Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine

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If you buy one lipstick this Spring, make it Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine. Actually, buy more than one…that’s how gorgeous they are.

Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine is “the first lipstick to incorporate a blend of light-reflective pearls together with Shu Uemura’s groundbreaking hybrid pigment to create professional caliber brilliance for lips.” And the unique, hydrating formula practically melts onto lips and helps them retain their natural moisture.

The swatches below demonstrate the high color fidelity and shimmering, dimensional shine. From left to right: WH 002S, RD 174S, BR 775S, BR 755S, and OR 563S.

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Shu Uemura Principal Makeup Artist Jason Hoffman shares the following tips on how to get the best look with the product:

*For a light glossy stain, apply directly from the tube.
*If you want a slightly heavier shine, use a brush to apply. The brush will pick up more product and blend it evenly on the lips.
*For more color depth and long lasting wear, pair the crystal shine with a pencil.
*As with all Shu Uemura lipsticks, crystal shine is great for eyes and cheeks. Use a synthetic foundation brush and apply on the apples (the colors look very fresh and the shimmer offers a beautiful sheen).
*For the eyes, use a synthetic concealer brush. Beiges and browns will be the easiest to wear on the eyes as reds and oranges can often make you look tired.
*Every woman should own the shade WH (white) 002S. It is so versatile! It can be used alone for a light glossy finish or layered over ANY lip color. It will lighten the color and give it a hint of pink shimmer. Spoiled Pretty agrees – this shade is a must-have!
*The shade BG (beige) 901S is also a must have for anyone who likes wear a smoky eye. It is the perfect beige that compliments browns, purples, greens, blues and black.

Available in 17 shades, Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine is sold at select Neiman Marcus stores, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, and at shuuemura.com.

John Varvatos For Women

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I don’t typically get excited about warm weather fragrances. Smelling like the beach, fruit cocktail or a bouquet of wildflowers just isn’t me. So when I took a whiff of John Varvatos’ long-anticipated fragrance for women, I was pleasantly surprised. And after a few spritzes, I was hooked.

Varvatos drew his inspiration from the kind of woman who intrigues him…

She’s an uptown sophisticate and a downtown bohemian, but she is far from being all things to all people – she is ever herself. She loves socializing in the comfort o home, going out with friends to understated gallery openings, films, concerts and reading. She mixes high and low effortlessly – shopping at flea markets, vintage stores, jewelry auctions, and the hippest boutiques to create her confident, individual and uniquely chic style. This style extends beyond her wardrobe and is ever present in her home and her surroundings. She is a natural beauty with a quiet intensity born of intelligence and accomplishment. Unmistakably sexy, she exudes a soft sensuality that is universally appealing.

Notes include: Aromatic Grappa, Georgian apricot, Damascus plum, and golden mandarin (top); rubrum lilies, Indian mango blossom, Egyptian jasmine, and Turkish rose attar (middle); oak moss, patchouli, tonka beans, and wild honey (base).

The feminine, sophisticated scent is available in several incarnations. The Parfum ($125) and Eau de Parfum ($70-92) are packaged in forms reminiscent of Italian grappa bottles. The Moisturizing Body Milk ($50) won’t hydrate parched skin, but will leave behind a delicate scent that’s wonderfully warm on its own, and perfect for layering.

varvatos+cleansing+oil John Varvatos For WomenMy favorite of the collection is the Cleansing Body Oil with Natural Exfoliating Grains ($58). The body cleanser is enriched with antioxidant vitamin E and jojoba oil to help nourish skin; and when you want to turn your shower into a spa, mix in some of the crushed granules to slough away dead skin.

John Varvatos is now available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

Saving Face

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Hello, my pretties. Sorry for the lack of posts, as of late. But I have a valid excuse. I’ve been trying to save face. Literally.

A few days ago, I gave Kate Somerville’s 9!! Kit a test drive – before announcing this week’s giveaway. But yesterday, my face broke out in an inflamed, itchy rash – and I’ve spent the past 48 hours either resisting the urge to scratch my face off or rendered unconscious by Benadryl.

You see, I am one of the 1-3% of individuals who are allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide – the active ingredient in Kate Somerville’s Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion – as well as numerous acne treatments. The good news is that while my face is looking pretty effed up right now, my doc assures me that it should be back to normal in a few days.

So just a word of warning – from one beauty addict to another: if you’re going to use a new product containing Benzoyl Peroxide, do a patch test on your inner arm before slathering said product all over your face.

Acne ain’t pretty, ladies. But contact dermatitis is much, much worse.

TotalBeauty.com Celebrates Earth-Day with “Totally Green Sweepstakes”

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In celebration of Earth-Day on April 22nd, TotalBeauty.com is set to launch an eco-awareness campaign and their biggest sweepstakes to date, the “Totally Green Sweepstakes.”

totally green logo TotalBeauty.com Celebrates Earth Day with “Totally Green Sweepstakes”Starting April 17th through June 5th 2008, TotalBeauty.com will launch the eco-beauty feature and sweepstakes, benefitting HealthChild.org, while educating women on making eco-conscious beauty choices. One lucky winner will be driving away with a new 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid car filled with a year’s supply of luxurious green and organic beauty products.

To enter, just go to TotalBeauty.com and search for your favorite (or not so favorite) beauty products, then write and submit a review. From April 17th through June 5th, TotalBeauty.com will be giving away hundreds of Earth-Day inspired daily prizes, including conflict-free diamond from Brilliant Earth, eco-spa trips from Spas of America, and more. And, each time a review is written, TotalBeauty.com will automatically enter the reviewer in the Totally Green Sweepstakes that will give them the chance to win the ultimate prize of a 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid car filled with beauty products from Origins Organics, Sephora, Raw Natural Minerals, Suki Skincare, and Tela.

Good luck!

No More Racoon Eyes, Thanks To Shadow Shields

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one…

Apply loose powder underneath your eye so that when you apply your eye shadow, the loose powder will catch any shadow that falls.

Eye shadow falling where it doesn’t belong is annoying. Yes. But does anyone actually do this? Besides professional makeup artists, I mean. It seems kinda messy. Well, if any of you have been wasting your precious loose powder following this old-school rule – it is my pleasure to introduce you to Shadow Shields.

shadow shields No More Racoon Eyes, Thanks To Shadow ShieldsThese half -moon shaped adhesives are placed under the eye before applying eye makeup. Any excess product that falls is caught by the shields, leaving you with clean, raccoon-free eyes… every time!

A includes 50 adhesives and costs $16.95.

And there you have it, ladies. A new school solution to an age-old problem. I’m definitely going to try these with my .

A Fresh Idea

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To celebrate Earth Day, join Fresh in helping to preserve our planet by buying and using the Fresh tote when you shop. Visit any Fresh store on Tuesday, April 22nd to get this special offer:

freshtote A Fresh Idea*The Fresh tote is sold for $12.50 (a $25 value).
*Spend $100 and get a free Fresh tote bag.
*If you buy a tote bag or spend $100, you’ll get 10% off your total purchase.

And every time you shop with the tote at Fresh, you will get 10% off your total purchase through December 31, 2008.

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