Archive for the ‘New Collection’ Category
I thought I’d show you some photos of the Veluxe Brow Liner. For now, I only got the shade Brunette but once this collection is available for sale at MAC stores, I will be picking up a few of the other shades as well. As far as I know, Veluxe Brow Liners are being introduced by MAC for the first time which means Veluxe Brow Liners are new. I also will be swatching a couple of the other items being released in this line. The Brow Pencil in Lingering is not a new product. It is part of the permanent range. You can get it at any time. While the concept of Brow Duos is new to MAC, the shades that they come in are not new and are also part of the permanent range, in single eyeshadow form.
I purchased Espresso a long time ago because a youtube guru used it all the time on her eyebrows and she had gorgeous full eyebrows. She also happens to have glowy African-American skin much darker than my odd, sallow skin so once again what looks lovely on someone else, did not look as good on me (you’d think I’d learned that by now). Espresso gave a reddish caste to my eyebrows which was horrible enough on its own but it also clashed horribly with my blonde hair. I picked up Cork and Wedge to blend together but for some reason I just favored Cork and started using it for my brows on it’s own a lot (I’ve hit pan in under a year!) and a few weeks ago I purchased Coquette at the MAC store in Marina Mall while stalking Bath and Body Works. Still haven’t played with Coquette enough yet but for the time being, Cork is doing a great job for me both when I was a blonde and now as a brunette. I also purchased and finished up Lingering in under 3 months but I’m saving it so I can use what little is left for swatch comparisons which is what I did in this post.
Here’s a comparison swatch in this order Espresso, Cork, Coquette, and Brow Liner in Brunette.
Here’s another comparison swatch of Eyeshadows Espresso, Cork, Coquette, Brow Liner in Brunette and Brow Pencil in Lingering.
Plucked, penciled, sharp and shaped, natural -looking, diva arched – the eyebrow, as revealing, individual and expressive as the eye itself. With a collection of professional products, shades and tools, M•A•C raises the brow to an art form. And for a limited time, introducing Brow Duos, three perfect pairings of complementary powder colours – one matte, one satin – that blend beautifully to match and highlight a range of hair shades.
First row: Brow Duo (Blonde, Redhead, Brunette)
Blonde Duo: Omega (matte)/ Soba (satin) Redhead Duo: Cork (satin)/ Espresso (matte) Brunette Duo: Coquette (satin)/ Brun (satin)
Second Row: Fluidline (Blacktrack), Fluidline Brow Gelcreme (Dirty Blonde, Deep Dark Brunette, Redhead)
Third Row: Brow Pencil (Lingering), Veluxe Brow Liner (Strawberry Blonde, Redhead, Brunette, Deep Brunette, Deep Dark Brunette), Tweezers, Angled Brow Brush (208)
I already own Cork, Espresso (which I bought a few years ago specifically for my brows but turned out to be too dark and reddish), and more recently Coquette so I might only get the Blonde Brow Duo, Dirty Blonde Fluidline Brow Gelcreme and the Brow Brush to go with it, and most of the Veluxe Brow Liners. I’m obsessed with brow products! Even though I’m a brunette now, I still go for lighter shades for my brows because dark brows look stark and fake on me. I know thicker, fuller brows are trending (I’m a fan, too) but for the love of all that is holy, please avoid the scouse brows look, girls. Yeah, you! I see you out and about with super thick stark black legit blocks for brows and it aint pretty! Honestly, they look like caterpillars, so let’s stop that, please, ok? Thank yooooooooou!
So, what do you plan on getting? Anything catch your eye?
This collection will be available at MAC stores on April 9, 2013
I know that the Tom Ford brand isn’t exactly new to our shores because my brother has been wearing perfume from this brand for what seems like forever but I just recently noticed the lipsticks at Debenhams, Avenues (see above photos). The lipsticks are priced at (KD15/000) while in the U.S. they retail for ($45.00). They come in 12 shades that consist of 4 nudes (Vanilla Suede, Blush Nude, Warm Sable, Pink Dusk), 4 bright shades (Pure Pink, Ginger Fawn, True Coral, Cherry Lush) and 4 dramatic shades (Smoke Red, Moroccan Rouge, Bruised Plum, and Black Orchid). Don’t the shade names sound lovely? Suprisingly, all 12 lipsticks from the Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color Collection made it to Kuwait.
Tom Ford’s take on twelve classic lip colors, from bare nude to fire red to deep brown, re-imagined in a modern and authoritative way. Formulated with rare and exotic ingredients including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil, the luxurious formula has an ultra-creamy texture for an incredibly smooth application. Specially treated color pigments are blended to deliver pure color with just the right balance of luminosity.
Artists use watercolour, oil, chalk, pastel, pencil, ink. We use makeup. Both require a bold vision and a perfectly primed canvas to start. New innovations to ensure the Artist’s idyll is perfectly realized: Prep + Prime Skin Brightening Serum evens out any skin tone, Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 helps stop future damage with ultimate determination, and for M·A·C Asia, Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35/PA+++ blurs visible skin imperfections and helps block harmful rays. The state-of-the-art way to prepare skin for a flawless makeup application. Prep for Colour helps every skin type become a modern masterpiece.
M•A•C Tinted Lipglass: Just Add Colour (Fuchsia pink) (Frost)
M•A•C Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
A skin-protecting cream with SPF 50. Applies under makeup to prime the skin for the sun. Featherweight, fast-absorbing, oil-free, invisible. Will not affect the look, texture or long-wear integrity of your makeup. Specially formulated with oil-absorbing powder, helps prevent oil breakthrough. Provides high-level broad spectrum sun protection. Worn daily helps guard the skin against discolouration, premature aging, dryness and other effects of sun exposure. Suitable for all skins.
M•A•C Prep + Prime Skin Brightening Serum
A serum formulated to instantly brighten, smooth, firm, and hydrate the skin while providing a plumper, more evenly toned finish to the complexion. Natural antioxidants help to strengthen the skin against UV-related damage, while M∙A∙C Charged Water ensures deep, long-lasting hydration.
The entire M•A•C Prep for Colour Collection is going to be available for purchase in stores all across Kuwait as of today. These are all limited edition so hurry hurry hurry!
As of today M•A•C Give Me Liberty of London Collection is now available for purchase in M•A•C stores all across Kuwait.
The very latest in a series of famous MAC Collaborations, it was only a matter of time before the demure-to-daring kaleidoscopic prints of Liberty of London coloured our world with Brit wit and bohemian chic. From the unstudied, Sienna Miller style of Spitalfields Market to the grit-and-glamour of Portobello Road, the swinging London girl has always been an unstoppable MAC makeup force! Spring 2010 insists on the ultimate flower fusion, with M·A·C Give Me Liberty of London, creating cool Britannia compacts and Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Powder, Blush, Nail Lacquers and, of course – blushing, bountiful, quite British accessories.
I think the packaging looks fun! I would not say I love it but it’s a refreshing change nonetheless.
Liberty of London Makeup Bag Size: Medium
Liberty of London Makeup Bag Size: Small
Liberty of London Makeup Scarf
A limited-edition scarf designed with an exclusively created floral pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Rows of coral, orange, yellow and blue flowers form a repeating pattern on a white background. The fabric is a soft wool/viscose blend. Made in Italy. Measures 27″ x 82″.
Sadly, neither the scarf nor the makeup bags will be making it to Kuwait.
M•A•C Lipglass Left-Right: A Different Groove (Deep purple brown with pearl ), English Accents (Creamy mid-tone blue pink), Frankly Fresh (Neutral pink beige with soft pearl ), Perennial High Style (Creamy bright pink coral)
Aside from A Different Groove (honestly, brown with multicolor shimmer for spring?) the rest of the colors are absolutely gorge! I am warning you though, these lipglasses are quite creamy, meaning they can and will settle into the lines of your lips. Fret not, you can still use these for layering over your lipstick. Also if you didn’t manage to get Viva Glam Gaga before they ran out, I suggest you try English Accents.
M•A•C Lipstick (KD 6/500) Left-Right: Blooming Lovely (Creamy greyed lilac mauve) (Amplified), Ever Hip (Creamy light coral) (Cremesheen), Peachstock (Neutral peach) (Satin), Petals & Peacocks (Creamy bright magenta pink) (Amplified)
M•A•C Eyeshadow (KD 6/000) Left-Right Top Row: Birds & Berries (Frosted dark green blue) (Veluxe Pearl), Bough Grey (Mid-tone bluish grey) (Satin)
M•A•C Eyeshadow (KD 6/000) Left-Right Bottom Row: Dame’s Desire (Frosty mid-tone reddish purple) (Frost), Free to Be (Creamy true coral) (Matte), Give Me Liberty of London (Flat creamy pink) (Matte)
M•A•C Powder Blush (KD 8/500) Left-Right: Dirty Plum (Sheer dark plum), Prim & Proper (Neutral nude)
M•A•C Beauty Powder Left-Right: Shell Pearl (Pale peach with gold pearl), Summer Rose (Soft violet pink with pearl)
The luxurious, soft pearl finish of M·A·C Beauty Powder packaged in a glossy white compact. Lid is decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection.
M•A•C Nail Lacquer Left-Right: Blue India (Dark green blue with pearl) (Cream), Vestral White (Creamy white) (Cream)
I think this collection is quite interesting. Most of these are repromotes (same colours, different names/collections). As always, these are all limited edition items, so if you have your eye on something, do hurry. The items that are not limited edition are Pro, which is even worse because for some reason, we do not have a M•A•C Pro Store in Kuwait (hint hint AlShayaa Group). Aside from that, I have no idea why the scarf and makeup bags did not make it to Kuwait. That said, happy shopping, ladies!
Gaga and Lauper join the list of famous singers who’ve already worked on the absolutely amazing Viva Glam campaign. Fergie, Christina Aguilera, Eve, Mary J. Blige and Lil’ Kim have all helped sell the lipstick line, which MAC started in 1994, donating every dollar (seriously, every single dollar) of its sales to help men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. To date, MAC Aids Fund has raised over $150 million for the cause.
A limited edition VIVA GLAM Lipstick named after celebrity spokesperson Lady Gaga. Features a high lustre finish and cool blue-pink shade. A true superstar, Lady’s Gaga’s shock-art approach to performance turns our heads and makes us all go gaga. An enfant terrible who grew up singing Cyndi Lauper songs, performing was in her DNA. By her teens, she was singing self-penned electro pop in New York’s Lower East Side. Today, aided by hit records, headpieces and countless accolades, her worldwide breakthrough has brought her well-deserved notoriety, but also the ability to cock our ears. A legend in her own time whose shock value now comes with a couture tag, she jokes about “changing the world one sequin at a time.” With the launch of VIVA GLAM Gaga, that could be one shade at a time. Her take on HIV/AIDS prevention: Be selective about those you love.
A limited edition VIVA GLAM Lipstick named after celebrity spokesperson, Cyndi Lauper. Features a high-lustre finish and a light coral-red colour. Lauded, loved, copied, passionately acclaimed, the idol of all those for whom a quirky idiosyncrasy in makeup, hair, or style may say it all, this uber-talented performer has never been a copycat, always been a muse. A singer/songwriter, Lauper characteristically uses her fame as a performer to help make her message heard. Whether touring the country to assist food banks or helming the True Colors Fund, which lobbies for GLBT equality, Lauper stands for what she believes in and, when it comes to HIV/AIDS, that’s safe sex. With the launch of VIVA GLAM Cyndi, she looks forward to helping support women who have contracted HIV/AIDS through rape.
How’s that for beauty that gives back? Personally, I’m loving Viva Glam Gaga because I’m a huge fan of the mod look, but I didn’t get either one because I’ve already got multiple dupes of both. Were you one of the lucky few that managed to grab one or better yet both of these pretty, limited edition lipsticks before they ran out of stock?
M•A•C From Our Lips Collection – Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper for Viva Glam – was available in Kuwait for in-store purchase on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. It was already sold out by morning of the same day.
Even the beauty world (Urban Decay, OPI) is getting in on the action!
Urban Decay has come out with a whimsical eye-shadow palette…
…that comes with a cute pop-up of Alice and a sliding drawer which holds sixteen pigmented eyeshadows with equally fun names.
While OPI has come up with it’s own Alice in Wonderland collection consisting of four limited edition (music to my ears) shades.
Left-Right: Thanks So Muchness!, Mad as a Hatter, Absolutely Alice, Off With Her Red!
We’ve all heard of Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights but have any of you lovelies heard of the Aurore Boréale crystal?
Influenced by the ornate, corseted gowns and decorative broaches of the 18th Century Louis XVI style and inspired by the delicate light-reflecting qualities of crystal, each product in this exquisite color collection is like a tiny jewel. Featuring shades of petal pink, deep silver and a wide range of purples to create a luxurious and festive look for holiday.
In the mid Fifties, inspired by the magnificence of Versailles, Christian Dior asked the Swarovski House to create a crystal that evoked the reflections of the sunlight going through the famous Galerie des Glaces in Versailles. This led to the creation of the Aurore Boréale crystal with its unique multi-colored reflections.
For its 2009 Christmas Look, Christian Dior Parfums has collaborated for the very first time with the Swarovski House to create an exceptional Star Product using the legendary Aurore Boréale crystal : “Cristal Boréal”. The oval pendant, inspired by the shape of the neo-Louis XVI chairs that Christian Dior loved, is adorned with 52 Swarovski crystals of which 4 are Aurore Boréale.
This pendant contains a crystal-effect gloss declined in one easy-to-wear shade: Pink Crystal. A true makeup jewel for precious iridescent lips.
This jewel-toned eyeshadow feature light-reflecting qualities and subtle colors for a delicate, shimmering effect. Embossed with a “crystal pattern” effect. Available in “Precious Purple” and ”Pure Silver .
5-Colour Iridescent Eyeshadow, available in “Smokey Crystal” and “Precious Crystal”.
Words cannot express how much I covet this entire collection! I’m a huge fan of pastels on the lids. When applied correctly, they really offer a beautiful yet subtle alternative to the “natural look”. For once, the model looks beautiful (as opposed to weird) in the promotional photos! Looking at her in the promo, actually makes me want to go out and buy this entire collection, right down to the silver nail polish she has on her nails. The packaging is heartbreakingly gorgeous as well! This entire collection strikes me as very decadent. The backstory is delightful, and even the name sounds beautiful. So to recap, impressive name, short history story, pretty colors, and bling’d-out packaging. Kudos Dior! This is why I’m a long-time fan. Other reasons why I think this collection is worth my upcoming paycheck, it’s Dior, it’s a Holiday Collection, and it’s Limited Edition. ‘Nuff said. You know what? I should have just led with that.
Any of you lovelies find anything in this collection worth parting with your paycheck for? Do share!
Inspired by Mademoiselle Chanel’s fascination with the brilliant plumage of exotic birds, the Holiday Makeup Collection is a flight of fantasy for face and fingertips.
Yeah, because everyone associates the Holidays with exotic birds. When I think Christmas, I think birds of paradise.
Shimmering Tweed Highlighter
Delicately ‘woven’ shades of gold, bronze and copper powder highlighter bring a luminous, party-perfect glow to cheeks and décolleté. Limited Edition
Classic Chanel. Either you will love this or hate this. There is no inbetween. Personally, I hate it. Enough with the tweed. Honestly, this looks like some serious skin disease.
Quadra Eye Shadow
LES 4 OMBRES Quadra Eye Shadow puts the focus on eyes with new Bird of Paradise, a tropical-bright quartet of aqua, yellow, green-gold and copper shades, which can be toned down or played up, depending on your mood. Limited Edition.
Not a fan of the aqua. The makeup on the model’s eyes looks very “Kuwaiti”. Verdict: Fail!
Professional Eyeliner Duo
Mistake-proof, powder-based eyeliner duo mimics the precision of a liquid eyeliner and the smudged look of a kohl pencil. New now: Celadon-Lamé, a rich green-black. Limited Edition.
Sounds intriguing. I can’t wait to try this out!
Sheer Colour Lipshine SPF 15
Sheer colour and creamy texture on lips balances Holiday’s exotic eye shades: Galapagos, a lustrous coral; Tasmania, an exquisite pink; Grenada, a soft, subdued fuchsia; and limited-edition Maldives, a warm, ultra-wearable peach.
They all look so pretty, especially Maldives!
High Shine Sheer Concentrate
New shades of this water-light gloss – Colibri, a shimmering pearl; Hirondelle, a vibrant pink; and Canari, a bright, citrusy coral – wear comfortably while delivering a sheer wash of sensuous colour
Canari looks gorgeous!
From understated, elegant neutrals to bright pops of colour, nails shine with celebration-worthy shades of LE VERNIS Nail Colour. Yours to discover: limited-edition Trapèze, a radiant silver-beige; Mica Rose, a tender pink; and Orange Fizz, a vivid coral
I simply adore Trapèze! It just looks so elegant. Orange Fizz sounds like fun as well!
Apart from Trapèze, I can live without this collection. The entire collection is neither awful nor great. It’s just ok.
The disappointments just keep on coming.
I was picking up a few things from the Avenues when I noticed the Holiday Collections on display at The Body Shop. I absolutely adore The Body Shop! I first discovered The Body Shop way back when I was in the eighth grade. A fellow classmate was wearing a rich shade of brown lipstick which complimented her dark coloring and big brown eyes beautifully. The fact that she had ginormous (a la Jolie) lips didn’t hurt, either. At first she wouldn’t tell me (little girls are the meanest) but after hounding her, she eventually fessed up that her lipstick shade was courtesy of The Body Shop.
On one of my family’s many excursions from the chalet to Fahaheel, I convinced my parents to take me to The Body Shop, where I purchased both the lipstick in the exact same shade as my peer (using tween logic, it made perfect sense that if it looked that good on my classmate, it would definitely look good on me) and a lip balm whose main ingredient consisted of honey. The lipstick looked horrid on me (I can’t pull of brown lipstick because although they are full and pouty, my lips are small) but at the time, I didn’t know that and I wore it with pride until I eventually lost interest and actually lost it somewhere.
Now the honey lip balm on the otherhand was something else completely. When applied, it had no color, only a little bit of shine. I loved how it did not minimize the appearance of my already small lips, unlike the lipstick. I also loved how my lips felt after applying the lip balm. I did not realize that this is what lips felt like when they were moisturized. I loved that when I licked my lips, they didn’t taste bad and chemical-y like with the lipstick, but sweet like candy, or in this case, honey. Most of all, I loved the subtle scent of honey. To top of it all off, after applying it for the millionth time in all five minutes, it started to sting a little, turn my lip color a pink-ish red, and plump them up. Apparently, I was experiencing an allergic reaction or what I now know to be “lip plump“. In the later years (eleventh grade), I would go on to also buy my first liquid foundation, and first make-up brush from The Body Shop. To top it all off, there was never any buyer’s remorse. The Body Shop went “green” before it was the “in” thing to do. They used recycled items (remember those brown bags that mentioned all the good stuff they did on the back?), claimed that their products were “inspired by nature” (hence the honey), were against animal-testing, supported several causes, gave back to several charities, and the list goes on.
As I said before, I adore The Body Shop. I look forward to purchasing their new bath & body products as well as their cosmetic products, especially their seasonal collections. I still have “Brilliance Powder” in Cranberry Airelle, and the Vanilla Spice “Shimmer Lotion” (heady scent of vanilla and cinnamon with gorgeous golden shimmer) from several winters ago. Now those were hits!
I have come to expect great things from The Body Shop so imagine my surprise when I take a whiff of their new products and all I can smell is chemical-y scents. The Black Velvet Apricot was the worst. In theory, anything with Vanilla would smell great so I don’t know how they managed to botch the Vanilla & Nutmeg up but somehow they did. As for the Cranberry, yes it’s a wonderful scent, and yes it’s very Christmas-y but come on. Push the envelope a little. Enough with the repeats. That said, kudos on the packaging! Maybe this is a blessing in disguise? If the scents were actually good I might have purchased the entire collection of all three just because of the gorgeous packaging.