Thursday, December 9th, 2010


Lady Gaga Signs for Second Year as Viva Glam Spokesperson

As announced by WWD, MAC Comestics has signed on Lady Gaga to reprise her role as Viva Glam spokesperson for another year.  The For Our Lips campaign was MAC AIDS Fund’s most successful to date, so it’s no surprise that we’ll continue to see Gaga for another year.  Gaga was photographed by Nick Knight and styled by Nicola Formichetti.

Please note that this is all the information I have at this time.

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

NARS Bad Influence Nail Polish
NARS Bad Influence Nail Polish

NARS Holiday 2010: Bad Influence

NARS Bad Influence Nail Polish ($16.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is a mushroom brown. It is one of two limited edition nail polishes from NARS for the holidays (the other being Pokerface). I have heard others compare this shade to Chanel Particuliere, but I find Particuliere grayer and less brown (I don’t comparison swatches, because I gave mine away). The are definitely similar, more so in natural lighting, perhaps 90% similarity. I only needed two coats to get creamy, opaque color.

I’ve had good luck with NARS polish in terms of wear–about a week with just minor tip wear but no chipping. Bad Influence wasn’t too thick or thin (but it is on the thinner side), and I didn’t experience any bubbling.

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

RECOMMENDATION: If Particuliere wasn’t in your budget, NARS is a good alternative that’ll save you a few bucks.

AVAILABILITY: NARS

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Clinique Spring 2010 Makeup Collection
Clinique Spring 2011 Makeup Collection

Clinique Spring 2011: Pretty in Pinks Collection / Milly for Clinique

Michelle Smith, renowned designer of the women’s fashion and accessories label, Milly, brings her sparkling and sophisticated style to Clinique’s newest spring collection – Pretty in Prints. Michelle has teamed up with Clinique to create a limited-edition makeup palette of essential eye, cheek and lip colours for Spring 2011.

Exclusive to Clinique, the collection mixes rich browns with sweet pinks and is packaged in a sleek silver compact, adorned with a one-of-a-kind Milly print. The limited-edition Pretty in Prints compact is enclosed in a pouch designed by Michelle to showcase her signature Milly aesthetic.

Milly for Clinique Pretty In Prints Compact ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Printed Pinks and Blushing Blush in Precious Posy, all stylishly organised in a compact adorned with the Milly print.

Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 ($14.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Milly Pink Warm-toned melon shade

High Impact Mascara ($14.50)

Bring your eyelashes out of hiding this spring! High Impact Mascara delivers dramatic volume and length, fast.

Availability: All Clinique counters and clinique.com in February 2011

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Estee Lauder Spring 2011 Collection
Estee Lauder Spring 2011 Collection

Estee Lauder Spring 2011 Collection: Wild Violet

Pure energy that pulsates sultry sophistication is the inspiration behind the new vision in color by Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux for Spring 2011. The Wild Violet Pure Color Makeup Collection is a dynamic collection of high-performance makeup and fragrance products to highlight the spring season with a burst of enthusiastic color.

In this intensely vivacious collection, lips delight in shades of electric orange, brazen cherry and violet plum, eyes are smoldering in muted neutrals with wisps of purple for maximum depth and attention while nails are rich and smokey in a modern charcoal. Adding to the collection, a vivid, lush fragrance that has a first impression of Genet Flower, Mandarin, Purple Freesia, Blue Jasmine and Wild Gardenia to create a lively experience and then Amberwood is blended in to complete scent with an energetic, multi-sensorial vibrancy.

Pure Color Lip Gelee ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Electric Cherry Blazing red
  • Electric Violet Fuchsia violet
  • Electric Coral Fresh coral
  • Electric Pink Brilliant pink

Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Wild Fire
  • Wild Blossom
  • Wild Coral
  • Wild Violet

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Wild Violet Mix of warm, smokey ember and neutral shades with a powerful, shimmering deep plum at the center

Pure Color Eyeshadow ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Untamed Violet
  • Sugar Cube

Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Untamed Violet Effervescent purple

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($19.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Storm Charcoal grey

Wild Elixir Fragrance ($55.00 for 1.7 oz.) (Limited Edition)

Compliment the look with a feeling of pure energy radiating from luminous Genet Flower, invigorating Mandarin and smooth woods blended in the new, limited edition Estée Lauder Wild Elixir fragrance. An expressive, sophisticated floral texture evolves into a dry down of soft woods and lingers sensuously on the skin for an utterly dramatic appeal.

Availability: January 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide and esteelauder.com

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010


Chanel Spring 2011 Makeup Collection

Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel believed the light-reflecting property of pearls enhanced a woman’s natural beauty by bringing a delicate luminosity to her skin. Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, captures this quality in a radiant Spring 2011 Collection, LES PERLES DE CHANEL. Pearlized shades of black and white are accented with pinks and corals, brightening the complexion and creating a natural glow. Not to be outshone, nail shades extend the trend.

Edited @ 12/08:  Now with more photos! :)

Ombres Perlees de Chanel ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • White pearl, Pink, Deep Purple, Green-grey, Black Pearl

Les 4 Ombres ($56.00)

  • Regard Perle Deep green, rose, beige, ivory

Le Crayon Yeux ($28.00)

  • Gris Scintillant Shimmering grey

Joues Contraste ($42.00)

  • Espiegle Peach

Poudre Universelle Compact ($44.00)

  • Rose Merveille Rose beige (Limited Edition)

Rouge Coco ($30.00)

  • Peregrina Peach
  • Jersey Rose Rosewood

Rouge Allure ($30.00)

  • Coquette Rose
  • Flamboyante Intense pink

Glossimer ($27.00)

  • Aragonite Iridescent white
  • Nakkar Raspberry

Rouge Double Intensite ($34.00)

  • Cristal Rose Rose beige (Limited Edition)

Le Crayon Levres ($28.00)

  • Peche Peach
  • Framboise Raspberry

Le Vernis ($23.00)

  • Pearl Drop White
  • Peche Nacree Peach
  • Black Pearl Black

Availability:  January 2011

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010


Givenchy #14, MAC Prussian, Dolce & Gabbana #8, YSL #03, MUFE #3L, MAC Marine Ultra, UD Binge, Chanel Marine, tokidoki Skeletro, MUFE #15L

Dark/Navy Blue Eyeliner Comparisions & Dupes

As promised, here are navy blue pencil eyeliner comparisons! :)

  • Givenchy #14 Magic Khol is a sheer violet-toned navy blue.
  • MAC Prussian Powerpoint Eye Pencil is a darkened blue with a subtle violet edge.
  • Dolce & Gabbana #8 Eyeliner is a navy blue with satin sheen. (Review)
  • YSL Oriental Blue (03) Eyeliner is a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a creamy finish. (Review)
  • Make Up For Ever #3L Aqua Eyes is a navy blue with satin sheen. (Review)
  • MAC Marine Ultra Chromagraphic Pencil is a medium-dark ocean blue with a creamy finish. (Review)
  • Urban Decay Binge 24/7 Liner is a darkened navy blue with purple tinge. (Review)
  • Chanel Marine Long-Lasting Eyeliner is a deep navy blue with a black-blue base and silver shimmer. (Review)
  • tokidoki Skeletro Glitter Eyeliner is a deep navy blue with a black-blue base and silver glitter. (Review)
  • Make Up For Ever #15L Aqua Eyes is a lightened dark blue with soft sheen. (Review)

Thoughts

DUPE ALERT! It appears that Dolce & Gabbana #8 Eyeliner and Make Up For Ever #3L Aqua Eyes are rather similar — possibly just the slightest difference in blue-ness.

DUPE ALERT!Both Chanel Marine Long-Lasting Eyeliner and tokidoki Skeletro Glitter Eyeliner are not far behind, just slightly darker and with a stronger blacker base, but the two themselves are quite similar. Skeletro has more glitter (whereas Marine has shimmer).

Formula/Wear: I have not tested Givenchy Magic Khol, so I cannot attest to its wear. YSL Eyeliners don’t seem to last all day on me, and Dolce & Gabbana can be hit or miss, but this particular shade lasted through a yoga session (and all day). tokidoki’s Glitter Eyeliners can be scratchy on the lash line because of the size of the glitter particles but wear fine otherwise.

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