Beautiful in White...Sonia Rykiel x Lancome Cafe Blanc Vernis in Love

Autumn was off to a painfully slow start, but it's finally beginning to cool down. And, of all the new seasonal polishes I purchased, the first one I reach for is the least autumnal of the bunch. Although this shade is NOT one I would wear during the season, it so works with this collection. Also, it's a collaboration with Sonia Rykiel; therefore, I'm definitely buying what Lancome is selling...literally!

I adore the packaging of this collection; it's quintessential Sonia Rykiel.

Sonia Rykiel x Lancome's Vernis in Love in Cafe Blanc is a stark, liquid paper white with a shiny, creme finish. Question: when you were younger, did you ever paint your nails with liquid paper? I sure as heck didn't! Just the idea of that texture on my nails gives me the heebie jeebies.

I'm really digging today's chiclet mani. 

The first coat was almost opaque, with some minor bald spots. However, those little flaws are all gone after the second coat. This is my first time wearing Cafe Blanc, and it's been third days without any incidents.


Tasty Related, Not Beauty Related...Haagen-Dazs Lavender & Blueberry

Last Spring, when Haagen-Dazs released the seasonal, limited edition flavor Lavender & Blueberry, I hit the ice cream section of every convini and grocer near me. Being that we're halfway through October, I was bewildered to find it at 7-Eleven.

I really like the coupling of lavender and blueberry and,  putting aside my concerns of shelf-life freshness, I bought it. I mean, you can't get food poisoning from ice cream right...or can you?! Yes, after doing a google search (i.e. Blue Bell and Listeria), you most certainly can get food poisoning from ice cream. Thank you Google for making me a little wiser.

fear not! All was well, creamy, and flavorful in rich lavender and blueberry.

What limited edition Haagen-dazs flavors have you tried? 


Laduree Makes Me Blush...Pressed Cheek Color Swatches

I finally got off my keister, and swatched all my Laduree Pressed Cheek Color blushes from the brand's permanent range (swatches of all my limited edition Laduree blushes coming in the near future). I've also included the 3 discontinued blushers because, frankly, they're so darn beautiful, it would be a shame not to show them to the world.

It's been excessively cloudy for the last three weeks. So when the sun finally made a brief cameo, it was a race against the clouds. Unfortunately, by the time I got to the last three swatches, all decent light was gone. It's supposedly going to be sunny this weekend. Ergo,  I'll most likely re-swatch them

From left to right: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05.

01: a mid-tone mauve-pink.

02: a yellow-based carnation pink.

03: a medium, plummy-rose-pink.

04: a dusty, English rose.

05: a muted, mid-tone barbie pink.

From left to right: 06, 07, 08, 09, 10.

06: a muted, mid-tone raspberry pink.

07: a vivid, fuchsia pink.

08: a dusty, browish-plummy-pink.

09: a dusty, brown-reddish-rose.

10: a muted, plummy-raspberry.

From left to right: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

11: a deep, red-burgundy.

12: a muted, rosy-brick-red.

13: a mid-tone, reddish-coral.

14: a muted, turmeric.

15: a warm, nude-brown.

From left to right: 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.

16: a rosy-peachy-brownish-nude.

17: a yellow-based, peachy-brown-nude.

18: a muted, mid-tone peach.

19: a cantaloupe orange.

20: a vibrant, yellow-based orange.

From left to right: 21, 22, 23.

21: a pastel, cool-toned blush pink.

22: a pastel, mid-tone, mamey-pink.

23: a pastel, apricot-peach.

My favorite products from Les Merveilleuses Laduree Beaute are the Pressed Cheek Color blushers (surprising, I know right!). These beautiful, cameo embossed blushes come in 20 shades, and all of them have a matte finish. The texture is smooth, soft, and slightly dry yet buttery if that makes sense. All of the Pressed Cheek Colors are pigmented; therefore, you can apply a soft wash of color, or layer for more intensity. On my normal/dry skin, these blushers never go on patchy, look chalky, and last for an average of 5-6 hours.

One thing I must get off my chest: Laduree, I'm still sore at you for discontinuing the divinely rich shades of 08, 12, and 15, and replacing them with the ever-so-common, pastel 21, 22, and 23. There, I said it. 


Won't You Come Up For A Spell? Bath & Body Works' Purrfect Pumpkin Shower Spell

Happy Halloween month, everyone! I love, love, love, love, love Halloween (and yes, everyday is Halloween), and as soon as October 1st rolls around, I'm filled with blitheness and mirth for All Hallows' Eve.

Bath & Body Works Purrfect Pumpkin Shower Spell's (I love how BBW changed the verbiage from gel to spell) packing is a total scream. I love the shower spell's orange coloring, the cute carved jack-o-lantern, the cute black cat and his adorable pumpkin shaped head, and mischievous grin.

Purrfect Pumpkin's key notes are: Carved Pumpkin, Spooky Cinnamon, Black Ginger, Moonlight Vanilla, and Spiked Amber; even the note description has a creepy twist.

The shower spell is a nice, subtle brew of pumpkin, spicy cinnamon, and apple cider, which is odd because there is no mention of apple in the key notes nor ingredients...I guess that's the trick in this spookish seasonal treat.

Purrfect Pumpkin Shower Spell is a frightfully perfect redolence of fall, October, and Halloween.

Have you tried any of Bath & Body Works Halloween releases?


A Never Ending Summer Ahahah Ahahah Ahahah...ADDICTION Tint Lip Protector + More

Originally, the ADDICTION Tint Lip Protector + More were going to be part of the "Should It Stay Or Should It Go?" Series, but the jury is still out on their fate.

Lately, I feel as if all I ever do is bitch about the weather (and, I do), and today is no exception. Yesterday was pure hell, with temperatures reaching 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit). Apparently, autumn is running on Cuban time.

Before I get into the actual product, I want to mention how much I like the weighty, clear, square base and silver lid packaging of the Tint Lip Protector + More.

I own four of the eight ADDICTION Tint Lip Protector + More, and they've been under house arrest in my makeup bag. The Tint Lip Protector + More is an emollient based product that can be used on the eyes, cheeks, and lips. They can be worn as is, or as a base, and I've found the best way to apply them is with the fingers. Although they don't slip and slide all over the face, the products formula does maintain its creamy-balm texture. Also, the Tint Lip Protector + More contains SPF 20, and has a strong rose-geranium scent. Thankfully, the scent doesn't linger after application.

From left to right: 003 Moon Dance, 004 So Moody, 005 Summertime Kiss, 008 Amazing. 

003 Moon Dance (limited edition): a pinkish-beige-ivory with micro silver shimmer.

004 So Moody (limited edition): a rosy-beige-nude.

005 Summertime Kiss: a tangerine-orange.

008 Amazing (limited edition): a fuchsia-pink.

As lovely, and dewy a highlighter Moon Dance is, the silver shimmers are noticeable; causing me not to love it as much as I wanted to. Furthermore, Moon Dance needs touching-up after 3-4 hours. I like using So Moody on my lids and cheeks; I especially love the dewy sheen (without the creasing) it gives my lids. Summertime Kiss (the most emollient of the four) is the biggest bummer of the bunch; when you first put it on it looks gorgeous on the cheeks, but after two hours it disappears. If I want to preserve Summertime Kiss' color, I'll need to set my cell's alarm to remind me every two hours. Out of the four shades I own, 008 Amazing is the most pigmented, least emollient, and longest lasting; it looks gorgeous on the cheeks.

Unless your wearing some kind of balm, or gloss, under or over the Tint Lip Protector + More, when wore alone, I found them very drying on the lips and cause them to peel; hence, I'll be skipping that application option.

Look Breakdown:
Guerlain L'or Radiance Concentrate With Pure Gold Make-up Base
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 in NC30.
ADDICTION Tint Lip Protector + More in 005 Summertime Kiss (on the cheeks).
ADDICTION Tint Lip Protector + More in 003 Moon Dance (applied on the on the bridge and tip of the nose, brow bone, on the cheek bones, chin, and cupid's bow).
B & C Browlash EX Water Strong W Eyebrow in Grey Brown.
By Terry Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush in 2 Cream.
MAC Paint Pot in Utterly Becoming (eyeshadow base).
ADDICTION Tint Lip Protector + More in 004 So Moody (all over the lid).
ADDICTION Eyeliner Pencil in 09 Rabbit Hole.
Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara in 27 Mirage (on the upper lashes).
ADDICTION Sparkling Colored Mascara WP in 01 Tough Love (on the upper and lower lashes).
MAC Lip Pencil in Stripdown.

I do remember liking the other shades in the collection: 001 Paranoia Paranoia, 006 Apres Swim, and 007 Door Open (002 Babyish was too pale for my complexion). But, I'll have to revisit them at the counter before committing to a purchase.

My feelings are conflicted with the way I feel towards this product. Some days, I like their sheer, wash of color and luminosity; giving me an effortless, natural "non-makeup" look that still looks put together. Yet, other times I find myself dissatisfied with the pigmentation of some of them, and wanting...I don't know...more?

Have you tried the ADDICTION Tint Lip Protector + More?


Let's Go Slumming On Park Avenue...Addiction Park Avenue Princess Nail Polish

069 Park Avenue Princess is a cool-toned, deep, brownish-plummy-dusty mauve with a creamy, jelly finish. I wasn't drawn to this shade during summer, felt it was better suited for fall and spring.

With 1 to 2 coats, Park Avenue Princess has a very pretty, cloudy translucences, but just like Montauk Wind, the polish requires 3-4 coats to get complete opacity. Either way, both finishes are pleasing.

Again, as with Montauk Wind, Park Avenue Princess wears for 4 to 5 days without a chip in sight. 


When Life Gives You Lemons, Don't Make Rose Lemonade...Tasty Related, Not Beauty Related

I'm not a fan of rose scented or flavored things (there are a few rare exceptions). But, I do enjoy a tall, cold glass of lemonade.

After several weeks of seeing Fentimans' Rose Lemonade at Several 7-11's, it was time to try this blush pink-colored beverage.

Fentimans's description of Rose Lemonade:

 "Complete with complex notes of lemon and the signature addition of ginger spice, our Rose          Lemonade gets both its name, falvour, and unique blush pink colour from pure rose extract infusions  from the world famous Rose Valley in Kazanlak, Bulgaria."

Poppycock, this repulsive concoction is an assault to the taste buds. The drink taste like a carbonated vinegar with rose flavoring; nothing tasty or refreshing. And, at 398yen, it's down right offensive!

I'm almost compelled to ask the 7-11's manager, "do you know what's on your shelves (finger wagging angrily in the direction of Fentimans' Rose Lemonade)? Do you know how horrible this tastes?!"

Have you tried Rose Lemonade, or any other drinks from Fentimans? 

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