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June Jacobs Better Love Naturel Eau de Parfum ($90.00)
For 2008, June Jacobs wants to go eco-friendly, and they reformulated their Better Love scent to be more “Naturel.” I hate to say it, but I would never wear this scent. I found it cloying, overly smoky with a heady mix of nutmeg, and just not something I would see myself wearing. I put it to the boyfriend-sniff-test, which evoked a response of, “It smells like old lady.” Since I’m 21, that is mostly definitely NOT the fragrance I want to keep on my shelves! Best part about it? The packaging is simple and elegant. Unfortunately, the scent just isn’t for me, but I would love to hear your thoughts on it if you’ve had the chance to check it out!
Notes include: Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Rose, Jasmine, Pink Pepper, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cream, Cedar, Musk, and Amber.
SCENARIO: I can’t afford to get a manicure/pedicure at a salon often–maybe once or twice a year–so how can I do it myself? It seems like my polish is all over the place when I do it, and it never stays on for very long!
Chrissy shares this lovely Fafi-inspired eye that uses a ton of products from the launch, so hopefully this inspires some of you!
1. Apply Cash Flow paint pot to lid and crease using 217 brush
2. Apply Bold as Gold eye shadow (Fafi 2) to brow bone and inner corners of the eyelid using a 252 brush
3. Apply Hey eye shadow (Fafi 1) to the inner lid with the 252 brush and Shockwave (fafi 2) to the outer lid with the 252 brush, blending Hey into Shockwave
4. Using a 239 brush, apply Howzat (Fafi 1) to outer crease, and blend toward the center of the crease
5. Apply Hey eye shadow to the inner crease with the 239 brush
6. Using the 219 brush apply Hey eye shadow in a thick line to the lower lash line
7. Apply Howzat to the lower lash line in a thin line using the 266 brush
8. Apply Blacktrack fluidline to the upper lash line with the 209 brush
9. Apply feline kohl power pencil to the waterline
10. Apply Plushlash mascara in Plushblack to upper lashes
Springsheen blush on cheeks with Dazzlelight eyeshadow as a highlight
Strawbaby Lipstick and Squeeze It Lipglass
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How many lipsticks do you own? Not gloss, lacquers, chapsticks–lipsticks only!
I’m too lazy to do an actual count at the moment, but my guesstimate is around 60!
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up — Heatherette’s launch is now planned for March 20th, 2008, moved up one week earlier! (Yay for us, and yet boo for not as much time to save up for it all!) I had this confirmed by both my local stores, several readers (ahem, Tekoa!), as well as MAC Cosmetics’ LiveChat.
I also wanted to use this space to relay to all of you that both myself and the blog’s readers would love to see your swatches and product shots of the latest collections. I always do my own swatches and pictures when I can, but I’m just one person and one skintone. It’s always great to see how colors look on different people! You can always reach me at email@example.com if you have questions, comments, or want to submit something!
What are you planning to get from Heatherette? (See collection details here!)
Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Sugar Violet ($20.00)
I was excited to try this product, because I am always on the hunt for a good lip stain so I can get the lovely color while keeping my lips kissable. However, while this product is labeled a lip stain, it acts more like a lipstick, though it feels weightless, and thus like a stain or tinting balm. I found that the color would kiss-off if you went in for a peck with any pressure (poor boyfriend, always the test subject!).
Sugar Violet is a subtle raspberry color that gives a nice color with very little sheen. It does wear well through eating, talking, etc., but it didn’t pass my kiss-test, which is incredibly important to me. I love me some lipstick+lipgloss, so if it’s still going to rub-off onto my boyfriend’s lips, I might as well opt for a heavier combo, you know? To be fair, though, since this gives you good color with little product, it doesn’t leave a big sloppy, goopy, or sticky mess on someone else’s face/lips.
I did find the price to be a little steep, even though you are bound to get plenty of usages out of the little glass jar, because there is plenty o’ product in it. Not to mention I have such a massive collection of lip products, I’m always hard pressed to ever finish any of them anyway! I would try this product again, because it feels good and leaves decent color behind (which I feel a lot of tints/stains fail to do — can you blame me for wanting a lipstick that acts like a balm?). If I try another, I would definitely head straight for Scarlet (red stain) and Shy Pink (pale pink stain).
Have you tried any? If so, what did you think? Favorite colors?
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