Monthly Archives: April 2009

New! The NARS Modern Love Palette

What’s got 6 shades ranging from matte black to shimmering browns to ethereal metallics, comes in a signature soft-touch black compact and lets you create several different looks? The new NARS Cosmetics Modern Love palette.

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This palette will be available exclusively to Nordstrom starting in May and costs $50. The Modern Love palette features their top ranking shadows and each shade was chosen for it’s ability to complement the others. Shades include:

  • Alhambra – (top left) metallic rose mist
  • Jezebel – (top middle) shimmering sable
  • India Song – (top right) shimmering walnut
  • Tokyo – (bottom left) soft silver-white
  • Habanera – (bottom middle) sparkling charcoal-plum
  • Pandora – (bottom right) matte black

So what do you say? Yay or nay? If you’ve never owned a NARS palette, maybe you should consider this one your starter palette. :) Let us know what you think in the comments.

New! Cargo's 7 in 7 Kit

This past weekend I couldn’t think of anything I wanted from Sephora, I did my shopping with QVC’s It’s a Beautiful Day. Did you watch? What did you get? Let me know in the comments… Anyhoo, of course that’s just the way things are. When I’m not looking to spend money, I see things that peak my interest. :) I was just browsing Sephora’s website and I found a few things I thought were interesting including this 7-in-7 Kit from Cargo.

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This kit includes 7 products to help you put on a face in 7 minutes so you can be out the door. Here’s a list of the products in this set:

  • OneBase (concealer and foundation in one)
  • Essential Palette
  • Eye Pencil in Brown
  • LashActivator mascara
  • BeachBlush in Sunset Beach
  • Reverse Lip Liner in 01
  • Classic Lip Gloss with Timestrip Technology in Tobago

Instructions are also included to help you apply the products. The only drawback here is you have to have a light-medium skintone for these shades to work for you but let’s hope Cargo changes this the future. Update: Amelia let me know that this is indeed available in other tones. Thanks Amelia!

If Cargo’s 7-in-7 Kit isn’t on your shopping list already, consider adding it now! The Essential palette is fabulous (I have this in Warm/Neutral) and is a must have.

Self Magazine's 2009 Healthy Beauty Award Winners

SECVCVS01Y30 May’s Self magazine feature it’s 10th annual Healthy Beauty Awards, honoring the top-performing face, body, makeup, hair and sun care products that have launched over the past year. The award winning products have been chosen by Self’s reader testers and there’s something for every budget as products range from $3 to $95. It makes a great shopping list. :)

Self’s beauty team gathered the 1,443 new products and shipped them off 1,370 reader testers nationwide who scored each on scent, texture, ease of use, packaging and, most of all, effectiveness. 86 winning products were selected, all designed to save you time and money—with 34 cost-effective items priced at $10 or less.

Here are a few of those award winners:

  • Best Cleanser: C.O. Bigelow Vitamin Boost Cream Cleanser, $10
  • Best Makeup Remover: Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes, $6
  • Best Exfoliating Body Wash: Suave Naturals Apricot Exfoliating Body Wash, $3
  • Best Face Self-Tanner: Jergens Natural Glow Healthy Complexion Daily Moisturizer, $9
  • Best Mattifying Foundation: Rimmel London Stay Matte Clarifying Matte Foundation, $7
  • Best Lip Stain: CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain, $7

You can find the complete list of winners here, along with a printer-friendly shopping list with all the award winning products and a chace to win all 86 products mentioned. Good luck!

Lusting After This: Serge Lutens Water Lip Color

Normally, I would not purchase a $65 lip product… no matter how amazing they make it sound. I draw the line at $50 lip products. ;) However, I just had to have this…

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Serge Lutens makes my favorite perfume (Clair de Musc in case you’re wondering) and now the line has introduced a lip stain… a lip stain! This new Serge Lutens Water Lip Color in this month’s Barney’s New York catalog. It’s not available on their website yet but if you’re interested, call (212) 833-2782 and you can place an order with free shipping. I just did and I can’t wait to share the results with you.

Have you tried products from the Serge Lutens makeup line? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Kiehl's Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion with Limited Edition Label Art Series

This week Kiehl’s introduced their Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion Limited Edition Label Art Series. This new 16 oz. larger size features labels designed by actor Adrian Grenier, singer Erykah Badu, surfer fKelly Slater and a team of students from Parsons The New School for Design.

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The lotion is made with fairly-traded, organic, Moroccan Argan Oil, Argan Leaf Extract and the bottles are made from 100% post consumer recycled packaging. Also, Kiehl’s will be donating 100% of the net proceeds to benefit the Waterkeeper Alliance. Don’t you love a product with a cause?

Get a Free Aveeno Bag and Aveeno Nourish Hair Care Collection Sample!

In celebration of Earth Day, Aveeno hosted a design contest with Fashion Institute of Technology students to create the print for a limited-edition, organic cotton Aveeno Enrirosax bag. Today the first 1,000 people to log-on to aveeno.com/jubilance at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time) will receive the winning bag plus a sample of the new Aveeno Nourish+ Hair Care Collection.

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These bags were designed by up-and-coming designer Jeff Tsui and will never be sold in stores, they benefit a great cause! For every bag given away, Aveeno will make a $10 donation to Global Green USA, which supports the fight against global climate change and the creation of green buildings and cities within the United States.

MAC Cosmetics Rose Romance Collection

Normally a collection full of pink hues would not be my thing but MAC’s Rose Romance collection is hitting counters this Thursday and it includes a few products I’m really looking forward to seeing in stores… new lip stains! Not only are there new lip stains but there’s also a new gel blush. Maybe if this one is a success, we can hope to see more gel blushes from MAC… a girl can hope, right?

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MAC Cosmetics Double Dazzle Collection

When these Dazzleglass glosses debuted last year, I fell in love with them right away… the formula glides on and leaves lips with incredible shine. They are now back as part of the Double Dazzle collection with a total of 18 shades, some of which are now permanent to MAC and I couldn’t be happier about it. :)

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DAZZLEGLASS
Sugarrimmed – milky pale pink with red, teal and white pearl
Goldyrocks – sheer soft yellow with pink and gold pearl
Moth to Flame – sheer neutral beige with violet pearl
Smile – light coral with pink and gold pearl
Steppin’ Out – clean yellow pink with red pearl
Utterly Posh – mid-tone orange with pink and gold pearl
Love Alert – raspberry red with red pearl
Date Night – deep plum with blue and gold pearl
Funtablulous – purple with violet pearl
Extra Amps – sheer bright blue pink with blue and pink pearl
Like Venus – clean light bubble gum pink with red pearl
Stop! Look! – sheer violet mauve with blue and pink pearl
Money Honey – mid-tone rosy mauve with red pearl
Rags to Riches Plumm y pink with teal and red pearl
Baby Sparks – pale pink with violet pearl
Bare Necessity – caramel apricot with red and gold pearl
Girl’s Delight – sheer mid-tone tan with gold pearl
Get Rich Quick – warm yellow brown

This collection also features the Dazzle Lash mascara formula in Black Dazzle (black) and Star Brunette (brown).

Have you picked up a Dazzleglass lipgloss yet? Check out Goldyrocks if you’re looking for something new. While the yellow tone may not look like it would work for you, it’s gorgeous on the lips. I love applying it over a lipstain… of course. :) I’m also loving Bare Necessity (a great shade for everyone) and Love Alert, that shade is just fun. Let us know what’s on your list in the comments.

Hand & Foot Love from Pevonia Botanica

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear caviar? I think “Ewww.” I mean, hey, I know the rich crowd and the food snobs may be all about it with their champagne, but I’ll just have the champagne, thanks. So when I first received Pevonia Botanica’s Youth-Renew Caviar Hand & Foot Cream, I was a bit apprehensive. What if it smelled terrible!?

pevonia-botanica-youth-renew-caviar-hand-foot-creamLuckily, it didn’t. It has a very light scent, actually. And after doing some research, I discovered that caviar is supposed to provide greater oxygenation to the skin, and we all know hands and feet probably don’t get the circulation and treatment they deserve. You can make it up to your overworked hands and stiletto-wary feet by pampering them with this cream. A little goes a long way, and results are noticeable almost immediately.

It’s rich, silky, luxurious… It’s a resort spa vacation for your hands and feet. It also contains Shea Butter, Marine Collagen, and my favorite: UV protection (age spots, begone!) My only complaint is that  it’s doesn’t come in a bigger package (hint, hint Pevonia!)

Pair it with Pevonia’s Callous-Free Dry Oil for the softest feet (or hands, depending on your line of work) ever. The Dry Oil is, yes, an oil that contains salicylic acid to aid in exfoliation and lavender oil to promote healing, so rub it into those callouses after a hard day of shopping, and wake up with baby soft skin.