Welcome Back, Stila!
Stila Cosmetics is really back, darlings! New owner Lynn Tilton has been welcomed into the Stila Girl fold, and she’d like to offer a complimentary Stila Appreciation 24kt Luxe Lip Gloss with a purchase of $25 or more. Just use code APPRECIATE. Oh yeah, that’s right–the website is back online and in action!
It sounds like Stila has some very interesting things planned for the future, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what direction they go in over the next few months. By the way, am I the only one who didn’t know about Stila’s very nifty rewards program? Where have I been?!
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Lavanila just recently launched The Healthy Deodorant ($18.00). It is touted as 100% natural, 100% healthy, and 100% effective. It is free of aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, talc, phthalates, and triclosan. It uses a beta-glucan technology with antioxidants, active botanicals, and essential oils to fight against odor in addition to keeping skin smooth.
It’s available in four scents:
- Pure Vanilla
- Vanilla Coconut
- Vanilla Lavender
- Vanilla Grapefruit
I tested out the Vanilla Lavender scent, and I really put it to work, as it was about 85 degrees here, and I was running around playing with the dog for a bit. The Healthy Deodorant met the challenge, and I was surprised at how longwearing it is. In my experience, deodorants that are more organic or “natural” tend to just not work quite as well as other deodorants.
The Healthy Deodorant keeps me dry all day long, and it has a nice scent, too. I find most deodorants smell quite powdery (no matter the scent), kind of as an after-scent, but Vanilla Lavender smelled like a slightly sweet lavender scent. It’s dome-shaped, which actually makes it easier to use than deodorants I’ve tried in the past. It glides on easily and doesn’t leave a slew of white film behind either. I’ll definitely be checking out the other scents, too, when I run out of this one!
shu uemura Eternal Gold Collection for Summer 2009
Pressed Eyeshadow ($20.00)
- Gold #350 (Metallic)
- Brown #850 (Metallic)
Cream Eyeshadow ($30.00)
- Pink (Pearl)
- Brown 7A (Pearl)
UV Under Base Shimmer ($35.00)
Limited Edition legendary UV Under Base with a shimmering texture for a natural glow. A weightless mousse makeup base with an ultra thin veil of shimmering pearls that helps to even out skintone and texture, reduce redness and minimize the appearance of pores. Use before makeup application to prepare the face for flawless makeup.
Bronzing Powder ($38.00)
Natural 50H Goat Brush ($75.00)
Glow On Blush ($21.00)
- Amber #83 (Pearl)
- Pink #31 (Pearl)
Gloss Unlimited ($22.00)
Rouge Unlimited Crystal Shine ($23.00)
Available: Now available at shuuemura.com.
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This is NOT an official promotional image for the collection.
MAC Cosmetics Graphic Garden Collection for Nordstrom Anniversary
U.S. Launch Date: July 17th (July 9th at The Bay)
Brush Bags ($49.50)
A black and white twill bag with a separate brush holder featuring a rose or poppy pattern.
- Define & Blend 129SE, 190SE, 209SE, 219SE, 252SE
- Shape & Perfect 168SE, 187SE, 194SE, 212SE, 275SE
Eye Shadow 6 Palette ($38.00)
A black metal compact with a black and white plaque featuring the repeat signature MAC logo that morphs (holographic) into a black and white floral pattern when viewed from different angles.
Fresh Cut Palette
- Floral Inc. (Frost)
- Sun-Shy (Lustre)
- Fresh Cut (Veluxe Pearl)
- Poppy Noir (Velvet)
- Bloomcycle (Veluxe Pearl)
- Part Peony (Lustre)
- 213SE Brush
Graphic Garden Palette
- Social Climber (Veluxe Pearl)
- Botancial Blue (Frost)
- Straight Hedge (Veluxe Pearl)
- Wild Wisteria (Lustre)
- Linear Lilac (Veluxe Pearl)
- Graphic Garden (Velvet)
- 213SE brush
Lip Bags ($34.50)
A black and white twill makeup bag featuring a rose or poppy pattern.
Summer Crop Lip Bag
- Lipstick: Semi-Annual (Lustre)
- Lipstick: Garden Bed (Lustre)
- Lipglass: Summer Crop (Frost)
Baby Blooms Lip Bag
- Lipstick: Soft Illusion (Frost)
- Lipstick: Spiceflower (Amplified Cream)
- Lipglass: Baby Blooms (Frost)
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Smashbox Introduces Limitless for Summer 2009
Limitless Long Wearing Lip Gloss SPF15 ($21.00)
Get gorgeous color and shine for up to six hours while protecting your pout with SPF 15! The contoured wand hugs lips for a precise and comfortable one-coat application.
- Infinite Soft pinkish nude
- Forever Barely there pink
- Boundless Juicy melon
- Endless Sheer plum
- Nonstop Cool raspberry
- Eternity Shimmering bronze
Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss ($19.00)
Saturate lips in high-impact shine! This advanced reflective gloss is formulated with vitamins A and E to condition and protect and hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization. Vegetal Filling Spheres fill in fine lines to give lips a smoother appearance. Light-reflective pearls create a high-shine wet look.
The Nude Lip Liner ($16.00)
The only lip liner you’ll ever need! This ultra-creamy pencil matches your lip tone to create beautiful, natural-looking definition. Coordinates with any lip color to ensure your pout stays perfect for hours!
Available: Now available at Nordstrom.com.
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Givenchy’s Summer 2009 Collection is a natural, glowy-bronzy compilation of products for the face, eyes, and lips.
Glow to Wear in Sun Satin ($37.00) is a sheer, shimmery (golden-bronze) oil that you can apply all over your body for a subtle, barely bronzed sheen. The shimmer is definitely noticeable, though, so if you aren’t into shimmer, you’ll want to pass on this.
There were two Pop Gloss Crystal lipglosses ($24.00 each) launched — Sun Coral and Sun Rose. Sun Coral is a muted, peachy pink with multicolored shimmer. Sun Rose is a coral-orange shade with subtle multicolored shimmer.
Two bronzers were launched in the form of Prisme Again! Compact Powder Quartet ($43.00 each) — Sun Mango and Sun Cinnamon. Sun Mango is a quartet of light beige to peach tones, and it is ideal for lighter complexions. Sun Cinnamon is similar, just darker, so it is more suitable for deeper complexions.
The Sun Reflection Prisme Again! Eyes Quartet ($50.00) is actually quite stunning. These are four incredibly frosty shades of eyeshadow, but they look like shimmering water when swatched. They were so hypnotic, I found it quite difficult to capture what I liked most about them (their sheen/glimmer) in a photo.
The last piece I tested out was the Prismissime Mat & Glow in Sun Caramel ($53.00), which is a product designed to add just a little warmth to face. It contains six shades of matte caramel-toned shades, and then the three in the center are shimmery. These can be used anywhere you want, from face to eyes, which does make it convenient.
Overall, I wasn’t wow-ed by this collection. I much preferred spring’s Maharani Collection over this. I feel this feels too uninspired and traditional for a summer release. The standout product was the Eye Quartet–the shadows are truly stunning with their water-like glimmer.
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