Barielle High Steppin’ Collection for Summer 2010

Barielle High Steppin' Collection

For summer, Barielle is releasing six shades of summery shades in late April/early May. There are quite a few metallic finish shades in this collection, which made me a bit wary, as I cannot seem to minimize brushstrokes enough to feel good about wearing a metallic finish polish. Freestyle has only a slight metallic finish, so I was able to work with that one, but Passion Pirouette and Slow Motion are both distinctly metallic and were less easy for me to work with. Electric Boogie is absolutely divine and if you’re a fan of dark blues, you might just have to get this shade.

LOVE Electric Boogie, LIKE Freestyle and Night Moves, but would SKIP Passion Pirouette.

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Recommendation:  It’s not a solid collection, because not all shades are made equal, but there are some nice shades to be found within the collection as well.  If you do like metallic finishes and have no issues working with them, though, then you may enjoy the entire collection!

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MAC for Temptalia Collection for Summer 2010

MAC for Temptalia Collection for Summer 2010

I’m SO excited to announce that Temptalia has had the unique opportunity to collaborate with MAC Cosmetics to create our very own collection!  It’s truly a dream come true…  I can’t even tell you!   And let me tell you… it was so, so hard not being able to share with you the experience until now!  Ahhh!



U.S. Launch Date: June 24th, 2010

International Launch Date: July 2010

STOP THE PRESSES! MAC for Temptalia combines addiction for beauty by collaborating with the editor of Temptalia to create a collection that combines fun and glamour with a seductive edge.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Summa-soft Beige pink with yellow pearl (Satin)
  • Jezebella Petal pink with coral glamour and gold pearl (Amplified Creme)
  • Femme Fatale Brightened coral-red with gloss pearl (Cremesheen)
  • Gilded Summer sun-yellow with orange pearl (Lustre)
  • Vixen Fuchsia pink with violet reflects (Amplified Creme)
  • Temptress True coral with gold pearl (Cremesheen)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Toy Ploy Sheer golden pearl (Frost)
  • Entrapture Pure fuchsia violet cream (Cream)
  • Allurance Bright coral-red with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Not So Sweet Chartreuse green with gold pearl (Frost)
  • Teasingly Soft nude beige with white pearl (Frost)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Insatiation Foreboding violet lilac with blue pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Flashy True frosted golden sunshine (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Miss-titilate Paled grass green with gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
  • Scarletta Deep red with red and black glitter (Frost)
  • Sirenic Vibrant aqua-blue with green pearl (Frost)
  • Statix Tropical sea-blue with aqua pearl (Veluxe Pearl)

Plushlash Mascara ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Plushblack True black (Permanent)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Carnal Caress Sheer raspberry coral
  • Jealousy Wakes Brightened lilac
  • Pearls of Love Played down raspberry
  • Silken Sheen Softened coral with orange pearl

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN)

  • Sunrisen Goldenrod yellow with orange shimmer (Frost)
  • Jackanapes Bold periwinkle blue (Cream)
  • Pretty, Pretty Fuchsia pink with blue pearl (Shimmer)
  • Engagement Tiffany blue with white pearl (Shimmer)

Eye Kohl ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Elastique Matte purple with red undertones
  • Seashore Brightened, matte aqua green
  • Tropic Kiss Chartreuse with white pearl
  • Meet at Midnight Softened navy blue

Pigment ($19.50 U.S. / $24.00 CDN)

  • Temptalia Deep raspberry pink with purple pearl
  • So Enraptured Darkened taupe with pewter pearl
  • Branded Mine Soft yellow-gold with white pearl
  • Nightly Seductions Darkened robin’s egg blue with green pearl

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Make Up For Ever #3L Aqua Eyes Liner

Make Up For Ever #3L Aqua Eyes Liner

I’ve reviewed several shades of Aqua Eyes, so if you’ve read those, much of the rest of this review is going to sound a bit redundant… but for those who haven’t read my previous Aqua Eyes’ reviews, this is for you!

Aqua Eyes have a really brilliant formula that’s budge-proof, smudge-proof, and water-resistant.  They’re excellent for those looking for long-wearing eyeliners that won’t migrate and fade throughout the day.  I particularly like them during the summer when I know I’ll be spending quite a bit of time outdoors, because I don’t have to worry about my eyeliner sweating all over the place.  The color range is tremendous with twenty-five shades to choose from, too, which is convenient–if you find you love this formula, you don’t have to look elsewhere for the shade you want.

They’re not as creamy or soft as Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eyeliners, but they’re not hard on the eyes, either; they’re just not quite as soft, and some may prefer that for getting more precision in their looks.

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Chanel Nouvelle Vague Le Vernis Nail Lacquer

Chanel Nouvelle Vague Le Vernis

At $23 a pop, Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Lacquer is a decadent indulgence for your hands. Some love ’em, some hate ’em. I’m in the camp of love the product, hate the price (but who loves to pay more? seriously!). I’ve personally haven’t had any issues with formula or wear on the Chanel shades I own. In Les Pop-Up de Chanel (Chanel’s summer collection), Chanel is releasing three new shades of Le Vernis: Mistral (soft pink), Nouvelle Vague (turquoise), and Riviera (intense pink).

I literally just received Nouvelle Vague this afternoon, and I was thinking about holding off to post until tomorrow, but I just can’t resist. Nouvelle Vague is a beautiful shade of aqua-blue. It’s turquoise, but it’s not a brightened turquoise. It’s pastel without being light and sheer. There is the finest dusting of icy, aqua-blue shimmer laced throughout the aqua-blue. It’s a very stunning shade of turquoise. It’s one of my favorite polishes by Chanel, ever.

For those who find Chanel out of their price range (or fear their bank account murdering them in their sleep if they purchased this…), don’t despair, because China Glaze For Audrey is so, so close. Chanel’s Nouvelle Vague is just the slightest bit lighter and it has shimmer, whereas China Glaze’s is a pure cream.  Check out the swatches to see just how similar they are.  Personally?  I would have bought Nouvelle Vague anyway.  In a heartbeat.  I wouldn’t even think twice (barely once!).

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Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise Body Creme Review, Photos

Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise Body Creme

Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise Body Creme ($75.00 for 5.9 fl. oz.) is a decadent scent indulgence for the body.  It’s expensive, but it’s a definite luxury.  Vanilla & Anise is new for spring, and it is delicious!  It’s times like these that I wish I had a more sophisticated sniffer, because I’ve been bumbling over how to describe this scent for the past week!

Top Notes: Sicilian Bergamot, Tunisian Neroli, Wild Fennel Flower, Star Anise
Heart Notes: Oleander, Tuberose, Frangipani, Purple Vanilla Orchid
Base notes: Clove, Tonka, White Amber, Creamy Musks, Vanilla Bourbon Absolute, Vetiver Haiti

Initially, it has a spicy, lightly vanilla scent mixed with a sharper citrus taste, which is pleasant and enjoyable, but the dry down is fantastic.  It’s like a heady, seductive mix of tempered vanilla and amber with an almost woody feel.  The vanilla notes you find in this scent is not the vanilla cupcake scent you’ll find at a bakery.  It has a definite sweetness to it, but it’s not cloying or sugary-sweet.

Though the scent is the most important part of the product, I was particularly impressed by how well and long it wears.  I’ve been using this before I go to bed on my arms and legs, and the scent lingers beautifully.  I find a lot of scented body lotions and creams don’t last long and often have a stale smell, if they do last a few hours.  Vanilla & Anise stays with me until I wake up and take a shower, though it has gently worn over through the night–but I can still smell it on me without trying.

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