Friday, March 20th, 2009

Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Summer Collection definitely stirred up some beauty temptations when we first learned about it. I ended up with most of the collection, and you’ll definitely get a full review soon :) I thought I’d break it up a bit, so you can at least get a sneak peek for now! My Nordstrom did have the summer collection on counter already, so I bet yours does, too — if you and Chanel are likethis, get your bum over to your local beauty counter!

Pictured above is the Iridescent Effects Eyes in Plein Soleil ($56.00), and it is an eyeshadow quad. It features four bronzy colors, ranging from coppery bronze to peach-bronze to medium bronze to deep, dark bronze. In-store, it swatched a little sketchy, but I was thinking that it might have just been because of the oil and gunk build-up from other customers swatching. However, the swatches included in this post are from the one I purchased, so it’s fresh and clean, and yet the colors didn’t quite swatch as smoothly as I would expect of Chanel. I’m definitely going to have to do a look or two with the quad to determine whether it will earn a spot in my beauty stash for keeps!

The next item I’d like to let you in on is Aqualumiere Gloss in Candy Glow ($27.00), which is part of Chanel’s normal Aqualumiere Gloss line-up, but it is repromoted with this launch. I’m not a huge glossimer fan (though I’m slowly warming up to them), but I adore the Aqualumiere Gloss formula. Talk about thick, non-sticky, pigmented goodness. Candy Glow is a pinky-coral with gold shimmer gloss that is so up my alley! I have the other three that came out with the launch, and they are equally as lovely, but I will tell you more next time :)

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection is a mix of summery color goodness from a gorgeous blush to a “Sand and Sea” eyeshadow palette. The collection features a Matte and Shimmer Bronzer ($30.00 each), a Duo Bronzer ($31.00), Pure Color Gloss Stick in Orange Poppy and Pop Pink ($18.50 each), Luminous Liquid Bronzer ($28.50), SunBlush Illuminator ($32.00), Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00), Duo Tone Eye Pencil ($18.50), Pure Color Lipstick in Golden Goddess ($18.50), High Gloss in Golden Goddess, Coral Goddess, and Rose Goddess ($17.00 each), and finally Pure Color Nail Lacqueri n Golden Goddess ($18.00).

The SunBlush Illuminator ($32.00) is a “blush and illuminator in one.” The center is a pinky-coral shade–perfect for summer–and the outer ring is more of a peachy shade with more shimmer than the center color. You can easily use just the center color if you so wish, but using just the outside color will be more difficult. To be honest, I prefer them swirled and used as one. Together they make a very pretty pink-coral color with golden sheen. I definitely will be reaching for this during the summer!

The Sand & Sea Eyeshadow Palette ($38.00) is a good mix of cool and warm shades of color. I really love the theme of “Sand & Sea,” and I feel they hit it dead on. You get a medium bright blue paired with a lighter, more sky blue shade for your “sea.” You have a rich, warm deep brown with red toned shade as your darkest color in the palette. There is a pop of true gold and a medium brown with gold-peach sheen for “sand.” The lightest shade is a fairly nude highlighter, but it also gives off a blue-gray sheen. I give kudos to Estee Lauder for putting out such a fun mix of colors for their summer collection! Color texture was smooth and soft, and the color pigmentation was exactly what I wanted–there!

I can also appreciate the packaging on both the Illuminator and Eyeshadow Palette, because they’re in a warm, bronzy-brown color with gold detailing, but it doesn’t feel like traditional Estee Lauder packaging–it feels younger. Yay!

Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Collection is available now at Nordstrom.com.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Stila’s Summer Collection features a stunning quad, the Charmed palette ($28.00), which I am sure instantly created some temptation! The colors featured in the palette are a mid-tone copper, warm gold, intense teal, and deep burgundy.

The color themselves are quite lovely, as they swatch well with rich pigmentation. I’d describe the colors more of a coppery-pink, warm coppery-gold, teal with green undertones, and a brown-burgundy. The texture is smooth and silky, easily blending into the skin and no fall out problems.

The only issue I had with the palette was the packaging itself. The gold coloring and the detailing on the outside was beautiful, but it feels like it’s all cardboard. The clear part (where you can see the shadows) is super thin plastic–like what you might find on top of shadows. I’d have preferred something more durable. Otherwise, this palette is superb, and it is totally worth $28!

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Dior Bronze Harmony Blushicon ($42.00) comes in two stunning shades — Coral Riviera and Rose Brazilia. I’ve only had my hands on Coral Riviera at the moment, but I did swatch them both at Nordstrom a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t decide between the two… now I know I have to go back and get Rose Brazilia, too!

Oh, Dior, you really know how to make a girl swoon. First it was the Skin Shimmers (can’t wait for Pop Diamond!), and now.  The new Bronze Harmony Blushes. I love these blushes for a nice pop of color with just a touch of sheen!  I like to pair Coral Riviera with Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer for a bronzier look or Rose Diamond Skin Shimmer for a pinker cheek.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

China Glaze Summer Days Are Here!

You know the first taste of summer you get, how it’s just so sweet? California’s been having a few of those days lately–sun’s shining, skies are blue, and there’s just enough warmth to make you forget about spring. (Though technically, spring has only just begun… but shh!) China Glaze’s Summer Days polish collection is very much like a bright, sunny day to bring you warmth during your winter-spillover-into-spring.

The colors are all glittering, shimmering specimens of colors that represent lazy days by the pool, flip flops, and having some fun in the sun. All of them apply well and have good color pigmentation–none requiring more than two coats for even, opaque color. With all that shimmer, you won’t even feel it; nails are left smooth to the touch but they just sparkle, especially in the sun.

Watermelon Rind is a green-based teal, with softer teal glittering shimmer. Though the name is fitting for the season, it’s really not the color that comes to mind when I think of watermelon rinds (which is a brighter pop of green).

Grape Juice is a light purple-lilac kind of color. It has almost silvery-shimmer, which makes the color a little more spunky than if it was more similarly colored.

Strawberry Fields is a gorgeous shade of medium-to-dark pink base with gold shimmer. This is THE color to get out of the six (in my opinion!). It’s SO summer, and the way the gold shimmer reflects and dances in the light is phenomenal.

Cherry Pie is an orangey-red color with shimmer. This color didn’t strike me like the others; it’s pretty, but it didn’t do anything for me, you know?

Orange Marmalade is very much like its name: an orangey base with orangey-gold shimmer sparkles. Very pigmented and bold.

Raspberry Festival is a deeper red, seems blue-based to me. It’s not quite as berry as a true raspberry color, but I do like this more than Cherry Pie. (I actually would have thought this one would be named Cherry Pie.)

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