Round-up: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Bourjois Nude-ist Ole Flaming Happy Nude Year

I didn’t like the first batch of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks that I got, but somehow kept buying them because they’re often on sale on Asos, and I was a bit perplexed at the hype they were getting. The latest one I tried was Ole Flamingo. Now, I’m pretty glad I persisted, because Ole Flamingo is actually pretty decent. Very good lasting power, and opaque in one swipe. However, I have got a few lipsticks in this color already, so decided to let this go as well.

I also got Happy Nude Year, but it was an unhealthy beige color. Meh. I even forgot to take a picture wearing it. Here’s a round up of all the colors I tried. I’m eyeing the Aqua version of this lipstick – from what I see online, the colors are fresh and lively.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets updated

Review and Swatches: Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition in Peach Club and Nude-ist

bourjois rouge velvet edition nude-ist peach clubI did not like the first batch of Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip liquids that I got earlier, but I’m liking a couple that I got more recently, Peach Club and Nude-ist. Peach Club is more of an orange-y red on me, and not a very flattering one at that – each time I’m reminded how yellow my teeth are. I like it best blotted and with a lip gloss on top to give it dimension. Nude-ist is not the beige-y color traditionally associated with a nude lip color; on me it is a medium-toned rose color. It’s a great neutral and office-appropriate color, also nice blotted down or worn sheer. I would be keeping this one.

The formula on these are relatively similar to the previous ones, albeit slightly easier to use. It’s still not a big hit with me as I much prefer the unfussy NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams compared to these to give that soft-focus matte effect.

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Peach Club: full one (left), blotted (middle), layered with gloss (right)
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Nude-ist

I’ve been enjoying Christina Perri’s Head or Heart album this past week. It’s a great one for me to sing along as her range is about similar as mine though the high register’s a bit hard for me without screeeeching. I’ve been thinking of learning a new skill and voice lessons is one that is on top of the list.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5yaoMjaAmE#t=92

 

 

 

Review: Guerlain Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil

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I’ve been wanting to try Guerlain Les Voilettes powder for the longest time, but can not make my mind up whether to try the compact or loose powder version. One day¬† just went on to purchase the Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil in medium to quench a shopping hunger after much deliberation and research. I’ve ceased to bring a compact powder every day to reduce the strain of a heavy handbag on my posture. So loose powder is more useful for daily use.

The Les Voilettes Translucent Loose Powder Mattifying Veil in medium is not completely sheer, as there is some coverage from the yellow-toned color. The powder is finely textured, and fragranced with the Guerlain violet scent. It mattifies without making the skin look flat – the finish is very natural. You need very little product to take the shine off and look polished, and on my oily skin, the skin is kept matte longer.

The packaging is very bulky, but this is not an issue since I don’t plan on carting it on travels. The sifter is standard, and just a light opening in the sifter cover is enough to yield lots of powder. A puff comes with it, and it’s very soft and fluffy. Compared to the very popular Chanel Universal loose powder (I use no 30), I prefer the Guerlain Les Voilettes loose powder which gives higher coverage and superior oil control. In the picture below, I used Les Voilettes atop MAC Prep+Prime BB cream only. The lipstick is Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Nude-ist.guerlain les voilettes loose powder