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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.

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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…

It Cosmetics Hello Beautiful Kit on QVC

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Tomorrow on QVC, IT Cosmetics is launching their new Hello Beautiful 5-piece kit as a Today’s Special Value. For just under $60 (and also 3 EasyPay payments available), you can scoop up this kit and be on your way to looking beautiful yourself. Not that you already aren’t! 🙂

The inspiration behind this collection stems from the belief that you deserve to say Hello Beautiful to yourself every day, and you should really feel it and believe it. From your most beautiful skin, to a pretty flush of color to your lips and cheeks, to lashes for miles, this exclusive collection includes two brand new launches as well as three bestselling hero products designed to truly give you the power to look and feel your most beautiful, and your most naturally pretty self, every day.

Here is what is part of this set:

  • Celebration Foundation – this anti-aging full coverage powder foundation has become my new go-to foundation for everyday wear and it wears super well. It gives me all day coverage and does not leave my skin looking dull or super matte, it gives me a nice natural finish.
  • Heavenly Luxe Buffing Airbrush Foundation Brush – this brush is the perfect companion to this powder foundation. It is super soft but very effective at helping you buff on your foundation. This brush will become a staple in your makeup bag.
  • Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara in Black – this mascara gives lashes great separation without clumping and the tip is fantastic for helping you give your lashes a little more definition or building up your ends, which always seems to be my problem.
  • Tightline Full Lash Length Primer in Black – this primer is exclusive to QVC until September and launches with this set. If you love the way the tightline technique makes your lashes look fuller and more defined, take this shortcut and save yourself some time! Mimic the effect with this primer by starting as close to the lashline as possible,
  • Vitality Flush Color Stain Stick – another new launch and product exclusive to QVC until September  in Je Ne Sais Quoi, a sheer pink. On cheeks it will give you a nice flush of color as well as a soft dewy glow. On the lips, it glides on and wears like a lip balm but gives you long lasting color that is your lips but better.

I’ve been playing with this set for the last week and I’ve come to realize that all of the five pieces in this set will now take up permanent residence in my makeup bag. Together, they are the perfect pieces to help you achieve an easy and naturally gorgeous look in no time. I’ve never been that girl that does her makeup at home before work each day, I’m the one you see at stop lights putting on her mascara and lipstick. Each one of these pieces has helped me pull my daily look together in just a matter of minutes and it’s a look that is effortless yet pulled together and naturally beautiful.

The set comes in five color choices: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich – and is also available on auto-delivery. Tune into QVC today and watch Jamie Kern Lima break it down! It’s going to be your best decision all day.

New! NARS Satin Lip Pencils

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In a perfect world, every single lip product worth its salt would come in a chubby pencil. Wouldn’t that be great? You could fit more lip color in your makeup bag! NARS is helping make my dream one step closer to reality with its new Satin Lip Pencils.

These new pencils are rich in pigment and give lips a rich and creamy finish in 13 new shades:

  • Het Loo – cognac
  • Floralis – light apricot
  • Isola Bella – peach beige
  • Lodhi – vibrant coral
  • Biscayne Park – pink guava
  • Rikugien – rose pink
  • Golshan – spiced wine
  • Majella – garnet
  • Luxembourg – vivid watermelon
  • Hyde Park – cardinal red
  • Palais Royal – sangria
  • Yu – shocking pink
  • Jardin Des Plantes – fuchsia (exclusive to boutiques)

I am already drooling over these and can’t wait to get them into my hot, little hands. These new Satin Lip Pencils launch March 7th on narscosmetics.com  but in the meantime, check out the Pinterest boards for a little lip inspiration.

What shade are you coveting?

Coming Soon: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

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We already know and love Clinique Chubby Sticks for our lips. This February get ready for the newest member of the Chubby Stick family, Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes!

These creamy shadow sticks are portable and convenient while providing sheer, buildable, long-wearing colour. The shadow’s unique formula and packaging is easy to use and applies evenly across lids as a silky cream that stays put without dusting or creasing. Soothing Vitamin E infuses the tint with a smooth finish that stays put, leaving lids with a sheer wash of long-lasting colour.

The twelve shades provide a selection of super-wearable colour in Bountiful Beige, Lots O’Latte, Fuller Fudge, Ample Amber, Whopping Willow, Mighty Moss, Pink & Pretty, Curvaceous Coal, Lavish Lilac, Big Blue, Portly Plum, and Massive Midnight. Create a customized look by mixing, matching and layering shades to add texture and dimension.

The new Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes is available in February at Clinique counters nationwide and www.clinique.com for $16.00 each.

Product Girl Favorites of 2012

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It’s time for a beauty year in review.  Trust us, picking just 10 favorites for an entire year was no easy feat. We discovered a plethora of new brands and fell in love with so much. These 10 favorites are the products we use constantly. The ones that really stand out and we would buy over and over again!

BECCA Bolero Mineral Blush is a flattering terracotta shade that doubles as a bronzer. It’s my perfect cheek.

This bright cobalt Essie Butler Please nail polish is stunning and a newer discovery!  I’m confident I will wear this constantly in 2013.

Every morning starts with a cup of coffee and One Love Organics Morning Glory serum. It contains a ton of antioxidant power and perk-up ingredients like peppermint oil.

Highlighters are a Product Girl’s best friend and we are partial to the pale bronzy gold Benefit Sun Beam.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body just make everything look and feel tighter and naturally tanned. Like an Rx for the Vitamin D deficient.

Hands down, my favorite shadow of 2012: NARS Vent Glace Duo Eyeshadow

Still mystified by the brightening powers of Bare Escentuals Well Rested Face & Eye Brightener.

Melvita Orange Blossom Extraordinary Water brings me to a happy place and is always step one in my skin care routine, day and night.

The perfect top knot achieved with Sarah Potempa The Wrap-Up. And low bun, messy undone bun, etc. It does it all and perfectly.

NARS Mexican Rose Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is the longest wearing lip product I’ve ever worn (and it’s not technically a stain!) I always have a good day when wearing this gorgeous bright pink.

Any favorites you’d like to share? Let us know your thoughts on 2012 standout beauty!

Get the Gloss: Cassadee Pope on The Voice

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While it took me well past the knockout rounds to truly appreciate The Voice’s Cassadee Pope, I’m a total fan girl now. She is everything I loved about 2002. Chunky highlights. Angsty girl music. At first I was all how much Avril do I want to hear, but now I’m all give me as much Kelly Clarkson, Michelle Branch and Natalie Imbruglia as you can possibly cram into a season.  Last night’s Faith Hill ‘Cry’ cover (watch and obsess) really just has me waiting for her album to come out.*  In true fan girl fashion, it also has me replicating Ms. Pope’s gorgeous, and not at all 2002, signature glossy nude lip. No official word on the actual color and brand, but my lips look exactly that shade with BECCA Ultimate Colour Gloss in Fallen Angel. It’s a perfectly balanced nude spice. Opt for the sparkly brown smokey eye ala Cassadee or pair it with a rosy cheek and swipe of liquid liner. It’s the nude gloss that looks good with any pairing and while belting out punk girl rock with a sometimes country twist.

Fan girl PSA: there are four songs on Spotify from Cassadee!

Introducing Urban Decay's Naked Basics Palette

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What’s $27, the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite makeup lover this holiday and comes in all new matte shades?? The new Urban Decay Naked Basics palette! It’s compact but packs a punch with 6 new shades that include:

  • Venus
  • Foxy
  • W.O.S.
  • Naked 2
  • Faint
  • Crave

If you missed out on the first Naked palette or even the Naked 2 palette (really? how did you manage to do that? ;)), here’s a more wallet friendly way to get in on the fun. Being a matte eyeshadow lover, this is exactly what I wanted more of from the previous palettes and now it is here.

You can find this palette online and in Sephora stores now. Are you snapping this palette up? The size alone makes it a great makeup bag staple and perfect for traveling.

Dial Benefit Fine One One for Pretty Cheek and Lip Color

That smile on my face is most definitely a result of the cheer that the tri-colored Benefit Fine One One brings me. Benefit’s latest cheeky cheek and lip product contains three stripes of sheer color – coral, watermelon and shimmering pale pink – that blend together for a soft pink or deeper cherry hue. Part blush, part highlighter and even lip color. And I actually apply it directly to my cheek from the tube — a very big deal for me.  I’d say 97.2% of the time, I use a fluffy brush to apply cream products. But Fine One One is best applied directly from that gorgeous rose gold tube, highlighter facing up and onto the cheek in a slight upward swoop. The cream to powder texture is so forgiving and it blends beautifully. I’m in love with the healthy pinch of color this gives cheeks and even happier with the staying power (8+ hours!)  Though, if you’re like me, you’ll be popping a smile and swiping Fine One One throughout the day.

Our friends at Birchbox have the most helpful video showing how to apply it featuring Bene-babe Maggie Ford Danielson. A must-watch before you try this! Benefit Fine One One, $30, officially launches later this month, but you can pre-order now on Birchbox and snag a sample of Benefit Porefessional with any $25 purchase with code BBLOVESBENEFIT.

Holler at us if you’re dialing up Fine One One when it launches!

Julianna Margulies at 7th Annual L'Oreal Women of Worth Awards

In absence of a new episode of The Good Wife tonight, let’s instead marvel at Julianna Margulies gorgeous-ness at the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Awards Ceremony.  Last week, Alicia Florrick (I mean, Julianna) gathered for L’Oreal’s philanthropic initiative which honors women of all ages and backgrounds in the spirit of the brand’s “Because You’re Worth It” philosophy. Julianna looked radiant in her bright color blocked gown and ponytail.

Her L’Oreal look includes:

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Deep Acting Moisturizer  – Skin was prepped for makeup with this triple-action moisturizer designed to make skin look younger, smoother and more radiant.

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm in Caramel Comfort – Nourishing shine + sheer color (note: I must get this color!)

L’Oréal Paris Excellence Crème Hair Color – Julianna’s gorgeous hair color can be achieved with shade 4A Dark Ash Brown.

Now will someone please confirm that there is in fact a new episode of The Good Wife before the dreaded winter hiatus?!