Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Remember I told you about my love for Calvin Klein’s Maven Lip Gloss?  I wasn’t joking!  I picked up three more of these glosses at Sephora–and of course, I didn’t even use my $15 off coupon.  I was too impatient to go home and get it!  The colors I bought were Taffy, Knockout, and Radar.  I just love the way these glosses feel alone (and I rarely wear glosses alone), so I wanted some great everyday shades.  Taffy is a nice, soft pink with gold shimmer in it.  Knockout is a cooler, pastel purple-pink that’s less traditionally everyday–it reminded me of Negligee lipglass by MAC.  Radar is ridiculously pretty, being almost like a nude lipgloss but with plenty of pink and peach undertones.

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Friday, December 12th, 2008

NARS Multiple Bronzericon ($37.00) is the latest in Multiple technology. The Bronzer Multiples feature three colors: Tuomota (light to medium complexions), Malaysia (medium to dark), and Rapa Nui (dark). If you’re unfamiliar with The Multiple, it is a cream-to-power, multi-purpose makeup stick. You can apply with fingers, brushes, or directly from the stick itself (it’s all up to you and your preferences). The bronzer shades of The Multiples are designed to help naturally bronze or sculpt the face/cheeks.

I tried Malaysia for my skin tone (and it is the shade pictured above).  It’s a deep, warm bronzy shade that may actually be a bit too dark for me.  I definitely see myself liking this more during the summer, when my complexion has more warmth and is naturally tanner than at the moment–especially since I just dropped another shade lighter!  This can be used to contour cheeks, though for me it was a little too warm for a contour.

I loved the texture and feel, though.  It’s creamy without being overly so, and the stick itself is stiff enough to not feel like it’s melting all over the place.  The $37 price tag is hefty, and I admit it’s a major reason why I’ve been so hesitant to get into NARS’ Multiples.  At least you can rest assured that you do get plenty of product for your money.  It’s too bad NARS didn’t put out a Multiple Mini Set for the holidays–wouldn’t that have been killer?

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Friday, December 12th, 2008

AVEENO Intense Relief Repair Cream ($14.99) is one of the ultimate sources of relief and moisture to combat the dry skin of winter. It contains ceramides and oats, as well as shea butter; all ingredients designed to better your skin. I love Aveeno for its reliability as a standout drugstore brand that caters towards sensitive skin. When I was little, I had the worst skin ever, and my doctor always had my sister and I stock up on Aveeno products. This cream is absolutely fantastic in helping cracked, irritated skin to feel better and turn it around for the better. It has the typical Aveeno smell (which isn’t fragrant, mostly oat-y). This is a huge tub (16 oz.!) of pretty thick cream, so make sure to use it only with clean hands to ensure it’ll last you through the entire winter and then some.

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Anastasia Five Element Brow Kit ($65.00) contains everything you need to keep your brows looking fierce. What I really love about the kit is that it is available in five different shades, ranging from Golden Blonde to Strawburn. This really lets you customize your choice so it best suits your brow color. Each kit comes with Precision Tweezers, Brow Powder Duo, Brow Stencils, Mini Duo Brush #7, and Clear Brow Gel. Oh, and of course, everything is stashed in an adorable pink zip-top bag.  The bag actually has plenty of room, so you stash some of your other makeup or staples in there in a pinch.  Anastasia tweezers are top-notch–great angle and grip so you can get those stubborn hairs out.  I love the stencils for helping you determine what kind of brow shape you love or want.  You can use them to help fill in your brows, but I’ve found that they can be helpful when creating a new shape, too.  Brow gel is nice to set those who have brow hairs that often go wayward (ahem! me!).  A little goes a long way!  If you use too much, it’ll feel crunchy and not at all natural.  I think the only way this kit could be better is if they had some brow scissors, too!

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Thursday, December 11th, 2008

AG Hair Cosmetics dv8 texture spray ($20.00) is a spray designed to define, texturize, and style hair without giving you build-up at the end. I like to spray it on damp to dry hair to help add texture and make my hair look more “piece-y.” What’s great about this product is you can spray it into your roots, blow dry, and then you’ll see some nice volume and definition. You can also just use it to keep your hair a little more “in place.”

Trust me, I’m lazy in the morning. I’m even lazier because I spend most of my day blogging in my home or going to school, so there’s just few occasions where I need to get dressed to the nines. I’ve grown accustomed to lazing around, playing with the puppy, and the like, so any product that can multi-task I get excited over. This is why dv8 is so exciting, because it’s very much like a pomade, but it’s in a spray formula. It can do so much in so little time, and you don’t have to get pomade all over your hands either.

Use this to help cut back the time you spent getting ready in the New Year — it launches in North America January 1st, 2009.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Butter London Holiday Lacquer Duo #2 ($20.00) is an absolutely perfect pair of polishes for the holiday season. I love gold, and I love glittery reds. Of course, I’m head over heels (nails?) in love with this set. Chancer is a glittery, shimmery red, while The Full Monty is a semi-pale, gilded gold. It’s not a bling-bling kind of gold; it’s more subdued, but still chalked full of shimmer and shine. The gift box packaging is fun and festive, so it makes a great gift to give to your nail lacquer lovin’ pals. I must admit that I was startled by how wasteful the box is, though, so I do wish they’d reduce the size, even if it is cute.  Chancer is very similar to China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps (which I have and love), though I do feel like the glitter in Chancer is not nearly as chunky as Ruby Pumps, which makes it easier to remove. The Full Monty almost has a chrome/metallic finish, but it still has a lot of shimmer working for it, so you don’t have to worry about brush strokes showing.

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