Thursday, September 29th, 2011


L’Occitane Get on Board for Sight Soaps

Here’s a great cause with an affordable price tag but more importantly? 100% of proceeds will be donated.

Did you know that over 280 million people in the world are visually impaired? And yet 80% of blindness is preventable.  Launching October 12th, 100% of the proceeds from sales of the Get on Board for Sight Limited Edition Soaps ($6 each) will support ORBIS, an NGO committed to ending preventable blindness.

Inspired by the ORBIS plane, also known as the Flying Hospital, these limited-edition charitable soaps from L’OCCITANE are crafted in the shape of a plane wearing glasses. Enriched with nourishing shea butter, they leave hands soft and delicately perfumed. Available in Pink (floral and fruity) and Blue (verbena), 100% of the proceeds from sales will allow ORBIS to launch a large-scale project in Burkina Faso, Africa. This country is very special to L’OCCITANE as the company has been working with women’s cooperatives to source Shea Butter since the 1980s.

availability: October 12th, 2011

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011


Dior Holiday 2011 Collection: Les Rouges Or

The story of Dior and Gold is a long one, with its origins in the very sound of the name ―Dior‖. This fact did not escape Jean Cocteau who said, “Dior, this airy genius of our times whose magical name includes that of God (Dieu) and Gold (or).” Rigour combined with excess: it was a prophetic name. From his first couture collections at the end of the 1940s, Christian Dior toyed with gold as the ultimate symbol of true luxury and dreams, as seen in his 1947 ―Champagne gold‖ silk Aladdin gown, in the 1949 ―Pactole‖ gown and so on.

Gold was synonymous with refinement, also appearing as a delicate highlighting touch on perfume bottles and the first lipsticks. Thus, the fascination with gold has continued over the decades. In whichever way it is used, gold is always symbolic of a doorway into a dream. And today the House of Dior is inviting us to a new enchanted experience with a flamboyant collection created by Tyen, where the colour gold provides the setting for Dior’s emblematic Rouge Dior lipcolors and Vernis nail varnishes. Gold reveals the potency of their shades, and like gold powder thrown into crystal fusion to colour it red, gold equals refinement; it glimmers with luxury.

Les Rouges Or Collection ($32.00 each) (Limited Edition)

The new lipsticks scintillate, setting lips aglow. Across the spectrum from red to pink to pure gold, the most beautiful lipstick shades have been infused with a golden powder. This ultra-fine golden powder does not shimmer like mother-of-pearl but melts like a pigment, revealing all the potency and splendour of the colour. On the lips, the finish is sheer, vivacious and captivating, with the ever present comfort and plumping hydration of all Rouge Dior Lipsticks, available in four limited edition shades. Shades: Or Etoilé #217, Versailles #527, Belle de Nuit #841, Nocturne #961

The Or Vernis Collection ($22.00 each) (Limited Edition)

Glowing in a haze of new light, nails are transformed into precious accessories. Injected with a golden powder as delicate as that of a goldsmith, Dior Vernis cult shades gain shine, intensity and depth. The jewel-like nail varnishes are available in four shades including the limited edition Gold Varnish, the perfect gold shade.Shades: Or Divin #221, Exquis #611, Merveille #651, Apparat #871.

5-Couleurs Gold Infused Palette in Couture Gold ($59.00)

The legendary 5-Couleurs palette is now available in a gold harmony. The finished look is silky, highly luminous and completely luxurious.

Deluxe Holiday Palette ($77.00) (Limited Edition)

For the Dior Addict on-the-go, this multi-use palette features the essentials for creating any beauty look, from fresh and glowing skin to smoky eyes to bold lips. On the left side of this chic clutch is a Creme de Rose Lip Balm, and a multi-toned Diorskin Nude sculpting powder. The center features essentials for an modern smoky eye look: A dark aubergine eyeliner, a medium plum eyeshadow, and a petal pink lipgloss to compliment. The right side of the palette is the opposite look: nude eyes and intense lips. A taupe and pale pink eyeshadow pair with a rich, universal red lipstick. A Mini Diorshow Iconic Mascara pulls the entire look together.

Holiday Eye Palette ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

Create the perfect smoky brown eyes in four simple steps with the help of this must-have palette. Featuring a harmony of beige and brown iridescent eyeshadows, along with a dark brown eyeliner, and luminous highlighter. A sleek applicator brush makes for quick touch-ups on-the-go.

Holiday Lip Palette ($46.00) (Limited Edition)

Housed in a chic tweed case featuring a Dior logo charm and The House of Dior’s iconic bow detailing, this lip palette is the perfect party accessory. Featuring a hydrating Lip Balm, 2 pink lipsticks, and 1 sheer pink lipgloss.

Mini Brush Set ($62.00) (Limited Edition)

This Chic tweed brush case contains the four essential travel-size brushes essentials to create the perfect beauty looks. Including brushes for foundation, blush, eyes and lips.

availability: October 2011

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011


Bobbi Brown Holiday 2011 Collection

1991 Lip Palette ($60.00) (Limited Edition)

In 1991, discouraged by the lack of flattering lip colors that were available, Bobbi took to making her own. She created ten lipstick shades that had a brown base, which was in her opinion the most natural complement to a woman’s skin tone. After a small editorial mention in a magazine, Bobbi was soon taking countless phone orders from her home and it wasn’t long before she caught the attention of Bergdorf Goodman, which ultimately launched her eponymous collection. Bobbi hoped that she would sell 100 lipsticks in her first month at the store—and she ended up selling them in just one day. Created in celebration of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics’ 20th anniversary, the Limited Edition 1991 Palette features the original ten lipsticks as well as ten NEW bright, modern and wearable colors that showcase how the brand has evolved in the past 20 years. All the shades can be worn alone or mixed together to create your own unique shade.

  • 1991 Colors: Salmon, Beige, Raisin, Brown, Rose, Pink, Orange, Blackberry, Burnt Red, Red
  • 2011 Exclusive Colors: Coral Gable,s Lady Ruba, Berry Punch, Hot Berry, Watermelon, Atomic Pink, Party Pink, Cosmic Lily, Pink Martini, Candied Red

Ultimate Party Collection ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

This double-decker compact features 8 sultry eye shadows and 4 flirty lip shades plus a mini lip and mini eye shadow brush. It’s the perfect palette for any makeup maven. Includes: Navajo, Chrome Patina (New), Pewter, Plum Steel, Plum Navy, Crushed Granite, Antique Gold (Exclusive), Black Topaz (new) eyeshadows; Rave, Soiree Pink, Iced Lilac, and Tinsel lip glosses.

Cool Party Eye Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Includes: White, Iced Blue, Rockstar, Sterling, Gunmetal, and Onyx eyeshadows.

Party Eye Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Includes: Bone, Champagne Quartz, Pebble, Pink Blaze (New), Copper Sand, and Black Chocolate eyeshadows.

Black Ruby Sparkle Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Includes: Pink Rose, Crushed Silver, Black Ruby, and Onyx Sparkle Eyeshadows.

Party to Go Palette ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Includes: Midnight Violet High Shine Lip Gloss, Pretty Pink and Plum Metallic Lip Colors, and Rockstar, Eggplant, and Charcoal eyeshadows.

Classic to Go Palette ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Includes: Naked Plum High Shine Lip Gloss, Pale Mauve and Tulle Lip Colors, and Bone, Cement, and Caviar eyeshadows.

Lip Gloss Trio ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Includes: Aubergine Lip Gloss, Bare Sparkle High Shine Lip Gloss, Pastel Pink High Shine Lip Gloss

availability: October 2011

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Sunday, September 25th, 2011


Bond No. Holiday 2011 Collection

At Bond No. 9, we’re bold and daring perfumers—but never more so than at holiday time. That’s when—we admit it!—we throw any hint of caution to the wind and present a limited-edition collection of gifts that are at least as sumptuous as the celebrations themselves—in fact, probably a lot more so. But this year, we’ve gone for a level of sheer, unadulterated radiance that frankly amazes even us. Here is a stunning array of treasures whose lustrousness, whose incandescence will boggle the mind and mesmerize the eye, just as much as our scents excite the senses. And for our keynote eau de parfum this season, the one that most warrants being surrounded by splendor, we’ve chosen the best-selling Scent of Peace—a male/female mélange of black current, lavender, and lily of the valley, which we’ve made available in several sizes and shapes. Of course we’ve included other Bond No. 9 scent favorites, as well. And as always at holiday-time, we offer a generously wide price range. So, the artisanal scents … the optics … the keepsake boxes … the luxury quotient: Bond No. 9 has got it all.

Fantasy-Stone Fountain of Peace ($7,500.00)

This year’s official, unabashed extravaganza gift is our now-perennial 42-ounce spigoted amphora vitrine, filled with the Scent of Peace, its gracefully curvaceous exterior glistening everywhere with a new Swarovski crystal design: a profusion of stones in varying sizes and shapes, carefully pieced together onto a surface as intricate and tactile as an incandescent moon-glow tapestry. True, perfume containers have always had an element of fantasy. But this one is ultimo in every way.

Incadescent Shooting Super Star ($1,000.00)

The Scent of Peace is likewise the eau de parfum chosen for the classic Bond No. 9 superstar bottle that’s been decked out all over with those Swarovski fanci-crystals—the moonlit exterior emphasizing the preciousness of the contents. Even the oval cap and the keepsake silver-toned presentation box are studded with stones.

Swarovski All-Stars Quartet to Go ($700.00)

What woman wouldn’t adore having her daily choice of four Swarovski pavé-studded pocket sprays—one in glistening fuchsia (Chinatown), one in cobalt blue (Nuits de Noho), one in silver-crystal (the Scent of Peace), and one in black (Bond No. 9 Perfume). Standing tall in their own neat golden coffret equipped with a handy gold-tone mini-funnel (yes, these pocket sprays are refillable), they add up to the perfect gift presentation for those who long to casually whip out an impossibly stunning perfume flacon from their handbag, wow everyone around with its jewel-like sheen—and then do it all over again the next day in a different color.

Coffret Trio ($550.00)

Fitted into a square gold-foil box, the Bond No. 9 signature coffret contains three of our most beloved top-sellers—the aforementioned Bond No. 9 Perfume, as well as Astor Place and Nuits de Noho. Their appeal is unabashedly to women who are romantically or seductively inclined—or both at once.

Peace Offering ($430.00)

The Scent of Peace once again, this time in a signature gift collection featuring a 100 ml. eau de parfum, body cream, and candle. Lovers of peace will find sublime contentment here.

Perfumista’s Perfect Ten ($250.00)

Imagine the Bond No. 9 superstar flacon precisely scaled down to 5 ml. How beguiling! Then imagine a wardrobe of ten such flacons—each containing a different best-selling eau de parfum–standing at attention in a beautifully embossed coffret. What an exquisite dream-gift that will turn any fashionista into a devout perfumista—and vice versa. The scents: Andy Warhol Union Square, Bleecker Street, Bond No. 9 Signature , Chelsea Flowers, Chinatown, Eau de New York , Hamptons, Nuits de Noho, The Scent of Peace and Wall Street.

Amethyst Serenity ($500.00, $225.00)

The Scent of Peace again, this time in a Swarovski amethyst pavé-covered superstar bottle; 50 ml, $500; and in a 7 ml pocket spray, $225. Both are refillable. Available separately: amethyst velvet pouches, sized to fit.

Oudissimo/Oud on the Skin ($170.00)

So in-demand is Bond No. 9 Perfume, our provocative East-West signature blend of oriental oud and beautifully balanced rose, along with edible almond and caramel that our customers absolutely insisted we create an accompanying body cream and candle. Here they are, enveloped in blazing gold, just in time for the holidays.

availability: November 1st, 2011

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Sunday, September 25th, 2011


L’Oreal Paris & Project Runway Colors Take Flight Collection

Just in time for autumn’s fashion-forward styles, L’Oréal Paris, in conjunction with Emmy-nominated Project Runway, introduces “Colors Take Flight” – a limited-edition cosmetics collection of four palettes inspired by the captivating colors of exotic birds. L’Oréal Paris Consulting Makeup Artist and Project Runway featured artist Collier Strong helped develop this collection which offers new and stunning shade ranges, rich textures and the tools to create distinctly different makeup looks. Inspired by the Cockatoo, the Owl, the Raven and the Amazon Parrot, these four cosmetics sets bring runway-inspired beauty to new heights.

Charming Cockatoo

  • Charming Cockatoo’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Pout (8.95)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Wisdom ($4.99)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Mystery ($4.99)

Watchful Owl

  • Watchful Owl’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Watchful Owl’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Watchful Owl’s Pout (8.95)
  • Watchful Owl’s Night ($4.99)
  • Watchful Owl’s Lust ($4.99)

Audacious Amazon

  • Audacious Amazon’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Pout (8.95)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Flare ($4.99)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Flash ($4.99)

Sultry Raven

  • Sultry Raven’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Sultry Raven’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Sultry Raven’s Pout (8.95)
  • Sultry Raven’s Dream ($4.99)
  • Sultry Raven’s Strength ($4.99)

availability: October 2011 at ULTA locations, drugstores, and mass market retailers nationwide.

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Saturday, September 24th, 2011


Nubar Jeans Collection

Available later this season, Nubar’s Jeans collection contains three shades that will retail for $19.99 at bynubar.com.

Jeans Collection ($19.99)

  • Faded Jeans Light blue shimmer
  • Boyfriend Jeans Medium blue creme
  • Dark Wash Jeans Dark blue creme