New 22/01/12

Sunday, January 22, 2012

LOTS of exciting new launches this week – I’m a little intimidated! Instead of one “assorted” widget, I’ve sorted them into three sections: palettes and sets, lips, and everything else. (It’s the “everything else” that’s really, really exciting. I’m D-Y-I-N-G for that Armani pencil, and I can’t wait to read some reviews for the Tarte blusher and Hourglass foundation.)

Oh, who are we kidding. It’s not just the assorted section that’s exciting; they’re all exciting. Have you picked up any of these new launches yet? Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments – I’m dying for some more details!

Palettes and sets

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NOW INTRODUCING | Edward Bess at Sephora

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Oh, god. Want. And I’m sure I’m not the only one!

The poor girl’s NARS Outremer | FaceFront Tokyo Future shade comparisons

Alright, so it’s a few days late, but here are a handful of Tokyo Future comparison swatches. I’ve been running about attending far more courses than is generally advisable in order to sort out my schedule, so I apologize for the artificial lighting – by the time I get home, the sun’s already set. (Incidentally, it is likely that this will continue for the remainder of the season. My pre-emptive apologies; looks like photo-taking is going to be reserved for the weekends!)

From my stash, I found that Digital Dragon (the shade I unexpectedly fell a bit in love with) had the most dupes out of this bunch – nothing perfect, and nothing quite as densely molten-metal, but the Ellis Faas 303 Light would give the same effect. Something like Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Solstice might be close, too; if not in shade than at least pigment density and finish.

Secret Samurai reminded me a bit of ULTA Mystique and MAC Satin Taupe, but it’s a bit darker than the former and lighter than the latter. It also has quite a bit more red in the base – I thought it leaned just slightly red, but when compared to other taupes, the difference is more obvious. If you find taupes tend to lean too yellow on you, don’t miss this one.

I didn’t even bother looking for Lost in Nishitama dupes (maybe, like, MAC Spicy Smoke?), and the closest I had to the semi-matte Shallow Depth was Annabelle Lagoon – limited edition a while back, though, and not as much of an intense, straight-up blue. Shallow Depth is the low-budget NARS Outremer, in my head, though I do think the FaceFront pigment is more muted; darker. Perhaps more similar to something like Inglot #388?

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Rebottling an icon | ck one Eau de Toilette review

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The product: ck one (on-the-go packaging)

ck one has always smelled like a cologne to me, with its hard, fresh, too-synthetic edges. I mean, I do have quite a bit of respect for it (how could you not respect something so iconic, something that has changed the perfume world this much?), but it’s never really been up my alley, so to speak.

At first spritz, ck one is sharp and almost aggressively clean, with notes of bergamot, cardamom, pineapple, papaya, and green tea. I can’t imagine anyone not recognizing the scent–remember when it was everywhere, on everyone, for like, a decade?– though perhaps a generation of fragrance lovers who’ve never so much as heard of ck one is upcoming. I don’t get a lot of fruit out of it (the bergamot and green tea pop out the most, on my skin), but they’re tucked away in there.

Launched in ’94 and crafted by Alberto Moriallas and Harry Fremont, ck one was the first “big” unisex scent. The full-sized version (I’ve photographed the rather unique travel-size bottle), designed by Fabien Baron, features a screw-top lid and and an almost flask-like frosted bottle, which was – intriguing, to say the least.

The sharp top notes fade quickly, revealing a softer layer of florals (rose, violet, jasmine, and a nice, comfortable nutmeg) and a woodier base (musk, amber).

At the end of the day, I think what I respect ck one most for is that it made unisex cool. It was sort of the groundbreaker, the fragrance that said “I can smell like this because I want to smell like this,” you know? And that’s definitely something I can get behind.

ck one is, admittedly, not for me – and probably not for a lot of us. The nineties were a long time ago (can you believe that this scent is already seventeen, eighteen years old?) and fragrance trends have changed, but I still think it’s worth giving a sniff. To me, it’s one of those scents that every ‘fumehead needs to try, even if just for reference. It was huge, iconic, and I do think it’s still relevant to some degree. ck one is a classic; it’s the Shalimar of the Gen Xs and Ys, the Angel of the nineties tomboy.

Give it a try. Who knows? Maybe you’ll like it. Maybe you’ll love it.

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Another exciting release to brighten up your Monday | Marcelle BB Cream goes live

Monday, January 16, 2012

Buy it here. Read more here. Check out other BB creams here.

Review and swatches upcoming; please bear with me, here!

Just in time to get your hands on the first-ever Canadian BB cream, Marcelle is doing free shipping with all orders over $25.00 (before taxes). To make up the extra few dollars, may I recommend their Waterproof Eyeliners, Face Powder, Pressed Powder, and Rouge Xpression lipsticks? ;)

The ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau,  Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane,  Isopropyl Myristate,  Bis-Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate,  Xylitylglucoside,  Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Isododecane,  Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lauroyl Lysine,  Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Trihydroxystearin, Talc, Butylene Glycol,  Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides.

This product is paraben-free, perfume-free, and hypoallergenic. Please note that it is not silicone-free; however, I’ll do my best to review it anyways.

Marcelle BB cream is available in both Light to Medium and Medium to Dark shades. The airless tube-pump contains 1.5 oz / 45 mL of product, and retails for $22.95 starting today.

The wait is over | Clinique Almost Lipstick, Spring 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

An entire range of Almost Lipsticks used to exist, believe it or not, before Black Honey had to trudge on on its own. And then–sometime before I got into makeup,–the rest of the range just… disappeared.

This spring, Clinique is introducing seven new shades to keep the iconic Black Honey company. Paraben-free and priced at $15 USD, the new Honey lineup is here to stay as part of the permanent range, and at long, long last it’s finally online!

The shades in the photograph, by my best guess (based on Sephora’s product swatches) are: Black Honey, Shy Honey, Tender Honey, Spicy Honey, Luscious Honey, Chic Honey, Lovely Honey, and Flirty Honey.

Happy shopping & swatching! I haven’t tried the new shades yet, so you’ll have to let me know what you think of them. Hit us up in the comments, will you? ;)

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