Yves Saint Laurent Holiday Bow Color Collection is all about “wrapping” up 2008. There are some nice holiday items and the rest are well, relaunches. The colors aren’t horrible but they are predictable. I really liked the fall makeup collection better. It seemed “newer”. This collection offers us the following:

LIPS: Fard À Lèvres Rouge Pur Pure Lipstick in Honey Beige which is a warm peachy beige. This shade really works with dark eye makeup. We have Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss in Golden Burgundy. This is one of my fave holiday shades. It is a deep merlot with gold glimmer. Perfect with dark eyes for extra drama or minimal eye makeup. It just looks polished. We have the limited edition Bow Collection Duo Lip Colour Locket. This is a lip gloss duo housed in a golden bow compact. I believe it can be worn, the compact that is. It has a pinkish red lipstick and a pale pink lip gloss with blue shimmers. The colors are very beautiful and this duo is made to celebrate YSL’s 30 years in the makeup biz.

NAILS: La Laque Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Dark Blue which is an almost black blue. I love it, so rich and gothic. The other is Moonlight White which is a milky white. Moonlight White would be great on fingers and Dark Blue on toes, or vice versa.

FACE & EYES: We have the Palette De Maquillage Multi-Usage Make Up Palette. This palette contains two deep eyeshadows in a shimmery navy and a deep midnight black, a pearly golden beige highlighter powder for face and eyes, a matte hot pink lipstick, and a clear glitter lip gloss all in a velvety YSL “bow” bag. This is so pretty. The Bow Collection Four Colour Eye Shadow has a shimmery deep plum, dusty lilac shimmer, pale mauve shimmer and a purpley brown shimmer. The eyeshadows are in a golden “bow” case. We have the Touche D’Or Golden Touch for Face in a sheer gold “liquid”. Top Secrets Flash Radiance Skincare Brush has been relaunched. And we have a lovely holiday makeup kit with minis: Holiday Set. It contains a black satin tuxedo YSL logo bag, a Touche Eclat Radiance Pen, a Golden Gloss in a rich festive gold, mini Luxurious Mascara in black, mini Elle YSL EDP spray.

Overall the colors are OK. It is all about drama, bright lips and dark eyes. It is a lot like the Tuxedo Collection that we had this fall. This is just an “extension” of the fall collection.

Other than having a God awful bottle, this fragrance is pretty tops. It is fresh and wears nicely for the $22 price tag. If green had an actual fragrance, it would be this. This smells overwhelmingly green. It smells crisp, fresh and grassy. It is so nice. Mark advertises this as some perfect fall fragrance. I really feel they released this during the wrong season. This is very spring-ish. Fall scents, at least to me, are spicier and heavier. This is as cool as a cucumber and as crisp as celery. OK, first things first. This bottle has got to go. I can’t tell if the bottle is drunk and running around with a lampshade on its head or if it has its panties in a wad. The green shade seems cheap to me for some reason. Ir seems like a man’s drugstore aftershave bottle. I have no idea what the designer was thinking with this one. Second, the ad campaign is lame. Like I said before, this is not a fall scent. Save it for another time, release something heavy and spicy right now. And it is created with the “global goddess in mind.” Whatever that means. Isn’t Global Goddess a cosmetic company that Victoria’s Secret carries? Nice to know that mark cosmetics is thinking of their competition. The website describes it as a “lush, beautiful blend of dewy green notes, fresh-cut flowers and warm tender woods.” I agree. At first it is super green, almost like Prescriptives Calyx. It is like a crisp salad, almost banana pepper-ish and it is celery-ish which I love. Then it smells like cut grass, like Demeter Grass, but with actual staying power. It smells like generic cut flowers. It has been a while since I “sampled” this fragrance and for some reason I want to say that it was almost Lily of The Valley-ish. But, in reality I am sure it is some water lily accord or something. It smells wet, it smells like spring dew. None of the mustiness of fall, no oak moss, leaves, heavy decaying or burning woods. There is woods in this but faintly. Most likely “wood” accord. It is still girly and really fresh. So there isn’t a lot of “wood” in it. This scent could be described as aquatic. I really dislike most aquatic fragrances but I like this because it is grassy and has enough flower power. Compare to Demeter Rain. In conclusion, I really remember liking this fragrance. Enough to buy it and the body butter that goes for like $15. It smells very interesting for the price but still really pleasant for the overall population. It would make a wonderful spring scent and has a staying power of many hours. More than Demeter Grass. Mark has a good thing going with this one. It is available on mark.’s website.

I’m not a snob. I love cosmetics and I am willing to try everything. If you read this blog you know that I love expensive stuff and cheap stuff. I don’t sit in my little Target desk chair and hate on Avon. They actually make some nice stuff. True, the Avon lady thing is odd but you don’t have to have one to buy their stuff. They’ve been stepping up their game. (They is Avon). I loved what they did with Cynthia Rowley. So, when I found out they were doing something with Marimekko, one of my favorite brands, I was so excited. I found this out in February and was so siked for fall. I knew I would buy every piece for like under $50 and it would be so damn cute that I would see all other makeup as boring garbage. Boy, was I wrong. I got on Avon’s mailing list and demanded to know exactly when this stuff launched. I researched it. I wanted to know how wonderful it would be. Everything brought up this print:

I thought to myself this would rock! Cases imprinted with this. I’ve seen this print done in red and we’d have a rocking red lipstick offered! No instead we have been offered ugly as hell face powder and eyeshadow. They couldn’t even make their model look good. Her makeup looks awful. She is a washed out dated blob. Great way to make a pretty gal look stupid.  This is the all over face powder palette. The colors seem drab and boring. I would of rather had a printed compact with a pretty color inside. This is ugly. One person said it was too shimmery. Well, at least it has shimmer going for it. Next we have the eyeshadow palette. This is a poppy print, why are the colors so drab? Poppy Bloom looks like when poppies need antidepressants and Poppy Bouquet looks like it would of worked, maybe. I do love teal. And still I am turned off by this. Where are the warm colors? Where are the golds, bronzes, reds? Where is a lipstick or a gloss? I can’t believed they signed a contract with Marimekko, a fun, retro company and made this garbage. I don’t want to waste my money on this. Rumor has it that there was supposed to be a gloss, lipstick, mascara, all in cute packaging. However, it isn’t available to Americans. I don’t know why. I would of bought a mascara with a Marimekko packaging. At least Avon couldn’t of messed up the color of that. I can’t believe they didn’t do red. Oh, well thank you Avon for letting me save my money and buy the Marimekko fabric instead.

I don’t own this and I haven’t even seen it in person. I do think it is cute but I do know that this has the extreme possibility of looking mega cheap in person. Sephora has Tarte Très Cheek Limited Edition Mini Cheek Stain Set which retails for $24 for three mini cheek stains and a gawdy makeup bag. I’ve seen the minis in the past and really liked them. They are small, way smaller than the full-size version. However, I find that I rarely use a whole full-size Cheek Stain anyways before it dries up funky. I liked the tiny sizes. This set has three shades that aren’t sold individually: Posh which is a ripe plum, Fierce which is a bright cool red, and Chic which is a golden infused peach. They look really pretty in the pic and do you need more cheek colors than that? That covers all the bases: purple, pink and peach. Anyways these are infused with all of those “good” things found in the t5 Superfruit Complex. That’s my raver name. I would love to give these a try even though I am not wild about that bag.

I really need to let everyone know how freak’n stoked I am about Yves Saint Laurent Lip Gloss Pur in #49 Black. I must have this. It is my last makeup frontier. This sends shivers down my spine. First things first, I am a total closet goth. This means that I love gothic styles: deep lipstick, purple hair, Edwardian collars. However, this shocks most people because I seem like a pretty nice, normal gal. Little do they know that I would love to wear black lip gloss. Take that back, I think they know. Thank you YSL for making this one more step closer to kosher. I love the shine, it keeps it from being too 6th grade boy shopping at Hot Topic. It is very chic. I love chic goth looks, forget the purple crushed velvet Ren Fair bustier dress. I want a pencil skirt, granny boots, black lace top with a pussy bow, and a damn black bowler hat. Anyways, I can’t stop thinking about this dumb gloss. Sure black gloss has been around for ages, but this is glamor. This is my type of goth. This is freak’n YSL. I think about this on the lips, deeply and as a dark as it can go with super metallic gold eyes. I think of it layered over a berry shade creating a juicy blackberry. I think of this worn alone on a nude face sans blush or any eye makeup. I think of it with smoky eyes worn slightly light and smoky on the lips. I think about all of the possibilities. I feel I have been living in a makeup rut. I have seen it all, been there done that. Nothing is “extreme” enough anymore, nothing surprises me. This does. This makes me think, I can’t wear this to work, what would my in-laws think, what would random people think. I love it. Because even though I am totally obsessed with this stuff, it still makes me shy. I think, “oh, only weekends out and about Seattle.” I love feeling that way. I’m not scared of body glitter, crimson lips, teal eyeshadow applied in a Liz Taylor Cleopatra type fashion. I’m not scared of cutting my own bangs crooked. But, I am a little scared of the social implications of black lip gloss. It is wonderful. It makes me feel like a rebellious teenager again. Yes, I want attention. I want to be edgy. Except I know I can get away with this. Nobody will say anything. It is wonderful and I must throw down the $28 to have it. If I can find it….

Siouxsie will have nothing on me. My lips will be dark and glossy...

Siouxsie will have nothing on me. My lips will be dark and glossy...

If you aren’t tired of smoky eyes, then here is another eyeshadow set for you. If you don’t have all of these colors, then here is a set for you. I really like Calvin Klein makeup and I find these shadows okay. I am not a big fan of  “strip” compacts because they “blur” and mix and I am a bit of a perfectionist.

Anyways, this limited edition compact contains four shimmery smoky colors that are long wearing. Melange eyeshadow in Grey Colorway contains the following: deep “mauvey” grey, shiny silver shimmer, pale white blue shimmer, and a shimmering midnight black. It retails for $35 and is limited edition available of sephora.com.

Seems as if Dior and Givenchy accidentally got some wires crossed for their Fall 2008 Color Collections. Givenchy has released some of their items and they are a bit “dandy”. This new Givenchy Pocket Beauty Case plays along with the 1930’s, old Hollywood androgyny, and 1970’s Faye Dunaway vibe. This is a new adorable silver Givenchy logo-ed “pocket watch” styled beauty case. It houses a dewy shimmering sheer pink highlighter that can be used on lips, cheeks, chest, or shoulders. My vote is for lips. It looks really pretty on lips and plus it is fun to pop out for reapplication. It is limited edition and retails for $55.

Dandy enough for a lady.

Dandy enough for a lady.

I’m still searching for my HG mascara even after using Chanel Exceptionnel Intense Volume and Curve Mascara in Smokey Black. This is not the mascara for me. First off the wand is really hard to use. I’m a makeup artist, I’m supposed to be a little talented and applying mascara should be easy. This brush has “combs” just like Lancôme Fatale and then normal bristles like most traditional mascaras. However, the normal bristles are really short and don’t really touch the lashes. You are supposed to “twirl” the mascara from the lashline for a clump-free look. I twirled, I curled, I did it all and still had really clumpy lashes. It deposits lots of product because of the combs. The formula dries thick and brittle. The worse thing is that it flakes like mad all over my face. All day I find little black things all over my face and even on my chin looking like man whiskers. The mascara is very hard to remove at night and I use Lancome Bifacil and still can’t get it off. I have to use two rounds of Lancome’s eye makeup remover. The combs aren’t good at separating lashes. I have to use a traditional spoolie over this to define my lashes. And they call this brush innovative… This formula does add volume but it looks very unnatural and does have flaky fibers. Even though I dislike this mascara, I would recommend it to those that like Lancome Fatale or other thick comb mascaras. And I would recommend it to people that like “thick” mascara-ish looks, the looks that look like lots of mascara, not lots of lashes, mascara. This look was popular a few falls ago. Overall, I’m disappointed. This is not good for my everyday life. It takes too long to apply and looks really bad on me. This is a $28 mascara and I should of stuck with Chanel Inimitable. I haven’t found my HG but I know that I want separated lashes. I know that I need a “wetter” formula and a brush that is not like the one of Exceptionnel. I think I’m going to trade mine for Inimitable.

I really want this little black book of beautiful lips. This is my dream come true. There are so many options crammed into a portable space, making one feel like the ultimate makeup artist. This limited edition Bobbi Brown Artist Palette for Lips can be purchased at Neiman Marcus for $200. Ouch, that is pricey but in its defense you get 42 lipstick shades in three of Bobbi Brown’s wonderful formulas. You get 21 of her Lip Color ranging from Pale Pink to Brownie and everything in between. You get 11 of the Creamy Lip Color which is a moisturizing formula ranging from Blue Raspberry to Nectar. Finally, you get 10 of the Lip Sheer formula ranging from Bare to Black Plum. Plus you can mix and match and do whatever you want to with it. It comes with a retractable lip brush also. This isn’t in my budget right now but I’d love to have it. I spend that much (+) on tubes here and there and they take up so much space. I wear lots of colors and this would be perfect for me. You can pick one up at neimanmarcus.com and they are limited edition.

Has anyone gave this one a try yet? Frankly, I think it looks like the biggest gimmick ever. But, who knows? First off it looks like some spooky mace. 

This mascara claims to grip lashes at the root to curl and separate them. The creepy sphere shape is patented and is supposed to work with all eye shapes. I just can’t buy into that. It looks like lots of extra work. Nobody wants to paint each individual lash on. If that was the case wouldn’t you just wear individual false lashes. Since you’d be double coating so many areas on accident it seems like it would clump up so badly. I like even sweeps and I don’t think you could get that with this. But, I haven’t tried it so I don’t know. I’d love to hear your opinion. I just don’t want to experiment with a $27 mascara. I am so sick of getting burned.