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Chanel Holiday 2008 Beiges de Chanel Quad Pictures & Swatches

Chanel’s Holiday 2008 collection includes Beiges de Chanel, which is a great quad of soft, warm tones. It’s perfect for subtle holiday eyes, as well as more dramatic combinations (by using the dark brown with gold shimmer color). The colors were silky smooth and had good pay off. The only one with a chalkier texture was the “highlighter” color, and for that purpose, the texture works out. I really love the bottom left color – it is just this gorgeous muted golden tan color. This is such a classic quad well-suited for the holiday season.

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China Glaze Can’t Miss Summer Colors

I finally received my nail polish haul from, oh, THREE WEEKS ago! (Sigh!!) I did quickie swatches (let’s face it, if I waited until I had time to do clean, professional, pretty ones… you’d never see them) of everything I got, so expect to see an influx of nail polish posts this coming week 🙂 The one above is from China Glaze’s Ecollection – you know, eco-llection. I was tempted to get Recycle and Shower Together, but another gray caught my eye, and with fall/winter coming, blue just won’t be worn, I know it. So, resist, I must!

(As always, swatches are done with two coats of the polish.)

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Fall Lips: Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick Review

Left to right: Sassy-Frass, No Competition, Flirt Alert, Wild Card

Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick ($18.00) in Sassy Frass, No Competition, Flirt Alert, and Wild Card are our picks for the fall lip. Sassy Frass is a fun shimmery pink raspberry color, while No Competition is a creamy browned-down plum that’s quite subdued. Flirt Alert is a bright pop of orange-based red with subtle shimmer. Wild Card is a step down in boldness from Flirt Alert, being a browner red.

Full-Finish Lipstick is a creamy formula with nine opaque shades to choose from. This formula clings to lips well, and I find they fade naturally – I don’t get the dreaded lipstick ring afterward. I love creamy lipsticks, and I’m all about pigmentation, so of course, I was excited to test these out. I did find that Sassy Frass wasn’t quite as creamy as the other three I tried. I think that’s due in part to how much shimmer is in Sassy Frass compared to the others.

My favorite shade of the four I tried was No Competition, because it’s a nice mix of fall tones without being bold or dramatic. I also liked Wild Card for its everyday red color–at least my shade of everyday red! I know some of you ladies rock Russian Red on a daily basis 😉

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Benefit BADgal Plum Mascara for Warmer Eyes

Benefit BADgal Plum Mascara ($19.00) is Benefit’s latest release in colored mascara, which is a dark plum color.According to Benefit, “[i]f you wear brown mascara, this is your new brown!”

Tips and tricks: Not sure what kind-a BADgal you were born to be? We’ll help you decide. If you want to warm up & intensify your pretty peepers, BADgal plum is for you. Can’t live without your black mascara? Add pretty plum to the tips of your lashes for a sweet & sexy lash look.

I would actually agree with their sentiment that this is a good alternative for days when you want to opt for brown mascara. I, personally, have not yet had that day come (and I don’t know if it ever will… maybe in ten years?). However, the BADgal formula proves to give me decent volume and lash thickness without clumping my lashes too much until the third coat. I don’t think it’s noticeably plum, especially on a bare eye; I imagine you might see more plum-action when it’s paired with some gold-based shadows. No smudging or flaking after several hours of wear either!

Take a look at the wand…