Friday, February 29, 2008

Breaking News From MAC

Here's the dish on a collaboration between MAC and the Ungaro Fashion house, under new designer Esteban Cortazar.

This is exciting, as I think Ungaro almost always gets it right, and have been a fan for years.

Pictures are from the fall Ungaro show that will inspire the line.

"MAC Cosmetics and Emanuel Ungaro will launch a cobranded, limited edition makeup line this October. Comprising eight to 12 products, it's inspired by the colors and textures concocted for Wednesday's show. Makeup artist Sharon Dowsett, working with MAC, took newbie designer Esteban Cortazar's lead for the look. "Esteban gave me very great inspiration," she said, using words such as "organic" and "pebble." "I went a bit further along that path and went to see Monet's water lilies at the Orangerie." MAC has had only one other color cosmetics-designer tie-in to date; last year, it produced a limited edition makeup collection with Alexander McQueen, which hit counters in fall 2007"


Tommy Hilfiger Dreaming of You Website

A new , fun, interactive website has been launched alongside the new fragrance from Tommy Hilfiger -Dreaming.

It's all about your dreams, and also features all the perfumed products available( including a parfum).It officially goes live March 4th, but some components are ready now.

Dream Expert – Dreams are the product of our imagination and creativity. So what do you dream about? includes an interactive, exploratory experience where dreamers will be able to submit their dreams to Craig Webb for the opportunity for a personal interpretation. Each week three dreams and their interpretations will be chosen to be featured on the site. In addition, one day a month, visitors will have the opportunity to make an appointment to have Craig interpret their dream live over the phone. This feature will go live on March 17th.

Dream Interpreter – For visitors whose dreams are too personal to share with the world, they will be able to use the automated dream interpreter. A special feature in this section, which will also be available on March 17th, allows visitors to receive automated dream interpretations via keywords they submit regarding their dreams, as well as forward their dream interpretation to a friend.

Dream Confession – The question here is, “Who do you dream about?” This feature allows visitors to confess their dreams to the object of their desire in the form of an e-card.

Behind-the Scenes Footage – See an insiders look of the making of the fragrance advertising campaign with model Mona Johansson, the face of Dreaming Tommy Hilfiger. The Dreaming TV Commercial will also be streamed online.

Downloadable “goodies” include computer backgrounds and wallpaper.

Dreaming Collection – Dare to Dream. Tempting and seductive, Dreaming Tommy Hilfiger is a light, fruity floral brimming with exotic flowers and succulent fruits. The combination of notes in Dreaming takes the senses on a journey. White Peach, Tuberose and Freesia are found at the heart of the fragrance. The collection includes a parfum, eau de parfum, smoothing body lotion, sensuous body wash, rollerball/lipgloss duo and a solid perfume pendant.

Dreaming Tommy Hilfiger launched in February 2008 and is available in Macy’s and in all Tommy Hilfiger retail stores.

Dreaming Tommy Hilfiger
0.5 oz/15ml Parfum $125.00
1.0 oz/ 30ml EDP Spray $35.00
1.7 oz/50 ml EDP Spray $45.00
3.4 oz/100ml EDP Spray $60.00
The parfum, a first for Tommy Hilfiger Toiletries, will be housed in a rich fabric box with a Dream interpretation dictionary. In addition, there is a beautiful charm that dangles on the neck of the bottle.

Limited Edition Dreaming Lipgloss/Rollerball Duo 5ml/4.6ml $20.00

Limited Edition Dreaming Solid Perfume Pendant 3g $45.00

all info:thilfiger

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Alexis Hudson Handbags

These beautiful Alexis Hudson handbags will be making their way into Saks Fifth Avenue stores this spring. they are also featured in the new Saks spring catalog. The Ombre patterned one is especially beautiful and on trend.

Top to Bottom:

Venus $ 525.00
Titan $ 350.00
Zeus $ 525.00

Norma Kamali for Wal Mart

A longtime fan of Norma Kamali's design, I was excited to hear the news that she will be bringing a collection to Wal Mart. I dislike Wal Mart in general, and much prefer Target, but this will definitely get my attention.
Kamali always made those great jersey clothes that could be worn by most, go anywhere and looked great. I hope the discount line brings some of that quality.
No word on when it arrives in stores.

"Norma Kamali will create an exclusive collection for the world's largest retailer in an agreement brokered by Cherokee Inc. The licensing deal is long term, and the designer will establish a lifestyle brand under her own name that will encompass categories such as women's wear, children's clothing, accessories, footwear and home — all at Wal-Mart's mass prices"

all info/pic WWD

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Dior Fall 08

Paris Fashion week is up and running, and one of the first show stoppers came from John Galliano for Dior. I have a love /hate feeling with the Dior collections. Sometimes I love them , sometimes I think they are rather bad. For instance, I did not love Heidi Klum's Oscar gown. Most did , but not me. The one I show here, I think is far nicer.

This years Fall collection is however, beautiful. The suits are so perfect, that leather one is really cool. The ladies who lunch will no doubt be sporting many of these this fall. Now there are some misses, like the bubble skirts. Sorry but even models look bad in those.
Yes the hair and makeup is a bit wild, but this is runway, not real world. The hair is really fun and very Bardot on steroids.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bobbi Brown Nude Collection-Spring 08

Bobbi Brown has a new palette and glitter lipglosses out in the new Nudes collection. It's very pretty and wearable in the tradition of many of her past nudes.

I used the eyecolors today, and I really liked them. Except for one shade, they all actually have more pigment and color than it looks in the pan. They go on nicely and look, well natural but better. After doing my makeup and using the glitter gloss in Almost Bare, I looked good. It's not that often that I think that, either. I used my Nars blush in Torrid for a bit of color pop, and some shimmer powder.

Nudes is online now.

Nude Eye and Lip Palette $ 60.00
Glitter Lipgloss-4 new shades

Almost Bare


Monday, February 25, 2008

Laura Linney's Hairstyle -Oscar's continued

I wrote already how much I loved Lauras Linney's flowing hair last night , now we have the details on what used. Her stylist used all L'oreal professionel products including one of my favorites- Lumi Controle.

" Taking inspiration from actress Grace Kelly, renowned stylist Peter Butler used products from the new haute couture fashion-inspired styling line L’Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert to create an elegant and sophisticated look for Best Actress nominee Laura Linney.

Hair was first prepped with Texture Expert Expansion (body activating mousse) and Densité (thickening primer) to add volume, thickness and body. Peter set Laura’s hair in curls using a curling iron with a 2-inch barrel and applied Infinium 2 (regular hold working spray) to hair. After hair cooled, Peter brushed out the curls and applied Lumi Controle to tame fly aways and add shine to the hair. Peter sprayed hair with Infinium 3 (strong hold finishing spray) to complete Laura’s elegant American classic look."

Oscars Fashion

It's time to dish on what I thought was rather a dud of a red carpet from last nights Oscar's. Yes there were some winners, some great looks, but far too few in my opinion. Many ladies looked nice, but thats just it, not fabulous, just nice. They played it safe . I look at at almost every runway show image and see so many amazing gowns that I always think of for the red carpet. Why, when these ladies can choose any gown or designer they want, did they opt for just so so. Now many will disagree with me, and many will have fans where I am not, but thats what dishing is all about. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts on the good and bad of Oscar fashion.

Best dressed easily goes to Jennifer Garner. A gorgeous dress, perfect, perfect makeup and a necklace to wow. Kudos to her stylist as she herself said. Her hair was done by a Frederic Fekkai stylist and she had Chanel makeup.

Runners up for best, Penelope Cruz. The dress was a bit poufy at bottom, and very Gibson Girl-esque but she worked it and wore it well. She looked glam.

Laura Linney- another runner up for best. I think she always looks great. She gets it just right , not ot overdone, not too plain. Her Michael Kors dress was lovely but understated , which went well with the flowing hair( loved that), and a knockout necklace.
Hilary Swank, another runner up. This year she wore makeup. and great jewelry. and a Versace dress that wowed. Beautiful.

Keri Russell is the last runner up. Wow. Her jewels were so incredible and she was totally put together princess like. Ok, a bit too skinny, but she still rocked it.

Amy Adams- wearing Prouenza Schouler. It's a very typical dress from them, in a nice color that looks great on her. Yes it's somewhat plain and structured, but it worked for her.

Jennifer Hudson had the most lovely makeup, she went for green eyeshadow, bless her. If only her dress had been half as nice. I am showing her lovely face, and not the rather bad dress.

Everyone else- well they fall into the ok pile. I thought Anne Hathaway looked very pretty but I wasn't enthused with that dress. Renee Zellweger had a great dress, but what happenned to her hair? That short cut can look great on her ,but last night it was a bit of a mess.
I liked Marion Cotillard's look overall. Like most of my fellow bloggers, I am warming up to the dress. Otherwise she looked so pretty and youthful. Credit for pulling out a Gaultier to wear. You know it's going to be different when he comes on board.
Nicole Kidman, not her best by far. Her hair and dress boring. The jewels, beautiful but a little too much .

Cate Blanchett, yet another red carpet strike out. Ugly necklace, messy hair. Oh my.For the record, I think she is the most ethereal beauty, but not last night except for her amazing skin.

Diane Lane was there in case no one noticed. She looked really nice, and should have gotten more camera time.

And the ladies who won for Short Animated film and Visual Editing, I think, looked every bit as good as the red carpet mainstays. Good for them.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Oscar Beauty Preview

Here's some info on what some of the stars will be using when they hit the red carpet on Sunday:

Chanel makeup artist Angela Levin will be using Chanel Inimitable mascara on style icons Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman. “It’s my secret weapon,” she says. “Along with Sublimage Serum, to prep their skin.”

Before the Oscars, the likes of Renée Zellweger, Ali Larter, and Denise Richards visit Beverly Hills celeb dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer, to prep their skin for the red carpet. The good doctor won’t reveal exactly which stars got the services, but in the past week, he’s performed the following treatments on half of Hollywood: Botox under the arms, to combat sweating; Restylane lip injections; Placenta Oxygen Paraffin Peels; and micro-buffing, a re-texturizing procedure for face, neck, chest, and breasts (a must-have for strapless gowns).


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bronze Goddess Fragrance by Estee Lauder

Bronze Goddess is the new fragrance from Estee Lauder in the same vein as the beloved Azuree Soleil. Azuree Soleil was discontinued, much to the dismay of many, but I am here to tell you that Bronze Goddess more than makes up for it.

Bronze Goddess is actually very like Azuree Soleil, they share a lot but there is just enough difference to separate them. Bronze Goddess has a touch more citrus, and to me is a bit less creamy smelling. It is still a gorgeous skinscent, reminiscent of beach days spent in the sun. It still has that suntan lotion smell. Personally, due to the citrus, I am liking this new scent even more than it's predecessor, and I really loved Azuree Soleil. I am totally loving this one too.

Bronze Goddess will come in a dry oil spray and a lotion as well as the Eau Fraiche. For my money, and maybe yours, the oil is the way to go. For the past 2 summers I could not use enough of it. Not only does it smell wonderful, it's softening and light, perfect for the heat of summer.

The notes:
Top: Coconut milk, Sandalwood, Vanilla
Middle: Amber, Mandarin, Sicilian bergamot, lemon and pulpy orange
Bottom: Tiare Flower, Jasmine, Magnolia Petals, Orange Flower buds and Lavender.
( all these notes seem like a lot, but truthfully the coconut, tiare, amber and citrus are what really came to my nose)

Eau Fraiche 100 ml $ 49.50
Body Oil 100ml $ 29.50
Luminous Body Lotion 200 ml $ 29.50

Arriving in March

photo:estee lauder

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Total Beauty site finds

Total beauty has a great article up on the site detailing almost every store both brick and mortar and online's return policy. I know we have all wondered at one time or another what the return policy was at a particular store. This is a really helpful guide.

Total Beauty also has a contest to win a trip to NY. If you post 3 reviews, you are automatically entered. See details at their site, and good luck.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Color Collection

Estee Lauder has so many new goodies hitting counters soon that it's going to take more than one post to cover them all, so I will do a couple over the next week.

First up and super exciting to me is the Summer Bronze Goddess Collection. The collection will include a new fragrance Bronze Goddess, in the vein of the now discontinued Azuree Soleil. I am over the moon about this new scent and will have more on it soon.

The color collection is chock full of bronze golds and fuschia pinks, to help you look hot this summer no matter what your coloring.

Favorites here are the new Tender Lip Balm in Tender Bronze ( super, super pretty) and Sheer Lip Tint in Bronze, which comes in a faux Tortoise shell capped case. Don't be fooled by the name though. These lip tints may be called Sheer but they pack a lot of pigment. The lip balm is more sheer and light , the lip tint, a lipstick like finish almost.
Each bronze shade has a pink- fuschia counterpart as well.

All types of bronzers are included- liquid, matte powder , shimmer,and bronzing pearls. One for everyone.

Bronze Goddess will hit counters near you in March. The 2 Tortoise shell pieces (Sheer lip tint and Compact) are only in specialty stores.

I have my summer shades in hand thanks to this, and like this years lip tint better than last year's Azuree, I think.

all photos:estee lauder

Monday, February 18, 2008

Bond 9 Union Square

March 15th brings the release of Bond 9's second Andy Warhol fragrance Union Square. This one has notes of lily of the valley, which I normally love, so it's sounding good. As a rule too, I love Bond 9's scents. The bottle features a version of Warhol's Flowers print, and there is also a set of 10 bottles for the serious collector($1500 for ten 100ml bottles)

$195 for 100ml
$135 for 50ml

The notes:
deliciously impudent frame of mind
Uncorruptible GREEN STEM NOTES

SWEET BLUE FREESIA, having its 15 minutes of fame
WHITE BIRCHWOOD—our very own Nature Girl
Decadently mellow AMBER
SILVER-CLOUD MUSK ACCORD that’s sultry on the
outside, cool and collected on the inside

Bond 9 is also launching an initiative to be more green:

"Like New York and all the U.S., Bond No. 9 is going green. And we need your help to get it done. Just bring your empty perfume bottles—ours or anyone else’s—to Bond No. 9 boutiques and Bond No. 9 perfume counters at Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide. We’ll take care of the rest. And by way of an eco-friendly thank-you, we’ll give you a refillable pocket spray. Free with any purchase."

Union Square will be at, and Saks Fifth Avenue stores

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom

One of the newer scents at the Body Shop is the Japanese Cherry Blossom. It debuted in late January and is LE. I caught a quick sniff of it at one trip to the store and loved it, so eventually had to go and get some actual product to have.

I didn't know when I first saw it if I would like it or not, but when I smelled the shower gel, it was an immediate ahhhhh. To me it smelled a lot like Jolly Rancher candies. Really. I don't think there is any watermelon in there but thats what it reminded me of and I love those. It is soft and sweet and perfect to bring to mind Spring days. The packaging echoes that and I now have the diffuser going as well.

Anything from this line would make a fun Easter treat, and looking forward- Mother's Day gifts too.

The Cherry Blossom comes in a whole line, all made with community trade sourced ingredients.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette - 50 ml ($ 22.00)
Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Butter - 200 ml ($20)
Japanese Cherry Blossom Bath & Shower Gel - 250 ml ($11)
Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Puree Body Lotion - 250 ml ($13)
Japanese Cherry Blossom Reed Diffuser ($24.00)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Annick Goutal Petite Cherie Rollerball

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of fragrance Petite Cherie , Annick Goutal has released several nice limited editions of the scent. I am feeling the love for the rollerball. I love smaller, portable fragrances and to be able to own a Goutal for 39.00 is really great.

It's chance to own the fragrance, try it, or have one to take with you. It's available now at

Petite Cherie is a soft perfume with touches of peach, pear and musky roses, the rollerball holds .3 ounces of fragrance.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Victoria's Secret new Ooh La La perfume

Victoria's Secret has a fun new fragrance in time for Valentine's Day. I haven't yet smelled it, but am hopeful due to the Mandarin and Cherry Blossom notes. I also love those bulb atomizers, it makes this one very old school for the vanity at a nice price point.

The Ooh La La Fragrance Collection :

"Throw a wink, blow a kiss, be the coquette you are. A flirtatious mélange of Mandarin, Cherry Blossom and Vanilla reveals a vivacious scent that leaves your admirers saying "Ooh La La!"

Available in the following four forms:
Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz. $39
Shimmering Body Lotion 6.7 oz. $18
Shimmer Fragrance Mist 8.4 oz. $22
Shimmering Body Powder $29.50

MAC Fafi debuts today

The Fafi collection for MAC debuted today. It's been getting a lot of buzz, and here are some pics including one of Fafi herself. She's quite a cute girl.

The collection includes several fun, funky makeup bags too.

A faFiNETte is: uNIque, fREsh, iRreVereNT, strong, playful, edgy, fun, sweet, sexy. Imagine a world where strong, bold women rule supreme, and the expression of femininity via sexuality, attitude, and use of bright, intense colour is de rigueur. Now add a dash of sophisticated urban street cred. Sound cool? Witness M·A·C’s latest collaboration with edgy graffiti artist, Fafi. For this project, M·A·C worked exclusively with the Paris-based artist to create three distinct "Fafinette" characters: Monoka, Ermine, and Eriko that embody the signature depictions of sexy, liberated girls that have earned Fafi a devout following in the street art world. Created exclusively for M·A·C. Step into the magical world of FAFI FOR M·A·C, where anything is possible.

Here's Fafi's bio, in case you are wondering just who she is :

"Once upon a time there was a little girl born in Toulouse, France, who grew up to develop a fascination with street art and a courageous desire to run with the "big boys." She promptly dropped out of school and went grassroots when she began painting characters on her hometown walls in 1994 against the backdrop of the vibrant local graffiti scene. Her first images consisted of green Martians in profile, but she found the lack of emotion she could present stifling. This led to the creation of a group of sassy, sexy, and sometimes outright outrageous group of human-esque girl characters called the Fafinettes, which soon became her trademark. Word on the street travels fast, and soon this new graphic language—with its exploration of femininity through subversive stereotypes–was catching on. Thus, the Toulouse girl gathered up her brushes and paint cans and branched out to Paris and then the world, leaving her Fafinette legacy on the planetary playground of Europe, U.S.A., Japan, and Hong Kong. Soon enough Sony would ask her to design a six-character toy set for the Time Capsules collection, an almost natural move for her three-dimensional measures. Other successful figurines would follow, as well as numerous expositions and collaborations with Sony, Colette, Adidas, LeSportSac, and Coca-Cola, plus countless press stories in prestigious magazines such as Vogue, Elle, and The Face. Recently, her vision sprung to life in an animated Mark Ronson video featuring a Fafi-ed Lily Allen, and documented in the print world via books: Girls Rock (2003) and Love and Fafiness (2006). Now that she’s a mother, she’s stretched her creative wings further to create a new dimension for the Fafinettes, an entire dreamy universe called the
Carmine Vault filled with new characters as magical and diverse as the girls themselves. "

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Jane Iredale

Yes I am a beauty blogger, but somehow I have never really explored the world of mineral makeup. It just was something that seemed either not what I needed or too much to try and use. So, when the chance to try out Jane Iredale cosmetics came along, and to see them used at a fashion show, I jumped.

I met with the delightful Kevin Mendelson, lead makeup artist for the company. (Thats him in the picture) . The makeup he was doing on the models was gorgeous. He told me so much about the line that I can't possibly get it all in, but lets start with what some of you may already know. Jane Iredale foundation is basically a 4in 1 and can be used all over. It also has an FDA certified water resistant SPF . There are of course no parabens or talcs, it is highly water resistant, anti inflammatory and not tested on animals.

This is the makeup that is recommended by dermatologist's and plastic surgeons to their post- op patients receiving chemical peels, resurfacing etc, since it can help speed skin healing, and to help rosacea and acne begone.( and Kevin tells me used by George Clooney and Brad Pitt to help keep their skin fab).

I had my makeup done the following day using the line and have to say I loved how weightless it was on. They did a fairly sheer app where I might do a heavier one, but I liked how it looked a lot.

One new product Kevin was using was the Longest Lash mascara. Not only does this function as mascara but the minerals in it allow it also treat your lashes and encourage growth. It is semi waterproof, and goes on really nice giving lashes a longer look. Water has been partially replaced by algae extracts which are what help condition the lashes.

The Black Ice color is a very deep black .( 5 other shadesd available). This is mascara in a tube, which allows for you to get more out of the packaging, more uses. The tube is actually quite fun.

My favorite product that I tried was the Magic Mitt. This is a reusable makeup remover mitt that is super soft. It felt to nice gliding on the skin to wash off the makeup. You use it with water and it is antibacterial. Not only doesn't it harbor bacteria but it is gentle on your skin as well. I so have to have one of these. Love it.

Here's the official details on the product:
"It's made from a new generation of specially knitted micro-fibers many times thinner than a human hair. When wet they create a hydromechanical process that breaks the surface tension of the oils that bond makeup to the skin. This emulsion is then easily swept away by the mitt. "

The mitt costs 15.00
The mascara 32.00
Jane Iredale consists of a large line of products, all detailed at the website
The line is not sold in traditional stores, but either directly online or at a spa or doctors office.

So my first up close with mineral makeup went well.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Fashion Week Wrap-Up : Random Bits

A few random bits from my days at the tents and environs. It was huge fun, and I have to say I like being backstage best. I could stand there all day and watch the makeup artists work. It's like a zen relaxing experince for me.

*Wednesday Kathy and I hit Robert Verdi's Luxe Lounge, a super deluxe pad set up for editors and celebs to relax and refresh. We had our makeup done by Iredale, and hair by Massimo for Molton Brown. Massimo works for Shears Hustle and Blow inside Rickys NYC. He is a blast and loves hair. I totally plan on visiting him next time in town. It's only 50.00 for cut and style, which is bargain basement for NYC.

Mr. Verdi was an absolute doll. Very nice , fun and happy. He brought Eva Longoria with him from the Michael Kors show. While she said hello to the room, that was the last time she acknowledged our presence. Even though we were all in a room together, if we spoke, we were not even looked at. Apparantly she decided that we were not her " kind" or something, without even having any idea of who we might be. She didn't even answer a direct question about her dress. Whatever.

Liya Kebede also came in and shook everyones hand. She was quiet but polite.
The lounge rocked and I truly hope I get to go back next time.

*Black and Dark blue nails abounded. Almost everyone was sporting dark nails, so the trend is still going strong, and still looks good.

*I was going to rip Alicia Keys for those awful grey leopard pants at the Super Bowl, but didn't get around to it. Imagine my surprise when turning up for front row at a show was a woman wearing almost the same pants. At what point do you put pants like that on and really think they look good ?? Please tell me this is no new trend.

*Best looking celeb- Kristi Yamaguchi at Nanette Lepore. Not receiving much attention, but she was incredibly beautiful and elegant in a navy blue sheath dress.

photos:beautyalchemist, K.yamaguchi-mbusanewsgroup

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Fashion Week: Eventide Runway

I attended the Eventide runway show Wedsnesday night. I got to head backstage first, which was a blast, and watch the main makeup man from Jane Iredale cosmetics do his thing and the Bumble and Bumble stylists do some neat hair twists. I will have more on Iredale makeup in a separate post.

The Eventide show was inspired by Russian Contructivism and the clothes at times had that industrial edge. Overall, I really liked the show and especially am a fan of the grey knit dress. It's a perfect piece, and would go with boots, flats or pumps. It had great movement and swing.
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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sick Days

I am quite down with the flu which is why the posts aren't getting here too fast. I am so behind, but too sick too tackle much, so stay tuned.....

In the meantime , here's some shots of the great faces at Bill Blass done by Tom Pecheux for MAC. This is stunning and I can't help but wonder if thats Smoke Signal pigment being used, it looks like it in this product shot, and Pecheux calls it an antiqued plum pigment shadow. Carbon was used in the crease, and Smoulder eyeliner. Fuschia and orange powders were used as blush and Dim Lip Erase on the lips.