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Essie The Art of Spring Collection

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Inspiration: Spring ushers in a warm, high-spirited bouquet of pretty shades and sultry silhouettes. At the Spring 2010 shows, designers expressed a super-sexy return to elegance with a pop art palette of colors. Body-clinging pieces with flurries of tulle, silk and organza flowed alongside crepe skirts, linen kimonos and shantung gowns in never-ending shades of lilac, rose and cerise.

“When I go to the fashion shows, I don’t just see clothes, I see artistic expression and color,” says Essie Weingarten, founder and president of Essie Cosmetics, Ltd. “Art and fashion go hand in hand, and this season’s collections reminded me of the pop art fashion explosion. My spring color collectionis a reflection of that movement.”

The collection includes a palette of shades created to compliment the essence of Spring:

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Van D’go: Deliciously ripe melon

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Tart Deco: Dreamy creamy coral

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Red Nouveau: Fiery hot red pepper

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Pop Art Pink: Sheer chiffon pink

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Lilacism: Satiny smooth lilac

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Neo Whimsical: Light as a featherrose-plum

For polish to last longer, Essie suggests using a base, like First Base Base Coat and top coat, like Good to Go! – the basecoat prepares the polish to adhere and the top coat seals in color. Also, wait 2 minutes in between color applications so that the polish can set. A few days later, apply Shine-e to refresh polish to a top shine finish.

The Art of Spring collection will be available February 1, 2010.

NARS Spring 2010 Collection

NARS+Spring+2010+Campaign+Image+ +Lo+Res NARS Spring 2010 CollectionInspired by Catherine Deneuve’s role as Lucille in La Chamade, the NARS Spring 2010 Collection features soft, sexy shades that are as elegant as they are versatile.

“I love Catherine’s makeup look in this movie,” says François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics who chose supermodel Amber Valletta for the campaign. “It’s very sophisticated and bourgeois in a Parisian ’16th Arrondissement’ way. She is the perfect reference for this collection, and apropos for spring, a time to embrace color and get noticed.” The hues are playful yet sophisticated and can be either soft and subtle or bold and daring. As always, the effects are limitless, determined by application, technique, and attitude.

“The shades are soft, sexy and light — like springtime. The formulas are trans-parent, so they allow the skin to look natural and fresh. If a woman wants a more intense look — and I hope she does — the hues can be layered for a bolder effect.”

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Lipstick in Cruising, $24
This subtle, sexy pink lipstick hue provides a sheer natural long-lasting color. The hydrating formula can be worn alone, or over a NARS Lip Pencil for variations in color and depth. It’s neutral enough to pair perfectly with dramatic eyes, yet alluring enough to attract attention when used on its own.

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Lip Gloss in Easy Lover, $24
Serious luster meets sexy color in this ultra-sheer hot pink lip gloss. The eye-catching and refreshing springtime hue is perfectly suited to deliver super shiny, sensual lips. An extra dab of it in the center of the bottom lip will accentuate sheen and fullness. It’s impossible to resist.


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Lip Gloss in Ophelia, $24
This high-shine strawberry nectar lip gloss is deliciously sweet and seductive. Wear it alone, or over NARS lip products for a more intense effect and color variation. The glossy formula will capture both the light and the attention of admirers.


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Nail Polish in Purple Rain, $16
This intensely gothic purple is a bright and audacious shade destined to become a modern classic. Boasting a long-wearing formula, this intense nail hue vacillates between opposites: rocker or royalty, rebellious or refined.

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Single Eyeshadow in D. Gorgeous, $23
This dusty lilac powder eyeshadow yields just a hint of flirtation, but never misses its mark. The long-wearing, crease-resistant matte formula boasts a translucent texture and can be applied sheer, or layered with other NARS products for a bolder result.

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Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Camargue, $32
Named for the deep, dancing, sun-cast hues found in the French river delta, this pairing of golden moss and sienna, with multi-colored reflections comes in a soft-blending, glistening cream eyeshadow formula. Wear it alone or layered beneath NARS powder eyeshadows to create more color, depth and intensity.

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Duo Eyeshadow in Kuala Lumpur, $32
Like its Malaysian city namesake, this perfectly harmonized gold infused rose and boysenberry pairing is influenced by contrasts — rich and subtle, traditional yet modern. Wear the two shades separately or together, sheer or layered for a more dramatic effect. Try swiping one shade over the entire eyelid and applying the other just beneath the brow bone to highlight.

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Glitter Pencil in Bains Douches, $24
This bright sky blue, silver glitter-infused hue delivers powerful, vibrant color that slides on smooth and remains creamy for blending. Use this glitter pencil layered or alone — to line, accent, highlight or illuminate the eyes. No matter how it’s used, the look will be as ultra-chic as the legendary Parisian nightclub for which it was named.

The Spring 2010 collection will be available on January 15, 2010 at narscosmetics.com.

Coming Soon: Zoya Reverie

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The Zoya Reverie Collection includes:

Laney (ZP607) – moonlit silver metallic
Adina (ZP608) – duochrome violet metallic
Reece (ZP609) – gilded rose metallic
Happi (ZP610) – pink blush metallic
Gwin (ZP611) – sunny melon metallic
Lana (ZP612) – rich red metallic

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The collection will be available in January 2010.

MAC Lillyland

MAC+Lillyland MAC LillylandWhen MAC meets the lore and legend that is Lilly Pulitzer, you get a fabulous and funky fun new chapter: a bit of Mar-a-Lago, some well-to-do winky-wink, and a dash of retro-modern pop culture mayhem in prints and colours that make it hip to be in permanent happy land!

A collaboration that feels like the best tongue-in-chic resort retort, with all the wonderful prints and Key West colour combinations Lilly has done so beautifully since, well, forever!

Fly down to South Florida, with MAC in Lillyland!

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168 Large Angled Contour Brush, $32
For expert application of cheek contour. This brush is a large angled contour. The fibres form a buffed edge and are soft and firmly bundled.

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239 Eye Shader Brush, $24.50
Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products. This brush has a tapered, rounded edge with smooth, firm, fine fibres. It can be used to build intense colour on the eyelid.

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Technakohl Liner, $14.50
Purple Dash: Intense aubergine
Graphblack: Rich graphic black

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Lipgelee, $14
Resort Life: Off -white with pink pearl
Lush & Bright: Bright pink-yellow-coral with pink pearl
Preppy: Blue-pink with pink pearl
Shift to Pink: Light violet with silver pearl

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Nail Lacquer, $12
Coconut Ice: Light yellow-peach-pink (Cream)
Steamy: Hot pink (Cream)

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Paint Pot, $16.50
Bare Study: Soft beige with gold pearl (Frost)
Rubenesque: Golden peach with gold pearl (Frost)
Fresco Rose: Pink with matching pearl (Frost)
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Pearlmatte Face Powder, $27
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Pearlmatte Eye Shadow, $19.50

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Cremeblend Blush, $18.50
So Sweet, So Easy: Light yellow-pink
Optimistic Orange: Bright coral
Joie-de -Vivre: Peachy coral
Florida: Bright fuschia

Available in North America on January 7, 2010 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com. Available internationally in February 2010.

Zoya GREEN Friday: Get 6 FREE Nail Polishes!

zoya+green Zoya GREEN Friday: Get 6 FREE Nail Polishes!

Spend $20 or more at zoya.com and receive six of Zoya‘s favorite green nail polishes…for FREE!

Zoya Tangy: unexpected metallic yellow/green
Zoya Envy: gleaming jade green with subtle shimmer
Zoya Midori: medium green shimmer
Zoya Irene: sparkling mossy green metallic with subtle sparkle finish
Zoya Suvi: rich emerald city metallic
Zoya Veruschka: matte gunmetal evergreen with shimmer

Code will activate on Thanksgiving (11/26/09) at 5 p.m. EST. So you will have plenty of time to gobble your turkey and then gobble up Zoya’s great greens too (who needs football anyway). Code will expire on Friday (11/27/09) at 5 p.m. EST. Use promo code GREENFRIDAY at checkout.

*Promo code valid online at zoya.com only. Offer valid in continental US only. Consumer orders only. Offer not valid in conjunction with other promotions, discounts or offers. One code per order. Allow 2 weeks for order processing.

Peep My Polish: Zoya Ki

 Peep My Polish: Zoya Ki

Can’t go on television with busted looking nails, so I sharpened my self-manicure skillz using Zoya nail polish in Ki. This best-selling shade (can’t you see why?) is a super unique, duochrome plum with blue and green metallic hightlights.

I love that Ki has split personalities. In the light, it’s the irridescent purple described above. Otherwise, it’s this plummy gray that demands a second glance. Ki has taken its place among my polish faves.

My nails usually take a fortnight to dry, so I sped up the process with Qtica Half Time Polish Drying Accelorator. This product is a godsend! For some reason, I always wait ’til 11pm to paint my nails…and usually end up having to fall asleep on my back, with my hands carefully perched on my chest. Thanks to Qtica, my polish was dry and smudge-proof way before lights out.

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Zoya Ki with flash

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Zoya Ki without flash

Rihanna’s 20/20 Frosty Nude Lip Look

rihanna+20 20+makeup+lip+gloss Rihannas 20/20 Frosty Nude Lip LookOn Friday night, I was among the 8.2 million people who watched Rihanna’s 20/20 interview. But afterwards, while most people were thinking, “Wow…that Rihanna is so brave to publicly discuss such a horrifying personal tragedy” or “That jackass, Chris Brown, deserves whatever is coming to him” – I was thinking, “What products can I use to copy Rihanna’s icy nude lip look?”

So I did what any self-respecting beauty junkie would do. I broke out my lip gloss/lipstick stash and played makeup mad scientist/mixologist. I found that creating Rihanna’s 20/20 look is quite easy to do. All you need is a nude lipstick that is lighter than your complexion, and a silver gloss. Be sure to apply foundation to lips before trying this look, as the foundation will help cancel out any pink in your lips and let the lip color stand alone.

Here are some combos that I think would pass RiRi scrutiny:

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1) Clinique Different Lipstick in Tenderheart + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
2) MAC Lipstick in Modesty + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
3) Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick in Nude Almond + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
4) Julie Hewett Lipstick in Biba + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
5) Victoria’s Secret Sheer Gloss Stick in Exposed + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
6) Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick in Lady’s Choice + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
7) Urban Decay Lipstick in Midnight Cowboy + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
8) This is just to show what MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam looks like on its own

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Not satisfied with Rihanna’s lippie recipe? Want to cop her cafe au lait nails too? Try OPI Barefoot in Barcelona.

Match Your Nails To Your Emails

dell+opi+laptop Match Your Nails To Your EmailsOPI and Dell have a colorful collabo in the works, ladies. Next month, color goes “digit”-al with new customized laptops from Dell in your favorite OPI Nail Lacquer shades!

Initially launching a Holiday Collection with six shades, Dell will bring 20 more classic OPI colors to market and incorporate new offerings based on trends, seasonality and popularity throughout the year.

“Beautiful nails really are the ultimate accessory to any look,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “And now, with Dell laptops that coordinate with OPI Nail Lacquers, you can match your nails to your emails!”

The collection will launch with the following famed OPI shades:

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Kyoto Pearl
Shimmery white satin.

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Princesses Rule!
A bright sparkly pink that’s tiara worthy!

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Up Front & Personal
A golden glitter you’ll really “sparkle” to!

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Dear Santa
Please bring me this glittering holiday red!

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Holiday Glow
Charcoal grey glowing with a touch of silver.

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I’m Not Really a Waitress
A vivacious chianti red.

The OPI color options for Dell Mini, Inspiron and Studio laptops will be available in the Dell Design Studio at Dell.com first in the U.S. and later in other countries. Select OPI colors also will be available retailers nationwide.

Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials – Plus A Giveaway!

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The cold weather hit Philly earlier than I had expected. So this weekend, I switched out the contents of my makeup bag (I don’t even want to say how many products I had crammed in there…I’m embarrassed) and replaced them with the following cold weather beauty essentials.

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Last week, it was cold and wet in my neck of the woods. It’s not even November yet, and my hands are crack-a-lackin’. So I retired my summer hand lotion, and pulled out the heavy artillery…Aveda’s Hand Relief. If this isn’t the best hand lotion on the market, I don’t know what is. It hydrates and soothes even severely dry hands – without leaving them greasy or sticky. And the citrusy scent is a nice pick-me-up. If you’ve never tried Hand Relief, now is the best time to buy. The Pink Ribbon special value tube has 7% more product than the regular size, and Aveda will donate $4 from each purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Clear Nail Polish is another cold weather essential I highly suggeststashing in your makeup bag. Not only does it protect your polish against the elements and extend the life of your mani, it’s also great for stopping stocking runs and rips in their tracks.

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Remember how I told you that I carried a mini tube of Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant in my purse this past summer? Well, it’s still there. And that’s where it’s gonna stay this season. Yes, I realize that the mercury is falling – but layered clothing combined with co-workers who like to jack up the thermostat can have you smelling quite ripe, if you’re not prepared. I am…are you?

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Chapped lips are the bane of my existence. I hate how they look, how they feel, and how they’re the prelude to a bleeding, peeling, jacked up mess of a mouth. Preventing chapped lips doesn’t have to cost a fortune, as is evidenced by one of my new cold weather beauty finds – Carmex Moisture Plus. It moisturizes with Vitamin E, Aloe, and Shea butter and protects your pucker with SPF 15. I love the vanilla menthol scent and the fact that, despite the sun protection, I don’t feel like I’m eating sunscreen if I lick my lips. The slant tip applicator also ups the fab factor.

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Stila Convertible Color is a makeup bag must have year-round, but I always fall a little deeper in love when it gets colder and the summer glow fades from my face. This versatile bestseller brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent color. If your skin tends to dry out during the colder months, you’ll love the formula – and how it gives your complexion a lit from within, realistic glow. I use Poppy to give my cheeks a pop of color – for a straight from the slopes, snow bunny look.

This post was sponsored by Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm. Thanks to them, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card and a one year supply of Carmex Moisture Plus samples! To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment by Wednesday, October 28th at midnight – and tell me one of your favorite cold weather beauty products.

For more chances to win, visit DivineCaroline.com. There, women are sharing their five favorite beauty products and entering to win a $250 gift card. Check it out!

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