April 23, 2014

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm

top row: sitting on skin, second row slightly blended, bottom row, blended in

Up for review is the Dr. Jart Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm in shade #1494145 . The color is listed as a number and it's the lightest shade they offer. After reading so many wonderful reviews about this product as well as the fact most people agreed it was for fair skin and looked almost white, I had to try it out for myself. It's always difficult to find a perfect matching balm or foundation for my fair skin and as for beauty balms, the Boscia balm is one of the best I had tried in the past but couldn't use it because it's too dark on me. I have to say this balm has a really amazing formula and the shade is the absolute lightest and close to the right tone for my fair skin but it still was slightly dark. If they only took the deep beige-ish pigment out and made it more neutral it would be a perfect match for me. Close but no cigar, the story of my life...

A purifying face cream that provides age defense,hides uneven skintone and blemishes. Botanical formula to purify and calm blemish prone or sensitive skin while also combating dark spots and pollutants for an enhanced radiance. Features SPF 25 protection. Perfect and protect skin instantly with this all-in-one multifunctional Balm. This triple-action formula naturally covers blemishes and uneven skintone, and contains botanical actives to purify and calm blemish-prone or irritated skin. Arbutin works to erase unwanted dark spots, while caviar extract and antioxidants protect skin from inner and outer pollutants for an enhanced radiance. Lightweight with sunscreen protection for simple, one-step neutralizing coverage, this soothing cream delivers results for both women and men.

Formula: The formula is really lightweight and creamy, it goes on smooth and naturally blends beautifully into the skin with no greasy residue. I would say it's a semi-matte formula as it leaves a soft glow on your skin without that make-up feel. It does cover skin flaws and blemishes nicely even if not completely, you can build on application without seeing a caked appearance which was a lovely feature. I like that I could apply as little or as much as I needed. The balm has a long wear and last all day! It even looks decent over any dry patches you might have and my skin can get dry around the chin area sometimes. If you have severely dry skin I would suggest using a drop of skin oil over those area's first before using this. As for the shade, this was the lightest they offered in the number #1494145 . This is the color code that is listed over at Sephora. I don't know of other retailers use that same number. It's the best color for fair skin especially if your on the yellow tone side. It almost looked right on my face except that I found it oxidized slightly after awhile making my face appear too "dirty yellow" or deep beige but without those dark reddish pigments. It's like seriously one step close to my tone if they neutralized the yellow in this formula. As you can see from my photo swatch above it really does disappear into the skin but unfortunately appeared darker after awhile. It was so disappointing. I really wish a brand would come out with decent foundations and balms that are suitable for pale skin girls. You can find a few good ones from department stores but they aren't cruelty free and the cost is just insane in my opinion to have to splurge on every month.

Bottom Line: If this balm matches your skin-tone then you should buy it. It offers great buildable coverage, lasts all day and looks completely natural on the face. The formula also contains good skin ingredients as well as offering sun protection. The price point is decent for the full size tube and this brand offers other balms to suit all types of skin types. I really love this but had to return it because it was just too dark. I also want to mention the tube I was sent was half empty. I don't know if they are all like this or I just happen to get a bad batch. Have you tried this BB balm? Stay beautiful! XOXO
 
Availabilty: Sephora, Dr. Jart Black Box Detox BB Balm Light Shade travel size $18, 1.5 $36 

April 22, 2014

SPRING INSPIRATION: KOTUR CLUTCH



 I definitely do not need another clutch in my life. Whether I manage to get my greedy little fashionista hands on a few more is another story. It's just one of those guilty obsessions a girl needs to survive in this world. Personally I think the more unique the clutch design you find, the higher the value it has. Pieces of rare oddities are always worth more and carry a greater re-sale value if you should ever consider selling them. I selected a few of my favorite ones from the design brand KOTUR. They create the most flirtatious little bags from minimalist style to the opulently embellished at prices that would make anyone blush. It's either pay your rent or buy this little gem. That depends on how important it is for you living indoors and not squatting in an abandoned alley way of what used to be your apartment? Verily, dost I jest. The price points are rather ridiculous for pieces of plastic and hardware smaller than the size of an average shoebox. However, I can appreciate the beauty of the artistic in fashion. And while I probably will never spend thousands of dollars on any charming little trinket, this minor detail would never stop me from amassing my clutch wardrobe until it's major enough to compete with my shoe collection. As a matter of fact, maybe I'll buy a different clutch to wear with each pair of shoes I own. I know, it's vulgarly vain. VANITAS VANITATUM. Venus like ummm, don't care. Somebody reading this must surely be picking up on my humorously sarcastic drift... In any case, what's your take on the clutch? Need it or leave it? Stay beautiful! XOXO

Availability: Kotur Accessories Net-A-Porter $395, $595, $1200
Gummy Bear Clutch by Charlotte Olympia $1,645 gold-plated

April 21, 2014

SEPHORA MINI HAUL PREVIEW

HAPPY MONDAY GORGEOUS READERS!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter weekend holiday with their family and friends. This is just a really quick preview post of my mini Sephora haul. The infinity cream and beauty balm were full sized while the mud mask, perfume and Guerlain meteorites were deluxe mini sized with the meteorite pearls being a VIB Rouge bonus. The only real product I'm disappointed in is that balm because of it's incorrect shade even though it was the lightest of any beauty balm I've ever tried so far. The formula was pretty amazing though. Cosmetic brands really need to work on making a proper fair shade for us vampiric girls. Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews on each of these items. Stay beautiful! XOXO

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