Burberry Almond (06) Eyeshadow

Burberry Almond (06) Eyeshadow

Burberry Almond (06) Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.088 oz.) is a soft, medium brown with just a touch of warmer, more golden undertones, but very subtly so.  This would make a great contouring shade for those with fairer, paler skin, and it would work well as an all over color on medium to medium-dark skin tones.  It pairs well with Trench for a quick neutral eye.

The texture is soft and smooth–buttery and feels like silk.  It adheres well to the lid, over a base or without, though I haven’t worn it sans a base for twelve hours or anything (I always prefer a base–it feels like I’m committing a cardinal sin otherwise!).  It’s pigmented but it’s a buildable shade–you can sheer it out with ease for a very soft look or apply in layers for something deeper.  Burberry eyeshadows uncomplicate makeup; it’s hard to go wrong if you use their shadows.  I also like the amount you get for the price tag; a little more than the usual high-end shadow.

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RECOMMENDATION: If you like subtler color and enjoy soft, buttery textures, you may like Burberry eyeshadow.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Sunday Link Love, Volume #039

How’s your Sunday afternoon?

Sunday’s been pretty relaxing so far, which is nice, since we were pretty busy on Saturday!  We stopped by a local farmers’ market for some goodies earlier this morning, then cooked up a pasta lunch, and now I’m sitting down with a half-finished Starbucks, ready to get some bloggin’ done.  Hope yours is fabulous!

How long is your morning face routine?


  • 5-10 minutes (28%, 774 Votes)
  • 11-15 minutes (22%, 612 Votes)
  • Under 5 minutes (19%, 522 Votes)
  • 16-20 minutes (18%, 498 Votes)
  • Over 20 minutes (14%, 393 Votes)
  • Other - I'll tell you in the comments! (0%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,805

Feel free to elaborate on your answer in the comment section!

P.S. — For clarification, this is JUST your morning skincare routine!

MAC Odyssey Lipstick

MAC Odyssey Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is an opaque, berry-wine with a frost finish.  Odyssey is definitely a staple MAC shade for me–it’s perfect for the fall and winter, but it’s not too dark.  It’s a great choice for someone who doesn’t quite want to go ultra dark but still wants something with more depth than a milky pink, too.  It works well on both cool and warm skin tones, and it’s not overly frosty either.   During the holidays, you can add a little gold or red lipgloss to make it more festive.

The Sultry Season is a series of posts featuring deep, rich shades of brown, berry, plum, and wine lipsticks and lipglosses — just right for autumn — that runs through October 2010.

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Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick (37)

Make Up For Ever #37 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

The formula is very opaque, and it’s not drying at all. It’s not a particularly creamy formula, though it looks like it when it’s applied. I’ve found that you need to apply a little more pressure than usual to get smooth, even color, and it doesn’t drag, but it doesn’t glide, either. I was expecting the formula to be a little drying, since it wasn’t incredibly creamy, but it wasn’t. I don’t think it imparts a ton of moisture, but it didn’t dry my lips out after four hours of wear. Speaking of wear, I got an average of four hours, with some shades extending to five or six, and several of them did stain, so they would wear a little longer.

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RECOMMENDATION: If you’re looking for opaque color with minimal shimmer/frost, I think you may like Make Up For Ever’s new range.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.5 oz.) is a deep, inky navy blue jelly base with electric blue glitter and teal and green hexagonal glitter.  I wasn’t quite able to get an opaque with three coats, but perhaps with a fourth coat or just a more precise application, it could get there.  I like the way the glitter is mixed in color, because it gives it a very interesting effect.  I feel like I haven’t seen a shade quite like this, which is often true of many Lippmann shades, just because of the way the glitter is used.  Application was smooth overall, but remember to wait for each coat to dry so that you don’t pull the glitter out of place.

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RECOMMENDATION: This shade impresses me more–love the mix of glitter sizes, shapes, and colors.

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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