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The Scarlet Season: Smashbox Siren Lip Enhancing Gloss
Smashbox Siren Lip Enhancing Gloss ($18.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a mostly red, slightly pink-tinged semi-opaque gloss with a coppery red shimmer that’s noticeable but not in-your-face. The best part about this gloss (and other shades in the same formula) is the high shine, ultra glossy look it gives lips. My lips just seemed to look a little bigger, fuller, and just more POW! overall. The formula iteslf is non-sticky, not really thick (but not super thin, either–somewhere in-between), and very moisturizing. The gloss does contain vitamin E, so it helps keep lips feeling their best. It has a soft slightly sweet vanilla scent to it, as well. Siren is a good shade to gloss over a red lipstick for extra shine or wear alone!
The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!
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Holiday Glitz & Glamour with Dolce & Gabbana Gold Smooth Eye Colour Duo
Dolce & Gabbana Gold Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains two eyeshadows housed in a “gold” compact and two sponge-tipped brushes.
The two shades included are a shimmery, true yellow gold with a metallic sheen and a coppery bronze shade with a metallic/frost finish. I already know what you’re thinking — because I thought the same, too — these are exact dupes of MAC’s Goldmine and Amber Lights eyeshadows. And you know what? They are and they aren’t. The gold shade in this duo is truer gold, a little yellower (less orange), and it’s not as frosty. The coppery shade is smoother, not as coppery (slightly more golden), and also not as frosty.
At the end of the day, they are reasonably similar, though, so it’s a matter of what poison you prefer. These are ultra smooth, silky shades that blend effortlessly and both shades pack plenty of color pay off. I recommend you check out a swatch of Goldmine and see how it differs, as well as do the same for Amber Lights.
Surprisingly, Dolce & Gabbana provides you with a good amount of product in this eyeshadow duo. You get 0.17 oz. for $36 or $18.00 per 0.085 oz. eyeshadow (or $211.76/oz.). This makes Dolce & Gabbana (by the ounce) less expensive than MAC ($290.00/oz.) and NARS ($314.29/oz.). I love comparing by the ounce, because it gives you a way to compare across any and all brands and just see how much you’re getting for your money. For some of us, the amount isn’t really that important, because we know we’re unlikely to finish an eyeshadow! (You know, maybe it’s not “us” but it’s me, and I feel better if I believe I’m not alone.)
Bottom Line: Dolce & Gabbana surprised me with how high quality their eyeshadows were. When I first started trying out their products, I had a fear that they’d be gimmicky and very reliant on their name rather than their product, but I was completely wrong. I’ve been pleased with the majority of their products, and the Gold Eye Colour Duo is no exception. The eyeshadows have a smooth texture, lovely metallic finish, and color pigmentation is very true.
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- Product: 28/30
- Value: 9/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: I love that you’re getting your money’s worth in eyeshadow, even if I may not use it all up myself, and I happen to adore these kinds of shades (hello, I’m a total gold-eyeshadow girl!). I think if these shades appeal to you, it’s worth checking out. If they don’t, maybe check out one of their other duos!
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Halloween Makeup: Leopard
Ariana went wild about the town as a leopard for Halloween this year! The detailing and execution of the spots is awesome. She said she used Petrilude’s tutorial to help her achieve her look!
- Makeup Designory Light Concealer
- Makeup Designory Dark Cream Foundation
- MAC Antiqued Eyeshadow
- MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
- MAC Feline Kohl Power
- MAC Charcoal Brown Eyeshadow
- Makeup Designory Black “Cake” Liner
- MAC Feline Kohl Power
- Fake Lashes
- Black Lipstick
Beauty.com is giving you 20% off most things they offer from today!
November 4th, 2009 to November 6th, 2009 (’til 11:59PM PST). You have to click
this link to access the sale, since there’s no code. (The Beauty.com links are *not* affiliate links as it is an e-mail only offer.)
*Discount valid on Beauty.com items only, excluding Jane Iredale products, gift cards, and certificates. Valid Wednesday 11/4/2009 from 12:01am through Friday 11/6/2009 11:59pm Pacific Time. Only valid at time of order and cannot be applied to past orders. Value cannot be redeemed for cash. May not combine with other offers. Please see site for full details.
While this is not a fashion blog, I know that a ton of us shop at and love Nordstrom dearly, and today marks the beginning of their famous half-yearly sale.
Halloween Makeup: Fairy
Lyn had fun this Halloween by dressing up as a fairy! I love the defined/cut crease and I love how you could turn this into a more wearable look for non-Halloween days.
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- MAC Painterly Paint Pot
- NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil
- Coastal Scents 88 Palette
- MAC Post Haste Eyeshadow
- MAC Sushi Flower Eyeshadow
- MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
- Lancome The New Metallic Black
- MAC Dazzlelight Eyeshadow
- MAC Sweetness Blush
- MAC Crystallize Pink Glitter
- MAC Fuchsia Liquid Last Liner
- MAC Plushlash Mascara
- Urban Decay Zero 24/7 Pencil
- Revlon False Eyelashes
- MAC Spiked Eyebrow Pencil
- Smashbox HD Foundation (L2)
- MAC Smooth Harmony Beauty Powder
- NYX Pinky Blush
- Pout Lipliner
- MAC Girl About Town Lipstick
- MAC Pink Poodle Lipglass
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What do you look for in beauty/makeup packaging? What’s important to you?
I like classy/elegant packaging overall that’s still functional.