Jouer Serves Up Cool Pink Lips and Sheer Bronzed Skin for Summer 2011

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

I’ve heard about days like today — sunny days in San Francisco — but always thought they were myths or legends. πŸ™‚ Just kidding, of course. San Francisco does get sunny days, despite the many postcard pics of the Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog, and today was one of them. It was so sunny and hot, in fact, that I probably could have fried a petrified dragon egg on the sidewalk (yes, I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones).


Not a cloud in the sky!

Not expecting it to be as warm as it was today, I did a full face of makeup for my meeting in the city, with foundation, concealer, powder, blush, eyeshadow, mascara, eye primer — the whole nine yards. Then, after the meeting, I started sweating on the short walk back to the car. The tiny trickle o’ perspiration that tickled its way down the side of my face got me thinking about simple summer makeup, and I couldn’t wait to get home so I could slip into some Jouer.

The high-end indie brand recently launched two new pieces for sweltering summer days, a Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Peony ($20) and an Oil-Free Sheer Bronzing Tint with SPF 15 ($32), both of them designed to be worn together for a simple yet polished summertime look.

When it’s really hot out, the last thing I want to feel is makeup melting on my skin. With these two lightweight products, that’s not a problem at all.

Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Peony ($20) — Jouer modeled the color of this cool and creamy pink gloss after their Mineral Powder Blush in Peony, a cult fave from the line. Smooth and non-sticky with a faint vanilla flavor and scent, it feels lighter than butterfly kisses and lasts about three hours on me. When it’s not out having fun, this cool-toned pink hangs out at Henri Bendel stores, but it can also be found online. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A

Oil-Free Sheer Bronzing Tint, SPF 15 ($32) — I like the subtle warmth this sheer golden brown tint gives to my skin. The product is easy to layer, but it never looks cakey or streaky, and my pores still feel like they can breath when I have it on. As much as I like it, however, I would love to see it made available in more colors for pale pretties and darker damsels. Like the Lip Gloss in Peony, it isn’t the easiest product to find; it lives at Henri Bendel stores, but it can also be found online. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+

From the left to right: Oil-Free Bronzing Tint unblended, Oil-Free Bronzing Tint blended and Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Peony

And when I feel like I want to wear a little more makeup than this, I might add a brow pencil (like Benefit Instant Brow), some waterproof mascara (perhaps Urban Decay Cannonball) and an oil-absorbing powder (maybe MAC Blot). A simple, minimal makeup look perfect for brunch or an afternoon of lounging by the pool.

Oh, It’s a Game of Thrones

Is it just me, or was that finale a little anti-climactic? After the past few episodes, I was expecting something, I don’t know, more shocking to go along with the raw heart eating and public beheadings.

I still loved every minute, though, and can’t wait for the next season! I don’t know how I’m gonna make it till spring… I guess the books and True Blood (YAY!) will have to tide me over.

How was the rest of your Monday? Is it getting hot out yonder way?


Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. I just spotted MAC Evolution Revolution Lipglass and the other pieces from the Bloggers’ Obsessions Collection on the MAC website and ordered four tubes. It was kind of surreal…

(UPDATE, June 21, 7:41 AM PST: Several MBB readers have commented on the status of the EvRev Lipglass as “Coming Soon.” Not to worry; the collection still hasn’t officially launched yet, so you should be able to get your hands on a tube. πŸ™‚ Word on the street is that it should be up around noon. Will keep you posted!)


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  1. Erin says:

    I ordered my Evolution Revolution as well! I’m so excited to get it!!
    I also picked up Jealousy Wakes, Caqui, Sonoran Rain, and Nitro:licious! I thought this collection was lovely and you did a wonderful job with your lip gloss!
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  2. Amber says:

    The blogger goodies got here so soon! I am mad that I placed a MAC order last week when I should have waited! I’ll just have to wait for the next free shipping code…

  3. Hyzenthlay says:

    I ordered my EvoRevo and Sonoran Rain already, too! πŸ™‚ They’ll be delivered to my parent’s house, as I am heading up there tomorrow.

  4. KSlone says:

    Well crap. I got all excited thinking I was on top of it with the Evolution Revolution spotting!
    I’m just so excited it’s here! Got mine alone with Caqui, Sonoran Rain, Nitro, Jealousy Wakes, Neely, and Hocus Pocus!
    The free shipping code CS108LIVECHAT didn’t work for me. I didn’t know if it was because I get the pro discount or not *shrugs.
    The code TXT is supposed to be a good one too! Scoop these up my fellow makeup lovers!
    I’m soooo excited! Thanks for the beautiful lip glass Karen!

  5. Stephanie says:

    I just ordered myself a tube of Evo Revo as well along with Sonran Rain, Nitro 2046 and Jealousy Wakes! Wanted All My Purple Life as well, but I’m really really white and dark purples make me look gothy no matter how much I love purple. D: Oh well, I’m super excited to try out your gloss your story behind it was so nice and I just wanted to show some support because I really like reading your blog! :]

  6. KSlone says:

    Btw: what did ya’ll think of the ending of Season 3 True Blood? I read the books, and thought the series ending was really corny! not enough to not watch the new season though. Ive got to see how much different the new season is!

  7. Jessi says:

    Oh yay! Off to pick up your lipglass! And that Jouer Peony lipgloss looks pretty, too. But I would much rather have yours!

    And yeah, I was a little shocked that they ended the season with the Daenarys’ story vs Ed Stark’s. But like someone said, it really does seem like the people you think are the main characters really aren’t and are just there to set up the story for the REAL main characters.
    Jessi recently posted … Week 11- Shopping my Stash for Untried Polish- Essie Demure Vixen

  8. Andrea says:

    like the bronze color am really looking for a bronzer it looks good on u.
    about the lippy indeed is not for all skin colors I guess

  9. Kristina says:

    I just ordered Sonoran Rain, Caqui, Evolution Revolution (duh!), All of my purple life, Hocus Pocus, Jealousy Wakes & Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle. I love that each color corresponds with a diffrent part of my life, from office to vampy to free spirit!
    Kristina recently posted … Lipstick Tag

  10. Mayra says:

    Do you know if there’s something wrong on the MAC site? I placed my order for 2 EvRev, and I got my confirmation and everything. However, the blogger’s collection items are no longer showing on the site. I really hope I get the glosses…

    • Karen says:

      I saw that! I dunno what’s going on; my guess is that they’re holding off for the morning. If I’m up at midnight I’m going to check again. Don’t worry; you should be able to get it!

      • Mayra says:

        It’s 1 a.m. here in FL, but I’m up doing homework. I really hope I get them cause I got my sis all excited about it. She read the story behind it, and she thought it was very sweet. I’m gonna keep checking. Congrats again on this awesome product!!!!

        • Karen says:

          Hi Mayra,

          I’ve been checking all morning and the official launch stuff still has yet to roll out. I’ve heard from other gals that they were able to get there tubes. If you got a confirmation then I think you’ll be okay.

  11. Emily says:

    Congrats Karen! So excited for you all! I ordered EvRev, Jealousy Wakes and Sonoran Rain earlier tonight. Can’t wait to get them in the mail!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Emily,

      So glad to hear you were able to get your goodies! I’m still waiting for the official Bloggers Obsessions page to launch… hopefully it’ll be soon!

  12. gio says:

    The Jouer gloss is very pretty and so is yours. Congrats!
    gio recently posted … Product Review- Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Birthday Girl

  13. nidhi says:

    Congrats Karen, Blogger’s collection is not available on MAC german website πŸ™ is it going to launch in europ also?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nidhi,

      It’s an online exclusive available only in North America. I don’t know if MAC has plans to release it internationally, but I hope they do!

  14. Marina says:

    I dream about visiting SF one day, especially that my best friend lives only an hour away and likes to tell how beautiful it is. As for Jouer, never tried anything from the brand but would love to.

  15. Eden-Avalon says:

    (This is where I give myself away and admit I am a nerd before I am a BB…aspiring BB.) GAME OF THROOOOOONES. They ended just about where the book ended, they left out a few things but I was prepared for it to end where it did. At the end of this episode I couldn’t help but feel that the casting was done perfectly – the characters are shaping up nicely. I so so so hope they get a second season!

    It’s so funny. This look is exactly what my boyfriend was asking me to do more of (I’ve been experimenting with colored lips and he does not like!) Haha. I’ll have to study you to be able to pull it off!

    • Karen says:

      I’ve read that the second season is a definite GO! I can’t wait. πŸ™‚

      As for the look above — super easy. I used the bronzing tint on my skin, but if it’s too bronze for you, you could always opt for a tinted moisturizer instead. Dust a little bit of MAC Blot to cut down shine and then apply Jouer Peony Blush on the apples. Apply concealer if you need it, fill in your brows, curl your lashes, add mascara and then apply some gloss and you’re good to go.

  16. Nina says:

    the blogger stuff was gone before i could order. really, MAC? really?

    ugh. so disappointed. :/

  17. Julia says:

    I’m bummed, too…I can’t believe the status had been changed to “coming soon” when I got up at 4:30 (my usual time)!!!

    • Karen says:

      Don’t be bummed! The collection still hasn’t officially launched yet. I think they released a limited amount last night early, and then for some reason or another decided to wait until today.

      I’m waiting to hear back from MAC, so stay tuned! πŸ™‚

  18. kiwikiwidragon says:

    Please tell me Karen, where did you get that beautiful top in those pictures?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kiwikiwidragon,

      It’s a dress by a brand called Lush, and I bought it online about a month ago from Nordstrom. It doesn’t appear to be there anymore, though. If you live near a Nordie’s you might want to check their Juniors section to see if it’s still available.

      • kiwikiwidragon says:

        Bummer, no Nordies near me either! Well unless you count Orlando and I might not get over that way anytime soon. I do have an ULTA trip planned but they are no where near one another! πŸ™ It looks great on you!

  19. Christine Lin says:

    looks like laura mercier packaging

  20. Sarah says:

    I just checked and it still says “coming soon” πŸ™

  21. Glosslizard says:

    Oh, boo! I can’t believe GoT is done for the year already! πŸ™ Well, the new book (A Dance With Dragons!) is coming out on July 12! If you haven’t read the books yet… I envy you the opportunity to read them for the first time! πŸ™‚

    I have MAC on my window and I’m just waiting to order…

    I do love that top!

    • Karen says:

      I’m just about halfway through the first book. I can’t wait to read the second one! Yay for summer reading…

      Okay, so I keep checking the MAC website and it’s still not up yet! Will keep you posted.

      P.S. Got your email last week! I have a draft and am still writing you back.

  22. Kim says:

    Awesome! I’ll be getting some EvRev ASAP! I’m so excited for you! πŸ™‚

    I was pretty happy about the little dragons. It’s not very nice, but I was like “hmm, that’s too bad about the Stallion that Mounts the World and Drogo… oh, look… cute little dragons!”. πŸ™‚ I think Dany burning the witch alive was meant to be in keeping with the shocking theme, but I agree that the other story lines kind of lacked that cliffhanger aspect. In a way, ending the season the moment before the axe fell with Ned may have been more effective! That said, even though I knew the dragons were coming, it was still my favorite part of last night’s episode.

    I’m glad we’re going right into True Blood. Still crossing my fingers for a lot more Eric!

  23. Emily says:

    Hey Karen! I love your blog πŸ™‚ I was just curious where did you get your top/dress from?

  24. luv2smilexo says:

    jouer is increasingly catching my attention. I wish they were more widely available
    luv2smilexo recently posted … Sunday Stuff You Cant Have

  25. Ronnie says:

    Hi Karen,
    I just spent 3 awesome days in the city!! I fell in love with Phil’z coffee while waiting for some incredible French soul food from Brenda’s in the tenderloin. The weather was awesome and I was excited to wear a sweater in the summer bc I live in hot hot hot (105 right now) Fresno, Ca. My highlight was riding electrical bikes over golden gate bridge, Took a break in Sausalito, strolled through the woods, and caught the ferry back. Afterward, we ate the BEST fish & chips at Godmother’s fish and chips.. (the owner is from England and makes them like she learned in her motherland). I could spend a whole day just at Golden Gate Park, I can’t wAit to go again next month! πŸ™‚

  26. Aimey says:

    haay!! haha πŸ˜›

    oh wow? peony lasts three hours? that fyi DEFINITELY caught my eye!

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