Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Here’s a sneak peek at NARS’ Summer Collection! :)

I know everyone was really excited over Tropic eyeshadow ($22.00), including me, but it disappointed me in the end. In the promotional image, it looked like a gorgeous shimmering blue–like glittering water on a hot summer’s day, you know? In real life, it’s extremely different. It has chunky, silvery bits and pieces that lay on top on a matte, dark bluish-teal. When swatched, it really ends up being a mostly matte color, because the silver glitter is really too large to stay on easily. It’s pigmented, though it is more powdery in its finish, so if you have trouble working with mattes, this one might give you a tough time, too.

Scorching Sun duo eyeshadow ($32.00) was another product that caught my eye from the get-go, because it looked like it would have a really sunny orange in it. It’s more of an orange with a little bit of yellow in it paired with a medium orange. The lighter orange doesn’t have much shimmer (if any), while the medium shade of orange has a little bit–enough of it to give it a soft sheen. The duo is pretty, and the texture and pigmentation are right on par of what I’d expect in a NARS eyeshadow. A part of me just wishes it was yellower!

Outsider lipstick ($24.00) is a sheer peachy-pink shade with a fairly frosty finish. I think Falbala lipstick would probably be more pigmented, but I’ll have to check it out in stores to confirm. Belize lipgloss ($24.00) is a lovely shade of subdued fleshy pink with gold shimmer.

Overall, I’d pass on the lipstick and Tropic eyeshadow, but I’d suggest checking out the eyeshadow duo for sure. If you’re a gloss kind of gal, Belize might be up your alley, too. For $24, I’d rather blow it on one of NARS’ permanent eyeshadows than the gloss, though, so perhaps test out some of their other eyeshadows!

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Sunday, March 29th, 2009


Ischia, Lipari, Monte Carlo, Panarea, Porto Rotondo, Salina

Last week, I shared lip swatches from Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Collection designed for the summer season. Here are photos and skin swatches of the new lipsticks and glosses featured in this launch. :) Continue reading →

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009


Candy Glow Aqualumiere Gloss

Swatches from Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Collection for Summer! :) These are just lip swatches of the glosses and lipsticks that came out with the launch. You can see swatches of the summer quad here.

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Friday, March 20th, 2009

Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Summer Collection definitely stirred up some beauty temptations when we first learned about it. I ended up with most of the collection, and you’ll definitely get a full review soon :) I thought I’d break it up a bit, so you can at least get a sneak peek for now! My Nordstrom did have the summer collection on counter already, so I bet yours does, too — if you and Chanel are likethis, get your bum over to your local beauty counter!

Pictured above is the Iridescent Effects Eyes in Plein Soleil ($56.00), and it is an eyeshadow quad. It features four bronzy colors, ranging from coppery bronze to peach-bronze to medium bronze to deep, dark bronze. In-store, it swatched a little sketchy, but I was thinking that it might have just been because of the oil and gunk build-up from other customers swatching. However, the swatches included in this post are from the one I purchased, so it’s fresh and clean, and yet the colors didn’t quite swatch as smoothly as I would expect of Chanel. I’m definitely going to have to do a look or two with the quad to determine whether it will earn a spot in my beauty stash for keeps!

The next item I’d like to let you in on is Aqualumiere Gloss in Candy Glow ($27.00), which is part of Chanel’s normal Aqualumiere Gloss line-up, but it is repromoted with this launch. I’m not a huge glossimer fan (though I’m slowly warming up to them), but I adore the Aqualumiere Gloss formula. Talk about thick, non-sticky, pigmented goodness. Candy Glow is a pinky-coral with gold shimmer gloss that is so up my alley! I have the other three that came out with the launch, and they are equally as lovely, but I will tell you more next time :)

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Saturday, March 14th, 2009


Left to Right: Baby Doll/Honey Bunny; Hey Sexy/Hot Mamma;
Sunset Surprise/Sherry Baby; Stardust/Moonlight Kiss

Eve Pearl Kisses of Pearl Lip Gloss Combos ($28.00) come with two detachable lipgloss colors. You can detach them for easier travel, or you can mix and match your own for your favorite combos. Eve Pearl offers a total of five lipgloss combos, four are pictured above. The lipglosses are non-sticky, but they’re still thick and fairly pigmented. They don’t last forever on your lips, but they last me a solid three or four hours if I’m not eating/drinking. I like the high glossy finish to these, and the shimmer is noticeable without being chunky. They also smell like mint, which is definitely different from the standard lipgloss.

  • Baby Doll/Honey Bunny is a gorgeous duo of duochrome champagne-peach-pink and pinky-strawberry. You know I love my peachy-gold-pink lipgloss family, so this was a must-have for me.
  • Hey Sexy/Hot Mamma is a mix of sheer, shimmery plum and vibrant ruby red. I love, love how pigmented and glorious the red is.
  • Sunset Surprise/Sherry Baby is a mix of a bright pop of coral-orange with gold shimmer and a darker, berryish shade with subtle shimmer.
  • Stardust/Moonlight Kiss is a vampier duo with a deep brownish-gold and a dark wine with red shimmer.

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FYI, you can still save 20% off of Eve Pearl products (excluding kits). Just use code EP22332309. You can also get free shipping in the U.S. for orders over $100 and free international shipping on orders over $200. Both offers are good until March 23rd, 2009.

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Monday, March 2nd, 2009


Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown’s Platinum Collection for Spring is a small launch that features a new shimmer brick, Platinum Pink ($40), four shades of Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow ($22), and three shades of (Shimmering) Lip Gloss ($20). The collection is available at Nordstrom.com, for those looking to buy online.

I know for most of you, the item that stands out is the shimmer brick, and thus, let’s review the shimmer brick, shall we?

With five stripes of color, shimmer bricks can be used as eyeshadows, highlighters, or blushers. They can be used wet or dry, because they’re very much like baked products. Platinum Pink has a very spring-into-summer kind of feel to me (almost more summer than spring, to be honest). I remember a few readers were concerned with a silver stripe of color, but not to fear, the silver is flecked so much with a yellow-gold sheen it won’t look awkward or misplaced on your face. The colors look pretty when swatched alone, and when swirled and swatched as one, you get a slightly-cool pastel pink shimmery shade.

I find I use my shimmer bricks mostly as blushers/highlighters, so I’m always more interested in seeing how they work together than alone. I do like the shade they create, and the color shows up so-so on my cheeks. It’s not an ultra deep pigmented pink on my cheeks, but it’s a subtle pink flush appropriate for daytime wear or to match bolder eyes/lips with. Shimmer bricks, by their nature, have a lot of shimmer. This one is definitely shimmery, but I wouldn’t call it glittery or chunky in its shimmer either. Of course, if you’re more into subtle shimmer/sheen, I’d pass on the shimmer bricks (if you aren’t able to try them in person, that is, otherwise, at least try!) and opt for something like Dior’s Rose Diamond or Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer, which have a more “sophisticated” sheen.

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