Archive for April, 2009

A Few Not So Great Shots of The New Dolce & Gabbana Cosmetics Line

April 24, 2009

Check out the latest Saks catalog to see a few images of Dolce & Gabbana’s new cosmetics line that should be launching exclusively at Saks any day now. To be honest I was expecting something more, and I’m a little disappointed by the YSL-esque appearance of it all, but I guess as long as the products are great it shouldn’t matter.

Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color in 09 Moon Shadow Review & Swatches

April 23, 2009
Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color in Moon Shadow

Yet another gorgeous item that Cathy picked up for me from Japan (check out the rest of my haul HERE). I probably never would’ve chosen these for myself as I tend to avoid cream/non-powder shadows, but having tried this one I find myself wanting to amass more shades.

Jill Stuart’s Jelly Eye Colors are just that–jelly. Unscrew the gorgeous, solidly weighted glass & metal jar (which by the way has the letter J etched on top–it’s like this was made for me! =P) to reveal some deliciously floral-scented, jiggly, shimmery, glittery goodness inside. The whole glob of shadow jiggles like jello!

I’ve found that the best way to apply the Jelly Eye Colors is with your finger. The colors are most definitely sheer, but you can definitely build up a few layers for more opaque coverage. And just be forewarned that if you’re not a fan of shimmer or glitter, you’re going to hate these as the sparkle is rather intense.

Moon Shadow is a really gorgeous, multi-dimensional shade that I’ve grown to love. At first glance it looks to be a shimmery pale silvery/gray that borders on almost being white, but turn it this way and that and you’ll see it reflect pink, blue, and a rainbow of other shades~it’s a true chameleon!

Close-Up of Moon Shadow in Pot

Moon Shadow Jelly Eye Color works well as a stand alone glittery pale silver shade, but I also love to layer it under other shadows for added shimmer and staying power. Once dry these are decently creaseless, although if your eyelids are as oily as mine, you may notice a little movement/migration after a few hours.

The above photo contains two swatches of Moon Shadow: the top is what the Jelly Eye Color looks like when applied very sheerly, the bottom swatch is after another layer and less blending. And the swatch below is of Moon Shadow in different lighting–see how it changes colors? So pretty!

I really love everything about Jill Stuart products, from the embossed pretty pink boxes to the weighty faceted metal/glass and the delicate floral scent that emits from the makeup. The Jelly Eye Colors are definitely very heavy on the shimmer/glitter-factor so they’re definitely not for everybody, but if you’re as big a fan of glitter as I am, you’re sure to love these.

What Jill Stuart’s Jelly Eye Color in Moon Drop looks like on (using one quick swipe):

I’m also wearing this eyeshadow in my Fairy Drops Mascara Review which you can find HERE (long story short it’s a fabulous mascara with a really cool applicator for a great price!) so click on over!

Unfortunately these are pretty hard to come by stateside, and if you do happen to find them, you’ll be paying a decent mark-up, but if you do happen upon them at a decent price, snatch them up they’re beautiful!

Laura Geller Baby Cakes Baked Complexion Palette & Brush

April 23, 2009
Laura Geller Baby Cakes Baked Complexion Palette & Brush ($29.97)
This palette includes Balance-n-Brighten, a slow-baked powder foundation with corrective pigments that help conceal ruddiness, perk up sallowness, even out blotchiness, and blur away little lines and shadows; Ethereal Rose, a baked radiance powder with marbleized tones of pink and pearl blended together to give your complexion a fresh, dewy glow; and Bronze-n-Brighten, a powder that acts as a bronzer or tawny blush with rich tones of bronze and rose, swirled together, create a radiant glow on your skin.

These baked powders are specially crafted in Italy. Creamy liquids, infused with multiple pigments are poured onto terra-cotta tablets, and baked for 24 hours. The result is a lustrous dome of silky powder that knows almost instinctively how to make your skin look its best. Formulated with anti-oxidants, Centella Asiatica and White Tea Extract, they are also mineral oil free and paraben free.

I’m totally feeling all the travel-sized beauty products I’m coming across as of late. Maybe I’m in travel mode prepping for my trip to Korea, or maybe it’s the fact that I seem to have so many more last-minute makeup emergencies than I used to. Either way, I want this!

Mascara Series Part 26: Fairy Drops Mascara Review & Photos

April 22, 2009
Fairy Drops Mascara ($13.90)

The Claim: FAIRY DROPS Mascara’s brush is particularly designed. Lumpy brush ensures perfect contact with every lash for volume, curly and no clump eyelash look. Water-proof formula works to resist water, sweat and sebum. Long-lasting wear is guaranteed.

The Brush: You have no idea how long my quest has been for this ‘lumpy’ Fairy Drops Mascara applicator. I lusted after this mascara for years before Sasa recently started carrying it, and then my friend ended up going to Japan so I just asked her to pick it up for me as part of this haul. I even resorted to trying Rimmel’s Sexy Curves Mascara (review HERE) in the hopes that it’d wow me, but I was sorely disappointed by it.

So the real Fairy Drops Mascara brush is a densely bristled, oddly shaped little thing that consists of three rounded segments. The inner two segments are like two round balls, and the outer segment has more of a ovular shape. You can really feel how densely placed the bristles are when you apply this mascara, and it may seem gimmicky but it really works for me! The shape really allows me to reach and capture every little lash, and the ovular outer portion is great for singling out those inner and outer lashes and for focusing on specific areas of the eye. I’m so happy to have finally found this!

The Formula: Japanese mascaras are always a love/hate thing for me. They tend to look fabulous on, give me wonderful curl, and last forever, but the fact that they’re virtually impossible to remove is a huge negative factor for me. So how does Fairy Drops stack up?

Well let’s see–the curl I get with this is just gorgeous. Once I’ve curled my lashes and applied this mascara, the curl isn’t going anywhere; you can wake up the next morning and your lashes will be just as curled as they were when you first applied Fairy Drops. The length and volume are above average but not amazing, although definitely buildable. Plus this mascara feels really light on–like you’re not wearing anything. And naturally this mascara doesn’t clump, smudge or flake–three major no-no’s for me!

But the true test of course is how hard is this stuff to remove? I won’t say that it’s easy, but it’s definitely MUCH less stubborn than my Majolica Majorca Lash Expander, which while gorgeous on, becomes the bane of my existence once it comes time to remove it (and it’s also a pain in the butt to apply). I can actually remove this that same night, whereas the MM stays on my lashes for days.

My lashes may look shorter than usual in this photo, but that’s only because of the curl.

The Verdict: I think I love this mascara! The packaging is super super cute and girly, the price is spot on, you can have it shipped to the US, it doesn’t smudge, clump or flake, and most importantly it holds a curl amazingly well and gives me beautiful, natural-looking fanned out lashes. To be honest though I think a large part of this mascara’s allure, at least to me, is pure cuteness though =X.


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Charitable Lip Service

April 22, 2009
Too Faced ‘Love Lisa’ Luxury Lip Balm SPF 15 ($16)

You can be pretty and make a difference! Love Lisa Luxury Lip Balm SPF 15 will protect your lips from the sun’s vicious rays while it moisturizes and pampers. Inspired by Jerrod’s sister Lisa Blandino, who is battling fourth-stage melanoma (and winning!), a portion of sales will be donated by Too Faced to the Melanoma Research Foundation, dedicated to research, education and advocacy for those suffering from melanoma. Love Lisa Luxury Lip Balm comes with a removable bell charm to attach to cell phones, Blackberries and more!

Rock & Republic Cosmetics Limited-Edition Noir Lipgloss ($40)
This season, Rock & Republic Cosmetics has created this Lip Gloss Set to support Rock the Cure. The hot-pour formula has an ultra high-gloss finish, sheer, slick coverage, and includes a retractable lip brush.

New in Beauty: La Mer’s The Treatment Powder Foundation SPF 15

April 21, 2009
La Mer The Treatment Powder Foundation SPF 15 ($95)
This luxurious, lightweight powder foundation may be applied to create uniquely flexible coverage.

• Gemstones capture light energy to create a translucent color palette, optically erasing imperfections to reveal a naturally flawless complexion.
• An exclusive Radiant Ferment works continuously to add visible clarity and brightness, revealing a more luminous appearance.
• This versatile powder foundation is ideal for natural, long-lasting coverage and simple touch-ups over any other Skincolor foundation SPF15.

How to use: Apply with sponge for buildable, medium to full coverage. For lighter coverage, apply with puff.

Following months and months of eager anticipation, La Mer has finally launched their ‘The Treatment Powder Foundation.’ I’m a huge fan of pretty much all of La Mer’s products, from their skincare to their color collection (see my review of their Skincolor de La Mer powder HERE to read about what’s quite possibly the best powder ever), so of course I was super excited for this one, but unfortunately I’m balking a little at the price. I know I’ve paid this much for their foundation, and much much more for their actual skincare line, but $95 for a small powder just seems to be a bit excessive. What are your thoughts?

Bobbi Brown Moon Rock Long-Wear Eye Palette Review & Swatches

April 21, 2009
Bobbi Brown Moon Rock Long-Wear Eye Palette ($55)
This celestial-inspired palette includes two NEW and exclusive Long-Wear Cream Shadows–the warm Gold Drop and the steely Mineral Dust–to impart a pretty shimmer to lids, Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners in Espresso Ink and the NEW, exclusive Black Topaz to beautifully define eyes.

All of the formulas are silky, making the pigment a breeze to apply. Both formulas are long-wearing and water-resistant. Palette includes a dual-ended Mini Cream Shadow / Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush for professional application.

I picked this up this past Saturday while shopping @ the CCO ~ it was such a gorgeous day that there was no way I was going to spend it cooped up indoors. There were a million other items that I was eyeing, but I figured this palette was the most practical buy for my upcoming trip to Korea, plus I liked the box! =P

The packaging consists of these little pop-up tabs that are supposed to form an air-tight seal, ensuring that your cream shadows and cream liners don’t dry out. Unfortunately these don’t work out too well in practice, as the lids don’t seem to fit quite right and they kind of pop open on their own. I’m perpetually worried that they’ll dry out!

But packaging aside this palette is pretty great! Inside we have Cream Shadows in Gold Drop (a pale shimmergy gold) and Mineral Dust (a gumental gray) and Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners in Espresso (a deep brown with no shimmer) and Black Topaz (a deep brown/black with gold and bronze glimmer).

Swatches (L to R):
Cream Shadows in Gold Drop and Mineral Dust; Gel Eyeliners in Espresso and Black Topaz

Bobbi Brown’s Cream Shadows are super super long-wearing and essentially crease-resistant (even on my super super oily eyelids which is saying quite a bit), which means they’re great as stand-alone shadows and also make fabulous bases. My one gripe with these particular shadows is that they’re both rather sheer, but I actually do like the sheerness for work, and the colors area definitely buildable/layerable, especially Mineral Dust.

Swatches (L to R):
Cream Shadows in Gold Drop and Mineral Dust; Gel Eyeliners in Espresso and Black Topaz

I know I’ve never reviewed them on the blog, but Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners are amongst my favorite eyeliners ever! They make lining your eyes manageable even for the most unpracticed neophyte, plus they’re long-wearing as the name indicates and super pigmented. Espresso is a nice deep brown but nothing all too unique–but Black Topaz is really special thanks to the shimmer interspersed throughout.

Close-ups of Gold Drop and Mineral Dust in the pots.

Close-ups of Espresso and Black Topaz in the pots.

This palette also comes with a double-ended liner/shadow brush, and the liner end actually comes with a cap making for no-mess travel. I already have Bobbi-Brown’s mini fine-tipped liner brush which is fabulous, so I’m always happy to have a spare. The shadow end, though, sucks. The shadows are sheer to begin with, and this brush’s inability to properly pick up and deposit color just makes matters worse.

A Quick EOTD Using Gold Drop & Black Topaz:

See I wasn’t kidding when I said sheer! I actually should’ve shown you a photo of Mineral Dust, though, which is gorgeous–it can be layered to this gorgeous smoky/shimmery gray.

This is pretty much all the eye makeup I’ll be taking with me to Korea as it’s quite versatile and portable. While the palette isn’t really spectacular, it’s definitely practical and I’ll be carrying it in my purse everyday for makeup emergencies!

ABS Wants: Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Eau de Parfum

April 21, 2009
Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie Eau de Parfum
($150 for 3.3 oz; $110 for 1.7 oz.)

Exclusive to Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, Van Cleef & Arpel’s Feerie Eau de Parum is a sparkling fragrance consisting of a blend of violets, blackcurrant, Bulgarian Rose, Egyptian Jasmine, and Iris Butter that whirl with whimsy within the spectacular flacon to reveal the timeless spirit of Van Cleef & Arpels.

  • Top notes: Violet, Red Berries (Black Currant) Italian Mandarin.
  • Middle notes: Bulgarian Rose and Egyptian Jasmine.
  • Bottom Notes: Iris Butter and Vetiver.

At the heart of Van Cleef & Arpels fine jewelry, the good fairy symbolizes the poetry of a luxury universe unlike any other. Now, with total enchantment, she enters the world of exceptional fragrance with a new eau de parfum: Féerie. Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream fine jewelry collection, Féerie captures the essence of the prestigious jewelry house.

Now I haven’t had a chance to sniff this fragrance just yet, but how can you go wrong with violet, red berries, mandarin and bulgarian rose? And I’ve almost (but not quite) convinced myself that the painfully high price is worth paying for the flacon alone.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Narcisse Review & Swatches

April 20, 2009
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Narcisse ($42)

What It Is: Unique powder blusher imparts a flattering radiance to cheeks. Remarkably silky texture for easy application and subtle shading. Accentuate cheekbones for a youthful look. Softer tones around the eyes soften expression and rejuvenate.

What I Love: When Nicole tells me she loves something, I go with her on it as she’s never steered me wrong. So when this lovely bit of Chanel arrived on my doorstep a few months back, yet another gesture of generosity from the wonderful Nicole, I was pretty excited as she’d been raving about how wonderful Narcisse (and the Chanel JC blushes in general) were. Then I opened the box, popped open the compact and—*gasp*–I actually dared to second guess her! Sitting in the compact was this very pretty soft baby pink blush that I was totally and utterly convinced was going to completely disappear on my face.

BUT this blush is seriously amazing, and befitting the name, will definitely bring out your inner narcissist ~ when I’m wearing this I can’t stop admiring my reflection in the mirror! Narcisse is a gorgeous shade of soft pink that has a silky smooth, finely milled texture that blends beautifully and is really nicely pigmented for a paler blush. What makes this blush truly incredible though is the stunning candlelit glow things brings to your complexion–it’s really something special! Couple that with the blush’s pretty rose scent and I’m a goner.

While I am pale, I also suffer from some unsightly redness in my cheeks, and this blush is actually great for masking the redness a little and just giving me this perfect, gorgeous barely-there glowy flush.

Close-up of Narcisse in the pan.

Not So Much: It’s really hard to find anything wrong with this product, and honestly I can’t except for the horrendous, scratchy, oddly-sized little brush that the compact comes with. The brush seriously feels like I’m scratching at my face with straw, and its sized for blush-application on a doll face. I just don’t get it! My other gripe with this product would be the price~you get a seriously small amount for the seriously large price tag that you’re paying, but I can quite honestly say that I’d willingly pay it because the product itself is so wonderful.

Swatch of Narcisse (pre-blending)

Swatch of Narcisse After Blending

The Verdict: Lately this blush is the only one that beckons to me from the makeup-eating black hole that is my blush drawer. It’s shown me what a great blush can do for your complexion, and I really don’t see the need to reach for anything else. Although I do currently have a new blush lemming thank to Nicole: Shu Uemura’s Glow On blush in Pink 30.

Mascara Series Part 25: CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe Shimmery Volumizing Mascara Review & Photos

April 20, 2009
CoverGirl LashBlast Luxe Shimmery Volumizing Mascara in Black Platinum ($8.49 give or take )

The Claim: Get a blast of volumized lashes with a hint of luxurious shimmer with the biggest brush ever from CoverGirl! LashBlast’s volume-boosting formula and big brush give you big, bold luxurious lashes.

The Brush: CoverGirl’s LastBlast is known for its jumbo-sized, not so small-eyed-people-friendly brush which contains a plethora of rubbery bristles. It’s great for fanning out the lashes and creating nice, even definition, but it’s also a clumsy-person hazard because it is so large. I do quite like the brush in that it stretches out every lash, creating nice length and separation, but on smaller Asian eyes it can also create quite the mess. And yes Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper Mascara does have a very similar brush, but trust me these mascaras are actually quite different!

The Formula: LashBlast Luxe is the pretty much the original LashBlast formula (which contains ‘spherical wax’ particles which act as spacers to help create a beauty fan of lashes) with the addition of shimmer. So I was pretty sad to find that while this does come in a pretty pink tube (the original comes in an orange tube), the shimmer was essentially non-existent. Instead, Black Platinum just looks to be a less black version of the regular LashBlast, and I really don’t see any shimmer or sparkle at all.

LashBlast does provide nice length, decent curl and volume, and very pretty definition without smudging or flaking, but nothing about it wows me as it’s just not particularly spectacular in any given department. While people may say that Max Factor’s 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper (review HERE) is just a LashBlast wannabe, to me it distinguishes itself with its phenomenal volume and buildability.

The Verdict: CoverGirl’s LashBlast Luxe is an all-around solid mascara, but if you’re expecting some shimmer or sparkle, you’ll be disappointed. I say stick with the original if you like a more dramatic look since Black Platinum is definitely less black than I would’ve liked, but I do recommend LashBlast if you’re looking for an affordable mascara that will give you a little bit of everything~length, volume, curl, and definition. I wasn’t amazed, but I most definitely wasn’t disappointed either.

RATING: 3.5/5