Intensity Impetus

Through bleak skies, chilling winds and storms that rolled across the country this Winter, the warmer than average temperatures have invited a variety of aviary adventurers that dart among the barren trees searching for a quick meal.  The damp ground gives birth to the first flowers of Spring and serves as a reminder of what is yet to come.  When the scenery around us comes into bloom, their intoxicating scents begging you to lose yourself in the heady perfumes of petals painted in pastels that have inspiring images dancing through our heads as we shed our layers of clothing in favor of new fashions.  Of course this can be achieved by trying something different with makeup, whether it is a bold eye, gleaming cheeks or saturated lips, often easily revamping favorite outfits with a few flicks of an eyeshadow brush.  Presented as “arresting, powerful and provocative”, the Spring 2013 Color Collection by NARS has eight products which certainly renders a picture of springtime cosmetics where there is no shortage of vivid hues.

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Spice up your life with Persia, a paprika Matte Eyeshadow that is bright yet refined, giving a true color application whether used to shade, line or highlight the eyes.  Apply a light layer for a touch of translucence, or dampen brush to create a resilient and dramatic look.

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Offering a shade pairing that is definitive of vogue and yet still distinctive enough to stand apart from other products, Mad Mad World is a Duo Eyeshadow that is one part vivid cyan and one part parakeet green.  The combination can be worn individually or together depending on whether you desire an understated or unrestricted effect, defying creases with micro-fine powders that are long-wearing.

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Though seemingly more modest in comparison to the other Duo, Bouthan entices with a soft pink tulle reminiscent of cherry blossoms, then strikes with bright pink doused in a gold shimmer.  Effortlessly blending them together, then adding a soft penciled cat eye and a coat or two of mascara along with a stroke of nude or neutral gloss can become your new Spring go-to face.

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Formulated to have a velvety soft texture that delivers easy application, Corcovado is a Soft Touch Shadow Pencil sized to be compact so it can travel with you wherever you go.  The 24 carat gold tone can be a base for layering powder on top of, but can also function to shade the lid on its own or used to highlight certain areas of the eye.

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The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil, seen here in Cytére – a soft metallic rose, gives wearers color that is elegant with a spectacular shine in a lightweight formula which leaves lips feeling buttery.  Convenience comes in simple application and a formula that actually enriches lips as you wear it.

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Ideally one could pair this with the similarly shaded Duo Eyeshadow seen above, and once you get a look at Dressed to Kill, you will understand why this fuchsia rose and gold glitter Satin Lipstick should be on your list of cosmetics to buy this season.  This long-wearing lipstick has also been created with a patented blend of conditioners and antioxidants to hydrate, nourish and protect lips.

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Featuring micronized powders that ensures a soft and blendable application, Seduction is a rich sangria Blush that has a silky texture and leaves you saturated with shimmering color.  As with the other products in this collection, a little bit goes a long way and even more delivers an enlivened complexion with a natural-looking flush.

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Though the only item with an obviously metallic finish, Disco Inferno is an iridescent silver green and a Satin Nail Polish which provides your nails with fabulous luster and high shine that is chip resistant, allowing you to partake of all your favorite Spring activities without worrying about ruining your manicure.

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The new collection from alternative beauty pioneers Illamasqua is titled I’mPerfection, inviting one and all to “stand up and show the world what makes you perfectly imperfect.  We want you to highlight the features other brands encourage you to cover up.  Because life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about celebrating who you really are”.  One way to do so is by using the Speckled Eyeliner Bundle, which comes with Precision Ink in Abyss and Scribe, needed to fabricate the one of the ground-breaking looks from the collection’s promotional gallery.  A video tutorial on how to execute the technique can be seen here.

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Said to be one of the company’s most versatile products, Debonair is a bright sky blue Medium Pencil that has a creamy texture which easily glides over the face and body for a lasting, true-color look.  No matter whether you are using to design sensuous lips or a sultry eye design, write a different story with every stroke.

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For those who find themselves to be quite loquacious, there is a vivid pink matte lipstick called Immodest which will certainly assist in letting everyone know that you have an ostentatious personality before you ever utter a single word.  There is nothing wrong with that, of course, so long as one does not get lost in arrogance.

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If one were to write an ode to Spring using only cosmetics, I would strongly suggest including Sonnet, another matte lipstick that is nude with a cool peach tone that can be powerful enough on its own but also plays well with others.

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Something new that is also a part of the above mention collection is the Blush Up Brush, which has an innovative ellipse-shaped head designed to tuck directly under the cheekbone, challenging conventional blush application to create a soft diffusion of color.  Use it along with your favorite Powder Blusher Duo for a look that defines, elongates and slims the face in a single movement whether you are a beginner or professional.

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Highlight your cheekbones to shape your face using Rude, a warm peach pink Creamy Blusher with a dewy finish that can be built up and blended by your fingers or a brush for desired intensity.  Under foundation it will give you a captivating glow, while wearing it over can deliver a striking effect.

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While a component of I’mPerfection, Fragile is a speckled blue Nail Varnish which also immediately reminds me of chocolate confections in the shapes of eggs with candy coated shells that appear on store shelves this time of year.  Though it can stand on its own as a statement polish, mate it with Mottle, Speckle, Freckle and Scarce for a fun and festive manicure that would be appropriate for those who celebrate Easter.

Everyone should have a signature color for the season and do their best to incorporate it into daily wear – you just might start a new trend!  My choice is Venous, a bold blue green Nail Varnish that would contrast yet compliment my hair, makeup, accessories and other items that are bright red, while adding a cool note to clothes that are blue or purple.

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A selection of top-quality eye shadows inspired by the  tropical resorts we all dream of traveling to when the whether gets warmer, Too Faced has released the Summer Eye 2013 Collection to provide plenty of temptation to take a much needed vacation.  Instructions on how to create three different looks have been laid out in simple how-to instructions printed in a Glamour Guide, and each pigment has been manufactured with high concentration of color which results in rich shades that have a brilliant finish.  Nine new shadows include: Seashell, Peach Fuzz, Sunbeam, Plumeria, Coral Crush, Mermaid, Cocoa Beach, Chocolate Sun and Toasted Coconut.

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This trio of Sweet Sunshines Lip Gloss is moisturizing and lightweight, giving lips gorgeous shine and bright pops of color, perfect for those who prefer a soft eye and drawing attention to their pout.  Watermelon Ice, Papaya Slushie and Mocha Freeze are non-sticky and actually hydrate while providing plenty of shimmer.

Photo credit: 1 – NARS Cosmetics

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