New Lip Looks for Fall!

I never wear very dark lip products because they tend to travel down my lip and make me look older. But, in the fall I like to go a bit darker than usual with darker pinks, roses and nudes.

The following products are new this season (or just new to me) and are a fabulous and glamorous way to change-up your lip looks!

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Antique Pink

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour ($26 USD) Laura introduces a luxurious new lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish. The cushiony, lightweight texture feels comfortable, while pure Olive Oil and Vitamin E nourish lips. Features an elegant, modern case with a metalized finish.

Available in 18 beautiful colors.  I have it in Antique Pink which is actually a bit darker than the photo. It glides on so smoothly and feels fab! Available at www.lauramercier.com.

TIGI Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick – Gossip

TIGI Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick ($19  USD) is a luxurious, multi-purpose lipstick that goes on smooth and keeps your lips healthy! Not only does it give you long-lasting color, it also contains emolients that keep lips moisturized, and anti-oxidants that keep skin healthy!

This is so pretty and moisturizing and comes in 18 colors. Find your favorite one today!

visit www.tigiprofessional.com for a TIGI Cosmetics salon

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in Rosewood

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge ($24 USD) — A liquid lip color that provides the intense and long-lasting hold of a lip stain with the eye-catching shine of a gloss.

Formulated with a combination of high molecular weight polymers and volatile oils, Aqua Rouge locks color on the lips for a smudge-proof result that will not transfer or fade. Its intensely pigmented formula provides immediate, opaque color with extreme shine, and its creamy, non-sticky texture glides effortlessly on the lips for comfortable wear.

Aqua Rouge’s double-ended packaging allows for a simple, two-step application: apply lip color with precision using the ergonomic, foam applicator and evenly distribute the clear top with the polyester brush to lock the color onto the lips.

Visit www.sephora.com to purchase and it is available in 12 fresh colors.  This is extremely long wearing and is not drying if you continue applying the top gloss coat throughout the day.

Mally Age Rebel Lip Wand Trio

Mally Beauty Age Rebel Lip Wand Trio ($30 USD) Saturate lips with gorgeous color. These quick and easy lipstick pencils hydrate and condition while showing off luscious color. The brilliant, creamy sheen is long-wearing and has no tackiness. Plus, there’s no need for a sharpener–these Lip Wands are automatic! .
Includes:

  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Pink Peony, a pink
  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Berry Flush, a berry
  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Perfect Rose, a rose pink
  • Made in Italy

I love all of the colors, but they are a bit brown-based and I think the Pink Peony is the softest and prettiest shade.  If they feel a bit dry on, use a gloss over it and the color will stay a long time! Purchase at http://www.qvc.com!

Enjoy!

Luxe Holiday Gift Ideas — To Give Or To Treat Yourself!

Treat yourself or someone special to a luxury beauty product.  From potent skincare, to beautiful make up to a new type of hair styler, these products are just the thing to surprise someone.  Or, give yourself the gift of luxurious beauty — you deserve it!

Clarisonic Black Opal Sonic Infusion System with Arcona Eye Dew ($185 USD) — Opal Sonic Infusion is a breakthrough in eye care that uses proven sonic technology to apply eye serum better than manual application. In one minute, Opal gently delivers serum beneath the surface with 7500 gentle micro-massages. Developed by the lead inventor of Sonicare® and Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing. Use Arcona’s Eye Dew in the morning and Clarisonic’s Anti-Aging Sea Serum at night.  Visit www.drugstore.com to purchase.

Opal Sonic Infusion System Contents:

  • Opal Sonic Infuser
  • Anti-Aging Sea Serum, 1.7oz
  • Universal Voltage Charger
  • 2 Replacement Applicator Tips
  • Wristlet
  • ARCONA Eye Dew, Repair/Protect AM 0.3 oz (9 ml)

Caudalie Once Upon a Vine  ($38 USD) — A collection of four products for an at-home spa experience that leaves skin renewed, revived, and glowing.  With the Once Upon a Vine set, Caudalie writes a fairy tale for perfect skin. Fight your way through the wicked dead skin cells with the Crushed Cabernet Scrub. Awaken your body’s hydration with a kiss of Vine Body butter and Hand and Nail cream. Break the curse of chapped lips with the Lip Conditioner. Your skin will be glowing happily ever after. This set contains: – 2.1 oz Crushed Cabernet Scrub – 0.14 oz Lip Conditioner – 2.5 oz Hand and Nail Cream – 6.7 oz Vine Body Butter.  Visit www.caudalie-usa.com to learn more.

Ellis Faas Winter Set 2011 ($85 USD). For the 2011 holiday season, Ellis has selected a gift set of three, best-selling products that can be combined to create several looks. The set contains ELLIS RED Milky Lips L201 for gorgeously blood-red lips; black Creamy Eyes E103 for an easy smoky eye and/or to be used as a black liner; and the light Milky Eyes E209 for fresh accents.  Purchase at www.ellisfaas.com.

Laura Geller Festive Treats: This trio of travel-friendlyLaura’s Light Beam Lip Glosses offers brilliant, yet non-sticky shine ($24.75 sale, $39 value at QVC and QVC.com).   These ultra-versatile and decadently sheer glosses are infused with natural fruit and plant oils including Cranberry, Pomegranate, Apricot and Grape Seed, along with Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter that deeply condition and soften lips.  The kit features the follow festive (and universally flattering) shades:
  • NEW Cinnamon Spice – a honeyed burgundy
  • NEW Clementine– ashimmering sunset orange
  • Fairy Dust – aneffervescent pale pink

Wild & Chic Best of MAKE UP FOR EVER Kit ($55 USD $103 Value) — A limited-edition kit featuring six bestselling MAKE UP FOR EVER products for creating the perfect everyday look.  Wild and Chic Best of MAKE UP FOR EVER includes all of the essentials needed to create a flawless face. Prepare the skin for makeup application using HD Microperfecting Primer and follow with HD Microfinish Powder to even out the complexion with a soft focus effect. Highlight the eyes and cheeks using Aqua Cream’s long-lasting, waterproof cream formula and add dimension with award-winning Aqua Eyes. For added drama, create ultra-black lashes with Smoky Lash mascara and finish off your look with Lab Shine for the perfect pout.
This set contains: – 0.17 oz HD Microfinish Powder – 0.21 oz Aqua Cream in 13 Warm Beige (champagne shimmer)
– 0.04 oz Travel Aqua Eyes in Mat Black 0L (black) – 0.09 oz Lab Shine in Star Collection – S4 (pearly pink beige) – 0.5 oz HD Microperfecting Primer – 0.23 oz Smoky Lash Extra Black Mascara.  Purchase at www.makeupforever.com or Sephora.

The TopStyler by InStyler ($119 USD) reinvents the way you create curl, wave, texture and body in your hair. Create fun and innovative movement to your hair, explosive texture and even red carpet looks.The secret is the patent pending design of the 100% solid ceramic lined shells called C-Shells. When the C-Shells heat on the rapid heat Thermal Base, they create the perfect temperature to reshape and set the hair, safely. It works on all hair types and most lengths, and is based on forming your hair section into a simple finger curl. Unlike most round or flat heat styling tools that press the hair with a really high temperature, TopStyler works with a gentle heat that cradles the hair evenly from root to end. It can also enhance many of the styling and conditioning products that you use, because it provides a gentle, activating heat. 100% solid ceramic plates conduct heat efficiently to ensure that the C-Shells are able to retain heat longer to fully permeate the hair shaft and set the style.  Visit www.topstyler.com to learn more and purchase.  Enjoy!

Fall 2011 Makeup Guide Part One — The Eyes Have It!

Yay for Fall eye makeup!  I always look forward to this time of year because I love the dramatic colors — plums, forest greens, midnight blues, chocolate browns.  I feel like a kid and the bold liners, shadows and mascara are my coloring tools!

Smashbox, Josie Maran, Make Up For Ever and Sue Devitt are introducing Fall 2011 collections that include a dramatic eye and soft cheeks and lips. I have tried at least one eye product from each collection and I have found that beside the beautiful jewel tones, many of the products have really cool features like being long-wearing.

Here is a little description of each collection and a product that I have tried from each:

Smashbox’s Fall 2011 color story is a celebration of the studio’s heritage. It’s about the magic of capturing the perfect close-up—the moment when you see that impeccable shot of a beautiful girl and everything just clicks.

Smashbox Girls On Film Cream Eye Liner & Travel Brush ($28.00 USD) — Create the perfect frame for eyes with this cult-favorite liner that provides totally customizable eye definition. Wait 60 seconds for it to dry or immediately smudge with shadow for extra intensity. Apply it with the included travel brush for perfectly defined eyes in a flash. Cream Eye Liner can also be used as a long-wearing cream shadow for a sexy smoky look.

What I think: This is available in two shades: Blacklight (black with blue pearl) and Sepia (midnight brown with gold pearl).  I have the Blacklight and love how the color easily lays down and the fact that the blue pearl is not too noticeable, so it can be used day or night. And it is very long-wearing.  Visit www.sephora.com or www.smashbox.com to purchase.

Josie Maran’s Fall 2011 Collection contains three Argan-rich products — A 4 eyeshadow and 1 eyeliner compact, a serum foundation and the eye makeup pen described below.

Josie Maran The Rapid Eye Makeup Pen (REM) ($32.00 USD)  features long-wearing Argan gel eyeliner on one end and a mini liner brush on the other. The middle houses a perfectly coordinated Argan eye shadow in a spring-loaded sponge tip applicator for single stroke eye definition. Infused with Josie’s signature ingredient, Argan Oil.

What I think:  This is a perfect for a dramatic on-the-go eye look. The shadow easily applies with the sponge and the eye liner brush dips in the liner for a great thick line.  Perfect for a cat’s eye look.  This is available in 6 color combinations.  I’ve tried the Black liner/Amethyst shadow and love the look. Visit www.sephora.com or www.josiemarancosmetics.com to purchase.

MAKE UP FOR EVER introduces Smoky Couleur, a new collection of eye make up essentials inspired by the rich, jewel tone fabrics seen on the fall 2011 runways. This vibrant new take on an all-time classic provides a number of different ways to wear the eye-catching look and adapt it to every mood, occasion and outfit.

The Smoky Couleur collection includes a limited edition Smoky Eye Shadow Palette, four new shades of dramatic
Smoky Lash mascara and three new ultra-creamy Khol Pencils — all in an array of bold, yet wearable colors.

New Smoky Lash Couleur ($22.00 USD) — The ultimate mascara for volume, length and curl is now available in four new hues. Boasting the same lash boosting formula and unique elastomer fiber brush as the original best seller, Smoky Lash Couleur delivers a dramatic faux lash effect in seconds. Each new shade is extremely concentrated with brown, green, blue and plum pigments so the mascara instantly coats the lashes with intense color.

What I think:  Very cool mascara that is extremely volumizing and really colors lashes, even dark ones like mine!  I have the Dark Blue and the Pearly Deep Blue Khol pencil.  They work great together for an intense shot of color or mix them up. Fun! Purchase at www.sephora.com or www.makeupforever.com.

Sue Devitt’s Nordic Trek, inspired by Iceland A new Eye Palette in muted tones of Deep Moss Shimmer, Glacial Aqua, Arctic Blue, and Nordic Nude was inspired by the deep blue sky meeting the mossy earth and ice along the horizon. And a new Defining Eyeliner in three pigment rich, long lasting, waterproof shades- rich black, chocolate brown and silver-glides on to give an edge to a softer palette. The collection of Color Luxury Lipsticks echoes the colors of the autumn flowers of the lowlands.

Sue Devitt Defining Eyeliner ($20.00 USD) Inspired by our star product—Eye Intensifier Pencil—NEW Defining Eyeliner is an ultra thin, twist-up pencil designed to create a precise line in vibrant colors for an intense look. Its unique formulation hydrates while defining, glides on smoothly in a soft, velvety texture, while locking in color that is long-wearing, transfer resistant, water resistant and smudge proof. Hyaluronic Filling Spheres and Nylon-12 lock in moisture, and expand and contact with facial expressions without creasing. No sharpener required.

What I think:  I love this in the chocolate brown.  It is a deep color and is a nice change from black for daytime.  It glides on smoothly, and doesn’t need to be sharpenend. This liner lasts a long time, too.  Visit www.suedevittbeauty.com to purchase.

Whatever you choose to try, I think you will enjoy your Fall look!

Mascara I Love: Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash

I LOVE trying different mascaras as you may well know. For me, this is one of the products that I don’t go without when I leave the house.  My lashes are short, straight and sparse so I need a mascara that lengthens, thickens and curls — very had to find!

Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash ($22.00 USD) claims to give lashes curl, volume, length, and intense pigment. This ultra-pigmented mascara was specially designed to give the lashes an exceptional volume-enhancing effect with infinite lengthening and immediate curling. Plus, the tough, dense brush of this Sephora-exclusive mascara penetrates into the roots of the lash to ensure that lash is completely coated with mascara.

What I think:  Smokey Lash is almost perfect for me. It curls my lashes (no curler required!), separates and thickens like crazy! It is also very black. My lashes are black, but this mascara makes them appear even darker. My lashes look insane with this mascara! Very dramatic. The only thing is that it does not lengthen as well as I would like. But, this can be fixed with a primer or layered with a lengthening mascara. If you do not have particularly short lashes, this mascara would be perfect for you! One or two coats are perfect for daytime and more coats bump up the glamour.

Visit www.sephora.com to purchase or visit Sephora stores. Enjoy!

Mother’s Day Makeup Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day will be here soon — do you have a pretty present for Mom yet? If not, consider one of these cosmetic ideas below. I give my mom beauty products each year and she loves it! Mom probably won’t buy herself a cool kit or pretty highlighter — so treat her to something new!

LORAC Hot Off The Red Carpet Collection ($36.00 — $105 Value) — This set features two exclusive color-coordinated, mineral-infused, shimmering baked eye shadow duos, an exclusive TANtalizer Baked Bronzer, a full-size Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss in 3D (rose bronze glitter), and a gold bag that can double as a blingy evening clutch. It is formulated without parabens and petrochemicals.

This set contains:

– 2 x 0.12 oz Baked Eye Shadow Duo in Tease Me (bronze shimmer/ teal with gold sheen) and Tempt Me (champagne shimmer/ chocolate brown shimmer)

– 0.35 oz TANtalize Me Baked Bronzer (swirled tan, gold and bronze)

– 0.17 oz Multiplex 3D Lip Gloss in 3D (rose bronze with 3D glitter)

– Gold Zip Bag

This is a beautiful kit — my favorite items are the eye shadows. They are gorgeous — really shimmery and fresh — great for now and throughout the summer. The bronzer is also pretty, but the lip gloss is extremely sparkly, so I use it only for night-time. The bag is really fun!  Visit www.loraccosmetics.com to purchase.

Make Up For Ever Uplight Face Luminizer Gel ($29.00 USD) — Enriched with precious pearls that catch and reflect light, Uplight creates a radiant complexion. It contains more than 70% water for a fresh, lightweight texture as well as mango butter that creates a moisturizing effect. Formulated for the face and body, this product adds a healthy glow to your skin that will last all day.

This is available in a variety of unique finishes: Dewy, Pearly, and Sparkling. I tried #31 — a sparkling blue pink. Very moisturizing and so pretty — but very sparkly! Your mom may like one of the Dewy or Pearly finishes.  If she likes pink, there is #11 Dewy Pink Beige and #22 Pearly Pink Flesh. There are also white and flesh tones.  Available at www.sephora.com, MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutique & Studios at Sephora. 

Laura Geller Bring on the Bronze ($55.00 USD) — This kit is all you need to help you look sunny and rested, with that just-back-from-vacation glow. It is packaged in an adorable bronze clutch, with orange lining, to hold all your bronzing essentials:

– Spackle® Tinted Under Make-up Primer in Bronze

– Split Baked Body Frosting in Sugar Glow and Honey Glow

– Baked Eyeshadow Duo in Candied Bronze

– I-Care Eyeliner in Brown

– Lipshine SPF 15 in Sundrenched

This is a gorgeous kit for days where you want to look natural and not cake on a lot of foundation. Just apply the bronzer on your face and the body frosting can either highlight or bronze you all over. The eyeshadow and eyeliner make a great bronzed eye (just add the mascara of your choice). And the lip color is almost like a sunny balm! 

Shop to Erase MS! For the month of May only, 20% of proceeds from this special kit benefit the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. Visit www.laurageller.com to purchase.

Eye Stand Out on New Years Eve! — Flashy Eye Looks to Try

New Year’s Eve is a great time to try out a sparkly look that we wouldn’t wear everyday. As a 40 year old (yes, I own it) I usually don’t wear glitter, I leave that to my 13 year old daughter. But I am drawn to the sparkly around party time!

There are a lot of fun products to try at stores like Sephora and Ulta. The Sephora brand itself has a lot of party options that are fairly affordable. I really like the sparkly Sephora Glitter Eyeliner ($12.00 USD).  The eyeliner is just the right amount of glam. Applied to the upper lid over a neutral shadow, you can get away with almost any of the seven shades if comes in; Gold, Silver, Opal, Black, Teal, Purple and Blue.

Make Up For ever is another fun brand found at Sephora. Their false eyelashes ($14.00 USD) come in many varieties. From different textures and colors to the one above with glitter at the base, you can find the look you want to achieve. Talk about instant glamour!

Another bold choice is Max Factor’s Vivid Impact Highlighting Mascara ($9.99 USD). This is a dual color mascara that combines a traditional solid color base coat with an iridescent highlighting top coat to add a hint of color to lashes.

Remember if you do decide to go glitzy on the eyes, keep the rest of your look neutral. Maybe a nice nude or pink plumping lip gloss? Have fun!