Magazines Say The Darndest Things: September

Every month, when I read my onslaught of magazines, I consider writing a post about the ludicrous and lovely ideas they boast. This month, I could not resist.

I have a hard time not noticing that magazines tend to write about how awesome something is. Then they place the ad that no doubt got the write up in the first place but a few pages away. Do they think we are that daft? The one product that comes up constantly that deserves it, sans advertising, is the Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Illusoire. I actually picked this up (it's my first non-fragrance Chanel purchase ever) and it deserves all of the accolades it gets. It's amazing. And no wonder I like it so much. It's very similar to the Buxom Stay-There Shadows, but in more grown-up colors.

Know what else is seriously cool and showing up everywhere? Absolution Skincare. It's a French line that allows your inner chemist to make your own potion that really works. Plus the packaging is really, really cool, especially for us packaging nerds.

While I don't usually fall for solid scented jewelry, I'm really excited to see the Chloe scented locket. Chloe is one of my all time favorites and I love the look of a locket. I can't tell you how much I love this idea. It won't hit shelves until mid-September, but I am going to need one. Check out my pal, LipGlossiping's early look. As soon as I can get my hands on one, I'll give you the details!

You know what I don't love? And no matter how much magazines tell me I'm going to love it, I won't. An MP3 playing flat iron? For $150? It's the equivalent of using the word fetch. It's just not going to happen. Why on earth would you want that? And it holds 500 songs? Why? I can't imagine a scenario where you would need this or not feel like a dork for using it. Plus, I think silly girls would leave their flat iron on while getting ready and forget about it, no doubt burning down their house. It's a bad, bad idea.

I'm torn on the possibility of using eye stickers to create some of the trickier and lovely cat eye looks. Dior is selling Velvet Eyes, reusable stickers for $55. I bet these look cool on a 20-something. I wonder how they would fare on someone who has lived a little more? I'm guessing not well, unless they move with the skin. But you know what does work? Use a serious liquid eye liner, like Mally Beauty's, apply it to an unused Konad plate in the shape you want and try that along the lashes. It won't move once it dries, but your skin still looks and moves like your skin, not like a sticker. It takes a bit of practice, but it works. Just make sure your Konad supplies have never touched nail polish or polish remover. Please.

Glamour did a roundup of the best makeup of 2011. Considering the year isn't over just yet, it's a little early. But, to play devil's advocate, with fall collections out and holiday collections the equivalent of summer movies, I guess now is as good a time as any. I'm not sure how Great Lash keeps winning everything mascara. There are so many other better choices out there. I think people must not be willing to try anything else. Hip Hip Hooray for Herbal Essences for winning best drugstore shampoo and conditioner. If you don't have colored hair and do want soft hair, their Hello Hydration is in fact amazing.

But Outlast Lip Stain as best drugstore lipstick? How is that humanly possible? Did anyone try it? On themselves? It's god awful, drying and a hot mess. What rocks is the new Lip Perfection from COVERGIRL. You can't go wrong with that formula. It's as good as any high end lippie on the market. Finally, how does best gadget go to Maybelline Falsies? Is it a gadget? Me thinks no. Perhaps Bliss' Pore-fector Gadget Kit would have been a better choice. It even has gadget in the name. Falsies? You have to be kidding me.

What items are you running out to score after reading this month's mags? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. HA! I think we're thinking the same thing. I passed the Chanel shadows yesterday and touched them, they're quire dreamy. I may pick one up. I'm not a fan of CoverGirl lipstain, it is a bit drying but Lip Perfection is the bee's knees!! I love that stuff and get everyone I know to try it. I actually tend to skip over the beauty ads and get caught up in all the pretty shoes! 

  2. Really enjoyed this post!  It's because Great Lash keeps winning best of mascaras that I no longer take those magazine surveys seriously. I'd rather try out the things in this post.  And speaking of posts -  I've only looked at the September Harper's Bazaar, and as I did so, realized that I'd already seen everything on the blogs!  I bought Chanel Illusion D'Ombre "Mirifique" (the black one), which is fantastic as a liner, and couple of other things so I'll be taking it easy this fall.  I haven't seen anything that I can't approximate from products I already own.


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