Review & Swatches: OPI The Muppets Collection For Holiday/Winter 2011


The Muppets Collection from OPI is one of the most anticipated releases of the holiday season, with 12 new shades of nail polish for both fans of The Muppets, and polish junkies alike. You’ll find multi-dimensional glitters, and several neutral and red shades to rock this winter to help you stay festive!

“Not only do The Muppets characters inspire fun, bright and joyful colors, the fashionable Miss Piggy lends her name to three high-shine pink-based hues, ranging from bold red flecked with silver to a multi-dimensional strawberry shade.” –Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director

Animal-istic
This wild bright red cannot be tamed!

Meep-Meep-Meep
Missing out on this fuchsia would make you weep, weep, weep!

Wocka Wocka!
The popular deep berry makes everything fun and merry!

Pepe’s Purple Passion
This deep, decadent shade is the best purple ever, okay!

Designer, de Better!
And this light metallic bronze is ready for the runway.

Warm & Fozzie
A feel-good shade of metallic copper.

Rainbow Connection
The rainbow glitter of your dreams.

Excuse Moi!
Ahem! This pink glitter has something to say!

Gone Gonzo!
The aqua-blue glitter is taking over the world!

Fresh Frog of Bel Air
A glitter that prefers the greener things in life.

Divine Swine
The finest, most fabulous magenta glitter ever.

Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It!
Red glittery fun for everyone!

Swatches and shade descriptions…

Animal-istic is a shimmering orange/red with just a little bit of fuchsia flash.   [Read more…]

What’s New: bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Collection Gift Set


If I had 3 minutes to get ready, here’s what I would do—I would apply mascara, lipgloss, and throw my hair into a ponytail. Those are things I just don’t want to be without! The bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor shades have been keeping me pretty satisfied in the lip department in record time. The near-perfect hybrid of liquid lipstick and gloss is pretty fierce on the lips, and I’ve been waiting for some new shades. Well, wait no longer…two new shades of the lipcolor formula are here, along with the introduction of Pretty Amazing lipgloss shades for holiday 2011.

Mini Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in Savvy — rosy tan
Mini Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in Confidence — pink berry
Mini Pretty Amazing Lipgloss in Sass — nude shimmer
Mini Pretty Amazing Lipgloss in Oomph — barely pink   [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: Hard Candy Holiday Collection 2011


Hard Candy wants to make sure it’s an affordable holiday season, and you’re all invited! We received a sneak preview of some of the products available—so here’s your sneak peek…

Hall of Fame Train Case, $20

For products so mini, the pigments were pretty mighty in this assortment of Hard Candy products in a mini train case for $20. Included: Mini Pressed Bronzer, Mini Pressed Blush, Mini Plexi Gloss, Mini Take Me Out Liner Pencil, Mini Eyeshadow Primer, two Kal-Eye-Descope Mini Baked Eyeshadows, mirror and small face brush.

4 Piece Mouthing Off Lip Gloss Set, $5

Add lots of sheer twinkle and subtle color to your lips with these shimmering lip shades. These glosses in these tiny tubes have a yummy vanilla flavor and are cute to boot!  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Selections from the L’Oreal Project Runway “Colors Take Flight” Collection


I really hate to say this, but it’s been quite some time since I’ve watched Project Runway, which is why I was surprised to be so excited about the L’Oreal Project Runway “Colors Take Flight” Collection—and I know I’m not alone. I went to three places in one day and the displays were practically wiped out, that was fast! I’m thinking my local CVS received more pieces than other stores, when I returned on a second visit, there were more available and I was able to see almost all of the collection in-person finally. Some of the shades were kind of gutsy for mass retailing—a quality I’ve grown to appreciate from L’Oreal on a consistent basis in their limited edition collections. Project Runway featured artist Collier Strong helped develop this tasty assortment of shadow quads, blush shades, lipsticks, and nail polishes to represent the show’s product partner for fall 2011. I most certainly could not wear about 95% of the fashions featured on the show, but I’m happy to say that Colors Take Flight features a dramatic, yet pretty wearable palette. I wish I had more to share with you!

The collection was created around four very distinctive looks with an exotic bird theme; The Audacious Amazon, The Charming Cockatoo, The Watchful Owl, and The Sultry Raven.

The Audacious Amazon — Bright eyes with a dramatic fuchsia lip
The Charming Cockatoo — romantic eyes with a deep burgundy lip
The Watchful Owl — Metallic eyes with a red lip
The Sultry Raven — Smoky eyes with a nude lip

L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Eyeshadow quad in Audacious Amazon’s Gaze [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Two New Shades from OPI’s Designer Series Collection—Bold and Temptation


OPI Offers Two New Diamond Dust-Infused Designer Series Nail Lacquers for Fall 2011

Confession time. Would you believe, out of all of the nail polish I’ve owned over the years—I’ve never owned a Designer Series color from OPI? Luckily, that just changed. With two new fall releases from the maven of polish, Suzi-Weiss Fischmann is ensuring the DS line stays on-trend with the addition of these vibrant hues…

“This Fall, bold and rich colors like purple and red will be used as accent shades, adding a pop of pigmented color to any look.  Designer Series lacquers enhance these colors with intense shimmer and unique texture,” says Suzi-Weiss Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Adding dazzling diamond-dust and saturated color to these trendy hues makes a bold, high-fashion statement.”

Bold is a ton of rich, red shimmer in a red jelly base that almost leans toward fuchsia during application. Two coats will suffice with this shade, but three looks a little better in my opinion. Of note, I thought the graininess of the glitter smoothed down considerably after top coat.  [Read more…]

What’s New: Make Up For Ever Fluo Night Black Light Pigment


I thought this was so cool, and timely for your upcoming Halloween costumes! Make Up For Ever just released a blacklight-activated pigment exclusively for Sephora that can take your fun look to the next level. Fluo Night is a transparent, universal pigment that can only be picked up under UV lights. You can use this unique pigment on eyes, cheeks, lips, and your body—either in pure form or mixed in with another product texture. Add it to your lipstick, liquid liner…the sky is the limit—you’ll be the coolest looking ghoul at the haunted house for sure!

Price & Availability: $31, Sephora exclusive

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Review: L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Carbon Black Mascara


You’d think that it was physically impossible by now to create yet another great mascara with how many there are on the market—but good thing for us mascara junkies! They keep on coming. L’Oreal released their Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara to much fanfare last year, but only recently introduced the Carbon Black and Waterproof formulas. Having missed the original, I have been wearing Voluminous Million Lashes in Carbon Black recently, and here’s what I learned!

The brush is like a fortress of webs; evenly spaced, with the perfect amount of flexibility to separate and coat the lashes equally at the same time, without any clumping. The combination of both short and longer bristles really allows me to get in there and separate. The formula is a little more moist than most, without any dryness and comes out of the tube with just the right amount on the brush. That tells me that the wiper at the nape of the tube is doing its job and was designed with keeping clumps out of the picture in mind.

Before & after photo:

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Review & Swatches: Essie Winter Collection 2011 — Bling it On!


Here we go with holiday! I literally (and by that, I mean not even five minutes ago) just put our Halloween decoration on the front door. And when I say decoration, I mean one, because we live in an apartment—I wish we could do so much more! But the holiday collections are already launching, and here we have the latest from Essie for Winter 2011, Bling it On!

“Like any great accessory, jewelry makes a statement. So I say, the bigger the better! Whether you wear rings, bangles, pendants or brooches—size matters!” says Essie Weingarten, founder of essie cosmetics. “The same is true with color for Winter 2011—the bolder the better.”

The quality of this collection meets my expectations for polishes from Essie, but the one thing I did notice was that the darker shades seemed to have a little bit of a thicker base which caught me off-guard. It wasn’t bad, but I’ve just grown accustomed to more lightweight polishes from Essie. While I used two coats in each set of swatches, I almost could have used one coat with Bobbing for Baubles and Size Matters.

Swatches & shade descriptions…

Bangle Jangle — lavender amethyst  [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: Tarina Tarantino Jewel Eyeshadow Palette for Sephora


At one point in time, I had enough Tarina Tarantino pieces to knock your socks off. Hardly a day went by where I wasn’t bejeweled by Tarina before walking out the door for work. Now that I’ve moved about a billion times since then, I can only locate two of my beloved TT pieces—but knock me over with a feather! I can now get my TT fix at Sephora through her beauty line. Something is right with this picture…FINALLY!

For fall, her line revolves around brilliant, luminous colors for a jeweled look—and features six eyeshadow palettes that will make your head a little woozy and your heart beat a little faster.

Sleek graphite-colored packaging, jewel tone accents, illustrations of iconic Tarina designs and new must-have palettes add a multi-faceted dimension to the line. The luxe, long-lasting formulas remain the same, luxuriously infused with crushed pearl, micronized diamond powder and finely milled gemstones to reflect the brilliance, luminosity and sophistication of a jewel.

I road-tested the Delightful Jewel Shadow Palette (think pearly beiges with matte chocolate, brown and pink), and was pleasantly surprised with just how pigmented all five shades in the compact really are. Another thing I appreciated was the larger oval mirror inside, so I feel like I can actually see something than just my lips or my eyes at one time.

See more photos and swatches…

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