Monday, October 19th, 2009

La Mer Holiday Miracles 2009

For the ultra decadent, luxurious gifts to give and receive this season… La Mer has you covered.

Legendary Luxury ($1,390.00)

This treasure is home to the jewel of La Mer—a magnificent (16.5 oz.) jar of the Crème nestled in a sleek green box with chrome detail and a lucite lid. In a short time, skin becomes softer, firmer, looks virtually creaseless. An exceptional gift, this limited edition offering is simply the Crème de la Crème.

The Connoisseur Collection ($395.00)

The Connoisseur Collection brings together three essential skincare treatments perfect for any time of year: Crème de la Mer (2 oz.), The Lifting Face Serum (9 ml) and The Eye Concentrate (.5 oz.). Presented in a festive keepsake box, this offering is a beautiful way to both gift and experience La Mer.

The Signature Collection ($240.00)

Jet-setters will revel in the limited edition Signature Collection. Featuring convenient, travel sizes of Crème de la Mer (1 oz.), The Lifting Face Serum (15 ml) and The Eye Concentrate (5 ml), The Signature Collection lets your loved ones indulge in La Mer at home or away. Presented in La Mer’s signature, gift-ready box.

The Lip Balm ($45.00)

Hydrate and help protect lips with the soothing Lip Balm. A truly luxurious emulsion, it works on contact to soften and moisturize. Like the original Crème de la Mer, the results are immediate, yet also long lasting. This small gem is sure to please each and every one on your list this season.

The Hand Treatment ($70.00)

The Hand Treatment is a silky formulation that helps protect and heal even the driest hands. La Mer’s smart seaweeds attract moisture, an exclusive Skin Lightening Complex improves skin tone and clarity, and magnetized water helps reduce feelings of fatigue as it soothes on contact. Perfect for winter pampering, it encourages hands to look younger and feel softer to the touch.

The Body Refiner & The Body Crème ($110.00 / $195.00)

Who wouldn’t love to receive the gift of diamonds? Treat someone special this holiday to La Mer’s latest innovation, The Body Refiner. This plush, creamy and calming treatment utilizes precious ingredients—including 1.75 carats of pure diamond dust— to deliver a cushiony resurfacing treatment that both polishes and softens the skin. For the ultimate winter treat, follow with The Body Crème, a sumptuous treatment that lavishes skin in a wave of long-lasting hydration.

Availability: October 2009

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Sunday, October 18th, 2009


Guerlain Gipsy Le Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is like a summer orange-based coral. It has just the slightest hint of pinkness to it to keep it from being overwhelmingly orange, but it still packs quite an orange punch. When I saw it in the tube, I wasn’t sure it would work, since it seems so orange-tastic, but on lips, it’s more subdued and wearable.

It’s like an orange-coral base color with orange-copper shimmer. It applies opaque in about one layer or so, and it wears well through the day (about four or five hours of wear-time). Like all Rouge Gs, the shimmer is fantastic — subtle, soft, but utterly dazzling. I think it’s ruby dust or something fancy like that, but it’s lovely. Personally, I’d love it if there was more pinkk to it, to make it more of a true coral, since orange and I don’t always get along well!

  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: Not my first choice in the Rouge G shade line-up, but if you like orange-based lipsticks, this shade may be more up your alley than mine.

Availability: Nordstrom

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Friday, October 16th, 2009

MAC Baroque Boudoir

MAC Baroque Boudoir Collection

U.S. Launch Date: November 25th, 2009 (Freestanding/PRO Stores Only)

Decadent, luxurious… Liaisons get even more Dangereuse! The vintage look of the Baroque Boudoir has inspired our special, limited edition cache of high-style collectibles for lips and face, in silverized and silk-screened packaging containing favourite bring-back luxe formulas. First, Lipstick and Lip Gloss, each in three new shades of lustrous seduction, followed with Sheer Mystery Powder in Light Medium and Medium Plus, the last word in silky finish, divinely dressed in a ravishing round compact, etched like the fine filigree of a French baroque settee. Of course, our new Boudoir Clutch will be instantly treasured. Sate your taste for something modern, yet ornate.

Baroque Boudoir Lipstick ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN)

  • Prive Creamy light blue pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Treasured Creamy warm nude beige (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Baroque Boudoir Creamy dark plum (Cream) (Limited Edition)

Baroque Boudoir Lipgloss ($22.00 U.S. / $26.00 CDN)

  • Preciousness Sheer metallic pink with white pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • The Lap of Luxury Sheer baby pink with white & pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • D’Nouveau Sheer dusty rose with light pink pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Baroque Boudoir Compact/Sheer Mystery Powder ($60.00 U.S. / $72.00 CDN)

  • Light Medium Pale ivory (Limited Edition)
  • Medium Plus Tan beige (Limited Edition)

Boudoir Clutch ($65.00 U.S. / $78.00 CDN)

  • Unexpected and chic clutch with a crinkle brushed nylon fabric in black. (Limited Edition)

Availability: North America: November 25th, 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com. International: December 2009 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and www.maccosmetics.com.

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Friday, October 16th, 2009

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Collection

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Collection: The Round-Up

MAC Holiday is always a bit of an overwhelming event, just because of the sheer size of the offerings. Each year, MAC puts out a holiday colour collection, but they also have several separate, yet related, launches of more giftable items. From eyeshadow and lip palettes to mini-sized sets (which are due out November 5th), MAC has you covered. There are also some store exclusive sets, too.  To help make sure you haven’t missed anything, here’s a compilation of all of the reviews for holiday:

Colour Collection

Kits & Palettes

MAC also released lip, eye, and brush gift sets, which I won’t be reviewing in detail (if you’re looking for a review, this is all you’re going to get–sorry!), because it includes mostly repromoted or permanent products. Each lip bag does feature one new, limited edition lipstick. They’re all good bang for your buck — you’re probably getting more than you would if you purchased the items separately, so they make good gifts or opportunities to pick up permanent items you may have skipped over in lieu of something limited edition.

On MAC Holiday Brush Sets: The holiday brush sets are machine-made rather than man-made (or handmade) as the full size brushes are. This is primarily what accounts for the difference in quality between brush sets and full size brushes. I do recommend the brush sets inasmuch as you’re on a budget and you think you’ll use the majority of the brushes included in the set. I started off just owning a holiday brush set, but I’ve since gone on to replace all my brushes with full sized versions. I’m disappointed that the eye brush set doesn’t contain the 239, which I think is one of the most vital, must-have eye brushes ever. The brushes themselves are sleek handled and look really nice, though they do feel a little scratchier/rougher than the full size versions do.

Friday, October 16th, 2009

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Collection
6 Smoke & Mirrors Eye Shadows

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Review: Smoke & Mirrors Eye Shadows

A good smoky eye palette is never a bad thing to have on hand. It’s useful, easy to travel with, and it’s classic. I’m not loving this year’s version of the smoky eye palette, because it’s more of a brownish eye, and I’ve always felt the classic smoky eye is monochromatic. I still hold that last year’s was better. (And I still contend that you can make your own smoky eyeshadow quad with permanent MAC eyeshadows just as well.)

6 Smoke & Mirrors Eye Shadows ($36.00 U.S.)

  • Fire In Her Eyes is a super soft, slightly sheer beige with a light frost finish. In the swatch, you can tell it hardly shows up on my skin without a base. It’ll make a nice highlight, though.
  • Wide-Eyed Wonder is kind of a taupe-y brown with a reddish touch. There’s nothing about this shade that makes it jump off the page for me.
  • Black Magique is a velvety smooth deep dark black with brown tones. It has slight gold shimmer, but it’s hardly noticeable.
  • Spell No. 9 is a satiny neutral pink. It’s sheer, and it doesn’t do much for me.
  • Deception is a sheer, glittery copper bronze. Even though it’s a frost finish, it had more of a lustre feel to me.
  • Smoke & Mirrors is a cool-toned chocolate brown with a little gray sheen.

I”m not sold on this year’s. It reads more like a neutral eye palette than a smoky eye palette to me. It’s useful, and the colors are easily worn by many, so in that aspect, it’s a solid choice for those looking for a go-to palette.

  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

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Friday, October 16th, 2009

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Collection
6 Devil May Dare Warm Eye Shadows

MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief Review: 6 Devil May Dare Warm Eye Shadows

MAC’s Warm eyeshadow palette usually gets me. I’m warm-toned, and I naturally gravitate towards warmer shades. Give me gold and I’m a happy lady! This year’s warm eyeshadow palette isn’t my favorite, but I like half of it a lot. The other half is just so-so, but I’ve been known to purchase a palette for just one color… so I suppose half isn’t bad! I think the reason I don’t love half of the palette is that it doesn’t feel very “warm” to me.

6 Devil May Dare Warm Eye Shadows ($36.00 U.S.)

  • Oh My Darling is a soft, slightly warmed up beige with a frost finish. I like that this color is included, if only because it’s a very nice shade for a highlight. It’s not too frost or white, so it will work well on the brow bone.
  • Dare Ya! is a medium pink with kind of a peachy tone to it. It went on a bit sheerly on me, though.
  • Sorcery is a reddish-toned eggplant purple with a soft finish.
  • Gold Tease is a gorgeous shade of gilded gold with a metallic sheen. It reminded me of the Rushmetal pigments a bit, actually.
  • Prankster is an antique gold; kind of like a green-gold that’s played down. Again, gold, so of course I love it. I told you – three shades rocked my world!
  • Devilishly Dark is a warmed-up light chocolate brown with gold shimmer.

I would have bought this palette just for the two gold shades, but I have an unhealthy obsession with gold eyeshadow. (Particularly if they’re antique golds!)

  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

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