Fashion’s Night Out – Beauty Events

Fashion’s Night Out – Beauty Events

September 10th marks Fashion’s Night Out. You can map out your adventure on this nifty microsite for FNO. Tonight, CBS will be doing a live stream of Fashion’s Night Out: The Show. Show begins at 7PM. You can follow all that entails with FNO via Twitter @FNONYC. Happy shopping for those heading to the big event!

  • AMAZON BEAUTY will be @ Henri Bendel NYC with their Rahua line. From 7PM on, samples of the organic line will be available.
  • BARIELLE will be giving 10 minute manicures at C.O. Bigelow Apothecary @ 414 Avenue of the Americas.
  • CAUDALIE will be at Vera Wang Bridal Salon @ 991 Madison Ave. from 6-7:30PM, where brides will be pampered, styled, and greeted by Vera with giveaways, special offers, and mini spa by Caudalie.
  • CHANEL will launch Les Khakis de Chanel on September 10th, but it will also be available online at chanel.com. Also offering complimentary manicures @ Chanel SoHo
  • KORRES will be doing cocktails, cupcakes, and makeovers @ 110 Wooster St. Youcan book a complimentary makeover by calling 212-219-0683.
  • LANCOME will have appearances of Elettra Widemann and Arlenis Sosa @ Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street and tango dancers at 6, 6:30, 7, and 7:30pm. Michelle Phan will make an appearance at Sephora Fifth Avenue (between 48th and 49th) and vlogging from the window between 7-7:30PM, and then a meet and greet between 8-9PM.
  • LAURA GELLAR Pro Makeup Team will be at the Lulu Guinness store from 7-10PM @ 394 Bleecker Street, NYC. Incentive: Free lip painting and product samples while supplies last.
  • PHYTO will be participating @ 715 Lexington Ave. Incentive: Free Phyto hair & scalp analyses/samples, 20% off all Phyto, Liearc, and Caron; 20% off future hair treatments/spa services booked that evening; enter to win complimentary Botanical Bliss hair treatment.
  • RITA HAZAN SALON will be giving complimentary blowouts @ Intermix Columbus on 210 Columbus Ave. from 5-8PM.
  • SEPHORA will have a Magic Hour with Tarina Tarantino @ Sephora 5th Ave at 9:30PM.
  • SPACE.NK will have founder Nicky Kinnaird @ Bloomingdale’s on 59th; unveiling of Kjaer Weis line; lip reading by Poppy King (Lipstick Queen) and intrudction of Jean Queen @ Greene Street location from 6-7PM.
  • TOM FORD BEAUTY will have Tom Ford himself making a personal appearance from 8-8:30 on the 2nd floor of Bergdorf Goodman’s Men’s department. He’ll be signing any purchases made that day.
  • WARREN-TRICOMI SALON @ The Plaza Hotel will be giving complimentary hairstyles and up-dos from 6-8PM.

Laura Mercier Courtisane Stick Gloss

Laura Mercier Courtisane Lipstick

Stick Gloss is an incredibly moisturizing lipstick that feels lightweight, balm-like, and doesn’t emphasize lip lines. It’s very comfortable to wear, and despite its moisturizing properties, it lasts a solid three to four hours on me. It has a pleasant berry-ish scent that’s not too sweet nor synthetic, and it’s not a scent that lingers after you’ve applied. I really enjoyed this shade, and Sephora carries three others–I would love to see more shades added in the future.

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RECOMMENDATION: If you find most lipsticks too drying, I’d encourage you to test out Laura Mercier’s Stick Gloss!

AVAILABILITY: Sephora

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How Limited Edition is TOO Limited Edition?

How Limited Edition is TOO Limited Edition?

These days, it seems like certain products are getting enough buzz that when they launch, they sell out within minutes–not hours–and what do we do?  (Like MAC Stereo Rose, Urban Book of Shadows Vol. III, most recently!)  How many scour eBay trying to scoop up one for ourselves, even if we have to be 30-70% more? How many of us stalk other retailers (either in-store or online) hoping to get to that store in time?

I don’t like to support the beauty scalpers, but when companies make stock so limited that it sells out in a half hour or less, what do these companies honestly expect you to do?  It really makes you wonder just how many they made available and whether they really thought they were making enough and just happened to underestimate demand — or how much they’re trying to capitalize off the limited edition nature of their products (and future products, in particular) by deliberately under-supplying?  We’ll never know!

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the hunt for a coveted beauty product can be thrilling, but only to a point.  At some point, it just because a frustrating endeavor that makes you feel a little silly in retrospect.  Did I really need to waste 10 hours of my life searching high and low for this one makeup palette?

I really, really want Chanel’s Jade Nail Lacquer, but there’s just no way I could lay down $250 for it and live with myself.  No way!   Have you ever spent a ton on a limited edition product and lived to regret it?  Or was it worth every penny?

Is the idea of limited edition, limited availability, limited stock getting out of hand?  Or is it still a thrill?

P.S. — For those who missed out on Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Vol. III, other retailers such as Beauty.com, Sephora, and Ulta will have them on October 1st.  Of course, I’m skeptical about the hard-and-fast nature of that date and would encourage those who really want this palette to keep an eye out at least a few days, if not a week, prior to that date.  You may also want to follow @urbandecay411 on Twitter, as they’ll likely have the most up-to-date information and are rather active in the space.

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Win MAC Fancy Cat Lipglass!

Win MAC Fancy Cat Lipglass!

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Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara ($30.00) is designed to be a more intense version of the multi-tasking Inimitable (which I have not tried), which lengthens, thickens, curls, and separates without clumping, spiking, or flaking.

This is one of those mascaras where you can really see the difference between the before and after photos; not all mascaras represent themselves well, but this is one that definitely does. My bare lashes look like a big ol’ tangled mess of short, sparse lashes. With a single coat of Inimitable Intense, my lashes look fuller, much, much longer, and a little thicker. This mascara does lengthening best, but it does thicken and add an illusion of more voluminous lashes, too. Often, I find multi-tasking mascaras rarely deliver on all the claims they make, but Chanel does a particularly noteworthy job of meeting their claims.

The mascara is not overly wet, though the black is so intense it can look wet when on, but it’s not dry either, so it doesn’t flake when you apply it nor does it take too long to dry. I’ve been wearing it on and off for the past two weeks or so, and I haven’t had any issues with smudging, flaking, or the like even with all day wear (twelve or more hours). I found it held a curl quite nicely, though I think my lashes are on the “lighter” side so they take to curling better than the average set of lashes (because holding a curl has never been a major issue for me with mascara).

It does a nice job of keeping lashes separated and clump-free with the first two coats, but if you start getting greedy and going for a third or fourth coat, you may get some clumping. I’ve also noticed that on occasion there is too much product on the wand, and then I will have a touch of clumping from the get-go. Inimitable Intense actually adds quite a bit with just one coat that I don’t find myself going for a full second coat.

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