Monday, July 7th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty for Fall 2014
Marc Jacobs Beauty for Fall 2014

O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara ($28.00)

Create full, flirtatious lashes in an instant. This formula incorporates a special blend of soft waxes and essential oils to coat lashes in dramatic volume, as well as vitamins B5 and C to enrich and condition lashes while holding them in place for ultralong wear. The innovative double brush features an advanced design formed by stitching together two different brushes: one for enhanced lash separation, and another for mega-volume and curl. The full-body formula and dual brush design work together to lengthen, curl, define, and volumize. The result is lashes are longer, louder, and blacquer than ever before.

Smart Wand Tinted Face Stick ($42.00)

Give your complexion a touch of hydration and sheer, natural coverage with this Smart Wand Hydrating Tint Stick. It is formulated with light diffusers that provide a soft focus effect, and the roll-up dial offers on-the-go application that glides on smoothly.

  • Light (210)
  • Light/Medium (220)
  • Medium (230)
  • Medium/Deep (240)

Twinkle Pop Eye Stick ($28.00)

This formula glides on effortlessly for a sparkling pop of color in an instant. Choose from nine flattering shades including gleaming gemstones and glistening neutrals. The formula glides on smooth in one swipe for instant buildable coverage and can be easily layered with other shades for added drama and shimmer. The innovative Propel/repel pen provides effortless application without the need of a brush.

  • Honey Bunny Ballet pink
  • Volver Peach champagne
  • Three Shakes Milk chocolate shimmer
  • Au Revoir Pewter shimmer
  • Frannie Snow iridescent shimmer
  • Stardust Charcoal iridescent shimmer
  • On the Verge Iced grape shimmer
  • Shoshanna Teal mermaid shimmer
  • Leila Rose copper shimmer

Kiss Pop Color Stick ($28.00)

Give lips a burst of color—and hydration—when you swipe on this gel lip shade from Marc Jacobs. From nudes to brights, Kiss Pop offers the perfect color that lasts for hours. This high-performance lip gel features an oversized design, and itis travel-friendly for convenient application.

  • Pow! Peony pink
  • Heartbreaker Pink coral
  • Wham Coral rose
  • Pop-arazzi Electric rose
  • Headliner Berry sangria
  • Crush Tangerine red
  • Pop Bright berry red
  • Pop Rock Strawberry red
  • Smack Burgundy berry

Availability: Online July 7th at 9AM PST on Marc Jacobs Beauty and for online for VIB Rouges at Sephora, in-stores July 24th at Sephora

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Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) Lovemarc Lip Gel
Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) Lovemarc Lip Gel

Marc Jacobs Beauty Cabaret (146) Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a slightly muted, cool-toned, medium-dark berry with a luminous sheen. MAC Primrose (LE, $16.00) is sheerer, glossier. Inglot #293 Lipstick Cream (P, $12.00) is darker. YSL Exquisite Plum (22) (P, $34.00) is brighter. Givenchy Violine Precieux (312) (LE, $36.00) is lighter, warmer. Illamasqua Shard (P, $24.00) is more matte. NARS Afghan Red (P, $26.00) is similar. MAC Red Dwarf (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Guerlain Bee (LE, $51.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

This shade was originally part of a 1,000 point set from Sephora, but it is now available individually for VIB Rouges as a limited edition, only-only shade. I hope that they’ll eventually release it to everyone, but I don’t have any inside information regarding this shade. The texture was lightly creamy but had less slip than other Lovemarc Lip Gels–it didn’t tug, but it hugged the lips more, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing with a deeper shade like Cabaret. Howeever, it had less of that “gel” feel and felt more like a traditional lipstick. It had rich, opaque color coverage that went on evenly and made lips look smoother and slightly fuller. It wore well for almost six hours on me and left a lingering stain behind. The formula was lightly hydrating on me but less so than other shades in the range.

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look
Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look

I haven’t done a smoky eye in awhile, so I wanted to try it with some of the products I had tested recently as well as with some shades I’ve worked with in the past. Then, I wanted to experiment with pairing a warmer lip with a smoky eye, as my typical go-to is something cooler-toned, like a rosy beige or more bubblegum-like pink.

Eyes

I first applied Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and blended upwards over the tear duct, towards the brow bone. Then, I patted on Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow to the center of the lid to brighten and create a gradient towards the outer lid. I used Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow to darken the outer corner and crease, which created a smoky effect. I softened the crease color’s edge by applying Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone. I defined the lower water line with Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I used bareMinerals Skinny Dip Eyeshadow smudged on the lower lashine.

Face

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation (002 and 003) set with Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. I applied Stila Kitten All-Over Shimmer on the tops of cheek bones.

Lips

I applied Guerlain Gaetane Rouge G Lipstick all over the lips, and then I topped it off with Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss for added shimmer and shine.

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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

I have a definite weakness for colored eyeliner! I love how it can add a pop of color with very little effort. Here are a few shades I’m loving for summer this year…

  1. Urban Decay Chaos — bold blue
  2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) — bright teal
  3. Stila Mint Julep — mint
  4. Milani Perfect Purple — sparkling purple
  5. Sephora Sun Tan — coppery bronze

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Here are the last three of the seven new Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.). If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s a pencil eyeliner that is supposed to be “waterproof, long-wearing, [and have] color-intense payoff.” In general, I find the long-wearing and waterproof claims to be the most accurate with the color payoff depending on the shade.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, golden sparkle and shimmer over a neutral-to-warm base. It had excellent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was creamy, easy to apply, and lasted for nine hours on my lower lash line. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is darker, less sparkly. Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Plum)age (60) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “vivid purple.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium-dark violet purple with subtle, warm undertones and purple sparkle. This seemed like one of the more sparkly shades in the range–not just pearl/shimmer but a larger-sized sparkle. The consistency was still creamy and it glided on fairly easily, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. It takes some back-and-forth motions to get more opaque color coverage. The upside is that it still wears for a solid nine hours before starting to thin, but I noticed a few stray sparkles over time. Sephora Collection Eccentric Diva (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer, less sparkly. Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is a touch darker. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Wave)length (68) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had pretty sad, sheer color payoff in a single stroke, and it wasn’t as buildable as I’d like–it gets to semi-opaque color but doesn’t become fully opaque no matter how many layers I tried. The texture of the pencil was lightly creamy, and it didn’t skip or tug at the lash line. It wore well for eight hours on me. Stila Ultramarine (P, $20.00) Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) MAC Petrol Blue (P, $15.00) Make Up For Ever #3L (P, $19.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium peachy coral with a satin finish and warm, reddish undertones. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter, less shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Shameless Bold Blush formula is described as a “vivid, silky blush … that delivers bold color and unprecedented vibrancy.” I’m not keen on the texture of the formula–the texture is stiff and yields little color. You really have to work your brush into the surface of the blush to get decent color out of it. If you can manage to get enough color on the skin, the resulting finish is delicate, lightly luminous, and gives skin a glow without emphasizing pores–but it’s a real struggle to get there. For a blush that describes itself as “silky” with “bold color and unprecedented vibrancy,” I can think of a dozen formulas that are far more vibrant and pigmented than this one. The color lasted for seven hours on me before starting to fade.

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