Dolce & Gabbana Blue Intense Eyeliner

Dolce & Gabbana Blue Eyeliner

Dolce & Gabbana Blue Intense Eyeliner ($29.00) is a midnight navy blue with subtle sheen.  It has a rather rich look and an incredibly smooth finish.  The pencil itself is firm enough to get very distinct, precise lines without fear of breaking the tip.  The color applies smoothly and evenly without tugging the lash line or requiring lots of back-and-forth to get the pigmentation you want.

It is definitely a luxury eyeliner, though, and the price reflects that, so I know this won’t be something everyone will want to indulge in.  Nevertheless, it’s a quality eyeliner that applies beautifully without budging, smudging, or fading throughout the day.  It lasted impeccably through a forty-five minute yoga session (and for me, I’m so out of shape, that one session might as well be eight hours of sweating!), so it’s definitely an eye-worthy liner (oh, the cheese!).

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Recommendation:  If you love ultra soft liners like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eyeliners, these will definitely be too hard in comparison.  If, on the other hand, you love the firmness of MAC’s Eye Kohls, this one will be just right.

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Paul & Joe Beaute Tenderness #4 Lip Lacquer

Paul & Joe Beaute #4 Lip Lacquer

Paul & Joe Beaute Tenderness (#4) Lip Lacquer ($20.00 for 0.13 ml) is a beige-peach with surprisingly opaque coverage.  It has no shimmer but lots of glossiness–it has the pigmentation of a lipstick but the cushy feel of a gloss.  I love that despite it’s creaminess it doesn’t emphasize lip lines like some creamier shades do.  I’m also really impressed by the coverage.The packaging is cute from the box it comes in to the tube itself, and it’s easy to apply on the go, so it may become a shade I keep in my bag to have a go-to color (can you believe that I have absolutely no lipstick or lipgloss in my purse?).  I couldn’t really detect any scent, maybe the faintest sweet fruit aroma, but I really couldn’t tell.

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Recommendation:  If you love the feel and look of a gloss but want the pigmentation of a lipstick, you might like Tenderness Lip Lacquer.

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The Summer Season: Milani Mandarina Lipstick

Milani Mandarina Lipstick ($4.99 for 0.13 oz.) is a vibrant, tangerine-orange with a glossy sheen and completely opaque color. This is not an orange for the faint of heart! This is a bold, unabashedly orange lipstick. The best part of this lipstick is how truly pigmented it is–trust me, I was impressed upon swatching at just how opaque the color is on lips. It lasts about three hours on me, but it fades evenly enough that it’s not a big deal when it does. I wish the scent was a little less synthetic/waxy–even just vanilla would work for me. Otherwise, the intense color pay off and creamy look and feel of the formula is well worth the five dollar price tag.

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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This Week’s Sales for April 12th, 2010

This Week’s Sales for April 12th, 2010

  • Benefit: Free shipping over purchases of $50+, use code PRETTY50.
  • Bliss: Get 20% off all body products, waxing, and cellulite with code SUN20 through April 18th.  Get a free problem salved & free shipping with any ingrown eliminating pads purchase, use code POTM410, expires 4/30/2010. Free Bliss gift bag with $50+ purchase with code WANTIT, expires 4/30/2010.
  • Blue Mercury: Free shipping on all orders over $50, plus 3 free beauty samples with every order.
  • Bobbi Brown: Complimentary Mahogany Gel Eyeliner and free shipping orders of $65+, use code GEL. Complimentary Heather Lip Gloss and free shipping on orders of $65+, use code GLOSS7. Both codes expire 4/15/2010.
  • C.O. Bigelow: 10% off any purchase over $50 with code BIG10. Expires 6/30/2010.
  • The Container Store: Spring Organization Sale begins!
  • CVS: Buy one, get one 50% off Almay Cosmetics. Buy one, get one 50% off Revlon. Valid thru 4/17.
  • E.L.F.: Buy 1, get 1 free from the Sugar Kiss collection.
  • Juara Skincare: 10% off all orders with code APRIL10, valid thru April 30th.
  • MAC Cosmetics: Free Zoomlash with code ZOOM410.
  • NARS Cosmetics: 18% off orders of $50 or more and free shipping with code 04101822. Expires 4/30/2010.
  • Noodle & Boo: Buy Opulent Body Butter and get 50% off Bubbling Exfoliating with code exfoliant50, expires 4/30/2010. Buy 1 Play-Day Sunscreen, get 1 Free with code sunbunny, expires 4/30/2010.
  • Nordstrom: Current list of Gifts with Purchase.
  • Rite Aid: Buy one, get second one 50% off for Maybelline. Buy one, get second one 50% off for Frizz-Ease (shampoo/styling). Buy one, get second one 50% off for L’Oreal (eye & lip cosmetics). Buy one, get second one at 50% off Revlon Colorstay. Buy one, get second one 50% off for CoverGirl Foundation, Powder, Concealer, or Blush.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue: Get two travel-size best sellers (Crystal Lip Gloss and Perfectly Defined Mascara) with any $65+ Bobbi Brown purchase with code BBROWN3.
  • Smashbox: Take $25 off any order or $100+ with code SAVE25.
  • Tarte: 20% off and free shipping over $40 with code TARTE44. Expires 4/30/2010.
  • Urban Decay: 30% off and free shipping over $50 with code 1SFnF. Expires 4/19/2010.

Sephora: Get 10 free skincare samples with any order while supplies last with code 10FREE.

  • Beauty Insiders save 15% off from 4/12 to 4/19 with code BI15.
  • Free Shiseido Serum Sample with code SUPERSERUM.
  • Free Korres Primer Sample with any online order with code OAKPRIME.
  • Get samples of all five HerCut styling products with any online order with code HAIRPICK.
  • Get a free Kim Kardashian tote with $45+ on Kim Kardashian’s fragrance with code KARDASHIAN.
  • Free bliss Hot Salt Scrub when you buy the Bliss Bikini Perfect Deluxe trimmer with code HOTSALT.
  • Get Clarins Cleanser for $9 (2.6 oz., regularly $17), no code necessary.
  • Buy AmorePacific’s Best Selling Kit ($50), get a free deluxe-sized Skin Energy sample with code AMORESKIN.