Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Chanel Jupiter Glossimer
Chanel Jupiter Glossimer

The Scarlet Season: Chanel Jupiter Glossimer

Chanel Jupiter Glossimer ($27.00) was a limited edition shade of orange-y red gloss with multicolored sparkle. I was happy to see it is still available through Bloomingdales, if this is your kind of red–you may even find your local Chanel counter still has some stock leftover from earlier this year as well. Glossimers have a very special shimmer about them; they’re smoother and finer than MAC’s Dazzleglass and just as dazzling. This is one of my preferred shades of Glossimers, just because it’s pigmented and super shimmery without being sticky or gritty. For a deeper, more opaque look, I’d recommend wearing a red or berry lipstick underneath.

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

China Glaze Up & Away Collection for Spring 2010

Popping with optimistic brights and sweet pastels, China Glaze takes you Up & Away with a collection that provides seamless and even coverage in each rich, crème formulation. Free of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde, the Up & Away collection is fabulously-fun and oozes with creamy color happiness.

  • Grape Pop Bright plum
  • Sugar High Petal pink
  • Something Sweet Cotton candy
  • Light As Air Periwinkle
  • Heli-Yum Raspberry
  • Flyin’ High Teal
  • Four Leaf Clover Kelly green
  • Re-Fresh Mint Spearmint
  • Peachy Keen Nectar
  • High Hopes Guava
  • Happy Go Lucky Sunshine yellow
  • Lemon Fizz Banana

Availability: January/February 2010

I saw some of the swatches from the new shades from @chinaglaze, and I’m really excited from Flyin’ High myself.  What about you?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Mild Cleanser: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser ($22.50 for 5.0 fl. oz.) is described as a mild, foaming, deep cleansing formula for normal to oily skin types to “purify and thoroughly cleanse” without stripping skin. It uses “Amazonian White Clay and finely crushed diatomaceous earth particles to gently remove surface debris, toxins, and oils.” It purports to help minimize the appearance of pores (read: it does not actually minimize them, just minimizes the appearance of them) as well. There are also a few additional products from the Rare Earth line-up: Pore Refining Tonic, Pore Minimizing Lotion, Pore and Cleansing Masque.

It’s a thick, slightly creamy, mostly white (perhaps, a little grayed white) cleanser that you squeeze out of the tube. I use about a dime-size amount of product, and I find it’s more than enough to thoroughly cleanse my face and neck during my morning shower. It lathers up just enough to give you the “it’s doing something” feeling, and my skin definitely feels clean post-shower, but it doesn’t feel dry, stripped, or tight.

This is probably one of the more gentle cleansers I’ve ever tried that’s also supposed to exfoliate. It has diatomaceous earth as its scrubby bits, but I found I could hardly feel them. If I wasn’t trying to think about all the nuances of the product for a review, I might never have really thought about it as an exfoliator whatsoever. I would certainly have to agree with Kiehl’s claim that it is a mild and gentle cleanser.

Bottom Line: I liked it a lot, and if I wasn’t regularly trying out new skincare products for review, I would consider repurchasing it. It’s a very mild cleanser that’s effective without being harsh. It doesn’t have too many frills, which is something I like – less frills, less over-the-top claims.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’re looking for a gentle cleanser, you might like Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser!

Availability: Nordstrom

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Winter Wonderland: Zoya Luna Nail Lacquer

Zoya Luna Nail Lacquer ($7.00) is the third shade in Zoya’s Ultra Glitter winter collection (which also featured Nova, a raspberry pink, and Astra, a reddish pink, reviewed previously). Luna is a sheer silver shimmered base with bright and dark silver small glitter particles. It’s a very wintry, holiday-esque kind of color. It wears well, and it’s not too difficult to remove (certainly not any more so than the average glitter polish). I used Zoya’s Color Lock System for this and got a week’s wear with very minor tip wear–but considering I type all day, I was pleasantly surprised at just how minimal it was.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Fans of bright silver AND glitter polish may rejoice over this shade!

Availability: Zoya

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Eve Pearl Hey Sexy/Hot Mamma Lip Gloss
Eve Pearl Hey Sexy/Hot Mamma Lip Gloss

The Scarlet Season: Eve Pearl Hey Sexy/Hot Mamma Lip Gloss

Eve Pearl Hey Sexy/Hot Mamma Lip Gloss ($28.00) is a dual-ended lipgloss with two shades: a mauvey plum and a rich ruby red with red and gold shimmer. This is an excellent red lip gloss, because it’s richly pigmented, goes on opaque, and it feels very smooth and moisturizing. It has a minty scent, too! The gloss really impresses me most with how much color it gives lips while still being a gloss. It has a subtly glossy sheen that’s not too much, but still has a wetter look than a lipstick. One of my favorite glosses by Eve pearl!

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

Check out more photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

World AIDS Day 2009

Today is World AIDS Day. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, but it also remembers the people who have lost their lives to the spread of this pandemic. This year’s theme of the campaign is Respect and Protect. Learn more about the campaign, as well as HIV/AIDS at http://www.worldaidsday.org.

In support of the effort, some beauty brands have joined in to raise awareness and support the cause…

  • Kiehl’s will doante 100% of net profits from each sale of Hand Care for a Cure, which is a limited edition version of its Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, to stemming the loss of life from HIV/AIDS. Kiehl’s has been committed to raising awareness of HIV/AIDS since 1996, and this year they’ve partnered with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
  • MAC Cosmetics is supporting World AIDS Day with a company-wide effort volunteer initiative. Hundreds of MAC artists from New York will be spending their time and sharing their skills with God’s Love We Deliver Facilities dedicated to improving those residents affected by HIV/AIDS. The New York City store will have a special one-day in-store promotion where 100% of sales for all Viva Glam Lipsticks and Lipglasses will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the MAC AIDS Fund. MAC has a year-round HIV/AIDS awareness initiative with their Viva Glam product line-up. 100% of all sales of Viva Glam Lipsticks and Lipglasses go towards fighting HIV/AIDS. MAF has raised over $150 million through the sale of the VG line.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics will be donating 100% of the selling price of their NSFW Nail Lacquer to National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities, Inc.