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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation (Loose) ($29.00) is available in five shades (light, light medium, medium, medum plus, and medium dark), but unfortunately people have found that it does run dark–a few of our paler ladies (NC/NW15s) are saying that light is just too dark for them to get away with. This mineral foundation gives you medium coverage with a “natural finish,” which probably translates into a semi-matte/velvet kind of finish so will be good for those with oily skin.

I picked up Medium Plus, and I’m NC30 — I do feel like it is a little too dark from my complexion, so I might exchange it for Medium when I have the chance. I’m afraid that I might be in-between shades, though, which would really suck! The foundation is very fine-milled and soft, which is great because it makes it easy to buff it into the skin (a key to applying mineral makeup).

I’m personally not a huge fan of the applicator that it comes with (I believe they are calling it a caplicator?), and to be honest, I find that this is incredibly similar to a variety of other mineral foundation applicators (none of which I have loved). The caplicator has a very soft sponge attached to the lid or top of the jar, and I’ve had several MAs tell me that it’s great for touch-ups, but that a brush does a better job for initial application. I have to fully agree about using a brush (I use the 182).

While the packaging isn’t terrible, I would have preferred a jar like MAC’s other loose powders, or even just a wider circle, because my buffer brush doesn’t fit perfectly in it (it’s a bit too big/wide).

The foundation goes on easily, and I don’t find that I get a lot of it flying off my skin or exploding into a powder cloud (like other loose powders/mineral makeup), so I do like that. It gave me decent coverage, and it didn’t make certain acne spots look too dry when it went over them. I wouldn’t say that it exceeds my thus-far holy grail Studio Fix Fluid, but it doesn’t fall far behind it, either.

This is a great product for the upcoming summer months, as it is incredibly lightweight and wears well. I know that in summer I tend to opt for lighter weight coverage and products, just because heat and being outdoors more often tend to make heavier makeup less palatable.

You can purchase this at Nordstrom.com, and it will be appearing in freestanding stores in April.

Pick this up? What did you think?

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Even though Mood Ring is gorgeous, and the packaging for the eyeshadow trios is sleek and up my alley, I just can’t bring myself to buy it quite yet. So I set out to dupe a look I know I’d do as soon as I got the trio instead… BTW, clean your brushes often! I went to fix part of the inner lid, and what do you know, I get some teal-black, too.

I used Soft Ochre paint pot all over lid, Shroom eyeshadow on inner lid, Aquavert eyeshadow on middle of lid, Newly Minted eyeshadow patted on middle lid, Cloudburst eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Newly Minted eyeshadow patted on outer crease, Shimmermoss eyeshadow on outer lid, Shroom eyeshadow above crease and on brow, Black Funk/Pop Blue dual edge pencil on lower lash line, Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow on lower inner lash line, Plushblack mascara, and Brun eyeshadow for brows. I wore Springsheen blush on cheeks with Guerlain Mythic Parfait Pressed Meterorite to highlight cheeks. I had Soft Lust lipstick with Vital Spark and Tartlette lipglass on my lips.

* This look is meant to replicate one that could be made using Heatherette Trio 1. Shroom = Hoppin’; Mood Ring = Aquavert, Newly Minted, Shimmermoss (They all get muddled together in this look – Aquadisiac + Newly Minted would also work; Meadowland is a good dupe on its own); Cloudburst = Cloudburst eyeshadow (launched with Blue Storm) — can be replaced with Carbon and layer Shimmermoss (tap it) for the slight blue reflects from Cloudburst.

** The lips are meant to also duplicate Heatherette products: Soft Lust = Lollipop Lovin’ (no green reflects in this version); Vital Spark + Tartlette = Sock Hop with shimmer.

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

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What are your current beauty lemmings? What beauty products have you tempted?

P.S. – Apologies for the site being down all night/part of this morning. Our host had some issues!

Friday, March 21st, 2008

DuWop Lip Lingo Palette in Pink ($32.00) contains a base color (pink) lipstick with four lipglosses to mix and match with the matte lipstick color. The palette is also available in a nude version, but I find this pink palette is perfect for subtle pink lips this spring. The lip brush is handy for on-the-go touch ups, and I like that at least they encourage you to not use your fingers (bad! spreads and promotes bacteria!). The packaging is cute, very high-tech and sleek, which is something that appeals to my inner geek. It is also incredibly portable, making it an excellent choice to help reduce all of those lipsticks and glosses you have hanging around your purse.

Get yours at www.duwop.com!

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Tinsley Pink ($24.50) | Created by Dior Beauty Ambassador Tinsley Mortimer

We are proud to introduce Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Reflect in Tinsley Pink, the first color ever created by (and named for) a Dior Beauty Ambassador!

This soft powder pink epitomizes Tinsley’s feminine, flirty style and is versatile for both day and evening. Worn alone, the gloss delivers a natural blush tone with a bit of reflection; perfect for anything from Sunday brunch to a big meeting at work. When used as a finishing touch over darker-pigmented shades (Tinsley’s personal recommendation for a night out), Tinsley Pink creates a camera-ready pout out of literally any color.

Featuring a high-shine, shimmering finish and multi-dimensional reflective pigments, this formula goes on smooth with a silky brush applicator and the sleek packaging fits into even the most demure evening bag.

A donation will be made from the sales of Tinsley Pink to one of Tinsley’s favorite organizations: Operation Smile, a worldwide children’s medical charity (www.operationsmile.org).

Availability: May 2008 at Saks Fifth Avenue exclusive nationwide.

When I hear “sheer bubblegum pink,” my ears do perk up a bit. I’m a sucker for pinks, no matter what, even if I already have dozens of favorites already sitting on my vanity. I’m also a huge fan for charity products, because I can look cute and give back at the same–perfect combination.

Friday, March 21st, 2008

I decided I wanted to play with some of my new goodies I’m testing out right now! You know how I was a bit disappointed in Bobbi Brown’s Nude & Lip palette? Well, Dior’s Goldfever Quint was much more up my alley. Given, they’re frostier and shimmery shadows compared to the BB palette, I was able to create an actual LOOK out of it! Plus, the soft white gold? Divine.

I used MAC Soft Ochre paint pot on lid, Dior Goldfever Quint center shadow on inner lid, Dior Goldfever Quint bottom left shadow on middle of lid, Dior Goldfever Quint top right shadow on outer lid, Dior Goldfever Quint top left shadow on outer crease, Dior Goldfever Quint bottom right shadow on outer crease and lid, and MAC Black Funk/Pop Blue dual edge liner on lower lash line. I had MAC Brun eyeshadow to fill in brows and MAC Plushblack plushlash mascara on lashes. I wore MAC True Romantic blush with Guerlain Mythic Parfait Pressed Meteorites on cheeks. I had MAC Cherish lipstick (like Fleshpot) with MAC Style Minx lipglass on my lips.

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