Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Lancome Color Design All-In-One 5 Shadow Palette Taupe Craze Swatches and Review

It's my opinion that the Color Design All-In-One 5 Shadow palettes are the best eyeshadows Lancome has ever made. In each palette, you have a base shade, a lid shade, a crease color, a highlight and a liner. Of course you can use any of the shades in any pattern that you wish, but there is a plastic covering over the shades that designates these colors as such, if you desire to use them that way. Taupe Craze is....well, just brimming with Taupe.

Most of the shades have a little shimmer, except the middle shade, (the crease shade), it is a matte taupe. The hand swatch shows the base shade, lid shade, crease shade, highlight and then the liner, in that order.

In case you lose the little insert and aren't sure how to apply the shades, Lancome has provided a nice fold out insert in the packaging that shows a day look on one side and then how to boost it up to a night time look on the other.

I have the fold out insert pictured in my review of the Lancome Amethyst Glam Palette.

Additionally, I have tried to show the palette in use. The first picture is a little blurry, sorry, but it shows the color well.

I have reviewed three of these palettes so far and have purchased four, so I still have a review to go. I have had great wear from all the shades with the exception of the crease shade in this palette. For some reason, crease is the word that describes it well. I've worn it about four times and every time it has creased on me. The Emerald Boudoir Palette has a very similar crease shade but I've had no problems with it whatsoever. In both pictures, I am wearing Dior Aurora bronzer on cheeks with LORAC 3D mascara.

Ok, and in the second picture, I was going garage saling at some unGodly hour so I'm looking a little rough, but you get the idea of the 5 shadow palette in use.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

How To Layer Shatter And Crackle Nail Polishes

I got this great idea so I had to try it. I did a manicure with a fuchsia base and a LaRosa white Crackle Shatter over the top. I thought wouldn't this be great to layer Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Fuchsia Shock reviewed here.

The only problem was that it didn't work. It didn't really crackle. So I tried OPI Turquoise Shatter over that. It didn't shatter. I put OPI White Shatter on top thinking maybe the two brands being the same would do something. Nada. All I got was a mess.

I removed these lovely accent nails and repainted them in the original fuchsia, with the conclusion that you can't crackle/shatter over crackle/shatter. I haven't given up...I feel confident someone will have a way to do this eventually. After all, who wouldn't want a crackle sandwich?

Here's my lovely manicure now, zzzzzzz:

You never know till you try, right?

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Look at OPI Blue, Turquoise, Navy Shatter Polishes and Swatches!!

Meet the latest offerings from the OPI Products Shatter line of polishes. They are, left to right, Turquoise Shatter, Navy Shatter and Blue Shatter.

Turquoise Shatter and Blue Shatter both have a very mild shimmer. Navy is a flat color. I've done swatches over Finger Paints Paper Mache, a solid white. There's no top coat on the swatches for the pictures. I would personally top coat my shatters but I wanted you to see them in their natural form.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Have You Seen Green Crackle Shatter Polish??

I hadn't. I figured somebody would bring it out for Christmas or something. Well, I was off getting a pedicure today and my friend said "look, they do that crackle stuff you like", and she showed me a nail wheel with GREEN CRACKLE on it. GREEN!!! I said what is this, can I buy one? So they let me buy a bottle.

The brand is called La Rosa. On the front of the bottle it says Crackle Shatter. On the back it reads Crackle Of Green. It is a lovely green; bright and kind of grassy, not yellowy but a true green. My camera wanted to make it look teal, but it's not. It is crayola green. Just the perfect color. The spoon photo is the most accurate of the green, but it is still just a little brighter than the spoon.

I can't wait to wear this!! I have something else on my nails right now, but I'll be itching to change it and try the LaRosa.

My Makeover By Dior National Master Makeup Artist Rita Brown Courtesy of Nordstrom - Face and Lips

If you've read part one of my makeover at Nordstrom with Dior National Artist Rita Brown, you'll see that Rita did an amazing job of prepping my skin, nourishing it, and applying brows, eyeshadow and mascara.  What?  I didn't mention what was used for brows???  Oh Dior has a fabulous pencil that has a brow spoolie on one end and a roll out pencil on the other.  No kidding, Rita wields this like the most fantastic  artistic tool.  Good brows transform and frame a face.  Here's a picture of the spoolie end of this fabulous tool for your makeup arsenal.

Ms. Rita Brown asked me what I liked in a foundation. I had told her that I was a very dry skinned person and mentioned that I rarely ever use powder over foundation. I occasionally might powder my nose, but mostly I just skip that step...that's what I call going rogue. My finish of choice is a natural satin finish. Rita picked Diorskin Eclat Satin Moisture Release Satin makeup in the color 300, a medium beige. This foundation performed quite well throughout the day and it looked as fresh in the evening as it did in the afternoon when applied. Two thumbs up!!

The blush and bronzer was a fabulous all-in-one product called Dior Harmonie de Blush and Rita used the color 002 Coral Riviera. It comes with a nice little brush that I think will be particularly helpful when I want to concentrate on the bronzer in the middle.

The next product was used to highlight the innermost part of my cheeks closest to the nose. It was the Dior 'Diorskin' Ultra Shimmering Allover Face Powder and I'm not sure which color was used. It is a sliding block of shimmer with multiple colors and you can view it here on  (I have no referral agreement with Nordstrom, I just thought you might like to view the product.)

You can kind of see it on my inner cheeks and forehead in the following picture. Looks ok in the photos, but was too shimmery in real life for my husband. And it accentuated my wrinkleage.

Now we move to my favorite part....lips. I love lip products. I don't know why. I think it started by playing with my mom's Avon miniature lipstick testers. At any rate, the finished product:

Rita asked me if I wanted a popping color to make a statement. I told her I was so pleased with the eyes and wanted them to make their own statement and I wanted to go with a softer lip that complimented the tone of the cheeks. Here are hand swatches of the products used. From left to right: Dior Rouge Contour Lip Liner in Natural Beige, Dior Addict Lipstick 530 called Bobo, (ha! what a name! lol), and Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss Glow 247 Pink Flirt.

Dior lipliners come with a soft easily applicable color on one end that wears really well, and a brush for blending on the other.

This lipgloss is fairly sheer when applied and just provides that ooomph of shine. I loved the three combined, so I smiled a lot all day.

This was a really fun experience that I am thankful to Nordstrom, Rita Brown and my local Dior makeup artist Sunny Yu for it. I am such a Dior fan and I learned so much during this makeover. Don't ever pass up an opportunity to learn. Again my kudos and thank yous all around.

My Makeover By Dior National Master Makeup Artist Rita Brown Courtesy of Nordstrom - Lets Talk Eyes

As if the lure of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale for Women and Children wasn't enough, I was invited to be part of a select group to experience a one-on-one session with Dior's Master Artist Rita Brown.

Rita is as lovely inside as out...such a unique lady. She travels throughout the country on behalf of Dior and holds sessions in various stores such as Nordstrom, Dillards, etc... I was happy to learn that not only was she assigned to Anchorage for the first time, but she teaches and performs in other areas that I frequent on vacation.

And I'm telling you, this lady is a genious. She can completely transform skin with Dior products and can draw the perfect eyebrow with both hands tied behind her back and blindfolded. She's just that good!!

This was the first makeover I've had in years. YEARS. So I was pretty happy to try new things and new looks, and absolutely floored to have the opportunity to meet alone for a special session with a traveling celebrity artist. I sat enthusiastically in the chair like a crazy makeup junkie instead of as a professional blogger. lol My first blogging makeover and I'm afraid I didn't write everything down, like I should have. Well, next time!!!

I was pretty impressed with the skincare products used. I will cover most of them briefly in this article because I want to focus on the color products. Rita cleansed and toned my skin, removing mascara and all traces of makeup before she began the treatment process. I loved the cleanser and toner and will probably pick those up when the ones I have run out, in part because I cleansed my face before I went to Nordstrom. When I saw all the dirt that was still there after using my cleanser, (a top named brand!), I was astounded. New cleanser is on my list, (Dior Purifying Milk Cleanser)!!

The next item was Dior Capture Totale One Essential Skin Boosting Super Serum. This serum is designed to detoxify the skin and to boost the effects of the other products you put on it. It is absorbed so quickly that I was really impressed. And it did seem to help the other products to absorb and provide a better moisturizing effect thruout the day. It didn't sit on my face or feel greasy nor did any of the subsequent products. The correction of visible aging is supposed to build over time with use.

Capture products were used for moisturizing and eye cream. They absorbed nicely and didn't feel heavy on the skin. Rita followed up with Sunscreen and I was ready for my makeup application! Rita used the Dior 'SkinFlash' Radiance Booster Pen to prep my lids and all under my eyes. This was also used for a highlighter here and there. I loved how it looked but I didn't note what color she used. I have recently purchased the Mac Prep + Prime Highlighting pens, so I thought I probably should forgo this product for now, but I loved how it looked. Love, love!

Rita and I discussed what kind of look I hoped for, and I told her I'd like to try the Rosy Tan 5 color eyeshadow palette since I had it on order and something coordinating for lips and cheeks.  Rosy Tan can be viewed here.  I gave her the "work your magic" freedom to see what would happen. The first item of color applied was the Dior Incognito 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palette. Color me surprised. Rita explained she often uses this as a base of neutrals before she applies the "look". I decided this must be eye underwear. Impressive.

I often use a beige as a base for color but I never would have given this palette a second look if I hadn't seen it applied on my lids. It gives a perfect sheen of satins that make your skin look really nice and I've even worn it by itself for a nice dressed up but not heavy makeup type look. There is a great taupe and varying skintones as well as a shimmery highlighter. On my hand, a couple of the shades barely show but they are the ones that just melt into my lids to give an illusion of lid perfection.

And I ALMOST forgot to tell you one of the greatest things I learned. Dior quint eyeshadows can be used wet or dry without that nasty crusting that happens in some brands. WINNING!!

Rita used the Dior Kohl Eyeliner pencil in brown to tightline upper lids, lower lids and then as an eyeliner over the Rosy Tan quint of shadows.

This pencil liner is SO soft and it's waterproof so it's just perfect for inner lids, upper or lower. It wears really well and is really comfortable. It has a smudge liner on one end and comes with a pencil sharpener. The hand swatch shows the brown and the blue.

Next up was the Dior Show Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum. This is eyelash underwear!! It is a white fluid that you apply like mascara which builds and thickens the lash and then mascara is applied over it. With daily use, it is said to promote long term lash strength and vitality. It looks just like a basic mascara wand, except it's white.

Due to the length of this post, I will finish my magical makeover with a subsequent post covering foundation, cheeks and lips. But in the meantime, here's looking at you!

Preview of finished product:

My hair is spastic but this post isn't about hair!!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Here's How to Win a Giveaway for Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure

This is a brand new bottle of the much coveted Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure Nail Polish. It is a nearly clear polish with holographic flakies suspended within. It is all the rage among nailphiles and has been discontinued for awhile.

Giveaway ends at 11:50 PM EST, 6-11-11.

Here's how you can win:

1. Sign up to follow this blog with Google Friend Connect and tell me the name you use to follow.

2. An extra entry if you retweet this giveaway, and let me know about your tweet.

3. Extra entries if you list this in your giveaway list on your blog.

4. And an extra entry for a blog post about this giveaway.

This giveaway is open from NOW until Saturday, 6/11/11, at 11:50 EST. Please leave your email in the comments along with your link to your repost, tweet and your GFC name, in order to streamline the contest. Easie Peasie, right? Good luck to each of you.

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