Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Becca Hyawatha Loose Shimmer Powder
Becca Hyawatha Loose Shimmer Powder

The Everywhere Highlighter

Becca Hyawatha Loose Shimmer Powder ($20.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a beautiful candlelit nude — it’s just a slight warmth, golden tone, but it’s not actually gold. It has an ultra smooth, ridiculously fine-milled texture; it feels like silk when pressed against skin. It even seems to adhere just fine without any sort of liquid or adhesive-based product (like Mixing Medium) when used as a highlighter. The fine texture makes it easy to mix in with your foundation or moisturizer for a quick and easy all-over glow.

Each jar packs a lot of product, too — so many brands do loose powders/pigments, but they’re usually less than 0.10 oz. (more like 0.05 oz.!), and Becca stampedes in with a hefty 0.15 oz.  Like many loose colors, a little goes a long way, so it doesn’t take much to get that effortless glow.  I didn’t see this product on Becca’s website at the moment (I bought mine during a HauteLook sale), but it’s readily available at other e-tailers like Dermstore and Glow.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For a beautiful, all-over glow that’s never frosty or shimmery but just that lit-from-within kind of look, Hyawatha does an excellent job.

AVAILABILITY: Dermstore.com, Glow

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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Make Up For Ever #13 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Make Up For Ever #13 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #13 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a gorgeous berried red with ruby and raspberry shimmer.  It has rich, nearly opaque color, and it wears phenomenally.  This is a color that you can put on and forget about for hours–I get five hours of really nice wear out of this shade.   It has nice pigmentation without being heavy or thick, and though it’s not drying, it clings to lips a bit (but in a good way, I swear!).   #13 is a fitting shade for both fall and winter making it one multi-tasking lipstick!

Is this the right red for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Monday, August 16th, 2010

SpaRitual Imagine Collection
Becoming Reality

SpaRitual Imagine Collection for Fall 2010

SpaRitual explores a dazzling realm of color with the NEW Imagine Collection for Fall 2010. Rich, atmospheric hues that are on trend for fall combine with transitional shades and unexpected foil effects to create a collection that is a true catalyst for creative expression.

The six new inspiring shades represent a life filled with prosperity, wisdom, and creativity. Straddling the line between nature’s most vibrant shades and otherworldly colors seen only in dreams, Imagine pushes the limits of both color and texture. These vivacious vegan lacquers are packaged in recycled bottles, respecting the beauty and health of the natural environment we dream in.

“The Imagine Collection offers a brilliant palette of unique shades that nurture creativity and encourage a fresh outlook on beauty” says SpaRitual founder, Shel Pink.

Imagine includes unique shades that will set creativity flowing at first sight. The collection is composed of crème and shimmer lacquers that range from a dark plum to a jeweled peach.

Nail Lacquer ($10.00)

  • Living in the Moment Cashmere mauve creme
  • Endless Possibilities Midnight plum creme
  • Unconditional Love Peach shimmer
  • Health, Wealth, & Happiness Huey blue shimmer
  • A World of Compassion Dusty periwinkle creme
  • Dreams Becoming Reality Cool blue turquoise

Availability: The Imagine Fall 2010 Collection lacquers will be available September 2010 for $10.00 each at fine salons and spas nationwide including Spa Halekulani, Canyon Ranch, and the Mandarin Oriental. SpaRitual Nail Lacquers and Elixirs are also available online at skinstore.com and skincarerx.com.

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Monday, August 16th, 2010

MAC Venomous Villains — Don’t Miss a Thing!

Were you off in tropical paradise this weekend? Maybe enjoying the summer weather? Either way, over the weekend we shared a complete preview of everything and anything MAC Venomous Villains. From reviews to swatches to footage of the press event, we’ve got you covered. Below is a round-up of all the posts that went up over the weekend, and I hope you enjoy!

Monday, August 16th, 2010

M·A·C Decides Not to Ship M·A·C Rodarte Makeup Collection Out of Respect for Women & Girls of Juárez and their Families

This decision will not impact M·A·C ‘s commitment to donate all of its projected profits from the collection to benefit the women and girls of Juarez.

Out of respect for the people of Mexico, the women and girls of Juarez and their families, as well as our M·A·C Mexican staff and colleagues, M·A·C has made the decision not to ship the M·A·C Rodarte limited edition makeup collection. This decision will have no impact on M·A·C’s commitment to donate all of its projected global profits from this collection to local and international groups that work to improve the lives of the women and girls of Juarez. We are currently conducting due diligence to ensure we donate to organizations with a proven record of directly supporting the women and girls of Juarez.

M·A·C and Rodarte are deeply and sincerely sorry and we apologize to everyone we offended. We have listened very closely to the feedback of concerned global citizens. We are doing our very best to right this wrong. The essence of M·A·C is to give back and care for the community and Rodarte is committed to using creativity for positive social change. We are grateful for the opportunity to use what we have learned to raise awareness on this important issue. 

Source: MAC Cosmetics on Facebook

Comments are closed because of the extreme amount of name-calling, belittling, cussing, and threats going on from one person to another.  There are just too many racist and hateful comments being submitted.  The other Rodarte posts remain open.

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Shiseido BR307 Strata Eye Color Trio
Shiseido Strata (BR307) Eye Color Trio

Still Loving Shiseido’s Eye Color Trios

Shiseido Strata (BR307) Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio ($33.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a neutral-colored trio of eyeshadows with the same fantastic formula as Tropicalia. If bold colors aren’t your thing, consider Strata. It’s a mix of a golden, taupe-y brown, medium brown with neutral undertones, and a pearly white with subtle white gold sheen. The texture of these trios is so buttery, almost creamy, and nicely pigmented, too.

I always think of Shiseido for skin care (perhaps because some of the first Shiseido products I tried were from their suncare range), but these eyeshadows are stellar. I mean, they’re truly impressive–you gotta swatch ‘em next time you’re near a Shiseido counter.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For some blendable, beautiful neutrals, Shiseido has you covered. SO smooth, so buttery. Such an amazing texture!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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