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Quick swatch! Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation

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Of course yuh gyul found herself at Sephora on Friday, scoping out the new Marc Jacobs Beauty collection.  He’s got pretty much a full colour line.  Lots of beautiful shades.  I check out the gel foundation….and I must admit that I am impressed!  It comes in 16 shades and it actually has some deeper shades!  I swatched the darkest shade, Cocoa Deep, which is a deep, chocolatey brown that is pretty neutral.

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation in Cocoa Deep (indoors)

Cocoa Deep swatch in daylight

I have not bought this…yet…but I applied some on my jaw line and it was almost an exact match! For reference, I am NW45 in M.A.C.  The formula is very lightweight, smooth  and sank into my skin and looked natural, like my own skin!  It felt amazing!  I would have liked a little bit more red in it, but hats off to Mr. Jacobs for creating a line that caters to women with medium to deeper skintones.  Of course I have not tested this for wear and durability, but don’t be afraid to check it out.  The price tag is rather hefty (US$48 for 1 fl. oz.), but look at it if you can.  Since it is a gel formula, it will probably work well on oily skin.

I hope that eventually the colour range is expanded to include some more medium-dark to deep shades, but I think it’s a good start!!  I can’t vouch for the rest of the collection, so see it for yourself.

Have you guys picked up anything??

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NARS demos their summer offering + a few swatches!

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I recently got to see NARS’ makeup artist Cindy Rodriguez demo a look using products from the NARS summer 2013 and Pierre Hardy collections!

Here are a few pics!

NARS makeup artist Cindy Rodriguez

Look at that blush!! Summer collection at the makeup station!

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Quick swatch: MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Shape The Future

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Extra Dimension SF in Shape The Future

I have been loving this right now.  A sort of in-between pre-summer skin enhancer.  Really nice, smooth texture, not too glittery.  One part is a cool-toned champagne colour, that I have also used as an eye shadow.  The other side is a brick/coral colour with a silver sheen. Really pretty as a blush for medium to dark skin. But works for everyone…:)

If you can still find it, I would check it out!

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Bargain gel liner….that works! Wet 'n' Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner review

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I live for black liner – pencil, liquid, gel –  whatever.  And the darker the better.

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about the Wet n’ Wild Mega Eye Crème Eyeliner.  So I picked it up at CVS and paid $3.99.  Great price!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner with brush

So some of the things that I look for in a good gel liner:

  1. Colour –  I like a richly pigmented gel liner and if it is black, it needs to be super jet, sooty black.  No off-black, grey-black for me.
  2. Consistency – it should be creamy, glides easily regardless of the brush that I use.  And it should dry or set fairly quickly.
  3. Durability –  My gel liner has to be long lasting, make it true a workout without running too much.  Especially on my waterline.  And it can’t flake as it dries or makes it through its 6th hour of wear.
  4. Price –  Eventually all gel liners will dry out and crack.  Constantly opening that jar and exposing it to air, they become thickened.  So I won’t want to spend an exorbitant amount on a liner.

I picked up the liner in Black and it comes with a mini synthetic angled brush, which is actually not bad at all.  It’s easy to apply this liner with this brush. It’s firm and wide enough for a newbie eyeliner user to use.

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Hot trend of the moment: Oxblood! A review of OCC’s Black Dahlia Lip Tar.

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So OCC’s fall/winter 2012 collection is called Heroine, a homage to horror movie heroines.

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There are 6 lip tars, 6 nail lacquers, 2 loose colour concentrates and 3 new crème colour concentrates.  The standout colour of the collection is Black Dahlia.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Black Dahlia

The new packaging!

I had to pick this up! Blood red, oxblood, deep berry, merlot whatever you want to call it is very on trend right now.  It’s very lush and opulent! I love it!!

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