Holiday Gift Guide: The Party Girl

Our holiday gift guide continues with the perfect presents for The Party Girl in your life. The girl who has plans every night of the week and craves sparkly things. These gifts are part glam on the go and 100% fabulous. And naturally, we want them all!

Inspired by the British “holiday cracker” tradition, Jouer Sparkle & Pop is filled with all sorts of treats, including a cocktail ring, beauty fortune, mini champagne bubbles and one of three potential deluxe Jouer samples. The latter is a surprise — the Body Butter, Essential Lip Enhancer or Glisten Lip Gloss will be inside. Jouer smartly packaged these in a value pack of four, in addition to singles, so you can split up for gifting.

Objects are smaller than they appear with the Bobbi Brown ‘Uber Nude’ Lip & Eye Palette but it has literally everything you need for a night out. We love these classic neutral shades — this is perfect for packing in a clutch or on a trip!

How fabulous would it be to pull this sparkly Stephanie Johnson SNAP Mirror out of your bag? A portable mirror is such a functional gift and the sparkles make it that much more fun. Everything Stephanie Johnson makes is perfection.

The Party Girl is always known for fabulous hair, right? We can’t think of a better duo than Living Proof Prime and amp2, the brand’s newest styling launches. Prime acts like a face primer but for your hair strands and amp2 creates texture and major volume with the help of a tiny molecule that creates friction and space on every strand.

Leave it to the folks at Benefit to come up with the yet another must-have holiday kit. Benefit She’s So…Jetset has everything for The Party Girl — like Life on the A List Lip Gloss and They’re Real Mascara, which lengthens lashes like nobody’s biz.

For more holiday gift inspiration, see our recommendations for The Product Girl.

Sonia Kashuk's Latest Treasure + Vacation Makeup

Vacations are good for the soul. A much necessary break from everything. While Carla was in Vegas for her sister’s wedding, I was in San Francisco. After a day in wine country and a few more spent sightseeing, shopping and eating, my battery is on its way to being recharged. As most vacations go for us beauty girls, we tend to spend quite a bit of time packing our products (usually bringing way too much). Now that I’m back, I can confirm that, once again, that exact scenario happened. Some things will never change. I wanted to give you a glimpse at the makeup I used on vacation and rave about the makeup bag that you need to run to Target to buy immediately. Meet the Sonia Kashuk Completely Organized Bag.

Let me try to quickly breakdown how amazing this bag is. Seriously, I could probably give a 50 minute lecture on the function of this bag. A black nylon makeup bag (the staple of ALL staples) with maroon lining, featuring a front exterior zippered compartment and pouch, two back exterior pouches, an interor with a zippered compartement and SIX side pouches that fit blush, eye palettes, powder and lipstick galore. And it’s $14.99. This bag can do no wrong. I marvel at its wonder. Oh, and it’s only $14.99.

These are the products I used every single day on vacation. I brought along Stila Stay All Day Liquid Foundation & Concealer, in shade Light, which like its other “Stay All Day” counterparts, wears flawlessly for hours and hours (and hours!) The concealer hidden in the cap works on both blemishes and under eyes, so the 2-in-1 option was great for travel. For eyes, I kept it bright and low maintence. Just a pat of bareMinerals Well-Rested Face & Eye Brightener to perk up my undereyes and double as a highlighter (more to come on this – I think it’s magical!), a swipe of Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Illuminating Duo to brighten under the browbone, lower waterline and inner corners and NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates and Maybelline The Falsies to give the lash line some oopmh. I dusted Jouer Bronzer in Suntan in the “3” shape on each side of my face and tapped MAC Blush in Legendary from the Marilyn Monroe collab on my cheeks. For lips, I’m having a MAJOR Fresh Berry Sugar Lip Treatment moment. It might be fav Sugar of all. It brightens my face in a very subtle way, and it was perfect for walking around sunny SF with the SPF 15.

Sometimes a simple routine is the way to go!

Jouer Launches in Nordstrom

From the first moment I used Joeur Luminizing Moisture Tint, I knew that I’d stumbled onto a brand that was really special. Years later, and many more a-ha/wow moments from Jouer, I realize how right I was. And now I can get my Jouer in Nordstrom!

The brand launched online at Nordstrom and in five stores, including Chicago’s Michigan Ave, Walnut Creek, CA, Santa Monica, CA, Garden State, NJ and and Houston, TX. You can’t see me, but I’m smiling! Jouer is joining a suite of new brands in Nordstrom’s beauty department, including Vincent Longo, Kevin Aucoin and Stila.

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Birchbox Teams with Glamour for July Box

We got a sneak preview of the Birchbox July 2012 box, curated by the beauty editors at Glamour magazine. We adore the ladies at Glamour and their blog, The Girls in the Beauty Department, and were so excited to see what fun they had with Birchbox this summer. The theme is parallel to the “Five Senses of Summer” July issue of Glamour and includes beauty goodies and lifestyle extras to stimulate the senses of beauty junkies everywhere.

So what was in my box?

See it: Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens (love)

See it: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (in purple!)

Touch it: Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint (one of our favorite TMs!)

Smell it: Oscar de la Renta live in love fragrance (so very feminine and fresh!)

Taste it: Larabar Cherry Cobbler (yum, and only 110 calories!)

Hear it: Neon Earbuds + Glamour Spotify playlist (really excited about these)

Are you a Birchbox subscriber? If not, what are you waiting for? For $10/month, this is such a treat! It’s led me to discover a new a favorite tea, a facial oil that makes my skin absolutely glow and even fashionable Band-Aids.

Let us know what you think of the Birchbox/Glamour collab!

Five Bronzers to Use All Summer

Happy Memorial Day! Hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend. We’re taking a break from our holiday to report on one of the most important summer beauty topics, bronzer. We firmly believe that every woman needs a bronzer wardrobe for summer. No other beauty product gets as much mileage for me from now until Labor Day. Largely because the actual sun does not actually darken my skin — no, no, not going to let that happen. And I like options. Here are the five that are ruling my makeup bag this summer.
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Coming Soon: Jouer Luminizing Body Glow

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint (affectionately referred to as LMT by its cult followers) is one of the most amazing tinted moisturizers on the market. It diffuses all skin imperfections and leaves skin all glowy and highlighted in the right places. We just got word that Jouer has something LMT-esque planned for the body this summer! Jouer Luminizing Body Glow officially launches June 1. It promises a radiant finish to the skin with a healthy dose of hydration. Jouer infused it with scents of Gardenia, Jasmine and Honeysuckle and moisturizing shea butter, chamomile and cucumber extract. All of this with a subtle satin glow.  Are you as excited to see this in action as we are?!

Launching June 1 at Jouer, $36.

Shine On! Jouer SPF 15 Lip Sheers

Sheer you say, Jouer? I say these Jouer SPF 15 Lip Sheers are a lovely mix of color and shine. A step up from sheer, and when layered I think they are actually quite punchy with color. Which means I’m totally in love with them. I’ve been craving color lately, and Jouer’s formula goes beyond just great color to nourishment and protection. Laced with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, lips lock in moisture and stay that way.

L-R: Jouer St. Barths, Positano

There are four shades in total, St. Barths, sheer coral red, Positano, sheer berry wine, St. Tropez, sheer shimmering bronze nude, and Capri, sheer baby pink. I’m really into the coral St. Barths right now. I also love that it has SPF 15. Bring it on spring sunshine!

What's New in Beauty: Jouer Founder's Beauty Secrets, R29 DIY Nail Art and Kiehl's Giveaway

HONORED. In the current issue of LA Confidential, Jouer founder and creative director Christina Zilber dishes on her beauty secrets and her favorite blogs for makeup inspiration, mentioning Product Girl (and one of the most clever girls we know in the blogosphere, Beauty Blogging Junkie). [LA Confidential]

If you can’t get enough of the Refinery 29 DIY nail features, you’re in luck.  R29 teamed with Color Club to launch “Girl Crush,” a six-piece polish set equipped with a nail brush and instructions to create your own DIY nail designs. [Refinery 29]  

Kiehl’s wants to know “What makes you radiant” and is willing to reward you for it. 100 fans who answer that question on the brand’s Clearly Corrective tab on Facebook will be entered to win a full-size bottle of the new Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. [Kiehl’s Facebook]

I always love Reese on the red carpet. Somehow, she always makes me want to get bangs. Her makeup at the “This Means’ War” premiere was done by Avon. Love the subtle cat eye courtesy of Avon’s Glimmersticks and True Color Smokey Eyes Quad.

Beauty VIP of the Week: Jouer Lip Enhancer

Like a flip of a switch, the seasons have changed. The lows are getting lower and the forecasts are downright chilly. This means that every part of your body is going to soon demand more moisture. For me, I notice it right away in my lips. One of my favorite products, for day or night, is Jouer’s Lip Enhancer. It’s like a deep conditioner for the lips, with vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba oil. So luxe — it’s not your ordinary Chapstick. This treatment actually works to increase blood flow to your lips, and the formula is long lasting and truly hydrating. And, as an added bonus, it has a teeny tiny hint of pink color.

Imagine my delight when I saw a mini Jouer Lip Enhancer in my September Birchbox! It’s such a cute tiny thing. I love having the mini around now, so I can keep one on my nightstand. It’s a tried and true VIP, and my unofficial survey of coworkers who received this in their Birchbox have affirmed my stance. Let us know if you’ve tried this as well, and what you think, too!

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Beauty VIP of the Week: Jouer Glisten Brightening Powder

I’m forever fixated on a luminous complexion. I look for products that enhance my natural glow, or just outright do all the work for me! Jouer Glisten Brightening Powder is a rock star in the luminosity department. I’ve reached for it every day this week and now I can’t imagine life without. It’s like peach fairy dust, and it works wonders on my complexion. I’m also obsessed with the square, weighty packaging. It’s elegant and looks so pretty on my bathroom counter!

heavy swatch vs. light dusting

As with other highlighters, I dust this along the high points of my face and watch my complexion go from dull to illuminated. It’s incredibly lightweight and becomes one with skin almost immediately.  But there’s more to the Glisten Brightening Powder than meets the eye. The powder is enriched with vitamin E, chamomile, cucumber and pomegranate extracts. The added boost of these calming ingredients makes this the perfect powder, and sets it apart from many others that currently reside in my highlighter drawer (yes, an entire drawer).

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