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China Glaze’s Rodeo Diva Collection really caught my eye. I haven’t gone on a nail polish spending spree in sometime, but I just couldn’t get these out of my head. There were so many colors that called to me. In reality, I didn’t fall in love with as many as I wanted to, but I did find several that I can’t wait to do full manis/pedis with!
Wagon Trail (above) is this insane combination of brown-black with gold shimmer. It has some of the coolest reflectivity to it. I also thought Rodeo Fanatic was phenomenal–it is like MAC’s Whirldwind, but bluer and richer and better. Red Stallion is a bright holiday-perfect red with subtle shimmer, and I imagine I have a few similar reds already. Golden Spurs is a brownish-tan color with lots of visible golden shimmer, which brightens it from a rather “blah” base to something suitable to wear around the office. Yee-Haw! has the same texture/look as Golden Spurs, but it’s a subdued coppery-orange-brown base. Lasso My Heart is such a gorgeous shade of a deep, jewel-toned purple with fuchsia shimmer. Cowgirl Up is an intense shade of bright jewel-tone fuchsia-purple; it’s just out of this world–I loved it. Prize Winning Mare is a cooler tan-brown with gold shimmer; it didn’t really do anything for me.Midnight Ride looks black in the tube, but it has this fuchsia-purple reflection that is lovely (which shows up well in the photo).Branding Iron is a dark, intense ruby red that’s a little on the vampy side; it’s such a deep shade of red with some shimmer, I love it. Gussied Up Green is darker than a true emerald green–it has some forest green in it–but the shimmer makes it fun to wear. Side Saddle is a dark reddish brown color with shimmer that looks multi-colored in some lighting.
My Must-Haves: Wagon Trail, Rodeo Fanatic, Cowgirl Up, Midnight Ride, & Branding Iron
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Urban Decay’s Holiday 2008 assortment offers this delectable eyeshadow palette called the Book of Shadows ($45.00). Personally, I think it’s really the star product of what’s available (or coming soon) for their holiday offerings, despite there being a bejeweled “Poison Ring” ($50.00). It offers an adorable pop up of flowers and eyeshadows, which is cute, though not something that really makes or breaks the palette. When the lid is popped up, there is a small mirror available, so for those in a pinch, you could use it to apply the contents found inside.
What I like about this palette is they don’t sacrifice eyeshadow quality. Each eyeshadow is pigmented, smooth, and there is such a great variety of colors within it. There are dozens of amazing eyeshadow combinations to be found and created! Oh, and did you see the price tag? You get sixteen eyeshadows for that price (oh, and two palette brushes and a trial size of UDPP). Cooler yet is it includes several never-before-seen colors from Urban Decay, which are exclusive to this palette, making it just that more tempting. I strongly urge you to check this out at your nearest Urban Decay counter or Sephora store!
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What first got you into makeup? Glossy magazine spreads? A commercial? Your mom’s red lipstick?
Thanks to Neena for the question!
As promised, I got un-lazy and actually did some REAL makeup. After using the Blue Zone eyeshadow duo, I doubt I’ll be getting any more of the duos. I’m not particularly in love with this one – I think I’d be better off branching off and finding a lavender from another brand.
You will need the following…
- Eyes: Lark About pigment (white duochrome), Blue Zone 2 Eyeshadow Duo (light lavender/dark periwinkle), Parfait Amour eyeshadow (purple), Rite of Spring eyeshadow (purple-toned highlighter), Rave pearlglide liner (purple), Chanel Exceptionnel Mascara (black)
- Cheeks: Petalpoint blush (soft peachy pink)
- Lips: Hot Gossip lipstick (cool, bright pink), Crystal Rose lipglass (pink with fuchsia-purple shimmer)
- Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
- Substitutes: Lark About = Frozen White; Blue Zone = none for lighter color; Parfait Amour for darker (not a great dupe!); Rite of Spring = Pink Opal; Petalpoint = Breezy; Crystal Rose = Flashmode
Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Lark About pigment all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner-to-middle lid, apply Blue Zone duo (light side) using the 239. Apply Parfait Amour to the outer-middle lid. Darken the outer lid using Blue Zone duo (dark side) and drag into crease using the 239. Sweep Rite of Spring eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Rave pearlglide liner on lower lash line, and Chanel Excetionnel mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Petalpoint blush using the 129. Apply Hot Gossip lipstick to lips, and then top with Crystal Rose lipglass for color and shine.
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Here’s MAC’s Seasonal Peach Nail Lacquer from Cremesheen in a quickie swatch. This polish definitely needs a base laid down and probably three thinner coats would work better than two thicker coats. I find it a little pinker than the promo photo, personally, but there is some peachiness in it, I suppose (perhaps, more visible in person than in the photo).
Who else purchased it? What are your thoughts?
Chanel’s Holiday 2008 collection includes Beiges de Chanel, which is a great quad of soft, warm tones. It’s perfect for subtle holiday eyes, as well as more dramatic combinations (by using the dark brown with gold shimmer color). The colors were silky smooth and had good pay off. The only one with a chalkier texture was the “highlighter” color, and for that purpose, the texture works out. I really love the bottom left color – it is just this gorgeous muted golden tan color. This is such a classic quad well-suited for the holiday season.
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