Friday, August 22, 2014

Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks: Burnished Bronze and Copper

I have professed my love for Laura Mercier's Caviar Sticks in the past, and still consider them to be one of my favorite eye products. They have great pigmentation, go on creamy and blend nicely, and set to a long-wearing finish. They look great on their own but can also be used as a base underneath powder shadows, and are so handy to create a quick and polished eye look. So it is usually a given that whenever Laura Mercier releases new shades, they will have my attention! I picked up two of the six new shades that were launched earlier this summer: Burnished Bronze and Copper ($28). 

Left to right: Copper and Burnished Bronze 

Burnished Bronze is a gorgeous rich mahogany brown with soft shimmer. It has more of a satin glow rather than a full-on shimmer. It reminds me a lot of an older Laura Mercier Cream Shadow shade, Burnished Copper, but now in a much more convenient stick form (you can see that shade worn in a look of the day I posted last year).

Copper is not really a copper at all--it is more of a warm, sunny golden bronze, along the lines of shades like Urban Decay's Half-Baked or MAC's Amber Lights. It is more shimmery and reflective than Burnished Bronze. I love to pair shades like this with burgundies, plums and purples for a fall sunset look. 

Left to right: Burnished Bronze and Copper

If you are interested in purchasing any of the new Caviar Sticks, it is a good time to do so, as Laura Mercier is offering a promotion through August 31. If you purchase any two Caviar Sticks you will receive one free. However, the free item is limited to the following shades: Pink Opal, Seashell, Mint Snow or Steel.

Thanks for visiting! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Depotting NARS Shadows

Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I've posted. I hope you are all doing well! I have quite a few new items I'd like to write about but today I wanted to quickly share a photo of the results of my afternoon depotting project. 

Twelve duos will fit in the large size Z-Palette. The shadows shown above are (from left to right): 

Column 1: Kuala Lumpur, Hula Hula, Bohemian Gold
Column 2: Egea, April Fools, Indian Summer 
Column 3: Eurydice, Melusine, Violetta 
Column 4: Brousse, Kalahari, Silk Road 

I am on an ongoing mission to declutter and consolidate my makeup collection and was inspired to depot my NARS shadows after viewing a video posted by Tiffany D recently demonstrating how easy it is to do so by using a straight pin and dental floss to remove the pan from its case. I started out with this method and had some difficulty getting the floss to slip underneath the metal pan, but in the process I found that I was able to remove the pan just by using the pin on its own. It seems that the glue that NARS uses is not all that strong, so with a little wiggling and maneuvering of a heavy-duty safety pin alongside and underneath the pan, it will begin to lift up with minimal resistance. I was able to depot all twelve of these duos in about 30 minutes!

I have been especially interested in depotting my NARS shadows because I've found that the matte plastic coating of their cases tends to deteriorate after a couple of years. So, although the product inside may still be perfectly fine and usable, the case has become a sticky, rubbery mess! I'm not sure if this is due to the hot and humid climate that I live in, but it's nice to know I can salvage these items rather than tossing them like I have in the past. (I know there are guidelines that say powder products have a two-year shelf life, but I like to keep my powder shadows for quite a bit longer than that if they still look and perform OK, and I make an effort to keep them as clean as possible.)

A few important tips:
  • Work slowly and gently when maneuvering underneath and lifting the sides of the pan, as any extreme movement will cause your shadows to crack within the pan. If they do crack, keep in mind you can repair them by spraying them with rubbing alcohol and carefully pressing them with a tissue. 
  • When you place your pin into the open corners of the pan, take care not to accidentally stab your shadows (as I made the mistake of doing more than once!)
  • Choose a straight pin, safety pin, or similar tool that is fairly thick and strong enough to provide adequate leverage to separate the pan from the glue without bending too much or breaking.

Happy depotting!