OPI Oz The Great and Powerful Collection


Release Date: March 2013
Size: 0.5 fl oz
Price: $9.00 ($10.95 CAN)
Availability: Target, ULTA, Drugstores

Company’s Description

“OPI is very excited to take this fantastical journey with Disney,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Inspired by the magic of Oz The Great and Powerful, this SoftShades collection captures the whimsy seen in the film, from glittery shades packed with white, gold and silvery iridescent confetti – Lights of Emerald City, When Monkeys Fly! and Which is Witch? – to soft neutrals in white, beige and pink – Don’t Burst My Bubble, Glints of Glinda and I Theodora You.

“The new Liquid Sand nail lacquer – What Wizardry is This? – features OPI’s groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “This rich taupe hue was designed for James Franco’s character, the great Wizard of Oz, and is sure to make a bold statement this spring.”

Here is a first look into OPI’s upcoming collection, inspired by the upcoming movie Oz: The Great and the Powerful! Full color descriptions and images, below.

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Review & Swatches: LORAC Sweet Temptations Eyeshadow Palettes Set


LORAC Sweet Temptations Eyeshadow Palettes Set

Availability: ULTA
Price: $36.00

This review is for LORAC’s Sweet Temptations Set, which is an ULTA exclusive. You can find it in ULTA stores for the Holiday season. The set includes four (4) eye shadow palettes, which each contain four (4) colors: Satisfying Toffee Crunch, Tease Me Truffles, Tantalizing Dark Chocolate, Indulge In White Chocolate.

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Review & Swatches: Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in “Peach Mosaic”


Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Peach Mosaic

Availability: Sephora, Macy’s
Price: $38.00

Company’s Description

A bronzing/luminizing palette made of a unique, baked formula containing light-reflecting properties. Four unique shades (from gilded gold to burnished bronze) that when blended together give the skin a healthy, youthful allover glow. Brighten eyes, cheeks, and body with a hint of natural color and light.

Laura Mercier’s Shimmer Blocs are powder highlighters and come in six (6) different shades. This review is for the Shimmer Bloc in Peach Mosaic, which includes golden pink, bronze, peach, and pearl shades.

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China Glaze Tranzitions Color Changing Collection


Release Date: January 2013
Availability: Sally Beauty, ULTA & Salons

Company’s Description

There’s nail art and then there’s China Glaze nail couture. Reverse French manicure, half moons, ombre, basket weave, dots or racing stripes: nail designs are intricate and multi-colored. China Glaze® introduces a new way to get multi-color, unique nail art with fewer bottles of polish with the new color-changing Tranzitions collection!

China Glaze Tranzitions’ revolutionary new nail lacquer reacts when a clear top coat is applied, changing the color from one shade to another for a stunning effect. Wear any of the six beautiful, color-shifting shades alone, or allow your creativity to run wild and create intricate nail designs by applying a top coat in specific places. Try different looks using nail art brushes, free-hand designs or nail guides. Because each shade changes color, you get two lacquers in one, creating an entirely new look with just one swipe.

Keep reading for color and product information as well as some photos I took of the colors at CosmoProf earlier in the year.

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Review & Swatches: NYX Stick Blush in “Pink Lotus”


NYX Stick Blush in Pink Lotus

Availability: ULTA, NYX
Price: $6.00

Company’s Description

Add a touch of color with our creamy and extremely pigmented Stick Blush! Available in eight rich shades! Apply and receive the perfect glow every day!

NYX’s Stick Blushes are cream blushes that come in stick form and in eight (8) different shades. This review is for the shade Pink Lotus–a bright blue-pink shade with gold shimmer.

If you would like to see swatches of all eight (8) shades, please see this post.

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e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadows Video

Here is the video overview of e.l.f.’s Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadows. The video includes live swatches of all the colors.

You can also see pictures of the colors here.

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Review & Swatches: RMK Dusty Bright Eyes in 03 Grayish Brown


RMK Dusty Bright Eyes in 03 Grayish Brown

Availability: BeautyBay
Price: $56.47

Company’s Description

These eye colour duos feature a water resistant, highly pigmented cream eye shadow and a pearlescent setting powder in a double decked pot. Glide the cream eye colour over lids for a wash of beautiful colour and then finish with a layer of shimmering powder to enhance and magnify the colour. Each duo comes complete with a dual ended, retractable eye shadow brush too and they are available in six different colour combinations.

RMK is a Japanese brand that can be readily purchased by customers at BeautyBay.com. This review is for RMK’s Dusty Bright Eyes, which includes a cream color and a powder color.

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MAC Studio Collection


Release Date: December 24, 2012 (Online) / January 3, 2012 (In Stores)
Availability: MAC Stores & Online

Company’s Description

M·A·C focuses on glamour from an artistic and professional perspective with new shades of Studio Foundation that offer an enhanced spectrum of colour and coverage with a highly nuanced level of studio-quality perfection. Featuring formulas enriched with antioxidants and suited for all skin types, the concealers and correctors can be used individually or combined to perfectly match any skin tone.

The pros know that no one’s skin is perfect, especially in the studio where the lighting is full on. M•A•C’s New Conceal and Correct Palette delivers exceptional colour and coverage with the professional’s high-level needs and creative vision in mind. Each palette contains four Studio Finish Concealers and two Studio Finish Corrector shades grouped by Light, Medium, Medium Deep and Dark that mirror even the hardest to match skin tones.

Here is a sneak peek into MAC’s Studio Collection, which adds new shades to the company’s Studio Foundation, new Conceal and Correct Palettes, and Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundations. Keep reading for descriptions and images!

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Zoya Lovely Collection – Spring 2013


Release Date: January 2013
Availability: Zoya Online
Price: $8.00 each
Size: 0.5 fl oz

Company’s Description

Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other…

Here is a first look into Zoya’s upcoming Lovely collection for the Spring 2013 season. Keep reading for full color details and images!

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Review & Swatches: Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof Set


Sephora Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof Set

Availability: Sephora
Price: $30.00 $24.00

Company’s Description

A five-piece set of versatile jumbo liners for highlighting eyes with bold colors. Use these ultra-pigmented jumbo eye pencils as eyeliner or blend out color in place of eye shadow for a stunning finish. The beautiful, high-payoff shades promise long wear for all-night glamour.

Sephora’s Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof Set contains five of Sephora’s waterproof jumbo liners in the following colors: Taupe, Kaki, Black, Purple Glitter, and White Glitter.

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