I haven’t given all of these products a test run just yet, but I wanted to share my photos with you ASAP. I have worn a couple of the lip glosses and boy do they gloss. They have great color payoff and lasting power. I’ll update you with some makeup look and swatches in a bit. In the meantime …
And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play with some makeup!
What do you think of the LORAC Holiday The Royal collection?
Fall has just arrived and Halloween is a month away, but makeup retailers are wasting no time preparing for the upcoming holiday season. To their credit, I’ve already gotten multiple requests to share my wish list with family, so companies like tarte are smart to plan ahead.That’s alright, their advance planning is a beauty blogger’s best friend. tarte recently reached out to let me know about their kits in their holiday 2014 collection.
I had the lucky chance to take a sneak peek at the tarte Away Oui Go palette and collector’s set, which is available exclusively at Ulta this season. The set comes with a whole bunch of products for eyes, face and lip, which makes it very worth every penny of the $48 price tag. Everything in the set is listed out below:
16 full size, French-inspired Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows (0.07 oz. each)
As BeautyXpose reader Amy Oxford noted, holiday parties are already beginning to rear their festive heads (next year, we’ll expect invites in August!). While the timing may seem too soon for some, we’re viewing these pre-season fetes as just more opportunities to show off stunning ensembles, sparkling jewels and dazzling makeup.
Celebrity Makeup Artist Sandy Linter has just the plan for getting gorgeous for your big night out. The professional makeup artist on staff at the Rita Hazan Salon in NYC has spent 30 years working with some of the most iconic faces that have graced the red carpet, including Bette Midler, Elizabeth Hurley, Goldie Hawn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diana Ross, Martha Stewart and many more. Now, she’s sharing some of her favorite party-prep tips to make your holiday makeup magnificent.
Holiday Makeup Tips
Get Glittery Lids:
When using a glitter-based shadow, apply your eye makeup before your foundation. This way any residual glitter that falls will not ruin any previous applications. Any remaining glitter can be wiped away with a gentle eye makeup remover and Q-Tip.
A trick to making glitter shadows stick is to apply a crème eyeshadow all over your eyelid. Then, with your fingertips or a sponge applicator, pat on the glitter. The crème shadow helps the glitter adhere to your eyelids.
Lengthen Your Lashes:
To transform your eyelashes for a more dramatic look, try Shu Uemura’s False Eyelashes. When applying, be sure to bend the lashes back and forth so the band is not stiff. After applying and once the glue has dried, clamp lashes with an eyelash curler to set the look.
When wearing fake lashes, do not use colored shadows. Instead, use a neutral gold shadow on the lid, such as Lancôme Filigree, and contour the crease of your eye with a brown taupe shade, such as Lancôme Chic, making eyes look big and festive (but not cheap!).
Show Off a Bold Pout:
Brighter shades of lipstick always work for the holiday season. Check out Lancome’s new lipstick, La Laque Fever in Raze Red or Electric Pink. Designed to have a high potency of color and unprecedented shine, this full cover lipshine will offer you up to eight hours of vibrant color.
It’s no secret I’ve had a love affair with Estée Lauder since I was old enough to afford the products (I used to save up babysitting money just to buy a new bronzer). Throughout the years, the collections have changed with each season, but my love for the brand has remained strong. This unwavering adoration runs in the family, and every holiday, my mom and sister have a coveted Estée Lauder item (or two) on their wish lists.
This holiday season, Estée Lauder gives us another reason to make sure Santa knows we’ve been “nice” with Ultimate Red, a luxe cosmetics collection comprised of rich reds, decadent golds and plush plums. Encased in gilded packaging (how glam!) the limited edition collection comes in two “looks” (warm and cool) to complement different skin tones and hair colors. But with both looks, one thing’s clear – this season is all about smoldering eyes, glistening skin and a luscious pout.
Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Gold Opulence ($35.00)
Signature Lipstick in Gold ($19.50)
Signature Lipstick in Simply Red ($19.50)
Opulent Shimmer Gloss in Gold ($18.00)
Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Gold ($18.00)
Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Lavish Plum ($35.00)
Signature Lipstick in Cranberry ($19.50)
Signature Lipstick in Blackberry ($19.50)
Opulent Shimmer Gloss in Cranberry ($18.00)
Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Burgundy ($18.00)
Base Look for Face:
Opulent Shimmer Powder ($32.00)
Gel Eyeliner in Black ($19.50)
TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara in Gold ($32.00)
Estée Lauder gave me the opportunity to review the Gel Eyeliner, both eye shadow quads, both shimmer glosses, the Signature Lipstick in Simply Red and the Opulent Shimmer Powder. After testing them all, I was ready to paint the town wearing Ultimate Red.
I found the gel liner glides on smoothly, but it was more watery than I was expecting, as I’m used to a thicker consistency from my MAC Fluidline. However, almost immediately, I became accustomed to the texture, and it was easy to smooth on the liner with precision technique using the accompanying angled brush. The shadows in both quads glide on smoothly (though I ditched the sponge applicators for my own brushes), and I’m pleased to report that after wearing them all day at work and then out on the town , they didn’t slide off or crease, which is pretty common for my lids.
Ultimate Red Look 1
Ultimate Red Look 2
Both glosses have a hint of vanilla to taste (my favorite), and they yield high shine without being uber-sticky. When the Cranberry gloss is paired with the Simply Red Lipstick, the results are simply stunning. As for the Opulent Shimmer Powder, the snowflake-pressed highlight powder is extremely shimmery, so you only need a subtle swipe to get glowing results.
Test out the products yourself and get glamorous for your holiday galas (okay, they make great gifts too). The Ultimate Red Color Collection is available for a limited time at Estée Lauder counters nationwide and on www.esteelauder.com.