OCC Technoir Loose Colour Concentrate

OCC Technoir Loose Colour Concentrate ($12.50 for 2.5g) is described as a “purpled navy shimmer.” It’s a bluish-violet with navy blue and violet shimmer. There was an almost duo-chrome-like finish to it. Giorgio Armani Ecailles is similar but has a more satiny finish. MAC Wintersky is lighter. Estee Lauder Untamed Violet is darker, more purple. Burberry Midnight Blue is similar, slightly bluer. MAC Naval Blue is darker, bluer.

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OCC Technoir Loose Colour Concentrate
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Colour Concentrate Technoir
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Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
10
Application
4
Total
94%

MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush Review & Photos

MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush ($25.00) is a new, limited edition (I believe, at least) brush designed to be used for shaping and defining the eye with both powder and cream eyeshadows. It has natural bristles. This brush is like a bigger 214, or a stumpy version of the 227. The 215 is wide, dome-shaped brush that’s packed with bristles. For me, it felt a little rough on the eye. It was less rough when I used powder eyeshadows than when I used cream eyeshadows, which seemed to emphasize the pointy, blunt edges of the bristles.

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MAC 215 Medium Shader Brush

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush Review & Photos

MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush ($35.00) is a new and limited edition brush designed to be used with MAC’s Pro Sculpting Creams, but they are noted as a multi-purpose brush, so they can be used however you find it works.  The brush is not MAC’s softest face brush, but I wouldn’t describe it as scratchy.  I think the blunt edge gives it a harsher feel against the skin, but when I run it back and forth against my face or arm, it feels fine.  It’s tightly packed with bristles, making it a very dense brush.

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MAC 163 Flat Top Contour Brush

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone golden beige.” It’s a medium-dark brown with yellow undertones and pink and gold shimmer. NARS More is the closest in color, but it doesn’t have any shimmer and looks a bit more like a lipstick when applied. Bobbi Brown Canary has similar gold sparkle but has no real base color. MAC Bright & Perky is sheerer.

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Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Uber Suede
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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
98%

9 of My Must-Have Illamasqua Nail Varnishes

9 of My Must-Have Illamasqua Nail Varnishes

I love, love, LOVE!! Illamasqua’s Nail Varnish formula. For me, it’s one of the best (possibly, the best) formulas; long-wearing, great range of colors, nice consistency, and innovative. You can check out the shades I’ve reviewed in gallery format here. My all-time favorite shade is Raindrops, which was discontinued (go figure!).

What’s your favorite Illamasqua Nail Varnish? Or what shade would you love to try first?

philosophy holiday 2012 collection + gift sets


philosophy holiday 2012 collection + offerings

philosophy’s 2012 holiday collection was inspired by classic celebrations, featuring nostalgic imagery, retro patterns and a vintage feel. classic celebrations are the perfect blend of togetherness and traditions. it’s a time to gather with loved ones, exchange joyful wishes, share quality time, and celebrate life and the holidays.

our collection celebrates the season in true philosophy fashion with classic holiday scents, philosophy vault and fan favorites, signature fragrances and glorious skin care to bring you a classic holiday experience.

Hot Salt Body Scrub ($25.00)

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Candy Cane

Holiday Shower Gels ($16.00)

  • philosophy’s Old Fashioned Eggnog
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Have a Cherry Christmas
  • Snow Angel
  • Candy Cane
  • Christmas Cookie
  • Homemade Pumpkin Pie
  • Italian Tiramisu (Sephora Exclusive)

Lip Shines ($10.00)

  • Candy Cane
  • philosophy’s Old Fashioned Eggnog
  • Have a Cherry Christmas
  • Sweet Creamy Frosting
  • Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa (Sephora Exclusive)

Sugar Plum Fairy Set ($20.00)

Includes Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (8 oz.) and Lip Shine (0.5 oz.)

Snow Angel Set ($22.00)

Includes Sweetly Fallen Snow Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath and Body Lotion (8 oz. each)

Christmas Morning Set ($24.00)

Barely Glazed Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (4 oz.), Barely Glazed Body Lotion (2 oz.), Sugar Sprinkles Funnel Cake Lip Shine (0.5 oz.)

Body Lotions ($16.00)

  • Sweet Creamy Frosting
  • Fresh Cream

The Bake Shoppe ($22.00)

Christmas Cookie Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (8 oz.) and Creamy Frosting Body Lotion (8 oz.)

The Cookbook ($30.00)

philosophy’s Old Fashioned Eggnog, Peppermint Bark, Hot Buttered Rum, Cinnamon Buns Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (4 oz. each)

Amazing Grace Set ($49.50) ($77 value)

Includes Amazing Grace Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (8 oz.), Spray Fragrance (2 oz.), Perfumed Body Butter (2 oz.)

Love Sweet Love ($49.50) ($77.00 value)

Includes Love Sweet Love Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (8 oz.), Spray Fragrance (2 oz.), Perfumed Body Butter (2 oz.)

Think Beautiful Thoughts ($45.00) ($80.50 value)

Includes Purity Made Simple Cleanser (3 oz.), Hope in a Jar Original (1 oz.), The Microdelivery Peel Pad (1), Eye Hope Eye Cream (0.25 oz.), When Hope is Not Enough Serum (0.375 oz.)

Ornaments ($10.00)

  • Purity Made Simple Cleanser (3 oz.)
  • Hands of Hope Hand and Cuticle Cream (1 oz.)

Warm Winter Wishes ($25.00) (Sephora Exclusive)

Includes Spiced Pumpkin Latte, Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (6 oz. each), Fresh Cream Body Lotion (2 oz.)

Welcome Home ($20.00) (Sephora Exclusive)

Hot Buttered Rum Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (8 oz.), Lip Shine (0.5 oz.)

Toasty Cabin ($25.00) (Sephora Exclusive)

Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa, Whipped Vanilla Topping, Spiced Pumpkin latte Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (6 oz. each)

Holiday Kisses ($25.00) ($40.00 value) (Sephora Exclusive)

Lip Shines in Red Velvet Cake, Frosted Cookie, Bubbly, and Candy Cane (0.5 oz. each)

Snow Village ($20.00) (Sephora Exclusive)

Holiday Cheer, Snow Angel, Candy Cane hand lotions (1 oz. each)

Strawberry Angel Food Cake ($20.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (8 oz.) and Lip Shine (0.5 oz.)

Frosted Treats ($22.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Sweet Fluffy Cupcake Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (8 oz.), Sweet Creamy Frosting Body Lotion (8 oz.)

A Few Good Men ($25.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

The Muffin Man, The Gingerbread Man, The Ice Cream Man Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (6 oz. each)

The Recipe Box ($22.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

White Chocolate Hazelnut Cookie Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath and Body Lotion (8 oz. each)

Holiday Greetings ($22.00) (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Caramel Candies and Butterscotch Candy Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (8 oz. each)

‘Twas the Night Before ($25.00) (Macy’s Exclusive)

Snickerdoodle, Frosted Cookie, Fresh Cream Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (6 oz. each)

Homebaked Holiday ($22.00) (Macy’s Exclusive)

Cherry Berry Crisp Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath and Body Lotion (8 oz. each)

Peace on Earth ($34.00) (QVC Exclusive)

Tranquil Orchid Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath and Body Lotion (16 oz. each)

Deliciuos Duo ($30.00) (QVC Exclusive)

Frosted Hazelnut Biscotti and Sweet Cinnamon Icing Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (16 oz. each)

Holiday Cheer ($40.00) (QVC Exclusive)

Spiced Cider Hand Wash, Room Spray, and Hand Lotion (8 oz. each)

To Believe Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath ($20.00)

to have a world without poverty and hunger is philosophy’s vision. the brand proudly partners with WhyHunger, who makes ending hunger their mission. together with singer Jackie Evancho, we’re inspiring people to give back this holiday season with the launch of a charity shower gel that gives gift giving new reason. this new partnership includes the launch of to believe cranberry currant shower gel, featuring original Jackie Evancho song lyrics with 100% of philosophy’s net proceeds benefiting WhyHunger. Available November 2012.

Availability: October 2012 @ Nordstrom, Sephora, philosophy.com

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