Review & Swatches: Essie Fall Collection 2011

With a strong focus on structure and shades made fashionable in the 40′s and 50′s, Essie captures fall 2011 in this eclectic collection of creamy nail polishes for the season. These classic shades have been reinvented—for the ultimate in femininity, and make it easy to turn your nails into the latest must-have accessory!

“The accessories that you wear and carry say so much about who you are and who you want to be.” Essie Weingarten, founder of essie cosmetics explains. “The same is true with your manicure and your nail color. The first thing a person notices when they meet you for the first time are: your shoes, your handbag and your nails.”

Carry On is a bold merlot cream.

Case Study is a rich camel cream.  [Read more...]

The Latest in Split-End Defenders

Nothing says you need a haircut more than a handful of split-ends. The chances are—if you’re styling your hair with heat tools (or even just being rough on your hair while you brush), you’ve got them. While it’s not possible to completely repair a split-end, there are plenty of new products to help you temporarily mend damaged ends back together, or to help prevent split-ends altogether. Here, we check out three of the latest in split-end defenders!

Pantene Split End Repair Crème

Pantene created this leave-in cream to work in conjunction with their Back To Strength Shampoo and Conditioner, but it certainly won’t hurt to apply this creamy balm on damp ends. It will help protect what’s left of your hair’s cuticle and temporarily fuse frazzled strands back together with keratin protecting ingredients. $5.99, mass retailers   [Read more...]

Benefit Wants You to Know—What’s Up with Watt’s Up!

Watt’s What’s not to love about glowing skin? Benefit knows a thing or two about highlighters—their line of luminizers like Girl Meets Pearl, Moon Beam, and High Beam are some of the best (and most-loved) in the biz. How can they make one even better? Color it champagne, make it cream-to-powder, put it in a creamy stick form—and we’ve got Watt’s Up!

On one end—a gorgeous champagne highlighter stick, on the other—a sponge to help blend it in so that tell-tell rough edges disappear. The cute packaging does Watt’s Up a ton of favors by making it almost impossible not to want to pick up! If I walked by the tester at Sephora, I’d be all, “Ooh! Watt’s that?”

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Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Pencils

Fans of color, heads up! You won’t want to miss the new Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color shades for sure. In the past year, I’ve tried many, many lip color pencils. Some had the color right, but the consistency was too soft and turned into a mess. Others had the consistency right, but the pigmentation was seriously lacking. Urban Decay finally got it right! Here’s a chubby lip color pencil that packs a punch of pigment (say that five times, really fast), and doesn’t turn into a pool of goo while you swipe it across your lips.

Available in five scorching hot shades, I tried three of them; Crush (hot pink cream), Adrenaline (fuchsia sparkle), and F-Bomb (bright red cream). Also available—Punch Drunk (bright orange-coral cream), and Big Bang (bright pink sparkle).  [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 The Cocktail Hour Palette

Do I dare tell you what surprise lies within this golden bareMinerals compact? I know that the Ready Eyeshadow quads and duos are on the way, but what I didn’t know is that there’s more to the Ready Eyeshadow series! This November, bareMinerals will release two limited-edition 8-pan palettes of their new solid eyeshadows—and it looks like they’re gonna be pretty snazzy.

This is The Cocktail Hour Ready 8.0 palette, with eight glam shades for eyes. If you haven’t seen the duos and quads I reviewed, you’ll be surprised to know all what goes into a solid bareMinerals shadow—they’re using a proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex that’s exclusive to the Ready series. What this means is, you’ll find positively-charged sea minerals, blended with cucumber and cold-pressed borage oil to deliver anti-aging benefits. While I haven’t had a chance to wear any of the shades within The Cocktail Hour yet, I have worn the duos and quads…and I wasn’t disappointed. Let’s put it that way!  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Maybelline Baby Lips Repairing Lip Balm with SPF 20

Things to love about babies…

  • the way they smell when they’re fresh from a bath.
  • their fuzzy little tufts of hair on their heads when it starts coming in.
  • their chubby cheeks.
  • their soft skin.
  • their giggles and coos.
  • OH! Their cherub-like lips. Who doesn’t love baby lips?

Maybelline knows everyone loves baby lips, so they’re giving us all the chance to have Baby Lips this October when their new lip balm with SPF 20 has it’s wide-release. They’re pretty serious about it too—so serious that they have six options to prove it to us.

Four tints:

  • Cherry Me
  • Pink Punch
  • Grape Vine
  • Peach Kiss

Two Clear:

  • Quenched
  • Peppermint

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Sneak Peek: Guerlain “Belle de Nuit” Holiday Color Collection 2011

I often wonder what the inspiration is behind an entire seasonal collection, but after reading what inspired the Guerlain Holiday 2011 Collection I became intrigued…wouldn’t you be after this story?

During the 1920’s and 1930’s, pioneers in aviation accomplished unimaginable feats and these brave pilots became instant, worldwide heroes.  It was during this revolutionary period, in 1933, that Jacques Guerlain composed the legendary perfume Vol de Nuit, meaning “Night Flight,” as a tribute to the most famous women aviators of his time. Named for the second book written by his close friend Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Guerlain’s creation was a bold oriental fragrance that served as ode to all fearless women. Comprised of woody, vanilla and powdery iris notes, Vol de Nuit was for the woman who laughs in the face of fear, for whom nothing is impossible. For Guerlain’s Holiday 2011 make-up collection Belle de Nuit, Creative Director Oliver Échaudemaison takes his inspiration from this legendary fragrance.  Evoking the changing shades of the night sky, he created daring tones that are both dark and dramatic with mesmerizing iridescent accents. With lacquered and blue-green details, the products are encased within boxes that reveal the blue and black zebra motif found on the original Vol de Nuit box design. Belle de Nuit is a sophisticated and enchanting limited edition collection that is as fleeting as nightfall.

Let’s take a look at these opulent pieces that will likely inspire some beautiful holiday party looks…

Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette

Opening a Guerlain product almost feels like you’re unwrapping a present, and this eyeshadow quad definitely embodies that. Out of the box, you’ll find a black velvet pouch which contains a significant gold compact. Inside, there are four pans of eyeshadow; three that are iridescent/pearlescent, one that is matte. For iridescent/pearlescent—a silvery sky grey, an intense dark sapphire blue, and a pale teal with muted grey undertones. These are paired nicely with a matte black that can be used as a liner—or for those who like to be a little more daring—try wearing a little in the crease, then placing one of the other shades over it for an intense effect. These pigments are not weak by any stretch of the imagination, and they really last on the skin. The textures are nice and velvety, and they don’t seem to break up when you press an applicator or brush into them—often that leads to fallout. I had a little bit of fallout with the sapphire shade, but I was really laying it on—so in that case, I don’t think you’ll experience much of a problem. $59   [Read more...]

What’s New: Bath & Body Works Fall Essentials

Aren’t the scents of fall amazing? You know when Starbucks brings back their Pumpkin Spice Latte, we’re close. (YAY!) Another thing to look forward to for fall, is what Bath & Body Works has to offer in their Fall Essentials line-up. Here are some yummy fragrances to love!

Check out new Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap in fragrances—Pumpkin Caramel Latte, Orchard Leaves, Creamy Pumpkin, and Cranapple Crisp. Currently 4 for $15, or $5.50 each[Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Serena Williams for OPI Glam Slam! U.S. Collection

This is it! The end of a year-long run of Serena Williams for OPI nail polishes that launched to coincide with all of the major tennis tournaments. I’ll really miss her fun spin on color, and unconventional ways of pairing up textures and tones—and she made them all work! This duo is the U.S. Glam Slam! Collection, and they’re the final two lacquers in the series.

“OPI and Serena return to our home country for the final launch with two bright, feminine lacquers,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Packed with red and gold micas for intense luster, the Glam Slam! series finishes with two classic, glamorous colors.”

Pros & Bronze is a glittering bronze with hints of rose glitter. This is in a clear base and may require 2-3 coats for full coverage. The two shades definitely make a nice contrast.  [Read more...]