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Giorgio Armani Black (13) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow
More Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow with #13
Giorgio Armani Black (13) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a really deep, dark black that is subtly infused with navy blue micro-shimmer. In the pot, it looks black as midnight, but when swatched, the shimmer is just barely visible. It is a blue-based black, and photographs tend to pull blue out of it, but in person, I found it really just looked black. It’s a nice, rich jet black, and if you’re a fan of the all-black smoky eye, it would be lovely as the star! I used it as eyeliner on the lower lash line in this look.
This is a product that lives up to its claims–it wears all day without budging, creasing, or fading–and blends as well on its own as it does with other eyeshadows (or on top of an eyeshadow base). Giorgio Armani describes the Eyes to Kill Intense formula as neither powder nor cream but a hybrid that creates a “smooth, lasting color film” that can be applied wet or dry. Giorgio Armani explains, “Each shade is intensified with a second pigment for a multi-dimensional effect. In just one swoop, create a wet, shimmering smokey eye … Base color covers eyelid, and second pigment adds drama to the contour.”
The texture of these feels almost like a cream eyeshadow, but it has the thinness of a powder eyeshadow while retaining some of the blendability of the hybrid cream-powder eyeshadow. It also works well with other eyeshadow (see this look using #6). The intensity is insane–whether you use it wet or dry, they pretty much look the same. It’s almost like a really dense loose powder that’s been pressed down, because if you dig at it, it loosens.
Though pricey, each shade comes with 0.14 oz. worth of product, which is a hefty amount (normal eyeshadow averages around 0.05 oz., no matter the price). The only aspect I didn’t love was the little black stopper inside the jar (once you unscrew the black lid), because my longer fingers felt awkward grabbing it (so I just unscrew it upside down so it falls into the cap).
5 Spring 2011 Nail Lacquer Picks
Reader Samantha asked for five picks for spring polishes–here are some of the ones I liked the most out of the recent spring launches!
- Chanel Pearl Drop Nail Lacquer
- China Glaze Sea Spray Nail Lacquer
- Zoya Marley Nail Lacquer
- Nubar Earthen Nail Lacquer
- Essie Coat Azure Nail Lacquer
What’s your favorite spring polish this season?
If it’s really expensive or something I just know I won’t wear often, then I try to wait.
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NARS Summer 2011 Collection
The Summer 2011 Collection is a range of warm, sophisticated, shimmering shades, punctuated with shots of vivid, nature-defying color. Eyes are washed in icy sea foam, silver-green and frozen turquoise. Lips are infused with mandarin orange gloss and hot pink matte color. The look is finished with nails in bold sunflower yellow or matte opaque white for a modern, edgy effect that’s strictly NARS.
Trio Eyeshadow ($45.00)
- Cap Ferrat Icy sea form, silver green, icy turquoise (Limited Edition)
Duo Eyeshadow ($33.00)
- Dogon Metallic taupe with icy green sheen and charcoal black (Limited Edition)
- Exotic Dance Metallic white with silver sheen and metallic gold (Limited Edition)
Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24.00)
- Queen Modern citrus gold glitter (Limited Edition)
- Wonder Shiny, sheer mandarin orange with pink andgold shimmer (Permanent)
Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($24.00)
- Bolero Pink cantaloupe (Permanent)
Pure Matte Lipstick ($25.00)
- Carthage Matte, hot pink (Permanent)
- Mayflower Sheer raspberry with shimmer (Permanent)
- New Order Soft pink with gold and silver shimmer (Permanent)
Nail Lacquer ($17.00)
- Ecume Opaque white (Limited Edition)
- Kismet Metallic sunflower (Limited Edition)
availability: April 15th @ narscosmetics.com
Q&A with Francois Nars + promo photos!
Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel
Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel
Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel ($85.50 for 1.7 oz.) is, quite possibly, the most deliciously scented facial product I have ever come across–but I am a fiend for raspberries. It’s a sweet, deletectable berry scent (I caught a lot of raspberry myself, but it also contains several other fruits). It is a chemical exfoliant, so it doesn’t have any beads, particles, or the like, that will scrub off dead skin.
It looks like raspberry jam, including seeds, and the texture is rather jam-like, as well, but it’s a little looser than the average jam. But I tell you, if you don’t get the urge to taste it at least once… (I managed to resist, but I do wonder!) I use this peel every three to four weeks, and I’ve been using this for about four months now. I keep it on for about ten minutes, but it can be worn for less and be just as effective. Essentially, if it tingles a lot, you probably don’t want to keep it on for a full ten minutes–go with what feels right for your skin.
My skin always feels ridiculously soft–almost so soft that it has a plumper feel to it–after I rinse off the peel with water. It’s honestly like a super skin treat each month when I use it. I’ve had a couple of facials, which are always enjoyable, but this is the next best thing for those of us who don’t have a budget that allows for regular facials. I find that my skin looks and feels smoother, brighter, and glowy (and stays that way for three to four days after). I love that this doesn’t irritate or redden my skin post-rinse, which means I don’t have to plan ahead about when to use it. I do personally like to use it on a Friday night, an hour or two before bed, as an end-of-the-week indulgence.
The jar I purchased several months ago is still quite full, like 85%, (you don’t need much for each peel, and it’s a product that you only use a couple of times a month), but even so, when there was a deal for 50% off, I had to pick up another. I always think about having my mom try it, but I fear she’ll get hooked and I want my backup jar! It wouldn’t even surprise me, because of all the moisturizers I’ve given my mom, her favorite is La Mer.