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OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar

OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar
OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar

Have You Met My Electric Grandma?

OCC Electric Grandma Lip Tar ($16.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is described as a “electrified true, classic coral.” It’s a brightened orange with tangerine shimmer and a slight pink tinge. Guerlain Orange Euphorique is more subdued. Chanel Sari d’Eau is darker. guerlain Gil is darker, redder. Guerlain Gipsy is darker and redder with less shimmer. MAC Vegas Volt is pinker.  I was actually surprised that I didn’t find anything more similar to this, but the brightness paired with the less-obvious orange-tones made it tough to dupe.

It applies fully opaque with very little product, and the consistency is smooth and looks that way on lips, while still giving off that metallic sheen it’s supposed to have.  When I wore this, it lasted eight hours–through afternoon coffee and dinner–and still looked 75% intact.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Metallic Lip Tar Electric Grandma
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
97%
Total

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Chanel Les Expressions de Chanel 2012


Chanel Les Expressions de Chanel 2012

Eyes speak volumes with elegant eyeshadow harmonies that accentuate the dramatic new lash look of LE VOLUME DE CHANEL Mascara. The essential eyeshadow compact with countless options, LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow introduces new shade harmonies with complementary colour. The intense shimmer of ILLUSION D’OMBRE Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow debuts dramatic new hues, to highlight eyes with beautiful contrast and bold glow.

Ligne Graphique de Chanel / Liquid Eyeliner ($34.00)

  • Noir Black
  • Purple Purple
  • Platine Silver-grey (Limited Edition)

Le Volume de Chanel Mascara ($30.00)

  • Noir Black

Les 4 Ombres / Eyeshadow Quad ($58.00)

  • Spices (Existing)
  • Intuition Light pink, gold, chocolate brown, brown-grey
  • Variation Light rose, silver-grey, deep purple, light shimmering plum

Illusion d’Ombre / Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36.00)

  • Illusoire (Existing)
  • Abstraction Peach rose
  • Vision Gold

Availability: Department and specialty stores, chanel.com, November 2012

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L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creams Soiree Review & Photos

L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creams Soiree
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creams Soiree

Will You Part With Any One of These?

L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Creams Soiree ($65.00 for 10 oz.) contains 10 one-ounce hand creams in a variety of scents. There are two regular Shea Butters, then one each of: Shea Date Bouquet, Lavender, Cherry Blossom, Rose 4 Reines, Fleur Cherie, Shea Mango Flower, Pivoine Flora, and Shea Rose Petals. The set also includes two gift bags–perfectly for breaking up the set and sharing the love with friends and family.

One of my favorite aspects of L’Occitane’s Hand Creams is how quickly they dry down. It’s one of the more important features of a hand cream that I’m always on the lookout for, because I want to apply it and then be able to resume doing whatever it is shortly after!  Though it feels like a cream, so it has a thicker, heavier consistency, it dries down quickly and feels lightweight on and never greasy.  The formula is effective and keeps my hands hydrated throughout the day.

I’ve only tried the regular, Date Bouquet, Lavender, and Mango Flower versions so far, but it’ll be fun to work through the rest of the scents.  (I have used both the regular and Lavender versions previously.) The versions with 20% seem thicker and richer to me, very cream-like, while ones that aren’t marked with that seem a bit lighter weight and almost like a gel-cream hybrid in consistency.

When I saw this set, I thought it was adorable, and after seeing it in person, it absolutely is. It’s a great kit to receive for sure, but it would also work incredibly well as stocking stuffers. I love the 1 oz. size, because then I can stash these all over the house, in my bag, the car, and travel-friendly.  You can purchase 1 oz. tubes of several of these versions separately, and those retail for $10 a pop, so the kit contains $100 worth of tubes (but they do offer larger sizes for some of the scents, too, and it is less-per-ounce with the larger sizes).

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Sephora 20% Off VIB Holiday Sale 2012 (November 8th through 12th)

Sephora 20% Off VIB Holiday Sale 2012

Sephora VIBs will receive 20% off their purchases with code CELEBRATE, valid 11/8 through 11/12.  There is an in-store event as well as the discount is valid (again, for VIBs only) in-store if you have the email and/or mailed invitation.  I just received the VIB email this afternoon, but I haven’t spotted anything in the mail yet.  I haven’t received any word about upcoming sales or promotions that will be extended to BIs at this time.

* 20% off promotion valid for Sephora VIBs on November 8-12, 2012. VIB friend offer is only valid on a single purchase transaction at the exclusive VIB shopping event on November 8, 2012, and is limited to one friend per VIB. To redeem online: Use promo code CELEBRATE when prompted at checkout. To redeem in stores: Present this voucher at the register. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. Valid in Sephora stores, Sephora.com, and in Sephora inside jcp stores (not available with online orders shipping to Canada). May not be combined with any other offers or employee discounts. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. Sephora reserves the right to end or change this promotion at any time. Not valid for Sephora employees. Learn more about the VIB program at any Sephora store or online at Sephora.com/go/VIB.

** Free Sephora limited-edition tote (11.75″x9.5″x4.75″) offer available starting Thursday, November 8, 2012 in stores or online with merchandise purchase – no promotion code needed online. Valid while supplies last. Must be a VIB to redeem. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchases of eGift certificates or gift cards. May not be combined with any other offers or employee discounts. Coupon has no cash value and may not be altered. These offers are subject to change, alteration, or termination by Sephora in its sole discretion at any time.

Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer

Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer
Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer

Tinsel Town, Here We Come

Zoya Electra Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “micro-fine diamond holographic glitter mixed with large silver holographic bar tinsel in a clear base.” It has holographic micro-glitter along with holographic bar glitter, which looks like silver tinsel on the nail, until you angle it just right or the light catches it, and then you get the holographic effect. I don’t have anything like this myself, and all I could think of was Zoya’s holiday collection last year, which featured pink, green, and blue horizontal bar glitter polishes.

Zoya lists the opacity as three, which is in the middle of sheer (one) and opaque (five). That’s a very accurate assessment; after two coats, it has a fair amount of coverage, but you’d really need three to get mostly opaque coverage. I layered it over Zoya Storm first, and then over Zoya Blaze.  What I appreciated most about Electra was the fluidity and how well the bars dispersed across the nail.  I didn’t feel like I had to push and pull the glitter into place.  I typically see a full week of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping with Zoya’s formula.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Electra
Electra
Electra
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
93%
Total

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