Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Cle de Peau #114 Extra Silky Lipstick
Cle de Peau #114 Extra Silky Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Cle de Peau #114 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #114Extra Silky Lipstick ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) was almost too light to include in the Sultry Season, but I just couldn’t resist.  It’s this perfect shade of darkened coral that works well in the fall.  It lacks the typical brightness of a lot of summer corals.  There’s this touch of brown that darkens it just enough so it’s a bit like the changing colors of the leaves to me.   I love the way Extra Silky Lipsticks wear:  ultra moisturizing, three to five hours of wear, and always flattering.  I haven’t met a shade that wouldn’t work on a variety of skin tones.

Is this the right coral/brown for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Illamasqua Lament Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Lament Nail Varnish

Coral Tips for Summer Trips

Illamasqua Lament Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is a fierce coral-orange that practically glows in the light.  Even in soft, indirect light, you can see the brightness of the shade.  Like Baptiste, Lament applies easily without streaking.  It has a very slight jelly quality, but overall, it’s your standard cream finish.  Above, I used two coats, but you could probably do a third for complete opacity (it looked opaque to me originally, but you can very faintly see the nail line in the photos).   Application really is quite dreamy here– so smooth, no fussing, no bubbling.

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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

MAC Fabulous Felines:  Look Breakdowns and Q&A

You can keep her, but you’ll never own her.

From the royal halls of ancient Egypt to the wilds of the jungle, the noble cat has always been associated with the exotic, mysterious, beauty, elegance, and most of all, the feminine.

M·A·C has a seductive new take on the feline mystique. M·A·C FABULOUS FELINES. The most alluring, preening, fawned-over facets of the feline are magnified and accentuated in three new collections inspired by the colours and textures of the world’s most prized pedigrees, perfectly mirroring the rich shades and slinky sophisticated looks we saw on the Fall 2010 runways.

There’s the pampered creature of luxury, the chocolate-hued Burmese, the wild and sleek ginger Ocicat, and the plush and privileged sable Russian Blue. It’s everything compelling we loved on the catwalk…chic, couture-inspired and cunningly compulsory!

Check out collection Q&A with James Gager and Jennifer Balbier, as well as how-tos for each look! Continue reading →

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Becca Hyawatha Loose Shimmer Powder
Becca Hyawatha Loose Shimmer Powder

The Everywhere Highlighter

Becca Hyawatha Loose Shimmer Powder ($20.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a beautiful candlelit nude — it’s just a slight warmth, golden tone, but it’s not actually gold. It has an ultra smooth, ridiculously fine-milled texture; it feels like silk when pressed against skin. It even seems to adhere just fine without any sort of liquid or adhesive-based product (like Mixing Medium) when used as a highlighter. The fine texture makes it easy to mix in with your foundation or moisturizer for a quick and easy all-over glow.

Each jar packs a lot of product, too — so many brands do loose powders/pigments, but they’re usually less than 0.10 oz. (more like 0.05 oz.!), and Becca stampedes in with a hefty 0.15 oz.  Like many loose colors, a little goes a long way, so it doesn’t take much to get that effortless glow.  I didn’t see this product on Becca’s website at the moment (I bought mine during a HauteLook sale), but it’s readily available at other e-tailers like Dermstore and Glow.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For a beautiful, all-over glow that’s never frosty or shimmery but just that lit-from-within kind of look, Hyawatha does an excellent job.

AVAILABILITY: Dermstore.com, Glow

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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Make Up For Ever #13 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Make Up For Ever #13 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #13 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a gorgeous berried red with ruby and raspberry shimmer.  It has rich, nearly opaque color, and it wears phenomenally.  This is a color that you can put on and forget about for hours–I get five hours of really nice wear out of this shade.   It has nice pigmentation without being heavy or thick, and though it’s not drying, it clings to lips a bit (but in a good way, I swear!).   #13 is a fitting shade for both fall and winter making it one multi-tasking lipstick!

Is this the right red for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Monday, August 16th, 2010

SpaRitual Imagine Collection
Becoming Reality

SpaRitual Imagine Collection for Fall 2010

SpaRitual explores a dazzling realm of color with the NEW Imagine Collection for Fall 2010. Rich, atmospheric hues that are on trend for fall combine with transitional shades and unexpected foil effects to create a collection that is a true catalyst for creative expression.

The six new inspiring shades represent a life filled with prosperity, wisdom, and creativity. Straddling the line between nature’s most vibrant shades and otherworldly colors seen only in dreams, Imagine pushes the limits of both color and texture. These vivacious vegan lacquers are packaged in recycled bottles, respecting the beauty and health of the natural environment we dream in.

“The Imagine Collection offers a brilliant palette of unique shades that nurture creativity and encourage a fresh outlook on beauty” says SpaRitual founder, Shel Pink.

Imagine includes unique shades that will set creativity flowing at first sight. The collection is composed of crème and shimmer lacquers that range from a dark plum to a jeweled peach.

Nail Lacquer ($10.00)

  • Living in the Moment Cashmere mauve creme
  • Endless Possibilities Midnight plum creme
  • Unconditional Love Peach shimmer
  • Health, Wealth, & Happiness Huey blue shimmer
  • A World of Compassion Dusty periwinkle creme
  • Dreams Becoming Reality Cool blue turquoise

Availability: The Imagine Fall 2010 Collection lacquers will be available September 2010 for $10.00 each at fine salons and spas nationwide including Spa Halekulani, Canyon Ranch, and the Mandarin Oriental. SpaRitual Nail Lacquers and Elixirs are also available online at skinstore.com and skincarerx.com.

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