New Product – Nars Satin Lip Pencil

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The long awaited satin lip pencil which used in Fall 2012 fashion week has arrived.  The satin pencil offers a saturated, vibrant color in a vitamin-rich formula.

 

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The satin lip pencils come in 13 shades:

 

  • BiscaynePark – Pink Guava
  • Floralies – Light Apricot
  • Golshan – Spiced Wine
  • Het Loo – Cognac
  • Isola Bella – Peach Beige
  • Rikugien – Rose Pink
  • Lodhi -  Vivid Coral
  • Yu -  Shocking Pink
  • Jardin Des Plante – Fuchsia
  • Luxembourg -  Vivid Watermelon
  • Hyde Park – Cardinal Red
  • Majella – Garnet
  • Palais Royal – Sangria

Price: $25

Photo courtesy of Nars.com

 

Review coming soon.

 

Introducing from Bobbi Brown….Reflecting Powders and Long Wear Shadow Sticks

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Katie Holmes “first” official ad campaign for Bobbi Brown since being signed as the “face” of Bobbi Brown last fall is introducing  a new product for Bobbi Long Wear Shadow Sticks. The long wear shadow sticks will be accompanying BB’s Spring 2013 “Red and Pink” Collection.

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The shadow sticks appear to be similar to Laura Mercier’s Caviar Sticks which I adore. The shadow sticks come in eight shades.

  • Bark  - a rich brown
  • Violet Plum – a light lavender
  • Golden Pink  -  shimmering pink pearl
  • Sand Dune  -  medium beige tan
  • Iced Blue  -  shimmering blue grey
  • Forest   –  cool emerald green
  • Vanilla -  a warm cream
  • Shadow - smokey blue grey

 

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I will be reviewing this product soon and the Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks are available now at   Bobbi Brown counters and Bobbibrowncosmetics.com

Price: $28

Introducting from Le Metier de Beaute – Indelible Inks Eyeliners

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Just in time for spring,  Le Métier de Beauté introduces Indelible Inks Eyeliners. 

 

The liners come in two shades, Artemis which a cool toned Midnight Navy and Castelia which is an amethyst, deep purple. These little beauties make a rich and modern winged or cat eye liner.

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Photo courtesy of Le Métier de Beauté

 

Price: $28 USD

Available at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and select Saks and Nordstrom stores.

Introducing The First BB Creme For Women of Color

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Iman Cosmetics released the first BB(Beauty Balm) Creme for women of color. The “IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Cream SPF 15″ comes in 6 shades. The BB creme is touted as skin care and color combined to even, protect, tone and compliment YOUR skin tones like no other BB Cream ever has. The creme will address the following skin issues that effects several different WOC from  different ethnicities such as:

  • hyperpigmentation (discoloration & uneven skin tone)
  • dehydration with botanicals, antioxidants, and vitamins.
  • Paraben Free, Fragrance Free and Sensitivity tested for ALL skin types.

The BB creme also contain SPF 15.

The website product claims that ” With regular use, IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Crème SPF 15 helps promote a more balanced/even complexion, healthier skin tone and texture, increased hydration and protection from sun and environmental damage.

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I have ordered the product and will be reviewing it soon. I am very excited to try this!

Urban Decay Largest Palette Ever!

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Urban Decay 30-Shade Eyeshadow Vault (Sephora, $270)

 

30 of the best eye shadows from Urban Decay all in one box. These are FULL SIZE UD shadows.

 

 

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Urban Decay 30 shade Eye Shadow Vault

 

 

 

Here are the shades included:

 

  • Cobra

  • Oil Slick

  • Loaded

  • Psychedelic Sister

  • Gravity

  • Gunmetal

  • Blackout

  • Mildew

  • Evidence

  • Rockstar

  • AC/DC

  • Midnight Rodeo

  • Mushroom

  • Baked

  • Flash

  • Last Call

  • Woodstock

  • Midnight Cowboy

  • Verve

  • Smog

  • Stray Dog

  • Snatch

  • Fishnet

  • Virgin

  • MauiWowie

  • Secret Service

  • Chopper

  • Freelove

  • Bordello

 

 

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Photo taken from sephora.com

 

 

This retails for $270 but is a $540 Value. This is only available Online at Sephora.com.

 

*As of the time of this post, the product was sold out at Sephora. But the product should be restocked soon.

The New Face of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

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The new face of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is Katie Holmes.

Katie Holmes epitomizes the modern ‘Bobbi woman’… I think of her as the modern day Ali McGraw, who I have always admired,” says Bobbi Brown, “

The first iteration of the partnership will appear in spring 2013 print ads, light boxes, on-counter and with supporting editorial features. Additionally, Bobbi will be the lead makeup artist at the Spring/Summer 2013 Holmes & Yang Fashion Show, the eponymous line founded by Katie Holmes and celebrity stylist Jeanne Yang.

I have to say in the photo of Katie Holmes aka the ex Mrs. Tom Cruise looks absolutely gorgeous.

 

Vivid Lipsticks

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Vivid Lipsticks

 

Bright pinks, oranges and corals are an excellent way to brighten a look. Spring is the perfect time to try on these vivid colors that may seem scary or hard to pull off. Here are few tips on how to wear Vivid Lipsticks.

 

Tip 1: Prep Lips

Be sure to exfoliate the lips. You can use a lip scrub like Philosophy’s Kiss Me or Fresh’s Brown Sugar Lip Polish. However, if you’ve ever had allergic reaction o an irritation to lip scrubs/polishes(as I have), you can gently buff your lips using a damp washcloth.

 

Tip 2: Use a Lip Moisturizer

You should use a lip moisturizer before applying the lipstick. I would recommend applying it 10 to 20 minutes prior to applying the lipstick. You can use your favorite lip balm or  lip treatment.

 

Tip 3: Apply Using a Concealer Brush

Most of us apply our lipstick directly from the tube or using a lip brush. A lip brush is okay, however I find using a “concealer” brush applies much easier than the regular lip brush. A concealer brush allows for a more even coverage and you can cover a larger lip area than you can when using the regular lip brush, especially if you have a fuller lips.

 

Tip 4: The Finish

Look for lipsticks with a satin or matte finish if you want a safer look.

 

Here are my picks for Vivid Lipsticks that are universally flattering on all skin tones:

 

Flattering on all skin tones

 

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Pinks/Purple/Fuchsias

 

  1. Bobbi Brown Rich  Lip Color spf 12 Lipstick in Cosmic Raspberry(Bright Pink Fushia, $23
  2. Clinique Different Lipstick in Raspberry Glace (midtone blue pink), $19
  3. Illamasqua Lipstick in Resist(matte, Deep Rose Pink), $22
  4. Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick in #11 Love Test(Bluiesh Bright Pink), $14
  5. Nars Lipstick in Funny Face(Fushia, Semi-Matte), $24
  6. M.A.C Impassioned(Amped up Fushia) and Girl About Town(Blue-based Fushia)  , $14.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coming Soon: Makeup Forever Spring 2012 Collection – “La Boheme”

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Makeup Forever’s Spring 2012 Collection “La Boheme” is an interesting collection from Makeup Forever. The collection features a limited edition eye liner, a baked eye shadow palette and the introduction of their New Rouge Artiste Natural Lipstick. The collection is very wearable, pretty and feminine. I will posting a review of this product in a few days but in the meantime here are some pictures that will give you a sneak peek at the collection.

 

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Makeup Forever Rouge Artiste Natural Lipstick in Folk

Makeup Forever Rouge Artiste Natural Lipstick in Folk

 

New Product! Laura Mercier Eye Canvas

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Laura Mercier Eye Canvas

 

Laura Mercier’s eye canvas is new product from the line that is suppose to act a “eye foundation”.

What is it and What does it do: The product is suppose to camouflage uneven skin such as hyper-pigmentation and gives a more natural look to the eye lid.  It is an eye primer and according to the description from the website,

 

“The innovative formula acts like a foundation for your eye, neutralizing the eyelid by providing lightweight coverage – all while extending makeup wear and prevent creasing and smudging all day.”

 

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Laura Mercier Eye Canvas Eye Primer

 

Now Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics is a fabulous product that by all accounts is similar to the eye canvas. It differs in coverage and formula. Eye Basics has more fluid-like formula compared to Eye Canvas , which is more a thin concealer type of formula. The Eye Canvas would work much better for thoses who have oily lids. Those who have creasing with the eye basics product should try the eye canvas.

 

The wear of the Eye Canvas is excellent , it’s a drier formula than the Eye Basics. I found applying a a few layers of it onto the eye gives a very natural and lightened to the eye area. Due to my ethnicity and eye allergies, I have dark lids (hyperpigmentation). The product feels silky on the eye lid and continues to feel that way throughout the day.

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Verdict – a good product. Those who have oily lids I would recommend the eye canvas instead of Mercier’s Eye Basics, especially if you are having issues with creasing. For those of us with normal lids this product would be great for those with hyperpigmentation or discolored lids who are looking for a natural looking eye product to lighter your lid color. It can be used alone or as a shadow primer.

.16 oz/    $26 available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Lauramercier.com

Brand Spotlight – Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

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Bobbi Brown quote, “Beauty is not about looking perfect it’s about creating your own individuality”

 

Bobbi Brown(BB) products are designed to be uncomplicated, easy to use and to bring out each women’s beauty.

 

My current Bobbi Brown Collection

If you’re new to brand or one who wants to try this brand,  here are a few of the gems from this brand I recommend to try.

 

Corrector and Concealers -  Bobbi Brown’s concealers are correctors are some of the best the beauty industry has to offer. The formula is creamy which is ideal for most skin types, especially dry, normal and aging skin. The There is a good selections of shades(15 in the concealer and 12 in the corrector). The corrector is broken into two bases, pink and peach. The colors are pigmented a little goes a long way. You can buy the concealer and corrector alone or the concealer kit. The kit that contains the concealer and a sheer setting powder. The setting powder is pale yellow but complimentary on all skin tones. The creamy corrector and concealer individually – .05 oz/1.4g  $22. The creamy concealer kit is .05 oz/1.4g; .06oz/1.7g   $32.   

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit(photo taken from Bobbibrowncosmetics.com)

 

 

2.  Foundation – There are 11 different products in the foundation line. A large enough selection for different skin types. The shade selection is equally impressive, 20 shades. The formulas are cream, liquid and powder based. Several have a SPF of 12 or higher.

Those with us with extra dry or dry, dehydrated skin will notice BB “Balm” and “Extra” foundation and tinted moisturizer(TM) products. These products offer a more moisturizing, rich formula for those with extra or dry, dehydrated skin. Those with normal skin can benefit from these products as well especially if you live in a drier climate or during winter.

My shade in Bobbi Brown foundations is Warm Walnut(7.5) a perfect match to my skin tone. My personal favorite BB foundations are the Skin Foundation w/ SPF 15(light to medium coverage), Foundation Stick(medium to full coverage) and Extra Repair Foundation w/SPF 25(sheer to medium coverage). I had to mention the Extra Repair foundation is one of the most incredible foundations I’ve tried. It is infused with skin nourishing ingredients like Shea Butter, Evening primrose oil(anti aging, calms irritation, smoothes texture of skin), and a broad spectrum sun screen. Although the Extra Repair foundation is ideally for normal and dry, dehydrated skin I have read reviews that it is suited for some oily skins. There is a very good review of how the product works for those with oily skin by btcmmctc

Here is a link to the youtube review, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk4YWbK8kJQ&hd=1

Skin Foundation w/SPF 15 1.0 fl oz/30 ml $46  Foundation Stick  .31 oz/9 g $41  Extra Repair Foundation w/SPF 25  1 fl oz/30 ml  $56 

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