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Thursday, October 18th, 2007

NAPOLEON PERDIS CHINA DOLL FOUNDATIONNapoleon Perdis’ China Doll Foundation ($50.00) makes me feel like I’m living in a bit of my own personal luxury with how creamy this product is. It is described as a “lightweight, long wearing luxe liquid formula” that is a self-setting foundation and powder in one. It sets to a soft velvet finish (very matte), which is quite dreamy. My skin feels softer than it normally does when properly moisturized!

What do I look for a holy grail foundation? I want my complexion to look flawless, and I don’t care what it takes to make it look that way. If it means a dewy finish, I’m there; if it means no SPF, I’m down! I have found through experience that I have a definite preference for a foundation that sets or dries to a matte finish, has a high liquidity, provides light to medium coverage (preferably the ability to build from light to medium easily), and wears all day without requiring touch-ups.

How does this one stand up? Very well. I honestly couldn’t feel the product on my face once it set (this product is designed to give you several minutes to add blush, contour, etc. before it sets), which is an absolute for me. I also love that it does have SPF 15 in it, because I’ve been using Napoleon Perdis’ Dream Cream beforehand, which doesn’t, and I just have to have SPF!

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

I used Blue pigment on lid, Overgrown eyeshadow on inner lid, Shimmermoss eyeshadow on middle of lid, A Bluer Blue eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Juxt eyeshadow above crease, Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow on brow, Blue Herizon liquidlast liner on lower lash line, Freshwater eyeshadow on outer lower lash line, Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow on inner lower lash line, and Feline kohl power on lower waterline. I wore Cantaloupe blush with Peach Haze beauty powder on cheeks with Emote blush to contour. I had Style It Up lipstick with Guava pro gloss and Reflects Bronze glitter on my lips.

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

What’s your technique to get perfect lashes? What tools do you use? Products? How many coats of mascara do you put on? Do you do tightlining to achieve the most mastered of lashes? Do you swear by a certain technique? Share your lash secrets!

I am still fumbling around with creating the perfect lashes. It’s not easy, folks! I vary between my mascaras, as I haven’t been so awed by any to stick with it for long enough (plus, being a beauty blogger exposes you to a zillion products that tempt you to try them!); hence why I am on my mascara quest! Lately, I’ve been reaching for MAC’s Plushlash in Plushblack (always gotta be black), but I’m still figuring out the brush. Lots of coats for me. Does a coat count if you don’t wait for it to dry? No lining for me. I use a lash comb if I remember at the end, and I nearly always forget to curl.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

SEPHORA ENCHANTED HOLIDAY 2007 COLLECTION

What to give? Sephora’s 2007 Blockbuster Palette contains 64 eyeshadows, 23 lip glosses, 9 lip shines, 6 blushes, and 2 compact powders. One of last year’s most desired holiday palettes was Sephora’s Blockbuster Palette. It appears that this year is no exception!

For who? This gift is perfect for every girl in your life that should be a beauty addict, is slowly on their way to full-blown addict status, or steals from your stash everything your back is turned.  Give the gift of a whole lot of loot with this jam-packed holiday palette. It’s guaranteed to keep one busy for many, many weeks playing with various eyeshadow combinations, textures, and products found within it.

Why and how much? The Blockbuster palette is nothing like the cheap kits you might find at various locations like a discount store – these are high-end, quality makeup products. You also get an amazing mixture of colors from neutrals to blues to greens to purples. The packaging is sleek, and the palette itself is a touch hefty (but hey, this sort of makes you feel like you’re really getting a boatload of products!), and it’s just such an optimal palette for all sorts of beauty addicts who are need of a traveling solution that still offers them a wide variety of choices to those with only the hint of interest on beauty. And really, it’s not easy to pass this one by, because it’s only $48.00. It’s a steal!

Find it at Sephora locations near you, and www.sephora.com.

Keep reading for more photos of this exclusive holiday palette!

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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Here’s a guest look submitted by Ashlee! I’m so lovin’ her lip color!

Eyes: NYC brow filler, MAC Painterly Paint Pot, MAC Firespot with Rushmetal pigment over it, MAC Goldmine with Golden Lemon pigment over it, MAC Shroom, MAC Blacktrack fluidline, and Maybelline Great Lash mascara.

Face: Select SPF15 foundation, Northern Lights mineralize skinfinish, & Lovestone mineralized eyeshadow.

Lips: NYC Pencil & Pout Ruby Duet.

Check out the photos of her look!
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Borghese Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara

After one use of our thickening mascara, you will understand why it is called “Superiore.” Infused with a built-in, silk-powder foundation for superior wear, delicate lashes are coddled in natural conditioners while providing smudge-proof, flake-proof coverage. Suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes.

What does it claim to do? Provide extended wear, lengthen, separate, and curl without clumping, moisturize and condition lashes. How to use? Apply from base of lash to tip. Price: $18.50

How It Measures Up | Before & After

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