Saturday, October 30, 2010

Chanel Riva Nail Polish

It seems  the Chanel nail polish shown at the resort show , Riva, is due to hit Chanel boutiques only on Dec. 1st. The color looks very pretty and very Spring.  As usual it's predicted to be a big seller.  Will you be trying to track this one down?  Retail is $ 27

Update: Available at, Chanel boutiques in December and retail is $ 27.00 which I changed above also.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Ellis Faas Holiday 2010

Exciting news ( at least to me) -Ellis Faas is doing a small holiday collection. Included is a new holder flocked in red velvet that immediately went to the top of my wish list. I have several Ellis products but not the holder yet. I planned on buying the plain one next trip to NY but now  it's this one.

Also there is a nice set of 3 products which includes one of the amazing Eye Lights that I raved about last month.

The details :

"The Red Velvet Limited-Edition Holder is custom crafted of high polished aluminium and velvet flocked. The flocking process adheres vibrant colour and warm texture to this brilliantly designed carry all, inspired by the wall décor in Ellis’ family library modernized by the influence of universal tribal design."

 Price will be 25 Euro, 21 GBP and $ 35 in US for holder only

** There is no exact release date yet in US. It launches in Europe on Nov. 27. Their  Facebook page or  email newsletter will announce that  date soon.

Winter Glow Gift Set- A holiday inspired set containing the basics for a glamourous look.
Set contains - Creamy Lips “Ellis Red” L101, Ellis Eyes Light E305( bordeaux shade ) and black mascara E401.
65 EUR / 55 GBP / $90 USD 
Release date for the set is mid November.  for updates.

Shop at or

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Make Up For Ever- Rock For Ever Holiday

Make Up For Ever has  some hot items out now for holiday.  They are all about Rock, being called Rock For Ever and feature  studded tin cases that be can re -used. I definitely plan on finding a good use for mine , it's too neat not to.

Two highlights are the Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes and Dany's Essentials.

Rock For Ever Aqua Eyes has 5 mini Aqua Eyes  eyeliners in matte black, silver, gold, copper and dark grey.  All fab colors and mostly metallics.  Kit is $ 36.00  and LE.

Dany's Essentials is a wow. It's a huge case loaded with the company's creator and artistic director's   favorite products.

This set contains:

For Complexion: 0.40 oz HD Elixir; 1.01 oz HD Microperfecting Primer; 0.35 oz HD Microfinish Powder; 4.22 oz Mist & Fix; HD Kabuki Brush

For Eyes: 0.23 oz Smoky Lash, 0.23 oz Aqua Smoky Lash; 4 x 0.04 oz Aqua Eyes in shades Mat Black 0L , Pearly Brown 2L , Iridescent Navy Blue 3L , Purple 11L ; 0.24 oz Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow; 2 x 0.21 oz Aqua Cream in shades 13 Warm Beige , 15 Taupe ; 2 x 0.08 oz Eye Shadow in shades Iridescent Yellow Beige 126 , Iridescent Brown Black 139 ; 0.08 oz Diamond Shadow Diamond Purple 309 ; 2 x 0.09 oz Star Powder in shades Copper 922 , White/Orange 940; 2 x Faux Lash in 21 Floriane , 115 Erin ; 0.84 oz Travel Sens'Eyes; Double Pencil Sharpener

For Lips: 3 x 0.12 oz Rouge Artist Intense in shades 1 , 36 , 43 Moulin Rouge ; 0.21 oz Aqua Cream 5 Peach ; 2 x Aqua Lip Nude Beige 1C , Red 8C

$ 299.00 and LE

All sets ( there are 2 more) available at

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

LUSH Maple Taffy Lip Balm

I'm calling LUSH's new Maple Taffy Lip Balm the fall classic. If you love maple then you must try it. It's that good. It is obviously very maple but it's not a sweet, sweet maple. Sweet yes, but not Aunt Jemima sweet. More like the real syrup with natural sugars would taste with a hint of burnt sugar.

LUSH uses 20% maple syrup to get that authentic goodness.  There is also shea  and illipe butters for lots of moisture. So not only does this taste and smell good it  has long lasting moisture. It lasted hours  for me.  There's no shine or color .

It's like a decadant snack but without the calories.

Maple Taffy Lip Balm $ 4.95

Monday, October 25, 2010

Liz Earle -New Naturally Active Haircare Line

Liz Earle has added haircare to the lineup. There is one shampoo and 3 choices in conditioner.

The shampoo is Botanical Shine Shampoo. It  works for all hair types and has shea butter,  Vitamin E, Aloe Vera , apple and orange extracts and 8 essential oils in it.The formula is SLS  & SLES free.

Being for all hair types, the shampoo was  just right , and basic.  Not too moisturizing but not too light either. I have pretty much normal hair so it worked nicely. Despite all the essential oils the scent isn't too strong , just a nice orange -citrus one. My hair  was soft and not stripped feeling.

The Conditioners are Normal Hair, Oily, or Dry/Damaged.
I used Normal which was just enough conditioning but I do think that maybe I would have liked the Dry/Damaged one better even though my hair isn't. Ultimately I needed a bit more moisture but my hair didn't feel or look dry after blow drying ( and I do use a light leave in ).  The Normal has meadowfoam oil, the Dry /Damaged- Shea Butter.

The line will debut in November.

Botanical Shine Shampoo: $14.50 for 6.7 fl. oz
Botanical Shine Conditioner for Normal Hair: $14.50 for 6.7 fl. oz
Botanical Shine Conditioner for Dry or Damaged Hair: $14.50 for 6.7 fl. oz
Botanical Shine Conditioner for Oily Hair: $14.50 for 6.7 fl. oz

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Estee Lauder Holiday Extravagant Gold Eye Palette

Estee Lauder's new Holiday eye palette- Extravagant Gold may be , for me personally, one of the best palettes ever. Not that I would have said that when I first saw the images of it and I had no idea just how nice it was.   Why ? It's packed with golds, bronzes and neutrals. All are shades I wear almost every day .  This could easily be a  staple group of shadows . If like me, you wear these colors all the time and look best in  them, it's worth checking out. Packaging is pretty, the shadows are long lasting  and you have  them all in one.

The Extravagant Gold Eye Palette is $ 42.00 and LE.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Quad

One of the holiday releases from Bobbi Brown is the Sparkle Eye Quad. I was hoping the shadows would be like last year's Chrome ones even though I know the Sparkle is it's own category.  Of course they aren't .

They are however, very sparkly and more sheer than they look. The box states that  it's handmade in Italy, and the pressing of the shadows here is different. They are  raised cubes with the shadows joined and a thin  border made of shadow between shades. It makes for a very pretty presentation and the outside of the case is very glam as well. 

The fallout on these drives me nuts and the shadows are very fragile, they smush and break easily, but it's still very pretty. If you like and buy just remember to handle with care.

Shades are:

•Pink Glitter Sparkle Eye Shadow
•Smoky Sparkle Eye Shadow
•Moonlight Sparkle Eye Shadow
•Sandy Sparkle Eye Shadow

$ 40.00 at all Bobbi Brown outlets.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Beautystat Fall Fragrance Preview

My fall fragrance preview is up on Beautystat. Please stop by and take a look and maybe even give it a like .

Hit it up  here

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

Rich and luxurious- good words right ? Well today rich and luxurious is brought to you by Kiehl's  new  Creme  de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Whipped Body Butter.  You might recall last year's offering -Imperial  Body Balm. Still one of my all time top body creams. Now we have this new addition   to the Creme de Corps line

The body butter  is thick but also whipped so it's light and souffle like in texture. In other words, it's pretty delish.  It's  also super moisturizing and sinks into skin pretty fast.

There is  a good bit of scent-mostly a  sweet honey scent . Rather pretty . Ingredients include shea butter , beta carotene, and jojoba oil and vitamin E.

8 oz  Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter is $ 35.00

Kiehl's for holiday  2010 has also partnered with artist Jeff Koons to do special LE  containers of  4 products  in the Creme de Corps line.

100% of Kiehl’s net profits  worldwide (up to $200,000)  from the sale of each of the special edition product will benefit The Koons Family Institute, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC).

See more at

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

YSL Beauty Holiday 2010

YSL Holiday is here. Loaded with lots of gold and shimmer including some metallic looking nail shades . You may have noted by now my love for metallics, so the nail shades especially look like a must.  The nail shades as well as the palette and Touche D'Or are all LE.  Available in November.

The star product is the Palette Metallic Colorama.

Per YSL :

Inspired by the new Belle de Jour “Metallic Colorama”limited edition collection of accessories, the Palette Metallic Colorama also features, both inside and out, the metallic effect and the embossed Cassandra logo.

The Palette nestles within a gold leatherette, rectangular case and comes with its own mirror.

The powder is  subtly flecked with iridescent pigments, and adds sparkle
to all complexions with its pink-champagne shimmer. Its optical highlighters catch the light and blend away imperfections.

The full  holiday line list:

-Palette Metallic Colorama - Face Highlighter - Pearly Finish $ 65.00 ( LE)

-Touche d’or - Face Highlighter - Gold $ 40.00 ( LE)

-Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils-  N° 9 - Plum $ 30.00

-Ombres Duolumieres -N° 33 - Silver Gray / Golden Plum $ 41.00

-Rouge Pure Shine- $ 30.00
N° 34 - Metallic Gold
N° 35 - Metallic Pink

-Golden Gloss- $ 30.00

N° 35 - Golden Carat
N° 36 - Golden Chocolate
N° 37 - Golden Red
N° 38 - Golden Champagne
La Laque - $20.00 ( LE)

No 139 - Gold
No 140 - Pink Gold
No 141 - White Gold

Chanel Spring 2010 RTW Makeup Incl. NEW items

Chanel often tries out some new ,upcoming products during their shows and this past Spring /Summer 2010 show was no exception.  I highlighted the new ones , with release times all the way to next August.

The excitement for me here- Rouge Coco Shine. I know nothing more than this, but a shinier version of Rouge Coco ? Sign me up. 

Another great highlight- the beautiful Ines De la Fressange walking the runway again.
Spring/Summer Ready to Wear Beauty- Chanel Inspiration by Peter Philips:

"Karl Lagerfeld showed me a sketch he had drawn of a girl with smoky eyes, so it was clear that we would put the focus on the eyes for this show. The inspiration for the color came from the black-white-green French garden that was recreated in the Grand Palais, from the glow that we can find in black, grey and white pearls, and the enamel that Karl integrated into the costume jewelry. I created deep, dark smoky eyes on a luminous fresh face with tinted, dewy lips. Nails were graphic and strong, and a thin black line was drawn in the hair."

Peter used the following Chanel products to create the runway beauty looks:

-Skin prepared with Hydramax +Active Nourishing Cream for Dry Skin .

The Complexion: Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15  Poudre Universelle Libre  Natural Finish Loose Powder

Eclat Lumiere Highlighter Face Pen

 Correcteur Perfection  Long Lasting Concealer

The Eyes:   Les Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Regard Perlé (Spring 2011 Makeup Collection, available January 2011)

 Le Crayon Khol Intense Eye Pencil in Noir

Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Noir

Le Crayon Sourcils (available August 2011)

 Le Sourcil De Chanel Perfect Brows

  Mascara Inimtiable Waterproof  in Noir

The Cheeks: Joues Contraste  Powder Blush in Espiègle (Spring 2011 Makeup Collection, available January 2011)

The Lips: Rouge Coco Shine  in Boy (available April 2011)

The Nails: Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Pearl on the hands (Spring 2011 Makeup Collection, available January 2011)

LE VERNIS Nail Colour in Pearl Drop on the feet (Spring 2011 Makeup Collection, available January 2011)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

YSL Belle D'Opium

I've had my eye on Belle D'Opium the new perfume from YSL since they had a  celeb filled preview launch party in summer.  While I wasn't into the original Opium , it's still iconic and a well done fragrance. I  also know it will never be recreated. That's not what YSL is doing here.   I had hopes for Belle D'Opium and thank the perfume gods, it's been borne out.

Belle D'Opium is lovely. It's almost a chypre, with plenty of chypre qualities and that alone is cause for celebration. So few do chypres these days . So kudos to YSL for going that route at least a little.

It's also   fruity and oriental. The beginning starts with fruit and hint of the oakmoss that categorizes a chypre.   The early notes  I get are the peach and lily , then the oakmoss and patchouli come in. I really don't get the smoke notes of narguile and incense much. There is definite amber by the drydown . Even though there are fruit notes it's not overly sweet. Far more than Opium maybe, but not as much as many other scents out there today. Nor is it as complex as Opium. Few fragrances are these days though, sadly.  It is still one of the better new scents I've tried this season.  It's all woman , not a girl nor girly.

Sillage is medium as is lasting power.  I expected major lasting with this one and  it doesn't quite live up to that.  But it is not so strong as re-spritzing during the day would be a problem. I am thinking that the body lotion here would be a great choice  .

Notes ( per Osmoz and not the official ones, so they may differ a bit )

Top notes:
Mandarin Orange, Lily, Gardenia, White Flowers

Middle notes:
Frankincense, Peach, Pepper, Tobacco, Hookah Accord( narguile), Fruity Notes

Base notes:
Patchouli, Sandalwood, Smoky Notes, Amber

$ 49.00 for 1 oz
$ 69.00 for 1.6 oz
$89.00 for 3 oz

Available now at, as well as Macys and Nordstrom.

Lucky Shops NYC Event- Get Tickets Now

Lucky Shops, the shopping extravanza is back . Taking place November 4-6th . This year Hillary Duff is hosting the VIP night party . The list of vendors is long , so if you love to shop and live in or near NYC , take a look.

10th Anniversary VIP Shopping Party Hosted by Hilary Duff, Thursday,November 4, 6PM – 9PM: $185

Friday Preview Pass, November 5, 11AM-8PM: $40
Friday General Admission: November 5, 12PM – 8PM: $35

Saturday Shop-a-thon: November 6, 11am-5pm: $30

2-Day Pass: $60

If you are American Express ZYNC cardmember, you can get  are early access beginning at 10AM and have the opportunity to purchase tickets at 15% off.

 Lucky Shops is at  Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), NYC

Tickets and more  details here:

Friday, October 15, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale -5 Naughty Little Vices Nail Lacquer Set

MAC has included a mini nail lacquer set in  Tartan Tale. I don't recall ever seeing them do that before. It's so cute and I predict it will be a sellout . The set comes in a red plaid tin with 5 mini polishes at .09 oz each. They are 3 inches tall a little over half an inch in diameter.

Shades are:
Vintage Vamp, Asiatique, Vice is Nice, Nocturnelle,and Beyond Jealous.

Retail is $ 25.50

On counter Oct. 28th. Some stores like Macys taking pre-order now.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

MAC Tartan Tale- The Bags and The Bears

A quick look at some of the cutest, I think, Tartan Tale MAC items. I love plaid and so am loving the bags . That they come with makeup in them- even better.  The Sir Teddy bears are adorable and the keychain even more so. I don't usually do many "cute" things like this but they are just so darn , well, cute.  Sir Teddy is also the symbol for KHK- Kids Helping Kids, an intiative that MAC always supports at the holidays.

On counter Oct. 28th.

Sir Teddy- $15.00 U.S./$18.00 CDN

Sir Teddy (with clip)- $12.00 U.S./$14.50 CDN

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Timberland Earthkeepers Boots

Timberland Earthkeepers is a new line from the company that is more eco -friendly.   The outsoles of the boots are partially made from green rubber and each shoe has it's own Green Index Rating on the box and shoe.

Thanks to Lucky magazine, those of us who are Alpha Shoppers got a sneak peek. My style is called Atrus and is one well made boot. I love  the cute little pocket.  These are not quite mountain man boots but are rugged for any weekend treks you might be taking. Antique shows in big barns, long walks with the dog or fall leaf peeping. They'd be perfect . The leather and suede is sturdy and seems like it will be water repellent and most of all, they are really comfy.

The Earthkeepers series has several great styles including the Chauncey which as you can see even has a heel. These are  simply stylish and would look great paired with a skirt. I would never have pegged these as Timberlands .

You can see the whole lookbook   and more at:  and

Lucky magazine is also offering a discount. With the code  LUCKY you can get $ 20 off any purchase of $ 125.00 or more.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Jee Vice Sunglasses

One of my fav finds at fashion week ( courtesy of a visit to Robert Verdi's  lounge) was  sunglass line Jee Vice. I feel in love with the style Moody ( so appropriately named) most of all.

I loved it since it has a bit of a cat eye look but is also large and a little wicked looking with those  points.  Very  statement making.  Another favorite is Feline, shown   here  in eggplant.

Online you can see the whole collection of hot styles.

 Jee Vice can be found at with a link to online shopping.

Also now exclusively at Neiman Marcus

Monday, October 11, 2010

Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Line

Fall is here and that means for most of us, a start of cooler temperatures. It's not blustery yet, but that's coming.  Time to start thinking about  the body lotions we know we'll need  more of soon enough.

 I wanted to give Eucerin's Plus Intensive Repair line a test because it has alpha hydroxy in there to give smoother skin as well as glycerin and urea. In winter, when skin gets really dry , I knew this could be good.  I tried they body  and foot cremes.

These both definitely smooth.  After using on upper arms, there was a very noticeable difference. ( The body creme is great for  those little bumps on the arms as well. A huge plus. I hate them.) On legs, same thing, I had extra smothness for days. The  Body Creme is thick and takes a bit to sink in but once it does, the moisture lasts . It's not too sticky and you will see ,or I should say feel ,results.

The Foot Creme isn't as thick as the body creme but still works just as well. It sinks into feet fast and has been a big help with keeping my heels smooth. Think using this under socks for best results.

As I mentioned, Intensive Repair  has an alpha hydroxy formula , and there is also glycerin and urea. The line also has a Hand Creme and Lotion.
Available at all mass market outlets.

Eucerin® Plus Intensive Repair Body Crème– $8.69 for 5.2oz
Eucerin Plus® Intensive Repair Foot Crème–SRP: $5.59 for 3oz

Free sample , while supplies last(  of Eucerin Daily Skin Balance) at :!/EucerinUS?v=app_131757966861374&ref=ts

Sunday, October 10, 2010

DKNY Delicious Core Club

In celebration  of the 5th anniversary of DKNY Be Delcious as well as the addition of the  new EDT version of the famous scent, DKNY has created the Core Club. Yes, core as in apple. 

The Core Club is a launch point for fans of the fragrance to interact and get the newest and  often exclusive news as well as enter contests  and more. Most of this happens thru social/digital media and their facebook site. More content will be added next month but currently you can read a behind the scenes with Ms. Karan herself, and enter a design your own bottle contest. ( The twitter account encompasses all Donna Karan and is maintained by her very sharp witted , funny, active tweeting PR person. )

DKNY Be Delicious EDT will be releasesd this month and is said to be a ligher and brighter take on the original but using the same notes.

DKNY Be Delicious Eau de Toilette Spray  3.4oz  $65.00
DKNY Be Delicious Eau de Toilette Spray  1.7oz  $52.00
DKNY Be Delicious Eau de Toilette Spray  1.0oz  $36.00

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ellis Faas Eye Lights

Meet my new love- Ellis Faas Eye Lights. The most metallic eye shadow I've tried. I like my metallics molten and these are right there. This kind of metal isn't easy to find. The one thing I have that comes close is MAC Gold Metal pigment.

Ellis describes these  as having a metallic sheet on your eye. That's it exactly.

The shade shown in my photo is E303. It's very copper and highly pigmented.   I also have the platinum shade E301, shown in the image from the company website.  These apply  easily , you only need a little. They do take a bit of time to dry but  once they are dry,  they are ON. Yes, they last and last even on me the makeup melt queen. Did I mention how much I love them?

You get a very metallic, shiny ,wet look but with a dry , smooth lasting eye shadow.

Light is available in 5 shades. Besides those mentioned there are also  greenish gold,  lilac and holographic Bordeaux.

Retail is $ 42.00

New  to the  Ellis Fass website also is US dollar currency and a US shipping port on the website. Those ordering from the US can now shop in dollars and shipping will be from NJ, refelcting better shipping costs and times.

Lastly,  the line will also launch in all Space NK locations very shortly. It's a great line so check it  out if you can.

Also available at Bergdorfs.

Vote For My Friend Paula in Clairol Contest

My friend and fellow blogger at Older Girl Beauty is a finalist in the Clairol Natural Hair Color Contest. We are all very excited for her and hope she wins big.

If you'd like to cast your vote , head over to

Voting started at 8:00:00 AM ET on 10/7/10 and goes through 11:59:59 PM ET on 10/14/10.

Voting is open to all countries, not just US and you can vote daily.

Rules states “website visitors” and limit one vote per email address per day .


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream

Always on the lookout for something hydrating yet suitable for my  combo-oily skin and new is  Bobbi Brown Hydrating Gel Cream.

It is hydrating just like it says, but the cream sinks in fast, leaves no greasiness behind and  doesn't make me oilier. There's little to no scent as well.  It  feels really good on the skin and provides instant moisture. It is more of a cream then a gel but the formula is light in texture.  Perfect for those with skin that isn't dry yet needs some moisture.

I can see myself using this even in the cooler weather when my skin usually normalizes. It's so just right.

Key ingredients are : Tropical Grass Extract  to hydrate instantly and increase the skin’s natural ability hold on to moisture,and Vitamin E  to provide anti-oxidant protection against environmental damage.

The gel cream is one of several additions to the Hydrating skincare line from Bobbi Brown. There is also a greatHydrating Eye Cream( super moisture /comfort), as well as  Hydrating Face Tonic , Intense Night Cream, and Hydrating Face Cream.

Hydrating Gel Cream  is on site and counters now and is $ 50.00  . ( My sample shown is just that, a sample size and not full size product).