Chanel Exceptionnel Mascara ($28.00) recently debuted as part of their winter launch (Smoky Eyes).
Let me first say that it is important to master the correct application technique. Chanel has set-up a special website devoted to their newest mascara, which I did find helpful. But to summarize, you apply by twirling the wand and then pulling upwards to the tips of your lashes. It’s not the wiggle method! So Chanel has done a pretty good job of creating buzz and hype and anticipation over this mascara because samples were made via Allure’s beauty program (I’m not part of it, so I don’t know anything about it, other than a ton of Allure readers got samples of this mascara!). Overall response has been raves–the point of contention being the price.
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Bobbi Brown’s Shimmering Nudes Palette ($50.00) is BB’s latest palette launch. For the past months, I have seen and played with many of her palettes (it seems like every collection is bound to have some sort of coordinating palette!). On the whole, I haven’t been terribly impressed. I admit I like bold colors and rich pigmentation, so naturally Bobbi Brown isn’t a brand that has “TEMPTALIA” written all over it. Knowing this allows me to better appreciate the brand and its products for what they are.
With all that said, this is my favorite Bobbi Brown palette I’ve reviewed and seen to date. Seven shades of soft neutrals ranging from pearlized shimmer wash to metallics. It also comes with an eyeshadow/eyeliner brush (but who really cares?); the brush is workable, but I’d only use it in a pinch myself. So why is it my favorite? There is a nice level of color richness to the shades in this palette; I can see myself creating several glorious neutral and nude eyes using it. (Of course, I have to remember to pull it out, so it might not actually happen…)
The shades you’ll find are: Nude Beach (metallic), Nude Mist (shimmer wash), Naked, Nude Glow (metallic), Mica (shimmer wash), Nude Spice (metallic), and Espresso eyeshadows. And you know what you don’t find? Lip colors. FANTASTIC! The reason I say this is I hate getting eyeshadow residue on my lip colors (or anything creamy). The other part is I’m not a huge fan of lip palettes, because I don’t like to use fingers, only lip brushes, with them aka pain in the rear.
So if you are looking for a good neutral eye palette, you really should head down to your local Bobbi Brown counter and check this baby out. It will definitely suit your needs, methinks!
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I recently tried a few products from Thevi Cosmetics, which is a line founded by Thevaki Thambirajah. Thevi created the brand because she “could never find cosmetics in shades that suited her coloring.” She wanted colors that were “rich and vibrant without being harsh,” so Thevi Cosmetics was born as an answer to the frustrations she faced (and countless other women face).
“I know that there are many, many women like me. Women to whom ‘natural’ means ‘colorful.’ After all, what is more natural than a flower, a butterfly, a sunset? In our homes, in our dress, even in our foods and in our makeup, we are women who feel comfortable with color. In fact, we crave it. And while our skins come in a wide range of tones and shades, we all look best with a more intense makeup. Red lips. Strongly defined eyes. Visible cheek color. And of course, fresh, smooth complexions.”
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Beth Bender Beauty put out this great trio for summer that is/was perfect for the season, but it also makes for a nice way to fade into fall, too. This eyeshadow trio is called SGB ($36.00), and it is available at www.bettesboutique.com. I love the coppery brown color, and I think the pale golden shade makes for a nice all-over lid color. Beth Bender also knows about easy beauty, because she also is responsible for for the Get In Line Eyeilner & Stencil kits–making lining easier for those of us who struggle!
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Remember when I told you about HauteLook’s Stila sale? Well, I finally had a chance to swatch the products I bought from them. The four products you see above cost me $30, plus shipping, which isn’t a bad deal at all! I did a look using the trio here, too. The circular designed product is Mazatlan eyeshadow. The other three products came as a set (along with a bronzer, which isn’t pictured, because I gave it away), the “Glow Bronzing Set.” It came with Stila’s Bronze Smudgepot, Gold Glow trio eyeshadow, Brown Sugar Lip Glaze (I think…), and then the bronzer. Pretty good deal
My favorite out of the four products was the Lip Glaze, but I’m glad I got it on sale. I don’t see myself paying the $22 retail price for them otherwise! It’s very glossy and smooth, great color, and it wears well throughout the day. The two shadow trios I got were decent, but I’m not a huge fan of mineral (or mineral-like) eyeshadows… if it’s baked, I probably won’t fall in love.
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Purple, Pink, Delightful, Mermaid, Blue, Teal
Reader Edda recently started selling her own cosmetics line, EO Cosmetics, on Etsy, and she asked me to review some of the mineral eyeshadows. I told her to send me colors she thought she liked, and she excelled at that! The five sample colors she sent are all bold and vibrant, and they’re definitely colors I’d use in a look. My favorite was Mermaid, which is a pastel-ish like teal with a slightly golden shimmer. Mineral eyeshadows work best wet, in my experience, because otherwise they just fall out everywhere since they’re loose. I pretty much treat them like MAC pigments, though EO’s are very finely milled, so they almost feel wet when you use them. Each color I tried was incredibly pigmented, which is a huge plus. Pink is a shade I’ve always wanted, but I haven’t found this shade as pigmented as EO’s.
How do you feel about mineral eyeshadows? Do you use them? Have you ever tried them?
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