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Come September

Here we are. already halfway over September.  Fall is just around the corner and new colors are coming out every day.  This fall, Bare Escentuals has three new Ready 8.0 eyeshadow palettes, and I’m so excited about them!  I really love the Ready Eyeshadows, and this year’s 8.0s have all new colors.

For 2012, three 8.0s will be issued.  The first 8.0 was The September Issue, a Sephora Exclusive, and you cannot find it in other stores.  The 2012 releases are in limited edition silver palettes, with 8 color packed fullsized shadows inside.  You may remember that last  year the Cocktail Hour and the Playlist, two 8.0 Limited Edition palettes in gold compacts.  While these are still around in stores, they were intended to be limited edition like this year.

As with the other Ready Eyeshadows, BareMinerals READY Eyeshadow combines BareMinerals’ proprietary SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex with powerful antioxidants, cold-pressed borage oil, caffeine, and cucumber—ingredients known to deliver antiaging benefits including reduced appearance of puffiness and antioxidant protection for a softer, smoother, revitalized eye area. The formula looks like a powder but feels like a cream and delivers a beautifully smooth application of vivid, long-wearing color. This fashion-forward palette of jeweled forest and floral shades delivers this season’s standout looks. Learn how to create three on-trend looks, then mix, match, and experiment for Bare Escentauls Ready The September Issueendless effects.

The September Issues contains:

Couture (glimmering clove), Silhouette (antique white), Statement (vibrant orchid), Prêt-à-Porter (sunbaked gold), Três Chic (apricot cream), Editor’s Pick (metallic teal), Glitterati (shimmering pink), Ensemble (deepest eggplant).  These are all full size .28 oz shadows with high impact color and pigmentation.

I really love this palette because it has a color punch for fall.  There is something for everyone in this group of shadows, from neutral golds and peaches to dark teal and purple.  The last two can be used as liners easily, and with the included brush it’s a great little kit.

The Ready Eyeshadows do not contain parabens, phthalates, petro chemicals or other ickies, but for those of you who are sensitive to Carmine please be aware that several colors do contain this coloring agent.  Carmine can be controversial as it is derived from the shells of beetles, and many people have allergies to this ingredient.  Ready eyeshadows also contain Bismuth Oxychloride.  While I don’t have a problem with it, many people are sensitive to this ingredient which can cause itching.  However, because there is so little in the eyeshadows, I urge you to try them before making a judgement.

These colors are all new, and the only similar shades that is a possible dupe is Prêt-à-Porter ;; it is however, much more bronze than gold and is not an exact match.

I love this palette, and for $40, it’s worth every penny!  If you wait for the Sephora Friends & Family sale, you can save even more!

Happy glossing!

IT’s Luxe!


I am beginning to sound like a broken record in here, aren’t I?  It’s true, but I can’t stop gushing about the IT Cosmetics products.  I have amassed a little collection, and this beauty came to me recently.

The Luxe Waterproof High Performance Eyeshadow Palette has Age Reverse & Prevent Complex included, which are packed with the trademark IT hydrating and skin loving ingredients.

This powerful palette has 12 shades of eyeshadow, ranging from light highlighter to dark densely pigmented shades with a dual ended brush.  The eyeshadows are a beautiful and creamy texture, and glide on like butter.  With gorgeous ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen, green tea, acai and Vitamins A, C & E, these are anti aging discs of love.  As always, IT Cosmetics eyeshadows are talc, paraben, sulfate, mineral oil, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance, and phthalate free.  This is especially important in eyeshadows, as talc tends to make them powdery and less pigmented.
From the left, bottom to top, swatched at right:

(row 1)  Cashmere (matte creme)

Heavenly (pearl white)
Satin Sunshine (pearl light yellow)
Espresso (matte deep brown)
(row 2)  Earth Angel (matte beige cashmere)
Je Ne Sais Quoi (shimmery nude pink)
Ipanema (golden beige pearl)
Venus Love (pearl coppery rust)
Azure (midnight navy)
(row 3) Plum Passion (rich matte purple)
Romance (satin rich taupe)
Jet Black (matte black)

I especially love that the darker shades can easily be used for liner, which I did with the rich Jet Black.  I tested these without primer, and I’m pleased to say that they have amazing staying power and didn’t stray.  That is a minor miracle on my peepers!

These shadows are not your average eye product.  Developed with anti aging benefits by plastic surgeons and my girl crush Jamie Kern Lima, they smooth your lids, and give you great coverage and a youthful flow.  Without sparkle or glitter, the pearl shades are shimmery, they are glowing and gorgeous.  Several of the shades are matte as well, giving you a great balance.

Pretty in Amber

Pretty in Smoke

I also own 4 of the eyeshadow trios.  The shades at the right are swatched from Pretty in Ambers and Pretty in Smoke, and while they are very similar, there were no exact dupes.

For $38, this is a great price for 12 full sized, packed with color, deliciously creamy shadows.  The pretty black palette is padded on top, and is a great for a weekend bag or to pop in your purse.

Get it today!  You will not be sorry.

This palette was provided by the manufacturer or PR agent for consideration.  All opinions are my own.