Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Another pretty one coming from the House of Guerlain.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I am very happy to be rediscovering them and maybe you will be too.
The lotion itself is very moisturizing , but not enough for the super cold north winds of winter. Right now it's great. It's also good as a day lotion when you want some scent. The scent does linger for about a half hour. It's creamy but absorbs very fast and comes in a nice pump bottle.
Other "scents" are Revitalize(lemon, coriander, spearmint, ylang ylang and star anise) and Relax( lavender, rosewood, argan oil)
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Juicy Tubes are the most wonderful and exciting products to develop and manage. I adore them. Juicy Tubes are flirty, fun, super trendy and so easy to apply. We have a core shade range of 30 permanent shades that are always available. Then, I have the lucky job of getting to develop new limited edition shades several times a year. My inspiration comes from so many different places. I am always inspired by the changing of the seasons. Spring shades are inspired by light colors and textures while Holiday shades come to me from moods I might be in or places I have recently visited. I live in NYC, so am lucky to always be surrounded by interesting people. Since I’m such a fan of Juicy Tubes, I also create shades and designs of things I would love to wear and have in my purse!
2. Whats the most popular Juicy Tube? -
The number one Juicy Tube is Hallucination. It is a bronze shade with a shimmer tint. Spring Fling is another best-seller and happens to be one of my favorites. It is a light pink gloss that has a great flavor too!
The newest Juicy collection is called Chic Delights. Inspired by French pastries, Chic Delights comes in eight shades (and flavors), including Strawberry Sorbet, Plum Souffle, Caramel Praline, French Vanilla, Cinnamon Brioche, Sweet Éclair, Crème de Cassis and Tarte Tatin. Priced at $18 .
Monday, November 24, 2008
-Paul and Joe Retro Brushholder- One of those things you don't see everywhere and that any beauty lover would want. $ 23.00
Paul and Joe Kitties Cosmetic bag - Whimsical and functional. $ 38.00
-Estee Lauder Red Sea Face Powder compact. Having received one of these a few years back as a gift, I can tell you it's a good one . There are many nice ones, some only at certain stores, some wide release. This one is at all counters. If you buy one, they'll love it. $ 45.00
-L'Occitane Hand Lotion Set- We all need lots of hand lotion. Why not treat someone to one of the nicest out there. I always feel that, if it comes from L'Occitane, then it's a good gift. Set incl. Rose, HoneyLemon & Cherry Blossom. New and LE $ 25.00
-Lucy B Lemon Myrtle Lip Balm- Lip Balms are always needed. I give lots out each year. This one has a smell of lemonade and isn't one she'll have seen everywhere else. $ 18.00.
-Aveda Ritual of Relief Hand Care Set- Aveda has put together some lovely gift sets in many price points. a favorites is the hand & foot care set. I have this hand lotion and it is easily one of the best, if not the best. I have ever used. Creamy, long lasting and really moisturizing. Last thru hand washing too. Set incl. full size each hand lotion and foot loiton, and travel size of each.
A neat part-Aveda has purchased Lokta paper handmade in Nepal for the super pretty, needs no wrapping, packaging of the gift collection.
This helps employ 1,282 women and men, preserve 90,000 acres of Himalayan forest and send the children of 500 families to school. Nice. $ 40.00
-Dior Mini Brush Set- It's Dior, it's useful. It's perfect. Comes with a Dior pouch, even better.
$ 60.00 Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale, etc. 4 mini brushes in set.
-Chanel Nail Polish Trio- exclusive to Nordstroms. 3 beautiful shades, 1 case and it's Chanel. Enough said. $ 60.00
-Elemis Heavenly Body Set- The ultimate indulgence. Everything in this set rocks. The Monoi Moisture Melt is one of my favorite products ever, and smells incredible. This is a treat for you or yours.
Set contains full-size new Pro-Collagen Hand and Nail Cream (3.38 oz.), new Pro-Collagen Radiantly Smooth Body Cream (1.7 oz.), full-size Skin Nourishing Milk Bath (13.5 oz.), full-size Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt (3.8 oz.) and Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow (5.3 oz.)
$ 124.00 at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus
Delirium Candles- a new line from a longtime purveyor of top candle lines. These are nicely priced at 38.00 and come in blue or silver containers. The Pear/Violet combo sounds especially nice.
The whole site, by the way, carries an astounding amount of candles.
Prescriptives All Year Bronze Set- It's been awhile since I looked into Prescriptives. It used to be a favorite line. They have some great new Holiday items out including this fun bronzing set to keep the warm summer glow going.
Set includes:-Full-size Sunsheen Bronzing Trio in Medium,Full-size Tint Balm in Caramel ,Full-size Colorscope Creamy Eye Color in Rose Dust,Travel-size Powder Brush. $ 40.00 at all counters and http://www.prescriptives.com/
-Philosophy Gingerbread House-What would Christmas be without something from Philosophy. This is my BFF's gift of choice. This set has four 4 oz bottles of the scents of spicy gumdrop, gingerbread, sweet creamy frosting and cinnamon hot dots . One box, one gift. All done.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
After all this is a great time of year to be headed to the city . All the wonderful Christmas decorations and shops. Alternately, Winter is also great as the city quiets down a bit and there are even better deals as it's the slower season.
The Millennium UN Plaza Hotel is right near the East River( almost all rooms have a fabulous view thru large windows.). It overlooks the UN as well. It is in a quieter area in general and not right in the noise of mid town but not that far either. It's only 4 blocks to Grand Central Station and only slightly farther to 5th Ave.
The rooms are huge. In NY, a closet can pass as a room and they will charge you a fortune. This hotel really delivers the room size. Plus it has one of the few indoor pools in a Manhattan hotel. The pool has windows all around for a great view too.
There is also an indoor tennis court and health club. All free with your room. Believe me after running around NYC all day, I swim is so nice.
The lobby is elegant green marble, a friendly staff and restaurant on premises( I have not tried that, however.) Concierge, bag holding. All the amenities you expect from a top hotel.
Deals for this gem pop up often, especially on Travelzoo.com
There is a great one right now for booking thru Nov. 24( Yes, tomorow) If you miss this one, keep your eyes open though.
Sister hotel The Millennium Broadway, truly in the thick of the action, is having an even better deal at 169.00 - 199.00 on dates thru March. Thats unreal.
I have stayed at a Millenium in London as well, so know to always looks to this brand first. I am planing on staying at one of them for next Fashion Week.
Right now get a rate of $199 for select dates through March. You will receive a an upgrade to a Superior Room and daily buffet breakfast for two (a $62 value).
The $199 rate is valid the following dates:
Every day of the week, January-March
Call the Millennium UN Plaza at 877-866-7529 and mention Travelzoo.
You must book by Nov. 24.
One United Nations Plaza
44th Street between First and Second Avenue
44th & Broadway
**Picture of room is a superior room from website. My room was standard, but just as nice , minus the couch.
**Other pictures are taken by me out of room window.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The Lucky Tom quad has violet blue, brown, gold and pink-coral shades, while the Too Dolly
palette has mint, blue-silver, pale pink and magenta shades
“We incorporated glitter eyeliners because she loves anything that twinkles, and we took the coral and hot pink theme and did pretty, poppy [colored] blush"( GORGEOUS)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Docteur Glamour lipstick is new. 3 red shades in a nice new case, this is also very moisturizing.$ 15.00
Ombre Stretch shadow - The new shadow. Repackaged to do away with the somewhat unwieldy old round containers and half moon brush. These look like gum packs. Slim, narrow and long . Very portable.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I had so many ideas for gifts that I have decided to do several gift guides. For the next week or so they will pop up.
Some items are one I have posted on before so I was brief and put the link in for the old post. Most are in the collage above, with 2 having their own pics. I hope you enjoy them. A lot of time was spent putting them together and I think there's some great ideas here.
I also tried to include many price points
Please feel free to leave a comment if you'd like some help finding a gift. I'd be happy to help you pick out the right thing.
-Biotherm Eau Pure Set- I love this fresh citrus scent and wore it all summer. Now you can get a well priced gift set for $ 45.00 including the full size fragrance . My original review Here
Eau Pure Spray 100ML
Body Lotion 75ML
Shower Gel 75ML
-Clinique Happy to Go- A set of 3 perfume pencils. Yes pencils. Darling, cute , portable & pretty smelling. The set gives you one pencil in Happy, anf then breaks down the Happy notes into the two others - Hint Of Citrus, and Wealth of Flowers. Comes in a nice carrying case and with a sharpener. Avail. in December and LE. $ 30.00
-Acqua Di Parma Iris Nobile Coffret- I adore this scent and this would be very welcome at my house. Elegant, soft and a slight metallic cool. $ 101.00
Full size EDP, smaller Body cream & Shower Cream
-Be Delicious Keychain- a unique, fun gift. Almost anyone is sure to love this. $ 35.00 only at Sephora. My previous post on this perfect gift Here
-Molton Brown Elemental Bath & Shower set -10 of the most popular Molton Brown shower gels in 50ml sizes. Great for the traveler or to introduce someone to the brand. $ 40.00
-Dermalogica Body Buffing Set- set of 2 huge 16 0z.bottles of Dermalogica's siganture scented body products and a buffing cloth. The lotion and shower gel are both very moisturizing and have a lemon / vetiver scent going on. A little woody, a little smoky , a little citrus. Can easily be unisex. $ 55.00 You can read my review of the yummy matching candle Here
http://www.dermalogica.com/ and Ulta stores
-Kiehls Delights Set- Anything Kiehls is a good gift. This set brings loads of good products at a nice price. $ 35.50
Creme de Corps, 8.4 fluid ounces., Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream, 6.8 fluid ounces,Lip Balm #1, 0.5 fluid ounces., Deluxe sample Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Body Polish,Kiehl's yellow monogrammed wash mitt.
-Estee Lauder Sensuous Cathedral Square Compact- Wow. Thats all. This is exquisite. Meant to look like St. Basils cathedral in Red Square, Russia this is too pretty for words. Exclusive to Neiman Marcus.$ 300.00
And one for the men:
Ralph Lauren Polo Modern Reserve-Most men love Polo in one form or another. Modern Reserve is to celebrate the 30th anniversary and highlights more of a citrus note than the original. I really liked it. There is a special gift set that includes a leather case. The guys should love this if Polo is their scent.
40z EDT is $ 62.50
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Beauty.com is giving this gift free with any purchase of $100 or more for a limited time :
A $150 value, the Rachel Roy exclusive design is loaded with deluxe and full-sized products from brand favorites including:
· Juice Beauty Oil-Free Moisturizer
· Korres Basil Lemon Shower Gel
· Fresh Sugar Lychee Body Lotion
· Murad Firming Bronzer
· PHYTO 7 Daily Hydrating Cream
· Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
· Stila Eye Glaze in Kitten
· Remede Alchemy Premium Night Cream
· Arcona Cranberry Gommage
· Fekkai Protein PM Repair Strengthener
· Jane Iredale Pure Matte Transparent Powder
· Nick Chavez Flocker
· Prescriptives Super Line Preventor Xtreme
The lead artist Jean Van Phue gave some details into the look and products she used on set.
I always love to hear and read what they really use, so find these snippets of info fun.
Q&A with Jeanne Van Phue, Head Makeup Artist for Twilight :
Q: What was the process for creating the various characters’ looks?
A: I began by preparing sketches of my vision, keeping in mind the descriptions Stephanie Myers (Twilight’s Author) set forth in the books.
Bella’s (Kristen Stewart’s character) description in the novel is very pale and extremely beautiful with large chocolate brown eyes, so she wore colored lenses every day.
I also pictured her as a natural beauty, which is exactly what Kristen is.I used a light hand while applying all neutral colors to make her look as though she had no makeup on.
Edward’s (Robert Pattinson’s character) description in the novel is impossibly handsome almost god-like. His skin is marble-pale, hard as stone and ice cold, but perfect and flawless.
Edwards’ eyes are described as topaz colored when he is normal and black like onyx, when hungry.
Q: What was the overall look of the makeup in this movie?
A: All the vampires had to be pale, but I didn't want them to look to ghoulish, somewhere between Sweeney Todd and Interview with the Vampire. The choice was made for a denser, more opaque look for the supporting vampires and a lighter look for the leading man.
The challenge was they still had to look beautiful and handsome. The key was striking the delicate shading balance. We had two weeks of makeup test. This is the time for a makeup artist to unleash their imagination.
Q: Were there any other challenges you encountered while working on location in Portland, Oregon?
A: The rain was a huge challenge. We were outside, and it rained the entire time we were there. Most of the shots were exterior; trying to fix makeup in the rain with wet faces and wet brushes was difficult.
In the end, I must say I loved working on this movie, it challenge my creativity as never before. The cast was such a great group of talented young actors.
Q: What were your non-makeup related responsibilities in terms of creating this look?
A: Another one of my jobs was too find a contact lens specialist. So I called upon the expertise of Cristina Patterson Ceret FX lens/painter from Professional VisionCare.
Q: What M·A·C products did you use on the film Twilight?
A: The M.A.C products I used on this film were eye shadows and powder for our principles. We had several other characters and day players I used M.A.C. foundations, lipsticks and blushes.
M·A·C Makeup used on Bella played by Kristen Stewart
- Blot Powder/Pressed in Light
- Eye Shadow in Blanc Type, Flute and Wedge
M·A·C Makeup used on Edward played by Robert Pattinson
- Blot Powder/Pressed in Light
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The main notes include:
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
All of these are under 100.00 and come in a great selection of their scents.
The Guest Soaps are clever “token” imposters . They come in four scents (Chelsea Flowers, Chinatown, Eau de New York and The Scent of Peace) for $95; or single bars available in 6 scents for $35 each.
The Perfume Token - Bond No. 9’s nostalgia-laden circular “token” as a solid-perfume compact, containing your choice of six eaux de parfum. Stashed in its own white leather zipper case,
New York’s Bright Lights, To Go—The Voyager Candles-
This is a great set at a great price. You get a box of eight pocket spray flacons, each containing a different New York neighborhood eau, and each delectably twist-wrapped in those signature foils. These are small enough to slip into an evening clutch bag, with plenty of room to spare. Plus, they’re refillable. In Bleeker Street, Wall Street, Scent of Peace, Union Square, Nuits de Noho, Chelsea Flowers, Eau de New York and Park Avenue.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Head (1897 – 1981) is the most celebrated costume designer of all time and dressed some of Hollywood’s most influential style icons like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Elizabeth Taylor and countless others.
The Dress Doctor shared style tips and dozens of entertaining anecdotes on her A-list clients and is back in print with striking sketches by fashion illustrator Bil Donovan.
Beginning this weekend, Lancôme is hosting in-store events in celebration of the book at our boutiques. Schedule an appointment with one of our makeup artists at the locations listed below to create your own modern-day Hollywood look inspired by the book
. Enjoy complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and take home your very own copy of The Dress Doctor with any Lancôme purchase of $100.
Details on how to book your appointment are listed below, but hurry, reservations are limited!
Call your nearest Lancôme Boutique to book an appointment. (A $75 reservation fee is required and fully redeemable in product.)
VALLEY FAIR – 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95050 Phone: 408-244-8334
NORTHPARK – 8687 North Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75225 Phone: 214-750-9364
SHORT HILLS – 1200 Morris Turnpike Short Hills, NJ 07078 Phone: 973-258-0790
UPPER WEST SIDE – 201 Columbus Ave. (at 69th Street) New York, NY 10023 Phone: 212-362-4858
BREA – 1102-a Brea Mall Brea, CA 92821 Phone: 714-671-0267
Monday, November 10, 2008
Vintage Clove is made for brown and honey hair tones to enhance them.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Also new are :
Le Vernis Nail Polish in Midnight Glam: Navy Blue and very pretty
Juicy Tubes in In All Her Splendor: A pretty red shade
Juicy Tubes Holiday Set: eight adorable mini-tubes in this year’s best-selling shades( A great gift. I know, I was given a set once a few years back. Loved it) $ 39.50
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The Total Beauty Web Tour returns after a few weeks absence. See what some other bloggers are up to.
Enter Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog's Manic Monday Double Giveaway now! One reader will win a $140 at-home spa kit from Sothys, and another reader will win a $50 gift certificate to the swanky restaurant on New York's East Side - Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club.
Lipstick Addict makes a review on 4 brands of mascara. Go and check it out!
HomeSpaGoddess shares her thoughts on the new L'Oreal Double Extend Mascara.
Boutique Flair tells you how to enhance your inner glow with positive affirmations. When you keep your inside beautiful and fabulous, your outside will reflect that.
Daily Dose of Coffee investigates whether mineral makeup can cause acne-prone skin to breakout. Some ideas of what to look for in popular formulations.
Meet Thevaki Thambirajah on A Mom in Red High Heels. Thevaki is the mom and brains behind Thevi Cosmetics, a unique line targeting Ethnic women.
Viva Woman finds out if organic facial cotton are better for our skin?
Are you a Juicy Couture girl at any cost? Beauty Junkies Unite debuts the new accessory line, Juicy Loves Sephora, and has an opinion too!
The Makeup Divas reviews Mac Suite Array Pearlglide Eye Liners.
Beauty Anonymous brings you Chanel limited-edition Levres Douceur lip palette.
Beauty411 shines the spotlight on the sophisticated Laura Mercier Black Tie Holiday Collection!
CaliforniaCosmetics explores the line between fashion and function with anew fragrance Wode by Boudicca. Are you game?
Monique at Beauty Girl Musings has found a great night cream from Bioelements that will not only keep your skin looking great, but will control oil, too! Read about it here!
Beauty Blogging Junkie takes NonSociety's Meghan Asha on a beauty tour of Duane Reade. Click here to see the video.
Marta Walsh interviews Jessica Simpson's Hair Stylist Ken Paves-by Talking Makeup.
Glossypink dishes on her clear skin secret weapon.
The Beauty Alchemist checks outClarins Extra Firming Tightening Lift Serum
Bare Budget Beauty is giving away one Karmin Titanium Hair Straightener Iron, valued at $100! Enter now for your chance to win it!
Check out the newest member of the Beauty 365 team, A-Fad, and her sparkling review of Anastasia's Brow Enhancing Serum.
The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having another giveaway with Sothys Skincare. Click here for the details.
Indian Girl reviews her new favorite lipsticks from Urban Decay's Fall 2008 Collection
Neon Bible givesSally Hansen Lip Inflation a test drive.
Do you struggle with acne, dark circles, hyperpigmentation and rednesss? Then head on over to Spoiled Pretty to find out about a miracle product that conceals while it heals