NARS California Eyeshadow

According to NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

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NARS Eyeshadow California
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
87%

Illamasqua Freak Eau de Parfum to Launch in October 2011


Illamasqua Freak Eau de Parfum to Launch in October 2011

“Illamasqua is undoubtedly the most vibrant and fastest growing British make-up brand of this generation. When creating all the elements of this fragrance, from the scent to the bottle, the packaging to the image, the prime focus has been to deliver a groundbreaking concept that delivers an irresistible assault on the senses, whether you have heard of the Illamasqua brand or not. Freak by Illamasqua has succeeded on every point of that intention. Illamasqua make-up captures the essence of night-time transformations, unleashing your alter ego and celebrating self-expression. We have now managed, with great care, to distil that attitude into a fragrance and bottle it. It’s time to dress up and howl at the moon. Get your Freak on!” — Joseph Corre, Illamasqua Joint MD

  • top notes: Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna bewitch the senses into uncontrollable lust and passion.
  • heart notes: Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossom, caress and kiss.
  • base notes: Aromas of Frankincense, Oud and Myrrh, addictively mesmerises and captures the senses.

The rich and daringly provocative opening notes of Black Davana cast a magical spell of desire across the senses to celebrate the night. This compelling burnt orange bloom base is highly prized the world over for its ability to enhance the wearer’s natural perfume. The subtle mustiness of Poison Hemlock haunts the background tone of Freak, adding alluring depths of mystery.

Datura, the Moonflower, an intoxicating scent that has long been used as a heady aphrodisiac. The exquisitely rare Queen of the Night blooms fleetingly for a single night each year, and completes this daringly provocative concoction with its warm, soft floral scent touched with sweetness. With the help of Master Perfumer, Azzi Glasser, Illamasqua has created a powerfully addictive potion.

Freak is encased in a beautifully ornate art deco-inspired bottle, tilted to one side, as though confirming to the dictates of an alternative reality. Its smoked glass dances in the light and features a delicate silver snail and its trail, symbolising an addictive passionate path of desire that is both distinctive and unusually provocative.

To accompany the launch of Freak, Illamasqua have created a capsule collection of three limited edition products, whose shades reflect the rare blooms that make up this most exotic of scents. Embracing the mysterious histories of their namesakes are hardwearing Nail Varnish in Hemlock (pale opal green iridescent), the nocturnal heart of Pure Pigment in Queen of the Night (blackened plum), and a sensual Sheer Lipgloss in Datura (neutral mauve).

  • availability: illamasqua.com, pre-order October 3rd, launching October 20th for £59 (75 ml eau de parfum); November 2011 at select Sephora & SpaceNKs

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NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo Swatches, Photos, Review

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering chartreuse” and “electric cobalt blue.” This is the first NARS product I ever looked at–back when I just started getting into makeup–though I did not purchase it at the time. I remember feeling like if you wanted to wear bright eye makeup, you had to have this.

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NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo Swatches, Photos, Review

B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
4
Total
86%

Color Club Backstage Pass Collection for Holiday 2011


Color Club Backstage Pass Collection for Holiday 2011

Color Club, the veteran nail polish brand, announced today the debut of Backstage Pass, a new rockin’ glitter nail polish collection. The aptly named collection features six nail polishes — from Wish Upon a Rock-star to Platinum Record — that are sure to “rock your world.” Whether you’re a rocker – or just aspire to look like one – this new vegan, Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and paraben-free collection from Color Club is your ultimate backstage pass and sure to be a hit!

Collection includes…

  • Take the Stage Gold glitter with silver flakes
  • Wish Upon a Rock-Star Multi-colored glitter with purple
  • Backstage Pass Silver and purple hex glitter
  • Platinum Record Silver glitter
  • It’s a Hit Purple big glitter
  • Fame & Fortune Red base with silver flakes

availability: shopcolorclub.com

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Guerlain Shalimar Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

The notes of Shalimar are bergamot, lemon, jasmine, rose, May rose, iris, incense, opopanax, tonka bean, and vanilla. It opens with an intense burst of the bergamot where the crisp citrus gives it a very cool feel, but it warms up quickly with a heady smokiness that’s marked by spice and leather. As it progresses, the final scent on me is a sweetened, spicy vanilla with the warmth and coziness of amber and sandalwood. It’s not the sweetened vanilla of a dessert, but richer, deeper, less sugary and cloyingly sweet. It is rather powdery on me, more notably in the earlier hours of the scent and decreases over time until it’s all but vanished by the third hour.

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MAC Giftable, Viva Glam, Kids Helping Kids Collections for Holiday 2011


MAC Giftable, Viva Glam, Kids Helping Kids Collections for Holiday 2011

Launch Date:  October 27th, 2011 (North America), November (International)

Accessorized with a new shade of red Viva Glam Lipglass exclusive for the season: Viva Glam I Special Edition. Our other opulent offering is
the Viva Glam Lip Bag, containing two Lady Gaga shades of Viva Glam Lipstick. Every cent of your purchase goes toward th e M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, benefiting
women, men and children affected by HIV /AIDS everywhere.

Shimmering on sparkling stock, th ese cards feature illustrations created by kids affected by HIV /AIDS . With all proceeds going to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, what better way is there to send your warmest winter wishes?

Viva Glam Melt Your Heart Lip Bag ($36.00 U.S. / $43.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Viva Glam Gaga Pink (Lustre)
  • Viva Glam Gaga 2 Nude (Amplified)

Kids Helping Kids Teddy Bear Ornament ($18.00 U.S. / $22.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Silver Teddy Bear
  • Viva Glam 1 (SE)

Kids Helping Kids Holiday Cards ($10.00 U.S. / $12.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • 6 Greeting Cards with Envelopes
  • 12 Greeting Cards with Envelopes

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