Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

MAC Cosmetics | NEW VIEW | July 2008

Mineralize Skinfinishes are coming out, but not quite in the way people have asked for–they are existing mineralize skinfinish naturals on one half with a “Natural and Shimmer” mineralize skinfinish on the other side designed to highlight the planes of the face.

Mineralize Skin finish

  • Light Medium/Natural and Shimmer Pale golden beige/Warm yellow beige
  • Medium/Natural and Shimmer Soft creamy beige/light peachy pink
  • Medium Dark/Natural and Shimmer Caramel/Light tan
  • Dark/Natural and Shimmer Deep caramel/Mid tone yellow gold
  • Deep Dark/Natural and Shimmer Rich golden bronze/deep copper bronze

Brush

  • 189 Face Brush Rounded-paddle face brush with chiselled shape on each side for effortless placement and blending of product.

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Friday, May 9th, 2008

Prescriptives | URBAN HEAT | Summer 2008

Heat up your look this summer with Prescriptives’ sizzling new collection, Urban Heat. The face is lightly dusted with bronze for an all-over glow. Eyes are subtly contoured in shimmering earth tones punctuated by dramatic accents of bright azure and deep purple. Cheeks are naturally radiant in sun-kissed shades while lips are swept in ripe, lush tones for a fiery finish. Go ahead and feel the heat.

Colorscope Lip Gloss | Sophisticated and modern, Colorscope Lip Gloss glides onto lips for extraordinary shine and a sheer finish. The ultra-smooth, lightweight texture leaves lips feeling soft, moist and smooth. Wear alone or slicked over your favorite Colorscope Lipcolor to intensify shine or transform color to give lips a full look. ($17.50)

  • Trendy (Y/O), Sporty (Y/O), Gutsy (R/O), Feisty (R/O), Giggly (R), Sassy (R) , Stylish (B/R), Edgy (B/R)

Kohl Eye Pencil | A super-soft eye liner with great color pay-off defines, lines, colors and contours the eyes. It allows just enough playtime to achieve a smoky, smudgy look or a dramatically defined one.  Water-resistant, longwearing, easy to blend. ($18.50)

  • Blue Grotto, Purple Rain

Colorscope Eye Color | This longwearing, silky formula blends evenly for a subtly contoured look in new shades of shimmering bright azure and iridescent iris for stunning, jewel-like effects. ($17.50)

  • Plum Noir (B/R), Aegean (Y/O), Golden (Y/O), Iced Cider (Y/O), Frosting (R/O), Satin (R), Sunbaked (R), Platinum (R)

Colorscope Creamy Eye Color | A longwearing cream eye shadow that stays color-true all day long without creasing. This easy to blend formula in sparkling shades of gold and gunmetal can be customized as a soft sheen or layered with any Colorscope Eye Color as a base for multi-effects. ($18.00)

  • Lychee (Y/O), Smoking Gun (R)

Here To Stay 24-Hour Longwear Mascara | Lift and define lashes for up to 24 hours with this smudge-resistant, customizable formula. The ultra-comfortable formula is waterproof when worn alone or water-resistant over your favorite Prescriptives mascara – perfect for beating the summertime heat! ($19.50)

Colorscope Lipcolor | A moisturizing, shiny and luscious formula in shades of mocha, bronze and shimmering plum. ($17.50)

Majorcan Sand (Y/O), Chocolate Frost (Y/O), True Bronze (R/O), Berry Oodles (R)

Availability:  Beginning May 2008 at Prescriptives counters nationwide, exclusively at Holt Renfrew in Canada and www.prescriptives.com.

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

The Kohdo Wood Collection

The World of Jo Malone introduces the Kohdo Wood Collection, two captivating fragrances created as a modern interpretation of an ancient Asian tradition. These two new Eastern scents are inspired by the ancient Japanese incense ceremony of Kohdo where emotions are influenced according to the different nature of scents. The invigorating fragrance of Lotus Blossom & Water Lily – Kohdo Wood Day, is designed to wake the senses and energise the soul, while Dark Amber & Ginger Lily – Kohdo Wood Night, is a sensual and calming blend that encourages tranquillity.

To feel refreshed and invigorated, surround yourself with the scent of Lotus Blossom & Water Lily. The blend of mandarin, sacred lotus blossom, bamboo and aloeswood will encourage energy, inspire confidence and focus the mind. With an energetic and confident nature this scent is perfect to use throughout the day.

At the end of the day, to encourage a feeling of calm and tranquillity, the sensual nature of Dark Amber & Ginger Lily is perfect for relaxation as day turns to night. The combination of black cardamom, orchid and Kyara Wood has been designed to cleanse the senses, encourage calm, relaxation and positive thoughts.

Available:  May 2008

Have you used any Jo Malone fragrances? What are your top picks?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Art with Attitude: Kat Von D Leaves Her Mark, Exclusively at Sephora

This summer, beauty gets a bad girl edge when Kat Von D, star of L.A. Ink and owner of High Voltage Tattoo, introduces her one-of-a-kind collection exclusively for Sephora. Whether your look is pin-up perfection or rocker chic, this limited edition line-up has something for those who like to add a little edge to their eyes and punch to their pout.

“People have always asked me what I would be doing if I wasn’t a tattooer, and the only thing I could imagine being as fulfilling as tattooing would be doing makeup!,” says Kat Von D. “To me, makeup is one of the most artistic outlets of self expression, and this collection — a mix of old Hollywood glamour with an L.A. vibe — personifies that. The colors are exceptionally versatile so you can create a look that is classic glamour or amp up the volume for something bolder.”

Eyeshadow Palette ($35) — available in two shade collections, aptly called Ludwig (Kat’s Cat) and Beethoven (Kat’s favorite composer), each palette contains eight eyeshadows, in colors ranging from Lucifer (black) to Tequila (light, golden yellow).

Eyeliners ($16) — six shades of liquid eyeliner, perfect for amping up the star appeal and creating the sexiest cat eyes. Available in Puro Amor (black), Turbo Lover (purple), Immortal Love (brown), Love Metal (gunmetal), Romantico (army green) and Black Metal Love (black with glitter).

Eye Brush Set ($48) — a set of five eyeshadow brushes to bring out your inner artist and achieve a flawless finish.

Lipsticks ($18) — four incarnations of red to accentuate the perfect pout — are you feeling mischievous? Underage Red (blue red), Lolita (rose), Misfit (raisin) or Hellbent (burgundy).

The collection will be available from May 12, 2008 in all Sephora stores, as well as by calling 1-877-SEPHORA or logging on to www.Sephora.com.

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

California ease, hipster cool, and true luxury intersect at Los Angeles’ hottest shopping spot, Robertson Boulevard. May 2008 brings a brand new reason to hit the block: the opening of the sparkling new Robertson Boulevard CHANEL boutique. To celebrate the occasion, Peter Philips, the new Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, has designed four limited-edition must-have nail colours, which will be exclusively available in-store.

This mini-collection of graphic, pop-art shades was inspired by the spirit of Robertson Boulevard itself, a young Hollywood hangout now famous for shopping sprees and see-and-be-seen lunch spots such as The Ivy. Just as Robertson offers a signature blend of trendiness and haute exclusivity, these nail colours are fresh, eclectic, fun — bright as a cloudless California day, and perfect for a destination where every shopper feels like a star.

MELROSE A fun, hot pink destined to become spring’s must-have pedicure
RODEO DRIVE A purple splash: girl power meets the power lunch
L.A. SUNRISE A primary yellow as bright and cheerful as its name
L.A. SUNSET A warm tangerine — just the thing for an afternoon shopping splurge

Available exclusively in-store at the Robertson Boulevard CHANEL Boutique beginning May 30th, 2008, on www.CHANEL.com in July 2008, or call 1.800.550.0005.  Each lacquer is $25.00.

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Dubbed Eyes by Design, the line will be sold exclusively on HSN and both companies hope the collection will reinvigorate that category.

Jane Hudis, president and founder of BeautyBank, said, “Research showed that the eye category is where women lack the greatest confidence — they want to experiment and play around but don’t have the confidence to do so.” She added that the objective was to allow women to experiment in the comfort of their own homes.

Hudis also sees this as a pivotal time for the industry, especially in terms of retailing. Companies are shifting in their thinking from being “distribution-centric to consumer-centric,” she asserted.

You know, I’ve never bought something via the TV. I’ve hardly ever watched HSN or any of the shopping channels (in fact, I used to have them blocked, ha!). What about you? Do you dig channels like HSN (well, at least they have a website, too!), or are you a brick and mortar kind of gal?