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Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow
Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow

Maybelline Silver Strike Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a bright silver with a metallic finish. Urban Decay Oz is darker and a powder product. Buxom Chihuahua is a bit darker. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is darker.

Silver Strike applies very smoothly and evenly; it has a a really creamy consistency that enables really good spread and application of the product without having to layer it or worry about it catching on itself.  It goes on mostly opaque, but it didn’t build up to full opacity. When I tested it, the color lasted for a full twelve hours without fading or creasing (no primer).  Because this has a creamier consistency, it can also be sheered out easily, if that is your desired look.  The more opaque it is, the more metallic and reflective it becomes.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hour Eyeshadow Silver Strike
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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New Product Alert! theBalm En Root Hair Care Collection


This spring, theBalm is taking on hair care with their En Root collection, which features shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, hair treatments, and even hair mascara.

En Root Shampoo & Conditioner Control My Curls ($15.00 each)

These Bamboo and Rice Protein formulas leave you with clean, manageably soft curls. All En Root Shampoos and Conditioners are free of Parabens and Sulfates so they won’t fade your color. Forget cruise control…this shampoo and conditioner give high performance curl control!

En Root Shampoo & Conditioner Give Me Volume ($15.00 each)

Take the high road with this light-weight shampoo and conditioner, infused with Vitamins A, C and E. All En Root products are free of Parabens and Sulfates so they won’t fade your color. Use this volumizing duo to pump up flat hair.

En Root Shampoo & Conditioner Keep My Color ($15.00 each)

These Bamboo and Rice Protein formulas cleanse and moisturize your hair without color-stripping Sulfates and Parabens. Insure your color with this rich and hydrating shampoo and conditioner infused with Vitamins A, C and E.

En Root Shampoo & Conditioner Moisturize My Hair ($15.00 each)

Replenish dry hair with this rich and hydrating shampoo and conditioner infused with Vitamins A, C and E. Free of Parabens and Sulfates, these Bamboo and Rice Protein formulas clean and quench thirsty strands.

En Root Conditioning Treatment Mask ($15.00 each)

Our Conditioning Treatment Mask is infused with Bamboo Extracts, Rice Proteins and Vitamins A, C and E. It gently nourishes your hair without Sulfates, Parabens or harmful chemicals and is safe for color-treated hair. There’s going to be repairs a-head with this deep conditioner!

En Root Pre-Styling Conditioning Spray ($15.00 each)

Infused with Bamboo and Rice Protein, Keratin, and Shea, this luxurious Pre-Styling Conditioning Spray detangles and protects all hair types. There are repairs a-head with this Paraben and Sulfate-free formula.

En Root Dry Shampoo ($19.00)

Revive your hair between washes with this Paraben and Sulfate-free Dry Shampoo. It’s the ideal alternative to a time-consuming shampoo and blow dry for girls on the go!

En Root Hair Mascara ($15.00 each)

Get an instant root touch-up and save yourself the commute to the salon with En Root Hair Mascara. With this Paraben and Sulfate-free formula you can put grays and tell-tale roots in your rear-view mirror!

En Root Hair Shine Serum ($15.00 each)

Our Hair Shine Serum is infused with Green Tea, Bamboo, Rice Proteins and Vitamins A, C and E to give dry and damaged hair the gloss-over. Take fly-aways and frizz on a detour with this Paraben and Sulfate-free serum.

En Root Hair Sprays ($20.00 each)

Keep your style at a standstill with these traffic-stopping Paraben and Sulfate-free Hair Sprays from En Root Hair Care. Choose from flexible or strong hold and look fabulous even with the top down!

En Root Spray Gel ($16.00 each)

Infused with Bamboo and Rice Proteins, Keratin, and Shea, this Paraben and Sulfate-free Spray Gel defines your styles and creates long-lasting hold. Get hair styles that stop traffic!

Availability: Ulta, March 2013

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Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope
Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope

Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope ($95.00 for 0.56 oz. includes four eyeshadows: Axiom (sublime bronzed umber), Graphic (silver liquid metal), Crucible (rich pomegranate), and Genre (deep gunmetal).

Axiom is a warmed-up, bronze-shimmered, medium-dark brown with orange-tan undertones. It has full pigmentation both wet and dry, and when used damp, the metallic sheen becomes more pronounced. Chanel Intuition #4 is darker, redder-toned. Tarte Brilliant Bronze is less warm-toned. Clarins Enchanted Summer #3 is is very similar. Buxom Golden Retriever is more frosted and less orange-y. Giorgio Armani Gold Blitz #5 is very similar–more metallic in finish.

Graphic is a soft, cool-toned gray with a silver shimmer and sheen. When applied dry, it has decent color payoff but feels a touch powdery. When applied damp, it becomes more metallic and, as a result, looks lighter. L’Oreal Primped & Precious is similar in color but more metallic. Giorgio Armani #22 is slightly lighter.

Crucible is a darkened cranberry red with red-brown undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation when applied dry and wet, but it was better applied wet. It was a smidgen powdery dry, and the damp application made it perfectly smooth. Cinderella Rococo is browner. MAC Star Violet is very similar. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is a bit purpler and a cream product.

Genre is a deep, rich, blackened gray with a soft, pearly finish. The color payoff is excellent both wet and dry, and I didn’t notice much (if any) difference between either application. Tarte Intergalactic is lighter. Urban Decay Black Market is a warmer gray. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is a smidgen lighter.

While buying an Eye Kaleidoscope is no doubt painful at $95 in a single go, at least you’re getting half an ounce worth of eyeshadow. I purchased mine from Nordstrom, which is sold out, but it’s still available at counters and at other online retailers like Saks. Each eyeshadow is 0.14 oz. in size, which is nearly triple the average full-sized eyeshadow–it’s only $169/oz. (whereas brands like MAC and Urban Decay are $300/oz. and $380/oz., respectively), but some of that is offset by the fact that many of us are unlikely to finish the majority of eyeshadows we own. If you are, though, it’s superb deal! 🙂

I’m a big fan of Le Metier de Beaute’s eyeshadow formula, because they’re incredibly soft, finely-milled, and buttery–super dense and richly pigmented–and they can be used wet or dry.  They’re also designed to be layered over each other, too, so they don’t turn muddy.  The soft textures make every shade a cinch to blend and diffuse around the edges, but the pigmentation means you can get rich color without having to pack it on.  Graphic and Crucible felt just a smidgen powdery but not to a degree that it impacted application–I didn’t have any fall out during application despite applying all of the eyeshadows dry.  I wore Bauhaus and had it last a full nine hours without creasing or fading (no primer).

Le Metier de Beaute Bauhaus Eye Kaleidoscope

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Burberry Hydrangea Pink Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Hydrangea Pink Light Glow Natural Blush
Burberry Hydrangea Pink Light Glow Natural Blush

Burberry Hydrangea Pink Light Glow Natural Blush ($42.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a darkened raspberry pink with a barely-there satin sheen. Tom Ford Narcissist is pinker, brighter. MAC Supernova is more shimmery. MAC Amazon Princess is darker, more plum.

This spring, Burberry’s bringing intense colors to their otherwise more muted/softer range–and boy is Hydrangea Pink pigmented!  It’s rich in color and a little goes a long, long way. Just a light tap of the brush on the powder yields intense color on the cheek, so I definitely recommend using a light-hand and a feathery brush when working with it initially.  Because of it’s soft, velvety texture–so smooth it almost feels like a cream–it is blendable once on.  When I wore this shade, it lasted for well for nine hours with no signs of fading.

Cooler complexions should see a bigger difference between this and Coral Pink, the other shade launched for spring.  When blended out on my skin tone, I found them just barely different.  The more extreme you are in your cool/warm undertones, the more likely you’ll be able to tease out the nuances in undertone when these are sheered out. (The more intensely you wear these, the more you’ll see the difference between the two, as well.)

Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush Hydrangea Pink
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Burberry Coral Lip Glow Lipgloss

Burberry Coral Lip Glow Lipgloss
Burberry Coral Lip Glow Lipgloss

Burberry Coral Lip Glow Lipgloss ($27.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is a brightened orange with a hint of coral and copper shimmer. MAC Geo Pink is pinker. MAC Eclectic Edge is more orange, darker. MAC So Bad is similar but less shimmery.

As part of an attempt to bring more vibrant/pigmented shades into Burberry’s range, Coral is a nice addition–it’s semi-opaque to mostly opaque with some translucency where the natural lip color will come through but is covered for the most part. It applied evenly and smoothly, without settling into lip lines, or feathering/bleeding during wear. I didn’t have any issues with the shimmer traveling during the four and a half hours this lasted on my lips. It’s somewhat hydrating–not the most hydrating but not at all drying. Burberry’s Lip Glows are non-sticky, gel-like, and are a cushion-y, comfortable gloss to wear that has a light floral scent.

Burberry Lip Glow Coral
Coral
Coral
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

Deborah Lippmann Romantic Rapture and Staccato Collections for Spring 2013


Revel in the breath-taking rhapsody of Spring 2013! Introducing two brand new lipsticks and three new nail lacquers, the Deborah Lippmann Spring 2013 Color Collection offers a variety of bold and subtle hues that are romantically feminine.

Expanding her lipstick collection, Deborah Lippmann is launching two bright shades that give the collection a sexy punch. The formula is a unique hybrid, offering the rich, creamy texture of a lipstick and the sheer, high-shine finish of a lip gloss. She Bangs is a ravishing red that makes a bold lip statement. Call Me Maybe is a sheer cheeky coral that will be as popular as the song it was named after. They are universal yet vibrant and playful shades that are the perfect complement to any spring wardrobe. “These are two very wearable lip colors that are fun, happy and will make you look and feel beautiful,” says Deborah. “Just apply and go – if you don’t have time for anything else. A great lip shade will make you look put together and sophisticated.” she adds.

The collection also introduces Moon Rendezvous, a faded slate blue shimmer, Careless Whisper, a scintillating nude shimmer and Groove Is In The Heart, a flamingo pink crème. Deborah’s nail lacquers never cease to impress with modern, sophisticated and easily wearable hues for all ages.

Nail Lacquer ($17.00) (Limited Edition)

Available at www.deborahlippmann.com, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

  • Moon Rendezvous Faded slate blue (Shimmer)
  • Careless Whisper Scintillating nude (Shimmer)
  • Groove is in the Heart Flamingo pink (Creme)

Lipstick ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

Available at www.deborahlippmann.com, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom

  • She Bangs Ravishing red (Sheer)
  • Call Me Maybe Cheeky coral (Sheer)

Deborah Lippmann takes glitter to another level once again with an unexpected juxtaposition, combining black glitter with traditional soft pastel hues. Staccato is a trend-in-the-making with an innovative finish available in three deliciously energizing shades reminiscent of your favorite cotton candy, oreo and mint chocolate chip ice-creams!

The collection introduces I’m Not Edible, a panicked pink staccato, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, a sprightly black and white staccato and Rockin’ Robin, a mint mayhem staccato. These shades offer the perfect balance of femininity with a rich crème base and a jazzed-up edginess with the speckled black glitter.

“When creating this formula, I was thinking of ways to make black glitter wearable. I like how the glitter pops with a crème base, and I love that we took very wearable spring shades and gave them more pizzazz – even a bit of an edge,” said Deborah.

Nail Lacquer ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

Deborah Lippmann products are available at www.deborahlippmann.com, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, April 2013.

  • I’m Not Edible Panicked pink (Staccato)
  • Polka Dots and Moonbeams Sprightly black and white (Staccato)
  • Rockin’ Robin Mint mayhem (Staccato)

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