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MAC Opulash Optimum Black for Fall 2011 (Official)


MAC Opulash Optimum Black for Fall 2011

Launch Date: August 25th, 2011 (North America), September 2011 (International)

Opulash Optimum Black delivers a more saturated black plus extra-volumization with our most bodacious brush yet. Extreme expansion and curl, formed from a blend of silica plat es of mica and natural kaolin, thicken and grab each lash with every application for an intense lay-down with succinctly sexy separation. Resists flaking, smudging, and humidity, with multi -functional emollient ester flexibility, superior adhesion, and water-gel instant conditioning for even the most sensitive of eyes. And it lasts 15 hours!

Opulash Optimum Black ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN) (Permanent)

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MAC Prime Focus Collection for Fall 2011 (Official)


MAC Prime Focus Collection for Fall 2011

Launch Date: August 18th, 2011 (North America), September 2011 (International)

The latest addition to our successful Prep + Prime family is a new patented formula that promotes natural lash growth for longer, thicker, stronger looking lashes, with dramatic results visible in eight weeks when used twice daily. Designed to enhance over time, this breakthrough patent-pending treatment delivers a measurable, visible difference. Apply a thin line of serum on clean, dry skin to the base of the upper and lower lashes, morning and evening, and watch what happens. From this day forward, there’s no looking back!

We’ve become THE high-performance Prep + Prime player backstage at Fashion Week. To keep up with the demand to achieve an even more awe-inspiring level of Artistry, M·A·C puts the latest must-haves right in the Pros’ hands again this season by taking Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35 global. This major multi-tasker functions as colour-corrector, face primer, and UV protector with light hydrating properties all-in-one. Day or night, runway or real time, these Primers are the start-to-finish every girl needs to get where she’s going in record time, ultimate chic! These are fast times. But innovation never idles; so we’re introducing NEW  Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed to glide on skin after for an undetectable and smooth, silky-soft, colourless aura, in the form of a compact cache to freshen up on-the-go. We’re running with it. Day or night, runway or real time, these Primers are the start-to-finish every girl needs to get where she’s going in record time, ultimate chic! These are fast times. We’re running with it.

Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35 ($30.00 U.S. / $36.50 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Adjust Light, neutral peach
  • Illuminate Pale lavender
  • Neutralize Pale yellow
  • Recharge Bronzy orange

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder/Pressed ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN) (Permanent)

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN) (Permanent, Existing)

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MAC Turquatic Collection for Fall 2011 (Official)


MAC Turquatic Collection for Fall 2011

Launch Date: August 11th, 2011 (North America), September 2011 (International)

Modern girls (and boys) who’ve become addicted to Turquatic, MAC’s sensual sea-spray of a fragrance, bracing with anemone, lotus, orris, and a curious waft of Corsican cedrat from the shore, will love its new, fresh evocative packaging sure to satisfy that legion of mesmerizing mermaids who want more. Just look! A sleek new rollerball option, as well as the debut of our larger 50ml size.

Turquatic Fragrance

Crisp and energizing! A splash of clear, sparkling mineral water brought chilled through an infusion of fresh lotus leaves and Corsican cedrat, finished with a warm blend of anemone, orris and blue cedar. All permanent.

  • 20ml ($27.50 U.S. / $33.00 CDN)
  • 50ml ($49.50 U.S. / $59.50 CDN)
  • Rollerball ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN)

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NARS Bali Eyeshadow


NARS Bali Eyeshadow

NARS Bali Eyeshadow

NARS Bali Eyeshadow ($23.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “neutral taupe.” That description is rather apt–it’s a dark, gray-tinted brown, which is what taupe is. It has a matte finish, and the color payoff is good overall. It applies smooth for the most part, and it’s not too cool or warm, so it’s a color that should work well on a variety of skin tones. Bali makes for a nice crease color as well as a subtle way to line the eye.

NARS’ eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. When I wear them alone, I tend to get around seven to eight hours of wear before there is a faint amount of creasing. It’s decent wear, and when it begins its descent, it’s a slow fall, but I’d recommend a primer for all-day wear (especially for those with oilier lids, as I have normal-to-dry lids). In my experience, matte shades wear longer alone than shimmery or glittery shades, so Bali edges out more around eight hours of good wear.

NARS’ packaging is very slim, compact, and even the single eyeshadows include a mirror when you flip it open. Rubberized packaging ensures it won’t slip out of your hand, and it helps absorb any impact if you accidentally drop it. The downside to the rubberized packaging is that it can easily show powder debris if you keep it in your makeup bag. I keep my NARS in drawers, and everything is nice and clean.

NARS Bali Eyeshadow

B+
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

Goody Jewel Shine Oval Cushion Brush Review


What’s in a brush?

Goody Jewel Shine Oval Cushion Brush ($6.49 at Walmart) is a tourmaline-infused brush designed to “smooth hair, minimize static, and enhance shine.” It has a “soft touch handle for a comfortable grip.”  When I sat down to write-up this review, I was trying to figure out how one might evaluate a brush.

For me, I use this brush each morning and evening to run through my hair.  I have long hair (about halfway down my back) that’s mostly straight, but there is some waviness from putting it up regularly.  My hair is thick and there is a lot of it–hairdressers always tell me, “You have enough hair for two people!” (That joke gets old when you’ve heard it for 15 years.)

I like that it runs through my hair easily, doesn’t catch, and there’s enough flexibility in the bristles that I can maneuver it easily through my hair.  It’s lightweight, and the grip is comfortable to hold–I haven’t had the brush fly from my hands yet. My hair doesn’t tangle much, but when I have a few loose tangles, it detangles those well without pulling painfully, because the flex and give of the bristles helps it work through the tangle steadily but surely.

Admittedly, the last brush I was using was FHI Heat’s Cushion Brush, which also used tourmaline as a selling point, so I didn’t see any dramatic difference from when I switched over, which means Goody’s doing a good job at maintaining the status quo at a third of the price!

What do you look for in a good brush?

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