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Thursday, February 18th, 2010

MAC Riveting Collection

MAC Riveting Collection: Overall Review, Thoughts, & Round-up

Note: This hits stores today :)

OVERALL, Riveting is an interesting collection, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a must-have kind of collection. It’s definitely going to appeal to some, while others will skip it because it’s not as wearable as other collections have been in the past. I think with Spring Colour Forecast just launching, that might be where more are going to put their money, rather than Riveting. Luckily, Riveting is a small and easy-to-swallow collection, unlike Spring Colour Forecast, which would make even the most seasoned MAC addict’s head spin!

I think with the mix of shades in this collection, it’s hard to make recommendations. I found that the product with the highest quality (e.g. good pigmentation, nice feel, etc.) was Show Orchid Lipstick (but it’s PRO, though I think everyone needs to own it… and dance around at home, if you don’t want to rock it to the grocery store!). The blushes are both pigmented, but I think it really depends on if you prefer your blushes intensely pigmented or not (I don’t, actually–I like medium intensity!).

Bubbles and Metal Maven lipsticks are funky shades, good for layering, but it just depends if you’re willing to mix it or if you want something you can wear alone, too. Lipglasses are both cute but pretty dupe-able. The only product that didn’t thrill me, in terms of quality, was the matte nail lacquer. Just not on par with other brands’ matte releases. I’d go OPI or Zoya instead. Studded was the only one I’d consider!

P.S. – Remember, Riveting launches in-stores  next Thursday, the 18th.  It’ll probably pop online either Monday or Tuesday.  (Likely Tuesday, given the Monday holiday.)

Reviews, Photos, Swatches

What are your must-haves? What are you skipping?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Video Tutorial: Pink & Purple Eyeshadow

This is a video tutorial for a pink and purple look that I did last week! :)  Another quick & dirty tutorial.  Hope you’re all enjoying your week!

You will need the following…

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The Hit List

What’s the Worst Curling Iron…?

What brand/product wins this category? Any particular reason it wins?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

MAC Fleshpot Lipstick

The Spring Season: MAC Fleshpot Lipstick

MAC Fleshpot Lipstick ($14.00) is an ultra fleshy nude satin-finish shade. It’s incredibly creamy and quite pigmented–but it’s a tough nude to pull off, just because it’s so pale, so fleshy. For some, Fleshpot just gives you “concealer lips” rather than the sexpot nude lip look they’re hunting for. This is a shade I’d recommend trying on before you buy, if at all possible. It is a really great shade to layer under an intense lipgloss for a more muted versio of it, and it can also work well to mute your natural lip color, too. The finish and pay off is excellent, though!

Is this the perfect nude for you? Would you wear it?

The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.

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Thursday, February 18th, 2010

YSL #29 Rouge Volupte

YSL for Spring 2010:  Opera Rose Rouge Volupte

YSL Opera Rose (#29) Rouge Volupte Lipstick ($34.00) is a creamy, medium pink with neutral undertones. It’s hard to find a pink that it’s blue-based, and then to find one that is more neutral or yellow in undertone is a real pleasure for me–just because it’s easier for me to wear less blue-based pinks with my skin tone.

Opera Rose is a new-for-spring shade, and it’s definitely apropos for the season. It’s not too pale or light–it’s a solid medium pink. It’s not bright either. Like the rest of the Rouge Volupte line, Opera Rose applies smoothly and evenly to lips with full color coverage and a glossy sheen. These are some of the creamiest lipsticks I’ve ever tried! They just glide on and feel amazing.

The only downside is that because of their creaminess, it tends to slip around a bit and I typically only get two or three hours of wear with them. They remind me a bit of the texture and creaminess of MAC Slimshines, but these pack on way more color (all the shades I’ve tried have been totally opaque). The packaging of the Rouge Voluptes is lovely–the YSL signature gold metal casing, but it has this nice detail around the center of the lipstick that has the YSL logo.

Pricing-wise, it’s in-line with YSL’s products and not out of the normal range for similar brands either! Not your most affordable lipstick, but it can be a nice indulgence without totally breaking the bank. I really only wish that these would last longer on lips — it’s easy to run through a tube of this if you reapply throughout the day and wear it a few days a week!

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation:  If you love ultra creamy lipsticks, you may want to give YSL’s Rouge Volupte a try.

Availability: Sephora

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Thursday, February 18th, 2010

AVEDA @ Odile Gilbert

“The Rodarte hair look for this season is sleek and shiny—at once free-flowing yet controlled. I was inspired by the idea of a modern, young girl who is strong and capable yet sweet and innocent. The look is young and dreamlike, with handmade metal flowers that make a statement.” –Odile Gilbert for Aveda

Hair How-to

  1. Prep damp hair with Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Glossing Straightener for shine and sleekness, and blow-dry smooth with a flat brush.
  2. Create a clean left side part. Straighten hair layer by layer using a flat iron.
  3. Create anchors for the flower pins by forming three small braids along the scalp: one along the left side of the occipital ridge, one across the center of the head, and one vertically along the left side part. Spray with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray for maximum hold.
  4. Brush hair over the braids, keeping the left side part clean and strong. Spray each layer of hair with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray and blow-dry for intense hold and shine. Hair should be sleek and close to the head.
  5. Use small bobby pins to secure hair in a clean line from one side of the occipital ridge to the other, just above the nape of the neck. Let the ends of hair fall loosely in back and over both shoulders.
  6. Secure a selection of metal flower ornaments into the hair horizontally across the head, using the covered braids as anchors. Finish the look with Aveda Control Force™ Hair Spray.

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