Colour Pop I Think I Love You Pressed Powder Shadow Palette ($16.00 for 0.36 oz.) is the newest, limited edition pre-made palette from the brand (and as I put this post together... last night for me, this morning for you, it was still available!). It's an incredibly warm-toned, orange-copper palette with a lot of metallic finishes. There were three mattes in the palette and one satin, while the rest were pearly to metallic. First Impressions The formula used in this palette felt comparable to the Pressed Powder Shadow formula I'm familiar with--soft, blendable, pigmented, and long-wearing. There were a couple Continue Reading
Happy Saturday! I always enjoy seeing what makes up the week's top ten highest-reviewed products, so I hope you find it somewhat interesting as well! :) What was your week in review like? My skin tone/coloring: Favorite look you worn: Most used product of the week: Any new beauty discoveries: Week in Review
Anne Krebiehl MW recently attended the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon, but came away equally captivated by the 'hauntingly perfumed' Gamays also produced in the region. Vivid cherry fruit, pepper and ample freshness: that is Oregon Gamay. This often overlooked grape is finding authentic expression in the temperate climate of America's Pacific Northwest, where Oregon's volcanic and sedimentary soils, its sunny days and strikingly cool nights are proving a perfect home. Once outlawed in Burgundy, and more recently derided as unserious for its high volumes of Beaujolais Nouveau, Gamay carries reputational baggage. Nonetheless, in the right hands, especially hands that have crafted Pinot Noir, it can make hauntingly perfumed and age-worthy wines.
Scroll down for Anne's top five Oregon Gamay wines to try
Doug Tunnel of Brick House Vineyards in the Willamette Valley's Ribbon Ridge AVA was among the first to plant Gamay in 1992. To him, the climatic parallels between Beaujolais and Oregon were clear, 'When I first started selling Gamay it took so much talking, people just did not know what it was', he remembers. Inspiration But Tunnell's Gamays have inspired others. By now there are approximately 30 acres of the variety in Oregon, where orchards still outnumber vineyards. There is talk is of grubbing up fruit trees to plant more. 'I think at this moment a lot of people want to make Gamay but there is just not enough planted', says Thomas Houseman, winemaker at Anne Amie Vineyards, who clearly loves the grape. Oregon Gamay almost always ripens later than Pinot Noir while holding its acidity well. 'We never have to acidulate', attests Brad McLeroy of Ayres Vineyard, who is thinking of planting more acres. Fermentation Both carbonic maceration and traditional skin fermentation are used. The carbonic styles are a hit as chilled reds for summer, while the traditionally fermented styles, often with a portion of whole bunches, are increasingly Pinot-esque. Authentic John Grochau of Grochau Cellars notes that the grape's thicker skin and upright growth are a natural protection against rot, a great asset in a damp climate. But he is also clear that Gamay does not achieve Pinot Noir prices, despite the same input and dedication. This may make it difficult to justify the expense of planting, at least for now, but for consumers these hand-crafted, authentic wines represent fantastic value.
Owning a chteau is still a prerequisite for joining French high society, it seems. Here are the richest French winery owners on the latest France 500 rich list produced by Challenges magazine.Chteau d'YquemIt's been an extremely busy summer in Bordeaux. Just in a few square miles on the limestone plateau of St-Emilion, we have had the Moueix family buying Clos de Magdeleine and Magnan la Gaffelire. Troplong Mondot exchanged hands for a reportedly record fee. The rumour is over 5 million per hectare, which blows previous St-Emilion prices out of the water.
Chteau ownership is seen as an essential part of a respectable wealth portfolio
For Bordeaux, it's a reminder not only that estates are being more and more concentrated into the hands of those with seriously deep pockets, but that chteau ownership is seen as an essential part of a respectable wealth portfolio. So no surprise that when the annual '500 Wealthiest in France list' was published this summer by Challenges magazine, wine as ever plays a significant role. A full six in the top 10 names have interests in wine somewhere in France. Only Pierre Castel, at number nine, can be said to have actually made is his fortune in wine, and even that was via beer in his early career. New number one Bernard Arnault of LVMH is France's richest man. Credit: Wiki Commons. The wealthiest man in France in 2017 is Bernard Arnault, leapfrogging Liliane Bettencourt who took the number one spot in 2016. Arnault's fortune stands at 46.9 billion and he is owner of LVMH, and through it Chteaux d'Yquem and Cheval Blanc, not forgetting Clos des Lambrays, Krug and his other Champagne houses. He's had a good year, you'll be happy to hear, with his net worth jumping by 5 billion in the space of a few hours back in March, when it was announced that he was taking full control of Christian Dior. Next up on the wine list is Axel Dumas and the Herms family up on place to number three with 30.8 billion. You have to be a little acrobatic to make the link to wine here, as the Mommeja brothers of Chteau Fourcas Hosten in Listrac-Mdoc are part of a separate branch of the sprawling Herms clan. At number four we have Grard Mulliez (30billion) of the Auchan supermarket group (who apparently has made over 700 of his cousins millionaires due to his business acumen). With that many family members, you just know there is a wine connection in there somewhere I found a great-nephew, Romain Mulliez, who is founder of La Vignery wine shops and importer of New World wines into France, but am sure there are other wine connections in there, so please correct me if you know of any. A clearer link for the next three, with Serge Dassault (21.6billion) of aeronautics fame and owner of Chteau Dassault in St-Emilion at number five. He is followed by Alain and Grard Wertheimer of Chanel 21billion, with assets including Chteaux Canon and Rauzan-Sgla as well as St Supery in Napa. Then in seventh place it's Franois Pinault and his Groupe Artemis, owner of Chteaux Latour and Siuarac in Bordeaux, plus Grillet, Eugenie and Eisele further afield, with 19 billion. Just a touch lower down the rankings comes the Bollor family, down two spots to 12 this year with 7.7 billion. The family owns Domaine de la Bastide Blanche in Provence. Following closely is the Perrodo family at number 13 (7.5 billion) of Chteaux Labgorce and Marquis d'Alesme. And just making it into the top 20 is Benjamin de Rothschild at 20 (4.5 billion) of Chteaux Clarke in Listrac, des Laurets in Puisseguin St-Emilon and others in South Africa and Argentina. Who else made the list? For the rest of the list, I'll just highlight few new names for wine, or significant changes: [list] [*]At number 25 the Moulin family of Galleries Lafayette (3.5billion), newly in wine care of their investments a few years ago (helped by their long term friends Florence and Daniel Cathiard at Smith Haut Lafitte) in Chteaux Beauregard, Pavillon de Beauregard, Bastor-Lamontagne and Saint-Robert, all in the Bordeaux region. [*]Unchanged at number 30, the Bouygues brothers (3billion) of Chteau Montrose in St Estphe and newly-announced owners of Clos Rougeard in Saumur-Champigny. [*]The Hennessy and Chandon-Mot family (now part of LVMH) own in a personal capacity through Philippe Chandon-Mot Chteau de Ferrand in St-Emilion. [*]The Remy-Cointreau family at 32, up five places from last year, has seen its fortune rise 20% to 2.9 billion. [*]Clement Fayat is up five places also to 51 with 1.5 billion, owner of La Dominique and Clement-Pichon. [*]Philippe Rouzaud of Louis Roederer at 108, down from 93, with 785 million. [*]Philippe Sereys de Rothschild and family at 110, down from 88, with 775 million (to be fair, the family fortune remains unchanged, it is just that others have overtaken them). [*]Bernard Magrez is at 130 with 650 million Challenges states here that it incorrectly assessed Magrez's wealth last year, having him in 94th place, and that this has now been 'adjusted'. [*]Corinne Mentzelopoulous of Chateau Margaux is also down from 103 to 135th place, because, according to Challenges, of the price drop for the 2013 and 2014 vintages. The magazine expects this to be rectified due to the prices of 2015 and 2016 you will be happy to learn. [/list] Other wine names on the list Many other vineyard names to make it into the top 500 and these include: [list] [*]The Frey family of La Lagune and Paul Jaouboulet Ain [*]The Moueix of Petrus and Duclot and separately Christian Moueix of Trotanoy and La Fleur Petrus (whose counting but 120million separates them) [*]Gerard Perse of Pavie [*]The Bories of Ducru-Beaucaillou [*]Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of DRC [*]The Bollinger family [*]Thomas Henriot of Henrio Champagne [*]The Cazes family of Lynch-Bages [*]The de Boards of Anglus [*]The Castjas of Borie-Manoux [*]The Pol Roger family of Champagne Pol Roger [*]Jean-Claude Boisset [*]Daniel and Florence Cathiard of Smith-Haut-Lafitte [*]Francois-Xavier Borie of Grand Puy Lacoste [*]Edouard Labruyre of Domaine Jacques Prieur [*]The Leflaive family of Domaine Anne-Claude Leflaive down at 478 with a still perfectly-respectable 140 million. [/list] More articles like this:
I'm a little late with my review and swatches of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette but today I'm finally going to share my thoughts. By now you've watched a lot of videos and read a lot of reviews on this palette and most of them have probably been pretty negative. There's a lot of controversy and drama surrounding the palette at the moment. When I review a major launch like this I try to avoid reading reviews or watching videos until I can try the palette out for myself because I find my opinion can be unintentionally swayed by what someone else is saying. So, today I'm busy catching up on what everyone is saying and I'm not necessarily in agreement. It deserves to be mentioned I am not a guru nor a makeup artist nor an artist. My first childhood memory that sticks with me to this day is the What do you want to be when you grow up? question. I remember it well because I knew, even at 4, what I wanted to be. I wanted to be an artist and that dream stayed with me well into high school (It was Junior year when I found out my true calling was technology). Needless to say, it didn't work out. I can't draw a stick figure! I'm telling you this because I really have very little skill when it comes to makeup. I love makeup, I love wearing makeup, but I don't have the skills to apply it the way some bloggers or v-bloggers do. I'm pretty much a basic hobbyist at best. This is important to know because it plays a major role in my Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette review.
This palette contains 14 total eyeshadow shades most of which are matte (11 matte and 3 metallic shimmer) in finish as well as a dual-ended blending and eyeshadow brush. It arrives in a velvety compact, is made in the USA, and contains a total of 0.28 oz of product with each shadow 0.02 oz each. It's the same size and price as the Modern Renaissance Palette but as I mentioned in the review of that palette is does contain a less product than palettes like the Artist Palette which was $30.00 at 0.30 oz with 12 eyeshadows and the Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette which was $29 at 0.25 oz with 10 shades. But this contains more variety of shades but the price is considerably higher. I do hate the packaging because it collects lint, grime, and makeup like a magnet and is impossible to clean off because of the velvety overlay. This is particularly a bad way to package this palette because the eyeshadows are very, very, very softly packed with major kick up which will get the packaging dirty very fast.
I keep hearing a lot of people saying that perhaps there was some sort of manufacturing problem with the palette and the source of the problems started at the factory. I don't believe that. I think the formula is exactly what Anastasia Beverly Hills intended it to be but it somehow backfired for them because fans expected soft, powdery shades but not shades THIS soft and THIS powdery. I see where they were going with the formula or at least I think I do. They wanted to make the palette even softer and more pigmented than Modern Renaissance. In this case, they wanted to top their own work and make something even better and this sadly, blew up in their face. As they say, if it isn't broke don't fix it. I understand they wanted to do good by improving upon greatness but they ended up making a mess and disappointing fans. That being said, this isn't as bad as everyone is going on about. It's not for newbies, it's not for people like me who lack blending and placement skills, and it's not for anyone who wants to apply makeup easily without a lot of drama. And that's what this is, drama! It's a chaotic palette that requires a lot of tender loving care and patience during application. It can't be rushed so, don't expect to whip this out for a quickie morning look before dashing out the door. You need a good deal of time, a very light hand, and a lot of gentleness when working with this palette.
This in fact where it fails. Most people want to apply their eyeshadow quickly and get out the door. This palette doesn't offer that option because it is messy and it creates a mess. So, patience is key. These eyeshadows are like nothing I've experienced in the past. They are very, very soft. It's almost as if they forgot to put in a binding agent of some sort to hold them together. I hear words like chalky being thrown around and I can't say I experienced dryness or chalkiness with them. They are very silky, very smooth, and very, very, very, very, did I say very, very pigmented. Some videos and reviews I read mentioned hitting pan due to the soft texture and kick back and I can see that happening if you use a heavy hand but if you're lightly touching them you should be fine. Speaking of lightly, you really need to use caution and a very light touch with these. Since they are so pigmented and so powdery things get messy very, very quickly. I'm very heavy-handed with makeup as we all know and I had to be careful not to press to hard into the pans because I ended up with a ton of product on my brush which makes application really hard because the shades are so pigmented a little goes a very long way. Pressing too hard results in A LOT of color and it's going to be impossible to blend without things going utterly muddy. So, press lightly and build as needed. I didn't experience sheering out. I was shocked to see videos where gurus applied the shadow to their lid, started blending, and the color just disappeared. I didn't have that problem at all! My problem was the colors were too pigmented and I was blending and blending and blending and they were still too bold and too rich looking, it was difficult to diffuse the shades. I think maybe, somehow, there might be inconsistencies with the formula but my palette (Batch Number P7F21) wasn't one. I also noticed some reviewers had issues with the color morphing or becoming darker during application. Again, I didn't experience this. I did however, have a problem with colors going muddy during the blending process. Some of the shades look good together but once you start blending you end up with a certain muddiness because they are just so pigmented that they overpower each other and just meld together into one gross, muddy looking shade. That was an issue for me. But colors morphing wasn't. They adhered well to my lid (I have drier lids) and didn't crease or fade during wear but they did have MAJOR FALL OUT. I had eyeshadow everywhere! There's just an explosion of fall out during application so, again this is why you need to practice patient when applying and use a lighter hand. One thing I did learn is that picking up color and tapping off excess helps to minimize all the crazy fall out!
Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (All Star, Mercury, Axis, Roxy) Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (New Wave, Untamed, Edge, Rowdy) Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Cube, Dawn, Destiny, Adorn) Note: I'm missing some swatches. The photo I took won't open for some reason. I'll update this post with the missing photo shortly! As I've been talking a lot about the formula here I did forget to address the metallics in my description above. The metallics are a bit different and since there are so few I almost forget to mention them. I wouldn't classify Cube as a metallic, it's more of a duochrome that has a white to pink shift. Cube and Electric were a little more difficult to pick up with a brush and I felt they applied rather sheer. Out of all the shades in the palette I was probably most disappointed with Cube and Electric. If you use a sponge applicator it might help to pick and pack color on more easily. Adorn was the real star! It's a very soft, creamy texture with a metallic, foiled finish. When I originally posted about this palette I expressed how it was a mismatch of shades and how I felt it would be challenging to create a look using these shades and I still stand by that statement. As I mentioned above I'm a hobbyist and sadly, that artist dream never happened. When I look at this palette I completely lack creativity to create something from it. It was hard for me to visualize which shades went well together. I just lack the creative talent and mind to create looks from some of these shades. Thankfully, I was inspired a little to create the look I did below using the shades Axis, Fudge, and Adorn. But one thing I know for sure, I can't make these shades work with the Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. ABH said Subsculture was created to compliment Modern Renaissance but I can't really see how. The color just seem so vastly different.
The bad news is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette is a high maintenance eyeshadow palette that requires patience and tender loving care to use as well as a certain level of skill and creativity. The good news is, it isn't nearly as bad as you've been hearing or at least it wasn't for me. It's messy, it's fall out city, and it's crazy difficult to apply without creating chaos all over your lids but if you practice a little you can get some nice looks out of this. Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Palette is available now at ulta.com and sephora.com. How did you feel about this palette? Was it a BIG miss for you? Or a hit? Or are you stuck somewhere in the middle with me?