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Bobbi Brown Pastel High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pastel High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Pastel High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Pastel High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “soft pink with pink pearl.” It’s exactly as described: it’s a light, sheer pink with neutral undertones with lots of pink shimmer. There are a few silver and gold sparkles there as well, but it seems to reflect mostly the cool pink sparkles. MAC Superflash! is a bit similar though more opaque and has chunky flakes of glitter. YSL Golden Peony has more gold shimmer.

It’s one of the sheerer shades within the range, so it amplifies any natural pink hues in your lip color, but it’s not opaque nor will it add a lot of noticeable color. It has pink gold, and silver sparkle in it, though pink dominates. It can be worn alone without settling into lip lines, and it does make my lips look pinker overall. It can also be used to layer over your favorite lipstick to add glossiness and sparkle without altering the color much. Fans of sheer shades will like this, and those who prefer more opaque shades will be less enamored–I’m in the latter group, so I only need a few sheer glosses.

The High Shimmer Lipgloss formula is a favorite for me. I think at this very moment I have two or three shades in my purse (though I was testing them), but I haven’t bothered to take them out because I’ve been reaching for them even if it’s just to wear after lunch and through coffee (it’s about an hour and a half period where I don’t bother testing lip color, since most products will just transfer onto food/cups). It’s moisturizing, glossy, sparkly, longer-wearing (Pastel wore three and a half hours), and the sparkle doesn’t travel. This formula is non-sticky, not too thick or too thin in texture, and mint-scented.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Pastel

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MAC Casual Colour Collection for Summer 2012

MAC Casual Colour Collection for Summer 2012

Availability: June 7th, 2012 (North America); June 2012 (at select International locations)

Enjoy this collection of our idea of weekend chic, which includes all-in-one Lip and Cheek Colour Pots, Nail Lacquer, Prep + Prime Highlighter, Studio Fix Mascara, Mineralize Skinfinish and the 187 Brush. Effortless and easy, these lightweight, barely-there formulas feel like you’re wearing nothing at all. In shades including: Weekend Getaway, Lazy Sunday, Out for Fun. Relax, it’s M·A·C – but don’t slack, this collection is only available for a limited time.

Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour Pot ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Have a Lovely Day Neutral nude (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Lazy Sunday Baby pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Weekend Getaway Cool rose (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Relaxation Warm pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Keep It Loose Warm peach (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Keep It Casual Warm wine (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Evening Stroll Violet cream (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Out for Fun Cool coral (Cream) (Limited Edition)

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ($29.00 U.S. / $34.00 CDN)

  • Medium Soft creamy beige (Permanent)

Prep + Prime Highlighter Pen ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

  • Bright Forecast Mid-tone peachy coral (Permanent)
  • Light Boost Soft yellow cream (Permanent)

Nail Lacquer ($16.00 U.S. / $19.00 CDN)

  • Delicate Pale sheer ballet pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)
  • Please Me Mid-tone warm pink (Cream) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Style Tip Soft pink nude (Cream) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Fiestaware Mid-tone orange coral (Cream) (Limited Edition)


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Tom Ford Noir de Noir Eau de Parfum Review and Photos

Tom Ford Noir de Noir Eau de Parfum
Tom Ford Noir de Noir Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Noir de Noir Eau de Parfum ($195.00 for 1.7 oz.) is part of the Private Blend series and comes in a dark amber glass bottle. When I first spritz it against my wrist, before it’s even evaporated against the skin, I get this burst of sweet grapes, which really doesn’t last long–on a quick, light sniff, along the perimeter of where I sprayed it, I can detect a very subtle sweetness similar to the more grape-like sweetness I detected off the bat.

It develops into a sweet, but earthy, foreboding rose scent marked by almost chocolaty notes. There are hints of a general floralness playing in the background, along with a very muted and almost forgotten vanilla. Noir de Noir is spicy and woody and built around rose. It’s an interesting interpretation of rose that moves into more masculine territory, though if I had to pick, this is still a more classically feminine scent than it is a masculine one. It is entirely wearable on either sex.  When the scent finally winds down, the vanilla becomes more pronounced, but the rose continues playing center stage, it just because sweeter and less earthy after ten to twelve hours on me.

A dark chypre Asian, this scent opens with an earthy mantle of richly woven saffron, black rose and black truffle, with hints of floralcy. Underneath, vanilla, patchouli, oud wood and tree moss soften the intensity, making the scent a sensual experience.

One of the reasons I really love Tom Ford’s Private Blends is how long-wearing they are on my skin. Only one or two (I distinctly remember Neroli Portofino being shorter in wear) last less than twelve hours, and with all of the scents, a little goes a long way. I usually use one or two sprays for all-day wear.  Full disclosure: this is not my favorite scent, and the first few times I wore it, I specifically didn’t like it (and this was nearly a year ago!).  After wearing it again more recently, I don’t dislike it, but it’s not a scent I would gravitate towards as my preferences lean elsewhere. I liked the composition and the way it transitioned and wore over the hours; it never goes soapy, turns to play-doh, or degenerates into something really commonplace.

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