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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!

Get that ipod out, the playlist is ready!

Ahh fall is here; it’s cold in the morning, gets dark before 7pm, and…it’s 75?  Yep, that’s right – Indian Summer is in full swing here in San Francisco.  That said, I’m excited about some of the Bare Escentuals special holiday collections.

There are two 8.0 Ready palettes (eight pan collections) in this season’s gold compacts, which were released earlier this mornth.  The pretty little palettes are a fun way to carry a great collection of color with you, including a brush and sponge tip applicator, for $40.

The Playlist features eight differnet colors:

  • Pumped,  a cocoa sparkle
  • Chart Topper, pewter silver
  • Max Volume, smoky jade
  • Louder, burnished copper
  • One Hit Wonder, butter chiffon
  • Most Requested, burgundy sparkle
  • Remix, burnished gold
  • Speaker Box, shimmering gunmetal
I love this compact!  There are endless combinations you can make with the colors; there are at least 2 highlighter shades, and you can do much more than the 4 coor combinations listed on the BE site..  

The shadows themselves are creamy, with excelelnt staying power.  They go on like a cream, but react like a powder.  When I did not wear primer on this day, I found that the shadows lasted at least 6 hours on their own with out tocuhups.  Add a little primer, and they will last all day.
At first glace, I was unsure of this palette becuase the colors are quite bold  But, as with any Ready shadow, you really need a VERY light touch when applying them.  Don’t swipe yoru brush, just lightly dab it in the color.  The amount of product will be plenty.  You can always layer more on if you need it!
I added the 10pm Round the Clock liner from the Bare Luxurry TSV, and Tarte’s Gifted Mascara.
I have to say I’m a bit dissapointed with the Round the Clock, as it ended up on my lower lids, travelled and smudged, after just a few hours.  I will continue playing iwth them, but for now, I’lll stick with other waterproof liners for these baby blues.
The Playlist delivers all that and then some, and if you have any BE punch cards, be sure to use your discounts to make this a very affordable addition to your collection.  The shadows will last you a long time and you can use any other Ready palette or your favorite loose minerals to blend with these colors.

I also purcheased The Cocktail Hour, which is a smoky purple palete, and I can see myself combining these two soon!

What do you think?

 

Pure Luxury!

As I previously mentioned, the Bare Escentuals Today’s Special Value for November 18th is a gorgeous kit which contains a new exclusive Ready Duo.  I received mine over the weekend, and was able to wear it yesterday.

This Bare Luxury kit contains a TON of stuff for the price, and the biggest challenge is deciding what to wear!  The Ready Duo in The Phenomenon is a great pair, with Golden Iris being a deep amber with a touch of shimmer, and the Azure Irish being a rich lavender.  These were both created specifically to show off my baby blues, and the amber makes them sparkle.  As with all of the Ready shadows, they are creamy and densely pigmented.  While I wore a primer, I have tried them without primers and they last over 8 hours with minimal movement.

The Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliners are a new launch for Bare Escentauls, and one that I in particular and very excited for.  I have been unable to wear their B&B pencil liners int he past because they turn me in to a racoon.  These glide on easily and stay put for the most part.  I am a bit disappointed that I did have some travelling by the end of the day, but they are excellent formulations that you can sharpen as you use the pencil up.  The 10pm is a deep mocha shade, and the Noon is a rich Navy.

The Marvelous Moxie glosses are something of a cross between Buxoms and 100% Natual lipglosses.  While I am not a fan of the 100% Natural, I am a Buxom addict and these are a great addition.  There is a slightly less intense tingle in these plumpers, and a nice vanilla scent.  The Daredevil is perfect for fall, in a rich berry color.  The Wild One is a light peach perfect for day time.

Also included in this kit is the etheral Rose Gold Radiance.  It’s lighter than a blush, and darker than most radiances, so it makes a very pretty heavenly brush.

Rounding out the kit, the holiday brushes with gold handles are softer than most BE brushes in my opinion, and make a nice addition to your sparkle hoard.  They are made to go with the other holiday brush kits seamlessly.

I absolutely love this kit, and can imagine a ton of looks with it.  The ready shadows are bold, but the Golden Iris color can be a very simple day look, or you can punch it up a bit.  This will probably be one of my go to colors for a while.

The preview ordering is still up, so don’t miss out on this great kit!  For $68, you get a duo, 2 liners, 2 glosses, and 2 brushes.  Plus, new collections seasonally.  The kit will be presented on air on November 18th, and I look forward to watching how Leslie & Jessica use the kit, since it always provides me with inspiration.

Happy shopping!

Ho Ho Ho! The HOlidays are here!

If you’re like me, I’ve been overwhelmed with all the holiday newness and it keeps rolling in.  Luckily, there are plenty of sales to take advantage of, and you can slowly build your holiday collection over time.  That said, it’s the time of year when the Auto Delivery selection from QVC becomes overwhelming.  Specifically, Bare Escentauls is offering the first auto delivery Today’s Special Value that contains a Ready Shadow Compact.

I got your attention with that did I?

But wait!  There’s more!  Not only do you get a brand new, QVC exclusive Ready Duo in Golden Irish & Azure Iris, you also get two more brand spanking new products that have not launched yet.

First, there is the new Round the Clock Eyeliners.  While these are available in the RSVP and Away We Glow holiday kits, there are not yet available elsewhere. I  am super excited about these because if you are like me, I cannot use the B&B eyeliners because they are quite emollient and drip down my face.  My current addiction to UD 24/7 liners and Mally liners might be broken if these are anything like they promise.  In this  kit you get not one, but two liners – 10pm, a mocha color and Noon, a navy.

Next, we have a brand new lip gloss called Marvelous Moxie.  Leslie has been teasing us with this product on Facebook for a couple of months, but it will be great to add a new formulation to my collection.  I love my Buxom glosses, but I am not a fan of the 100% Natural Lipglosses.  I hope these hold up!  You will be getting two glosses, Wild Peach and Daredevil.

Let’s round out the kit with Rose Gold Radiance, a take on Rose Radiance with more shimmer for those holiday parties; you also get a shadow brush, a face brush and a bag.

Oh la la!

The best part, is that the TSV price is only $49.98 on early ordering and – there is Sleazy Easy Pay available, making this kit a bit over $20 (3 payments) which is easy for me to absorb; I will get off my butt 2 days a week and I’ve more than paid for that by not paying for parking.  You will also get new kits in April, July and October with new colors, to round out your READY collection.

Considering that you get a shadow duo, 2 liners, 2 glosses, an AOFC AND brushes, it’s a steal!

I can’t wait to get mien and share more with you!