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I haven’t had anyone in real life say that to me, and if they did, I might later check my foundation to see if something went awry. I’d probably just say, “thanks for letting me know,” and get far, far away from that kind of a person, because people who say things to be hurtful aren’t ones I’d be around. Helpful is one thing, but snide and snarky, no thanks!

— Christine

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Illamasqua Havoc Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner

Illamasqua Havoc Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner
Illamasqua Havoc Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner

Illamasqua Fall/Winter 2011: Havoc Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner

Illamasqua Havoc Precision Ink Liquid Eyeliner ($27.50 for 0.06 oz.) is described as an “aubergine” by Illamasqua and “burgundy brown” by Sephora. I reviewed the formula here, and I wore and tested Havoc and had the same results. It’s long-wearing and waterproof once it dries down (takes twenty seconds or so).

I found Havoc to deliver excellent color payoff, too–really rich, bold color in a single stroke. It’s an intense burgundy wine with a semi-matte finish–no shimmer at all–that is so in tune with the autumnal hues.  The brown in the color makes it easier to wear, because if the red tones were more dominating, it could give the illusion of I-just-cried-my-eyes-out when worn–which is not usually the look one wants.  The closest comparable shade is Make Up For Ever #11, which is redder, lighter, and shimmery.

Illamasqua Precision Ink Havoc
Havoc
Havoc
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
98%
Total

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LUSH Halloween 2011 Launches


LUSH Halloween 2011 Launches

LUSH’s top-selling Halloween and Day of the Dead characters are back to cast shadows on your shower curtain once again.

Ghost Shower Gel ($17.95 for 8.4 oz.) (Limited Edition)

This Ghost will spook your shower once again. Made with a rose and dove orchard infusion, Ghost will leave your skin feeling soft with the lingering fragrance of lilies.

Jacko Bath Bomb ($5.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Limited Edition)

The ultimate ghoulish goodie after a night of trick-or-treating; drop this limited edition, pumpkin shaped Bath Bomb in your tub and soak this hollow’s eve in a room filled with the spicy scent of clove bud and spearmint. There’s nothing quite like a spicy, warming bath on a dark and chilly night. You’ll be haunted by this spicy fragrance long after your bath. It’s only around for Halloween so get your pumpkin bomb before All Hallows Day. Spicy clove bud oil warms you up in the chill of the night.

Pumpkin Soap ($6.95 for 3.1 oz.) (Limited Edition)

Carve some time out of your Halloween to wash with our spicy hand and body soap. Clove, cardamom, spearmint and fresh pumpkin will warm up you up after a long night of trick or treating.

Calavera Bath Bomb ($5.95 for 6.3 oz.) (Limited Edition)

Skulls don’t have to be scary. In Mexico, they are an iconic image for the Day of the Dead celebrations, during which the dead are honored and respected. This bomb contains marigold petals and zesty lime oil to make your bath time fragrantly festive!

Cobweb Bath Bomb ($5.95 for 4.4 oz.) (Limited Edition) (Online Only)

Tantalizing black sugar bath bomb made with our ever popular black pearl scent to calm you down after a night of frights. This mighty bomb is a major stress reliever (as long as you’re not scared of spiders).

Lady Catrina Soap ($6.95 for 3.5 oz.) (Limited Edition) (Online Only)

A brightly coloured, fruit laden chunk of spectacular citrus suds! Lady Catrina’s sweet scent comes from Agave nectar, which we’re thrilled to use because it’s a vegan alternative honey. Agave nectar is extracted from the agave cactus. The nectar gives Lady Catrina her beautiful, sweet scent.

Calacas Shower Jelly ($5.95 for 2.1 oz.) (Limited Edition) (Online Only)

Multi coloured jellies for a festive shower experience. We created our own little wiggly skulls of seaweed and aloe vera gel to leave you soft and gorgeous, and filled them with neroli and lime oils to put you in a haunting mood. You’ll have to wait until your package arrives to see which colour you get… it’s like trick or treat for the shower.

Pumpkin Knot Wrap ($3.95) (Limited Edition) (Online Only)

Carve out a place in your sweeties heart this Fall with our limited-edition Pumpkin Knot-Wrap. It’s a mini wrap fit for a single Bath Bomb, a couple bars of soap or even a handful of Halloween candies. Pumpkin is the perfect way to wrap up your party favors, a gift for the host, or treats for the kids.

Ceridwen’s Cauldron ($7.95 for 2.8 oz.) (Permanent)

This ultra moisturizing and calming bath melt is a perfect brew of cocoa butter, oats, lavender and sandalwood oils.

Demon in the Dark ($7.95 for 3.1 oz.) (Permanent)

Trade in the age old tradition of bobbing for apples and wash with them instead. This spearmint and apple soap will get even the most mischievous demons clean.

Twilight Bath Bomb ($5.95 for 6.3 oz.) (Permanent)

Twilight, when it is neither completely lit nor dark, is the perfect time for vampires to retire in a warm comforting lavender bath, leaving the sun rise far behind.

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In certain ways, yes. I would say a mid-end brand is better positioned to really compete, because when you reduce price, you have to reduce costs somewhere else. You might not get the fancy packaging of high-end makeup, but I think the products themselves can compete. Many of the drugstore brands come from conglomerates that own high-end brands, and a lot of the technology that the high-end brand develops will trickle down to other brands within the parent company.

— Christine

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Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I'm Sexy Nail Lacquer
Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2011: Do Ya Think I’m Sexy Nail Lacquer

Deborah Lippmann Do Ya Think I’m Sexy Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) contains hexagonal red-hued glitter suspended in a fairly thick, clear base. It’s something that would work better for layering than alone, because I couldn’t get near to opaque in two coats. You’ll really have to move and finagle with the glitter so that it is spaced evenly across the nail. I tried to work it across and into areas where there were no glitter but still had some bunch-up.

I think you lose some of the interest from the hexagon-shaped glitter particles when they get layered over each other in an attempt to go opaque, because in this shade, they’re all the same color. As a holiday shade, it could easily be layered over golds and silvers for added oomph. I don’t have tons and tons of glitters in clear bases, so nothing came to mind to dupe it, but I bet you could find red glitter in a clear base–though it may be harder to dupe the shape.  (Would love to hear your potential dupes!)

The swatches do not include a top coat, because I wanted to show off the texture of the polish, so you have an idea.  It’s not going to be smooth–you’ll have some bumps and unevenness because of how the glitter pieces collide and lie on and near each other.  I’d recommend two thick layers of top coat if you wanted something smoother.  Removal is par for the course with a glitter polish and will take some extra patience and elbow grease.  I normally get a week or so of wear with minimal tip wear from Deborah Lippmann’s polishes.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Do Ya Think I'm Sexy
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

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