Rock & Republic Blush & Eye Shadow Swatches Video

Here is the first live YouTube video for Allura! Please check it out and let me know what you think. And please also subscribe to Allura’s YouTube channel. I will post pictures and reviews of the Rock & Republic items in the next few days.

Stay tuned for the Wonder Woman collection video!

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Coming Soon: MAC Wonder Woman Collection Photos, Swatches, and Reviews!

I will be posting pictures, swatches, and reviews of the MAC Wonder Woman collection very soon. I will also upload a video overview to YouTube. Stay tuned by subscribing to the RSS feed!

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Round-Up: Spring 2011 Collections

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NARS Velvet Lip Gloss Pencils

Price: $24 each
Release date: Currently available
Availability: NARS counters,, Sephora stores,

Company’s Description

Gorgeously glossy, intensely hydrating. NARS takes everything beloved about its Velvet Matte Lip Pencil – the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-size crayon design – then swaps the matte formula for one that lends lips luminosity.

Available in six beautifully glazed shades, the Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils feature a lightweight formula that is enriched with Vitamin E. plus a blend of moisture-rich hyaluronic spheres for a lustrous look that’s exceptionally rich.

It doesn’t get glossier than this.

Following the popularity of the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, the company has come out with Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils. They apply like lipsticks but offer the convenience of a pencil. This item comes in 6 shades, each enriched with Vitamin E.

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Review & Swatches: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, Concealer, Powder, and Blush

Price: $8-9 (foundation); $6.50-7.50 (concealer); $8-9 (powder); $5-6 (blush)
Availability: Target, WalMart, Ulta, Drugstores
Size: 1 fl oz / 30 ml (foundation); 0.23 fl oz / 6.8 ml (concealer); 0.3 oz / 9 g (powder); unknown (blush)

This review is for all 4 products in the Maybelline Fit Me line: the foundation (in 120 Classic Ivory), concealer (in 10 Light), powder (in 210 Sandy Beige), and blush (in Medium Coral).
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100 Facebook Followers Giveaway!

Update 1/30/11: Allura now has 100 followers on facebook!

Allura is just over 1 month old, but already has 94 followers on facebook! As a thank you to those who read and follow Allura, I will be hosting a facebook giveaway once the blog has 100 followers.

I will be giving away 5 fun, flirty, limited-edition Victoria’s Secret palettes: 3 eyeshadow palettes and 2 blush palettes. 5 winners will be randomly chosen and will each receive 1 of the palettes. The first randomly chosen winner will get their pick of which palette they want, the second winner will get second pick, and so on.
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MAC Packed to Go Travel Exclusives for Spring 2011

Release date: March 11, 2011
Availability: airports & duty free stores

For all you jet-setters out there, MAC has come up with travel-friendly kits that you can pick up during your layovers. The Packed to Go sets will be released in 2 phases during the Spring. The first sets–featuring 3 Look In a Box kits–are available currently. The second phase will launch in March and will include 11 sets of lipsticks, lipglasses, mascaras, eye pencils, eye shadow palettes, cheek & lip palettes, and brushes.

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Review: Illamasqua Highlighter Brush

Illamasqua Highlighter Brush

Price: $32.20 / £23.50

Company’s Description

Illuminate your alter ego. Use the Illamasqua Highlighter Brush to apply Illuminator to anywhere you’d like to draw attention. Wonderfully versatile, this brush can also be used to buff Illamasqua Light or Rich Liquid Foundation onto the face, to create a polished look.

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China Glaze Spring 2011 Collection “Anchors Away”

Release date: Currently Available
Availability:, Ulta

Company’s Description

Sail away this spring in 12 nautically-inspired colors from China Glaze. These bold and confident brights are reminiscent of a carefree natural getaway, with soft ethereal hues that inspire leisurely thoughts of sand and sea.

China Glaze’s “Anchors Away” collection will come with 12 new limited-edition shades:

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Essie Spring 2011 Collection “A French Affair”

Price: $8 each
Release date: Feb. 2011
Availability:, Ulta,

Essie’s Spring 2011 collection, inspired by French glamour, will come with 6 new limited-edition shades:

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