Thursday, May 28, 2015

Multi-Purpose Glow Enhancers Featuring CHANEL, SUQQU and Rouge Bunny Rouge

>> this post features one item that was provided without charge by the brand / pr for consideration<<

While I love the bright highlight of Guerlain Cruel Gardenia (here), there is only one way to use powder highlighters.  After I do my makeup, use a brush to apply the product where I want to catch the light.  As gorgeous as Cruel Gardenia is (and it really, really is!), it's a tiny bit one note in terms of use.

These days I am drawn to a few liquid products that can do what Cruel Gardenia does, but also a few other things as well!  I have three products that I'd like to show you.

Today we will look at Rouge Bunny Rouge's Seas of Illumination Liquid Highlighter in Sea of Clouds*, SUQQU's limited edition Lighting Liquid and CHANEL's Le Blanc de Chanel.  None of these are one trick ponies, and each provide varying levels of shimmer and brightness that one of these would likely fit your preferences.
What do these illuminators do really? 
  • Like a powder highlighter, these liquids can also deliver targeted glow when applied on top of your base products.  I use my finger tips to tap on and then lightly blend on the tops of my cheek bones, on the bridge of my nose and cupid's bow of my lips.  Basically, where you want to let the light catch a bit more strongly, you can apply.
  • Overall enhancement and glow to your whole face can also be achieved by mixing directly into your foundation or tinted moisturizer and then applied all over the face.  Depending on how pearly or metallic or shimmery, that effect can be subtly created all over your face.
  • Give the barest hint of glow to the skin by applying under your foundation.  You can apply your liquid illuminator all over, or one certain points of your face and then apply your foundation on top as usual.
  • Use alone as a sole base product.  On a low-makeup kind of a day use this as a brightening base for the skin.
:)  Of course, depending on your sparkle-sauce preference you can do several of these options all at the same time, Edward.  Now on to the products we are highlighting (hur hur hur) today:

First up is the Rouge Bunny Rouge one in Sea of Clouds.  They offer two other colors at this time.  They used to offer another deepest shade which seems to be discontinued.  This one, Sea of Clouds is their lightest one.  This is a high pearl and fairly shimmery liquid.  It has a light cucumber scent and small amount packs a wallop.
The pump mechanism dispenses with abandon.  A single glob tends to be more than I would want to use in one application!  It is white with a pearly cool look to it that can be intensified to a high shimmer.  Layering copiously would give a metallic effect.  This one is a slightly thickened liquid and applies easily and blends well with fingers or brush.

This has a pinky beige color and lacks any of the overt shimmer of the Rouge Bunny Rouge.  It looks pearlized as a blob on the skin and when blended out, also has a lovely subtle pearl effect.  I'm going to tell you now that as a limited edition item, if you are dying to try this out, you should make sure you place your order.  Though I am struggling to stop making flippity floppity purchases all over the place, I am DYING to place a backup order of this Lighting Liquid.  SAVE ME!
Despite being loaded with a good deal of alcohol (it is v. high on the ingredient list), I don't have issues with it drying my skin or causing any weird light reflection on the dry patches of my skin.  I am totally loving the subtle pearly tone this one gives.  I've worn this simultaneously under my foundation and also to highlight specific areas and the effect is completely refined and subtle.  Beautiful!

CHANEL Le Blanc de Chanel
You might have noticed that this eventually made it into my blog sale.  And actually, if you like very subtle effect with no noticeable pearl, metal or shimmer, this is a great option.  Applied heavily, it gives a white-toned pale effect on the skin.
What made me chuck this out the door (or wrapped lovingly into a blog sale box), was that it refused to play nice with my regular skincare and sun blocks.  I'm not really sure what did it, but when applied on the skin, it rolled up into weird little balls and that's not the kind of balls-illuminated effect I was going for.
I've swatched each of the three liquid illuminators really heavily for you.  This is way more than I would apply on my face, but it does show the finish well.

I'm very fond of the Rouge Bunny Rouge ones as well.  The Sea of Tranquility (a pink toned one) and Sea of Showers (a warm golden one) have been in my collection of highlighters for a very long time.  Rouge Bunny Rouge provided me with a beautiful bottle of Sea of Clouds recently, allowing me to complete my set.
I find there are differences in finish, as well as the obvious color differences among the three shades.  Sea of Clouds has a pretty stark white base.  I find when applied with drunken abandon produces a big contrast against the strong yellow tones on my face that it appears a bit odd.  This is probably a skin tone incompatibility to this color and the stronger shimmer finish of Sea of Clouds is actually very pretty.
Sea of Tranquility is my most used one because it has a nice harmony with my face most of the year.  It is less shimmery than Sea of Tranquilty as well.  Sea of Showers I tend to save until I am tanner and my skin warmer in the warm weather months.  It makes a glorious summer-time highlighter.

Do you make regular use of illuminating products?  Have you tried any one of the above ones?

By the way, a special discount at the Rouge Bunny Rouge web shop (all regions) is available for the readers of my blog!  For a 20% discount, good to the end of August, use RBR-WONDEGONDIGO20 at the web shop (here).

Hope you are all having a great week!  I am finally getting over my horrible cold and let me tell you, these illuminators are giving me all the help I need for the sad state of my pallid, lifeless skin!

Disclosure: this post features a product(*) that was sent free of charge by the brand/PR for consideration. However, all my opinions are my own! Yes indeed! Please check out my full disclosure policy statement here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Make Me a Makeup Muggle Special Offer in Blog Sale

You can do it!  You can help me clear out my goodies!  I've just lowered prices on all remaining items and offering you a special deal for the US.  Click here to go directly to the blog sale page.

Buy one of my nail polishes and receive free priority mail shipping in the US!  Just make sure to meet the $25 purchase minimum.

Still many lovely things in there!
Thanks to everyone that's already bought from my sale! :)  Everything in boxes and being taken to the post office today.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Big Belly Blow Out Blog Sale (a.k.a. Belly Attempts to Go Makeup Muggle Blog Sale)

As part of my streamlining by beauty life, I did a major stash clean up.  Many of these items are still well loved, but I'd like to make it a teeny bit easier to get ready in the morning by reducing some choices.

Take a look at my now-live Blog Sale page!  You know which brands I love and those are all represented in the sale.  There are MANY beautiful items available, so I hope you will come by and take a look (and make a purchase of course!)!!

While I wait for your request, I am going to be enjoying another slice of my chocolate babka.
 Go to Belly's Blog Sale!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SUQQU Blend Color Eye Shadow Akanezora 13

AHA!  Not everything beautiful is a brand spanking new limited edition release!  I find it so perfectly wonderful that I can go through old releases from SUQQU and find things that are completely pee-in-pants exciting.  Of course, I tend to feature neutral products over and over again, because if anything causes bladder muscle weakness for me, it's neutral eye shadows.  <__<

Akanezora was released a while back and I'm pretty sure I originally had zero interest in it because of the cream shade and the fact that this quad is heavy on the rosy pink tones.  I was pretty sure pink eyes was never going to work for me and mixing creamy things in a powder palette spells death, DON'T IT THOUGH?

Wrong on both counts, BELLY!  WRONG!  I have no shame admitting to being wrong on many things and learn lessons all the time.  First of all, depending on the pinks, I can wear them.  And because the cream in SUQQU Yukiichigo was so marvelous and easy to apply, I said what the heck I get this one too buy all the SUQQU things because NEED.  
I do worry about the cream drying out, so lately I am on a huge run of wearing THREE eye shadow palettes and these SUQQU cream based palettes.  Because fear of desiccated death to creams.
Since being thoroughly immersed in the multi-colored micro shimmer-gasm of all the new SUQQU releases, I actually find myself a teeny bit ho-hum about the lack of complex shimmer in Akanezora.  Do you know what I mean?  But it turns out the things I enjoy the most about Akanezora is the harmony of textures and complimentary tonal match of the pinks and the brown.
I initially thought that Akanezora would have some similarities in color to Sakurakaba, but just lining up the pans together shows that the amber tones of Sakurakaba (here) doesn't exist at all in Akanezora.

But there is something else!

Even with the big differences between the two, I found some similarities once applied on my eyes between Akanezora and Yukiichigo.  Of course, Akanezora doesn't have the incredible sparkle-sauce cream shade of Yukiicigo, and on many days, that is not a bad thing at all.
Some swatches of each palette to show you.  :)  Mainly just showing off the pretty palettes.  Yukiichigo on the left and Akanezora on the right.
It doesn't have the marshmallow candy confection look of Yukiichigo, but does have a rosy beautiful look applied.  I love how the pinks layered over the brown cream creates all the shading and variation depth even though it was applied in a very straightforward manner (layered on),
I have Akanezora on the eyes, and also SUQQU creamy liner in Jet Bordeaux.  Chanel JC in Narcisse for blush.  I also topped all the high points of my face with Rouge Bunny Rouge liquid highlighter in Sea of Tranquility.  On my lips, I am wearing SUQQU Bright Up in 02 Hanabeni.
About as blank and empty in the brain as this picture would rightly indicate.
I love a beautiful neutral palette, don't you!

I've been thinking lately about closing down shop here permanently.  A lot of the joy and fun I have with this blog has been maximized and I found myself a little... bored?  Is that the right word?  I think as far as a personal-type blog goes, I spent a fair amount of time, money and effort going all out and wonder if I've gone as far as I can.  I really have no intent on monetizing and I wouldn't ever do something like this full time.

I find that the longer I blog and the longer I explore my own makeup preferences, I've become even more narrow in scope and interest.  I've always been kind of niche with the stuff I like, but I've become a level of ridiculously narrow that it feels even more indulgent than I can stand!  I think I will hopefully love the Rouge Bunny Rouge and SUQQUs for a long time to come and my true affection for certain brands live on, but finding intellectually interesting and/or challenging ways to share my thoughts come by much harder now.  :)  After all, how many more Snow Woman - Zombie - Peony - Gopher posts can I possibly do?

I'm also thinking about deleting this blog completely.  What's all this porn traffic coming into my blog all the time, man?!  D:  I hope there's no sites with the Snow Woman in compromising positions somewhere out there on the interwebz!

I think it would be nice to free up my brains from all the makeup-related and blog-related thoughts.  Who knows!  Maybe then I will have the mental capacity to go out and do some more productive things.

When, you ask?  I'm not sure.  Have a few more post ideas rattling around at the moment.  After that?  Who knows?
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