Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Gloss and Crystal Baby Nail Lacquer – Swatches and Review

Estee Lauder recently released a mini collection called Crystal Baby. I saw the collection on a beauty blogger’s page and was super excited because everything was pink! I looked for the collection everywhere, then realized that it was only released in Asia. Luckily, Nordstrom has the collection online. I picked up the Crystal Baby Lip Gloss and Crystal Baby Nail Lacquer.


I really like the Crystal Baby Pure Color Gloss. It is very much like all of the Estee Lauder Lip Glosses. It has the same scent and tackiness. I found that the color lasts for about 4 hours. It is very pretty, but like most light colors, I notice that the color tends to settle into my lip lines. It does look super pretty on top of a light lipstick.



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This is lip gloss only.

I have to admit that although I like the Crystal Baby Nail Lacquer, it is not my favorite. I applied two coats and the polish went on very smoothly. This is the same great quality as with all Estee Lauder nail colors. My manicure lasted for about 5 days before chipping.


The polish looks nude in the bottle and nude on my nails in these pictures, but in indoor lighting the color pulled more peach on me. I have no clue why I didn’t like this polish!? I think it just didn’t mesh with my skin tone.

Did you pick up anything from the collection? I kinda wish I would have tried the blush….

Stay Gorgeous,

Rouge La La





LUSH Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask Review

A new Lush free standing store opened in the mall near me and I couldn’t resist trying something new. I love the bath bombs and massage bars and lotions, but I have never tried the skin care. I decided to try a face mask. I picked the Brazened Honey mask because it’s a deep cleaning mask for  combination and oily skin. My skin is combination, but also sensitive. The sales lady did a demo of the mask on the back of my hand and there was no sensitivity so I went for it.


I suggest that you stir the mask before application because it appears to separate a bit. The mask was messy to apply. There are small chunks of almond in the mask and the bigger chunks of almond didn’t apply smoothly to the skin….some of them fell in clumps from my face.


My face immediately began to sting and my upper lip area began to burn. I knew there was ginger in the mask so I expected a slight tingle. And my upper lip area is extremely sensitive to everything, so that wasn’t a surprise. The tingling went away and I was able to keep on the mask for about 15 minutes, because I like my masks to dry completely. (Then I read that you should rinse the mask off after 10 minutes….oops.)  I re-wet the mask and as I rinsed it off, I began to rub it into my skin like a face scrub….which was amazing since it has all of those almond pieces in it.

I love the end result! My skin looks clear and smooth and feels soft. The Kaolin clay really worked at pulling out all the dirt and the tiny blackheads on my nose. I also love that all of the ingredients are natural….when I was rinsing off the mask I didn’t freak out because it got on my lips and up my nose. (I always make a huge mess when I wash off face masks!) Aside from the initial tingling, my skin didn’t react badly to this mask, but I think next time I will use it only on my T-zone because that’s the spot that needs the hardcore deep cleaning this mask provides.

And this mask is super affordable…2oz. for $6.95. Don’t forget to keep your mask in the fridge and use within 3 weeks. I almost forgot….Lush sells a serum called Full of Grace that they recommend using before applying the mask. They say that it helps the mask absorb into skin better. I think I’ll go back for this.

What’s your favorite Lush product?

Stay Gorgeous 😉

Rouge La La

Julep Lynn Nail Polish — On Sale Now!!

I was browsing (read: shopping) on Julep’s web page tonight and saw one of my favorite peach/pinkie/nude nail polishes, Lynn, on sale for $2.99!  Lynn is one of those great shades that I can only describe as nude blush pearl. It’s a neutral that’s livened up with that frosty pearl sheen. It’s not boring like a basic nude, but it’s safe enough for a job interview.


So, I apologize because these are old pictures. I have this habit of taking pictures of manicures and makeup just to admire the colors later. (Is this weird? Do other people do this too? If I look through your cell phone pics will you also have nothing but makeup shots?)

But I digress…..

Some time ago, I was a Julep Maven member. I suspect that I received this color as part of one of the monthly boxes. I say suspect because I did a lot of Julep shopping when I was a member. I enjoyed being a Julep Maven member, but I honestly couldn’t keep up with all of the new nail polish colors! I guess I just don’t change my polish enough to justify 4 new colors a month.  I do recommend that y’all give it a try for a few months….it will help you increase your polish collection 😉  The great thing about membership is that you can skip a month or choose a different themed box. They also send great coupons and freebies.

Anyway, Lynn is a great color!  I think it reads more spring than summer but how can one resist that great sale price?!


Stay Gorgeous!

Rouge La La


MAC Alluring Aquatic Clear Water Lipglass

Every once and a while MAC has something that I can’t live without….and it’s usually something in their summer collection. Last year it was this gorgeous sparkly brown lipglass and I don’t do brown lips ever. Last week, I was lucky enough to snag the Clear Water Lipglass from their upcoming Alluring Aquatic collection.

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I have had this all of three days and I’m already in love. Clear Water has a clear base with no color but tons of sparkle. The sparkle is mostly pink and silver. It’s a traditional MAC lipglass according to scent, wear time, and feel. I did notice that I have to apply two layers of this color to get the look I want. If you wear Clear Water alone you get crazy pretty sparkle. It also makes your lips look polished.

(It’s hard to get good swatches because the gloss is so sparkly!)

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I’ve been wearing it over a almost nude pinky color and it makes the color shiny and fun! I promise you that Clear Water will transform every lip color….even the ones you bought and said ugh why did I buy this?! Try this color on top of pinks because that will really bring out all of the pink shimmer in the gloss.

Clear Water over MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Morning Rose

Clear Water over MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Morning Rose

So, unfortunately Clear Water is sold out on MAC’s website. Macy’s and Nordstrom has the collection online right now.

Alluring Aquatic launches in stores this Thursday. I suggest that you shop on Thursday to snag this little beauty! I’m hitting counters early because I really want to try the shadows that have sold out online as well.

Did you happen to grab something from the collection before it sold out online?

Stay Gorgeous 😉

Rouge La La

ROUGE G DE GUERLAIN in Gigi 68 and Stardust Lip Gloss


I was in the mall with no where to go and nothing to buy….I was bored.  I wandered over to the Guerlain counter at Saks to try on Stardust Lip Gloss.

gloss gloss swatch

Stardust is very pretty with multi-color pieces in a sheer base.  It adds dimension to any lip color.  I usually put glosses like this only on the center of the bottom lip.

Since the gloss is so sheer, I told the lady at the counter that I wanted a pretty base lip color to try the gloss over.  I know that the Guerlain lipsticks in the nice big metal cases are crazy expensive so I skipped over those and started browsing the lipsticks in the $30 range.  The lady at the counter insisted that I try on one of the Rouge G lipsticks that I was trying to avoid.  To my disdain, she choose this one:  Gigi 68

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indoor with flash


I immediately fell in love with this color!!  Gigi is vivid and gorgeous.  It looks red in the below swatch but is more fuchsia on my lips.  It’s a statement lipstick that is not your typical red statement lipstick.  And it looked even more stunning with the Stardust gloss on top.  BUT….I didn’t buy it then, instead I walked around the mall to make sure that I really loved it.  I looked at my lips in every mirror that I passed…in the rear view mirror at red lights…in the bathroom mirror…everywhere.  I really was in love.



Stardust on top of Gigi

Stardust on top of Gigi


Gigi 68

Gigi 68

Gigi with Stardust

Gigi with Stardust

So I purchased the lipstick and the gloss.  The swatch above shows both on my lips.  The lipstick wears for around 6 hours on me; although the wear time decreases when you add the gloss.  I also love the Rouge G packaging with the mirror connected to the tube (sorry I forgot to take a pic).  The lipstick is nice and creamy and I am very happy that I splurged.

Rouge G De Guerlain in Gigi 68  –  $51

Stardust Lip Gloss – $30

Stay Gorgeous 😉

Rouge La La

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara Review


Did you ever try a sample of something and love it so much that you had to go out and buy it the next day?  I’m anticipating that your answer is NO.  I totally understand….this has never happened to me until yesterday.  I tend to collect (read…hord) beauty samples.  I ran out of my current mascara and decided to go through a few samples before buying a new one.  (I have enough mascara samples to last at least two months!!)  So I tried a Chanel sample:  Inimitable Intense 10 Noir

Mascara Swatch

I was instantly….one coat….amazed!  A single coat curled and plumped my lashes (IRL is so much better than this pic).  There was no clumping and my lashes didn’t look like crunchy spider legs.  And Chanel’s Noir is so amazingly dark black…if you wiggle it into your lash line you can skip eyeliner.  After 8 hours of wear time there was no flaking or smudging.  This mascara did such an amazing job!!

I bought my tube at Nordstrom and got a 10% discount.  Nordstrom is having a beauty sale.  Check out the site for 10% off most brands   The Chanel counter honored the discount in store which was super nice of them.

Have you ever had this, try then immediately buy experience?

Stay Gorgeous 😉

Rouge La La