Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Color Strips Collection for Spring 2010

A complete spring eye, lip and cheek wardrobe—designed by Bobbi. Each of these three palettes has five Eye Shadows and three shades of Pot Rouge designed to work together
beautifully. Imagine the possibilities.

The Problem You buy shadows that look amazing in the store, but then you get home and don’t know what to do with them.

The Fix Everyone can wear bright shades. Bobbi put together these three palettes with pops of color—plus the perfect neutrals that make them work for everyone.

“Don’t be afraid of color. Each palette has one bright eye shadow that really stands out—the rest of my hand-picked shades for eyes, lips and cheeks will make it wearable.”

Color Strips Palette ($60.00)

  • Bonfire
  • Orchid
  • Aquamarine

Availability: March 2010

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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?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection – Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper for Viva Glam

Between us girls….you know you’ve got a sexy voice…use it! Let’s talk about the kind of relationships we want to have, and how to keep it safe, seductive and satisfying. And don’t forget, every cent from the sale of M·A·C VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass goes toward helping women, men and kids everywhere affected by HIV and AIDS. VIVA GLAM is the main source of funding for The M·A·C AIDS Fund. Our spokes models, makeup artists and entire M·A·C family are fiercely committed to the cause.

Available today… February 10th, 2010 — Go get yours!

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

  • Viva Glam Cyndi Light coral red (Lustre)
  • Viva Glam Gaga Light blue pink (Lustre)

Makeup Bag (Available February 25th, 2010, North America only) ($25.00 U.S. / $30.00 CDN)

  • Viva Glam Cyndi Bag
  • Viva Glam Gaga Bag
  • Viva Glam Bags are only available online and at MAC retail stores (freestanding/PRO) and limited to North America.

“I think it’s absolutely insane that some people have fewer rights than others, and I’m grateful that M·A·C has decided to focus on women while I’m a VIVA GLAM Spokesperson. I have so much to say and so much to share, and I’m going to let my lips and lipstick do the talking!” — Cyndi Lauper, M·A·C VIVA GLAM Spokesperson

“I’ve been familiar with the campaign and have been wearing M·A·C since I was ten years old. To be joining the likes of iconic former VIVA GLAM spokespeople is an honor. My new VIVA GLAM lipstick colour is amazing. It’s very me – a bluish pink, great for everyday, a little bit ’80s. I hope that women buy this lipstick, and honor themselves and honor the cause.” — Lady Gaga, M·A·C VIVA GLAM Spokesperson

Since the very early days of the AIDS epidemic, women have been heroes – as advocates, activists, healers, legislators, and program designers. These women have volunteered to join the fight and support people living with the virus, often because they had lost children, parents, friends or lovers to the disease, and because they felt they could make a difference. And they have.

In honor of all the women who are living with the virus and those working to curb its spread, the M·A·C AIDS Fund is pleased to announce $2.5 million in new donations to support efforts waged by women and on behalf of women. From Our Lips energizes women and answers the needs of an important, underserved population with HIV and AIDS.

From Our Lips focuses on global HIV hot spots like South Africa, the Caribbean and the United States’ rural South and Washington, D.C. It supports programs in regions that are confronting the complicated causes of HIV infection in women and girls: Violence, discrimination and unequal access to financial and social resources.

The initiative will encourage donor support and cast a media spotlight on the women who have been powerful heroes: those who help others cope with the illness, and those who are now underdogs in their efforts to fight HIV among themselves.

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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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