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Win It! Beauty.com Sample-Filled Makeup Bag Designed by VPL!

Win It! Beauty.com Sample-Filled Makeup Bag Designed by VPL!

Thanks to Beauty.com, we have a limited edition makeup bag designed by VPL that is full of goodies ($140 value). Inside the bag, you’ll find samples of:

  • $5 Beauty.com Gift Card
  • NUXE™ Crème Fraiche®24 Hour Moisture Emulsion
  • Bliss® Triple Oxygen™ Instant Energizing Mask
  • Caudalie® Pulpe Vitaminee Eye and Lip Cream
  • bareMinerals® MATTE SPF 15 Foundation, Medium Beige
  • Jane Iredale Tantasia™ Self Tanner
  • Murad® Hybrids™ Skin Perfecting Primer, Dewy Finish
  • Nick Chavez® Plump ‘N Thick® Thickening Hairspray
  • Jurlique® Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer
  • Urban Decay® Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Greed
  • Jouer® Essential Lip Enhancer
  • Amika® Obliphica Oil Treatment
  • dr. Brandt® Dark Circles Away™
  • Juice Beauty® Stem Cellular Duo – Repair Moisturizer & Eye Treatment
  • de~luxe Amber Vanilla Luxury Body Crème

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Dior Holiday 2011 Collection: Les Rouges O

Dior Holiday 2011 Collection: Les Rouges Or

The story of Dior and Gold is a long one, with its origins in the very sound of the name ―Dior‖. This fact did not escape Jean Cocteau who said, “Dior, this airy genius of our times whose magical name includes that of God (Dieu) and Gold (or).” Rigour combined with excess: it was a prophetic name. From his first couture collections at the end of the 1940s, Christian Dior toyed with gold as the ultimate symbol of true luxury and dreams, as seen in his 1947 ―Champagne gold‖ silk Aladdin gown, in the 1949 ―Pactole‖ gown and so on.

Gold was synonymous with refinement, also appearing as a delicate highlighting touch on perfume bottles and the first lipsticks. Thus, the fascination with gold has continued over the decades. In whichever way it is used, gold is always symbolic of a doorway into a dream. And today the House of Dior is inviting us to a new enchanted experience with a flamboyant collection created by Tyen, where the colour gold provides the setting for Dior’s emblematic Rouge Dior lipcolors and Vernis nail varnishes. Gold reveals the potency of their shades, and like gold powder thrown into crystal fusion to colour it red, gold equals refinement; it glimmers with luxury.

Les Rouges Or Collection ($32.00 each) (Limited Edition)

The new lipsticks scintillate, setting lips aglow. Across the spectrum from red to pink to pure gold, the most beautiful lipstick shades have been infused with a golden powder. This ultra-fine golden powder does not shimmer like mother-of-pearl but melts like a pigment, revealing all the potency and splendour of the colour. On the lips, the finish is sheer, vivacious and captivating, with the ever present comfort and plumping hydration of all Rouge Dior Lipsticks, available in four limited edition shades. Shades: Or Etoilé #217, Versailles #527, Belle de Nuit #841, Nocturne #961

The Or Vernis Collection ($22.00 each) (Limited Edition)

Glowing in a haze of new light, nails are transformed into precious accessories. Injected with a golden powder as delicate as that of a goldsmith, Dior Vernis cult shades gain shine, intensity and depth. The jewel-like nail varnishes are available in four shades including the limited edition Gold Varnish, the perfect gold shade.Shades: Or Divin #221, Exquis #611, Merveille #651, Apparat #871.

5-Couleurs Gold Infused Palette in Couture Gold ($59.00)

The legendary 5-Couleurs palette is now available in a gold harmony. The finished look is silky, highly luminous and completely luxurious.

Deluxe Holiday Palette ($77.00) (Limited Edition)

For the Dior Addict on-the-go, this multi-use palette features the essentials for creating any beauty look, from fresh and glowing skin to smoky eyes to bold lips. On the left side of this chic clutch is a Creme de Rose Lip Balm, and a multi-toned Diorskin Nude sculpting powder. The center features essentials for an modern smoky eye look: A dark aubergine eyeliner, a medium plum eyeshadow, and a petal pink lipgloss to compliment. The right side of the palette is the opposite look: nude eyes and intense lips. A taupe and pale pink eyeshadow pair with a rich, universal red lipstick. A Mini Diorshow Iconic Mascara pulls the entire look together.

Holiday Eye Palette ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

Create the perfect smoky brown eyes in four simple steps with the help of this must-have palette. Featuring a harmony of beige and brown iridescent eyeshadows, along with a dark brown eyeliner, and luminous highlighter. A sleek applicator brush makes for quick touch-ups on-the-go.

Holiday Lip Palette ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

Housed in a chic tweed case featuring a Dior logo charm and The House of Dior’s iconic bow detailing, this lip palette is the perfect party accessory. Featuring a hydrating Lip Balm, 2 pink lipsticks, and 1 sheer pink lipgloss.

Mini Brush Set ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

This Chic tweed brush case contains the four essential travel-size brushes essentials to create the perfect beauty looks. Including brushes for foundation, blush, eyes and lips.

availability: October 2011

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.17 oz.) contains a gilded gold, violet, and softened copper.  It’s decent, but where it disappoints, it really disappoints.  At this price point, for two good colors, it’s still worth considering, of course.  Sometimes it makes you wonder what happened, though!  I can see this color combination working well together, but I don’t expect most to use it as each shade is labeled.

The gilded gold shade was beautiful to work with; it was soft, buttery, and so very pigmented. It reminded me of Urban Decay Maui Wowie without the fall out. Bare Escentuals Gold Medal also compares favorably. I was disappointed in the violet shade, beause the texture was dry and stiff, which yielded sheer, uneven color payoff. The violet shade is similar to MAC Violet and MAC Beautiful Iris. The final shade of the trio is a softened coppery brown with a frosted finish. It wasn’t as buttery as the gold shade, but it was still nice overlal and had good color payoff with a smooth application. It’s not as metallic as MAC Tan, and it’s not as intense as Urban Decay Baked. It seems rather similar to Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone, actually!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Swatches, Photos, Reviews


Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Chanel Blue Boy Le Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection features three new and limited edition shades of lacquer (each retailing for $29.00 and containing 0.4 fl. oz., which is $4 more than the polishes are normally). Blue Boy (deep, rich blue denim), Blue Rebel (dark wash jeans), and Coco Blue (muted blue) make up the collection of blue-hued lacquers.

  • Blue Boy is a slightly faded, medium-dark blue with a cream finish. I needed three coats for opaque color, though it was more opaque than not at two.The closest dupe I could think of was Essie Lapis of Luxury, which is significantly lighter. Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine H. has a similar faded quality but the multi-colored shimmer makes it look rather different.
  • Blue Rebel is a dark, navy blue with a cream finish. I used two coats for opaque color coverage, and I felt like the formula was better than it was on Blue Boy and Coco Blue. Rescue Beauty Lounge Dead Calm is deeper, richer. Though still more intense, China Glaze First Mate comes closer.
  • Coco Blue is a light-medium sky blue with barely-there white micro-shimmer. I used three coats for mostly opaque color, but I found the formula to be prone to streaks. The drying time was longer, too, so the polish pulled in places. Chanel Riva is much, much lighter and has less blue tones. Nubar Blue Hydrangea is more similar than Riva, but it’s more vibrant and more of a robin’s egg blue.

What struck me most about this collection had more to do with a slight case of sticker shock. I understand the luxury/designer brand model, and by no means is Chanel lacquer–dollar for dollar–any better than a polish at a fraction of the cost, but what’s with the $4 increase? I was expecting Chanel to add some marketing jargon about a rare ingredient, mixing technique, etc. that would justify the price increase, because Le Vernis jumped from $23 to $25 from the end 2010 to early 2011 already.

The formula on Blue Rebel was the best; really good flow, pigmentation, and no streakiness. Coco Blue was the worst as it was streaky and needed three coats, while Blue Boy was in the middle–no streakiness and decent flow but needed three coats for opaque color. I normally get a week of wear with minor tip wear out of Chanel’s polishes.

I’m always surprised when seemingly simple colors aren’t ones I can easily find dupes of. I’m sure many of you have already picked these polishes up, so I’d love to hear from you if you’ve found any dupes!

Chanel Les Jeans de Chanel Collection Swatches, Photos, Reviews


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