Beauty Lingo: “YLBB”

abbreviation for
your lips but better

This is the first post in the “Beauty Lingo” line of posts. The inspiration for this particular post actually came from an Allura reader, who commented on the Peacocky Overview entry that one of the lip glosses I reviewed looked “like YLBB shade.” I have to admit, I wasn’t familiar with the acronym, so I went a looked it up.

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Bright Beauty: Introducing a New Series

When I envisioned this blog, I pictured one that was full of up-to-date news on upcoming collections, detailed pictures, thorough reviews, and fun tutorials. But I was also determined to look deeper into makeup and the cosmetics industry. I wanted to share what I know about good skincare/makeup practices, the science behind active ingredients, and the truth behind cosmetic claims–all in order to give my readers the resources to make educated purchasing decisions and to know what to really expect from the products they buy instead of relying solely on what companies claim their products do. Hence, this blog’s motto: “be bright, be beautiful.” We can be smart about beauty.

So, it’s time to make the “educational” part of this blog a reality! Introducing: a new series called “Bright Beauty.” Several classes of posts will fall under this series, including SkinTalk, Beauty Lingo, and Truth Patrol.
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MAC Wonder Woman Collection

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Release date: Spring 2011
Availability: MAC stores and, worldwide
Price: $13-$49.50

MAC has joined forces with DC Comics to create a Wonder Woman collection. From what I can see from a few leaked photos, the collection will be in limited-edition packaging that resembles the graphic art from the Wonder Woman comic. The collection will include blushes, eye shadows, nail polishes, lip glosses and lipsticks. So far, it looks like there will be one lip gloss that is a classic, bright red and an eye shadow palette (similar to the Hello Kitty Collection’s style) that features two blues, a silver, and a white shade.
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Review & Swatches: The Body Shop’s Love Gloss

The Body Shop Love Gloss in color 19

Price: $12
Availability: Check in stores for stock
Size: 0.2 fl. oz.

Company’s Description

Best if you want to: Create alluring lips with brilliant color and shine.

Best for: all skin tones

What it is designed to do:
* The specially designed heart-shaped brush has a reservoir that stores the gloss during application for an even layer of shiny color.
* Organic, virgin, cold-pressed Community Trade coconut oil softens and conditions skin.
* Community Trade cocoa butter is an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, leaving skin soft and silky smooth.

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Dior Spring 2011 Collection

Release date: Spring 2011

Dior’s Spring 2011 makeup collection combines pinks and greys–the two colors from Christian Dior’s childhood in Normandy. Dior’s first boutique on Avenue Montaigne also was designed in pink and grey.
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Review & Swatches: e.l.f. Studio Cream Blushes

e.l.f. Cream Blushes: Flirt, Tease, Heartbreaker, Seductress, Vixen

Price: $6 each
Size: 15g / 0.53 US oz.

Company’s Description

This amazing blush offers the best of both worlds! It smooths on as a cream for great texture and then transforms into a velvety soft powder finish for long-lasting rich color that’s never greasy! The lightweight, refreshing oil-free formula looks natural and radiates a beautiful glow perfect for all skin types. The soft powder finish can be layered for desired intensity and dimension.

Eyes Lips Face carries 6 shades of cream blushes in their Studio line: Heartbreaker, Flirt, Tease, Temptress, Seductress, and Vixen. I cover all but Temptress in this review.

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MAC Finally Flawless Collection

Release date: Jan. 13th, 2011 in the U.S.; January 2011 internationally
Availability: Now, in stores and

Company’s Description: Collection

Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 has the exclusive formula – micronized and coated pigments improve blendability, maintain colour purity with SPF 15, and our liquid mineral ferment complex adds nutrients. Light diffusing optics minimize the visibility of imperfections – FINALLY Flawless!

In this Spring 2011 collection, MAC promotes two permanent items: the Mineralize Foundation and the 130 brush. Both these items were originally launched in Spring of last year.

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MAC Jeanius Collection

Release date: March 3 for the U.S.; March 2011 internationally

In this Spring 2011 collection, MAC has designed its items around denim trends. This collection has 4 eye shadow shades, 3 lipstick and lip gloss shades, 2 blush and nail polish shades, and a brow marker and eye liner. Continue reading

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Katy Perry & OPI

Price: $9 each
Release date: Jan. 2011 at Ulta stores &
Size: 15 ml / 0.5 fl. oz.

OPI has teamed up with Katy Perry to create a fun and funky nail polish line that will be available in Ulta stores in January 2011. This line includes 5 shades: Teenage Dream (pink sparkle), Not Like the Movies (silvery metallic), Last Friday Night (bold blue glitter), The One That Got Away (dark berry-purple), and Black Shatter (top coat). The most anticipated item in this line is Black Shatter, which is meant to go on top of another polish and crackles to create a textured look.

Let me know what you think of this collection in the comments below!
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Review & Swatches: MAC’s Mega Metal Eye Shadows (Peacocky Collection)

Mega Metal eye shadows are a new product launched with MAC’s Peacocky Collection. All 15 shades released in this collection are limited-edition. Read here for an overview of the Peacocky collection, including photographs and swatches. This review covers 8 of the 15 colors: Peek-At-You, Prance, Dandizette, Odalisque, Dalliance, Spectacle of Yourself, Centre Stage, and Unflappable.
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