Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

We all know LUSH as an eco-friendly brand, but this really takes it to the next level! Today, at 12 PM sharp, they will be leading a protest that urges shoppers to go “naked” by purchasing products free of packaging. The main event is located in NYC (Outside LUSH Soho, Broadway, & Spring St.), but the activity will also take place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Washington DC, Orlando, Portland, Aspen, Boulder, Carmel, Pasadena, Scottsdale, Maui, Annapolis, Bethesda, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Kansas City and Providence.

Why are LUSH employees shedding their clothes to talk about packaging? The environment is one of the biggest global issues we face today. In order to combat climate change and to protect the Earth’s scarce natural resources, shoppers need to take action by avoiding packaged goods. Unnecessary packaging can be found in almost every retailer: loose fruit individually shrink-wrapped or on plastic trays in supermarkets, the prolific use of plastic carrier bags and the mountains of plastic bottles used for cosmetic products are all contributing to the growing environmental crisis.

Did you know… LUSH only uses 100% post-consumer waste bottles for their plastic bottles? Their paper bags, cardboard boxes, and reusable tins are all made from recycled materials?

Good luck to those very brave employees! You wouldn’t catch me struttin’ my birthday suit all over town, even for a good cause, but then again, maybe I need to go on How To Look Good Naked, and then I’d be all over it.

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

On her inspiration, Bobbi Brown says, “I love nude makeup – and it’s especially sexy when it’s saturated with glimmering, light-reflective flecks.”

Shimmering Nudes Palette ($50.00)
A perfect mix of seven cool and warm nude tones, the Shimmering Nudes Palette flatters all complexions and has everything you need to create mBobbi’s look of the season. A combination of flat,
sheer shimmer and high shimmer shades softly illuminate the eyes while a dark matte liner shade adds drama.

  • New, Exclusive Nude Beach Metallic Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Nude Mist Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Naked Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Nude Glow Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Exclusive Mica Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Nude Spice Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Espresso Eye Shadow ($22.00)

Creamy Lip Color
Because you can never have too much of a good thing, Bobbi has added four new shades to her Creamy Lip Color Collection. Infused with hints of pink and gold, each of the nude-toned lip shades is designed to work beautifully with the Shimmering Nudes Palette.

  • Baby
  • Pink Sequin
  • Pink Buff
  • Sunset Nude

Available: September 2008

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

If you, like me, always enjoy about discovering a new beauty line, then I have some news for you! Jouer Cosmetics has re-launched itself exclusively at Henri Bendels this August. It is an “innovative collection of custom luxury cosmetics.” (No doubt about that, since it’s a Henri Bendels exclusive, can’t imagine it not being luxury!) They are touting the Luminizing Moisture Tint SPF 20 as their star product, along with their Age-Repairing Brightener and Concealer. Jouer does niclude a full line of color pieces as well (lipsticks, shadows, etc.). Apparently, Jouer first launched in 2004, but this is the first time I’ve heard about it.

Check the line out at www.jouercosmetics.com.

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

I love Essie polishes! They never disappoint me, because they apply smoothly, and the colors are incredibly rich and pigmented. You really don’t need two coats with this stuff (though I still go for it). I’ve never had problems with this brand chipping, and I manage to get my manicure to last through a week without anything more than tip wear. For fall, they have six colors:

  • Swept Off My Feet: darker watermelony pink
  • Big Spender: raspberry-purple
  • No Boundaries: vampy berry-red
  • Forever Young: clean, deep red
  • Tomboy No More: dark scarlet red
  • Lacy Not Racy: vampy dark red

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Sunday, August 17th, 2008

LUSH is releasing a new product called Emotibombs! It’s a bath bomb for those who don’t have the shower–you get the same aromaatherapy benefits as the bath bomb, without having to fill up your tub (or shower stall). The Emotibombs dissolve slower than the bath bombs, and they have concentrated the essential oils to better suit the shower environment. There are four to choose from!

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Friday, August 15th, 2008

WWD reports Lancome will launch a new lipstick called L’Absolu Rouge, from their Rouge Absolu line, in September. The lipstick will be the first to contain Pro-Xylane, an antiaging molecule panted by the brand’s parent (L’Oreal). The entire line will have 36 shades, each with SPF 12. The US will see 15 shades launching this fall, each retailing at $29.

So, anti-aging properties in lipsticks — is it your cup of tea? Lancome isn’t the first brand to do it, as higher luxury brands like Cle de Peau already work that angle. I have to say, $29 is steep for a lipstick when it comes to my budget. I also am skeptical about just how much treatment my lips need – I mean, I’m more concerned about the wrinkles around my lips than the ones on them!