OK, you all know that I am a Guerlain fragrance and cosmetics mega-fan. That being said, I shocked to see their model for the fall color collection. Doesn’t she look totally insane? Doesn’t that look like the makeup application that would be seen on Whatever Happened To Baby Jane (oh, I do love that movie) sans the ghostly face powder? They really should of rethought releasing this or at least fire the makeup artist responsible for this terrifying look. The model even has an uneasy expression about all of this. Poor, poor gal. Maybe her expression is what makes the look so disturbing. I hope the photographer doesn’t beat her. Well, the colors of the collection aren’t too bad and many of the products are very nice. It’s just that the look that presented is just awful and they made a beautiful gal look like she is going to serve you your pet for dinner and smile while doing it. But, anyways. I think this collection is supposed to be all luxe and opulent. It’s supposed to be hedonistic and self indulgent with a mix of Russian royalty and bohemian or maybe a bit of glam gypsy look. I don’t know. I’m thinking something pre-Russian Revolution and before those pesky Bolsheviks got in the way of the wealth. 🙂 The company’s website hasn’t released these details yet. The collection offers the following:

EYES: There is an OmbrĂ© Éclat Eyeshadow Palette for $58 that comes in a shimmery blackish gold compact. The colors are imprinted with a “champagne shimmer” design. The shades are inspired by Russian princesses and their OTT glimmery gowns. There is Brun Mordore which contains shimmering shades of browns and black. This compact creates a nice smoky eye for all eyes and can be worn during the day too. Just depends on your technique. The other is Tsarina which contains a warm brown shimmer, bronze shimmer, burgundy shimmer, and plum shimmer. Tsarina has lovely colors but I don’t think they all mix very well together. They could but they also have the chance of creating bruised looking eyes (check out the lady above). I do think if done right this compact would look amazing on cool toned eyes like blue. There is a Eye & Lip Palette for $69. It comes in a luxe case that is Slavic inspired. It contains 2 eyeshadows (champagne pink sparkle and a sea pebble taupe shimmer) and 2 lipcolors (sparkling party pink and a shimmer rosewood neutral). I like the palette but I don’t see myself buying it. I don’t like eye and lip products packaged together. The powders always mix and clump with the oil based lip products. It’s gross. I do like the colors featured but I don’t feel they are worth the dough. Retractable Eyeliner Pens have been launched and retail for $29. They come in elegant gold packaging. Two will be permanent: Gold & Silver. The other is Bohemian and it is a deep shimmery plum. Le 2 Guerlain Mascara has been relaunched along with a new color Boheme. This retails for $35.

LIPS: There is a KissKiss Baby Lip Balm (see had to put baby in the title) that retails for $30. I love this product. It is super moisturizing, lightly tinted with shine, and it comes in a ultra-glam Guerlain case. It comes in 6 colors ranging from clear to rosy neutrals. My favorite is Red Nude.

FACE: The Parure Compact Foundation has been relaunched. This is a great powder foundation that retails for $60.

This collection is available at Nordstrom and Dillard’s.

Hmm, this Guerlain collection is much too close...

I am a big fan of Pucci prints. I have a few vintage items and I love them. They don’t really fit the Pacific Northwest very well, but hey one day I’m retiring to Mexico! I really tried to love the new Pucci Vivara but I don’t love it. I like it but I don’t think I’ll ever purchase it. I was intrigued by these three new fragrances. I thought that out of three there would surely be one that would make me part with $59. Nope.

The first is Acqua, the blue one. It is much too aquatic for my tastes. I don’t do those type of fragrances. They burn my nose and I find them boring. This isn’t a horrible fragrance, it just doesn’t go with my tastes. I kind of knew this would be my least fragrance because of its reason of being, acquatic. It is too synthetic and not very “salty” like it claims. But, if you like Davidoff Cool Water, Estee Lauder Beyond Paradise, or any of those Bath and Body Works “aquatic” sprays then you’ll probably dig this.

The second is Sole, the yellow one. It is inspired by the sun. Actually I thought I would really dislike this one, but it isn’t too bad. It is a bit bitter from the tomato leaf and tangerine notes. But, it is made “warm” by jasmine, patchouli, and musk. But, it isn’t too warm and it definitely a summer fragrance and not a fall one.

The third is Sabbia, the coral one. It is actually my favorite of the three. This is a huge surprise. Just proves to smell things before making a judgment. It is inspired by sandy shores. I thought I would dislike it because of all the citrus notes listed like tangerine, lemon, and even bergamot. However, this isn’t what makes this fragrance. It is the cool and crisp iris. It is a pretty blend that seems very interesting even with its popular notes like bergamot, iris, and vetiver. It smells both warm and cool. It is that contrast that sand has. Sand can be so hot it hurts or so cool that it hurts.

Each bottle is 1.7 ounces and is an EDT. I thought that they were limited edition but I don’t think they are. Usually when a company offers lots of different items like this in one collection they are limited but I don’t know.

Yves Saint Laurent’s spring 2009 color collection is made to represent “contemporary art” (like that actually has any meaning anymore.) I guess it does look like a watered down and pastel Rothko; however, it reminds me of soft watercolors, much like shu uemura’s spring 09 collection. I do like the look. I would of never of thought of pairing such warm peach lips with cool “mermaid” like shades. But, I have to admit that I like it. The colors are very “spring”.

FACE: There is the Palette d’Artiste Collector Pallete for Complexion. It contains four powder face colors for the face and retails for $62. It has a perfect bronze, pale pink highlighter, pretty pink blush, and a vivid and tiny stripe of coral. I really like the compact. It is “striped” so I would obsess over mixing the colors. I would want to keep it in its pretty and new state. But, that is just because I am weird.

EYES: There is the Palette d’Artiste Palette for Eyes. It contains four powder eyeshadows and retails for $62. The colors include: sheer and pale honey gold, soft and light pearly pink, tiny stripe of deep purple, and smoky sage. The colors are pretty. Stuff that I would of never paired together and think pairing them together will take alot of work. Two Ombre Duolumieres Eye Shadow Duos have been relaunched. This includes Ivory Beige/Deep Black and Oatmeal/ Petroleum Blue. These retail for $41. An Ever Steel Blue Everlong  Lengthing Mascara has been launched. I love colored mascara. It retails for $28.50. Two Automatic Eyeliners have been launched in Easy Brown and Easy Blue. These retail for $32.

LIPS & NAILS: There is the Gloss Pur Lip Gloss and I love it. Each tube goes for $29. These colors are super glossy and beautiful and without the shimmer. Some of my favorites include Pure Coral as seen on the model above, Pure Rose which is a super sheer 60’s pink, Sheer Nude which is a super sheer milky beige, and Pure Raspberry which is a vivid warm pink. There are a few Rouge Pur Lipsticks with SPF. They retail for $30. There is Blazing Red, Silky Apricot, Paradise Pink, Romantic Pink, Hazlenut, and Tea Rose. I really like all of the shades especially Blazing Red, Silky Apricot, and Paradise Pink. Two super cool Nail Touch Nail Colors are out in Tender Pink Touch and Coral Touch. They are both very sheer and retail for $26.

I am a huge fan of the lipcolors in this collection. I love “milky” shades. The gloss is very pretty. The limited edition items are OK. They all come in super luxurious gold compacts. I am tempted by the face palette but I doubt I’ll give in. I’m no longer easily impressed and my collection is filled to the max.

I like fragrance oils and I love rollerball fragrances. They are great to travel with and usually because the fragrance is an oil, the lasting power is nice. I also have no issues with single note fragrances. It isn’t quite an “art” but I still like quality ingredients. Sometimes you don’t want a nicely crafted marinara, you just want a vine-ripened tomato. Kiehl’s has introduced four .23 ounce unisex fragrance oils for $25. There is the original Musk which I love. I rarely wear this fragrance so this size would be perfect for me. This musk isn’t your “white musk” or “Egyptian musk”. It is a bit more heavy and “offensive”. So of course I love it! There is Grapefruit, a nice clean citrus. My skin eats this in no time. This mixes very well with other single note fragrances. There is Vanilla which is very rich and sweet. This isn’t my favorite scent but sometimes in the winter I like to smell of vanilla. It mixes well with other notes too such as bergamot or lavender. Then there is Coriander. I really like this one. It is a bit ctirusy but my skin doesn’t devour it. It wears nice with green tea fragrances, citrus scents, and “wood” scents. It’s a nice refreshing fragrance. I really wish they’d offer a travel size roll-on of Forest Rain.


Yeah! It is bold and not pink! Don’t get me wrong, I like pink and it does make sense for spring but I am so tired of everybody doing that for this spring. At least Shiseido is giving me a rich lip on winter “kissed” skin. Winter usually offers all of the “holiday” red lip looks, but it is nice to see it carry over to spring. And somehow Dick Page has managed to make this red look look “springy”. It isn’t matte and it looks fresh with the dew drop blue lids.

EYES: They have relaunched the Hydro-Powder Eyeshadow in White Lights which is a sheer and shimmery white. If you have read the previous post on this product, then you know I love this formula. It is a cream to powder shadow that never budges or creases and has lots of shimmer. It retails for $24. There is also a relaunch of the Accentuating Creamy Eyeliner in Black. This product is easy to use and comes with its own little brush. It creates a classic cateye and goes for $26. Once again, I like this product but I like cheaper ones too. The model is getting her “blue” makeup look by lining with the cream liner and then layering over it with the White Lights Hydro-Powder Eyeshadow. It creates a nice water colored effect. And they’ve relaunched their Advanced Volume Mascara. I’ve never used it so I have no opinion.

LIPS: The Perfect Rouge Lipstick has been launched. It is supposed to be a comfortable, full color, moisturizing lipstick. It is pretty nice, but it does have a $25 price tag and I am finding drugstore lipsticks that I like better. It comes in many nice shades. I personally love Valentine (bright red) and Day Lily (bright orange) for spring and summer. There is the Smoothing Lip Pencil and it retails for $20. It is a nice long wearing lip pencil that you have to sharpen. I like the formula but once again I like some cheaper formulas too. It comes in many shades and Siren is a nice red. I love a red lip liner.

FACE: They have relaunched The Accentuating Color Stick in Champagne which is a nice pearly pink shimmer highlighter. I have this product and love it. It is smooth and finishes like a powder but doesn’t look dry. It looks great on the cheeks, down the nose, on the eyes, and even on the lips. It retails for $33.

I like the look. I’m not going to rush out to buy any of the products because I either have it or have stuff like it. But, I do like the look. It is a fresh red lip look without being too glossy. It’s a nice transition from winter to summer.

Weekly Cheap Secret:

I am really impressed with Revlon’s Matte Collection. Matte cosmetics seem to come and go as fads. Many companies do not offer matte products at all. You have to expand out to MAC, Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever, and some actual theatrical brands. Don’t get me wrong, I love shimmer. But I think matte cosmetics really add some depth to shimmery looks. I don’t like a completely matte face, too airbrushed senior picture. But, I do like a deep, matte eggplant used in the crease with a shimmery gold shadow. Or silver glitzy eyes with really matte red lips. Revlon has offered a pretty decent selection of matte cosmetics for a good price. Since these are drugstore cosmetics I haven’t been able to play in all of them. Out of what I have tried, I like.

EYES: The Matte Eyeshadows are very nice and come in a range from super neutral to really bright. This a nice budget friendly alternative to Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadows. There are nine: Vintage Lace (soft off white), Peach Sorbet (pale peachy nude), Pink Innocence (pale pink), Luscious Lime (vivid lime), Venetian Blue (bright electric blue, move on over MAC Electric Eel!), Tempting Teal (deep blue-ish forest green, think Douglas Fir Tree needles, would be amazing mixed with silver or baby blue), Rich Sable (warm deep brown), Riveria Blue (deep midnight sea blue), and Aubergine (dusty, deep eggplant purple, so luxe). I can’t complain about any of the shades. The lighter shades are must have bases for light complexions. The bright colors are so fun. The deep ones will make great smoky eyes or liners. They retail for $4.99 and you get more than what is in a MAC pan. There are 5 Kohl Eyeliners: Pure White (eye opening white), Black Truffle (a deep and mysterious black), Rich Mink (deep chocolate), Midnight Blue (deep navy), and Very Violet (a vivid and electric medium purple). The eyeliners feel nice and soft. They create that “mysterious” eye. They are easy to blend. They go for under $10.

LIPS: The Matte Lipstick is hot. All I really need is a matte nude, matte red, and a matte milky pink. All are offered! There is Nude Attitude which is a really pale nude. It reminds me of MAC Fleshpot or MAC Freckletone. This shade looks amazing with dark eyes. There is Pink Pout which is a white-ish 60’s pink. This looks much like my all time favorite shade, MAC Snob, my wedding day shade. Wear with gray shadow and it is beautiful. There is a lovely every day mauve, Mauve It Over. Pink About It and Strawberry Suede are both bright summer pink. I love both reds. They are classic. There is Really Red which is a bright warm red and In The Red which is a cooler red. I love Really Red, it is almost orange. There is Cocoa Craving and Fabulous Fig both are pretty ho-hum neutrals. There is a beautiful gothic deep wine, Wine Not. I wish I knew about this one this past fall and winter. These go for under $7.

FACE: There are four matte powder blushes. There is a light pink, Rose Rapture. There is a medium hued berry, Blushing Berry. There is a sweet pale peach, Perfectly Peach. And there is the must needed neutral, Barely Buff. These are nice because sometimes you just don’t feel like having glittery cheeks. These go for under $10.

There are many fun colors and everyday colors in this collection. The prices are pretty nice. And since they are drusgstore cosmetics there are always coupons, deals such as BOGO, or on clearance.

I am so happy that I saw this before I bought it. It is such a rip! It retails for $70 which isn’t bad for 35 bright matte eyeshadows by Bobbi Brown. Bobbi Brown eyeshadows come in a great formula, pack pigment, and blend easily. I love them. When I saw this I was shocked! Each “pan” is so extremely tiny and it seems you would only get a few wears out of each color. Yes, you get a variety but you do not get much of it. This is not a palette for gals that aren’t afraid of color. This is a palette for gals that just might like to “try” color every now and then. It is 6.3″ long and 4.25″ wide. That is really tiny considering that 35 shadows are crammed into this slim and tiny compact! The shadows which range from in your face brights to some washed out pales come in a sleek (tiny) black compact with a mirror. I will not be buying this and I am so happy that I tried it before I bought it! Another makeup mistake has been avoided!