Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

Eye Liner

Spoiled Pretty Speaks The Truth About L’Oreal HiP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner

Posted on by daneen in Eye Liner, Makeup Brush | 3 Comments

hip+color+truth+eyeliner Spoiled Pretty Speaks The Truth About LOreal HiP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner
Running low on your Stila Smudge Pot or Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner? In our current crap economy, budget-minded beauty junkies might want to try L’Oreal HiP High Intensity Pigments Color Truth Cream Eyeliner. These longwearing liners, available in five shades, deliver rich color with a creamy, soft formula. I am a big fan of Midnight Blue, which imparts an intense (yet wearable) sapphire to the lash line.

Just don’t apply the liner with the “professional brush” that accompanies these paint pots. The applicator is, dare I say, cheap. It doesn’t apply the product precisely – and I would liken it to those shoddy brushes we used to paint watercolor masterpieces in the kindergarten. Worst of all, the harsh bristles have a tendency to scratch the sensitive skin of the eyelid…ouch!

Bottom line: Buy HiP High Intensity Pigments Color Truth Cream Eyeliner but toss the brush. For a few extra bucks, invest in EcoTools Bamboo Angled Eyeliner Brush – this high-quality tool comes at a low price, is made of natural and recycled materials, and comes in a reusable cosmetic pouch.

MAC Red She Said

Posted on by daneen in Blush, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, Eyebrows, Holiday, Lipgloss, Lipstick, Mascara, Nail Polish | 2 Comments

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Passion, heat and danger come together to create this simply sparkling holiday collection. Lips are coloured in lusty shades with shimmering Dazzleglass to add resplendent moisture. Two shades of Mineralize Eye Shadows are zipped together by a strip of silver or gold, while shimmery blushes and silky nail lacquers accentuate a radiant holiday look.

REDSAIDAMBIENT MAC Red She Said

Lipstick
* Quiet Please: Sheer frosty pale beige
* Crazee: Frosty mid-tone coral red with pearl
* Pomposity: Frosty mid-tone blue pink with pearl
* “Red” She Said: Mid-tone blue red
* Soft Pause: Sheer dark brownish berry

Suggested Retail Price $14.00 U.S.

Dazzleglass
* Sugarrimmed: Milky pale pink with red, teal and white pearl
* Baby Sparks: Pale pink with violet pearl
* Miss Dynamite: Sheer orange-y copper with pearl
* Love Alert: Raspberry red with red pearl
* Date Night: Deep plum with blue and gold pearl

Suggested Retail Price $17.50 U.S.

Mineralize Eye Shadow
* Word of Mouth: Frosty pale beige/copper pearl stripe/frosty blue grey
* Threesome: Frosty burnt red/copper pearl stripe/frosty mid-tone pink
* Outspoken: Frosty plum/silver pearl stripe/frosty violet
* Persuasive: Frosty light blue/silver pearl stripe/frosty indigo
* Inter-view: Frosty deep navy/copper pearl stripe/frosty bronzy brown
* Danger Zone: Frosty true red/silver pearl stripe/frosty black

Suggested Retail Price $17.50 U.S.

Fluidline
* Silverstroke: Richly metallic platinum
* Blacktrack: Solid flat black

Suggested Retail Price $15.00 U.S.

Eye Brows
* Lingering: Soft taupe brown
* Spiked: Bottle brunette
* Stud: A deep rich blackened brown

Suggested Retail Price $14.50 U.S.

Fibre Rich Lash
* All Black: Black

Suggested Retail Price $12.00 U.S.

Beauty Powder Blush
* Stark Naked: Shimmery mid-tone mauve with gold pearl
* Enough Said: Shimmery light bronze with gold pearl

Suggested Retail Price $18.00 U.S.

Nail Laquer
* Beiged Bliss: Silken beige-brown
* Rougemarie: Immodestly sexy red-blue

Suggested Retail Price $11.00 U.S.

 MAC Red She Said

Available October 16, 2008 at MAC stores, counters and maccosmetics.com.

MAC Little Darlings

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When bigger isn’t better! An assortment of promotional-sized glamour goodies for experimenting anew with eyes, cheeks, lips…small never looked so sexy! Dazzle and delight with mini-sets of Lipglass & Lustreglass, Pigments & Glitter, Softsparkle & Eye Pencils in MAC’s most cherished shades. Each set is encased in an elegant cylinder, wrapped in shiny, red patent paper. A gifted collection of bestsellers all gathered together for you and your favorite people.

Little Darlings: 5 Coral Lipglass/Lustreglass
Includes 5 mini-Lipglass/Lustreglass
* Lipglass: Underage, Ola Mango!, Pink Grapefruit
* Lustreglass: Wonderstruck, Budding

Little Darlings: 5 Pink Lipglass/Lustreglass
Includes 5 mini-Lipglass/Lustreglass
* Lipglass: Fleur Delight, Song And Dance,Magnetique
* Lustreglass: Flashmode, Little VI Suggested Retail Price

Little Darlings: 5 Neutral Lipglass/Lustreglass
Includes 5 mini-Lipglass/Lustreglass
* Lipglass: C-Thru, Mouthwatering, Languish
* Lustreglass: Love Nectar, Beaux

Little Darlings: 5 Warm Pigments/Glitter
Includes 5 mini-Pigments/Glitter
* Pigments: Gold Dusk, Gold Mode, Melon, Gold Stroke
* Glitter Reflects: Antique Gold

Little Darlings: 5 Cool Pigments/Glitter
Includes 5 mini-Pigments/Glitter
*Pigments: Frost, Quietly, Pinked Mauve, Teal
* Glitter Reflects: Blackened Red Suggested Retail Price

Little Darlings: 5 Softsparkle/Eye Pencil
Includes 5 mini-Softsparkle/Eye Pencil
* Softsparkle Peacocked, Mint & Olive, Chocolight
* Eye Pencil: Black Funk, Fab Orchid

Suggested Retail Price $29.50 U.S.

Available November 6, 2008 at MAC stores, counters and maccosmetics.com.

Good Things Come In Fives

Posted on by daneen in Eye Liner, Holy Grail | 1 Comment

travel+set+of+5 Good Things Come In Fives
If you haven’t yet jumped on the Urban Decay bandwagon, I have one question for you…what have you been waiting for? Haven’t you been listening?

It’s alright. I forgive you. But now it’s time to get with the program and play a little game of catch-up.

There’s no better introduction to the brand than Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils. In my knowledgeable opinion, no other eyeliner compares. 24/7 Pencils are in a league of their own. They are my holy grail and they’ll be yours too. I would bet money on it.

Now, typically, these pencils are $16 a pop. But right now, you can pick up five for only $29.

Urban Decay Travel Size Set of 5 – available in “Velvet Rope” and “VIP” – is like a box of crayons for your eyes. Five travel-sized liners let you experiment and play with color. Created with 50% moisturizing ingredients, the pencils are creamy, blendable, and waterproof. Packaged together against a mirrored backdrop, the 24/7 Pencils are must-haves for your beauty tool kit, and speak to everyone’s inner party girl: the woman who wants and needs an eyeliner that lasts all night (and even into the morning!)

The VIP set features the #1 best-selling black Eye Pencil, Zero (zealous black), Lucky (brilliant deep copper), Covet (peacock green), Electric (bright aquamarine), and Lust (plush purple). The Velvet Rope set features Yeyo (metallic white), 1999 (plum with teeny gold glitter), Zero (zealous black), Bourbon (brown with teeny gold glitter), and Stash (dark green/gold).

I’m somewhat surprised that my favorite shade, Deviant, didn’t make the cut. But otherwise, I can’t be mad at UD because all of my other pet pencils make an appearance. Depending on your comfort with color, you can choose one set or the other. My suggestion is that you purchase both. Yes, you’ll have two Zeros – but this black liner is the end all, be all – so you really will need more than one.

These babies are gonna go quick. So act fast!

Urban Decay Travel Size Set of 5 is available at Sephora and urbandecay.com.

Warm and Fuzzy Eyeshadow: Lise Watier Cachemires Bleu Quartet

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Les+Cachemires+logo+RGB Warm and Fuzzy Eyeshadow: Lise Watier Cachemires Bleu Quartet
How many of you own an eye shadow quad with no clue about where and how to apply the colors? I can relate…I’m a beauty junkie, not a makeup artist. Which is why I am such a big fan of Lise Watier’s eye shadow palettes. Included with the kits are directions on how to achieve different looks, complete with color-coded diagrams.

This summer, I was all about the Eye Quartet in Mer. And now that the lazy days of summer have come to an end, I’m feeling kinda blue. In a good way.

Quatuors+Cachemires Warm and Fuzzy Eyeshadow: Lise Watier Cachemires Bleu QuartetFor fall, Lise Watier presents two seasonal colour quartets in soft, soothing shades – my favorite being Cachemires Bleu. This palette of (composed of a grey taupe, a sky blue, an anthracite blue and a luminous pale pink) is both subtle and refined, allowing infinite mix-and match possibilities. And it comes nestled in a pretty knitted pouch, accented with sequins!

lise+watier+eye+open2 Warm and Fuzzy Eyeshadow: Lise Watier Cachemires Bleu Quartet

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To create the look above, I used products from Lise Watier’s new collection, Les Cachemires:

Cachemires Bleu Eyeshadow Quartet
Eye Shine Metallic Eyeliner in Marine
Metal Liner in Marine

MAC Ungaro

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UNGARO COL MAC UngaroLive from backstage at the Fall 2008 Collections, It-Boy designer, Esteban Cortazar, and MAC have come together to create a special colour collection as dreamy, refined, and, well, Parisienne as anything this side of the Avenue Georges V, exclusively ours! A limited edition for lips, cheeks, eyes…chez Ungaro, only for MAC.

“Our association with Ungaro is really exciting as we’ve supported Esteban for many years. He’s reflective of an attitude and movement for venerable fashion houses to reinvent their brands by employing new emerging talent, something that’s a core value of MAC,” explains Creative Director, James Gager.

The collaboration also represents the many personalities and aesthetics to which MAC makeup appeals. “MAC’s a high/low fashion brand,” continues Gager. “We follow equally couture and street culture, a sense of yin and yang is inherent to the brand and our customers – heavy-duty dramatic makeup alongside that which is girly, fresh and light. Following from our dramatic and outrageous collaboration with McQueen last year, we felt that Ungaro represented another side of MAC’s personality.”

UngaroLipstick MAC Ungaro
LIPSTICK
Pure Rose: Pastel pink with white pearl
Freckletone: Neutral yellow-toned beige
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

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LIPGLASS
Pastel Emotion: Pastel pink with white pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

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SEE-THRU LIP COLOR
Not So Shy!: Jewel-tone berry stain
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Ungaro eyeshadow coral MAC Ungaro
EYE SHADOW
Soft Flower: Clean, mid-tone coral
Lilac Touch: Dirty mid-tone violet
Mineral Deep: cool brown
Phloof!: Frosted off-white (not shown)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

U creambase crushedrose MAC Ungaro
CREAM COLOUR BASE
Crushed Bougainvillea: Jewel-tone berry stain
Fresh Morning: Soft muted pastel pink
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

UngaroPowderCompact 009 MAC Ungaro
BEAUTY POWDER
Flower Mist Dew Clean brightening pink
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00

Technakohlauto de blue MAC Ungaro
TECHNAKOHL LINER
Auto-de-blu: Amethyst
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

LoudLash BoomBrown 006 MAC Ungaro
ZOOM LASH
Lofty Brown: Ultra-rich blackened cocoa brown
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

BrowSet mink MAC Ungaro
BROW SET
Mink: Dirty brown
Suggested Retail Price: $13.50

Available
North America October 9, 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.
International October 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.

MAC Suite Array

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SUITEARRAY COL MAC Suite Array
Suite Array: Eight shadow duo compacts imbue exceptional sparkle, add innovation in the most sophisticated new color alignments. Pair them with new Pearlglide Eye Liners, which provide all the accoutrements of day and night bedroom eyes…

EYE SHADOW SUITE

SUITEARRAY DUO 3 MAC Suite ArraySweet Liaison
Small Pan: Pale yellow with gold pearl
Big Pan: Deep brown with gold pearl

Rose Suites
Small Pan: Intense blue pink
Big Pan: Light yellow pink with silver pearl

Team Violets
Small Pan: Dark burgundy with burgundy pearl
Big Pan: Mid-tone violet with gold pearl

Counterparts
Small Pan: Deep forest with gold pearl
Big Pan: Mid-tone orange with gold pearl

Shallow V. Deep
Small Pan: Bluish green with gold pearl
Big Pan: Mint with silver pearl

Blue Zone
Small Pan: Deep grey/green with silver pearl
Big Pan: Light ice blue with silver pearl

Ocean 2
Small Pan: Mid-tone blue with silver pearl
Big Pan: Light blue with silver pearl

Smoke & Ash
Small Pan: Black with silver pearl
Big Pan: Mid-tone grey silver pearl

Suggested Retail Price: $16.00

PEARLGLIDE EYE LINER

Pearlglide+Eye+Liner MAC Suite ArrayBankroll: Rich green with bright green sparkle
Miss Fortune: Eggplant with light pink glitter
Spare Change: Mid-tone brown with copper glitter
Rave: Deep purple with purple glitter
Fly-By-Blu: Light blue with blue glitter
Wolf: Deep grey with gold glitter
Molasses: Dirty brown mid-tone brown glitter
Black Russian: Black with navy blue glitter

Suggestion Retail Price: $14.00

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