Some beauty items, like drugstore lip glosses and certain types of mascara, work so well that there's no need to spend more than a few bucks on them. However, there are certain products on the market that perform so amazingly well, they're worth the investment. Check out what we at Team Bella think about what five upscale beauty items warrant the purchase.
The lashes are called Neo Reflectors ($65), and they promise to give a "mirror shine effect for outstanding cyber-chic eyes." It's an extremely fun idea, though we get the feeling you might walk around blinding yourself and others. Also, we may be wrong about this, but mirror lashes could potentially be rather heavy.
What do you think of the latest offering from Shu? Would you consider giving these a try while dancing away to "The Hustle," or do you prefer to leave them to the Lady Gagas and Harajuku girls of this world?
Why, though? The US is the world's largest cosmetic market, and brands from other parts of the globe, like Illamasqua, have arrived here to a big welcome recently. So it's strange that such well-respected Japanese brands don't have a much larger share of the market. The current theory is that American women spend far less time on skin care than their Asian and European sisters. We aren't as willing to invest on prevention, preferring instead to use makeup or fast-working products for existing problems. It's an interesting idea, but do you think it explains the phenomenon?
If you're a fan of Shu Uemura's cleansing oil and gorgeous artist collaboration palettes, take a deep breath and sit down. L'Oréal, Shu's corporate parent, has decided to pull the brand from US stores.
The brand wasn't in financial or any sort of other trouble; L'Oréal has simply decided it wants to focus on its luxury brands that have a bigger market share already. The exit for Shu Uemura products is expected to take place relatively slowly over the next several months, with no set date for a final exit. In the future, Americans will be able to buy products on the Shu Uemura website. I'm disappointed that a healthy brand with unique products is being slashed this way. What do you think?
Fashion's younger designers are increasing their use of fur on the runway, while the older guard like Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren have gone fur free. Even Karl Lagerfeld's fall 2010 show for Chanel used 100% faux fur.
The end of American Apparel could be near.
"Whether you're thin, fat, small, dark, blond, redhead, you wanna be something else. I wanted a fairy godmother to make me look like Marilyn Monroe. I had no boobs, no hips, and I wanted it desperately."—Twiggy on dreaming of having curves in '60s London.
Cindy Crawford's secret to looking young is having the right hair color.
British brand Aquascutum has tapped Beatrix Ong to design accessories and footwear. The womenswear and menswear replacement has yet to be announced.
Shu Uemura exits the U.S. market.
Above: Brian Reyes fall 2010
I really like fiber mascaras, because they don't smudge and come off so nicely, so I was interested to see what people would have to say about Shu Uemura Fiber Xtension Lengthening Mascara ($23). Reader Georgia S, though, isn't so much, and she has some observations about the product's hypoallergenic claims, too, saying:
This might be a great product if you don't have sensitive eyes, or if you don't wear contact lenses like I do. I have another Shu mascara that I adore, but this is just a mess on me. It stings my eyes and is too clumpy for my taste. Keep in mind, though, that I'm not a fan of fiber mascaras because I end up with spidery eyelashes. If you are a fan, give it a try.
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Last year, beauty brands hoped that black lips would be big. Unless I missed out on a convention of Bauhaus fans, the sooty-kiss look wasn't an enormous success — going dark just didn't work for most women. Will this season be different? From a sales standpoint, probably so, because Twilight Beauty has a black lip gloss. (The Cullen connection alone will mean they'll sell.) The Volturi Twilight Enrapture gloss ($12) in Arsenic is a licorice-scented sheer gloss with light gold shimmer — so your lips can sparkle like a vamp.
Of course, that's not the only place black is popping up. MAC is about to release an all-noir collection that includes three black lip glosses and two black lipsticks. Already on the market: Lipstick Queen in Black Tie Optional, Shu Uemura in Black 099, and NYX lipstick in Black Onyx. Want to take a baby step into this trend? Go for sheer washes over opaque colors, and consider using these sooty shades to darken your existing lip color.
Fast-forward to the present day, and I'm captivated by The Little Prince once again, as Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato is set to launch her own adaptation of the classic novella in collaboration with Shu Uemura.
See more pictures, and get additional information about the collection after the jump.
False eyelashes are a lot of fun, especially when you have the opportunity to play around with unusual and wild styles. Sometimes, wacky lashes are bold and brash, but other times, they're artistic and fantastic. Shu Uemura's Fleur-Ever lashes fit firmly into the latter category. Designed by Gina Brooke, Madonna's personal makeup artist, the $79 lashes provide beautiful plumage for a dramatic look. Then again, not everyone has an extra $79 to spend on something so fanciful. But if you want to try the look for less than $10, check out what I found