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making faces :: some springtime bunnies...

i like to think we've turned a meteorological corner. although i have to admit that there were little white pellets swirling around my head when i went to the grocery store yesterday, this week looks like it's going to be the first one where we have double-digit temperatures every day. they aren't tremendously high temperatures, but they are ten degrees or above, so it counts. it's the 21st of april and i think it's just possible that we are edging into spring. welcome to montreal, folks.

so in honour of that momentous event, because there's nothing more spring-appropriate than bunnies [except possibly chicks, like the ones you're counting before they've hatched, weather-wise -ed.], i have a few rouge bunny rouge goodies to share with you. in fact, i have a lot of bunny goodness to share with you, so i'll have to split it between posts. bunnies are like that, especially in the spring... their numbers suddenly increase when you're not looking.

my most recent acquisition was actually a great stroke of luck [must have been wearing my virtual rabbit's foot!], in that i was one of the winners of a contest rouge bunny rouge ran on their facebook page to win one of their "gleaming temptations" glosses in the shade "uncaged tigress". this was one that i'd had my eye on forever, but hadn't gotten around to ordering. unfortunately, the shade is being discontinued, along with a number of other gleaming temptations glosses, but you can still grab it [at a discount!] from the rouge bunny rouge web site.

rouge bunny rouge are known for their hyper-accurate colour descriptions, so i'll cede to them:

"creamy, semi-sheer cardinal red glistening with silver, violet and gold pearls"

uncaged tigress
yup. that's exactly what it is. well, if i'm being picky, i'd say the base shade was more of a strawberry red, since it's softer and pinker than what i'd call a true "cardinal" red. but the pearls are indeed silver, gold and violet and are strewn throughout. they're a very fine shimmer, so the effect is more to add depth to the colour, rather than any obvious sparkle.



shade-wise, the base colour is similar to mac's "strawberry blonde", although "uncaged tigress" is a little deeper and redder. chanel "myriade" glossimer is sheerer and seeing them side by side does a nice job of illustrating the point that i made above about the pearl of "uncaged tigress" versus a more sparkly gloss.

l to r :: mac strawberry blonde [l.e.], uncaged tigress, chanel myriade
texture-wise, the gloss is very light and slick. it does seem to gain a little "grip" once it's been on the lips for a while, so it lasts a little longer than i would have expected from initial application. i always find it difficult to evaluate the lasting power of glosses, because it's rare that i go more than an hour or so without having a few sips of water, or a coffee or tea, which throws the evaluation off. stretching this test to about two and a half hours, which is about as long as i can go without a glass of water without feeling grumpy, the colour and shine faded a little, but were still present. they faded more when i had a drink, but the colour and shimmer hung tight enough that it was still clear i had something on my lips. the formula is never sticky, always smooth. and it does leave my lips feeling softer than they were beforehand, which is a lovely bonus.

uncaged tigress on my lips [nicer than it sounds]
while not incredibly rich in pigment, i didn't have trouble getting the gloss to show and it was a cinch to apply the colour evenly.

i wouldn't say that the formula is revolutionary, but i do like it a lot- it's everything that i would want/ expect from a high-end gloss.

i also ventured into the world of rouge bunny rouge blushes lately. god help me. i decided to go with the vibrant raspberry-toned "florita", which is recommended for deeper skin tones, but which is the sort of colour that i really like on my pale skin. it's the boldest of the shades that rouge bunny rouge has in their "original skin" powder blush range, but, typically of rbr, it's not overwhelming. it is, as described, a rich raspberry shade, a slightly warmed-up reddish pink.

florita
compared to a very obviously bold blush like mac "salsarose" [probably my favourite bold blush], it looks practically subdued, but it does have plenty of pigment. the nice thing is that it's an easy shade to layer, so you can start off soft and build up to your heart's desire.

l to r :: mac salsarose, florita
it's very smooth and blendable, but the truly amazing thing about this blush is it's glowing sheen. i really can't describe it any other way, but you will not want to apply any kind of finishing powder over this when you see it. it's like a blush and skin perfector in one. i struggled [and failed] to capture this on camera, but you'll have to trust me on this one: there is a definite glow imparted by the pigments that makes the skin look fresh, hydrated and smooth.

in fact, this doesn't seem like a powder blush at all. it's very creamy and almost weightless to the touch and the finish reminds me more of what you get from cream products. there is absolutely no powdery residue. this truly is a remarkable find. what the satiny shade might lack in nuance [there's no shimmer to speak of, so the colour looks more or less the same in every light], it more than makes up for in application.

blushes don't last terribly well on me as a rule, even brighter ones. this one hung tight for a full working day, although there was some noticeable fading. i'd rate them alongside nars in terms of lasting power, which is among the best blushes that i own. only guerlain seems to last a little longer.

i can't wait to get more of these, more's the pity for my wallet.

finally, i'm getting caught up on some of the amazing shades that rouge bunny rouge has added to their eye shadow range in the last year. this is really the gateway that leads many people down the rabbit hole, since their shadows really are outstanding in every way.

the latest one i've added to my collection [well, one of the latest ones], "golden rhea", is no exception. there are lots of well-done gold eye shadows about, but when i saw swatches of this one on line, it stood out to me because it was a lighter, cooler gold without crossing the line into being a strictly highlighting shade. it's a pale wheat-gold with a very slightly peach cast. and as i've come to expect from rbr, it's a breeze to work with. it's a smooth, even shade that looks great on the lids without looking too blinged-out, as many golds can. it lasts exceptionally well, blends easily with other shades and, best of all, gives a shimmery reflection without looking aging on my eyes.

golden rhea
because golds are usually deeper and warmer, i didn't have a lot to compare it to. the only other "cool" gold i could think of was the gold shade from the chanel "harmonies du soir" shadow palette, which is noticeably deeper.

l to ro :: golden rhea, chanel harmonie du soir gold
"golden rhea" can be purchased in a traditional pot or as a refill pan that snaps into rouge bunny rouge's "shadow keepers"- palettes available in two and three shadow sizes. as with many rouge bunny rouge shadows, there's nothing bad i can think of to say about this one. it's the kind of shade that's neutral enough for anyone and that will fit with almost any look. a true staple.

when i received my prize of "uncaged tigress", rbr thoughtfully included a sample of their liquid bronzer "as if it were summer still" and a card scented with their newest perfume release "incantation". because i really needed more to tempt me. suffice it to say that i will absolutely be indulging in a fragrance order in the near future. and although i don't wear bronzer as a general rule. dabbing a little of the glowing "as if it were summer still" around my cheekbones has convinced me that if i did, this is the route that i would go. it's so much more lovely than an actual sun-kissed glow on my cheeks that it's insulting to compare them. when i tan, i look like i haven't washed my face very well. this stuff really makes me look like a summertime angel. and trust me, that takes work.

here's a quick look at what all of these things look like when you throw them together.



the base ::
gosh velvet touch primer
guerlain parure lumiere foundation "beige clair 01"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"
nars light reflecting setting powder [didn't use on the cheeks, though- the blush was enough!]

the eyes ::
rouge bunny rouge e/s "golden rhea"[light, cool-toned gold]
burberry e/s "antique rose" [satin rose-mauve]
le metier de beaute e/s "fig" [deep reddened purple]
mac e/s "manila paper" [shimmery parchment]*
stila e/l "lionfish" [bronze-brown]
chanel le volume mascara

the cheeks ::
rouge bunny rouge blush "florita" [raspberry]
rouge bunny rouge bronzer "as if it were summer still" [golden bronze- used to contour]

the lips ::
rouge bunny rouge gleaming temptations l/g "uncaged tigress" [strawberry pink-red with silver, gold and violet shimmer]

"florita" and "golden rhea" are sold through zuneta [which is where i got mine] and through the rouge bunny rouge web site. "uncaged tigress" is exclusve [while supplies last] to rouge bunny rouge.

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