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Perfectly Imperfect Beauty: February 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Oscar Red Carpet: Best Beauty Looks

Jessica Chastain

Michelle Williams

Emma Stone

 Milla Jovovich

 Roony Mara

 Viola Davis

Sandra Bullock

Kate Mara

Natalie Portman

Angelina Jolie

Jennifer Lopez

Ellie Kemper

Penelope Cruz

Photo Credits


Oscar Red Carpet: Top 10 Best Dressed

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab

Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji

Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture

Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace

Gwenyth Paltrow in Tom Ford

Ellie Kemper in Armani Prive

Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera

Giuliana Rancic in Basil Soda

Honourable Mention: Penelope Cruz in Giorgio Armani


Beauty Blog Link Love 25/02/12

Beautifully Addicted To.... shows you how to create Galaxy Nails.

Musicalhouses takes a look at Benefit's latest boxed blush offering, Benefit Hervana!

Tigers get frisky on Valentine's Day as Addicted to Beauty enjoys London Zoo's viral campaign.

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella tries two of the Edward Bess Quad Royale and is positively surprised!

Dry skin got you down? Kajal Couture lets you in on an AMAZING new body moisturizer collection from Burts Bees.

Beautywoome's response to the Kate Upton's Sports Illustrated cover is that real boobs have rights too!

Valentine's Day may be over, but here at My Funny Valentine, we love pink lippies all year round!

The Pink Sith has found yet another TAUPE eyeshadow to drool over. This time it's Rouge Bunny Rouge Loose Glitter Pigment in Caress Of Mink!

Curious about the new NARS Cosmetics Spring Collection? Check out Krasey Beauty's swatches and review!

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed would like to escape the cold weather for a resort. But, since that's not happening, she's brought it to her fingers with the essie Resort Collection! Check it out and see if it brings you warm thoughts too!

Looking for the ultimate baby pink lipstick? Amy Antoinette reviews Clarins Joli Rouge Baby Pink Lipstick.

At theNotice, Rae takes you through The BB Cream Breakdown, with bare-faced (!) and full-face swatch comparisons of Garnier and Marcelle's BB Cream offerings.

Tracy at Beauty Reflections shares her secret beauty habit and wants to know yours!

Has Pammy Blogs Beauty discovered a new Holy Grail eye shadow? Check out her review of L'Oreal's new 24 hour Infallible Eye Shadow in Iced Latte.

Phyrra debuts her first video tutorial of the year, a vibrant sapphire blue look with Makeup Geek & Sugarpill.

Every woman wants soft, luscious, plump lips. Win a tube of 3Lab Perfect Lips from Prime Beauty and perfect YOUR pout!

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Grammy Awards 2012: Top Beauty Looks

Whilst the fashion was a huge letdown last night, the women brought their A-Game in hair and makeup.

1. Adele
2. Jessy J
3. Taylor Swift

4. Carrie Underwood
5. Kelly Rowland
6. Julianne Hough
Photo Credit: and Glamour UK


Sunday, February 12, 2012

NARS and The Product That Shall Not Be Named

I'm a square. I admit it, I rejoice in it, I am unashamed of it. This makes my adoration of and obsession with NARS products a bit of a conundrum because their names would not be uttered from my lips in any other situation. Just when I could finally answer the question "What blush are you wearing?" (NARS Orgasm) before turning multiple shades of mottled pink, NARS releases another Multiple with a name that leaves me sputtering and flustering.
Seriously NARS! We get it. You like to be provocative and counter-cultural. But, SERIOUSLY! Your point has been made. Anything more extreme than this and I may have to go on a reluctant boycott, otherwise my cheeks will have a permanent blush indirectly caused by your products-and not in the "make you money" kind of way. 
I really love the Multiple cream to powder formula. They apply and blend like a dream and last 4-6 hours on my combination skin. A part of the NARS' Holiday 2011 collection, G-Spot (oh you just know spammers are going to show up now) is a rich gold infused gold that imparts a lovely glowing winter flush to cheeks and just-bitten ripeness to lips. It applies fairly sheer-as most multiples do-but builds very well for the perfect amount of pigment as determined by you. 

This product (yes, I am avoiding a name mention) livens the complexion with the fine shimmer glow that appears to be radiating from within. Worn very thin and sheer on the lips over a balm or with a gloss works, but on its own it can be drying. One word of caution is that if you have any textural concerns on your skin (ie acne bumps or enlarged pores), the shimmer in this product may emphasize them in photographs. 

G-Spot is still available in-store and online at Sephora, so it may be a permanent addition to The Multiple range. 

Grade: A-


The Best Of Sephora's 500 Point Perks: Benefit Little Look Goods

Sephora Beauty Insiders and VIBs have had a lot to celebrate in the last few month. If you are a point hoarder like myself, than you may have cashed in those hard earned digits in favour of one of the incredible gifts that Sephora has offered lately. 

One of my current favourites is the Benefit Little Look Goods. The kit includes:

  • a mini BADGal Lash Mascara
  • a mini That Gal Brightening Face Primer
  • a full size Dandelion Brightening Face Powder

Reviews on all three products to come!


The Grammy Awards 2012 Best Dressed

In short, my uneducated eye thought the Grammy red carpet was a circus show of ridiculous fashion side shows. As the pre-show progressed, my retinas burned from beholding the likes of Niki Minaj, Robyn, and Sasha Gradiva. Artistic licence or not, most of the looks were far too right-brained for my fashion sensibilities to appreciate. 

Two women were the most notable fashion high notes of the evening:

Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad
Adele in Giorgio Armani
Adele Look #2

Photos courtesy of JustJared and Celebutopia