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.

AVAILABILITY: 8ty8beauty.com

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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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Thursday, October 14th, 2010

MAC A Tartan Tale Collection (Colour) for Holiday 2010

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

Do you hear the bonny bagpipes on the moors, or Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols? One in each ear? We’re telling a slightly twisted Tartan Tale to celebrate holiday 2010, in all its posh, punk, ancestral, anarchic, noble and naughty glory. Royal and raunchy, colours and patterns collide, fantasies come true, punk faeries take flight, with poetic new looks for Eyes to gaze long upon Glamora Castle: Dazzleglass Creme like Radiant Jewels; Lipstick kisses from The Faerie Glen; Black Swan Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner; Family Crest Pigment; My Highland Honey from the heather in Powder Blush; Sexy Style Clan Nail Lacquer; and forever Zoom Fast Black Lash mascara, for the Dark Prince, or Princess. Enter A Tartan Tale, and be transformed!

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Cut-a-Caper Mid-tone peachy pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • The Faerie Glen Pale neutral pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Deepest Wish Deep creamy reddish brown (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Full Fuchsia Bright blue fuchsia (Amplified) (Permanent at PRO)
  • Courting Lilac Sheer lilac mauve with soft gold pearl (Glaze) (Limited Edition)

Dazzleglass Creme ($18.00 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Radiant Jewels Dark sparkly magenta (Limited Edition)
  • Soft Dazzle Mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Dazzleglass Creme, ’09)
  • Passing Fancy Bright orange coral with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Lightly Prancing Light peach with gold pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Romancin’ Mid-tone lavender with multi-dimensional pearl (Limited Edition)

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Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Maybelline Plum Paradise Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Maybelline Plum Paradise Lipstick

Maybelline Plum Paradise ColorSensational Lipcolor ($8.29 for 0.15 oz.) is a reddened raspberry with a soft frost sheen.  It’s nearly opaque, and the strength of the color helps this shade last a solid three hours, almost four, on my lips.  There’s just enough berry in this shade to make it feel like an autumn hue rather than a holiday one.

This is one of the clingier shades (as noted in my lipstick comparison post), because it has a frostier finish, which is drier than a creamy or satin finish shade.  It’s not drying, though, but if you have flaky or peeling lips, this one might not work out so well.   If you’re particularly sensitive to scent, ColorSensational does have a rather synthetic, syrupy sweet scent, but it seems to fade as many of mine just smell waxy.

Is this the right berry 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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