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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

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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

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MAC Monogram Collection

Posted on by daneen in Fragrance, Lipgloss, Lipstick, Makeup Brush, Makeup Case, Powder | Leave a comment

MAC+Monogram MAC Monogram Collection
MAC Monogram Collection: Your personal statement of the Holiday season. A collection of such creamy, high-prestige shades and luxurious fragrance, they make their own distinguished look and marque. In the fashionable world, this is the only signature you need…

MAC+Monogram+Lipstick MAC Monogram Collection
Monogram Lipstick: this luxury formula is smooth and rich. Silky lipstick that glides on with ease for medium buildable to full coverage with satiny shine. Lips feel soft and look rich and lustrous. When paired with the Monogram Lipgloss, the look is high shine and multi-dimensional.
Flourish: Frosty mid-tone red
All Mine: Creamy mid-tone blue pink
Marque: Soft light neutral pink
Status Symbol: Warm mid-tone reddish brown with pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00

MAC+Monogram+Lipgloss MAC Monogram Collection
Monogram Lipgloss: High shine, super sheer lipgloss provides comfort and cushion. Feel soft and look lustrous. Brilliant gold sparkle flecks give a lustrous effect. A patent leather slick of shine; beautiful alone or paired with Monogram Lipstick.
Posh Life: Mid-tone bright pink with gold pearl
Identity: Pale baby pink with gold pearl
Distinguished: Sheer yellow beige with gold pearl
Monodramatic: Bronzy brown with gold pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00

MAC+Monogram+Pressed+Powder MAC Monogram Collection
Monogram Sheerspark Pressed Powder: new shimmer powder for both eye and cheek.
Commemorate: Frosted pale gold with gold pearl
Keepsake: Frosted pale pink with gold pearl
Personal Touch: Light peach with pink pearl
Old English: Light bronze with gold pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $26.00

MAC+Sheer+Mystery MAC Monogram Collection
Monogram Sheer Mystery Powder: An ultra-fine, super sheer, and very sophisticated pressed powder. “Mysteriously” silky-soft in texture, glides on to give skin a velvety matte, slightly luminous and altogether flawless finish.
Light Medium: Pale ivory
Medium Plus: Tan beige
Dark Secret: Deep caramel
Suggested Retail Price: $50.00

MAC+Monogram+Fragrance MAC Monogram Collection
Monogram Air Of Style Fragrance Set: A rare set of two limited-edition Air of Style fragrances beautifully nestled in a metallic faux patent pouch featuring a circular MAC Monogram logo on an embossed plaque with gold and red degrade detail. Warm, intoxicating, baroque and sensual in its scent, the fragrance’s slim 15 ml glass flacon with gold cap, featuring the collection’s name and monogram.
Top Notes: White pepper, dried red dates, wild peonies
Middle Notes: Tuberose, orange blossom, jasmin, ylang-ylang, orris
Bottom Notes: Touch of leather, antique woods, vetiver, amber crystals, tonka beans
Suggested Retail Price: $70.00

129 Monogram Special Edition Brush: Powder/Blush Brush
Suggested Retail Price: $45.00

224 Monogram Special Edition Brush: Tapered Blending
Suggested Retail Price: $35.00

MAC+Monogram+Clutch MAC Monogram Collection
Monogram Clutch: A versatile, high-shine vinyl clutch to use as makeup bag or fashion accessory. Medium-sized. Sophisticated and stylish in its soft-edged design.
Suggested Retail Price: $65.00

Available in North America: November 26, 2008 at MAC stores, maccosmetics.com, all Saks locations, select Nordstrom locations and Henri Bendel.

Beauty Addicts, Meet Beauty Addicts

Posted on by daneen in Holy Grail, Lipgloss, Makeup Brush, Tools | 1 Comment

beauty+addicts+lipclick Beauty Addicts, Meet Beauty Addicts
You know your retractable lip brush? The cheap gold one where the tip falls off every time you use it? The one that deposits more hairs on your lips than pigment? Yeah, that lip brush. Here’s my advice to you…th’ow it out, as my mother would say.

I mean, why would you keep holding on to a beauty tool that makes your mouth look a hot mess when you can replace it with one that makes you look hot, period?

Beauty addicts, meet Beauty Addicts LipCLICK Retractable Brush. The best lip brush I’ve used – retractable or otherwise, in forever. Hands down.

Chic, sleek and the perfect definition of form meets function. The brush opens to reveal a full size lip brush with just one click – and slides back after use into a fully protected casing. Perfect for on the go application for your busy life!

It’s my holy grail retractable lip brush. Go get you one – and while you’re there, pick up one of Beauty Addicts’ RelationLIPS palettes. I’m partial to ExpressLIPS, a combination of four nudes (buff, rosy-gold, cream and bronze) that make for the inherently sexy Angelina kisser.

Beautyaddicts.com. You’re welcome.

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

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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.

New From MAC: Electro Flash

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Electro+Flash1 New From MAC: Electro Flash
Dagnabit, MAC. Don’t you know we’re not made of money? You keep churning out kick-ass collections. We remain broke, but beautiful. Thanks a lot.

Visa card, I’d like to introduce you to MAC Electro Flash. Electro Flash, meet my worn-out Visa card.

Electro+Flash2 New From MAC: Electro FlashShort-circuit expectations. X-ray vision means you see ahead of the rest. Electricity is our most precious resource…everybody, electrified! Light up this world, and the next!

Electro Flash Mineralize Eye Shadow in nine new duos with unblinking courage, in convincing new combinations: tri-colorr shimmer minerals with marble shine – plus a monoshade on the other side. Add Lipglass and Lipstick finishes with quantum physics energy, in companion colors and electro-lustres.

Lipstick
Vanity’s Child: Sheer pale beige with pearl (Lustre)
Fast Thrill: Frosty clean mid-tone pink with pearl (Frost)
Mellow Mood: Glossy mid-tone dirty pink with pearl (Lustre)
Dangerously Hot: Creamy deep brown red (Amplified)

Lipglass
Cultureclash:
Frosty clear baby pink with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)

Major Minor:
Frosty mid-tone beige with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)

Sonic Vibe:
Frosty mid-tone pink with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)

Li’ Hot Pepper:
Frosty burnt red with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)

Mineralize Eye Shadow (Duo)
Play on Plums Mélange/Mono:
Peachy gold with pink and bronze veining/Bronzed burgundy mono

Sea & Sky Mélange/Mono:
Silvery pale blue with deep blue and silver veining/Bright blue mono

Hot Contrast Mélange/Mono:
Dirty red with silver and black veining/Black mono

Love Connection Mélange/Mono:
Pale beige with gold and blue veining/Warm gold mono

Two to Glow Mélange/Mono:
Dirty bronze with pink and orange veining/Orange mono

Odd Couple Mélange/Mono:
Warm gold with lavender and bronze veining/Purple mono

Polar Opposites Mélange/Mono: Dirty purple with silver, indigo and pink veining/True silver mono
Fresh Green Mix Mélange/Mono:
Golden olive with blue, gold and aqua veining/Lime mono

Pink Split Mélange/Mono:
Dirty rose with bronze and pale blue veining/Pink with gold pearl mono

Brush
227 Large Fluff: Large size paddle with fluffed double chiseled, rounded tip.

Available
International (except Asia): July 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.
Asia: August 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.

New From MAC: New View

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MAC+New+View1 New From MAC: New View
MAC’s given birth to another new collection, aptly titled New View.

Natural and Shimmer. The split personality of powder to sheerly and subtly perfect skin with dimensionality and mineralized starshine. These Mineralize Skinfinish duos are state-of-the-art simplicity, high-resolution finish.

MAC+New+View2 New From MAC: New ViewUnlike most powders that are pressed into traditional metal pans, Mineralize Skinfinish is molded onto small round terracotta tiles and carefully baked for 24 hours, allowing for an exceptionally sheer and light application. The Natural portion of the duo will provide a dimensional yet natural matte-finish, while the shimmer portion will add buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. This unique powder contains vitamin A and E derivatives, which help buffer the skin from environmental aggression and jojoba oil, which calms and soothes the skin. This product can be used on face or body and is appropriate for all skin types. Dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested. Use with the 189 Face Brush. With its rounded paddle and chiseled edges, it’s perfect for precise blending and sculpting.

Mineralize Skinfinish
Light Medium/Natural and Shimmer:
Pale golden beige/Warm yellow beige

Medium/and Shimmer:
Soft creamy beige/Light peachy pink

Medium Dark/and Shimmer:
Caramel/Light tan

Dark/and Shimmer:
Deep caramel/Mid-tone yellow gold

Deep Dark/Natural and Shimmer:
Rich golden bronze/Deep copper bronze

Brush
189 Face Brush: Rounded-paddle face brush with chiseled shape on each side for effortless placement and blending of product. Very soft synthetic bristles can even be used by those with sensitive skins. May be used with almost all MAC powder forms and other light emulsions and liquid foundations.

Available
International (except Asia): July 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.
Asia: August 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.

New From MAC: Sonic Chic

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MAC+Sonic+Chic1 New From MAC: Sonic Chic
Now at a MAC counter near you…Sonic Chic.

MAC+Sonic+Chic2 New From MAC: Sonic ChicThis collection of Mineralize Blush is reminiscent of an end of summer sunset: warm, soft, shimmering shades of pink, gold and bronze that take you right into fall without skipping a step. The baked powder formula allows for exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. It builds color without heavy coverage. Super-fine provides soft shimmer on skin. The blush enhances and veils the cheekbones for a luminous complexion. Can be worn on face, eyes and/or body. Use with the 181 Buffer Brush for flawless blending, even color. Everyday-efficient, travel-size small, it’s built for speed.

Mineralize Blush
Dainty: Light yellow pink with gold pearl (frost)
Warm Soul: Midtone beige with gold pearl (frost)
Nuance: Midtone peach with gold pearl (frost)
Gleeful: Deep dirty blue pink with gold pearl (frost)
Gentle: Raspberry with gold pearl (frost)
Love Joy: Warm midtone brown with gold pearl (frost)
Merrily: Midtone dirty (burned) red with gold pearl (frost)
Pleasantry: Intense midtone blue pink with gold pearl (frost)
Love Thing: Dirty burgundy with gold pearl (frost)

Brush
181 Small Buffer Brush: Ultra-soft natural, rounded dome tip brush for application of Blush and Powder. Smaller version of existing 182 Buffer Brush.

Available
International (except Asia): July 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.
Asia: August 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.

The Dope on Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 Collection

Posted on by daneen in Bronzer, Makeup Brush, Mascara, Oily Skin, Powder, Tan | 1 Comment

Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 Collection is the chronic. With product names like “Big Fatty,”Baked,” and “Blaze” – you know you wanna try it. It’ll make you feel good, feel good…

big+fatty+colored+mascara The Dope on Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 CollectionPops of color are in style this season…and Big Fatty Colored Mascara is the perfect way to embrace that trend. Available in four bold, but wearable shades, Big Fatty thickens and lengthens lashes. Electric Blue and Indigo flatter brown and blue eyes, Purple Haze compliment green-eyed gals, and burgundy adds drama to any eye color. I’m a total Electric Blue groupie, and when I’m feeling bold, I pair it with 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Deviant.

“A colored mascara is the perfect summer beauty uniform. I slick a little on when I’m in a rush or headed out to thebeach and instantly get a ‘just enough makeup to look pretty, but not so much that I’m trying too hard’ look. And it adds aseductive, enigmatic little edge to those minimal makeup days of summer,” says Wende Zomnir, Executive Creative Director at Urban Decay.

Blaze+and+Rush The Dope on Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 CollectionUrban Decay created two new eyeshadow shades, Blaze and Rush, to compliment the summer line. Blaze (golden peach) and Rush (medium coppery bronze) are smooth, richly pigmented and apply like a dream. To keep from slipping off your lid in humid weather, prep the eye with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

De Slick+Mattifying+Powder The Dope on Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 CollectionDe-Slick Mattifying Powder is one of the Co-Founder’s favorite products…and mine too, because you know that I’m one shiny beauty blogger come summertime. This shine-thwarting pressed powder contains lightweight, oil-absorbing rice powder. Use it on bare skin or over your foundation. The light purple shaded powder applies invisibly and won’t cake.

baked+bronzer+in+gilded The Dope on Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 CollectionBaked Bronzer in Guilded gives you a baked, toasty glow without the threat of skin damage. And it’s literally baked in an Italian oven on a tiny terra cotta disc for 24 hours, then hand-finished by a factory full of motherly Italian women. The result is an ultra-smooth, sheer-finish bronzer that can be used on the face and body and applied wet or dry!

big+buddha The Dope on Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 CollectionThe Big Buddha Brush is Urban Decay’s answer to the kabuki brush. Bronze arms and legs with one sweep, dust on loose powder, or highlight shoulders and décolleté. Big Buddha features soft synthetic white fibers, tipped with purple, giving the brush a unique ombre effect.

santa+tanita The Dope on Urban Decay’s Summer 2008 CollectionSanta Tanita, Urban Decay’s imaginary saint of sunless tanning, answers your prayers for sun-kissed skin. The Santa Tanita Tinted Sunless Tanning Mousse instantly bronzes face and body, while a gradual self tanner goes to work, building a lasting tan that darkens with time. The moisturizing formula was created for both the face and body, and it won’t rub off onto clothes.

Urban Decay is available at Sephora, Ulta, Amazon.com, and urbandecay.com.

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