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Benefit I Think I Love You Full-Finish Lipstick

Benefit I Think I Love You Full-Finish Lipstick
Benefit I Think I Love You Full-Finish Lipstick

Benefit I Think I Love You Full-Finish Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bronze rose.” It’s an apt description; it’s a sultry plummy rose with a metallic-like frost to it. The color coverage is nearly opaque. Clarins Blackberry is a creamier version–it doesn’t have the frosted finish. MAC Snazzy is redder and has fuchsia shimmer. MAC One of a Kind is a little brighter, less muted.

It delivers the medium to full color coverage the lipstick is supposed to, and it does so with a really smooth, melt-on-your-lips kind of color.  It applies evenly, and it doesn’t take a lot of product to get the really opaque look.  The texture is creamy enough to allow the slanted tip to glide across the lips with ease, but it isn’t thick or heavy, so it doesn’t slide around and get onto teeth.  There’s no discernible taste or scent, which may be a plus for some.  It is moisturizing, too, which is good, because I was able to get five hours of wear out of this shade during testing.

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This Week’s Sales for December 26th, 2011

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  • EBATES:  Elizabeth Arden (10%), Pur MInerals (10%), SkinStore (8%), Lancome (7%)
  • GILT: Clarins (12/27)
  • HAUTELOOK:  e.l.f. (12/27), Skinn (12/28), Proliss (12/29), Kinerase (12/29)
  • IDEELI:  
  • MRREBATES:  Murad (18%), Kiehl’s (12%), The Body Shop (10%), SkinStore (10%), Clarins (10%), DermStore (10%), Elizabeth Arden (10%), Bobbi Brown (10%), ULTA (10%)
  • MYHABIT: Bionova Lab (12/27), Michael Todd (1/2)
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  • APOTHICA: Free shipping on orders of $49+
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  • BENEFIT: Free shipping on $50+ purchases with code PRETTY50. Free international shipping with $115+ purchases with code WORLD115.  Free mini total moisture with any purchase with code BLITZEN, expires 12/14.
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  • TARTE: 10% off for new customers with code GGA, expires 12/31.
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5 Shimmery Red Nail Polishes

5 Shimmery Red Nail Polishes

Red nail polish may be the most popular shade–it seems like every collection that launches, no matter the season, has to have some sort of red-hued shade.  There are all sorts of reds, to be sure, but these are five of my current favorite shimmery (true) reds! 🙂

What’s your favorite shimmery red nail polish?

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow
NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow

NYX Hot Yellow Eyeshadow ($5.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a pale, pastel-like yellow with a frosted sheen. It has decent color payoff, but it’s not as dense as some other NYX eyeshadows. It also felt powderier and was less true-to-pan in terms of color; it looks much lighter, which could be a result of the higher pearl/frost content. Make Up For Ever #102 is a bit more pastel and has a matte finish. MAC Gorgeous Gold is a little yellower and has more iridescence.

While the texture was undeniably soft, it had a definite powdery feel that wasn’t easy to mitigate, even knowing that NYX’s eyeshadows are softer (compared to say MAC eyeshadows, which tend to be harder–not necessarily a bad thing!), so there was some fall out.  The color payoff could have been better, too, because it had an underlying sheerness and the softness of the shade, while providing for a smooth look, made it just as easy to blend out the color so it looked almost faded.  Without a base, this shade lasts four to five hours and then begins to look noticeably faded.  With a base, I had better results, though after nine hours, it did seem a bit faded.


Right now, MAC and Freakonomics authors Levitt and Dubner, just because I would love to see them apply their technique to MAC and the brand’s books. I think that would be very interesting! Or World of Warcraft and Illamasqua, because I think that would be beyond awesome. I vote for the second one, now that I think about it!

— Christine

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