Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Cabana Corals Collection

Bobbi Brown Cabana Corals Collection:  A Little Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Cabana Corals Collection includes two new shades of Lip Color (Cabo Coral – a warm pink coral; Guava – a medium tone nectar) and three new shades of Metallic Lip Color (Calypso Glaze — a golden pink; Coral Glaze — a nude nectar; and Coral Reef — a medium pink coral). All five new lipstick shades are $22 each with 0.12 oz. of product per lipstick. From Bobbi Brown’s website, Cabo Coral and Coral Glaze are limited edition.

I received three of them to test-drive, and my favorite was definitely Cabo Coral, but I like my lipsticks creamy and pigmented… so it wasn’t even much of a contest!

  • Cabo Coral is a creamy, richly pigmented orange-coral with soft, frosty sheen. Totally full coverage once applied to lips (my first ultra pigmented Bobbi Brown lipstick!).
  • Coral Reef is a semi-sheer orange-coral with a shimmery, frosty sheen. Applied to lips, it’s a very light coral and more of a golden shimmer-sheen.
  • Coral Glaze is a more muted orange-coral in comparison to Coral Reef (but both are similar to each other). The shimmer-sheen in this one, once applied, is more muted and has a more champagne-coral feel.

Any of these catch your fancy?

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’ve always wanted to wear coral, but you couldn’t find the right shade, Bobbi Brown has five different versions to check out.

Availability: Bobbi Brown

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Intimate Sensuality Collection for Spring 2010

Inspired by colour directly from the runway, a select palette is reinterpreted and revitalized each season with an astute eye. The designers salute the past as they portray the present and forecast the future. The Make Up explores the duality of femininity and sensuality… the look is insouciant and nuanced.

Introducing the Intimate Sensuality Collection for Spring 2010: a collection of timeless elegance, extreme romance and smoldering sophistication. Inspired by the always simmering, subversive sensuality of traditional Sicily, Dolce & Gabbana emphasize their vibrant heritage and celebrate their signature sensibility of daring contrast and undeniable glamour. The collection is created for the Dolce & Gabbana woman, a woman who must play countless roles, relishes challenge, takes chances, expects luxury, seeks glamour… and is only satisfied with the best.

Classic Cream Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Petal (#145)
  • Glam (#115)

Shine Lipstick ($30.00)

  • Precious (#125)

Precision Lip Liner ($30.00)

  • Ultra (#7)

Ultra Shine Lipgloss ($29.00)

  • Innocence (#78)

Smooth Eye Colour Quad ($59.00)

  • Petal (#145)
  • Stromboli (#130)

Smooth Eye Colour Duo ($36.00)

  • Mystery (#106)

Crayon Intense ($29.00)

  • Nude (#9)

Luminous Cheek Colour ($44.00)

  • Apricot (#27)

Intense Nail Lacquer ($20.00)

  • Petal (#103)
  • Drama (#106)

Availability: March 2010

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

La Mer Launches The Regenerating Serum

The Max Huber Research Labs have created The Regenerating Serum, La Mer’s new anti-aging powerhouse. Four years and hundreds of hours of lab work in the making, this ultra-luxe elixir is the result of the combined effort of physicists, marine botanists and biologists around the world. Not only does it contain a high concentration of La Mer’s proprietary Miracle Broth™, but it also includes the new Regenerating Ferment™, derived from marine plant stem cells.

Selected for its vigor and ability to withstand and resist stress, the stem cells of a marine plant Eryngium Maritimum are harvested and grown in a lab through sustainable processes. The cultivated cells and the liquid that contains them are then fermented, using sono-chemistry that helps to boost the activity of the ingredients to create The Regenerating Ferment™. It’s a process similar to that which Dr. Max Huber pioneered when he created its predecessor, the Miracle Broth™ in Crème de la Mer.

The Regenerating Ferment™ helps skin trigger its natural production of collagen, elastin and other “youth proteins,” harnessing the power of the skin’s ability to renew its appearance. In a day, skin looks rejuvenated. With continued use, the appearance of lines, wrinkles and pores is radically diminished for a seemingly ageless look. And this multi-action serum accomplishes all of these feats with a lightweight suspension formula that’s friendly to all skin types.

Key Ingredients

  • Miracle Broth™: The original fermented elixir, known for its healing energies, developed by Dr. Max Huber.
  • The Regenerating Ferment™: A new bio-ferment containing potent marine plant stem cells. The Regenerating Ferment™ assists in the skin’s renewal, helping support its natural structure, restore its integrity and protect it from external aggressors.
  • The Marine Peptide Ferment: An anti-age marine algae and peptide complex which helps firm the look of skin and boost its natural collagen production, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • Colloidal Gold: A skincare super-conductor that effectively delivers skin smoothing, firming and anti-irritant benefits to the skin.
  • Lime Tea: A unique lime peel extraction, and one of Dr. Huber’s original ingredients included in Crème de la Mer—a perfect antioxidant companion to the Miracle Broth™.

The Regenerating Serum (1 oz.) will retail for $250.00 and be available in March 2010 at select Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and www.lamer.com.

Any of you excited for the addition of The Regenerating Serum to La Mer’s range?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Maybelline @ Vivienne Tam

“Classic China Doll” was the beauty look at Vivienne Tam with a deep, luscious red lip complemented by a flawless, porcelain complexion.

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Maybelline New York Global Makeup Artist, Charlotte Willer, went classic femme fatale by pairing deep cherry-bitten lips with bare cheeks. Eyes were accented in the corners with a shimmering light beige eyeshadow to evoke sexy screen siren. Natural brows created a pretty, “not-too-perfect” look. Charlotte first lined the lips precisely and then filled in the entire lip area in feathered strokes for a long-lasting, perfectly rich red result using Red Color Sensational Lip Liner.

Charlotte used the lightest shade of Copper Chic Eye Studio Eyeshadow Quad in the corner of the eye as a shimmery, feminine accent and focal point. For the face, a luminous finish and natural coverage from Mineral Powder Natural Perfecting Foundation paired perfectly with intense lips. Brows were defined with Define-a-Brow Eyebrow Pencil to create a natural looking brow.

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Coco:  Sneak Preview

Rouge Coco promises to be one of Chanel’s biggest launches this year. According to Peter Philips’, Global Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, “Rouge Coco fascinates me, because I’ve never seen a texture this comfortable and easy to apply. It’s the ready-to-wear lipstick. Just one sweep over the lips colours them and covers them in a melt-away balm … I like the idea that women from the gloss generation, who are afraid of lipstick, can return to this essentially feminine beauty step with Rouge Coco.”

I’m a big fan of Chanel’s lip products. It took me awhile before I came around, but once I did, woo, boy! Those Rouge Allure Laques just made me fall head over heels in lurve.  I remember first reading about Rouge Coco in WWD back in January, and I was all over it.  I was like, “When? Where?  I WANT!”

Rouge Coco comes in a metal case, but it’s still housed in sleek, black packaging with signature Chanel details. Funny enough, according the press materials, engineers opened and closed hundreds of tubes of lipstick to settle on just the right “click.” Each lipstick is lightly scented with a vanilla rose scent (also supposed to have a “fruity raspberry accord,” but I didn’t catch it–my nose is far from sophisticated!).

When asked, “How do we apply Rouge Coco?” Peter Philips says, “[It] stands out by the freedom that it offers women. It allows you to adjust the intensity of the colour, even though the very first coat offers dense lip pigmentation.”

I wanted to give you the back story behind Rouge Coco, because I know that I enjoy reading about the inspiration behind a new product or collection. It just makes it come alive to me! There is just something special about really seeing and envisioning all of the work that went into a product, whether you buy into the back story or not.

But now, let’s move away from the press release and onto the real deal — do they deliver? what are they like? Based on the back story, Rouge Coco is designed to be a hydrating, satin lip color that can deliver smooth, pigmented color. After testing five shades, I can confirm that back story for you.

  • Perle (02) is a soft pinky-brown with subtle champagne sheen. It gives good coverage without being heavy.
  • Mademoiselle (05) is a medium pink with a brown edge. It’s pink without being bubblegum-pink or pale or frosty. This was one of the richer colors of the five I tried as well. I didn’t feel like this shade had any noticeable shimmer; it had a slight sheen, but it wasn’t frosty or glossy.
  • La Pausa (08) is an orange-based coral with coppery orange shimmer. It applied smoothly and provided good color coverage, though it had a frostier finish than the other four I tested out. I’m not sure why this is put in the “Beige” family, since I wouldn’t say it’s anywhere near beige.
  • Legende (11) is a raspberry pink with a pearl shimmer. It applies evenly to lips and is rich in color. It had less of a satin finish as it did frost. There was a noticeable sheen once applied. What I did like about this particular shade is it could be blotted down for a lighter, more of a pink-stained lip for less intense color.
  • Cambon (31) is a rich, raspberry-tinged red. This one is wickedly pigmented; it’s a vibrant, glowing red. The color didn’t bleed on me, but I would use a lip liner (in practice) just to give it a more defined edge. Cambon had a light sheen, almost a glossy look to it, though still definitely a lipstick look.

Rouge Coco is a surprisingly pigmented, subtle, and smooth formula.  Way better than Hydrabase (which it is replacing).  I wouldn’t even describe these as creamy lipsticks (like Rouge Allures can be), but they apply smoothly, richly, and feel incredibly lightweight.

I tested the wear with two colors, once with Mademoiselle and the second time with Cambon–I got a solid four hours of wear with Mademoiselle before it looked faded (but it persisted decently for another hour); with Cambon, I experienced only minimally fading after five hours of wear with no bleeding (but note, lip color doesn’t tend to bleed on me).

These don’t surpass my Rouge Allure Laques (but they’re almost a completely different animal, let’s be honest) as an all-time favorite Chanel lip product, but they hold their own in the Chanel lip color range.  The wear is excellent, because the color hugs lips without sucking the moisture from them.  I think this is why it’s the bridge between lipstick and gloss–because it feels lightweight, soft, and smooth.  But it’s not a lip balm.  It doesn’t feel slick or move all over your lips.

Overall, Rouge Coco is a good step-up from Aqualumieres and not overshadowed by Rouge Allures.  It’s like the middle ground–pigmented enough for medium-to-full coverage but light enough for sheer.  I like the new formula quite a bit but not quite in love with it yet… perhaps my heart is just waiting to be swept away by that perfect shade.

The Rouge Coco line includes four color families with a total of twenty shades (at least, that’s what the press book listed), each retailing for $30. I believe there may be up to an additional ten shades that rotate internationally. The lipstick will launch February 25th, both online and on-counter. You’ll definitely find me at Nordstrom first thing on the 25th to check out the other shades!

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Milani Hi-Tech Holographic Nail Lacquer

Beauty on a Budget: Glitter-tastic Nails with Milani Holographic Nail Lacquer

Milani Hi-Tech 3D Holographic Nail Lacquer ($4.99) is one of six new holographic shades from Milani this spring. Other shades include: HD (silver), 3D (gold), Cyberspace (blue), Digital (eggplant purple), Hi-Res (purple).

According to Milani, “New specialty nail lacquer that exhibits a unique 3D Holographic effect that no other nail lacquer has ever achieved. The nail lacquer appears to color-shift as the illumination source or the viewing angle changes. This color phenomenon is based on Holographic Image Technology that makes a very thin, bright, embossed metallic flake look like a rainbow. It allows the color to travel from red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet; seven distinctive colors of the color spectrum.”

Hi-Tech is wickedly shimmery with larger shimmer particles (but they don’t feel gritty like a glitter polish often does). It’s a spring-y, yellow-green with different flecks of, predominantly, gold and green shimmer. It reflects and catches the light in a way that I can’t capture on film–definitely one of those “you gotta be there” moments. Really stunning, though. I’ll be sure to post again if I try any of the other five shades available.

Have you tried any of the new Holographic shades yet?

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you love glitter polishes but not the removal process, Milani’s 3D Holographic polish might be another way to get your glitter on.

Availability: Local drugstores, MilaniCosmetics.com

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