Thursday, October 30th, 2008

ESTÉE LAUDER INTRODUCES VINTAGE JEWELS

This holiday season create a look of unforgettable glamour and sophistication. Inspired by fashion’s of-the-moment opulent, seductive jewel tones, Estée Lauder introduces Vintage Jewels – a decadent color collection of quiet blacks illuminated by hints of rich Amethyst, Sapphire and Emerald gemstone hues.
The perfect complement to the season’s luxurious fabrics of silk and satin combined with lace, Estée Lauder’s Vintage Jewels collection completes the impression of aristocratic elegance as smoky eyes composed of the unexpected combination of almost blacks and modern brights are complemented by glowing cheeks and warm ruby lips.

The Line Up

  • Shimmering Jewel Powder ($32.00)
  • Sumptuous Mascara in Black ($19.50)
  • Signature Eyeshadow Duo in Amethyst ($25.00)
  • Smoked Eye Pencil Smoked in Smoked Amethyst ($18.50)
  • Signature Lipstick in Black Cherry ($19.50)
  • Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Blackberry ($18.00)
  • Signature Eyeshadow Duo in Sapphire ($25.00)
  • Smoked Eye Pencil Smoked in Sapphire ($18.50)
  • Signature Lipstick in Ruby ($19.50)
  • Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Ruby ($18.00)
  • Signature Eyeshadow Duo in Emerald ($25.00)
  • Smoked Eye Pencil Smoked in Emerald ($18.50)
  • Signature Lipstick in Rich Red ($19.50)
  • Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Red Tango ($18.00)

Vintage Jewels is available for a limited time at all Estée Lauder counters and www.esteelauder.com.

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Estēe Lauder | Chocolate Decadence
A Temptingly Delectable Color Collection for Fall

That palette does look tempting, doesn’t it? I love the swirled parts. Hmm… just may have to pick this up for fall!

This fall, Estee Lauder brings you an array of sugary-rich confections to tempt your color palette. From Berry Chocolate Truffles and Caramel Pralines to swirls of marbled fondant dusted with golden spun sugar, Estee Lauder has captured the essence of a luxurious chocolate boutique filled with rich chocolate works of art.

Introducing the new Estee Lauder Chocolate Decadence Collection — a delightful and truly delectable new color collection for fall, full of warm chocolate hues enhanced by luxurious caramel gold and sugared berry tones. The look features intensified lined eyes and softly glowing skin complemented by lightly sculpted lips and perfectly polished nails. To create a complete impression, pair the look with fall’s vintage-inspired suits in wools, jacquard and tweed and sensual satin blouses in warm golden tones and accessorize with sculpted boots and gloves in luxury leathers.

Base Look for Face

  • New, Limited Edition Creme Caramel Shimmer Powder ($32.00)
  • Projectionist Mascara in Black ($19.50)

For the Berry Chocolate Look

  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Lipstick in Berry Cordial & Berry Swirl ($22.00)
  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Swirl Gloss in Berry Swirl ($18.00)
  • New, Limited Edition Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Berry Truffle ($35.00)
  • Artist’s Eye Pencil in Plum Writer ($18.50)
  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Berry Cordial ($18.00)

For the Caramel Chocolate Look

  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Lipstick in Creme Caramel & Caramel Chocolate Swirl ($22.00)
  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Swirl Gloss in Caramel Swirl ($18.00)
  • New, Limited Edition Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Caramel Truffle ($35.00)
  • Artist’s Eye Pencil in Brown Writer ($18.50)
  • New, Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Creme Caramel ($18.00)

For more details… Continue reading →

Friday, June 13th, 2008

What’s with all the buzz on mascara? I recently received Spinlash to try out, which I have yet to test (but now I think I better try this stuff ASAP). Today, WWD tells the industry that Estee Lauder is releasing a vibrating mascara, TurboLash ($30.00), July 17th as a Saks 5th Exclusive, but will roll out across the US in December. (And both L’Oreal and P&G seem to have their own in the works!)

Estee Lauder TurboLash Mascara

The cosmetics giant is set to release TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara, which the brand is touting as the world’s first battery-operated, vibrating, all-effects mascara. It will be launched on July 17 as a Saks Fifth Avenue exclusive.

“There is a relationship between vibration, length, volume, separation and curl,” said Elana Drell-Szyfer, senior vice president of global marketing for Estée Lauder.

“Together, they deliver an unbelievably enhanced first to market product, which we feel is revolutionary.” — WWD

But wait, that’s not all! Lancome’s Oscillation debuts this fall, and yes, the brush–it oscillates!

Lancôme’s Oscillation mascara also is billed as revolutionary by company executives, thanks to its brush that (as the product name suggests) oscillates.

Jean-Louis Guéret, creator of mascara brushes for Lancôme, said he came up with the idea for Oscillation after watching makeup artists at work. While applying mascara, their hands move in a zigzag pattern. So to best emulate the movement, Guéret explained, he conceived a flexible, polymer-based mascara brush that vibrates along its longitude at 7,000 micro-oscillations a second. Getting the battery-powered movement started takes simply pressing lightly on an area of the mascara’s outer tube, which turns on a 3-centimeter motor.

Guéret said that, as the mascara brush vibrates against eyelashes, they become “organized” and evenly coated with a mascara formula conceived with ultrafine particles specifically for the product, which also extends, curls, shapes and makes lashes seem thicker. He claims Oscillation’s Ultrafine Dispersion technology allows mascara to glide easily onto lashes and for rapid application. — WWD

Spinning, vibrating, oscillating mascaras? What do you think? Are you curious about the new technology? A bit fearful of something vibrating coming near your eyes? Will you be picking one, two, or all three of the latest in makeup technology?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

If you’re living in a naturally warmer climate (cough, California!), it’s easy to confuse spring with the beginning of summer as blue skies dominate and the sun shimmers down. But whether you’re jonesing for a touch of summer in your life or are already breaking out your booty shorts, bronzers are often turned towards for a subtle, sunkissed glow that is an earmark of summer and fun.

Estée Lauder ‘Bronze Goddess’ Soft Matte Bronzer ($29.50) is part of their summer Bronze Goddess launch. It’s a smooth, silky bronzing powder that minimizes oil to keep skin looking more matte throughout the day. The compact comes with a contoured brush, which I adore. I don’t love sponge applicators, and usually, that’s what you get in a compact. Instead, you can tote this easily transportable compact with a fabulous little brush inside for last minute touch-ups.

Dior Essential Bronzing Powder ($40.00) is very much like your typical bronzer, though I will say it goes on like velvet and feels like silk. It also blends incredibly well with my natural skin tone so that it really does create a subtle bronzed look without being too heavy or unnatural.

GlowFusion Micro-Tech Intuitive Active Bronzer GlowFusion ($39.00) is Fusion Beauty’s answer to giving you glowing skin. It is supposed to help fill in fine lines and wrinkles to help give the appearance of healthier skin that glows. There are “soft-focus luminzers” to help give you that bronze color by their InvisiSkin complex. With all their techy and patent-speak, it makes me skeptical. I actually happened to get this when I attended a Nordstrom Beauty Trend Show a season ago, and while it is deliciously smooth and feels like silk on skin… I can’t say that I would ever splurge $39 on it.

MAC Bronzing Powder ($20.00) come in three shades that have a touch of shimmer (very fine, very subtle!) to help highlight and color naturally. I only own one bronzer by MAC, and it will probably last me a lifetime. I think the shade I own is Golden Bronze or something like that. Each summer, MAC launches their summer skin/bronze line, and that’s usually a great place to pick up a bronzer.

Stay tuned for part three (did you miss part one?)!

Find these bronzers and more at Nordstrom.com or Sephora.com.

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Face

  • Bronze Goddess Bronzing Pearls
  • Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
  • Bronze Goddess Soft Duo Bronzer in Amber Bronze Medium and Amber Bronze Rich
  • Bronze Goddess Soft Shimmer Bronzer
  • Bronze Goddess Tortoise Compact (filled with Soft Matte Bronzer)
  • Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer
  • Face and Body Brush

Eyes

  • Pure Color Eyeshadow in Blushing Goddess (new, limited edition) and Cinnamon

Lips

  • Tender Lip Balm SPF15 in Tender Bronze (new, limited edition) and Tender Berry
  • Pure Color Gloss in Fuchsia (new, limited edition) and Sugarcane
  • Bronze Goddess Sheer Lip Tint SPF15 in new, limited edition Fuchsia and Bronze

Nails

  • Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Bronze Goddess (limited edition) and Fuchsia

Fragrance

  • Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche 100ml
  • Bronze Goddess Body Oil 100ml
  • Bronze Goddess Luminous Body Lotion 200ml

Available now at www.esteelauder.com!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Youth Creme ($250.00) is a product I recently received to test. I want to put it plain that I did not purchase this product, so there is no confusion. I am by no means on an unlimited cosmetic budget, so for me to test a cream of this standard is a real treat, but I always desperately hope not to love it, and secretly desire it to fall flat on its face. Why? Because a face cream for $250.00 is not friendly to my budget. I preface this review with so much attention to the price because I now face a huge dilemma: there is something about this cream that has performed a small miracle on my face in the past three weeks of continuous use.

What it’s supposed to do: Resveratrate is the trademarked ingredient dubbed “The Youth Molecule” by Estee Lauder. It “is a more potent, stable, and time released form of Resveratrol.” This product is meant to extend the skin’s youthfulness so that time “stands still.” According to Estee Lauder, the skin will increase in its clarity, tone, and fine dry lines will be plumped by the moisturizer. There is science clearly involved, and they talk about “longevity genes” that regulate the lifespan of skin’s epidermal cells.

What it actually does: Based on testing it for three weeks as both a day and night moisturizer (and let me be honest, there were a few times I misplaced it, so I substituted, but generally speaking, I used this pretty religiously). After one week, I noticed something very impossible happening–my acne was vanishing. Now, this is not an acne-preventing product, it is an anti-aging product geared towards women in their late 20s and older. My diet hadn’t undergone any real change, water intake didn’t increase, and I hadn’t added any other products to my daily facial regimen.

I have never suffered from severe acne, but I get enough that it can be annoying, and there is always one that’s far too noticeable for my liking. Since using the Youth Creme, almost all of my noticeable acne has disappeared. I am not 100% clear-faced, but in my eyes, this is about as close as I could ever get. My skin looks much improved because of the blemishes being gone, but it is also more even and healthy looking. Every time I see my Mom, no matter what, she mentions how pale and sickly I look–but she didn’t say that when I saw her last week (first time since using the Youth Creme). She asked if I did something different with my makeup, because I looked healthier. Application is easy, as you don’t need much to cover the entire face, and it feels lightweight, but it still moisturizers quite well (despite wintry patches of skin). I also love that it dries quickly! There is no strong, overpowering scent, either – it kind of reminds me of a very subtle organic, maybe a touch of oatmeal scent that you can only distinguish if you put your nose in the jar. So to me, it’s nearly fragrance-free once it’s on my face.

So as I said, I face a serious dilemma: how am I going to be able to afford this in the future? I would like to note that the jar still seems mostly full, despite using it twice a day for three weeks. It gives me hope that I can stretch the jar over four to six months.

Do I recommend this product? I do and I don’t. I recommend it because it worked well for me, and the acne-miracle it worked for me would make it worth the price (how much money do I spend each month on products that only work minimally?) as the product jar should last me multiple months. I don’t, because I fear for your poor wallet if you fall in love with it as I have! You know that whole saying, “You can’t miss what you never had?” Exactly. So basically, I do recommend this product, but know that you may find yourself addicted!

Available now at www.esteelauder.com and Estee Lauder locations.

Have you encountered a similar dilemma before? What product led to your downfall? Did you become a loyal re-purchaser or have you been hunting for a less expensive alternative?