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Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer
Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer

Cult Nails Annalicious Nail Lacquer ($10.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmery red with an orange influence packed full of red and gold shimmer.” It’s a really rich, intensely ruby-shimmered orange-based red. Cult Nails Evil Queen is a little lighter, no shimmer. China Glaze Poinsettia is a cream and less intense. Chanel Rouge Carat has a finer shimmer and is blue-based. Essie Too Too Hot is a bit brighter. Zoya Lisa is bluer with larger shimmer. Nubar Rosso is darker with larger shimmer.

It’s very nearly opaque in one coat–you really could get away with one. I used this as my pedicure color this week, and I only did one coat. The formula is absolutely flawless; it’s not too thick, not too thin–the polish applies beautifully across the nail without pooling, bubbling, or streaking. It just covers and dries to a shiny finish–and the drying time is actually pretty good. I typically get a full week or more with Cult Nails’ formula, which is absolutely stellar as far as wear goes.

P.S. — How incredible is it that Maria’s daughter created this (and the rest of the collection)? And more incredible that she got her own little launch.


Limited Edition


Urban Decay Fall 2012 Launches

Urban Decay Fall 2012 Launches

Smoked Eyeshadow Palette ($49.00)

Where there’s smoke…there’s fire! The most-sought after look across the globe is the illustrious, elusive smoky eye. Whether you’re an old pro, or a smoky novice, Urban Decay’s Smoked Eyeshadow Palette makes sultry eyes not just possible, but easily doable for everyone! Look smokin’ hot, red carpet and paparazzi ready, using your own mad skillz’! Smoked is packed with everything needed to smoke out like a pro.

  • Asphalt Deep gunmetal with silver micro glitter and metallic base
  • Backdoor True dark brown with matte finish
  • Barlust Dark golden brown with metallic finish
  • Blackout Blackest black with matte finish
  • Evidence Deep navy blue with shimmery finish
  • Freestyle Light pantyhose nude with matte finish
  • Kinky Soft ivory peach with matte finish
  • Loaded Deep emerald shimmer with metallic base
  • Mushroom Warm grey with shimmery finish
  • Rockstar Deep aubergine with shimmery finish
  • Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
  • Primer Potion (Original)

Naked Skin Liquid Foundation ($38.00)

It feels like wearing nothing at all, yet Naked Skin transforms complexions. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright: like the beautiful skin you were born with. Weightless and virtually invisible, this revolutionary, paraben-free formula creates a flawless, demi-matte finish; light-diffusing spheres make you look professionally retouched. It’s the ultimate in ultra definition. With a broad, universal range of 18 meticulously calibrated shades, Naked Skin is a buildable liquid foundation that provides medium to full coverage with an unrivaled, weightless texture. It feels different as soon as you touch it.

Naked Skin’s revolutionary, oil-free, fragrance-free, and paraben-free formula diffuses light, blurring fine lines and wrinkles. Ultra-forgiving, the weightless, never-before-seen texture allows you to apply more wherever you need extra complexion perfection. No matter how much or how little you build, your skin is left neither matte nor dewy, but with a totally natural, luminous finish.

For the ultimate in ease of color matching, Naked Skin shades are numbered. Shades ending in .5 are more neutral/cool in tone, while shades ending in .0 are more golden/warm in tone.

Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush ($24.00)

Longing to have perfect skin like celebs Michelle Williams, Thandie Newton, or Ziyi Zhang? You’d be surprised how far a little good karma can get you! Blur the lines of reality (and your foundation) like a pro, one stroke and circular buff at a time, with the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush by Urban Decay. Specially designed to use with Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup, the Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush smoothes away lines and imperfections with either liquid or powder foundations. Unlike sponges or a typical thin, flat foundation brush, the round, densely-packed strands of the Optical Blurring Brush distribute makeup evenly.

Buffing skin into a flawless, soft-focus finish, the Optical Blurring Brush creates the look of complexion perfection by diminishing fine lines, pores, and other areas makeup tends to settle in. Like the rest of the Good Karma Brush collection, the super-soft synthetic brush hair of the Optical Blurring Brush is made from recycled PET bottles, while its sleek gunmetal handle is fashioned from recycled aluminum.

Availability: July 9th, 2012 for Smoked Palette; July 24th, 2012 for brush and Naked foundation @ Urban Decay

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Warm shortly after I started wearing foundation (which was maybe a year after I started wearing makeup). I’ve always really liked myself in warmer shades like golds, coppers, bronzes – so I was already naturally inclined to a lot of the supposedly flattering colors on me. But I will wear whatever I like, and sometimes a color may be more flattering than others. (I think I look best in natural makeup, but it doesn’t stop me from wearing something really bright!)

— Christine

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Urban Decay Decides Not to Sell in China

Urban Decay Decides Not to Sell in China

After careful consideration of many issues, we have decided not to start selling Urban Decay products in China. While several factors were important in reaching this decision, ultimately we did not feel we could comply with current regulations in China and remain true to our core principles. We know there are many progressive consumers in China who would embrace an opportunity to purchase non-animal tested products – our hope remains that we have the chance to offer Urban Decay products to these consumers someday in the future.

Following our initial announcement, we realized that we needed to step back, carefully review our original plan, and talk to a number of individuals and organizations that were interested in our decision. We regret that we were unable to respond immediately to many of the questions we received, and appreciate the patience our customers have shown as we worked through this difficult issue.

Since our founding in 1996, we have been committed to ending animal testing in the cosmetics industry. As demonstrated by the renewed support we have received from organizations like PETA and the CCIC, this principle remains at our core. Urban Decay does not test its finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf, and we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals. Urban Decay is proud to be100% cruelty-free.

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Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder
Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder

Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder ($80.00 for 0.53 oz.) is described as a “golden powder” that acts as a highlighter for cheekbones and eyelids. It’s a light-medium yellow gold with a frosted shimmer-sheen. I couldn’t think of a cheek product that’s quite this yellow. Chanel Shimmering Tweed came the closest, but it is darker, more bronzy. Chanel Empreinte de Chanel is more orange. theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer is a softer, lighter gold with subtler yellow undertones (think more of a white gold). Now, there are several eyeshadows that come close! Chanel Blazing Gold is slightly darker. MAC Goldmine is more orange. Urban Decay Eldorado is perhaps a hint les yellow. Make Up For Ever #10 is a smidgen darker.

It’s a pretty highlighter with strong, yellow coloring, so it will be more flattering on warmer complexions, but it doesn’t run orange and there’s a little paleness to it that seems to neutralize some of the yellowy gold tones.  The powder is surprisingly pigmented–you can really achieve true-to-pan color if you so desire.  It does have a silver glitter overlay that gets swept away after the first use (and I’d advise removing it if you don’t want a few stray flecks of glitter on your cheeks).  Despite the high frost and shimmer in the highlighter’s finish, it didn’t emphasize pores or the natural texture of the skin, like many other frosted finishes do.  The texture is soft, finely-milled, and allows for easy blending during application.  I haven’t been so lucky with the wear on some of the recent powder releases by Chanel, but Routes des Indes de Chanel wore magnificently for eight hours; no fading, separating, or signs of going away.

If you love whoa! highlighters that are all about delivering a full-on glow, I think you might find Routes des Indes de Chanel worth checking out–if you’re able to sneak a peek at it in stores.  I know that majority of distribution is online through Chanel’s website, which makes it a rather spendy item to buy sight unseen.  It’s a bit of a collector’s piece, I’d say, with the price tag and design. You’re not going to see me ever comfortable with pushing something at this price point with a “must have! you will die without it!” (I don’t know if I’ve ever said that about any product!) It’s a very nice powder, enjoyable, and performs exceptionally well. But it definitely comes with a grimace-worthy price tag for most.