Spring collections round-up: part three

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It’s already February; can you believe it?! (Hint: I cannot.) Anyhow, with this realization, it hit me that I should probably get crackin’ on our Spring series, so today we have Smashbox, Lancome, and Laura Mercier (whose collection I am completely enamoured with, albeit only through photos). Enjoy!

How the widgets work: just click – it’s that simple. These should be set up so that when you click on a specific product, it’ll take you to that product’s page. (If it doesn’t seem to be working, well, let me know!)

Smashbox, Smashbox, Smashbox, Smashbox

Lancôme, Lancôme, Lancôme, Lancôme, Lancôme

Laura Mercier, Laura Mercier, Laura Mercier

The rest of the round-up…

  • Part one: Dior, Estee Lauder, and Guerlain
  • Part two: Urban Decay, Benefit, and LORAC

Dupe alert: Smashbox In Bloom Soft Focus Eye Liners

Friday, December 17, 2010

While writing up a post on Annabelle’s new Mineral Powder Eyeliners, I ran into a sense of deja vu — about Smashbox’s In Bloom Eye Liners, that is. First it was just the packaging, which happens to be the same shape…

And then it was the shades…

And now? I’ve noticed the formulas! Check this out:

Smashbox In Bloom: Boron Nitride, Silica, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Pentylene Glycol, Pumice, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carnauba Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid.

Annabelle Mineral Powder: Boron Nitride, Silica, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Pentylene Glycol, Pumice, Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Carnauba Wax.

Yep — the ingredients lists are the exact same! The last few ingredients are in a slightly different order, but (as I’m sure you all know), ingredients lists are written up in order of concentration. That is to say: these formulas are probably 80% the first three ingredients, and contain just minuscule amounts of the last ones. So, switching them up? Not going to make a huge difference in your product.

The big difference:

I’m not sure who thought up these liners first, but enjoy your dupes, Canucks ;) And make sure to grab ’em fast; they’re limited edition!

A new lash enhancer by Smashbox

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Eeh, so the post title’s boring. I’m tired; bite me.

Thought I’d share — pre-sales are always fun! After my L’Oreal incident, I don’t think I’ll be trying any lash products any time soon (read: at least for a month or two… gotta love that short attention span!) but the effort’s all there. Will any of you lovely ladies be trying this out? You’ll have to let me know how it goes!

Some Red for V-Day and Chinese New Years

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy [insert either holiday here], ladies! ;) Here are a few quick pictures of my Smashbox brushes (4, the concealer brush, and 6, the lip brush; discontinued). They’re both wonderful; stiff-bristled and reliable without being scratchy. Would I recommend them? Yes, but only if you were to buy them in a set or on sale — while I like them both and reach for them all the time, they’re not blow-my-mind incredible.

(Yes, I needed some filler photos while we still try to get my computer to work. These ones seemed appropriate, in red and black!)

With 4 in mind, I’d like to note that I rarely actually use it as a concealer brush, or for cream shadows! Instead, I find that it makes a great flat shader brush if you’re foiling or swatching products. It’s not that this brush is awful with cream products, it’s simply that I prefer a fluffier brush when working with creams and liquids!

Just smashing

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Smashbox Smashing Mystic jumbo eye pencil, one that shows up a lot in my EOTDs. I don’t understand why they had to discontinue this beauty! It’s gorgeous, portable, easy to use… my only complaint is that, as a base, it can sometimes make it a bit hard to blend other colours. But man, does it ever make them pop! I’m still searching for that perfect violet liner, though — while pretty, this is certainly more of a brown-plum than a true, vibrant violet.

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