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Cosmoprof 2011 Day 2

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Cosmoprof 2011 Day 2

I had an appointment with CND to try out their Shellac manicure, and you know me–I couldn’t commit both hands to 14-days of wear (that’s how long Shellac is supposed to wear!).  I did want to try it out, though, and so I asked the lovely Kristina to do something fun and funky on the nails on my right hand.  I wanted every nail to be different to maximize my time at CND, LOL!  I know that when Shellac originally launched, the range of colors was rather classic/traditional, but they will launch several new shades in the fall (including the purple and teal shades I’m wearing above).

So far, I loved the process of Shellac, and if it does indeed wear for a full 14-days (or longer), it’s something I would do if I was a normal (aka, not a beauty blogger) person.  They do a base coat, one to two layers of color coat, and a top coat.  The base coat takes 10 seconds to cure, while the color coats take two minutes.  When you’re done, they’re done.  Kristina said that she often has her first-time Shellac-ers pay her afterward, because she wants them to dig through their purse and see how it’s totally dry.

On the pinky, I have Purple Purple; on the ring finger, I have Hotski to Tchotchke with Zillionaire layered over it (multifaceted flaky glitter); on the middle, I’m still trying to figure that out; on the index, it’s Hot Pop Pink with loose glitter put on over the color coat and sealed with two layers of top coat (totally smooth); and in the thumb, it’s Asphalt that’s been buffed to make it matte and dabs of the top coat for 3D polka dots.

Better and more photos to come!  Check ’em out here! 🙂 The best part about the 14-day wear is that I can take photos at home under my normal lighting conditions, haha!

Have you ever had Shellac done? 

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Quick Eyes with Urban Decay Midnight 15 & Deeper

Quick Eyes with Urban Decay Midnight 15 & Deeper

This is one of the test looks I did when I first tested out Urban Decay’s 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette that I forgot all about until now. I wanted to be sure to use Midnight 15, because while the glitter was subtle, it was there, so I wanted to see if had issues with fall out.  I tried to find a full-face photo, because I swore I took lip/cheek swatches of something (well, surely, I did, right? A day without lip swatches is a day without coffee – impossible!), but I was unsuccessful.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof all over the lid and above the crease with the 249 to lay down your eyeshadow base.  Apply Midnight 15 on the lower half of the lid with the 239, and then lightly sweep and diffuse Deeper  into the crease with the 222 and blend towards the lid.  Diffuse the crease edge with Trench eyeshadow using the 217.  Next, apply Underground eyeliner on the lower water line and lower lash line. Coat lashes with Film Noir mascara to finish the look.

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NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo


NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “azalea pink” and “iridescent violet.”

The pink shade is a rich, vibrant raspberry-fuchsia with a pearled sheen–it’s not full-on fuchsia, but it’s not as red or as dark as a raspberry would be (as in the real fruit!). It has such a lovely texture–really dense, smooth, and silky to the touch, plus the color payoff is excellent! The hue is quite similar to Urban Decay’s Woodstock–perhaps the slightest bit darker. MAC Bright Fuchsia is brighter but still similar. MAC Hepcat has a similar base color but has much more purple in it.

The purple shade is a softened, jewel-tone purple with red undertones and a pearled sheen. It, too, has great color opacity with a silky smooth texture that’s rich and dense and a breeze to work with. The color is similar to MAC Double Feature 2 but lighter. MAC Vibrant Grape is also similar but has a much more matte finish.

Per NARS, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

NARS Caravaggio Eyeshadow Duo

A
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

Illamasqua Muse Nail Varnish


Illamasqua Muse Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Muse Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Muse Nail Varnish ($14.00 for 0.5 fl. oz.) is described as a “deep teal blue.” It’s exactly that–at first glance, it’s more blue than teal, but it’s not just blue. There’s teal, blue, and enough depth to call it deep. The finish is creamy, and the color is opaque in two coats (but nearly opaque in just one). I had an easy time with the formula, because it wasn’t too thick or thin, so the lacquer flowed evenly across the nail and didn’t bubble. I typically get a week’s worth of wear out of Illamasqua’s nail polishes.

It reminded me of Cult Nails Let Me Fly without the shimmer. It was a little bluer and darker than Orly Viridian. It is darker compared to Butter London Artful Dodger.

Illamasqua Nail Varnish Muse
Muse
Muse
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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Estee Lauder Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color


Estee Lauder Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color

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

Exploring a new sensation in lip color, Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux introduce the new Pure Color Sensuous Rouge LipColor, changing the modern definition of what a lipstick should be. Two intoxicating formulas are combined to create a luscious, one-of-a-kind elixir that is introduced in 12 delicious shades.

Taking cues from couture fashion, Sensuous Rouge LipColor fuses a creamy, luscious shell with a liquefied core for a lipstick that is truly uniquely decadent while marrying style and performance. Lips will love this succulent, voluptuous formula that drenches in shine and moisture for a euphoric sensorial experience.

Pure Color Sensuous Rouge Lip Color ($28.00)

  • Sultry Caramel
  • Sensuous Nude
  • Decadent Fig
  • Enticing Fuchsia
  • Rose Exposed
  • Pink Seduction
  • Orchid Surrender
  • Wistful Wisteria
  • Plum Fatale
  • Peach Pleasure
  • Curvaceous Coral
  • Cheating Heart

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