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China Glaze Hunger Games Collection – Colours from the Capitol


China Glaze Hunger Games Collection: Colours from the Capital

China Glaze, a division of American International Industries is thrilled to announce that they have partnered with studio powerhouse Lionsgate on a collection of nail polish to debut in conjunction with the March 23, 2012 release of THE HUNGER GAMES.  In keeping with the powerful themes and messages of the story, the collection of nail polish will be inspired exclusively by one of the book’s distinct settings – the Capitol of the nation of Panem. Awash in lavish fashion, food, and entertainment, Capitol citizens enjoy extreme cosmetics and body modifications, bold wigs, and outlandish costumes.

The collection of colors, still in development, will be available at specialty beauty retailers beginning on March 1, 2012.  We are expecting more information in January! 🙂

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2012 Readers’ Choice Awards – Check ’em out!


Check out list of winners, runner-ups, and other nominees here!

With new brands and products coming out fast and furious, the competition gets tougher and tougher each year. Brands need to stay on their toes if they want to hold the attention of the beauty community. This year is exemplary of that as cosmetic and award-winning giant MAC lost some key categories, such as Best Brand of the Year, and new-for-2011 Tarte Amazonian 12-Hour Clay Blush made impressive inroads against long-time favorite NARS Blush.

The products on the shortlists are all good products overall; readers wouldn’t have nominated them in droves if they weren’t. Sometimes our favorites don’t win, and sometimes they don’t make the ballot, but maybe they will next year. There are always a few surprise nominations and winners. I always look forward to the shortlists, because it gives me an opportunity to see what readers are loving and try out products I haven’t tried before.

Nominations certainly show a trend of who is going to win what. If a product doesn’t make it onto the shortlist, it doesn’t make the ballot, which means voters will vote for the best of what is listed (and some will vote other, which is what we encourage unsure voters to do).

However, the amount of nominations does not always indicate who is going to win. For instance, in Best New Product of 2011, Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette won with a fair lead ahead of competitors, but it was third in nominations (and the third place winner led the nominations by double the second nomination leader). The same trend occurred in Most Surprisingly Amazing Product of 2011! With some of these year-based categories, I suspect that many of us forget what debuted during the year but the shortlist reminds us.

The most controversial category remains the Best Indie Brand of 2011, because the term “indie” seems hard to capture. How small is “indie”? How wide can distribution be if it’s “indie”? In my beauty bubble, I could tell you I hear about Sugarpill and Inglot much more than theBalm, but theBalm used to be in Sephora, though it’s still a very small company that’s not part of any large conglomerate; its founder is its owner who still creates and develops the colors and product stories. Inglot is primarily available online and in a few boutiques around the country but did recently get space in Macy’s. Is “indie” an objective standard or is it subjective? Is it a certain type of spirit or does it boil down to numbers? And if so, how can we judge that aspect when profits are carefully guarded?

I know it sounds cliche, but every vote counts–there are categories that don’t get decided until the last minutes of the voting period.  Sometimes the difference is as little as a single vote.  There are definitely some categories with huge winners that aren’t going anywhere and leap out in front from the get-go, but there are others where two or three products will jockey for first until the last few days when finally a clear winner comes forward.

Thank you for all of your nominations and voting! 🙂

Check out list of winners, runner-ups, and other nominees here!

Next year’s awards will see several categories cut. The following categories are up for removal based on high number of individual nominations and small majorities/high “Other” votes: Best Face Exfoliator, Best Facial Cleanser, Best Daytime Moisturizer, Best Evening Moisturizer, Best Body Moisturizer, Best Body Scrub, Best Shampoo, and Best Conditioner.  It’s not unsurprising, and I’ve been considering removing these categories for a couple of years now, as skincare and hair care are very individual.  If you really think any of these should stay, please weigh in with a comment!

Are there any additional categories you’d like to see in the future?

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Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush

Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush
Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush

Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush

Illamasqua Seduce Cream Blush (£16.50 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “warm rose pink” with a “dewy finish.” It’s a medium-dark raspberry pink with warm undertones and a dewy finish. It can be very opaque if you wish it to be, but it is blendable if you want softer, sheerer color (and I caution you to use a dab at a time). It reminded me of MAC Mighty Aphrodite, perhaps blended. MAC Amazon Princess is a bit darker, redder. MAC Full Fuchsia is darker, pinker. Bobbi Brown Plum is darker, redder.

Seduce wears six to seven hours on my skin, which has been normal-to-dry but closer to normal than dry (no dry patches, despite the winter temperatures!). The finish is softly dewy; it’s not slick, shiny, or oily-like in any way, but it will give the skin a glowy look. If you are very sensitive to “glow,” then this may be too much for you. I expect it will be a welcome glow for most, though. The texture of the blush is creamy and soft, and once applied, it feels like it melts against the skin, so it looks natural and doesn’t feel heavy. It also worked well over and under foundation without caking or looking patchy.

Seduce
Seduce
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
89%
Total

Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick
Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick

Chanel Hyde Park Rouge Allure Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “vibrant coral-pink” that is named for landmark Royal Park in London. It’s a limited edition shade from the Knightsbridge collection, which is an exclusive to chanel.com.

It’s a pink-coral with a creamy finish, so it has a subtle natural sheen. The color coverage is mostly opaque, and it applies evenly without settling into lip lines. Chanel Insolente is darker and pinker. OCC Trollop is more coral, brighter. Guerlain Giulette is more coral with a golden sheen. Dolce & Gabbana Splendid is slightly pinker.

Chanel’s Rouge Allure formula is my favorite Chanel lipstick formula; it’s long-wearing (this shade wore for five hours), comfortable to wear, and moisturizing. The creamy consistency makes it a dream to apply, as it glides over the lips and deposits lots of color with very little product or effort.

Hyde Park
Hyde Park
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

Tarina Tarantino Spring 2012 Collection


Tarina Tarantion Jasper Agate Sparklicity Shadow Duo

Tarina Tarantino Spring 2012 Collection

TARINA TARANTINO introduces the Spring 2012 collection, shimmering, versatile shades infused with micronized platinum powders and highlighting ingredients that reflect the brilliance, luminosity and sophistication of a jewel. Inspired by the richness and radiance of her own handcrafted jewelry, this haute accessories designer and former makeup artist shares her passion for self-expression and playfulness with her latest cosmetics collection, available only at Sephora. It’s makeup that makes a statement—like any great accessory would.

Eye Dream Hyperlight ($22.00)

This liquid spotlight luminizes and brightens under eyes and along the cheek bones to instantly give you a lit-from-within glow. Consider this your “magic wand” and use this blendable, crease-free formulation under or over concealer to keep you looking refreshed at all times. Available in one universal shade.

Eye Dream Highlight Duo ($19.00)

This superb eyeshadow duo is infused with luxurious platinum powders that create a glowing effect for your eyes. Tarina suggests applying to the inner corner of the eyes and on the browbone for a beautiful highlighted effect. Available in four color coordinated duos:

  • Mr. Gold and Mr. Silver Gold and silver
  • Amber and Elektron Bronze and vanilla
  • Jasper and Agate Buttermilk and taupe
  • Iris Plume and Moon Opal Lilac and soft pink

Dollskin Cheek Palette ($45.00)

Consists of four beautiful full-sized blushes in one gorgeous palette so you can play with color on your cheeks. The silky formula imparts a natural glow with true pigment payoff that wears all day long, applies evenly and is buildable for a customized look. Tarina has created the perfect range of shades to give cheeks a sweet romantic flush on any skin tone: Candy Cameo (shimmery pink), Feather (shimmery peach), Carved Rose (cool vivid pink) and Parasol (shimmery peach/pink). Tarina’s application tip: Concentrate color on the apple for a “dolly cheek,” or just along the cheekbone for a “disco cheek” effect.

Fleur de Lash Mascara ($19.00)

A superior formulation that thickens and lengthens for maximum volume lashes in new gunmetal faceted tube that reflects like a jewel.

Jewel Mirror ($25.00)

Inspired by Tarina’s iconic jewelry, the vintage oval design is made from glass crystals and inscribed with Tarina’s special message: Get Ready to Sparkle! The two-sided, compact mirror includes both 1x and 3x magnification, perfect to take with you everywhere! Available in four different vintage colors: Glitter Mist (iridescent opal), Emerald Pretty (green), Pink Pucker (pink), Lilac Crush (purple).

availability: February 2012 at Sephora stores, sephora.com

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