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Hello Kitty Graffiti Palette

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
By Glinda

Yes, even MORE palettes!

Even though the colors might be very pretty (which they are) I am someone who does not appreciate graffiti as art and would never pay my hard-earned money for something with graffiti on it, whether it was supposed to be some sort of “edgy” homage or not.

The top layer is comprised of four eyeshadows, and the bottom layer contains two blushes.

There is a whole graffiti collection, including makeup bag, a brush set, and some perfume, but I’ll be sitting this one out.


Things I Covet: 2011 Lady Dior Palette

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
By Glinda

Well, well, Dior is certainly coming out gangbusters this year with the collectible palettes, are they not? 

As a tribute to the Lady Dior bag, as modeled with the beautiful Marion Cotillard, Dior is releasing a beyond-exclusive palette.

Of course, methinks nobody in their right mind would actually use this palette, as one tiny swipe would likely ruin the whole thing.  But, I appreciate the workmanship and artistry that went into the making of each palette, which was all done by hand.

What do you think of “collectible” palettes?  A really cruddy investment? Fine if you’ve got the money to burn? 

And, I wonder exactly how long a makeup palette would last, anyway.  I’m guessing that to keep it in prime condition, you wouldn’t open it if you could help it.   Otherwise, I would be afraid of something happening to it.  If I spent that much money, I’d be paranoid that even a tiny bit of exposure to oxygen would hasten its demise.

Dior Mitzah Collection

Thursday, June 30th, 2011
By Glinda

Coming to a Sephora near you in August and department stores in September.  This collection is an homage to Dior muse and creative director Mitzah Bricard, who was known for her penchant for leopard patterns.  There is also an eyeshadow palette and a brown DiorShow mascara which completes the collection.

I’m kind of loving the dark nail polish, but I think the lighter one would look quite hideous on me.  As for the palette pictured, I’m not sold.  I think it is lovely to look at, but I wouldn’t want to own one as a collector’s item.

Things I Covet: Bobbi Brown Tortoiseshell Palette

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
By Glinda



I love everything about this color palette from Bobbi Brown, from the packaging to the colors. It will be part of a tortoiseshell collection, including a palette with lighter colors, lipstick, and some tortoiseshell brushes coming out in July for fall 2011.


Monday Beauty Poll

Monday, May 9th, 2011
By Glinda


Only a lonely 4% of you loved Katy Perry’s frighteningly realistic royal nail art.  73% proclaimed them fit for naught, and 22% of you liked them even though you questioned why.  I sort of fell in with that 22% because while I thought they were tack-to-the-capital-y, I appreciated the effort that went into them.

I was recently browsing through the Sephora site, as I do much too often than is probably healthy, I saw the newest gewgaw in the Hello Kitty line.  It was a palette named “Memoirs of a Kitty.”

I rolled my eyes, as I didn’t think it wasn’t even all that clever and not really a pun.

On Sale Now…

Friday, March 18th, 2011
By Glinda

I was just browsing through the sale “rack” at Sephora and thought I would pass some of these on…  I’m almost tempted to get the Tarina Tarantino palette for the price…  Oh, and be sure to read the reviews before buying! I always do!

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Box Palette   Mixed reviews on this, although a four-star rating overall.  The price can’t be beat for what it includes, though.

Sephora Collection Concealer Palette  If I still wore this type of concealer, I would strongly consider this.  Half off!

MUFE Beauty in a Box: Make Up Tricks & Treats OK, so this is a holdover from Halloween.  So what? It has almost all regular-sized products and it is more than half off!

Korres Color With Skincare Benefits Collection  I have not personally tried Korres products, but I hear lots of good things about them.  Positive ratings on this one, although I hate people who take stars off because they were upset that the sizes are “too small.”  Then read the damn description before you buy!

Balmshell Lip Gloss  At eleven bucks I’m not enitrely sure how great a deal it is, but the reviews are quite good. Lots of different colors, too.

Sephora Collection Black Sequined Bag Collection  If you are looking for a good makeup bag, the prices will make you smile.

Urban Decay Beauty In A Box  This was given 4.7 stars out of 5 from 123 people, so I’m going to guess this is some good stuff.  Not bad for forty bucks.

Hot Right Now: Pink is Having a Moment

Friday, February 4th, 2011
By Glinda

Pink is back for spring! Pantone chose Honeysuckle as 2011’s color of the year, and pink is showing up all over red carpets and beauty editorials alike.

Can I tell you how much I love pink makeup? Oddly enough, I don’t really own any pink clothing, but I LOVE pink cosmetics. Especially eyeshadow and lipstick.

I’m someone who believes that pink can pretty much be worn by anyone.  As always, it’s just the trick of finding the right color that works best with your skin, eyes, and hair.  You can go dark, you can go light, you can do sheer, you can do highly pigmented.  Peachy-pinks, pinky-pinks, purple-y pinks, it’s all up to you!

Pink eyeshadow can be a bit tricky- you don’t want to look like you’re recovering from an all-night bender.    I personally find that using a fairly strong eyeliner and mascara go a long way to making sure I don’t look like I’ve got an eye infection of some sort. 

Pink lips are easier, go for a shimmer or a sheer over matte, skip the liner, and go easy on the blush.

Here are some of my favorites out this season.

Dior Petal Shine

Ooooh, how much do I love this palette?

Benefit Bella Bamba

I’ve been on a bit of a bronzer kick lately, but this could woo me back to blush.

OPI I Think in Pink

Pretty, classic pink.

Rimmel Airy Fairy

A good shade for lighter skin tones.

Laura Mercier Lip Shimmer Amaretto

A lovely shade that’s a mauve-y bronze for darker skin tones.

Better Late Than Never?

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
By Glinda

The delightful Nomi asks:

I’m in my early 50s, and I’ve never learned to use eye makeup at all. I played with it a little in high school (never eyeliner though!), but as I got into my 20s I just didn’t have time, plus it felt yucky. Those two factors have never changed for me. Should I even bother, now?

That totally depends.

Do you feel as if using eye makeup is something you should be doing rather than want to be doing?

There will be a slight learning curve at first, but you could get a shadow trio that would make things really easy for you as far as knowing what to apply where.  You know, mid-shade on the lid, darker shade in the crease, and lightest color on the brow.  Or you could just go for a bunch of colors and experiment. They’ve even got ones that talk to you!  Time will be a factor, but like most things, the more you practice, the quicker you will get.

As for the makeup feeling yucky, I’m going to say that  the shadows that are being produced nowadays are formulated differently than the ones you used in high school.  Shadows are now pretty much whisper-light, although sensory issues differ from person to person.

That being said, have you been wistfully eyeing shadow colors and wishing you could join the party?  Or are you feeling pressure from outside sources and sort of reluctantly thinking you should add eye makeup to your repertoire?

If wearing eye makeup makes you uncomfortable, then there’s just no good reason to do it.  If you don’t have the time or more importantly, don’t want to make the time, then it’s probably not going to work if you feel resentful about frittering away with a palette when you could be doing other things.  But if you’d like to play around with some color and see how it feels, I’m all for that too. 

Do whatever makes you feel the most confident, and the most comfortable, and once you’ve made the decision, go with it and don’t second-guess yourself! 

I’m going to open this up to the peanut gallery, what say the wise ladies of the Manolosphere?

Hot Right Now- Dior Holiday 2010 Palette

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
By Glinda

Limited edition

So very purty. I’m sort of in love with those shadow colors.

Me want.

Although I do have to admit I tend to be on the fence about palettes.  I always feel like there are going to be one or two (at least, depending on how large the palette is) that I don’t like, thus forcing me to buy something I won’t use in the long run. 

I have a palette that has only one set of colors I actually use and the rest are untouched, which bugs me every time I pull it out.  Granted, it was a gift from someone, but it still feels like a waste.

What are your feelings on palettes?

Are they a fun way to experiment or just a gimmick?

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