Smeared on my hand without primer.

Smeared on my hand without primer.

I really like this NARS Eyeshadow Duo. Rated R has one of the best greens in the world in it. It is a bright acid green with tons of gold shimmer. It is loud and wears nicely with any shade from eggplant to chocolate brown. It looks alot like MAC Eyeshadow in Bitter. However, this green has tons of gold shimmer. This gives it depth and just makes it down right fun. The blue isn’t too bad either. It is a royal blue with tons of silver shimmer. I do prefer it over many of MAC’s blue shades. My only complaint is that like so many blues, this one turns a bit green on my eye lid. I have to wear a primer to keep it looking just as vivid as it is in the compact.

These two colors do wear nicely together but I do prefer to keep them separate. I find that they “fade” or look “dull” when worn together.  I love to wear the acidic green all the way up to the crease with a nude champagne shimmer under it. I like to wear MAC Chrome yellow in the inside corner of the eye and under the bottom lashline. I love to wear MAC Orange or in the crease. And I like to top it off with a nice black liquid liner. Trade the Orange out for MAC Hepcat and you have another great look. Sometimes I like to wear this green shade alone as a wash. Or for my more “neutral” look. The same champagne shade under the green with a deep dark chocolate brown in the crease with smoky brown liner.

The blue looks nice mixed with greens or other blues. I like to wear it with a frosty white eyeshadow underneath. Like Clinique Sugar Sugar or MAC Crystal Avalanche. I wear the blue all the way up to the crease. I like to blend a deep blue in the crease like MAC Plumage. I line with navy or black liner. It is a nice look. A bit Liz Taylor as Cleopatra. Pair with super nude matte lips and it looks wonderful.

I feel like for such “bold” colors, I get my $32 out of it. These shades wear nicely with others that I own. I mean what else can you mix a hot pink shadow with? It can be purchased at beauty.com.

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!

I am always on the look out for a great gimmick. I still can’t get over all of the rub-on eyeshadows appliques that are on the market. Anyways, Avon has recently launched these Eye Artist Eyeshadow Trios. It is the “first shadow that looks like an eye!” Wow, that is a selling point, um, I’m being sarcastic. What a funny gimmick since it really doesn’t claim to do anything but have different packaging. It is supposed to remind our dumbasses how to apply eyeshadow. Like light all over, medium from lashline to crease, and deep in the middle. Base, contour, and highlight. Duh. I haven’t tried the product so I can’t tell you how the powder shadows wear or feel. The packaging is a bit strange but I guess it is a little cool. I guess. I retails for $8 when not on sale. It comes in four shades: Grey Guidance for a smoky look, Naturally Neutral which looks like a beach pebble neutral, Passion Plum which is featured above, and Teal Tutor which is the water colored teal and the most interesting looking to me.

Weekly cheap secret: I bought a tube of this on sale for .99¢ and I still have half of it left and I’ve been using it for over six months. I really like this little bargain. It is different than many of the other formulas that I have used in the past. I’m usually a die hard Lancome Bifacil user. I like dual aqua/oil eye makeup remover formulas. I like the rosewater gentle stuff like by Clarins and Lancome but I wear too much eye makeup for that stuff to do anything. Water removes more eye makeup than those formulas. Avon Moisture Effective is a lotion based product. It is a rich formula and may not be so great for oily skins. I have normal to dry skin and this doesn’t bother me. A little goes a long way. I apply it, smear it around the eyes and lashes and wash off (pat) with a damp cotton round. My eye area is left completely naked, happy, moisturized, and clean. Plus, there is no need to tug or pull at the eye area. I have made mistakes of using this with my contacts in. Boy, does it make those things blurry if you get this on the lenses. It is great on the end of a Q-tip to correct mistakes, especially liquid liner mistakes. I love this product and I recommend it for anyone who is a heavy eye makeup wearer or for those days you wear alot of makeup. It usually retails for $4 and is usually on sale for $1 or $2. It’s an amazing cheap bargain. Just one ounce has lasted me for over 6 months.

Lancôme C’est Magnifique Holiday 2008 Color Story is a bit predictable. It reminds me alot of other collections that have been launched recently, umm, Estee Lauder Vintage Jewels and a host of others. The colors are jewel tones and many shades are meant to be bold and dramatic for the holidays. It isn’t a horrible collection, it sure isn’t magnifique, but it is a nice collection if you don’t have colors like this. I think that Lancome has seen better days.

EYES: Colour Design LE Sensational Effects Eye Shadow Quad comes in Glamour Première which is a shimmery ruby set that would look amazing on brunettes and dyed redheads. The other is Hollywood Seductive which has shimmery metal shades and a deep sapphire. There is a Virtuôse Black Carat Mascara that is a black with shimmer. For some reason it gets on my nerves. I love the two new Artliner Liquid Eyeliners. There is Star Studded which is a dirty/antique gold shade and Midnight Glam which is alot like existing Blueberry but this blue is metallic. We have three Colour Design Sensational Effects Shimmering Eye Stylo. These are loose shadows in a tiny tube with a sponge tip applicator. They are alot like those that Victoria’s Secret have. The colors are Award Winning Gold which is a pale gold shimmer, Fashion Flair Bronze which is a lighter bronze, and Modelesque Plum which is a plummy mauve. These are pretty worn as a wash of color with lots of mascara and bold lips.

LIPS & NAILS: We five new Juicy Tubes with delicious gourmand fragrances. We have In All Her Splendor which is a cherry red, Luminous in Lace which is a pale bronzey shade, Showered in Diamonds which is a clear with tons of shimmer, Icon of Stage which is a dramatic plum, and Pretty In Pink which is a nude pale sheer pink. We have Le Rouge Absolu Lipstick in Cinema Noir (love this shade) which is a deep merlot, Bordeaux which is a satin reddish wine, Pampered which is a pale pink, and Golden Girl which is a golden bronze. Three Le Lipstiques Lip Liners have been featured: Charme which is a nudish brown peach, Enchantment which is a brickish red, and Mauvelle whihc is a perfect berry. I really like the two new nail shades in In All Her Splendor which is a shimmery seasonal red and Midnight Glam which is a shimmery cobalt.

FACE: Of course the normal ole face products have been relaunched. The real stars are Colour Ideal Illuminator in Shimmering Pink which is lovely on face and eyes. The blushes are Colour Design Cream Blush in Signature Look which is a peachy pale pink and Retro Rouge which is a firey blushing red.

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liquid Eyeliner isn’t your everyday eyeliner unless you are stripper (or me, just an over the top girl with lots of personality), but it is good stuff. This liner has a thin liner brush and the glitter doesn’t flake which is a big plus. Nobody wants to lose an eye to glitter. It comes in seven glam shades, all with rocker inspired names. I don’t know if it is quite heavy metal. I take that personally. This stuff is more Bowie or Edgar Winter. Not very heavy…

There is no hardcore here, just glam.

There is no hardcore here, just glam.

Anyways, there is Air Guitar (bright blue glitter), Baked (gilded bronze glitter), Distortion (multi glitter in a clear base), Glam Rock (super silver glitter), Metalhead (dark royal purple glitter), Mullet (jade green glitter), and Spandex (gun metal glitter). These can be worn in a thin line or swipped all over the lid for mega glitter. It goes for $18 and you can pick them up at sephora.com or ulta.com. I like a thin sweep personally. Too much makes me feel like it is Halloween. I like this product better than MAC’s but I think I like NYX better than Urban Decay. Now who was not liked?

Diorshow Eye Show are great little pots of no-budge cream eyeshadow. The texture is soft and blendable. Once they dry they don’t budge and are said to be waterproof. I’ve never went swimming or was shipwrecked while wearing these, so I can’t comment on that factor. It comes in 6 shimmery shades. This formula wears nicely alone or as a base for powder formulas. White Light Disco is a shimmery white that makes a great base and highlighter. Undressed Beige is another great base because it is a light beige with shimmer. It is less dramatic than the other colors. It also makes a great face highlighter. The two fun shades are Pink Wannabe which is a medium pink shimmer and Pop Aquadelic (pictured above) which is a bright aqua with lots of silver shimmer. There are two shades that make great waterproof, stay-put liners and are great for a smudge-less smoky eye. I love Queen of Green which is a deep “forest” green shimmer. It looks awesome as a smoky eye, it is deep like black but less boring. The other shade is Glam & Glitz Black which is a pure black with silver shimmer. Looks great as a liner or for a fun smoky eye. I find this formula very easy to work with. I use my fingertips when blending all over the eye and a fine liner brush when using as a liner. Each come in a clear pot with a silver “CD” logo top. They retail for $30.