Sunday, February 28, 2010
Tarina Tarantino is a brand that launched recently and is currently available exclusively at Sephora. I had a chance to try out the lipsticks and eye liners and they are outstanding. The eye liners are comparable to Urban Decay's 24/7 pencils or Make Up Forever's Aqua Eyes. Super smooth application, waterproof, and there is a nice selection of colors offered. The two lipsticks I tried have a smooth, light texture and semi-opaque coverage. As you can see in the photos below, the packaging is very cute, girly, PINK(!) and Barbie-esque. (The little silver plastic, crystal embellished compacts remind me of makeup I would have played with as a child.) The eyeshadows retail for $19, eye liners $17 and lipsticks $22.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
This new formula replaces the old Hydrabase formula. The texture is great--lightweight, hydrating, but not sticky at all--it feels almost as if you're wearing lip balm. These have a pleasant rose scent to them, so if you are not a fan of scented lipsticks you might want to skip these--on the plus side, I did not detect any offensive fragrance taste. At $30 each they are a bit pricey, no doubt, but nevertheless a nice treat if your budget can handle it! Rouge Coco launched on Feb. 25th and there are currently 30 shades offered.
I chose 15 Ruban Rose (a light coral rose), 09 Organdi Rose (a cool-toned, medium rose) and 14 Muse (a medium plummy rose).
Left to right: 15 Ruban Rose, 09 Organdi Rose, 14 Muse
Top to Bottom: Ruban Rose, Organdi Rose, Muse.
Left to right: Muse, Organdi Rose, Ruban Rose
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I just love Paul & Joe's packaging. Their products are not only top quality, beautiful and wearable, but miniature works of art as well. These are almost too pretty to use, but not quite -- I plan to try these out soon! These are semi-sheer and will make a nice shimmery wash for a really pretty (and quick and convenient) look.
Paul & Joe: Face & Eye Color 990 Purple Clover
Paul & Joe: Face & Eye Color 062
Paul & Joe: Face & Eye Color 064 Honeysuckle
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Dolce & Gabbana Rose #90 Smooth Eye Colour Duo
Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Colour Quad #100 Champagne
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I skipped Chantecaille's gorgeous La Baleine palette last April, but decided to splurge on the very cute dolphin-themed Les Dauphins palette. The shades are all pretty and very soft. The dolphins are coated with a shimmery overspray. I didn't realize until I opened it that the bottom right shade is actually a blush (I thought it was a pink eye shadow at first glance! doh). I can't wait to try this out but I'll be sad to ruin the lovely little dolphins!
I'm sorry I don't have any swatches for you, but I am hoping the quality is equivalent to their single eyeshadows (visit Chantecaille Eyeshadow for a great review & swatches by KarlaSugar). This palette is undoubtedly pricey, at $77, but it sure is nice to look at! Each pan is divided into two slightly different shades so technically you are getting eight different shades. According to the package insert, 5% of the sale price will be donated to help save dolphins in Greece.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I chose 30 Midnight Blue: a medium-dark iridescent sapphire blue; 70 Innocence: a matte bisque shade with the very slightest bit of shimmer; 50 Tender: a peachy-pink with very fine metallic shimmer; and 15 Truffle, a very pretty shimmery, medium brownish-taupe that leans toward the pink side on my fair skin. Innocence would make a nice highlighter/blending shade and could be used to blend out virtually any other color and is a nice mix between matte and shimmer. The texture and pigmentation of all of these are above-average.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Retails for $60. Currently available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.
Eye shadow, from left to right: Ivory, Bermuda Pink, Seashell Pink, Bonfire,Tan, Burnt Sugar
Lip color, from left to right: Cabo Coral, Salmon, Shell, Coral Reef
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Received some new products today. Love the Paul & Joe packaging and the colors are gorgeous & subtle, with a lovely shimmer that's not over the top. More pictures to come!
swatches taken with flash in two different lighting settings for comparison
"Lipstick N" in 01 and 10
01 is sheer and shiny, with a nice shimmer, but is almost transparent on the lips. I think it would be nice worn over a lip pencil or to give a little shimmer to a darker shade. Could also be worn alone if you prefer a very sheer look.
10 is a gorgeous light champagne-gold -- well-pigmented, so it can stand alone, but would be useful to lighten up or add a little shimmer to a darker shade as well. Would complement a dark or colorful eye look, as this is a great neutral shade that won't compete with the rest of your face. Love!