Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder, in my opinion, both as brands and in person, have sophistication and elegance that is common and is always looked upon for. As the craze for the first launch of the Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Collection last year, it has been the same or I would say more than that for this second collection which has new additions to some of the products from the previous collection. From the first launch, I was able to order the most coveted Modern Mercury highlighter before it sold out, which I reviewed here. In this post, I am writing about the Skin Perfecting powder, Eye Matte duo in Electric blue and Nude, Lip Gloss in Fired Crystal and Matte Lipstick in Black Cassis.
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Skin Perfecting Powder
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Skin Perfecting Powder (CAD $110) is part of the signature look which is the starting point for every other look in the collection. The product is described as Pore-blurring, translucent sheer powder that creates an airbrushed finish. It sets the makeup and minimizes the look of imperfections. It is available in one universal shade which is perfect for all skin tones. The powder has a soft yellow undertone that brightens and awakes the complexion.
The Skin Perfecting Powder is soft, lightweight, and blends easily onto the skin giving a very natural finish. It did not leave any whitish cast or cakey on my medium tan skin tone. I have used it both as a setting powder and as a powder to touch up during the day, I would say it looks more elegant in my bag, so I just like keeping it there, most of the times, I do not need a touchup. I pick up the product with my powder brush, just a swirl or two is enough to set up the makeup. It did not emphasize any pores or imperfections but did give the blurring effect to the problem areas. The packaging is so beautiful, a heavy metallic golden case inspired from the vintage cigarette case that Victoria Beckham in the Burlington Arcade in Mayfair, London.
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Eye Matte duo in Electric blue and Nude
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Eye Matte duo in Electric blue and Nude (CAD $78) is an eyeshadow duo with a unique combination of shades that look perfect for the holiday season as well will be a great companion for vacation. The pairing of electric blue and nude, as per Victoria Beckham is very strong. It was inspired by Miami’s vibrant Latin influences and its art deco vibe. The Eye matte duo is described as a directional shade pairings for a cool, graphic eye look. The two intensely pigmented matte shadows in unexpected color combinations. The packaging is the classic leather heavy metal case, the leather look is slightly different from the first release, you can refer to the pictures to see the difference in packaging and the size.
Both the shadows in the duo have a matte finish. The product is soft and blends easily. It is buildable and can be used wet and dry. The nude or camel shade seems to be more versatile than the electric blue but both make a really unique and fun combination for the holidays. Nude can be used as an overall shadow or in the crease area and the electric blue can be used on the outer eye to give it a dimension and depth or along the outer crease for a fun and stylish look. Both the shades can be used to define the eyes by using the product with a thin eye definer brush. I am definitely going to put this duo to use this holiday season and my upcoming vacation, the Latin vibes are already coming.
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Matte Lipstick in Black Cassis
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Matte Lipstick in Black Cassis (CAD $65) is described as a sumptuous, creamy-smooth matte lipstick with highly pigmented color in a velvety French wine shade. The shade is strong, confident and sexy. The packaging is a luxurious golden fluted case. Shade Black Cassis is a bold deep Bordeaux. The lipstick has full coverage and matte finish. This lipstick is part of the Paris Look.
The shade is very beautiful. I am always drawn to wine, berry shades and I am glad this lipstick came into my life. I have medium tan skin tone and it suits me so well. It did not dry my lips, being matte. It can be applied straight from the bullet for a full bold look or can be toned down with a napkin or applied with a light hand, either of which I do for my work. The formula is comfortable to wear.
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Lip Gloss in Fired Crystal
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Lip Gloss in Fired Crystal (CAD $47) is described as a clear gloss sparkle with multi-pearl shimmer compared to the glittering city lights. It can be worn alone for a water-shine effect or over a lipstick to enhance its shade. The formula is very hydrating and moisturizes the lips. It did not dry my lips and is comfortable to wear. This gloss has a shimmer finish. I like the way it looks on the lip, not like over-the-top kind of sparkle but the kind that looks wet and shiny, just like a sheer touch of color for a casual look. Based on the light, it gives multi-color effects. When used over the lipstick, it gives a gleaming finish.
Out of all the products I have reviewed, I am satisfied with the formula of all, the shades are nice and unique. Overall, another winning collection from the collaboration of Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder. I would recommend you to check this collection before the products are sold out, as it is a limited edition collection.
From top to bottom – Electric Blue, Nude, Lip Gloss in Fired Crystal, Matte Lipstick in Black Cassis
*DISCLAIMER – These products were sent to ‘The Velvet Life’ as press sample, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.
Aqua Celestia, launched by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris this year, is described as a heavenly fragrance. The idea and identity behind this fragrance are to feel good inside. The Aqua series from Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris include Aqua Universalis (2009), Aqua Vitae (2013) and now Aqua Celestia (2017) which all are meant to make you smell and feel good. The Aqua series is Francis Kurkdjian’s interpretation of the diverse facets of the freshness of water, which is one of the vital elements of earthly life.
From the official notes about the fragrance, ‘Aqua Celestia forms a seamless bond between the blue of the sky and the blue of the sea, forging a path toward absolute serenity in a surge of fruity freshness. An emotional journey lulled by the harmony of the senses and the mind.’
The notes of the Aqua Celestia are Lime from Mexico, Cool Mint (Mitcham), Blackcurrant Bud Absolute from Burgundy, Mimosa Absolute from Provence and Musk Accord.
The fragrance is a fresh light-clean floral musk. When I wear this, I smell pure and clean. The first notes that touch my nose are fruity with the hint of fizzy, sparkling freshness. The mint is well blended and does not gives the sharp or strong hints. The blackcurrant darkens it, making it richer. Then comes the soft musky part with sensual floral notes which are very fresh and airy. The whole composition does make it a bright, buoyant and musky in a brilliantly complex, breezy and bubbly way.
The clean and fresh scent of Aqua Celestia will appeal to both men and women. The fruity floral might attract more feminine fans but the soft musky notes will attract both feminine and masculine, so it depends on how your skin percepts it. I think this will be perfect for summer and heat but I am liking it in autumn/fall season too. The longevity on my skin is for over 6 hours and then it stays on longer but stronger when projected close to the skin.
Aqua Celestia ($205 – 70ml, $375 – 200ml) by Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris is available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-A-Porter, Saks fiftFifthnue stores and also at the www.franciskurkdjian.com
*DISCLAIMER – This fragrance was sent to The Velvet Life as a press sample, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.
In my previous post here, I reviewed two blushes from Surratt Beauty which have become an absolute favorite of mine. I also described how the formula of Surratt Beauty products is so unique and performs so well. I am going to review few more products from the brand which I have been using since last few days. ‘Minimal elegance’ is the phrase I want to repeat here in this post, Surratt Beauty is all about it.
Surratt Beauty Artistique Eyeshadow
A good eyeshadow will always have you covered when you need it, like when you are in hurry or you want that perfect eye makeup. It will be an easy step with great results. To achieve that results, all you need is a good formula. I am already a fan of Surratt Beauty product formula with just a few purchases from the brand. On the same lines of Japanese Slurry Leaves technique I mentioned in my previous post, the eyeshadows have a great formula.
Surratt Beauty Artistique Eyeshadow (CAD $22) is described to achieve a variety of eye effects, from a sheer wash of color to rich, saturated eye looks. The texture of the eyeshadow is finely milled but not powdery. They are very easy to blend and the pigmentation is good. They can be used dry or wet. The staying power is decent, they do last a whole day on my eyes. They are buildable and do not feel dry. The packaging is very lightweight and in little plastic pans which can be fitted in the customizable palette. I have the swatches for shades mentioned below (from top to bottom):
Poudre is described as matte soft peach
Grey Gardens is described as cool grey with shimmer finish
Enchantress is described as metallic black with metallic finish
Surratt Beauty Lipslique Lipstick
Surratt Beauty Lipslique Lipstick (CAD $37) is described as a twist-up lipstick alternative that’s lighter than lipstick and more sophisticated than a gloss. This lipstick contains spherical pigments that build opacity with every layer. The color goes from sheer to creamy for endless, alluring lip looks. The packaging of the lipstick is in a black case with Surrat printed over it and is very lightweight and a perfect travel companion.
The lipstick is sheer but buildable. The formula is moisturizing and does not dry out my lips or emphasize the lines. The shade Hevyn which I have swatched below is described as a glistening rose and has a very natural glistening kind of finish. The formula is very lightweight and looks natural but polished lips. The staying power is decent and the shade range is nice too.
Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre
Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre ( CAD $35) is described as a moisturizing, sheer lip gloss that looks fresh for hours. The shimmer lip formula features a sheer, non-sticky gloss that builds intensity with each coat. Its silicone-flocked spatula tip ensures that color is applied with precision. The formula is thick, little sticky and the staying power is amazing. It is not overly sparkly and not flat, it makes the lips look better without looking extra. It looks nice alone or over the lipstick. I have swatched shade Teinte which is described as a sheer white tint. It looks nice when I wear it alone, my lips look shiny but not sparkly. It stays on well for a decent time and is moisturizing at the same time. When topped over other lipstick, it gives the original shade a nice shine and enhances the shade.
Top to Bottom – Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon – In the Flesh, Surratt Beauty Lipslique Lipstick – Hevyn, Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre – Teinte
Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon
Surratt Beauty Automatique Lip Crayon ( CAD $37) is described as a super-saturated lipstick crayon with a light, balmy feel, and matte finish. The slim, twist-up crayon needs no sharpener. It is formulated with polymers and copolymers, delivering high-intensity color with a hydrating matte finish that holds fast for at least six hours. The formula glides on smoothly and very matte. The staying power is decent as mentioned above too. I am very careful with matte formulas as they do dry out my lips. I would suggest to exfoliate and moisturize the lips nicely before applying this lip crayon. Once applied, it stayed put for around four hours. The shade ‘In the Flesh‘ is described as fleshy nude and on me, it is the perfect nude. It is a nice addition to my nudes but I do prefer berry, red or pink shades in my lipsticks.
Surratt Beauty is available at Sephora Canada, Sephora, Barneys New York, Liberty London, Mecca and Net-A-Porter
Have you tried Surratt Beauty eyeshadows, Lipslique Lipstick, Lip Lustre, or Automatique lip crayon?
*DISCLAIMER – These products were sent to ‘The Velvet Life’ as press sample, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.
Surratt Beauty is a brand that has been on my wishlist for some time now, it is looked upon as a brand which has a unique perfection. If you do not know about Surratt Beauty, sharing some excerpt from their website here. Surratt beauty is a visionary collection designed by top new york city make-up artist Troy Surratt. Fueled by his passion for beauty, Troy created a line of artistic products that enable you to express your individuality and make a lasting impression. His customizable approach allows you to explore endless possibilities. Utilizing mesmeric colors and sumptuous formulas, Troy had devoted nearly a decade to develop and realize his eponymous line. Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush, as the other products in the line, is one of a kind.
I have been following Troy Surratt’s work and the kind of perfection I look forward to in someone, I am his fan. Then came the beauty products from his line, I am sharing my first purchases from this brand that I have been loving. I purchased Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush (CAD $35 – 4g) in shades ‘coup de genie’ and ‘Cherubique’ from Sephora last month. I was eyeing the shades ‘parfait’, ‘Chaleur’ and ‘La Vie En Rose’ which was out of stock for the time I had them in my cart, I see them come and go online, next time for sure. First thing first, the packaging is very pretty, the pans are a good size, like the size a blush brush or a highlighter brush can nicely get the product. The pans are meant to be kept in the palette that is available separately. At the moment, I have two blushes from this line, I am going to get the palette with the next blush I buy from them. Otherwise, the packaging, if you want to have it as a single shade, is not very sturdy. And that is the only thing I can say which might not be suitable to some of you. Now let me start with the product inside those pans.
The texture of the blush is very fine, they are pigmented and blend very easily. The product is made with an exclusive Japanese Slurry leaves method which makes the product very soft with a satin finish on the skin. The Japanese tradition of minimal elegance is what is implemented here too, the product in the pan might look dark or light but once applied it gives the most beautiful natural glow and color. I have been impressed with the texture and the results. A small amount is all that is needed and the results are amazing. Coup de Génie is a champagne highlighter and Chérubique is a gleaming rose shade.
Both shades leave a very natural lit from within glow. I top up Chérubique with Coup de Génie on the highpoints and that is what I need for the prettiest glow and color on the cheeks. Using them, my skin looks healthy. I actually I went to my mom’s wearing these and she complimented me on how beautiful my skin looks, so I had to mention that these do give that natural healthy glow. I have not been wearing these to my work as I think they look a bit extra for the office environment but they are my companions on the weekends and evenings. I am definitely going to check the shades I mentioned above for everyday use first and then indulge into more.
I would highly recommend these blushes to anyone looking for natural glow and color to the cheeks. They are best of their kind and you will love the texture, finish and the look once you try them on. I am just praising and praising these, do not think it is sponsored or gifted or something, I purchased these myself and when a product is that good, I always stress on at least trying them once and that is all for today. I have a post with review and swatches of Artistique eyeshadows from the brand here. Surratt Beauty is available at Sephora, Barneys New York, Liberty London, Mecca, Net-A-Porter Sephora Canada.
Coach was founded as a men’s leather brand in New York City in 1941 and has since evolved into a global fashion house. The brand fuses the rich legacy of American Craftmanship with a youthful new vibrancy and an emphasis on personalization. Coach has launched a new fragrance for men, called Coach for Men. Also, Coach is celebrating the first year anniversary of its Iconic fragrance for women called Coach Eau de Parfum. In this post, I will be describing the Coach Eau de Parfum & Coach for Men.
Coach for Men
Coach for Men is a new fragrance from the brand. It is described as an everyday essential, a luxury, a signature that makes a lasting impression and, like all things Coach, it is built to last. The packaging is in a beautiful heavy midnight blue shading glass bottle.The gunmetal spray cap is shaped like a turn lock, referencing the signature clasp on Coach Bags, which is an element that Coach’s first creative director introduced in 1954. A hangtag adds a distinctive finishing touch, mirroring those placed on every Coach bag. The horse and carriage which are a symbol of Coach craftsmanship, are subtly embossed on the bottle.
The top notes of the fragrance are Green Nachi, Bergamot, and Kumquat. The middle notes are Cardamom, Coriander, and Geranium. The base notes are Vetiver Haiti LMR, Suede, and Ambergris. The fragrance is described to evoke a feeling that is energetic, confident, and cool. The fragrance would be perfect for all seasons. My tester for this fragrance is my husband and he has been wearing it every day on my request. It has a warm alluring effect, the wear time is nice, around 5-6 hours and is not very heavy but pleasant. James Franco is the face of the fragrance for his creativity, confidence, curiosity and innate style of the Coach Guy.
Coach Eau de Parfum
Coach is celebrating the first year anniversary of its iconic fragrance for her. Coach Eau de Parfum is described to take its inspiration from the brand’s iconic codes in an olfactory interpretation of modern luxury rooted in the cool, urban ambiance of New York. It is a fragrance full of contrasts, audacious and sparkling, sensual, and feminine. Stuart Vevers, Coach Creative Director, has been involved in every step of the creative process in developing Coach Eau de Parfum, ensuring it is the true representation of everything the brand stands for.
The bottle of this fragrance is feminine and sensual, a heavy glass oval inspired by the emblematic codes of the Coach House. The top notes are Raspberry which is bright and sparkling. The middle note is Turkish roses which make it romantic. The base notes are Suede Musk which makes it sensual. The fragrance would be perfect for all the seasons. It is not too heavy when worn but very light and fresh, clean and sensual which is the way I like most of the days. The wear time on my skin is almost a full day.
*DISCLAIMER – This product was sent to ‘The Velvet Life’ as press sample, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.