Friday, October 15th, 2010

China Glaze Holiday 2010
Nail Lacquer: Jolly Holly, Peace on Earth, Jingle Bells

China Glaze Holiday 2010: Part 2

The next six shades consist of all shimmers with the exception of Show, which is a cream. I had the same experience formula-wise as I did with the first six; easy, even application. Most shades were two coats, though I did three for Snow and Frosty.   The consistency of these shades was on the thinner side, but it wasn’t watery or sheer. Each China Glaze retails for $3 to 4, depending on where you purchase yours from. I know the brand is carried at various etailers as well as Sally’s (not sure if it’s in store yet, though).

  • Jolly Holly is a darkened emerald green with lighter green shimmer. It’s a little warmer with finer shimmer than China Glaze’s Emerald Sparkle. Jolly Holly feels less emerald in comparison. Two coats.
  • Peace on Earth is a medium olive green with an almost chartreuse tone. It’s similar to NARS’ Mash, which has a little more olive in its base. Two coats.
  • Jingle Bells is a light champagne gold with golden microshimmer. This looks really lovely on, and the application is absolutely flawless. It reminded me of a less yellow/gold version of Chanel Gold Lame (which has a metallic finish, so they’re a bit different). Two coats.
  • Snow is a stark white cream. It was surprisingly easy to apply, though I needed three coats to even out a little streakiness I had towards the bottom of the nail (which was more owed to impatience during application). It’s like White Out for your nails but you know, looks better, applies better, and lasts longer. It does seem to have a blue-base to it. It’s a brighter version of MAC Vestral White (which is harder to apply). Three coats but it was opaque in two.
  • Frosty is a semi-sheer white base with silvery-white shimmer. There’s something about this that reminds me of wedding dresses. It almost has a purplish iridescent sheen. I don’t own many white-based polishes, so I don’t have any dupes for this one. Three coats.
  • Cheers to You is a silver foil. It just says shimmer, but it looks like a foil/mtallic, because of the high sheen and finish. Duri’s Celebrity Scandal and SpaRitual’s Looking Glass are both similar. Two coats.

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

RECOMMENDATION: Snow may not be a shade that’s easy to wear on its own, but it could be used to layer underneath other polishes or glitters. If NARS’ Mash seems too expensive for you, Peace on Earth is a nice affordable option.

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Friday, October 15th, 2010


Givenchy Vintage Christmas Holiday 2010 Collection

My collections is my vision of a story taking shape. A universal reading of a life and what it is made of. The present with its door open to the future and a past that has modeled this present.

A representation built up of different stages which, by definition, are or will be memories. Memories of what one has done and, especially, of what one has not done. A trigger of emotion, Christmas has always been for me the season of grape harvests for these chosen memories. Stages of life that make up the short story.

Each year, under the fir tree, a temporal jewel box opens up and the figures of the past shine out. Matured by time; odours, colours and feelings reappear…

The fragrance of a low-cut neckline powdered for the occasion, lips embellished with blood red that leave their imprint on the blushing cheeks of excitement. It’s the creaking of a door that a little boy would open onto another world of dreams and imagination. It’s the attic and its magic chest of luxurious treasures that would illustrate my dream-like creations.

Vintage Christmas is a Christmas tale revisited. The elegance of a looks back at the past and knows how to draw vital revival from it. A reassuring moment of benevolent nostalgia that chases passing time and makes us grow…

Le Prisme Unique Eyeshadow (Iridescent Finish) ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Silver (19) Iridescent eyeshadow in silver and black

Le Prisme Collector Sparkling Powder ($60.00)

An elegant chest-like box covered in crocodile skin with the signature of Monsieur de Givenchy stamped on its mirror. Memories of trunks of clothes containing the most voluptuous and fragile fabrics… A precious weathered rose powder sensually perfumed with Flower Water, and its generous pink brush imprinted with its story. A magic powder for the face and neckline, this veil of “silk organza” may also be used on the body.

  • Vintage Sequin Subtle, sparkling, translucent powder for the face and body.

Mister Lash Booster

Both a makeup and a treatment, an eyelash primer that deeply nourishes and strengthens the eyelashes thanks to its high-performance transparent formula combined with a new application: its beveled tip equipped with soft spikes gently massages the root of the lashes, stimulating micro circulation and the penetration of ingredients to create lashes that are denser, stronger and more resistant.

Vernis Please! Nail Lacquer ($15.00)

  • Vintage Garnet (172) Deep, dark red

Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Carmine (49) Deep red

Gloss Interdit ($25.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Ruby (27) Deep ruby red

Phenomen’Eyes Mascara ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Vintage Bronze (5) Bronze

Phenomen’Eyes Mascara and Eye Liner Pencil Set ($29.00) (Limited Edition)

This match made in heaven helps you create smoky, alluring eyes. A quick-dry mascara and ball-shaped brush allow for precise application to lift, separate and lengthen each and every lash. A mini eye pencil, formulated with high and low melting point triglycerides, wears beautifully and comfortably throughout the day.

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Friday, October 15th, 2010

China Glaze Holiday 2010
Nail Lacquer: Mommy Kissing Santa, Phat Santa, Ruby Deer

China Glaze Holiday 2010: Part 1

For the holidays, China Glaze has an impressive sixteen new shades for us. The first six I’m reviewing include three red-based shades as well as three cream finishes. I had no application issues with any of these six; they all applied quite easily for me–two coats needed for opaque color. The consistency of these shades was on the thinner side, but it wasn’t watery or sheer. Each China Glaze retails for $3 to 4, depending on where you purchase yours from. I know the brand is carried at various etailers as well as Sally’s (not sure if it’s in store yet, though).

  • Mommy Kissing Santa is a ruby red with matching shimmer. It almost has a metallic look but not quite. It’s a pretty red, but there’s a good chance you have something that seems similar in your stash. Zoya’s Karina is a little lighter and glitter rather than shimmer based; Two coats.
  • Phat Santa is a deepened red cream. It seems a touch lighter than Essie’s Limited Addiction. Two coats.
  • Ruby Deer is a brightened cherry red cream. It’s similar to Zoya’s Burke (less neutral red) and Essie’s Red Nouveau. Two coats.
  • Naughty and Nice is a blackened burgundy cream. The base color actually reminded me of China Glaze’s Mummy May I (which has glitter), also similar to Essie’s Velvet Voyeur (a bit redder in tone). Two coats.
  • Sugar Plums is a burgundy wine with flecks of darkened ruby micro-glitter. It does have a bumpy/gritty finish, so it needs a thicker top coat to look smooth. Two coats.
  • Little Drummer Boy is a rich navy blue with softened blue micro-shimmer. There’s something about this particular shade that has a lot of depth and character. I looked through my past nail swatches from the year, and I couldn’t find anything quite like it. Two coats.

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

RECOMMENDATION: I like Sugar Plums and Little Drummer Boy the most; the reds felt a little dupe-able, so whether they’re must-haves depends more on your personal stash.

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Thursday, October 14th, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Viva Glam for Holiday 2010

U.S./Canada Launch Date: October 28th, 2010
International Launch Date: November 2010

For all the Bravehearts and beautiful souls that keep the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund flowing, we say, ’Tis Noble to Give… and with every purchase of this gorgeous, grandiloquent world-clan collectible, you are helping to keep the coffers confident – because every cent from every M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM purchase always goes directly to the women, men and kids affected by HIV/AIDS everywhere. It’s our heritage, our proud moment…and yours too. Keep the VIVA GLAM clan alive and thriving!

‘Tis Noble to Give Viva Glam Lip Bag ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Viva Glam V Lipstick Neutral pink with pearl
  • Viva Glam V Lipglass Neutral pink with pearl

This go ’round, our special project for Kids Helping Kids is all about what happens when Teddy Boys meet Fuzzy Bears! M∙A∙C Sir Teddy has been officially knighted as the international symbol of KHK, at the pleasure of Her M∙A∙C Majesty! Squeezable, laughably lovable Sir Teddy comes in two versions: A too-cute tartan key clip that makes you smile every time you “turn it on.” Or go plush: A clan-tastic “collage” cuddly doll that you want to hug till it hurts! All part of the big plan, getting bigger every year: M∙A∙C’s Kids Helping Kids is a tale we’re thrilled to tell over and over.

Sir Teddy ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Sir Teddy (with clip) ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

We asked our extraordinary kids everywhere to tell their own Tartan Tales, and the results are more artful, abstract and inventive than anything the international art world could have come up with…and quite a bit less complicated! These cards, created by kids affected by HIV/AIDS, are so full of calamitous charisma, bold bravado, tartan tenacity…they’re teeming with optimism and individuality! You’ll treasure them, every one a masterpiece, just as much as we do… with all proceeds going to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. Good for giving all year ’round!

6 Kids Helping Kids Cards ($8.00 U.S. / $10.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

12 Kids Helping Kids Gift Cards ($8.00 U.S. / $10.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

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Thursday, October 14th, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Chapter 2 for Holiday 2010

U.S./Canada Launch Date: November 4th, 2010
International Launch Date: November 2010

A wicked tale, a Celtic conundrum! Which to choose? With a kiss from a rose, holiday kits come hither! Bawdy beauties and sexy swains swagger with safety-pin snarls and curtsy coquettishness – it takes all kinds! So we’re offering this exclusive, and extensive, lineup: 5 Sassy Pink Lassies Lipglass; 5 Sassy Coral Lassies Lipglass; 5 Sassy Neutral Lassies Lipglass. And for those that require pixie dust, 5 Warm Thrillseekers Pigments/Glitter; 5 Cool Thrillseekers Pigments/Glitter; 5 Smoky Thrillseekers Pigments/Glitter and God Save the Queens! 5 Naughty Little Vices Nail Lacquer… a new shade called “Vice Is Nice” says it all!

Sassy Pink Lassies Lipglass ($29.50 U.S. / $35.50 CDN)

  • Sassy Lassy Bright pink fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Fab Fun Pale crystal pink (Limited Edition)
  • Frozen Dream Medium pink rose (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Chill, ’08)
  • Electro-Lush Medium mauve (Limited Edition) (Possibly repromote–description is different)
  • The Wee Coquette Naked neutral pink (Limited Edition)

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Thursday, October 14th, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection: Chapter 1 for Holiday 2010

U.S./Canada Launch Date: October 28th, 2010
International Launch Date: November 2010

Lip, Eye and Face Kits Peekaboo! Poking a little fun at the kinky part of the kilt, these incorrigible kits for Lips, Eyes and Face have some flasher fun with mirrored compacts, but remain dignified with proper M∙A∙C family crests… New giftables that prove to be seductive, cheeky, good fun, including 6 Dashing Lassie Eye Shadows, 6 Beauties Play It Cool Eye Shadows, 6 Twists of Tartan Eye Shadows, 6 Reelers & Rockers Eye Shadows, Happily Ever After and A Fabulous Fantasy Lip Kits, plus A Triumphant Blush and Hark The Heraldry Face Kits.

6 Dashing Lassie Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Bronze Copper penny (Frost) (Limited Edition — possibly permanent; description is different)
  • Buckwheat Frosty medium brown (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Naked Honey, ’09)
  • A Dashing Lassie Metallic milk (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Magical Mist Metallic taupe (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Showstopper Dark brown (Matte) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Once Upon a Time (Will update when we have it!)

6 Reelers & Rockers Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN)

  • Carbon Matte black (Matte) (Permanent)
  • White Rabbit Shimmer white (Pearl) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Holiday, ’09)
  • Melt My Heart Metallic silver (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Gaelic Gold Metallic gold (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Crown & Sceptre Metallic copper (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Family Treasure Metallic bronze (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

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