With the Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo Bronzers, Subtlety Plays a Big Part

Published in: Daily Beauty, Face, Guerlain

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The Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duos ($53 each, available now online and at Guerlain counters and Sephora)

If there’s one thing Guerlain “gets” better than most brands it’s bronzers. They do toasty, tanned glows so well.

The latest additions to their brood of bad-@ss bronzers, the $53 Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duos, are available now in four shades — 00 Light Blondes, 02 Natural Blondes, 01 Clair Brunettes and 03 Naturel Brunettes — and even though their names correspond to different hair colors, I don’t think you have to necessarily stick to your matching shade. Myself, I bounce back and forth between 02 Naturel Blondes and 01 Clair Brunettes.

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Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo in 00 Light Blondes

These face powder duos pair a bronzing shade for warmth with a brighter pop of color for radiance in every pan, and breaking with their own tradition when it comes to bronzers, Guerlain made these less pigmented this time around. These are more like light golden tan browns than the rich bronzed browns I’m more accustomed to seeing from the brand.

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Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo in 02 Naturel Blondes

The goal was to glow without looking garish, so subtlety plays a big part — more subtlety than usual for bronzers by Guerlain.

And that’s also a caveat. When I wear these, I don’t really see a major wow factor on my medium-toned skin. The effect may be a little too subtle for some makeup lovers, especially darker divas, and especially considering the $53 price.

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Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo in 03 Naturel Brunettes


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MAC Unsung Heroes: Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Brownluxe

Published in: Eyes, MAC Makeup, Palettes, Unsung Heroes

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MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Brownluxe ($40, available now in the MAC permanent collection)

One of the downsides of deep-cleaning one’s office (yes, Operation Get My Sh*t Together is still ongoing) is finding a huge mound of stale cat treats behind a box of eye palettes and realizing, “Holy freaking crap! I’m the woman who had a pile of stale cat treats in her office and has no idea how long they were there!”

It could have been days, weeks or even years, and frankly I’m surprised that Tabs didn’t find them, because I’m sure he would have “removed” them for me.

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Before you click away thinking, “This woman is crazy,” I do have a point, and it is this: one of the upsides of deep-cleaning one’s office is rediscovering long-loved and lost gems like MAC Brownluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow.

If you like wearing eyeshadow but feel like your blending skills are lacking, and/or you’re often in a hurry to get out the door, and/or you can’t bear the thought of buffing out three layers of Soft Brown with your 217, YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE.

“Five complementary shades that glide on and blend beautifully for infinite day-to-night looks: egg shell, frosty orange gold, light yellow chocolate, deep bronze, blackened plum with pearl. Matte to highly pearlized finish.”

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MAC Brownluxe

MAC Brownluxe

MAC Brownluxe belongs to the Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow family, a group of powder shadow palettes in the MAC permanent line. It’s one of eight Veluxe Pearlfusion palettes available now for $40 each.

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A few of the MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadows…

The MAC Veluxe Pearlfusions have a different formula than the regular MAC powder shadows that come in the round pans. Softer and silkier, they feel almost creamy to the touch.

Each Veluxe Pearlfusion palette (Plumluxe, Copperluxe, Peachluxe, etc.) has its own distinct color theme, and within each palette, you get five Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadows hand-selected to work together in that particular theme.

Browluxe, one of my favorites in the Veluxe Pearlfusion fam, has a soft, shimmery eggshell beige; a satiny, medium golden tan; a glittery, orangey gold; a shimmery chocolate; and a shimmery, deep plummy brown — all colors that I could happily wear daily for the rest of my life based on how I’ve been feeling lately, ’cause I’ve been all about #datneutrallife.

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Swatches of MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Brownluxe on my NC42 skin

But it’s not just the Brownluxe colors that I like. The Veluxe Pearlfusion formula is also just plain fab. It’s really, really easy to blend. Even if you’re completely new to eyeshadow, I think you could do a look incorporating two or three (or maybe even all five!) of these colors, and have it turn out looking like you know exactly what you’re doing.

I don’t know what kind of cosmetic witchery is at work, but it’s probably related to the creamy formula. Erasing edges between the colors and creating diffused gradients that seamlessly transition from light to dark, which are telltale signs of someone who’s been blending for a while, is easy with these shadows.

Brownluxe is the best if you’re always running late (story of my life). I wore it yesterday to a meeting in the city with some beauty folks, and I only had 20 minutes to do a full face of makeup from start to finish. Brownluxe helped me quickly do a neutral cat eye, which I paired with a bright hot pink lip (MAC Pink Pigeon), and I think it turned out looking like I spent 45 minutes instead of 20.

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Wearing MAC Brownluxe on my eyes


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Napoleon Perdis Rebirth of Venus Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil: If It’s Good Enough for a Goddess…

Published in: Daily Photo, Napoleon Perdis, Skin Care

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Napoleon Perdis Rebirth of Venus Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil ($39), available now online and at Neiman Marcus

This makeup removing cleansing oil has placenta in it…

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At first, this really, really freaked me out. I kept thinking of that scene in The Matrix when you see all of the people being farmed in those pods, or like when old-@ss vampires seek out newborns to drain because it gives them extra strength for a clan war or something…

Anywho! Overactive imagination much?

What were we talking about? Cleansing oil??

To use Napoleon Perdis Rebirth of Venus Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil ($39 for a 4.9-oz. bottle), apply a small amount to your face while your skin is dry (don’t dampen your skin first with water — that’s the key), massage it in, and then rinse with water.

As for the whole placenta thing…the kind used here in the ingredients is called Marine Placenta.

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And because knowledge is power, I did a quick search on “placenta,” specifically “marine placenta,” and apparently it’s an ingredient often used in beauty products as a humectant (used to keep things from drying out). It’s derived from salmon eggs (source and source).

Who knew?

Just a little random Thursday night food for thought if ingredients interest you…
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Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starblush: Mmm… Doesn’t a Baked Starblush Sound Delicious Right Now?

Published in: Face, Makeup, Product Reviews, Smashbox

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Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starblush ($32)

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starblush“Uh, yes, I’ll take a Baked Starblush and a tall Caramel Macchiato, please…”

I really like this product’s name: Baked Starblush. It sounds both astronomical and tasty. :) This here is the Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starblush, one of two new $32 shimmery baked highlighters (the other one is called Starburst) containing five individual shades (there are two of each color) — in this one’s case a soft white, a soft pink, a rosy pink, a dusty rose and a bright rose. Both are available now online and at Smashbox counters, Nordstrom, Ulta and Sephora.

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Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starblush

Starblush, which you can wear on your cheeks, eyes, face and body, creates a subtle veil of light pink shimmer, and it’s one of those considerate subtle veils that doesn’t emphasize pores. With a finish about halfway between a super shiny BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector and a less intense Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, it’s probably better for lasses with light and medium skin tones, because it might look ashy on deeper damsels.

As for wear time, on my combination oily/dry skin, it lasts between six and seven hours.

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Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights in Baked Starblush


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Lush, Bold Maria Christofilis Fleur 09 Eau de Parfum Spray Blooms With White Flowers

Published in: Fragrance

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I like sniffing out scents that you can’t find on every beauty shelf and every fragrance counter, and this one, Maria Christofilis Fleur 09 Eau de Parfum Spray, definitely catches my nose’s attention. It’s an unabashedly bold and upfront white floral and citrus blend very much like a Tom Ford perfume, and it doesn’t back down from start to finish.

The official fragrance notes sound a little like a travel brochure: Sicilian yellow mandarin essence, Calabrese bergamot essence, bitter orange tree leaf water absolute, Moroccan orange flower extract, Tunisian orange blossom absolute, Indian tuberose absolute Orpu, Mexican Vanilla bean absolute and benzoin tears extract from Laos…

Benzoin tears?

Yeah, I also stopped in my tracks when I read that one.

What are benzoin tears? Apparently, they are secreted from ducts formed on deciduous and evergreen shrubs after they receive a severe wound.

Fascinating.
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