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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

La Prairie’s Plumage de Nuit Collection is a sophisticated fall launch that contains two eyeshadow quads, three lipsticks, two lipglosses, two blushes, and a face powder. This is my first experience with La Prairie, as their makeup line is not currently carried my Nordstrom.

The two products I tried were Les Doves Cellular Treatment Eye Colour Ensembles ($70.00) and Maribou Glace Cellular Lip Colour Effects ($40.00). La Prairie is a luxe brand, and with that, luxe prices–it is not designed to be affordable for everyone. Every product from skincare to lipstick to eyeshadow contains their “Swiss treatment benefits,” which have a lot to do with anti-aging and skin health.

Les Doves contains four subdued shades of eyeshadow: a soft, silky champagne-gold; lightly shimmered plummy mauve; a dark chocolate brown with subtle gold shimmer; and a muted grayed teal with silver sheen. Each shadow is very, very smooth–like velvet–and goes on just as the color you see in the pan. All four colors are wearable and seem fitting for the fall season. Even though the colors might not seem like a perfect fit at first, I can see at least four color combinations jump out at me. Though I rarely use an eyeshadow palette/quad exclusively, I like having that option, so I like one that makes “sense.” These eyeshadows have particularly good staying power and wear even without a base–they didn’t fade or crease on me when I gave them a test run over six hours.

Maribou Glace is a sheer, shimmering medium pink gloss. The shimmer is lightly multicolored, and the gloss goes on fairly sheer when applied to lips. It has a nice glossy appearance, though it doesn’t have ultra-shine either. The gloss itself is fairly thick and a just a smidgen tacky, which does improve the wear time (six hours without drinking/eating). The gloss itself is beautiful on if you love sheer and shimmering. It definitely gave my lips that dazzling, shimmering water effect!

La Prairie is available at shoplaprairie.com and Nordstrom.com.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Temptalia Asks You

Do you use loose color? (Like MAC pigments, mineral eyeshadows, etc.) Why/why not? How do you use it?

Temptalia's Answer.

I do — mostly MAC pigments and products like it. I always use them with water-based mixing medium, though!

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009


#10, 47, 80, 84

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Illamasqua is now available at Sephora.com.

Start buying! Looks like *most* of Illamasqua products are now available for actual purchasing. There are still a few marked with “Coming soon!” and I imagine progress will continue to happen through tonight/tomorrow morning. Happy hauling, everyone! Be sure to share what you couldn’t resist in the comments! :)

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009


Indian Summer Duo Eyeshadow

NARS’ Fall 2009 Collection is a small launch of three eyeshadow duos, one eyeshadow single, one lipstick, and one nail polish. I was not alone in my excitement for this launch, but I’m afraid for me, the launch was incredibly disappointing. I was particularly excited for Indian Summer Eyeshadow Duo, but the promotional image and the actual product are are so drastically different, I wonder if there wasn’t some sort of mix-up. I even double and triple-checked the labels, because I really couldn’t believe the two were one and the same. The best part of the launch was Mekong single eyeshadow, followed by Tokaido Express nail polish. Nothing else was a winner for me, unfortunately.

You can purchase the Fall collection at NARSCosmetics.com!

Duo Eyeshadows ($32.00 each)

  • Indian Summer is a duo of whitish-pink champagne with sparkling white-gold shimmer and yellowed brown with soft gold sheen. The champagne shdae has a bit of a frosty look, while the other color has more of a satin-y finish. The yellowed brown reminded me of MAC’s Soft Ochre eyeshadow, which was just one of those colors that did not work with my skin tone.
  • Silk Road is a duo of peachy-pink with soft shimmer and a pinked-up brown with a frosty look. Of the three duos, this was theo ne I liked the most. The shadows were smooth, soft, and had decent pigmentation. They are both incredibly wearable, too. The pinked-up brown does have a bit of a glittery texture, but it didn’t give me too much trouble.
  • Brumes is a duo of matte charcoal-gray and a satin-y dark blue-gray with green sheen. Both colors went on easily and had lots of color pay-off. The dark-nearly-navy-gray-blue has a bit of a green shimmer/sheen to it, which was nice.

Single Eyeshadow ($22.00)

  • Mekong is a warmed-up deep, rich brown with golden shimmer and sheen. It almost looks like a burgundy-brown when swatched and in the light.

Lipstick ($24.00)

  • Fast Ride looks like a dark, intimidating vampy red-wine, but it’s nothing like that on lips. It’s a sheer, glossy reddish-berry with minimal shimmer. On lips, it’s still sheer, and it does have a tendency to settle into lip lines, so I do recommend a base of some sort.

Nail Polish ($16.00)

  • Tokaido Express is a dark, subdued plummy brown with golde and violet shimmer laced throughout the base color. It looks a lot more purple in the bottle than it does on actual nails, but when the light hits it, you’ll see more of a reddish-burgundy and the violet sparkles are more apparent.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Laura Geller Fall 2009 Collection

Femme Fatale Baked Smoky Eyeshadow Trio ($38.00)

Each shimmery shade in this compact trio glides on effortlessly, blends easily, stays put, and looks fresh for hours. Each shade was specifically chosen to complement the others in creating a smoldering eye look: Black Magic (black with silver micro glitter), Silver Screen (smoky silver shimmer), and White Hot (icy white shimmer). Housed in a chic and stylish compact, a double-ended applicator is also included—so you can create a striking sculpted eye on the go!

Eye Rimz ($26.00)

  • Bewitching Bronze Swirled dark brown/bronze/gold
  • Crystal Cobalt Swirled dark blue/light blue/white pearl

Sugar Free Blush-N-Brighten ($29.50)

The new Sugar Free baked products give your cheeks a natural glow—sans the shimmer. The smooth, silky color glides on, blends easily, stays put, and looks fresh for hours. It’s all due to the unique baking process where creamy pigment is poured onto terracotta pans and baked slowly for 24 hours. The result is an extremely fine powder that is silky smooth to the touch; delivers a dewy, fresh complexion; and has the ability to adapt to any skintone.

  • Boysenberry
  • Raspberry

Retractable Baked Kabuki Brush ($28.50)

This brush picks up just the right amount of powder for a smooth, flawless finish. Each bristle has a gentle wave that allows it to readily pick up powder and cleanly deposit it on the skin for a flawless finish. Also, the retractable slider allows you to narrow the bristles and focus on areas that need a little extra coverage. The synthetic taklon hair keeps your blush clean by not absorbing makeup or oils from your face.

Retractable Baked Powder Brush ($15.00)

Availability: Now available at Sephora.com.

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