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Cosmoprof 2011 Day 3

Cosmoprof 2011 Day 3

Today was the last day of Cosmoprof! There are so many things to see and do – I can’t imagine being able to see it all in even three days (I know I didn’t!).  There are over 700 exhibitors at the show!

The three nails I painted with Layla’s magnetic polish are still going strong (three days!), though I’ll be taking it off soon, so I can swatch through things properly, and then I’ll be doing a thorough wear test.  I have lots of photos to share with you once I’m back home–so stay tuned!  I tried to snag some photos at the HCT booth (which is a company that does a TON of packaging for major brands like MAC, UD, tokidoki, etc.) but they were all, “NO PHOTOS!”

  • CHINA GLAZE: Expect a LOT of launches from them in the next six months! There are lots of upcoming glitters, cute holiday sets (but all shades will also be available individually!), glow-in-the-dark polish for Halloween, and pastels for spring. (I can’t even think about spring really–that it is eons away still!) For halloween, we have the Haunting launch, then Let It Snow for winter/holiday, Eye Candy (glitters) for winter/holiday, and then Electro Pop for spring (a veritable rainbow of cream colors)
  • DEBORAH LIPPMANN:  Glitter, glitter, glitter for fall!  She’s bringing back glitter, and it sounds like it should be fun.  She said there are going to be several sets that will be exclusive at different retailers and to expect more new shades than they normally put out (but they will return to normal for spring and so on.  All Deborah Lippmann polishes are designed to be two-coaters, but she says she wants people to use it and create the shades and colors they envision.  Her vision is two coats–she said she’s never done a one-coater but maybe one day.  Her glitter shades (the ones suspended in clear bases) are designed to be a splattering of glitter, not necessarily dense and opaque, but she wants you to wear it that way if that’s how you like it!
  • ESSIE: Expect something INTERESTING! things from Essie this year. They’re unexpected and I think totally wanted. There might even be some bling-bling for the holidays… Metallics and glitters, oh my! Essie says they really love the instant feedback they are able to read on blogs, reviews, etc. because it helps them figure out what works and doesn’t. Several ultra-popular shades from the retail line (available at Target and the like) will be making a debut into the salon/professional line.
  • ORLY: Last year, they had Cosmic FX, and next, they’re going to have Mineral FX, which looks promising from the bottles I saw! Each year, the brand will be doing something like that – where the formula is special and a little different from the norm.

 

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Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Apres l'Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick
Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Guerlain Apres l’Ondee (100) Rouge Automatique Lipstick ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is an opaque rosy pink with subtle champagne-gold micro-shimmer. The finish is frostier than many of the other shades of Rouge Automatique, but it’s still not a full-frost finish. I was quite surprised with how opaque this color ended up being, because it’s a rather light shade when you glance at it. While I tend to get longer wear out of this formula, this shade wears about five hours on me.

The formula is creamy without being thick or heavy, and it is actually a moisturizing formula. It’s soft and feels like silk when applied. I find these comparable to the Rouge G lipstick, though not as thick or as opaque, but still similar enough. They’re $11 cheaper than the Rouge Gs, and the colors still have the same depth and nuanced shade range that makes Guerlain lipstick always standout to me. To see more photos of the packaging, check out this post. I did not have any issues with the slider of this particular shade!

It’s a bit pinker than NARS Mayflower but not quite as red as Bobbi Brown Raspberry Pink. MAC Craving is a touch more plum.

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Apres L'Ondee
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
94%
Total

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Win It! $275 in Caudalie!


Win It! $275 in Caudalie!

Congratulations to Carol!

To celebrate the relaunch of caudalie-usa.com, we have a fabulous giveaway of bestselling Caudalie products–plus, from now until August 15th, 2011, receive 15% off your entire order with code NEWSITE.

Prize

  • One (1) Instant Foaming Cleanser Fleur de Vigne (150ml) ($26.00)
  • One (1) Beauty Elixir (100ml) ($46.00)
  • One (1) Premier Cru Eye (15ml) ($95.00)
  • One (1) Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15 ($68.00)
  • One (1) Vinosource Quenching Sorbet-Creme (50ml) ($40.00)

To Enter

  • Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents only.
  • Leave a comment on this post telling me which product you would use first!

See contest rules! 

Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “very metallic bluish-silver.”  The color itself is a silvered, gray-blue with a bright metallic sheen and shine. It’s like an overcast sky with blue and silver shot through it. It is less blue than Urban Decay Mary Jane but lighter and less gray compared to Bare Escentuals Vapor.  Strip has nice color payoff, too, and when you combine that with a stellar texture, you get an eyeshadow that impresses.

WHY DOESN’T ANYONE EVER TALK ABOUT THIS EYESHADOW? I cannot remember ever hearing anyone proclaim the awesomeness that is Strip! This is one of those eyeshadows that makes you go, “OOHH!!” as soon as you swatch it. The texture is phenomenal–dense, buttery, and so, so smooth. It slides across the skin like the finest silk. The texture (and color, to an extent) reminded me of my much-loved Hourglass Prism Eyeshadow Duo.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Strip
Strip
Strip
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Duos & Palettes


Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Duos & Palettes

Launch Date: August 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide, esteelauder.com

Estee Lauder introduces new eyeshadow duos and palettes to the Pure Color Eyeshadow range–all permanent.

Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00)

  • Clouds
  • Cobblestones
  • Amethyst
  • Raisins
  • Shells
  • Khakis
  • Vanilla Pods
  • Waves

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00)

  • Bronze Dunes
  • Enchanted Berries
  • Desert Heat
  • Emerald Oasis
  • Film Noir
  • Posh Petals
  • Surreal Skies

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