Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

HUGE thank you to MAC Artist Jessica T. for giving us the heads up!  Sounds like a fun, Hollywood-esque collection! Heatherette is a collaboration between the gurus behind Heatherette and MAC Cosmetics, and it is expected to launch March 27th, 2008.  Get the details…

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Monday, January 28th, 2008

Remember rumors about MAC coming out with a loose mineral foundation? True rumors indeed!

Loose Mineralize Powder | February 14, 2008

  • Light Neutral pale ivory
  • Light Medium Light neutral beige
  • Medium Beige
  • Medium Plus Tan beige
  • Medium Dark Rich tan
  • Medium Deep Deep golden tan
  • Dark Caramel
  • Deep Dark Deep caramel
  • Deeper Dark Milk chocolate

Strobe | March 6, 2008

  • Strobe Cream
  • Strobe Liquid

Tinted Lip Conditioners with SPF15

  • Strobe Kiss Sheer coral with golden strobe pearlized pigments
  • Strobe Rays Light caramel with golden red strobe pearlized pigments
  • Strobe Blossom Light blue/pink with red strobe pearlized pigments
  • Strobe Current Sheer plum with golden red strobe pearlized pigments
  • Strobe Beam Clear with strobe pearlized pigments.

Beauty Powder Blush | March 13, 2008

  • Eversun Neutral peach bronze with gold pearlized pigments
  • Feeling Plum with silver pearlized pigments
  • Joyous Peach with gold pearlized pigments
  • Secret Blush Neutral plum with gold pearlized pigments
  • Serenely Deep brownish red with gold pearlized pigments
  • Shy Beauty Pastel apricot with gold pearlized pigments
  • Sweetness Intense blue pink with pealized pigments
  • True Romantic Midtone pink with silver pearlized pigments

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Friday, January 25th, 2008

For Spring 2008, Zoya has two different collections, each with six shades, Blissful and PurityBlissful is a beautiful collection of creamy pastels, while Purity is composed of sheerer pastels ideal for manicures (and I don’t know if it’s just me, but I have visions of bridal nails with these colors, too).  Today I’d like to show you swatches from Blissful.

It was actually really hard to pick a favorite shade out of the six, because I loved them all!  Let me say that one really versatile color is Penelope, which is a darker pink-peach color that’s incredibly creamy and goes on smooth.  It isn’t too warm, so I think even cooler-toned hands can pull this one off with no issues.  I think anyone entranced by pastels will find Laurie a very lovely shade of pale, milky pink.  It is also a cream finish leaving fingers looking incredibly soft and feminine.  Miley is much like Laurie, only it is a milky pastel lavender.  Lulu is a warm shade of peach that’s soft and subtle, and I see this as a great shade for spring, but also a nice way to transition into summer.  Zanna is a mauvey-purple with pink in it, and it also has a creamy finish.  I found this applied so easily and well, with no streaking or worries about distribution.  Felicity rosey color with golden shimmer, which makes it completely unlike the other five in the Blissful family.  It’s a fun color, and I like that it is the odd-one-out with its shimmery composition.  Overall, I liked the buildability and opacity of these pastel colors; they give me a way to get less in-your-face nails while still getting a good bit of color when I don’t want to opt for straight out sheers.

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Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Spring 2008 nail trends are obviously going sheer rather than bright pops of color (though not all brands are following this trend–China Glaze is most definitely not!).  Essie gives nail polish fans six lovely sheers to choose from as spring arrives in beautiful hues of soft pastels.  These polishes apply easily, smoothly, and just to show what kind of color you can build, each color was applied with three coats (keep in mind that these were done strictly as swatches, so the aren’t perfectly polished!).

Pictured above, Hi Maintenance, was my favorite of the six, because it was such a flattering pink.  It wasn’t so cool that it looked awkward on my warmer skin, but it also wasn’t a warm pink that looked a bit too peppy for my tastes.  Hard To Getis a brighter pink that’s fairly opaque–it kind of reminds me of Don’t Be Shy blush from MAC’s Barbie launch–it was really close to being my perfect pink, but it was just a few shades too bright to be that absolute perfect pink.  Secret Affairis a fun, shimmery pinky-white shade that looked surprisingly nice with my skin; I thought something with that much white in it could never look right all over nails.  Looking For Loveis a lovely lavender color that was just gorgeous, but I found that it did apply a bit streaky in terms of depositing the color – I think you may have to be a bit more meticulous when applying this particular shade, but it’s too beautiful to dismiss.  Body Language was a flatter white with gray-purple undertones; kind of an odd color for my nails personally, but I see it working better on lighter skinned hands.  Great Expectations has a silvery-purple cast to it, and like Looking For Love, it didn’t apply as evenly as the others did.  I found this shade to be too cool for my taste, making it my least favorite.  Overall, I liked that I could build up these sheers with three coats to get decent color, since I don’t usually wear sheers.  On the same note, for more professional or subdued affairs, sheers are fabulous choices, and this gives you a polish that can multitask!  Also, sheers are amazing on top of a more opaque polish to give it a different sheen or color.

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

This is supposedly the color story for Fafi For MAC, and since I know many of you are eagerly anticipating this release (February 13th!), I thought I should share!

Lipstick

  • Fun ‘n’ Sexy Blue pink with blue pearl (G)
  • Not so Innocent Sheer tan with pink and peach pearl (G)
  • Utterly Frivolous Rosy coral with pink pearl (L)
  • High Top Grey purple with blue pearl (G)
  • Flash-n-Dash Intense tangerine red with pink pearl (G)
  • Strawbaby Coral rose with rainbow pearl (L)

Lipglass

  • Cult Face Blue mid-tone pink with white pearl (F)
  • Sugar Trance Creamy soft pink with white and rainbow pearl (F)
  • Squeeze It Brassy plum (F)
  • Totally It Sheer bright pink with intense pink pearl (F)

Quad #1

  • Howzat Deep grey with silver sparkle (S)
  • Hey Neutral tan with pearl (VP)
  • Pink Venus Washed pink (L)
  • Vanilla Soft pale-peachy-ivory flecked with shimmer (V)

Quad #2

  • Bold as Gold Yellow gold with gold pearl (L)
  • You’re Fresh Pale green with silver sparkle (L)
  • Shockwave Intense orange with silver sparkle (V)
  • Prankster Muted dark blue (S)

Paint Pot

  • Nice Vice Dirty purple with purple pearl (F)
  • Girl Friendly Creamy grey pink (C)
  • Layin’ Low Creamy beige (C)
  • Cash Flow Green gold with gold pearl (F)
  • Perky Cream coral with white pearl (S)
  • Rollickin’ Aqua blue green with white pearl (F)

Repromotes

  • Blacktrack Solid flat black
  • Smolder Intense black (Eye Kohl)
  • Fascinating Snake-eyes matte white (Eye Kohl)
  • Zoomblack Rich black (Zoomlash)

Powder Blush

Hipness Intense coral with soft white pearl

Fashion Frenzy Mid-tone blue pink

Iridescent Pressed Powder

  • Sassed-up Soft coral pink with gold sparkle
  • Verve-acaious Intense yellow gold with gold pearl
  • Belightful Gilded peach bronze

Nail Lacquer

  • Girls Will Be Girls Pink with coral pearl
  • Boom! Rich eggplant with purple pearl

Brushes

  • 210
  • 129SH Powder/Blush
  • 208
  • 182

Bags

  • Rectangle M.A.C/Small/Clear with Fafi detailing
  • Rectangle M.A.C/Mini/Clear with Fafi detailing

Fafinettes (Dolls)

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Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Long Lost Love Box
When you’re overcome with feelings of nostalgia for loves long past, console yourself with this collection of LUSH bath and body treats from days gone by. Our very elegant, beautifully presented hat box features: Kiss me Klimt Bath Bomb, It’s a Date Bubble Bar, Queen of Hearts Soap, Potion Body Lotion, Black Magic Massage Bar

Play Your Cards Right Massage bar
If ever there was a sure fire way to win your sweetheart’s favor, this is it! Rich, sensual, and scented with our ever popular Sex Bomb fragrance, this playing card of a massage bar is just the ticket for perfect night in (and TV or sleep won’t be on the agenda). You’ll want a few of these!

Perfect Match (Honey or Silky)
Elusive and always just on the edge of attainability, the perfect match is something to be held closely and treasured dearly once you find it. We have two fragrantly perfect matches that include our best-selling soaps and the most popular of our new solid perfumes. Making these perfect matches even more precious, the packaging is 100% biodegradable. In fact, if you plant the box with someone special, you can watch your love grow – literally. The entire box contains real seeds and when you plant it you will grow beautiful wild flowers to enjoy together. How special is that? Honey: Scent: Honey & Toffee; Contents: Honey I Washed the Kids Handmade Soap & Solid Perfume. Silky: Scent: Jasmine & Vetivert; Contents: Alkmaar Handmade Soap & Silky Underwear Solid Perfume

Message a Trois
A romantic, candlelit massage is the perfect way to share your affection for someone special, any time of year and especially on Valentine’s Day. To make your Valentine’s celebration extra romantic, we’ve created a trio of very special, superbly fragrant heart-shaped massage bars for you both to mix and match to your hearts’ (and bodies’) content.

Let me just say I will for sure be picking up the massage bars! I adore these, and they last quite awhile. They’re really great even for just moisturizing to the nth degree, because they are SO luxurious. Everything is available at www.lush.com!

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