Monthly Archives: January 2012

Kate Winslet + Lancome Golden Globes Beauty

Kate Winslet is such a classic beauty. She always looks sophisticated and flawless. Avon Global Creative Color Director Jillian Dempsey was responsible for Kate’s Golden Globes beauty look, and went for shimmering and soft eyes with touches of rose on the cheeks and lips.

What we love most about the look is her flawless skin and barely there, pinky rose lip. We got the deets on Kate’s look, and she is wearing the NEW, available in March, Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation. Both Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra and Teint Miracle are A+ foundations in our books, so we can’t wait to find out more about a 24H version (not that we’d EVER wear it that long).

Kate is also wearing Lancome’s new Rouge in Love Lipstick in the shade Delicate Lace. Rouge in Love launches next month, and is supposedly the brand’s longest wearing lipstick yet. We are all over that silver case, and by the “true to tube” color promise. In a fun twist, the 21 shades in this collection are also organized by “mood.”   Three collections, 21 shades, all inspired by different times of day:

  • Jolis Matins: A nod to the early morning, these natural shades adorn lips with a hint of tone-on-tone particles.
  •  Boudoir Time: Inspired by special moments with friends in the late afternoon, these punchy shades are electrified by contrasting pearl particles.
  • Tonight Is My Night: A night filled with promise and twinkling city lights is what inspired these intense shades infused with golden pearl particles.

I have a feeling the “Jolis Matins” natural colors, like Delicate Lace, will be great every day shades. But, we want to see the SEXY TIME shades! Or, as they’re officially referred to, Boudoir Time. Bet they’ll be perfect for spring.

Dare to Wear Rose Eyeshadow: NARS Douce France Trio

We all have a comfort zone with makeup. Especially eye makeup. Generally consisting of neutrals of the brown and grey variety. No shame in that, but I do believe it’s a good practice to step outside of the zone to freshen up our look. Luckily, every season, NARS creates something beautiful that brings out our adventurous side. This spring, adventure for me comes in the form of NARS Douce France Eyeshadow Trio.

My experience with pink eyeshadows doesn’t usually veer far from the “baby” category. The thinking being that pink shades will make me look tired or clash with my skin tone. But, NARS takes shades of rose and turns them into easy to wear shades.

The Douce France trio includes a soft, shimmery pale pink, which is lovely. Not glittery, but glimmers of sparkle here and there. Helps your inner princess shine, but in a subtle way. The middle shade is a satin-matte mid-tone pink. Depending on your skin tone, this is light enough to be a lid shade or dark enough for the crease. This shadow is SMOOTH. I love it. It plays so well with the pale pink in the trio. As for the deep rose, it’s got a brown undertone so is not as scary as you may think. Yes, it is maroon. Which intimidated me at first, but I think it’s an edgy way to wear color in the crease.  This trio is so girly and daring at the same time. It just fits my LIFE.

Douce France can also double as a blush. If you swirl your brush across all three shadows, out comes a lovely rose color. For as much mileage you can get out of this, it definitely earns its $45 price tag.

NARS Gaiety and Mexican Rose for Spring 2012

NARS Gaiety Blush and Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Pencil for Spring 2012 are a perfect pair. A match made in makeup. This candy pink blush and hot pink glossy pencil are probably my favorite two items to come from NARS Spring 2012 collection. A bright cheek and lip is a look I find myself sporting lately. It’s a definite time saver in the morning, as I all but skip eye makeup, and a great way to beat the winter blues. That, and Vitamin D gummy vitamins. Which are so delicious, I sometimes want to eat handfuls. But, I digress.

Mexican Rose has an almost electric pink look to it, and it is definitely bolder than I expected. I think that the Velvet Gloss Pencil formula is the best thing to happen to lip products in a long time. They don’t dry your lips out, and wear incredibly well. Mexican Rose is a bit different than its counterparts in the product line, though, in a good way. It is a powerhouse. It’s glossy, yes, but it performs like a stain. I wore this for 12 hours, and only reapplied a few times (mainly because I crave the glossy finish). But between applications, the bright pink hue never actually disappeared.  The color actually reminds me of one of my favorite bold lipsticks, Bobbi Brown Cosmic Rasberry.

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Kate Beckinsale's Golden Globe Beauty Look

Kate Beckinsale looked stunning at the Golden Globes in that sparkly Roberto Cavalli. Her skin was looking extra radiant as well, and complemented the dress perfectly. Makeup artist Molly Stern wanted to keep Kate’s skin luminous and create a slight edge with the eyes.

To get the look:

Skin:  Molly began by moisturizing Kate’s skin with Natura Bisse’s The Cure Cream. She then primed with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer which creates a flawless canvas for makeup, followed by a light application of Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Sand.

Cheeks: She used the bronze tone in Hourglass Illume Crème-to Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset to add warmth to her skin, and followed with the blush tone applied on the apples of her cheeks. She then dusted Nars Miss Liberty high on her cheekbone to add an extra glow.

Eyes: Molly used the bronze shade of Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy as a base, and set it with Nars Galapagos Eye Shadow, smudged deep into the lid. For an extra pop of light, she dabbed Chanel’s Blazing Gold Ombré Essential over the inner lid. Her lashes are deep and jet-black due to Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara, followed by Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer which was painted over them for an extra kick of drama.

Lips: Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème lipstick in Fresco was used as a base on Kate’s lips, followed by Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lip Gloss in Imagine for a glistening sheen.

Emily's Picks for Golden Globes Best Dressed

The Golden Globes – it’s as classy an event as, say, the Oscars but less pressure and more alcohol served means my favorite red carpet of awards season! Anybody else surprised at the lack of fashion disasters last night? So many elegant looks it was difficult choosing my “best dressed” list but I think I’ve whittled it down to my top three looks of the night.

Claire Danes. Far and away my favorite look of the night.  Claire is sophisticated and polished from the front with the open back a sexy surprise.  I love that she kept her hair and makeup simple with an easy up-do and classic red lip. She is absolutely stunning.

Emma Stone. I am a big fan of Emma’s red carpet style so i could not wait to see what she would don for the Golden Globes.  She did not disappoint. Emma looks effortlessly chic and sexy in her eggplant Lanvin gown.  The shoulder detail and belt were refreshing youthful touches and love the  smoldering eye makeup that completed the look.

Adam Levine. Full disclosure – my affection for tattooed rockers may have something to do with my third pick.  There are two categories men fall into at awards shows: Boring or Whacky (ahem, Johnny Depp).  Adam Levine was anything but boring in his classic ensemble.  He wears a tux well. Very well.

For more Product Girl Golden Globe coverage, check out this post!

A Golden Globes Mani Monday: Essie Size Matters + Best Dressed

Searching for that perfect red polish? Even if you think you’ve already found “the one,” Essie Size Matters deserves a place in your nail polish arsenal. This polish is hot. Even my Boston Terrier was intrigued (that’s Betty in the background!) We were getting in the mood for watching the Golden Globes red carpet. From Essie’s winter collection, a.k.a. the collection I can’t get enough of, Size Matters is one of those perfect reds. It’s a ruby hue, that’s a little on the pink side. The kind of red that makes you feel sexy.

I was expecting to see a lot of Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s color of 2012, on the red carpet, but nude and blush hues took over. I think we’re so used to seeing a lot of color, that it was a little bit anticlimatic. BUT, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some gorgeous gowns. The Product Girl top three includes: Rooney Mara, wearing Nina Ricci; Charlize Theron, in an awesome sparkly headband and Christian Dior Couture; and Kate Beckinsale in a sparkling Roberto Cavalli. If Kate Beckinsale is not an inspiration to hit the gym hard, I don’t know what is.

What were your favorite Globes red carpet looks? Or, the ones you thought were a miss?

QVC Airing 24 Hours of Beauty Monday, January 16

Fire up the DVR! QVC is devoting 24 consecutive hours entirely to beauty on Monday, January 16. If only I was off work for MLK Day. I’d definitely spend more hours than I’d like to admit watching. Here’s hoping some of you are able to do that. For the rest of us, here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to see.

Philosophy will have two dedicated broadcasts, from 4-6 a.m. * and 4-5 p.m. They’re launching a new product, the Microdelivery Brightening Peel Pads.

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What's New in Beauty: Strivectin Book Club, Red Carpet Beauty Bonus and "Techno" Glitter

 
A virtual book club is so our speed, which is why we think that StriVectin’s Facebook Book Club is a fantastic idea. This month they’re reading Anna David’s “Falling for Me.”  Every other month, the group will start a new book, and the first 50 people to sign-up will receive a free copy. Check it out on StriVectin’s Facebook page.

One of the best things we read all week….beauty products the Refinery29 editors swear by. [Refinery29

Next month, look out for China Glaze ElectroPop for Spring 2012. This is a girly, edgy and fun collection. And that glitter confetti topcoat, called “Techno,” looks very promising. 

I’ve been waiting for NARS to introduce a tinted moisturizer for about 18 months when I first heard rumblings of one. And, it’s almost here. On February 1, NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer will launch at Nordstrom. SAVE THE DATE! [Women’s Wear Daily]

Marchesa always has some of the best red carpet moments (can’t wait for the Globes!), so the latest Beauty.com/Marchesa collab is quite fitting. Love the bow, the lace AND the samples:  Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Boscia blotting linens and Amika Obliphica Oil Treatment. Yours with any $150 Beauty.com purchase.

Food or skin care? Crabtree & Evelyn’s newly announced Avocado, Olive & Basil Collection sounds yummy and delicious…and moisturizing! Launching February 15.

Beauty VIP of the Week: NARS Makeup Removing Water

YOU GUYS! NARS is launching a Makeup Removing Water!

First, a story.

Ever since I got back from France last October, I’ve been kicking myself for only bringing back one bottle of BioDerma Crealine. You’ll find this gentle makeup remover backstage at any fashion show and in probably every makeup artist’s kit. It’s like magic water that lifts all traces of makeup off of your face. And it’s super affordable in France.  Not so much stateside, though.

NARS to the rescue. He went ahead and created his own soap-free, oil-free, fragrance-free and alcohol-free Makeup Removing Water that, like BioDerma, is a total treat to the skin. Removing makeup at the end of the day is the foundation for any skincare routine. You just have to do it – even if you don’t want to. NARS Makeup Removing Water is infused with cucumber, chamomile and hyaluronic acid and feels refreshing on the skin, just as these ingredients intend for you to feel. It’s got a very purifying effect. It even did surprising well removing eye makeup.

Considering I lost my cleansing oil v-card to NARS, I’m so excited to add the Makeup Removing Water to my routine. He’s just as good at developing amaze skincare as he is beautiful makeup. It will be available this month, for $28, at NARSCosmetics.com.

Coming Soon: butter LONDON Spring/Summer 2012

butterLONDON Creative Director Nonie Creme put together quite the lineup for Spring/Summer 2012. Isn’t it pretty? I’m totally loving that vibrant turquoise and how it lives in the same collection with gorgeous pastels and a glittery pink. Here’s the color story…

Bossy Boots – Light, opaque pistachio green. A beautiful take on neutral for this season, don’t you think?

Disco Biscuit – Tropical hot pink with an undercurrent of tiny iridescent glitter particles

Knackered – A sheer, twinkling oyster shade flecked with micro glitter particles.

Slapper – A true teal lacquer. Bold and very bright.

Trout Pout – An opaque shade of cantaloupe. Pale and retro.

These shades will available at the end of the month. What do you think? Anything that might complete your spring look?