Monthly Archives: June 2011

Win a 3-Month Birchbox Subscription!

Preview of July Birchbox with Cynthia Rowley

We are huge fans of Birchbox here at Product Girl, and we know some of you are as well. Which is why our next giveaway is so exciting! If you’ve always been wanting to sign up, but aren’t quite sure what it’s all about, now’s your chance!  Birchbox is teaming with us to give away three 3-month gift subscriptions. The deadline to sign up for the July box closes today, but if you are one of the three lucky winners, your first box will come in July. And we know it’s going to be a good one — it’s designed and curated by Cynthia Rowley!

Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment on this post from now until Thursday, July 7 (U.S. gals only). If you want extra credit, “Like” Product Girl on Facebook, leave a comment here and let me know for an extra entry. You can also follow me on Twitter and tweet about the contest for an extra entry, just leave another comment and let me know about it. But, note: any comments made as “extra credit” without mention of your name on Facebook/Twitter will be discarded.

Good luck!

Get the Ultimate Defined Eye with Clarisonic Opal & Tarte

I’ve come to expect Clarisonic pairings, they are a great way to get a Clarisonic and try new brands at the same time. Clarisonic has teamed up with my beloved Kate Somerville, Philosophy and Murad in the past. Now we have our first Clarisonic Opal pairing and I really love this idea; you have a tool to treat the eye area and you have products to define your eyes… it’s genius!

The Clarisonic Infusion System with Tarte is limited-edition and contains:

  • Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infuser
  • Anti-Aging Sea Serum
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara (0.24 oz.)
  • Tarte EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner (0.003 oz)
  • Tarte Lifted Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol (0.08 oz.)
  • Two Replacement Opal Applicator Tips
  • Universal Voltage Charger for Opal
  • Wristlet Carrying Case

This set has a retail value of $232 but retails for $185 exclusively at Sephora online. You know we love the Opal, right?

Ten or Less: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balms Black Tea & Blackberry and Grapefruit & Ginger Duo

After reading Christine at Temptalia’s take on the original Jack Black lip balm, I had to try it. When she loves something, don’t you want to try it too? So I did but the Natural Mint flavor was not for me. It was too intense and tingly for me, almost as if I had Icy Hot on my lips. It was not comfortable at all. Then I read about their Black Tea & Blackberry/Grapefruit & Ginger duo and thought maybe Jack Black’s lip balm deserved another chance, surely these flavors wouldn’t freeze my lips off!

For just $10, you get two 0.25oz lip balms with SPF 25 (do you know most lip balms do not have this much SPF in them?) and you can only get these two flavors in this particular duo that is exclusive to Sephora. Both flavors are great, Grapefruit and Ginger is refreshing and Black Tea and Blackberry is a sweet summer treat. In case you’re unfamiliar with these lip balms, it has the texture of a MAC lipgloss and is very moisturizing, soothing as well. It is especially great for overnight wear. It’s the kind of lip balm that is essential for anything where the weather could do serious damage to your lips!

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts? Want to hear all about it…

Beauty Ticket's Summer of Cosmetic Cocktails Party

Beauty Ticket has partnered with Tini Beauty for their  Summer of Cosmetic Cocktails Party! Each week they will be offering an exclusive cocktail mix from  for discounts around 50% off regular pricing. This week’s cocktail is the Paradise Pink Cocktail and a new cocktail will be introduced each week:

  • July 6th -  Mini Bar Campagne Spritzer Gloss Trio, $8.99 regularly $18.00
  • July 13 – Crème Brulee Cocktail, $9.99 regularly $18.00
  • July 20 – Pink on the Rocks, $19.99 regularly $39.00
  • July 27 – Mulberry Matador, $9.99 regularly $18.00
  • August 3 – Tiffiny Tini, $19.99 regularly $30.00
  • August 10 – Double Shot Double Ended Mascara and Eyeliner in “Shooting Star”
  • August 17 – Double Shot Double Ended Mascara and Eyeliner in “Black and Tan”
  • August 24 – Lip Sugar Shot Mini Set $14.99 regularly $24.00

To help celebrate our summer of cocktails we are also hosting a giveaway!

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Spotlight on Jouer Summer: Sheer Bronzing Tint and Peony Lip Gloss

Jouer’s summer launches may be few, but they sure do pack a punch.  The Jouer Sheer Bronzing Tint SPF 15 and Peony Lip Gloss are a perfect match made in sunshine heaven.

It’s well known that tinted moisturizers rule the summer, and Jouer’s Sheer Bronzing Tint with SPF 15 for summer is ruling my every day. It’s not quite a traditional tinted moisturizer, but I’d count that among its many uses. I’ve become quite the self-tanning obsessee lately sometimes have difficulty getting that perfect match with other tinted moisturizers. Continue reading

What's in Her Makeup Bag with Nordstrom's Laksmi Sam

Today we’re taking a peek at Laksmi Sam’s makeup bag. She is a regional beauty director for Nordstrom based in the Midwest. Like every Nordstrom gal I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, Laksmi knows her stuff! In addition to beauty, Laksmi has spent some time in fragrance as a buyer so she knows what’s hot and what’s next in the world of fragrance. One of her picks for spring and summer that she told me about when I met her is actually in her makeup bag.

Let’s take a look at what’s inside her makeup bag in her own words.

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New for Fall 2011: Laura Mercier Canyon Collection

It’s that time again. When it’s summer, but we’re talking about fall. Completely normal, right? Regardless, it’s exciting! While we’re very happy coddling our bronzers and brightly-colored eyeliners, the allure of fall makeup is very strong. Case in point: Laura Mercier’s Fall 2011 Canyon Collection.

For fall, Laura Mercier gives us beauty inspired from the earth – burning sunsets, lush green foliage and rustic copper canyons. Makes me want to go hiking (with a full-face of makeup on, naturally!) The look is balanced between eyes, lips and cheeks in the most natural, flattering hues. This is one we’ll be running to check out. Here’s the scoop on the collection:

Cheek Melange ($40)

  • Canyon Sunset (limited edition)

Eye Colour ($22)

  • Canyon Clay (sateen) new, limited edition
  • Chocolate (luster) new, limited edition
  • Pine Bronze (sateen) new, limited edition
  • Cedar (sateen) new, limited edition

Lip Glace ($22)

  • Quartz (new, permanent)
  • Mauve Plum (new, permanent)
  • Desert Rose (new, permanent)
  • Brick (new, limited edition)

Lip Colour ($22)

  • Bing Cherry (new, permanent)
  • Espresso (new, permanent)

Any standouts for you? Obviously, we are quite drawn to the Cheek Melange but the new lip and eye colors are quite stunning. I love the point of view of this collection, and think it’s one of Laura’s best. The collection is available online now, and should be headed to counters in the next few weeks. This has us very excited for fall — but please, no hurry on cooler temps!

Sephora's Jumbo 12HR Wear Waterproof Pencils a Hybrid Surprise

I tend to go a little wild with the bright blues in the summertime. I’m usually not so rigid in the “rules” of seasonal color, but anything in the realm of aqua blue is made to be worn in summer. It’s the perfect complement to blazin’ temps. One bold aqua blue that I have grown quite fond of is Sephora’s Jumbo 12HR Wear Waterproof Pencil in Turquoise. It reminds me of a hybrid of NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencils and Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyeliners. These wear like iron on the lids — 12-hours is an understatement — and the jumbo pencil is a nice touch and gives some flexibility with application.

I think the Turquoise is a mesmerizing shade. These have a creamy look to them, but believe me when I tell you this is not going to shift around at all. I like to wear it along the lower lash line, because it stays so well. It’s definitely an attention-grabbing color, but just a subtle pop of it makes eye makeup so interesting!

Sephora release 14 shades in total, and the best part? They’re only $10! Definitely give these a second look the next time you make a vis it to Sephora — if Turquoise isn’t your thing, the Taupe and Khaki will make you swoon. Promise! Oh, and in case you were wondering, the printed bag shown above is a NEST travel pouch that I got from Birchbox (free with any $50 purchase).

Win 2 Tickets to See Katy Perry in Chicago!

Are you a California Girl? Are you living a Teenage Dream? How about loving up on an al-i-en? All of the above? Our friends at Schick Quattro for Women want to send two lucky Product Girl readers to see Katy Perry peform live in Chicago on July 8th. Keep reading to find out how to win!

This summer Schick Quattro for Women, the official partner of the Katy Perry California Dreams tour, launched the Dare to be Spontaneous summer program encouraging women to embrace the freedom that comes from having legs so smooth you can skip a day or two. As part of this program, if your 18 and older, you can enter the Dare to Be Spontaneous Katy Perry Getaway Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will receive a spontaneous getaway vacation and a chance to meet Katy in person.

Also, from now until Labor Day, visit the Schick Quattro for Women Facebook page for chances to win special Katy Perry deluxe prize packs, concert memorabilia, Schick Quattro for Women products and more. You can also follow Schick Quattro for Women on Twitter at @SchickQuattroforWomen and Katy Perry at @katyperry.

On to the concert tickets!

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China Glaze Crackle Metals is the New Hotness

Part of the fun with all the “crackle” shades out there right now is finding that certain combination that you are absolutely in love with. I didn’t find mine until I started playing with the China Glaze Crackle Metals collection. We have all seen the basic crackle shades and then the expanded shades come through, now China Glaze is hitting us with these Metals and I happen to think that these are the best crackles I have seen so far. I am LOVING these shades against a light, creamy nude shade, it is a stunning combination and I took some pictures of my new favorite combinations for you to see.

The shades in this collection include:

  • Tarnished Gold – warm, honeyed hue
  • Platinum Pieces – shimmering silver
  • Haute Metal – pale pink
  • Cracked Medallion – bold bronze
  • Latticed Lilac – soft lavender
  • Oxidized Aqua – deep aquamarine blue

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