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New Release: MAC — It’s a Strike! (Fall 2016)

Collection: MAC 2016 Fall, It’s a Strike!

MAC has released a bowling-themed collection for Fall 2016, It’s a Strike!

Head straight to the fast lane with M∙A∙C It’s A Strike! A set of varsity-chic hues sure to bring you luck. Have a ball with the luminous allure of new Pearlmatte Face Powder. Two online-exclusive Lipsticks in Liquid Lurex and Babes and Balls are right up anyone’s alley. Rack ‘em up with a collection sure to be a perfect strike!

The collection includes three new Studio Nail Lacquers:

  • Babysplit, sheer lime green (crème)
  • Rack ‘Em Up, cool deep khaki (crème)
  • 5 Pin, deep wine (crème)

The Studio Nail Lacquers retail for US$13 / CA$15.

Happy shopping!

MAC, It's a Strike, Fall 2016 collection
Image: maccosmetics.com.
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Teaser: Ciaté Mani Marker Nail Polish Pen

In September, Ciaté London will release a new nail polish product called the Mani Marker!

They claim their newest innovation will give “a flawless mani in under 3 minutes”.

From Ciaté:

Never be caught without perfectly polished nails again with Ciaté London’s MANI MARKER. Featuring an easy to use precision tip, this nail polish pen is your ultimate on-the-go quick fix saviour! High coverage colour with one-stroke application makes this your mani’s new best friend.

HOW TO:
Use on bare nails only for even application
Step 1: Shake well and push the nib down for 45-60 seconds to release product
Step 2: Apply one coat of colour only onto bare nails, making sure to keep the same pressure from cuticle to tip
Step 3: Once dry apply glossy topcoat

The pens will retail for US$12 each.

What do you think of applying your polish with a pen? I wonder how portable it would be—though whatever they say, I’d probably still be leery of sticking it in my favorite handbag!

Ciaté Mani Marker Nail Polish Pen
Image: ciatelondon.com

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New Release: Color Club — Game Day Duos (Fall 2016) & 20% Off Sale

Collection: Color Club, Fall 2016, Game Day Duos

Here’s Color Club‘s massive new collection of nail polish duos for the U.S. college football fans! A whopping 78 colleges are represented in this set of fully licensed color duos.

My two brothers went to U.S. colleges, but unfortunately, the one who is into sports didn’t go to a represented college (presumably because their football team is crap?) and the one whose alma mater is in the set really hates sports. Well, they also don’t wear nail polish, so I guess this whole exercise is moot.

Anyway, the new collection is called Game Day, and each college gets a two-color duo.

Each bottle is shaped like a little football helmet! (This is a little bit of a shame if you’re into some other sport at your chosen college.) The university logo is also printed on each bottle.

Color Club Game Day Duo in UCLA, Fall 2016 Collection
Color Club’s UCLA Game Day Duo.
Image: colorclub.com

I found that Color Club’s stock photos seem a little off, particularly the oranges, many of which look red. I was entering the shades into the Nail Polish Database (156 colors, what a pain!) and realized (thankfully) early on that some of the “reds” were actually oranges. I mean, I know almost zero about college football, but even I know that Syracuse’s color is orange, not Dayglo red! (Also, weirdly, Northwestern’s duo colors look blue and white, but the actual university color is purple. I’ve no idea.)

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New Release: Color Club — Midnight Muse Collection (Fall 2016) & 20% Off Sale

Collection: Color Club, Fall 2016, Midnight Muse

I’m loving some of these new fall collections!

Color Club has released a new collection called Midnight Muse.

Color Club Midnight Muse Fall 2016 Collection
At least, I think it’s a 2016 collection!
Image: colorclub.com

The seven shades are:

  • Astro-Naughty (pale blue)
  • Cheetah-Me-Not (glittering nail lacquer loaded with black cheetah spots)
  • Many Moons Ago (no description other than “glittering”; looks like light mauve & gold confetti in a sheer base)
  • Martian, Martian, Martian! (mysterious green)
  • Men Are From Mars (vampy red)
  • Meteor-Right (shimmering blue & copper)
  • Unphased (shimmering orange)
Color Club Midnight Muse Fall 2016 Collection
Images: colorclub.com

Meteor-Right and Unphased will be mine! Which ones do you like?

Also, from now until August 31, 2016, get 20% off your Color Club order with the code TWENTY4U. I believe the official site ships to the US and Canada, as well as some other countries, but they don’t appear to have shipping information available on their website. Huh.

Happy shopping!

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer retails for US$8.50.

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New Release: MAC — Star Trek (Fall 2016)

Collection: MAC 2016 Fall, Star Trek (movie tie-in)

MAC has released a new collection for Fall 2016 based on the Star Trek movie franchise reboot:

Spanning half a century, Star Trek and its loyal fans cross decades, influencing ideas and aesthetics of gender, race and intergalactic potential. As the sci-fi saga continues, delight in the beauty of exploration as MAC and Star Trek’s latest cinema generation joins forces in an exclusive makeup collaboration of astral hues.

Surely that’s “join forces”. Really, MAC.

The collection includes three new Studio Nail Lacquers in special edition packaging:

  • Enterprise, silver chrome (frost)
  • Holladeck, gold sparkle (frost)
  • Skin of Evil, yellowish green with black chunks (frost)

Anyway, this collection seems excessively sparkly for me, but I am digging Skin of Evil, the green and black glitter polish!

The special edition polishes retail for US$14 / CA$16.50.

Happy shopping!

MAC, Star Trek, Fall 2016 collection
Image: maccosmetics.com.
Annick Goutal at Le Bon Marche

Links: Recent Browsing History… (August 25, 2016)

I haven’t had the time nor the opportunity to do any swatching over the last month, so here’s a little write-up of what has been tickling my browser history, lately!

Our kitchen sink’s hot water connector burst in the middle of the night. NOT FUN. Oh, the joys of living in a condo. Sorry about that, downstairs neighbor. Going to replace all our other connectors, stat.

I didn’t realize I could turn my lonely Christmas cactus into a plethora of Christmas cacti! I have the opposite of a green thumb, so the fact that my cactus actually blooms means I need more of it.

Christmas cactus
OK, mine doesn’t look this nice.
Image: givingplants.com

Always thought goalkeepers had to be a bit crazy. Hope Solo given 6-month ban for being a sore loser. (‘Grats to the Canadian women on their Olympic Soccer Bronze!)

I need to revisit Annick Goutal! I have a full-sized bottle of Les Nuits d’Hadrien and a mini hotel bottle of Eau d’Hadrien, and that’s it for Mme. Goutal in my collection. Think I need something less lemon-y.

Annick Goutal perfumes at Le Bon Marche
Aren’t the vintage-style bottles delightful?
Image: lebonmarche.com

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Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil (55 mL)

Josie Maran — Argan Cleansing Oil

I started using cleansing oil for the first time about a year and a half ago—definitely late to the party! Silly me, I didn’t start off with a Korean brand, but with Josie Maran.

As a 30-something, my formative years were mostly in the early to mid-90s, and as a result I am strongly partial to the supermodels of that period—Shalom Harlow, Cindy Crawford, Tyra Banks, and Niki Taylor are among my favorites—and few of the modern crop do much for me. (This is how I know I’m getting old.) One model I especially adored, who was often spotted in Maybelline advertisements, was Josie Maran.

I had no idea Josie was working for Maybelline even in 2003! Here she is, albeit looking heavily Photoshopped—peddling one of my favorite vintage polish lines, Wet Shine.

Anyway, I recognized the name straight away when I saw her line of argan oil-based skincare at Sephora—Josie Maran Cosmetics was launched in 2007—and after a little review-reading, I picked up a 3-piece Argan Skincare Ritual set that came with deluxe sizes of her cleansing oil, moisturizer, and argan oil.

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