Giorgio Armani Beauty Bronze Mania Collection for Summer 2009
Sienna Minerals Palette ($65.00)
Giorgio Armani captures the vivid earth shades of the sienna landscape in an explosion of vibrant mineral colors. Melted together into a fine Microfil™ texture, this palette is a unique tapestry of sun-splashed colors. Like a picture taken from the sky, the sun-infused palette earth tones present an all-over blush to bronze and sculpt the face for a golden bronze/deep reddish-brown glow.
Mediterranean Palette ($85.00)
Limited Edition eye palette, features cool colors of the Mediterranean sea: shimmering turquoise, and deep aquamarine, as well as warm shades of iridescent golden sand and copper mahogany. Also features our most popular bronzer shade.
Body Tints Bronzer ($75.00)
Giorgio Armani’s unique weightless pigment free formula blends onto skin. The universal natural bronze shade leaves your skin with a subtle sun-kissed effect. The water-soluble formula features a pleasant gel texture.
Bronze Sparkling Top Coat Mascara ($26.00)
Leaves your lashes with a subtle and luminous glow. A touch of sparkling bronze top coat adds golden hues to the tips of your lashes. Features a professional comb applicator that achieves perfect lash separation and definition.
Smooth Silk Eye Pencil ($26.00)
- Shade 14 Deep navy
- Shade 15 Muted aqua
Lip Wax ($26.00)
Lip Shimmer ($26.00)
- Shade 56 Bronzy orange
- Shade 57 See through beige
- Shade 58 Reddish brown
Availability: Now at Nordstrom.com
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LUSH Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask ($7.95) has all of the ingredients and benefits that I’d want in a face mask. There’s just one major problem — the scent! Oh, my goodness, it is a mix of garlic and tea tree oil, which are both incredibly powerful scents. The garlic is what really gets me, I think, because I’ve used tea tree oil before and don’t mind the smell. This is a mask I only want to use when my allergies are acting up, because I can’t really smell! (I’m actually using it while I write the review!)
So if you can a) handle the scent or b) can’t smell very well, you might still want to consider this mask, because it does feel amazing. Cosmetic Warrior is designed for acne-prone skin. It has garlic that acts as an antiseptic agent, tea tree as an astringent, and eggs and honey” This mask is kind of like a deep-cleansing mask that’s designed to help lift oil out of the skin. Deep cleansing kaolin and fresh grapes help get that freshly clean feeling down pat.
I will say that the scent fades a bit as the mask dries, and after using it a few times, my nose seems to have gotten used to the scent so it’s not as jarring as it was the first time I used it. I definitely suggest giving a pot a shot, and if you can use it a few times, you might find it’s well worth the five or ten minutes you breathe your mouth
Just a reminder, LUSH Fresh Face Masks are only available in-store and cannot be shipped (at least not in the U.S.) due to the freshness-factor. These last about three weeks and must be in your refrigerator during that time. I like to have two masks on hand at any given time, just because I like to switch it up. I usually alternate between a mask like Cosmetic Warrior and then another mask just because (like BB Seaweed).
Revlon will be launching a new mascara called Revlon DoubleTwist, as well as an additional two items to the ColorStay Minerals Collection. DoubleTwist is a 2-in-1 brush with traditional bristles and a molded brush, and it designed to thicken and volumize. It will retail for $8.99. In the second half of the year, ColorStay Mineral Mousse Makeup will act as an extention to their ColorStay Minerals line. It will be a lightweight, long-wearing foundation with a matte finish, and it will retail for $13.99.
Guerlain’s Summer Splash Collection is the latest offering from the ultra luxe brand. It features several products from waterproof mascara to eyeshadows to a quad to loose powder kohl. I wasn’t able to try everything out, but I did get to try several items, and likely the more “hot ticket” items, so hopefully it’ll help you when you’re trying to make your hauling decisions!
Perles des Mers Eyeshadow Palette ($58.00) is the item that caught my attention the most when I first learned about the collection. It’s not quite as head-turning in person (it’s just not quite as bright), but it’s still a good interpretation of what it is. I’d say the only color that wasn’t quite as bright as I expected was the teal shade. The lightest shade is a soft white with a pink undertone. The second lightest color is a frosty, white-peach shade. The third lightest color is a dirty bronzy-gold shade, kind of like a light antique gold. The final shade is the teal color, which is a teal-blue with green sheen/overlay. It’s an interesting mix of teal and noticeable green. I think these shades work well together, and I like that there are some lighter shades to mix with the teal. I’m not 100% sold on the quad yet, but I think it’s definitely worth taking a peek at.
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Prescriptives Exhilarating Collection for Summer 2009
Calyx Sheer Exhilaration ($38.50)
Limited edition all-over fragrance is a light, refreshing form of the original Calyx. With notes of passion fruit, mango, guava, lily, jasmine, sandalwood, and vetiver, this formula is delicate and invigorating.
Calyx Exhilarating Lip Gloss ($14.50)
- Mango (Warm)
- Pink Grapefruit (Cool)
- Guava (Neutral)
Exhilarating Lipcolor ($17.50)
- Nectarine (Y/O)
- Papaya (R/O)
- Strawberry (R)
- Raspberry (B/R)
U-Pick Eye Color ($14.00)
- Lemondrop (Warm)
- Calyx Green (Warm)
- Caviar (Warm)
- Teal (Cool)
- Chiffon (Cool)
- Cobalt (Cool)
Apparently, this post never got posted… and I meant to have it post in February! Oh well, better late than never…
Two more items from my Sephora.com Friends & Family haul — you can tell it takes me awhile to get through what I buy, LOL. A lot of times when I buy product exclusively for myself, I forget to blog about it, too! Pictured above is YSL Golden Gloss #9 in Golden Garnet ($28.00), and it is sooo pretty! I was really excited when I received it, because it has loads of shimmer and everything that makes a Golden Gloss a Golden Gloss–but it added a lot of color to my lips. (I apologize for not having lip swatches.) It’s this raspberry pink color with golden and pink shimmer. This may be my favorite Golden Gloss ever.
The other lipgloss I purchased was YSL Touche Brilliance in #7 Petal Rose ($29.00), and while it’s pretty, it didn’t do very much for me at the end of the day. It’s fairly sheer, and the shimmer is subtler than Golden Gloss but still noticeable. I found that it had a lot of glossy sheen to it, though, which is a plus. I think what made it less exciting is that I tried it right after Golden Garnet, which just takes the cake for me. This color doesn’t do much for me on my lips, beyond a MLBB kind of effect plus shimmer. I’m also not sold on the lip brush kind of packaging — I think I prefer wands and the like, just because I feel like the brush gets easily gunked up and needs to be cleaned from time to time. I haven’t given up on the Touche Brilliance formula yet, but I definitely gotta look for shades with more pigmentation!
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