Milani Caribbean Sea Runway Eyeshadow

Milani Caribbean Sea Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) is such a pretty shade of aqua blue… if you use it wet.  When used dry, it’s rather lackluster and almost takes on a greenish cast; it’s also on the sheer side.  However, add just a touch of fixing spray or water to your brush before picking up the shadow yields a much more intense, pigmented shade of lightened aqua blue.  You’ll need to pack on the color, rather than sweep on, to get the best results.  It’s not a great eyeshadow, but it’s workable when wet.

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Milani Runway Eyeshadow

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Win MAC Out-Minxed Lipstick!

Win MAC Out-Minxed Lipstick!

One (1) lucky winner will receive the limited edition Out-Minxed Lipstick from MAC’s Fabulous Felines Collection! (Retail value $14.50!)

RULES: All entries must be submitted by September 12th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

Congratulations to Sabrina!

Open Letters: Write Your Own


Open Letters:  Write Your Own

Yesterday’s post asking “How limited edition is TOO limited edition?” really showed how often times our favorite beauty brands do things we may love or may find really frustrating. I think it felt good to talk about it together; to express our thoughts and just know that we’re not alone.

I encourage you to use this post to write an open letter (or two or three) to your favorite beauty brands, whether they’re positive or negative (but in a constructive way, of course!). If you’re not familiar with the concept of an open letter, it’s exactly as it sounds: a letter to a person/company that’s public. They can consist of anything; sometimes it’s merely a thank you, often times it’s more critical, and occasionally, very, very funny.

Open letters can be very cathartic; if it’s a critical letter, it can help you release pent-up frustration, if it’s positive, it can be rewarding to know you’ve made your appreciation known.

I’ve written three…

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Milani Blue Lagoon Runway Eyeshadow

Milani Blue Lagoon Runway Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.07 oz.) looks so full of beautiful blue promise, but it really falls flat.  This was the worst shade that I tried out of the six (there are twelve in total, so I don’t know how it compares against the six I haven’t tried)–it’s just so sheer.  It’s even ridiculously sheer when used wet.  The color practically disappears, and instead of a brightened medium blue, you get this sheered navy blue with flashes of lighter blue sheen.  I think the swatches speak for themselves, to be honest!

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Milani Runway Eyeshadow