Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New! Oscar de la Renta Nail Lacquers

With NYFW just around the corner, Oscar de la Renta has released his first color cosmetics. Based on his runway looks shown at the Fall 2012 shows, there are three shades in this limited edition collection, and they retail for $22.00 each. I remember reading earlier this year that additional nail colors and lipsticks would be offered beginning in October 2012, so I'm looking forward to that possibility!




You can purchase these shades here, and they are limited editions.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Villains Palette Collection from e.l.f. Cosmetics

Is there such a thing as too many Disney-inspired cosmetics items? I personally don't think so, at least yet! Pixi Beauty's Tinkerbell Collection, MAC's Venomous Villains, the upcoming Sephora Disney Princess-inspired beauty range collection, OPI's Alice in Wonderland (I'm sure there are others that I've missed), and now, according to, e.l.f. Cosmetics will be releasing a Villains Palette Collection.

The palettes are priced at $9.99 and will be offered exclusively at 5,000 Walgreens stores beginning month. Walgreens owns and operates about 8,000 stores, so you may have to hit up a couple of locations before you find these cute palettes!

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Coming Soon: Jin Soon Nail Lacquer

Jin Soon Choi, founder and owner of the Jin Soon Natural Hand & Foot Spas in New York City, will soon be launching her own nail lacquer line. Her nail lacquer collections with MAC Cosmetics are among my favorites, and I've long admired her work and her opinions in the beauty and fashion arena. I've been anxiously awaiting word on when this collection would launch (August/September on ever since I first heard about it. Magazine editors are Tweeting photos of her polishes this evening, so I knew their arrival was coming soon. I found a great article about Jin Soon Choi and the philosophy behind her line on here, if you'd like to check it out.

I love the classic design and architecture of the bottles, and the simplistic yet attractive typeface of her name. I especially love the elegant, refined beauty of the shades themselves. I think my nail polish appetite is ready for a palate cleanser in this current world of glitters and nail art!

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QVC's Beauty's Best - Saturday, August 25

QVC will be presenting their Beauty's Best on Saturday, August 25. The 24-hour event will feature not only many of their most popular items, but some newer items will also be introduced. I'm a Tarte fan, and I already have the Maracuja Oil Roller Ball, but I might have to check out their new Aqua Pops!


For a special day of pampering, tune in to QVC for “Beauty's Best,” a 24-hour broadcast event dedicated to the celebration of beauty. From today's leading beauty newsmakers to the latest high-tech innovations, “Beauty's Best” features the top trends and the hottest products in cosmetics, fragrance, and cutting-edge skin, body and hair care.

Join QVC on Saturday, August 25 for a full day of best-selling brands and customer top-rated products, as well as the announcement of nominees for this year’s QVC Customer Choice Awards. Try out new trends and stock up on essentials with brand new items, QVC exclusives and super-sized products with special event prices during “Beauty’s Best” on QVC.

NEW items scheduled to be presented during “Beauty’s Best” include:

tarte Aqua Pops Hydrous Pigmented Lip Hydrator Trio
QVC Item #A227393 Approximately $41.75

tarte 100% Pure Maracuja Oil Roller Ball
QVC Item #A228484 Approximately $17.00

philosophy full of promise AM/PM serum
QVC Item #A227657 Approximately $75.00

philosophy state of grace spray fragrance trio to go .5 oz
QVC Item #A226053 Approximately $55.00

bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation and Precision Brush
QVC Item #A228065 Approximately $44.00

Kate Somerville Exfolikate and Clinic to Go Duo
QVC Item #A229926 Approximately $90.00

Perricone MD Blue Plasma
QVC Item #A227003 Approximately $95.00

Sunday, August 19, 2012

New from Laura Mercier: Ovarian Cancer Fund Products

Laura Mercier is introducing two new products this September, and she will be donating an impressive 100% of the profits to The Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. The Fund's mission is to raise awareness and fund research and educational efforts that will help diagnose, treat and support women with ovarian cancer.

I love the photo I've been seeing in print ads for this initiative, which is also the pictorial on the web site's home page.

Here is the information from the press release detailing the Fund and the products associated with it:

Beginning in September 2012, in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Laura Mercier will donate 100 percent of the profits from the sale of two products – Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette and Rose Hope Lip Glacé – to the Fund.

This cause is very near and dear to the hearts of Laura Mercier, and the company’s President and CEO, Claudia Poccia. Both women have been personally touched by the disease – Laura through a dear friend, and Claudia through her sister.


Laura Mercier gives back with the launch of the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. The mission is to raise awareness and fund research and educational efforts that will help diagnose, treat and support women with ovarian cancer.

Beginning in September 2012, in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, 100% of the profits from the sale of two products will be donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund.

§ Bonne Mine Crème Colour Palette: $48

§ Lip Glace in Rose Hope: $24

Bonne Mine Pallette
Rose Hope Lip Glacé

Bonne Mine Palette

"I am so excited to introduce the Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette. This ultra-sheer, blendable palette was inspired by my work with celebrity clients, who wanted a universal compact that would “wake-up” their skin and give them an immediate healthy glow. From bronzer, to cheek colour, to glow, it’s easy to customize your look. I love the finished effect – skin has a natural “no makeup” glow that looks soft and sun-kissed. I also love the portability and ease of this compact…and I know you will too!" -Laura Mercier

The Bonne Mine Palette includes:
1 Bronzer Veil
2 Cheek Veils
2 Glow Veils

Retail: $48.00

Rose Hope Lip Glacé

A high-shine, perfectly pigmented lip gloss with rich, long-lasting colour and brilliant shine that creates the appearance of fuller lips. Any skin tone is virtually enhanced by creating a subtle contrast in texture.

Retail: $24.00

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Coming Soon! Sally Hansen Prabal Gurung & Alexander Wang Fall 2012

Back in February, Sally Hansen shared these photos from Fall Fashion Week giving a glimpse at their Fall Prabal Gurung and Alexander Wang collaborations. I'd forgotten all about it, until I saw a small piece in a magazine today showing a macro shot of Gilded Lily. It looked like the perfect golden shimmer with burnished gold leaf infused into the formula, so my interest has now moved front and center! Of course those types of photos can be deceiving, but I wanted to give you a heads up that the description mentioned an October release date. Come September, I'm going to be keeping a lookout for these collections, in case they show up a little earlier. Tracy Reese also has a couple of polishes coming out with Sally Hansen as well, Copperhead and Scarab. Check out the group shot of two of the collections from Nouveau Cheap here , then follow the link in that post to see the Tracy Reese shades.

Above is the Prabal Gurung Collection, which includes from l-r: Onyx, Blue Rose, Ivory Skull, and Gilded Lily.

Here's a look at the Alexander Wang Collection. Above l-r: Ion, Bandage, and Pumice.

*Photos courtesy of Sally Hansen via Twitter.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Estee Lauder Holiday 2012 Compact Collection

Estée Lauder has been releasing limited edition collectible holiday powder and perfume compacts since 1967, and every year I look forward to seeing the new designs. They're always so beautiful, and this year they continue the tradition with a lovely assortment of artistic and creative little works of art. They are also offering a Zodiac Collection for the Holiday season, which follows the Holiday Collection below. I don't have pricing for all of the Holiday Collection as yet, but those I did find are noted. I've also included the history of the Holiday Compact Collection at the end, if you're interested in reading about that.
Holiday 2012 Compact - Celestial Charms - retail price: $295.00
Holiday 2012 Compact - Starry Night
Holiday 2012 Compact - Shooting Star
Holiday 2012 Compact - Mandarin Sun - retail price: $89.00
Holiday 2012 Compact - Antique Sun - retail price: $89.00
Holiday Compact 2012 - Evening Star
Holiday Compact 2012 - Radiant Sun - retail price: $195.00
Holiday 2012 Compact - Twinkling Sky - retail price: $195.00
Holiday 2012 Contact - Year of the Snake
Holiday 2012 Compact - Golden Wave

The Zodiac Collection is already available on the Estee Lauder web site, and these refillable compacts contain the Translucent Pressed Powder. Retail: $70.00 each.

I'm a Gemini, so of course that's my personal favorite! Each compact has a coordinating birthstone clasp.

Mrs. Estée Lauder, fragrance innovator and artist, introduced her first solid perfume compact collection in 1967.

Since then, each new year has brought a new collection of magnificent hand-crafted compacts filled with Estée Lauder solid perfumes and pressed powder.

Estée Lauder collectible compacts are hand-crafted by a team of master craftsmen schooled in the fine art of jewelry making.

Each compact design begins as a solid block of pewter, which is sculpted into a master-an exact likeness of the approved pattern.

From the master, a mold is created, and molten metal is poured into the mold to create a casting.

Castings are hand-cleaned and polished with three different buffing wheels, refining the surface to a high luster.

Then they are plated, a three-step process of dipping into various metals. This ensures that each tiny work of art will retain its durability and glossy finish throughout its lifetime.

The final compacts are hand-assembled, enameled and many are hand-set with Austrian crystal stones-sometimes as many as four hundred. Each compact is carefully inspected before being filled with solid perfume or pressed powder.

It is no wonder these rare, exquisite pieces enjoy a worldwide following among collectors.

Do you have any favorites? I have three favorites, and I'm going to have to narrow that down to just one! Starry Night, Mandarin Sun, and Antique Sun are my picks. These collectible compacts are sentimental to me because my Mom had quite a few of them. She's no longer with us, but I remember going with my Dad around the Holidays to help him pick out which one she would like, many times in my younger years. Since she passed away, I now find myself starting to collect them. Like mother, like daughter I guess, and the older I get, the more I realize that's not a bad thing to be at all.

*Photos and history courtesy of Estée Lauder.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Reviva Labs August Summer Skincare Giveaway!

We're continuing the Reviva Labs Summer Skincare Giveaway Series this month with two great products that will hydrate and replenish your skin after a long, hot Summer. Their Cream Hydratante and Organic Day Cream w/Alpha Lipoic Acid are the perfect combination of night and day moisturizers to repair dryness and prevent future damage, while locking in moisture and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.

Cream Hydratante (1.5 oz./$14): This product is intended for use as a night cream, although I have used it as a "spot treatment" on small dry patches during the day. It's very thick and creamy, so I wouldn't recommend using it as a daily moisturizer. It takes a while to fully absorb, so again, this is much better when used at night. The Camomile helps to calm irritation, so it's good for soothing rough and irritated skin as well. I like to use this night moisturizer after a long day in the sun, because it not only feels like it's relieving my skin immediately, it also adds a great deal of moisture to parched skin. In the morning, my skin looks supple and even, and shows no sign of dryness. I simply apply this to my face, throat, and décolletage area by mixing it in the palm of my hand with a bit of water, then applying a light layer with my fingertips. Reviva Labs recommends mixing this product with water when applying, to thin it. I have combination skin, and this product is fine to use with all skin type ranges. This is a multitasking product, because I've used it with great success not only on my face, but also on my elbows, knees, hands and cuticles. It has a very light, subtle fragrance that I can't quite define, but it isn't unpleasant in the slightest.

Ingredients: Purified water, anhydrous lanolin, microcrystalline wax, vegetable oils, allantoin, camomile extract, verbena extract, natural oil fragrance, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citric acid.

Organic Day Cream w/Alpha Lipoic Acid (2.0 oz./$23): This is my everyday moisturizer when I'm not testing out other products. It performs consistently for me, jar after jar. Alpha Lipoic Acid is a versatile antioxidant, and very beneficial in the signs of anti-aging. This medium textured cream absorbs nicely into the skin without feeling greasy. You'll also find additional beneficial antioxidants in this cream including Vitamins C, E, and a Green Tea Antioxidant Complex. If you're looking for a cream that reduces fine lines, firms skin and promotes skin elasticity, this product has delivered all of those components for me. The prevention of future skin damage is another feature of this cream, so check back with me in a couple of years and I'll let you know if that's the case!

Ingredients: Purified water, aloe vera gel (cert. organic), hybrid sunflower oil (cert. organic), vegetable glycerine, emulsifying wax N.F., octyl palmitate, glyceryl stearate, sweet almond oil (cert. organic), cetyl alcohol, veg. squalene, alpha lipoic acid, vitamin E, vitamin C, green tea extract (cert. organic), cucumber extract (cert. organic), DL panthenol, allantoin, soy lecithin, hydrolized soy protein, vitamin A, vitamin D3, xanthan gum, jojoba oil, dimethicone, cocoa butter, rose essence, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citric acid, lavender & ylang ylang & lemon & lime oils.

As always, Reviva Labs does not test on animals or use any animal ingredients in their products. As a testament to their belief of producing cruelty-free products, they are proud supporters of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in their home state of New Jersey.

Entry Details: If you'd like to enter for a chance to win this pair of skin care products from Reviva Labs, simply leave a comment below with your eMail. Let me know what your biggest skin care concerns are. I would say that my main concern right now is uneven skin tone from sun spots that are starting to appear and tiny capillaries that I'm noticing around my nose. I envision them growing bigger and bigger each year, yikes! Ah, the joys of growing old! As always, if you aren't comfortable leaving your eMail, please check back on September 1 when I announce the winner and we'll make contect then. Contest entries will be accepted until midnight on August 31. Note: Entries are only open for residents of the U.S., as fulfillment will be made directly from Reviva Labs.

*Products featured and prizes furnished by Reviva Labs.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jessica Fall 2012 Collection Spicy Dream! Bottle Pics vs. Print Ad

Jessica's Fall 2012 Collection Spicy Dream just arrived, and although I haven't had time to swatch them yet, I was struck by how much prettier they are in real life. I saw the print ad last week, and while I love Jessica's formula, I wasn't impressed with the color selection I saw in the ad. We all know promo pictures can be misleading...remember Vogue Magazine's photo of Chanel Black Pearl? Some polishes look unbelievably stunning in promo shots, but they certainly don't live up to the hype once that bottle's in your hand. Then there are some promo and ad photos that simply don't do justice to the actual product, which is the case with this collection. Check it out.

Here are some scans of the ad for Jessica's Spicy Dream Collection. I love the simplistic classic artwork drawing, the falling leaves with just a hint of color, the name of the collection. All very Fall-like and appealing to my artistic side. I shouldn't like the concept and the theme of the ad more than I like the product it's selling though.

My first problem lies with the depiction of the swatches. Print swatches seldom tell the whole story, but they should show a little something that might entice me. These look like straight creme shades in colors that don't appeal to me one way or the other...with cute names though!

My second problem is regarding the bottle shot in the ad. The large bottle shot shown in the ad is Pumpkin Delight. Alright, I love the name Pumpkin anything, particularly when it has to do with food or cosmetics, and especially this time of the year when we're all looking forward to Fall. The shade is pretty, but I'm not really feeling it, you know? Stay with me here, I do have a point!

Well helloooooooo pretty colors! Your personality needs to quit hiding behind print ads! Once you're out of the box, you have some stunning qualities, don't you?

Pumpkin Delight, you needn't be so shy during your next photo shoot, you're a natural beauty with hidden facets of intrigue. Not to mention sparkles and colors aplenty.

Well who do we have here? The label on the bottle says your name is Gingersnap, but you look so much better than your muddy beige magazine swatch.

My point is two-fold. To the consumers, don't buy into the hype of ads. You may be disappointed in the actual product. Likewise, don't overlook products in an ad based on their appearance. You might be disappointed that you passed over a product because the ad didn't represent something accurately. Ads do draw attention to a collection and inform consumers that they're out there. However, they can sometimes be very limited in their ability to sell a product, or misrepresent a product entirely by either under or over enhancing it. To the manufacturers and brands, you make some beautiful polishes and cosmetics. You pay big money for marketing and advertising. Make sure that ad works in such a way that the product is showcased to its full potential.

I'm not insulting Jessica in any way, but they are a handful of brands that I think make a top quality product, and for some reason these brands seem to go under the radar of many consumers. Jessica is one of my favorite brands, and I think their polishes should be recognized more. Print ads aren't cheap, so don't allow them to diminish the beauty of a product. Make the ad sell the polish. I am reminded myself to always try to remember to look at swatches and reviews before buying or not buying a product. I have fallen victim to impulse buying based on a print ad, just as I've passed up a product based on a print ad, particularly when I can't find swatches available. And I've been disappointed not only in myself for not researching further, but also in the advertising business for not publishing a more accurate product depiction.

Swatches will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, here is a brief description of the shades. Even though they all appeared to be cremes in the print ad, there's only one true creme in this collection. Crimson Tattoo is a deep vampy blood red/burgundy shade with a jelly finish. Cinnamon Kiss is a charcoal based deep crimson shimmer, Champagne Bubbles is a metallic silver with tiny multi colored glitter, Brown Sugar is a medium cocoa shade with extremely small hidden golden shimmer, and the photos of Pumpkin Delight and Gingersnap above describe those shades much better than my words could.

Gorgeous collection, Jessica. This is a nice range of colors and finishes, and the collection name and shade names are perfect for the season. Your print ad doesn't tell the whole story. At all.

Availability: August 2012, at

*Products featured were furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm for consideration.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Orly Pretty in Pink for BCA 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many of our favorite companies partner with charitable organizations to raise awareness and funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. This year, Orly is working with Cancer Schmancer, a movement founded by actress Fran Drescher. They will be offering 3 pink glitter shades, and each bottle comes with its own pink BCA charm. The color names are You Are Not Alone, Be Brave, and Embrace. Click photo to enlarge detail.

Help support early detection. 20% of profits from the Pretty in Pink Collection will be donated to Cancer Schmancer. Cancer Schmancer's mission is to transform women from patients into medical consumers, and to shift the nation's priority from searching for a cancer cure towards prevention and early detection of cancer.

In the U.S. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. But there is hope. Did you know when cancer is found early, 90% survive? Every woman, regardless of age, race or socioeconomic background deserves to have the opportunity of survival.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sephora Pantone Universe Fall 2012 Products

Sephora + Pantone Universe recently added some Fall products to their successful partnership's line-up, and I'm trying very hard to resist them! While their previous products centered around Tangerine Tango, the 2012 Color of the Year, these products seem to have little if anything in common with that shade. I assumed that this range of products would always be focused on the Color of the Year, but now I'm going to assume that the success of that venture has set them on a path to introduce additional products later in the year, as we get closer to December when they release the 2013 Color of the Year. Who knows what their marketing tactics are, but having had a longtime love for the Pantone Matching System and cosmetics, this line always piques my interest. You can click on the links to read more about each product.

Jewel Lacquer Nail Polish: 6 shades, $9.00 each

Lip Luster Lipstick: 5 shades, $18.00 each

Transforming Gloss: $14.00

Dazzling Lip Gloss Set: $24.00

Have you picked up any of these products yet? The nail polishes look the most interesting to me, so I'm anxious to see some swatches. It seems like I have something similar (from Inglot, I think) to the Transforming Gloss, and the other lip products are probably something I can live without, but they are tempting me. I'm sure if the product name didn't have the word Pantone in it, I would be able to control my temptations a little better!

Lancome Fall 2012: Midnight Roses

Lancome has a new collection out for Fall called Midnight Roses. My counter didn't have anything from this collection a couple of weeks ago, other than the Blush Subtil Palettes, which are absolutely gorgeous. There are six of those, including the Rose Flush that's mentioned in this press release. I picked up Plum Elegance and Nectar Lace, which I'll show you later this week. I'm going to go back this week to see if they have the entire collection in, because I want to check out swatches of the lip color range. I'm obsessed with dark vampy lips right now, and some of these look promising!

The glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower dazzle in the distance. A gentle, magical breeze kisses your neck. An electric, captivating energy envelops you. This is Paris at dusk.

Lancôme invites you and your readers to be swept away by the mystical aura of Paris at midnight with Midnight Roses, the hypnotizing fall collection that evokes the twilight hours when a woman’s beauty comes into full bloom.

Lancôme was instantly captivated by the charisma and charm of Emma Watson, face of the Trésor Midnight Rose fragrance, and sought to build on that alluring story by creating a makeup collection that would capture every woman’s heart. The result was Midnight Roses. Inspired by the precious purple rose, the collection is infused with shades of purple, the color of majesty, to deliver a uniquely seductive beauty experience. Featuring a mix of blushes, eye shadows, eyeliners and polishes, Midnight Roses brings a touch of sophisticated mystery and glamour using the season’s hottest purple hues and matte textures.

The star products include:

•Color Design 5 Pan Shadow and Liner Palette in Violet Magnetique ($49)
•Le Crayon Khôl in Purple Dusk ($25.50)
•Liner Design in Intense Violet ($24.50)


·L’Absolu Nu Lipcolor in Parme Flanelle, Rouge Résille and Prune Mantille ($29.50)
·NEW! L’Absolu Crème De Mat in Magie Pourpre, Potion D’Amour and Prune Elixir ($29.50): A liquid lipstick with the comfort of a gloss, pigment of a lipstick and a velvety matte finish


·NEW! Blush Subtil Palette in Rose Flush ($42): All-in-one contour, blush and highlighter palette


·Vernis in Love in Infusion de Prune ($15)

·NEW! Vernis In Love Top Coat Mat in Givre Magique ($15): A top coat for a matte finish on any nail polish

The limited-edition Midnight Roses collection is available now at all Lancôme counters and