I recently had the chance to chat with the Jason Wu for a little bit about his collaboration with Lancome, a fall collection available exclusively at Nordstrom. Jason Wu has worked with Lancome in the past for his shows during New York Fashion Week but this is the first time he’s created an actual collection with Lancome or any other brand. It is a natural evolution of their working relationship and I hope we get to see that relationship continue to evolve. A girl can hope for a Jason Wu fragrance, right? If you’re not familiar with Jason Wu, chances are you know his work. He’s best known for designing the dresses Michelle Obama wore during the first and second inaugurations.
I also had the chance to meet Darais, Lancome’s National Makeup Artist. Aside from being a devastatingly handsome man, he’s an amazing makeup artist and has worked with some incredible people during his career. I was lucky enough to sit in a chair and have him do my eyes, loving the smokey blue look he gave. He also shared a few new tricks with me from doing my eyes to posing for pictures. God, I loved this man!
More on that below…
Stop the presses! My mind was blown this weekend when I discovered that the fine folks at Clarisonic were releasing a new tool, the Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation. I’ve struggled with dry, cracked heels for years now and I have tried almost every single foot file out there, even splurging on the infamous Dimancel files, and countless cracked heel creams. It wasn’t until I tried a prescription foot cream that I was finally able to gain the upper hand in my pedi situation. This tool piques my interest and gives me hope that I can keep the upper hand in my pedi situation. Good thing sandal weather is coming to a close!
The set retails for $199 and includes:
- White Pedi Device
- Pedi Smoothing Disc
- Pedi Wet/Dry Buffing Brush Head
- Pedi-Buff Sonic Foot Smoothing Treatment (6 oz.)
- Pedi-Balm Sonic Foot Softening Treatment (3.5 oz.)
- Pedi-Boost Sonic Foot Renewal Treatment (1 oz.)
- USB-Enabled Universal Voltage pLink® Charger
The device has 3 speeds, an adjustable time and is safe for use in the shower or the bathtub. The device itself is intriguing but what I am interested in is the treatments. The smoothing treatment features lactic acid, the same ingredient found in some of my favorite foot creams, as well alpha hydroxy acids to help slough away dead skin. The softening treatment is all about hydrating those poor tired feet with shea butter, apricot oil and honey. The renewing peel treatment goes a step further to get rid of dead skin cells with a lactic and glycolic acid combo. This is all music to my ears, I kid you not.
For the time being, the Clarisonic Pedi Sonic Foot Transformation is available exclusively online. I have a birthday coming up, I think my family should pay attention! 😉 Are you intrigued?
Right now you can save $1 on any U by Kotex product when you use Pinteresst to pin your favorite U by Kotex survival kits. Whether you’re on a weekend getaway, going to work, having a girl’s night out or just going to the gym, Kotex has a product for your scenario to prevent any beauty mishaps from occurring.
Take the Day to Girl’s Night Out survival kit for example:
- The new U by Kotex Thong Liners (exclusive to Walmart!) to for a dry, clean feel.
- Dryer sheets to tame dance-floor frizz.
- A soft-frame clutch gives you more wiggle room.
- Hairspray can save snagged tights.
- Blush mixed with a little water doubles as lip gloss.
- False eyelashes give you instant star appeal.
And all of that can fit in a clutch! Pin your favorite survival kit to Pinterest and you will immediately receive a $1 coupon for U by Kotex products.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kotex.
I am not really a nail applique gal, I haven’t been able to master them no matter how hard I try. This is why nail appliques really haven’t done it for me for awhile now. That is until these new Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliques stopped me dead in my tracks at my local Fred Meyer tonight. These limited edition appliques are inspired by Marchesa’s own gowns are available in 8 different designs retailing for $9.99 a set.
I borrowed this image from Revlon’s website but really, it doesn’t do these appliques justice at all. They are gorgeous and wearable works of art, I’m obsessed. My favorite design is 24K Brocade, it has a robins egg blue background with a raised gold brocade design.
Marchesa has collaborated with beauty brands in the past, a few years ago they had a gorgeous albeit pricey capsule collection with Le Métier de Beaute but none of it was as memorable to me as these appliques are. I appreciate Marchesa’s collaboration with Revlon, it brings their point of view down to a much more affordable price points and makes it more accessible than ever.
Every time I see an Essence display in my local drugstore beauty isle, something takes over me and I am possessed with this need to buy everything in sight. Essence may be one of the most underrated drugstore brands out there and I think that needs to come to an end…now! Yesterday I exhibited some self-restraint and only walked away with a few nail polishes and some nail art tools, this Essence Colour & Go nail polish in Grey-t to be Here being one of them. At just $1.99 a bottle, I couldn’t pass them up.
Grey-t to be Here is a blue-ish grey with copper micro glitter that peeks out in the sunlight. The formula is thin and very easy to work with, this is thanks in part to the wide brush that helps spread the well pigmented shade easily. Two thin coats gave me bottle color and dried pretty quickly without surface texture. It looks as though it has a bit of texture and gives a moderate amount of shine, but using your favorite top coat helps with that.
I love this shade and am already planning a little nail art to play off of the copper in this shade, maybe a little OPI Casino Royale chevron action on the tips. A little FYI, Essence has great nail art tools if you’re just starting to play with nail art like I am. Stripping brush? Check. Peel off base coat? Check!
What’s on your nails right now?
Finally, we come to the CHI Smart Volumizing Styling Iron and Sarah Potempa Beachwaver Rotating Curling Iron part of our Best Hair Tools test drive for the QVC Customer's Choice Beauty Awards. Voting ends tonight so if you're a fan of any of the products we've covered today, show the brands some love and vote. The winners will be revealed online throughout the day on October 17 and on air during a special show from 9pm–Midnight ET. A lot of my favorites are nominated, are yours?
A styling iron is just an essential these days and CHI is one of the best brands on the market making flat irons, they are one of the originals. A CHI is iconic really, I remember a CHI styling iron being a tool that only stylists had because they were so expensive. Thankfully they are accessible to everyone thanks to a more affordable price tag… and the occasional Easy Pay offer on QVC. Then we have a new twist on the traditional curling iron, one that makes curling your hair less of a challenging task. I say this being one of those women who has always struggled with curling my hair and making it look GOOD. Now beach worthy waves are easier than ever.
Now lets talk blow dryers, specifically the T3 Featherweight 2 High Performance Hair Dryer and the Drybar Blowout In-a-Box Hair Dryer. These were the next set of tools QVC sent us for our Best Hair Tools category test drive.
Both of these drastically cut down dry time and left our hair looking less frizzy and healthier than your average blow dryer found in the aisles of your favorite drugstore. Granted, it comes with a much bigger price tag but we think the benefits and time saved in the morning make that cost totally justifiable… and absolutely worth it. Kayla and I tested both of these blow dryers and quickly came to realize why each one is nominated for a QVC Customer's Choice Beauty Award.
Late last month I told you about the QVC Customer’s Choice Beauty Awards and how we would be test driving products from one of the categories nominated in the awards. We chose to go with Best Hair Tools and we have had a blast trying out all of these tools. Some were a complete revelation to us and others made us think how we survived this long without them.
Speaking for myself, I’ve become a “hair gal” over the course of the last year, I am now the girl who gets up earlier to do her hair instead of relying on the haircut to do all the work. Voting for the QVC Customer’s Choice Beauty Awards ends tonight so we’ll be spending the day featuring the products in the Best Hair Tools category.
Right now we’re taking a look at the Calista Tools products nominated, their Ion Hot Rollers and Perfecter Heated Round Brush.
This post brought to you by Swisspers. All opinions are 100% mine.
Remember the challange I told you about for National Sleep Naked Night? Dani Jonas is the Face-Off winner and has won $7,500 for her favorite charity, Change for the Children Foundation. Don't you love it when people use their clout for good? Well done, Dani!
Also, as part of National Sleep Naked Night, I'll be hosting a Twitter party tonight from 8:30pm to 10:30pm EST. Follow me (@productgirl) and @SwisspersCotton and join in on the fun using the #SleepNaked hash tag. We'll be talking about removing our makeup, braving our bare, sans makeup faces and having a good time. I hope you'll join me.
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Swisspers for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Removing your makeup at night is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. The folks at Swisspers are all about taking care of your skin and started the Sleep Naked campaign to urge women achieve healthier skin by “sleeping naked”, which means ending their day makeup-free. You would think that removing your makeup each night would be a no brainer but 50% of women do not take off their makeup each night and of those that do, 80% of them do not do it correctly and that leads to skin and eye issues. Swisspers has some tips on how to remove face and lip makeup as well as how to remove eye makeup.
Swisspers has challenged reality stars, Emily Maynard (The Bachelorette) and Danielle Jonas (Married to Jonas), to not only remove their makeup each night, but to remove it properly. Each one of these ladies have revealed a makeup-free photo of themselves and are rallying their fans to take the Sleep Naked pledge with them. The person with the most pledges will host a virtual party on National Sleep Naked Night this Thursday, September 19th. She will answer questions in a live video chat and will have a $5,000 donation made in her name to a charity empowering young women.
I’m taking the challenge, how about you? The benefits are just piling up! Removing your makeup each night allows your skin to breathe, the makeup you might otherwise leave on can dry out your skin. Makeup in your pores can lead to bacteria build-up and irritate your skin, so why not take the makeup off and help your pores appear smaller? It promotes natural exfoliation and in the end, your pillow case will thank you!