Wednesday, August 24th, 2011


LUSH Shark Fin Soap for Charity


LUSH Shark Fin Soap
($5.95 for 3.5 oz.) just launched and is a limited edition soap that benefits Shark Savers, a non-profit organization that works for the protection and conservation of sharks. LUSH is donating 100% of the proceeds of the soap. It’s described as “packed full of softening seaweed, scrubby fine sea salt, and zest lime oil.”

It smells salty and zesty–very citrus-based with a definite tartness. You get a bit of the seaweed coming through when it’s actually be used (I used it as a body soap in the shower) but overall, the lime oil dominates. I like it, and it’s more of a unisex scent, too. There’s enough lather to enable it to glide over skin easily but don’t expect lots of soapy lather. Only the faintest hint of lime and salt (it has the crispness of the sea breeze–without the coconut and sunscreen) remained on my skin post-shower, which may be a good or a bad thing, depending on your needs.

It seems similar to Sea Vegetable Soap, which also has lime, seaweed, and sea salt (and though Shark Fin isn’t described with lavender in it, it is in the ingredients’ list), which I haven’t smelled, so I can’t attest to how similar they may (or may not) be. The ingredient lists for the two aren’t exactly the same but the beginning of both are nearly identical. This was more to say – if you like that, you might like this, too.

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011


CoverGirl Delish Lip Perfection Lipcolor

CoverGirl Lip Perfection: Delish, Heavenly, Romance, Rush, Kiss

Here are five shades from the Nudes/Corals/Reds portion of the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor ($6.99 for 0.12 oz.) range. When it comes to seeking out rich, opaque lipstick with an affordable price tag, LipPerfection is at the top of my list. The only issue I had with the formula is that it is not as moisturizing as it claims to be. They can be on the thicker side, because they are so creamy.

  • Delish is a warm, medium peach with a subtle shine and opaque color coverage. It is similar to MAC Fashion City but is a touch darker. It’s a bit less pink compared to Illamasqua Brink and YSL Peach Passion. Giorgio Armani #507 is lighter.
  • Heavenly is a medium-dark neutral pink with a glossy shine and opaque color coverage. MAC Blossom Color is lighter. NARS Montego Bay is lighter and more coral.
  • Romance is a medium-dark pink with a beige tint, but it’s still more pink than it is a beige or nude. The color coverage is opaque, and the finish has a soft shine. It’s a touch less pink than Chanel Darling. It is darker and less pink compared to MAC Mehr. It is step or two darker than MAC Gem of Roses and MAC Supreme Style. This shade is great for an everyday lip.
  • Rush is a toned down coral with a creamy finish and opaque color coverage. Make Up For Ever #4 is a touch pinker and has a soft, frosted finish, but the color is still similar.
  • Kiss is coppery coral with a extremely frosted finish. The color is still opaque, but the finish is definitely one of the frostier ones I’ve come across. Chanel Teheran is more vibrant with a stronger orange base. MAC Drive Me Wild is more orange and has gold shimmer/sheen rather than the whiter frost of Kiss. Milani Coral Bora Bora is similar in color but has a softer frost finish.

For a full review of the formula, please read my original review! :)

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CoverGirl Lip Perfection: Delish, Heavenly, Romance, Rush, Kiss Review, Photos, Swatches

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I think the color range is excellent, and there are some really stunning shades that I think people would love. These are a more moisturizing lipstick, but they don't replace lip balm for me, so the rating reflects a slight miss on that particular claim.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Guerlain Gigolo Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gigolo Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gigolo (70) Rouge G Lipstick

Guerlain Gigolo Rouge G Lipstick ($47.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “pigment rich plum with a terrybly couture style.” It’s more of a berry-red on me than a plum with plum and ruby micro-shimmer. NYX Violet Ray and Make Up For Evere #13 are similar in color but has a frostier finish. YSL Forbidden Burgundy is less red. MAC Rebel is has a lot less red and more of a berry look.

The color coverage is nearly opaque with a really glossy finish. I bought this last week (along with Girly, which will be reviewed soon), and it’s a shade I keep wanting to re-wear. It’s rich and dark–perfect for fall–but the red brightens the color (and makes my teeth appear whiter because it is a cooler-toned color).

Guerlain’s Rouge G formula is one of my favorites, because of the excellent color payoff but even better texture and feel. They are comfortable to wear, long-wearing (I get six hours of great wear with Gigolo and then about 80% of color remains after eight hours plus a meal), and moisturizing. My lips sing a little when I glide on a Rouge G after swatching five other lipsticks. They are violet-scented (but not too heavily–less so than some of their powders) and come in heavy, silver metal cases with a flip out mirror.

I do feel you pay a chunk of change for the packaging, which while decadent, does hold fingerprints, doesn’t store as easily, and the small text of the shade on the back is hard to read. I really hope they sell refills someday.

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Great color payoff, long-wearing, and moisturizing--Rouge Gs hit all the marks of a quality lipstick, even if it does dent the pocketbook. Sometimes a well-edited collection of excellent products in shades you love and reach for often is better than twice as many less satisfying shades.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Video Review: MAC Me Over

Just a talking overview of MAC Me Over with high res imagery flowing throughout.

Monday, August 22nd, 2011


MAC Me Over Overall & Recommendations

MAC Me Over hits counters on August 25th in North America, following September for international locations (I’m not given exact dates, sorry!).  It seems like a major launch for MAC, so they appear to be doing a gradual reveal of products online – some products are available for purchases, others say coming soon.

The highlight of the collection is how wearable the majority of the pieces are across skin tones.  When I went to break out products by what would work best for each skin tone, I found that smoky, dark, and vampy tones and shades will be flattering on pale skin tones as well as deeper complexions.  Even traditionally cool-toned colors when they reach a certain level of darkness still work well on warmer complexions, when more medium-in-hue shades might not.

In regards to quality, the fluidlines don’t disappoint and is a matter of what shades/colors you gravitate towards, but all four shades were nicely pigmented, creamy, and easy to work with.  I do think that while they all have some shimmer to them, much of it gets lost unless you are doing a thicker line or using it as a base.  The lipsticks–overall–are also nice, and classic shades like Rebel get a chance at the spotlight.  I did have issues with Smoked Purple, which is a PRO shade, as I do find it rather dry.


Downloadable MAC Me Over Printable Cheat Sheet

The individual eyeshadows are also worth taking a peek at, especially if you are a neutral fiend (though, MAC has an excellent permanent range of neutrals).  They may be more or less unique depending on what your stash already looks like.  I do expect Moleskin to do well, since it is similar to Urban Decay’s Naked.  Both Equilibrium and Stunner blushes were nice, but Stunner is clearly a shade more readers are interested in.

There are several brushes in this launch, but by far the most anticipated brush is the 226.  Thus far, it is not even listed on MAC’s website, but it is available for purchase Nordstrom.  I do not know why it is not listed.  The 211 is a great addition, and I think those who frequently line their eyes with liquid or gel eyeliners will find it useful.

From past reader reactions, both Cream Colour Bases are nice and work as they should, but they can be a more difficult product to work for–and a lot of their appeal is dependent on how you see yourself using them.  If you’re looking for a quick wash of cream eyeshadow, the formula is not ideal, as they do crease when worn alone.  You are better off looking at the Shadesticks for that purpose.  Shadesticks swatch decently, but I still find they tug a bit on the eyes–enough that is uncomfortable–and they tend to dry out a bit (but not completely) compared to when you initially use them.

Neither eyeshadow quad really grabbed me, though Lady Grey is infinitely better than Evil Eye, which I could not recommend at all.  I am honestly appalled that it was produced and left quality control as it did.  The fact that Palace Pedigreed is significantly less pigmented with a drier texture than its original launch in last year’s Fabulous Felines makes it all the more disappointing–as many brands let quality slide when it comes to palettes and value kits.

I wasn’t impressed with the consistencies of the formula on Fatigues or Quiet Time, but Deep Sea and Purple Majesty were nice.  There is just something about MAC’s polishes at $15 a pop and only 0.34 fl. oz. that seems hard to believe but it is so.  Perhaps Deep Sea is unique enough to warrant the price tag, but I don’t think the latter three are.  I had similar issues with the consistency of the lipglasses–a lot of milky, creamy shades that tended to apply unevenly and, as milky shades are wont to do, a tendency to settle into lip lines.  I did revise the overall score of the lipglasses up by a third, because the addition of Curvaceous and Plum Fun moved the average scores up.

I’m eager to hear your thoughts — what are you most interested in? What are you hoping to snag?  Are you passing?

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Monday, August 22nd, 2011


MAC 211 Pointed Liner Brush

MAC 211 Pointed Liner Brush

MAC 211 Pointed Liner Brush ($18.00) is a precision synthetic brush with an extra-fine point.  It is much more pointed at the end compared to the 209, which is long and skinny but doesn’t taper much at the end.  The 211 is also firmer and denser, so it has less bend and give compared to the 209, so it should work better for lining.  It is wider at the base than the 209, which means how thick or thin your line is will depend also on your application and technique.

It is definitely one of the smallest brushes from MAC, as it is shorter than the 208 and a little taller than the 231.  It’s just over 6mm in height and 3mm at its widest point (the base), while the narrowest point is about 1mm.  I can’t speak on how well it holds up, as I have only had it a day or so.  It seems sturdy from touching and feeling it – the ferrule is tightly crimped around the handle.  The 211 does not have a country printed on its handle, but the sleeve it comes in when you purchase it states it was “Assembled in U.S.A.” (The 226 from this collection is “Made in France” in comparison.)

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