Monday, September 8th, 2008

L'Oreal H I P Makeup

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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Saturday, September 6th, 2008

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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Friday, July 11th, 2008

I told you I made one purchase at Barneys, right? Well, that’s the gloss I purchased. You look at it and go, “Sure, that’s pretty, so what?”

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Dior Impression Cuir Fall 2008 Beauty Star Product

You drooled over the promotional images and product shots of Dior’s Impression Cuir collection, slated for Fall 2008. How about some actual product photos? Swatches? Even a bit of a review? Thought you might be interested! I was fortunate enough to be able to try out the Impression Cuir Eye Palette, Earth Tones #673 Quint, Pink Drama #559 Rouge Dior Lip Color, and Delicious Plum #675 Creme de Gloss. But let me preface this review with: DO NOT MISS IMPRESSION CUIR! Make sure you give yourself a chance to at least go to your Dior counter and play and test and swatch some products for this fall line.

Impression Cuir Eye Palette (pictured above) is gorgeous. It is a palette that allures you in with the cool, animal-print texture and its shimmery hues. While it says it is an eye palette, all I want to do is use this on my cheeks (which I probably will do). The colors are gorgeous when swirled together, but you could feasibly use them as three separate colors. I love the way the shades fade subtly into each other. This is one star product that definitely grabbed my attention and kept it. The animal-print texture does go in pretty deep, so you’ll see some of it remain for awhile, though it doesn’t go all the way through (but the color does, which is, ultimately, what matters).

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Friday, July 4th, 2008

In Bobbi Brown’s Fall Mauve palette, it contains three shadows, three lip colors, and one blush. I’m much more pleased with this palette than say Bobbi Brown’s Nude palette, because the colors show up on me a lot better. The eyeshadows include Navajo, which seems to make regular appearances in her palettes, and I find it can be a chalky color on my skintone if I don’t use it right (which generally means using it lightly and blending/fading it moreso than normal); Vintage, a gray with mauve undertones color; and Chocolate Mauve, which is like a subdued chocolate shade.  The blush is simply called Mauve, and it is a pinky-mauve tone. I imagine this particular shade of pinky-mauve is fairly universal. As for the lip colors, Dusty Mauve is a creamy lip color that goes on incredibly sheer for me; Mauve lip sheer is a little more pigmented, but not too much; and Vintage Mauve is the most pigmented, though still quite creamy and sheer. If you go heavier with the shadows, these included lip colors will work out, since you can pair the heavy eyes with softer lips.

I much preferred the individual lip colors for this launch, though admittedly, I’ve only tried Heather Mauve (a truly pale, toned down mauve with gray-pink). I also tried Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss, which is a deep purplish-brown with icy pearl. Mauve Lip Gloss is a pale, low-sheen purple-mauve. It’s very opaque, which I like for this particular color. But the most stunning item from the launch was Bobbi’s Black Mauve Shimmer Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner! It’s like a black-brown-purple. I suppose it reminds me of a deeper, darker MAC Nice Vice Paint Pot (which was LE, anyway), but this formula is great for when you need eyeliner that sticks around all day long!

Overall, in my limited experience with Bobbi Brown as a brand, I found this collection more impressive than some of the others (like the Nude Collection). I feel like these offer pops of color and fun, while still being subtle and appropriate. I hope that you, like me, will look at Bobbi Brown through a different lens than you would a MAC collection–because the brands are distinctly different and separate!

Anything from Bobbi’s Mauve Collection inspire you? Will you at least check it out or will you let it pass you by?

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Thursday, June 19th, 2008

The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ ($20.00) was one of the first lip exfoliators to really penetrate the beauty realm. Aside from its utterly adorable packaging (comes in this little gift box tied with a ribbon), it is a great exfoliant for your lips. I tried the Vanilla Bean flavor/scent, which definitely has plenty of vanilla flavoring and scent to it, along with the sugar bits.

This differs a lot from my staple Peter Thomas Roth lip exfoliator, which is lemon flavored/scented, and it has gritter crystals. Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub has finer sugar crystals for softer, gentler exfoliation. I think I may prefer the smaller grit to the larger grit when it comes to my lips. I still find these lip exfoliants essential for my beauty routine, because my lips often get itchy/allergenic for one reason or another (seriously, no idea why) at random times. It occurs often enough that Cortisone doesn’t always do the trick. If I exfoliate, it often helps take the edge off of the itch/burn and return my lips to their normalty.

I know some of you will look at the pricetag and go, “What?!” A little goes a long way. You won’t be re-buying this scrub every month. I imagine this 1 oz. pot will last me at least six-months of regular (two to three times weekly) use. I also really like the ingredients that are found in the Lip Scrub, from the petrolatum (yay, my nightly staple) to the Jojoba and Grape Seed oils for added moisture and suppleness.

Plus, these make great gifts. They’re petite, but so utterly cute. They come in six flavors: Almond Creme, brown Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar, Cocoa, Peppermint, and Vanilla Bean.

Learn more at www.thelipscrub.com.