Rescue Beauty Lounge: Glamourpuss, Chinoise, Bangin’

Rescue Beauty Lounge Red Polishes

Rescue Beauty Lounge recently held their annual 50% off sale, and I must admit, I indulged. I’ve been waiting for this sale for months (ever since buying my first RBLs). I could have sworn I saw someone mention it may be the last 50% off sale… anyway, I couldn’t resist.

The next three I want to share with you are: Glamourpuss (classic true red), Chinoise (lacquered like a Chinese screen), and Bangin’ (hot red coral).  Like the first three, I don’t think these are particularly unique, never-before-seen kind of shades, but they are top-notch in quality.

All three shades featured in this post were richly pigmented, applied evenly and never streaked, and only needed two coats for full opacity. Each shade retails for $18, and due to the recent 50% off sale, many shades are sold out for the time being.

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Essie’s Winter Collection for Holiday 2010


Essie’s Winter Collection for Holiday 2010

Essie’s winter 2010 collection creates an aura of mystique with a vision of wintery beauty that is darkly decadent and supremely elegant. Each shade retails for $8.00.

  • Going Incognito Your identity may be secret, but your style and panache are impossible to conceal with this deep emerald green
  • Hot Coco Paint on this tawny sepia and channel the roaring ’20s for a look that’s timelessly flawless
  • Luxedo Suit up in this deepest plum and boldly go where no man has gone before
  • Masquerade Belle Fascinating, mysterious and seductive, this black ruby sparks the imagination and inspires intense devotion
  • Silken Cord You’ve got the world on a string with this stunning risqué red wrapped around your fingers
  • Smokin’ Hot Break the rules with this stone-cold fox gray that burns hotter than any flame

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MAC’s MAC Me Over Contest – Be the Face of a Fall 2011 Campaign


MAC’s MAC Me Over Contest – Be the Face of a Fall 2011 Campaign

The competition will launch has launched at www.macmeover.com on November 15th, a U.S.-based competition, to find a real-person face for MAC’s fall 2011 color collection.  You will have to be over 18!  To enter, one must submit a photo or video of themselves using the phrase, “MAC me over because…” and completing it with “style, heart, and soul.”  Entries will be accepted through December 20th.  Entries will then go through a judging process led by James Gager.  Six winners will be flown to NYC to be photographed for the campaign, with this image showcased globally.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The M∙A∙C Cosmetics “M∙A∙C Me Over!” contest is sponsored by M∙A∙C Cosmetics. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 or older as of date of entry. Starts at 12:00:01 a.m. ET on 11/15/10 and ends 11:59:59 p.m. ET on 12/20/10. For Official Rules, visit www.macmeover.com

“People sometimes have the perception that you can only get crazy, intense makeup from MAC,” said Gager. “But we can also give you the most flattering makeup possible. We wanted to showcase the versatility of the brand, and it sounded like fun to have lots of people tell us why they’d like a MAC makeover. We’re hoping we get entries which truly reflect our creed: all races, all ages, all sexes. This contest isn’t about who is the greatest looking — it is about who has the best style.”

While most MAC projects are “dates, rather than full-time commitments,” quipped Gager, he hopes to make the contest an annual occurrence. — WWD

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Dior Five Golds Eyeshadow Quint

Dior Five Golds Eyeshadow Quint

It has a similar theme as MAC’s Rockers & Reelers Eyeshadow Palette, because both have a lot of metallic-like finishes, but the colors themselves are a bit different. Dior’s metallic quint is closer to neutral, while MAC’s is on the warmer side.

Five Golds includes a dark charcoal gray with a soft silver sparkle; subdued copper-gold with a metallic finish; semi-sheer icy white-gold with a bright shimmer-shine; chocolate bronze with a metallic finish; and a bright, light silver with a high metallic shine. Every shade had rich pigmentation except the lightest white-gold shade, which was on the sheer side, and it also had more of a glittery feel compared to the smoother texture of the other four shades. It looks a lot yellower in the pan than when used, though. The other four shades were true-to-pan in terms of color.

This is probably one of my favorite Dior quints in terms of quality; the shades are smooth, soft without being powdery, and really rich in color. Dior’s eyeshadow quints are always a better value than their singles or duos, though it is still more expensive than Chanel’s eyeshadow quads (but less than Guerlain’s!). Even though the shades are dupeable by other brands, the finish and texture really hit home.

FYI, Sephora lists this as “001” while the back of it does list the name as Five Golds alongside the 001 number.

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