OPI Pirates of the Caribbean Collection “On Stranger Tides”

Price: $8.50 each
Size: 15 ml / 0.5 fl. oz.
Release date: May 2011
Availability: Dillard’s, JCPenney, ULTA

Company’s Description

“OPI is thrilled to celebrate the latest film in this beloved series. ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ lacquers were inspired by a world filled with mythical mermaids, gleaming treasure and high-seas adventure. With shades ranging from sage and lavender to khaki gray and pastel pink, these colors are evocative of a warm, tropical setting, with a classic nautical influence.”

–Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director

OPI is teaming up with Disney for their Spring 2011 BRIGHTS Collection by celebrating the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. This collection will feature 6 limited-edition shades and 1 crackle top-coat.

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MAC Quite Cute Collection

Release date: April 7, 2011
Availability: MAC stores & maccosmetics.com

Company’s Description

“CUTE!” The most fanciful, fun and flattering compliment and young, modern trendsetter could ever want! Our version is the girliest kind of international glam possible, a style ride that combines postage-stamp-sized puppies with pixie swizzle-stick fashion and butterfly kisses for cute boys and even cuter shoes! Cupcake icing colors, vintage romance, an ATM card with Hello Kitty on it – and a way of life that says “yes!” to everything adorable!

Come on, get happy, with the multi-culti cutie, from Tokyo to Toronto to Paris with love! Pastel shades for Eye Quads, Lipstick, Plushglass, and Nail Lacquer…And due to popular demand, we’re completely cute-ifying three favourite Lip Pencil shades from last season that will join the fun and frolic. Flash! You’ll ♥ the Mineralize Blush with the sweet heart baked right into it. If it shines, shimmers and pops it’s completely, contagiously, cute!

For its Quite Cute collection, MAC has named several of the products after Japanese words and phrases. “Moshi moshi” means (roughly) “hello” and “sakura” means cherry blossom. I’m surprised none of these colors was named “kawaii,” which is the Japanese word for “cute.” But, anyway, here are the items to anticipate for this April!
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Review & Swatches: NYC Smooch Proof 16H LipStains

Price: $4.99
Availability: Drugstores

This review covers 9 shades of NYC’s Smooch Proof 16H LipStain.
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Interview: MAC Viva Glam Gaga II

Q&A with James Ganger, Senior Vice President & Creative Director, MAC Worldwide

Q: This is the second year in a row that VIVA GLAM has partnered with the inimitable Lady Gaga. Why is she such a successful spokesperson for the M·A·C AIDS Fund?

A: She’s an amazing fit for us in so many ways. I think the most important quality is that she is real and she speaks her mind. When M·A·C originally started it was truly a place for all the misfits of the world, where they could feel comfortable and know that they wouldn’t be criticized. We’ve always been all about welcoming everyone into our universe. Gaga is bringing that same spirit to the world. She spreads this message of “don’t be afraid to be who you are, don’t let people put you down,” and radiates this sense of empowerment. Look at how courageously she’s been speaking out lately. She’s so passionate, focused and articulate, and I think we are, too. Especially with VIVA GLAM, we really put ourselves out there and every cent goes to the cause.
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MAC Viva Glam Gaga II

Release date: Currently available
Availability: MAC stores & maccosmetics.com

Company’s Description

No Bad Romance here. If anything this love affair’s going stronger than ever… After The Monster Tour mayhem, Gaga’s back to being our VIVA GLAM Goddess once again , spreading the good word about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women, men and children everywhere. We’re unveiling a hot new shade in spired by The Lady and her passions, in both Lipstick and Lipglass. And by now you (and the world) know every cent from the sale of M∙A∙C VIVA GLAM goes toward the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. The M∙A∙C World feels like a permanent part of the Gaga Galaxy, doesn’t it? On the VG displayer as limited edition for a full 12 months.

Following the success of the first set of Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper lip products, MAC has again teamed up with Lady Gaga for a second set, featuring a nude lipstick and nude lip gloss.

Do you like the first or second set of Gaga lip products more? Share your thoughts in the comments, below!
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FaceFront Spring/Summer 2011 Collection “Ouro Fino”

Release date: March 2011
Availability: facefrontcosmetics.com

FaceFront Cosmetics will be releasing 4 bronzers, 5 pigments, 2 glosses, and 1 blush in its upcoming Spring/Summer collection. Entitled with the Portuguese phrase for “Fine Gold,” the collection will feature items infused with 24K Peruvian gold.
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China Glaze Crackle Collection

Release date: Currently available
Availability: chinaglaze.com & Sally Beauty stores

Company’s Description

Roughed up grunge meets gorgeous glam! China Glaze brings a whole new level to the game with “Crackle” polish! Create endless edgy looks and make a statement with fun, fearless, color. Everyone has asked for it, and now China Glaze is giving it to them!

An innovative technology allows you to play with a wide array of color combinations and achieve an edgy, new wave look. This unique formula was developed to give your nails a “crackled” design over traditional nail color. Contrasting colors are used one over another to achieve a deconstructed shatter look that takes place right before your eyes. Instant art for your nails!
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Animating Chanel

Chanel’s Global Creative Director Peter Philips is the mastermind behind this cheeky short film, originally published on Nowness.

A jet-propelled robot, a beaming sun god and an impish spider are not the likeliest of characters to embody the ultra-luxurious world of Chanel, but Peter Philips, the innovative mind behind them, has made his name pursuing the unexpected. Chanel’s Global Creative Director of Makeup took a break from conceptualizing cosmetic gold to don the animator’s cap for today’s short, a work inspired by a series of headdresses he crafted from beauty product packaging for a Vogue Paris shoot. Built from a trove of compacts, glosses, brushes and more, Philips’s characters embark on a journey that begins with a lipstick-powered automaton blasting through the clouds and ends on more familiar ground, with a model whose chic ensemble channels Mme Chanel herself. Philips came to the task with the requisite technical skills, having studied graphic design before attending Antwerp’s Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts. But he did concede on one creative point—the music. “If it were up to me it would have been disco,” he confesses.


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Avon Nail Polish Swatches

Over the years, I’ve gathered a big collection of Avon nail polishes. In my opinion, Avon’s polishes are some of the most under-rated out there. I wanted to show you swatches of all the colors I own. Although this isn’t an official review of the polishes, I will say that all the colors go on opaquely with 1-2 layers and will last at least 3 days with a topcoat.

Avon’s polishes are $5 each, but there is almost always a deal or sale on avon.com that makes them cheaper.
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Beauty Lingo: “Foiling”

A technique used to give eye shadows an intense, metal-like effect. This effect is achieved by adding water or a mixing medium to the shadow.

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