Thursday, September 27, 2012

NARS Andy Warhol Kiss Larger than Life lip gloss coffret REVIEW and swatches

Sephora recently came out with the NARS Andy Warhol lipgloss set that contains 5 mini tubes of lipglosses. This is adding on to the NARS Andy Warhol collection, which is available on NARS website. The 5 glosses that I purchased from Sephora are 0.11 oz in size compared to the full 0.28oz. The colors from this collection is fairly muted and classic. See below for swatches and reviews!

The Kiss lipgloss set comes in a soup can, one of the objects Andy Warhol is known for creating. Inside, there is a small pamphlet on the paintings and quotes of Warhol. Underneath the pamphlet are 5 mini glosses standing on a rubbery foam holder.

The lipgloss themselves reminds me of the full size NARS lipglosses with a clear body that shows the color of the shade and a top black, rubbery twist off cap. The brush on these mini glosses are slightly different. Each of these have a very tapered brush on the end. In fact, it is so thin that you can't really apply lipgloss well with it. I had a very hard time getting enough products from the wand, let alone applying it evenly across my lips!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Lorac Femme Fatale Hautelook eyeshadow palette REVIEW and swatches

As you may have seen in my previous post, I purchased the Lorac Femme Fatale Eyeshadow Palette during a Hautelook sale. It finally came a few days ago and I have been testing it out. This palette includes 4 matte shades and 6 shimmery shades. The colors in this "palette was inspired by beautiful, powerful women seen walking on and off the red carpet." These eyeshadows can definitely carry your look in a casual office setting or take it to the next level for after work drinks and what not. See below for swatches and my review!

Lorac Femme Fatale Eyeshadow palette, 0.9g, $14

The 10 shades are very neutral, smokey, and nude. It comes in this black snakeskin compact.

Lorac Femme Fatale palette

Monday, September 17, 2012

NARS 413 BLKR eyeshadow duo FNO 2012 REVIEW and swatches

After seeing the special release of NARS 413 BLKR eyeshadow duo during Fashions Night Out 2012 in my email, I ordered it soon afterwards from their website. I couldn't find this shade in any of the stores that did carry NARS products so I finally opted to take a leap of faith and ordered this online without swatching! At the time that I ordered this, I did not see any swatches available online. However, knowing NARS' good reputation of pigmented eyeshadows I knew it had to be of good quality. I will be swatching and reviewing the duo eyeshadow from 413 BLKR below to help you determine whether you want to purchase it yourself.

413 BLKR is the address of the main NARS store in New York. This and other products in this line was dedicated to that. I don't believe this duo is available in stores besides the one at 413 Bleecker Street. Good thing it is available on NARS.

The duo came in a small black compact that had a smooth, almost-rubber feel to it. Inside, there is a mirror and the two eyeshadow shades.
Left to right: shimmering amythyst and black with red pearl
The shade on the left is a lavender mauve with a sheen finish. The shade on the right is black and at certain angles you can see hints of red shimmers. In the pan, the right shade looks almost navy purple, but on the skin it looks like a velvety black color.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Saint Germain nail polishes in Sea Green, Pink Pearl, Rose of Venice, Rose of May REVIEW and swatches

Saint Germain is my new found love cosmetic company. They have amazing quality products at very good prices. They have a French feel to them so I really like it. According to Saint Germain, they are "a high quality makeup and cosmetics collection with contemporary design and Parisian sophistication". I personally love the fact that their products are all gluten free and they do not test on animals. I have purchased a few items from them, mainly blushes and nail polishes. I have reviewed the blushes here. See below for the nail polishes!

Saint Germain offers 22 long lasting shades in their nail polish line as of September 2012. I purchased 4 of them: Sea Green, Rose of Venice, Rose of May, and Pink Pearl. See below for swatches and review!

Pink Pearl, Rose of May, and Rose of Venice, 0.34oz, $4.95
Pink Pearl is a deep rose with a lot of shimmers
Rose of May is a very sheer light powder pink
Rose of Venice is a very sheer midtone pink. 

Saint Germain makeup Blushes in Purple and Dark Coffee REVIEW and swatches

There was a recent rise of Saint Germain makeup talk on the blogosphere and I decided to give it a try. Saint Germain is a fairly new, French-designed make up brand that is extremely affordable. I want to share a couple of the blushes I purchased from them. I also bought nail polishes, which I will review here.

There are 6 different blushes on their website, of which I purchased Dark Coffee and Purple. I do agree the names aren't as fun and witty as MAC's or other high end brands, but I guess for the price it is not a deal breaker. Be aware that the simple names do not necessarily describe the color you are getting! I was afraid Dark Coffee was going to be a little too dark for me, but a light hand did just the trick.

Purple (left), Dark Coffee (right), 0.14oz, $4.99

Purple is a rosy mauve color with a hint of sheen. Don't know why it is called purple.
Dark Coffee is an extremely pigmented burnt red with a hint of shimmers. When buffed out it is matte.

As you can see, the packaging comes with a brush for application. I have chosen to apply these blushes with my own blush brush, but they are definitely good to have if you bring them in your purse. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sleek MakeUp pout polish Frosting and Bonaire, Pan Tao blush REVIEW and Swatches

Sleek Makeup is a cosmetics company in England that makes fashion forward products at an affordable price. I remember while I was in England one summer I fell in love with their cosmetics! I am so glad they ship to the USA and also recently made international shipping so much lower. I actually just ordered more items from their website due to their new webpage look and lowered shipping. I wanted to review the Sleek Makeup products I have currently so you can decide if you want to give them a try!

Today, I am reviewing a blush in Pan Tao and two pout polishes in Bonaire and Frosting. See below for review and swatches!

Pan Tao blush (left), Bonaire and Frosting Pout polishes (right)

Sleek Pan Tao blush, 8g/0.27 oz, $5.99
Pan Tao is a matte orange blush. It is very bright and has a hint of coral apricoty color. This is limited edition.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lorac - Hautelook exclusive Femme Fatale eyeshadow palette!

UPDATE (9/22/12): Swatches and review of this palette here!

I just received an email from Hautelook regarding their sale for tomorrow. They will have a palette from Lorac exclusive for Hautelook. This palette contains shadows from neutral to smokey colors while also giving you a mix of mattes (4) and shimmers (6). This is also perfect for traveling! It comes with a mirror and an eyeshadow brush. Turn your look from day to night with just one palette :)

Available September 7th 2012

LORAC Femme Fatale Eye Shadow Palette

About This Item
LORAC presents a gorgeous palette inspired by the beautiful, powerful women that are seen walking both on and off the Red Carpet. This alluring black, snakeskin "Femme Fatale Palette" exudes the exotic beauty found in all of us and encases 10 shades in a flattering array of 4 mattes and 6 shimmers for every skin tone. With an eye shadow brush for easy application, the compact size is perfect to carry with you for on-the-go touch ups. These versatile hues take you from day to night, leaving your eyes noticeable, unforgettable and dangerously seductive.
- Valued at $100
Colors include:
- Cream (Matte)
- Rose Bronze (Shimmer)
- Light Brown (Matte)
- Wine Sparkle
- Dark Brown Sparkle
- Eggshell (Shimmer)
- Toupe (Shimmer)
- Mauve (Matte)
- Eggplant (Matte)
- Black Sparkle
- Size: 0.3 oz x 10
- For directions and ingredients, see "Show more"
- Imported 
only $14!

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I know I will be purchasing this online tomorrow (9/7/12), what about you? I will definitely review it after I receive it. Check back if you are interested! UPDATE (9/22/12): I have reviewed this eyeshadow palette and included swatches of all the shades! Check it out here!

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