Palette Spotlight: Ariel Storylook Eyeshadow Palette by Disney/Sephora

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…

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…AKA Fall 2012, Disney Consumer Products released the following news:
SEPHORA and Disney Consumer Products have collaborated on a series of captivating beauty collections inspired by beloved Disney Princess characters entitled Disney Reigning Beauties. Each of the limited edition seasonal collections focuses on the individual style, personality and story of one featured Disney Princess, bringing her to life in a beautiful way that inspires women to create their own princess moment.”

Princess Ariel’s collection – including the 20-eyeshadow palette we are looking at in depth today – was described as follows: “This summer dive into a daring journey of curiosity and discovery with the Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA, an assortment of color cosmetics, a signature fragrance and princess-worthy accessories that are inspired by the world under the sea and the bold determination of Ariel from the classic Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid. The Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA captures the ethereal, yet vibrant colors depicted in the film in a stunning array of treasures beyond your wildest dreams.”

Cinderella was the first princess to get the Sephora treatment (the one Storylook palette I don’t have, sob), followed by Jasmine in Spring 2013, and Ariel in Summer 2013. And after this amazing tri-fecta of amazing-ness, there is… nothing. Press surrounding the Ariel launch indicated that it would be the last Princess collection, but no reason was given as to why. I have to imagine that this was a mutually beneficial partnership, financially and otherwise, between Disney and Sephora. Who knows, maybe they will resurrect this project and give us some new princess products? A girl can dream… of a Belle palette, perhaps? Or Aurora?

The official (very Disney-fied) palette and shade descriptions:
Storylook Eyeshadow Palette Volume 3 Ariel Edition ($55) – “Dare to Dream”
Chase the life you desire with this customized palette of 20 bright and brilliant shades, each inspired by and formulated to match the hues from the film. Encased in a keepsake box with original artwork that portrays Ariel in her grotto of collected treasures, these lustrous shades invite you to dare to dream and let your curiosity lead the way with a complete eyeshadow wardrobe.

Shades include:
Blue Lagoon – The moon shimmering on the lagoon (shimmering blue)
Scuttle – Ariel’s skintone while talking to Scuttle (shimmering pinky beige)
Flounder – Flounder coming out of the water (matte nude)
Sebastian – Sebastian’s face (matte coraly pink)
Flotsam – Flotsam in the shadows (deep blue charcoal)
Sea Shells – Ariel’s sisters singing (shimmering ivory)
Les Poissons – Chef Louis’ bloodthirsty shadow in the ‘Les Poissons’ scene (dusty satin muave)
Caspian Sea – Light reflecting through the water on Atlantica (shimmering rich turquoise)
Your Voice – Ursula striking a deal with Ariel (glistening silver pearl)
Unfortunate Souls – The smoke during Ursula’s finale (matte lavender grey)
Atlantica – The shimmering turquoise colors of Atlantica (shimmering sea foam green)
Fins – Ariel’s fin under the sea (glittery mermaid green)
Sick of Swimmin’ – Ariel’s first breath of air with legs (shimmering opalescent)
Ursula – Ursula’s skintone in the shadows (pearly purple)
Sha La La La – Fish chorus singing to Ariel and Eric (matte dark fuchsia)
Triton – The King shooting his triton (shimmering gold)
Wanderin’ Free – Ariel imagining herself with legs (shimmering pink champagne)
Jetsam – Jetsam’s fins in the shadows (deep teal with dark iridescent glitter)
Sea Witch – The Sea Witch in all her power and glory (pearly violet)
Treasures Untold – Glistening water from the King’s triton (opalescent pale pink)

A week of looks with Ariel…
Weekend: I started early with a bright blue look for a Saturday night dinner event. I definitely feel out of my comfort zone with these bolder, colorful looks, but I have to admit, it is kind of fun to experiment. I used Treasures Untold all over my lid, up to the brow bone for a good base and highlight. I used a liner brush and Les Poissons on my eyebrows, and then Caspian Sea on my upper and lower lash line (gorgeous, gorgeous blue!). Wanderin’ Free darkened up my crease, and patted Your Voice (gorgeous in the pan, horrifying to actually use – glitter and fallout everywhere) in the middle of my lid for a little sparkly pop. I finished up with a fluffy brush and swirled Flounder all over to smooth out any harsh lines.
Monday: Swept Scuttle all over my lid, with Sea Shells as a brow highlight and in the inner corners, and Wanderin’ Free in my crease.
Tuesday: Used a dense brush to pat Triton all over the eyelid, and a thin line of Ursula on my upper and bottom lash line. Both shadows are gorgeous on the pan but have issues when applied – Triton just has too much sparkly fallout, and Ursula is not pigmented enough to stand out, although I think if it was applied wet, and/or over primer (I was in a rush and forgot to do primer – eek!), it would make a big difference.
Wednesday: Used my crease brush to apply Wanderin’ Free (such a gorgeous champagne shade!!) all over my lid and into my crease. Definitely a one-and-done type shade – my eyes look bright and lovely with it all on its own. I also took a fluffy brush and blended a bit of Sea Shells onto my brow bone and at the corners of my eyes, for a little extra pop.
Thursday: After primer, patted a layer of Sebastian over my eyelid. Swept Atlantica (warning: glitter bomb! Pretty and iridescent when applied, but very, very messy to work with) on the upper crease. Took a smudge brush and lined my upper and lower lash lines with Jetsam. Got a little creative and used a small contour/blush brush to apply Sha La La on the apples of my cheeks (so pretty! I really can’t imagine using it as an eyeshadow, but it lends a nice healthy glow to the face as a blush).
Friday: In a rush (isn’t that always the way!) and just tapped a light dusting of Treasures Untold all over my lid for a brightening, no-I’m-not-an-insomniac effect.

This is such a gorgeous palette in terms of packaging, and it really does pull at the heartstrings for this nostalgic thirty-something girl with a long-time affinity with Ariel. I’m glad I used it exclusively this week, because it gave me a chance to experiment. Ultimately, it is just not a palette that I reach for on a regular basis, and using it this week reminded me of why. There are several shades that are just not ever going to make it into a regular rotation for me, because they are so bright and bold (Sha La La – although I did love it as a blush!, Blue Lagoon, Fins). They are fun to look at, and make the palette gorgeous overall, but just don’t translate well to my skin tone and general makeup vibe. And the glitters and shimmers that I gravitate towards have huge issues with quality and fallout (Your Voice and Triton, most noticeably). I do quite like Scuttle, Wanderin’ Free, and Les Poissons, for neutrals, although they aren’t that unique in terms of eyeshadow colors. I ultimately think that where this palette shines is with the mid-to-deep tones – Flotsam and Jetsam are great smoky colors that I love as liners, and Ursula is a really lovely purple that isn’t too sparkly.

Sadly, unless you have a bazillion dollars and can get it on eBay or through third parties on Amazon, this palette is not an easy find.

Check out previous palette spotlights here (In the Moment) and here (Nude ‘Tude).


MOTW: We In Luck Here

I thought this bright coral would be the perfect mani to fondly remember the dog days of summer…

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Isn’t it a gorgeous color? This is “We In Luck Here” from the Ariel collection that Sephora/Disney put out last year. Of the three Princess collections (Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel), these were the only nail polishes to come out under the Sephora Formula X polish brand. I find the brushes to be a little difficult to work with, but the colors are stunning.

I really wish that Sephora/Disney would continue with these Princess collections, but unfortunately that doesn’t appear to be the case, as there has not been a new collection announced and some of the press around the Ariel collection referred to it as the “final chapter” in the collaboration. These are high-end, sophisticated and gorgeous products – not your run-of-the-mill collaboration by any means, so it really is a shame to see it come to an end. A lot of thought and creativity went into these products. Personally, I would *love* to see a Belle collection. Hello? Mickey? Are you listening??

We reviewed the Jasmine collection here, and I’ve featured another polish from the Ariel collection for MOTW before. Check out The PolishAholic for gorgeous swatches of the whole Ariel nail collection, too.

How about you? What are you wearing on your nails this week?


Vacay Empties

Confession time: the cabinet where we keep our stash of beauty samples? It’s getting a little out of control. So when we recently went on a little mini-vacation, we knew it was time to dig into the dark recesses of our bathroom vanity.

vacay empties

While everything we brought with us worked out perfectly fine, here’s what we really and truly adored:

Soap & Glory The Righteous Body Butter: Body butter is such a mainstream thing now, it has kind of lost its meaning. If we’re not mistaken, The Body Shop was the true pioneer in this arena, and we’re pleased to see Soap & Glory take up that mantle. This is not just a thicker version of lotion – this is the real buttery deal. Creamy, moisturizing, and rich, this butter melts into skin without feeling caked on or heavy. A definite winner in our (vacation) book!

– bumble & bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil shampoo & Conditioner: This was a godsend for our sweaty vacation scalp, not to mention that the massive detangling power of this set came in handy for undoing the damage of a windy beach day. Smells fantastic to boot.

Marvis toothpaste: The answer to all of our “we’re short on shipping minimum” probs at Birchbox, we’ve racked up quite a few of these mini Italian delights. If you think you won’t enjoy fashionable Italian toothpaste, think again. The flavors are amazing, your breath will be fresh, and your teeth pearly white. Can’t argue with that.

How about you? What are your beauty product go-tos for vacation?


We Heart Sephora

So, we both made some Sephora orders in the past month or so…

bijou indulged in another line of foreign prestige skincare, this time from Hungary:
omorovizca order
Breakdown of bijou’s order value (because we heart math, too)(actually, not really – only when it helps us justify Sephora purchases):

Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free in Nude – 0.03 oz (Sample with order)
Full size = $55 for 1oz / Value = $1.65

Caudalie Premier Cru The Cream – 0.03 oz (Sample with order)
Full size = $158 for 1.7oz / Value = $2.78

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation SPF 20 in 02 Beige Clair – 0.05 oz (Sample with order)
Full size = $61 for 1oz /Value = $3.05

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask – 0.68 oz (Special VIB offer for deluxe skincare mask)
Full size = $88 for 3.4oz / Value = $17.60

Omorovicza Travel Set
– 1 oz Cleansing Foam – Value = $15
Full size = $75 for 5oz
– 1 oz Queen of Hungary Mist – Value = $25.29
Full size = $86 for 3.4oz
– 0.67 oz Balancing Moisturizer – Value = $53.21
Full size = $135 for 1.7oz
– 0.5 oz Thermal Cleansing Balm – Value = $30.88
Full size = $105 for 1.7oz
– 0.5 oz Deep Cleansing Mask – Value = $35.29
Full size = $120 for 1.7oz



And while birdie stocked up on brush heads for her new Clarisonic, she also took advantage of a stellar skincare sample pack offer:
July Sephora Order
Order overview (no math, sorry! I don’t have as guilty a conscience as bijou does, I guess…)
– Clarisonic brush heads – just an excuse to get the skincare sampler, really. But I’ll put these to good use, for sure!
– Sephora pearl mask – LOVE these masks!! The mattifying green tea one is fabulous, and I have high hopes for this one as well.
– Order Samples: BB Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (LOVE), Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation (ok, not as good as I’d hoped for), Becca Matte Primer (haven’t tried yet, but this oily-skinned girl has high hopes).

Skincare Sampler – huzzah!
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask (love love LOVE LOVE)
Bliss “That’s Incredi-peel” (haven’t tried yet)
Bliss Micro Magic (haven’t tried yet)
Clinque Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (LOVE)
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate (have used before and love)
GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment (nice, I suppose – not sure it did much for me, but I don’t have undereye issues)
Lancome Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur (I like it, but not any more than other, much less expensive, blur products that I’ve tried)
Algenist Algae Mask (okay, wouldn’t buy a full sized version)
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel (haven’t tried yet)
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay (adore, bought the full sized version already!)

How about you? Any Sephora lovers out there? Tell us what you are buying so we can feel better about our Sephora habit, please!


A Mini (Really Mini) Sephora Haul

I suppose one product does not a haul make. But, here we are.

sephora order mask

As I’ve already shared, I recently made VIB (life goal realized – is that sad? Don’t answer that.) As a result, I had a free shipping code. This, I reasoned, would be an excellent way to make a small purchase – without trying to get to the $50 free shipping minimum – while also redeeming some of my rewards points. Because something had finally popped up in the rewards shop that caught my eye – a mini Tarte Cheek Stain in the color “flush” (a sheer berry).

I had to have it, and I have NOT been disappointed. It’s easy to apply, super long-lasting (even in hot, humid weather), and looks great. Much more of a flushed-I-just-ran-ten-miles look than hey-I’m-wearing-lots-of-blush. I can see why it is considered such a cult item.

The main product in my order was from the new line of skincare masks available via the Sephora Collection. There are six new different kinds of fiber masks (the paper kind that you unfold and place over your face, leaving you looking like something from a horror movie while simultaneously tending to your skin) and while they all looked great, I had my eye on the Green Tea Mask, which was touted as both mattifying and anti-blemish. This mask is a FIND, and I’m really looking forward to trying the other ones in the line. My skin was left feeling and looking phenomenal. It helped get rid of a few blemishes that had popped up, and it made my skin less oily and more matte. It also didn’t dry out my skin – just left it perfectly balanced and glowing. Can’t argue with those kinds of results.

The three free samples perk that comes with Sephora orders is always a draw for me as well. Sometimes I’m tempted to place an order, just so I can score some of the available samples! This time around, I was really excited to try the new bumble & bumble surf shampoo and conditioner. Unfortunately, they ran out of stock and had to send me a substitute – the Living Proof samples shown above. I do have to say that I really appreciate the thought that goes into substitutions. Any time I’ve had a sample sub in an order, it seems like they really try hard to give me something similar to what I’d ordered (haircare subs for haircare, etc). To me, this is another reason why Sephora stands head and shoulders above any other beauty stores.

On the sample front, I also received a sample of Alien perfume (which is nice, but won’t be replacing my beloved Angel anytime soon) and the Sunday Riley Good Genes treatment, which I haven’t tried yet, but have heard amazing things about.

How about you – any great Sephora orders/perks/samples lately?