Holiday Makeup Ideas, Part II

Holiday Makeup Ideas, Part II

Subtle, cool-edged neutrals are another way to define eyes and still wear a bolder lip color. The black eyeliner on both the top and upper lash lines (but note you can always modify this!) really give eyes more definition and make them *pop* without being too much. I’d pair this with a bronzy plum, bright blue-based red, or a deep berry for the holidays.

Taupe-y browns also work well when you want a bolder, more holiday-esque lip (which always have a tendency to be bold, bright, or deep). I never thought such a smoky brown eye would really work with a darker lip, but this worked fabulously (IMO, obviously!) with an ultra rich, magenta-pink lip.

Soft gold with amber work together to create a muted sunset-ish kind of look that’s got the holidays written all over it without it being in bright lights. I’d pair this with either a deep bronzy red or a bronzy nude.

The Scarlet Season: Chanel Jupiter Glossimer

Chanel Jupiter Glossimer ($27.00) was a limited edition shade of orange-y red gloss with multicolored sparkle. I was happy to see it is still available through Bloomingdales, if this is your kind of red–you may even find your local Chanel counter still has some stock leftover from earlier this year as well. Glossimers have a very special shimmer about them; they’re smoother and finer than MAC’s Dazzleglass and just as dazzling. This is one of my preferred shades of Glossimers, just because it’s pigmented and super shimmery without being sticky or gritty. For a deeper, more opaque look, I’d recommend wearing a red or berry lipstick underneath.

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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China Glaze Up & Away Collection for Spring 2010

China Glaze Up & Away Collection for Spring 2010

Popping with optimistic brights and sweet pastels, China Glaze takes you Up & Away with a collection that provides seamless and even coverage in each rich, crème formulation. Free of DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde, the Up & Away collection is fabulously-fun and oozes with creamy color happiness.

  • Grape Pop Bright plum
  • Sugar High Petal pink
  • Something Sweet Cotton candy
  • Light As Air Periwinkle
  • Heli-Yum Raspberry
  • Flyin’ High Teal
  • Four Leaf Clover Kelly green
  • Re-Fresh Mint Spearmint
  • Peachy Keen Nectar
  • High Hopes Guava
  • Happy Go Lucky Sunshine yellow
  • Lemon Fizz Banana

Availability: January/February 2010

I saw some of the swatches from the new shades from @chinaglaze, and I’m really excited from Flyin’ High myself.  What about you?

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser Review

It’s a thick, slightly creamy, mostly white (perhaps, a little grayed white) cleanser that you squeeze out of the tube. I use about a dime-size amount of product, and I find it’s more than enough to thoroughly cleanse my face and neck during my morning shower. It lathers up just enough to give you the “it’s doing something” feeling, and my skin definitely feels clean post-shower, but it doesn’t feel dry, stripped, or tight.

This is probably one of the more gentle cleansers I’ve ever tried that’s also supposed to exfoliate. It has diatomaceous earth as its scrubby bits, but I found I could hardly feel them. If I wasn’t trying to think about all the nuances of the product for a review, I might never have really thought about it as an exfoliator whatsoever. I would certainly have to agree with Kiehl’s claim that it is a mild and gentle cleanser.

Bottom Line: I liked it a lot, and if I wasn’t regularly trying out new skincare products for review, I would consider repurchasing it. It’s a very mild cleanser that’s effective without being harsh. It doesn’t have too many frills, which is something I like – less frills, less over-the-top claims.

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