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The Cobalt Craze: 6 Products We Love

October 30th, 2012

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We first spotted it on the fall runways, and then it took over Sephora’s shelves: Cobalt blue eye makeup is everywhere. These are the products that are helping us pull off the trend. Certain shades of blue make my skin crawl. I find powder blue to be especially offensive, and teal blue is a close second. What can I say? Some reactions are visceral. (And my frightening, blue eye makeup-wearing third-grade teacher might have something to do with it.)

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Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Meteorites Perles d’Azur and Powder Brush Reviews

April 25th, 2012

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Ever since I got a sneak peek of Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Terra Azzura Summer 2012 Makeup Collection, I have been dying to get my hands on some of that cute “Winter Capri” print. Now that they are finally here, let’s find out if they live up to my expectations!

Guerlain Emilio Pucci Summer 2012 Reviews
Guerlain Emilio Pucci Summer 2012 Collection
The Guerlain By Emilio Pucci Météorites Perles D’azur Illuminating Powder – Pure Radiance ($59) comes in a midnight blue tin case with a lid decked out in Pucci print and is totally gorgeous as expected!

Like the classic Météorites Perles, it smells awesome and combines six colors to even out and correct every skintone. The beige and orange warm up the complexion and create an even tan; the ivory and white gold reflect light without a whitening effect; while the blue (a new color) and pink counteract yellow tones in tired complexions. When worn over foundation, the pearls added a nice glow to my skin with just the slightest tint of shimmer.

My only complaint? The latex sponge sitting on top of the pearls. I had a hard time pulling it out to get to the balls, not to mention, it is kind of tacky-looking too. What happened to the velvet puff from the Holiday 2011 Meteorites Perles D’or? Sad face!

Guerlain By Emilio Pucci Météorites Perles D'azur
Guerlain By Emilio Pucci Météorites Perles D'azur
Guerlain Summer 2012 Météorites Perles D'azur Illuminating Powder
Guerlain By Emilio Pucci Météorites Perles D'azur Illuminating Powder
Guerlain By Emilio Pucci Météorites Perles D’azur

The Guerlain By Emilio Pucci Powder Brush ($43), on the other hand, is a Kabuki-style powder brush that is meant to be used with the Météorites Perles d’Azur or the Terra Azzurra Powder.

It measures roughly 4 inches long and looks super luxe with a glossy brown handle and the prettiest midnight blue bristles. I love that it deposits the right amount of product and feels soft and gentle on the skin. It also comes with a Pucci print pouch that is perfect for travel – what a nice touch!



Guerlain By Emilio Pucci Powder Brush

The Guerlain by Emilio Pucci Meteorites Perles d’Azur and Powder Brush are now available exclusively to VIB Insiders at Sephora and to everyone at Nordstrom.com starting May 1st.

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Guerlain Terra Azzurra Collection by Emilio Pucci for Summer 2012

March 28th, 2012

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Guerlain Terra Azzurra Collection by Emilio Pucci for Summer 2012

“Guerlain by Emilio Pucci” embodies the union of two prestigious Houses in perfect synergy. This exceptional makeup collaboration draws its inspiration from summertime in the Italian Riviera, with its light-hearted and energetic “dolce vita” attitude that welcomes the warm, sea weather. Created by Guerlain Creative Director, Olivier Echaudemaison, and Pucci’s Image Director, Laudomia Pucci, the collection embraces summer with delightfully sunny shades and vibrant bursts of color. The common thread of this second collaboration is a motif inspired by an iconic print, “Winter Capri”, taken from the Emilio Pucci archives. Exclusively retouched for this collection, this signature print, a blue flower interlaced with swirls and flames, adds a joyful and elegant Pucci touch to the Guerlain summer products.

Terra Azzurra Bronzing Powder & Blush ($75.00) (Limited Edition)

The star of the collection, this exquisite powder and blush combines two success stories: Guerlain’s legendary Terracotta powder and Emilio Pucci’s iconic prints. The world of beauty and fashion unite in a single case to beautifully enhance the complexion. Half bronzer and half blush, this hybrid powder has a lightweight formula and offers a universal harmony of four shades. The outer case pays tribute to the paneling of a Riva yacht with an ebony-colored varnished wood. Presented in an accessory pouch printed with the Pucci motif, this is the ultimate summery accessory.

Meteorites Perles d’Azur ($58.00) (Limited Edition)

These must-have multi-colored little pearls are adopting their summer wardrobe! Encased in Pucci adorned packaging, Meteorites Perles d’Azur is enriched with a corrective blue pearl to create a flawless complexion.

Meteorites Pucci Collector’s Brush ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

An elegant Kabuki-style powder brush designed to work perfectly with the Meteorites Perles d’Azur pigments and to pick up just the right amount of Terra Azzurra powder. This chic midnight blue brush is stored in its Pucci print pouch.

Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow ($59.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Capri Warm tones

Le 2 Mascara ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Blu 2 Pucci Blue

Khol Kajal ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Blu Acqua Indigo blue

Terracotta Gloss ($30.50) (Limited Edition)

  • Porto Fino Shiny coral pink
  • Porto Ercole Sensual brown
  • Porto Azzurro Unruly indigo blue, transparent on lips

Terracotta Vernis ($22.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Paradisio Luminous coral pink with a high-lacquer finish
  • Riviera Powerful electric indigo blue with subtly metallic finish

availability: May 2012 at select locations of Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Bloomingdales, and Bergdorf Goodman

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NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo Swatches, Photos, Review

September 30th, 2011

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NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo<
NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo ($33.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “shimmering chartreuse” and “electric cobalt blue.” This is the first NARS product I ever looked at–back when I just started getting into makeup–though I did not purchase it at the time. I remember feeling like if you wanted to wear bright eye makeup, you had to have this.

The chartreuse is light-medium mix of yellow and green with a yellowy gold shimmer. It reminded me of MAC Double Feature 2 and Inglot #343 (this is matte). The color payoff is good, and the texture is very soft and finely milled.  The cobalt shade is described well by NARS; it’s blue, it’s purple–no, it’s a harmonious blend of the two with an icy blue shimmer. It is on the sheerer side and has a dusty feel, which is a bit of a bummer. It’s not as blue as Inglot #369 or MAC Winkle. On the other hand, MAC Cobalt is darker and purpler.

Per NARS’ website, their eyeshadows are supposed to be long-wearing and crease-resistant. In my experience, they still need to be worn over an eyeshadow base for all-day wear, but alone, they wear seven to eight hours with subtle creasing. They don’t fall apart immediately after application, but an eyeshadow base is recommended for best results.

THE GLOSSOVER
PRODUCT : 8.5/10
PIGMENTATION : 9/10
TEXTURE : 9/10
LONGEVITY : 8.5/10
APPLICATION : 4/5
PACKAGING : 5/5

FINAL THOUGHTS

Both shades are extremely vibrant and more in-your-face kind of shades, and while they can be used together, you could definitely pair them with other shades in your stash! I wish the cobalt shade was better, because it falls short of good.

OVERALL: B+

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NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo
NARS Rated R Eyeshadow Duo


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NUXE Crème Prodigieuse Eye Cream and Day Cream Reviews

August 22nd, 2011

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Coveted by top models and celebs all over the world, the famous NUXE Multi-Usage Prodigieuse Dry Oil has been transformed into a new face care line, Crème Prodigieuse, and will hit the shelves this fall!

NUXE Crème Prodigieuse
The new line consists of four daily anti-fatigue moisturizing creams – an eye cream, two day creams and a night cream – for women of all ages. All products contain at least 89.3% of ingredients of natural origin and are formulated without parabens. For my dehydrated combo skin, I was sent Contour des Yeux Prodigieux and Crème Prodigieuse – Normal to Combination Skin to try out.

The Contour des Yeux Prodigieux is a fluid eye cream that promises to smooth away signs of stress and fatigue from around the eyes by re-energizing the skin and combating the appearance of visible signs of aging, helping protect the skin from the effects of oxidative stress caused by daily environmental assaults. Ingredients include:

• Blue Everlasting, a flower that resists stress and possesses anti-free radical and anti-oxidant properties superior to those of vitamins C and E. It helps to protect the skin from external assaults and thus generating fewer free radicals for radiance and youthful appearance.
• Blue Agerate, a flower that is rich in polyphenols and flavonoids to help reduce the appearance of inflammation caused by free radicals. It also protects the skin from internal factors of oxidative stress so it becomes less reactive and retains its full radiance.
• Cocoa Extract to help delay epidermal cell aging by reducing the number of senescent cells by 50%. It also helps to offset the cellular deficit by increasing the capital of new cells ready to replace attacked cells. Skin is protected from the appearance of visible signs of premature aging, a major consequence of oxidative stress.
• Hyaluronic Acid to moisturize and smoothe fine lines caused by dehydration in the eye.
contour area.
• Plant caffeine extracted from green coffee beans for drainage-enhancing and clearing properties to diminish the look of dark circles and reduce undereye puffiness.

The texture is really light and sinks into the skin quickly. Right away, my eye area feels hydrated and so refreshed. The eye cream also works great under makeup without causing my foundation/concealer to ball up. I have yet to see a difference in my undereye circles but I definitely noticed a reduction in puffiness.

The Crème Prodigieuse, on the other hand, is a moisturizing day cream. Again it contains the main ingredients of the Crème Prodigieuse line – Blue Everlasting, Blue Agerate and Cocoa Extract -, along with mattifying mineral powders to modulate the light, soften the appearance of prominent zones and skin imperfections and mattify the complexion.

The texture is a little thicker than the eye cream but gets absorbed equally as fast and painless. It does a good job moisturizing my skin and leaves behind a velvety finish, which makes a great makeup base as well.

My only complaint would be the lack of SPF. Having to apply a separate sunscreen just seems a bit too much work since I’m always in a rush in the mornings. For that reason, I save this for the PM.

Bottom line, Crème Prodigieuse is a great basic skincare line that has kept my dehydrated combo skin supple and happy. Not to mention, the signature Prodigieuse Dry Oil scent is just HEAVENLY and so soothing! I definitely recommend the Crème Prodigieuse line for those with younger skin or do not need a lot of “correction”.

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Contour des Yeux Prodigieux and Crème Prodigieuse – Normal to Combination Skin will be available at Beauty.com and SpaceNK for $35 and $28 in September.

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