Too Faced Lashagsm: Too Funny or Too Far?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thoughts? Opinions? Shrea them in the comments! 

Personally, I can see where they were going with this — but I think it’s tacky and demeaning, and wouln’t use the mascara even if it was freakin’ fantastic. If NARS Orgasm was pretty enough, I’d get over the name and use it. If Too Faced Barely Legal gloss was just stunning, I think I could live with it.

But lashGASM?! I mean, on top of everything else… that’s just dumb

Then again, maybe I’m alone in thinking this! Which is why you ladies need to get your chatty on in the comments :P

Going greige… and finding two identical polishes!

What they are: Rimmel‘s Lasting Finish Pro in Steel Grey and Sally Hansen‘s Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic.

The catch: Because these are often said to be (a) “likely similar,” and (b) possibly as close as the drugstore will get to “greige,” I wanted to get these and compare them for you; pick a favourite so you didn’t have to. What I didn’t expect was finding that the two are completely identical!

The colour: Okay, so I guess there’s one tiny silver lining to this? If they’re the same, I only need to describe the shade once! I personally wouldn’t call it a greige, as far as greiges go… it’s too violet if you ask me, and much too dark. However, as for the shade aside from that? I think it’s very love-it-or-hate-it, and I can’t decide which side I’m on. Depending on the lighting (as you’ll see in the swatches,) its undertones seem to vary quite a bit. 

Sometimes I absolutely love it, especially in indirect sunlight (where it’s a lovely deep grey-violet,) but I hate it in dim tungsten lighting (where it’s a muddy, indiscriminate brown.)

both in indirect sunlight, taken simply at different times during the day.

The stats:
The formula and wear time seem the same, just like eveything else. They don’t feel like they’re going on thinly, and don’t streak, but it takes about three coats to make it to opacity for the pair of them. I always worry about wear time when something goes on like this, but these seem to be okay. After about a week on my toes, they’re all still in tip-top shape, save for a dent on one toe!

(But that was my fault because I opened a door on it.)

(Which hurt, for the record.)

(Thanks for asking.)

Additionally, both polishes feature the same applicator tip, a fairly thick but not too wide brush with rounded edges. Personally, my favourite brush head is OPI’s Pro Wide (which a lot of people hate,) but I found this one easy to work with as well! The LFP and CSM heads are optimal for fingernails, but they’ll work just fine on toenails, too.

Random sidenote: The Rimmel is also known as a dupe for Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic. From what I’ve seen, I’d say the three of them are the same — perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence that the folks at Sally chose the name “Commander in Chic!” $5 on Sephora polish? Saved!

The verdict? If you were hoping these would be greige, take your hands away from your wallet and back away slowly. However, if you were looking for a strange but likeable brown-grey-violet, these would be a pretty good place to start! The shade is very much in the moment right now in terms of trendiness, so if this is your colour, buy one and wear it STAT — before it gets overdone and goes out of style. As to the lines themselves, I think these are both very solid fomulas, which I’d buy again should I come across other pretty shades!

Personally, I’d go with the Sally Hansen if they were the same price, simply because the packaging is lovely. However, with the Sally at $8 and the Rimmel at $5 (I told you we get charged more in Canada for everything!) I’d choose the latter, as there’s no loss in polish quality.

Urban Decay Fall 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The makeup universe has basically been [expeletive deleted] itself over this Fall’s Urban Decay collection, so I thought I’d glance over it now that it’s gone live — you know, in case anyone’s been living under a rock.

The excitement, counting back from five:
as usual, all images link back to the product page.

Five: New, cruelty-free brushes!

Four: New lashes! The “Naked Lash” line, that is. Eighteen styles, $16 (ouch!) a pop, and latex-free glue.

Three: The Vegan palette — $34, crazy packaging, a mini UDPP in Sin, a mini 24/7 pencil in Zero, and six 0.9g shadows: Minx, Urb, Gunmetal, Baked, Smog, and Half-Baked.

Two: No, seriously. New lashes. And some of them are awesome.

One: THE NAKED PALETTE! Seriously, is this not the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen? It’s $44 and comes with a mini UDPP, travel-sized 24/7 pencils in Zero and Whisky (black and brown,) and twelve 1.3g shadows — as described by the Urban Decay site:

Virgin (nude satin), Sin (champagne shimmer), Naked (buff matte), Sidecar (beige sparkle), Buck (brown matte), Half Baked (bronze), Smog (golden brown shimmer), Darkhorse (bronze-plum shimmer), Toasted (taupe-bronze), Hustle (mocha shimmer), Creep (near-black metallic), Gunmetal (dark grey metallic). 

Christine’s image is infinitely better than Urban Decay’s, so this is from her review. Be sure to check it out!

So… who’s excited? :P

You and I? We’ll always be on our Honeymoon…

What it is: Hard Candy‘s Blush Crush, in Honeymoon. (It also comes in Bombshell, a medium-deep bronze, Pin Up, a luminizer, and Living Doll, a great bright pink.)

Everything you need to know: It is great and you need it.

No, seriously, that’s all you need to know. Stop making that face at me!

Alright, fine…

The shade: Honeymoon is a gorgeous light peach with violet veining. The veining doesn’t much affect the shade, but it does look divine in the pan! She’s not unusually pigmented or unusually sheer as far as baked blushers go:  you won’t get NARS-esque pigment out of her, but you can definitely use– wait, why has this blusher suddenly become female?

Anyhow, you can certainly use this on its own. For a pale-skinned gal like myself, it’s perfect for a light, fresh, peachy cheek colour. For someone medium toned, it would look amazing for some sheer, subtle luminosity. And for someone much darker, it would make a gorgeous hilight!

different lighting. the one on the right is closer to reality, though.
you know, seeing as I’m not blue. 

The product: This Blush Crush wears through the entire day, for me — I need a bit of a refresher for the evening, but once this is buffed in at seven o’clock after breakfast, I’m fine until five for dinner! What really takes the cake is the incredibly fine shimmer particles. Not only do they make Honeymoon breathtaking in the pan, they create that much-lusted-after “glow” that everyone so loves. “Which means what, exactly?” you ask? Well: it means that you won’t look like a greasy disco ball, which is not in the least bit attractive.

Not even from the point of view of a disco ball.

The verdict? I know these are hard to come across outside of the US, so: my dear American girls, if you haven’t tried a Blush Crush — try one STAT! And for the rest of you? I say we plan a trip to the US together so we can stock up on these, because Honeymoon is sixteen levels of completely awesome. 

To put this into perspective, I haven’t ever found a blusher with this much luminosity and/or peachiness that I’ve loved the way I love Honeymoon. She’s incredible!

(And no, they’re not paying me to say that.)

(They’re also not paying me not to say that, though, which is good. Because then I’d say it anyways and they’d be angry. And they might take her away! Oh my god, please don’t take her away!)

FOTD: inspired by Scarlett at the Tonys

Monday, June 28, 2010

Last Monday, I put up a few photos of ScarJo’s Tony Awards look, a gorgeous violet eye with matte pink cheeks and natural, slightly-pink lips. A couple of you expressed as much enthusiasm about the look as I was feeling, so I duped it.

Or, at least, I tried to. See, it didn’t go so well — I got distracted partway through and it ended up a lot (a lot) darker. I figured we’d leave it at that and more on.

Then Hard Candy’s Daydream came in the mail. Perfection. I knew what I had to do! 

For a how-to, a product list, and many more images…


Start by priming the eye area. Then, using a flat shader brush, cover the lid surface with a sheer pink-violet. Using the same brush and shadow, foil the colour onto the middle of the lid for intensity. To add depth to the eye, use a fluffy brush to buff a dark blue-violet into your outer V, adding just a bit at a time and adding more if needed.

Then, take a shimmery true violet and blend the two together, adding this colour also to the lower lashline with a flatter eye brush. Clean off this same brush well, then use it to add more of the pink-violet to the inner corner (both on the lid and on the lower lashline.) Add shimmery, silver glitter to the inner V, line with a dark, shimmery violet, and apply mascara.
Lips & cheeks
Contour the cheeks with a medium toned matte pink and top with (a) a luminizer on the very top of the cheekbones, or (b) a sheer, luminizing blusher on the top half of the cheekbones. For the lips, use a creamy, shimmer-free “natural” lip colour, with a bit of pink to it if possible.


The only thing not cooperating for this look? The sun! It was full sun or no sun… I chose no sun for some of the shots, and the results were blurry. (I’m okay with that, though, because full sun would have just produces wierd tones and grossness anyways.)

A few with flash:

Products used:

Annabelle Vivid Violet (shimmery true violet)
Senna Destiny (dark blue-violet)
Hard Candy Daydream, violet side only (sheer pink-violet)
Korres Plum (red-violet used as liner)
MAC Blanc Type (matte highlighter)

Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Annabelle Glitterama liner in Oxidize (silver glitter liner)
Hard Candy Blush Crush in Honeymoon (glowy, peachy blusher)
NARS powder blush in Mata Hari (matte pink blusher)
Ellis Faas Milky Lips in L107 (peachy-pink “natural” lip colour)

The Body Shop // Fall 2010 // Smoke & Fire

Have you ladies seen the promo images for The Body Shop’s Smoke & Fire Autumn collection this year? Because they are gorgeous!

The collection includes two Autumn Leaves compacts (one is in Chestnut, and the other, Berry,) and three gorgeous Kajal eyeliners (Charcoal, Evergreen, and Steel. I’m loving the $10 price tag!)

The line also re-promotes the Lightening Touch concealer (which is like a Touche Eclat, basically,) three shadows (Golden Peach, Midnight Blue, and Velvet Green,) and the Colourglide lipstick line. What do you ladies think? The collection will be out July 6th, but I should have a sneak peek up later this week!

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