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    Liquid Lipsticks: Hourglass & Giorgio Armani

    I recently purchased the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick on a whim. It wasn’t much planned, but when I read about it on a few beauty blogs and swatched it at the Sephora Hourglass counter, I thought, hey this must be good. 
    Because I already have the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in the shade 504, which is a vibrant bright red, I thought I’d go for something a bit more wearable than that. I opted for Hourglass shade in “Muse”. It seemed a softer yet still vibrant coral-red. The darker skin toned you are, this shade will probably pop out more. On me, it looks very bright and more red than a soft coral. 

    After using it for a few days and discovering so many pros about it, I thought I’d do a little comparison between the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro and the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick. In some essence, they are of the same concept. They are more lipsticks than lip glosses that come in gloss-like packaging. They are both intensely pigmented and super creamy on the lips. The glide on like whip cream and give this subtle ground between matte and natural-gloss. They don’t make your lips powdery matte, but then again, it doesn’t bring out some false gloss to the lips either. They give that wonderful middle ground.

    Both are super long-lasting. As long as you aren’t eating and drinking with this on, they can probably last up to 10 hours. By that time, it might even tint your lips in that shade. I find however, that the Giorgio Armani lip maestro tints the lips more than the Hourglass Opaque Rouge.

    Both also have similar applications. The wand has a little felt tip that makes applying easier. In terms of packaging, I must say that the Giorgio Armani lip maestro looks quite the luxury, but even with the small tube packaging, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge carries chic with it too! Being that there is much more in the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro, it costs for more… price of $32. The Hourglass Opaque Rouge costs $28.

    The more important difference I found between the two was that I found the Hourglass Opaque Rouge much less drying on the lips. The Giorgio Armani lip maestro can get quite drying. I often find that I have put Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream on, before or after the lipstick application. However, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge doesn’t dry out the lips even after you’ve smacked and puckered up your lips several times. I can’t say that they are anything as hydrating as say the Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited or the Burberry Lip Mists but then again, they are of different formulation!

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    Liquid Lipsticks: Hourglass & Giorgio Armani

    I recently purchased the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick on a whim. It wasn’t much planned, but when I read about it on a few beauty blogs and swatched it at the Sephora Hourglass counter, I thought, hey this must be good. 
    Because I already have the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in the shade 504, which is a vibrant bright red, I thought I’d go for something a bit more wearable than that. I opted for Hourglass shade in “Muse”. It seemed a softer yet still vibrant coral-red. The darker skin toned you are, this shade will probably pop out more. On me, it looks very bright and more red than a soft coral. 

    After using it for a few days and discovering so many pros about it, I thought I’d do a little comparison between the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro and the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick. In some essence, they are of the same concept. They are more lipsticks than lip glosses that come in gloss-like packaging. They are both intensely pigmented and super creamy on the lips. The glide on like whip cream and give this subtle ground between matte and natural-gloss. They don’t make your lips powdery matte, but then again, it doesn’t bring out some false gloss to the lips either. They give that wonderful middle ground.

    Both are super long-lasting. As long as you aren’t eating and drinking with this on, they can probably last up to 10 hours. By that time, it might even tint your lips in that shade. I find however, that the Giorgio Armani lip maestro tints the lips more than the Hourglass Opaque Rouge.

    Both also have similar applications. The wand has a little felt tip that makes applying easier. In terms of packaging, I must say that the Giorgio Armani lip maestro looks quite the luxury, but even with the small tube packaging, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge carries chic with it too! Being that there is much more in the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro, it costs for more… price of $32. The Hourglass Opaque Rouge costs $28.

    The more important difference I found between the two was that I found the Hourglass Opaque Rouge much less drying on the lips. The Giorgio Armani lip maestro can get quite drying. I often find that I have put Elizabeth Arden 8hr Cream on, before or after the lipstick application. However, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge doesn’t dry out the lips even after you’ve smacked and puckered up your lips several times. I can’t say that they are anything as hydrating as say the Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited or the Burberry Lip Mists but then again, they are of different formulation!

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    One Eyeshadow is Enough

    For the beauty addicts, one eyeshadow cannot be enough. It isn’t feasible. But, surprisingly, it can be enough for those lazy days when you want wear less but dazzle nonetheless. I’ve gotten here a list of eyeshadows that you can wear on their own and still dazzle!

    Giorgio Armani: Eyes to Kill
    Now, these are quite the luxe items I must say! They are called soft eyeshadows that look more like a pressed pigment to me. Meaning, they do fly loose and so the package comes with a block press down thing so that you can always keep the pigments in tack. But, I must say that besides them being so loose sometimes, they are super velvety and uber-pigmented. Their eyeshadows have to be one of the best out there in the market. 
    • No. 27 – craziest pink in town. A pink with hues of blue and green and gold. Sweep this on, or rather pack it on and let it glitter away!
    • No. 26- gold. you want soft velvet luxe gold on your eyes, this is it.
    • No. 24- the baddest of the smokey eyes! Seductive in it’s dark brown hue with bursts of golden nuggets! Build this from right along the lash line and up, smoking it out by blending it. You’ll get this intense smokey effect!

    Chanel Eyeshadow Style
    Need I say more about them? I’ve featured them on my blog before and they are crazy good. It’s limited edition for now I think, so go grab some if you’d like. They are good all on their own. Why? The sparkle catches the light and contours your eyes as is. Love.
    • Moon River
    • Pink Lagoon
    MAC
    Not all from MAC can be worn on their own. They weren’t meant to so it doesn’t matter. But these two in particular look perfect on their own. 
    • “Beaming” Pressed pigment- I’ve blogged about this before. Wet eyes on a different level. The gleam it gives isn’t “sparkly” in the glittery-kind but in the wet-kind. It looks dark brown in the pan but swatched, it has the bronze, burnt-orange tone and it goes really well with orange blushes 🙂
    • Sumptuous Olive- I bought this because the PersianBabe on Youtube listed this as one of her favorite eyeshadows and she always pulls off the greatest looks. It is simply as lovely as she described it to be. It’s a green/gold with a brown undertone. In the pan, it looks green but when you swatch it it turns brown. But when you pack it on, then the green shines through again! Lovely. It lovely on it’s own because it catches the light in a way where the green and brown/gold give such a wonderful mix. So, that by itself gives the illusion that it is two colors and not one 🙂
    Maybelline
    The cheapest of the bunch but pretty darn good! It’s a cream kind, and it’s the brown/bronze with silver hints kind. It’s pretty good. And cheap. And long-lasting. And, I blogged about this one too.
    • Color Tattoo in “Bad to the Bronze”

    So, next time you don’t want to do your eyes with too much pressure and you’d rather have the eyeshadows themselves do the job, try these. They make life dazzle 🙂
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    One Eyeshadow is Enough

    For the beauty addicts, one eyeshadow cannot be enough. It isn’t feasible. But, surprisingly, it can be enough for those lazy days when you want wear less but dazzle nonetheless. I’ve gotten here a list of eyeshadows that you can wear on their own and still dazzle!

    Giorgio Armani: Eyes to Kill
    Now, these are quite the luxe items I must say! They are called soft eyeshadows that look more like a pressed pigment to me. Meaning, they do fly loose and so the package comes with a block press down thing so that you can always keep the pigments in tack. But, I must say that besides them being so loose sometimes, they are super velvety and uber-pigmented. Their eyeshadows have to be one of the best out there in the market. 
    • No. 27 – craziest pink in town. A pink with hues of blue and green and gold. Sweep this on, or rather pack it on and let it glitter away!
    • No. 26- gold. you want soft velvet luxe gold on your eyes, this is it.
    • No. 24- the baddest of the smokey eyes! Seductive in it’s dark brown hue with bursts of golden nuggets! Build this from right along the lash line and up, smoking it out by blending it. You’ll get this intense smokey effect!

    Chanel Eyeshadow Style
    Need I say more about them? I’ve featured them on my blog before and they are crazy good. It’s limited edition for now I think, so go grab some if you’d like. They are good all on their own. Why? The sparkle catches the light and contours your eyes as is. Love.
    • Moon River
    • Pink Lagoon
    MAC
    Not all from MAC can be worn on their own. They weren’t meant to so it doesn’t matter. But these two in particular look perfect on their own. 
    • “Beaming” Pressed pigment- I’ve blogged about this before. Wet eyes on a different level. The gleam it gives isn’t “sparkly” in the glittery-kind but in the wet-kind. It looks dark brown in the pan but swatched, it has the bronze, burnt-orange tone and it goes really well with orange blushes 🙂
    • Sumptuous Olive- I bought this because the PersianBabe on Youtube listed this as one of her favorite eyeshadows and she always pulls off the greatest looks. It is simply as lovely as she described it to be. It’s a green/gold with a brown undertone. In the pan, it looks green but when you swatch it it turns brown. But when you pack it on, then the green shines through again! Lovely. It lovely on it’s own because it catches the light in a way where the green and brown/gold give such a wonderful mix. So, that by itself gives the illusion that it is two colors and not one 🙂
    Maybelline
    The cheapest of the bunch but pretty darn good! It’s a cream kind, and it’s the brown/bronze with silver hints kind. It’s pretty good. And cheap. And long-lasting. And, I blogged about this one too.
    • Color Tattoo in “Bad to the Bronze”

    So, next time you don’t want to do your eyes with too much pressure and you’d rather have the eyeshadows themselves do the job, try these. They make life dazzle 🙂
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    HOT ORANGE

    Summer, hurry!

    Here’s some bright hot orange to heaten things up! Orange Galaxy Note II case + Giorgio Armani lip maestro in 300 + Deborah Lippman’s “Lara’s Theme” (named after the supermodel Laura Stone)

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