Monday, October 4th, 2010

Kat Von D Holiday 2010

Kat Von D for Holiday 2010

Painted Love Lipstick Set ($28.00)

Kat’s Tattoo Chronicles Lipstick set is the perfect kit for pulling off a rockin’ lip color for any occasion. These rich, long-lasting miniature lipsticks include two new colors to form a wide range of shades—from the perfect bold red to a stunning understated neutral pink. 6 x 0.042 oz Lipsticks in Rosary, Underage Red, Cathedral, Hellbent, Lolita, Celebutard

Tattoo Chronicles Palette – Volume 1 ($55.00)

Kat’s secret weapons for pulling off a long-lasting, rockin’ look come together in a beauty stash that includes false lashes, eyeshadows, and primers. Plus, a secret compartment reveals a hidden double-ended rollerball fragrance that embodies Kat’s two sides: saint and sinner. 1 pair False Eyelashes, 12 x 0.02 oz Eyeshadows in Tijuana, Taxidermy, Hollywood, Peanut, Redemption, Solitude, Heartkiller, Baudelaire, Monastary, Poe Blue, Nite Owl, Lemmy, 3 x 0.01 oz High Voltage Primers in Skin, Stellar, Smoky, 2 x 0.17 oz Double-Ended Saint/Sinner Rollerball

Availability: October @ Sephora.com

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Monday, October 4th, 2010

Urban Decay Potion
Greed, Sin, Eden, Original

Urban Decay Little Sins Eyeshadow Primer Potion Set ($29.00) is new for the holidays and contains miniature sizes of the three existing Primer Potion varieties: Original (invisible), Eden (matte nude), Sin (shimmering champagne). It also contains a miniature size of a new and (currently) exclusive shade: Greed (pearly gold).

  • Greed is a shimmering slightly paled gold with definite yellow undertones. It’s not really an opaque base, and it’s not as pigmented of a base as Sin. It also has more of a shimmer than a frost base, unlike Sin. I think warm-toned beauties will find this works really well as a base as well as an all-over color for quick looks.
  • Sin is a beige-nude with a high frost sheen and champagne micro-shimmer.
  • Eden is a yellow-toned light nude with a matte finish.
  • Original is virtually invisible, though I’ve always found it has a slight shimmer to it.

I think one of the more frustrating marketing strategies that pops up during the holiday season is when a brand brings out one new, exclusive/limited edition shade amongst a set of several other permanent shades.  (And don’t get me wrong, many brands employ this strategy.)  I don’t want to have to buy the three other Primer Potions just so I can get Greed. This is how I end up with doubles or triples of certain eyeliners, pigments, etc. — none of which I’ve ever used up the original! I really do like Greed, though, so I’m crossing my fingers that Urban Decay releases it on its own.

I find that the Original Primer Potion has a tendency to crease on me after about seven hours, though Eden and Sin both seem to hold up better.  Greed didn’t give me any creasing problems after wearing it on three different occasions for over eight hours on each.

Each contains 0.13 oz., which means you’re getting 0.52 oz. of product in sum.  This translates to $55.77/oz. while a full-sized version ($18 for 0.34 oz.) goes for $52.94/oz.  It’s a nice opportunity for those who haven’t tried our the brand’s line of eyeshadow bases yet.  It may also be worth it for those who are devotees, because you’ll likely run through your tubes eventually and need replacements… ta-da.  Plus, the travel-sized versions may be more convenient for those treks to Mom and Dad’s house for holiday dinner.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: It really depends on two things:  whether you have any of the full-sized versions and how badly do you want Greed?  (I suppose I should have said how greedy are you to have Greed…)

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Monday, October 4th, 2010

Hourglass Nocturnal Lipstick
Hourglass Nocturnal Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Hourglass Nocturnal Lipstick

Hourglass Nocturnal Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a softened raspberry pink with a subtle sheen.  It’s a rich, opaque shade that applies in just one or two layers (depending on the pressure).  It’s lightweight, moisturizing enough to wear for hours without needing gloss on top or balm underneath.  There’s a very faint vanilla scent but no taste. It is also supposed to be refillable, but I haven’t yet spotted refills available, though I have heard they are coming and will only be available via Hourglass’ website.

Hourglass touts the Femme Rouge line to be water-resistant, long-lasting, and moisturizing, and it delivers pretty well on all three points.  Just don’t interpret water-resistant as “I can drink a cup of coffee and no lipstick stains will be left on the cup,” because in reality, water-resistant really means water won’t make it slip off, but pressing your lips against a glass will.  It transfers a lot less than the average lipstick, and it does make it through a cuppa java well enough not to need reapplication.  Otherwise, it wears four to six hours on me, and my lips don’t feel dried out after wearing it for a full six hours.

Is this the right berry 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, October 4th, 2010

Too Faced Holiday 2010

Too Faced for Holiday 2010

Pixie Pin-Ups ($32.00)

A Pixie pop-up box featuring six eyeshadows, Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer, Lash Injection Pinpoint mascara, and Lava Gloss Eyeliner. Includes Eyeshadows in Leading Lady, I Know What Boys Want, Lucky Charms, Heaven, Like a Virgin, and Erotica.

Glamour to Go Fairy Edition ($19.50)

This super efficient set of eight long-wearing shadows, one silky lip gloss, a best-selling bronzer, and a soft, sheer blush are perfectly coordinated for a complete look or light touch ups. Packaged in a mirrored compact with a tiny slide-out drawer, it fits in even the smallest clutch for holiday parties, jet-setting, and more.

Cheap Thrills Set ($40.00)

This collection has got you covered when it comes to Too Faced beauty essentials. The Lip of Luxury in Free Love is a pink velvet, soft-as-satin lipstick with serious staying power and the Galaxy Glam Shadow in Amber Asteroid and Magenta Moon contain italian opalescent pigments that are baked into each silver-domed shadow that mix together to produce a multi-dimensional smoky-eye light speed ahead of any mere earthly cosmetic product. The Pinpoint Mascara in Pitch Black creates the dramatically long, extremely defined and separated lashes of your dreams and Mirror Mirror Gloss in I Know You Want Me is a super-shine lip gloss is infused with natural Goji Berry extract, one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. The travel-size Pink Leopard Bronzer combines gorgeous shades of golden bronzes, gilded pinks, and neutral fawns brighten the skin and create an all-over glow.

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Monday, October 4th, 2010

Smashbox Holiday 2010

Smashbox for Holiday 2010

Eye Wish Palette ($45.00)

A limited-edition mega eye palette that includes 12 shadows, four cream eyeliners, and mini versions of Photo Finish Lid Primer and Mini Lash DNA Mascara, all in an elegant, gold, mirrored keepsake box.

Wish for the Perfect Pout ($29.00)

A limited-edition set of six, sheer gorgeous glosses including exclusive holiday shades.

The Gold List ($49.00)

This set features everything you need to add instant glamour to your everyday look. The fetching, gold-weave cosmetic bag includes a travel-size Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer, Photo Op Under Eye Brightener, Fusion Soft Lights eye and cheek luminizer in Baked Starburst, and O-Gloss Gold, an ideal combination for looking red-carpet ready in an instant.

Burlesque Beauty Collection ($35.00)

Designed to re-create theatrical looks featured in the feature film “Burlesque,” premiering in November 2010 about a small town gal who makes it big in Hollywood, this provocative collection of sexy shades will bring out your inner drama queen. Includes Jet Black Limitless Liquid Liner Pen, Peep & Show Double-Ended Lip Gloss, Risque Shadow and Liner Quad, and Burlesque Loose Shimmer powder.

Wish for the Perfect Pencils ($16.00)

These creamy, long-wearing, waterproof Smashbox eyeliners provide bold color that doesn’t smudge or budge for up to eight hours. Includes Onyx, Orchid, Graphite, and 14K.

Wish for the Perfect Primers 9$39.00)

Includes 1 oz. Photo Finish Foundation Primer, 0.0 oz. Photo Finish Lid Primer, and 0.375 Travel-sized Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer.

Availability: Now @ Sephora

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Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

China Glaze Holiday 2010

China Glaze Holiday 2010 Collection

Ring in the holidays this year with 16 brand new colors from China Glaze that are sure to bring festive cheer to your hands and feet!

  • Naughty and Nice Deeply rich wine crème
  • Sugar Plums Plum shimmer
  • Mommy Kissing Santa Deep cherry red shimmer
  • Phat Santa Red crème
  • Ruby Deer Bright red crème
  • Mrs. Claus Red glitter
  • Party Hearty Green, gold and red chunky glitter
  • Mistletoe Kisses Green glitter
  • Jolly Holly Forest green shimmer
  • Peace on Earth Olive green shimmer
  • Little Drummer Boy Navy blue shimmer
  • Jingle Bells Champagne shimmer
  • Midnight Kiss Gold shimmer
  • Cheers to You Silver shimmer
  • Frosty White frosty shimmer
  • Snow White crème

Gift Sets

  • Celebrate in Style Collection Includes Little Drummer Boy, Peace on Earth, Mommy Kissing Santa, Jingle Bells and a holiday necklace
  • Merry Mint Set Includes Naughty and Nice, Mrs. Claus and a complimentary China Glaze Peppermint Oil
  • Rejoice Set Includes Mistletoe Kisses, Mrs. Claus and a special red holiday candle
  • Cheers to You Includes Midnight Kisses, Cheers to you and a China Glaze shot glass
  • Dreamin’ of a Green Christmas Includes Mistletoe Kisses, Midnight Kiss and Jolly Holly
  • Oh, Ruby Deer Includes Sugar Plums, Ruby Deer and a stuffed animal
  • Peppermint Kisses with Holiday Wishes Includes Mrs. Claus, Phat Santa, Snow and Frosty

Availability: The 16 seasonal colors will be available for a limited time only.  Late October/Early November, prices vary by retailer.

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