Monday, December 31st, 2007

LUSH wants you to “Go Green” this 2008, and I think it’s obvious that I am a definite LUSH fan, but me? Green?  I’m a bit loathe to admit it, but I’m not necessarily the greenest nor eco-friendliest person you’ll meet.  Despite this, however, I have attempted on several occasions to try more organic and environmentally friendly products, but I have met mostly mediocre results.  Becoming a LUSH junkie has given me a better taste for more natural and green products, though, so when they came out with some eco-savvy products for their Go Green promotion, I felt I had to give them a whirl.

Inspired by UK-based environmental activist, Rebecca Lush (really, that’s her name), Go Green is a whole new line of fragrance dedicated to those who focus on making a environmental difference by walking the walk, literally. A genuine lady, Rebecca eschews single-passenger vehicles and routinely walks, cycles or takes public transportation. But, sometimes such activities leave her feeling less than fresh. So, Mark Constantine, our founder, created a fragrance just for her (and those of us like her).

GO GREEN — THE SCENT | You must enjoy the Go Green scent, as it is infused into each product of the Go Green promotion.  If the scent makes you cringe, it’ll be hard to see you loving any of these!  The scent itself is a citrus-y scent with a woody after-scent; it tends to smell almost like cleanliness does (just that good clean scent).  It will definitely give you a vision of earthly delights and a touch of nature whenever you use one of the products.  I found that the perfume is the most heavily scented, while the other products are more subtle (which makes sense).

For reviews of Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar, The Greench, Go Green Solid Perfume, and Go Green Body Spray… Continue reading →

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

I checked out Bobbi Brown’s Pink Raspberry Collection, and I have to say, the palette she put together for the launch is quite nice.  I played with the Pink Raspberry Face Palette; Pink Raspberry and Wild Raspberry lip crayons; and Black Raspberry lip sheer.

Pink Raspberry Face Palette is a palette meant for more subdued looks, because Navajo is a light white-gold shadow with soft shimmer, while Fog is a deeper, smoky charcoal-gray with light shimmer as well.  They both feel more semi-matte to me than anything; they’re definitely not frosty or over-the-top, so they’re perfect for just about anyone.  The Pink Raspberry blush is a bright medium pink that will need a light hand when applying it, because it is easy to go overboard.  I adore both of the lip sheers for their soft, pink-berry hues; knowing that they are meant to be sheer, I was not disappointing with their opacity.  I found that Raspberry was a deeper berry with pink undertones whereas Blue Raspberry was definitely a cooler, sheer pink.

Black Raspberry lip sheer is a berry-brown with more color than the lip sheers included in the palette, which makes it a nice alternative to those with more pigmented lips.  Both Pink Raspberry (warm pink with berry undertones) and Wild Raspberry (gorgeous brighter red-berry) lip crayons felt so glossy and smooth when applied.  They’re kind of like jumbo lip pencils, which means they’re great as liners, glosses, or lipsticks–my kind of tool!

Check out an upclose photo of the Pink Raspberry Face Palette… Continue reading →

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Recently, I played with several of the upcoming products available from Lancome’s spring collection, L.U.C.I., which is a gorgeous collction based on luminous, iridescent hues.  I tried out Sunray and Seashell Color Fever Gloss; Desert Pink and Luminous Color Fever Shine; and Ombre Glacee in Morning Pearl.

Check out lip swatches and an in-depth review of the products… Continue reading →

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

MAC Slimshines | February 2008

  • Assertive Warm brown with golden pearl (Matte)
  • Grenadier Deep blue-red coral (Cream)
  • Intimidate Creamy plum (Cream)
  • Missy Pastel coral (Cream)
  • Rock Out Clear blue with gold pearl (Cream)
  • Think Tan Deep brown with gold pearl (Matte)
  • Voile Canary yellow with gold pearl (Matte)
  • Repromotes:  Bare, Cocoamour, Funshine, Gaily, Long Stem Rose, Lovey Dover, Most Wanted, Mousse, Pleasing, Prudeaux, Urgent!

Thanks to Google for alerting us when Polki updated with the latest info on the re-release of Slimshines!  (It is so great to be asleep and see the alert in the morning, all the leg work is done, yes!)  The launch of Slimshines will feature seven new shades as well as several relaunches (as per Specktra) of past shades.  I am surprised Kissable wasn’t there, as I remember that was a fan favorite.  Oh, well, I never use mine myself!

How do you feel about Slimshines?  Did you love them before?  Happy they’re returning?

Friday, December 28th, 2007

REBIRTH

Revitalize your look this spring with shu uemura’s REBIRTH collection. Inspired by the purity, energy and innocence of the spring season, Mr. Uemura designed the 126th Mode Makeup collection to celebrate its 40th anniversary using a combination of soft and vivid hues embellished with a unique and graceful leaf motif to communicate the revitalization of nature occurring at this time of year.

Tri Color Pencil | This limited edition tri-color pencil is a combination of cool blue and green tones that represent the calm flow of fresh spring dews.

  • Aqua Flow
  • Energy Flow

Pressed Eye Shadow

  • Spring Breeze
  • Pristine
  • Earth Brown
  • Sun Stream
  • Yellow Elation

Precise Volume Mascara Black

  • Black
  • Brown
  • Mauve Cascades
  • Purple
  • Green
  • Blue

Rouge Unlimited | The ultimate lipstick with rich texture and ultra-smooth application!

  • Pink Bloom
  • Dewy Beige
  • Srene Pink

Glow On Blush

  • Harmonious Orange
  • Tranquil Pink

Nail Enamel

  • Innocent Beige
  • Gold Zest
  • PA957

See some product photos… Continue reading →

Friday, December 28th, 2007

SMASHBOX announces their Green Room Color collection, with a cause. With the purchase of every Green Room product, a Moringa tree will be planted in a developing country by Trees for the Future. The Moringa or “Miracle Tree” is a powerhouse of nutritional value and provides a self-renewing food source for people in need. More trees also mean less soil erosion and cleaner air and water for a greener future. All Green Room packaging is biodegradable or recyclable and all products are made with environmentally-friendly formulas so it’s beauty you can feel good about!

Green Room Eye Shadow Quad ($32.00) | These environmentally-friendly eye shadow quads come in a biodegradable compact so it’s beauty you can feel good about! Includes 4 ultra-blendable shadows pressed in a gorgeous leaf pattern for contouring, highlighting and defining eyes. The innovative formula contains Moringa Seed Extract for added healthy-skin benefits. Comes in two choices:  Bamboo (shown above) and Blossom.

Hybrid 2 in 1 Luminizing Primer ($32.00) | This environmentally-friendly luminizing primer has our light diffusing artificial light in the inner tube and skin-smoothing photo finish primer in the outer tube. Wear alone for a vitamin-packed natural glow, or under foundation to increase its longevity. Don’t forget to recycle the tube!

Green Room Bronzer ($30.00) | These environmentally-friendly bronzers give you a gorgeous warm glow and come in a biodegradable compact so it’s beauty you can feel good about! The innovative formula contains Moringa Seed Extract for added healthy-skin benefits.

Hybrid 2 in 1 Color & Shine Lip Gloss ($19.00) | This environmentally-friendly gloss has luminous color on the inside and super shiny clear gloss on the outside. The innovative 2 in 1 tube is recyclable so it’s beauty you can feel good about! Contains Moringa Seed Extract for added healthy-skin benefits.  Comes in Azalea (rosy bronze), Marigold (golden shimmer), and Pink Lily (sheer bright pink).

Available now at www.smashbox.com as well as www.sephora.com.

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