Wednesday, April 13th, 2011


Kiehl’s for Earth Day with Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

In honor of Earth Day, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care is pleased to announce a limited Edition Label Art series, where 100% of net proceeds will benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance a charity long supported by Kiehl’s for the past 30 years. This grassroots advocacy organization, with nearly 200 Waterkeeper member organizations, is dedicated to empowering communities to protect and preserve our waterways from polluters. www.waterkeeper.org.

To commemorate the philanthropic success of “Friends of Kiehl’s” Earth Day 2009 and 2010 initiatives – which raised $100,000 for Waterkeeper Alliance, and $200,000 for the Rainforest Alliance – Kiehl’s is proud to extend its relationship with Waterkeeper Alliance in 2011, with a donation of $100,000.

Staying true to Kiehl’s longstanding mission of supporting initiatives to help preserve and protect the environment, two “Friends of Kiehl’s” have created Limited Edition labels for Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque (Michael C. Hall and Chloe Sevigny), made with fairly-traded Amazonian White Clay from the Marajo Island. An ingredient found at the basin of Brazil’s Amazon River, White Clay, also known as “magic earth,” is a natural ingredient known for its skin detoxification properties. With this in mind, a partnership was born from the ideal pairing of an organization that preserves waterways from polluters, and a product that removes dirt, toxins, excess oil and dead cells from the skin.

100% of Net Kiehl’s Proceeds from this Limited Edition Label Art series will benefit Waterkeeper Alliance. The Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque ($23.00) series features water-ecology inspired designs by socially conscious influencers, depicting their vision of social responsibility. Available at kiehls.com.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.25 oz.) contains six eyeshadows–three with matte finishes and three with frost finishes. Vanity is a warm-toned palette with a mix of browns and golds. You can see a look I did with this palette here.

The three matte finished shades are: a soft, barely-there beige, dirtied light-medium tan brown, and deep, dark brown with burgundy-red undertones. These mattes were much better than the ones found in the recently launched spring palettes–much smoother, more pigmented, and applied better. I felt they swatched better than they applied, but they still applied decently. The beige shade is surprising, because for as light as it is, it wasn’t chalky at all.

The three frost finished shades are: a pale whitish-gold, bright yellow gold, and rich chocolate bronze. I found the pale gold to be rather sheer, and it easily disappeared when applied, so it did not apply evenly. The pigmentation and texture of the gold and bronze, though, is much nicer–both have good color pay off and are pretty soft, while the bronze is the best in the palette overall.

Vanity is housed in standard fare packaging for Wet ‘n’ Wild; a clear flip top with a black base. It’s sturdy enough for keeping at home, but it might not travel as well (if it’s tossed around a lot). It should stand up to some wear and tear. What I liked most was how well it secured closed. I didn’t find the included brushes to be worth using; they were scratchy and rather splayed.

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Wet 'n' Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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I think it's a nice palette, and for something that doesn't break the bank, it's definitely a good option for warmer neutrals. I found blending to be a little more time-consuming with these eyeshadows than is par for the course, which is in part due to the texture. These work best layered directly over a base but less so when layered on top of each other--that is when blending is more difficult.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Giorgio Armani Black (13) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
Giorgio Armani Black (13) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow

More Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow with #13

Giorgio Armani Black (13) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a really deep, dark black that is subtly infused with navy blue micro-shimmer. In the pot, it looks black as midnight, but when swatched, the shimmer is just barely visible. It is a blue-based black, and photographs tend to pull blue out of it, but in person, I found it really just looked black.  It’s a nice, rich jet black, and if you’re a fan of the all-black smoky eye, it would be lovely as the star!  I used it as eyeliner on the lower lash line in this look.

This is a product that lives up to its claims–it wears all day without budging, creasing, or fading–and blends as well on its own as it does with other eyeshadows (or on top of an eyeshadow base). Giorgio Armani describes the Eyes to Kill Intense formula as neither powder nor cream but a hybrid that creates a “smooth, lasting color film” that can be applied wet or dry.  Giorgio Armani explains, “Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye … Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.”

The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow.  It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look using #6). The intensity is insane–whether you use it wet or dry, they pretty much look the same. It’s almost like a really dense loose powder that’s been pressed down, because if you dig at it, it loosens.

Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price).  The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).

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It's an eyeshadow you can wear alone, as a base, or on a base, because it's budge-proof, crease-proof, and wears all day long. The pigmentation is rich, and the texture is luxuriously soft and smooth.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011


NARS Summer 2011 Collection

The Summer 2011 Collection is a range of warm, sophisticated, shimmering shades, punctuated with shots of vivid, nature-defying color. Eyes are washed in icy sea foam, silver-green and frozen turquoise. Lips are infused with mandarin orange gloss and hot pink matte color. The look is finished with nails in bold sunflower yellow or matte opaque white for a modern, edgy effect that’s strictly NARS.

Trio Eyeshadow ($45.00)

  • Cap Ferrat Icy sea form, silver green, icy turquoise (Limited Edition)

Duo Eyeshadow ($33.00)

  • Dogon Metallic taupe with icy green sheen and charcoal black (Limited Edition)
  • Exotic Dance Metallic white with silver sheen and metallic gold (Limited Edition)

Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)

  • Queen Modern citrus gold glitter (Limited Edition)

Lipgloss ($24.00)

  • Wonder Shiny, sheer mandarin orange with pink andgold shimmer (Permanent)

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00)

  • Bolero Pink cantaloupe (Permanent)

Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00)

  • Carthage Matte, hot pink (Permanent)

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Mayflower Sheer raspberry with shimmer (Permanent)

Blush ($27.00)

  • New Order Soft pink with gold and silver shimmer (Permanent)

Nail Lacquer ($17.00)

  • Ecume Opaque white (Limited Edition)
  • Kismet Metallic sunflower (Limited Edition)

availability: April 15th @ narscosmetics.com

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel
Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel ($85.50 for 1.7 oz.) is, quite possibly, the most deliciously scented facial product I have ever come across–but I am a fiend for raspberries. It’s a sweet, deletectable berry scent (I caught a lot of raspberry myself, but it also contains several other fruits). It is a chemical exfoliant, so it doesn’t have any beads, particles, or the like, that will scrub off dead skin.

It looks like raspberry jam, including seeds, and the texture is rather jam-like, as well, but it’s a little looser than the average jam. But I tell you, if you don’t get the urge to taste it at least once… (I managed to resist, but I do wonder!) I use this peel every three to four weeks, and I’ve been using this for about four months now. I keep it on for about ten minutes, but it can be worn for less and be just as effective. Essentially, if it tingles a lot, you probably don’t want to keep it on for a full ten minutes–go with what feels right for your skin.

My skin always feels ridiculously soft–almost so soft that it has a plumper feel to it–after I rinse off the peel with water. It’s honestly like a super skin treat each month when I use it. I’ve had a couple of facials, which are always enjoyable, but this is the next best thing for those of us who don’t have a budget that allows for regular facials. I find that my skin looks and feels smoother, brighter, and glowy (and stays that way for three to four days after). I love that this doesn’t irritate or redden my skin post-rinse, which means I don’t have to plan ahead about when to use it. I do personally like to use it on a Friday night, an hour or two before bed, as an end-of-the-week indulgence.

The jar I purchased several months ago is still quite full, like 85%, (you don’t need much for each peel, and it’s a product that you only use a couple of times a month), but even so, when there was a deal for 50% off, I had to pick up another. I always think about having my mom try it, but I fear she’ll get hooked and I want my backup jar! It wouldn’t even surprise me, because of all the moisturizers I’ve given my mom, her favorite is La Mer.

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

NYX Eyeshadow Base
NYX Eyeshadow Base

NYX Eyeshadow Base:  Skin Tone

NYX Skin Tone Eyeshadow Base ($6.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a creamy, flesh-toned product designed to provide a base for eyeshadow to grab onto and stay on all day. It’s $6.99 on ULTA (which I liked, because NYX is sold-out of this shade) normally, but at the time of this review, it was $4.19. NYX’s Eyeshadow Base is also available in White and Pearl. The Skin Tone shade is a light-medium peach.

This is one of my favorite budget friendly bases, because one pot lasts forever, and the product itself keeps eyeshadow on all day long without fading or creasing. It has a nice level of creaminess that makes it easy to apply and blend out to cover the entire lid area, but it dries down quick enough that it doesn’t crease before you get a chance to apply your eyeshadow on top of it. Skintone is more of an opaque base, though, which is particularly good for those who want a product that also evens out lids.

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If you're looking for an affordable eyeshadow base, NYX is definitely one of the best I've come across. It holds its own against higher-end bases, too--you're not sacrificing quality for price here.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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