Shinto Clinical: By Kimora Lee Simmons

The woman who coined the term “Fabulosity” is at is again…
Kimora Lee Simmons is set to release ‘Shinto Clinical‘ — a cozy line of skin care that is touted as agreeable for ‘all’ skin types.
From the KLS website:

“I’m so excited to bring this brand to women of all ages and complexions everywhere.
It has been (and continues to be) a labor of love.
I’m even more excited for Shinto Clinical’s worldwide debut this February 24 on QVC.
I hope to see you all there.
Without further ado, I present to you…Shinto Clinical by Kimora Lee Simmons.
Beautiful Skin is Within.”

First Impressions:
The brand LOOKS expensive. The boxes are textured and beautiful. The containers are sleek, and weighted like glass (although they are plastic). The serums and liquids are in airless pumps, and the toner is a ‘spray.’ LOVE that.

Makeup wise, there is a lash growth serum (that I have not tried), and a makeup primer called “Pore No More.” I used it today, and I found it universally translucent (despite its clay color). It’s a mattifier, like most primers, and goes on sheer. It is possible to use too much; I had a bunch of gross residue on my hands after putting it on… turns out I pumped out too much product.

The line is currently undergoing trial for Agenda Magazine (which  means 30 days), so I’ll have much more to say about it when that is over. I can say, just based on looking at/testing the products over the course of 24 hours, that the toner is amazing. Ditto for the cream moisturizer. All of the products smell clean, and absorb beautifully.
The products make their public debut on February 24th, on QVC
It’s not a stretch to say that Kimora Lee Simmons likely has a winner on her hands.

Primed for Perfection? Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer

Okay, anyone who’s been reading this blog for a while knows about my prejudice against primers. For the most part, I feel that an eyeshadow should perform, not oxidize and not crease without the help of a primer. I also don’t like the idea of buying a primer as a singular product… I prefer multi-taskers like MAC Paint Pots.

But a lovely colleague has insisted on dragging me out of my comfort zone, and making me try the new eyelid primer from Bare Minerals:

I love this nozzle… very sanitary. I’m a sucker for sanitary products.

Can you see where I blended it? Yeah, I can’t either. And that’s what I love about it! It goes on thin, sheers right out, and dries crystal clear. No residue, no issues. I think I’m smitten.

The only thing I don’t like is the price. The tube is VERY small, and Bare Minerals wants $16 for it. I’m not sure how long this tube is going to last, so that’ll be my final determination for whether it’s worth it. I’ll put it to practical application in the coming FOTD’s and let you guys know.

Tarte for True Blood: Take Two

I can admit when I’m wrong.

I was browsing through Sephora and I SWEAR that Tarte for True Blood eyeshadow palette was calling my name! Yep.. that’s my story. So I went over to swatch it… and damn if every single shadow wasn’t silky and pigmented as all get out! I mean REALLY silky. Omg. Urban Decay Naked Palette fans, I challenge you to swatch these shadows, and see if Tarte doesn’t change your mind.

This palette has a total value of $300+ dollars, but retails for $52. It is a RIDICULOUSLY good value. In addition to 17 rather large shadow pans (shimmer and matte), you also get an eyeshadow primer, a mascara, and the silkiest black gel liner that I’ve ever used. It might be ‘too’ silky, in fact. I swatched it and lost control of it for a second. The slip is that serious.

So I take back what I said about the palette being a pass. It’s not. It’s worth every penny.

This palette is SO good, in fact, that it’s worth a giveaway. Yep.

Details and swatches coming soon. Ciao for now!

Makeup By… MURAD?

The skin care company Murad (www.murad.com) is known for treating skin complaints at the cellular level. The company’s founder, Dr. Murad, believes in the healing properties of water, and the importance of hydrating both inside and out.

Now, it looks like Murad is venturing into the world of makeup.

A lovely journalist was given an introductory package, and she in turn paid it forward to me. She figured, with my makeup background, I could make heads and tails of it. Here’s what I got:

Inside, there was a ‘double’ surprise. On the top, there was the new makeup line…

And on the bottom, was a complete ‘anti aging’ skin care line!

I dug into the makeup portion of the package, anxious to see what the chemists at Murad had come up with:

This concealer is simply called ‘dark’. Boy, is it ever! It’s supposed to be a concealer and a blemish treatment in one. I can’t use it on myself, but I can certainly use it on my warmer toned clients. I love the idea of a concealer doubling as a treatment.

This is probably my favorite part of the collection. The skin perfecting primer behaves like the ever popular ‘Beauty Balms’ – without the whitening agent. I was first worried because the color was so fair…

But the primer blended out beautifully on my medium toned skin, and disappeared!

Next, I tried the bronzing boost. It’s hailed as a tinted moisturizer with an SPF of 15 and ingredients that promise to firm and help keep skin healthy.

 

I love the idea of makeup doubling as skin care… you guys know that. I’m really interested in trying the primer. I’ll road test everything and report back. Ciao for now!