Monthly Archives: January 2011

Just Another Mani Monday: Essie Limited Addiction

One of the colors I liked most from Essie’s Fall 2010 collection was this stunning red, Limited Addiction. It’s a really deep garnet red that is super sexy on the nails! I’ve worn this many times on my nails but am absolutely loving it on my toes too. I think Limited Addiction has legendary potential as far as reds go — much like the brand’s Fishnet Stockings polish. What makes a legendary red? For me, it’s ease of application and timeless-ness of color. This goes on beautifully, a vibrant creme in two coats and this is the kind of red that is always in style.

While we’re on the subject, what are your favorite [legendary] reds? And have you tried Limited Addiction?

Best of 2010: Our Favorite Bath, Body and Perfume Products

To wrap up our favorites of the past year, we’re going to take a look at a few of our favorite perfumes and bath and body products.

Korres Melon Shower Gel – This was a summer favorite of ours for its enchanting scent but stuck around as a favorite because of the formula. It’s packed with the good stuff, like aloe and vitamins A and E, and feels great on skin.

EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream – We’d all but abandoned shave cream until this wonder product from EOS came along. Admittedly, the packaging piqued our interest, but what’s inside is even better. It’s more like a shaving lotion and can be used wet or dry, irritation-free. Love this stuff!

Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia – Inspired by a walk in the orchard, this fragrance is so natural and inviting. It doesn’t reek of fruit either, it really strikes the perfect balance with every note. Laurie really has a true “product man” in her life — this fragrance was an anniversary gift from her husband in September.

Donna Karan IrisThis perfume was my summertime friend. It is fresh and vibrant and just all around a beautiful floral fragrance. Can I just say this? When it comes to fragrance, Donna Karan rarely gets it wrong.

Chloe Intense – Chloe released a few different perfumes last year but my favorite was an ramped version of their original Chloe perfume. I wrote about it back in April, I loved it then and I love it now even more in the winter. This rose note fragrance is so alluring and makes this gal feel a little more refined when she wears it.

Philosophy Eternal Grace – It was bound to happen… another “grace” scent from Philosophy. Eternal Grace goes in a different direction that the other fragrances in the series, this one has some citrus notes to it making it fresh and lighter than the others but still has some of that “grace” core that we have come to know and love… it is new but still familiar like an old friend.

What were your favorites perfumes and bath and body products from last year?

New! MAC Peacocky Collection

MAC Peacocky hit counters this past week, and in addition to providing us with a new adjective, the collection features two brand-new products: Kissable Lipcolour and Mega Metal Shadow.

Arrogance or elegance? The showy display, the undeniably sexual spectacle, the iridescent irreverence…it’s awe-inspiring. We fetishize the exotic peacock as a symbol of extreme beauty, an act of elaborate nature, raging against everything simplistic. Peacocky fans out in a foray of intense colour for Lips and Eyes, exotic and sophisticated with a touch of ’30s F. Scott Fitzgerald glamour and mesmerizing metallic sheen. Dramatic doesn’t even begin to describe the girl who knows she’s Peacocky.

I think the collection description above gives me a better sense of how to use Peacocky in a sentence. Great word:) Here’s a rundown of the collection:

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Beauty VIP of the Week: NARS South Beach Multiple

NARS The Multiple’s are a necessary item in any woman’s makeup bag. I own many, but sadly, my poor South Beach somehow got relegated to the bottom of a bin and was ignored for months, or longer. Gasp! I made a vow to never let this happen again. Especially since I’ve pulled South Beach back into full-time service and have been sporting the most amazing winter glow possible.

South Beach is a bit of an enigma on my skin, which is why I love it. It manages to bronze without being “bronzy” and highlights simultaneously. The color looks bronzy in the stick, but it’s actually apricot in color. In fact, it reminds me of one of my favorite NARS powder blushes, Luster. My favorite way to use South Beach is by applying with a fluffy brush on the cheeks and the high planes of my face. If you have never tried it this way, you simply must. Go get your winter glow on!

Ten or Less: Sonia Kashuk Shimmer Cosmetic Case

During my usual browse through the beauty aisles at Target, I stumbled across the most adorablemini-makeup bagfrom Sonia Kashuk. This new “Shimmer” bag collection from Ms. Kashuk has a bit of a rock and roll edge with the metallic on the outside and a nylon brown interior, which makes it very easy to keep tidy. This is the perfect purse-sized bag to tote around — I store my powder, aspririn, Tide To-Go pen, face blotters and some other odds and ends in here. It even features a little pocket on the inside, which is an added bonus to keep smaller items.

This bag was a steal at $5.99 and each piece in the entire collection is available for under $15. I’ve got my eye on the Frame Purse next!

Two Pretty Powerful Reasons to Check out Bobbi Brown's New Palettes

I am loving Bobbi Brown’s newest palettes, Pretty and Powerful. Building off her successful 2010  Pretty Powerful campaign, these palettes are a fresh start to the New Year. And despite the fact that these are inanimate objects, I feel an energy coming from them! Maybe it’s the words inscribed on the palette or the natural, healthy-looking shades inside — but whatever it is, I like it.

This “Pretty” Palette was designed for light to medium skin tones, and includes:

  • Ivory Eye Shadow
  • Pink Flannel Eye Shadow
  • Pink Chiffon Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Chocolate Caviar Eye Shadow
  • Pretty Pink Blush
  • Sandwash Pink Lip Color
  • Bubble Bath Lip Gloss
  • Soiree Pink Glitter Lip Gloss

The “Powerful” Palette is meant for medium to deep complexions, and contains a really pretty plum blush that I think would flatter any skin tone! Specific shades include:

  • Navajo Eye Shadow
  • Burnished Rose Eye Shadow
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow,
  • Chocolate Caviar Eye Shadow
  • Plum Blush
  • Powerful Pink Lip Color
  • Pink Pudding Lip Gloss
  • Pink Bouquet Glitter Lip Gloss

Both palettes can be found at Bobbi Brown counters and online, and run for $60 each.

Best of 2010: Our Favorite Face Products

As we continue our wrap-up of the best of beauty in 2010, we wanted to share the products we think made our faces look flawless and brighter this past year. These are tried and true, and will stick with us as we enter 2011.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer - This just may be my favorite concealer ever. I love the consistency, the wear, the fact that it doesn’t crease (at all) and that it covers any imperfection on my face. I also love the price. I’ve been stockpiling a few shades so I always have a good color match.

Benefit Girl Meets Pearl – Highlighter junkies are we, and Girl Meets Pearl was a welcome surprise. It’s a rosy gold that melts into the skin in a very natural way. While it’s a rock star any way you use it, Carla really liked to wear this under a dusting of powder for that lit-from-within glow.

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmer Brick - We really enjoyed the coral trend this spring, and Bobbi’s Nectar Shimmer Brick stands out in a big way. It’s the perfect coral with a touch of pink. It’s more than just a highlighter, but a beautiful shimmering blush.

MAC Joie de Vivre Cremeblend Blush - More on the aforementioned coral trend. I liked all of the creme blushes in MAC’s Lillyland collection, but Joie de Vivre delivered the perfect pinky-coral cheek. In fact, Joie de Vivre and Bobbi’s Nectar Shimmer Brick were perfect mates all spring for me. Love this blush. Hope we see more Cremeblends in 2011, MAC.

Becca Mineral Powder Foundation – Carla saw this at the Makeup Show in May and couldn’t pass it up. Becca’s known for their foundation and this pressed mineral foundation is compact and super portable plus it leaves skin looking like actual skin with medium coverage. She loves that it makes her skin glow without the shimmer.

Tarte Matte Waterproof Park Ave Princess Bronzer - Tarte’s classic Park Ave Princess bronzer got even better with the release of the Matte version this summer. I use this pretty much every day, and have also used this on many other people. It’s the perfect bronzer to contour the skin with, and Tarte certainly knows how to package a product.

Best of 2010: Our Favorite Skincare Items

Skincare, above all things, is probably our number one beauty priority. Can’t build a house without a good foundation right? There were a few items that really stood out to us in 2010 — for their innovation, hydration, simplicity and ability to make our skin feel, and look, fabulous. Here’s what we loved this past year.

Josie Maran Argan Primer Mist – I cannot get enough of all things Argan, thanks to Josie Maran – her Argan Primer Mist included. This can be used as a primer, it’s so hydrating and really helps prepare the skin for layers of makeup, but I think it’s even better used as a refresher  mid-day or on clean skin. I’ve recommended this product to pretty much every woman I know.

Boscia Black Luminizing Mask – This mask by Boscia is the ultimate de-gunker. It sucks everything out of your pores and minimizes them in the process, and really does give a luminizing effect to the skin. Carla and I were both quite impressed. I used it twice weekly in the summer, but now that it’s winter I find I use it once every 7-10 days. I’m addicted!

Clarisonic Opal - Speaking of addiction…the Clarisonic Opal. This is a fantastic innovation, and it works. Admittedly, I don’t have serious undereye wrinkles but even I notice a perk in the skin around my eyes.

Kate Somerville CytoCell Dermal Energizing Treatment - Carla and her CytcoCell became best friends this year. It tamed the dry patches, helps control excess oil and helped reduce overall redness in a light weight and emollient formula… LOVE!

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Wipes - These are a budget beauty steal! In terms of facial wipes, these may be the most soothing I’ve ever used. They are what they promise to be. I also really enjoy the cucumber scent. It’s like a spa at home.

What skincare items made your list of favorites for 2010?

Best of 2010: Our Favorite Nail Colors

Our recap of the Best of 2010 continues with our favorite nail polishes of 2010. We were all over the board last year — glitters, smooth neutrals, bold colors, pastels. There were many amazing polishes and collections, and here are the ones that stood out the most to us.

Essie’s Resort Collection transported us to a five-star resort in the tropics with shades like “Turquoise and Caicos” and “Lapis of Luxury.” We loved every single one of these polishes, and the inclusion of the cement-like neutral Playa Del Platinum was like the tie that binds.

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Just Another Mani Monday: Chanel Spring 2011

Happy New Year everyone! We’re excited to get the first Monday of the year out of the way — always hard to get back into the routine after the holidays isn’t it? To help beat the New Year Monday blues, we thought we’d take a closer look at the beautiful “it color” from  Chanel Spring: Black Pearl.

Black Pearl is a really interesting and unique polish. And even though it’s going to be great for spring, it’s also one of those colors that works beautifully right now in the dead of winter. It’s true to its namesake, as it really does resemble black pearls. The pearly green undertone is always present, even indoors.

While not the greatest close-up, you can see how green it is compared to the black of my laptop. I applied two coats over a base as well as a layer of Seche Vite. I didn’t find this to be streaky in the least and am very happy with this polish. I definitely think if you’re going for a Chanel Spring nail, Black Pearl is your winner. However, Pearl Drop and Peche Nacree are worthy sidekicks if you’ve got the dollars to spare.

Let us know what you’re thinking of Black Pearl, and how your New Year is starting off!