Monday, February 8th, 2010

Victoria's Secret Spring 2010 Preview

Victoria’s Secret Beauty: Spring 2010 Preview

One of the fun parts about blogging is when a beauty brand puts on an event and invites bloggers to it–and being on the west coast, it doesn’t happen with great frequency (everything is in NYC, boo!), so it is always a real thrill to attend one! Last Thursday, I attended Victoria’s Secret Beauty’s Spring 2010 Press Preview event in San Francisco, held at the Four Seasons.  They had displays set up of their current and upcoming spring collections/products along with promotional posters with coordinating collection imagery.

From playing with some of the products from the VS Makeup line, I have to tell you, the Sparkling Lipsticks seem amazing. I only swatched them on my hand, but they’re wickedly glittery–and in a good way–with good pigmentation. They actually reminded me a lot of Guerlain’s new Kiss Kiss Strass Lipsticks (but they’re half the price–just $14 a pop). Their Lip Glosses ($12) also seemed really fun and sparkly. I’m definitely going to have to start paying more attention to their recently revamped VS Makeup collection!

Beyond the makeup, the event covered many of their upcoming scent-related releases. Lots and lots of scents–so many, my nose was all scented-out by the time I left!

One of the launches I liked were the new scents for the Victoria’s Secret Pink — the Life is Pink Collection. It includes three scents: Wish Pink, Live Pink, and Hope Pink. Each scent is available in eau de parfum ($32), body lotion ($12), sheer fragrance mist ($15), and rollerball ($10). I personally liked the rollerball form, and I’m currently digging Hope Pink. It’s lightly sweetened floral, easy to wear, and very subtle. It lasted a good eight hours on me before fading away. I haven’t had much experience with rollerball perfumes, but now I understand the hype–so convenient.

For Valentine’s Day, there’s the Love Rocks collection, which includes the Love Rocks scent (a sweetened vanilla with violet and amber) available in eau de parfum, scented lotion, scented mist, and bath & shower cream. There’s also a black tote bag with “Love Rocks” sprawled across if you’re in need for a kind of edgy earth-friendly bag. Also for Valentine’s Day, there’s Tease for Two, which is a line of edible body treats, ranging from whipped body creme to massage oil.

The Very Sexy Now eau de parfum ($49), sheer sexy mist ($24), and shimmering body lotion ($20) were recently released for the spring. The packaging has leopard print on it, which is kind of cute. Next to Very Sexy Now was a new scent for the Parfums Intimes collection titled Chiffon (peony freesia), due to launch in April, available in eau de parfum ($45), fragrance mist ($28), and fragrance lotion ($24). Parfums Intimes is a collection of scents inspired by the different fabrics of Victoria’s Secret (I dig back stories!).

Also in April, we’ll see the debut of Secret Moments, which is a collection of scents created from five different secret moments. The scents include: Girls’ Night (pink peony and waterlily), Island Escape (coconut and sugarcane), At First Sight (romantic violet and bergamot), Room 504 (amber and passionfruit), and Good Day Sunshine (peach and blue freesia). I’m all over Room 504 (I love amber), and Island Escape definitely reminded me of the beach. Each scent is available in a body lotion ($10), sheer fragrance mist ($12), body wash ($10), and body cream ($12).

Finally, just in time for Mother’s Day, the Heavenly Flowers Collection will debut. It’s a new scent available between April and June. The top notes are juicy mandarin, watermelon sorbet, sparkling pear, and guava; the middle notes are blooming gardenia, lily of the valley; and the dry-down notes are creamy musk and blonde woods. it’s available in eau de parfum ($49), sheer fragrance mist ($22), softening body lotion ($20), and solid fragrance bracelet ($20).

The event was fun to attend!  Lots of pretty spring-y scents coming ‘atcha from VS Beauty this year.

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Friday, February 5th, 2010

MAC Riveting Collection

MAC Riveting Collection

U.S. Launch Date: February 18th, 2010

International Launch Date: March 2010

Glossy images of leggy, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall -of-Fame uber-models are as riveting, ravishing – and relevant – as ever. Hot shots of super-babes and rock chicks, edgy but never grungy, the lion’s mane of hair, the spectacular cheek bones, the luscious lashes, and a certain fearlessness when it comes to conquering with colour – Riveting is a rock-steady metal collection that pays homage to the Jerry Halls and Pat Clevelands of the world, their strength and their power! Part of a sexy ’80s fashion moment, these girls are modern versions of the real thing: Rock Goddesses never afraid to strut their stuff and step up to the spotlight. A fashion trend, true, but oh-so-much more is what makes these girls Riveting.

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Bubbles Sheer pale white pink ice (Glaze) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Metal Maven Pale frosted silver (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Riveting Mid-tone dirty mauve taupe (Glaze) (Limited Edition)
  • Show Orchid Vivid hot pink (Amplified) (PRO)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Rock Out Light icy silver with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • True Babe Creamy mid-tone bright blue pink (Cream) (Limited Edition)

Penultimate Eyeliner ($16.50 U.S. / $20.00 CDN)

  • Rapidblack True black (Repromote)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Dirty Plum Deep Plum (PRO)
  • Full Fuchsia Very bright iridescent fuchsia (PRO)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

  • Black Enough? Matte black (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Studded Matte true silver with pearl (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Wham, Bam, Glam Matte cool dark taupe (Matte) (Limited Edition)

Brush ($34.00 U.S. / $41.00 CDN)

  • 188 Small duo fibre face (Permanent)

Lashes ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • #48 Lashes (Permanent at Freestanding)

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Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Paul & Joe Beaute Wild Flowers Collection for Spring 2010

This Spring, Paul & Joe Beaute sure have a lot up their sleeves… Lots of cute packaging and shades, including Alice in Wonderland-themed products!  You can check out Paul & Joe Beaute on their Facebook for more details.  Paul & Joe Beaute have a pretty limited availability in the states, primarily at Bergdorf Goodman and a few select retailers across the country (check for local availability at paul-joe-beaute.com).  I spotted it online at Beautyhabit (not everything’s available, though).  I remember drooling over the ultra cute packaging when I was visiting NYC last February–had to go to Bergdorf’s at least once in my life!

Face & Eye Color

  • Honey Suckle (064) Off white/brown gold
  • Lady’s Slipper (065) Fresh green/fresh pink
  • Purple Clover (066) Light purple/dark purple

Lip Gloss Lacquer

  • Baby’s Breath (001) Clear white/healthy beige
  • Snapdragon (002) Clear orange/vibrant orange
  • Primrose (003) Sweet pink/fuchsia pink

Nail Enamel

  • Tutu Candy pink that glistens with juicy clear colour
  • Mata Haria Enchanting, Oriental-style Mandarin orange
  • Magnolia Milky white flower petals, sweet and decliate, that blossom on your fingertips
  • Sequin Silver glitter with a vintage sparkle
  • Stardust Scintillating gold glitter

Creamy Cheek Powder

Creamy solid cheek colour that’s smooth and delectable

  • Marionette Adorable, pretty rose pink
  • Kitten Baby pink that’s innocent like a young girl
  • Peaches Peach orange that’s moist and sweet
  • Butterfly Vibrant orange that’s healthy and colourful
  • Dusk Chic, sophisticated copper

Self Select Eye Color

01-09 are satin finishes; 10 through 17 are silk; and 18-25 are suede

  • Secret of Gold (01)
  • Torch Song (02)
  • Daisy (03)
  • Pistachio (04)
  • Waterlilies (05)
  • Pussycat (06)
  • Fable (07)
  • Starry Night (08)
  • Sterling (09)
  • Spotlight (10)
  • Nearly Nude (11)
  • Paper Lantern (12)
  • Little Sister (13)
  • Chrysanthemum (14)
  • Belladonna (15)
  • Chateau (16)
  • Museum (17)
  • Tempest (21)
  • Courtyard (22)
  • Leatherbound (24)

Alice in Wonderland Collection

  • Fantasy includes a decorated tin that features blotting paper, one blotting paper refill, and a Lip Treatment Stick.
  • Daydream includes a decorated tin with Alice on it, blotting paper, one blotting paper refill, and a Lip Treatment Stick.

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

MAC Too Fabulous Collection

U.S. Launch Date: March 4th, 2010

International Launch Date: March 2010

Lips and cheeks get the pretty young thing treatment…Cremesheen Glass makes a comeback for Spring 2010. Introducing six new très jolie shades and three bring-back essentials, because the world wants more of this creamy, high-flying gloss formula that provides sheer, Just Superb colour with a touch of sex-o-shine!

To accentuate them, a combination of six Lip Pencils ranging from neutral to pinks and browns, to delight and define. And here’s a lovely thought: six new Mineralize Blush Duos are also making a limited appearance. Inspired by the original, they provide a gossamer sheer and lightweight application…all Too Fabulous.

Cremesheen Glass ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN) (Permanent)

  • Just Superb Dirt neutral pink
  • Loud & Lovely Blue pink
  • Richer, Lusher Peach coral
  • Double Dare Coral red
  • Deelight Mid-tone neutral
  • Over Indulgence Neutral brown
  • Fashion Scoop Clear pink (Repromote)
  • Partial to Pink Light peach pink (Repromote)
  • Boy Bait Light nude (Repromote)

Lip Pencil ($13.00 U.S. / $15.50 CDN)

  • Boldy Bare Dirt red brown (Limited Edition)
  • Mouth Off Deep peach coral (Limited Edition)
  • Trimmed in Pink Bright blue pink (Limited Edition)
  • In Synch Bright yellow pink (Limited Edition)
  • Naked Liner Light neutral (Limited Edition)
  • Chestnut Intense brown (Permanent)

Mineralize Blush Duo ($23.00 U.S. / $27.50 CDN)

A limited-edition Mineralize Blush featuring two shades swirled into an abstract pattern. Delivers the sheer colour and soft, dimensional pearl finish of all M∙A∙C Mineralize powder formulas.

  • Rhapsody in Two Light pale pink/pale peach (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Chic Couple Light yellow brown/dark peach (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Two Virtues Light blue pink/light violet (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Bi-Tone Rose pink/copper bronze (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Buddy Up Dirty rose / neutral yellow pink (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Sun & Moon Neutral brown / pink brown (Frost)

Source, Source

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Tarina Tarantino Launches @ Sephora!

Yay! Tarina Tarantino’s new makeup line is now available for preview over at Sephora. I’m definitely curious to see how everything performs.  The packaging is cute, though, from what I can tell so far!

Are you indulging? If so, what’s on your list?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

MAC Give Me Liberty of London Collection

U.S. Launch Date: March 11, 2010
International Launch Date: April 2010

Edit #1: Now with a few images! :)  Not everything, but at least you get an idea about the packaging — which I think looks phenomenal.  They don’t look like stickers, and as long as they’re not, this may be some of the best packaging MAC has put out in awhile. (1/6/2010)

Edit #2: Now with a few MORE images — including an image of the very richly priced scarf.  (1/7/2010)

The very latest in a series of famous M·A·Coll aborations, it was only a matter of time before the demure-to-daring kaleidoscopic prints of Liberty of London coloured our world with Brit wit and bohemian chic. From the unstudied, Sienna Miller style of Spitalfields Market to the grit-and-glamour of Portobello Road, the swinging London girl has always been an unstoppable M·A·C makeup force! Spring 2010 insists on the ultimate flower fusion, with M·A·C joining forces with Liberty, creating cool Britannia compacts and Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Powder, Blush, Nail Lacquers and, of course – blushing, bountiful, quite British accessories.

Beauty Powder ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

The luxurious, soft pearl finish of M·A·C Beauty Powder packaged in a glossssy white compact. Lid is decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Limited edition.

  • Shell Pearl Pale peach with gold pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Summer Rose Soft violet pink with pearl (Limited Edition) (Repromote?)

Eyeshadow ($14.50 U.S. / $17.50 CDN)

  • Give Me Liberty of London Flat creamy pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Free to Be Creamy true coral (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Dame’s Desire Frosty mid-tone reddish purple (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Birds & Berries Frosted dark green blue (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Bough Grey Mid-tone bluish grey (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Lipstick ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Ever Hip Creamy light coral (Cremesheen) (Limited Edition)
  • Peachstock Neutral peach (Satin) (PRO)
  • Petals & Peacocks Creamy bright magenta pink (Amplified) (Limited Edition)
  • Blooming Lovely Creamy greyed lilac mauve (Amplified) (Limited Edition)

Lipglass ($14.00 U.S. / $16.50 CDN)

  • Frankly Fresh Neutral pink beige with soft pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Perennial High Style Creamy bright pink coral (Limited Edition)
  • English Accents Creamy mid-tone blue pink (Limited Edition)
  • A Different Groove Deep purple brown with pearl (Limited Edition)

Blush ($18.50 U.S. / $22.00 CDN)

  • Dirty Plum Sheer dark plum (Limited Edition)
  • Prim & Proper Neutral nude (Limited Edition)

Nail Lacquer ($12.00 U.S. / $14.50 CDN)

  • Vestral White Creamy white (Cream) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Blue India Dark green blue with pearl (Cream) (Limited Edition)

Liberty of London Makeup Bags

  • Small A limited-edition laminated makeup bag decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Zip closure boasts a fabulously outsize floral pull. Measures 8″ x 2.75″ x 3.5″. ($22.00 U.S. / $26.50 CDN)
  • Medium A limited-edition laminated makeup bag decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Zip closure boasts a fabulously outsize floral pull. Measures 8″ x 2.75″ x 5″. ($25.00 U.S. / $31.00 CDN)

Liberty of London Scarf ($95.00 U.S. / $115.00 CDN)

A limited-edition scarf designed with an exclusively created floral pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Rows of coral, orange, yellow and blue flowers form a repeating pattern on a white background. The fabric is a soft wool/viscose blend. Made in Italy. Measures 27″ x 82″.

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