sephora pantone universe radiant orchid 2014 collection

{Sephora + Pantone: Radiant Orchid}

Don’t get me wrong, I adored last year’s choice of Emerald for the colour of the year but 2014 has it so much better in my eyes. Radiant Orchid is the shade on everyone’s lips and if you haven’t noticed already, Sephora are dedicating a LOT of floor space to celebrate it. Even if you’re not in to trends, this robust collection of vibrant purple against hues of cream and soft pink are rounding out my make up drawers perfectly for spring and summer.

radiant orchid pantone packaging

{Pretty, purple packaging}

Behold! Shiny, purple packaging worthy of leaving on display.

radiant orchid paint gloss trio nail ambrosia

{Nail Ambrosia Trio to match the Radiant Paint Gloss Trio}

Sold Separately the Nail Ambrosia Trio ($24) and Paint Gloss Trio ($31) are some of my favourite picks when it comes to quality and value. The texture of this lip product reflects it’s name, the finish is opaque and paint like but smells heavenly and feels like butter on the lips. The nails to match…why not?

Radiant Paint Gloss Trio

{Paint Gloss trio and Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliner}

Like the Paint Gloss Trio the liquid eyeliners in this collection offer an opaque sweep of purple and pink (the latter shade is exclusive to The Face kit)  hues.

radiant orchid look

{The radiant orchid “subtle” look}

Well…subtle enough to a beauty addict :p

radiant orchid matte lipstick

{Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick}

You know me. I can’t say no to a matte, rich lippie and this Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick ($22) is no exception. Decadent in it’s texture and shade, my biggest problem with this baby is that my sister keeps stealing it from me…

radiant orchid cream blush

{Cream Blush as part of The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set}

Ah, le sigh. If you want to get your hands on this creamy blush that literally melts on to your skin then you’ll have to purchase The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set but it contains the lipstick among others so I’d say it’s well worth the $90.

The Eye- Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set}

I’m not an eye shadow kinda gal but this macbook-like palette made me squeal – mainly because of the three sets of colours that make up the top right corner. Romantic to daring it’s got all the shades you would need for any look.

Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{My favourite combo 1: creams and soft pink}

Delicious like ice cream.

The Eye Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{My favourite combo 2: mahogany and navy}

Esmeralda herself would have worn these.

radiant orchid look closed

{Using mahogany and navy shades}

     radiant orchid pantone swatches


L-R: Radiant Paint Gloss Trio, Cream Blush,  Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliners, Body Luminizer


Rema_Shu copy

{Cherry blossom kisses with Japanese brand, Shu Uemura}

Despite the fact that summer is pretty much over, playing around with Shu Uemura’s lighter shades have me all giddy inside. Hey, if the shade fits, wear it whatever the season, right? I’m glad fall is coming so we can start pulling out the shades of burgundy and plum (shades that I only really got in to about two two years ago) — I’ll still be wearing shades of coral and pink on the days that I need a brightening boost. These Shu Uemura shades will do just that on and off your skin.

shu product

{Colour used}

For this look I used Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer as a base with Givenchy’s Noir Couture Mascara. The rest, Shu Uemura colour pieces with the Lasting Gel Pencil Eye Liner in M Black and Gloss Unlimited in 20 C.


{rouge unlimited supreme matte in m-pink 365 – $36}

There’s something about matte lipsticks that’s had me hooked all summer. I often say it – gloss is for single girls or times when your lover has gone away. Who wants sticky kissed? Smooches aside I’m obsessed with the pigment and layer of hydrating, but matte colour these amazing lippies provide. This pink shade is so Barbie.

cherryblossom shu

{Shu faces}


{retro-sensation custom palette quad}

Maggie said it best it’s like Emilio Pucci and summer had a baby – and it was great. This little palette comes empty and can be filled with eyeshadows and blush refills. Complete with the Mercedes ‘click’ it’s a bit of a love affair when I pull this out of my purse on the subway.


{Blush Duos}

I feel like Shu Uemura  Blushes are the underdog of the make up world. These Duocolor Cheek Blushes are a dream in pigment and disperse over any blush brush beautifully. Offering a matte blush and a pearly highlighter here I have the shades Sweet Pink and Fresh Apricot. The shades swirled together offer an almost 3-D pop to the cheeks so you won’t necessarily have to contour in you’re in a rush.

These products have really opened my eyes, heart and wallet to a future with Shu – I wasn’t always the biggest fan of the make up after trying other lipsticks but these matte lipsticks and blushes have totally turned me.

Have you tried Shu Uemura make up before?

Let me know @RemaGouyez!