Saturday, September 20, 2014

Laura Mercier For Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Laura Mercier  has long been a chief supporter of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month . She has her own foundationLaura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund (LMOCF) and each September releases products to benefit the cause.   New this year is Peach Hope Lip Glace . 

The Bonne Mine palette is available all year. 100% of the profits from both of these items  go to LMOCF. 

Peach Hope Lip Glace is $ 25
Bonne Mine Palette is $ 48 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Algenist Genius Face & Eye Cream Duo- QVC TSV

I've become quite the fan of Algenist skincare in the last couple years . I used their Genius cream much of last winter and once cooler weather sets in and my skin is less oily , I'll bring it back into the rotation.

New to the Genius line is an eye cream that I can't wait to try. I should have a review up in the next week or so.

 If you love Algenist as well or have been thinking of trying it, QVC has a TSV today  for a Genius "Advanced Anti-Aging Power Duo", namely one each  of the face and eye cream for $ 110 ( 40 % off).

The TSV is of course an all day sale, but presentations are at  10 AM and 1PM EST  or you can check it out online.

The set includes :
·         Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream (2oz)
·         Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Eye Cream (0.5oz)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

CK One All Day Face Perfection Makeup SPF 20

All Day Face Perfection sounds like a good thing, right ? That's the  name of the new foundation from CK One  and it delivers.

Full name  All Day Face Perfection Makeup SPF 20  is a medium-  full  coverage foundation. It is a thick formula out of the bottle but once on feels very light and blends in  easily and seamlessly . It gives a nicely smoothed look to skin and has a semi matte finish. Not dry but not dewy either.

It covers imperfections and spots well and has an advanced polymer in there to help  hold pigments in place  for long wear along with vitamin E for hydration. The SPF is  Titanium Dioxide 4.95%, Octinoxate 3.0% .

This has worked well on my  oilier skin and I gave it to The Mom to try on her more normal skin .  She really likes it and may just keep the bottle.

Ck One  All Day Face Perfection Makeup SPF 20  comes in 8 shades  and is  $ 30 exclusively at  Ulta.

Shade shown is 300 Sand.

Nautica Life for Men

For the men comes  a new one from Nautica.

As you guess from a sent called Nautica Life this is very much an aquatic scent.
It is light, sporty and fresh  and  with the seamoss and violet leaf notes , a little green with  a touch of musk at the drydown.

I particularly was charmed by the bottle, inside around the spray tube is a piece that resembles knotted rope.  It solidifies that marine vibe  and for the beach lover or sailor who is sad to see Summer heading out, this would be a nice gift idea whether now or at the holidays.

Nautica Life is $ 62.50 at Macy's

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Calvin Klein Eternity Night

The Eternity fragrance line gets a Night version this month which is also the 25th anniversary of the original Eternity.

Eternity  Night starts a bit sharp at first but then soon settles into a  peppery and spicy feel.  At first  there is also  a hint of dark fruit , the quetsche or damnson plum note , then the  pretty, light florals of jasmine, wisteria  and frangipani come along.  The florals stay more in the background overall and by the drydown  there is a good deal of musk along with sandalwood and tonka.

Those bottom notes of musk, sandalwood and tonka  very much sum up what Eternity Night is ,  that's almost exactly what you get once it has dried down all the way.   Not overly as  dark as  a "night" fragrance might  be, but slightly more so than a day version.

Full note list:

TOP:       pink pepper, elderberries, quetsche
MID:       frangipani, wisteria, jasmine sambac
DRY:        musks, sandalwood, tonka bean

Calvin Klein Eternity Night is $80 for  3.4 oz  and available at Macy's.

( There is also a new men's version )

Monday, September 15, 2014

NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation SPF 24

It's a good time to be a powder foundation fan  as the beauty world has added another great one , this time from NARS.

All you need to know about NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation is basically there in the name.  This is a foundation that doesn't look dry , heavy or cakey on. It gives you perfected skin with medium to full buildable coverage and  is long wearing.

Light 2 Mont Blanc, Light 1 Siberia

 I applied the foundation using the sponge that comes with it , and dusted with a  bit of matte bronzer .  Boom- I looked airbrushed and brightened.

You can also use this wet for  a more matte finish.  That also seems to bring more coverage, full almost I'd say without losing much luminosity on skin. As much though as I love matte, I prefer using this  dry.

The new formula uses NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex™  which " optimizes light reflection to enhance skin’s translucency while Luminosity Enhancing Technology –a blend of 17 amino acids, Vitamin C derivative and Marine Fennel – promotes cell renewal and helps reduce the look of hyper-pigmentation and wrinkles."

.  The SPF is 24 broad spectrum, using both chemical and physical sunscreens.

NARS  All Day Luminous Powder Foundation  comes in 13 shades,  is $ 48 and will be available Sept. 20 at all NARS locations.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tarte Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

When you have oily skin, you know that clay absorbs it, so when I saw Tarte had a new clay based eye primer,  I needed to try it on my very oily eyelids.

Tarte's Colored Clay CC Eye Primer  is  a fairly thick formula in a crayon . It's got a well pigmented neutral tint that acts as a concealer on lids. It neutralizes, discoloration and primes the eyelid for shadow .  I like the ease of the crayon and that there's no wands or sticking fingers in pots. One swipe across lids is all you need and it isn't dry feeling.

I've had  good success with this keeping my eye makeup on longer than usual. The clay as I hoped, does  a good job at holding back the oil. Keep in mind, as I've mentioned  a lot here , my eye makeup melt.  It's major and short of sealing eye color, nothing holds all day  on me.

However, using a long wear cream shadow with powder over it on top of the Tarte CC Primer  held my eye makeup on  longer than almost any other base I've used. About 5-6 hours .  If you have don't have big melt issues , and pretty much everyone has to be better than me, you should do super well with this. Tarte says it will work up to 12 hours.

You can also use this under the eyes to cancel circles/shadows before concealer.

Tarte's Colored  Clay CC Eye Primer is $21  and available now.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Compact Foundation SPF 21

 It's no secret I love powder foundations and here's a bright , shiny new one from Shiseido- Sheer and Perfect.

Sheer and Perfect is a lightweight , medium coverage foundation with SPF 21.  It's actually not that sheer which works for me. I would call it medium and buildable.  It also very much perfects your skin for a quick flawless look. Powder foundations are so easy and fast to use, which is one of the benefits I love. This one also comes in a refillable compact. 

It is a drier powder but it doesn't look cakey. It is is definitely best  for those with normal to oily skin. Anyone even a little dry probably won't like it unless using it as a finisher.  

The foundation has Shiseido's Reflect and  Fit Powder which as they say " cancels color noise" with green , blue and white light reflection built in to brighten and neutralize redness, conceal acne scars and more. It also has "Glow Up" powder to give skin a soft, natural , non shiny glow . 

Sheer and Perfect is  long wearing and with my sticky, oily warm weather skin it has been holding up  well all  day with slight oil breakthrough on my nose.

Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Compact Foundation comes in 18 shades ( #120 Natural Light Ivory shown) and is $38.50.  $ 30 for foundation cake, $ 8.50 for case.

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette

It's been months of sitting on this new launch but finally images of the newest Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette are here and we can spill the beans.

ice 3 will be available beginning Sept. 13th. with 20 new shades,the brush shown and a carrying pouch for $60.

 I have to tell my neighbor. She's 14 and a total UD fan. Last  year she got the  Naked 3 palette for Christmas and I warned her ( and her  mom ) this Christmas will bring some great choices too.

Happy Shopping.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

L'Occitane New Bonne Mere Shower Gels & Liquid Soap

Beginning this month  L'Occitane expands it's Bonne Mere line in  celebration of the brand's Provencal heritage.

In addition to the Marseille Cube Soap , there are new stackable shower gels and a Marseille Liquid Soap.

The Shower Gels ( $ 14) come in 5 scents -Peach, Honey, Lemon, Rosemary & Olive . I have the peach and it's delicious.  It's a soft peach , definitely peach but not heavy, sugary peach. The gel is lightly moisturizing and comes in a  cube with a big indent in the bottom- that's for stacking with other scents if you want.

The Marseille Liquid Soap  ($20 ) is a little spot of luxury for the bath. This perfume free soap can be used for body as well as a hand soap.  I love high end hand soaps. They just glam things up a  bit and the retro look on the Marseille label  has a French apothecary feel.

A duo of the soaps or mixed with another product is a great gifting idea. If you need hostess gifts ,  have birthdays or want to start holiday shopping , hand/liquid soaps like this manage to cross a tricky line- useful and practical but  luxe  at the same time.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Nyakio Firming Face Gel Cream & Firming Eye Balm

High in antioxidants, Baobab oil takes center stage in  two new products from Nyakio. Firming Face Gel Cream and Firming Eye Balm a help skin to retain elasticity as well as firm things up.

The eye balm is  rich feeling cream but doesn't go on heavy or greasy. It adds lots of moisture with a slight firming feel.  While the moistire helps fine lines, the cream also works on circles and puffiness. It can be used day or night as it will work under makeup.

Eye Balm

The Firming Face Gel Cream is a thick cream but as with the eye balm is not greasy or too heavy. It is a great find for drier skins and works on normal skin as well. I can see it being especially lovely when the cold weather kicks in. It does  firm up skin a bit, you get that tightening feeling as well as being hydrated. 

Nyakio Firming Face Gel Cream is $55
Nyakio Firming Eye Balm is $ 45

You can them at and on HSN. 

MAC Rihanna Viva Glam 2

MAC and Rihanna team again for Viva Glam  with two new shades and as always every cent of the selling price goes to the MAC Aids Fund.

Rihanna Viva Glam 2 Lipstick is described as a warm mauve with silver frost. It has a good bit of brownish grey in it as well . It's not the easiest color to wear, in my opinion but it will depend on your skintone . Darker tones with look better than us paler people . On me it's very goth looking.

Rihanna Viva Glam 2 Lipglass is a light shade of mauve/lilac described as a cool mauve with red frost. It's much lighter than the first tube picture above indicates . This is a fun color with loads of shimmer particles. It is sheer but pretty on it's own  and will work nicely  as a topcoat over lipstick.

Both will be available on Sept. 11th.

Rihanna Viva Glam 2 Lipstick is $16
Rihanna Viva Glam 2 Lipglass is $ 15

Friday, September 5, 2014

U By Kotex 360 Capture Core Free Sample

Fall is on it's way in  and Summer is still here. These upcoming weekends are perfect for day trips and longer getaways. It's football season and soon leaf peeping time.

Pack up the  cute booties, that favorite pair of jeans and a great lipstick.

What's something you don't need on these little  outings? That time of the month to get in the way.  U By Kotex has a new 360 Capture  Core Protection . It's a one-of-a-kind center that locks away wetness to help stop leaks and  Save The Undies.

Ready to try it ?  Here's your  opp for a  free sample pack. It's quick and easy.  You get to  pick your pack and each has several samples along with a coupon so you can test it out for yourself.

Sign up HERE to grab yours.

* post sponsored by U by Kotex.

ICU Eyewear/Sunglasses

Contrary to what the news people keep saying, Summer isn't over.  Not by the calendar at least and I don't know about you, but I wear sunglasses year 'round. After all snow throws some major UV rays too.

 So I've  been having fun rocking these new shades from ICU .  They have a nice variety of glasses including  cat eyes, big  cat eyes that I love. The Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple pair  is the one I've  worn the most. The blue sides along with their large size have been great for Labor Day weekend here  and into the weekdays where it has been super sunny every day.

I am the worst at taking selfies so my pic with the glasses on is  rather bad but you can at least get an idea of size. You'll keep all the bad rays  out of your eyes  and off the delicate eye area with these while also looking  stylish with their 100% UVA/UVB protection.

These are the kind of shades that elevate a basic Summer ( and Fall ) tee/jeans look  and give it some panache.

ICU makes  reading glasses  as well as sunglasses and right now  the sunglasses happen to be on sale , all under $20.

You can find ICU online at and in stores , including Whole Foods.