Rants & Raves of the Beauty Obsessed

Self confessed beauty junkie. I love anything that has to do with personal care ranging from handcrafted artisan soap to luxury brand cosmetics combined with writing & having an opinion on everything I try, jumping on the blog train just seemed natural as I love reading other peoples blogs about everything beauty. Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Urban Decay Palette Preen Shadow Box

I have been in love with Urban Decay since it's debut 15 years ago......back when I was a skater girl, a raver, you can see where I am going with this, and Urban Decay was the perfect cosmetic line for me. Fast forward to today and I still absolutely love this line as I have grown up with it. They have the most beautiful yet edgy colors. The perfect makeup line to make whatever statement I wish. I love the loud, shimmery duo chrome colors. Silky, blendable, and lasting. I was lucky enough to obtain the Preen Shadow Box on sale. Beautiful packaging that comes with a travel sized primer, which I consider essential to prep the eyes to really make the shadows pop. This palette also comes with a 24/7 eye pencil in Zero which is a black that glides onto the eyelid like no other pencil before. The color combinations are also endless. The shadows in this box contain Snatch, an iridescent golden peach.
To complement Snatch is Painkiller, a beautiful peacock teal blue
Next on the palette is Mildew, a medium/dark shimmering green that is one of my favorites!
To complement Mildew is Smog, a coppery bronze which pairs beautifully with Mildew!
Being a freak for purple colors, to my excitement is Flash, which I am crazy over, I also like to pair Flash with Mildew. Flash is a medium iridescent purple.
Lastly the palette contains Toasted, a coppery, golden brown, peach color which coordinates with Flash.
Here is a picture of the palette as a whole..........

Now here are the swatches which I used Urban Decay primer with......
Snatch & Painkiller
The eyeliner down the middle is in Zero which I cannot get over how it just glides over the skin and has staying power from hell! I would love to play with them on my eyes and post pictures but am recovering from major back surgery and cannot stand in front of a mirror to do my makeup :o( When I am better though I promise to play around, take pictures and share them with all of you! XOXO Stay beautiful my darlings ;o)
The pictures I promised using Preen after being able to move after surgery :D

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Vs. Dior Addict

Chanel Coco Rouge Shine in Royallieu
Bon Jour darlings. Whew, time flies! I intended on posting this entry much earlier but life had other plans, lol. Now I was going to speak solely about Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine, however, Dior makes quite a similar product. Dior Addict. Now here's the debate, which to splurge on. I must admit I am in love with both......however Dior offers more colors. The romance of of Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine appeals because each color was created by her life and loves. My personal favorites are Boy, a beige tinged pink, and Royallieu, a cooler fuchsia tinged pink, tres lovely! Also only available online. This is a color to stock up on ladies, flattering on both warm, cool, and neutral skin tones. Gorgeous with Safari Ombre Essentielle soft touch eyeshadow, which is how I prefer to wear it. I also bought Fetiche, the color samples below. Now don't be scared off by bright or dark colors as this is a sheer lipshine. Moisterising as well, yes! There are 19 available shades, bulk of them in the pink family and retail for $32.00, a good investment as they leave the lips soft. Romance and Chance are also lovely universal colors.
 Now onto Dior Addict which comes in a dizzying, wonderful array of 54 luscious colors. Now again with the Dior line, these are sheer colors, don't be intimidated. When I initially looked at the color L.A. I thought "wow, bright" then I tested it and it was just the right punch of color. I fell in love immediately! As per Dior's website, Addict was created with 25% less wax then traditional lipsticks. The formula containing an extraordinary reflecting gel resulting in modern transparency, intense plumping hydration, and a magnifying glass effect which intensifies shine, plumps the lips and enhances color. Literally couture for the lips. Colors names after famed locations like New York, L.A., Tokyo, Miami, Gibraltar.....you get the idea. Aside from L.A. on my little haul, I also picked up Basic, a pinkish nude. Baby Rose which looks bright in the tube but perfect on the lips, nice punch of color. Lastly, Rose Deshabille.....a warmer rose than Baby Rose. I'm so sorry I don't have swatches right now as I need to get a new memory card for my camera and I must admit the colors on the site are a tad different then in your hands. Dior Addict retails at $28.00I really can't decide on a favorite! Color selection wise, Dior wins hands down, but Chanel feels absolutely divine on the lips, it has more slip and dare I say a bit more shine. XOXO
 Dior Addict in Basic
 Dior Addict Rose Deshabille
 Dior Addict in Baby Rose
Unfortunately a color sample for L.A. was not available on the website, however what I do love about the site is that there are quite a few shades that are available exclusively online only.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy
Dior Addict in Basic