This week’s version is our favorite mascara. You’ve got to know that for me, and most likely my comrades in this, that means “of the moment”. Fickle is my middle name. I have a mascara that I love but that doesn’t mean I can’t love more than one (or two or three or ten). I finally narrowed my favorites down to Armani Eyes To Kill and IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes. I was so excited to have an easy war to take part in. Two fabulous mascaras that I love wearing.
But ….. Cue the music….. Along comes Mary. And as a woman’s prerogative the situation changes. Mary aka Dior Iconic Mascara is now on my lashes and I like it, I really like it. But do I like it enough to win this challenge?
Dior Iconic is the newest addition to their line of mascaras. Just about everyone knows of DiorShow since that’s their most famous. One of my favorites is Dior Extase but I don’t have one at the moment so it didn’t make the cut. Iconic gives me lashes that stay curled all day long. I don’t find a lot of volume from it but I do find I get definition and curl. Plus I can layer it and it never smudges or flakes. I put a few coats on in the morning and then if I’m going out at night, I comb through my lashes and add a few more coats for some va-va voom.
Here’s what Dior has to say about this brush: “the Iconic brush features soft silicone bristles that spiral around the stem to lift, curl, and separate every lash.” The brush is plastic and comb like. The formula makes this mascara very long lasting.
So here’s the dilemma after all – do I go for definition with Armani Eyes to Kill or do I go for volume and definition with It Cosmetics Hello Lashes or do I go for curl and definition with Dior Iconic? Which would you pick? Would you pick It Cosmetics Hello Lashes like I’m picking? When I look at current pictures of my eyes and put on my memory cap I realize that the most striking lashes are It Cosmetics Hello Lashes. — Marcia
Come see what my fellow warriors are wearing – either click through with “previous” or “next” or click on their icons. Which is your favorite?
I’m back in the jungle, the mighty jungle, with Dior Cosmetics. I’ve shown you Golden Light nail polish and told you I doubted I’d be able to resist more. I wasn’t!! So Golden Savannah 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow palette (774) is now mine. When I was reading up about Golden Savannah I kept finding references to the limited edition Iridescent Leather palette (539) so I decided that it would be helpful to compare these two as well. Both of these are 5 Couleurs aka Couture Colour Eyeshadow Palettes from Dior.
Golden Savannah has 5 colors though only 4 will be used by me. The center diamond is an extremely glittery light gold that is gorgeous but way too much for me, even as an accent. The glitter runs through the shadow as far as I can tell by swatching it over and over. I think on someone younger though it would be absolutely stunning either alone or over another color in the palette. Golden Savannah is a combination of browns and brownish green. Of the 4 color shades 3 are a satiny finish while 1 is a matte. The colors clockwise from top left are:
–Matte light brown, sort of a Hershey milk chocolate with a little cream added in. This applies very lightly on me.
–Golden medium brown, this has some sparkle but no glitter. There’s a lot of gold but it’s not brassy gold. Love this shade!! The texture is divine. The gold is tempered by the brown. I feel twinkly with this on my lid.
–Dark brown satin finish with a cool undertone. It’s not a very unusual shade but it’s great for the palette and is the type of brown I enjoy wearing.
Iridescent Leather in the same order:
–Golden brown that’s more brown than gold
–Gold but not like the gold in Golden Savannah, this is lighter and slightly more yellow
–Dark satin finish brown that’s similar to GS but warmer
–The diamond on Iridescent Leather is much more useful for me since it isn’t glittery, it’s a cream satin.
You can see that there are some similarities but not enough that I didn’t need both. Actually they work together quite well. Iridescent Leather was a big time favorite when I bought it and I’m sure that Golden Savannah will become another favorite. What I like about both of these are how usable all the shades are. In too many of my Dior palettes I’ll find that the shades are gorgeous in the palette but then look alike on my eyes. With Golden Savannah the colors are distinct and unique. The quality of the eyeshadows in this palette is superb. The colors apply beautifully with amazing pigmentation (other than the glittery center which is light and on the dry side) and they last well with an eyeshadow primer.
To see some fabulous photos of Golden Savannah check out Temptalia. (I want her to adopt me for a while so I can learn to take those pictures!!)
I’m enjoying my time in the jungle and am thinking about a return visit for Khaki Design. This collection unfortunately is limited edition and while Nordstrom (where I bought mine) has it online I heard it was a hot seller. — Marcia
The theme that Dior has chosen for Fall 2012 is Golden Jungle. The pieces are beautiful and I crave them all but I’m trying to be judicious in choosing. The predominant colors are gold, brown and khaki and there are also shades like nude, ivory, bronze, and copper in the collection.
The first piece I just had to get was the nail polish in Golden Light aka Or Lumière aka Golden Era (I’ve seen all three names!). I’ve been craving a Dior polish ($23) for a long time but I always seem to get to the counters just a little too late. Therefore I pounced on this one the minute I saw it.
It’s hard to imagine a gold polish that would be office appropriate but this defies gold as a description. It’s a very subtle gold with gorgeous sparkle. The base of it is light, almost a champagne, so you won’t find a true metallic tone like many golds. The polish went on beautifully but sheerly. I needed three coats to get good coverage. When I look at my nails I see more than just gold. You have to look carefully but you can see small flecks of copper and red in it too.
Since this was my first Dior polish getting used to the brush was a bit of a challenge. I knew it had a rounded edge to it but the brush often became almost triangular when applying. The trick was getting just the right amount of polish on it and how you take it out of the bottle. The finished product is beautiful though so it was worth the extra effort to learn how to use the brush and using an extra coat.
The best pictures and descriptions come from The Beauty Look Book’s post on this amazing shade (her review calls it Golden Era but it’s the same polish). I can’t top her but I can enjoy wearing the polish and getting a ton of compliments on it. If only life in the jungle were really this beautiful. — Marcia
p.s. According to Temptalia this polish could also be called Golden Era so if you can’t find Golden Light try that name instead. The number is 207 for all three names.