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I know I’m not alone when I admit that I am drawn to products that remind me of my childhood. It can be something as simple as a smell and I’m transported back to a simpler time when my greatest responsibility was making my bed and my greatest challenge was coloring in the lines (still my greatest challenge…awww). Lately, it seems, cosmetics companies are really cashing in on this nostalgia and have created collections that appeal to our inner child but with a sophistication that appeals to our outer grown-up. As I mentioned last week, I couldn’t be more excited about Stila’s Barbie-themed collection Barbie Loves Stila, but here are some other lines you may want to check out.
MAC Cosmetics is at the forefront when it comes to themed collections and has hit another home run with their latest featuring Hello Kitty. The too extensive to list everything collection consists of 2 different eye shadow palettes featuring vibrant colors not for the faint-hearted, an assortment of liners and glitters, fun nail laquers, peachy and pink blushes, and lipsticks, lip glasses, and lip conditioners in various shades of peach and pink. I can personally vouch for the lip conditioner in Popster (a sheer peachy coral shade that gives a nice slip of color), lip lustre in Most Popular (a gorgeous berry shade), lip glass in Sweet Strawberry (a sheer berry with ultra-fine blue glitter), and powder blush in Tippy (a shimmery bright pink that isn’t at all chalky and actually melts into your skin). The packaging is, of course, to die for. It’s black with the Hello Kitty logo and just ridiculously girly. Not so cute are the S&M pleather Hello Kitty dolls that are currently fixtures at my local MAC counter. Cree-py *sing-song voice*
Too Faced Cosmetics lured me in with their Smurfette collection. Who didn’t grow up wanting to be the smurfiest Smurf in Smurf Village (You know, before you thought about what the implications of being the only female Smurf really meant)? I was especially drawn to the So Smurfy illuminating face powder featuring a mosaic Smurfette. It is the one item I HAD to have from this collection. The product itself is really sophisticated for something featuring a fictitious blue creature. It brightens your complexion and neutralizes red and I must admit I DO feel smurfier. Not so recommended is the accompanying eye shadow palette. The shadows in the palette are two beiges with copious amounts of chunk glitter, a deep blue shimmer, and a medium pink shimmer. They are not the most wearable and the glitter content is just wrong. The glitter liners are really not for anyone over the age of 30 (me) or contact lens wearers (again, me). The lip gloss smells fantastic, like strawberries, and is similar to Smashbox’s O-Gloss, so for the gloss lovers out there, it may be worth your while, and can still be found at your local Sephora.
I am giving an honorable mention to Paul & Joe for their Disney collection. The brand is hard to find in the states, so if you want any of their Disney collection, be ready to really search for it. (Good luck, I’m afraid we may be a day late and dollar short on this one ~S.) I have been a fan of theirs for a few years and they make really beautiful lipsticks and have packaging that is wonderfully girly. Their Disney collection featured Lady from “Lady and the Tramp” hand cream that smells like orange blossoms, a pink tinted Milky lip treatment featuring Marie of the Aristocats, and two face colors: a peachy shade featuring Bambi and a pink shade featuring Flower, the skunk. I managed to get my hands on the Bambi face powder and I am in love. The powder is fairly pigmented and in pearl form (like Guerlain Meteorites Powder) and when you use a fluffy blush brush to apply it, it is just so darn pretty and really worth the hunt. This line is definitely for grown-ups.
Who else is reliving their childhood with makeup?