Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NARS Cap Ferrat

Paradise is not so lost with this stunning eyeshadow trio (limited edition). Francois Nars was inspired by the Alpes-Maritimes region of France. This is one of only three eyeshadow trios and this particular one is not a single palette with the ombre effect, each color is contained in its own compartment.

The soft lagoon colors are so summery and sheer. While you may not be an actual siren of the sea, you'll certainly get a pretty mermaid effect with these watery blue-greens. The Cap Ferrat trio consists of an icy sea foam, silver green and icy turquoise. Each color gives a sheer wash of pigment and is easily buildable for added drama. You can also mix two or all three of the colors to come up with your own aquatic creation.

I don't think I've ever met a NARS product I didn't fall immediately in love with. You can fall in love and subsequently purchase it here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lancôme Amethyst Glam

I only wanted to see you underneath the purple rain. I could not stop thinking about the lyrics to Prince's "Purple Rain" while looking at these beautiful lilac and iris colors. I saw him sing that little ditty live and it was magical. While I certainly can't pull off a purple velvet suit, I'm all about the purple eyeshadow. These are some of my new favorites.

Lancôme's all-in-one 5 shadow palette in Amethyst Glam is pretty spectacular. Each color serves a purpose: highlighter, all over, lid, crease and liner. I have not used them all together or for their specific purposes. I blend haphazardly to create my own signature purple.

Lancôme claims an 8 hour wear time, I think maybe it's about half that if you've got an easy-does-it daytime look. If you go a little more heavy-handed you might be able to sneak an extra hour or two before it begins to fade. However, the fade-out looks just as fantastic as the bright pigment when you first layer it on. It's so easy to wear these colors, even if you aren't a huge purple fan, there is no risk of looking like a bruised mess (I have worn shadow before where people asked if I had a black eye... not good).

You can check out Amethyst Glam along with Lancôme's other amazing, summery color palette's here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

YSL Creme de Blush

YSL's Creme de Blush is a must have, especially for summer. This tiny little lucite case houses a velvety cream to powder blush that packs a colorful punch.

It glides on easily and blends like a dream. It creates a gorgeous, healthy-looking flush perfect for an easy summertime look. The fuchsia color looks garish in the pot but is much more sheer and natural-looking on. And the cream smells floral, a little bonus.

I can't wait to try the rouge color as well. It's a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way. You can pick up a pot here. Mine is #5-Fuschia Temptation.

Dianna Agron chops her hair

Yet another starlet chops her hair. She looks amazing! And yet again, I'm tempted to cut all my hair off. I don't know how much longer I can hold out.

Check out the video on Dianna's blog.

(image via Dianna's blog)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Not-So-Hidden Treasure

As any crazy nail polish fan (yes, I am one) should admit, you searched for Sally Hansen's Hidden Treasure. Honestly, it was just that. I never found that elusive, highly-coveted, often talked-about limited-edition shade. It was supposed to go over your regular polish and it give an other-worldly look. After a few weeks of scouring every drugstore, beauty store, and Target, I gave up.

And then I happened upon Inglot (you can read about my other find here). Polishes as far as the eye could see, and my eye went straight to the iridescent flake polishes. I picked them up one by one, inspecting carefully, looking to see how each caught the light and which colors reflected the most. I decided on #202. In the bottle the liquid appears peachy-nude, but when applied it's more clear, with flakes that shine in shades of red, green and gold.

I have not tried this on its own yet. But on top of regular polish it creates a beautiful beetle effect. I put it over the OPI Russian Navy Matte with spectacular results. Inglot has several flake polishes, I'll have to try out the others as well. I think I hit the jackpot on this one and ladies, Inglot's polishes are not limited-edition so feel free to pick up a bottle at your own pace.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Russian Navy Matte

OPI's Russian Navy has a loyal following. I have not used the regular version, so I can only speak on its matte counterpart, which I adore. It contains no shimmer.

Like most matte polishes, this one dries lightning fast. You have to work quickly and with serious control otherwise any mistakes will be visible. I only used two coats and had no streaks or sheer spots. The color is a beautiful flat blue, a true navy. In some light it looks almost black with a blue sheen.

I love matte polishes, I think they are incredibly chic. Some people miss the glossy shine, not me. The only complaint I have about this polish is the shorter wear time. OPI hangs a tag on each of its matte polishes stating its shorter wear time, but due to the fact this dries super-fast, touch ups are a breeze. And if you really miss the shiny look you can layer with another polish.