Monday, October 4th, 2010

Hourglass Nocturnal Lipstick
Hourglass Nocturnal Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Hourglass Nocturnal Lipstick

Hourglass Nocturnal Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened raspberry pink with a subtle sheen.  It’s a rich, opaque shade that applies in just one or two layers (depending on the pressure).  It’s lightweight, moisturizing enough to wear for hours without needing gloss on top or balm underneath.  There’s a very faint vanilla scent but no taste. It is also supposed to be refillable, but I haven’t yet spotted refills available, though I have heard they are coming and will only be available via Hourglass’ website.

Hourglass touts the Femme Rouge line to be water-resistant, long-lasting, and moisturizing, and it delivers pretty well on all three points.  Just don’t interpret water-resistant as “I can drink a cup of coffee and no lipstick stains will be left on the cup,” because in reality, water-resistant really means water won’t make it slip off, but pressing your lips against a glass will.  It transfers a lot less than the average lipstick, and it does make it through a cuppa java well enough not to need reapplication.  Otherwise, it wears four to six hours on me, and my lips don’t feel dried out after wearing it for a full six hours.

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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Monday, October 4th, 2010

Too Faced Holiday 2010

Too Faced for Holiday 2010

Pixie Pin-Ups ($32.00)

A Pixie pop-up box featuring six eyeshadows, Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer, Lash Injection Pinpoint mascara, and Lava Gloss Eyeliner. Includes Eyeshadows in Leading Lady, I Know What Boys Want, Lucky Charms, Heaven, Like a Virgin, and Erotica.

Glamour to Go Fairy Edition ($19.50)

This super efficient set of eight long-wearing shadows, one silky lip gloss, a best-selling bronzer, and a soft, sheer blush are perfectly coordinated for a complete look or light touch ups. Packaged in a mirrored compact with a tiny slide-out drawer, it fits in even the smallest clutch for holiday parties, jet-setting, and more.

Cheap Thrills Set ($40.00)

This collection has got you covered when it comes to Too Faced beauty essentials. The Lip of Luxury in Free Love is a pink velvet, soft-as-satin lipstick with serious staying power and the Galaxy Glam Shadow in Amber Asteroid and Magenta Moon contain italian opalescent pigments that are baked into each silver-domed shadow that mix together to produce a multi-dimensional smoky-eye light speed ahead of any mere earthly cosmetic product. The Pinpoint Mascara in Pitch Black creates the dramatically long, extremely defined and separated lashes of your dreams and Mirror Mirror Gloss in I Know You Want Me is a super-shine lip gloss is infused with natural Goji Berry extract, one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. The travel-size Pink Leopard Bronzer combines gorgeous shades of golden bronzes, gilded pinks, and neutral fawns brighten the skin and create an all-over glow.

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Monday, October 4th, 2010

Smashbox Holiday 2010

Smashbox for Holiday 2010

Eye Wish Palette ($45.00)

A limited-edition mega eye palette that includes 12 shadows, four cream eyeliners, and mini versions of Photo Finish Lid Primer and Mini Lash DNA Mascara, all in an elegant, gold, mirrored keepsake box.

Wish for the Perfect Pout ($29.00)

A limited-edition set of six, sheer gorgeous glosses including exclusive holiday shades.

The Gold List ($49.00)

This set features everything you need to add instant glamour to your everyday look. The fetching, gold-weave cosmetic bag includes a travel-size Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer, Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, Fusion Soft Lights eye and cheek luminizer in Baked Starburst, and O-Gloss Gold, an ideal combination for looking red-carpet ready in an instant.

Burlesque Beauty Collection ($35.00)

Designed to re-create theatrical looks featured in the feature film “Burlesque,” premiering in November 2010 about a small town gal who makes it big in Hollywood, this provocative collection of sexy shades will bring out your inner drama queen. Includes Jet Black Limitless Liquid Liner Pen, Peep & Show Double-Ended Lip Gloss, Risque Shadow and Liner Quad, and Burlesque Loose Shimmer powder.

Wish for the Perfect Pencils ($16.00)

These creamy, long-wearing, waterproof Smashbox eyeliners provide bold color that doesn’t smudge or budge for up to eight hours. Includes Onyx, Orchid, Graphite, and 14K.

Wish for the Perfect Primers 9$39.00)

Includes 1 oz. Photo Finish Foundation Primer, 0.0 oz. Photo Finish Lid Primer, and 0.375 Travel-sized Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer.

Availability: Now @ Sephora

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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

China Glaze Holiday 2010

China Glaze Holiday 2010 Collection

Ring in the holidays this year with 16 brand new colors from China Glaze that are sure to bring festive cheer to your hands and feet!

  • Naughty and Nice Deeply rich wine crème
  • Sugar Plums Plum shimmer
  • Mommy Kissing Santa Deep cherry red shimmer
  • Phat Santa Red crème
  • Ruby Deer Bright red crème
  • Mrs. Claus Red glitter
  • Party Hearty Green, gold and red chunky glitter
  • Mistletoe Kisses Green glitter
  • Jolly Holly Forest green shimmer
  • Peace on Earth Olive green shimmer
  • Little Drummer Boy Navy blue shimmer
  • Jingle Bells Champagne shimmer
  • Midnight Kiss Gold shimmer
  • Cheers to You Silver shimmer
  • Frosty White frosty shimmer
  • Snow White crème

Gift Sets

  • Celebrate in Style Collection Includes Little Drummer Boy, Peace on Earth, Mommy Kissing Santa, Jingle Bells and a holiday necklace
  • Merry Mint Set Includes Naughty and Nice, Mrs. Claus and a complimentary China Glaze Peppermint Oil
  • Rejoice Set Includes Mistletoe Kisses, Mrs. Claus and a special red holiday candle
  • Cheers to You Includes Midnight Kisses, Cheers to you and a China Glaze shot glass
  • Dreamin’ of a Green Christmas Includes Mistletoe Kisses, Midnight Kiss and Jolly Holly
  • Oh, Ruby Deer Includes Sugar Plums, Ruby Deer and a stuffed animal
  • Peppermint Kisses with Holiday Wishes Includes Mrs. Claus, Phat Santa, Snow and Frosty

Availability: The 16 seasonal colors will be available for a limited time only.  Late October/Early November, prices vary by retailer.

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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Chanel Confidentielle Rouge Coco Lipstick
Chanel Confidentielle Rouge Allure Lipstick

Pretty in Pink with Chanel

Chanel Confidentielle Rouge Allure Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a petal pink with a frost finish.  It has very subtle micro-shimmer of gold and pink with a frost-gloss sheen.  It’s nearly opaque, and it wears well, being part of the Rouge Allure family.  It’s a new shade introduced alongside the new Extrait de Gloss line-up.  It has a nice yellow undertone, making it a warmer pink, and more suitable for warmer complexions.  It doesn’t lean too yellow, though, and will help brighten cooler complexions as well.

Rouge Allures have a slight rose scent, but I’ve found that the scent is usually subtle though occasionally a tube will have a more concentrated rose scent.  (I’m not personally bothered by the scent, but those with more sensitive noses may want to check it out in person.)  I wore this shade alone for five hours and a coffee, so it holds up with the rest of the Rouge Allure family in respect to wear.

I really thought I was going to find a plethora of dupes for this one, but warmer pinks are certainly a shade range that could use more options.  I figured to find at least a few in the Spring Season, but nothing matched quite right to me.  Between the medium-pink color and the yellow undertone, it was difficult to dupe.

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

RECOMMENDATION: For a warmer pink, Confidentielle may be that perfect pink!

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Guerlain Holiday 2010

Guerlain Les Ors Holiday 2010 Collection

Or Imperial Sublime Radiant Powder Face & Body ($85.00)

A silky loose powder creating a light-reflecting veil with a subtle golden iridescent finish. This year, this irresistible face and body powder comes in an iridescent gold copper shade, beautifully packaged in a reinterpretation of the mythical Guerlain Bee Bottle (50 ml).

Midnight Star ($73.00)

The perfect ally for all evenings out! Midnight Star helps to dispel signs of fatigue and stress built up during the day. Use 1 mini capsule after a long day to revive the complexion and refresh your look — a skincare primer for the busy holiday season.

Meteorites Perles d’Or ($56.00)

A new enchanting color composition of the Meteorites Pearls that illuminates skin with an irresistible pure glow. Enriched with a golden shade to light up the complexion and a violet specially created for the season to catch the light and soften shadowy areas.

Meteorites Poudre d’Or ($170.00)

A stunning collector compact decorated with real black Swarovski crystals. A surprising new powder design featuring imperial bees: 6 pearly shades for a fresh & luminous finish.

Ombre Elcat 4 Shades in 410 Velours d’Or ($59.00)

A new harmony of Ombre Eclat 4 Shades Eyeshadow Palette with new royal colors, embossed with a honeycomb pattern and a royal bee.

Le 2 Volume in 13 Or 2 Nuit ($36.00)

Le 2 Volume mascara with the baic brush 1 in black and a special brush 2 in a gold copper lacquer.

Rouge G Le Brilliant in B64 Bee ($46.00)

A new royal shade of Rouge G le Brilliant in an intense and subtly shiny, violet shade.

Kiss Kiss Strass ($31.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Rouge Imperial (323) Vibrant dark red
  • Rose de la Reine (363) Luminous rosy beige

Availability: October 2010

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