Sunday, November 8th, 2009

YSL Spring Look Collection for Spring 2010

Spring Preview: YSL Spring Look Collection for Spring 2010

This season the YSL woman represents allure and passion. She is Faubourg St Honoré chic, an enigma of contrasts: intimate, sensual and decadent. She is forever… PARIS.   Now available for pre-order on YSLbeautyus.com.

Y-Mail Palette ($65.00)

This unique limited edition palette is a true collector’s item. Inspired by the YSL Y-MAIL Handbag Collection, this adorable complexion palette comes packaged in a YSL “handbag” of its very own. Available in two shades: #1 highlights the face with three light pearly shades and #2 highlights the complexion with three luminous silky shades.

  • Face Highlighter
  • Blush Highlighter

Ombres 5 Lumieres Eyeshadow ($56.00)

  • Parisian Sky #9

Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Rose Paris #27
  • Beaubourb Brown #28
  • Opera Rose #29
  • Faubourg Peach #30

Golden Gloss ($29.00)

  • Golden Petal #19
  • Golden Macadamia #20

La Laque (Nail Lacquer) ($20.00)

  • Beige Chiffon #41
  • Mauve Silk #143

Mascara Singulier ($30.00)

  • Deep Black #1

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Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Clinique for Spring 2010

Clinique Juiced Up Colour Collection for Spring 2010

Inspired by the fresh, healthy feel of spring, NEW Juiced Up Colour. Spring 2010 collection offers a scrumptious selection of “good-for-you” eye, lip and cheek shades for a season of delectably modern and extraordinarily wearable looks. Drawing inspiration from Clinique’s latest lip innovation, Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour, the lineup is fruit-inspired, juicy and packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

The focus of the collection is the limited edition Fresh Picked Allover Colour shimmering blush and the Fresh Picked Eye Shadow palettes featuring “fresh picked” shades for cheeks and eyes. And for an extra bit of fun, each individual blush palette and eye shadow palette is beautifully pressed with a yummy berry or pear pattern and packaged in a sleek, contemporary compact. The collection offers a balanced, full-face look: a soft wash of colour on the eyelid, accented by a defined lash line and dressed up brow, rosy cheeks and a glossy, juiced-up lip.

Fresh Picked Allover Colour

This limited edition multi-toned palette is the vibrant highlight of NEW JUICED UP COLOUR collection. Three complimentary fresh-picked shades of softly shimmering blush create sheer, subtle radiance and an allover glow. pressed together beautifully in a delicious fruit-inspired pattern and offered in a modern silvery and white compact.

  • Mixed Berries

Fresh Picked Eye Shadow

Two delicious pairings of softly shimmering eye shadow duos include complimentary hues that offer effortless sheen and subtle luminosity to eyes. Each compact, delicately pressed into a fresh berry or pear design, includes a soft shimmer base shade, along with an accent shade to highlight and contour for a burst of healthy looking, wearable colour.

  • Fresh Picked Berry
  • Fresh Picked Pear

Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour

This gorgeous, colourful lip product is bursting with “good-for-you” ingredients to provide treatment benefits, along with luscious colour to your lips. Six juicy, antioxidant rich shades help improve the appearance of lips instantly. The non-sticky, highly moisturising formula provides stay-true colour, buildable coverage and complete comfort. And the convenient, portable flow-through brush applicator delivers just the right amount of coverage with every use.

  • Pink Me Up
  • Goodness Grapecious
  • Nude-tritious
  • Fig-a-licious
  • Raisin the Bar
  • Rhubarbie

High Lengths Mascara

This lengthening and lifting mascara stretches each and every lash to new lengths, while a unique curved “willow” wand applicator beautifully separates and defines. This curved fine-toothed comb finds the tiniest lashes and brings them out of hiding. Thanks to an infusion of lash-loving ingredients, lashes are kept soft, supple, beautifully conditioned and allover healthy looking. Eyes are left looking noticeably wider and fully energised. NEW High Lengths Mascara is also ophthalmologist tested and appropriate for sensitive eyes.

  • Black

Instant Lift for Brows

Perfect brows and an instant “eye lift” all in one dual-ended applicator. This multi-functional beauty tool provides an easy way to groom eyebrows while simultaneously creating a more eye-opening, youthful appearance. The dual-ended pencil contains a brow filler and one end to fill-in, even-out and create perfectly defined, natural-looking brows. The brow bone highlighter gives brows a lifted look – opening up and brightening the face instantly. packed full of vitamins and natural botanicals, NEW Instant Lift for Brows is a simple way to look years younger without the fuss.

  • Soft Blonde
  • Soft Brown
  • Deep Brown

Eye Defining Liquid Liner

An ultra-comfortable, luxurious, easy-to-apply gel eyeliner provides true high itensity colour in just one stroke. Featuring a precision pin-point tip for controlled application to create a thin or thick line around the eye, so you can go natural or dramatic – the choice is yours.

  • Black

Powder Brush

This luxurious brush made of natural hair is the ideal tool for applying this season’s Fresh Picked Allover Colour. The large dome allows for easy application of powder for a smooth, flawless look. Unique antibacterial technology protects brush from mold, fungus and bacteria.

Eye Shadow Brush

This natural hair brush is essential for quick and easy eye shadow application with unique antibacterial technology to protect the brush from mold, fungus and bacteria. The perfect partner for Clinique’s Fresh Picked Eye Shadow.

Availability: February 2010

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Saturday, November 7th, 2009

MAC Russian Red Lipstick
MAC Russian Red Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: MAC Russian Red Lipstick

MAC Russian Red Lipstick ($14.00 for 0.10 oz.) is one of the brand’s classic reds–and by classic, I mean, it’s been around forever, worn by numerous celebrities, and embraced as as an iconic shade of true red. It’s a vibrant red with a slight blue-base, but on me, it doesn’t run too cool and almost ends up neutral (not too blue, not too orange) on my lips. It has a matte finish, but it does have a slight sheen when applied. It’s creamy, applies opaque with ease, and it stays put for hours (partially due to the fact that it is a matte). Even though the finish is matte, it’s creamy enough not to be drying (which is a huge plus, as some of MAC’s mattes can be). This is really one of those shades that I feel must be tried at some point in your lifetime, whether you’re a fan of red lips or not!

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Saturday, November 7th, 2009

NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow
NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow from Holiday 2009

NARS Mousson Cream Eyeshadow ($21.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a new shade of cream-to-powder eyeshadow from NARS’ Holiday Collection. NARS describes this shade as “[a] shimmering, spicy pine named for the monsoon – natural and unpredictable … [i]t has richness and depth, yet allows for a surprising range of intensity.” They later describe the color as “silver sage.”

Mousson is is an antique gold with a green tarnish and silver sparkle. It’s creamy, dries to a mostly powder finish fairly quickly (but not so fast you don’t have time to work with it), and I’ve found it fairly crease-resistant. I would say it’s much better and doesn’t crease easily when set with a powder base or layered over an eyeshadow base like Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance. The shade itself is exactly something I’d wear and a color I’d feel compelled to own–you know me and (antique) golds!

NARS’ Cream Eyeshadows aren’t my absolute favorite cream formula to work with (Benefit’s are my current favorite), but I do like it. I just find it does have a slight tendency to crease if you apply too much or you don’t set it with an eyeshadow. For me, I rarely wear cream shadows alone anyway, so it’s not a big deal to use it in conjunction with powder eyeshadow.

Bottom Line: For a fun, sparkly shade of antique gold with a green cast, Mousson might be something you’d like. If you’re not normally a cream eyeshadow fan, while it’s still worth taking a peek at your local NARS’ counter, I’m not sure these will persuade you otherwise at the end of the day.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love NARS’ Cream Eyeshadows, I do think you’ll like Mousson!

Availability: NARS

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Friday, November 6th, 2009

Cargo Cherry Bliss Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: Cargo Cherry Bliss Lipstick

CARGO PlantLove Cherry Bliss Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.14 oz.) is an earth-friendly lipstick (tube is made out of corn) that also does good, too.  For their celeb-designed lipsticks, $2 from the purchase price goes to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research.   Even the box it comes with can be planted and you’ll see some nice flowers grow.  Cherry Bliss was designed by celebrity Kim Raver, and it is a glossy, opaque cherry red. It’s a bright pop of red with a really glossy finish (but no real shimmer). The formula itself is creamy and moisturizing while it wears really well (about five to six hours).

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

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Friday, November 6th, 2009

NARS Luxor Multiple

NARS Luxor Multiple ($37.00 for 0.50 oz.) is the newest Multiple to debut as part of NARS’ Holiday Collection. NARS describes it as, “[a]n iridescent pink to be used on eyes, cheeks, lips and body.”

Luxor is an icy pink that almost runs a little lilac on me because it is definite cool undertones. It has a slight iridescence that’s noticeable without being over the top; it’s about the right about of shimmer I’d expect from a product best used as a highlighter. It’s surprisingly pigmented and can definitely be layered for a more opaque look. It does blend easily once warmed against the skin.

I personally prefer to use Luxor in a way that might be considered a little unconventional. I like to pat a little on the areas I want to highlight just before I apply my moisturizer. Once I’ve done that, then I apply my facial moisturizer as usual (which I do apply with my hands and slather all over). I find that it gives the highlighted areas this very soft, refined highlight and lends a certain glow to my face overall (because some, of course, does get mixed up in the moisturizer). It’s an interesting effect, nonetheless. I was inspired to try it this way because of how I use MAC’s Strobe Cream. Luxor reminds me a bit of it, only amped up–like if you took the Cream part out of Strobe Cream and just left the Strobe!

You can also take a fluffy brush and lightly dab on Luxor onto lids to give eyes a more awake look, or you can lightly dust it on your lips before layering on a gloss for some extra sparkle. The more traditional use of this as a highlighter would be to dot it along the areas you’d want to highlight, blend with a stippling brush, and then set with loose/translucent powder. You can definitely do this with Luxor, so have at it — after all, it isn’t called The Multiple for nothing!

My only big issue with The Multiples, in general, is that they’re pretty pricey. I don’t actually feel like you get a ton of product for your money, because I think these can be used up quicker than you’d think. They can be very emollient, so you may end up wearing more than you necessarily need (if you use a brush to apply, it helps to mitigate any potential over-use). I don’t think they’re a rip-off, but they do feel a little overpriced.

My secondary issue is I do find I need to use a translucent powder to set these in place to prevent them from fading too much throughout the day (I then get about four to six hours of good wear before it starts to fade).  Since I’ve found a way to combat fading, it’s not a biggie, and I tend to set my makeup anyway, so it’s not adding an extra, otherwise unnecessary step either.

Bottom Line: I think Multiple fans will enjoy Luxor. I still haven’t found a Multiple that really turns my head as others have, but I am eagerly awaiting the day it happens!

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’ve been looking for a cream-to-powder cool-toned highlighter, Luxor may be your new best friend.

Availability: NARS

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