Friday, October 31, 2008

Bobbi Brown Copper Diamond Holiday 2008


I have always liked the Bobbi Brown Shimmerbricks but with the exception of 2006's Gold and the older Apricot, none were for me. They were always very pink. Pretty- but not me.

The new Copper Diamond Shimmerbrick is me, me, me. The colors, the new leather like cover instead of the black. I know I gush, and I gush over most makeup, but that becuase I love it all so much. If a beauty blogger doesn't love it who will?

The Copper Diamond brick has nice pigment , not too sheer so it can be a blush on very pale skin or mixed with a deeper one. I want to use it as blush not just a highlighter. So much better that way.

Then there is new Glitter Lip Balm. Yes, tinted , sparkly lip balm. There isn't much else to say unless it came in a tube which would be even better. Love it. Again it comes in Copper. A Copper lip balm. Ms. Brown, I love you.

If you need any ideas for a little gift for someone this may be it. It comes in Crystal ( clear, for the color shy) and Pink Crystal and Copper Diamond. So one for everyone. Bobbi Brown also makes tinted lip balms in a tube. Just broke one out last week for the wild ,windy days we got and it was so moisturizing with loads of color. I reviewed those earlier this year.

These new Glitter ones are shiny with sparkle but they really aren't too glitter-y. No disco ball look , just nice shimmer. Very moisturizing . I've had mine on for the last 2 hours and it's still very much there, so they last well too. In the pan they are a bit hard, not goopy, but once you get them on your brush or finger, they go on easily.

Rounding out the collection are new Metallic eyeshadows and Glitter Lip Gloss. All are singles but can also be put in the customizable palettes. Shown in my picture are Eyeshadow in Glitz ( more gold than it seems in the pic) and Glitter Gloss in Velvet Rope( a bronze-red beauty). The gloss has this cute flip top cover under the main lid too.

New also is Everything/Lash Glamour Mascara Duo.

So get your party on and get glittering.

All this will on counters in November& online at http://www.bobbibrown.com/

Glitter Lip Balms $ 19.00

Copper Diamond Shimmerbrick $ 40.00

Glitter Lip Gloss Collection ( All new and LE) $ 19.00
Soirée Pink Glitter Lip Gloss
Ball Glitter Lip Gloss
Disco vGlitter Lip Gloss
Martini Glitter Lip Gloss
Velvet Rope Glitter Lip Gloss
Rave Glitter Lip Gloss


Metallic Eyeshadow Collection( All New and LE) $ 20.00
Glitz Metallic Eye Shadow
Bonfire Metallic Eye Shadow
Indigo Nights Metallic Eye Shadow
After Hours Metallic Eye Shadow
Bash Metallic Eye Shadow
Pink Chandelier Metallic Eye Shadow

Skyn ICELAND contest winner



Thanks so much to all of you who entered. I realize that there was a problem with the links, and I apologize for that. if your entry came in late due to that, you were still in the drawing.
I was wanting all of you to win but I only had I prize.
So, Congratulations to: Calista . I hope you love your prize. I will be in touch asap.

Remember too, that the paypal link for donations on the sidebar is still active. Donations haven't been pouring in and this is a tough time for most, but it's there if you can donate. If not, thanks for your support of my contest. I appreciate it. Stop by again.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Zelens Intensive Triple Action Eye Cream

Zelens skin science is a new brand to me, I have read it about it many times, but only just started using the Intensive Triple Action Eye cream. I am always looking for a great eye cream and this one hasn't disappointed.

It is highly moisturizing but is a gel/cream in consistency so it it is never greasy and sinks right in. It has a nice firming feel on the skin and smells great . The scent is very green tea like and reminds me a lot of Bulgari Eau parfumee au the vert or Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea.

Can I tell you one of the best parts- it comes in the cutest box. I know, it's about the cream not the box, but the box is this great Zen looking box with a drawer pull . Inside is your 15 ml jar of eye cream.

Zelens eye cream has an exclusive blend of 20 natural , active ingredients. Ingredients include Shea butter,almond oil, aloe vera, CoQ10, Borage oil ( one of the only oils to go deeper than the top layer of the epidermis, and a fav of mine to locate in moisturizers),Gingko and more. The whole list is on the website.

The eye cream is said to really combat puffiness( which thankfully I don't have so can't attest to), tighten and smooth. I can say it tightens and smooths.

Zelens was began by Dr. Marko Lens, a plastic surgeon , as a skincare line to treat all the environmental stressors on our skin. There are several more products in the line .

You can find a worldwide stockist list at http://www.zelens.com/, products available there and
http://www.spacenk.com/ , and at Bliss World.

Intensive Triple Action Eye Cream sells for $ 160.00 for 15 ml.



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Total Cure Giveaway - Skyn ICELAND Skincare


Due to my facebook/myspace links not working , which I just found out about at 11pm, I am extending this contest until 9AM Thurs the 30th. So you have a few extra hours , please enter, thanks.I am putting in the whole link now.
Today is my day to host one of the Total Cure Giveaways . Many of us bloggers are having contests each day to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So for 24 hours( until midnight 10/30 EST) only you can WIN a great goodie box full of Skyn ICELAND skincare products.

You will need to leave a comment and enter a breast cancer fact from our Facebook:
or MySpace http://www.myspace.com/totalcure pages . 1 winner will be picked at random and announced here on Friday. No need to leave personal info, just a comment and fact and check back to see if you've won. Thats it. GOOD LUCK
This is a great line and here is some info to familiarize you with it:

"Skyn ICELAND® Solutions for Stressed Skin is the first skincare brand ever created to combat thephysiological effects of stress on the largest – and most exposed – organ, our skin. It is a high performance skincare system of products that bring instant relief, immediate results and long term benefits to stressedskin, both internally and externally."

So now you know what it is, here what you get if you win and the retail value of this prize:

Glacial Face Wash $30
Arctic Brightening Serum $65
The Antidote SPF 18 Mineral Sunscreen $55
Icelandic Relief Eye Cream $45
Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels $45
Angelica Lip Repair $15
-Total Retail Value $ 255-


Find out more about the brand at http://www.skyniceland.com/, they are donating 5.00 from each detox kit to Gilda's Club.

For todays' second contest go to http://www.mischobeauty.com/


the fine print:
this contest is open from midnight 10/29 until midnight 10/30 EST.

Winner has 48 hours to come forward or alternate will be picked.
beautyalchemist is not responsible for lost entries, substitutions from the donating company, or the shipping of your prize.
All prizes will be shipped directly from donating company to the address you provide if you win.
Must be 18 yrs. or older and a resident of the US.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Vavoom Switch Flicks Gel-Wax Combo Styler


I love hair gels, not so big on hair wax since I have oily hair. I liked what I read about Vavoom's new Switch Flicks styler( a gel-wax mix) but was a bit worried about the wax part. Switch Flicks acts like a wax on dry hair or can be used on wet hair for a more gel like effect.

First time using it,. I think I used too much and it worked very well but it did seem to be more "waxy " on the hair than I wanted. I persisted though, because I really liked how well it held on the piecy sections of hair I used it on. After several more tries I am liking it more and more. I think that cooler weather bringing slighly drier ends will help as well. This is perfect to tamp down the flyaways .

I mainly use it on dry hair, just a bit, worked in my hands and into hair . It spikes up the piecy parts , smooths others and stays dry looking. As I said, it also has a nice hold to it. Not as strong as strong hold gel or a hairpspray but pretty good.

It's very light gel-wax so that helps. It comes in a pump bottle and should last really long.

Much of the Vavoom line from Matrix is worth checking out.

Their website is http://www.matrix.com/

All items can be bought at beauty salons.

Swtich Flicks sell for $ 16.00 for 3.4 oz

Monday, October 27, 2008

M LAB Skincare


I've been using a couple of the travel sized products from luxe skincare line M LAB. M LAB has a very high level ( up to 75%) of active ingredients and comes from Cosmeceutical lab Milbar.

The two I have tried are the Anti Aging Day treatment SPF 15 and Anti Aging Treatment Serum.

I am often remiss in using SPF except for whats in my makeup. I have been slowly using some products that will get the SPF in there . I always worry about my oily skin, so thats one reason I usually don't use any SPF moisturizers.

MLAB's being very anti aging of course got my attention, and as the weather is cooling I can get away with more moisture. The Day cream is very light but plenty moisturizing. It sinks in quickly . Skin is soft and smooth , no trace of cream. Thats good. It's a great all in one product that has 65% clinically active ingredients according to the company website. The wealth of info on what is in their products is far too much to list here, but do consult the website for more.

The Treatment Serum surprised me. I went for that thinking that serums are usually lighter. This one is highly emollient . Noty overly heavy but more than most serums. It's also very firming. I plan to use this more when the temps really drop, as this will be perfect for my skin then. If you already have drier or even normal skin, this is fine all the time. It does a nice job of brightening and tightening. The serum has 74 % active ingredients- again you can read all them at the website.

Now M LAB is not an inexpensive line. The quality seems to be very high and the price is as well. I am not here, however, to tell you what you can afford. Just what I think of the products. The travel set is a great way to get an intro to the line with all of their antiagers in it plus cleansing.

Their travel set comes in a chic black case, and is plane travel ready as is.

M LAB Travel Collection contains:

-anti-aging cleanser (50mL)
-anti-aging toner (50mL)
-anti-aging treatment cream (15mL)
-anti-aging treatment serum (5mL)
-anti-aging day treatment SPF 15 (15mL)
- anti-aging eye cream (3mL)

Retail is $ 130.00

The Day Treatment is $ 125.00 for 2 oz ( 59ml)
The Serum is 275.00 for 1 oz( 30 ml)

http://www.mlabonline.com/

Saturday, October 25, 2008

MAC does Halloween on CBS Early Show


Watch CBS Videos Online

Yesterday MAC did Halloween makeup demos on the Early Show. Makeup artist Keri Blair did a fab job . I know both Heather and Javier, two super sweet people, who had to sit in the cold( they were freezing at 8am out there)

You can see Keri used pigments and she mentions ColorForms. Paint Pots and Cream Color Base would also be good tools for making these or other looks.
Enjoy.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Suki Pure Moisturizing Body Cream


The brand Suki is one I had a chance to pick up a trial sized sample of during fashion week. It's a natural, organic line that I hadn't heard of before. I am really glad I got to the chance to try this , which prompted me to look into the line more . I love natural skincare but want good product as well.


The lotion's full name is Velvet Moisturizing Cream. It has pure shea butter, grapeseed, apricot kernal and sunflower oils Even though this has shea butter , it's not a heavy, greasy lotion. It is light but moisturizing and sinks in quickly. It has a wonderful lemongrass like scent. A bit citrus , a bit green but not strong.

The company says it also can help smooth away those yucky bumps you can get on skin. I like that. I haven't used it enough to see that, but I hope it does. I need to buy a full size bottle to get that much application time.


120 ml is $ 26.96 and there is a trial/to go size 15 ml at $ 8.96 ( the size I have ).

Suki is available at their website and Whole Foods stores. There is a huge list of products including a lip balm that is a must try for me .

Here's a paragraph from the main website that illustrates their organic , fresh philosophy:
"100% pure organic bases integrate cutting edge science to visibly improve the overall appearance of your skin. our handmade formulas are blended in small batches & shipped fresh to you within a month of pouring to ensure integrity of the formulation. our commitment to responsible clean manufacturing practices extends to ingredients, packaging & shipping choices with a positive impact on the environment"

PS- The line was also recently featured on Oprah during an appreance by the author of Gorgeously Green.





Thursday, October 23, 2008

L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara


For the past 2 days I have been wearing the new L'oreal lash tubes mascara Double Extend. This is my first time trying a "tube" mascara. I hadn't really been that interested in them, but I have to say I think this one is pretty good .


Through 2 long days I have had not one smudge or run. Nothing. Even after rubbing my eyes. Now on me thats amazing.

The mascara is a two part with a primer to apply first and then the mascara itself. It all goes on very easily, the mascara isn't too wet or dry. I got incredible length from this but no volume at all. I can go with just length, although both are nice. If you really want volume, then this may not be for you. It gave me long , spiky lashes that stayed that way all day.


My only complaint is the shortness of the brush handle. I took this pic so you can see that. I am adjusting to it, but normally I like a longer one. It's not a major deal though.

They say this washes off with warm water, but I had to kind of tug them off my lashes. Not crazy about that part but again, it's do-able. Just have to get used to it. They do come off easily and don't irritate in any way.


For long lashes that never run , I am happy. I have too many mascaras that never do that. So I will keep using it.

Double Extend sells for around 9.00 at drugstores.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Chanel Holiday 2008

Focusing very much on gold, Chanel Holiday hit counters recently. The starring product is a sheer gold face and body powder. There are several LE items as well.

The powder is very shimmery and very gold. Not super sheer but not heavy. It has a bit more color to it than most you see .

My favorite item is the new LE La Ligne De Chanel Professional Eyeliner Duo in limited-edition Brun-Lamé, a combination of dark brown and soft brown sparkle. It's been ages since I used a cake liner and I love this. I mainly use the sparkly brown side which is medium dark. I use it as an eye shadow too. It's a perfect shade and lasts really well.

Shown in the picture besides the eyeliner duo are 2 new LE lipsticks: Cancun ( Aqualumiere) and Exaltation ( Rouge Allure). Both are beautiful . Cancun is a peachy beige, Exaltation a deeper coral red.
Also show is new polish Perle Rosee. I love this. 2 coats gives a nice solid color thats soft but not sheer. Haute Chocolat is also part of this collection. As much as I love dark nails, I could't get too into the brown, but it is pretty.
Heres what else you can expect to see at your counter:
-Ombre D'Eau Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow in limited-edition Riviera, a pale gold.
-Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in limited-edition Noir Scintillant, a soft black with gold shimmer.

-Eclat Lumiere Highlighter Face Pen in Beige Rosé, an enchanting shade with a pink undertone.

-Creme Gloss Lumiere- Brush-On Creme Lip Colour in limited-edition Praline Rose, a pink bronze, or Canelé, a warm bronze.

-Levres Scintillantes Glossimer in Red Shine and limited-edition Gold Shine.( Gold Shine is a perfect gold. It's wear all the time shade.)


There are several other gorgeous lipsticks as well.



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Lancome Ôscillation on sale Oct.22


Yes there really is a 21,000 person wait list for this mascara. Unreal. Lancome Ôscillation officially goes on sale in a few hours at the Lancome website and counters. I have not yet tried this myself, but hear raves and like the vibrating mascara I have tried. Plus in general. Lancome mascaras are some of the best.

The company has some tips on how to use it best . I agree with the slow part, just let the wand glide itself over your lashes.

--The key to great results with Ôscillation is a certain application technique. Apply in slow, straight and steady strokes.
--Don’t zig-zag and don’t wiggle!
--Don’t overpump the wand. There’s plenty of product on there for multiple coats.
--If at first you don’t succeed…don’t give up! Ôscillation takes a few tries to get the hang of it.
--Ôscillation is great for the lower lashes, so don’t forget to apply there.

"Once you get your application method down, there are a few tricks you can try. Apply and then go back and re-apply to the tips alone. You can get amazing length. Or try this tip that a celebrity makeup artist shared with us. Put the wand right at the base of the lashes, activate the vibrating action and hold in place for a few seconds. Then slowly sweep to the tips of the lashes. It gives you beautiful thickness at the base and lots of oomph."

Lancome has said that they are interested in hearing any questions, suggestion or tips you have regarding this new release. So leave them in the comments and I will pass them on. Can't guarantee a response, but I will try.



Lucky Mag / Lucky Denim Contest


Lucky magazine is sponsoring a fun contest . If you win you can be in a future issue of Lucky magazine, and style a Lucky brand denim ohot shoot. All you have to do is style yourself for a night out wearing your favorite jeans. Submit your photo and you're all set.

There are already a lot of photos up if you want to check out the competition.

Here's the link to enter:

Monday, October 20, 2008

Win a trip to NY Fashion Week



VIACTIV® brand has joined with visionary fashion designer, Ashleigh Verrier, to create the VIACTIV® Style & Strength for Life Contest .
Going to fashion Week is amazing, I can tell you. So enter via the link at bottom and good luck.

The details:

1- Make your Daily Promise – to your loved ones and yourself. Let the world know how VIACTIV® helps you keep this promise by posting your Promise to the Gallery.

2 -Share in others inspiration! Read Promises made by other women

3- Check back in early January to see if you are one of the lucky winners

The Grand Prize Winner and their guest will win an ultra stylish weekend getaway to New York during Fall Fashion Week and access to Ashleigh Verrier’s runway show LIVE in Bryant Park!

First runner-up wins a Limited Edition My Daily Promise Bracelet designed by Ashleigh Verrier.
Enter Here:


This contest is not sponsored by The Beauty Alchemist in any way. I am posting it for readers who may want to participate and hopefully win
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Pumpkin Candle from Slatkin@ Bath& Body Works


Fall means cooler temps and lots more candles. I always love the Slatkin and Co. ones that Bath and Body Works sell. While I admire more pricey candles, I rarely buy them. I am not one to splurge on candles and really don't have too since these Slatkin ones are so good at nice price point. Some of the best out there, I think.

I tend towards spicy or wintry scents so the Pumpkin one is perfect. Not simply pumpkin, but cinnamon ,vanilla and pumpkin. Not only does it smell amazing but the throw is fantastic . You get major scent with this. Not the kind, where the candles been lit for hours and you can't even detect it. This will easily take you , scent wise, until the end of November. The one shown burns 50 hours.

I look forward to Bath and Body candles for Christmas , and they are rolling out now. So they're next on the list.


The fall candles have recently been marked down on the website, not sure about in store. So take advantage of the bargain. The frosted glass one is now $12.25

You can also get the same scent in cute figural pumpkin shaped jar for 9.25

Direct link:



Sunday, October 19, 2008

Dreaming and Michael Kors Rollerball Duos


2 new perfume/lipgloss rollerball duos are out now. One in Dreaming from Tommy Hilfiger, with a peach lipgloss. This joins the berry toned one they released earlier in the year. Michael Kors gives us the original fragrance with a nude lipgloss.

I like both of these scents and they appeal to many. When a friend from far overseas visited, Dreaming was one of the perfumes she took home with her.

The price points here are one of the best parts. They are purse or travel friendly and easy on the wallet. In these more difficult economic times and with holidays coming soon, everyone will want ways to treat themselve or pick up a great gift without overspending.


-Dreaming Peach duo $ 20.00 at at department stores.
-Michael Kors Duo $ 22.00 at sephora and Kors boutiques.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Shop Boots for Komen for the Cure

This Sunday Boots is having a special Pink day in stores. I am a big fan of Boots dating back to my visit to their UK stores. The palette shown here is really cute and a great price. Lipstick pencils are a favorite as well.
Haven't tried these, but in general like them for portability.

Stop by Target Oct. 19th for:

Boots in-store Beauty Advisors going be Passionately Pink for the Cure on this Sunday, October 19th. All beauty advisers will wear Pink T-Shirts, distribute information on breast cancer awareness, and highlight the Boots “Pink” hotspot. Select districts will also participate as a team in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Boots pledges to empower women by joining the fight against breast cancer so 10% of all sales of the three products listed below will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Ten percent of the purchase price for purchases of Lash 360° Mascara, Limited Edition Rainbow Palette and Limited Edition Glisten Gloss Pencils made from September 14, 2008 - November 9, 2008 will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


No7 Lash 360° Mascara ($7.99)

No7 Lash 360° Mascara amps lashes to a new level, pumping them up to 7X their natural volume with a unique pink brush that uses fibre technology only No7 delivers. It leaves no lash behind, coating each one 360° from root to tip for maximum impact. Already the #1 mascara in the U.K. since its launch last year, the water resistant formulation is available in black and brown/black.

No7 Limited Edition Rainbow Palette ($9.99)

The No7 Limited Edition Rainbow Palette brings together the season’s trendiest shades in one convenient compact. Rich teal, cobalt blue, hazy purple, shimmering pink, sandy yellow, warm terracotta and fresh, bright green can be worn alone or mixed to create high impact looks straight from the runway

No7 Limited Edition Glisten Gloss Lip Pencils ($9.99)

No7 Limited Edition Glisten Gloss Lip Pencils deliver the glamour of a gloss with the ease of a pencil. Available in three barely-there shades, they give lips a subtle glaze with just the right amount of shimmer. Glisten Glosses are available in three irresistible shades – rosy pink, sunset orange and soft nude


All are available at Target, as well as online at http://www.target.com/.

http://www.boots.com/.
http://www.komen.org/ or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Breast Cancer story of the Total Beauty VP


I want to share with you the story of a woman fighting breast cancer. This woman is a woman I know . She is the fearless leader at Total Beauty. Her name is Kristen Nelson . She was the driving force behind Total Beauty's campaign with the Estee Lauder companies( pre -diagnosis) and BCRF, and inspired all of us bloggers currently participating in Total Beauty/ Total Cure to launch our own initative. In this interview with a fellow blogger, not only will you meet this great lady, but also hear how she benefited directly from programs that BCRF funds. It's moving and scary, and a must read. PLEASE



Remember, all month we are hosting giveaways of major brands products almost every day. We have a Facebook and MySpace page, and if you want to donate any amount, any, there is a paypal widget on my sidebar that allows that. The money goes to them , not to me or thru me in any way.


Hayden - Harnett Handbags on Sale

Most of us long for hip, designer handbags. Sometimes they are too expensive, hard to find etc. One of the chic brands ( as seen in Gossip Girl etc..) actually has a sale page on their website. I only recently saw this myself and was surprised -both to see a sale page at all and that there were some great deals. True, some of the bags are seasonal and therefore a bit more spring/summer but plenty will work for fall/winter too.

Everyone loves a good deal and right now even more so. The sale page is updated weekly, and they also have sales under the wallets and clothing pages.




The first bag pictured is the Lorca Turnlock at $ 125.00. Only in the color shown- Goldrush.

The silver clutch is the Bowery Mini and sells for $ 81.00, down from 220.00

The Ipanema Appliqué Fold Clutch in Khaki Patent/Black Patent is 98.00 down from 248.00 and unfolds into a tote.( This was featured in the Sept. Lucky Mag in a different color combo)



More can be seen at http://www.haydenharnett.com/

For spring 09 there are some great new colors coming as well including a pale blue metallic I am loving.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Patricia Field's Sex & The City line at UK Marks & Spencer


Sex and The City's famous wardrobe designer Patricia Field has done a line especially for Marks & Spencer in the UK based on many of the clothes worn in or inspired by the movie. So far it's only in the UK and a one off line. If you or someone you know is headed there , here are some pics , in case you want to check it out.




The line is available online as well:




Ralph Lauren Notorious and Purple Label for Men


Notorious is one of the newest releases from Ralph Lauren Fragrances. Meant to evoke an old world movie star glamour , the company even commissioned a video from acclaimed ( and rightfully so ) director Wong Kar -Wei. See it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2nQYIbKwao

The scent is a bit of a gourmand , and categorized as a spicy oriental. I think a mix of the two works well. It is a bit oriental and a bit gourmand. One of the main notes is from the Chocolate Cosmos flower. It is used as a note for the first time in a fragrance here. I once had Chocolate Cosmos growing in my yard. They were so pretty with their deep brown/burgundy shade. Unfortunately I can't remember if they had a strong scent or note, but either way, I am intrigued by the use of this flower.

The chocolate of that flower is very light here. Notorious is more floral and spice . When I first sprayed it I got a lot of floral, a hint of the chocolate and a hint of the blackcurrant. The bergamot is there very much but by the mid point is gone. As it dries down the peonies and the Iris come out. To me this has a strong Iris scent until well after the drydown. By then it's very much the patchcouli, musk with some chocolate.

The sillage is medium and it has good lasting power.

Top Notes: Black Currant, Spicy Pink Peppercorn and Italian Bergamot
Mid Notes: Chocolate Cosmos, White Frost Peonies, Fiery Carnation
Base Notes: Patchouli Musk, Vanilla, Orris
1.7 oz $ 65.00
2.5 oz $ 85.00
6.7 oz Body Lotion $ 45.00
5.3 oz Body creme $ 70.00

For the men there is what I though was new, but isn't- Purple Label. I have many Ralph Lauren mad men I know and none of them, nor I ,have come across this one, which leads me to think it may only be online and in RL shops.

It is really nice, very elegant and not strong but not too light . A little fruit overlaying the woods. The bottle here is gorgeous, in deep purple, and it comes in a lovely presentation box that opens like a book to reveal the EDT. A great gift. I plan on recommending this to a dear friend whose husband is Mr. Ralph Lauren. He will be thrilled.

Notes:
Blackberry, tobacco flowers, woods and suedes, mahogany
2.5 oz $ 70.00
4.2 0z $ 90.00

Chanel Travel Set-La Beaute de Voyage


Chanel is giving us perhaps the chicest travel set around. A lovely Chanel pouch filled with the products you need to get from gateway to getaway. Things like this make packing so much easier and luxe.

This set called La Beaute deVoyage,, will be available only at certain select store counters this month and sells for $175.00
( The perfect gift perhaps, for the frequent traveler in your life)


Included is :

-Signature Chanel sleep mask

-HYDRAMAX + ACTIVE SÉRUM Active Moisture Boost,

-SOIN TENDRES LÈVRES Hydra Treatment Lip Care SPF 15( I so want to try this)

-PRO LUMIÈRE CORRECTEUR Professional Finish Concealer in Medium,

-INIMITABLE Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel in Noir-Black,

-Mini LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES Glossimer in Seashell.

The bag has a removable, full-size clear insert that keeps these beauty essentials travel-safe and easy to find.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Biotherm Matte Pur Foundation


Matte Pur is the newest foundation from Biotherm. I had used a mate foundation of theirs many years ago and it was fanatastic, so when I read about this, I needed to try it. The search for a good matte foundation goes on and on for me.

In Matte Pur I think I have found a good one. It's more of a true matte with no dewiness. To me matte + dewy doesn't work. I can be dewy quite well without any help. Some people are scared of matte, though. Don't be. There are many new formulas out there , even the dewy ones are very good, if that works for you.

This one is as I said , truly matte, but... it is not cakey, chalky or dry at all. It blends very well and has a nice medium to full coverage finish that lasts long and allows very little shine breakthrough. One of the best at keeping the shine at bay that I've tried recently. It holds on much of the day, and doesn't oxidize either. I did need a quick powder touch up after a few hours , but not major.

The company says it uses pigments that are" sebum proof" and they seem to work . The makeup also has a lemon-based astringent complex to reduce the appearance of pores .

This astringent will help skin to stay clearer as well with each application.
This is new on the Biotherm website and even though you can't test it( which admittedly is hard , but thats where I come in) it really is worth investigating if you have very oily skin.

I am somewhat pale and the lightest shade( 115) was fine. If I was my winter pale, it is possible that it may be too dark, but only by a little. So if you are pearl white, you may have some issues with color. Otherwise , give it a shot.


6 shades, $24.00


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Happy Holidays from MAC


It's MAC day here today it seems with my earlier post and now the holiday collections. In my book, thats a good day.

The info on the new Holiday items is out and many of these hit counters Oct. 16. I'm posting just a partial look here but Red She Said is up online now and the rest soon to be there.

Passion of Red- Oct. 16: Red Shiny Aluminum containers with 6 eye shades or 3 lips
Lips:coral, pink or plum trio
Eyes: Classic, Smoky, Cool,and Warm


Red She Said -Oct. 16:
Includes new Beauty Powder blushes, Gorgeous Mineralize eye trios and new Dazzleglass.



Little Darlings Nov.6 :

Gift sets incl. Softsparkle pencils, lipglass and the popular pigments. Here the info on the pigment sets:

5 Warm Pigments/Glitter-
Cylinder case covered in shiny red patent fabric. Includes 5 mini-Pigments/Glitter Pigments Gold Dusk, Gold Mode, Melon, Gold Stroke Glitter Reflects AntiqueGold

5 Cool Pigments/Glitter -
Cylinder case covered in shiny red patent fabric. Includes 5 mini-Pigments/Glitter Pigments Frost, Quietly, Pinked Mauve,Teal Glitter Reflects Blackened Red .
Pigment sets $29.50

MAC Sheer Minerals/Sheersheen Powder


Hitting MAC counters on the 16th is the Sheer Minerals Collection. There are 3 components- Mineralize SPF foundation loose, Sheersheen Loose Powder and Mineralize Skinfinish.

Sheersheen is loose , very shimmery powder thats very finely blended and will work great on face or body. It has almost a spreadable way to it. The one I have here is Lucent which is a pretty pale pink pearl. The jar is good size and has a shaker top. It has a bit of pigment as well. It's not really what I call overly sheer. You get color and could easily blend it into your blush with a more matte shade.

Other colors are Sheer Bronze and Silver Aura . I have seen the bronze one also and it's a medium /deep bronze shade. Sheersheen will sell for $19.50

Mineralize Loose foundation is the super wonderful Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder foundation in a loose form. Can't wait to try this as I love the pressed one. ( If you haven't tried these, you must.) Makeup Artists at MAC call it the "16 yr. old skin" foundation. It took me ages to try and I wonder why I waited so darn long.

Lastly, Mineralize Skinfinish is a marbled skin powder , and comes in 3 shades also:

Soft and Gentle- Peach/bronze
So Ceylon-Rose Bronze
Petticoat-Pale Rose


http://www.maccosmetics.com/





Monday, October 13, 2008

Nude Skincare Moisturizing Body Polish


Nude is a natural skin and body care line thats gotten a lot of press lately. It began in the UK, and was only available at Barneys in NY until a few months ago when Sephora began carrying it. Last winter I tried to get the raved about lip balm, but they were sold out. I did at least test it, and it was super creamy and full of shea butter.

So, I finally have an actual item and what a good one. As soon as I smelled this body polish , I was sold. It has major monoi oil in it and smells divinely tropical. No fruit, just that creamy monoi that transports you.

The polish itself is a bit different than most I've used and I like the change. This one is a bit more solidified. No tons of oil or other liquids floating around. No mixing to get a good scrub portion. Now that said, it does mean you need to scrape some out and use some water to get it softened on your skin. Straight out of the jar is too stiff. Once you work it, it scrubs nicely and leaves behind a nice monoi scent and some moisture. The scrub used is organic sugar.

I felt I still needed a little lotion after using this, but some might be able to use this and no lotion and be fine. It's all preference or dryness of skin I suppose.

The tub is very large , 6.8 oz. and I am smelling it's goodness as I type.

Nude is free of parabens and all things you don't want in your skin as it's website says, which is rather nice , too.

Nude Moisturizing Body Polish is $ 52.00 at sephora .


http://www.nudeskincare.com/( prices and info here for all countries in local currency)

The whole Nude line looks great, so I look forward to trying more.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bobbi Brown Holiday 2008


Bobbi Brown's Holiday sets have been out awhile but I've only just got a look at them. Even saw the Nordtrom exclusives last week.

One I really liked is the Moon Rock cream eyeliner palette. First I've tried the cream shadows here. They did last pretty well and have a lot of shimmer. The two liners are great for a smoky eye look, or making your day look deeper for an event. Each shade has a cover over it, which is very cool. It keeps everything from drying out each time you open the palette.


The Basics lip palette has 4 shades, one being one of my favorite glosses- Shimmer gloss- in Peony. There are 2 glosses and 2 lipsticks.
The Basics eye palette is a great set of neutral metallics and mattes.

The Velvet Plum set
isn't as gorgeous as last years favorite Plum Metallics, but it is very nice and if you missed last years, grab this.

There is a Lip and Eye Palette that has it all incl. exclusive shades.

Exclusive to Nordstrom is the Sunset Gold set in super cute golden bronze bag called Copper Diamond

Sunset Gold has : new and exclusive high-shimmer Metallic Eye Shadow in Sunset Gold and Antique Gold, Glitter Lip Gloss in Bronzed Pink, and Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner in Mahogany Ink in a golden copper faux-leather Mini Organizer.



Copper Diamond also has a lip gloss trio .

All items except Sunset Gold at http://www.bobbibrown.com/ and department stores.

Moon Rock palette $ 55.00
Basic Eyes Palette $ 45.00
Basics Lip palette $ 45.00
Sunset Gold set $ 80.00

Almost all are LE




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Friday, October 10, 2008

Eyeliner goes wild at Costume National & Just Cavalli

Bold eyeliner graced the models at more than few shows these past weeks. Two notables were at Costume National and Just Cavalli.

Personally I've been on quite an eyeliner kick. Not super dark, much as I love it, it rarely works on me, but lots of colors. Silver, grey, brown, copper, green , plum. The new MAC Pearlglides are some of my newest favs. They are fab. Deep or bright depending on which color you choose, smooth and sparkly. Plus they really last. I mentioned the new Victoria's Secret metallic ones once, and the other day posted on the new Smoked eyeliner from Estee Lauder. All of these can help you achieve a bit of the look here. In a more wearable way.

Costume National went gray to the extreme with their eyeliner and it looks a bit odd and messy, but this was on the runway.

Heres some of what was used according to Sally Branka , lead makeup artist:
Eye: “The eye makeup has a lot of structure, but it’s the deconstruction that makes it modern,” Branka said. Opaque slate gray liner rimmed the monochromatic eyes.

Face: To keep the focus on the eyes, the face was left bare using only concealer and invisible set powder.

Lip: Sally toned down lips by blending a touch of concealer into the mouth.

Pro Tip: Mix in a deep taupe or espresso when blending gray shades around the eyes. This will keep the tonal quality more as a true gray.

According to Ms. Branka-
"She's that cool girl—when she walks in the room everyone looks."

Makeup Used: MAC Scene and Gesso eyeshadows and Chromacakes liner.



Just Cavalli went the deepest black rocker girl look and I love it. I saw this picture of Eva Green at Dior, who always rocks this look and always look amazing.I don't know how she does it, but no matter what she wears , she has the deepest rimmed eyes and it works for her. Being gorgeous and French doesn't
hurt either, I guess.
For this look , grab a serious Kohl type pencil .