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Dolce & Gabbana The Illuminator in Eva From the Holiday 2014 Collection

Published in: Dolce & Gabbana, Makeup

Dolce & Gabbana Illuminator in Eva

Wearing Dolce & Gabbana’s The Illuminator in Eva on my upper cheekbones, and MAC Satin Lipstick in Toxic Tale from the MAC Red, Red, Red Collection on my lips

To think that once upon a time, many, many moons ago, gorgeously glowing skin was just something that happened sometimes on one of Mother Nature’s whims.

“Ooh! My cheeks are a little oilier than usual today? Woot! That means my skin will glow like Sheila’s, the cave-girl who lives down the way.”

Well, OK, that’s probably not exactly how it went down back in prehistoric days…but throw a girl a bone here please! I had awful insomnia last night (stayed up too late watching TV), so it’s the best I can do under the circumstances.

I did have a point though…

Now that we’re modern women living in modern times, we have access to a much wider range of illuminators than ever before, from frosty highlighters that leave your cheekbones lookin’ like Rihanna’s in a video (shine bright like a diamond!), to shimmers so soft that you can barely see their candlelit glow on your skin, and everything in between.

Dolce & Gabbana’s new six-piece holiday 2014 collection has a very interesting illuminator named Eva ($51, called The Illuminator in Eva; there’s also a bronzer in the collection called Desert), a creamy beige face powder blended with tiny flecks of gold glitter. It has a soft, sheen-like finish that reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Powders, only the sparkly flecks seem finer…

They create a slightly different effect that’s flat-out gorgeous.

Available now in a limited edition holiday version with a pretty design on the pan (but also available in the permanent line) online and at Dolce & Gabbana counters.

Dolce & Gabbana Holiday 2014

Three of six pieces in the Dolce & Gabbana holiday 2014 makeup collection

Dolce & Gabbana Illuminator in Eva

The Illuminator in Eva

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The $59.50 Make Up For Ever Studio Case Looks Like Something for Pros, But It Has a Lot of Help for Beginners Inside

Published in: Eyes, Make Up For Ever, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Make Up For Ever Studio Case

Make Up For Ever Studio Case ($59.50)

The intimidation factor with Make Up For Ever’s Studio Case ($59.50) is high…

If I were unable to tell the difference between a domed brush and a shader brush, or the words “lid” and “crease” made me immediately think of mason jars and those ubiquitous pressed khaki pants worn by tech dudes, I may have just cruised right by the sleek black Studio Case and thought, “That is some scary sh*t.”

But not “scary” as in The Taking of Deborah Logan, which scared the living bejeezus out of me, but scary as in daunting as all hell — as in, you can only be allowed in its presence if you wear a brush belt around your hips at work.

Make Up For Ever Studio Case

So professional-looking, yo!

The question is, does one require an advanced certificate from the Tabs the Cat School of Makeup Artistry (est. 2007) to beat major face with this kit?

No, I don’t think so… Not after seeing it up close.

In fact, the products in the case are surprisingly user-friendly, thanks, in part, to the way MUFE organized the 12 shadows (you can also pop the palette out of the case if you want).

Make Up For Ever Studio Case

Natural, Bold, Smoky or Chic… Take your your pick!

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The Two New Limited Edition Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Kaleidoscope Palettes Deliver Fun, Form and Function at an Extravagant Price

Published in: Le Metier de Beaute, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Kaleidoscopes

The new limited edition Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Kaleidoscopes Palettes

Layers. They’re not just for onions, cakes and Godfather movies anymore. (No kidding! It took me years to figure out what was really going on with the Tattaglias and Barzinis.)

Layers are also for makeup — which are sometimes on your face, and sometimes in the construction of your palettes, like what Le Metier de Beaute does with their signature stacked Kaleidoscope pans.

So fun! I love how they float in and out of their compacts like silent kitty cat paws/covert makeup ninjas…

The brand’s two latest layered limited edition Kaleidoscope holiday palettes are a trip. For warm, smoldering gold, copper, pink and/or blue eyes and shiny pink and red lips, there’s the Obsidian Odyssey Lip and Cheek Kaleidoscope Palette ($125) and Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope Palette ($95).

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope

Wearing the Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope Palette on my eyes…

Le Metier de Beaute Obsidian Odyssey Eye Shadow Kaleidoscope

That’s the Obsidian Odyssey Lip and Cheek Kaleidoscope Palette on my cheeks and lips.

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The Curvy, Creamy, Dreamy MAC Ultimate Lipsticks

Published in: Collections, Lips, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Product Reviews

MAC Ultimate Lipstick

The new MAC Ultimate Lipsticks, $23 each

What’s gray, curvy and totally luxurious?


Um…good guess! But not quite. :)

Yeah, the new MAC Ultimate Lipsticks ($23) and Tabs definitely have a few things in common; both are gorgeous, and curvaceous, and look like they were sculpted by Michelangelo.

MAC Ultimate Lipstick

Curves for days

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The Clinique Nutcracker Suite Act I Three-Piece Holiday Collection Is Totally En Pointe

Published in: Clinique, Coastal Scents, Makeup, Product Reviews

Clinique The Nutcracker Suite Holiday collection

Even though the pink and glitter in The Nutcracker Suite, Clinique’s new ballet-inspired holiday collection, are totally en pointe, they will not help you pirouette your way to ballet greatness.

Clinique Nutcracker Act 1

Wearing the Eye and Cheek Compact, Chubby Stick Baby Tint and Blended Face Powder from the Clinique Nutcracker Act I, part of The Nutcracker Suite holiday collection

But I can see why you might think they should…

After all, it does make a certain kind of sense to think that since your makeup looks like a ballerina’s from The Nutcracker, you should probably be able to dance like one, too, and then you bust out some pliés on your creaky knees and scowl at your ballet teacher when she says something snarky about your butt sticking out too far!

Er, well…maybe that’s just me and my childhood dance trauma.

Clinique Nutcracker Act 1

The Clinique Nutcracker Act 1, part one of two sub-collections in the Clinique holiday collection

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