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Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette EXTASE PINKS: Review & Swatches

In Dior‘s words:  The legendary Dior palette, with its rich and long-lasting colours, offers an infinite range of possibilities. Our advice: Apply the lightest shade to the inside corner of the upper eyelid and a darker shade along the upper lash line. To finish, add a third colour to the corner of the middle lid and, for intensity and emphasis, apply another shade under the lower lash line.

What I say: I love this palettes. Ok, so they’re not the cheapest but the quality makes up for the price tag. Plus, it’s almost impossible to run out of it! This is Extase Pinks, 804, with five gorgeous shimmery eyeshadows:

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Extase Pinks 804

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Pink, dark grey, purple, light grey and a softer pink in the middle

Sleek case

Sleek case

Classy velvet pouch

Classy velvet pouch

Signs of wear and tear - but only after a few years!

Signs of wear and tear – but only after a few years!

Useful instructions - especially for those new to eye makeup

Useful instructions – especially for those new to eye makeup

Light grey (with flash)

Light grey (with flash)

Dark grey & purple (with flash)

Dark grey & purple (with flash)

Shimmery pink

Shimmery pink

Soft pink

Soft pink

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Ingredients

Ingredients

The colour combo is quite interesting, don’t you think? My green eyes like purple – grey combination with a pop of pink in the inner corners…but be warned, this is not your every day palette! However, this would make for a great statement look for those special evenings 😉

On the plus side:

  • a vast number of colour combinations to choose from
  • highly pigmented
  • superb blendability
  • very chic packaging
  • comes with 2 eyeshadow applicators which are pretty durable
  • great staying power
  • a purchase that will last a long time

But… actually no buts this time. Apart from the price, of course. Although, IMO, 50 € isn’t that expensive for 5 eyeshadows of such a decent quality!

PRICE: Around 50 €.

Great dupe: Can’t think of any…Maybe, only maybe wet n wild if you are on a very tight budget.

Would I repurchase? Absolutely!

Sexnmakeup rating: 5/5

Have you tried this palette?

xxx, snm

Tomorrow: November Wishlist

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New Makeup Looks

As I’m learning at my makeup artist school, looks are all that matters.  😀

So, these are  Clarins, Chanel, Dior and Lancôme  autumn 2012 looks:

Clarins

Chanel

Dior

Lancôme

Chanel Look is my No.1 this season…

What’s your favourite?

My wishlist…

Currently I’m lusting after this beauties:

1.) MELVITA ROSE FLORAL WATER
2.) DIOR DIORSKIN POUDRE LIBRE

3.) YSL FAUX CILS

4.) LA MER The Radiant Serum

5.) …and of course, a large shopping bag by Chanel!

Stay posted and don’t forget TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!!!

LADIES AND GENTS, WHAT IS ON YOUR WISHLIST? 😉

Dior Lip Maximizer review

If you’re into one-offs  (including one night stands), skip this one. It’s just too good for that.

What Dior says:

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer: Collagen active lip-gloss

Dior presents a revolutionary lip care system that boosts volume instantly and restructures in the long term, thanks to a unique blend of hyaluronic and marine-based fillers that smooth, moisturize and leave lips irresistibly plump. Apply under regular lipstick or gloss for volume and shine, or morning and night as a 15-day intensive cure. Its fresh mint-vanilla scent makes it even more addictive.

What I say:

I could sum it up in just one word: orgasmic.  It’s just that good. Why? Let’s see:

  • it’s Dior – do you seriously need more proof? ok…
  • very shiny but not over the top (doesn’t make you look like you’ve just eaten half of McDonalds)
  • visibly plumps up your lips
  • cooling effect is very comfy during summer, perhaps not so much when it’s cold outside though
  • such a cute packaging 🙂
  • one tube lasts me at least half a year, which is not so bad for around 25 €
  • it comes in a clear shade (apparently there is one more – ”Apricot”, which I haven’t come across yet)

 

Would I repurchase? Most definitely!

 

 

 

 

 

Dior Diorshow Iconic (in black)

What Dior says:

A Dior exclusive innovation for a revolutionary oblique brush.The incredibly soft elastomer brush features slanted bristles to capture each lash one by one. In one quick stroke, with no special application method necessary, the brush acts like a brushing on lashes. Enriched with a unique lifting formula, Diorshow Iconic sculpts, stretches and curves the lashes with extreme hold and high definition.

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What I say:

I love Dior. I’m a true Dior Addict. But no matter how much I tried loving this, I just couldn’t. .. Due to not-so-rave reviews on MUA (it’s always a good idea to check any high-end products there before splurging on them) I purchased this mascara as a GWP version on ebay.  So glad I didn’t pay the full price! Anyhow, Diorshow Iconic  is just your plain average mascara. Sure, it makes the lashes darker and somewhat thicker. But that’s about it. As my lashes are almost Asian-like poker straight, I always go for a curling mascara. Although Diorshow Iconic is clearly advertised as a curling mascara it did nothing to hold my curl. It did a great job of weighing the lashes back down after a careful application of Shu Uemura eyelash curler though! However, had no issues with smudging and the staying power is alright.

I haven’t found my HG mascara yet, so sticking with L’oreal Lash Architect Waterproof until I do so…

Would I repurchase? As I’m in dire need of a good curling mascara and this is all but, definitely no.

Girls, any recommendations for a mascara that holds the curl???

Dior Nude Natural glow sculpting powder review

I bought this gorgeous powder 2 years ago and still have 1/3 left.  To be fair, I use it only on  special occasions.

Although I have enough makeup to last me 3 lifetimes, I never buy anything on a whim. I see it, I review it, then review it a bit more, sleep on it…and only then if I still want it, I buy it.  That way I make sure I don’t regret it. This expensive bulky case was no exception.

What Dior says:

First color palette compact foundation by Dior, DIORSKIN NUDE COMPACT combines three shades that recreate beauty in its every nuance. It offers incredible comfort and a unique makeup result thanks to its very specific formulation, which contains energizing Mineralized Water. When applied, the powder melts on the skin for a result as natural and satiny as a cream. The complexion is enhanced, luminous and ultra-natural. Mixed with the brush, the three shades make it possible to adjust the color for tailor-made makeup. Used separately, they emphasize the curves of the face and create sophisticated Nude Makeup.

What I say:

Oh, so true! It makes my skin glow amazingly…like my skin’s been photoshopped  😉 Comes in 4 shades, each shade containing 3 separate powders: highlighter, sculptor/blusher and unifier. Comes with a brush that is surprisingly useful! Although, given the hefty price tag, it better be!

PROS:

– medium – and buildable –  coverage

– a little goes a long way, thus lasting a long time

– stays evenly put in moderate climates (not in the summer though, but what does?!)

– covers redness and mild rosacea

– amazingly GLOWY, flawless skin without being too shimmery

– decent brush

– SPF 10

CONS:

– not perfect during summer – skin tends to get oily fast

– due to its decent coverage quite visible under direct sunlight

– may come as too shimmery if you apply too much (less is defo more!)

– might clog pores – it’s a mineral powder after all (titanium dioxide 2.97%)

– hefty price tag (around 50 euros in EU)

TIP:  apply using small circular movements holding the brush at the right angle (90 degrees towards the skin) so it gets into the pores evenly 😉

Would I repurchase?  YES!

If you’ve tried it, let me know what you think! ❤

You know those mornings when you’ve been working on your presentation until 4 am, managed to get 3 hours of sleep and you’re not 22 anymore so it’s visible…this is the perfect powder to make people believe you are, in fact, 22.

Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm review

I got this by accident.  A rather pleasant one…So, let’s see:

What Dior says:

A made-to-measure lip balm that beautifies and durably enhances the lips’ natural color. A customized color result : thanks to its Color Reviver technology, Dior Addict Lip Glow reacts directly with the unique chemistry of each woman’s lips before releasing its color ingredient. Lips seem revived from within, amazingly fresh, full and radiant. In addition, its SPF10 formula enriched with wild mango and luffa cylindrica continuously protects and moisturizes. A universal balm for all lips.

What I say:

This lip balm delivers what it promises. Ok, apart from the ”unique chemistry-revived from within” bit, but big words, just like big boobs, never fail to sell.  The colour of the balm is a very nice baby pink, however when you put it on, can change from a nice sheer gloss that makes your lips plump and sexy to absolutely horrific fuchsia colour, so beware if you’re not a fan of magenta. I’ve had this balm for half a year and couldn’t figure out why and how the colour changes, until I went out in the cold (-5 C) and caught a glimpse of my face. My lips were hot magenta colour, not exactly the look that suits me! 😀

Overall, a nice sheer pinkish gloss that changes colour – perhaps depending on the temperature. Moisturizes just fine and smells very nice. As with the whole Dior Addict range, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous.

Would I repurchase?

Yes, but only if duty-free priced, otherwise I don’t think it’s worth the steep price tag.

My top 5 beauty products

There is a handful of beauty staples I wouldn’t be caught naked without (on nudity some other time :P) :

1.) YSL touche eclat – a well-known HG product among beauty addicts, great for covering those nasty (or perhaps naughty?!) under-eye circles. Tip:  NEVER rub it, but tap it very lightly!

2.) CLINIQUE clarifying lotion – there are very mixed opinions on this one, people seem to either love it or hate it! I’ve been using number 2  for years now and would rather give up on chocolate than this little miracle! True, my skin probably is my best organ (no pun intended this time!), but this toner makes my skin flawless. I use it in the morning and evening, before moisturizing.  My skin used to get quite flaky, especially during winter, but since I’ve been using this that doesn’t happen at all.

3.) Nivea Q10 Firming Body Lotion – I’m yet to find a better moisturizing lotion than this one! Rich but not sticky, pleasant smell, does exactly what it says…for a decent price! Could go on for pages…

4.) Dior 5-colour Eyeshadow – the only eyeshadow that I came across so far (and there were quite a few, believe me!) that could be applied without a quality brush and still get a great blendability and colour pay-off, amazing. The one below is Pink Extase, 804. Might do some swatches soon!

5.) L’oreal Lash Architect Waterproof – The thing is,  I like my makeup glamorous, meaning I’d prefer Chanel or Dior over L’oreal. Yes, I am a makeup snob. But no matter which other mascara I occasionally stray to, I always come back home to this one! Unattractive blue packaging, true, but it does wonders to otherwise average lashes. Will post before/after pics so you can see for yourself.

What are your beauty HGs, ladies and gents? 😉

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