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Mario Badescu Skincare Week
Do you buy beauty products from eBay? Are you well versed in spotting a counterfeit as an eBay buyer? Does it all overwhelm you?
I don’t buy makeup off of eBay generally, though I bought several Dazzleglasses before they originally launched from a reputable seller and was happy with those purchases. But I prefer to buy in-store
Apricot Creme, Dubai, Framboise Creme
Temptalia Approved: Le Metier de Beaute Lip Gloss
While in New York, I was scoping out Bergdorf Goodman’s (for the first time!), and I came across a brand I had never heard of before: Le Metier de Beaute. I was drawn to the brand partially because it was totally new to me, but their lipglosses just called to me–and for good reason, too!
LMdB has several types of lip gloss available. They have Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss ($32) and Clearly Brilliant Lip Gloss ($36). Additionally, they have Lip Creme Lip Gloss ($36), which is a more pigmented formula with a lacquer sheen finish. I ended up wanting four glosses (three of them Lip Cremes)–seriously, I stopped letting myself swatch for fear of adding more–but they were out of one so I only left with three. (But don’t worry, I ordered the fourth off of Neiman’s a few days ago!)
I picked up Dubai Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss immediately. It has this duochrome shimmer to it; it’s gold flecked , but there’s fuchsia and maybe even some coolness to it. It is a sheer gloss (hence the name), so don’t expect over the top pigmentation. The amount of shimmer reminds me of YSL’s Golden Glosses. Totally drawn to this tube like a moth to a flame, just because of the shimmer.
I swatched Apricot Creme and fell in love! It’s a nude gloss, but it’s not just a sheer wash of shimmer kind of nude… it leaves a beigey-peachy color on my lips with an ultra glossy finish. It has just a touch of golden shimmer, but it isn’t too much, so the gloss still looks quite creamy overall.
When I swatched Framboise Creme, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Really, truly — it was just that pigmented. It’s this delicious shade of deep, ruby red with a little bit of fiery shimmer. Just something about the base color and the way it interacts with the shimmer makes it such a standout shade. There are many glosses I’ve come across that are this intense, this color-rich. And yes, it really does go on pigmented on the lips (lip swatches are coming soon!). It’s not a misleading shade whatsoever!
There’s nothing to complain about when it comes to these glosses in terms of quality. The price is higher than I’d like, but considering I’d like all of the glosses… of course it’s higher than I’d like. They do make nice souvenirs from my trip to NY, and a worthwhile indulgence from time to time. I do wish they were available at more doors, but at least they’re available online at neimanmarcus.com.
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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17.00)
The Drying Lotion is designed to be used as a spot treatment. It uses a combination of calamine and salicylic acid. (So when my boyfriend called me “Calamine-face”, he was actually correct!) Mario Badescu makes several different acne spot treatment products, each designed to combat a different type of acne. The Drying Lotion works best on whiteheads.
Since the spot treatment is pink, this is not something you apply before you leave the house! The best time to apply is shortly before bed. I have dark sheets, so I don’t really notice it smearing off at all while I’m sleeping, but those with lighter sheets (or sheets you don’t want this stuff on), just lay down a towel. I do find that this treatment works better and more consistently than other over-the-counter spot treatments I have tried. I wouldn’t say that it completely gets rid of your pimple overnight, but it does significantly reduce what you have.
You apply this product by dipping a q-tip into the glass jar, going all the way to the bottom (where the pink stuff lives), and then pulling it out. Apply it to any spots you need to treat, and you don’t really worry about rubbing it in or anything. It’s pretty easy, and the product dries within a few minutes, and it doesn’t come off that easily–it’ll take more than an oops moment to do it.
The product does smell like some real deal medicine/chemicals. If you look at the ingredient list, you’ll see a lot of heavy hitters like isopropyl alcohol, calamine, camphor, sulfur, salicylic acid, and so on. It works, and it doesn’t aggravate or cause the area to get worse, so I have no cause to complain.
This product IS drying, so use it with some discretion. I wouldn’t advise constantly treating the same spot over and over again. I do want to say that most acne spot treatments are drying, as this is the way they typically work, by drying the pimple so it goes away. I use Mario Badescu’s Hydrating Serum, which is like a super concentrated, clear moisturizer, on any areas that I feel are overly dry. I don’t find I get dry patches or noticeable dryness unless I’ve used it three nights in a row on the same spot (hence why I’ve learned and can tell you it’s better to alternate!). Hey, you do some crazy things when you want to get rid of your acne!
Next up in our Mario Badescu reviews… Buffering Lotion!
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MAC Cosmetics | Double Dazzle
Launch Date: April 30th, 2009 (North America), May 2009 (International).
All you need is Love… Lips and Lashes! Summer simplified for the modern makeup minimalist. Double Dazzle will daze the closest competition with colour-changing, light-reflecting pearl-shine lips; paired with a new formula for the ultimate in voluptuous lashes, et voilà! Lips lead: seven new Dazzleglass shades bring the scintillating selection up to 18! The flotilla-of-lights formula imparts the pearl combination with mega-glisten shine, creamy comfort and the subtle sensation of vanilla. Lashes follow: multiplied, volumized, utterly glorified by our newest eye innovation…This sly new small-and-mighty brush has been developed to capture and emphasize each and every lash. Lips, Lashes, Lovers…Look out!
Dazzleglass ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)
- Sugarrimmed Milky pale pink with red, teal and white pearl
- Goldyrocks Sheer soft yellow with pink and gold pearl
- Moth to Flame Sheer neutral beige with violet pearl
- Smile Light coral with pink and gold pearl
- Steppin’ Out Clean yellow pink with red pearl
- Utterly Posh Mid-tone orange with pink and gold pearl
- Love Alert Raspberry red with red pearl
- Date Night Deep plum with blue and gold pearl
- Funtablulous Purple with violet pearl
- Extra Amps Sheer bright blue pink with blue and pink pearl
- Like Venus Clean light bubble gum pink with red pearl
- Stop! Look! Sheer violet mauve with blue and pink pearl
- Money Honey Mid-tone rosy mauve with red pearl
- Rags to Riches Plumm y pink with teal and red pearl
- Baby Sparks Pale pink with violet pearl
- Bare Necessity Caramel apricot with red and gold pearl
- Girl’s Delight Sheer mid-tone tan with gold pearl
- Get Rich Quick Warm yellow brown
Dazzle Lash ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN)
- Star Brunette Brown
- Black Dazzle Black
Available: April 30th, 2009 (North America), May 2009 (International).
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