Monthly Archives: February 2010

New York Fashion Week Fall 2010

You’re probably wondering where we have been lately! Well, at least I hope you have…

Right now I’m in New York City for my first Fashion Week ever. I arrived Friday morning and am flying back home to Seattle tomorrow afternoon. It has been a great experience, one that has been exciting and terrifying all the same time.


Backstage at Peter Som

I have lots to share with you when I get home. I went backstage at the Peter Som, Academy of Art, Chris Benz, Rachel Roy and Tibi shows so I have some photos and information to share with you. I also did some really, really good shopping here in New York that I am completely in love with and dying to try. Right now everything is safely secured in my luggage so I’ll spill the details soon as I get home and unpack all my goodies.

Until then, cross your fingers that my flight will leave on time tomorrow! I’m ready to go home to the comfort of my bed and get out of this weather. :)

We Love Philosophy's Unconditional Love Layering Collection

We love Philosophy for so many reasons, and the Unconditional Love fragrance is one of them. Carla was excited when this was released last spring and it even made our Best of 2009 list! And now it’s available in a three-piece layering collection featuring a full-sized 3-in-1 shower gel, 4 oz. body butter and a 2 oz. spray in a reusable box.

The Unconditional Love trio is currently available at Nordstrom’s for $50.

New! Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick Set for Heart Truth Campaign

Bobbi Brown’s latest offering, the Heart Truth Bronze Shimmer Brick Set, is a great deal for a great cause. Bobbi’s partnered with “The Heart Truth Campaign to help raise awareness about women and heart disease.

For $40, you’ll receive Bobbi’s Bronze Shimmer Brick and a mini Face Blender Brush (this brush is awesome, even in mini form!) and help support a very important cause. This is what feel-good beauty is all about ladies!

But hurry – there are only 500 of these sets available exclusively at BobbiBrown.com.

Bath & Body Works Revamps P.S. I Love You into a Spring Fling

Bath and Body Work’s newest scent P.S. I Love You Spring Fling is one that I can commit to. A younger, flirtier version of P.S. I Love You, Spring Fling is more rosey, less perfumey and contains subtle hints of citrus and melon making for a much lighter scent. I work very close to a Bath & Body Work’s, so I ventured out for a lunch trip last week and picked up the shower gel. I think I’ll go back and pick up the fragrance mist as well – this is just one of those scents that feels so fresh and romantic. P.S. — I love it!

Easy to Love: Nars Easy Lover Lip Gloss for Spring

While I’ll always give a nod to Cupid on Valentine’s Day, the historic day of love has developed into so much more for me in recent years. One of my nieces celebrates a birthday on February 14 and my dog, who is like our child, will turn two on February 12. So rather than on a date with my husband, we’re usually with family and we quite like like it that way. Imagine my surprise when I got a rather cryptic email from my husband asking if I was “free”  for a pre-Valentine’s Day dinner this week. Very sweet, and of course I said yes!

For date night with the husband, I’ll be wearing my new lip gloss love – Nars Easy Lover. Isn’t it beautiful – all bright and pink? I’m going to pair it with a black cat eye and soft pink cheeks. While Easy Lover looks shockingly pink in the tube, it isn’t as bold on the lips. I first read about Easy Lover in December on The Cut, when it was deemed the universal pink gloss.

While it’s more bold on me than the women in these photos it still is much softer than what you’d expect.  It’s described as an ultra-sheer hot pink – and I think the key word there is sheer. It’s truly perfect and oh so easy to love. Keep the hits coming Mr. Nars!

Has anyone given Easy Lover a try? And what’s on your agenda for Valentine’s Day?

New! Tweezerman Mini Brow Kit

One of the best $20 I ever spent was on Tweezerman’s Petite Manicure Set, this goes with me everywhere. Now Tweezerman has done it again with their Mini Brow Kit. Not to brag but I am fortunate enough that I don’t need to do much to my brows. That doesn’t mean then don’t need to be reigned in from time to time and this brow kit is perfect for my needs.

This set includes a mini slat tweezer, a mini Browmousse (their version of brow gel, a mini Eyenhance highlighting pencil and a mini brow shaping brush. It is all housed in a travel-friendly case perfect for a carry on or your handbag.

I’m curious about the new Browmousse and Eyehance products from Tweezerman… nice to see them introduce some new besides tools.

New! Stila Yumberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain

When I first heard about Stila’s new Yumberry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain, I got really excited because I love lipstains! I have a ton of them and even if a stain is not my color, I have to have it. I’m like the cookie monster with stains, I really am. This new lip stain’s shade is light pink with shimmer and is actually infused with Yumberry, a superfruit loaded with antioxidants.

So how does it compare to Stila’s other lip and cheek stains?

The new Yumberry Crush stain is a little different from the first Cherry Crush and Pomegranate Crush stains, these two are sheerer than Yumberry Crush. They almost seem like watercolors in comparison. Yumberry Crush is more like Mango Crush because it has the same type of opacity and shimmer in it. It may be tricky to tell in the photo above, this is because I loaded the brushes for Cherry Crush and Pomegranate Crush with more product than the other two.

I love that Stila is giving us more of this formula because so many lines seem to think lip and cheek stains can only use these watercolor type formulas and that’s old news. New consistencies like this is where it’s at.

Have you tried Yumberry Crush yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.

New! Giorgio Armani Nude Contrasts for Spring

I am obsessed with these new Nude Contrast Eye palettes that were released with Giorgio Armani’s spring collection. They are gorgeous and smooth and I love kicking up my nude eye with a delicate punch of pastel. That blue is where it’s at! But, by “obsessed with” I mean staring at online and playing with at the counter because my husband and I are buying a house in three weeks and I need to be smart with my spending. Ahh, the house buying (spending) diet!

Doesn’t mean I can’t look longingly right?

New! MAC Cosmetics Look in a Box Sets

Yesterday we told you about the new MAC Trip brush sets and today we’re taking a look at the new MAC Look in a Box sets. The Goldie Rocks, Indie Girl and Gothette Look In a Box sets feature core products to help you achieve each particular look and most products are full sized. These sets are only available in select duty free shops.

I love that MAC is doing more of these sets, it’s a great way to introduce MAC to the unconverted. Here’s what is in each set:

MAC Look In a Box: Goldie Rocks

  • Eye Shadow: Naked Lunch, Bronze
  • Bronzer: Golden
  • Pushglass: Fullfilled
  • Mini Zoom Lash Mascara: Zoomblack

MAC Look In a Box: Indie Girl

  • Paint Pot: Bare Study
  • Penultimate Liner: Rapidblack
  • Beauty Powder: Softdew
  • Lipgloss: Headliner
  • Mini Zoom Lash Mascara: Zoomblack

MAC Look In a Box: Gothette

  • Eyeshadow: Showstopper, Retrospeck, Greensmoke
  • Fluidline: Blacktrack
  • Lipstick: Myth
  • Mini Zoom Lash Mascara: Zoomblack
  • Brush: 209SE

I’m a little torn, I can’t decide which look is my favorite. It’s a tie between Indie Girl or Gothette. The eyeliner on the Indie Girl is just gorgeous, my favorite way to wear eyeliner right now. How about you? Which look would you wear? Tell us about it in the comments.

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation: The Greatest Thing Since…

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation is what I call a game changer. Not only can Revlon Photo Ready hang with the high-end offerings, I think it can even win a few rounds.

I have very strict criteria for foundations because my skin requires I be choosy. It’s sensitive, combination and breakout-prone –I’ve had many bad skin moments after a trial run gone bad with what’s supposedly the “latest and greatest” in foundations. Currently, I’ve been altering between my beloved Tarte Smooth Operator tinted moisturizer and NARS Sheer Glow – at $36 and $42 respectively.

About a month ago after hearing all of the claims of greatness about Revlon Photo Ready I decided to give it a try – picking up two shades during a BOGO event, Vanilla (002) and Shell (003). Both shades are a match, but I like to mix them together. Now this is being compared to Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation as it is meant to look great on camera. I’d argue it tops MUFE’s performance in a big way, at least for me.

After four weeks of regular use, I can unequivocally say that this is one of the best foundations I’ve tried in a long time. It doesn’t break me out at all, it is long-lasting, provides great coverage but is not heavy in the least. And it does photograph amazingly.  I’ve heard complaints about glitter or shimmer and I have not experienced this in the least. I buff it onto the skin with my Sephora #55 which may help with that.

If you’re in the market for a new foundation, I recommend giving Revlon Photo Ready a try. Has anyone already tried this out? Any raves or rants you want to share?