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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Thursday, October 14th, 2010


NARS Holiday 2010 Collection

Though not available until Friday on narscosmetics.com, according to NARS’ Facebook, all of the holiday collection is available at Sephora.com now! :)

Trio Eyeshadow ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Okinawa Lustrous silver, deep cobalt blue, black onyx

Eyeshadow Duo ($32.00)

  • Melusine Pale silver lilac and bright deep purple

Single Eyeshadow ($23.00)

  • Etrusque Antique gold

Blush ($26.00)

  • Sex Appeal Soft peach

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Petit Monstre Rich berry
  • Little Darling Nude beige

Lip Gloss

  • Downtown Metallic pink lavender
  • Bougainville Sheer pomegranate

Nail Polish ($16.00)

  • Bad Influence Smoky taupe
  • Pokerface Lilac

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010


Cargo for Holiday 2010

Be the “belle of the ball” this season with CARGO’s latest holiday products. Whether you’re treating yourself to travel-sized selections of CARGO essentials – or gifting the make-up junkie on your list with glamorous goodies – CARGO has your color!

Lumières du Monde ($29.00)

This gorgeous holiday palette, meaning “lights of the world”, with original artwork contains eight professional-quality eye shadows and a blush/bronzer duo for an alluring holiday glow. With a retail value of $156 this kit will outlast the wintery weather and take you – or your Secret Santa – well into spring. A collection of matte and shimmering shadows offers an endless number of color combinations for any occasion, day or night. Shades include:

  • Eye Shadow in Deep Teal Green
  • Eye Shadow in Sparkling Bronze
  • Eye Shadow in Periwinkle Purple
  • Eye Shadow in Sparkling Electric Blue
  • Eye Shadow in Sparkling Brown
  • Eye Shadow in Matte Beige
  • Eye Shadow in Matte Warm Grey
  • Eye Shadow in Glittery Gold
  • Blush in Rome paired with Medium Bronzer

Availability:  October 2010

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Chanel Tweed Fuchsia Blush
Chanel Tweed Fuchsia Tissages de Chanel

Chanel Holiday 2010: Tweed Fuchsia

Chanel Tweed Fuchsia Tissages de Chanel ($45.00 for 0.19 oz.) is a cotton candy pink with slight blue undertones. It has golden shimmer patterned on the top of the blush, but underneath, it’s much subtler and interlaced with the blush itself. It’s almost like micro-glitter rather than regular shimmer, but a lot of it seems to disappear or get eaten up by the brush, so the effect isn’t like a disco ball. (And again, much of the glittery bits are overspray and will be gone after a use or two.)

Tweed Fuchsia, like several of the other Tweed varieties, does feel like it has a little more shimmer than the Joue Contrastes, which have a glowier kind of look when worn. The blue undertone of this pink isn’t too strong, though it gets stronger the heavier the color is used. When I wore it on my cheeks, it almost looked neutral! It also layered well, so you could build up the color for a more intense cheek or keep it soft for an everyday look.

It’s a pretty pink, but it’s a shade I’ve definitely seen before–if you have Pink Explosion from fall, you might find this quite easy to pass by.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is a flattering shade of pink on both cool and warm skin tones, because it doesn’t lean too blue.  It’s also buildable, which makes it more versatile as you can pair it with heavier, smokier or barely-there looks.  However, you may want to check your stash to see if you have something similar.

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

NYX Violet Ray Lipstick

The Sultry Season: NYX Violet Ray Lipstick

NYX Violet Ray Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a deep raspberry red with fuchsia sheen.  it’s semi-opaque and goes on a touch streaky, but it’s a great affordable option for a sultry lip this season.  It wears about three to four hours, but it’s not drying at all.  I like how there is some glossiness in the finish, which helps to make it look smoother.  This is a versatile shade that works for the vampier fall lip but also as more festive holiday lip color.

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.

See photos and swatches… Continue reading →

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010


NARS Bento Box for Holiday 2010

Throughout all of his extensive international travels, Founder and Creative Director François Nars has always found Japanese culture to be a great source of inspiration, specifically the concept of Kabuki makeup. Years ago, after traveling to Japan, François brought back a small, porcelain pot with a red film of color– Kabuki makeup for the lips.

Debuting this holiday season after years of development is the NARS Bento Box Set – a limited edition set of two Kabuki cups that were hand-poured with a new exclusive-to-NARS lipstick formula in highly pigmented shades containing Vitamin E. Housed in a handmade bento box, the set also comes with a Kabuki lip brush, designed for precise application by dipping the brush into the cup and blending until desired coverage is achieved.

Fusing two inspirations together, François chose Daphne Guinness to once again be the face of NARS with her evocative portrayal of classic theatrical Kabuki makeup.

Only one thousand sets were created for sale in the United States and will retail for $125, and just over two thousand in total were created worldwide.

Availability: November 1st, 2010, but there is a notification list available at NARS.

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