Monthly Archives: January 2010

New! Estée Lauder Michael Kors Very Hollywood Collection

Estée Lauder’s newest collection is all about glamour, Hollywood style, and was designed by Michael Kors. On the heels of his fragrance release by the same name, he teamed with the folks at Estée on a Very Hollywood beauty look. I am really digging some of these pieces. The packaging is a refreshing departure from Estée blue with nude colored compacts and bright coral on the boxes. Plus, the color story features neutral eyes and pops of pink and coral for both the lips and cheeks – a look I often sport.

Very Hollywood features two main looks – Rodeo Pink and Bel Air Beige – with coordinating shades of blush, eyeshadow duos, lip sheens and glosses. The former look is all about vibrant raspberry lips and cheeks and a defined eye and the latter features a soft beige and coral palette with a neutral smokey eye. Normally I’m such a pink girl, but in this instance I am all over the Bel Air Beige look. I think that the blushes and lip sheens are colors that one might find they already have in their makeup bag, but if you don’t or are in the mood for something new these are a good option. As I like to say, they’re just pretty and who doesn’t love pretty?

The product that most caught my eye from Very Hollywood was the Shimmering Loose Powder.  I tested this at Macy’s the other day and was this close to buying it. I didn’t, but I might go back! It’s a universal shade of shimmer with a twinge of gold.

Anything catching (or caught) your eye from Very Hollywood? Do tell!

New! Philosophy Color of Grace Spring Collection

It was only a matter of time before Philosophy used their infamous Grace line as inspiration for a makeup collection and part of me wonders: what took so long? As a gal with an old school Philosophy eyeshadow still in her collection (don’t worry, I don’t use it but I can’t bear to throw it away… I am a beauty hoarder!), I love seeing Philosophy introduce more makeup. Their Color of Grace collection is making its debut for spring and it is a pink lovers dream! You can order the order the collection from QVC now.

Here’s what is in this collection:

The Coloring Book is back! This time the Philosophy Color of Grace Coloring Book Perfect Pink Face Palette is available for spring. It includes 2 eyeshadows, 2 lip glosses, cream illuminator, powder blush and a shimmering face powder (see below) scented with the Amazing Grace fragrance.

The Philosophy Color of Grace Art of Blush Pink Dream Blush has 3 shades of pink blush and each shade is surrounded by a highlighting shade so you can blend the shades together and get a touch of luminosity or wear each shade alone.

The Philosophy Color of Grace Angel Kiss Perfect Pink Lip Gloss Trio is scented with vanilla mint so it freshens your breath as it makes your lips shine.

The Philosophy Color of Grace Shimmering Pink All Over Face Powder is the same product in the Coloring Book above but if you want more, this is for you. It is also lightly scented with Philosophy’s Amazing Grace scent. This one is definitely going in my shopping cart.

Finally, the Philosophy Color of Grace Heavenly Light Pink Illuminator is a cream highlighter with a brush tip applicator that twists around to prevent any product from accidentally coming through the tip. Very smart! I ordered this before Christmas and it’s actually a very light illuminator, it gives skin a glow without the obvious shimmer.

So what do you think? Are you tempted by the Philosophy Color of Grace collection? What will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments.

New! Butter London Jelly Collection

Butter London is introducing a trio of jelly nail polishes that will be available in February but you can pre-order them now! These are the three new shades:

  • Chuffed: cool cantaloupe that becomes more of an iced tangerine with each coat.
  • Stroppy: pale grape Jelly that becomes darker and more seductive with each coat.
  • Twee: sheer raspberry Jelly that becomes a brighter magenta with each coat.

Oooh… doesn’t a tangerine jelly polish sound fun? Actually they all sound like fun. I’m definitely going to be picking some of these up. Will you? Let’s hope the coupon code fairy pays us a visit soon.

Trish McEvoy Line Refiner: The Magic Moisture Wand

Like many women, I carry way too much stuff in my purse. But you never know when you’ll need floss, a dozen lip glosses, a Tide pen and an extra pair of wool socks. Periodically (usually when my shoulders ache) I clean it out and remove some of the tonnage. But the one thing that I must have on me at all times is Trish McEvoy’s Line Refiner. Trish calls it the pocket-perfect magic moisture wand and I couldn’t agree with that description more.

Last summer I went to a Trish McEvoy event at Blue Mercury in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. I got my makeup done and bought a few items – the Lash Curling mascara and a lip gloss I believe. I was all ready to go, just waiting for my friend to finish getting her makeup done. In the meantime, I got to chatting with one of the Trish artists – an attractive man with the best skin I’ve ever seen. Really amazing skin – I was jealous.  Mid-conversation he pulled out this little tube and began dabbing it underneath his eyes. He turned around and had this dewy glow under his eyes and it was at that moment that I was introduced to the Line Refiner. I immediately began asking him what he had just done and he told me it was his go-to refresher and how it was packed with tons of vitamins and that it could be used to plump up lines or where you most need moisture –  the whole face is game.

I bought the product on the spot (literally without even seeing how much it cost, eek!) and have made it my mission to tell everyone I know about it – especially men. I even did a demo of it on my male boss who probably thought I was a total nut. But you know what, he looked more refreshed after! The Line Refiner retails for $36 and while it’s a small tube, I’ve been going strong with it since last summer. Definitely a worthy splurge for me – I don’t leave home without it!

New! Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries Santa Barbara

There’s a new addition to the Bare Escentuals Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries line, say hello to Santa Barbara. This new Perfume Diaries perfume is a floral and like its predecessor, can only be found at Sephora. I wasn’t a fan of the first scent but am interested in seeing what this one is like. Going by its notes, seems interesting. As for the notes, they are:

Top: Pepper, Lemon, Cassis, Peach
Iris, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley (Muguet)
Bottom: Moss, Musk, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Benzoin

So what do you think? Are you interested in sniffing this new perfume? With a middle note of iris, I’m definitely intrigued.

Benefit's Tinted Love Set

My obsession with lip stains is in overdrive right now with all the new lip stains coming out from different lines. With that in mind, I thought I’d go old school for a minute and mention this oldie but a goodie. Benetint is now available in this adorable new set. This Benefit’s Tinted Love set includes a full size Benetint and a Pocket Pal Benetint and Gloss duo in a cute little red pouch. Only thing that could make this little set better is adding the Benetint Lip Balm (side note to Benefit there), right?

New! Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm

Leave it to Erika at Makeup Bag to make me want something I didn’t really need. I saw this new Dior Creme de Rose Lip Balm with SPF 10 on her blog and immediately wanted it. Then I got a Macy’s gift card at a company function last week and I knew it was meant to be. My Creme de Rose Lip Balm and I have been together ever since.

This lip balm is part of Dior’s Lace collection (more on that collection later) and it is completely luscious and soothing on the lips. It has that nice thick texture that coats lips in moisture that I have come to expect from every lip balm I try. It leaves a nice shine behind and best of all, it smells like roses. I’d be a happy gal if every lip product was rose scented. 😉

Have you checked out the new Dior Lace collection? Isn’t the packaging gorgeous? I’m a sucker for lace.

New! Kérastase Age Premium Line

Kérastase is rolling out a new hair care line this week called Age Premium, designed to infuse new life into mature hair. Age Premium incorporates three new technologies that will nourish the hair and replenish it with essential minerals and protective agents and even treats the scalp.

If you at all suffer from thin-hair syndrome or just abuse from years of color treatments and heat damage this could be worth a try. One of the Age Premium technologies is a molecule called intra cylane and actually expands the fibers of your hairs.

The Age Premium line includes:

  • Bain Substantif, Rejuvenating Shampoo ($34)
  • Masque Substantif, Rejuvenating Masque ($60)
  • Laque Substantive, Strong Hold Finishing Spray
  • Re-Substance, In-salon renewal conditioning treatment (service price: $35)

I have not tried this line, but Kérastase is the real deal when it comes to hair care. I actually think my hair is probably too healthy for this product but can see my mom loving it. What about you? Any thoughts on this product? If anything, I think we’re going to start noticing a lot of innovation with hair products in the coming years. I think it’s not just enough to clean your hair but companies are helping us make our locks healthier and stronger!

New! Nordstrom Gift With Purchase

Nordstrom’s got a great gift with purchase available right now, if you happen to find yourself spending $100 in beauty or fragrance. If only this was available last weekend when Carla and me went on a beauty bender there! This looks like a good one – with some great skin care samples worth trying.

You’ll receive this cosmetics planner with brush pockets and two detachable pouches and nine samples, including:

  • PREVAGE® Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer (1.7 oz.)
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara in Black (0.14 oz.)
  • Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (0.69 oz.)
  • Cartier ‘Délices’ Eau de Parfum Spray (0.33 oz.)
  • AHAVA Dermud™ Enriched Intensive Foot Cream (1.3 oz.)
  • L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm Stick (0.07 oz.)
  • Xen-Tan® ‘Transform Luxe’ Premium Sunless Tan in Light/Medium (1 oz.)
  • Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum (0.1 oz.)
  • DDF Brightening Cleanser (2 oz.)

Are you going to be picking this up?

Get Red Carpet Ready with Lorac Red Carpet Reveal

In honor of award season kicking off with the Golden Globes this Sunday, I’ve been wearing Lorac’s Red Carpet Reveal Eye and Cheek Palette and Breakthrough Performance Lipstick all week.  After all, Lorac founder Carol Shaw paints many a faces in Hollywood and creates products that help bring the glamour of the red carpet to women everywhere in their everyday life.

Lorac’s Red Carpet Reveal Palette is what I call turnkey beauty. The three eyeshadows are beautiful, simple neutrals and are so smooth and easy to blend. Debut, a shimmering cream with gold pearl; pose, a shimmering taupe; and Interview, a shimmery dark brown. Anyway you use them, it’s just pretty. It’s kind of hard to not to like pretty, right? The blush, Main Attraction, is a shimmery rose and is the perfect complement to the eyeshadows.  I’ve been layering Debut over my beloved Stila Kitten Smudgepot on the lid and adding in Pose into my crease. To step it up for more oomph, I add Interview into my outer V and use a smudge brush (I use the NARS 15) along my lower lash line.

I’ve also been testing out Lorac’s Breakthrough Performance Lipstick in Premiere, a rosey nude with a twinge of brown. It take a lot to get me excited about lipstick because I am more of a gloss girl but this formula is good stuff.

It’s very creamy but glides on very sheer so it doesn’t feel caked on to the lips. It’s long-wearing but not drying, and contains Vitamin E and other anti-oxidants. It’s easy to wear and looks and feels great on – which are all must-haves, right?! . I am constantly drinking coffee and water during the day and I noticed it stayed on a little longer than usual – maybe 3-4 hours.

And can I just add that I love the packaging? Both the palette and the lipstick tube are made of this slick platinum and the boxes are total red carpet glam! In my dream world where I host amazing parties with ridiculous swag bags, I would invite my friends over for a red carpet viewing party and include a tube of this lipstick in each gift bag.

The Red Carpet Reveal Palette is a great buy at $35 and is exclusive to Sephora. Breakthrough Performance lipstick retails for $22 and is availble at both Sephora and

Disclosure: Samples of these products were provided in consideration for this review.