Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sally Hansen Color Frenzy Nail Polish

Color Frenzy is a fairly new collection from Sally Hansen of fun glitter and texture polishes.

Of the three I have there are varying sizes of glitter or pieces and each goes on a bit differently. Candy Drops is a barely there look while the others  are more but still need a couple coats  to get all the texture.

These make a fun , easy look or a cool topcoat.

Shown are Candy Drops, Sea Salt and Fruit Spritz .

Friday, July 25, 2014

L'Occitane Roses et Reines

Things look extra rosy on July 30th. That's when L'Occitane's newest rose scent launches, Roses et Reines.   You may recall the previous Roses 4 Reines. This is the same with a new name .

As a rose lover, I'm naturally inclined to love this, but even the Dad thought it smelled lovely and he's not exactly a rose guy.

Roses et Reines combines four rose  varieties from Grasse, Bulgaria, Morocco and Turkey.  All the best roses , basically, extracted using a new variation on the traditional enfleurage method.

The scent is light and obviously very rose, but also has hints of citrus and blackberry with  musk  at the drydown . It's easy to wear, soft  and seasonless. It will work now as well as when the temperatures drop.

Roses et Reines comes in a full complement of products including the iconic L'Occitane shea hand cream, EDT , Solid Perfume, Body Milk , Soap , Bath Gel  and more.

Prices range from $ 8 for the Extra Gentle Soap to $ 25 for The Beautifying Body Milk .

All at

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palettes- Fall 2014

On August 1st, Stila Fall lands . Included are four new eyeshadow palettes with 
 12 shadows in each. 

SOUL- Features 12 matte & shimmer shadows in a range of
wearable neutrals.

MIND- Features 12 modern matte eyeshadows

BODY-Features 12 colorful jewel inspired shades

SPIRIT- Features 12 of Stila’s original, iconic shades over the last 20 years




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Melt Proof Summer Staples

It's in the 90s again today. You know, the melting heat that makes your lipstick suddenly feel like you have gloss on instead?

High temps, oil and sweat work against keeping that makeup on but  I have worked and tested to find hot weather staples that go the distance against melting heat. Since I have even more melt than most people, these really made the grade.  (Links to  previous reviews included if applicable.)

Lips-  Hourglass Aura Lip Stain-   Unlike a lot of lip stains this doesn't feel dry  on lips and  isn't  sheer. It also doesn't melt in the heat . With medium pigment and a waterlight feel it lasts longer than gloss and leaves no sticky mess behind when it does begin to wear off.

Foundation - Many might skip foundation  in  the heat.  I'm not one of them. I want a base and need it to help keep the oil at bay .  Ones that are the most meltproof, with the least wear off have been Shiseido's  UV Protection Liquid ,  Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder  and Cover Girl's new Ready ,Set Gorgeous, which says it is humidity resistant and has really surprised me with  how well it holds up.

Waterproof Mascara- When the humidity and dewpoint skyrocket , mascara goes down, down your eyes that is. Keep those lashes strong with a waterproof, budge proof mascara. The ones that work best for me ? MAC Extended Play ,   Cover Girl Last Blast Fusion Waterproof and  Clinique's new Lash Power Feathering

Eyes- Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow -  These long wear creams  are  a saver in Summer. Easy to apply  and long lasting, grab a  beige or golden shade for a wash of color  that even if it does wear off, doesn't leave behind a streaky mess. MAC's Paint Pots also do really well.

Cheeks-  The  NARS Mulitple -Creams are easier to apply to sticky skin without streaks but many , at least on me , are too creamy and fade fast. The Multiple dries to a powdery finish  but it's still easy to blend.  My fav shades ? Puerta Vallarta and South Beach.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Amarte Aqua Lotion & Aqua Cream

 Having really liked previous offerings from Amarte, I was happy to try out their newest, ready for hot weather, lightweight  products Aqua Cream & Aqua Lotion.

When it's hot I , and probably you, don't want to put thick creams on my face. If you have very dry skin you kind of have to , but for those us with oily, or normal skin, lightweight formulas are a great option.

Amarte packs plenty of skincare into their products  , and these two new ones are especially good for brightening.

Aqua Lotion is thin but not runny and is water based.  It's nicely hydrating with argan oil, glycerin and allantoin  but feels very refreshing on skin and sinks in fast  with a barely there feel. It has natural arbutin for lightening  as well as antioxidants .  It's been a  perfect Summer choice to keep skin in shape without heaviness, and can be used day and night.

Aqua Cream has 1% retinol in addition to many of the ingredients mentioned in Aqua Lotion.  This helps  even skintone and smooth , making it a good nighttime companion to the Aqua Lotion.  It is a thicker cream , but still not  heavy or greasy.

Amarte Aqua Lotion is $ 75
Amarte Aqua Cream is $ 93

Available at

Monday, July 21, 2014

NYC Sun N'Bronze Bronzing Powder

NYC's City Samba collection includes this  multi shade bronzer , Sun N' bronze in two shade combos, Rosa Rio, and Coral Samba ( shown).

At first look , this seems super bold and bright, but on skin it's  light and brightening/bronzing but not too deep. 

It's large enough to use just the bronzes or corals separately or blend together. Blended it makes a nice blush as well as all over color. There is shimmer but not tons so you won't look  pixie dusted. 

Works well on decollete as well. 

NYC Sun N' Bronze Bronzing Powder is $4.99 . 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chanel New Tisse Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow

There are eight new , beautiful Chanel quads out just now in a reformulated  Les 4 Ombres .

The new shadows inspired by the tweeds of the House of Chanel , are more pigment rich and are a baked powder formula. In addition to these new quads, six existing favorites remain in the permanent line  in their original formula.

While these are all rather nice, I am loving Tisse Venitien the most . That rich green  is simply gorgeous  in the model shot.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres  Multi Effect Quadra Eyeshadow are $ 61

TISSÉ VENDÔME -Copper, Peach Beige,
Intense apricot , Grey brown

TISSÉ GABRIELLE- Soft Grey, Iridescent white gold,
Grey mauve, Velvet Grey

TISSÉ CAMÉLIA- Grey lilac , Rosy white,
Lavender pink, Eggplant brown

TISSÉ CAMBON- Iridescent mauve, Pale pink,
Bright pink, Deep Violet

TISSÉ MADEMOISELLE-Intense beige, Satin gold,
Luminous Beige, Khaki brown

TISSÉ VÉNITIEN-blue green, Silver pink,
Platinum khaki, Intense green

TISSÉ RIVOLI-Golden taupe , Light rose beige,
Rose -Gold beige, Red brown

TISSÉ RIVIERA-Metallic blue , Light pink,
Shimmering Grey, Deep Navy Blue

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation

There's a new  matte foundation out - Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide. This is a liquid companion to one of my big favorites, Smooth Finish Foundation Powder. 

Where Smooth Finish Powder provides full coverage , Smooth Fluide is a lighter foundation.  It's thin two part liquid ( shake to mix) that blends in easily and feels barely there. The coverage here is light to medium , buildable ,  it perfects and smoothes but doesn't cover spots and imperfections overly well. I do love the true matte finish . Skin is matted but soft looking.

Wear time  is good, it's listed as long wear,  humidity and water resistant and sweat proof.  It lasted well on me even in the  heat . There was wear by early evening, but that's with serious sweat.  Minus that, it should go much longer.

Color selection is large with 24 shades. I have Vanille , shown. It is oil free and for normal to oily skins.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation is $ 48 and available now at Sephora and Laura

Clarks Un Judge Sandal

My go to Summer sandal is this studded , comfy one from Clarks ,  Un Judge.

I try  to find shoes that are comfortable but also stylish. I don't like to give up style. That's not always easy but it's getting better as brands realize how much of a market there is. When I started having some heel pain I went to Clarks  sandals and while I wear  my fancier ones too, even heels on occasion, when I need comfort for all day or more on feet time  , that's where I go.

My long search  for a new pair of Clarks since my fav Ella style was dc'd , ended up at Un Judge.  I loved the studding that's not too much but gives them an edge along with that little bit of heel . They work with skirts, pants and shorts.

So far these have been nothing but comfort out of the box.  I got a good deal and now they're even cheaper so I just ordered another color.  That almost never happens except with my adored Tretorn sneakers.

Clarks Un Judge are available on Amazon  for $55 and under currently.

Monday, July 14, 2014

L'Occitane Verbena Frisson Collection

Verbena is one of those refreshing scents. A little citrus, a little herby ,  a little masculine ( it's quite unisex really).  For Summer it makes  a nice way to get a  lift during the day or a cooling burst of scent in the evening.

L'Occitane's new Verbena Frisson Collection brings  us a  lightly scented group of products using organice Verbena to keep us going all day long.  I particularly love the idea of Cooling Body Gel . Chilled it would be even better.  I had a similar gel  from another brand  about 5 years ago and loved it.

New here also is a Hand Cream Gel ,  not as thick as their legendary shea butter hand creams , this one  moisturizes nicely  with a good whiff of Verbena but isn't sticky or heavy.

The full collection details :

        Verbena Frisson EDT ($55): The invigorating scent of Verbena leaves blended with the freshness of spring water.

      Fresh Shower Gel ($20) Formulated to gently cleanse skin.

       Cooling Body Gel ($25): This ultra-hydrating gel is formulated to keep skin feeling moisturized & revitalized all day long.

       Refreshing Body Mist ($16): This mist delivers an intense burst of freshness in a travel-size bottle .         

      Ice Gel for Legs &  Feet ($22): Designed with an easy roller ball applicator, this ice gel is a great way to cool off and relax muscles .

      Hand Cream Gel ($12): Enriched with Mint Essential Oil, this hand cream gel actively works to restore and hydrate skin, while leaving hands incredibly soft and smooth.

    Frisson Verbena Bath Salts ( $24) - Relax in the Verbena scent.

Also on July 17th at L'occitane stores, stop in  for a Verbena infused cocktail with any $ 25 purchase and a free gift with a $ 55 purchase.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Talika Zero Stretch Marks

 If you're trying to beat stretch marks,  Talika has a new treatment cream to help fade them.

Talika realized after reading a Univ. of Pennsylvania study that stretch marks aren't scars and need to treated differently. According to the company "Stretchmarks are caused by a contraction of the fibroblasts which then produces dysfunctional collagen and elastin giving the skin a grooved effect."

Zero Strech Marks has a patented ingredient, D- Stretch, which has Saw Palmetto to relax the fibroblasts  and help to get them back to their original collagen level and hopefully reverse the marks.

I , luckily, don't have any stretch marks so I can't tell you how this works, but if you are having issues with them, it's certainly worth a look.  The French take their skincare very seriously.

Talika Zero Strech Marks is $64 at 

Friday, July 11, 2014

NARS Smokey Eye Palette

In more NARS Fall news  NARS Cosmetics introduces the Smokey Eye Kit.

This limited-edition kit has three eyeshadows  at the ready for the perfect smokey eye, a Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Eyeliner and a newly designed travel size Wide Contour Brush #43 .

Palette eye colors: Madrague I (left side of duo), Bali, Mekong

NARS Smokey Eye Kit is $ 59 and available July 15, 2014 on and August 1, 2014 at NARS bouiques, department and specialty stores.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NARS Mauritanie Matte Multiple- **Not Available**

**Updated 7/22 -Per NARS this will not be a part of the Fall collection due to a production issue.

NARS recommends Na Pali Coast as the closest in the line for a match.

NARS Fall  is here and there is a  new Multiple among the releases.

Mauritanie is a Matte Multiple that NARS calls a strawberry red. It leans a bit more brown than red to my eye and on my cheeks  and gives a lovely autumnal flush of color .

Straight from the tube it's a rich  color, but it easily blends into a lighter shade . So whether you want bold or muted color ,  Mauritanie works.  It feels and looks very Fall to me , ready to accompany the season's plaids, camels and burgundies.

NARS Night Caller Fall Collection is on sale July 15th at and Sephora and department stores August 1st.

Mauritanie Multiple is $ 39 and LE.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chanel Haute Couture Debuts Holiday Makeup Colors- Volage & Caresse

Often at Chanel's  shows we het a sneak peek at upcoming colors and   yesterday's Haute Couture was no nexception. Two new products debuting in November went down the runway along with the clothes.

They are Luminous Intense Lip Color in Volage and Joues Contraste Blush in Caresse.

I'm not sure I'm too into the pale lipcolor, but the new blush looks quite pretty.

Makeup images :Vincent Lappartient
Runway image:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Aveeno Natural Protection Lotion SPF / Natural Protection Baby & Positively Radiant Face Wipes

There are two more high SPF physical sunscreen blockers on the shelves  ,   new Natural Protection from Aveeno. These are lotion formulas, one for baby.

As I've mentioned  in previous posts I try to use mineral/physical SPF when I can. I use chemical as well , but the former is my preference.

These two new ones from Aveeno ( and don't let the baby part turn you away, it works for all of us) have Aveeno's oat formula for soothing skin , including sensitive,  along with high broad spectrum SPF of 50 .

The Natural Protection ( non baby) is  also pretty moisturizing  and could probably double as body lotion during the day .   Baby Natural Protection  dries fast and feels barely there on .

Also new, when it's time to take off all that SPF including on your face, are Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Face Wipes. Infused with soy extract for brightening , these get all the grime off with an added touch of moisture.  Skin is left clean but feeling lightly hydrated. Yes, the brightening ingredients can only do so much when used in a wipe/cleanser but after a day in the sun a little extra help doesn't hurt.

Aveeno Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreens and Positively Radiant Face Wipes are available now.  Prices vary but the SPF are approx. $10 and Wipes $ 6.49.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Votre Vu Silk Stockings Tinted Body Lotion

Have zero time to self tan or forgot to get it done when you did have some time? ( That would be me many a day) . Votre Vu to the rescue with Silk Stockings, a tinted  body lotion.

Silk Stockings  has a good tint to it.  Much more than barely there , it gives a medium bronzed look and glow. It's a  thin lotion and you don't need a lot each time.  That makes it  easily blended for tanned gams  or guns any time of  day.  It also offers light coverage helping to conceal any veins or whatever you might have.

Once you apply give it a minute to dry and off you go.  While I don't know if it is transfer resistant, Votre Vu  does say that it stays put until you wash it off , so it sounds like it is.  I  haven't had any issue yet and I love the easy color it gives me. 

It's also lightly hydrating with calendula, vitamin E  and cornflower among it's ingredients. 

Votre Vu Silk Stockings is $ 34 at

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

Looking for something new in the cleanser game ? Kiehl's recently introduced Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash , a cleanser partner to it's longtime favorite Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner,

This new cleanser is  a lightly foaming gel wash that cleans well without drying. It activates with water and foams up just enough to get skin clean .  It has calendula flower extract and glycerin  to help gently cleanse skin as well as keep it hydrated.

The  cleanser  removed my makeup including mascara  and got off the oilies while leaving my skin feeling clean but not tight or overcleansed.    It works for normal to oily skin types, but those who are very oily might find they want something a bit stronger. As an everyday , easy on your skin cleanser though, it's a winner.

It's soap and paraben free with vegetable  based surfectants.

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash is $ 29  for 7.8 oz pump bottle.