Apr 302014
 

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This is one of those reviews were I feel like I’m am sharing some really good secrets with a friend. Really, you have to try the lipsticks from Make, although I’ve been reading about them on The Nonblonde’s blog. Since then, I’ve received a few items and I’m sincerely impressed–amazed, actually–at the cream, pigmented and high quality of these beautiful products. Today, I’m going to look at a few items from the Make Silk Lipsticks line ($25 each at Barneys.com with free shipping).

MAKE Lipstick Swatches07a The packaging is a sleek black tube with a chiseled bullet inside. Below is Make Maraschino Cherry ($25), a gorgeous creamy pigmented, moisturizing red.

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The feel of all of these creamy Make colors is surprisingly elegant and luxurious. At this price point, these are a steal. Here is Make Maraschino Cherry on Sandra:

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Next up is Make Flamingo, a vibrant creamy pink:

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Here is Flamingo on Sandra:

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Here is Deep Flesh, a soft nude peach:

MAKE Lipstick Deep flesh1 Here is Make Deep Flesh on Sandra:

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Here is Make Putty, a soft neutral nude peach (just an amazing color, really):

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Coverage of all of the creams (Maraschino Cherry, Flamingo, Deep Flesh, and Putty) is high-pigment. We got opaque color in a swipe or two. Love, love, love the slight bit of glow that these have. Here is Putty on Sandra:

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Finally, here is Petra, the only shimmery sheer color of this group. This one is a sheer warm nude. Because of the shimmer factor, Petra wasn’t quite as creamy-feeling as the rest but it was still quite excellent.

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This is Petra on Sandra, over the Make Lip Primer.

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Here is the Make Lip Primer, which increases the wear time and leaves a slight nude color behind. Although I’ve only worn this with Petra, this is a nice friend to have for sheerer colors that do not have long wear time by themselves.

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As you can see, the Make Lip Primer ($23) is a soft nude color that roughly matches a light skin tone.

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Here are arm-swatches of all colors featured here, including the lip primer:

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Overall, Make has an impressive array of colors with a luxurious, conditioning formula. Of these, my favorites were Puty and Maraschino Cherry, without a doubt. You need to try at least one. Available at Barneys.com with free ship (no code, no minimum).

 

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Apr 192014
 

I’m never sure whether to review here-today-gone-this-afternoon collections. These micro-releases sell out so quickly, that the posts become dated by the time that email distribution is complete. I’m going to try this one with some lipsticks from MAC Playland ($16 each). We had a major photo-fest, and I threw these into the mix because it only takes a few minutes. These are both still available via Nordstrom.com as of this posting. If experience is any guide, I can’t promise for how long.

As you probably know. MAC Playland features colors that look uber-bright in the tube. I chose two that are lovely and quite wearable, in my opinion.

MAC Playland1Head in the Clouds is a shimmery deep red, in MAC’s Frost finish. It’s a little bit of glam, but not too much. This is pigment-rich, although it can be dabbed and buffed out for a really pretty stained effect.

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On Sandra:

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Red Balloon is a day-time friendly wearable fuchsia-red.

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Red Balloon is not nearly as bright as some that MAC has created over the years (or Chanel, for that matter). This rich, saturated color in MAC’s Amplified finish goes on opaque in a single swipe. Like Head in the Clouds, this can be dabbed and buffed for a stain effect. Here it is straight from the tube:

MAC Red BalloonHere are some quick swatches:

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These vibrant colors caught my eye–I think they’re pretty and keeping with my mood for the upcoming Spring. As ever, with these vibrant shades I keep the rest of my makeup in the “flawless skin/just a touch of soft neutrals on the eye” territory.

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Apr 182014
 

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipsticks01MAC has collaborated with the genius design team Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, otherwise known as Proenza Schouler. I still remember the first time that I saw one of their bags–it was the softest deep green leather. The very sight of it–miles away on Barney’s sales floor–drew me in immediately. Their style is modern and classic, very urban with an edge. They make lovely, lovely things. MAC Proenza Schouler Lipsticks05I was able to find three of the lipsticks from the MAC Proenza Schouler collaboration that I can share with you–the nude Woodrose (a creamy Lustre), the sheer violet Primrose (a lustre with shimmer), and the vibrant orange-red Mangrove (matte). These come in special luxe packaging at $22 each, and they are supposed to be released next week. MAC Proenza Schouler Lipsticks07Mangrove is a stunner, a statement color that is clean, modern, and very cool. Here it is on Sandra, a family friend who has a deep love of all things makeup: MAC Proenza Schouler Lipsticks13Woodrose is a nude with the faintest touch of pink and grey. Primrose looks like a deep sparkling violet, but applies with a very blue-violet version of Givenchy’s Liz’s Lips (or a very distant cousin of Clinique Black Honey). MAC Proenza Schouler Lipsticks06 Woodrose: MAC Proenza Schouler Lipsticks11 I love Primrose in the tube, but must confess that I was relieved to find that it applied sheerly for everyday wear. MAC Proenza Schouler Lipsticks03 Primrose: MAC Proenza Schouler Lipsticks12 Because I love unusual twists on everyday shades, these three colors were really something that I’m glad to own.I can see wearing these to add a little edge to my everyday look. These will be available at MAC stores, counters, and online sometime next week. MAC Proenza Schouler Lipsticks14

Here are some quick swatches in my backyard….

This collection is now up for sale at Nordstrom.com.

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Apr 152014
 

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One of my favorite makeup discoveries of this pre-summer season is Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster ($30/0.50 oz.). To use this product, you place 1-3 drops into the palm of your hand, mix with your current moisturizer or serum, and place over your face and neck just before going to sleep. In the morning, I am waking up to the most beautiful, subtle, natural looking soft tan. No streaking or orange, really it’s absolutely perfect. Clarins Golden Glow Booster is now available from Nordstrom.com (currently 10% off), Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sephora.

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When I first read Clarins’ description, it sounded like just the right product for Spring. I wear sunscreen year round for anti-aging and to avoid other adverse effects of UV light. Still, I must admit that I look much better with a touch of color. This video made the experiment irresistible (it’s also helpful to show how the product is used, and is a short 1  1/2 minutes):

I don’t notice any unpleasant self-tanner scent, although it may be that I’m asleep so I’m unaware of any.  Honestly the results are extraordinary. Clarins has always been highly regarded for facial self-tanners, but this one in particular gives the most beautiful, natural glow.

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I’ve used this most mixed with a vitamin C serum (the Paula’s Choice reviewed here), as well as cream moisturizers. Every morning when I wake up, the glow is so good. If I use it several nights in a row, I start to accumulate more color. The color fades if I skip more than a day. If you’d like a more subtle effect, use just one or two drops. Enclosed instruction sheet (click to enlarge):

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Although your results may vary, I have to  say that this is one product that worked so beautifully for me that I couldn’t forgive myself if I didn’t share it with you.  Beautiful results, easy to use, and well worth the $30 price point. Love, love, love.

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Clarins Golden Glow Booster is now available from Nordstrom.com (currently 10% off), Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sephora.

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Apr 152014
 

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I feel as though this post should come with a warning label. Something like, “Caution–the images you are about to see may be disturbing.” Yet I thought it useful to detail at least the first half of my experience moving my beauty products across the U.S. to a new home. I thought it would be useful in case anyone on the Internet, ever, has to undergo similar project.  After years of blogging, I’ve come to realize that I’m not the only person who truly loves makeup and have accumulated (ahem) more than a few items. By the end of April, I’ll be moving out of one home, into a transitional home, and then finally landing on the opposite coast sometime during the summer. As a practical matter, I’ve got to figure out how to make this move while packing several boxes of perfumes, skin care, and fragile beauty items.

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 This is my first try with anything like this–these items will be moved and stored until our new home is ready. Whether this project is successful cannot be known until later this year. In less than two weeks, I will be saying goodbye to most of my beauty stash until at least July, and possibly later. I wish it a pleasant and safe trip.

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To start, I accumulated numerous the following tools:

  • small packing boxes
  • large and small scissors
  • rolls of bubble wrap in large/small sizes
  • contractor paper for stuffing (to keep everything from moving)
  • Scotch tape
  • packing tape to close the boxes
  • rubber bands for bundling similarly-sized items together
  • a Sharpie to mark the boxes

Perhaps most importantly, I had the help of Sandra the Organized. She arrived at my home at 8:30 a.m., and didn’t leave until 4:00 p.m.  She swears she took a break, but I didn’t see one. There was a lot to do.

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Boxed powder items were bundled together in bubble wrap, and then secured with tape or rubber bands. Then, the bundles were packed into cardboard boxes that were lined with more bubble wrap.

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Spaces were filled in with the contractor paper, or the large-sized bubble wrap, then taped shut.

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Non-fragile items, like pencils and lip glosses (boxed and unboxed), were put into bundles with rubber bands. Again, these were put into boxes lined with bubble wrap.

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Round, unboxed items were stacked into bubble wrapped into tube shapes. This was really helpful for unboxed nail polish, because we didn’t want the glass to hit against each other.

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Another example of some unboxed items:

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By far, the most difficult thing was to sort what should stay, and what should go. I’ll post again in a few days to show you how I’ll be transporting them items that I’m keeping throughout the next few months.

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As I said earlier in the post, I’m not sure that I’m doing this correctly or whether there are better ways to tackle this project. My goal is simply to show you my own way and then follow through to see whether this was successful.  If you have thoughts, please feel free to include them in the comments.

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