Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick for Fall 2010

It’s described as a luxurious and hydrating cream formula that indulges lips in silky, rich color. Each shade retails for $30 and will be available at Barneys New York, Sephora, and sephora.com in August.

  • Immediately hydrates and softens lips for a plush, cushiony feel and shine
  • Unique blend provides excellent skin-smoothing, moisture-enhancing, and reparative properties
  • Custom-designed bullet features an embossed Hourglass icon
  • Light, airy formula glides on without feeling waxy and heavy
  • Vitamin E conditions and treat with protective super antioxidants
  • Water-resistant, long-lasting, and paraben-free
  • Refillable

Shades

  • Icon
  • Nocturnal
  • Fresco
  • Fever
  • Ballet
  • Edition
  • Fable
  • Whisper
  • Grace
  • Embrace
  • Muse
  • Raven

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Saturday, August 21st, 2010

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick for Fall 2010

The NARS Pure Matte campaign, photographed by Creative Director and Founder François Nars, features Canadian model Heather Marks. Under Nars’s direction, makeup artist Diane Kendal designed a makeup look that emphasized a bold and matte lip. The end result is audacious, sultry and sophisticated.

Kendal began by applying Siberia Sheer Matte Foundation to the center of the face and blended outward. Vanilla Concealer masked imperfections. Snow Loose Powder was pressed into skin and the Botan Brush buffed away excess powder. Using the Yachiyo Brush, she applied Desire Blush to the apples of the cheeks and blended up towards the temples. For the eyes, Abyssinia Single Eyeshadow was brushed onto the lids with the Eyeshader Brush, followed by Blondie Single Eyeshadow into the crease with the Large Dome Brush to achieve depth. The inner corners were highlighted with the left side of All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow using the Eye Contour Brush. Iceberg Eyeliner Pencil lined the inner membrane of the lower lash line and Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo created an impactful upper lash line. Brows were defined by applying Blondie Single Eyeshadow with the Brow Brush. To complete the look, two coats of Larger than Life Lengthening Mascara were applied to the lashes. Jungle Red Lipliner Pencil was used to define the shape of the lips. To create the luscious matte hue, Vesuvio Pure Matte Lipstick was swiped directly onto the lips.

Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00)

  • Volga Deep aubergine
  • Bangkok Soft rose
  • Tonkin Cinnamon plum
  • Terre de Feu Black cherry
  • Tashkent Nude beige
  • Vesuvio Full bodied red

Availability:  September 2010

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Saturday, August 21st, 2010

theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm
theBalm To the Rescue Lip Balm

Lip Balm for the Love of Pugs

TheBalm theBalm to the Rescue ($16.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a large, mirrored compact full of lip balm.  It’s a vegan lip gloss, which can sometimes be difficult to find–it uses carnauba wax and candelilla wax rather than beeswax to get its waxy base.  To the Rescue also contains both shea butter and various other oils (like jojoba and castord).  It does have a very slight minty scent and tingle (but very, very subtle) from the inclusion of peppermint oil.  There are also some exfoliating crystals, but I honestly couldn’t tell you I felt any of those nor that my lips were any more or less exfoliating post-use.

It’s also a product with a cause:  all net proceeds from To the Rescue go to Pug Rescue (note the pug on the cover of the packaging!).  I’m someone who advocates donating year-round, for whatever causes that are close to your heart, and not solely through purchasing products (especially since so many only donate a percentage)–unless you need or want the product, then it’s a nice bonus to have at least some of it go towards a cause.

IngredientsSimmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Esters, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil. Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cannabis sativa Seed Oil, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Olea europaea (Olive) Oil, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Oil.

Overall, it’s a nice lip balm that does a good job of keeping my lips moisturized for a few hours.  It’s very thin, and if you’re not a fan of goopier, slicker or jelly-like kind of balms, this might be more up your alley.  The product size is great, though the price tag is a bit steep–I’ve found better balms at lower price points (Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm), but the compact is convenient (nice, full-size mirror), and of course, the donation of net proceeds is also nice.  I look at this as a product that lets me get my beauty fix while knowing that whatever I’m paying above your average lip balm is probably going to the cause.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: For mild to decently chapped and cracked lips, this balm could prove to be quite the champ to give you a smooth, extra kissable pucker.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Giorgio Armani Night Shades Collection for Fall 2010

The new fall dress code for Giorgio Armani is “nocturnal”.

Inspired by the deep blue tones of the night, Giorgio Armani explores for fall a new landscape of night shades.

From cold blue to sophisticated pink tones and warm crimson berry.

The new nocturnal chic.

Night Shades Eyeshadow Palette

Star product of the season, the quad palette shades continue the narrative of Armani elegance with shimmering colors of the night. The palette offers a beautiful selection of color harmonies inspired by the dark shades of a nocturnal landscape delicately lit by moonlight.

Eyes to Kill Palette

  • Palette 10 — Twilight Hues (Pure Mauve — Satin; Ink Black — Satin; Aubergine Purple — Metallic)

Eyes to Kill Mascara

  • No. 5 Blue grey

Rouge d’Armani

  • No. 604 Deep ruby
  • No. 602 Soft pink
  • No. 603 Black purple

Lip Skin

  • No. 1 Black purple
  • No. 2 Lavish red
  • No. 3 Sharp pink
  • No. 4 Nude Rose

Blush Duo

Extremely light and soft Microfil™ duo sheer blush in two special shades of shimmering pale and dark raspberry, in perfect harmony with the collection, adds shadow and a light touch of color to the cheeks.

Availability: Now

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Friday, August 20th, 2010

Chanel Khaki Collection

Chanel Les Khakis de Chanel Nail Collection

In celebration of Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out, Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, has created LES KHAKIS DE CHANEL, a collection of three Le Vernis Nail Colours. Ultra sophisticated shades Khaki Rose, Khaki Brun and Khaki Vert can be worn alone or combined for an urban chic camouflage effect. Each shade will retail for $25.00 and be available on September 10th.

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Friday, August 20th, 2010


Urban Decay S&M Eyeshadow

Permanent Play:  Urban Decay S&M Shadow

Urban Decay S&M Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is smooth, buttery shade of silvered gray with a part frost, part metallic finish. It’s nicely pigmented, and it applies incredibly evenly with little work. It’s the type of shade that works well for a very classic smoky eye. I also like to pair it with navies and bright blues for something a little unexpected.  S&M is part of Urban Decay’s permanent line-up of eyeshadows, so it’s available year-round as a single shadow.  (If you’re not much of a pot person, Urban Decay shadows are as easily depotted as MAC and will fit into MAC palettes as well.)

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

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re in need of a metallic silver-gray, S&M might be a shade for you.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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