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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Launches for February 2015
Charlotte Tilbury Launches for February 2015

Beach Sticks ($45.00) (New, Permanent)

Charlotte Tilbury brings you a cheeky pop of colour for dewy, youthful lips and cheeks in one effortless stroke of these easy, twist-up colour sticks. A unique, cream-turned-balm mix of smoothing ceramidone, glowing pigments and light-diffusing spheres give the skin a youthful, soft-focussed glow. Designed to be used from beach to chiringuito and beyond, the Beach Sticks form part of Charlotte’s signature range of “Treat & Transform” makeup products with skincare results for a look of endless summer, all year round.

  • Formentera A sun-kissed berry colour, inspired by the searing heat and Ibicencan culture of this Island
  • Las Salinas A candy, fresh, pretty pink that captures the cool, young vibe of this legendary beach
  • Moon Beach A luminous, rose-gold, 70’s inspired iridescent peach, inspired by the mesmerising light of Moon Beach
  • Es Vedra A mystic sunset coral, inspired by this magical, magnetic island, possessed by the sirens that lured Ulysses
  • Ibiza A burnished bronze, inspired by my breakthrough Castaway Kate shoot for Vogue and ethereal light of the island itself

Goddess Skin Clay Mask ($70.00) (New, Permanent)

For centuries, the clays of Spain and Ibiza have been used to repair skin complaints, and in some instances are believed to have incredible healing powers with dramatic effects, dating back to 700 B.C. Usually clay masks can leave the skin feeling very tight and dry and can sometimes crack sensitive areas. However, Spanish clay is nutrient-rich and gently cleans pores for skin that feels clean and fresh and is visibly more flawless. Sweet Almond Oil became a skincare delicacy in Ibiza with the infiltration of Arabic culture in the 9th century A.D. It has well-known nourishing and moisturising properties and when mixed with clay, creates a perfect mask for revealing youthful, visibly lifted, new baby soft skin.

Part of Charlotte’s Magic Skincare range, Goddess Skin Clay Mask also includes Bio Nymph Peptide Complex which improves skin elasticity, induces DNA repair and boosts synthesis of collagen whilst protecting it from degradation. Rosehip Oil regenerates and restores skin softness and elasticity. Frangipani Flower Extract is soothing and purifying.

For the name and results of Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Charlotte was inspired by the protector Goddess of Ibiza, Tanit – the goddess of rebirth, fertility and creation. The Goddess is a magical, mystical symbol of Ibiza and has been worshipped for her power to revive and create new life. Her image adorns the clay mask pack.

Lip Love ($28.00) (New, Permanent)

Lip Renewing Honeybee Scrub: Lip Love stimulates the creation of youth cells in the lips, revealing a fresh, youthful, flawless lip surface. The natural sugar crystals slough away dead skin cells, promoting regeneration. These crystals are suspended in an emollient-rich cream of Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Seed Butter and Beeswax to hydrate and soften the lip surface.

Lip Magic ($35.00) (New, Permanent)

Rejuvenating Smoothing Propolis Balm: Lip Magic is a breakthrough anti-aging lip balm for flawless, instantly younger, dewy lips with long term lip healing benefits. It’s a never-before seen recipe that fuses magical natural ingredients into a moisture-sealing, lip-protecting powerful barrier texture. During tests on the skin and the lips, it was found to have an unparalleled ability to not only protect the skin, but to also strengthen the creation of new skin cells too. In tests, redness was reduced by up to 20% and water loss reduced by 34%. The key ingredient is Propolis – a resinous elixir created by honeybees to protect the lining of the beehive.

Availability: February 2015 at Beautylish, Nordstrom, NET-A-PORTER

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Temptalia Asks You


What was the last life-changing beauty product you tried? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerIt’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Spray! Pretty much everything everyone says it is.

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

2015 Readers' Choice Awards: Nominations

We’re taking your nominations for the best brands and products for the 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards now through January 21st, 2015. Voting will open approximately January 28th, 2015. Show some love to the brands and products that won you over in 2014, NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITES now! :)

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

NARS Reckless Blush
NARS Reckless Blush

NARS Reckless Blush ($30.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “sheer pink shimmer.” It’s a very light, pink-tinged beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is darker, warmer. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Streak Highlighter (P) is pinker. Urban Decay Highlighter (P) is pinker. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is a smidgen warmer. Urban Decay Luminous (P, $29.00) is lighter. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is warmer, less shimmery. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery. Chanel Poudre Signee de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $68.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I’m genuinely puzzled why NARS didn’t make this a “Highlighting Blush,” since they have that designation for other shades like this in their range. I’m not even sure it will be a blush on very fair skin tones–maybe just barely–because it is, by description, sheer, and then it’s very light. Functionally, it just seems far more like a highlighter than a blush. It is sheer, as described. The powder’s consistency is soft, blendable and doesn’t emphasize pores as it tended to give more sparkle than outright sheen. On that note, there is a fair amount of iridescent sparkle in it, which some may find dazzling while others will want to steer clear from–they are noticeable on the skin, and the sparkles travel all-over the face. On me, the effect of the sheen lasts seven hours before fading/turning patchy.

The Glossover

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product

Reckless

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

5/5

Results
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The Sephora FLASH 2-Day Shippig Subscription is now available to everyone. Those who are Rouge members can enroll for free. Those who are not, unlimited 2-day shipping can be had for $10 per year.  The link doesn’t seem to work via mobile (even if you search for it as a product, the page gives an error), so you’ll probably have to jump on your desktop for this one!

I’ve been a member since Sephora rolled out beta (though I paid $25 at the time–$10 makes it more accessible), and it’s been good overall, but I haven’t had the best experiences with overnight shipping at the special rate of $5.95; too often it has resulted in the packaging taking longer than 2-day would have.  I think it’s worth it if you order online often and don’t live near a distribution point (I used to never order from Sephora, because it would take 5-7 days to get to me on the west coast) or don’t have a store nearby.  The best part about it is really that processing time seems to be greatly reduced, so packages get into transit faster (generally).

What You Get

  • Unlimited, FREE 2-Day Shipping
  • No minimum purchase required
  • Applies to EVERY order for an entire year
  • Need it even faster? Special overnight rate of $5.95.
  • VIB Rouge members can enroll in FLASH for FREE (valid for the duration of VIB Rouge status). Sign into your Beauty Insider account before you enroll.

Some restrictions apply:

  • Only available in the Continental US and Puerto Rico.
  • Excludes Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, P.O. Boxes, APO/FPO addresses.
  • Hazmat items, including aerosols and alcohol-based products, will ship by Ground.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Survey Says

Fill in the survey below with your answers, and then share your answers with us in the comments section! :-)

  • Your skin tone/coloring:
  • Eye brush you always use?
  • Do you use foundation regularly?
  • Go-to lip balm?