Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Wait, what? Oh, you know that meet&greet we had, well the PRO store launched FAFI! WAY EARLY! Here are swatches… I’m going to work on the review now, but I have a dinner at 7pm, so it might not be up til later tonight. I’ll do my best!

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Friday, February 1st, 2008

WWD has an article about the upcoming Fafi for MAC launch…

[Babier says] “Fafi wasn’t involved in developing the makeup, but her work inspired it. The idea, really, was a young-at-heart feeling – toned-down skin, a pretty, girly mouth and colorful eyes. The colors are playful with a sophisticated twist, and they’re sheer and buildable so you can control the effect.”

The collection – whose muse is “a nymphet with a Ph.D. in passion,” Gager said – includes six lipsticks, four Lipglasses, two eye shadow quads, six eye shadow Paint Pots, black eyeliner, two kohl pencils, black mascara and two blushes, as well as three Fafinette dolls, two makeup cases, a tote bag, a T-shirt and a scarf. Colors include blue-pink lipsticks and Lipglasses, dirty purple and bright aqua eye shadows and coral blushes.

Good news for collectors and fans: dolls and totes will be at freestanding stores, select Nordstroms, and online; scarves will only be available via MAC stores as well as online, while t-shirts will be an online exclusive. The online microsite for Fafi will go live February 11th. Fafi herself will appear February 13th 4-6 pm at Henri Bendel.

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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