Monthly Archives: March 2012

Vincent Longo Coming to HSN

Celebrity makeup artist and creator of the namesake collection Vincent Longo is heading to HSN. As we like to say, queue up the DVR! On Thursday, March 22, Vincent Longo will showcase the classics at 7am, 4pm and 8pm eastern time. Look for demos on the Water Canvas™ Base Primer, Water Canvas™ Creme-to-Powder Foundation, Velour Pressed Powder, 1-2-3 Trio Eyeshadow and Perfect Shine Lip Gloss.

“My signature line is comprised of professional-grade products such as those used by makeup artists, now made available to HSN customers. By adapting the latest in research and technology, I create products that blend form, function and fashion, allowing the wearer to tap the well of her own beauty.” — Vincent Longo

For me, Vincent Longo is a brand that goes on and off of our radar. I really like the Water Canvas products — especially the creme to powder foundation. it’s pretty amaze stuff, so I’m excited to check out the segments and see Longo live up and close. I love seeing an artist in action! 
 
Will you tune in?

Meet Your New BFF: Q-tips Precision Tips

 

Q-tips are one of the greatest inventions, ever. I use them every day.  I always have a full box of back-up box in the event I run out. It’s just like toilet paper. You only have to run out once (without back-up) to never let that happen again. Total necessity, guys.

My obsessive need for Q-tips has reached a new level with the new Q-tips Precision Tips. It’s opened a whole new world of function, especially in the beauty routine, with the dual-ended tapered tip. The question isn’t what can you do with these, but rather, what can’t you do? Seriously, a box of these belongs in every room of the house. At least every bathroom!

The Top 10 Ways I Get My Q-tip Precision Tip On:

The "Kitten" Eye, ala Precision Tip
  1. Extending my eyeliner into a perfect “kitten” eye. It’s like the juniors version of a cat eye. I extend my eyeliner out just a bit and use the Precision Tip to clean it up and taper it out.
  2. Brow tamer. Dab a little balm (I like One Love Organics Skin Savior) on the edge and tame away strays.
  3. Applicator. It can fill in in a pinch for eyeshadow, concealer, pot of lip gloss (I hate sticking my fingers in pots of gloss!)
  4. Smoky-eye enabler. This tapered end makes it easier to blend eyeliner out around the rims. Plus, it’s disposable so if you’re traveling and don’t want to pack all of your brushes, this works great. AND…you can just toss and go.
  5. Lipstick helper. I’m terrible about using a lip brush. I prefer to apply and clean up after. Usually I can get it perfect —- and when I can’t, I use these. Also nice to touch-up in the corners of the mouth which can build up with product.
  6. DIY Mani-Pedi. Dampen the end of the Precision Tip with nail polish remover and erasing mistakes is easy as pie. This might be favorite use for these!
  7. Blemish buster. Break the habit of using your fingers to apply acne spot treatment and use a Q-tip instead. If you do this on the go, use the other end to dab a concealer on the blemish. The pointed edge makes it easy to target.
  8. To clean the computer. These are perfect for cleaning my laptop keyboard and getting in between the keys.
  9. Duster. While the Keurig brews or I wait for my bagel to toast, I use these to clean. My baseboards have never looked better.
  10. For the poochie. I have a Boston Terrier. She has crevices. I use these to clean in and around her adorable face wrinkles!

Bonus tip: Stash these in your makeup bag in your purse (I use the Target brand to-go q-tip case and refill it). If you need these for any of the above on the go, you’ll be glad you have them. And, if your eyeshadow creases or mascara transfers, I like to use these instead of my fingers to prevent the spread of bacteria from your fingers to your face. 

Any uses of your own to share? For more tips, check out Q-tips on Facebook.

Disclosure: I was provided with Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swabs, a $25 American Express gift card and information about the product by Rocket XL. All opinions are 100% my own.

Hunger Games COUNTDOWN + Make Up For Ever HG Appearance

The anticipation of the Hunger Games movie is almost too much to take. It’s finally here. Almost, anyway. We cannot wait to see this movie. Tickets have already been purchased and plans have been made. I first read the series about a year and a half ago, and feel so attached to the characters. Can’t wait to see the Rue scene…hoping to keep it together!

The head of makeup for the film, Ve Neill, used quite a bit of MAKE UP FOR EVER on set.  Here’s what we know:

  • Cinna’s gold eyeliner is courtesy of MUFE Metal Powder #1
  • Katinss wore a mix of MUFE HD Foundation throughout the flick. Ve mixed different shades to give her skin different color effects throughout the movie.
  • MUFE HD Blush #9 was used to highlight Katniss’ cheeks

In other exciting news, have you heard Taylor Swift’s song for the movie yet? Check it out here if you haven’t…curious which scene it will be played! And while you’re at it, read this MTV.com article with Jennifer Lawrence on her favorite scenes.

On Our Radar: BECCA Cosmetics Balearic Love Collection

 

Well, look what we have here. New BECCA! We think that BECCA collections are always so sultry, feminine and flattering. BECCA makes makeup for women. And we love that about the brand. With the new Balearic Love Collection, we’re invited to the islands. Let’s check it out.

Balearic Love Palette ($45; limited edition) Create rich, sensuous eyes in tones of bronzed plum and violet. Shades include: Atlas (demi-matt, mauve taupe); Romal (shimmer; bronze plum); Marcella (demi matt, deep bronze violet)

Eye Tint in Romanticism ($24) This delicate mauve-bronze, crème-to-powder tint can be worn alone or layered underneath the Balearic Love Palette for added depth and crease-proof colour.

Mineral Blush in Bolero ($32) This mineral complexion sculptor has pure mineral pigments and a natural demi-matte bronze tone, and can be used as a contouring powder and blush.

Nail Colour ($15) Three new shades join the line, in Pasa Doble (black plum); Tempranillo (wine red); and Cala Blanca (sandy nude, shown above)

Line and Define Pencil in Cabrera ($23) Metallic bronze on one end and deep violet on the other.

Sheer Tint Lip Colour in Valentina ($24) Sheer, hydrating creamy nude pink lipstick with subtle shine. Contains emollients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, honey and Vitamin E.

Available now at BECCACosmetics.com.

Just Another Mani Monday: Color Club He Loves Me

As we enter the FIFTH day of 80 degree weather in Chicago, I am understanding what it is like to live in a “normal” climate. Is this what San Diego is like? I will say, my mood is great. And my mission to embrace brights in every aspect of life is emboldened (pun intended). For this week’s manicure, I went part bright, part pastel courtesty of Color Club He Loves Me. This adorable mini came in my March Birchbox. What do you think? It’s a petal pink that takes on brighter look on my hands. I think it brings out my non-existent tan. How is everyone’s week kicking off? And what is on your nails for the week ahead?

What's New in Beauty: Beauty Bar Sample Society, One Love Organics, Revlon + a Giveaway

Remember when we told you about Beauty Bar.com’s foray into the sampling world with the “Sample Society?” From the looks of the first box, this one appears every bit worth the attention. Samples included:

  • Fekkai Advanced Glossing Cream (1.6 oz)
  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (.45 oz)
  • REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask (15 ml)
  • Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Pen (.14 oz)
  • Oscar de la Renta Espirit D’Oscar Eau de Parfum Rollerball (.1 fl oz).

We remain obsessed with One Love Organics Skin Savior Balm, and this piece from the ladies at Birchbox has some AMAZING tips on how to use this wonder salve. Oh, and they’re selling it too! Yay! [Birchbox]

This video on how to do your brows, sans salon, is a must-watch. [Refinery 29]

Want.THIS. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Bronzer. [Saks]

A pregnant Alessandra Ambrosio without makeup….still unbelievably gorgeous! [US Weekly]

We’ve teamed up with Revlon in 2012 to deliver “how-to” videos every month! We kicked off March with the Smoky Eye. Check it out here, and don’t forget to enter our giveaway of the Revlon Photo Ready Eye Primer + Brightener.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Beauty VIP of the Week: Bright Lipstick

Have you heard? Lipstick is having a moment. Particularly the brights. This awesome piece in the Wall Street Journal by Elizabeth Holmes (@EHolmesWSJ), “Very Bright Lipstick, All the Time,” confirms my longing and NEED to rock the bold lip. Except I’m not tied to just one shade. People, there is a bright lip movement happening, and you need to join in.

I had at-length conversations with friends and coworkers this week about the mood-lifting, confidence-creating side effects of wearing a bright lipstick. Particularly on a warm sunny day when all you want to do is smile and be happy. We say leave the fear behind and dip your toes in the bright lip water. Pretty soon, you’ll be swimming in coral and pink.

For this reaason, bright lipstick was the Beauty Vip of the week. But I couldn’t pick just one.
 
NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Pencil. I deem this color universally flattering. I also found it particularly impressive that it lasted for 12 hours (with only lip balm applied a few times throughout the day). And, I had chicken wings for dinner.

MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Full Speed. Quickly becoming my go-to “coral” because it has a salmon pink undertone that I find super flattering. Buy this. Then wear it, a lot. And please report back.

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj. This is bright, and badass. Sure to shock everyone you see, in a good way. Also, please ignore “the face” I seem to be giving in this pic.

Where do you stand on the bright lip? All day, every day? Sometimes? Or never? Let’s talk about it!

Get the Look: Smoky Eyes

Some exciting news on the Product Girl front! We’ve teamed with Revlon to create videos each month highlighting beauty trends. We are very excited to be a part of this effort (we’re in good company!) First up? Conquering the smoky eye. One of our favorite looks, yet one that we recognize can be a challenge. We promise…it’s not that scary. And if it is, embrace it. A little smoke around the rims of your eyes is sexy!

In this video, we focused on three products to get the smoky look:

  • Revlon PhotoReady™ Eye Primer + Brightener
  • Revlon® ColorStay™ 16 Hour Eye Shadow  (in Siren)
  • Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume™ Mascara

I really liked the Eye Primer + Brightener. I’ve been using it a lot in place of concealer (or in conjunction with, depending on how many hours of sleep I’m getting!) with great results. It also works as a subtle highlighter along the cheekbone. Because I liked this one so much, I’m giving away 10 of the Revlon PhotoReady™ Eye Primer + Brightener. To enter, leave a comment on this post by next Friday, March 23. I’ll select 10 winners at random at the end of the day.

And, we’ll be back each month with a new look. With each one, I hope to impart some beauty 4-1-1. Also, you guys, videos are hard! Kudos to you that do them often. Major kudos.

To check out more tips and looks from the other fabulous blogger gals, click here.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Revlon has contracted us to develop videos each month to highlight trends on InStyle.com.

QVC Today's Special Value Preview: Tarte Miracle of Maracuja Set

We have a preview of tomorrow’s Today’s Special Value on QVC and it’s Tarte’s Miracle of Maracuja set. We are suckers for these great Tarte/QVC sets and this one kicks it up a notch with new maracuja infused products for us to obsess over, all of them full sized for only $59.96. This 8-piece collection (the Pure Maracuja Oil is not pictured here) is a steal and includes:

  • Pure Maracuja Oil
  • Maracuja Waterproof Creaseless Concealer
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes! Volumizing Mascara in Black
  • Envoke the Smoke Eye Shadow Quad
  • Airblush Maracuja Blush in Amused
  • Maracuja Divine Shine Lip Gloss in Peaceful
  • Cashmere Waterproof Gliding Liner in Black
  • Airbrush Finish Bamboo Blush Brush

The Maracuja Waterproof Creaseless Concealer is available in your choice of shades in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep and with the auto-delivery option, you will receive new shades in July and November.

Keep reading for swatches from this collection. Continue reading

At the Copa, Benefit Cabana Glam(a)

Who needs spring break when you have 70 degree temps in Chicago and this awesome kit from Benefit? Not me. I’m pretty satisfied with no vacay on the agenda. Unless a weekend trip to Minneapolis counts? Benefit Cabana Glam is the latest “best of” compilation, featuring seven products to bronze and brighten your look. I love these kits. They’re just so adorable and functionable with the minis.

Your Cabana Glam faux bronze comes courtesy of:

  • Some Kind-A-Gorgeous (in medium; mini!)
  • Hoola Bronzing Powder (mini brush included)
  • Eyeshadow Palette in Peach Fizz
  • Posietint (mini!)

Also, when you’re done with the palette you can remove the tray and save the box as a keepsake. Adorable!