Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadow 5-Color Palette_jumble closer

My fascination with these silky, beautifully pigmented new eye shadow palettes is a little weird given my tendency to skip shadow when I fix my face. But whatever. The new collection of Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting EyeShadow 5-Color Palettes looked so compelling at a recent Lauder preview that I had to show them here. And my geeky side sees these 10 compacts as learning tools when it comes to building custom palettes. [geek on]

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all she ever thinks about is her lousy nail polish_Marvel Comics The Avengers #58Nick, our manigeek Karen’s partner, has things to say about her nail polish focus.  [geek on]

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Bliss Holiday 2014_Bliss Handy Candy hand cream set

Okay, I’m addressing this Bliss Holiday 2014 gift set round-up to Santa. One of my favourites last year was a mini-hand-cream duo that included a tube of Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Hand Cream that served as a conversation starter when I shared with random strangers. And I don’t know anyone who isn’t a sucker for Bliss Lemon + Sage everything. And then there’s the other lure of sets like this: save on the contents, and take them apart to create your own gift singles or combos. [geek on]

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Chanel-Les-Rouges-Culte-Fall-2014_Chanel Le VernisThe Chanel Les Rouges Culte Collection le Vernis Automne 2014 is coming. We’re talking about three 1980′s classic reds that’ll be making a triumphant return just so you can get ’em. C’mon! Let’s look! [geek on]

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Revlon Random SwatchfestMe ’n Revlon polish go back probably 30 years. It’s one of the first polish brands I ever bought and because of that, it holds a special place in my nail enamel heart. I shopped my Revlon stash and pulled out some pretties, and while I was doin’ that, I also discovered some Gel Envy shades I meant to show you ages ago. Oops! [geek on]

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Katie Holmes_Olay_croppedOh the things you discover about celebrities when they sign up with a brand as a spokes-face. For example, as she makes her debut as the first global celebrity ambassador for Olay, People Magazine reports that Katie Holmes doesn’t always wash her face before bed. [geek on]

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Fresh Holiday 2014_Fresh Sweet Nudes gift setFresh is one of the most giftable brands if you’re shopping for me. Let’s have a look at my Fresh wishlist the Fresh Holiday 2014 lineup hitting Sephora right now. [geek on]

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Ciate Mini Manor Advent Calendar Holiday 2014_1The Ciate Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar makes me giddy! If you must know, I opened the whole Ciate advent calendar 2014 up and made all kinds of squeeee noises while I did. I’m not kidding. Nope. [geek on]

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CND Holiday 2014 Gilded DreamsCND has 3 new shade offerings for Holiday 2014 and they’re launching in both Vinylux and Shellac. Oh, and I have the fall 2014 Modern Folklore collection for you to look at too! [geek on]

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how to build a custom palette_mac cream colour palette_Melissa GibsonCustomizable systems à la Inglot, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Yaby and Mary Kay — even Artdeco and Revlon’s Shadowlinks — are an opportunity to design your ultimate makeup palette. But when you’re faced with a colour-happy array of shades and endless combinations, how do you choose your best options without losing your mind? Consult a professional, of course, one who knows colour and who knows how to combine them to build a custom makeup palette you’ll use. [geek on]

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