Urban Decay Ransom Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ransom Deluxe Eyeshadow ($18.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “vibrant iridescent purple.” It’s a medium-dark blue-based violet purple with a frosted finish. MAC Pink Union is warmer, less blue-based. Urban Decay Blue Bus is bluer. MAC Parfait Amour is comparable but has more of an iridescence. Inglot #379 is a matte version. Urban Decay Ecstasy is less blue-based.

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Urban Decay Ransom Deluxe Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Ransom Deluxe Eyeshadow

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Longevity
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90%

Guerlain Sun in the City Collection for Spring/Summer 2012


Guerlain Sun in the City Collection for Spring/Summer 2012

There is always a time in the middle of every winter when it feels like we haven’t felt the warmth of sunlight in months. While we can’t change the weather, Guerlain is the master of creating a summer sun effect on your complexion, offering a vibrant, radiant glow even in the coldest months.

Terracotta Sun in the City ($70.00) (Limited Edition)

There is always a time in the middle of every winter when it feels like we haven’t felt the warmth of sunlight in months. While we can’t change the weather, Guerlain has always been the master of creating a summer sun effect on your complexion, offering a vibrant, radiant glow even in the coldest of months. New Terracotta Sun in the City is the closest thing to sweeping a ray of sunlight across your face.

This gorgeous palette features brand new compact production technology combined with an innovative powder formula to create an astonishingly light powder. Intensely concentrated gold mother-of-pearl particles capture and reflect light to create a natural-looking radiance without giving an overly iridescent effect. Terracotta Sun in the City has a textured finish to mimic the sun’s rays and feels so silky to the touch it could almost be mistaken for a cream. The universal golden shade is a true skin-enhancing top coat that will leave you with a golden, luminous finish to make you forget the winter doldrums.

Terracotta Blush ($41.00)

The ideal blush creates a slight tan in the complexion that looks as if it is glowing from within and until now, that blush didn’t exist. With the introduction of new Terracotta Blush, Guerlain has perfectly imitated the skin’s natural blushing effect with an easy-to-use formula that leaves the complexion fresh and illuminated for all types of tanned skin. The key is Guerlain’s mother-of-pearl concentrate that adds instant luminosity to the cheekbones for a naturally flushed, youthful glow. Three application options to create your perfect glow: on the cheekbones like a blush, on all prominent areas of the face as a highlighter to sculpt the contours, or over the eyelids as a summer shadow, perfect for sunny nude make-up.

  • Sunny Pink (02) For blondes, this perfect pink will enhance the rosy color of their fair cheeks
  • Spicy Coral (03) For brunettes, this coral shade will add a bright radiance to their olive skin

Terracotta Retractable Bronzing Brush ($39.00)

In its incredibly chic black matte metal case, you will find the perfect bristle density brush for applying just the right amount of Terracotta bronzing powder. It guarantees flawless, streak-free color.

Terracotta Light Bronzing Powder ($50.00)

  • Sun Blondes (04) Pink accents and soft tanned tones, beautifully enhance the naturally rosy color of fair skin
  • Sun Brunettes (05) Enriched with coral touches and warm shades, it adds bright radiance to the golden tan of olive skin

availability: March 2012 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman and Sephora.com.

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Burberry Pale Barley Eyeshadow

Burberry Pale Barley Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a pale, almost cool-toned medium-dark brown with a wheaten gold shimmer and sheen. Think taupe meets gold–it’s warmer, less gray than a true taupe, but it’s the warmth comes from the shimmer rather than an undertone. Urban Decay Suspect is warmer, less gray. theBalm Sultry is similar but doesn’t have any shimmer. MAC Patina is grayer, less golden. MAC Era has less of a golden shimmer.

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Burberry Pale Barley Eyeshadow
Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Pale Barley
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Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
98%

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Review & Photos


Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($7.99 for 25 or $0.32 each) are pre-soaked cloths that are designed to remove makeup, including waterproof mascara. Neutrogena says there’s no need to rinse after using one of these to remove your makeup. This kind of product is great for on-the-go removal (say at the gym), overnight bags/weekend trips (where you may not want to use liquid makeup remover or have it clogging up space in your quart-sized carry-on liquids’ bag!), or if you’re someone who isn’t so good at removing makeup before going to bed.

Generally, I use a liquid makeup remover to take off my makeup at night, because I usually enjoy my night time skin care routine, so it’s not a chore for me. However, I always pack wipes with me when I travel on short trips, whether by plane or car. I also use makeup wipes for spot makeup removal and if I’m wearing a really strong lip color, then I’ll use one to remove the majority of makeup and finish with a regular cleanser.

There are a lot of times where I will do several swatches in a row–say blush–and a wipe is easy and fuss-free to just remove the area I applied blush in. This keeps the rest of my face looking the same, and then I can just reapply foundation and then the blush on top. Neutrogena’s Towelettes do an excellent job at removing makeup and leaving the surface mostly matte and ready for the next swatch. The towelette is soft to the touch, and it’s thick enough to hold plenty of moisture (the cleanser) and stretches easily without tearing. I love that my skin doesn’t feel dry or tight after using it.

What’s shown in photos is technically a refill package, and you are expected to purchase your first batch of wipes in a plastic container ($8.99 for 25 plus the case). If you don’t use wipes often, you’ll want the case or to store these in a zip-top plastic bag to ensure they stay moist. I usually don’t have issues with the refill packaging staying sealed (it is adhesive), but over time, the adhesive can weaken. One thing I like to do is to store them upside down, because this helps to ensure the wipe that’s next in line to be used is very moist. If you do have a wipe that’s dried out or not as moist as it should be, you can add a little bit of your favorite cleanser or even just water to rejuvenate it a bit!  These are also heavily scented with a fresh, clean floral-like scent.

I really like these, and if you aren’t someone who uses wipes often, they’re a good, easy-to-find, budget-friendly option. I don’t buy these regularly, just because I like MAC’s Wipes better for my purposes (removing swatches usually), and I go through them frequently, so I buy the Bulk Wipes ($28.00 for 100 or $0.28 each). I prefer MAC Wipes for removing swatches, because they are more moisturizing, and when you’re removing makeup from the same patch of skin 10-20 times over a couple of hours, regular wipes often leave the area dry, scaly, and irritated. But what’s funny is that MAC Wipes do leave behind a slightly slick feeling after use–not really oily or slick per se, but what keeps my arm hydrated during a major swatch session is a noticeable feeling on the face, which you may or may not appreciate. I also can’t use MAC Wipes on the eyes (and they’re not recommended for use on the eye area last I checked!) without the skin feeling like it’s on fire.

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NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer
NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer

NARS Night Rider Nail Lacquer ($17.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft plum with silver glitter.” It’s a pink-plum with silver glitter–but the way the glitter sits against the pink-plum makes it appear almost like a really pale, silvered lilac. I couldn’t think of any good dupes for it, but Nubar Treasure Nail (darker purple) and Milani Hi-Res (holographic, darker) were the closest–I wouldn’t say they’re close, though.

Night Rider is opaque in two coats and requires no patience at all during application, because the formula balances consistency with pigmentation, so it applies evenly, fluidly, and without a hitch.  I typically get a week of wear out of NARS’ formula with minor tip wear but no chipping.  I’m not unforgiving to my nails, but I don’t make any attempts to preserve a manicure, so I definitely use my nails as tools!

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Chantecaille Spring 2012 Collection


Chantecaille Spring 2012 Collection

Chantecaille introduces The Coral Reefs Palette in an effort to help gain ongoing support and raise awareness for our ocean’s endangered reefs. The palette captures the pretty, polished, clean and feminine fashion trends of the spring season, creating a healthy, fresh and natural look- a perfect compliment to fashion’s colorful prints and omnipresent pastels and whites. Soft eyes are delicately highlighted with a wash of sheer pastels and anchored by warm bronze hues. Coral pink cheeks are accented with bright citrus and pink lips to complete the radiant youthful glow.

Coral Reefs Palette ($79.00)

Chantecaille proudly joins the Marine Conservation Institute in their efforts to protect 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020. The oceans cover 71% of the earth, providing 80% of our oxygen and food for 3.5 billion people; yet less than one half of one percent of our oceans are protected. The health of the ocean is vital and coral reefs are the alert system. Today three quarter’s of the world’s coral reefs are now at risk due to over fishing, pollution, and global warming. Maintaining 10% of the ocean’s ecosystems as “no take marine protected areas” is the best chance for coral’s survival. Three Eye Shades – Pink Pearl, Reef, and Driftwood and one Cheek Shade in Coral are delicately embossed with a vanishing branch of coral. The beautiful colors of clean and fresh pastels take cues from the Spring catwalks. Comprised of the finest pearl and pigment particles, the palette shades create a natural, satin, sheer veil with a glowing effect. *5 % of all proceeds will be donated to Marine Conservation and their campaign to protect 10% of our oceans by 2020.

Espresso Gel Eyeliner ($32.00)

Last season’s innovative Gel Eye Liner is now available in Espresso, a rich, luxurious and defining brown. Comprised of natural waxes and adherent film formers, the smooth gel formula is housed in an easily sharpened wooden pencil. Water-resistant and long wearing for immediate and impactful, smudge-proof definition that lasts up to six hours. The dual-ended pencil’s brilliant multi-purpose angled brush draws, cleans and defines the perfect line along the lashes. It can also be pulled upwards to create the perfect smoky eye.

Sunrise Lip Chic ($32.00)

Sunrise, a bright coral pink shade, reflects the striking pink and peach petals of the multi-colored Sunrise Rose. The highly emollient formula offers the even coverage of a lipstick with the high shine and plumping effects of a gloss. Added collagen gives lips a boost, leaving them fuller and decidedly more youthful in appearance without any irritation.

Coral Lip Definer ($24.00)

Coral, a flattering papaya lip pencil, that perfectly finishes the season’s bright citrus lips. Rich in Vitamin E, the on trend hue offers a soft, matte, and smudge free look. The time-tested process of extrusion results in a clean, enduring line that blends naturally.

Lucky Brilliant Gloss ($33.00)

Lucky, a soft golden pink, has been added to our best selling Brilliant Gloss collection. The universally flattering shade is inspired by the sheer pinks and pastels of the season. Botanical microspheres with cross-linked sugars will immediately plump lips naturally and safely. A never sticky, innovative jellified system of elastic polymers and emollient oil creates shine and comfort.

availability: February 2012 at Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Space NK, Frédéric Fekkai Salons, and select Nordstroms, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s locations. Also available at Chantecaille.com

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