Thursday, August 30, 2007

Armani Fall 2007 Leather Collection

Be still my beating heart... Armani's summer bronze collections never do much for a pale girl like me, but once Autumn rolls around and the Fall collections are on the counters, the Armani counter is pretty much guaranteed to have me as a customer. This year's collection doesn't disappoint. The Fall 2007 Leather collection is perfect for recreating the grown-up glamourous looks featured on all the catwalks for this season. The collection arrived in Brown Thomas last week, and barely before the saleswoman had the words "limited edition, we only got one order in" out of her mouth, I had requested the Eye Mania palette, the new Sheer Blush and the Maestro Liquid Eyeliner.

The Eye Mania palette (€57) is encased in a black snakeskin patterned compact and features eye shadow shades of satin pink beige, soft shimmering pink, matte deep purple and matte ashwood.

TheSheer Blush #11 (€35) is encased in a similarly embossed palette and is a gorgeous shade of pink with a touch of peach.

The Maestro Liquid Eyeliner (€25) is a water-based black liquid liner with a felt tip - perfect for recreating this season's catwalk looks.

The new collection also includes single eye shadows, lipsticks and lip shimmers and the advisor section on the Armani website has a helpful step-by-step guide to recreating their look with the products from the collection.

Run, don't walk to the Armani counter for this one!

Friday, August 17, 2007

RMK Beigy Colours A/W 2007

OK, the name of this collection might not invoke excitement, but the cute heart-embossed shadows, blushes and glosses from Japan-based RMK's Autumn/Winter 2007 collection are all going on my wishlist. The limited edition collection, comprising 6 eye shadows, 4 lipglosses, 3 blush/highlighters and 3 nail polishes, takes a subtle and polished beige as its backdrop and compliments it with coordinating pops of colour in the hearts that are embossed into the shadows, blushes and glosses. You can use the colours separately or mix them together to create custom shades. The quality of RMK products is generally fantastic and I'm sure these are no different.

RMK is available from House of Fraser in Dundrum in Ireland.

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Nylon magazine - read online

Nylon magazine is one of the more artistic and creative fashion magazines out there, with a fresh and irreverent take on fashion and a pleasantly different approach to the major publishers when it comes to beauty writing. Unfortunately it can be hard to find in Irish newsagents, which is why I was so pleased to see that they make their past issues available online, and for free! You'll need to sign up to a free 3 month digital subscription (no credit card details required!) to see the more recent issues and once you've created an account, you can log in anytime to read the issues online. Recent cover stars have included the White Stripes, Christina Aguilera, Christina Ricci and the infamous (and ubiquitous) Ms. Lohan and the current issue is fronted by Nicole "I don't know why I'm famous either" Richie. Happy reading!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Bobbi Brown Stardust Collection

It's true, the Stonewashed Nudes palette wasn't my only Bobbi Brown purchase recently. I also picked up the Stardust Collection - a specially-priced set which includes Espresso Ink Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner, Galaxy Long-Wear Cream Shadow, Mauve Shimmer Lip Gloss and Powder Pink Blush - all packed in a cute double-sided makeup bag, one side of which has spaces for travel-sized brushes. The shades in this set are perfect for Autumn/Winter and will also go really well with the Stonewashed Nudes palette - how could I resist?

The Stardust Collection is available from Bobbi Brown counters, priced at €60, which is probably a saving of at least €20 on buying each item separately, plus you get the nice bag for free! I don't imagine this one will last long at the counters either...

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