Monthly Archives: September 2012

MAC Marilyn Monroe The Perfect Cheek Blush

What to do when your favorite MAC blush gets re-released with the MAC Marilyn Monroe collection? Get excited and tell your friends, of course. The Perfect Cheek is a rather unassuming muted matte pink. When I first got it three years ago from the MAC Makeup Art Cosmetics collection, it was more on name alone. The premise of “The Perfect Cheek” color on a label was almost like a dare I couldn’t resist. Perfection, you say? We’ll see about that. Of all the MAC blushes I have amassed over the years, this muted matte pink is the one I reach for the most. It’s my fail safe impossible to overdo fresh pink blush. The blush I bring on vacations because it goes with everything. And now that it’s available in a sleek Marilyn embossed compact? I love it even more. Don’t miss out, friends.

The New Nude Lip for Fall

The new nude lip for fall is not pale and Kim K. circa 2009, but rather, a little earthy and autumnal. It mimics your natural lip color but pulls a little brown. You could say it’s got a touch of the 90s thrown in there. It could be matte, satin or as I prefer, Velvet Gloss-y. Oh, NARS. I’m so devoted to your Velvet Gloss Pencils. The newest addition for fall, More, is an auburn hue. It’s got more than just a touch of the 90s in there – it’s very reminiscent of that era for me. And, I love how it looks on me. I love it even more, though, blended with NARS Velvet Gloss Pencil in Buenos Aires. Together, these two create the perfect new nude lip. It’s fresh, healthy and perfect for the season.

L-R: Buenos Aires, More; both shades blended together

What do you think of the new nude?

Buh-Bye Blemish: Murad Clarifying Wipes

I’ve been cursed with blemishes that will not disappear. There’s three in total. Two on my forehead and one to the left of my lips – same spots, always.  No matter how much drying lotion or salicylic acid-based treatment I use, they always come back. And the timing is suspect. These blemishes have cropped up in a perma way these last few months, which have been some of my most busy and stressful. Enter Murad Acne Clarifying Wipes, an on-the-go version of the brand’s renowned acne line. I’ve been using these wipes for a few weeks and am finding these stubborn blemishes are going away faster.

These wipes aren’t a traditional cleansing wipe, and I like to use them on clean skin once a day. They have this phenomenal cooling sensation on the skin and make me feel like my skin is truly clean (not stripped, though). Look for witch hazel (a natural form of salicylic acid) to tighten pores, algae extract to regulate oil and grape seed extract and vitamin E.

I’m hoping with regular use and a trip to see a professional for extractions, I can finally get rid of these pests once and for all.

Murad Clarifying Wipes just launched last month, $18 for 30-count. Available here.

NIVEA Fall Skin Care Giveaway

How about a giveaway to kick off this Monday? The very first Monday of fall, actually. Are you as excited as we are? To transition into fall, our friends at NIVEA have a special giveaway for Product Girl readers. Did you know that September is National Skin Care Awareness Month? Well, it is, and NIVEA is reminding us all to readjust our skin care regiment to keep up with changing weather.

Here’s what one (1) winner will receive:

NIVEA Touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub. Prime your skin for winter (yeah, it’s coming sooner than later). Look for Nivea’s ‘HYDRA IQ’ technology, which delivers a balance of exfoliation and a rich cleansing, moisturizing lather.

NIVEA Smooth Sensation Daily Lotion. Formulated for dry skin, this lotion, enriched with Ginkgo, Shea Butter and Vitamin E, intensely moisturizes and absorbs quickly.

NIVEA Kiss of Olive & Lemon Soothing Lip Care (new!) We love the ‘Kiss’ balms (cherry is our fav) and this new kiss on the block is pretty yummy, too.

$50 Visa gift card. For you to stock up on some skin care essentials.

To enter to win this NIVEA prize package, leave us a comment on this post with a fall skincare tip! We’ll pick a winner on Saturday, September 29.

Good luck!

Disclosure: NIVEA provided Product Girl with product samples and a $50 gift card.

Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment

If there’s one thing that can get us running to the nearest Sephora as fast as possible, it’s the launch of a new Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment. And there’s no exception to the rule with the new Fresh Sugar Berry Tinted Lip Treatment with SPF 15. Fresh Co-Founder Alina Roytberg was inspired by memories of fruit-filled fields while developing Sugar Berry.

  “Every summer, a bounty of berries would bloom in my grandparents’ yard in the Ukraine—vines thick with raspberries and branches heavy with blackberries. As a little girl, I would overindulge in the endless harvest! Sugar Berry captures this innocence of youth; its color is as bright and juicy as the wild berries that inspired it,” – Alina Roytberg

It seems like the little sister of Sugar Plum, which means it’s going to be perfect for the fall season!

(If you’re feeling more burgundy than berry, make sure to enter our giveaway of Revlon Black Cherry Lipstick here!)

Revlon + Product Girl on the Burgundy Lip for Fall (+ giveaway!)

Once fall hits, I crave a deep lip. I can’t think of a better pairing with the crisp colorful leaves and cooler air, can you? Lucky for me (and you!), a burgundy pout is once again a fall beauty trend. Honestly, of all of the Revlon videos we’ve brought to you this year, the one we’re featuring this month is our absolute favorite. Revlon equipped us with a few products to show you how to wear a burgundy lip. No surprise, this look is all about the lip. The products I used in the video: include:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous™ Lipstick in Black Cherry (love this classic shade!)
  • Revlon® ColorStay™ Smoky Shadow Stick in Flare (lilac/smoky plum)
  • Revlon® ColorStay Overtime™ Lengthening Mascara (black)

Black Cherry is delicious — it looks like a deep brown burgundy in the tube but goes on much lighter on the lips. It can be more subtle if a slightly stained look is more your style. Or, layer it on and be bold! Make sure to click on the video above and check out how I wear it, along with the lilac side of Revlon Smoky Shadow Stick.

Because we love this product so much, we’re giving away 10 tubes of Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry! Leave a comment on this post by Thursday, September 27 and let us know your thoughts on a burgundy lip for fall. We’ll pick 10 winners from there!

For more burgundy lips, click on over here to see the other Revlon bloggers in action.

NOTE: Click on the video image above to watch on YouTube.

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

Just Another Mani Monday: OPI Don't Talk Bach to Me

It’s been awhile since OPI has captivated my attention the way it has with its new Germany collection. Every color is a hit! I’m especially loving ‘Don’t Talk Bach to Me,’ a mustard lime with a subtle slick of silver shimmer. This color is unlike anything I’ve worn before, and I feel my fall nail repertoire lacks something without this addition. There’s something so ugly pretty about this one, and it looks AMAZE with all of the shades of grey and burgundy we’re seeing this season.

What do you think about this color? Would you wear?

Revlon Previews Nearly Naked Makeup at NY Fashion Week

Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman, responsible for all things awesome over at Revlon the past few years, previewed 2013 launches on the runways at New York Fashion Week. The look seen here at Giuletta’s Spring/Summer 2013 Presentation was all about dewy skin.

“The designer was envisioning a mermaid with an eccentric twist,” says Westman.  “I wanted it to look as if the girls had just emerged from the sea. I focused on creating a dewy glow then added a striking brown eye and glossy bronzed lips to complete the look.”

The Revlon look included:

FACE:

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup (available January 2013)
Revlon PhotoReady Sculpting Blush Palette in Natural

EYES:

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Not Just Nudes
Revlon PhotoReady Primer and Shadow in Metropolitan and Graffiti, $9.99 (available January 2013)
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $7.99
Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara, $8.99

LIPS:

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum, $7.49
Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Bronze Shimmer, $7.49

NAIL:

Revlon ColorStay Nail in Enamel in Seashell from The Spring/Summer ’13 Collection (available next spring)

We’re anxiously awaiting more details on the “Nearly Naked Makeup” responsible for this dewy, natural look. Also, we love the natural nude lip from the duo of Colorburst Glosses. That we don’t have to wait until January to try! What do you think?

Natural Beauty Find: Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation

 

It is September 2012 and if you have yet to try Vapour Beauty, then you should change that situation a.s.a.p. Your year will take a turn for the plus. Everything I try from this organic beauty powerhouse is a win. No longer is it “for a natural product, it’s pretty good.” Vapour is superior to most non-natural brands. I love the way this industry is progressing. And my skin agrees. My most recent natural beauty find is Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation. No chemicals, no irritants. Rather, 70% certified organic ingredients, like pumpkin and camellia, and 30% natural mineral pigments and vitamins.

Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation swatches, (L) S115, (R) S120

Vapour designed this to lend a soft finish to the skin. It blurs out blemishes and unevenness flawlessly. Just a pump is all you need (I’m a match to shade S115). Miraculously, I first started using this at the hottest point of the summer and my skin did not act out. There’s a satin feel (due to yummy ingredients, not silicones)  and I was wondering if it would slide off my face. When the ingredients are there to balance and do some good, you’ll be amazed at how positively your skin responds.

If you have aging skin (sadly, we all do, that’s life), then this is your friend. It softens the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles, so you’ll look like you’re aging in the opposite direction.  $48 at VapourBeauty.com.

The Must-Have Blush from NARS Seen During NYFW

After seeing this gorgeous beauty shot from backstage at Alexander Wang, it’s clear that we all need NARS Zen Blush. Can you even with that glowy skin and sculpted cheek?  NARS, led by artist Diane Kendal, created the look for the Alexander Wang Spring 2013 show. Here’s the breakdown, and a hint of some new products coming for Spring 2013!

SKIN
NARSskin Optimal Brightening Concentrate (just launched!)

FACE
Sheer Glow Foundation
Radiant Creamy Concealer (coming Spring 2013!)
Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Loose (coming Spring 2013!)
Zen Blush
Albatross Highlighting Blush

EYES
Cayenne Single Eyeshadow (contour)
Blondie or Bali Eyeshadow (on brows)
Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara

And, while the duct tape part may be for runway effect only, I’m even digging that.

Now, off to order Zen Blush. Seriously, how do I not already have this?