesn’t emphasize large pores and imperfections. The blush is nicely pigmented and easy to blend, and even though the color starts to fade a bit after a few hours it never completely wears off.

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Available since March in all MAC stores and in the MAC online store for 35 CHF.

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Be A Lady

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For the spring of 2014 MAC filled the MAC store shelves with six new MAC Mineralize Rich Lipsticks. MAC describes Be A Lady as a mid-tone warm coral shade, but I personally think that oh-em-gee-this-is-so-gorgeous is a more fitting description. Be A Lady is just such a lovely color! The color is quite intense and has a subtle sheen, and the formula is deliciously creamy and hydrating. Pure perfection if you ask me.

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Available since March in all MAC stores and in the MAC online store for 36 CHF.

Are you ready to see the look?

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What do you think? Is this a look that I could wear for the rest of my life without growing tired of it? I sure feel good in it… :-)

P.S.: That bit of orange in my crease is loose MAC pigment in the color Neo Orange, from the MAC 2011 fall collection!

Have you hauled anything from the new MAC spring collections yet? Is this a look you’d wear?

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Neon stitched denim nail art with Beauty Nails Advance

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It doesn’t happen very often, but last week I decided to get creative and do a little nail art. Now just to be clear, I am still a nail art noob and in Melissaland nail art means nail polish with a few tweaks here and there. So it’s probably best to keep your expectations low ;-) I tried capturing the look of stitched denim, and I used two products from Beauty Nails Advance to do that. Have a look!

Beauty Nails Advance My Extrem Vernis in Royal Rocks

This isn’t my first Beauty Nails Advance nail polish, so I knew that the quality of the nail polish would be top notch. Beauty Nails Advance is a professional nail polish brand that now also sells to the big masses, but the brand’s professional roots are still very obvious. Beauty Nails Advance may not be as famous, but quality-wise the brand is right up there with the big guys like O.P.I, Essie and co. Royal Rocks is a metallic blue denim shade from this year’s new winter collection. The nail polish is a dream to apply and one coat is already enough for a perfectly opaque result, which makes the application really quick and easy.

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Price: 11.50 euro, available in the Beauty Nails Advance online store

Beauty Nails Advance Cheveux d’Ange Blanc Neon

For the denim stitches in my nail art I used ‘cheveux d’ange’ or literally ‘angel hair’* in the color blanc neon. The cheveux d’ange are fine threads that turn neon green, yellow and orange when the light hits them. It was quite difficult to really capture the neon effect of the cheveux d’ange on camera, but you have to believe me when I say that it looks really cool. I just dropped two or three cheveux d’ange on a freshly applied coat of Royal Rocks, let it dry, set it with a clear top coat, and that’s it.

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* disclaimer: no angels were harmed during the making of this nail art

Price: 1.08 euro, available in the Beauty Nails Advance online store

Pretty easy, huh? And the end result is this denim effect with neon stitches:

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For a nail art dummy like myself I think this nail art looks pretty okay. What do you think?

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A spring look with the new Clinique Cheek Pop blush, Clinique Chubby Stick & Clinique A Different Nail Enamel

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Just a few more weeks and it’s spring again, woohoo! I don’t know about you, but I’m waiting for March 21 with such open arms that I’m slowly starting to get muscle cramps. And I think that the people at Clinique feel the same way, because their new spring collection for 2014 looks absolutely amazing. Have a look!

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Clinique Cheek Pop blush in Berry Pop

I really fell in love at first press release with the new Clinique Cheek Pop blushes, and they all went on my wish list even before they were actually launched. In the meantime the Cheek Pops have hit the stores and I’ve become the proud owner of Berry Pop, a bright pink shade with somewhat cool undertones and a lovely satin finish. The texture of the Clinique Cheek Pop blush is incredibly soft and blendable – almost like a cream blush – and the color is intensely pigmented and longlasting. Do we have a winner? Oh yes we do! Berry Pop is an absolute keeper, and there’s a big chance that next time I’m at the Clinique counter I’ll pick up another Cheek Pop blush*!
* probably Peach Pop, a warm peachy shade

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Retail price: 43 CHF, available in four shades.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Pudgy Peony

I like tinted lip balms, and I love it when they come in jumbo pencil form like the Clinique Chubby Sticks do. Pudgy Peony is a lovely fuchsia pink shade with a soft sheen, and I rrreally dig the color and the finish. I only wish the formula was a bit more moisturizing. The mango and shea butter in the Clinique Chubby Sticks are supposed to intensely hydrate the lips, but my very dry lips seem to need more. For people with less high-maintenance lips the Chubby Sticks might be moisturizing enough, but for me the formula could have been just a tad more buttery.

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Clinique Berry Pop Cheek Pop blush (left) & Clinique Pudgy Peony Chubby Stick (right)

Retail price: 29 CHF, available in four new spring shades.

Clinique A Different Nail Enamel in Hi Sweetie

The very first Clinique A Different Nail Enamel nail polish that I tried left me very impressed, and the new bright pink color Hi Sweetie doesn’t disappoint either. The nail polish is a dream to apply, it provides perfect coverage in just one coat, and it last about four to five days on me without chipping and with minimal tip wear. And the Clinique A Different Nail Enamel nail lacquers are all completely hypoallergenic, which is a nice plus especially if you’re sensitive or allergic to certain chemicals in traditional nail polish.

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Retail price: 26 CHF, available in four new spring shades.

Isn’t it pretty, all that pink lined up like this? Now let’s check out the full look:

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Pretty spring appropriate, right? One thing is for sure: I am more than ready for it!

What are your thoughts on these new Clinique products? Have you picked up anything from the new Clinique spring collection yet?

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Review | Olaz Total Effects CC Cream

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I think I’m going a bit c-c-crazy… BB creams never really interested me, but the new generation of CC creams definitely does. That’s why not long after my first positive experience with a CC cream I tried a second one. I mean, if there’s a whole plate of freshly baked brownies in front of your nose you don’t just eat one. If they’re really delicious you just keep eating until you’re full*. And the same goes for beauty products. Two CC creams didn’t satisfy my CC cravings, so I tried a third one. And this time it’s one by Olaz, the Olaz Total Effects CC Cream.
* or in my case you just eat the whole plate

The claims

Like all CC creams the new Olaz Total Effects CC Cream promises to even out the skin while also nourishing it. The product claims to fight seven signs of skin aging and promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, to even out the skin tone, to tighten, smoothen and hydrate the skin, and to diminish the appearance of large pores.

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One of the main active ingredients in the Olaz Total Effects CC Cream is niacinamide, the active form of vitamin B3. Niacinamide increases the levels of ceramide and free fatty acids in the skin and therefore prevents moisture loss and improves microcirculation. And it can also help with skin discolorations and acne. In addition to this little miracle worker the Olaz Total Effects CC Cream also contains vitamin B and E, color-correcting pigments and SPF 15 to protect the skin against sun damage.

Packaging

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The Olaz Total Effects CC Cream comes in a 50 ml plastic pump bottle. The plump, I’m sorry, the pump is really big and has a very wide opening. One squeeze lets out more than enough product to cover my whole face. I personally prefer longer, slimmer pump bottles and I don’t find the packaging of the Olaz Total Effects CC Cream very practical. But hey, a girl can get used to anything, even a pump bottle that looks like it has had a few too many of those brownies I talked about in the intro.

Texture & color

The Olaz Total Effects CC Cream is creamy and has a relatively thick texture. It applies smoothly, it’s very blendable, and I can really tell that it not only evens out my skin but that it also nourishes it. The product definitely feels more like a skin care product than like a make-up product.

Review (Olaz Total Effects CC Cream) (3) Just look at how invisible and natural that looks!

The Olaz Total Effects CC Cream has a neutral beige undertone. According to Olaz ‘fair to medium’ is suitable for light to medium skin tones, but I’d say it leans more towards medium. My skin definitely gets a bit pale in winter but I don’t exactly turn into Snow White either, so I think fair to medium will be too dark for truly fair skin.

Coverage & wear

The coverage of the Olaz Total Effects CC Cream is very light, but it can be built a bit. I still need concealer to cover up severe redness and acne, but overall the Olaz Total Effects CC Cream does manage to even out my skin a bit. And it does it in an extremely natural-looking way, because the finish of the Olaz Total Effects CC Cream is amazingly light and natural. Even from up close you can’t see the product and it really looks like second skin. Love it!

Review (Olaz Total Effects CC Cream) (4)Wearing three layers. The acne on my cheeks and chin is still showing a bit, but it all does look very natural

The Olaz Total Effects CC Cream wears well and doesn’t make my skin extra oily. Right after I apply the product it really lives up to all the claims: it evens out my skin a bit, it makes my skin look smoother and it even manages to hide my pores a bit. But the latter unfortunately doesn’t last. As soon as my oil production kicks back in and my skin gets shiny again my large pores reappear. It’s nothing a little mattifying powder can’t fix and I still think the Olaz Total Effects CC Cream is a very decent CC cream, but it definitely would have been a nice plus if the product could keep my skin’s oil production under control and if it provided a little more coverage. That really would have made it HG material.

The Olaz Total Effects CC Cream has been available since late February and costs 26.90 CHF. There’s a version for light to medium skin and one for medium to deep skin.

Are you a CC Cream fan as well? What do you think of the new Olaz Total Effects CC Cream?

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Review | Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream & Estée Lauder Re-Nutritiv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift

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Remember that new Estée Lauder mascara and lipstick I showed you recently? Well, in the same package as those two make-up products were also two brand new Estée Lauder skin care products, and after a few weeks of testing it’s time to review them. Have a look!

Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream SPF 10

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The new Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream SPF 10 is, as the name states, a CC cream with SPF 10 that focuses on anti-aging. That means that it not only evens out and hydrates the skin, but that it also actively fights skin aging by slowing down the natural aging mechanism of the skin and by optimizing the skin’s ability to repair itself.

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I was actually quite surprised when I tried the Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream for the first time, because I didn’t expect the cream to be grayish white instead of flesh-colored. ‘How is this going to even out my skin?’ I thought. I got my answer when I applied the cream, because as soon as you put the product on the color of the Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream changes from grayish white to beige. Woah, what sorcery is this?!

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Apparently it’s not magic. In the formula are smart micro pigments that automatically adapt to your natural skin color once they come into contact with the skin*. Clever! And also very cool to witness! Unfortunately the Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream doesn’t provide nearly enough coverage to camouflage all my blemishes and to even out my skin. But that’s okay, because Estée Lauder says that you can use the Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream either just on its own as the last step in your skin care routine, or under foundation. And the latter is what I do. So I basically use the Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream as a primer, just one that is boosted with hyaluronic acid and kick-ass anti-aging technology.
* I wonder if this also works on darker skin… any dark-skinned ladies have experience with this?

Review (Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream & Re-Nutritiv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift) (3)From grayish white to tinted

In conclusion? The new Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream isn’t tinted enough to really even out blemished skin, so I prefer to see it as an extra anti-aging step in my skin care routine. Women with naturally good skin who like that my-skin-but-better effect can use the Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream on its own. And if you don’t have near-perfect skin you can do what I do and use it as a perfecting base under your foundation.

Estée Lauder Re-Nutritiv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift

The Estée Lauder Re-Nutritiv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift is the newest addition to the Estée Lauder Re-Nutritiv line and has been available since late February. According to Estée Lauder this new eye cream transforms the eye contour by visibly firming and lifting the skin around the eyes, and this both in the short and the long run. Estée Lauder says it’s best to apply the Estée Lauder Re-Nutritiv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift by massaging it into the skin using the special ceramic applicator, as this supposedly has a cooling and refreshing effect on the skin and stimulates microcirculation in the cells. I prefer to simply use my fingers though, and I just gently dab the cream on using my hands. Screw the rules! ;-)

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Like I said, the Estée Lauder Re-Nutritiv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift promises to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes. I won’t bore you with a long ingredient list or a step-by-step explanation of the technology behind the product, but this is what it comes down to: the formula contains special polymers and ‘Life Renewing Molecules’ that boost the skin’s collagen and elastin production. That way fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out, which makes the eye area look fresher and more youthful.

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So that’s the Estée Lauder Re-Nutritiv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift on paper. But how does it do on the skin? The answer is great. Estée Lauder didn’t lie when they said that the Estée Lauder Re-Nutritiv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift instantly refreshes the eye contour. After I apply the eye cream the skin around my eyes immediately feels tighter and more awake, and my bedroom eyes – which are not a good thing in my case – disappear immediately. After just three weeks I can’t say much about the long term effects, but so far it’s looking good!

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The new Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream and the new Estée Lauder Re-Nutritiv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift are available now for 78 CHF and (brace yourself) 198 CHF.

What is your first impression of the new Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging CC Cream and the new Estée Lauder Re-Nutritiv Ultimate Contouring Eye Lift?

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