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Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color
Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color

Maybelline Shocking Coral ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color ($7.49 for 0.15 oz.) is a bold coral-red with a luminous finish and warm undertones. Laura Mericer Hydrangea is lighter. Maybelline Vivid Rose is redder, darker. MAC Impassioned is pinker, less red-toned. MAC Party Parrot is a bit brighter and more intense, but it has more of a matte finish, too. Make Up For Ever #37 is warmer, less red.

It is rich in color with very nearly opaque color coverage (the way it lies on lips gives it a subtle translucency that keeps the color from looking heavy on the lips).  There’s a slight glossiness to the color because of its lightweight, creamy consistency that has some slip to it.  It glides evenly over the lips without pulling or dragging.  Shocking Coral wore for six hours, and it did leave behind a soft stain for another hour or so.  The lipstick was comfortable to wear, and it was lightly moisturizing when I wore it.

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lip Color Shocking Coral
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection for Spring 2013


Illuminating Powder Gelee ($40.00)

  • Heat Wave Champagne

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00)

  • Batik Sun Beige, bronze, coral, teal

Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick ($25.00)

  • Solar Crush Orange
  • Fuchsia Fever Fuchsia

Pure Color Sheer rollerGloss ($18.50)

  • Succulent Tangerine
  • Squeeze Coral

Pure Color Liquid Eyeliner Duo ($29.00)

  • Black Sands Black/gold

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Hot Spell Coral

Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer ($28.50) (Limited Edition)

Give yourself a heavenly glow with a super luxurious liquid bronzer. Great for all skintones, it includes a unique blend of bronzing pigments in a pearlized, reflective base. Long-wearing, oil-free formula feels weightless and comfortable as it smoothes on a sheer, natural-looking radiance.

Bronze Goddess

  • Body Oil Spray ($50.00)
  • Eau Fraiche Skinscent ($60.00)

Availability: Nordstrom

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Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum Review & Photos

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum
Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum ($205.00 for 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml) begins with an initial blast of spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, and clove, followed by sweetened vanilla bean, and rum–warm, boozy, and fragrant. There’s an undercurrent of chocolate after about forty-five minutes of wear while, for me, a blend of vanilla and spice continues to be the main event. I felt as if there was a general haziness to the scent, which gave it a darker element, but it didn’t smell smoky or incense-like; more unsmoked pipe tobacco. I very much had the impression that I was breathing in the aromas from a freshly-made vanilla Chai tea latte–there’s a milky creaminess that really made me feel like cozying up by a fire with a good book.

Tobacco Vanille is not a scent that I would have thought would appeal to me. I tend to like heavier, amber-rich scents that are often masculine, but I do like the pairing of vanilla and amber, and here, with Tobacco Vanille, I love how well the spices and vanilla that play with the ginger, fruity tartness, and tobacco notes. On me, it’s not a complex perfume, but for all of its simplicity, it is exactly as described:  a potent mix of spice, tobacco, and vanilla.  It wore close to the skin, and three sprays lasted around fourteen hours.  I think if you like rummy, boozy scents, spices like cinnamon and cardamom, and vanilla, this perfume might interest you.

Fragrance can be a difficult category to cover, because smell is so intrinsically linked to personal preference, our memories, and our associations. Even a quality perfume may be held in contempt by one person while revered by another. Long-time reader Kafka urged me to hone my “nose” and dive into the world of perfume, and forty some-odd sample vials later, the scent that captured my attention was Tobacco Vanille (after reading her review, linked above).  It is no secret that I’m a fan of Tom Ford’s Private Blend collection (Oud Wood, Amber Absolute, and Bois Marocain are staples for me; Lavender Palm my night time accompaniment). I tried several other houses but this is the scent that I felt inspired to put on paper (well, post)–for now. I think, perhaps, it is a nice counterpoint to the scents I love.

Have you tried Tobacco Vanille?  Is there a house that you always find your favorites from?

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Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow

Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow
Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow

Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “pale cotton candy pink shimmer with silver micro-glitter.” It’s a pale, light-medium pink with a frosted finish and, supposedly, silver micro-glitter. NARS Bouthan is a matte version, and it runs a bit cooler. Urban Decay Heartless has a smoother finish and is slightly gray-tinged, but the two are similar–it was actually what prompted me to see if I could get my hands on SWF for comparison! Chanel Harmonie du Soir #4 is warmer. MAC Love Power is more metallic. bareMinerals Giddy is matte and yellower. Inglot #431 is more metallic in finish but similar in color (though the reflective sheen makes it appear somewhat lighter at certain angles).

I could see the micro-glitter in the pan, but it didn’t translate when I swatched it on my skin or later on when I applied it to the eye. This is great with respect to application and wear, because I didn’t have any issues with fall out–I could not find the bits of silver glitter, period! It does mean that there’s some missing “pigment,” since it’s not translating at all. So, if you wanted glitter, you’re out of luck, and if you didn’t, you may, in fact, escape unscathed. The texture is soft, buttery, and dense; it applied smoothly and evenly, and it adhered really well. I had no trouble having it last a full nine hours without creasing or fading (no primer). It was a cinch to blend, and the color applied opaque without having to pack it on.

Urban Decay SWF Eyeshadow

A
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer

Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer
Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer

Zoya Julie Nail Lacquer ($8.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) Is described as a “full-coverage, soft, wisteria purple metallic”. It’s a light-medium lavender with neutral undertones and a delicate white shimmer. Essie Bangle Jangle is darker and grayer, plus it is a cream. Essie Nice is Nice is pinker and a cream. MAC Little Girl Type is lighter and cooler-toned, and it is also a cream. Nubar Purple Aster is grayer and has very fine shimmer. Zoya Marley is also grayer and has very fine shimmer.

This shade applied beautifully–no streaking, bubbling, or pooling–and there was no trouble with brush strokes showing, despite its metallic finish. It was mostly opaque in two medium coats of polish, and the shimmer distributed evenly. The consistency of the formula wasn’t too thick or too thin (consistent with Zoya’s formula, which is slightly thicker than average).  Julie seemed to have a slightly quicker drying time compared to the average polish. I typically get a week of wear out of Zoya’s polish with minor tip wear but no chipping.

Zoya Nail Lacquer Julie
Julie
Julie
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Collection for Spring 2013


Fresh from the runway, Bobbi Brown introduces the Lilac Rose Collection. She’s taken this season’s prettiest trend and added her own modern and super fresh twist.

Lilac Rose Eye Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

The star of the collection, the Lilac Rose Eye Palette features eight eye shadows in wearable and flattering dusty pinks, heather greys and lily shades that effortlessly complement all skin tones.

  • Ivory Eye Shadow
  • Heather Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Pale Rose Eye Shadow
  • Dusty Lilac Eye Shadow
  • Barely There Eye Shadow
  • Black Chocolate Eye Shadow
  • Stormy Grey Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Pink Lily Metallic Eye Shadow

Shimmer Brick ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lilac Rose Bright pink, golden pink, icy pink pearl

Lip Gloss ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lilac Rose
  • Pink Lily
  • Pink Lilac

Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Lilac Soft lilac

Blush ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pastel Pink Pop of blush

Nail Polish ($18.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Roza Pale heather pink

Availability: Bobbi Brown, Nordstrom, Sephora

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