Monthly Archives: September 2008

Lancome Names Arlenis Sosa as New Spokesmodel

Lancome's New Spokesmodel Arlenis Sosa Lancome has named a new spokesmodel and her name is Arlenis Sosa!

The 19 year old model is known for her appearance in the famous Italian Vogue “Black Issue” and has also been seen in the pages of American Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Arlenis will also appear in more than a dozen shows in New York’s Fashion week from Donna Karan to Peter Som.

If you don’t know her yet, you soon will. 🙂

Total Beauty Web Tour for 9/7

Total Beauty Web Tour for 9/7

Weekend Beauty Reads for 9/6

Lets get fat – with Maybelline Colossal Volum Express

As you may have already noticed, I am a bit of a lash snob. I tend to spend the majority of my “beauty budget” on mascara. I don’t mind using a $20 primer on a $25 mascara if it will add that extra pop to my eyes.

Maybelline Colossal Volum Express After hearing much buzz about Maybelline Colossal Volum Express, I decided I’d take the plunge, go against my instincts and try a drug store mascara. I was a little put-off by the packaging because it resembles a little chubby banana.

The wand is thick, obese and stubby. I applied 3 layers (waiting about a minute in between coats of course) for maximum volume capacity, I didn’t experience the usual clumping with most volumizing mascaras. I didn’t have to comb through either – my lashes were perfectly plump and separated. I followed with Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick as shadow and lined with Josie Maran’s brown eye liner.

That night, I went to a really fun outdoor bar and received several compliments on my lashes (from women, thats how you know they were sincere). When I crawled out of a grimy bathroom stall, my friend couldn’t stop herself and shouted “Your eyes look fab!”

I’m glad I went out of my comfort zone and opted for Maybelline Colossal Volum Express. It really delivered great volume, clearly defined lashes and exceeded my expectations. At $7 a tube, it would be a sin not to try it.

Luxurious Lippmann Collection for Fall

With temperatures dropping soon, I am really looking forward to fall fashion and beauty. We’ve seen a fun nail-color trend in the past few years – the “it” hues went from blood red (Chanel’s Vamp), to navy blue (Chanel’s Blue Satin), and even black (you name em!). This season is no exception and Lippmann Collection’s Fall lineup is not following trends but creating them.

Lippmann Fall Collection 2008

Fade to Black reminds me of the records my parents used to have (anyone remember those? I feel old). It’s a shiny, slick, almost wet black. This color made its debut at the Zac Posen Fall runway show and is sure to be a staple for any good girl who wants to go bad for a night.

Channel your inner 80’s girl with Pump Up The Jam, my favorite shade of the bunch. Although named after the famous Technotronic party song, this color is really regal, rich, and modern – a dark purple with gold shimmer. The shade almost looks like an off-black until held up in sunlight, where the shimmer and pretty purple come alive.

Stop and Stare is a gorgeous, shiny, classic red. Named after the OneRepublic hit, you’ll find that this sexy color wears well and goes with everything in your closet.

An unexpected frosty white lacquer is called Rhapsody in White. Interestingly opaque and frosty, Rhapsody can be a fun shade, especially to achieve a clean, neutral look on hands. I tried this and found that it was a tad stark for my pink skin tone.

Lippmann Collection polishes are extremely high quality, longwearing, and do not dry out nails like other polishes do. They actually contain good-for-you ingredients like green tea extract and biotin. One plus that I have noticed is that the colors are so concentrated and rich, I rarely even need a second coat. Pick up a bottle at your local Barney’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom or Bath and Body Works (flagship stores only).

Get Your Twitter on with MAC at Fashion Week

MAC Cosmetics at Fashion Week Having become recently addicted to Twitter, I’m going to be following it closer than ever now that MAC Cosmetics has announced that their makeup artists will be tweeting from backstage at next week’s shows for Fashion Week! You can follow along as well with this handy dandy wiget (see it in action on the left sidebar). You can also access the artist page’s directly:

While you’re add it, add ProductGirl to your list at Twitter as to get updates from us.

Lisa Hoffman Wants You to be Wrinkle Free!

Lisa Hoffman (wife of actor Dustin Hoffman) was frustrated when the TSA started enforcing liquid carry-on limitations. Instead of buying a box of baggies and trying to use the world’s smallest funnel to stuff moisturizer into a .015 oz jar (like I do), she created her own line of skincare products ranging from face, to body and even fragrance. I fell in love with her individual-sized tubes of spa treatments (perfect for travel) and have been raving about this line ever since.

Lisa Hoffman Day Cream with SPF 15 Now you can get your hands on this fabulous line! Simply refer a friend and follow the steps below and Lisa Hoffman will send you a free, full-sized Lisa Hoffman Day Cream with SPF 15 (a $75 value). I’ve been wearing this moisturizer all summer – it is lightweight, won’t clog pores, fragrance free, and doesn’t leave behind any residue as many SPF moisturizers do. I also love the white and silver pump packaging – it is quite elegant and actually more sanitary than many moisturizers on the market. To receive your free Lisa Hoffman Day Cream with SPF 15:

  • send an email to
  • be sure to put “Friend of Product Girl” in the subject line
  • include the name, email address, and shipping address for you, and the friend that you are referring

For every Day Cream they ship, they will include a note to your friend that says they have been personally requested to receive the complimentary Day Cream. This offer is valid while supplies last.

Gisele Bundchen for Max Factor

One of our favorite Brazilian supermodels has landed a great new gig! Gisele Bundchen is now the new face of Max Factor replacing Carmen Electra. Here’s the scoop straight from Max Factor:

Gisele’s role as the newest MAX Factor face represents an exciting new expression of the brand’s long-standing heritage of putting modern, fashion-forward makeup looks within reach for all women with its line of professional quality products. She will begin to appear in the ad campaign for Lipfinity Lip Collection and ColorGenius Face Collection in October.

In addition to launching Gisele, MAX Factor is celebrating their 100th anniversary in early 2009. Mr. Max Factor, the father of modern makeup, revolutionized the concept of beauty 100 years ago on the Hollywood movie lots with the creation of his iconic makeup line. Designing looks for Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Rita Hayworth and Katherine Hepburn, he transformed the leading ladies of his era.

I can’t wait to see these images, I think it’s a great step forward from Carmen Electra. Her images always looked a bit awkward to me.

Cult of Cherry Giveaway

MAC Cosmetics Cult of CherryAs of this month, Product Girl is officially three years old. I didn’t know when I started this that I would still be doing it three years later. This started out as a way to share my favorite new purchases with those who read my now defunct personal blog and it’s grown into something else completely!

Over the years it’s grown quite a bit with press mentions in the New York Times and WWD, beauty news and now giveaways. My hope is that Product Girl will only continue to grow and get better as we introduce new features and new contributors from now until the end of the year. Right now is a very exciting time for Product Girl because there are so many possibilities.

To celebrate our 3rd birthday, we’re holding a series of giveaways from now until the end of September. For our first giveaway, we are giving away 3 pieces from the MAC Cult of Cherry collection.

Here’s what you have a shot at winning:

  • Tempting Eyeshadow Quad
  • Plum du Bois Powder Blush
  • Jampacked Lipglass

All you need to do to enter is fill in your name and email address in the form below. While you’re at it, opt to receive updates from us so we can let you know about our future giveaways as well! Stayed tuned for more giveaways throughout the month and good luck!