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Zoya Astra Nail Polish ($7.00) is one of three shades of Ultra Glitter. Astra has a warm-toned pink jelly base with deeper red small, square glitter mixed in. It’s very sparkly and fun, but I kind of wish it had a more opaque base. I never thought I’d be such a fan of glitter polishes, but they’re such a nice way to add punch to your wardrobe without feeling like it’s ever too much. Zoya’s formula is always tops, and I always get great wear whenever I use their polish and Color Lock System (which is my go-to base/top/drying coat system).
Zoya also includes something I think is really handy on their website:
Color Family: Pinks
Intensity: 3 (1= Very Sheer to 5= Very Opaque)
Original Collection: Ultra Glitter
I just think it’s informative, and it just shows that this isn’t designed to be ultra opaque but somewhere in-between sheer and opaque. I like that they let you know whether the shade runs cool or warm, because sometimes if you can’t buy in person, every extra detail they give you helps you make a better decision about whether to buy or not.
I didn’t find it too difficult to remove either, which is often a problem with glitter polishes. It’s not as quick and easy as a typical polish, but it really didn’t bother me or make me groan either. I always soak a cotton pad in remover, gently press against the nail, then I do the same for the others, and finally go back and start removing.
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- Product: 27/30
- Value: 8/10
- Ease of Use: 4/5
- Packaging: 4/5
Recommendation: If you’re a fan of glitter polishes, Zoya’s Astra is a fun shade of pinky-red for the holidays.
Guerlain Gems Rouge G Lipstick
Guerlain Gems Rouge G Lipstick ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is the second new, limited edition shade of Rouge G from Guerlain’s Holiday Collection. (The other new, limited edition shade is Grace, which I reviewed last week.)
Gems is a beautiful shade of slight subdued pink-coral with a fiery gold shimmer laced throughout. It’s hard for me to call it a coral, because there is a very pink color base to it, yet the brightness of the rising sun shimmer makes it pop. For me, this was love at first swatch — this is a shade I could see myself wearing all the time, no matter the occasion.
It’s just one of those shades that suits me well and makes me feel great wearing it. I’ve always considered makeup more than just utility — it’s about the feeling and experience and joy I get from using it. This just makes me happy! Even outside of my makeup haze, I really do think this is a very flattering shade that a lot of people could wear and find work well for them.
The Rouge G formula is fantastic — smooth, silky, wears and fades well, and goes on opaque overall. The only real detractor is the wowza price tag. When it comes to Rouge G, I really do believe you’re paying mostly for the packaging. I just can’t deny the formula rocks — I just wish they’d make the formula available with some cheaper packaging!
By the way, Gems looks amazing with Guerlain’s Perle de Lune KissKiss Gloss (also from this collection) layered on top.
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The Scarlet Season: MAC Warning Lip Varnish
I can thank my girl Heather for turning me on to one of MAC’s all-time greatest shades of reds. I remember seeing her rock it, and it was stunning! I was like, “What’s that?” I’m sure I’m not the only one who misses the days of MAC Lip Varnish — slick, glossy opaque colors in bright, bold shades. Warning is a high-glossy bright red that goes on opaque in a single layer and clings well to lips. It wears well and lasts a good six to eight hours if I don’t eat (it survives some drinking mostly intact). It was such a shame when MAC decided to discontinue this formula, but maybe one day they’ll bring it back and perhaps even improve upon it…
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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Halloween Makeup: Cat (Puss In Boots)
Jen went as the ever-adorable Puss-in-Boots from the movie Shrek! I think she nailed his patented look, too!
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Ben Nye Grande Lumiere Palette (Iced Gold and Tangerine)
- Revlon Colorstay Quad in Copper Spice (dark brown for contour)
- MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
- Urban Decay Zero 24/7 Pencil
- Sugar Cosmetics False Lashes
- Model21 GEO Annex Ring Black Circle Lenses
- Graftobian Hi-Def Foundation Palette
- Graftobian Concealer Palette MAC Blot Powder
- MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
- NYX Cream Blush in Glow Ben Nye Grande Lumiere Palette (Ice + Azalea)
- Graftobian Concealer Palette
- NYX Round Lipstick in Doll
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How long does it take you to put on your makeup (on average)? Are you a five minutes or less kind of person? An hour?
From start to finish, probably twenty minutes if I’m doing anything I haven’t done before.
Build a Quad: “Purple Shock”
Rich in purples, Purple Shock is a mix of cool-toned, blue-based purples and a more red-toned fuchsia purple to give it a little more oomph, a little something extra. Featured in the quad are MAC Parfait Amour eyeshadow (a cool-toned medium purple frost), MAC Stars ‘n Rockets eyeshadow (a fuchsia-purple with a icy purple sheen), MAC Beautiful Iris eyeshadow (a soft, iridescent lilac purple), and MAC Shroom eyeshadow (a soft, lightly shimmered highlighter).
For more customization, you can easily swap in your favorite highlighter in place of Shroom, or if you’re not looking to use this quad on its lonesome (e.g. you have plenty of highlighters elsewhere), you could add in a fleshy pink like MAC Hush eyeshadow instead. On the opposite end, you could go darker and smokier by adding MAC Contrast eyeshadow in place of Shroom.
A few combinations to try with this…
- Shroom all over the lid, Stars ‘n Rockets on the outer lid, Parfait Amour in the crease, Shroom to highlight
- Beautiful Iris all over the lid, Stars ‘n Rockets on the outer lid, Parfait Amour in the crease, Shroom to highlight
- Beautiful Iris all over the lid, Parfait Amour in the crease, Shroom to highlight
- Shroom all over the lid, Beautiful Iris on the outer lid, Stars ‘n Rockets in the crease, Shroom to highlight
A few looks I’ve done that can be replicated with these shades…
Build a Quad is a feature focusing on creating different eyeshadow palettes that are both beautiful and functional using permanent shades of eyeshadow. We invite readers to suggest their own build-a-quads — just leave your ideas in the comments! Don’t forget to name your quad!
P.S. — Thank you for all of your fantastic and encouraging feedback on last week’s debut of this feature.
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