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Friday, October 26th, 2007

ZOYA UTOPIA WINTER 2007 | IRENE

Zoya’s Irene (from Utopia | Winter 2007/08) is a gorgeous gold-yellow-geren.  It reminds me a bit of a more green Old Gold pigment by MAC, only in nail polish form. I love how opaque the color is after just two coats!  It has the loveliest gold shimmer, and I never thought I’d be willing to wear a green polish before I put on Irene. $6

This color, as well as the rest of Utopia, is available at fine salons and www.zoya.com.

Friday, October 26th, 2007

What is your favorite red lipstick? Who makes it? What is it called? Tell us why it’s your favorite!

I love Red No. 5 by MAC, which came out awhile ago; it’s a raspberry red, and it’s dark enough so it isn’t fire-engine red, but it’s still bold for the right occasion.

Friday, October 26th, 2007

ANTIQUITEASE CRACKLE NAILS

I was jonesing to try out those interesting nails featured in the Antiquitease promotional photos: white base with gold overlay. Now, luckily I didn’t have to really bother with experimentation and delving into my creative mind, because Carleen explained how to do it! I didn’t quite follow it step for step, as I’m absentminded and tend to recreate without remembering to look at what I’m trying to copycat.

So how did I do it? I used two coats of a white (creme finish) polish then put one coat of Gold Veneer polish on top. I would add the gold polish to one nail at a time. You have to add the texture/swirls/crackling before the polish dries, so it’s better to do one or two at a time, crackle, then move on. I personally tried to do two at a time and found the second one ended up already being a bit too dry!

For the crackling, I ripped off a small square of paper towel, maybe four inches on each side. Mine is textured (at least somewhat) as Carleen suggests, but I ended up using the edge of the paper towel to create better variance across each nail. Just pressing the paper towel ended up giving me the pattern on the paper towel, which was very uniform.

Now that I’ve done it once and experienced first hand how easy it is, I’m definitely going to try again to make them resemble the original Antiquitease photo. What do you think of these kinds of nails?  Love ‘em, hate ‘em? My boyfriend said they look dirty!

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

I used Uppity fluidline all over lid, Creme Royale eyeshadow on inner lid, Honeylust eyeshadow on middle of lid, Velvet Lady eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Manor eyeshadow in outer crease, Creme Royale eyeshadow above crease and on brow and on inner lower lash line, Velvet Lady eyeshadow on outer lower lash line, and Black Karat kohl power on lower lash line. I wore Other Worldly blush with Taupe blush to contour cheeks. I had Queen’s Sin lipstick with Red Romp lipglass on my lips.

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Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Overall, the palettes offer a little something for everybody, which I think is their ultimate purpose. MAC addicts are never as impressed with Holiday as the typical makeup consumer, who is far less knowledgeable on what products have come out, and they probably don’t own half the MAC store either (!). Palettes offer consumers a chance to pick up several shadows in an organized palette for $6 an eyeshadow (you know, a good deal!), and they also make excellent gifts for those who are not so beauty-addicted. The brush sets are the same way–take MAC brushes for a test drive without breaking the bank. Brush sets are usually machine-made versus man-made, but they are still quality brushes that are perfect for budget beauty mavens as well as for holiday travel.

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Thursday, October 25th, 2007

ZOYA UTOPIA WINTER 2007 | JUNO

Zoya’s Juno (from Utopia | Winter 2007/08) is such a gorgeous royal purple-violet shade. It’s truly a standout color in its brightness, but the tone of it is absolutely divine. I love the subtle shimmer that really sets off the violet hue. Like the other Utopia polishes, this one has great consistency and color payoff. Just two quick coats and you’ll be set! $6

This color, as well as the rest of Utopia, is available at fine salons and www.zoya.com.