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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


Sunset Marble Blush

2nd Love Baked Powders Collection: Marble Blushes

2nd Love was founded by a fellow UC Irvine alumnist Terry Hsiao, who graduated in 2005, and is now working on developing her own cosmetic line. When Terry first approached me, I started to get excited as soon as I visited 2nd Love’s website, particularly because it is well-designed and the quality of the product photos is excellent. (If only all brands had such high quality imagery for us to drool over!) I also thought it would be fitting to check out this line with MAC’s Colour Craft Collection debuting later this week.

The 2nd Love Collection currently includes six eyeshadow duos, four marble blushes, and three Glow n’ Bronzers. According to Terry, the powders are made with a special formula containing a high content of pearl powder. The baked powders can be used wet or dry and are longer wearing than traditional pressed powder products. Together, they are designed to create a collection of soft, sheer powders that provide intense color and flawless coverage.

  • Sunset is a marbleized powder with hints of warm brown, cool pink, and dirty gray. It translates into a soft, dirty pink. I imagine on some complexions this might come off a bit muddy, but for others, it will be a nice, subdued blusher.
  • Sunshine is a soft pink with silvery sheen. In the pot, it’s a mixture of soft white and deeper pink.
  • Terra Cotta is a soft, peachy color with a soft sheen. The pot is a marbleized concoction of peachy-gold, copper, and pink. I liked this one a lot, just because it adds warmth to cheeks without too much color, so it’s a very natural-looking shade.
  • Amber is a soft, cool pink with light sheen. I wore this alone with mascara and a tinted lip balm, and I got so many compliments on the cheeks!

OVERALL, 2nd Love’s Marble Blushes ($12.00 each for 5.6g/0.2 oz.) are soft, smooth baked powder blushes. Their intensity is designed to be softer rather than in-your-face, and I think they succeed in that area. All four blushes are extremely wearable for a full range of skin tones, and the layer well to build up the color. They can also be used wet to increase intensity, too. I didn’t find any of them too glittery; in fact, they all seemed to have a nice sheen rather than shimmer/glitter particles. I found that the blushes wore well throughout the day, and they didn’t fade much, if at all. I have found that mineralize blushes and the like do tend to have less staying power than traditional powder blushes for me, at least.

Of course, I know you are wondering how 2nd Love’s Marble Blushes compare to MAC’s Mineralize Blushes. I do feel that they are different products in some ways, and of course, similar in others. The biggest difference is the price — MAC mineralize blushes run $21.00 each for 3.5g/0.11 oz. Some of MAC’s mineralize blushes do pack more pigment/color pay off than 2nd Love’s (e.g. Merrily). I’d say 2nd Love’s Marble Blushes just give a softer finish, softer glow.

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

HauteLook is having a Lisa Hoffman Beauty sale!

The sale is going on now at HauteLook! :) As per usual, products look like they’re around 50% off!  I’ve never tried any of Lisa Hoffman products before, so I think I might pick up a few things to try!  What about you?

(The link above is an invite-link, which is a referral link. HauteLook has opened up membership, so you are free to sign up on your own, if you wish! :) )

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Chanel Venice Collection for Fall 2009

As a city built on water, Venice was a source of great intrigue for Gabrielle Chanel. She saw it as simultaneously dramatic and fragile – qualities she herself possessed. With the imagination of the CHANEL Makeup Studio, Venice comes to life in a palette reflective of the city’s shimmering facades and mosaics, and the sparkling aquatic colours of its lagoons. As seen in the runway looks created by Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, at the 2009/10 Cruise Collection show, held on the beaches of Venice, Italy, rich sienna and deep rose tones, and dusky greys and greens combine for a modern look that can be softened for day or emboldened come evening.

Eye Gloss ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Luminous cream quadra eyeshadow in pearl, gold, black, red-black

Les 4 Ombres / Quadra Eyeshadow ($56.00)

  • Murano Moss, pink, seafoam, green shimmer

Irreelle Duo / Silky Eyeshadow Duo ($40.00)

  • Acqua Alta White, grey

Poudre Douce / Soft Pressed Powder ($50.00)

  • Peche Caresse Soft peach

Jouse Contraste / Powder Blush ($42.00)

  • Fresque Peach

Les Tissages de Chanel / Blush Duo Tweed Effect ($45.00)

  • Tweed Sienna Earthy Bronze

Rouge Allure / Luminous Satin Lip Colour ($30.00)

  • Instinctive Pink nude
  • Comedia Rose
  • Intuitive Pink brown
  • Amusing Rosewood
  • Captive Brown
  • Clandestine Brick

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($27.00)

  • Arlequin Gold
  • Courtisane Pink

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($23.00)

  • Intermezzo White pearl
  • Gondola Maroon shimmer

Le Crayon Levres / Precision Lip Definer ($28.00)

  • Praline d’Or Nude

Le Crayon Sourcils / Precision Brow Definer ($28.00)

  • Blond Clair Blonde
  • Cendre Noir Black

Availability: July 2009 at CHANEL boutiques, department and specialty stores, and on Chanel.com.

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

What’s the longest you’ve stuck with a beauty product? Same foundation for five years? Stay-true-to-your-moisturizer kind of gal?

Temptalia's Answer.

Studio Fix Fluid probably held my attention span the longest — three years, I’d say!

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Monday, July 6th, 2009

True Blue Naked Cotton Dress Shea Light Body Lotionicon ($15.00 for 6.7 oz.) is a lightweight body lotion that keeps moderate-to-dry skin well-hydrated and feeling silky soft. In a market saturated with body creams and souffles, a body lotion is always a welcome addition. The product absorbs into skin quickly, and it is easily spread over each part of your body–you don’t have to keep going back for more.

One of my favorite parts about this body lotion was the clean, lightweight scent. It is light enough to be able to layer it with your favorite perfume without a funny combination, but yet it is still detectable if you choose to wear it alone. If you know what B&BW’s “Cotton Blossom” smells like, it is similar with the same soft cotton-ish scent, but it is much, much lighter and more subtle smelling. I’m a big fan of clean scents myself, so this one is a keeper!

Slowly but surely, I am becoming a big fan of B&BW’s True Blue Spa line.  (Hello, anyone remember their Just a Minute Manicure Scrub?!)

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Monday, July 6th, 2009

If you were using MAC She’s A Star Lipglass?, what look would you create with it?

What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips? Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include today’s look book product!

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