The Summer Season: Elizabeth Arden Perfect Flamingo Lipstick

Elizabeth Arden Perfect Flamingo Lipstick ($21.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a brightened shade of blue-based pink. It’s a creamy, smooth shade with an almost semi-matte finish — it has just a bit of sheen but it’s very played down. It provides semi-opaque color coverage while de-emphasizing lip lines. One of my favorite things about this lipstick is how moisturizing it is — it really keeps lips feeling their poutiest throughout the day. The wear is fantastic as well, as I can get through a cup of coffee without leaving all my lipstick behind! It doesn’t make through the whole day, but it stays on well enough not to need a reapplication after drinking, otherwise it lasts a solid four hours on me.

P.S. — This is a new-for-summer shade, and it looks like it’s currently sold out… but hopefully it’ll be restocked soon!

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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This Week’s Beauty Report: Saturday, April 10th, 2010

This Week’s Beauty Report: Saturday, April 10th, 2010

  • MAC Opulash Mascara ($14) will be available exclusively in Nordstrom stores (and on April 22nd, however true beauty addicts can pre-order beginning on April 12th.
  • Illamasqua Body Electrics is now available online, but if you’re waiting until it hits stores, you’ll find it available at Sephora come May.
  • Elizabeth Arden launched its Daughters of Beauty campaign to celebrate all women. They’re looking for you to share your story to answer the question, “Who kee3ps you looking and feeling your youthful best?”
  • Klorane will launch a new product designed for dry, unruly hair — Conditioner with Papyrus Milk ($14) in May, available at
  • NARS recently launched their So Famous Gift Set ($44), available exclusively at Sephora, featuring a miniature-sized Orgasm Multiple and full-sizes in Deep Throat Blush and Bettina Matte Lip Pencil.
  • John Frieda launches HAIRraising, an organization that unites the salon industry to benefit the Children’s Hospital Boston.
  • Living Proof launches Hold Hairspray ($24) in May. It’s designed to offer flexible hold and “humidity-blocking technology.” It will be available at Sephora, QVC, and

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Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub Review, Photos

Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliator

This works when it works, but it needs to be stored with the cap facing upwards, and you might have to squeeze the tube around. The oils separate quite a bit from the rest of the product, which means you’ll end up squeezing out mostly oil and very little sugar–rendering it way less effective as a scrub. The sugar crystals are incredibly fine, so if you have sensitive lips, this might be an option for a lip exfoliator as compared to more traditional sugar scrubs, which definitely have thicker, grittier crystals.

The peppermint oil in it is the most noticeable scent of the product, and it also makes lips tingle–but it’s not a painful tingle, just a sort of minty-fresh tingle. I find that it doesn’t taste so hot, and I think it might be due to the peppermint oil (I’ve never found any lip product that has peppermint oil in it to taste good!), so I usually rinse it off rather than simply blot with a tissue or paper towel (as recommended).

I think this product needs a better delivery system, because the existing packaging is too finicky and prone to providing less-than-stellar results. I can imagine people purchasing this, squeezing out a bunch of oil, and being utterly confused as to why this is called a lip exfoliator. Even though the packaging disappoints, the product is decent and the price tag makes it affordable.

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YSL #17 Ivory Beige/Deep Black Eyeshadow Duo

YSL #17 Eyeshadow Duo

This is an excellent smoky eye duo, and surprisingly, the yellowed beige is pretty workable on my warmer toned skin without looking too chalky (as some light mattes can be). The eyeshadows are soft, smooth, and both are pigmented. The matte isn’t chalky, but it isn’t the softest matte eyeshadow I’ve tried. The black shade is really the star of the duo, though.

It’s packaged in classy, traditional YSL packaging with the faux gold metal look and logo emblazoned on the top of the compact. The logo is also embedded into the eyeshadows themselves as well. Even with the hefty price tag, you don’t get that much eyeshadow — it’s about the same as buying other high-end eyeshadows in singles. Usually, you do see a little bit of value savings when you buy duos, even in high-end brands like YSL, but not so much here. This was definitely a splurge item to satisfy a long-time want, so I’m happy with it.

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Recommendation: Pretty but incredibly pricey, so I’d consider it an indulgence and luxury, rather than a must-have.

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