Monthly Archives: August 2013

Vote in QVC's Customer Choice Beauty Awards!

QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards 2013

QVC is my go-to for beauty on TV… My skincare hero Kate Somerville is a regular, Maureen Kelly from Tarte (ever catch her saying the word “kryptonite” when she has been on? She got that from me! :)) is too along with countless other beauty brands we know and love. Now the voting for their 5th Annual Customer Choice Beauty Awards are upon us and you can begin voting on your favorite products across 36 categories, from Best Mascara to Best Conditioner.

The beauty polls open to the public during Beauty’s Best, a 25-hour event kicking off Friday, August 23 at 11pm ET and continuing all day August 24. However, we have special, early access to the polls beginning tomorrow at midnight ET. You can begin voting here. The winners will be announced on October 17th.

We will be test driving the products in the Best Hair Tools category so stay tuned!

Mani Monday: Essie Cashmere Bathrobe

Essie Cashmere Bathrobe

I’m still enjoying what is left of summer; colorful nails, bronzed skin and easy braided hair, but I can’t help but want dive head first into fall’s new beauty. This week my nails are an example of that, I’m rocking Essie’s Cashmere Bathrobe from the Fall 2013 collection.

Most of the collection is a pass for me but Cashmere Bathrobe caught my eye simply because I didn’t already have a shade like this in my nail vault. I have plenty of greys but I don’t have one light this. This is a dark grey creme with a light shimmer that doesn’t immediately detract away from the dark richness of the grey. The formula is good, a nice consistency that levels out and plenty of coverage in just one coat…even though I have two on.

So what’s on your nails this week? Still loving those summer shades or are you transitioning into fall?

New! NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

High up on my list of beauty lemmings is the new NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. For years now I’ve been all about powder foundations but as I get older and my skin needs a little more camouflage before I leave the house, I’ve started to admit that cream (or liquid) foundations are where it’s at for me right now. This new foundation is tempting because it claims to have the feel of a cream but with the buildable, lightweight coverage of a liquid.

Here’s what NARS has to say about Radiant Cream Compact Foundation:

Available in an extremely extensive collection of 20 shades, this lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream compact with the weightless coverage of a liquid foundation. It is portable, buildable, and sets in seconds; the formula also features our Advanced Emulsion Technology, allowing for a wet or dry application. Expanding its foundation lineup, NARS introduces Radiant Cream Compact Foundation. This lightweight formula combines the supple feel of a cream foundation with the weightless coverage of liquid makeup for a truly glowing complexion.

Enriched with the NARS exclusive Advanced Emulsion Technology, the velvety cream formula blends seamlessly and uniquely allows for the modern artistic versatility of a wet or dry application. The buildable formula delivers medium to full coverage and sets in seconds, leaving skin soft, smooth, and glowing — all with the ease of a portable compact.

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Coming Soon: NARS Eye Paint

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With so much newness, you would think NARS would be done surprising us for the season but low and behold, next month NARS is introducing their new Eye Paint.

LINE.DEFINE.SWIPE.SMOLDER

Housed in a brilliant pot of high-impact pigment, this versatile product can be used as both an eyeshadow and eyeliner. The innovative weightless gel formula delivers long-lasting color that glides on smooth and dries down quickly. When used as eyeliner, pair with the new Angled Eyeliner Brush #38 for a perfectly defined eye.

Comes in 10 shades for a full range of artistry. Ophthalmologist Tested.

Shades include:

  • BLACK VALLEY: Black
  • MESOPOTAMIA: Brown
  • TRANSVAAL: Grey
  • SOLOMON ISLANDS: Turquoise blue
  • MOZAMBIQUE: Olive
  • SNAKE EYES: Black with green shimmer
  • TATAR: Black with purple shimmer
  • UBANGI: Black with blue shimmer
  • INTERSTELLAR: Silver
  • ISKANDAR: Gold

The Eye Paints retail for $25 and will be available at Nordstrom and NARS boutiques on September 1st. This release also includes their new Angled Eyeliner Brush #38 retailing for $26.

I can’t wait to see these little pots of pigment in person…

Beyonce's New Pixie Haircut

You go to bed at night and everything is normal then you wake up and everyone is talking about Beyonce’s new pixie haircut. Personally, I wouldn’t have the confidence to rock this do but I am firmly of the opinion that Queen Bey can rock anything she damn well wants to.

The team credited with the honors is stylist Neal Farinah and Rita Hazan created Beyonce’s color. Rita states,”Beyonce’s new look is modern and old Hollywood at the same time, and makes such a statement. We wanted the color to be soft and sexy so I chose to highlight her hair with champaign and summer blonde tones. By strategically highlighting her whole head in very tiny sections, we achieved the perfect look.”

I’m loving this new look, how about you? Lets hash this out in the comments. 😉