The key to cosmetics is never looking like you tried too hard, even if you’ve worked up a sweat…though it’s preferable to just use simple products that yield simply amazing results.
Which is why I’m currently enamored with . Inspired by their best-selling eye shadow, this subtly fragranced shimmering lotion imparts a golden shimmer – without making you look like you’re trying to be JLo 2.0. No chunky glitter means it’s subtle enough for day, but still potent enough to turn heads ’round midnight.
Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer Lotion ($28) is available at Sephora and .
For fall 2009, Shades by Barielle and celebrity manicurist Elle extended a hand to guest collaborator (and Spoiled Pretty pal) Michelle Mismas, founder of the top nail beauty blog, All Lacquered Up.
The new collection – aptly named All Lacquered Up – takes trend-making to a new level, offering unexpected color combinations, glitter particle and pearl shimmer effects, and a healthy 3-free formulation.
Black polish gets injected with a shot of colorful shimmer, with Lava Rock – a black and red pearl swirl, and Blackened Bleu – a black polish with sapphire sparkle. Blue and green polishes come in brand new hues, with Falling Star (left) – a marine blue with gold glitter particles, and Polished Princess – a safari green with copper shimmer. Drop-dead reds include Glammed Out Garnet – a ruby-on-ruby sparkle, and Pin Up – a tomato red shimmer. Grey gets glam, with Out-Grey-Geous – a silver shimmer, U-Concrete-Me – a steely gray, Slate of Affairs – a worn denim, Putt-E-On-Me – a classic clay. The ultimate coffee indulgence is Make it a Latte – a chocolate cream with golden highlights. Purple gets even prettier with Get Mauve-ing – a muted mauve.
Michelle Mismas said, “We wanted to infuse the collection with what we saw at Fashion Week: a retro tomato red lip at Tibi; the luxe browns, mauves and steel blues of Reem Acra; the recurring palettes of chic grays from designers like Badgley Mischka.” Celebrity manicurist Elle added, “For this collection, we were excited to collaborate with Michelle on reinventing colors and textures to come up with something totally new for nails—this collection boasts unique twists on colors and combinations that are truly firsts for the industry.”
The polishes are $8 per bottle. And, as always, Barielle has a buy 2 get 1 free promotion. For color swatches, visit All Lacquered Up.
This makeup artist’s secret weapon is available in 10 shades on QVC.com (6 to be demonstrated on-air) and is appropriate for all skin types. It’s truly all you’ll ever need to hide marks, conceal dark circles and create gorgeous, even-looking skin.
To use as foundation: full coverage – apply with a dry sponge, foundation brush or fingers, pushing into the skin. Moisten sponge or brush for medium coverage. For sheer coverage, mix with your face cream to create a tinted moisturizer. To use as a concealer: after applying the foundation layer, revisit areas that require more coverage with a concealer brush or fingers. Tap into place.
Check out Trae in action, demonstrating more Creme Concealer/Foundation application tips and tricks on “Beauty Newsmakers Face-to-Face” August 18th on QVC!.
Listen up, Twilight fans. Daneen from Spoiled Pretty has the 411 on the soon-to-be-released Twilight Beauty makeup collections. Click here to peep photos of the palettes, lip gloss and mascara from the Luna and Volturi lines!
Amber from Beauty Blogging Junkie kicked off the week leading up to the Mad Men season 3 premiere with a Sixties Cinema Scenes series. Click here to read about products inspired by various Sixties movies.