Giveaway! Win Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows III: UD Loves NYC

Update: One last day to enter this giveaway! An exciting new giveaway is coming soon! Hint: birthday suit.

Update: I am extending this giveaway by 3 days to give YouTube subscribers a chance to enter. It now ends on Feb. 6th, 2011.

A new year calls for the first giveaway on Allura! By following the rules below, you have a chance to win one of Urban Decay’s hottest items. The Book of Shadows III features 16 eye shadows, 2 mini eye pencils, and a mini Primer Potion. It has a retail value of $54.00.
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Giorgio Armani Spring 2011 Collection “Transluminence”

Release date: Spring 2011

Company’s Description

“Imagine the richest purple and the deepest green both enlivened by a frozen silver. A soft black completes the palette, to be worn alone as liner or to add depth to smoky eyes. Freshened by the softest baby lips, a beautiful frosty blush completes this new way of facing spring in the depths of winter.”
— Linda Cantello, Giorgio Armani Creative Director

This Spring, with the help of Megan Fox as their cover girl, Giorgio Armani has created a line that features a few bright colors for the eyes, and more soft colors for the cheeks and lips.
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YSL Spring 2011 Collection “Boheme Libertine”

Release date: Feb. 2011

Company’s Description

Do not be fooled by appearances. Look for the fire beneath the ice. She hides her wild bohemian side behind a mask of innocence. Delicateness of a bare shoulder. Seduction embodied by her every move. Pink worn next to the skin: carnal pink, passion pink, excitement pink. A touch of powder. Fluttering eyelashes. Stolen kisses. Artist of her own beauty, she is an Yves Saint Laurent woman. The color caresses her bare skin and illuminates her porcelain complexion: her cheekbones intensely flushed. Her lips kissed with in a vibrant pink petal. The intensity of her piercing eyes, heightened with graphic inky blues. Exquisite shades of shadow and light.

“After a rock and baroque themed winter, spring is back with a burst of fresh roses to flush the cheeks while enhancing the complexion with a seemingly innocent purity. Sensual full lips in bright pink or coral light up the face. A bold touch of eyeliner completes the look.”
— Lloyd Simmonds, YSL Makeup Artist

In its Spring 2011 collection, YSL goes full-force on the colors of spring–vibrant pinks, corals, and reds. YSL’s makeup artists Lloyd Simmons is the creative artists behind this collection and designed the Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks.

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Review & Swatches: Becca’s Eye Tint in Lapis

Becca’s Eye Tint in Lapis

Price: $24
Size: 7ml / 0.24 fl oz

Company’s Description

An ingenious eye crème with a unique formulation that glides on as a crème and sets to a powder. This long-lasting, water-resistant, crease-resistant tint is easy to apply, offering adjustable levels of sheer to high pigment colour.

Becca’s Eye Tint in Lapis is a gel eye tint in a light, almost pastel purple color.
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MAC Future Faces Collection

Permanent Additions
Release date: Feb. 17, 2011 in the U.S. & Canada; March 2011 internationally

Company’s Description

MAC forges ahead with a three-in-one force: Powder, Foundation and Tinted Moisturizer altogether.

First, Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder blurs the line between skincare and makeup, with a pressed texture that beautifies as it benefits. Gives a sheer to medium, smooth, even coverage for a flawlessly soft and even tone with caring, comforting properties.

Studio Fix Fluid and Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 shade extensions fill in all the gaps.

A broad, all-inclusive shade range means M·A·C Artists can cover everybody, one beautiful conquest at a time. Call your clients most in need of convincing, and watch what happens!

MAC does not add skin color shades to their line very often. But in its Future Faces collection, MAC will introduce foundation shades that are both lighter and darker than the shades currently available to MAC customers.
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Too Faced Spring 2011 Collection “Look of Love”

Availability: Now, in Sephora stores,, and

Company’s Description

A woman is most beautiful when she is in love! Indulge in our newest collection filled with romantic-inspired shadow shades that will bring out your inner bride, bombshell or classic beauty, all with an ultra-feminine touch.

In this Spring 2011 collection–“Look of Love”–Too Faced features soft, romantic colors and several new items, including the Peach Leopard Bronzer and their Shadow Insurance in Candlelight.

Let us know if you have any items from this collection and how you like them in the comments below!
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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

(Picture not affiliated with MAC)

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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