Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

MAC Cosmetics Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall ’09 As Seen By Maira Kalman (Illustrator)

Famous for her whimsical visual diaries, Maira Kalman performed a bit of magic with M·A·C’s new Technakohl Eye Liners and Eye Shadows, instantly drafting a captivating look at a stranger. Cheeky, witty, always amusing, Maira’s illustrations are cute and colourful, wonderfully child-like, playful…and sophisticated all at once. Warm and eccentric at the same time, Maira’s faces are full of cock-eyed optimism, with the tiniest smidge of city-girl-snobbism…simply, scrumptiously, stupendously sublime!

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • Crest the Wave Rich yellow (Frost) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Off the Page Dirty mustard orange (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Maira’s Magic Yellow pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Haunting Light turquoise blue (Satin) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Purple Shower Dirty blue pink (Satin) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)
  • Violet Trance Deep blue purple (Matte) (Repromote) (Limited Edition)

Technakohl Liner ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Colour Matters Bright lime (Limited Edition)
  • Obviously Orange Dirty coral (Limited Edition)
  • Artistic License Bright turquoise blue (Limited Edition)
  • Full of Fuchsia Deep blue magenta (Limited Edition)
  • Graphblack Rich graphic black (Permanent)

Availability: North America, August 20th, 2009 at all MAC Locations, 1.800.588.0070, and www.maccosmetics.com. International, September 2009.

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

M·A·C celebrates the idea of the Artist in every shade and stripe…ma keup as art form. We’ve selected three individuals who exemplify this idea. Bold, heroic, big; giggly, playful, clever; dramatic, original, abstrac t: Fall ’09 as seen by Richard Phillips, Maira Kalman, and Marilyn Minter. Be inspired!

MAC Cosmetics Make-Up Art Cosmetics Fall ’09 As Seen By Richard Phillips (Painter)

Richard Phillips surprised even himself with this project. Using the expert skills of a photo-retoucher, he subjected his own painting to a M·A·C makeover with the new eye shadows, blushes and lipsticks. Andy Warhol did a cameo on The Love Boat in 1985…and in the same spirit, Richard Phillips’ 1998 painting, Spectrum, made its debut on an episode of the scandalous Gossip Girl – a sign of the times! Recycled and re-imagined ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s advertisments and images, and every colourful issue ever considered when pondering the question of “identity” is what Richard Phillips is all about. His bold and beautiful portraits are highly technical, a refinement of precise, academic painting, so relevant to everything M·A·C artistry is all about. A collection of Eye Shadow quads, Lipsticks, Lipglass, and The Perfect Cheek Blush just leap off the canvas!

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Front Lit Light white yellow (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • High Strung A deep pink silver (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Lovin’ It Cool neutral with yellow undertone (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Hold the Pose Brown plum with gold pearl (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Full Body Deep red plum (Lustre) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Young Thing Yellow neutral with gold pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Personal Taste Dirty rose with pink and gold pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • New Spirit Light yellow coral (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • On Display Purple with yellow pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

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

  • Skintone 1 Light white pink (Lustre) (Limited Edition)
  • Skintone 2 Dirty gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Notoriety Dirty brown with gold pearl (Velvet) (Limited Edition)
  • Rich & Earthy Rich coral bronze (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

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

  • Lightfall Pale pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Look at the Eyes Light violet (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • In the Gallery Dirty blue pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Private Viewing Deep brown plum (Matte) (Limited Edition)

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

  • Photo Realism Gold shimmer with gold pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Fresh Approach Cool mint green (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Image Maker Dirty grey green (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Grey Range Deep blue green (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)

Plush Lash ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN)

  • Plushblack Black (Permanent)

Powder Blush ($18.00 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • The Perfect Cheek Dirty pale pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Notable Dirty brick brown red (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Availability: North America, August 20th, 2009 at all MAC Locations, 1.800.588.0070, and www.maccosmetics.com. International, September 2009.

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Here’s a lil’ video put together by the folks at MAC Cosmetics about the Autumn/Winter trends. Wonder what products we can spot!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Bobbi Brown Collection for Holiday 2009

Palettes abound in Bobbi Brown’s offerings for the holiday season!

Velvet Plum Eye Palette

  • Bone Eyeshadow
  • Naked Eyeshadow
  • Velvet Plum Metallic Eyeshadow
  • Espresso Eyeshadow

Glitter Lip Balm Palette

  • Crystal Rose
  • Crystal Diamond
  • Pink Crystal
  • Crystal Gold

Earth Metal Lip & Eye Palette

  • Autumn Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow
  • Earth Metal Metallic Eyeshadow
  • Zinc Metallic Eyeshadow
  • Black Spruce Metallic Eyeshadow
  • Sunset Gold Metallic Eyeshadow
  • Antique Gold Metallic Eyeshadow
  • Paisley Rose Creamy Lip Color
  • Rose Garden Creamy Lip Color
  • Rose Bud Creamy Lip Color
  • Barefoot Shimmer Creamy Lip Color

Chrome Eyeshadow

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Pewter

Availability: October 2009.

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Estee Lauder Double Wear Lipstick and Lip Pencil for Fall 2009

New Long-lasting, Luxurious Color for a Perfect Pout that Lasts All Day

Tired of constantly having to reapply your lip color throughout the day or worry about your lip
color smudging or bleeding? Now, you can say goodbye to all the fuss and hello to lusciously full, beautifully defined, fresh looking lips that last all day!

New Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lipstick and Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil are the
latest additions to the renowned Double Wear makeup collection of long-wearing, stay-in-place products. Each of these luxuriously creamy, long-wearing lip products deliver instant rich, staytrue color and shine to lips for a luscious look that lasts no matter how long your day or night does.

Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lipstick is a sophisticated, long-wearing, ultra creamy lipstick that
delivers long-wearing, satin-like, stay-true color to lips. Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lip Pencil
is a technologically advanced lip pencil that glides on delivering a smooth, even line that won’t smudge or budge all day.

Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lipstick ($22.00)

  • Stay Rose
  • Stay Pink
  • Stay Pinkberry
  • Stay Raspberry
  • Stay Mauve
  • Stay Plumberry
  • Stay Mocha
  • Stay Ginger
  • Stay Coral
  • Stay Scarlet
  • Stay Cranberry
  • Stay Ruby

Double-Wear Stay-In-Place Lip Pencil ($19.00)

  • Pink
  • Fuchsia
  • Rose
  • Wine
  • Plummy
  • Tearose
  • Spice
  • Mocha
  • Chocolate
  • Tawny
  • Coral
  • Apple Cordial
  • Red
  • Russet

Availability: August 2009.

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Monday, August 10th, 2009

Soft & Smooth: Philosophy Hope is Not Enough Replenishing Body Lotion

Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough Replenishing Body Lotion ($35.00 for 8 oz.) is a lightly scented hydrating body moisturizer.  I find it hard to describe the scent beyond light, softly sweet, and that it disappears within an hour.  The lotion itself is light to medium in texture–definitely not a heavy cream–and applies evenly.  It sinks in within five minutes, and there’s no sticky residue left behind, which is a huge plus for me.  The lotion kept my legs and arms moisturized and smooth all day long, and it really helped my scaly legs look more like glam gams in just two days of repeated use (just ’cause my legs can be really dry).

Overall, I really loved the way this product worked–it delivered on all it was advertised to do–but I find it short on value.  Philosophy products tend to give customers good value for their dollar, but this one doesn’t.  I just feel like I’m running through this product faster than the average body lotion.  For the price tag, I’d expect it to last me more than a few weeks.

  • Product: 9/10
  • Value: 6/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 8/10

Recommendation: This product is amazing for anyone who needs to sooth and hydrate dry skin–legs, arms, what-have-you–but it doesn’t come cheap.

Availability: Philosophy.com, Sephora.com

Have you checked out Philosophy’s body lotion? What was your take?