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Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer


Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Apparat Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Apparat (871) Nail Lacquer ($22.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a new and limited edition shade in time for the holidays.  The bottle of Apparat doesn’t look like it does in the promotional photos, but it doesn’t look like the bottle color on the nails either. The resulting color on the nails is actually comparable to what one would have expected, based on the promotional photos, so I guess it works out in the end.

In the bottle, it has a very coppery burgundy brown look. On nails, it’s a deep red with ruby and gold shimmer and a slightly metallic finish. The metallic finish enables some brush strokes to be seen, but it’s very subtle and barely noticeable in natural light. I wish the golden shimmer danced a little more in the light than it actually does; it reads less like something special as it does just a shimmery garnet hue. The color is reminiscent of Zoya Karina but with finer shimmer.

Dior’s formula wears a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping. Apparat had a really nice, even flow and it was opaque in almost one coat, though I did two for good measure. The brush is larger than the average brush, and it’s tapered at the top, which works if you have larger nail beds, but if you have really petite ones, you may find it difficult. I like it, and it makes it easy to avoid too many brush strokes and do one or two pulls per nail.

Dior Vernis Apparat
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Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush
Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as “neutral pink with shimmer.” It’s a muted pink-plum with golden sparkle. The color is soft and light but buildable enough to provide true-to-pan color as well. MAC Pink Cult is pinker, while Estee Lauder Radiant Berry is plummier. Burberry Cameo is a touch more neutral.

I thought the color was pretty as it could be, but the texture is dry, which may be a nice feature for oilier skin types, but on normal-to-dry skin, it’s not my favorite texture in a blush because it emphasizes skin unevenness. The sparkle could be finer; it seems to sit on the surface of the blush, so it translates as more of a sparkle than a real shimmer-sheen. I found the formula wore well, though, so that it was still visible after eight hours of wear.

Illamasqua Ambition Shimmer Blush

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Guerlain Liu (122) Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Liu (122) Rouge Automatique
Guerlain Liu (122) Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Liu (122) Rouge Automatique

Guerlain Liu (122) Rouge Automatique ($35.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep red with a subtle translucency that gives it a really great shine and smoothness in color. It yields almost opaque color coverage. Guerlain Garconne is redder with less pink and more opaque. Chanel Byzantin is similar in color but different in finish. MAC Prolong is more opaque and less glossy. Guerlain Gwen is similar but deeper with less pink.

When pressed, I will pick Rouge G over Rouge Automatique, the Rouge Automatique line-up is very comparable and the color range is brilliant and often as nuanced as the luxurious Rouge G range. Both formulas are incredibly comfortable to wear with glide-on color that slides on like butter, and the creamier finishes in the Rouge Automatique line have a pseudo-glossiness with really clear color that’s semi-opaque to opaque. The deeper shades, like this one, wear six to eight hours, but even the lighter shades last four to five hours on me. Like most Guerlain products, it is violet-scented, though it is not overwhelming. I love the consistency of the formula and how well it wears while delivering hydration for hours.

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Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lip Color Liu
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Product
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Texture
10
Longevity
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Application
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This Week’s Sales for October 31, 2011


Feel free to share any upcoming deals you’ve spotted!

  • GILT:  StriVectin (11/1)
  • HAUTELOOK:  blinc (10/31), Laura Geller (11/1), Alterna (11/2)
  • IDEELI:  —
  • EBATES:  The Body Shop (10%), Elizabeth Ar4den (10%), Pur Minerals (10%), DermStore (7.5%)
  • Rue La La: —

Free Shipping, Coupon Codes, GWPs

  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
  • BATH & BODY WORKS:  20% off with code 20HOLIDAY11, expires 11/27.
  • BEAUTY.COM: New Customers – get $5 off $35 or $10 off $70 on your first Beauty.com order, expires 1/1/12.  Get a free VPL Designer Bag + deluxe samples ($140 value!) with $100+ order (while supplies last).
  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115.
  • BLOOMINGDALE’S: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code FS150.
  • BLISS:  20% off sets of 2 with code BACK2SETS, expires 10/31.
  • BOBBI BROWN: Free shipping on $65+ orders.  Free long-wear cream shadow in Suede + free shipping with $65+ purchase with code SUEDE9, expires 12/21 (one time use).  Free shimmer lip gloss in Glacier + free shipping on $65+ orders with code GLACIER9, expires 12/21 (one time use).
  • CLINIQUE:  Free shipping on $50+ orders. Free All About Eyes mini with $30+ orders with code LIDS, available while supplies last. Free deluxe-sized Clinique Acne Solutions Emergency Gel-Lotion with $25+ order with code CLINIQUE, expires 11/6.
  • DERMSTORE:  $20 off $100+ orders with code TREAT1, expires 11/1.  $30 off $150+ orders with code TREAT3, expires 11/1.  40 off $200+ order with code TREAT4, expires 11/1.
  • GIORGIO ARMANI BEAUTY:   Free shipping + 2 free samples with $75+ orders.    Free shipping when you submit a review with code GAREVIEWS3, expires 11/1. Free sample of Regenessence Youth Regenerator with any purchase, no code necessary, expires 12/1.
  • KERASTASE:  Free deluxe sample of best selling Elixir Ultime with $68+ purchase, expires 1/1/12.
  • KIEHLS:  Free deluxe travel-ready Rosa Arctica and PSLRC with any Midnight Recovery purchase with code OVERNIGHT, expires 10/31.
  • LANCOME: Free 4-piece sample set ($82 value) and free shipping with $45+ order with code LANOCT, expires 11/1.
  • MOLTON BROWN: 2 x free 100ml SHOWER GELS on orders over £40 with code TAKETWO, expires 11/23.
  • NORDSTROM:  Free shipping & free returns everyday.  Half-yearly sale for women and kids starts 11/2.
  • ORIGINS:  Free shipping on $50+ orders, no code necessary, expires 12/3.1  Free shipping + deluxe Creme de Corps sample with any gift set purchase with code EARLYBIRD, expires 11/1.
  • PHILOSOPHY:  10% off with code PHILOPINK, expires 11/1.  10% off with code FRIENDS< expires 12/31.
  • SAKS FIFTH AVENUE:  Spend $150 and get a free subscription to Harper’s Bazaar with code BAZAAR.  Free shipping on $200+ orders with code SHIPSFA, expires 11/13.
  • SEPHORA:   Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel for $10.  Clean mini trio for $15.  Free Bare Escentuals Lip Color with any $25+ purchase with code CONFIDENCE.  Free YSL Toning & Cleansing Water with $25+ purchase with code YSLCLEANSE.  Free Bare Escentuals mascara with $25+ purchase with code FLAWLESS.  Free YSL Faux Cils Mascara sample with $25+ purchase with code FAUXCILS.  Free Shiseido Mascara sample with $25+ purchase with code PERFECT.  Free deluxe Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Acne Clearing Exfoliating Treatment sample with any purchase with code CLEAR, expires 11/6. Free Bobbi Brown Eye Cream with any $25+ purchase with code BOBBIEYE.  Free Clinique Acne Treatment sample with $25+ purchase (BI) with code ACNE.  Free Murad cleanser sample with $25+ order with code CLEANSE.  Free Super by Perricone Hydrator sample with code SUPER.
  • SKINSTORE.COM: 20% off any order with code G2GWIN, expires 11/7.
  • TARTE:  Get $10 coupon for your next order when you buy the entire tarte for True Blood collection with code TBOCT, expires 11/4.
  • THE BODY SHOP (USA):  Free shipping on $50+ orders. Buy 2, get 1 free (entire store), expires 11/19.
  • ULTA:  Free shipping on $25+ orders, no code necessary, expires 12/24.
  • YSL:  Free shipping on any order, no code necessary. 5 YSL fragrance samples and free shipping on $75+ order with code FRAGRANCE10, expires 12/31.  Free Volume Effet Faux Cils sample with any order with code SHOCKING, expires 11/1.

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