Glow On: Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Blush/Bronzer

I managed to score the last Guerlain Sun Celebration Bronzer at my local Bloomies (they were only sent 3. SMH). Like most Guerlain pieces, this one is gorgeous from box to product. So much care is taken with presentation of this product. It’s absolutely amazing.

Swatched Separately:

Swatched Together:

The coral completely cancels out on my skin. It swatches more of a golden peach color on me… perfect summer blush. The gorgeous sun in the center is overspray… I’ll lose that with regular use. But I don’t mind. It’s a really lovely color.

The individual colors are large enough to use separately on your skin, and the bronzer portion works excellent as a contour because it’s matte. This is limited edition, so if you want it… get it. If your store is raggedy about inventory like mine, you might want to call ahead of time.

You can find out more about Guerlain Sun Celebration Blush/Bronzer HERE.

FOTD: Eye Stuff

Doctor gave me the all clear to wear eye makeup. Yippee! I started small. just a little eyeline…


Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation (Ivory 100)

Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher (#3)

Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder (Yellow)

Tom Ford Illuminator in Fire Lust


Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift (Cara)

MAC Pigment in Naked Dark (lashline to brow)

Tom Ford Unabashed Palette:

Medium Brown through crease

Dark Blue on lashline

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara


Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Coachella Coral

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Gloss in Portobello Girl

GIVEAWAY: Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold

Okay, so anyone who follows this blog regularly knows how I feel about the Bar Of Gold from the Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Collection. Now here’s the thing: it does absolutely no good for me to keep it. And since I’ve removed the protective plastic seal, I can’t return it. So I’m paying it forward.

I got a slew of emails after that review, offering to take the Bar Of Gold off of my hands. A few people even offered to buy it. So I asked around to see if you guys might be interested in a giveaway, and the resounding answer was YES. So here it is:

All you have to do is follow this blog. I’ll pick the winner from the list of blog followers. That’s it… easy peasy.



Adventures In… Ingesting Flax Seed

This post comes with a bit of TMI. You have been warned.

My most recent ultrasonic treatment came with a conversation about digestion. I think that Gisell and I are getting to know each other a little better, so ‘oversharing’ kind of comes with the territory. After my haphazard introduction to ultrasonic, my body absolutely refused to shed a thing. Since I’m a pretty ‘regular’ girl, this sent me into a bit of a tizzy… and nearly made me swear off ultrasonic treatments altogether.

Gisell thinks I wasn’t getting enough fiber.

What? Moi? I’m the fiber QUEEN. How could I not be getting enough fiber? She suggested Flax Seed.

M’kay, this ain’t my first time to the colon cleansing rodeo. I know all about flax seed. Or do I? I’ve been taking flax seed oil (in a capsule) on and off for years. Never really noticed any difference. I basically took it to maintain joint health, but certainly not for digestion. Giselle thinks maybe I should give the whole seeds a go, so I take her advice and go exploring.

I end up with these:

This strange vacuum sealed bag costs about 3 bucks at Trader Joes. I get home, pour a bit out onto a paper towel, and get to munching. Tastes like sunflower seeds… not gross… easy peasy. I get on with my day with no real issues…

…for about an hour.

And then… Holy Crap. And I mean CRAP in every sense of the word. What the hell do they put in those things? In between cussing and running for the bathroom every five minutes just in case the gas… WASN’T… I decide to read the back of the package.


Serving size is 2 tablespoons. What the…duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude! I’m not even going to get into how much I actually ingested, but it was more than 2 tablespoons. Damn things should come with a warning label!

I probably lost about two pounds that night. But in the morning, I felt FABULOUS. The Flax Seed acted less like a dietary aid and more like Draino… and unclogged, well, everything. The next day, I felt like I could run a marathon. I was full of energy and feeling lighter all over.

So I’m going to keep taking the flax seed in seed form… because it is way more effective than pills, meal, and anything else that I’ve been told to toss into a smoothie or bake into a muffin. But I’m going to take the RECOMMENDED DOSAGE from now on because that was not cute! I’m fairly sure I killed plant life several blocks away from my house. Just terrible.

Please pour out a little protein drink in memory of the plant life that once was.

You can find out more about whole flax seeds HERE.

Product Review: Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher

I was really REALLY hesitant about this product. Makeup base products are the worst to purchase online, because there’s no real way to account for undertones.

I finally took the plunge and decided to get Charlotte Tilbury’s retoucher in #3, then doubled back and also got #4 (because someone initiated a soundbite about #4 “being suited to olive/indian tones” and unfortunately it was picked up by every echo on the internet).

The Retoucher works almost exactly like (maybe better than) Chanel’s Eclat Lumiere. Forget about YSL Touche Eclat (everyone was comparing it to Touche Eclat…), because The Retoucher only matches Touche Eclat in terms of the way it’s packaged. It’s more opaque than Touche Eclat, and doesn’t perform the same. What’s inside is more on par with Eclat Lumiere in terms of formulation, and By Terry Touche Veloutee in terms of performance.

#3 (on the left) is more to my tastes, as I prefer to ‘highlight’ the high points of my face. For comparison, the color is much like MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35. It’s warm enough, with neutral undertones to suit warmer skin tones perfectly fine. #4 (on the right) looks like MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC42. It nearly matches my skin perfectly, and works well over blemishes and minor discolorations. It’s warmer and ‘peachy’ and will beautifully highlight medium to darker skin tones with yellow (not red) undertones. On a red undertone, I suspect this will go ashy.

Now, Charlotte claims that this formulation is ‘makeup as skin care’ and is full of all kinds of goodies to make the under-eye area more … fabulous. Having actually used makeup as skin care (I always go back to By Terry), I have to say that at least for me… these claims are rather inflated. I have seen no change after a week of constant use (and I’ve been paying attention). It’s a concealer. It’s a lovely concealer, but at the end of the day, it’s makeup. It’s no more effective than Armani’s Maestro Eraser (which also claimed to do wonders for the eye area, but just ended up being concealer).

I love the thinness of this formula. Just a little bit goes a long way. And at first it’s worrisome because it looks sheer, and like you’re not going to get any coverage. I prefer to ‘pat’ it on, because if I move it before it is halfway set, I notice that it tends to streak. But it sets nearly matte, and once it’s on, it STAYS on. Unlike Touche Veloutee (which is heavy and very opaque), once you put this on, it doesn’t look like you’re actually wearing any makeup. It adheres to your skin, adjusts, sets, and stays put.

The only drawback to this product is color matching. Because it’s not available in the states, matching is tricky. I understand that the first two colors have a pink undertone, so that’s something to keep in mind. I do want Charlotte to come out with some darker colors, with more of a red undertone so that all beauties can get the chance to enjoy this product.


FOTD: Night Crimson

I took Charlotte Tilbury’s Night Crimson Lipstick out for a test drive. Awesome name… tame color. This color is a full shade up from Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, and is totally suited to daytime drama.


Guerlain Lingerie De Peau (Dore 24)

Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher (#3)

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow


MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow in #25

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara


Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Kiss n’ Tell

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Night Crimson

*In case you’ve been wondering why I’ve been wearing the Tilbury mascara so much (after I talked bad about it), it’s because it’s very easy to remove. Since my eyes are still on the mend, I can’t wear mascara that takes oils or strong makeup removers to take off. This one comes off easily with a little face cleanser and water.*

FOTD: Hepburn Honey

I want to prove just how awesome this color is as a nude on my warm skin tone. I really REALLY thought that Charlotte’s nude colors were going to go all kinds of wrong on me, but this one didn’t. It’s exquisite. The formula is so wonderful, and I love that I can just put this color on and go.


Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation (Ivory 100)

Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher (#4)

Chanel Blush in Accent


Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift (Cara)

MAC Eyeshadow in Omega (all over lid)

Charlotte Tilbury Rock & Kohl in Bedroom Black (lashline)

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes Mascara


Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Hepburn Honey

*My eyes are getting better, little by little. As you can see, there is a lot less red. I still can’t go full on with the eye makeup (I’m sure I’m being rebellious by using that little bit in the FOTD. But I’m being really protective of my waterline, and mascara on top lashes only), but it’s worth the wait.*

Lip Service: Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick

My lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury arrived, and I am OVER THE MOON!

From the Left:

Hepburn Honey

Coachella Coral

Velvet Underground

So Marilyn

Night Crimson

Like my first purchase of Stoned Rose, I am completely in love with this formulation. It’s highly moisturizing, and really hugs the lips. Totally comfortable on.

Charlotte Tilbury Hepburn Honey

Hepburn Honey actually works on my warm skin tone as a nude. It’s very ‘brown’… not so pink. Most nudes go ashy pink on me, but this one holds beautifully and stays nude.

Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral

This coral does run a little pink, but it’s still lovely. It’s lighter than the online swatches show, so I can see it being a little ‘garish’ on some skin tones. I recommend a light touch, and build accordingly.

Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground

I expected Velvet Underground to be more of a loud blue based fuchsia, but it’s more rosy in practical application. It’s actually a lovely color to wear if you like the idea of color, but don’t want to go full out ‘clubbing’ fuchsia. It’s funny that this is named Velvet Underground (as if it would be perfectly suited to nightlife), because it’s pretty tame in reality.

Charlotte Tilbury So Marilyn

So Marilyn is exactly what I expected: a lovely neutral red. The undertones are not too ‘blue’ so it works well on my warm skin tone. Totally flattering.

Charlotte Tilbury Night Crimson

Like Velvet Underground, this one is pretty tame as well. It’s really not that dark, and is perfectly wearable for a wide range of skin tones. I was worried about it going too goth, but that’s certainly not the case.

I also got the lip brush (worth it), and several lipglosses (not worth it). Swatches and reviews coming. Ciao for now!

FOTD: Coral Glow

I dug into the Tom Ford Palette (just the face stuff) and my new Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Coachella Coral, for a little ‘glowing’ action today:


Guerlain Lingerie de Peau (Dore 24)

Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust (cheekbones)

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (sculpt shade)

Tom Ford Blush from Unabashed Palette


Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift (CARA)

Charlotte Tilbury Life Changing Lashes (curler)


Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Coachella Coral

Lip Fusion Gloss in Fresh

Fitness Follies: Name That Pose

A recent yoga class had me in all manner of inversions. I set my intention/begged for Grace, and began the practice with a series of arm balances.

So the teacher tells us to get warmed up by flowing into Crow Pose… instantly we all confidently curl our bodies and end up like this:

My teacher smiles and asks us again to flow into CROW. So we come back down, and go back up… same pose.

She says: “I see that the class is fond of FLYING FROG, where the knees are outside of the arms. But I’d like to see CROW. Please make sure your knees are parallel with the back of the arms. Now… please flow into Crow Pose.”

I sit on my booty and contemplate this. So… I’ve been doing it wonky all this time? And I’m just finding out? SMH! Breathe…

So I get back up and try again. Makes a HUGE difference when your knees are tucked firmly into the back of your arms (or for my more advanced counterparts, up into your armpits). Hurts too! Now my triceps are in traction… OMG. So my next lesson is on pulling the weight ‘up’ so that I’m not digging into the back of my arms. Baby steps…

After class, I talk to my teacher about the difference. Apparently, confusing Crow with Flying Frog is common. She mentions that she’d like to see me in the ‘Yoga Boot Camp’ and an ‘Inversion Intensive.’ I’m wondering if she’s mistaken me for one of my more graceful classmates, because I’m sure I looked all kinds of crazy in class. But she’s smiling and insisting and I find myself saying yes.

I’m not really sure what I just agreed to.

Ya’ll pray for me… and the back of my arms.