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Sunday, September 21, 2008
I just had to share this amazing palette from Senna Cosmetics. While you can buy it empty, I'm not sure why you would want to! For only $99 it holds 16 shadows, 6 blushes, a shimmering face powder and even a bronzing duo!
The Envelope by Senna
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
After the success of last year's Stonewashed Nudes Palette, Bobbi Brown has come out with another amazing palette of matte and shimmer nude tones which promise to work with pretty much any skin tone.
Shimmering Nudes Palette
The palette contains a great combination of seven warm and cool tones with matte and shimmer finishes. Also included in the palette is Espresso, a fantastic smokey matte black which I love to use as an eye liner.
• New, Exclusive Nude Beach Metallic Eye Shadow
• New, Exclusive Nude Mist Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
• Naked Eye Shadow
• New, Exclusive Nude Glow Metallic Eye Shadow
• Exclusive Mica Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
• New, Exclusive Nude Spice Metallic Eye Shadow
• Espresso Eye Shadow
Creamy Lip Color
The new Creamy Lip Colors are formulated with pink and gold undertones specially to compliment the shadows in the Shimmering Nudes Palette.
• Pink Sequin
• Pink Buff
• Sunset Nude
Monday, September 08, 2008
In the late 1980s and early 1990s many of the top selling fragrances were from Calvin Klein. I can't tell you how many of my friends and family members wore classic fragrances like Obsession and Eternity. When CK One was released pretty much my entire class wore it, this was the "must have" fragrance to pull out of your gym bag in junior high. Honestly, none of the other Calvin Klein fragrances have really struck me as scents I'd want to wear. Until now.
A reworking of the classic Obsession, this version strikes me as a bit more sultry. The combination of notes creates a warm and mysterious fragrance. The list of notes is a great combination of fruits like Plum and Mace, a the floral notes are particularly subtle with the Jasmine and Tuberose taking a back seat to other notes. Most prominent on me are the Amber and Sandalwood but with the other notes the balance doesn't allow them to become overwhelming.
Top Notes: Exotic Plum, Mace, Rose de Damas
Middle Notes: Egyptian Jasmine, French Orange Flower, Tuberose
Bottom Notes: Cashmere Wood, Burnt Amber, Australian Sandalwood
I think that this newest Calvin fragrance is due to become one of the "new classics". It will be out on September 15th (you can see the billboard going up in Times Square above), you'll want to try it out soon!
Calvin Klein's Secret Obsession
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
As much as I love MAC's latest fall offering, Cult of Cherry, I have to offer my experience with the blush, Plum du Bois.
Check out this shade, it is an amazing deep berry/pink color, it has a hint of a bronze/coppery shimmer. It cries out for a tweed skirt and dark hose to go with it. It wants to be your cheek color as you crunch around in fall leaves. It wants to be part of your fall wardrobe. It's beautiful.
But, you need a light hand to go with it if you're a pale gal like me, and it's better pared with less intense eyes/lips. This is a cheek color that wants to be the center of attention, and having it compete with others will just backfire.
With my large #116 brush I can get just the perfect amount onto the apples of my cheeks. Even I (N3!) don't look like Bozo when I apply it correctly. But, just use a light hand and some balance with this one!
MAC Cult of Cherry Cheeks
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I have to admit that when I first saw the fall Shu Uemura Lippies for Fall 2008 in pictures, I thought that these wouldn't be colors for me. They were a bit too warm toned (I'm very cool toned) and in the images looked like they would be too dark for my pale skin.
Look at how wrong I was! They are both very sheer, easy to wear and I love them both! They have a little bit of shimmer, last for hours and offer just the right amount of color for transitioning into fall.
Shu Uemura Instinct Fall 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
With the strong eyes and lips that I crave every fall, it's easy to fall into the trap of simply increasing the intensity and color of all of my makeup. Obviously if I did this I'd look like a crazy person (or like Bozo the Clown), so one easy way of keeping the correct balance is to use light, pretty blush. It keeps me from looking washed out, but doesn't look like I painted my cheeks a crazy color to go with my deep berry lips or dark smokey eyes either.
This fall Shu Uemura has quite a few really pretty blushes, I tried out Pulse and Lust. Note that Pulse once had that pretty gold flower too, but I couldn't help myself and basically started using it every morning the moment it arrived in my mailbox.
This swatch should give you a better idea of just how pretty it is on my skin! These are swatches that I went over a few times with a finger in order to really get a nice concentration of color (otherwise there is no way these colors would be showing up in a picture). The Lust shade has a lot of peach in it, but just a hint of pink as well. Pulse is mostly pink, but with a hint of peach!
I think that both shades are really very flattering, they create a light wash of color when I apply with a brush similar to #20. The color is subtle but definitely present and lasts all day!
Shu Uemura's Fall 2008 Glow On
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
There are a lot of great products coming out this fall from Elizabeth Arden (especially the new eye capsules and a new Red Door Scent, I'm trying stuff out now, so watch for posts in the next few weeks), but I do think that some of my favorite new products are these new eye shadow duos.
The duos really are beautiful. Check out the outside of the compact! It feels heavy and luxurious, and I love the heavy "click" that the compact makes when it closes.
The colors are beautiful (click any of my pics above to enlarge), and I think they work very well! The colors blend easily, are nicely pigmented and I had all day wear without any fading or creasing. I only tried out 2 different shades, but there are more available (all of them are pictured in the very top image).
The Autumn Leaves works great as an everyday color. I like to use the peach over my entire lid with a little bit of the brown in my crease (very light) as well as near the lash line with brown liner. The Peacock is a bit harder to use alone (obviously!) but I do especially like this palette as a quick pop of color with more neutral colors. The dark I like to add to a dark black or grey near the lash line, which I fade out up into the lid. The light blue is a bit more flexible and I have been using it on the inner half of my lid as a faint highlight. It shows up as lighter, but not necessarily blue.
These shadows are available now on-line, but also look for them at your local ULTA or Elizabeth Arden Counter!
Elizabeth Arden Fall 2008 Double Intrigue Eye Duos
Have you checked out the new Bobbi Brown Lips? The Metallics are out now (I have not a clue where it came from, but for some reason I thought they weren't coming until October? I think I was confusing them with another collection or something)...
Anyways, my favorite in the Pretty Pink which I have. The colors are all very pretty and flattering- you're sure to find one that you want to carry around with you and use every day (just like me!) This color is a bit darker than my natural lip color, a tad more pink and has a nice shimmer that just calls attention to my lips without yelling "Sparkle Here!" I'm finding that it works especially great for balancing out the more smokey eyes I've been doing lately, but without being too boring.
Bobbi Brown Metallic Lip Color
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
When I first saw the colors of Shu Uemura's Fall 2008 Collection, Instinct I was especially taken with the shadows. The dark purple, green and other tones just looked like amazing jewel tones.
I've managed to get my hands on most of the collection, and it is absolutely amazing! I'll be sharing some of the collection with you in the next week or so, but this shadow duo simply could not wait!
My favorite piece of the collection is definitely the Mesmerizer Eye Shadow Duo. It has a creme dark smokey purple as well as a powder metallic silver-bronze shade.
I have been using this duo all week, I can't seem to stay away from it despite the hot very un-fall weather we've been having here in So Cal. The creme is very easy to use, I actually find it quite a bit easier to apply than the MAC Paint Pots. Using a finger I apply the purple all over my lid, with increased intensity near the lash line and slowly fading out towards the crease. I then use the bronze-silver on the crease and as a very light wash over the purple to tone it down just a bit. Combined with black liner (tight to the lashes, not winged out) and killer lashes this is a smouldering eye that I have found perfect for every day!
Shu Uemura's Mesmerizer
Monday, August 25, 2008
MAC Cult of Cherries Mattene in Kirsh
I was surprised by the wearability of this color. In person (unless you're in bright, direct, Southern California sun) it really does appear black in the tube.
I was surprised to see that in a swatch it is actually more of a deep berry-purple the is somewhat translucent. This makes it much easier to wear, and it makes me really wish that I lived in a climate with more than 1.5 seasons (the summer and slightly cooler summer we have here in So Cal). I want to wear this lippie in cool, crisp weather with leaves crunching under my feet!
MAC Cult of Cherry Lipstick in Créme Cerise and So Scarlet
I had thought that that both of these colors would be very different from looking at them in their tubes. Oh, I was wrong!
Créme Cerise is a light warm nude that will be the perfect neutral for many women this fall. It has just a hint of shimmer and definitely reminds me of Créme Brulé topping!
So Scarlet is a translucent bright red with a definitely pink tone. It's a bit too bright for my pale skin, but I can only image what a great pop of color this would be on someone who is African American- amazing!
Cult of Cherry Lip Glass in Jampacked
It seems like every fall we have the return of the berry lip, and each year the tones are more wearable. But, like Kristen over at the Beauty Addict, this is one that I'm going to have problems wearing.
In the tube it is indeed incredibly dark and intimidating. You can see the beautiful berry tone and shimmer in my swatch sample. It's one that I can apply carefully with a mirror, but for pale girls like me, this is not a lip glass that I'll be able to apply "on the fly" without a mirror.
However, it is the perfect berry for fall.
MAC's Cult of Cherry is available now!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Recently I shared early release photos of MAC's Cult of Cherry Collection, which looked almost too good to be true! While the collection isn't due out until sometime in September, I did get a few pieces of the collection early. I'll be sharing more pictures with you over time, but I had to share this quad first!
It's a bit hard to see all four colors on my arm (click to enlarge), this picture is actually pretty close to real life.
Tempting Quad (colors are in order on my arm)
• Next to Nothing: Sheer yellow beige with pink pearl (frost)
• Tempting: Rich coco (lustre)
• Sharp: Frosty bright yellow gold (satin)
• Dark Edge: Dirty chocolate brown (satin)
Surprisingly enough all of these colors are incredibly flattering with my brown eyes, even the bright green of Sharp (really, it's much more a bright pea green in person than of a bright yellow gold).
• Next to Nothing has just enough shimmer to make it interesting, I'm really loving using it all over my brow bone.
• Tempting is a beautiful brown with gold shimmer that MAC describes as "sinfully rich" on their website. I'm already starting to use this one every day, I think I may need to just but the regular sized pot of shadow before I use it up in the palette.
• Sharp is a bright pea green color with just a hint of brown. While I wouldn't use this all over my entire lid (I'm a bit too boring for that) I definitely like using this as an accent on part of my lid or underneath my eye. Really, it works very well!
• Dark Edge is a dark brown that is buildable in coverage and almost matte. I like using it on my lash line over liner and smudging up with a finger tip for a light slightly smokey eye that I can wear every day.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Recently I shared with you the new Bobbi Brown Metallic Shadows. These truly are fantastic shadows. Bobbi really does not disappoint- they are well pigmented, blend easily and last forever! The best part of these shadows is of course the beautiful colors.
I have three of the new shades (1 of which unfortunately came unlabeled from BB, I think it is Java if I had to guess based on the testers I have seen at the counter). While I'm not sure that I would have purchased the Lavender and Mint colors on my own, I am reaching for them over and over for a nice pop of color!
The Mint and Lavender are both sheer but buildable and while they are slightly shimmery I love that they are somehow not at all frosty. The lavender in particular is very pretty with grey shadow and black eye liner, it becomes a great fresh take on a smokey eye!
The Java meanwhile seems to be one of those "boring" colors that somehow will work it's way easily into your everyday routine. The great neutral light brown has some green and bronze shimmer in it that though subtle will add incredible depth to any eye look!
Bobbi Brown's Metallics
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The shadows in MAC's Starflash collection are really amazing, I feel like they've really outdone themselves this time! While I haven't tried out the whole collection (I'm currently on the hunt for Smoke & Diamonds and Grand Entrance, both of which look amazing. Annie at Blogdorf has pics that made me drool!)
You can see how beautiful these shades are from this swatch picture, but really they are even better in person!
Top Hat is a bit smokey, mostly deep purple. Lotusland is a very light lilac-pink with shimmer that is much more translucent than it would appear from the image of the shadow pot. My favorite one is definitely Mink & Sable, an amazing Olive-Green shade with a bit of bronze shimmer.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
As if we need any more excuses to jet off to exotic locals, this Travel Exclusive Esteé Lauder Palette is just another great excuse! It is available only at those highly alluring airport shops, and it definitely looks like it is a great buy!
Pure Colour EyeShadows:
• Pink Ice
• Dusty Rose
• Tea Biscuit
Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipsticks
• Hazelnut Cream
Pure Colour Crystal Lipsticks:
• Plum Fizz
• Dulce de Leche
• Passion Fruit
Available this month!
This fall Shu Uemura debuts a collection from newly appointed international artistic director Kakuyasu Uchiide. Uchiide trained directly under Mr. Uemura and will be leading the creative vision of the brand.
Much like other brands this fall they are bringing us rich eye shadows (again with beautiful greens and golds!) and deep lips (use these lipsticks as a stain to transition into fall). But here the balance is with beautiful light blushes and a "luring powder" which is meant to use all over the skin to help awaken your complexion.
Luring Powder: I know that it sounds funny, but really this looks like a very light blush. Meant to be used as a highlight or all over, it will make anyone look more awake and less pale!
The shadow duos come in creme and powder formulations together. I'm not sure which shadow I like the look of best, but that grey in mesmerizer looks like a must-have for fall!
The Glow-On shades here promise to work incredibly well with fall's deep lips and intense eyes.
The crisp fall air makes me want to put on layers of clothing and darker lipstick! As things are just starting to cool down consider using the lipstick almost as a stain: apply with a finger, blot with tissue and then follow with a gloss or balm for shine.
Shu Uemura's Instinct
Monday, August 11, 2008
This week I've been wearing Essie's new No Boundaries, from the Fall 2008 collection. I have gotten a huge number of compliments on this color, I can't even tell you how many women I've had to write down the name and brand of this shade for!
It's a deep red vamp but with definite berry tones. It's incredibly flattering to my pale skin, this swatch picture can't do it justice (though, it's as close to the true color as I could get with a picture).
I took this picture after 6 days of wear with Essie's First Base Base Coat and Good to Go Top Coat. Considering how much I use my hands at work and how much I've worked this week (all of that surgical grade soap and gloves....) this manicure has held up incredibly well.
The rest of the collection looks fab as well, watch for swatch pictures as I wear each color!
Friday, August 08, 2008
This fall MAC is going for more of a dark, smouldering look using reds and deep cherry tones! This collection will be coming out sometime in September (I don't know the exact date yet), so I'll keep you updated. In the meantime, I do think that many of these colors will be very wearable for fall!
As always, you can click each picture to enlarge (I left them the super big size MAC sent me on purpose- take advantage to see how pretty the colors are!)
• Blooming Frosted deep dirty peach (frost)
• Plum de Bois Frosted deep pink bronze with gold pearl (frost)
Eye Shadow Quads
Shadowy Lady Quad
• Light Fall Dirty light pink (satin)
• Smudge Violet Frosty blackened lavender with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
• Deep Truth Very dark blue (frost)
• Shadowy Lady Darkly veiled plum (matte)
• Next to Nothing Sheer yellow beige with pink pearl (frost)
• Sharp Frosty bright yellow gold (satin)
• Dark Edge Dirty chocolate brown (satin)
• Tempting Rich coco (lustre)
Spiced Chocolate Quad
• Nanogold Sheer yellow pink with pink pearl (frost)
• Brash Frosty reddish copper (vxp)
• Spiced Chocolate Dirty deep reddish brown (matte)
• Sweet Chestnut Frosted cranberry (frost)
• Silverstruck: Frosty greyed taupe with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
• Illegal Purple: Creamy blackened eggplant (cream)
• Crème Cerise: Sheer yellow taupe (lustre)
• Lightly Ripe: Sheer mid-tone pink (lustre)
• Russian Red: Intense bluish red (matte)
• “O”: Intense purplish red with metallic gold (frost)
• So Scarlet: Clean grape burgundy (amplified)
• Rapturous: Deep berry red (matte)
• Kirsch: Blackened cranberry (matte)
• Chock-ful: Blackened brown (matte)
• Bing: Blackened eggplant (matte)
• Cherry Blossom: Sheer light pink with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
• Rich & Ripe: Mid-tone pinkish red with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
• Cult of Cherry: Clean red with red pearl (frost)
• Liqueur: Neutral brownish mauve with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
• Jampacked: Sheer grape with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Recently I showed you a sneak preview of Prescriptive's Fall 2008 Collection. The initial color descriptions and colors were just beautiful, but I can tell you after seeing this collection in person that it is fantastic!
Fall Dimensions for Cheeks and Eyes
This is a great way to improve your complexion as your tan fades and that bronzer suddenly looks too "bronze." There are two light wedges of tan with shimmer, 1 light rose shade and a brown for your eyes. Swirl the tan together with the rose to brighten your face. Use the rose or tan alone as a highlighter. The three wedges all have just a little bit of shimmer and are definitely sheer enough to be used this way. The brown is warm and just a bit sheer, making it perfect to combine with other eye shadows as we transition to fall.
Fall Dimensions Eye Color Quad
There are a few eye quads, and I have a feeling that the Limited Edition Cobalt in this one will make it very popular!
You can see from these swatches that the Cobalt is a bit smokey, making it more flattering than a plain navy blue shadow. Pongee and Relic are both nice basics to have around for fall, while the bronze shimmer in Malt Sparkle (hard to see here, but trust me, it's there) is just amazing!
Sparkle Eye Pencil and Lash Envy Volumizing Mascara
The eye pencil (here in Plum Sparks) and mascara (in plum) while similar to their regular collection counterparts are particular standouts that are easy to miss. I tried taking regular pictures of these while I was wearing them, but they didn't show up well. You can really see their pretty plum color (and the sparkle) here in these swatch pictures.
Now, don't be afraid of these colors, they don't scream "I'm wearing Plum Mascara!" when you wear them, but they are a nice little kick of color! They are more subtle, have a nice richness and I think can really bring out brown eyes.
This collection is available in August at Prescriptives Counters and Prescriptives.com