Burberry Ruby (18) Lipstick

Burberry Ruby Lipstick

Burberry Ruby (18) Lipstick ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a gorgeous shade of bright, lush red with a faint blue-base but not at all too cool for warmer skin tones to wear.  A few weeks ago, when I reviewed Burberry’s Russet Blush, I had so many of you ask me about the lip color–in case you missed it, Ruby was it!

It’s a nearly opaque shade that packs lots of color without feeling heavy or slick on lips.  It’s lightweight in its feel, satiny in its texture.  The application is even and smooth and doesn’t require a lot of layering (just one or two passes).  There’s a soft sheen but not really a shimmer to it.  It does have a floral scent, which is noticeable in the tube but not when I wore it.

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RECOMMENDATION: For a beautiful, slightly blue-based red, Ruby would be a good pick.


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This Week’s Sales for August 23rd, 2010


This Week’s Sales for August 23rd, 2010

  • Beauty.com: Get $10 off orders of $60+ whenever you click through THIS LINK. Free travel-size Blow Out hair spray with $25+ purchase of Blow products with this link. Buy 2 Frederic Fekkai Advanced products, receive free 1 oz. Glossing Cream with this link.
  • Benefit: Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with purchases of $115+, use code WORLD115 (excludes Asia).  Get Rich Beach Velvet Eyeshadow free with any $50+ order with code EYECOLOR, expires 9/1 (make sure to add it to your bag).
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  • Bliss: 15% off Bliss, Elemis, Remede with code SEPT10, expires 8/26. Free 1 oz. Fabulous Foaming Face Wash with a Steep Clean Mask purchase with code POTM810, expires 8/31. Free SK-11 cellumination deluxe sample with $125+ SK-11 purchase with code SKCELL, expires 10/31. Free gift with $40+ Clarins purchase with code CLRNGWP, expires 8/31.
  • Blue Mercury: Free shipping on all orders over $50 with code FREESHIP, plus 3 free beauty samples with every order.
  • Bobbi Brown: Free full-size Ash Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow with $65+ order with code ASH8, expires 10/1, one time use. Free full-size metallic eyeshadow in Gold Dust with $65+ order with code GOLD8, expires 9/30, one time use. Free shipping on $55+ purchases, no code required.
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Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Collection for September 2010

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Collection for September 2010

Metallic Eye Shadow ($20.00)

  • Black Berry
  • Black Cocoa
  • Black Charcoal

Sparkle Eye Shadow ($24.00)

  • Black
  • Black Velvet

Eye Shadow ($20.00)

  • Black Charcoal
  • Black Chocolate

Kohl Eyeliner ($20.00)

  • Black
  • Black Chocolate
  • Black Plum

Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Black Maple
  • Black Raspberry

Metallic Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Black Garnet

Lip Gloss ($20.00)

  • Black Chocolate

Creamy Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Black Mahogany
  • Black Cherry

Availability: September 2010

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MAC Fabulous Felines Look: Leopard Luxe

MAC Fabulous Felines Look:  Leopard Luxe

I really don’t like the Leopard Luxe eyeshadow quad.  I just find the colors to be so… unappealing when paired together.  It’s like this peachy brown getting mixed with a dirty brown and gray.  Perhaps the usage of green, blue, or gunmetal could have made this palette work better.   The colors seemed awkward to me–not inherently bad–but not very complementary.   I will also reiterate that using the Superslick Liquid Eyeliner on the lower lash line went about as well as the time before–it just dries awkwardly around the roots of the lower lashes and seems to crumble a bit.

I normally find myself liking products more when I use them, rather than simply swatching them, but I’m even less keen on it after using it in a look.  If you want a great, slightly smoky quad, try (all MAC) Gleam, Goldmine, Soft Brown, and Bronze.  If you want something a little “unusual,” try switching out Bronze for something like Coppering, Cranberry, or Sumptuous Olive.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Apply Lithe pigment all over the lid with the 239 and mixing medium. Using the 239, apply Wild By Nature eyeshadow on the lower lid. Lightly blend Notoriety eyeshadow in the crease with the 239. Blend Furiously Fabulous eyeshadow above the crease.   Highlight the brow bone with Prized eyeshadow with the 239 and blend with Furiously Fabulous eyeshadow to soften.  Bring everything together by applying Smoky Heir liner on the lower lash line layered with Crash liner. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.

For cheeks, apply Bite of an Apple blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.  Highlight cheekbones with Amber Diamond skin shimmer with the 165.

For lips, apply Out Minxed lipstick as a base color, then layer Viva Glam Cyndi lipglass on top for a complementing lip.

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