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China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Collection


China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Collection

China Glaze® and Ardell® announced today their partnership with Paramount Pictures to offer exclusive collections of nail polishes and eyelashes inspired by the upcoming 3D film, “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” in theaters December 21st.

From the big top to the big screen, visionary filmmaker James Cameron and writer/director Andrew Adamson invite you on an all new 3D adventure: “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.” A young couple who is separated must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil® to find each other as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim and dance with the performers.

The new China Glaze® and Ardell® “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” inspired nail polish and eyelash collections will bring to life the wonderfully exotic artistry that is presented throughout the film. The China Glaze® nail polish collection combines rich crèmes, soft shimmers and bold glitters to create 12 limited edition shades.

Nail Lacquers ($7.00)

  • Whirled Away Black and white collage glitter
  • It’s a Trap-eze White cream base with multi glitter
  • Escaping Reality Neon raspberry pink
  • Surreal Appeal Rich coral crème
  • Def Defying Lime green crème
  • Running in Circles Cilantro green shimmer
  • Hanging in the Balance Cerulean blue crème
  • Water You Waiting For Shimmering blue green purple
  • Creative Fantasy Grape neon
  • Bend Over Backwards Pepper red shimmer
  • Igniting Love Hot tamale red crème
  • Get Carried Away Multi-sized black and red collage glitter with black crème

Lashes ($6.00)

  • Imagine
  • Inspire
  • Surreal
  • Fantasy
  • Mystical
  • Daring

Availability: First week of December 2012 at salons and specialty beauty retailers nationwide, including Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA stores. Individual nail polish shades will retail for $7; eyelash styles will retail for $6.

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SpaRitual Slate Nail Lacquer

SpaRitual Slate Nail Lacquer
SpaRitual Slate Nail Lacquer

Start Off with a Clean State

SpaRitual Slate Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “gray metallic shimmer infused with rhyolite.” It’s a gray-shimmered olive-tinged brown. I’d almost say it looks like taupe, but there’s this green hue that keeps peeking through, which makes me hesitate. When I was looking for dupes, the category that ended up resembling this most, because of the lighter antique golds (like Illamasqua Swinger and its own slew of dupes), but they were all quite lighter. Anyone have a dupe suggestion?

The consistency was a smidgen on the thinner side, but it didn’t have much of an impact on the application–needed to be a little more careful as it spread easily.  Slate was fully opaque after two coats.  There were noticeable brush strokes in the end result; they were very minimal under natural light, but they were apparent in brighter light.   The unique color and generally straight brush strokes (when you see ’em) are forgivable, but it will depend on your tolerance for them (it did impact the ratings).  I typically get a full week of wear out of SpaRitual’s formula with very minor tip wear and no chipping.

SpaRitual Nail Lacquer Slate
Slate
Slate
A-

Limited Edition

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
90%
Total

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum

A Sweet Slice of Cherry Pie

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum ($64.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) has notes of black cherry, almond, berries, rose, licorice, black tea, tonka bean, vanilla, and patchouli.

When it opens, it’s a barely-sweetened black cherry with a fizzy pop of crispness (reminds me of sparkling water) that gives away to a sweeter mix of cherries and almond. The almond starts to disappear, and then I get licorice peeking through with an occasional whiff of black tea. It is almost syrupy-sweet and is cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Even when the other notes come into play, they are always in the background, as the sweet scent of black cherry permeates from beginning to end. The vanilla note started to come through after a few hours, as did the rose (just barely).

On me, it was mostly a sweetened fruit and floral mix. I found it to be a fairly sweet scent but not syrupy-sweet or cloying, but on some, it might be that way. I think the fizzy quality helps lighten the scent in the beginning, and then the hints of licorice and black tea keep it from becoming too sweet as the perfume wears on.  It lasted eight hours on me, and it wore fairly close to the skin.  I could not compare it myself (as I don’t have it) but many have said this is a lighter version of Lolita Lempicka, so that may be of some help if you are familiar with that scent.

I am actually in love with the artwork surrounding the campaign, more so than with the fragrance itself (I tend to lean towards woody, resinous kind of fragrances, so it’s just not my personal preference).  I could just see some of the imagery framed and hung near a vanity.

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Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quads Launch


Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow Quads Launch

The perfect matte. The perfect satin. The perfect match between colors and textures. Color crafting creates eye make-up with higher intensity. Eyes to Kill palette associates 2 pioneer formulas: an extraordinary matte with intense payoff that easily blends with an exceptionally luminous satin veil that morphs with every skin tone, for a crease-proof make-up that lasts for hours.

Real innovation in the formulation of a powder eyeshadow: an instant matte and intense formula that melds perfectly with a satin, pearly veil producing amplified light effects. Irresistible with its extremely soft, sensorial appeal, the eyeshadow arms the eyes with a flawless weapon all day long.

As essential in make-up as it is in fashion, the unparalleled strength of Giorgio Armani is to choose the right texture for each color. It gives color a substance that enhances it. Each finely crafted color is unique: always wearable, while retaining its own character. And each color flatters every skin tone and signs its style.

A palette of 4 harmonious colors instinctively follows the natural approach to eye make-up. From the light, luminous top of the eyelid to the saturated, deep lash line. Colors and textures mix and layer endlessly and glide on effortlessly for impeccable results.

Eyes to Kill Quad ($59.00)

  • 01 Maestro Gradation from radiant mineral sprinkles to high-powered rock colors
  • 02 Terra Sienna Gradation from sunlight-infused sand to strong earth Italian brown
  • 03 Pantelleria Gradation of Mediterranean blue from quiet spring dawn to fall storm sea
  • 04 Effeto Nudo The Giorgio Armani contemporary interpretation of the legendary Italian “Claroscuro”
  • 05 Mediterranea Gradation of Mediterranean blue from quiet spring dawn to fall storm sea
  • 06 Boudoir Gradation from dewy coral essence to intense Amazonian mahogany
  • 07 Saharan Blush Gradation from summer Saharan sky to hot sand brown
  • 08 Parma Gradation from dewy lilac rose to an iconic amethyst powder

Availability: Nordstrom

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Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Launches


Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Launches

Intense, seductive, illuminating color. Giorgio Armani introduces Lip Maestro: the next generation of lip color.

A truly luminous matte lip color, Lip Maestro is more radiant than a matte lipstick and more sophisticated than a gloss. A luxurious, velvet texture that glides onto lips for 4-dimensional volume; lips are drenched in long lasting, chic color. Lip Maestro has all the color and sophistication women desire in a matte finish combined with the luminous intensity of a lip lacquer. A formula created exclusively by Giorgio Armani Cosmetics and made possible by a transparent “velvet” gel which diffuses light while providing a luxurious, matte finish for both depth and volume.

Extremely lightweight, the velvet gel rolls onto lips for a no make-up feel. The sensual, non-sticky texture offers hours of hydration and comfort. With its sleek design and soft applicator, Lip Maestro can be applied at any time for lips that are always perfectly finished.

For the first time in Armani, intense color has a no make-up feel. Ultra-light, Lip Maestro fuses with lips for exceptional comfort and wear. Concentrated pigments permeate the gel formula, offering an incredible depth of color. No underlying white “base” means color stays true for a flawless, matte and glowing finish.

Lip Maestro comes in 12 shades, perfect for every skin tone.

Lip Maestro ($32.00)

  • 500 Blush
  • 501 Casual pink
  • 502 Artdeco
  • 503 Red fuchsia
  • 504 Ecstasy
  • 300 Flesh
  • 401 Tibetan orange
  • 402 Chinese lacquer
  • 400 The red
  • 200 Terra
  • 201 Dark velvet
  • 202 Dolci

Availability: Nordstrom

Tom Ford Enchanted Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Enchanted Eyeshadow Quad
Tom Ford Enchanted Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Enchanted Eyeshadow Quad ($75.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a limited edition palette described as “neutral.” It contains a pressed powder formula that can be used wet and dry, and the formula is different than the original quads released with the line. It is the same formula as Emerald Lust.

The first shade is an icy, cool-toned pink with a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation both wet and dry. MAC ready to Party is pinker. MAC Fresh & Mint is comparable. Dior Garden Roses is less frosted. Tarina Tarantino Diamond Dusk has a pink iridescence. MAC Fresh Ice is a bit whiter.

The second shade is a pink-tinged peach with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff dry, but it had excellent payoff when used damp/wet. MAC Pink Frontier is less frosted. Chanel Abstraction is darker, more coral. bareMinerals Custom is warmer, less pink. Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle is warmer.

The third shade is a gray-tinged mauve with a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation both wet and dry, though the frosted finish was more pronounced when used wet. NARS 413 Blkr is pinker. NARS Flowers 1 is a bit darker. MAC Joy & Laughter is darker. MAC Hypnotizing is darker, more mauve.

The last shade is a burgundy-brown with a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was amazing–incredibly rich–and the texture was so, so smooth. MAC Sketch is less shimmered. Cinderella Rococo is lighter, less intense. MAC Rich Core is purpler. theBalm Sexy is matte. Make Up For Ever #311 is plummier.

I was not in love with Tom Ford’s original eyeshadow quads, but the formula used in the two fall palettes is phenomenal (Enchanted is one of them). The shades are nicely pigmented with soft, finely-milled textures that apply smoothly and even, and the formula adheres and wears all day long without a primer.  It has such a creamy, buttery texture that it just makes you go, “oooh!” as you touch it.  I thought the composition of this palette was more versatile in Enchanted than in Emerald Lust, because this had less over-the-top frosts.

Tom Ford Enchanted Eyeshadow Quad

A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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