Archive - July 2009

Chanel’s Bringing Vampy Back: Le Vernis Nail Colours for Fall 2009

Published in: Nails, Product Reviews

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Swatch of Gondola

Don’t make me bust out my Cabbage Patch, Chanel. 🙂 Because I will!

Le Vernis Nail Colour in Gondola, one of two new Chanel shades for fall, puts my inner vamp on red alert. I haven’t felt this excited about a Chanel nail polish since last spring’s Vendetta (swoon!).

I’m gonna have to say Miss Coco got her groove back…

Gondola, $23

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Gondola, along with her sister Intermezzo (more on her in a few), arrive as part of the Chanel Venice collection for fall.

A dark, plummy magenta with golden sparkles, Gondola applies smoothly, dries quickly and doesn’t leave streaks. LOVE! Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

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Swatch of Intermezzo

Intermezzo, $23

Intermezzo may be the less flashy shade of the two for fall (she’s a quiet, shimmery white shade in the bottle), but she absolutely shines once you get her on your tips.

The color flashes from white to gray, pink and purple — kinda like a liquid version of MAC’s duochrome eyeshadow, Vex.

Intermezzo tended to streak a little on my nails, but it was nothing a good base coat (or third layer) couldn’t fix. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+

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After what I thought were a couple of ho-hum nail polish releases, it’s nice to see Chanel bust some serious moves for fall.

I really like these colors, but what do you think? Are they worth a $23 splurge?

So sleepy…

This afternoon I have to find El Hub’s birthday present. Wish me luck, and thanks for all the ideas. I saved the list and tucked it away for future reference. 🙂

How’s your Tuesday been? I stayed up late last night reading (almost done with the second Sookie Stackhouse book!) but sure paid the price for it today.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


Illamasqua Swatch O’ Rama

Published in: Makeup

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It’s a British invasion, yea! 🙂

Last week Illamasqua cosmetics became available for purchase on, and I’m guessing I’m not the only Yank who couldn’t wait to grab some goodies from the upstart makeup line.

Hallelujar for NOT having to pay international shipping, right?

I feel like I’ve been waiting for frickin’ Godot to see this day, and when the UPS dude showed up at my doorstep I snatched that package out of his hands with a quickness normally reserved for Nordstrom shoe sales and In N’ Out cheeseburgers.

Let me know what you think from these swatches. Reviews will be coming soon. 🙂

Powder Blusher, $23

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Holla at Your Girl, Gavin Newsom

Published in: Daily Photo

I was looking through pics from last year’s Macy’s Passport Fashion Show and found this one of me and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (swoon!). Could I look any more doe-in-the-headlights?

I wish I could’ve gotten it together quickly enough to recommend a hair gel. Homeboy’s mane looked crunchy!


Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Likes to Move It, Move It…MOVE IT!

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews


I know that a lot of us have been looking forward to Urban Decay Ink for Eyes, UD’s new fall collection of cream eyeliners, since we first got wind of ’em earlier this year.

Six to choose from

The Ink for Eyes Cream Eyeliners ($22 each) come resting peacefully in narrow, boxy little gray compacts.

The packaging? — interesting and practical, even though I thought they looked like little coffins at first (they’re actually a lot more useful than that). 🙂

I’ve been playing with three of the six shades…

  • Binge: a matte, deep navy blue
  • Loaded: a shimmery forest green
  • Pyrotechnics: a sparkly white with flecks of purple, green, gold and blue glitter

It’s alive!

If you have naturally oily eyelids, Ink for Eyes might pose a challenge. I have semi-oily lids, and these bad boys move around A LOT, dancing up into my crease and creeping down under my eyes when nobody’s watching — and it happens really fast, too, like within 10-15 minutes!


Starting with a primer like Urban Decay’s Sin Potion beneath the liners makes a huge difference, though, significantly extending wear time.

I tried all three atop Sin, and with help from the primer they stayed put for about four hours before creeping up into my crease.
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