Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose Collection

Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose Collection for Fall 2010

“Everyone looks great in jeans–and anyone can pull off a dark denim eye. To make it wearable, I’ve paired inky blue shadows with pretty roses for lips and cheeks. The combination is casual and put-together, rock& roll but romantic, and modern yet classic all at once.” — Bobbi Brown

Denim & Rose Palette ($60.00)

Packed with deep, shimmering blues, icy grays and pinks for eyes and fresh rose shades for lips and cheeks, this palette is the beauty equivalent of dressed-up denim. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh pink cheeks or a sparkling, smoky eye, you’ll have plenty of options for day or night.

  • Navajo Eyeshadow
  • Gray Denim Eyeshadow (New)
  • PinK Granite Sparkle Eyeshadow (New)
  • Dark Rinse Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow (New)
  • Iced Lilac Glitter Lip Gloss (New)
  • Hot Rose Lip Gloss (New)
  • Cool Rose Creamy Lip Color (New)
  • Indie Rose Creamy Lip Color (New)
  • Pink Rose Blush (New)

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($21.00)

  • Denim Ink

Highlighter Pen ($32.00)

  • Bronze
  • Opal
  • Rose

Sparkle Eyeshadow ($24.00)

  • Denim

Denim & Rose Mini Brush Set ($55.00)

  • Mini Lip Brush with Cap
  • Mini Blush Brush
  • Mini Eyeliner Brush
  • Mini Angle Eyeshadow Brush

Extreme Party Mascara ($22.00)

  • Denim

Shimmer Lip Gloss ($20.00)

  • Raspberry

Availability: July 2010

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

NARS Oasis Highlighting Blush
NARS Oasis Blush

Quick Vacation to a NARS Oasis

NARS Oasis Blush ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sparkling pink champagne.” I wonder how they settled on that description, because this shade is extremely difficult to describe aptly!

It actually looks like a rather muddy mess of pink, berry, and gold shimmer in the pan, but it’s quite beautiful when applied onto skin.  It really doesn’t look gorgeous in the pan, as many blushes often do, but don’t judge a book by its cover.  On skin, it becomes a rosy berry mauve with soft flecks of gold shimmer-glitter (not quite glitter, but larger than glitter!). The pigmentation is excellent, and like many NARS blushes, a light hand is a must!  (In fact, you may want to use a stippling brush or have a buffer brush on hand for diffusion of color.)

Despite being neutral to neutral-cool, it wears well on my warmer skin tone (which may be a little tanner, since I spent the weekend outdoors, though I was lathered in SPF for sure!) and is a great alternative to starkly cool pink blushes for those with stronger warm undertones.  There is some glittery bits in this blush, but it’s not overwhelming and doesn’t even seem to translate onto cheeks at all (just seems to disappears into a magical puff of glittery smoke and mirrors!), but cheeks do have a soft, subtle luminous sheen–that doesn’t emphasize pores–when all is said and done.

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Guerlain Fall

Guerlain Couleurs Collection for Fall 2010

Ecrin 6 Couleurs / Precious Eyeshadows – Tailored Harmonies

For the first time at Guerlain, the Ecrin 6 Couleurs offers a range of three different textures, in each of its harmonies: Iridescent formula (miniscule particles of mother-of-pearl play with the light for intense, coloured radiance and a subtly metallic finish), matt formula (skin-effect matt finish and softness that elegently contrast with the iridescence of mother-of-pearl), and satiny (its velvety, glide-on feinish leaves the eyelids soft and delicate). It uses Moonstone, a precious stone, for its silvery or blue reflections, with adularescence phenomenon, which occurs when the stone moves.

  • 68 Champs-Elysees Universal and legendary, because all women are one woman: the Guerlain woman; precious brown, gradations of brown, beige, intense and vibrant violet
  • 2 Place Vendome Iridescent ivory, verdigris, intense indigo, navy blue
  • 29 Rue de Sevres Verdigris, cement, turquoise
  • 10 Rue des Francs-Bourgeois Beige, golden bronze, brown
  • 93 Rue de Passy Pink, smoky pink, grey, taupe

KissKiss Essence de Gloss / Sublime Elixir – Absolute Colour

  • Vermillion (420) Red
  • Grenat (421) Darkened red
  • Myrrhe (440) Beige
  • Tonka (441) Medium beige
  • Cuir (442) Dark beige
  • Ambre (460) Rose
  • Baie Rose (461) Pink rose
  • Violine (462) Deep rose

Rouge G de Guerlain / Jewel Lipstick Compact

  • Giny (13) Deep, sumptuous brown
  • Gilian (14) Subtle, nude brown
  • Gigi (68) Triumphant fuchsia
  • Gwen (69) Intense and vibrant red

KissKiss Gloss / Extreme Shine Radiant Colours

  • Poppy Star (823) Joyful and sparkling red
  • Peche Charnelle (847) Soft and magnetic gold
  • Brown Sugar (848) Delicate and poetic beige

Blush 4 Eclat / Sculpting Blush

  • Caresse de l’Aube (07) Rosy brown, pale pink, bright coral, beige; a fresh and modern harmony that recalls the sunrise

Availability: July/August 2010

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Laura Mercier Tangerine Lipstick
Laura Mercier Tangerine Lipstick

The Summer Season: Laura Mercier Tangerine Lipstick

Laura Mercier Tangerine Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a creamy shade of coral-pink with a glossy sheen and full-color coverage. It’s beautiful and bright without being overwhelming and in-your-face. The lipstick is moisturizing while it wears for three to four hours with ease. It has a nice lightweight feel though it still packs plenty of color and doesn’t have a lot of slip, even though it applies smoothly without trouble.  I can definitely see this shade becoming a new favorite!  It also reminds me a bit of Chanel Genial, but not as bright and a little more coral.

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

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Monday, June 21st, 2010

Chanel Fall 2010 Collection

Chanel Les Contrastes de Chanel Collection for Fall 2010

Coco Chanel’s iconic style was a study in contrasts. She boldly mixed black and white, masculine and feminine, classic and modern. Paying tribute to her unique vision, Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, has created a makeup collection for Fall 2010 that brings bold emphasis to the eyes, and keeps lips soft and delicate.

  • Edited (6/21):  Now with high res images! :)

Les 4 Ombres / Quadra Eye Shadow ($56.00)

  • Enigma Shimmering peach, chocolate grey, violet grey, deep plum

Joues Contraste / Powder Blush ($42.00)

  • Pink Explosion Shimmer pink (Limited Edition)
  • Rose Temptation Shimmer rosewood (Limited Edition)
  • Plum Attraction Shimmer plum (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($23.00)

  • Paradoxal Grey violet

Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50)

  • Taupe Grise Chocolate grey
  • Vert Khaki Khaki

Le Crayon Khol / Intense Eye Pencil ($27.00)

  • Clair Beige

Stylo Yeux Waterproof / Long-lasting Eyeliner ($28.00)

  • Cassis Plum

Rouge Coco / Hydrating Creme Lip Colour ($30.00)

  • Chintz Peach rose
  • Rose Dentelle Rose pink
  • Chalys Luminous coral

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($27.00)

  • Petite Peche Pale peach
  • Coral Love Coral shimmer
  • Rose Dilemma Soft pink
  • Pink Teaser Vivid pink

Availability: July 2010

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Monday, June 21st, 2010

Cle de Peau Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau Just Joey (T2) Extra Rich Lipstick

Decadence in Nude

Last week, I shared Red Abundance (R2), one of eight shades of Cle de Peau Extra Rich Lipsticks ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.). This week, I’m sharing Just Joey (T2), which is a browned-tan nude with a little peachiness to it. It is completely opaque in just one stroke, and it delivers a beautiful soft glossed finish without shimmer. This would be a beautiful, upgraded nude on both cool and warm skin tones, but particularly so on warmer skin tones.

The Extra Rich line-up includes a total of eight shades: R1 Black Bacara, R2 Red Abundance, R3 Leonardis, R4 Danse du Feu, T1 Halloween, T2 Just Joey, T3 Baby Julia, and T4 Calliope.

The Extra Rich Lipstick formula is opaque, smooth, and easy to wear. I get between three and five hours of wear, even with more nude shades like Just Joey. It clings and hugs lips without being drying (but actually hydrating), but it is still a lovely textured lipstick. It’s just not this thick or overly creamy lipstick that slips around lips, but it doesn’t feel tight or heavy either. I’ve also found that it de-emphasizes the lip lines with the effect really settling in after about fifteen minutes of wear.

Price aside, is this a nude you’d wear?

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

Recommendation: It’s a fabulously lightweight lipstick with excellent color pay off that delivers exceptional wear with a luxury-level price tag.

AvailabilitySaks Fifth Avenue

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