Monday, September 21st, 2009

Clé de Peau Beauté Holiday Palette Vintage for Holiday 2009

Experience a timeless treasure this winter with the NEW Clé de Peau Beauté Limited Edition Holiday Palette Vintage. Inspired by the eternal allure of vintage jewelry, Clé de Peau Beauté Color Creator, Lucia Pieroni, designed this powder with an elegant, lustrous color scheme intended to provide a gorgeous luminosity to the skin.

This lit-from-within warmth comes to life through the powder’s combination of three high intensity pearl pigments which accentuate facial contours with festive radiance. In addition, the powder combines four neutral shades which harmonize effortlessly with pearl pigments to provide an unparalleled brilliance to skin. This exceptional powder is presented in a stunning gold, diamond-cut, custom designed compact which recalls the elegant jewels of an earlier time.

As multi-faceted as the vintage jewelry which inspired it, this perfectly balanced powder blends effortlessly to offer an exquisite glow and sophisticated nuance to the complexion. Simply dust on the face, cheekbones and décolletage for an immediate glow.

Availability: November, the Clé de Peau Beauté Limited Edition Holiday Palette Vintage will retail for $125 at Bergdorf Goodman and select Barney’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks locations nationwide.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

YSL Holiday 2009

YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) End of Year Event 2009 for Holiday 2009

The Yves Saint Laurent END-OF-YEAR 2009 make-up collection celebrates passionate colors to dazzle the year’s most festive evenings. Leaving glitter behind, Yves Saint Laurent opts for the ultimate chic of pure, vibrant, incandescent colors. From sublime red to deep plum, the shades adapt with variable textures, multiple effects and powerful combinations. Worn alone in a refined monochrome or paired in contrasting duos, they are intensely alive and designed to be freely expressed for an instinctive, ultra couture make-up look.

Glamour Product

As a treat for yourself or as a gift, two precious objects stir desire. They go everywhere, are as eye-catching as couture accessories, and they glorify lips and eyes in an instant. Gold or silver, these sparkling compacts are engraved with the emblematic Yves Saint Laurent heart. Their black vinyl straps slip onto a key ring, handbag or belt. For daytime or night time, for lips or eyes, they feature two harmonious duos for liberated, intuitive application.

  • PALETTE DUO POUR LES LÈVRES illuminates the lips with a shiny rosy-beige lipstick and a pearly champagne gloss. ($75.00)
  • PALETTE DUO POUR LES YEUX lights up the eyes with a pearly lavender used as a highlighter, and outlines them with intense violet. ($75.00)

Mini Touche Blush N°11 ($28.00)

The mini version of TOUCHE BLUSH slips into any evening bag. With its soft, faithful puff and mirror, it enhances the face’s voluptuous curves and the décolleté. The new shade N°11 – Sparkling Beige, a slightly scintillating coral beige, gives the skin a subtle ivory aura. A few caressingly soft touches suffice for instant, ultra-feminine radiance.

Collection (New Shades)

  • Rouge Pur Lipstick: N°149 – Black Tulip, N°150 – Sublime Red, N°151 – Sweet Dark Purple, N°152 – Pink Grenadine ($30.00)
  • Golden Gloss: N°17 – Golden Cherry, a rich red, N°18 – Golden Lavander, a subtle mauve ($29.00)

Collection (Repromotions)

  • Eyeshadow Duo: N°1 – Heavenly Beige/ Astral Brown ($41.00)
  • Dramatic Styling Mascara: N°1– Deep Black ($30.00)
  • La Laque: N°1 – Sublime Red and N°34 – Black Tulip ($20.00)

Availability: November 2009.

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Monday, September 21st, 2009

Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Duos in Diamond Life, Take Cover, and Nudenick ($6.99 for 0.12 oz.) are affordable, well-pigmented neutral-colored eyeshadow duos. I like Sonia Kashuk eyeshadows because they’re fairly reliable — most of the duos have good color pigmentation levels and easy to blend. I found all three of these eyeshadow duos to hold true to that expectation. I’d say the only one I had trouble with was Nudenick, but it’s more of an issue that one color is the same color as my natural skin tone… so yeah. On someone paler or over a base, you’d see it more. (But it would be good for a very natural, barely there eye.)

  • Diamond Life is is a duo of a matte, cool-toned brown with gray and a frosty, shimmery champagne shade.
  • Take Cover is a duo of a lightly shimmery peach with pale gold shimmer and a richer, golden-toned bronze.
  • Nudenick is a duo of a glittery, cool-toned champagne and a matte, warm-toned light peachy brown.

  • Product: 8/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 8/10
  • Packaging: 7/10

Recommendation: If you’re on a budget, Sonia Kashuk eyeshadows are always worth checking out!

Availability:  Target

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Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Dior Cristal Boreale Collection

Dior Cristal Boreale Collection for Holiday 2009

Influenced by the ornate, corseted gowns and decorative broaches of the 18th Century Louis XVI style and inspired by the delicate light-reflecting qualities of crystal, each product in this exquisite color collection is like a tiny jewel. Featuring shades of petal pink, deep silver and a wide range of purples to create a luxurious and festive look for holiday.

Cristal Boreal Gloss Pendant ($80.00)

In the mid Fifties, inspired by the magnificence of Versailles, Christian Dior asked the Swarovski House to create a crystal that evoked the reflections of the sunlight going through the famous Galerie des Glaces in Versailles. This led to the creation of the Aurore Boréale crystal with its unique multi-colored reflections.

For its 2009 Christmas Look, Christian Dior Parfums has collaborated for the very first time with the Swarovski House to create an exceptional Star Product using the legendary Aurore Boréale crystal : “Cristal Boréal”. The oval pendant, inspired by the shape of the neo-Louis XVI chairs that Christian Dior loved, is adorned with 52 Swarovski crystals of which 4 are Aurore Boréale.
This pendant contains a crystal-effect gloss declined in one easy-to-wear shade: Pink Crystal. A true makeup jewel for precious iridescent lips. Availability: Specialty Stores

Cristal Boreal Silver Eyeshadow ($30.00)

This jewel-toned eyeshadow feature light-reflecting qualities and subtle colors for a delicate, shimmering effect. Embossed with a “crystal pattern” effect. Cristal Boreal Eyeshadow in Silver Gem.

Collection

  • 5-Colour Iridescent Eyeshadow in Smoky Crystal #089 ($56.00)
  • Style Liner in Sparkling Purple #174 ($31.00)
  • Dior Vernis in Silver Purple #782 ($20.00)
  • Dior Vernis in Black Sequins #905 (Sephora Only) ($20.00)

Cannage Palettes

Dior Couture Silver Cannage Clutch ($70.00)

This chic reusable clutch is a one-stop shop for all things glam, featuring a DiorBlush in a pretty pink shade, plum gloss, shimmering gold and matte brown eyeshadows and two brushes for easy application. Products can be removed to transform the gun-metal silver cannage outer case into the perfect carryall for a night out on the town. Availability: Sephora

Dior Red Cannage Lip Palette ($40.00)

This chic red patent palette makes the perfect holiday beauty accessory. Featuring a sheer balm, plum and berry lipstick shades and a light pink gloss, lips go easily (and stylishly) from day to night. Availability: Sephora

Dior Black Cannage Eye Palette ($40.00)

Create virtually any look—from work-appropriate subtlety to show-stopping party eyes—with this versatile palette. Featuring shades of brown, peach, copper and a must-have gold highlighter in Dior’s silky iridescent eyeshadow formula. Availability: Department Stores & Sephora

Dior Black Cannage Lip Palette ($40.00)

This festive black patent palette eliminates the need for lugging several lipsticks at once with its sleek packaging and go-anywhere shade range of plum, pinks and beige. Slips easily from work tote to evening clutch. Availability: Department Stores

Availability: October 2009 at Dior Beauty Counters Nationwide (except where specified).

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Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Swatch Challenge: Smashbox

I would love to round-up as many Smashbox swatches as we can all muster!  (Last weekend we did a great job with Urban Decay!)  Together, I am sure we can get a pretty comprehensive swatch gallery going — so I invite you to share yours! You can link to your swatches, or you can e-mail them to me and I’ll put them up. All credit will go to the swatcher as well :) So let’s go!

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Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Laura Mercier Holiday 2009

Laura Mercier for Holiday 2009

Lots of palettes, sets, and value sets!

Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Palette ($48.00, value of $108.00)

A first for the brand, Laura Mercier launches five perfectly paired baked eye colours in one convenient palette. Contour and define eyes with the mini double ended brush for on-the-go glamour. Create endless looks by using it wet or dry.

  • Included Shades: Champagne, Sepia, Mink, Malt and Sterling
  • Included Brushes: Crème Eye Detail Brush and Eye Colour Brush

Laura Mercier Petite Eye Palette ($28.00)

Perfect for every gal on every gift giving list, these pocket-size portable compacts contain four of the most flattering shades in warm and cool tones. Wear two for day or all four for sexy smoky evening eyes. This palette is the ultimate stocking stuffer or jet-setting sidekick.

  • Warm Eye Colour Palette: Sandstone, Stellar, Bamboo, Truffle
  • Cool Eye Colour Palette: Morning Dew, Rose, African Violet, Twilight Grey

Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glacé Set ($48.00, value of $55.00)

Never be caught with less-than-perfect lips this holiday season. Protect them with five perfectly portable Lip Glacés, each infused with Laura’s Lip Complex to help keep lips shiny and healthy. Layer with a favorite Lip Colour or wear solo for a translucent tint.

  • Included Shades: Pink Diamond, Babydoll, Violet, Ambre Rose and Bellini

Laura Mercier Colour Wardrobe ($100.00, value of $235.00)

Laura’s new Colour Wardrobe is the perfect accessory this holiday season. The two-tiered compact holds multiple Eye, Cheek and Lip Colours along with two finishing Lip Glazes and expert tools that will have you looking flawless in a flash.

  • Top Level Contents: Black Plum Eye Colour, Stellar Eye Colour, Café au lait Eye Colour, Sandstone Eye Colour, Celestial Eye Colour, Coffee Ground Eye Colour, Plum Cheek Colour, Rose Cheek Colour, Nude Cheek Colour, Eye Colour/Corner Eye Colour Double Ended Brush
  • Bottom Level Contents: Mocha Lip Colour, Scarlet Lip Colour, Melon Lip Colour, Mulberry Lip Colour, Nude Lip Colour, Rosette Lip Colour, Brown Lip Glaze, Pink Lip Glaze, Double Ended Lip Brush

Laura Mercier Deluxe Mini Brush Set ($85.00, value of $274.00)

The ultimate array in professional tools has arrived this holiday season! Laura’s expert brushes for eyes, cheeks, lips and brows are in space-saving sizes so you can travel light but always look your best. Each double-ended brush fits neatly in a chic zipper case that rivals even your favorite clutch!

  • Included Double-Ended Brushes: Crème Cheek Colour/Cheek Colour, Secret Camouflage/Camouflage Powder, Ponytail/Eye Colour, Brow Groomer/Lip, Flat Eye Liner/Smudge

Laura Mercier Touch-up Brush Set ($45.00, value of $129.00)

No need to redo when you can retouch! Laura’s travel-friendly tools make it easy to perfect your look from power shopping to happy hour. The sleek holiday case accommodates four mini brushes and a pocket-sized mirror.

  • Included Brushes: Cheek Colour Brush, All Over Eye Colour Brush, Eye Crease Brush, Flat Eye Liner Brush

Laura Mercier Soufflé Sampler ($50.00)

Always a favorite of Laura’s, ultra-rich whipped Soufflé Body Crèmes are scented with blends of the finest gourmande notes, including Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûleé and Crème de Pistache. The active ingredients in the silky smooth formula instantly nourish the skin and enrich it with much deserved vitamins and protein derivatives, while shea butter and macadamia nut oil provide conditioning benefits. The sampler set of four ounce plastic jars is just perfect for travel.

Laura Mercier Candles – Almond Coconut, Crème Brûleé and Warm Roasted Chestnuts ($48.00)

Let the heavenly aroma of Laura Mercier candles drift through any space to create a warm, welcoming ambiance. Treat your senses to and share it with the people you love this season. Each candle is ozone friendly and has a 100% cotton wick for a clean, even burn.

Laura Mercier Foiled Eye Colour ($22.00)

Celebrate the holidays with glam limited edition shades of gold and silver for a night out on the town.

  • VIP Gold
  • VIP Silver

Laura Mercier Lip Glace ($22.00)

Dress lips in the perfect shade of pink this holiday season with the limited edition After Hours Lip Glace with a hint of sparkle.

  • After Hours

Availability: October 2009 at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Sephora and www.lauramercier.com.

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