Archive for July, 2009

MAJOR Sale on Urban Decay 24/7 Travel Size Liner Sets!

July 26, 2009

Thanks so much to Ana of Lipsticks & Lightsabers for this tip! Urban Decay Cosmetics currently has both their V.I.P. and Velvet Rope Travel Size Set of 5 Eyeliners for the low low price of $13.99 each!! These are the very same sets that were continuously sold out during the holidays when they were going for $29!

Check out my review and swatches of the V.I.P. liner set HERE – these liners are really gorgeous. They’re creamy, pigmented, long-lasting ad the shade range is eye-popping yet infinitely wearable. And at $13.99 a pop you really can’t go wrong. I ordered one of each, and you should too! Head on over HERE to check them out!

Mascara Series Part 28: Fresh Supernova Mascara Review & Photos

July 25, 2009
Fresh Supernova Mascara ($25)

The Claim: Get the ultimate dramatic lash with this conditioning mascara enriched with panthenol, protective linden extract, and nourishing meadowfoam oil. The rich formula thickens, extends, and delivers an ultra-glossy finish in one coat. Lashes are scientifically proven to have 34% more eye-opening curve after applying Supernova.

The Packaging: Lately I seem to have become even more packaging-obsessed than usual, and this is definitely one cute mascara! The tube is a nice matte black (I’m loving matte mascara tubes lately) with a fun contrasting white pattern. I really like it!

The Brush: The brush is nothing too special: it’s comprised of your conventional mascara wand bristles, evenly spaced apart, and it gets the job done but doesn’t do anything extraordinary.

The Formula:
I kind of like that Fresh decided to focus on the mascara’s formula rather than going over the top with the applicator, although the formula could still use a bit of tweaking. The beauty of Fresh’s Supernova formula is in its lightness; there’re days where I’ve applied 4-5 coats of this stuff and I still can’t tell that I’m wearing mascara, it’s that light and flexible. Supernova coats lashes in a glossy, deep black layer of mascara while providing beautiful length and lift to the lashes. The volume is mediocre at best, but there’s definitely some there unlike Givenchy’s Eye Fly which was super super wispy. I don’t find that this mascara holds a curl very well, but it does provide some really nice lift to my normally sad, droopy lashes which I love.

This would make a great everyday mascara as removal is also a breeze except for one small factor: it smudges — like crazy! It doesn’t clump or flake and it’s definitely non-irritating, but after two or so hours of wearing this mascara I definitely notice the onset of raccoon eyes.

The Verdict: Fresh’s Supernova is one of the lightest lengthening mascaras that I’ve tried to date, so it’s pretty tragic that it smudges so quickly. The shiny patent look and soft length it gives my lashes is beautiful, but it lacks the drama I look for in my mascaras and seems a bit overpriced at $25.

RATING: 3.5/5

Read Parts 1-27 of the Mascara Series here! I’ve also added a “Mascara Series” tab up top so you have easy access to it at all times!

ABS Wants: Givenchy Gloss Poetique Natural Color-Enhancer Lip Gloss

July 24, 2009
Givenchy Gloss Poetique Natural Color-Enhancer Lip Gloss ($42)
A star of the Autumn Winter collection, this lip and cheek color is an unexpected surprise. Open the black lacquer jar to reveal a unique, gel-textured formula in the perfect shade of pink to complement any skintone. The subtly glossy finish highlights lips and cheekbones and adds a radiant glow.

Between Dior’s Addict Lip Glow Color Awakening Lipbalm (see review/swatches HERE), Smashbox’s O-Gloss (review/swatches HERE) & Mark’s Glossblossom (HERE), I’ve reviewed and not entirely loved many a color-changing lip product. Logically-speaking I know that I should be over the novelty of these products by now, but then along comes Givenchy with a new, vampy-looking variation in shiny pretty packaging. I want! Although I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this as it’s also by far the priciest of the bunch.

Eye Cream Quest Part 4: Shiseido Benefiance Concentrated Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream Review

July 24, 2009
Shiseido Benefiance Concentrated Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream
($50 for 0.51 oz)

An ultra-rich, age-defense eye cream that protects skin from dehydration and dramatically minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and lines to promote a youthfully smooth, radiant look. Developed with Shiseido-exclusive Anti-Photowrinkle System, consisting of plant extract chlorella to counteract the appearance of future wrinkles. Recommended for dry and very dry skin. Pat around eye area, morning and night, as last step of skincare routine.

The Good: Shiseido’s Benefiance Concentrated Anti-Wrinkle Cream is really something special for those of you who suffer from very, very, very, very dry skin. It’s super emollient and hydrating without being too thick and essentially forms a protective, moisturizing seal between your under eye area and the external environment, helping to prevent the formation of dryness-induced wrinkles. It’s non-irritating to the eyes and doesn’t cause any stinging, and in my opinion it’s pretty reasonably priced.

The Bad: For my moderately dry under-eye area, I found the feeling of this product on my skin to be unbearable, particularly during the hotter summer months. A little of the Benefiance eye cream goes a very long way, but no matter how little I used I couldn’t quite shake the greasy, sticky feeling as this eye cream never quite absorbs into the skin. I think it’s great for forming a protective barrier between your skin and damaging environmental factors, but the fact that this doesn’t absorb makes it nearly impossible to use during the day if you wear eye makeup, plus I can’t stand the feeling of stuff just sitting there on my face.

The Age Range:
While this is appropriate for all ranges as long as your under-eye area is exceedingly dry, I don’t think you’d really need anything this rich pre-30’s.

The Verdict:
I know for a fact that many sufferers of dry under-eyes consider this product to be their saving grace, but if you do decide to try this, be sure to use it sparingly as millia-formation is a definite risk when using something this rich!

RATING: 3.5/5

Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion Review & Swatches

July 23, 2009
Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion – Pore Perfecting ($30)
Smooth on a little Complexion Primer Potion – Pore Perfecting before foundation (or alone!) to minimize the look of pores and fine lines. The velvety formula simmers down to a soft-matte finish—without the greasy, heavy feel sometimes associated with foundation primers. The result is flawless skin with an airbrushed look and feel. Foundation will go on smoothly, evenly, and won’t fade away. Ideal for oilier skin, but dry complexions who want pore perfection will love it, too! The convenient squeeze tube includes a twist-up dispenser (like school glue!) for easy portion control.

I’m loving the whole ‘Lab Sample’ thing Sephora’s been doing as of late ~ it’s always fun to have the opportunity to test out new products before they officially launch, and it prevents me from spending money on a product I don’t like and then having to return it. My latest lab sample was Urban Decay’s recently released Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion which I was expecting to be holy grail material. So was it?

A pea-sized dollop of the Pore Perfecting Primer ~ enough for your whole face.

In short, no. I don’t hate it, but I don’t entirely love it either. My main issue with the Pore Perfecting Primer is its texture. I find it rather ironic that the people at Urban Decay chose to use the words ‘school glue’ in their product description, as to me that’s kind of what the product feels like. Squeeze out a dollop of this product and you’ve got a really thick white substance in your hand that isn’t really the most spreadable.

A little goes a long way so I usually squeeze out a small, pea-sized amount, rub it between my hands to thin it out and warm it up a little and then proceed to apply all over my face, focusing on the areas that have enlarged pores. The sensation of the product against my skin isn’t entirely unpleasant, but it is a little heavy and I can definitely tell that it’s there ~ it’s got the same siliconey feel as Smashbox’s PhotoFinish but a little heavier, and minus the weird greasy slipperiness.

Partially blended ~ see how thick it is?

Every morning I look in the mirror after applying this primer, and then my foundation on top, and think “Wow my skin looks amazing,” and it really does for the first three hours or so. My skin looks smooth, even, nearly poreless and as close to flawless as it’s probably ever going to get.

After a little more blending…

However after those first few hours my face is a mess. Most of the foundation simply disappears, and what’s left behind is this really greasy feeling that I can’t shake for the rest of the day. The Complexion Primer Potion does make my foundation fade more evenly, but it also makes it fade more quickly than it normally would without primer. It also seems to mix in weird ways with the oils that my skin produces, so that my skin looks less oily but it feels 100x oilier than normal.

And fully blended in!

I could forgive the thickness and heaviness of this primer if it were longer-wearing, and if my face looked as good during the middle of the day as it did at the beginning, I could even deal with the greasy feeling it leaves on my skin. I’m surprised and more than a little disappointed that I didn’t love this, as I know that others have been raving over it and professing that they’ve found their end-all-be-all primer.

List of Ingredients

Please keep in mind that this is just my opinion, and I’m only one little person with very oily skin and excessively large pores! There are a ton of people out there who absolutely adore this product so if you’re curious, do try it out for yourself, it might just be perfect for you. I think that this could have been great if my complexion were just a little less oily.


I’ll be ordering Urban Decay’s Brightening Complexion Primer Potion soon – let’s hope I have better luck with this one!

ABS’ Five: Etsy Fun!

July 23, 2009

I’m not really in product-review mode today (actually I’ve been in a bit of a funk all week) so rather than sharing my beauty product lemmings with you, today we get to indulge in another bout of Etsy fun!

ILoveYou Robot by Littlebrownbyrd ($30)
I love you-bot as his name implies, loves everybody, he doesn’t care who you are or where you’re from. He loves you if your hair is short or long or tall, he loves you if you play the guitar or the harmonica, if you’re into chickens or comics. It doesn’t matter, he loves YOU! The perfect gift for your girlfriend, your mom, your best friend or that celebrity you’re stalking.
ILoveYou Robot is about 6inches tall and 3 inches wide.

I’m oh so in love with this sweet little guy, those round button eyes just call to me! Doesn’t every girl need some robot love?

BABOOSHKA Cotton Paperbag High Waist Skirt w/Pockets by BabooshkaBoutique ($40)
Throw this little doozy on with a pair of tights, your favorite boots and a cute little tucked in blouse and you are set for a night on the town. Or just a neck breaking walk around town. (not your neck..theirs!) Dont forget about the fabulous sidepockets!! Wear this skirt day or night… either way it looks great. I love this one paired with strappy booties and a tucked in tank top with a simple gold chain. You can also add a belt if you wish!!

Last night I decided it was high time I checked out some of the clothing options available on Etsy, and check out this cute little skirt I stumble upon! I know these aren’t for everybody, but I happen to be a huge fan of the paperbag waist style, and love that these are available in a rainbow of shades. I’m seriously contemplating placing an order!

Cute Whale Pendant with Chain by Squirrelbunny ($42)
Ah, to live the life of a whale…floating through the water and munching on tasty krill! This little whale pendant is made from sterling silver and is 20 mm wide and 17 mm tall (that is 13/16 of an inch by 9/16 of an inch). I have sawed this little friend by hand and then filed, drilled, and finished him off with a brushed texture. He has a hidden bail on the back which a chain can slip right through. I am including a delecate sterling silver cable chain with this pendant so you can start wearing it right away! You can, of course, change out this chain for a different sort of chain if you choose to, as it is not permanently attached. Each pendant is hand made and may differ *very slightly* from this picture. These differences are one of the things that makes each pendant special and one of a kind!

This photo is for Nicole ~ I know how she loves her cute whales!

Small Smiling Face Bear Necklace by Squirrelbunny ($48)
This little bear has a cute, subtle smile on his face. 🙂 A great necklace for kids! This sterling silver necklace features the face of a smiling little bear. It has been completely hand sawed and with a jewelers saw and completed with a nice brushed finish. It measures 1 inch from ear to ear, and nearly 3/4 of an inch from the top of the head to the bottom. This pendant hangs from a 14″ (for kids), 16″ or 18″ permanently attached sterling silver cable chain (you choose the length!).

While I’m probably a little too old for this pendant, I think that it’s crazy cute and would love to wear it to work tucked under a button down where no one could see. I need to find some way to indulge my inner child!

ShaNickers Wall Decal-Baroque Modern Frame w/ Bird ($39)

Are You a Sephora V.I.B.?

July 23, 2009

Apparently Sephora launched it’s new Very Important Beauty Insiders program by sending out a slew of these “You’re Officially a V.I.B.” e-mails. I was a little too excited to see the 10% off coupon code — I think somebody needs to step away from for a bit!

So how do you qualify? Spend $350 or more at Sephora in one calendar year, and you’re a Sephora V.I.B. for the next two years. To me this just looks like a way for Sephora to rope us into spending more money, but I’m not complaining. I spend a small fortune there anyway, I might as well get something out of it! =P

5 Things That’ve Been Keeping Me From You:

July 23, 2009

1) Shopping on Etsy. So many wonderful handcrafted goodies, so little time. I’ll be posting my picks in a bit!

2) Putting together my Sephora list. Lots of gift cards + 10% off = some major damage! I’m thinking a Clarisonic Plus, the new Givenchy Phenomen’eyes, maybe some Clarins skincare, and one of Urban Decay’s new primers.

3) Attempting to get back into shape. This isn’t going so well so I could definitely use some support =X. On the bright side, once I reach my goal weigh I’ll be treating myself to an iPhone, meaning I’ll finally be able to blog on the go!!

4) Playing around with Antidote Skin Care‘s self-tanner. I’ve never been one for fake baking, but I love this stuff!

5) Work! Believe it or not I actually do have a real job that requires my attention, although blogging is much much more fun =P.

Be a Buxom Babe with Bare Escentuals

July 22, 2009

It looks as though Bare Escentuals has taken the Buxom line and run with it – first we had glosses (which are fabulous by the way), then the Buxom Mascara, and now they’re inundated us with a plethora of new Buxom goodies!

Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick ($18)
Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Stick works three full-time jobs—it defines the shape of lips like a liner, fills them in with creamy velvet color, and then plumps them to their full buxom potential. It’s a three-in-one lipstick that’s quick and convenient for defined, colorful, buxom lips anytime, anywhere.

Buxom Lashliner ($15)
Lash addicts beware: Buxom Lashliner is highly habit-forming. This may look like just a liner, but it’s also a thickening and conditioning treatment that instantly takes the appearance of your lashes from hardly any to very many. The mineral-rich, paraben-free gel formula is made with natural ingredients, including vitamins A, C, and E; Honeysuckle; Jojoba Oil; Soy Protein; Tourmaline; and Biotin (vitamin B), which support healthy lashes. In one fluid stroke, you can fill in the base of your lashes—making them appear lusciously longer and fuller.

I don’t really see how a gel liner can be anything more than a gel liner, but I’m willing to give this a shot — you know I’m all about the lashes!

Buxom Lashliner Brush ($15)
From the moment it meets your lash base, the ultrafine, tapered point of this sexy, silver Lashliner Brush delivers a graphically precise line of Buxom Lashliner that gives your eyes a heavy dose of drama. Applying Buxom Lashliner with this easy-to-use tool enables your lashes to reach their full buxom potential, starting from the roots. Dip into Buxom Lashliner and apply along roots of lashes for instant conditioning benefits, lash enhancement, and long-term nourishing effects for lusciously longer, fuller-looking lashes

I’m liking the look of the ultra-fine tip on this brush, but I do find myself wishing this had a bent/angled tip to make for easier lining.

Buxom Insider Eyeliner ($14)
Buxom Insider Eyeliner delivers rich, long-wearing color that’s so gentle you can apply it to the inner rims of your eyes for the deepest, most dramatic definition. The silky, emollient formula contains a healthy blend of antioxidants and vitamins to protect the delicate skin along your lash line from environmental damage. It can also be applied along the outer lash line for the maximum effect and glides on without tugging or irritating your eyes.

I can’t speak for the quality of these products as they just launched online and I have yet to see them in stores, but I am pretty happy with the overall $14-18 price points on these. Definitely wallet-friendly!

By Lauren Luke Now @ Sephora

July 22, 2009
The creation of makeup maven, beauty-blogger extraordinaire, and YouTube™ sensation Lauren Luke, By Lauren Luke consists of five distinct, full-face color palettes for eyes, cheeks, and lips, containing superior shades all handpicked by Lauren to ensure each offers a wide range of looks. Need more direction? The global-internet phenom posts exclusive video tutorials (her claim to fame), where she personally demos how to get dolled, Lauren Luke style, so you can make the most out of her makeup—and yourself.

I’m not a big YouTube fan (my inner old fart just doesn’t love technology) but I have seen a video or two of Lauren Luke’s and the girl is seriously talented! I’m so happy to see that Sephora has picked up her line.