Monthly Archives: August 2008

Essie for Fall 2008

Fall is my favorite time of year and I’m always glad to see color returning to something a little darker. By the time September rolls around, I’m ready for rich, fall colors to start emerging. Essie has now introduced their fall collection and it has some of those rich colors I’ve been craving.

Here’s what this collection includes:

  • Lacy Not Racy – a velvety vintage burgundy.
  • No Boundaries – a juicy passionate plum.
  • Forever Young – a fiery tango red.
  • Big Spender – a divinely lush red-violet.
  • Tomboy No More – a red currant truffle.
  • Swept off My Feet – a dusky rose seduction.

What are you picking up? If you can’t decide, you can pick up a 6-piece To Go pack with all 6 shades. I’m drawn to Lacy Not Racy and Tomboy No More. My next manicure is going to be with one of those shades for sure.

Check back with us on Friday when we’ll be kicking off a giveaway of Essie’s Fall collection!

The New "It" Mascara

It doesn’t vibrate but this mascara has made a big splash in the beauty world. I’m sure a lot of you have seen this mascara and wondered how it works. I wondered too. :) 

It’s obvious that Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Mascara has something no other mascara has, a very unique and interesting applicator. While this applicator is great to give parts of your lashes more attention than others, it can also be a bit messy at first. I usually skip my lower lashes so I don’t have raccoon eyes in the afternoon and with this mascara, I got it all over the lower outer corner of my lashes. It took some time to get use to the applicator and learn how to use it without affecting the lower lashes but once I got that down, the lashes that I did focus on though looked really, really good. The precision this mascara gives after you’ve gotten use to it is great.

The one aspect of Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Mascara that gives me a little bit of pause is how easily it smudges. I’m one of those gals that rubs her eyes a lot without even realizing it. I’ve gotten much better about it when I wear mascara but it still happens every now and again. One afternoon, I caught myself after I had rubbed one of my eyes and I immediately pulled out my mirror to see what the damage was. I was really surprised when I found my lid had little lash marks all over it. Since when does it take hours for mascara to dry? This made it a tad unpractical for me to use regularly. Maybe the trick is to seal the lashes with something waterproof afterwards.

While my feelings are a bit mixed on this mascara but so far I can really appreciate the results I can achieve with it. I’ll definitely be spending more time with it in the future… once I stop rubbing my eyes so much. :)

Cult of Cherries

Last week we played catch up and told you all about MAC recent releases but we saved the best for last. Out of all of the collections I’ve read about this one recently, MAC’s Cult of Cherries collection has got to be the one I’m looking forward to the most. Why? Because I love cherries. It’s not really the taste but the look of a cherry that I love. Every time someone gives me a gift, I kid you not, it’s got a cherry on it.

MAC Cosmetics Cult of Cherries collection When I saw the images for this collection with the cherries on the top and the cherry earrings (I would die for those earrings by the way, anyone want to send me a pair?), I knew that I would love this collection.

MAC Cosmetics Cult of Cherries collection features some limited edition gems along with some repromotes. There are 5 lipsticks, 5 glosses, the return of my beloved Mattenne lipsticks with 5 shades, 2 blushes, 3 eyeshadow quads, 2 blushes and 2 nail colors. This collection features some old favorites like Russian Red and “O” lipsticks but also introduces some darker colors like So Scarlet that really play into a big trend for fall; the bold, dark lip.

Here’s what’s included:

Lipstick
Crème Cerise – sheer yellow taupe.
Lightly Ripe – sheer mid-tone pink.
Russian Red – intense bluish red.
“O” – intense purplish red with metallic gold.
So Scarlet – clean grape burgundy.

Lipglass
Cherry Blossom – sheer light pink with multi-dimensional pearl.
Rich & Ripe – mid-tone pinkish red with multi-dimensional pearl.
Cult of Cherry – clean red with red pearl.
Liqueur – neutral brownish mauve with multi-dimensional pearl.
Jampacked – sheer grape with multi-dimensional pearl.

Mattenne
Rapturous – deep berry red.
Kirsch – blackened cranberry.
Chock-ful – blackened brown.
Bing – blackened eggplant.

Powder Blush
Blooming – frosted deep dirty peach.
Plum de Bois – frosted deep pink bronze with gold pearl.

Nail Lacquer
Silverstruck – frosty greyed taupe with multi-dimensional pearl.
Illegal Purple – creamy blackened eggplant.

Eyeshadow Spiced Chocolate Quad
Nanogold – sheer yellow pink with pink pearl.
Brash – frosty reddish copper.
Spiced Chocolate – dirty deep reddish brown.
Sweet Chestnut – frosted cranberry.

Eyeshadow Tempting Quad
Next to Nothing – sheer yellow beige with pink pearl.
Sharp – frosty bright yellow gold.
Dark Edge – dirty chocolate brown.
Tempting – rich coco.

Eyeshadow Shadowy Lady Quad
Light Fall – dirty light pink.
Smudge Violet – frosty blackened lavender with multi-dimensional pearl.
Deep Truth – very dark blue.
Shadowy Lady – darkly veiled plum.

MAC Cosmetics Cult of Cherries collection

What’s going on your wishlist? I already know I’ll be lusting after the Mattene lipsticks, I’m a sucker for a matte lipstick and these rich colors are insanely hot. I’m happy to see “O” featured in this collection, it’s one of my favorite lipsticks of all time and I’m glad to see it’s finally getting the attention it so rightly deserves.

Check back with us once this collection is released, will be giving away some Cult of Cherries goodness!

Total Beauty Web Tour for 8/17

Total Beauty Web Tour for 8/10

Are you looking for a foundation that will give you that Peaches and Cream complexion? Find out what products The Makeup Divas reviews and recommends.

Viva Woman shares her tips on application techniques for foundation powder.

Get Jamie’s take on what she feels is the Holy Grail of styling lotions atGirl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings shares her first FOTD featuring Bobbi Brown’s Mauve Face Palette!

CHANEL Introduces Coco Mademoiselle Shimmering Touch and Twist & Spray-Talking Makeup!

Want flawlessly radiant skin? Beauty Tyrant has the answer and is totally blown away by this sweet, sweet exfoliator by L’occitane. You’ll love it too!

Beauty Junkie in SF gets smooth gams again with the help of the King of Shaves, for women too!

Want to know NYC “it girl” Julia Allison’s fave beauty tips? Beauty Blogging Junkie scored an exclusive interview! Click here to read Julia’s beauty recommendations from body lotion to faux lashes.

If you like your cosmetics cute and sassy, check out Beauty411’sreview of Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics. Enter the giveaway while you’re there!

Take care of your skin! Head to The Beauty of Life now for your chance to win over $300 in Murad products!

A Mom in Red High Heels is giving away an hour consultation with a Personal Shopper! Find out how to enter!

The Olympics have inspired Jenn over at Beauty in Real Life to try out some gold looks. Check them out here.

Have you been wondering how to whiten your teeth effectively at home? Frappelattes has found an answer.

Glossypink reminisces about her first blush and one of her all-time favorite drugstore products!

Get some Juara in your Jamu! Join Beauty’s SPOT as she goes back to her Indonesian roots with Juara’s Rice Facial Scrub.

Toya from The Life of A Ladybug talks all about her favorite lip gloss of the summer! Come see what it is!

Spoiled Pretty is hosting two fabulous giveaways this week. Five lucky ladies will win Fancy, Jessica Simpson’s new fragrance…and one winner will receive Essie’s Fall 2008 Color Collection. What are you waiting for? Enter today!!!

Fight the Frizz Fight

Hair Product Challenge: Frizz Fighters

These product reviews reveal which formulas tame fine, thick, wavy and curly hair … and which are a waste of money

We painstakingly perused your ratings and reviews of anti-frizz products to find out which ones made your repeat purchase list and which fell short of your expectations. Soak up the feedback and use it to your advantage next time you’re shopping for the perfect frizz-fighting formula for your hair type and beauty budget. …More

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Weekend Reads for 8/16

Find out how you can WIN $365 bucks worth of Stila products during The Daily Cookie’s anniversary celebration!

The Muse is rounding up concealers! Check out a brand new concealer review for the weeks ahead at Musings of a Muse! No brand goes untouched! Lancome, Jelly Pong Pong, MAC, Bobbi Brown, and Drugstore Concealer finds are just some of the reviews the Muse will be diving into!

A Touch of Blusher got to meet YSL’s latest eye palette

The Makeup Divas tells you about a skinvigorating gift set that includes all the tools for looking better.

Beauty Junkie in SF finds that Too Faced’s New Mascara gets right to the point of things.

Want to know NYC “it girl” Julia Allison’s fave beauty tips? Beauty Blogging Junkie scored an exclusive interview! Click here to read Julia’s beauty recommendations from body lotion to faux lashes.

If you like your cosmetics cute and sassy, check out Beauty411’sreview of Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics. Enter the giveaway while you’re there!

Makeup Moxie reviews the new concealer/highlighter duo, Lorac Double Feature.

Take care of your skin! Head to The Beauty of Life now for your chance to win over $300 in Murad products!

Beauty Banter reviews the latest must-have fall color lines – MAC, Smashbox, Tarte, Prescriptives… and more!

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog gives you 18 makeup tips from the talented makeup artists at MAC Cosmetics.

Check out Rouge Deluxe’s buys from the Jill Stuart, Awake, Canmake and Majolica Majorca fall collections!

Christine from 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic has already found her new fragrance from fall, Bond No 9’s Andy Warhol’s Lexington Avenue!

Pursebuzz.com shows you how to be part of MAC Cult of Cherry in just ten minutes. Eyes, lips and hair.. well hair is gonna cost you another ten minutes for hair :P

Enter Beauty in Real Life’s Elizabeth Grant giveaway for a prize worth $100!

Toya from The Life of A Ladybug talks all about her favorite lip gloss of the summer! Come see what it is!

Spoiled Pretty is hosting two fabulous giveaways this week. Five lucky ladies will win Fancy, Jessica Simpson’s new fragrance…and one winner will receive Essie’s Fall 2008 Color Collection. What are you waiting for? Enter today!!!

makeup loves me exposes you to the rare treats that are givenchy’s fall collection – dandy.

How do you pull your hair back when you wash your face or put on makeup? Cybelesaysis having a contest to win one that will solve this issue for you.You will go back to your old way of doing it.

Are You Committing a Felony?

Top 10 Makeup Felonies

No one is innocent, not even Paris Hilton. Celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles tells which beauty crimes to avoid

Before you make up your next face, there are 10 crucial no-nos you need to know. (Chances are you’re guilty of at least one of them.) To ensure that your best efforts aren’t wasted, we asked celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles to explain why these common mistakes really are that bad … as if fear of looking like one of these celebrity offenders isn’t enough …More

Signature Smoldering Eyes

If I had to pin down my signature makeup look, it’d be pink smokey eyes.  The look is very easy to do, extremely wearable, and most importantly, its pretty!  All you need to achieve this look are 3 eye shadow shades that you probably already have in your makeup bag – a chocolatey brown, a shimmering pink and a pearly highlighter.  I use Stila’s Eye Shadow Trio in Bronze Glow.

My Smoldering Eyes
My Smoldering Eyes

With a stiff brush, tap brown shadow onto lids, blending slightly upward.  Use a fluffy brush, blend the shimmering pink into the crease.  Follow with pearly highlighter along brow bones.  Next, line the entire eye with a creamy brown shadow, being sure to get the inside of the lower lids.  I like to use Josie Maran’s brown eye liner pencil.  It is perfect for creating this look since its texture is creamy and easily blended.  Better yet, since the formula is organic and gentle, I can apply to my inner lids without risk of irritation to my sensitive contact-bearing eyes.  Using a stiff smudge brush dipped in brown shadow, blend the liner all around the eye.  Follow with a couple of coats of mascara to achieve the ultimate smudgy, sexy look.