November was November…. kinda drizzly, kinda grey and pretty darn cold… but there were a few things in the beauty world that were warming my heart.
I fell in love with Barielle for one…
NOTD – Barielle Falling Star – Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
So, I’m not a big glitter fan. I’m really not. I don’t mind how it looks (as long as it’s not rainbow coloured)… but the thought of the removal process makes me want to stick forks in my eyes.
Barielle sent me a couple of shades for review, and I may have physically shuddered in a glitter-induced repulsion when I saw this one.
I mean look…. it’s chunky!
However, the polish itself is a beautiful mid-toned blue, infact it’s quite an unusual combination… I’ve never seen blue and copper combined like this in a polish. Website describes it as gold, but it’s definitely a more rose gold/coppery colour.
I am *so* on a blue kick since that George beauty. And this Barielle shade is doing nothing to quench those flames! B-e-a-utiful!
I don’t like the rough feeling that glitter polishes leave and despite a top coat… my mani still felt bumpy but there’s no denying the blue/copper combination works.
I’ve waited ’till removal before writing up this post, and removal was just as horrible as I had anticipated… in the end, I poured some polish remover into the cap of the bottle and soaked each finger individually before I developed RSI from all the wiping.
These Barielle’s are probably some of the longest-wearing polishes I’ve used. 6 days in with this one and I have absolutely no tip wear. Application was fine, with no issues at all. I don’t know if glitter polishes tend to have more or less issue with application than normal? But this was good.
I dazzled with the Ben Nye Lumiere Palette…
Ben Nye Lumiere Palette First Look & Swatches – Thursday, November 19th, 2009
Screw my schedule, let’s have some eye candy!
The shadows are huge! So although it’s expensive… you do get a lot of product for your money.
Here’s some individual shots of each pan…
Finally, check out the rich pigmentation in some skin swatches…
I am completely in love with this palette and would happily go so far as to say that it’s my favourite thing I’ve bought all year! Which is quite an accolade considering it’s mid-November…
…and I discovered a rather beautiful lipstick:
Helena Rubinstein Stellars Showlights Lipstick – Sunday, November 15th, 2009
Hello my pretty!
I discovered her hiding under a pile of soaps at my local T.K. Maxx… let me introduce you to “Bubble Pink” as we shall call her from now on.
Seriously, have you ever seen a more outrageously girly lipstick in your life?
I know… that’s almost indecent. Glitter bomb on a stick. A pink stick.
This really shouldn’t work for anyone over the age of 7. And it definitely shouldn’t work for a lady knocking on the door of 30 (by ‘knocking’ I mean ‘ungracefully sprinting in the opposite direction of’).
So does it work?
The topmost layer of glitter is an overspray… after the first application it’s a lot more subtle as you can see above. The pink is a beautiful soft bubblegum pink which is neither too warm, nor too cool. The shimmer (whilst apparent) doesn’t overpower nor look frosty. It’s just ‘glitters’.
I was most taken aback by the texture… yes, there’s a teeny bit of gritiness… but nothing compared to what I expected considering how packed full of sparkle it is. I find it actually quite moisturising and my teeth aren’t set on edge every time I press my lips together.
Whilst wearing this, be sure to kiss lots of people for whom glitter prints would be highly inappropriate.
I want to be buried wearing this lipstick.
And if you think it’s too shimmery for me… I can’t hear you *la la la laalalala*.
I’m hoping this November will be as glitzy!