Tom Ford Lumière Lip vs Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm

This season we are seeing sharp contoured full-coverage matte lipsticks being slowly replaced by lip balms and sheer lipsticks. Moreover, lip glosses are having a huge comeback, as we find new products from different brands on the market.

The glow all-over-the-place is finally touching our lips too. With the overwhelmed number of new products, we decided to review and compare two recently launched and trending lip balms –  Tom Ford Lumière Lip and Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm to see which one is  really worth the hype.

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Tom Ford Lumière Lip

Tom Ford Lumière Lip is a new lip balm from their recent Soleil 2018 collection. The lip balm is only available in one shade: Lumière 01. Even though it looks orangish (or how it is described – a shade of papaya) in a bullet, it is almost translucent with a satin finish. What makes this lip balm exceptional, it reacts to your pH, creating a customized “naturally-enhanced” lip color. The lip balm is infused with hyaluronic acid for the voluminous look, different antioxidants and natural plant extracts to condition and soften your lips. The lip balm comes in full-size, in classic Tom Ford white and gold packaging. The retail price is $54 (Buy Now).

Ingredients:

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NARS ORGASM AFTERGLOW BALM

NARS’s Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm was also recently launched within NARS’s Orgasm Collection. Similar to the one from Tom Ford, it is available only in one color, that NARS calls Orgasm – peachy pink shade with golden shimmer. The balm also has a nice satin finish. Because of its translucency, it gives a pretty sheer wash of color to your lips, adding a natural flushed touch to them. However, when compared to Tom Ford’s latest lip balm, Afterglow has definitely more pigment and tiny sparkles. It is also formulated with antioxidants for lip protection and features NARS’s Monoï Hydrating Complex for smooth and supple comfort. The lip balm comes in a beautiful mirrored rose gold packaging and is also a full-size product. The retail price is $28 (Buy Now).

Ingredients:

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COMPARISON

When compared to each other on my lips, I can say that both of the balms feel the same on my lips. Tom Ford has a strong vanilla fragrance, while NARS’s lip balm has a less noticeable coconut flavor.

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Lumière Lip added more peachy undertones to my lips, while NARS kept them more pinkish and slightly more radiant. Nevertheless, the difference is almost unnoticeable on the lips and it will differ from one complexion to another.  As you can see on the pictures below, both of the balms add just a wash of color to bare lips, so don’t expect tons of pigment from either of the lip balms.

From Left to Right: TF Lumière Lip, my bare lips and NARS Afterglow Orgasm

If you take a look at the swatches below, you can see how they compare to each other as well as to other similar sheer lipsticks that I have in my collection.

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From left to right:

Shiseido Veiled Rouge Lipstick in PK304 Skyglow – ($25, Buy Now)

NARS Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm ($28, Buy Now)

Tom Ford Lumière Lip in Lumière Lip 01 ($54, Buy Now)

Tom Ford Sheer Lip Color in 15 Nina ($36, Buy Now)

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I’m pretty sure that both of the lip balms will work with all complexions: Lumière Lip will pop natural undertones creating a custom lip color, while Afterglow Orgasm shade was created with an idea to be worn by everyone.

Both of the lip balms are instantly hydrating and add an amazing natural glow to my lips. Because of the dramatic difference in the price point, you may say that NARS is a better choice since you get pretty much the same result for a far better value. However, since Tom Ford creates a custom lip color, for me, this whole idea adds exceptional value to luxurious Lumière Lip. Moreover, Lumière Lip has a less-comedogenic ingredient – jojoba oil, compared to Afterglow’s coconut oil. At the same time, I can’t say that Afterglow is worse since it definitely adds more radiance and I really love this refreshing peachy pink shade. By the way, the difference in shade is more noticeable in real life though, and this is another reason why it is so hard to pick one.

As you already understood, I couldn’t pick just one lip balm so there is no better or worse product in this post. Moreover, they both are really worth the hype in each and every aspects and will perfectly complement your healthy glowing skin.

What is your favorite lip balm? Let me know in the comments down below.


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PUMA x MAC ONE Crème De Nude / Muted Clay Women’s Suede

In one of my previous posts, I’ve shared a new exciting collaboration between MAC Cosmetics and Puma in celebration of Puma Suede shoes turning 50!

The recently launched collection features three Puma classic suedes in the iconic shades of MAC Cosmetics lipsticks. Moreover, now it’s finally the time when you can match your lipstick to your shoes!

Muted Clay shade matches the sheer lipstick in Creme D’Nude, Fiery Red represents iconic matte Lady Danger and the Port Royal is the burgundy shade that serves as a pairing for the matte lipstick in Sin.

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For me, it was so hard to decide on the color for shoes because all of these three shades are so beautiful and trending! Since I can’t have all three ( which I would probably end up doing if I had more cash and a bigger closet),  I picked the pair in Muted Clay.

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Unfortunately, the matching lipstick (Creme D’ Nude), is not my shade – personally, I don’t like pale lipsticks, so I’m skipping on the matching pictures here. However, the color of these shoes is so flattering, that this is exactly what has been missing from my wardrobe.

First of all, I need to mention that the sneakers are comfortable and true to size! I’m wearing exactly my 7.5.

The upper part of the shoes is leather (suede) with textile lining and rubber sole. You can find Puma and MAC Cosmetics logos on the shoe tong and all over the insole.

The sneakers also feature Puma’s trademark  – lateral formstrip and laces in the same perfectly matching shade. The last makes the shoes look pretty solid so that you’re not restricted in adding other colors to your look.

My favorite element in these shoes is the tonal glossy makeup smear marking on the heel – it adds a very stylish touch to them.

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This beautiful peachy beige shade will go perfectly together with white, cream, light blue, rose gold, sand and many more! It’s the lightest and most muted shade in the collection and is perfect for summer. I like this shade for its versatility that you get for matching with other colors and textures.

Since it’s already a hurricane season, I’d need to add protection to my suedes so that no rain can cause problems whenever I decide to wear them.

These shoes are already sold out at puma.com, but you still can find them at Nordstrom. The retail price is $85.

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Puma x MAC ONE Suede Classic Sneaker, $84.95 (Buy Now)

By the way, at Puma’s official website you can also find other collaborations related to Puma Suede 50th Anniversary.

How do you like this shoes? What shade do you like the most? Let me know in the comments down below!


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Top 6 Amazing Beauty Launches We’re Super Excited About

From the moment I’ve started this blog, I’ve realized that the beauty industry goes along with the fashion industry at the fastest possible pace and sometimes it is so hard to follow the trend. Thanks to the social media, now we can easily stay in the know.

Here is our short-list of newly announced products we are thrilled about to try this month.

1. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Dream Glow Kit

Another addition to the Glow Kit Collection. The Dream Glow Kit consists of 6 pastel highlighters. The configuration of the pallet resembles the iconic limited-edition Nicole Glow Kit, while the shade selection slightly reminds us of Aurora Glow Kit.

Most of the shades are iridescent which makes them even more wearable than they seem to look in the pan. We are especially excited about he Magic shade that has at least three colors in the reflect – lilac, yellow gold and turquoise.

 

The inspiration behind the creation of this glow kit is The Neverending Story.

It was officially announced today and will be available for a purchase on May 22nd at Anastasia Beverly Hills official website.

2. HUDA BEAUTY Rose Gold Palette Remastered

This is the redesigned edition of the original Rose Gold Palette that was launched back in 2016. The Remastered pallet is claimed to have a completely new formula. According to the swatches, they are super pigmented and smooth. It also features a large mirror.

Here is the side by side comparison to the original pallet.

🔔 COMPARISON 🔔 . 👉🏼 by @melcastaneda of @hudabeauty of the palettes original Rose Gold palette and the new Rose Gold Remastered eyeshadow Palette launching 5/22 SWIPE LEFT . 👉🏼 Shophudabeauty.com and retailers @sephora @harrods @cultbeauty . 👉🏼 What’s New: Mattes: Even more buttery and pigmented than before, our eight new mattes are talc-free and give MAJOR payoff that’s easy to put down, blend, and build. The shades: Risqué, Doll Face, Demure, Suede, Coco, Maneater, Henna, Sandalwood. Risqué is the new Bossy, with a richer plum red tone, Doll Face is a brighter red pink version of the old Flamingo shade, and Demure, the old Shy, is now a more muted coral pink. . . . Melted Metal: I’m so obsessed with this new addition! We’ve taken our unique foil formula and reinvented it in an even more lustrous finish, that can now be used with a brush, or for an extreme liquid metal finish, you can use your fingers. The shades: Dubai, Fling, Trust Fund, Rose Gold, Pink Diamond, a new soft metallic pink with a hint of silver, 24K, #Blessed, and Bubbly, a shimmering metallic champagne shade. . 👉🏼 Pressed-pearl: Similar to the shimmers in our previous palette, this pressed pearl gives stunning shimmer in a more buttery formula. I love using it for highlighting the inner corners and dusting across brow bones and cheekbones. The shade: Moon Dust. . . . 👉🏼 includes a mirror . . Pic #Huda @melcastaneda 📷♥️ . . . 💭 What do you think?? . . Follow me for more me information and to not miss the #makeupworldnews

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The launch is expected on May 22nd at Huda Beauty official website as well as at Sephora online and in stores on July 20th.

3. PUMA x MAC COSMETICS Collaboration

Not necessarily the beauty launch, but we are so obsessed with the idea of matching your favorite lipstick shade to your shoes! The collaboration of the makeup brand and the sport brand led to the creation of Special Edition Suede sneakers. They were exclusively released in honor of PUMA Suede’s 50th anniversary.

 

Now you can choose suedes in one of the legendary MAC cosmetics lipstick shades: Lady Danger, Créme d’Nude and Sin.

They are currently available at Nordstrom.

Which one would you pick?

4. NARS Orgasm Afterglow Balm

This season is all about the glow and shine! We are totally obsessed with just launched Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm.

As a part of the new Nars Orgasm Collection, this lip balm will be available at the Sephora online on May 20th, and in stores on May 21st.

5. GLAMGLOW INSTAMUD™ 60-Second Pore-Refining Treatment

INSTAMUD™ is another innovative release in skin care products. It’s a foaming treatment mask that works exactly in 60 seconds! It is said to refine pores, smooth and soften the skin and even the tone.

Active ingredients include bentonite and kaolin clays, witch hazel, aloe vera and licorice root.

It was announced only 4h ago and is already available at Glam Glow official website.

6. BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector® Pressed Highlighter Royal Glow

Inspired by the upcoming Royal Wedding, Becca has added a new highlighter to its iconic highlighters collection. The center of the Royal Glow pressed powder is stamped with a crown which makes it stand out from the other highlighters in the collection.

This limited-edition bronzed opal shade is infused with shimmering gold pearl which makes it a perfect match for any complexion.

It is now available at Becca Cosmetics official website.

 

Which of these launches are you excited about the most? Let us know in the comments down below!


Featured image: Courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills

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Amika: Polished Perfection Straightening Brush

After so many makeovers and color treatments (because life is too short to have just one hair color!) and changing 3 countries within the last 3 years, my hair is no longer straight from roots to ends. There is a part that I love about my hair now since volume is now present in my roots ( thanks to Living Proof Full Shampoo), however, the ends are not flattering at all. And while I can justify that “I woke up like this” hairstyle look is still in trend, it doesn’t always look good, at least, not the way it makes me feel beautiful #badhairday. And I’m too lazy to blow dry with a round brush every time I wash my hair.

I always avoided flat irons, because I didn’t need them in the first place and they are can cause damage to my hair. I’ve never had hair this long as I do right now, but flat irons are still not an option. Thanks for the existence of straightening brushes.

After watching several Instagram videos, I came to a decision that I need a straightening brush. And my research led me to Polished Perfection from Amika. It was featured in Allure magazine several times and it has become one of the best selling items at Sephora for the last year. After reading the description of technologies used and how user-friendly their brush is, I decided to give it a try.

Here is my unboxing and review video, where you can see how to operate the brush and why I think it’s the best one on the market.

 

What do you think about straightening brushes? Are you using a brush or still prefer a flat iron? Let me know in the comments down below!


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Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Inspired Make Up For Everyday Look

Hello, my beauties!

Since Pantone, the Global Color Authority, announced Ultra Violet as a Color of 2018, this color is gaining more popularity in fashion and beauty.

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Violet is one of my favorite colors and I’m really excited that this is the color of 2018!

If you go through pretty much every beauty brand today, you can find lipsticks, nail polishes, eye shadows and etc all in this shade. However, you may feel uncomfortable wearing such a bold experimental color to work or to school, but still want to catch up to the trend. If so, then this post is definitely for you.

Here are some tips of how to add twists of violet to you everyday look, and yet, keep up with your personal style.

Although there might be a little deviation from exact Ulta Violet color, all shades of purple and violet are still considered trending.

P.S. You can scroll down to the video where I do my makeup and then get back to the text to  read all the steps in details!

Eyes

For me, eyes are the most comfortable area to experiment with color. Violet is a shade that goes well together with all eye colors.

If you don’t feel comfortable covering your full eyelid with this bold color, consider pairing it with the trending mauve shades. Create a transition of shades from a light mauve color adding a tiny amount of violet to the edges and to your crease.

I like violet shades from Too Faced Chocolates and Peaches pallets, they blend in very naturally to the skin. I use Livin Lavish shade from Gold Chocolate pallet.

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Add violet color to your lower lash line. My favorite shade for this is Osiris from Prism Pallet  by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

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Here are single eyeshadows for more matching color:

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As an option,  you can also apply an eye pencil to the lower lash line and blend it.

My top favorite is from Sephora in shade 32 Tango Night.

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If you are a big fan of cat eyes and can’t live without lined eyes, consider using violet liner instead of black.

Interesting fact: Butter London has partnered with Pantone this year and released a collection in Ultra Violet once the color has been announced.

Today, the only place where you can find the complete collection is only butterlondon.com. Interestingly, Ulta.com also has their products displayed on their website, but almost all of them remain “sold out”. But don’t despare: Ulta as well as Nordstrom has same shades of same product in stock. They just don’t have a Pantone sticker on the packaging.

Butter London features the Glazen Lustrous eyeliner in Ultra Violet.

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If this color is too bright for you, consider its sister Magnetic. It’s a deeper shade and still looks more violet than blue on the skin.

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To complete your eye makeup and open up the look, add Gumdrop from Anastasia Sugar Glow kit to outer corners of your eyes. It’s a dual chrome pink/lilac shade. For a bolder look, you can use Spectra Shade from Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit.

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I suggest to finish with black mascara to keep the look more wearable for everyday.

Nails

Nails are another place where you can safely use violet color to be in trend.

Here are the nail polish shades from Pantone 2018 Color of the Year Collection by Butter London.

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Misty Lilac  – Purple Rain – Marvelous – Ice Lavander – Hydrangea – Ultaviolet

You can keep it simple and substitute your signature nude/white color with Hydrangea.

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As you can see, mauve shades also count.

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For a bolder look, use a deeper shades with some sparkles like the Purple Rain.

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How it all looks together? Watch my first makeup video on my instagram account!

 

My first make up video is inspired by @pantone color of the Year 2018! 💜 How to add a violet twist to everyday look (and not over do it !) details in my new post! Link in bio✨ Wearing today: @hudabeauty Mauve Obsession eye shadow pallet @toofaced Chocolate Gold @toofaced Better Than Sex mascara @sephora Contour Eye pencil in 32 Tango Night @anastasiabeverlyhills Prism Eye Shadow Pallet @anastasiabeverlyhills Sugar Glow Kit @maccosmetics Pro Conceal and Correct Pallet in Medium @maccosmetics Studio Chromagraphic Pencil NC15/NW20 @chanelofficial Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ébène @chanelofficial Powder Blush in 99 Rose Pétale @butterlondon Glazen Lustrous Liner in Magnetic @shophudabeauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set in Muse/Angelic 💜💜💜 #beautyblogger #pantone #pantone2018 #makeup #makeupvideos #trending #ultraviolet @ultabeauty #tfchocolate #ultabeauty #sephora

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