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Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara Review, Swatches and Photos

July 15th, 2013

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This month, Make Up For Ever brings us a new mascara, Smoky Extravagant. And during The Makeup Show Chicago 2013, I was very lucky to get my hands on a tube to test drive it for you ladies. Read on to see what I think!

Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

The Smoky Extravagant Mascara is formulated with natural Mineral Pigments, Panthenol Pro-vitamin B5, Wax Complex and Abyssinian Oil for volume, length and curl. There is only one shade available, an intense black.

The first thing I noticed was the brush. It has 580 bristles and a cone shape just like Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara, only MUCH bigger. The head reached my inner corners and lower lashes easily but the base was definitely too big for my eyes. I had to be really careful with application or I would end up with mascara all over my eyelid.

The formula though was pretty awesome. It felt non-drying and coated my lashes thoroughly with ease, adding length and volume without much clumping. It also left my lashes super soft and lightweight. Regardless of how I piled this on, my lashes remained light as a feather and stayed curled all day.

Finally, while I liked that the mascara washed off easily with warm water, it was not very water nor oil resistant. If worn without powder on my undereye area, I would end up with smudges under the eyes in a few hours.

Bottom line, Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara will deliver length, volume and curl just as claimed. However, be prepared to spend a little more time on the application and make sure you keep the undereye eye matte or add a coat of Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat over it for best results.


Wearing Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara in Black

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Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara is available at Sephora for $24.

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Laura Mercier Holiday Collection 2011

November 10th, 2011

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This year I am torn up about the Laura Mercier Holiday Collection.  Because I want it all!  Seriously, there isn’t one piece in this whole holiday makeup collection that I don’t absolutely love!

So lets start with the two large sets above which are $98 each. On the very top is the Luxe Color Portfolio which includes 6 eye shadows, 3 liners, a shimmer/blush powder and a blush powder. Along with that you get 3 eye shadow brushes too.   The base is a hard brown fabric case trimmed with a snakeskin print.  Shown on the bottom is the Luxe Eye Portfolio and it includes 12 eye shadows, some of which can be used as liners and three brushes.  The hard case of this one is an all-over snakeskin print.  Very chic.

 

Outer case of Laura Mercier Luxe Color Portfolio

 

 

Laura Mercier Holiday Collection Color Portfolio

 

 

Laura Mercier Brushes – Pony Tail, Crease and Eye liner

 

I bit the bullet and purchased the Luxe Color Portfolio and I haven’t been disappointed once.   As you can see, I even used it before I took photos because I had a family wedding to attend out of town and I knew I wouldn’t get the images taken beforehand.  This is definitely a set that can be used past the holiday season and into any time of the year.   The browns, taupes, plums, pinks and rose tones of the eye shadows are very, very pretty.   They have a nice shimmer to them – not glittery and really a nice glow to them.   The three liners in brown, black and plum work for any look and the eye liner brush include is perfect for doing the tightline liner technique.  I like to use the light pink blush for a shimmer and the more vibrant pink shade as the blush.  When applied lightly, the bright pink shade is not overpowering, but just a nice flush of color.   The three brushes are great quality and although it says they are mini brushes – they handles are not very short and the brush heads are full sized.

 

 

Above is one of the Petite Eye Color Trios.  This one is Smoky Mauve and there are two others – Smoky Taupes and Smoky Neutrals.  On my hand is the Smoky Mauve swatched.   These mini sets are only $25 each and do not include a brush.  They are tiny enough to put in a small clutch and take with you for touch ups that might be needed throughout the night, or even as a great set to keep in your desk.   Perfect for a day to evening look.

Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glace Sets

For the lips, she created this mini lip glacé set with five high shine colors.  The range of shades are from L-R Rose (shimmer), Blush, Quartz (shimmer), After Hours (shimmer) and Sparkling (shimmer).  This set of 5 minis sells for $48 – great to keep for yourself or share as stocking stuffers.  They have in them anti-aging, plumping and anti-oxidant ingredients – we all love that!

More of her holiday includes an eyeliner set, baked eye color palette and a fabulous makeup brush set.

Baked Eye Palette $48

 

 

While normally I am not a big fan of dual ended brushes, since these come in a case I don’t mind that they are dual ended.   So in all you get nine brushes for a whole face look encased in this chic snakeskin bag for $85.

Along with all this wonderful beauty, Laura Mercier has her yummy, luscious bath and body sets for holiday too!

Images:  Laura Mercier and Fab Over Forty
Lip glosses and Trio Color Set received by PR as consideration for review.

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Laura Mercier Holiday Collection 2011

November 4th, 2011

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This year I am torn up about the Laura Mercier Holiday Collection.  Because I want it all!  Seriously, there isn’t one piece in this whole holiday makeup collection that I don’t absolutely love!

So lets start with the two large sets above which are $98 each. On the very top is the Luxe Color Portfolio which includes 6 eye shadows, 3 liners, a shimmer/blush powder and a blush powder. Along with that you get 3 eye shadow brushes too.   The base is a hard brown fabric case trimmed with a snakeskin print.  Shown on the bottom is the Luxe Eye Portfolio and it includes 12 eye shadows, some of which can be used as liners and three brushes.  The hard case of this one is an all-over snakeskin print.  Very chic.

 

Outer case of Laura Mercier Luxe Color Portfolio

 

 

Laura Mercier Holiday Collection Color Portfolio

 

 

Laura Mercier Brushes – Pony Tail, Crease and Eye liner

 

I bit the bullet and purchased the Luxe Color Portfolio and I haven’t been disappointed once.   As you can see, I even used it before I took photos because I had a family wedding to attend out of town and I knew I wouldn’t get the images taken beforehand.  This is definitely a set that can be used past the holiday season and into any time of the year.   The browns, taupes, plums, pinks and rose tones of the eye shadows are very, very pretty.   They have a nice shimmer to them – not glittery and really a nice glow to them.   The three liners in brown, black and plum work for any look and the eye liner brush include is perfect for doing the tightline liner technique.  I like to use the light pink blush for a shimmer and the more vibrant pink shade as the blush.  When applied lightly, the bright pink shade is not overpowering, but just a nice flush of color.   The three brushes are great quality and although it says they are mini brushes – they handles are not very short and the brush heads are full sized.

 

 

Above is one of the Petite Eye Color Trios.  This one is Smoky Mauve and there are two others – Smoky Taupes and Smoky Neutrals.  On my hand is the Smoky Mauve swatched.   These mini sets are only $25 each and do not include a brush.  They are tiny enough to put in a small clutch and take with you for touch ups that might be needed throughout the night, or even as a great set to keep in your desk.   Perfect for a day to evening look.

Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glace Sets

For the lips, she created this mini lip glacé set with five high shine colors.  The range of shades are from L-R Rose (shimmer), Blush, Quartz (shimmer), After Hours (shimmer) and Sparkling (shimmer).  This set of 5 minis sells for $48 – great to keep for yourself or share as stocking stuffers.  They have in them anti-aging, plumping and anti-oxidant ingredients – we all love that!

More of her holiday includes an eyeliner set, baked eye color palette and a fabulous makeup brush set.

Baked Eye Palette $48

 

 

While normally I am not a big fan of dual ended brushes, since these come in a case I don’t mind that they are dual ended.   So in all you get nine brushes for a whole face look encased in this chic snakeskin bag for $85.

Along with all this wonderful beauty, Laura Mercier has her yummy, luscious bath and body sets for holiday too!

Images:  Laura Mercier and Fab Over Forty
Lip glosses and Trio Color Set received by PR as consideration for review.

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Runway Beauty: Rodart S/S 2012 Makeup

September 14th, 2011

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Light, natural makeup have always dominated the Spring runways at Fashion Week. Which is why it’s so refreshing to see artist James Kaliardos working for NARS Cosmetics switch things up at the Rodart show with a gorgeous, dramatic navy-blue smoky eye and lavender lip. “It’s a really beautiful, round, smoky eye with gradations of blue,” […]

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Create A Colorful Smoky Eye This Fall With Make Up For Ever Fall 2011 Smoky Palette!

August 15th, 2011

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Fall is no doubt the season for smoky eyes, and this year Make Up For Ever brings us a new, limited-edition Smoky Palette from the Fall 2011 Smoky Coleur Collection and four smoky eye looks with a colorful twist. Learn how to recreate these gorgeous looks after the jump!


The Smoky Palette features eight versatile Make Up For Ever Eye Shadows as well as a mirror and two individual applicators. The colors are:

Eye Shadow #04 – matte black
Eye Shadow #79 – deep plum shimmer
Eye Shadow #81 – metallic navy blue
Eye Shadow #80 – iridescent peacock green
Eye Shadow #122 – metallic copper
Eye Shadow #127 – metallic taupe
Eye Shadow #126 – iridescent yellow beige
Eye Shadow #07 – white shimmer

Smoky Eye: Green

1. Apply Eye Shadow #7 White and Eye Shadow #126 Beige to the brow bone as a highlight.
2. Also using Eye Shadow #126 Beige, cover the entire eyelid.
3. Blend Eye Shadow #80 Green across the entire crease. Intensify the outer and inner corners of the lid by smudging additional Eye Shadow #80 Green at those points.
4. Intensify the smoky effect by blending Eye Shadow #4 Black from the outer corner of the eye half way into the crease. Smudge Eye Shadow #80 Green into the lower lash line. Rim the upper and lower lash line with additional Eye Shadow #4 Black.

Smoky Eye: Blue

1. Apply Eye Shadow #7 White on the brow bone as a highlight.
2. Apply Eye Shadow #126 Beige over the entire eyelid.
3. Using a fluffy crease brush, blend Eye Shadow #81 Blue across the entire crease. Intensify the crease color by using a smudge brush to blend a combination of Eye Shadow #4 Black and Eye Shadow #81 Blue into the outer corner of the eye and part of the crease.
4. Starting from the outer corner of the eye, smudge Eye Shadow #81 Blue along the lower lash line. Intensify the outer corner of the upper and lower lash line with a little more Eye Shadow #04 Black.

Smoky Eye: Brown

1. Apply Eye Shadow #7 White over the entire surface of the eyelid and brow bone.
2. With a fluffy crease brush, blend Eye Shadow #127 Taupe across the entire crease. Using a dense crease brush or smudge brush, blend Eye Shadow #122 Copper into the deepest part of the crease as well.
3. Smudge Eye Shadow #79 Plum from the outer corner of the eye inward. Using a combination of Eye Shadow #79 Plum and Eye Shadow #122 Copper, smudge along lower lash line.

Smoky Eye: Plum

1. Apply Eye Shadow #7 White all over the eyelid and brow bone.
2. Blend Eye Shadow #122 Copper across the entire crease carrying it all the way to the inner corner of the eye. Working inward, layer Eye Shadow #79 Plum halfway into the crease. Focus on deepening the plum color on the outer corner of the eyelid.
3. Starting from the outer corner of the eye, smudge Eye Shadow #122 Copper along the entire lower lash line. Then, repeat with Eye Shadow #79 Plum.

Grab your Make Up For Ever Smoky Palette exclusively at Sephora.com for $45!

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