Revlon Previews Nearly Naked Makeup at NY Fashion Week

Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman, responsible for all things awesome over at Revlon the past few years, previewed 2013 launches on the runways at New York Fashion Week. The look seen here at Giuletta’s Spring/Summer 2013 Presentation was all about dewy skin.

“The designer was envisioning a mermaid with an eccentric twist,” says Westman.  “I wanted it to look as if the girls had just emerged from the sea. I focused on creating a dewy glow then added a striking brown eye and glossy bronzed lips to complete the look.”

The Revlon look included:

FACE:

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup (available January 2013)
Revlon PhotoReady Sculpting Blush Palette in Natural

EYES:

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Not Just Nudes
Revlon PhotoReady Primer and Shadow in Metropolitan and Graffiti, $9.99 (available January 2013)
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Brown, $7.99
Revlon PhotoReady 3D Volume Mascara, $8.99

LIPS:

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sugar Plum, $7.49
Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Bronze Shimmer, $7.49

NAIL:

Revlon ColorStay Nail in Enamel in Seashell from The Spring/Summer ’13 Collection (available next spring)

We’re anxiously awaiting more details on the “Nearly Naked Makeup” responsible for this dewy, natural look. Also, we love the natural nude lip from the duo of Colorburst Glosses. That we don’t have to wait until January to try! What do you think?

Natural Beauty Find: Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation

 

It is September 2012 and if you have yet to try Vapour Beauty, then you should change that situation a.s.a.p. Your year will take a turn for the plus. Everything I try from this organic beauty powerhouse is a win. No longer is it “for a natural product, it’s pretty good.” Vapour is superior to most non-natural brands. I love the way this industry is progressing. And my skin agrees. My most recent natural beauty find is Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation. No chemicals, no irritants. Rather, 70% certified organic ingredients, like pumpkin and camellia, and 30% natural mineral pigments and vitamins.

Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation swatches, (L) S115, (R) S120

Vapour designed this to lend a soft finish to the skin. It blurs out blemishes and unevenness flawlessly. Just a pump is all you need (I’m a match to shade S115). Miraculously, I first started using this at the hottest point of the summer and my skin did not act out. There’s a satin feel (due to yummy ingredients, not silicones)  and I was wondering if it would slide off my face. When the ingredients are there to balance and do some good, you’ll be amazed at how positively your skin responds.

If you have aging skin (sadly, we all do, that’s life), then this is your friend. It softens the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles, so you’ll look like you’re aging in the opposite direction.  $48 at VapourBeauty.com.

The Must-Have Blush from NARS Seen During NYFW

After seeing this gorgeous beauty shot from backstage at Alexander Wang, it’s clear that we all need NARS Zen Blush. Can you even with that glowy skin and sculpted cheek?  NARS, led by artist Diane Kendal, created the look for the Alexander Wang Spring 2013 show. Here’s the breakdown, and a hint of some new products coming for Spring 2013!

SKIN
NARSskin Optimal Brightening Concentrate (just launched!)

FACE
Sheer Glow Foundation
Radiant Creamy Concealer (coming Spring 2013!)
Light Reflecting Setting Powder – Loose (coming Spring 2013!)
Zen Blush
Albatross Highlighting Blush

EYES
Cayenne Single Eyeshadow (contour)
Blondie or Bali Eyeshadow (on brows)
Pandora Duo Eyeshadow
Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara

And, while the duct tape part may be for runway effect only, I’m even digging that.

Now, off to order Zen Blush. Seriously, how do I not already have this?

Just Another Mani Monday: NARS Storm Bird

NARS Storm Bird = when a grey nail polish is so much more than just a grey nail polish. Shades of grey (so NOT trying to make a ‘50’ ref, forgive me) have been really popular the past few years. But this shade of grey from NARS is far superior. Storm Bird is a shark grey that is on the nails 100% true to the color you see in the bottle. I love the glossy finish and how beautifully it goes on the nails. This color is definitely going in to a regular rotation this fall. A+ polish. What do you think?

Elite Serum – A Doctor Recommended Alternative to Botox

Every now and then we find items that are coming across social media channels faster than an Olympian Sprinter.  This week’s winner:  Elite Serum.

Elite Serum is an alternative to botox injections that works to force skin rejuvenation at the cellular level.  Recommended by a Doctor from the University of Kansas, Elite Serum works to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness, and even dark circles that form around the eyes and forehead.  We noticed the popular facebook page of Elite Serum and took to the web to find out more information – and we were impressed!

Elite Serum is mentioned on a number of skin care websites and gets high ratings from consumers.  It’s also among the top selling dark circle treatments DAILY on Amazon.com, the world’s largest shopping portal.

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Straight from the NYFW Runways: A Pop of Mint for Spring 2013

Photo Credit: StilaBeauty via Instagram

If the makeup at Rebecca Minkoff’s spring/summer 2013 show is any indication, mint is coming back in a big way for beauty next spring. I just breathed a huge sigh of relief. I am not ready to see pastels go away, and I’m hopelessly in love with all things mint. Stila Cosmetics, led by Pro Artist Sarah Lucero, created the Rebecca Minkoff beauty look, and gave us a sneak peek at the new mint Stay All Day Liquid Liner launching for spring. What do you think? We are LOVING the peek of mint in the corner, and can’t wait to wear this look next season! In the meantime, we’ll try the peek of color in the corner with a deeper shade for fall, like burgundy or purple!

Happy Birthday! Fresh 21 Oval Soaps Celebrate Brand's Heritage

Happy birthday, Fresh! The brand responsible for our beloved Sugar Lip Treatment and all thinks luxury in skincare is turning 21. In honor of the big b-day, Fresh teamed with artist and illustrator R. Nichols to create a series of limited edition Fresh 21 Oval Soaps in three iconic scents: Sugar, Patchouli and Hesperides Grapefruit.

These oval soaps are a special part of Fresh history. In 1991, Fresh founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytbery launched the brand with this product. The 2012 version feature jazzy packaging and custom illustrations. Look for these this month for $15 each. We think they’d make for a great gift! for ourselves

Look Thinner in an Instant This Summer

If you’re worried about your wobbly tummy or curvaceous bottom – fear not! The right attire can flatter your figure, so here’s how to look thinner in an instant.

Dress for your body shape
Whether you’re a size 22 or a size 12, it’s essential to show off your body shape. Select clothes that enhance your silhouette and don’t squeeze into anything too small – as this will make you look bigger. Wear a structured jacket to disguise a flabby torso, stick to A-line skirts if you hate your thighs and wear belts to show off a slender middle – it’s that simple. Many clinics offer tummy tuck surgery, however, a well-stocked wardrobe can work wonders too.

Wear the right underwear
Massive melons can make you look bigger than you actually are, so why not buy a minimizing bra? These fantastic boulder holders will keep your puppies under control and will help you wear glamorous tops with confidence. Breast reduction surgery can improve your assets, but the right lingerie can shape, mould and lift your jugs. While you’re in the underwear store, grab some support pants (AKA Bridget Jones knickers) too. They might not be the most attractive things in the world, but they’ll help slim you down.

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Garnier Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment

Argan Oil is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to my hair, a few drops of it before blow-drying makes a world of difference in the look and feel of my hair. What is not the best thing ever is the price tag associated with that little brown bottle. Now you can trade in that bottle for a new amber colored bottle, Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment, that does everything the other oil does but for a fraction of the price.

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment will be your hair’s new best friend. There’s so many ways to use this oil and it works on all hair types. You can use it in the shower; just take a few drops and add it to your conditioner for an extra boost. Use it on wet hair like I do, hair will be softer and more manageable. Or use it dry, a drop is all you need to smooth away frizz and add some shine at the same time.

If you have not tried the wonder that is Argan Oil, the best thing about it is that it doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy, it leaves no residue behind. I don’t know about you but I like my hair feeling soft and smooth without being weighed down. This does the job and does it for only $5.99 for a bottle. It’s a small price to pay for de-frizzified hair, right?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Garnier Fructis but all opinions are my own.

Get in on the CC Cream Action with Birchbox Exclusive WEI to Go Sleepover Kit

Still wrapping your head around BB Creams? Well, ready or not, CC Creams are coming. This “color control” cream is like a “beauty/blemish balm” in the sense it doubles as makeup and skincare, but the CC offers more in the way of coverage and skincare.

A way to get in on the CC trend? The new Birchbox exclusive WEI to Go Sleep Over Kit, featuring a travel-sized duo of WEI’s Real Clean Gelled Oil Cleanser and Ideal Skin Perfect Finish. This kit is a girl’s best friend, especially ones who find themselves traveling often. One of my biggest challenges traveling is cleanser. I live for my oils, but they are difficult to travel with and I loathe decanting full-size items. Minis are a must.

And, the Ideal Skin Perfect Finish is a correcting CC Cream (three shades in total – light, medium, tan) with healing botanicals, like mandarin peel and licorice root extract. The formula is super lightweight and lends pretty good coverage. Word is that some Birchbox subscribers will be receiving this in their September box, and for everyone else, it’s available for $19 exclusively on Birchbox.com.