Monthly Archives: May 2011

Just Another Mani Monday: Becca Dancing Barefoot

When we were at The Makeup Show in New York last week, we both zoned in on the Becca Halcyon Days display and did a double take. Becca and nail polish? To what do we owe this fabulous surprise?! We were beyond jazzed to connect with the ladies at Becca — and Carla especially was jonesing for the new Beach Tint in Gauva, also part of the Halcyon Days Collection for Summer — but add a twist of three perfect for summer nail colors and we were thrilled.

I was immediately drawn to Dancing Barefoot, shown above on my nails. It’s an apricot nude that indoors gives me neon vibes. I’m fairly (self) tan (for me) right now, and this color looks amazing on. I love that it embodies the summer season without being brash and bold. The other two shades, Tangerine Dream and Summerdayze are equally beautiful. They feel very Becca — alluring and soft.

I applied three coats of Dancing Barefoot to give more of an opaque finish. I was impressed with the dry time, usually if I go for three coats it’s a recipe for denting and smearing. Hopefully many more Becca polishes are in-store for the future, because these are top-notch!

Weekend Reads: Beauty Beat 5/21

Happy weekend everyone? Are you raptured out just yet? We coudn’t resist the urge to share our beauty bests for the week with that very that theme in mind.

  • Fab over Forty shared some gorgeous Burberry spring/summer colors you should consider with optimism – for next week and beyond.
  • Café Makeup teased us with Lumieres Byzantines de Chanel Palette Highlighters – heavenly makeup.
  • How about spending your last sure-fire weekend window shopping with The Beauty Look Book?
  • Here at Product Girl, we showed you why Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color is cosmic!
  • The Non-Blonde showed us a Shiseido bronzer to help us ring in the summer.
  • Best Things in Beauty plans to look good next week wearing Chantecaille makeup.
  • Gouldylox Reviews featured Fusion Beauty for the great glow we’ll need to accompany rapture.
  • BeautyXposé recommended a bargain leave-in conditioner to take us all the way through summer, should we survive.
  • DivaDebbi has a Lumene giveaway contest for Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The deadline is Monday, so she’s optimistic.
  • Daly Beauty dove into Jo Malone Cologne. Smell great at any time – anywhere!

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color is Cosmic

If you’ve been searching for a long-wearing, non-drying and attention-grabbing lip color, let me direct your attention to Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color. This is the newest addition to Bobbi’s line of lipsticks, and she definitely spiced things up with this launch! Available in 12 shades, from bare to bold, this lipstick lives up to its name. The formula is incredibly rich and pigmented, and just a swipe gives you fabulously colored lips.

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Dior Electric Tropics Collection for Summer 2011

Let’s do a little word association. When I saw Dior’s Electric Tropics Collection for Summer 2011, the first word that came to mind was hot. The second was must and the third, have. I am very impressed with Dior’s take on summer. The electric part of it is tasteful and well done, and the rest of it is pure tropical beach goddess.

Do you know what the key element to looking like a tropical beach goddess (aside from the body) is, right? Bronzer. And did Dior ever deliver on the bronzer front.

Diorskin ‘Nude Summer Glow’ Healthy Glow Powder in Aurora is a warm peachy bronzer that scultps the face perfectly. It’s beautifully woven with shades of bronze and peachy-pinks with a slight satin shimmer. Aurora has your blushing, bronzing and highlighting needs covered in one simple compact. This all-in-one ease really appeals to the multi-tasker in me.

Isn’t Aurora just stunning? It may be my favorite beauty purchase of 2011 to date — scoring points for aesthetics and the magical bronzed glow it creates on my face. Aurora is recommended for fair to medium skin tones, but it would be wearable as a highlighter for darker skin tones. Dior also created Sunset Healthy Glow Powder for medium to darker skin types. I highly recommend checking these powders out – it truly is an incredible bronzer!

Let us know if you’ve checked out Dior summer yet, and perhaps the word that first came to your mind!

An Oil-Lover's Paradise Found in Weleda Body Oil Essentials Kit

Once you discover how amazing oils are for your skin, you never go back. I can actually think of my life in two eras now…B.O. and A.O. (before and after oil — although the former doesn’t quite have the connotation I was hoping for, even with the added punctuation).

As you can imagine, in this A.O. world I’m living, I get very excited about trying new oils. When I saw the lovely rainbow that is the Weleda Body Oil Essentials Kit, I was downright giddy. Everything from Lavender and Pomegranate to Wild Rose and Sea Buckthorn, with promises of regenerating, relaxing and helping smooth out cellulite?  Yes please.

What’s even better is that Weleda’s body oils are formulated naturally from plant, nut and seed oils and with consistent use can truly benefit the health of your skin. Plus, they smell and feel amazing — and moisturize like no lotion can.

I live for a few drops of the Lavender in my bath water, but have been using the others as moisturizer post-shower, while the skin is damp. Just take a small amount and massage into the skin until absorbed. No residue, no mess – I promise! The small sizes are great for finding your faves, but don’t be surprised if you want them all!

Fresh for Summer: Chanel Lilium Eyeshadow Quad

I find that Chanel’s summer 2011 collection evokes a fresh feeling. Summer is the time to wear sheer colors and load up on the bronzer — at least for me! There’s a wonderful ease with summer beauty, a time when less really is more. I think that’s why Chanel’s Eyeshadow Quad in Lilium appealed to me. While I don’t normaly gravitate towards light greens, the one in Lilium is sheer with golden undertones.

I’m honestly shocked to be saying this, but I think the light green in here makes the quad. It’s unique to me, and something I wouldn’t opt for in a single. So have a little faith green-phobes, this color works! I like to layer it over a gold base on the lid, or use in the inner corners. I’ve been having fun challenging myself with a new color.

The other three shades are strong as well. The pink has a soft, feminine opalescence and goes with anything. The deep green is beautiful as a liner or smudged around the rims and the purple reminds me of Taupe Gris from Chanel’s Fall 2010 collection.

What do you guys think of Lilium? You feeling the green, or no?

Just Another Mani Monday: Essie Braziliant

Essie’s new color collection for summer 2011 is nothing short of Braziliant. And the namesake color of the collection, Braziliant, is gracing my tips this week. It’s a hot orange – really, the picture doesn’t quite do its boldness justice – with a touch of shimmer. It has a beautiful pearl finish and is very unique as far as oranges go. It’s a perfect color for summer and is really complementing my faux, self-tanned skin right now.

Generally, there are one or two colors in a collection that stand out, but I’ve got to say that every shade in Braziliant is blowing me away!

  • Super Bossa Nova – an upbeat bright fuchsia
  • Absolutely Shore – a soft, sea foam green
  • Smooth Sailing – a breezy, lavender blue with a reflection of pearl
  • Too Too Hot – a sizzling, rich red coral
  • Meet Me At Sunset – a vibrant, deep orange

What’s catching your eye from Essie’s Braziliant collection? And what are you sporting on your nails this week?

Weekend Reads: Beauty Beat 5/7

  • The Non-Blonde gave us a sneak peek at Le Métier de Beauté’s beautiful summer collection.
  • Fab over Forty hooked more than a few of us on Beauty is Life.
  • The Beauty Look Book featured the NARS eye shadow duos for summer, or any time of year.
  • Product Girl told us about Lisa Hoffman’s divine Japanese Argarwood Body Wash.
  • BeautyXposé showed us how she got a faux glow with Beautisol Self-Tanner.
  • Gouldylox Reviews is loving LATHER’s Avocado and Mint Hair Repair treatment.
  • Daly Beauty featured Neutrogena’s Ageless Intensives Night Cream.
  • DivaDebbi told us about the rejuvenating Pelleve skin-care treatment.
  • Café Makeup had the 411 on Hourglass Script Liquid Eyeliner, with comparisons.
  • Best Things in Beauty has fallen in love with YSL’s Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Crystal Color.

Splurge vs. Save: NARS Orgasm Blush vs ELF Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder

I know there are some out there that are so over the whole NARS Orgasm trend, however, I am not one of them! As a fair skinned woman (and sometimes girl), I seriously can’t get enough of that perfect pinky gold. It is just a wonderfully flattering shade on me, it is my go-to blush.

Cut to ELF, my new discovery, and their Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder with a similar shade to Orgasm as well as a great bronzer too practically identical to the NARS Orgasm/Laguna duo. Is it exactly the same? No. BUT, it is pretty close. The ELF blush is not as pigmented as the NARS color, but by using just a little bit more of a heavy hand when applying and building the color, you can get an almost identical look to the NARS product. The bronzer, a semi-shimmery very wearable shade is good for contouring since it is not too shimmery but, I usually prefer a totally matte bronzer for contouring. It is similar to NARS Laguna, but a bit darker. I have read that this is too “powdery” of a blush, but I always tap the brush in and do not swipe across, and I have had no problems at all with it.

For me, this is one of those steal deals, like, can it really only cost 3 bucks? Totally worth it in my opinion, also, the bronzer in here makes a great natural eyeshadow contour for your crease as well. I found my Duo at Target, which usually sells select ELF products, as well as Kmart, if there is one of those still open around you. The full product line is also available online.

Have any of you beauty mavens out there used this? What are your thoughts on it? The ELF line?