Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

LORAC Royal Collection for Holiday 2014
LORAC Royal Collection for Holiday 2014

Mega Pro Palette ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

GO PRO with LORAC Mega PRO Palette! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this limited edition PRO artistry palette is double the size of the original PRO Palette and packed with 16 Shimmer and 16 Matte Eye Shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the Red Carpet. LORAC’s velvety-smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line and define your eyes, just like a PRO. Mega PRO Palette Contains 32 Eye Shadows for stay-true color that lasts, a PRO must-have! Exclusively at LORAC and Amazon.com on October 7th.

  • 16 Matte Shades: Cream (from the PRO Palette), Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso (from the PRO Palette), White (From the PRO Palette), Khaki, Brown, Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black (from PRO Palette and PRO Palette 2)
  • 16 Shimmer Shades: Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo, Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar.

The Royal Pro Eye Collection ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

LORAC rules this season with The Royal PRO Eye Collection. Give your eyes the Royal treatment and go PRO with an exclusive Royal Pocket PRO Eye Shadow Palette, Front of the Line PRO Liquid Eyeliner, and PRO Mascara that are fit for a Queen. The Royal Pocket PRO includes Gold from the original PRO Palette, Cocoa from the PRO Palette 2, and an exclusive PRO shade in Ivory, all in our velvety-smooth, long-lasting formula. Own the throne with The Royal PRO Eye Collection!

The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

LORAC rules this season with The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set. Give your lips the Royal treatment with our luxuriously creamy and delightfully smooth Lip Glosses that are loaded with antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins A,C & E to help protect and soothe your luscious, regal pout. This Royal family of Lip Lustre Cremes comes complete with 6 magnificent, high-shine shades that are fit for a Queen. Own the throne with The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set! Shades include Empress, Princess, Enchanted, Reign, Crown Jewel, Tiara.

The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

LORAC rules this season with The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set. Give your eyes the Royal treatment with our pastel, princess-inspired, long-lasting, shimmering top coat in Opal, 24K, Rose Quartz, and Amethyst. These shades can be applied over eye shadow or worn individually on eyes and cheeks for luminous, prismatic, 3-Dimensional sparkle and shine. Own the throne with The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set!

The Royal Eye Shadow Collection ($38.00) (Limited Edition (ULTA Exclusive)

Give your eyes the Royal treatment with these luxuriously rich, velvety-smooth eye shadows that are fit for a Queen.  This Royal family of jewel-toned, velveteen palettes contains 16 exclusive, long-lasting, highly-pigmented eye shadow shades to create any eye look you desire for all your affairs. Own the throne with the Royal Eye Shadow Collection!

Party Palette ($24.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Get the party started with LORAC’s Party Eye Shadow Palette! This eye-catching, sparkling palette is filled with 8 vibrant shimmer eye shadows plus 2 over-sized highlighter shades, perfect for adding sparkle and shine to your fashionable days and party nights. Be the life of the party and keep all eyes on you with LORAC. Available December 26th.

Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette  ($12.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Black Friday Exclusive. Recreate all your favorite Hollywood classics. The beautifully packaged Sultry Starlet palette contains five ultra-pigmented shimmer Eye Shadows perfect for an everyday look.  The Vintage Vixen Matte Eye Shadow Palette contains 5 ultra-pigmented matte Eye Shadows perfect for an every day natural look.  Available November 28th.

  • Sultry Starlet
  • Vintage Vixen

Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette ($15.00) (Limited Edition) (ULTA Exclusive)

Make your eyes pop with the LORAC Champagne Dreams Eye Shadow Palette! This exclusive ultra-luxe palette is packed with seven nude-inspired shimmering Eye Shadow shades that are perfect for any celebration. Cheers to the endless possibilities! Available December 1st.

The Royal Full Face Collection ($40.00) (Limited Edition (Kohl’s Exclusive)

Give yourself the Royal treatment with this luxuriously magnificent collection for eyes, cheeks, and lips that is fit for a Queen.  Includes 4 Eye Shadows, 3-in-1 Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil, Cobra Mascara, Blush, Alter Ego Lipstick, and Lip Lustre Gloss.

Royal Eye Shadow Palette ($35.00) (Limited Edition)

This exclusive and lavish trio contains three ultra-rich, color-coordinated eye shadow quads designed to create three Royal looks that are fit for a queen. Includes three quads: Plum Velvet, Gold Satin, Silver Silk.

Availability: LORAC, Amazon.com, ULTA, Kohl’s

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Sunday, August 31st, 2014

bareMinerals The Guilty Pleasures Eyeshadow Duo
bareMinerals The Guilty Pleasures Eyeshadow Duo

bareMinerals The Guilty Pleasures Eyeshadow Duo ($20.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a set of warm-toned shades in peach and brown. The two colors playoff each other well, as they can be blended subtly for a more contrasting look or blended more for a smooth gradient. I wish the darker brown shade was more pigmented, though.

Shhh… is described as an “apricot nectar.” It’s a light-medium, peach orange with warm undertones and a soft, satin finish. It had good color payoff that applied smoothly and evenly. The finish is lovely as it adds dimension but doesn’t look shimmery on the lid. It wore well for ten hours before fading. MAC Apricot Blend #3 (LE) is darker. Kat Von D Geek (LE) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Escapade (LE, $40.00) is a cream product, lighter. MAC Arena (P, $15.00) is darker, browner. bareMinerals Tres Chic (P) is yellower. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Yes Please is described as a “cinnamon brown shimmer.” It’s a softened, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a satiny finish. It had decent pigmentation, but it wasn’t as pigmented as the Ready formula is usually, which was disappointing. The texture was soft and smooth, so it was still easy to apply and blend out on the skin. It wore well for ten hours before fading. Stila Character (P) is slightly darker. Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #1 (P) is lighter. Kat Von D Disintegration (P) is darker. theBalm #8 (P, $6.50) is darker. Sleek MakeUP Entwined (P, $9.99) is similar. MAC A Medley of Mauves #4 (P, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Soba (P, $15.00) is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Lavanila Vanilla Lavender The Healthy Deodorant
Lavanila Vanilla Lavender The Healthy Deodorant

Lavanila Vanilla Lavender The Healthy Deodorant ($14.00 for 1.7 oz.) is described as an “aluminum-free deodorant that is 100 percent natural, safe, and effective.” I’ve always been curious about this product, but I didn’t buy it until recently, as my underarm area started feeling itchy (and it never has before), so I decided to switch-up my deodorant and see how this one would work. It has a sweetened, lavender scent, though it leans more herbal than overly sweet. The consistency is thin, lightweight, non-sticky, and glides on easily, but it does feel cool and almost wet initially (more like a gel deodorant, though it is a white solid). It is white, but it absorbs and doesn’t leave behind any white residue once it dries down. It dries down within a few minutes, and it provides moderate protection against odor. It won’t keep odor at bay if you’ve really worked up a sweat (e.g. exercised), but for a day at the office, light errands, and so on, it does the job and leaves my underarm area smoother and better hydrated.

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Friday, May 9th, 2014

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake Lipstick
Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Let Them Eat Cake Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “delicate lilac … shot through with sugary sparkles.” It’s a light-medium, pink-lilac with gold shimmer and sparkle. The base color is semi-sheer, while the amount of shimmer makes the overall result more semi-opaque. Revlon Cotton Candy (P, $7.49) is sheerer, less glittery. NYX Castle (P, $4.00) is less glittery, more opaque, darker. Chanel Charme (P, $34.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to be comfortable to wear, hydrating, and have a “soft focus” effect due to the finish. It can be worn alone or applied over your favorite lipstick as a “top coat.” The texture of the lipstick is similar to other highly metallic, highly frosted formulas; it glides on without tugging, but there’s a slight feel of the texture from the amount of shimmer/sparkle. I wouldn’t describe it as gritty or rough, but it’s not perfectly smooth or creamy. What’s remarkable about the formula is that it doesn’t dry out lips, as high frosts often do, though it is only a little hydrating over the long-haul. The sparkle doesn’t migrate too noticeably, but there were a few stray gold flecks outside of the lip after the four hours it lasted. The sparkles can sometimes catch on the natural lip, so I would recommend exfoliating prior to give it a smoother surface to adhere to. Worn, it’s very sparkly, reflective, and catches the light beautifully, but it’s not the most comfortable lipstick/formula I’ve come across. The packaging has a lot of heft to it, but all of the heft is in the case/top, while the actual tube component feels very light and plastic-like. I didn’t notice any scent or taste to the formula.

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Friday, April 4th, 2014

NARS Lipgloss
NARS Lipgloss

NARS Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.18 fl. oz.) has been reformulated and will have thirty shades when it officially launches on April 15th. I’m working my way through testing them for wear, so you’ll see reviews throughout the next couple of weeks.  You can expect full sets of photos, swatches, etc. along with in-depth reviews and dupes when those get posted. :)

I arranged the shades in this order: Triple X, Striptease, Greek Holiday, Giza, Sweet Dreams, Belize, Stolen Kisses, Risky Business, Supervixen, Istria, Angelika, Priscilla, Easy Lover, Turkish Delight, Tasmania, Super Orgasm, Salamanca, Orgasm, Wonder, Eternal Red, Sweet Revenge, Chihuahua, Ophelia, Dolce Vita, Stella, Scandal, Misbehave, Quito, Rose Gitane, Sixties Fan.

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Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2014 Collection
Tom Ford Beauty Summer 2014 Collection

Eye & Cheek Compact ($95.00) (Limited Edition)

Tom Ford’s limited edition eye and cheek color palette imbues a sultry, effortless summer look with a refreshing twist of color. Eyes are enveloped in a blend of soft pearl and satin finish neutrals and a bold accent of cobalt. Cheeks are illuminated with light rose and peach coral shades for a warm and sexy glow. Packaged in a retro-chic, ivory- and gold-colored Tom Ford case.

  • Unabashed Neutral, cobalt, rose, peach

Lip Shimmer ($49.00) (Limited Edition)

Tom Ford Lip Shimmer in Moonlight and Solar Gold can be swept onto bare lips for a sultry, glimmering effect, or veiled over Tom Ford Lip Color to add radiant shimmer to a spectrum of nude and vivid shades. Infused with Vitamins C and E and shea butter, this moisturizing lip glaze in a domed bullet is packaged in a limited edition, ivory- and gold-colored Tom Ford case.

  • Moonlight Gold
  • Solar Gold Champagne

Skin Illuminator ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

Inspired by the look of skin bathed in summer evening light, this illuminator creates an irresistible, translucent glow. Its peach-pink shade flatters every skin tone while moisturizing and soothing skin, and its highly micronized pearls diffuse light for a naturally enhanced, sun-kissed look. Apply the illuminator all over the face on its own, or mixed with Tom Ford Traceless Foundation, to achieve radiant and balanced skin.

  • Fire Lust Peach-pink

Availability: Saks, pre-order at Neiman Marcus

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