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Win It! $275 in Caudalie!

Win It! $275 in Caudalie!

Congratulations to Carol!

To celebrate the relaunch of caudalie-usa.com, we have a fabulous giveaway of bestselling Caudalie products–plus, from now until August 15th, 2011, receive 15% off your entire order with code NEWSITE.


  • One (1) Instant Foaming Cleanser Fleur de Vigne (150ml) ($26.00)
  • One (1) Beauty Elixir (100ml) ($46.00)
  • One (1) Premier Cru Eye (15ml) ($95.00)
  • One (1) Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15 ($68.00)
  • One (1) Vinosource Quenching Sorbet-Creme (50ml) ($40.00)

To Enter

  • Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents only.
  • Leave a comment on this post telling me which product you would use first!

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Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow

Urban Decay Strip Eyeshadow ($17.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “very metallic bluish-silver.”  The color itself is a silvered, gray-blue with a bright metallic sheen and shine. It’s like an overcast sky with blue and silver shot through it. It is less blue than Urban Decay Mary Jane but lighter and less gray compared to Bare Escentuals Vapor.  Strip has nice color payoff, too, and when you combine that with a stellar texture, you get an eyeshadow that impresses.

WHY DOESN’T ANYONE EVER TALK ABOUT THIS EYESHADOW? I cannot remember ever hearing anyone proclaim the awesomeness that is Strip! This is one of those eyeshadows that makes you go, “OOHH!!” as soon as you swatch it. The texture is phenomenal–dense, buttery, and so, so smooth. It slides across the skin like the finest silk. The texture (and color, to an extent) reminded me of my much-loved Hourglass Prism Eyeshadow Duo.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Strip

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Duos & Palettes

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Duos & Palettes

Launch Date: August 2011 at select Estee Lauder counters nationwide, esteelauder.com

Estee Lauder introduces new eyeshadow duos and palettes to the Pure Color Eyeshadow range–all permanent.

Pure Color Eyeshadow Duo ($30.00)

  • Clouds
  • Cobblestones
  • Amethyst
  • Raisins
  • Shells
  • Khakis
  • Vanilla Pods
  • Waves

Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00)

  • Bronze Dunes
  • Enchanted Berries
  • Desert Heat
  • Emerald Oasis
  • Film Noir
  • Posh Petals
  • Surreal Skies

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Cosmoprof 2011 Day 2


Cosmoprof 2011 Day 2

I had an appointment with CND to try out their Shellac manicure, and you know me–I couldn’t commit both hands to 14-days of wear (that’s how long Shellac is supposed to wear!).  I did want to try it out, though, and so I asked the lovely Kristina to do something fun and funky on the nails on my right hand.  I wanted every nail to be different to maximize my time at CND, LOL!  I know that when Shellac originally launched, the range of colors was rather classic/traditional, but they will launch several new shades in the fall (including the purple and teal shades I’m wearing above).

So far, I loved the process of Shellac, and if it does indeed wear for a full 14-days (or longer), it’s something I would do if I was a normal (aka, not a beauty blogger) person.  They do a base coat, one to two layers of color coat, and a top coat.  The base coat takes 10 seconds to cure, while the color coats take two minutes.  When you’re done, they’re done.  Kristina said that she often has her first-time Shellac-ers pay her afterward, because she wants them to dig through their purse and see how it’s totally dry.

On the pinky, I have Purple Purple; on the ring finger, I have Hotski to Tchotchke with Zillionaire layered over it (multifaceted flaky glitter); on the middle, I’m still trying to figure that out; on the index, it’s Hot Pop Pink with loose glitter put on over the color coat and sealed with two layers of top coat (totally smooth); and in the thumb, it’s Asphalt that’s been buffed to make it matte and dabs of the top coat for 3D polka dots.

Better and more photos to come!  Check ’em out here! 🙂 The best part about the 14-day wear is that I can take photos at home under my normal lighting conditions, haha!

Have you ever had Shellac done? 

Quick Eyes with Urban Decay Midnight 15 & Deeper

Quick Eyes with Urban Decay Midnight 15 & Deeper

This is one of the test looks I did when I first tested out Urban Decay’s 15th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette that I forgot all about until now. I wanted to be sure to use Midnight 15, because while the glitter was subtle, it was there, so I wanted to see if had issues with fall out.  I tried to find a full-face photo, because I swore I took lip/cheek swatches of something (well, surely, I did, right? A day without lip swatches is a day without coffee – impossible!), but I was unsuccessful.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof all over the lid and above the crease with the 249 to lay down your eyeshadow base.  Apply Midnight 15 on the lower half of the lid with the 239, and then lightly sweep and diffuse Deeper  into the crease with the 222 and blend towards the lid.  Diffuse the crease edge with Trench eyeshadow using the 217.  Next, apply Underground eyeliner on the lower water line and lower lash line. Coat lashes with Film Noir mascara to finish the look.

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