L’Oreal HIP is a line that’s been out for awhile, and if you’re an avid MAC fan, you might have heard them being compared to the popular brand. HIP stands for High Intensity Pigments. I have to confirm that the similarities between some of HIP’s products and MAC’s. Pictured above are three new additions to the HIP line: Eyeshadow duos in Sculpted (purples) and Magnetic (blues), as well as Jelly Balm in Luscious.
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ELIZABETH ARDEN FOR FALL 2008 | Double Intrigue Eyes
This season Elizabeth Arden launches Color Intrigue Eyeshadow Duos ($24.50) in seven different color combinations. Each compact is imprinted with one of Miss Arden’s most famous beauty maxims, “To be beautiful and natural is the birthright of every woman.” Alongside the eyeshadow duos is Advanced Eye-Fix Primer ($21.50) that soothes eyelids while giving you a great base to apply these shadows over. Pair the new duos with Color Intrigue Gel Eyeliners in or Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara ($20.00) in Midnight. For the face, Elizabeth Arden Shimmer Powder ($29.50) comes in handy.
Let me share some of my thoughts on this latest launch from Elizabeth Arden! Plus, more product photos and swatches. Continue reading →
Everybody should try Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. Seriously, these are amazing eye liners, because they are highly pigmented, deliciously smooth, and last all freakin’ day long. Let’s face it, finding an eye liner that sticks around until lunch time is already worth checking out, but one that really keeps on workin’ past dinner?
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For Autumn/Winter, Givenchy’s Dandy Collection is a nice mix of smokiness and ultra glossy lips. Givenchy continuously does an amazing job on packaging. The eyeshadow quartet is so portable and compact, and the polka-dot theme for both product packaging and the eyeshadow itself is adorable. However, don’t count on the cuteness of the black and white polka dotted eyeshadow, because the polka dots vanish upon first swipe. Givenchy shadows are well-pigmented, but what always amazes me is how utterly soft they are–like butter. The above quartet is #43 Smoky Shimmer ($49.50), and I like the polka dotted shadow the most, actually. It’s this grayish black, really sultry. A nice way to tone down a smoky eye if you don’t want to use black.
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Just a VERY short post, as I’m going to try to review eyeshadows and the like after I’ve attempted a look with them. Why this new policy? After being utterly disappointed in Dior’s Earth Tones quint in practice, swatches are proving they aren’t enough sometimes. Same with MAC’s mineralize eyeshadows–I just can’t seem to come around to them.
Bobbi Brown’s Metallics launches soon, and with it, metallic lipsticks and metallic eyeshadows. I know people will squeal and lust after the new metallic eyeshadows, because they’re very in line with Bobbi Brown, yet exciting and different. Pictured above are Java, Burnt Sugar, and Iced Blue. They aren’t all over-the-top, super shimmery metallic finishes; Iced Blue turns out a very icy blue indeed – almost like a white with some blue in it. It is frosty, and it definitely grabs your eye. Burnt Sugar and Java are much more subdued, with a subtle metallic finish – almost a soft sheen of reflection. I’m eager to check out the full launch when it hits stores!
And swatches of the three, plus Dusk Metallic Lip Color… Continue reading →
Rohto Eye Drops ($6.99) come in three types, each designed to help with different eye problems. Cool helps to combat redness, while Arctic helps with eye strain, and ICE also helps to reduce redness. Now, you’re probably wondering what eye drops have to do with beauty, and for a lot of you, they probably don’t. But for myself and others unfortunate enough to suffer from sensitive eyes or year-round allergies… they just might be part of your beauty routine.
I keep bottles of eye drops around the house, stashed in my purse, by my computer–everywhere, you name it. I have incredibly sensitive eyes in the sense that my allergies will suddenly come on and my eyes will feel it first. Red eyes are not attractive, so I go for the Cool or ICE formula to help calm my eyes down so I can look less zombie-like. I also find that putting a few drops in my eyes helps to lubricate them and reduce their overall irritation. If I let my eyes go without drops, the urge to rub them gets pretty strong (and would totally ruin my makeup), while a quick drop or two saves my makeup!
Does anyone else suffer from this problem?