Gold Obsession: L’Óreal Lipstick Review

 

Gold is here to shine in your winter nights. As we all know, L’Óreal, if not other things, takes the fashion industry and the trends it embraces very seriously. With all the metallic fever, it was almost mandatory that they launched a special edition make-up line to go with this luxurious obsession. And the result was baptized very accurately precisely this way.

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The Gold Obsession lipstick are a must facing the winter, making the dazzling look that we all want for the Christmas parties easy to achieve in just one stroke. Let’s hear more about them!

Characteristics

What makes them so special and different form the other Color Riche shades? A new and exciting improved formula with 24K gold infusion, that features:

  • Rich, deep color.
  • Creaminess without compare.
  • Exquisite, subtle fragrance.
  • Pure 24K gold particles.

Shades

47. Pure Gold: The star of the collection, a pure gold lipstick full of shimmer and sparkle that can make any make-up look go from good to glamorous by just applying a layer over your regular lipstick. Wear it alone if you want to be the center of a attention or the queen of the party!

 

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49. Plum Gold: The darker shade, a perfect autumn purple that reminds of French elegance in the Paris night. A cool tone for dark and mysterious girls that want to be the stranger to be remembered.

 

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41. Ruby Gold: The deeper shade of red of the line, the one that you need if you want to go for a ‘siren of the silver screen’ look. No one would be left indifferent if you let this shade shine through a simple but polished make-up. Perfect for winged eyeliners and glowy skin.

 

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36. Nude Gold: The everlastingly loved nudes couldn’t be left aside of this trend. Choose this shade if you want to catch some eyes while you still look elegant; also this shades allows you to put the focus of your make-up in your eyes! Pair it with an awesome smokey look and shine bright!

 

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40. Rouge Gold: A purer red, warmer toned, similar to Ruby Gold but even more classic. This one suits better paler complexions but can also be used to add special effects to any look! For example, you can combine the two shades of red to achieve a beautiful ombré lip featuring pure gold.

 

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46. Beige Gold: Another nude shade to wear when you don’t want your lips to be directly on the spot but still you want to feel and look divine. This one looks slightly warmer and is more noticeable, so try wearing it alone to lets its simplicity conquer the flashes of the cameras!

 

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44. Rose Gold: For rosy girls, if you can’t live without your pink lips, this is the one you are looking for! The pink shade is not too bright and its neutral color fits all complexions and skin tones. A look to go; don’t forget how unavoidable rose gold has been in the past seasons for fashion, jewelry, accessories and even hair! So don’t leave your lips unattended and if you want to try this line, start for this shade. Definitely a must!
One awesome characteristic of all shades is that the color is buildable. Apply just one layer for a subtle effect and build to the infinity for bold rocker lips!

 

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A tip on how to wear them? Try pairing them either with a metallic look or with colors like black, white, or matte versions of the shade, just as we stated in our Metallic Obsession post! Regarding the rest of your make-up, try keeping it simple in the variety of colors if they are bright. Nudes, smokeys or polished eyeliners are what suit this lipsticks the best, but if you are daring enough, pop some color in!

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A personal trick? Don’t use them just in your lips, they add awesome effects to your look as blush, highlighter, and my favorite, cream eyeshadow! Specially the Pure Gold one can do wonders if applied as a base for your eye look, or wear it alone well blended outwards for a runway appearance!

I’ll leave you some inspiration of the kind of looks you can achieve with these products, create your own version, reinvent your make-up and be the star of the holidays!

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If you have tried them share your opinion or looks here!

You can also use the #deathlessvogue tag in Instagram for us to check your look and feature it in our profile.

Go for it, gold-diggers!

Purple Rain: New Regal Hue

Purple is the new black.
Step aside, blue, red and green, the new basic color for elegance is this iconic and unique blend.

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Autumn and winter are all about elegance and luxury.

No matter what your style is, the cold always suits our looks since it allows all of us to mix and match beyond our greatest fantasies. Deep hues, rich textures, precious metals and stones, black leather, polished make-up and perfect haircuts are some of the basic features of the beauty of autumn and winter fashion.
And today one of those deep hues is the star: purple.

Purple is conquering the world of fashion. Not just in street fashion or couture, but also make-up, cosmetics, arts and design. It is the perfect union of fantasy and royalty, the naive vibe of dreams and folktales and the sultry elegance of the old continent. Its versatility also covers the new century and its neon glow: techno, glam rock and the holographic wave all over. Purple is like a sci-fi fairy tale, classicism meets disco. Welcome to the purple reign.

The connection of purple color with luxury comes from far back in history.

Traditionally, it was only worn by royalty, aristocracy and members of the Church, due to the cost of purple dyes and therefore, clothing of this color. In the nineteenth century the shade mauve was created while a chemistry student tried to make synthetic quinine, which became fashionable after Queen Victoria wore a gown of this color. Shortly after this, the industrial production of some purple dyes finally settled its place among arts and fashion, managing to reach all social classes. At the end of the century, this color became then really popular among painters, like Pre-Raphaelites and later, Gustav Klimt.

Finally, in the 20th century, the oneiric quality of the color was achieved during the 60s, 70s and 80s.
During the first two decades, it became associated with psychedelics and musicians, as well as with counterculture. Some examples are Jimi Hendrix, with his song Purple Haze from 1967, or Deep Purple, the popular English rock band which formed in 1968. In the 80s, the color appeared in the song and album by Prince, Purple Rain (1984). In pop culture, it soon was one of the favorite colors for video games, still nowadays.

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  • This particular hue was in Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016.

Couture

Winter is almost upon us and with its regal trend the use of purple in fashion collections is reaching a peak. It is being seen specially in rich textures like brocades, suede, lace, patterns and precious metals embroideries.

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Make-up and hair have also jumped into the bandwagon. Special effects are the key to this trend, metallic finishes and glitter rule over minimalist or matte looks. Holographic hues that turn to blue, pink or teal are also really popular.

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  • Production Stills from ESU, by Be Steadwell (2013), Janelle Bowe

The union between magenta and cyan, the two colors most used in artistic direction of movies right now, purple symbolizes uniqueness and infinite possibilities. It contains everything and at the same time can mean emptiness. The alpha and the omega.

Metallic Obsession: Last Trend

Today I bring you other post about this autumn’s fashion trends: metallic.

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While I was writing The Glitter Mania post I was already aware of the new metallic boom in fashion industry, but today as I wondered through the mall I realized that this trend is shooting for the stars and actually reaching them! The outer space feel is now so in right now that it is actually hard to enter a store and not find few of these amazing pieces. Jackets were already mentioned in the last post, but this fever goes far beyond: pants, blouses, dresses, skirts, coats and accessories are just a few to mention.

This season is all about shining and sparkling!

What is so great about this trend? The glamorous vibe.

All precious metal mean the same, luxury, richness, deep colors, textures and effects. Jewelry in the form of clothing. You can find a great variety of hues for this trend but the king and queen are silver and gold, while rose gold and gunmetal are a definite second place. You can find these colors in almost infinite finishes, as we said before, from sparkly, to glittery, frosted, foiled, gems, worn out or rusty.

How to wear this trend?

Fashion is always as you want it, but if you want some ideas, there are two options that seem to be the more spotted in runways and street fashion: either a total look, everything with the same fabric or finish, or a combination of one piece of clothing in a high impact metallic effect and softer matte colors close to the metallic shade selected. For example, if you are willing to rock a silver skirt, try different hues of grey for your top and shoes, or combine a golden blouse with rosy nude tones. The key to create the perfect look is to always let the metals shine, so pick simple textures and subtly saturated colors to achieve the most elegant first impression!

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All in all, this trend is a must try for all fashionistas out there, specially the ones in need to feel like a diva.

And now if you want to achieve this look in a more casual way, check out these gorgeous pieces that I picked from Zara‘s editorial, which not in vane, is called Bling Bling. Now you know how serious fashion is about this trend!

Ballets Russes

Forever dancing. Ballet, the art that most perfectly represents the beauty and exquisiteness of fashion, floods this season’s trends.

Couture has always been in love with the Russians vibes, from royalty to folktales, and ballet is a crush that never gets old.

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Russia is the perfect combination of magical, cold and regal and it breathes luxury and classicism.

This autumn and winter, it comes back to us in ballet inspired fashion, from accessories to shoes, decoration, clothing, jewelery or even furniture. The looks shine with delicacy, every piece seem exclusively design and made to fit you, preserving the richness of the concept. Gold, silver, precious stones, soft earth tones, white and black are the bases of this inspirarion, along with rich deep dark colors such as green, blue or red, in shades that reminds of royal gowns.

Dream of snow and palaces with these runway looks:

 

  • Beauty

Equally, make-up trends follow the same pattern to fit the exquisite cold touch of this fashion. A dark bold lip combined with pale and flawless skin is the key to this look. The make-up has to be perfectly applied, no smudges though the eye shadows had to be well blended out. The new make-up trend fever, the strobing, pairs perfectly with what you want to achieve – use one with a frosted finish to enhance the cold feeling of the look. Aim for cool tones, soft pinks, silvery finishes and rich appearances. Good worked lashes are also a must, deep black, with volume and length, polished and with the mascara perfectly applied. Berry and earthy tones, always deep, for eyes and lips are the choice for this look.

Sort your favorites out of these and replicate the high fashion feeling:

  • Jewelry

Think of the Romanov and you have your answer: crowns, diamonds, necklaces, earrings, all things sultry and fine. Delicacy and elegance is the key to achieve this looks without looking ordinary or faux.

Embroidered Baseball Jackets

The last autumn trend of this weekend will be one of the most beautiful I’ve seen for the season!

From all the grunge inspired items for this fall, this one stands out for being the rebellious glam rock one, because the 70s and 80s were just as awesome!
We sure had a sneak peak of the fever coming when Gaga released the perfect Illusion music video, right?

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A few years ago, baseball jackets popularity reached a peak, and new they have come back more stylish than ever. As other fashion trends of this season, it has the quality of being as innovative as eclectic, a reloaded version of past decades fashion achievements. Embroidered baseball jackets have arrived to make you fall in love.

 

For me, this item is the must have of the season.
The most popular designs are of Chinese inspiration, which are also the ones that have reached the stores the most! Let’s go here for a little history lesson:

The art of embroidery in China dates back 6.000 years, ancient vestiges having been found in Neolithic sites. Due to the early production of silk in this area, most of the embroideries were made of this fabric, which added strength and longevity to the work thank to the silk fiber quality. With the opening of the Silk Road, the silk production and trade flourished and quickly reached its high peak during the 14th century, while its color had already been perceived as a guide of social class since the 7th century during the Tang Dynasty. Though most handwork has been replaced by machinery nowadays, the most sophisticated production is still  hand-made, specially in southern China.

Now, in runway and street fashion, it has made it way back to us once more, as elegant and exquisite as always, now achievable through much simpler, casual and relaxed looks. These designs are clogging up every story and have soon become the item of the season. Looking where to find yours? Here you have some examples!

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The possibilities are great and the versatility of this item it’s worth getting one. Pair it with a dress and military boots to look casual for a festival or use one of the most delicate design it as a replacement for you blazer on your next event! They range from the most transgressor punk motives to the most refined and luxurious, so if you don’t want to let this trend escape, start looking for your best match!

I personally recommend a reversible one from Zara, specially if you are indecisive! Get two looks for the price of one and start imagining your next night out rocking it at the bar or the club.

The Sheer Overlay Dress

While the grunge comeback has some features that we have always enjoyed, like bands t-shirts, second hand Dr. Martens and leather jackets, there are other recent last minute trends that have us dazed and confused.

Just like in the T-Shirt under the Slip Dress trend, the sheer dress over a regular rocker outfit is a subject that inevitably calls our attention!

Probably you have reached your local favorite clothes looking for some autumnal inspiration and have encountered in the front mannequins something like this:

Just as we did in spring, overlaying sheer outfit with a bolder one seems to be the new way of not letting the seasons go by. If waving winter goodbye meant floral dresses over denim pants, the autumn trend is clear: sheer dresses over grunge outfits. Black is, as the mighty 90s rule the trends this season, the must wear color for this look, so if you are willing to give this a try, keep an eye on the queen of colors!

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The black lacy beach dress you wore all August will perfectly do the trick to get this look, but every clothing brand at the mall have embraced the new season developing a few designs of these dresses for their fall line, less lacy, more sheer, with a back alley after the concert vibe. The best thing about this combination is, overlaying the dress over a basic outfit would almost mean that no accessories at all will be needed to make this look feel completed. Skinny jeans and a basic top, all black everything, will get you feeling just like Courtney Love the second you put the cherry (dress) on top!


Why this trend? The plain dresses play a strong role this season. In awe to the grunge culture, the wish of never growing up translates itself in the popularity of these plain, innocent dresses, that in one way or another get their way to our wardrobe no matter what. Almost naive, the contrast achieved when combined with a dark and mysterious, witchy look, is what makes this so special. The game of textures and finishes enables you to make a double impression.

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Setting aside that the basic item for rocking out this look is the sheer black dress, you can go further with great variety of colors and effects of the dress fabric. As seen above (a personal favorite!), you can find almost anything, from pastels, to metallic looks, embroidered details and whatnot! If you want to think big and doing things the easiest way is not for you, ditch the black simple one and don’t hesitate to go searching the right one for you!

The possibilities of this trend are tremendous and the combinations infinite. If you are familiar with the 90s style, just dress yourself up as you would normally and then add the dress! It suits every body types and complexions, and the delicate but grungy vibe won’t leave people indifferent.

If there’s one trend I like this season, and that I’m definitely willing to try, is this one!

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Here come the 90s striking back in fashion!

We knew the grunge era would be the next decade to come back in its full intensity to fashion and beauty trends: chokers, dark lips, smudged eyeliner, pale faces with a sunken in look, pleaded shirts, and now, the latest incorporation which popularity has escalated dizzily since the autumn started: the basic t-shit under a slipdress! 

This look is almost inescapable since it can be seen pretty much in every shop front. Still doubting? Take a look at these!

It rang a bell right?
It’s true: aside from being a hot trend right now, it’s kind of eye catching, and particularly surprising how big an impact it has made considering its apparent oddity.
This trend hasn’t only been brought back from the 90s, when we could see Alicia Silverstone or Drew Barrymore rocking it, it has actually been taken further: the basic top under a dress has reached now the point of the wool jumper under the night dress. Quite disturbing, maybe, but in its right measure, as fashionable as anything!

What is the key to this look? Don’t over do it.

As much as the extreme version is what the clothing companies try to sell us, I think that the simpler version of the 90s is much more beautiful and suiting. Let’s see a comparison:

In my opinion, while the 90s look preserved the innocence of the youth, the new one seems a little too artificial.

Anyhow, it must be staten: fashion is to have fun with it, to express yourself and play with the possibilities, so, if you want to take this look to the extreme version, go for it! No one can tell you what to wear and this won’t be the case either! That was the fun part about the 90s too, everyone could look as they wanted and feel awesome about it, the rules in street fashion were less strict than now and people didn’t care about what others thought. That was the spirit of the grunge era and it should be the one of this one too! Didn’t have time to tame your mane? Who cares! Fancy those glitter scrunchies? Go for them! Ripped jeans? Show them off!

It is true than the fashion industry, this doesn’t seem to be the intention of the grunge trend: healthy looking people now struggle to look like a sleep deprived, under weighted and drug addict rock star. But this wasn’t the base of those years. It was that you could look messed up and still be good, while now it seems that you must look messed up or go home. This is a pity, but that would be another subject.

All in all, embrace trends as they come if you want to, no matter how you look, have fun, and find your style! And if you were wondering if the slip dress over a t-shirt was just a street fashion trend or not, I leave you with some runway images to solve your doubts!

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Dior Skyline Fall 2016 Collection

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Inspired by the Iron Maiden (La Dame de Fer in French), also called Eiffel Tower, Dior Skyline Fall 2016 aspires to transform you into the ultimate seductress this next season. A wintry make-up collection that includes fascinating eyeshadow, cheeks and lips palettes, which can already be found in Nordstrom, Sephora, Harrods and other department stores.

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  • Dior Skyline 5 Couleurs Palette. Inspired by the iconic architecture of the Eiffel Tower, the maison launches two limited editions of their emblematic 5 eyeshadows palette, offering deep, luminous, richly contrasted colors. The high couture effects and color palette is presented either in a pure blues and fresh beiges harmony that irradiate  a steel grey hue, or in a combination of warm and luminous browns developed around pink. Hues: 506 Parisian Sky and 806 Capital of Light.
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Dior Skyline 5 Coleurs Palette 506 Parisian Sky and 806 Capital of Light, $63.00

 

  • Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow. This season, new smoky eyeshadows dress the lids in a rich autumnal palette. Improved with a lustrous finish that provides a shine beyond imagination, the six highly pigmented and deeply intense shades go from a sensual brown to an hypnotic coral hue or to a dazzling purple, illuminating the eyes in just a gesture. Hues: 094 Gravity, 184 Temptation, 564 Fire, 684 Reflection, 764 Fusion y 794 Fever.

 

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Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoke Eyeshadow 184 Temptation – 764 Fusion – 684 Reflection, $29.50

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Dior Diorshow Mono Lustrous Smoky Eyeshadow 094 Gravity – 564 Fire – 794 Fever, $29.50

 

  • Dior Diorshow Brow Chalk. All make-up artists agree that well structured eyebrows define the eyes. Combining the color intensity of a pencil with the resistance of wax, this liner thickens and fill in eyebrows in an instinctive, quick and easy way. Hues: 001 Blonde, 002 Soft Brown y 003 Dark Brown.
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Dior Diorshow Brow Chalk 001 Blonde, 002 Soft Brown and 003 Dark Brown, $27.44

  • Dior Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo. Exclusively for this season, the brand launches the ultimate accessory to achieve a perfectly sculpted face. Inspired by the contouring (giving shape with shades) and the strobing (sculpting with light), techniques used by professional make-up artists, its formula enhances the contours of the face, covering it with an harmonic glow. Hues: 001 Soft, 002 Medium y 003 Intense.
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Dior Diorblush Light & Contour Sculpting Stick Duo 001 Soft, 002 Medium and 003 Intense, $44.00

  • Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer. The final touch. This impressive compact powder keeps the illusion of a fresh and radiant complexion. Loose and not occlusive, it allows skin to breathe freely, creating an authentic shield that limits the absorption of pollution particles. Skin preserves its natural beauty with each application. Enriched with translucent pigments, this formula contains aired out powder, invisible to the naked eye, that provides the perfect shade without altering your natural skin tone. Hues: 10, 20 and 30.
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Dior Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer 10, 20 and 30, $49.38

  • Dior Fix It Color 2-in-1 Prime & Correct Face-Eyes-Lips. Inspired by the make-up techniques used in the backstage of fashion shows, Dior releases its first color multi-purpose concealer: Fix It Color. With two outstanding textures in a concealer stick that works to neutralize imperfections in the skin tone, around the lips and eyes with all the precision and efficiency of a real make-up artist. Hues: 100 Bleu, 200 Abricot, 300 Jaune and 400 Vert.
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Dior Fix It Color 2-in-1 Prime & Correct Face-Eyes-Lips 100 Bleu and 200 Abricot, $36.00

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Dior Fix It Color 2-in-1 Prime & Correct Face-Eyes-Lips 300 Jaune and 400 Vert, $36.00

  • Dior Flash Luminizer. Updating your make-up routine with this highlighter, inspired by the techniques used by professionals offstage, will help you improve your complexion with just a click. White light pigments catch it and redistribute it in every direction to increase luminosity, while the Complex ™ Beautyfier, enriched with micro spheres of hyaluronic acid, helps filling in winkles and fine lines to achieve a perfectly smooth skin. Hues: Pearly Vanilla, Pearly Pink, Apricot, Ivory y Pink.
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Dior Flash Luminizer Pearly Vanilla, pearly Pink, Apricot, Ivory and Pink, $38.00

  • Dior Addict Lipstick Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine. The maison starts a new age of lips make-up with the creation of an advanced lipstick that includes an hydra-gel core with quilt effect to give a sensational mirror shine. Hues: 951 Too Much, 927 Sophisticated y 777 Sensational.
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Dior Addict Lipstick Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine 951 Too Much, 927 Sophisticated and 777 Sensational, $35.00

  • Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss. More than a lip gloss, this product is a lip filler and shine, all in one. Moisturizing and thickening, this gloss has an instant effect of natural volume and day after day. Filled with hyaluronic acid spheres that capture and retain water, its formula calms lips, leaving them completely and long-lastingly hydrated. Hues: 041 Gorgeous, 339 Famous y 929 Scandalous.
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Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss 041 Gorgeous, 339 Famous and 929 Scandalous, $30.00

  • Dior Le Vernis. Discover the new generation of Dior nail polishes and its genius high couture color formula, long lasting and with an ultra shining effect gel. Hues: 112 Minimal, 522 Abstract, 818 Obscure y 848 Skyline.
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Dior Le Vernis 112 Minimal and 522 Abstract, $27.00

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Dior Le Vernis 818 Obscure and 848 Skyline, $27.00