Essie Spring 2011 – A French Affair Collection

Essie A French Affair Collection for Spring 2011

Parlez Vous Francais? Oui do. Though dreams of a romantic Parisian fling may not come true anytime soon, a flirty French rendezvous is here to stay! Introducing the new Spring 2011 essie collection: “A French Affair” – an assortment of six intoxicating retro pastels and show-stopping neutrals inspired by oh-so-chic French glamour.

Unlike spring shades of most seasons past, Nice is Nice, Coat Azure, Topless and Barefoot, Kisses and Bisses, Sand Tropez and A French Affair wear in the most opaque fashion and will surely result in many oh la la’s along the way.

  • French Affair
  • Nice is NIce
  • Coat Azure
  • Sand Tropez
  • Topless and Barefoot
  • Kisses and Bisses

availability: February 2011

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Estee Lauder Plum Fizz Pure Color Crystal Lipstick

Estee Lauder Plum Fizz Lipstick

Estee Lauder Plum Fizz Pure Color Crystal Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a plummy red which turns more red than plum on my lips. It’s semi-sheer and has a glossiness to its finish. It looks more like a lip stain than a lipstick, because it is thin but provides decent color.

my thoughts on the formula: Pure Color Crystal lipsticks have a semi-sheer coverage. They have a slight glossiness and are very lightweight. I get three to four hours of wear–about average–from this particular formula. Estee Lauder’s lipsticks are scented with a lightly sweetened fig but are taste-free to me.

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final thoughts: This shade should complement most skin tones, because it is not too cool or warm, and it is light enough that it’s not vampy, but opaque enough to give significant color.

where to buy: Estee Lauder

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MAC Wonder Woman: Online & Available for Purchase!

MAC Wonder Woman Collection

MAC Wonder Woman:  Online & Available for Purchase!

It’s up on MAC Cosmetics — happy hauling! 🙂  Free shipping with code POW!  Feel free to share your hauls in the comments!

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Hourglass Aura for Spring 2011

Hourglass Aura for Spring 2011

If spring makeup is about looking effortlessly chic, then the Aura range is right on the mark. The products enhance, illuminate and highlight without color overkill. Aura boasts three swoon-worthy shades for cheeks and three for lips that all produce lighter-than-air coverage. Cheeks look as though they’ve been adorably pinched, and lips appear as they’ve been passionately kissed. “They’re a wonderful alternative to powder blushes and heavier lip products,” says Janes, “and they boast rejuvenating ingredients.” The cheek stain’s see-through color payoff is an antidote to excess glitter, while the lip stain has an on-trend, semi-matte finish. Both products can be used to simulate the 70s-inspired, Californian look seen on spring runways.

Aura Sheer Cheek Stain ($45.00)

A water-based formula with real staying power that gives cheeks a gorgeous lit-from-within glow. Aura Sheer Cheek Stain is enriched with Vitamin E to help improve skin’s moisture retention. The twist-click dispenser is equipped with a sponge applicator for ease of application. To initiate product upon first use, twist base until cheek color appears on sponge tip. Free of oil, fragrance, and phthalates.

  • Rouge Sheer rose
  • Flush Sheer red
  • Petal Sheer pink/coral shimmer

Application tips by Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke: “Blot the sponge applicator directly on to the apples of the cheeks and blend up towards your temples using your fingers. It’s long-wearing but it moves when you’re applying so it’s less intimidating—it sets afterwards. You can wear Aura Sheer Cheek Stain over Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer or solo. During the summer, makeup minimalists can just get by on the cheek stain, lip stain and a few coats of mascara. It gives you a subtle, refreshed look and a pop of color that really lasts, so you won’t need to reapply throughout the day.”

Aura Sheer Lip Stain ($26.00)

The water-based, non-transfer formula offers a delicious wash of color, buildable coverage and a natural, semi-matte finish. Beneficial ingredients include anti-oxidants like Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract plus an algae-based extract that addresses elastin and collagen degradation in the lips. Aura Sheer Lip Stain has a flock tip applicator with a built-in twist mechanism for easy, even application. To initiate product upon first use, twist base until lip color appears on applicator tip. Free of parabens, phthalates, fragrance and sulfate.

  • Rouge Sheer rose
  • Flush Sheer red
  • Petal Sheer pink/coral shimmer

Application tips by Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke: “Start by exfoliating the lips to slough off any dead skin cells and create a smooth base. Blot applicator onto the lips and blend using your finger—it’s that simple. For extra precision, or to create the illusion of a fuller pout, line the lips before application. Aura Sheer Lip Stain plumps the pout with anti-aging ingredients that fill in fine lines and wrinkles. It has a lightweight consistency that’s easy to blend and comfortable to wear. You can build your coverage for a more dramatic statement. Finishing with a gloss softens the look.”

availability: Spring 2011

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