First Row: Creme Cerise, O, Lightly Ripe, Russian Red, So Scarlet
Second Row: Rapturous, Kirsch, Bing, Chock-ful
Third Row: Cherry Blossom, Liqueur, Cult of Cherry, Rich & Ripe, Jampacked
As promised, Cult of Cherry swatches bright and early! And just in time – class starts in four minutes, LOL. (Unfortunately, Honolulu’s MAC store (in the airport) did not have the launch in at all.) I didn’t even have time to buy anything this morning – I’ll head back after class to get a few things.
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MAC Overrich, a collection of eight pigments, launches today, alongside Cult of Cherry. I received samples of all of the ones featured sometime ago, so you can see my earlier review if you missed it or need to re-read!
- Blonde’s Gold is nice neutral-white kind of color with a touch of warmth in the form of bronzy-gold; it makes a great neutral base.
- Museum Bronze is a deep, metallic bronzy-gold color. I know in the swatch photo it looks rather bronzy, but I swear it seems more like an antique gold shade when I stare at on my hand (then again, the light by my desk isn’t the *best*). Anyway, gorgeous bronze color. It’s probably not a “must have” for everyone, but it is for me.
- Mega-Rich is a subdued coppery orange color. It’s not really like Coppersparkle, just because it has a subtle sheen, no over-the-top frosty shimmer/sparkle. I think it’s a bit more orange, too.
- Copperbeam is a rich copper-burgundy color; I see definite tones of earthy red mixed in. This is actually somewhat similar to Heritage Rouge — it’s distinctly different in a sense, but the two are close. This one has more red-brown to it; it reminds me of Antiqued eyeshadow, actually.
- Vintage Gold is a more antique version of Golden Olive (and less frost in its finish, more subtle sheen). Kind of like a dirty green with lots of gold pearl.
- Antique Green kind of reminds me of Deep Blue Green with more teal and gold in it (I am not saying it is a dupe for this color!!). Maybe a lighter version? The color is very much like a dirty green-teal color. It will be interesting to use this in a look.
- Heritage Rouge is a reddish purple–kind of like Cranberry eyeshadow. Like the others, this has a metallic sheen, but it isn’t too much, unlike some of the existing frost pigments. I think the texture and finish of these alone makes them worth checking out, even if you might have a possible dupe.
- Mauvement is a shimmery cool-toned purple with a gray cast to it. I find it incredibly frosty, and it doesn’t feel as smooth as the others.
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A brush is a brush is a brush. Right? Wrong! FHI Heat is out to prove you 100% wrong about what your brush needs are. They recently launched a professional brush series that is supposed to restore your hair’s natural resiliency and shine as you use them. The science behind this uses the same technology as FHI Heat’s blow dryers, which basically creates negative ions. When negative ions are heated, they help lock moisture into the follicle and keep hair looking glossy.
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I love Essie polishes! They never disappoint me, because they apply smoothly, and the colors are incredibly rich and pigmented. You really don’t need two coats with this stuff (though I still go for it). I’ve never had problems with this brand chipping, and I manage to get my manicure to last through a week without anything more than tip wear. For fall, they have six colors:
- Swept Off My Feet: darker watermelony pink
- Big Spender: raspberry-purple
- No Boundaries: vampy berry-red
- Forever Young: clean, deep red
- Tomboy No More: dark scarlet red
- Lacy Not Racy: vampy dark red
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Shiny skin got you down? You should check out Philosophy’s Never Let Them See You Shine line. The line is a trio of products, consisting of a primer ($20.00), a cleanser ($20.00), and a scrub ($20.00).
The primer feels smooth, velvety – it sinks into the skin and helps keep your makeup looking fresher all day. The primer both mattifies and keeps oil away throughout the day, which allows you to reduce the shine and oily appearance on your face. My skin is pretty normal, but on occasion my forehead might get a touch oily. I found this never happened when I wore the primer.
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Spa Sister’s Microfiber Hair Towel($12.00) purports to quickly absorb moisture from the hair. It’s supposed to reduce the amount of time you’ll spend blow drying your hair. The towel is a big bigger than a regular hand towel (the “medium” sized towel – bigger than a wash cloth, smaller than a bath towel), and it is incredibly lightweight and feels quite thin. I imagine it’s the microfiber that keeps it so featherweight. I have long, thick hair, so I’m always on the lookout for anything that minimizes my drying time, so I jumped on this product when I heard about it.
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