Lipgloss

HIP Color Presso: Spoiled Pretty Is Not ImPressed

I really wanted to love the new HIP Color Presso lipglosses from L’Oreal Paris. I really did. Unfortunately, I can’t think of one reason to recommend this product to all of you.

The concept is great…a duo of glosses that blend together to create an infinite array of shades. But a cool concept can’t redeem a mediocre product. First of all, the odd packaging feels and looks cheap…and it’s got this little loop at the top that I just don’t get. It’s as if L’Oreal designed it so that you could put it on your key ring…or hang it on your Christmas Tree.

Secondly, you have to squeeze the lipgloss chambers to dispense the product onto the applicator; I was expecting a dial or button…so having to squeeze the two tubes simultaneously just upped the cheap factor. Finally, the color (I have Snazzy) was just okay. Nothing to write home about. In fact, I kinda loathed the honeydew melon half of the twosome. So if I continue to use my Color Presso, I’ll probably just end up wearing the other shade by itself. Furthermore, Color Presso costs $13. Personally, I wouldn’t pay half that for this lipgloss.

The product smells and wears exactly like HIP Jelly Balms, which I absolutely adore. So do yourself a favor – if you were contemplating a Color Presso purchase, just buy a Jelly Balm instead.

The Love Set by NARS: Exclusively at Sephora


Let’s be honest. Most Valentine’s Day gift sets are a little gimmicky. We’re in a recession – so buying a bunch of products that you’re not in love with doesn’t make much sense. If it wouldn’t set your pulse racing a month from now, set it down. Am I right?

Which brings me to The Love Set by NARS – a gift set so loveable, you don’t need a commercialized holiday to justify this purchase. This assortment of flirtatious hues help you achieve that coveted after-glow:

Pillow Talk Lip Gloss
The unique, semi-sheer formulation provides serious shine and imparts a warm azalea pink hue. May be worn alone or atop any lipstick for a perfectly sexy pout.

Sex Machine Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Combining the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick, this rich, pink-mauve lip pencil provides a matte, creamy finish that will last for hours.

Orgasm Blush
This cult classic makes cheeks blush a perfect pinky-peach flush and subtly highlights with accents of golden shimmer.

Available exclusively at Sephora, this limited edition set is $49 (a $73 value).

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Victoria's Secret Clearance Sale

Back in September, my review of Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Makeup Limited Edition Lip Gloss Duo in Flash caused quite a frenzy. Many of you ran out to your local VS store or logged onto the website to stockpile the double-ended gloss.

If you bought it and ran out (or you’re just reading my review for the first time and decide you’ve gotta get that gloss), there’s good news. Victoria’s Secret is having a winter clearance. Originally $14, the .

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Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection

Hello Kitty Color Collection

All that’s girly and sparkly.

This sophisticated color story takes its cue from both the fantastical world of Hello Kitty and the glamour of the spring fashion shows. It will feature plush pinks, rich purples, turquoise for extra pop, three-dimensional lickable lips and lashes that were made to bat, all packaged in a sophisticated yet adorable graphic black design to give the line that baaaaaad kitty edge.

MAC paired six playful Lipstick shades with six sparkling Lipglass glosses, two Tinted Lip Conditioners that will have your kisser covered, and two bright and punchy eye quads that can be accented with reflective eye Glitter and Glitter Eye Liners, all of which are perfectly framed by the thickest, most decadent Plush Lash Mascara. Beauty Powder Blush in shades of pink and peach will give the MAC Hello Kitty woman a demure, rosy flush and nails are decorated in fabulous shades of pepto-pink, modern grey and creamy white Nail Lacquer.

MAC Hello Kitty Accessories

To Kitty-fy your life.

Finally, we know how devoted Hello Kitty collectors are, and with that in mind we’ve designed an accessory collection like no other. Hello Kitty was created with the idea that everyone should be able to snap up a gift for a friend (or yourself!), and there’s literally something for everyone.

Of course makeup lovers will adore the Criss Cross Half Lashes, Makeup Bags and Vanity Case with the exclusive pink and white collaboration logo. We’re rolling out a Brush Collection, adorable Purse Mirror, Mirrored Key Clip, Beaded Bracelet with darling charms, and the sure to be cult classic 14” MAC Hello Kitty Plush Doll. Snatch up these playful, yet practical graphic Makeup Bags at any MAC location.


LIPSTICK
Cute-ster: Sheer peachy pink with pearl
Big Bow: Sheer bright intense blue pink
Fresh Brew: Creamed coffee
Fashion Mews: Sheer pale lavender
Strayin ’: Frosty midtone mint
Most Popular: Sheer deep berry
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00


LIPGLASS
Sweet Strawberry: Sheer berry with blue pearl
Mimmy: Light creamy pink with pink and gold pearl
Nice to be Nice: Sheer bright intense orange with pearl
Nice Kitty: Sheer neon pink with blue pearl
She Loves Candy: Pale blue pink with gold pearl
Fast Friends: Sheer bright intense purple with pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00


TINTED LIP CONDITIONER
Popster Lively: Coral Pink
Pink Fish: Soft Neutral Pink
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50


EYE SHADOW x 4: LUCKY TOM
Stylin ’: Midtone violet blue with multi-dimensional pearl
Lucky Tom: Dark charcoal brown with gold pearl
Crème Royale: Yellow wheat gold
Paradisco: Soft bright pinky-coral with golden shimmer
Suggested Retail Price: $38.00


EYE SHADOW x 4: TOO DOLLY
Too Dolly: Frosty midtone mint
Stately Black: Rich blue with silver sparkle
Yogurt: Soft pale pink
Romping: Rich magenta with pink pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $38.00


PIGMENT
Milk: Frosty pale silvery pink
Deep Blue Green: Rich, deep bluish green
Suggested Retail Price: $19.50


REFLECTS GLITTER
Reflects Blue: Sparkling Blue
Reflects Very Pink: Sparkling fuchsia pink
Suggested Retail Price: $19.50


GLITTER EYE LINER
Her Glitz: Blackened gold with multi-dimensional glitter
Glitterpuss: Orangey bronze with multi-dimensional glitter
Kitty Power: Pink with multi-dimensional glitter
Girl Groove: Clear/white teal reflects and multi-dimensional glitter
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50


PLUSH LASH
Plushblack: Black
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00


BEAUTY POWDER BLUSH
Fun & Games: Soft orange peach
Tippy: Midtone blue pink
Suggested Retail Price: $18.00


BEAUTY POWDER
Tahitian Sand: Soft coral peach
Pretty Baby: Soft sunny pink with gold
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00


LASH
Hello Kitty Lash: Half lash with overlapping hairs to emphasize outer corner of eyes.
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00


NAIL LACQUER

Something About Pink: Blue pink fuchsia
On the Prowl: Light creamy grey
Vestral White: Creamy white
Suggested Retail Price: $11.00


MAC HELLO KITTY TOTE
Rectangular tote bag with collaboration inspired graphics and logo.
Suggested Retail Price: $45.00
Available exclusively at maccosmetics.com.


MAC HELLO KITTY PETITE MAKEUP BAG

Small soft train case silhouette with full zip closure.
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00
Available at all MAC locations.


MAC HELLO KITTY MAKEUP BAG
Medium soft train case silhouette with full zip closure.
Suggested Retail Price: $35.00
Available at all MAC locations.


MAC HELLO KITTY SOFT VANITY CASE
Large soft train case silhouette with full zip closure. Fabric is black vinyl with pink and white collaboration logo.
Suggested Retail Price: $55.00
Available exclusively at maccosmetics.com.


MAC HELLO KITTY PURSE MIRROR
Compact inspired by collaboration; interior contains standard mirror on one side and magnifying mirror on alternate side.
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00
Available at MAC retail stores, Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com only.


MAC HELLO KITTY BRUSH COLLECTION
Round plastic jar inspired by collaboration that holds 3 SE brushes with blank handles.
187SE Duo Fibre Brush
109SE Small Contour Brush
239SE Eye Shade Brush
Suggested Retail Price: $49.50
Available at MAC retail stores, Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com only.


MAC HELLO KITTY MIRRORED KEY CLIP
Bag zipper clip with 2 charms inspired by collaboration; key chain and mini mirror.
Suggested Retail Price: $16.00
Available at MAC retail stores and maccosmetics.com only.


MAC HELLO KITTY BEADED BRACELET
Black beaded bracelet with 3 charms; inspired by collaboration.
Suggested Retail Price: $34.00
Available at MAC retail stores and maccosmetics.com only.


MAC HELLO KITTY PLUSH DOLL
14” plush doll in black, pink and white nylon.
Suggested Retail Price: $42.00
Available at MAC retail stores, Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com only.

Available North America February 12, 2009 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com; International March 2009.

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