Oh MAN I am tired. It's been a pretty fast and fun day. I got to meet Christian Siriano earlier today and happily got his signature on one of the shoes he designed. I'm sure most of you know this but he is TINY. Seriously, like 5'4" or something. Plus, his face is smaller than mine, and I have a really small face! He has a micro-face. He's like a cute olive-eyed puppy and I want to take him home with me.
I was really excited because although I don't currently have cable TV, I actually did watch the season of Project Runway that he was on and wanted him to win from the beginning. The person I want to win never wins on those shows except for him so he has a special place in my heart. When I get my pics back from a friend, I will definitely post it up for you all. I want to post it all together. :D
So getting back to beauty stuff, I've been going through my pics and have found a couple small hauls that I haven't posted yet. They actually contain some of my current favorite beauty items so they are pretty important to share, I think!
The first is a small lippy haul from Beautyticket.com.
I bought Jelly Pong Pong Lip Sorbet in Lychee Fuzz, which is a heavy gloss. The color is a bright coral and it feels pretty nice on the lips but I am not a huge fan of the smell. It has a faint hint of grandma-lipstick scent that I'm pretty sensitive to. It also seems to make my lips peel after wearing it so it hasn't exactly landed on my favorites list.
The other two items I bought were Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipsticks. These I was incredibly impressed with. The texture is creamy and really long-lasting without being drying. One of my favorite attributes of this lippy is that it smells like fresh, sweet mango! Just mouthwatering and super high quality. And do I even have to mention the packaging? It totally oozes class and sexiness with the shiny gold embellishment and mirrored cap.
9 Pink Caress is very pink and is cool-toned on me. The color is pretty and quite bright but would look best with a cool eye and cheek to match, like blues or purples. It would actually probably look better on someone who isn't as yellow-toned as me but I wouldn't say it is un-flattering.
13 Peach Passion is my hit-out-of-the-park. I have come to LOVE this lipstick. I would never have thought that orange lipstick would look good on me but my yellow undertones actually worked in my favor this time! It turns out to be a lovely nude-peach shade on me. I can imagine this not looking great on someone with pale or pink skin, but I am personally a little obsessed with Peach Passion.
Here are some really bad swatches in artificial and natural light. Cloudy days = pics that lean too cool, while the artificial light made it too warm. It's really something in between and a bit less saturated.
And of course coupon codes that came with the goodies.
My second haul is from Hautelook, which is one of those invite-only sites that have designer stuff on major discount. (Click here for an invitation.) Rock and Republic cosmetics had a sale on there for 50% off, so I had to snatch up a couple of Contrived Pressed Blushes (orig. $40 each) which are absolutely superb. I got the mini mascara as a freebie, which I think will be going in my upcoming giveaway.
Huge, weighty, and high-quality. I bought each for slightly less than a NARS blush, but for literally twice the amount of product. Even at full price, this would've been worth it compared to NARS.
This shade is Call Me, a serious dupe for Nars Orgasm, but more pigmented. I LOVE this color and have been wearing it almost everyday.
Kinky is a matte hot pink that is also considerably pigmented but not as much as Call Me (which works better for actual blush application in such a bright shade!) See how giant it is? It feels so rewarding to just hold these. I'm sure they will last forever!
Swatches that are so pretty they make me squeal!
If you can come across any Rock and Republic Contrived blushes or YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks on sale, I highly recommend grabbing them when you can. It's still really pricey but my LAWDY can you get this kind of quality and packaging anywhere else? You get bang for your buck with these brands in terms of pigmentation and lasting power. Nothing low end can touch these products, in my opinion, so it is worth a splurge.
Okay, it is getting super late so I am going to go to bed but I will leave you with this question: What high end products do you think are worth the splurge?
Let me know in the comments!
Love you guys~