Archive for July, 2008

A Girl’s Gotta Look Pretty-Even for the Bar!

July 31, 2008
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I decided to revisit my MAC Naughty Nauticals pigments first day of the NY Bar Exam (yesterday). I was feeling exhausted, dejected, and overall just horribly depressed so I thought a great pop of color would cheer me up, and it most definitely did!

That is until I actually got to the Jacob Javtis Center and saw that I was pretty much the only one wearing any makeup at all LOL! Oh well-I guess no one else is as crazy as I am!

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Products Used: MAC pressed pigments in Vanilla, Mutiny, and Bell Bottom Blue, MAC Paint Pot in Perky

How to get this look (thanks Julie for reminding me!)

  1. Apply a base like MAC Paint Pots.
  2. Apply MAC pigment in Mutiny using a medium-head fluffy brush all over the eyelid, from inner corner outwards, for a sheer wash of color.
  3. Apply some more Mutiny just to the center of your eyelid for a bolder pop of color.
  4. Take a crease brush (finer tip) and apply MAC pigment in Bell Bottom Blue to your outer V (starting at the lashline, make a small “/” motion upwards, than “\” inwards and carry the color over to where your eyeball begins)
  5. Using another fine-tipped brush, apply Vanilla pigment over the Mutiny (it makes it look whiter as opposed to wearing it alone) starting from your inner eye and stopping about 1/3 of the way in.
  6. Blend blend blend!

What do you think?

Related Posts:
Haven’t tried pressing your MAC pigments yet? You’re missing out! Find out how here.

After digging back through some old posts, I found this post of a bunch of FOTD’s I’d done before even starting this blog–click here and reminisce with me!

See some other FOTD’s using my MAC Naughty Nauticals pigments here and here, and a Naughty Nauticals “inspired” FOTD here (using some great YSL eyeshadows).

Check out some of my MAC pigment swatches here.

Another Look at Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes-This Time on Nicole!

July 31, 2008
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BEFORE

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AFTER!!

I hope Nicole doesn’t mind that I’m sharing her shot of what Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes looks like on her eye with everybody. It was just too great a photo to resist! Plus I’m too stress/tired at this point to take any new photos for the blog–not that I don’t love you all!

See the drama? The thickness? The fabulous blackness of it all?

Can’t remember what this mascara looked like on me? Don’t remember the review? Click on over to check it out all over again!

Related Posts:
Missed my review of Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes mascara (with lots and lots of photos!)? You obviously don’t love me as much as you should! Check it out here.

See a comparison of what YSL’s Everlong and Faux Cils look like on the fabulous Nicole here!

Read the rest of the mascara series here to see and hear my thoughts on Diorshow, Chanel Inimitable, Majolica Majorca and a bunch of other mascaras!

And last but definitely least, the Giveaway for the Month of July ends in a few short days! If you haven’t entered already, don’t miss out on your opportunity to win a great Bourjois liquid shadows and blush!

Some Great New Items Up on Nordstrom.com!

July 30, 2008
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Guerlain ‘KissKiss Jeu de Dames’ Lip Palette (Limited Edition)-$68

Ladies’ game. Play with color on your lips with this unique, limited-edition lip palette! KissKiss Jeu de Dames contains a pencil holder, three metallic lip colors with their own sharpener, and a gloss. Three velvety shades: beige, pink and red. The metallic powdery texture combined with the top coat finishing gloss creates a totally new effect: both metallic and shiny.”


I have to say out of all the products I’m posting, this is definitely one of my favorites, particularly in terms of aesthetic appeal. Yes I know I don’t need this at all since I have enough lip products to last me for multiple lifetimes but it really is so pretty to look at!

Click here for a better view of this lip set and the eyeshadow palette shown below. The text isn’t in English, but just click “more…” next to the photo for some great images!

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Guerlain ‘Ombre Éclat 4 Shades’ Eyeshadow Palette-$57

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Yves Saint Laurent ‘Flash Radiance’ Skincare Brush-$52

Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare combines a unique formula with a revolutionary application technique to erase signs of fatigue with a single brush stroke. Inspired by beauty professionals, it leaves your skin feeling velvety smooth and fresh with radiance.”


I need to find out more about this!

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Yves Saint Laurent Ombrés 5 Lumieres-$56

Soooo gorgeous and it comes in a range of 6 different color palettes!

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Dior ‘Diorshow’ Iconic Mascara (Nordstrom Exclusive)-$27

“High-definition lash-curler mascara. Now, give your lashes fascinating, high-definition curves. Thicker, curvier, sexier than you’ve ever seen them before. A revolutionary mascara with a revolutionary trademarked new Oblique™ Brush inspired by the oblique fabric cut first introduced by designer Christian Dior and celebrated by John Galliano.”


I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a sucker for new mascaras!

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Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer-$42

Everybody’s favorite tinted moisturizer (well except for me) in a new illuminating form! Available in three shades.

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Smashbox ‘Camera Ready’ Full Coverage Foundation-$38

I also love a good compact foundation, although they’re very few and far between these days!


And yes I know I said I wouldn’t be blogging, but I couldn’t resist taking a tiny (or not so tiny) break to tease you with these photos. And to let you know that there’s some great stuff coming next week, including an amazing Nordstrom’s package I recently received from a special somebody 😉

As of tonight-one day down, two more to go. Wish me luck!


Have you seen any of this stuff in stores? Purchased it? Plan to? Share with me I’m desperate for human contact and conversation! =D

YSL Mascara Comparison and Some Bobbi Brown Cocoa Mauve Photos

July 27, 2008
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Lovely reader (and one of my favorite people) Nicole was kind enough to share some photos of her latest Nordstrom haul with us!

She’s been so generous about sharing photos in the past (see her MAC DressCamp review and FOTD here) and these came at the perfect time, since thanks to studying I just don’t have the time to take photos of my own! I hope everybody enjoys these — I sure did =)

First up is a visual comparison of Yves Saint Lauren’s Everlong and Faux Cils Mascaras:

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No Mascara

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YSL Everlong (click here for my review)

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YSL Faux Cils

Don’t her lashes look fabulously long?

And some great photos of the Nordstrom exclusive Bobbi Brown ‘Cocoa Mauve’ Collection:

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Left to Right: Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cocoa Mauve Ink, Lip Color in Berry Mauve, Blush in Sand Pink, and Metallic Eye Shadow in Iced Mauve

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Blush in Sand Pink

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Metallic Eye Shadow in Iced Mauve
I’ve been curious about Bobbi Brown’s metallic shadows–I may have to check this out for myself!

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Lip Color in Berry Mauve

I hope everyone will join me in thanking Nicole for her great photos!

Related Posts:
See what other super-sweet things Nicole has done for me in the past by clicking here and here

Read my review of YSL’s Everlong mascara here, and click “mascara series” at the bottom of that page to read about some other great (and not-so-great) mascaras, including Givenchy’s new Phenomen’Eyes Mascara.

And for a look back at a fun FOTD, check out my review of Shu Uemura’s Tri-Color Eye Pencil in Aqua Flow here.

A Quick Update and a Look at Things to Come (plus a FOTD)

July 25, 2008
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So as many of you know, the bar exam is literally days away (*panic attack*) which is why I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I usually do. It also means that between today and next Thursday, you’ll probably have pretty much no new posts from me–but I hope you’ll understand and take the time to look through some past posts and see how much the blog has grown and progressed in the past few months!

As a little parting gift I thought I’d give you a fun summery EOTD and a look at the posts you can look forward to post-bar. Wish me luck! =)


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How to get this look:

  1. Apply an eyeshadow base (like MAC Paint Pots-see how I apply them here) all over your eyelid.
  2. Take a fluffy eyeshadow brush and apply NYX Chrome Eyeshadow in Olive (from Taryn-thanks!) all over your eyelid, working from the inner corners and moving outwards (review and comparison to MAC’s Golden Olive pigment to come next week).
  3. Take your crease brush and apply MAC Golden Olive pigment (click here for a swatch and here to see what it looks like pressed) on your outer V. I start from my lash line, make a small dash outwards, then upwards and inwards. Don’t forget to blend!
  4. Prep your lashes by curling (I use my Shu Uemura curler) and applying Shiseido’s ‘The Makeup’ Mascara Base (review here).
  5. Top with Blinc Kiss Me Mascara (review next week).
  6. For the lips: Tint your lips with a pretty stain (I used Benefit’s Benetint sent to me by Nicole-thanks!), then top with MAC Lipglass in She-Gold from the DressCamp collection (see here for swatches).

And you’re done! That wasn’t too bad was it? Also coming soon are reviews of Etude House’s Pore Erasing Peach Base (in both the peach and mint shades), La Mer’s tinted moisturizer, fluid foundation and treatment foundation (and a comparison of the three), and much much more! So stay tuned =)

Related Posts:
Take a look back at one of my favorite MAC collections EVER here.

Like colorful FOTD’s? I sure do! Here’s a great one for a fun evening out or even a day of shopping.

See another view of MAC’s She-Gold lipglass on me here, and see what it looks like on the beautiful Nicole here.

I love MAC pigments. LOVE LOVE LOVE! See swatches and learn about a great resource for ordering pigment samples here. Then learn how to press them in my pigment tutorial here!

Mascara Series Part 6: Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara Review and Photos

July 24, 2008
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Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara: $27

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Close Up of the “Sphere”

I purchased Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Mascara solely for the novelty factor. I’ve heard people compare the brush design to everything from a sea urchin to body parts which shall not be mentioned (*cough* phallic), and I had to see for myself if this mascara was just another gimmick or would actually deliver.

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Another View

And the verdict? As the name indicates, the results are pretty phenomenal! (scroll waaaay down to see what it looks like on)

What it does:Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Mascara perfectly curls and separates lashes. It has a high-tech, patented round sphere at the tip of the precision wand that reaches every lash and adapts to all eye shapes. It’s a Sephora exclusive.What else you need to know:The result? A beautifully fanned-out panoramic effect, holding the curve of your lashes perfectly in place.”

Phenomen’Eyes in Phenomen’Black is a deep, rich glossy (albeit a little on the wet-side which can be annoying) black that gives your lashes the depth and definition they need, especially if they’re thin and sparse like mine, minus any crunchiness, spider legs, flaking and smudging (and 99% of mascaras smudge on my and give me raccoon eyes after an hour or two). The spherical wand and the spikey rubber bristles allow for precise application and truly make it easy to reach every little last lash, from the outer corners to the inner corners (although it tends to pick up a little too much product each time you pull it out of the tube).

This is literally the first mascara with which I’ve been able to apply mascara to all four or so of my bottom lashes (don’t laugh at me! MA’s at counters LOVE to comment on how I have ZERO lower lashes)! By holding the wand vertically I was able to push up at me lashes and achieve some curl, while using it horizontally let me reach the extreme inner corners of my eyes

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How to Apply

I thought the size and shape of the applicator would make for a mascara disaster, but it actually wasn’t too terrible! A few swipes of the spherical ball applicator and you’ve got great length, color, and volume, plus it even holds a curl pretty decently (although not as well as my Chanel Inimitable)!

Updated to add my gripes with this product. Volume takes a few coats to build and by the time you get the length and volume you want, most of your curl will be gone. You’ll still have a slight curve to your lashes, but not the extreme curl that I like. And the product can get a little clumpy with additional coats if you’re not careful. Plus I slept with this on last night and woke up to find that my lashes had glommed together to form 4 uber-lashes–really strange!

I was extremely skeptical about succumbing to the allures of the ball applicator, but I’m pretty impressed. While I’ve had a lot of luck finding mascaras that give amazing length, none have ever given me much in the way of volume, so to find one that literally does everything (plus has a cool applicator) is pretty amazing! I still don’t know if this product will replace my beloved YSL Everlong or Chanel Inimitable, but it’s giving them a run for their money!

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Straight out of the shower!

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Eyeshadow and curled lashes
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With Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

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Doesn’t it look phenomenal?

RATING: 3.5/5

Related Posts:
Check out the rest of the mascara series here (featuring reviews of Diorshow, Chanel Inimitable, YSL Everlong and more)!

You only have a few more days to enter my Giveaway for the Month of July!

Tarte Friends and Family: Save 40%!

July 24, 2008
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Save 40% off any and all Tarte purchases using Code: FF08 July 24 (7/24) – July 27 (7/27)!

This is an amazing opportunity to stock up on the yummy-smelling cheek stains that I know many of you love, as well as to try out some new products.

And of course if you end up getting anything, I’d love to hear about it!

Clio Professional Art Blusher in #2 Pink: Review and Swatches

July 23, 2008
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Clio Professional Art Blusher in #2-$20.80

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Click here for a little background info on Clio Professional.

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Clio’s Art Blusher was part of my Sasa order from awhile back, and while it’s gorgeous it just hasn’t been receiving the attention it deserves with my crazy schedule lately!

First things first-as always the packaging is beautiful, but like their eyeshadow kit, relatively clunky and thick (not ideal for traveling). Also, the closure isn’t as secure as it would like, since it (at least mine) doesn’t pop into place-it’s more of a weak snap that’s likely to open on its own at any moment.

After my experience with the horrible brushes included with the Bourjois blushes (click here to read more) I was expecting much of the same from Clio’s, but it’s surprisingly soft and usable. I don’t like to apply blush using a half-moon brush because it’s not accurate enough, but if I did I’d definitely use the included brush.

On a side note, Clio’s Art Blushers remind me a lot of MAC’s Mineralize Blushes from Sonic Chic but prettier and more pigmented!

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Like most of Clio’s products, this is baked for 24 hours resulting in a supremely pigmented product that glides on beautifully. The surface of #2 Pink is a strawberry pink marbled/veined all over with touches of white, bronzey gold, and a deep maroon/rose shade. They all swirl together to form a gorgeous pink/rose shade that has an iridescent quality to it. While the result isn’t glittery, it does impart a certain luminous quality that I know some people don’t like (it’s not matte). I personally LOVE it! My only difficulty has been the fact that it’s sooo pigmented-I end up with way too much blush on half the time (using my MAC 187). But when I get it right it’s gorgeous!

Swatches:
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What would you pair this with? Think you would use it? Tell me in the comments!

Related Posts:
Read my review of Clio’s Art Special Eyeshadow Kit in Special Gray here.

Learn about one of my few Korean lipsticks, Laneige’s Ideal Glossy Rouge, by clicking here.

See my Korea Duty Free haul (from way back) here.

For more on baked blushes and their wonderfulness click here.

Sephora’s The Lash Stash

July 23, 2008
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Since I have a special mascara review for you coming later today, I thought that this would be the right way to start off the day!

Sephora’s Lash Stash “allows you to test-drive a new mascara every day until you find your true lash love. It contains seven travel-size black mascaras from your favorite brands, for the longest, lushest, most-volumized lashes ever.”

The “stash” consists of:

for a grand total of $28!

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I find it interesting that the mascaras are of such widely varied sizes, but I guess Sephora knows what it’s doing. While I love the idea in theory, this just doesn’t appeal to me because I’m not very interested in most of these mascaras to begin with.

I recently received a sample of Blinc’s Kiss Me mascara and while I love the tubing aspect of it and the fact that I no longer have raccoon eyes while washing my face, it does absolutely zero for my lashes so I just don’t see the point.

Besides, while you get to try many little mascaras, $28 isn’t exactly dirt cheap! I’m thinking for that amount of money I’d rather go get myself another Chanel Inimitable Mascara or try their new Intense Volume & Curl Mascara.

Thierry Mugler Beauty Now Available at Saks

July 22, 2008
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Products I’m interested in so far:

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Thierry Mugler Lip Lacker (Plexi Gloss)-$40
This gloss creates a holographic effect on the lips, and for a little something different, has a flexible spatula-like applicator (more common to Japanese glosses than our American ones).

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Thierry Mugler Face Perfecting Mask-$140
I think I just want this because it comes with the cute little applicator brush! From the looks of it it seem s to be some sort of overnight treatment.

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Thierry Mugler Vinyl Gloss for Eye Lashes-$49
A “vinyl gloss” for the lashes that can be worn over mascara or on its own. Based on what I’ve heard, this doesn’t come with a mascara wand, but rather has a brush applicator much like the ones that come with liquid liner. I’m interesting in trying this out just for the novelty factor.

Overall the collection seems very modern and innovative but whether they live up to their prices remains to be seen. I’m curious to see whether the Cooling Effect Concealer has any affect on my redness, how the Vinyl Gloss works, and of course to play with the spatula-applicator of the Plexi Gloss. Sadly, the prices are a little high for my wallet ($40 for gloss, $45 for concealer, etc.) so we’ll have to see if they really wow me when I have a chance to make it down to Saks.

Have you seen Thierry Mugler Beauty at your local Saks counters? Had a chance to try the products? Please share!!