Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

MAC Cosmetics Nail Trend F/W 2010 for Fall 2010

U.S. Date: August 26, 2010
International Date: September 2010

Edited @ 7/14:  Added photos!

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

  • Concubine Blackened red with red shimmer (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Earthly Harmony Muted taupe with copper shimmer (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Ming Blue Cobalt blue with teal and red shimmer (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Rain of Flowers Blackened violet with violet shimmer (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Imperial Flower Bright reddish orange with gold and red shimmer (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Jade Dragon Emerald green with teal shimmer (Frost) (Limited Edition)

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Sephora has Urban Decay’s Naked Palette back in stock here.

My review & swatches can be found here.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Dior Tailored Mauve Ultra Gloss

Lips Fit for the Sugarplum Fairy

Dior Tailored Mauve (692) Ultra Gloss ($26.50 for 0.21 oz.) is a semi-sheer plum-tinged pink with white and pink microshimmer. It gives my lips a nice pink tinge, but it also looks a little plummy but not mauve or deep plum at all–very wearable and still in season for fall. It also has enough color to be worn alone or layered over one of fall’s vampier lipsticks.

I like the Ultra Gloss for its moisturizing, non-sticky formula and the lovely way the shimmer reflects, but I do wish it were more long-wearing than just under two hours. The formula is designed to be sheer, so don’t go in expecting rich, opaque color–some of the darker shades are, inevitably, more pigmented than the lighter shades, but I’ve found that the majority shades are semi-sheer but not indistinguishable from each other–which is nice.

I’ve done numerous reviews on Dior’s Ultra Gloss, should you want to explore other shades!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If love sheer, non-sticky lipgloss, Dior Ultra Gloss is exactly that. And if you don’t mind reapplying every two hours or so, I think you’d really like these.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Benefit Tweezerman Tweezers

Benefit + Tweezerman = Cute AND Practical

Tweezerman for Benefit Slant Tweezer ($25.00) are cute white slant-tipped tweezers with a light pink and coral-pink design on the outside. I LOVE Tweezerman tweezers. I absolutely love their slant-tipped ones in particular. I think I have five of them scattered around my house–I never want to be without one.

They just feel so maneuverable in hands, and they grip incredibly well. They’re sharp without being painful, but you can get at stubborn hairs that need a pluckin’. I also like them for applying false lashes: use the tweezers to grip them and set them on the lash line, then flip it and use the end (the flat side–opposite of the opening) to press the false lashes into your lash line.

I will also say that they stay sharp and as good as when you first buy them for ages. I know that you can mail them to Tweezerman and get them sharpened, but I’ve never done it–because I’ve never felt like my tweezers needed it, and I’ve had some of them for years. (It reminds me that, someday, I should!) These tweezers are worth every penny. They’re the only tweezers I keep stashed away the entire six years I’ve been playing with makeup!

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

RECOMMENDATION: If you pluck stray hairs around the brow/upper lip, these do an excellent job grabbing even the shortest, thinnest hairs.

AVAILABILITY: Benefit, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
#1L, #6L, #8L, #11L, #23L

Aqua Eyes, I Love Thee!

Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes ($17.00 for 0.04 oz.) is one of my favorite eyeliners–pigmented, long-wearing, waterproof, and just all around fantastic liners. I love the color range, and I have kind of gotten into a rather “collect ‘em all” mentality. You can read my very first review of Aqua Eyes (includes #5L, 7L, 10L, 12L, 15L, 17L, and 20L) as well as my single reviews of #3L, #4L, #9L, and #16L, too.

  • #1L is a deep dark black (despite appearing brown in the swatch–what is it with black eyeliner turning brown when photographed?) with a soft sheen.
  • #6L is a dark plummy purple with slight red undertones and soft sheen.
  • #8L is a bright, metallic silver–on the lighter, brighter side.
  • #11L is a medium-dark violet purple with soft violet sheen. New favorite purple liner!
  • #23L is a shimmering golden champagne with a nearly metallic finish.

(What am I missing? Hmm… #0L, 2L, 14L, 18L, 19L, 21L, 22L, 24L… 13L is on its way… wow, that’s more missing than I thought. BOO!)

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

RECOMMENDATION: Aqua Eyes wears so well throughout the day without fading, smudging, or migrating. They’re one of my go-tos for eyeliners, and I love how pigmented and diverse the shade range is.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

YSL Rock & Baroque Fall 2010 Collection

Ombres Duolumieres ($41.00)

  • Purple Amethyst/Tawny Brown (29)
  • Midnight Blue/Solar Gold (31)

Ombres Solo ($30.00)

  • Aquamarine (13)
  • Satin Silver (14)

Rouge Volupte Perle ($34.00)

  • Beige Caresse (101)
  • Coral Sun (102)
  • Sparkling Pink (103)
  • Stellar Pink (104)
  • Insolent Beige (105)
  • Mesmerizing Purple (106)

Golden Gloss ($30.00)

  • Golden Satin (30)
  • Golden Toffee (31)

Blush Variation ($45.00)

  • Venetian Rose (19)

Touche Eclat ($40.00)

  • Radiant Silk (8)

Singulier Mascara ($30.00)

  • Indigo (5)

Manucure Duo

  • Beautiful Day (01)
  • Rive Gauche (02)
  • Belle de Nuit (03)

L’Eclat

  • Peche (01)

Availability: July/August 2010 — I spotted it online already at Nordstrom, though!

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