Jan 16, 2017

My Burberry Black Eau de Parfum

My Burberry Black Eau de Parfum - Perfume Review
My Burberry Black Eau de Parfum
Fragrance Notes:  Sun-drenched Jasmine, Peach Nectar, Candied Rose, Amber Patchouli
Style:  Floral. Sexy. Intimate

My Burberry Black is a recently launched flanker to the original My Burberry (that was launched a while back).  While the original is designed as a light summer fragrance with floral and green notes that sound good on paper, it leaves a sour/bitter note as it dries down on my skin, so not really one of my favorites.  My Burberry Black, thankfully, doesn't behave the same way.  

The bottle that houses My Burberry Black perfume is classic Burberry in its design, an elegant square glass bottle with the fabric around the neck and the cap of the bottle celebrating the trench coats that the design house is so famous for.  Moving on to the perfume itself, this opens with a fruity blast that mingles in with soft floral notes of jasmine and rose as the perfume settles into the skin.  A warm sweetness rounds out the perfume, but there is also a bright green note mingling in with the fruity florals that keeps it from getting into the cloying sweet category.  I love fruity florals, so it's no surprise that I quite like My Burberry Black.  I do find it a bit too strong, though, and even the tiniest spritz lasts a long time on my skin.  I could even smell it on my laptop one time!  Overall, a good pick for cooler winter nights, but best used in small doses and probably not around someone with a sensitive nose.

Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette - Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette Photos Swatches
Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette ($49) at urbandecay.com

While Urban Decay Naked palettes continue to be quite popular among the makeup community, I think some of their darker, more vibrant palettes are equally amazing if not better.  The latest in the non-nekkid palette category is the Urban Decay Afterdark Eyeshadow Palette.  This is currently showing up as out-of-stock on the Sephora website, but it might be available in stores, and of course, it is still available on the Urban Decay website.  Designed for creating darker, richer makeup looks, this palette contains 10 jewel-toned eyeshadows in shimmering, metallic and duo-tone finishes.  Scroll on for swatches.

Jan 15, 2017

NARSissist Unfiltered I and II Cheek Palettes - Photos, Swatches

NARSissist Unfiltered I and II Cheek Palettes Photos Swatches
NARSissist Unfiltered I Cheek Palette ($59) at Sephora
Blush Shades:  Watch Me - | Me First | Take Over
Out There | Chic | Exhibit A

NARS comes out with some awesome palettes every year, and they are usually a good value - both in terms of convenient packaging as well as the product included in the palette.  The NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palettes are a good example.  These 6-pan blush palettes are available in two versions - Unfiltered I which is the more pigmented of the two with darker/warmer colors and Unfiltered II which has softer cooler colors.  The individual blush pans are big enough to comfortably pick up product with a brush without mixing up the colors, and the palettes themselves are convenient  for travel.  Scroll on for more.

NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 Makeup Collection - Photos, Swatches

NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 Makeup Collection Photos Swatches
NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 Makeup Collection - Photos, Swatches

NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 makeup collection is inspired by the colors of nature, flowers and trees, and features delicate shades of taupe, shimmering copper and bronze, and bright purple, a color palette reportedly inspired by the movie Brother Sun, Sister Moon.  The makeup collection includes blushes, NARS velvet shadow sticks, lip colors, and two eyeshadow duos.  I found most of the products in stores - both Nordstrom and Sephora - and will try to update the missing ones in a bit.  Scroll on for more photos and swatches.

Jan 13, 2017

Lush H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment

Lush H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment - Review
Lush H'Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment

Lush H'Suan Wen Hua - I haven't the faintest idea how to pronounce that name!  Thankfully, the Lush store I go to isn't very huge, and I can usually spot a tub of this hair treatment quite easily.  I amn't sure what I would do if I have to ask an SA to grab this for me.  Naming issues aside, Lush H'Suan Wen Hua is one of my favorite haircare products.  If you are unfamiliar with Lush hair treatments, these are usually applied to hair prewash, left in for a bit, and then washed out.  For my wavy, frizz-prone, dry hair, I rotate between two of Lush's hair treatments - this one and the Lush Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze (which I would recommend as a moisture boost for dry, damaged hair).  Filled with protein-rich eggs, moisturizing ingredients like banana and avocado, and shine-enhancing balsamic vinegar, Lush H'Suan Wen Hua restores dry, dull hair and leaves it feeling (and looking) healthy and shiny.  This hair treatment also has rosemary oil and bay leaf infusion that helps revitalize tired scalp. Scroll on for more.