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Make Up For Ever Opens its First L.A. Boutique

LA-area ladies, did you know? Make Up For Ever opened its first boutique this past weekend! Judging by the photo, it looks pretty amazing. Huge too — at 1,300 square feet (bigger than my condo, in fact) the space is reminiscent of a backstage, industrial environment complete with make up stations and video projections on the walls.

And…perhaps the coolest element in this boutique is the Make Up Lession Recording Studio. Literally, a glass enclosed makeup station where you can have your own personalized makeup session with a pro artist recorded. That way, all of the step by steps and tips you learn can be saved for you to recreate on your own. But not on a boring DVD…rather a lipstick-shaped USB. Cool right?  So if you area in the area, you need to GO and tell us about it.  It’s located at 132 South Robertson Boulevard in LA. What are you waiting for?!

New! Make Up For Ever Uplight

Make Up For Ever is all about the shine and glowing skin right now and I am loving it! How about you? Their new Uplight Face Luminizer Gel is making its way to a Sephora display near you very soon (if it hasn’t arrived already) and is available online now. Uplight is available in dewy, pearly and sparkling finishes to highlight and sculpt skin for a radiant complexion that can be applied anywhere on the face and body. It has an oil-free formula that is composed of more than 70% water and has mango butter to nourish skin.

Uplight retails for $29 and is available in 8 different shades. The highlighter fiend in me is dying to check these out in person. How about you?

Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Collection

Have you checked out the new Make Up For Ever Lab Shine glosses yet? MAKE UP FOR EVER introduced their Lab Shine glosses in February and I have been loving them since then, I’ve just been a bad beauty blogger and neglected to tell you about them until now. Bad Carla!

These new glosses come in a whopping 35 shades in three different collections: Diamond, Star and Metal.  All them deliver on shine and color. The Diamond collection has 12 shades and is formulated with their Diamond Powder to provide transparent, natural looking color with shimmering, glittery shine. The Star Collection has 14 shades and is blended with Star Powder for an iridescent mother-of-pearl finish. Finally the Metal Collection features 9 shades and has their Metal Powder blended in it for an intense chrome, mirror finish.

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Best of 2010: Our Favorite Lip Products

It was really hard to narrow down our favorite lip products of 2010, because we saw the arrival of so many amazing products. And for as much of a gloss fiend I consider myself to be, most of the lippies I tipped my hat to in 2010 are lipsticks! Here’s a closer look at what we deem to be the best of the best in lips for 2010.

Chanel Rouge Coco - It all began with those gorgeous ads of Vanessa Paradis wearing Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle. I saw these in nealry every bus station and train stop in Chicago for months. Great ads, yes. But, absolutely great lipstick to back it up! I love the color selection and the formula works great on my lips. It’s long-lasting and looks and feels luxurious. My favorite shade, and I now have many, is by far Chintz from the Chanel’s Fall Collection.

NARS Pure Matte – The return of the matte lip for fall was a trend that made me wary, but we both love NARS Pure Matte. These are a fresh and updated version to the matte lip and this formula does not give you “Sahara lips.” Carla got a lot of wear time with Volga, and I rotate often between Bangkok and Tashkent, the perfect rosy and nude, respectively, shades.

Tarte Natural Lip Stain – Tarte’s Natural Lipsurgence Lip Stain revolutionized stains for us by introducing a glossy, moisturizing one this spring. They’ve got jojoba seed oil, vitamins E and C and, like all Tarte products, none of the “bad” stuff. They have a refreshing minty effect as well due to the addition of peppermint oil. We always have one of these nearby — a must if you haven’t tried yet!

Chanel Extrait de Gloss - Before you wonder if I’ve lost that loving feeling for gloss, just know, it’s still there! Chanel’s Extrait de Gloss is easily my favorite gloss launch of the year. The colors are so pigmented, yet sheer and juicy (I’m FULL of contradictions in this one, I know!). I love the nude shades, but the bright pink Insolence has left a lasting impression on me.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture – Carla’s all about this lipstick in Rose Stiletto, a rich berry rose that livens up her lips. The formula is feather light and it glides on the lips ever so easily. This lipstick is packed with pigment for full coverage and doesn’t dry lips out while it gives long lasting wear. Even though it’s got staying power, she can’t help but constantly pull this out of her makeup bag to touch up… the tube is so chic!

Carmex Moisture Plus Tinted Lip Balm – I discovered these in the fall, but now that it’s winter, I’ve been putting these on full-time duty. They’re the Carmex we know and love, but updated and with a tint! A perfect tint of color — a neutral pink or peach option. The fact that these are only $3 blows my mind.

MUFE Rouge Artist Intense - What impressed us the most with Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense is the pigmentation and the finishes. Not everyone likes a matte lip, or a satin, etc. — and these come in three different finishes across 50 shades. I really like the bright satin pink (#37) used just slightly on with a clear gloss over it. It’s very brightening to my face. Carla did an awesome ombre lip with some of the nude shades for the MUFE Lips to Love contest. While we didn’t win (tear!), it was fun to do!

Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment – The original Fresh Lip Treatment is a legend in beauty circles, but with each new release, they keep upstaging themselves! Sugar Plum is my favorite yet because of its light berry color. It’s so flattering on my fair skin, not too dark or bright, and I love the scent and flavor. Can’t get enough of this product.

Vote for Me! Lips to Love Make Up For Ever Contest

Last week I was asked to participate in Make Up For Ever’s Lips to Love contest to celebrate the arrival of their new Shade Finder Tool on Sephora and on Facebook for their Rouge Artist lipsticks.The challenge was to create an artistic look using the lipstick, then Make Up For Ever’s Facebook fans would vote on the best look. I am honored to be asked to be one of lucky 8 ladies who are participating in this challenge.

The winner of the challenge gets a fun prize, and so do their readers! The winner gets a Make Up For Ever traincase filled with their favorite products plus, we get to giveaway the set to 10 of our readers. The Rouge Artist lipsticks would definitely be in my traincase if I won. :) Keep reading to see the look I created! Continue reading

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Offers Full Color in One Swipe

Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense gives new meaning to the word pigment. I swear, all I did was look at #48 and I ended up with a dark satin lip. It’s a makeup miracle! Formulated with 50 percent more pigment than the traditional lipstick, Rouge Artist Intense gives off some serious color in just one swipe, or less. Available in 50 shades across three finishes – matte, pearly and satin – these creamy, effortless lipsticks offer something for probably just about everyone.

I tested three shades: #37 satin bright pink, #20 pearly rust and#48 satin blackcurrant.

In these swatches, I just glazed the lipstick across my hand once. They are truly intense – particularly #48 blackcurrant. As for the wear, they are long-lasting and very creamy. I wouldn’t say this a moisturizing lipstick, but with a balm underneath they hold up well and don’t dry your lips out. I really like #20 in pearly rust. It’s a perfect fall color that I find easy to wear. These are opaque, so if a sheer lip is more your style, then this probably isn’t the best formula for you. They are available exclusively at Sephora for $19.

With the release of Rouge Artist Intense, Make Up For Ever also released a shade finder to help you select the best finish and color to suit your skin tone. I played around with it myself, and found it pretty cool. But I ‘m a rule breaker, so had no problem playing with the three shades that weren’t technically a match! Let us know if you’ve tried this formula and what you think! Or, let us know if you’ve got some questions that perhaps we haven’t answered.

Disclosure: We received samples of this product.

Splurge vs. Steal: e.l.f.High Definition Powder vs. MUFE HD Microfinish Powder

Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder seemed like such a big deal when it was released a few years ago. I recall getting a “lab sample” from Sephora online and being really impressed.  At the time, it was innovative and there’s no doubt it works. But for such a simple concept — mineral silica powder — I definitely balked a bit when I bought the full-size! Sure, I splurge all the time but this just seemed so simple for $30.

Other brands have since developed similar products, but trust me when I say that e.l.f.’s High Definition Powder is your best bet. At $6, it is a worthy steal and a great addition to your makeup bag. It works in the same way and it gives your skin a fresh, soft focus in photos. I really like the product and I love the price. This is a good one ladies!

Disclosure: We received a sample of e.l.f. High Definition Powder

What's New in Beauty: August 15, 2010

Jo Malone introduced a new scent – English Pear & Freesia – inspired by a walk in the orchard. Every note sounds divine!

There’s a new liquid lipstick in town, courtesy of Korres. The Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipstick is available in five, high-pigment shades and contains raspberry and pomegranate extracts and certified organic acai palm pulp oil.

Winging it tonight: Benefit launched a liquid liner called Magic Ink. You can see it in action on Secret Life of a Benefit Gal, the company’s blog.

Nordstrom is running a 12-piece gift with purchase with any $100 purchase. We’re digging the bag – always a sucker for a great makeup bag.

Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense is formulated with 50 percent more pigment than traditional lipstick – and it was released in 50 (yes 5-0) shades and three finishes, from matte to pearly to satin.

Tarte Cosmetics is now available at Ulta. This excites us very much – another place to access a brand we heart.

In sustainable packaging news:  Procter & Gamble will begin using renewable sugarcane-derived plastic in select Pantene, Cover Girl and Max Factor products next year. (via Environmental Leader)

Make Up For Ever for Tyler Rose at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

For the Tyler Rose show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami, Make Up For Ever key artist Lottie created a fresh, sun kissed make up look that was inspired by David Lee Roth’s iconic “California Girls” music video. The skin had a subtle pink flush around the eyes and cheeks, and the eyes were defined with shades of black and rose.

Complexion & Cheeks: To get a strong flush on the entire cheek, apply MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Blush #6 starting at the outer temples and sweeping downward to the apple of the cheeks.

Eyes: Apply MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow #152 to the entire lid and crease, extending to the base of the brow bone. Next, apply MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow #132 to the outer corners of the eye lid and sweep the color into the crease. Add more definition by lining the inner and outer lash lines with MAKE UP FOR EVER Waterproof Liner #1 in black. Finish with a thick coat of MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Smoky Lash.

Lips: To give the lips a pinky red pout, Lottie applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Lipstick #204 to make the color pop.

For this look, we’re giving away 1 Flash Color in #5, 1 HD Microfinish Blush in #6 (salmon pink) and 1 Lipstick in #204 (cream cherry red). Altogether, this is a $62 value.

To enter, simply leave a comment below on this entry by midnight on Sunday, August 1st. A winner will be chosen at random and notified via email on Monday.

Good luck and don’t forget to enter our Ed Hardy, Dolores Cortes, Mara Hoffman, Aqua di Lara/Qiss Qiss, Luli Fama and Marysia Swim giveaways!

Make Up For Ever for Marysia Swim at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

For the Marysia Swim show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami, Make Up For Ever key artist Lottie created a beach, fresh faced make up look with a beautiful glow for the show on Monday, July 19th. The make up was neutral with a delicately smoky seaweed green eye designed to complement the collection, which was inspired by a dream vacation to the islands of the Pacific.

Complexion & Cheeks: Lottie used MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Bronze and MAKE UP FOR EVER Compact Shine On to give the skin a soft glow. She gave the cheeks natural contour with MAKE UP FOR EVER Sculpting Blush #20.

Eyes: The eyes had a grey wash that was created by blending MAKE UP FOR EVER Flash Color #0 in teal from the lid into the crease and then sweeping Eye Shadow #33 in grey across the eye lid and crease, then dusting it around the outer corner of the eyes and just below the lower lash line. The models did not wear liner or mascara.

Lips: Lottie applied lacquered MAKE UP FOR EVER Lipstick #221 for a natural, nude lip.

From this look we will be giving away 1 Mat Bronze #2 (medium bronze), 1 Eyeshadow #33 (matte grey) and 1 HD Microfinish Blush #8 (pink nude).

To enter, simply leave a comment below on this entry by midnight on Saturday, July 31st. A winner will be chosen at random and notified via email on Sunday. Good luck!

Check back with us tomorrow for the look created for the Tyler Rose show and the final giveaway! Good luck and don’t forget to enter our Ed Hardy, Dolores Cortes, Mara Hoffman, Aqua di Lara/Qiss Qiss and Luli Fama giveaways!