Thursday, December 29, 2011

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Flirt & Candeur / Glossimer in Petillant -Spring 2012

Two new Rouge Coco Shine's make their debut with the Spring collection. These are a perfect representation of the orange lip we saw at the fall shows for spring. What's best about these is that they are not too bright .  They are beautiful shades and easy to wear.

Flirt is  light to medium coral, that leans more peach I think. It brightens you up just enough . Candeur is called pastel pink by Chanel, but  it goes on more sheer, very light peach. So call it peachy pink. This one gives just a hint of color. Both are fabulous not just for Spring but right now if you want a little pop of color for winter. Plus  it's the Rouge Coco Shine formula which makes it very hydrating.

One of the new Glossimers this season is Petillant. It's sheer shimmery peach. Very much like Candeur lipstick but in a gloss form.

All of these are on counter now and will be permanent.

Chanel Rouge Coco Baume

I've been waiting  for this new lip balm from Chanel for literally months. I've mentioned many times how I adore a lux lip balm and  this new one from Chanel is out as part of the Spring 2012 collection. It's tres chic but also quite good.

Rouge Coco Baume shares the silky softeness of the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks but is even silkier  and more moisturizing. It has no color, a little shine , very little scent and a lot of moisture.  I love it as I knew I would. I mean, Chanel and a lip balm? That's a total win.

It's called a hydrating and conditioning lip balm which means it treats lips, not just adding moisture and helps keep them in good condition.

This is not LE and  retail is $ 32.00

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

NYX Butt "Naked" Eyes Palette

NYX cosmetics has a very lovely version of  a "Naked" palette.  Their Butt Naked includes 15 eyeshadows, all neutrals from beige to charcoal , 4 pretty blushes  in peaches and pinks, 2 illuminators  and 1 medium -deep bronzer.

If you've used NYX before you know the quality  is generally good. Much better than the price might indicate. I find the shadows here to be in the middle. The light shades are very sheer, but the deeper shades like the shimmery plum I love and have good pigment. It is after all meant for a more natural look and that's what it gives you. The blushes have nice pigment and  brighten you up, but not in a overdone way.

These are easy to wear and mix colors , and the palette itself measures 5 3/4" by 4  1/4" so it's not small but not too big either.

Retail is $ 25.00  and you can find NYX at Ulta and Nordstrom as well as

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hope Santa brings you all that you could want . Have a  very Merry Christmas, and blessings and beauty in the New Year.

I'll be back with new posts early next week.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chanel Blush Horizon De Chanel - Spring 2012

Like a beautiful sunset, that's what Chanel's new blush for the Spring 2012 collection looks like. It's fresh and vibrant and sunny. Did I mention  pretty ?

Called Blush Horizon De Chanel it mingles several shades of pink, peach and   gold . The swatch doesn't show up really well but the blush is  light but not sheer,  with good  pigment that gives  you a flushed glow. When you swirl over the colors to apply , it is mostly a pale pink with a hint of peach.  This will look good  on anyone and will defintely perk up the winter pallor many of us get.

It is on counter now and LE.

* More looks at Chanel Spring to come after the holiday

$ 58.00

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Cashmere Socks- Last Minute Gift Idea

Cashmere socks are on of those little luxuries. I've stockpiled them at sales thru the years but always could use another pair. They feel  great and are so soft.  It's last minute shopping time and they make a great gift or one to tell friends and fam you would like under the tree. It's hard to go wrong with cashmere.

Right now Macys has two versions at a great deal. Charter Club cashmere blend socks are 7.99 while Ralph Lauren  are 9.99 ( these are a blend also).

Monday, December 19, 2011

Total Beauty/Murad Skincare Deal

Total Beauty is having 60% Off Murad Skin Care offer . Their newest deal is a good one with a $ 100 voucher for $ 40.

Expires March 20, 2012. Limit 1 per person. Full value of credit must be used in one purchase . Voucher does not apply to shipping; shipping is free with orders over $50 within the US.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Origins Ginger Holiday Gift Sets

Last minute shopping ? Or perhaps thinking what you might treat yourself with that gift card you got ?  Well pampering comes easy with Origins Ginger line  holiday gift sets. This was one of the first high end  bath products I ever bought a gazillion years ago. It still smells amazing and remains a great gift idea.  They even come pre-packaged in pretty gift boxes.

Ginger Treats
-Ginger Float™ Cream Bubble Bath
-Incredible Spreadable™ Smoothing Ginger Body Scrub
-Ginger Souffle™ Intensely hydrating body cream

Ginger to Go and to Stay:

 This set includes Origins most popular Ginger bath and body products in both full-size and travel-size, packaged in a clear, reusable travel pouch. Now you can have the wonderful Ginger smell wherever you go.

-Incredible Spreadable Scrub™ Ginger body smoother
-Ginger Burst™ Savory body wash
-Ginger Souffle™ Whipped body cream

Saturday, December 17, 2011

MAC x Daphne Guinness Aurora & Nebula Pigments

The highlights of the MAC x Daphne Guinness collab, to me at least,   are the pigments.  I have two of the three, Aurora and Nebula. Circa Plum  is the third, MAC calls it a mid tone lavender.

Aurora is beige pink taupe frost that's very metallic. Nebula is a grey brown frost. More brown than grey but definitely a mix of both. These are both everyday wearable and look great togther.

The Daphne Guinnes line will on sale Dec. 26th.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Metal X Eyeshadow from MAC

Metal X shadow  is re-launching  from MAC launching Dec. 26th to January 19th.   I love the metallics and this shadow is said to transfrom from powder to liquid like metal on lids. Despite is being previously released in 2007 I don't recall ever trying them then. I am totally ready to now.

MAC Metal-X Cream Eyeshadow Collection $20

-Virgin Silver -White with silver pearl
-Fusion Gold- Light pinky beige with gold pearl
-Palladium- Metallic ash
-Cyber -Metallic silver with silver pearl
-Rusty -Dirty peach gold
-Red Hot Copper -Warm copper
-Venetian Tarnish -Golden tarnished bronze
-Vintage Coin -Metallic olive green
-Gold Carbon -Metallic taupe

Iris Apfel for MAC

For a short period of time  from January 5, 2012 through February 9, 2012 MAC will have an collab with the always interesting Iris Apfel.

Here is a look at the whole line  and details per MAC:


Pink Pigeon Bright cleanest pink (matte)

Scarlet Ibis Bright orange-red (matte)

Party Parrot Bright red-pink (matte)

Flamingo Light milky bright coral (lustre)

Morange Loudmouth orange (amplified)

$14.50 U.S./$17.50 CDN

L I P  P E N C I L

Entertain Me Clearly orange

Embrace Me Vivid pinkish fuchsia

Redd Clearly red

$14.00 U.S./$16.50 CDN

S M A L L  E Y E S H A D O W

Silver Gull Blue grey with sparkle (velvet)

Robin’s Egg Mid-tone teal (matte)

Diamond Dove Deep grey brown (matte)

Early Bird Bright coral (matte)

Howzat Deep grey with silver sparkle (satin)

$15.00 U.S./$18.00 CDN


Bad, Bad, Black Black

$15.00 U.S./$18.00 CDN

I M P E C C A B L E  B R O W  P E N C I L

Taupe Mid-tone dirty taupe

15.00 U.S./$18.00 CDN


Ebony Soft black

$14.00 U.S./$17.00 CDN

B E A U T Y  P O W D E R

Too Chic Soft peachy cream with fine shimmer

$23.00 U.S./$27.50 CDN

N A I L  L A C Q U E R

Oriele Orange Bright orange coral (crème)

Toco Toucan Bright blue fuchsia (crème)

Sandpiper Creamy pale stone beige (crème)
                                              $15.00 U.S./$18.00.00 CDN

Thursday, December 15, 2011

China Glaze Colours from the Capitol Collection- The Hunger Games

Here's a sneak look at swatches from China Glaze’s  upcoming “Colours from the Capitol” collection. This collection of 12 new nail polish shades is inspired exclusively by one distinct setting in The Hunger Games - the Capitol of the nation of Panem.

On counter date is unknown yet, but should be early next year .

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Yardley of London Special Edition Holiday Soaps

When you hear special edition you usually think higher priced. Not with these new soaps from Yardley of London called Sugar and Spice Collection.   They are priced at 1.49 each and I saw them in my local grocery for .99. That's a holiday deal.

Yardley dates back to 1770 making their moisturizing, good smelling soaps.  The two new scents are Holiday Spice and Vanilla Sugar . Holiday Spice is one of those that will work for the men too. You know, something besides Zest. It smells lovely and well, spicy. Vanilla Sugar is sweet but not strong.

The new soaps are LE and ingredients include cocoa butter. Vanilla Sugar has colloidal oatmeal and pure vanilla  and Holiday Spice has Cinnamon and Clove .

Available at Walgreens and other  outlets.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

David Yurman New Sunglasses

Just in time for holiday shopping, David Yurman has come out with a sunglass line. Incorporating design elements from his jewelry line like the cable detail, and inspired by  gemstones like garnet, chalcedony and black onyx these are definitely going to be perfect for his fans.  I certainly wouldn't mind a pair under my tree. I like them even better than the jewelry.

Prices begin at $ 295.00

Monday, December 12, 2011

Victoria's Secret Fragrance Event December 13th

December 13th is a fragrance event at Victoria's Secret stores nationwide from 1-5 PM.
Fragrance specialists are there to help you find the perfect one and you get a free VS Mini Tote w/ any $50 beauty  purchase .

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dior Garden Clutch - Granville Garden

 Here's a closer look at the scrumptious Garden Clutch from Dior Spring 2012.

There are three eyehshadows , a medium brown, light pink, and pale mint green. All have shimmer. Two lip shades , one an Ultra Gloss and a Lip Maximizer are under the mirror.

The clutch has an embossed woven print and rosebuds on the clasp. It's  really pretty.  The size is 4 1/2 long and 2 3/4 wide.

This will be available with the Spring line for $ 75.00

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Laura Mercier Soufflé Body Crème Sampler Set

Laura Mercier's body care line smells incredibly good. For the holidays she has put together some LE sets including this Souffle Body Creme Sampler.

 This set has body cremes in  crème brûlée, almond coconut milk, crème de pistache and fresh fig . They smell just like their name implies and are nice thick  balm that moisturizes with  macadamia and sweet almond oils and shea butter. Each also has ingredients like honey,  nutmeg  and cinnamon extracts to help get that true scent.

Each tube in the set is 3 oz. It makes a great gift on it's own but you can also break the set  for more gift options.
$ 50.00  and

Friday, December 9, 2011

Votre Vu Bebe Duette Gift Set

Votre Vu's Duette is a duo of the most amazing smelling hand cream and a lip balm tucked into the cap.

The hand cream smells of almond and coconut .  The lip balm now comes in 2 shades- clear and a tint of raspberry in the Framboise version. The hand cream  is really moisturizing and has UV filters in it.

For holiday gifting you can buy the Winter WonderHands set and get 3 sets of hand cream ( one of each shade in a set ) for $ 69.00. Give all of them or mix them sets up for separate giving ( or keeping, one for you maybe ?)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Coco Chanel - An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney

New and perfect for git giving to the fashion  and fragrance lovers on your list is a new biography of Coco Chanel by Lisa Chaney.

Ms. Chaney has done a lot of research even finding new information by viewing previously unknown love letters and journals as well the Chanel archives.

I particularly enjoyed her meetings  with royals including a whole chapter on the Duke Of Westminster , called Bend 'Or and  the chapter that tells of the fashion lines re-birth in the 50s .

There are plenty of photos as well dating back to 1904.

Available now for $ 27.95  in hardcover and e-book.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs Les Aqua - Spring 2012

One of the new eyeshadow palettes of Guerlain  Spring 2012  is this new  4 Couleurs palette  called 12 Les Aqua. This will be part of  the permanent collection . If you love teals and I know many who do, ( it's hard not to) this is a beauty.

$ 59.00
Available beginning in January.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dior Garden Party Spring 2012

Dior is ready to send out  their Spring collection shortly. Called Dior Garden Party, the star item is a clutch palette. It looks beautiful but I haven't seen it in person yet. It will come in two colorways. The focus here is on pastels which look really fresh. There are several new lipcolors and nail lacquers as well as an eye quad.

The Dior Garden Party Collection:
-Dior Garden Clutch in Milly Garden #001 (Nordstrom & Exclusive)
-Dior Garden Clutch in Granville Garden #002 (Except Nordstrom)
-5-Couleurs “Garden Edition” Eyeshadow in Garden Pastels #441
5--Couleurs “Garden Edition” Eyeshadow in Garden Roses #841
-3-Couleurs Eyeshadow in Smoky Garden #461 ( Exclusive)
-Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Corolle Pink #363 (Except Sephora)
-Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Tulip Pink #448
-Dior Ultra-Gloss in Socialite Pink #152 ( Exclusive)
-Dior Ultra-Gloss in Party Lilac #396
-Dior Ultra-Gloss in Pretty Rose #452
-Dior Vernis Scented Lacquer in Waterlily #504
-Dior Vernis Scented Lacquer in Forget-Me-Not #694

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bobbi Brown's Bobbi's Party Fragrance

Bobbi's Party is  the new holiday  fragrance from Bobbi Brown.  It's a warm, soft and cozy scent that stays close to the skin.

It's lightly floral  and a little spicy , sophisticated but subtle in  typical Bobbi Brown tradition. Party will never annouce your arrival  but will surround you with scent for those closer moments.

 The notes of violet leaves and sandalwood are the most prominent notes  in the lovely scent.

$ 60.00 for 50ml at

Saturday, December 3, 2011

My new writing gig at Loving

I've started also writing for Loving . I'll be doing 2 articles a week focusing on skincare, makeup and hair. My piece on the best facial hydrators for winter went up recently, and here's the link if you want to check it out.

Coming shortly will be   stocking stuffers, holiday hair gift sets, and a primer on primers.

Stop by and check them out if you're interested and give it a like.