Tuesday, February 1st, 2011


Essie A French Affair Collection for Spring 2011

Parlez Vous Francais? Oui do. Though dreams of a romantic Parisian fling may not come true anytime soon, a flirty French rendezvous is here to stay! Introducing the new Spring 2011 essie collection: “A French Affair” – an assortment of six intoxicating retro pastels and show-stopping neutrals inspired by oh-so-chic French glamour.

Unlike spring shades of most seasons past, Nice is Nice, Coat Azure, Topless and Barefoot, Kisses and Bisses, Sand Tropez and A French Affair wear in the most opaque fashion and will surely result in many oh la la’s along the way.

  • French Affair
  • Nice is NIce
  • Coat Azure
  • Sand Tropez
  • Topless and Barefoot
  • Kisses and Bisses

availability: February 2011

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Estee Lauder Plum Fizz Lipstick
Estee Lauder Plum Fizz Lipstick

Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Plum Fizz

Estee Lauder Plum Fizz Pure Color Crystal Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a plummy red which turns more red than plum on my lips. It’s semi-sheer and has a glossiness to its finish. It looks more like a lip stain than a lipstick, because it is thin but provides decent color.

my thoughts on the formula: Pure Color Crystal lipsticks have a semi-sheer coverage. They have a slight glossiness and are very lightweight. I get three to four hours of wear–about average–from this particular formula. Estee Lauder’s lipsticks are scented with a lightly sweetened fig but are taste-free to me.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

final thoughts: This shade should complement most skin tones, because it is not too cool or warm, and it is light enough that it’s not vampy, but opaque enough to give significant color.

where to buy: Estee Lauder

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011


MAC Wonder Woman Collection

MAC Wonder Woman:  Online & Available for Purchase!

It’s up on MAC Cosmetics — happy hauling! :)  Free shipping with code POW!  Feel free to share your hauls in the comments!

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011


Hourglass Aura for Spring 2011

If spring makeup is about looking effortlessly chic, then the Aura range is right on the mark. The products enhance, illuminate and highlight without color overkill. Aura boasts three swoon-worthy shades for cheeks and three for lips that all produce lighter-than-air coverage. Cheeks look as though they’ve been adorably pinched, and lips appear as they’ve been passionately kissed. “They’re a wonderful alternative to powder blushes and heavier lip products,” says Janes, “and they boast rejuvenating ingredients.” The cheek stain’s see-through color payoff is an antidote to excess glitter, while the lip stain has an on-trend, semi-matte finish. Both products can be used to simulate the 70s-inspired, Californian look seen on spring runways.

Aura Sheer Cheek Stain ($45.00)

A water-based formula with real staying power that gives cheeks a gorgeous lit-from-within glow. Aura Sheer Cheek Stain is enriched with Vitamin E to help improve skin’s moisture retention. The twist-click dispenser is equipped with a sponge applicator for ease of application. To initiate product upon first use, twist base until cheek color appears on sponge tip. Free of oil, fragrance, and phthalates.

  • Rouge Sheer rose
  • Flush Sheer red
  • Petal Sheer pink/coral shimmer

Application tips by Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke: “Blot the sponge applicator directly on to the apples of the cheeks and blend up towards your temples using your fingers. It’s long-wearing but it moves when you’re applying so it’s less intimidating—it sets afterwards. You can wear Aura Sheer Cheek Stain over Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer or solo. During the summer, makeup minimalists can just get by on the cheek stain, lip stain and a few coats of mascara. It gives you a subtle, refreshed look and a pop of color that really lasts, so you won’t need to reapply throughout the day.”

Aura Sheer Lip Stain ($26.00)

The water-based, non-transfer formula offers a delicious wash of color, buildable coverage and a natural, semi-matte finish. Beneficial ingredients include anti-oxidants like Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract plus an algae-based extract that addresses elastin and collagen degradation in the lips. Aura Sheer Lip Stain has a flock tip applicator with a built-in twist mechanism for easy, even application. To initiate product upon first use, twist base until lip color appears on applicator tip. Free of parabens, phthalates, fragrance and sulfate.

  • Rouge Sheer rose
  • Flush Sheer red
  • Petal Sheer pink/coral shimmer

Application tips by Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke: “Start by exfoliating the lips to slough off any dead skin cells and create a smooth base. Blot applicator onto the lips and blend using your finger—it’s that simple. For extra precision, or to create the illusion of a fuller pout, line the lips before application. Aura Sheer Lip Stain plumps the pout with anti-aging ingredients that fill in fine lines and wrinkles. It has a lightweight consistency that’s easy to blend and comfortable to wear. You can build your coverage for a more dramatic statement. Finishing with a gloss softens the look.”

availability: Spring 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011


MAC Quite Cute Collection for Spring 2011

U.S./Canada Launch Date: April 7th, 2011
International Launch Date: April 2011

“CUTE!” The most fanciful, fun and flattering compliment and young, modern trendsetter could ever want! Our version is the girliest kind of international glam possible, a style ride that combines postage-stamp-sized puppies with pixie swizzle-stick fashion and buttergly kisses for cute boys and even cuter shoes! Cupcake icing colors, vintage romance, an ATM card with Hello Kitty on it – and a way of life that says “yes!” to everything adorable!

Come on, get happy, with the multi-culti cutie, from Tokyo to Toronto to Paris with love! Pastel shades for Eye Quads, Lipstick, Plushglass, and Nail Lacquer…And due to popular demand, we’re completely cute-ifying three favourite Lip Pencil shades from last season that will join the fun and frolic. Flash! You’ll ♥ the Mineralize Blush with the sweet heart baked right into it. If it shines, shimmers and pops it’s completely, contagiously, cute!

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Playing Koi Creamy white peach pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Saint Germain Pastel pink (Amplified) (Permanent)
  • Candy Yum-Yum Neon pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Quite Cute Bright white lavender (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • Play Time Intense violet (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)

Plushglass ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Fashion Fanatic Creamy pale pink (Limited Edition)
  • Bubble Tea Creamy pale nude (Limited Edition)
  • Girl ♥ Boy Bright light blue pink (Limited Edition)
  • I ♥ U Creamy mid-tone purple (Limited Edition)

Lip Pencil ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • In Synch Bright yellow pink (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Naked Light neutral (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Boldly Bare Mid-tone red brown (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Cutie Eyeshadow Quad ($36.00 U.S. / $43.00 CDN)

  • Moshi! Moshi! Pale white green gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Goody Goody Gum Drop Light white pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Boycrazy Pale lavender with silver pearl pigments (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Azuki Bean Mid-tone violet (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Mineralize Blush ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Giggly Light pink with pearly plum heart (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Sakura Lavender with pearly deep magenta heart (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Miss Behave Light beige with pearly mint green heart (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Ice Cream Cake Creamy blue pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Little Girl Type Creamy pale lavender (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Mischievous Creamy pale blue mint (Cream) (Limited Edition)

False Lashes ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • #7 Lash Spiky, slightly separated, high glam lash (Permanent)

Penultimate Eyeliner ($17.50 U.S. / $21.00 CDN)

  • Rapidblack True black (Permanent)

Zoom Lash ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Zoomblack Rich black (Permanent)

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Monday, January 31st, 2011


MAC Bronze Everyday Collection for Summer 2011

U.S. Launch Date: April 7th, 2011
International Launch Date: April 2011

Great news: It’s back, for good…Skinsheen Leg Spray, the long-wear gel/mousse body makeup that sheers on legs, arms, décolletage for a subtle golden glow. Water-resistant three times over Love your Lustre Drops? They’re back too, for that touch of chic luminosity, an ethereal glow wherever applied. Two new golden shades of Mineralize Skinfinish Natural plus Mineralize Skinfinish and Bronzing Powders complete the collection, making M∙A∙C all about one-stop Bronzing.

Bronzing Powder ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Refined Golden Finely spun golden with soft pearl
  • Golden Muted golden tan-beige with shimmer
  • Bronze Soft bronze with shimmer
  • Matte Bronze Bare-shouldered bronze

Skinsheen Leg Spray ($26.50 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

  • Medium Dark Sheer soft bronze with golden tan pearl
  • Dark Golden-bronze

Lustre Drops ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Pink Rebel Blue pink with gold pearl
  • Sun Rush Peachy bronze with gold pearl

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($27.00 U.S. / $32.50 CDN)

  • Give Me Sun! Light summer peachy tan
  • Sun Power Deep terracotta bronze

Mineralize Skinfinish ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN)

  • Soft & Gentle Gilded peach bronze
  • Gold Deposit Soft reflective golden-bronze

All products are already permanent or will be made permanent as of April 7th, 2011.

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