Monthly Archives: November 2010

What's New in Beauty: November 21, 2010

MAC is looking to you to be the face of its 2011 Fall campaign, called Mac Me Over. Through December 20, U.S. consumers can enter by at www.macmeover.com by finishing this sentence “MAC Me Over because…”

Cover Girl set to launch natural beauty line called NatureLuxe in January 2011. [StyleBistro]

Do you love the Q like we do? Check out this New York Times article on how QVC is transforming its business digitally.

Clarisonic supports Look Good…Feel Better program [Sonic Chatter blog]

Another year, another fabulously luxe, extravagant Bobbi Brown Deluxe Beauty Trunk at Neiman’s.

Weekend Reads: Beauty Beat 11/20

Beauty VIP of the Week: Hair Bungee, and a Tutorial

Happy Friday everyone! Looking back on this week, it’s been the week of the Hair Bungee. Now that my hair is growing out, I often throw it back in a ponytail or messy bun. And I inevitably fidget with it all day long and end up with creases galore in my locks. Enter the Hair Bungee. I first started using this after it came in the November Birchbox. At first it confused me, but now I prefer it to my regular elastic bands. It’s this week’s Beauty VIP for being a simple solution to wearing my hair up. I put together a brief Hair Bungee tutorial to show you just how easy it is to put this in your hair.

Let us know if you’ve tried these and what you thought!

Ten or Less: Tone Sugar Glow Body Wash

The dry skin doldrums have kicked in and exfoliation is top of mind for me. It’s so important to get rid of dead skin build-up all year, but especially in the winter. I like a more gentler formula for everyday in the cold months so I don’t irritate my skin, and I think I’ve discovered the perfect, budget-friendly option: Tone Sugar Glow Exfoliating Body Wash.

Tone’s Sugar Glow is a creamy formula with fine exfoliating granules. It smells fruity and sweet, and lathers up nicely. My skin gets a good scrub down with this, and I’m pretty sure the huge bottle I picked up for $6 will last forever….or at least until next winter. If you go to Tone’s Facebook page you can also download a $1 off coupon, making this steal an even better deal!

Smashbox Perfect Smoky Eye Kit

The other Ulta exclusive I picked up last week was Smashbox’s Perfect Smoky Eye Kit. At a dollar less than the Tarte set, this set includes a full size Limitless Eye Liner in Smoke (shimmering dark grey), Waterproof Shadow Liner in Envy (sparkling black) and Shadow Liner #30 brush. QVC has had sets similar to this in the past but my wallet likes this one much better… and the exclusive shade.

What I love about Smashbox’s Shadow Liners is that they are a fool-proof way to get that smudged eyeliner look, and with this shade, a fool-proof smoky eye. The cream formula goes on like an eyeshadow but without leaving any fallout behind and it’s just so easy to blend. My only issue with these is that I don’t have more of them!

Trust Benefit, they’re POREfessionals

My thoughts on Benefit’s POREfessional are long overdue. Especially since I bill this as somewhat of a wonder product that I use all the time. Seriously, my tube is so “loved” (a.k.a. battered) because it lives permanently in my purse and is abused by all of the stuff I cram in there!

I picked this up on a whim on a Sephora visit this past summer. It was hot, humid and the end of a long work-day, and I took one look in the mirror at Sephora and gasped. I looked shiny and my pores were all exposed — it was not good. I happened to see this product and thought, why not, let’s just dab this on my face. And in an instant, I looked normal — maybe even better than I did that morning before braving the day.

I’ve tried it under makeup, as a traditional primer, but I find it works best over makeup in the areas where my pores look enlarged or I just need a little smoothing over. I usually apply in my tzone and around my nose about mid-day or so. I’m not the type to reapply makeup, but this is easy and it WORKS! Can’t be without this one.

Tarte Cosmetics hEYE Impact Set

I have a hard time saying “no” to the products near the cash register at Ulta and Sephora. I am easily swayed and almost always go past the figure I tell myself I will not exceed when I walk in the door. Last time I was at Ulta, I caved on two sets, one of them was Tarte’s hEYE Impact set. For only $15.99, how could I pass it up? Especially since it contained products I have not seen in stores before.

This Ulta exclusive includes 2 full size emphasEYES Clay Shadow Sticks and a deluxe sample of their popular mascara Lights, Camera, Lashes. Is it me or is this the debut of this product? I don’t recall seeing it in Sephora and on Tarte’s or QVC’s websites. The sticks are unnamed but I am dubbing them as “Champagne” and “Bronze”.

More on my other temptation in just a little bit!

Holiday Palette Love: Chanel Tentation Cuivree Palette

Chanel’s Quadra Eye Shadow in Tentation Cuivree from the holiday 2010 collection is perhaps my favorite item of the collection. It’s a very comforting color mix of chocolate and pink and it’s one of those quads where you can wear every color together…at the same time. It’s so flattering!

There’s just enough sparkle in these shades to give it some glam. The dark chocolate shade is perfect blended into the outer crease and the lighter color is absolutely beautiful all over the lid for a smokey chocolate eye. I find the vanilla highlighter shade to be the perfect base or blender shade and the pink is soft and feminine. I like to wear the pink on its own with just a smidge of dark brown along the lashline.

All in all, very happy that I purchased Chanel’s Tentation Cuivree. It’s a beautiful quad for the holidays! Let us know if you’ve checked this out yet, and if you did, what did you think?

Chanel Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection Brings the Pink

Chanel’s Holiday 2010 Makeup Collection, Les Tentations de Chanel, is very appealing to the bright pink lover in me. When I saw the collection promo, I thought a few things. First, I need that gold clutch purse. Second, I need to recreate that makeup for my own holiday party.

The crux of this look is dependent on a fuchsia cheek, lip and nail. But the collection also mixes in warm, rich chocolates, courtesy of a gorgeous eyeshadow quad that we will review for you soon! Here’s the rundown on the entire collection:

Les Tissage de Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect ($45)

  • Tweed Fuschia

Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow ($56)

  • Tentation Cuivré – Special-edition shadow quartet from Europe, includes rich brown and copper shades and soft, flirty pink and tender beige

Ombres D’Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow ($32)

  • Splash – Soft, smoky pewter

Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($27)

  • Charming – Delicate pink
  • Pleasing - Rich bronze
  • Pink Pulsion – Dramatic fuchsia

Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour ($30)

  • Magnolia – Soft pink
  • Patchouli – Subtle copper

Stay tuned for our thoughts on the eyeshadow quad! Also, let us know if you’ve picked up anything from the collection or added anything to your holiday wishlist. :)

Bath & Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soap Pump Rant

You know the saying, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, that about sums up how I feel about Bath & Body Works packaging redesign of its anti-bacterial hand soaps, particularly the Gentle Foaming Hand Soaps. Aesthetically, there is nothing wrong. In fact, I like the shorter bottles. My issue lies solely with with the pump. It should be as simple as pressing down, but no matter what I do the soap flies everywhere. I have to carefully cup my hand around the nozzle in order to prevent that from happening. I also notice resistance in pressing down on the pump, which just adds to the problems.

All of the pump malfunctioning appears to impact the formula too. It comes out a little watery and doesn’t have the foaming pizzazz it used to. I’ve tried a few different bottles and even surveyed my sister, also a huge fan of the gentle foaming, and she noted a marked difference in the pump. Time for the packaging engineers to take another stab, please!

Anyone else experiencing any issues? To remedy, I’m switching to the Bath & Body Works Deep Cleansing and Moisturizingvarieties. But I miss my gentle foam!