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Nars Eyelashes: Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?

June 30, 2015

NARS has recently introduced eight lashes. I know that it’s “all about brows,” “the perfect red” or “year of the contour.” I get it, true, these are all huge. But honestly, does anything look as lush and glamorous as fabulous lashes? Whenever see lashes that are amped up, I feel like “she’s the girl with the most cake. She wins.” These are currently available at Nars online and at his boutiques ($20 each).

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According to Nars, these lashes: “named for the order in which the models walk the runway in a fashion show lineup, these faux lashes are perfect for enhancing your everyday look or adding drama and intensity for bold appeal. From full and thick to whimsical and feminine, these lashes are an artistry essential, make eyes pop while adding length and volume. Versatile, reusable, and made with natural fibers.” As you will see from the close-ups that follow, these lashes are set on an invisible strip.  

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My Thoughts: MAC Le Disko Eyeshadows

June 23, 2015

MAC Le Disko eyeshadow 01I picked up a few Dazzleshadow eyeshadows from the MAC Le Disko collection. At $20 each, I thought it worth spending a few minutes discussing these somewhat unique shadows. Although NARS has brought us a few shades with a similar multi-dimensional qualities, there are few other products out there like these. MAC Le Disko is currently available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and other MAC sources.

MAC’s Le Disko eyeshadows have an insane amount of duochrome, sparkle, and a widely different look depending on the technique, base, and brush used. Really, the duo chrome effect is strong with these, my friends.  As you move your eyes in the light, these will give you a stunning variation. These are challenging eyeshadows to work with, but really crazy beautiful. If you’ve got some experience, patience and decent tools, I’d prepare to pick up at least two or three. Here are the shades that I got.

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Mac Huggables for Summer 2015

June 16, 2015

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As you’ve probably heard, MAC Huggables are back for Summer 2015. With the first round, I did some major purchasing because I loved the formulas and colors (my original post on these is here).  I continue to use the colors from that former batch, as I loved the color selection and moisturizing feel. I was beyond excited to see these return for a summer round. These are currently available at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Selfridges UK and other MAC sources.

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Although I made two trips to my local MAC counter to see this newest release, in truth I find this summer’s version less enthralling in terms of the color choices. I started with a purchase of three–red Flaming Lips, peach Soft Talkin’, and neutral pink I’m In. Although the formula, texture, and overall moisturizing properties of the formula hasn’t changed and is equally wonderful, I found that there is only one color from this batch that I truly love–that is, the light pink I’m InFor some reason (I’ll speculate on this in a bit), this year’s color choices were a little “off” for me–even the sheer red Flaming Lips seemed to clash with my natural mauve lip tone. I think that the reason is that the colors from this summer’s release are very one-note. Sometimes a complex color that is a mix of warm and cools can work on many different skin tones and colors. These colors seem a bit simpler in tone–they will either work for you perfectly and harmoniously, or they won’t.

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I’m In, on the left, seems to be the perfect natural grab-and-go color for me. I purchased three of I’m In to wear throughout the year. Although the other colors are wearable, and I’ll get plenty of use out of them, they just aren’t as flattering as I’d like. Continue Reading

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This and That…

June 16, 2015

Here is some news for this week…

First of all, Giorgio Armani Beauty is having a 20% Friends and Family sale until June 29, 2015 on orders over $75 (free ship included):
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Some of my reach-for items over the past few months have been the Maestro liquid bronzer and the Luminessence CC Cream. I love both of these for summer.

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This is the perfect time to dive head-first into any Fluid Sheers that you’ve been wanting. You say “J Lo glow,” I say “Armani Fluid Sheers.” I’m very tempted to use this sale to pick up the ne Continue Reading

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Preview: Christian Louboutin Scarabée Collection

June 12, 2015

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Between a traditional adobe house in Luxor and his dahabieh (a classical Egyptian sailboat) on the Nile, Christian Louboutin has crystallized his love of Egypt, a country he has cherished and claimed as a second home. The mythology and culture of Ancient Egypt have influenced both the designer’s life and his work in many ways. These are currently available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, and Bergdorf Goodman.  I expect stock on these to be limited.

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Most recently, he found his muse in a key piece of Egyptian iconography, the scarab beetle. This creature, sacred to the Pharaohs, led him to create his lat est contribution to the world of beauty: the Scarabée Limited Edition Collection. Christian Louboutin had already invoked the scarab by way of a precious clasp on his Khepira bag collection for Spring 2014, but this time rather than the shape, it was the iridescence and wonder of the beetles that inspired three new shades of nail colour . “They can look beautiful and reflective under the bright sun but also look like a precious jewel by night,” says the designer.

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