My eyes are killing me! After swatching and photographing all this retina-searing gorgeousness, I still had hundreds of photos to edit. Yes hundreds. Nearly a hundred for Pool Party alone! Anyhoo, I'll have comparisons over the next couple weeks so my eyes can heal ;p but here are the swatches!
CARGO's Spring collection has a lot of interesting new products, and a new take on existing ones. The Mini 7-in-7 Kit gives you a 7 minute makeover with 7 mini bestselling products. This compact version of the original 7-in-7 kits also come in three shades; Light, Medium, and Dark, and will retail for $39. I am incredibly excited about this set, as it contains a lot of my favorite CARGO products, and it'll be amazing for my spring and summer travels.
All these CARGO products will be available at Ulta, CVS 360, select independent beauty boutiques.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouges are a long-time favorite of mine, and you can see a video review and tutorial here. To me, they've got the best texture I've found in a cream blush and a little goes a long way. And I have to say, even though Bobbi said during her tweet session a couple weeks ago that cream blush just isn't meant to last, I find that these last amazingly when dusted with a little face powder. As you can see in the video, I apply them with a small stiff brush and then blend them out with my MAC 188, but you can also use a foundation brush. Some even choose to use their fingers, but I really do not recommend this.
Having said all this, last year I nearly cried when Calypso Coral Pot Rouge was discontinued. It was one I'd been waffling over for months, and I missed it. I am jumping with joy that it's back, and that there's another coral coming along for the ride. You better believe I'll be buying both, I don't make the same mistake twice. I treat any new release of a Pot Rouge as an event worth celebrating.
Did you try Calypso Coral the first time around? Will you be buying it this time? How about the Cabo Coral?
TheBalm's new water-activated duo of pressed-powder lipstains intrigue me. They're free of all manner of nasty chemicals and one of the two pretty combinations will run you about $28. Would you try this format for a lipstain? What are your impressions? I feel like perhaps it might get gunky in the pan after a while, much like an eye-shadow when used wet. And I can't see how it works by applying the powder to lips then adding water, but I have yet to try it. Maybe Sephora will have these out this week, and I'll report back.
Benefit's buttery-smooth Velvet Shadow family ($18 each at BenefitCosmetics.com) is getting 6 new schmexy members. Fresh and shimmery pastel shades that seem like they'll find a good home on any skin tone. Shamrocker and Fancy Pansy are calling to me. Pray for my wallet.
This is the very first year ever that I'm really, really ready for Spring to come. I look forward to Fall from the first day of Spring, because according to my significant other, I'm a complete loon, but this year I just want the sun to come back right this second. While I'm firmly entrenched in Winter Doldrums, I'm basking in my own little personal Spring with 8 new polishes from the China Glaze Up & Away Spring collection. With a colorful range of pastel and bright cremes, these polishes are putting a little pep in my step.
The yellow eyeshadow that goes all the way up to this chick's wild-forest-man brows, and the chola-esque lipliner are scary, but this collection looks amazing. The latest from NARS is full of girly pinks and soft lilacs (and apparently yellow?), and I'm dying to get my hands on at the very least Easy Lover Lipgloss and the Kuala Lumpur duo. Purple Rain looks amazing but it looks suspiciously similar to China Glaze Let's Groove. What are you going to pick up? Don't forget they're offering FREE shipping on orders over $25!
The ART of Spring Collection, available February 1, 2010, $8 each.
Mini set of 4 will include: Pop Art Pink, Lilacism, Tart Deco, and Red Nouveau
"Spring ushers in a warm, high-spirited bouquet of pretty shades and sultry silhouettes. At the Spring 2010 shows designers expressed a super-sexy return to elegance with a Pop Art palette of colors. Body-clinging pieces with flurries of tulle, silk, and organza flowed alongside crepe skirts, linen kimonos, and shantung gowns in never-ending shades of lilac, rose, and cerise."