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.

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

RESPONSIBILITY IS VIVA GLAMOROUS MAC COSMETICS’ NEWEST VIVA GLAM VI SPOKESPERSON, FERGIE, REMIXES HER HIT SONG ‘GLAMOROUS’ TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR HIV/AIDS

Check out www.maccosmetics.com/fergie for details, and the first 15,000 downloads of her “Glamorous” (Viva Glam Remix) song are free!

New York March 25, 2008 — Three-time Grammy Award winning artist and latest MAC VIVA GLAM spokesperson, Fergie, is using her voice to further raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS crisis in youth. Along with PoetNameLife, she has recorded ‘VIVA GLAMOROUS’, a remix of her hit song ‘Glamorous’, as an added contribution to her VIVA GLAM VI campaign. A limited number of free downloads of the remix and VIVA GLAM E-cards will be available March 25, 2008 on maccosmetics.com. The E-cards reinforce Fergie’s Responsibility is Glamorous message by pairing her sexy VIVA GLAM visual with alarming AIDS facts that concern youth. She also encourages people to buy a MAC VIVA GLAM VI Limited Edition Lipglass, the sales of which benefit the Global Youth Prevention Initiative. The MAC AIDS FUND directs the funds from this initiative to international organizations that address the AIDS crisis in young people. The remix will also be available in April on MAC websites in the U.K., France, Australia and Germany.

“Half of all new HIV/AIDS infections are in people under twenty five and it is important that we get the message out to all young people to be educated and understand the risks of HIV/AIDS. I want to bring more attention to this issue and my music allows me to reach the youth that are potentially at risk.”

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

EURISTOCRATS | March 2008 — European Exclusive

  • Barcelona Red Frosty deep coral
  • Bombshell Soft bright rosy-pink with golden shimmer
  • Cockney Sheer yellow red with multi dimensional pearlized pigments
  • Costa Chic Frosty light coral
  • Fast Play Medium neutral pink with plum-brown undertones
  • Full Fuchsia Bright clean warm pink
  • Going Dutch Frosty mid tone pink
  • London Life Sheer deep berry with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments
  • Milan Mode Sheer deep pink with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments
  • Naked Paris Sheer pink brown with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments
  • Neon Orange Bright clean orange
  • Patisserie Sheer creamy neutral pink
  • Rambla’s Red Blue red
  • Rue D’ Bois Sheer mid tone pink with multi dimensional pearlized pigments
  • Saint Germain Pastel pink
  • Show Orchid Vivid hot pink

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

  • Comet Blue
  • Rags to Riches
  • Money Honey
  • Ms. Fizz
  • Like Venus
  • Sugarrimmed
  • Steppin’ Out
  • Bare Necessity
  • Get Rich Quick
  • Spanking Rich
  • Love Alert
  • Pleasure Principle

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Naughty Nauticals, coming May 2008, is one of MAC’s summer launches!

Lipsticks

  • Ahoy There
  • Buoy-O-Buoy
  • Party Mate
  • Port Red

Lustreglasses

  • Ensign
  • Bateaux
  • Hey Sailor
  • Love Knot

Pigments

  • Wave
  • Lark About
  • Bell Bottom Blue
  • Lovely Lily

Eyeshadows

  • Cargo
  • Meet the Fleet
  • Shadow Shore Leave
  • Submarine
  • Pandamonium

Liners

  • Greyprint
  • Smoothblue

Nail Lacquer

  • Deep Sea

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

MAC Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation (Loose) ($29.00) is available in five shades (light, light medium, medium, medum plus, and medium dark), but unfortunately people have found that it does run dark–a few of our paler ladies (NC/NW15s) are saying that light is just too dark for them to get away with. This mineral foundation gives you medium coverage with a “natural finish,” which probably translates into a semi-matte/velvet kind of finish so will be good for those with oily skin.

I picked up Medium Plus, and I’m NC30 — I do feel like it is a little too dark from my complexion, so I might exchange it for Medium when I have the chance. I’m afraid that I might be in-between shades, though, which would really suck! The foundation is very fine-milled and soft, which is great because it makes it easy to buff it into the skin (a key to applying mineral makeup).

I’m personally not a huge fan of the applicator that it comes with (I believe they are calling it a caplicator?), and to be honest, I find that this is incredibly similar to a variety of other mineral foundation applicators (none of which I have loved). The caplicator has a very soft sponge attached to the lid or top of the jar, and I’ve had several MAs tell me that it’s great for touch-ups, but that a brush does a better job for initial application. I have to fully agree about using a brush (I use the 182).

While the packaging isn’t terrible, I would have preferred a jar like MAC’s other loose powders, or even just a wider circle, because my buffer brush doesn’t fit perfectly in it (it’s a bit too big/wide).

The foundation goes on easily, and I don’t find that I get a lot of it flying off my skin or exploding into a powder cloud (like other loose powders/mineral makeup), so I do like that. It gave me decent coverage, and it didn’t make certain acne spots look too dry when it went over them. I wouldn’t say that it exceeds my thus-far holy grail Studio Fix Fluid, but it doesn’t fall far behind it, either.

This is a great product for the upcoming summer months, as it is incredibly lightweight and wears well. I know that in summer I tend to opt for lighter weight coverage and products, just because heat and being outdoors more often tend to make heavier makeup less palatable.

You can purchase this at Nordstrom.com, and it will be appearing in freestanding stores in April.

Pick this up? What did you think?