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Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2011 Collection


Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, Glamorous Life

Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2011 Collection

The holidays are a time to feel good; even in New York people are a little cheerier! So it seemed only natural to create a collection of holiday colors that celebrate the spirit of the season. Each color has something joyful, from large flecks of gorgeous glinting glitter or a magnificent metallic finish that shimmers off the nail. Go ahead, play with these shades and let them add to the joy of the season.

We have seen so many large sequins in fashion I wanted to make the most full-on gold ever. SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING is all large sequined glitter in gold with nothing but a clear base. It’s holiday in a bottle!

I did my one woman show at the famous NYC Feinsteins earlier this year and I wore a ‘couture’ red sequin Jessica Rabbit gown. Since I can’t wear that dress daily I decided to create, DO YA THINK I’M SEXY?, a color we could all wear all holiday long. We even used the shade in the hottest fall runway show Rodarte. Talk about feeling sexy when you are wearing nail color!

Lying on the beach and looking up at the stars gave me the idea for this soft but shimmering shade, STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN. Made from all large glitter, it is modern and fairy princess all at the same time.

Disco is back! I have never lost my love for disco. Believe it or not I was the Arizona state disco dancing champion. I was inspired to create I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE ($18) by the huge disco ball that was prominent in every night club back in the day. Clear base filled with large particles of graphite glitter. Edgy and cool.

I’ve been obsessed with a rose gold Rolex watch and since I haven’t received one in my Xmas stocking I decided the next best thing would be to wear the color on my nails. It has taken me 3 years to get the luxurious finish in the shade GLAMOROUS LIFE.

GOOD GIRL GONE BAD is a rich, chic sophisticated holiday shade. Dark berry with just a hint of gold shimmer— just enough to catch the light. — Deborah Lippmann

  • Do Ya Think I’m Sexy Risque red sequin (Glitter)
  • Glamorous Life Rolex rose gold (Metallic)
  • Good Girl Gone Bad Bold Cabernet glimmer (Shimmer)
  • I Love the Nightlife Groovy graphite (Glitter)
  • Shake Your Groove Thing Full-on flickering gold (Glitter)
  • Stairway to Heaven Iridescent icicle (Glitter)

availability: September/October; Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and online at www.deborahlippmann.com

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Sinful Colors HD Nails (926) Nail Lacquer

Sinful Colors HD Nails (926) Nail Lacquer
Sinful Colors HD Nails (926) Nail Lacquer

Sinful Colors HD Nails (926) Nail Lacquer

Sinful Colors HD Nails (926) Nail Lacquer ($2.50 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a grassy green with a subtle cool undertone and silver shimmer. It’s still on the sheer side after three coats–you can definitely see the nail line. The finish has a slight metallic feel to it, so there are noticeable brush strokes (but they’re “as expected” for a more metallic finish). Zoya’s Apple seemed to be the closest shade I had to compare to, but Apple is a yellower green with lots of gold sparkle.

The consistency wasn’t really thin, but it seemed watery, which I imagine accounted for the low color payoff per coat. For swatches, I don’t like to go beyond three coats, as most polishes should be opaque (or reach the opacity level they’re supposed to have) by two coats, so three is being generous and more to show you what can be achieved. The biggest drawback with this particular shade was the post-manicure staining, which was a yellowy-green (I’d refer to it as the color of fungus, really), and this was over a base coat. I know that green pigments have a tendency to stain, but this was rather unappetizing and it took both buffing and a few soaks in lemon juice to minimize the staining aftermath. The good news there was it did last a week when worn!

Sinful Colors’ bottles have a slick cap (no rubberized cap), so use some care opening (especially when they’re new and very tightly screwed on), or else you might fling your polish across the room–which I totally did the first time I opened one. Luckily, it hadn’t opened, and it was over carpet, so it landed with a soft thud as opposed to a loud shattering!

Sinful Colors HD Nails (926) Nail Lacquer

C+
6.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
77%
Total

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Le Metier de Beaute Lapis Eyeshadow


Le Metier de Beaute Lapis Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Lapis Eyeshadow

Le Metier de Beaute Lapis Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is is a medium-dark blue with a frosted finish. I love it as an eyeliner, because it has enough vibrancy to add some oomph, but it’s not too bright, so it doesn’t come off harsh.  Urban Decay Goddess is darker, while MAC Deep Truth is darker with a blacker base. Inglot #428 is similar but a touch darker, as is Make Up For Ever #308.

It has a soft texture that applies pretty smoothly across the skin. It’s dense and the color payoff is nice, though it does sheer out a little easily. It’s good, but it’s not the best Le Metier de Beaute shade I’ve tried (in terms of texture).  It does apply nearly the same whether you use it dry or damp, which is convenient, because you can forego the extra step of dampening your brush and still achieve the same intensity and color.

Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow Lapis
Lapis
Lapis
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
91%
Total

Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful 2.0


Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful 2.0

Last year, Bobbi Brown launched a fantastic campaign called Pretty Powerful, which was a campaign that focused on real women who aren’t retouched beyond recognition. Amazing women, from friends, co-workers, to celebrities that Bobbi Brown has met in her real life–all to show that there isn’t one definition of beauty. There was so much success last year, they’re doing 2.0 this year. They have launched before/after photos of the first campaign, along with videos, face charts, and application tips. There is also a contest called Tour of America, where you can upload your photo to be the face of your state. You can check it out at Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful micro-site.  I’m a big fan of people embracing who they are and using makeup as a way to enhance their natural gorgeousness, so this was one of my favorite campaigns–I’m happy to see it return.

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