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MAC for Chen Men Collection for Spring 2012 – Sneak Peek

MAC for Chen Men for Spring 2012

MAC for Chen Men Collection for Spring 2012
Sneak Peek

Release Date: March 2012
Available at: MAC Cosmetics & Nordstrom.


A tantalizing twist of art, color and fantasy comes to life as the world’s leading professional make up brand, MAC Cosmetics prepares to launch a cosmetics collaboration with China’s foremost fashion photographer, Chen Man. Inspired by Chen Man’s vision, the upcoming collaboration with MAC features an extraordinary campaign visual shot by Chen Man. The MAC for Chen Man collection will feature limited edition mineralize eye shadows emblazoned with a yin/yang design and will be available globally at MAC outlets from March 2012.

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MAC Cosmetics Ricky and Nicki for Viva Glam 2012

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MAC Ricky and Nicki for Viva Glam 2012

Release Date: February 2012
Available at: MAC Cosmetics & Nordstrom.


Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj in the MAC Viva Glam 2012 campaign visual shot by David LaChapelle. Every cent of Ricky and Nicki’s Viva Glam products, on-counter February 2012, goes to support the MAC AIDS Fund.

Lipstick $14.50US

  • Viva Glam Nicki: Bright yellow pink (Satin).

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China Glaze Magnetix Collection for Spring 2012 – Product Information & Photos

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Release Date: Mid-February 2012
Price: Individual shades retail for $10; the China Glaze Magnetix magnets retail for $10 and are sold separately.
Available at: 8ty8Beauty, Head2Toe, Transdesign and the usual outlets.


China Glaze, which makes nail lacquers sold at salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide, has announced the launch of its limited edition Magnetix nail lacquer collection.

Infused with iron powders that move when exposed to a magnet, China Glaze Magnetix uses magnetic force to create three different designs — starburst, repeating arrows or diagonal lines.

Inspired by bold, sleek, futuristic fashion and art, the China Glaze Magnetix collection features six shades:

  • Attraction: Chic metallic chrome.
  • Cling On: Gorgeous green metallic.
  • Drawn To You: Subtle metallic lilac.
  • Instant Chemistry: Sophisticated metallic berry.
  • Pull Me Close: Crystal blue metallic.
  • You Move Me: Luxe gold metallic.

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The three new China Glaze magnetic designs: repeating arrows, diagonal lines or starburst.

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MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection for Winter 2011 – Product Information & Photos

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MAC Tour de Fabulous Collection for Winter 2011

Release Date: December 26th, 2011 (US), January 2012 (International)
Available at: MAC Cosmetics & Nordstrom.


Sshhh… Lips speak louder than words. You’re invited to experience glamour that’s strictly word-of-mouth. Newly formulated, this super-silky gloss delivers the perfect amount of Knockout colour with its innovative new brush applicator. Encounter a Lasting Sensation of hypnotically intense, pure colour with a vividly alluring shine that leaves lips looking lush for hours. Mesmerizingly minimal, non-sticky texture feels comfortable… featherlight. Eight tantalizing Lip Pencil shade extensions round out a collection that positively whispers Embrace Me.

Please Note:  Glamglass has been renamed to Tour de Fabulous and all shades of Glamglass are now Lipglass.

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Lime Crime Carousel Glosses & MAC Dazzleglasses – Comparison & Review

Lime Crime Carousel Glosses & MAC Dazzleglasses – Comparison & Review

This is a comparison between Lime Crime’s Carousel Glosses and MAC’s Dazzleglasses.

For individual reviews of Lime Crime’s Carousel Glosses see below:

For individual reviews of MAC’s Dazzleglasses see below:

  • Funtabulous Dazzleglass (Coming Soon)
  • 
Get Rich Quick Dazzleglass (Coming Soon)

As soon as the promotional images were released for Lime Crime’s Carousel Gloss collection, comparisons were made against MAC’s Dazzleglasses. Both  are thick, sticky, glittery glosses (with the exception of the Golden Ticket Carousel Gloss) that come with a brush applicator. The main difference is that Dazzleglasses have a sheer to medium coverage and Carousel Glosses have an opaque coverage. Please note that Funtabulous is one of MAC’s more pigmented Dazzleglasses – see swatches of their full range here.

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Lime Crime Kaleidoscope Carousel Gloss for Winter 2011 – Review & Swatches

Lime Crime Kaleidoscope Carousel Gloss for Winter 2011

Described as ‘plum-purple with turquoise sparkle’ (Limited Edition).

Release Date: Monday, November 28th 2011
Price: $17.00US each for 3.5 g/0.12 oz. or $65.00US for the collection.
Available at: Lime Crime and the usual stockists.


I was a little disappointed with this Carousel Gloss, which unlike Candy Apple, was quite different from the swatch provided on their website. This lipgloss is a plum purple with dark blue glitter, that appears as a beautiful purple and blue jewel-tone colour. If you apply the gloss very heavily, you can achieve a look that more closely resembles the official lip swatch.

These lipglosses are opaque, moisturizing, thick and sticky and are also lightly vanilla scented. I did not find them gloppy unless I applied too much product. The applicator brushes appear similar to MAC’s Dazzleglasses, however the Carousel Glosses brush is about half the size and has a smaller tapered tip for more precise application. In my opinion, this is necessary for pigmented glosses so the product can be applied accurately. But I do feel that the Carousel Glosses applicator could be longer, in order to collect more product from the tube.

Unfortunately Kaleidoscope has a shorter wear time of 2 – 3 hours, in comparison to Candy Apple which wears for 3 – 4 hours. This is due to the purple/blue jewel-tone, which can look patchy as it fades. It also needs reapplication after eating and sometimes after drinking. Once removed, this product did not stain my lips, but did leave behind a blue glitter residue.

Overall, four coats were required for Kaleidoscope. I used two coats (one on each lip) to carefully line and fill in my lips, which created a semi-opaque purple base coat. I then used two more coats to achieve opaque and even coverage. I did also find that the product moved whenever my lips pressed together, but managed to maintain its opacity and even coverage. These lipglosses will also bleed and feather if you apply too much product.

This is definitely a unique shade, that is probably more suitable for Fall. Like most pigmented glosses, the Carousel Glosses are not without their issues, and are more high maintenance than your regular lipgloss. Although Kaleidoscope is less impressive than Candy Apple – I still love this colour for what it is.

Rating:

3.5/5 Red Frogs


Click here to see my comparison between Limes Crime’s Carousel Glosses and MAC’s Dazzleglasses.

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Lime Crime Candy Apple Carousel Gloss for Winter 2011 – Review & Swatches

Lime Crime Candy Apple Carousel Gloss for Winter 2011

Described as ‘ruby red with crimson glitter” (Limited Edition).

Release Date: Monday, November 28th 2011
Price: $17.00US each for 3.5 g/0.12 oz. or $65.00US for the collection.
Available at: Lime Crime and the usual stockists.


This is a highly pigmented deep red gloss packed with lots of red glitter. It is a little lighter than the swatch on Lime Crime’s website, and I personally don’t apply it as thickly as it appears in the official lip swatch either.

These lipglosses are opaque, moisturizing, thick and sticky and are also lightly vanilla scented. I did not find them gloppy unless I applied too much product. The applicator brushes appear similar to MAC’s Dazzleglasses, however the Carousel Glosses brush is about half the size and has a smaller tapered tip for more precise application. In my opinion, this is necessary for pigmented glosses so the product can be applied accurately. But I do feel that the Carousel Glosses applicator could be longer, in order to collect more product from the tube.

Candy Apple needed reapplication every 3 – 4 hours, sometimes after drinking and always after eating. However, when layered over a red lipstick, it wears for up to six hours. Once removed, this product slightly stained my lips a pink-red, but did not leave any glitter residue.

Overall, three coats were required for Candy Apple. I used two coats (one on each lip) to carefully line and fill in my lips, which created a semi-opaque red base coat. I then used a third coat over both lips to achieve opaque and even coverage. I did also find that the product moved whenever my lips pressed together, but managed to maintain its opacity and even coverage. These lipglosses will also bleed and feather if you apply too much product.

It’s still surprising that there are so few glittery red lipglosses available. Like most pigmented glosses, the Carousel Glosses are not without their issues, and are more high maintenance than your regular lipgloss. Regardless, I really love Candy Apple and can see myself using this gloss a lot in the future.

Rating:

4.5/5


Click here to see my comparison between Limes Crime’s Carousel Glosses and MAC’s Dazzleglasses.

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Chanel Spring 2012 RTW Collection – Candids

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Chanel Spring 2012 RTW Collection
Candids

Release Date: March 2012
Available at: Chanel and the usual stockists.


“Everything is under the sea,” pronounced Karl Lagerfeld over a tablescape of nacreous necklaces and clutch minaudières fashioned like seashells. He promises a set for spring 2012 that evokes the magical world of the ocean floor and airy clothes made from specially developed fabrics that capture the phosphorescence of plankton under moonlight. Karl was also inspired by the work of Blinky Palermo that he saw at Dia:Beacon for some intriguing plays of geometry amongst all the sea foam.

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Chanel Spring 2012 RTW Collection – Fashion Show

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Chanel Spring 2012 RTW Collection
Fashion Show

Release Date: March 2012
Available at: Chanel and the usual stockists.


“Everything is under the sea,” pronounced Karl Lagerfeld over a tablescape of nacreous necklaces and clutch minaudières fashioned like seashells. He promises a set for spring 2012 that evokes the magical world of the ocean floor and airy clothes made from specially developed fabrics that capture the phosphorescence of plankton under moonlight. Karl was also inspired by the work of Blinky Palermo that he saw at Dia:Beacon for some intriguing plays of geometry amongst all the sea foam.

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Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2012 Collection – Fashion Show

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Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
Fashion Show

Release Date: March 2012
Available at: Alexander McQueen.


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