It's obvious that I've been busy if I am just getting around to posting this beauty: Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow in Cyber Lilac. I received this for Christmas from my mom and I absolutely love it. I actually had sent her some swatches from Temptalia's site because I thought these were so beautiful. Evidently no one around us had them so she had it shipped in from Nordstrom's a few states over - guess these are quite popular, and once I saw it in real life, I could see why!
This comes in a beautiful gold compact that opens up with a mirror the size of the compact, a sponge applicator and the actual product, which looks like ripples and waves.
"Color so metallic, it's futuristic. A first-ever techno tri-blend formula that's gel, powder and liquid in one. Create several looks from one shade. Apply it dry for a smooth, molten metal finish. Use it wet for a hyper-cyber effect to intensify the color and metallic shine. Unique formula allows you to build the fantasy to the highest chromatic shine. Sophisticated metallic finish looks beautiful on all skin tones."
A closeup of the color and you can really see the metallic finish. This is sort of a blend between a powder and a liquid. It initial look reminds me of a pressed version of the MAC Crushed Metal pigments, but less grainy.
No matter what I did, my camera would not pick up the complexity of this shadow. Not only is it purple and metallic, it has just the slightest red undertone with different shimmer - maybe some taupe and some deeper purple, but its very small and hard to detect without looking at it up close. This was the best I could get.
The swatch below is one pass with the sponge applicator. It is very creamy, smooth, and very easy to blend. I am extremely impressed with how much pigmentation this has with dry application: no primer, nothing on the brush, just the applicator. I have worn this with and without primer - either way I have had no problems with fading, creasing, etc and ended up getting the whole day's wear out of the color. I did find that I had less fallout when I used a primer (I used Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy), but the fallout I did have was minimal at best to begin with.
I will post an EOTD so you can see this on, with other shades, and how well it blends.
Estee Lauder Pure Color Gelee Eyeshadows are $24 for (0.03 oz) pan and can purchased online at Nordstroms. There are several other colors to choose from including, Cyber Green, Cyber Copper, Cyber Teal, and Cyber Silver.
Do you have any of these Gelee Eyeshadows? What do you think of them?
A brand I haven't seen before, spotted at Walgreens - Simply Shine Lip Shimmers. These little beauties are 2/$4 and come in three colors. Simply Lip Shimmers are affordable, organic products made in the good ol' USA.
From their website:
Simply believes that good products should be within reach, and the cost of a natural lifestyle shouldn’t be prohibitive. In fact, we believe this should be every consumer’s right. Our products encourage a healthful, natural lifestyle. And we want every like-minded individual to be able to enjoy the benefits of our high standards:
All Natural – Yes, our products are always free from any chemical or synthetic alteration. We believe you have a right to know what’s in the goods you purchase. And we keep it just that simple: All of our products are 100% All Natural, 100% of the time.
Premium Organic Ingredients – We make products with Premium Organic Ingredients affordable. For example, we sought out the best organic extra virgin olive oil for our Lip Shimmer — and we offer it to you without over-the-top markups. We’re scrupulous about every ingredient we select, and you benefit.
Responsibility – It’s not lip service or a trendy attitude, we are proud of our ever-evolving eco-conscious mindset, and we feel every company should follow suit. Before that can happen, we have to set a good example with our own Environmental & Social Responsibility. Our progressive strategy includes: Animal Cruelty Free Products, Eco-friendly Packaging & Recycled Materials – at realistic price points.
Made in the USA – That’s right, not only are we eco-conscious, but we’re also econo-conscious. We think it’s obvious that environmental, social, and economic stability are interdependent. So our far-sighted approach to commerce considers the big picture: Strength and stability start at home. That’s why all Simply products are Made in the USA. And we’re proud of it, too.
We’re working to level-set what people can expect from companies...so the consumer remembers they have the power to insist on the highest standards. Simply choose premium organic products without absurd markups.
The kit itself (pictured above on the display, and then a few closeups below), actually contains whatever color you pick for the polish, The Gel Primer, The Gel Base and Top Coat, the Cleanser, and the LED Light to set the polish. You can also pick up other colors, which come in a smaller box with a swatch on the front.
All in all there are 12 colors to choose from:
I took some pictures of the actual main kit below - it's a simple four step process on the box - primer, color, set and top coat.
This is what is actually included in the starter kit : Cleanser, color, primer, base and top coat, and the LED light.
If you are really interested in the "how-to's", I downloaded the PDF for the actual instructions, found inside the box. Click the image to see a larger view.
The starter kit retails for $49.98 and the refills/new colors are $9.98 a piece. Seems about right compared to some of the other kits I've seen that sport a light - the light themselves tend to sell for around $50 a piece, and then you have to purchase the colors and cleansers separately.
Look what just popped up in my mailbox! Jordana now has Glitter Specialty nail colors -head on over to their website so you can zoom into the swatches. By the looks of them, there are some pretty shades to choose from - 24 to be exact!
If you like the eos Organic Smooth Sphere Lip Balms, then you might want to head on over to Costco.com and see the deal they have running - a 6pk for $14.99! Not a bad deal at all!
The set comes with 2 of each of the following flavors: Strawberry Sorbet, Summer Fruit and Sweet Mint. Item details below:
eos™ Lip Balm That Makes You Smile. Can a lip balm make you smile? We think so. That's why we invented this one. eos™ lip balm is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free. Packed with antioxidant-rich Vitamin E, soothing Shea butter and Jojoba oil, eos™ keeps your lips moist, soft and sensationally smooth. Directions: Twist off top. Pucker up. Smooth on. Smile. Features:
Jojoba oil - Provides long-lasting moisture
Shea butter - Softens and nourishes
Vitamin E - Provides antioxidant protection; soothes and heals
A few months backI posted about a new line extension from Bethenny Frankel, the SkinnyGirl Face & Body line that is to be carried exclusively at Walmart. Well, I finally saw it when I went to grab a few things this weekend, so I snapped a couple of pictures of the display and what is on it. You can also see all the items online here. This was on an end cap facing the wall of nail supplies, including Nicole by OPI, Essie, and Sally Hansen. The display is kind of a mixed bag of things, from cosmetics to skin and body care. The top has two rows of different types of lip balms and glosses, as well as a lip scrub
Next up, about halfway down the display are two rows of skin and body care. There are tinted moisturizers, cleansers, scrubs, body lotions and cleansers as well as a tinted body shimmer.
At the bottom is a set of SkinnyGirl Mommy collection, including foot scrubs and a cooling foot lotion and mist. There were also some gift sets of certain things in various citrus scents.
The price starts at around $4.97 for the lip glosses and balms and runs up to around $15-16.97 for the more intensive items and sets. The packaging is cute, and there definitely are quite a few things to choose from. Interesting enough, although I don't know if I will pick anything up from the collection.
Have you seen these? Are you going to get anything?
Last year about this time we spotted the Physician's Formula Happy Booster collection, just in time for Valentines Day. I picked up two of the blushes, which to this day are some of my favorite blushes to use, especially when in doubt about what color to use for the day. Well, this year they have come out with two new bronzers and two new blushes in the set, as well as two lipsticks. The lipsticks, like the blushes and bronzers, have a cute little heart embedded in the lipstick as well. I am such a sucker for cute packaging, and again these little hearts hit the spot!
Physician's Formula is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands from the drugstore. Like I've mentioned before, I love their gel eyeliners, highlighters and the blushes (especially those in this Happy Booster collection) are great ar well.
Have you seen these new colors? As much as I love the blushes, I will most likely pick one of the new shades up. I need to take a closer look and see how they compare to the two I got from last year's collection. I really like the bright pink one, though. The lipsticks, too, are on my "want" list. What about you? Are you getting any of them?
It's hard for me to think we have started a new year already, let alone the upcoming holidays of the late winter and spring, but it is time! Sally Hansen has released their newest limited edition collection for the Salon Effects Nail Strips for Valentines Day. This is a set of five different strips to choose from. They are all adorable, although I would love to see some with conversation hearts on them! I mean, what is more iconic about valentines day than those!?
Anyway, here are some closeups - they are all very cute!
Are You Single and Speed Dating
Cross My Heart and How Romantic
Have you seen these yet? I think I am going to pick up Are You Single and Speed Dating.
A few days ago I saw my Ulta Mineral Eyeshadow/Liner in Atlantis, which I hadn't used it in a while. Using it I built a turquoise and gold look around Atlantis with Fyrinnae Otherwordly and Bare Escentuals True Gold.
For the look, here is what I did.
Laura Geller Champagne Spackle - primer
Laura Geller The Real Deal Concealer in Light - concealer
Laura Geller Balance 'n Brighten in Porcelain - foundation
Milani Baked Blush in Corralina
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
Bare Escentuals True Gold - inner corner
Fyrinnae Otherwordly - middle of lid
Ulta Mineral Eyeshadow in Atlantis - outer corner into crease
Milani Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Lily White - highlight
Physicians Formula Gel Eyeliner - black from the Hazel Eyes collection
NYX Glitter Cream Sweet Chocolate Browns pallet - gold over black eyeliner
Lashblast Mascara in Black
Laura Geller lipstick in Vista
It's hard to capture the sparkles in this look, so above I blurred it a bit so you get a good idea. The NYX really stands out in the picture above.
Below is a clear closeup of the look.
I don't usually wear blues, but that Ulta shade is really pretty. I actually love wearing it is a liner - it has enough green and teal in it to make it very wearable.
Another Studio M today, the house line for Miejer - this time from their holiday/Christmas collection that came out earlier this year. This is called Orna-Mint and is a beautiful pale minty green foil. In fact, this is such a shimmery shade that it was very hard to capture on film. Below are the best pictures I could get.
The swatch below actually captures the green shade pretty nicely. It is almost a light evergreen color, and the silver foil throughout really brings out the mint.
This is two coats. This particular color doesn't wear as well as some of the other Studio M or Massini shades I have. I think it's probably because it's a foil. In about 2 days I started to have chips. Oh well - it's a beauty anyway!