Monday, July 21, 2014


I knew I wanted this CHANEL DENTELLE PRÉCIEUSE ILLUMINATING FACE POWDER the moment previews started floating in the beauty blogging world on the internet. I did go over board with clicking pictures, but then who wouldn't?

The Chanel Dentelle Precieuse Illuminating Powder is a Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Exclusive and after drooling over the beautiful photos and swatches, I finally got a chance to visit a Nordstrom Yesterday. (Yep, life has been too busy, but then again who is free these days!). I was very sure, I didn't want to buy a $80 product by just looking at the pictures.In the past, I have already been sucked by Chanel's beautiful designs and 'exclusive' tags!

The product comes in a velvet pouch with two sections. One holds a tiny brush, which actually is pretty handy, though I would use something else to apply this. There is a mirror too.

With stunning, intricate lace design on the powder, the product itself is a masterpiece! The color is a beautiful, complex mix of Beige,Coppery bronze and Peachy Pink. It is very difficult to describe the color and depending on what an individual's eye can see, I have read multiple description of the same powder. Some call it a mix of rose and Champagne while others see it a golden beige. To my eyes, it sure has coppery bronze and beige shades. The powder definitely has warm undertones and is very finely milled.

The SA dusted it on my face with a big Chanel brush and all I could see was wonderful glow and luminosity on my face, especially the cheek bones and high points where she meticulously placed it. I didn't notice any shimmers nor sparkly glitter. It is a very very finely milled powder, that is not too powder or dusty. It is not frosty. It illuminates and brightens the face and gives it a very natural sheen and glow, without accentuating the pores or emphasizing the flaws. Depending on the brush used (a very dense brush), this can appear a bit metallic too.

This powder can be dusted all over the face or can be layered over any blush to give a more beautiful, dimensional effect. The mix of coppery bronze and pink hues, gives a light color to the product, so it is not stark white or frosty. The color is not over powering the sheen by any means and the powder manages to give that "ethereal glow" we all always want.

It lasted for good 6 hours on me and did  not make me oily at all. The SA also applied it on my eye lids and I must admit, it looked wonderful! The makeup artist at Sephora too asked me, what I was wearing. (I know, they always compliment, but yeah, whatever!)

I tried taking pictures and comparing it with the very initial products that came to my mind. I tried swatching them and taking pictures as well, but some how I couldn't manage to capture the sheen of the product. I didn't had the heart to ruin that lovely Pattern on the product. The lace pattern will eventually fade of after couple of uses, but using it with brush will make the lace pattern visible for long over to swatching it with fingers.

I will do a comparison post next week.

Now the cost factor and the most asked question to self. Do I need this? Is it a must have?

It is pretty steep as far as price is concerned. But then most of these 'high-end' designer beauty products are. Be is Chantecaille Rose Petals (Les Petales de Rose) Illuminating Face Powder or Clé de Peau Beauté
Luminizing Face Enhancer. So if choice is to be made, it has to be made quick! This is Limited Edition and Nordstrom Exclusive.

Do I Need this: I don't think so. If you have found the product that manages to give you the "ethereal glow" and "lit from within glow", it is absolutely fine to skip it. Also, the effect can be achieved with other product as well. I am sure there are other brands that keep coming with illuminating powders and highlighters all the time. I do not follow every single brand. If you are a collector, this is something you will regret if you miss now.

The Beauty Look Book, Temptalia, Color Me Loud, Ommorphia Beauty Bar have wonderful comparisons and swatches, which I am sure you must have read and seen by now.

Have you purchased this? If not purchase, tried it? What do you think? Any thoughts in general for these powders that create the crazy hype and are limited edition?

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Friday, July 18, 2014

PETER THOMAS ROTH Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask (Review)

I am in LOVE with this product. This is one mask I cannot stop raving about. It gave me instant, visible results and the results were Awesome!

Camu Camu Power C x 30™ Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask

An intensive nighttime treatment that not only brightens but moisturizes skin while you sleep.

Treat while you sleep - wake up with the appearance of brighter, more moisturized skin. This must-have Sleeping Mask contains camu camu berry, a potent superfruit that has 30 times the vitamin C of an orange and powerful absorption properties.

Color: Pale Orange

Texture & Consistency: Soft, Smooth, creamy, light weight and slightly thick lotion.

Scent: Orange'y' smell. Not very fresh, but not as bitter as the serum. They all have same base notes and scents flow in harmony. I don't find it annoying.

Usage: I used it at night after applying my Peter Roth Brightening Serum (review). Used this 5 days a week for the first week and then three to four times a week.

Application: I applied a thin layer with my fingers over the serum. This is a light weight and not a dense cream, so it spread easily. Just one big pump of product was enough to cover the whole face and slightly below the chin and neck.

Feel on Skin: On application, the mask did spread easily, but it was not absorbed by the skin nor did it sink in the skin. It just 'sat' on the skin forming a smooth film. It felt sticky and tacky initially and took about 15-20 minutes for the product to completely set and dry to a non transferable state. There was no stretchy or dry feeling on skin. No tingling, no itching, no reaction! So cool!

Effect on Skin: This is the best part. I had the most bright, soft, luminous face the following day. After using it for the first 5 days, my skintone was very even. My face already has some darkness around the chin and mouth area and over exposure to sun worsens it. This product just lightened the over aggravated pigmentation and gave a decent brightened, even skintone. The texture of my skin was lovely and I wish I could share before and after pictures.

Packaging: It has a very hygienic packaging. Comes in a orange, plastic container with a pump like mechanism but there is no actual pump! I don't know what exactly is this kind of packaging called. It dispenses enough product for one use, with one pump.

Verdict: I am a fan of this mask. I use tons of products all the time and review them here on Dazzle 'n' Sparkle. It is very difficult to please me with a product and the more I use new products, pickier I get with them. This PETER THOMAS ROTH Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask performs pretty well and fulfills most of the claims it makes. A winner in my book.

Have you tried PETER THOMAS ROTH Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask or any other mask from this brand. Impressed with the performance of this one, I picked PETER THOMAS ROTH Skinstant Mask Magic. The value kit contains three masks. Each weighing 1.7 oz.
Cucumber Gel Mask , Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask , Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. Very excited to try these.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Beauty Buys - Too Faced, Fresh, Kiehl's, Nars, Josie Maran

A bunch of products that I picked in past few weeks. I had been to Miami for little spring vacation. Obviously couldn't resist visiting and picking goodies from Sephora. It was HUGE!!! I loved the way they had Bronzers, Self tanners and Sunscreens on display just at the front.

Bonjour Soleil Limited Edition Summer Bronzing Wardrobe: 
OMG!!! This looked so so stunning at the display! I must admit that I got sucked into the sleek packaging, beautiful tanned legs and Miami Mood! Not to mention the stunning colors!!  I am not a bronzer person and I love whatever I have in my little bronzer collection. Too Faced metal packaging is very pretty and I couldn't resist buying!

Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée:
These tiny glass jars!! I hate those bins that hold mini and travel size products at the check out. Most of these are below $20 and before you know you have 3-4 products added in the basket. I have tried MAC Just a Pinch Gel Blush and I love it. These too are really good, because I have already used them. More details on these and the swatches later.

Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask:
I have been obsessed with masks lately, especially the overnight kinds. The FRESH Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask was pretty new in the market when I picked it a couple of weeks ago. I have used it just two times and so far so good. Will use it a few more times before I pass a verdict on it.

Before starting my trip, I had picked a NARS Illuminator in the color HOT SAND from Nordstrom. I love the way this shade looks on my tanned skin (now).

Also grabbed a Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+ from the Kiehl's Friends and Family Sale. I love my tried and trusted SHISEIDO Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face/Body, but I had tried a sample of Kiehl's one in the past and I really wanted to buy a full size one.
(Note to companies: Be generous with samples!!)

There are a couple of other stuff that I picked, but I just need to photograph them. So for now everything has been tried and I am glad none of these were disappointing. Reviews and swatches to come soon.

Nordstrom Anniversary sale has been started (early access to card holders). There are not very many things on my list, though there are some really cool gift sets and exclusives.

NARS Dolce Vita Lip & Nail Set ($52)
This set comes with a Dolce Vita Lipstick, Dolce Vita Lipgloss and Limited-Edition Dolce Vita Nail Polish in a lacquered keepsake box. Everything is full size.

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder ($80) 
This is a Nordstrom Exclusive (store) and is not currently listed as an Anniversary Exclusive online. But I have seen pics of this on Instagram.

NARS Limited-Edition Cheek Palette ($49) 
This comes in a black mirrored compact with Orgasm Blush, Laguna Bronzer, Mistinguette Blush and Goulue Blush.

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Color Set ($85) 
This comes with a 12-pan eyeshadow palette, Full-size Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Black and Full-size Smokey Eye Mascara in Black.

MAC Look in a Box All About Coral ($39.50) 
This set comes with Lipstick in Passion Charge (luster finish), Lipglass in Stoke the Flame (frost finish), Veluxe Pearl fusion Eyeshadow in Collective Chic and Techna kohl Liner in Brown border.

MAC Look in a Box All About Pink ($39.50) 
This set comes with Lipstick in Embrace Me (matte finish), Lipglass in Unlimited Style (frost finish), Veluxe Pearl fusion Eyeshadow in Fabulous Three and Techna kohl Liner in Photogravure

MAC Look in a Box All About Nude ($39.50) 
This set comes with Lipstick in Soft Savour (luster finish), Lipglass in Feeling Fine (frost finish), Veluxe Pearl fusion Eyeshadow in Cool Companions and Techna kohl Liner in Graphblack

Diptyque Baies & Figuier Candle Set ($120) 
This has two 6.5 candles in Baies and Figuier with a wick trimmer and candle snuffer. (Awesome set!!)

Laura Mercier Flawless Expressions Set ($85) 
This has an Eye and Cheek Palette, Deluxe-size Caviar Stick in Rosegold (0.03 oz.), Full-size Full Blown Volume Suprême Mascara in Black (0.2 oz.) and Full-size Lip Glacé in limited-edition Gilded Rose (0.15oz.)

Giorgio Armani Ultimate Eyes to Kill Set ($85)
The set includes Smooth Silk Waterproof Eye Pencil in #1 (0.03 oz.), Eyes to Kill Mascara in #1 (0.23 oz.), Flash Lip Lacquer in #107, Perfection Eye Makeup Remover (1.35 oz.), Luminous Silk Foundation in #5.5 (0.17 oz.) and Fluid Sheer in #7 (0.17 oz.)

Jo Malone Cologne Collection ($88) 
This one comes with six 0.3 oz mini spritzers of Nectarine Blossom and Honey, Orange Blossom, Blackberry and Bay, Pomegranate Noir and Grapefruit.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Softness ($48) 
The set includes Ultra Rich Shower Cream (2.5 oz.), Milk Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap (3.5 oz.), Shea Ultra Rich Body Lotion (16.9 oz.), Shea Butter Hand Cream (0.3 oz.) and Shea Butter Foot Cream (0.3oz.)

This is just a list of few beauty and home products, though there are many lovely selection in shoes, clothes, accessories and bag categories.
I would love to pick NARS Dolce Vita Set, Diptyque Candles Set and Jo Malone goodies. I am not sure though, simply because I have some other stuff I would want to spend my money on and unfortunately they are not in this sale.

What is on your wishlist from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

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