Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Korres #15 Natural Blush

Luminous Beauty in 3 Seconds

Korres #15 Natural Blush ($24.00 for 0.21 oz.) is OH-MY-GOODNESS gorgeousness on skin.  Ahh!  I fell in love.

If you have warm skin, you have to try it on–not just a mere swatch, but try it on cheeks.  Though, I do think it would be lovely on cooler skin tones, too — it is rather natural and neutral; not orange at all, but having warm skin myself, I immediately fell in love with once I tried it on my cheeks.  It is gives that perfect glow of natural, inner warmth that radiates from inside out in just one swipe.

The blush has a soft, smooth texture–very buttery, almost creamy despite its powder finish–and applies evenly in just a single stroke.  Cheeks are lightly flushed and sunkissed with a beautiful luminous sheen.  It’s not heavy, shimmery, or glittery in the least.  My pores aren’t emphasized, but I felt like my face just lit up the minute I applied this.

AMAZING. Korres makes a very fine, impressive blush!

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

RECOMMENDATION: High-quality, pigmented, and ridiculously smooth textured, Korres blush is really a winner.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Burberry Makeup

Burberry Beauty Makeup Launches

Now available for purchase over at Burberry!  You can pre-order now, and the expected ship date is July 31st.  Nordstrom is supposed to launch it online for pre-order soon.

Burberry is now up & available on Nordstrom — it says “usually arrives in 3 to 6 days”!  Check everything out HERE.

Sheer Eye Shadow ($29.00)

Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow comes in twenty beautiful shades from iconic trench to smokey metal. The shadows can be blended to create an infinity of eye enhancing colours. The innovative formula uses silicones for smooth and flawless application and contains micronised satin smooth pigments to ensure long-lasting colour fidelity. The cooler shades catch the light enhancing the natural radiance of the eyes and the dark shades hollow, to give depth.

  • Available in: White, Porcelain, Golden Ochre, Chestnut, Almond, Taupe Brown, Khaki, Rosewood, Antique Rose, Tea Rose, Rose, Lavender Blue, Lavender, Slate Blue, Pearl Blue, Grey, Black, Plum, Midnight Blue

Effortless Mascara ($28.00)

This versatile mascara provides effortless volume and beautiful coverage for all looks from the most natural to the most sophisticated. Burberry Volumising Lash Enhancer contains marine plant glycogen that accelerates fibre growth and strengthens the lashes, whilst providing effortless definition. A protective film forms on the surface of the lash and shields against humidity, rain and heat.

  • Black

Eye Definer ($27.00)

Burberry have created five Eye Shaping Pencils that work with your natural eye colour to enhance and intensify. Formulated using natural conditioning waxes and emollient oils, Burberry Eye Definer glides on effortlessly to highlight the eye colour and shape. Water resistant and long-wearing.

  • Available in: Black, Brown, Ash Brown, Midnight Blue, Plum

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Kat Von D Memento Mori Palette

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette: Memento Mori

Kat Von D Memento Mori Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 8 x 0.05 oz. eyeshadows) has been on my radar for awhile, but I’ve only now been able to really try it out! It contains eight eyeshadows, each pretty much the equivalent of a full-size eyeshadow (MAC eyeshadows are 0.05 oz., for reference), so it’s a great affordable palette. It’s also a rather colorful selection, so it’s very fun to play around with and apropos for summer.

  • True is a violet-blue cream shadow that goes on glossy but seems to dry down to a nearly matte finish. I found the surface of mine a bit dry, but once I got deeper, it was fine. I thought it was an eyeliner at first, actually!
  • Solitude is an iridescent lilac purple with a soft sheen. It’s the least shimmery shade of the bunch.
  • Meditation is a light bronze with a little copper in it. It has a frosty finish.
  • Agatha Pink is a pale peach with a shimmery/frosty finish.
  • Sugar Skull is a shimmery white-gold.
  • Peggy is a true teal base with flecks of white-gold sheen/shimmer. Almost strikes me as a duochrome. It’s so pretty, but I found that this shade seemed to fade a little when worn.
  • Hard Luck is a deep forest green mixed with gray.
  • Tijuana is a darkened black-brown base with flecks of gold and copper glitter-shimmer. This shade at ridiculous fall out, even when used sparingly. It’s a beautiful shade, but clean-up seems to be a must. Use less rather than more, too, and tap brush against your wrist to avoid excess fall out.

I thought the box the palette comes in was beautiful, and I was a bit let down by the cheap, white plastic palette inside. It just looked and felt like something I’d buy for $10 at the drugstore–not something that’s $34 and from Sephora. The included dual-ended brushes are actually bristled brushes, but they’re rather flimsy.  They just kind of flop and make it a pain to really pack on color–plus they’re so tiny, I don’t have the patience to use ‘em myself!

All of the shades have a very smooth texture, and they go on evenly and are richly pigmented. I do find that they’re a little on the powdery side, and may even work best with sponge applicators–at least with some of the shades (like Peggy and Tijuana). Tijuana was the troublemaker of the group, which frustrated me as it was also the prettiest (to me), so I really wanted it to be as beautiful on as it was swatched!

Overall, though, I think these are solid eyeshadows worth taking a look at if a particular palette color scheme grabs you. It took some getting used to using these before I was able to minimize the fall out with these. They also blend very easily, which is nice, but it means use softer strokes and feather rather than sweep for most of the work!  I have heard that the Beethoven palette is one of her best palettes, so I might check that out next.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like the palette overall, and I’m impressed at the level of pigmentation of the shadows. I think it’s a great option for a palette of colorful eyeshadows, especially if you’re on a budget.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

MAC Haute & Naughty Lash with Gordon Espinet

AHHH! I love MAC’s videos. They’re so creative and pretty and yeah. Short and sweet. Still gotta get my hands on Haute & Naughty and see if it’s worth $18. I love me some MAC mascara, so here’s hoping!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Smashbox Masquerade Collection for Fall 2010

Smashbox Masquerade Collection for Fall 2010

A fantasy of illusion. Intrigue. Mystery. Desire. Who’s behind the mask? To reveal or disguise is up to you. Smashbox Cosmetics invites you to intoxicate and seduce the senses with the Masquerade Collection, a labyrinth of provocative hues with entrancing allure for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Just remember—things aren’t always as they seem. . .

Masquerade Eyeshadow Palette ($35.00)

From subtle to ultra dramatic, the shades in this enticing palette disguise your eyes with a veil of magnetic color. Organized in complementary trios, the shades create coordinated looks for maximum intrigue.

  • Includes matte soft peach, shimmering black plum, matte taupe, metallic khaki, shimmering gold, bronze, metallic cabernet, shimmering navy, matte bone)

Illusion Baked Fusion Soft Lights Palette ($32.00)

Create the illusion of a lit-from-within glow with this palette of shimmering shades, designed to illuminate cheeks, nose, forehead and décolleté.

  • Includes champagne, soft gold, rosegold

Intrigue Creamy Cheek Color & Brush ($29.00)

Formulated with antioxidant Vitamin E, this luxurious creamy cheek color will give cheeks a “just blushed” look—the perfect innocent disguise. Glide the creamy formula over the apples of cheeks, then blend with the brush for a flawless pop of color.

  • Shade: Warm pink

Liquid Liner & Lash Overlay ($19.00)

Cloak eyes in an air of mystery with this innovative two-in-one formula for lash line and lashes. Just line the eyes and then sweep the specially designed rod over a coat of mascara to “tip” the ends of lashes for a subtle yet intriguing look.  Available in Teal and Bronze.

Lip Enhancing Gloss ($19.00)

  • Reveal Golden nude
  • Disguise Golden pink

Noir O-Gloss ($22.00) (Sephora Exclusive)

This disguise transforms before your very eyes—the sultry lip formula glides on black, then evolves into a custom bold berry hue tailored to your specific skin tone. Formulated with Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract and Goji Berry Extract to boost microcirculation as well as moisturizing Avocado Oil antioxidant Vitamin C and Pomegranate Seed Oil, O-Gloss Noir interacts with your personal skin chemistry to create a shade that’s unique to you.

Availability: August 2010 at Sephora, Sephora inside JCPenny, Ulta, Nordstrom, sephora.com or smashbox.com beginning August 2010

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Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Chantecaille Summer Look Collection for Summer 2010

Chantecaille’s Summer Look celebrates sunny days with a collection of colorful shades, inspired by luncheons in the garden surrounded by blooming botanicals. Imagine sunlight glinting off punch-filled glasses and rose petals scattered by the breeze.

Shine Eye Shade ($28.00)

  • Menthe Mint green

Iridescent Eye Shade ($28.00)

  • Shell Sheer nude
  • Peony Soft pink

Lasting Eye Shade ($28.00)

  • Coriander Darkened nude
  • Patchouli Mauve

Cheek Shade ($28.00)

  • Emotion Peach

Lip Gloss ($28.00)

  • Dragonfruit Coral pink

Brilliant Gloss ($28.00)

  • Flirt Coral-orange
  • Folly Orange-coral
  • Modern Nude beige

Availability: Nordstrom