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MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection for Fall 2012

MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection for Fall 2012

Heavenly Creature colour collection features 9 Mineralize Eye Shadows, 4 Mineralize Skinfinish and 4 Mineralize Blushes, orbited by 5 Lipsticks, 5 Cremesheen Glass and False Lashes Mascara. Skin gets a nourishing boost with Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser, Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel and Moisture Eye Cream. Returning for a limited time, Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator gently cleanses and exfoliates for radiant skin. Create your celestial Mineralized look with 3 Duo Fibre Brushes. Natural goat hair lifts off, applying the perfect amount of Powder and Pigment while synthetic fibres fuse colour onto skin for a polished, luminous finish.

Lipstick ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Cusp of Dawn Beige pink (Lustre)
  • Pleasureseeker Creamy peach (Glaze) (Repromote)
  • Cut a Caper Mid-tone peach pink (Lustre) (Repromote)
  • Venus Sheer yellow pink with pearlized pigments (Lustre)
  • Fire Sign Red pink (Lustre)

Cremesheen Glass ($19.50 U.S. / $22.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Celestial Kiss Pale cool peach
  • Strictly Plutonic Mid-tone pink brown
  • Meteoric Mid-tone vibrant coral
  • Astral Bright yellow pink
  • Galaxy Rose Mid-tone violet pink

Mineralize Blush ($23.50 U.S. / $28.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Ring of Saturn Terracotta and gold melange (Frost)
  • Solar Ray Peach and gold melange (Frost)
  • Supernova Magenta and burnished gold melange (Frost)
  • Stratus Amethyst and gold brown melange (Frost)

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

  • Earthshine Tarnished bronze with gold pearl and pink reflects
  • Light Year Peachy pink with gold shimmer
  • Star Wonder Plummy pink with multi-dimensional pearl
  • Center of the Universe Coral with gold shimmer

Mineralize Eyeshadow ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

  • Aurora Peach, green, brown melange
  • Magnetic Attraction Orange, pink, gold melange
  • Neo Nebula Cream, warm amethyst, warm pink melange
  • Universal Appeal Gold, bronze, violet melange
  • Invincible Light Icy white, lavender, warm gold melange
  • Earthly Beige, peach, cool brown melange
  • Water Yellow, lime green, blue melange
  • Bright Moon Grey, silver, icy green melange
  • Sky Green-gold, turquoise, cobalt melange


  • 286 Brush Duo-fibre tapered blending brush ($30.00 U.S. / $36.50 CDN) (Repromote)
  • 187 Brush Duo-fibre face brush ($42.00 U.S. / $50.50 CDN) (Permanent)
  • 188 Brush Small duo fibre face brush ($34.00 U.S. / $41.00 CDN) (Permanent)

Minheralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator ($28.00 U.S. / $33.50 CDN) (Limited Edition)

A highly effective, dual-purpose foaming, cleansing and exfoliating scrub blending natural Volcanic Ash with fine sugar crystals. Refines and unclogs the skin, adds instant moisture: leaves skin feeling soft and comfortably clean. Mineral-rich. May be used effectively on any part of face or body. Rinses off with warm water.

Mineralize Charged Water Cleansing ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN) (Permanent)

A lightweight cleanser formulated with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Removes all makeup (except waterproof and longwearing) with a wipe – no rinse-off required. Leaves skin nourished, soft, absolutely clean.

Mineralize Charge3d Water Moisture Gel ($37.00 U.S. / $44.50 CDN) (Permanent)

An ultra-light, gel-like cream that absorbs instantly to give the skin intense hydration. Infused with our exclusive Super-Charged Water technology, this formula leaves skin softer, more luminous. Use day or night.

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CDN) (Permanent)

A luxuriously rich eye cream. Infused with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Moisturizes and adds radiance, while instantly – and over time – reducing the look of dark circles, lines and puffiness.

Availability: Now online at maccosmetics.com; July 5th, 2012 on-counter (North America), July 2012 (International)

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Beautiful Beginnings with NYX

Beautiful Beginnings with NYX

What was the first NYX product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first NYX product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  The first products I remember reviewing were lip products–a fair amount of lipsticks and lipglosses when I was doing the Sultry/Summer seasons. I think there is so much variety at the brand–kind of like if you need a lipstick in a certain color (not yellow, blue, and the like, though), they’ll have it.

Share your first time experiences with NYX in the comments! 🙂

5 Rich Copper Eyeshadows

5 Rich Copper Eyeshadows

Not orange, not brown, but some kind of magical mix of the two with a little bronze thrown in.  Copper is typically accompanied by a more frosted and/or metallic finish.  It’s nearly always very, very warm in undertone, but if you need to cool down, try pairing it with a violet or blue.

  1. Make Up For Ever #12 — creamy, rich copper with a metallic finish
  2. NARS Isolde — two shades of coppery browns
  3. MAC Amber Lights — rich, metallic copper with a strong golden-copper shimmer
  4. Giorgio Armani #5 — darkened coppery brown with a metallic finish
  5. Inglot #405 — metallic copper

What’s your favorite copper eyeshadow?

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Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette
Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette ($40.00 for 0.17 oz.) contains four eyeshadows and one eyeliner shade. Each eyeshadow has a subtle design on top, which does disappear with the first use. There are two dual-ended sponge-tipped applicators. The entire palette is encased in a “gold” plastic compact–it looks more luxe than it feels as a result. There is a full-sized mirror on the interior.

The first shade is a warm gold with strong orange tones and a metallic sheen. It had pretty good color payoff, and it applied very smoothly. Giorgio Armani #1 has a similar gold in the palette, though it doesn’t have as smooth of a finish. Dior Couture Gold is lighter. Bare Escentuals Golden Iris is darker, more orange.

Next to the gold shade is a violet purple with subtle red undertones and a blue-violet iridescence. It had decent pigmentation, but it was a little dry in texture. Make Up For Ever #26 has a stronger pink-red base. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm is similar but doesn’t have any iridescence. MAC Violet is less pink-toned. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is sheerer and less pink-toned.

The third eyeshadow is a warm, medium-dark bronze brown with orange and gold shimmer. This shade had excellent pigmentation and applied very smoothly. I thought this was the best performer in the palette. Buxom Golden Retriever was the closest shade, but it’s not quite as warm/golden. Urban Decay Baked isn’t as dark or as brown–it’s warmer/more golden!

To finish off the eyeshadows, the final shade is a pale silvery white shade–it looks warmer, almost peach/champagne in the pan, but it looks silver/white when swatched. It was very sheer, and it was mostly sparkle rather than a solid color; the texture reflected both things, as it wasn’t as smooth, and it was very prone to fall out both during application and later, as the day wore on. Chanel Fantasme is similar but more silver. Dolce & Gabbana Jewels is similar in color but has a less sparkly finish.

A deep, dark chocolate brown with gold and ruby shimmer eyeliner completes the palette; it’s essentially cream/gel eyeliner. The base color reminded me of CoverGirl Brown, which has a shimmer-free finish, while the overall color was closer to Urban Decay Corrupt. It applied only so-so–I really had to go over it a few times to build up the color.

I wasn’t thrilled with this palette, because the color payoff of all of the shades except the darker brown were just decent to good but not excellent.  I had a lot of fall out with the sparkly silver/white shade–it just didn’t want to stick around; there were tons of little sparkles underneath my eye and on my cheeks after a few hours of wearing the palette.  The eyeliner smudged and migrated within four hours, which was another let-down.  The whole palette wore about six hours without creasing, but it was a little faded at that point, and then I had some creasing after eight hours, along with additional fading.

Clarins Enchanted Summer Color Quartet & Liner Palette


LUSH Emotional Brilliance Color Cosmetics Launching in July

LUSH Emotional Brilliance Color Cosmetics Launching in July

Spin the Emotional Brilliance Color Wheel to get a personalized color reading – choose the three colors that stand out the most and they will uncover certain words that reveal a little bit about your current state of mind. Then wear the color to feel the word, you word-up!

Introducing a brand new concept matching psychological needs to which color cosmetics one should wear.

This range – consisting of lip colors, eyeliners and eyeshadows – is less about wearing make-up that’s in-season or on-trend and more about wearing colors that shape your mood. Emotional Brilliance is a way to wear color that’s designed for you. Choose colors, each with a corresponding word such as Confident, Take Control or Glamorous, and they will be significant to your needs at that time – wear those colors and you truly wear the word. It’s the power of suggestion – if one believes enough in something, there will likely be a change in behavior.

Liquid Lips ($22.95)

This patent pending formula uses LUSH’s super softening Ultrabalm as a base, which is a simple blend of organic jojoba oil, candelilla wax and rose wax. All are intensely skin softening and soothing, they also carry pigment incredibly well. Lips will be brilliantly colored and left soft, smooth and deeply moisturised. Or, the effect can be softened by applying with a lip balm.

Liquid Eyeliner ($22.95)

Independent and Fantasy are the two eyeliners in the range that have a no-smudge, stay-put formula. As soon as you apply, the formula sets and is incredibly long-lasting. It’s made with a base of eyebright infusion, an herb with an ancient tradition of use for eye area.
The other eyeliners are made with the same base as the cream eyeshadows, which doesn’t set straight away so there is time to blend. These beautiful colors are easy to use to create a softer, more refined look.

Cream Eyeshadow ($22.95)

The eye creams can be bold and colorful or less dramatic as the base softens easily into the skin. The base is a soothing rose petal infusion and skin-softening almond and jojoba oils, so will really care for this most sensitive area. There’s also glycerine to help carry the color beautifully over the eye. The cupuacu butter helps to set the color pigment nicely, so these eyeshadows and eyeliners offer beautiful color that stay in place and last.

Availability: The Emotional Brilliance launches July 21, 2012 in all LUSH stores worldwide and online at www.LUSH.com

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