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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Lancôme Sarong Le Vernis

lancome sarong nail polish le vernis summer 2011 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

As much as I love greens, I had to break the cycle and put on something the complete opposite. For me, that’s anything in the pink or red color families. I decided to combine them by choosing the reddish pink Lancôme Sarong from the Bronze Azure Summer 2011 collection.

Bronze Azure captures beach chic with its palette of shimmering tans, cool blues and bright pops of pink. I’ve said it many times that I’m NOT a pink girl. And I don’t say that as though it’s a bad thing. It’s just not my aesthetic. Now when you mix pink with orange or red, I’m a little more apt to get on board. True corals and red corals, like Sarong, are like my gateway drug to pink. Every time I wear one I think, “I can do pink.” But it takes a rare pink bird, like Chanel Morning Rose, to make me believe.

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Lancôme Ultra-Lavande Spring 2011 – Violet Groove & Le 54 Swatches & Review

Last September I had the pleasure of meeting famed Celebrity Manicurist Lisa Logan backstage at the Chris Benz fashion show in NYC. Lisa is Beyonce’s manicurist among others and I was geeked to meet her.  At the show Lisa was using a bold purple nail polish that caught my eye and I’ve been dying to get my hands on it ever since.

The color is Violet Groove from the Lancôme Spring 2011 collection, Ultra-Lavande.  The collection of purples and pinks also includes Le 54, a sheer lavender glitter polish, and together they make one killer combo.  Keep reading to see for yourself.

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A Manicure So Tough, Not Even NYC Can Wear It Down

As you know I was in NYC for Halloween weekend with the boyfriend and per my usual travel ritual I was up late the night before we left. I did actually get five hours sleep with is a record for me. Baby steps…

Anywho, as I tend to do, I gave myself a middle of the night manicure, procrastinating because I couldn’t decide on a color. Unlike my trips to NYC for Fashion Week, I wasn’t going to be changing my color daily so I wanted something that would not only last but go with every outfit I packed. Finally, around 2 am, I pulled out the polishes I bought the day before, determined to wear something new. Little did I know, the combination I ended up choosing would last me 7+ days with barely any tip wear.

Read on to see my manicure with Lancôme Les Rouge L’Wren and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow and check out some pics from my trip.

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As Amazing As Polish – Lancôme Flash Bronzer Face

lancome-flash-bronzer-face-amazing-as-polish It’s time for another installment of As Amazing As Polish, my opportunity to gush about the products that I feel truly are as AH-MAZING as nail polish.

Long time readers, I’m sure you have noticed how sporadic these posts are.  It’s not out of laziness or forgetfulness, it’s just that as beauty junkie who is constantly testing new products it takes a rare flower to get a rave from me. Lancôme Flash Bronzer Oil-Free Tinted Self Tanning Face Lotion (what a mouthful!) definitely deserves that kind of praise.

You may or may not remember that I’m a reformed indoor tanner.  After having a couple suspicious moles removed a few years back I gave up the habit but have been seriously missing the golden brown color ever since.  I can’t help it, I like how I look with a tan.  I think a lot of people that aren’t blessed with flawless, porcelain skin would agree.

Since I gave up the fake & bake I’ve been on the hunt for a self-tanner I can fall in love with and it’s been one massive fail. I’ve tried gradual self-tanners but hated smelling like ass every night to look barely sun-kissed.  I’ve used traditional self-tanners only to end up with streaks or Oompa Loompa feet. Embarrassing!  I’ve tried spray booths, lotions, creams, mists, tanning mitts, etc. and like Goldilocks I never found the right fit until now.
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The Lancôme L’Wren Scott Nail Collaboration Is Coming

lwren-scott-nail-polish-lancome A little birdie tweeted in my ear that the blue-grey custom blend polish Lancôme created exclusively for the L’Wren Scott Fall 2010 runway will make its way to counters by the end of this year.  The shade, that looks to be a metallic, worked perfectly with the sexy smokey eye Aaron De Mey created.  I only wish I could have been backstage to see it in person.

Full details on the look from Lancôme:

Lancôme Artistic Director for Makeup Aaron De Mey once again teamed up with L’Wren Scott, designer and stylist extraordinaire, to do the makeup for her seasonal presentation at the all-white Gagosian Gallery on Manhattan’s West Side. The makeup look Aaron created was decidedly glam rock and complemented Serge Normant’s cotton candy brands and L’Wren’s sexy, structured silhouette.

After prepping the skin, Aaron applied a layer of Teinte Idole foundation with his fingers, then added a layer of Shu Uemura loose powder for a matte finish. Aaron used Blush Subtil in Shimmer Mocha Havana on the apples of the cheeks and along the cheekbone, all the way to the hairline. The result was a major cheek.

Next came the eyes, the most dramatic part of L’Wren’s makeup look. Aaron used Ombre Magnétique in Black from his upcoming Fall 2010 collection all over the lid and all the way up to the brow bone. Then he used the silver Ombre shade around the tear duct to catch the light and add impact. Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony was used along the waterline. Multiple coats of the new Hypnôse Drama mascara on upper and lower lashes completed the look.

Aaron kept the lip color neutral so as not to distract from the hypnotic eyes. He used L’Absolu Rouge in Rich Cashmere over which he put La Lacque Fever in Sensation, a glossy nude shade coming this fall.

The most fun part of the look was the models’ blue-grey manicures with a special color that Lancôme customized just for L’Wren.

So we didn’t get Pop Petrol in the US but we are definitely getting this standout shade.  Though wouldn’t it be amazing if Lancôme brought Pop Petrol to our shores and paired it with this polish as special set?  Lancôme are you listening??  Hmm, what would it be called?  What would you name this color?

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