AERIN Spring 2014 Essentials Collection Kaleidolight Palette | Photos, Swatches, Review

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The AERIN cosmetics line is a very curated line that is all about getting the most versatility and performance out of a select amount of products. The new AERIN Essentials Collection brings us a carefully edited selection of AERIN products that are sure to become essentials for any woman who tries them. One of the new pieces is the AERIN Kaleidolight Palette ($78 CAD/$70 US).

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The palette is housed in a sleek gold compact. I love AERIN’s no nonsense, no wasted space approach to packaging. The palette comes in a beautiful soft pink suede drawstring pouch.

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Inside the mirrored compact are six areas in the palette of varying sizes. Each large enough to be used individually or you can swirl a kabuki brush across the entire palette. The shades include light-enhancing shades of bronze, beige, pink, and lavender to add subtle glow to the complexion or to be used on eyes and cheeks.

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The shade offering in the Kaleidolight Palette is universally flattering and well thought out. The only think I could nitpick about would be I would trade one of the similar beige shades in for a lighter shade with more shimmer for a more intense highlight. All of the shades offer the subtlest of glow without visible shimmer. The large bottom right bronze shade offers the tiniest bit more delicate shimmer. The powders are soft and smooth without being powdery. This palette really gives the skin the loveliest subtle glow to highlight and enhance your complexion as well as contour. It will work on a wide array of skin tones but I think it will be especially flattering on those with light-medium to medium complexions. It’s hard to describe but there is just something about the quality of the formula of powder that is so pretty on the skin.

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The new AERIN Essentials Collection is available now at Holt Renfrew Toronto Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary, and Vancouver as well as at EsteeLauder.ca in Canada. It is available in the US at Neiman Marcus and Saks.

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Elizabeth Arden Summer Look Collection Featuring One of My Favorite New Products | Looks, Photos, Products Swatches

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The Elizabeth Arden Summer 2014 Summer Escape Collection has some really fun nautical themed packaging. As soon as I saw the boxes I knew this was going to be a fun collection. Open up the boxes and all the products aside from the mascara have their own touch of this nautical look and are a mix of sandy neutrals and vivid maritime hues.

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The collection includes:

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LIMITED EDITION Pure Finish Summer Escape Bronzing Powder ($45.00 CAD) in Warm Glow 01 (Pink & Gold Pearls), Deep Glow 02 (Gold & Copper Pearls)

A silky smooth, baked mineral bronzing powder with a unique marbleized design instantly brightens skin with a hint of sun-kissed radiance. Infused with antioxidants for a natural healthy-looking glow, the baked mineral powder provides weightless, transparent coverage. Pure Finish Summer Escape Bronzing Powder is presented in a navy blue, nautical printed compact complete with a deluxe-sized kabuki bronzing brush.

  • Green Tea Extract: provides antioxidant benefits to help protect against the visible signs of aging and promote a healthy, radiant glow.
  • Mica Minerals: helps to illuminate and brighten the skin for a more youthful look.
  • Soft Focus Microspheres: help blur skin’s imperfections, minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

LIMITED EDITION Pure Finish Cool Radiance Highlighter ($35.00 CAD) in First Mate 01 (Pearl Opalescent Pink)

A cool-to-the-touch creamy highlighter stick that illuminates and enhances the complexion with a soft, dewy radiance, this multipurpose makeup while adding a rosy pearlescent glow to eyes, cheeks and lips. The subtle opalescent pink is a universally flattering shade that boosts brightness for a naturally luminous finish. Pure Finish Cool Radiance Highlighter is housed in a navy blue, nautical printed twist-up package.

  • Marine Extract and high water content delivers a cooling sensation that instantly soothes the skin on contact, and helps to limit water loss by providing protection to the skin’s barrier.
  • Mica Minerals help to illuminate and brighten the skin for a more youthful look.

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LIMITED EDITION Beautiful Color Gloss Stick ($23.00 CAD) Coral Reef 01 (Bright pinky-coral), Pink Sky 02 (Neutral rose with shimmer)

Beautiful Color Gloss Sticks combine the convenience of a lip pencil with the rich payoff of a lipstick and the shine of a lip gloss in just one stroke. This soft and creamy lip colour is infused with mineral pigments for high coverage and conditioners that leave lips feeling smoothed and hydrated. Conveniently packaged with a sharpener.

  • Mineral Pigments: provide vibrant colour.
  • Plant-based emollients: condition and provide a moisturizing feel.
  • Mica Minerals: Illuminates and brightens the lips with glossy shine.

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LIMITED EDITION Pure Finish Cream Eye Shadow ($25.00 CAD) in Sand Dollar 01 (Soft Peachy-Coral Shimmer), Overboard 02 (Vibrant Pearl Blue), Anchors Away 03 (Metallic Bronze)

Luxuriously creamy, these highly pigmented eye shadows impart vivid, long-lasting colour to the eyelids. Each gorgeously vibrant hue glides on smoothly and sets for long lasting colour. Enriched with Aloe and Vitamin E, the creamy formula helps soothe and protect the eye area, while providing comfortable wear. Pure Finish Cream Eye Shadow comes in a clear glass pot with a navy, nautical printed screw cap.

  • Mineral Pigments and Flexible Silicon Polymers: deliver rich, pearlized colour with a luxuriously smooth and even application.
  • Aloe: soothes and comforts the sensitive eye area.
  • Vitamin E: provides antioxidant benefits to protect against visible signs of skin aging.

LIMITED EDITION Beautiful Color Define and Highlight Eyeliner Duo ($28.00 CAD) in Midnight Sail 01 (Navy Blue/Pearlized Champagne)

Define and highlight eyes with one convenient dual-ended pencil that features a deep shade to line the upper lash line with intense colour, and a light complementary shade to illuminate the lower lash line. The blendable, high pigment colours glide on with smooth creamy application for comfortable wear.

  • Jojoba and Cotton Seed Oils: condition and protect the skin.
  • Vitamin C and E: help neutralize free radicals to protect against visible signs of skin aging.
  • Mica Minerals: help to illuminate and brighten the eye area for a more youthful look.

LIMITED EDITION SHADE Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara ($30.00 CAD) in Ocean Blue 03 (Rich Pearlized Blue)

Brighten the eyes with Elizabeth Arden’s best-selling mascara in a limited edition, pearlized brilliant blue hue. Powered by a potent complex of peptides, this luxurious, multi-dimensional mascara immediately volumizes, lengthens and curls the appearance of lashes and is clinically proven to enhance the look of lash length, density and curl with continued use.1 The clump free, flake free formula protects lashes and delivers 3x the lash volume in just 15 days.2 After 15 days, women saw a 156% increase in lash curl,3 while 92% of women saw volumized, lifted and longer looking lashes.4 Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara comes in a sleek gold tube that is embossed with the brand’s red door emblem.

  • Triple Peptide Complex: is a potent complex of vitamin fortified Peptide Biotinyl-GHK and Panthenol that conditions, strengthens and lengthens the look of lashes, increases volume and helps diminish lash loss.
  • Carob Tree Extract: strengthens and protects lashes.

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Rebecca Restrepo, Elizabeth Arder Global Makeup Artist, has created two looks for the Summer Escape Collection and I thought it would be fun to recreate them.

Summer Escape:

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Wearing Anchors Away in my crease is too shimmery for my hooded lids but the shade is beautiful. To make this look work better for me I would need to incorporate a matte shade in my crease. I am absolutely loving the vibrant effect of the blue mascara and the coral lip gloss pencil is TO DIE FOR!

Pink Sky:

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The Pink Sky Look omits Anchors Away in the crease but since I did the Summer Escape Look first, and I was feeling lazy, I left the eye look the same. Once again the Beautiful Color Gloss Stick is incredible. I am going to put this in bold so it doesn’t get missed in this large post: You need to go check out these Elizabeth Arden limited edition Beautiful Color Gloss Sticks in Coral Reef and Pink Sky. They are must haves. They over the colour coverage of a lipstick with the intense shine of a gloss. These pics do not do the gloss of these justice. And the best part, the part that really blew me away, the colour AND shine of these gloss sticks last for hours. I mean two hours later my lips looked exactly the same. Even as they wear off a bit as hours go on the shine remains. I am madly in love with these and wish there were more than two shades!

Elizabeth Arden Summer Escape Color Collection 2014 will be available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson`s Bay, Sears, and London Drugs for a limited time beginning March 2014.

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NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette and The NARSissist Cheek Kit | Photos, Swatches, Review

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Palettes make this NARSissist very happy! The arrival of the new NARS The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette and The NARSissist Cheek Kit was some heavenly beautymail.

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NARSissist Eye Palette ($89 CAD/$79 US) This palette features 15 of the NARSissist community’s most beloved and inspiring shades in one compact, ready-to-wear every day, every way. The great thing about this palette is that they are all existing NARS shades. No surprises. There are certainly lots of reviews and swatches out there so you know the quality you are getting. I had thought there were some less than stellar shades included from some of the info I had read but they all swatched beautifully for me. I obviously haven’t had time to test all 15 shades on my eyes yet though. This palette is a real bargain as you are paying $175 US/oz compared to $357 US/oz for the Singles and $250 US/oz for the Duos. Yes of course I had to do the math! It is a perfect assortment of light to dark and matte and shimmering shades. This palette will be a great workhorse palette for any NARS, heck makeup, lover and a perfect travel companion.

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Shades included are:

  • All About Eve I flesh toned neutral
  • Madrague II (matte caramel)
  • Fez (velvety cocoa)
  • Bali (neutral)
  • Coconut Grove (deep brown infused with reflections)
  • Madrague I (matte cream)
  • Nepal (soft sheer rose)
  • Ashes to Ashes (shimmery violet based brown)
  • Brousse II (black violet)
  • Mekong (espresso infused with gold)
  • Bellissima I (shimmering beige with subtle glitter)
  • Lhasa (lavender grey)
  • Bad Behavior (deep pewter)
  • Dogon II (charcoal black)
  • Pandora II (matte black)

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NARSissist Cheek Palette ($55 CAD/$49 US) This set features three must-have shades for Spring and a newly designed mini blush brush for easy application on the go.

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Shades included are Devotee (limited edition, highlighting shade), Orgasm and Laguna. I know, I know. Many of you are annoyed that every cheek palette seems to have Orgasm and Laguna in it. The fact is they are beautiful and iconic shades and what could be more fitting for a NARSissist palette? Even if you already have them in your collection this palette is a must because it is the perfect travel size. The entire palette is the same height and width as the standard blush compacts. It is just about 30% longer. Purse and travel perfect!

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Available now at Sephora.

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