Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Cle de Peau #114 Extra Silky Lipstick
Cle de Peau #114 Extra Silky Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Cle de Peau #114 Extra Silky Lipstick

Cle de Peau #114Extra Silky Lipstick ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) was almost too light to include in the Sultry Season, but I just couldn’t resist.  It’s this perfect shade of darkened coral that works well in the fall.  It lacks the typical brightness of a lot of summer corals.  There’s this touch of brown that darkens it just enough so it’s a bit like the changing colors of the leaves to me.   I love the way Extra Silky Lipsticks wear:  ultra moisturizing, three to five hours of wear, and always flattering.  I haven’t met a shade that wouldn’t work on a variety of skin tones.

Is this the right coral/brown for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Jack Black Hand Healer Hand Cream
Jack Black Hand Healer Hand Cream

Battle of the Hand Creams: Jack Black

I’m a constant hand washer, so my hands are often in a sad state.  Even though I’ve made many attempts to become a regular user of hand cream, it was only recently that I’ve decided it’s about time and I’m determined to go through and do a little Battle of the Hand Creams here on the blog.

Jack Black Hand Healer Hand Cream ($15.00 for 3 oz.) is a man’s man’s hand cream.  It’s incredibly moisturizing, even on the toughest, cracked and peeling hands (or feet!) and never feels greasy.  It has this manly scent–it’s woodsy with a little eucalyptus, but it’s not really unpleasant nor something I’d like to bathe myself in.  I don’t find the scent overwhelming, and it certainly doesn’t linger for long on my hands.

This is definitely one of the better hand creams I’ve tried, because it absorbs quickly and you won’t need to apply it several times a day.  I’ve been using it just before I go to bed, and my hands have certainly improved–less “old lady” like.  It has silicone in it, which really helps to keep it from feeling greasy (has a softer, more velvety feel) and adds a bit of a barrier on skin–much like a face primer, actually!

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you have cracking or peeling skin on your hands/feet, I think it’s worth trying this.  If you don’t find yourself with very dry hands, a more affordable hand cream might work just as well for you.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Illamasqua Lament Nail Varnish
Illamasqua Lament Nail Varnish

Coral Tips for Summer Trips

Illamasqua Lament Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is a fierce coral-orange that practically glows in the light.  Even in soft, indirect light, you can see the brightness of the shade.  Like Baptiste, Lament applies easily without streaking.  It has a very slight jelly quality, but overall, it’s your standard cream finish.  Above, I used two coats, but you could probably do a third for complete opacity (it looked opaque to me originally, but you can very faintly see the nail line in the photos).   Application really is quite dreamy here– so smooth, no fussing, no bubbling.

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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Becca Hyawatha Loose Shimmer Powder
Becca Hyawatha Loose Shimmer Powder

The Everywhere Highlighter

Becca Hyawatha Loose Shimmer Powder ($20.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a beautiful candlelit nude — it’s just a slight warmth, golden tone, but it’s not actually gold. It has an ultra smooth, ridiculously fine-milled texture; it feels like silk when pressed against skin. It even seems to adhere just fine without any sort of liquid or adhesive-based product (like Mixing Medium) when used as a highlighter. The fine texture makes it easy to mix in with your foundation or moisturizer for a quick and easy all-over glow.

Each jar packs a lot of product, too — so many brands do loose powders/pigments, but they’re usually less than 0.10 oz. (more like 0.05 oz.!), and Becca stampedes in with a hefty 0.15 oz.  Like many loose colors, a little goes a long way, so it doesn’t take much to get that effortless glow.  I didn’t see this product on Becca’s website at the moment (I bought mine during a HauteLook sale), but it’s readily available at other e-tailers like Dermstore and Glow.

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For a beautiful, all-over glow that’s never frosty or shimmery but just that lit-from-within kind of look, Hyawatha does an excellent job.

AVAILABILITY: Dermstore.com, Glow

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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Make Up For Ever #13 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

The Sultry Season: Make Up For Ever #13 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

Make Up For Ever #13 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick ($19.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a gorgeous berried red with ruby and raspberry shimmer.  It has rich, nearly opaque color, and it wears phenomenally.  This is a color that you can put on and forget about for hours–I get five hours of really nice wear out of this shade.   It has nice pigmentation without being heavy or thick, and though it’s not drying, it clings to lips a bit (but in a good way, I swear!).   #13 is a fitting shade for both fall and winter making it one multi-tasking lipstick!

Is this the right red for you? Would you wear it?

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Monday, August 16th, 2010

Shiseido BR307 Strata Eye Color Trio
Shiseido Strata (BR307) Eye Color Trio

Still Loving Shiseido’s Eye Color Trios

Shiseido Strata (BR307) Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio ($33.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a neutral-colored trio of eyeshadows with the same fantastic formula as Tropicalia. If bold colors aren’t your thing, consider Strata. It’s a mix of a golden, taupe-y brown, medium brown with neutral undertones, and a pearly white with subtle white gold sheen. The texture of these trios is so buttery, almost creamy, and nicely pigmented, too.

I always think of Shiseido for skin care (perhaps because some of the first Shiseido products I tried were from their suncare range), but these eyeshadows are stellar. I mean, they’re truly impressive–you gotta swatch ‘em next time you’re near a Shiseido counter.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For some blendable, beautiful neutrals, Shiseido has you covered. SO smooth, so buttery. Such an amazing texture!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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