Monthly Archives: October 2010

Just Another Mani Monday: OPI Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous

I’m bringing the bling and sparkle this week with OPI Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous, from OPI’s Fall 2010 Swiss Collection. After a few weeks of deep purples, I decided to inject some “party” into my polish. I’m loving the texture and feel like this mani is going to be the perfect accessory all week.

I applied two coats plus a layer of Seche Vite to finish it off and I love the smooth texture. I feel like I’ve got the glitter party without the chunky texture. I did run into a bit of trouble with the brush on this bottle — it was very wide and splayed, unlike other OPI polishes. I’m thinking just a bad brush — and it won’t deter me from using this in the future. I really recommend this polish — especially if you wear a lot of neutrals and blacks as I do think it’s the perfect blinging accessory!

Hope everyones’ week is starting off right. Let us know what you’re wearing on your nails!

What's New in Beauty: October 17, 2010

Photo Source: NARS

NARS announced on Facebook that it is opening its first boutique in New York’s West Village – 413 Bleecker St. Can’t wait!

Have an iPhone or iPad? Download the new ‘Sephora to go’ app — I’m loving this already.

Brazilian Blowout under fire for formaldehyde. [New York Times]

In perfect harmony with Paul & Joe’s Symphony holiday collection [Bella Sugar]

Bobbi Brown released an online exclusive: Mini Bobbi Brights Palette  

Jordin Sparks revealed her beauty must-haves at the product launch event for her new fragrance [Style Bistro]

Lancôme’s holiday palettes and brush sets are now available.

Weekend Reads: Beauty Beat 10/16

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Offers Full Color in One Swipe

Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense gives new meaning to the word pigment. I swear, all I did was look at #48 and I ended up with a dark satin lip. It’s a makeup miracle! Formulated with 50 percent more pigment than the traditional lipstick, Rouge Artist Intense gives off some serious color in just one swipe, or less. Available in 50 shades across three finishes – matte, pearly and satin – these creamy, effortless lipsticks offer something for probably just about everyone.

I tested three shades: #37 satin bright pink, #20 pearly rust and#48 satin blackcurrant.

In these swatches, I just glazed the lipstick across my hand once. They are truly intense – particularly #48 blackcurrant. As for the wear, they are long-lasting and very creamy. I wouldn’t say this a moisturizing lipstick, but with a balm underneath they hold up well and don’t dry your lips out. I really like #20 in pearly rust. It’s a perfect fall color that I find easy to wear. These are opaque, so if a sheer lip is more your style, then this probably isn’t the best formula for you. They are available exclusively at Sephora for $19.

With the release of Rouge Artist Intense, Make Up For Ever also released a shade finder to help you select the best finish and color to suit your skin tone. I played around with it myself, and found it pretty cool. But I ‘m a rule breaker, so had no problem playing with the three shades that weren’t technically a match! Let us know if you’ve tried this formula and what you think! Or, let us know if you’ve got some questions that perhaps we haven’t answered.

Disclosure: We received samples of this product.

Ten or Less: Curel Ultra Healing Lotion

This time of year is rough on my skin because of the seasonal transition. One day it’s warm and humid and the next it’s cold and dry. My skin is just confused.  My solution for now and later is Curel’s Ultra Healing Lotion. This stuff is no joke! It’s made for severely dry skin and is intensely moisturizing. It’s a thicker lotion but feels amazing on the skin. It absorbs in a second.

The “secret sauce” if you will from Curel is ceramides – which are natural lipids that serve as the “glue” for surface skin cells. If you suffer from dry or sensitive skin, this usually means you lack ceramides and are more susceptible to environmental factors, like change of season. This formula helps relieve dry skin instantly and lock in moisture.

As an aside, I also love Curel’s sleek new white packaging.  It caught my eye at Target, where I bought an extraordinarily large bottle of this for about $8. Can’t beat that!

Too Fresh, Too Clean? CLEAN Starter Set Review

CLEAN is known for its fresh- and clean-smelling perfumes and body products. The brand’s identity is centered around a universal “fresh out of the shower scent” and pure ingredients. But is there such a thing as too fresh and too clean?

I recently put CLEAN’s four-piece starter set to the test. The kit includes deluxe sizes of:

  • CLEAN Bath & Shower Gel (shower fresh scent)
  • CLEAN Body Lotion (shower fresh scent)
  • Fresh Body Veil
  • CLEAN Dry Hair Shampoo

Each product also contains Cotton Vantage technology — which blends cotton seeds, cotton extracts and cotton proteins to absorb excess oil. In theory, these products should keep you feeling (and smelling) squeaky clean but I find that the smell is just too clean. Even just using the shower gel with an unscented body lotion, I was still able to smell the CLEAN Shower Fresh scent on myself all day. I couldn’t really test each product concurrently because it was too overpowering.

CLEAN has a variety of scents, but sadly, these two are not for me. Any CLEAN fans reading? Let us know your thoughts and recommendations to achieving the just fresh and just clean enough “clean” smell?

Disclosure: We received a sample of this set.

Pepare for a Beauty Emergency with Trish McEvoy's "The Voyager"

Trish McEvoy’s The Voyager Complete Beauty Emergency Set has everything you need for a beauty 9-1-1. It’s like keeping a spare tire and some jumper cables in your trunk, but better. Because this set, you’ll use all the time — emergency or not. Carla and I are still 100 percent loving Trish’s Voyager set from last year, and this one is packed with even more. And the gold packaging? It’s a done deal.

This year’s The Voyager Beauty Emergency Card IX contains four universally flattering shadows to brighten, contour and highlight and contains the “perfect all-the time blush.”  The colors included are Shell, Blossom and Cashmere, Shimmer Eye Shadow Cream, and Easy Going Blush. There are also four brushes: Brush 48 Blending, Brush 23 Angled Crease Contour, Brush 50 Angled Eye Lining and Covered Lip. And as a bonus, Trish added in a Beauty Booster Lip Gloss in Sexy Petal.

Let me tell you – the brushes may be small but quality was not sacrificed. In fact, everything in this set is quality. This retails for $75, and is currently available on but it should be making its way to counters everywhere soon.

Just Another Mani Monday: Essie Velvet Voyeur

Every color from Essie’s Fall 2010 Collection has “wowed” me — especially this week’s mani: Velvet Voyeur. It’s described as an “intense chocolate amethyst” and it’s a very comforting shade. I’ve been gravitating towards deeper shades this month, and this one especially feels the most fall-like to me. It also seems to trigger my sweet tooth. Yeah, that’s just an excuse – I know! But it’s less chocolate amethyst and more chocolate cherry,  a combination I find delicious.

What’s everyone else wearing on their nails this week? And how’s your fall going so far?

Weekend Reads: Beauty Beat 10/9