Quick post: movie night

The Oscars are over, but that's not going to stop me from taking another look at movie tie-in beauty products.  I first covered these in 2010 so it's high time for a refresher.


1. Stila "And the winner is" palette (there is another one called Name in lights)

2.  Urban Decay Glinda palette, for the film Oz:  The Great and Powerful (see also the Theodora palette)

3.  OPI Oz collection

4.  Pur Minerals "Beautiful Creatures" set

5.  Lancôme BAFTA palette

Which is your fave?  I'm always partial to Stila, but I do love the envelope design on the Lancôme palette - very simple and elegant.

Stila 2012 travel palettes, part 5: Vibrant in Vancouver

Stila's Vibrant in Vancouver palette is the last installment in the 2012 travel palette series and takes us on a voyage to visit our northern neighbors.  Clad in a black, red and white striped dress (appropriate, given the country's red and white flag), this blonde takes a stroll near Coal Harbour and water airport, signified by the landing plane, with the Harbour Centre Tower in the background.


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And the quote.  Like the Lovely in London palette, I would modify it slightly to make it more authentic.  In this case I'd add an "eh" to the end and spell "aboot" rather than about.  Haha, just kidding!  :)


And thus concludes the 2012 travel palette series.  Which one was your favorite?  I can't decide...I think Sensational in Sydney and Lovely in London were my two favorites.

Celebrating the 2012 games, part 1: Stila Lovely in London

I haven't been to that many places outside the U.S., but I've managed to make it to London twice so far (once in 2007, and you may remember I gave a presentation in London last year) and I can honestly say I could see myself living there.  So I was very happy to see Stila had chosen this amazing city for one of their 2012 travel palettes - in part, I'm sure, because of the Olympics.  This palette has a sportily dressed blonde in a Stila-emblazoned track jacket and sneakers (or should I say "trainers"?), complete with duffel bag and volleyball.  The background is chock full of London goodness - Big Ben, the London Eye, plus a double-decker bus and red phonebooth.


Speaking of the Eye and the Olympics, did you know that during the Games it will light up in different colors based on the city's tweets?  How cool is that?

Anyway, here is the inside of the palette:


And the quote - while I think it's fitting for makeup, I think they should have used the British spelling of "colors" to make it more authentic:


What do you think of the palette?  And have you been watching the Olympics?

Stay tuned for more British makeup goodies in honor of the Games!

Stila 2012 travel palettes, part 3: Sensational in Sydney

G'day, mate!  Ah, Australia - definitely high on my list of places to see.  In this palette, a brunette Stila girl wearing a flouncy blue frock takes us by the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.  The koala bear on the right is a very cute touch (although I would have been equally happy to see a kangaroo!)


The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon  and completed in 1973.  I can't believe how fresh and contemporary it still looks - not dated at all.

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Here is the inside of the palette:


And the quote, which is actually an Aboriginal saying:


So far this is my favorite of the 2012 Stila travel palette series - an easily recognizable landmark, a cuddly creature, and a place I've always aspired to visit.  

Your thoughts?

Stila 2012 travel palettes, part 2: Stylish in Seoul

The second installment of Stila's 2012 travel palette series features a brunette taking a stroll through downtown Seoul at dusk, as indicated by the soft purple-pink horizon dotted with stars.


For the life of me though, I can't figure out what buildings are in the background.  The two tallest ones on the left look vaguely like Jongno Tower:

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However, there aren't two of those towers as far as I know, and the palette clearly shows two similar looking buildings.

Anyway, here's the inside of the palette.


And the quote, which is actually a Korean proverb.  Now that I think about it, it would have been kind of cool to have it written in Korean in addition to English (same goes for the Rio palette - they should have had the quote in Portugese).


This isn't my favorite Stila travel palette because I don't know what the buildings are!  Can anyone help me identify the architecture in the background?

Stila summer 2012 travel palettes, part 1: Rockin' in Rio

I believe this is the third year in a row that Stila has released a series of travel palettes.  They're cute and all, but I do think Stila needs to stop with these already.  I'd like the company to continue incorporating the Stila girls but maybe go back to their roots, i.e., make some circular trios and duos.  Or release some new paint cans - they haven't had any since early 2010.

Anywho, even though I was slightly disappointed with the idea of yet more travel palettes, they were still appealing (and cheap) enough for me to buy.  First up is Rockin' in Rio. 

I wasn't really struck by this at first - where's the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer?   Nothing really screamed Rio to me about this.  But I was intrigued by the swirly sidewalk so decided to investigate.  Having never visited Rio, I had no idea that the sidewalk is actually a mosaic on Avenue Atlantica designed by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.


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You learn something new every day, right?

Here's the inside:


And the quote (not sure if it's accurate, but a couple of sources say it is):


Overall I'm pleased with this.  I still think the series from 2010 is the best, as it included little maps and diaries for the Stila girls (that were better quality than the ones for 2011). 

Quick post: Happy solstice!

I was hoping to get the summer exhibition up today, but that didn't work out.  *grumble*  Instead I'm honoring the solstice and the longest day of the year with Stila's solar-powered compact.

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Isn't this cool?  One side contains a matte powder and the other is a highlighter.  According to the description, the "solar panel lasts approximately five years and can be fully charged up to one thousand times."  Plus the compact is refillable and made from recycled material.  Talk about eco-friendly!

Enjoy all the delicious summer daylight!

Hittin' the road with Stila (again)

Good Lord, yet ANOTHER travel-themed palette from Stila, this time in collaboration with Nordstrom.  And like a good little Stila girl addict I bought it.  The On the Road palette features a blonde girl with a '60s hippie/folk singer thing going on, complete with floppy hat and guitar.


The inside colors are in rectangle form rather than circles.  (And once you take off the plastic on this section of the palette it can't be replaced, so as a collector I was loathe to remove it).


Not Stila's best effort - we have a location-less Stila girl, no quote on the inside of the palette and a subject (travel) that's been done by the company approximately 3,762,009 times already...but I bought it anyway because there may be a travel-themed exhibition on the horizon.  ;)