Nothing says HOLIDAYS! like a red lipstick (or ten…)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I attempted all day to finish a review for you lovely ladies, but I just couldn’t do it. I have been so wiped all day, and I guess my mental functions were just not up to thinking about products!

Instead, I figure now’s a good time to share some red lipstick and gloss swatches with you. These aren’t all the reds in my collection (ack, I have way too many reds) but they’re some of the ones I reach for the most often. Which shade’s your favourite? :o) Oh, and don’t forget that you can enlarge all our photos by clicking on ’em!

From left to right, these lovely reds are: Annabelle Volumelip in Cherryoké, MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Plum Perfect, Annabelle Le Gloss in Bitten, Ellis Faas 201, Marcelle Rouge Vitality in Vintage Red, Clarins Rouge Prodige in Barocco, MAC Lipstick in Dubonnet, and Annabelle Rouge Velours in Adrenaline.

I’ve tried to arrange them in terms of opacity, so the swatches start with the more sheer glosses/balms, then the more pigmented glosses, and finally, the lipsticks. My favourite? Um… if I could pick one, do you really think I’d have this many? :P

It’s still obscenely early, but I think I might try to turn in for the night… or watch some more Fringe. Ugh, let’s hope I’m feeling better tomorrow — I still have so much that I want to share with you before the new year! In the meantime, a question: what do you do when you’re really tired (but can’t sleep)?

Crazy prices, Holiday 2010 edition (part 2!)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Here’s part two of the $100-and-up items! (Check out part one here.) These ones are the sets and kits, so yah, they’re a little more reasonable… but just a little :P

Oh! Here’s some more Holiday stuff if you’re still trying to figure out what to buy your friends and family interested:

  • The Gift Guide {here},
  • The Lazy Lady’s Guide to the Holidays {here},
  • And ALL of our Holiday 2010 coverage {here}!

Crazy prices, Holiday 2010 edition

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I indulged my (unhealthy) fascination for exorbitant prices last year, and you ladies seemed to really like it…. so I figured, why not do it again this year?

Here’s a list of gorgeous $100-and-up beauty items that you can lust after this year! Anything catch your eye?

UPDATE: I had this scheduled from about a week ago. Y’know what freaks me out a little? How many of these are sold out!

Annabelle brings us mineral eyeliner, minus the fuss.

Friday, December 17, 2010

What they are: Annabelle Mineral Powder Eyeliners in Hex and Jinx, both part of the Holiday “etheREAL” collection.

Why the product’s really cool: Annabelle’s new liners have a unique sponge-tip applicator, and an interesting formula to back it up. Simply put, it’s mineral eyeliner without the fuss — that is, without the fuss of loose powders, finicky brushes, and foiling mediums. There’s dimethicone worked right into the formula, and while I’m no ingredients god, I’m guessing that’s what makes the product apply smoothly with a lot of pigment (and minimal fallout). Make sure to blend, though; I’ve found these work best as soft, smudgy eyeliner or as shadow!

Mineral Powder Eyeliners are a bit pricy at $9.95CAD for 0.6g, but Annabelle goes on sale often enough that I’m not too concerned with the price. I think it’s awesome that Annabelle’s bringing the innovative new applicator to the Canadian market; it seems like we always have to wait aaaages before getting to try out new stuff! To top it off, the shades are gorgeous, and these are a perfect dupe for high-end loose liners, like Smashbox’s $22USD In Bloom Soft Focus Powder Eye Liners (check out our full post on that later today here!)

P.S. Have you checked out Annabelle’s Gotta Give A Gift yet? If not, you definitely should :)

P.P.S. Sorry for the slightly funky colour tint — I know it’s a poor excuse, but we’ve been getting no proper sunlight recently! Artificial it is…

Going Baroque (and broke!) with Clarins Barocco

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What it is: Clarins Barocco Face Palette

The packaging: Predictably, the packaging of this gorgeous face powder has everyone in a buzz — and it deserves all the attention it’s getting. While it’s not exactly travel-friendly, the compact is super-luxe (read: super-heavy), the design is gorgeous, and the solid build is a much-appreciated change (at least, it is for me) from the lightweight, utilitarian packaging that houses 98% of products nowadays.

Plus, it’s just so… shiny. As I’m sure you can see by the photos, it literally lights up its surroundings with an angelic gold glow. I love it!

The product: I was expecting the powder itself to be a pretty-in-the-pan letdown, as is often the case when items focus so heavily on the packaging. Surprisingly, though, it’s really nice! The mixture of the matte peach and shimmery light apricot gives the perfect “refined” glow, and it’s not a restricted-to-your-cheeks glow, either. It’s rare that I meet a shimmery product that I’m comfortable using as a powder (as opposed to a blush or hilighter), but this is one of them. Applied with a more dense brush, this creates a sculpted, natural cheek with a very polished feel, but with a powder brush (or puff), it sort of… diffuses the light, giving you a brightening, soft-focus effect.

I know; it’s hard to describe. You’ll just have to trust me on this one! No matter your skintone, though, you’ll be able to wear this one — as a blusher if you’re on the pale side, as a sheer hilight if you’re darker, and as an all-over powder no matter your skintone.

swatched in different concentrations on NW15 skin

The verdict? You know that person on your Christmas list who’s always just so @)#*!! hard to buy for? This would be the perfect gift for her: it’s a lovely product in even lovelier packaging. Some chic wrapping paper (brown paper and red velvet ribbon sounds perfect) and you’re set.

Alternately, it would be a stellar item to put on your wishlist — and I’d say it would make a great gift-for-yourself item, too, but I think you may find it a little hard to stomach the $55US/$65CAD price tag unless it’s to be a gift :/ For the luxury, I think it’s worth every darn penny, but most of us (myself included) don’t have that much “makeup fun money” to throw around!

Other online availability: Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s

More images behind the cut! (more…)

MAC Charm Pale, bringing you a bit of NSFW for the day

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

You’d think it would be polite to at least warn us, MAC. Sheesh! :P

(But on a serious note: why on earth is a Holiday promo image for a cosmetics company NSFW? That’s ridiculous. It doesn’t personally offend me or anything, but I can think of a lot of moms who would hate for their four-year-olds to stumble across an image like this. I mean, MAC often prints out larger-than-life posters for their stores; what if this has plans to be one of them?)

(Oh, and P.S. is it just me, or are her nails leaning really… vomit-green?)

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