Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Eyeshadow Palette ($50.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new and limited edition cool-toned palette for spring. The palette includes these shades: Opal (cool pale grey), Lavender (light lavender), Cool Ivory (grey-ish tan), Cobra (medium cool grey), Plum Orchid (deep black plum), and Eclipse (blackest black).

  • Opal is a soft, silvered gray with beige and a frosted finish. It was nicely pigmented.
  • Lavender is a pink-tinged lavender with a frosted metallic finish. This is a metallic eyeshadow. The pigmentation was spot-on.
  • Cool Ivory is a cool-toned grayish beige with a matte finish. It had a very smooth, silky texture and went on nicely.
  • Cobra is a slightly sheer bluish gray with sparkle. This is a shimmer wash eyeshadow, which is supposed to be sheer.
  • Plum Orchid is a blackened, deep purple with a matte finish. Unlike many of Bobbi Brown’s mattes, I felt this one was chalky and not nearly as pigmented as I would expect. It reminded me of my issues with NARS Daphne, but I did not feel like this worked beautifully when applied–it was still a bit chalky.
  • Eclipse is a dark black with a matte finish. It, too, was not nearly as buttery as Bobbi Brown’s mattes usually are. Eclipse was not nearly as frustrating as Plum Orchid, though, as it was more pigmented and applied better.

The palette contains 0.24 oz. worth of eyeshadow, which is an equivalent value of $40.00 of eyeshadow, $10.00 of shimmer wash eyeshadow, and $8.00 of metallic eyeshadow–plus two miniature sized brushes. The value of the palette is no less than $58.00, but I would say it’s a bit higher, with the brushes.

When I tried using the palette in an eye look, I found the colors seemed rather stubborn–they really did not want to play together.  I felt like the resulting look was rather muddy and trying to go back and deepen certain shades only made it look worse.

The Glossover

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Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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I went through and averaged the quality scores for the eyeshadows, which ended up being 22/30, even though two shades were below average. I think this palette is best for those with cool-toned skin, because of how cool the palette is overall.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

3.5/5

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


LORAC Summer 2011 Collection: Touch Me, Tease Me, Tantalize Me

TANtalEYES Palette ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

LORAC TANtalizer Palette will have you sizzling all season long! Give your sex appeal a boost with 4 shimmering, mineral-infused, ultra-pigmented Baked Eye Shadows for long-lasting, sultry eyes and a travel size TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer for glowing skin that shines like the stars on the Red Carpet.

selfTANTALIZER ($34.00)

Get a gorgeous, golden Red Carpet tan instantly! LORAC selfTANtalizer Body Bronzing Gradual Self-Tanner is a unique two-in-one product that creates an immediate, bronze, transfer-resistant glow of a body makeup with the long-lasting tanning results of a gradual self-tanner. This easy to use self-tanning lotion contains DHA to safely build natural, rich color gradually and is infused with Camu Camu, Maracuja, and Pomegranate Seed Oils to help the skin appear smooth and healthy-looking wihle assisting the production of skin from free-radical damage. The luxurious vanilla fragrance willa waken your spirits with a sweetly seductive scent.

Hot Off the Red Carpet Collection ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

Get this season’s look Hot Off the Red Carpet with Carol Shaw’s sizzling collection of beauty must-haves: 2 exclusive color-coordinated, mineral-infused, shimmering Baked Eye Shadow Duos, an exclusive TANtalizer Baked Bronzer, a full size Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss in 3D and a Gold Blingy Bag that can double as your evening clutch.

availability: Ultra @ April 10th, Sephora @ April 19th

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25

“This foundation is a miracle—in one product you get SPF, moisture and perfect coverage. It’s easy to apply and instantly makes skin look mooth and even.” — Bobbi Brown

Finally, a serious moisturizing treatment foundation that combines the intensive skin nourishing benefits of Extra skincare with daily sun protection and Bobbi’s signature skin tone correct coverage. Super emollient and luxurious, Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25 instantly gives skin a fresh, dewy and healthy looking glow. Over time, it also helps undo the visible signs of aging, smoothing out lines while firming and lifting skin’s appearance. Consider it your little secret to perfect skin.

Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25 ($55.00)

  • Alabaster
  • Porcelain
  • Warm Ivory
  • Sand
  • Warm Sand
  • Beige
  • Cool Beige
  • Warm Beige
  • Natural
  • Warm Natural
  • Natural Tan
  • Honey
  • Warm Honey
  • Golden
  • Warm Almond
  • Almond
  • Walnut
  • Warm Walnut
  • Chestnut
  • Espresso

Ingredients & Benefits

A powerful peptide boosts natural collagen levels in skin while Carrot Extract helps reduce the look fine lines and wrinkles. Over time, skin looks smoother, firmer, plumper. A water-in-oil emulsion packed with Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Willowherb and Evening Primrose Oils deeply moisturizes, conditions and replenishes skin. Shea and Muru Muru Butters strengthen skin’s natural barrier, improving its ability to lock in moisture and prevent future damage. Angelica and Chamomile Extracts calm and soothe skin. SPF 25 offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection while Vitamin E protects skin against damaging free radicals. Treated pigments deliver natural-looking, medium to full coverage and stay-true color that lasts all day without settling into lines or pores.

How to Use

  • Apply to clean, dry skin, with fingertips, brush or sponge. Depending on your skin type, you may or may not need moisturizer.

availability: Bobbi Brown counters, bobbibrown.com in April 2011

Monday, March 28th, 2011


Urban Decay Summer 2011

Urban Decay Summer 2011

Baked Bronzer ($26.00)

  • Baked Add radiance to any look by using our classic bronzer that brightens skin with slight shimmer
  • Toasted Fake an exotic vacation to Tahiti by dusting on a bit of our matte bronzer
  • Gilded Lacey veins of gold in a smoldering bronze shimmer bronzer

Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tubes ($19.00)

  • Original Sheer
  • Eden Matte nude
  • Sin Champagne shimmer
  • Greed Gold shimmer

Lip Love ($16.00)

From the mighty Lisa Rinna bouche to the barely-there Kate Hudson pout, all lips need love. Shower your kisser with the finest affection and prove your love with Lip Love Honey-Infused Lip Therapy by Urban Decay. With a honey scent that guarantees you’ll be getting’ some sugar, Lip Love conditioning lip oils keep your lips smooch-able while increasing fullness and giving a hint of tint for that perfect “no-makeup” makeup look we all crave.

  • Drizzle Sheer baby pink
  • Failbait Sheer coral
  • Lolita Sheer bright pink
  • Stung Sheer blackberry
  • Taunt Sheer nude

Meltdown Makeup Remover ($TBA)

Having trouble getting all of your long-lasting makeup off? Does your waterproof eye makeup seem more like it’s tattooed on? Don’t have a celebrity-style meltdown. (We have enough people claiming to be God and promising us a short spaceship ride to heaven.) Instead of opting to be a hot-mess, take it all off with Meltdown Makeup Remover by Urban
Decay.

Quinceanera Bag ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

It’s our birthday and we’ll sparkle if we want to! Help us celebrate 15 years of beauty with an edge, and – according to Latin American tradition – our entry into womanhood. Introducing the second of our limited-edition 15-Year Anniversary items: the Quinceañera Bag. Flashy in the coolest of ways, our Quinceañera Bag glitters purple and holds a sh*t ton of your favorite stuff!

Rollergirl Nail Kit ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Fame Champagne shimmer
  • Love Train Opalescent shimmer
  • Miss T Bright orchid fuchsia
  • Superfreak Gold shimmer base with gold micro-glitter
  • Woodstock Hot pink
  • Xanadu Sheer purple base with purple glitter

Rollergirl Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Darkhorse Bronze patina
  • Suspect Golden with dimensional shift
  • Verve Pale champagne with oyster shimmer
  • Woodstock Hot pink with subtle fuchsia shimmer
  • Whiskey 24/7 Liner Dark brown
  • Crush Lip Junkie Lipgloss Sheer bright hot pink

Urban Defense ($30.00)

  • Halo Sheer alabaster for fair skin tones
  • Bodyguard Sheer nude for fair to medium skin tones
  • Bulletproof Sheer sand for medium skin tones
  • Forcefield Sheer fawn for medium to dark skin tones

Availability: Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s; beauty.com, urbandecay.com. Rollergirl Nail Kit is available at Macy’s and urbandecay.com. April 2011.

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Rescue Beauty Lounge Decorous Nail Lacquer
Rescue Beauty Lounge Decorous Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Decorous Nail Lacquer

Rescue Beauty Lounge Decorous Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a new and limited shade from the Iconic/Ironic Collection. It’s described as “if a cup of chai latte had a baby with a malted milkshake … A shimmery cocoa to add a chic suede finish to any outfit.” This is a very shifting color–on my warmer skin tone, it seems more like a warm-toned polish, but it looks neutral to neutral-cool in the bottle. It’s a medium-dark muted cocoa with subtle micro-shimmer.

my thoughts on the formula: These are richly pigmented lacquers that have nuances in both the color and finishes. Each color is well-thought out, and I’ve yet to come across a poor performer in the brand’s color range. I used two coats for opaque coverage.

The Glossover

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product

Decorous

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Even though it frustrates me when a color is difficult to describe, it also means it is harder to replicate and more likely a shade we don’t see all the time.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 28th, 2011

Philosophy Butterscotch Bliss Shower Gel
Philosophy Butterscotch Bliss Shower Gel

Rich Comfort with Butterscotch Bliss

Philosophy Butterscotch Bliss 3-in-1 Shower Gel ($16.00 for 16 fl. oz.) is rich and buttery with a swirl of vanilla sweetness.  It smells exactly like hard butterscotch candies.  This is definitely a food scent, and it is pretty sweet, though not nauseatingly so.

my thoughts on the formula: They lather up well and leave skin feeling clean without any tightness or dryness. If you prefer your body wash to leave behind a long-lasting scent, these won’t be for you, but if you like to enjoy the scent while you shower but don’t want it to linger heavily beyond, then these are perfect. (I belong to the latter category!) I don’t find them to lather quite as well in the hair, and they work in a pinch to clean hair, but I prefer many other shampoos over this one. It does, however, work well as a bubble bath, too–a little goes a long way.

final thoughts: Philosophy hit the scent of butterscotch dead-on, and if that’s a scent that appeals to you, I think you’d love this.

where to buy: Philosophy