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MAC Cosmetics Colour Ready Collection
Launch Date: April 2, 2009 (North America), April 2009 (International)
Seeking alternative energy, increased mileage from makeup… Colour Ready revs up the Prep + Prime idea, a true hybrid formula between science and beauty. New Transparent Finishing Powder and Line Filler are our lightest yet, in fact invisible when applied, but their silky colourless polymers set and stabilize makeup instantly. The only way to start when you sit down in front of the mirror. Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone is your stay-put fit on skin that minimizes the appearance of pores without clogging, and visibly diminishes them over time. Two Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Penultimate Eye Liner and Eye Brows in an essential palette are a habit to happily acquire – Colour Ready is as basic as your 4-inch heel Louboutins.
Lipstick ($14.00 US/$16.50 CDN)
- Show Orchid Vivid hot pink
- Impassioned Amped up fuchsia
Eyeshadow ($14.50 US/$17.00 CDN)
- Bitter Vivid bright golden green flecked with shimmer
- White Frost Vivid bright white with icy shimmer
Penultimate Eye Liner ($16.50 US/$20.00 CDN)
Eye Brows ($14.50 US/$17.50 CDN)
- Stud Deep rich blackened brown
Prep + Prime Line Filler ($19.50 US/$23.50 CDN)
Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone ($19.50 US/$23.50 CDN)
Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder ($21.00 US/$25.00 CDN)
Brush ($34.00 US/$41.00 CDN)
- 129SH All-purpose for blush or face powder. This brush is particularly good for blush application. The fibers are soft and form a full, rounded shape.
Available: North America, April 2, 2009. International, April 2009.
MAC Cosmetics Naked Honey Collection
Launch Date: June 11, 2009 (North America), July 2009 (International)
Bees do it… now M•A•C does it! Honey that is! As ancient and exotic as Kohl, great beauties have long revered the natural restorative powers of the Golden Elixir.
Following the example of their fabled Queen, Cleopatra, Egyptians bathed in honey and milk. Queen Anne of England used it to silken her hair; from the Ancient Greeks to the Roman Empire, honey has never lost its regal, ever-amber lustre. We love the luxury of its sensual essence…but we also know that it’s a highly efficient and wholesome humectant and healer. Introducing our limited edition Naked Honey collection – three aspects of golden warmth and sun-made sweetness for the body, layered with two decidedly different honeycomb-derived fragrances – celebrating the secret lives of Queen Bees. Complementary shade of High-Light Powder, Eye Shadow and Lipglass are all the buzz for summer.
Lipglass ($14.00 US/$16.50 CDN)
- She’s a Star Light neutral gold
- Queen Bee Mid-tone apricot with multi-dimensional pearl
- Buzz Dark copper brown with multi-dimensional pearl
Eyeshadow ($14.50 US/$17.00 CDN)
- Crème de Miel Frosty light yellow gold
- Pollinator Mid-tone warm reddened peach with pearl
- Buckwheat Dark copper brown with multi-dimensional pearl
High-Light Powder ($24.50 US/$29.50 CDN)
A high -light powder specially created for the Naked Honey Collection . Features an embossed honeycomb pattern . Super fine, impeccably pearlized , it creates so ft high lights. On cheek , brow , shoulders – anywhere on the body .
- Honey Light A light peachy gold with shimmer
- Golden Nectar Muted golden tan with gold shimmer
Naked Honey Skin Salve ($18.50 US/$22.50 CDN)
Formulated from honey , organic beeswax, sun flower oil and other natural ingredients , this rich honey –scented and flavoured salve instantly moisturizes and helps recondition dry skin . Multi -purpose . Use everywhere .
Naked Honey Hand And Body Cream ($22.50 US/$27.00 CDN)
A sensuous cream made fro m bio-converted honey , shea butter , and vitamins c and e derivatives . Absorbs quickly for skin -softening moisture . Conditions , nourishes , protects . Use on all areas where ultra -moisture is called for .
Naked Honey Body Wash ($19.50 US/$23.50 CDN)
Formulated fro m bio -converted honey, this body wash cleanses the skin while pro viding the soothing and moisturizing benefits of lavender , narcissus , jasmine flower and blue agave extracts . Pro vides a sensual, calming , cleansing experience .
Creations: Naked Honey ($22.50 US/$28.50 CDN)
An aromatic journey that traces honey ’s fragrant heart back to summer ’s sweetest blooms. Energy starts to buzz, spirits soar, light flora l and woodsy notes float toward an electric finale. Sweet and sexy all the way.
Creations: Africanimal ($22.50 US/$28.50 CDN)
A scent that starts with a honey-ness that ’s seductive and given its dash of pepper , not without spice . Add a dark kiss of bergamot and wood , and an aromatic orgy breaks out to create a scent that ’s all-honey, but far fro m sweet .
Available: North America, June 11, 2009. International, July 2009.
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A friend of mine passed along this lil’ survey, and I thought it was fun to fill out to pass along the time of my Tuesday morning. I modified a few questions to make it a little more beauty related
What was the last new beauty product you purchased? Guerlain Exotic Paradise quad, glosses, and lipsticks.
When you’re feeling down, ________ lipstick/lipgloss makes you feel happier. RED LIPSTICK! Usually, even though I’m not a big wearer of it, red lipstick cheers me up and makes me feel a little sexier. My never-fail-lip color is Mari-sheeno, though!
What look were you wearing this past Saturday? The naked face. GASP!
What beauty product do you wish you could afford right now? Probably a series of microdermabrasion treatments or something to help reduce scarring on my face.
If you had to give up foundation or concealer, which would you give up? Concealer. It was an easy trade-off for me, since I rarely wear concealer
Besides you, the biggest beauty addict you know is ___________. You all! I don’t think there’s anyone in my real life that is into makeup whatsoever. You can imagine how much I need this beauty spot as an outlet, right?
Could you go without any makeup for 30 days? I imagine I could, but I wouldn’t want to. It would be hard, and it might take a bit of a toll on my self-esteem given the terrible state of my skin (dermatologist appointment tomorrow AM for the win!).
Fill It Out!
What was the last new beauty product you purchased?
When you’re feeling down, ________ lipstick/lipgloss makes you feel happier.
What look were you wearing this past Saturday?
What beauty product do you wish you could afford right now?
If you had to give up foundation or concealer, which would you give up?
Besides you, the biggest beauty addict you know is ___________.
Could you go without any makeup for 30 days?
This look is from at least a week ago! I actually haven’t worn eyeshadow since this look. You can blame me for being lazy/busy; I think both may apply here and there.
How are you all? I hope everyone’s doing well. I’m in the process of trying to figure out a way to better balance all of the things I need to get done so I can actually start scratching things *off* my to-do list rather than just adding to it. Any tips?
You will need the following…
- Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral base), Guerlain Charnel Eyeshadow (peachy-gold), Guerlain Fleuri Eyeshadow (lavender with gold shimmer), Cranberry eyeshadow (purple-cranberry), Shroom eyeshadow (highlighter), Urban Decay Ransom 24/7 Liner (purple), Plushlash mascara (black)
- Cheeks: Clinique Cherry Blossom Eyeshadow (soft frosty pink)
- Lips: Guerlain Flushy Beige Lipstick (pink-beige), Guerlain Cerise Tentation Gloss (sheer pink)
- Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
- Substitutes: N/A
Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre all over the lid as the base with the 249. On the inner lid, apply Charnel eyeshadow using the 239. Apply Fleuri eyeshadow to the middle of the lid and extend to outer lid. Darken crease with Cranberry eyeshadow using the 226. Sweep Femme-fi underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Ransom on lower lash line, and Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Cherry Blossom eyeshadow using the 129. Apply Flushy Beige lipstick to lips, and then top with Cerise Tentation gloss for color and shine.
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Tiger Lily Fresh Bloom Eyeshadow
Clinique’s Fresh Bloom Spring 2009 Collection is really the epitome of spring colors and shades. The promotional images for the launch indicated so, and the products themselves don’t disappoint! I think the Fresh Bloom eyeshadows ($16.50) are darling; the colors are all universally wearable. They’re colorful, but not overly so; they’re not colors you couldn’t work into your office makeup (for most of you, at least!). All four have good color pigmentation, and most of the colors have fairly frosty finishes.
Tiger Lily is a duo of light peachy-pink and coppery-peach.
Maple Blossom is a duo of silvery-gray and brownish-silver (like MAC Club, but better).
Apple Blossom is a duo of soft, whitish-silver and subdued pale, pastel green.
Cherry Blossom is a duo of a whitish-pink and light raspberry-pink.
Clinique also launched four shades of their Long Last Glosswear ($14.00) in Air Kiss, First Blush, Honey Shimmer, and Whisper. I only had the chance to check out First Blush (sheer peachy-pink) and Honey Shimmer (sheer reddish-copper with pink shimmer). I love the Long Last Glosswear formula for its long-lasting power, and I would definitely love to see some really bold, opaque shades launched in the future, as the two I tried from this launch were sheer like others I have tried before. Honey Shimmer was less sheer than First Blush, though.
Must-haves: Cherry Blossom (more for a blusher, though!)
Nice-to-haves: Maple Blossom, Long Last Glosswears
Skip: This collection if pastels aren’t your bag!
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What’s the most expensive beauty product you’ve bought? Planned or impulse? Will you repurchase in the future?