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


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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shu uemura Spring 2014 Bijoux Collection Silk Cushion Eyeshadows | Photos, Swatches, Review

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Shu Uemura Spring 2014 Bijoux Collection brings us four potted eyeshadows with the most delightful texture and finish. The Silk Cushion Eyeshadows ($30 CAD/$22 US) have a really fun marshmallow like cushiony feel. The shadows are incredibly light yet offer excellent pigment for such delicate shades.

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They come in four shades:

  • Morganite Pink
  • Amethyst Purple
  • Peridot Green
  • Amber Brown
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shu uemura Silk Cushion Eyeshadow in Amethyst Purple

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shu uemura Silk Cushion Eyeshadow in Amber Brown

Here you can so the spongey texture of the shadows.

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The shadows have the most stunning luminous finish thanks to the silvery white Pearly Carat marbled into each shade . They are breathtaking. Truly beautiful. Unfortunately, while these shadows are touted as being long lasting they crease and fade terribly, and quickly, on me. They fair pretty well on areas of the eye where there is no movement but on the mobile lid and crease they crease and disappear. I have tried over Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer with the same result. Over a cream primer, I tried Painterly Paint Pot by MAC, they lasted a little longer but still faded and creased. I am going to continue experimenting with bases for these shadows because, quite simply, I am UNWILLING to give up on them. They are just far too beautiful to toss aside. I am determined to find a way to make them work and will update you on my progress.

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The shu uemura Spring 2014 Bijoux Collection is limited edition and became available as of January 2014 at Holt Renfrew, select Sephora and Hudson’s Bay locations and at www.shuuemura.ca.

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By Terry Ombre Blackstar in #14 Blue Obsession and #15 Ombre Mercure – Photos, Swatches, and Review

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Meet one of my new obsessions. The By Terry Ombre Blackstar ($43 US). I have been hearing amazing things about these “melting eyeshadows” for the last several years and now I finally see what all the fuss is about.

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This cream pen eyeshadow contains Tahitian black pearl which is supposed to be rich in fortifying calcium, anti-aging proteins and antioxidant tocopherols, to smooth and perfect eyelids. It also has adhesive polymers for even, waterproof colour.  The two shades I have tested are from the Christmas 2013 Terryblyssime collection.

#14 Blue Obsession is a stunning deep navy with ultra fine purple shimmer for a hint of brightness.

#15 Ombre Mercure is a a beautiful metallic taupe.

Now here’s the kicker. I have heard from other reviews that as far as Ombre Blackstars go these Christmas releases aren’t as exceptional as the standard line. Well I find them pretty darn amazing so my desire to try the rest of the Ombre Blackstar line-up has become even more intense! These shadows are very pigmented and blend out beautifully. You can blend out with your finger or with a brush as I did with Blue Obsession in the look below. I applied Ombre Mercure heavily on my lid for an opaque finish and only experienced some minor creasing with this method that was unnoticeable from a standard viewing distance. This was without a primer. The look lasted the entire day for me. I was so impressed with how I was able to blend out Blue Obsession in my crease to a lovely soft haze without any of the patchiness you sometimes experience when blending out cream products.

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Ombre Mercure on the lid and Blue Obsession on the outer v and crease. On the lips I am wearing By Terry Gloss Terrybly Shine in 9 Bitten Splash (review coming soon).

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By Terry is available in the US at Space NK (US) and in the UK and to Canada via Space NK (UK).

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