January, 2012

Video: L’Oreal Colour Riche in Volcanic

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I recently saw a TV commercial for L'Oreal's Colour Riche lipsticks, including a bright orange shade (which they said was #410 Volcanic). I bought Volcanic, and though it's a beautiful color, it's not the orange depicted in the ad — I swatched it next to Bobbi Brown's limited edition Atomic Orange for comparison.

I'd describe Volcanic

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Guest Contributor: Laura Mercier Spring Look

Messy Wands

Lately I've been struck by one fantastic promo photo after another, and I've been asking you geniuses to recreate the looks. Your beauty skills never cease to amaze me. Today I'm very proud to present the lovely Xiao of Messy Wands, as she shows us her fantastic recreation of Laura Mercier's spring look.

Earlier today this

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Guerlain Spring 2012

Guerlain, spring 2012, swatches, eyeshadow quads, 12 Les Aqua, 11 Les Roses, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

This spring is la vie en rose, according to Guerlain. Pink comes back every spring, and I know you pink-lovers out there are as happy about that as I am about the seasonal recurrence of my beloved corals.

Several brands (Lancome, Guerlain, Chanel, Laura Mercier) are making the statement that pink can be worn

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Le Metier de Beaute Yield to Yellow

Le Metier de Beaute, LMdB, Yield to Yellow, nail swatches

Beauty disaster, readers: I recently walked, index-fingernail-first into a door. I hate having just one short nail; they were all going to have to be filed down — and on the hand I photograph. Fetch my smelling salts!

Hoping to turn my lemons into lemonade, I decided to make this a swatching opportunity. Though I am enthusiastically in love with

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NARS Larger Than Life Lipgloss

NARS, Larger Than Life Lipgloss, swatches, Spring Break, Gold Digger, Tiber, Odalisque, Piree, Como, Norma, Place Vendome, Coeur Sucre, Born This Way, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

I am quite a fan of NARS' Larger Than Life franchise. The first time I tried on Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara, people asked me if I'd gotten lash extensions. Last summer, I found their Larger Than Life eyeliners to be amazingly longwearing, heat- and humidity-proof. Now lipgloss is joining the family? Sign me up.

Larger Than

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Guest Swatcher: Butter London Rosie Lee

Butter London, Rosie Lee, swatches

Another magnificent guest swatch from AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis (and another magnificent glitter polish from Butter London).

I learned (from the internet) that "Rosie Lee" (not to be confused with Annabel Lee) is English slang for "cup of tea." Rosie Lee (the polish) is a rather fantastic — and quick-drying, AlexandraRC

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Estee Lauder Topaz

Estee Lauder, Topaz, spring 2012, swatches, Topaz Mosaic, quint, Topaz Chameleon, Illuminating Powder Gelee, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Estee Lauder's Topaz may not shout from the display, but it's one of my favorite spring collections so far.

The collection is hot, and for me evoked a sundrenched Caribbean island. Estee Lauder's creative director Tom Pecheux says he was inspired by the Arizona desert. Either way, I feel warmer just looking at it. Topaz is a

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Laura Mercier Spring 2012 Makeup Breakdown

Laura Mercier, spring 2012, Lingerie collection promo

So what is the gorgeous model in Laura Mercier's spring 2012 Lingerie photo wearing?

According to the company:

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Laura Mercier Spring 2012: Lingerie

Laura Mercier, spring 2012, Lingerie collection, swatches, Eye and Cheek Palette, Buff Pearl, Tawny Apricot, Rich Cocoa, Pale Pink, African Violet, Black Plum, Rose Desire, Fresh Peach, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Laura Mercier's spring collection appeared on counter, and the promo photo on the display literally stopped me in my tracks. The model is GORGEOUS, but the image also seemed so different from recent Laura Mercier collections. Less... studio, I think. Anyway, I love it.

The collection includes one of Laura's classic eye-and-cheek palettes (six shadows, two blushes

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Lancome Spring 2012: Roseraie des Delices

Lancome, spring 2012, Roseraie des Delices, swatches, Color Design Eyeshadow Quints, Tendresse, Rose Romance, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Lancome's spring collection has arrived on counters, and it looks quite enticing. It's called Roseraie des Delices (rose garden of delight), and offers a vision of spring in pink and green. This spring, I anticipated neons (especially orange), and we always see a seasonal resurgence in pink, but the green is kind of a surprise. Nevertheless,

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Nubar Boyfriend Jeans

Nubar, Boyfriend Jeans, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Last September, Chanel released a trio of blue nail polishes for Fashion's Night Out. They were $29 apiece, and available in extremely limited distribution. Nearly concurrently, Nubar released a trio of blue nail polishes called The Jeans collection. Various swatches across the web convinced me that the two trios were basically identical, and I concluded that

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A Breakdown of the NARS Spring Look

NARS, spring 2012, Ginta Lapina

I am minorly obsessed with model Ginta Lapina. Her striking face first caught my attention in YSL's spring 2011 campaign.

She was featured again for their YSL Gloss Volupte launch.

So when I saw her name connected with the NARS spring 2012 promo image, I did a doubletake. That's... Ginta?

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NARS Spring 2012

NARS, spring 2012, swatches, Douce France, Paramaribo, Lhasa, Dark Rite, Abbey Road, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

NARS' spring collection officially launches on counters on February 1 (and it's already available online). Based on the promo photo, it looks like a sweltering hot spring. I think by now we're used to NARS marching to the beat of its own drummer; I'm not even going to try to shoehorn this collection into "seasonal trends."

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MAC Iris Apfel

MAC, Iris Apfel, lipstick, swatches, Pink Pigeon, Scarlet Ibis, Party Parrot, Flamingo, Morange, Entertain Me, Embrace Me, Redd, KarlaSugar, Karla Sugar

Of the seven collections on MAC's counters right now (Daphne Guinness, Metal X, Tour de Fabulous, Lip Mix, Mineralize Skincare, Naturally), Iris Apfel — with her bold, bright lips — was unquestionably going to be in the highest demand. The collection was limited, however, to freestanding stores and MACcosmetics.com, and both sold out in a

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Golden Globes 2012: Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee, Golden Globes, 2012

Katharine McPhee looked amazing in her Donna Karan gown. Lauren Andersen for L'Oreal Paris did her makeup — we should all aspire to look this effortlessly fab.

Lauren started with Cle de Peau Beaute Refining Fluid Foundation SPF 24.

Katharine is actually wearing some of the same products as Dianna Agron: L’Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle Blush

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