Monday, June 25, 2007

Smashbox = love

I went to Sephora yesterday, and somehow managed to leave empty-handed (shocking!). Normally, I would congratulate myself for having the restraint to save money, but today, I'm actually having a little non-buyer's remorse. Next time I have the opportunity, I am so buying Smashbox's vegan eyeshadow palette. The picture make it look good, but in person, it's fantastic. The earthy tones are completely wearable, but the shades are still very elegant and sophisticated. The green one, though, takes the cake. The neutral is a perfect neutral base--it would look gorgeous and dewy on its own, it would draw light when layered with other colors, and it would work as a highlighter, too. I would actually use the pink color as a blush (in tiny quantities!), since most blushes contain carmine (crushed beetles--just a little bit gross, right?). The green is the showstopper. Here at my summer employment, I don't have many opportunities to glam it up (though a few will definitely present themselves, but when I next do, I would love to wear a color like this. In the picture, it looks a bit like a khaki color, but in person, it's a deep olive full of gold and bronze-y flecks.

I'm kicking myself for exercising restraint. Next time I'm at Sephora, I'm thinking that this palette will be well-worth the splurge.

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Anonymous lauren/evil said...

They are gorgeous.
But I'm loyal to Clinique.
I have some rare weird crazy skin problem and Clinique seems to be the only make-up I can wear.
Oh well.
BTW. I love Sephora's things. It's cool to go in that place and look around. Which is why I'm ecstatic that they're opening a store here in my city!

1:19 PM  
Anonymous vanessa said...

glad to know that you are back.

2:53 PM  
Blogger La Principessa said...

Thanks :) Back for an entry, anyway.

Lauren--understood, I have way super sensitive skin, too. Still, Smashbox is pretty damn careful with their ingrdients, and I would be shocked if you had a reaction to anything of theirs.

Enjoy your Sephora!

7:07 PM  
Anonymous lauren said...

True. I could always beg for a sample.
And, oh, I will njoy.
I can barely wait until they open the store!
(Visit my blog. I miss your comments).

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently bought the smashbox cream shadow sticks and have really been enjoying them. They stay on decently and come in great colors.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Tru said...

eww...does blush really contain beatles? oh gross....great post

8:23 AM  
Blogger La Principessa said...

Yep... any makeup that says it contains carmine contains crushed up beetles. Not something I'd really like to spread all over my face, personally.

5:19 PM  
Blogger fashionistakay said...

I love the earthy tones. Kind of summery but into fall kind of thing.

8:38 PM  
Blogger La Principessa said...

That's a good way to think of it, Fashionistakay. Personally, though, I think these palettes would be fabulous year-round...

12:33 PM  
Blogger theevilkitten.renn:] said...

I think so too.
Right now I'm into the darker colors.
Like "smouldering Plum".
It brings out my brown eyes.
And my dad says I look like Sudrey Hepburn.

12:46 PM  
Blogger alexgirl said...

I HATE having non-buyers remorse. It is the worse. You think you're being so mature by not buying something, but then you can't get it out of your head!!
And Smashbox is awesome. I'm a big fan. I like Stila too.

10:58 AM  
Blogger groovyinclinations said...

I love your fashion bloggie here!

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm... lovely... i hadn't even thought of vegan makeup. but yah... it's wonderful to be aware of such things.

welcome back love, i missed you!

5:27 PM  
Blogger vko said...

Ah non-buyer's remorse- worry not, it will still be there at sephora on your next visit or you can order it online.

Of course, I love that it's vegan & not tested on animals, but I only stick to products that are on the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics list to ensure that none of the ingredients were tested on animals...for instance, Peta has Bath & Bodyworks on their list but Bath & Bodyworks state 'final product not tested on animals' which means of course that they bought components that were tested...anyway, sorry to rant, but I actually do think that Smashbox is a company that genuinely cares!

The palette is gorgeous.

9:00 PM  

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