Product Review: Anna Sui Spring 2014 Lipstick in Cherry Pink (01)


Last week I stopped by the Anna Sui boutique for the first time in months. It was an unusually long stretch between visits for me, due to the miserable winter weather and an especially busy work season. I didn’t end up buying any clothing from the sale rack (just as well!), but I did spend a while examining the Spring 2014 cosmetics line.

I was especially charmed by these limited edition lipsticks in rose-patterned cases, available in three shades: Cherry Pink, Coral Pink, and Deco Orange. They were launched in early February.

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Product Review: Tarte Power Pigment Lip Tint in Natural Beauty

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I don’t think I’ve ever owned a product from Tarte Cosmetics, although I used to like the concept of their couples-themed lip gloss duos (Rhett & Scarlett, Bogey & Bacall, et al.). Last night, however, I made a stop at Sephora on my way home, and I was visually seduced by these new Power Pigment lip tints. (Apparently they’re revamped versions of Tarte’s previous Lip Surgence tints, but I’ve never tried those, so I won’t be able to offer a comparison.)

I looked at all eight shades, swatched a few on my hand, tried one on my mouth, and ended up purchasing Natural Beauty, a “sheer rosy red.”…

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Product Review: Lipstick Queen Chinatown Lip Gloss Pencil in Pink Bluff


Time flies. I can’t believe it’s been four-and-a-half years since I reviewed Lipstick Queen’s Chinatown lip gloss pencils for my dear friend Annie’s beauty blog, Blogdorf Goodman (one of the first! one of the very best!). In that review (which you can read here), I raved about Chinatown’s smooth application and sophisticated, sheer shine.

I still love the Chinatown formula and pencil design, but my tastes have shifted and I don’t wear such bright colors anymore. That’s why I was glad to read this release last year:
“The original chubby lip pencil that inspired a thousand imitations, Chinatown is the pioneer of gloss-on-the-go, combining effortless application, a deliciously moisturising texture and sheer shades in vibrant brights. Now and right on time for the new season’s pastel trend, Lipstick Queen presents three new Chinatowns in ultra-wearable, soft pinks and nudes.”

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Product Review: Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick in Star Power

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Last week I wrote about a visit to the Lipstick Queen counter at Barneys, during which I met up with the Queen herself, Poppy King, and was introduced to her new Velvet Rope lipstick collection (see here). I’ll be taking a closer look at a few of the Velvet Rope shades, starting with Star Power…

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Beauty Giveaway: MAKE Lipstick and Sheswai Nail Polish (U.S. Only)


WHY: Classic red cosmetics are always right for fall and winter, and I happen to have two brand-new items that I’m ready to pass along to another beauty-lover. (Only in the United States, however—sorry, foreign friends!)

WHAT: Two full-size products: a MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Maraschino Cherry (“a rich crimson red”) and a Sheswai Lacquer nail polish in Honeyfox (“a true bright red”).

HOW: For a chance to win, leave a comment telling me that you live in the United States. Be sure to use the “Post a reply” box to create a new comment; do not reply to a previous comment!

WHEN: The contest will be open until Thursday, October 31st (Halloween!), 11 p.m. EST. Then I’ll assign a number to each comment and I’ll let a random number generator choose the lucky winner.

PLEASE NOTE: By entering the contest, you give me permission to contact you at the email address in your reader account. If the email address in your reader account is incorrect, you might want to update it. If you are the winner and you fail to send me your mailing details within two weeks, I’ll select a new winner.