Limited Edition Exotic Jewels by Heidi Klum at Victoria's Secret



Even though I clearly took this photo when I had the caffeine jitters, it shows the entire makeup line that Victoria's Secret did with Heidi Klum for the holidays called Exotic Jewels. When I was in New York, I was lucky enough to attend a breakfast at Victoria's Secret headquarters and get a preview of all the great stuff they have coming up. Part of that preview was this line, inspired by Heidi's trip to India. It's really quite gorgeous, all purple and sparkly. Here is a close up of the purple mascara that is part of the line:




It's gorgeous. The liner is also an amethyst purple, but it has gold glitter in it - just a heads up for those of us over 30 who don't necessarily need to walk around with glittered out eyes. But it's not an overwhelming amount, just enough to really add interest. Of course, you could layer it to create a lot of drama, like any liquid liner, but it's suitable for day use as well. Here is the collection laid out on my counter:






This is not the packaging that you will see at the store, obviously. They are press samples that I received last month. The collection includes an Eyeshadow Palette for $24, Glitter Liquid Liner for $12, Extra-Lengthening Mascara for $13, Perfect Lipstick for $16, Lip Gloss for $14, and Luminous Face Powder Gems for $22. So a very reasonably priced line.

The eyeshadows are nice and pigmented, and can be used for a sheer look or layered on for a more dramatic look. I used the mascara as a top coat over L'Oreal's Extra Volume Collagen Mascara, and loved the effect. Here is the finished look, again, my photography skills leave a great deal to be desired:



Grab the collection at Victoria's Secret stores or at VictoriasSecret.com. Remember, this is a limited edition line, so it won't be out forever. I suspect you won't be able to find much of it after the holidays.

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