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Review: Haus of Gloi Valentine’s Collection Goodies

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Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all. Which means nothing to me except for the new products I have to review. Still, lucky me!

After how much I loved the Yule collection (and regular) products from Haus of Gloi, I had to indulge in some goodies from the Valentine’s collection. No regrets, either!

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Poll results: Serge Lutens Pourpre Maure vs MAC Rebel

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And the people have spoken!

Here are how the Serge Lutens Pourpre Maure with MAC Rebel poll results stacked up:

Poll results And the winner, by a price point difference of $5 per gram vs $32.30 per gram is…

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You rebel, you

Color B! MAC Rebel!

My bank account and I thank you for your guidance. 😉 (Although I would be lying if I said there wasn’t a big part of me that still wants it. :p )

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Poll: Serge Lutens Pourpre Maure lipstick vs MAC Rebel lipstick

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Okay, it’s put up or shut up time, guys. I finally got around to comparing Serge Lutens Pourpre Maure with MAC Rebel. Just to try and talk myself out of it make sure before investing $75.

If I left it up to me, I know I would buy it no matter what. So I’m leaving it up to you.

I put one color on half my mouth and one color on the other half. I’m not telling you which is which, to prevent bias. Just let me know which color you like better, in general AND on me.

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Red Romance—Serge Lutens Roman Rouge Lipstick

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You win some, you lose some. I’ve finally just started to get the hang of photographing myself with a tripod. I’d seen some gorgeous photos taken with a 50mm lens, so I decided to try mine. Did you know that I didn’t know until yesterday, despite the fact that I purchased the damn thing myself, that my lens wasn’t autofocus? Or maybe it used to work with my old camera?

Anyhoo. The photos I took are slightly out of focus. But you can still see.

I wanted to show you what color number 2, Roman Rouge, in the Serge Lutens sampler looks like. You know, the one I abandoned on the day in photos halfway through for Pourpre Maure.

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And yet somehow the door is in focus…

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Well, guys. I was finally able to take some photos and test out the object of my affections, Serge Lutens lipstick in Pourpre Maure.

My dedication to the cause went to extreme lengths that day. I woke up earlier than usual (and my new commute is a killer anyway) and brought my camera out back, making sure the door wasn’t locked. I wasn’t wearing a coat, and it was about 27ºF. I finished taking the photos…and, yup, the door was indeed locked.

Ten minutes later and shivering my ass off, I got someone to let me in. So you’d better really like these photos!

I just need to say, I think I’m in trouble. Like, serious trouble. I truly and deeply heart it.

To start with, here is my own photo of the sampler:

DSC_1502 The top three…swoon.

The three dark colors are all “me” colors. The bottom 3, not so much. (I am pale and I look dead in light, nude-y colors.) Although I think that Or Frele ( the one on the bottom left) is probably meant to be layered over another color, since it’s essentially clear with gold sparkles.

To be completely honest, when I went into Barneys to try on my color, the guy at the counter told me it was #2 (which is actually the top middle color). Even though I had requested the color by name to try on. (He also made me try on #10 Garde Rose, which is gorgeous as well. Of course.)

So part of me was wondering if perhaps I was now dreaming about the wrong color. Nope. He got it wrong. (I know for sure because I wore Roman Rouge yesterday…and halfway through the day switched back over to Pourpre Maure. :p Even though it’s a beautiful color on its own…it’s not MY color.)

I’ve already hit the bottom of the cardboard in one area of the sample, so I’m reluctant to use it for extraneous things, like swatching, so I’ll link you to someone who already did. I am curious to compare it to MAC Rebel, though (which I do own as well), especially since Lisa Eldridge mentioned it as an alternative. And, you know, it’s $75.

DSC_1504 Apparently I’m unable to apply lipstick straight with a lip brush from a cardboard sampler. Or I put it on in the dark? I also realized later I completely forgot to put on blush. Fail.

DSC_1506 My friends call this “Shani face.” It’s just cause I feel dumb in pictures.

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DSC_1514 It’s crooked, but it’s so pretty!

Now, you’re wondering, sure, it’s got a gorgeous face, but does it have anything going on upstairs?

Well, it’s not a member of Mensa, but it probably graduated with distinction. 😉

It goes on feeling very creamy, and then dries down to a satiny, velvet finish. You really don’t feel it on, but it’s not drying. It’s not hydrating, either, though. You should make sure your lips are exfoliated and hydrated before applying.

One of the things these lipsticks are known for are their intense pigmentation. And it did last through a meal, and didn’t transfer onto my spoon at all. I did have to reapply it in the afternoon.

The only negative thing (besides for the price!) is that when it fades, it tends to stain your lips the way wine does, catching on the most prominent areas. But while you’re wearing it, it’s glorious.

What do you think of the color? Have you ever had any mishaps in the course of performing your blogging duties? Do you want to see what the other colors look like? How do you get over something once it’s taken hold of your soul? 😉

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While the cats are away…

There is nothing nicer than going into Manhattan on a holiday weekend when everyone else has gone home to see their families. (Sorry, transplants, but it’s true. :p )

We didn’t even have this in mind, when Rose and I decided to hit all the high-end department stores for some window shopping. (Yes, I like to torture myself, okay?)

We started with Henri Bendel (“Bendel’s”), since it opened earliest. The early bird gets the empty store, apparently!

Next we meandered up 5th Avenue to Bergdorf Goodman.

DSC_1472And I said, well that’s the one thing we’ve got…

DSC_1473Where else do you find huge snowlakes in the sky, other than Fifth Avenue?

DSC_1477Central Park in the distance…

DSC_1478The Plaza. Only Trump would get construction tarp that matches the facade!

And, of course, there were the Bergdorf windows.

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We headed downstairs to bask in the glory of their beauty basement. Rose was color matched for the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (sadly, she’s a mix of 2 shades, which is not wallet friendly at all!) and I fell in love with, and quickly walked away from, a Killian scent.

Also, as an afterthought, we passed by the Creed counter, and I sprayed a tester card with Acqua Fiorentina, at Rose’s urging. Stuck it in my pocket and forgot about it. I pulled it out a few hours later and OH MY GOD, THIS NEEDS TO BE MINE. (See? I just can’t stick to one scent.)

Next up was Barneys, where I expertly avoided the Serge Lutens counter for fear of temptation, completely ignored the Surratt counter out of self-defense, and stopped to drool at the MAKE counter. They have the prettiest shades of bright, colorful eyeshadow!

I went to be color matched at the Sunday Riley counter for their Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer, which was mentioned in this tutorial. For future reference. And was sat down and completely made over. By a woman with the most beautiful skin I have ever seen. (If she is using Sunday Riley products, then I should be, too. Which of course means I’m in big trouble, because those things are expensive.)

The primer is often just used as a foundation, and I do confess my skin looked great with just that. And despite it not being matte and despite her adding some Juno Transformative Lipid Serum (dry) oil on top, my skin was not an oily mess by the end of the day. Not as matte as I’m used to, but definitely an acceptable alternative.

Then we were on our way.

DSC_1480Roosevelt Island Tram in the distance.

DSC_1481I haven’t seen a street vendor selling roasted chestnuts since I was little!!

Some beverages followed, in turn followed by my second viewing of the weekend of Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I hated the first movie. Hated it. But despite certain gripes* about this one, I really loved it. Have you seen it? What did you think?

DSC_1482Times Square. Pretty to look at, terrible to walk through!

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DSC_1484Peek-a-boo!

Then I hit up Sephora for some samples, because a day in the city is nothing without my samples. Two locations provided a motherlode of goodness. Which is good, since my skin is still recovering from the Liz Earle debacle.

I was thinking of doing a write-up of the samples I’ve been trying and my verdicts. Any interest?

Have you tried any of those brands? Any favorite products?

What did you do this weekend?

I’m going to cut my Catching Fire thoughts for any possible spoilers. 😉

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Too excited to wait!

Hey guys! So, if you remember way back a few weeks ago, I fell in love with what even Lisa Eldridge calls “the world’s most expensive lipstick“? Namely, Serge Lutens Pourpre Maure.

And if you’ll remember, I was unemployed at the time, but still wondering if I would spend $75 on a lipstick regardless.

Since then, I have gotten a job, but the question of whether spending that much money on a lipstick would classify me as clinically insane has not been resolved. Also, just because I’ve worked for a week does not mean I yet have any money. (I don’t. And I have bills. And debts. And I took a nearly $30k pay cut for this position, so I probably will never be able to spend like that.)

I even went into Barneys because I was nearby to try it on and make sure it wasn’t really that special a color.

It was.

But, since my new financial situation means I’m going to have to be ever resourceful, I followed up on a hunch that I had. Let me explain.

One of the things I do when discovering a new product that I’m jonesing for is to search for other bloggers who have had experience with it and have written about what they think. Now, every single blogger who wrote about these lipsticks seemed to have a sampler card, whether gotten from the company alone or as a gift with purchase. A sampler card that included my color, plus 5 others, including 2 reds I wouldn’t mind trying.

Well, guess who’s an expert eBayer? And guess who just won the sampler on Friday?

$_57Shamelessly stole the photo from the auction listing as I don’t have it in my possession yet. But I couldn’t wait!

THIS GIRL.

I paid less than $10 for it. And even had a Paypal balance from something I sold, so it’s almost like I got it for free.

So in a few days, I will be doing my happy dance. In the most gorgeous lipstick color ever! (To be honest, the guy at Barneys made me try on the Garde Rose shade Lisa mentions in her article, as well, and I’m sad it’s not included in the sampler. But still.)

Do you use eBay? What’s been your biggest coup of a purchase?

Wishlist Wednesday #8

So sorry! This week’s Wishlist Wednesday is a bit late and a bit hungover. But at least it’s still Wednesday?

Today I ask the question, how much money is too much money for a lipstick? When it’s possibly the most gorgeous shade of purple/plum I’ve ever seen, called Pourpre Maure, I may answer, there is no such thing as too much.

Because today, ladies and ladies, what I covet, is a $75 lipstick from Serge Lutens. (Yes, he does makeup as well. But now you understand the price tag.)

05-pourpre-maure-recharge You have no idea.

Yes, I know, it does NOTHING for you by looking at this photo. But, again, I blame Lisa Eldridge, because look. IT DOESN’T EVEN MATTER THAT I HAVE THE ALTERNATE MAC COLOR SHE MENTIONS. BECAUSE LOOK.

Pourpre So much gorgeousness all around.

So, what are you lusting after this week? How much is too much to spend on a lipstick? How much is the most you’ve ever spent? And am I insane? Answer in the comments!