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Guerlain Perle de Lune KissKiss Gloss Review, Swatches, Lip Swatches and Tons More Photos

October 30, 2009
Guerlain ‘Kiss Kiss’ Gloss in Perle de Lune #807 ($29)

Ahhh the beauty of the holiday season – crisp cool weather, ice skating in the park, snuggling up against that special somebody while sipping a mug of hot cocoa (all this assuming you live somewhere that actually gets cold in the winter LOL) – and best of all, the holiday collections! There’s nothing I love more than a good holiday beauty release, and Guerlain’s 2009 ‘Imperial Holiday’ Collection is definitely a stunner.


Guerlain really outdid themselves this 2009 holiday season with stunning black lace reminiscent packaging and elegant shimmering hues.

See my thoughts on the limited edition KissKiss gloss in Perle de Lune after the jump!


Guerlain ‘Kiss Kiss’ Gloss in Perle de Lune #807 came rather beautifully packaged, the always elegant gold-lidded tube dressed in black lace for the holidays. Perle de Lune is a pale champagne base interspersed with predominantly gold shimmer. The formula is non-sticky and hydrating, and coverage is sheer but scintillating. The KissKiss glosses all have a light florally rose scent to them that I actually quite enjoy as it seems to add to the elegance of the whole experience, and they last for a good 4-5 hours meaning you should be good for a night out on the town without having to constantly reapply.


Perle de Lune is the kind of shade that gives lips a shimmering gilded elegance when worn alone, but really comes to life when layered over darker shades that need that extra something to dress them up for a holiday soiree.


My favorite aspect of the KissKiss glosses? The dazzling shimmer which sadly is ridiculously hard to capture on camera. But if you enlarge the two lip shots down below, you’ll see what I mean ~ multi-dimensional shimmer that really is something special.


Since people having been asking me what my lips look like prior to applying lipstick/gloss, I’ve included a shot up top. The second lip shot is what Perle de Lune looks like over nude lipstick, and photo three is a shot of the gloss on its own sans flash.

I wouldn’t say Perle de Lune is a must-have as I’m sure many of you already have several glosses that are quite similar or just aren’t a fan of the sheerness, but if you’re looking for something to add a little pizazz to your holiday lip collection, definitely give the Guerlain KissKiss glosses a gander!

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. Although this probably isn’t a shade that I would have chosen for myself, that’s what I love about press samples – getting to try (and being able to review) shades I probably wouldn’t have purchased on my own

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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.

Barbie Loves Stila Hot New Items!

September 22, 2009
Barbie Loves Stila All Doll’d Up Eye Shadow Palette ($96 value for $28)
This is a must-have palette for any Stila (or Barbie™) girl. Each refillable compact features four eyeshadow trios, for a total of twelve eyeshadow shades that will give you endless eye looks and countless levels of glamour.

I wasn’t very impressed with the original Barbie Loves Stila release, but Stila has definitely upped the ante with this new slew of Barbie-themed products! I’ve heard such raves about this refillable All Doll’d Up Palette and I happen to think it’s a great deal at $28 for 12 different shades.

See the Barbie Loves Stila that’s currently topping my wishlist after the jump!


Barbie™ Loves Stila Lip Enamel Trio ($48 value for $32)
This trio of highly pigmented glosses delivers triple the mega-watt shine to make your lips three times as tempting! Infused with� Rhodiola rosea, a natural extract known to induce happiness by optimizing serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, this long-wearing, luxe gloss is sure to put a smile on your face. The perfect blend of oils and phenolic compounds keep lips conditioned all day and replenish lips’ moisture levels. The luxurious formula wears for hours, and leaves lips coated in high-definition, saturated color in a stunning lacquered finish.

I have yet to try Stila’s new Lip Enamels, but the fun clear packaging and the super pigmented look of the product, plus the shine that the word “enamel” promises are all drawing me in. And how can I reduce a happiness-inducing gloss? 🙂


Barbie Loves Stila Smudge Pot ($20)
Get the perfect dose of eye-drama with Barbie™ Loves Stila shimmer infused Smudge Pots! The multi-tasking gel formula can be used as a liner and a shadow that stays on all day. Available in three bold, of-the-moment shades: Cobalt Clutch, Purple Pumps, and Little Black Dress. Barbie™ Smudge Pots give you the touch of drama we all secretly crave.

I’m terrible with coming up with names/titles, so I always appreciate a clever name, and the current Barbie Loves Stila collection is definitely chock full of those. These smudge pots have names like Cobalt Clutch, Purple Pumps, and Little Black Dress ~ just listing them makes me feel all girly and glammed up!

Have you purchased any items from the Barbie Loves Stila collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics Mini Haul w/ Reviews & Swatches!

August 26, 2009


I’ve been attempting to stay as far away from MAC as I can get, as every time I step foot in a MAC store I seem to walk away with a bunch of things I hadn’t intended to buy, but last night I decided to indulge in a little MAC-therapy, mostly because I really wanted to check out the MAC Make-Art Cosmetics As Seen By Maira Kalman collection. I really loved how whimsical and fun all her shades were!


I came home with Crest the Wave eyeshadow (a shimmery yellow the color of sunshine) and Colour Matter Technakohl liner (a bright lime shade that’s already sold out online and pretty much sold out in stores as well) from the As Seen by Maira Kalman line and a lipglass in Peresonal Taste (a dirty pinky rose with pink and gold shimmer – heavy on the shimmer) from the As Seen by Richard Phillips collection.

Review, swatches, and close-ups of everything below!


I’ve been looking for that perfect yellow for a long time, and hopefully I’ve found it in Crest the Wave. It has a beautiful satiny texture, nice pigmentation and shimmer, and really brightens my eye area.

Close-up of Crest the Wave in the pan (this one I definitely recommend clicking to enlarge – it’s beautiful up close!).


This is my first MAC Technakohl Liner and definitely my first lime green eyeliner. They didn’t even have the tester of this out anymore, but I decided to give it a shot since this was one of the last two Colour Matters my MAC store had and my SA promised I’d love it. I wasn’t fully expecting to like it, nor was I expecting it to be as wearable as it is. Who knew that lime green liner is actually pretty easy to pull off? It’s not fluorescent/super bright but rather gives the eyes a nice bright yet not too crazy pop of color. Love this for my waterline.

Close-up of Technakohl Liner in Colour Matters.


I had absolutely no intention of picking up anything else, but then I had a sudden urge to purchase a gloss, which is how this happened =X. Not that I’m complaining, since Personal Taste is different enough from the other glosses I own that I can justify the purchase. It’s a soft rose shade interspersed with copious shimmer that’s beautiful on its own for a soft shimmery lip (it’s a little paler than my natural lip color so tones everything down a bit) or over a pink lipstick for an extra burst of shimmer. Regardless of how you choose to use this shade, under the right lighting the multi-dimensional shimmer will really captivate you.

Swatches: Crest the Wave (top left), Colour Matters (top right), Personal Taste (bottom)

Have you picked up anything from the trio of MAC Make-Up Art Cosmetics releases?

ABS’ Giveaway For the Month of August: MAC Graphic Garden Palette!!!

August 12, 2009

Because I love you all so much, I picked up an extra, limited edition, Nordstrom-exclusive MAC Graphic Garden Collection palette in the Graphic Garden shade range to give away on the blog. How great am I? 🙂

You can see swatches of the palette HERE, view a million close-up shots of the palette HERE, and see some photos of one of my favorite FOTD’s ever (created using the Graphic Garden palette of course) right HERE.

I won’t even go into how amazingly stunning the Graphic Garden palette is, as I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but I will mention that it’s sold out pretty much everywhere so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get yours hands on it!


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Limited Edition Christian Siriano for VS Makeup!

August 11, 2009

Fashion phenom Christian Siriano makes his beauty debut with this exclusive limited-edition collection for new VS Makeup. The collection interprets the themes of his Fall 2009 fashion collection with soft, luxurious textures and strong, rich colors. Imported.

You know that thing that happens when you see a particular beauty product, the world stands still and your heart screams “I WANT!”? LOL okay me neither, but let’s just say when I saw the hotness that is Christian Siriano’s Kajal Eye Liner, I was tempted to go running for my nearest Victoria’s Secret to play around with it. Check out the rest of his limited edition collection below!

Christian Siriano Kajal Eye Liner ($12)
Look luxe. Sumptuous, creamy, pigment-rich kohl liner, inspired by an ancient Egyptian beauty ritual, glides on for the ultimate smudged, smoky effect.
Christian Siriano Silky Eye Shadow ($12)
Unveil eye-catching color. Pigment-rich formula with satiny texture drapes lids in pure color.
Christian Siriano Lip Gloss ($12)
Find gloss perfection. Lasting shine and rich color to wear alone for pure gloss or to layer over lipstick.
Christian Siriano Bronzer/Highlighter Trio ($16)
Create a flawless faux glow. Illuminating trio of bronzing powders combine to create a fresh, sun-kissed face.
Christian Siriano All-Over Bronzing Powder Brush ($18)
Brush on opulence. This silky, natural-hair brush offers a gentle, even application. In a beautiful Nile-blue satin drawstring pouch.

Christian Siriano Petite Makeup Bag ($12)
Compact, square-shaped, zip-around clutch is covered in Siriano’s signature ruffles. In a cocoa patent finish.

Up Close & Personal with MAC’s Graphic Garden Palette (Photos Galore!)

August 4, 2009
MAC Eyeshadow x 6 Palette in Graphic Garden ($35)

See my swatches from the Nordstrom-exclusive MAC Graphic Garden Collection HERE.

I vacillated on whether or not to purchase this palette for the longest time, but having it now in my hands I can’t imagine being without it, it’s just that gorgeous. I’m going to keep the blabbering in this post to a minimum because this is one of those instances in which the photos really do speak for themselves.





Social Climber (shimmery white with pink cast) and
Wild Wisteria
(a seafoam/aqua blend with gold pearl)

Straight Hedge (silvery gray with green-gold pearl) and
Botanical Blue
(rich vibrant blue with teal and green-gold shimmer)

Graphic Garden (deep black with purple/fuchsia shimmer) and
Linear Lilac
(purple/fuchsia with slight blue duochrome)


I don’t own many blues or blue-greens so I figured that MAC’s Graphic Garden Palette would be a nice way to ease myself into this color family, and I was right. Wild Wisteria and Botanical Blue are both absolutely stunning, beautifully pigmented, and supremely blendable, and Linear Lilac looks just enough like my Pink Pearl pigment to make it instant love. The Graphic Garden shade is sadly a little chalky and not my cup of tea, but rest of this beautifully-packaged palette more than makes up for it! And I know you’ll ask me for one, so I have a fun bright FOTD I did using this palette that’ll be going up soon =).

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.

shu uemura Limited-Edition Tokyo Kamon Cleansing Oil

July 8, 2009
In collaboration with renowned manga artist and beauty expert Moyoco Anno, shu uemura introduces playful new packaging. The oils remain the same; the bottles are more beautiful than ever.

Moyoko created the Tokyo Kamon Girls, a series of five sophisticated yet modern characters that adorn the Cleansing Oil range. Inspired by kamons (Japanese family emblems), each signature cleansing oil features unique designs and meaningful kamons that describe individual female characteristics.

shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno Skin Purifier – Fresh’ High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($65)

A lightweight cleansing oil that leaves the skin clean, fresh and refined. Cute motifs drawn in pink adorn the bottle of Fresh Cleansing Oil which is designed with an image of the pure and innocent Tokyo kamon girl, Sakurako. The delicate chrysanthemum adorning the Fresh Cleansing Oil is one of Japan’s most symbolic flowers that is used as the kamon of the emperor. While the flower is most common in shades of yellow and white, Moyoco adopted a pink palette to give the image cuteness and elegance. Inspired by the cherry extract in the Cleansing Oil, she also created a cute cherry blossom kamon.


shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno Skin Purifier’ High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($65)

The original shu uemura cleansing oil. Expressing sparkle and happiness, vines and shimmering heart-shaped flower petals adorn the bottle of Balancing Cleansing Oil which is designed with an image of the fulfilled Tokyo kamon girl, Tsuruha. Leaves and vines playfully intertwine in the design of the Balancing Cleansing Oil, which also features heart-shaped flower-petal icons shimmering in delicate pink.


shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno Skin Purifier’ High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil ($65)
A rich cleansing oil that leaves dry, dehydrated skin clean and nourished. An eye-catching checkered pattern adorns the bottle of Cleansing Oil, which is designed with an image of the strong-willed Tokyo Kamon girl, Tamaki. The energetic pop of orange color on the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil is enhanced by a color mix of monotone checkered patterns and beautifully arranged black kamon. Checkered patterns are often used in kimono textiles. Inspired by the orange shade of the High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil, Moyoco drew Tamaki in the mandarin leaf kamon.


shu uemura ‘Moyoco Anno White Recovery EX+’ Brightening Cleansing Oil ($75)

This gentle cleansing oil leaves the skin appearing more even-toned, translucent and smoothed. An audacious combination of noble purple and vivid green adorns the bottle of Brightening Cleansing Oil, which is designed with an image of the coquettish Tokyo kamon girl, Katsura. Inspired by the color of the Brightening Cleansing Oil, Moyoco chose the combination of alluring purple and fresh green, which is common in traditional Japanese designs. Fresh green expresses young leaves and purple expresses beautiful wisteria.


shu uemura ‘Skin Purifier’ Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil ($75)

shu uemura’s #1-selling Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil, an anti-aging and antioxidant skin purifier that thoroughly cleanses the skin while protecting it against the internal and external aggressions associated with aging. An exquisite contrast of dynamic pine trees in an eye-catching bright red color adorns the bottle of Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil, which is designed with an image of the elegant Tokyo Kamon girl, Matsuno. Moyoco’s first creation for the range is intended as a harmonizing image, taking inspiration from her immediate surroundings. A magnificent Japanese pine tree inspired by the deep, austere green of the Premium A/O Cleansing Beauty Oil dominates the rest of the image in an eye-catching shade of red.


I’m so loving these limited edition shu bottles, but at $65-$75 a pop they’re painfully expensive, especially when I don’t love shu uemura’s cleansing oils nearly as much as I do other ones. Either of those first two bottles could easily tempt me over to the dark side though! Which are your favorites?

Calling All Twilight Fans: Limited Edition Twilight Lip Venom V!

July 4, 2009
DuWop’s Twilight Lip Venom V ($16)

This special limited edition Lip Venom is a sneak preview of our highly anticipated Twilight Venom, debuting this Fall. Lip Venom V is not your typical DuWop venom. Instead of a gloss, Lip Venom V is a shimmering crimson lip stain suspended in a venom-laced liquid lip conditioner with a super potent bite (watch out!), and contains argan, avocado, olive oils and vitamin E.

This product should be shaken before use to represent the blending of the human and vampire worlds and applied repeatedly until lips are plumped, revitalized and the desired intensity of color has been reached.

Only a limited number of Lip Venom V have been produced. Vampires may live forever, but this offer won’t. Due to limited quantity and exclusivity of this offer, limit 2 per customer.

Despite the fact that I find much of the description to be incredibly cheesy and I happen to not really like DuWop’s Lip Venoms, the idea of a plumping lip stain does sound pretty clever to me, and being a massive Twilight fan I can’t seem to stop myself from wanting the limited edition Twilight Lip Venom.

Use US Weekly code: Venom54U at checkout (haven’t tried it myself) to receive 20% off your Twilight Venom order. Now if only I could get past the nearly $7 shipping fee!