Top 10 of 2011: Blushes & Highlighters

Top 10 of 2011: Blushes & Highlighters

It’s so hard for me to pick favorites, but these are ten products that really caught my eye this year for adding color and/or glow to cheeks. Since these are products for 2011, I did exclude any spring 2012 products that may have been reviewed this year, as they’re technically for next – so these feature products new for 2011 and permanent products I discovered this year! :)

  1. Guerlain Parure de Nuit
  2. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous
  3. Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire
  4. Benefit Watt’s Up
  5. Tarte Exposed
  6. Guerlain Terra Inca
  7. Tarina Tarantino Feather
  8. NYX Menage a Trois
  9. NARS Oasis
  10. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees

What was your favorite blush/highlighter that you discovered this year?

Laura Mercier Deep Garnet Luster Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Deep Garnet Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a deep, dark purple-burgundy with a soft, frosted finish and tiny flecks of ruby red shimmer. It is darker than MAC Deceit. The base of Deep Garnet is similar to MAC Shadowy Lady.  I think the intensity and depth of this particular shade is what really makes it sing.

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Laura Mercier Deep Garnet Eyeshadow

Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Collection: Lingerie


Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Collection: Lingerie

According to Matin Maulawizada, Laura Mercier Global Artistry Director, this collection is perfect for achieving a romantic look, while still maintaining a playful side. “The collection is inspired by Victorian era and lace with soft and feminine shades. These colors are beautifully warm to create glowing looks in the cold months and are spot on with the trend colors for spring.”

Eye & Cheek Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Eye Colours: Buff Pearl Luster, Tawny Apricot Sateen, Rich Cocoa Matte, Pale Pink Matte, African Violet Luster, and Black Plum
  • Cheek Colours: Rose Desire and Fresh Peach

Lip Shine ($22.00)

  • Naked Apricot (Limited Edition)
  • Tempting Coral (Limited Edition)

Sheer Lip Colour ($20.00)

  • Kissed Lips (Limited Edition)
  • Nude Lips Sheer neutral beige (Permanent)
  • Baby Lips (Limited Edition)

Creme Cheek Colour ($22.00)

  • Innocent Peach (Limited Edition)
  • Oleander (Permanent)

Eye Basics ($24.00)

  • Flax Beige with pearl
  • Wheat Light-medium beige

availability: January 2012

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Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous Face Illuminator

Several readers asked me how this compares to Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, in terms of the overall grade/rating. This product is available, but you won’t find it online; you’ll have to track it down in stores. Saks seems to be the only distributor (at least in the U.S.) that has some stock left. If you click the link above, it’ll take you to the defunct product page on Saks, but it will allow you to “find in store.”

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Holiday Gift Guide: Totally Holiday, Totally Gift-Worthy and Under $50


Holiday Gift Guide: Totally Holiday, Totally Gift-Worthy and Under $50

This part of the holiday gift guide shares my favorite just-for-the-holidays palettes and kits over $30 but $50 or less–not over-the-top indulgent gifts but we’re getting there. If you missed it, I already posted the under $30 guide! :)

Eyes: Long-time readers know I’m a huge fan of Aqua Eyes, and the Make Up For Ever Wild & Chic Aqua Eyes Collection ($36.00) contains five travel-sized (I’m guessing 0.02 to 0.03 oz.) and one full-size (0.04 oz.) eyeliner; for the price of two full-sized eyeliners, you’re getting six shades to try of a fantastic formula. Urban Decay also has two Eyeliner Sets ($32.00 each) that contain five travel-sized 24/7 Eyeliners; there is also a Shadow Pencil Stash ($34.00). At this price point, you can find some excellent palettes that came out just in time for the holidays, like Urban Decay Mariposa Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00) and Bare Escentuals Ready 8.0 Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00).

Cheeks/Face: Too Faced In Your Dreams Makeup Collection ($39.00) is an eye, cheek, and lip palette that’s great for someone new to makeup; I like it because everything is presented in an easy-to-digest manner, and the colors coordinate with each other, so there is no guessing. Benefit Project Flawless ($32.00) is a cutely packaged set that contains a highlighter (Girl Meets Pearl), mascara, lipgloss (Foxy Lady), and blush (Bella Bamba). If that’s not quite to your taste, you could check out Romancing the Mirror ($39.00), which contains That Gal, Sugarbomb, and BADgal Lash.

Lips: I’ve been really digging Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lip Gloss Trio ($38.00); they’re fairly sheer, but they had so much dazzle and shine without feeling gritty–I’ve been reaching for these (because I need to do lip swatches for them!) to layer on top of other lipsticks. Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Gloss to Go Set ($32.50) comes in a cute red faux leather zipper cylinder case with six holiday-appropriate glosses, and I like that it’s ready to give (there’s also a lipstick version).

Skin/Body: I love the way Estee Lauder set-up their skincare gift sets this year; they categorize them based on theme, like even skin tone or anti-wrinkle. Clinique has an excellent set for dry skin (Moisture Surge has saved my skin before!) called Total Moisture ($44.00). Consider giving a decadent, luxurious body cream in the form of this Laura Mercier Souffle Body Creme Sampler Set ($50.00 for 4×3 oz.).

Fragrance: Elegantly packaged, convenient to use, and full-sized, Tocca Beauty Rollerball Trio ($48.00 for 3×0.33 oz.) contains three different scents (Florence, Cleopatra, and Colette), which can be gifted as a set or easily broken up. Juicy Couture ($35.00 for 3×0.33 oz.) also has a trio of fragrance sprays of their signature scents. Fresh Sugar Obsessions Rollerball Trio ($35.00 for 3×0.34 oz.) contains popular Fresh scents, and if you have a foodie friend, this might be a good one for them. What’s really great about rollerballs is they’re easy to give, and they can be re-gifted, too–if you give your friend a kit, and they dislike one scent, it’s so easy for them to pass along to a friend/family member.

Do you have any suggestions for readers on the prowl for holiday gifts this year that came out just in time for holiday gift-giving?

Laura Mercier Holiday 2011 Collection


Laura Mercier Holiday 2011 Collection

Baked Eye Color Palette ($48.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Sienna Rich, chocolate brown
  • Terracotta Warm bronze, copper
  • Ballet Pink Soft peachy pink
  • Pink Petal Pale baby pink
  • Lilac Smoky lavender violet

Eye Portfolio ($98.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes 12 eye colors (0.05 oz. each): Rich Sienna, Morning Dew, Black Coffee, Pink Crystal, Sable, Royal Gold, African Violet, Mica, Golden Cream, Fig, and Sparkling Night. Three travel brushes: Ponytail, Crease, and Smudge.

Color Portfolio ($98.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes six eye colors (0.05 oz. each): Primrose, African Violet, Merlot, Truffle, Topaz, Stellar. Three Tightline Cake Eye Liners (0.04 oz. each): Ground Espresso, Black Ebony, and Burgundy Wine. Two Second Skin Cheek Colors (0.12 oz. each): Rose Petal and City Pink. Three travel brushes: Ponytail, Crease, and Flat Eyeliner.

Travel Brush Set ($85.00) (Limited Edition)

Includes: Double-Ended Secret Camouflage Powder Brush, Double-Ended Allover Eye Color Ponytail Brush, Double-Ended Flat Eyeliner/Smudge Brush, Double-Ended Brow Definer/Brow Grooming Brush, Finishing Brush.

Mini Kohl Eye Pencil Set ($32.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

5 x 0.04 oz mini Kohl Eye Pencil in Brown Copper (coppery brown), Antique Jade (metallic deep green), Black Turquoise (black with turquoise pearl), Black Violet (black purple charcoal), Purple Sapphire (bright eggplant)

The Nudes Mini Lip Glace Set ($38.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

4 x 0.1 oz Lip Glacé in Bare Blush (deep champagne taupe), Bare Naked (beige champagne), Bare Pink (light pink), Bare Beige (light neutral brown)

availability: Now @ Nordstrom; Sephora exclusives at Sephora

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