Again, I have fallen for a Guerlain color collection. This is of no surprise for this happens quite frequently. I love the Summer Splash collection, it is so beachy without being overly “tan” and “bronzed”. The packaging is beautiful and glamorous. The company describes this collection as “a mermaid basking under the sun.” I like the sound of that.

EYES: I have found a new favorite. I absolutely love The Loose Powder Kohl in Lagoon Blue. This is a shimmery sea blue with a hint of gold. It is a “warm” blue. It really works with my complexion. If you think you can’t wear blue, I bet you can wear this. I am light with warm undertones with blue eyes, I imagine that this would also work well with medium complexions with brown eyes. It goes for $34 and I think it is worth every penny. I mean just look at the packaging! There is an awesome eyeshadow quad, Ombre Éclat. It comes in a nice rose gold shaded compact with 4 shimmery shadows: white, rose gold, tan, and aqua. Once again, this is a very kind color combo for my complexion. I think natural redheads, dyed redheads could pull this one off too. It goes for $58. I think it is worth it. The formula is so smooth. The Le 2 Guerlain Waterproof Mascara is out at $35. It’s even available in a teal blue! I haven’t tried this. I’m trying to spend less on things like mascara. The single shadows, Ombre Éclat are available in special shades: Pearly White, a white gold shimmer, and Pearly Brown, a nice sandy brown shimmer. These go for $34.

LIPS: There is the Kiss Kiss Stick Gloss in 3 shades. This is a great formula that provides shiney, sheer color in a stick. There is Corail des Mers, a glossy coral, Grenades Des Iles, a brownish/coppery rose, and Rose Des Sables, a warm rose. These go for $30 and are in the pretty summer packaging.

FACE: It isn’t my little pearls of perfection, but it is so nice. I am in love with Illuminating Powder in Poudre des Sables. This is a pressed shimmer powder housed in a mother of pearl like packaging. The print resembles a shell and it is a mix of gold, rose, sable, tan. It is a flattering shade even for paler gals. It goes for $65. The Blush 4 Éclats Sculpting Blush has been relaunched. This is a great formula available in a variety of shades with a nice, soft fragrance. It goes for $48 and provides a nice glow. There is also an Illuminating Pressed Powder relaunch. These are like pressed, super shimmery Météorites. It is lovely with pearly shades of beige and pink. It reminds me of seashells and goes for $65. These are both great complexion enhancers.

Overall, as you can tell, I love this collection. I know I am biased because it really works for my complexion! Hey, we all get lucky sometime, right? This collection is available at most venues that carry Guerlain such as Nordstrom and other department stores in your area.

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“Safari” fashion has been big this summer. Everything is khaki, olive, and very ‘Ernest Hemingway African safari” in both clothing and makeup. MAC has introduced “Style Warrior” for this summer. It’s style is still on par with other brands for this summer but it is much more “fierce”.

The packaging for all of the products is bronze with animal prints and “tribal” designs. I am a sucker for anything animal print so I really like the limited edition packaging.I believe the “leopard” print is for warmer undertones and the “zebra” print is for cooler undertones.

EYES: There are 5 Eye Shadows that retail for $14.50. There is Night Manoeuvres which is a smoky deep taupe. I love it on all eye colors. There is Soft Force which is a pale gold shimmer that works nicely on pale to medium skintones. There is Vibrant Grape which is a magenta. I think this would be amazing on medium skin to dark skintones with brown eyes or even green eyes. Bright Future is a bright yellow gold shimmer that will make blue eyes pop. And there is Tempting, a warm brown shimmer that is a beautiful neutral for summer. An Eye Kohl Pencil in Smolder (black) and Pro Lash Mascara have been relaunched.

LIPS & NAILS: There are 4 Lipsticks that retail for $14.00. Sunsational is a warm gold neutral that pairs nicely with a smoky eye. Brave New Bronze which is a pinky bronze neutral. Tribalist is a satin blackberry, I think it is my favorite lipstick in the collection. And there is Purple Rite which is a violet shimmer. I think this would be nice paired with a forest green smoky eye. There are 4 Lipglass Lip Glosses that go for $14. Liberated is a sheer gold that will add warmth over any shade. Gold Rebel is a coppery gold shimmer. Fierce & Fabulous is a frosty purpley pink, great for pale skins with dark hair. Style Warrior (my fave) is a blackened burgundy bronze. If your lips have a natural brown tone to them, this would be stunning. There are 3 Nail Lacquers. THere is Peaceable which is a super shimmery metallic golden beige. I love it with a tan. Mercenary which is a bronze with dark bronze shimmers, very “antiqued”. The last one is Violet Fire which is a bright magenta purple shimmer. Nail Colors go for $11.

FACE: There are 2 Beauty Powder Blushes. One is Eversun which is a bronze with gold shimmers, perfect for darker skins. THe other is On A Mission, a natural pinky plum. Both go for $18. There are 2 Bronzing Powders. One is Refined Gold and the other Solar Rich, retail for $21.  Items that have been relaunched: Solar Bits (love those babies), Lustre Drops, Iredescent Loose Powder, Skinsheen Leg Spray, and brushes.

Animal print bags have been launched with this collection. I like the collection but I haven’t purchased anything from it. There appears to be nothing that I don’t already own. If I fall for it, it would be because of the packaging.

Have a thing for sailor pants and deep, dark navy? I do. I always fall for that hokey almost costumey nautical look for summer. It just looks cute and quite pin-up with a bit of prep. I try not to dress like it anymore, since there are actual sailors in town and their uniforms are much cuter than my wardrobe. Anyways, Bobbi Brown’s Nautical Collection is that look that I always pull out every late spring. I love a “fresh” and a no-fuss glow.

This collection was inspired by a trip to Normandy. There she was inspired, quite frankly,  by the local’s wind and sunburned faces. So, she created a “sheer” collection. Who knew chapped skin could be so beautiful?

I really like this collection for summer. But, I am going through a big lip and cheekstain phase right now. It is just crisp and Bobbi Brown says it best in her video featured on her webiste: forgiving. (Watch it if you want.) This look really does work for most people. I really think the model’s look featured above does the collection no justice. She looks gross and creepy. The eyes are much too much for a natural, sea-side inspired look.

Cheeks: There is a Sheer Color Cheek Tint in 6 shades ranging from flushed Blackberry to warm Coral. (Model is wearing Lilac). These are super sheer and of the swivel variety. I like it. It retails for $22. Don’t be fooled, you can use these on your lips as well. On cheeks, pair with a powder blush for long wear.

Eyes: Perfectly Defined Mascara is the mascara for this look. I haven’t tried it. I can’t comment but I usually dislike comb wands. It goes for $22. Eye makeup isn’t specified but I’m sure it is Eye Shadow in Ivory and Navy and Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Graphite Shimmer Ink. I think a swipe of gel eyeliner would of been enough for this look…

Lips: There is the Sheer Color Lip Gloss in four shades. These are so pretty. They are bold pigments in a super sheer formula that ranges from delicate pink to hot pink. It makes the pout look so healthy. Colors include: Cabana Coral, Marina Pink, Popsicle, and Sailor. Marina Pink is my favorite, even though I like them all. These go for $20 and are limited edition.

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Lancome’s summer color collections have been the same for years: shimmery shades of bronze for eyes and face paired with shimmer lips. Well, here we go again. Oh, except this time there are more “minerals”.

FACE: I like the Tropiques Minerale Smoothing Pressed Bronzer in Natural Sunkiss. It is a bronzer that works for light to medium skintones. Lancome’s market of bronzers was really missing out there. There is a Tropiques Mineral Loose Bronzer in Natural Ambre. This is a pretty shade but more “orangey”, excuse me “bronze”. Both go for $38.50. There is a Blush Subtil Powder Blush in Botanic Glow, a sheer peachy bronze. This retails for $29.50.

LIPS & NAILS: There are 6 Juicy Tubes Pure. These are the Juicy Tubes that you love but with “minerals”. The shades are pretty sheer and shimmery. A few worth noting are Bare Honey, a super pale gold shimmer, and Rose Water, a barely there pink. These go for $18. There are 4 Colour Fever Sheer Color Lipsticks. All are in sheer, natural tones of pink, , nude, and bronze. These retail for $25 and are a nice “smooth” formula. Le Lipstique Lip Liner in Sheer Nude has been relaunched. It goes for $23. There is a Le Vernis Nail Color in Exotique Kiss, this is a coral-ish pink shimmer. It goes for $18.

EYES: There are 3 Sensational Effects Eyeshadow Quads. There is Coral Paradise with shades of brown, gold, and coral. There is Safari Escapade which is about the same except with a green shade instead of coral. There is Bronze Midnight which has various warm precious metal shades. These come in a pretty and fancy compact and retail for $44. There are 2 Le Crayon Khol Kajal Eyeliner Pencils. This is a soft and easy to use formula. There is Midnight Glimmer which is a deep antique gold shimmer. This is a nice alternative to black. There is Gold Blaze which is a yellow gold shimmer. I like both of these and they retail for $23.50.

Overall the collection is “friendly” because it is netural. Many of the shades will work with any hair color or eye color. I would say that Coral Paradise would really make blue eyes pop and that Safari Escapade would look amazing with brown and hazel eyes. All eyes could benefit from Bronze Midnight (this is a kinder smokier eye for all skintones). I’m not going to rush out and buy any of this stuff. I’m interested in the bronzer but currently I am happy with Maybelline Mineral Wear products and boy are they cheaper.

Jungle animal trends are popular again this summer. MAC’s collection has that vibe and so does Smashbox. It only makes sense since safari prints and trends are so popular in clothing and accessories this summer as well.”Untamed” contains many pretty, deep, and mysterious shades.

FACE: There is a Creamy Cheek Color in Terracotta. This is a sheer color that is like the name implies, a terracotta. It can also be worn on the lips. It retails for $24. Sephora is offering a High Lights Cheek Luminizer. This is a long-wearing pink shimmer cream. It goes for $24.

EYES: There are 2 Waterproof Shadow Liner Trios. These are long wearing creams. There is Savage (yep, they went there); it contains a deep “jungle” green shimmer, nude champagne gold shimmer, and a deep chocolate brown shimmer. The other is Exotic; it contains a deep eggplant shimmer, pinky champagne shimmer, and a dusty mauve shimmer. Both are great for brown eyes, Exotic is great for green and hazel eyes. These retail for $29. The texture is OK but I must add that the lid be on tightly or these babies will dry out and be useless. That is the downside to waterproof cosmetics 😦 There is a Double-Ended Eye Brightener. This is really a jumbo “eyeliner” pencil that can be used as a highlighter for eyes or face. It contains a pinky champagne and a soft honey gold (think Benefit Tequila). It is a nice product but I don’t think I’ll fork over the $22 for it.

LIPS: There are 2 Lip Glosses. One is Raw which is a shimmery brick red. I really like this one on tan skin. The other is Flesh which is a satiny nude that looks great with dark eye makeup. These go for $18.

I am truly apathetic about this collection. I don’t dislike it other than its offensive names. I’m not in love with it either. It is one I’ll pass up this summer. The colors are OK but I have many of these things in my collection already. I must add that I do find these great “colors” for medium to tan complexions. They aren’t the typical “bronzes” of the season but they still look summery.

The model’s look doesn’t look so great and she looks like she has a bit of a zombie complexion but I must say that the actual products are quite luxurious. They are beautiful and works of art. They are housed in lovely black Armani cases. The color scheme is mainly bronze and teal, a very popular combo it seems every summer.

EYES: I am in love with the Mediterranean Eyeshadow Palette. I would be. It is the most expensive item in the collection ($85). It contains four lovely powder shadows ranging from icy turquoise to shimmering sands. It also contains a bronzer powder. It is just a pretty kit. I occasionally fall for stupid products and I can’t exclude my fascination with The Sparkling Bronze Mascara Topcoat. It is a useless product but it sure is glamorous  and does what the name says. I can’t justify purchasing it at $26 😦  Two Smooth Silk Eye Pencils are featured in nice stone colors of jade and lapis lazuli. These go for $26. Maestro Mascara and Eyebrow Pencils have been relaunched. These go for $26.

LIPS: I love the Lip Wax which is a sheer, buildable bronzey “blush” for lips. It retails for $26. There are  Lip Shimmer lip glosses in shimmery sheer shades of bronze, nude, and blackberry. These go for $26 as well.

FACE & BODY: There is a Sienna Minerals Bronzing Palette. It contains a lovley mix match of earthy mineral shades of sienna, bronze, and ochre. It goes for $65. There is also a Sheer Bronzer in a deep shade that retails for $48. Body tints are back. Armani has a Bronze Mania Body Tints Bronzer which is a gel body bronzer. It goes for $75.

Overall, the collection contains a few super luxurious items. The colors are ho-hum and predictable: bronze and teal. I don’t have a problem with that, those colors are flattering on me. However, dark lips are a part of the collection and I love that. Sheer blackberry glosses really work in summer. I know I go to those in the late summer since that is when berries come out anyways.

Sometimes your angel is the centerfold, this includes your Liz Taylor as Cleopatra complex. I really, really like Nars summer 2009 look. It is everything that I love, heavy teal eyes and blunt bangs. It is meant to be a very “tropic” look hence all the deep bronzes but it has enough of that Old Hollywood “Egyptian” vibe to be fun and interesting and not just another pretty, bronzey, summer look.

EYES: There is an Eye Shadow Single in Tropic which is a rich teal blue with silver shimmers. It is very pretty and very Cleopatra when paired with heavy, black liquid liner. It retails for $22. There is a nice “everyday” Eye Shadow Duo in Scorching Sun. This contains an orangey copper shimmer and a golden peachy sheen, both really warm shades. This has to be one of the best colors lately that has hit the market to really enhance blue eyes. Talk about making the eyes steal the show. Duos retail for $32 and I am so tempted to grab this one.

LIPS & NAILS: There are two lipstick shades. There is Falbala which is a warm, rose, shiny shimmer and Outsider which is a bronze coral. I am in love Outsider. It really helps to pull the rest of this collection together. There is a super friendly Lip Gloss in Belize which is a light rose with gold shimmer. It looks so nice with dark eyes. Lipsticks and lip glosses go for $24. There is a Lip Liner in Tonga which is a neutral mauve that retails for $20. There is a sheer golden peachy pink Nail Polish in Adelita that is sure to enhance any sunkissed complexions. It retails for $16.

FACE: A new shade of Bronzing Powder has been launched. It is Irrestistblement which is a dark chocolaty bronze with gold shimmer. It looks very pretty but is too dark for my Laguna loving complexion. It retails for $30.

Overall, I love the collection. It is one of those “hold me back” colllections. I have to talk myself out of buying everything. It works for pale and deep complexions. A bronzer is the star but look at the fair, blue-eyed model. She looks great. Nars is finally giving me what I like again after a few “dry” seasons.