My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING
The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING
I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products.
Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING
I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish.
Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING
Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle.
Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING
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
When I first heard about MAC’s upcoming All Ages, All Races, All Sexescollection, I got really excited. I immediately loved the idea of a “multi-culti color story” – and knew that a vast majority of these gorgeous, nude/neutral products would find its way into my own beauty arsenal.
The release date for All Ages, All Races, All Sexes is January 7, 2010…though, like most MAC collections, it will probably be available a few days in advance. I got my hands on some early samples (MAC sent them for me to review), and the shades are so beautiful in person. The images and press release I had previously seen didn’t do them justice.
When the collections comes out, I’ll be picking up one or two of the lipglasses. I’m a sucker for MAC lipglass and these frosty neutrals look Rihanna approved.
So, without further ado, here are some swatches and close-up product pics from All Ages, All Races, All Sexes.
Here’s my favorite product of the bunch – Eye Shadow in Banshee (dirty taupe with frost and sparkle diamond cluster – lustre).
Here’s Banshee again…this time, with flash.
Left to right: Impeccable Brow Pencil in Dirty Blonde (cool light brown); Penultimate Brow Marker; Brow Set in Mink (dirty brown)
Eye Shadow in Showstopper (deep blackened brown – matte) and Pigment in Rich Life (dark cool brown with silver pearl – frost)
Close up of Pigment in Rich Life
Lipstick in 5N (plumy sheer brown – lustre) and Myself (creamy pale yellow beige – lustre)
All Ages, All Races, All Sexes swatches (no flash) Left to right: Penultimate Brow Marker; Impeccable Brow Pencil in Dirty Blonde; Brow Set in Mink; Eye Shadow in Showstopper and Banshee; Pigment in Rich Life; Lipstick in 5N and Myself
All Ages, All Races, All Sexes swatches (with flash)
For more info about the All Ages, All Races, All Sexes collection, click here.
Now MAC takes the “One World” idea further than ever, with a multi-culti colour story intent on a universal focus – spectacularly shaded and shaped brows for all, because beautiful people come in colours!
Miraculously matched to the individual, Impeccable Brow Pencil is the ultimate artist’s tool to fill, lengthen and shape, with a firm tip that sharpens application for high-performance precision.
Penultimate Brow Marker, in one shade suits all, has a liquefied glide adept at the all-important arch.
But that’s not all: Lipstick, Lipglass, and Eye Shadows speak your language, a match for every international skin tone.
Lipstick, $14 Equality: Light dirty mauve with traveling pearl (Lustre) Myself: Creamy pale yell ow beige (Lustre) Empowered: Creamy mid-tone neutral brown (Satin) 5N: Plumy sheer brown (Lustre)
Lipglass, $14 Naked Frost: Sheer taupe with silver pearl (Frost) Glamour for All: Sheer pale baby pink with pearl (Frost) Liqueur: Frosted mid-tone pink brown (Frost) Spirit & Soul: Frosted dark cool brown (Frost)
Eye Shadow, $14.50 All Races: Cool light mauve taupe (Matte) Banshee: Dirty taupe with frost and sparkle diamond cluster (Lustre) Cross -cultural : Dark dirty yell ow brown (Matte) Showstopper: Deep blackened brown (Matte)
Pigment, $19.50 Universal Mix: Sparkly white gold (Frost) Rich Life: Dark cool brown with silver pearl (Frost)
Impeccable Brow Pencil, $15 Blonde: Pale yellow brown Dirty Blonde: Cool light brown Taupe: Mid-tone dirty taupe Black: Blackened dark neutral brown
Eye Brows, $15 Lingering: Soft taupe brown Spiked: Rich brunette
Penultimate Brow Marker, $16.50
Brow Set, $14.50 Clear: Color-free Mink: Dirty brown
Beauty Powder Blush, $18.50 Personal Style: Light mauve taupe All’s Good: Cool deep rose
Blot Powder Pressed, $21 Medium Deep Dark
Available in North America on January 7, 2010 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com. Available internationally in February 2010.
The limited edition, all-in-one palette features: cream to powder black liner, brow shaping powder, four eyeshadows and a top coat. The major selling point of this palette (which just so happens to have the chicest packaging eva) is the topcoat. In the tray, it deceivingly looks like shimmering snow, but it applies super sheer.
When you layer it on top of shadow, it goes all Emeril on you. BAM…in an instant, it kicks the color up a notch by imparting a sparkly, iridescence. Use the topcoat with any of the palette’s shadows – or in tandem with the any of the shadows in your makeup arsenal. I swear – it gives old products new life.
Dior Jazz Club Eye Palette and your lids should make beautiful music together. Don’t fight fate. Pick it up now at Nordstom.
As you probably know, today is the official kickoff of New York Fashion Week, Spring 2010. In fact, I’ll be traveling to NYC on Saturday to attend Fashion Week events and report from backstage. But before we move forward, let’s take a look back to Fashion Week, Fall 2009. Last spring, I went behind the scenes at some of the hottest shows – and noticed some emerging trends.
Last week, I appeared on the NBC 10! Show to talk about five of the fiercest beauty trends for fall – and introduce viewers to must-have products to help them nail the looks.
Watch and learn…
In honor of my latest TV appearance, I’m giving away a selection of the products featured in the segment!!! One lucky winner will receive:
Revlon Brow Specialist Kit: The set includes three brow stencils in varying degrees of arch to fit every shape, tweezers, a universally flattering brow pencil, and brow gel – all in a sleek carrying case.
Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Liner (all six shades!): More precise than a pencil and more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, and buildable coverage than your average liner. The angled liner brush creates a razor sharp line, and the formula lasts all day (or night). Available in six gorgeous colors: Binge (midnight blue), Demolition (brown), Empire (eggplant), Loaded (deep green), Pyrotechnics (iridescent glitter with clear base), and Zero (black).
Goody Resort Glamour Kingston Bobby Slides: These are the next generation of bobby pins. They are some of the most darling bobby pins I’ve ever seen, and come in a selection of shades sure to match your personality, hair color and/or ensemble.
OPI Matte Collection (all six shades!): OPI recently released six of their best-selling shades in non-glossy formulation. The collection includes: Alpine Snow(a fresh crisp white), Gargantuan Green Grape (green kissed by the summer sun), La Paz-itively Hot (a hot pink perfect for when you’re Bo-livia la vida loca), Lincoln Park After Dark (where midnight meets purple), Russian Navy (wait until you see this deep-sea indigo!) and You Don’t Know Jacques! (if you don’t know how trendy this taupe is!).
To enter the giveaway, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Fall Trends Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, September 17th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, September 18th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.
Seeking alternative energy, increased mileage from makeup… Colour Ready revs up the Prep + Prime idea, a true hybrid formula between science and beauty.
New Transparent Finishing Powder and Line Filler are the brand’s lightest yet, in fact invisible when applied, but their silky colourless polymers set and stabilize makeup instantly. The only way to start when you sit down in front of the mirror. Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone is your stay-put fit on skin that minimizes the appearance of pores without clogging, and visibly diminishes them over time. Two Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Penultimate Eye Liner and Eye Brows in an essential palette are a habit to happily acquire – Colour Ready is as basic as your 4-inch heel Louboutins.
Lipstick Show Orchid: Vivid hot pink (Amplified Creme) (Pro Only) Impassioned: Amped-up fuchsia (Amplified Creme) Suggested Retail Price: $14.00 Eye Shadows White Frost: Vivid bright white with icy shimmer (Frost) Bitter: Vivid bright golden green flecked with shimmer (Velvet) Suggested Retail Price: $14.50 Penultimate Liner Rapid black: True black Suggested Retail Price: $16.50 Brow Pencil Stud: A deep rich blackened brown Suggested Retail Price: $14.50 Prep + Prime Line Filler Instantly minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the surface of the skin. This cutting-edge formula dries down to a natural matte finish, making skin appear smoother instantly. Suggested Retail Price: $17.50
Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone A lightweight emulsion that helps control sebum and shine on the skin’s surface and immediately reduce the appearance of pores on the skin. It is dermatologist-tested and appropriate for all skin types. Suggested Retail Price: $17.50
Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder A lightweight, colourless, loose powder that works well on any skin tone. It is formulated with special optics and ingredients that help add dimension and create a blurring effect. The silky powder helps set and stabilize makeup and works well with all MAC foundations. It is dermatologist-tested, non-acnegenic, and safe for use by contact lens wearers. Suggested Retail Price: $21.00 Brush 129SH – Short Handle Blush/Powder brush with travel case. Suggested Retail Price: $34.00
Celebrity makeup artists Tina Turnbow used Tarte’s Vitamin Infused Lipstick in Bikram on Krysten Ritter at the Confessions of a Shopaholic premiere in NYC. For thrifty shopaholics, Tarte is offering Bikram Vitamin Infused Lipstick for 45% off. Get it now for only $12 (a $10 savings). Use promo code SHOP at checkout.
If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of Michelle Obama. Her fashion and beauty choices keep me entertained, on my toes, and taking copious notes.
Last Fall, while at New York Fashion Week, I got to talking with theBobbi Brown. Bobbi was sporting an Obama ’08 pin, so we started chatting about Michelle’s makeup and favorite Bobbi Brown products. Towards the end of the conversation, I asked Bobbi her opinion of Michelle’s eyebrows; I told Bobbi that, though Michelle can do no wrong in my eyes, her arches could use some softening. Bobbi smiled and nodded, adding that if she was Michelle’s makeup artist, she would give Michelle a less angular arch.
Around the same time, Michelle Obama’s actual makeup artist, Chicago-based makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Myles, was getting the same criticism about Michelle’s brows.
“When she started getting that feedback—I have a rule: When three or more people give you feedback, that means hundreds are talking about it—then what I began to do is bring them down and train them down,” Grimes-Myles said.
If you take a close look at Michelle’s current brows and compare them the ones she sported at the Democratic National Convention, you’ll notice that the arch is less exaggerated.
The Chicago Tribune has a great article about Michelle’s brow evolution, which includes some tasty beauty tidbits (Michelle loves MAC lip pencils and gloss).
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