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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Barielle’s Sugar Rush is a vibrant collection for the upcoming summer season. There are six shades (each retailing for $8.00) in the collection:

  • Cotton Candy Vibrant pink sparkle
  • Lemondrops Electric yellow
  • Sweet Addiction Minty green
  • Swizzle Stix Robin’s egg blue
  • Decadence Metallic turquoise
  • Grape Escape Plush purple hue

This is my first time trying out Barielle’s nail polish, and I was impressed by the pigmentation and creaminess of the polishes. I found most of the polishes applied nearly flawlessly (despite my rushed application), which is a huge plus!

Cotton Candy is a soft medium pink with lots of pretty pink sparkle. It is a little sheerer than some of the other shades in the collection.

Lemondrops is a creamy, bright primary yellow. Great texture, finish, and extremely opaque.

Sweet Addiction is a deep green-teal cream. Again, the finish and feel of this polish is fantastic, and there is lots of color in each coat (no more than two required).

Swizzle Stix is a creamy, sky blue. I didn’t have such great application with this, but I think it is because I applied too-thin of a coat on the first go round, which ended up in a streaky finish. I think if I wasn’t so quick on the draw, this would look dreamy.

Decadence is a rich, jewel-toned turquoise. It’s incredibly stunning, and even though it’s quite deep, I think the shimmer in it makes it perfect for summer.

Grape Escape is a really intense royal purple cream. It’s so opaque and creamy–it’s stunning in person.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Project Revamp

If you could revamp Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, what would you change? What would you keep the same? How would you make it an even better product?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Essie’s North Fork Collection features three summery colors in Sag Harbor, a cool silver blue; Shelter Island, a sky blue radiance; and Greenport, a dreamy aquamarine paradise. Each bottle retails for $9.00, and you can find ‘em at Essie.com (or click the link in the beginning). I’ve always been a fan of Essie’s polish formula, because it’s long-wearing and reliable. I’m more of a color fan, so I don’t always align with their collections, but I’m so happy to see these three hues join me for the season!

Sag Harbor is a cool, pale blue-gray with silver shimmer. Two coats was just right with this baby, but you need to make sure you have nice, even coats that aren’t too thin to ensure a streak-free finish.

Shelter Island is a creamy sky blue that’s not overly bright, but it isn’t pastel or pale either. It reminds me of an inviting swimming pool.

Greenport is a pale aquamarine color with a creamy finish. It has a lot of glossiness to it, and it’s really opaque.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Reader Francy went for a pink smoky eye. She used…

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Canton Candy Paint
  • Contrast eyeshadow on crease
  • Naked pigment on inner eyelid and to blend Contrast a little
  • Feline Eyeliner
  • Carbon shadow lined over liner
  • Lancome Cils Design Pro and Fatale mascara
  • Nars Turkish Delight gloss

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Temptalia Gives Away MAC Tasty Tricolour Lipglass!

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

With Fashion Week now having concluded around the world, let’s see what kind of new products might be coming to us in this fall!

MAC Eyes

  • Cinderfella Eye Shadow
  • Silver Dusk Eye Shadow*

MAC Face

  • Cheek & Cheerful Mineralize Blush
  • Handfinish Mineralize Blush

MAC Lips

  • Bling Black**
  • Blackfire Lipgloss
  • Dark Knight Lipstick
  • Local Colour Dazzleglass

MAC PRO

  • Chromagraphic Pencil (Fleshed toned liner)
  • Deep Dark Pro Pigment

* May be a typo (it happens) — could be Silver Dusk Loose Powder, which is already available.

** Listed as on eyes, but it says “slicked over.” Could be part of MAC’s Black Collection (as yet unnamed).