Thursday, March 10th, 2011

butter LONDON Blowing Raspberries Nail Lacquer
butter LONDON Blowing Raspberries Nail Lacquer

butter LONDON Blowing Raspberries Nail Lacquer ($14.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is a rich, dark raspberry red–a gorgeous mix of pink and red–with a cream finish.   I used two coats for opaque color.

my thoughts on the formula: This cream finished polish has such a smooth, maneuverable formula–nicely pigmented (needed only two coats) and applies beautifully without bubbling or streaking. It wore for a full seven days without chipping.  The formula was thin without being watery and made for really easy application.

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Blowing Raspberries

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It's been awhile since I've used a butter LONDON polish it seems like, because I was so dazzled by how this shade applied--absolutely flawless!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Sugarpill Chromalusts
Chromalusts: Birthday Girl, Darling, Magentric

Sugarpill Chromalusts: Birthday Girl, Darling, Magentric

Sugarpill Chromalust ($12.00 for 0.19 oz.) recently launched seven new shades, and I have three of them to show you today: Birthday Girl (sweet princess pink with iridescent fuchsia sparkles), Darling (stunning teal loaded with iridescent turquoise star bursts), and Magentric (metallic deep magenta with a dazzling turquoise sheen).

  • Birthday Girl is a muted cotton candy pink with sparkle.
  • Darling is an iridescent, aqua-teal with soft sheen when worn dry and a more iridescent, metallic finish when applied wet.
  • Magentric is a darkened magenta pink with a soft sheen when used dry and a brighter, metallic finish when used wet.

Chromalusts are loose eyeshadows that are extremely soft and smooth because of how fine these loose powders are milled. The three shades featured in this post are vegan, for reference. They can be worn wet or dry, though I tend to prefer them wet as a base, but they do work nicely dry–though better over a stickier shadow base.

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Sugarpill Chromalusts: Birthday Girl, Darling, Magentric Review, Photos, Swatches

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The texture of these is so silky--I think that is easily one of my favorite characteristics of the product line--and it's always fun to see new shades get added to the range.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, March 10th, 2011


Photo by Vincent Lappartient

Chanel Fall/Winter 2011 Ready-to-Wear Beauty

Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Make Up used the following Chanel products to create the runway beauty looks:

  • Face: Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup SPF 15, Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder, Eclat Lumiere Highlighting Face Pen, Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer
  • Eyes: Illusion d’Ombre in Epatant, Mirifique, and Fantasme (available July 2011), Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Khaki Platine (available July 2011), Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Ebene, Crayon Sourcils (available July 2011), and Inimitable Mascara in Noir
  • Lips: Le Crayon Levres Precision Lip Definer in Natural, Rouge Allure Velvet in La Furtive (available November 2011)
  • Nails: Le Vernis Nail Colour in Graphite (available July 2011)

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011


Behind-the-Scenes @ Illamasqua’s Toxic Nature Photoshoot

Behind-the-Scenes: Illamasqua Toxic Nature

Here are some excellent behind-the-scenes pictures from Illamasqua’s spring/summer Toxic Nature photoshoot!  I really loved the creativity in these promos!  Continue reading →

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant Lipgloss
Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant Lipgloss

Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant Lipgloss

Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant (#143) Lipgloss ($29.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a rich shade of darkened fuchsia raspberry with iridescent fuchsia-purple micro-shimmer. It delivers nearly opaque color, and it doesn’t settle into lip lines. I love how it is a mix of pink, red, and berry.

my thoughts on the formula: Dolce & Gabbana Lip Glosses are moisturizing, and they fade really well when they wear away. With this particular shade, I was able to get a solid four hours of wear. These glosses are heavily rose-scented but don’t seem to have any taste. With just 0.13 oz. in a tube (compared to 0.20 oz. for other high-end brands like Chanel, Guerlain, and YSL), these are pricey.

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Dolce & Gabbana Vibrant (#143) Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is one of the best Dolce & Gabbana Lipglosses I've tried--wears a full four hours, doesn't sink into lip lines, and gives lips a really full, glossy look. If only they'd squeeze more than 0.13 oz. into a tube...

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Beauty Tips: How to handle a blemish? by Renee Rouleau

Skincare expert and esthetician Renee Rouleau is back with a video on how best to handle blemishes — plus 11 causes for acne blemishes:

Cause for acne blemishes #1

Do you touch your face a lot? This may come as a surprise, but subconsciously touching your face all day makes it quickly become the dirtiest part of your body. While it’s important to wash your skin every night, it’s much better to try to prevent your hands from touching your face unnecessarily.

Skin Tip: Keep your hands occupied. Get any kind of toy or gadget that you can play with in your hands at times when you are most likely to be touching your skin. This will help tremendously. I personally love Tangle toys. The small version is great and fun to fidget with to keep your hands busy.

Cause for acne blemishes #2

Have you been eating more dairy than normal lately? When you develop cystic breakouts (those hard, painful, underground blemishes that linger for weeks) on the chin, jaw line and neck area, it might be a sign that you’re getting more dairy in your diet than your body can tolerate. Your skin acts as an excretory system to get rid of things that your body is not in agreement with, so when you get too much dairy, it is by nature harder to digest and can come out in the form of cystic blemishes in the lower area of the face.

Skin Tip: The best way to determine if your acne cysts are directly related to your intake of dairy is to completely cut dairy out of your diet for two weeks. If you don’t develop any new cysts and you normally would have by now, then this might solve your problem! It doesn’t mean that you cannot eat any dairy at all. Slowly introduce dairy back into your diet, and the point you start breaking out again is your body’s tolerance level.

Cause for acne blemishes #3

Have you been under tremendous stress? Aside from my experience confirming this is true, the Stanford University School of Medicine conducted one such study in 2002. It was a small study that involved students suffering from acne. The college professors involved in the study conclusively proved that the exam stress worsened acne in these students. According to researchers, their findings indicated “Subjects who had the greatest increases in stress during examination periods also had the greatest exacerbation in acne severity”.

Stress not only affects acne flare-up. In general, it worsens the overall skin condition. It induces the adrenal glands into overproduction of cortisol, a steroid, which in turn makes sebaceous glands produce more oil and make skin extra oily. Thus the reason why in stressful periods, people experiencing an increase in acne get more inflamed, puss-filled papules than simple whiteheads or blackheads.

Skin Tip: The easiest solution to reducing stress is to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

Cause for acne blemishes #4

Do you not wash your skin at night? Oil on the skin makes for a breeding ground of bacteria, and bacteria will cause blemishes. Sleeping with not only your makeup on, but also the addition of oil, dirt and debris that has built up on the skin during the day, can absolutely trigger new blemishes.

Skin Tip: The #1 reason why someone won’t wash his or her face at night is out of exhaustion. I certainly understand the discipline and effort it requires to perform your nighttime skin care routine, especially when you’re exhausted. But, you really must do it. It’s that simple.

Cause for acne blemishes #5

Have you started using new skin care products? When your skin is introduced to new products, sometimes you might get some initial blemish purging, especially if the products are giving your skin more exfoliation than normal. If it continues on more than two weeks, then they may not be a good fit for your skin.

Skin Tip: When introducing new products to your skin, it’s always recommended to use one product for 3-4 days before adding in a second one. If your skin is reacting negatively, you’ll be able to determine which product you should discontinue. Get products recommended for your skin type by choosing one of our nine skin types.

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