Monthly Archives: January 2011

What's New in Beauty: January 30, 2011

We can’t wait until Bobbi’s Peony & Python collaboration with Tibi hits counters in March — but this Bergdorf Goodman exclusive kit will hold us over. Love everything about this set!

Kristen Bell will be the face of the new Neutrogena Naturals line. Great choice! She’s absolutely adorable, and her skin is amaze-ing. [People]

Kate Somerville to launch six new products, including a CytoCell eye cream. Carla is going to be the first one on the waiting list! [LA Times]

Everyone knows that Trish McEvoy has the best brushes, and lucky for us, there are three in her new Effortless Eyes Ready-to-Wear Makeup Planner.

Ready for more high-end beauty? Gucci purportedly to delve into cosmetics. [The Cut, via WWD]

Justin Bieber’s nail polish line is about to see eight more shades. Yeah, I still don’t quite get this one.  But “I’ve Got Bieber Fiever” sounds like my kind of shade. [Style Bistro]

Kinerase is going mass market in February, with a budget-friendly skincare line at Walgreens and Wal-Mart. [Racked]

Weekend Reads: Beauty Beat 1/30

Sabrina has published the definitive comparison of Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Eyes to Kill Mascaras: Regular vs Excess. Ever wonder about the difference? Wonder no more. Read her review at The Beauty Look Book.

Kari at Fab over Forty isn’t the only one who has re-discovered French skin care by Orlane. Find out why she likes it. Kari says it’s expensive, but it works.

Gaia hooked us with her feature about Sisley’s Phyto Lip Shine. Read The Non-Blonde to see why she considers it true luxury.

Three Custom Color’s Sweetest Thing Palette is the talk of Twitter. Check out our post on Product Girl to tell you why.

Kelly showed us Benefit’s Bella Bomba Blush. Does the ultimate “peach blush lover” like this pink blush? You can find out at Gouldylox Reviews.

Is your budget suffering? No prob – you can still buy new beauty products! Amy has eye shadow recommendations from Wet ‘n Wild for you at Café Makeup.

Debbi wants to make sure you get the most for your drugstore dollars. Find out why you should sign up for the CVS ExtraCare Beauty Club at DivaDebbi.

While you are at the drugstore, check out Olay’s skin care. If you haven’t tried it yet, Jane has some tips for you at Daly Beauty.

Charlestongirl loves cream blush. YSL’s popular Créme de Blush shades, some of which were re-launched for Spring 2011, earned her praise. See her shade selection at Best Things in Beauty.

On the fashion front, last week we told you about Part 1 of Jennifer’s facts about tights and pantyhose. You need to check in at BeautyXposé to read Part 2.

New! NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils, officially launching February 1, is a product you need. NARS took everything we loved about the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and swapped the formula with one that provides luminosity and shine.  The formula is lightweight and enriched with Vitamin E, giving them a smooth, slightly moisturizing feel.

There are six available shades:

  • Baroque – A bold raspberry sorbet shade; the type of regal color frequently associated with its namesake artistic style.
  • Happy Days - A fresh pink coral infused with gold shimmer that’s as flirty and fun-loving as the TV sitcom its name is inspired by.
  • New Lover – A strawberry pink, laced with gold that mimics the look of overly-kissed lips.
  • Frivolous - A flirty and frothy iridescent seashell pink, that is anything but serious.
  • Hopi – A honey beige hue inspired by the Native American tribe of northeastern Arizona.
  • Club Mix - A sheer grape color that’s sophisticated enough for day, but seductive enough for a night on the town.

I stumbled upon this product at Nordstrom earlier this week and snagged the shade Frivolous. I am obsessed with this shade, a fresh-looking pink, and I absolutely love the formula. It gives lips the perfect glazed, dewy lip. This not a heavy gloss at all, and wear time is good. I love it on its own, but it’s also the perfect layer over NARS Pure Matte lipstick (my go-to shade is Tashkent).

The Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils are $24 each. While that’s not a bargain lip, this product is worth every penny. To see them in action, check out the NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil “feature” film on their Facebook page.

Beauty VIP of the Week: Eye Brightening Pencils

You guys, I’m living for the eye brightening pencil this week. I’ve happily added another step into my morning beauty routine and find it is well worth the 10 seconds (each eye) that it takes. I’m in a rut, which I blame on winter. I look tired, even though I’m well-concealed and brightened, and eyeliner on my lower lash line seems to be weighing me down. A few swipes of an eye brightening pencil along the waterline is saving me.

I’ve been using three:  Tarte EmphasEYEs Inner Brightener, Too Faced Mineral Water Eye Brightener and MAC Chromagraphic Pencil NC15/NW20, but have really grown to rely on one.

L-R: Tarte, Too Faced, MAC

Too Faced’s version has a nice pink tone that is flattering and it also has a cooling effect which I like. MAC’s Chromographic is the thickest of the three and a good multi-tasker — to cover a blemish or redness. But, Tarte’s EmphasEYES takes the cake. The color is perfect on my waterline and the best part? It lasts ALL day. As I type this, I’m nine hours into wearing makeup and it is still on my waterline. It’s definitely my savior this week, and I’m convinced I need this always.

Ten or Less: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Gloss

Revlon is doing amazing things lately. We both loved the Revlon ColorBurst Lipsticks so were excited to see what the ColorBurst Lip Glosses were all about. First thing that caught my eye was the  packaging. Overall, it has a very “glam” look with the quilted cap. I picked up the shade Pink Ice, and while it doesn’t have much in the way of color, I like this gloss very much. It’s got some shimmer to it, and it has a very natural vanilla scent (like vanilla extract).

The wand is quite similar to the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss. It’s squeezed in at the middle and is flexible — makes for a good application in my opinion. Definitely a great budget beauty buy! While Pink Ice is demure, there are some vibrant bold shades that can satisfy the urge for more color.

Mario Badescu Is Such a Sweetheart

As part of the Three Custom Color Sweetest Thing collaboration with Miles Ehan, Mario Badescu is putting their Orange Cleansing Soap, Almond & Honey Non-Abrasive Face Scrub and Honey Moisturizer front and center.

I’ve been using their Orange Cleansing Soap with my Clarisonic this week and I have been loving my results. The cleanser is creamy and doesn’t leave my oily skin feeling tight or stripped, almost as though I could skip my moisturizer. It is gentle on the skin while lightly exfoliating too. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types.

Their Almond & Honey Non-Abrasive Face Scrub is another product that is suitable for all skin types. It is super rich and creamy and has ground almond and cornmeal for exfoliation so it is not abrasive as the name suggests. There are no sharp granules found here. Same results with this scrub, no tightness or dryness felt afterwards, just smooth baby soft skin. It also has the most delicious almond scent to it. All I need is some biscotti and a latte and I would be set! ;)

Finally, I’ve been using their Honey Moisturizer at night. This moisturizer is for sensitive, combination and dry skin but it was a good texture to it that I figured I’d use at a time when my skin could use all the moisture it can get and I can get away without SPF. It is super light so it sinks in and absorbs quickly but also delivers on hydration. It is perfect for skin needing a little more loving this time of year.

Join @threecustom, @mariobadescu and @milesehan in a tweetup hosted by the lovely @thisthatbeauty tonight from 6-8pm EST! Use hash tag #sweetup!

New! Three Custom Color Sweetest Thing Palette

Three Custom Color is launching their newest collection as part of a collaboration with up and coming designer Miles Ehan. The fruit of this fashionable union is the new Sweetest Thing palette. This palette features an eyeshadow, lipgloss and my favorite type of beauty product… a new lip/cheek stain. The shades in this palette are perfect for spring in their varying degrees of pink and also smell so good you will want to lick them.

I have fallen in love with this palette and am crossing my fingers that Three Custom Color will keep releasing little gems like these. Even though Icing on the Cupcake is really an eyeshadow, I’ve been playing around with it as a highlighter and have fallen in love with it. It’s also lovely packed on the lid or sheered out under the brow bone  as well.

Candy Cloud 9 Gloss is definitely candy for your lips. It is deep pink in the pan but it is nice and sheer with a mix of gold and silver sparkle. This is my first time trying a Three Custom Color and I liked how lightweight and non-sticky it was.

Last but not least, the Lollipop Stain…for me the real icing on top. ;) This hot pink stain can be as tame or as bold as you want it to be. I’ve mixed it (in true Three Custom Color fashion) with a little bit of the eyeshadow and it gives my cheeks a lovely pink flush with just a hint of sparkle.

Has Three Custom Color’s Sweetest Thing palette given you a sweet tooth? And join @threecustom, @mariobadescu and @milesehan in a tweetup hosted by the lovely @thisthatbeauty tonight from 6-8pm EST! Use hash tag #sweetup!

New! China Glaze Anchors Away Spring 2011 Collection

The new China Glaze Anchors Away collection for spring 2011 will be hitting stores soon (or has it already landed in a store near you?) and I am very, very excited about it. I’ve been looking forward to this collection for quite awhile, ever since a little birdy showed me these images early last fall. This new collection gives us 12 new glitter and creme polishes for spring… and you know I love glitters and cremes!

  • Life Preserver – highly pigmented and luxurious poppy crème.
  • Hey Sailor – vibrant crème red.
  • Ahoy! – intense pink that flashes with reflective glass speck.
  • First Mate – rich navy crème.
  • Starboard – playful green crème.
  • Lighthouse – multi-dimensional, bright yellow glass speck.
  • White Cap – sparkling multi-dimensional white.
  • Pelican Gray – high shine, cool toned grey crème.
  • Sea Spray – pale blue crème.
  • Below Deck – mix of taupe and violet.
  • Sunset Sail – peachy pink high shine crème.
  • Knotty – micro-particle beige shimmer.

Last year’s spring collection was a favorite of mine and I have high hopes for this collection. I can’t deny my attraction to Life Preserver (poppy creme) and Hey Sailor (red creme), I am a red girl after all but I’m also excited to see Sea Spray (hello possible Chanel Riva dupe) and Below Deck. I can’t wait to do some Just Another Mani Monday’s with these.

How about you? Which colors are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.

e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette

I’ve always thought of e.l.f. as starter makeup, this is bad… I know. I am definitely guilty of being a makeup snob but I’m trying really hard not to be. Over the last few years though, we have come across some products e.l.f. that are dupes for high end brands like NARS and Make Up For Ever. This has gone a long way to convince me to take another look at what e.l.f. has to offer.

The current e.l.f. object of my attention is their Studio Endless Eyes Pro Eyeshadow Palette, one of their many makeup sets and palettes. This palette was recently featured in Oprah’s O Magazine December 2010 issue on her “O List”. Undoubtedly, any time Oprah puts anything on her “list”, we all pay attention and I am no different. I’ve been stalking the Target stores in my area looking for this palette but have had no luck. With 100 shades at just $10, this palette is a great candidate for our Thursday Ten or Less series, don’t you think? At the very least it would be a great palette to play around with and experiment with this year’s makeup trends with.

Have you swooped up this palette? I’m curious to hear what you think about it. Eyeshadow is the only product type I have not tried from e.l.f.  What is the pigmentation like in the eyeshadows? Are they soft and do they blend well? Are there different formulas? Or should I just shut up, give in and order it online even though I hate online shopping? ;)

NOTE: This is a sponsored post but nonetheless genuine.

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum

You may recall Tarte’s Radiant & Rested kit that launched last summer at Sephora. It contained two yet-to-be released products, one being Tarte’s Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Illuminating Serum which is now available on its own as part of Tarte’s Spring launch. My feelings towards this product are quite straightforward: I love it.

I would pit this product in a new category that seems to be all the rage: skincare makeup. Here’s the ingredient rundown: Amazonian clay (ya know, I’m really growing fond of this stuff!) helps improve skin texture and remove surface oil on the skin; Chamomile extract acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that treats and heals dry or damaged skin; Vitamin C brightens skin and helps prevent premature signs of aging; Vitamins A and E act as anti-inflammatory emollients and protect against free radical damage; and Sodium Hyaluronate retains moisture to plump fine lines and wrinkles.

It doesn’t lend coverage, but it is a great base and would suffice well for no-makeup days assuming you don’t need or want heavy coverage. Usually, I mix it with face primer and use a foundation brush to spread over my skin and then follow up with a light application of foundation or powder. I love that it has good-for-you ingredients and it genuinely looks great on. I blended some out in the photo above to show you what it looks like. While it looks like a beige color, it doesn’t have color on. May pose some difficulty for dark skin tones, but I’d say it’s pretty universal.

This is available at Sephora for $32, but the Radiant & Rested Kit is still available as well for just $10 more. I’d recommend picking the set up — I’ve loved every piece!