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Entries for Monday, August 30 2010

BareMinerals’ Free to Be Naturally Adventurous kit

BareMinerals’ Free to Be Naturally Adventurous kit

Posted on Monday, at

When these three kits (Naturally Classic, Naturally Adventurous, and Naturally Elegant) were first announced, I remember the initial glee at the news of new and hard-to-find colors…and then the disappointment when the face and eye colors turned out to be minis (.28 grams for the eye colors, .57 grams for the blush). Granted, at $32, the kits weren’t exactly a bad value…but more of those rotted makeup bags!!

Entries for Sunday, August 29 2010

Zoya’s Manon

Zoya’s Manon

Posted on Sunday, at

This is such a deep and extreme red, I wasn't sure I wanted to get it. Two coats is pretty dark and almost too vampy for me - but one coat over a nude or paler creme looks good. (I haven't yet figured out a way to apply a lighter color over the top to tone down this shade yet. Don't know if it's possible, but I'll keep trying.)

Entries for Friday, August 27 2010

BareMinerals’ Little Wonders kit

BareMinerals’ Little Wonders kit

Posted on Friday, at

When this kit came out, all of the colors had been previously released - but many were only ever released in one kit, and another had been hard to find up until shortly before this item’s debut. This kit contained mini (.28 gram) jars, which annoyed many BE users who were initially glad to hear of a kit that contained a majority of colors not previously available individually…and then less than thrilled to hear that it was going to...

Entries for Tuesday, August 24 2010

Who’s “Duping” Whom? OPI Swiss 2010 versus China Glaze Vintage Vixen

Who’s “Duping” Whom? OPI Swiss 2010 versus China Glaze Vintage Vixen

Posted on Tuesday, at

Remember the big brouhaha OPI had, shortly after they filed suit against etailers? In May 2010, Temptalia posted a promo photo of OPI's fall 2010 collection, and OPI sent the site owner a cease-and-desist letter. Part of OPI's argument against promo pics being online included the rationalization that if other retailers could see their collections, they'd duplicate OPI's collections and get them to market faster, thus undercutting OPI's profit potential. (Several other companies use the same rationale for asking sites to remove...

Entries for Sunday, August 22 2010

Entries for Saturday, August 21 2010

Review: Allegro Basics Fitted Weekender

Review: Allegro Basics Fitted Weekender

Posted on Saturday, at

  • Manufacturer: Allegro
  • Availability: from Ulta; previously available from several retailers that carried Allegro makeup bags (Sears, Target, et cetera)
  • Description: black 3-compartment makeup bag
  • Features: three compartments, six containers (5 bottles and one soap dish), luggage strap
  • Cost/Amount: $15-$22
  • Would you purchase again: yes, even from the idiots at Ulta

Entries for Friday, August 20 2010

Everyday Minerals’ Funnel Cake

Everyday Minerals’ Funnel Cake

Posted on Friday, at

Another one purchased largely for completeness' sake, and because it was available in Mini size. (Let's hear it for OCD. Blah.) Soft mid-tan with a slight amount of gold shimmer (the manufacturer calls it sparkle; but I take issue with their definition.) Reminds me a bit of Bare Escentuals' Precious, with less pigmentation and a bit less sparkle; or Bare Escentuals' Pamper.

Everyday Minerals’ Driftwood

Everyday Minerals’ Driftwood

Posted on Friday, at

Gotten largely for completeness' sake. (And I know companies love hearing that phrase from one of us rabid-avid collectors.) Driftwood is a nice, soft neutral matte. There's no shimmer whatsoever, and it's more golden than Cardamom or All Spice (two other brown mattes from Everyday Minerals).

Everyday Minerals’ Smokey

Everyday Minerals’ Smokey

Posted on Friday, at

Snagged this one to complete the Smokey Eyes kit; and because it's hard for any company to screw up basic black. True to form for most EDM products, this is less pigmented than other straight black matte eyeshadows (such as BE's Luxe or TKB Trading's Black Oxide). It still makes a decent liner, though, if you want deeper color but not solid black.


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