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Tuesday
Jul082008

MAC Electroflash.

A beautiful new collection from MAC, this is Electroflash. This beauty will be on counter in just two days: July 10th.

"Electro Flash Mineralize Eye Shadow in nine new duos with unblinking courage, in convincing new combinations: tri-colour shimmer minerals with marble shine – plus a monoshade on the other side. Add Lipglass and Lipstick finishes with quantum physics energy, in companion colours and electro-lustres."

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LIPSTICK - $14
Vanity’s Child - Sheer pale beige with pearl (Lustre)
Fast Thrill - Frosty clean mid-tone pink with pearl (Frost)
Mellow Mood - Glossy mid-tone dirty pink with pearl (Lustre)
Dangerously Hot - Creamy deep brown red (Amplified)

LIPGLASS - $14
Cultureclash - Frosty clear baby pink with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)
Major Minor - Frosty mid-tone beige with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)
Sonic Vibe - Frosty mid-tone pink with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)
Li’ Hot Pepper - Frosty burnt red with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)

MINERALIZE EYE SHADOW DUO - $17.50
Play on Plums Mélange/Mono - Peachy gold with pink and bronze veining/Bronzed burgundy mono
Sea & Sky Mélange/Mono - Silvery pale blue with deep blue and silver veining/Bright blue mono
Hot Contrast Mélange/Mono - Dirty red with silver and black veining/Black mono
Love Connection Mélange/Mono - Pale beige with gold and blue veining/Warm gold mono
Two to Glow Mélange/Mono - Dirty bronze with pink and orange veining/Orange mono
Odd Couple Mélange/Mono - Warm gold with lavender and bronze veining/Purple mono
Polar Opposites Mélange/Mono - Dirty purple with silver, indigo and pink veining/True silver mono
Fresh Green Mix Mélange/Mono - Golden olive with blue, gold and aqua veining/Lime mono
Pink Split Mélange/Mono - Dirty rose with bronze and pale blue veining/Pink with gold pearl mono

BRUSH - $30
227 Large Fluff - Large size paddle with fluffed double chiseled, rounded tip

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Tuesday
Jul082008

The Best Top Coat EVER - Poshe'.

Shiny polished nails are a must for me. I love having my nails done, and while gel nails have probably the best shine and seem to last for weeks on me, I have decided to go the natural route. And believe it or not, I have been doing my nails myself ((shudders)). So, I started some searching for a top coat that not only sealed the polish and left them shiny, I also wanted one that was fast drying. My last requirement, which I know should have been up higher on my list, was for it to be free of Formaldehyde and Toluene. 

As I was going through countless topcoats, I read this article over on Blogdorf Goodman about Poshe' and then followed that up by doing a search over on All Lacquered Up (why I didn't ask Michelle in the first place is beyond me!). This made me quickly decide to make a quick trip to Sally's Beauty Supply, and I picked up my bottle of Poshe' Super-Fast Drying TopCoat.

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So, Poshe' comes pretty highly recommended, even by the editors of Allure where it has won countless awards, amongst others. It is formaldehyde and toluene free, and promises everything else I wanted in a top coat.

In a word, amazing! Poshe' promises to have your polish dry to the touch in a minute and totally dry in five minutes. And guess what? It does. I was afraid to touch my nails at the minute point, but I did - and WOW. They felt dry. Then I took the ultimate test and went to the ladies room right at the five minute mark. And my nails lasted through that and a hand washing. And they were perfect. Shiny, dry, and ready to go. Beautiful! After three days, I added another coat of Poshe' and it has now been a week, and they are just starting to look worn.

Here is what the creators have to say about Poshe' Super-Fast Drying TopCoat:

  • Dries To The Touch in 1 Minute
  • Dries To The Nail in 5 Minutes
  • Highest Gloss Of Any Product On The Market
  • No Formaldehyde
  • No Toluene
  • No Nitrocellulose
  • Cannot turn yellow, even in tanning beds.
  • 2 UV Inhibitors
  • 2 U.S. Patents
  • Chip Resistant
  • Protects Nails
  • Self-Leveling
  • Non-Dragging
  • Ideal For Nail Art
  • No UV Lights or Heated Dryers Needed
  • A True Topcoat - Must be applied over polish or basecoat
  • 5 Time Winner - Allure Magazine's
You can pick this wonder up at Sally's Beauty Supply for $7.99. It really is the best top coat ever!


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Monday
Jul072008

Multi-tasking Makeup from Three Custom Color Specialists.

Anything that can help cut down my morning makeup routine is a huge help. I am always looking for products that can pull double-duty. And some of these great products from Three Custom Color Specialists perform triple-duty.

Copper Eye Shadow ($19.50 single, $15 refill)
This sultry, shimmering shadow gives a warm, sunny glow wherever it’s applied. Do you have blue or green eyes? Copper will brighten them and make them sparkle! You can even use Copper Eye Shadow on the lips with a clear lip gloss or all over the face as a shimmering bronzer.

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Brow Powders
($19.50)
These finely-milled brow powders are available in 6 different shades. In addition to enhancing and filling in the eyebrows, they can also be used as a matte eye shadow for a rich, smokey look or as a cake eye liner.

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Beige Crème to Powder Blush
($20.50)
A lovely blush in it’s own right (the perfect blush for redheads and the ideal nude for fair-medium skin tones), but Beige Crème to Powder Blush can be used on the lips with a top layer of Crystal Clear Lip Gloss. Or, use it alone on the lips for a soft, powdery lip veil.

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Clarifier Pencils
($14.00)
Used on the inner rim for the eye, this pencil widens, brightens and erases glassiness. You can also wear Dark Clarifier under the brow to define and highlight the arch.  The Clarifiers also make great spot concealers and lip color correctors too.

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