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Giorgio Armani #3 Smooth Silk Eyeliner


Giorgio Armani #3 Smooth Silk Eyeliner

Giorgio Armani #3 Smooth Silk Eyeliner

Giorgio Armani #3 Smooth Silk Eyeliner ($27.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described simply as “navy.” The Smooth Silk formula is supposed to be soft with rich color. The pencil also includes a tapered sponge for smudging on the opposite end of the pencil tip.  The smudger is flexible and soft without being rough.

It’s a gorgeous blackened navy blue with a hint of indigo in it. It could be more pigmented, because it takes a couple of passes to get solid, intense color; a single pass yields color but nothing opaque. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this, even after looking at all these navy blue eyeliners–it is much darker with less blue in it than many potential dupes.

The wear is good, though, despite shortcomings in payoff (at least it’s buildable), lasting nine hours on the lower lash line before it begins to look a little faded. It’s soft, creamy, and glides on well. I find the texture rather comparable to Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eyeliners; creamy enough to move along the lash line with ease and without tugging or pulling on the lid but not so creamy it migrates everywhere.

Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil #3
#3
#3
8.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total

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Tarina Tarantino Beauty for Fall 2011


Tarina Tarantino Beauty for Fall 2011

Tarina Tarantino’s beauty line was inspired by the richness and radiance of her own handcrafted jewelry, and this fall, the entire line is taking a daring turn with a bold new look that brings it to a whole new level. Sleek graphite-colored packaging, jewel tone accents, illustrations of iconic Tarina designs and new must-have palettes add a multi-faceted dimension to the line. The luxe, long-lasting formulas remain the same, luxuriously infused with crushed pearl, micronized diamond powder and finely milled gemstones to reflect the brilliance, luminosity and sophistication of a jewel.

In celebration of Tarina Tarantino Beauty’s new look, six Jewel Shadow Palettes will premiere this fall. These gorgeous vanity compacts each feature five coordinating eyeshadows with shimmering gemstone powders and a high intensity, long-wear formula that leaves your eyes sparkling like jewels. The glamorous oval shape of the compact also makes it easier to see the whole surface of your face when applying your makeup on the go. Choose from: Wonderful (shimmery forest greens, golds and browns), Lovely (pearlized grays, silvers and creams with matte black), Magical (pearlized pinks, taupes and plums), Delightful (pearlized beiges and pinks with matte chocolate brown), Fantastical (pearlized mauves, creams and plums, and Dreamy (pearlized coppers and golds with black with gold sparkle).

The Tarina Tarantino Collection includes:

Pearl Glow Primer ($29.00)

An opalescent primer that keeps makeup looking beautiful. Available in Pearl or Pearl Nude

Sparklicity Shimmer Dust ($39.00)

Pure-refraction reflex shimmer in a feminine spray for body and hair. Available in Opal, Gold and Bronze

Sparklicity Pure ($17.00)

Pure-refraction reflex shimmer for a sophisticated look on eyes or face. Available in Pure, Pure Opal, Pure Nude, Pure Gold and Pure Bronze.

Jewel Shadow Palettes ($32.00)

A palette of five long-wear eyeshadows in a glamorous compact.

  • Wonderful Shimmery forest greens, golds and browns
  • Lovely Pearlized grays, silvers and creams with matte black
  • Magical Pearlized pinks, taupes and plums
  • Delightful Pearlized beiges and pinks with matte chocolate brown
  • Fantastical Pearlized mauves, creams and plums
  • Dreamy Pearlized coppers and golds with black with gold sparkle

Fleur de Lash Mascara ($19.00)

For dramatically thickened and lengthened lashes. Available in Black Opal.

Gem Gloss ($19.00)

A silky, hydrating gloss with high shine. Available in 13 shades.

Conditioning Lip Sheen ($22.00)

A lightweight conditioning lipstick with medium pigmentation and shine. Available in 11 shades.

Sparklicity Gloss ($14.00)

A hydrating gloss with gemstone powders for a dazzling shimmer effect. Available in six shades.

Fuchsia Revolution Brush Set ($69.00)

A professional-quality brush set to create any makeup look with brush handles in Tarina’s signature fuchsia shade.

availability: October 2011

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Will my skin care products go bad if left in the heat?

This post was written by Renée Rouleau, who is a skin-care expert and celebrity esthetician who has been helping men, women and teens attain healthy, glowing, beautiful skin for more than twenty years.

Her philosophy is simple: With the proper tools, effective products and a disciplined approach, anyone can have great skin.  Her skincare line embodies this same approach and follows her dos and don’ts.  In relation to this post, I fully recommend her AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel!

She provides regular skincare advice and tips on her blog, too!

Will my skin care products go bad if left in the heat?

During the summer months, when temperatures are anywhere from 85 to 100 degrees depending on where you live, you might accidentally leave your skin care products in a hot car and wonder if the heat will affect the safety and performance of the product or worse, ruin them. Or, if you order your skin care products online, you will open up your mailbox or see them sitting outside on your doorstep and discover that because of the hot temperatures where you live, your products will be warm to the touch. Because of the heat, you may notice that a gel cleanser, a cleansing lotion, or a moisturizer will have a thinner consistency than normal. These scenarios may leave you wondering if the heat has affected your skin care products. The answer is no.

Heat should not affect the performance of your skin care products. The reason for this has to do with when products are made. When a new product is made in the laboratory, chemists will put it through the “oven test.” This is where a product is put into an oven with temperatures around 115 degrees Fahrenheit with 70 percent relative humidity, and is kept in there anywhere from six weeks to three months. The purpose of the oven test is to determine if a product can stay stable and maintain its integrity, since products can be left in hot cars or in other less-than desirable conditions. Heat can also mimic the long term shelf life of a product to determine if the product will remain constant for a two-year shelf life, and if the ingredients will separate or change consistency. All of the Renée Rouleau products go through this oven test, exposing them to heat over long periods of time to ensure their safety, performance and longevity, so certainly a hot car for a day or two or a hot mailbox for a few hours should not affect the product at all.

Note: The oven test does not factor in UV light, so if your product sits out for long periods of time in UV light or sunlight, this most likely will weaken the performance of ingredients such as antioxidants (which tend to break down in sunlight). So definitely keep your products in a closed cosmetic bag and try not to subject them to long periods in the sun.

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