7.21.2013

Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Powder in At Goldcombe Bay.

Though I used to be quite tanned back in the day, thanks to spending my summers basking in the sunshine at the beach, nowadays, I'm more sun-conscious and have actually learned to appreciate my lighter skin tone. With that said, with my untanned skin tone running around NC20, it's not often that I come across bronzers that are too light for me...typically, it's the other way around - too brown, too orange, too muddy, too Jersey Shore - that is, until I tried Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Powder in At Goldcombe Bay.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Powder in At Goldcombe Bay is a matte tan that leans neither warm nor cool. Similarly to the RBR blush I reviewed in the past, there are tiny, sparse shimmers visible in the pan but not visible at all on the skin. 

At Goldcombe Bay is the lighter of the two shades available from RBR, so I didn't even think twice when deciding between them, as I'm only around NC23 at the mo. However, as you'll see from the swatch below, At Goldcombe Bay is really quite pale for a bronzer, making it a perfect option for the fairest of skin tones. Even when I first started using it at the end of spring when I was closer to NC20, it looked quite subtle on me, and now that I'm just a smidgen darker, it's even more difficult to make At Goldcombe Bay really show up on my skintone. For those who are darker than NC25, I'd recommend opting for the deeper of the two shades offered, called At Netherway Cove.


The texture of At Goldcombe Bay is soft and silky without being the least bit powdery. It's quite pigmented, although it may not seem like it in the swatch below due to how pale the shade is compared to my skin tone. At Goldcombe Bay blends beautifully into the skin and could not look any more natural. 


The Bronzing Glow Powder is another stellar product from Rouge Bunny Rouge. At Goldcombe Bay would make an excellent bronzer for fair-skinned ladies who have struggled to find a bronzer light enough to suit their skin tone and didn't turn them orange or muddy. As I'm not quite that fair, it's actually a product that is becoming less suitable for my skin tone as I tan a bit in the summertime, but I foresee it being my go-to bronzer in the winter and spring when I'm at my palest and my complexion is looking for a natural touch of warmth.

I purchased Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Powder in At Goldcombe Bay from BeautyHabit for $39.


7.10.2013

Underwhelmed.

I much prefer blogging about things I enjoy rather those those I don't, but it can often be helpful to hear about the less than positive experiences as well, especially when they involve products that tend to garner quite a bit of hype in the beauty blogging community. 

So, without further ado, here are a few of the products that have left me underwhelmed.

::La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes::
This was actually given to me by Jessica, and I know it didn't work for her either. It's an eye gel that claims to have intense rehydration and anti-puffiness properties, and seeing as how hyaluronic acid and caffeine are key components, I had high hopes. Sadly, Hydraphase Intense Eyes turned out to be the first disappointing product I've tried from LRP thus far. Once the gel is absorbed into the skin, it's gone. I can't see it, I can't feel it, and my eye area looks and feels no different from before I applied it. 

::Tarte Maracuja Oil::
I know a lot of people rave about this oil, so when I had the opportunity to trade in 100 points at Sephora for a mini-sized bottle, I jumped on the chance. I use it before bed, and I've tried applying it on its own and on top of a hydration serum in place of my usual moisturizer. The verdict? It's an okay product. That's it - just okay. My face feels reasonably hydrated by the morning, but not necessarily supple or nourished, and definitely nothing that is deserving of all the hype it's received, in my opinion. I much prefer using my usual skincare products to this. 

::OPI Nail Envy::
I've been using this nail strengthening base coat for several months now, and I haven't noticed any difference whatsoever in the condition of my nails. They still peel and chip just as they did before - no more, no less. I'll continue to use it up just because I have it and I don't necessarily dislike it, but for me, it just doesn't deliver.

::Urban Decay De-Slick::
I've heard mixed reviews on this oil-controlling makeup setting spray, and unfortunately for me, I fall into the "not really a fan" category. I've tried using it just at the very end to set my makeup, as well as before I apply my foundation and then again at the end. Regardless of how I use it, it doesn't do anything for me. Absolutely nothing. And considering the alcohol content in it, it's just not a product that's worth using in my opinion. Good thing I only bought a mini-sized bottle.

::Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum::
I'm afraid I'm going to get stoned for including this in my post, but it has to be done. I don't dislike this product...in fact, I actually like it. But, it still underwhelmed me. I think a few other bloggers and Youtubers I talked to loved it so much and spoke so highly of it that I set my expectations just a tad too high. I use this at nighttime under my moisturizer for added hydration, and while my skin feels nice in the morning, I still prefer the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Fortifying & Soothing 24Hr Hydrating Concentrate or Hydraluron to the S.O.S. Serum, and they're both more affordable as well. Again, this is a product that I'll absolutely use up but may not repurchase.

::NUXE Rêve de Miel::
The last product that has underwhelmed me is also many others' holy grail lip balm. To this day, I still don't know of anyone else who doesn't like this balm....except me. Dubbed by many as the best overnight lip balm ever, it came as a disappointment to me when I'd wake up time and time again with flakey lips that could not be appeased via exfoliation. It was terrible. For some reason unbeknownst to me, NUXE's lip balm makes my lips peel when I use it overnight, and wearing lipstick the next day becomes an impossible task. However, I've found a very specific use for it in my makeup routine, and that is to only apply a tiny amount to my lips while I'm doing my makeup to prep them for lipstick soon after. Somehow, that seems to be okay and doesn't induce peeling. This is more of a product I'm simply trying to use up so it doesn't go to waste rather than something I'm using because I actually like it. Needless to say, I won't be repurchasing.

What are a few products that have underwhelmed you lately?


7.06.2013

Easy Beach Hair...Minus the Beach.

I'm typically pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair, and I couldn't be any less picky when it comes to shampoo and conditioner for the most part. However, when I recently ran out of the random drugstore shampoo and conditioner pair I was using, I suddenly had an itch to try something new....something higher end. So, with the beautiful summer weather we've been experiencing and all the buzz circulating around a certain Bumble and Bumble duo that had just launched, the decision was more or less made for me.

The Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo and Creme Rinse Conditioner claim to help hair achieve "buoyant body and soft, seabreezy texture." Sounds pretty incredible if you ask me. 

I was hopeful yet apprehensive at first, but the two really do deliver. I'd say they're best for normal to oily hair types, though, as the shampoo can make the hair feel a bit stripped of moisture (I think this helps to achieve volume and texture), and the conditioner is one of the least hydrating conditioners I've ever used. If hydration, softness and shine are what you're after, these are not for you. To be honest, I like the shampoo more than the conditioner since my hair can often still feel a bit knotty after conditioning, but somehow I believe that one needs the other in order to work as brilliantly as they do together. My hair that is normally silky, sometimes to a fault (meaning, no texture...just flat and pin straight), is left feeling like I've just spent the afternoon at the beach, rolling around in the sand, frolicking in the water....except cleaner and more importantly, sandless.

To run with my newfound beachy,voluminous hair, I've been loving sleeping with it in a bun while it's slightly damp in anticipation of loose, effortless waves by the morning. When I wake up, I shake out the bun and admire my Victoria Secret-wannabe waves while creepily giving myself a wink (or two) in the mirror before spritzing in a bit of the Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray and messily and haphazardly scrunching and fluffing (technical terms there, obviously). The Hair Resort Spray smells deliciously of coconut and sunscreen and just maximizes my hair's beachy texture while offering a light, scrunchable hold to make it last all day.

Here is the finished product:
Considering the photo was taken at the end of a 9 hour day, I don't think it looks too shabby! 

I could not be any happier to say goodbye to my limp, flat and lifeless hair and hello to tousled, effortlessly chic beach hair. I have a feeling this triad of products will be all that touches my hair this summer.

I purchased the Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash Shampoo ($24) and Creme Rinse Conditioner ($25) from Sephora, and I purchased the Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray from my hair salon, but it looks like it's also available on Amazon.

7.04.2013

Foolproof Blush & Bronzer Pairings.

I'm a believer in bronzer year around for the most part, but especially during the summer. Finding one that complements, rather than clashes with, that day's blush pick can be a challenge. Subtle, bronze, glowing skin with a pop of color on the apples is typically what suits my fancy. Here are three foolproof blush & bronzer pairings I've been loving:

Pairing #1
NARS Bronzer in Laguna & Stila Convertible Color in Petunia
Laguna is a bit dark on my NC20 skin and serves as a more noticeable, slightly dramatic bronze for me, but it also creates the perfect background for the bright, saturated color of Petunia. When used in conjunction, the two seem to give me that sunkissed beach bunny look I miss so much from living in southern California.

Pairing #2
Guerlain Terracotta Light Bronzing Powder in Sun BlondesChanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel in Présage
When swirled togther, Sun Blondes manifests into a gorgeous coral-bronze that complements the warm apricot hues of Présage perfectly.

Pairing #3
Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Powder in At Goldcombe Bay & Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
At Goldcombe Bay is the palest and most subtle bronzer in my collection, and its cooler tones pair seamlessly with Exposed when I'm aiming for a more natural and subdued cheek.

Don't be afraid of mixing creams with powders either. I don't really see it being an issue as long as you don't have a ton of product caked onto your skin (applying thin layers is key) and you use the right tools to apply and blend.

What are some of your fail-safe blush & bronzer pairings?


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