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Anyone pick up Air of Style? Thoughts?
The Scent: It is a fairly heavy fragrance when initially smelled from the vial, but when it dries down, it isn’t so heady. MAC describes the scent as, “A baroque blend of white pepper, dates, tuberose, orange flower, jasmine, precious woods, leather, vetiver and amber crystals sumptuously overlaid with the opulence of ylang ylang and orris.” First, the description is insanely long and makes it sound like they threw nearly every particular note they could. I want to say that what I could sniff out was more of a sweet floral scent with jasmine undertones, a touch of woodiness, but mostly sophisticated floral tones. You will probably be able to note the subtle sweetness, and I wouldn’t really call this a masculine scent (far too much floral!).
The Packaging: The bottle pictured online is filled with the perfume, when in reality you receive it in two parts: empty perfume bottle and filled test-tube vial [of the perfume]. They include a funnel so you can put it into the actual bottle. The problem with this packaging is you have to figure out a way to get this bad boy to stand, which is pretty much impossible. The scent is better spritzed rather than dabbed on, so for me, I’ll be filling up travel-size spray vials (from eBay) instead of really utilizing the bottle. The actual perfume vial is cute in design, but it’s not practical, which is a problem for those of us would like to actually display it rather than tossing it into a holder of some sort to keep it vertical. I think they would have been better off if they had used airbrushed metal or higher caliber material for the cap of the vial, too.
Overall: I know some people griped about the price ($60.00), but considering the prices of most perfumes, I don’t really see how this is shock-worthy. Just as there are numerous perfumes that are made by some of the most famous perfume houses that make us want to gag, they are still priced similarly to MAC’s prices. Overall, though, the scent is lovely enough and doesn’t make me want to gag. It’ll be a nice scent to transition from winter to spring.
HAYDEN PANETTIERE is emerging as a gorgeous young woman these days, and this look is no exception to showing how she’s matured over the years. With ultra glossy red lips and a silvery smoky eye, how are we to resist?
Panettiere’s face is dewy, flawless, and lightly blushed–but she doesn’t look like she’s wearing much makeup at all. How does she do it? It’s all about the foundation you pick, and while a powder foundation can work, I have always found that liquid foundation yields better results quicker (and entirely more foolproof than using powder compacts!). The liquid foundation should dry to a dewy finish, but don’t despair if your foundation is matte–just add a touch of moisturizer to it (and if you have one with just a hint of shimmer in it, try that; MAC’s Strobe Cream is great for this trick). Our pick is MAC’s Mineralize Satinfinish for those with dry to normal skin, but opt for MAC’s Face & Body for those with oilier skin. We want dewy, flawless skin that looks shimmery but not at all oily; Satinfinish may be too much dewiness for oily skin (though, not always). As always, our technique of choice for foundation does not change, but at least we have a separate step-by-step tutorial now for it! Using a small, flat brush like a concealer brush (194), apply a dab of foundation each cheek, chin, forehead, and nose. Spritz a fluffy powder or buffer brush (think 129, 150, 182) with a gentle mist of water (less is more!) or Fix+, and then brush against the dabs of foundation to spread the coverage onto your skin. Spread out by pulling the dab outwards, and then buff into skin with small, circular motions with the brush (this is why we adore the 182 for the job, nobody does it better…). Gently rouge cheeks by using the 129 or 150 brush and picking up a hint of MAC’s Springsheen blush and tap onto the apples of the cheeks. Highlight cheeks using MAC’s Dancing Light loose beauty powder with the 129 or 187 brush (a stippling brush will give you more control and allow you to build up and not overdo it). Apply on cheekbones, swipe gently across forehead, and tap lightly on the chin.
Even though the lips are stunning, we cannot keep our eyes off her… eyes! Using the 249 brush, apply MAC’s Silverstroke fluidline all over lid–this is your base–so you can already see the pop of silver. Pick up a touch of MAC’s Crystal Avalanche and apply to the inner portion of the lid using the 239, and be sure to apply to the inner tearducts, as well, so you really get that pop of silvery white. With the 239, dab a touch of MAC’s Silver Ring eyeshadow to the middle of lid, and don’t put it away, because we’ll be using it shortly. Apply MAC’s Carbon eyeshadow using a separate 239 brush (we advise getting a duplicate shadow brush, whether it be a cheap brush or high-end, for dark colors like Carbon) to the outer lid and outer crease. Also, gently tug it just under your outer lower lash line–only a smidge. Using Silver Ring again, apply it to the crease area with the 224 brush, dusting it lightly into it. Finish the shadows off by applying MAC’s Shroom eyeshadow underneath the brow to highlight and blend the grayish smoky eye gradually. Apply a thin line of MAC’s Blacktrack fluidline to upper lash line and bottom lash line. Complete the look by adding MAC’s #6 lashes for rich black, ultra long lashes.
Panettiere’s lips are easily duplicated; they are not a true, fire-engine red–you can see just a touch of berry undertones. We vote for MAC’s New York Apple lipstick applied precisely with a lip brush (316) and topped with MAC’s Russian Red lipglass for high sheen, pouty red-berry lips. While we really do think this berry lipstick, ultra red gloss combination will do it for you, if you’re wary, try MAC’s Dubonnet lipstick topped with Russian Red lipglass instead (and hey, it’s not a bad combination to be aware of!).
What was in your last makeup haul? Tell us about the goodies! We haven’t asked in awhile so tell us what’s up!
To celebrate the new year, we want to give our readers the chance to win a spectacular prize–and by this, we really do mean one fantastic prize that will blow you away! But wait, we not only have one insanely large prize, but two other giveaways for our New You with New Beauty contest. For now, we give you the first of at least three giveaways for the New Year. (But stay tuned for an amazing skincare prize bag as well as our finale prize bag–sure to blow your mind!)
Charles Worthington London wants to give you a chance to win this amazing gift basket (worth $70!) full of hair care goodies so that your hair is absolutely stylin’ all throughout 2008. To enter, readers should submit their horrifying hair stories — and if you have pictures, even better. Share your stories in the comments! One lucky winner will find themselves with amazing hair for the new year.
- One entry per person.
- Part 1 of the contest is open to US residents only (sorry international ladies!).
- Winner will be announced December 17th.
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NEW SPRING LOOK 2008 | Spotlight on avant-garde romanticism
â€œI wanted a face for the woman I dress.” — Yves Saint Laurent
In 1978, Yves Saint Laurent created his line of make-up and sparked a sensation by adapting the bold, elegant, colours and visionary style of his clothes to the make-up universe. In 2008, to celebrate this 30th anniversary year in rich colour, Yves Saint Laurent Make-up will draw from the designer’s favourite themes and iconic creations with each successive season.
In this first tribute, the New Spring Look 2008 is inspired by one of the famous love greeting cards — the one from 1992 — sketched by Yves Saint Laurent and sent to his friends as an expression of affection. It is faithfully carried over to the PALETTE POP with its eminently wearable shades carrying a wave of freshness that is ideal in the spring sunlight.
In her usual flamboyant way, the Yves Saint Laurent woman reveals her romantic side, flirting with soft shades, luxuriating in fresh textures and naturally adopting ultra-contemporary, yet simple tips for application.
In a celebration of love and flowers, the New Spring Look 2008, interpreted by Val Garland, Artistic Advisor for Yves Saint Laurent Make-up, enhanced the model’s eyes with soft blue and green, a delicate and rosy complexion, and “embrace me”…lies the make-up look combines grace and sensuality in an effect that is totally today.
NEW LIMITED EDITIONS
- Palette Pop Collector Powder for Face & Cheeks ($60.00)
- Pop Stick Blush in N 1 Vanilla / Chocolate, N 2 Strawberry / Raspberry, N 3 Peach / Blackcurrant ($42.00)
- Eye Colour Touch Water-Resistant Eyeshadow in N 1 Golden Coral, N 2 Steel Blue, N 3 Golden Jade, N 4 Glazed Brown ($27.50)
NEW BASIC PRODUCT
- French Manicure / 2 Pens Kit ($42.00)
NEW BASIC SHADES
- Mascara Volume Infini Curl in N 6 Infinite Petrol-Blue ($27.50)
- Ombres Duolumieres in N 13 Golden Sand / Brown Earth, N 15 Shimmering Quartz / Deep Amethyst ($39.50)
- Fard a Levres Rouge Pur in N 138 Pink Orchid, N 139 Red Pomegranate ($29.00)
- Rouge Pure Shine Sheer Lipstick SPF 15 in N 28 Pink Sorbet, N 29 Frozen Mocha ($29.00)
- Golden Gloss in N 12 Golden Cinnamon, N 13 Golden Nude ($28.00)
Available this February 2008 on counters.
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If our guide to Gifts Under $10 wasn’t enough to give you a few ideas for stocking stuffers, here are a few more we think might be just up your alley this year! Continue reading →