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Long Live Length, Lift and the Good Fight Against Zombies! Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara by Givenchy

Published in: Eyes, Givenchy, Makeup, Product Reviews

Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara

Hello, lifted lash curl! This is me wearing two coats of Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara (a permanent product in Givenchy’s line) on my upper lashes…

This was the mascara I was wearing when I was watched The Walking Dead mid-season finale last Sunday, and by the time the show finished, I’d already been wearing it, oh, 8-9 hours.

By that point, I knew I liked how tightly it held and lifted my curled lashes and how well it separated and defined (I did want a little more volumizing/thickness, though), but honestly, I was not expecting to also test it for waterproof-ness that day.

Enter The Walking Dead mid-season finale…

If two coats of this stuff can withstand an unexpected 15-minute fit of crying without any smearing, running or flaking whatsoever, then it’s alright by me, even if the three-sphere brush takes some getting used to.

Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara brush head

Check out that brush head… Kinda crazy, right?!

Let me put it this way: the first time I took Noir Couture to my lash lines, I ended up leaving big-honkin’ flecks of mascara on my lids and beneath my eyes.

I think it was partly due to how accustomed I’ve become to haphazardly throwing on a couple coats of Be Long Mascara by Clarins, which I’ve been wearing a lot lately, without having to really think about it.

Muscle memory — you know how it is.

Eventually, I figured out that I had to hold Noir’s sphere-studded brush at a funky angle to avoid bumping my skin. Given a couple weeks…it would probably become second nature.

And for the lazy-pants among us, removing this stuff requires some effort since it really clings to lashes. I have to bust out the big guns (an oil-based eye makeup remover) in addition to my regular cleanser, which is kind of a pain, but I guess that’s the tradeoff for this kind of resilience.

I bet this mascara could be a good fit for you if you like higher-end mascaras with a glossy finish, good length, separation and lift; and a tough-as-nails wherewithal to withstand water and tears.

Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara before and after

Bare lashes on the left and two coats of Noir Couture on the right

I do like it…but it’s not the end-all, be-all solution to my waterproof mascara woes because I do crave more thickness. I’ll still reach for it every once in a while and be happy with the results, especially when I want a really lifted curl, which is one way it’s ca-ray-zaaaay good!

Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara

Noir couture in Black Velvet (there’s also second shade called Purple Velvet which I haven’t seen, but I’m intrigued by the idea of it)


Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof Mascara ingredients

Ingredients

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12 Days of Giveaways: Two Ways to Win an Abstract Signature Bow Small Natalie Cosmetics Case From Kate Spade (an $88 Value)!

Published in: Giveaways, Givenchy, Just For Fun

WINNER: The giveaway is closed now, and the winner is Janira! Congratulations, Janira! If you entered but didn’t win this time around, keep trying, and click here to enter any ongoing giveaways before you jet. :)

A Different Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway each day for 12 days, sponsored by Neutrogena

You know the old saying, “Have Kate Spade makeup bag, will travel.” :)

I love this case! First, there’s the handle, which is easy to grasp, so you can quickly bolt between adventures while toting around your beauty treasures. Then there’s the roomy interior, which is spacious enough to accommodate all of your makeup must-haves and then some.

Yup, whether you’re looking for a cute case to accompany you on trips, or just have a soft spot for cute bags, it’s the $88 Kate Spade Abstract Signature Bow Small Natalie for the win!

More deets…

  • Abstract bow printed on coated cotton twill with patent cowhide trim and a zip-around closure
  • 14-karat light gold plated hardware
  • Wipeable, durable nylon lining
  • Gold printed Kate Spade New York signature
  • 4.7″h x 7.2″w x 5.3″d

I hope you’re ready…because it’s time for day three of 12 Days of Giveaways on Makeup and Beauty Blog. :)

  • One (1) Abstract Signature Bow Small Natalie Cosmetics Case from Kate Spade valued at $88.

  • There are two ways to enter, and you can do both of them for two chances to win. First, you can enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, a comment about anything at all, like, when was the last time you wore a bow in your hair? Do you have a signature makeup look? Is there anything you’d like to do before the end of the year? What does your Christmas stocking look like? How long does it take you to put on makeup in the morning? Do you ever wear perfume to bed? How are you with painting your own nails? What shoes did you wear today? — you get the idea.
  • Second, you can enter by following me on twitter Twitter @karenmbb and retweeting (RT) the following message:
    • Follow @karenmbb and RT to Win an Abstract Signature Bow Small Natalie Cosmetics Case From Kate Spade! http://bit.ly/VMmyic

  • The deadline to enter is Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11:59PM (PST).
  • Entrants must enter using a valid email address and/or Twitter account to win.
  • A maximum of two (2) entries per person — one within the comments at the bottom of this post, and a second entry via Twitter addressed to me @karenmbb.
  • Contest is open to individuals in the United States who have reached the age of majority according to their local laws (18 in the United States with these exceptions: Alabama and Nebraska, 19; Mississippi, 21).
  • Tabs and I (heretofore referred to as “T-Money and K-Dawg”) will select one (1) winner at random from the entries either left in the comments at the bottom of this blog post or addressed to @karenmbb on Twitter.
  • The winner will be announced here within 48 hours of the deadline.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Assuming you’re reading this before midnight on Tuesday, December 17, 2012, you still have time to enter the Kate Spade Signature Gia giveaway!

I’m just sayin’… ;)

WINNER: The giveaway is closed now, and the winner is Janira! Congratulations, Janira! If you entered but didn’t win this time around, keep trying, and click here to enter any ongoing giveaways before you jet. :)

12 Days of Giveaways: Two Ways to Win a Signature Gia Cosmetics Case From Kate Spade (a $78 Value)!

Published in: Giveaways, Givenchy, Just For Fun

WINNER: The giveaway is closed now, and the winner is Charisma! Congratulations, Charisma! If you entered but didn’t win this time around, keep trying, and click here to enter any ongoing giveaways before you jet. :)

A Different Makeup and Beauty Blog giveaway each day for 12 days, sponsored by Neutrogena

My love for Kate Spade’s pretty well documented on MBB, so I’m thrilled about this next prize in the 12 Days of Giveaways series — a Kate Spade Signature Gia cosmetics case valued at $78.

Your wallet, keys and phone get to tool around town in your purse. Don’t your lipsticks, glosses and liners deserve their own ride? — one that’ll keep them safe and sound, like the Gia, which zips shut to protect your makeup treasures while you’re out and about. In this Kate Spade case, they’ll travel in style.

I hope you’re ready. Day two of 12 Days of Giveaways on Makeup and Beauty Blog starts now. :)

  • One (1) Signature Gia Cosmetics Case from Kate Spade valued at $78.

  • There are two ways to enter, and you can do both of them for two chances to win. First, you can enter by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post, a comment about anything at all, like, do you have a favorite purse? What do you usually carry with you in your makeup bag? Do you plan to bake or cook anything special for the holidays? What does your Christmas tree look like? When was the last time you did a smokey eye? Do you wear makeup when it’s raining or snowing outside? How are you with apply false lashes? What’s for dinner? — you get the idea.
  • Second, you can enter by following me on twitter Twitter @karenmbb and retweeting (RT) the following message:
    • Follow @karenmbb and RT to Win a Signature Gia Cosmetics Case From Kate Spade! http://bit.ly/Ryo10d

  • The deadline to enter is Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 11:59PM (PST).
  • Entrants must enter using a valid email address and/or Twitter account to win.
  • A maximum of two (2) entries per person — one within the comments at the bottom of this post, and a second entry via Twitter addressed to me @karenmbb.
  • Contest is open to individuals in the United States who have reached the age of majority according to their local laws (18 in the United States with these exceptions: Alabama and Nebraska, 19; Mississippi, 21).
  • Tabs and I (heretofore referred to as “T-Money and K-Dawg”) will select one (1) winner at random from the entries either left in the comments at the bottom of this blog post or addressed to @karenmbb on Twitter.
  • The winner will be announced here within 48 hours of the deadline.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. You also still have a few hours to enter yesterday’s giveaway for a Zella Galaxy Fleece Hoodie from Nordstrom (ends at midnight PST tonight, 12/16/12).

WINNER: The giveaway is closed now, and the winner is Charisma! Congratulations, Charisma! If you entered but didn’t win this time around, keep trying, and click here to enter any ongoing giveaways before you jet. :)

The Givenchy Le Prisme Eye Quad Color & Shine for Metallic Eyes in Acoustic Harmony #80, and Conversations With My Inner Drag Queen About Glitter

Published in: Givenchy, Makeup, Palettes, Product Reviews

givenchy acoustic harmony

Between the hypnotic packaging sparkling like a shimmery pair of black snakeskin and patent leather heels, the glittery catchlights and the sheer, high-shine finish of its four powder shadows, Givenchy’s Le Prisme Eye Quad Color & Shine for Metallic Eyes in Acoustic Harmony #80 ($58) is like a makeup oasis glistening in a desert flush with fall smokey eyes.

givenchy acoustic harmony product shot
Outside of the packaging

No. 80 is the new quad in Givenchy’s Acoustic Colors collection for autumn/winter 2012, and man! — it’s sparkly.

So sparkly that it even gave my inner drag queen reason to pause…

KAREN’S INNER DRAG QUEEN: “Baby, I dunno if we can do this.”

KAREN: “Yeah, that is a lot of glitter, but check out how sheer the shadows are. They’re really only lightly tinted but have a shiny finish and gobs of glitter.

“I bet if we apply one all over our lids with a flat eyeshadow brush like the MAC 239, it would look really cool. We’d get a wash of sheer pigment, a shiny finish and sparkle from the glitter on top.

“Trust me — we can make it look classy.”

KAREN’S INNER DRAG QUEEN: “Classy with a ‘c’ or klassy with a ‘k’?”

KAREN: “Dude, classy with a ‘c’! It’ll look like twinkling lights, and because the flecks of glitter are pretty big, I bet we’ll be able to see ‘em from a few feet away.

“We’ll just have to make sure we don’t go overboard with the rest of our eye look, which we can do by keeping the liner simple and skipping the false lashes.”

KAREN’S INNER DRAG QUEEN: “B*tch, you know the last time I toned anything down was never. Does not compute!”

KAREN: “Okay, well, to turn it up instead, we can press the shadow directly on our lids. That should intensify the pigment even more, KAPOW! We’ll have to start with a layer of primer to get more of that glitter to latch on to our skin… Hey, I thought you were nervous about wearing so much glitter?”

KAREN’S INNER DRAG QUEEN: “Last time I checked I was the one who held the diva card in this relationship, which means I can change my mind whenever I want. :)

[Snaps three times in a Z.]

“Now go about your business so I can practice lip-synching It’s Raining Men.”

As I was saying, this is one of those products where you really have to love glitter.

Good thing I do (I go through phases) because the stuff gets everywhere!

givenchy acoustic harmony

givenchy acoustic harmony
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And the Award for Longest Name in a Lip Gloss This Fall Goes to…Givenchy Acoustic Colors Gelee D’Interdie Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine in Acoustic Wild Rose!

Published in: Givenchy, Lips, Makeup, Product Reviews

givenchy acoustic wild rose closeup

Wild Rose.

That’s what they call me — the people who know me best — but everyone else just calls me by my given name, Givenchy Gelee D’Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine in Acoustic Wild Rose #18.

I’m new here. I actually don’t even start work till the fall. They got me sitting on shelves at this place called Sephora. It’s a contract position — you know, a limited time. I told them I wouldn’t work for a nickel less than $27.50. I said, “That’s my price.” And they agreed.

The job description called for someone who “has a thing for biker bars, bouquets, and playing breakup songs on her guitar at corner coffee shops on open mic night.”

Eh, I needed the work…

I’m a very sheer, shimmery pink, and have pearlescent purple and golden glitter. If I had my druthers, I would have preferred a job looking smooth, shiny and dainty on the lips of ladies who lunch — the bored ones who like a kick of disco glitter to spice up their cucumber sandwiches at afternoon tea.

You think maybe you’d like to show me around? :)

givenchy acoustic wild rose closeup

givenchy acoustic wild rose

givenchy gelee d interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine in Acoustic Wild Rose and Le Prisme Eye Quad in Acoustic Harmony
Gelee D’Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine in Acoustic Wild Rose #18 (left) and Le Prisme Eye Quad Color & Shine for Metallic Eyes in Acoustic Harmony #80 (right)
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