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There has been a bit of buzz over beauty blogs and their place in the past few days, beginning with WWD’s article on beauty in the blogosphere as well as ten of their picks for today’s hottest beauty blogs. Following that was a less relevant piece where retailer Target refused to speak with bloggers because they are part of nontraditional media. Target asserted they wanted to focus only on traditional media outlets, because they reach their core audience. Today’s latest article covering beauty blogs was published by the New York Times seems to show beauty bloggers are in it for the free stuff and swag treatment that was previously reserved only for editors and industry insiders.
I’m curious to know what you, the readers–the most important facet–think of beauty bloggers working with brands and their representatives, free samples, and even “swag.” Does the association/link between beauty blogger and company public relations representative taint the blogger’s viewpoint? Are beauty bloggers just in it for the goodies?
A few response pieces to the NYT article by fellow beauty bloggers can be found here and here.
Just beauty news I happened by this morning…
Max Azria Wants to do Beauty, too
- Max Azria (BCBG, Max Azria, Herve Leger, BCBGirls) is planning to get into the beauty and fragrance business in the future! He is currently meeting with different potential partners to help him develop the endeavors appropriately. Source
MAC on @ Backstage Beauty
- “This season, a big focus for product development is on skin. The M.A.C PRO Team will be sampling a new hydrating foundation with a unique cream gel technology, along with an innovative loose powder that are sure to become backstage staples. Also being tested backstage is a new lipstick formulation that delivers color, shine and moisture, with a buildable coverage. M.A.C aims to launch the products tested backstage to consumers in Winter 2008 or Spring 2009.” Source
Sephora in the UK again?
- “According to press reports, the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned perfumery has been in talks with Marks & Spencer with an eye to opening Sephora shop-in-shops. If that happens, it would mark Sephora’s return to the U.K. after it shuttered its nine perfumeries there in 2005.” Source
As fabulous as your makeup is, what about your style/clothes? Are you just a jeans and shirt kind of girl or are you dressing to the nines just to go to the grocery store? What’s your style?
You know me, cropped pants and a sweater. Tank top in the summer! I’m so simple.
I would like to cordially invite you to a Temptalia Reader Meet and Greet at the MAC Pro store in New York City (7 West 22nd Street) on Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 at 2:30pm. You are welcome to come alone or with friends! We will be very fortunate as the NY MAC PRO store recently relocated, remodeled, and reopened–with an amazing format and store layout. It is perfect for us beauty addicts! I would love it if you would RSVP if you plan to join us for some beauty gabbing and drooling, and you can do so just by sending me a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Please note the time and date change! I was informed by two people that MAC Pro is not open on Sundays (I wish the MA I spoke with would have mentioned that when I said I was coming on Sunday, sigh!). Thank you for hanging in there with me as I readjusted my schedule.
LUSH Knows How to Spend Valentine’s Day
As evidenced by our guide to pampering yourself when you’re single, LUSH knows how to make the 14th one rockin’ day. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I adore LUSH’s massage bars for their portability and moisturizing capabilities. So, it’s obvious I had to try out the Massage a Trois set ($29.95) as well as the Play Your Cards Right massage bar ($8.95). I am happy to report that both are worthy of earning my approval. I had the pleasure of having these fabulous products tested out on me (too bad I had to return the favor!), but they sink in so nicely and make massaging effortless.
Massage a Trois includes Soft Coeur (honey cocoa treat with a melty center), Mange Too (lickable honey, white chocolate, and peppermint), and Nutts (extra rich, smells very nutty, and it’s a vegan product). Of course, they all come shaped in big solid hearts, and I’m girly, so I love the shape. I used Mange Too on my boyfriend’s elbow/arm because it’s been stiff lately and it made it so easy to get my fingers into the muscle and massage everything into a boneless puddle. Oh, and while these are specially packaged together as a trio, all three flavors are available in the permanent LUSH line in their standardized shapes and sizes, so don’t fear getting addicted, there’s more where it came from!
Play Your Cards Right is a special Valentine’s Day offering, and it is a regular massage bar in the shape of a playing card. Instead of numbers, it has hearts in the corners. The red dye from the hearts does seem to smear a touch when you put it to the skin, but it disappears instantly once you start to work and knead your hands into the muscles, so it didn’t bother me. The scent is full of jasmine and ylang ylang, as it is the famous Sex Bomb scent.
As with whenever I use a massage bar, I like to sprinkle (I always tell my boyfriend I’m seasoning him) Silky Underwear dusting powder ($10.45) at the end, because I find it really locks in and absorbs the melted massage bar and lets you go about your business completely relaxed.
Sraight from the official Fafi website, Fafi will be touring internationally to help promote the new launch of her collaboration collection with MAC Cosmetics (aptly named Fafi). Here are the dates for MAC Fafi World Tour 2008:
- 2/13 at NYC at Bendel’s
- 2/16 at Singapore
- 2/22 at Milan
- 2/26 at Munich
- 3/1 at Copenhagen
- 3/6 at London
- 3/26 at Dubai
According to Fafi.net, Fafi will launch February 14th in the US and internationally March 2008. The three Fafinettes appearing on the boxes and products are Eriko, Monoka, and Ermine, all created specifically for the collaboration.