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Coming Soon: MAC Sugarsweet Collection

New from MAC – Sugarsweet Collection

Temptation is everywhere – luscious, whipped-cream decadent, deliciously decorative frosting colours and sugared almond combinations. Like peering through the window of a Parisian patisserie, you’ll want to become one of each! Have fun with a new Red Velvet recipe Shadestick. Tricolour Lipglass is like a mille feuille of layered lip gloss colours, each gives way to the next in a triple-layered pearl-swirl of prettiness; add extra-yum to Eye Shadow; Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish is the ultimate cake walk. We could eat you up.

Bubbles: Sheer frosty white beige
Saint Germain: Clean pastel pink
Lollipop Loving: Clean mid-tone coral and subtle green with gold iridescence
Sweet Thing: Mid-tone magenta with multidimensional pearl
Touch: Peachy cinnamon
Suggested Retail Price $14.00

TRICOLOUR LIPGLASS: Three stacked layers of Lipglass in one vial add a fun and playful effect to the final product. Each layer is a different color that smoothly gradates into the next layer. Different pearl combinations give an appealing textural look to each layer.
Suggested Retail Price $17.50

Consume Me
Top: Sheer white with reflects
Middle: Pale mint with duochrome pearl Bottom: Creamy light peach with pearl

Just Dessert
Top: Sheer yellow pink with reflects
Middle: Mid-tone yellow pink with duochrome pearl
Bottom: Mid-tone creamy yellow pink

Simply Delicious
Top: Sheer peach with reflects
Middle: Pale coral with duochrome pearl
Bottom: Creamy mid-tone coral

Top: Sheer gold with gold reflects
Middle: True gold with duochrome pearl
Bottom: Mid-tone bronze

Top: Sheer blue pink with reflects
Middle: Mid-tone blue pink with duochrome pearl
Bottom: Dark creamy red pink

Sugarshot: Pale frosty beige
Dear Cupcake: Mid-tone pink coral with gold pearl
Aquavert: Soft mint with white pearl
Stars ‘n’ Rockets: Dirty lavender with red and pink reflects
Club: Muted reddish brown duochrome with green opalescent shimmer
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

Lemon Chiffon: Frosted pewter
Butternutty: Frosted pale white gold
Penny: Light pinky copper
Red Velvet: Frosted mid-tone pink
Cakeshop: Frosted light neutral beige
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

Zoomblack: Rich black
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

Peppermint Patti: Creamy mint green
Seasonal Peach: Creamy pale peachy pink
Suggested Retail Price: $11.00


Perfect Topping: Pink/peach/lavender mélange
Refined: Tan/peach/coral mélange
Suggested Retail Price: $27.00


34 Lash Dramatically long. Wispy. Features a long, winged-corner edge.
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

Sugarsweet will be available starting March 19th – for a limited time – at MAC counters and at

5 New Fall Manicure Trends Emerge at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

At 51 runway shows during New York’s Fall 2009 Fashion Week, CND’s star nail pros manicured the hottest models and created five new recession-friendly ways to have the latest looks at your fingertips.

Tickle the Ivories – Glimmering ivory and buttercup blond manicures debuted on the runways of Carolina Herrera and iconic American designers Jason Wu and Tommy Hilfiger. The look is opaque, not sheer, with hit of golden shimmer.

Dark is Classic – Ebonized jewel tones in sapphire and amethyst punctuated the seriously sexy styling at BCBG, Herve Leger and DKNY, while Milly and Luca Luca showed classic dark raisin manicures to complement their feminine collections. At Miss Sixty, pure black Voodoo polish was reserved for pedicures. At Diesel, Amanda Fontanarrosa mixed a custom shade of dark chocolate enamel to match the clothes.

40s Moon Manicure – The glamour and hope of post WWII returned to fashion in the form of bold beauty elements including matte red lips, pin curled hair, lined eyes and half moon manicures. Ruffian, inspired by a vintage Vogue cover, updated the moon manicure from Vogue’s coral to a deep blood red. At Thakoon, CND’s Wanda Ruiz took the look a step further with a French moon mani in beige and black. At FORM, the urban black uniforms were contrasted with 40s hair and makeup and black and white moon manicures. At ThreeAsFour, CND’s Roxanne Valinoti abstracted the manicure with black triangular moons on nude nails.

Greige & Dirty Pastels – The non-color of choice for fall is grey. At Kai Kuhne, Roxanne Valinoti designed a gradated manicure effect with greys shade evolving from pinky to thumb. CND’s Kristina Baune mixed custom shades of grey and mushroom for Karen Walker, Costello Tagliopietra, Matthew Williamson, Yigal Azrouel, and Malandrino.

Vintage Metallics – Nails are jewels not tools, treat them like the fashion accessory they are. At Marchesa, the look was a metallic charcoal veil to pick up on the delicate embroidery. Baby Phat manis were a universally flattering warm antique gold while Binetti showed distressed gold and silver on a black base. is offering a free mixing bottle with the purchase of CND shades for custom blending. Use the coupon code FWRecipe.

Sephora by OPI: Digital Diva Nail Polish Collection

Introducing Digital Diva, the Spring 2009 nail color collection from Sephora by OPI.

With names like IM Beauty and Techno Girl, you’ll be texting pretty with Sephora by OPI’s exclusive collection of high-voltage pinks, oranges, and corals—just in time for spring.

Access 24/7 (juicy magenta pink)
Techno Girl (vivid azalea)
Lost Without My GPS (bright vintage orange-red)
I’m Wired (electric coral red)
Hi Def (rich tangerine)
IM Beauty (bright buttercup yellow)

New York Fashion Week: Trip to the Creative Nail Design Studio

During New York Fashion Week, I visited the Creative Nail Design Studio to chat with the top nail pros about the nails they have created, in collaboration with the participating designers. CND nail technician Shelena Robinson was hard at work, crafting 40 sets of talons for the Baby Phat show. She meticulously layered Gold Chrome (to be released in Fall 2009) over Iced Capuccino. She told me that layering is one of the trends that CND is seeing for fall; it gives the nail a unique look, and is something women can easily do at home.

When I asked how long it takes to complete 40 sets of nails – like at Baby Phat – nail technician Kristina Baune explained that it takes 6-7 hours, especially with layered nail polish because the first color must completely dry before applying the second color. Otherwise, you run the risk of dragging and/or smearing.

Kristina said that the main nail color trend she predicts for fall is gray undertones. “Colors will be dirty and smoky, whether they be beige, pastels or reds. Gray isn’t as hard to wear as black. It wears a little bit softer so it’s not as dramatic when it gets all chipped up. It’s great for every day. It’s a great staple.”

I concluded the interview by putting both technicians on the spot – asking them to name their favorite CND nail colors. Without really hesitating, Shelena put High Blue Dark, NFS and at the top of her list. Kristina’s favorites include Blue Blood (discontinued), Hyde in the Dark and Red Baroness.

Last Fashion Week, the New York Times published The Unsung Heroes of Fashion Week, a fascinating slideshow that chronicles the work of CND artists. With a voiceover by Natasha Singer, the video captures the painstaking process these talented technicians underake to accessorize the nails at Fashion Week’s hottest shows. If you’re a nail phile, you really must take a look!


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