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Maybelline Color Show for Holiday 2012

Maybelline Color Show for Holiday 2012

No surprise Maybelline New York, official Makeup Sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, knows its way around the runway. Widely regarded as the cosmetic color authority, Maybelline New York mixes fashion forward runway style with beauty savvy, taking it from the catwalk to the sidewalk and bringing the latest colors, textures and trends to cutting edge cosmetics from head-to-toe. Now, just in time for the holidays, Maybelline New York introduces Fashion Prints Nail Stickers by Color Show and Sequins by Color Show, two limited edition mini-collections that no nail diva will want to miss!

Fashion Prints Nail Stickers by Color Show ($7.99)

These runway-ready, handcrafted designs are the ultimate fashion accessory. And thanks to UV cured technology that lasts, these fashionable prints are made to stick around. Eight on-trend patterns include Fierce N Fuchsia, Midnight Lace, Wild Reptile, Metal Prisms, Cheetah Chic, Sapphire Jewels, Divine Crocodile and Resort Couture.

Easy to apply in three simple steps: 1. Select a sticker that best fits each nail. 2. Lay the sticker over the bare nail and apply a little pressure over the entire surface of the nail using the cuticle stick 3. Fold the spare top of sticker over nail tip and file away the extra length of sticker in a downward motion.

Sequins by Color Show ($3.99)

Get your nails ready for the holidays with show-stopping nail candy that dazzles with non-stop runway sparkle and fierce sequin effects.

A unique transparent suspension gel holds these concentrated pigments in their truest form for crisper color and ultra high shine. A flexible resin resists chipping and allows for a smooth, controlled application. The Easy Flow brush makes application virtually mistake proof. Try all eight glam-tacular sequin-laden shades: Ruby Rhinestones, Lavender Sparks, Silver Gleam, Gold’s Night Out, Sea-Quins, Rose Bling, Sapphire Masquerade and Cocktail Dress.

Availability: November at Mass Market Retailers nationwide

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Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit
Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit

A Palette Inspired by the French Cinema

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit ($95.00 for 0.49 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows inspired by “the spark present throughout the French cinema New Wave.” The colors can be worn alone or layered over each other (part of the brand’s methodology).

Nouvelle is described as a “sheer mink negative.” It’s a warm peach with a frosted finish and a kiss of pink. The color payoff is rich and opaque, not quite the sheer color they described it as (so for some, this is probably a good thing!). It had a lovely soft, finely-milled texture that felt buttery and smooth. Chanel Complice is similar but less reflective, a smidgen darker. theBalm Stubborn is warmer, less pink. Urban Decay Scratch is fairly close, though a little pinker.

Gamine is described as a “satin pink celluloid.” It is a blue-based cotton candy pink with a soft frosted finish. The color payoff was fantastic, and the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 is sheerer, less frosted. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is similar, a smidgen darker. MAC for Miss Piggy is sheerer, less frosted. MAC Feather Pink is cooler-toned, almost lilac.

Icon is described as a “silky matte Parisian mauve.” It’s a soft pink-tinged mauve with a matte finish. It had a soft, smooth, and finely-milled texture that yielded rich color. Inglot #399 is frosted. Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse is similar but satiny. MAC Neo Nebula is shimmery. Urban Decay Bordello is darker and frosted.

Fin is described as a “smoldering black carbon.” It’s a rich, deep, dark black with a fine dusting of multi-colored shimmer (which you don’t really notice when it is applied). The pigmentation in this is so, so rich. The texture is soft, smooth, and not a bit powdery. As far as comparably rich in pigment black eyeshadows go, Urban Decay Blackout is similar but has a more matte finish; Milani Pitch Black is also similar; and Make Up For Ever #4 is entirely matte and has no shimmer at all.

The palette is high quality from top to bottom, and really, the only reason it lost any points was because of Nouvelle, which was described as sheer but is, in fact, quite pigmented–for most, this will be received as great news.  When I tested these shades for wear, they wore for eight hours with no fading or creasing.

Each eyeshadow is just over 0.12 oz., which is double the size of most eyeshadows.   To put it into perspective, a MAC quad is the equivalent of paying $200/oz., and the Kaleidoscope is $194/oz.  Note:  my packaging is sample packaging, while retail versions are packaged in the brand’s signature black; the packaging rating reflects the retail packaging.

Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope Eye Kit


MAC Full Lash Curler Review & Photos

Sleek Eyelash Curler by MAC

MAC Full Lash Curler ($20.00) is easy-to-use, doesn’t pinch, and yields a soft, natural curl that stays. I’ve been using this for the past few weeks when I’ve gone to curl my lashes, and I think it’s very comparable to shu uemura’s curler in shape, feel, and use. If you have smaller eyes, you might consider MAC’s Half Lash Curler. This particular version of the curler is all black, because it is/was part of the Carine Roitfeld collection. I think the all-black coloring makes it look rather sleek (and reminiscent of Chanel’s). It came with one additional curling pad.

When I use this, I’m able to get all my lashes between the curler, and the curl is natural and never an L-shape.  I don’t feel like you have to squeeze your lashes to death to get a good curl either!  The handle is large enough to accommodate a variety of hand sizes.  The overall curler felt sturdy, and I’ll definitely keep this with my lash/brow basics for regular use.

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Dior Lady (039) Diorific Lipstick

Dior Lady Diorific Lipstick
Dior Lady Diorific Lipstick

Lady’s Just a Little Less Diva

Dior Lady (039) Diorific Lipstick ($36.00 for 0.12 oz.) is lightened coral-red with a natural sheen. And yes, it does look a lot like Dior Diva, which is just slightly darker. Edward Bess Midnight Bloom is redder. Guerlain Habit Rouge is darker. Guerlain Rouge Sensuel is sheerer and a smidgen lighter. MAC Cockney has golden shimmer. Chanel Cambon is a bit less warm.

This formula is supposed to be long-wearing with rich color payoff delivered in a single pass.  Lady is incredibly pigmented and yields opaque color coverage in one pass, just as advertised.  The texture is creamy enough to enable the lipstick to glide across lips without tugging or dragging, but it doesn’t feel heavy or slide over itself once it is applied.  When I tried Lady, it lasted for eight hours, and my lips felt lightly hydrated even after that time period.  Like other Dior lipsticks, this does have a light floral scent.

Dior Diorific Lipstick Lady

Burberry Lip Velvet Lipstick Launches

Burberry Lip Velvet Lipstick Launches

Explore velvet intensity with Lip Velvet Long Wear Lipstick. Burberry innovation brings a new finish for lips: a velvety matte radiance, inspired by the most opulent of English fabrics. Iconic pigments provide incredibly dense and luminous color, gel technology gives comfortable long-wear performance, while triglycerides and wild rose continuously hydrate. The result is effortlessly elegant, protective and breathable.

Lip Velvet ($30.00)

  • Pink Apricot No. 301
  • Peony Rose No. 302
  • Antique Pink No. 303
  • Redwood No. 304
  • Honeysuckle No. 305
  • Pink Amber No. 306
  • Rose Pink No. 307
  • Pink Azalea No. 308
  • Fuchsia Pink No. 309
  • Military Red No. 310
  • Bright Poppy No. 311
  • Hawthorn Berry No. 312

Availablity: Nordstrom, Saks

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Tarina Tarantino Beauty Exits Sephora


Tarina Tarantino Beauty Exits Sephora

I reached out to Tarina this AM to see if I could get an official response so I could share it with all of you, and she wanted me to share this with you:

Dear Fans of TARINA TARANTINO Beauty,

Our partnership with Sephora will regretfully run out at the end of December 2012, but don’t worry we are not going anywhere!

The entire Tarina Tarantino Beauty collection will soon be available online at www.tarinatarantino.com and at our flagship Tarina Tarantino boutique in Los Angeles.

Please stay tuned as we announce future collections and new beauty retail outlets that will be carrying them.

Thanks to all of you, and Sephora, for making our brand a sparkling success.

Please let us know what you would like to see next from TT Beauty!

Love & Sparkle,

You can grab remaining stock at Sephora for ~40% off! I already picked up backups of all of the eyeliners 🙂


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