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Laneige Lip Glowy Balm Review + Swatches

laneige lip glowy balm pear peach gummy bear


Hi all! Sharing with you this quick review of these very cute and very delightful lip balms from Laneige. You’ve seen these everywhere and a lot of you may have already tried these. I can definitely say these balms are so yummy, so addicting, and so enticing. Every scent of each tube is well-crafted and totally unique from each other. I also think that the colorful tubes brighten up the vanity table and they match each flavor/scent. Even though they’re sheer, their consistency is thick and really moisturizing without the heavy sticky feel. I do like the original Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask because of its hefty size, but it doesn’t seem to be very sanitary to use. That’s why I love these lip glowy balms not just for their flavors and colorful tubes, but also for their convenience. Just twist and apply.


laneige lip glowy balm review


Berry – My all-time favorite. I love the unique yummy scent of this that reminds me of those classic lip balms in the past.

Grapefruit – The smell of fresh grapefruit will awaken you all the time whenever you use this lip balm.


laneige lip glowy balm


Pear – Smells like fresh pear and fresh green apple. I love this one a lot and the scent is never boring.

Peach – A lot of folks love this because this has a nice subtle peach scent.

Gummy Bear – This latest addition smells so sweet, so fruity, and just so irresistible. It won’t turn your lip purple or violet. It’s just sheer. I highly highly recommend this.


laniege lip glowy balm swatch


These lip balms will save your lips from dryness and chapping. On top of that, you’ll enjoy the fabulous delicious flavor or scent that each tube brings. For me, I always look forward to using these every day. So, if you love the Laneige Lip Sleeping Masks, then I bet you’ll love these as well.


laneige lip glowy balm grapefruit peach berry pear gummy bear review


What lip balms are you using right now? Are you a fan of these?





Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick Review And Swatches

Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick review


Hello Everybody and Hello to all lipstick lovers! I finally got the Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick (0.14 oz: $26) during the Sephora Holiday Bonus Sale, which is still ongoing and the next round will be coming up this weekend (more details and my wishlist HERE, will be adding another wishlist soon). It’s always great to take advantage of these sales so we can finally get that lipstick or be it any makeup our hearts desire. For me, I’ve been wanting to try this Shiseido matte lipstick because as what I’ve said before, someone recommended this to me and the reviews in Sephora have been great so far, even though there’s not a lot, and also, I haven’t really found several beauty bloggers talking or raving about this lipstick which is kinda strange because this particular Shiseido lipstick is actually an Allure Best of Beauty Winner this year.


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick


To tell you a bit of story as to how I got so interested about this lipstick, let’s go back a couple of months ago to my trip to Minnesota, specifically Mall of America, lol. I was at Nordstrom’s Tom Ford beauty counter swatching some of their latest lipsticks when one of their SAs asked if I needed some help, which I gladly accepted and I asked her several questions regarding TF’s latest beauty launches. While I was talking to her, I couldn’t help but notice her beautiful lipstick color. She had this sort of semi-glossy brownish taupe lip color that simply looked glam and very Fall-ready. My first thought automatically was, it’s probably one of Tom Ford’s, but then I was like “no, it can’t be, I need to ask her” lol. So I did, and I was so shocked when she told me that she’s actually wearing two kinds of lip products and none of them are from Tom Ford, LOL! shockerz! I was like “Whaaaat?!”, I swear I felt my invisible wig falling, LOL. She did show me the two lip shades she used, one is a Chanel Jumbo Lip Crayon which she used as a topper, kinda like a gloss, then the base is the Shiseido Modern Matte Lipstick, and she loved it so much. I totally had no clue about this lipstick at all or how good it is, not to mention ever trying any Shiseido lipsticks before. So I then decided that my next mission will be to try and test this particular lipstick asap.


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick


The Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick is a super lightweight comfortable lipstick with a true matte finish. It is creamy and it glides effortlessly on the lips without feathering. There is no noticeable scent or any flavor at all, and the packaging has a magnetic case that feels thick, slightly heavy, and overall robust. I find the shades to be well-pigmented, wearable, and just beautiful. The formula does transfer but only a little bit and it lasts pretty much the whole day on me. I may have to retouch a tiny bit after eating but still, the color stays on my lips. Also, this lipstick might slightly emphasize the lips’ fine lines, but this never made my lips dry at all.


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick


Here are some of my favorite shades:


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick in thigh high, disrobed, murmur, semi nude, velvet rope, nocturnal


Thigh High (504) – nude beige


Disrobed (506) – nude rose


Murmur (507) – rosewood


Semi Nude (508) – cinnamon, but more like a spiced cinnamon


Nocturnal (521) – brick red


Velvet Rope (522) – sangria


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick

This lipstick’s shape and form reminded me a bit of the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks (reviewed HERE) but I find this Shiseido Modern Matte Lipstick to be a lot better in terms of texture, comfort and wear time, plus, this lipstick is way cheaper. With that, I do believe this lipstick deserves a 5-star rating since it’s very well done overall, and this is definitely one of the best matte lipsticks I’ve ever tried. I highly recommend this to you all.


Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick review


The Shiseido Modern Matte Powder Lipstick is currently available at Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue


*Crown Catchall is from West Elm

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*Peonies Book is from HERE

*Veranda Entertaining Book is also from HERE

*Diptyque “Figuier” candle is available at Nordstrom


Tom Ford Lip Sculptor & Lip Color Satin Matte Review

tom ford lip color satin matte stiletto and modern love review


Tom Ford recently released a couple of new lip products, one of them is the Lip Sculptor which is basically a lip liner with a lip brush, and another one is the newest Lip Color Satin Matte, which is a velvety soft matte lipstick that is meant to be high impact and long-wearing.

I went to my local Tom Ford beauty counter to check out these two new products and also to swatch the colors and find out which ones would look well on my skin tone. I picked two colors from the Lip Sculptor line and also picked two from the Lip Color Satin Matte.


tom ford lip sculptor in devour


Lip Sculptor ($46) – This lip liner glides comfortably on the lips and it has a built-in lip brush on the other end. It contours, sculpts and defines the lips and it’s great with any Tom Ford lipsticks or with any other lip color as well. This sets into a matte finish and can be easily corrected if the application wasn’t accurate. There are different shades available from this lip liner and they are all beautiful, especially the deep ones. Since this lip liner has an easy-to-glide formulation, this could potentially be worn as a lip color, provided that your lips are not the type that dries easily. Unfortunately, for me, this is too drying when used as a lip shade. On the other hand, since this particular lip liner is quite matte, I don’t really see how the lip brush on the other end can work with this liner unless of course it’s meant to define the lips with a lipstick, which I suspect is what it’s really meant to be. The price of this lip pencil is high, but the quality is very good. Having a few is worth a try.


tom ford lip sculptor review


Crave – light terracotta

Devour – mauve rose


tom ford lip color satin matte in stiletto and modern love


Lip Color Satin Matte ($55) – This newest lip color from Tom Ford is very pigmented in just one swipe. It has a creamy feel once applied on the lips, then it sets into a true satin matte. It is one of the most comfortable matte lipsticks I’ve ever tried since it’s non-drying, lightweight, and soft-focus without emphasizing too much lip lines. It has a blotted effect as it wears for several hours. This particular lipstick, however, does transfer but it’s not to the extreme since the color will still remain on the lips. On me, this lasts about six hours after drinking tea or coffee, and about four hours for the lighter shade after eating. The darker shade tends to stay longer. There is no strong scent detected, but only a faint buttery one. However, finding the right shade from this lip color line that would look well on my complexion was such a dilemma. There are for sure several Fall/Winter colors like deep berries and reds but I had a hard time finding the right nude or neutral beige for my light-medium skin tone since most of the nude and neutral ones are either too nude or they’d pull off as bright pink or coral on me. Another thing I noticed is that it’s pretty hard for me to accurately apply this lipstick on my lips since this has a slightly angled flat round tip, as opposed to being more pointy like most lipsticks, so, I always end up overlining my lips. But then, that’s easy to remedy, I just use the lip brush that came with the Lip Sculptor above. Anyway, I can’t seem to find a product that closely resembles this lipstick, especially when it comes to its texture and its finish. For starters, this is definitely not as mattifying as the Tom Ford Lip Color Matte. This lip color is more comfortable and it feels more lightweight. This also feels a bit hydrating but it’s not shiny. I’m thinking perhaps the Dior Ultra Rouge Lipstick might be on par, but I will have to investigate more, and speaking of that, I will be reviewing that lipstick soon. I also think the YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats (reviewed HERE) might be similar as well, and probably the Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet too, but the Chanel ones may be a bit more mattifying than this TF Lip Color Satin Matte.


tom ford lip color satin matte swatches


Modern Love – light coral

Stiletto – blue-toned red


tom ford lip color satin matte in stiletto swatch


tom ford lip sculptor in devour and crave swatch

Bottom line, this latest Lip Color Satin Matte and Lip Sculptor from Tom Ford are worth the splurge. These perform just like what they claim. The Lip Sculptor is a reliable lip liner that sets well and applies smoothly. It truly contours and defines the lips. The Lip Color Satin Matte is one of the most comfortable easy to wear matte lipsticks I’ve ever tried and I really like its velvety matte effect on the lips.


tom ford lip sculptor


The Tom Ford Lip Sculptor and Lip Color Satin Matte are out now at Nordstrom, SephoraSaks Fifth Avenue, and Harrods