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Spring 2008

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Guerlain – KissKiss Gloss Review for Secret Beige, Rose Florida, Fraise a Croquer

I recently tried out three Guerlain KissKiss glosses ($26.00) in Secret Beige, Rose Florida, and Fraise a Croquer. KissKiss glosses are delicately scented with something akin to a raspberry-sweetness. It is light enough that I find I don’t notice it very much after I’ve applied it to my lips. I did find that these particular shades gave me moderate color pay off, as far as glosses go, with no stickiness or goopiness. They applied easily, precisely, and really didn’t require much effort before my lips looked delightfully shiny and glossy. What I really liked about Guerlain’s KissKiss glosses was that they are incredibly moisturizing; as a compulsive lip balm user, the hardest thing about getting into lipgloss and lipstick was knowing I wouldn’t be able to repeatedly apply lip balm throughout the day. Having a gloss that is moisturizing and longlasting is thus imperative for me.

Verdict? At this price point, I can say that personally, my budget nor my conscience, would permit indulgences such as these very often, but if a certain shade comes around, I may splurge.

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Looks – Over-the-top Green, Blue, and Teal Eye (Originals Entry)

MAC has recently opened up The Originals national contest, which can be entered online to US residents age 18 or older.  I encourage you all to enter, but make sure you enter soon, as they take 1-2 days to review and accept your entry.  This is the look I used to enter the contest…

I used Chartreuse pigment on all over lid, Overgrown eyeshadow on lid, Electric Eel eyeshadow on crease, Freshwater eyeshadow above crease, Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow on brow, Aqualine liquid last liner on lower lash line, Overgrown eyeshadow below lower lash line, Reflects Turquatic glitter on outer lower lash line, Blacktrack fluidline on upper lash line, Reflects Turquatic glitter on upper lash line. I wore Sunbasque blush with Sculpt sculpting powder to contour and Dancing Light beauty powder to highlight. I had Fun Fun lipstick with Poetique lipglass and Reflects Bronze glitter on my lips.

Golden Globes Awards: L’Oreal Paris 2008 Red Carpet Compact

In celebration of the 2008 Golden Globe Awards, L’Oréal Paris continues its tradition of honoring Hollywood’s most talented women in film and television with an exclusive, luxury compact. Designed by Kwiat, one of Hollywood’s favorite diamond jewelry companies, the L’Oréal Paris 2008 Red Carpet Compact will be presented to the Golden Globes’ female nominees in all categories.

The L’Oréal Paris 2008 Red Carpet Compact is inspired by the glamour of awards season and the stars that make the night so special. In a beautiful, star-inspired design of Swarovski crystals set in 18K white gold on classic plated 18K yellow gold, this exclusive compact is a stunning design of beauty and brilliance. Complete with a “red-carpet” ruby crystal embedded in the push-button opening holding together two makeup mirrors on the inside, the L’Oréal Paris 2008 Red Carpet Compact is a luxurious, must-have red carpet accessory for each nominee to ensure she looks her best throughout the evening.

This stunning compact isn’t just for the stars. The L’Oréal Paris Red Carpet compact will be available to purchase at L’Oréal Paris retail stores (888-270-7743; suggested retail price $50). In keeping with L’Oréal Paris’ longstanding support of the OCRF, 20 percent of the retail sale price will benefit this vital organization.

For those who want the true Golden Globes experience of luxury and glamour, L’Oréal Paris has commissioned a limited edition gold and diamond version of the L’Oréal Paris Red Carpet Compact, valued at $4,900, to raise additional funds for the OCRF. Two of these compacts will be listed for sale through eBay Giving Works, eBay’s dedicated program for charity listings, with all funds generated benefiting the OCRF. The compacts will be auctioned on www.ebay.com/lorealparis beginning January 4 through January 14 with an opening bid of $500.

MAC Cosmetics – Fafi for MAC Product Photos

Why must it always be an international site that manages to break the stories the quickest?  Sadly, I am only an English speaker (I took French for five years, but please, let’s not go there).  Zghzp delivered this color story, in Chinese (see Google translation here), and I must tell you, I certainly hope that as we get closer to February, information for the US launch trickles out, because I am hard-pressed to believe that a collaboration collection would feature as many repromotes/permanent colors as the site says. (Source)

This is why I’m not a fan of incomplete info!  I want everything – product photos, full color story, and exact descriptions and names.

Are you still excited over Fafi?