Product Review: Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quad in Les Sables (#15) — with swatches

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I’ve mentioned before that Guerlain has been one of my beauty-product obsessions of 2014, and the Autumn 2014 collection has been on my mind for the past few weeks. I was curious about one of the Ecrin 4 Couleurs eye shadow “quads,” but I wasn’t certain how it would look in person or whether it would work for me.

I had my chance to find out a few weeks ago, when I had my makeup done at Bergdorf Goodman’s Guerlain counter last month and the Guerlain regional makeup artist selected Les Sables from her pile of products and began using it on me.

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Product Review and Swatch: Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Fall in Rose (#366)

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You might have noticed that I’ve been looking forward to Guerlain’s launch of its new-and-improved KissKiss lipsticks, officially known as KissKiss Shaping Lip Cream Colour. Maybe it’s just because I have extra time on my hands right now, but I’m fascinated by all things Guerlain (even more than usual) and I’ve been stalking photos of these lipsticks on foreign beauty blogs. They arrived at American department stores about two weeks ago, with new shades and new (black!) packaging.

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Product Review: Tony Moly Crystal Lovely Eyes Shadow-Liner Duo (05)

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Last week I made my first visit to the first Tony Moly store in the United States. I was lured to Tony Moly by the rumors of hand creams in containers shaped like apples and lipsticks in cases shaped like cats and all sorts of glitter and twinkle and cuteness. I was not disappointed. (Well, they don’t have the cat lipsticks, yet… but I live in hope.)

Being me, I managed to seek out a more practical item or two amidst all the fun. I picked up a pencil called Crystal Lovely Eyes (or, as the product itself reads, Crystal Lovley Eyes) for $8.

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Product Review: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiian Smolder

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Burt’s Bees recently launched its newest cosmetics item, the 100% natural Lip Crayon. The official product description promises “lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with shea butter, kendi oil, and jojoba oil” as well as creamy matte color and moisture-rich wear” with no added flavor or fragrance.

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Product Review: Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Buttercream Cleansing Cream

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As far as facial cleansing goes, I’m still loyal to LUSH’s 9-5 for a morning rinse and Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser for evening makeup-removal and a deeper clean. On especially warm and sticky days of the summer, however, I’ve been using Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Company’s Buttercream Cleansing Cream once or twice a week when I need a little extra something to wash away the day’s sweat and grime.

Buttercream Cleansing Cream is a thick, waxy product packaged in a glass jar. When you scoop out a small amount and work it onto damp skin, however, it alters into a thin, liquid-y cream with light foam. It’s actually a combination of soap with moisturizing ingredients, so it cleans without leaving my face feeling tight and dried out.

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