NARS Summer 2012

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NARS' summer collection is here, with options from ethereal to almost vampy. I've come to enjoy Mr. Nars' exuberant "one of everything" approach to seasonal collections.

I think Ramatuelle is actually the only limited edition piece of this collection. The eyeshadow trio contains a delicate, shimmery, frosty, pale, cool grey-silver; a shimmery, pale, lingerie beige pink (I think this color

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NARS Thakoon nail polish

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NARS just put out a collection of six limited edition nail polishes, a collaboration with fashion label Thakoon (the h is silent, like in "Thailand." Say "tuh-koon" or "ta-koon.")

Thakoon is the eponymous brand of Thai-American Thakoon Panichgul (born 1974, graduate of Boston University and the Parsons School of Design), and NARS has been doing makeup for Thakoon runway shows

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow

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Make Up For Ever just added another eyeshadow formula to their lineup — and another product to their "Aqua" category. For those of you who love the "waterproof, creaseproof" idea of the Aqua Creams, but hate working with pots, meet the Aqua Shadows, chubby pencils in 5 matte and 7 pearl shades (and I've heard another 12 colors are on

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Guest Swatcher: Butter London Trout Pout

Butter London Trout Pout swatches

Special thanks to AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis for this terrific photo of Butter London's Trout Pout (a lovely, summery, coral creme). AlexandraRC says the peach-pink is intense, opaque in two coats, and super glossy (I love glossy).

Definitely click over to AlexandraRC's post on this shade

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Video: Eyelash Curlers

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Eyelash curlers were one of those makeup products I never thought I'd use. They look scary, and I wasn't sure why "curly" lashes would be desirable. But I came to appreciate (through several makeovers at various counters) that an eyelash curler can temporarily redirect those few rebellious lashes that grow at random angles, and that — in a very subtle

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Giveaway: ghd Peacock Flat Iron

ghd Peacock blue

Readers, I have a thrilling giveaway this week. ghd is famous for their flat irons, and while I don't use heat to style my hair, other reviewers have convinced me that ghd tools are the cream of the crop. (For what it's worth, I did

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Tom Ford Bronzer

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For summer 2012, Tom Ford released a pair of absolutely lovely bronzers — one matte, one not-matte (excellent). Then he decided to make them a permanent part of the line (even more excellent).

The two bronzers are called Gold Dust ("shimmer") and Terra (matte). The name "Gold Dust" is misleading. This bronzer does have a few gold

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Armani Summer 2012

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There's plenty to talk about in Armani's summer collection, but that blue and turquoise eyeshadow palette has me daydreaming about islands, beaches, and lagoons.

The collection contains three compacts (two eyeshadow quads, and one palette for face), four Eyes to Kill Silk shadows, and four Gloss d'Armani lipglosses. Everything is limited edition.

The first eyeshadow quad is

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Great Color, Bad Polish

Paige

I got a nail polish recently, and though I was excited about it, I hadn't planned to blog about it (it hardly seems fair to talk about a not-for-sale product).

The nail polish was a promotional item; Paige denim had a nail polish made in their signature blue. I loved it the first time I saw the bottle — cobalt

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MAC Hey Sailor part 2

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Sorry for breaking MAC's Hey Sailor collection into two posts, but I didn't want to subject you to all my ramblings in one sitting. Click here to revisit swatches of Hey Sailor's lipsticks, lipglosses (Lipglass and Suntint), lipliners, eyeliners, blush, and highlighter.

The eyeshadows of this collection didn't excite me. Crystal

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MAC Hey Sailor part 1

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MAC's major collection on counters right now is Hey, Sailor! (giving me flashbacks to 2008's Naughty Nauticals).

For me, this collection is all about the lips, so let's start there. There are four lipsticks (each $15.50, on account of the special packaging with the Breton stripe. I love and hate special packaging.

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Guest Swatcher: Butter London Knackered

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Profound thanks to AlexandraRC of Sparkly Vernis for sharing her gorgeous swatches of Butter London's Knackered (new for spring/summer 2012). This shade wasn't on my radar before I saw her photos, but it is now (especially for the layering possibilities).

Knackered is a somewhat sheer dishwater blue-purple-grey shimmer with holographic sparkles (and a significant green

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Make Up For Ever Boutique Experience

Make Up For Ever boutique Dallas Northpark

Fantastic news, Dallas readers (and tangentially good news for everyone else): Make Up For Ever has opened a boutique in Northpark mall (where the Bare Escentuals boutique used to be, near Nordstrom. The BE boutique is now over by Macy's).

This means Dallas has full, unabridged access to Make Up For Ever's complete line of products —

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Dior Summer 2012: Croisette

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Dior's summer collection is called Croisette (little cross) — named, I think for the Promenade de la Croisette, a major street in Cannes. For me the collection evokes the effortless elegance of summer in France's most famous resort town.

The two most recognizable pieces of the collection are the eyeshadow quints, embossed with a sunburst pattern reminiscent

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