Archive for September, 2009

Not Feeling So Hot Today…

September 30, 2009

Morning all! Sorry for the lack of comment publishing/responses and posts today, but I’m feeling a little under the weather and just trying to relax and not stress out about anything. I’ll be back with some great new content for you tomorrow though! In the meantime, I hope you’ll take the time to scroll through past ABS posts you may have missed <3.

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque Luminous Satin Lip Lacquer in #76 Ming Review & Swatches

September 29, 2009
Chanel Rouge Allure Laque Luminous Satin Lip Lacquer in #76 Ming ($32)

Chanel’s newest addition to their lippie family is a lipstick/gloss hybrid liquid lacquer that provides rich color payoff and gorgeous shine along with a creamy, long-wearing texture.

It was a little tough for me to bite the bullet and plunk down the $32 + tax for this one, but I’m actually glad I did as the Rouge Laques are absolutely gorgeous, chicly packaged and perfect for someone like me!

Check out the rest of the review, more photos and swatches (including a lip swatch of course) after the jump!

Packaging: The bottom portion of the Rouge Laque tube is comprised of this black glass/ceramic-like substance that’s reminiscent of Chanel’s J12’s ~ it’s really chic-looking and pleasant to the touch. It’s got some nice weight to it as well, which I always like to see in a product that I’ve paid a hefty sum for.

The Shade: Ming is a soft medium pink that for most of us will be less of a pop of a color and more of a subtle enhancement of our existing lip shade. I love it for a creamy pink-lipped look that lasts and lasts, and I appreciate that admist the creaminess is a bit of sparkle and shine so that my lipcolor doesn’t look too flat. You know I’m all about the pinks, and this is currently one of my favorites.

The Formula: You all know I’m a skeptic when it comes to claims about long-wearing color ~ long-wearing products are either horribly drying, or just not long-wearing at all. Rouge Laque strikes a happy medium between these two in that it’s beautifully hydrating feeling on the lips and leaves your lips looking beautifully coated in creamy, glossy color while being able to last for a good 5-6 hours with minimal eating.

You get medium to full color-coverage from these so if you like sheer glossy glosses these won’t be for you, but if you love the look of a lipstick combined with the subtle shimmer and shine of a gloss you’ll love these. The formula is relatively thin, non-sticky, long-wearing and looks beautiful on the lips ~ I really couldn’t ask for much more!

The Verdict: I hope to collect more shades in the future, budget permitting!

Dior Holiday Palettes for Winter 2009

September 29, 2009
Dior Deluxe Travel Palette ($75)

The hottest shades of the season are inside this limited-edition, black patent clutch! Inspired by Dior’s ready-to-wear accessories, this must-have palette features signature cannage stitching and silver ‘D’ hardware along with a wardrobe of Dior’s best travel essentials: six eyeshadows, a DiorBlush, an allover face highlighter and deluxe miniatures of Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Reflect in Organdi Pink 257 and Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Black 090! The perfect gift for your loved ones—or you!

Every holiday season Dior comes out with one of these deluxe travel palettes, and every year I drool over it, but I’ve never actually managed to get my hands on one. Maybe 2009 will be my year!

Dior Mini Brush Set ($60)

Treat yourself or a loved one this holiday season with a luxurious mini brush set from Dior. Inspired by Dior’s ready-to-wear accessories, this limited-edition, black patent clutch features signature cannage stitching and silver ‘D’ hardware along with four travel-size versions of Dior’s best-selling brushes (foundation, powder foundation, eyeshadow and lip).

Dior Holiday Eye Palette ($42)

The hottest shades of the season for eyes are inside this limited-edition, black patent palette! Inspired by Dior’s ready-to-wear accessories, Dior Holiday Eye Palette features signature cannage stitching and silver ‘D’ hardware along with four perfectly coordinated shades of eye color. The perfect gift for your loved ones—or you!

Dior Holiday Lip Palette ($42)

The hottest shades of the season for lips are inside this limited-edition, black patent palette! Inspired by Dior’s ready-to-wear accessories, Dior Holiday Lip Palette features signature cannage stitching and silver ‘D’ hardware, along with four perfectly coordinated shades of lip color. The perfect gift for your loved ones—or you!

What are your thoughts on Dior’s Holiday 2009 Collection?

MAC Dazzleglass Creme Swatches

September 28, 2009

More gorgeous swatches from the wonderful Charm Candy, aka Tori, this time of the hot new MAC Dazzleglass Cremes ~ her photography skills are fabulous, I nominate her as the official ABS photographer!

As labeled, we have swatches of Do It Up, My Favourite Pink, Perfectly Unordinary and Soft Dazzle taken with and without flash.

I can’t review these for you as I haven’t yet had a chance to check them out myself, but from the looks of these photos I think My Favourite Pink is definitely calling my name! Seriously, how can you resist a gloss with a name like that? It’s making quite the claim and hopefully it loves up to it.

Have you tried any of the Dazzleglass Cremes yet? Any favorites emerging?

On a completely unrelated note, I finally had a chance to stop by the Jill Stuart boutique to check out the US launch of their cosmetics line this past weekend and of course I hauled a few items to share with you. Photos to come at some point this week!

Up Close & Personal with Barbie Loves Stila Smudge Pot in Purple Pumps

September 28, 2009

Purple Pumps was the one Stila Smudge Pot I had my eye on (before I discovered the amazingness that is Little Black Dress) and so I was understandably disappointed when I noticed that the display at Sephora was missing the tester ~ but the wonderful Tori (of Charm Candy, a fabulous Juicy Couture Charm Resource) was sweet enough to send me a product photo and swatches. Have I mentioned lately that I absolutely adore my readers?

Swatch of Purple Pumps with flash.

Swatch of Purple Pumps sans flash.

It’s just as gorgeous as I’d imagined it would be (check out the enlarged shot of Purple Pumps in the pot by clicking the photo above – it’s got gorgeous flecks of glimmer in it) but I’ve still got my heart set on acquiring Little Black Dress. Not that I’d mind owning all three of these beauties!

Be sure to check out the rest of my Barbie Loves Stila collection swatches, and of course don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win the All Doll’d Up Palette and L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara!

How Do You Feel About A Beautyful Sentiment?

September 28, 2009

Lately I’ve been weighed down by a lot of blog-related issues I’ve been pondering, and I figured who better to turn to than my readers for the answers I’ve been seeking (plus I’ve feeling a little under the weather these past few days and not really feeling up to putting together product reviews)!

I would be eternally grateful if you’d be willing to share your opinions with me on a few questions I’ve been wrangling with.

  1. What are your thoughts on the blog name? Too long and takes too long to type? Too confusing and difficult to spell out? Fine as is? I’ve been contemplating a blog name/URL change but honestly it’s a massive ordeal to implement those types of changes and so it’s kind of a big decision.
  2. How do you feel about the blog layout? Relatively easy to follow? Things difficult to find? Any changes you’d like to see?

To celebrate 2010 (which is a long ways away I know!) I’ve been contemplating launching a forum for ABS, but honestly even I dread typing in a URL as long as into a box – but then again once it’s typed in it should be in your history and you’ll never have to type it in again.

Any comments would be most appreciated! In the meantime I’m a little swamped at work today so I should get cracking =P.

Barbie Loves Stila Collection Swatches & Mini Review

September 26, 2009
A shot of the picked-over Barbie Loves Stila display in Sephora ~ all the palettes were gone!

I stopped by Sephora a few days back to check out the Barbie Loves Stila collection for you all (and to pick up a Barbie Loves Stila All Doll’d Up Palette to giveaway) only to find that a lot of the collection was already gone! The hot sellers are definitely the palette and the Smudge Pot in Purple Pumps ~ definitely check out this limited edition collection before it’s gone!

Swatches: Cobalt Clutch (left); Little Black Dress (right)

  • Barbie Loves Stila Smudge Pots ($20): I was initially a little distracted by the fact that the Purple Pumps testser was missing, but my sadness was long forgotten once I’d dipped my fingers into Little Black Dress, which was seriously stunning! It’s a jet black base which contains a ton of purpley fuchsia shimmer and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in awhile. I must have it! Cobalt Clutch is also gorgeous and definitely something that’ll make the whites of your eyes pop.

Check out the rest of the reviews & swatches after the jump!

Close-up of the All Doll’d Up Palette tester.

  • Barbie Loves Stila All Doll’d Up Eyeshadow Palette ($28): The All Doll’d Up palette is beautifully pigmented and the shadows are almost creamy to the touch ~ it’s seriously gorgeous! I love that the palette contains a nice variety of shades meaning there’s something for everybody, and considering the range it’s quite literally a look (or 50!) in a box. Such a great value for only $28.

The Verdict: All in all I’d say this is definitely one of my favorite Stila releases to date and is worth checking out if you happen to be near a Stila counter! I’ll definitely be purchasing my first smudge pot or two in the coming weeks.

The Latest & Great Sephora Samplers Exclusive to Beauty Insiders

September 26, 2009

This set contains:
– 0.27 oz Tarte Celebutante Dry Oil Shimmer Spray
– 0.3 oz Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion in Flash (iridescent pink)
– 0.17 oz Tarte Glam Gams
– 0.4 oz Tarte Lock & Roll in Bronze (shimmering true bronze)
– 0.28 oz Guerlain Meteorites Powder Pearls for the Face in Beige Chic (golden glow)
– 0.17 oz Tarte Cheek Stain in Eco-Cheek (coral with a touch of shimmer)
– 0.23 oz Sephora Super Shimmer in Desert Gold (rosy tan with pink and gold shimmer)
– 0.06 oz Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in Sunswept (bronze, coral, and rose)
– 0.59 oz Smashbox Eyeshadow in 24K (true gold shimmer)
– 0.1 oz Laura Geller Lip Shiner in City Lights (pink and gold flecked glimmer)

My First Makeup Kit Deluxe Sampler ($89 value for $32)
This set contains:

– 0.21 oz Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate (sheer coral)
– 0.12 oz Givenchy Gloss Interdit in Rose Taboo (rosy mauve)
– 0.7 oz Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Pout
– 0.04 oz LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Bronze
– 0.06 oz LORAC Eye Shadow in Serenity (shimmering light bronze)
– 0.16 oz Sephora Nail Polish in L15 Chamallow (cotton candy)
– 0.17 oz Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love (sheer watermelon)
– 0.1 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara in Black
– 0.13 oz Korres Deep Colour Mascara in Black

Lip Service Deluxe Sampler ($119 value for $38)
This set contains:

– 0.05 oz Duwop Private Red
– 0.12 oz Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Sheer
– 0.02 oz Sephora Nano Lip Liner in Beau Bordeaux 11 or Radiant Rosy 14
– 0.086 oz NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday (vibrant pink sheen)
– 0.06 oz Korres Guava Lipstick in Wine Red (burgundy wine)
– 0.14 oz CARGO Plantlove Botanical Lipstick in Muir Woods (sheer spiced mauve)
– 0.8 oz Tarte Vitamin Infused Lipstick in Hatha (shimmering berry rose)
– 0.04 oz Laura Mercier Lip Coulour-Crème in Pink Champagne (cool rose)

LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler ($104 value for $39)
This set contains:

– 0.16 oz Hourglass Superficial Lash
– 0.09 oz Urban Decay Skyscraper Multi-Benefit Mascara
– 0.13 oz Korres Abyssinia Oil Volumizing and Strengthening Mascara
– 0.14 oz Benefit A Little Bit BADGal Lash Mascara
– 0.2 oz Smashbox Lash DNA
– 0.03 oz Laura Mercier Thickening and Building Mascara
– 0.07 oz Fresh Supernova
– 0.1 oz Sephora Lash Stretcher
– 0.14 oz Tarte 4 Day Stay Lash Stain
– 0.12 oz Cargo LashActivator.

Radiant Skin Regimen Deluxe Sampler ($143 value for $38)
This set contains:

– 1 oz Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash
– 1.35 oz Cosmedicine Medi-Morphosis Self Adjusting Exfoliator
– 0.5 oz Perricone Advanced Face Firming Activator
– 0.23 oz DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum
– 0.24 oz Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment
– 0.14 oz Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF15
– 0.4 oz Philosophy Hope in a Jar
– 1 oz Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
– 0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion

My Thoughts: Sephora’s sampler kits have always been good in the past, but this new slew of releases is downright awesome! I love that they’ve included some high-end items such as the Givenchy gloss and Guerlain Meteorites, and each set contains multiple items that I already love (such as the Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash which is good stuff) and even more that I’d love to try (such as Cargo’s LashActivator).

As always I happen to think these are a tad overpriced, but if they’re within your budget I think they’d make somebody an amazing stocking stuffer or holiday gift!

MAC Dazzleglass Creme and Style Black Now Online!

September 25, 2009

I really haven’t been keeping up with MAC at all lately as I’ve been busy discovering other brands that have been hovering under my beauty radar, but the MAC Dazzleglass Creme release definitely has my full attention! Those of you who have been with me for awhile know how much I love the Dazzleglasses, and based upon this description:

“Flashing flecks of lustrous glimmer give lips a new kind of high-beam shine, while the balm-effect of the pillow-top comfort creme keeps the supple going and going. For dazzle with absolute comfort, it’s better than brilliant!”

this stuff sounds pretty amazing! My one gripe with the regular Dazzleglasses was always how ridiculously tacky they were, so Dazzleglass shine + balmy comfort = LOVE!

I know MAC’s Style Black was also a highly anticipated release, but I just wasn’t too into it. I am, however, ridiculously excited to see the re-release of Volcanic Ash, and in practical tube form no less!

I know mentioned all this in my review way back when, but this stuff is seriously amazing and worth its weight in gold. If you haven’t already, go get 10 tubes and hoard them like crazy!

Do Samples Make You Buy?

September 25, 2009

I’m a self-confessed beauty addict and sample hoarder ~ nothing makes me happier than going cosmetics shopping and coming home with a bunch of random samples to try! Which got me to thinking, how often does a sample actually lead to a product-purchase for you?

With me I’d say I end up purchasing the product a good 50% of the time. Sales associates are often very reluctant to hand out samples of products and this really confounds me since it’s not as though the samples are coming out of their salary ~ samples are exactly that, samples, and they’re meant for potential customers to try!

Samples that I’m currently testing out and loving are:

  • Chanel Sublimage Eye (this is beautifully emollient yet not too heavy)
  • Jill Stuart Powder Foundation
  • Rock & Republic lipgloss

What samples have you tried recently and loved? This summer the SO got me a sample of the Clarins SPF which I fell in love with and ended up purchasing two bottles of, and I know there are countless other products out there that I’ve purchased because I loved the sample. Yay samples!