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Aveda Art of Nature Collection for Spring 2013

Aveda Art of Nature Collection for Spring 2013
Aveda Art of Nature Collection for Spring 2013

Aveda’s Art of Nature collection is inspired by nature, boasting pure pastels and vibrant colors. Janell Geason, Artistic Director Aveda Makeup, introduces a blossoming color palette — created with a conscience. Aveda makeup goes beyond minerals with natural plant ingredients that are gentle to skin — and the planet — while sheer to intense shades for eyes and lips create a romantic flush of color.

“We’re seeing a return to color in makeup with techniques that create a more lived-in, less ‘done’ look,” says Janell Geason, Artistic Director for Aveda makeup. “Our new makeup collection starts with pure pastels like the first buds of spring, and builds into lush, high-summer color.”

Petal Essence Single Eye Color ($14.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lemongrass
  • Papayrus
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Lantana
  • Bare Bellis
  • Ocaenica

Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cana
  • Melochia Bloom

Nourish-Mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Kukui

Nourish-Mint Lip Liner ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cocoa Bean
  • Barberry Bloom

Petal Essence Face Accent ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Hibiscus

Pearl Essence Eye Definer ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Jade
  • Wild Indigo

Availability: The collection will be available while supplies last in Aveda salons, spas and retail locations February 2013.

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OCC Pond Nail Lacquer

OCC Pond Nail Lacquer
OCC Pond Nail Lacquer

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pond Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “true royal blue” with a satin finish. It’s a bold, royal blue cream; very rich and decadent. China Glaze Manhunt is darker and slightly jelly-like. Zoya Song is a bit darker, and it has a lot of shimmer. MAC Breezy Blue is purpler. Illamasqua Force is similar in color but not quite as bright. Deborah Lipmann I Know What Boys Like is darker. Essie Declare Your Denim is bluer, not as bright.

This is an incredibly pigment-rich formula; nearly one coat is fully opaque, but I felt like the texture looked best (dense, plush, and lightly shiny) with two coats, so I’d still recommend two coats.  For reference, I left my pinky fingernail with only one coat of product, so you can see the opacity.  The consistency isn’t too thick or too thin, but it is on the thicker side.  It flowed well over the nail, and I didn’t have any problems with the polish streaking or pooling along the edges.  I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with OCC’s formula.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer Pond
Pond
Pond
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Benefit Nude Swings Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Nude Swings Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Nude Swings Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Nude Swings Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” It’s a warm beige with a hint of peach and a champagne sheen. I expect that it may look more like a rose gold, as listed, on those with pink undertones–against my warmer undertones, it loses the pink, but I do see a pink tinge to the color when I look at it in the pan. Cinderella Midnight Hour is less metallic and slightly pinker. L’Oreal Blinged & Brilliant is very similar but more metallic. MAC Naked Lunch is less metallic.

It had good pigmentation, though it could have been a bit denser and more buttery, so it could be a more versatile shade. As is, it forms a very thin layer that is mostly opaque. It does apply smoothly and evenly, and it sits nicely on the skin. It’s not quite metallic, but it has a high sheen to its finish, so it works well to brighten lids.
The color payoff is decent but not fully opaque. It had a slightly drier texture compared to other shades I’ve reviewed from the range, so it doesn’t apply as smoothly. It is, however, still soft to the touch and easy to blend out on the lid. When I wore Nude Swings, it lasted for seven hours well but was slightly faded and starting to crease after eight hours (no primer).

And good (bad?) news–this shade doesn’t appear to be included in any of Benefit’s World Famous Neutrals’ palettes, so it is only available individually.

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow Nude Swings
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

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Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold coral-red with a luminous finish and warm undertones. Laura Mericer Hydrangea is lighter. Maybelline Vivid Rose is redder, darker. MAC Impassioned is pinker, less red-toned. MAC Party Parrot is a bit brighter and more intense, but it has more of a matte finish, too. Make Up For Ever #37 is warmer, less red.

It is rich in color with very nearly opaque color coverage (the way it lies on lips gives it a subtle translucency that keeps the color from looking heavy on the lips).  There’s a slight glossiness to the color because of its lightweight, creamy consistency that has some slip to it.  It glides evenly over the lips without pulling or dragging.  Shocking Coral wore for six hours, and it did leave behind a soft stain for another hour or so.  The lipstick was comfortable to wear, and it was lightly moisturizing when I wore it.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Shocking Coral
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection for Spring 2013


Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40.00)

  • Heat Wave Champagne

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00)

  • Batik Sun Beige, bronze, coral, teal

Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick ($25.00)

  • Solar Crush Orange
  • Fuchsia Fever Fuchsia

Pure Color Sheer rollerGloss ($18.50)

  • Succulent Tangerine
  • Squeeze Coral

Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner Duo ($29.00)

  • Black Sands Black/gold

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Hot Spell Coral

Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

Give yourself a heavenly glow with a super luxurious liquid bronzer. Great for all skintones, it includes a unique blend of bronzing pigments in a pearlized, reflective base. Long-wearing, oil-free formula feels weightless and comfortable as it smoothes on a sheer, natural-looking radiance.

Bronze Goddess

  • Body Oil Spray ($50.00)
  • Eau Fraiche Skinscent ($60.00)

Availability: Nordstrom

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Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml) begins with an initial blast of spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove, followed by sweetened vanilla bean, and rum–warm, boozy, and fragrant. There’s an undercurrent of chocolate after about forty-five minutes of wear while, for me, a blend of vanilla and spice continues to be the main event. I felt as if there was a general haziness to the scent, which gave it a darker element, but it didn’t smell smoky or incense-like; more unsmoked pipe tobacco. I very much had the impression that I was breathing in the aromas from a freshly-made vanilla Chai tea latte–there’s a milky creaminess that really made me feel like cozying up by a fire with a good book.

Tobacco Vanille is not a scent that I would have thought would appeal to me. I tend to like heavier, amber-rich scents that are often masculine, but I do like the pairing of vanilla and amber, and here, with Tobacco Vanille, I love how well the spices and vanilla that play with the ginger, fruity tartness, and tobacco notes. On me, it’s not a complex perfume, but for all of its simplicity, it is exactly as described:  a potent mix of spice, tobacco, and vanilla.  It wore close to the skin, and three sprays lasted around fourteen hours.  I think if you like rummy, boozy scents, spices like cinnamon and cardamom, and vanilla, this perfume might interest you.

Fragrance can be a difficult category to cover, because smell is so intrinsically linked to personal preference, our memories, and our associations. Even a quality perfume may be held in contempt by one person while revered by another. Long-time reader Kafka urged me to hone my “nose” and dive into the world of perfume, and forty some-odd sample vials later, the scent that captured my attention was Tobacco Vanille (after reading her review, linked above).  It is no secret that I’m a fan of Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection (Oud Wood, Amber Absolute, and Bois Marocain are staples for me; Lavender Palm my night time accompaniment). I tried several other houses but this is the scent that I felt inspired to put on paper (well, post)–for now. I think, perhaps, it is a nice counterpoint to the scents I love.

Have you tried Tobacco Vanille?  Is there a house that you always find your favorites from?

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