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Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo
Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo

Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold/Mr. Silver Eyedream Highlight Duo ($19.00 for 0.26 oz.) is described as a “yellow gold” and an “icy silver.”  Each eyeshadow is 0.13 oz., which is over double the average-sized eyeshadow (0.05 oz.), and the price point is very palatable for two shades.  A lot of the duos, though, are more basic than not, so whether any are must-haves depends on the size of your stash.

  • Mr. Gold is a medium yellow gold with a soft, frosted shimmer finish. The color payoff is good, but it could be a little denser in texture to give it really excellent color payoff. MAC Sweet & Sour is less yellow. Bare Escentuals Remix is slightly darker. Bare Escentuals Aspire is similar. MAC Goldmine is very similar.
  • Mr. Silver is a medium silver with a frosted, metallic finish. As with Mr. Gold, the color payoff was just good — it wasn’t as intense or as pigmented as Tarina Tarantino’s line has been in general. MAC Misty is similar, slightly more metallic. Giorgio Armani #12 is a smidgen lighter.

This wasn’t my favorite set, mostly because of the quality.  It’s good, but it’s not great, and so many of Tarina Tarantino’s eyeshadows are fantastic. The texture on these was a little drier–not quite as creamy or as dense–so the pigmentation was less than many other shades. I felt that it performed just as nicely on the lid as other shades, and both shades were buildable to fully opaque color on the lid with or without a base. When I wore the shades to test the wear, I achieved seven hours with no fading or creasing (with slight fading around the edges after eight) when applied over bare lids, but I didn’t have any problems after eight hours when applied over a primer.

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
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Spadaro Sole Nero Eau de Parfum Review and Photo


Spadaro Sole Nero Eau de Parfum

Spadaro Sole Nero Eau de Parfum

Spadaro Sole Nero Eau de Parfum ($135.00 for 100ml) has notes of Italian grapefruit, bergamot, white pepper, cumin, musk, sandalwood, almond, and vanilla.  The bottle I have is sample packaging, so what is available at retail is larger and prettier–it looks a lot like a lantern.  The bottle design is actually what made me notice the brand to begin with!

The Story

Each day, we climbed steep stone pathways to yet another wonderful outdoor market, where we would shop for fresh produce. Grapefruit has always been one of my favorite oils, and I found myself surrounded by citrus fruits being cut for juice and handed out to passersby for sampling. So sweet and succulent, they are emblazoned in our collective memory. During a mountaintop dinner one night, we watched Mount Etna’s ambient light glow in the distance. The faint smell of smoke wafted in the breeze. We all sat around a beautiful Italian table, enjoying wines from nearby vineyards and reminiscing about our family’s connection to the land. We heard fascinating stories about distant relatives, many of whom we have never met.

When I returned to the States, I was compelled to make a fragrance with just a hint of grapefruit, rounded out by soft musk and spices, to mark that great trip and to celebrate the spirit of family.

Initially, there’s a strong pepperiness that almost smells like black licorice, though it’s certainly not listed anywhere in the description. It fades very quickly to a scent dominated by bergamot and musk. There’s a subtle sweetness and nuttiness from the almond and vanilla that rounds out the fragrance. The bergamot starts taking a backseat, and the sensual woodiness from the sandalwood moves to the forefront alongside the musk.

The scent is strong, heady, sexy–lots of muskiness blended with sweet woods. I don’t get a lot of citrus or spiciness, though–if I take a really slow, deep inhale, I feel like I can almost detect a light pepperiness in the very background of the scent. It’s very smooth, kind of creamy in a way. If you’re a fan of musk, it’s worth checking out (and conversely, if you loathe musk, skip).

butter LONDON Olympic Heavy Medal Trio


butter LONDON Olympic Heavy Medal Trio

To celebrate the London 2012 Summer Olympics, butter LONDON introduces a Commemorative Olympic Heavy Medal Trio (MSRP $36 – available this month), a set of three metallic nail lacquers worthy of standing upon the winner’s podium – The Full Monty, Diamond Geezer and The Old Bill

  • The Full Monty Does what it says on the bottle. Full-on molten gold. A beautiful colour that is always classy, never brassy.
  • Diamond Geezer Proper platinum, silvery and shiny. It’s finger-bling that sparkles like the real thing, but doesn’t cost it!
  • The Old Bill Burnished bronze with a beautiful antique patina. For sophisticated metal heads.

Availability: June 2012, $36 for the trio

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Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen
Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a semi-opaque, vibrant, medium-dark pink-red with a subtle warm undertone. MAC Impassioned is brighter. MAC Moxie is pinker. MAC Party Parrot is lighter. Guerlain Gigi is a smidgen brighter. NARS Funny Face has an iridiescent sheen. MAC Full Fuchsia has more fuchsia in it.

The Conditioning Lip Sheen formua is supposed to be a “lightweight, conditioning lipstick that delivers medium pigmentation and shine.” It’s scent- and taste-free. Each lipstick is pakcaged in a gunmetal-colored metal tube with two rows of “crystals” going around the bottom of the cap. Despite the metal finish, fingerprints stay relatively well-disguised (under bright light and if you’re paying attention, you’ll notice some).  It comes with a little more than the average lipstick–this contains 0.12 oz., and many lipsticks are right around 0.10 oz.

It’s a thinner, lightweight formula that still has some slip, so it glides across the lips, depositing even color as it goes.  It delivers almost opaque color, but there’s an underlying sheerness–you can still make out my lip freckle quite easily–so it’s not fully opaque. Because the texture is spreadable, you could also use a lot less for more of a stained lip look. This is not really what I envisioned this looking like, given its name, as it’s not really fuchsia–more pink and red, not quite coral. It’s bold and just shy of being a true bright lip color, so it’ll be a nice addition to any summer routine.  Fuchsia Lining wore for five and a half hours, and it was moderately moisturizing while it wore and my lips still felt good to go for a couple of hours post-wear.

Tarina Tarantino Fuchsia Lining Conditioning Lip Sheen

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