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Thursday, June 5th, 2008

This is your chance to ask any questions you may have that you want me to answer! I will try to answer whatever you may ask, and if I don’t have an answer, I’ll at least do my best to point you in the right direction. I’d love to answer your beauty-related questions, but I will take non-beauty questions, too. As always, if you have a question you’d like to ask that’s private, just drop me an email!

So, not sure whether you should get Rollickin’ paint pot when you already have Aquadisiac eyeshadow? Need to know where to buy a product? Have a burning desire to know what my favorite color is? Ask anything, and ask away! (And feel free to chime in with answers to other readers’ questions–the more the merrier!)

(I will periodically do posts like these where I will take as many questions as I get to answer until I mark the post as closed.)

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Thanks to MAC, I was able to try out three (Warm Chill, Blue Flame, and Climate Bleu) of the seven upcoming shadows and two of the four (High 90s and Swelter) (five?) upcoming slimshines from Cool Heat!  Of course, you know I had to get photos and swatches as soon as I got my hands on them, right?

Check out more photos… Continue reading →

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Guerlain Autumn/Fall 2008 | Jeu de Dames

Jeu De Dames Colour Play Lip Palette (limited edition) $68

Ombre Éclat — 4 Shades Eyeshadow (limited edition) $57

  • 401 Jeu de Nuit
  • 402 Jeu de Nacres

KissKiss Extreme High Fidelity Colour — Velvet Finish $29

  • 120 Rouge Infini
  • 141 A Jamais Brun
  • 121 Orange Encore
  • 160 Plus Que jamais Rose
  • 140 Beige Sans Fin
  • 161 Rose Éternel

KissKiss Lipstick $29

  • 532 Orange Mamb
  • 556 Brun Jazzy
  • 555 Beige Groove
  • 578 Rose Salsa

KissKiss Laque High Colour — Lacquer Finish $29

  • 722 Rouge Pin-Up
  • 744 Beige Star

Blush 4 Éclats Sculpting Blush $48

  • 01 Tendre Aurore
  • 02 Soleil Couchant
  • 03 Lueur D’Automne
  • 04 Rosee Du Printemps
  • 05 Rose Plein Vent
  • 06 Nuit D’ete

Available: August 2008 at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom.

Learn more about the inspiration behind this launch, as well as see soem product photos! Continue reading →

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

2008 autumn-winter collection by Nicolas Degennes

  • Pocket Beauty Case Accessory for Glowing Lips and Cheeks $55 (Sweet Dandy)
  • Prisme Again! Shimmer Eyes Mat & Shimmering Eyeshadow Quartet $49.50 in 43 Smoky Shimmer and 44 Precious Shimmer
  • Prisme Libre Loose Powder Quartet Air Sensation $63 in 73 Dandy Beige
  • Captiv’Eyes Intense Volume Mascara Magnetic Eyes $25 in 6 Dandy Black
  • Magic Khôl Eye Liner Pencil $21.50 in 14 Dandy Blue
  • Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick Irresistible Color $26.50 in 37 Romantic Dandy and 38 Fatal Dandy
  • Pop Gloss Crystal Crystal Lip Gloss $23.50 in 441 Romantic Dandy and 442 Fatal Dandy

Available: August 2008 at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Hear from Degennes on his inspiration for this fall’s launch, plus plenty of lemming-inspiring photos! Continue reading →

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Macro makeup shots are not kind! I swear, I have my nose to the mirror, and the liner looks IMMACULATE! it’s totally even, straight, not a jagged bit in sight… but then when I’m in Photoshop to crop the photos, what do I see? Liner that’s kind of uneven! GRR.  Tried going for a more dramatic and noticeable crease today! :)  Overall, I liked the subtly of the lid color with the bolder crease and lash line colors!

It’s almost Friday!  I hope you have some fun Friday/weekend plans coming up!  My grandma is coming into town on Saturday, but then I’ll be spending my Sunday researching and writing an appellate brief for summer school (so fun! totally!).  What’s on your agenda for the weekend? (Can you tell that I really want it to be here already?)

I used Soft Ochre paint pot on lid, Nylon eyeshadow on inner lid, Juxt eyeshadow on middle of lid, A Bluer Blue eyeshadow (LE) in crease and outer lid, Juxt eyeshadow above crease, Femme-fi eyeshadow (LE) on brow bone, Aqualine liquidlast liner on upper lash line, A Bluer Blue eyeshadow (LE) over Aqualine liquidlast liner, Feline kohl power (LE) on lower lash line, Plushlash mascara on lashes. I had Foolish Me blush with Dior SkinShimmer in Amber Diamond on cheeks to highlight. I wore Strawbaby lipstick (LE) with Moonbathe lipglass (LE) on my lips.

** These are recommendations for dupes based on permanent colors available — may not necessarily be identical; they are the closest I can think of!

A Bluer Blue = Freshwater + Shimmermoss (also a dupe for Big T); Femme-fi = Shroom; Feline = Graphblack; Strawbaby = Skew; Moonbathe = Nymphette

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Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Father’s Day is June 15, 2008 — have you picked up your perfect gift for that father figure in your life?  (Or maybe the father-to-be?)  I’m still at a total and utter loss as to what to pick up for my dad as he is a no-fragrance-no-frills kind of guy, so anything beauty related is completely out of the question (sigh!).  I’ll probably try to find some doodad or gadget in my budget that he doesn’t have!  What are you planning to get (or already get) for your Dad this year?

Here are some product suggestions for the father who is not nearly so adverse to a few male-care items in his toiletry bag…

L’Occitane CADE products are designed for men to strengthen and keep skin lookings its best despite working hard and playing hard. Wild Juniper is called “CADE,” which means that the scent of these products is an earthy, masculine, slightly woody fragrance. It’s definitely not a scent that they’d balk at and call too feminine. You can pick up their Shaving Set ($42.00), which includes Cade Juniper Scrub (4.4oz) and Shaving Cream (5.2oz), or you can build your own gift set with various other Cade products. The scrub helps exfoliates skin so they can get that ultra close, smooth shave us women adore. The cream also helps make that perfect shave just mere moments away! www.loccitane.com

Every Man Jack’s The Perfect Shave ($20.00) is a pack of essentials that is bound to please your darling dad, without breaking the bank, too.  I love Every Man Jack products because they’re effective, utilitarian, and guys are far more receptive to its clean, masculine packaging.  The Perfect Shave kit includes their face wash, face scrub, shave gel/shave cream, and face lotion.  Even my boy, who is pretty hard to persuade to use skincare products–even when designed for men–loved their body wash.  www.everymanjack.com

Liz Earle Men’s Essentials ($70.00) kit contains a face and body wash (200ml), Sensitive Shave Cream (100ml), After-Shaving Moisturizer (50ml), a towelling cloth, and handy dandy traveling case.  Liz Earle is a brand I consider for those who want to focus on more natural products, and at the same time, groom up the men in their lives without handing them bottles of sweet-scented facial lotions or pink-packaged products.  I’ve had great success with Liz Earle’s suncare line (adore their After Sun products!), and I imagine that their men’s skincare range is just as fabulous for the man in your life.  www.lizearle.com

Kiehl’sThe Jesse James Dopp Kit” ($66.00) was inspired by Jesse James (West Coast Choppers).  It contains Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, “White Eagle” Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream, Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap, Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment, and a deluxe sample of Ultimate Strength Hand Salve.  I know Kiehl’s is often the go-to brand when it comes to buying a man something for his skin and what better way to do it than with a Jesse James-inspired kit?  www.kiehls.com

LUSH has packaged three fun father-loving products into a cute pre-wrapped gift. “DAD” ($29.95) consists of Happy Hippy shower gel, Ice Blue soap, and a new shampoo bar. All easy-to-use and nothing girly in the slightest!

Lush has also hand-picked the Marathon Bar ($5.25), which aids in relaxation and has a spicy, cinnamony scent.

Plus, Wiccy Magic Muscles ($8.95), which contains aduki beans and helps to relieve tension and knots, as great gifts for dads, too. www.lush.com