Archive for August, 2008

Mascara Series Update–Go Check It Out!

August 29, 2008
I’ve been noticing that some of my earlier Mascara Series posts are a bit lacking in the photo department (meaning my photos suck!), so I’ve decided to gradually begin updating them one by one. Of course I started off with my favorite, YSL Everlong.

Check out one of the new and improved shots below, then hop on over to the original post (here) to see the rest! I promise you won’t be disappointed =P

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A Closer Look at MAC Cult of Cherry: Some Great Lip Looks From Nicole!

August 29, 2008
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Nicole’s Cult of Cherry (and other stuff) Haul!

Nicole sent me some great photos that I wanted to share, especially since I know many of you have been dying (like me) to see the Cult of Cherry lippies on. Thanks Nicole!!

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Spiced Chocolate Quad

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Lipsticks in So Scarlet and Lightly Ripe; Mattene in Kirsch

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Lipglasses in Rich & Ripe (top) and Cult of Cherry (bottom)

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Lightly Ripe lipstick w/ Cranberry lip pencil

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Lightly Ripe lipstick(w/ Cranberry lip pencil) and Rich & Ripe lipglass

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So Scarlet lipstick w/ Cherry lip pencil
Doesn’t this look hot?

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So Scarlet lipstick (w/ Cherry pencil) and Cult of Cherry Gloss
I LOVE this photo!! So red, so gorgeous! (and so much more accurate than mine)

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Kirsch Mattene w/ Burgundy lip liner

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Related Posts:
See my MAC Cult of Cherry swatches and review here and here, and check out my FOTD using Cult of Cherry lipglass here.

See Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes on Nicole’s gorgeous eyes (well ‘eye’) here.

See Nicole’s visual comparison of YSL’s Everlong and Faux Cils mascaras here (along with some Bobbi Brown Cocoa Mauve photos).

Check out Nicole’s DressCamp FOTD here for a glam pink look.

Take a look at some of the amazing packages Nicole has sent me here, here and here–she’s amazingly wonderful!!

MAC Blonde’s Gold and Jardin Aires Pigments Compared, Plus a Peek Into Nicole’s Train Case

August 29, 2008
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Nicole’s Train Case

If only I were this organized! Check out all the lovely mascara on the right (I spy YSL Everlong, Exceptionnel de Chanel, Dior Iconic and Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes), plus all the yummy Chanel glossimers!

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Blonde’s Gold (left) versus Jardin Aires (right)

According to Nicole, Blonde’s Gold is a deeper shade than Jardin Aires is, and also has a better texture.

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MAC Overrich Pigment in Vintage Gold

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MAC Overrich Pigment in Blonde’s Gold

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Swatches

Jelly Pong Pong

August 29, 2008
Jelly Pong Pong Venus Magical Pearl ($16)

I’ve literally had my eye on these Venus Magical Pearls for years! They look unimpressive at first glance, but I promise you they’re pretty cool. The pearls are one color on the surface, and apparently reveal a second, completely different hue once crushed. You can use them individually or blend for a third shade (example: the pearls shown above contain a bright maroon inside). Makeup magic!

Jelly Pong Pong Gourmet Lip Therapy ($18)

Another Jelly Pong Pong item I’ve had my eye on, although I’ve never actually tried any of their products. These lip therapies come in three shades (honey, sugar, and cocoa) and sound good enough to eat, but it’s primarily the packaging that’s suckering me in with this one!

Jelly Pong Pong Gourmet Lip Therapy in Real Milk

Mascara Series Part 8: Dior Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara: Review and Photos

August 27, 2008
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Dior ‘Diorshow’ Iconic Mascara (High Definition Lash Curler Mascara)-$27

Has a mascara ever called to you? No I’m not crazy–but this one definitely did!!

From the box: “Diorshow Iconic is the all-in-one tool for total lash perfection. Two Dior innovations join forces to reveal truly iconic eyes:

  • the exclusive Oblique brush features soft silicone bristles specially designed to curl every lash,
  • the Lift Model complex, inspired by the composition of hair sprays, features unique coating and setting properties for optimal hold.”


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The exclusive Oblique brush

The Packaging: I love the silver tube with the Dior logo etched around it–very chic. My one minor complaint was that, unlike my YSL mascaras, the tube doesn’t snap into place when it’s fully closed.

The Brush: The closely-spaced bristles remind me of my beloved YSL Everlong (review here) which is one of my favorites. Using my Everlong, I could literally apply 10 coats, achieve amazing length and never see a simple clump. Diorshow Iconic’s Oblique brush does something similar. The bristles wrap around the brush at an angle, so that each lash is pulled and extended, plus the fact that they’re close together means great definition and no clumping.


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The Formula: A little wet for my taste, but not to the point that it’s difficult to work with (think Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes which would never quite dry on me). I know this is touted as a curling mascara, and while it does create some natural curl, I can’t say it does an amazing job locking in and holding my curl. However, it does provide amazing length, definition, and separation with only a coat or two. Additional coats make for pretty good volume, but if you get too heavy-handed it can get slightly clumpy. As for smudging, the longest I’ve worn this for is 15 hours, and at the end of the day I noticed the tiniest bit of smudging under the eyes, but not enough to bother me.


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Verdict: Diorshow Iconic is a winner! Overall, I LOVE this mascara and for me its a drastic improvement on the original Diorshow, which I wasn’t impressed with at all (partially because it irritated my eyes–but even i fit hadn’t it didn’t do much for me). If I had to compare the two, I’d say the Iconic gives better length, volume, and definition, since the original was just mediocre all around (for me–I know a lot of you love it!). Iconic is quickly becoming one of my favorite mascaras–go check it out for yourself!

RATING: 4.5/5

Related Posts:
Read Parts 1-7 of the Mascara Series here!

Harajuku Lovers Eau de Toilette Perfume Spray: Review

August 27, 2008
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Harajuku Lovers Eau de Toilette Spray in Lil’ Angel (0.3 oz size)-$25

Remember when I mentioned wanting each and every one of the Harajuku Lovers fragrances here? Don’t feel bad if you don’t–I want so many things even I can’t keep track!

I stopped by Nordstrom to check these out, and unfortunately was sorely disappointed by the fragrances. Yes the bottles are irresistibly cute (which is the only reason that one managed to follow me home), but the fragrances themselves are definitely not of the caliber I’d expect from a department store eau de toilette.


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Lil’ Angel standing on her fragrance base

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All of the fragrances possess the same fatal flaw, which is an overwhelmingly strong alcoholic scent. Spray this on your wrist, and you’ll smell like a walking bottle of rubbing alcohol for the next few minutes–I literally hurt my nose when I sprayed this on a fragrance card and attempted to sniff a few seconds later!

Even after the dry down, the scents are rather juvenile and nothing special-essentially an afterthought to the cute bottle design. Lil’ Angel ended up being the only scent that I found remotely pleasant (FYI it smells like a fruity Jolly Rancher, but I happen to like fruity candy scents), and because the girl atop the bottle reminded me of my Catholic school days, she came home with me (thanks to SO! I don’t know if I would’ve purchased this for myself).

If the scents had been even a little better, I probably would’ve purchase at least 2-3 of these based on their sheer cuteness, but sadly the Harajuku Lovers fragrances were really disappointing and definitely not worth purchasing unless you can’t resist the bottles!

MAC Cult of Cherry Lipglass FOTD

August 27, 2008
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Due to popular demand, I thought a FOTD using MAC’s latest Cult of Cherry lipglass was in order! Like I mentioned to several of you in the comments, I had initially taken photos of Cult of Cherry on my lips, along with the Lightly Ripe photo I have posted, but just couldn’t get the color to be quite right in the photographs.

Unfortunately the problem hasn’t been completely solved, since Cult of Cherry lipglass still insists on photographing as a hot pinky red rather than the rich red it really is, but these are a little better than the first batch so I figured I wouldn’t keep you in suspense any longer!

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Flash

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No Flash

Neither photo depicts Cult of Cherry as accurately as I’d like, but this was really the best I could do!

How to Get This Look:

  1. Apply a shimmery white shade to the inner third of your eyelid.
  2. Apply MAC’s Illegal Cargo to the outer half of your eyelid and blend well.
  3. Take a small amount of Smoke & Diamonds eyeshadow and apply it to your outer V.
  4. Top with mascara.
  5. For the lips, line with a coordinating shade and fill in with MAC Cult of Cherry lipglass.

Related Posts:
Go enter my Giveaway for the Month of August if you haven’t done so already!

See my small MAC Cult of Cherry haul here and see swatches here.

MAC Cult of Cherry Mini-Haul: Review, Swatches, Photos!!

August 26, 2008
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MAC Lipglass in Cult of Cherry; MAC Lipstick in Lightly Ripe

While everything included in MAC’s Cult of Cherry (check out my swatches here) release looked deliciously rich and tempting, I forced myself to limit myself to the bare necessities, which is why these two little items were all that followed me home!

I never wear red lipstick or lipgloss, nor do I really go to any functions that call for such a dramatic look, but Cult of Cherry lipglass was such a gorgeous, clear shade of cherry red that I couldn’t resist. Plus it’s the name of the collection!

SWATCHES:
under different lighting conditions (Cult of Cherry on the left, Lightly Ripe on the right)
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Lightly Ripe lipstick on my lips

Cult of Cherry Lipglass: The perfect shade of clean and clear bright cherry red. Great for a little drama, but not too bold to wear on a casual day out. A great beginner’s red, and a must-have if you buy nothing else!

Lightly Ripe Lipstick: The “your lips but better” shade I’ve been looking for for ages! It’s a pinky nude shade that looks much brighter in the tube than it will on your lips. Not necessarily a must-have since it’s not terribly unique, but definitely a great everyday shade.

What did you get from Cult of Cherry?

MAC Overrich Pigments: Review and Swatches

August 26, 2008
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Left to Right: Museum Bronze; Mega-Rich; Copperbeam

Museum Bronze: Rich taupe with gold pearl. A decent bronzey brown shade.

Mega-Rich: Frosty burnt orange with gold pearl. I was expecting this to be more orangey, but brunt orange is spot on. It has a buttery tone to it that I like, and while I tend to avoid oranges with a vengeance, this has a rich look to it that I’m kinda liking.

Copperbeam: Rusted brown with red pearl. A deep coppery rusty brown that has a gorgeous sheen and great smooth consistency. A beautiful pigment but one that I won’t be getting since I’m not a fan of browns/coppers.


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Left to Right: Vintage Gold; Heritage Rouge; Mauvement

Vintage Gold: Tarnished green with gold pearl. A gorgeous green/gold shade reminiscent of Golden Olive pigment, but with a more aged/dirty look to it. I’ll most probably be picking this up.

Heritage Rouge: Deep burgundy with red and brown pearl. While this is indeed a deep burgundy, it can look more of a maroon/plum shade depending on the lighting. Another stunning pigment that looks scary in the tub, but fabulous on. It’s a great rich shade unlike any of my other pigments, so I may need it.

Mauvement: Cool taupe with gold pearl. The name on this one confuses me since I was expecting a mauve-y shade, but it’s pretty nonetheless, although among the least pigmented of the bunch in my opinion. This one I’ll definitely be avoiding though, as it’s ridiculously chunky and would be a pain in the butt to work with.


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Left to Right: Blonde’s Gold; Antique Green

Blonde’s Gold: Light tan with gold and white pearl. Tans usually makes me run for the hills, but I absolutely LOVE this pigment! It’s a gorgeous golden ivory shade that will be perfect both for highlighting the brow and cheekbones, and for brightening up your eyes.

Antique Green: Turquoise green with green pearl. I was afraid this would be too bright, but it’s another must-have from Overrich. It’s a dirty/smoky teal green that would create a great smoky eye.

What will you be getting from Overrich?

YSL and Lancome Go Black to Basics

August 26, 2008
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From September Vogue

It looks like basic glossy black is the hot new lip shade for Fall 2008. While I myself went through a goth phase back in high school, and really it’s a great look for some, how many professional women can you see wearing pitch-black lips to the office?

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Nonetheless YSL’s Gloss Pur Black ($28) is available for pre-order, and will probably sell like hotcakes. It really does make for a hot editorial look, but of course I’ll be abstaining.

Lancome’s variation on this trend takes the form of a lip duo ($48), inspired by the sole of a Christian Louboutin shoe (*sigh* if only I could afford a pair). It’s comprised of a Color Fever lipstick in Piha Red, and a Color Fever gloss in Piha Black. The set launches in November, but is currently available for pre-order through Bloomie’s NYC (59th Street not SoHo) by calling 212-705-2886. This is sure to sell out fast so if you’re interested, make sure to add yourself to their list!


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