Guerlain Crazy Paris Collection – Holiday 2013


Release Date: October 2013
Availability: Nordstrom, Sephora

Company’s Description

Guerlain introduces the limited edition Crazy Paris Holiday Collection. Paying homage to Paris’ dazzling lights, the neon colors infused into this collection are as festive and fabulous as the city itself. In celebration of the reopening of 68 Champs Elysees, the legendary Guerlain flagship boutique reopening this winter, Crazy Paris is designed with a vibrant ―68‖ engraving. The limited-edition pieces in this collection are playful and incredibly charming, with colors that verge on exuberance. Crazy Paris celebrates all that makes the holiday season so exciting and unforgettable.

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Review & Swatches: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in “Th(Ink)” “Jazz(Berry)” “Intro(Vert)”


Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in Th(Ink), Jazz(Berry), Intro(Vert)

Availability: Sephora
Price: $25.00
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

A gel crayon eyeliner with a waterproof, long-wearing, color-intense payoff. Make a bold statement with this extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner. Like a gel pot eyeliner encased within a crayon, this breakthrough product is exclusive to Marc Jacobs Beauty. Super-malleable, this gel crayon glides on smoothly for a flawless, precise application, then sets in place for all-day wear. A built-in sharpener makes sure the crayon always has a perfect point for an instantly sharp look on the go. Intense color payoff available in richly pigmented shades, including Blacquer, the blackest, shiniest black.

Marc Jacobs’s new makeup line includes 6 eye liners, which the company calls Highliner Gel Eye Crayons. This review is for 3 of those colors: Th(Ink), Jazz(Berry), and Intro(Vert).

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Chanel Nuit Infinie de Chanel Collection – Holiday 2013


Release Date: Currently Available
Availability: Nordstrom

Company’s Description

Setting a captivating tone for Holiday, a new makeup collection expresses the magic and mystery of an endless night. The refinement of beige is emboldened by a sweep of bronze on the eyes. Deep ruby red lingers alluringly on lips, for a seductive invitation to the season. Experience the pleasure of intense colour… and glamour that’s revealed from within. Shop for Beauty Gifts with Purchase

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Swatches: China Glaze Autumn Nights Collection


China Glaze Autumn Nights Collection

Release Date: September 2013
Price: $7.50
Availability: ULTA

Company’s Description

As the season begins to change and the weather cools, China Glaze® invites you to step inside for an evening of cocktails, gossip, flirtation and gorgeous nail color with the new Autumn Nights collection. Gab with the gals, clink those glasses and cheers to a fabulous Fall with nails that strike up a conversation.

Here is a look at China Glaze’s Autumn Nights Collection nail polishes! The following colors are shown, each with one (1) coat:

  • Gossip Over Gimlets: Platinum shimmer soiree
  • Goldie But Goodie: Eternal rust gold shimmer
  • Strike Up A Cosmo: Sparkling rose gold shimmer
  • Rendezvous With You: Shimmery purple affair
  • Public Relations: Impressionable violet gunmetal shimmer
  • Kiss My Glass: Feisty blue gunmetal shimmer
  • Tongue & Chic: Playful emerald shimmer
  • Scandalous Shenanigans: Rich blue shimmer
  • Queen B: Regal blue-purple crème
  • Charmed, I’m Sure: Gracious purple crème
  • Don’t Make Me Wine: Reserve-worthy red-violet shimmer
  • Red-y & Willing: Frisky red shimmer

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Zoya Zenith Collection Video

Here is the video overview of Zoya’s Zenith Collection for Holiday 2013. The video includes live swatches of all of the colors and my thoughts about the quality of the formulas.

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Lily Collins As Brand Ambassadress For Lancôme


Lancôme is thrilled to announce the arrival of young actress Lily Collins as its newest brand ambassadress.

Rising Hollywood star Lily Collins is the granddaughter of a ballerina and the daughter of musician Phil Collins. A delicate yet confident beauty, she embodies Lancôme’s effortlessly chic look and joie de vivre. Lily Collins made her breakout film debut years ago in critically adored The Blind Side. Now, she transforms seamlessly from wide-eyed ingénue in 2012’s Mirror Mirror (alongside Julia Roberts, another Lancôme face) to vampy demon-slayer in 2014’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

“It’s an absolute honor and privilege to have been chosen to represent the Maison Lancôme. I have always admired the brand’s unique and distinctive appreciation for inner beauty and grace, elegance and utter radiance. I feel incredibly lucky to be included among the most inspirational women ambassadresses for one of the most prestigious brands in the world. It’s truly a dream come true,” confided Lily Collins.

“With her charm, gracefulness, modernity and lively wit, Lily Collins is the perfect embodiment of femininity according to Lancôme. We are delighted to begin this collaboration with Lily, who brings a renewed sense of radiance and youthfulness to Lancôme,” stated Françoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancôme International.

As a talented actress with infinite potential, she will be bringing her freshness and captivating allure to Lancôme as of January 2014, starting with the Spring make-up collection, French Ballerine.

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Review & Swatches: Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow in “Cosmos”


Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow in Cosmos

Availability: Sephora
Price: $30.00
Disclosures: Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

An eye shadow with a weightless finish that blends onto the eyelid, dressing it with color and facets of shadow and light. These elegant shadows create multidimensional, light-reflecting eyes in a single step. The mousse-gel texture blends easily with the fingertips or the enclosed applicator to illuminate the eye with an iridescent metallic finish.

Dior’s new eye shadow product comes in 5 shades with a mousse-gel formula to create a metallic finish. This review is for shade #281 Cosmos–a deep, sparkling, denim blue.

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NARS Guy Bourdin Collections – Holiday 2013


Release Date: October 15, 2013 (NARS) / November 1, 2013 (Sephora)
Availability: NARS, Sephora

Company’s Description

As a child, NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars discovered Guy Bourdin’s work in the pages of French Vogue. It was then that Nars was first inspired to become a makeup artist. Today François Nars honors Bourdin’s legacy with an entire limited edition collection for Holiday 2013, created in the spirit of Guy Bourdin: bold, uncompromising color and high-impact finishes in shades that launch us into his intriguing, high-fashion world.

NARS’s upcoming Holiday collections will be released in the traditional color collection and a separate gift collection. The color collection contains 16 new, limited edition shades, as well as Exhibit A Blush (which is permanent) and new eyeshadow and lipstick formulas in Cinematic Eyeshadow (high-pearl, high-metallic payoff) and Cinematic Lipstick (superglossy, high-shine).

The gifting collection is made up of 8 sets that will launch on November 1st. These gifting sets include both old/permanent shades and new ones.

Keep reading for a full list of what to expect!, Inc.

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Beauty Product Empties Vol. 2 Video

Here is the the second installment in the Product Empties series. In this video, I show which products I’ve fully used up and share my thoughts on their quality.

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I hope you enjoy this video!

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Review: Katy Perry Killer Queen Perfume


Katy Perry Killer Queen Perfume

Availability: Sephora
Price: $39.00-$59.00
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

She is empowered and invincible, headstrong and beautiful, lethally gorgeous, and regally restless. Revolution is in the air. It’s time to overthrow convention. There’s a new queen in town. Killer Queen by Katy Perry is an intoxicating and charmingly playful floriental fragrance with luscious notes fit for royalty. Inspired by a Queen’s scepter, the jewel-shaped bottle portrays sexy sophistication and luxury. The rich gold crown cap showcases a custom crest capturing Katy Perry’s playful essence.

This review is for Katy Perry’s new Killer Queen Eau de Parfum Spray, which is available at Sephora in three sizes: 1 oz, 1.7 oz, and 3.4 oz.

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