Thursday, October 29th, 2009

MAC’s Mystic Cool Eyeshadow Palette was not the easiest to mix and match. Both rows make great combinations, but when it comes to mixing them all… there just wasn’t as much variety as I’d like. I felt like I was really just swapping out one colour out of a trio and such.

What combinations have you tried?

Here are five different eyeshadow combinations you could try using just this palette

  • Inner Lid: Shhh Don’t Tell Eyeshadow
  • Outer Lid: Rose Potion Eyeshadow
  • Crease: Violet Vow Eyeshadow
  • Brow: Cool Incantation Eyeshadow
  • Cheeks: Conjure Up! Mineralize Blush
  • Lips: Total Wow! Lipstick, Jingle Jangle Dazzleglass

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009

MAC’s Devil May Care Eyeshadow Palette is mostly warm-toned, and it has a good selection of shades to mix and match. I found this (along with the Smoke & Mirrors Palette) to be really easy to come with combinations for. I struggled a lot more with Sorceress and Mystic Cool! I feel like there are definitely a ton of combinations to be thought of with this palette, too!

What combinations have you tried?

Here are five different eyeshadow combinations you could try using just this palette...

  • Inner Lid: Gold Tease Eyeshadow
  • Outer Lid: Prankster Eyeshadow
  • Crease: Devilishly Dark Eyeshadow
  • Brow: Oh My Darling Eyeshadow
  • Cheeks: Superdupernatural Mineralize Blush
  • Lips: Surprise Me Lipstick, Boy Bait Cremesheen Glass

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009


Guerlain: Grace Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Grace Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is one of two new, limited edition shades of Rouge G from Guerlain’s Holiday Collection. (The other shade is Gems.)

If you’ve been following my coverage of various permanent shades of Rouge G, you’ll know the formula is smooth, luxurious, and often, shades are opaque. The lipstick contains a smoother, softer shimmer that’s not frosty or glittery. Wear time is about four or five hours, though it’s not a long-wearing lipstick, so it won’t last through dinner and drinks.

Grace is a soft, beige-y pink with a soft pink-peach shimmer. On my lips, it does look a lot like a subtle enhancement of my natural color and doesn’t really pack a punch as far as color goes. Depending on your tastes/needs, you may l ike the subtly and softness of this holiday shade, while others may find the muted color too bland for their liking.

Bottom Line: It’s a nice shade, and it’s something you can easily wear any time–not just the holidays–and for any occasion. The price will always be a sticking factor for some, and Rouge G isn’t for everyone (I’m pretty sure Guerlain was well aware of that fact when they priced these at $45 a pop), but they are very nice splurge items, particularly when you find just the right shade for you.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Grace is a fitting name for this shade, because it’s perfect for wearing everyday or with a smoky eye — it’s a versatile shade even though some may find it’s too bland to warrant the splurge.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009

MAC’s Sorceress Eyeshadow Palette is filled with fairly cool-toned eyeshadows. I find that with as many purples and cool shades included in this palette, the best way to complement any eye look is going with cool pink, pale pink, or plummy shades on cheeks and cool-toned pinks or iridescent opals and purples for the lips.

Some notes: I didn’t find that the lip shades launched with MAC’s holiday collection worked particularly well with this palette, so I’d recommend looking in your stash for better shades! I also found that as pretty and unique as Hold My Gaze Eyeshadow is… it doesn’t work easily with this palette, because it’s has a definite green tone to it. I’d also recommend thinking about using it with some greens and golds for a better look.

What combinations have you tried?

Here are five different eyeshadow combinations you could try using just this palette

  • Inner Lid: Edge of Dark Eyeshadow
  • Outer Lid: Magnetized Eyeshadow
  • Crease: Altered State Eyeshadow
  • Brow: White Rabbit Eyeshadow
  • Cheeks: Conjure Up! Mineralize Blush
  • Lips: Sweetie Lipstick, Ever So Rich Cremesheen Glass

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Have you picked up goodies from MAC’s Magic, Mirth, and Mischief Colour Collection and struggled with what to wear the new shades with? Here are five ideas using mostly the new products with a few permanent shades. All items mentioned are by MAC, for the sake of making it easy. :)

  • Inner Lid: Under Your Spell Mineralize Eyeshadow
  • Outer Lid: Mayhem Mineralize Eyeshadow
  • Crease: Midnight Madness Mineralize Eyeshadow
  • Brow: Ricepaper Eyeshadow
  • Cheeks: Superdupernatural Mineralize Blush
  • Lips: Phiff! Dazzleglass, Surprise Me Lipstick

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Philosophy:  Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shower Gel
Philosophy: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shower Gel

Philosophy Peppermint Hot Cocoa Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath ($16.00 for 16 oz.) is a fun, holiday scent from Philosophy’s Holiday Collection.  The first time I lathered up with this product, I was instantly reminded of peppermint mochas from Starbucks.  It’s that chocolaty sweetness mixed with a pop of peppermint.  I think Philosophy nailed the scent, and the name is perfectly suited to it.  It’s a good mix of chocolate sweetness and richness and peppermint where neither scent overpowers the other.

Philosophy describes this scent as, “a minty spin on a chocolaty holiday favorite. this super-decadent, new peppermint hot cocoa shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 16 oz. will surely become your favorite shower-time treat. the ultra-rich formula provides a moisturizing lather from head to toe to gently cleanse and condition your skin and hair. it even comes in a giftable holiday box.”

I am a big, and a long-time, fan of Philosophy’s 3-in-1 gels.  I only use mine as shower gels (I prefer other products for shampoo, and I rarely take baths), but I love these for two reasons:  1) sheer variety in scents available and 2) they lather up so easily and quickly and feel great when you’re using them in the shower.  I think these are affordable products, because one 16 oz. bottle lasts me about three or four months, easily.  You don’t need much to lather head to toe or to get the scent to fill your shower.  The only thing I don’t like about these is I find the bottle packaging to be of a very hard plastic, so it isn’t as easy as I’d like to squeeze out the product when it starts getting empty–requires a little strength!

Bottom Line: If you prefer shower gels that give you a lingering scent after the shower is over, Philosophy’s aren’t really designed for that purpose (they actually advertise them as scents that don’t linger past the shower/bath).  If, however, you want to enjoy a burst of scent in the shower in various fun scents like Peppermint Hot Cocoa, but don’t necessarily want to walk around smelling like that, these are amazing.

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

Recommendation:  As with most Philosophy shower gels… if you like this kind of scent or it sounds like one you might like, I urge you to give it a whiff!

Availability: Philosophy, Sephora

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