summer 2012

Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo lipstick review

Dolce & Gabbana is one of the most important designing duos in the fashion industry, so it is no wonder that their cosmetics line would include the season’s newest and hottest colors. The “Passion Duo” lipstick collection by Dolce & Gabbana is a large line of thin lipsticks which offer two parts; lipgloss on the inside, creamy lipstick on the outside.

“Passion Duo” lipstick is packaged in a shiny, golden container which is slightly longer and thinner than other brands’ containers. This enables Dolce & Gabbana’s “Passion Duo” lipstick to fit nicely inside a small clutch, box clutch or any small handbag for easy mobility. I also noticed the lipstick is easy to apply with this size container.

When I first opened the “Passion Duo” lipstick container there was a faint, sweet powder scent which was fresh and feminine. This was a nice fragrance which I found to be pleasant in comparison to other lipstick brands which smell a bit waxy.

Dolce & Gabbana’s “Passion Duo” lipstick glides on smoothly without clumping and applies evenly. I tried three colors; “Tropical,” “Exotic” and “Royal.” All of the colors I tested glided on easily with one to two coats and provided full coverage.

There are some lipstick’s out there which need a lip balm or moisturizer applied underneath. This was not the case with Dolce & Gabbana’s “Passion Duo” lipstick. I applied all three of the colors I tested without any lip balm or moisturizer underneath and they all stayed moist without drying my lips or making my lips look chapped. This is a very important point and my favorite part about “Passion Duo!”

I found Dolce & Gabbana’s “Passion Duo” lipstick to be more on the creamy side rather than lipgloss side. The color saturation is amazing and the hues are vibrant. What you see in the container is the color that you see on your lips; this lipstick does not change color on you! Love that!

After testing Dolce & Gabbana’s “Passion Duo” lipsticks for ten days, I give them five out of five stars for being fabulous! By fabulous I mean perfect color saturation, moisturizing, nice scent and convienent packaging.

Dolce & Gabbana’s “Passion Duo” can be found at Saks Fifth Avenue Stores, and They are priced at $34 each

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Photos: Passion Duo lipsticks c/o Dolce & Gabbana

Polka Dots

Polka dots have been a classic springtime pattern for decades. The polka dot has enjoyed a little bit more popularity this year as the pattern has found itself carrying over from the mild spring season into the warm and hot summer months. But for fall, the polka dot has decided to stick around rather than move to the back of the closet until next spring; that’s right-polka dots are on-trend for fall.

Paige Denim, among others, designed polka dotted pieces for the fall season. The polka dot jeans from Paige Denim happen to be a favorite among celebrities such as Gwen Stefani. Polka dots are also popping up on less casual pieces such as dresses, silk trousers and sweaters. There are even polka dot accessories for fall!

If you think you are seeing spots; you are. Polka dots were not very prominent on the runways, but on store shelves they have their place, and on the streets they are close to being hot. (We will call them warm ) The polka dot is an emerging trend.

We found a mix of summer and fall polka dot pieces and assembled them into the Polyvore set below. What do you think of polka dots for fall? Does it feel like wearing white after Labor Day to you? Or do you feel like polka dots during the autumn months is playful, modern and fresh?


Summer 2012 Olympics in London

The Olympics are coming this Friday and everyone around the globe is getting excited about seeing their favorite summer sport play out with the best athletes in the world. In celebration of the London 2012 Olympics, designers have been commemorating the occasion with Union Jack and sport inspired accessories and apparel. Our favorite happens to be Alexander McQueen’s sparkling union jack hard box clutches. 

When it comes to sports, we are really excited to watch swimming, gymnastics, tennis and diving.

Do you have a favorite London Olympics inspired item you have seen on store shelves? Which sport are you excited to see in this year’s Olympic games? Weigh in on our Facebook page, with us on Twitter or leave a comment below!
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