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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Xmas 2011 - Lorac Bejeweled Day & Night Jewelry Box

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Hi all =D I am temporarily back =X I didn´t pass that bad-ass exam early October so I got caught up in my study materials to prepare for my 2nd try this Monday (November 7th). And besides having 3 kids and a household and all I am stuck in the university a lot these days, too, so my blog had/has to stand behind, sorry! Will not blog a lot the next weeks as I firstly don´t have a lot of time and 2nd not really much new stuff to review =( A few reviews are set to be written though so please keep checking or subscribe.

Anyone checked out the Japanese Xmas collections yet? It´s really weird but so far NOTHING caught my fancy at all. Maybe I´ll get that Lunasol kit but other than that I feel rather underwhelmed with the stuff.

However I got couple of non-Asian Xmas palettes, my fave being the one from Lorac! I got myself a shipping addy so I took chance of the Sephora 20% off sale last week and snatched up their huge value-for-money Bejeweled Day & Night Jewelry Box! It retails for US$56 (containing stuff worth US$415) but I got it for US$44.80 =)

I have never tried Lorac before but the positive youtube/online reviews convinced me I needed this gorgeous kit.

The Day & Night Jewelry Box contains:
-2 High-Shine Lip Glosses in Peach (Day) & Rose (Night)
-1 Bronzing Powder
-2 Eye Liner Pencils in Brown (Day) & Black (Night)
-1 Face Palette for Day featuring 16 Eye Shadows and 1 Blush
-1 Face Palette for Night featuring 16 Eye Shadows and 1 Blush
-Jewelry box with mirror, flip-top and 2 drawers in a silver glittery lace fabric

As you see there is a lipgloss, eyeliner and face palette each for day respectively night and the bronzer goes with both looks.

The top part contains the 2 lip glosses and the bronzer. The lip glosses come in 2 universally flattering shades, one being a soft peachy pink for the day look and the other one a beautiful muted rose shade to go with the night palette.
Both contain very fine pearly shimmer, show up very well and have a slick non-sticky texture. Staying power is quite good despite the creamy texture.
The glosses are full-sized and do not contain any fragrance or flavor.

The bronzer is really huge and features a beautiful light peachy tan shade with the softest satin glow throughout. It really gives that nice healthy sheen to my cheeks and is not too brown or muddy. Actually I can wear this as a natural blush or to contour my face (though for more tan ladies it might not work for contouring).

The eyeliner pencils are of good quality and quite soft and pigmented however the black one isn´t as smooth and dark as the brown one. The brown one definitely is a very deep nice color with great color pay-off. Overall nice quality pencils but nothing that special in my opinion.

The star product of the kit are definitely the 2 palettes. Each contains a whopping 16 pigmented, blendable and super smooth shades in matte, metallic and shimmery finishes. Together both palette contain actually a good amount of neutrals (more brown ones for day and the cooler more gray-toned ones for night) but there are also some nice colors like green, purple, teal, burgundy, gold my opinion both combos are wearable at any time of the day so both palettes are super versatile and wearable.

The day palette is particularly stunning with its array of rich metallic shades. The night palette has a few blacks and grays that look a bit too similar in my opinion and is in general a bit more matte/flat than the other palette.  
Each palette also has a blush to go with the lip gloss (peach for day and rose for night). The blushes are also smooth and pigmented with a very soft glowy finish.

The staying power of all the products is really good. I applied my makeup at like 9 AM today and now (7 PM) the colors still look fresh (of course I reapplied the lip gloss several times during the day).

The jewelry box is really pretty however it sheds glitters like nothing else so I keep it in its cardbord box. The drawers are pretty small so you could only store really flat things inside.

What I really love about this kit is that all the contents are fully removable incl. the eyeshadow palettes so you can take them out of the box and use it for other things (unlike other kits like the Tarte jewelry box),

Overall I am totally thrilled with this gorgeous kit and can highly recommend grabbing one for yourself (or as a gift perhaps). The products are of high quality, the colors are universally flattering and wearable for all occasions.

Rating definitely a well deserved 5/5
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