I love this collection for the nerd factor alone. It is inspired the English Tudors, “an imperial court mired in salacious scandal and royal indulgence“. Hopefully this collection will make somebody somewhere learn a thing or 2 about history or at least make it cool to be nerdy, which it is. The collection contains the following limited edition items, many in special packaging.

FACE: There is a Fusion Blush. This cheek color has a matte and a shimmery shade packaged together. The shade is Regal which is a great nude peach pink blush and it retails for $32. This is a good color because it doens’t overwhelm when paired with a bold or smoky eye.

EYES: There are 2 Reign Eyeshadow Palettes in Majesty which contains a highlighting peach, opulent plum, and black and there is Monarch which contains a golden highlighting shade, rich bronze, and neutral taupe brown. I think Majesty would look great with green, brown, or hazel eyes. Monarch is a nice neutral for all eye colors. These contain the same shades in matte and shimmery formulas.These retail for $42. There is a Jet Set Eyeliner Palette in Reign. This contains four long-wearing cream eyeliners in black, brown, gold, and bronze . The gold and bronze both wear nicely on the bottom lash line and make the eyes appear brighter and more “awake”. This retails for $48. There is a Reign Lash DNA Mascara in Plum. This retails for $19. I love a plum for fall/winter.

LIPS: There is a Lip Gloss in Crowned, a warm peachy nude. The packaging is adorable. It retails for $19. There are 2 Doubletake Lip Colors. These are a pencil with a lip liner on one end and a longer wearing lipstick on the other. There is Amaretto and Currant. These retail for $22. Amaretto is really nude, a pink nude combo that is great for a smoky eye. Currant is what the name applies. I like this product because it is convenient and portable plus it doesn’t look dry.

I like the collection event though I am pretty much over the smoky eye. I think the lip colors are really nice in this collection and I do like the “idea” behind it. It is a little odd really, but I like to think of it as the makeup that all of Henry VIII’s wives wore while A. having affairs with other unattractive men or B. being beheaded. Find out more about royal scandal on wiki. This collection is available at Sephora and smashbox.com.

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 kind of like this collection because at least Lancome is trying to be edgy with their new Spring 2009 Color Story. It is bold but it is pink which every makeup collection has offered this spring. But, at least this is trying to have some “attitude”. It is inspired by the Piha Volcanic beaches of New Zealand, doesn’t look very Xena to me. Pink Irreverence is supposed to “push the boundaries of beauty”. I don’t know about that since this look as been done a million times before. It is very Deborah Harry and it is very every fashion magazine in the early 80’s. Pushing boundaries,  I think not. Pretty while being bold, yes.

EYES: There are two new Color Design Eyeshadow Quads in Irreverent Madame and Mademoiselle Sass. Irreverent Madame looks so much like the singles that Lancome already produces. It has a pale white shimmer, pale pink shimmer, bold magenta, and a sparkling glittery black. All of these are already offered by Lancome. In fact I have a GWP mini eyeshadow quad that looks identical to this. Mademoiselle Sass is the nice warm tone look with a honey shimmer, champagne shimmer, bronze shimmer, and a chocolate brown. These retail for $42. Will the prices ever stop going up! I remember when these were $30. There are two Color Design Pro Cooling Gel Illuminator for Eyes and Face that retail for $20. Think a more expensive and less expansive version of Maybelline Cool Effects. There is High Expectations and Hard To Get. Both are shimmery and pretty neutral gold/bronzes. There are two Laque Liner Long-Lasting Eyeliners that retail for $25. I like Artliner better but these are OK. There is Pure Black and Pure Sparkle, a glittery liner. There are 5 Le Crayon Khol Waterproof Eyeliner that go for $23.50. The quality is pretty nice and wears for a long time. There is Irreverent Brown (dark brown), Rebellious Berry (a medium cranberry that a dyed redhead like myself could rock), Blanc Audacity (eye opening white), and Confidence Noir (a pitch black).

FACE: Two sheer Blush Subtil blushes have been featured. There is High Maintenance for cool skintones and looks and Extravagance for warm skintones and looks. Both retail for $29.50.

LIPS & NAILS: There are three Color Fever Lipsticks in Mademoiselle, Forget Me Not, and Pink Attitude that retail for $25. All are shimmery and sheer to be worn with bold eyes. There are four La Laque Fever Lipcolors that are really nice. They are shiny and shimmery and long wearing.  They go for $26. I love Electric Pink which is a bright Barbie pink shimmer. There are Optical Rose (pale pink shimmer), Lucent Nude (light warm bronze) and Iridescent (pinkish brown shimmer). There are four Color Fever Plumper Lip Gloss that retail for $29. There is Fuschia Flaunt (shimmery berry), City Mauve (shimmery neutral), Downtown Pink (rosey shimmer), and Rose Punk (pale pink shimmer). There is the awesome Color Fever Lip Gloss in Piha Black which is a sheer volcanic ash black shimmer that looks great alone or worn over other colors to deepen them. Retails for $25. There are two cool Le Vernis Nail Colors in Sassiness which is a super pale posh pink and Piha Black which is a silvery shimmering black. Both retail for $18.

Overall the collection is fun and contains a few nice things. I can’t get over how much Lancome’s prices have went up. I like this look but I am kind of sick of it at the same time. I did wear this look out a few years ago so it just doesn’t feel “new”. I also feel it only would look good on blondes and really dark hair. No mousey browns or redheads allowed.

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.

My husband bought me this limited edition set as a gift and I love it. First, things first. I love Too Faced Quickie Chronicles. All of the colors in the compact “go” together. I’ve bought a few of the full-sized ones in the past and a few of the minis. I love the covers and I love shimmer. So, I was so siked to see 8 of these mini palettes going for $59.10.

These were released for Sephora’s 10th anniversary (in the U.S. I assume). Each kit comes in a pulp fiction cardboard type compact that is sans mirror or applicators. Who uses the crummy applicators anyways? This collection contains 8 different Mini Quickie Chronicles. Each of the palettes contain two shimmery vanilla scented lip glosses, two shimmery eye shadows, and one shimmery blush or bronzer. Pretty much all of these work for me. The colors aren’t super exciting but they work. They are my ‘everyday” looks. Most of the palettes contain shimmery nudes, browns, bronzes and plummy browns. However there is a metallic pink and a hot peacock green. The blushes range from plummy pinks to bronzes. The bronze blushes are kind of “ho-hum” and I will be using these as shadows. They make my face look too shimmery and muddy but they may work for darker skintones. Many of the blushes are gorgeous. They have the right amount of shimmer and make my skin look flawless, almost plastic-y, a look that many hate but I love. I would love to purchase them individually. The shadows are mainly shimmery, some have glitter, have a lot of pigment and blend beautifully with a great brush. The glosses are OK. They are thick and shimmery but won’t last too long. Not a lot comes in the palette. But, they do last a while on the lips.

Overall I find this collection a great deal. I’ve been using a different palette daily and it has been a week. They come individually wrapped, so they would make great gifts broken up. I love them. Thanks hubby.

How refreshing, a pale, radiant look for summer by the people that made the terracotta tan a must have. I’ve been meaning to comment on this, but I’ve been really busy packing up like a 100 bottles of perfume. Let me make this clear I am a true sucker for Guerlain’s little pearls of perfection. I use my Météorites daily, all over, as highlighters, eyeshadow, blush, whatever. So…I was excited about this new collection. I was shocked to see the company stray from their bronzed metals to silky pearls. Guerlain Pearls It’s fresh, it’s aquatic. It’s stay out of the sun, it causes age spots, cancer and wrinkles and you’ll just burn and look freckley anyways. Hence, I love it. Guerlain is the only company that can persuade me into wanting a tan (as the picture that follows) Guerlain Terracotta, so I’m happy that they have made pearly pale cool for summer so that I won’t try to tan, even though, the Indian Bronze Pearly Sun Powder ’08 is to die for… Anyways, I love the primer; it’s “divine alchemy”, no joke. The Météorites Pressed Powders are beautiful and so smooth. The glosses are nice, but I don’t think that I would buy them because they’re pretty normal. This summer look is a keeper for me: it’s simple, fresh, radiant, glamorous and beachy without the sunburn. Gotta get my hands on this primer…Guerlain Summer Primer