Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Eye Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Eye Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 204 Lash Brush

MAC 204 Lash Brush ($11.00) is made up of synthetic fibers, and it is typically used to apply mascara to lashes. You can also separate lashes by twisting it through lashes to remove clumping. It also makes for an excellent brow groomer to keep brows in place. I personally prefer to use this for separating lashes and brushing stray brow hairs back into place. While still useful for mascara application, I do find disposable mascara wands tend to be much better–particularly if you have lots of mascara to apply to numerous people, since it there is a lot less clean-up with disposable wands.

How do you like to use this brush?

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

MAC Colour Craft Collection

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Origins Smileage Plus Collection

Origins liptints pack the perfect punch for a subtle yet stylish alternative to lipstick. Featuring an organic beeswax base, Origins Smileage Plus™ Sheer smile-worthy liptint is helping to pave the way in organic lip color, with a makeup bag “must” that’s big on lip conditioning and creaminess with a sheer hint of color. Featuring some of nature’s most pure ingredients, this liptint provides a great hint of color. An organic beeswax base that’s derived through the help of friendly beekeepers, combined with pigment and pearl colorants, provides a stable lip product that’s soft and sheer. Organic Coconut and Sunflower Oils, along with Organic Cocoa Butter, help keep lips hydrated, while Organic Aloe Leaf Extract and Organic Jojoba Oil comfort and soothe. Organic Coconut, Jojoba and Sunflower oils allow Smileage Plus™ to glide over lips for a helping of lip conditioning combined with a hint of color.

Smileage Plus Lip Tints ($11.00)

  • Eco-Pink
  • Off-Beet
  • Organic Plum
  • Raw Honey
  • Sugar Cane
  • Vintage

Available: Now available at Origins.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Origins Gloomaway Collection

Everyone needs a pick-me-up now and again. That’s why Origins is happy to reintroduce the Gloomaway™ Collection, bath and body treats designed to brighten your day and liven your spirits. Back by popular demand, the collection features Grapefruit essential oil paired with Field Mint and Sweet Orange. Found over 300 years ago on the tropical paradise of Barbados, Grapefruit essential oil is used today by aromatherapists to calm nervous exhaustion and produce an uplifting, joyous and balancing environment.

Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Mist ($25.00 for 4 fl. oz.)

With its exuberant, fruity essential oil blend, this spirit-lifting body mist leaves skin lightly fragranced with the all-natural key notes of energizing Grapefruit, Orange, Tangerine and Field Mint. Light enough to be layered with other Gloomaway™ products, this uplifting body mist ushers in feelings of optimism and contentment that last throughout the day.

Gloomaway Grapefruit Gumballs ($5.00 for 20)

For immediate happiness that you can taste, these Gloomaway™ gumballs freshen breath and brighten the mood. The uplifting, all-natural citrus flavors of Grapefruit and Orange sparkle on the tongue, helping soothe and balance nerves.

Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Wash & Bubble Bath ($21.00 for 8.5 fl. oz.)

This mood-brightening bath buddy doubles as a body wash and bubble bath. When worked into wet skin or poured into a running tub, it generates a generous and fragrant foam. With the citrusy scent of Grapefruit, Field Mint and Sweet Orange, you emerge from bathing with a clean body and a fresh mind.

Gloomaway Grapefruit Body-Buffing Cleanser ($20.00 for 5 fl. oz.)

Sometimes a wash alone just isn’t enough. In addition to cleansers derived from Palm and Coconut, this multi-purpose exfoliating cleanser also grinds away grime with Crushed Apricot Seeds. Skin emerges soft, smooth, and sweetly scented.

Gloomaway Grapefruit Body Souffle ($27.50 for 7 oz.)

This rich, body buttering souffle finishes off your shower and bath experience with a deeply moisturizing layer of fragrant creme. With nourishing Olive, Grape Seed, Rice Bran and Apricot Kernel Oils, it surrounds the body in a cocoon of moisture and extends the uplifting experience long after application.

Gloomaway Grapefruit Bath Bar ($13.00 for 10.5 oz.)

This inviting, 100% vegetable-based soap makes bathing a breeze with the enlivening scents of Grapefruit, Field Mint and Sweet Orange. It features skin softening Glycerin to leave skin feeling silky. Just lather up with water in your hands or a wash cloth and enjoy a carefree clean.

Availability: July 2009. Bath Bar, Body Souffle, Body Wash, and Body-Buffing Cleanser available now at Origins.

P.S. – OMG, I am in LOVE with the name of this launch. It just tickles my fancy! Maybe it was because I once adored Eeyore (yes, from Winnie the Pooh!), and it reminds me of him… Gloomaway! Love it.

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

This 4th of July, start the patriotic party in your shower with LUSH! Belt out your own rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, toss in some red, white and blue bubbly (shampoo bars), top it off with a dollop of American Cream (conditioner) and you’ve got yourself a party . . . and hair so shiny it’s sure to set off fireworks!

For all those who will have to hit the friendly skies and/or not-so-friendly roads to reach the party, LUSH’s shampoo bars are perfect for travel. Stored in shampoo bar tins ($2.95) that are made from recycled aluminum, these little wonders make carry-on travel a breeze – no spillage, leaking or bulky bottles to lug around. Because we all know if we are going to be lugging bottles around this 4th of July, we certainly hope they won’t be shampoo bottles!

New ($9.25 for 1.9 oz.)

Add some spice to your life with New solid shampoo. Massage the red lather all over your head and soak in the heat. Cinnamon and clove oils warm and stimulate your scalp and fill your shower with the smell of cinnamon hearts. Great for those suffering from hormonal hair loss as the scalp-stimulating essential oils encourage your follicles to hang on in there. (Vegan!)

Seanik ($9.25 for 1.9 oz.)

Don’t let Seanik’s compact size fool you. This little puck of joy buffs and shines like no liquid can. A couple of swipes worked up into a lather to moisturize the scalp, breathe life into the lifeless, and shine your hair like a champ. Economical and easy to use, Seanik’s citrus and seaweed combo enriches and enlivens while its fragrance entices all who cross your path. (Vegan!)

Ultimate Shine ($9.25 for 1.9 oz.)

A lovely white shampoo bar with gold sparkly bits (not loads, just enough to leave a couple of sparkles in your hair), Ultimate helps hair shine by using spicy elemi and ylang ylang oils to balance your scalp’s oil production. Deliciously sweet violet leaf oil is said to relieve anger and anxiety so you can shine socially too. (Vegan!)

American Cream ($8.75 for 3.3 fl. oz. or $26.65 for 16.9 fl. oz.)

American Cream is a conditioner like no other. With honey and vanilla to soften and fresh strawberries and oranges to add shine, it takes on the toughest tangles and roughest frizz, all the while smelling like a sweet honey milkshake. you’ll catch a whiff every time you turn your head and wonder where that 1950s diner is.

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Monday, June 15th, 2009

Bobbi Brown Nudes Collection 2009

Bobbi Brown’s newest take on nude makeup—a concept she created. ‘Nude makeup doesn’t mean monochromatic, barely-there makeup. It means makeup that’s right for your skin,’ says Bobbi. Fall’s must-have eye palette takes you effortlessly from day to night with a sophisticated and universally flattering selection of nude shadows in three different textures: soft matte, lightly pearlized and metallic high-shimmer. Three eyeshadow duos come in a customizable 3-Pan Palette, which can also be filled with your choice of any Bobbi Brown eyeshadow or blush shades.

Nude Eye Palette ($60.00)

  • Contains Navajo/Pebble, Chino/Beige Linen Wash and Maple Sugar/Caviar duos, exclusive to this set.

Nude Shimmer Brick ($38.00)

The iconic Shimmer Brick is now available in the perfect everyday shade: Nude. This hand-made brick features five pure pearl pigments—pink, gold, bronze, beige and caramel—designed to be blended together to give all skin tones a soft, lit-from-within glow. Layer over blush as highlighter or use individual shades on lids for a sheer, pearlized look.

Creamy Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Rose Bud
  • Rose Garden
  • Soft Blush
  • Twilight

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($21.00)

  • Caviar Ink

Available: Currently available via Nordstrom.com.

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