NARS Look: Mangrove & Daphne

NARS Look: Mangrove & Daphne

I liked this in close-ups, but I don’t like it so much with my skin tone overall.  I think someone paler than me could really rock this, though! :)

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Mangrove eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend Rajasthan (taupe) eyeshadow on the middle of the lid blended to the outer lid with the 239. Next, apply Daphne  eyeshadow into the crease with the 226, lightly blending onto the outer lid. Blend Trench eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying #11L eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Precious Cells mascara.

For cheeks, apply Douceur blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Liquid Lurex lipstick first, and then layer Hi-falutin’ dazzleglass for a complementing lip.

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Win MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish from In the Groove!

Win MAC Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish from In the Groove!

One (1) lucky winner will receive the limited edition Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish from MAC’s In the Groove Collection! (Retail value $28.00 — but let’s face it, next best way to get one without paying $100on eBay!  LOL!)

RULES: All entries must be submitted by July 31st, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

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MAC Wonder Woman Collection for Spring 2011

MAC & Wonder Woman

MAC Wonder Woman Collection for Spring 2011

U.S./Canada Launch Date: February 10th, 2011
International Launch Date: March 2011

If you read the copy below, you’ll notice that MAC has super-sized the following products, which has resulted in the higher prices: Mineralize Skinfinish, Eyeshadow Quads, Pigment, Opulash, Lipsticks, and Lipglass.

Banish any thought of being a Plain Jane: M∙A∙C and Wonder Woman have joined forces! For Spring 2011, take a trip to Paradise Island with a legendary line up of super-sized Mineralize Skinfinish, bold Eye Shadow quads, Pigment, Opulash, Lipsticks and oversized Lipglass, jumbo-big Powder Blush and Penultimate Eye Liner, Nail Lacquer and Lash inspired by the larger-than-life Bold Babe. Dashing and dazzling, the iconic super heroine reminds us that inside every woman is a Mighty Aphrodite full of courage, confidence and charisma. Kaboom! Mission Accomplished!

Wonder Woman has always known the importance of astounding accessories. For her collaboration with M∙A∙C, we’ve infused her sense and fantasy and wonder into a vivid collection of awe-inspiring accessories as fierce and feminine as the heroine herself. Bright, bold, superhuman designs in Makeup Bags – from radiant Red to Bulletproof Blue, Utility Belt Brush Sets, and exclusively online, the WW T-Shirt and Invincible Mirror. Shazam!

Lipstick ($15.50 U.S. / $18.50 CDN)

  • Marquise d’ Sandy cream peach (Lustre) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Brunette, Blonde, Redhead ’09)
  • Russian Red Intense bluish-red (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Spitfire Bright creamy magenta (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Heroine Brown bronze (Frost) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($19.50 U.S. / $23.50 CDN)

  • Emancipation Pale neutral pink (Limited Edition)
  • Wonder Woman Bright red with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Athena’s Kiss Bright blue fuchsia (Limited Edition)
  • Secret Identity Mid-tone copper with soft pearl (Limited Edition)

Opulash Mascara ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

  • Victorious Purple (Limited Edition)
  • Army of Amazons Green (Limited Edition)
  • Themyscira Blue (Limited Edition)
  • Black Black (Permanent)

Penultimate Eye Liner ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Rapidblack True black (Permanent)

Nail Lacquer ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Obey Me True red (Limited Edition)
  • Spirit of Truth Navy blue (Limited Edition)

Lash ($14.00 U.S. / $17.00 CDN)

  • #48 Lash

Defiance Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN)

  • Defiance Iridescent white pink (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Paradise Island Soft warm pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Star Studded Mid-tone violet pink (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Real Drama Dark burgundy with pink pearl (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Lady Justice Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN)

  • Lady Justice Bright silver with white pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Insurmountable Dirty blue grey (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Bold Babe Deep metal blue with white pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Deep Truth True dark blue (Frost) (Permanent)

Valiant Eyeshadow Quad ($40.00 U.S. / $48.00 CDN)

  • Valiant Light lime with yellow pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Spinning Transformation Deep olive bronze with yellow pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Diana Undercover Dark forest green (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Manila Paper Pale frost white gold (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition) (Repromote from Spring Colour Forecast ’10)

Reflects Glitter ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

  • Reflects Pearl White glitter with pearl sheen (Glitter) (Permanent at PRO)
  • Reflects Bronze Sparkling rich gold (Glitter) (Permanent at PRO)

Pigment ($21.00 U.S. / $25.00 CDN)

  • Bright Fuchsia Bright magenta (Permanent)
  • Marine Ultra Vivid marine blue (Permanent at PRO)

Blush Duo ($24.00 U.S. / $29.00 CDN)

  • Mighty Aphordite Warm peach coral with gold pearl/Bright coral pink with gold pearl (Satin/Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Amazon Princess Bright yellow pink/Deep blue pink with gold pearl (Satin/Satin) (Limited Edition)

Mineralize Skinfinish ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN)

  • Pink Power Peachy rose with pink shimmer/Soft rosy bronze/Soft shell pink with fine shimmer (Limited Edition)
  • Golden Lariat True coral with fine gold shimmer/Soft suntanned bronze/Soft gold with fine shimmer (Limited Edition)

Wonder Woman Makeup Bag ($30.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN)

  • Wonder Woman Red (Limited Edition)
  • Bulletproof Blue (Limited Edition)

Utility Belt Eye Brush Set ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Includes 224SE, 213SE, and 194SE

Utility Belt Face Brush Set ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Includes 129SE, 109SE, and 190SE

Wonder Woman T ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN) (Online Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

Invicible Mirror ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Online Exclusive) (Limited Edition)

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Tom Ford Pure Pink Lip Color

Tom Ford Pure Pink Lipstick

Tom Ford Pure Pink Lip Color ($45.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a tantalizingly bright fuchsia pink with a satin-matte finish.  It might have the most subtle dusting of shimmer in it, but it’s really hard to make a clear distinction.  It’s almost like shimmer dust–maybe even fairy dust, since I’m not entirely sold that I’m not just seeing things…  The pigmentation is excellent with full-color coverage in one to two layers (depending on your application technique).

Tom Ford’s Private Blend Lip Color collection are all vanilla scented and come in a white and gold square tube. It’s a very clean and elegant look, and the tube itself is weighty, so it feels more luxurious when you hold it in your hand. I like that the usage of the white paneling means no fingerprints, since that is a common problem when brands use more metallic/metal kind of packaging. The top and bottom are both “gold,” with the top having “Tom Ford” imprinted on it. It does click shut and stay closed well.

The formula itself is creamy and lightweight–it doesn’t feel slippery or nearly as creamy as YSL Rouge Voluptes, nor does it glide on as smoothly and effortlessly as Guerlain Rouge Gs. Tom Ford’s color range is full with twelve different shades ranging from nudes to deep plums. The textures of Tom Ford’s lipsticks are semi-matte–they’re not shimmery at all–and so they have a smidgen of sheen/glisten but overall, a much flatter finish.

This shade wears very, very well, particularly because it’s a much darker/deeper shade than Pink Dusk.  The majority of the color lasts four to five hours, but a fuchsia stain persists for a couple more after that.  I like that it’s long-wearing without feeling drying.   With Pure Pink, it is more of a blue-based pink, so it suits those with cooler complexions best, but if you have a warmer complexion, I still think it would work.

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NARS Mangrove Eyeshadow

NARS Mangrove Eyeshadow

NARS Mangrove Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a mustard yellow with just a tinge of green. It has a satin sheen, and it’s nicely pigmented. This is a color you just don’t see very often, because it’s not always an easy to wear shade.

The only other comparable color I have in my stash is an old, discontinued shade by MAC called Jasmine (which is not quite as yellow). I’m not normally a big fan of yellow eyeshadow on me–if it leans gold or it’s more like a chartreuse, I’m totally for it, but truer yellows don’t seem to work well for me.

Mangrove is an interesting shade to work with, because it takes on much of the tones of whatever it’s paired with or layered on top of. When I used it with Palladium, it looked like a chartreuse green, but when I wore it over a regular eyeshadow base, I was able to get a much more true-to-pan kind of color. On my skin tone, I just can’t wear it easily — with golds and coppers, it works; with greens and teals, it works — but when I tried it alongside Daphne, I just couldn’t rock it myself.

I like the uniqueness of the color, which is something that would make compel me to get it. The quality is lovely, and it’s one of the better textured single shadows–very soft, smooth, but still pigmented. For those who have trouble pulling off warmer yellows and golds, Mangrove may be an answer to that problem–because it is as cool of a yellow as one can get!

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