And the ref counts, “…seven…eight…nine…10!” Ding-ding-ding-ding-ding!
That’s it, folks. It’s over. The new $69 Guerlain Terra Nerolia is a knockout!
But seriously, in what world is $69 reasonable for a bronzer? My accountant mother certainly wouldn’t approve. She likes to walk places because of the stray coins she finds along the way (love you, Mom!).
Of course, she isn’t obsessed with bronzer, either, so there’s also that…
To even consider Guerlain’s new Terra Nerolia, you should probably love bronzer (like, you wear it every single day and feel naked without it) and have a debilitating weakness for luxe brands.
Because sh*t’s really, really expensive…so you’re going to want to love it on every single level.
And that’s exactly what Guerlain wants.
They started with the presentation and Terra Nerolia’s sunburst pattern. The first time I opened the over-sized 0.67-ounce pan and saw that gold, peach and bronze, I thought two words: Ancient Mayans.
Then I caught a whiff of the tiare flower scent and thought, “Hawaiian vacation.”
Guerlain suggests mixing the powders together for a subtle, satiny sheen, but truth be told, the first few times I wore it, I felt like the gold shimmer overspray was doing a little too much, like the glitter was overpowering the bronzer.
I was relieved when the overspray wore off, and I actually love Nerolia more now that it’s just a bronze and a peach. Like a kick-@ss duo.
I usually use the bronze by itself to contour, swiping it below my cheekbones, along my chin and around the edges of my face to warm my skin tone and define my features, and the peach as a blush, but I might also mix both powders together, and buff them on my body for a peachy bronze satin glow.
Terra Nerolia has all the hallmarks of a great bronzer from Guerlain — finely-milled powders, all-day staying power, no streaks, and it adds warmth without venturing into orange Oompa Loompa territory.
Best for: Guerlain lovers looking for a bronzer that appears soft, and not harsh, on the skin. Of the two bronzers from the Terra Ora summer collection, this one seems like the most flexible one to me, since it can function as a contouring powder, a blush and an all-over body bronzer. I also think it photographs beautifully.
AVAILABILITY: Coming may to Guerlain Counters and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
This one’s for the gardening guys/girls out there…
When El Hub and I first moved here three years ago, we bought a tiny dwarf orange tree.
As a little back story, El Hub has this thing about only planting things that bear fruit, or food, and if something’s purely ornamental, he’s just not into it.
It’s one of those odd quirks that I love about him.
Anywho, after three years of neither fruit nor flowers, our little orange tree is finally producing flowers. It’s covered in little white blossoms, and they smell amazing!
The bees in our neighborhood love the tree, too. They’re always buzzing around the flowers and freaking me out.
I read somewhere that bees can smell fear, and so now whenever I walk past the tree, I mumble, “I’m not afraid! I’m not afraid!” under my breath.
I sure hope the tree bears fruit this year… I’ve actually never eaten an orange just picked from a tree. Gotta cross that off my bucket list, haha.
Do you have any fruit trees, veggies or other edible plants growing at home? Catnip, perhaps?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,