Archive for the 'Winter 2009' Category

In the Window: Louis Vuitton Fifth Ave Holiday 2009

December 7, 2009

While shopping the Bergdorf Gift Card Event last week (during which I picked up a few Chanel items for giveaway on the blog) I couldn’t resist stopping by the Louis Vuitton boutique across the street – you all know my bag addiction is just about as bad as my makeup addiction!

I’m loving their travel-theme holiday windows, primarily because I’m pretty obsessed with Louis Vuitton luggage and dream of owning a massive vintage trunk that I can use as a coffee table. Check out the rest of the photos after the jump!

Comings soon ~ the Bergdorf Goodman edition of my In the Window series! Their Alice in Wonderland-themed 2009 holiday windows are pure whimsy and totally drool-worthy.

Guerlain Meteorites in ‘Perles Imperiales’ for Imperial Holiday 2009

November 8, 2009

Rarely do I tell you that a product is a must-have for me, but if you love high end makeup and beautiful products, the Guerlain ‘Meteorites’ in Perles Imperiales ($53) really do fall into that category. For a quick video review, check out this YouTube review I did of the Perles Imperiales Meteorites, and but don’t forget to read on for more info and lots of photos!

This close-up of the Perles Imperialies up above is probably one of my favorite cosmetics photos I’ve taken – it’s so pretty that I’ve even made it the wallpaper on my iPhone!

More photos including swatches and the full review after the jump.

The 2009 Perles Imperialies Meteorites come in this dramatic, expensive-looking jet-black packaging (some Meteorites packaging can tend to look a little cheap and cardboardy but not this rendition) decorate with faux-crystals and shimmery bits and house pearls in soft ivory, orangey gold, pink and lavender.

Swirl the pearls together and you’re left with a soft pink highlighter that’s subtle but brings a nice glow to your face. I wouldn’t recommend purchasing these to use as a blush unless you’re Snow White pale, but as a soft pink highlighter they’re absolutely gorgeous – no chunky glitter, no crazy shine, just a soft, subtle glow that’ll light up your face. And of course the usual delicious Guerlain violet scent which I’m oh so enamored of.

I like to pair this with my Chanel Narcisse blush (there’s a review of it somewhere on the blog – I’ll just say that this is my HG blush and I use it almost every day) – first Narcisse on my cheeks, then Perles Imperiales pretty much everywhere else for some subtle glowy shimmer. Part of the appeal of Guerlain’s Meteorites, at least for me, is the luxury of swirling my brushes across such a beautiful, delicately-scented surface and applying the silky powder to my face, but honestly the pearls themselves aren’t a bad deal at $53. I know my fellow Meteorites owners can attest to the fact that you’ll never make a dent in these – I have some I’ve been using for ages and they look as new/full as the day I bought them.

Which is all my roundabout way of saying ~ if you’ve been wanting Guerlain’s Perles Imperiales Meteorites, go get them! They embody everything that I love about holiday cosmetics releases – luxurious shimmering packaging, beautiful colors, and that special quality that just brings a smile to your face. These definitely get a thumbs up from me!

These Meteorites were sent to me by Guerlain’s PR people to blog consideration. I probably would’ve purchased them myself as it was quite literally love at first swatch – the gorgeous shades of the pearls, the amazing violet scent and the stunning holiday packaging – it’s just all too gorgeous!

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Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain #11 ‘Grace’ Jewel Lipstick Compact from ‘Imperial Holiday’ 2009

November 5, 2009

Guerlain ‘Le Rouge G de Guerlain’ Lipstick in Grace #11 ($45) is one of the two limited edition holiday shades (the other being #12 Gems) available from their 2009 ‘Imperial Holiday’ release. The original case was designed by jeweller Lorenz Baumer, and the holiday packaging is enhanced by the addition of a black jewel clasp.

You already know that I’m a fan of the Rouge G formula – the ruby powder in them really gives them some gorgeous shimmer under sunlight, they last a good 4-5 hours, are creamy, pigmented, nourishing and non-drying, and all-around wear beautifully.

So how did I feel about Grace? Find out after the jump (and check out a ton of photos including lip swatches)!

Let’s just say that for me, Grace is that perfect lipstick I never knew that I needed, but now can’t imagine being without. While it’s probably not ideal for those of you with very pigmented lips, on my lips this is a medium pink with slight beigey brown undertones and gorgeous understated shimmer that really just makes my lips look lush and polished. It’s got that subtle ‘my lips but better’ quality to it that’s made it my go-to lipstick for basically any and every occasion.

While I love my engraved Rouge G that I picked up at Bergdorf for myself, this gem-adorned holiday packaging definitely rivals it to for top spot amongst my lippies!

While Grace may not look like much in the tube, I’d definitely check it out for yourself should you happen to find yourself near a Guerlain counter – it definitely surprised me! I’m constantly pulling mine out to reapply throughout the day and to admire my glistening lips in the attached mirror.

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. I probably wouldn’t have picked this up as it looks a little brown in the tube, but boy would I have been missing out! Again why I love press samples – they give me the opportunity to try products I would never go for.

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MAC Mischief Makers from Magic, Mirth, and Mischief

November 4, 2009

MAC’s Mischief Makers from their holiday Magic, Mirth and Mischief collection has launched and the packaging is cuter than ever! I always have these on my holiday list but never actually end up getting them. I’m thinking it’ll be more of the same this year, but the mini pigments really are looking quite great.

5 Cool Capers Mini Pigment/Glitter ($32.50)

5 Haute High Jinks Warm Mini Pigment/Glitter ($32.50)

5 Sexpot Smoky Mini Pigment/Glitter ($32.50)

5 Frisky Business Bright Mini Lipglass/Lustreglass ($29.50)

5 Sexy Shenanigans Soft Mini Lipglass/Lustreglass ($29.50)

What are your picks from MAC’s holiday minis?

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Guerlain #407 Bal de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette Ombre Eclat Quad for ‘Imperial Holiday’ 2009 Review & Swatches

November 2, 2009

The Limited Edition Guerlain ‘Bal de Nuit’ Eyeshadow Palette for Holiday 2009 ($58) juxtaposes softness and intensity in a rich, smoky, luminescent quad of shadows to create a modern smoky eye for this holiday season.

The golden palette comes sheathed in a black boudoir-style pouch that wears the black lace logo present on almost all of the 2009 holiday pieces, and while the exterior is gorgeous, the interior is really a sight to behold!

See my close-up shots of the shadows, swatches, and more on the palette after the jump!

As you can see, the beautiful scroll design is carried through to the interior of the palette which houses 2 beautiful silver applicators. Even the housing for the shadows is unique – a shimmering midnight black that really highlights the shimmer in the shadows themselves.

Clockwise from the top left we have a shimmering white that contains the softest tinge of gold, a pale pale lingerie pink, the perfect shade of taupe and a deeper taupey brown. The top two shades run a little sheerer than the bottom two, which I’m sure comes as no surprise, but the lower two shades really pack quite a punch.

I’ve literally been using this palette non-stop since receiving it, primarily for some of the more formal events that I’ve been going to. All four shades are so classic that they’re really perfect for an elegant evening eye. I like to wear the white on the inner corner of my eyes, then sweep the pink all over, outline my outer V with the taupe (this is seriously the prettiest taupes I’ve seen and so so flattering!) and then finish with the brown as liner.

While the shades are definitely dupeable, I love having these four coordinating shades in one palette for easy portability. I’ve been wearing the Bal de Nuit quad layered over my Jill Stuart Jelly in Moon Shadow as a base (for some added shimmer and drama) and have been receiving so many compliments on my eyes as of late!

I wouldn’t say this is a must-have for those of you who already have shades that are quite similar to these (which I’m sure many of you do), but I definitely see the Bal de Nuit quad serving me well throughout the holiday season and beyond. I’ll be sure to be back with some Bal de Nuit EOTD’s for you to check out!

This product was a press sample sent to ABS by the lovely people over at Guerlain for blog consideration. Guerlain’s holiday collection is always amongst my favorites so needless to say I was absolutely ecstatic when Guerlain’s PR people reached out to little old me!

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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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Join Me On a Sneak Peek Into the Victoria’s Secret Offices and Holiday 2009 Releases!

October 28, 2009

This post is long overdue and all of these items have already launched, but a few months back I had the opportunity to check out the Victoria’s Secret headquarters and to preview the upcoming (now currently available) holiday releases. I figured you’d enjoy having a peek at the photos, and of course all the products!

I was so impressed by everything, particularly the fragrances. Everything smelled just heavenly and I had an absolutely amazing time ~ which is saying quite a bit considering this starting at an ungodly hour on a rainy morning.

See a million more photos and a few snippets of information after the jump! Oh and you also get to see the PJ’s I’ve been living in since attending this event =P.

This photo showcases the Velvet Amber Blackberry fragrance collection ~ the creators of this fragrance said that the scent is meant to evoke the sensuality of velvet – it’s warmth and the wonderful plush feeling it has. I never thought you could capture Velvet in a bottle, but this really comes pretty close! I absolutely loved the packaging for this line as well – so rich, so luxe, so elegant!

Oh forgot to mention – please keep in mind that a good majority of these products are in sample packaging and may or may not be accurate representations of the actual packaging.

One of my personal favorite collections amongst the holiday launches was this Peace Love Hope fragrance release from the PINK line. The scent is comprised of green apple and honeysuckle and it’s young, fresh, fruity and just simply delightful! LOVE everything from this line!

Victoria’s Secret also created some adorable holiday goodies that make ideal stocking stuffers as they’re cutely packaged and very affordable. Plus many of them even double as holiday ornaments!

Okay so these are the pajamas I’ve been living in since returning from this event. They were included in the goody bag and they’re seriously cozy, comfy, soft and just downright cute! I kind of feel like a Christmas elf in these, but in a good way.

And who doesn’t want to check out a bowl of beribboned underwear? I thought this photo would make a nice closer for this post. Hope you enjoyed joining me on my visit to the Victoria’s Secret corporate offices!

Guerlain ‘Imperial Holiday’ Goodies!

October 23, 2009

Look what arrived on my doorstep today ~ some holiday 2009 Guerlain ‘Imperial Holiday’ pieces for me to share with you! I’ve been itching to play with everything, but I’m begin a good little blogger and waiting to photograph everything before sticking my fingers into everything.

So what did I get? Meteorites Perles Imperiales (of course!), Ombre Eclat 4 Couleurs in #407 Bal de Minuit, KissKiss Gloss in #80 Perle de Lune and Rouge G de Guerlain in #11 Grace. So excited to play with it all, and of course to put together some fabulous FOTD’s for you to draw inspiration from. Review/swatches/looks to come in the next few days!

Exotic Jewels by Heidi Klum for VS Makeup Collection Review & Swatches

October 22, 2009

Inspired by her trip to the spiritual city of Varanasi, Indian and the Indian-themed vow renewal ceremony she shared with husband Seal in Mexico last year, Heii Klum’s Holiday 2009 Exotic Jewels collection interprets her exotic finds into a sparkling and rich palette of irresistible shades.

I haven’t paid Victoria’s Secret cosmetics much attention in the past as I’d always assumed I wouldn’t love the quality, but the Exotic Jewels collection has made me eat my words ~ in a word it’s fantastic and I loved every single piece I tried! And the packaging is actually much prettier than what you see in my photo, which is the products housed in their ‘sample’ packaging.

Check out the individual product photos and review after the jump!

The collection’s Perfect Lipstick in Exotic Spice ($16) is a glimmering beigey nude lipstick that’s decadently rich and creamy feeling. The formula sheathes lips in full-coverage smooth glossy color that has a warm chocolatey scent and flavor to it, and it seriously feels just delicious on the lips. It’s a little more than I’d expect to pay for a lipstick from Victoria’s Secret, but it the formula really is exceptional. As for the shade – it’s a little beige for my taste (I’m not a fan of beiges) but I do like it for a more neutral look.

The Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit ($14) is a mauvey shade with gold shimmer in the tube and on my lips it has a nice golden shimmer to it that helps to blur lines and imperfections while providing some subtle color. I do wish it had a bit more pigmentation.

Glitter Liquid Liner in Majesty ($12) is an alluring shade of purple with plentiful amounts of silver shimmer. Love to use this on my waterline for some added pizzazz to an otherwise neutral look. Wear-time is good but not phenomenal.

My favorite piece from the collection? This Extra-Lengthening Mascara ($13) in this rich regal shade of Amethyst. This lengthens beautifully and I absolutely love the unique brush:

One side is comprised of almost flat spiraling bristles, the other of brush-like bristles. I wiggle the flatter end at the base of my lashes, then comb through with the brush-end and I’m left with beautiful, amethyst-hued long lashes.

Overall the Exotic Jewels collection gets two thumbs up from me ~ the quality of all the products is quite exceptional (I was seriously shocked) and I’m loving the richness of all the purples and neutrals.

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at

Guerlain ‘Imperial Holiday’ 2009 Holiday Color Collection

October 21, 2009

For the 2009 holiday season, Guerlain introduces Imperial Holiday, a colour collection worthy of royalty and fit to bring out every woman’s inner empress. The Guerlain Empress is a dreamy modern beauty who plays with makeup to feel radiant, for an evening, for a special occasion, or for a lifetime.

Inspired by the opulence and splendor of aristocracy, Guerlain’s colour collection combines shades of gold with diamonds reflections ~ gold, diamonds pearls ~ every precious metal is represented in this bedazzling collection.

While I’m absolutely loving the crystallized Rouge G de Guerlain packaging (see below), my favorite piece from each and every Guerlain holiday collection is always the Meteorites Pearls ($53), and this year is no exception. For Holiday 2009, Guerlain has brought us Meteorites in 3 new shades for the season: mauve and white to illuminate, pink for freshness, and gold for light.

The limited-edition #407 Bal de Nuit Eye Shadow Palette ($58) combines intensity and softness with a blend of smoky, luminous, and pearlescent tones. It contains two taupes, a lingerie pink and a slightly gold-tinged white.

And as they have for many preceding seasons, Guerlain brings us yet another opulent rendition of its Sublime Radiant Powder for Face and Body ($85), a deliciously violet-scented silky and ultra-light powder that graces skin with a sheer veil of diamond-like reflections. A truly sensuous experience.

Be sure to check out additional collection photos after the jump!

Two limited edition shades of Rouge G de Guerlain, #11 Grace and #12 Gems ($45) will be available in new black-crystal enhanced tubes for the holidays, for an added touch of refinement and modernity.

Imperial Holiday also brings us three scintillating limited edition shades of the new KissKiss Glosses in #807 Perle de Lune, #808 Ambre Precieuse, and #809 Rubis Rose ($29).

If you’re looking to splurge a little, the Limited Edition Meteorites Compact ($180) brings you the luminosity of Meteorites in convenient pressed form. The new size of the color shades, presented as miniature ‘flecks,’ makes blending easier and the unique formulation ensures ultimate softness. And the compact encrusted with black Swarovski crystals definitely makes a statement.

And to round out the collection we have Guerlains Le2 Mascara in limited edition shade #12 Reine de Nuit ($35). While Guerlain’s double-ended mascara isn’t one of my favorites, I do appreciate the beauty of having an ultra-black mascara on one end and a glittery gold one on the other.

Availability: Guerlain’s ‘Imperial Holiday’ Collection is available starting October 2009 (meaning now!) at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Bergdorf Goodman stores.