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As a lipstick enthusiast, the Dior Addict Lipsticks (CA $32 / US $32) are no stranger to me.  My friends love them, they collect them.  I guess I just never fell for the bandwagon because I was fooled by the almost transparent tube and thought it was just going to be sheer.  Nuh-uh, never judge a book by its cover, or a lipstick by its packaging.

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April 15, 2014 • 6 comments
It's the final day to take advantage of the Sephora 15% off sale for all Beauty Insiders!  If you're like me, still trying to add things to your shopping cart (or make the 3rd order online).  Here are some of my recommendations as well as items that are on my list!

Tried it, loved it

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette (CA $64 / US $54)

It might not be the most hyped up palette in the Urban Decay Naked series, but I have been enjoying all the different looks I can get from this Naked3 palette.  The shades are all rosy, which I could use to create more feminine looks.  And let's be honest, the rose gold packaging is awesome.

Lacôme Lip Lover (CA $27~29 / US $23)

These are my latest lip obsessions.  They are a smooth non sticky gloss that provides high shine and great colour payoff.  My favourite shades at the moment are Rose Ballet and Rose Attrape-Coeur.  I need more in my life!

TARTE Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation (CA $43 / US $36)

I have had a deluxe size sample for a while and have been loving it.  It's a great powder foundation that offers good coverage while keeps skin looking like skin.  It also feels very lightweight on the skin.  I can just foresee myself getting even more use out of it in the Summer.

FORMULA X Liquid Crystals (CA $15 / US $12.50)

I have already reviewed these polishes.  I find that they are truly unique and a great addition to my nail polish collection.


Also reviewed it and loving it.  I'm on my second tub and I bought one as a backup because I do use it every week.  It's quite an investment, but it really does clear and unclog your pores.

On my list

TOO FACED The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette (CA $49 / US $39)

I'm lusting after this palette.  It looks beautiful (and apparently smells like chocolate).  I have been holding myself back... not sure if I'm going to hit the purchase button yet, still debating.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Rouge Volupté in Opera Rose (CA $39 / US $35)

Believe it or not I have never tried any YSL lipstick out.  Shocking, right?  As a lipstick lover, that is on my list of must try.  However, I know I have been loving oil fusion lip products lately, so I might wait for another sale... What do you guys think?

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Remedy Concealer Pen (CA $49 / US $37)

Heard so many good things about this concealer.  As an night owl since first grade who suffer from vampire dark circles, I can use all the help I need.  I already added it to my shopping cart.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 (CA $29 / US $24)

Like I need any more brushes?  But seriously, I don't have a good all over the face concealer brush as many brushes as I have.  So I think I can justify this one.

FRESH Black Tea Age-Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner (CA $56 / US $48)

I was just having a conversation with my beauty blogger friends on Twitter about how toners are supposed to be life changing.  After browsing and researching, I have my eyes on this... looks like I need to go to the store to feel it.

If you are a Beauty Insider, VIB, or VIB Rouge and want to take advantage of this sale, use the code TICKET or ROUGETICKET to get 15% off your purchase!  It ends April 11, 2014 at 11:59PM PST.

Until next time,

x Rica

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April 11, 2014 • 5 comments

Pores oh pores... my biggest (yet smallest) nemesis...  They are all over my face and doesn't seem to want to shrink because the 13 year old Rica didn't ponder skincare.  She thought she was young and invincible.  Fast forward to right now, all current Rica could do is to hide her pores.  This is where Shu Uemura UV Underbase Mousse Poreraser (CA $46) comes in handy.

Shu Uemura UV Underbase Mousse Poreraser will brighten & tighten | Mika for Shu | Review, Photos & Swatches

April 10, 2014 • 7 comments

Maybe not literally, but the new Shu Uemura Tint In Gelato (CA $32 / US $28) is definitely a mouth-watering beauty product.  These brand new lip & cheek colours are coming out along with the Shu Uemura Mika for Shu collection, available starting this month.  And they are going to be permanent! The first time I saw it in action and swatched it in person, I immediately thought I would like it, and I was right.


These lip and cheek tints are very different and unique, because usually tints come in a pot or a stick when it's a cream, or in liquid form.  While these one have a creamy and moussey texture reminiscent of gelato, hence the name Tint In Gelato.  All of the shades I tried are very easy to blend and quite pigmented.  They all have a cream base, and range from glittery to glossy, to matte.

Using the wand it came with is not always my prefer way of application.  I think it works great with the glossier shade, but not as well for the matte shades.  It is the same type of wand of the Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited.  To use it as a lip colour, I either apply it direct from the wand or use a lip brush to smooth it out.  To use it as a cheek colour, I would again, get some on the back of my hand, smooth it out with my fingers, and then dip the brush on the back of my hand like I'm applying regular cream blush and it's quite fool proof (see how I apply blush here).  I have used it with a flat top synthetic kabuki (Sigma F80) and a synthetic angled blush brush (MUFE #150), both give similar results.

The finish is a demi matte because I can see some glow show through.  Since it has add a slight stain, the staying powder is quite nice.  It last for almost a whole day (10am-6pm) on the cheeks.  It won't last as long on the lips because we need to eat and drink.  It is not a traditional stain, so it won't stay on for a long time either, but you can still see some colour even after eating (especially with AT01 Cassis Delight and PK02 Milky Framboise).

Swatches - L to R: Cassis Delight, Lemon Souffle, Milky Framboise, Sakura Creme
Stain - L to R: Cassis Delight, Lemon Souffle, Milky Framboise, Sakura Creme

AT01 Cassis Delight is a classic red shade and has a glossy cream finish.  It is the most pigmented shade and has the most long lasting stain.  I prefer to use it as a lip colour rather than cheek colour simply because I can't seem to pull this one off.  If you're going to use it as a cheek colour, be really careful with the amount of product you use.  A very small amount goes a long way.

Cassis Delight on lips & left cheek

AT04 Lemon Souffle is a light tangerine colour with golden shimmer.  It is my least favourite out of the four colours I have tried because I can't get it applied evenly on the lips and the shimmer particles are too big for my liking on the cheeks either.  It also doesn't show up as nice or last as long as the other shades.

Lemon Souffle on lips & right cheek

PK02 Milky Framboise is a light mauvey pink and it's my favourite out of these four shades I have tried.  It's a no brainer for me because I'm usually gravitate towards mauve shades.  It is also of a warmer tone, so it suits my skin tone better.  This might also be more universally flattering just because it's a creamy matte mauve colour.

Milky Framboise on lips & right cheek

PK03 Sakura Creme is a cool baby pink and it also has a creamy matte finish like Milky Framboise.  It is so pretty to look at but I can't seem to get it work for me.  I think it suits cooler skin better because it's a cool tone pink.  However, the formula is just a nice as Milky Framboise.  I will try to make it work for me :P.

Sakura Creme on lips & left cheek

Overall, these Shu Uemura Tint In Gelato has won me over.  Their creamy formula is really something different and works really well like a moussey lipstick.  I also love that I can use them on the cheeks as well.  If you were to try any shade, I would recommend either Cassis Delight or Milky Framboise because they're my personal favourite.  I would stay far away from Lemon Souffle if you're like me and don't prefer shimmer/glitter on lips or cheeks.

Until next time,

x Rica

*Disclosure: Products mentioned in this post were provided to The Office Chic for review consideration.  As always, all the opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way influenced by any advertiser, affiliate, public relations firm or brands.

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April 3, 2014 • 11 comments