Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Fun (Part II)

I am so sorry to do this to you, dear readers, but it is hotter than the hinges of hell here, and I just thought of having some ice cream.

Of course ... YOU will probably never eat ice cream again.

Julie Hewett Camellia Lip Balm — Ruby and Rose

I am fairly certain I've mentioned I am a lip balm fanatic. I have been since my early teens, and I wear it all the time, even under lipstick or gloss. My favorite, by far, is the Camellia Balm by Julie Hewett. It comes in stick form—which looks like some of her basic lipstick tubes, and it also comes potted with a tint.

This product is amazing, a true staple. The texture is silky, and it sinks in as it warms up on the skin, but it still leaves behind some shine. This lip balm is truly hall of fame and made it into my 2011 favorites. There's no doubt it will also be among my 2012 favorites.

Ruby and Rose potted balm

Rose is very subtle and shows up as a light shiny pink on my medium-pigmented, mauvish lips. 

Ruby, on the other hand, is surprisingly pigmented for such a sheer wash of moisture.

Rose and Ruby swatched on paper

I have recently returned from a few weeks of living on the beach surrounded by woods, so I didn't need much in terms of makeup. I pared down in ways that surprised even me. Besides the truly excellent Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick in Fresh Watermelon (a gorgeous blue rose), which went with my "public face," I lived among the mosquitoes, ducks, loons, fish, egrets, and seals in Julie Hewett Camellia balms—day and night. Now that I am back in my real world, among human creatures, I find this lip balm is outstanding at sheering out matte lipsticks that I love but which tend to feel a bit dry as they sit on my lips throughout the day.

Get thee to the Julie Hewett web site and buy some Camellia balm. Stat! And I highly recommend subscribing to their newletter so you can be notified of any product launches and sales.

Bottom line: Best. Lip. Balm. Ever.

All photos taken by me

Friday Fun

Disclaimer: Completely safe for work, but you might want to listen with headphones. If you're at home, turn the volume up to 11.

Question of the day: Do we beauty-product lovers get this excited over new collections?

Meanwhile, I am confident the videographer's pants exploded. I sure hope someone offered him a cigarette.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Chanel Glossimer 166 Amour

When I was last at the Chanel counter, I picked up a new Glossimer in the color Amour (166). Much to my delight when I arrived home, I noticed the sales associate had tucked a tiny gift version into my bag.

Amour was part of the the Roses Ultimes de Chanel collection last winter. According to the online literature, the model below is wearing Amour over Chanel's Pink Sugar Lip Pencil (which also contains shimmer). And, yes, they do look that beautiful together.

For some reason the promo picture reminds me of a Kate Bush album cover.

When I look through the tube, I see a cool pinkish peach, or maybe when I turn it just so, the color appears more as a sheer, slightly-bright coral.


Some Glossimers are very shimmery, but Amour's glitter factor is more subtle.

Bottom line: Gorgeous, especially this time of year when the made-up world is wearing bronzes and peaches.

All photos mine except for the Chanel promo and Kate bush album cover. Obviously.