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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 =).

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Lancome ‘Declaring Indigo’ Nordstrom Exclusive 5-Piece Brush Set Photos Galore (& Review)!

July 21, 2009
Lancome Declaring Indigo Brush Set ($52)

I’ve been told that I’m quite possibly one of the most annoying people in the world to shop with: I’m indecisive, I second-guess every decision and I basically have to contemplate each purchase or a good hour or two beore I can make a final decision. But this Nordstrom-exclusive Lancome Declaring Indigo Brush Set was one purchase decision that I made in minutes and I haven’t looked back since! I’m generally not a bluesy kinda person, but the rich, deep indigo of these brushes is truly stunning and a crowd-pleaser for sure, judging by the rate at which these sets were selling. Check out my small Norstrom Beauty Exclusives haul HERE!


I bought this set primarily for the Mineral Powder Foundation Brush, a plush, dense, velvety soft brush that picks up powders beautifully. I’ve been in desperate need of a powder brush for the longest time, and that gave me just the excuse I needed to indulge in this set.


I’m generally not a fan of these types o oundation brushes as I tend to go for the stipplers or the shorter, denser ones like the Shu brush I previously reviewed, but Lancome’s Foundation Brush #2 was a pleasant surprise. It’s super soft, of course, yet it applies foundation beautifully thanks to the fact that it has some give without being too flexible. It’s that perfect blend of firm yet yielding that enables streak free foundation application.


So to be honest this Blender Brush #4 is a bit of an enigma to me. It’s really oddly sized, as in it’s pretty massive to be used as an eye brush, but really small for a face brush. Lancome says that this is great for blending face and blush powders or eyeshadows meaning it can be used for both face and eyes, but it seems to be ill-suited for both. I’m probably going to reserve this to use or highlighting my cheek/brow bones and the like.


And the fourth brush in this set is double ended. At one end we have a flat, fine-edged brush for lining the eyes.


And on the the other end we have a nice all-purpoe eyeshadow brush, although it looks more like a concealer brush to me.


I took a little family photo so that you can get a relatively good idea of the sizes of these brushes in relation to each other. The blender brush is the one facing the bottom let corner — see what I mean about its odd size? How would you use that on your eye?!

My minor quibbles aside, the Declaring Indigo brush set is one of the best purchases I’ve made all year and definitely a set that I hope to treasure for years to come. The brushes not only have a gorgeous blue hue, but they’re well-constructed, incredibly soft and plush feeling against the skin, and a seriously great value at only $52!

MAC Graphic Garden Collection Mini Review & Swatches (Nordstrom Exclusive)

July 20, 2009

I’m usually not too wowed by the Nordstrom Exclusive MAC releases, but this year I was surprised by the fact that I wanted everything! Sadly I came home with absolutely nothing as I’m trying to be a bit more responsible with my beauty spending, but every time I look at these swatches I want to go running back to Nordstrom.

So there are two sets of each swatches under two different types of lighting so that you can get an accurate representation of each set. (& remember you can click to enlarge all my photos)

Graphic Garden Eyeshadow x 6 Palette ($35)
Swatches: Fresh Cut Palette (top); Graphic Garden Palette (bottom)

While both palettes were really pretty and wearable, I was surprised by just how much I loved the Graphic Garden Eyeshadow x 6 Palette. Greens usually aren’t my thing but the palette as a whole is just so fresh and vibrant looking. As for Fresh Cut, the only shade I’m absolutely in love with is the pink that’s second from the right. Somebody talk me out of Graphic Garden, my makeup budget this month just won’t allow it!

Swatches:
Top Row: Baby Blooms Lip Bag (Baby Bloom; Spiceflower; Soft Illusion [missing])
Bottom Row: Summer Crop Lip Bag (Summer Crop; Semi-Annual; Garden Bed)

The real shocker for me was how much I loved these lip bags, and how quickly they sold out. I stopped by Nordstrom on Saturday afternoon, and there wasn’t a single lip bag to be seen — they were long gone! The Summer Crop set is such a beautifully understated set of neutrals that pairs so well with the brightness that is Graphic Garden.

Overall I’m loving the entire collection and the Graphic Garden Palette shades have been dancing through my head since I saw them on Saturday.

Did you indulge in anything from MAC’s Nordstrom-exclusive Graphic Garden collection?

ABS Shops Nordstrom’s Beauty Exclusives!

July 20, 2009

You’ll be getting more in-depth info on the products in upcoming posts, but here’s my tiny restrained haul!


So here’s my favorite purchase of this year: Lancome’s ‘Declaring Indigo’ Brush Set (see it on Nordstrom’s site HERE). I’ll be posting a review on these tomorrow or so but let me just say that if you haven’t already, you need to get your hands on these! Not only are they simply stunning, but they’re also an amazing value, exceedingly soft and plush, and just so much fun to own.


Plus it didn’t hurt that my purchase qualiied my for a great gift with purchase (GWP). I chose the indigo tote to go with my new indigo brushes and was delighted to see that the set included a Color Fever Shine lipstick in Pink to the Club (you get a choice of two shades), a bright pink that’s heavy on the golden flecks, which I’ve actually been meaning to purchase.


Can you believe I only made two purchases during this year’s Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives event? But that’s pretty much all my wallet would permit, and I’m proud that all of my purchases were relatively practical ones.

Purchase #2 was Clarins’ UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40 Double Edition (see it on Nordstrom’s site HERE) which I raved about on the blog HERE. This is seriously my HG sunscreen and it’s one amazing product that I don’t think that I can be without.


And lucky for me there was yet another GWP! While you technically have to purchase two separate Clarins products to receive this gift, the salesgirl was sweet enough to let me get away with just puchasing the UV Plus duo. How amazing is this set? I can’t believe that it was free!


I’ve already taken a bunch of rather beautiful close-ups of the Lancome brushes so you can expect those to be up Tuesday (hey a little suspense is good for you!) but in the meantime I’ll be posting a bunch of swatches that I know you’re going to love!

Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives: What’s On Your Wishlist?

June 25, 2009

Every spring I eagerly anticipate the launch of Nordstom’s Beauty Exclusives, and they never fail to impress. I happen to think this year’s eclectic selection of products is especially nice, and I’m having a tough time narrowing down my wishlist. Here’s what I’m wanting so far:

Lancôme ‘Declaring Indigo’ Brush Set ($52)
During Elizabethan times indigo was the color of royalty and nobility as the dye produced from indigo plants was extremely expensive. I think I’d feel rather regal getting all prettied up using these alluring indigo-hued brushes from Lancome.

Clarins UV Plus Day Screen SPF 40 (2 for $56)
I think I’ve raved enough about Clarins’ SPF in my post HERE so I’ll spare you more of my crazed babblings, but I just had to point out that this price is pretty great! Definitely on my must-buy list.

M·A·C ‘Eyeshadow x 6’ Palette Graphic Garden ($35)
This is less a need item and more of an “I wouldn’t mind owning this” type of thing. What can I say, I like pretty!

Dior ‘Jazz Club’ Eye Palette ($65)
Dior’s Jazz Club eye palette, featuring pinks and greys, berries and plums includings everything you need for a polished eye other than macara. This chic palette packs shadows, a topcoat, liner, and eyebrow powder. Pop this in your purse and you’ve got an easy transition from day to evening.


Chanel Regards et Brillances de Chanel/Radiant Eye and Lip Palette ($45)
Am I crazy for thinking this is actually pretty cheap for a Chanel palette that includes two shadows, two satin lip creams and two glosses? While I’m not entirely crazy about the seafoam green eyeshadow shade at the bottom left, knowing Chanel this palette is probably gorgeous in person.

M·A·C Look in a Box Sweet Tease ($59.50)
I happen to think that this would make such a great starter set for all those makeup novices/budding young women in our lives. Throw in a little foundation and you’ve pretty much got everything you could possibly need to look polished and feel gorgeous.

Rock & Republic ‘Drama Queen’ Collection ($69.50)
I’ve been dying to test out the still relatively new Rock & Republic collection, and this seems like a nice, semi-affordable way to get my hands on a few products at once.

Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Anniversary Set ($115)
I’ve professed my love for all things Flowerbomb related on numerous occasions, and I happen to think this set is a pretty good deal. I love the hair mist which Nicole gifted to me right around bar time–it’s a treasured part of my tiny perfume collection!

Laura Mercier ‘Renaissance’ Collection ($65)
The Renaissance is one of my favorite periods of English literature, and Laura Mercier’s Renaissance Collection definitely appeals to my inner romantic. This set includes a deluxe Flawless Skin Day Creme SPF 15 (0.17 oz.), full-size Undercover Pot UC-3 (0.2 oz.), full-size Pink Champagne Lip Glacé (0.16 oz.), Renaissance Eye Color Duo (0.09 oz.), mini Black Thickening and Building Mascara (0.03 oz.), double-ended Secret Camouflage Powder Brush and a mini velour puff. Not bad for $65.

Hanae Mori ‘Paris Butterfly’ Gift Set ($45)
This gift set includes a one ounce fragrance and matching deoderant for only $45. If you love Flowerbomb I’m pretty sure you’ll love this fragrance too–it’s been on my wishlist for years now!

So now that I’ve shared my ridiclously long wishlist with you, tell me what’s on your Nordstrom Beauty Exclusives wishlist! 🙂

Nordstrom Exclusive: Lancome ‘Oscillation Powerbooster’ Vibrating Mascara Primer

May 22, 2009

Vibrating. Amplifying. Primer. Feel the vibration. See the growth. The first vibrating power primer to boost the appearance of natural lash growth. The vibrating power primer enhances lash thickness, density and appearance of length so that naturally occurring lash growth is more visible/noticeable.

Innovation: With a combination of Crescentia complex with vibrations that act as a massage, see lash expansion day after day. Oscillation Powerbooster helps lashes reach their full potential and boost the appearance of natural lash growth.

How to use: First apply Oscillation Powerbooster to prepare and improve the lash surface, followed by your favorite mascara to maximize your makeup result. Results are spectacular: visibly stronger, fuller, longer lashes day after day.

I was all ready to want Lancome’s new Oscillation Powerbooster Vibrating Mascara Primer even though I wasn’t too huge a fan of the Oscillation mascara itself (check out my review under the Mascara Series tab up above) but the $39 price tag pretty much stopped me dead in my tracks. Do you think you’ll be checking this out?

MAC Eye Shadow Quad: Rose Is a Rose (Nordstrom Exclusive)

May 14, 2009
M·A·C Eye Shadow Quad: Rose Is a Rose: 4 (Nordstrom Exclusive) ($36)

An exclusive compact of four shades specially selected to complement A Rose Romance collection. Exuberantly floral, with a dark edge, features limited-edition shades Seeds of Love and Petal Worship, and encores Solar White and Contrast.

I’m 100% positive I won’t be purchasing this, but the palette is rather pretty, particularly since you all know I’m a sucker for a good pink or purple. The pinks and purples here aren’t my favorites, but I think all the shades would come together to create a beautiful pastel eye with a smoked out edge.

Seychelles for Smashbox ‘Pretty in Peep Toes’ Palette (Nordstrom Exclusive)

March 27, 2009
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Seychelles for Smashbox ‘Pretty in Peep Toes’ Palette (Nordstrom Exclusive) – $42

Get pretty in peep toes with this exclusive palette inspired by Seychelles’ spring shoe collection. Features five shadows (Vanilla, Pink Champagne, Taupe, Dark Teal, Light Purple), a cream liner (Grey Putty) and a blush/soft-lights duo (Coral/Shimmering Gold), all housed in a sleek mirrored checkbook wallet.
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YSL Mascara Comparison and Some Bobbi Brown Cocoa Mauve Photos

July 27, 2008
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Lovely reader (and one of my favorite people) Nicole was kind enough to share some photos of her latest Nordstrom haul with us!

She’s been so generous about sharing photos in the past (see her MAC DressCamp review and FOTD here) and these came at the perfect time, since thanks to studying I just don’t have the time to take photos of my own! I hope everybody enjoys these — I sure did =)

First up is a visual comparison of Yves Saint Lauren’s Everlong and Faux Cils Mascaras:

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No Mascara

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YSL Everlong (click here for my review)

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YSL Faux Cils

Don’t her lashes look fabulously long?

And some great photos of the Nordstrom exclusive Bobbi Brown ‘Cocoa Mauve’ Collection:

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Left to Right: Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Cocoa Mauve Ink, Lip Color in Berry Mauve, Blush in Sand Pink, and Metallic Eye Shadow in Iced Mauve

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Blush in Sand Pink

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Metallic Eye Shadow in Iced Mauve
I’ve been curious about Bobbi Brown’s metallic shadows–I may have to check this out for myself!

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Lip Color in Berry Mauve

I hope everyone will join me in thanking Nicole for her great photos!

Related Posts:
See what other super-sweet things Nicole has done for me in the past by clicking here and here

Read my review of YSL’s Everlong mascara here, and click “mascara series” at the bottom of that page to read about some other great (and not-so-great) mascaras, including Givenchy’s new Phenomen’Eyes Mascara.

And for a look back at a fun FOTD, check out my review of Shu Uemura’s Tri-Color Eye Pencil in Aqua Flow here.

Kate Somerville Micro-Glycolic Polisher

July 16, 2008

Kate Somerville Micro-Glycolic Polisher-$90
Yet another Nordstrom-exclusive to tempt me!

“Peel away the years with this Kate Somerville Clinic favorite: a professional-strength treatment peel that resurfaces and restores skin.

– Dual-acting glycolic and lactic acid work together to promote surface cell turnover, gently and effectively.
– Enriched with complex anti-aging ingredients to promote a youthful glow.
– Long revered by the ancient Egyptians for its therapeutic properties, blue lotus extract delivers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits to calm skin and fight against free-radical damage.”

I’m a big fan of Natura Bisse’s Glyo-Peeling 50% ($170) so if this product is anything like it, it’d be a great cheaper alternative!