Monthly Archives: July 2011

New! China Glaze Metro Collection for Fall 2011

The new China Glaze Metro collection for has me wishing summer would hurry up and make way for fall, I am loving the images of the shades we have in store for us. The new Metro collection is about capturing big city style with 12 new cremes, high coverage glitters and intense shine shimmers. Colors in this collection include:

  • Skyscraper: A sparkling, glitter blue reminiscent of the sky over the city.
  • CG in the City: Glittering dusty purple, bronze and silver multi-tonal glitter, perfect for a pop of edge from West side to East side.
  • Urban-Night: Exactly what you need for a night on the town – rich purple crème.
  • Traffic Jam: Stop traffic with a breathtaking, raspberry pink crème.

  • City Siren: The perfect deep, red crème to match any outfit.
  • Loft-y Ambitions: Burgundy shimmer and cocktail hour – nothing better.
  • Brownstone: Burnt terracotta crème mirrors the quaint townhouses of the city.
  • Midtown Magic: Burgundy base with flecks of gold shimmer captures the latest fashion trend.

  • Street Chic: This gorgeous beige crème is the perfect go to shade letting your clothes do the talking.
  • Concrete Catwalk: Steel grey crème is amazing for a chic mani.
  • Westside Warrior: For the trendsetting woman this camo green crème is to die for.
  • Trendsetter: Mustard yellow shimmer translates beautifully from hot dogs to nails.

The China Glaze Metro collection will be available in a “Downtown” 6 piece box collection (includes Skyscraper, Concrete Catwalk, Westside Warrior, Trendsetter, Loft-y Ambitions and Midtown Magic), an “Uptown” 6 piece box collection (includes CG in the City, Urban-Night, Traffic Jam, City Siren and Street Chic and Brownstone), and individually of course. I’m excited to see these person, you know I’m all about the cremes and my nails are growing back nice and strong… ready for the hues of the “urban jungle” China Glaze has created with this collection. Which shades are you into? Midtown Magic seems really interesting.

Just Another Mani Monday: NARS Vestale

I’ve been obsessed with bright, bold nails for summer, but this week I decided to tone it down with NARS Vestale, a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale exclusive. And I’m so glad I did, because this polish is probably the most flattering pinky-nude my nails have ever seen. Seriously, it’s amazing!

I had a feeling it would be awesome just by looking at the bottle, but it’s exceeding my expectations. It’s a non-traditional pale pink shade that veers more peach in bright sunlight.

Vestale in the bright sun

Regardless of the light or angle, this polish is gorgeous. Bottom line? Go to Nordstrom on July 15 and fork over the $16 for Vestale. Worth it, I promise!

What's New in Beauty: July 10, 2011

How’s the weekend going for everyone? It’s been awhile since we’ve shared our what’s new in beauty round-up, so we thought we’d bring it back. It’s a compilation of some of the headlines, new products and specials that caught our eye over the week.

Stila launched their fall collection this week, called Backstage Beauty. It includes new shades of the Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, which makes me so happy! [StilaCosmetics.com]

We are both dying to visit the new drugstore concept store from Duane Reade that opened on Manhattan’s Wall Street. We already obsess over the “Look” boutiques that sell hard-to-find beauty brands like Becca, but this store is on a whole new level. [Racked NY]

This list of Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Buys has me making a shopping list. [Refinery 29]

Is it bad I want Bobbi Brown’s Tortoise Shell Collection Mini Brush Set just for the case? [Bobbi Brown]

Ring My Bella. That’s the name of Benefit’s newest fragrance, launching this fall, inspired by a lingerie shop full of lace and satin. [Moodie Report]

This history lesson on how Nordstrom got started in Seattle is pretty cool. The old photos are pretty awesome, too. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

Weekend Reads: Beauty Beat 7/9

  • Karla Sugar tackles MAC’s extensive collection for Nordstrom Anniversary (and falls for a few eyeshadow duos in the process).
  • Gouldylox Reviews put together a video tutorial that teaches us how to attach feather extensions. We love them too!
  • Cafe Makeup shares with us the beautiful Byzance de Chanel Topkapi Eyeshadow Palette.
  • The Non-Blonde gives us her opinion on L’Occitane’s newest makeup addition, Pivoine Flora Lip Shine in Brun.
  • Fab Over Forty begins her experiment with the at-home laser treatment by PaloVia. Follow along to see her results!
  • Best Things in Beauty gave us the scoop on a new fragrance line from the female perfumers at Givaudan, a Neiman Marcus exclusive.
  • DivaDebbi tests Maybelline 24 Hour Super Stay Lipstick to see whether or not it really does last 24 hours.
  • We’re determined here at Product Girl to be sun safe this year. Take a look at my favorite monochromatic bronze makeup this summer.
  • Daly Beauty has found summer in a bottle with Aftelier Honey Blossom fragrance, a finalist in the Fragrance Foundation 2011 Fifi Awards.
  • BeautyXpose has compiled for us four hot summer beach looks.
  • The Beauty Look Book finds for us bright summery pink lip shades. Check out her picks and swatches.

Beauty VIP of the Week: Sultra Natural Feather Hair Accents

Last week I went to a local style bar I had been dying to try out for awhile. I was so excited about going to this place, I had been engaging with the salon on Twitter and was looking forward to seeing what they do. It turned out their service was a bit of a disappointment but I decided to get some feathers put in my hair while I was there. That was the only part of the experience that I liked! I LOVED these feathers from the moment I walked out of the salon… I still do but I realized something, I’m stuck with these unless I pay someone to take them out and put them back in if I want to change things up with my hair. Right around that time, a box of these Sultra Natural Feather Hair Accents arrived in the mail and I realized these are the perfect solution to my problem.

You may have notice that feathers are everywhere now. Selena Gomez (she wore Sultra’s Blaze to the Teen Choice Awards), Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha and Hilary Duff have been spotted wearing them. While the feathers you get in a salon last 4 to 6 weeks and allow you to wash and style your hair as normal, they are not flexible. I am due for a touch up to my hair color and now I’m thinking I’m going to need the stylist to remove and reinstall my feathers. Had I gone with Sultra from the start this would not be an issue at all. They can be washed and styled like other feathers but their advantage (and it is a big one) is you can take them out WHENEVER you want since they snap into place like a button.

This is me wearing “Blaze”, the same shade Selena Gomez went with. These are so easy to put in, I’ve been doing it without a mirror all week. I try to snap the feathers into place as close to my roots as I can but I try to keep it as close to the top as possible, this way the snap is not visible as you can see here. Before I received this sample set, I thought $25 was a little pricey for these but that was before I paid more for a different version. The salon I went to charges $30 for three feathers and they are clamped into your hair like an extension that last 4 to 6 weeks. With these you have the flexibility to do whatever you want with your hair and could last you even longer depending on how you take care of your feathers. Sultra actually advises keeping the box they come in to store your feathers. Wise words!

So what do you think? Do you like the feathers? Some days I’m wearing my salon feathers on one side and Sultra’s on the other, I’ve put them in my little pompadour poof and even mixed them in with the salon feathers. I have been having a lot of fun with them and it has inspired me to experiment with my hair a little more. At first I was all about the stripped feathers but then this solid feather was peeking out one day and it had me thinking I need to experiment with more solid feathers. All I want to know now is when someone’s coming out with the tinsel version! ;)

Ten or Less: NYC Smooch Proof 16 Hour Lip Stain

I’m a little late to the NYC Smooch Proof 16 Hour Lip Stain party but I have finally arrived! It makes this Product Girl very happy to see more drugstore brands come up with lip stains. Sure, Cover Girl and Revlon have done them already but a lip stain you can get for under $5 is worth writing home about.  I was happy to see NYC have a nude brown shade in the bunch and one would think that I would head straight for it but in this case, my first pick was Persistent Pink. This is a great “your lips but better” shade and is just GORGEOUS with Pacifica’s Coconut Pearls Luminizing Lip Quench. The lip balm is like a luminizer for your lips that moisturizes and the light, long wearing pop of pink on the lips are magic together. I love the felt tip delivery here, my favorite in a lip stain, because I can line my lips with the tip and fill in with the side. This definitely did not come even close to the 16 hour mark in terms of wear but I don’t even mind that because I love the price so much… makes it easier for me to snag the rest of these!

Ten or Less: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

Besides a stain, there’s nothing I love more than a nice bold, matte lip and NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream combines my two loves just $6 each, sometimes less depending where you go. These go on soft and creamy like a mousse but behave more like a stain. They remind me a lot of Becca’s Beach Tints because the shades I have tried dry down in a similar way, like an opaque lip stain, but still give lips color and coverage without feathering. The color dries down to a little less vibrant shade, which I appreciate. NYX says it is moisturizing but I don’t really find that to be true with my lips. However, compared to other long wearing lip colors, they are not nearly as drying and don’t have that stickiness we know and hate. None of the color flakes off of my lips with Lip Cream either. I get good wear out of these too, it clings to my lips throughout the day but does suffer a tiny bit with eating and drinking. The only caveat here is you MUST exfoliate your lips before wearing a Lip Cream. Otherwise every single flake and imperfection will be noticeable and there’s nothing worse than a flakey lip. Am I right?

If you want to play with bold color but are a little hesitant, give Milan a try. It’s the shade I’ve been wearing all this week. I’m now scrounging through my apartment for any Ulta coupons I can find, I need to try more of these!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives: Fragrance

Last but certainly not least, there are the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale fragrance exclusives. This is the time of year that I would normally stock up on my Donna Karan Cashmere Mist deos but they are so popular that they are no longer exclusives and available year round. What is now a DK exclusive is the Cashmere Mist Jumbo Lotion. I love layering myself in this scent.

Here are the rest of the fragrance exclusives:

Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet ($64) Product Girl Pick!
Elegant, exuberant, luscious—the Dior spirit in a modern couture fragrance. A blend of classic chic and sophistication, with a touch of irreverence, this scent has a personality all its own. Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet is a blooming bouquet of emotions and notes, a summer interpretation of Miss Dior Cherie. 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette.

Angel Seduction Metamorphosis Set ($122)
To reward our passionate ANGEL customers at Nordstrom, Thierry Mugler will enhance the Metamorphosis Gallery with an exclusive spring offer to tempt the senses. Beauty and fragrance offered together –an extraordinary signature black mascara, a refillable ANGEL star and a Perfuming Body Lotion –to dazzle and delight.

Angel Double Indulgence ($80)
This indulgent offer will envelop the skin with the delicious scent of ANGEL. Back by popular demand, the luxuriously silky ANGEL Perfuming Body Lotion is available in a decadent double dose of heavenly softness. Loyal customers can layer their fragrance with the Perfuming Body Lotion for a long-lasting scent, thanks to Intense Diffusion System® technology.

Burberry Brit Sheer Eau de Toilette Purse Spray ($46)
Discover the fresh, fruity, light-hearted floral fragrance of Burberry Brit Sheer in a special purse spray size that can be used anytime, anywhere. Embodying the youthful spirit of Burberry Brit, this fragrance represents a girl who is joyful, adventurous and playful. Set includes Burberry atomizer and three refills (0.5 fl oz each).

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Jumbo Lotion ($98)
A fragrance to seduce the senses. The sheer floral scent of Cashmere Mist combines essences of Moroccan jasmine, lily of the valley and bergamot with warm undertones of sandalwood, amber and musk. Because nothing feels like cashmere against bare skin.
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives: Men's Grooming

There’s more Nordstrom Anniversary sale exclusives! This time we’re looking at the exclusives for men. Here’s what is in store for them:

Anthony Logistics Glycolic Cleanser ($35)
Make your face squeak with cleanliness, now in JUMBO-size. Aloe Vera soothes, Glycolic Acid lightens fine lines, and vitamins A, C and E nourish. Cleanses and buffs away surface skin cells, leaving skin smooth and ready for shaving. Helps prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn.

Anthony Logistics Clean & Smooth Set ($47)
Featuring a dynamic duo of the Algae Facial Cleanser and Facial Scrub, this set removes dead skin cells as well as grime. Algae cleanses and refreshes, while glycerin and extracts of Azulene, Lavender and Rose Hip Oil help cool, calm and moisturize skin. Remove dead skin cells and free your ingrown hairs with a facial scrub that smoothes and moisturizes.

Anthony Logistics Shave Cream ($23)
A smooth shave; for the first time in your life, a truly smooth shave. Lightly coat face with smooth stuff: eucalyptus oil to heal, squaleneto lubricate, aloe veragel to soothe, an infusion of hops (do not drink) to relax, and a bunch of vitamins to nourish –A, B5, C and E. No Benzocaineso you can’t over-shave.

The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil Twin Pack ($25)
Pre-Shave Oil is the first step in The Art of Shaving. It softens the beard and prepares the skin for a close and comfortable shave without leaving an oily residue. It is formulated with a unique blend of botanical ingredients and essential oils.

ZIHR Clean and Scrub ($25)
You are set with this essential set. The Facial SCRUB with Aloe, gently removes dead surface skin cells for a fresher, smoother appearance, while the invigorating Alpha-Hydroxyface wash removes dirt and excess oil for fresher looking skin.

Are you hauling any of these for the men in your life?

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusives: Skincare

One of the perks of the Nordstrom Anniverasary Sale Beauty Exclusives is value. This particularly rings true in skincare — there are some amazing sets to be had with super-sized product and extras included. Generally, these sets are pricier but there’s no denying the value. If you’re on a regimen or even if you want to give something a try for the first time, this sale is a great way to start!

Here’s the scoop on the skincare exclusives:

3Lab Perfect Kit ($135)
Includes 2oz f/s Perfect Neck Cream, .5oz f/s Perfect Eye Cream, 6ml Perfect M Cream tube, 6ml Perfect Cream tube, 3ml Perfect C Serum, 2g Super H Sachet and an Individual Perfect Mask.

Ahava Mineral Hand Cream ($20, 2 for 1) Product Girl pick!
This extremely rich cream provides your hands with deep nourishment and hydration, instantly soothing chapped, dry surfaces and imparting healthy, satiny softness for increased comfort throughout the day.

Anastasia Best of the Best Kit ($75)
Full Size Line Erasing Serum, Clear Brow Gel and Brow Enhancing Serum

Clarins Time to Choose GWP (Free with any 2 item purchase – 1 must be skincare) Product Girl pick!

  • Super Restorative (Wake-up Lotion, Neck Cream, Night Wear, Mask)
  • Extra-Firming (Cleansing Milk, Toning Lotion, Extra-Firm Night Cream)
  • Vital Light (Vital Light Day Cream, Vital Light Night Cream, UV Plus SPF 40, Beauty Flash Balm)
  • Multi-Active (One-Step Water Comfort, Multi-Active Night, Multi-Active Serum, Gentle Exfoliating Refiner)

Clarins UV Plus SPF Double Edition ($55)
Protect against sun, pollution and daily stresses, so you can face the day without a care

Clarins Feed 15 ($30)
Discovery sizes of Moisture Rich Body Lotion, Hand and Nail Cream and a trial size of Instant Lip Protector. Feed 15 Bag=15 School Meals through United Nations World Food Programme(WFP)

Dr. T’s Supergoop Jumbo Value Set ($68)
24oz SPF 30 EVERYDAY Face & Body Lotion & SPF 30+ and 3oz EVERYDAY UV Lotion Spray

CHANEL Eau Douceur ($45)
Fresh and crystal-clear, EAU DOUCEUR helps rid the skin of pollutants, impurities and light makeup. It cleanses gently, leaving your skin more supple, wonderfully velvety and feeling silky soft again.

Clinique 3 Step Set 1 and 2 ($59)
Jumbo 3 Step in Clarifyer#2, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and Liquid Soap plus a mini set of 3 step

Clinique 3 Step Set 3 and 4 ($59)
Jumbo 3 Step in Clarifyer#3, Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and Liquid Soap plus a mini set of 3 step

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